20 August 2017

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Monday, August 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Minister of publication affairs for information and culture Fazil Sancharaki in a session yesterday heard problems and demands of a number of officials for Kabul translation bureaus.
In the session attended also by head of Bakhtar News Agency, Kahalil Meanwi and director of information and culture Najiba Muram a number of officials of Kabul-based translation services while enumerating a range of their problems said one single translation bureau which has not received license so far has monopolized all services, adding that this work of the bureau has put negative impacts on works of other translation bureau.
They also asked deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture to cooperate with them in connection with decreasing taxes on the respective bureaus.
After hearing demands and problems of representatives of Kabul-based translations bureaus, deputy minister of publication affairs promised to share their problems and demands with relevant government organs.
Yarzada

Monday, August 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan had nominated Wais Ahmad Barmak as the minister of interior and introduced to the Wolesi Jirga for vote of confidence, and Taj Moahmmad Jahid as the presidential advisor on security affairs, according to the decrees of the president issued in a statement Sunday.
State minister on the parliamentary affairs has to introduce the nominee minister of interior to the house of people for vote of confidence, said the agency.
 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a gathering of national strategy of access to information says the people are the real owner of information, while the government is responsible for its protection not keeping it hidden.
Delivering a speech in the gathering, the country’s chief executive said access to information should not be organized based on bureaucratic hierarchy, adding that the process should be simplified.
“Access to information is a serious and general need in a country where corruption is increasing.  The people should consider this issue as part of their daily need and rights”, Dr. Abdullah said, adding that for simple access to information, mind of the people and behavior of government officials should change.
The country’s chief executive asserted that the people should believe that the issue was being addressed in a principal way not symbolically.
He added that facility of access to information was better in capital than in provinces, but the need and importance of access to information were still not perceived in most of the country’s provinces.
Chief executive promised to seriously cooperate with media and officials of commission for overseeing on access to information law in connection with implementation of the strategy and right to have access to information.
 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Some precious stones, belonging to ministry of mines and petroleum had been kept in one of the rooms in Arg, were identified by engineers from ministry of mines, directorate of preservation and maintenance, procurement and services of presidential office and re-preserved. 
The stones have been found recently while reviewing one of the rooms in Arg (presidential palace). 
The stones had been taken to presidential palace in late 1992 due to a rocket attack on one of rooms where the stones were being kept in ministry of mines and petroleum.
According to Eng. Mohammad Nabi and Eng. Mirza, two personnel of directorate of survey of geology and mines, the stones had been confiscated while being trafficked abroad in previous governments and their confiscating documents were also existed.
Yarzada
 

Monday August 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) As many as 69 anti-government militias including 3 ISIS affiliates have been killed, 43 wounded and 6 suspicious were arrested during joint military operations conducted by Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours across the country.
According to information of national defense ministry press office to BNA, the operations were launched with support of Afghan air and artillery forces to suppress armed rebels and ensure security and stability in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Kapisa, Paktia, Paktika, Ghazni, Logar, Zabul, Kandahar, Urozgan, Badghis, Baghlan, Faryab, Sar-e-Pul, Badakhshan and Helmand provinces.
Some heavy and light weapons, ammunitions and war mobilizations have been seized by Afghan security troops during the operations, the source added.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Monday August 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Five members of a same families have martyred by Taliban militants in northern Balkh province the night before last.
Mohammad Karim district governor of Dawlat Abad said BNA correspondent, the incident occurred, when Taliban militants stormed on a residential house in Hashim Abad region, Dawlat Abad district and martyred five members of the family including two children and a woman.
It is mentionable that Gul Mohammad the owner of the house recently joined with Afghan security forces.
During the clashes an insurgent also was killed.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Monday August 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) National Security Directorate (NSD) personnel by launching a special operation succeeded to discover and seize 790 kilograms narcotic drug type of opium in central Logar province.
NDS’s source reported BNA, the operation was conducted in relevant areas of Dabar village, Charkh district of the province.
The narcotic drug skillfully placed in a car and smugglers wanted to transfer the opium from Nangarhar province via Logar to Ghazni province, the source added.
No one was arrested accused of the case so far.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday August 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                               
One Dollar                                                 68/40 afs                           
One Pound Sterling                                   88/40 afs
One Euro                                                   80/40 afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                              18/57 afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                  635 afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                    1060 afs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                  17/70 afs
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday August 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) An indigenous technology firm, Cellulite, has been engaged by the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock, in Afghanistan, to commence the process of establishing a market-based input distribution technology for it. The collaborative effort is aimed at bolstering Afghanistan’s drive for self-sufficiency in wheat production. Afghanistan will be the first country in Asia to adopt the e-wallet system, following the footsteps of countries like Liberia and Togo.
Beyond its benefits to Afghan, the development is a testimony of Nigerians innovation and creativity in providing IT solutions not only for the Nigerian market but also for export.
The technology had enabled Nigeria to increase its food production by an average of 21 million metric tons annually between 2012 and 2015. Cellulite had previously exported the technology to other African countries in Francophone and Anglophone Africa, such as Liberia, Togo, Uganda, and a host of others. Speaking on the partnership with the Afghan Government, the Co- founder, Cellulite Corporation, Bolaji Akinboro, said the technology originating from Nigeria, “is a gift from Cellulite to humanity.” ‘‘Afghanistan is beautiful to us, and we are glad to come all the way from Africa, Nigeria to make life better for the smallholder farmer in Afghanistan,” he stated.
According to him, the AgriKore technology gives smallholder farmers access to agricultural inputs of improved varieties/breeds, fertilizer and agro-chemicals, making it the backbone of increased productivity and profitability. “This technology allows the best available seeds and fertilizer get into the hands of hundreds of thousands of smallholder farmers to raise crop yields,” he said.
Akinboro appreciated the government and the people of Afghanistan for giving the company the opportunity, and the space to participate in making life better for smallholder farmers.
He said, “Cellulite is driven to solve difficult problems on use of payment technology. We will work with the government of Afghanistan to get inputs to one million farmers in the next 90 to 120 days.
“This e-wallet system, which works on a block chain technology, provides a holistic system to link the farmers to agricultural inputs supply chain, finance and markets through integration with mobile network operators, input markets, extensions services, financial service providers, commodity market, and insurance service providers.”
“So far, cellulite’s e-wallet or AgriKore ecosystem, which connects everyone to everything in agriculture all the time, has been of benefits to 17 million farmers, 2500 agri-businesses; 800 e-extension workers and over 2,500 service points in Nigeria. This technology enables more than five million farmers to get access to high quality inputs every year,” Akinboro explained.
The e-wallet system was conceived in Nigeria, and was first implemented during the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration under former Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, who is currently the President, Africa Development Bank (AfDB).
Guardian
 

Sunday, 13 August 2017 07:09

Suicide Vests Explosion Among Taliban

Sunday August 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Local authorities in Farah province say nearly 30 Taliban have been killed due to the explosion of their own suicide vests.
The incident occurred among Taliban when they had gathered for designing an operation in Paywa Pisawo area Bala balook district of      Farrah province. There were some suicide attackers in the gathering who wanted to know about their mission or the target of their attacks, the suicide vest they were carrying abruptly exploded killed more than 32 Taliban including their several local commanders. Local Farrah authorities have confirmed the incident. Although the spokesman of Taliban has said nothing about the incident so far, but local Taliban commanders trying to show the incident as an accidental incident, while, some sources including a number of local commander of the group consider is an earlier planed program which show the deep differences among Taliban, even they spare no any effort for killing each other.
What has happened in Bala balook was not the first incident of its kind. Sometimes ago, a group of Taliban ambushed along the way of rival group, the group captured persecuted them in name of IS militants.
Fighting between pro Mullah Rasool militants and Taliban under the leadership of Mullah Hebatullah the leader of Taliban has put in severe danger the life of people in Harat, Ghore , Farrah  and some other provinces.
About two years ago, Taliban militants including their several commanders were killed in a similar incident in Ghazni province. The difference was that in Ghazni during a meeting a commander of Taliban came against the instructions of a Panjabi commander of Taliban, exploding his suicide vest killed himself and a number of the group’s member. The incidents that mentioned above clearly show the depths’ of difference among Taliban, no one can ignore it.
The program of countries that established Taliban is to establish an alternative to Taliban. For reaching this aim the established IS. Creating differences among Taliban in reality is removing Taliban from the scene. Pakistan intelligence service and some Arabic countries are supporting to achieve that aim.
Abdul Khalil Minawi
 

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