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Thursday, September 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Republic of Korea and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) have joined hands to construct permanent houses for 253 families in the priority return areas of Afghanistan, a statement said yesterday.
The generous contribution from the Government of the Republic of Korea will be channeled towards UNHCR’s cash for shelter project in Afghanistan. Through the project, families are provided with US$3,300 cash grant and technical assistance to construct a two-room shelter that also includes a bathroom. The cash is provided in three installments as building progresses, a statement from the Korean embassy in Kabul said yesterday.
The letter of understanding for the project was signed yesterday by the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Afghanistan and the UNHCR Representative at a ceremony held in the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.
“The Korean government has been playing its own part in the international community’s efforts to support Afghan refugees,” said Zha Hyoung Rhee, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Afghanistan as quoted in the statement. “The support, which is in line with our long-time support for returning and displaced Afghans, is expected to help our Afghan friends who are especially affected by COVID-19 by providing them with decent housing,” Ambassador Rhee added.
The project is part of UNHCR’s efforts to support the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan with strengthening essential facilities and services in communities where Afghan refugees are returning to.  Up to 20 priority areas for return and reintegration have been identified jointly by the Afghan Government and UNHCR, where returnees and displaced people are living among local communities.
“Shelter is one of the most pressing needs for returnees and internally displaced people, second only to food,” the statement quoted the UNHCR Representative in Afghanistan Caroline Van Buren as saying. “The contribution of the Republic of Korea towards building homes for Afghans will not only help improve the living conditions of the families benefitting from the project but also bring them a strong sense of hope for the future.”
UNHCR piloted the Cash for Shelter project with 600 vulnerable displaced and returnee households starting last year. The project is being expanded further in 2020 with the support of the Government of the Republic of Korea.
The projects fall within the Solutions Strategy for Afghan Refugees and its support platform, a regional initiative, which envisages a future in which displaced Afghans might finally return to their homeland permanently and prosper.
Since 2002, more than 5.3 million Afghan refugees have been assisted to return home. Despite the ongoing insecurity in Afghanistan, compounded by the economic impact of COVID-19, around 740 Afghan refugees have returned so far in 2020. Some 2.6 million Afghans have also been displaced by conflict and natural disasters.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The UN Security Council has agreed to extend the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) for another year.
Unanimously adopting the resolution, the 15-member council agreed to extend the mission’s mandate until September 17 next year.
The council welcomed the start of intra-Afghan negotiations in Doha and strongly encouraged the parties to continue pursuing confidence-building measures — including additional reductions in violence — and encouraged them to engage in good faith.
Members decided that UNAMA and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, within their mandate and in a manner consistent with Afghan sovereignty, leadership and ownership, will continue to lead and coordinate international civilian efforts in Afghanistan in full cooperation with the Afghan government.
They laid out a range of priorities, including the support for the organization of future elections; strengthening capacity in the protection and promotion of human rights; support for gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment; the coordination and facilitation of humanitarian assistance; and support for Afghanistan’s development and governance priorities.

Thursday, 17 September 2020 04:25

VP Saleh, French Ambassador Discuss Peace process

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) First Vice President Amrullah Saleh met with French Ambassador to Kabul, David Martinon here in his office yesterday, a statement said.
At the outset, the French ambassador condemned the terrorist attack on first VP’s convoy and extended condolences to the victim’s families, the statement from VP press office said.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed the talks between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban in Doha. The Ambassador of the Republic of France reiterated his country's support for the values of the Afghan people and the achievements of the past two decades, the statement added.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The negotiating teams of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban held a meeting on Tuesday evening, the State Ministry for Peace Affairs said yesterday.
In a video clip sent to media, Afghan negotiation team member Nader Nadery said that the two sides assigned two members from each team as contact persons between the two sides.
Tuesday’s meeting was the second meeting between the two negotiating teams. Their first meeting was held hours after the opening ceremony of the negotiations on Saturday in which they formed to assign members of contact groups.
This comes as US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad visited New Delhi Tuesday and met with India’s Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, and other senior Indian officials, according to a statement by India’s External Affairs Ministry.
Khalilzad discussed the recently inaugurated Afghanistan peace negotiations, the statement said.  The statement said that the United States and India share the view that the peace process must continue until there is agreement on a political roadmap and a comprehensive and permanent ceasefire.
Khalilzad stressed regional and international support is critical for the success of these negotiations and the implementation of any agreement, the statement added.

Monday September 14, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 40 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan in the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, 10 patients have died due to coronavirus, while 405 patients has been recovered within the last 24 hours.
With this, the total cases are now 38,855, the total reported deaths are 1,436 and total recoveries are 32,505 in Afghanistan.
Officials in Ministry of Public Health reported that 4,916 active cases of COVID-19 among patients at under their care as Tuesday morning in Afghanistan.
It is mentionable that until now 107,593 samples of coronavirus has been tested in laboratories of the ministry across the country, the officials added.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 10:40

Worth 3.7bl Afgs NPC Approves 42 Procurement Cases

Wednesday September 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The meeting of the National Procurement Commission chaired by the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was held yesterday evening at the presidential palace.
According to BNA report, in the meeting, 48 procurement cases incorporating contract awards, terminations, amendments, memos and requests for instructions were reviewed of which 42 cases were approved with a cost of 3.7 billion Afs.
The procurement cases include: Contract Awards: - Three projects incorporating design and construction of 15 irrigation dams in different parts of Afghanistan - Rehabilitation of infrastructure in district 11 of Kabul, nine projects consisting construction of a dormitories in Helmand, Zabul and Wardak provinces, teaching buildings in Kabul Polytechnic University, 20-bed hospital in Wardak province, teaching building for Kabul Sports Training Directorate, a mosque in Parwan province and procurement of 25 clothing items for APPF; all projects related to Operations and Support Authority of Administrative Office of the President - Procurement of 40 vehicles required by IDLG, Consultancy services for PBAX telephone system for Ministry of Finance, Recruitment of 120 security personnel for Sheberghan-Mazare Sharif gas pipeline related to MoMP, Two items of firewood for MoIA NPC however; returned cases for further review related to procurement of 220 Kv transmission line in Nooruljhead Substation in Herat province related to DABS and 150 thousand Catridge machines for Tuberculosis program of MoPH. Terminations: The following contracts were terminated, Two contracts of Vaccines implementation in remote areas of Farah and Urozgan provinces, Cooking gas of central command units of MoD, Road projects in Mandol district of Nooristan province Memos and Requests for Instruction: Following requests and memos were discussed and relevant instructions were issued on them: - Cabinet’s decision on payments to companies stopped by audit committee of Lower House - Procurement of 170 Ambulances and corps carrier vehicles - 15 vehicles required by Ministry of Peace Affairs - Vegetable items required for ANA - Fuel facilities for Ariana Afghan Airlines - Construction of 19.8 km road with its structures in Khoram Sare Bagh district of Baghlan province related to MRRD - Report of Grievance Review of a bidder on 2.2 km city road related to MRRD - Procurement method of REACH program with NGOs related to MRRD - Procurement method for internet facility related to MoCIT which was returned by NPC - 6 Vehicles procured for ATRA - Negotiation process for procurement Railway machinery for Hairatan- Mazar Sharif Railtrack related to Afghanistan Railway Authority Amendments: Following amendment requests were reviewed: - Time extension of contract for printing of currency related to Central Bank - Time extension of feasibility study of Mosa Qala Dam in Helmand province - Amendment to pay conditions of DABS fuel contract - Cost extension of power supply contract for Gardez- Paktia provinces - Payment conditions of power supply contract in Gardez- Paktia provinces - Cost extension of vehicle contracts procured by Operations and Support Authority of AOP - Time extension of feasibility study and design of Salang Tunnel - Time extension of 10.38 km road construction contract in Shendand district of Herat province - Cost extension of International Voice Carrier contract of MoICT - Time extension of Fiber Optic contract for connecting Central Post Office to its provincial branches - Amendment to NPC decision made on 9.6 km road in Deh Sabz district of Kabul - And cost reduction to security contracts of Hamid Karzai, Herat, Kandahar and Mazar Sharif international airports National and international observers had participated in this NPC session along with its other members.

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 10:38

Three Fuel Tankers Set on Fire by Taliban

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) Three fuel tankers set on fire during a Taliban attack on Pul-e-Khumri-Aibak highway.
According to reports, the attackers attacked a fuel convoy in Cheshma Sher area this morning.
A security source in Baghlan told BNA that in this Taliban attack, three tankers carrying fuel set on fire.
During last one month, armed Taliban have occasionally been present on Kabul-Mazar highway, setting up checkpoints and attacking on convoys of passengers and commercial goods.
Chashma Shir, a field on the Pul-e-Khumri-Aibak highway, has witnessed the presence and activity of the armed Taliban from time to time for the last ten years.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Mehtarlam (BNA) A person was martyred and ten others were injured in a traffic accident in Laghman.
The incident took place this morning in Alishang district when a vehicle collided with another vehicle and deviated from the road and overturned in a valley.
Asadullah Doulatzai, spokesman for Laghman governor, told BNA that one person was martyred and ten others were injured in the incident.
The sharpness and carelessness of the car drivers were considered the main motive for the occurrence of this traffic event.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 07:15

People Arrested on Suspicion of Criminal Offenses

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Lashkargah (BNA) Sixteen people were arrested in Helmand on charges of involvement in criminal offenses.
Police says, the men were arrested overnight from the city and a number of districts.
The detainees are accused of theft, robbery and drug trafficking.
The Helmand police media office said in a newsletter that police had arrested the men during operations and while inspecting vehicles.
It is said that the case of these detainees will be sent to the judiciary soon.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 16 September 2020 07:13

Deserved Families Received Aids

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Herat (BNA) Hundreds of needy families in Herat were covered by humanitarian aid.
Flour, oil, rice, beans and tea were distributed to these families in cooperation with domestic and foreign aid foundations.
The Herat Media Office says that food was distributed to more than 400 needy families in Herat over the course of three days and nights.
These families have been financially damaged by wars, floods and the spread of Corona virus.
T. Yarzada

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