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Three-Fourths of H-1B Visa Holders in 2018 are Indians: Report October 20, 2018 10:50

An official United States report said nearly three out of every H-1B visa holders as of October 5 are Indian citizens. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there were as many as 419,637 foreign nationals working in the U.S. on H-1B visas as on October 5.Of these, 309,986 are Indians, the USCIS said in its report 'H-1B petitions by gender and country of the birth fiscal year 2018'.The report unveils a massive gender inequality - only one out of every four H-1B visa holders is female. Of the 419,637 H1B visa holders, 106,096 (or 25.3 percent) are females as against 311,997 (or 74.3 percent males), it said.Gender inequality is wider among Indians.Of the 309,986 Indians on H-1B visas in the U.S. this October, only 63,220 or 20.4 percent are females while nearly 245,517 Indians on H-1B visas or 80 percent (79.2 percent to be precise) are males. As many as 1,249 Indians on H1B visas have been characterized in the category of missing/others.Indians, who account for 73.9 percent of the total H-1B visa holders in the U.S., are followed by a distant Chinese with 47,172 on H-1B visas, accounting for 11.2 percent of the total foreign nationals on this work visas.Nevertheless, there is not much gender inequality among the Chinese on H-1B visas. According to the report, 21,342 or 45.2 percent are females and 25,718 or 54.5 percent are males.Followed by India and China, Canada and South Korea are the only two countries which account for a little over one percent (1.1 percent to be exact) each on H-1B visas.After that, all other countries constitute less than one percent of the H1B visas as of October 5.The Philippines is the sole country in top 10 H-1B visa holders in which there are more females (1712 or 52.7 percent) on H-1B visas than males (1519 or 46.7 percent) on H-1B visas. As of October 5, as many as 3,250 professionals from the Philippines were on H-1B visas.The H-1B gender report was revealed days after the Trump administration came out with its incorporated fall agenda, in which it said that it plans to make changes in the definition of specialty occupation for the definition of H-1B visas and re-redefining the relationship between employees and employers.The proposed regulations, it said, is aimed at attracting the best and the brightest from across the world, prevent the abuse of H-1B visas which is consentient with the hire American agenda of the Trump administration.The USCIS is also proposing to introduce a pre-registration system for foreign students in the U.S. Technically it is possible that if 85,000 such students succeed in getting H-1B visas, no overseas applicants could apply.-Sowmya Sangam

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Saudi Arabia Admits Jamal Khashoggi Killed in Consulate October 20, 2018 09:55

Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul, two weeks after his disappearance prompted worldwide rage.The kingdom as well announced the firing of a top intelligence official Ahmad al-Assiri and royal court media adviser Saud al-Qahtani, both topmost aides to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who has gone through escalating coercion over the Khashoggi matter.Saudi journalist Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom's leadership and a Washington Post contributor, was last seen on October 2 entering his country's consulate in Istanbul.His disappearance had been shrouded in mystery and triggered an international crisis, with Turkish officials accusing Saudi Arabia of a state-sponsored assassination."The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul... devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death," the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the public prosecutor.The kingdom announced that 18 people had been arrested in the current investigation.The Saudi king likewise ordered the setting up of the ministerial committee under the chairmanship of the crown prince to restructure the kingdom's intelligence agency and "define its powers accurately", state media said.Soon before Riyadh confirmed that Khashoggi had been killed, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Saudi King Salman agreed in telephone negotiations to proceed cooperation in the investigation into the Khashoggi affair.Erdogan and Salman "emphasized the importance of continuing to work together with complete cooperation", said a Turkish presidential source, who asked not to be named.The United States warned Friday of a "wide range" of responses should it find out that Saudi Arabia is behind the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as Turkey widened its probe into the scandal.President Donald Trump said the U.S., which is Saudi Arabia's biggest backer, could impose sanctions over the feared murder of Khashoggi.His top diplomat Mike Pompeo told Voice of America Radio: "We'll certainly consider a wide range of potential responses."The Trump administration has been notably slow to criticize Saudi Arabia, despite mounting indication that Khashoggi, a critic of the Islamic petro-state's potent crown prince, went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.The Khashoggi case has given Trump with one of the most acute foreign policy crises of his nearly two-year-old presidency.Pro-government Turkish media have frequently claimed that Khashoggi was tortured and decapitated by a Saudi hit squad inside the diplomatic mission, although Turkey has yet to disclose details about the probe.The contention has put the kingdom under unprecedented pressure to offer an explanation to take the heat off its rulers.-Sowmya Sangam

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World's Longest Sea Bridge Between China-Hong Kong to Open Shortly October 20, 2018 08:57

The world's longest sea bridge Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge will be thrown open for traffic on October 24, the authorities said Saturday.The 55-kilometer-long bridge, located in the Lingdingyang waters of the Pearl River Estuary, will be the world's longest sea bridge, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.The construction of the multibillion-dollar bridge had begun in December 2009.It will cut the travel time between Hong Kong and Zhuhai from three hours to just 30 minutes, further combining the cities in the Pearl River Delta.The bridge will be opened for traffic on October 24, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Authority said.According to a report in South China Morning Post, earlier, lawmakers in Hong Kong warned that the bridge, which provides a direct link to Hong Kong International Airport, could bring extra traffic to Lantau Island, and cause congestion. The Transport Department has already capped the number of permits for cross-border private cars at 5,000, it said.A government-commissioned study from 2016 estimated that 29,100 vehicles would use the bridge daily, by 2030, which was 12 percent down from a report written in 2008.-Sowmya Sangam

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Most Corrupt Bookies in International Cricket are Indians: ICC Official October 20, 2018 08:47

Amid investigations on profound corruption in Sri Lankan cricket, the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Anti Corruption Unit official Alex Marshall disclosed an appalling fact that most of the bookies indulging in corrupt doings are Indians.Last week, legendary Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya tuned out to be the first high profile player from the island nation to be charged for breaching ICC's anti-corruption code. The erstwhile Sri Lanka skipper has been charged for non-co-operation with investigating authorities.Recently, ICC's Anti-Corruption Unit shared information about active corruptors with England and Sri Lankan cricketers, presently active in a limited overs series.Asked if all involved corruptors are local, ICC's General Manager ACU, Marshall, told ESPN Cricinfo: "In Sri Lanka, it was both local and Indian corruptors. In most other parts of the world, it is mostly corrupt Indian bookies." Marshall's disclosures, even though alarming, is not astonishing after Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria on Thursday admitted to spot-fixing, having taken money from an Indian bookie.Even when the match-fixing scandal broke in 2000, most of the corrupt bookies hanging around the players were believed to be of Indian-origin."During the briefing (to England and Sri Lanka players), we showed names and pictures of active corruptors in cricket who were trying to get at players both in Sri Lanka and at tournaments elsewhere in the world," Marshall said.He further said, "So we have openly shared the current information of active corruptors, we have shown their pictures, given their names and details. This way we felt the players are better informed. The exercise has already lead to new information coming forward from the teams". Marshall said that ICC is currently monitoring "12-20 active corruptors" while there is suspicion on at least six, who the players should be wary of."We showed them six. There are probably 12-20 very active corruptors that we are currently monitoring. The pictures shown were all men, but there are a couple of women, too, involved in the whole picture," added Marshall.-Sowmya Sangam

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Kannada Actress Delighted to Act Alongside Nani in 'Jersey' October 20, 2018 07:47

Kannada or Sandalwood film actress Shraddha Srinath is now going to be seen in a sports-based titled Jersey alongside Tollywood actor Nani, directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri under Sithara Entertainments banner. The makers of the film are going to kick-start shoot today. In the latest interview, Shraddha said that she is so glad to be acting alongside Nani and revealed that Jersey has a lovely story about sports, emotions, and relationships. She further said she plays the partner of Arjun, the character played by Nani in the movie. Shraddha has already acted in a couple of Telugu movies which are set for release. She is familiar to Telugu audiences for her role in Mani Ratnam's Cheliyaa. -Sowmya    

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Pandem Kodi 2 Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew October 18, 2018 12:26

Pandem Kodi 2 is the story of Raja Reddy (Raj Kiran) who owns a prominent place in the hearts of a bunch of villages from Kadapa. He is a dictator and he is backed by his son Balu (Vishal) who plays a pivotal role. He falls in love with Charulatha (Keerthy Suresh) and impresses her. Due to the drift from the past, Raja Reddy's family gets disturbed because Bhavani (Varalaxmi Sarathkumar). The rest of Pandem Kodi 2 is all about how Balu clears the air and wins his love. Watch Pandem Kodi 2 to know about the rest.

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Two Indian-Americans gain momentum ahead of mid-term polls October 18, 2018 11:51

Two Indian-American candidates have enhanced their winning chances in the November 6 mid-term elections as the Democratic committee has joined them to the 'Red to Blue' program which is for the high-impact and most feasible campaigns.Hiral Tipirneni is running for the United States House of Representatives, from 8th Congressional District of Arizona and Sri Kulkarni from Texas' 22nd Congressional District.On November 6, Americans will vote for members of both chambers of Congress - the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, also for governors in 36 out of the 50 states.All 435 seats in the House are up for election while 35 out of the 100 seats are being contested in the Senate. Republicans currently control the House and the Senate.'Red to Blue' appellation by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC)'s is for the most practicable and high-impact campaigns.Earlier this year, the party had recognized Aftab Pureval from Ohio's 1st Congressional District with its 'Red to Blue' designation.Today's addition of Tipirneni and Kulkarni represents a record number of Indian-American candidates on 'Red to Blue', said Indian-American Impact Fund."In March, Impact Fund endorsed Hiral and Sri because we were confident they have the passion, tenacity and drive it takes to run, win and lead," said Deepak Raj, co-founder of Impact and chair of the Impact Fund."We're thrilled that the DCCC agrees with our analysis and grateful for their strong support for our candidates," he said.Hiral and Sri are both highly qualified and passionate candidates who will bring fresh energy and ideas to Congress, said Raj Goyle, co-founder of Impact and a former member of the Kansas House of Representatives."With just 20 days to go, it's critical that Indian-American voters, volunteers, and donors do their part to get them across the finish line," Goyle added.-Sowmya Sangam

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RBI to Now Allow Money Transfer between Mobile Wallets Using UPI October 18, 2018 11:39

The Reserve Bank of India has relaxed interoperability norms for digital wallet companies in India making it possible for digital wallets to not only transfer funds from one wallet account to another but also make two-way transfers, according to a report in Economic Times.This means that users can now transfer funds between wallets and as well from their wallets to bank accounts. For instance, a Paytm user can send money to a MobiKwik user.All these have been made executable with one rider that the wallets must have amply complied with the KYC (Know Your Customer) norms already spelled out by RBI. What's more, these digital wallets will get the opportunity issue prepaid cards to their customers as well.RBI has cleared the air on all these issues relating to the digital or e-wallet operations in its elaborated guidelines. Related content: India to Have Over 700m Smartphone Users by 2022: CounterpointThe interoperability will be implemented with the Unified Payment Interface (UPI). The identical way, the cards, if issued will be brought within the existing card networks which have a beefy arrangement in accepting cards issued by different entities through the POS machines regardless of who supplies these machines.Some of the existing rules governing the issuance of and transactions through all card instruments, particularly with respect to the security necessitates will apply to these PPIs too, issued by the e-wallet companies. This will likewise mean these companies may not have to reinvent the wheel by going through onboarding of merchant establishments either. The cards issued will follow the EMV chip design from the word go dissimilar to the existing card issuers who are still in the process of replacing the old magnetic strip cards. Thus, for all practical purposes, it is a win-win situation for them.One significant development out of these fresh RBI guidelines is that some of these digital wallets can short-circuit the banks and offer direct deals to their customers.-Sowmya Sangam

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Hello Guru Prema Kosame Movie Review, Rating, Story, Cast and Crew October 18, 2018 11:00

Hello Guru Prema Kosame is the story of Sanju (Ram), a fun loving guy who is pampered by his parents. After being forced by his uncle, he moves to Hyderabad in search of a job. During his journey, he falls in love with Anu (Anupama Parameshwaran) and in a surprising way, he lands in her home. Her father (Prakash Raj) turns a close friend of Sanju as time passes. The rest of Hello Guru Prema Kosame is all about how Sanju wins his love convincing both the families. Watch the film to know about the entire story.

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Charan Continues To Keep His Fans In Waiting Mode October 18, 2018 08:48

Mega Powerstar Ram Charan is busy with the shoot of his next film which is directed by Boyapati Srinu. Touted to be a high voltage mass entertainer, the film's first look has been planned to be out on the eve of Dasara. The makers remained tight lipped and wanted to make things official once the title of the film will be locked. A close source to the movie unit clarified that there will be no Dasara treat for Mega fans. The title of the film is yet to be finalized and hence the first look of this untitled film has been kept on hold as of now. Ram Charan wrapped up a short Vizag schedule and returned back to Hyderabad. Kiara Advani is the heroine and Vivek Oberoi is the lead antagonist. Bankrolled by DVV Danayya, this untitled film will release during Sankranthi 2019. Devi Sri Prasad is composing the music and the entire shoot will be called off by the end of November.

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