23 October 2020

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Thursday, October 24, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) With the construction of dozens of schools in Nangarhar, tens thousands of students are expected to achieve a suitable learning environment.
The government, with the assistance of aid foundations, is spending hundreds millions of Afghanis on rebuilding these schools.
Mujibur Rehman Karimi, Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, in a meeting with Niagarhar Governor Zia-ul-Haq Amarkhail, said that the construction of new buildings for forty-eight schools in the eastern province is underway.
He also said that dozens of new schools would be built in Nangarhar.
The governor of Nangarhar says that with the construction of these buildings, tens thousands of students will get a suitable school environment.
At least 40% of schoolchildren in Nangarhar study in the open or under tents due to lack of classrooms.
T. Yarzada

Thursday October 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani met with heads and members of the Lower House commissions of the telecommunications and transport, Kuchis, natural resources and environment, at the Presidential Palace late on Wednesday.
According to BNA report, the commission members declared support for the Republic and preservation of the gains of the past 19 years and the Afghan Defense and Security Forces and expressed optimism that the Afghan people would play a determinant role in the peace process and make the ultimate decision.
They attached great importance to further enhancing coordination between the executive and legislative branches of the government as well as better governance, water and land management, mining, environmental protection and addressing the needs of nomads.
President Ashraf Ghani said investment on construction of hydropower dams is a government’s top priority and emphasized on providing necessary facilities for extraction of mineral resources in accordance with international standards while protecting the environment.
President Ghani praised the commissions’ stance on supporting ANDSF and preserving the achievements of the last nineteen years and termed local governance reforms an important factor for improving service delivery.

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Construction of fourteen water supply networks in Nangarhar began yesterday.
According to BNA, the Nangarhar Rural Rehabilitation and Development Department will build these water supply networks in the next three months at a cost of more than 17 million Afghanis with the assistance of Swedish Committee in remote areas of Goshta District of the province.
With the construction of these networks, more than three thousand families will have access to drinking water.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 15 October 2020 04:52

Taliban Attack Repulsed in Kunduz

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Kunduz (BNA) Armed Taliban attack on security and defense checkpoints in Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz was repulsed.
Hadi Jamal, head of press office of 217th Pamir Corps command, told BNA that the Taliban attacked on military checkpoints in parts of Dasht-e-Archi district of the province repulsed and received heavy military response from air and ground.
He added that nine Taliban insurgents were killed and eight others were wounded in the attacks, two of their bases were destroyed in airstrikes.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Acting Minister of Information and Culture urged for duly addressing the challenges facing the provincial Directorates of Information and Culture (DoIC), Bakhtar News Agency reported the yesterday.
The acting minister after hearing reports from Takhar provincial information and culture director, Faruqullah Azimi, said Takhar was one of the country’s important cultural and ancient provinces and that his led ministry was committed to offer better services to the people of the country. He assured that the problems of the country’s entire provincial departments of information and culture would be duly addressed.

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of National Defense, Asadullah Khalid, traveled to Helmand yesterday to assess the situation in the province.
According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Defense, the Minister visited Helmand to assess the situation in the province and meet with local officials.
Clashes between Afghan security forces and the Taliban have been raging in Helmand province since Sunday, with Afghan forces saying they had inflicted heavy casualties on Taliban insurgents.
Addressing media in Lashkargah, the provincial capital, Minister Khalid said central government has remained beside the local organs and reiterated full support to the Afghan forces in the province.
He also said that Taliban won’t achieve their goals via propaganda war, praising Afghan forces bravery and sacrifices in war against enemies.
This comes as two ANA helicopters have collided in the Nawa district of southern Helmand province on Tuesday night.
Reports indicated; the copters have crashed after the Afghan commandos were dropped to conduct a mission, one of the choppers was reportedly transporting the wounded soldiers.
Security sources in Helmand province say that between 9 security personnel have been martyred in the collision incident.

Thursday, 15 October 2020 04:45

President Ghani Honors Kankur’s Top Scorers

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, met with Shamsia Alizadah, who topped Afghanistan‘s university entrance exam (Kankur), and five other participants of this year's entrance exam, who received high marks, respectively, the presidential press office said yesterday.
During the meeting, the President said, "On behalf of the government, I congratulate you on this great achievement. You are the future of Afghanistan and I hope you will make enough progress to become the President of Afghanistan.”
The President, as quoted in the statement, thanked them for their efforts and that their parents had brought them up, wishing that they could manage Afghanistan's wealth with their powerful hands.
Addressing the participants, President Ghani said, "I see the fruits of the republic in you, and Shamsia Alizadah is a model for all Afghan girls."
At the end of his speech, the President said that the Kankur Administration has become a transparent and trusted organization and has provided the ground for higher education to Afghan youth.
On the other hand, Shamsia Alizadah, the top scorer of this year's entrance exam, on behalf of others, expressed her gratitude for the president's encouragement and special attention to Afghanistan's education system.
At the end of the meeting, President Ghani donated 100,000 Afghanis to each of the students.

Thursday October 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Haneef Atmar, Acting Foreign Minister and Stef Blok, Foreign  Minister of Netherlands discussed Afghanistan Peace Negotiations (APN) during a telephonic conversation, late on Wednesday.  
According to BNA report, at the outset, Acting Foreign Minister thanked the government and people of Netherlands for their continued cooperation and solidarity with Afghanistan over the past 19 years.  
Referring to the recent developments in Afghanistan Peace Negotiations, Minister Atmar emphasized on the importance of regional and international consensus on the Afghan peace process and the need for reducing violence and establishing an immediate ceasefire.
Minister Atmar underlined the importance of an end state that guarantees a lasting peace, preserves the gains of the last two decades, and protects Afghanistan from becoming a terrorist safe haven again.  
Welcoming the commencement of the Afghan Peace Talks, the Dutch Foreign Minister assured Mr. Atmar of his government’s continued cooperation with the people of Afghanistan. Minister Blok also stressed on the importance of protecting and advancing the human rights, women’s rights, and the rule of law in Afghanistan.
He reassured Minister Atmar of his government’s preparedness to participate in Geneva Conference on Afghanistan next month.

Thursday, 15 October 2020 04:43

UN Says Probing Humanitarian Crisis in Helmand

Thursday, October 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) As thousands of families flee Helmand fighting, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) called on all parties to the conflict to safeguard civilians.
In a post on Twitter late Tuesday night, UNAMA said “Taliban & ANSF urged to take all feasible measures to protect civilians, including safe paths for those wishing to leave area. UN teams working to verify casualty reports & advocating with parties to stop all civilian harm.”
The UN then issued a statement outlining the Helmand crisis, which they say has displaced thousands of people and interrupted critical health services.
In a report issued by the organization’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), the UN said teams have been deployed to assess the humanitarian impact of the situation.
They also warned that fighting between the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) and the Taliban, which started on Saturday night, continues to intensify close to the provincial capital of Lashkargah.
UNOCHA states that the most affected areas are Nahr-e-Saraj, Bolan, Babaje, Nad-e-Ali, Marja and Nawa-e-Barakzaiy districts. Some parts of Maiwand district in neighboring Kandahar have also been affected, the report stated.
In addition, the highway between Kandahar and Lashkargah has been inaccessible due to the presence of IEDs.
Local authorities meanwhile report that at least 35,000 people (around 5,000 households) have been displaced into Lashkargah city, while health facilities also report hundreds of casualties.
Since Monday, two humanitarian assessment teams have been working in areas of displacement to assess needs and have so far verified nearly 500 internally displaced families. Initial observations from assessment teams show that some IDPs may require immediate food, water and temporary spaces for living.
“Electricity and telecommunication lines have been disrupted in some affected areas. This has affected people’s ability to communicate and humanitarian partners’ ability to conduct assessments,” the UN stated.
“Health facilities have also been affected – either closed or operating in a reduced capacity (focusing on trauma services only). As a result, it is expected that some tens of thousands of people living in these areas will be deprived of access to critical health services.”
The UN also stated that the provincial governor has called on the Afghan National Disaster Management Agency (ANDMA) to help with food and other essential items for at least 500 families verified as having been displaced.
A meeting is expected to be held on Wednesday to address trauma needs, the UN stated.
“Other partners are mobilizing internal resource and response capacity to meet new needs created by these clashes and overcome technical and access related challenges delaying needs assessments.”

Wednesday, 14 October 2020 11:03

MoPH Reports 66 Additional Cases of COVID_19

Wednesday October 14, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) reported 66 new positive cases of COVID-19 from 318 samples tested in Afghanistan within the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, a patient have died due to coronavirus, while 46 patients have been recovered within the last 24 hours in the country.
With this, the total cases are now 39,994, the total reported deaths are 1,481 and total recoveries are 33,354 in Afghanistan.
Officials in Ministry of Public Health reported that 5,160 active cases of COVID-19 among patients at under their care as Wednesday morning in Afghanistan and 93 patients are in critical conditions.
It is mentionable that until now 115,720 samples of coronavirus has been tested in laboratories of the ministry across the country, the officials added.

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