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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  During a meeting with Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi, Sari-Lankan ambassador in Kabul asked for holding Bakhtar Treasury exhibition in his country, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported the other day.
Sri-Lankan ambassador in Kabul said ‘Historical Relics Exhibition’ was expected to be held in that country’s capital, Colombo city next year on May, the agency further said.
He asked for cooperation of the Acting Minister Safi in term of holding Bakhtar Treasury exhibition in Colombo city, BNA added.
Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi assured of her ministry’s cooperation in the field of holding Bakhtar Treasury exhibition in that country and pointed out that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani stresses on bolstering friendly relations with regional countries.
She added after inking cooperation agreement between the two countries, the ground would be prepared for holding Bakhtar Treasury exhibition in Sri-Lanka.
She also asked Sri=Lankan ambassador that besides holding the mentioned exhibition, the way to be paid for Afghani handicrafts fair in that country.
 

Saturday October 13, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with speaker of the US Congress Paul Ryan and his delegation, BNA reported.
Both sides discussed peace process, positive impact of President Donald Trump’s South Asia Strategy, reforms in Afghan forces and preparations for the upcoming parliamentary and next year’s presidential elections. President Ghani welcomed Paul Ryan and his delegation and appreciated the US continued cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields, especially in military sector. Ryan commended the Afghan government and security forces for combating terrorism and reassured his country’s support.
 

Saturday October 13, 2018

Kabul (BNA) During the concluding ceremony of ‘District Chiefs National Conference’ President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani heard their working group report, BNA reported.
The ceremony which was held in Chahar Chenar Palace, at the outset, head of Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), Abdul Matin Beig briefed about the done works by the mentioned conference. Appreciating President’s attention in strengthening local governance, he said the conference prepared the ground for national debate, mobilization and solidarity within which, issues such as security, economy and reforms were discussed. Likewise, representing others, four district chiefs of Bamyan, Helmand, Faryab and Baghlan provinces stated their suggestions on establishing administrative complexes, greenhouses, establishing judicial units, small dams, roads, power energy, facilities for sports, people and government partnership and may other issues.
Thanking for presenting district governors’ views and analyzes in 114 pages, the President called it constructive and lauded head of Independent Directorate of Local Governance and his partner team for preparing the ground for the debate. The President added next year, a special budget would be allocated for establishing districts’ administrative complexes and those district governors who can present a best proposal, competitive budget would be allocated to them. The President stressed that a delivering awareness system is needed to be established in districts level, through which the people can get informed on natural incidents. Furthermore, to improve domestic products and for economic growth, the President asked district governors to manage agricultural products buying system with cities. He added Afghanistan’s biggest agricultural products exhibition is expected to be inaugurated in Saudi Arabia by the next two months.
Lauding those district governors who have risen their voice on fighting against irresponsible armed individuals, the President said presence of such people was unacceptable and they would be legally treated. The President said peace would not ensure without people partnership in district level, instructing the Independent Directorate of Local Governance to arrange the list of those people who are effective on ensuring peace. The President also instructed the Independent Directorate of Local Governance to arrange a joint meeting with sectorial ministries so they can define their districts’ situation face-to-face in order urgent steps are taken to address the requirements. The President asked IDLG to adopt necessary measures for holding district governors national conference until the next three months. He also stressed that no one is allowed to interfere election affairs.
 

Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:30

Murderers Assassinated by People in Takhar

Thursday October 11, 2018

Taliqan City (BNA) Two murderers shot dead by local people in northern Takhar province, police official reported.
Khalil Aseer spokesman of police chief in Takhar said BNA reporter, already a tribal elder named Haji Bay was killed by two brothers in Rustaq district of Takhar that the murderers were killed by local people late other day.
Efforts has started by police personnel to arrest perpetrators of the incident and bring them to the court for further judgement, Aseer added.
M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday October 11, 2018

Maimana City (BNA) Including a senior commander of Taliban group 7 insurgents were killed during air attack in northern Faryab province.
Security director of Faryab told BNA reporter, the air attack carried out by Afghan air forces in Shakh region, Qaisar district of the province, in which seven rebels including their commander were killed.
Weapons and vehicles belonged to the terrorists have been destroyed during the air raid, the source added.
M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday October 11, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Having completed his bachelor's degree program in prosthetics and orthotics, Afghanistan national Abdul Qadir Najm is raring to use his expertise to make life easier for those with disabilities. Driven by the need to serve, this Afghan national decided to upgrade his skills when he saw the rising number of people who had lost their limbs due to conflict-related injuries. Together with eight others, Najm is part of a pilot project developed by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in collaboration with Germany-based Human Study e.V. and International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (IPSO). The four-year degree program is the first-of-its-kind to be conducted through a combination of online classes and on-site training. The batch of nine, including two women, successfully completed six semesters and graduated on clearing the five-day exam held recently in Bangkok. This is Afghanistan's first group of prosthetist-orthoptists with Category I recognition from IPSO and they would now be able to treat very severe and diversified disabilities too. "Knowledge is power," says Najm, talking about what prompted him to participate in the program. "Physical rehabilitation can be a huge motivator for those with disabilities," he adds
His batch mate Mahpekay Sidiqy, who is from Kabul and a bilateral amputee, also acknowledges that they require updated skills and expertise to cope with the increasing number of people with physical disabilities. She also points out that hesitation in being treated by male doctors has kept many female patients from being rehabilitated. "Unfortunately, we lack female professionals in the country. My classmate and I are the first two women to be qualified as Category I prosthetist-orthoptists. Hopefully, things will improve from now onwards," she says.
Over the last four years, Najm, Sidiqy and their batch mates continued to work and provide for their families while pursuing higher studies. Even the constant security threat, frequent power cuts and poor internet connection did not deter them from achieving what no one has yet managed in Afghanistan.
How the program evolved
Responding to the growing need for professionals who can treat disabled people in Afghanistan, the ICRC collaborated with local authorities and started a diploma-level P&O training program in 2004. This course was accredited as Category II program by ISPO, which sets the professional standards.
"Afghanistan has seven ICRC-supported physical rehabilitation centers, making it one of the biggest Physical Rehabilitation Programs (PRP) run by the organization. In order to empower the Afghan workforce and ensure long-term, high-quality rehabilitation services, we are looking into innovative ways of providing them with access to internationally-accredited continuing professional development," says Michael Rechsteiner from the PRP team in Geneva. This led the ICRC to collaborate with Human Study e.V., which is a non-profit organization specializing in higher P&O education through blended learning. "We were already running a number of Category II programs using a 'three-way blend', including online lessons, seminars & workshops and on-site training," says Christian Schlierf, CEO of Human Study e.V., adding that such a module is apt for candidates who cannot travel out of their home country easily. For Afghanistan, however, Human Study, in close collaboration with the ISPO and the ICRC, decided to upgrade and develop a new curriculum corresponding to ISPO Category I or a BSc level program. To gain accreditation for this unique Afghan Blended Learning Education, Human Study collaborated with Sirindhorn School of Prosthetics and Orthotics under Mahidol University in Thailand, an internationally renowned P&O training institute accredited by the ISPO on the highest Category I level. The way forward
The nine Afghan professionals who have completed the P&O Category I also represent a breakthrough in long-term sustainability of physical rehabilitation services. The immensely-successful pilot program has paved the way for replication in less-challenging contexts like Tanzania and Tunisia, among others. As Rechsteiner points out, training local professionals will ensure "long-term, high-quality rehabilitation services."
ICRC
 

Thursday October 11, 2018

Mazar-e-Sharif City (BNA) Three local commander of Taliban terrorist group were killed by Afghan security forces in northern Balkh province.
In-charge of publication in 209 Shaheen Army corps reported BNA, Afghan national army personnel have targeted Taliban’s hideouts in Mughlan and Safed Tepa villages, Balkh district of the province, in which three local commanders of Taliban were killed and another was injured.
M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday October 11, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan and Ireland have grown leaps and bounds in the last one decade, especially in international cricket. Their performances in limited-overs cricket captured the imaginations of the supporters and the big daddies of cricket, so much so that last year they were granted Test status. Ireland were the first to don the white jersey in May against Pakistan at Malahide.
In June, Afghanistan, captained by Asghar Stanikzai (now Afghan), locked horns with India at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. Recently, it has been learned that the International Cricket Council (ICC) is pondering over organizing four-day Tests for the two emerging teams of world cricket. Geoff Allardice, the ICC general manager, updated about the same.
The game has evolved
“At the moment, (it’s about) trying to get opportunities for Ireland, Afghanistan and Zimbabwe in Test cricket against teams that are in the Test championship, from a fixturing point of view that works out better over four days than five,” Allardice was quoted as saying in Sport 360.
n the earlier days of cricket, the red-ball fixtures used to take place for three or four days. However, four-day Tests came to a halt in 1973. In October 2017, the ICC approved a four-day Test between South Africa and Zimbabwe, which ended in a couple of days. Meanwhile, Allardice reckons reducing the number of days from five to four won’t devalue the game by any means as it’s not a new concept.
“In terms of devaluing the game, regular five-day Tests is a relatively recent thing. If you go to the 1970s, New Zealand were playing mostly four-day Test matches. You talk of devaluing Test cricket, there is a lot of history that wasn’t based around the five-day game.
The percentage was reasonable, we had rest days in the past. The game has evolved. We should not see in a narrow snapshot of time,” he added.
Crictracker
 

Thursday, 11 October 2018 09:25

Two Mine Planters Killed in Paktia Province

Thursday October 11, 2018

Kardiz City (BNA) Last night, two mine planter killed by their own explosives while they were planting a roadside bomb in the main road of Zurmat district, eastern Paktia province.
In the meantime, two children were killed and two others were wounded when a roadside bomb which was placed by the enemies of peace and stability of Afghanistan went off in the Chaghatk region, Almar district, northern Faryab province, yesterday.
The boys were grazing cattle.
M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday October 11, 2018

Sar-e-Pul City (BNA) Based on intelligence report, General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) has seized and detected a vehicle packed with explosives during a security operation.
Ministry of interior press office stated BNA, the operation carried out in Sar-e-Pul City, capital of northern Sar-e-Pul province, yesterday.
General Command of Police Special Units had prior information that a vehicle carrying 500 kilos of explosives would enter the city.
The timely discovery of the explosives has foiled terror attacks and saved the city from an expected tragedy.
Afghan National Police encourages all citizens to report suspicious activities and criminal acts by dialing 119.
M.A.Ansari
 

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