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Afghanistan: Taliban Foot Soldiers Manning Checkpoints In Afghan Cities

Dec 08, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

After three and a half months of Taliban takeover in Afghanistan, many Taliban foot soldiers now have new jobs of manning checkpoints on the streets and carrying out security patrols in and around Afghan cities and towns.

Taliban Chief Bans Forced Marriage Of Women In Afghanistan, Says Both Women And Men Should Be Equal

Dec 03, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Forced remarriage is a big problem in Afghanistan as the iternally displaced marry off their young daughters in exchange for a bride-price that can be used to pay debts and feed their families. It has now been banned by the Taliban.

US Dubbing Three ISIS-K Leaders 'Global Terrorist' Changes Nothing On Ground

'The United States is committed to using its full set of counterterrorism tools to counter the threat posed by the Islamic State’s Khorasan Province', stated US State Department.

Chinese FM Wang Yi To Meet Taliban In Qatar

Oct 25, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Wang Yi met with a delegation led by a top Taliban leader, Abdul Ghani Baradar, in July in the Chinese city of Tianjin, shortly before the group seized power from Afghanistan's elected government.

Female Afghan Leader Fawzia Koofi Keeps Striving For Afghanistan From Exile

Fawzia Koofi, a former deputy speaker of parliament, was one of only four women in talks to reach a power-sharing deal with the Taliban, which ultimately failed.

16 October, 2021

Taliban Likely To Open Secondary Education For Girls: UN Official

Associated Press (AP)

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi said Taliban's education minister told him that they are working on a 'framework' to allow all girls to continue their schooling beyond the sixth grade.

10 October, 2021

Spain Launches New Evacuation Operation For Afghan Workers, Families Left Behind

Associated Press (AP)

Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister José Albares visited both Pakistan and Qatar last month to ask for their assistance in extracting more Afghan workers who had not been included in the first airlifts from Kabul.

09 October, 2021

US To Hold Talks With Taliban Officials On Evacuees, First Since Afghan Exit

Associated Press (AP)

The focus of talks in Doha, Qatar, would be holding Afghanistan's Taliban leaders to commitments that they would allow Americans and other foreign nationals to leave Afghanistan.

22 September, 2021

UN: Afghanistan's Taliban Want To Address General Assembly

Associated Press (AP)

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres received a communication on September 15 from the currently accredited Afghan Ambassador, Ghulam Isaczai, with the list of Afghanistan's delegation for the assembly's 76th annual session.

17 September, 2021

Taliban Orders Resumption Of Classes For Boys Upto Class 12, Girls Excluded

Associated Press (AP)

The statement for resumption of classes from 6 to 12, published on Facebook, did not include girls.

16 September, 2021

Taliban Founder Mullah Baradar Noticeably Absent From Key Functions, Dissent Rumoured

Associated Press (AP)

Taliban largely remains a cohesive institution; Friction may not amount to a serious threat to the Taliban, experts say.


15 September, 2021

US Ignored Pak Role In Helping Taliban, How Will India Trust Us With Confronting China?: Rep Senator

Outlook Web Desk

Senators were discussing Pakistan's role in enabling Taliban rise to power. Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spoke about the “double-dealing by Pakistan” and “providing a safe haven” to the Taliban. Questions were raised about US's supposedly weak stance that could affect relations with India.

10 September, 2021

T20 World Cup: How A Team Like Afghanistan Can Be Allowed To Play, Tim Paine Questions ICC


Soon after forming the interim government, the Taliban banned women from playing cricket or any other sports in Afghanistan

09 September, 2021

Taliban Hard-Line Path Worsens Afghanistan Dilemma: Analysis

Associated Press (AP)

The world will need to engage with the Taliban to some extent, despite disappointment with the new all-Taliban Cabinet that defied earlier promises it would be inclusive.

03 September, 2021

Taliban Co-Founder Mullah Baradar To Lead New Afghanistan Govt: All You Need To Know

Outlook Web Desk

Taliban co-founder and head of its political office Mullah Baradar will be leading the new Taliban government in Afghanistan which is likely to be declared today.

29 August, 2021

25-Year-Old Instagram Influencer's 'Operation Flyaway' Rescue Dozens From Afghanistan

Associated Press (AP)

On Wednesday, their mission “Operation Flyaway” helped ferry 51 people from Afghanistan to Uganda on a privately chartered plane financed by the GoFundMe campaign.

28 August, 2021

Afghan Crisis: Taliban Largely Seal Off Kabul Airport As Airlift Winds Down

Associated Press (AP)

Most NATO nations flew out their troops after two decades in Afghanistan, winding down a frantic airlift that Western leaders acknowledged was still leaving many of their citizens and local allies behind.


22 August, 2021

Watch: 'Everything Is Finished', Says Sikh Afghan Lawmaker As He Breaks Down On Reaching India

Outlook Web Desk

"All achievements of the last 20 years in Afghanistan have been lost. Nothing is left. It's zero now," Sikh Afghan Narendra Singh Khalsa said soon after his arrival at Hindon Airport.

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

PTI Photo

Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

PTI Photo

Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

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The Future of Universities: Can India Overcome The Digital Divide?

The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.

Jan 15, 2022 Saikat Majumdar

Super Immunity, Natural Vaccines, Covid Gods: A Desi Guide To Denying The Pandemic

Even after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many 'informed' individuals in India continue to deny the virus with unscientific claims and unfounded data. The latest? Omicron will end the pandemic.

Jan 08, 2022 Rakhi Bose

What Is The Future Of The Liberal Arts In Asia?

Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.

Jan 01, 2022 Saikat Majumdar

Nagaland To Lakhimpur Kheri: Rights, Regimes And Restitutions in Times Of Turbulence

The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.

Dec 28, 2021 Tanvir Aeijaz