22 February 2017

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A government delegation consisting 14 ministries’ representatives, headed by Acting Minister of Information and Culture and Deputy to Youth Affairs, Dr. Kamal Sadat visited Paktika province on Tuesday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
Addressing a gathering, Dr. Sadat said that President Ghani would pay serious heed to backward provinces of the country, as he instructed all government organizations to trip to this province and address the Paktika people problems, according to the agency. He added that the ministry of information and culture has planned to implement 16 projects in Paktika province, BNA added. Dr. Sadat asked the Paktika people to send their children to schools so they don’t face any problem in any section in future, the agency continued. Expressing gratitude over the president’s attention on this province, the Paktika governor hoped the promised projects to come into effect as soon as possible.
 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Deputy Foreign Ministry Hekmat Khalil Karzai met delegation of UN Sanctions Committee chaired by Hans-Jakob Schindler here yesterday afternoon, the MoFA said in a statement.
The Deputy Foreign Ministry said this visit took place at a very crucial time when Afghanistan Government gained another major accomplishment in peace and reconciliation with Hezb-b-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), adding Afghan Government hopes that the committee will cooperate in delisting the individuals and groups the ready to peace negotiations with the government of Afghanistan, the statement added. Meanwhile Hans-Jakob Schindler said the delegation was ready to cooperate with the Afghan Government and will publish its working report in the near future. He promised that the Sanctions Committee will also cooperate regarding the list provided by the by the Government of Afghanistan to the UN Security Council. During the meeting, both sides also discussed other areas of interest as well, the statement concluded.
 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 07:41

Int’l Mother Language Day Marked

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan Ministry of Information and Culture in cooperation with the UNESCO celebrated International Mother Language Day (IMLD) on February 2, under the theme “Toward Sustainable Futures through Multilingual Education”, Bakhtar News Agency reported the other day.
A message on the occasion from the country’s president, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has been read out by the presidential social advisor, Malalay Shinwari in which communication has been considered as the main responsibility of mother tongue and other languages to be used to facilitate access to education, said the agency. The country’s constitution has allowed any of the country’s nationals to get education their own language, the message reads. Deputy to cultural affairs of the ministry of information and culture, Mohammad Rassoul Bawari mother tongue enjoyed worldwide importance, thus the day is celebrated globally, quoted the agency. He blamed some individuals to create discord among the people, by using certain tongues and advised that “only with national unity the plot could be prevented,” Some other speakers, including Abdul Rahman Roodwal Assadullah Walvaligi, Zaman Kashkaki, Faridullah Noori and Noor Agha Shindandwal, delivered speeches about the issue in details in the ceremony, to conclude with, the participants issued a statement in several clauses in which promoting education with mother language has been mentioned.
 

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance and Roberto Canton, Ambassador of Italy signed a grant agreement of Euro €4,000,000 to reduce maternal and child mortality in the presence of Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health here yesterday, a statement from Ministry of Finance said.
Minister of Finance reiterated the importance of this project and thanked the Italian government and its people for their continuous support for health, education, infrastructure and security, the statement added. “This grant would be used by Ministry of Public Health in Kabul and Herat provinces to strengthen health institutes, reconstruction of surgery ward of Indira Gandhi Children’s Hospital, establishing maternity wards in hospitals and providing health training programs abroad” said Ferozuddin Feroz, the Minister of Public Health. “Supporting health sector is the priority of Government of Italy and it has been years working in Kabul, Herat, Badghis provinces,’ Roberto Canton, Ambassador of Italy was quoted in the statement. He reassured of its continued assistance to Afghanistan. In addition, Government of Italy contributed in different areas for many years and is among long-term partner of Afghanistan, the statement concluded.
 

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on suggestion of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim’s Foundation, to maintain national unity and mark 3rd death anniversary of former Vice-President, a commission under chairmanship of Gen. Qadam Shah Shahim, Chief of Army Staff has been tasked to take necessary preparations. The commission members are as follow:
1. Abdul Rahman Rahman, senior deputy to the ministry of interior
2. Adib Fahim, head of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim’s Foundation and first deputy to national directorate for security (NDS)
3. Gen. Gul Nabi Ahmad Zai
4. Deputy minister of information and culture on publications
5. Deputy to local orangs administration
6. Head of Radio Television of Afghanistan
Likewise, to ensure the ceremony’s expenditures, the ministry of finance should transfer 5 million Afghanis to the affairs’ administration from code 92.
 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 07:37

NPC Approves 4 Contracts Worth 270m Afs

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The National Procurement Commission with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair held session here the other day and approved four contracts worth 270 million Afghanis, a statement from presidential press office said.
According to the statement, the contracts involved asphalting 9.5 Km of Kabul-Gardiz to Zarkhon Shahr city of Logar’s Mohammad Agha district and other necessary livelihood for the administrative office of the president. The contracts of Ministry of Telecommunication and Information and Technology on connection of the country’s 16 universities to internet services and the amendments of the contracts for maintenance of the Ministry of Defense’s power plants and generators were rejected due to high rates as well as further study and exact calculation of the amounts, the statement added. The commission also rejected the proposed contract of the Ministry of Public Works on reconstruction of the second phase of Kama-Barkash Kot road of Nangarhar province, and the ministry was tasked to represent the proposal considering the restricted tendering procedures. The commission was attended by the Second Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Ministers of Finance, Economy, Justice, senior advisor to president on infrastructures, officials of the national procurement authority, SIGAR observers, Mishrano Jirga’s commission of telecommunication and PACC representatives, the statement concluded.
 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) At least 14 Taliban fighters killed and three others wounded during recent clashes with Afghan security forces in northern Faryab and Sar-e-Pul provinces.
Security source reported BNA, the clashes occurred between Taliban rebels and Afghan security personnel in Almar, Qaisar districts of Faryab and Kohistanat district of Sar-e-Pul province.
There were no any harms suffered to Afghan security forces and civilians at the end of the clashes.
 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Two insurgents were killed and ten rounds of mines have been discovered and confiscated by Afghan security personnel during military operations in relevant areas of Zabul province.
Press office of 205 Atil army corps told BNA, the operations were launched with coordination of all Afghan security troops in various parts of Shah Joy district of the province, as a result two armed insurgents were killed and ten rounds of mines belong enemies have been discovered and defused.
 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 06:39

President Ghani Meets US Senate Delegation

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met a number of US senators at the presidential palace on Tuesday, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, in the meeting, both sides exchanged views on different issues, particularly security, economy, investment and education sectors. The US senators said, ‘this time, we have witnessed considerable developments in different fields of the country and the government efforts in this regard are laudable,’ the statement added. The meeting was attended by Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, presidential security advisor, Mohammad Hanif Atmar, president’s senior advisor on strategic and public relations and some other officials, the statement concluded.
 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 06:37

TAPI Engineering Design Agreement Signed

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In a ceremony held at the presidential palace on Tuesday, TAPI engineering design agreement signed by Abdul Qayoum Rashid, Afghan Gas Enterprise caretaker and ILF company head, Mr. Stephen, the president press office said in a statement.
According to the statement, the ceremony was attended by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Second Deputy to Chief Executive, Mohammad Mohaqiq, Meshrano Jirga chairman, Fazl Hadi Muslimyar, a number of presidential advisors, cabinet members, Turkmenistan, Pakistan and India ambassadors to Afghanistan and TAPI limited company chief executive officer (CEO). At the outset, the presidential senior advisor on infrastructures, Dr. Mohammad Homayoun Qayoumi said, ‘it is a pleasure that we are taking step to complete a national and regional project.’ “The project is not only a pipeline project, but also an economic hub for transferring optic fiber, through which Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan will be connected with each other and will finally reach Europe,” Dr. Qayoumi further said, the statement added. The acting minister of mines, Ghazal Habibyar said, the practical implantation of the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Indian (TAPI) gas pipeline project would take three years while the design, management and other tasks of the project would be completed in an additional year, the statement continued.
“The TAPI pipeline project will cost $4.7 million and will be completed in two phases,” Habibyar said. She added: “The first phase of the project while includes the security of the project, agreements, design, social and environmental study, demining, a survey of the pipeline’s route and expropriation will be completed in one year.” The two phases will take four years. Afghanistan to earn $400 million per year through the new international gas pipeline, Habibyar added. “This pipeline project will change Afghanistan into a transit hub in Central Asia. It will be an important economic corridor for the country, because other projects like a power transmission project, a railway project, industrial parts and an optic fiber project will be built along the TAPI pipeline route,” she further added. Meanwhile, Murad Amanov, CEO of the TAPI project said, the project was of great importance to the Turkmen president.  Amanov said the project would help improve his country’s economy as it is one of the biggest economic projects in the country. The design documents and initial work for the project have been completed and Turkmenistan is fully committed to its implementation.
 

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