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Buildings stand in Kabul, Afghanistan (Representational image) | Photographer: Jim Huylebroek | Bloomberg

Afghanistan braces for civil war as peace talks with Taliban are seen as dead

Ashraf Ghani is feeling increasingly isolated as the US leaves the country and the Taliban gain diplomatic support from key countries such as Pakistan, Russia and China.
N.R. Narayana Murthy and Jeff Bezos (file photo) | Bloomberg

Narayana Murthy & Jeff Bezos decide to end their controversial e-commerce joint venture

The JV called Prione set up a fully-owned unit Cloudtail that sold goods online alongside independent shops & grew to be one of the largest sellers on Amazon.
(L-R) Political analyst Ayesha Siddiqa and British-Pakistani YouTuber Gul Bukhari| Twitter and ThePrint file photo

Ayesha Siddiqa, Gul Bukhari among dissidents abroad on ‘Pakistan hit list’ — report

Pakistani dissidents living abroad warned of potential threat to life by British and other European security services, says Guardian report. Pakistan claims report is propaganda.
A refugee camp in Bangladesh

Refugee camps are micro-economies, becoming cryptocurrency hubs

The Refugee Integration Organisation is paying refugees an Unconditional Basic Income through Celo cryptocurrency, which can function without a smartphone.
A person recieves a dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Stratford, London | Representational image | Hollie Adams | Bloomberg

Covid-19 pandemic — UK may stock up 210 mn surplus doses & Tunisia vaccinates 500K in a day 

ThePrint brings you some important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic.

Don’t make safe water free for all. Those who can afford should pay

Those who can afford safe water should pay a reasonable price. But those who cannot pay for reasons beyond their control should get it for free.
The restored Nishan Sahib at the Gurudwara Tahla Sahib in Afghanistan | ANI

An Afghan gurdwara testifies to visit of Guru Nanak’s son, another had text signed by 10th Guru

The recent dialogue around the removal of the Nishan Sahib from an Afghanistan gurdwara by the Taliban has brought into focus the neighbouring country's Sikh heritage.

10 arrested over attack on Hindu homes, temples in Bangladesh

The incident took place in Shiali village following a heated altercation between Hindu and Muslim residents after which security was beefed up in the area, Dhaka Tribune reported.
Singapore is seeking to cut its reliance on foreign workers | Photographer: Wei Leng Tay | Bloomberg

Anxious after Covid, Singapore plans to fine-tune foreign worker policies

Foreign labor has been a flash point for over a decade amid competition for good jobs and better wages, putting the government constantly under pressure to explain its approach.
Indian Army soldiers patrol at Line of Control (LOC) at Poonch district, in Jammu (file photo) | ANI Photo

Reject ‘baseless’ allegations of infiltration via LoC, says Pakistan

A senior security official in India recently said that the Army has been noticing presence of around 140 terrorists at the launch pads across the LoC waiting to infiltrate into J&K.

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The Finance Ministry at North Block in New Delhi | ANI Photo

Apple plans satellite features for iPhone that allow emergency calls

Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017. However, the feature is unlikely to be ready before next year. an Francisco: Apple Inc.’s push to bring satellite capabilities to the iPhone will be focused on emergency situations, allowing users to send texts to first responders and report crashes in areas without cellular coverage. The company is developing at least two related emergency features that will rely on satellite networks, aiming to release them in future iPhones, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Apple has been working on satellite technology for years, with a team exploring the concept since at least 2017, Bloomberg has reported. Speculation that the next iPhone will have satellite capabilities ramped up this week after TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the phone will probably work with spectrum owned by Globalstar Inc. That’s led to conjecture that the iPhone will become something akin to a satellite phone,...
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo | Bloomberg

RBI to penalise banks if ATMs run out of cash from 1 October

The scheme has been formulated over concerns of inconvenience caused to the public and to ensure that sufficient cash is available through ATMs, RBI said in a circular.

Defence

‘Will pull India into a vortex’ — why Delhi is unlikely to heed ‘Afghan demand for air support’

While no active military aid is being discussed, ‘benign support’ like maintenance of equipment, training and spare parts has been under discussion between India and Afghanistan.

Caste, ethnicity, religion – United colours of Indian hockey prove the game thrives in inclusivity

It's impossible to field an Indian hockey team that doesn’t reflect the diversity, the united colours, better than any other. Shows that a sport, or a nation, will prosper with growing inclusivity.
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