Sunday, 26 June, 2022

Topic: Afghanistan

Pakistan will be kept afloat as no country wants a ‘nuclear Somalia’, says ex-envoy Vivek Katju

The former Indian ambassador said that the country ‘has always been beyond its means’, and the economic crisis it is facing is ‘nothing unusual’.

NCB seizes ‘high-quality heroin from Afghanistan’ worth Rs 300 cr in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh

One man arrested after heroin, other narcotics & incriminating materials found in apartment, NCB says, claims alleged kingpin of ‘international racket’ based in Dubai.

The forever war in Afghanistan is nowhere near its end. Now IS indulging in ethnic warfare

Islamic State is seeking to overthrow the Taliban—quietly helped along by the discontent in its own ranks, economic crisis, and disputes over the spoils of power.

At least 20 dead and injured in blast at Shia mosque in north Afghanistan’s Mazar-e-Sharif

No group has so far claimed responsibility but reports say the explosion has hallmarks of Islamic State affiliate known as IS-K.

Taliban ban TikTok in Afghanistan as part of moral policing drive

The Taliban cabinet has also decided to block the popular South Korean PUBG battlegrounds game and bar Afghan television channels from airing 'immoral' content.

Boys’ school in Kabul hit by multiple blasts, 6 dead, many injured

The school is located in Kabul's west – Dasht-e-Barchi -- where members of the Hazara Shia community stay.

School ban for Afghan girls, but Taliban leaders’ daughters play football, study medicine abroad

Islamic Emirate spokesperson, health minister, deputy foreign minister among two dozen Taliban leaders sending daughters to schools in Pakistan and Qatar.

Today is the last day Afghan women can take flights alone, its Virtue and Vice Ministry has ruled

Last week, the Taliban went back on its promise to allow secondary and high school girl students to continue formal education.

China’s Wang Yi lands in India with diplomatic outreach, gets cold reception before talks

Bitterness preceded the visit, which is happening for the first time since the Ladakh stand-off began, despite its extremely crucial nature. Both sides didn’t announce the visit officially.

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A Wimbledon court | Twitter/Wimbledon

Not Russia, a point-less Wimbledon 2022 affects young tennis players most

Young underdogs have often defeated tennis titans. But Wimbledon 2022 removing ranking points sets them back instead of making a geopolitical impact.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

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.