www.thehansindia.com WEDNESDAY 10 JANUARY 2018 WARANGAL PAGES 20 `5.00 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman waves from the cockpit of an MiG 29K during the operational manoeuvres of the Western Fleet ships, conducted by the Indian Navy, in Panaji on Tuesday Teen who refused to give up militancy dies in encounter Srinagar: Eighteen-year-old Farhan Wani was one of the militants killed by security personnel in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday morning. The teenager, hailing from Khudwani village in Kulgam, had joined the militant ranks in mid-2017. In November, the young militant’s father put up an emotional FB post urging him to relinquish violence and return home. Cold wave in N India New Delhi: The cold wave sweeping northern India tightened its grip in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and parts of Himachal Pradesh, as dense fog forced the Indian Railways to cancel 22 trains and reschedule another eight. CABE PROD FOR WOMEN’S VARSITY IN EVERY STATE 39 POWER TARIFF MAY GO UP AS CIL HIKES PRICES NO CHANGE IN H1B POLICY A big relief for Indian techies Washington: In a big relief for Indian techies, US authorities on Tuesday said the Trump administration is not considering any proposal that would force H1B visa holders to leave the country. The announcement by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) came days after reports emerged that the US administration was considering tightening H1B visa rules that could lead to deportation of 7,50,000 Indians. The reports had said it was mulling ending extensions for H1B holders. The USCIS “is not considering a regulatory change that would force H1B visa holders to leave the United States by changing interpretation of Section 104 C of the American Competitiveness in the 21st Century Act (AC21) statute that states that USCIS may grant the extensions,” an official said. This provides for H1B extensions beyond the 6-year limit. “Even if it were, such a change would not likely result in these H1B visa holders having to leave the United States because employers could request extensions in one-year increments under section 106(a)-(b) of AC21 instead,” Jonathan Withington, Chief of Media Relations at the USCIS, said in a statement. “The agency is considering a number of policy and regulatory The announcement by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services came days after reports emerged that the Trump administration was considering tightening H1B visa rules that could lead to deportation of 7,50,000 Indians 7,50,000 Indians saved from deportation; US will not stop H1B visa extensions NASSCOM warned the US that any disruptive move on the visa front would be detrimental for both countries A BIG RETHINK Facing pressure, Trump administration backs off from proposed tweaking of H1B visa rules changes to carry out the President’s Buy American, Hire American Executive Order, including a thorough review of employment based visa programmes,” Withington said. The statement comes after last week’s news report by US-based news agency McClatchy DC Bureau according to which the US was considering new regulations to prevent the extension of H1B visas, the most sought after by Indian IT professionals. The USCIS was never considering such a policy change, he PAUSE ON PATRIOTISM National anthem not a must in cinema halls: SC New Delhi: Recalling a 2016 order, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said playing the national anthem in cinema halls was not mandatory. The Union government had asked the apex court to make the move optional till the panel decides a course on the move. A ﬁnal call can be taken on the issue once the panel comes up with its guidelines on this, the government said. A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said a 12-member interministerial committee, set up by the Centre, would take a ﬁnal call on the playing of national anthem in the cinemas. The bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said the committee should comprehensively look into all the aspects relating to the playing of national anthem and allowed the petitioners to make representations before Continued on P4 the panel. said adding that “any suggestion that USCIS changed its position because of pressure is absolutely false.” The reported move had been opposed by both the industry and several lawmakers. The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), a trade association of Indian information technology, had warned that any disruptive move on the visa front would be detrimental for both India and the US. The USCIS has a Congressional mandate to issue 65,000 H1B visas Record 1.75 lakh to go on Haj this year: Naqvi New Delhi: Saudi Arabia has increased India's Haj quota by 5,000, the second hike in two years, taking the number of pilgrims who can perform Haj from the country to 1,75,025, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Tuesday. Naqvi claimed that the increase over the past two years - of nearly 40,000 - is a "record expansion" since Independence. The increase in India's quota will be effective from Haj to be held later in 2018. Saudi Arabia in 2017 increased India's quota by 35,000. In 2017, the Haj quota was 1,70,025. The minority affairs minister attributed the increase to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "growing popularity" and India's improved ties with Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations under his leadership. "It is a record expansion after Independence. The Modi government has been fulﬁlling the socio-economic, religious needs with honesty, without appeasement politics," Naqvi said. Continued on P4 in general category and another 20,000 for those applicants having higher education — masters and above –from US universities in the ﬁeld of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The H1B programme offers temporary US visas that allow companies to hire highly skilled foreign professionals working in areas with shortages of qualiﬁed American workers. Since taking office last January, the Trump administration has been talking about cracking down on the H1B visa scheme. ‘Gender budget’ to give women their due TS GOVT TO ENSURE FUNDS REACH THEM APPROPRIATELY PATAN AFZAL B ABU Hyderabad: Money meant for women, should go to them only. In a novel initiative, the Telangana governeach department ment is coming up with what it calls ‘gender budget’ which will create a separate would be part of the 2018-19 head account in annual budget to be introthe budget under duced in Assembly and which the funds Council in the second week of March. meant for women The state wants to utilise welfare will be the funds for empowermentioned. For instance, ment of women. Unless State Medical and Health funds are clearly catedepartment will mention gorised as those meant for women, it might be difficult the funds being to make investments with a allocated for KCR Kits focus on helping fairer to be distributed to sex lead a life of dignity and the women who honour. delivered babies in Taking cue from the Union government, which has been the government practicing separate mention hospitals of funds for women in every Medical wing in the annual budget and Health proposals, the TS governdepartment will ment decided to adopt the mention the funds being alnew method in the preparalocated for KCR Kits to be tion of its 2018-19 budget. distributed to the women In the new method, each who delivered babies in the department will create a sepgovernment hospitals. Continued on P4 arate head account in the YUSUF PATHAN GETS FIVE-MONTH BAN New Delhi: India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan was on Tuesday handed a ﬁve-month retrospective suspension for failing a dope test, a sanction which will end on January 14, after the BCCI accepted that the violation was inadvertent. “Mr Yusuf Pathan has been suspended for a doping violation. Mr Pathan had inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups,” the BCCI said in a statement. The 35-year-old Pathan had provided a urine sample as part of the BCCI’s anti-doping testing program during a domestic T20 competition on March 16 last year. “His sample was subsequently tested and found to contain Terbutaline. Terbutaline, a speciﬁed substance, is prohibited both In and Out of Competition in the WADA Prohibited List of Substances,” the BCCI stated. The all-rounder, who has played 57 ODIs and 22 T20 In- budget under which the funds meant for women welfare will be mentioned. For inIn stance, the method, State WOMEN FIRST WINDOWS ternationals for India, was charged with the “commission of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under the BCCI AntiDoping Rules (ADR) Article 2.1 FREE FROM SUNDAY! and provisionally suspended pending determination of the charge”. “Mr Pathan responded to the charge by admitting the ADRV and asserting that it was caused by his ingestion of a medication containing Terbutaline that had been mistakenly given to him instead of the medication prescribed for him, which did not contain any prohibited substance,” the BCCI explained. Continued on P4 KOREA TALKS SIGNIFICANT N-buttons to peace in a few days? Seoul: North Korea and South Korea appear to embracing talks aimed at reducing tensions between the two neighbors and nemeses, just days after North Korea's leader threatened that he has a ‘nuclear button’ ready on his desk. Rare talks to improve inter-Korean relations appeared to be going well on Tuesday, with North Korea saying that it will send as many athletes as possible to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea in February. Talks in the border village of Panmunjom seemingly went so well that South Korean delegates suggested a ‘family reunion’ for next month's Lunar New Year, to reunite relatives separated in both countries since the 1950-53 Korean War and one of only a number of sporadic reunions that have been held over the years. Continued on P4
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