12 December 2019

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Saturday, December 07, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                           
One Dollar                                                        78/65        Afs
One Pound Sterling                                           102/30      Afs
One Euro                                                            86/70       Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                       21/35       Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                        499      Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                             110 0      Afs
One Thousand Iranian          6/35

Saturday, December 07, 2019
Pul-e-Alam (BNA) Four Taliban insurgents were killed in Afghan Security Forces Strikes in Logar province last night.
Shahpoor Ahmadzai police spokesman of Logar told BNA, the insurgents were killed in outskirt of Barakibarak and Charkh districts, Logar province.
Numerous heavy and light weapons of insurgents were also destroyed, Ahmadzad added.
It is said that over the past one month, 20 Taliban insurgents were killed in air strikes of Afghan security forces and their war equipment have been destroyed.
T. Yarzada

Saturday December 7, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture attended a joint news briefing titled ‘Women as Element of Peace and Tranquility’ with Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ms. Retno Marsudi.
In the news briefing, the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs by expressing happiness about meeting and discussion with Afghan women ley by Hasina Safi added Indonesia with its 87 percent of Muslim population was a country where democracy has developed unprecedentedly. “For the first time in its history, Indonesia had a woman President from 2001-2004. For the first time, a woman is the speaker of parliament and minister of finance is also a woman and I’m also the first minister of foreign affairs,” Ms. Retno Marsudi said. Pointing to Afghanistan peace process, the Indonesian minister of foreign affairs said they wanted lasting peace in Afghanistan. “In my discussions with my President, Afghanistan government, US administration and government officials of Pakistan, Norway, Germany and other countries, I’ve further concentrated to role of Afghan women in bringing peace to their country,” Ms. Marsudi added.
She assured of continued cooperation with Afghanistan and international community in the country’s peace process.
“Through open discussion and exchanging views, Indonesia wants to have clear image of situation of Afghan women in Afghanistan and we’re ready to hear you as we can work and use our common experiences through discussion for peace and tranquility of Afghanistan,” Ms. Marsudi stressed shed added that the program was aimed to hear Afghan women and discuss role of Afghan women in various fields, promotion of the culture of peace and solidarity, acceptance of values of power and at the end implementation of debates. Afterwards, Acting Minister of Information and Culture in her speech pointed to strengthening of confidence among Afghan women and their role as messengers of peace added the government of Afghanistan considered supported of the Indonesian government towards peace in Afghanistan as effective and was asking for expansion and consolidation of such relations, saying that experiences of the Indonesian women in reaching to current position could play effective role in reaching Afghan women in their goals.
Safi said holding such programs pave the way for further coordination in reaching their common goal which was the strengthening of role of Afghan women in various fields, adding that recently National Consensus of Afghan Women for Peace led by executive committee of the First Lady Office, High Peace Council, Ministry of Women Affairs, MoIC, Afghan Women Network, civil society and all women has been held in capita and provinces for effectiveness and inclusiveness of peace process. She added that three questions regarding introduction of peace, problems and challenges ahead of peace and ways of solutions have been discussed. In her speech, Acting Minister of Information and Culture by pointing to programs and steps taken by Afghan government towards supporting the Afghan women in various field added peace was a continued process starting from dialogue and ending with implementation of articles of the peace agreement.

Saturday December 7, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan will need continued financial support from the international community following a potential political settlement, a new World Bank report says.
The World Bank concludes that Afghanistan will require $6 billion to $8 billion a year in international grants between 2020 and 2024 to fund basic services, support faster economic growth, and consolidate and sustain any potential reduction in violence following a political settlement with the Taliban.
“An improving security situation, political stability, and freedom of movement can help increase private sector investment and job creation. But the gap between revenue and public expenditure remains large, and certain expenditure needs may increase following a political settlement,” said Henry Kerali, World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan.
“While a gradual decline in grant support can and should occur, it needs to be carefully calibrated to economic realities, to avoid deterioration in services and development outcomes. Such a deterioration may, itself, imperil prospects for sustainable peace”, he added.
According to the World Bank, however, Afghanistan has achieved remarkable progress in increasing revenues over recent years, the gap between revenues and expenditures remains wide.
This comes as Afghanistan continues to rely on grants to finance 75 percent of its total public expenditures. Total revenues currently amount to around $2.5 billion per year, while expenditures reach around $11 billion per year, according to World Bank.
The report also finds that expectations of a major aid-driven economic dividend following any political settlement are unlikely to be realized. Grant inflows are likely to remain limited under any scenario, relative to the extent of grant support already being provided. The most critical gains for Afghans following any political settlement would rather come from increased private sector investment, job creation, and access to services.

Saturday December 7, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Several terrorist hideouts belonged to Taliban group have been targeted by in Afghan air forces in southern Urozgan province the night before last.
The hideouts located in various parts of Tarinkot city the provincial capital of Urozgan province.
Top commander of Afghan national army in the south of the country told BNA correspondent, seven armed oppositions were killed, three more were wounded and three terrorist hideouts along with all military equipment have been demolished during the air raids.
According to another report, Afghan national police personnel by discovering and defusing 9 round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent several bloodiest incidents in crowded areas of Urozgan province.
M.A.Ansari

Saturday, 07 December 2019 07:02

NSA Moheb Chairs Security Meeting

Saturday, December 7, 2019
Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor Dr. Hamdullah Moheb in a meeting with the security authorities assessed an overall security situation, praising the recent few days’ improvement in security and defense situation in the country, said a statement from his office the other day.
He said the national forces should be used in the strengthening of order and security for the people and the government facilities should be used legally, said the statement. The issue of the government special development and security plans was spoken at the meeting, with the national security advisor urging for immediate implementation of the plans in the remote insecure districts of the country, according to the statement. Dr. Moheb also asked the related organs for tightening security judges and attorneys, said the source.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with the officials of the National Environment Protection Agency instructed for drawing up what he said an effective plan to prevent air pollution, a statement from the Presidential Office said Friday.
During the meeting held at the Presidential Palace on Thursday, the president issued the order to the EPA to install continuous air pollution measuring and monitoring facilities in Kabul soon, the statement added. According to the statement, the president asked the related authorities to meet every second day to evolve a strategy for curbing air pollution, the statement added. Senior EPA official, Eng. Ezzatullah Siddiqi, presented a report on implementation of plans for controlling pollution and offered a number of rec- commendations for curbing the air pollution, including two holidays in the winter and a check on the entry of heavy vehicles into the capital. He also called for raising public awareness on the issue, the use of masks, stabilization of liquefied gas prices to dis- courage the use of coal and plantation of saplings. Amarullah Saleh the deputy to the State-Building Team also spoke about the issue, listing the burning of old tires and raw coal as main causes of environmental pollution, according to the statement. President Ghani asked the NEPA to share its plan for the purchase of pollution gauging equipment with the Ministry of Finance. The agency was also asked to present its recommendations for the five most polluted cities at the next meeting. The President ordered the agency personnel to meet owners of brick-kilns as a major pollutant and submit comprehensive recommendations for dealing with the challenge in the next 10 days. He also asked the resident of five more polluted cities for sharing their proposals on the use of solar energy and minimizing reliance on burning coal. The statement went on as saying, the president stressed concrete pollution curbing measures must yield effective results over the next three months.
 

Saturday, December 07, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with members of election team of second vice president stressed on rule of law. In a ceremony held on this occasion at Salam Khana of Presidential Palace and attended by second vice president and a number of elders, President Ghani in his speech said: “Our common connectivity is the citizen connectivity and the presidential office was in the service of all and for respecting the nation and each citizen of Afghanistan”. “We have all a clear con- senses that we do not let repetition of the past as we think of future. Being Hazara is not a crime but an honor we are a single nation and we will not let separation of Afghans,” President Ghani said. The country’s President added that the country’s constitution did not let any dealing on rights of the people, saying that rule of law and republic were their redline and could not dealt as republic was changing them to citizens. Pointing to security of high- ways in particular Bamyan – Maidan Wardak, Jaghori – Qarabagh and Dara-e-Sauf – Mazar-e-Sharif, President Ghani said a working on a security plan was underway and serious attention would be paid in this regard. The country’s President also by pointing to economic development of the country said division of Afghanistan into eight economic zones could maintain developmental and budgetary justice in the country, adding that exports and imports have changed as attention has been paid to exports resources. In the ceremony, second vice president asserted that in 20 provinces of the country, political parties’ elites, cultural organizations, provincial councils and university lecturers were operating and they heard the voice of the people and were trying to prevent from discrimination and disunity among the people.

Saturday, December 07, 2019
Kandahar (BNA) Eleven armed terrorists were killed in a clash by security troops in Kandahar province last night.
The terrorists were suppressed last night in outskirts of Maiwand, and Khakrez district while terrorist activities.
Atal army corps in south of the country with releasing a statement told BNA, eleven terrorists were killed and number of others have been injured.
Several weapons of the terrorists were seized by security troops.
According to another report, police of Kandahar with discovered and defusing of 16 mines prevented from a series of explosions.
No one has been detained in the connection of the case.

Saturday, 07 December 2019 06:49

Regions Clean Up From Insurgents in Kunar

Saturday, December 07, 2019
Asadabad (BNA) Dozens Regions were cleared from insurgents in clearing operation conducted by security troops in Kunar province.
The operation was launched with attendance of hundreds of militaries with support of air forces in parts of Dangam District and still continues.
Selab army corps in east of the country with releasing a statement told BNA, with starting of the operation, dozens of regions were cleared from insurgents.
During the operation till now, five insurgents affiliated to Taliban terrorist group and ISIS fighters were lost their lives and number of others were injured.
According to BNA correspondent from Kunar province, two hideouts of the insurgents were also demolished during the operation.
Another report says, police of Kunar discovered and defused ten mines from crowded roads of the province and prevented from a series of blasts.
Police officials of the province blamed Taliban for the failed mine planting.
T. Yarzada

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