26 May 2017

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Saturday, May 20, 2017
Maidan-Shaher (BNA) Three members of Haqani network were killed in air strikes in Maidan-Wardak province yesterday.
Naqib Amini spokesman of Maidan-Wardak security command told BNA, three members of Haqani terrorist network were killed and two others injured in air strikes conducted by coalition forces in two villages of Nerkh district, Maidan-Wardak province.
He added, the five militias are members group of Hamidullah Paghmani one of Haqani’s network group in Maidan-Wardak province who have active role in destructive activities in that province.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Tuesday, May 16, 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                                            68/15 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              87/40 afgs                         
One Euro                                              75/40afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/55 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          638afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1040 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              17/95 afgs                       
Yarzada

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s Journalists Council selected Nangialai Osmani as a “Messenger of Peace” in the field of newspaper’s sport correspondent.
To appreciate the effective services rendered by Nangialai Osmani for introducing gymnasts living in western countries as well as for the reflection of these achievements, this institution selected Osmani as messenger of peace and sport reporter. General Director of Afghanistan’s Journalists Council, Hafizullah Barakzai says Nangialai Osmani is from among limited number of athletic reporters that made much effort for reflection of Afghan athletes’ achievements gained in abroad. Barakzai believes that Osmani always made effort to raise the prideful voice of athletes of Afghanistan in overseas so that the latters keep the flag of their country hoisted in the sky of those nations they are living.
Thanking journalists’ council of Afghanistan, Osmani says as a messenger, I want to be the voice of those athletes who are active in and abroad in the field of gymnastic. He also says in the course of his mission, he faced with great hurdles. But, he took all easy and tried his best to perform his duty before the society. Nangialai Osmani is the first who has introduced as a “messenger of peace” in the zone of sport reporting. He is also one of those journalists who reflected his journalist activities through a number of credible government and private publications such as the dailies of Hewad, Anis, Mandegar, The Kabul Times, Nenanai Afghanistan “Afghanistan Today” and a number of other publications active in capital, Kabul.
Because of worthy sport activities, he also gained gold medal, a cup of journalistic moral from boxing federation of Afghans residing in Europe from Haji Samim, an Afghan athlete in 60s. Similarly, he gained a gold medal from weekly Nenanai Afghanistan. Likewise, he gained a honorary gold medal from Nessar Ahmad Watandost, the first world champion of commando of Afghanistan and other medal from Feraidoon Mohammadi head of Yonki Van Keg Boxing Federation, as well as a gold medal from deaf athletes that adds to his prides.
Safiullah Patyanai      
 

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Officials of the ministry for defense said they were committed to fight corruption and have already taken practical steps in this regard.
According to them, practical steps have been taken to register identity of all security forces’ personnel in information bank and investigate 1418 criminal cases of officials. Deputy technical and logistic affairs of the ministry for defense, Ghulam Sakhi told media that the ministry is committed to fight corruption and serious steps have already been taken in the respect. “We are committed to uproot corruption in Afghan National Army’s ranks, as this is a long way ahead,” he further said.
He added the MoD officials have realized if corruption is not seriously fought, the ministry would lose financial and equipment assistances of the donor countries. On existence of ghost security forces, he said the registration process of ANA personnel and officials of the ministry for defense is in progress at the information bank and 35000 soldiers and officials would include the process until June. Likewise, property forms of 190 generals of the ministry have been delivered to the high office of oversight on anticorruption, he continued. A military expert, Haidar Hemat told that fighting corruption would be a really difficult process if the rule of law is not existed. Fighting corruption would follow with suitable results if the president makes effort to enforce law in the country, otherwise, it would be only a word, he added.
A veteran and military expert, Sefatullah Amarkhil believes that corruption is a challenge before the Afghan government and world community, because, it has caused to face Afghanistan’s developments with serious challenges. In fact, while enormous challenges remain, Afghanistan authorities have made headway in their fight against corruption, according to a United Nations report released last month, which also finds that the country is making progress in other areas, such as restoring institutional control over the delivery of public services. “For the sake of the country’s future, corruption in Afghanistan must be addressed and eliminated,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan. He said the UN welcomes the progress already made, and fully supports the Government’s ongoing efforts to fight corruption in the interest of ending impunity, ensuring accountability and transparency, and restoring integrity to the management of public services, finances and natural resources.
In its report entitled Afghanistan’s Fight against Corruption: The Other Battlefield, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), highlights the country’s progress in addressing corruption. Drawing on internationally recognized best practices, it provides recommendations for how the Government, with the continued support of the public and the international community, can build on those achievements This is while that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani at the third conference of fighting corruption in Kabul said that corruption was a serious challenge in the country, as the international community has said it would cut assistances to Afghanistan unless fighting corruption was seriously fought.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is marked on May 17th every year not only in Afghanistan but also in all countries having membership of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
ITU General Secretary has announced in a statement that the theme for the 2017 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day would be ‘Big Data for Big Impact’. The insight brought on by advanced analysis can strongly complement the evidence-based nature of decision-making that can be leveraged at national, regional and international levels to drive success towards attaining sustainable development goals for 2030. Fortunately, Afghanistan has obtained membership of ITU; therefore, May 17th has been marked as World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in Afghanistan since 2003.
According to officials for Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology, telecommunication technology has unprecedentedly development in Afghanistan in the past one decade and currently 90 % of the country’s areas are covered by telecommunication services provided by six government and private telecommunication companies the subscribers of which have recently reached to 22 million.
In total, Afghanistan government gets more than $ 250 million annual incomes from telecommunication sector. Meanwhile, more than $ 2.5 billion has been invested in telecommunication and information technology sector in Afghanistan so far. For example, optical fiber considered as key source for providing technology and internet services has considerably developed recently in the country. Proper polices and laws in this sector have been codified by Afghanistan government, which has paved ways for most of private telecommunication companies in order to invest and provide telecommunication services to their subscribers in the country.
Besides, presence of international telecommunication companies and investors is considered as one of the main reasons for telecommunication development in Afghanistan. These companies by their world experiences have joined Afghanistan telecommunication market and changed it to competitive scene. For example, Roshan, Afghan Telecom, Salam and Afghan Wireless which are considered as top telecommunication companies have international telecommunication companies’ investors who have brought international experiences, work procedures and standards to Afghanistan telecommunication sector. To continue their presence and get much interest, these companies regularly assess their rival companies’ activities and make policy based on the assessment. Despite of all achievements attained by the domestic and international telecommunication companies, they are facing with a series of challenges as increasing insecurity in the country particularly in remote areas where telecommunication companies are obliged to deploy guards to protect and maintain security for their antennas.
Lailuma Noori
 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah inaugurated the 3rd domestic productions’ exhibition in Herat on Tuesday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
According to the agency, during the opening ceremony, Herat governor, Mohammad Asef Rahimi said in the exhibition that 80 stalls of domestic productions put into display. The provincial governor added that necessary attention has been paid to Herat by the government over the last two years and we have noticeably witnessed presence of investors and private sector in the province as well, the agency added.
In the ceremony, head of industrialists’ union, Hamidullah Khadim, two lawmakers Farhad Majidi and Nazir Ahmad Hanafi and a provincial council’s member, Ghulam Habib asked the government to support the private sector and decrease the customs tariff, BNA continued.
Expressing glad on his trip to Herat, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah asked the investors to further invest in Herat to fulfill the people and other provincial in-charges’ demands.
 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Sarwar Danesh, Second Vice-President held a meeting to investigate the works of the government’s judicial sector in defending the government interests, said there was a need for establishment of a professional legislative capacity in the government organizations, his office said Tuesday.
The statement quoted the vice president as considering the cabinet drafted a proper opportunity for assessing the legislative capacity of the government judicial affairs and the legislative department of the ministry of justice and said creation of professional legislative capacity was the most important to be set in all the state-ran agencies.
He said issues like signing contracts, appointments and legal sues seriously need a professional organization to could be able to defend the country’s national interests in the related cases, the statement quoted.
At the end of the meeting a working committee comprising the related organs representatives and the second vice-president advisor in a certain time should assess the legal sues between the government and the real and ruling individuals and report to the committee.
Another working committee was also said to be formed under the second vice-president consultation to specify challenges available in the government legal cases and provide an implementing plan to help the committee decide about.
 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA)  Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari in a meeting held to mark the Book Week and the sixth study of the book exhibition organized by the ministry of information and culture, said there was no life and brilliance, wherever is not book, the BNA reported the other day.
Cooperated by the Guetta Institute and Safe Children entity as well as 15 independent publishers, the exhibition was held at the Kabul University Library showing up to 2,000 various books, said the agency.
First, a message from President Ghani was read out on the occasion, hailing the ministry of information and culture for making effort to popularize book reading culture by assigning the last week of Saur (May second week) each year, the agency quoted.
Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari during his speech said the ministry of information and culture’s main target was to further grow the culture of book reading in the country, through publishing and exhibiting books.
He said the ministry supported the publishers and is ready to serve them despite little facilities, the agency added.
Bawari also said the ministry would provide cooperation with the private sector in publishing books and indefinitely support them in this field, said the ministry. A publisher, attended the ceremony thanked the ministry for holding such a meeting on book reading culture popularization, asked for banning book smuggling and suggested that a proper book market should be provided and land for the printing presses should be distributed, said the agency.
 

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 06:21

MoIC Draft Strategy Reviewed

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A meeting was held by the Ministry of Information and Culture, with the Acting Minister, Mohammad Rassoul Bawari on the chair, to review the draft strategy of the ministry’s five-year-plan, BNA reported the other day.
In the meeting attended by a number of University lecturers, members of Afghanistan Academy of Sciences and the ministry’s related directors, Prof. Bawari spoke first saying the get-together was held to discuss how to help enrich the ministry’s five year strategy, said the agency.
“Two things are the most important points, the strategy should be strengthened by patriotism sentiment and the strategy codification should enjoy a good implementation aspect,” said Bawari, as quoted by the agency.
Meanwhile, the ministry’s legislative advisor, Delawar Nazirzoy spoke at the meeting saying the draft strategy was provided considering the ministry’s capacity and possibilities and seriously paid attention by the ministry.
Dr. Farid Ahmad Munib, a lecturer of the Al-Biruni University also spoke about the issue and then the participants talked on open discussions and presented their suggestions on the issue, said the agency.
The five-year strategy has been provided for better management of the affairs, with the ministry has to implement it during the next five years.
According to another report, Prof. Bawari met with the member of tourism institute and said the meeting was held to arrange well the textbooks of the tourism institute, said the agency.
The institute would take two years to train the professional cadres of the related organ and that experiences from other countries should be used in this field.
 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is deeply concerned by the continued increase in conflict-related child deaths in 2017 and urges parties to the conflict to take immediate measures to reduce harm, a statement from the agency said.
“I was appalled to hear that an unexploded mortar round killed five boys from the same family yesterday (on Monday). The children were playing outside their home and found the mortar round, likely fired during fighting earlier in the day,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, the statement further said.
“A family destroyed in seconds - this horror is just one of too many incidents documented at the onset of this fighting season.” The explosion took place in Mehterlam city, Laghman province, the statement added. The first quarter of 2017 witnessed the highest recorded number of child civilian casualties resulting from conflict-related incidents in Afghanistan, including the highest number of children killed, for the same comparable period since the Mission began documenting cases, according to the statement.
Between 1 January and 30 April 2017, UNAMA preliminarily recorded 987 child casualties (283 deaths and 704 injured), a 21 per cent increase in child deaths compared to the same period in 2016.
During 2017, child deaths have risen largely as a result of the persistent use of indirect and/or explosive weapons in civilian-populated areas and due to the use of illegal and indiscriminate improvised explosive devices. Ground fighting caused 118 child deaths between 1 January and 30 April, responsible for 42 per cent of the total.
The death on Sunday of two girls and injury of seven other children, as well as two women, after a mortar round fired into a residential area impacted their home in Pashtun Kot district, Faryab province, illustrates the dangers to which many Afghan children are exposed.
After ground fighting, explosive remnants of war killed most children, resulting in 50 child deaths. In the period up to 30 April this year, aerial operations have been responsible for 44 child deaths and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) responsible for 38 child deaths. Pressure–plate improvised explosive devices, which are activated by victims and therefore pose great risk to civilian populations, caused 27 of the 38 child deaths from IEDs.
Many of the more than 700 children injured in conflict-related incidents have suffered life-changing injuries, including loss of limbs, as well as significant and lasting trauma such as witnessing the death of siblings, parents, destruction to their homes or displacement.
UNAMA once again urges parties to the conflict to prioritize the protection of children as the 2017 fighting season continues by taking all necessary precautions to reduce harm to civilians during fighting, including refraining from the use of indirect and/or explosive weapons in civilian-populated areas, particularly where distinction between civilians and non-civilians cannot be ensured. UNAMA welcomes the commitment of the Government to formally ratify Protocol V to the 1980 Convention on Conventional Weapons. The mission urges all parties to the conflict to commence marking, clearing, removing and destroying explosive remnants of war left behind from fighting in areas under their territorial control, the statement concluded.
 

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