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Nadda urges ICMR to endorse, boost research on traditional medicinal system

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The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J.P. Nadda addressing a gathering. (Photo: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)
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New Delhi: Speaking about the importance of the traditional medicinal system on Tuesday, Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda said there was a need for the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to endorse India’s traditional medicinal system and boost research on the subject.

“We have a vast traditional knowledge and this needs to be incorporated in a holistic manner. ICMR need to go for cutting edge research and attract the best talent in the country which would be dedicated to research,” said Nadda.

Nadda was speaking at a function to felicitate 43 scientists for their work in various areas including communicable and non-communicable diseases, maternal and child health, and various other medical and bio-medical fields.

The minister also asked ICMR to list at least 10 major pressing challenges in the field of healthcare in India and find the local solutions to those challenges.

“These suggestions will enable healthcare to become holistic and truly meaningful,” he said.

Talking about the felicitation of scientists, Nadda said: “The awards will boost the morale of the recipients and inspire other scientists to consistently work towards making innovations more affordable.” (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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It will also “revise the definition” of employment and employer-employee relationship to “better protect” US workers and wages Flickr

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)

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