28 October 2020

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Saturday, October 24, 2020
Kabul (BNA) In a meeting with tribal elders and influential figures of northern Baghlan province at the Presidential Palace on Thursday, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has said fundamental reforms are being brought to the civil and military sectors of the province to improve their efficiency.
A statement from the Presidential Palace said the Baghlan elders voiced their support for the democratic system and the launch of direct peace talks.
The elders shared their demands and problems with the president regarding appointment of officials as head of the civil and military departments in consultation with the people of Baghlan.
They also talked about insufficient security forces’ strength in Baghlan, insecurity on highways, illegal armed groups and launch of military operations.
They sought attention to women’s role, end to the culture of acting officials, coordination among civil and military leadership and prevention of illegal mining.
Meanwhile, President Ghani termed their demands as legitimate and said the Baghlan civil and military affairs needed drastic reforms.
Terming Baghlan as important in terms of its geographic location and human resources, the President said basic changes would be brought to the province civil and military spheres.
The President assured the people of Baghlan, particularly women, of no compromise over the constitution and achievements of the past two decades.

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Gardiz (BNA) With the implementation of a project, drinking water was provided to dozens of families in Paktia.
The project provided drinking water to nearly 100 families in Ahmadabad district by digging deep wells and installing pumps on it.
An official from Paktia Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development told BNA that with the implementation of this project, dozens of families had access to safe drinking water for the first time.
Previously, these families were always suffering from diseases by using barley and unhealthy water.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 22 October 2020 07:06

Taliban Destroyed Power Plant in Herat

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Herat (BNA) Thousands of families in parts of Herat province were deprived of electricity after the destruction of an Iranian power plant imported to Herat.
According to reports, the armed Taliban destroyed the power plant in Ghorian district last night.
An official from Herat Breshna office told BNA that half of Iran's electricity imports to Herat had been cut off as the base was destroyed.
He said efforts are underway to rebuild the base and connect Iran's electricity to Herat.
The Taliban have not yet commented in this regard.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Faizabad (BNA) Villages in Maimi district of Badakhshan have been cleared from Taliban insurgents.
Badakhshan police spokesman Sanaullah Rouhani told BNA today that the military operation to clear several villages in Maimi district, started three days ago, ended today.
He said seven militants were killed and four others were wounded during the three-day military operation.
He added that during the operation, the villages of Razavi Uzbek, Chahar Bagh, Keshtigeh, Khawat and Dab were cleared from Taliban and the Taliban were forced to retreat.
He said there were no any harm and casualties to security troops in the clash.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 22 October 2020 06:29

Coronavirus Increased in Herat

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Herat (BNA) One hundred and five new cases of coronavirus were registered in Herat overnight.
An official from Herat Department of Public Health told BNA that out of one hundred and forty tests, one hundred and five were positive.
Only thirty-three positive coronasvirus reported in Herat yesterday.
Most of new affected of the virus are women.
According to statistics, about 7,000 corona patients have been registered in Herat so far; however, it is said that the actual number of patients is much higher than the official figures.
Herat health officials urge citizens to follow health safety tips to prevent corona disease.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 22 October 2020 06:25

Gunmen Martyred Ethnic Leader in Herat

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Herat (BNA) Unidentified gunmen martyred an ethnic leader in Herat city yesterday evening.
Abdul Ahad Walizada, spokesman for Herat police chief, told BNA, two unidentified gunmen martyred Nik Mohammad Osmani, near his home in Baghdasht area of Herat city.
Walizada added that the incident happened when Nik Mohammad Osmani was leaving mosque after praying to his house.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 22 October 2020 06:24

Armed Militants Killed in Urozgan

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Trenkot (BNA) Seventeen armed Taliban were killed in the latest battle in Arzegan and ten others were wounded.
The battle took place last night when security troops attacked a group of Taliban in Gizab district.
Taliban were reportedly preparing to attack military bases that were targeted from the ground and air forces of security troops.
The Special Operations Corps said in a press release that 17 Taliban insurgents were killed and ten others were wounded in the fighting.
At the end of the clashes, the attackers seized several weapons and motorcycles.
According to another report, a series of explosions were prevented in the province by discovering fourteen mines on the busy roads of Uruzgan.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 22 October 2020 06:22

21 Taliban Insurgents Killed in Kunduz Raid

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Kunduz (BNA) Twenty-one Taliban insurgents were killed in Imam Sahib District of Kunduz last night.
Hadi Jamal, head of the press office of 217 Pamir Corps commandment, told BNA that the armed Taliban, who were planning to attack on security and defense checkpoints in Imam Sahib District of the province, were killed by security troops.
Twenty-one Taliban, including two of their leaders, were killed and four others were wounded in the incident, Jamal added.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, on Wednesday, introduced acting ministers for the vote of confidence to the Wolesi Jirga, the Presidential Palace said.
A ceremony was held at the House of People compound, where the president was accompanied by his first and second vice-presidents and some other government high-ranking officials, the presidential palace said in a statement.
Welcoming the president, Wolesi Jirga Speaker, Mir Rahman Rahmani, spoke on the occasion and said the House of People was representing the will of the people of Afghanistan and defends the system of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and achievements of the last two decades, according to the statement.
Rahmani referred to the ongoing peace talks with the Taliban, saying dullness of the process has disappointed the people about the peace talks.”
“The Wolesi Jirga supports the stance of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and emphasizes for the preservation of the system and the powerful state institutions and wants it directly involved in the peace negotiations,” the statement quoted the house speaker as saying.
“For the urgency in the issuance of the laws, I welcome the clear principles in the relation between the ministers and the parliamentarians,” said the country’s president as quoted by the statement.
The president also commended the bravery, courage and devotion of the country’s defense and security forces and said they were real guardians of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and committed to the values of the rule of law and defenders of Afghanistan’s independence, national security and freedom. “Their heroism and devotion will not be forgotten.”
The president thanked the Wolesi Jirga for its role in the resolution of the Peace Consultative Loya Jirga and blamed the Taliban for continuation of violence, despite assurance for observing ceasefire and stopping violence made during the jirga, the statement added.
“The enemy’s recent attacks in Helmand, Ghor and other parts of the country, indicates that they still believe in false victory narrative,” the president quoted.
The president said he had instructed the related organs during the National Security Council meeting, for addressing the needs and requirements of the country’s security and defense forces martyrs’ families.
Referring to his recent few days’ discussion with the US high-ranking officials, the president said they assured him of their continued commitments about Afghanistan.
About the government preparation for the upcoming Geneva Conference, he said the US cooperates with them in preparation for the conference and that the US commitments for cooperation with the country in the fields of health and education, was long term. “Capacity is also available in our government, society and economy to ensure the future.”
He said there was no relation between terrorism and the holy relation of Islam and that suicide and terrorism tactics with no religious base.
The president said that the Taliban should clearly assure the people of Afghanistan that they avoid militancy and supporting terrorist networks and prioritize being Afghan and Muslim.
The president reiterated the stance of the Taliban on peace process and said: “The government negotiating team suggests that the differences should be addressed in the light of the Holy Quran, the Prophet hadith and Sharia, but the Taliban reject and said their agreement with the US should only be the basis.”
“We should reach an agreement on fundamental draft of state reforms, a small minority has defamed Afghanistan, we should implement a throughout reforms with a national will and focus on the districts,” President Ghani noted.
To conclude with, the president said he introduces the new cabinet members of the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and by applying it, they would have a coherent team in the implementation of the national views.

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock has rehabilitated and rebuilt 121 irrigation networks in 23 provinces during the current fiscal year.
The Irrigation networks have been constructed in Ghor, Maidan Wardak, Paktia, Daikundi, Baghlan, Panjshir, Badghis, Kunar, Zabul, Takhar, Nangarhar, Helmand, Kabul, Ghazni, Paktika, Khost, Farah, Uruzgan, Kandahar, Herat, Balkh, Logar and Parwan provinces.
Also, 435 secondary and tertiary irrigation canals in Kunduz, Takhar, Badakhshan, Nangarhar and Jawzjan have been rehabilitated during the current fiscal year.
Meanwhile, construction and rehabilitation of 121 small catchments in Daikundi, Paktia, Balkh, Samangan, Baghlan, Nuristan, Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman, Herat, Ghor, Khost, Paktika, Uruzgan, Kandahar and Badghis has started this year and will be completed in the end of the current fiscal year, and is put into operation.
T. Yarzada

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