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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The second vice president, Sarwar Danesh met, Pernille Dahler Kardel, deputy special representative for United Nation’s Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) here yesterday, BNA reported.
According to the agency, the second vice president hoped the recent discussions on holding of elections to be summarized and concluded and firm decision to be taken on holding of the parliamentary elections.
Pointing to using of new technologies in holding of elections, the second vice president asked UNAMA office to help Afghanistan in such spheres and seriously follow the issues related to elections in close coordination with other donor countries, the agency said.
VP Danesh added using new technologies to bring transparency and prevent waste of the time in the elections, adding there was no limitation in Afghan law on procurement process of such technologies.
The deputy special representative for UNAMA welcomed the discussions on holding of elections, saying if there was plan to use such technologies in the elections, then there would be need to be introduced for public.
Pointing to Afghanistan’s international support of using new technologies in the elections, the deputy representative said the United Nations and other countries looking forward to bring transparency in the elections.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the session of council of ministers was held yesterday at Sapidar palace.
In the session, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in his preliminary speech by condemning recent terrorist attack on Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital said there was no human and Islamic norm in act of Taliban, adding that Taliban were responsible of such terrorist attacks because they were giving opportunity to all terrorist groups in the country.
Chief executive tasked ministry of urban development to complete reconstruction process of the hospital as soon as possible so that no gap would be created in treatment of patients and those injured.
Minister of urban development briefed that preliminary work for reconstruction of the hospital has been completed and it was now open.
Pointing to counter polio effort, the country’s chief executive said that counter polio campaign has reached susceptible phase, but eradication of the virus needed further efforts to be made by relevant organs.
He added that for repatriation of Afghan refugees, bilateral cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan was significant and there was no obstacle for cooperation between the two countries.
Pointing also to entry test in the country, chief executive asserted that making use of biometric system would guarantee transparency of the process, adding that security organs were tasked to impartially cooperate with ministry of higher education.
Related to coming parliamentary elections, the country’s chief executive said that the national unity government in coordination with the international partners was making effort to adopt necessary measures for holding fair and transparent elections.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the session of National Procurement Commission (NPC) has approved 15 contracts worth 10.7 billion Afghani.
In the session held yesterday at presidential palace, national procurement commission restored to further review procurement contract of 30 cabling stations of ministry for water and energy and suggestion of public works ministry in connection with construction of 1st and 2nd phase of Kandahar-Uruzgan road.
The commission also approved suggestion of MoD related to cancelation of the ministry’s wood fuel contract and decreasing of contract price for construction of a drug-addicts’ treatment complex in Helmand.
The commission rejected 11 clothing elements of MoI and decided that company of the project as well as Procurement Company for fuel of MoD should be deprived from participation in tendering due to violation of the contract.
The session was attended by second vice president Sarwar Danesh, chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, ministers of finance, economy, justice and officials of national procurement authority, representatives of SIGAR and members of finance and budget commission of lower and upper houses.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The High Economic Council (HEC) with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair discussed Gulbahar firm’s investment of 3.1 billion USD, establishment of women’s chamber of commerce and report of the reformatics, a statement from presidential press office said.
According to the statement, the meeting which was held on Sunday afternoon, Gulbahar firm’s representative presented ‘Marshal Plan’ which includes construction of residential complexes, production of cement, tile, ceramic, medicine, paper and flour with investment of USD 3.1 billion.
According to Gulbahar official, the investment would take five years and would directly provide 10 thousand of job opportunities and 25 thousand others would be indirectly benefited the employment. According to him, the implementation of the plan would help Afghanistan toward self-sufficiency, adding importation would be reduced and government’s financial income to be increased.
Welcoming the investment, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Chief Executive of the National Unity Government said such investment would be prioritized, adding cigarette production should be replaced with those ones that meet people’s need, the statement said.
Meanwhile, Minister of Economy Abdul Satar Murad welcomed the project, saying a commission is needed to oversee implementation of the project.  President Ghani praised the plan of Gulbahar firm, saying the project would be endorsed only if the company could pay Kabul Bank’s loans. He also ordered establishment of an inter-ministerial commission with presidential advisor Ajmal Ahmadi on the chair to fix a deadline for implementation of the project.
Pointing to cement production, the president said Jabul Saraj cement factory couldn’t fulfill their investment requirement, asking for investment on Ghori cement factory. Hinting to Gulbahar firm’s request for production of flour using Kabul Silo, the president called Barikaab area a proper place for investment on flour.
Gulbahar firm’s representative said his company was not indebted from Kabul Bank, adding he was ready to present document for the court. The president instructed the minister of finance to seek the issue through legal organs.
Manizha Wafeq, present a draft on changing the name of entrepreneur union of leaders for development of Afghanistan to women’s chamber of commerce, adding the draft was aimed to introduce women entrepreneur to national and international level as well as would support women’s role in economic development, the statement added.
Manizha Wafeq asked the government to approve the women’s chamber of commerce in principle and then distribute land for its offices in Kabul and other provinces. She also asked the government that beside to financial support of the chamber, membership to high economic council should be also considered.
Minister of Economy praised the plan, adding chamber of commerce for women to increase their role in economic development.
Pointing to women’s chamber of commerce, the president said to avoid the chamber not to act as a NGO in the future, the institution was needed to be established for three years and its activities to be monitored.
The president said properties of the cooperatives should be rented for the women’s chamber of commerce in the capital Kabul and other provinces, asking women entrepreneurs not to leave membership of the chamber of commerce and industries of the country. He also assured to give membership for women’s chamber of commerce in high economic council.
At the end of the session, the ministry of economy presented the report on labor index ‘reformatics’ to the session. According to the report those individuals or companies willing to start business in the country, the reformatics indexes would be applied on them.
Pointing to shortcomings of the report, the president instructed the administrative office of the president to prepare a presidential decree so that all ministries to be instructed to help in preparing of the report.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani talked yesterday to governors of 34 provinces in particular related to complete eradication of polio and holding entry test through video conference in National Tawheed Center.
First, advisor to president on political affairs and envoy to president on polio eradication Najibullah Mujadidi and minister of public health Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz reported in connection with national process of polio eradication and implementation of polio vaccination across the country.
Minister of public health added that they had necessary preparation to vaccine all returned children under five and informed of a serious plan for complete eradication of polio until the end of 2017.
Afterwards, chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah by praising ministries of higher education and public health for achievements and steps in this regard said there should be no interferences in entry test which was a national process.
Pointing to eradication of polio across the country, chief executive said the national unity government was committed to pave better ways for implementation of polio vaccination programs in the country.
In his speech, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani praised governors in particular those participating in frontline of battlefield for better management of war.
Pointing to possible natural incidents in future, the country’s President told governors that weather forecast have shown that floods would flow in a number of areas of the country; therefore, prior measures should be adopted in this regard.
President Ghani further said that relevant ministries should hold regular sessions under the direct supervision of chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to counter polio virus and find better ways to fight the respective virus, adding that districts threatened by polio virus should be identified and security forces were to maintain security of the respective areas.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 06:20

Police Prevents 2 Blasts In Kunduz

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Kunduz (BNA) Police discovered 2 mines in first security zone of Kunduz province and prevented from deadly blast.
Colonel Mahfuzullah Akbari police spokesman in the north-east of the province said BNA, two mines were planted by armed insurgents in first security zone of Kunduz province, discovered and neutralized by police forces.
According to Akbari, the mines were placed near Angoorbagh main road for targeting of security forces, before explosion, discovered and defused by police forces.
 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Maimana (BNA) Nine armed oppositions were killed in a clash by security forces in Ghormach district, Faryab province yesterday.
A police commander of Faryab province told BNA, the clash occurred while a group of Taliban stormed on a convoy of security forces.
He added, in the conflict, 9 armed Taliban including a local commander of them were killed and three others were injured. 
 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Gardiz City (BNA) At least 8 Taliban fighters were killed and four others wounded in operation led by Afghan military personnel in eastern Paktika province.
Press office of 203 Tander army corps reported BNA, the military operation was conducted in Shahkhel, Maharatkhel and Goleen villages of Zarmat district of Paktika province, as a result 12 Taliban rebels were killed and wounded.
Also a militant along with his hand weapon arrested by Afghan security personnel.
It has been said, several motorcycles belonging to Taliban destroyed during the operation.
 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Mahtarlam City (BNA) Three armed oppositions were killed and four others wounded in mopping-up operation conducted by Afghan security forces in relevant areas of Laghman province during the past 24 hours.
Press office of 201 Saylab army corps reported BNA, the operation under the code name of “Almas 40” was launched in outskirts of Alishing, Badpuf and Alingar  districts of the province, in which three Taliban rebels named of  Mutawakal,   Waydarddin and Najibullah  were killed and four others  were wounded.
Also a round of anti-vehicle mine discovered and defused by Afghan security forces in Qarghayee district, Laghman province.
The operation is ongoing to eliminate armed rebels in relevant areas of Laghman.
 

Monday March 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A number of Kabul residents expressed their serious concern over increasing armed robberies and kidnappings in the city.
Halima, a resident of Qala-e-Mosa of Kabul says day and night robberies happen in our area where properties of some houses have been recently stolen. “Last night our precious carpets and rugs were stolen and there is nobody to hear us”, Halima said. Mustafa, another resident of Kabul and has a bitter experience in this regard said, “I left office for home and took a taxi whose driver picked up two guys who were both robbers. In mid-way, the two guys first hit me a hard punch and told me anything you have give us. When they took my money, mobile phone and wrist-watch, they opened the car’s door and threw me out of the car.” Meanwhile, a number of Kabul residents have stopped to stay late during night and said that they cannot walk over in the city after evening time because they are afraid of armed robberies, kidnappings, murdering and other crimes increasing recently in many parts of the city.
Kabul University lecturer Najibullah Mahmoud considered recent increasing of armed robberies and kidnappings in the city as poverty and unemployment, adding that poverty and unemployment were the main causes of growing insecurity and armed robberies which have changed to a big threat for Kabul residents. He asserted that police districts’ chiefs should make further effort and pay full attention to counter crimes in the city, or the people will no longer live in a secure environment. He says besides terrorist attacks, armed robberies and kidnappings are growing in the city and have changed to big problems threatening our people, asking the government to put pressure on security organs to prevent from armed robberies and kidnappings. Meanwhile, a number of traders and businessmen whose families have no secure life in the country are complaining that national unity government has not paid attention to their safety. According to report of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries, nearly 80 traders and businessmen have been kidnapped across the country during the past one year. Kabul former police Chief Gen. Abdul Rahman Rahimi says crimes have increased in Kabul city, but they have also achievements in counter crime in the city.
A spokesperson to Afghanistan chamber of commerce and industries told that investment has reduced in Afghanistan due to increasing armed robberies and kidnappings. The people of Afghanistan are not safe too as armed robberies and kidnappings have recently increased particularly in Kabul city where big robberies and kidnappings are carried out by individuals wearing military uniform.
Shukria Kohistani
 

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