Feature / Analysis

 Storms 'have changed coastline forever'


London: The huge storms and powerful winds that have battered the coast of Britain in recent weeks have caused years' worth of erosion and damage, authorities said on Friday.On some stretches of coast, the extreme weather has stripped away sand from stretches of beaches to reveal ancient forests, le...

 Coffee shortage may arise due to drought, climate change, rising demand, analysts say


Don’t panic. But there could be a global coffee shortage.Usually, during this time of year, the delicate Arabica coffee plants in the mountains of Brazil, where most of the world’s coffee comes from, are maturing. White, fragrant flowers have appeared, followed by cherrylike fruit, each containing t...

 Indonesia risks losing up to 1,500 islands by 2050


By 2050, up to 1,500 Indonesian islands will be wiped off the map.By 2030, Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, which serves the capital and is about five kilometres from the seafront, will be under water.Capital Jakarta, with 40 per cent of its land below sea level and sinking, will see its northe...

 Rahul pledges Right to Health – my demand accepted


Today Rahul Gandhi pledged “Right to Health” in Congress rally at Dehradun. This is huge satisfaction for me because I have been campaigning for it for long and had raised this as the major demand before Rahul Gandhi when he organized interaction with Muslims about a month back.I had begun campaigni...

 Afghan Taliban repudiates hoped-for olive branch to government


KABUL: The Taliban said on Wednesday it had nothing to do with a recent meeting of former and current Taliban figures who appeared open to talks with the Afghan government, raising hope of a negotiated end to many years of bloodshed. In a statement emailed to media organizations, spokesman Zabihulla...

 Afghan notebook: Bomb-proof call centre


A group of telephonists are working in tightly packed rows of desks at a secret location in Kabul, taking calls from all around the country. A young woman in a headscarf asks the name and district of a caller. So far so unremarkable, but this is a call centre with a difference. "Sometimes we receive...

 How not to repeat the Soviet defeat in Afghanistan


WASHINGTON: Over the years, U.S. commanders in Afghanistan have paid close attention to the failed Soviet Union experience in that country as they developed their own campaign plans. The Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979 in order to prop up a friendly government. They withdrew in 1989 as the Sovie...

 Keeping Calm and Carrying On in Afghanistan


U.S.-Afghanistan relations plunged to a new low last week when the Afghan government released prisoners considered to be dangerous insurgents by the American military. Even prior to the releases, the relationship was fraught. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has refused to sign a bilateral security agr...

 China hopes to see united, stable, developing, amicable Afghanistan: FM


KABUL: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Saturday that China hopes to see a united, stable, developing and amicable Afghanistan, adding that this is what China's policy targets at. Afghanistan is a major neighbor to China and a country of unique and important influence in the region, Wang s...

 Muslim Representation in Lok Sabha may hit all time low in 2014


In all probability it appears that BJP will end up winning more seats than it has ever done in the past. This alone is enough reason to conclude that the Muslim representation in Lok Sabha may hit an all time low in the coming elections.  Elections are still a few months away. There are possibilitie...

 'Windfalls of war': Companies with spotty records making billions off Afghanistan


The United States government has paid a company based in Switzerland more than $5 billion to feed the troops in Afghanistan and thanks to a succession of no-bid contract extensions, the company, Supreme Foodservice, overcharged American taxpayers as much as $757 million, officials say. The U.S. has ...

 The Wrong Debate Over Afghanistan


Before discussing troop levels, the Obama administration needs to figure out what U.S. Afghan policy is.After a year in which Afghanistan was largely buried in the middle of the newspapers and relegated to a few seconds on the major television networks, the war is once again re-entering the internat...

 Cover-up? Army historian says report on deadly Afghan battle was altered to absolve faulty gun


Survivors of bloody battle report M4 jams A former Army historian who chronicled the infamous Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan, where nine U.S. soldiers died after their M4 carbines jammed, tells The Washington Times that his official account was altered by higher-ups to absolve the weapons and senior...

 Afghan Ethnic Tensions Rise in Media and Politics


KABUL, Afghanistan: It started with a heat-of-the-moment comment on a partisan television talk show, drawing an ethnic line that was bold even by Afghan standards. “Pashtuns are the rulers and owners of Afghanistan; they are the real inhabitants of Afghanistan,” said Gen. Abdul Wahid Taqat, a former...

 Taliban Civil War Looms as Peacemaker is Shot


A Taliban minister tries to negotiate with the Afghan government, and ends up dead—maybe at the hands of his fellow militants. Taliban minister Mulvi Abdul Raqib was assassinated in Peshawar, Pakistan on Monday. And the most likely suspects are other, hard-line members of the Taliban. No one has yet...

 Abduction Of Woman Puts Afghan Police In Spotlight


NURISTAN, Afghanistan: For Afghan police, fending off the Taliban is only half the battle. The much-maligned local and national police forces are also fighting to win hearts and minds and to shed their reputations for thuggery. That mission took yet another hit this week when a group of Afghan Natio...

 Taliban Attack Abdullah's Campaign Motorcade


Leading Afghan Presidential Candidate Escapes UnharmedKABUL: A leading Afghan presidential candidate escaped a Taliban attack Wednesday when his motorcade came under fire, underscoring the perils of the country's historic political transition. Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah was returning ...

 India supports Afghan policewomen


While women’s rights and their role in civic society are under scrutiny in Afghanistan, India’s top policewomen Director General (rtd.) Kanchan Choudhry and Special Director General (rtd.) Manjari Jaruhar visits their newly appointed Afghan counterpart, Colonel Jamila Bayaz, in Kabul to offer suppor...

 ‘Taliban Night Letters’ Want Public Boycott Elections


The Taliban have clandestinely distributed Shabnamah—an unsigned leaflet containing threats—in northern Baghlan, demanding the people not to participate in the elections. The pamphlets distributed by the armed oppositions have described the Afghan Police and Army as hirelings, provoking the anger of...

 Saving Dying Lake Is Priority for Iranian Leader


The first cabinet decision made under Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, wasn't about how to resolve his country's nuclear dispute with world powers. It was about how to keep the nation's largest lake from disappearing.Lake Oroumieh, one of the biggest saltwater lakes on Earth, has shrunk more th...


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