22 January 2017

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) With installation of a transformer, 80 families were benefited from electricity in 1st precinct of Pul-e-Khomri city.
Engineer Abdul Awal technical deputy of Ghori electricity department of the city told BNA, the transformer with capacity 100 KW power has been installed by Ghor electricity department in Nawabad area of the city.
He added, with installation of the transformer, 80 families have been benefited from electricity power. 

Tuesday January 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                                            66/90 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              81/20 afgs                         
One Euro                                              70/70 afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/80 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees             616 afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1022 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees             16/53 afgs                       

Tuesday January 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Officials of the Natural Disasters Management Authority (NDMA) said that in 2016, due to domestic war throughout the country, more than one billion damages have been imposed to government facilities, adding more than 16,371 families have also been displaced in eleven provinces due to natural disasters or insecurities.
This is while that a number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) living in the capital Kabul are faced with serious problems, particularly in harsh winter. The IDPs have sought refuge in Kabul from turbulent provinces and are living under tents or rental houses. Akhtar, a displaced from Helmand who is living in Kabul said, ‘it is very cold here. We don’t have firewood or anything else to heat our tent.’ He added that winter is a serious threat to his siblings and they are faced with variety of difficulties. Nasir, another displaced said, ‘we have many problems here. The weather is cold and no one comes here to help us. If security is ensured in our province, we will soon leave here and go back to our house.’ But officials of the Natural Disasters Management Authority (NDMA) said that 18,563 families have returned their provinces and 5,488 families are still under the government protection and didn’t return yet. 25,551 families are in dire need of assistances and their requirements will soon be provided by foreign and domestic organizations, according to NDMA. The NDMA added that in 1395, 1,504 people had been killed and 2,601 people injured. The NDMA state minister said over 270mln afs have been donated to martyrs’ families by the government. He added that more than 1bln afg have allocated to foreign and domestic displaced people from the emergency code. At the same time, Fazel Ahmad Azimi, deputy minister of refugees and returnees said that over one million Afghans have voluntarily returned from the neighboring and foreign countries so far. Likewise, more than 200 families who are mostly living in border regions need urgent aids, he continued.
Shukria Kohistani

Monday January 9, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace, a contract on construction of Yakawlang-Dare Souf road was signed by minister of public works, Eng. Mahmoud Baligh and a Chinese firm (CRBC) at the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the president press office said in a statement on Sunday.
According to the statement, the road project of Yakawlang-Dare Souf, was awarded to a Chinese firm after its bid of $204.9 million was approved by the government and was signed by Public Works Minister Mahmoud Baligh. The signing ceremony was also attended by the head of the Asian Development Bank and some other high-ranking government officials in Arg, the statement added. During the ceremony, Minister Baligh said the contract was given to the Chinese firm after it completed all the standard norms and conditions for the project by offering the lowest price of $204.9 million, the statement stated. He said the Chinese firm along with a Turkish company had participated in the latest tender which was offered two years after the contract was cancelled due to higher prices offered by the previous bidders, the statement continued. According to Minister Baligh, the award of the project to the Chinese firm helps reduce the construction cost by almost $50 million as compared to the previous bids. In his return, the Director of the Asian Development Bank in Afghanistan, Thomas Panella said the contract will play a constructive role in economic growth of the country by helping the internal transport in Afghanistan. The head of the Chinese construction firm promised to continue supporting Afghanistan and added that the award of the contract to his company is the first step to participate in the reconstruction of the country.

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