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Saturday, 12 August 2017 10:33

Youth & Peace

Saturday August 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The youth international day is celebrated every year. This year, the day is expected to be marked under the title of “Youth and Peace”.
Afghanistan is a country that over 68 pc of its population is under 25. The Afghan youth in the last few decades have sustained plenty of socio, politico, cultural and economic hardships and crises due to imposed devastating wars and conflicts. One of the signs of hope in human being (particularly youth) is this that they should have an incentive to reach this goal and no double our youth enjoy high hope and moral. In fact, the mankind mental capability and physical growth grows during a dole scenes and reach its peak. This is the reason why the youth role is valuable and constructive in rebuilding the country. Due to this reason, the developed countries extremely exploit the youth for progress and development. The international youth day was approved on Dec. 17.1998 at the UNGA and Aug 12 was recommended for this purpose. AIIUN members were tasked to support this day. In our country, 2017 was addressed as the youth year and Aug 12-21 was announced as the youth civil partnership national week under the slogan of Youth and Peace. Celebration of this week means appreciation of youth power.
Masouda Qarizada
 

Saturday, 12 August 2017 10:32

World Breastfeeding Week Celebrated

Saturday August 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health celebrated the World Breastfeeding Week with the motto “Together towards Continued Breast Feeding” at the presence of a number of government officials, representatives from UNICEF, World Health Organization, World Food Organization in Afghanistan and other health partners.
The goal was to raise public awareness about the benefits of breastfeeding and reduction of child mortality. Director of MoPH’s public nutrition department, Homayoun Ludin told that every year, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated around the globe aims to support breastfeeding.
Replying a question on Afghan children situation, he said, “Over the last 12 years, there were about 60 percent children facing with malnutrition, but the number had been reduced in 1392.” Calling powder milk as the main problem, he said, unfortunately, some mothers give their children powder milk, a challenge facing the children with malnutrition and many other problems, he went on to say. Likewise, the first milk of the mother, referred to as Colostrum (called “Fella” locally), has a special type of milk that occurs on the very first days after birth in the mother’s breast, which contains large amounts of active immunoglobulin cells, antibodies and other protective proteins which act as the first vaccine or immunization agent and protects the child against a large number of infections, MoPH officials stressed. There are 961 malnutrition treatment centers operational in secure and insecure provinces  of  the  country, Ludin said, adding there are also midwives in 2500 health centers who give health advices to mothers after they give birth.
Those families who are not financially good, can use the foodstuffs the health centers recommend them, he continued. The Ministry of Public Health has hired a nutrition consultant in each health facility to prevent malnutrition by educating mothers about children, infants and mothers’ nutrition. Over the past year, more than two million breastfeeding mothers have been consulted, he went on to say. The MoPH’s message to all mothers is they should continually breastfeed their children when the child gets six month, during which no water should be given to the child. After six months, they should give their children healthy foods, vegetables etc. to have sound children. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies around the world.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Saturday August 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani attended Invictus Games’ torch lighting ceremony which was held at the Presidential Palace the other day, his office said in a statement.
The Spirit Flame for the ‘Invictus Games’ involving wounded and disabled armed services’ personnel was lit at the Presidential Palace in Kabul at the presence of President Ashraf Ghani, according to the statement.
In the ceremony which was attended by a number of cabinet members, general commander of Resolute Support Mission, Gen. Nicholson, a number of foreign diplomats, appreciating the disabled soldiers, the president said the terrorists’ should know they wouldn’t be able to defeat us, but we will, the statement added. The Invictus Games were introduced three years ago by Prince Harry, who twice deployed to Afghanistan as an officer of the British army. The Latin word “Invictus” means unconquered. It symbolizes the way sports can help wounded soldiers overcome trauma suffered in combat. The multi-sports event, having especially adapted rules, includes archery, athletics, indoor rowing, wheelchair basketball, tennis, rugby and power-lifting.
The ceremony was attended by Canadian Ambassador Kenneth Neufeld, NATO-led Resolute Support Commander Gen. Nicholson and the Invictus Games CEO Michael Burns. Michael Burns said the sports and games were to appreciate the soldiers who laid down their lives for the Afghan people and the rest of the world. He added the torch would be lit in Kabul. The Games have been held twice in London in 2014 and in Orlando, Florida, in 2016. More than 550 competitors from 17 countries, including Afghanistan, will take part in the Toronto edition from Sept 23 to Sept. 30. Ambassador Neufeld said conducting the ‘Invictus Games’ was aimed at remembering and paying tribute to the sacrifices and gallantry of wounded soldiers. “Every citizen of Canada is looking forward to every sportsman...”
President Ghani said: “As we are celebrating this ceremony, we should remember that we have won independence because of sacrifices by thousands of Afghan and foreign soldiers.”
He added the wounded soldiers had fought for the safety of Afghanistan’s future generations and the world. “Unfortunately, we witness injured people every day, but we give them the message of our help and support through these games.” While addressing the injured soldiers, the president said: “You all are an exemplar of courage and hope.” At the end of the ceremony, the Invictus Games’ torch was lit. At the end, representing Afghan athletes, Ahmad Shah Azimi dedicated the lightened torch of the games to Jodi Metek, the ambassador of the competitions. 
 

Saturday August 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with a number of provincial councils’ heads at his office the other day, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.
In the meeting, Abdul Matin Baig, head of Independent Directorate of Local Governance presented report on his administration’s works and its relation with provincial councils, according to the statement. Farid Bakhtawar, coordination head of Afghanistan’s provincial councils, Ghulam Bahauddin Jilani and Asadullah Shahbaz, heads of Parwan and Baghlan’s provincial councils briefed about their environmental problems and role of provincial councils in establishing relations between the people and government and expressed their support from the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).
They asked the president to further consult with provincial councils, and while supporting the government stressed that no political coalition can be a good alternative to the government, the statement added. After hearing the participants’ suggestions and demands, the president said we have believed on role of provincial councils since years ago, the statement continued. The president said there have changes brought within the cabinet and we would have the youngest cabinet in the region in near future. The president instructed the head of IDLG to appreciate the positive functions of the provincial council’s members.
 

Saturday August 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani held a meeting to discuss the capacities and challenges facing by youth at the Presidential Palace, his office said in a statement.
According to the statement, President Ghani has said the government was responsible to provide reasonable response to the questions raised by the youth. Addressing a youth gathering on Wednesday evening, the president said different thoughts and ideas shared during the gathering should be brought together so that unified strategy for the solution of youth problems could be developed, the statement added.
He said unemployment, lack of opportunities and trainings were the main issues being faced by the youth portion of society. The president thanked the participants of gathering, saying the government had created job opportunities for youth and more talented youth had been injected in the government institutions. President Ghani said the government should have reasonable answer to the questions raised by youth to ensure the presence of youth and different places. Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Youth Affairs, Dr. Kamal Sadat, Ahmad Nader Naderi, head of independent administrative reforms and civil services commission, Yama Yari, acting minister of public works, Asadullah Zamir, the minister of agriculture, Shahzad Aryoubi, the acting minister of telecommunications and information technology and some other officials also shared their views in the respect.
 

Saturday August 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan Reforms Association combined of civil society activists and correspondents by condemning recent crime of Taliban group in Mirza Olang valley of Sar-e-Pul’s Sayad district has named the month of Asad as black month of the year.
In a gathering held the other day in Kabul with participation of deputy minister of publications for information and culture and a number of civil society activists, correspondents and cultural figures, Taliban crimes titled ‘Taliban and two decades of the group’s crimes from north to Mirza Olang’ were discussed.
They said that Taliban by carrying out their recent crime in Mirza Olang have opened new chapter of their crimes. They warned that the government should have serious and strict reaction over recent crimes of Taliban in the country and delivered a clear message to the Taliban group that the people of Afghanistan would never surrender to their crimes, instead they would keep unity and solidarity among each other.
 

Saturday August 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Speaking at a joint conference of ‘Fighting Corruption in Defense and Security Sector’, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said corruption should not be behaved politically, otherwise, it would make the problem bigger, CE office said in a statement.
According to the statement, during the conference, CE Abdullah said he was shocked to see weapons and equipment of the security forces being sold. Corruption in security and defense agencies is shocking but the Afghan government has a firm will to weed out the scourge, said Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. The session was opened by President Ashraf Ghani last Tuesday. The Attorney General’s Office and the Defense Ministry signed a number of joint agreements for a stern campaign against endemic corruption in the security apparatus.
Dr. Abdullah said at the conference that the selling of military equipment is a “national treason”, adding that corruption in security agencies will damage the sacrifices and dedication of the Afghan forces. “The sale of equipment and weapons is shocking,” CE Abdullah said. “The law should be enforced equally on all. If any neglect occurs, be sure the people will think the law has been abused.” Participants of the summit spoke out about the ways to fight corruption in the security bodies. The Attorney General Farid Hamidi said corruption was a major threat facing soldiers. “You (soldiers) are awake at nights to enable the men and women in this country to go to school and university, to let the children smile. All this are because of your courage and sacrifice,” he said. At the end, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah vowed to attorney generals and security officials that the government is decisive in fighting corruption, but this is not a one day task.
 

Saturday August 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Associate Prof. Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi appreciated a number of female engineers and architectures working in Dar-ul-Aman reconstruction project and dedicated appreciation letters to them, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported. According to the agency, representing others, Dr. Sayed Reza Hussaini, manager of the project thanked the ministry of information and culture for the attention and said 25 percent of Dar-ul- Aman project’s engineers and architectures were women.
He added the project has been started last year and would be completed two years later on Asad 28th, BNA added. According to another report, a scientific session of ‘Media and Immigration’ initiated by the ministry of refugees and repatriations in cooperation with peace, media and good governance institute held in Kabul. At the outset, the minister of refugees said media played effective role in illegal immigrations’ impacts. The session was attended by Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Associate Prof. Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi during which she said, “Media are the society’s guide and they play double role before decreasing illegal immigration’s rate and its risks.” She asked media to pay serious heed and broadcast the illegal immigrations’ realities.
 

Thursday August 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A top commander of Taliban terrorist group was killed during clashes with Afghan security forces in western Herat province the other day.
Abdul Ahad Wali Zada spokesperson in police headquarter of Herat told BNA correspondent, Mullah Naser the notorious commander of Taliban was gunned down during conflicts with Afghan security personnel in Roudgaz area, Adraskan districts of the province.
In addition, two armed oppositions were injured during the battles, Wali Zada added.
The Taliban commander was wanted by Afghan security troops and had active role in terrorist and destructive activities in Shindand district of Herat province.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday, 10 August 2017 11:21

Ex-Jehadi Commander And His Brother Killed

Thursday August 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) An Ex-Jehadi commander and his brother were killed by unknown gunman in northern Baghlan province the night before last.
Fazulddin Muradi district governor of Nahrin told BNA reporter, commander Abdul Ghafour and his brother, while returning from evening prayer toward his home targeted and killed by gunman in Buz Dara village, Nahrin district of the province.
Personal hostility is the main reason behind the incident, Muradi added.
The murderer succeeded to flee from the area and efforts are underway to identify and arrest him, Muradi concluded.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

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