The US has received enough petitions needed to reach the Congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for the fiscal year 2021 and successful candidates for the most sought-after work visa among foreign professionals, including Indians, would be decided by a computerised draw of lots. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows the US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China. US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has said it has received a sufficient number of petitions needed to reach the congressionally mandated 65,000 H-1B visa regular cap and the 20,000 H-1B visa US advanced degree exemption, known as the master's cap, for fiscal year (FY) 2021. Successful applicants would be decided by a computerised draw of lots. “We have completed sending ... » Learn More about US reaches H-1B visa cap for 2021
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The U.S., the world's largest economy, owes India $ 216 billion in loan as the country's debt grows to a record $ 29 trillion, an American lawmaker has said, cautioning the leadership against galloping foreign debt, the largest of which comes from China and Japan. In 2020, the U.S. national debt was $ 23.4 trillion, that was $ 72,309 in debt per person. “We are going to grow our debt to $ 29 trillion. That is even more debt owed per citizen. There is a lot of misinformation about where the debt is going. The top two countries we owe the debt to are China and Japan, not actually our friends,” Congressman Alex Mooney said. “We are at global competition with China all the time. They are holding a lot of the debt. We owe China over $ 1 trillion and we owe Japan over $ 1 trillion,” the Republican Senator from West Virginia said on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives as he and others opposed the latest stimulus package of $ 2 trillion. In January, U.S. President Joe Biden ... » Learn More about U.S. owes India $ 216 billion as American debt soars to $ 29 trillion: lawmaker
Video Player Close BEIJING, Feb. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese National Medical Products Administration granted conditional market approval to a recombinant novel coronavirus vaccine that requires only one shot. Developed by a research team led by Chen Wei, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering and a researcher at the Institute of Military Medicine under the Academy of Military Sciences, it is China's first approved COVID-19 vaccine that relies on adenovirus as the vector to deliver the coronavirus spike gene into the body. Targeting people aged above 18, the vaccine can be transported and stored at a temperature ranging from 2 to 8 degrees Celsius. The vaccine shows a 65.7-percent efficacy at preventing symptomatic cases and a 90.98-percent efficacy against severe disease in an interim analysis of its global phase-3 clinical trials, according to media reports. In the Pakistan subset, its efficacy at preventing symptomatic cases is 74.8 percent and 100 percent ... » Learn More about China conditionally approves one-shot recombinant COVID-19 vaccine
The Uttarakhand floods this week have brought us face to face with an inescapable reality — climate change. The signs are showing globally, Earth’s atmosphere warmed by greenhouse gas emissions, causing Arctic sea ice to melt rapidly, oceans warming (surface water temperatures have been higher over the last three decades than at any time since 1880) and sea levels rising. Air temperature over land is rising even faster, hastening glacial melting — the probable cause of the Uttarakhand tragedy. India is highly vulnerable to climate change, 75% of our districts susceptible to extreme weather events, including increasingly severe cyclonic storms, intense downpours and parching heat waves. ‘A colonial mindset thought technology could control nature — that caused climate change’ This situation urgently needs new mitigations — and a new vision. Once, a ‘Promethean’ approach was used towards nature. This entailed human arrogance vis-à-vis the environment, with a belief ... » Learn More about To nature, with respect
B y Megha Jain and Vanyaa Gupta In the wake of incessant hike in fuel prices , there is no option left but to shift gears to renewable sources of energy. The sooner the better! Today, there have been continuous efforts to engage in renewable sources of energy for electricity generation that can further, be utilised to minimise the cost of various operations at present. Electric Vehicles (EVs) is one such example of utilizing energy in the most sustainable manner. As they say, ‘necessity is the mother of every invention’; today, there is a dire need for energy-efficient vehicles in India that could reduce the emission of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in the atmosphere and in turn, could stop global warming . Needless to say, the recent calamity in Uttarakhand, India, which engulfed hundreds of lives because of global warming gives us even a stronger reason to further delve into this field. Let us take a closer look at it. EVs in the global market EVs have ... » Learn More about Opinion: Can EVs pave the way for a greener electric nation?
Bengaluru: Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials on Saturday identified a cluster of COVID-19 cases in Sambhram College of Management Sciences in Attur where 15 cases were reported on Friday and three infections were recorded today. This came even as the examinations at Sambhram College of Management Sciences are underway. The students who have tested positive for coronavirus have been residing in paying guest (PGs) facilities. "New clusters have emerged. We are surrounded by Kerala and Maharashtra where cases are rising," said BBMP chief Manjunatha Prasad. He further added that most people coming from here are students and they have been tested and isolated. Karnataka on Friday reported 571 new COVID-19 cases, 642 recoveries, and 4 deaths. The total cases in the state reached 9,50,207 including 9,32,367 and 5,501 active cases. As many as 12,320 people have succumbed to the disease so far. ... » Learn More about New clusters have emerged in Bengaluru, surrounded by states with rising cases: BBMP chief