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More Than 22L Indians in Line for Family-sponsored Green Card That Gives Permanent US Residency

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More than 2,27,000 Indians are waiting in line for family-sponsored Green Card or legal permanent residency, according to a latest recent official data.

Currently, there are about four million people waiting in line for family-sponsored Green Cards against a Congressional cap of 226,000 per annum.

The largest number of 1.5 million wait list is from America’s southern neighbour Mexico, followed by a distant India with 227,000 and China with nearly 180,000.

Majority of those in the family-sponsored Green Card waiting list are siblings of US citizens. Under current law, US citizens can sponsor their family members and blood relatives for Green Cards or permanent legal residency.

President Donald Trump is against such a provision which he calls as chain immigration and wants to abolish this. The opposition Democratic party is vehemently opposed to abolish family-sponsored immigration system.

In addition to four million family-sponsored Green Card applicants, another 827,000, a sizeable number of whom are from India, are waiting in line for permanent legal residency. The waiting line for employment-based green card applicant is painstakingly running into more than a decade for Indian IT professional.

According to DHS, a majority of Indians waiting in line for family-based Green Cards are siblings of US citizens. They number over 181,000. This is followed by 42,000 married children of US citizens and over 2,500 spouses and minor children of permanent residents.

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Dorasaani movie USA theaters list

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Theater Name
Circuit
AR 2200 Bellview, Rogers, AR 72758 MALCO PINNACLE HILLS CINEMA Malco
AZ 3420 East Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032 HARKINS NORTH VALLEY 16 Harkins
AZ 5000 Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, AZ 85282 HARKINS ARIZONA MILLS AND IMAX Harkins
CA 6081 Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90045 Cinemark 18 and XD Cinemark
CA 10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego, CA 92126 REGAL EDWARDS MIRA MESA IMAX Regal
CA 32100 Union Landing, Union City, CA 94587 Union City 25 + XD Cinemark
CA 1010 Great Mall Drive, Milpitas CA 95035 Century 20 Great Mall and XD Cinemark
CA 1433 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126 Towne 3 Cinemas 8k Miles
CA 200 Serra Way #37, Milpitas, CA 95035 Serra Theatres 8k Miles
CA 39160 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont, CA 94538 Cinegrand Independent
CO 8300 E. Northfield Blvd., Denver, CO 80238 HARKINS NORTHFIELD 18 Harkins
CT 99 Redstone Rd, Manchester, CT 06040 Buckland Hills 18 IMAX Cinemark
CT 1201 Boston Post Rd, Milford, CT 06460 Cinemark Connecticut Post 14 + IMAX  Cinemark
FL 11778 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33618 VILLAGIO CINEMAS Independent
FL 4535 Southside Blvd, Jacksonville FL 32216 Cinemark Tinseltown and XD  Cinemark
FL 15601 Sheridan Street, Davie, FL 33331 Cinemark Paradise 24 and XD  Cinemark
GA 10743 Alpharetta Hwy Roswell, GA 30076 Digimax Theatres 8k Miles
GA 9700 Medlock Bridge Road Ste 170, Johns Creek, GA 30097 REGAL MEDLOCK CROSSING STADIUM 18 Regal
IL 6500 Rte 53, Woodridge, IL 60517 Cinemark 16 + IMAX Cinemark
IL 9180 W Golf Rd, Niles, IL 60714 MovieMax Cinemas 8k Miles
IL 1111 Wylie Dr, Bloomington, IL 61701 Bloomington Galaxy 14 Cine + IMAX Marcus
IN 1848 E Stop 13 Road, Indianapolis IN 46227 Cinemark Movies 8 Cinemark
KS 8601 W 135th St, Overland Park, KS 66223 B&B Theatres Overland Park 16  Independent
MA 591 Donald Lynch Boulevard, Marlborough, MA 01752 REGAL SOLOMON POND Regal
MA 168 Alewife Brook Pkwy, Cambridge, MA 02138 Apple Cinemas Apple Cinemas
MD 7000 Arundel Mills Circle, Hanover, MD 21076 Egyptian 24 + XD Cinemark
MI 200 Barclay Circle, Rochester Hills, MI 48307 EMAGINE ROCHESTER HILLS Emagine
MI 4100 Carpenter Road, Ypsilanti MI 48197 Ann Arbor 20 + IMAX  Cinemark
MN 3400 Vicksburg Ln N, Plymouth, MN 55447 Mann Plymouth Grand 15 Independent
MN 1116 Shakopee Town Sq, Shakopee, MN 55379 MARCUS SHAKOPEE CINEMA Marcus
MO 1830 S. First Capitol Dr., Saint Charles, MO 63303 MARCUS WEHRENBERG ST. CHARLES Marcus
NC 1140 Parkside Main St, Cary, NC 27519 Frank Theatres Cine Bowl Frank Theatres
NC 4840 Grove Barton Road, Raleigh, NC 27613 Cinemark Raleigh Grande  Cinemark
NC 7824 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC 28277 REGAL STONECREST AT PIPER GLEN Regal
NC 9508 Northeast Court, Matthews, NC 28105 Cinemark Movies 10 Cinemark
NE 304 N 174TH ST,  Omaha, NE 68118 Village Pointe Cinemas 16 Marcus
NH 11 Executive Park Dr, Merrimack, NH 3054 Cinemagic Merrimack 12 Cinemagic
NJ 2399 Route 1 South, North Brunswick, NJ 08902 REGAL COMMERCE CENTER STADIUM Regal
NJ 1655 Oak Tree Rd, Edison, NJ 08820-2822 BIG Cinemas Movie City 8 8k Miles
NJ 3125 Kennedy Blvd, North Bergen, NJ 7047 Columbia Park Stadium 12 Independent
NJ 3165 Route 46, Parsippany, NJ 07054 CINÉPOLIS PARSIPPANY Cinepolis
NY 20 Michael Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735 REGAL UA FARMINGDALE & IMAX Regal
OH 200 Hutchinson Avenue, Columbus, OH 43235 MARCUS CROSSWOODS CINEMA Marcus
OH 6360 Busch Blvd, Columbus, OH 43229 Screens at the Continent TriState
OH 3773 Ridge Mill Drive, Hilliard, OH 43026 Movies 11 @ Millrun TriState
OH 500 Rivers Edge Drive, Milford OH 45150 Milford 16  Cinemark
OH 6001 Canal Road, Valley View, OH 44125 Cinemark At Valley View and XD  Cinemark
OR 3200 SW Hocken Ave, Beaverton, OR 97005 Century 16 Cedar Hills Cinemark
PA 180 Mill Road, Oaks, PA 19456 REGAL OAKS STADIUM 24 Regal
PA 2100 Settlers Ridge Center Dr., Robinson, PA 15205 Cinemark Robinson Township and XD  Cinemark
TN 7051 Malco Crossing, Memphis, TN 38115 MALCO MAJESTIC 20 THEATRE Malco
TX 7201 N Central Expressway,Plano, TX  75025 Cinemark Legacy and XD Cinemark
TX 8505 Walton Blvd, Irving, TX 75063 REGAL MACARTHUR MARKETPLACE 16 Independent
TX 2661 Midway Rd , Carrollton, TX 75006 FUNMOVIE GRILL Independent
TX 15436 F M 1825, Pflugerville, TX 78660 Tinseltown 20 + XD Cinemark
TX 12920 Northwest Freeway, Houston TX 77040 Cinemark Tinseltown 290 and XD Cinemark
VA 6201 Multiplex Dr, Centreville, VA 20121 Centreville 12 Cinemark
VA 22875 Brambleton Plaza, Ashburn, VA 20148 REGAL FOX STADIUM 16 & IMAX Regal
WA 700 Bellevue Way NE, Lincoln Square,Bellevue, WA 98004 Lincoln Square Cinemas Cinemark
WI 7825 Big Sky Drive, Madison, WI 53719 MARCUS POINT CINEMAS Marcus
WI 5200 S Moorland Rd, New Berlin, WI 53151 Marcus Ridge Cinema Marcus

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Telangana woman badly injured in a road mishap in USA

A NRI woman Udutha Swarna from Kusumanchi, Khammam district has been badly injured in a road accident near Chicago city. At this time of reporting, Sunday 10PM CST, she is on ventilator and battling for life in cook county’s John H Stroger Jr Hospital.The accident took place around Saturday midnight when Udatha Swarna along with her family is returning back to home after watching a movie.Her husband Kiran Kumar is reported safe while her daughter Bindhu(10) has been injured in the road mishap.

Another couple who’re also in same car are family friends to swarna, they suffered minor injuries

Telugu360 spoke to Hema C Kanuri, a representative of TANA Team Square,TeamAid who is at John H. Stroger Jr Hospital and he revealed that Udutha Swarna’s condition continued to be very critical and is battling for life.Swarna’s husband Kiran Kumar who works as a Software engineer moved to Chicago, USA an year ago and Udutha Swarna along with her daughter Bindhu flew to USA four months ago.A case has been registered by Chicago police and the investigation is on.

While Swarna’s condition stayed critical, news dailies from telugu states ‘Eenadu’ and ‘Telangana Today’ wrongly reported that she passed away on Sunday morning.

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Bharat Ane Nenu – US Ticket Deals

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H-1B Application Process to Begin From April 2; Premium Processing Suspended

Petitions for H1-B visas, popular among Indian IT professionals, will be accepted from April 2, a federal agency announced on Wednesday.

The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) also announced the suspension of premium processing of all H-1B petitions which are subject to the annual caps.

The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China. The H-1B petition filing is for the fiscal year 2019 beginning October 1, 2018.

The suspension of premium processing of all H-1B petitions which are subject to the annual caps is expected to last until September 10, 2018. During this time, the USCIS said it will continue to accept premium processing requests for H-1B petitions that are not subject to the fiscal 2019 cap. “We will notify the public before resuming premium processing for cap-subject H-1B petitions or making any other premium processing updates,” it said.

At the same time, the USCIS said while premium processing is suspended, a petitioner may submit a request to expedite an FY 2019 cap-subject H-1B petition if it meets the expedited criteria.

The USCIS said that the temporary suspension of premium processing will help it reduce overall H-1B processing time.

By temporarily suspending premium processing, the USCIS said it will be able to process long-pending petitions, which it has currently been unable to process due to the high volume of incoming petitions and the significant surge in premium processing requests over the past few years; and prioritise adjudication of H-1B extension of status cases that are nearing the 240-day mark.

As an H-1B non-immigrant, the applicant may be admitted for a period of up to three years. The time period may be extended, but generally cannot go beyond a total of six years. However, there are some exceptions to it.

The H1-B visa has an annual numerical limit cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year as mandated by the Congress. The first 20,000 petitions filed on behalf of beneficiaries with a US master’s degree or higher are exempt from the cap.

Additionally, H1-B workers who are petitioned for or employed at an institution of higher education or its affiliated or related nonprofit entities or a nonprofit research organisation or a government research organisation are not subject to this numerical cap.

According to the USCIS, between 2007 and 2017, it received the maximum number of 2.2 million H-1B petitions from high-skilled Indians. India was followed by China with 301,000 H-1B petitions during the same period.

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US Seeks No Extension of H-1B Visas, Indians May be Hit: Report

The US is considering new regulations to prevent the extension of H-1B visas as part of president Donald Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative, a move which could hit tech firms and hundreds of thousands of Indian IT professionals, a media report said.

The move could directly stop hundreds of thousands of foreign workers from keeping their H-1B visas while their green card applications are pending.

The proposal which is being shared between the Department of Homeland Security Department (DHS) heads is part of Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” initiative promised during the 2016 campaign, US-based news agency McClatchy DC Bureau reported.

It aims to impose new restrictions to prevent abuse and misuse of H-1B visas, besides ending the provision of granting extension for those who already have a green card.

“The act currently allows the administration to extend the H-1B visas for thousands of immigrants, predominantly Indian immigrants, beyond the allowed two three-year terms if a green card is pending,” the report said.

“The idea is to create a sort of ‘self- deportation’ of hundreds of thousands of Indian tech workers in the United States to open up those jobs for Americans,” it said, quoting a source briefed by Homeland Security officials.

“The agency is considering a number of policy and regulatory changes to carry out the President’s Buy American, Hire American Executive Order, including a thorough review of employment-based visa programmes,” said Jonathan Withington, chief of media relations for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

It is typically issued for three to six years to employers to hire a foreign worker. But H-1B holders who have begun the green card process can often renew their work visas indefinitely.

The technology companies depend on H-1B to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

The proposed changes would have a dramatic effect particularly on Indian visa holders considering more than half of all H-1B visas have been awarded to Indian nationals, the report said, quoting the Pew Research Center report.

“This would be a major catastrophic development as many people have been waiting in line for green cards for over a decade, have US citizen children, own a home,” Leon Fresco, who served as a deputy assistant attorney general for the Justice Department in the Obama administration who now represent H-1B workers, was quoted as saying in the report.

Fresco estimates more than 1 million H1-B visa holders in the country are waiting for green cards, many of whom are from India and have been waiting for more than a decade.

Trump had made the alleged abuse and fraud in H-1B visa system a major election issue during his campaign.

After becoming the president, he signed an executive order aimed at tightening the process of issuing the H1B visas.

Trump had said the order was the first step to initiate “long overdue” reforms to end “visa abuses”.

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Akhil’s Hello shows in USA To Set New Records

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It is a well-known fact that Akhil Akkineni is currently gearing up for the release of his second film Hello. Directed by Vikram K Kumar, the movie is produced by Akkineni Nagarjuna under Annapurna Studios. The movie promotions are going on in full swing and as a part of it, Akhil has planned a USA tour along with Rana Daggubati. The already released trailer and songs have garnered the attention and amidst huge expectations, the premiere shows in USA turned into the biggest filmy events there.

Interesting factor is that the organizers are not collecting any money for the shows and it witnessed huge crowd in various places. As per the reports, in New Jersey as many as 2,000 people are attending it, whereas the crowd in Dallas and Bay Area are 4,000 each.

Well, we have to wait and see whether Akhil is going to bag success with Hello or not.

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From nothing to purple patch : How NTR reinvented himself in overseas

As Overseas market forms a considerable chunk in the overall business for any film, it is slowly turning out to be the yardstick to guage the box office potential of our heroes. From pre-release business to the total revenue earned at the end of the full run, the overseas market for Telugu films has improved by leaps and bounds over the past few years. This is the major reason why our heroes are very particular in selecting scripts that will cut across the overseas audience. Among the current generation stars, Mahesh Babu and Pawan Kalyan carved out a niche for themselves in overseas market well ahead of others. NTR was nowhere near to them when compared with the overseas box office potential a couple of years ago. But, the talented actor has come along a long way. In USA, from having a pathetic form to hitting a purple patch in recent times with three consecutive $1.5 million films, the way NTR has reinvented himself to increase acceptability amongst the class audience deserve a case study.

Before we analyse how NTR picked his makeover characters, we need to go back to the 2011 days to know his box-office position vis-à-vis his professional competitors Mahesh Babu and Pawan Kalyan. Typically, if any record is set at box-office, how sooner your competitor reaches the same milestone is a best way to measure one’s potential.  Back in September 2011, Mahesh Babu scored his first $1 Million movie in USA with blockbuster hit Dookudu which made him numero uno in USA market. Post Dookudu, two NTR films : Oosaravelli, Dhammu had flopped at the box office. They collected mere $300K each. Then in April 2013, first time NTR scored his $1M with Baadshah. However, major credit for this milestone went to then star director Srinu Vytla – NTR combination rather than NTR alone. Next two NTR films, Ramayya vastavayya, Rabhasa flopped and they managed to collect mere $370K, $400K. Temper in 2015 was the first film to collect $1M where major credit went to NTR for his acting prowess.  By that time Mahesh Babu had scored four $1M movies and one $700K+ movie. Another star hero Pawan Kalyan had two $1M, one $850K movies by that time. These numbers establish the fact that NTR’s market in USA at that time was very low.

Realising the changing market dynamics and increasing Nizam, USA markets,  NTR tried to shed his mass star image for the first time in Brindavanam which was his first seed towards gaining acceptance amongst the class audience, Later on, his risky attempt in the form of Nannaku Premato helped him further his class image. Also, his graceful performance in Koratala Siva’s Janatha Garage has leaped his stardom to a whole new level in overseas. Also, his attempt to come closer to audience with the reality show Big Boss, which became a huge hit on small screen, reaped rich dividends. With this show, NTR became a household name among family audience. His films are being lapped by family audience big time. Jai Lava Kusa, despite having a regular commercial template, succeeded in drawing huge family crowds to theatres.

Now he is the more consistent star at the USA box-office with back to back three $1.5 Million films and also the only actor after Mahesh Babu to have five million dollar films there. Everyone is hoping that he would  continue to charm the overseas audience by selecting similar characters like he did in the last couple of years which made a huge difference in the outcome of the films at the box office.

However in terms of pre-release business, NTR is still lagging behind Mahesh and Pawan Kalyan. But, the gap is closing fast due to NTR’s consistency. With a film in Trivikram’s direction lined up, NTR would be looking to continue his rich vein of form at the overseas box office.

Release DateMovie NameCollections
20/9/17Jai Lava Kusa$1,506,931
31/8/16Janatha Garage$1,800,404
12/1/16Nannaku Prematho$2,022,392
24/2/15Temper$1,052,650
10/9/14Rabhasa$401,459
12/10/13Ramayya Vasthavayya$370,994
12/4/13Baadshah$1,278,610
13/5/12Dhammu$304,484
12/10/11Oosaravalli$321,555

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1.17 million Indian tourists visited the US last year

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The Indian outbound traveller is now a much-coveted commodity around the world, as the country’s booming middle class seeks new destinations and emerges as a key market.

The Indian market has set a new record as 1.17 million tourists visited the US last year, according to Brand USA, the nation’s first public-private partnership to promote the United States as a travel destination.

“Brand USA has reached the million visitor mark from India, we expect much more growth. This year has seen our largest delegation of our Brand USA India mission with nearly 40 organisations, we actually had a waiting list of people wanting to tap the indian market. And that really shows the importance that India has,” Suzana Shepard, Manager Global Trade Development Brand USA, said during a branding event organized by Brand USA representative Sartha Global Marketing in New Delhi.

In February, Brand USA inaugurated the US-India travel and tourism partnership year in Delhi, led by the US Department of Commerce’s National Travel and Tourism Office (NTTO). The NTTO had forecast a 72 per cent increase in arrivals from 2015 through 2021.

While business travelers and family visits have been the norm so far, more Indians travel to less visited states and try new activities involving adventure and thrills.

“Indians are big consumers of adventure activities and this is exactly what we got in Nevada for them. The US is very much a road trip destination and there is so much to see, different landscapes, just like in India I guess but with a different decor, different people and a great melting pot of cultures,” said Claudia Vecchio, Director of the Department of Tourism & Cultural Affairs in Nevada.

According to Brand USA, India ranks 11th in international visitors and also represents the sixth biggest spender with $13.6 billion registered last year.

“There is really a great opportunity, only one per cent of the population has a passport and there is a growing middle class. It leaves room for a lot development,” Shepard said.

The increasing number of direct flights from India by national carrier Air India has also helped in catering to the tourists’ demand, the latest being Delhi-Washington DC. A couple of years ago, Air India also added San Francisco to its other non-stop flights to New York, Chicago and Newark. The carrier is said to be evaluating a direct flight to Los Angeles as well.

“With the non-stop service from India, San Francisco Airport has seen the traffic back and forth to India grow by 10 per cent, said Melissa Andretta, Director of International Marketing at San Francisco International Airport.

“The United States has always been a prime destination for Indian tourists, the country being home to an important Indian diaspora. We are seeing a lot of FITs coming, a lot of Indian weddings celebrated in Washington DC where an important Indian origin population lives. You can even celebrate Indian festivals like Diwali just like you would do in India as the city organises special decorations and festivities,” said Yi Lu, International Sales Manager at Destination DC.

On the recent visa restrictions on Indian travellers to the USA, Shepard said that they had no impact on the tourism to India and that Indians are warmly welcomed by many Americans.

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US firms may lose $700mn as workers watch solar eclipse

US companies may lose upto $700 million due to lost productivity as employees put aside their work to witness the once-in-a-century solar eclipse, according to a top business person.

Workers took at least 20 minutes on Monday to watch the solar eclipse, Andy Challenger, vice president of Challenger, Gray and Christmas, an outplacement firm, said.

The rare astronomical event, known as Great American Eclipse, was observed throughout the whole country, and a total solar eclipse was witnessed in 14 states, reports Xinhua news agency.

“There are very few people who are not going to walk outside when a celestial event of such kind takes place,” Challenger said, estimating that 87 million employees were working during the eclipse.

To get the cost for employers, Challenger multiplied the figure of working employees by the estimated watching time and the average hourly wages estimated by the Bureau of Labour Statistics.

“Compared to the amount of wages being paid to an employee over a course of a year, it is very small,” Challenger said. “It’s not going to show up in any type of macroeconomic data.”

The US mainland has not seen a total solar eclipse since 1979, when it swept a handful of northwestern states. The country’s last total solar eclipse stretching from coast to coast took place in 1918.

This time, US space agency NASA provided a live webcast of the event, using 11 spacecraft, at least three NASA aircraft and more than 50 high-altitude balloons.

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Jai Lava Kusa overseas : Record price in NTR’s career

Young Tiger NTR’s Jai Lava Kusa, which is gearing up for Dusheera release, is doing phenomenal business in Telugu states. The film has already been sold for record prices in some of NTR’s stronghold areas. Telugu360 has already reported that the overseas business is yet to be closed as the producer is quoting relatively high amount. 

It is now exclusively learnt that the overseas rights has been snapped for 8.5 Crores. A fast growing overseas distribution house, which has already bagged the US rights of five upcoming films, has bagged the rights this big budget entertainer. This is a decent price considering the combination and the heavy competition at the box office due to the release of Mahesh Babu’s Spyder which is going to hit the screens a week after Jai Lava Kusa.
This is the highest ever overseas deal in NTR’s career.  His last two films fared well at the overseas box office and it will be big test for his stamina this time as he is working with a relatively less experienced director for Jai Lava Kusa.

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World leaders in social media Trump and Modi meet

When “true” friends meet, there is obvious display of visible warmth. President of United States Donald Trump hosted Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on June 26 at Washington, D.C. Trump and Modi managed to strike a good rapport at the first instance as the India gets Salahuddin, US gets to sell 20 drones to Indian military. Additionally, the white house confirmed the sale of $366 million of a transport carrier to India.

Trump said that the relationship with India has never been better and stronger. Both the leaders used deepest words to counter terrorism. They are “determined” to “eliminate” terrorism. Furthermore, they extended mutual cooperation in defence and in developing Afghanistan

The two leaders discussed about expanding trade, defence and economic ties. Trump said “I look forward to working with you to create jobs in both countries and to grow our trade relationship in a fair manner to bring down the trade deficit”. On the other hand, Modi said “I’m sure that convergence between my vision for a new India and President Trump’s vision for ‘Making America Great Again’ will add a new dimension to our cooperation”

Trump congratulated India for implementing Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill and said that the US is also doing the same. He noted that, ” (He’s) looking forward to exporting more US energy to India as your economy grows, including a major long term contract to purchase natural gas”.

Prime Minister Modi said that “Your(Trump) vast and successful experience in the business world will lend an aggressive and forward-looking agenda to our relations.”

Controversial topics such as immigration and climate change remained behind closed doors.

Modi welcomed Ivanka Trump for the entrepreneurship summit. He also invited the Trump and his family to visit India. After the joint address, Melania hosted a reception for the PM of India.

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AP IT-ministry appoints Special representative in USA

Government of Andhra Pradesh (GoAP) has issued orders appointing Manohar Reddy as Special Representative in IT, E&C Department. This step was taken for promotion of Information Technology related activities in the region of North and Central America. Reddy who is not only the CEO Of Feuji. Inc. firm based in Dallas, United States, but also is Board Member of Andhra Pradesh State Entrepreneurship Development Council.

The new position was offered by GoAP to Reddy on June 2nd and the acceptance was received on 5th June,2017. Reddy has around 24 years of experience in various facets of IT. The mechanical engineering graduated from JNTU, Anantapur is former CEO of Gallop Solutions based out of USA. He currently serves as Executive Council Member of Sri Krishnadeveraya University also.

Reddy adopted a village in AP by founding Charitable Society for Rural Empowerment. He is not restricted to IT but also has varied interests in the fields of IT Solutions, Entertainment and philanthropy. He is the Owner of Touring Talkies that co-produced, distributed, exhibited successful Telugu films such as Anand, Happy Days and Life is Beautiful.

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No laptop ban on US flights from Europe for now: US

The US will not impose a ban on carry-on laptops on flights coming from Europe for now, an official spokesperson today said, days after America underlined the need to “raise the bar” on airline security, including screening certain carry-on items.

The ban is already in place for flights from certain regions of the Middle East and North Africa after intelligence reports that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is developing ways to hide explosives in batteries and battery compartments.

No laptop ban on US flights from Europe for now but the option is still on the table, Homeland Security Secretary Dave Lapan announced after a call between Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc.

“While a much-discussed expansion of the ban on large electronic devices in the cabin on flights to the United States was not announced today, the Secretary made it clear that an expansion is still on the table,” Lapan said in a statement.

Lapan was referring to comments by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly who in a call today with European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc discussed aviation security.

“Kelly affirmed he will implement any and all measures necessary to secure commercial aircraft flying to the United States – including prohibiting large electronic devices from the passenger cabin – if the intelligence and threat level warrant it,” Lapan said, after the conference call between American and European leaders, during which two other items were discussed.

Lapan said the American and European leaders agreed to raise the bar for aviation security globally, including through a range of potential seen and unseen enhancements.

“The parties also agreed to continue to work together to secure global aviation and to maintain clear lines of communication and cooperation,” he said.

Source:EconomicTimes

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Trump era: Russia story ‘Gotta Go Now’!

Donald Trump had set out to make history on his first sojourn as President of the United States. But pundits of the left had other things on their mind — Russia, Russia, Russia!

The brash billionaire, who had once proclaimed that “Islam hates us”, received a red carpet welcome “beyond anything anyone has seen” in Saudi Arabia, the land of Islam’s birth.

Calling it “a battle between good and evil” he had without mincing words asked leaders of 50 Muslim nations to confront the “crisis of Islamic extremism” and drive terrorists out of their “holy land” and out “of this earth”.

Then on an upbeat visit to Israel, Trump had in his quest for the “ultimate peace deal” implored both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to put aside the “pain and disagreements of the past”.

Ending frosty ties with the Vatican, he also had a “cordial” meeting with Pope Francis as they discussed cooperation on “health care, education and assistance to immigrants” with Trump focusing on “extreme terrorism threats”.

But in no hurry to temper his confrontational style, the “America First” President who had once declared NATO “obsolete” and then “no longer obsolete”, also asked stony faced allies in Brussels to pay up their fair share.

As many as 23 of the 28 NATO members owed “massive amounts” from past years, Trump complained even as he vowed that “we will never forsake the friends who stood by our side” after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the US.

He faced more clashes at his first summit of G-7 rich nation’s club in Italy as they discussed contentious issues of climate change, trade and immigration. but agreed to hear them out before finally deciding to pull out or not from the Paris climate accord.

But to the “fake news media”, as the President loves to call his left-liberal detractors, Trump might have been playing hooky as they diligently kept barking up the Russian tree.

They went to town with Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan telling a House panel that “worried by a number of contacts that the Russians had” with Trump associates he had alerted FBI as early as the summer of 2016.

He had even warned the top Russian spy that Moscow’s meddling in US presidential elections would damage US-Russia relationship, claimed Brennan. But he did not say what he and other American spooks did to stop Russia.

The media also buried way down in their stories Brennan’s acknowledgement that he did not see any proof of “collusion” between Trump associates and Russia before he left on inauguration day in January.

Pundits also crowed about a Washington Post story that two intelligence chiefs had declined as “inappropriate” Trump’s call to publicly deny that his team had colluded with Russia.

But when spymaster Daniel Coats told a Congressional panel that as the President’s top intelligence adviser, he could not talk about his conversations with the boss, they were quick to suggest that he had not “denied the story.”

And the day Trump asked NATO allies to pay up, talking heads were still going gaga over a Post story about his son-in-law and key adviser Jared Kushner being under FBI scrutiny for his post-election meetings with the Russian ambassador.

Even as they acknowledged that Kushner was not a suspect or accused of any wrong doing, some suggested that the Russia probe had reached too close to the White House for Trump’s comfort.

And when in response to outrage in Britain over “deeply troubling” US intelligence leaks of Manchester bombing probe, Trump vowed to “get to the bottom of this”, the New York Times offered a cheeky response.

“Is there something particularly American about leaking? Some national allergy to protecting government secrets?” asked the beneficiary of spilled secrets.

“Yes, in fact there is,” it asserted. “And whether you denounce that as a dangerous trait or accept it as an underpinning of democracy it is unlikely to change.”

Meanwhile, with protests going up by a massive 30 per cent since Trump’s inauguration, another “leak” industry is flush in the capital with port-a-potty major “Gotta Go Now” reporting a 40 percent growth in revenue.

But it’s time pundits let the Russia story go unless they want to keep playing into Vladimir Putin’s hands!

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Trump era: House of Cards or the Russian roullette?

Donald Trump was fretting and fuming, but he did not fire as is his wont, at first. It was some 14 hours later that the POTUS found his tweet.

“It’s the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history,” he thundered denouncing the appointment of a special counsel to probe alleged Russian interference in the November election that made him President.

Only a week ago, Rod Rosenstein, his hand-picked second-in-command at the Justice Department, had recommended that he fire FBI director James Comey for “usurping” his superior’s authority in probing Hillary Clinton’s email scandal.

And now that very man had named Robert Mueller, who had served as FBI director for 12 years under both George Bush and Barack Obama, without telling him or attorney general Jeff Sessions first.

“I respect the move,” a blindsided Trump told reporters, again calling it “a witch hunt” and insisting “there is no collusion” between him “and the Russians — zero.” But then “I can only speak for myself”.

Rosenstein told lawmakers that he knew that the President was going to fire Comey any way — with that “Russia thing” on his mind, as Trump himself acknowledged later — when he was asked to write a memo a day earlier.

But it was no hatchet job, the prosecutor insisted. Trump had “sought my advice and input” and he had on his own concluded that “notwithstanding my personal affection” for Comey, “it was appropriate to seek a new leader”.

“I wrote it, I believe it. I stand by it,” maintained the career prosecutor affirming that “there never has been, and never will be, any political interference in any matter under my supervision”.

Rosenstein also shot down a media report that Comey had sought additional resources for the Russia probe before he was fired.

Democrats, who had their “shaken” faith in Rosenstein restored somewhat after the appointment of Mueller, now felt cheated with one lawmaker calling his briefing “useless” and another ruing the “loss of an hour” of his precious life.

Meanwhile, stories citing Comey’s friends started surfacing about a memo he had written after a “troubling” February 14 meeting with POTUS.

Days earlier Comey himself had affirmed that there wasn’t any political interference in his work. Yet his memo claimed Trump had asked him to ease his probe of sacked National Security Advisor Michael Flynn saying, “I hope you can let this go. He is a good guy.”

The “failing” New York Times, as Trump loves to call his home town daily, also suggested that Comey was “unsettled” by his contacts with Trump.

So much so that he wanted to blend in with the curtains in the White House Blue Room during an event. He was “disgusted” by a “hug” from the President there and considered White House people “not honourable”, claimed the friend.

But Trump denied that he had ever asked Comey to drop the Flynn probe with a flat “No, no” before ordering reporters to move on to the “next question”.

The media also went to town with a story that Trump had spilled highly secret intelligence to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office a day after firing Comey.

Even as they acknowledged that they had seen no evidence of Trump-Russia “collusion”, Comey’s firing and his alleged spilling of secrets sent his critics salivating with several Democrats using the “I” word — Impeachment.

But it made no dents in Trump country with his passionate supporters caring two hoots about the revelations.

However, the “fake media” was not done yet. As Trump embarked on his first foreign trip, the Times fired another shot.

Trump, it claimed, had told the visiting Russians in the Oval Office that firing a “crazy” and “a real nut job” Comey had eased “great pressure” over the Russia probe.

His mouthpiece Sean Spicer did not dispute the story, but suggested Comey’s “grandstanding and politicising” Russian probe had “created unnecessary pressure on our ability to engage and negotiate with Russia”.

As the plot thickened, Robin Wright, who plays the plotting wife of the President in the popular political TV drama “House of Cards”, complained that “Trump has stolen all of our ideas”.

But it looked more like self-flagellating pundits and politicians were playing a dangerous game of Russian roulette with America!

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Chandrababu leaves for US tour, busy in Delhi today

Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu left for 10-day US tour on Wednesday morning. He would be busy in the national capital meeting the Union Ministers and would leave finally for US during early hours of Thursday.

Chandrababu Naidu would be visiting California, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and New Jersey during his stay. He is scheduled to interact with the heads of several companies and the Non-Resident Telugus during his tour and mobilise investments for the State, mostly in the IT sector. The AP Non-Resident Telugu Society led by Vemuri Ravikumar is organising the tour of Chandrababu Naidu-led delegation from the government. The tour is set to over 800 NTRs showing interest in adopting villages to develop them into Smart Villages, a programme that Chandrababu Naidu had initiated after his return to power in the 2014 elections. The APNRTS is to take care of the initiatives right from the signing of MoUs with the government in US to the channelization of funds for the successful implementation of the project back in Andhra Pradesh.

The Chief Minister-led delegation would also make field visits to Apple, Tesla, Cisco, Oracle, Google and others during their stay in US. The NRTs and the officials from the State government are confident of mobilising a huge amount investments during this visit that would contribute for the overall development of the State.

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Trump’s H1-B fallout: Infosys to hire 10,000 US techies

Global software major Infosys on Tuesday said it would hire 10,000 American workers in the next two years, a move seen as a fallout of US President Donald Trump’s executive order on H1-B visas a fortnight ago.

The city-based IT major also said it would set up four technology and innovation hubs across North America to focus on cutting-edge technology, including artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, user experience, emerging digital technologies, cloud and big data.

The first hub will open in the midwestern state of Indiana in August and is expected to create 2,000 jobs by 2021 for American workers.

“The hubs will have technology and innovation focused areas and serve clients in key industries such as financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and energy,” said the firm in a statement here.

Clients in the US contribute about 60 per cent of the company’s software export revenue per year.

“We are committed to hiring 10,000 American technology workers over the next two years to help invent and deliver the digital futures for our clients in the US,” said Infosys Chief Executive Vishal Sikka in the statement.

The $10.3-billion company will hire experienced professionals as well as recent graduates from major universities and local and community colleges to create talent pools for the future.

“Basically, Infosys is hiring American workers to please Trump, who passed an order recently (April 19) which will force Indian IT firms to pay more salary for high-skilled employees working in the US on H-1B visas,” Head Hunters India Founder-Chairman and Managing Director K. Lakshmikanth told IANS here.

Infosys Deputy Chief Operating Officer S. Ravi Kumar however said the company had been hiring in the US over the years for organic growth and create talent on campuses.

“The right strategy for a company like ours is to build local talent pools and supplement them with global talent in times of shortage. The hubs will be located where we have client clusters and good local talent is available,” he said.

The decision to ramp up local hiring by Indian IT majors like Infosys, TCS and Wipro comes also in light of Trump’s order to ensure that H-1B visas were awarded to the most skilled and highly-paid.

“Infosys will take time to ramp up local hiring as it is very costly. It has to pay a minimum of $80,000 (Rs 52 lakh) per year to a skilled American techie. For the same amount, it can hire four software engineers in India for its offshore development work,” said Lakshmikanth.

Currently, an Indian IT firm pays $60,000-65,000 per year for techies working in the US on H-1B visas and they return after three years of onsite work.

Infosys, which sends about 3,000-4,000 techies to the US every year, will get 50 per cent of the H1B visas under the new rules as part of the quota and the rest through the lottery system.

“If Infosys hires about 500 Americans techies, it will result in loss of 2,000 jobs in India for offshore operations. Automation and AI (Artificial Intelligence) will reduce hiring by another 30-40 per cent,” said Lakshmikanth.

Indian IT industry representative body Nasscom, however, declined to react to Infosys’ plans, saying it “doesn’t comment on company specific matters”.

Observing that learning and education have been the core of what Infosys offered to clients, Sikka said they make the company a leader in times of great change.

Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb said on the occasion that it was good to welcome Infosys to the state to expand its growing tech ecosystem with the addition of 2,000 jobs.

“Indiana continues to put the tools in place such as the Next Level Trust Fund and incentivising direct flights that allow us to attract and retain great companies like Infosys,” he said in the statement.

The Governor also said higher education institutions in Indiana were producing a world class workforce and establishing the state as the innovation hub in the Midwest.

“I look forward to working with Infosys to elevate Indiana to the next level,” he added.

To ensure that American workers are equipped to innovate and support clients in the digitisation of all industries, the company will institute training programmes in competencies such as user experience, cloud, artificial intelligence, big data and digital offerings as well as core technology and computer science skills.

Since 2015, over 134,000 students, 2,500 teachers and 2,500 schools in America have benefited from h computer science training and classroom equipment funded by Infosys Foundation USA.

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A note from Vivek Murthy- Surgeon General sacked by Trump

The Trump Administration dismissed U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy on Friday, to be replaced by a nurse – Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams. A strong supporter of Obama care Murthy’s term should have run until the end of next year but was cut short. He was asked to resign but he said, “My reason was simple: because I would never willfully abandon my commitment to my Commissioned Corps officers, to the American people, and to all who have stood with me to build a healthier and more compassionate America”. The doctor’s reason to stand on this principle resulted in his termination. The youngest surgeon general, Murthy 39, whose parents are originally from Karnataka spoke his heart in the following Facebook post –

“Two years and four months ago, I was honored to be sworn in as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States. For the grandson of a poor farmer from India to be asked by the President to look out for the health of an entire nation was a humbling and uniquely American story. I will always be grateful to our country for welcoming my immigrant family nearly 40 years ago and giving me this opportunity to serve.

During my tenure, I was blessed to have an extraordinary team of dedicated public servants who became my colleagues and friends. I was also fortunate to find thousands of dedicated partners in the community from schools and hospitals to faith groups and mayors. Together, we called our country to action to address the addiction crisis in America through the nation’s first Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health and by urging more prevention, treatment, and humanity in our approach to this chronic illness. We sent letters to millions of health care professionals urging them to join our campaign to Turn the Tide on the opioid epidemic. We issued a report on e-cigarettes and youth, launched a national effort to get Americans walking, and started a community conversation on food insecurity. We partnered with Elmo, the cast of Mom, and Top Chef to inform the country about vaccines, addiction, and healthy eating. And we worked with thousands of Commissioned Corps officers to protect our nation from Ebola and Zika and to respond to the Flint water crisis, major hurricanes, and frequent health care shortages in rural communities. I am exceedingly proud of what our team and our officers have done to bring help and hope to people all across America.

It is important to know that the 6,600 officers in the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps are one of our nation’s greatest assets. Each and every day, our officers wake up ready to serve their country in over 800 locations, responding to natural disasters, countering disease outbreaks, and advancing prevention and treatment in communities. During the last few years, the Corps became my family. I will always remember their dedication and the warmth with which they welcomed me. And I will never stop advocating for them.

While I had hoped to do more to help our nation tackle its biggest health challenges, I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have served. The role of the Surgeon General is traditionally to share wisdom with others, but it was I who learned so much by listening to your stories in town halls and living rooms. In a remote fishing village in Alaska, a church in Alabama, an American Indian reservation in Oklahoma, a school in Virginia, and in so many other places, I watched the grit and grace with which our fellow Americans live their lives.

Here are some of those lessons which I will keep with me:

1. Kindness is more than a virtue. It is a source of strength. If we teach our children to be kind and remind each other of the same, we can live from a place of strength, not fear. I have seen this strength manifest every day in the words and actions of people all across our great nation. It is what gives me hope that we can heal during challenging times.

2. We will only be successful in addressing addiction – and other illnesses – when we recognize the humanity within each of us. People are more than their disease. All of us are more than our worst mistakes. We must ensure our nation always reflects a fundamental value: every life matters.

3. Healing happens when we are able to truly talk to and connect with each other. That means listening and understanding. It means assuming good, not the worst. It means pausing before we judge. Building a more connected America will require us to find new ways to talk to each other.

4. The world is locked in a struggle between love and fear. Choose love. Always. It is the world’s oldest medicine. It is what we need to build a nation that is safe and strong for us and our children.

This journey would not have been possible without my incredible family. My wife Alice is my hero. Her resilience, optimism, and love have lifted me up and helped me soar. Our baby boy has been my constant source of inspiration to help create a better world. My mother and father have given me everything and to them I owe everything. And my sister has been an enduring source of support and affection from the time I was born.

As my colleague Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams takes over as Acting Surgeon General, know that our nation is in capable and compassionate hands.

Thank you, America, for the privilege of a lifetime. I have been truly humbled and honored to serve as your Surgeon General. I look forward to working alongside you in new ways in the years to come. Our journey for a stronger, healthier America continues.”

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All Time Top 20 Grossing Telugu Movies in USA

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Top 20  Telugu MOVIES  in USA BOXOFFICE

The table below contains figures for the Top 20 Telugu movies at the North America Box office. This table is updated periodically to reflect the latest reports.

RankGrossMovie NameHeroYear of Release
1$6,997,636BaahubaliPrabhas2015
2$2,89,0786SrimanthuduMaheshbabu2015
3$2,44,5037A.. AA..Nithin2016
4$2,022,392Nannaku PremathoNTR2016
5$1,897,541Attharintiki DarediPawan Kalyan2013
6$1,784,119Janatha GarageNTR2016
7$1,635,300Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle ChettuMaheshbabu, Venkatesh2013
8$1,569,162OopiriNagarjuna2016
9$1,563,466DookuduMaheshbabu2011
10$1,538,515ManamNagarjuna2014
11$1,482,435AagaduMaheshbabu2014
12$1,430,026Bhale Bhale MagadivoiNani2015
13$1,394,655Race GurramAllu Arjun2014
14$1,330,1551 - NenokkadineMaheshbabu2014
15$1,278,610BaadshahNTR2013
16$1,250,000Son Of SatyamurthyAllu Arjun2015
17$1,179,000PellichoopuluVijay Devarakonda2016
18$1,156,451BrahmotsavamMaheshbabu2016
19$1,087,285EegaNani2012
20$1,070,404Sardaar Gabbar SinghPawan Kalyan2016
$1,052,650TemperNTR2015
$1,034,484Gabbar SinghPawan Kalyan2012

 

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