30 April 2017

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) 52 armed oppositions were killed in various parts of the country.
According to defense ministry press office to BNA, the defense and national security forces in the last 24 hours conducting clearing operations aimed to annihilate armed insurgents in different parts of the country, killed 52 armed insurgents including three Daesh commanders and 18 Daesh loyalists, wounded 15 including three leaders of them.
The operations were launched with support of air and artillery forces in outskirts of Nangarhar, Kapisa, Paktika, Ghazni, Kandahar, Urozgan, Farah, Herat, Balkh, Faryab, Kunduz, Sar-e-Pul and Helmand provinces.  

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  Amid growing insecurities in a number of provinces, the Afghan security forces could act more successful and have attained eye-catching achievements over the last years.
Lauding the Afghan security forces particularly the Special Forces’ capabilities, officials of the ministry for defense said currently, the government armed oppositions have considerably weakened and lost ability to fight ANSF.
The spokesperson to the ministry of defense, Brig. Gen. Dawlat Waziri said operations conducted over the last years have caused to noticeably weaken the enemy, as since the Special Forces are responsible for special operations, we have witnessed more successes in ensuring security and suppressing of the insurgents.
He added since beginning of this year, the Afghan security forces have launched new military tactics resulted in prevention of their casualties in one hand and inflicting heavy fatalities to armed militants on the other.
At the same time, calling operations being conducted by Afghan Special Forces effective in suppressing insurgents, lawmakers and political experts said that in consider with Afghan security forces capabilities, they would be able to have more successes on the battlefields.
A lawmaker, Hashimi said the Special Forces could have constructive role in conducting special operations, a move would also result in further weakening of the enemy.
He added fortunately over the last years, the Special Forces could act more successful during operations and have obtained considerable achievements so far.
Thus, conducting special operations in a number of turbulent provinces can be really effective in such a situation, he went on to say.
A senator, Gul Ahmad Azimi said the Taliban would never reach their vicious goals in Afghanistan, adding the Taliban have conducted offensive attacks in a number of provinces, but fortunately, they failed and faced heavy blows by the Afghan security forces.
A political expert, Jamal Farahmand stressed that the Afghan security forces in cooperation with NATO forces could keep the Taliban far from the big cities of the country and are making effort to better ensure security.
Amir Mohammad, a military expert said conducting special operations was in fact the enemies’ defeat, because, the Afghan Special Forces could prove the can play effective role in foiling enemies’ attacks and ensuring security in the country.
A university student, Ali Rasa said, “One of the Afghan security forces successes is that they have taken the security responsibility since a while and could act successfully in many operations up to now.” This is while that the Afghan security forces have now the control of all the country and could obtain successes during operations.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah participated in graduation ceremony of 127 students completed their higher education with financial and spiritual support of the country’s chief executive.
Speaking in the ceremony, the country’s chief executive said that the future of Afghanistan depended on aware, knowledgeable and educated generation and this would be guaranteed by expansion of knowledge and education in Afghanistan society.  He asserted that he had financially supported 500 students from various provinces to complete their higher education at private universities, while 1000 others were following their higher education with 40-50% discount and now they were celebrating the graduation of 127 of the students.
“Tribal variety in Afghanistan is the beauty of our nation, so those who are not able to continue higher education will be financially supported without any tribal and ethnical discrimination and the process will continue”, Dr. Abdullah added.
It is worth mentioning that 127 students from Kabul, Herat, Takhar, Faryab, Nangarhar, Helmand, Kandahar, Parwan and Khost provinces have completed their higher education with financial and spiritual support of the country’s chief executive. 

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA)   Two security force Ranger vehicles managed to penetrate multiple layers of protection at the Afghan National Army’s 209 Shaheen Corps Headquarters in Balkh province on Friday afternoon, local officials confirmed adding eight people were killed and 10 wounded.
A number of fighters made their way to the onsite mosque where Friday prayers were underway.
Officials said the attack started at about 1.30pm and a gunfight ensued lasting for at least five hours.
Security forces managed to kill all attackers, officials confirmed.
Local officials earlier said as many as 10 people were killed but revised the death toll to eight once the siege ended.
This is the second massive attack on a military installation in recent months.
Two months ago, insurgents attacked the Sardar Mohammad Daoud military hospital in Kabul killing at least 50 people.
This attack drew widespread condemnation at the time, with the Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) severely criticizing government over its failure to prevent such an attack, saying such attacks on highly-secured compounds "shame the government".

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  Acting Communications and Information Technology minister Sayed Ahmad Shah Sadat has signed an agreement with his Chinese counterpart Miao Wei in Beijing on linking Afghanistan to China through Wakhan district of Badakhshan province through a fiber optic line.
Under the agreement, China will help Afghanistan in three main areas, where 4,800km fiber optic line would be extended from Kashgar city of China to Faizabad, the provincial capital of northeastern Badakhshan via Wakhan border district.
The fiber optic line would play an important role in realizing the digital Silk Road project, the acting minister said, adding implementation of the project over the ancient Silk route would not only connect Afghanistan with Europe but to developed central Asian countries as well.
Afghanistan would more likely be an electronic square between Pakistan, India, Iran, Uzbekistan, China, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, Sadat hoped.
He said China would also cooperate with Afghanistan in developing another Afghan satellite named AfghanSat2.
China will help Afghanistan build capacity of telecom workers, said the minister who was accompanied by Dr. Mohammad Humayoon Qayumi, advisor to President Ghani.
Sadat had discussions with leaders of ZTE and HUAWEI companies in China where a number of power and energy companies promised investment in Afghanistan’s energy sector.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor, Mohammad Hanif Atmar met the other day with Ukraine’s non-resident ambassador to Kabul.
In the meeting, expansion of relations between the two countries in particular security cooperation was discussed.
The Ukraine’s non-resident ambassador to Kabul assured of his country’s any kind of cooperation with ANDSF, adding that his country would not confine its cooperation to military, but it would cooperate with Afghanistan in development and infrastructural sections. Afterwards, national security advisor of Afghanistan praised the Ukraine’s non-resident ambassador to Kabul for his country’s cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday offered his condolences to families of victims of recent Kabul terrorist attacks and stressed timely solution to their problems, a presidential statement said.
According to the statement, President Ghani met members of the bereaved families in Wednesday afternoon and sympathized with them.
Meeting the families at the palace, President Ghani told them their sons have martyred for the honor and pride of the soil. Haji Habibullah, representing the families, thanked President Ghani for his attention. He said they were proud of their sons who martyred for peace and tranquility in the country. “Martyrs are our pride and we are ready to follow their way and sacrifice ourselves.” During the meeting, the families were distributed cash assistance by the President.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Acting minister of information and culture has stressed that cultural and historic heritages were identifying and reflecting rich civilization of Afghanistan, so preservation and protection of the heritages were the responsibility of every Afghan, saying that media could also play considerable role in awareness of the people.
Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari, Acting Minister of Information and Culture in a session which was held for coordination with top media organizations and participation of deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture Sayed Aqa Fazil Sancharaki and officials of private and government media said preservation of the country’s historic monuments and heritages was not possible without support of Afghanistan people adding that they have made effort to call various organs for cooperation in this regard and fortunately some organizations have shown readiness to help in this regard.
He reiterated that media could play vital and valuable role in identification of cultural heritages and enlightening of the people’s minds and the MoIC, playing role as supporter of speech freedom and would continue its support from media.
Meanwhile, in open discussion a number of media officials representing the others shared their suggestions and visions with acting minister of information and culture, asking that such discussions should be held towards enriching cultural heritages.
Afterwards, deputy minister of publication affairs stressed and hoped that they would reach agreement in connection with propaganda and awareness in this regard in coming discussions.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the session of high land and water council was held at presidential place Thursday.  In the session, various issues such as national police on management of flood, regulations on execution and registration of land license, expropriation of extending projects, regulation on registration of informal urban areas, draft on landowning information center, complaints, counter corruption and prevention from land-grabbing and procedure for having license to use water resources were discussed.
First, officials for ministry of water and energy delivered the session national policy of flood management, impacts and causes of increasing floods, current ways in reduction of floods codification of policy, Afghanistan river zones, participation of people and creating a center to aware the people of possible floods.
Kabul mayor Abdullah Habibzai said that it was needed that national disaster management directorate should be created in framework of municipalities so that municipalities would be ready to render services to affected people upon happening any natural incidents as earthquake, floods etc. 
Advisor to President Abas Basir asserted that in context of policy attention should be paid to issue of climates change and affected areas should be specified.
General Director of independent land authority Jawad Paikar considered role of key sectors as significant in this regard, adding that sharing visions by such organs could help in creating a comprehensive policy.
Afterwards, President Ghani said there were information gaps in Afghanistan river sections, asserting that detailed models should be made for the country’s rivers.
He further said that during his visit to Australia and discussion in this regard, the country was ready to cooperate with Afghanistan in making clear models of dams and rivers.’ “Climate change is one of key issues and management of the same,  water and land was three principle and fundamental elements which should be paid further attention”, President Ghani said, asserting that measures should be adopted for prevention of dangers of floods and short-medium and long-term plans should be considered for water management.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday inaugurated 3rd phase of Kamal Khan Dam project in Chaharburjak district, of Nimroz province, a presidential statement said.
Besides welcoming President Ghani and the accompanying delegation and pointing to Kamal Khan dam project, Nimroz governor Eng. Mohammad Sami said the long-awaited dream of Nimroz people was fulfilled with inauguration of the 3rd phase of the project.
Hinting to important role of President Ghani in development of the country, Nimroz governor thanked the president for his efforts in implementation of the infrastructural projects.
Thanking Nimroz people and officials for warm hospitality, the president congratulate inauguration of the 3rd phase of the project, adding the province would once again turn to center of civilization.
Calling the inauguration day of the dam as the biggest day for Nimroz people, the president said the project would bring facility and welfare to the people as well as would economically help them.
Quoting President Ghani during his remarks at the inauguration, the statement added that Kamal Khan dam was a mean of Afghanistan’s honor which will help the country manage water and prevent its wastage.  “Water is our wealth.
Government is determined to implement economic and infrastructural projects.”
The president said the Kamal Khan Dam project would change Nimroz and improve the local economy.  “Management of water will create cooperation not disputes, which will be arranged based on agreements and law,” he stated, calling on the people to cooperate with government in implementing infrastructural projects.
“Anyone who thinks about building Afghanistan is accepted by the people and government, however, we will fight against those who think about the destruction of Afghanistan, because our people want life, water and welfare.  There is no place for destruction in Islam,” President Ghani stated.
Minister of Energy and Water, Ali Ahmad Osmani, said the successful completion of the project was one of Nimroz residents’ dreams.  He said his ministry is working on a four-year plan on water management and the use of dams nationally which would be one of the biggest achievements of government.
“The Kamal Khan Dam project will irrigate more than 80,000 hectares of agricultural land and will create job opportunities for dozens of residents,” the minister said.
At the end, elders of Nimroz province tight turban for the president, wishing him success in implementation of the projects and good governance.
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by the head of the construction company, senior officials from Nimroz as well as a number of local residents. 

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