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ISIS heads to Rome - Thomas L Friedman, NYT
The Italians got this one right. Last week, The Washington Post’s Adam Taylor helpfully collected tweets that Italians put out after a murderous video issued by the Islamic State, or ISIS, warned: “Today we are south of Rome,” one militant said. “We will conquer Rome with Allah’s permission.”
Bangla fanatics’ Threat to Nation, Neighbourhood - NewIndianExpress
The killing of an American blogger of Bangladeshi origin in Dhaka is a shocking reminder of the growing religious intolerance in the country. Avijit Roy, the founder of Mukto-Mona (Free-Mind) blog site that advocates liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority country, and his wife were hacked with machetes by two assailants as the couple were returning on a rickshaw from a book fair.
I’ve received no salary or remuneration from Nalanda University - Seema Chishti, Indian Express
Economist-philosopher Amartya Sen, who has written to the government to say he would not like to be Chancellor of Nalanda University after July, spoke to Seema Chishti on some of the questions that have been raised about his relationship with the university.
Pakistan: The frailty of judges - Khaled Ahmed, Indian Express
There are many killers Pakistan cannot hang, but the one most “un-hangable” out of them is Mumtaz Qadri, ex-policeman, security guard of late Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, whom he shot full of bullets, thinking the governor had blasphemed.
India's China policy: Go beyond competition-&-cooperation prism - Jagannath Panda, Pioneer
The Tibet episode, the 1962 war and the contrasting developmental courses over the decades have contributed to India's changed outlook. Essentially, India's current perception of China is that it is more  a powerful neighbour than a reliable partner. New Delhi needs to emerge with a China policy within a ‘multiple’ prism of competition, cooperation, correlation, coexistence, collaboration and conflict.
Chinese antics on Arunachal: Staying the course - Saurabh Kumar, Pioneer
China’s mind games over PM’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh are not new. Moreover, that is only part of the story. A feint to facilitate advance in the real theatre of action — the Western sector of the boundary, where China seeks to legitimise retention of territory acquired through use of force — it calls for a strategic level response.
US okay with n-deal understanding but firms will decide - Arun Kumar, IANS
Washington, Feb 27 - From the US perspective, the "breakthrough understandings" on the India-US civil nuclear deal can advance it towards commercial opportunities, but the industry will have to make its own decisions, according to a senior US official. "I think that we had a major breakthrough in advancing the civil nuclear cooperation" deal during President Barack Obama's India visit, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Nisha Desai Biswal told foreign reporters Thursday.
The West's terrorist challenge - Claude Smadja, BusStd
This week in Paris, the head of the Muslim community has taken offence at the remarks of the head of the French Jewish community, who said that "all violence today is committed by young Muslims" while adding that "of course, this is tiny minority of the Muslim community and Muslims are the first victims". Just a few days ago, in Washington, in an international gathering organised on the topic of "Countering violent extremism"...
Political turmoil in Maldives may force PM Modi to cancel visit - Sachin Parashar, Times of India
DELHI: PM Narendra Modi may cancel his visit to Maldives next month because of the prevailing political uncertainty in the Indian Ocean archipelago, following the arrest of former president Mohamed Nasheed. While government remained tight-lipped over the issue, foreign ministry officials informally indicated that a final decision will be taken only after the return of an advance team which is in Maldives to prepare for what would be, if Modi does visit, the last leg of his 4-nation Indian Ocean outreach. Modi is scheduled to visit Male on March 15.
US to allow permits for spouses of H-1B visa holders, move brings cheer to Indians - Hindustan Times
The US government will allow spouses of certain high-tech foreign workers to apply for work permits, an accommodation designed to make things easier for families waiting in long lines for green cards. The regulation for spouses of H-1B visas, first proposed last year and finalised as part of President Barack Obama's package of executive actions on immigration, will take effect starting on May 26.
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