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Tuesday March 14, 2017

Jalalabad City (BNA) About 52 loyalists of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group including foreign fighters have been killed in air and group attacks carried out by Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in various parts of eastern Nangarhar province.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA, the raids were conducted in different parts of Acheen, Koot and Heska Mina districts of the province.
According to another report, Afghan security forces succeeded to discover and seize five weapon depots during separate operations in various parts of Nangarhar province.
The weapon depots belonging ISIS and Taliban terrorist groups have been discovered in Acheen, Dor Baba, Khogyani and Koot districts of the province.
A security official in the province says, dozens heavy and light weapons and ammunitions have been discovered from the depots.
Also six rounds of mines that had been planted by enemies of the country to cause deadly events on innocent civilians have been discovered and confiscated by Afghan security personnel in different parts of Nangarhar province.

Tuesday March 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In a joint press conference held recently, the spokespersons of the relevant ministries said that amid growing insecurities, many development projects have been completed in some provinces this year.
Akbar Rustami, the spokesperson to the ministry of urban development said that during the current year, they could implement 9000 development projects in 34 provinces of the country.  He said that however they faced many challenges, but they have had many achievements this year. He added that they have completed 9077 development projects on providing drinking water, irrigation, agriculture, local development, health, education and road construction sectors as well as many more in different provinces of the country. The projects worth $245.2 million, he added. With implementation of the projects, short-term job opportunities have been provided to nearly 750,000 people, he went on to say. At the same time, Nilofar Langar, the spokesperson to the ministry of rural rehabilitation while presenting one-year report of her ministry told that they have received 446 projects worth 71.6 millions of dollars from different government institutions and the procurement work on 300 of them is underway.
She added that construction work of seven ministries will be started in 1396. Likewise, Lutfullah Rashid, the spokesperson to the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock told that 1395 was an agriculture growth year, during which they could implement many projects this year.
Meanwhile, Mehdi Rohani, the spokesperson to the ministry of public works said that the ministry could prevent life and financial loses during the winter and could reopen the closed roads at its earliest. He added that his ministry had 73 projects this year, many of which have been implemented and work on the rest is underway. He said that the ministry of public works has considered to implement 90 projects next year. At the same time, a number of experts said that in order the ministries were not questioned by Wolesi Jirga have made effort to spend their development budget. Kharoti said that the ministries should consider the situation while implementation of the projects so they positively affect the people economy and routine life.
He added that the ministries should not only consider to spend the budgets, but should also pay heed to quality and efficiency of the projects.
The people believe that with completion of projects in some provinces, the residents’ problems have been solved at some extent. The ministries of rural rehabilitation, agriculture, public works and urban development presented their reports while the people in some provinces of the country are faced with many problems due to improper implementation of development projects in their areas.
Shukria Kohistani

Tuesday March 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The International Conference of the Asian Countries Senior Security Officials has been held in Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh.
The conference was attended by delegates from countries including, Australia, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Japan, Maldives, Malaysia, Mummer, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, India as well as FBI police, Facebook and Google in the secular, Muslim majority country. In the ceremony, condemning terrorist attack on the military hospital in the Afghan capital Kabul, the participant countries senior officials expressed their concern over the outspread of terrorist activities in the country, and the Interpol general secretary, Jorge Shtook called the brutal attack as the greatest regional terrorist crimes. He extended his condolence to the Afghans and voiced continuation of unsparing cooperation to the Afghan security forces, particularly the police. The two-day conference discussed key security issues on how to launch campaign against terrorism and ultra-border crime.
Attended in the conference, senior deputy to the country’s interior ministry, Abdul Rahman Rahman called the role of the international police in restoring security of the region and emphasized on the international police serious campaign in preventing human trafficking. The deputy minister pointed out to the threats from terrorism, drugs and human trafficking facing Afghanistan and regional countries and said his country has been the main victim of terrorism and right now, the country’s security forces are engaged in war on terrorism and the world and regional countries should continue cooperating with the Afghan security forces in this field. The Interpol secretary General also pledged cooperation with the Afghan security forces in war on terror and said the Interpol was ready to provide full cooperation with Afghanistan in all fields, particularly in war on extremism and insurgency and would support the Afghan position in the internal conventions.
An Afghan lawmaker Hashemi said the international community, particularly the Interpol should provide full cooperation with the Afghan forces to overcome extremism and terrorism as well as against all forms of trafficking. He said Afghanistan has experienced widespread violence in the past and still is the victim of terrorism and extremism, so the regional and world countries should cooperate with the Afghan forces to fight the heinous elements. However he doubted on such conference to could be remain effective as he believed in the past many such gathering has met but nothing tangible had so far been seen in war on extremism and terror, but expressed hope the ultra-border meeting on counterterrorism efforts could lay positive impact and could help the regional countries to overcome terrorism all over the region. A military expert Khalilullah Amarkhil also spoke in this field and called terrorism a common threat and should be jointly fought against. He said if the world remains incompetent about the Daesh activities, it may spread activities all over the region like Taliban and Al-Qaeda. They should provide full cooperation with the Afghan security forces if they want terrorism uprooted in the region.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 06:55

Nawruz Celebration In Herat

Tuesday March 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Nawruz is generally celebrated in Afghanistan.
Also known as Farmer’s Day, the observances usually last two weeks, culminating on the first day of the Afghan New Year. Nawruz is celebrated with different traditions throughout the country. This day is considered one of the biggest holidays of the year. People start getting ready for Nawroz a month before and celebrate the actual day following the old Afghan traditions. One of the biggest traditions for Afghans on Nawroz is to wear green clothes and to cook green things. The idea is to give a new start to their lives, the same as the growth of the green plants in the spring, so they will be green, happy and fresh until the end of the year.
The word green in the Dari language is “Sabz.” Therefore, Afghans prepare seven dishes that start with the letter “S”. One of the dishes that start with the green (sabz) letter is called Samanak. This is a special dish that takes at least two weeks to get ready to be cooked. The wheat used to make Samanak is kept to grow tall, and then it is cooked. Samanak is usually cooked on Nawroz or few days before, and women sometimes throw a party for it. While the mother cook Samanak through the whole night, their daughters dance and sing songs.  One of the other dishes on the table is Haft Mewa, which is the bowl full of dried fruits. Afghans buy various dried fruits such as pistachios, raisins, walnuts, dried apricots and almonds to make it, and it is eaten as a snack on Nawroz. On celebration of this day in Herat, Kobra, a resident of the province that Herat people mark Nawroz with a different way. She said that receiving the New Year was mostly seen among the women. They start cleaning of the house few days ago and try to do the main works to welcome the New Year, she added.
Those engaged men provide clothes and sweets to their fiancées and take them to the girls’ homes, she said, adding the bride’s family also provide something to the men. On cooking Samanak, she said that the tradition was not celebrated like before. Today, everyone likes to cook Samanak with her own, she added. Last Wednesday of the year is celebrated in Herat in a special manner, she said, adding on the next Wednesday, the people in Herat go to recreational sites such as, Khwaja Abdullah Ansari Shrine, Mugqa Garden, Takht-e-Safar, Women Garden, Pul-e-Malan, etc.
Another Herat resident, Tamana said that in my opinion, Nawroz is celebrated in Herat with a different, as the people mark the last Wednesday of the year in a particular manner.
Karima Malikzada

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) An explosion rocked Kabul city in the vicinity of the 10th police district earlier this evening, leaving at least one person dead and nearly nineteen others wounded.
A minibus was targeted as it was travelling between Taimani and Qala-e-Fatullah area of the city, carrying the employees of a private tele-communications company.
The Ministry of Interior (MoI) spokesman Sediq Sediqi confirmed the incident and said preliminary reports suggest at least one person was killed and nineteen others were wounded in the incident.
He said the person killed in the attack was a woman and at least nineteen others including women were wounded.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Foreign Minister for Management and Resources Dr. Naseer Ahmad Andisha met with the chairman of the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) Yousef Ibrahim Al Bassam yesterday afternoon while the ambassador of Afghanistan in Riyadh and the representative of the Ministry of Finance of Afghanistan were also present, a statement from the MoFA said.
Welcoming the Afghan delegation to Saudi Arabia and the successful holding of the first Silk Road Cultural Exhibition on March 11, 2017 in Riyadh city, Al Bassam said such programs play an important role in presenting the real image of Afghanistan’s culture and art in the public opinion in Saudi Arabia.
Appreciating the cooperation of Saudi Arabia on holding the exhibition, Dr. Andisha underlined that such kind of joint cultural programs would allow both countries to exchange views regarding their original cultures and to reflect the true face of Afghanistan for visitors.
Dr. Andisha asked for further development cooperation of the organization in different spheres, including agriculture, education, construction of ring roads and public health. In turn, Al Bassam announced the readiness of the organization in funding the aforementioned projects.
In conclusion, a package of projects that had already been prepared by the Ministry of Finance handed over to the Saudi side for evaluation and funding. Al Bassam informed of his country’s commitment in terms of funding a number of these projects after evaluation by the technical team of (SDF) including funding a part of Kabul ring road project worth US $ 40 million.
In addition, both sides discussed and exchanged views on the mechanism for reviewing the projects by the technical teams of the two countries.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Kamal Sadat deputy minister of youth affairs in a meeting with representative of the UNDP emphasized on drafting of a project on youth and Ulema’s volunteer caravan in gender equality spheres, BNA reported.
UNDP’s representative Saifullah Sayes briefed the deputy minister on the project, saying the project would improve gender equality in Afghanistan.
He said the ministries of women affairs, hajj and endowment as well as the deputy ministry of youth affairs to jointly work with UNDP and UN’s volunteer agency in different spheres of using volunteers for public awareness on gender equality, promotion of youth’s leadership role and creation of the national volunteer networks.
According to Sayes, ministry of women to have monitoring role, deputy ministry of youth affairs to mobilize youth across the country for volunteer works and the ministry of hajj and endowment  to carry out activities on social changes through different programs in close coordination with religious scholars.
Hinting to important role of youth within society, Dr. Kamal Sadat vowed to spare no effort in assisting the program. He said would support any program to bring positive changes.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by deputy minister of finance, administrative and tourism for information and culture Sayeda Mojgan Mustafavi, the session of counter human trafficking commission’s technical committee was held yesterday.
In the session, national research report released by IOM, human trafficking and refugee trafficking were discussed.
Meanwhile, Mustafavi considered research related to review and causes of human trafficking in Afghanistan as an effective step towards cooperation with relevant organs and praised USAID and IOM for their cooperation in this regard.
Deputy Minister of finance, administrative and tourism also asked the respective organizations to share research indexes in connection with review and causes of human trafficking in Afghanistan with all relevant institutions in counter human trafficking commission.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met Franz-Michael Skjold Mellbin, EU special representative in Afghanistan, Pernille Dahler Kardel, deputy special representative for United Nation’s Assistance Mission and representatives of donor institutions, the ministry said in a statement.
The meeting discussed government preparation for election, prevision of budget, financial facility for this procedure and its procurement process, system building and effectively usage of technology for transparent election in the presence of officials from Independent Election Commission and electronic Identity Cards, the statement added.
It is confirmed that a joint committee of government & donors’ representatives should be formed for the better progress of affairs and transparency of the election process.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Abdullah introduced Sayed Aqa Fazel Sancharaki as deputy minister of publication and Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi as deputy minister of admin, finance and tourism for employees of Ministry of Information and Culture here yesterday afternoon, BNA reported.
According to the agency, Dr. Abdullah addressing a gathering held on this occasion at MoIC press hall called protection of freedom of expression, preservation of cultural heritage and Islamic teachings as the main duties of the ministry of information and culture, adding the newly appointed deputy ministers have the responsibility toward protection of freedom of expression and Islamic teachings.
Dr. Abdullah said freedom of expression achieved with much sacrifices of the journalists in the last fifteen years, calling its protections as the main responsibilities of the ministry.
Meanwhile Sayed Aqa Fazel Sancharaki, new deputy minister of publication vowed to spare no effort in protection and promotion of the freedom of expression.

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