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India to seal border with Pakistan, Bangladesh by 2018: Rajnath Singh
25.03.17 - TEAM PT
India to seal border with Pakistan, Bangladesh by 2018: Rajnath Singh



India plans to seal international borders with Pakistan and Bangladesh, home minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday, turning his attention to frontiers that many say has become a hotbed of infiltration and smuggling.

Addressing the passing out parade of the Border Security Force Assistant Commandants at the BSF Academy in Madhya Pradesh, Singh said: "India is planning to seal the international boundaries with Pakistan and Bangladesh as soon as possible. This could be India's major step against terrorism and the problem of refugees.”

The minister added that the border with Pakistan would be sealed by 2018. The decision has been taken in the wake of an increase in infiltration attempts, said Singh.
 
 

"The project will be periodically monitored by the Home Secretary at the Central level, the BSF from the security forces' perspective and the Chief Secretaries at the state-level," Singh said, adding that the government would apply technological solutions for sealing the border in difficult terrains.

Singh also spoke about the planning for an effective grievances redressal mechanism in the forces which will be implemented soon. "We are planning for an effective grievances redressal mechanism in the forces. The forces are coming forward with such mechanism," said Singh.

He also praised the BSF for "changing the rules of engagement”. "Now BSF is a known entity even in the neighbouring countries,” the minister said.

Rajnath has previously said New Delhi wants to completely seal the Pakistan border by 2018 by employing a mix of physical barriers and technological tools such as surveillance.




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See The World's Richest Selfie
07.03.17 - TEAM PT
See The World's Richest Selfie



Selfies have entered the dictionary and so far, everyone and their dog probably have their selfie online somewhere. I am guilty as have been some of the most powerful and famous people in the world. President Barack Obama with British Prime Minister David Cameron took the most powerful selfie during the funeral of late Nelson Mandela.

During the last Oscars, host Ellen DeGeneres, took the most famous one with stars like Angelina Jolie, Lupita Nyongo, and when tweeted, the selfie got over 4 million retweets. Well, there's a new selfie in town, the world’s richest selfie featuring Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and his financial partner Charlie Munger. The three men are among the richest in the world with a combined net worth of $166 billion.
 
Gates is currently the richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$85.6 billion
 
Warren Buffett is an investor and is the second wealthiest person in the United States with a total net worth of $78.7 billion.

The lucky woman who got to take the photo is Becky Quick, the anchor of CNBC Squawk Box, the show on which the selfie was taken.




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Bad news for Indian IT industry: US to Temporarily Halt Premium Processing for H-1B Visas
04.03.17 - TEAM PT
Bad news for Indian IT industry: US to Temporarily Halt Premium Processing for H-1B Visas



During the campaign, Donald Trump repeatedly criticized the H-1B program, which allows US businesses to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations. In an order issued late Friday, Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that H-1B premium processing will be suspended beginning April 3 and will continue for up to six months.
 
The hostile move will hit businesses all across, especially the Indians who receive approximately 70% of the non-immigrant visas.
 
In a press release posted on Friday, USCIS stated that the temporary suspension will help the administration "reduce overall H1-B processing times." It reasoned out the move by stated that USCIS will be able to process long-pending petitions which it has been unable to process due to large number of incoming petitions. It also said it will now, "Prioritize adjudication of H-1B extension of status cases that are nearing the 240 day mark."
 
While premium processing is suspended, petitioners may submit a request to expedite an H-1B petition if they meet the criteria. "We review all expedite requests on a case-by-case basis and requests are granted at the discretion of the office leadership," states the note.

H1-B is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. Technology companies, including those from India, depend on it for hiring tens of thousands of employees each year.
 
Under the current system, a company who is sponsoring a potential employee or current employee’s H-1B petition may fill out a form to expedite the processing of that petition. After paying an additional $1,225 fee for this service, USCIS responds typically in 15 days, whereas standard H-1B petitions may take anywhere between three to six months to receive a judgement.




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