Monday, 24 January, 2022

Topic: Afghanistan

With a resurgent Taliban and growing ISIS, no one is safe in Afghanistan

The silver lining is that Trump’s expanded troop presence is meant to help fill lingering gaps in Afghan security capacities—including intelligence collection.

Encounter killing of aspiring model in Pakistan highlights racial profiling of Pathans

Not only do our popular TV offerings show the Pathan husband as the wife-beating patriarch, but even commissioned projects by the authorities to promote patriotism stigmatise the Pathans by portraying them as terrorists.

Now, Donald Trump fakes Indian accent to imitate Narendra Modi

Washington Post reports that while deciding to send more troops to Afghanistan, the US President affected Indian PM’s accent and recounted his praise.

India-Pakistan among top 15 global conflicts that could worsen in 2018 – US think tank

U.S. foreign policy experts assess the likelihood and impact of 30 potential crises or conflicts around the world in 2018 in CFR's annual survey.

Global Pulse: Iran’s Dark Ages, the solution to North Korea, and America’s child marriages

At the start of 2018, two rivals continue to preoccupy American diplomats. While one should expect things for Iran to get much worse before they get better, a semblance of a solution with Pyongyang may finally be a possibility.

By calling out Pakistan’s bluff, Donald Trump hands India a perfect New Year gift

US President Donald Trump refuses financial aid to Pakistan, signalling a far more blunt and confrontationist approach than the past.

Pakistan’s own terror brew killing its young army officers, not India

Pakistan Army has lost as many officers along the Western border this as it lost in 2002 to accidents and shelling from India.

India to help Afghanistan get 6 Soviet-era choppers back into combat

After basic repairs in India, New Delhi will pay for complete overhaul of the aircraft in Russia.

Talk Point: What more can India do in Afghanistan without provoking Pakistan?

What more can India do in Afghanistan without inviting Pakistan’s wrath? We bring perspectives from experts.

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Liberals mourning India Gate flame must also recall some dark aspects of the colonial Army

The moving of the flame seems, to some, as part of an ongoing extinguishing of the Indian Army’s heritage of secularism, decency and righteousness.

South-East Asia’s SMEs are underperforming. Their ‘digital revolution’ depends on fintech

Digitisation of South-East Asia's economy during the pandemic is uneven. The growth in digital services has favoured individual consumers, not SMEs.


File photo of Scorpene-class submarine 'INS Vela', at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai | ANI

Kamov choppers, submarine torpedoes among deals defence ministry will review this week

Ministry is reviewing all procurement under the ‘Buy (Global)’ category, under which equipment is bought directly from foreign manufacturers, amid govt's 'Atmanirbhar' push.

Modi vs non-BJP CMs: When most popular isn’t all-powerful & why Centre-state ties will worsen

Modi’s inability to win many states, and the huge popularity his rivals enjoy there, is pushing Indian politics in a more robustly federal direction.