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The Morning Wrap: Crackdown On H1B Begins; Train Drivers Fail Alcohol Test

Our selection of interesting news and opinion from the day's newspapers.

04/04/2017 8:14 AM IST | Updated 04/04/2017 9:35 AM IST
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The news for techies aspiring to work in the US is looking grimmer by the day. The US department of Citizenship and Immigration Services released a memo on 31 March removing the special rights of computer programmers to be automatically considered eligible for the H1-B visa.

The African Heads of Mission posted in New Delhi have condemned last week's attack on Nigerian nationals in Greater Noida, calling it "xenophobic and racial in nature". A mob descended on four Nigerians on March 27 in Greater Noida, following protests over the death of a Class XII student due to drug overdose.

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A blast in a St Petersburg train carriage on Monday killed 11 people and injured 45. It was carried out by a suspected suicide bomber with ties to radical Islamists, a Russian news agency cited a law enforcement source as saying.

After the Supreme Court's crackdown on drunk driving by banning sale and consumption of alcohol within 500 m of national highways, it has emerged that Indian Railways, too, has seen a near-fourfold rise in the number of train drivers who failed an alcohol test over the past five years.

Confronted with allegations of manipulation and tampering of electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the elections, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has decided to throw an "open challenge" to test the infallibility of EVMs, sources in the poll panel told The Indian Express.

Off The Front Page

India needs a new, more muscular, China Policy, covering economic and diplomatic ties, to amend its existing trade deficit with the neighbour, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) declared at its annual meet in Coimbatore last month, Hindustan Times reports.

The Reserve Bank of India is likely to start the process of printing the new ₹200 notes after June this year. The initiative will begin only after the government has officially approved this new denomination, reports Mint, citing two sources aware of the development.

One of the greatest contemporary classical vocalists, Gana Saraswati Kishori Amonkar passed away last night at the age of 84. A propounder of the Jaipur-Atrauli style, she was trained by the great Moghubai Kurdikar, who had learned from Ustad Alladiya Khan, acknowledged as the founder of the Jaipur gharana.

Opinion

In The Indian Express, Upendra Baxi points out the many levels at which the recently passed Finance Bill violates constitutional propriety, warning that the "temptations of absolute power, abjuring a modicum of constitutional discipline, must be resisted by all".

An editorial in Mint argues why the Right to Internet is not as good an idea as it is often made out to be. While the usefulness of the Internet cannot be overstated, it says, it is not incumbent on the government to provide access to every citizen.

Britain has formalised its exit from the European Union by triggering Article 50 and thus completed the formalities of Brexit. Does India have reasons to worry about this decision? An editorial in the Hindustan Times lists why that is so.

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