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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                       

Kabul (BNA)  April 23rd in honor of the victims of recent terrorist attack on congregational mosque of Shaheen Army was a national mourning day across the country.
BNA political analyst commenting on the issue writes the congregational mosque of Shaheen army corp. recently was the target of a terrorist attack, Taliban claimed its responsibility. In the attack, a number of our brave officers and soldiers while citing the Friday Prayer lost their lives or injured.
The president of the country honoring the blood of the martyrs announced the day as a national mourning day and in this way honored the pure blood of the martyrs and in the meantime, we express our commitment for realizing the cause that the martyrs lost their lives for it.
If we look at the bitter realities that the Afghan people have experienced during the last four decades, it becomes obvious that every day of this patient nation has been accompanied with blood and mourning.  The problem is that this great nation wants to be the owner of their destiny and do not want the will of foreign countries imposed on them. Certain countries of the region every day by exercising a conspiracy or evil intention try to impose themselves on our people and country. The heroic and patriotic people who firmly stood against these conspiracies, defended the national and religious values, and martyred. The martyrs have left a sacred heritage that should honored and protected.
The great aspirations of the martyrs who lost their lives and finally the ordeals that the people of this country sustain every day put a hard task and responsibility on the authorities of state, leadership, people’s representatives, military staffs and commanders.
Protecting and honoring the blood of martyrs and valuing their high objectives is a moral obligation should be deeply understand and perform honestly our responsibility regarding to that sacred task.
Currently the country is exercising the most difficult problems. Although parts of the problems caused by foreigners but in parts of them certain domestic circles are involved.
Today the people are talking about differences of views among the leadership of the country, lack of tolerance, corruption, and lawlessness in the county that are in contradiction of the martyrs’ aspirations. The critical situation of the country and the hostile views of certain countries on our beloved homeland seriously ask us to put aside all political differences, organize for defending national and religious values, and do our best to overcome the problems and to access to a true national unity in practice, the source of real power. If we achieve the noble objective this is national unity, then we can give a proper response to the foreigners and their mercenaries who are seeking to destroy our homeland. Just by building a strong national unity, we can defeat our enemies, restore peace and stability in to the county, and build a prosperous community.  


Written by Abdul Khalil Minawi

Director of Bakhtar News Agency                                                            

Monday, April 24, 2017
WASHINGTON (BNA) Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has urged the World Bank to finance a major project in the Pak-Afghan region, which could greatly enhance intra-regional trade.
The project-Peshawar-Kabul highway-would not only link Peshawar with the Afghan capital but would also be a major commercial link between the South and Central Asian regions.
The Finance Minister discussed this and other projects with senior officials of the World Bank group in Washington last week on the sidelines of the group’s spring meetings.
Dar says private sector can select CPEC projects of its choice.
The Pakistan Embassy, which released the details of these meetings, said the World Bank had agreed in principle to finance the Peshawar-Kabul highway project.  Dar also asked the World Bank to consider leading a consortium to finance the Diamer-Bhasha dam project.
In Washington, Finance Minister Dar also met his Afghan counterpart Eklil Ahmed Hakimi and the two talked about coordinating their policies to enhance bilateral trade and economic ties.  They agreed to hold the next meeting of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Economic Commission as soon as possible, said an official statement issued after the meeting.

Kabul (BNA)  Acting spokesman to the president, Shah Hussain Murtazawi, told a press conference here on Sunday that information about the attack would be shared with people after the fact-finding commission tasked with investigating the incident completed its work.
“If a commander or any official of the corps is somehow involved or had committed negligence will be taken to task,” he said, adding the president, who met the bereaved families in Balkh, had directed the organs concerned to use all available resources in treatment of the wounded soldiers and helping the martyrs’ families.
The injured would be under intensive care and seriously wounded would be shifted to Kabul and foreign countries for better treatment, he said.
Murtazawi said the president had also ordered security organs to take strict measures for security of military bases considering militants’ techniques.
“An attack like this beyond the Taliban and terrorists’ ability without support from an active government network, we in Afghanistan are not fighting a civil war but an international conflict, regional and other countries should understand us,” he said.
The presidential spokesman said the unity government was making all needed efforts for eradication of Afghanistan enemies and the Afghan forces had the ability to counter the enemies despite some problems.
“Our stance against terrorism and our enemies is very clear, those who have taken up weapons against our people would be targeted by our security forces,” he added.

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