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News 18 Afternoon Digest: Not Taliban, India’s Regional Security Challenges Come from Pakistan-China Nexus, MS Dhoni-Led Chennai Super Kings Arrive in Dubai For IPL 2021

Taliban fighters on an Afghan National Army (ANA) vehicle in Kandahar, the city where the group was born and which it retook days before it moved on Afghan capital Kabul. (AFP)

Taliban fighters on an Afghan National Army (ANA) vehicle in Kandahar, the city where the group was born and which it retook days before it moved on Afghan capital Kabul. (AFP)

Here are the top stories we are covering this afternoon: Bank Holiday Today: Banks to Remain Shut for 8 Out of Next 10 Days in These Cities, Rhea Kapoor, Karan Boolani to Get Married on August 14 at Anil Kapoor's Juhu Bungalow, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly's Brother Snehasish Hospitalised, Not Taliban, India’s Regional Security Challenges Come from Pakistan-China Nexus.

Not Taliban, India’s Regional Security Challenges Come from Pakistan-China Nexus

All the diplomatic efforts that have been made over the years in various formats to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan are ending in a fiasco. Apart from the Doha peace process, the Russian, Chinese and the Turks have also been involved in various peace processes. Political reconciliation in Afghanistan has been the mantra for long, with an Afghanistan High Peace Council (HPC) established 11 years ago to negotiate with elements of the Taliban. All to no avail. READ MORE      

MS Dhoni-Led Chennai Super Kings Arrive in Dubai For IPL 2021

With just over a month remaining before the second phase of IPL 2021 gets underway in the UAE, the Chennai Super Kings squad in India has arrived in Dubai to get their preparations underway. The T20 league was suspended earlier this year in the first week of May after players and support staff in the various bio-bubbles began testing positive for the coronavirus. READ MORE

No Visitors Allowed At Kolkata Airport Amid Beefed Up Security Measures Ahead of Independence Day

Entry for visitors has been banned at the Kolkata airport till August 20 following a security alert ahead of Independence Day from various central agencies. As part of the enhanced security protocol, only passengers carrying air tickets, airport staff, and security personnel are now allowed inside the terminal building. The staff will also be issued temporary passes amid beefed-up security measures. READ MORE

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly’s Brother Snehasish Hospitalised

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly’s elder brother Snehasish has been hospitalised late Friday night. Snehasish, who underwent a heart procedure earlier this year, suddenly began vomiting following which he was rushed to a hospital. Sourav, the current BCCI president, is keeping a track of the situation from London where he currently is. READ MORE       

Rhea Kapoor, Karan Boolani to Get Married on August 14 at Anil Kapoor’s Juhu Bungalow

Anil Kapoor and Sunita Kapoor’s daughter, film producer Rhea Kapoor and her longtime boyfriend Karan Boolani are getting married in a low-key ceremony at the Kapoors’ Juhu bungalow on August 14, 2021 (Saturday). The ceremony is expected to be a private affair, with only family members and the couple’s close friends in attendance, as per a report in India Today. READ MORE

Bank Holiday Today: Banks to Remain Shut for 8 Out of Next 10 Days in These Cities

The Reserve Bank of India had released its list of mandated bank holidays earlier for the month of August. According to the list, there were a total of 8 holidays listed as per the RBI. In addition to this, there were also the weekends to consider i.e., Sundays as well as Second and Fourth Saturdays. With that in mind, the list of holidays for lenders this month grew to 15 days in total. With the passing of the first week of August, that list has shrunk down to 12 holidays, including weekends. READ MORE

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first published:August 14, 2021, 13:07 IST