India-US ties key to anchoring Indo-Pacific region

Source: Livemint, Indian Express Relevance: Indo-US ties under the new Biden administration Synopsis: US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s first visit to India after the Biden administration took office in January 2021. Key points that were discussed and the significance of the visit. Relevant points During talks the emphasis seemed to be on building on… Continue reading India-US ties key to anchoring Indo-Pacific region

Patriot air defence missile

News:The United States has deployed Patriot air defence missiles in Iraq. Facts: Patriot is a long-range, all-altitude, all-weather air defence system to counter tactical ballistic missiles, cruise missiles and advanced aircraft. Additional Facts: Other Air Defense system in News: Iron Dome:It is a mobile all-weather air defence system developed by Israel to intercept and destroy… Continue reading Patriot air defence missile

Bill: Ease green card cap on STEM students

The US Democratic Party senators have introduced a bill called “Keep STEM Talent Act of 2019”. The bill aims at removing unfair barriers for science, technology, engineering and maths-educated international students who want to work in the US after completing their degrees. The bill provides that STEM graduates could obtain green card if two conditions… Continue reading Bill: Ease green card cap on STEM students

US removes India from its currency monitoring list

United States has removed India from its currency monitoring list of major trading partners. It has also removed Switzerland from the list but added Ireland, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. In 2018,India along with China, Japan, Germany, Switzerland and South Korea was placed in the bi-annual currency watch list. The watch list contains the names… Continue reading US removes India from its currency monitoring list

Xi Jinping rejects ‘clash of civilisations’ theory

Addressing the Conference on Dialogue of Asian Civilizations,Chinese President has rejected the clash of civilisations theory. This statement came after US officials had described the rivalry between China and the US as a fight with a different civilisation and a different ideology. The Clash of Civilizations is a hypothesis that people’s cultural and religious identities… Continue reading Xi Jinping rejects ‘clash of civilisations’ theory

Alabama passes toughest abortion Bill in U.S.

The Alabama,state of U.S.A. has passed the most restrictive abortion bill in the United States. The bill has placed a near-total ban on the termination of pregnancy even in cases of rape and incest and could punish doctors who perform the procedure with life imprisonment. Under the bill, performing an abortion is a crime that… Continue reading Alabama passes toughest abortion Bill in U.S.

Iran should not breach nuclear deal

Europe has warned Iran that it would re-impose sanctions on Iran if it violates parts of the 2015 nuclear deal. This statement came after Iran President is expected to announce that Iran would restart part of its halted nuclear programme in response to the U.S withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.However,Iran does not plan to… Continue reading Iran should not breach nuclear deal

Muslim Brotherhood may be put on terror list

USA President has advocated to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization. The designation would impose sanctions on the group and those who do business with it. The Muslim Brotherhood is a missionary movement founded in Egypt in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna, a schoolteacher. He argued that an Islamic religious revival would enable the… Continue reading Muslim Brotherhood may be put on terror list

Job hoping in US gets tougher for H-1B visa holders

According to a report, it will get tougher for H-1B visa holders in the United States(US) to switch jobs even if the new job is similar to the old and requires the same exact skill sets. This report came after the US citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has denied several applications by the new employer… Continue reading Job hoping in US gets tougher for H-1B visa holders

NASA astronaut to set record for longest spaceflight by a woman

NASA astronaut Christina Koch is going to have her mission on the International Space Station(ISS) extended to 328 days.Koch arrived at the space station on March 14 and now is scheduled to remain in orbit until February 2020. This would set a record for the longest single spaceflight by a woman by breaking the record… Continue reading NASA astronaut to set record for longest spaceflight by a woman

US reaches 65,000 H1B visa cap in five days for Financial Year 2020

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has said that it has reached Congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for the fiscal year 2020 after it had started receiving the applications for the H-1B visas. This is the first season of H-1B petitions after the USCIS announced enforcing new rules for the H-1B visa.The new rules… Continue reading US reaches 65,000 H1B visa cap in five days for Financial Year 2020

US cutting aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

The U.S. State Department has decided to cut off aid to three Central American countries collectively known as the Northern Triangle.This decision was taken to push these countries to stop migration into the US. This decision comes in the backdrop of US President accusing these countries as the primary source of illegal migrants entering into… Continue reading US cutting aid to El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras

Arab leaders condemn U.S. move on Golan

During the 30th Arab league summit in Tunisia,Arab countries have rejected US President’s decision to recognise Israel’s claim to sovereignty over the Golan Heights.Arab leaders denounced the step and warned it would further inflame tensions in the Middle East region. Recently,US President has signed a proclamation officially recognising Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights.This move… Continue reading Arab leaders condemn U.S. move on Golan

Pakistan acts to defuse tensions with Afghanistan

Pakistan’s foreign ministry has clarified that the remarks made by Pakistan PM had been taken out of context and misinterpreted.It said that Pakistan has no other interest in Afghanistan but to promote peace through an Afghan owned and Afghan led political process. Recently,Afghanistan had recalled its ambassador from Pakistan over statements made by Pakistan Prime… Continue reading Pakistan acts to defuse tensions with Afghanistan

U.S. upset as Russian planes land in Venezuela

The Russian foreign ministry has said that two planes consists of Russian specialists has landed in Venezuela.The presence of Russian specialists in Venezuela is governed by a military-technical cooperation agreement between the two countries that was signed in 2001. Russia has long been an ally of Venezuela,and has provided military and economic support.Russia has also… Continue reading U.S. upset as Russian planes land in Venezuela

H-1B changes due to kick in from April 1

The US has said that it will start accepting H1B visa petitions for the fiscal year 2020.The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The US has announced several changes to the H1b programme which are (a)new data hub… Continue reading H-1B changes due to kick in from April 1

Apache copter delivery in July: Boeing

Boeing officials has said that India will receive the first batch of Apache attack helicopters and one C-17 transport aircraft in July-August this year. The AH-64 Apache is a multi-role combat helicopter and is used by the US Army and a number of international defence forces. It is equipped with all-weather and night-fighting features apart… Continue reading Apache copter delivery in July: Boeing

Indian H1B visa–holders rally outside White House demanding immigration law reforms

Indians on H-1B visas has held a rally outside the White House, USA on the issue of Green Card and H4 visa. Their demands were a) the Green Card backlog be cleared with a period of 1-5 years and b) removal of country caps for Green Card allotments and c) grant of Green Cards to… Continue reading Indian H1B visa–holders rally outside White House demanding immigration law reforms

Taliban to meet Afghan Opposition in Moscow

Taliban will hold a meeting with Afghan opposition leaders in Moscow, in a move likely to alienate the Afghan government, which is already excluded from talks between the militant group and the United States. Russia has been cultivating ties with the Taliban,the successors of Mujahideen militants who defeated the soviet troops in 1980’s. U.S. and… Continue reading Taliban to meet Afghan Opposition in Moscow

India issues démarche to U.S. on detained students, demands their release

India have demanded consular access and urged the US to release Indian students detained in connection with their enrolment in a fraudulent university and not to deport them against their will. The fake university was set up by the ICE department as part of their sting operation to bring to light the “pay-and-stay” racket. The… Continue reading India issues démarche to U.S. on detained students, demands their release