India needs to step up vigil as FATF flags Turkey as a new launch pad for terror
  • India needs to step up vigil as FATF flags Turkey as a new launch pad for terror(13:02)
    By Mahua Venkatesh

    New Delhi, Oct 23: Terror outfits including the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and Al Qaeda have cashed in on the Covid 19 pandemic which led to increased dependence and use of online platforms since 2020 to spread radicalism and raise funds, the Paris based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has said. Several non governmental organisations (NGOs) and micro, small and medium enterprises are also being used for generating revenues.

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Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh has her task cutout as global outcry against Durga Puja attacks grows louder
  • Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh has her task cutout as global outcry against Durga Puja attacks grows louder(13:42)
    By Shantanu Mukharji

    New Delhi, Oct 21: Sheikh Hasina, the secular and progressive Prime Minister of Bangladesh is under severe international pressure. From the United Nations to Amnesty International, the world has been stunned by the frenzied attacks against Bangladeshi Hindus during Durga Puja. In India, emotions are running high, and threaten to damage the umbilical ties nurtured over centuries among the people of the two neighbouring countries. Unless the Bangladeshi Prime Minister does, and is seen to be taking decisive action against the culprits, who have spawned a deep conspiracy, it is possible that the powerful emotional connect among the people, built over centuries, may be severely hemorrhaged.

Rich Pakistanis rush to hoard dollars anticipating financial meltdown
  • Rich Pakistanis rush to hoard dollars anticipating financial meltdown(20:00)
    By Mahua Venkatesh

    New Delhi, Oct 20: Economic and political uncertainties along with devaluation of the Pakistani Rupee have led to a rise in hoarding of dollars by private citizens in the country. Not just that. Sources said that a large chunk of dollars is also being routed to cash starved Afghanistan through informal and Hawala routes.

Imran targets Pak Army Chief Bajwa citing Madina Riyasat template
  • Imran targets Pak Army Chief Bajwa citing Madina Riyasat template(19:16)
    By Mrityunjoy Kumar Jha

    New Delhi, Oct 20: It has been two weeks but Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has yet to choose one out of the three names for the post of the chief of the Inter State Intelligence (ISI) which is the main reason for the faceoff between him and the army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa. Despite the claims by Khans ministers that "matter" is sorted out with Bajwa, Khan has been taking digs, which is highly unusual, at the military establishment from every possible public platform.

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Ahead of its meeting, the FATF has sufficient proof to blacklist Pakistan
  • Ahead of its meeting, the FATF has sufficient proof to blacklist Pakistan(13:00)
    By Mrityunjoy Kumar Jha

    New Delhi, Oct 19: The failed Pakistan and IMF talks on Sunday, before the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Plenary session which is scheduled to be held from October 19, is not good news for the Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan who has been at loggerheads with the powerful military establishment over the issue of appointment of the spy Chief. As per the 2019 IMF deal, the Imran Khan government had agreed to the formal mention of money laundering in the document, thus linking IMF tranches directly to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). Pakistan, which is on the grey list of the FATF since 2018, was given three months time in June this year to fulfil the remaining conditions by October. The FATF plenary will be held in Paris from October 19-21.

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Ahead of its arrival in Mumbai, Dutch warship performs elaborate ritual after crossing equator
  • Ahead of its arrival in Mumbai, Dutch warship performs elaborate ritual after crossing equator(12:18)
    By Ateet Sharma

    New Delhi, Oct 17: As the Dutch warship Evertsen, steaming towards Mumbai to participate in the military exercise crossed the equator on Saturday, it performed a traditional naval ritual which has its roots in the Roman era. On crossing the equator, an actor colourfully dressed as Neptune, the Roman God of fresh water and the sea, welcomed the 130 sailors into his kingdom with a traditional ceremony of water wave.

Terror vs Terror: ISIS-K using Taliban's own killing tools to step up the heat
  • Terror vs Terror: ISIS-K using Taliban's own killing tools to step up the heat(12:18)
    By Mrityunjoy Kumar Jha

    New Delhi, Oct 17: As expected, Islamic State Khorasan Province, (ISIS-K) claimed responsibility for the attack on the Shia mosque on Friday in a stronghold of the Taliban. Releasing the pictures of their two suicide bombers, the militant group's statement says, "Anas al-Khurasani and Abu Ali al-Balushi, ISIS fighters, who first killed the guards at the Shia mosque in Kandahar and then detonated the explosive on their waists in the middle of the crowded worshippers." The group also warned that there will be more attacks.

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After Microsoft's decision to shut down LinkedIn in China, will more companies follow suit?
  • After Microsoft's decision to shut down LinkedIn in China, will more companies follow suit?(12:22)
    by Mahua Venkatesh

    New Delhi, October 16: As US multinational Microsoft announced its decision to close its LinkedIn service in China due to the "challenging operating environment," concerns within the global business community have risen. Analysts said that as Beijing continues to tighten its grip over the private sector including the tech companies, there could be a few more companies that decide to slash down their operations.

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Terror outfits benefited during pandemic as people spent more time online
  • Terror outfits benefited during pandemic as people spent more time online(19:18)
    By Mahua Venkatesh

    New Delhi, Oct 15: Online social media platforms have always been extensively used to spread information as well as misinformation. But the increased use of Internet and online platforms amid the Covid 19 pandemic has further helped the global terror outfits in expanding their reach as more digitally connected people spent longer hours online on social media, the weapon of choice of extremists to spread their message.

Pakistan is run by Allah and Army, Imran trying to woo Allah against Army
  • Pakistan is run by Allah and Army, Imran trying to woo Allah against Army(12:08)
    By Mrityunjoy Kumar Jha

    New Delhi, Oct 15: "Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has made it clear that he is not a rubber stamp Prime Minister and would take decisions as per the law," claimed the Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Political Affairs in a TV show. However, just hours later he was asked to keep his mouth "shut" and explain his conduct by his ruling party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).

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