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US Elections 2020

Full coverage: Congress certifies Biden's win after Trump supporters storm U.S. Capitol

  • Hours after a violent mob of President Trump’s supporters breached the U.S. Capitol, Congress reconvened to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
  • Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the vote count, formally announced the results of Biden’s 306-232 win over Trump in the Electoral College.

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Joe Biden revokes Trump rule ending work permit for H-1B holders' spouse

A week after his inauguration, US President Joe Biden has withdrawn a Trump-era rule rescinding work authorisation for H4 visa holders, who are spouses of those possessing H-1B work visas, with majority being highly-skilled Indian women.
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  • Reuters

    U.S. economy contracts in 2020; worst performance since 1946

    The Commerce Department's snapshot of fourth-quarter gross domestic product on Thursday also showed the recovery from the pandemic losing steam as the year wound down amid a resurgence in coronavirus infections and exhaustion of nearly $3 trillion in relief money from the government. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday left its benchmark overnight interest rate near zero and pledged to continue injecting money into the economy through bond purchases, noting that "the pace of the recovery in economic activity and employment has moderated in recent months." President Joe Biden has unveiled a recovery plan worth $1.9 trillion, and could use the GDP report to lean on some lawmakers who have balked at the price tag soon after the government provided nearly $900 billion in additional stimulus at the end of December.

  • The Quint

    US President Joe Biden Allows H-1B Visa Holders’ Spouses to Work

    The move will impact a large number of Indians who constitute more than two-thirds of the recipients of the visas.

  • Firstpost

    First look of Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana in Pablo Larraín's Spencer revealed

    Spencer also includes Timothy Spall, Sally Hawkins and Sean Harris in pivotal roles.

  • News18

    Lego Bernie Sanders in Inauguration Day Mittens Makes a Splash on Internet after Crochet Doll

    Bernie Sanders, who was covered in a winter coat and mittens, holding a large brown envelope at the Inauguration ceremony of Joe Biden, went viral for his 'grumpy chic' look.

  • India Newzstreet Media

    Joe Biden revokes Trump rule ending work permit for H-1B holders' spouse

    A week after his inauguration, US President Joe Biden has withdrawn a Trump-era rule rescinding work authorisation for H4 visa holders, who are spouses of those possessing H-1B work visas, with majority being highly-skilled Indian women.

  • Reuters

    Biden to reopen online health insurance marketplaces

    U.S. President Joe Biden will reopen the nation's online health insurance marketplace for people who cannot obtain coverage through their employers, the White House said on Thursday. Biden, who took office last week, will restore access to healthcare.gov with an executive order on Thursday afternoon, the latest in a blizzard of moves by the Democratic president to quickly reverse the policies of his Republican predecessor Donald Trump. The order will allow people to sign up for insurance through the government exchange from Feb. 15 to May 15, the White House said in a policy fact sheet.

  • News18

    New Biden Health Care Orders Begin To Unspool Trump Policies

    President Joe Biden is set to take his first steps to reverse Trump administration health care policies. The White House said Biden plans on Thursday to sign orders on a range of issues including getting more Americans covered and removing curbs on abortion counseling.

  • Yahoo News

    10 countries that produce most CO2 emissions

    Among the first moves of US President Joe Biden has been to recommit to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. He has also signed a series of executive orders designed to address climate change, signalling a marked departure from former President Donald’s Trump’s denial of the same.This is significant as the United States is the second-largest emitter of CO2, responsible for around 45 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, along with China.Under the Paris Agreement, 196 countries across the world have committed to taking steps to limit the increase in the average global temperature to well below 2 degrees Celsius. The Agreement deals with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaption and finance.  Governments have also submitted comprehensive national climate action plans in order to meet the framework of the Paris Agreement.However, despite the efforts put in by many countries to switch over to greener energies, the concentration of CO2, a known greenhouse gas, has been increasing.Human activities such as deforestation, agriculture, excessive fossil fuel burning have all contributed to the rise in greenhouse gas emissions.The pandemic and related restrictions eased emissions partly in 2020. The year saw emissions reducing by 6.3 per cent or 2.3 billion tonnes as compared to 2019 levels.However, with economic activities resuming in most parts of the world, emissions have also increased. The year 2020 tied with 2016 to become the warmest year on record, with cases of extreme warming in Artic and Europe and massive wildfires that destroyed large tracts of forests.We take a look at the top 10 CO2 emitting countries in the world and what they are doing to mitigate emissions:

  • The Quint

    Biden’s Pick Doesn’t Explicitly Commit Support to India’s UNSC Bid

    “...there are others who disagree that they should be representative of their region,” Thomas-Greenfield said.

  • Firstpost

    NBA: Tobias Harris, 76ers hand LA Lakers first road defeat of season in 107-106 win

    The Lakers, who had won a franchise-best 10 road games to start the season, nearly kept the streak alive despite trailing by 14 points in the fourth quarter.