Uncertainty over Sasikala’s swearing-in tomorrow
There is uncertainty over AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala taking charge as chief minister of Tamil Nadu tomorrow. However, there is no official word from the party in this regard. However, a PIL has been filed against Sasikala’s on Tuesday.
The Madras University Auditorium, which had earlier hosted the swearing-in of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, was being reportedly spruced up for the occasion, while apparently awaiting the court directive.
Facebook near 2 billion users mark
Popular social network Facebook is set to become the first 2 billion-user company this year, according to a media report which attributed its “impressive” user growth to “promotional data plans” from countries like India. Facebook had 1.86 billion monthly active users as of the end of 2016, up from 1.79 billion the previous quarter and 1.59 billion a year earlier, the company said in its fourth quarter earnings report. Chief Financial Officer David Wehner said Facebook added more users this quarter compared to a year earlier than any quarter since the company went public in 2012.
Nirmala Sitharaman to meet representatives of US on H1 B Visa
Commerce and Industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said that the ministry will soon conduct a meeting with the concerned industries including Nasscom to discuss the issue. Sitharaman, while speaking to media, said “India is closely monitoring the developments on the entire visa row and along with the External Affairs Ministry, we are in constant touch with the embassy in the US.” Further, addressing the concerns, Sitharaman added, “There are several nuances to that…So I would not rush to give a view on it, yes there is going to be an impact…We will be holding a meeting with Nasscom, industries which have significant presence in the US, talking to them about how they are working out in this environment, what are there strategies.”