23 February 2017

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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.
 

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Mahmoud Raqi City (BNA) Two women have died and 6 others including 2 children were injured due to road accident occurred in central Kapisa province.
Abdul Fatah Shafaq district governor of Hasa-e-Awal Kohistan told BNA correspondent, the incident happened, while a vehicle type of corolla hit with another vehicle near Nasaji Gulbahar factory, Hasa-e-Awal Hohistan district of the province.
The injured of the event timely has taken to hospital and the health conditions of three wounded including two children are not satisfactory.
 

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) 36 armed oppositions including 18 ISIS members were killed during joint military operations conducted by Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANSDF) within the last 24 hours across the country.
Ministry of National Defense with releasing a statement reported BNA the joint operations were launched to annihilate anti-government militias and government sovereignty in various parts of Nangarhar, Kapisa, Laghman, Khost, Urozgan, Kandahar, Zabul, Farah, Faryab and Helmand provinces.
Also 6 militants were wounded and 14 others including 4 ISIS loyalists were arrested during the operations, the source added.
Some heavy and light weapons, ammunitions and war equipment have been seized following the operations.
 

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Herat City (BNA) Humanitarian assistance have been distributed to hundreds families, those were affected due to recent flood in western Herat province.
Abdul Hamid Mubarez Hamidi head of counter-disaster in a press conference reported from distributing of humanitarian assistance that provided by provincial governor of the province said, teams of survey were dispatched to districts of Herat to review the financial losses caused following natural disaster.
More than 9000 families have been received humanitarian assistances (winter packages) around the province, Hamidi added.
The recent distributed aids include blanket, cloths, carpet and foodstuffs.
 

Wednesday, 22 February 2017 06:31

10 Terrorists Detained By ANSF

Wednesday February 22, 2017

Jalalabad City (BNA) About 10 anti-government militias were arrested by Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) during a suddenly attack in eastern Nangarhar province yesterday.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA reporter, the militants were arrested, while they gathered in their commander house in Hashimkhail village, Khogyani district of the province.
An armed opposition was killed when he resist with Afghan security forces, Khogyani added.
So far it is not clear that the commander of them was arrested or no following the suddenly attack.
It has been said, several weapons have been seized from the commander house as well.
 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Nearly 7 ISIS terrorist group were killed and 2 others were wounded during clearing operation launched by Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in relevant areas of Nangarhar province.
Press office of 201 Sylab army corps reported BNA, the operation was conducted with support of Afghan air and artillery forces in relevant areas of Koot and Deh Bala districts of the province, in which seven members of ISIS terrorist group were killed, two wounded and a number of villages of the mentioned districts have been cleared from existence of ISIS fighters.
 

Tuesday February 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A Afghanistan cricket broke a new barrier when Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan became the first from the war-torn nation to be picked in the Indian Premier League Player's Auction, in Bengaluru, on Monday.
Both Nabi and Khan players were bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad, for Rs 30 lakh and Rs four crore respectively after five cricketers from Afghanistan were included in the auction for the first time. It was a bit surprising that seasoned all-rounder Nabi was snapped up at his base price while leg-spinner Khan got the benefit of a bidding war between Sunrisers and Mumbai Indians and was eventually sold for eight times his base price. Both players are currently with the national team in Zimbabwe. "Feeling on top of the world, being selected for Team @SunRisers @IPL auction. Tnx for your love & support," Nabi tweeted shortly after getting the big news. N Nabi, a batting all-rounder who is also effective with his off-spin, was keenly tracking the auction alongside Khan and the rest of the players. While Khan doesn't have experience of playing T20 leagues, Nabi has played in Pakistan Super League (PSL) and for Sylhet Royals in Bangladesh. 18-year-old Khan, known for his goodly, has 62 international wickets to his name, 31 each in ODIs and T20 Internationals. Nabi is one of the senior most Afghanistan cricketers, having represented the country in 72 ODIs and 52 T20 Internationals. Afghanistan's entry into the cash-rich IPL is a reflection of their gradual growth in international cricket. The team qualified for the World T20 in the last four editions and made its 50-over World Cup debut in Australia two years ago.
Rediff
 

Tuesday February 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Pakistan militaries have conducted rocket and mortar attacks on Nangarhar’s Lalpur district for the past five days and caused displacing nearly two thousands of the district’s residents.
Residents of the respective district have protested and accused national unity government of inattention in this regard. According to the protesters, if the government of Afghanistan cannot react and respond Pakistan attacks, they are ready to defend their homeland and stand against Pakistan by giving sacrifices. But, why US forces to Afghanistan are still quiet in this regard, is a question which should be answered by US Donald Trump administration. Based on security agreement between Afghanistan and US, if a country of the region attack on Afghanistan, the US government is obliged to stand with Afghanistan government and show similar reaction against the attackers. The US forces to Afghanistan should strongly react against the Pakistan attack and even chase and perish terrorists having safe havens and hideouts in Pakistan so that all problems would end.
Previously, Pakistan militaries had targeted Kunar and Nooristan by firing rockets and mortar shells for years, but such rocket attacks have extended now to Nangarhar province and Afghanistan government should soon find solution through diplomatic channels and ask US to react in this regard based on BSA. Meanwhile, Nangarhar governor Gulab Mangal says fresh ground and artillery forces have been dispatched to Lalpur district of the province and nobody will be allowed to attack and enter even an inch of Afghanistan soil; nevertheless, Afghans say that US presence should be meaningful and let no countries attack on Afghanistan. The government of Afghanistan should also address problems of the respective district’s people suffered by Pakistan rocket attacks. Besides, the international community in particular US should put pressure on Pakistan to urgently stop rocket attacks on Afghanistan. It is not the first time Pakistan militaries have attacked on Afghan soil. Previously, the country had conducted rocket attacks on Kunar and even once fighting erupted between Afghan and Pakistan security forces in Torkham port causing causalities of both sides and facing Afghan refugees with big problems.
The government of Afghanistan should also share the problem with UN so that the United Nations would also put pressure on US to react against Pakistan artillery attacks and if US does not want to react on current problems, its presence in Afghanistan useless.
It is said that Afghan government representatives should conduct campaigns before participation in world security conferences held on Afghanistan so that donor countries would be encouraged to positively make decision on Afghanistan. In place of disputes on distribution of power, Afghan government leaders should think of the people, address current problems and prevent from attacks conducted by neighboring countries. Although US forces general commander to Afghanistan Gen. John Nicolson has said war in Afghanistan would not end and victory of the international forces in Afghanistan not possible until there were safe havens and hideouts in Pakistan, considered as a key country for funding armed groups and terrorists, but US still has not declared its stance about Pakistan.
Hamidullah Faizi
 

Tuesday February 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The ministry of public works has announced that it has activated an internet system to mobilize and monitor construction projects, amid growing complaints by the people about poorly built roads in the country’s capital.
Mahmoud Baligh, the minister of public works said that his ministry has launched the internet system to monitor the projects related to the ministry and help the people get access to information about the launched projects’ related problems, budget, procurements affairs, expenditures, contracts related biddings etc. He said the system would help work process be implemented successfully and added that the main aim of the ministry was to have precise information about the developments of the projects and the problems related to them each day. “Human sources and procurement systems would also be made online.” “The system had been activated within six months and right now, 1100 big and small projects are now covered by online system,” said the minister adding connecting districts with each other, through launching new road building projects, creation of railway and other transportation affairs are the responsibility of the ministry. The ministry of public works has earlier said it wanted to build hundreds of thousands of kilometers of roads all over the country, and that work on some of the has been started.
Meanwhile, Afghanistan Transparency Watch has blamed Afghanistan ministry of public works to fail to implement the projects well and transparently. Sayed Ikram Afzali head of the foundation praised the step taken by the government to create the online monitoring system to oversee the progress of the road buildings, but asked the government to appoint honest staffs to transparently monitor the projects.
He said the system would help transparency restored in the projects’ works process and corruption eliminated as well the culture of trusteeship institutionalized and those failing to implement their responsibility well, should be introduced to the government. Using low-quality substances in the road building projects, lack of transparency in the contracts, time consuming development projects have been among those problems, consecutively complained about. The foundation head, however sees in doubt if the system could completely prevent corruption, but said this could do something effective, rather to be deprived of. The ministry of public works said the system would also help trucks transportation to be controlled to highly prevent corruption. A university teacher, Ustad Massoud praised the move by the ministry said the system would help partially prevent corruption and restore transparency in the related affairs. But he asked the government to appoint honest individuals to fully carry out the process and the projects implemented well. “Since the last long, we see many of the uplift projects including road building launched out of quality, by some companies. They are not launching their quality works on the projects,” said Massoud who asked the government to sign contract with those honest companies, otherwise these companies would embezzle the funds and leave the projects semi-launched.
Ustad Sayhoon, an economic expert also said undoubtedly, the system could help monitor the projects well and corruption in the implementation process prevented, but the government should appoint eligible individuals in the process. The monitoring team should also do its best to monitor the projects comprehensively, as the people of Afghanistan want to see high quality built roads in the future. The goal could be secured through signing contracts with the strong construction companies which can provide high quality road building substances. Kabul citizens also complained about poorly built roads in the capital. Mohammad Nayem believed the work launched by some companies were out of quality, resulting in destruction of the roads in few days or months. Earlier the Kabul municipality has said it would sign contracts with valid and highly experienced construction companies.  The online system to monitor the projects is for the first time activated by the government in the country and hoped to the government to have successful in its goal.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The first session of the commission for commemoration of the 3rd death anniversary of Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, the former first vice president of Afghanistan held here yesterday, BNA reported.
The commission has been established in line with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s order with Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qadam Shah Shaheem on the chair, aiming to promote the spirit of the national unity and better commemoration of the third death anniversary of the former Jihadi leader and vice president of Afghanistan, the agency added.
At the outset, Gent. Shaheem briefed the participants on their duties and responsibilities of the member of the commission, where the sub committees of procurement, cultural, security and protocols where established with majority of the members’ votes.
Meanwhile, Adib Fahim, head of Marshal Fahim foundation and first deputy to national directorate of security thanked president for establishing of the commission, adding the foundation would spare no efforts to facilitate the committees with essential facilities in the capital Kabul and other provinces.
The Ministry of Information and Culture’s representative and director of the Bakther News Agency Abdul Khalil Minawi briefed the participants on cultural committee’s activities, adding the ministry would broadcast the event through the country’s mass media, the agency concluded.

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