The Saudi Arabian administration has lifted the ban on voice calls on Skype, WhatsApp and other applications. Voice and video calling apps such as WhatsApp and Skype will be “widely available to users”, said the government in a statement on Tuesday, September 19. “Access to VoIP (voice over internet protocol) will reduce operational costs and spur digital entrepreneurship – that’s why it is such an important step in the Kingdom’s internet regulation,” said the government further. The objective of this move is to improve business confidence and encourage entrepreneurship as the kingdom transitions into a post-oil era.
The ban was justified by the Saudi Arabian administration in 2013 to “protect society from any negative aspects that could harm the public interest”.
The telecom regulator in Saudi said that residents would be able to use internet voice and video call services from midnight but some residents said that they were able to use Skype and Facetime from early Wednesday morning. Earlier many people in the country used virtual private networks (VPN) to get around the ban , although calls made through VPNs were slow and often crashed.
The lifting of the ban has come after the crown prince of Saudi, Mohammad Bin Salman, launched an ambitious national strategy to diversify the country’s economy and wean it off its dependence on oil.
The strategy, known as Vision 2030, aims at bringing up new economic sectors like tourism, entertainment and telecoms.
A massive earthquake reportedly hit Mexico on Tuesday afternoon, killing an estimated 216 people. The casualties were revised to 248 later as fresh reports arrived.The tremors shook Mexico City and the neighbouring states of Puebla, Mexico and Morelos. Scores of people were killed and left trapped beneath buildings, including a school that collapsed in the capital city.
Hafiz Saeed a man behind Mumbai terror attack will contest in Pakistan general election in 2018. His venture into Pakistan’s political scene announcement was made after its candidate finished third in a crucial by-poll.
In the month of August, the Hafiz Saeed’s outfit Jammat-ud-Dawah (JuD) announced the launching of Milli Muslim League (MML), which was formed at a time when Saeed was detained in Lahore. Sheikh Yaqoob, a JuD-backed candidate recently lost to Kulsoom Nawaz, the wife of overthrown Prime minister Nawaz Sharif from a parliamentary seat that fell vacant after Supreme Court disqualified him. Yaqoob desired to contest election from MML that was launched just before NA-120 by-pool but could not achieve, as it is yet to be registered political party by the Election Commission of Pakistan.
It was stated that the MML wants to strengthen Pakistan against its enemies like India, USA, and Israel, with the mentality to improve the basic livelihood of the people. JuD was tagged as a terrorist organization in 2014 by the USA and has a bounty of USD 10 million on the head of its leader.
News Sources- Times of India
The President of United States of America, Donald Trump will take his first world stage at the United Nations this week along with his envoy Nikki Haley the public face of US foreign policy. The diplomat says MS Haley, the then governor of South Carolina has stood out as a high-profile member of president trumps administration, out-casting the secretary of the state Mr. Rex Tillerson despite lack of experience in foreign policy. A senior European diplomat said, for the US Nikki Haley is remarkable and someone who is very approachable and politically very assertive. Which is hard to find in the Trump administration.
Ms. Haley has a potential to take over from Mr. Tillerson at some point and can see her long-term objective is for the presidency, the diplomat said. Though Ms. Haley dismisses speculation and told Mr. Tillerson is not going anywhere and she use to work well with him. President Trump’s speech on Tuesday at the UN General Assembly will serve as the privilege to explain his foreign policy vision expressed in his America First agenda.
News Sources- NDTV, DNA
Aung San Suu Kyi in a 30 minute televised speech reached out to the global community for support in a refugee crises that the UN has labelled “ethnic cleansing”, gathering outsiders to help her unite her Nation across ethnic and religious lines.
Communal brutality since August 25 has left hundreds dead and driving more than 410,000 of the Rohingya minority from Myanmar into Bangladesh.
“Despise and dread are the primary scourges of our reality,” she said “We don’t need Myanmar to be a country isolated by religious convictions or ethnicity”.
While expressing her distress for “all” crowds dislodged by savagery, she said her Nation stood prepared “whenever” to reclaim displaced people subject to a “confirmation” process.
It was not promptly clear what number of the evaluated 410,000 Rohingya who have fled Myanmar would fit the bill to return.
The UN has blamed Myanmar’s armed forces for “ethnic purging” over a campaign of claimed murder and arson that has left scores of Rohingya towns in ash.
The military denies that, demanding its operations are a relative reaction to the late August assaults by Rohingya activists, who they mark as “extremist Bengali terrorists”.
Sources: Reuters, NDTV
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recommenced processing H-1B visas five months after it had suspended the services temporarily to manage the rush of new petitions. The premium processing of the H-1B work visas will be in all categories but subject to the limit set by the Congress.
The upper limit set for FY 2018 is 65,000 H-1B visas. In addition, work has also begun on the annual 20,000 petitions to hire employees with a US higher educational degree. This service is only available for the pending request and not new submissions.
USCIS takes 15 days to clear the visa under premium processing. According to the Times of India, “If the 15-calendar day processing time is not met, the agency will refund the petitioner’s premium processing service fee and continue with expedited processing of the application,” the USCIS said.
The H-1B is a visa in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act that allows US companies to employ foreign workers possessing theoretical or technical expertise in speciality occupations. The visa is popular among the Indian IT professionals as technology companies use it to hire employees each year.