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US is exhausted & envoy Zalmay Khalilzad may just pull off the impossible in Afghanistan

Afghanistan's president Ashraf Ghani has little choice because the Americans desperately want to leave.
File photo of Zalmay Khalilzad | @US4AfghanPeace/Twitter

Why Afghan-American diplomat Zalmay Khalilzad is Donald Trump’s ace in peace talks

US President Donald Trump had appointed Zalmay Khalilzad as the country’s envoy for peace and reconciliation talks in Afghanistan last year.
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Pakistan govt move to impose ‘sin tax’ on cigarettes, sugary beverages draws flak

Here’s what’s happening across the border: World Bank says India-Pakistan trade has potential to reach $37 billion, and Bill Gates appreciates Imran Khan's polio eradication efforts. 
Pak PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan’s Instagram page is world’s second most active government-run account, says BCW

Here’s what’s happening across the border: Pakistan assures help in advancing Afghan peace process after Trump’s request; Finance minister says country's economic crisis is over.

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Actor Vyjayanthimala

Every Bollywood reincarnation story must tip its hat to Bimal Roy’s Madhumati

Of the many things that Bimal Roy’s Madhumati got right, Pran’s antagonistic turn was one.
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When it comes to space activities in India, are no laws better than bad laws?

The government had put the draft Space Activities Bill in the public domain, inviting suggestions. The bill was never introduced in this Lok Sabha. 

Defence

Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.