March 28 News Roundup | Law against caste-based discrimination in US, Japan earthquake & more

March 28 News Roundup | Law against caste-based discrimination in US, Japan earthquake & more

Catch up on the latest news and updates of international significance.

From a landmark new law against caste-based discrimination in the United States and rise in covid cases in India to earthquake in Japan, read on to know more about the latest trending news and updates in our March 28 news roundup.

Law against caste-based discrimination into effect in Seattle, USA

A new law banning caste-based discrimination has come into effect in USA's Seattle. With this law, Seattle has become the first city outside of South Asia to have a dedicated law to discourage caste discrimination. The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of caste in hiring, tenure, promotion, wages, workplace conditions and more.

Amid ongoing protests, Israel PM puts 'judicial overhaul' on freeze

A day after the Israel President called on the govt to halt its plans for judicial reform, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to 'temporarily freeze' his planned judicial overhaul. The said overhaul is being protested as it would have given power to the government to overturn court decisions.

USA reaches cap for H-1B visas for fiscal year 2024

USA's agency for immigration services has reported that the country has reached its H-1B visa cap for fiscal year 2024. It is noteworthy that the H-1B is a non-immigrant visa which is mandatory for those employed by US companies in roles that require any sort of technical or theoretical skills and expertise.

Oil sales to India multiplied 22 times last year, says Russia

As European countries looked elsewhere to buy crude oil due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine, Russia's oil sales to India multiplied 22 times last year. For countries 'friendly' with Russia, such as India and China, the boycott by European nations has meant cheaper imports.

Better maternal education led to reduction in death of children under 5, finds study 

According to a study by an Austrian Institute, enhanced maternal education in India reduces number of preventable deaths in children below the age of five. Published in Health & Place journal, this study is the first-of-its-kind in exploring the relationship between maternal education and children's health.

Highest spike in Covid cases in India in over two months 

India witnessed highest spike in covid cases in the last 24 hours as the active cases tally in the country crossed the 10k mark. The daily positivity rate in India was recorded at 3.19% while the weekly positivity rate stood at 1.39% as health administrations across the country are taking measures to ensure that the situation stays under control.

6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Northern Japan 

An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 hit the Aomori region in Northern Japan, the country's national weather agency reported. No tsunami warnings have been issued as of now and there are no reports of casualties caused by the tremors.

Stay tuned for more updates from across the globe and follow ups on these stories.

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