Thursday, Oct 21, 2021


US Envoy For Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad Resigns, His Deputy Takes Over

Oct 19, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Criticized heavily for his Trump-Taliban deal, US Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad Resigned on Monday. He is replaced by Thomas West, who previously served as the Deputy Special Representative.

Over 100 Afghanistan 'Football Family' Members Evacuated: FIFA

Oct 15, 2021 PTI

The evacuation, especially of women footballers, was necessitated by Taliban's takeover of the strife-torn country in August this year.

Explosion Inside Afghanistan Mosque During Friday Congregation Prayers Leaves 37 Dead

The attack on the Imam Barga mosque came a week after a bombing claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate killed 46 people at a Shiite mosque in northern Afghanistan.

Prevent Afghan Territory From Becoming Source Of Terrorism: PM Modi At G20 Summit

Oct 12, 2021 Outlook Web Desk

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also called for urgent and unhindered humanitarian assistance to Afghan citizens.

Jaishankar In Central Asia Again As India Reaches Out To Afghanistan's Neighbours

This is the foreign minister’s third visit to the central Asian region since the crisis in Afghanistan.

12 October, 2021

Taliban Is Expected To Meet EU Representatives After Recently Meeting With German Delegation

Deutsche Welle

Following the discussions, the German delegation said the Taliban government is a "reality." The group took over Afghanistan on August 15 as the US and NATO allies withdrew forces from the country.

10 October, 2021

Taliban Rules Out Cooperation With US Ahead Of First Direct Talks Since Afghan Exit

Associated Press (AP)

Senior Taliban officials and US representatives are meeting on Saturday and Sunday in Doha, the capital of the Persian Gulf state of Qatar.

09 October, 2021

T20 World Cup: ACB Appoints Andy Flower As Afghanistan Team Consultant


Flower, who had captained Zimbabwe during his playing days, represented the country in 63 Tests and 213 ODIs before switching to coaching.

09 October, 2021

IS Claims Afghan Mosque Attack, Challenges Taliban

Associated Press (AP)

The region's IS affiliate identified the bomber as a Uygher Muslim and said the attack targeted both Shiites and the Taliban for their purported willingness to expel Uyghers to meet demands from China.

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.

08 October, 2021

Several Feared Dead As Powerful Explosion Takes Place Inside Afghanistan Mosque

Associated Press (AP)

The explosion has taken place inisde Shiite mosque in Kunduz province of Afghanistan.


07 October, 2021

'Pakistan Has Had It Both Ways': Former US NSA Advices Against Fresh Funding To Pakistan

Associated Press (AP)

Trump Administration era General (rtd.) HR McMaster said testifying before a Congressional Committee on Afghanistan that Pakistan's comments after the fall of Kabul warranted 'isolation'.

06 October, 2021

Taliban Claim Arrest Of 4 IS Members

Associated Press (AP)

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said the operation was carried out Tuesday night by special unit forces in the Pashai area of Pagham district in Kabul province.

05 October, 2021

'Yesterday I Was Crying (In Happiness) For Hours': Afghanistan's Music School's Director After Being Airlifted To Portugal

Outlook Web Desk

Afghani musicians were left teary after they were flown out of Kabul to Portugal. Afraid that the music ban could come soon in the country, these musicians' wish to preserve Afghani music got a huge assistance.

01 October, 2021

US Concerns With Pakistan On Terrorist Safe Havens Honest And Still Valid: Pentagon

Outlook Web Desk

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said that the United States is within its rights to continue drone strikes inside Afghanistan.

29 September, 2021

Taliban Has Failed To Honour Doha Agreement Of 2020, Never Renounced Al-Qaeda: US Military General

Associated Press (AP)

Under the Doha Agreement, the United States had to begin to withdraw its forces contingent upon the Taliban meeting certain conditions, which would have led to a political agreement between the Taliban and the government of Afghanistan.

25 September, 2021

Taliban Returns To Its Gruesome Past; Hangs Dead Body In Herat City Square

Associated Press (AP)

Taliban announced in the square that the four persons were caught taking part in a kidnapping and were killed by police.


23 September, 2021

Taliban's Envoy To UN Requests Quick Recognition

Associated Press (AP)

If no world recognition of the Taliban comes by Monday, Afghan Ambassador Ghulam Isaczai will give the address to the UN General Assembly.

Photo Gallery

Nursing staff of the M S Ramaiah hospital draws a 'rangoli' to celebrate the 1 billion Covid-19 vaccine dose milestone, in Bengaluru.

PTI Photo/Shailendra Bhojak

Bollywood actress Ananya Pandey arrives at the Narcotics Control Bureau office in Mumbai.

PTI Photo/Shashank Parade

Bollywood actor Chunky Pandey accompanying his daughter Ananya arrives at Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office after a team of NCB raided her residence, in Mumbai.

PTI Photo/Shashank Parade

Union Home Minister Amit Shah conducts an aerial survey of flood and landslide affected areas of Uttarakhand following heavy rains.

PTI Photo

Farmers remove barricades from a road leading to Delhi near Ghazipur border picket site after the orders of the Supreme Court in Ghaziabad.

PTI Photo

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This Election Season In UP, Lakhimpur Kheri Is The New Political Battlefield

The Opposition is hoping for a rich election harvest in Uttar Pradesh but Lucknow appears to be a long way from the killing fields.


The Negotiator: Rakesh Tikait Is The Glue Holding Farmers’ Agitation Together

The former Delhi Police employee has also emerged as the go-to man for the authorities to reach out to the agitating farmers.

Vikas Pathak
The Negotiator: Rakesh Tikait Is The Glue Holding Farmers’ Agitation Together


Kashmir Minority Killings A Throwback To The Terrifying 90s

Outwardly peaceful, Kashmir has seen a spate of civilian killings in recent weeks. A silent unease has now exploded into fear and concern after the shooting of minorities.

Naseer Ganai
Kashmir Minority Killings A Throwback To The Terrifying 90s


Virat Kohli’s Abrasive Leadership Style Gave Indian Cricket A New Dimension

Virat Kohli will step down as T20 captain of India and RCB but that will not take away the fact that he remains a unique leader

Sep 20, 2021 Arijit Ghosh

Taliban: What’s Next For The International Community?

With all foreign soldiers out of Afghanistan, the Taliban is now in a position to do pretty much what it wants.

Sep 13, 2021 Seema Guha

Rising Challenges Of Plagiarism In The Era Of Online Education

It can be a crucial stepping stone to develop young minds to appreciate the importance of practising honesty throughout their academic journey and lay the foundations for successful professional careers.

Sep 12, 2021 Chaitali Moitra

Vaccine Mandates Harm Long-Term Public Health

One can be pro-religion, but against coerced religion; one can be pro-vaccines, but against coercion and mandates

Sep 12, 2021 Kameswari Chebrolu