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Trump to suspend issuing green cards for 2 months


Washington: President Trump on Tuesday announced details of his executive order to suspend immigration amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the measure would initially last for 60 days and apply to those seeking permanent residence, reports The Hill. He indicated during a White House briefing that there would be certain exemptions but did not elaborate. “It...

US to add 75 million barrels of oil to strategic petroleum reserve


Washington: President Donald Trump has said the US is "looking to" add 75 million barrels of oil to its Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) as oil futures tumbled into negative territory. "Based on the record low price of oil that you have been seeing, it is at a level that is very interesting to a lot...

COVID-19 fallout: Trump to suspend legal immigration


New York: US President Donald Trump has announced that he was shutting the country to legal immigration temporarily through an executive order. "In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our great American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend...

New York state to launch large-scale COVID-19 antibody testing


New York: New York state, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the US, will begin a large-scale antibody testing in the following week as an initial step to decide when and how it could reopen its economy amid the health crisis, Governor Andrew Cuomo said. The antibody testing can help determine who have been...

Debate rages over US stay-at-home orders


Washington: An ongoing debate in the US about whether it's time for Governors to lift their stay-at-home orders meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 has highlighted a discord between federal and state governments, fueled by the pandemic and partisan politics. Protesters, some armed, have taken to the streets in a number of states, calling...

Indian community gives homemade face masks for the frontline warriors


By Suchitra Srinivas Princeton, NJ:  In the face of shortage of personal protection equipment for the front line workers, Indian American community has swung into action.    Ritu Agarwal, a resident of Marlboro, NJ, floated the idea of hand sewed face masks at home. She wanted to give these to her doctor friends in dire need. Soon...

Ravi Batra urges Trump to seek compensation from China on Coronavirus


New York: Alleging that coronavirus was genetically-engineered in a Wuhan lab, an prominent attorney Ravi Batra, himself a survivor of the deadly virus, has urged President Trump to seek compensation from China, running into trillions of dollars, for the thousands of deaths and harming the American economy. "The unleashing of global death and suffering with...

New York businesses and schools closure extended till May 15


New York: New York’s coronavirus shutdown of schools and nonessential businesses will be extended to May 15, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Thursday, even as he announced a drop in the daily death count and continued decreases in hospitalization from COVID-19, reports Newsday. The shutdown, which also ordered residents to stay at home as much...

Huge protest to end stay-home order in Michigan


Washington: Thousands of residents staged a protest in Michigan to demand their right to "liberty", calling for an end to the stay-home order implemented by Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer, which they called "excessive". Thousands of vehicles with US flags and election banners for President Trump and other signs drove through the streets of state capital...