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Monday February 19, 2018

Jalalabad City (BNA) At least 35 fighters of Islamic State for Syria and Iraq (ISIS) terrorist group were killed following air and ground attacks carried out by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in eastern Nangarhar province last night.
The ISIS loyalists targeted and killed in relevant areas of Dor Baba, Heska Mena, Rowdat and Ghanikhail districts of the province.
Commander of Sylab army corps in the east of the country told BNA reporter, recently 35 ISIS adherents were killed following air and ground raids.
The adherents were involved on organizing a series of terrorist activities, which targeted and killed by air and ground attacks, the source added.
Several ISIS’s military hideouts along with military equipment have been demolished following the attacks, the source further added.
According to another report, Afghan security personnel by discovering and defusing five round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent series of blasts in crowded areas of Nangarhar province.
No one was arrested accused of the mine planting so far.
At the same time, two weapon storages belonging terrorist groups have been seized by Afghan security personnel in Deh Bala and Heska Mena districts of Nangarhar province.
Some heavy and light weapons have been discovered from the storages.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Monday February 19, 2018

Maimana City (BNA) A top commander of Taliban militants was killed during clashes with Afghan national policemen in northern Faryab province last night.
Abdul Karim Yurush spokesman of police in Faryab told BNA correspondent, the clashes took place in Semzar region, Zarshoy village, Pashtunkot district of the province, in which Qari Muner a top commander of Taliban terrorist group was killed and his two bodyguards severely were injured.
According to another report, 10 Taliban militants have joined peace process in Belcheragh district of Faryab province.
Since five years the armed oppositions with leadership of Abdul Rawof were involved in anti-government activities in various parts of Aqbalaq village, Belcheragh district of the province.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) People say: can change the figures be impressive in improvement of security situation in the capital?
Recently the ministry of interior introduced new figures as commanders of police zones in the capital. Bringing the changes the authorities of the ministry hope, the security situation would improve in Kabul.
BNA security affairs commenting on the issue write during the recent months Kabul was the scene a series of terrorist attacks which claimed the lives many citizens of the city and cause heavy destructions. In the meantime, the occurrence of criminal incidents, have increased public concerns and mistrust to relevant security organs.
The happening of such terrorist incidents such as suicide, explosion, murder, robbery, looting, bribery etc. caused the people to severely criticize the relevant authorities and to insist on preparing precise and practical plan and program to prevent the occurrence of such awful crimes in the future.
Wais Barmakk Minister of Interior Affairs in a session with police authorities of Kabul city in November of last year, openly criticizing the security situation in the capital warned the relevant authorities if they did not succeed in improvement of the security situation within 10 days they would   be ousted from their jobs.  Unfortunately, after the warning many dangerous and shocking incidents occurred in Kabul but still the minister has not succeeded to implement his warning and oust incompetent authorities. The problem was that a number of police authorities were affiliated to the high ranking officials and their appointments were based according recommendations.
Some sources and a number of politicians say that the only way for settling the problem would be appointment of competent and capable people to the relevant positions through free rivalry and competitions. The authorities of interior ministry following this method, through a transparent process, introduce new people to police office and zones that would be effective in ensuring security in the capital.
The program of the appointments new figures in police apparatus comes in time, the new draft of security policy of Kabul city has presented to the president of the country.
There is no doubt that launching free competition for appointments is firm step toward merit running admiration, but in many cases, the competition examinations have not proper results. The people say, for ensuring security in the capital, other big cities and across the country, it is required the ministry of interior should come along with a precise strategy to keep the honest and experienced cadres in their posts a strategy which will have good consequences because just changing the position of personnel would be not enough and effective.  
 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Implementation work on Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India (TAPI) gas pipeline will start in six days in Herat where optimism and hopes have increased among local officials and residents for inauguration of the project. A spokesperson to Herat governor Jailani Farhad told media: “Afghanistan will soon host an extraordinary ceremony in which high-ranking officials of TAPI member countries will participate.”
Jailani stressed that the project would have big economic benefits to TAPI member countries, adding that Afghanistan hoped that the member countries would act on their commitments for successfully implementing the project.
“We will witness the inauguration of work on the implementation of TAPI project in Herat at the end of this week – all preparations in procurement and security affairs have been taken and the province will host the high-level guests of the TAPI member countries,” Jailani added.
Construction on the project started and was opened by leaders of TAPI member countries and President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in Turkmenistan in Dec 2015.
The pipeline will be 1,735 kilometers long and have the capacity of transferring 33 billion cubic meters of gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India through Herat, Farah, Helmand and Nimroz provinces of Afghanistan.
Afghanistan is expected to get $500 million in transit duty annually from the project.
A number of Afghan economists and experts have said that implementation of TAPI project besides other big development projects would change Afghanistan as key transit and economic corridor in the region.
Related to importance of the project, Shir Ali Tazri, Head of Social Center of Afghanistan Sciences Academy told The Kabul Times correspondent: “Undoubtedly, TAPI project is one of the most important and biggest projects that can economically connect four countries in the region.”
“Fortunately, we will witness the inauguration of work on TAPI project in Herat within a week and it will be a new chapter in our relations with countries in the region as work on the project has already started,” Tazri said, adding that by implementation of the project work opportunities will be provided to thousands of Afghans in the country.
Meanwhile, Herat residents have held happiness ceremonies and festivals to welcome the inauguration of the work on the TAPI pipeline project. They hoped that the TAPI project could help maintain peace and stability in Afghanistan.
On the other hand, Khanjan Alokozay, Deputy of Afghanistan Chambers of Commerce, says currently most of investors are ready to invest millions of dollars in various sections of the project. He said that the project was also very important for private sector of Afghanistan. “The TAPI pipeline project has key and principal capacity as most of the project’s sections need investment and Afghanistan private sector is ready to invest in this sector and wants to jointly work with the government,” Alokozay said. He stressed that further attention should be paid to maintaining security of the project, adding that by implementation of the project railway, optic fiber and electricity would be also extended from Central Asia to South Asia.
Sukria-Kohistani
 

Monday, 19 February 2018 06:38

Indo-Afghan Cooperation Strengthening

Monday, February 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Friendship, cooperation and mutual ties, good neighborliness and non-interference in domestic affairs of each other, are the accepted principles between the two countries that loyalty and observation of them can be in the benefit of both nations, maintaining of peace and stability in the region and in the world.
Socio-economic cooperation among countries can lead the growth and expansion of economy and reduce poverty and unemployment.
Continuation of these cooperation brings changes in all fields of socio-economy of the countries and peoples can benefit from them.
India is from among those countries that remained as a friend of Afghans in the course of history and our people are witnessing of friendship and great social and economic cooperation of this country and this relation continued in the course of history and today has been reached to its high phase and the peoples of the two nations appreciate it.
As Afghanistan and India are always friends in favor of peace, progress and development and their historical friendly ties are based on friendship and cooperation and support from peace, stability and security in regional and world levels, so they famed as peaceable countries.
The people of friendly country, India are always standing beside the people of Afghanistan and support them in the way of their struggle for freedom, progress, democracy and social justices and similarly, the people of Afghanistan also support their brotherly people of India who are fighting for ensuring peace and stability as well as regional and world stability.
Afghanistan that now erected from the ashes, smokes and damages of imposed wars and its people wanted to rehabilitate it and put pomade on the injuries of each other and for maintaining of peace, progress and development and ending of insecurities and violence stem from other interferences, every day give victim in war on terror and its factors, the people of friendly country, India are standing beside the people and government of Afghanistan and with its honest cooperation, wanted to play its good friendly role in the process of progress and development of Afghanistan.
Signing of agreements of 108 developmental projects worth $31 million in Kabul between Afghanistan and India in February 6th of current year funded financially by India and implemented in 31 provinces of the country.
During signing of these agreements, Indian ambassador to Kabul said that Afghanistan is a reliable and strategic friend of India and New Delhi is committed in maintaining stability, rehabilitation and economic expansion of Afghanistan and in the last year, implementation of small developmental projects were successful. India believes.
Majority of projects have been laid at the disposal of our people.
Minister of economy asserted that these projects cause expansion of economy, reduction of poverty for deprived segment of society in remotest areas of Afghanistan.
Implementation of 115 projects in last year were equal with all projects executed within previous years, said minister of economy.
Chief executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said that these projects were considered according to the priorities and needs of the people of Afghanistan and have direct impact on their daily life.
Support of India from developmental projects is indicator of strengthening and expansion of ties between the two nations and reflects the real friendship of the two countries.
These agreements were signed in the sector of energy, water, agriculture, rural development, higher education, rural development, education, public health, tribal affairs, labor and social affairs, information and culture and economy.
Similarly, three other projects were signed with local organs administration, national radio TV and cricket board.
If we have a glance to not so far from now, we comprehended that there are samples of large friendly and economic cooperation between India and Afghanistan that from among them, we can mention to the construction of new building of parliament in Kabul city, construction of Delaram-Nimroz highway, construction of Salma dam in Herat and providing of hundreds scholarships for youths of Afghanistan.
Now, transferring of 110000 tons wheat of friendly country, India to Afghanistan via Chabahar port of Iran is continuing.
The friendly ties of Afghanistan and India successfully passed and tested with time and have been changed into great sample of friendship and good cooperation between the two nations.
The people of Afghanistan are believing completely that continuation of this friendship and cooperation have good impact on development, socio-economic expansion, providing employment, reduction of poverty and maintaining of people’s requirements and can cause effective changes in social and economic life of the people of Afghanistan.
The people of Afghanistan considers India friendship and cooperation as laudable and regards its continuation in the benefit of progress, development and joint efforts of the two countries in the benefit of peace, stability and regional security.
Those countries who want to gain some things through rocket firing, suicide attacks and destabilize the situation in Afghanistan or with establishment of mercenary regime to rule on the political and economic life of people of Afghanistan, its patriot people are decisive to support from independence, national sovereignty, territorial integrity, national unity and cohesion of all progressive forces of the country with scarifying themselves and encounter their historical enemies with shameful defeat.
The people of Afghanistan and India suffering jointly from terrorism and till last breath fight against terrorism that their sources of training, funding and equipping are specified.
The friendly ties which are existed between peoples and governments of the two countries indicating well that India supports from ensuring peace and stability, progress and development in Afghanistan and wants to stand beside the people of Afghanistan within hard days.
When others interfere in domestic affairs of our country and use terrorism, extremism and fundamentalism as tools against Afghanistan and as a result great casualties and financial losses have been inflicted to our innocent people, Indian people and government stood beside the people and government of Afghanistan and supported them.
For all cooperation and friendships rendered to Afghanistan by India, the people and government of Afghanistan are grateful for and regard continuation of such ties in the benefit of security and stability in the region and these relations would further expand.
 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh, the law committee’s meeting was held yesterday.
In the session, draft law on grazing, modification draft of a number of articles of higher education law as well as modification of draft of a number of articles of military officers’ law were discussed.
Draft law on grazing that was reviewed in the session has been prepared in six chapters and 26 articles in cooperation of ministries of justice and agriculture, irrigation and livestock.
Minister of justice Abdul Basir Anwar while introducing the draft law asserted that draft law on grazing that was approved and enforced in 1420 lunar calendar was not responding current needs in the society, adding that finalization of the new draft law on grazing was a need.
After delivering visions and suggestions of the committee’s members, it was decided that the draft law should be reviewed under the supervision of ministry of justice.
Modification draft of a number of articles of higher education law was also discussed in the session.
Minister of higher education Najibullah Khwaja Omeri said that the draft law on higher education was aimed at making effort towards enhancement of academic capacity of government universities and addressing problems and providing facility for absorption of young academic forces of the country.
After discussion, law committee approved modification draft and it was decided that the issue of academic ranks, condition for PhD and obtaining of Professor Decree and appointment of figures having bachelor degree should be further discussed again in cabinet session. Meanwhile, modification draft of a number of articles of law on officers’ privileges was also discussed in the session.
 

Monday, 19 February 2018 06:36

Kandahar To Receive 30 Megawatt Solar Power

Monday, February 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the meeting of the urban development high council investigated issues including the draft plan of recreational and sport sites of Hazar Zina and the Kabul Municipality’s revenues, on Sunday, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.
The meeting which was held at the Presidential Palace, also discussed and signed a contract on the supply of 30 megawatt solar power to the southern province of Kandahar, the statement said.
The contract was signed between the Kabul Breshna Shirkat (the main power supply company) and the heads of 77-construction companies and Zolaristan, at the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the Kanadar representatives at the house of people, according to the statement.
The project is partially public and private, with the cost of up to 47.3 million USD, from which 14 million USD would be paid by the government of Afghanistan, said the statement.
The solar power plant, after getting operational, would produce up to 30 megawatt electricity in the province and the Breshna Shirkat is expected to purchase power energy for up to 20 years.
 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Pul-e-Khumri (BNA) Reconstruction work on 1st Pul-e-Khumri electricity dam was opened by minister of water and energy yesterday.
In a ceremony held on this occasion, minister of water and energy Eng. Ali Ahmad Osmani said that gates and protective walls of the dam will be reconstructed.
He added that the project worth over $2 million would be funded by development budget of the ministry.
“The da was constructed by Germany 70 years ago and by reconstruction of the dam its production capacity wll increase, “the minister added.
Eng. Abdul Hai Nimati, governor of Baghlan, considered reconstruction of the dam as effective in development of agriculture and irrigation of agricultural fields, saying that reconstruction of the dam would prevent from further destruction of the dam.
 

Monday, 19 February 2018 06:33

FM Meets Turkmen Counterpart

Monday, February 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Minister of foreign affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met yesterday with his Turkmen counterpart Raºit Meredow in Herat.
In the meeting, both sides discussed preparations including security and ceremonial measures for the ceremony of inauguration of work on TAPI pipeline project in Afghanistan.
Praising joint security and receiving coordination committees of the two countries for their executions and measures adopted by the committees, both sides further instructed relevant officials in this regard.
 

Monday, 19 February 2018 06:31

MoIC Declaration

Monday, February 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Amendment and modification in a number of articles of regulation draft on establishment and operation of private mass media offered based on suggestion of ministry of information and culture to cabinet of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and approved in a session of cabinet dating 27th December 2017 in three articles have been ratified by Presidential Office.
Amendment and modification in 7th article of regulation draft on establishment and operation of private mass media in connection with regulations of registration and reduction of 50% in license and guarantee of media organizations en listed in 27th article of mass media law.
Therefore, all owners of media, publication and cultural organizations that have not extended their license so far are informed to contact MoIC for registration and extension of their working license as soon as possible, otherwise later responsibility will be borne by them.
 

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