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  • US delegation met with Afghan Taliban representatives in Qatar Dec 01, 2021 08:39 AM IST

    US delegation met with Afghan Taliban representatives in Qatar

    The U.S. officials "expressed deep concern regarding allegations of human rights abuses and urged the Taliban to protect the rights of all Afghans, uphold and enforce its policy of general amnesty, and take additional steps to form an inclusive and representative government," the State Department said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • Pakistan puts transit conditions for allowing Indian aid to reach Afghanistan Nov 30, 2021 04:18 PM IST

    Pakistan puts transit conditions for allowing Indian aid to reach Afghanistan

    India is keen on ensuring that the aid reaches the intended beneficiaries without being diverted and wants the distribution of the relief materials through a credible international agency.

  • Coal, an unavoidable pollutant in the harsh Afghan winter Nov 25, 2021 04:04 PM IST

    Coal, an unavoidable pollutant in the harsh Afghan winter

    COP 26 climate summit, where concerns were raised about coal, could have happened on another planet. In the harsh winter of Kabul, coal keeps Afghans warm but many will not be able to afford it this season as the price is too steep for them

  • Taliban release media guidelines, ban shows with female actors Nov 23, 2021 08:47 PM IST

    Taliban release media guidelines, ban shows with female actors

    The Taliban administration in Afghanistan said: "Those dramas…or programmes in which women have acted, should not be aired." It added that female journalists on air should wear "Islamic hijab" without defining what that meant.

  • Pakistan to allow India to send wheat to Afghanistan through its territory: PM Imran Khan Nov 23, 2021 09:44 AM IST

    Pakistan to allow India to send wheat to Afghanistan through its territory: PM Imran Khan

    Imran Khan, who chaired the first Apex Committee meeting of the newly established Afghanistan Inter-ministerial Coordination Cell (AICC) in Islamabad, also took the opportunity to remind the international community of the collective responsibility to support Afghanistan to avoid a humanitarian crisis.

  • Providing a snapshot of the past, Afghan photographer keeps the box cameras alive Nov 22, 2021 05:12 PM IST

    Providing a snapshot of the past, Afghan photographer keeps the box cameras alive

    The instant camera has survived wars, invasions and a Taliban ban on photography but digital technology is a formidable foe. Haji Mirzaman, in his 70s, is among the last keepers of the ‘magic box’

  • Clearing Afghanistan's landmines one careful step a time Nov 18, 2021 05:25 PM IST

    Clearing Afghanistan's landmines one careful step a time

    The village of Nad-e-Ali in Helmand province was in the front line in the final days of the war between the Taliban and Western-backed government forces in Kabul. It was besieged for two months, until the Islamists took control of the country in mid-August. When its residents returned in September they found the village school riddled with gunfire, its roof blackened by smoke, and the children's swings reduced to twisted metal.

  • Economic crisis could fuel extremism in Afghanistan: UN Nov 18, 2021 12:21 PM IST

    Economic crisis could fuel extremism in Afghanistan: UN

    The war-ravaged country finds itself on the brink of a humanitarian disaster as foreign assets and monetary assistance remain frozen after the Taliban's return to power in August.

  • Afghan territory must not become source of terrorism: India, France Nov 17, 2021 01:48 PM IST

    Afghan territory must not become source of terrorism: India, France

    At a meeting of the India-France joint working group on counter-terrorism in Paris, the two sides condemned terrorism in all its forms including cross-border terrorist activities and vowed to stand together in the fight against the menace, according to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

  • Explosion reported in Kabul: Report Nov 15, 2021 02:12 PM IST

    Explosion reported in Kabul: Report

    Tolo News television quoted an unnamed security official confirming that the blast had taken place but saying there were no casualties.

  • Taliban: Bomb hits mosque in Afghanistan, wounds at least 15 Nov 12, 2021 05:40 PM IST

    Taliban: Bomb hits mosque in Afghanistan, wounds at least 15

    Qari Hanif, the government spokesman for Nangarhar Province, said the bomb appeared to have been planted inside the mosque in the town of Traili, located in the mountainous Spin Ghar area outside the provincial capital Jalalabad.

  • Now silent under Taliban, a Kabul cinema awaits its fate Nov 11, 2021 03:29 PM IST

    Now silent under Taliban, a Kabul cinema awaits its fate

    The cool 1960s-style lines of the Ariana Cinema’s marquee stand out over a traffic-clogged roundabout in downtown Kabul. For decades, the historic cinema has entertained Afghans and borne witness to Afghanistan’s wars, hopes, and cultural shifts. Now the marquee is stripped of the posters of Bollywood movies and American action flicks that used to adorn it. The gates are closed. After recapturing power three months ago, the Taliban ordered the Ariana and other cinemas to stop operating.

  • What is the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan? Nov 10, 2021 02:47 PM IST

    What is the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan?

  • NSA Ajit Doval chairs key regional dialogue on Afghanistan Nov 10, 2021 11:01 AM IST

    NSA Ajit Doval chairs key regional dialogue on Afghanistan

    Chairing the meet, Ajit Doval in his opening remarks said it is time to have close consultations, greater cooperation and coordination among the regional countries on the Afghan situation.

  • India to host NSA-level meet on Afghanistan today: Key things to know Nov 10, 2021 09:13 AM IST

    India to host NSA-level meet on Afghanistan today: Key things to know

    China has decided to skip 'Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan' citing "scheduling reasons"

  • Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class Nov 03, 2021 02:22 PM IST

    Afghan girls and women are desperate to get back to class

    The hardline Islamist Taliban movement, which stormed to power earlier this year after ousting the Western-backed government, has allowed all boys and younger girls back to class, but has not let girls attend secondary school.

  • Taliban ban use of foreign currency in Afghanistan Nov 03, 2021 07:41 AM IST

    Taliban ban use of foreign currency in Afghanistan

    "The economic situation and national interests in the country require that all Afghans use Afghan currency in their every trade," the group said in a statement shared with journalists by one of their spokesmen.

  • Blast and gunfire heard near military hospital in Kabul Nov 02, 2021 02:26 PM IST

    Blast and gunfire heard near military hospital in Kabul

    Photographs shared by residents showed a plume of smoke over the area of the blasts.

  • In Afghan hospital, unpaid doctors and rigid Taliban clash Nov 01, 2021 08:38 PM IST

    In Afghan hospital, unpaid doctors and rigid Taliban clash

    The drama in Mirbacha Kot is playing out across Afghanistan’s health sector since the Taliban takeover. With power changing hands overnight, health workers have had to contend with a difficult adjustment. The host of problems that preceded the Taliban’s rise were exacerbated.

  • Hanging on a prayer: What Team India needs to qualify for the T20 World Cup Nov 01, 2021 12:49 PM IST

    Hanging on a prayer: What Team India needs to qualify for the T20 World Cup

    Besides winning all its remaining games with stellar margins, India is also likely to find itself playing cheerleader in Afghanistan’s campaign against New Zealand

  • Ex-Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan retires amid T20 World Cup, cites 'heart-breaking loss to Pakistan' Oct 31, 2021 07:54 PM IST

    Ex-Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan retires amid T20 World Cup, cites 'heart-breaking loss to Pakistan'

    “In the last match, we were hurt too much, and that’s why I decided to retire,” Asghar, who has led Afghanistan in 115 matches, said wiping his tears.

  • US announces $144 million in humanitarian aid for people of Afghanistan Oct 29, 2021 07:41 AM IST

    US announces $144 million in humanitarian aid for people of Afghanistan

    The assistance will be provided directly to independent international and non-governmental humanitarian organisations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the World Health Organization (WHO), following extensive vetting and monitoring, Blinken said.

  • US, India urge Taliban to ensure Afghanistan is not used as safe haven for terrorists Oct 29, 2021 07:34 AM IST

    US, India urge Taliban to ensure Afghanistan is not used as safe haven for terrorists

    Reaffirming counterterrorism cooperation as an important pillar under the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, both sides pledged to further expand cooperation on law enforcement, information sharing, exchange of best practices, and strategic convergence on counterterrorism challenges, a joint statement said.

  • China urges World Bank, IMF to help Afghanistan Oct 28, 2021 09:43 AM IST

    China urges World Bank, IMF to help Afghanistan

    The Taliban takeover in August saw billions of dollars in central bank assets frozen and international financial institutions suspend access to funds, although humanitarian aid has continued.

  • India is concerned about situation in Afghanistan: Pentagon Oct 28, 2021 07:45 AM IST

    India is concerned about situation in Afghanistan: Pentagon

    "They (Indians) want to work with us on those issues, sharing intelligence, cooperating where we can," he said, adding that there is a tremendous convergence between US and Indian national interests right now.

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