Sunday March 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Foreign Minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai met with the Deputy Foreign Minister for economic affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mahmud Ahmad Mammad-Guliyev here yesterday, the MoFA said in a statement.
Foreign Minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai thanked Republic of Azerbaijan for the warm hospitality and co-chairmanship of the Heart of Asia- Istanbul Process for 2017, emphasizing on the importance of the Heart of Asia process for Afghanistan and the region.
He also discussed the importance of economic cooperation between the two countries and informed about the preparation of the Government of Afghanistan regarding inter-state economic commission, the statement added. Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan pointed on the importance of the bilateral relations of the both countries and emphasized on the importance of agricultural cooperation, political consultations and inter-state economic commission between the two countries, and assured that Azerbaijan is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in various areas, the statement concluded.
Sunday March 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Special envoy to President on reforms and good governance Ahmad Zia Masoud participated in introductory ceremony of Panjshir newly-appointed governor Eng. Kamal Nizami.
In his speech in the ceremony, special envoy to president said that Eng. Kamal Nizami had good experience in administration, hoping that by taking new responsibility he would address needs of the people of Panjshir. Ahmad Zia Masoud further said that Panjshir needed serious reconstruction in current circumstances and it was necessary that how the new leading body of the province could make use of economic sources and possibilities on hand towards economic development and addressing needs of the people. He asserted that one of key issues was to lead development process from villages to center so that needs of the people would be addressed.
Sunday March 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Japan’s newly-appointed ambassador to Kabul Mitsuji Suzuka called on second vice president Sarwar Danesh yesterday.
In the meeting, issues as peace talks, holding parliamentary elections, counter corruption and reforms in judicial organs were discussed. Second vice president by pointing to mutual diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Japan that were historic stressed on expansion of bilateral relations in political, cultural and economic fields between the two countries, adding that cooperation of Japan were useful in disarmament, reconstruction and development sectors during the past 10 years. Related to holding elections, second vice president said practical discussions have been recently held in this field and it was anticipated that final decision would be soon taken in this regard. He further said that national unity government was determined that parliamentary and district councils elections would be held during the current year (2017) and electoral technology might be used for holding the process, but any kind decision in this regard needed further discussion and review as well as assistance and cooperation of the international community.
In the meeting, Japanese ambassador to Kabul Mitsuji Suzuka by insisting on expansion of bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields stressed on serious counter corruption effort, adding that one of conditions for providing the international assistance to Afghanistan was to effectively fight the phenomenon. The Japanese ambassador welcomed recent developments in connection with counter corruption and reforms in judicial organs, saying that national unity government has taken effective steps in counter corruption, but it was anticipated that further efforts should be made in this regard. He said that his government was determined to provide training and capacity building opportunity for counter-corruption judicial center. He also stressed on holding fair and transparent elections and said that Japan government was ready to provide assistance to the process.
Sunday March 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA)National sapling plantation program for new solar year and Kabul greenbelt project titled ‘support and respect ANDSF’ were launched yesterday by chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock Asadullah Zamir.
In opening ceremony of the program, minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock said, “Today in close cooperation with private sector and partnered organizations, 26.2 million saplings are ready for distribution.” He added that besides national sapling plantation program, Kabul greenbelt project covering 883 hectare land including Television, Shir Darwaza and Asmayee mountains, Qargha and Qasaba hillsides would also be launched for further greenery of Kabul city.
It is determined that 20,000 saplings will be planted during coming spring season in framework of the new Kabul greenbelt project, while 125,000 saplings have been planted during fall season of the current solar year in Kabul. Meanwhile, it is also determined that 213,000 saplings will be planted during the coming fall season in Kabul city.
Minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock asked elders, influential figures, media, religious mullahs and civil society activists to cooperate the ministry in connection with awareness of people for protection and preservation of green sites and irrigation of saplings.
Sunday March 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani held yesterday telephone contacts with Faryab’s 1st brigade commander Gen. Janat Gul, Kunar’s Marawara base commander Col. Sayed Aziz, 1st Lt. Baryali and officer of 1st company of Shaheen Corp’s 1st battalion.
During the telephone conversations, the security officials reported the President related to executions and combat activities led by them as well as supplies of relevant areas’ security forces. The country’s President praised the security officials for their bravery and heroism in suppressing enemies and breaking the enemy’s besieged line and considered time to time supplies to ANDSF as one of causes of victory against the enemies.
He instructed the security officials to spare no efforts towards repulsing and spoiling plans of the enemies.
Saturday March 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The new educational year will start in time while more than a thousand schools closed due to insecurity and threat of terrorist groups across the country.
BNA analyst analyzing and evaluating the issue writes millions of students are eagerly waiting for ringing the bells of their schools. The new educational year of 1396 will start within a couple of days. In spite of that, millions of students are happy for starting the educational year, unfortunately, thousands of others are looking with disappointment in to the new educational year, because, from more than seventy thousand schools in Afghanistan more than a thousand of them are closed due to insecurity and threats of terrorist groups and the students are deprived attending schools.
This horrible problem is more acute in provinces like Helmand, Farah, Kunduz, and Shendand-Harat, because terrorist networks are more active there and due to their wrong conception have closed the doors of schools and deprived the students of acquiring knowledge the basic principle of Islamic sacred religion. The savage and ignorant Taliban have never concealed hostility against education and the people engaged in education system. Although, they have trained in religious schools, in spite of that they show grave animosity against science and knowledge and the system of education in the country. As, they have not only closed the doors of schools for the girls in Shendent-Harat province, but their terrorist activities badly affected male education there.
These medieval and ignorant groups, disseminating letters have said that five girls’ schools in the capital of Farah province should be close because of the existence of human skeletons in the laboratories of the schools. Likewise, the barbaric activities of these prehistoric people have caused the closure of the schools in other province, or establishing a panic situation has barred the girls from attending school. Taliban during their five-year reign in Afghanistan barred the girls going to school. Passing 15 years from the collapse of their despotic regime that seen great changes and development in international level, still they have remained as the enemies of science and technology and not learnt anything about national values and interests. Taliban have closed the doors of more than thousand schools to the sons and daughters of this country while they claim for implementation of Islamic laws and instructions of Islam but in practice, they act against all those sacred Islamic principles.
The great prophet of Islam PBUH has started his prophecy with the beautiful of “Read”. It has quoted the great prophet who has said that acquiring knowledge is the obligation of both Muslim man and woman. All these facts clearly indicate that acquiring knowledge, reading, and writing are obligation of every Muslim, then why Taliban are acting against these clear and flagrant Islamic values. The answer is clear, because Taliban use Islamic slogans for achieving their objectives as their masters instructed and know little about Islam and Islamic teachings. If it is no so, they have never barred the Afghan children from going school. Contrary to Taliban’s hostility to education, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan considering itself a patron and supporter of education in the country, trying to provide all opportunities for the children to attend school, to eliminate illiteracy the main obstacle on the way of development and prosperity of the country and the major source of all problems, Afghan nation suffering. Therefore, the Afghan people seriously ask Taliban with better understanding, Islamic Teachings and instructions not bar the children going school anymore, otherwise, would be responsible before God Almighty and the history will condemn them as the enemies of science and knowledge.
Saturday March 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) India and Afghanistan on Thursday committed themselves to the early establishment of an air cargo link to overcome the obstacles being created by Pakistan in the smooth conduct of trade between them.
Afghanistan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai, who is on a visit to India to attend the International Counter Terrorism Conference, today held talks with Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and Amar Sinha, Secretary (Economic Relations) in the MEA on a range of bilateral issues. According to MEA spokesperson Gopal Baglay, Karzai apprised the Indian side of the current situation in Afghanistan and the efforts being made by the government towards peace and reconciliation in the country.
The Indian side reiterated its commitment to continue to support the government and the people of Afghanistan in their efforts to build a peaceful, stable, prosperous, and united country within which the democratic and pluralistic aspirations of people of country are met. Both sides exchanged views on the situation in Afghanistan and reviewed progress in implementation of the development cooperation projects and the decisions taken during the visits of President Ashraf Ghani to India last year to attend the Heart of Asia conference. In response to a question, the spokesperson said discussions on the air corridor were going on between the two sides and making satisfactory progress. The need for an air corridor was felt since Pakistan does not allow Indian trucks to transit through its territory to Afghanistan.
Saturday March 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) In fact, common threats have caused the leaders of the national unity government to strive for further tightening relations with Central Asian countries than ever.
Calling relations with Central Asian countries in the benefit of Afghanistan, the lower house of the parliament is stressing on cooperation of these countries with Afghanistan in fighting terrorism. A member of the house’s internal security commission, Mirdad Nejrabi said that however, regional security was important to the region, particularly to the Central Asian countries such as, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russia, thus, these states should cooperate with Afghanistan in war on terror. “Peace will not restore in Afghanistan unless the regional countries honestly cooperate with Afghanistan,” he further said, adding surely, prevailing peace and security in Afghanistan will positively affect regional and the world countries. Iqbal Safi, head of the Wolesi Jirga’s defensive commission said, “Afghanistan is among those countries where has always been victimized by terrorism and has given the most casualties so far, therefore, the Central Asian countries should practically step up alongside Afghanistan in this regard.”
Earlier, officials of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan in meeting with their Afghan counterparts reported on their preparations for cooperating with Afghanistan in war on terror. Expressing optimism on regional countries’ role in ensuring peace and stability as well as fighting terrorism in Afghanistan, a number of political experts believe that the Central Asian countries are concerned on influence of extremist factions to their borders. Akram Andishmand, a political expert on Afghanistan and regional affairs said, “Insecurities in north, have caused the Central Asian countries to tighten relations with Afghanistan.” To prevent further increasing terrorist groups’ activities, he added the regional superpowers including Russia and Turkmenistan should cooperate with Afghanistan.
Haidar Hemat, an expert and university lecturer said that the government of Afghanistan should make effort to maintain relations with regional and Central Asian countries so to ensure peace and security in the country.
In the meantime, lauding the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) efforts in ensuring security in northern provinces, a number of citizens are stressing that the government should not let the terrorists influence in north and should come up with a serious strategy to foil the terrorists’ attacks and don’t let them reach their malicious designs. Omran, a Kabul resident said Afghanistan was among those countries where has experienced wars for more than three decades, thus, to get rid of such a situation, the regional and Central Asian countries should cooperate with it. Walid, another resident believes that the Central Asian countries are concerned on Daesh faction activities in the country, which is why they want to continue cooperation with Afghanistan. This is while that many countries have declared their support from Afghanistan, but unfortunately, still peace and security are not ensured in the country.
Saturday March 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Cooking of Samanak is part of Afghan traditions in preparation for New Year’s celebration. This tradition is usual in different part of Afghanistan. Samanak has been mixed with the religious believers of people and majority consider it as a dedication of the first day of the year. People believe that anyone who needs something for example a pregnant women who needs a boy, dedicates. If her need was met, she would cook Smanak every year. Ferozah a lady who cooks every year this dedication, said “Seven years ago while I was pregnant, attended a Samanak cooking occasion. In that night I vowed if Allah wishes to give me a son, I would cook Samanak every year. At the order of Allah the Almighty, I gave birth a son after nine daughters. Hereafter, every year I cook Samanak with full enthusiasm.
Talking on preparation for Samanak, she added, “Wheat is cleaned and washed, then it is put in a tray, every day its irrigated and protected in a cold place and movement is restricted to this place. Those who move to that place or touch it, should be already abluted. Because Samanak is very delicate and if an unclean person touches it, wheat would be spoiled and Samanak would be fermented. Talking on sweetness of Samanak, she added, “Samanak is cooked without oil and sugar. Samanak gets sweet from its roots and turns red due to its green color. Ferozah went on to say, whenever Samanak grows well and matured, a number of women gather, take a clean tablecloth, put the matured wheat on it. Each women who has a vow, takes a batch of green wheat and cut it. Then count it, if it was odd, it means that Allah will give her need and other women pour other green wheats on her head and make pleasure. If it was even, it means that Allah would not meet her need.
She added, “Then the women who took vow, invite friends and relatives women to Samanak cooking ceremony. They cut Samanak to pieces and put it in a meat machine. Then put the grinded wheat in a separate dish in water and separate its extract. Then put the juice in a big copper pot and make fire under it and cook it. Its cooking takes several hours and usually Samanak is cooked during night. Women and young girls stire it respectively until next morning by a Skimmer. She added,, “Seven times water is poured into the big pot and women and girls sing special song of Samanak and play circle. Some people add walnut to Samanak pot. She explained, next morning, the older woman opens the cover of pot and pray. Women believe that signs of rosary, moon and stars could be seen inside the pot. Then she distributes it to everybody including neighbors, relatives, and friends
Saturday March 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) In a ceremony, the ministry of information and culture, with the acting minister, Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bavari appreciated a number of youth innovated unprecedented devices including electronic ones, BNA reported the other day.
Bavari said supporting the intelligent and talented youth was the main responsibility of the ministry of information and culture and the ministry’s leadership would spare no effort to provide ground for their further advancement and development of their works. In the ceremony held at the National Museum compound, a number of talented and innovator youth were granted letters of appreciation, the agency said.