PANAMA CITY, Panama Panama, through which tens of thousands of migrants pass each year on their journeys north, is increasingly becoming the destination for Nicaraguans who have chosen to seek refuge by moving south.Since the U.S. has tightened immigration restrictions on its southern border, migrants have sought alternative locations such as Panama and Costa Rica, two of the more stable and prosperous countries in Latin America. While Colombians, Venezuelans, Cubans and Haitians have been coming to Panama for a number of years, the arrival of Nicaraguans is a relatively new trend.
The apple growers in Himachal Pradesh, who are already grappling with an unprecedented shortage of migrant labourers due to the Covid pandemic, have now been hit by another crisis mdash;apple scab, which is a plant disease caused by fungus Venturia inaequalis.Himachal ''s apple economy is worth Rs 4,500 crore, and the outbreak of the fungal disease in the high yield apple belt of the state has left apple growers in major distress.
For instance, ;America Ka Neta Kaisa Ho, Jo Biden Jaisa Ho,; (America;s leader needs to be like Biden) has been picked from a popular election campaign slogan from the world;s largest democracy.Opposition Democratic Party ''s election slogan in Indian languages comes four years after the phenomenal success of Trump campaign ''s election slogan in 2016, "Ab Ki Trump Sarkar " (This time, Trump government), on the lines of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ''s 2014 election catch line "Ab Ki Baar Modi Sarkaar ".Ajay Bhutoria, national finance committee member for Biden for President 2020, said the campaign is planning to reach out to the Indian American voters in their own languages.Currently, he is collaborating with the Biden Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Team to communicate directly with Indian Americans in more than 14 languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Urdu , Kannada, Malayalee, Oriya, Marathi and Nepali.Bhutoria, in a statement, acknowledged that this is influenced by his upbringing in India, wherein elections are community celebrations, with catchy slogans and rallies featuring Bollywood music on loudspeakers.The slogan "America Ka Neta Kaisa Ho Joe Biden Jaisa Ho " has been created to generate similar enthusiasm among Indian American voters in the country. The presidential elections are scheduled for November 3. Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, is challenging Republican incumbent President Donald Trump.Bhutoria hoped that his digital outreach will motivate more Indian Americans to become engaged in politics, register to vote, and cast their ballots for former vice president Biden this November. "The Biden campaign felt that there was a need to create campaign graphics in regional Indian languages so that our diverse community feels even more connected to Joe Biden, " said Neha Dewan, national director, South Asians for Biden. "As vice president, Biden often reminds us that immigrants are a core chapter of the American story. #8216;Our country ''s ability to draw hard working people from every culture and every nation has always made us stronger ', " she said.
The tremendous outpouring of support for both the U.S. and India has been witnessed across the board from helping to provide meals to migrant workers in India, personal protective equipment to frontline healthcare workers, education through e learning and healthcare, the organization said in a statement.The report details the actions of 58 non profit organizations re purposing their efforts in response to the pandemic and illustrates the power of the Indian Diaspora community.
The star performers in the three months to June, among the early birds, were the software firms but makers of food products and consumer goods also executed efficiently to cash in on demand, much of which surfaced in June as consumers made pent up purchases. With migrant labour making its way back to work at factories, engineering majors like Larsen amp; Toubro (L amp;T) would be aiming for higher levels of execution in the coming quarters; at L amp;T the workforce has increased to within 20% of the company s peak requirements. Britannia, of course, managed to resume operations at most of its manufacturing facilities in the very first week of the lockdown.A stellar set of numbers from Infosys and a rich $7 billion deal haul at TCS is evidence the country s IT sector will bounce back quickly; the TCS management is confident it can match last December quarter s rupee revenues in the coming winter quarter. While staples businesses were not expected to fare too badly, Hindustan Unilever s volumes a fall of only 7% y o y were reassuring, with the management attributing it to faster increase in rural demand. MD amp; CEO Sanjiv Mehta has, of course, cautioned the near term outlook remains uncertain and that it is difficult to estimate market growth and demand. Demand for certain food products, however, could remain strong.Britannia, which turned in a strong performance in Q1FY21 as it was able to overcome logistical challenges to meet the surging demand, should continue to do well even after the unlocking.Companies have managed to rein in costs, wherever possible, to protect their margins. Despite slower volumes which fell 33% y o y, ACC s results beat expectations as the company was able to bring down costs; the costs per tonne fell 7% y o y as the lower freight, power and deferment of certain flexible costs more than offset higher fixed costs.Bajaj Auto reported better than expected gross margins even as revenues fell 60% y o y, thanks to an expected plunge in volumes. With user industries virtually shut, steelmakers bore the brunt of the inactivity.JSW Steel reported a loss in the quarter, the first since Q3FY16, on the back of a 25% fall in shipments and a 22% drop in realisations. Analysts are not sure if the company will be able to maintain sales volumes for 2020 21 at the previous year s levels, as the management has said it would.Clearly, the core sectors were badly hit, but market leaders shone through. L amp;T reported execution levels of around 50%, bagging enough orders to maintain its order backlog. Analysts observed the company has shared an order pipeline of Rs 6.3 lakh crore that can potentially help it win about Rs 0.9 lakh crore of additional orders at a historical 15% hit rate.
The backlog for an Indian national to get permanent residency or Green Card is more than 195 years, a top Republican senator has said, urging his Senate colleagues to come out with a legislative resolution to address this problem.A Green Card, known officially as a Permanent Resident Card, is a document issued to immigrants to the US as evidence that the bearer has been granted the privilege of residing permanently.
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Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alan Tudge, announced that the five visa changes are crucial when it comes to ensuring that international student plans are not affected by the pandemic, and that Australia remains competitive with other countries. The five changes to visas include:
Trump is calling for unauthorized immigrants to be excluded from census numbers used to divide seats in Congress. The Constitution says the count must include every person living in the U.S.
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) recently signed an open letter to the White House, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of State urging that the Administration withdraw their recently issued final rule on student visas that would prohibit non immigrant students from remaining in the United States if all of their classes are online as a result of COVID 19. The policy would have rescinded previous guidance allowing international students to stay in the US during the pandemic as their colleges and universities work to combine virtual and in person classes for the fall of 2020, which would immediately affect the roughly 1.6 million international students, and a high percent of graduate STEM degree seekers.Fortunately, on Tuesday, July 14, the Trump Administration rescinded its policy that would bar international students who only take online courses from staying in the US.
Ginsburg, 87, said in a statement on Friday that chemotherapy is yielding positive results, with the latest scan showing a significant reduction in lesions and no new disease. She said she has been fully able to do her job as a justice and intends to remain on the court.But with President Donald Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling the Senate through at least January, Ginsburg s announcement raised new questions about the Supreme Court s future. The already conservative court could turn even further to the right if Trump appoints a successor to Ginsburg. Outcomes could change in cases on abortion, immigrant rights, the Affordable Care Act, and other topics.
Around four years of Republican presidency under Trump has transformed America in a negative and damaging manner. Not only were harsh steps taken against immigrants but the Trump administration literally gave a free hand to those groups who wanted to implement their agenda of restoring lsquo;white Christian glory ' in the US. The cold blooded murder of African American George Floyd at the hands of white policemen triggered anti racial protests and demonstrations. The last three years of Trump ''s presidency are marred with countless incidents of racial attacks against African Americans and periodic confrontation with the media. In the foreign policy arena, Trump not only isolated his country by augmenting conflicts with China; adding to disagreements with the European allies; and openly supporting Israel ''s policy of annexation of Palestinian lands in the West Bank; but also amplified hostility with Iran by withdrawing from the nuclear deal and ordering the assassination of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike at Baghdad airport in early January this year. During the pandemic crisis, the US failed to play a leadership role to control the deadly coronavirus. Trump blamed China for creating and proliferating the virus and expressed his chagrin with the World Health Organization (WHO) by announcing the US withdrawal from it.
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Washington. US President Donald Trump is in an electoral mood. After declining popularity in last month #39;s surveys and polls, Trump has turned his anti immigrant card. They reached power on this basis. In this episode, Trump has first given a decree to leave the country to students taking work visas, H 1B visas and then online classes.More than 4 lakh people applying for H 1B visa will be affected by this order. Experts say that many surveys and polls show that Trump is losing popularity among his anti immigrant base voters. At the same time, the Democratic presidential candidate is also trailing Biden.
Students from countries as diverse as India, China and Brazil told The Associated Press they are scrambling to devise plans after federal immigration authorities notified colleges this week that international students must leave the US or transfer to another college if their schools operate entirely online this fall.Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit this week to block the decision, and now California and Washington state are seeking injunctions against enforcing the new visa policy. "Shame on the Trump Administration for risking not only the education opportunities for students who earned the chance to go to college, but now their health and well being as well,? California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Thursday.Some said they may return home, or move to nearby Canada. "I 'm generating research, I 'm doing work in a great economy, " said Batuhan Mekiker, a Ph.D. student from Turkey studying computer science at Montana State University in Bozeman. He ''s in the third year of a five year program. "If I go to Turkey, I would not have that, " he said. "I would like to be somewhere where my talent is appreciated. " Mathias, a Seattle based student who spoke on condition his last name not be used for fear of losing his immigration status, said he is set to sell his car, break his lease, and get his cat Louis permission to fly back to his home in Paris in the next two weeks. "Everyone ''s very worried, " he said. "We have our whole lives here. " Seven students from China and Germany who attend universities in California sued Friday to block enforcement, alleging potential threats to their health and financial calamity. " The policy treats them as pawns for the president ''s politically motivated decision, " Mark Rosenbaum of nonprofit Public Counsel, which filed the suit, said in a statement.Many American universities have come to depend on the revenue from more than 1 million international students, who typically pay higher tuition. President Donald Trump has insisted they return to in person instruction as soon as possible, alleging that schools are being kept closed to harm the economy and make him look bad.The guidance was released the same day Harvard announced it would keep all undergraduate classes online this fall. Harvard said the new Trump directive would prevent many of its 5,000 international students from remaining in the US.The University of Southern California sent a letter to students and faculty, saying it is "deeply troubled " and that the the policy could negatively impact countless international students. " Like other universities, USC said it was pushing back and working to ensure students ' academic careers aren ''t harmed, while exploring ways for students to safely study in person if they wish.The U.S. Chamber of Commerce said the directive could inflict significant harm on colleges, students, the business community and the economy. A U.S. State Department press release said the policy provides greater flexibility for non immigrant students to continue their education in the United States, while also allowing for proper social distancing on open and operating campuses.A day after Harvard sued, the university notified the court that immigration authorities appear to be already enforcing the policy. A lawyer for Harvard urged the judge to suspend the rule, saying that a first year student from Belarus was turned away from his flight at a Minsk airport. There is another hearing Friday. "This is very dangerous and cruel, " said Jessie Peng, a Chinese graduate student in analytics at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. "We have nowhere to go, " said Peng, 27. "Either risk our lives and go to school or we risk our lives flying back to China. " Jasdeep Mandia, a doctoral candidate from India studying economics at Arizona State University, said he has breathing problems that could worsen if he gets sick from COVID 19.Mandia, 35, originally planned to conduct all his fall studies online. He says the Trump directive puts the shaky standing of international students on display. "It has never been a level playing field, " he said. "But this makes it more apparent. "At Indiana University, American scholar Dakota Murray wrote in the school newspaper about his uncertainty over how the guidance would affect him and his wife, a fellow doctoral candidate who is from South Korea. Murray, 27, said he and his wife had discussed going to live in South Korea or maybe Canada, where she has relatives. He spoke on condition that his wife ''s name not be used because she is trying to obtain a green card that will let her work and reside in the U.S. after she finishes her studies.Vanderbilt University student Safa Shahzad went home to Manchester, England, for a visit in March but got stuck there when the U.S. imposed travel restrictions to slow the spread of the virus.Still in England, the 19 year old, who is double majoring in politics and computer science, completed her freshman year from afar after the university transitioned online. Although Vanderbilt has said courses will be a hybrid of online and in person this fall, Shahzad cannot travel to the U.S. until the Trump administration lifts the travel restrictions. "I 'm just kind of waiting, " she said.
In a major public rebuke, India s largest IT company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Friday said the US freeze on H 1B visas is an unexpected and unfortunate" move that played with the lives of professionals who had worked hard to deliver value to American customers. The ignorance around this ruling should be addressed," TCS chief executive Rajesh Gopinathan said at the company s first quarter earnings conference via video conference, Bloomberg reported. Playing with the status of people who ve moved away from families and committed to spending five six years in a foreign country without immigrant status to deliver value to customers, is a short term gimmick."
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday extended something of an olive branch to India by offering to share Pakistan s cash transfer programme to help those facing financial trouble in India, which includes a large chunk of migrant workers.