Donald Trump declares DACA program dead
The President of United States, Donald Trump on April 2, 2018 declared dead the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that protected immigrants brought to the nation illegally as children.
Earlier in September 2017, President Trump had said that he would terminate the DACA program, which was introduced by his predecessor Barack Obama. Trump however, gave the Congress time until March 6 to replace the program.
Although Congress failed to meet the deadline, the courts ruled that the program can stay in place for now.
SC rejects stay on its earlier verdict on SC/ST Act
The Supreme Court of India on April 3, 2018 refused to order a stay on its earlier verdict on SC/ST Act, in which it had ruled that there shall be no immediate arrest on any complaint filed under the law.
The apex court ruled that it is not against the Act, but only concerned that innocents should not be punished unnecessarily due to the misuse of the law.
While hearing the Centre's review petition, the Court stated there should not be any politics on the issue and asked all the parties to submit detailed replies within two days. "We know how to protect the rights of the citizens and have not touched the probe or punishment sections of the Act. So why does the government want people arrested without verification," the apex court asked.
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Government rolls back its decision to cancel accreditation of journalists caught generating fake news
The Union Government on April 3, 2018 revoked its earlier order of permanently cancelling the accreditation of a journalist if the person was found generating or propagating fake news.
The amended guidelines for the accreditation of journalists, which stated that if a publication or telecast of fake news is confirmed, then the accreditation of the journalist responsible for it will be suspended for a period of six months in the first violation, for one year in case of a second violation and permanently cancelled in case of a third violation, stand withdrawn.
To determine whether a news item is fake or not, any complaint of instances of fake news would have been referred to the Press Council of India (PCI) if it related to print media and to the News Broadcasters Association (NBA) if it related to the electronic media.
US diplomat Rosemary DiCarlo becomes first female UN Political Chief
Former American diplomat Rosemary DiCarlo was on March 29, 2018 appointed as the Head of UN Political Affairs, one of the most high-profile positions of the United Nations (UN).
With this appointment, DiCarlo became the first woman to head this position. DiCarlo will succeed Jeffrey Feltman.
Feltman had been overseeing the post of Under-Secretary-General for UN Political Affairs since 2012 and was influential enough to regulate UN efforts to end conflicts worldwide.
Process of filing petitions for H-1B visa begins
The process of filing petitions for H-1B visa began on April 2, 2018 amidst strict examination by the Trump Administration.
H-1B visa is considered as the most requisite work visa among highly-skilled Indian professionals, who aim to work in the US.
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the federal agency responsible for processing all H1B visas, claimed that there will be zero tolerance for even minor errors.