Recent Socio- Political and Economical developments in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan has suffered decades of brutal civil wars that devastated its political, social and economic of this country. With the foreign aid and funds various development initiatives have been taken in Afghanistan. These political developments helped Afghanistan to become a democracy and people?s participation further improved its unstable condition. Developed countries invested huge amount of foreign aid in construction of industries and infrastructure that provided new look to Afghan economy. Various development initiatives are also being taken in the field of health, education, and many welfare programs have also been initiated with the help of foreign funds in order to enhance the human development index of Afghan?s citizens. These developmental initiatives have helped Afghanistan in stabilising the deep-rooted social, political and economical turmoil. The abundance of natural resources like precious stones, metals, petroleum and natural gas have attracted foreign investors to tap the hidden potential of this long troubled land.

War veterans' story made Clint Eastwood emotional

April 21, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Los Angeles, April 21 (IANS) Director Clint Eastwood broke down in tears when he listened to the stories of war veterans while interviewing for minor roles in his new movie "American Sniper".

Accidental blast kills six militants in Afghanistan

April 20, 2014 at 2:08 AM

Kabul, April 20 (IANS) Up to six Taliban insurgents were killed Saturday in a blast in Afghan province of Ghazni, police said.

Six Taliban insurgents killed in Afghanistan blast

April 19, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Kabul, April 19 (IANS) Six Taliban insurgents were killed Saturday in a blast in Afghanistan's eastern province of Ghazni, police said.

Taliban attack prison in Afghanistan

April 18, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Kabul, April 18 (IANS) Taliban militants attacked a prison with rockets in Afghanistan's northern Faryab province and set free four inmates, police said Friday.

Pakistan urges Afghanistan, NATO to strengthen border management

April 17, 2014 at 6:08 PM

Islamabad, April 17 (IANS) Pakistan Thursday urged the Afghanistan government and the NATO to put in place strong measures for better management of Pakistan-Afghanistan border to check illegal cross-border movement.

Lok Sabha elections: Monica Bedi campaigning for Pushpa Milind Bhole

April 17, 2014 at 4:28 PM

Even as the election campaigning is promising to reach its peak. It is devoid of Bollywood tadka a number of film stars being roped in to lure voters. On the 5th day of campaigning on Wednesday

Defective EVMs 'transfer' all votes to Congress in Maharashtra (Lead, changing dateline)

April 17, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Sindhudurg (Maharashtra), April 17 (IANS) A malfunctioning electronic voting machine (EVM) reportedly "transferred" all votes cast to the Congress candidate in Sindhudurg district here, in the second incident of its kind Thursday.

18 Taliban killed in army operations

April 17, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Kabul, April 17 (IANS) At least 18 Taliban insurgents were killed and seven injured in Afghan army operations, the defence ministry said Thursday.

India calls for safeguarding interests of Ukraine's people

April 16, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Moscow/New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Amid escalating tension in Ukraine caused by pro-Russian separatists, India Wednesday urged for restraint and for a political and diplomatic solution that would "safeguard the legitimate interests of all sections of Ukraine's population" and countries in the region.

It's 'Bang Bang' time in Abu Dhabi (Movie Snippets)

April 16, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Mumbai, April 16 (IANS) Actor Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif are likely to fly to Abu Dabhi for a month for the shooting of their new film "Bang Bang".

Brad Pitt to play General McChrystal in 'The Operators'

April 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Los Angeles, April 15 (IANS) Actor Brad Pitt is set to star as General Stanley McChrystal, former commanding general of international and US forces in Afghanistan, in "The Operators".

Two killed in Afghan roadside bomb attack

April 15, 2014 at 4:48 PM

Kabul, April 14 (IANS) At least two civilians were killed and eight others injured Monday in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan, a police official said.

UN chief enquires about Palestinian's peace process with Israel

April 15, 2014 at 4:47 PM

Ramallah, April 14 (IANS/WAM) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called up Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to enquire about the latest developments in the peace process with Israel.

Potential hepatitis C cure found in Chinese herb

April 14, 2014 at 2:09 PM

London, April 14 (IANS) In what could revolutionise treatment of patients infected with hepatitis C virus (HCV), scientists have isolated a new compound from Chinese herbal medicines that can inhibit HCV activity by approximately 90 percent.

Nine killed in Afghanistan attacks

April 14, 2014 at 12:33 PM

Kabul, April 14 (IANS) At least nine people were killed and three injured in separate attacks in Afghanistan, an official said Monday.

Parties asked to submit videos of public meetings within six hours

April 13, 2014 at 10:21 PM

Kolkata, April 13 (IANS) In the wake of a series of hate speeches by political leaders in various states, the Election Commission has instructed parties to submit unedited video recordings of their public meetings to the poll panel.

Afghan drawdown: New conflict or back-door occupation? (Column: Soliloquy)

April 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM

When, in mid-1945, the allied armies advancing across Western Europe were ordered to halt to enable the marauding Soviet forces perform the final denouement of the Second World War by capturing Berlin, it sowed the seeds of the Cold War that lasted almost half-a-century and whose present-day ramifications are there for all to see.

Four killed in Afghan landslide

April 13, 2014 at 1:48 AM

Kabul, April 13 (IANS) At least four people died and scores of houses destroyed as a landslide hit two villages in Afghanistan's Takhar province Saturday, a government official said.

'Sri Lanka has no faith in international probe'

April 13, 2014 at 1:00 AM

Colombo, April 13 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government Saturday said it has no faith in an international investigation into the alleged human rights abuses occurred during the civil war in the country.

Political content on social media, blogs needs no pre-certification: EC

April 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Kolkata, April 11 (IANS) With the Election Commission deciding not to consider political contents posted by individuals, candidates and political party workers on web and the social media as political advertisements, no pre-certification would be needed for such comments, the poll panel said Friday.

Crimea decision was based on public opinion: Putin

April 11, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Moscow, April 11 (IANS) The decision to take Crimea was made following a thorough study of public sentiments in that peninsula, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.

IAF chief reviews security of northeastern region

April 10, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Shillong, April 10 (IANS) Indian Air Force chief Arup Raha Thursday reviewed the security scenario with special reference to India's northeast with officers of the Eastern Air Command.

Parties promise to address climate change issues

April 10, 2014 at 3:32 PM

New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) Political parties in India have for the first time promised to address the issues of climate change and renewable energy in the country, a multi-party group of parliamentarians said here Thursday.

Five militants killed in Afghanistan

April 10, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Kabul, April 10 (IANS) At least five Taliban militants were killed and eight injured during a clash in Afghanistan, an official said Thursday.

Afghan presidential candidates urged to respect electoral institutions

April 9, 2014 at 7:16 AM

United Nations, April 9 (IANS) The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) Tuesday urged candidates in the Asian country's presidential elections and their supporters to respect the two national electoral institutions as vote counting continues.

Political parties' cold shoulder upsets street children

April 8, 2014 at 9:56 PM

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Disappointed with political parties for ignoring them in their manifestos, street children and "future voters" of Delhi Tuesday vowed to vote for the party which addresses their concerns.

Four men jailed in Egypt for gay acts

April 8, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Cairo, April 8 (IANS) An Egyptian court has sentenced four men to jail for indulging in homosexual acts, a media report said Tuesday.

16 killed in Afghan traffic accident

April 8, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Kabul, April 8 (IANS) At least 16 people were killed and 20 others injured Tuesday when two buses collided in Afghanistan, sources said.

Pakistan urges Taliban to release ANP leader

April 8, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Islamabad, April 8 (IANS) Awami National Party (ANP) leader Arbab Zahir Kasi's name should also be included in the list of people the Taliban shura is releasing, a media report said Tuesday.

13 civilians killed in Afghanistan roadside bombing

April 7, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Kabul, April 7 (IANS) Up to 13 civilians were killed while five others were wounded Monday evening when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, a police spokesman said.

Putin warns of domestic terrorism threats

April 7, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Moscow, April 7 (IANS) Russian President Vladimir Putin urged his country Monday to ratchet up a fight against terrorism and extremism, saying radicals still had the chance of endangering civilians.

Four Afghan police killed in bomb attack

April 7, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Kabul, April 7 (IANS) At least four policemen were killed and three others injured Monday when their van was struck by a bomb in Afghanistan, a police source said.

'Recall to duty' holding back Prince Harry from marrying Cressida Bonas

April 7, 2014 at 11:25 AM

London, April 7 (ANI): Prince Harry's marriage plans with girlfriend Cressida Bonas have been put on hold amid rumors that he may be called back to serve in Afghanistan due to shortage of Apache pilots.

Sharif congratulates Afghanistan over successful poll

April 6, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Islamabad, April 6 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Sunday congratulated Afghanistan over the successful conduct of presidential elections.

Leverkusen sack coach Sami Hyypia

April 6, 2014 at 2:37 PM

Berlin, April 6 (IANS) Bayer Leverkusen have sacked coach Sami Hyypia owing to the team's poor performances, the club announced.

When two Himachal heavyweights slug it out (Elections Special)

April 6, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Shimla, April 6 (IANS) In Himachal Pradesh, it's a battle of supremacy between two political archrivals -- Virbhadra Singh and Prem Kumar Dhumal -- in the parliamentary elections where development and corruption have been pushed to the background as personal attacks dominate.

Afghan polls turnout resounding rejection of terrorist designs: India

April 6, 2014 at 12:21 AM

New Delhi, April 6 (IANS) India Saturday saluted the people of Afghanistan and its security forces for the huge turnout in the presidential elections, terming it a "resounding rejection" by people "of the designs and ideology of terrorists and their supporters".

Voting ends in Afghanistan polls (Roundup)

April 5, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Kabul, April 5 (IANS) Voting in Afghanistan's presidential and provincial council elections concluded Saturday and counting of ballots has begun, a senior election official of the country said.

Over 950 polling stations in Afghanistan closed

April 5, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Kabul, April 5 (IANS) A total of 959 polling stations, including 211 new ones, were kept shut during the presidential and provincial council elections in Afghanistan Saturday for security reasons.

Blast at polling centre in Afghanistan

April 5, 2014 at 12:45 PM

Kabul, April 5 (IANS) At least three people were injured Saturday in a blast at a polling centre in Afghanistan's Logar province, the district governor said.

Ukrainian PM outlines challenges for economy

April 5, 2014 at 12:53 AM

Kiev, April 5 (IANS) Shortage of investment, high inflation and complication of economic cooperation with Russia are the major challenges for Ukraine's economy this year, Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said here Friday.

'Afghanistan can succeed with international help'

April 4, 2014 at 7:57 PM

New Delhi, April 4 (IANS) All the candidates fighting the Afghan presidential polls are "close friends of India" and New Delhi will continue to provide assistance to the Afghan security forces as required, S.K. Lambah, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister, said on Friday.

Afghanistan heads for polls amid Taliban threats

April 4, 2014 at 4:30 PM

Kabul, April 4 (IANS) Afghanistan has its date with history Saturday when it will go for presidential and provincial council elections under the shadow of threats from the Taliban who have vowed to disrupt the poll process.

Pakistan-Afghanistan border closed

April 4, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Islamabad, April 4 (IANS) The Pakistan-Afghanistan border has been closed Friday ahead of the presidential and provincial councils elections in Afghanistan, an official said.

Foreign woman journalist killed, another hurt in Afghanistan

April 4, 2014 at 2:45 PM

Kabul, April 4 (IANS) A foreign woman journalist was killed In Afghanistan and another was injured after being fired at by an Afghan police officer Friday.

Afghanistan beefs up security ahead of polls

April 4, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Kabul, April 4 (IANS) The Afghanistan government has beefed up security ahead of Saturday's presidential and provincial councils elections.

Seven more English league players arrested for match-fixing

April 4, 2014 at 2:06 PM

London, April 4 (IANS) Another seven players from league clubs in northwest England have been arrested for allegedly fixing football matches.

Seven English players arrested for match-fixing

April 4, 2014 at 6:37 AM

London, April 4 (IANS) Seven players from Football League clubs in north-west England have been arrested in connection with alleged match-fixing in football matches.

Over 600 arms seized by EC in Delhi

April 3, 2014 at 10:13 PM

New Delhi, April 3 (IANS) A total of 605 arms have been seized in the national capital by the Election Commission ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, an official said Thursday.

Go and vote: UN official to Afghans

April 3, 2014 at 9:25 PM

Kabul, April 3 (IANS/WAM) A senior UN official Thursday urged Afghans to use the presidential and provincial council elections two days hence to shape the future of the country through peaceful, democratic means.

Pakistan denies releasing TTP prisoners

April 3, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Islamabad, April 3 (IANS) The Pakistan government Thursday denied reports that Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) prisoners have been released in an effort to revive the peace talks.

16 militants killed in Afghanistan

April 3, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Kabul, April 3 (IANS) At least 16 Taliban militants were killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan Thursday, authorities said.

Afghanistan faces a make or break polls (Commentary, Special to IANS)

April 3, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Afghanistan will go to polls April 5 to bring about the first democratic transition of power in the South Asian nation's history -- a transition accentuated by the fact that, after more than a decade, international forces will withdraw by the end of this year, the highly visible multi-sectoral international presence will reduce and taking the nation through this change will be a new president.

Six policemen killed in Afghanistan suicide attack

April 2, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Kabul, April 2 (IANS) At least six policemen were killed Wednesday in a suicide bomb attack at the country's interior ministry office, the ministry confirmed in a statement.

'Parties unwilling to include tobacco control in manifestos'

April 2, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Thiruvananthapuram, April 2 (IANS) Medico-legal experts here have cried foul over the absence of intent betrayed by political parties in their manifestos for the Lok Sabha polls, when it comes to tackling the perils of tobacco use.

Afghan provincial polls candidate among nine killed

April 2, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Kabul, April 2 (IANS) Taliban militants killed a kidnapped provincial council polls candidate and eight civilians in the country's northern province of Sari Pul overnight, officials said Wednesday.

Breast milk lowers obesity risk later in life

April 2, 2014 at 10:38 AM

Washington, Apr 2 (ANI): Researchers have found that breast-feeding has a protective effect on the risk of obesity at 20 years of age.

Russia seeks deeper defence cooperation with Belarus

April 2, 2014 at 5:57 AM

Minsk, April 2 (IANS) Moscow seeks deeper defence industry cooperation with neighbouring Belarus following the developments in Ukraine, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Tuesday.

Warm Tuesday in Delhi, Wednesday to be cloudy

April 1, 2014 at 7:01 PM

New Delhi, April 1 (IANS) The national capital experienced a warm Tuesday with the maximum temperature recorded at 33.2 degrees Celsius. The Met Office has forecast a partly cloudy sky Wednesday.

23 Afghan militants killed as suicide vests explode

April 1, 2014 at 6:37 PM

Kabul, April 1 (IANS) At least 23 militants were killed and nine others injured Tuesday in two separate incidents in Afghanistan -- both involving accidental explosions of suicide vests, police said.

Six Taliban leaders killed in Afghanistan

April 1, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Kabul, April 1 (IANS) Six Taliban leaders and a suicide bomber were killed in a blast in Afghanistan Tuesday, an official said.

Yellen reaffirms support for US economy

April 1, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Washington, April 1 (IANS) US Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen has said that there is considerable slack in the labour market and hence the central bank is committed to providing support to the economy.

Pakistan rejects accusation of involvement in Kabul attacks

April 1, 2014 at 6:13 AM

Islamabad, April 1 (IANS) Pakistan Monday dismissed allegations that the country was behind recent attacks in Kabul ahead of the April 5 Afghan presidential elections.

Malaysian jet search concludes

April 1, 2014 at 12:05 AM

Perth, March 31 (IANS) Nothing related to the missing Malaysian jetliner was retrieved Monday as a multilateral air and sea hunt for MH370 concluded in waters about 1,850 km west of Perth.

Pakistan seeks US surplus defence equipment in Afghanistan

March 31, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Islamabad, March 31 (IANS) The US Monday said it had under consideration a Pakistani request for American defence equipment worth some $7 billion that shall be rendered surplus once US troops withdraw from Afghanistan this year-end.

US not to provide excess military equipment in Afghanistan to Pakistan post-pullout

March 31, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Islamabad, Mar. 31 (ANI): The United States has said it is not planning to hand over surplus armoured vehicles and other military equipment to Pakistan.

Two killed, five injured in Afghanistan suicide attack

March 31, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Kabul, March 31 (IANS) At least two people were killed and five injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up in Afghanistan Monday, an official said.

Gunmen kidnap Afghan provincial council polls' candidate

March 31, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Kabul, March 31 (IANS) A provincial council polls contender and nine of his supporters have been kidnapped in Afghanistan, sources said Monday.

Tripura voters' gender ratio exceeds national average

March 31, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Agartala, March 31 (IANS) At 963 females to 1,000 males in the electoral rolls, Tripura's gender ratio is higher than the national average of 908 and of many other states, an official said here Monday.

Karzai accuses Pakistan of blocking peace deal with Taliban, supporting terrorists

March 31, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Islamabad, Mar. 31 (ANI): Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused Pakistan of being behind a recent series of attacks in the country.

Eight killed in raid on Taliban hideout in Afghanistan

March 30, 2014 at 4:53 PM

Kabul, March 30 (IANS) At least eight people were killed when security forces raided a militant hideout in Afghanistan Sunday, an official said.

Two killed in Afghanistan suicide attack

March 30, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Kabul, March 30 (IANS) At least two people were killed and five others injured in a suicide attack in Afghanistan's Zabul province Sunday.

Pakistan wants to maintain deep economic ties with India, Afghanistan: Sharif

March 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM

Islamabad, Mar. 30 (ANI): Pakistan is keen on maintaining its economic relations with India and Afghanistan, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said.

Hockey India to give aid to Afghanistan Hockey Federation

March 29, 2014 at 6:06 PM

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) With the aim of promoting hockey across the world, Hockey India (HI) took a strategic decision Saturday to provide aid to Afghanistan Hockey Federation.

India should remain vigilant against polio: President

March 29, 2014 at 4:37 PM

New Delhi, March 29 (IANS) India should remain vigilant against polio and take all precautions to ensure that there is no recurrence of the dreadful disease in the country, President Pranab Mukherjee said Saturday.

Mukherjee calls for more vigilance to prevent polio recurrence in India (Update:Mukh)

March 29, 2014 at 4:21 PM

New Delhi, Mar. 29 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday inaugurated the Rotary International's Polio-Free Conclave-2014 at Vigyan Bhavan.

Three Afghan soldiers killed in bomb attacks

March 29, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Kabul, March 29 (IANS) Three soldiers were killed in blasts in Afghanistan, the country's defence ministry said Saturday.

Snowfall in Kashmir aggravate woes of apple growers in Kashmir

March 29, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Shopian, (Jammu and Kashmir), Mar. 29 (ANI): Apple growers of Kashmir have suffered huge losses following the damage of apple orchards after recent snowfall spoilt the apple trees and smashed their branches in the valley.

Most Austrians still want to stay within EU: Survey

March 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Vienna, March 29 (IANS) Nearly 64 percent of Austrians want their country to stay within the European Union while another 24 percent prefer withdrawal, according to a latest survey.

South Asia director of Human Rights Watch welcomes passing of Sri Lanka resolution

March 28, 2014 at 9:03 PM

New Delhi, Mar. 28 (ANI): South Asia director of Human Rights Watch, Meenakshi Ganguly on Friday welcomed the passing of the US-backed resolution seeking probe into Sri Lankan war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council. She said that victims and activists in Sri Lanka had striven courageously for accountability and justice.

Sri Lankan president orders release of Indian fishermen detained for poaching

March 28, 2014 at 4:29 PM

New Delhi, Mar. 28 (ANI): The President of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapakse, on Friday ordered the release of Indian fishermen who had been detained for poaching.

Shia LaBeouf pulls out of 'Rock the Kasbah'

March 28, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Washington, Mar.28 (ANI): Shia LaBeouf has reportedly exited from Barry Levinson directed all-star comedy 'Rock the Kasbah.'

DMK, CPI slam India's stand on UNHRC resolution on Lanka

March 28, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Chennai/New Delhi, Mar 28 (ANI): The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) on Friday criticised the central government for abstaining from voting on a U.S.-sponsored resolution for a probe into war crimes in Sri Lanka at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

Bahrain grants two weeks to jihadis to return

March 28, 2014 at 5:01 AM

Manama, March 28 (IANS) The Bahraini government Thursday announced a two week grace period for citizens fighting in "jihad" missions abroad or regional conflicts to return, saying no criminal charges will be pressed.

UN vote on Sri Lanka adopted, India abstains (Roundup)

March 27, 2014 at 9:49 PM

New Delhi/Geneva, March 27 (IANS) In a move that will please Colombo, India Thursday joined 11 other countries that abstained from voting on a UN Human Rights Council resolution in Geneva calling for a probe into alleged war crimes by Sri Lanka. However, the resolution was adopted with 23 voting in favour and 12 against.

India abstains from voting against Sri Lanka at UNHRC, resolution passed

March 27, 2014 at 7:59 PM

New Delhi, Mar. 27 (ANI): India abstained from voting for the US-backed resolution seeking probe into Sri Lankan war crimes at the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday.

India abstains from Sri Lanka vote in Geneva

March 27, 2014 at 7:57 PM

New Delhi, March 27 (IANS) In a move that will please Colombo, India Thursday sprang a surprise by abstaining from voting on a UN Human Rights Council resolution in Geneva calling for a probe into alleged war crimes by Sri Lanka.

Thai party tells US, UN about 'undemocratic moves'

March 27, 2014 at 6:21 PM

Bangkok, March 27 (IANS) A Thai government party Thursday sent a letter to US President Barack Obama and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, saying Thailand's democratic rule had been effectually thwarted and disrupted by "undemocratic" elements.

First round of direct peace talks between Pak govt, Taliban concludes

March 27, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Peshawar, Mar. 27 (ANI): The first round of direct peace talks between the government and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) leadership has concluded.

New website to analyze and expose response to human rights violations

March 26, 2014 at 10:37 PM

Geneva, Mar.26 (ANI): A new website, 'Votes Count', will shed much needed light on how member countries at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) respond to serious violations of human rights across the globe, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

'Parties need to understand minds of young voters'

March 26, 2014 at 10:21 PM

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Political parties need to understand the minds of young voters and especially think about the expectations of those vulnerable among them, an organisation working for children's rights said Wednesday.

UN chief reiterates need for political solution in Syria

March 26, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Kuwait, March 26 (IANS/WAM) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has sought the cooperation of the international community to end the ongoing Syrian conflict, which he said can only be resolved politically, ruling out any military solution.

Vice president launches 'compendium' on energy

March 26, 2014 at 7:01 PM

New Delhi, March 26 (IANS) Vice President Hamid Ansari Wednesday released the book "The Political Economy of Energy and Growth" edited by Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, who is known for his expertise in the energy sector.

OIC calls for respecting rights of Muslims in Crimea

March 26, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Jeddah, March 26 (IANS/WAM) The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has expressed concern about the security and well-being of the Muslim Crimean Tatar community in view of the recent developments in Ukraine, and particularly in Crimea.

Five killed in Afghanistan suicide attack

March 25, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Kabul, March 25 (IANS) Five civilians were killed and 20 others wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his explosives-laden vest in a crowd Tuesday at a sports ground in northern Afghan province of Kunduz, police said.

Women's groups seek action against Dev

March 25, 2014 at 7:25 PM

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) Different women organisations Tuesday submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission, seeking action against Bengali actor and Trinamool Congress candidate Dev for his comments on rape.

Pakistan government-Taliban direct talks postponed

March 25, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Islamabad, March 25 (IANS) The direct talks between the Pakistan government and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) shura, scheduled for Tuesday, have been postponed due to bad weather conditions.

Five killed in local bank attack in Afghanistan

March 25, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Kabul, March 25 (IANS) At least four militants and a policeman were killed Tuesday when armed rebels stormed a local bank in Asadabad, the provincial capital of eastern Afghan province of Kunar, leading to a gunfight, a security official said.

IMF okays $555 mn disbursement for Pakistan

March 25, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Washington, March 25 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved immediate disbursement of SDR 360 million (about $555.6 million) to Pakistan after the second review of its economic performance.

Iranian port to link Afghanistan with India: Afghan official

March 24, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Kabul, March 24 (IANS) Iran, Afghanistan and India are going to sign a cooperation agreement in the near future which will link Afghanistan with India through the Chabahar port in southern Iran, an Afghan foreign ministry spokesman said.