IMF loan to cover 46% of Afghan budget deficit

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) would give a payable loan of $225 million to Afghanistan which is expected to cover 46 per cent deficit in the national budget, a local news agency reported on Thursday. Continue Reading

Imran pitches for border markets with Afghan, Iran

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday directed the authorities to set up border markets along the country’s borders with Afghanistan and Iran to boost employment opportunities and help curb smuggling. Continue Reading

India bans entry of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines, Malaysia with immediate effect.

The government on Tuesday banned the entry of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines and Malaysia to India with immediate effect, according to an additional travel advisory. Continue Reading

Citizenship law will be implemented, so will be NRC: Nadda

Amid protests against the amended citizenship law, BJP working president J P Nadda asserted today that the CAA will be implemented, and that the National Register of Citizens will also be brought in. Continue Reading

SC to examine constitutional validity of Citizenship Amendment Act

The Supreme Court today decided to examine the constitutional validity of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act but refused to stay its operation. Continue Reading

United States to cut troops with Afghan

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said that he wants to reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan “with or without” a peace agreement in order to give higher priority to strategic competition with China.
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Amit Shah moves Citizenship Bill in Rajya Sabha

Home Minister Amit Shah today moved the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha and sought to assuage the concerns of Indian Muslims by saying they have nothing to fear as they are and will remain citizens of India.
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Editorial: Citizens first

The Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which seeks to provide Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees coming from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan after facing religious persecution there, a little past midnight on Monday after a heated debate that lasted over seven hours. Continue Reading

Embarrassing exit

Cricket is a funny game. Champions one day and losers the next. And South Africa, called chokers as they collapsed at tense moments in crunch games of big tournaments, arrived at England for ICC World Cup 2019 as ‘favourites’. Continue Reading