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From India raising H-1B concerns with US to protests over uranium project in Andhra, top news for today

india Updated: Apr 21, 2017 10:48 IST
President Donald Trump signs an executive order to try to bring jobs back to American workers and revamp the H-1B visa guest worker programme.

President Donald Trump signs an executive order to try to bring jobs back to American workers and revamp the H-1B visa guest worker programme.(AFP Photo)

H-1B visa: Arun Jaitley discusses India’s concerns with US commerce secretary

Finance minister Arun Jaitley has “strongly raised” the H-1B visa issue with US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, highlighting the important role played by highly skilled Indian professionals in America, officials said. During the meeting in Washington -- the first cabinet-level interaction between the two countries under the Trump administration -- Ross is believed to have said that the US has started the process of reviewing H1B visas issues and no decision has been taken on it yet, sources said. Over the next two days, the Finance Minister is scheduled to hold a series of bilateral meetings with his counterparts from the US, Australia, France, Indonesia and Sweden. He is also likely to meet finance ministers from neighbouring Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

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Modiji won’t run MCD; I’ll monitor work if AAP wins: Kejriwal in HT interview

Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has promised a hands-on role in running Delhi’s municipal corporations if AAP comes to power in Sunday’s elections but ruled out any involvement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the city’s administration if the BJP retains power. “The BJP is seeking votes only, and only, in the name of Modiji. I would like to tell people that Modiji is not going to run MCD… MCD will only be run by Kejriwal,” the AAP national convener told Hindustan Times in an interview on Thursday. The AAP is making its debut in the civic elections, being billed as a barometer for the Kejriwal government’s popularity two years after it won an overwhelming mandate in the assembly polls.

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Anger in Andhra Pradesh after Centre clears uranium project in Nallamala forest

A strike last week underscored growing public anger over the government’s green light to explore uranium in the Nallamala forest — home to one of India’s oldest tiger reserves and the Chenchu, a protected hunter-gatherer tribe. The Nallamala forest which straddles the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh apparently has the best quality uranium; unique and superior. The National Board for Wildlife cleared a proposal from the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research this April to conduct a survey and explore the expensive mineral. Environmentalists and residents in the area fear the sample survey will lead to a bigger exploration, ultimately leading to the forest’s destruction and uprooting of its indigenous inhabitants.

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Mamata Banerjee convenes Trinamool’s party conference in Kolkata

Less than a week after the BJP national executive meet ended, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee will hold the party’s organisational conference in Kolkata today. The Trinamool meet assumes significance in the wake of the saffron surge in pockets of Bengal. With minorities and marginal groups standing solidly behind her, the Bengal CM may now set a higher target for her party in the rural polls to take BJP head on. “Let them (BJP) come to Bengal. We will go against them (BJP) across the country,” Banerjee said recently.

Meet Kerala’s ‘demolition man’ who is on a warpath with land mafia in Munnar

Almost a decade after VS Achuthanandan government carried out a massive demolition drive in Kerala’s misty getaway Munnar pulling down 92 illegal building and resorts the hill station is back in news again. A young IAS officer who took on the land mafia head on brought encroachments to the limelight again. He was bullied and threatened on several occasions but Sriram Venkitaraman is unmoved. He continued his raids on land mafia who encroached government and forest land to build resorts and commercial establishments. He served notices on 100-odd resorts and unauthorised constructions. He also put on notice cardamom and tea plantations, which were on lease, for converting estates into resorts.

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WhatsApp admins beware: Offensive posts can land you in jail

Think twice before becoming administrator of a group on WhatsApp or Facebook as one is liable for prosecution if any rumour or fake news is circulated on it. An order issued by authorities in Varanasi says that any factually incorrect, rumour or misleading information on a social media group could result in an FIR against the group administrator. “There are several groups on social media which are named on news groups and also groups with other names which are propagating news and information which is not authentic. These are being forwarded without cross checking,” it says. There are over 200 million WhatsApp users in India.

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Opinion: Call me ‘bimbo’ but I will always speak up: Sonam Kapoor

Let’s get straight to the point. You might call me a ‘bimbo’, a ‘naachne wali’, but you know what, I’m a terribly self-assured woman. I have a strong sense of self and I don’t need you to tell me who I am. I would not have the balls to do what I do, wear what I wear or say what I say, if I didn’t have self-worth.

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IPL 2017: Why MS Dhoni should’ve been shown more respect - Suresh Raina explains

Suresh Raina was one of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s trusted lieutenants during the best days of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and not only does Suresh Raina “miss” his captain but also feels disappointed in the manner he was removed from Rising Pune Supergiant’s captaincy. “I was disappointed (at Dhoni’s removal as captain). He has done so well for the country as well as for the IPL teams. He should be respected every time. It’s not about me saying, it’s the world saying,” Raina said. Dhoni has so far scored only 61 runs in five games in this year’s IPL.

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IPL: In-form KKR look to add to Gujarat’s misery

High on confidence following a hat-trick of victories, two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders will look to continue their winning streak when they face struggling Gujarat Lions in Kolkata tomorrow. With two home and two away wins from five matches, in- form KKR are on a roll, in contrast to Gujarat which finished the league stages on top last season but are yet to find their rhythm this year with just one victory out of five. For the Lions to roar, their top-heavy batting order must fire against a consistent KKR bowling attack. Their overseas players such as Dwayne Smith and Aaron Finch have disappointed so far.

Retiring duo Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan lead Pakistan against Windies in first Test

The three Test series between West Indies and Pakistan gets underway in Jamaica with both teams struggling in the midst of transition periods. Despite victories in T20 and One-Day International series earlier, the tourists have been more vulnerable in the traditional format of the game. The home side is ranked eight among the 10 Test playing teams. After much speculation Misbah ul Haq has announced that this series will be his last. Last week fellow veteran Younis Khan also revealed that the West Indies tour will be his last in national colours. Khan needs 23 more runs to become the first Pakistani to amass 10,000 runs in Tests.