20 November 2019

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Saturday, October 05, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                                                        78/20        Afs
One Pound Sterling                                            96/10       Afs
One Euro                                                            85/50       Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                       21/30       Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                        499       Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                            1100     Afs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                           06/98       Afs

Saturday, October 05, 2019
Kabul (BNA) With completion work of an agricultural water storage, the irrigation field provided for about 8,000 acres of agricultural land.
Feriadon Azhand spokesman of rural rehabilitation and development ministry told BNA,  the water storage has a capacity of 119 cubic meters has been built  by national citizenship program of rural rehabilitation and development ministry in Baharestan region, Tashkan District, Badakhshan province.
With completion work of this agricultural water reservoir, irrigation field have been provided for about 8,000 acres of agricultural land.
T. Yarzada

Friday October 4, 2019
Kabul (BNA) In what might result as a major embarrassment for Afghanistan and its cricketing entities, the Afghanistan Cricket Board prematurely calling off the APL, Season – 2 poses a serious threat for the Cricket Board to incur legal and financial liabilities to the tune of over 10 million US$ (78,2500000 AFN).
There had been speculations about the current CEO, Mr. Lutfullah having terminated the contract with the Indian Company Snixer Sports without consulting other members of the Board. Speaking to one of the board members of ACB, who refused to be named, he said that there was no communication sent to any stakeholder or team owners before termination.
He further said that it was foolhardy to call off the league without considering business and legal implications. If team owners and stakeholders sue ACB, we won’t be able to even finance our litigation costs. Our sources with ACB confirm that Snixer Sports has already sent a legal notice to ACB over their action to which ACB is yet to reply.
This can prove fatal for exiting player contracts as well and for their cricketing future. Speaking to one of the senior officials of Snixer Sports, it was learnt that there were allegations over misconduct by few ACB officials and stakeholders in the previous league and the same is under inquiry with ICC, ACU.
“We did seek clarification from ICC, ACU and it was informed to us on record that the inquiry is still going on. We are extremely intolerant towards any such practices which is contrary to the guidelines prescribed by ICC and we been cooperating with ACU to set the record straight. We fail to understand how ACB can be reckless enough to terminate the league without any rationale and over unfounded attributions.”
“Our talks are going on and it is our understanding that the same had been done with procedural discrepancies. We have suffered huge losses owing to such illegal termination and we shall take appropriate legal action to recover the same if our current talks don’t succeed. Afghanistan and its cricket-loving people have been looking forward to the league and it had been a huge disappointment for them as well.”
APL 2019 might go ahead if internal matters of ACB are sorted
Meanwhile, there is huge unrest amongst all the stakeholders over ACB’s action which might result in a long drawn legal battle for Afghanistan Cricket Board against Snixer and existing commercial stakeholders. The drama is still unfolding over speculations of APL season –II somehow happening if internal matters of ACB are sorted.
For a fairly new cricketing association in a sporting nation which has recently started gaining international accolades in cricket, this episode can prove extremely fatal for the scope and future of the sport in Afghanistan. Afghanistan Cricket Board has recently gone ahead engaging Afghanistan’s Attorney General’s office over irregularities in the board.
The sport means a lot to the people of Afghanistan and over recent years, the country has produced many players of international repute. With all such things at stake, ACB’s liability can dent permanent damage to the country’s finances and repute in the international arena.

Friday October 4, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Glass manufacturing industry is an old and ancient art in the world and since long times it has been common in Herat. In the past extensive attention was paid to this industry but at present according to Herat cultural officials, it has been fading.
Herat cultural professionals attribute the history of Glass-manufacturing to the era of Temorids which was used in constructions. According to them in past times, mixture of glass was seen in glazed-tiles. During the monarch of late king Mohammad Zaher Shah, samples of this industry was seen in the combination of shrine of Mohammad’s cloak.
Herat cultural authorities claim that in the past times, glass manufacturers had produced colored glasses for rooms’ windows that reflected color into rooms and produced pleasant and desirable environment.
General Director of Herat Historical Monuments Repairing Preservation Directorate Zalmay Safa said that Glass manufacturing industry has a background of over 150 years in Herat and at present two glass production factories are operating here while prior to this, several factories were operating.
Safa added, products of these factories are restricted to antique equipments and decorating items including flowerpot, pen-case, sugar blow, Jug etc which are supplied in Herat, Kabul and other provinces. Prior to this, in these factories. Beside that, clear glasses were also produced for homes’ windows. Safa added that some times before, three glass-manufacturing experts led by director of Herat provincial directorate of information and culture Arya Raoofyan travelled to Kenya to learn new, modern and more practical methods exploiting new equipment and instruments on this craft.
Despite calling current situation of glass manufacturing satisfactory Safa said that there are some concerns in future of this industry.
Talking on this industry, Mohammad Ibrahim a resident of Herat city said, this industry has been gradually fading due to imports of foreign products with cheaper prices and desirable designs particularly chines products.
Najia Qayoomi a student of Herat University believes that carelessness of relevant government authorities to native and local industries including glass manufacturing, engraving on wood or Glaze-tilt and carpet industry causes falling of ancient industries and they are replaced by artificial industries. The Afghan government should take practical step to prevent its fall.
Safa went on to say, at present there are only five or six experts of glass-manufacturing in Herat and in case of a problem, this industry would be facing with serious problem.
Massouda Qarizada

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