22 January 2017

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Monday, January 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                                            66/80 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              80/50 afgs                         
One Euro                                              70/60 afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/15 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          615afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1020 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees             16/80 afgs                       
 

Monday January 16, 2017

Taliqan City (BNA) The reconstruction work of 105 km Mawari Kokcha road has been completed in northern Takhar province.
Sunatullah Timori spokesman of Takhar governor told BNA, the reconstruction of the road has started one month ago and it is supposed that asphalting some parts of the road will be begun as climate changed.
It is mentionable that residents of Mawari Kokcha praised performances and achievements of Takhar governor.
 

Monday January 16, 2017

Farah City (BNA) Afghan security personnel with discovering and defusing two planted mines succeeded to prevent deadly blasts in western Farah province.
Security official in Farah told BNA, the mines had been planted by Taliban militants in crowded areas of Bala Balock district of the province to organize deadly incidents on civilians.
The mines with cooperation of local people have been discovered and neutralized by Afghan security forces, the source added.
No one has arrested accused of the mines planting.
 

Monday January 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Decades of intractable war have led to a critically reduction in the number of Afghans with various professions and background of experiences, who could serve the country rather to leave for abroad.
In some provinces of the country, mostly in the south and (recently) in the north, deteriorating insecurity has proved the most problematic factor to force professional cadres, [mostly women in the troubled Kunduz city] to quit jobs in the government or seek refuge in the foreign countries. According to some media, women state servants are leaving Kunduz as disappointing security overshadowed the city, with an outskirt of scaring districts. Provincial women director of Kunduz, Nasiba Holkar has been quoted by Pajhwok Afghan News to blame growing insecurity to be making the work environment difficult for women in the province. She called the departure of talented professional women from the province a huge loss. “Due to increasing insecurity, some women have fled to other provinces and foreign countries,” said the agency.
According to her, the number of women staff in the government departments estimated at only 10 percent, but believed the percentage will rise if women’s capacity improved. She suggested special programs should be arranged further to help increase women representation in the government and recalling provincial authorities to have promised providing women with more jobs and improving their overall situation in the province. The agency quoted her to say that the government had pledged to appoint a woman district chief, but the commitment yet to be honored due to fear and threats from insurgents and other criminal elements. The director asked the security departments to pay a special attention to the safety of professional and talented women to enjoy satisfactory representation in the government. Women can’t travel to other districts due to harsh insecurity and fear of the militants with control. She also complained about growing cases of violence against women in the province, where 70 incidents were recorded, while up to 54 cases have been registered, but more unregistered cases could be feared under the rebels’ control areas. According to her, torture, elopement and murder were the main incidents faced by women in 2016, while underage marriage and murder cases have seen a spike to create critical headache for women and stun the country to eventually be blamed of being women rights violator. Many cases of violence against women have not been still registered due to insecurity.
Afghanistan is still suffering a prolonged unannounced war, the negative consequences of which are directed to those of the country’s talented and skilled people including men and women who leave for abroad, where they are easily be attracted as the hosting country’s citizens. Earlier Nilofar Ibrahimi, a talented female pilot left for the US, where she is now seeking citizenship, arguing the main reasons to be inappropriate work environment, discrimination against women mostly by the rebels. In eastern Province of Nuristan, women are not even enjoying the elemental facilities, let alone those of educated ones being recruited in the government’s organizations. They are deprived of education, healthcare and other elemental facilities in the province, with no still the organs concerned paying attention to their situation. The government of national unity with a firm plan to do more for the country’s professional and talented individuals, particularly women should honor its commitment and do its best to prevent brain drain and help them stay in their country. The goal could be achieved through providing jobs, running different workshops of public awareness on women rights and women related violence campaigns. International community, particularly, the US who had pledged to further strengthen the country’s security forces should step up in honoring their commitments towards the security forces and provide them with enough modern and sophisticated weapons to eliminate insurgency countrywide and uproot insurgency across the region. Those terrorist supporting circles, in any countries, should be pressured to give up training and equipment of militants and sending them to other countries for disturbing security.
F.Makhdoom
 

Monday January 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) After ending international forces mission in Afghanistan, insecurities and civilians casualties have considerably increased throughout the country.
Last week, three provinces of the country had witnessed deadly suicide attacks, resulting to kill and injure dozens. Condemning the attacks in the strongest terms, lawmakers and ordinary people have stressed that the government should take necessary measures to better ensure security in the country. An MP, Zahir Saadat said, ‘the Afghans’ enemies have once again showed their real face and proved they are not bowed by any law or religion.’ He also accused the security officials of duty negligence, adding the detective and intelligence entities should respond the people in this regard. Another lawmaker, Salih believes that Pakistan ISI is involved behind the recent suicide attacks in Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand provinces. Thus, this is the government responsibly to ensure security in the country and prevent civilian casualties all-over the country, he further said. At the same time, expressing concern on civilian casualties, a number of citizens and political experts told that such actions are not tolerable to them any longer. They added that over the last fourteen years, civilians have been mostly killed by suicide attacks, roadside mines and overnight operations conducted by the foreign forces in Afghanistan.
They also ask the government of national unity to take a serious strategy in prevention of civilian casualties. A political expert, Ali Rahmani said, ‘killing civilians during conflicts has always been a matter of concern to government and people of Afghanistan.’ However, the issue has been time and again stressed by the government of Afghanistan and United Nations, but unfortunately, the ordinary people are still being victimized, he added. Calling proper coordination among the security entities an effective way to prevent civilian casualties in the country, Rahmani added that the detective and intelligence organs should also take necessary preparations to foil the enemies’ vicious designs. Meanwhile, the civil society organizations while condemning the attacks in three provinces of the country said, ‘the government should identify and bring to court those who are against it and should know its friend and enemy.’ A civil society member, Bari Salam said, ‘I want to tell to our enemies that we have a common nation and the Afghan people are undoubtedly shared to each other’s’ pains.’ Calling killing civilian casualties a humanitarian crime, he asked the government to identify and legally punish those behind the recent deadly attacks in the country. Afghanistan’s independent human rights commission also calls killing civilians a humanitarian crime and condemns it in the strongest terms. This is while that in recent suicide attacks in three provinces of the country, dozens of people have been killed and injured. Therefore, the people ask the government to take necessary measures in ensuring security in the country.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Monday January 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) has recently declared to review the private universities’ lecturers’ higher education documents.
Lauding the ministry of higher education step, a number of culturists said, ‘the ministry should also pave the ground for those high-degree graduated university students to be recruited in the A university lecturer, Saifuddin Saihoun told that however many Afghan lecturers are unemployed, but enrollment rate of foreign teachers in private universities has increased. The government and private universities should pave the ground for higher education to any Afghan and among them, the best ones should be recruited in universities after graduation so to prevent recruiting foreign teachers in higher education institutes, Saihoun further said. Currently, in some higher education institutes, the students are absent for long, but after the period ends, they receive diploma and being recruited as teachers. If the ministry of higher education doesn’t prevent such action, there will not be any cadre in the country in future. The program will be implemented on those teachers who have been recruited in the country’s government and private universities, as the higher education documents of some of them have been proved ‘fake’.
Some people believe that in consider with universities’ international convention programs, the private higher education institutes have the right to recruit foreign teachers, but based on their eligibility and talent not their higher education documents. Welcoming the step of the ministry for higher education, a private university student, Ahmad Syar said, ‘those teachers teaching in our university are experienced and we are satisfied with their teaching method.’ At the same time, Mohammad Kamawal, head of MoHE’s private universities said, ‘some foreign teachers who have been recruited in Afghanistan’s higher education institutes are mostly those who couldn’t be recruited as an ordinary employee in their countries.’ Minister of higher education, Farida Momand said that she was making effort to invite those Afghan teachers teaching in foreign countries’ universities to Afghanistan. She added that with implementation of the mentioned programs, Afghanistan’s higher education level will be similar to regional countries’ universities. In a report released recently, none of Afghanistan’s universities have been among one thousand world universities. Currently, there are 120 private higher education universities and 36 government ones operational throughout the country. Last year, the ministry of higher education has enrolled 58,310 students in government universities and about 45000 students in private universities.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Monday January 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) British has resolved to continue staying alongside the Afghan government of national unity in war on terror.
Condemning suicide bombings in the country’s three provinces of Kabul, Kandahar and Helmand, where the Taliban claimed responsibility, it pledged to remain fighting terrorism alongside the Afghan forces.
A US general, who was picked for defense secretary in the next government, vowed to extend war on terrorism inside the Afghan immediate neighboring country of Pakistan, where Taliban militants move openly. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of defense, retired General James Mattis testified Thursday at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, saying terrorist movement in Pakistan was allowed and unrestricted. They could inflict serious threat on the Afghan security forces. James has also said that strengthening the Afghan forces would help the country move forward toward a free insurgent zone and that the Afghan people to embrace a lasting peace. Afghanistan ministry of defense welcomed the US defense secretary nominee’s anti-terrorist remarks and expressed optimism that, under the bilateral security agreement of the two countries, he would do his best to uproot terrorists, as it believed the international community has now realized that Pakistan was producing, training and equipping terrorists and sending to other countries for disturbing security.
Under the strategic treaty, the US has been obliged to take the side of the Afghanistan if facing any threat from foreigners, but it had not to use the hosting soil against or in favor of any other countries. Anything area clear in the accord signed between the two countries and with James who has led several military missions in Afghanistan, the Afghan ministry of defense said would help the country’s security forces get strengthened in fighting terrorism. Defense ministry has called both Gen. Nicolas, the US-led forces commander in Afghanistan and newly US President-elect’s appointed James exceptional personalities who asked Pakistan for abiding by the trilateral Afghanistan, US and Pakistan friendship to uproot the Haqqani terrorist network and other armed groups. Afghans hope US’s Donald who is expected to take office as that country’s president on January 20 to impose heavy pressure on Pakistan to refrain from using terrorists against the region, particularly, Afghanistan. However, Afghans see with doubt to British decision to seriously impose pressure on Pakistan to give up arming and training terrorists against Afghanistan, but said if it steps up in this field and pressure on the neighboring country to close terrorist training centers and honestly fight them, then militants will never find asylum to hide and get training to disturb security of the region and the country. This is while war is still continuing in different parts of the country, and those Taliban who are ready to accept the country’s constitution are asked by the government to join peace process and keep away from launching suicide bombings which are killing only civilians and destroying the country.
Hamidullah Faizi
 

Monday, 16 January 2017 07:15

Afghanistan Thumbs Ireland By 5 Wickets

Monday January 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan have trounced Ireland by five wickets in their opening match of the inaugural Desert T20 tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Batting first in Saturday’s encounter at Abu Dhabi, Ireland were restricted to a meager 125 for six after they got off to a good start. Paul Stirling was Ireland’s top scorer with 25. Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) spokesman Farid Hotak said Mohammad Nabi, Amir Hamza and Rashid Khan teased the opposition with their remarkable spin. Although Gary Wilson chipped in with 23, other Irish batsmen comprehensively failed to read the hard-to-understand line of the spinning trio, Hotak said. Najeeb Tarakai (31) and Mohammad Shahzad (29) gave Afghanistan an opening stand of 54 before Jacob Mulder claimed the wickets of Shahzad and Captain Asghar Stanikzai. At one point, Afghanistan slumped to 99 for 5 but Nabi stabilized his side with a confident 26 not out. He saw his team romp home, with eight balls and five wickets to spare. Afghanistan, favorites for the tournament, had impressive performances to boast of in 2016, beating the likes of the West Indies, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong and Scotland.
 

Monday, 16 January 2017 07:11

Express Of Gratitude

Monday January 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Head and members of Kabul-based Ancient Herat Socio-Cultural Council and Mawlavi Ghulam Mohammad Juya, member of religious scholars council of the ministry of hajj and Islamic affairs thank doctors of the Kabul Emergency Hospital for their professional efforts in treatment of Nazar Mohammad Juya, son of Mr. Juya and ask further success for them in their works and services for the country’s citizens.
 

Monday January 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) IS loyalists abducted 13 religious scholars from a religious school in Haski Mina district of eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday, said Attaullah Khogiani, spokesman for the provincial government.
“A group of Ulama were busy in taking test from students of a Medresa (religious school) in Shapoli area of Haski Mina district yesterday morning when IS rebels attacked and took 13 religious scholars to unknown location,” Khogiani told reporters here.
Efforts are underway to ensure the safe release of the abductees, the official said. He said more than 200 boys are busy in getting religious subjects there in the religious school. The IS outfit has yet to make comment on the subject.
 

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