Saturday, 21 May, 2022

Topic: Kabul

Dad stuck under Taliban rule, Afghan teen in Delhi masters powerlifting ‘to empower women at home’

Sajar, who moved to India with her family in 2013, won gold at the Delhi State Sub-Junior Powerlifting Championship on 5 March. She is now training for a national competition.

‘Crazy guy who wants to cut our hair’— that’s what Taliban students said about Mullah Omar

In 'Looking for the Enemy', author Bette Dam gives anecdotes of the start of the Taliban at the hands of Mullah Omar.

Heroin and human trafficking are the only two sectors of Afghanistan economy still thriving

Most of Afghanistan’s illicit drug production and trafficking happens in the borderlands, building on longstanding trading networks.

India evacuates 104 people from Kabul, including members of Afghan Hindu-Sikh community

Among those evacuated, 10 were Indians and 94 Afghans. Three copies of the Guru Granth Sahib and Hindu religious texts from an ancient temple in Kabul were also flown in.

Unpaid Afghan diplomats struggle to hold fort, ensure ‘business as usual’ at embassies

No country has recognised the Taliban dispensation in Kabul, but Afghan diplomats are operating on their own, offering consular services for their people living abroad.

Kabul drone strike was ‘tragic error’, killed Afghan civilians: Top US military commander

General McKenzie, the head of US Central Command, claimed responsibility for the drone strike & admitted that 10 civilians, including children, were killed in the attack last month.

India in touch with all concerned, says MEA on reports of Indian kidnapped in Kabul

According to reports, Bansri Lal Arendeh, who has been doing business in Kabul for the last two decades, was kidnapped at gunpoint from the Afghan capital Tuesday.

No direct Delhi-Kabul flights anytime soon, India to carry out evacuations via Doha

Kabul airport operations resume but with few international flights. With no Air India ground staff in the Afghanistan capital, evacuees to come to Delhi via Qatar. 

‘IS operative’ killed in US drone strike was Kabul aid worker, 7 children also killed, NYT says

NYT raises doubts about US military's version of events — specifically whether explosives were present in targeted car, if driver was connected to IS, & if a second explosion took place.

Black text on white background — the history and significance of the Taliban flag

Taliban have removed Afghanistan's black, red & green flag from most buildings, hoisted the same one they used when they were last in power between 1996 & 2001.

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Representative image of an ethanol-blended fuel station plug | Wikimedia Commons

Ethanol blended fuel to power vehicles. Will it hurt your car’s engine?

India’s reliance on ethanol blended fuel is only set to increase in the wake of rising crude oil prices. But are we going to adapt in time?
A shopkeeper arranges stock at a grocery store in Bengaluru | Representational image | Bloomberg Photo

Inflation raised monthly expenses of 92% Indian families in last 3 months, finds online survey

A LocalCircles poll found that 70% of respondents felt their monthly household budget increased by 10% while 55% expected expenses to go up by another 10% in the next 3 months.


File photo of a defence personnel armed with a SiG 716 rifle near the Line of Control | Photo: Snehesh Alex Philip | ThePrint

India to ink ‘repeat order’ deal for 73,000 SiG 716 rifles from the US

In February 2019, 72,400 SiG 716 rifles of 7.62 x 51mm calibre were contracted from SIG Sauer Inc, USA, under government's 'Buy (Global) category', through fast track procedure.

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.