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Friday November 24, 2017
Kabul (BNA) At least 57 anti-government militias were killed and 29 others were wounded during joint clearing operations led by Afghan National Security and Defense Forces within the last 24 hours across the country.
Ministry of National Defense press office stated BNA, the operations were conducted with support of Afghan air and artillery forces to suppress armed oppositions and protect the lives and properties of people in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Kunar, Paktia, Kapisa, Ghazni, Paktika, Kandahar, Urozgan, Zabul, Farah,  Jawzjan, Faryab, Kunduz and Helmand provinces.
Some heavy and light weapons, ammunitions and military mobilizations have been seized by Afghan security forces following the operations, the source added.

Friday November 24, 2017
Washington (BNA)  President Trump addressed troops from five different branches of the military in a special Thanksgiving video call on Thursday from his Mar a Lago resort.
He thanked troops for “having the tremendous courage to defend us and to defend freedom.”
Addressing troops stationed in Afghanistan, the President said: “Everybody’s talking about the progress you’ve made in the last few months since I opened it up,” referencing his decision earlier this year to send up to 4,000 more trips to the country— going against his campaign promise to scale back foreign commitments.
“We opened it up, we said, ‘Go ahead, we’re going to fight to win. We’re not fighting anymore to just walk around, we’re fighting to win.’ And you people, you’ve really turned it around in the past three to four months like nobody’s seen and they are talking about it. So thank you very much, brave, incredible fighters.”  Trump’s video message to American troops followed a tweet earlier Thanksgiving morning where he touted his administration’s accomplishments since he was elected. “HAPPY THANKSGIVING, your Country is starting to do really well,” he tweeted. “Jobs coming back, highest Stock Market EVER, Military getting really strong, we will build the WALL, V.A. taking care of our Vets, great Supreme Court Justice, RECORD CUT IN REGS, lowest unemployment in 17 years….!”
Back in Mar a Lago, Trump reiterated his message to the troops, who were connected to him via teleconference. “We’re being talked about as an armed forces. We’re really winning. We know how to win,” Trump said. “But we have to let you win. They weren’t letting you win before. They were letting you play even. We’re letting you win.”
He also mentioned the ongoing war against terrorism, specifically messaging ISIS. The self-declared Caliphate has been pushed out of most of its key strongholds in Syria recently, though much of the fighting has been done by Kurdish forces and Syrian government forces, with Russian assistance.
“The fight against ISIS, it’s coming our way. Coming our way. Big, big difference. A lot of things have happened. They say we’ve made more progress against ISIS than they did in years of the previous administration. That’s because I’m letting you do your job.”

Sunday November 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan's under-19 cricket team made history on Sunday as they beat Pakistan to bag the Asia Youth Cup trophy in Malaysia.
Ikram Ali Khil scored a century as Afghanistan routed Pakistan by 185 runs to win the ACC Under-19 Youth Asia Cup final at the Kinrara Oval on Today.
Pakistan had won the toss and elected to field. They managed to restrict Afghanistan to 248 for 7 off 50 overs. However, the greenshirts were all out on just 63 off 22.1 overs, with Mujeeb taking 5-13.
Having lost to Afghanistan by seven wickets in the group stage, Pakistan never recovered from losing their first three wickets with just 23 runs on the board before being all out for 63 in 22.1 overs.



Sunday November 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Winter and health packages have been distributed to 84 displaced families in western Ghor province yesterday.
Habibullah Behzad in-charge of information in rural rehabilitation and development department of Ghor said BNA correspondent, blanket, winter cloths, kitchen site, tent, water barrel and health packages have distributed to 84 displaced families in Firoz Koh city, provincial capital of the province.
The assistances provided by United National International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF).


Sunday, November 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) holding election next year, is a national program and considers a firm step toward settling the current crisis of the country. Achieving this noble goal is only possible when the election commission enjoys of having a capable management and administrative body.
BNA political analyst commenting on the issue writes President Ghani issuing a decree sacked Najibullah Ahmadzai from his position as the head of election commission.
The decision on ousting Mr. Ahmadzai has made earlier by the members of the commission and this indicate that the president in coordination and consultation of the members of the election commission has issued the decree on sacking Mr.Najibullah Ahmadzai.
Earlier to Mr. Najibullah Ahmadzai, Imam Mohammad Warmach the head of the secretariat of the election commission had been ousted from his position due to poor work but still he is talking from his previous position.
Bringing changes in the commission, have interpreted differently    by the critics of the state, some called it a coup and some other considered it a reforming movement.
Alongside problems on personnel of the commission, there are other problems such as differences on views of among the members of the commission.
The ways of concluding contracts for purchasing technical and logistic means that caused differences of views among the members of the commission.
The developments within the last three years in election commission indicate that the commission is facing serious problems. Without doubt the leadership of the government cannot be indifference against this critical tension inside the election commission.
Since the selection of the members and the chief of election commission, there have been programs and duties the commission was obliged for implementing them. Unfortunately due to poor management and poor leadership the commission has lost many opportunities.
Some members of the commission complaint from outsiders interferences in their work, but the activists of civil society considering this reasoning just a pretext and insist that there were many legislatives documents that permit the commission to act independently, but the commission has failed to use them properly.
It is a fact that the commission is suffering from poor management and poor act for a long time and its leadership has not succeeded to respond the challenges.
The election commission has promised the people to hold parliamentary elections in July next year. Meanwhile holding parliamentary election is one of the conditions the international community suggested for continuation of aids to Afghan people.
Therefore based on the above mentioned reasons and documents the duties and obligations of the election commission are clear and violating them would not be acceptable. The members of the election commission should know the gaps of their activities, electing a capable manager remove the current challenge, fulfill their promises for holding a transparent and comprehensive election in the country.

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) During the seventh meeting of RECCA, a final agreement was signed among Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Georgian, Azerbaijan and Turkey and practical ground of exploitation of this road was paved.
The Lapis Lazuli road is attributed to a trade-transit course which starts from Afghanistan and passing through the abovementioned countries, is ultimately connected to central Europe.
Commercial merchandize are expected to be transported by railways as well as a road from Afghanistan to Europe and vice versa.
Exploitation of this road could be considered as an important opportunity to land locked Afghanistan who has no free access to sea. Advantages of this road include lack of security threats, low transportation expenditures and short itinerary that takes slight time for reaching of Afghan and European consignments to each other’s destination.
With signing of final agreement of this process and finalization of its concern legal regime among these countries, indeed all available obstacles ahead of this project have been removed and hope its utilization would be started soon.
Connecting of Afghanistan to global markets, growth and expansion of the country’s trade through different ways including definition of legal procedures and establishment of relations with regional and central Asian countries and free access to various economic corridors are among basic programs of the NUG. Since taking over, the NUG have gained many achievements in infrastructural fields including exploitation of Chahbahar port, connection of Afghanistan to railways of some central Asia countries etc despite of some negative and pessimistic opinions.
Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has repeatedly said that he would change Afghanistan to regional high way and a connecting point.
Due to its particular geopolitical and geo-economic location, Afghanistan has this potential to connect east and west as well as north and south of Asia.
The Afghan leader believes that regional and Asia countries could define and practice policies that would result in comprehensive strategic cooperation’s in all fields including economic instead of negative competitions.
In opinion of president Ghani, this would be in the benefit of all Asian countries to undertake organized and coordinated efforts for expansion of collective cooperation’s particularly in economic sphere.
Exploitation of Lapis Lazuli road and commencement of trade transportation through which enjoys extraordinary importance not only for landlocked Afghanistan who has been dependent to Pakistan roads and ports that have never been easy and void of headache to our businessmen but to all countries located along this course.
Manufacturing and transportation companies could also benefit this road and it would create plenty of employment opportunities to those countries and would enable their nationals to earn sufficient income.

Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:58

AIHRC Holds Workshop for Journalists

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) A three-day workshop was held by Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) for a number of journalists working in government and private media organizations.
According to The Kabul Times correspondent, in opening ceremony of the workshop, head of AIHRC Sima Samar recalled of the commission’s work and said, “Freedom of speech is one of key achievements for media and the people of Afghanistan and the right has been obtained due to lots of sacrifices and we are fully supporting it as the obtained right should be used responsibly.”
In the workshop titled investigative journalism and held in AIHRC, issues as introduction of AIHRC, human rights, principles of human rights, human rights international documents and human rights conventions, peace-related report and journalism, support from media and journalists, freedom of speech in national and international laws, report-writing, eradication of violence against of women and other related issues were briefed. Meanwhile, in the three-day workshop, a series of group works have been followed by participants. Recalling of achievements in media and freedom of speech sector, participants said freedom of speech was one of key achievements in Afghanistan as various media-related laws as mass media law, law on access to information, laws on human rights, number of media organizations in Afghanistan including print media, visual media and online media, creating various media support organizations and others have been considered as big achievements in media sector.
Meanwhile, challenges facing Afghanistan media and journalists have been discussed in the workshop. Participants in the workshop enumerated the challenges as insecurity, violation of freedom of speech by a number of government individuals, un-implementation of laws towards supporting freedom of speech by government, not following of murder cases of journalists, inconsideration of the government to supporting of media and freedom of speech and others. At the end of the workshop, certificates have been granted to participants.
Shukria Kohistani

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Nimroz (BNA) The construction works of administrative education department of Nemroz has been started.  According to BNA, the building will be built in three floors in a solid and basic format a cost of 19 million Afs from the state budget.  In the foundation ceremony of the building. Eng. Mohammad Sami governor of Nemroz, deputy for literacy program of ministry of education, members of the provincial council and member of civil society were participated, source added.


Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:47

Second VP Meets IGDK Head

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh met with head of Independent General Directorate of Korchi (IGDK), Delawar Faizan at his office on Saturday, BNA reported.
Faizan Briefed the second VP on nomads’ problems and requirements in different fields and presented information about their role in economic and production sections, the agency further said.
Stressing on bolstering livestock industry in the country, Faizan said the Afghan nomads society were interested to take part in implementation of economic projects which are supported by the government of national unity, BNA added.
Afterward, calling nomads a hard-working strata in the society, VP Danesh stressed he would address their problems through the relevant administrations.
Both sides also discussed the ways to solve disputes among locals and nomads in a number of provinces.

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Minister of Finance EklilHakimimet Muhammad Reza Bahrami, ambassador of republic of Iran to Afghanistan here in his office yesterday, a statement from the ministry said.
In the meeting both sides discussed facilities of Chabahar Port and the first shipment of Indian wheat to Afghanistan, expedite of work on the construction of third segment of Khawaf – Heart rail way, the purchase of fuel through government to government mechanism, five countries railway (Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China), preparations for holding the Bilateral Economic and Trade Commission and other issues of interest, the statement added

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