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Wednesday, 18 April 2018 07:44

Civilians Killed in Ferozkoh Armed Attack

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ferozkoh (BNA) Six civilians were killed in armed attack in Ferozkoh city yesterday.
Mohammad Iqbal Nezami police chief of Ghor security command told BNA, a passenger bus while moving from Herat to Ghor province, shelling by unknown armed men in Barakhana region, Ferozkoh city, in which six commuters of the bus were martyred and four others have been injured.
According to source, so far the reason behind the incident is not clear, but police started investigation in this regard.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Independent Elections Commission (IEC) says nearly 13,000 people have come Voter Registration Centers to register for upcoming parliamentary elections.
Officials to IEC say voter registration process have been successfully continuing throughout Afghanistan since the process began on Saturday.
“Despite of lack of public awareness in connection with voter registration process and problems that harmed elections processes in 2014, the people came to all centers and registered for upcoming parliamentary elections. Although we anticipated that a large number of people would participate and register for the upcoming elections, nearly 12,700 people had registered until Monday evening,” said Sayed Hafizullah Hashimi, an IEC commissioner.
He admitted that the process was going slow, so they were trying to convince the people to widely participate in the process across the country.
Independent Elections Commission started voter registration process this Saturday by opening 1419 centers across Afghanistan, but Hashimi says that 44 centers still remain closed due to insecurities in some parts of the country.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and a number of other government officials registered soon after the process was opened. After the registration, both leaders stressed on transparent elections in the country.
Nevertheless, Transparent Elections Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) while welcoming the inauguration of voter registration process in the country criticized low presence of the people for registration in voting centers due to current problems.
“Our reports have shown that presence of the people is still low, a number of centers have not been coordinated in a better way and even not opened on the first day of the process and another issue is that the people were not aware in a better way,” TEFA chairman Mohammad Naeem Ayoubzada said.
A number of election experts say the process was opened by IEC without considerable preparations, adding that presence of the people should increase.
“At least 10,000 – 20,000 people should be registered, now the number of people who visit daily voter registration centers are low. This shows that there are problems both in public awareness as well as in technical process,” said Jandad Spinghar, an election expert.
He stressed that further coordination should be made with political parties and necessary preparations should be taken in order to accelerate the process.
Nevertheless, officials to IEC say the commission has opened the process with full preparation and held meetings with political parties and other organizations. They added that the commission has also consulted with them in connection with starting the process. IEC is asking all elections overseeing organizations, political parties and the people to cooperate with the commission for running the process in a better way.
It is determined that the upcoming parliamentary elections is held on October of the current year. Increasing insecurities in the country is considered as the principal and big challenge for holding the upcoming elections.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Use of stones and jewelries has been common since ancient times but unfortunately today, imports of foreign stones and gems have unabated marketing of our original precious stones. In an interview with The Kabul Times reporter, Sayed Zakaria one of the jewelers in Chicken Street, Kabul city said, in today’s domestic markets, Afghans and foreign tourists are the usual customers of domestic engraved stones and our business was progressing but today the situation is disappointing.
He added, our current markets are occupied by foreign jewelries which are made with nice designs and cheap prices.
People focus on quantity not on quality. Those jewelries are made by machine but we lack these equipment otherwise we would attract large number of customers.
Talking on the cutting of Afghan precious stones, Zakaria said, most shopkeepers send stones including Lapis, Emerald etc. to UAE, India and Thailand for cutting and receive them back which requires a huge expenditures. If our national traders with support of government construct and establish a stone cutting factory, the problem of engravers would be concluded. We ask attention of the government.
Chairman of Kabul Engravers Union Mohammad Ibrahim said, since the number of tourists has been decreasing that has caused unfading of domestic jewelries and stones. Afghanistan has not managed to hold a contract with other countries on trade of precious stones and Afghan original stones and jewelries are transferred to outside.
He added, the jewelries imported from India, Thailand, Iran, UAE into our domestic markets, are not pure but are mixed, as their surface are covered with silver and their contents are filled with other materials but Afghan products are made of original and pure silvers.
He clarified that Afghan jewelries in foreign exhibitions have plenty of customers but inside the country no marketing are available.
He asked the government to pave the way for imports of jewelries’ technology and instrument.
Experts believe that, increasing foreign jewelries with desirable designs, have strongly undermined marketing of domestic similar products.
Sellers and customers of jewelries and stones express concern that supply of foreign jewelries decorated with faked and low quality stones has decreased value of original and high quality domestic stones in foreign markets and have bankrupted its markets.
The government and private sector have failed yet to establish and operate a factory for cutting of precious stones inside the country.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 07:26

650 Families Benefiting Electricity In Aibak

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Aibak (BNA) By opening four electricity transformers in Aibak, provincial capital of Samangan, more than 650 families benefited from electricity.
Eng. Abdul Karim Yousufi, provincial director of Breshna in Samangan, told BNA that the transformers worth six million Afghani would be provided and installed by DABS.
He added that each electricity transformer would have the capacity of 100 KV electricity and would provide electricity to 650 families in Mangtash, Quchanhal, Hasnakhil Lolagi and Muminabad villages in Aibak.
Meanwhile, in opening ceremony, governor of Samangan Abdul Latif Ibrahimi said that electricity was one of key needs of the people adding that access of the people to electricity could bring positive changes in life of the families in the province.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 07:24

Clearing Operations Begin In Balkh

Wednesday, April 18,2018

Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Military and clearing operations have been launched in Chahar Bolak and Chamtal districts of Balkh yesterday.
Maj. Mohammad Hanif Rezayee, a spokesperson to 209th Shaheen Corps told BNA that resolute operations have been started by Afghan security forces in insecure areas of the province such as Chahar Bolak and Chamtal districts for suppressing armed insurgents.
He added that Chahar Bolak and Chamtal districts are the insecure areas in the province as armed insurgents’ usually harmed residents of the two districts.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 07:23

MoIC’s Notification

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Draft amendment in some articles of private mass media activity and establishment procedure’s regulation, which was presented in cabinet session on 1396/10/6, Okayed with three articles and sent to the presidential office for approval.
Draft amendment of article 7, is about registration conditions and decreasing 50 percent in license money.
Hereby, it is to inform all media owners and cultural and publication organs that have not received activity permission so far, to register their organs within two weeks after printing this notification, or their licenses would be canceled, then, they don’t have the right to complain.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance, met yesterday with Pierre Mayaudon, Ambassador of European Union to Afghanistan.
In the meeting, the both sides discussed preparation of Afghan Government for Geneva Conference that is likely to take place by the end of this year, effectiveness of EU’s aid to the country and expressed its rigorous support to infrastructure and railway sector.
Additionally, both sides reiterated the importance of overall railway project in the country, reforms in revenue resources, the new strategy for customs reform and other relevant issues.

Wednesday, 18 April 2018 07:20

FM Meets His Tajik Counterpart In Dushanbe

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Acting foreign affairs minister Salahuddin Rabbani met yesterday with his Tajik counterpart Serajuddin Uslof in Dushanbe.
In the meeting, Tajik foreign affairs minister thanked Rabbani for participation in 23rd ECO summit held in Dushanbe, capital city of Tajikistan.
The Tajik foreign minister said that ECO has big goals for enhancement of cooperation level in the region, adding that the organization has big capacity for building trust and regional consensus.
Considering the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) as key for creating a new regional platform, Rabbani said Afghanistan was asking to have good relations with all countries in the world and region.
In the meeting, the Tajik foreign affairs minister by considering stability in Afghanistan as stability in the region asked for further expansion of relations between the two countries. Meanwhile, acting minister of foreign affairs asked the Tajik government to reopen its consulate office in Kunduz.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met yesterday with Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), at Sapidar Palace.
In the meeting, the UN special representative for Afghanistan by welcoming the inauguration of voter registration process based on new reforms and considered it as key step towards holding a transparent elections in Afghanistan.
Yamamoto also assured of the UNAMA’s cooperation in elections process and considered holding the elections as step towards maintaining stability in the country.
Praising the UN for cooperation in opening of voter registration process, Chief Executive considered the start of registration based on new reforms and citizenship Tazkira as key step towards transparency and stressed on NUG commitment to holding the elections.
The UN special representative for Afghanistan also briefed related to Geneva Meeting on Afghanistan. The country’s Chief Executive welcomed holding the meeting and promised that Afghanistan government would cooperate in this regard. It is worth mentioning that latest political and security situation and peace process will be discussed in the meeting

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with a number of elders from Herat, Badghi, Jauzjan and Faryab provinces said he would do his best to tackle water shortage and animal husbandry problems, according to a statement from the Presidential Palace said Tuesday.
The president, after hearing the elders shared problems about lack of water and other fields, said that he had instructed the ministry of agriculture and livestock to address problems related to water shortage and other problems related to the livestock owners.
He said he would discuss issues related to the strengthening of raising livestock in the country with the Turkmenistan President as soon as possible, the statement added.
“At least 11 months needed to discuss and finalize issues related to the ranches and pastures and that the country’s livestock owners have to share their experiences in this field,” said the president as quoted in the statement.
The president also instructed the security and defense organs to purchase livestock with reasonable prices and lodge it into their routine menu so that the livestock owners not face financial loss, the statement added.
He also instructed the ministries of education and public health to help tackle the Kochis health and education problems in different provinces of the country and people in the remote provinces should be included in the ID (Tazkera) distribution process, by the population registration admin and Central Statistics Office, the statement said.

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