23 February 2017

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Information and Culture’s deputy minister of publication signed three different agreements with International institute for peace, media and good governance, Hajer international organization and Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission here on Wednesday, Bakhter News Agency reported.
According to the agency, addressing the ceremony, deputy minister of publication Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi said the agreement with institute for peace, media and good governance would ease media-related researches, media ratings, improvement of social media activities and other media in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile head of the institute vowed to spare no effort in implementation of the agreement in close coordination with Ministry of Information and Culture. According to deputy minister, the agreement between Hajer International Organization and deputy ministry of publication would ease cooperation in holding of antihuman trafficking building programs in the country’s major provinces of Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat and Balkh. The third agreement with Administrative reform and civil service commission to facilitate media licensing in the capital Kabul and other provinces of the country. Meanwhile, Ahmad Masoud Tokhi, general director of the civil services of the administrative reform commission emphasized on his organization’s continued cooperation with the deputy ministry of publication, the agency added.

Saturday February 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salahuddin Rabbani during his visit from Dushanbe of Tajikistan met his Tajik counterpart Sarajuddin Asilov the other day, a statement from Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.
According to the statement, both sides discussed cooperation in the fields of economy, security, cultural, transit and fight against crime as well as support of each other in international conferences. Both sides also called activities of the terrorists in the region a major threat to both Afghanistan and Tajikistan, calling for a firm counter-insurgency strategy to curb such menace. The two ministers also called drug trafficking and other crimes as one of the main threats for the security of the two countries, the statement added, saying both countries agreed for bilateral information sharing so that to boost border security the two sides also emphasized on bolstering economic and cultural ties through holding programs, commemorating the elite personalities of the two countries and promoting people to people exchange programs. Meanwhile, an agreement on academic cooperation between Kunduz University and Tajikistan National University was also reached between the officials of two ministries in presence of the respected country’s Foreign Ministers, the statement added. Foreign Minister Rabbani also attended a gathering of Tajik diplomats and delivered speech on Afghanistan’s foreign policy and answered the questions of the participants, the statement concluded.

Saturday, 18 February 2017 06:12

Danesh Meets Herat Sportswomen

Saturday February 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Second Vice-President, Sarwar Danesh met with a number of Herat athletes at his office the other day, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
According to the agency, briefing the Vice-President on their achievements, the Herat athletes asked the government to further pave the way for growing sport in the country. They said that Herat’s Female Taekwondo team that was attended in competitions in Kabul, has obtained considerable achievements, the agency added. They added that their sportswomen have gained five gold, two silver and two bronze medals in the competitions, the agency continued. In return, congratulating the athletes, the Second Vice-President said that despite problems in the fields of sport in the country, the athletes have always gained eye-catching achievements and the Afghan people proud of them, the agency added.

Saturday, 18 February 2017 06:10

NSC Decides To Register Vehicles Countrywide

Saturday February 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, the National Security Council (NSC) held meeting the other day, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, appreciating the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) sacrifices in defending the country, after reviewing the security situation of Helmand, Kunduz, Baghlan, Nangarhar and Urozgan provinces, the NSC tasked the related entities to take decisive actions for uprooting militants. In the meeting, President Ghani approved in principle the procedure for registration of vehicles including non-custom paid (NCP) and biometric entry of their owners, the statement further said. The plan for vehicles’ registration has been arranged by the NSC in coordination with concerned organs, the statement said, adding, based on the procedure, security organs are accountable to force the vehicles’ owners to register their vehicles and their biometric data. Ministries of interior, telecommunications and information technology as well as the presidential advisor on technical affairs were tasked to prepare the executive plan for the procedure within the next two weeks, the statement continued. The meeting also approved a regulation simplifying extradition of Afghan suspects and defendants in foreign countries. Based on the regulation, humanitarian rights of the suspects, defendants and prisoners would be protected by both the sides, the statement concluded.

Saturday February 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani saddened by the death of the UAE ambassador who was recently wounded in an explosions in southern Kandahar province, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, President Ghani was saddened over the death of Juma Al Kaabi who was injured during an attack while he was on a humanitarian mission in Kandahar province. President Ghani added that the UAE ambassador and his colleagues have given a major sacrifice for the prosperity and development of Afghanistan, the statement further said. The President said the Afghan nation would always remember such sacrifices, adding the attack on UAE ambassador and diplomats will not harms the relations of the two nations as both countries have sustainable and strengthened ties since long, the statement added. President Ghani also added that the terrorists will further strengthen the will of the Afghan and UAE people in war on terror, the statement quoted the president as saying. At least 12 people including the deputy provincial governor and five UAE diplomats have lost their lives in the attack and several others including the UAE ambassador and Kandahar governor were wounded, the statement concluded.

Saturday, 18 February 2017 06:08

President Ghani Condemns IS Bombing In Pakistan

Saturday February 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has condemned the deadly attack on a shrine in southern Pakistan that killed 75 people the other day, his office said in a statement.
President Ghani says his security forces are battling all terrorist groups, including the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility for the attack at the Sufi shrine in the town of Sehwan in Sindh province, the statement further said. The shrine honored the mystic Muslim Sufi holy figure Usman Marwandi, also known as Lal Shahbaz Qalander, according to the statement. The militant groups always seek to “Target civilians in Afghanistan and other parts of the world”, according to the statement. The president said that Sufis always preached peace and brotherhood among people, adding the terrorists once again proved that they have no respect to Islamic values, the statement concluded.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 11:25

Armed Rebels Killed, Injured In Nooristan

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Paroon (BNA) Five armed Taliban rebels were killed and at least two others were injured in recent battles in Nooristan province.
The insurgents were targeted in Kamdish district near Durand Line.
The clashes occurred after Taliban rebels stormed on security forces convoy.
A border police commander in the east of the country told BNA, in the battles five rebels lost their lives and two others were injured.
It is mentionable that no harm and casualties suffered to security forces and residents in the battles.

Thursday, 16 February 2017 11:23

Daesh Loyalists Killed In Nangarhar Air Strikes

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Jalalabad (BNA) Daesh loyalists were killed in Nangarhar air and ground attacks carried out by security troops.
The raids conducted on Daesh strongholds in parts of the province.
First raids conducted on Daesh hideouts in Hasakamina district.
Ataullah Khogyani governor spokesman of Nangarhar province told BNA in the raids, 11 Daesh fighters lost their lives and nine others were injured.
He said, several hideouts of Daesh and weapons caches of them have been destroyed.
Another report says that other raids took place on Daesh stronghold in Kot district in which 4 Daesh fighters were injured.
The fighters were targeted while terrorist activities in Kot district and injured.
According to another report, seven Daesh fighters lost their lives in Achen district and three others have been wounded.
The fighters were targeted by air and ground raids of security troops while a series of terrorist activities and killed.
He said no harm and losses incured to security forces and residents in the raids. 

Thursday, 16 February 2017 11:22

Armed Oppositions Held In Baghlan

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The security forces in north and north-East of the country detained five armed insurgents in the last 24 hours.
According to Shaheen 209 army corps press office to BNA, the insurgents were detained by security forces patrol in Baghlan Markazi region, of Baghlan province.
A Kalashnikovs, and a pistol have been seized by the suspects. 

Thursday, 16 February 2017 11:20

Hikes of Liquid Gas Price Concerning

Thursday February 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) As the winter arrives, the fuel prices touch the sky a move that is seriously concerning and problematic to Kabul citizens.
It is usual that prices trend upward when the demand increases while the supply remains the same; or vice versa, the supply decreases while the demand remains the same. Complaining on the situation, the Kabul residents told that they have always witnessed such a situation, particularly in winter and unfortunately, the government has not ever paid heed in this regard. However, a considerable increase per kilo gram gas, just within a span of one week is a point of concern for public. Blaming the government over the ongoing challenges, A Khair Khana resident, Ferdous told that if the government and other related entities don’t pave the ground for merchants, they cannot supply gas to market with high price. Mina, a Khoshhal Khan inhabitant said, ‘many families have lost their breadwinners due to domestic wars and explosions and they don’t have good income.’
“I am a widow and cannot afford to buy gas with high price,” She added. She asked the government to control prices in the market or the people will face many problems. She added that the traders should observe justice and do not stock the liquid gas and other foodstuffs, because there is no room for doing such actions in holy religion of Islam.   Even though, the ministry of commerce and industries has kept the price of liquid gas price unchanged in Kabul markets, currently, the price of a kg gas is 50 afg—an amount which is high to afford by many families. According to parliament’s economic commission report, the ministry of commerce and industries has said that fuel prices increase would be temporary and the ministry has sufficient stocks to prevent such actions. This is while that the ministry of commerce and industries has somehow kept the prices down in the capital Kabul and the people hope the prices decrease more. Based on the ministry, there are almost 25 government shops for selling gas in some parts of the Kabul with lower price. But the people ask the ministry to increase the number of these shops. In fact, the rate of unemployment is on the rise and the economic activity has significantly slowed down severely affecting the economic circumstances of the country.
Shukria Kohistani

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