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Vice_Admiral_P._MurugesanNew Delhi: India aims at having a 200-ship fleet by 2027, which is the end year of its 30-year-perspective plan, Navy vice chief P. Murugesan said on Tuesday.

Vice Admiral Murugesan however admitted that the navy, which has been leading in domestic production in defence sector, lags behind in production of fight components.

Noting the navy presently has 137 ships and submarines, he said: “By 2027, the aspiration is 200 ships… but even for going to 150 from 137, a lot of efficiency is required.”

The maritime capability perspective plan of the Indian Navy envisages a 198-ship navy by 2027.

As the navy plans a seminar on ‘Make in India’ with industry chamber Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), he said India has achieved 90 percent indigenisation in float component, 60 percent indigenisation in move component but the fight component is still just 30 percent indigenised.

“Fight component is still lagging behind,” he said.

Vice Admiral Murugesan however said a lot of private industries are coming forward, and the environment is conducive for them to grow.

Asked about the shortage of helicopters in the navy, the vice chief said that there are plans for acquisition.

He acknowledged the shortage worried him but quickly added: “We have plans for acquisition of helicopters. It will go through several processes”. (IANS)

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India Continues Engaging With USA Over H-1B Passport Issue

India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

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As Trump proposes changes in H1-B visa, India continues to engage with US

India is continuing to engage with the US over the H-1B visa, largely availed of by Indian IT companies, after the Trump administration proposed changes to the programme, a senior official said on Thursday.

“It is a very important topic for us and that is the reason why we have time and again at various levels, we have taken up this matter with the US side,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries by journalists here.

Kumar said that most recently, the issue was raised during the first ever India-US 2+2 Ministerial Meeting held here last month that was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis.

On Wednesday, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) plans to come out with its new proposal by January 2019.

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The DHS said it was also proposing to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B non-immigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation.

The move to end the rule could have an impact on more than 70,000 H-4 visa holders, who have work permits.

The H-4 visas are issued by the USCIS to immediate family members (spouse and children under 21 years of age) of the holders of H-1B visa.

The DHS said it will propose to revise the definition of speciality occupation to increase focus on obtaining the best and the brightest foreign nationals via the H-1B programme.

It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages, the DHS said.

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In his remarks on Thursday, Kumar said that India is closely engaged with the US administration as well as the US Congress on this matter.

Stating that there are certain bills which have been introduced, he, however, said that “it is important to note that none of these bills have been passed so far”.

“When we have engaged with the US, we have emphasised that our partnership which we have in the digital sphere have been mutually beneficial,” the spokesperson said.

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“We have highlighted the role which has been played by the highly skilled Indian professionals who have actually contributed to the growth and development of the US economy,” he stated.

“And also they have helped the US to maintain a competitive edge in the world towards innovation and science and technology.” (IANS)