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Indian-origin leader makes history in Canada Parliament

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Indian-origin Jagmeet Singh created history in Canada when he made his debut in the House of Commons as the first non-white leader of a major opposition party in the country.

The arrival of the leader, wearing a turban, into the house on Monday, cheered by all members, coincided with the induction of a senior woman member into Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet.

Singh, 40, the leader of the New Democratic Party, placed his hand over his heart as he walked into the House of Commons, the lower of house of Parliament, before the daily question period.

He was elected in federal by-elections held on February 25.

Singh, as an elected lawmaker, talked about last week’s terrorist attack on two mosques in New Zealand.

“I want to begin by expressing our solidarity with the people of New Zealand who are mourning the attack on Muslim brothers and sisters… in Christchurch,” he said.

About 50 people were killed last week in the Pacific country’s worst-ever mass shooting.

He then launched his first question about housing in Burnaby-South.

“I met a mom in Burnaby. She bought a home, but cannot afford to live there anymore. Her daughter has a good job, but only gets by because she lives in the basement. Her son does not see a future. Like too many Canadians, he has lost all hope,” Singh said.

“However, the prime minister is telling families like theirs to wait for help. I believe that better is possible. Will the government commit to building half a million new affordable homes?” he asked.

Prime Minister Trudeau responded by congratulating Singh for his entry into the Commons, before touting the government’s record on fighting poverty.

Singh’s remarks echoed the mood of the House on a crucial day when the prime minister was beleaguered by the resignations of his two key cabinet colleagues.

New Zealand mosque shooting Live Updates: 40 people killed, PM calls it terrorist attack

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A gunman opened fire on Friday prayers at a mosque in New Zealand killing many worshippers and forcing the city of Christchurch into lockdown as police launched a massive manhunt. New Zealand Prime Minister has said 40 people have been killed. Four people were also detained in connection with the mass shootings at two mosques

An intelligent 360-degree eye for your home

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Security is a major concern for all of us. While most residential societies have been forced to implement a CCTV network, the cameras can only spot incidents and cover areas that are on the outside. In a fast-paced world today, and with almost every household having working parents or partners, keeping an eye on the nanny or house help back at home is almost impossible. Installing CCTV cameras at home is one solution, but setting up the CCTV network at home is not as simple.

To make home security cameras simpler, IP cameras were first launched years ago, but implementing them too needed an engineer to setup a complete network at home, connecting it to the internet and giving out remote access to the owner, which was painstaking and expensive. With internet-based cameras today, things are even better and easier. Moreover, these cameras can be installed by almost anyone without the need of tech knowledge.

 

Infosys saw maximum rejections of H-1B extensions

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Indian IT companies were the worst affected in 2018 due to Trump administration’s revised rules for H-1B visa extension.

According to a report in the Economic Times, TCS, Infosys and Cognizant saw the maximum rejection of H-1B extension applications as revised rules favoured American technology firms.

According to the ET report, Bengaluru-based Infosys saw 2,042 rejections, followed by TCS at 1,744. US-headquartered Cognizant, which has a majority of its workforce in India, saw 3,548 rejections during 2018, highest for any company. These numbers were released by Centre for Immigration Studies, a US think tank, after an analysis of the H-1B data, the business daily said.

Six Indian companies — TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Cognizant, and the US arms of Tech Mahindra and HCL Technologies — accounted for nearly two-thirds of the rejections among the top 30 companies, the publication mentioned citing the think tank, which analysed data put out by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The above six firms got just 16%, or 2,145, H-1B work permits, less than the 2,399 visas that only Amazon bagged in 2018. Cognizant, TCS, Infosys and Wipro together saw 7,933 H-1B rejections while top 30 tech firms, including Indian IT companies, saw 13,177 rejections, the business daily mentioned.

It may be noted that H-1B visas, which are used mainly by technology companies to send their employees to work in US, are initially given for three years with the option of an extension for a similar term.

US-based tech firms, such as Microsoft, Amazon and Apple, increased their H-1B workforce during the year, while net reductions were imposed on the big Indian firms, such as Cognizant, Tata and Infosys, the Centre for Immigration Studies said in its study that was put out on March 6.

Apple CEO Tim Cook changes his name to Tim Apple because Donald Trump can’t remember his actual name

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Apple CEO Tim Cook is probably one of the most recognized names in the world right now. If you think of Tim Cook, you’ll think of Apple, and for US President Donald Trump, that was a little too real. Earlier this week, Donald Trump referred to Tim Cook as Tim Apple, which quite obviously went viral on social media platforms. Tim Cook seems to have embraced the mistake as he changed his name to “Tim Apple” on Twitter soon after.

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