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Trump administration approves tougher visa vetting, including social media checks

Trump administration approves tougher visa vetting, including social media checks

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has launched a new questionnaire for US visa applicants worldwide demanding social media over the last five years and biographical data dating back 15 years.
The new questions, as part of an effort to strengthen control of potential visitors to the United States, were approved on May 23 by the Office of Management and Budget, despite criticism from various education officials and university groups during A period of public comment.
Critics argued that the new questions would be too cumbersome, lead to long delays in treatment and deter international students and scientists from coming to the United States.
With the new procedure, consular officials can request all previous passport numbers, five social media functions, email addresses and telephone numbers and 15 years of biographical information, including address, employment and travel history.
Officials ask for additional information to decide “that information is needed to confirm identity or to conduct a more rigorous national security review,” a State Department official said Wednesday.
The State Department previously said that the most serious verification would apply to visa applicants “who were determined to warrant further verification as part of terrorism or other national visa-related security obligations.”
President Donald Trump has pledged to increase national security and border protection by proposing to give more money to the military and the payment of Mexico to build a wall along the southern border of the United States.
An attempt was made to establish a temporary travel ban for people from six predominantly Muslim countries in which a US appeals court refused to rejoin the discrimination of calls and the establishment of a confrontation before the Supreme Court.
The Office of Administration and Budget has granted emergency authorization for the new six-month issues instead of the usual three years.

Although the new questions are voluntary, the form indicates that the information can not delay or prevent the processing of an individual visa application.
Lawyers and immigration lawyers say that the demand for 15 years of detailed biographical information, as well as the expectation that applicants will remember all forms of their social media, are likely to contract candidates who make innocent mistakes or do not remember All the requested information.

The new questions give consular officials “arbitrary power” to determine who gets a visa without effective control of their decisions, said Babak Yousefzadeh, a San Francisco-based lawyer and president of the Iran Bar Association.
“The United States has one of the strictest visa application processes in the world,” said Yousefzadeh. “The need to further strengthen the implementation process is  unknown and unclear.”

Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after bomb scare

Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after bomb scare

Melbourne, June 1 (PTI) A Singapore Airlines plane with 337 people on board was forced to return to the airport here when a Sri Lankan passenger mentally threatened to detonate a bomb after he allegedly attempted to force his way into the cockpit, Officials said today.
The 25-year-old man was overwhelmed by the crew and the passengers who strapped him with belts.
The chartered flight Kuala Lumpur MH 128, left Melbourne at 11:11 am, was forced to return and make an emergency landing 30 minutes after taking off from the Tullamarine airport overnight.
The man was arrested for airport security after landing and is now in custody.
“We think the actions of the passengers and the crew were heroic,” said Tony Langdon, the Victoria Police Superintendent.
“They managed to calm the situation, allow the aircraft to return safely and we can not congratulate them,” Langdon said.
Photographs on the company’s Australian broadcast website had armed agents in the black state boarding the plane.
He said the incident was unrelated to terror and the man was known to the police because of his history of mental illness.
Langdon said the man was carrying an electronic device that police soon realised was not a bomb. “He had a device that, for practical purposes, is something that everyone would carry on every day.”
An executive class passenger, identified as Andy, told Melbourne radio station 3AW that the detainee had threatened to “blow up the plane.”
Former AFL player Andrew Leoncelli, who was a passenger on the flight, said the man shouted: “I have a bomb and I’m going to cut the plane,” before officers Edge and the other passengers will fix and prevent.
The Australian Associated Press (AAP) news agency said that in the air traffic control online audio, a male voice can be heard saying: “We have a passenger tries to enter the cockpit.”
About three minutes later, the same male voice can be heard saying that the passenger “who claims to have a bomb, attempted to enter the cockpit (and) was dominated by passengers.”
“However, we ate to the ground and to control the device,” said the voice.
Malaysia Airlines said in a statement that the plane returned “after the operational captain was alerted by a cabin crew trying to enter the cockpit.”
“Malaysia Airlines wishes to emphasise that at no time has the plane been hijacked,” he said.
“MH128 landed at Melbourne Airport at 11:41 a.m. After the incident on MH128, the disturbing passenger was arrested for airport security, Malaysia Airlines, with Australian authorities, will investigate the incident,” he said.
The images of the passengers showed that several anti-terrorist policemen took the jet assault, using a mixture of camouflage and black clothing from the special operations group.
They wore assault rifles and special night vision sunglasses.
Malaysia Airlines said the airline would be installed in hotels and offer an alternative flight.
Melbourne airport said inbound and outbound flights had been affected and advised passengers to check with their airlines.
No Malaysian Airlines flight has left the airport today, but all eyes are on a scheduled flight to Kuala Lumpur at 13:55, as a potential option for passengers last night to direct.
The Flight Center staff confirmed that the flight is a routine flight and one of the two flights of airlines departing from Kuala Lumpur each day.

Rahul Gandhi in Telangana: South India keeps Congress scion busy but inconsistencies leave voters unsure

Rahul Gandhi in Telangana: South India keeps Congress scion busy but inconsistencies leave voters unsure

South India occupies and maintains Rahul Gandhi for much of this week. This is an important and complicated patch for Congress, which is in power in two of the six southern states of India. With the BJP actively seeking to expand its footprints on the peninsula, it is a herb that the party needs to protect its allies if it wants to remain relevant.

The problem with Congress, however, was that it showed inconsistency and a tendency to pull its feet with the way it did its policy in South India. Take the terrible episode of Kannur, for example, where militants of the Youth Congress, in their enthusiasm, challenge what they ignorantly interpret as a beef ban, killed a cow from the public eye. It was shown that the great old party of India had in its ranks militants without empathy or sensitivity.

For a change, Rahul quickly reaches the time. Upon realising the political damage, the viral video has been made, the vice president of Congress suspend activists. But the image of the blood Congress in his hands and blocked the Prime Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has stolen a march, emerging as the champion of the anti-notification lobby. Congress in Kerala, a state with a population of 25 percent of beef, was reduced to a companion in the debate, organising the Reds from over 300 pieces of meat and keeping the pot boiling literally.

Through Mullaperiyar, Congress, at least, the vine leaf to be smaller DMK couple. But here too there is a little part of the history of the controversy won. Is it because one of its main leaders, P Chidambaram, had a role to play in highlighting the need to amend the Law on Preventing Cruelty to Animals?

In April, during the budget session, the Standing Parliamentary Committee on Home Affairs, chaired by P Chidambaram, said a link between the markets for the trafficking of goods and their derivatives. The report says: “There is no widespread and deeply rooted relationship because this threat has proliferated and the government must attack the roots of this relationship if it is to completely stop the problem,” the report says. The BJP will now turn around and say that it acted specifically on the Standing Committee’s recommendations led by Congressman.

In both states, Congress is nil to not share occupying the anti-BJP space now completely dominated by Vijayan and MK Stalin. Part of the dilemma is also governed by its national status as a national party, despite its current electoral strength betrays this impression. A strong pro-potable position that fears it may damage the cow belt, where the BJP motto for treating farm animals as a sacred cow finds more traction. This dilemma is falling between two glasses of water.