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Controversies aside, Modi greets Canadian PM Trudeau with a hug
Putting an end to speculations about India cold-shouldering a visiting world leader, prime minister Narendra Modi welcomed his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau with a hug on Friday ahead of a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan,
His wife Sophie, and children Xavier, Ella-Grace and Hadrien also accompanied Trudeau on his visit to Rashtrapati Bhavan. Modi shook hands with Trudeau and then hugged him.
PM Modi not receiving Trudeau at the airport, a courtesy he extended to some world leaders in the past, had triggered speculation in Canada that it was a snub for the rising Sikh radicalism in that country.
US makes H-1B visa approval tough; Indian IT firms likely to be impacted
The Trump administration has announced a new policy that makes very tough the procedure of issuing H-1B visas to those to be employed at one or more third-party worksites, a move that will hugely impact Indian IT companies and their employees.
Under the new policy, the company would have to go an extra length to prove that its H-1B employee at a third-party worksite has specific and non-qualifying speculative assignments in specialty occupation.
The H-1B program offers temporary US visas that allow companies to hire highly skilled foreign professionals working in areas with shortages of qualified American workers.
Two Indian-Americans selected for Virginia scientist award
Two Indian-American researchers have been selected for Virginia's top science award for their contribution and deep commitment towards the betterment of human health globally.
Arun J Sanyal and Parthik Naidu are among six people selected by Virginia governor Ralph Northam for the 2018 Outstanding STEM Awards.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Soon, 13-digit number for machine to machine communication
Soon, there will be a 13-digit numbering scheme for SIM-based Machine to Machine (M2M) communication, which will be used for controlling various devices including surveillance camera, car and child tracking devices and smart electric meters using the Internet.
The telecom department is understood to have informed operators including state-owned Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) that a 13-digit numbering plan will be used for Machine to Machine (M2M) communication.
While the 13-digit numbering plan will be implemented from July 1, 2018 for M2M communication, the mobile phone numbering plan of 10 digits remains unchanged.
Meet Cora, the digital human who is on probation at British bank RBS
A life-like avatar called Cora is being put through her paces by Royal Bank of Scotland, helping customers with basic queries and giving its digital banking drive a more human face.
RBS, which recently axed a quarter of its branches and has announced thousands of job cuts in the past year alone as it reduces costs, will only deploy Cora to NatWest customers if the bank's female avatar passes her probation period.
The digital teller, who wears a NatWest branded uniform and has an ear piercing and sparkling teeth, answers simple questions on getting a mortgage or what to do if a customer loses their card.
That’s it for today, kids. Thank you for listening. I hope you’ll watch out for me next Friday again. Remember it’s so important to know what’s going on in the world around you.