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Must deal with radicalisation in Afghanistan: Modi to SCO

Must deal with radicalisation in Afghanistan: Modi to SCO

Rediff.com4 hours ago

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called for developing a template by the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) to effectively deal with the challenges of extremism and radicalisation.

Modi turns 71, wishes pour in; BJP asks workers to push vax drive

Modi turns 71, wishes pour in; BJP asks workers to push vax drive

Rediff.com10 hours ago

To mark the day, the BJP has asked its workers to facilitate the COVID-19 vaccination drive as it eyes record-breaking numbers on Friday.

'If the Taliban see my father, they could harm him'

'If the Taliban see my father, they could harm him'

Rediff.com12 hours ago

For Afghans in India, including medical tourists from the war-torn country as well as migrants and refugees staying here much longer, the safety of friends and families is the biggest concern - particularly for those linked to the now collapsed government or who have had work ties with the US.

Targeting Taliban: Does US Want India's Help?

Targeting Taliban: Does US Want India's Help?

Rediff.com1 days ago

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked by US Congressmen if the US had explore the possibility of northwest India for counter terrorism capabilities in Afghanistan. Blinken's remarks on India assume great importance, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar

'Pakistanis are failing magnificently'

'Pakistanis are failing magnificently'

Rediff.com1 days ago

'Pakistan and the jihadis's capacities have been diminished because of increasing dominance of our security forces.'

Afghan female soccer players reach Pakistan; will seek asylum

Afghan female soccer players reach Pakistan; will seek asylum

Rediff.com2 days ago

Players from Afghanistan's female youth soccer teams have arrived in Pakistan and will seek political asylum in third countries amid concern over the status of female athletes under the new Taliban government in Kabul.

'ISI, Leave Afghanistan'

'ISI, Leave Afghanistan'

Rediff.com2 days ago

Afghan refugees in New Delhi protest against the Taliban and Pakistan's interference in Afghanistan.

How US LOST to Pakistan in Afghanistan

How US LOST to Pakistan in Afghanistan

Rediff.com2 days ago

For two decades the US paid in blood and blood money for dependence on Pakistan to carry out one president's boast. Now, having been defeated by its proxies, another president will go into Rawalpindi's embrace to satisfy his constituents, predicts Shekhar Gupta.

25 BREATHTAKING FRAMES of Asoka

25 BREATHTAKING FRAMES of Asoka

Rediff.com3 days ago

Asoka still makes for irresistible viewing, raves Sukanya Verma, and tells us why.

Raikkonen confirms return to action at Russian GP

Raikkonen confirms return to action at Russian GP

Rediff.com4 days ago

Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen will return to Formula 1 action for the Russian Grand Prix at Sochi which is scheduled to be held from September 24-26.

Bhupendra Patel takes over as 17th Gujarat CM

Bhupendra Patel takes over as 17th Gujarat CM

Rediff.com4 days ago

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and chief ministers of some BJP-ruled states were among those present at the Raj Bhavan ceremony.

Bhupendra Patel to take oath as 17th Gujarat CM today

Bhupendra Patel to take oath as 17th Gujarat CM today

Rediff.com4 days ago

The party's CM choice came as a surprise for many as the low-profile, first-time legislator was not seen to be among the top contenders for the post.

First-term MLA Bhupendra Patel to be new Gujarat CM

First-term MLA Bhupendra Patel to be new Gujarat CM

Rediff.com4 days ago

Patel has never held a ministerial post, just like Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was never a minister when he became Gujarat CM 20 years ago.

Indian security forces to train in Taliban module

Indian security forces to train in Taliban module

Rediff.com5 days ago

A full-fledged training, intelligence and combat module on Taliban, its leadership and their modus operandi is being prepared apart from specific case studies that have taken place in that country and the region, he said.

Taliban govt unlikely to survive: William Dalrymple

Taliban govt unlikely to survive: William Dalrymple

Rediff.com5 days ago

"The most successful governments in Afghanistan tend to be those who have the biggest tents, which would include all communities and therefore leave all communities satisfied after a point and do not create massive resentments. Now, this is not a government which I would imagine would successfully govern Afghanistan," Dalrymple, the historian said.

9/11 stark reminder of continuing threat of terrorism: Amb Sandhu

9/11 stark reminder of continuing threat of terrorism: Amb Sandhu

Rediff.com5 days ago

September 11 is a "stark reminder" of the continuing threat of terrorism and the world must unite against this menace, India's Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu has said, as he paid homage to the victims of the terror attacks at the 9/11 Memorial here.

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani resigns a year before assembly polls

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani resigns a year before assembly polls

Rediff.com6 days ago

Legislative assembly elections in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state are due next year.

Don't isolate us, Afghan cricket board pleads

Don't isolate us, Afghan cricket board pleads

Rediff.com7 days ago

Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chief executive Hamid Shinwari issued a statement on Friday expressing the board's "shock and immense disappointment" at the Australian stance, which he called a "knee-jerk reaction".

Why Didn't India Reach Out to the Taliban?

Why Didn't India Reach Out to the Taliban?

Rediff.com7 days ago

If New Delhi finds itself out in the cold in Afghanistan, both the Congress-led UPA and BJP-led NDA have only themselves to blame. Each has been in power for a full decade from 2001, without reaching out to the Taliban, points out Ajai Shukla.

Afghan PM assures 'full protection' of returning ex-officials

Afghan PM assures 'full protection' of returning ex-officials

Rediff.com9 Sep 2021

"We appeal to the officials of past governments to return to their country as we will give them full protection of their lives. We are faced with the huge task of rebuilding and reconstruction of war-ravaged Afghanistan," he said.

14 members of Taliban govt in UNSC's terrorism blacklist

14 members of Taliban govt in UNSC's terrorism blacklist

Rediff.com8 Sep 2021

Specially designated global terrorist Sirajuddin Haqqani, who carries a reward of $10 million US bounty on his head, is the acting interior minister while his uncle -- Khalil Haqqani -- has been named as acting minister for refugees.

Taliban Govt: ISI Has The Last Laugh

Taliban Govt: ISI Has The Last Laugh

Rediff.com8 Sep 2021

ISI chief Faiz Hameed coerced the Taliban to announce an interim government guaranteed to preserve Pakistan's control over the levers of power in Kabul, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

Hardliners, no women: Full list of new Taliban Cabinet

Hardliners, no women: Full list of new Taliban Cabinet

Rediff.com8 Sep 2021

Mullah Muhammad Hassan Akhund is appointed as Prime Minister with two deputies Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and Molavi Abdul Salam Hanafi.

India Must Engage with the Taliban

India Must Engage with the Taliban

Rediff.com8 Sep 2021

The activation of diplomatic channels is likely to yield better results than a simmering hostility, recommends Ajai Shukla.

Taliban unveil hardline interim govt, Haqqanis included

Taliban unveil hardline interim govt, Haqqanis included

Rediff.com8 Sep 2021

The Taliban had promised an 'inclusive' government that represents Afghanistan's complex ethnic makeup, but there is no Hazara member in the cabinet.

When Dada-Viru Stole the Show from AB

When Dada-Viru Stole the Show from AB

Rediff.com4 Sep 2021

Ganguly and Sehwag were in dazzling form on KBC 13's Shandaar Shukravar episode.

Stalin Needs to Think Fast, Act Faster

Stalin Needs to Think Fast, Act Faster

Rediff.com4 Sep 2021

Good intentions and elaborate roadmaps apart, there is an urgent need for the Tamil Nadu chief minister to come up with branded schemes like MGR's meal scheme, asserts N Sathiya Moorthy.

Afghan Paralympian makes debut after top-secret evacuation

Afghan Paralympian makes debut after top-secret evacuation

Rediff.com2 Sep 2021

In her August 17 video appeal, Khudadadi had said: "I don't want my struggle to be in vain and without any results."

Kimi Raikkonen announces retirement at end of 2021 season

Kimi Raikkonen announces retirement at end of 2021 season

Rediff.com2 Sep 2021

Former world champion Kimi Raikkonen has announced he will hang up his helmet and gloves and call time on an illustrious Formula One career at the end of the season.

India's sugar export to Afghanistan almost comes to halt

India's sugar export to Afghanistan almost comes to halt

Rediff.com1 Sep 2021

The Taliban ousted the government in Afghanistan and took over the control of the country after capturing Kabul last month. Afghanistan is one of the top three destinations for Indian sugar exports. About 6,00,000-7,00,000 tonne of the sweetener is exported annually.

Rise and Rise of Qatar in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan

Rise and Rise of Qatar in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan

Rediff.com1 Sep 2021

Considering that Qatar is a trusted ally of Washington for decades, it is expected to be a steady influence on the Taliban leadership, observes Ambassador M K Bhadrakumar.

Australia still planning Afghanistan Test in November

Australia still planning Afghanistan Test in November

Rediff.com1 Sep 2021

Australia are still planning to host Afghanistan in the countries' first ever Test, Cricket Australia (CA) said, despite uncertainty raised after the Taliban seized power in the South Asian country.

Afghan withdrawal best decision for US: Biden

Afghan withdrawal best decision for US: Biden

Rediff.com1 Sep 2021

"After 20 years of war in Afghanistan, I refused to send another generation of America's sons and daughters to fight a war that should have ended long ago," US President Joe Biden.

Be Prepared for Taliban Terror

Be Prepared for Taliban Terror

Rediff.com1 Sep 2021

Pakistan would want to take full advantage of the situation to direct Taliban trained terrorists into the Kashmir Valley, alert Lieutenant General Ashok Joshi (retd) and Colonel Anil A Athale (retd).

US' longest war in Afghanistan ends with Taliban's return to power

US' longest war in Afghanistan ends with Taliban's return to power

Rediff.com31 Aug 2021

The United States has announced the end of its 20-year-old war in Afghanistan as the last American military flight flew out of the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul shortly before the August 31 deadline.

Afghanistan: America Forsakes Friends, Allies

Afghanistan: America Forsakes Friends, Allies

Rediff.com31 Aug 2021

Remember the US withdrawal agreement was signed in February 2020. In the intervening period, a proper evacuation plan ought to have been in place. It was not. Consequently, tens of thousands of Afghans who had worked as interpreters, drivers, suppliers of goods and services, etc, face brutal retribution from the Taliban, Virendra Kapoor points out.

Will India recognise a Taliban govt?

Will India recognise a Taliban govt?

Rediff.com30 Aug 2021

'We have been bold and innovative on recognition in the past and we do not need to rush,' advises Ambassador T P Sreenivasan.

Eminent Bengali writer Buddhadeb Guha dies at 85

Eminent Bengali writer Buddhadeb Guha dies at 85

Rediff.com30 Aug 2021

Guha, died of post-covid complications at a private hospital in Kolkata on Sunday at 11.25 pm after a massive cardiac arrest, his family said.

Former IOC president Rogge dies at 79

Former IOC president Rogge dies at 79

Rediff.com29 Aug 2021

Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge has died at the age of 79, the IOC said on Sunday.

UK ends 20-year military campaign in Afghanistan as troops fly back

UK ends 20-year military campaign in Afghanistan as troops fly back

Rediff.com29 Aug 2021

A Royal Air Force plane left Kabul airport on Saturday night and arrived at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, including with British ambassador to Afghanistan Sir Laurie Bristow who had been assisting the evacuation process.

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