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Tuesday, June 23 2020


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We are informed that in the 18th-19th century, a yatra of this kind was responsible for the spread of cholera and plague ‘like wildfire’. We say this in order to remind the authorities concerned that the situation can become dangerous if the rules of caution are ignored.

That’s the Supreme Court striking a cheery note as it did a U-turn on its earlier decision to ban the Puri Rath Yatra. A week ago, the same court declared “Lord Jagannath will not forgive us” if it allowed the festival to be held during a pandemic.  But it has now suddenly changed its mind because… Well, we’ll leave The Telegraph to explain why. Illustration: Parth Savla.

the big story

Donald Trump ‘cancels’ H1-B workers

The TLDR: After months of waffling and issuing threats, the US President finally did what Indians in the US dreaded most. He suspended an array of work visas, including the most-treasured H1-B. This is just the latest blow to Indian H1-B workers who are already reeling from pandemic-triggered layoffs. We explain what this new order means, and who will suffer the most.

 

What does this new order say?

The proclamation suspends a variety of non-immigrant visas until the end of this year.

 

Ok, so people with H-1Bs are out?

No, anyone who already has one of these visas and is employed in the US is safe. The decision greatly jeopardises four categories of people. 

 

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  • Apple unveils a new operating system
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