www.thehansindia.com VOL. 10 | NO. 83 | THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER 2020 | HYDERABAD | PAGES 10 | `5.00 Forecast: Cloudy. Temp: Max.30°C. Min.23°C. Humidity: 59% Sunrise: 06:07 Sunset: 05:59 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ /thehansindia | /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H New curbs on H1B visas Hathras alert: CM for women safety to protect US workers HANS NEWS SERVICE NIKHILA NATARAJAN 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 Covid-19, 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 GHMC elections likely in December SEC procuring ballot boxes HANS NEWS SERVICE Tirumala: The GHMC elections are around the corner and the notiﬁcation for the same is likely to be issued in November and polls may be held in December. This was indicated here on Wednesday by State Election Commissioner C Parthasarathi during an interaction with the media in Tirumala after having a darshan of Lord Venkateswara. He said the State Election Commission had taken a decision to conduct the elections to the GHMC and other urban local bodies using ballot papers in place of EVMs in view of corona pandemic. Sources said that the Commission has already initiated steps for procuring ballot boxes and arrangements for printing of ballot papers would begin once the process is in motion. Continued on Page 5 2 women win Nobel for gene editing P5 Advantage Kavitha Nizamabad MLC poll tomorrow HANS NEWS SERVICE Nizamabad: The Nizamabad Local Bodies’ MLC election has become a matter of prestige for the TRS as well as for the Opposition parties. The TRS is leaving no stone unturned to win the seat for two reasons. One, it is being contested by former MP K Kavitha and second this is the ﬁrst major poll after the local body elections that were held last year. The election is scheduled to be held on Friday. With the campaign having come to an end on Wednesday, political circles are busy assessing the ground situation. According to TRS sources, they have a vote share of about 60 percent. Continued on Page 5 Rhea Chakraborty 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. 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 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. Hyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Wednesday directed the police officials to accord top priority to the safety of women and ensure that no attacks on Dalits take place in the state. Addressing a high-level meeting consisting of the Chief Secretary, the DGP, Forest and Excise officials, KCR said it had come to his notice that there have been some incidents of attack on Dalits. He said after formation of the new state, there has been sea-change in the image of the police and it has now come to be known as friendly police. The state had become a role model in maintaining law and order and social harmony. This Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao holding high-level meeting on law and order, women safety, drugs and forest smuggling, in Hyderabad on Wednesday concept needs to be taken further and police should ensure that the complainants were treated with empathy and create confidence that their grievances would be addressed. This meeting assumes importance in the wake of Hathras incident in Uttar Pradesh and some incidents that had taken place in the state some time back. The Chief Minister asked the officials to prepare an action plan ensuring the safety of women. He said the Police department needs to work hard to achieve zero crime against women in the state in the coming days. He suggested further strengthening of women police stations and provide required amenities, including rest rooms for women police officials in the stations. Taking serious note of drugs’ abuse and smuggling of timber, the Chief Minister instructed the forest officials to work in coordination with the state police and take stringent action against those involved in the smuggling and poaching. He praised the police and excise officials for making the state 'gudumba-free." The CM enquired about the progress in the construction of the Command Control Room in Hyderabad and asked DGP Mahendar Reddy to prepare an action plan for the installation of 10 lakh CCTV cameras in the state capital which emerged as the hub of global investments. He stressed the need to use more IT applications to curb the organised crime.
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