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Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:28

Media Should Obey Gender Justice, VP Danesh

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Second-Vice President, Sarwar Danesh in the Women Journalist Conference, asked all media outlets to first remain themselves obedient of gender justice, as on the government side, he assured that it was committed for supporting media and freedom of expression, said a statement from his office the other day.
The vice-president asked all women journalists and the entities supporting them to share all issues relating to them in cooperation with the Journalists Federation, with the joint committee secretary office for further investigation, said the statement.
On the peace process, he said the government of Afghanistan would remain persisting on republicanism and citizenship rights, particularly of the women and freedom of expression and calls these values key part of its principles, said the statement. "Although, the government has the primary responsibility to defend the rights of the people of Afghanistan and the last 18 year achievements, but vigilance and partnership of the entire people of Afghanistan, particularly women, including female journalists and their avocation is a need," said the VP as quoted by the statement.
Danesh asked the Journalists Federation of Afghanistan that first they themselves obey gender justice inside the entities, ensure women journalists activities and then make the media outlets and media owners, particularly private and non-governmental ones to do this.
"Unfortunately, media themselves are one of the places in which women journalists' rights are violated even do discrimination in the contracts and violate the labor law and other laws," the vice-president regretted. According to him, up to 117 journalists related cases have been investigated and in some cases, violators have received death penalties, but in the current months, he said the figure of violation against journalists have dropped by 42 percent.
The vice-president assured that currently the procedure of the committee is being changed into a rule which can guarantee the stability and permanency of the committee's work, the statement concluded.

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting on Tuesday with deputy of World Bank (WB) for South Asia and his accompanied delegation discussed the bank’s assistance and support to Afghanistan, a statement said.
In the meeting held at Presidential Palace with participation of World Bank chairperson for Afghanistan, President Ghani briefed related to Afghanistan government’s programs in particular development programs in the field of education, mines, customs and increasing of the country’s revenues and Afghanistan economic landscape, the presidential press office statement said
Speaking related to the government’s reforms package, the country’s President said the reforms’ logic was to deliver better services, enhance effectiveness and build capacity of the government institutions.
President Ghani said that the government was seriously committed to bringing reforms as their goal was to deliver effective, equal and technology-based services to the people, stressing on investment on renewable energy, construction of hydropower dams and water management, counter-poverty to reduce it, increasing of agricultural products and attention to values of the product in the country.
The country’s President by stating that Afghanistan exports have reached to more than $1billion said the government would further invest on Afghanistan electricity projects in future, stressing on regional connectivity and economic efforts in the region. In the meeting, deputy of the World Bank for South Asia affairs once again declared the bank’s support from economic and development programs of President Ghani and the government of Afghanistan.

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the High Council for Elimination of Violence against Women was held yesterday.
In the meeting, deputy minister of women affairs first delivered report related to modality of implementation of the commission’s previous decisions and spoke about developments and challenges in this regard, the statement from CE press office said.
Afterwards, the ministry of labor and social affairs delivered a report about codification of national social immunity policy, considering increasing poverty, violence against women and children, lack of exact figures of affected people and others as the main reasons for codification of the policy.
After hearing the reports, the country’s chief executive considered codification of national social immunity policy as significant, adding that he agreed on the policy in general, but it should be discussed in detail in separate meetings. Deputy Minister of women affairs spoke related to modality of raping a small girl in Badghis and modality of countering its factors, saying that three individuals involved in the case have been arrested and investigation was underway in this regard.

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr. Hamdullah Mohib, on the sideline of RAISINA Dialogue 2020 in New Delhi, met with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and foreign ministers of Iran and Uzbekistan, the other day, his office said. During a meeting with his Indian counterpart, both sides spoke on various issues, including the recent regional development and their impacts on the security of the two countries.
The two sides also reiterated their commitments to the improving and strengthening bilateral relations, according to the statement.
In his meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif on the sidelines of RAISINA Dialogue 2020 in Delhi, NSA discussed the Afghan peace process and developments in the region.
NSA Mohib said that Afghanistan is concerned about the recent developments in the region and encourages restraint and dialogue as the way forward.
He added that the Afghan Peace Process should not be affected and emphasized on the importance of genuine regional support to a lasting peace in Afghanistan. According to another report Dr. Mohib also met with Abdulaziz Kamilov Foreign Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the sidelines of RAISINA Dialogue 2020 in New Delhi.
They discussed peace and security in Afghanistan and the strength of bilateral trade, transit and educational cooperation. Kamilov said that his country supports an Afghan-led and owned peace process and remain committed to strengthening bilateral relations with Afghanistan.
He stressed on the improvement of bilateral relations in the areas of trade, transit and education and the utility of existing opportunities. National Security Advisor thanked the Republic of Uzbekistan for their support to an Afghan-owned and led peace process stating that a lasting peace in Afghanistan will require genuine support from countries in the region.
He added that Afghanistan attaches great importance to relations with Central Asia, but particularly prioritizes economic relations with the Republic of Uzbekistan and remains ready to resume bilateral talks on trade and transit in the near future.

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani as part of national debate with Kabul residents met yesterday with residents of the city’s 18, 19 PDs and Dehsabz district.
In the meeting held at Arg’s Chahar Chenar Palace, first Haji Abdul Nasir, Tahira Sama, Malik Khan Sayed, Mohammad Malang and Qari Mir Gul spoke and thanked the country’s President for launching national debate with the people to address their problems and challenges.
They enumerated their problems and ways for their solutions in the field of creation of a police department in PD 18, construction of a hospital, university, praying hall, parks and stadium, lack of transportation and electricity, un-asphalted roads, usurpation of lands, insecurity, injustice, lack of attention to education, women rights and violence against women, lack of water, improper environment and creation of education departments in PD 18 and 19 as suggestions and problems in the respective areas. Praising the speakers representing various committees for sharing problems and demands of the respective PDs’ residents, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said he has launched series of national debate with residents of Kabul as the image of government officials was not good.
“The message of the people was that local officials in Dehsabz district have not heard them and been inactive, so this situation is never acceptable,” President Ghani said. Pointing to usurpation of land, the country’s President said usurpers had no place anymore as legal and serious actions would be taken against them, adding that armed irresponsible individuals would be disarmed as nobody was above the law. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani instructed relevant officials that Dehsabz district should be get ready for investment to change to a development area, adding that problems in the field of education, water and electricity would be addressed within coming three years.
The country’s President asserted that life facilities, employment opportunities and environment should be provided to residents of Kabul’s Dehsabz district, asking the ministry of education to be responsive in connection with education of the district. At the end of his speech, President Ghani asserted that people should share white problems and shortcomings with him without censor and problems so that necessary steps were taken to address their demands and problems.

Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:23

Pakistani Insurgents Killed in Kunar Strike

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Asadabad (BNA) Six Pakistani insurgents were killed in an air strike in east of the country yesterday.
The insurgents were suppressed in suburb of Manogi district bazaar on their hideout.
Military senior commander in east of the country told BNA, six Pakistani insurgents were killed in the raid.
The Taliban were targeted in their hideout for planning a series of destructive activities, he added.
Another report says, police of Kunar discovered and defused 14 mines from crowded roads of the province and prevented from a series of blasts.
No one has been arrested in connection of the failed mine planting.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:22

Air Raid Kills Armed Militants in Ghazni

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Ghazni (BNA) Seven Taliban militants were killed in an air raid and clash by security forces in Ghazni last night.
Emal Momand acting spokesman for thunder army corps told BNA, the militants were killed in air raid and clash in Gelan and Ander districts of the province.
Three other Taliban were also injured, two vehicles, a motorcycle, a Dahshaka shell were destroyed in the clash, he added.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:21

Armed Militants Killed in Balkh Clash

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Five armed militants were killed in a clash by security troops in Balkh yesterday.
Mohammad Hanif Rezaee Shaheen 209 army corps spokesman told BNA, the insurgents were killed in a clash by security troops in center of Zari district.
Three other insurgents were also injured in the clash, said Rezaee.
Another report says, the security forces discovered and defused two mines from Charboldak district and prevented from deadly explosion.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:19

Taliban Killed in Kandahar Conflict

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) Eight Taliban terrorist group were killed in a conflict by security troops in Kandahar province last night.
The terrorists were targeted in suburb of Khakriz district bazaar, in their hideout while terrorist attacks on security convoy.
Police Media office of the province with releasing a statement said, the security troops targeted the terrorist in their hideout before their attack.
Another report says, police of Kandahar discovered and defused seven mines from crowded roads of the province and prevented from series of explosions.
Police officials of the province blamed Taliban for the failed mine planting.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday January 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) As the winter arrives, the price of liquid gas unprecedentedly increasing day-by-day in capital Kabul city.
BNA analyst commenting on the issue writes, following the snowfalls and cold weather, the price of liquid gas and fuel jumped high within the past couple of weeks in central Kabul.
While residents of Kabul city are facing with numerous problems, the price of liquid gas, fuel and woods unprecedentedly has been increased in the city than past years.
By arriving winter season, for preventing air pollution officials in Afghanistan Environment Protection Authority demanded from Kabul’s resident to replace liquid gas with coal in warm-up their houses.
But, how residents of Kabul city provide liquid gas with high price and observe the demand of Environment Protection Authority?
It is questioned that despite of numerous liquid gas companies why the price of gas massively increased among the private gas sellers and distributors in Kabul city?
People and relevant officials know that winter season is full of challenges and problems and fighting such problems need precondition plans that already must take by relevant organs.
While officials talking about exist of several liquid gas reserves in Kabul city, but why residents are facing with lack of liquid gas and increasing gas price?
Some sellers and contributors of liquid gas in capital Kabul claiming that the main cause of increasing gas price are producers and wholesaler of gas.
Because of free market no government organs has taken responsibility regarding the issue, government officials believe that trade supports in free market.
It has been said, 14 producers and suppliers of oil and liquid gas companies exist in Kabul that determine the price of gas and oil among themselves.
Recently, Afghanistan Oil and Gas Enterprise Department has active dozens of branches for supplying liquid gas in Kabul city by half price considering the market, but the number of branches are less and cannot meet the needs of a city with several millions population.
There is need to increase the number of gas suppliers branches in Kabul city. 
This a fact that we fight against seasonal cases, officials and relevant organs by predicating future should act responsibly, if do not eliminate we should minimize the challenges and problems in the future.

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