22 January 2017

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Pul-e-Khumri City (BNA) Survey work of a new electricity sub-station at the capacity of 500mw power was implemented in Northern Baghlan province yesterday.
The survey was conducted by representative of Baghlan provincial authority and two representatives from Sari Lanka and India donors’ electricity companies on 360 acres of governmental land.
Aim of the establishing of this sub-station is electricity supply to residents of Dand Ghori and Baghlan Markazay districts of the province, Abdul Satar Barez governor of Baghlan told in a press conference.
Now three electricity sub-stations are active in Dash Karkar, Chamqala and Gazy areas of the province, that with implementation of the new sub-station electricity problems of most people will be settled in Baghlan, Barez added.

Saturday January 7, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Over Afs 4b revenues collected in 1395 due to 10pc taxes of communication services, said an official of the MoCIT adding that efforts aimed at creation of a standard system for collecting of 10pc taxes of communication services are underway.
Spokesman of the MoCIT Yaseen Sameem said using the elementary system, over Afs 4.2 b have been collected in 1395 fiscal year. At present over twenty one million customers use mobile phones while over 140000 organizations use wired telephones. The coverage area of mobile services has increased from ten pc to seventeen pc in the last two years. At the same time, some members of the house communication and transportation commission saying that there is no transparency in collecting system of 10pc communication taxes. Law maker Nasima Niazi a member of this commission said a new system is required to be setup and used for transparent collecting of communication revenues as quick as possible. This process should be accountable to the Afghan people. According to the information of the MoCIT, at present six including one government communication companies are operating in Afghanistan but despite of that people have always been complaining on high rates and low quality of communication services. Esmat and Farhad two residents of Kabul city said that during conversation, voices are cut and connected time and again and use of internet services is difficult for customers.
Despite of monthly high prices of internet services in some parts of Kabul city, good services are not available and clear pictures are not displayed. The leading body of the MoCIT should exert pressure upon communication networks to supply better services to their customers. These networks have a coverage of over 80pc of Afghanistan geography with over 200000 employees including 60pc women. Over US $2.3 b have been invested in this sector. According to MoCIT, beside National Optical Fiber Network, expansion of Optical Fiber network in new directions including central, South, Southeast and northeast areas with a total length of 968km, connection of 50 sites, 30 universities and schools with this system and supply of over 30000 digital telephones in Kabul and provinces are among the achievements of the MoCIT. Announcing considerable reduction of internet prices, the MoCIT said, in the past Afghanistan had supplied 10 GB internet against US $400000 from Kirghizstan but it was reduced to US $200000 this year. Beside that the expenditures for supply of 10 GB internet through Pakistan was reduced from US $250000 to US $180000 this year. Before one MB internet was supplied to ordinary people, houses and commercial markets for US $60, but is now supplied for US $ 48. The MoCIT added that in 1395 solar year, 423 communication sites and 242 sets of villages connection have been installed and operating. The total revenues of the MoCIT in current 1395 year was Afs 13.7 b that shows an increase of Afs 1.5 b than the targeted goal.
Shukria Kohistani

Saturday, January 07, 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                                               66/75 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                                 81/60 afgs                         
One Euro                                                69/95 afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                            18/15 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees              616 afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees                 1025 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              16/70 afgs                       

Saturday, January 07, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, in a meeting with a number of elders and influential figures of Kunduz called for a plan to connect Herat with Sherkhan port, his office said in a statement Thursday.
The president also called for evolving an effective plan to develop Afghanistan’s economy, according to the statement.
The president, while hearing complaints about some key problems faced by the people in Northern Province of Kunduz, made the remarks during a meeting with the tribal elders and influential figures, the statement added.
The problems, the elders shared with the president included security, education, agriculture, healthcare and nomads’ issues, the statement added.
Likewise, the provincial elders suggested reforms in the Kunduz government and provision of essential facilities for the investors of the private sector, with the president seeking cooperation from tribal elders, religious scholars and other people with an efforts leading to reform.
He said identifying all its aspects was necessary for putting an end to the conflict in the country, and added that coordination among security organs had improved as a result of reforms.
President blamed some individuals for misusing the available opportunity for promoting their own interests, something he said led the country plunge into crisis for the past four decades, as according to him, the crisis has been the source of their income, said the statement.
He said Afghanistan had been converted into an integral part of Asia, helping regional cooperation improved and that China was convinced that the Silk Route must pass through Afghanistan.
In the next three years, Herat province would be connected with Kunduz’s Sher Khan Port, a plan would help stabilize the country’s economic situation, the president promised.
“Paying serious heed to building railway line and supplying it with electricity in the province, is our main focus,” said the president adding his administration was planned to convert Afghanistan into the center of regional gravity.
The statement quoted the president as saying the government was committed to reforms, implementation of uplift projects and providing basic facilities for the private sector and the port province, Kunduz would be connected with Iran, Turkmenistan and China.

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