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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.
Belgrade, March 17 (IANS) Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said that the new government will try to solve the Kosovo issue, establish "firmer cooperation with its traditional allies, Russia and China" and further advance towards EU.
Simferopol (Ukraine), March 17 (IANS) An exit poll by the Crimean Republic Institute for Political and Social Studies showed that 93 percent of voters in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea favoured reunification with Russia, media reports said late Sunday.
Tehran, March 16 (IANS) UN-Arab League joint special representative to Syria Lakhdar Brahimi arrived here Sunday to hold talks with a number of Iranian high-ranking officials on the Syrian crisis, state media reported.
Kabul, March 16 (IANS) Former Afghan defence minister and presidential hopeful Abdul Rahim Wardak withdrew Sunday from the Afghan presidential race leaving nine hopefuls in the contest.
Kabul, Mar. 16 (ANI): Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused Pakistan of attacking Taliban leaders who want to join the peace process.
New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) Political parties seeking people's mandate in the upcoming general elections must create opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has said.
Kabul, March 16 (IANS) Taliban threats and violence against campaign workers and election officials risk undermining Afghanistan's presidential election slated for April 5, Human Rights Watch said Sunday.
Islamabad, Mar. 16 (ANI): Pakistan has dismissed reports that the missing Malaysian Airlines jet is somewhere in the country.
Sydney, Mar 16 (ANI): Australia has finally started to get serious in its bid to win their first-ever World Twenty20 title even as the tournament prepares to start off with a bang with hosts Bangladesh taking on Afghanistan in the first game in Dhaka on Sunday, according to a report.
Johannesburg, Mar. 16 (ANI): Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has said the country does not need US troops.
Sydney, Mar 16 (ANI): An online betting forum has tipped India and Sri Lanka at odds of six dollars to win the World Twenty20, while Australia is tipped even lower at odds of 4.25 dollars for claiming their first Twenty20 title.
Washington, March 16 (ANI): Researchers have highlighted the prospect that global industrial civilisation could collapse in near future because of unsustainable resource exploitation and increasingly unequal wealth distribution.
Shillong, March 15 (IANS) The Congress was not doing any good for the people and the populist schemes launched by the outgoing UPA government were meant to "fool the people", Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said here Saturday.
Kabul, March 15 (IANS) Afghan President Hamid Karzai Saturday assured the people of a free and fair presidential election on April 5, saying the security forces were entirely ready for the polls.
Johannesburg, Mar 15 (ANI): Pakistani wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal has reportedly been absolved of all charges in a traffic violation case after the concerned police officer forgave him, saying that the player is a 'national hero'.
Aligarh, March 14 (IANS) AMU Vice Chancellor Lt. Gen. (retd.) Zameer Uddin Shah Friday said that the university will not tolerate any discrimination against women.
New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's controversial political journey and secretive personal life has provided literary fodder to many authors to write on his "charismatic" personality and "controversial" past and books on him have been hot sellers in the past year.
Colombo, Mar 14 (ANI): Former Sri Lankan cricketer-turned TV commentator Russel Arnold has tagged New Zealand and Sri Lanka as his favourites to win the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh.
Mumbai, Mar.14 (ANI): The Enforcement Directorate (ED) issued notices to two top officials of the Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Media Works Private Ltd., to appear before it this week in connection with a matter related to the conversion of Adlabs Limited into Reliance Media Works Limited.
Washington/New Delhi, March 13 (IAMS) A US federal court has dismissed charges of visa fraud and making false statements against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, whose arrest and subsequent strip-search in New York escalated into a full diplomatic row last year. India quickly welcomed the move.
New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) India Thursday welcomed the judgment of a US court dismissing the Jan 9 indictment against its diplomat Devyani Khobragade and hoped there will be further progress in the matter "in a manner consistent with international norms and conventions".
Kabul, March 13 (IANS) A would-be-suicide bomber was shot dead close to the Indian consulate building in Afghanistan's Kandahar city Thursday, the police said.
Washington, Mar. 13 (ANI): Google has reportedly added a new feature to its Wallet app, which would help buyers keep a track of their online purchases.
Washington, Mar. 13 (ANI): Afghanistan would deteriorate quickly if the U.S. withdraws completely by the end of 2014, a senior American commander has warned.
Kabul, March 13 (IANS) The Canadian forces Wednesday ended their military operation in the post-Taliban Afghanistan, the NATO-led coalition forces said.
Colombo, March 13 (IANS) The Sri Lankan government Wednesday expressed regret over Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych's removal.
New Delhi, March 12 (IANS) The Foreign Correspondents` Club of South Asia Wednesday mourned the death Nils Orner, Swiss Radio's South Asia war correspondent, while he was on assignment in Kabul.
Kabul, March 12 (IANS) Three suicide bombers were killed in an attack on a base of the Afghan intelligence agency in Kandahar province on Wednesday, police said.
Kabul, March 12 (IANS) Two of three suicide bombers were killed when they attacked a base of Afghan intelligence agency in Afghanistan's Kandahar province Wednesday, a police said.
New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) Vice President Hamid Ansari Tuesday headed the Indian delegation at the funeral of Afghanistan's first vice president Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim in Kabul and also met Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) When Bengali poet Subodh Sarkar wrote poems on rape, he wondered whether they would ever get published. Thankfully they did, and his conviction of the responsibility of writers towards mirroring social evils through literature was reaffirmed.
Kabul, March 11 (IANS) A roadside bomb planted by militants struck a vehicle, killing three polio vaccinators in Afghanistan Tuesday, an official said.
Kabul, March 11 (IANS) The state funeral service for Afghanistan's first vice president Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, who died Sunday, was held amid tight security in the Presidential Palace here Tuesday.
Kabul, March 11 (IANS) Unidentified armed men shot dead a Swedish journalist in Kabul Tuesday, a spokesman with the interior ministry said.
Washington, Mar. 11 (ANI): The UK is reportedly planned to develop next-gen 5G technology that would allow faster Internet speeds, which would eventually cut down on the download time.
The demise of Marshall Fahim will impact adversely on Afghanistan's post-2014 stabilisation. He fought against the Soviet occupation of and against Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Following the assassination of the charismatic Commander Ahmed Shah Massoud on Sep 9, 2001, Fahim, a fellow Panjsheri, played a key role in mobilising and leading the Northern Alliance troops against the Taliban, whose leadership soon abandoned Kabul and retreated to Pakistan by mid-November 2001.
United Nations, March 11 (IANS) "Increasingly alarmed" by the developments in Ukraine, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Monday cautioned against "hasty actions" and "provocative rhetoric", and called on the international community to help calm the situation in the country.
Washington, March 10 (IANS) The new Indian ambassador to the US, S. Jaishankar, Monday formally presented his credentials to President Barack Obama at his oval office at the White House.
New Delhi, March 10 (IANS) Vice President Hamid Ansari will represent India at the funeral of Afghanistan's first vice president Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim in Kabul Tuesday, official sources said.
Kabul, March 10 (IANS) Two policemen were killed and seven civilians wounded in a bomb attack Monday in western Afghanistan's Herat province, police said.
Islamabad, Mar. 10 (ANI): The Taliban has vowed to target Afghanistan's presidential election.
Kabul, March 10 (IANS) The Taliban have pledged to target the upcoming presidential election before April 5.
For anyone living either in India or Pakistan, even the faint prospect of travelling to the other side is no less than a lifetime's opportunity. The strained sub-continental relations have however resulted in strict visa procedures, turning dreams into distant desires.
Astana (Kazakhstan), Mar.10 (ANI) Kazakhstan is "deeply concerned over the current developments in Ukraine".
Washington, March 10 (ANI): Researchers have said that recent development in stem cell research could help treat degenerative disc disease.
New Delhi, Mar 10 (ANI): Vice President M. Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh condoled the passing away of Afghanistan Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim.
Beijing, March 10 (IANS) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi Sunday asked Malaysia to continue search for the missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet with 239 people on board.
New Delhi, March 9 (IANS) India Sunday condoled the death of Afghanistan's First Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, describing him as a close friend of India.
Dubai, March 9 (IANS) India's Virat Kohli has reclaimed the No.1 position in the latest ICC rankings for One-Day International (ODI) batsmen released Sunday at the conclusion of the Asia Cup which was won by Sri Lanka.
Kabul, March 9 (IANS) A bomb blast ripped through a market Sunday in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, a former stronghold of the Taliban, killing two people and injuring one, a police spokesman in the province said.
Kabul, March 9 (IANS) Afghanistan Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim died Sunday following cardiac arrest, media reported.
Kabul, March 9 (IANS) Seven people were killed and eight others injured when a roadside bomb hit a civilian vehicle in Afghanistan, a government spokesman said Sunday.
Washington, Mar. 9 (ANI): For a second consecutive year, Senator Rand Paul has won the Conservative Political Action Conference's straw poll for 2016 presidential candidates.
Islamabad, March 8 (IANS) Pakistan's military says that Afghan security forces fired over two dozen mortars into its territory Saturday but no one was hurt.
United Nations, March 8 (IANS/WAM) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has emphasised the need for peace and stability in Ukraine's Crimea region where the announcement of a referendum on joining Russia constitutes a "worrying and serious" development.
Kabul, March 8 (IANS) A bomb blast in Jalalabad city in Afghanistan Saturday killed a district governor and injured five others, a local official said.
Kiev/Moscow, March 7 (IANS) Ukrainian parliament Speaker Alexandr Turchynov Friday signed a decree vetoing the Crimean parliament's decision to hold a referendum on joining Russia even as a top Russian legislator said Russia will respect any choice made by the Crimean people.
Moscow, March 7 (IANS) Russia Friday criticised NATO for adopting a biased approach to the developments in Ukraine.
Moscow, March 7 (IANS) Russia will respect any choice made by the Crimean people in the upcoming referendum on the autonomous republic's future status in the Ukraine, a top legislator said Friday.
Washington, Mar. 7 (ANI): American business tycoon Donald Trump has criticized the Obama administration, saying that the US' leadership is so weak and pathetic that China could get away with it, and even taking our jobs.
Islamabad, Mar. 7 (ANI): Pakistan has clarified it will play no behind the scenes role while it would facilitate reconciliatory talks in Afghanistan.
Johannesburg, Mar 7 (ANI): Sri Lanka has maintained a perfect record for the finals of the Asia Cup by beating hosts Bangladesh by three wickets in the final league match of the tournament in Dhaka on Thursday.
Moscow, March 7 (IANS) Russia Thursday accused the US of applying double standards to Moscow's assertions about the developments in Ukraine.
The Hague, March 6 (IANS) Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte believes that it is still too early to impose sanctions against Russia and prefers a political solution for Ukranian conflict, a media report said Thursday.
Kathmandu, March 6 (IANS) The process of drafting a new constitution in Nepal is getting further delayed due to a dispute among the major political parties about the rules of procedure of the Constituent Assembly.
Kabul, March 6 (IANS) Afghan security forces raided a Taliban hideout killing five militants Thursday, an official said.
Are regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia heading for a rapprochement? Is there an Indian hand in this? Talk on the possible development in the Gulf swirled in the diplomatic and strategic circles as India played host to Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during the same week last month.
United Nations, March 6 (IANS) UN special envoy to Ukraine Robert Serry, who was "seriously threatened" and his car blocked by a group of armed men in Crimea, Ukraine, fled on foot and was last reported "in good shape," Deputy UN Secretary General Jan Eliasson told reporters Wednesday.
Mirpur (Bangladesh), March 5 (IANS) India ended their disappointing Asia Cup cricket campaign with a massive eight-wicket win over Afghanistan in their last league ODI at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here Wednesday.
Mirpur (Bangladesh), March 5 (IANS) India beat Afghanistan by eight wickets in their last league game of the Asia Cup cricket tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here Wednesday.
New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Navin B. Chawla was chief election commissioner during the last Lok Sabha elections in 2009. With the schedule of 2014 elections announced Wednesday, Chawla, 68, told IANS that the electoral exercise was gigantic in scale and there is a large upsurge of interest among first-time young voters.
Mirpur (Bangladesh), March 5 (IANS) Indian bowlers, again struggling to wrap up the tail, allowed Afghanistan to make a great recovery from 97 for seven before being all out for 159 runs in 45.2 overs in their last league match at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here Wednesday.
Mirpur (Bangladesh), March 5 (IANS) India bowled Afghanistan out for 159 runs in 45.2 overs in their last league match of the Asia Cup cricket tournament here Wednesday.
Panaji, March 5 (IANS) Catholics and some political parties in Goa have opposed the Election Commission's decision to hold the elections to the Lok Sabha seats from the state April 17, which clashes with Maundy Thursday, a day of religious significance.
Mirpur (Bangladesh), March 5 (IANS) India captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field against Afghanistan in an ODI in the Asia Cup cricket tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here Wednesday.
Kabul, March 5 (IANS) A roadside bomb explosion Wednesday struck a police van in Afghanistan, killing two policemen and leaving one injured.
Kabul, March 4 (IANS) Two militants, including a key Taliban commander, were killed and six others injured in Afghanistan Tuesday, a statement by the provincial government said.
Beijing, March 4 (IANS) Strategic talks between China and India can empower both countries as well as other developing nations to have a bigger say on global issues, a leading Chinese daily said.
Lucknow, Mar. 4 (ANI): Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Aggarwal on Tuesday alleged political conspiracy behind doctor's strike that has entered day four in Uttar Pradesh.
British foreign secretary William Hague has termed the recent events in Ukraine as the "biggest crisis in Europe in the 21st century".
New Delhi, Mar. 4 (ANI): As a communicator for the Government of India, I have had the experience of exposing the activities of militant groups working against the unity and integrity of the country ever since the country attained freedom from colonial rule.
Johannesburg, Mar 4 (ANI): Sri Lanka has defeated minnows Bangladesh by 129 runs to reach the final of the Asia Cup in Dhaka on Monday.
Brussels, March 4 (IANS) The 28-member NATO will hold emergency talks on Ukraine Tuesday, the bloc announced Monday.
Mirpur (Bangladesh), March 3 (IANS) Sri Lanka moved into the final of the Asia Cup cricket tournament with a massive 129-run win over debutants Afghanistan at the Sher-e-Bangla-National Stadium here Monday.
Kolkata, Mar. 3 (ANI): Politicians welcomed the decision of defence ministry as it ordered a bribery investigation over state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited's (HAL) purchase of jet engines from Britain's Rolls-Royce Holdings in a deal worth at least $1.2 billion.
Kathmandu, March 3 (IANS) Desperate to cut down its ballooning trade deficit, the Nepal government plans to set up a high-level task force to handle the issue within a couple of months, an official said Monday.
Nay Pyi Taw, March 3 (IANS) The probe into alleged graft in the purchase of Rolls Royce engines for the Hawk advanced jet trainer (AJT) was only logical and must not be taken as leading to a no-aircraft scenario for the defence forces, a top Indian official said Monday.
Kabul, March 3 (IANS) Two women were killed while two men were seriously injured in a roadside bombing in Afghanistan Monday, authorities said.
Beijing, March 3 (IANS) Chinese leaders and political advisors Monday paid silent tribute to the victims of the terrorist attack in the city of Kunming at the opening of the annual session of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
We have envisaged such a Hindustan which is full of all the facilities and our people can live happily. He demands people support to fulfill the dream of the BJP and NDA.
Washington, Mar. 3 (ANI): Outgoing Afghan President Hamid Karzai has expressed his anger at the 12-year American war in Afghanistan.
Paris, March 3 (IANS) France has urged for suspension of this week's preparatory meetings for the G8 summit in Russia's Sochi city in June.
Kabul, March 2 (IANS) Two Afghan soldiers were killed in two bomb attacks in southern Afghanistan, the defence ministry said Sunday.
Dubai, March 2 (IANS) Newcomers Afghanistan entered the main ODI rankings table of the International Cricket Council (ICC) following their 32-run win over Bangladesh Saturday in the Asia Cup at Fatullah, Bangladesh.
New Delhi, March 2 (IANS) Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has acknowledged that Tehran was "obviously disappointed" with India's decision to cut oil imports following US sanctions and voiced optimism about a US-Iran nuclear deal being inked within the next five months.
Beijing, March 2 (IANS) At least 29 people were killed Saturday night by knife-wielding men in Yunnan province of China leaving the country dazed and its leaders calling for a crackdown on terrorism.
Kabul, March 2 (IANS) At least nine militants were killed in a military operation in Afghanistan's Laghman province, officials said Sunday.
Washington, March 2 (IANS) Researchers have engineered a simple apparatus which can create smoke solutions and help stimulate seed germination, a study said.
Beijing, March 2 (IANS) China is expected to launch a cargo ship into space around 2016 to serve the Tiangong-2 space laboratory, a leading space scientist said Sunday.
Deemed a military hero, Major General Sir Harry Paget Flashman's autobiographical accounts tell of his exploits in the First Afghan War, the Anglo-Sikh War, the 1857 "revolt" and military campaigns of Queen Victoria; of carrying out missions for Bismarck and Abraham Lincoln, and his presence in almost every significant event of the 19th century across five continents.