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Thursday March 21, 2019

Kabul (BNA) First day of New Year is called Nowruz which was mentioned since ancient times in Avista. In 1200 BC Monarch Tahmorz died and Jemshed took the reign of affairs of his kingdom. For the first time, this benevolent and just king celebrated New Year’s festival which has been celebrating every year ever since as a national festival. There was another ruler and powerful king who was relative of Jemshed and his name was Anu Shirwan. He had a son and his son’s name was Badan and he was a brave youth and skilled and unique shooter in his time. On the first day of the New Year, Nowruz, the king went out of his court and castle along with his advisors and ministers servants and employees to enjoy the beauty of nature. The king encouraged farmers and horticultures and instructed them. Suddenly he noticed that a bird fell on the ground and was caught by a snake. He immediately ordered who would rescue the beautiful bird from the snake.
His son was present there and replied, “This is my job”. Badan targeted the snake and rescued the bird from the mouth of the snake and the bird flew into the air. The king was very happy with Badan and appreciated him. By chance, next year, the king left his castle and went out and stationed in the same place together with his army, civil and military officials. He noticed again that a bird is coming and threw few seeds on the ground. The king said it is the same bird and we see it once again. His servants and civil employee went and found the seeds and brought to the king and king gave them to gardener to plant it and report the result to the king. Next year when the king came back on the same occasion, saw that the seeds have grown very nice and produced fruits but no one dared to eat them on suspicion of being a poison. Finally they decided to put the clusters into a pot full of water, leave it for few days and wait for the result. The gardener went to the king afterwards and said, the clusters and the water are boiling without fire.
He told the king to bring a prisoner who is sentenced to death to drink it. The prisoner drank the first cup but it was bitter. He took the second cup and third cup respectively and was drunk and danced and later slept. Next morning he was taken to the court of the king and he narrated what happened to him. The prisoner requested the king to give him another three cups of the same juice and he would be very happy. Afterwards the king ordered his employees and servants to plant these bushes throughout of his territory, collect the fruits and eat them. Today there is a place in Herat called “Bahramghora” where the seeds were planted. So Herat is the original cradle of grapes and grapes festival is celebrated every year there. This was the initial story and background of grapes creation.
Abdul Hadi Quraishi
 

Thursday March 21, 2019

Kabul (BNA) A U.N. humanitarian agency says recent flooding in Afghanistan has left more than 122,600 people in need of assistance.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in a statement late on Tuesday that the flooding has affected 14 out of the country's 34 provinces. Thousands of houses have been destroyed or damaged.
Heavy snowfall across Afghanistan this winter had cut off many areas, raising fears of severe floods in the spring. So far this year, 63 people have died as heavy rains and flooding swept away their homes.
Abdul Ahaad Walizada, police spokesman in western Herat province, says at least 13 people, including women and children, died there.
Dailymail
 

Thursday, 21 March 2019 09:49

Afghans Battle with Flood Aftermath

Thursday March 21, 2019

Kabul (BNA) communities in large swathes of Afghanistan are facing yet another emergency: widespread flooding that will leave some rebuilding their lives for years.
Sudden heavy rainfall this month triggered flash floods that swept away thousands of homes and killed dozens in nine Afghan provinces.
More than 112,000 people are affected, with numbers rising as humanitarian assessments trickle in from insecure areas, according to tallies by UN agencies and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
Afghanistan is seeing unusually heavy rainfall due to the El Niño weather phenomenon declared in February, which can bring extreme weather across the globe. Forecasts predict there could be warmer temperatures and 40 to 50 percent more rain than usual into May, according to the Red Cross. Months of severe drought also make it harder for soil to absorb excess water, raising the risk of sudden floods. In hard-hit Nawa-i-Barakzai district in the southern province of Helmand, communities were still waiting for help – and fearing a fresh onslaught of rain – amid destroyed mud homes and dead livestock.
In one flattened village, Ali Mohammed, 42, stood on his collapsed roof, the smell of rotting flesh seeping through the mud that used to form the walls of his house.
“It’s my sheep,” he said, pointing to a crack that exposed parts of the dead animals, killed in the floods.
The rains started at night. Mohammed said he and his neighbors rushed to wake their families as the waters from a nearby river rapidly rose and heavy downpours started to tear apart rooftops.
They scrambled to higher ground. But when the waters receded hours later the entire village had been washed away – along with a lifetime of hard work and savings.
The rains came and went quickly, but the aftermath is likely to last years for farmers like Mohammed. He said his personal losses, including dozens of sheep and his entire food supply, totaled a steep 900,000 Afghani, or $12,000. His wife packed a few remaining belongings and took the family’s children to the relative safety of the provincial capital, Lashkargah.
“We didn’t think it could be this bad,” he said.
Afghanistan’s neighbors, Iran and Pakistan, have also been hit by floods. In Pakistan’s Balochistan Province, which shares a border with Helmand, aid agencies are warning of disease outbreaks due to damaged health clinics, low vaccination rates, and health conditions already worsened by drought.
Here in Helmand, traditionally a Taliban heartland, the latest disaster is exacerbated by widespread poverty and active conflict. Government-controlled Nawa-i-Barakzai borders one of the war’s front lines, and the district has seen a rise in clashes and killings in recent weeks.
The district governor, Ayub Omar Omari, believes the floods are evidence of a changing climate.
“We’ve had a bad drought, followed by the worst floods I’ve seen here in decades,” he said. “People’s entire livelihoods have been swept away.”
Few structures are left standing in areas far from the bigger markets and paved roads, where fragile mud homes are prevalent. Most families have fled, finding refuge with relatives in nearby towns. Those who stayed behind continue to sort through debris, hoping to recover what remains of their belongings.
“It’s not safe for my family to stay outside, but we have little option,” said Haji Badar, 75. He stood surrounded by his daughters on a muddy plateau – his house has literally melted away.
“We’re hoping for help, but none has come yet,” he said, two weeks after the initial rains.
The sky is blue for now, but Badar fears what will come: “Our wettest season has just started.”
Thenewhumanitarian
 

Thursday March 21, 2019

Kabul (BNA) While being optimist upon advent of new solar year of 1398, a number of youth expressed their points of view as following:
Talking on new year preparations and opportunities, Sayed Mahboob Hashimi one of the youth said, we wish the new year be a year of nationwide security, reliable peace and reconciliation so to be enable to continue our higher educations in peace of mind and a secure atmosphere and serve future generations and prove to the world that Afghan youth enjoy full power and capability. Manan Ashkrez another youth said, “as a youth I hope the new year to be a good, peaceful year for all Afghan people. We hope it would be a year free from war, suicide attacks and explosions. All people are thirsty of peace and particularly the youth are fed up with war. We youth wish to complete our educations and request the government to provide employment opportunities to us.”
He added, we no longer want war and destruction in our beloved homeland, Afghanistan. We want to join hands and rebuild our ruined country and don’t let enemies to invade and change our wounded country to battlefields of their proxy wars, make our brave nation vagabond.
He continued, we should learn from nature. When the New Year advents and spring appears, the migrant birds return to their original nests and resume a new life.
Freshta Ahmadi a female youth expressing her opinion on the New Year and new spring, said, we consider the New Year as a glad tiding to a bright future of the new generation. Our people are optimist on return of a reliable peace. If reliable peace avails no youth would be concerned and they would be able to continue their higher educations. Last year peace efforts were increased and 1398 solar year is expected to be a year of restoration of a reliable peace in Afghanistan. Talking on the New Year, Ms. Zarmina Haqjo Kakar said, we wish the New Year would be a happy and prosperous year for our people and start it with new power and energy and hope it would heal wounds of our nation and give us glad tiding of a reliable peace. Speaking on the new year and Nowruz festivities, Sadya Sayeed student of a private university said, Nowruz celebration is a historical, national and traditional occasion since long times in Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey and the central Asian countries. Our people celebrate it every year. We hope the New Year would be a peaceful year and our people would witness an everlasting ceasefire.
Masouda Qarizada
 

Thursday March 21, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Trailblazing bowler Rashid Khan said Afghanistan will fear no one when the World Cup starts in May after a maiden Test win enhanced the reputation of the rising cricket nation.
Khan, who is one of the world's leading bowlers in short-form cricket, said Afghanistan's confidence was growing after beating Ireland on Monday in just their second Test match.
The 20-year-old leg-spinner, who tops the world Twenty20 bowling rankings and lies third in the 50-over standings, took five for 82 as Afghanistan beat their fellow Test newcomers in Dehradun.
Before an expected starring role for Sunrisers Hyderabad when the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) begins at the weekend, Khan said Aghanistan's cricketers now need only to believe in themselves.
"We have the talent and we have the skills," he told AFP in an interview.
At last year's Asia Cup, Afghanistan made a breakthrough by topping their group in the 50-over competition ahead of established Test nations Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Deccanchronicle
 

Thursday, 21 March 2019 09:47

ANDSF Assuring Better Security In 1398

Thursday March 21, 2019

Kabul (BNA) On the threshold of New Year and spring season, Afghan defense and security organs informed of better preparations and planning for suppressing armed opponent groups and maintaining security during the coming year. Officials for the ministry of defense saying the country’s defense and security forces have always made effort to use all means for the protection and defending the country and will firmly stand against any kind of attacks during the coming year. A spokesperson to the respective ministry assured that the country’s defense and security forces were well-prepared to continued counter terrorism in the country. Meanwhile, officials for the ministry of interior have also informed of full preparation for maintaining security in coming year, assuring that terrorist groups would be suppressed during spring operations that would be soon launched countrywide.
“Afghan Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) in close cooperation and coordination with intelligence organs of the country have made serious measures and security plan for 1398 that would be implemented across the country,” Nasrat Rahimi, deputy spokesperson to MoI, said, adding that the country’s security forces will continue their aggressive attacks in the country. According to the MoI spokesperson, terrorist groups have got weaken as their leaders and commanders are targeted daily in various parts of the country. Rahimi further said that spring operations that been planned by the country’s defense and security organs would be implemented in areas on which intelligence organs have worked. The MoI spokesperson stressed that particular plans and measures were underway for prevention of terrorist attacks during the coming year.
Afghan defense and security officials have made the remarks regarding better security in coming year amid efforts that are underway in national and international level for maintaining peace and ending the ongoing war in the country. Various regional and world countries including US, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are making effort to provide ways for direct talks between the Taliban group and Afghanistan government. It is worth mentioning that security is one of top working priorities for each government. In Afghanistan, National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) are undoubtedly responsible for maintaining security, order and defending the country.
In the past 17 years, the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) have developed into a collection of professional institutions that are both committed to their mission and highly respected. Although they face major challenges in key areas of capacity, such as logistics and air power, they are able to defend and address any kinds of threats as they are fighting with high impetus for their people and country. Despite all challenges and problems in the country, the Afghan defense and security forces by giving sacrifices and tirelessly efforts are standing and fighting against armed insurgency and defending independence, sovereignty and national integrity.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Wednesday March 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) More than 15 fighters of Taliban terrorist group were killed following air attack carried out by Afghan air forces in Ghazni province.
Mohammad Aref Noori spokesman of Ghazni governor told BNA correspondent, the terrorists have been targeted in different parts of Aab Band, Gero, Andar and Qara Bagh districts of the province.
About, 20 anti-government militias were wounded during the attacks as well, the source added.
M.A.Ansari

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 11:05

Sport Stadium To be Built in Logar

Wednesday March 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The construction work of a sport stadium has been started in central Logar province yesterday.
Shamshad Larwi spokesman of Logar governor told BNA, the sport stadium to be built in 1800 acres of lands with a sum of 5 million Afghanis in Mamoren Township, Pul-e-Alam city the provincial capital of the province.
The construction work of the sport stadium inaugurated by governor of the province.
M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday March 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Officials in northern Balkh province saying the annual festival marking the start of the Afghan solar year would be traditionally marked in Mazar-e-Sharif city by tens of thousands of people from different parts of the country.
Mazar-e-Sharif mayor Abdul Haq Khurami told, the city was ready to host guests and the Municipality had spared no effort to keep the city clean for the festival. “We are working hard till 12 at night to clean and decorate the city for Nowruz celebration. We have already kicked off the drive for cleaning of the areas around Hazrat Ali Shrine and would continue our works till first day of the New Year,” Khurami said, adding they have established for police to work for the civil order and collect the taxes.
Meanwhile, provincial spokesman said that preparations were underway since last three months and commission led by the governor working hard to gloriously celebrate the first day of the new solar year in the province. “Cultural programs, including music festival, concerts , poetry contest and different events planned to mark the beginning of spring and Nowruz in the ancient Balkh province,” provincial spokesman Munir Ahmad Farhad said, adding hundred thousand of people expected to attend the festival in the province. He assured residents that much better security arrangements had been taken this year. Participants should not worry about their security, he said asserting their readiness to deal with any eventuality.
 

Wednesday March 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by deputy minister of information and culture on cultural and art affairs, Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawary, the commission to hold Nowruz held its last session. According to BNA report, the tasked committee’s members presented their reports and stated their preparations to gloriously hold the New Year. Appreciating the relevant committees, particularly, the security committee’s functions, Prof. Bawary said Nowruz was the people’s festival not the government and they should further be considered to better hold the event. He added all MoIC directorates have been instructed to hold Nowruz a best way.
 

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