Over 5mn Afghan refugees return home in 16 years: UNHCR

More than 5 million Afghan refugees have returned to their militancy-plagued country over the past 16 years, a UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) statement said in Kabul? on Wednesday.

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Political system

Since establishment of the National Unity Government (NUG) in Afghanistan, there is an unending debate on political systems. Public opinion makers, jurists, analysts and legislators have been discussing different political systems that could meet needs of the country and people. Most of such debates and study reports end without broad-based consensus. Obliviously, there will no consensus because we do not go deep to find the root cause of a problem and offer a solution which could be acceptable to local population. Imposing a system on Afghans that is designed and practiced by people hundreds of miles away will definitely collapse.

Light after darkness

The TUP program is part of the Afghanistan Access to Finance Project  (AAFP) implemented through the Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA). The project aims to build institutional capacity to improve access to credit for micro, small, and medium enterprises. The Access to Finance Project is supported by an amount of US$50 million through the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries.

Of guns, Afghans and roses

At a time when issues like sedition, freedom of expression and intolerance are being widely discussed across mainstream media and the society at large in our country, have you ever stopped to wonder about how women survive (and thrive) in strife-torn Afghanistan, despite being deprived of basic human rights?  

Facilitating returnees

After the Pakistani government announced on November 15th as final deadline for repatriation of registered and unregistered Afghan refugees, there has been manifold increase in the number of returnees. As many as 4,086 Afghans returned home from Pakistan via Torkham in the past two days.

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Three new projects in U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative

The U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative, led by the CSIS Wadhwani Chair in U.S.-India Policy Studies and the CSIS Energy and National Security Program, has announced three new projects with the state government of Maharashtra


As countermeasure, India hikes import duty on 29 US products

In a retaliatory move against the recent US import duty hikes, India on Thursday raised customs duty on 29 products, including on iron and steel products imported from the US.