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Thursday May 17, 2018

Mahtarlam (BNA) Foodstuffs and non-foodstuffs have been distributed to 500 displaced family in eastern Laghman province yesterday. Zahour Sylab head of natural disasters in Laghman told BNA, due to war and insecurity 500 families displaced from Barkzayee, Ganjor and Arwary villages, Alishang district and relocated in Mahtarlam city the provincial capital of the province. The aids include 25 kg rice, 25 kg bean, 10 liter cooking ghee, 1 kg tea, a kitchen site, package of health first aid, a tent, 3 blankets and a barrel of water that distributed to 500 displaced families at the presence of Mohammad Asef Nang governor of Laghman and other local officials of the province. T/M.A.Ansari

Thursday May 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) For more than one year, Chinese museums have been displaying ancient cultural treasures from Afghanistan with the aim of protecting them before they are shipped to another country for exhibition. The 2,000-year-old treasures belong to the National Museum of Afghanistan, which used to be home to over 100,000 cultural relics. But during wars from 1990 to 2001, the artifacts were severely damaged. To protect them, the Afghan government decided to relocate them, and it wasn't until 2003 that they were retrieved by archeologists. Since 2016, the treasures have been exhibited around the world, in countries such as France, Italy, the Netherlands, the US, Australia and Japan. In March 2017, they came to the Palace Museum in Beijing, China. The stable social environment and sound museum equipment in countries such as China have made the Afghan side believe that bringing the treasures as part of a worldwide exhibition is a good way to protect them, said a person in charge of the current exhibition surnamed Li. The treasures were scheduled to be shipped to another country after the three-month exhibition ended, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the original plan was cancelled. Without the presence of another host country, the relics would have had to be sent back to Afghanistan where the situation is currently unstable, leaving their fate unknown. To avoid the risk of the world cultural heritage items becoming damaged, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage of China and the Palace Museum decided to keep the artifacts in the Palace Museum temporarily. From there, the treasures have been respectively exhibited in southwest China’s Chongqing and Chengdu cities. In Chengdu, the exhibition was visited by 500,000 people in three months, which was one fifth of the total number of visitors recorded in 23 museums around the world. On the opening day of the show on Feb. 1, Mohammad Fahim Rahimi, Director of the National Museum of Afghanistan, came to Chengdu to express his gratitude to the Chinese museum. “The exhibition in Chengdu is a gift given to our Chinese friends. Even during such a difficult time, we've managed to protect our cultural heritage objects,” Rahimi said, adding that the Afghan archeological and cultural circles feel very proud that these representative cultural treasures are loved by the Chinese public. To make this exhibition different from the previous shows in Beijing and Chongqing, Chengdu Museum highlighted the fate of the artifacts, and expressed its confidence in Afghanistan to walk away from war and chaos. Now, more Chinese museums have joined the effort to protect the Afghan pieces. According to the plan, the items will be sent to Zhengzhou in central China, Shenzhen in southern China, and Hunan province in central China for exhibitions lasting until December. Rahimi disclosed that Afghanistan still faces challenges to protect cultural relics, such as a lack of money, low level of technology and scientific research, and severe shortage of professional equipment and talent which restricts the restoration process. The director hopes China and other countries will continue to help the Afghan people take care of these treasures. Many Chinese institutions, such as Art Exhibitions China, are currently looking for willing cultural and exhibition organizations to offer shelter to the antiques. Even though hosting such exhibitions costs them money, they would prefer not to send the relics back to Afghanistan. Liu Yuzhu, head of China's State Administration of Cultural Heritage, said efforts are underway to construct the first international cultural relics shelter in China. He encourages more state-level museums and cultural relics protection organizations to actively take part in the efforts and shoulder their international responsibilities. people.cn Ansari

Thursday, 17 May 2018 17:45

Narcotic Drug Seize, Smugglers Detained

Thursday May 17, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Two smugglers along with dozens kg narcotic drug were arrested in eastern Nangarhar province. Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA reporter, the smugglers had plan to transfer the narcotic drug to Marko Bazzar located in Jalalabad-Torkham highway that were arrested by police personnel in relevant areas of Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province. The smugglers skillfully placed the narcotic drug type of opium in a car and had plan to transfer to Marko Bazzar. T/M.A.Ansari

Thursday May 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai believes the 'world-class' spinners in his team will pose a serious challenge to the much-vaunted Indian batting line-up in the historic one-off Test in Bengaluru from June 14. Afghanistan will make their much awaited Test debut at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium and Stankizai said the aim is to give a good fight to India, who will be without their regular skipper Virat Kohli. "With or without Kohli, India are a top team and even stronger at home. Kohli is a very big player and we would have enjoyed playing against him," said Stanikzai. "Irrespective of who is playing, everyone knows how tough it is to face India in India. It will be a great learning experience but we are surely not overawed by the challenge. We will be playing to win. We have world-class spinners in our team and they can trouble India." Afghanistan are currently training in Greater Noida but would be travelling to Dehradun later this week ahead of the three-match T20 series against Bangladesh early next month. While coach Phil Simmons has stressed on making his team mentally and physically ready for the five-day challenge, Stanikzai feels adjusting to the Test mode from four-day cricket will not be much of an issue. "We would like to learn from their players and they can learn from ours. Yes we are playing our first Test but we are going into the game with enough first-class experience. We play about 10 four-day games in a year and have won the ICC Intercontinental Cup twice. Tests will be different obviously but I would not say that there is a huge difference," said the veteran of 86 ODIs and 51 T20s. The team's key players -- spinners Rashid Khan and Mujeeb Zadran, and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi -- are currently playing in the IPL. Rashid especially has evolved into a top-quality leg-spinner and a few others including Mujeeb, Zahir Khan and Qais Ahmed too are improving rapidly. "Spin is our strength, there is no doubt about that. We have pacers too, Dawlat and Shapoor Zadran, who can bowl at 140kmph plus speeds. So we have the resources." Any specific reason why Afghanistan producing spinners at a rapid rate? "Our spinners are doing well so that is why most people are talking about them. The wickets in Afghanistan are similar to what you see in India, more helpful to the spinners. That could be one reason. Because of that factor, our batsmen also play spin well," said Stanikzai. He sees the upcoming Afghan T20 league in Sharjah further fast-tracking the growth of the game in the country. "What we would have achieved in 10 years, with the league we could do that within the next three years. Our players will get to rub shoulders with the best in the business. The main thing in international cricket is absorbing pressure and they will get to learn that by playing alongside top foreign players," the 30-year-old added. Dnaindia Ansari

Thursday May 17, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Over 36 supporters of ISIS terrorist group killed during latest attacks carried out by Afghan Special Forces in vicinity of eastern Nangarhar province. The terrorists have been targeted and killed in various parts of Roudat, Heska Mena and Khogyani districts of the province. Senior commander of Afghan National Army in the east of the country told BNA correspondent, air and ground raids carried out by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces in different parts of the mentioned districts, in which 36 ISIS adherents were killed and their several hideouts along with some military equipment have been destroyed too. According to another report, Afghan security forces by discovering and confiscating 6 round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent from a series of blast in Nangarhar province. Also during this period, two weapon storages belonging terrorist group have been seized by Afghan security troops in relevant areas of Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province. Several heavy and light weapons have been seized from the storaged. Local officials in the province claimed that ISIS members used the weapon storages in their terrorist and destructive activities. T/M.A.Ansari

Thursday May 17, 2018

Tehran (BNA) First Vice President Es’hagh Jahangiri described the dialogue among various ethnic groups in Afghanistan as a prerequisite for the lasting development and progress in the country, adding “applying amicable and peaceful strategies accelerates restoration of peace in Afghanistan.” He made the remark in a meeting with Afghan Defense Minister Tariq Shah Bahrami, adding, “Afghanistan is Iran's important neighbor; Islamic Republic of Iran is pleased with the security and development in Afghanistan.” Development of security and prevention of activities of the terrorist groups should be followed up as a serious strategy in Afghanistan, he said, adding, “Neighboring countries should also help Afghanistan restore peace and security.” Jahangiri termed the plan to preserve unity and amity among all ethnic groups in Afghanistan as an important and significant move, so that Islamic Republic of Iran fully backs this comprehensive plan in Afghanistan. “We belive that the spread of unity and amity in Afghanistan can solve many problems ahead, “he maintained. Security forces in Afghanistan burden the great responsibility in restoration of peace and security in this country, he said, adding, “Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to boost its international and bilateral cooperation for the development and progress of security in Afghanistan.” All countries that are interested in future and progress of Afghanistan should help restoration of peace and security in this country, Jahangiri observed. First Vice President Es’hagh Jahangiri placed special emphasis on the necessity of compilation of comprehensive cooperation documents between the two countries and added, “after the drafting this document, bilateral relationship between Iran and Afghanistan will be pursued at a strategic level.” Mehrnews Ansari

Thursday, 17 May 2018 14:16

60 Inmates Released from Kunduz Jail

Thursday May 17, 2018

Kunduz (BNA) About 60 prisoners were released from central jail of northern Kunduz province. According to BNA report, during a ceremony held in Kunduz’s jail, Mohammad Aref Mubashir head of appeal court of Kunduz said, based on presidential decree on behalf of 26th victory of Mujaheedin 60 inmates were released from prison and based on the decree on the terms of 22 prisoners reduced. T/M.A.Ansari

Thursday May 17, 2018 Tehran (BNA) At least 15 anti-government militias were killed during a joint military operation led by Afghan security forces to recapture Tala-o-Barfak district, northern Baghlan province last night. Zabihullah Shoja spokesman of police chief in Baghlan told BNA reporter, the joint military operation launching in relevant areas of Tala-o-Barfak district of the province, in which 15 armed oppositions were killed and four others were wounded until now. Sahib Dad Ghfouri district governor of Doshi in a telephonic contact told BNA correspondent, the military operation has started at 12:00 am last night that Taliban militants sustained heavy casualties and Afghan security forces are progressing toward Tala-o-Barfak district. Based on reports, Taliban militants destroyed Tala-o-Barfak’s district building, set on fire military vehicles and now they are escaping from the center of the district. It is mentionable that Tala-o-Barfak district collapsed by Taliban militants last week. T/M.A.Ansari

Friday May 11, 2018 Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani president of the Islamic republic of Afghanistan met commander of U.S. Central Command, General Joseph Votel yesterday. Presidential press office in a statement issued BNA, during the meeting both sides have discussed mutual interest particularly, U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia, counter-terrorism, reforms process in security and defense organs and upcoming election security. General Votel praised achievements of Afghanistan government regarding brining reforms in security and defense organs emphasized that U.S. would be increased cooperation with Afghanistan and government of U.S. will be remained beside people and government of Afghanistan. T/M.A.Ansari

Friday May 11, 2018 Kabul (BNA) At least four anti-government militias were killed while they carried out attack on a voter registration center in Ghor province. Mohammad Iqbal Nezami spokesman of police in Ghor told BNA reporter, the militants were killed after they launched attack on a voter registration center in Kamarab region, Firoz Koh city the provincial capital of the province. The terrorists faced with full resistance of Afghan security forces, in which 4 insurgents were killed, two wounded and other rebels forced to flee from the area, Nezami added. Meanwhile, two up-risers people were wounded during the attack as well, Nezami concluded. T/M.A.Ansari

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