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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan authorities have made headway in their fight against corruption while enormous challenges remain, finds a new United Nations report released yesterday.
“For the sake of the country’s future, corruption in Afghanistan must be addressed and eliminated,” said Tadamichi Yamamoto, the UN Secretary-Generals’ Special Representative for Afghanistan.” The United Nations welcomes the progress already made, and fully supports the government’s ongoing efforts to fight corruption in the interest of ending impunity, ensuring accountability and transparency, and restoring integrity to the management of public services, finances and natural resources.”
In the report, titled’ Afghanistan’s Fight Against Corruption:  The Other Battlefield,’ the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) highlights the progress the country has made in addressing corruption and draws on internationally recognized best practices to provide recommendations for how the government, with the continued support of the public and the international community, can build on those achievements.
“It is my sincere hope that the progress made so far in the fight against corruption and the recommendations contained in our report will serve as a platform to achieve greater policy coherence and coordination in Afghanistan,” said the UN envoy, who is also head of UNAMA.
The report, which was circulated to Afghan ministries and the judiciary for input and endorsement prior to release, points out that corruption has affected all aspects of life in Afghanistan, undermining public trust  and confidence in government institutions, and hindering efforts to bring lasting peace and prosperity to the country.
A key component of Afghanistan’s fight against corruption is the dedicated Anti-Corruption Justice Centre (ACJC), with dedicated police and prosecution units, and a new national primary and appeals court, established by Presidential Decree to operate with jurisdiction over the broad range of corruption offences specified in the current penal code, as well as money laundering offences, destruction or selling of cultural and historical relics, crimes against internal and external security, illegal extraction of mines, and land usurpation.
In addition to outlining the advances made by the ACJC, which is actively investigating, prosecuting adjudicating cases, the report indicates that Afghanistan is showing progress in restoring institutional control over the delivery of essential public services and management of public finances.  The report makes several recommendations, recognizing that the government’s ongoing anti-corruption efforts have yet to impact the lives of most Afghans, and concludes that , notwithstanding the many legal and policy reforms that have been undertaken, corruption remains a substantial obstacle to Afghanistan’s long-term peace and prosperity.
“The report serves as a stark reminder that the fight against corruption cannot be won in the short term, and that the battle requires the sustained commitment on the part of the government and the general public, and full support from the international community,” said Yamamoto.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 11:33

Infighting Kills 25 Taliban in Herat

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Herat (BNA)  As many as 57 Taliban militants have been killed or wounded in an infighting in western Shindand district of Herat province, officials said on Tuesday.
The clashes were erupted during the last 24 hours in Khofian, Blandak, Shir Abad and Deh Aman areas of the district which left 25 militants dead and 32 others injured from both sides.
Officials confirmed the infighting, adding that the Taliban fighters have also attacked on Afghan security forces which faced Afghan security forces offensive.  Provincial governor spokesperson, Jailani Farhad said that 18 militants killed and 23 others wounded in infighting were belong to Mullah Samad while 8 others killed and 9 others wounded were belong to Nangialay.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 11:23

Urozgan Airstrike Killed 23 Militants

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Trinkot (BNA) Nearly 23 insurgents were killed during an air strike by Afghan security forces in Urozgan province, said 205 Atal Corps in a statement on Tuesday.
According to the statement the insurgents were targeted in Sang and Kotwal villages of Trinkot city of the province.
During the strike, a large cache of weapons was also destroyed, the statement added.
No more details were provided about the operation nor about military or civilian casualties.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Kabul (BNA) NATO Secretary General, Jens Stoltenberg phoned President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani late on Monday to express his sympathy over the recent terrorist attack on Shaheen 209 Corps in Balkh province, the President Press Office said in a statement.
During the telephone conversation, Stoltenberg assured President Ghani of NATO’s continued support in war on terror, according to the statement.
For his part, President Ghani thanked NATO secretary general for his sympathy and continued support to Afghanistan, the statement added.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 11:29

Bamyan’s new Standard Hospital Inaugurated

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  A standard hospital was inaugurated in central Bamyan province with the presence of Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh, Minister of Public Health, Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz, Princess Zahra Agha Khan, Canadian and France ambassadors and a number of parliamentarians, BNA reported Tuesday.
During inauguration ceremony, calling inauguration of the hospital a historical event to the people of the province, Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh said, “I hope the hospital renders different health services and be a place to solve the people health problems.”
Likewise, the provincial governor, Mohammad Tahir Zahir thanked the Canadian and French governments for providing financial support for the construction of the hospital.
He also thanked the Agha Khan Development Network for acting as an implementing partner of the project and urged all the parties to help in further development of the hospital from the provincial level to the zonal level.
Zahir also presented some of the key demands of Bamyan province to the Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish, urging the government to assist with the implementation of the cultural master plan of Bamyan, establishment of medical faculty, maintaining security on highways connecting to Bamyan, reduction of poverty, and modification plan of the administrative units.
In their turn, Princess Zahra, the Canadian and French Ambassador emphasized on further development of Bamyan province and said the construction of Bamyan hospital is a symbol of partnership and close cooperation of the relevant parties for change and development.  According to the agency, the hospital has been built and equipped with a total cost of $22.8 million, which was financed by Canada, France and Agha Khan Foundation.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Kabul (BNA) in a meeting chaired by Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Prof, Mohammad Rassoul Bawari, approving national and cultural days in the calendar was discussed, BNA reported.
According to the agency, the meeting was attended by representatives of ministries of hajj and religious affairs, labor and social affairs, affairs’ administration, Kabul University and other related organs.
The participants also presented their suggestions and views on the way how to mention historical, religious and cultural days, and how to consider the historical monuments and cultural personalities’ images in the calendar, the agency added.
The meeting decided that the ministry of information and culture should provide a procedure in this regard and the relevant organizations should collect information about national, cultural and religious days and present it in the net session.
The acting minister of information and culture, Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari assured of his ministry’s effort in providing the procedure and stressed on further cooperation of concerned organs in the respect.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  Chaired by Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari, the preliminary meeting on holding international seminar on mysticism role on spreading Islamic culture held on Tuesday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
According to the agency, the acting minister of information and culture pointed out that the international seminar would focus on expansion of Islamic culture and better recognition of Sufism to people and its followers in the society.
Furthermore, in the meeting the participants discussed on appointing members of holding commission, invitation of domestic and foreign guests, choosing scientific and research articles on mysticism and procurement issues.
In the meeting, Najibullah Manli selected as the head of the commission, the agency added.
The meeting was attended by representatives of the ministries of information and culture, tribes and borders affairs, academy of science and National Security Council (NSC).
The international seminar on mysticism role on expansion of Islamic culture is expected to be held on Asad in Kabul.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Kabul (BNA)   Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with British ambassador to Kabul at his office on Tuesday, his office said in a statement.
In the meeting, expressing condolences and sympathies to the CE and people of Afghanistan over the deadly attack on Shaheen 209 Corps, the British ambassador said his country would stand by the people and government of Afghanistan in such a trying circumstances, according to the statement.
The British ambassador to Kabul also spoke about fighting corruption, the European Union efforts in this regard as well as using modern technology in the elections and appreciated the government efforts and achievements in the respect. He also asked for further attention on elections process. The statement added.
Thanking British cooperation and sacrifices in Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah expressed gratitude over the ambassador and Britain’s sympathy, the statement continued.
Both sides also exchanged views on recent political-military changes, bilateral relations between the two countries and Afghanistan’s regional relations.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received the Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull and a high-ranking delegation, his office said in a statement.
Both sides talked over the expansion of bilateral ties and Australian assistances with Afghanistan in a meeting in the Presidential Palace, according to the statement.
The Prime Minister of Australia expressed his condolences and sympathies to the President and people of Afghanistan over the latest terrorist attack on 209 Shaheen military corps, the statement added.
Mr. Turnbull said that he was interested in maintaining relations between Australian and Afghan universities in order to encourage bilateral cooperation in the areas of mines, water management, project management, program management and health services. He promised that he will follow these issues upon his return to Australia, the statement continued.
President Ghani, in his turn, described Australia as a historical friend of Afghanistan. The President thanked Australia for its assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan in different areas. Afghanistan and Australia have excellent and friendly relations. President Ghani recently visited Australia where agreements in the areas of technical and scientific cooperation were signed. Also, a MoU worth $320mln was signed by both countries in accordance with commitments of Brussels Conference, during this visit. According to another report, Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also met Australian Prime Minister at the Sapidar Palace, during which both sides discussed different issues, his office said in a statement. In the meeting Dr. Abdullah briefed the Australian PM about the preparations taken for holding parliamentary elections, the statement added. CE Abdullah also stressed that the past mistakes in election process should not be repeated and much should be done to prevent frauds, the statement quoted the CE as saying.

Monday, April 24, 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                                            67/60 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              86 afgs                         
One Euro                                              72/90afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/35afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          634afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1030 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              17/90 afgs                       
 

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