Saturday, 1 April, 2023

Topic: Taliban

‘Use perfume, prioritise hygiene’ — Afghan minister Sirajuddin Haqqani to Taliban members

Haqqani's video has been making the rounds on social media amid a bigger concerted effort by the Taliban to increase engagement and support on platforms like Twitter and YouTube.

Taliban is reaching your living rooms, and YouTubers are helping

After maximizing it's reach on Twitter, the Taliban now has YouTubers to push its narrative. Even Indian creators have started to land at Kabul airport.

Afghanistan’s opium cultivation grew by 32% after Taliban takeover last year, finds UN report

The report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime also found that farmers' income from opium sales have tripled to $1.4 billion in 2022, from $425 million in 2021.

Blast hits bus in Kabul carrying Taliban employees, 7 injured

This explosion which was caused by a roadside mine is one of several attacks have taken place in urban areas in recent months.

Look at Gujarat Muslim flogging, says Taliban, as it beats up Afghan female students at home

The irony in Taliban comparing Gujarat with the Islamic Emirate on the rights of citizens cannot be missed.

India strongly condemns attack at Kabul educational centre, says ‘saddened’ by repeated attacks on students

The Dasht-e-Barchi attack the work of suicide bomber. At least 25 dead, over 50 injured. Part of a repeated pattern of targeting Hazara minorities.

New book explores history of Pashtuns, the ethnic group ‘without a country of their own’

Published by HarperCollins, ‘The Pashtuns: A Contested History' by Tilak Devasher will be released on 27 September on Softcover on ThePrint’s Softcover.

‘Sin under Islam,’ Taliban bans women students from taking videos, photos on university campus

Afghanistan journalist Bilal Sarwary has argued that the Taliban’s latest diktat against women, linking photography to Islam, was without evidence.

US sets up fund to use $3.5 bn frozen assets ‘for stability of Afghan economy’

A total of $7 billion in Afghan assets were frozen in the US last year after the Taliban came to power in Afghanistan.

Issue of legitimacy, international recognition — why Taliban was not invited to SCO summit

Rakhmatulla Nurimbetov, Uzbekistan's national coordinator of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation said 'Afghanistan not (being) present in meeting does not mean their issues will not get priority'.

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File photo of smog in Delhi. Some doctors have called air pollution a bigger threat than Covid-19.| Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Air quality is better but not enough to banish air purifiers. Here are options for your room & car

What’s the solution for people who cannot leave Delhi? Air purifiers from Dyson's expensive range to Xiaomi's affordable ones can be of help.

NFRA to conduct audit quality inspections of five audit firms

New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) will carry out audit quality inspections of five audit firms, including the...


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In a first, six women officers to enter prestigious Defence Services Staff College

As many as 15 women appeared for the examination, out of which six were selected, including one who has made it to the course along with her husband. 

Why military is more for asserting political will, not just about controlling territory

No matter what tactics, doctrine, or weapon system is used, the objective of any war is to control territory, argues Gen. MM Naravane (retd). But it's politics that matters most.