WARANGAL THURSDAY JANUARY 28, 2021 `7.00 PAGES 14 CITY EDITION VISA BIDEN NIXES TRUMP BID TO KILL SPOUSE WORK PERMITS Joe Biden administration has withdrawn Trump’s proposal to refuse work authorisation to spouses of H1-B holders OBAMA ERA DECISION RESTORED INDIANS AMONG BIGGEST BENEFICIARIES Until 2015, H4 visa holders (spouses of H1-B workers) could not legally hold paid employment in the US. Former US President Barack Obama changed the regulation. However, the Trump administration proposed to reverse Obama’s decision, saying it is economically significant and is in line with the Buy American and Hire American executive order ■ ■ The decision to rescind Trump proposal came on the day Biden signed an executive order calling for racial equity in the country Indian and Chinese workers account for the majority share of H1B visas and H4 visas. Indians filed 74% of all H1B petitions in 2019 while the number was 11.8% for the Chinese 1,25,000 NO. OF H4 VISAS ISSUED BY THE U.S. IN 2019 CALENDAR YEAR CHENNAI ■ MADURAI ■ VIJAYAWADA ■ BENGALURU ■ KOCHI ■ HYDERABAD ■ VISAKHAPATNAM ■ COIMBATORE ■ KOZHIKODE ■ THIRUVANANTHAPURAM ■ BELAGAVI ■ BHUBANESWAR ■ SHIVAMOGGA ■ MANGALURU ■ TIRUPATI ■ TIRUCHY ■ TIRUNELVELI ■ SAMBALPUR ■ HUBBALLI ■ DHARMAPURI ■ KOTTAYAM ■ KANNUR ■ VILLUPURAM ■ KOLLAM ■ WARANGAL ■ TADEPALLIGUDEM ■ NAGAPATTINAM ■ THRISSUR ■ KALABURAGI Police go after farmer leaders Claim they instigated mobs, which triggered the violence; add their names to the FIRs; unions call off Parliament march slated for Feb 1 FIGURING IT OUT EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE police personnel injured @ New Delhi Police personnel detain a Telangana government employee during a protest against the Pay Revision Commission report, at the BRKR Bhavan in Hyderabad on Wednesday | VINAY MADAPU Anger spills onto streets as TS staff protest meagre hike R P R I D H V I R A J @ Hyderabad THE ball is now in Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s court with Telangana’s first Pay Revision Commission (PRC) headed by CR Biswal submitting its recommendations to the government on Wednesday . Though a fitment of 7.5 per cent on the basic pay, which was one of the main recommendations, was something the employees could not stomach, it is expected that during talks with the government, it might be hiked further. However, it would not meet their long-pending expectation of 35 per cent to 40 per cent. Though there were several other pro-employee recommendations in the report, none of them pleased the employees as their anger erupted in the form of protests at the BRKR Bhavan, which is serving as a temporary Secretariat. Some employees tore the copies of the PRC report and threw the pieces into the air. Police who were present in full strength swung into action and detained the agitating employees. As the employees took to the streets, the top brass of the government were left red-faced, wondering how the report leaked out as it was not officially released. The PRC was constituted on May 18, 2018, after the formation of Telangana in 2014. The employees had expected a fitment between 35 per cent and 40 per cent but it turned out to be just 7.5 per cent. Even if the Highlights of PRC report Though there are several pro-employee recommendations in the PRC report, none of these pleased the employees as their anger erupted in the form of protests on Wednesday. Here are some of the recommendations made in the report: New scales are Age of superannuation from service extended from 58 yrs to 60 yrs The date of effect would be from July 1, 2018, since the DA was merged then. The commission pointed out that the govt could take a view on the date from which the financial benefit would accrue, keeping in view the position of its resources Annual increment to range from 3.36% of the pay in the initial stages to 2.33% finally. Periodicity of the increase to be 3 yrs evolved by merging DA with basic pay as on Sept 1, 2018. Minimum pay for the lowest-paid employee will be `19,000/ month and maximum in the master scale will be `1,62,070/ month, which represents a minimum to maximum ratio of 1:8.53 For house rent allowance (HRA), the existing rates of HRA, which are 30%, 20%, 14.5% and 12%, have been changed to 24%, 17%, 13% and 11%, respectively, for different places based on population government turns generous and increases it, the figure would not reach what they are hoping for. The three-member committee, led by Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, had a preliminary discussion with three government employee unions in the evening, wherein the latter insisted on a sharp hike in the fitment. The other members of the committee are: Principal Secretaries K Ramakrishna Rao (Finance) and CONTINUED ON P4 Rajat Kumar (Irrigation). After the meeting, Telangana Non-Gazetted Officers Association’s (TNGO) M Rajender said they will pressure the government to declare a fitment not less than 43% of the basic pay. “The PRC should not be Pay Reduction Commission,” he said. The previous PRC, headed by Pradeep Kumar Agarwal in 2013 in undivided AP, had proposed a fitment of 29 per cent which was hiked to 43 per cent. can watch movies 50% Pools for all, moreopening up of international Further seating cap on cinema halls and theatres lifted, says the latest Union home ministry advisory. New standard operating procedure (SOP) to be issued by I&B ministry to lay down norms Swimming pools permitted for use of sports persons now open for all B2B exhibition halls already permitted, now all types of exhibition halls can function air travel of passengers based on assessment of the situation A day after Delhi convulsed as mobs resorted to violence amid the farmers’ tractor rally, the police on Wednesday launched a crackdown, adding names of several farmer union leaders to the 25 first information reports (FIRs) filed in connection with the riots. Delhi Police Commissioner S N Srivasatava squarely blamed leaders like Satnam Singh Pannu, Darshan Pal Singh and others for giving provocative speeches at Mukarba Chowk to instigate the mob. Others like Bhuta Singh and Bhurj Gill at the Tikri border and Rakesh Singh Tikait at Ghazipur instigated the people, which led to the violence, he charged. “No one will be spared and strict action will be taken against everyone involved, who incited the violence,” he said. As of now, the police have arrested 19 accused and detained 50 persons who were allegedly involved in the vandalism and clashed with the security personnel. The police are scanning CCTV footage and using the facial recognition tool to identify more culprits. As many as 394 police personnel were injured and many of them are in serious condition in the ICU. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the umbrella body of agitating farmer unions, on Wednesday announced its decision to postpone the proposed march to Vandalised ticket counters on the premises of the historic Red Fort bear testimony to Tuesday’s mob fury during the kisan tractor parade | PARVEEN NEGI Parliament on February 1, the budget day and observe fast on the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30 as atonement. Bhartaiya Kisan Union Punjab (Rajewal) president Balbir Singh Rajewal said, “the morcha regrets the Red Fort incident and accept moral responsibility for it.’’ Rajewal and Swaraj Abhiyan president Yogendra Yadav alleged that Punjabi actor-singer Deep Sidhu and the Kisan Mazdoor Sangharsh Committee were behind the mob violence and added that they would expose the ‘conspiracy’ of the government. In a related development, the Rashtriya Kisan Mazdoor Sangathan (RKMS) announced its withdrawal of support to the farmers’ agitation. “We cannot continue to join forces with people who have a different direction,” said VM Singh, its national president, in Ghazipur. HYDERABAD’S office market has exhibited signs of sustained recovery with net absorption increasing continuously over the past three quarters, revealed a JLL report. In Q4 2020, net absorption stood at 2.83 mn sft, a jump of 83 per cent over the previous quarter. This was backed by new completions during the quarter getting operational with full occupancy. “It is important to note that this is at par with the average quarterly levels witnessed in the historic year of 2019. Hitec City and Gachibowli continued to attract occupiers, accounting for a major chunk of the leasing activity,” read the report. “Hyderabad has recorded new completions of 3.72 mn H A R P R E E T B A J W A @ Chandigarh IN his quest for his 15 seconds of fame, he was seen on social media instigating mobs to hoist a religious flag at the Red Fort on Tuesday. However, Punjabi actor Deep Sidhu stands today as the most reviled person, disowned by the farmer leaders, his own state and politicians across the spectrum. Some opposition parties accused the government of planting him to discredit the farmers’ agitation, while the BJP has sought to stay silent on the allegations. Curiously his name did not figure any of the FIRs filed so far , though many farmer leaders have been named in over 25 FIRs. Confirming that Sidhu has not been booked, DCP North Delhi, , Anto Alphonse said, “We are investigating the matter and the process is going on. We will share the details once done.” The Samyukta Kisan Morcha alleged ‘anti-social elements’ like Sidhu attempted to torpedo their peaceful agitation as part of a conspiracy hatched by the government. Pointing to his past links with the BJP farmer leaders alleged he misguided , some protesters. “Sidhu is an RSS man. Police let him go after P9 he hoisted flag,” said farmer leader Darshan Pal. SC stays skewed HC judgment on groping HONOURING TS’ DANCE DOYEN Padma Shri awardee from Telangana Kanaka Raju, a master of the ancient Gondi dance form Gussadi, was felicitated by State Tourism & Culture Minister Srinivas Goud and Tribal Welfare Minister Satyavathi Rathod at two different ceremonies on Wednesday. An adivasi from the Gond tribe in KumrambheemAsifabad district, Raju has dedicated his entire life to performing and teaching the tribal art form to thousands of people. Kanaka Raju is the only person from the State to be selected for the Padma awards this year | P5 EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE @ New Delhi Padma Shri awardee Kanaka Raju being felicitated by Tribal, Women Welfare Minister Satyavathi Rathod in Hyderabad on Wednesday | VINAY MADAPU Hyderabad to be ‘distraction-free’ Hyderabad: The cityscape of Hyderabad will no longer have billboards as the GHMC has decided to make the city ‘distraction-free, visual pollution-free, safe and aesthetically better’ | P3 sft, a jump of 12 per cent over the previous quarter. In sync with net absorption, Hitec City and Gachibowli accounted for all of the new completions. New completions as well as net absorption is expected to further increase in the next two quarters as major projects, which have been fully pre-committed, are expected to get operational,” S a n d i p Pat n a i k , managing director and head of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, JLL, said. As the year witnessed occupiers resorting to space- and costoptimisation strategies, the vacancy levels in the city continued to rise in Q4 2020. Rentals have largely remained range-bound across most of the s u b - m a rke t s d u r i n g t h e quarter. India’s office market continues to recover The country’s office market continues to recover, witnessing a net absorption of 8.27 mil- Leaders named in FIRs include Rakesh Tikait, Yogendra Yadav, Darshan Pal and Gurnam Singh Chaduni No FIR against Deep Sidhu, BJP silent on his party link Sasikala free, but still in hospital Bengaluru: Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala was released from judicial custody on Wednesday morning. A prison officer went to Victoria Hospital and took her signature for her official release | P7 Hitec City, Gachibowli help Hyd’s office market heal; net absorption up 83% @ Hyderabad FIRs filed so far Charges slapped include rioting, criminal conspiracy, robbery, attempt to murder and others under relevant IPC sections ROAD TO RECOVERY EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE 25 LEADERS NAMED 37 FARMERIN FIRs EXPRESS READ Persons above 65 years of age, persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women and children below the age of 10 advised to take precautions while moving out 394 19 people arrested, 50 detained lion sft, an increase of 52 per cent in Q4 2020 (Oct-Nov-Dec) as compared to Q3 2020. Except for Bengaluru, the net absorption of office spaces improved in the other six cities (Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune), according to JLL Research. Hyderabad led the pack with the highest net absorption in Q4 2020. While the southern markets of Bengaluru and Hyderabad accounted for over 50 per cent of the net absorption in Q4 2020, the maximum increase (when compared to Q3 2020) was witnessed in Mumbai, Delhi-NCR and Chennai. Kolkata also witnessed a strong resurgence albeit on a lower base. Hyderabad has recorded new completions of 3.72 mn sft, a jump of 12 per cent over the previous quarter. In sync with net absorption, Hitec City and Gachibowli accounted for all of the new completions Sandip Patnaik, managing director and head of TS & AP, JLL THE Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed a Bombay High Court order acquitting a man accused of child abuse on the ground that groping a child’s breasts without skin-to-skin contact didn’t amount to sexual assault under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde issued the order after Attorney General K K Venugopal said the judgment would set a dangerous precedent. “It is a very disturbing conclusion,” Venugopal said. The court allowed him to file a Special Leave Petition against the January 19 verdict of the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court and also issued notice to the Maharashtra government and the accused. Several organisations have already moved the top court stating that the verdict contained observations about the victim modesty, which were both derogatory and defamatory The verdict . by Justice Pushpa Ganediwala said that there must be skin-to-skin contact with sexual intent for an act to be considered a sexual assault.
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