Friday, 21 January, 2022

Topic: Taliban

India sends medical supplies to Afghanistan for the first time since takeover by Taliban

The medical supplies were sent on a return flight that had brought 104 people from Kabul to Delhi Friday. The consignments will be handed over to WHO representatives in Kabul.

Pakistan can’t be Saudi Arabia or Iran. So it’s inching towards Talibanisation

Tragically, the dark days of General Zia’s brutality in Pakistan seem lighter today.

What my 20 years in Afghanistan taught me about the Taliban

The West still underestimates them.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

On Camera


Army chief General M.M. Naravane

Gen Naravane’s legacy can only be understood over time. But it’s altered LAC dynamics forever

Gen Naravane is both a dove and a hawk, depending on the issue. This was because, at the end of the day, he was, and is, a “quintessential Army man”.
Representational image of a jewellery store | ANI

India Jewellery Park to be set up in Mumbai, aims to attract Rs 20,000 crore investment

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation have signed a draft agreement granting possession of a plot for setting up the park.


Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla meets German Navy chief Vice Admiral Kay-Achim Schönbach on 20 January. | Twitter | @MEAIndia

New chapter in ties as Indian foreign secy meets Germany navy chief, warship ‘Bayern’ visits

With Germany identifying India as one of the key partners in its Indo-Pacific policy, a German frigate entered Indian waters for a port call in Mumbai, in a major signal to China.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.