Washington State includes Nepali in its academic curriculum

LOS ANGELES: The State Government in Washington of America has included Nepali in the curriculum of academic institutions. Nepali American Activist Mohan Gurung, Commissioner of the State Commission of Washington for Asia Pacific Affairs, said with this decision of the Washington government, academic institutions there have included the Nepali as the optional subject in the curriculum of higher secondary education targeting Nepali students. Gurung, said the US-based academic institutions..

Bhutanese refugee resettled from Nepal killed in US road accident

DAMAK: A Bhutanese refugee resettled in the United States of America from Nepal has recently been killed in a road accident in Tennessee. The deceased has been identified as Rudra Bahadur Rai (49). The accident had occurred when three cars including the one that Rai was driving collided at around 11:30 pm on Monday (local time), said Jitu Basnet, one of Rai’s friends living in the US. Rai had been living in a refugee camp at Beldangi in Damak before leaving for the US under the third..

Trump-backed Bill seeks to cut legal immigrants by half

WASHINGTON: Two top U.S. Senators have proposed legislation to cut the number of legal immigrants to the U.S. by half within a decade, a move that could adversely hit those aspiring to get a green card or permanent residency in the U.S., including a large number of Indians. The Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment, or Raise Act, introduced by Republican Senator Tom Cotton and David Perdue from the Democratic party, would alter the U.S. immigration system to significantly reduce..

Trump taps conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, (AP): President Donald Trump has nominated Neil Gorsuch, a fast-rising conservative judge with a writer's flair, to the Supreme Court, setting up a fierce fight with Democrats over a jurist who could shape America's legal landscape for decades to come. At 49, Gorsuch is the youngest Supreme Court nominee in a quarter-century. He's known on the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals for clear, colloquial writing, advocacy for court review of government regulations, defense of..

US President Donald Trump Signs Order To Build Mexico Border Wall

WASHINGTON, (AP): President Donald Trump moved aggressively to tighten the nation's immigration policies Wednesday, signing executive actions to jumpstart construction of a US-Mexico border wall and block federal grants from immigrant-protecting "sanctuary cities." "We've been talking about this right from the beginning," Trump said during a brief signing ceremony at the Department of Homeland Security. As of Wednesday afternoon, the White House had not circulated copies of the documents or..

5th NRNA USA General Convention begins in Dallas

Purushottam Dhakal, DALLAS: The Fifth General Convention of the Non-Resident Nepali Association NRNA-USA chapter has started in the Dallas popular business city USA on Saturday. Foreign Minister Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat, NRNA Vice President Kumar Panta jointly inaugurated the meeting. Representatives of as many as 17 NRNA-USA state chapter from USA are participating in the meeting. Arjun Karki, Ambassador, Nepal to USA, Krisu Kshetri, Consulate General, Nepal to New York, Prem Raja..

Nepali student in USA bags Alice Curtis Award

VIRGINIA: A Nepali student, who is currently running her Ph D programme in bio-chemistry and molecular biology from a reputed university in the USA, has been awarded with the Alice Curtis Award in recognition of her excellence in studies. Rosha Poudyal, who obtained bachelor's degree in Science majoring in Biology and Maths from the Randolph College in Virginia, USA, received the award. She is currently pursuing her Ph D in the University of Florida. The 28-year-old academic prodigy, who was..

NRNA-USA schedules AGM for January 14th in Texas

LOS ANGELES: The Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA), National Coordination Council of USA will hold its annual general meeting (AGM) on January 14, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. Ram C Pokhrel, the regional vice president of NRNA America has been nominated as the convener of the AGM. Earlier, NRNA-USA coordinated town hall meetings in various US cities in a bid to consolidate the organizational efforts of Nepalis living in the US. The suggestions and recommendations floated in the town hall..

‘Sorry Donald Trump’ New York Times Says Subscriptions Rose Since Polls

NEW YORK, (AP): The New York Times is pushing back against President-elect Donald Trump, saying that its paid subscriptions have jumped since the election despite what Mr Trump has said on Twitter. On Sunday, Mr Trump tweeted that the Times "is losing thousands of subscribers because of their very poor and highly inaccurate coverage of the 'Trump phenomena.'" He has tweeted about the newspaper six times since being elected. The Times says it added 41,000 paid subscriptions to both its..

President Elect Donald Trump Gets His First Big Warning From China

WASHINGTON, (AGENCY): Chinese state media has warned Donald Trump against isolationism and interventionism, calling instead for the United States to actively work with China to maintain the international status quo. President-elect Donald Trump threatened to tear up trade deals and pursue a more unilateral foreign policy under his "America First" principle during a tempestuous election campaign. But China and other foreign governments are uncertain how much of Trump's rhetoric will be..

Asylum seekers receive two years work permit in the US

LOS ANGELES: Bringing a change in its previous policy in favor of asylum seekers, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has increased the period of work permit from one year to two years. According to a USCIS statement, the new policy would be effective from October onward. "Effective October 5, 2016, (the) USCIS has increased the validity period for initial or renewal Employment Authorization Documents for asylum applicants from one year to two years," says the..

‘Nepali for Hillary’ conducts voter registration camp in Baltimore

BALTIMORE: The 'Nepali for Hillary' – an organization which has been campaigning for U.S. presidential candidate from Hillary Clinton of Democratic Party, has completed a voter registration camp in Towson of Baltimore, Maryland on October 16, 2016. Following the event, a brief program was organized at the office of Democratic Party in Baltimore. Addressing the function, Robbie Leonard, party chief of Baltimore County, praised Nepali community for their work. "We appreciate the work you have..

First phase of TPS ends on Dec. 24, ‘What next?’ It’s a question everybody’s looking an answer to

LOS ANGELES: The first phase of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) provided by the United States government to Nepal will end on December 24, 2016. What happens if the TPS is not renewed is the pertinent question being discussed among Nepali communities living in the US now. In case of no renewal, the status of individuals having TPS would return to the same status they were having at the time of applying for the TPS. For instance, if a deportation case is pending because of TPS, the deportation..

From EB-5 to Green Card:  An investment of $ 500,000 can ensure permanent residency to whole family

LOS ANGELES: Among various provisions for Green Card, the U.S. government has created the Employment-Based Fifth Preference visa (EB-5) for those entrepreneurs who would invest at least 500,000 dollars in a commercial enterprise in the U.S. and plan to create or preserve 10 permanent full-time jobs for the qualified U.S. workers. Not only the entrepreneurs but their spouses and unmarried children under 21 would also be able to apply for the green card i.e. the permanent residency of the..

Trump’s 1995 tax records suggest no federal taxes for years: New York Times

(REUTERS): Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump declared a $916 million loss on his 1995 income tax returns and the large tax deduction may have allowed him to avoid paying federal income taxes for up to 18 years, the New York Times reported on Saturday. The Trump campaign, in a statement responding to the Times report, said that the tax document was obtained illegally and that the New York Times is operating as an extension of the presidential campaign of Democratic rival Hillary..

UN Secretary-General holds talks with Dr Mahat

NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed joy at the completion of Nepal's peace process and constitution writing and also shared his optimism of the Nepal's political parties and stakeholders' succeeding in dealing with remaining task of the peace process. During a meeting with Nepal's Minister for Foreign Affairs, Dr Ram Sharan Mahat, who heads the Nepali delegation to the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Secretary-General..

US Secretary of State Kerry wishes to visit Nepal

NEW YORK: United States (US) Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed his interest to make a visit to Nepal. Secretary of State Kerry articulated his intent in a meeting on Tuesday with Minister for Foreign Affairs and leader of Nepali delegation Dr Prakash Shran Mahat. Minister Dr Mahat is presently in New York in course of attending the 71st General Assembly of the United Nations. "I wished to visit Nepal last time when I was on India trip. But, I could not make my visit arrangement due..

Foreign Minister Mahat attends UN high-level summit for refuges and migrants

NEW YORK: Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat, who is presently in New York City leading the Nepali delegation to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, attended the High Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on addressing the large movements of refugees and migrants organized by the President of the General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York today. The meeting was organized in two plenaries and six parallel roundtables. Dr. Mahat..

More than 800 immigrants mistakenly granted citizenship

WASHINGTON, (AP): The US government has mistakenly granted citizenship to at least 858 immigrants from countries of concern to national security or with high rates of immigration fraud who had pending deportation orders, according to an internal Homeland Security audit released Monday. The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general found that the immigrants used different names or birthdates to apply for citizenship with US Citizenship and Immigration Services and such discrepancies..

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