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Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Finance has done initial works to prepare a $8.7 billion investment package focused on eradicating poverty and ensuring sustainable economic growth, an official said Sunday.
“The Afghan government has developed a policy of economic self-sufficiency and is committed to reducing donor dependency, combating poverty and sustainable economic growth,” Finance Minister Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi told reporters here.
He said the possible investment plan by the government included 66 percent investment in agriculture, 15 percent in solar power generation and 19 percent in urban development.
He said the government would provide $5.8 billion which accounted for 67 percent of the package while the remaining 33 percent would be provided by the private sector.  He added the time for this investment package was nine years while the government would make investment in its first five years.  Qayoumi said the government had contacted some banks in order to get cash for the execution of its plan.  Referring to the handing over of some hospitals to the private sector, Qayoumi said the issue of improper planning often derailed the process.
He said Afghanistan till 2014 carried international community’s and pledges with itself.
NATO member countries during recent talks in Brussels hailed efforts by the government of Afghanistan and reiterated their support till 2014.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Office during a ceremony at Sapidar Palace appreciated a number of athletes that have shown capabilities in domestic and international competitions, a statement said.
A number of athletes and their coaches spoke related to their achievements and challenges and thanked government’s support of sportsmen and women, the statement from Chief Executive Office said yesterday.
Praising athletes’ efforts and achievement, chief of staff for CEO Abdul Qahar Abed called sport a mean for unity in the country and praised Afghan athletes’ capabilities in domestic and international competitions.
The Chief Executive Office asked athletes to make further efforts in this field, reiterating government’s full support of them, the statement added.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) A painting work of the deceased Zmary Shirzad was granted by the country’s top painter Muhibullah Atayee to Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC).  The work was painted by Shirzad in 1976.
Acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi in a meeting held on this occasion expressed support from art programs of the country’s artists, adding that the ministry of information and culture was providing opportunities to the country’s artists to hold art exhibitions.
At the end, Muhibullah Atayee praised the MoIC for supporting the country’s artists, promising that he would cooperate in promotion of the real Afghani culture through painting.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019 06:12

New BNA Director Introduced

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Based on suggestion of Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) and Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC) and approval of the country’s President, Najibullah Shinwari has been appointed as director of BNA and was introduced yesterday to employees of the agency.
Shinwari has been recently appointed through merit-based process.  In a ceremony held on this occasion with participation of deputy minister of information and culture Sayeda Mojgan Mustafavi, a number of directors and employees of the ministry, director of the ministry’s human resources Ahmad Zia Anwari read out President Ghani’s verdict in connection with the appointment of Najibullah Shinwari as director of BNA.
Afterwards, deputy minister of the information and culture Sayeda Mojgan Mustafavi congratulated the appointment of BNA’s new director to employees of the agency and praised former director of the agency for their works.
Mostafavi stressed that BNA was expected to further shine in reporting the forthcoming incidents and wished the newly appointed director of the agency further success.
Meanwhile, the newly appointed director of BNA spoke related to position of the agency, saying that BNA was not only the first news agency in the country but it was considered as one of the oldest and key news agencies in the region.  He promised to make further efforts to develop and expand BNA with close cooperation of the agency’s employees.

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has welcomed kicking off voter registration process, asking all citizens meeting the voting requirement to widely participate in the process and presidential elections as they did in past to institutionalize democracy in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the country’s President instructed all relevant organs in, particular security ones to provide all means for succeeding the process and cooperate with IEC in this regard.

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met US special envoy for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad at the presidential palace and both sides underlined the need for an intra-Afghan dialogue on ending the ongoing war in the country, BNA reported. Khalilzad said they discussed further international consensus for peace and regional requirements and implications for peace including recent positive movement in Afghanistan-Pakistan relations. They conferred on opportunities peace would provide for regional connectivity and development. “As Afghan peace process talks continue to progress, we agreed preparations for intra-Afghan negotiations now is essential,” Khalilzad said in a tweet. Meanwhile, a statement from President Ghani’s office said Khalilzad briefed the President on his trips to Europe and future plans with regard to the peace process. The discussions were mostly focused on intra-Afghan dialogue, according to the statement, which said the two sides welcomed Germany’s role in this regard. “The two sides hoped that the intra-Afghan talks will begin as soon as possible.” Also, on Sunday, the US Embassy in Kabul said Khalilzad would hold consultations with leaders of the National Unity Government, political figures, civil society and women.

Tuesday June 11, 2019

SHABERGHAN CITY (BNA) Three members of a same family lost their lives due to traffic accident in northern Jawzjan province yesterday.
According to BNA report, the incident took place, while a passenger vehicle deviated from the road and overturned in Shaberghan-Mazar-e-Sharif highway.
Father, mother and a child of the family lost their lives and two other children were wounded.
Doctors in a health center claimed that the health conditions of the injured children are not satisfactory.

Tuesday June 11, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan 20-U national futsal team succeeded to beat Japan 20-U national futsal team in warm-up match of Asia competition.
According to BNA report, 20-U futsal competition to be held between 12 team in Tabriz city, Iran.
Afghanistan 20-U national futsal team to face with Hong Kong and Iran 20-U national futsal teams in the formal matches of the tournament.
Since 20 days, Afghanistan 20-U national futsal players has started their exercise and with a good preparation they will started their first match in the tournament, officials told.

Tuesday June 11, 2019

MAIMANA CITY (BNA) Afghan national policemen succeeded to detain seven members of Taliban desert court in northern Faryab province.
Ministry of Interior by releasing a statement issued that, the rebels were arrested during a military operation conducted by police personnel in relevant areas of Shaberghan city the provincial capital of Faryab province.
Mufti Mohammad Naser who was issued several decrees regarding desert courts is among the arrested insurgents, the source added.
Mufti Mohammad Naser also had involved in dozen terrorist and destructive activities in various parts of Faryab province.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Ghazni (BNA) Three Taliban insurgents including their senior commander were detained in commando forces operation in Ghazni province last night.
Abdul Ghafar Nooristani press in charge of Khas operation army corps told BNA, the Taliban were arrested in a clearing operation conducted by commando forces in outskirt of Moqor district.
In the operation, numerous of heavy and light weapons of Taliban were seized by the forces, said Nooristani.
T. Yarzada

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