Monday, 16 May, 2022
TopicAfghan conflict

Topic: Afghan conflict

Modi govt gives breather to 80 Afghan cadets ‘stuck’ in India — a 1-yr English learning course

Cadets who graduated from military academies in India were earlier given a 6-month visa extension, but since they don't have permission to work here, they were left with no earnings.

American special operation veterans rescue 630 Afghan allies in Operation ‘Pineapple Express’

Working under the cover of the night, the US team rescued 500 Afghan special operators, assets & enablers & their families, seconds before Kabul airport blast. This is in addition to 130 recued before.

Who are Hazaras, the Afghan minority group hated & tortured by Taliban

A 2018 United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan report says most attacks by Taliban on civilians are directed towards the minority population, most of whom are ethnic Hazaras.

Hope Taliban will establish ‘open and inclusive’ Islamic govt in Afghanistan, says China

The Chinese Foreign Ministry expressed hope that Taliban will abide by its commitment of a peaceful transition of power, taking full responsibility for the safety of Afghan citizens.

Afghan President says won’t allow ‘imposed war’ to bring further killings as Taliban close in

Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, in a recorded message, says remobilising security and defence is a priority, focus is to prevent further violence.

US has given up defending the women & children of Afghanistan it promised to protect

With Biden honouring Trump era deal with Taliban, it's allowed the militant group to make rapid advances across Afghanistan, especially in regions where women are most vulnerable.

Afghanistan Army chief General postpones visit to India amid surge in violence by Taliban

General Wali Mohammad Ahmadza was scheduled to visit India on 27 July but cancelled the trip as the Taliban intensified the offensive against civilians and the Afghan forces.

Pakistan’s audacious defence budget needs to stay on paper. It’s good for everyone

IMF is balking at Pakistan’s unrealistic budget, but Islamabad feels it can push the lending agency to give it what it wants. US can call the bluff.

Afghanistan’s hope for peace rests on how India, Pakistan and China deal with each other

A regional uniformity is possible only if Pakistan, India and China can insulate their support for Afghan peace process from regional rivalries.

Seen as US’ successor in Afghanistan, China can take any stand it wants on Masood Azhar

Both Afghanistan and Pakistan see China as the power to which the Americans will hand over the keys when the last US soldier leaves.

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Ban on wheat export is tyranny. It stops farmers from getting a windfall from higher prices

Modi govt's ‘deal’ for the farmer is: ‘Heads I win, tails you lose’. Just when farmers might receive a decent price, the govt floods the market with imports or bans exports.

Adani forges $10.5-billion deal with Holcim India to buy Ambuja Cement, ACC

Holcim’s sale of its Indian business is expected to close in second half of 2022. Adani Group beat other firms, including JSW Group, to become India's 2nd biggest cement manufacturer.

Defence

Ambassador of France to India Emmanuel Lenain says Paris will work with New Delhi to get over some of the strategic “constraints” it is facing today. | Photo: Pooja Kher | ThePrint

We won’t lecture, but want to boost India’s strategic autonomy, says French ambassador

In an exclusive interview to ThePrint, Emmanuel Lenain, Ambassador of France to India, said the Rafale fighter jet deal, and the Scorpene submarines programme have been outstanding achievements in the bilateral ties.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.
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