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Monday morning news brief, April 02 2018

Apr 2, 2018
Monday morning brief Apr 2 2018
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Average mean temperatures can remain more than a degree above normal across northern India this summer. The India Met department in its countrywide hot weather outlook for April, May and June also said the average seasonal temperatures over most of the country could be above normal. But eastern, east-central and southern parts of the country, might see slightly lower-than-normal projected temperatures. Read
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The Centre will file a petition today seeking review of the Supreme Court judgment diluting the SC/ST Act, 1989. The government is likely to tell the top court that the order banning automatic arrest for alleged harassment of SCs/STs will dilute the law. Several organisations, with support of some political parties, have called for countrywide bandh in protest against the SC order.
Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said he is not in favour of linking Aadhaar with electoral photo I-cards. The EC-issued card contains election-related information such as polling booth and its address, but Aadhaar is not related to this, Prasad said. He said the government does not want to be accused of ‘snooping’ on people. But Prasad strongly defended linking Aadhaar with bank accounts, saying it would bring in transparency.
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China’s Tiangong-1 space station re-entered Earth’s atmosphere and burnt up over the South Pacific. The craft re-entered the atmosphere around 8:15am Beijing time and the “vast majority” of it had burnt up upon re-entry, the Chinese space authority said. The craft was originally planned to be decommissioned in 2013 but its mission was repeatedly extended.
The process of filing petitions for US H-1B visas begins today amid tight scrutiny by the Trump administration. Successful applicants will be able to work in the US from October 1, 2018, during the tenure of the visa – which maybe for an initial maximum period of three years. Immigration lawyers expect a higher rate of rejection this time, as the US has made clear that even minor error in applications will not be tolerated.
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