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End of US dreams for this year?

IN120WORDS NEWS: The US Citizenship and Immigration Service on Friday announced on Friday that it has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2019. USCIS also received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to meet the 20,000 visa U.S. advanced degree exemption, known as the master’s cap. USCIS, however, will continue to accept and process petitions that are otherwise exempt from the cap.  Petitions filed for current H-1B

microsoft

Microsoft has announced that the company will invest US$5 billion in the Internet of Things (IoT) globally over the next four years. “This increased investment will support continued research and innovation in IoT and what is ultimately evolving to be the new intelligent edge,” a company release said. With Microsoft’s IoT platform spanning cloud, operating system and devices, Microsoft is simplifying the IoT journey so any customer-regardless of size, technical

Azerbaijan

Baku, Apr 4 (UNI) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived here on Wednesday to hold talks with Azerbaijani leaders on bilateral and regional issues and also take part in the Non-Aligned Movement ministerial meeting scheduled for April 5-6. Ambassador Sanjay Rana , Indian embassy officials and an Azerbaijani delegation welcomed her at the airport. During the visit, the minister will meet with President Ilham Aliyev, Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov. Mutual

India

in regional transit projects, especially the transport corridor from the Persian Gulf to the Black Sea. India’s Ambassador to Armenia Yogeshwar Sangwan at a meeting held at the Iranian embassy in the Armenian capital Yerevan on Monday said that Indian businesses are keen on investing in Armenia and discussed trilateral cooperation with Iran and Armenia. The transport corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA) is an international transport programme involving the European Union and

Canberra

A deluge on Sunday brought parts of Canberra to a standstill and left some residents counting the cost as their homes flooded, an ABC News report said. After a night of high winds and rain, Canberrans woke up on Sunday to more wet weather, which caused flash flooding through the morning. Sixty millimetres of rain were recorded in the space of an hour at Sullivan’s creek, just off Lake Burley

Barnaby

Acting Nationals Leader Bridget McKenzie has urged her party to put forward just one candidate to replace Barnaby Joyce, after the embattled MP announced on Friday he would quit the Deputy Prime Minister’s role, an ABC News report said on Sunday. Mr Joyce’s decision followed almost a fortnight of pressure to fall on his sword, after it was revealed he had an affair with his former media adviser. In a

India

India on Sunday congratulated China on being elected as the Vice President of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and expressed hope that it would uphold and support the objective and standards of the task force in an impartial way. The FATF is a 37-nation member and works as a global watchdog on money laundering and terror financing. In a tweet, Ministry of External Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, ‘Congratulations to

Strong earthquake shakes Mexico

Mexico City: A powerful earthquake if 7.2 magnitude rocked south and central Mexico on Friday, forcing residents on to the streets as homes and buildings shook and went without power, Mexico’s Notimex news agency reported. The epicentre of the quake was 53 km northeast of Pinotepa in southern Oaxaca state. Reports said tremors were felt as far away as Guatemala to the south. The Oaxacan town of Jamiltepec appeared to

India

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday held substantive and productive discussions on cooperation in trade and investment, energy, connectivity, defense and security and regional issues. After a bilateral meeting between PM Modi and the visiting Iranian President, agreements were signed in areas like double taxation avoidance, extradition, agricultural cooperation, port lease, medicine and others. ‘Civilization connect, contemporary context! PM Narendra modi welcomed President

Rohingya

United Nations: Nearly six months after an outbreak of violence drove almost 700,000 minority Rohingyas from Myanmar to seek safety in Bangladesh, senior United Nations officials have said it is time to address the root causes – including decades of repression inside Myanmar – so those who fled feel safe enough to return to their homeland. “We are now in a race against time as a major new emergency looms,”