22 September 2018

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Monday September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with the key Jihadi leader Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf and held talks on key national issues in Paghman district of Kabul.
According to BNA report, President and Chief Executive Abdullah were invited by Ustad Sayyaf for the breakfast. The National Unity Government leaders and Ustad Sayyaf held talks on key national issues, including recent political and security developments. There were no further information regarding the main topics discussed during the meeting, but this comes as efforts are underway for the revival of an Afghan-led peace process with the Taliban group. Sayyaf is among the prominent Mujahiddin leaders and former lawmaker representing Kabul in the Lower House of the parliament.
 

Monday September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission (NPC) held meeting, during which 10 procurement projects were reviewed and eight of them worth over 821 million Afghanis were approved, BNA reported. The contracts approved during the meeting are as follow:
- Procurement project on consumption materials needed for the health facilities of the Ministry for Public Health and reforms projects for the Ministry of Higher Education.
- Consultancy project for the design of the first and second section of Qaisar-Laman road, lengths 28 km, related to the Ministry of Public Works.
- Procurement of spare parts and services of the generators for the Defense Ministry.
- Procurement of firewood for the kitchens of the army units and divisions for the fiscal year 1397.
- Contract for the fiber optic project to be implemented in 43 sites related to the Defense Ministry.
Besides, the meeting approved an approval request to increase the enterprises’ authorizations related to the Ministry for Urban Development and Housing. The meeting also stressed that enterprises’ works should be supervised by civil society entities and people. NPC returned a procurement contract of 650 biometric devices with their all components related to population registration administration. Stressing on supporting private sector, the President added the projects should go on bidding to domestic companies to create job opportunities in the country. The meeting attended by national and international observers including parliament’s national economic, budget and financial commissions, Afghanistan Transparency Watch, SIGAR and Resolute Support Representatives.
 

Sunday September 16, 2018

Sar-e-Pul City (BNA) 480 kg narcotic drug and dozens bottles of alcoholic beverages have been set on fire in Sar-e-Pul province.
Abdul Malik Azimi deputy governor of Sar-e-Pul told BNA correspondent, the narcotic drug and alcoholic beverages have been collected during separate military operations launched by Afghan security forces in various parts of Sar-e-Pul province during the current year.
The narcotic drug and alcoholic beverages have torched at the presence of police chief of Sar-e-Pul, representatives of counter-narcotic drug ministry and National Directorate Security department.
M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday September 16, 2018

Aibak City (BNA) At least 13 prisoners have been released from jail in northern Samangan province.
Ahmad Ramin Andeshpoor head of appeal court in Samangan told BNA correspondent, the inmates were released based on a presidential decree issued on behalf of 99th anniversary of Independence Day of Afghanistan.
Col. Shah Aqa Shatab director of Samangan’s prison told, the released prisoners are residents of different provinces and have been sentenced to jail from 4-8 years.
Now, 280 people including 13 women due to different criminal cases sentenced to jail and living in Samangan prison.
M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday September 16, 2018

Herat City (BNA) As many as seven loyal of Taliban terrorist group were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in Farsi district, western Herat province.
The conflicts occurred when dozens Taliban fighters stormed on center of Farsi district that faced with full resistance of Afghan security forces, in which seven terrorists were killed and 11 others were injured, Jailani Farhad spokesman of Herat governor told BNA reporter.
There were no casualties on parts of civilians and Afghan security troops at the end of the clashes, Farhad added.
M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday September 16, 2018

Kandahar City (BNA) Following special operations that conducted by Afghan security forces, 13 suspicious accused of criminal cases were arrested in various parts of western Kandahar province within the last 24 hours.
The arrested people are accused in murder, robbery, narcotic drug smuggling and human trafficking in different parts of Kandahar province, press office of police in the province issued in a statement.
The people were arrested during special operations and vehicles’ checking from different parts of Kandahar province, the source added.
M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday, 16 September 2018 10:19

Mine Planters Kill while Planting Mine

Sunday September 16, 2018

Paroon City (BNA) Three mine planters were killed while they wanted to plant roadside mines in a highway in eastern Nooristan province.
The mine planters had plan to place several roadside mines in Paroon city the provincial capital of the province, in which a mine exploded and took the lives of three mine planters.
It has been said there were damages on part of civilians following the blast.
M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday September 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Including 6 Pakistani rebels 13 terrorists have killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in eastern Kunar province last night.
The conflicts took place when a group of Taliban fighters stormed on Afghan security forces’ checkpoint in Nari district of the province.
Security commander of Afghan national army in the east of the country told BNA correspondent, 13 anti-government militias including 6 Pakistani insurgents were killed during the clashes.
According another report, seven armed oppositions were killed during a military operation conducted by Afghan security forces in Ghazni province.
The military operation has been launched to annihilate terrorists in relevant areas of Nawrozkhail region, Qara Bagh district of Ghazni province, Col. Fazul Khuda Ibrahimkhail spokesman of 203 Tandar Army corps told BNA reporter.
M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday September 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan on Saturday invited Indian businesses to invest in its agriculture sector, promising to roll out great opportunities in the fields of manufacturing, processing, packaging and marketing of farm products. Minister of Agriculture Nasir Ahmad Durrani said that the country’s farm production and exports were growing and urged Indian businesses to explore investment opportunities available. He was speaking during the conclusion of a four-day long exhibition and conference “Passage to Prosperity;  India-Afghanistan International Trade & Investment Show”, organized by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the governments of Indi and Afghanistan in Mumbai of India. Minister Durrani informed that agriculture, farming and livestock form the backbone of Afghanistan’s economy contributing 25 percent to its GDP and involving around 80 percent of the population. “Rebuilding trade relationships and expanding export markets for afghan products are critical for Afghanistan’s job creation, capital flows, and overall stability and we are looking for potential investors in these areas,” said Durrani.
He said that Afghanistan’s agriculture exports were growing and expected to increase by nearly one-third or 30 percent this year, to tough $260 million, up from $200 million last year. “We export dry fruits, fresh fruits and nuts to India, which is now increasing with the opening of the air corridors between Kabul-New Delhi, Kabul-Mumbai. Traditionally, the top destinations for Afghanistan exports are Pakistan and India, followed by China, Iran and Turkey,” added Durrani. The Minister said Afghan products like apples, grapes, apricots, pomegranates and raisins were very popular in India and continue to be a staple of Indian hospitality and diet. With the increased capacity of Afghan producers and exporters to deliver the freshest of produce to the markets, these quality products are once again finding their way onto supermarket shelves, he pointed out. The current bilateral trade between India-Afghanistan is $900 million and expected to touch $2 billion by 2020, he said. At the four-day show in Mumbai, more than 50 top agriculture exporters and another 150 businessmen from Afghanistan participated to show-case their finest high-value agro-products and explore business ventures with 1,200 Indian and global 100 counterparts. At the first event held in New Delhi last year, Indian and Afghan businessmen signed contracts totaling over $27 million for raw and processed agriculture products, besides agreements worth $214 million.
 

Sunday September 16, 2018

Kabul (BNA) A delegation of the Afghan High level Peace Council met Nepal Communist Party (NCP) Co-chairperson Pushpa Kamal Dahal to learn about the Nepali model of peace process here on Friday. Nepal has faced a decade-long armed-conflict from 1996 to 2006 and Dahal was the chief of the erstwhile CPN-Maoist party. The Afghan delegation asked Dahal about the source of weapons, the condition of former rebels’ weapons and the Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction which was established to speed up the peace process. The Peace and Reconstruction Ministry has already been integrated with other ministries, including the Ministry of Home Affairs in Nepal. The rebels’ weapons and combatants were integrated in the national army, which is a unique phenomenon in the world. Some of the combatants are now in leading posts in the Nepali Army. Afghan High level Peace Council Deputy Chief of mission and Former Minister Habiba Surabi said her delegation was in Nepal to learn from Nepal’s peace process to as to guide the peace in Afghanistan.
Dahal led the armed conflict and later contributed to the peace process in Nepal. Dahal told the delegation that Nepal’s peace process would be a model for other countries in the world as it was a commendable model. Dahal said republicanism, federalism, secularism and proportional inclusion were major achievements of the peace process.  “We started the war for the rights of the people and established those rights to a great extent and many citizens participated in the movement for freedom,” Dahal told the Afghan delegation. The Afghanistan High Peace Council is a body of the Afghanistan peace and reintegration program, established to negotiate with elements of the Taliban. The HPC was established on September 5, 2010. Former Afghan Vice-President Karim Khalili has been leading the HPC since June 2017. Nepali leaders briefed the Afghan delegation saying that the peace process could be more risky than war and both parties should be determined and responsible. “The dialogue is always give and take and the parties should not take a stand on the peace process,” Nepali leaders told the Afghan delegation.
 

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