UN Secy General Guterres Calls On Taliban To Reverse Ban On Girls’ Education

On the International Day of Education, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on the Taliban in Afghanistan to reverse the ban on girls’ access to secondary and higher education. Calling education a fundamental right, Guterres said that now is the time for all nations to ensure taking actual steps to develop welcoming and inclusive learning environments for all. “Now is also the time to end all discriminatory laws and practices that hinder access to education. I call on the de facto authorities in Afghanistan in particular to reverse…

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China Providing Modern Weaponry To Taliban: Report

China is providing modern weaponry to the Taliban in the wake of the recent attack by the Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) on a hotel in Kabul that mostly housed Chinese nationals, writes Zafar Iqbal Yousafzai, author of The Troubled Triangle: US-Pakistan Relations under the Taliban’s Shadow in The Jamestown Foundation. The move comes as unstable and volatile Afghanistan threatens Chinese interests and could be a hurdle to the success of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Moreover, Chinese sources have expressed concern that uncertainty and unrest could lead to…

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20 Mn People To Face Acute Hunger By March 2023 In Afg: UN Report

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) highlighted Afghanistan’s economic and humanitarian situation for the coming year, stating that approximately 20 million people will face acute hunger by the end of March 2023, according to TOLO news. According to the report, four million children and women will suffer from acute malnutrition, with malnutrition rates remaining alarmingly high. “The deteriorating economy has resulted in sharp income declines, rising debt and high unemployment. People now spend 71 per cent of their income on food as a result of…

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Political Unrest In Afghanistan, Myanmar Impacting Indian Projects: MEA

In response to the parliamentary committee’s observations on Myanmar allocations, the ministry stated that, despite the country’s ongoing political situation, India completed and handed over a capacity-building institution in information technology and agriculture research this year Due to the current political and security situations in Afghanistan and Myanmar, India-backed projects have suffered setbacks and faced numerous challenges in both countries, the Ministry of External Affairs has informed a parliamentary panel. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, chaired by BJP MP PP Chaudhary, noted a reduction in aid to Afghanistan.…

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UN Security Council Denounces Taliban’s Ban On Women In Afg

Condemning the Taliban-led administration’s ban on women attending universities or working for humanitarian aid organisations, the United Nations Security Council called on Tuesday for the full, equal and meaningful participation of women and girls in Afghanistan. The 15-member council said in a unanimous statement that the ban on women and girls attending high school and university in Afghanistan “represents an increasing erosion for the respect of human rights and fundamental freedoms.” The ban, according to the council, “would have a significant and immediate impact on humanitarian operations in the country,”…

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Foreign NGOs Cease Operations After Taliban’s Ban On Women Workers In Afg

Five major non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have halted operations in Afghanistan after the Taliban prohibited women from working for them. Care International, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) and Save the Children said they could not continue their work “without our female staff.” The International Rescue Committee has also suspended operations and Islamic Relief has announced that it will cease most of its operations. Afghanistan’s government the Taliban have consistently repressed women’s rights. The latest edict on non-governmental organisations came just days after the Taliban prohibited women from attending university. The Taliban’s…

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“Closely Monitoring” The Security Situation In Afghanistan: India At UNSC

India is “deeply concerned” about the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan (UNSC), Sanjay Varma, Secretary West, Ministry of External Affairs, said at the United Nations Security Council. Varma stated at a UN Security Council Briefing on Afghanistan on Tuesday that India is “closely monitoring” the security situation in Afghanistan and remains actively engaged with the international community on issues concerning the country. “We are closely monitoring Afghanistan’s security situation and are actively engaged with the international community on Afghanistan-related issues,” Sanjay Varma said. “Terrorist attacks have targeted public spaces such as…

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Taliban Bans Women From Universities In Afghanistan

Women are barred from attending private and public universities in Afghanistan, effective immediately and until further notice, according to a Taliban government spokesman said on Tuesday in the latest edict restricting their rights and freedoms. The decision was made following a meeting of the Taliban government. Despite initially promising a more moderate rule and greater rights for women and minorities, the Taliban has widely implemented their harsh interpretation of Islamic law or Sharia. Taliban have barred girls from middle and high school and women from most jobs and ordered them…

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UK Donates $28 Mn In Emergency Funds To Afghanistan Amid Food Crisis

In the midst of Afghanistan’s fragile economy, the United Kingdom donated approximately USD 28 million in emergency ahead of winter. “The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s donation of GBP 25 million (roughly USD28.8 million). The funds will be used to support WFP’s emergency operations for the 15 million Afghans who may face food insecurity this winter, according to the World Food Programme statement. More than a year after Nato forces departed and the Taliban assumed control…

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India Sends 13th Batch Of Humanitarian Assistance To Afghanistan: MEA

The medical items include pediatric stethoscope, sphygmomanometer mobile type with pediatric BP cuff, infusion pump, drip chamber set, electro cautery, nylon sutures etc In view of the urgent appeals made by the United Nations to assist the Afghan people, India has supplied the thirteenth batch of medical assistance consisting of essential medicines and medical/surgical items to Afghanistan on Tuesday. The medical items include pediatric stethoscope, sphygmomanometer mobile type with pediatric BP cuff, infusion pump, drip chamber set, electro cautery, nylon sutures etc that were handed over to authorities of the…

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