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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Council of Ministers with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on the chair held session here yesterday.
Hinting to US MOAB attack on Achin district of eastern Nangarhar province, Dr. Abdullah said dozens of Daesh affiliates have been killed in the attack, accusing them of barbarism and killing innocent local people.
Chief Executive said the local people who suffered Daesh’s destructive and terrorism activities, have welcomed the attack, adding the national unity government was decisive to suppress such terrorists in the country.
Pointing to recent criticism on US MOAB attack in Achin, Dr. Abdullah said such remarks would further fuel insurgency and would not help the war on terror.
Meanwhile Dr. Abdullah thanked the sacrifices and bravery of the Afghan security forces, emphasizing for solving of their problems. He also pointed to government’s plan on fighting corruption and bringing necessary reforms in government institutions.
Pointing to Moscow conference on Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah thanked regional support for restoration of peace in the country, adding the process should be of Afghan owned and Afghan-led peace process.
The council of ministers’ session followed with reports on security situation of the country by MoD and MoI officials, price of the land and its expropriation for building of Bamyan Air Force, activities of the fiscal year of 1395 and plans for the year 1396 by the central statistics department and the report of Ministry of Finance on implementation of CBR program during the year 1395.
Hearing the reports, Dr. Abdullah instructed Ministry of Interior to spare no effort in providing security for Salma Dam in Herat Province. He also pointed to problems of the CBR program, saying a separate session should be held to discuss the problems and challenges existed before the program.

 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a decree has dismissed Zia Masoud as Special Envoy to President on reforms and good governance.  Based on verdict 13th paragraph and 64th article of Afghanistan constitution, sacking of Ahmad Zia Masoud, special envoy to president on reforms and good governance is approved. 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA)   The National Procurement Commission with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair approved 16 contracts worth 11.2 billion Afghanis during a session attended by the second vice president here on Sunday, a presidential statement said.
According to the statement the contracts include, consultative project for construction of National Procumbent Institute, connection of 16 universities to Internet services, strengthening of healthcare systems and provision of 15 mobile teams to address healthcare issues of the Nomads, purchasing of 25 vehicles for transportation purposes of the universities’ students, provision of 26 food items for Ministry of Interior, amendment of the contract for construction of water supply network for Chaharburjak district of Zaranj city, the capital of Nimroz province, amendment item of increasing the price of the Silo road project related to Kabul municipality, consultative managerial contract for IRDP project as well as provision of 30 hydraulic stations for the directorate of coordination of Ministry of Water and Energy, purchasing of 493 medicines, 28 items of foodstuffs and 273 items building materials for the directorate of security of the president, purchasing of 13 vehicles for the administrative office of the president, contract on offering consultative and control services project of Dara-e-Suf road related to Ministry of Public Works, correction of the type of the contracts related to teaching hospital of the Ministry of Higher Education and amendment in contract of foodstuffs for Ministry of Defense.
NPC brought back the contract on construction of Mehtarlam Baba and 23.7 KM Dueshi-Bamyan roads related to Ministry of Public Works due to technical problems. The commission also emphasized on quality of the foodstuffs related to Ministry of Interior, asking the ministry to submit monthly report on the said project to the National Procurement Authority. The meeting was also seated by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Ministers of Finance, Economy and Justice, officials of NPA, as well as transparency observers from SIGAR, Financial and Budgetary Commissions of the national assembly, Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Caucus and CSTC-A of the Resolute Support Mission.

Monday, April 17, 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                              84/30 afgs                         
One Euro                                              71/60afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/45 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          634afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1010 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              17/45 afgs                       

Monday, April 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Unity government since its establishment until now is seeking to improve the situation and meet the public’s demands and for achieving this noble goal has spared no any efforts.
BNA political analyst commenting on the issue writes the Afghan community and people are suffering many problems. If we assess the current situation fairly and impartially, the present government has obtained much of the problems as a heritage from the previous regime that has not performed its obligations and duties, as it required.
Counter terrorism struggle, determining the stance of Afghanistan in level of the region, preventing adventurous and evil circles from carrying out satanic activities in Afghanistan and in the region, restoring security and stability in to the country, ensuring relations with neighbors, and providing a proper ground for boosting economy and commerce and finally ensuring social welfare are the basic elements for building a system.
Building a democratic system of government requires knowledge, political skills, and reasonable dealing with issues. Without doubt, the Afghan authorities with such a view are trying to settle the current problems and improve the situation in the country. They believe for overcoming the challenges, a basic and practical strategy required to be build and based on that overcome the problems.
Considering this fact, the National Unity Government since its establishment has tried to build a concrete base and strategy and according to which deal with political, economic and military affairs and ensures its international relations.
The horrible situation of today is a legacy of the past. The criticisms that addressing the National Unity Government, such as Afghanistan during the last two or three year facing and suffering a difficult situation, the economy is not in proper situation or the existence of foreign forces in the country and the way of dealing with them are issues that the  critics expects to be settle properly. We ask them in order to fitful the expectations; cordially ask them to refer to facts and realities of the region. It is a clear fact that terrorism and extremism exist in the region and certain countries using those notorious phenomenon great problems for Afghans and some other countries.
For this reason, the world community justifies the presence of foreign forces in Afghanistan.
The National Unity Government is fighting against many serious problems, to overcome the problems and challenges in national level, there would be an urgent need, for establishing a true and strong national unity the source of invincible power. If we obtain such a power this is national unity then as the historical documents show, we can achieve our lofty goals and neither our domestic foes nor our foreign enemies can resist us.
Therefore, it is the obligation and duty every patriotic Afghan toward building a true national unity in order to overcome the current problems and challenges, because as the past experiences show, just criticism cannot settle the problems and defeat terrorism.    

Monday, 17 April 2017 11:19

10 Rockets Seized Before Attack on Kabul

Monday, April 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  At least ten rockets were seized by the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) before the insurgents manage to fire them.
The Kabul police commandment said the rockets were placed and were prepared for the attack in Khak-e-Jabar district.
The rockets were transferred to Hesarak district of Nangarhar to Khak-e-Jabar for the attack, the police commandment said.
The anti-government armed militant groups have not commented regarding the reports so far.

Monday, April 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Initiated by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, the 2017-Afghanistan Media Management Seminar (AMMS) was held in Beijing.
Covering tens of media-workers from developing countries including 30 staff from Afghanistan’s government-ran and private newspapers and news agencies, the training course was organized by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), are foreign aid training programs initiated by the Chinese leadership.
The course received intense attention and strong support from the Chinese government and other developing countries becoming a bridge for friendship and cooperation between China and the related nations.
The main aim of the seminar was to provide a platform for communication and discussion and to enhance traditional friendship and cooperation between China and other developing countries.
Major activities of the courses include themed lectures, workshops, study tours and so on. The project organizer appointed by MOFCOM and invited officials and experts from related departments to brief on China’s development, social and economic policies and measures, especially the achievements of and lessons learned since China’s reform and opening-ups as well as topics closely related to themes of these courses.
The participants are also being taken for study tours to some cities, institutions and companies to offer a glance of the real and developing china, as well as the participants would have opportunities to brief local officials and experts on journalism and economic development of their country during their visit to the friendly country.
The participants would also be provided with return tickets, accommodation and transportation, personal accident insurance, a certain amount of daily pocket money and medical costs for sudden illnesses.
At the outset, Afghanistan government ran dailies Chairman, Dr. Shamsul Haq Aryanfar delivered a short significant speech indicating some key points in connection to the two countries social, economic and cultural similarities.
He thanked the program organizers for providing the opportunity to attend the 20-day media management seminar in Beijing, the capital city of China.
Pointing to the long background of the two countries historical relations and cooperation, Dr. Aryanfar said Afghanistan and China were two parts of the world seven ancient continent and that Afghanistan (Ariana) and China have been two great empires of the historical era, with the Silk Road connecting the two nations, starting from China and that the country was the transferring center of Buddhism to other parts of South Asian countries.
“Afghanistan was the main hub of the seven great Buddhism world,” he said adding as the holy Islam has instructed the believers [to get knowledge even if accessed in Seen] (the Arabic name of China.)
“This is why, we are here to attend this seminar and that to further enhance our knowledge,” he continued.
Afghanistan is a historical and ancient country, with a 140-years of media activity, and the first newspaper which was published in 1875, was called Shamsunahar, the second Sarajulakhbar weekly, which was published in 1911, according to him.
During 20th century, Afghanistan’s mass media passed 4 periods of freedom. From 1919 to 1928, this was the first period that Afghanistan accepted the first mass media law and likewise, at that time, beside the government news, three private newspapers started their activities, said Aryanfar continuing the second and third periods have been 1925 and 1943.
The last period was a free mass media activity, getting operational from 2001 up to now, during which the country passed the new law of mass media, and succeeded to develop the freedom of press and expression.
Right now, in Afghanistan there are 80 newspapers including private and government ran and currently there are 390 weeklies, 170 monthly magazines, 75 TV channels, more than 250 radio stations, 50 news agencies and 38 journalism training centers operating in the country, he described expressing hope for such cooperation from China to be continued with Afghanistan media in the future.
Thereinafter, the first lecturer, Jain Weiqiang, State Council Information Officer on Tuesday last week, warmly welcomed the Afghan Seminar participants as saying: “We share the same experience of common efforts to fight against foreign invasion. But long before that, we also share the same experience of ancient civilization.”
Referring to speech of Dr. Shamsulhaq Aryanfar, Head of Afghanistan’s government dailies, he said as this gentlemen pointed out in his speech, the Chinese and Afghan civilizations are two parts of the seven world civilization.
“Whenever I go to the South Asian countries, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and other countries, I saw the influence of ancient Afghan civilization. So we have our glory in our history and that is the vital part of our history, our history and our culture. It is part of our blood,” he said.
Weiqiang added however, “We cherish that,” but insisted that cherishing was not enough, but we should inherit it and develop it. We have to teach the young generation about our glory. But at the same time, based on which culture root we have to develop, economically, politically, through our own efforts and also through international cooperation.
The Chinese State Council Information Officer pointed out similarities of the two countries and said actually he had done some homework about some similarities between the two countries, but he thought they were very symbolic, like mulberry as a national tree, as the leaves of this tree, he said was the food for silkworm. “So I can imagine maybe this is why Afghanistan has been so important connection between the east and the west along the silk-road.
He pointed out some other similarities between the two countries as saying both nations were heavily depended on agriculture and pointing to the design of Afghanistan national emblem, the professor queried and then jointly with the participants responded that the designs of both Afghan and China emblems was wheatears, indicating the two countries’ agricultural similarity.
Another similarity on people, he said both countries were very hardworking and lauded the Afghan people of being friendly, hardworking and diligent. “We have so many similarities and we can learn from each other. For the Chinese part we have made a great achievement that benefited the Chinese people. But before we make everybody comfortable, economically stable, and can support themselves, we have to make further effects.”
There is a long way to go. First, to help them reach their targets. The national government has set up a target, for the moderately prosperous society, a moderately comfortable life for the Chinese people by 2020.
“As a journalist, I have been observing the development in my own country for the past 30 years, he continued. And my observations had told me that political stability is one of the vital criteria for China. There has been ups and downs in China over the past 40 year, but largely speaking, as a country and as a nation, China has been stable,” he concluded.
After the first term of the program, the participants visited some cultural sites and media centers including Xinhua News Agency, China’s national news agency as well as global information network.

Monday, April 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  The Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan, together with WHO and UNICEF, will today launch a Sub-National Immunization Days (SNID) campaign to vaccinate over 6.8 million children under the age of 5 against polio in high-risk districts in 27 provinces around Afghanistan, a statement from the ministry said. According to the statement, the campaign will be conducted in all provinces in the Southern and South-eastern regions, most districts in the Eastern region as well as selected high-risk districts across the country, including Kabul city. The campaign will also be carried out in Kunduz province along with four bordering provinces as a response to a polio case that was reported from the Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz in March, the statement added. “The most recent polio case from Kunduz, a 14-month-old girl, highlights the urgency of making sure that every single child under the age of 5 is vaccinated during every campaign, everywhere in Afghanistan. We must all play our part in ensuring that our children are healthy and stay protected from polio,” said Minister of Public Health, Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz. During the campaign, over 52,000 trained polio workers will go from house to house in their communities to vaccinate children. On Friday, polio teams will re-visit households where children were missed the first time the vaccinators visited to ensure that all children are vaccinated and protected, the statement continued.
All caregivers who miss having their children vaccinated should visit their local health centre where the vaccine is available free of charge. The polio vaccine is safe and it does not have any side effects, even for sleeping or sick children and newborns. Polio vaccines have also been strongly endorsed by national and global Islamic scholars, including the Ulama. Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the only three countries in the world where polio is still circulating. Most of Afghanistan remains polio-free, but wild poliovirus continues to circulate in localized geographical areas.
Three polio cases have been reported in 2017, one from Helmand, one from Kandahar and the most recent one from Kunduz. In 2016, 13 polio cases were reported, down from 20 in 2015, the statement concluded.

Monday, April 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met US National Security Adviser Lt. Gen HR McMaster, who arrived in Kabul on Sunday, leading a high-ranking delegation, a presidential statement said.
According to the statement, both sides discussed issue related to mutual interest, including economy, development, security and fight against terrorism.  Besides welcoming US national security advisor, President Ghani praised US assistance to Afghanistan, in particular sacrifices of the US forces in war on terror in the country.
“Terrorism is a serious threat to the region and the world.  If it not properly fought, would have negative impact to even five next generations,” the president said, calling drug, corruption and terrorism as the main threats before development, asking for global flight against them.
According to president as quoted in the statement, corruption has left negative impact on people’s life and the government was determined to sincerely fight such ugly phenomenon.  Later on, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said terrorism and drug mafia has link with each other, asking the International community, in particular the United States’ cooperation in war against drug.
“Government has been focusing on reformation and good governance besides fighting terrorism,” Dr. Abdullah added, calling for fundamental reforms to eliminate administrative corruption.
Meanwhile, Ministers of Finance, Justice and Economy, acting minister of Mines and Petroleum, Attorney General Farid Hamidi, National Procurement Authority director Yama Yari, Nader Naderi director of the  civil service and reform commission and Jawad Paikar director of Afghanistan’s land authority spoke related to government’s achievements and fight against corruption.
Thanking President Ghani for the warm hospitality, US Security Advisor convoyed President Trupm’s best wishes to president Ghani.
Pointing to President Ghani’s remarks, McMaster called drug and terrorism as joint threat to region and the world, asking for global fight against them.
Calling reformation important for the country’s development, US security advisor said would assure his people of significant achievement made in Afghanistan.  He added Afghan security and defense forces would not allow terrorists to have safe havens in Afghanistan, saying Afghanistan would be supported as long as needed.
Gen. McMaster said his country would remained committed to support Afghanistan in different fields, adding US Ambassador to Kabul and Resolute Support Mission Commander Gen. Nicolson  love Afghanistan and would spare no effort to bolster the ties and bring stability to the country.
Thanking US continued support of Afghanistan, President Ghani said reformation was not Afghans’ choice, but was the responsibility for them.  

Monday, April 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Laws Committee with Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh on the chair held meeting the other day, during which, the bills of communities, strikes and protests as well as arrangement of post services have been reviewed, the VP press office said in a statement.
While stressing on reviewing of the mentioned bills, the second vice president said basic rights and civil liberties were the main achievements the people of Afghanistan fought years to attain, according to the statement.
“Government and other human and civil rights defending organizations are obliged and responsible to protect the human rights,” vice-president Danesh said.
Afterward, the meeting decided that a committee consists of ministries of interior, justice, Attorney General Office and representatives of administration affairs and Independent Human Rights Commission should once again wisely review the bills and present them to laws committee next session for final decision, the statement concluded.  

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