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Bill introduced to end OPT program allowing foreign students to stay after studies


A group of US lawmakers has reintroduced a legislation in the House of Representatives to eliminate a program that allows foreign students to stay in the country for work after the completion of their studies under certain conditions, a bill if passed into law can affect tens and thousands of Indians studying in this country. Congressman Paul...

US to conduct rare 2nd lottery for H-1B visa applicants


The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has decided to conduct a rare second lottery for H-1B visas to decide on successful applicants. The move is likely to provide another chance to several Indian IT professionals who did not get selected during the first round of the process. The USCIS said a decision was taken...

Australia to return ‘stolen’ precious artefacts to India


Australia's National Gallery said on Thursday that it will return 14 artworks to India, at least six of which are believed to have been stolen or illegally exported.  The artworks include sculptures, photographs and a scroll. The gallery has identified the works as either looted, stolen or of unknown origin. The collection is composed largely of...

Shailesh Jejurikar becomes first Indian COO of P&G


Shailesh Jejurikar has become the first Indian to be appointed as the COO of the global consumer products major, The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G). As part of a leadership succession, the Cincinnati-based company announced that Jon R Moeller will become the new president and CEO, effective November 1, 2021. Moeller succeeds David Taylor who will take over...

Blinken pulls India closer as challenges mount in Afghan, China


New Delhi: America  will give India $25 million to vaccinate against coronavirus, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced during his India visit as part of the Biden administration’s effort to strengthen diplomatic ties with a partner located in the United States’ main geopolitical challenges, Afghanistan and China. Calling India-US ties one of the “most consequential” in the world,...

Community enthused about the only India Day Parade in New York


By SATimes Team  Garden  City, NY: The 10th India Day Parade of Long Island to be held in Hicksville, NY on Sunday, August 8, 2021 to celebrate India’s 75th Independence Day has generated great enthusiasm among the Indian community, as it is the only parade this time in the entire New York State. This was revealed by...

Terrorism to be India’s key agenda as UNSC President


New York: India, which has been elected as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, will serve as the president of the powerful 15-nation UN body for the month of August. The scourge of terrorism will not only be the utmost agenda for India during its presidency in August, but also during the rest of its...

Bipartisan infrastructure bill passes first Senate vote


Washington: The Senate voted to move forward on a bipartisan infrastructure bill after weeks of negotiations on Wednesday, clearing a key procedural hurdle on a bill that includes $550 billion in new spending for infrastructure projects around the country, reported CBS News. In the 67 to 32 vote, 17 Republicans including Senate Minority Leader Mitch...

Delta variant forces masks and vaccine mandates in the US


Washington: The steps President Biden's administration is adopting this week to re-recommend masks and require vaccines for federal workers amount to emergency actions designed to contain a new surge of Covid-19 that has quickly become the top issue confronting the country. Case rates are rising in many parts of the country, throwing reopening plans for schools and workplaces into doubt, and...