Indian consulate in Afghanistan's Mazar-i-Sharif attacked

Kabul: The Indian consulate in Afghanistan's northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif came under attack on Sunday, media reports said.

Afghan news agency Pajhwok Afghan News said in a tweet: "Police confirmed blast in gun fires in PD4 near to #Indian consulate in #Afghanistan's Mazar-i-Sharif city."

In a series of tweets, it said: "Balkh governor spokesman told Pajhwok that attackers entered a house and firing on Indian Consulate in Maza-i-Sharif city."

"Police says, no casualties yet reported from attack on #Indian Consulate in Maza-i-Sharif city."

India beat Afghanistan to win SAFF title

Thiruvananthapuram: Skipper Sunil Chhetri struck in extra-time to enable India claim their seventh SAFF Championship title by defeating a spirited Afghanistan 2-1 in a hard fought final here on Sunday.

Sunil Chhetri scored the decisive goal for India in the 11th minute of extra-time when he capitalised on a defensive lapse by the visitors.

Earlier, the two teams were locked 1-1 after the regulation 90 minutes in a match which saw fast, end to end action with plenty of chances at both ends.

21 militants killed in Afghanistan military operations

Kabul: At least 21 Taliban militants were killed in the past 24 hours during series of military operations in Afghanistan, the country's interior ministry said on Sunday.

At least 11 militants were injured during the operations which covered parts of Faryab, Sar-e-Pul, Jowzjan, Kandahar, Oruzgan, Ghazni, Paktika, Paktiya, Herat and Helmand provinces, Xinhua cited the official statement as saying.

The statement did not say if there were casualties amonng security personnel.

The Taliban militant group was yet to comment.

World Bank gives $50 mn loan for training minority youth

New Delhi : The World Bank on Friday signed a credit agreement of $50 million with India for education and skill training for minorities in the country.

"A financing agreement for IDA (International Development Association) credit of $50 million (equivalent) for the "Nai Manzil - Education and Skills Training for Minorities" was signed here with the World Bank," a finance ministry statement said.

The forgotten war that gave us J&K

By Praveen Davar

The 50th anniversary of the 1965 India-Pakistan war was observed in a befitting manner by the defence forces this year. Six years from now it will be the 50th anniversary of the 1971 war which most likely will be celebrated on a much bigger scale as it was the country's greatest military victory ever. Unfortunately, however, the war which gave us the state of Jammu and Kashmir, though truncated, is all but forgotten.

US to host summit with ASEAN in February in California

Washington : US President Barack Obama will hold talks with leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in California on February 15-16, the White House said on Wednesday.

The summit, which will take place at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, is the first hosted by the US with the ASEAN leaders.

It "builds on the deeper partnership that the US has forged with ASEAN since 2009 and will further advance the Administration's rebalance to Asia and the Pacific," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.

Norway to help India manage construction waste

New Delhi : India will sign an MoU with Norway for training of human resource to handle construction and demolition waste, in tune with the Clean India Campaign launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed between SINTEF, Norway and Central Public Works Department (CPWD) for cooperation in the development of human resource capacity-building and scientific research in the field of Recycling of Construction and Demolition (C&D) Waste in India.

The proposal in this regard was cleared by the union cabinet on Wednesday.

110 journalists killed in 2015

Paris : A total of 110 journalists were killed in connection with their work or for unclear reasons in 2015, according to report issued by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday.

Sixtyseven of them were targeted because of their work or were killed while reporting, which brought the total number of journalists killed to 787 in a decade since 2005, the report said.

However, it was not possible to clearly establish the circumstances or motives of this year’s 43 other deaths of journalists.

Government comes to distressed Indian's aid in Saudi Arabia

New Delhi : The government will extend all help to an Indian man working in Saudi Arabia without being paid his salary for the last 28 months, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.

The minister's comments came after she came to know of a video in which Kumar Akash, who hails from Uttar Pradesh, narrates his harrowing plight from somewhere near Makkah in the Gulf nation.

In the video, Akash says he had gone to Saudi Arabia to work as a mechanic after getting his visa from Mumbai through a recruiting agent in Byculla.

Zuckerberg fuels Free Basics vs net neutrality debate in India

New Delhi : First splashy full page ads in major Indian newspapers and now a personal piece by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a leading English daily defending Free Basics, the war over "free" or “selective” internet services for the poor and net neutrality has entered a new phase.