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.

Iran, France hold n-talks in Geneva

June 12, 2014 at 3:35 AM

Geneva, June 12 (IANS) Senior Iranian and French delegates Wednesday kicked off bilateral talks here to further bridge gaps over Teheran's nuclear programme.

Only 9 percent French fans think Les Bleus will win World Cup

June 11, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Paris, June 11 (IANS/EFE) Recent polls showed that only nine percent of French fans think that France will win the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Arts courses in DU popular with disabled students

June 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) In Delhi University, humanities courses are the most sought after by disabled students seeking admission to the four year undergraduate programmme.

Will Modi be able to motivate India's vast bureaucracy?

June 11, 2014 at 3:03 PM

New Delhi, June 11 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sought to boost the morale and motivation of civil servants and has laid thrust on efficiency and delivery but will his message percolate down to the 18 million-strong bureaucracy known to work at its own pace?

Slideways team to field five cars in upcoming rally

June 11, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Pune, June 11 (IANS) The Pune-based Team Slideways Industries (SI) will field five cars for the first round of the FMSCI Indian Rally Championship to be held in Nashik June 13-15.

Five US troops killed in Afghanistan: Pentagon

June 11, 2014 at 4:55 AM

Washington, June 11 (IANS) Five service members of the US troops were killed Monday in a possible friendly fire during a security operation in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Eight de-mining personnel killed in eastern Afghanistan

June 10, 2014 at 10:16 PM

Kabul, June 10 (IANS) Eight Afghan de-mining pesonnel were killed in a Taliban attack in the eastern province of Logar Tuesday, the presidential palace said.

Modi disbands four cabinet committees

June 10, 2014 at 9:35 PM

New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) In what is being seen as Narendra Modi's attempt at "minimum government, maximum governance" and a departure from the erstwhile Congress-led government's power structure, the prime minister Tuesday dissolved four cabinet committees.

India-US ties to see high momentum over next few months

June 10, 2014 at 6:31 PM

New Delhi, June 10 (IANS) The signals from both India and the US are loud and clear ? engagement in every sector, and fast. Pushing back the slackness that had crept into the important strategic relationship over the last few years, the new Indian government signaled its keenness to "move forward as early as possible" to boost ties with the US.

Taliban key commander arrested in Afghanistan

June 10, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Kabul, June 10 (IANS) Afghanistan's National Directorate for Security (NDS) captured a Taliban key commander in Kandahar, media reported Tuesday.

Five NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan

June 10, 2014 at 12:55 PM

Kabul, June 10 (IANS) At least five NATO soldiers were killed in an incident in southern Afghanistan, media reported Tuesday.

Thai military reinstates abrogated laws

June 9, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Bangkok, June 9 (IANS) Thai military Monday reinstated the Election Act, the Political Parties Act and the Public Referendum Act, all laws under the abrogated 2007 constitution.

Afghanistan rolls out security plan for presidential poll

June 9, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Kabul, June 9 (IANS) A senior Afghan security official Monday said the country's security forces have rolled out a security plan for the upcoming presidential runoff polls.

East Ukraine clashes must end this week: Poroshenko

June 9, 2014 at 1:27 PM

London, June 9 (IANS) Ukraine's newly elected President Petro Poroshenko has said that the ongoing violence in the eastern regions of the country should end by this week, media reported Monday.

Terror attack on NATO complex in Afghanistan

June 9, 2014 at 11:07 AM

Kabul, June 9 (IANS) At least four people were killed when militants mounted an audacious attack on a NATO complex in Afghanistan, an official said Monday.

16 killed in Afghanistan in bombings

June 8, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Kabul, June 8 (IANS) Three Afghan soldiers and 13 militants were killed in separate bombings in Afghanistan Sunday, officials said.

Chinese minister's talks with Sushma 'productive'

June 8, 2014 at 5:06 PM

New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Sunday held "cordial, useful, productive and substantive" talks covering the entire gamut of bilateral relations, an official here said.

Kejriwal for AAP restructuring, rejects Yadav's resignation

June 7, 2014 at 10:10 PM

New Delhi, June 7 (IANS) A day after a deep divide between AAP's top leaders came to the fore, its chief Arvind Kejriwal Saturday admitted it needed "restructuring" and said the "differences" had been resolved.

Iranian president to visit Turkey to improve strained ties

June 7, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Ankara, June 7 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to pay his first visit to Turkey Monday in a bid to improve bilateral ties between the two countries that have been strained by the developments in Syria, media reported Saturday.

CIA joins Facebook, Twitter

June 7, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Washington, June 7 (IANS) The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), one of the top intelligence-gathering agencies of the US government, has sent out its first tweet on its official Twitter page.

UN calls for greater commitment to tackle AIDS

June 7, 2014 at 10:42 AM

United Nations, June 7 (IANS) UN officials warned that despite significant efforts, the AIDS epidemic is far from being totally wiped out and urged more investment and innovation was required to end the global epidemic.

Rift wide open in AAP, but leaders play it down (Roundup)

June 6, 2014 at 10:10 PM

New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) The 19-month-old Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) was enveloped in its worst crisis Friday as two of its top leaders traded charges with senior leader Yogendra Yadav, who has been accused by more than one disgruntled colleague of taking the party down the drain though others tried to play down the rift.

Afghan presidential candidate escapes bombing attack

June 6, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Kabul, June 6 (IANS) Afghan presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Friday escaped unhurt twin-bomb blasts in Afghanistan's capital city Kabul, media reported.

When corporates start calling the shots in Indian sport (Column: Gloves off)

June 6, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Give them an inch and they'll take a mile. That's what happens when sport is handed over to the corporates. The newly launched IPL-style football league, the Indian Super League (ISL), has been on the defensive, maintaining that it is not going to hurt the the country's showpiece football tournament, I-League.

Kathleen Stephens is interim US charge d'affaires

June 6, 2014 at 12:58 PM

New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) US diplomat Kathleen Stephens has taken over as interim charge d'affaires of the US embassy here.

China, Russia hold security meeting

June 5, 2014 at 9:10 PM

Beijing, June 5 (IANS) China and Russia held their first meeting over institutionalised cooperation in law enforcement and security here Thursday.

Pakistani security forces kill 30 militants

June 5, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Islamabad, June 5 (IANS) Security forces Thursday killed at least 30 suspected militants in an operation in Pakistan's southwestern Balochistan province, an official said.

Four Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan

June 5, 2014 at 8:06 PM

Kabul, June 5 (IANS) Four Taliban militants, including a local commander, were killed when security personnel raided their hideouts in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province 250 km north of Kabul Thursday.

Afghan captain Amiri renews Dempo SC contract

June 5, 2014 at 5:19 PM

Panjim, June 5 (IANS) Afghanistan captain Zohib Islam Amiri has extended his contract with Goan football club Dempo Sports Club Thursday.

ISAF soldier killed in Afghanistan

June 5, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Kabul, June 5 (IANS) A soldier with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was killed in a militant attack in Afghanistan Thursday, the alliance said.

Landmine blast kills four security personnel in Afghanistan

June 5, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Kabul, June 5 (IANS) At least four security personnel were killed Thursday when an explosive device went off in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, an official said.

15 insurgents killed in northern Afghanistan

June 4, 2014 at 6:02 PM

Kabul, June 4 (IANS) Security forces in Afghanistan have killed 15 militants during operations in the northern Baghlan province that began Tuesday, army officer Ghulam Farooq Ahmadi said Wednesday.

Kidnapped Indian priest's kin await news from Kabul

June 4, 2014 at 4:42 PM

Chennai, June 4 (IANS) Unclear about the fate of an Indian Christian priest kidnapped by Taliban in Afghanistan, his family is praying for his safety and seeking "good news" about him.

Four policemen killed in Afghanistan bombing

June 4, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Kabul, June 4 (IANS) At least four Afghan policemen were killed and one was wounded in a bomb attack in Afghanistan, an official said Wednesday.

Pakistan slams 'unprovoked' attacks from Afghan side

June 4, 2014 at 2:42 PM

Islamabad, June 4 (IANS) Pakistan Wednesday condemned what it called unprovoked firing on its border posts in the Bajaur tribal region from the Afghan side of the border.

Two Pakistani troops killed on Afghan border

June 4, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Islamabad, June 4 (IANS) At least two Pakistani soldiers were killed and three others injured Wednesday when unidentified militants attacked the military post on Pakistan-Afghanistan border in Bajaur tribal region, offials said.

Four killed in Pakistan roadside blast

June 3, 2014 at 10:08 AM

Islamabad, June 3 (IANS) At least four people were killed and three injured Tuesday in an explosion in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan, a media report said.

Gunmen kidnap Indian national in Afghanistan

June 2, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Kabul, June 2 (IANS) Unidentified gunmen Monday kidnapped an Indian national in western Afghanistan's Herat province, an official said.

Pursuing aid worker's kidnapping: India

June 2, 2014 at 8:16 PM

New Delhi, June 2 (IANS) India is pursuing the kidnapping of an aid worker in Herat province of Afghanistan, an official said here Monday.

Indian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan

June 2, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Kabul, June 2 (IANS) An Indian aid worker was abducted Monday by unknown gunmen in

Eight killed in Afghanistan suicide bomb attack

June 2, 2014 at 3:12 PM

Kabul, June 2 (IANS) At least eight people were killed and four others injured Monday when a group of suicide bombers attacked a district headquarter in Afghanistan's Helmand province, an official said.

Four killed in Afghanistan suicide bomb attack

June 2, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Kabul, June 2 (IANS) At least four people were killed and three others injured Monday when a group of suicide bombers attacked a district headquarters in Afghanistan's Helmand province, an official said.

Three foreign engineers killed in Afghanistan bombing

June 2, 2014 at 11:52 AM

Kabul, June 2 (IANS) At least three foreign engineers were killed Monday in a suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan, official sources said.

Four Al Qaeda members held in Yemen

June 2, 2014 at 6:27 AM

Aden, June 2 (IANS) Four members of the Yemen-based Al Qaeda offshoot were detained during a police raid at a hotel in the country's Hadramout province Sunday, a security official said.

For one US soldier, five Taliban leaders freed

June 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM

Washington/Kabul, June 1 (IANS) A US soldier seized by the Taliban nearly five years ago in Afghanistan has been released after five Taliban leaders held in Guantanamo Bay were let off, US and Taliban officials said.

Pakistan protests to Afghanistan over militant attack

June 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Islamabad, June 1 (IANS) Pakistan has lodged a strong protest with Afghanistan over a cross-border attack on a Pakistan military post Saturday by over 200 militants crossing from the Afghan side, media reported Sunday.

US soldier freed by Taliban in Afghanistan

June 1, 2014 at 7:07 AM

Washington, June 1 (IANS) A US soldier held by the Taliban in their custody for nearly five years in Afghanistan was released Saturday in a deal which included freeing five Afghan detainees in exchange, authorities here said.

Indian foreign secretary meets Karzai, presidential candidates in Kabul

May 31, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Kabul/New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) A day after visiting the Indian consulate in Herat that faced a terror attack last week, Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh Saturday called on Afghan President Hamid Karzai and both presidential candidates - Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani.

12 Afghan civilians killed in roadside bombing

May 31, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Kabul, May 31 (IANS) Twelve civilians were killed and two injured Saturday when a minibus set off a roadside bomb in Afghanistan's Ghazni province, an official said.

Foreign secretary visits Herat consulate days after attack

May 30, 2014 at 10:43 PM

New Delhi/Kabul, May 30 (IANS) Indian Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh Friday visited the Indian consulate in Afghanistan's Herat that was the target of a terror attack May 23.

Kerry defends Obama's Afghanistan exit strategy

May 30, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Washington, May 30 (IANS) US Secretary of State John Kerry defended President Barack Obama's newly announced strategy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan amidst much criticism, media reported.

Libya urged to launch inclusive dialogue for peace

May 30, 2014 at 4:51 AM

Algiers, May 30 (IANS) In a bid to reach sustainable peace, Libya's neighbouring countries here Thursday reaffirmed their full support for inclusive dialogue between the disputing parties.

Sri Lanka confident of good ties with India

May 29, 2014 at 7:31 PM

Colombo, May 29 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government Thursday dismissed fears that the new Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi could work against Colombo's interests.

12 killed in Afghanistan violence

May 29, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Kabul, May 29 (IANS) Twelve people, including 10 militants, were killed in separate incidents of violence in Afghanistan Thursday, authorities said.

Afghan police officer killed in twin blasts

May 29, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Kabul, May 29 (IANS) A police officer was killed and two others were injured Thursday in twin explosions in Afghanistan's Kandahar city, a security official said.

Obama advocates using military force unilaterally - without permission

May 29, 2014 at 9:55 AM

Washington, May 29 (IANS) US President Barack Obama has laid out a new doctrine of using "military force unilaterally" without permission when its own interests are at stake, but turning to "collective action" when Washington is not directly threatened.

Afghanistan hails Obama's decision on troops pullout

May 29, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Kabul, May 29 (IANS) Afghan government Wednesday welcomed US president's plan to keep about 9,800 troops after 2014 in Afghanistan but virtually withdrawing all by the end of 2016.

US to keep pressure on Al Qaeda: US commander

May 28, 2014 at 8:59 PM

Kabul, May 28 (IANS) The US commander of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., Wednesday said the war on terror and pressure against Al Qaeda network will continue.

Pakistan hails Obama's Afghan withdrawal plan

May 28, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Islamabad, May 28 (IANS) Pakistan Wednesday welcomed US President Barack Obama's plan of withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan, noting that the country stressed the importance of a responsible withdrawal and "cautioned against the creation of a security vacuum".

New European energy security strategy proposed

May 28, 2014 at 7:23 PM

Brussels, May 28 (IANS) The European Commission (EC) Wednesday proposed a new European Energy Security Strategy to enhance the security of the European Union's (EU) energy supply.

UAE launches polio vaccination campaign in Pakistan

May 28, 2014 at 6:59 PM

Islamabad, May 28 (IANS/WAM) On the directive of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Project to Assist Pakistan (UAE PAP) has announced the launch of a vaccination campaign against polio in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other tribal areas in Pakistan.

Modi vows support for Afghanistan

May 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Kabul, May 28 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to lend its all-round support to Afghanistan under the bilateral partnership agreement between the two countries.

US banks on India, Pakistan for stability after Afghanistan pullout

May 28, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Washington, May 28 (IANS) As President Barack Obama announced plans for Afghanistan after ending US combat mission by year end, the US hoped India, Pakistan and Afghanistan would help provide greater stability and security in the region.

US to leave 9,800 troops in Afghanistan after 2014

May 28, 2014 at 7:49 AM

Washington, May 28 (IANS) US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that he planned to leave 9,800 American troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

Obama plans to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan

May 28, 2014 at 2:05 AM

Washington, May 28 (IANS) US President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that he plans to keep 9,800 troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

Afghan mission attack strengthened resolve to work together: Modi

May 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that the attack on the Indian consulate in Herat had only "strengthened" India's resolve to work together with the country, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said.

Eating less may slow down breast cancer: Study

May 27, 2014 at 2:06 PM

New York, May 27 (IANS) Calorie restriction could be a non-toxic way of slowing down spread of breast cancer, a study said.

People in desk jobs gain weight for sure: Survey

May 27, 2014 at 12:21 PM

New York, May 27 (IANS) If you have gained extra waistline, do not get enough sunlight for your bones and strain your eyes in front of a computer screen, you have all reasons to complain about your desk job.

China's fake Sphinx irks Egypt

May 26, 2014 at 7:57 PM

Beijing, May 26 (IANS/EFE) The Chinese replica of the iconic Giza Sphinx has angered Egypt, that has now taken the issue to the Unesco and have demanded that the Chinese authorities bring the imitation down.

Four killed in Afghanistan suicide attack

May 26, 2014 at 7:17 PM

Kabul, May 26 (IANS) A suicide bomber targeted a bus carrying Afghan national army personnel in capital Kabul Monday, killing at least four people, including himself, and wounding four others, an army officer at the site of the blast said.

Obama leaves Afghanistan without meeting Karzai

May 26, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Kabul, May 26 (IANS) US President Barack Obama paid a short visit to Afghanistan but returned home without meeting his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai due to differences over the venue, an official statement said Monday.

US ready to work with Ukraine's new president: Obama

May 26, 2014 at 4:44 AM

Washington, May 26 (IANS) The US looks forward to working with the next president and the new parliament of Ukraine to support the country's efforts to enact important reforms, US President Barack Obama said Sunday.

US president pays surprise visit to Afghanistan

May 26, 2014 at 12:44 AM

Kabul, May 26 (IANS) US President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan Sunday, an Afghan official said.

Obama makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

May 25, 2014 at 11:24 PM

Kabul, May 25 (IANS) US President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to Afghanistan Sunday, an Afghan official said.

Police officer killed in Afghan suicide bombing

May 25, 2014 at 6:28 PM

Kabul, May 25 (IANS) A senior police officer, a well-known anti-Taliban figure, was killed in suicide bomb attack in Afghanistan sunday.

Security clash leaves eight militant dead in Pakistan

May 24, 2014 at 11:33 PM

Islamabad, May 24 (IANS) At least two soldiers and eight militants were killed in a clash between militants and security forces in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of Khyber Agency, officials said.

Five militants killed in Afghanistan blast

May 24, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Kabul, May 24 (IANS) Five Taliban militants were killed and another injured when their explosive device went off prematurely in Afghanistan's eastern Kunar province Saturday.

Nine militants killed in Afghanistan

May 24, 2014 at 7:24 PM

Kabul, May 24 (IANS) At least nine militants were killed and 15 others injured Saturday in clashes between the militants and security forces, an official said.

Thailand's regressive journey against march of history (Comment: Special to IANS)

May 24, 2014 at 2:52 PM

Thailand's army generals know how to effect coups and have done it again. Another coup was announced on television by Thai army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha, flanked by other military leaders. To oust civilian governments periodically seems to be ingrained in the Thai army's DNA. Political scientists trot out different figures for the number of coups that have taken place in Thailand since 1932, the year absolute monarchy gave way to a constitutional monarchy.

Did US put all its eggs in one basket?

May 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM

Washington, May 24 (IANS) Denying that it had failed to reach out to the Bharatiya Janata Party before the elections, the US has said that it engages with a broad section of Indian politics and Indian society.

UN condemns attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan

May 24, 2014 at 9:24 AM

United Nations, May 24 (IANS) The UN Security Council has condemned an attack by gunmen on an Indian consulate in Afghanistan, stressing that "terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable", media reported Saturday.

Terror attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan foiled, four gunmen killed (Roundup)

May 23, 2014 at 9:08 PM

Kabul/New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Four terrorists armed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns attacked the Indian consulate in Herat in western Afghanistan in the early hours of Friday. All the attackers were killed, officials said, adding that the Indian staff was safe.

BJP faces revolt over naming Kiran Bedi for Delhi CM

May 23, 2014 at 7:48 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) A storm is brewing in the BJP with many Delhi leaders allegedly threatening to "not cooperate" and even "lose deliberately" if former top cop Kiran Bedi was named the party's next chief ministerial nominee, party sources said.

Afghan mission attack stems from beyond borders: India

May 23, 2014 at 6:21 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) India Friday said the attack on its consulate in Herat in Afghanistan "stems from beyond" the Afghan borders.

List of attacks on Indian missions in Afghanistan

May 23, 2014 at 5:57 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The list of attacks on Indian missions in Afghanistan prior to the strike carried out Friday:

Book traced Pakistan link in 2008 Indian embassy attack

May 23, 2014 at 5:48 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The attack on the Indian consulate in Afghanistan's Herat Friday brings into sharp focus a book, written by an American journalist and published this year, that traces Pakistan's link to the attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul in 2008.

Sri Lanka calls for action against terror

May 23, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Colombo, May 23 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government Friday called for decisive action against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations following an attack on an Indian consulate in Afghanistan.

Men 'preheated' for sex but women warm up slowly: Report

May 23, 2014 at 5:24 PM

New York, May 23 (IANS) Know why most of men just rush for sex and ignore the vital art of whole-body lovemaking? Because most men are 'preheated' while most women warm up to sex slowly, a report reveals.

Attack on Indian Consulate: Modi speaks to Indian ambassador

May 23, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Ahead of the terror attack on the Indian consulate in Afghanistan, prime minister-designate Narendra Modi spoke to Indian ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha and assured support to the staff at the Indian consulate that was attacked by gunmen, an official said Friday.

Brazil's president sees poll numbers rising

May 23, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Brasilia, May 23 (IANS/EFE) Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has a lead of 20 percentage points over her main challenger in the race for Brazil's Oct 5 presidential election, a survey shows.

Magic, myths and fertility: Revisiting art history at Bhutan litfest

May 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Thimphu, May 23 (IANS) Think of art at the dawn of civilisation. What comes to mind are cave paintings, magic, myths and fertility rites and these four elements have played a profound role in preserving cultural identities of pre-modern period, said a noted art historian at the ongoing Mountain Echoes festival here.

Modi condemns attack on Indian consulate, speaks to envoy

May 23, 2014 at 1:08 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi Friday condemned the attack on the Indian consulate in Afghanistan and spoke to the Indian envoy assuring support to the staff there.

President condemns attack on Indian consulate in Afghanistan

May 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee Friday "strongly" condemned the terrorist attack on the Indian consulate in Afghanistan and said such attacks would not deter India's efforts to assist the people of Afghanistan.

Indian consulate in Afghanistan attacked, four gunmen killed (Third Lead)

May 23, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Kabul/New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The Indian consulate in Herat in Afghanistan was attacked Friday by four heavily armed gunmen who tried to enter the complex. All four attackers were killed, officials said, adding that the consulate staff was safe.

Pakistan condemns attack on Indian consulate in Herat

May 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

Islamabad, May 23 (IANS) Pakistan Friday condemned the attack on the Indian consulate in Herat in Afghanistan.

Modi speaks to Indian ambassador after consulate attack

May 23, 2014 at 12:28 PM

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi spoke to Indian ambassador to Afghanistan Amar Sinha and assured support to the staff at the Indian consulate that was attacked by gunmen, an official said Friday.

`Indian consulate staff in Afghanistan safe'

May 23, 2014 at 11:32 AM

New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) All staff in the Indian consulate in Afghanistan that was attacked Friday are safe, said Syed Akbaruddin, external affairs ministry spokesperson.

Indian consulate in Afghanistan attacked

May 23, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Kabul/New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) Three heavily armed guerrillas mounted a brazen attack on the Indian consulate in Afghanistan's Herat city Friday, with one attacker being gunned down while he was trying to scale the consulate wall. India said its staff were safe.

Gunmen attack Indian Consulate in Afghanistan, one killed

May 23, 2014 at 10:37 AM

In a shocking incident, the Indian consulate in Afghanistan was attacked by unidentified gunmen who tried to enter in and later fired from neighbouring buildings.

Indian consulate in Afghanistan under attack

May 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Kabul/New Delhi, May 23 (IANS) The Indian consulate in Afghanistan was attacked Friday by unidentified gunmen, which is still continuing, an official said.