Embracing the Taliban in Afghanistan: Russia

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The Russian president and foreign minister have recognised the Afghan Taliban as a new reality and real power, and the Taliban hopes to be recognised. The complex history of Russian involvement in Afghanistan can be traced back to the Soviet era, characterised by Moscow's military occupation during the Cold War. Amidst the chaos and unpredictability that ensued from the fall of Kabul in 2021, Russia has emerged as a key player, showcasing a profound shift in its approach by embracing the Taliban regime. This strategic pivot is a momentous juncture in Russia's foreign policy, signifying a departure from its conventional stance towards Afghanistan. Russia's approach towards Afghanistan has undergone a notable transformation. Unlike many other nations that swiftly shuttered their embassies after Kabul's collapse in 2021, the Russian Embassy remained operational, symbolising a readiness to engage with the new power holders in Afghanistan.
Hindustan Times
India drops on the Global Gender Gap Index to 129
India drops on the Global Gender Gap Index to 129

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Nova Chanambam
The World Economic Forum's (WEF) Global Gender Gap report has India ranked 129th, down two spots from the previous ranking that was released on Tuesday, June 11. Iceland, which has been at the top of the index for the past ten years, remained at the top this year as well.
The Wire
Yummo Ice Creams responds after Mumbai doctor finds human finger in cone
Yummo Ice Creams responds after Mumbai doctor finds human finger in cone

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Ashish Walter
Brendan Ferrao, a Mumbai-based doctor 26-year-old resident of Malad, made the alarming discovery when he bit into the ice cream and felt something unusual in his mouth. The incident occurred on Wednesday night when Ferrao's sister ordered three ice creams—two mango-flavoured and one butterscotch—via a quick commerce platform. After her brother discovered the severed human finger embedded in the ice cream cone, the sister immediately contacted the police. Yummo Ice Creams responded, stating, “We have stopped manufacturing at this third-party facility, isolated the said product at the facility and our warehouses, and are in the process of doing the same at the market level. Product quality and safety being our highest priority, we were in process to address the situation. Meanwhile, the matter was escalated, and an official police complaint was filed by the customer."
moneycontrol
UP assault case ends in Rs 2,000 fine involving 15 Judges in 30 years
UP assault case ends in Rs 2,000 fine involving 15 Judges in 30 years

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Nazar Abbas
A court in Uttar Pradesh's Banda issued its verdict in an assault case that had been waiting for 30 years. The court issued a fine of Rs 2,000 each on all three defendants, shocking the local population.
India Today
EMIs to go up, as SBI hikes lending rate by 10 basis points across tenures
EMIs to go up, as SBI hikes lending rate by 10 basis points across tenures

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Nazar Abbas
The country's largest lender, State Bank of India (SBI), has raised its marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) by 10 basis points (bps) or 0.1% across all tenures, resulting in higher EMIs for borrowers.
Moneycontrol
Mortal remains of Indians brought back. What caused the fire in building?
Mortal remains of Indians brought back. What caused the fire in building?

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Nazar Abbas
A special Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft carrying the lifeless remains of the 45 Indians killed in the Kuwait building fire landed in Kochi on Friday. The deceased included 23 Keralites, as well as 18 Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh residents.
The Times of India
Pope Francis became the first pontiff to address a G7 summit.
Pope Francis became the first pontiff to address a G7 summit.

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Nazar Abbas
Pope Francis spoke to leaders of wealthy nations on Friday, encouraging them to prioritize human dignity while creating and using artificial intelligence (AI). He was concerned that AI's power will reduce human connections to mere calculations.
The Times of India

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