Bhartiya Kisan Sangharsh Samiti leader Vikas Sisar said protesters would announce closing dates for all shopping malls, gas stations and toll plazas in Haryana if the stalemate persists. He added that BJP leaders and its ally Jannayak Janata Party would face continued protests in the state. This is part of SMK’s strategy to target NDA members and pressure them to leave the alliance and sever their association with the BJP to support the farmers, they said. Meanwhile, a group of 866 academics released a statement in support of agricultural reforms, claiming that the three disputed laws “aim to free agricultural trade from all restrictions and allow farmers to conduct all transactions at competitive prices.” . The letter, published by the Ministry of Education, was signed by eight vice-chancellors of central universities, in addition to other professors.
Trump extends freeze on H-1B visas: US President Donald Trump extended the freeze on highly sought-after H-1B visas and other types of overseas work visas for three months, ostensibly to protect workers Americans. He said that while Covid-19 therapies and vaccines are available, their effect on the labor market and the health of the community is not yet fully realized. The ruling will affect a large number of Indian IT professionals and several US and Indian companies to which the US government has issued H-1B visas for fiscal 2021 as of October 1. Trump ordered the freezing of several categories of work visas through two proclamations on April 22 and June 22 of last year. Hours before the freeze expired on Dec.31, Trump issued another proclamation Thursday to extend it until March 31, saying the reasons he issued such a restriction had not changed. The H-1B visa is a nonimmigrant visa that allows U.S. businesses to employ foreign workers in skilled occupations that require academic or technical experience. Tech companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees every year in countries like India and China. Now they would have to wait at least until the end of March before approaching U.S. diplomatic missions to get the seal. It would also affect a large number of IT professionals in India seeking to renew their H-1B visas.
Markets hit historic highs on the first day of 2021 – BSE Sensex hit all-time highs, while NSE Nifty closed above 14,000 for the first time on Friday as markets continued their Record trajectory in the new year amid large purchases of IT stocks, automobiles and consumer goods Extending its record streak for a fifth day, the 30-stock Sensex BSE rose 117.65 points or 0.25 % to close at a new all-time high of 47,868.98. This is the eighth consecutive day of gains for the barometer and is up about 5% since December 22. The larger Nifty closed at an all-time high of 14,018.50, posting gains of 36.75 points or 0.26% from its previous close. Among the main beneficiaries of Sensex, ITC was the one that grew the most, 2.32%, followed by TCS, M&M and SBI.
India-Australia Test series: Tamil Nadu Yorker sensation Thangarasu Natarajan replaced injured Umesh Yadav in the Indian test squad for the two remaining matches against Australia on Friday, continuing his remarkable rise in international cricket. on the team before the second test. Natarajan, 29, started out as a net pitcher during the series, then moved on to the T20 and ODI teams. He’s grabbed eight wickets (two ODIs and six T20s) in his four limited appearances in the national colors. He played 20 first-class matches for Tamil Nadu and will now compete for a place in the test team. The series is closed 1-1 at the moment with the third test from Sydney starting January 7.
Covid Watch: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India was 1.03.00 263 at the time of publication of this bulletin, with a toll of 1.49215. India has reported four new cases of the mutant Covid-19 virus, bringing the total to 29, according to data released today by the Ministry of Health.