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Trump Vows 'Full Efforts' to Halt Honduran Migrant Caravan October 22, 2018 09:51

Thousands of Honduran migrants whose journey toward the United States has prompted a sequence of rants from the U.S. President Donald Trump recommenced their long march Sunday after crossing a river into Mexico.President Donald Trump said Sunday that "full efforts" were afoot to halt the progress of thousands of Honduran migrants in the direction of the United States."Full efforts are being made to stop the onslaught of illegal aliens from crossing our Souther(n) Border," Trump tweeted."People have to apply for asylum in Mexico first, and if they fail to do that, the U.S. will turn them away. The courts are asking the U.S. to do things that are not doable!"The Caravans are a disgrace to the Democrat Party. Change the immigration laws NOW!"Trump has warned that he would cut assistance to the region, deploy the military and close the U.S.-Mexican border if authorities do not stop them.Mexico has sworn to detain any migrants who cross in the absence of visas, though it has as well said it will process their asylum requests, and has asked for the United Nations refugee agency's assist in doing so.Trump has made restraining illegal immigration a keystone of his presidency.Hardly a week goes by without him cautioning over the danger posed by ultra-violent Central American gangs like MS- 13 (Mara Salvatrucha), while chants of "build the wall" are a staple of his pre-midterm polls campaign rallies.-Sowmya Sangam

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Russian Woman Found Guilty for Meddling in U.S. Midterm Elections October 22, 2018 07:42

A Russian woman has been found guilty of foreign interference in the 2018 mid-term elections in the United States. The woman is accused of trying to influence public opinion through social media in the first federal case on the 2018 mid-term elections.The 44-year-old Elena Khusyaynova, a St. Petersburg, Russia-based accountant, was charged in a criminal complaint to victimize the U.S. for taking part in a scheme targeting social media advertisements and web postings intended at sowing "division and discord in the U.S. political system." Khusyaynova works for Concord, a Russia-based company that Special Council Robert Mueller's office had indicted for alleged intervention in the 2016 election.An investigation by Mueller, who is leading the investigation into the Russian interference of the 2016 presidential election, had set bare techniques to influence the U.S. politics used by Russians. According to complaints filed against Khusyaynova, the Russians are using similar techniques for this year's mid-terms.The unsealing of the new charge Friday seems to signal that the U.S. law enforcement is not letting up in its efforts to investigate, deter and publicize alleged Russian interference in the U.S. politics. The release was coordinated with a statement from President Donald Trump's top national security leaders warning about the foreign interference efforts from Russia, China, and Iran.-Sowmya Sangam

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Saudi Says Khashoggi's Body is Missing, Calls it 'Tremendous Mistake' October 22, 2018 07:19

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Sunday said the kingdom did not know where the body of dead Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was, despite admitting to the killing and calling it a "tremendous mistake."Speaking in an interview on Fox News, Jubeir said the Saudi leadership at first believed Khashoggi had left its diplomatic mission in Istanbul, where he was last seen on October 2.But following "reports we were getting from Turkey," Saudi authorities began an investigation, which discovered "he was killed in the consulate.""We don't know, in terms of details, how. We don't know where the body is," Jubeir said, adding that the Saudi public prosecutor had ordered the detention of 18 individuals, "the first step in a long journey."He termed the killing a "tremendous mistake" but one which the United States-Saudi relationship would eventually get over."The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority. There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up," Jubeir said."That is unacceptable in any government. These things unfortunately happen. We want to make sure that those who are responsible are punished, and we want to make sure we have procedures in place to prevent it from happening again."Jubeir insisted, however, that the operation was not ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite reports tying some suspects to members of the de facto ruler's security detail.- 'They made a mistake' -"This was an operation that was a rogue operation, this was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding their authorities and responsibilities they had; they made a mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it," he said.A growing chorus of the U.S. lawmakers including several from President Donald Trump's Republican Party have criticized the Saudi leadership over the affair, but Jubeir was confident the U.S.-Saudi relationship would survive the crisis."The strategic relationship is important for both countries," he said. "I believe when the investigation is over and the facts are revealed, people know who is responsible and see those individuals punished, that the relationship will weather this."He added that Saudi King Salman was "determined to see this investigation through, determined to ascertain the facts, determined to hold those responsible accountable and determined to put in place policies and procedures in the security services to prevent something like this from ever happening again."The kingdom has been under tremendous international pressure to explain what happened. -Sowmya Sangam

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More Internet Time Soars Junk Food Request by Kids: Study October 22, 2018 07:10

Young children who devote more than half an hour a day on the internet are virtually twice as likely to annoy their parents for junk food, according to a study. The study, which surveys the relations between diet and advertising of junk food on the internet and television, questioned children and their parents.Researchers from the University of Liverpool and Cancer Research United Kingdom surveyed nearly 2,500 seven to 11-year-old's and their parents around the UK about their pattern of eating and how much screen time they had, outside of undertaking homework.The outcomes show that primary school children who spent more than three hours on the web were more than four times more probable to spend their expenses on chocolate, crisps, sugary drinks and ready-made meal than their peers who browsed for less than half an hour.These children were likewise 79 percent more likely to be overweight or obese whereas those who were online amid 30 minutes and three hours a day were 53 percent more expected to be carrying surplus weight than those who were online for a smaller amount."Young children who spend more time on the internet and watching commercial TV are more likely to pester for, buy and eat unhealthy food and drinks," said Emma Boyland, a lead researcher from the University of Liverpool."Parents are all too familiar with being nagged for sweets and fizzy drinks in the supermarket or corner shop."Our research shows that this behavior can be linked to the number of time children spend in front of a screen and as a result, the increased number of enticing adverts they see for these sorts of products," Boyland said.Related content: New Blood Test to Predict Autism Risk in BabiesThe study found that, averagely, children were online for 16 hours a week - not counting time spent for homework - and watched 22 hours of television per week.The amount of workout done by the children had no influence on the outcomes, showing that for this research, excess weight was not connected with being inactive.Each additional hour of commercial TV that children watched was linked with an augmented likelihood of pestering their parents to purchase products they had seen advertised.They were four times more probable to purchase chocolate and over three times more likely to buy sugary drinks if they watched more than three hours of commercial TV every day compared to youngsters who did not watch as much and 59 percent more likely to be obese or overweight.-Sowmya Sangam

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Nikki Haley Mocks Donald Trump Over UN Laughter October 22, 2018 07:03

An Indian-American outgoing United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has poked fun at President Donald Trump's inflated ego and his cultural ignorance, days after announcing that she would be quitting her position representing America at the world body. The 46-year-old Haley, on October 9 announced that she is stepping down from her UN position, effective at the end of the year. She has since claimed that she has no ambitions to run for president in 2020. Related content: Indian-American Nikki Haley Quits as U.S. Ambassador to United NationsDuring remarks at the 2018 Alfred Smith Dinner in New York, Haley, mocked the president for getting laughed at the UN General Assembly earlier this month - a spectacle that both she and the president said was deliberate, New York Daily Times reported.The former South Carolina Governor started the speech with a joke about Trump's thin skin. "Everyone in Washington called me with advice about this speech. They all said the same thing, do not under any circumstances make any jokes about the president. So, good night everybody," she said to laughter from the crowd. She as well joked regarding the president's ongoing conflict with Senator Elizabeth Warren, who recently released the results of a DNA test that strongly supported the existence of Native American lineage from six to 10 generations ago.  "The president called me this morning and gave me some good advice, he said if I get stuck for laughs just brag about his accomplishments. It really killed at the UN, I've got to tell you," Haley said on Thursday night. The outgoing ambassador was recalling a moment during the president's UN speech when delegates laughed at him bragging that his administration had, in two years, "accomplished more than almost any in the history of our country". After that jest, Haley then turned her attention to Warren. Trump had repeatedly mocked Warren with the nickname for “Pocahontas” for her having claimed earlier that she has Native American ancestry. "I get it, you wanted an Indian woman but Elizabeth Warren failed her DNA test," Haley said in New York. She continued to poke fun at Trump's cultural ignorance, the report said. "Actually, when the President found out that I was Indian-American he asked me if I was from the same tribe as Elizabeth Warren." The ambassador poked fun a Trump's response to the recent Bob Woodward book. "The President got really mad at Bob Woodward's book," she said. "The book compared him to a fifth grader. A lot of Democrats seized on that until they realized that they got beaten by the fifth grader."-Sowmya Sangam

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Study Says Telugu is Fastest Growing Language in U.S. October 22, 2018 05:35

A study by an American think tank has found that the number of United States residents speaking Telugu rose by 86 percent between 2010 and 2017 thus making Telugu, a language spoken in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the fastest growing language in the U.S.According to a report by BBC, but Telugu, the fourth most spoken language in India, is still outside the top 20 of the most widely-spoken languages other than English in the U.S.The online video by the World Economic Forum referred to a study by the U.S.-based Centre for Immigration, which analyzed census data to look at the pace at which languages were being spoken in America.The study on languages spoken in the U.S. used data from the American Community Survey and compared the number of people who said they spoke a language apart from English at home in 2010 and 2017, the BBC said.Earlier this year there were more than 400,000 Telugu speakers in the U.S. - virtually double the number in 2010. From among the top 10 fastest-growing languages in America, seven are from South Asia.Related content: Telugu is U.S.'s Fastest Thriving Foreign Language: StudyThe outgrowth of Telugu was connected to the links forged between Hyderabad and the U.S. engineering and technology industries, Prasad Kunisetty, founder of the Telugu People Foundation, a non-profit organization in the U.S., was quoted as saying.The rapid growth of Information Technology in the mid-1990s led to a huge demand for software engineers, he said.Many were recruited from Hyderabad, which sends students to the U.S. in ample numbers.Down the years, Telugu-speaking Americans have continued to hire software engineers from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, the BBC said.Prominent U.S.-based Telugu speakers comprise the first Indian-American Miss America Nina Davuluri and the current Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella.Of over 60 million people that speak a language apart from English out of the total population of nearly 320 million, an immense majority speak Spanish.Out of the most usually spoken South Asian languages, Hindi is first, followed by Urdu, Gujarati and then Telugu.-Sowmya Sangam

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One More Makeover for Tarak on Cards October 22, 2018 05:33

Young Tiger NTR has been transforming himself as per the assigned roles. This actor looked quite bulky during his initial days but lost enough weight over the past few years. His recent outing Aravindha Sametha Veera Raghava is a smashing hit and the actor's screen presence, transformation has been widely appreciated. Top physical trainer Lloyd Stevens has been hired to get the desired look and Lloyd camped in Hyderabad for over months. Great to meet up with Legendary Director @ssrajamouli Sir to discuss @tarak9999 next look for @RRRMovie Movie ... VERY excited about this one ... watch this space pic.twitter.com/M2UKX7uZlh — Lloyd Stevens (@lloydstevenspt) October 22, 2018 Now Lloyd Stevens has been roped in once again to transform NTR for his next film that will be directed by maverick director SS Rajamouli. Lloyd himself revealed the news and he shared a picture with Rajamouli. The duo discussed about the look of NTR and the actor will be presented in a never seen new look for the film. NTR and Ram Charan will play the lead roles in this untitled action thriller that will start rolling early next year. DVV Danayya is the producer and the film will release during 2020.  

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It's Official: Deepika, Ranveer to get Married in November October 22, 2018 05:25

Indian film actress Deepika Padukone took to Twitter on Sunday to declare the much-awaited news of her wedding. After months of assumption, Deepika tweeted the wedding card proclaiming that she would be getting married to fellow Indian actor Ranveer Singh on November 14 and 15 of this year. Ranveer and Deepika shared the declaration in Hindi and English. The wedding card read: "With the blessings of our families, gives us immense joy in sharing that our wedding is set to take place on the 14th and 15th of November, 2018. We thank you for all the love you have showered upon us over the years and seek your blessings as we embark on this incredible journey of love, loyalty, friendship, and togetherness. Lots of love, Deepika and Ranveer" pic.twitter.com/E0IbjQTnYI — Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) October 21, 2018 Deepika and Ranveer started dating on the sets of Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ramleela. They have remained silent about their relationship in all these years nonetheless began putting up recurrent displays of love on social media over the past few months. The rumors of their wedding gained steam when they were recently spotted in Italy together, supposed to be location hunting for the wedding. At Hindustan Times Leadership Summit recently, while answering a question regarding their rumored wedding, Ranveer had said that they would reveal their wedding date as and when it happens. At the similar event, Deepika spoke about her first impression of Ranveer. She said that she watched Ranveer's debut film, Band Baja Baarat, and remembers having a talk about him with her at that time agent. Deepika's agent was convinced that Ranveer was destined to become a huge star, to which she said, "I'm not so sure." "He's not my type," Deepika recalls saying, to which the audience gasped in tremor. But she saved the situation when she spoke about her admiration for him as an actor. "I didn't realize he was a Bombay boy, he was so flawless in that film. I thought he was from Delhi. It's one of my favorite films of his," she said. -Sowmya  

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5 Reasons Why You Need a Pre-Wedding Photoshoot October 22, 2018 04:36

A pre-wedding photo shoot is a session that you reserve with your photographer a couple of months before the wedding ceremony. Sundry of couples book a shoot to get relaxed ahead of the camera and to use their images to add a further personal touch to their wedding. Here are 5 ins and outs why booking a pre-wedding shoot with your wedding photographer is unquestionably vital.1. Get to Know Wedding PhotographerThe pre-wedding shoot gives newlyweds the flawless chance to get to know their wedding photographer. You can converse talent and experience to make certain this is someone who has your desires and thoughts in mind. You want someone who will take photographs of the people you want and be able to catch the non-posed ones that are every so often the most notable.Now and then, you will be at the photographer’s workplace, which is an inordinate chance to look at his or her prior work. You can perceive the weddings that the photographer has had the chance to be a part of and see the diverse sorts of albums that have been placed together.                        Image source: Beach Camera2. Helps Photographer to Know YouA pre-wedding photo shoot is perfect for the wedding photographer as well. He or she has the chance to get to know more about you and make definite they are able to work with your nature. It is likewise a period for him or her to learn more about your wedding photography desires. You can confer the locations and the kind of shots you would want; thus the photographer knows whether they are requests that can be carried.The endmost thing you want is extra anxiety on the day. You will already be bothered that somewhat will go off beam. Through opting for a pre-wedding shoot, you will know that your photographer will do the whole lot in his or her control to make sure this part of your day is perfect.                       Image source: Lifeberrys.comRelated content: Waaow!! Your BFF gets Married? Survive the mood-swings!!3. Unwind and Get Perfect ShotsThe two facts above really have this as the end goal - Comfort and Confidence. Getting to know your wedding photographer and then you will get you feeling more tranquil, more relaxed, and more poised.A photographer will be able to evaluate your personality and work with that to get the shots of your dreams. If you are nervous, he or she will know that in advance and work with it. If you are bubbly and love to be the center of attention, yet again, he or she will know beforehand and work with that.A decent wedding photographer has worked with all sorts of personalities. He or she knows how to handle them, but having the acquaintance upfront is much laid-back. It as well gives him or her the chance to see you and your partner together and build on that.                       Image source: La Belle CoutureFeeling relaxed with your photographer will enhance so much to the photographs they capture. The camera, unfortunately, does not lie, if you feel anxious in front of one then you will appear uneasy in the pictures. Not to say every person has that feeling, some people love the camera and in return, the camera loves them back. 4. Photos to Use in Run UpWhen you get the pre-wedding snaps, you can use them in the build-up to your big day. Some newlyweds want to add them to their wedding invitations, whereas others want to use them as part of a collection for guests to sign. You will get access to numerous shots, so you can use them in any way that you want.Having photo invitations is beneficial for your wedding guests. You will be able to share who the spouse of the couple is for the guests who have never encountered them while adding a personal and striking touch to your invites.                       Image source: Matthew Rycraft5. Feature your photos in your wedding albumA wedding album tells the story of the biggest day of your lives and your love story. What better way to start the story by including some pictures from your pre-wedding shoot? It is an amusing and informal way to begin your wedding album.                       Image source: Nations Photo Lab-Sowmya Sangam

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Three-Fourths of H-1B Visa Holders in 2018 are Indians: Report October 20, 2018 10:50

An official United States report said nearly three out of every H-1B visa holders as of October 5 are Indian citizens. According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there were as many as 419,637 foreign nationals working in the U.S. on H-1B visas as on October 5.Of these, 309,986 are Indians, the USCIS said in its report 'H-1B petitions by gender and country of the birth fiscal year 2018'.The report unveils a massive gender inequality - only one out of every four H-1B visa holders is female. Of the 419,637 H1B visa holders, 106,096 (or 25.3 percent) are females as against 311,997 (or 74.3 percent males), it said.Gender inequality is wider among Indians.Of the 309,986 Indians on H-1B visas in the U.S. this October, only 63,220 or 20.4 percent are females while nearly 245,517 Indians on H-1B visas or 80 percent (79.2 percent to be precise) are males. As many as 1,249 Indians on H1B visas have been characterized in the category of missing/others.Indians, who account for 73.9 percent of the total H-1B visa holders in the U.S., are followed by a distant Chinese with 47,172 on H-1B visas, accounting for 11.2 percent of the total foreign nationals on this work visas.Nevertheless, there is not much gender inequality among the Chinese on H-1B visas. According to the report, 21,342 or 45.2 percent are females and 25,718 or 54.5 percent are males.Followed by India and China, Canada and South Korea are the only two countries which account for a little over one percent (1.1 percent to be exact) each on H-1B visas.After that, all other countries constitute less than one percent of the H1B visas as of October 5.The Philippines is the sole country in top 10 H-1B visa holders in which there are more females (1712 or 52.7 percent) on H-1B visas than males (1519 or 46.7 percent) on H-1B visas. As of October 5, as many as 3,250 professionals from the Philippines were on H-1B visas.The H-1B gender report was revealed days after the Trump administration came out with its incorporated fall agenda, in which it said that it plans to make changes in the definition of specialty occupation for the definition of H-1B visas and re-redefining the relationship between employees and employers.The proposed regulations, it said, is aimed at attracting the best and the brightest from across the world, prevent the abuse of H-1B visas which is consentient with the hire American agenda of the Trump administration.The USCIS is also proposing to introduce a pre-registration system for foreign students in the U.S. Technically it is possible that if 85,000 such students succeed in getting H-1B visas, no overseas applicants could apply.-Sowmya Sangam

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