26 April 2017

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Thursday April 6, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Disaster Management and Humanitarian affairs distributed foodstuffs and non-foodstuffs at the cost of AFG 19, 820,000 to internal and external displaced families in northern Baghlan province.
According to BNA report, the cash based on presidential decree has allocated to displaced families in Baghlan province.
2500 families, whose recently returned from Pakistan have received the assistance and 774 families, those have been displaced due to war and insecurity have received too.
 

Thursday April 6, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Following a joint military operation, large amount of explosive materials and ammunitions have been discovered from central Parwan provinces.
Press office of 201 Sylab army corps with sending a written letter stated BNA, the discovered materials include 60 kg explosive materials, 9 pistols, 4 Dahshaka, 2 communication means, 1700 rocket bullets and some other light weapons.
 

Thursday April 6, 2017

Kabul (BNA) 47 fighters of ISIS terrorist group have been killed during military operation conducted by Afghan Commando Forces in eastern Nangarhar province.
Commander of Commando forces in the east of the country told BNA reporter, the operation was launched to annihilate ISIS loyalists and ensure security and stability in different parts of Acheen district.
Four famous commanders of the terrorist group were among the dead, the source added.
Some heavy and light weapons have been discovered and seized during the operations as well.
Also two suspects were arrested by Afghan security forces at the end of the operation.
 

Thursday April 6, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A long stony embankment directs water from an irrigation canal to the farmlands down in the village.
Mohammad Hashim, draped in a gray wool coat, leans on his shovel as he looks out toward the canal. He watches the water gurgle and sputter out onto his field. Hashim doesn’t say much but quietly smiles to himself as he thinks of the harvest season when all four hectares of his farm will be ready with wheat. “It is the second year that I can cultivate all four hectares of my farmland. I am very thankful to the project that rebuilt the canal for us,” he says. As Hashim continues to plow his land, he talks about the past when the villagers faced water shortages. Without the protection of a permanent embankment, farmers had to battle flooding as well as drought conditions. Lack of access to irrigation led to frequent crop failures whereas flooding led to massive soil erosion, making many fields marshy wastelands. But Afghan farmers are nothing if not resilient. Many tried to build temporary embankments with bags of sand, an activity that not only proved expensive but also futile.
Another farmer, Mohammad Ashraf, 50, recounts, “We used to spend more than 500,000 afghanis (about $7,500) every year to build new protection walls with sand bags and direct the water to our farmlands. Now with the canal built, we save that amount of money, and all the farmers are happy about that.” Hashim and Ashraf are among the many beneficiaries of the rehabilitated Sharqi canal, which Canal project turns wastelands into farmlands in Balkh more than 1,400 households use for irrigating their fields. Sharqi canal is located on Chil Aywan River in Nassrullah village in Khulm district, northeast of Mazar-eSharif city. The main source of income for the farmers using Sharqi canal are horticulture, agriculture, and livestock management. They mostly grow pomegranate, watermelon, and wheat. To date a total of 98 irrigation schemes has been rehabilitated, covering 100,000 hectares of irrigation command area and benefiting over 63,000 farmers across the country thanks to the support provided by the Irrigation Restoration and Development Project. “It is the second year that I can cultivate all four hectares of my farmland. I am very thankful to the project that rebuilt the canal for us.
“The Irrigation Restoration and Development Project’s rehabilitation of irrigation networks in northern Afghanistan have encouraged agriculture activities and translated directly into increased farm incomes. The rehabilitation of Sharqi canal has revived many areas of wasteland and turned them into productive farmland, irrigating over 13,000 hectares. “As I have enough water this year, I want to cultivate more, which will enable me to earn more money,” says farmer Amirullah, 54. Besides the new canal embankment, the rehabilitation project also fortified riverbanks and created channels to distribute water from the canal to different fields. The project, budgeted at 57 million afghanis (about $853,000), started in June 2014 and the irrigation network opened for public use in November 2015. Irrigation is one of many positive outcomes of the Sharqi canal project undertaken by the Irrigation Restoration and Development Project (IRDP). IRDP aims to holistically increase agricultural productivity and production in target areas. It operates under the umbrella of the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) in six regional offices: Kabul, Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Kunduz, and Mazar-e-Sharif.
IRDP supports the rehabilitation of irrigation systems, serving some 300,000 hectares of land across the country. So far, a total of 98 irrigation schemes has been rehabilitated, covering 100,000 hectares of irrigation command area and benefiting over 63,000 farmers. The project is supported by the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries, and the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), in partnership with the Government of Afghanistan. In Balkh Province, IRDP has completed 18 of the contracted 27 projects. “IRDP has developed and rehabilitated many irrigation networks in northern Afghanistan,” says engineer Zabiullah Esmati, Deputy Director at the IRDP Mazar-e-Sharif Regional Office. “These works have encouraged agriculture and horticulture activities in these provinces and translated directly into increased farm incomes.” In the past, floods destroyed the sandy walls of Sharqi canal every year, and farmers had to repair them to direct water toward their fields. Amirullah remembers the time when more than 100 people had to work every day for a month to repair the canal. Many farmers were tired of doing the same work every year and some whose fields were at the end of canal were not even able to irrigate their farmlands. “So many abandoned their fields and left the village to move to Mazar city. Farming was so hard,” Amirullah says. “However, now that IRDP has carried out the canal work and improved access to water, I will hopefully see some of them returning soon.”
WB
 

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team to face with West Indies national cricket team in One Day International and Twenty-20 overs matches.
It is supposed that the matches to be held at June, 2017 in West Indies.
Farid Hotak spokesman of Afghanistan Cricket Board told BNA, agreement of the matches signed between the authorities of the two countries.
Launching the tournaments is a great achievement for Afghanistan Cricket Board, because West Indies cricket team is the world champion teams, Hotak added.
 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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                                            67/50 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              83/50 afgs                         
One Euro                                              72/5afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/40 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          627afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1025 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              17/55 afgs                       
 

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Officials of the ministry for higher education said to prevent frauds in Kankor examination, they would execute different programs to improve higher education quality and ensure transparency in entry exam.
Dr. Faisal Amin, the spokesperson to MoHE told that as you know, the ministry has taken necessary measures for Kankor exam as we could implement the biometric issue, through which the new university students would be provided with a range of facilities. “We have considered an IDNo and a notebook for any applicant and we intend to implement standard specifications to guarantee transparency of Kankor exam,” he further said. He also said there were totally 300000 eligible to be enrolled in universities, but we have only the capacity to enroll 60000 students in the government universities and 60000 in private higher New plans underway to improve higher education quality, entry exam transparency, MoHE education institutes. About those failed in Kankor test, he said the ministry has decided to specify a level to those include failed and successful, it means we won’t have any result-less this year. We have always stressed that the irresponsible people should not interfere in Kankor process in which fortunately, President Ghani in a meeting with officials of the ministry for higher education promised he won’t allow anyone interfere in the process, he went on to say.
Dr. Amin, the MoHE spokesperson said we would enroll over 5000 this year. Last year, we had 87 percent successful and 13 percent failed and we are making effort to keep the figure for this year as well, he continued. He assured the people of Afghanistan that the university entry tests would be held transparently this year. On universities and their lecturers’ figure, he said there were 36 government universities and almost 128 private higher education institutes throughout the country. “We have 5800 teachers in the government universities and 3400 teachers in private higher education institutes,” he added. On university students graduated last year, we had 30 thousands university graduates last year and we hope the figure rises this year. Likewise, he added we are making effort to institutionalize quality principle in universities and increase the standards so to increase the people trust to the government and private universities. One of our main challenges is bringing electronic devices by students, he said, adding now, the Kankor test method has been changed, because, we want to prevent frauds during entry tests. At the end, he said the ministry of higher education was making effort to increase the number of students in academic and higher education institutes so to have a high-quality higher education system in the country.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Wednesday April 5, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Extremism growing in a dangerous way in Pakistan, if this ominous phenomenon not managed and curbed in proper way, its consequences will be not only harmful and regrettable for Pakistan, but for the entire region.
BNA reporter reporting the issue writes that two days ago a custodian of a shrine in Sargona area Punjab province in accomplice with four other persons brutally killed 20 pilgrims of the shrine. Abdul Waheed the custodian of the shrine has said that he has killed the pilgrims among who were women also because of mercy to clean their sins. Abdul Waheed has killed those people using a big knife a stick. Police authorities have said that the murderer attacked on pilgrims and only three of them suffering injuries have succeeded to escape. One of the injured people reported the incident to police. The local authorities of a hospital in Sargona have said that there were brands caused by knife and wand on the bodies of the victims.
A police officer of Punjab province has said that the victims of this criminal incident were the followers of Abdul Waheed who regularly came to the shrine and believed their sins could be clean via receiving torture. In the same time Punjab police have made it clear that the investigations demonstrated that Abdul Waheed suffering a dangerous psychological disease and enjoys the torturing of his followers. According to politicians and civil society activists, Pakistan is facing a multi dimension extremism, and what happen in the shrine, emanates from lack of information about religious teachings, ignorance otherwise a person knowing the religious instructions never committed such a heinous crime. The recent regrettable incident in Punjab is another example of extremism growth in Pakistan. Last Friday in suicide attack on mosque, where Shia attended to recite Friday’s prayer thirty people lost their lives. Sometime ago, in suicide attack on Shah Qalander shrine in Sindh province took the lives of a number of innocent people. Attack on ethnical and religious minorities has a long history, but in the recent years with emergence of terrorist groups such as Taliban and IS who have close ties with Pakistani political parties and religious leaders of that country, the situation has become more serious and concerning. The repeated attacks by extremist groups on Hazars, Shia and Christian minorities have drawn an ominous picture from Pakistan that clearly indicates that there is no place for tolerance and peaceful coexistence in that country.
The political experts and the activists of civil society blame the authorities of Pakistan army, intelligence service and politicians of that country widespread of extremism, because, they are seeking their survival and interests in existence of such organizations, political and religious parties. Extremism in Pakistan is an acute and critical problem and caused the concern of its citizens. In addition to emerging of religious extremism, the Pakistani community has threatened by other criminal tendencies such as anti-woman activities, ethnical discriminations, administrative and moral corruptions. Also, honor killing daily increasing Pakistan. The above evidences indicate that Pakistan is suffering from unprecedented extremism, the continuation such a situation not only be harmful for Pakistan but to the region as a whole.  
 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Government of Japan has contributed over USD 12 million to the Government of Afghanistan to support improvement of irrigation systems in Afghanistan and to provide fiscal support to the Government of Afghanistan, the Japanese embassy said in a statement.
According to the statement, the funding, contributed through the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), administered by the World Bank will support the following two on-going projects, which are essential to meet the country’s needs to improve the lives of the people of Afghanistan, and the recurrent cost expenditures of the Afghan government. 1) Irrigation Restoration and Development Project (IRDP)-USD 6,150,000.
The assistance from Japan is to co-finance IRDP project to improve the irrigation systems and the broader water resource management in Afghanistan as well as people’s access to services.  The contribution will help increase agriculture productivity in the project areas.
2) Recurrent Cost Window-USD 6,083,908 over USD 6 million will be added to the operating budget of the Government of Afghanistan through the Recurrent Cost Window of ARTF, facilitating continuation of the government’s service delivery to the Afghan people.  Japan has been assisting Afghanistan’s nation-building efforts in various fields, ranging from security to economic and social development sectors including agriculture, rural development, infrastructure and human capacity development.  The cumulative Japanese assistance to Afghanistan since 2001 amounts to USD 6.4 billion, the statement added.
 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan condemned in the strongest possible term the terrorist attack took live of at least 11 people and wounded as many in St Petersburg city of Russia on Monday, BNA reported Tuesday. 
The president who is visiting Australia called terrorism a threat to the world and human being and called for joint campaign against without different between good or bad terrorism, said the statement.
On behalf of the people and government of Afghanistan, the president extended his deep sympathy to the bereaved families of those killed and immediate recovery to those wounded in the deadly incident, according to the statement. 
 

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