22 January 2017

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Dr. Kamal Sadat, Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs and Acting Minister of Information and Culture has said that no unregistered media organizations would be allowed to operate in the country, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
According to the agency, speaking in a joint news conference with members of high council of media, Dr. Sadat added unregistered media organizations had one month for registration in ministry of information and culture, or they would be dealt in accordance to law.
According to Afghanistan constitution, media organizations can operate in the country in accordance to laws and should be registered in MoIC based on media laws, Dr. Sadat asserted.
Acting minister of information and culture further said that there were 146 unregistered media organizations operating in the country including 15 private radio stations in the capital, 77 radio stations in provinces, 21 television networks in the capital, while 33 others were in provinces.
Dr. Sadat seriously asked incumbents of the respective media networks to register their networks as soon as possible and operate in accordance to the law.
In the conference, it was also asserted that martyrs of the country’s security and defense organs should be respected and make use of the word of Shaheed, recently approved by parliament for those killed in defending the country.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Rasoul Bawari, appointed newly as deputy minister of culture and art for information and culture, was introduced Wednesday to officials and employees of the ministry.
In a ceremony held on this occasion with advisor to president on cultural affairs Asadullah Ghazanfar, Acting Minister of Information and Culture Dr. Kamal Sadat, acting minister of tribes and borders affairs Ghafoor Liwal, a number of members of the national assembly and officials of MoIC, decree of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani related to appointment of Mohammad Rasoul Bawari as deputy minister of culture and art was read out by head of human resources of MoIC.
Afterwards, deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture, Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi congratulated appointment of Bawari as deputy minister of cultural and art and hoped that valuable works would be fulfilled towards improvement of cultural affairs.
Advisor to president on cultural affairs, Asadullah Ghazanfar in his speech briefed related to academic and cultural personality of Mohammad Rasoul Bawari, adding that Bawari was very interested in his profession and had lots of experiences.
Acting minister of information and culture also said that Mohammad Rasoul Bawari was a proper and experienced figure for deputy ministry of culture and art and praised him for his valuable works in cultural and higher education sections.
In the ceremony, deputy minister of finance, administrative and tourism Zardasht Shams while speaking related to cultural works of Mohammad Rasoul Bawari asserted that Bawari would be able to properly work in the respective post as he was interested in the country’s historic and cultural sectors. At the end of the ceremony, the newly appointed deputy minister of culture and art for information and culture Mohammad Rasoul Bawari spoke and thanked the country’s President and Chief Executive for their trust in him and appointment on the respective post, stressing that he would fulfill his responsibilities in accordance to laws, regulations and instructions of leading body of the MoIC.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with UN Special Representative to Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, during which variety of issues, including peace process with armed insurgents, situation of Afghan refugees and domestic displaced people as well as electoral reforms process were discussed, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, expressing gratitude to UN cooperation with government and people of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah said that ensuring peace and stability was one of the government top priorities, adding restoring peace in Afghanistan means to respect the constitution and other enforced laws of the country as well as achievements and demands of the Afghan people.  In the meeting, Dr. Abdullah said ‘to restore peace and end war in Afghanistan, the international community, particularly the regional countries support is a must, the statement added.’
In the meeting, Dr. Abdullah also discussed the problems faced by the Afghan refugees in different countries of the world and called it a challenge before the National Unity Government, stressing for continued cooperation of the world community, particularly the UN to get rid of it, the statement continued.
Likewise, appreciating the NUG efforts in different fields, particularly in ensuring security and fighting terrorism, the UN special representative, Tadamichi Yamamoto stressed on UN continued cooperation with the people and government of Afghanistan, the statement added. Mr. Yamamoto also said that resorting peace in Afghanistan was in the benefit of region and the world, adding they support the government efforts and programs in this regard, the statement concluded.

Saturday, 21 January 2017 06:49

NSC Holds Meeting

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the National Security Council (NSC) held session the other day, a statement from the President Press Office said.
According to the statement, the NSC approved the procedure of celebrating National Day of Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) for sacrifice through commemoration, admiration and appreciation by awarding badges, medals, certificates and cash allowances.
The approved procedure was prepared by a team composed representatives from ANDSF, ministries of Hajj and Islamic Affairs, Information and Culture, Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs & Disabled, Justice, Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and with the coordination of NSC’s office, the statement added.
The ministers of MoD provided the report on general security situation particularly in Helmand, Uruzgan, Kunduz, Farah, Faryab and Kunar regarding tens of military operations which inflicted heavy losses on the enemy, the statement continued.
After listening to the report, President Ghani praised and appreciated all the operations conducted by ANDSF particularly their special operations in Musa Qala, Helmand province, the statement stated.
At the end, the delegation appointed by the president to determine the fate of Spin Ghar district of Nangarhar province, the statement added.
After extensive discussions, the NSC approved the proposal, suggesting the establishment of district as separate administrative unit provided by head of the delegation and IDLG and instructed the IDLG to take necessary steps in this regard, the statement concluded.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani offered his farewell to the outgoing President of the United States Barack Obama in a phone call Wednesday evening, his office said in a statement. 
According to the statement, President Barack Obama expressed his condolences over the recent terrorist attacks.
During the conversation, President Ghani appreciated continuous cooperation of the United States under eight-year tenure of President Obama, whose strategic decisions played a key role in the fight against terrorism and development of Afghanistan, the statement further said.
He said, “Your role in establishing strategic relations between the two nations has founded fundamental partnerships, which will remain strong for decades, therefore the people of Afghanistan appreciate and will always remember your leadership in this regard.”
Barack Obama commended the courage, unparalleled resilience and commitment of the Afghan people for resolving problems, the statement continued. Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also thanked President Obama for the continued cooperation of the United States with Afghanistan.
President Ghani wished President Obama and his family, success in their future endeavors.

Saturday, 21 January 2017 06:47

President Ghani Chairs Cabinet Session

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the cabinet session was held Wednesday at the Presidential palace, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, in the session, deputy of national security council suggested nomination of February 27 as ANDSF’s National Day to the session to honor bravery of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in defending the country, which was approved by the session.
Afterwards, minister of economy briefed the session related to decision of the council of ministers’ economy committee in connection with timber of Kunar. The cabinet ordered that forest-cutting and timber smuggling abroad should be prevented, tasking the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock to prepare proper procedures in cooperation with ministries of economy and commerce and industries, local organs authority and environment protection authority for prevention of forest-cutting, timber smuggling and modality of using them for the country’s wood industry and tasked also MoI and NDS to prepare and execute a regular plan for prevention of timber smuggling abroad.
Afterwards, minister of public health shared draft of establishing Afghanistan medical council and its relevant business plan with the session, which was approved in principle by the cabinet and tasked MoPH to accurate and finalize the draft. In the session, minister of urban development Sayed Sadat Mansour Nadiri delivered restitution of usurped areas of Mohajereen towns of Gospand Dara of Bagrami district of Kabul, Shaikh Misri of Surkhrud district and Qasimabad desert of Behsoud district of Nangarhar province to the session.
After overall discussion, the session tasked Afghanistan land authority in cooperation with MoI, Kabul garrison and Nangarhar governor to adopt measure for taking back the usurped areas in the respective towns in three weeks.
Meanwhile, ministries of urban development and refugees affairs and returnees, Afghanistan land authority and capital authorities were also tasked to review modality of distribution of lands in the respective towns to needy individuals and reported its results to presidential office.
Afterwards, deputy minister of finance and administrative for foreign affairs presented the session draft of amendment of paragraph (a) and (b) of article 5th of the Charter of SAARC Development Fund, which was approved by the cabinet.

Saturday, 21 January 2017 06:45

300 Returned Families Receive Foodstuffs

Saturday January 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Foodstuffs have been distributed to 300 returned families from Pakistan in eastern Laghman province.
A source of refugees and repatriation department in Laghman told BNA correspondent, the distributed foodstuffs assisted by World Food Program (WFP) for the returned families in the province.
In this round each returned family have received 3 months foodstuffs, the source added.
The assistances will be continued for returned and destitute families of Laghman province.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lashkarga (BNA) Five Pakistani insurgents were killed in latest conflict in Helmand province.
The Taliban were targeted in suburb of Lashkarga city bazaar capital of Helmand province while terrorist activities’.
An ANA commander in the south of the country told BNA, in the clash five Pakistani insurgents lost their lives.
He said there were no any harm and casualties suffered to residents and security troops in the conflict.

Thursday, 19 January 2017 11:40

2 Blasts prevented In Farah

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Farah BNA) Two blasts were prevented in Farah province.
Security officials with cooperation of local residents prevented two mines which were planted by armed insurgents in Balabalok district of the province.
A security official of the province told BNA, Taliban wanted with the mines to organize fatal events to civilians, but not succeeded to their evil goals.
He said, the mines were discovered and defused with cooperation of local people in the mentioned district.
No one has been arrested in the connection of the event. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Maidan-Shaher (BNA) 265 National Solidarity Projects (NSP) were put into exploitation by rural rehabilitation and development department of Maidan-Wardk province in the current year.
Spokesman for Maidan-Wardak governor told BNA reporter, the projects were implemented in various districts of the province and 18,000 families were benefited from facilities of the projects.
He said, the projects includes canals, deep wells and other services have been executed at the cost of 179/5 million Afghanis.
The projects were implemented by rural rehabilitation and development of Maidan-Wardak department. 

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