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Saturday June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A 190-bed orphanage in northern Afghanistan built by Turkey’s aid agency held its opening ceremony Friday.
The orphanage in Afghanistan’s third-largest city, Mazar-i-Sharif, close to the border with Uzbekistan, was built by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA). Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Labor Minister Faizullah Zaki said: “Turkey displays true brotherhood; they are with Afghanistan in good times and bad times.” Turkish consul-general in Mazar-i-Sharif, Mustafa Erdeviren, said: “We would like the orphans here to hold pencils, not weapons.”
Atta Mohammad Noor, governor of Balkh province, said the friendship between Turkey and Afghanistan was “eternal”. Noor also conveyed his gratitude to TIKA for carrying out projects in the country and for the “unforgettable” aid supplied to Balkh province. Vice President of TIKA Mehmet Sureyya Er said: “Our relationship is not one-sided. We cannot ignore the help Afghanistan has [given us] us in history, therefore, TIKA has opened three offices in the country to show our interest.” He added TIKA has so far put almost 1,000 projects into effect and will continue to create new initiatives.
AA
 

Saturday June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Failed Afghan asylum seekers in Germany could be ferried back to Afghanistan beginning next week, according to reports in the German media.
Deportations to the country were paused following a deadly suicide bombing in Kabul last month. After the blast on May 31, which killed over 150 people and severely damaged the German embassy, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a temporary suspension of deportation flights to Afghanistan, with exceptions for security threats, criminals and those refusing to reveal their identity. The policy was subject to a security review, with Merkel saying the ban was unlikely to be lifted until July. Der Spiegel newspaper and broadcaster NDR broke the news of the scheduled deportation flight from Leipzig to Kabul next Wednesday, though the government has refused to confirm the reports, as is its policy, seeking to avoid the public protests that have plagued the deportation process.
There are about 250,000 Afghans living in Germany, and nearly 12,000 are waiting to be sent back to their homeland under the policy implemented by the German government in late 2016. So far, a mere 107 migrants have been deported on five separate flights. But the deportation of Afghans, whose country remains locked in conflict, remains one of Germany’s most symbolic and hotly-debated issues. “The federal government must no longer play down the security situation in Afghanistan and must present a new situation report that reflects the reality,” said Green Party chairman Simone Peter, a representative of several left and center-left parties that have opposed the deportations on principle.
“As long as the German embassy in Afghanistan is not operational and an official interpreter on the plane is not guaranteed, I cannot be responsible for sending people from the Rhineland-Palatinate for this flight,” said Integration Minister Anne Spiegel, who confirmed government plans to the DPA news agency. A senior official from Merkel’s Bavarian allies, CSU, also said that it was too early to resume deportations, which the party had previously advocated.
RT
 

Saturday June 24, 2017

Charikar City (BNA) Mohammad Asim Asim governor of central Parwan province inaugurated two health centers in the mentioned province, BNA reported.
Dr. Khalil Musdeq acting head of public health department in Parwan told, the two health centers had been built at the cost of over AFG 13,000,000 funded by ministry of public health.
With inauguration of infant care unit in compound of Parwan civil hospital, problems of new born children from Parwan, Kapisa and Panjshir provinces will be settled and the unit has capacity of 30 new born infant within 24 hours.
Also with inauguration of a public health clinic in Sayadan region of the province, health services has been provided for thousands residents in the area.
Efforts ongoing for standardizing health services by government in the province and health services and medicines are free in the mentioned health centers, Asim added.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Office of the Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a statement, the other day, announced comprehensive support to the country’s investors and businessmen.
In an Iftari luncheon with a number of traders, investors and members of Afghanistan chamber of commerce and industries at the Sapidar Palace, the country’s chief executive thanked the positive role and presence of investors in Afghanistan, creation of employment and support to the national development and said he was committed to provided full support to the investors and traders of the country. Deputy to the chamber of commerce and industries, Khan Jan Alkozay thanked the CE’s provided luncheon and thanked his support to the investors, traders during the council ministers and cabinet meeting, high economic committee and the council of ministers’ economic committee and assured him of the traders’ hard work in national development besides the government.
 

Saturday June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Taliban militants group has lost one of its most senior leaders during a military operation in Takhar province, the 209th Shaheen Corps of the Afghan National Army said the other day. 
According to a statement by the Shaheen Corps, the deputy military commission chief of the group Mawlavi Shukoor was killed during the operations of the Afghan security forces being conducted under the name of Pamir-8. The statement further added that Mawlavi Shukoor was killed along with his nine companions during the operation. At least nineteen Taliban insurgents were also wounded during the operations, the statement said, adding that the group’s two senior commanders identified as Mullah Abdul Hadi and Mawlavi Belal were also among those wounded.
 

Saturday June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani attended an open discussion (Citizen and Arg) held in the historical Kota-e-Baghcha Palace, the other day, his office said in a statement.
At the outset, the Presidential senior advisor for the United Nations, Farkhunda Zahra Naderi said the discussion was held to strengthen and institutionalize democracy, initiate an effective governance, provide a responsible nation and an accountable system. “Discussion have either been held in the TVs’ studios or in the academic places or in the embassies and international entities, but today, we have initiated this at the presidential palace to help better hear the people voices and support them,” said Naderi.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani thanked Zahra Naderi for the initiation to hold such a discussion and said citizen could come based on discussion and no unity unless there was not a common idea. “A meditation can come from a free discussion, as an open discussion can describe citizen, governance and statehood.” The president said no society would remain stable by force and despotism and that national unity would not be secured unless we support each other. He called analyze, planning and implementation the three factors to help reach the main goal. “Within analyze, this would be made cleared that what was your main challenges and investment and limitation should clearly be specified in this,” said the president adding analyze was the ending point, without which, we couldn’t reach our goal. Pointing to the second category, he said planning was another factor and until analyze was not turned into plan, no result would be waited and moreover a program calls for planning. 
According to the president, there was a need for balance between transformation and continuity and if transformation was accelerated, then resistance should be examined. “We should obviously realize that with will not get the consequences of transformation and change can follow reaction, as those with their personal interest in danger, are mostly rising their voices,” the president continued. Implementation was the third point that analyze and planning will secure without it, as the president argued that people come based on implementation. Addressing the participants, the president said: “Your responsibility is to have discipline to help reach both leadership and pay attention to management.”
 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan celebrated its entry into Test cricket on Thursday, saying it was a dream came true for the country which has suffered from years of violence and conflict.
The International Cricket Council voted in London to make Afghanistan, along with Ireland, full members of the organization, allowing those countries to become part of the elite 12 nations who play Test matches.
“I can’t express right now how excited I am,” said Shir Agha Hamkar, Afghanistan cricket’s team manager.
“It was a big dream of the cricket board, our team and every Afghan. Afghanistan has made tremendous progress, in the last few years. We have been playing very good cricket, beating full members like Zimbabwe,” he said at a celebration where a special cake was shared to mark the occasion.
“Thanks to all the players as well. They have shown their talent to the world and shown that yes, we deserve to be a full member nation,” he said.
Afghanistan are likely to play their first Test match in 2018 and are expected to continue to play home games in the Indian city of Noida due to security concerns.
“Today is a historic day for the Afghan people because in such a political situation of Afghanistan, Afghan cricket has obtained full membership status. Today is a historic day for Afghanistan, every Afghan is happy,” said Dost Mohammad Nazari, deputy head of the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
Cricket has undergone a boom in recent years in Afghanistan with the rise of Twenty20 cricket, its big-hitting and constant action generating huge interest among fans. A new generation of supporters has avidly followed the team’s growing success.
“This is a huge thing for the whole nation. We’re all proud of this cricket team and cricket board,” said journalist Rahim Gul Sarwan.
“We’re so happy and I hope that in the next five or three years, Afghanistan will be in a position to beat big teams in the cricket world.”
Announcing the decision on Thursday night, David Richardson, the ICC Chief Executive said: “I’d like to congratulate Afghanistan and Ireland on their Full Membership status which is the result of their dedication to improving performance both off and on the field resulting in the significant development and growth of cricket in their respective countries.
“Both have clearly demonstrated they meet the new criteria and as such have made the progression to Full Membership,” he said.
As a Full Member, Afghanistan will now be able to play Test cricket, which is considered the pinnacle, or the highest standard, in this sporting code. Also, all Full Member nations are automatically qualified to play ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals.
Test cricket is the longest form of cricket and is considered its highest standard and matches are played only between national teams that enjoy this status.
After Thursday’s board meeting, the total number of countries to have Test status rose from 10 to 12 – Afghanistan and Ireland being the two new nations. The last nation to gain Full Membership was Bangladesh, 17 years ago.
A Test match sees two national teams of 11 players play a four-innings match, which may last up to five days (or longer in some historical cases).
It is generally considered the most complete examination of a team’s playing ability and endurance and the name Test stems from the long, grueling match being a “test” of the relative strengths of the two sides.
The ICC currently has 105 members and membership is a hierarchy system. There are three categories of membership: Full Members, Associate Members, and Affiliate Members.
In the highest category, there are 12 Full Members; the 2nd category has 37 Associate Members and lowest category has 56 Affiliate Members.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board was formed in 1995 and became an Affiliate Member of the ICC in 2001 and was awarded Associate Member status in 2013.
For Afghanistan, their rise in cricket has been phenomenal and Thursday’s decision by the ICC was the culmination of years of hard work and dedication by the cricket sector in the country, including the players.
As ESPN stated, since 2005, both countries have demonstrated their readiness for five-day cricket through their dominance in the Intercontinental Cup, the ICC’s first-class competition for Associates.
Afghanistan and Ireland currently sit in the top-two spots in the current edition of the competition, and Afghanistan holds a one-point lead after securing an innings victory at Greater Noida over Ireland earlier this year.
But these two teams will now be leaving the Intercontinental Cup behind at the end of the year, and start playing Test cricket with the world’s top teams.
No Test matches have as yet been scheduled for the two newcomers but it is widely speculated that Afghanistan and Ireland will meet each other next year in their maiden Test matches.
The Full List Of Test Nations Are As Follows:
Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Zimbabwe, West Indies, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England and Ireland.
The Kabul Times
 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) As one of the mountainous and green provinces, Dykondi is a suitable touristic place as it has over 57 historical monuments which are the manifestation of our ancestor’s art and civilization enthusiasm.
The head of Dykondi provincial department of Information and Culture Mohammad Hussein Seerat said, Historical monuments are heritage of our great ancestors and it is responsibility of our today’s and future generation to safeguard them, prevent their destruction.
He added, as one of the central provinces, nine years ago, Dykondi was a district in Uruzgan province but it was promoted to an independent province with nine administrative units including Khadir, Shahristan, Mirmor, Ushtoli, Sang-e- Takh to Bander, Hakitie, Gojran and Gezab districts, in which ethnic Hazara, Pashtoon and Balooch are living in a peaceful atmosphere in over 28000 villages. All the above historical monuments are scattered in districts.
He went on to say, a number of these sites are not posed with danger while another numbers are posed to destruction and require serious attention of rehabilitation. These sites have background of many centuries. Early 1392 H.S, tens pieces of coins of Islamic era were discovered and unearthed in Sheikhali era of Sang-e- Takht district during a road construction activity including 200 coins, 3 silver rings, 2 gold earrings, three coral beads which were buried under the ground inside a jug at a total weight of 0.660 kg. In one of these coins the word of “there is no Allah but the only Allah” had been engraved. At present Dykondi province lacks a museum while it is essential to accommodate discovered relics in it that would display the historical identity of its people.
Touching the survey of some ancient sites, he said since 1390, the provincial department of information and culture has surveyed 42 sites out of which 15 monuments have been registered, signs have been installed for 5 sites, 11 sites have been destroyed and nine sites are posed to destruction while no site is under the occupation of armed opponents. All these 42 sites located in five districts.
Our department prepared and sent a recommendation on visit, re-surveying and collecting of verbal and written information for writing of a book on these historical monuments to the MoIC.
Karima Malikzada
 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in a meeting of the high council of law governance, after hearing the related organs’ officials’ reports about their activities said the biggest legacy of the national unity government was reforms in the justice and judicial system, his office said in a statement the other day.
“We have launched successful campaign against corruption and would follow our joint goal until the year 1400 (solar year) for a need felt in the justice and judicial system, as the people want fundamental reforms,” said the president noting that the budget related to the justice and judicial organs would be investigated midyear and the ministry of finance had been directed to include the urgent needs.
Asking the justice and judicial organs for reviewing their establishments, the president said the whole laws would be categorized to make clear that which law needed legislative order.
According to him, as the current human resource can’t implement their plans laws, they should be reviewed. “Quality should be more preferred than quantity and in order to have an effective justice and judicial system, there is a need for launching a prolific retirement.”
The president said the international technical cooperation was not tantamount to the need of the justice and judicial organs and that he wanted the aids to be a mean for effectiveness of the organ.
Emphasizing on the women participation in the justice and judicial organs, the president noted that professional participation of women in these organs was a need and that the organs engaged in fight against corruption and busy in implementation of the law, should have coordination and share information with each other.
He directed the security officials to provide their specific plan on how to ensure security of the justice.
“We had not interfered in the judicial affairs and have never faced the country’s justice and judicial to crisis. Our role was to completely support the country’s justice and judicial system,” said the president.
Corrupt attorney officials should be reappointed in the organs and those with work for the government organizations not ready for inquiry should be suspended during questioning.
He asked the attorney General Office for introducing the eligible officials to be commended.
 

Saturday, 24 June 2017 05:51

Azhar Khan’s Death A Loss, MoIC

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) in a statement expressed deep sadness over the death of Ezhar Khan, photographer of a private TV in the Wednesday’s terrorist attack took place in Lashkargah, the provincial capital of southern Helmand province.
In the terrorist attack happened in one of the Kabul Bank provincial agency in Lashkargah city, as many as 34 people, including Ezhar Khan, a private TV photographer, have been killed and tens of others injured.  Ezhar Khan, the photographer was also a student of a higher education who successfully performed his responsibility to inform the people through his photography from different events.
The Ministry of Information and Culture condemns in the strongest possible the recent terrorist attack and called it an inhuman and non-Islamic act and wishes haven for the victims a great patience for his bereaved family.
 

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