VOL. 3 | NO. 343 | THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER 2020 | DELHI | PAGES 8 | `5.00 www.thehansindia.com Forecast: Sunny. Temp: Max.34°C. Min.28°C. Humidity: 18% Sunrise: 06:17 Sunset: 05:58 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi: RNI No: DELENG/2017/74095 H H Follow @ WINDOWS /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H Trump turns the knife in, H1B workers say deja vu New curbs on H1B visas to protect US workers ahead of Presidential poll NIKHILA NATARAJAN Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to General Staff chief Valery Gerasimov during a video call at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow on Wednesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin celebrates his 68th birthday on Wednesday Modi greets Putin on his birthday New Delhi (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday greeted Russian President Vladimir Putin on his birthday and appreciated the personal role he has played in nurturing the "special and privileged strategic partnership" between the two nations. In a telephonic conversation, Modi also conveyed his best wishes to Putin, who turned 68. "Spoke to my friend President Vladimir Putin @KremlinRussia_E to greet him on his birthday today. Appreciated his immense personal contribution to strengthening the Special & Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia," Modi tweeted. An official statement said the prime minister also recalled his long association and friendship with Putin and appreciated the personal role that the latter has played in nurturing the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two nations. Both leaders agreed to remain in touch over the coming days, including on the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. "The prime minister expressed his keenness to welcome President Putin in India, as soon as possible after the normalisation of the public health situation," the statement said. New York (IANS): The Donald Trump administration moved on Tuesday to cut back H1B visas for foreign skilled workers and tightened wage-based entry barriers citing "data" that more than 500,000 Americans have lost their jobs because of "H1B non-immigrants". India and China account for the lion's share of H1B visas. As per US government data, India accounts for upwards of 70 per cent, most years. In a call with reporters, Acting Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said about one-third of the people who have applied for H1B visas would be denied under the new rules. With Trump laid up with Covid19, his poll numbers tanking and less than 30 days to go before the US election, the timing of the H1B visa hammering is business as usual for foreign workers. "It would have been a surprise if this hadn't happened," an H1B worker on site at JP Morgan in New York City told IANS. The worker asked not to be named. The salary requirement will be a "gamechanger" in favour of the Trump administration, this worker said. Many H1B workers expressed a version of the same sentiment. They've seen this movie before. It's Trump's all-base, all the time anthem to fire up his most vocal supporters, they said. The latest blow comes as the ducks line up across multiple departments that coordinate and monitor the criss-crossing elements of foreign worker visas: US Department of Labor (DoL), US Citizenship Delhi riots were big conspiracy, says MoS Gurugram (PTI): The riots in Delhi this year were a "big conspiracy" to disturb the country but security forces like the Rapid Action Force (RAF) played an important role in "suppressing the elements that spread anarchy" during the time, Union minister Nityanand Rai said on Wednesday. The minister of state for home was addressing RAF troops on the occasion of the force's 28th anniversary, or raising day, at a Central Reserve Police Force camp here. The RAF is a special anti-riot wing of the CRPF and was raised in 1992. "A big conspiracy was deployed to disturb the country through the Delhi riots that took place this year. The RAF played an important role in suppressing the elements that spread anarchy and ensured peace," Rai said in his address to the troops. He added that RAF personnel had "completely defeated" the nefarious designs of the ri- oters. "You suffer damage and injury during riots and protests...but you use force only when violent groups start troubling the peace of society," the minister added. The RAF was deployed during the communal violence that broke out in northeast Delhi in February, killing 53 people and injuring about 200. Delhi Police has ﬁled multiple chargesheets before a Delhi court in these cases. The RAF has 15 battalions (over 15,000 personnel) based in various parts of the country. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also greeted RAF personnel on the occasion. "Greetings to RAF personnel and their families on their 28th anniversary. RAF has distinguished itself in dealing with the challenges relating to law and order," the minister said on Twitter. "Time and again, their commitment in several humanitarian works and UN peacekeeping missions has made India proud," he added. and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Department of Labor's revisions to minimum salary requirements take effect Thursday and DHS' H1B revisions will hit home in 60 days. "When seeking to employ an H1B, H-1B1, or E-3 visa, US employers must attest that they will pay nonimmigrant workers, during the period of authorized employment, the higher of the prevailing wage or the actual wage paid to other employees with similar experience and qualifications," US Department of Labor announced. The gaslighting of the "low costa H1B pay cheque is a well worn anthem and has become louder in the Trump years. The word "undercut" was used multiple times on Tues- day in a round robin of smoothly co-ordinated press-releases and telephonic briefings across DoL and DHS. The DOL rule will raise the four salary tiers for employees on H1Bs and other professional visas, which currently begin at the 17th percentiles for each industry, to the 45th percentile. "Under the existing wage levels, artificially low prevailing wages provide an opportunity for employers to hire and retain foreign workers at wages well below what their US counterparts - meaning US workers in the same labor market, performing similar jobs, and possessing similar levels of education, experience, and responsibility - make, creating an incentive - entirely at odds with the statutory scheme - to prefer for- eign workers to US workers, and causing downward pressure on the wages of the domestic workforce," reads an excerpt from the DoL interim final rule. The Department is also tightening the screws on the definition of "specialty occupation" to make it align with what it calls the "verbatim" description. In parallel, DHS will narrow the definition of "specialty occupation", require companies to make "real" offers to "real employees," and turbocharge its own ability to ensure compliance "before, during, and after an H1-B petition is approved". "Data shows that the more than a half million H-1B non-immigrants in the United States have been used to displace US workers," read a statement from the Department of Homeland Security. Delhi air turns ‘very poor’ as stubble burning begins AAKANKSHA KHAJURIA New Delhi (IANS): With the smoke from the burning of paddy stubble in Punjab and Haryana blowing to the national capital and its surrounding regions, the air quality of the region dipped to the 'very poor' category on Wednesday. This marks the beginning of the highly-polluted season that goes on to last for about three months. With stubble burning, the air pollution reaches a crescendo in Delhi-NCR every winter, when pollutants combine with the suspended water droplets in the lower atmosphere to form a thick blanket of noxious smog, thus creating health hazards for the residents. According to the data of the Central Pollution Control Board, out of 35 pollution monitoring sta- B urning of 1 tonne of rice crop residue releases about 13 kilograms of particulate matter, 60 kg of carbon monoxide and 1,460 kg of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases Smoke billows after a ﬁre at a garbage mountain in a dumping yard, at Daddu Majra in Chandigarh on Wednesday tions, the air quality index in as many as 22 stations, including RK Puram, Rohini, was in the poor category. Twelve stations, including one at IGI airport, JNU etc., recorded the index in the moderate category, while one station logged the 'very poor' category. The overall air quality near Mundka in West Delhi stood at 308 micrograms per cubic in the very poor category, followed by 290 at Delhi Technical University (DTU) area. Very poor air quality causes respiratory illness on prolonged exposure, warned CPCB. The synergized ﬁre counts aggregated over Punjab, Haryana, and neighbouring border regions were found to be 336, as per the System of Air 2 women win Nobel in chemistry for gene editing Stockholm (IANS): In a historic moment, two women scientists have been awarded the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing the tools to edit DNA, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Wednesday. Professor Emmanuelle Charpentier and US biochemist Jennifer Doudna are the ﬁrst women to share the prize (ﬁrst time without a male collaborator) for their discovery known as Crispr-Cas9 genetic scissors. The winners will share the prize money of 10 million krona ($1,110,400). "I wish that this will provide a positive message speciﬁcally for young girls who would like to follow the path of science... and to show them that women in science can also have an impact with the research they are performing," said Charpentier. "This is not just for women, but we see a clear lack of interest in following a scientific path, which is very worrying". Researchers need to modify genes in cells if they are to find out about life's inner workings. This used to be time-consuming, difficult and sometimes impossible work. Using the CRISPR/Cas9 genetic scissors, it is now possible to change the code Emmanuelle Charpentier (left) and Jennifer Doudna win the 2020 Nobel Chemistry Prize of life over the course of a few weeks. "There is enormous power in this genetic tool, which affects us all. It has not only revolutionised basic science, but also re- sulted in innovative crops and will lead to groundbreaking new medical treatments," said Claes Gustafsson, chair of the Nobel Committee for Chemistry. Using the CRISPR/ Cas9 genetic scissors, researchers can change the DNA of animals, plants and microorganisms with extremely high precision. This technology has had a revolutionary impact on the life sciences, is contributing to new cancer therapies and may make the dream of curing inherited diseases come true. This technology has revolutionised the molecular life sciences, brought new opportunities for plant breeding, is contributing to innovative cancer therapies and may make the dream of curing inherited diseases come true. Continued on Page 5 Palaniswami will be AIADMK’s CM candidate for 2021 polls Chennai (IANS): Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK on Wednesday announced that Chief Minister K Palaniswami will be the party's chief ministerial candidate for the 2021 Assembly polls. The much-expected announcement was made by party Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam at the party headquarters here. Accepting the demand of Panneerselvam, the party has also announced the setting up of a 11member steering committee to guide the party. The formation of the steering committee was announced by party Joint Coordinator and Chief Minister Palaniswami. The members of the steering Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami being congratulated by AIADMK coordinator and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam after the former was announced as party's chief ministerial candidate for the upcoming 2021 Tamil Nadu Assembly elections, at party oﬃce in Chennai on Wednesday committee are: Dindigul C Sreenivasan, SP Velumani, P Thangamani, C Ve Shanmugam, D Jayakumar, R Kamaraj, Manoj Pandian, JCD Prabhakar, P Mohan, Gopalakrishnan and Man- ickam. Welcoming the announcement party cadres burst crackers and distributed sweets at the headquarters. At the recent meeting of the Executive Committee of the party, the issue of announcing the Chief Ministerial candidate for the 2021 assembly elections was raised. There were heated exchanges between the supporters of Panneerselvam and Palaniswami. Panneerselvam's demand is to set up a steering committee to guide the party as per earlier agreement. All these years Palaniswami was not agreeable for the steering committee and Panneerselvam remained silent. After the – National Academy of Agricultural Sciences party's Executive Committee meeting, Deputy Coordinator KP Munusamy told reporters that the party's Chief Ministerial candidate will be announced on October 7 by Panneerselvam and Palaniswami. "There will not be any change in the current set up. The status quo will continue. The party will face the elections with Palaniswami heading the caretaker government while Panneerselvam stays party Coordinator," the senior official, who did not want to be identified, had told IANS. The past couple of days saw hectic discussions within the party to thrash out the differences and arrive at an amicable settlement. Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). "The boundary layer wind direction and speed are favorable for slow transport from the external emission sources and local conditions are conducive for accumulation of pollutants in Delhi," air quality forecasting system stated in their daily bulletin. Continued on Page 5 Rhea walks out of jail after 28 days Mumbai (IANS): Hours after she was granted bail, Bollywood actress Rhea Chakraborty on Wednesday evening walked out of the Byculla Jail, having spent 28 days in custody since her arrest on September 8. In full media glare with tight police security, she quickly stepped into a vehicle and was driven off to her home in Santacruz in the western suburbs. Earlier on Wednesday morning, Justice SV Kotwal of Bombay High Court granted her conditional bail on a surety of Rs 1 lakh, along with the late Sushant Singh Rajput's staffer Dipesh Sawant and his house manager Samuel Miranda. However, her brother Showik and drug peddler Abdul Basit Parihar were refused bail. Welcoming the court order, her lawyer Satish Maneshinde said "truth and justice have prevailed" and ultimately the submissions on facts and law have been accepted by Justice Kotwal". "The arrest and custody of Rhea was totally unwarranted and beyond the reach of law. The hounding and witch hunt by three central agencies - the CBI, ED and NCB - of Rhea should come to an end. We remain committed to Truth. Satyameva Jayate," he added. In the evening, Maneshinde expressed relief saying Rhea will ﬁnally get to sleep on her own after a month in the jail. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police Sangram Singh Nishandar again warned the paparazzi against chasing or obstructing any vehicles in which persons called for investigations travel in view of safety of all the stakeholders. Modi enters 20th year in public office without a break New Delhi (ANI): Crossing another milestone, Prime Minister Narendra Modi entered 20th consecutive year as the democratically elected head of a government, without a break, on Wednesday. The journey of the Prime Minister in public office began on October 7, 2001, as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. This was followed by three terms as the Gujarat CM in 2002, 2007 and 2012, respectively. During the third term as the Gujarat CM, however, Modi fought the 2014 general elections. His popularity, which was going through the roof both inside and outside the State, led to the BJP declaring him as its prime ministerial candidate in 2013. He had been projected as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate for the PM post. Defeating the Congressled government which held sway at the Centre, CM Modi left Gujarat to take over the reins at the Centre. Since then, he has solidiﬁed his position with the NDA coalition retaining its position in the Centre with an even bigger margin in the 2019 general elections. "If the ﬁrst term was fulﬁlling the needs of people then since 2019, PM Modi has set his sights on fulﬁlling the aspirations of 130 crore Indians. Jammu and Kashmir has ﬁn a l l y b e e n fully integrated in India and Article 370 is history. The Ram Mandir is now a reality with construction starting for a grand Ram Temple at the birth place of Prabhu Ram. Our farmers have ﬁnally been freed from artiﬁcially imposed chains on them and far-reaching, historic agriculture reforms are now a reality. A host of other reforms such as Labour Reforms, Coal Reforms, allowing private enterprise in the space sector, FDI reforms across the board and tax reforms have put in place a foundation for sustained years of economic growth," an article shared on the official website of PM Modi on the day read. Continued on Page 5
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