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Taliban hunt if Bactrian Treasure has been moved out of Afghanistan
New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) The Ministry of Information and Culture of the caretaker Taliban government in Afghanistan said on Thursday that it has begun efforts to track and locate the Bactrian Treasure.
2021-09-16
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Tajikistan only Afghan neighbour openly taking tough stand against Taliban
New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) Tajikistan is the only neighbouring country of Afghanistan which is emerging as the toughest critic of the Taliban.
2021-09-16
Category: International, India,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
With embassies closed, black market for visas thriving in Afghanistan
New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) With the number of people demanding visas increasing in Afghanistan following the closure of foreign embassies in Kabul after the collapse of the former Afghan government, the black market business for visas is skyrocketing in the war-torn country.
2021-09-16
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
'Khalistani-Kashmiri nexus in US could be detrimental for India'
New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) As many as 55 interlinked Kashmiri and Khalistani groups, currently operating hand-in-hand within the US, could be detrimental for both India and America, a US-based think tank warned.
2021-09-16
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Defence/Security,Terrorism
Afghan Deputy PM Mullah Baradar releases video after death rumours
New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) Under intense pressure and questions over his whereabouts, the Taliban's Deputy Prime Minister of Afghanistan Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has now released a video message.
2021-09-16
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Over 634,000 Afghans displaced this year: UN agency
Kabul, Sep 16 (IANS) More than 634,000 Afghans have been internally displaced by conflicts in 2021, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the war-torn nation said on Thursday.
2021-09-16
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Royal snub to Pakistan's drive for Taliban recognition
Kabul/New Delhi, Sep 16 (IANS) Rhapsodising over the takeover of Afghanistan by medieval marauders, Pakistan has begun a hectic diplomacy campaign to seek recognition for the government in Kabul. And, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi suffered a snub at his very first stop, Dushanbe. He had no choice but to stomach the insult as he apparently did not do his homework before meeting President Emomali Rahmon.
2021-09-16
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Sri Lanka's 16th Central Bank Governor assumes office
Colombo, Sep 16 (IANS) The 16th Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL), Ajith Nivard Cabraal, has assumed office.
2021-09-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Several patients with Black Fungus detected in SL
Colombo, Sep 16 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Health Ministry said patients with the Black Fungus had been detected from several areas of the country amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
2021-09-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Over 50% of SL's population fully vaccinated against Covid
Colombo, Sep 16 (IANS) Sri Lankan authorities have completed vaccinating over 50 per cent of the country's total population against Covid-19, Cabinet Co-Spokesperson Dullas Alahapperuma said.
2021-09-16
Category: International, Sri Lanka,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Taliban hands over seized cash, gold to Afghan central bank
Kabul, Sep 16 (IANS) The Taliban has handed over about $12.3 million cash and some gold to Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), the country's central bank, a statement said on Thursday.
2021-09-16
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Afghans long for better life as Taliban manages to run country
Kabul, Sep 16 (IANS) While the security situation in Afghanistan has remained stable since the Taliban takeover in August, the country is now facing economic and humanitarian challenges, with its people longing for a better life and the new government calling for international assistance.
2021-09-16
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Afghanistan to have regular army soon: Taliban official
Kabul, Sep 16 (IANS) Afghanistan would soon have a regular army to defend the country, Taliban's army chief of staff Qari Fasihuddin has said.
2021-09-16
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
China vows 'necessary response' after UK Parliament bans its Ambassador
New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has strongly denounced the UK Parliament's decision to ban China's Ambassador to the UK from attending its events, and has vowed that it will come up with "necessary responses", the Global Times reported.
2021-09-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
EU Commissioner condemns hacking by use of Pegasus spyware
New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) The EU must swiftly legislate to further protect the rights of activists, journalists and politicians following the Pegasus spyware scandal, and the perpetrators of illegal tapping must be prosecuted, the blocs Justice Commissioner, Didier Reynders, has told the European Parliament, The Guardian reported.
2021-09-15
Category: International, India,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Will Taro Kono become Japan's new Prime Minister?
New Delhi, Sep 15: Taro Kono?Japan's administrative reform minister, who managed the country's vaccination programme, looks to be headed for the top slot in both - the party as well as the country.
2021-09-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Kazakhstan ready to establish business ties with Afghanistan, funnel humanitarian aid
New Delhi, Sep 15: Kazakhstan is ready to develop business relations with the new government in Afghanistan. This was elucidated by President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at a time when the world is still figuring out how to deal with the Taliban government.
2021-09-15
Category: India, West Bengal,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
With help from Korea, can India become a global semi-condutor hub?
New Delhi, Sep 15: South Korea based multinational company Seoul Semiconductor recently announced that it is keen to set up a research & development (R&D) facility in Haryana. Later the company is expected to start a manufacturing unit too.
2021-09-15
Category: India, Andhra Pradesh,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
First private train cargo arrives in Nepal from India
Kathmandu, Sep 15 (IANS) Two months after the revision of the Nepal-India Railway Service Agreement, a private sector cargo train arrived in Nepal from India on Wednesday for the first time.
2021-09-15
Category: International, Nepal,National,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Taliban want aids to be handed over to them for distribution in Afghanistan
Kabul, Sep 15 (IANS) As the world organisations start pooling in with humanitarian aid to prevent the foreseen major humanitarian crisis looming over Afghanistan, the Taliban leadership has said that aid supplies landing in the country should be handed over to them as they would hold the responsibility to provide for the poor, needy and the deserving.
2021-09-15
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Taliban remind US of its promise to de-list its leaders from terror lists
Kabul, Sep 15 (IANS) The Taliban-led interim government in Afghanistan has reminded the US and the western world of the promises that the US made for de-listing its top leadership from global sanctions and terror lists, along with ensuing legitimacy to its government, calling on Washington to fulfil its promise and refrain from what it called undue criticism of the government setup in Afghanistan.
2021-09-15
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Data breach in networks of Indonesian ministries and agencies (IANS Special)
New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) A China-based cyber-espionage threat actor has apparently breached the internal networks of at least 10 Indonesian government ministries and agencies, including the computers of Indonesias primary intelligence service, the Badan Intelijen Negara (BIN).
2021-09-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Crime/Disaster/Accident,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Taliban reject reports of rifts in leadership
Kabul, Sep 15 (IANS) The Taliban leadership has rejected reports of having serious rifts and arguments within their leadership, leading to a heated confrontation between Mullah Baradar and another senior Taliban figure.
2021-09-15
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Taliban army chief says those who defend democracy will be suppressed
New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) The Chief of Army Staff of the Taliban, Fasihudin, has said that those who defend democracy in Afghanistan and oppose the Taliban will be suppressed.
2021-09-15
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Pak rupee under pressure since Taliban takeover of Afghanistan
New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) The Pakistani rupee has hit a new all-time low as some analysts see the regime change in Afghanistan weighing on the rupee as well, apart from domestic factors, The News reported.
2021-09-15
Category: India, Delhi,Business/Economy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
US to re-assess its relations with Pakistan
Islamabad, Sep 15 (IANS) The hasty withdrawal of the US and NATO forces from Afghanistan has sparked a debate in the US Congress, with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken going through a tough session answering some serious questions raised by the Congressmen.
2021-09-15
Category: International, Pakistan,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Pak army helicopter rescues 3 stranded mountaineers from Rakaposhi
Islamabad, Sep 15 (IANS) A Pakistan Army helicopter has rescued three stranded mountaineers, including a Pakistani, from the Rakaposhi Mountain on Wednesday morning.
2021-09-15
Category: International, Pakistan,Defence/Security,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Fourth Covid wave weakens in Pakistan
Islamabad, Sep 15 (IANS) Pakistan has been recording a slow decline in its daily Covid-19 numbers over the last two days, with 2,714 fresh cases reported on Wednesday morning, the National Command and Operation Centre's statistics showed.
2021-09-15
Category: International, Pakistan,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Anuk Arudpragasam's 'A Passage North' shortlisted for Booker Prize 2021
New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) Sri Lankan author Anuk Arudpragasam's novel "A Passage North" (Penguin India) that transports the reader from Colombo to the war-torn Northern Province and lays bare the imprints of an islands past and the unattainable distances between who we are and what we seek, has moved to the shortlist for The Booker Prize 2021.
2021-09-15
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Art/Culture/Books
New face of terrorism in Kashmir: Choosing local boys to kill soft targets
Srinagar, Sep 15 (IANS) Despite a huge crowd turning out to attend the funeral of Arshid Ahmad Mir, the police sub-inspector killed by terrorists on September 12, there has been no public condemnation of the killers.
2021-09-15
Category: India, Jammu And Kashmir,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Terrorism
Scientists who declined lab-leak theory linked to Wuhan lab: Report
London, Sep 14 (IANS) Scientists who declined the theory that Covid-19 leaked from China's Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) had connections to the infamous lab, according to media reports.
2021-09-14
Category: International, United Kingdom,National,Health/Medicine,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Chinese aggressiveness against Nepal
Kathmandu/New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) In the backdrop of the decision taken by the government of Nepal to set up a committee in September to tackle the border dispute with China ? specifically to investigate the encroachment by China in the Humla region of Nepal - the Chinese have adopted a strong and aggressive stance against Nepal amounting to 'bullying' tactics, as per Nepali political analysts.
2021-09-14
Category: International, Nepal,National,Diplomacy,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Defence/Security
ICCR appeals to Home Ministry to extend visa of Afghan students
New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has requested the Home Ministry to decide on the demand of Afghan students for extension of their visa in the wake of the change of regime in their native country.
2021-09-14
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Is Pakistan really the winner in Afghanistan?
New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) Lieutenant General Faiz Hameed, the Director General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Pakistan, was in Kabul briefly at the beginning of September to get all the Taliban factions to agree on the formation of an interim government.
2021-09-14
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Afghan women protest Taliban's hijab diktat by sharing photos in colourful dresses
New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) Afghan women around the world are protesting the Taliban's new hijab diktat in schools by posting photos of themselves wearing colorful traditional dresses on social media, CNN reported.
2021-09-14
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
3 top Taliban commanders may be sidelined due to fraught relationship with Pak
New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) Three Taliban commanders with significant military presence may have been sidelined because of their fraught relationship with Pakistan.
2021-09-14
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
'US Central Command still assessing deadly drone strike in Kabul'
Washington, Sep 14 (IANS) The US Central Command is "still assessing" the results of the deadly August 29 drone strike in Kabul which was alleged to have killed multiple Afghan civilians, the Pentagon said.
2021-09-14
Category: International, United States,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Taliban kill 20 civilians in Panjshir: Report
New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) At least 20 civilians have been killed by the Taliban Afghanistan's Panjshir Valley, which has seen fighting between the militants and opposition forces, the BBC reported.
2021-09-14
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Taliban fighters force men into car boots
New Delhi, Sep 14 (IANS) The Taliban is carrying out reprisal attacks against former soldiers and government workers, the UN has been told, as video emerged showing the group's fighters forcing young men into car boots in the capital Kabul, the Daily Mail reported.
2021-09-14
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
153 Afghan media outlets stop operations after Taliban takeover
Kabul, Sep 14 (IANS) At least 153 Afghan media outlets have stopped operations in 20 provinces following the Taliban takeover of the war-torn nation last month, a media report citing organisations supporting free media said.
2021-09-14
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
'Serious possibility of complete economic collapse in Afghanistan'
Geneva, Sep 14 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a warning against the "serious" possibility of a complete economic collapse in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover.
2021-09-14
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Afghan director Sahraa Karimi: Don't let Afghan cinema die
Toronto, Sep 14 (IANS) Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi during a a virtual conversation out of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) said that she is trying to start a new life, a new journey but is very sad, of course. The director added that anytime she is alone, she thinks immediately to go to Kabul.
2021-09-14
Category: International, Canada,Cinema/Showbiz,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Kabul airport to be ready for int'l flights soon: Official
Kabul, Sep 14 (IANS) Kabul's Hamid Karzai International Airport will soon be ready for international flights as efforts are underway to resolve technical issues, airport director Abdul Hadi Hamadani said.
2021-09-14
Category: International, Israel,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Mullah Baradar issues audio message to say he is alive
New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Deputy Prime Minister of the Taliban government in Afghanistan, confirmed in an audio message on Monday that he is alive and not injured.
2021-09-13
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Baradar absent from meetings with Qatar delegation; arch-rivals Haqqanis present in full strength
New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) Speculation intensified about the fate of the Deputy Leader of Afghanistan government, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, after Taliban leaders met with senior delegates from Qatar in Kabul on Sunday, with Baradar conspicuously absent from the meeting, Daily Mail reported.
2021-09-13
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Pak opposition supports journalists against new media body
New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) Political parties, student unions, and members of civil society in Pakistan continued to express solidarity with protesting journalists outside Parliament House in Islamabad on Monday, joining them in raising their voice against the proposed Pakistan Media Development Authority (PMDA) bill.
2021-09-13
Category: International, India,Media,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Mingling like the pomegranate seeds (Opinion)
On June 8, Chinas core leader Xi Jinping visited the Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai Province. Meeting a group of Tibetan villagers relocated in one of the Xiaogang villages ('moderately well-off villages, looking more like ghettos), the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) told the Tibetan villagers: 'The Chinese nation is closely united like the seeds of a pomegranate. We are all members of the community of the Chinese nation.'
2021-09-13
Category: India, Delhi,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan
Afghans face perhaps their most perilous hour: UN
Geneva/New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) Leading the appeal in Geneva for $606 million to support emergency aid for 11 million people in Afghanistan, Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has said that even before the uncertainty caused by the Taliban takeover last month, people were in the grip of one of the worst crises in the world.
2021-09-13
Category: International, United Arab Emirates,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism
Kingmaker of Afghanistan, Pak spy chief Faiz Hameed could be next army chief
His Masters Voice (HMV) -- that is how the Chief of Pakistan's spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) is known in his country. Hameed is the man Friday of the Pakistani army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. After installing Pakistani armys favourites on the top posts of the Taliban government, he is expected to replace his boss next year in November 2022, that is, of course, if Bajwa chooses to "retire".
2021-09-13
Category: International, United States,National,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics
Taliban seize $6 mn in cash, 15 gold bricks from ex-VP Saleh's house
New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) Taliban fighters have claimed in a viral video that they have seized up to $6 million in cash and about 15 gold bricks from the residence of former Afghanistan Vice-President Amrullah Saleh in Panjshir province .
2021-09-13
Category: International, India,Indo-Pak/Pakistan,Politics,Terrorism