www.thehansindia.com KURNOOL WEDNESDAY 3 APRIL 2019 PAGES 16 `5.00 Forecast: Sunny Temp: Max.42C. Min.30°C. Humidity: 15% Sunrise: 06:12 Sunset: 06:30 n If KCR insists on Srisailam, AP will demand Bhadrachalam: Naidu Washington: Three Indian-origin consultants in the US have been charged with substantive visa fraud for submitting sham applications for the popular H-1B visas to gain a competitive advantage over competing ﬁrms. A federal grand jury last month indicted Kishore Dattapuram, of Santa Clara, Kumar Aswapathi, of Austin, Texas, and Santosh Giri, of San Jose, on 10 counts of substantive visa fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit visa fraud, the Department of Justice said in a statement. The H-1B visa programme, popular among Indian technology professionals, allows foreign workers to obtain temporary authorisation to live and work for employers in the US. To secure an H-1B visa, an employer or other sponsor must submit an 'I-129' petition to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. A petition and associated documentation must conﬁrm the existence and duration of the job waiting for the worker, and describe key details including the wages associated with the position. According to the eight-page indictment, Dattapuram, 49, Aswapathi, 49, and Giri, 42 operated Nanosemantics, Inc, a Santa Clara-based consulting ﬁrm whose services included placing skilled foreign workers at software and technology companies in the Bay Area in California. They worked together to submit fraudulent H-1B visa applications on behalf of foreign workers in order to gain a competitive advantage over competing ﬁrms. The defendants allegedly used Nanosemantics to submit fraudulent I-129 petitions and obtain H-1B visas for workers that the defendants could later place at local companies. By maintaining a group of available workers, the defendants would gain a competitive advantage over consultants that properly applied for paperwork only after matching a qualiﬁed worker to and available job. Continued on Page 15 Pakistan bans IPL broadcast saying India ‘harming’ cricket in country That is a terrible, terrible thing to create an event that sends debris and an apogee that goes above the international space station. That kind of activity is not compatible with the future of human spaceflight that we need to see have happen Jim Bridenstine, NASA chief Cong promises to deliver Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday banned the telecast of Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches in the country, citing an "organised effort" by India to "harm" the game in Pakistan. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told a press conference that the decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former captain of Pakistani cricket team. He said the move was taken by the Cabinet because India left no opportunity to harm Pakistan's cricket. "India made an organised effort to harm cricket in Pakistan and it doesn't make sense for us to allow an Indian domestic tournament to be promoted here," he said, pointing out that the official Indian broadcaster pulled out of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the middle of the tournament after the Pulwama attack "to harm the league and cricket" in Pakistan. In February, DSport - the official broadcasters of the PSL in India -- stopped the coverage of the tournament in protest of the Pulwama attack carried out by Pakistan-based terror outﬁt Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) that killed 40 CRPF personnel, leading to escalating tensions with Pakistan. New Delhi: "Congress Will Deliver" - with this tagline, the grand old party released its manifesto on Tuesday for the Lok Sabha elections to be held from April 11. The manifesto was released in the presence of Congress president Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh. Priyanka Gandhi and other big leaders were also there. The Congress president appealed to the people to vote on 'real' issues of joblessness, farm distress and women security rather than divisive ones that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is busy stoking during electioneering across the country. The manifesto has identified employment and economy, as key promises on which it would deliver if it were to form the government at the Centre. The party’s slogan for the polls is “Congress will deliver”. Gandhi said the manifesto had ﬁve key ideas, akin to the ﬁve ﬁngers in the Congress election symbol 'hand'. Continued on Page 15 Congress president Rahul Gandhi, senior party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh release party's manifesto for Lok Sabha polls 2019, in New Delhi on Tuesday RAHUL TWEETS Today is a historic day.. It is on this day that the Congress party launched its final assault on poverty. 5 Crore of the poorest families in India, will receive Rs. 72,000 Per Year #NyayForIndia is our dream & our pledge. The time for change has come HIGHLIGHTS ARE 3 Indian-origin consultants charged in H-1B visa fraud Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu paying homage to senior leader Gali Muddu Krishnama Naidu during an election campaign at Putturu in Chittoor district on Tuesday Washington: India shooting down of one of its own satellites was a "terrible thing" as it created about 400 pieces of orbital debris, the chief of NASA has said, warning that the risk of debris colliding with the International Space Station has risen by 44 per cent since the Indian anti-satellite weapon test. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on March 27 that India has achieved a "historic feat" by shooting down its own low-orbit satellite with a ground-to-space missile, making the country a "space power." Only three other countries -- the US, Russia and China -have anti-satellite missile (ASAT) capabilities. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Administrator Jim Bridenstine said about 60 pieces of debris have been tracked so far and out of which 24 are going above the apogee of the International Space Station (ISS), the point of the space station's orbit farthest from the Earth. Continued on Page 15 HEALT HC Chittoor/Madanapalle/Nagari/Nellore: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said, if voted to power again, his government would extend unemployment dole to the students of Intermediate and will help them acquire skill development and ensure their placement. Addressing well-attended meetings in Chittoor, Nagari and Nellore on Tuesday, Naidu said Andhra Pradesh has been very considerate at the time of bifurcation of the state and agreed for the merger of only seven mandals of Khammam district and did not insist on merger of Bhadrachalam. But the TRS government has been creating trouble for the residuary state from day one. They are ﬁling cases after cases against Polavaram, want full control over Srisailam project and want AP to stop Machumarri project. If they do not mend their ways, AP would demand that Bhadrachalam be transferred to Andhra Pradesh and will launch an agitation for that, he said. People initially did not believe that water from Srisailam would come to Chittoor district, but the TD government has made it a reality. Once the ongoing projects are completed, every acre would get water for irrigation, he added. Naidu assured that he will strive hard to cancel the contributory pension scheme. In Madanapalle, Naidu criticised the Modi government for its bid to have authority over Tirumala. He cautioned BJP leaders to be careful or else Lord Venkateswara would teach them a lesson if they try to play tricks with the God. Naidu further announced that the GST exemption for handloom workers will be given. He also promised that they will turn Madanapalle into a smart city and an airport will be constructed as well. He said the difference between him, and the Leader of Opposition was that while he always remains with the people, Jagan choses to spend most of his time in Lotus Pond. “Even today, he is there only and is perhaps counting the ill-gotten money he got from the BJP and TRS. Continued on Page 15 LALIT K JHA TI ON & HANS NEWS SERVICE India’s ASAT test litter poses risk to ISS astronauts MNREGA KISAN BUDGET Mumbai: Cash-crunch hit private carrier Jet Airways on Tuesday said it has grounded 15 more aircraft due to non-payment of rentals to lessors, taking the total number of grounded planes to 69. The fleet strength in the airline has, however, has come down to 20 now. Till last month, the Mumbai-headquartered airline, which is now under the new ownership, had taken 54 planes out of operations due to lease rental defaults. ".... an additional 15 aircraft have been grounded due to non-payment of amounts outstanding to lessors under their respective lease agreements," Jet Airways said in a filing to the stock exchanges. Last week, the airline had informed the government it has 35 aircraft in operations. On March 25, Jet Airways' board approved a resolution plan formulated by SBI-led domestic lenders. Under the plan, lenders decided to take control of the airline and make a fund infusion of Rs 1,500 crore. NOW CM ASSURES DOLE FOR INTER STUDENTS TOO JOBS Jet Airways grounds 15 more planes BJP FORESEES DEFEAT FOR TDP OVER NAIDU FLIPFLOPS NYAY New York: Three Indian citizens have been apprehended by US Border Patrol officials for being involved in a smuggling attempt near Hogansburg in upstate New York. US Border Patrol agents assigned to the Massena Border Patrol Station had apprehended six individuals on March 28 for being involved in the suspected smuggling attempt. The agents observed suspicious activity in Hogansburg involving the occupants of two vehicles, to include the exchange of passengers. Border Patrol agents performed a vehicle stop on one of the cars in Hogansburg in the town of Bombay, near the Canadian-US, a press release from the US Customs and Border Protection said. SUPREME COURT NIXES RBI CIRCULAR ON INSOLVENCY RA PR FIV HU OM E B L’s IS IG ES Three Indians nabbed in US for smuggling bid REGION WINDOWS BUSINESS H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H CA EDU • Rahul says Nyay scheme would be his priority • Promises separate budget for farmers • To ﬁll 22 lakh vacancies by March 2020 • 6% budget allocation for education • Assures 150 days under NREGA • Fuel to be brought under GST in 2 yrs WhatsApp gate-keeping to curb fake news, rumours New Delhi: WhatsApp has unveiled its 'Checkpoint Tipline', where people can check the authenticity of information received as the messaging giant looks to crack down on fake news ahead of the general election. "Launched by PROTO, an India-based media skilling startup, this tipline will help create a database of rumours to study misinformation during elections for Checkpoint - a research project commissioned and technically assisted by WhatsApp," the Facebook-owned company said in a statement. It added that starting from Tuesday, people in India can submit misinformation or rumours they receive to the Checkpoint Tipline on WhatsApp (+91-9643- 000-888). Once a WhatsApp user shares a suspicious message with the tipline, PROTO's veriﬁcation centre will seek to respond and inform the user if the claim made in message shared is veriﬁed or not. "The response will indicate if information is classiﬁed as true, false, misleading, disputed or out of scope and include any other related information that is available," the statement said. This centre is equipped to review content in the form of pictures, video links or text and will cover English and four regional languages - Hindi, Telugu, Bengali and Malayalam. PROTO will also look at working with organisations at grassroot level to submit mis- FACEBOOK WORKING ON NEWS TAB SUSPICIOUS CONTENT CAN BE SENT TO +91-9643-000-888 Washington: Facebook is working on a "news tab" that could be used to financially support "high quality and trustworthy" journalism, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Tuesday. Zuckerberg said he sees interest in building a product separate from its personalised feed that would serve people who want news from professional media. "We want this to surface high quality and trustworthy information," Zuckerberg said. He he believes as many as 10 to 15 per cent of Facebook users would be interested in a dedicated news tab. information circulating across different regions in India during the election period. Facebook, which counts India as one of its largest markets with over 200 million users, had faced ﬂak from the Indian government after a series of mob-lynching incidents, triggered by rumours circulating on WhatsApp, claimed lives last year. Under pressure to stop rumours and fake news, WhatsApp had last year restricted forwarding messages to ﬁve chats at once. It has also been putting out advertisements in newspapers and running television and radio campaigns offering tips to users on how to spot misinformation. With ensuing general elections, the Indian gov- ernment had warned social media platforms of strong action if any attempt was made to inﬂuence the country's electoral process through undesirable means. Interestingly, the Indian government — through proposed changes in IT rules — is seeking to make social media platforms more accountable by mandating them to introduce tools that can identify and disable "unlawful content". One of the amendments being mulled in the IT intermediary rules (meant for online and social media platforms) will require them to enable tracing out of such originators of information as needed by government agencies that are legally authorised. Continued on Page 15
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