US govt announces $600 mn in Covid tests manufacture

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced an investment of $600 million in the manufacture of new at-home Covid-19 tests and will deliver the tests for free to households across the country. The critical investments in 12 US manufacturers in seven states “will strengthen our nation’s production levels of domestic at-home Covid-19 rapid tests and help mitigate the spread of the virus”, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.

70 Indians suing US govt for denying them H-1B visas: Report

Nearly 70 Indian nationals have filed a lawsuit against the US government for denying them H-1B visas because of fraud committed by their employers, a report by Bloomberg Law said. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) denied the Indian graduates H-1B specialty occupation visas despite their subsequent employment at legitimate businesses, a lawsuit filed in federal district court in Washington state said this week.

Justice Markandey Katju: Washington’s attitude towards Imran Khan is bound to change

Justice Markandey Katju writes: I had a long talk on WhatsApp a short while back with a brave and upright Pakistani journalist who has been staying for some time in the United States. He is a strong supporter of former Prime Minister Imran Khan (as I am too), and for this reason, several false criminal cases of sedition, terrorism, etc, have been instituted against him in Pakistani courts at the instance of the PDM government led by Shahbaz Sharif.

US-India friendship among most consequential in the world: Joe Biden on Twitter

Hailing relations with India, US President Joe Biden said that the friendship between the two nations is among the “most consequential in the world.” Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Biden said, “The friendship between the United States and India is among the most consequential in the world. And it’s stronger, closer, and more dynamic than ever.” Responding to Biden’s tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said friendship between India and the US is a force for global good.

PM Narendra Modi leaves for his first State visit to US

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, emplaned for the United States for his first historic State visit. Prior to leaving for the US, PM Modi tweeted, “Leaving for USA, where I will attend programmes in New York City and Washington DC. These programmes include Yoga Day celebrations at the @UNHQ, talks with @POTUS @JoeBiden, address to the Joint Session of the US Congress and more.”

Hope for children of documented dreamers lies with new bipartisan bill

Pareen Mhatre is one of more than 200,000 children and young adults living in the United States as dependents of long-term non-immigrant visa holders (including H-1B, L-1, E-1, and E-2 workers). These documented dreamers grow up in the US, but their dependent visas expire at age 21, forcing many of them to self-deport to countries they might not even know or have any connection with.