Top stories at 3 pm, January 31: Shivpal Yadav to form his new party; Sonia Gandhi not to campaign for Cong in polls; H1-B visa reform bill tabled in US

From Shivpal Yadav's announcement to form a new party to H1-B visa reform bill tabled in US, here are the top stories for the afternoon bulletin on January 31.

Shivpal Yadav to form his new party after March 11

In a sudden move, younger brother of Samajwadi Party Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, Shivpal Yadav on January 31 announced that he will form a new party after March 11. While addressing a rally in Etawah ahead of Uttar Pradesh elections, Shivpal affirmed that he will campaign with the people who were not given tickets by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Read More

Sonia Gandhi not to campaign for Cong in any of five poll-bound states.

In a major blow to Congress party, its President Sonia Gandhi will not campaign in any of the five poll bound states, including Uttar Pradesh, sources in the party said on January 31. Notably, Sonia Gandhi has not been keeping well these days. Read More

H1-B visa reform bill tabled in US, Indian hiring goes costlier

In a move that may hit Indians hard, an H1-B visa reform bill aiming to make hiring Indians costlier has been tabled in the US House of Representatives. The bill also includes certain provisions including doubling the minimum wage that would make it difficult for firms to replace American employees with foreign workers, including from India. The bill calls for doubling the minimum salary of H-1B visa holders to $130,000. Read More