Trump government tables new H-1B bill; techies, IT firms brace for tough future
India > H-1B Visa > Feb 01
A legislation has been introduced in the US House of Representatives which among other things calls for more than doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to USD 130,000, making it difficult for firms to use the programme to replace American employees with foreign workers, including from India.
Former Union minister E Ahamed passes away
India > E Ahamed > Feb 01
Former Union minister and Indian Union Muslim League leader E Ahamed has passed away early today after he suffered a cardiac arrest, a senior doctor has confirmed. The 78-year-old Ahamed died at 2:15 am at RML hospital where he was admitted yesterday and put on artificial life support.
Union Budget 2017: Highlights
India > Union Budget > Feb 01
Finance minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2017-18 in the Lok Sabha today. Here are the highlights of the Union Budget
Supreme Court appoints former CAG Vinod Rai to head BCCI
India > BCCI-SC > Jan 30
The Supreme Court appointed a committee of four administrators headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai to manage the affairs of world's richest cricket body BCCI after its president and other top office bearers were barred from cricket administration.
Donald Trump defends Muslim ban saying 'lot of bad dudes out there' as protests rock US
World > US > Jan 30
Maintaining that there are "a lot of bad dudes out there," US President Donald Trump on Monday defended his ban on refugees and travelers from several Muslim countries even as protests and demonstrations erupted over the weekend in airports and public squares in America's liberal cities.
Turkey puts Fethullah Gulen, 269 others on trial over coup bid
World > Turkey > Jan 30
Turkey opened the biggest trial yet over the failed July coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, trying 270 suspects including, in absentia, the alleged mastermind Fethullah Gulen.
Miss France Iris Mittenaere is crowned Miss Universe 2017
Awards > Miss Universe 2017 > Jan 29
Of the three Miss Universe finalists — Miss France Iris Mittenaere, Miss Haiti Raquel Pelissier and Miss Colombia Andrea Tovar — only one could take home the crown. The honors went to Miss France, with Pelissier named the competition's first runner-up and Tovar the second-runner-up.
UIDAI warns against agencies printing plastic Aadhaar cards
India > UIDAI > Jan 29
UIDAI today cautioned against unscrupulous entities charging anywhere between Rs 50-200 for a plastic Aadhaar card and emphasised that paper printed Aadhaar is “perfectly valid” and there is no concept such as smart or plastic card. Warning the public not to fall for such ploys, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) said Aadhaar letter or its cutaway portion or downloaded version of Aadhaar on ordinary paper is valid for all uses.
Federer beats Nadal in five-set thriller to win Australian Open
Sports > Australian Open > Jan 29
Roger Federer prevailed 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 after a rollercoaster ride of a 35th chapter of his rivalry with Rafa Nadal to win his fifth Australian Open and clinch a first Grand Slam title in four and a half years on Sunday.
Sania-Dodig stunned by unseeded Spears-Cabal in mixed doubles final
Sports > Australian Open > Jan 29
Sania Mirza will have to wait for her seventh Grand Slam trophy as the Indian and her Croatian partner Ivan Dodig lost the Australian Open mixed doubles final 2-6, 4-6 to underdogs Abigail Spears and Juan Sebastian Cabal on Sunday.
Aircel asks SC not to shut its operations
India > Aircel > Jan 29
Facing the heat of the Supreme Court, which threatened to shut down Aircel's operations if its parent, Malaysian company Maxis, and its promoter T Ananda Krishnan do not appear before it in connection with the 2G spectrum allocation scam, the telecom company has told the court that it had no control over them and it should not be punished for their fault.
Serena Williams wins record 23rd major after beating sister Venus in Australia
Sports > Australian Open > Jan 28
Serena Williams has won her record 23rd Grand Slam singles title, and her sister was right there on court to give her a congratulatory hug. The all-Williams final — the first at the Australian Open since Serena won the first edition here in 2003 — went to the younger sibling 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday night.
Russian ambassador to India Alexander Kadakin dies at 67
India > Russian ambassador > Jan 26
Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin, a fluent Hindi-speaking career diplomat considered a great friend of India, passed away today at a hospital here after a brief illness. He was 67. Kadakin, who was serving as the Ambassador here since 2009, was credited with playing a significant role in promotion of relations between India and Russia.