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Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:46

MoIC Condoles Martyrdom of Hussain Nazari

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  Nowadays, the Afghan nation and media personnel are mourning the martyrdom of their dear ones, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported on Saturday.
Expressing its condolences over recent martyrdom of media personnel, the ministry of information and culture said there was not doubt that such heartbroken incidents could never change the will of media and government leadership in disclosing terrorists’ real face, the agency further said.
The ministry of information and culture condoled martyrdom of Hussain Nazari, a cameraman who had been working in Rah-e-Farda TV, to his family, the TV personnel and other media staff and prayed for immediate recovery of Taqi Sadid, a journalist of the TV who has sustained injuries in recent Kabul terrorist attack, BNA added.


Sunday, November 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  Chief Executive of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met US Vice President Mike Pence here on Friday and discussed the current political situation in Afghanistan, a statement from CE office said yesterday.
US Vice President welcomed Dr. Abdullah to US and expressed satisfaction over progress made in Afghanistan. Both sides also discussed enhancing bilateral ties.
Thanking US vice president for warm welcome, Dr. Abdullah praised US assistance and called president Trump’s South Asia policy beneficial for the security situation in Afghanistan.
Chief Abdullah went on saying Afghan security forces shouldering responsibility and bravely defending from their country, adding the terrorists were given heavy casualties this year. Dr. Abdullah also said that terrorist sanctuaries in the neighborhood still posed a big problem for Afghanistan. He hoped that Pakistan would help eliminate the safe havens on its soil. Meanwhile Pence commended the Afghan security forces for their bravery and sacrifices in battling the insurgency and international terrorists, such as ISIS and Al- Qaeda.
He stressed the need for Kabul’s continued engagement and progress on necessary reforms, political inclusion and preparations for forthcoming elections — all critical to providing greater stability and opportunities for Afghanistan.
Pence assured Dr. Abdullah of US continued support to Afghanistan. The two sides also discussed current Afghanistan situation, economy, holding of transparent elections, regional cooperation, fight against corruption and elimination of terrorists’ safe sanctuaries.


Sunday, November 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  President Mohammad Ashraf Ghanimet with a number of Zabul elders who brought messages of peace with themselves here at the presidential palace yesterday, a presidential statement said.
At the outset Haji MullahKhel head of Jirga for Zabul province spoke related to ousting of Daesh fighters from Khak-e-Afghan district, adding Zabul people were committed to bring peace in the province and the Afghanistan as a whole.
He said due to people’s effort security challenges in Khak-e-Afghan district have been addressed and the vaccinators and surveyors were able to perform their duties.
MullahKhel told the president that they were aware of the legacy remained to his administration, including insecurity, corruption and inference of the neighboring countries, adding “your management and hard works led to solving of the said challenges.”
Later on Abdul Wali, head of tribal affairs for Zabul province told the president that they were supporting him from the beginning and their presence clearly approves their stance.
He also enumerates a series of Zabul problems, including unemployment, electricity, education and paddock to Kuchis, asking government to address them. They also once again reaffirmed their commitments for supporting of the National Unity Government.
Welcoming the elders, President Ghani called their efforts for ousting of terrorists unique in the country. The president added that the news of their struggle and efforts should be extended to all over Afghanistan.
“Your peace message and efforts would be delivered to all over Afghanistan.”
The president went on saying that we should reach to a peace with Pakistan, as Afghans never want Pakistan’s destruction as well as never allow anyone to misbehave.
“Pakistan was using Spin-Boldak and Torkham ports to put pressure on Afghan government. Not closure of such ports no longer important to us,” the president told the elders, adding special Hajj share would be given to Zabul people in next year and necessary attentions to be paid for Kuchis’ paddocks.
The president also said MirwaisNika’s village should be changed to a museum and necessary instructions has been given to responsible organs on the aspect.
The president also instructed Logan Organs’ director Abdul Matin Big to consider employment opportunities for Zabul youths in Citizen Charter Program as well as to select eligible district governors for Zabul, so that to work closely with people and spare no effort in addressing their challenges.
Once again thanking elders’ role for peace in the province, the president emphasized on crucial role of elders, scholars and people in establishing of peace and stability in the country.

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA)

The ‘4th National Urban Conference’ opened with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani’s remarks here at the presidential palace yesterday morning.
Addressing the conference, President Ghani said current urban challenges were needed to be analyzed and addressed, adding Kabul’s current situation cannot be tolerated.
The president congratulated Ministry of Urban Development and Housing’s initiative for organizing of the conference, saying such gatherings should not be symbolic, asking the participants to share their thoughts regarding shortcomings and opportunities for urban development.
“We would not have a city unless we feel like a responsible citizen. If we do not consider cleanliness part of our faith, we cannot keep our city clean,” the president told the conference.
The president went on saying the worst legacy remained to his administration was lack of water resources management, adding Kabul was facing serious potable water crisis and comprehensive studies carried out to solve the problem. “Kabul to soon witness construction of damn to solve the water problems.”
“Citizen Charter Program is one of our initiatives. Amount of 750 Million USD to be spent in aforesaid program in upcoming year. The Citizen Charter Program is not the continuance of the national soldiery program, but it is an inter-ministerial, inter-sectorial and is a national program which aims to connect major cities with villages,” the president noted.
Hinting to transferring of government organs to Darulaman area, the president said the cornerstone of the administrative complex to be laid down soon and with transferring of the government organs, fundamental changes to take place in Kabul city. “The project was initiated by King Amanullah Khan, but we will complete it.”
“Special court to be established on land grabbing cases within framework of the Supreme Court,” the president said while criticizing the work of the government theorems in addressing the land grabbing cases.
The president also emphasized on reformation in municipalities, saying mayors should be selected through elections.
“We have $2 billion food imports and $1 billion imports of building materials which the both of them are not needed to be imported from the foreign countries,” the president further added.
Meanwhile delivering his speech at the 4th National Urban Conference, Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Sayed Sadat MansoorNaderi said beside reviewing master plans of Kandahar, Herat, Bamyan, Mazar-e-Sharif and Nangarhar cities, his ministry could also prepare the draft master plans for the cities of Pul-e-Alam and Khostduring the time between the third and fourth national urban conferences.
“Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s remarkable urban sector achievement in international level is the country’s membership in World High Council on urban governance,” Minister Naderi added.
Minister of Urban Development and Housing went on saying the ministry’s new management team could succeed to organize the conference after 13 years and pledged during the previous conferences to turn the gathering into an effective one for the country’s urban situation.
“I’m proud today that we have managed to turn the national urban conference into a practical and constructive conference,” he added.
The National Urban Conference, aiming to find solution to ongoing urban challenges and draw the attentions of the responsible entities and individuals is expected to continue till November 20, 2017.

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  the construction of 13 welfare projects was executed by ministry of rural rehabilitation and development in Baghlan Markazi District, Baghlan province yesterday.
Habib Behzad press in charge of rural rehabilitation and development ministry told BNA the projects include construction of water dam, retaining wall and cleaning of water canals.
The projects estimated 36547,000 Afghanis and 2500 families benefited from facilities of the projects.
T. Yarzada


Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:40

Martyrs and Wounded Families Received Aids

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Sar-e-Pul (BNA) cash were disseminated for 12 martyrs and 11 wounded families due to recent wars in Sar-e-Pul province yesterday.
Mohammad Zahir Wahdat governor of Sar-e-Pul told BNA) for each family disseminated sum 100,000 Afghanis and for wounded families 50,000 Afghanis by presidential office in presence of assigned delegation.
The families expressing thanks asked government in ensuring of peace in that province.
T. Yarzada


Sunday, 19 November 2017 17:39

Eight People Held Accused Criminal Crimes

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Jalalabad (BNA) eight people have been detained on charges different criminal crimes in Nangarhar province during the recent day.
The people were arrested in special operations carried out by security forces in various parts of Nangarhar province.
Hazrat Hosain Mashriqiwal police spokesman of Nangarhar province told BNA, the arrested men were involved in killing, abduction and smuggling narcotic drugs.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, November 19, 2017
Jalalabad (BNA)  18 Daesh affiliates were killed in a series of air and ground raids conducted by security forces in Nangarhar province last night.
The fighters were targeted in Kot, Dehbala and Achen Districts.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA, 18 Daesh fathers were lost their lives while terrorist activities.
Another report says that the security forces prevented from a series of blasts in Nangarhar province.
Security officials discovered and defused five mines from crowded areas of Nangarhar province and prevented from deadly bloody events.
According to another report the security troops discovered four weapon caches of insurgents in that province.
The caches were kept in Daesh hideouts in Achen, Lalpor and Dorbaba districts.
Heavy and light weapons were also seized from the caches.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 18 November 2017 10:24

Avalanche in Kunar Kills 10, Wounds 8 Others

Saturday November 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) At least 10 people lost their lives and 8 others were injured when avalanche engulfed on a house in eastern Kunar province.
Abdul Ghani Musamim spokesman of Kunar governor told BNA reporter, the incident took place in Chapa Dara district of the province, in which 10 people have died and 8 others were injured.
Meanwhile, until now civilians not succeeded to elicit the bodies of victims from under the snow.
A senior commander of police in the east of the country says, by presence of armed oppositions in different parts of Chapa Dara district, police forces are not able to rescue trapped people.

Saturday, 18 November 2017 10:24

Herat Minarets Require Serious Attention

Saturday November 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Up on every visitor’s arrival into the city of Herat, before everything his/her attention is directly focused to high towers which their architecture and construction is different from other high rise constructions, including their heights, construction intervals and unique peculiarities that have distinguished them from other 20th century’s constructions and buildings. Herat minarets are the memory of peak of brilliance of Timorids’ art that have remained till today as gem of Herat. As the gem of Khorasan, Herat province had passed over its most brilliant historical stage of development in 9th and early 10th contury from the point of view of art, literature, sciences, handicrafts and architecture. These minarets had been built in late 15th century under the supervision of Queen Gawharshad Begum, which has been called during their history as one of the historical prides.
Narrator of History:
The Timorids Empire in Herat had focused particular attention to reconstruction and construction of historical monuments including mosques, Khaneqas, libraries and other religious places. Queen Goharshad Begum the wife of Timorid king ShahrokhMirza started project of Herat minarets construction in 820 H.Q for the first time. This project included a madrassa, big mosque big mosque of Amir Ali Sher Nawayee etc. Tombs of Sultan Hussein Bayeqra, Amir Ali Sher Nawayee and Gowharshad Begum have survived today. The others have disappeared. During this empire, Herat welcomed plenty of tourists. Following the demise of Temor, rule of Sultan Hussein Bayeqra and his prominent minister Amir Ali Sher Nawayee, due to support of these rulers from art, Herat had become the center of artists and handicraftsmen. Long before, whenever different caravans had come to Herat, they were guided by these minarets towards the city and these minarets reflected the power, influence and reputation of Temorid rulers to every new comers.
According to Wali Shah Bahra researcher of Herat historical relics, in the wake of demise of Sultan Hussein Bayeqra, as a result of clashes and disagreement of his saplings, attacks of Sheybanids and Safawaids, in 912 HQ, the city of Herat and these monuments were strongly damaged and in 1304 HQ this artistic complex was razed to the ground due to provocations of Britisher and only 10 high decorated minaret with Tomb of Gowhar Shad survived. Gradually due to various factors, five other minarets had also collapsed and five survived. The initial height of these minarets was 34m that their upper tops destroyed and at present their height is 30-32m.
On the verge of collapse:
Herat cultural authorities have expressed serious concern on possible overthrowing of these minarets in case of carelessness. According to Herat relevant cultural authorities US$ 10m is required for rebuilding and repairing of 800 works and historical sites. Talking at a press conference, the head of Herat provincial department of information and culture Aria Raoofeyan said, at the moment, these minarets are at a very critical condition with high possibilities of collapse.
UNESCO warning:
Few years ago, UNESCO had expressed readiness for registration of Herat historical works in the last of the world cultural heritages and had asked relevant authorities to prevent illegal constructions in that area and close a road passing through these minarets. In 1388 a number of Herati cultural professionals had written a letter to ex-president Hamid Karzai and asked him to prevent destruction of these historical relics. As a result in the same year, the council of ministers approved closure of that road. Fortunately Herat has so far not been registered in the list of the world cultural heritages. In 2006, the UNESCO had held a seminar in Herat city and drafted basic criterions for registration of this city to the list of the world cultural heritages. In 2007 UNESCO meeting in Paris, efforts for registration of this city failed.


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