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Singapore makes it tougher for foreigners to get work visas to protect local jobs

Singapore is trying to strike a balance at a time retrenchments are on the rise while allowing for enough hiring of foreign talent in sectors such as cybersecurity & financial tech.​​
File image of North Block in New Delhi, which houses the Ministry of Home Affairs | Photo: Bloomberg

Govt allows foreign journalists living in India to return, restores suspended ‘J’ visas

Foreign journalists had raised the issue on social media almost a week ago, and home ministry has now allowed J-1 and J-1X visa holders to return.
A shopping area in Lhasa | Photo: John Liu | Bloomberg

US sets visa restrictions on Chinese officials restricting access to Tibet

China’s authority over Tibet has long been an irritant in US-China relations. The new move is the latest example of the rapidly eroding ties between the two economies.
China embassy staff members in New Delhi wearing masks in the wake of coronavirus | Photo: ANI

MEA set to brief foreign envoys on coronavirus, will allay concerns over travel advisory

Pakistan, Italy & Ireland have cancelled national day celebrations and embassy events, some diplomats plan to leave India ‘for the time being’.
Security personnel and passengers wear masks to mitigate the spread of coronavirus at Raja Bhoj Airport in Bhopal, Friday I

Govt cancels visas except diplomatic, employment ones until 15 April amid coronavirus outbreak

The move will come into effect from 1200GMT 13 March. All travellers arriving from China, Italy, Iran, Republic of Korea, France, Spain & Germany after 15 February will be quarantined for 14 days.
Hindu rituals being performed at the Hinglaj Mata Mandir in Pakistan (representational image)

Modi govt wants to give Pakistani Hindus Indian citizenship, but not visa for last rites

For years, Hindus living in Pakistan have wanted to immerse the ashes of their loved ones in the Ganga. But their visa applications keep getting rejected.
A file photo of Debbie Abrahams. | Photo: Facebook/Debbie Abrahams

UK MP saw email rejecting her visa but ignored it and landed in Delhi, India says

Ministry of Home Affairs officials claim they can verify if a person has seen the email sent to her, and Abrahams did see it before boarding her flight to Delhi.
A British Union flag, also known as a Union Jack, flies in front of the clock face on the Elizabeth Tower in London on 28 August

UK Parliament panel hits back at govt for 2014 visa row over English test

A BBC investigation had uncovered evidence of organised cheating in two English language test centres, leading to cancellation of many UK visas, affecting many Indian students.
Shahidul Alam

Bangladeshi photojournalist Shahidul Alam ‘denied’ India visa to attend art fest

Shahidul Alam, Time’s Person of the Year for 2018, was supposed to be in New Delhi Friday, but his visa application is believed to be under process.
British Union flag and the European Union (EU) flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London | Photo: Luke MacGregor | Bloomberg

UK govt rolls out 2-year post-study work visa, move set to benefit Indian students

UK PM Boris Johnson re-instated the policy, which was ended by Theresa May in 2012. It will be launched for the 2020-21 intake of foreign students.

On Camera

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden (R) and US President Donald Trump speak during the first US presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio, on 29 September

Trump-Biden debate had no highlights, only lowlights

The first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and his democratic challenger Joe Biden must have been one of the nastiest presidential debate in US history.
File image of Department of Economic Affairs Secretary Tarun Bajaj | Photo: ANI

India will not meet its Rs 2.1 lakh crore disinvestment target in 2020-21, DEA secretary says

Govt retains its Rs 12 lakh crore borrowing limit for the full financial year, which means it can borrow Rs 4.34 lakh crore in the second half.

Defence

Indian Army soldiers atop a T-90 tank in Ladakh | Representational image: ANI

These are the challenges Indian Army will face in Ladakh this winter, besides the Chinese

Temperatures have already dipped below minus-5 degrees Celsius in the upper reaches, and the Army is still procuring items for the thousands of troops deployed.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.