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Afghanistan: Taliban makes burqa mandatory for women

Kabul: Less than a year after taking over the controls of Afghanistan with assurances that they had changed, the Taliban issued a decree on Saturday mandating burqa for women in public places. Henceforth, Afghanistan women will have to wear an all-covering burqa in public. As per the decree by Taliban chief Hibatullah Akhundzada, women “should...

Special repatriation flight from Kabul with over 100 on board lands in India

New Delhi: A special chartered flight from Kabul brought more than a 100 people, mostly Afghan Sikhs and Hindus and a few Indians, to Delhi on Friday afternoon. The flight, chartered by India, will also take back around 90 stranded Afghan nationals and medicines from here. The India World Forum had said that the flight...

Imran Khan says he will consider Taliban govt request to allow transport of Indian wheat to Afghanistan

Imran Khan’s statement comes days after his refusal to allow use of Pakistan territory for transport of 50,000 tonnes of wheat from India to Afghanistan   Islamabad: Pakistan will consider Taliban government’s request to allow Indian wheat to be transported to Afghanistan on an “exceptional basis for humanitarian purposes”, the country’s...

NSA Ajit Doval chairs regional security dialogue on Afghanistan

New Delhi: The Delhi Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan, being hosted by India, began in Delhi on Wednesday.  Eight nations are participating in the dialogue. These include, besides India, Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. China and Pakistan have given the meeting a miss. India’s national security advisor Ajit Doval,...

Afghanistan: Blast at mosque in Kandahar leaves at least 7 dead

Kandahar: At least seven persons were killed in an explosion at a Shia mosque in Kandahar in Afghanistan during the Friday prayers. The bomb blast took place at Imam Bargah area of Kandahar. Since it was Friday, there were more people at the place for the prayers. Over a dozen people were injured and had...

At G20 summit, PM Modi calls for unified international response to Afghanistan crisis

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called on the international community to forge a unified international response to bring about the desired change in Afghanistan’s situation. He participated virtually at the G20 Extraordinary Summit on Afghanistan on Tuesday. The meeting was convened by Italy, which currently holds the G20 Presidency, and chaired by Italian Prime...

Taliban invites India to resume flights to Afghanistan

New Delhi: The Taliban government of Afghanistan has written to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation of India, inviting it to resume commercial flights between the two countries. The Civil Aviation ministry has received a letter from the Taliban and is reviewing it. The Taliban had announced on Sunday that the Kabul international airport was...

Adani group issues clarification after 3,000 kg heroin seizure at Mundra port

Mundra: Days after seizure of nearly 3,000 kg of heroin from shipping containers at the Mundra port, Adani Group issued a statement clarifying that it had no policing authority over containers or cargo passing through the port. The Mundra port is run by Adani Ports and SEZ (APSEZ), which is part of Gautam Adani-helmed Adani...

DRI seizes nearly 3,000 kg heroin worth Rs 9,000 crore from Mundra port

Mundra: Officials of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) seized nearly 3,000 kg of heroin, approximately worth a whopping Rs 9,000 crore in the international market, said sources. The agency had seized two containers of heroin last week. However, it was only when the second container was opened that they realized the actual worth of...

Increasing radicalisation biggest challenge for Asian countries, says PM Modi at SCO Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday termed ‘increasing radicalisation’ as the biggest challenge for Asian countries. He cited the ground situation in Afghanistan to drive home his point while addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit. PM Modi said, “Today, we can see what is happening in Afghanistan. As SCO members it is a must...

Afghan-origin Indian abducted in Kabul; MEA ‘getting more information’

New Delhi: A 50-year-old Afghan-origin Indian national, identified as Bansri Lal Arendeh, was abducted in Kabul at gunpoint, according to Indian World Forum president Puneet Singh Chandhok.       He said he had already informed the Ministry of External Affairs in the Government of India and sough their urgent assistance and intervention. Chandhok said that he...

Situation in Afghanistan fragile, India tells UN Security Council

With globally designated terrorists becoming top ministers in the Taliban government that will rule Afghanistan, India has raised the Afghanistan crisis issue in the UN Security Council (UNSC), saying that the situation in the war-torn country remains fragile and is of great concern for India as a neighbour. What India said During a debate at...