Afghanistan

  • EU urges Afghanistan to probe fraud in presidential poll 09-07-2014 09:56 AM

    Brussels: The European Union (EU) Tuesday called on the Afghanistan authorities to properly investigate the "serious" allegations of fraud in presidential election. "We note the publication of the preliminary results of the second round of the presidential election in Afghanistan and the fact that these results are subject to further...
  • Ghani's Afghan election win engulfed in fraud dispute 08-07-2014 08:57 AM

    Kabul: Former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani won Afghanistan's presidential election, according to preliminary results on Monday, but his poll rival Abdullah Abdullah rejected the outcome as "a coup against the will of the people". Fraud allegations immediately sparked a dispute and stoked concerns of instability after the figures showed...
  • On eve of election results, Afghan candidate sends warning to rival 07-07-2014 12:35 PM

    Kabul: Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah warned his rival on Sunday that he will refuse to accept the outcome of the country's troubled election unless he saw firm evidence that the vote was completely free of fraud. His warning, on the eve of the preliminary election results due out on...
  • Oil tankers destroyed as rockets hit Kabul 05-07-2014 02:15 PM

    Kabul: Several oil tankers caught fire and were reduced to ashes as three rockets fired by militants slammed into a parking lot in Kabul, drivers at the site said. "It was 11 p.m. Friday night when three rockets hit the parking lot in Arghandi area on the outskirts of Kabul...
  • SpiceJet flight escapes rocket attack in Kabul airport 04-07-2014 06:35 PM

    New Delhi: About 100 people on board a SpiceJet flight from Kabul to Delhi escaped a rocket attack by militants at the airport in the Afghan capital on Thursday. The attack, aimed at the military airbase at the Kabul airport, was launched when the Boeing 737 was getting ready for...
  • US envoy for Afghanistan steps down 02-07-2014 10:47 PM

    Washington: Afghanistan is stepping down, Secretary of State John Kerry announced today in a move which comes at a key juncture in troubled US-Afghan ties. James Dobbins, a veteran diplomat with deep ties to Afghanistan, is retiring after just over a year in office and will be replaced by his...
  • Afghanistan hails India for easing visa policy 02-07-2014 05:07 PM

    New Delhi: Afghanistan has welcomed easing of visa regime by India for Afghan travellers and thanked the Narendra Modi government for acting upon its repeated requests to further facilitate people-to-people contacts between the two countries under the key provisions of the Strategic Partnership Agreement signed in 2011. "We are delighted...
  • Bicycle: A new metaphor of freedom for Afghan women 27-06-2014 02:42 PM

    Trundling down dun-coloured mountain slopes, they ignore hard stares and vulgarities from passing men, revelling in an activity that seemed unthinkable for previous generations of Afghan women -- riding a bicycle. The sight of a woman on a bicycle may not be unusual in most parts of the world, but...
  • Death toll rises in southern Afghanistan battle 27-06-2014 08:51 AM

    Kandahar: The death toll from a week of fighting between Afghan forces and hundreds of Taliban militants in a southern province rose above 100, officials said today, while the United Nations (UN) called on all parties to protect civilians who are increasingly caught in the crossfire. The battle is shaping...
  • Bombing in northern Afghanistan kills 4 civilians 25-06-2014 05:59 PM

    Kabul: A bomb hidden in a push cart and detonated by remote control near a government building in northern Afghanistan killed four people on Wednesday while a rocket attack near the Kabul airport wounded four, officials said. The explosion, which struck early on Tuesday morning near the governor's building in...
  • Afghanistan woos India Inc; to give preference to Indian companies 24-06-2014 11:28 PM

    Mumbai: Keen on attracting greater funds from India Inc in rebuilding the war-ravaged nation, Afghanistan will accord preferential treatment to Indian investors, a top official said on Tuesday. "Afghanistan has been a recipient of assistance for capacity building, infrastructure, community based business projects and humanitarian assistance from India. We intend...
  • Afghanistan's chief electoral officer resigns 23-06-2014 07:40 PM

    Kabul: Afghanistan's chief electoral officer resigned on Monday in a bid to resolve a political crisis over allegations of massive fraud in the runoff presidential vote earlier this month. Zia ul-Haq Amarkhail said that he denies any involvement in fraud but he is stepping down "for the national interest." One...
  • Karzai says Afghanistan will not be a repeat of Iraq 18-06-2014 05:52 PM

    Kabul: Afghan President Hamid Karzai has dismissed suggestions that his country could descend into the same chaos as Iraq when US-led troops pull out and leave the national police and army to impose security. Both countries have been at the centre of US wars, and are plagued by insurgencies fighting...
  • 700 cadets pass out from Indian Military Academy 14-06-2014 04:47 PM

    A total of 700 cadets passed out from the Indian Military Academy (IMA) in Dehradun on Saturday of which 636 joined the Indian Army while the remaining were foreign cadets, an official said. The foreign cadets are from Bhutan, Ethiopia, Papua New Guinea and Afghanistan. After the passing out parade,...
  • Afghans tighten security as Taliban threaten vote 13-06-2014 02:59 PM

    KABUL, Afghanistan: Afghan police and soldiers manned checkpoints at almost every intersection on Thursday, searching vehicles and frisking drivers in a massive security operation ahead of elections to choose a new president to guide the country after international combat forces withdraw. Insurgents fighting the Western-backed government have intensified attacks ahead...
  • Modi writes to Jaya, promises safe release of Prem Kumar from Afghan abductors 12-06-2014 02:16 PM

    Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa on the abduction of a Christian missionary Alexis Prem Kumar by Taliban at Herat in Afghanistan. In a letter dated June 5, he said, "I thank you for your letter of June 4. I...
  • 5 NATO soldiers killed by 'friendly fire': Afghan officials 10-06-2014 01:55 PM

    Kabul: NATO today launched an investigation into the deaths of five soldiers in southern Afghanistan as local officials blamed a "friendly fire" error by a coalition air strike. The deaths in the restive province of Zabul were the worst single incident for NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) since five...
  • Death toll climbs to 81 in Afghan flooding 08-06-2014 12:01 PM

    Kabul: More than 80 bodies have been found two days after a devastating flash flood in Afghanistan's mountainous and remote north, a provincial official said on Sunday. Lt Fazel Rahman, the police chief in the Guzirga i-Nur district of Baghlan province, said the death toll from Friday's flash flooding had...
  • Afghanistan: Flash floods kill around 60 in Baghlan province 07-06-2014 07:15 PM

    Kunduz: Flash floods have killed around 60 people in northern Afghanistan, washing away hundreds of homes and forcing thousands to flee, officials said on Saturday warning that the death toll was expected to rise. The floods in the remote mountainous district of Baghlan province come a month after a landslide...
  • Flash floods kill over 50 in north Afghanistan: officials 07-06-2014 01:36 PM

    Kabul: Flash floods have killed more than 50 people in northern Afghanistan, washing away hundreds of houses and forcing thousands to flee, provincial authorities said on Saturday. "Heavy torrential rains followed by flash floods have killed more than 50 people in Guzargah-e-Nur district of Baghlan province," Mahmood Haqmal, spokesman for...
  • Afghan government has 'concrete leads' in Indian worker abduction case 06-06-2014 07:34 PM

    New Delhi: India on Friday said that Afghan government has got some "concrete leads" in connection with the abduction of Indian aid worker Alexis Prem Kumar in Herat five days ago as investigations were on in the case in which three Talibans have been arrested. Afghanistan has conveyed to India...
  • Search on for Indian NGO worker abducted in Afghanistan 06-06-2014 09:50 AM

    New Delhi: Indian NGO worker Father Alexis Prem Kumar, abducted in Herat in Afghanistan, is said to be safe. The Governor of Herat told CNN-IBN that Father Prem Kumar is still in the Herat province. Search operations are underway to find him. Sources have also told CNN-IBN that 13 people...
  • Jaya writes to PM Modi to secure Indian's release in Afghanistan 05-06-2014 03:25 PM

    Chennai: Tamil Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and secure Indian NGO worker Father Alexis Prem Kumar's release in Afghanistan. She wrote to Modi asking him to take up the matter at the highest level in Afghanistan so that local authorities can double their...
  • Afghan security forces trying to locate abducted Indian 05-06-2014 01:23 PM

    Herat: The Afghanistan security forces continue to look for the Indian who was abducted in Herat earlier this week. Sources say that aerial search operations are being held to locate the NGO worker. Herat Governor Sayed Fazal Ullah Wahidi told CNN-IBN that the abductors had tried to take Father Alexi...
  • Taliban behind the kidnapping of Indian: Afghanistan Interior Ministry 05-06-2014 09:53 AM

    New Delhi: There has been a possible breakthrough in the kidnapping of Indian NGO worker Father Alexis Prem Kumar in Herat. Afghanistan security forces have arrested one person in connection with the case. The Afghanistan Interior Ministry told CNN-IBN that the Taliban is behind the abduction. Father Prem Kumar was...
  • Taliban video shows handover of US soldier 05-06-2014 08:40 AM

    Kabul: The Taliban have released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to US forces in eastern Afghanistan. The video, emailed to media on Wednesday, shows Bergdahl in traditional Afghan clothing sitting in a pickup truck parked on a hillside. More than a dozen Taliban fighters with machineguns...
  • One arrested by Afghan forces for abducting Indian aid worker in Herat 04-06-2014 04:20 PM

    New Delhi: One person has been arrested in connection with the kidnapping of Indian aid worker Alexis Prem Kumar who was abducted in the Herat Province of Afghanistan. According to reports, the arrest was reportedly made by by Afghan security forces in Herat. The sources in the External Affairs Ministry...
  • Vaiko writes to PM over abduction of priest in Afghanistan 04-06-2014 12:32 PM

    Chennai: MDMK chief Vaiko has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his intervention in securing the release of a Jesuit priest from Tamil Nadu, who was abducted by unidentified gunmen in Afghanistan on June 2. In his letter to Modi, Vaiko contended that 47-year-old Fr Alexis Prem Kumar S...
  • Obama defends deal that freed soldier amid growing demands for hearings 04-06-2014 10:09 AM

    Washington: President Barack Obama defended on Tuesday the prisoner swap deal that freed a U.S. soldier from Taliban captivity in Afghanistan, and the Army pledged to investigate the circumstances of his capture after fellow soldiers said he had deserted. Trying to defuse concerns of members of Congress who said the...
  • No leads on the whereabouts of Indian kidnapped in Herat 04-06-2014 08:13 AM

    New Delhi: There is no breakthrough yet in the case of the kidnapping of Indian an NGO worker in Herat, Afghanistan. The Ministry of External Affairs has said that it is in constant touch with the Afghan government and local authorities that have launched a search operation for Indian Alexis...