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14 June, 2018 6:54 AM Dhawan is first Indian to score century before lunch

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan on Thursday became the first Indian opener to have scored a century before lunch on the first day of the one-off test against Afghanistan in Bengaluru. The first batsman to do so was Australia’s V.T. Trumper against England in 1902. The other four batsmen are Australia’s C.G. Macartney, Don Bradman, David Warner and Pakistan’s 8

13 June, 2018 11:37 AM Abdullah Abdullah to be chief guest at Test debut of Afghanistan cricket team

Chief Executive of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Abdullah will be Kabul’s representative on Thursday to witness his country’s Test debut in Bengaluru against India. Official sources said the cricket event marks a successful culmination of India’s sports diplomacy with Afghanistan which began after the fall of Taliban in 2001. “This is the first Test match 20

12 June, 2018 6:24 PM We will negotiate only with Taliban: Afghan official

There are no good or bad terrorists and the international community should work together to remove terror infrastructure, said Dr. Arian Sharifi, Director of National Threat Assessment, National Security Council of Afghanistan. India too has been advocating a similar approach on terrorism while the international community tried to bring the “good Taliban 161

10 June, 2018 8:24 AM India, Uzbekistan to route their trade though Chabahar

Part of New Delhi’s growing engagement with resource-rich Central Asia. India and Uzbekistan are set to route their trade through the Iranian port of Chabahar as part of New Delhi’s growing engagement with resource-rich Central Asia. Briefing the media on Saturday, Foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said that during talks between Prime Minister Narendra 51

8 June, 2018 4:22 PM U.S. to intensify anti-IS operations during truce period with Taliban

Comes during a temporary, unconditional ceasefire between the Ghani regime and the militants. The U.S. intends to step up military operations against Islamic State (IS) in eastern Afghanistan during a temporary ceasefire between the Afghan government and the Taliban, senior U.S. officials said on Friday. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday announced 54

3 June, 2018 4:49 PM 44% of Afghan children are out of school: report

Increase in violence is the main reason Nearly half all children in Afghanistan are out of school due to conflict, poverty, child marriage and discrimination against girls, the number rising for the first time since 2002, humanitarian organisations said in a report on Sunday. Spreading violence has forced many schools to close, undermining fragile gains 94

27 May, 2018 1:31 PM India protests Pakistan’s Gilgit-Baltistan order

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi moves to integrate region into federal structure. India on Sunday summoned the Pakistan’s Deputy High Commissioner to protest Islamabad’s order to integrate the region of Gilgit-Baltistan into the federal structure of the country. An official press release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the region 66

27 May, 2018 7:59 AM 19 IS militants killed in Afghan airstrikes

Among those killed were two divisional commanders of the barbaric oufit. At least 19 militants of the Islamic State (IS) terror group were killed in airstrikes targeting their hideouts in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, the Defence Ministry said on Sunday. “The strikes were conducted in Haska Mina district on Saturday, killing 19 militants,” Xinhua 48

18 May, 2018 12:07 PM Afghan officials say Taliban attacks kill 16 security forces

Afghan officials say Taliban fighters have attacked several security posts in three provinces, killing 16 security forces. Ramadan Ali Mooseni, deputy provincial police chief, said on Friday the Taliban launched an attack the previous night in Ghazni province’s remote Ajristan district, killing nine security forces and wounding seven others 14

15 May, 2018 11:19 AM Afghan officials say 34 people killed in heavy flooding

The Afghan government says 34 people have died and four others injured in heavy rains and flooding around the country over the past week. A statement released on Tuesday by the Afghan Ministry for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs says 11 provinces have been badly affected by the flooding. Around 600 animals died, 240 houses were destroyed 35