Thursday Morning News Brief, January 4

Thursday morning brief Jan 4 2018
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Any disruptive move on the H-1B visa front will be detrimental for both India and the US, IT industry body Nasscom has said. “The US has a big skill gap. Out of the 2 million vacant STEM jobs, 1 million are in IT related areas. All these measures, mostly political and emotive, aren’t changing the skills gap and will hurt the American economy. All these factors have to be kept in mind by the US administration,” said Nasscom president R Chandrasekhar.
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Chinese road construction personnel intruded into the Indian territory of Arunachal Pradesh in late December, said an official. On being alerted, a joint Army-ITBP patrol trekked to the hilly area along the Siang river to confront the personnel and deflate the tyres of their excavators on December 28. “The handful of Chinese personnel present went back to their own side of the LAC on the same day after being told to do so. There was no face-off,” said the official.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asserted those responsible for the caste violence in Pune will face action. He said his government will soon approach the Bombay High Court, asking it to name a sitting judge to probe the January 1 violence at Bhima-Koregaon in Pune district. “The judicial probe ordered by the government will take the case to its logical conclusion,” Fadnavis added.
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Four people were killed and five injured in a fire that broke out in a residential building in Mumbai’s Andheri. The cause of the fire, that broke out around 2am in Andheri East’s Mamoon Manzil, is yet to be ascertained. The blaze was brought under control three hours later around 5am, police said. Those killed include two minor children aged 10 and 14, and an 80-year-old.
Tamil Nadu government has set a deadline of four months to acquire former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s residence in Chennai. The revenue department will soon unseal two rooms, presumably occupied by V K Sasikala, Jayalalithaa’s aide, with the help of Income Tax department in order to assess the value of the bungalow that was a political landmark.
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