18 October 2017

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 07:15

Afghan Women Handicrafts Need Govt. Support

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Recently, women have achieved much success on handicrafts’ production, but they ask for the government support to further improve their activities.
Sana production project chairwoman, Roya said, “We are running a small project names ‘Sana’, aims to produce nine types of productions such as jam, pickle, etc.”
The project is running by women, a number of whom are disabled or martyrs’ families, she further said.
Besides jam and pickle, we produce Badakhshi cookies, she added.
It is a matter of pleasure that we own supply the productions to market, she said, adding we are not being supported by any agency and are self-reliant, she went on to say.
There are 15 women working in our project, she continued.
She said, “I am an Afghan woman and have never thought myself to be a loser and would keep doing without any fear.”
Soon, we will run a big project if god willing, she added.
We provide the raw materials from Kabul and after process, supply it to market, she pointed out.
We don’t use new plastic bottles, and it is one of our main problems, she said.
We use used-bottles, but we first wash them completely, she said, adding we want to supply high-quality productions to market.
She said, “The processing and packaging processes are being done with primary tools and we hope to soon run a big project with modern machineries so to recruit more women.”
We plan to provide any types of Afghani local foods in near future through which we would display the women talents and keep our country’s productions alive, she said.
Our next plan is to provide advanced machineries so to fame our productions worldwide, she added.
An in-charge of the project, Najim Ishaq said, “At first, we didn’t have anything, and started our work with hand and then a company names Rods, led by Dr. Nemat has improved our activities and today, we produce fifty types of handicrafts.”
We hire destitute and jobless women as well as those suffer narcotics so to help them stand on their feet on one hand and expand our works on the other, she further said.
Currently, ten women cooperate with us in term of production and some women bring their hand-made items to this organ and those who are newly recruited, would be trained for one week free of charge, she added.
We have held two handicrafts exhibitions so far, in Habibullah Zazai Park and in National Gallery, where many of our works had been sold worth 300 up to 3000 afghanis, Mr. Ishaq said.
This is while that most of women are trying to somehow economically help their households, but they ask for the government’s support in this regard.
Karima Malikzada

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sar-e-Pul (BNA) Five armed Taliban militants have been killed during airstrikes conducted by the Afghan security forces in Mirza Olang Valley of Sar-e-Pul.
Shaheen 209 corps press in charge, Nasratullah Jamshedi told BNA, the airstrikes took place in Mirza Olang valley of Sayaad District, where the insurgents were planning to carry out terrorist attacks, resulted in killing 5 and injured 7 others.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:19

Improving Education Quality Discussed

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President Ashraf Ghani, a session was held to improve education quality, the presidential palace said in a statement.
Attended by a number of civil society activists, the participants shared their views on improving education’s quality, people cooperation in the respect, reforms and transparency in recruitment processes, importance of education technology and establishing professional schools in the country, according to the statement.
Thanking the participants for sharing their views, the president said to implement the mentioned issues, there were opportunity, capacity and practical will and the views should be changed into effective programs, the statement added.
Pointing at position and importance of civil organizations, the president said in cooperation with civil society, the government would find the vacuums and problems faced by education sector and seek the ways for their solutions, the statement continued.
The president said the human forces high council has been established and the civil society members can share their constructive views in regard with improving education sector in its next sessions, the statement concluded.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdulllah addressing a ceremony marking the World Food Day and launching of the Afghanistan Food Security and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN) in Kabul said that at the moment thirty-three percent of the population faces food insecurity and six hundred thousand children suffer from acute malnutrition. He also emphasized on solution to the problem.
Dr. Abdullah added that providing all Afghans access to adequate food and promoting better diet for women and children was one of the biggest goals of the Agenda.
“We had policies, we had methods, we worked on different strategies at different times, but the need for their coherence was felt and understood. Hence, our responsibility to ensure the safety of food was linked to various ministries and institutions. We came to the conclusion that we need to establish the National Food and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN),” said the Chief Executive.
Addressing the ceremony Minister of Public Health Ferozudding Feroz said that from the time of birth to the age of two, was the most important time to reach a child’s life, if nutrition was right from conception till that age, adding diseases were eliminated among children.
“This is essential so as to make sure malnutrition becomes something of the past for all women, men and their families and I am confident that by bringing the different sectors at government level and different departments together and making them work together you will create, reproduce very good results in putting in place a range of policies and programs to improve nutrition,” said Gerda Verburg, United Nations assistant secretary general and coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement. Meanwhile the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation said there is the need for more investment in the agricultural sector in the country in order to combat malnutrition and poverty. “Food insecurity in Afghanistan is increasing, statistics show that the lack of food safety in 2011 and 2012 was more than 30 percent but this figure has risen to 33 percent in the year 2014,” said Nasir Ahmad Durani acting minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock.
At the end of the meeting, government agencies and representatives from countries and organizations that have backed AFSeN committed to engaging in these initiatives.
“I preach on behalf of Afghanistan, on behalf of FAO, support commitment of my organization to promote Afghanistan food security and nutrition agenda,” said Tomio Shichiri, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile Afghanistan became the sixtieth country to receive the membership of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement. The committee on malnutrition and food security was also established with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah on the chair.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah during his visit from Laghman Province here the other day together with deputy minister of culture and acting Minister of Information and Culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari opened the provincial public library, BNA reported.
At the ceremony, Dr. Abdullah pledged to further equip Laghman’s public library. He also appeared before the press at the library’s compound and answered to journalists’ questions. Meanwhile during his trip, the Chief Executive visited Qala-e-Saraj historical place and reviewed the ongoing reconstruction process.
Besides hinting to preservation of the cultural heritage, Dr. Abdullah appreciates those working in reconstruction process of the castle.
Saraj castle was built 109 years ago by Amir Habibullah Khan Son of Amir Abdul Rahman Khan and its reconstruction process has begun with 22 million Afghanis in 2017.
According to another report, Dr. Abdullah also visited Laghman University and discussed the institution’s challenges, pledging reconstruction of the road connecting the university with the center of the province as well as to solve other problems of the students.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met General Raymond A. Thomas commander of U.S. Special Operation Command (USSOCOM) here at the Sapidar Palace yesterday, a statement from the Chief Executive Office said.
According to the statement, Dr. Abdullah thanked US assistance to Afghan security forces, in particular the USSOCOM assistance in equipping of the Afghan Special Forces.
Meanwhile General Thomas also praised Afghan Forces’ bravery and successful conducting of the operations.  He also emphasized on the two forces’ joint efforts and coordination.  The US general went on saying that his country would continue assisting of the Afghan forces.
The two sides also expressed optimism over the US new strategy on Afghanistan and discussed the issues related to Afghanistan, region, fight against terrorism as well as the coordination between the US and Afghan forces.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:14

Iran-Afghanistan Rail Linkup Within 10 Days

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Construction work on a segment of railroad project extended from Iran to Afghanistan in western Herat province will be completed within the next 10 days and then put into service, the Iranian Ambassador to Afghanistan said on Saturday.
Work on the 62-kilomter railroad project from Iran’s border to Ghoriyan District of Herat was launched in 2007 at a cost of $75 million based on a grant from Iran.  The project was scheduled to be completed in 2009, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.  Officials say the mega project will provide transport and transit facilities and hel flourish trade between Afghanistan and Iran.
Mohamma Raza Bahrami, Iran’s ambassador in Kabul, visited the province and oversaw ongoing work on the Herat-Khawaf rail track.
Of the 62 kilometers of the railroad in Afghanistan, tracks have been laid on about 33 kilometers and the rest would be completed within the next 10 days.  The Herat-Khawaf 191 km railroad is being constructed in four segments, three of which are financed by Iran and the fourth is being funded by Afghanistan’s national budget.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission (NPC) held session on Monday, his office said in a statement.
The meeting approved 10 contracts which include road development projects, health and power sector worth 4.3bln Afghanis, according to the statement.
The contracts include cleaning project of Kabul River starts from Khatamul Nabeen Masjid to Pol-e-Sukhta related to Capital Zone Development Administration’s Job Creation Project, transferring of 500KW power cable from Sheberghan province to Dasht-e-Alwan, Pul-e-Khumri related to Da Afghanistan Breshna Company, construction of 17km road in Herat province related to the ministry of rural rehabilitation and urban development, the statement further said.
Likewise, construction of Khost’s water supply network has conditionally approved, the statement added.
NPC also approved six other contracts in the meeting, the statement went on to say.
It is merit to mention that the draft of three projects which were including construction of Door Baba road to Ghani Khil, Nangarhar province were returned for further review and the contract of IT procurement project of finance ministry were rejected, the statement continued.
NPC in-charges, national and international observers including financial and budget commissions of national assembly’s, SIGAR and RS’s SISTIKA observers and many others were present in the meeting.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:06

Car Packed Explosives Seized In Kabul

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A car packed explosives was seized by security forces in Surobi district, Kabul province yesterday.
Lt. General Doulat Waziri spokesman of national defense ministry told BNA, 300 kg of explosives was placed in a corolla car has discovered by national army forces.
It is said that a car packed explosives was also seized by security forces in Kota-e-Sangi region, Kabul city as well.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Jalalabad (BNA) Shadow governor of Taliban for Pecheragam district, Nangarhar province killed in an attack by security forces last night.
The operation was carried out by security forces in the mentioned district.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA, in the operation eight other insurgents killed and several others have been injured.
Mullah Ilham the shadow governor were invalided in most terrorist activities in the mentioned district and parts of Nangarhar province.
T. Yarzada

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