India and US: Removing obstacles to collaborations 5/5 (1)

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PM Modi has consistently reminded the world of the need to support international collaborations and united alliances for the betterment of humanity rather than selfish gains. Taking a step in this direction, the US government has announced that the $2000 fee charged on H-1B visas, widely regarded as discriminatory, shall now be discontinued. This is a major relief to Indian IT firms who, according to estimates, have contributed over $375 million dollars to the US treasury since the implementation of the law in 2010. The law was created as a defense against illegal immigration and was applicable to companies with more than 50 percent of employees overseas. The relapse of this law is not appreciated by many including the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE-USA), which gave a statement yesterday, criticizing the US Congress for letting this happen.

All evidence indicates that India and US are moving to closer collaborations than today. Only recently Air India announced its decision to start a non-stop flight between San Francisco and New Delhi, connecting India closely to the tech powerhouse of the world. The flights start from December 2 and makes San Francisco the fourth city in America to have access to Air India flights, after Chicago, New York and Newark.

Further integration of developed and developing economies is in progress as the United Nations prepares to meet in Paris for its conference on climate change where nations will sign an agreement based on the principles of climate justice and common but differentiated responsibilities.

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