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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 08:12

Car Bomb Blast Rocks Helmand

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) A suicide bomb blast rocked Helmand province this morning, two policemen have lost their lives in the attack.
Janat Raihan spokesman of first battalion of Helmand told BNA, the incident has taken place in Nad-e-Ali district.
He said a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle packed with explosives close to the police forces, leaving at least two of them dead.
He added two other policemen were also injured in the event.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Life stock (MoAIL) breeding and Kabul Municipality said that plan to celebrate Nawruz and farmers’ festival gloriously than previous years.
In an interview with The Kabul Times reporter spokesman of the MoAIL Mohammad Akbar Rostamy and spokesman of Kabul Municipality Abdul Jalil Sultani said.
Q: what programs have been undertaken by MoAIL for more glorious celebration of farmer’s day and Nawruz traditional festival this year at the capital and provinces local?
Rostamy: The Afghan noble people have been moving gradually toward spring and Nawruz celebration. On this occasion the MoAIL and Kabul Municipality (KM) have started sapling plantation campaign in the capital city and provinces since March 6.2018 and would continue until the end of Hamal 1397.
This campaign has already been started in all provinces. This year, the MoAIL plans to celebrate Nawruz festival more gloriously and plan to plant 29000000 saplings both fruit bearing and ornamental throughout the country.
Q: which governmental, private and international bodies would be involved in current year’s sapling plantation campaign?
Rostamy: supply and distribution of saplings is the duty of MoAIL and this year we would supply about 2.3 million saplings and Agricultural cooperatives and Union of Nurseries would supply 24.8 million.
A number of international organizations are also involved in this campaign.
The MoAIL would distribute sufficient saplings to schools, hospitals and government departments. Kabul and provincial municipalities would also take active part in this campaign.
Spokesman of KM Abdul Jalil Sultani talking on Nawruz and farmers’ traditional festival said, this festival is celebrated every year by Kabul and provincial municipalities, MoAIL, private and international organizations in Kabul and other provinces with launching of national Atan, sapling plantation, music, Buzkashi Kite flying, egg fighting and other traditional games.
Q: what programs have been undertaken by KM on the occasion of Nawruz celebration?
Sultani: as the biggest service body, the KM plans to celebrate this traditional and cultural festival more gloriously this year.
The KM as a member of Nawruz Celebration Commission would organize farmers’ day together with the MoAIL in Badam Bagh area with hoisting of three color national flag and about 70000 saplings would be planted across capital Kabul and for implementation of this programs essential measures have been adopted. All urban districts have already been tasked to celebrate it in their localities better than past years.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Holding election timely is responding to public and international community opinions and no other way can legalize the political system of the country.
BNA political analyst commenting on the issue writes holding the parliamentary elections of the country has been planned in July of the current year. The Independent Commission of Elections is set up July 7th for holding parliamentary elections in the country, but recently the commission is talking about suspending the process.
Wasema Badghisy the operative deputy of election commission in one of her interviews has talked about three month delay in the process.
Although, three month delay in holding the elections has not yet formally confirmed by the commission, but the statements of that high ranking official of the commission regarding to delay of the elections have caused concern among people, politicians and civil society activists.
In the critical situation of Afghanistan, delay in this national program can increase the distrust of people to the state and identifies the government as an incapable government.
In addition, any suspension and delay of the program could be an achievement for political critics of the state and will make their criticism more serious.
The political experts and the activists of civil society insist that the politician and the authorities of state should not accept their plans and views to the people. The independent commission of elections should manage its activities in a better way and becomes ready for timely holding the elections.
It is require for independent commission of elections to finalize the constituencies of elections and the list of voters and present its technical and logistical problem to the state.
It should be mention that holding elections is the demand of Afghan people and international community and realizing it, is the commitment of the authorities for promoting the process of democracy in the country.  No any other option replaces it and satisfies the people.   
Abdul Khalil Minawi
BNA Director General

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive  Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in opening ceremony of ‘Afghanistan Pine Nut Union’ held yesterday in Kabul said that although such moves appeared minor, they would help practically bring key changes in life of Afghan residents and improve the country’s economy.
“Afghanistan has increasing capacity for agriculture and investment on the country’s agricultural products is a key step that should be paid further attention,” added the country’s chief executive.
Considering investment on agricultural products such as facilitator of further possibilities in life of the people, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said the most important consequence of such initiatives is an increase in products and exports and the financial gains for farmers.
He stressed that the national unity government was fully supporting economic programs as such moves had direct relations on governance, maintaining of security and improvement of the people’s economic level.  Expressing happiness over establishment of Afghanistan Pine Nut Union, the country’s chief executive promised that he would instruct government relevant organs for further efforts towards improvement of their affairs in this regard.
At the ceremony, acting head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) Khan Jan Alokozay said that although NUG leaders have always supported private sector, there were still some challenges facing investors and traders, asking for further support.
He said that Afghanistan’s pine nuts were exporting to Pakistan in low price, but the nuts were exported to other countries in high price after processed in Pakistan.  Alokozay considered the formation of Afghanistan Pine Nut Union as a significant move towards processing and exporting the nuts to other countries.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met yesterday with the United States Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, at Gul Khana Palace.
Both sides discussed counter terrorism in Afghanistan and the region, counter narcotics and security of up-coming elections.
While welcoming the US Secretary of Defense and accompanied delegation to Kabul, President Ghani praised the US for its continued cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields in particular counter terrorism effort.
The country’s President said that US strategy for South Asia and Afghanistan has changed the environment and provided opportunity for peace process, therefore NUG offered peace program to the Taliban group and comprehensive dialogue to Pakistan government.
President Ghani also asserted that Afghanistan government was working on a plan for repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan, stressing that repatriation and resettlement of the Afghan refugees help in peace and stability of Afghanistan.
In the meeting, US Secretary of Defense by praising ANDSF for their bravery and sacrifices towards counter terrorism and maintaining security said the US was supporting Afghanistan government’s peace offer with Taliban, offer of dialogue to Pakistan and repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan.
James Mattis, the US Secretary of Defense, once again stressed on his country’s continued support from Afghanistan for suppressing terrorism as common enemy.
In the meeting, chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also praised the US for its continued cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields in particular military and considered continuation of such cooperation as key for counter terrorism.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Rassul Bawari, the minister of information and culture in a ceremony, opened an exhibition in which the Holy Quran, Tafsir and the Prophet Hadiths manuscripts, written and provided by the country’s artists and talented culturists, were displayed, BNA reported Tuesday.
Prof. Bawari during his speeches at the meeting of the ministry’s directors and some culturists, praised those countrymen who strived to handwrite the holy manuscripts, particularly the lady from western Farah province, who had sewn a complete verses of the holy Quran in the pieces of cloths.
“This indicates here love to believe to the holy religion of Islam and besides this we are now encouraged to seek such hidden talents everywhere in the country,’ said the minister.
He asked other artists of the country to take their arts to the National Archive to be displayed in the exhibition, said the agency.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 07:57

MoIC’s 1397 Work Plan Delivered

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Working plan of the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) for 1397 fiscal year, reporting plan’s format and the ministry’s statistical database were delivered in a session yesterday.
In the session, deputy minister of financial, administrative and tourism for ministry of information and culture Associate Prof. Sayeda Mojgan Mustafavi in her speech tasked all departments of the ministry to cooperate in implementation of this program.
Meanwhile, the ministry’s plan and policy department manager Nek Mohammad Sahak said that all departments of the ministry should act upon the plan and report results of their works.
Head of plan and policy of MoIC Abdul Muqim Afghan also spoke and briefed related to role of plan in a department.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 07:37

10,000 Saplings To Be Planted In Taloqan

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Taloqan (BNA) Taloqan mayor opened sapling-plantation program in provincial capital of Takhar yesterday.
Taloqan mayor Azizullah Maqsoudi told BNA that it was determined that nearly 10,000 saplings would be planted in six districts of Taloqan city, adding that provincial directorate of agriculture, irrigation and livestock would provide the municipality with other 4,000 saplings. 
He said that the saplings would be planted within six days on University Road and all other areas of the city.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 07:36

NSA Chairs Security Sector Leading Session

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, security sector leading meeting was held yesterday with participation of officials of the country’s defense and security organs.
In the session, after overall reviewing security organs’ report in connection with security situation of Kabul, Farah, Faryab, Kunduz, Urozgan and Ghani, necessary decisions were made and the country’s defense and security organs were given necessary instructions in this regard.
Meanwhile, report of implementing plan of Kabul’s security priorities was reviewed and necessary instructions were issued to relevant organs for maintaining of further security in the city.
Report of NDS in connection with reopening of Ghulam Khan Port was also heard and necessary decisions were made after reviewing the report in the session.
The session also discussed the issue of ANDSF principal needs and necessary instructions were issued for addressing the needs.
At the end, the issue of supplies, strengthening and supporting of combat forces’ units were discussed.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 07:35

Power Lifting Team Returns Home By 6 Medals

Wednesday March 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghan power lifting team returned to home by 6 bronze medals from Deha-e-Fajar international cup held in Iran yesterday.
According to BNA report, Dr. Hafizullah Wali Rahimi general head of physical education and sport by appreciating the achievements said, Fazul Karim Turkan and Mirwais Raziqi were participated from Afghanistan and by obtaining 3/3 bronze medals each of them returned to the country.
We are trying to get more achievements and victories in various fields of sports to Afghanistan, Rahimi added.

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