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Saturday, November 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Cabinet Meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair held session here on Wednesday Nov 15, 2017, a statement from the presidential press office said.
At the outset head of the population registration department presented a draft on distribution of the paper-based identity card, saying all administrative units of the country have been considered and the implementation of the program would begin from the beginning of the upcoming solar year. The cabinet meeting principally approved the draft.
Later on the director of the Central Statistics Department presented the revised draft on population survey in the country. The cabinet principally approved the draft, tasking all cabinet ministers to focus on the draft and submit their questions and proposals to the Statistics Department within three days.
The cabinet also instructed the director of Central Statistics Department to take necessary steps and work upon a specific mechanism for the counting of the country’s population in close coordination with line ministries, including Ministry of High Education, experts and foreign agencies within upcoming six months.
Meanwhile Minister of Finance presented the report of the delegation assigned for transferring of the 14 armored vehicles of The New Kabul Bank to Local Organ Office. He said the Local Organs due to lack of custom papers and problems in the vehicles, avoided to receive it. The cabinet session decided that 7 of the vehicles which were for the transferring of the money should be sold to private banks and 7 others needed to be repaired and then sold on government agencies. The cabinet said money from the sold cars needed to be transferred to Kabul Bank account.
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Saturday, 18 November 2017 09:09

Constitution Should Not Violated

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has committed to observing constitution and seriously considers every opinion that leads to good governance and rescue the country from the current situation but violation of constitution is not acceptable.
BNA political analyst commenting on the issue writes recently rumors spreader that certain politicians and influential figures of regime calling for holding tradition great assembly, even efforts are underway for holding such a session.
The aims of the circles and figures who are trying for holding Loya Jerga (grand assembly) deserved to precisely assessed and studied. Because it is the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan that demonstrates the will of people and guarantees the legal political activities and freedom of speech and pres. Today, there are dozens political parties active in the country and other Afghan nationals express their reforming views in various ways including criticizing the activities of relevant authorities   and presenting their opinions for solving the problems , the people suffering. 
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan respects and honors the views and opinions of every citizen that are considered good for betterment of affairs and ensure peace, stability in the country and for building a true and strong national unity that is vital for overcoming the current problems and constructing a welfare and prosperous society. But severely rejects the views and activities that are just for achieving and maintaining personal and relevant groups’ interests and considered parallel to the activities and duties of the state. Because such a practice further deteriorates the situation to the benefit of the enemies and at last, it would leads to further political tensions in the country.
The Afghan people wish the politicians of the country to set up their expectations and activities based on reason and seriously consider the consequences of their programs and deeds.
Therefore it would be better for public good to work for concreting the pillars of the state and share constructive views with the leadership of the government and this way guarantee restoration of peace and political stability in the country and recue the suffering people from this critical situation and end to their concerns and problem, they want the most. 
 

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Fourteen people, including policemen, were martyred in a car-bombing in Khair Khana area of capital Kabul on Thursday afternoon. The target of the bombing was supporters of Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad who attended a gathering at the hotel and were coming out of the hall when the blast took place. Ten more people, including seven policemen injured in the blast.
Meanwhile Kabul police officials told BNA, that the car bomb attack took lives of eight policemen and six civilians. Seven police and 11 civilians were also injured.
Daesh or so called Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for the attack.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah condemned Thursday’s suicide attack in Kabul.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said a number of Afghans, including policemen, were killed in a ‘barbaric terrorist’ attack from the enemies of the Afghans.
President Ghani condemned the attack and said targeting civil gatherings, mosques and public places was against Islamic and humanitarian teachings. He said the Afghan government had always supported civil movements and insisted such attacks could not deter people’s commitment to their civil freedom and other democratic values.
Dr. Abdullah Abdullah who is in USA for official visit also condemned the attack. “We condemn this barbaric attack in strongest terms, we condole with the victims’ families and want paradise for the departed souls,” he said in a statement. Terrorists with their supporters would not be able to achieve their ominous goals with such coward attacks, he said.
 
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Saturday, November 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani chaired the Human Forces’ High Council here at the presidential palace on Thursday Nov 16, 2017, a statement from the presidential press office said.
At the outset acting minister of education and deputy on general educations Mohammad Ibrahim Shenwari presented draft on duties and basic supports to the ministry. He briefed the session on quality educations services, process and ways of delivering quality educations, result of vocational trainings andduties of provincial education departments.
He also spoke related to development of human resources, constructions of schools, infrastructural information technology establishment, financial management, salaries, security and services, training for teachers, information system of the ministry, healthcare facilities to students, publishing of books and monitoring of the programs, asking the president to assign a technical team on evaluation of the presented draft.
Thanking acting ministers’ briefing, the president said ministry of education was needed reformation and the ministry’s programs to be discussed in upcoming Human Forces’ meetings.
The president said ministry of education’s priority should be on quality education, adding the country’s education system need revision and the civil society’s recommendations should be considered.
The president also emphasized on impartiality of the provincial education departments, asking the local organs not to interfere in education affairs.
At the end, the president said women’s opinion should be also taken into account in education affairs.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met US Defense Secretary James during his US tour here the other day, the CE press office said in a statement.
Thanking US for its support to the Afghan security forces in the fight against terrorism, Dr. Abdullah called new US strategy “an important step” for Afghanistan and the region. He expressed the hope the New US strategy would further increase cooperation between Afghanistan and the US and the region would move towards stability.
The CEO expressed satisfaction with security support of NATO countries and the US and said most of Afghans acknowledged the effectiveness of this support.
Meanwhile US Defense Secretary James Mattis said NATO’s renewal of commitments with Afghanistan came at a proper time and sent a clear message to the Taliban and their allies.
During the meeting, the two leaders conferred on the security situation in Afghanistan, international commitments and future regional strategy. The two sides also talked about the Afghan peace process and ways to reach durable peace in Afghanistan, co-existence and mutual acceptance in the political system.
According to another report, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah met with USAID Chief Bamak Green and thanked the organization for its cooperation in Afghanistan. Dr. Abdullah also stressed continued US support for Afghanistan.
Dr. Abdullah and USAID chief stressed free and fair elections in Afghanistan with USAID chief saying his organization was ready to assist the war-torn country in holding transparent election.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah in a meeting with US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Ms. Alice Wells in Washington discussed relations between the two countries, his office said in a statement the other day.
At the outset, Ms. Wells welcomed CE Abdullah to the U.S. and assured her country’s continued cooperation with Afghanistan in different fields, according to the statement.
She said, “We support the national unity government which is running by you and President Ghani,” the statement further said.
“We oppose any crisis in Afghanistan which disturbs our joint efforts on ensuring security and fighting terrorism,” she added. She also asked the CE on holding parliamentary, district councils and presidential elections and expressed her country’s support on holding a fair and transparent election in Afghanistan, the statement went on to say. Thanking Ms. Wells and other US officials’ warm welcome, CE Abdullah appreciated the US new strategy on Afghanistan, the statement continued. Pointing at bringing recent reforms in Independent Elections Commissions (IEC) and establishing an effective leadership in the entity, he reiterated that the government is committed to hold elections in 2018 and appreciated the US support from the process.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with Afghanistan Embassy’s diplomats in Washington, his office said in a statement. The meeting held at Afghanistan Embassy in Washington, during which Dr. Abdullah answered the diplomats’ questions on national, regional and international cases, the statement further said.
Expressing condolences to families of those martyred in recent Kabul suicide attack, Dr. Abdullah called the crime an antihuman and coward act, the statement added.
“You are shouldering historical and main responsibilities in status quo and should play constructive and key role in tightening ties between the two countries,” Dr. Abdullah said.
Calling creation of tribal discords betrayal to nation, Dr. Abdullah stressed on unity and correlations among the people throughout the country, the statement added.
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Saturday, 18 November 2017 07:47

Minister Hakimi meets Chinese Charge Affairs

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Minister of Finance EklilHakimi, met Zhang Zhixin, Charge affairs of People’s Republic of China Embassy to Afghanistan here the other day, the ministry said in a statement.
In this meeting both sides discussed holding of the Third Joint Economic and trade Commission between the two countries, Enhancing Bilateral Cooperation, Afghanistan’s membership in Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), projects jointly funded by Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB), Five countries railway( Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China), Regional Cooperation, Customs Information Exchange, Transmission of gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan and through Afghanistan to China, Beijing trade Center, Optical fiber, China’s investment in cotton and cement, Dry ports, cooperation in transit, Transportation and energy.
The two sides also discussed Peace process, Management of water resources, treatment of children with heart disease, educational programs in the fields of health, agriculture and diplomacy for Government employees and other issues of interest, the statement concluded.
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Saturday, November 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Head and members of Physical Education Institute (PEI) of the ministry for education asked acting minister of information and culture to introduce traditional games which have been mentioned in ‘Batouran-e-Doud Book’ as people culture, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported the other day.
In the meeting, acting minister of information and culture, Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari said he would task the department of people culture to establish a commission, evaluate the games and announce them as people’s culture, the agency added.
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Saturday, 18 November 2017 07:47

MoIC Condoles Death of Farouq Faizi

Saturday, November 18, 2017
Kab ul (BNA) Regretfully, I got informed that a well-known journalist, Farouq Faizi had passed away, acting minister of information and culture, Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari said in a message the other day. Farouq Faizi was an elite and committed journalist whom had spent more than a decade of his age in media, the message further said. Honesty, perseverance and commitment to duty were his characters, the message added. There is no doubt that his place would be empty among the country’s journalists, but the people would never forget his brilliant works, the message continued. The acting minister of information and culture while expressing his deep condolences to the deceased family, relatives and the country’s media, asked paradise for him and great patience to his remaining. May his soul rest in peace!
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