24 September 2018

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Kabul (BNA) Eng. Nawandish Kabul Mayor and Dr. Sayed Makhdom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture opened the Shirdarwaza Bridge in Kabul. 
At the inaugural ceremony Kabul Mayor described the construction projects of the Kabul municipality work on which are being continued and said that today of the 96 on-going projects one of them is the Shirdarwaza bridge that we open today. 
Dr. Raheen thanked the Kabul Municipality over its strivings for revival of gardens and Kabul bridges Mohammad Yusuf Etebar head of the office of first vice-president read out the message of the first vice-president on this occasion and called Kabul Municipality’s activities as remarkable. 
Another speaker was chairman of UNOPS who talked on the bridge construction.
Present were also Habibullah Shghari senior advisor of the administration of affairs of the Council of Ministers, head of traffic department, head of the police third precinct, and some other local and foreign guests. 
The bridge having 16.40 width and 45 m length and its linkage length from one to another road is 150 m is being built with the cost of USD 9, 000,000 with Japanese financial support.

Kabul (BNA) Farmers in north, Balk, Jawzjan and Sar-i-Pul provinces were optimistic about the rain and snowfall ending an ongoing drought in the region.
The rain and snowfall that began last night in the capital Kabul and several Northern provinces brought cheers to growers, who hoped they would get rid of the insects harming their crops.
Abdullah Khan, a resident of the Yang -i-Qala area in Balkh province, said the wet spell had its benefits and harm.
He added that farmers sowed wheat in November and December when the land must be dry.
He said ”I was supposed to sow 10 acres of land with wheat. But now I could not do so because of the wet spell.”
One major benefit of snowfall is that it will end the drought, according to Khan, Ismail Bai, another grower from Kushanda district, said that some worms were damaging his crops.
The rain and snowfall would address the problem, he believed.
Balkh Director of Agriculture Katib Shams also opined the snowfall was beneficial ahead of wheat sowing, otherwise it could harm growers in terms of delayed crop cultivation. 
He recalled that 142,000 acres of rain-fed land in the province was cultivated with wheat last year, but there was no harvest because of the drought.
The director said of the 250,000 acres of irrigated land, 40 percent was damaged this year.
Agriculture official in Jawzjan said the rain and snowfall would help end the dry spell.
Asadullah, a resident of Sherbaik district said there was a remarkable jump in cultivation.
So far hey had grown more than two tones of  seed on their farms, he added.
The snowfall in Jawzjan that began on Nov. 8 is still ongoing.
It would end the drought in the province, where 55 hectares of cropped land were damaged during the current year, officials said.

Kabul (BNA) Job opportunities were provided to nearly 10,000 people by a government department in southern Kandahar province since March this year. 
Works, Social Affairs, Martyrs, and Disables Department head, Rafiulolah Mujaddadi said to this news agency, that the department had so for provided jobs to 10,883 people, including 4,000 teachers and government employees. 
Another 6883 people were appointed to Kandahar airport and some construction companies in Kandahar city, he added. 
On vocational training for youth, Mujaddadi said 160 people had received training in blacksmithing, wiring, carpet-weaving, air conditioners repair since March. 
About 500 people completed their trainings last year, he added. 
“Our department prefers giving jobs to people with disabilities. So far we have hired 22 such people against their actual quota of eight seats,” the director said. 
In compliance with a presidential decree, three percent of seats should be given to people with disabilities. However, according to Mujaddadi, the problem was that most of disabled people were illiterate. 

Pul-i-Khomri (BNA) The new cement factory started its work after two months close up. 
According to Merwais, Sediq, head of the factory, the new cement factory which was completed by a private company three months ago with total cost of 27.5 million US dollars stopped its work due to lack of coal a month ago. 
He added the factory has resumed its work after enough coal was provided and now 100 tons cement is produced daily. 
According to Mohammad Munir, head of Afghan Coal Company, complete preparations have been taken for providing enough coal for the cement factory. 
He said currently Afghan Coal Company can extract nearly 100 tons coal from Kar Kar, Dudkash and Ahan dara mines daily. 
There is 25,000 tons coal in the reservoirs of the mines, he said.

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