www.thehansindia.com VOL. 10 | NO. 83 | THURSDAY 8 OCTOBER 2020 | VISAKHAPATNAM | PAGES 8 | `5.00 Forecast: A few tstorms. Decreasing cloudiness. Temp: Max.30°C. Min.28°C. Humidity: 66% Sunrise: 05:48 Sunset: 05:40 H Simultaneously published from Hyderabad | Warangal | Tirupati | Amaravati | Visakhapatnam | Khammam | Kurnool | Delhi H H Follow @ /thehansindia | New curbs on H1B visas to protect US workers 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 2 women win Nobel 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 of life over the course of a few weeks. Continued on Page 7 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. Continued on Page 7 High-power panel to allot mining lease HANS NEWS SERVICE Amaravati: The AP government took a key decision on Wednesday entrusting a high-power committee the responsibility of allotting leasing rights on mining. In a GO issued on Wednesday, the government appointed the committee with the secretaries of Departments of Finance, Industry and Commerce and Mines and Geology and the Regional Controller of Mines of Indian Bureau of Mines and the Director of Geological Survey of India as its members. The Director of Andhra Pradesh Mines and Geology would be convener of the committee. The high-power committee would take decisions on key issues like giving mines on lease, allocation of blocks of mines, ﬁxation of reserve price, eligibility and others. The government claims that the decision was taken to maintain transparency in the allocation of mines. 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. /thehansindiaweb | /thehansindia | /thehansindia | /thehansindia H ‘Farm Acts for ryots’ benefit’ Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman meets farmers in agri fields in Krishna HANS NEWS SERVICE Jakkula Nekkalam (Krishna district): Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has defended the farm Bills as they were intended to better the financial position of farmers in the country. Addressing farmers at an agriculture field near Jakkula Nekkalam village in Gannavaram mandal of Krishna district on Wednesday, Sitharaman said the enactments were intended for the benefit of the farmers and were not antifarmer as alleged by the Opposition. She directly proceeded to the village from the Gannavaram air- Union Minister for Finance Nirmala Sitharaman interacting with farmers at Jakkula Nekkalam village in Gannavaram mandal of Krishna district on Wednesday port to interact with the farmers on farm issues. Farmers, K Yesu Babu, Bhadraiah and G Sivaji Ganesh informed the Union Minister that the farmers were not getting remunerative price for paddy and sug- arcane crops. They said the paddy was being purchased for Rs 1250 per quintal and there was a need to increase it to Rs 2,000. They appealed to the minister to make sure that the paddy was purchased at the field level itself. Referring the breakup of the income, the farmers said the yield of paddy was 35 bags per acre and the land owner would be given 12 bags as tenancy. “This is not remunerative for the farmers,” they pointed out. In the case of sugarcane too, the yield would be 40 tonnes spending Rs 50,000 per acre. The present market rate per tonne is only Rs 2,250. If the price was in- creased to Rs 3,800, the farmer would not incur losses, they said. “Even the banks are not extending loans to the sugarcane farmers,” they added. The farmers appealed to her to allow the farmer of curry leaves to sell the produce anywhere he wanted. The Union minister informed the farmers that the new enactments would solve all their problems. BJP leaders Sunil Deodhar, GVL Narasimha Rao, Kanna Lakshminarayana, MLC Madhav, Chigurupati Kumara Swamy, Matta Prasad, Tummla Anji Babu, Pasuboyina Venkateswara Rao and others were present.
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