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Thiruvananthapuram, May 5, 2017: India boasts of all the factors necessary to emerge as the leader in animation for the media, education and entertainment industry, said a well known animation expert here on Friday.

While inaugurating the “Toonz Animation Masters Summit 2017”, Fred Wang Cheung Yue, Honorary Vice President of the China Film Foundation, said India had huge creative talent, distribution network and a vast consumer network for marketing animations.

Cheung Yue, who also holds the position of Director of the Board of Hong Kong-France Business Partnership and Chairman of Salon Films Group, said: “The world is now looking at the East… India brought Buddhism to the world…”

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“India has immense creative and talented people at its disposal. It holds leadership position in software sector, which is a great advantage.

“I think the animation industry here needs to focus on creating quality content targeting children from the age of 2 to 7 years in English and local languages, as animation provides the necessary ingredients for all-round growth of the children,” said Cheung Yue.

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The two-day event is being attended by Lauren Glaubach, Head of Programming, YouTube Family and Learning; Amy Blair, Programming Manager, YouTube Kids USA; and Keyur Patel, Chairman & Founder, Fuse Global, among others, who all appreciated the work that Toonz has been doing.

Set up in 1999, at the Technopark campus, Toonz production studio boasts of an envious pedigree of successful co-production partnerships with companies, including Disney, Turner, Nickelodeon, Sony, Universal, BBC and Paramount. (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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President Donald Trump speaks about immigration alongside family members affected by crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, at the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, June 22, 2018, in Washington, VOA

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)