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Taliban curbs on working women could cut Afghanistan GDP by 5%: UN report

According to report, women account for 20% of the country’s workforce and preventing them from working could shave half a billion dollars alone from household consumption.
An Afghan flag flying on a hilltop in Kabul | File photo: Victor J. Blue | Bloomberg

Taliban seeks global help to shore up ‘sinking’ Afghan economy as inflation spirals

Afghanistan’s Acting PM Mullah Mohammad Hassan said the former US-backed Ashraf Ghani government was corrupt and damaged the country’s economic situation.
Japanese Ambassador to Afghanistan Takashi Okada, left, with Taliban leader Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar in Kabul, on 24 November 2021 | Twitter/@IeaOffice

Japan envoy holds talks with senior Taliban members in Kabul

Takashi Okada made a three-day visit to Afghanistan from 21-24 Nov for meetings, including with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Pakistan allows India to send aid to Afghanistan through Wagah Border on ‘exceptional basis’

Pakistan’s decision to let India send 50,000 metric tonnes of wheat & lifesaving medicines was communicated by Imran Khan govt to Indian High Commission in Islamabad.
A Taliban fighter walks in front of people sitting along a road outside a bank waiting to withdraw money in Kabul, on 4 September, 2021 | Photographer: Wakil Kohsar/AFP/Getty Images via Bloomberg

Afghanistan’s banking system could collapse if not resolved quickly, warns UN

The United Nations Development Programme pushed for urgent action to prop up Afghanistan's banking sector due to worsening liquidity problems and a rise in non-performing loans.
A file photo of the Afghan embassy in New Delhi. | Photo: Facebook/Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan-New Delhi

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.

In open letter to US, Taliban warns of refugee exodus if assets remain frozen

Taliban’s acting foreign minister Amir Khan Muttaqi said if the current situation prevails, it will exacerbate the humanitarian crisis.
US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West in a meeting with Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla Tuesday | Twitter | @MEAIndia

Aid to Afghanistan, movement of people discussed as US Special Envoy Thomas West visits India

US Special Envoy for Afghanistan Thomas West met NSA Ajit Doval & Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, having earlier attended Troika Plus dialogue in Pakistan.
NSA meet

NSA meet has a wishlist for Taliban. But some are pointless without China, Pakistan attending

No country will be able to provide security cover and aid to Afghanistan like the US. With China and Pakistan appropriating strategic space, India has little elbow room.
Scenes from the Troika Plus meeting held in Islamabad on 11 November 2021. | Photo: Twitter/@AmbassadorSadiq

Cut ties with terrorist groups and eliminate them, Pakistan, China, Russia & US tell Taliban

Pakistan PM meets Taliban delegation, assures support for Afghan people. Meetings took place in Islamabad a day after India hosted a dialogue of security chiefs of 7 nations.

Twitter has an India-born CEO Parag Agrawal. In Pakistan, it has caused a burn

We look forward to overseas Pakistanis cooking on wood, explaining gas shortage in Pakistan. These are inflation CEOs. Unmatchable against Google, Twitter CEOs.
Illustration: Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

Bezos, Branson & Musk — Are billionaires popularising space travel or just on an ego trip?

Jeff Bezos will travel to the edge of space in his New Shepard aircraft — more than a week after billionaire Richard Branson defeated him in a fast developing space race.
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