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Morning Digest: 129 of 130 arrested in U.S. visa fraud scheme are Indians, Amazon pulls products from India website, and more

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129 of 130 arrested in U.S. visa fraud scheme are Indians

In the evolving case of the University of Farmington sting operation that The Hindu has been closely monitoring, 129 of the 130 arrested “students” are Indian nationals, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said in an email. One of them is Palestinian, Voice of America quoted official sources as saying.

Amazon pulls products from India website as e-commerce rules come into effect

E-commerce rules that went into effect in India on Friday caused widespread disruption for Amazon.com, forcing it to take down an array of items from its India website, including Echo speakers.

 

Life after citizenship in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar

It’s a Saturday morning and Jihad Hussain Obama sits quietly in his one-room school, waiting for the flag-hoisting ceremony to begin. He is one of several children, from Masaldanga village in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district, whose parents had chosen to stay back in India rather than return to Bangladesh.

Interim Budget 2019: Direct income support a good step, says M.S. Swaminathan

Eminent agriculture scientist, touted to be the ‘father of the Green Revolution’, M.S. Swaminathan welcomed the interim Budget proposal of direct income support to farmers through the PM Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme and termed it as a good step, particularly in wake of the agrarian crisis.

Three die in Kashmir avalanche

Three persons died in Kashmir’s tourist hotspot Pahalgam on Friday after an avalanche swept away a snow-clearing machine.

Interim Budget 2019: Not really bullish on native cow breeds

Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has allotted ₹750 crore to the Rashtriya Gokul Mission (RGM) under revised estimates for the financial year 2018-19. In the Budget presented last year, the RGM, managed by the Department of Animal Health and Husbandry (DAHD), had been allocated ₹301.5 crore.

Additional foreign coaches for javelin

With Tokyo Olympics and a medal from Neeraj Chopra on the radar, the Athletics Federation of India has gone for additional staff to train the Indian athletics. Dr. Klaus Bartonietz, a German biomechanical expert has been brought on board for the same with the Sports Authority of India on Friday officially clearing the recommendation.

4.9% hike in funds for Home Ministry

The Home Ministry has been allocated over ₹1 lakh crore for the next fiscal, with special emphasis on improving border infrastructure of police forces, in the interim Budget announced on Friday.

Trump suggests he could declare emergency

President Donald Trump said talks with lawmakers on building his proposed Mexico border wall are pointless and suggested that he will declare a national emergency to get it done.

Detainee bags top prize for book written via WhatsApp

A refugee held in a remote Pacific detention centre has won Australia’s top literature prize with his debut book, which he wrote on his mobile phone and delivered one chapter at a time via WhatsApp.

 

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