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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Leading a high ranking delegation, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday traveled to north-western Badghis province and inaugurated a power-sub-station of 16 megawatts, benefiting 7,000 families, a Presidential statement said.
Upon his arrival, the president inaugurated Qala-e-Naw’s 20/110KV electricity project imported from Turkmenistan in the presence of provincial officials, tribal elders and Turkmenistan delegation led by Minister of Energy.
Addressing the inauguration ceremony, the president hoped the project would be expanded and other residents of the province would also benefit from the facility.
“With inauguration of the project the electricity price to be reduced from 40 Afghanis to only 6 Afghanis,” the president said.  Residents of Qla-e-Naw were previously supplied electricity from a generator at a rate of 40 Afghanis per KV.
The President Ghani added the construction of a ring road in Badghis province was also among his promises.  The road was being constructed, he continued.
Hinting to Badghis role in ancient silk route, the president said the rich human capital to lead the province towards development in the future.
“Think to your future and attend the upcoming elections to guarantee future of Afghanistan,” President Ghani told Badghis residents, adding Turkmenistan had changed its priorities for Badghis electricity.  The president also asked Turkmen delegation to convey his and Afghan government’s greeting and love to president and people of Turkmenistan.
Addressing the gathering, Badghis governor congratulated inauguration of the project of residents, saying people of the province supports government’s programs and that would remain beside it.
Meanwhile, the Turkmen minister of energy Charymyrat  Purchekov emphasized greater relations between the two countries, adding the Fiber Optic line between the two countries was the beginning of implementing big projects.    He was also pleased to note that resident of Qala-e-Naw were benefiting from imported electricity.
The substation has the capacity of supplying 16 megawatts of power and involves a 25 kilometers 110kv transmission line, as well as a distribution network for 7,000 families.
According to another reports, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani held separate meetings with tribal elders, religious scholars, school and university teachers, civil society activists, district governors, women representatives, youth and provincial council members.
In a meeting with women representatives, president Ghani thanked their support of development projects, instructing provincial officials to ease employment opportunities for women in provincial government organs.
Meanwhile in a meeting with religious scholars, the president said Ulema were sidelined in last forty years in the country, adding that their role has further been highlighted now and praised their recent fatwa of rejecting war in Afghanistan and calling it against Islamic teachings.
The Ulema also reiterated their support of government programs, saying they would play key role in Afghan peace process and were ready to participate in upcoming parliamentary and district council elections.  In a separate meeting with Badghis youth, President Ghani said government was committed to balanced development and youth fullness of the system, adding a number of youth from the province were already appointed in key government positions and the process to be continued.
The Badghis youth representatives also enumerated a number of their problems, including countering drought, equipping of provincial hospital, employment, exploitation of coal mine, preservation and expanding of pistachio and peanut forests, establishment of library and implementation of development projects.
The president assured to address their demands, saying increasing production of pistachio and peanut were government’s priority.
Meanwhile in a meeting with Badghis district governors, President Ghani emphasized on their roles in implementation and protection of development projects.  He also said plans were on hand to counter drought in the country.
 

Thursday July 26, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Construction work of a road has started in northern Faryab province the other day.
District governor of Qarghan told BNA reporter, Andkhoy-Qarghan road to be asphalted by Ministry of Public Work with a sum of 7 million USD funded from Asian Bank.
Mohammad Shaker Kargar advisor of President in Middle Asia countries affairs during inauguration ceremony of the road pledged that within the next one year development projects and master plan to be implemented in Qarghan and Andkhoy districtd pf the province.
M.A.Ansari 
 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

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                                               72/23 Afs                           
One Pound Sterling                                 95   Afs                           
One Euro                                                84/20 Afs                           
One Emirate’s Dirham                           19/60 Afs                           
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          560 Afs                           
One Thousand Indian Rupees                1070 Afs                                         
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              8/20 Afs                           
Yarzada
 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  Presided over by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission (NPC) held session on Monday, during which 20 procurement cases worth 1.3 billion Afghanis were reviewed and a contract request of four projects worth 628.6 million Afghanis were approved, the presidential palace said in a statement.  According to the statement, a contract of Kabul-Ghazni highway’s basic reconstruction lengths 34 km medicines’ procurement to health facilities related to the ministry of public health including reforms project and higher education ministry, procurement contract of 127 items of clothing needed for the national defense ministry units and a contract on construction of a complex in Khost’s center were approved during the meeting.
Likewise, after discussions, the suggestions on modification of below projects were confirmed by the commission which are as follow:
Modification in duration of different types of oils’ procurement project related to the ministry of telecommunication and information technology, modification in transferring project of 130000 metric tons of wheat from Kandla Port of India through Chabahar Port.
Adjustment in term of a project for construction of a building and asphalting a ring road lengths 15 km in Sheberghan city, Jawzjan province, modification in time of a fuel procurement project needed for the country’s airplanes and adjustment of a contract on air cleaning device for Shaheen 209 army corps’ building, the statement added.
The meeting also adopted necessary measures on previous decisions and instructions of the commission on reports of the national defense, interior and water and energy ministries.  Da Ariana Afghan Airline Company, Kabul municipality and a report of the ministry for urban development and housing on a project of a 100-bed hospital building in Kapisa province.
The meeting was attended by NPC members, national and international observers, Wolesi Jirga’s national economy, budget a financial commissions’ members and some other officials.
 

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