Sunday, 26 June, 2022

Topic: Afghanistan

India finally holds talks with Afghanistan’s Taliban govt, 9 months after leaving Kabul

For first time since Taliban takeover, India has sent official delegation to Afghanistan, led by J.P. Singh, joint secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran Division) at MEA.

What is life like as refugee? Oscar-nominated Flee shows Afghanistan at its best—and worst

From Kabul's 'liberated' heights to 1980s Soviet regime, Taliban invasion and refugee life—Flee shows the horrors of escaping a warzone.

NSA Ajit Doval pushes for ‘terror free’ Afghanistan, says India stands with Afghan people

Doval's comments came at 4th Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan attended by national security advisors from Tajikistan, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Iran, Kyrgyzstan & China.

Nothing has changed about Taliban, from terror to Sharia. Islamic world should pressure them

From upholding women’s rights to ensuring safety & internal harmony, the Taliban have backtracked on every promise they made, and the outcome can’t be great.

Russians dead in 3-month Ukraine conflict similar to Soviet toll in 9-yr Afghan war, says UK

British intelligence feels Russians may soon be willing to voice their dissatisfaction against the conflict in Ukraine as casualties grow in that country.

Afghan envoy thanks India for relaxing import fumigation rules, says will ease trade

On 7 May, Union agriculture ministry notified the relaxation of fumigation regulations — under Plant Quarantine (Regulation of Import into India) Order, 2003 — for several countries.

‘Our land will not be used as a threat to anyone,’ says Taliban leader Sirajuddin Haqqani

In an interview to CNN Tuesday, Taliban’s Acting Interior Minister Sirajuddin Haqqani spoke about keeping ‘naughty women’ at home, how economic sanctions were pushing Afghan people into poverty and more.

India, Pakistan and SCO to focus on Afghanistan at Monday’s anti-terrorism meeting

Discussions will be held under SCO’s Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of which India is currently the chair. Meanwhile, Pakistan and the US are back to discussing Afghanistan.

Hibatullah can hide his face. But not the emerging struggle within Taliban leadership

Mullah Umar’s elusive successor, Hibatullah Akhundzada, delivered his Eid message this week. There hasn’t been any explanation though why he doesn't show his face in public.

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Does breaking up big states boost economy? Data doesn’t back up hype, says Indian study

The study by researchers at Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research looked at economic impact of reorganising Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar in the year 2000.


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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.