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India’s stake in Afghan peace

India must seize the opportunity, given the fact that it has been losing leverage in Afghanistan

Big Tech hails President Biden’s immigration reforms

The Biden administration also aims a new bill that would provide 11 million undocumented immigrants with a pathway to citizenship and an eight-year waiting period before they can become permanent residents, according to a report in Politico.

Twitter restarts Biden’s @POTUS account with zero followers

Accounts for the White House, President, Vice President, First Lady and White House Press Secretary have now inherited their new institutional usernames, like @Transition46 has become @WhiteHouse and @PresElectBiden has become @POTUS.

The Iran Challenge for Joe Biden

There is no sign the US is planning an attack on Iran, although Trump has said he would respond to any attack by Iran or its affiliated militias in Iraq that resulted in the death of an American.

TikTok gets another reprieve from US ban

The ruling came from a lawsuit filed by three TikTok creators who were concerned that the ban would prevent them from earning a living.

Trump admin proposes to scrap computerised lottery system to select H-1B visas

This new selection process would incentivise employers to offer higher wages or petition for positions requiring higher skills and higher-skilled workers instead of using the programme to fill relatively lower-paid vacancies.

China broke its promises to Hong Kong, Taiwan: State Department

"There are some areas in which we do have to work with China and we have been able to work with them, especially on establishing the new phase one trade agreement."

Borat preys on Giuliani and Trump fans in outrageous sequel

In the film, the encounter appears to leave the 76-year-old former New York mayor in a highly compromising situation, caught quite literally with his hands down his pants in the bedroom.

UN arms embargoes on Iran expire despite US objections

The U.N. also linked Iran to a 2019 attack on Saudi Arabia's main crude oil refinery, though Tehran denies any links and Yemen's rebel Houthis claimed responsibility.

US Supreme Court halts census in latest twist of 2020 count

Congress requires the bureau to turn in by Dec. 31 the figures used to decide the states' congressional seats — a process known as apportionment.

Kamala describes Trump admin’s handling of COVID as ‘greatest failure’

Harris also said that if there is a coronavirus vaccine available during Trump's administration that is not embraced by scientific advisers, she will not take it.

Democrats flay Trump admin for changes in H-1B Visa programme

The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in “speciality occupations” that require theoretical or technical expertise.

Trump turns the knife in, H1B workers say deja vu

The Department of Labor's revisions to minimum salary requirements take effect Thursday and DHS' H1B revisions will hit home in 60 days.

Be realistic in the age of realism

With geopolitical game in West Asia reaching new heights, powerful players bid to secure their interests

TikTok ban won’t affect employees salary payment, US says in filing

"We can confirm that we've submitted a proposal to the Treasury Department which we believe would resolve the Administration's security concerns."

TikTok says it has 700mn monthly users globally, 100mn in US

The number of global monthly active users could be even higher as the figure represented an update till July.

Trump administration allows certain exemptions in H-1B, L-1 travel ban

The US Department of State advisory said dependents (spouses and children) will also be allowed to travel along with primary visa holders.

US bars new international students opting online courses

However, this rule will not apply to international students who are pursuing courses in US universities before March

Harvard, MIT sue to block ICE rule on international students

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement notified colleges Monday that international students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools operate entirely online this fall.

Fertile grounds for pandemics

Though there is no cure, authoritarian regimes continue to abhor the next best solution -- consensus, cooperation and discipline

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