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Tuesday May 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled has signed an agreement with Afghanistan Technical Vocational Institute, aimed at providing vocational trainings to 1,000 youth.
Officials of the ministry said based on this contract, 60 percent of the youth would be provided with job opportunities. Acting Minister of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled, Faizullah Zaki called the step the start of a process towards youths’ professionalism. “In compare with a large number of unemployed youth, 1000 is a small amount. But this is the start of a positive step and we hope the process to be widened in upcoming years,” he further said. The ministry says dormitories have been considered to the youth from Kabul, Laghman and Helmand provinces who have been selected to attend the vocational trainings.
Expressing concern over unemployment rate in the country, the acting minister said the government would make effort to overcome the challenge. A survey which was released by the ministry of labor and social affairs last year suggested that there are 23 percent eligible people for work in the country who are unfortunately unemployed. Furthermore, Hosai Rashan, the in-charge of institute for technical and vocational trainings stressed on transparency of the process, hoping that at the end of the process, the youth to be provided with jobs in and abroad. It is merit to mention that there are a huge number of youth unemployed in the country—a move which led them to resort to narcotics’ addiction. Lutfullah, a young boy who is looking for a job in Kabul said, I want a job, but I could not still succeed to find any, however, the government is responsible to pave the ground for job opportunities to us.
I really suffer unemployment and want to get rid of it as soon as possible, he added.
Nasir Ahmad, another unemployed youth said, “I hope we can also be provided with vocational trainings which have been conducted by the ministry of labor and social affairs.” Otherwise, the youth problems would get increased by each passing day and they would leave the country for abroad to find a better life, he added. At the same time, the experts stressed on solving unemployment challenge in Afghanistan and they asked the government to make a special program and pave the ground for job opportunities. Unemployment crisis has recently faced the people with many problems, as they have always asked the government to pay attention to their problems in the country.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Aggressive attack of terrorists was failed by defense and security forces in outskirt of Kunar province last night.
According  to defense ministry press office to BNA, armed insurgents clashed with defense and security forces in Shegal, Watapor, Chapa Dara, Marwara and several regions of the province which faced with sever resistance of security forces.
Heavy losses incurred to armed insurgents in the clash, 22 armed militants were killed and five others were wounded.
No any harm and casualties sustained to security forces and residents in the clash.
 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Ashraf Ghani President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan says focusing attention on building the borders of the country; they should change in to the center of free trade and regional investments should be drawn for the purpose.
BNA financial analyst commenting on the issue writes President Ghani in High Economic Council’s meeting insisting on effective management of all the borders of the country said, “ repairmen all borders of the country is a need, and based on our commitments made in Brussels, all borders should manage in specific framework in order to prevent, losing the incomes. He added, ensuring the security is of great importance, the complaints of all businessmen should be settled in that regard.”
President, continued to say that all borders of the country should be set under a specific program, their intractable expansion should prevented and focusing attention of building the borders, we should make our county the commercial center of Asia and attract regional investments.
President Ghani has expressed the statements in a time, the countries of the region have understood about the geographical importance of Afghanistan and the role of this country in development of commerce and economy of the countries of the region. If today, some countries politically cooperated Afghanistan and certain countries creating problems disrupt the situation of the country, closely depends in to geopolitical location of Afghanistan. This indicate that there are countries for achieving their major political and economic objectives have preferred competition and creating tension in Afghanistan rather than cooperation and coordination. But the recent developments in economic relations among the countries of the region demonstrate that although Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is fighting against a proxy war launched by foreign intelligence services but at same time, has put serious attention on launching big economic projects in the country and in the region and practically working in that end. 
Cooperation of Afghanistan with Iran and India in building Chahbahar Iran border, participation in CASA – 1000 project, establishing an aerial corridor between Afghanistan and India, TAPI, beginning transit cooperation among Afghanistan, Georgia and Turkey via Turkmenistan, establishing a railroad that connect Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are the examples of great economic projects in level of region are constructing with participation of Afghanistan.
Presently regional cooperation is an effective way for settling the problems the countries of the region suffering. The Chinese initiative that has showed readiness to invest 124 b dollars for reconstruction of Silk Road indicates that tendency toward regional cooperation is increasing.
It would be too good, if other countries like China and Afghanistan think about changing the region in to a great commercial center and avoiding all illegal political and economic rivalries, join hands to overcome all challenges that threat the life of people not only in the region but entire world.
Abdul Khalil Minawi
 

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                                              74/60afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/50 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          638afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1040 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              17/90 afgs                       

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 07:26

3 ISIS Hideouts Destroyed In Nangarhar

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) At least three hideouts of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group’s offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, were destroyed in an airstrike in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement said at least four militants of the terror group were also killed in the airstrike.
According to MoD, the airstrike was carried out in the vicinity of Achin district of Nangarhar, one of the main strongholds of the terror group’s loyalists in Afghanistan.
 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A key Taliban group member in charge of assassinating the religious clerics and influential leaders has been arrested by the Afghan security forces.
The Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), said the detained Taliban member has been identified as Nasir Ahmad son of Mohammad Rahim.
A statement by NDS said Ahmad has confessed that he was involved in the attack on Parwan religious Ulema council chief who was assassinated nearly a week ago.
The statement further added that Ahmad was appointed by the Taliban leader Qari Mahboob two years ago to assassinate the religious clerics and tribal elders
 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017 07:24

Child Book Exhibition Opened In Kabul

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) On the occasion of Book Week, special child book exhibition was opened in Babur Garden of Kabul.
The exhibition was held in cooperation with MoIC, Goete Institute, Kabul University, Children Support Post and Publishers Association.
In a ceremony held yesterday on this occasion, the message of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was read out.  In his message, President Ghani said, “Experiences, memories and information are delivered by book from generation to generation and it is worth mentioning that book is the most valuable product of human’s hand.
If there were not book, definitely human civilization would no reach to this destination”.
In the message, ministry of information and culture was praised for celebrating the Week of Book and encouragement of book-reading culture in Afghanistan society.
In the ceremony, deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture Sayed Fazil Aqa Sancharaki spoke and said no considerable attention has been paid to book-reading culture during the past 15 years, therefore, it was needed to promote book-reading culture among youth and children in the country.
 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan and China on Monday signed an agreement on customs cooperation on the sidelines of the “One Belt, One Road” economic cooperation forum in Beijing.
The Ministry of Finance said Ahmad Reshad Popal, director-general of customs, and China’s Minister of General Administration of Custom Yu Guangzhou the accord, enabling the neighbors to work together on simplifying custom process.
A statement from the ministry said the two nations would also cooperate on mental medicine and chemical raw materials, common fight against drug, information-sharing and an exchange of experiences.
“The government of Afghanistan appreciates this agreement and sees it as a new step in Sino-Afghan relations.  Implementation of this agreement will facilitate trade relations between Afghanistan and China and play a positive role in national revenue increment” hoped Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi.
“This agreement will benefit both countries,” said Popal, called it a major step toward increasing national revenue, access to quality business items, fighting corruption, enhancing the capacity of custom and simplifying processes.
 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the council of ministers’ session was held yesterday in Kabul.
In the session, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah while pointing to his recent visit Badakhshan said Afghan security forces by giving sacrifice and in critical situation have retaken Zebak district from Taliban insurgents.
Attacking on Zebak district was part of Mansouri operation launched by Taliban insurgents, which has been failed, Dr. Abdullah said, adding that Taliban have been defeated in Kunduz too.
Pointing also to inauguration of Baharak-Ashkashm road project, the country’s chief executive said the road would connect Afghanistan with Tajikistan and China’s borders and big economic and trade opportunities would be also provided by construction of this road.  In his speech, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also hinted Chinese cooperation with Afghanistan, saying that recently an agreement worth $72 million has been signed between Afghanistan and China.  He praised China for its assistance to Afghanistan, hoping that such assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan would continue.
The country’s chief executive by pointing to holding 4th Afghan Women International Symposium titled ‘Women, messengers  of peace’ in Kabul expressed hope that results of the symposium would help the government towards implementation of its commitment for increasing women presence and their participation in various government sectors.
 

Tuesday May 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Addressing the fourth three-day symposium “Afghan Women, the messengers of peace” in the capital Kabul, President Ghani said peace and stability was the most important demand and requirement of the Afghan people.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said women could play a vital role in ensuring peace and a real peace would come when basic rights of Afghan men and women were protected. Pointing to the peace agreement with the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA), the president said a strong will and going by the Constitution were preconditions for peace talks.’ Calling women’s role in peace and stability as important, the president said, “Women of our country were real supporters of peace in the past centuries. We should hear their views about peace in the present time too.”
“It is an Islamic principle that no achievements can be made when the will is weak, realistically understanding and rightly diagnosing the situation are other preconditions for achieving peace,” the president added. “Even if there is a right intent, will and understanding of the situation, the peace process would not succeed when it is in contradiction with the Constitution,” he said. “We have a strong commitment that we can reach peace through constitutional framework and protection of people’s rights, fortunately we are followers of a religion that does not divide humans as first and second class, both men and women are equal and of same grade in human dignity,” the president said.
President Ghani went on saying Muslim women had an active role in social, economic and political areas in the Islamic history and mothers of former Afghanistan kings Mirwais and Ahmad Shah were educated. But he regretted some Afghans currently did not allow their daughters to get education. The Afghan women have gained significant development in political, social, economic and cultural areas over the past 15 years and reasons behind the promotion was the rights and opportunities given to them by the constitution, President Ghani said. The number of women deprived of education is three times higher than men in Afghanistan and the main reason is the imposed war on Afghanistan, he said. He added most of the victims of the ongoing conflict in the country were women. President Ghani asked women taking part in the symposium to share their suggestions about peace with the government and the people.
“I believe this symposium will give strength to the peace process and peace culture and will send a clear message to the nation and the government,” he said. Meanwhile Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said that the symposium was part of a series of symposiums organized in Washington, the capital of the United States, Oslo, the capital of Norway and Kabul. He said the main goal of the symposium was to promote women’s participation in different areas. “The aim of this symposium is to promote women’s participation in the peace process, he said.” He added the government had taken many steps for women’s empowerment over the past 17 years, but this generation needed more and continued support. FM Rabbani said women’s role in elimination of violence, promoting peace, friendship and educating a generation for a bright future was vital. UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto, said, “The United Nations stands in solidarity with Afghan women, and supports all efforts to ensure that women’s involvement in peace is meaningful.”
“This three-day symposium is an excellent opportunity for you to share your experiences, discuss your visions for the future and strategize about how women must play a leading role in building peace in Afghanistan.” said Yamamoto, who is also the UNAMA’s special representative for Afghanistan. He said experiences about peace from around the world showed the women should be involved in peace efforts from the outset. “As half part of the population, the empowerment of Afghan women and girls is essential to ensure their full participation in the political and social life, and help realize Afghanistan’s full potential.” “Women and girls also have variety of roles in the home, community and nation that are critical to the promotion of peace”, he said. The Afghan government has pledged to increase the presence of women in government institutions to 30 per cent by 2020. “We hope that this goal will be achieved,” Yamamoto added. The UN in Afghanistan has been supporting the government’s efforts to strengthen implementation of women, peace and security commitments in compliance with Afghanistan’s international obligations, and Afghanistan’s National Action Plan on UN Security Council Resolution 1325, he added.
 

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