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One of India’s largest tech outsourcers, Infosys to add 10,000 American jobs

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Infosys, one of India’s largest tech outsourcers, said the company will add up to 10,000 American workers.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — Facing new demands and political pressure from the Trump administration, Infosys, one of India’s largest tech outsourcing companies, said Tuesday that it will hire up to 10,000 Americans to fill jobs servicing its U.S. clients.

The move makes Infosys the latest Asian technology company to pitch itself as a jobs creator, this is President Trump has threatened to curb immigrant work visas and to take action against companies hurting American workers.

Last month, President Trump signed an executive order directing government agencies to begin an immediate review of employment immigration laws to promote “Hire American” policies. The order included suggestions for how to reform the H-1B visa program, which operates as a lottery to bring skilled foreign laborers to the United States each year — usually tech workers.

However, Infosys’s move to hire more American workers is being driven by a different set of circumstances. Back in the company’s home country of India, the climate has become a less attractive location for programmers, leaving skilled labor more difficult to find. A study of 36,000 engineering students at 500 Indian colleges released last month found that only 5 percent could write software code correctly.

“Building talent pools that define the future of America is what we want to do,” Ravi Kumar S., Infosys’s president, told The New York Times in a phone interview from Indiana.

Indiana, which just so happens to be the home state of Vice President Mike Pence, will be the first beneficiary of Infosys’s hire-American efforts. The company intends to open a new technology and innovation office in or near Indianapolis in August, recruiting 100 new workers this year and several hundred more next year, with a goal of adding a total of 2,000 employees by 2021.

The company said it will also seek out three additional sites for American expansion, looking for places that are close to clients and universities and where state and local governments are willing to offer significant economic incentives. The company already has an innovation hub in Silicon Valley. The majority of the company’s business lies in the United States, and it typically receives several thousand H-1B visas every year to bring in mostly entry-level Indian programmers who move from project to project at companies in industries like banking, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and energy.

According to Kumar, Infosys has hired more American college graduates in the last couple of years. Now, U.S. clients have asked the company to have even more people on site locally. So it must expand its American work force significantly, he said.

“We polled our customers and a lot of our newest locations require a lot of presence,” Kumar told the Times. “This year, we are taking it to scale.”

Kumar, however, declined to comment on whether the attacks and threats of President Trump played a role in the move.

Whether or not the company will truly hire 10,000 American workers in the coming years remains to be seen. Infosys, which employs more than 200,000 people globally, has slowed its overall hiring to a trickle as revenue growth has stalled. Kumar said the American expansion plans depend on expected client demand, as well as whether it can find and train enough college graduates with skills in artificial intelligence and other technical fields that it needs.

Indiana’s governor, Eric Holcomb, aggressively pursued Infosys, the company said at a news conference. The company already had a workforce on nearly 150 in the state. The state is offering Infosys incentives worth up to $31 million for the project. Indiana intends to give the company $500,000 in training funds and $15,250 in conditional tax credits per new job created.

Critics say that companies like Infosys have taken advantage of the H-1B program by bringing in workers who ultimately undercut it by taking lower wages. The proposed changes to the H-1B visa program have alarmed Indian companies and government officials, since Indians receive about two-thirds of those visas. India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, discussed the H-1B matter with Trump in February, and Indian tech executives raised it with members of Congress during a visit to Washington about two months ago.

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Indian Supreme Court ends Ayodhya dispute: Hindus receive land, Muslims get alternative site

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AYODHYA, India (Diya TV)  — In a decision over a subject that has been politically and culturally sensitive for several decades, the Indian Supreme Court awarded the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land in Ayodhya to Hindus, while deeming the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1991 a crime.

The unanimous decision by five justices, led by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, paves the way for the construction a new Hindu temple at the site, believed to be Lord Ram’s birthplace. The decision ends the oldest land title dispute in India.

A board of trustees will be established in the next three months to determine construction plans for the temple. While the court ruled in favor of the Hindu petition, they ordered five acres of land to be set aside at an alternative site in Ayodhya for a mosque to be built.

Ahead of the verdict political leaders appealed for peace and calm. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the verdict in this sensitive case will “not be a matter of victory or loss,” appealing to his nation to “strengthen India’s great tradition of peace, unity and amity.”

The court was also clear the desecration of the Babri Masjid was still a criminal matter and a court case on that issue is still pending.

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Indian Supreme Court to rule on ‘Ayodhya’ dispute

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AYODHYA, India (Diya TV)  — The Indian Supreme Court is expected to issue its verdict on the dispute over the Ram Janmabhoomi / Babri Masjid site in Ayodhya, India on Saturday, November 9th. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the verdict in this politically sensitive case will “not be a matter of victory or loss,” appealing to his nation to “strengthen India’s great tradition of peace, unity and amity.”

India’s credit rating was cut to negative by Moody’s Investors Service, the first step toward a downgrade, as concerns mount an economic slowdown will be prolonged and debt will rise. Meanwhile, China said it has agreed with the United States to cancel tariffs on each others’ goods in phases, a key demand of Beijing to end a trade war that has affected economic growth globally.

India and China will surpass the U.S. as the World’s Centers of Tech Innovation by 2035, according to Bloomberg New Economy Global Survey, which gathered views from 2,000  business professionals in 20 markets.

And Harsimran Kaur becomes first female player from the NBA Academy’s Women’s Program in India to be invited to The NBA Global Academy.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Skilled immigrant category H-1B visa denials continue to rise

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H-1B visa denial rates dramatically increase | Diya TV News

WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — The Trump administration’s new immigration policies are leading to a significant rise in the rejection of petitions for H-1B visas, with the highest denial rate among major Indian IT companies, according to a study by the National Foundation for American Policy.

The Maine Ethics Commission imposed a $500 fine on House Speaker Sara Gideon‘s former political action committee over reimbursements worth $500 made to her in 2016. The commission said there was no attempt to deceive the public. Gideon is now running for Maine’s Senate seat against longtime incumbent Susan Collins.

Next week, the U.S. and India will hold their first-ever tri-service military exercise. It’s codenamed “Tiger Triumph” and will focus on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. All three Indian military services will work alongside the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine corps

On the heels of announcements by Facebook and Google putting forth $1 billion each towards affordable housing initiatives in the Bay Area, Apple upped the ante and will set aside $2.5 billion for housing programs, including $1 billion for first-time home buyer mortgage assistance.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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