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Bill Gates calls for nationwide shutdown


Washington: Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates called for a nationwide shutdown on Tuesday, arguing it would be the most effective way to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Gates wrote in a Washington Post op-ed that he has spoken with experts through his work with his charity who said a national policy would...

Pelosi bats for vote by mail, Trump won’t have it


Washington: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that America needs to move toward a “vote by mail” system to give citizens a safe way to elect their lawmakers while the coronavirus makes it dangerous to congregate. “In terms of the elections, I think we’ll probably be moving to vote by mail,” Pelosi said in an...

McConnell hits brakes on next economic stimulus package


Washington: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hit the brakes Tuesday on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plan to move ahead with a fourth stimulus package that would include major infrastructure spending and other Democratic priorities. “I think we need to wait a few days here, a few weeks, and see how things are working out,” McConnell said...

Aditya Vashistha receives the Google Faculty Research awards


Indian-American Aditya Vashistha has received the Google Faculty Research awards. Vashistha is an assistant professor of Information Science at Cornell University.  Among the five projects which were selected for the awards included, Boost the performance and predictability of cloud computing services, improving the computer models used to predict disease and online harassment of women.   Vashistha, designs...

All 65,000 H-1B work visas for 2021 taken, says US

Post Date: April 1, 2020

Washington, DC: The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B cap for the fiscal year 2021 as it received enough requests from corporations and businesses. The USCIS, the federal agency which screens and allocates H-1B applications, said it reached the cap and "randomly selected among the registrations properly...

US tech body urges Trump to suspend H-1B visa program

Post Date: April 1, 2020

Washington, DC: A US body representing American technology workers has urged President Donald Trump to suspend for this year the H-1B visa program, the most sought-after among the Indian IT professionals, to protect their interests amidst the massive layoffs in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that...

COVID 19: H-1B visa holders petition White House for 180 days extended stay

Post Date: April 1, 2020

Washington, DC: Fearing massive layoffs in America due to the coronavirus crisis that is hitting businesses around the globe, foreign technology professionals holding H-1B visas, the most sought after among Indians, have demanded the Trump administration extend their permissible post-job loss limit to stay in the US from the existing 60 to 180 days. The...

NY Sikh community makes 30000 free meals for Americans in self-isolation


New York: The Sikh Center of New York has been doing what it can to spread love and kindness during the current COVID-19 crisis. The members of The Sikh Center were approached by the New York Mayor’s office and asked to prepare more than 30,000 home-cooked meals for vulnerable Americans who are currently self-isolating, and...

BAPS Charities delivers care packages to over 8,000 families


New Jersey: Volunteers from BAPS Charities delivered care packages to over 8,000 families – across North America.  The initiative was a joint effort of volunteers of BAPS Charities and the food services affiliate, BAPS Shayona, which provided the food items for the packages. A significant portion of the deliveries were made to families that are...