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Thursday May 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Over 90 armed oppositions including their 3 local commanders of Taliban and 4 ISIS members were killed and 34 others were wounded during joint military operations led by Afghan security forces across the country.
Ministry of national defense press office stated BNA, the operations have launched with support of Afghan air and artillery forces to protect the lives and properties of people, ensure peace and stability and annihilate anti-government militias in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Ghanzi, Paktia, Paktika, Zabul, Farah, Balkh, Ghor, Badghis, Faryab, Kunduz, Baghlan and Helmand provinces.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday May 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Foodstuffs and non-foodstuffs have been distributed to 800 displaced families in northern Kunduz province.
According to BNA report, during distribution the assistances Abdul Jabar Naimee governor of Kunduz, Najib Aqa Fahim state minister of counter disaster, deputies of public health, agricultural, irrigation and livestock, public work, rural rehabilitation and development, urban development, labor, social affairs and disabled ministries were present.
The assistances include flour, cooking ghee and sugar that distributed to Qala-e-Zaal district’s displaced families.
Governor of Kunduz assured people that aids will be distributed to affected and displaced families on due time.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday May 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) As many as eight terrorists were killed during drone attacks carried out in eastern Kunar province.
A senior commander of Afghan National Army in the east of the country told BNA reporter, unmanned aircrafts targeted ISIS and Taliban hideouts in vicinity of Manogi district of Kunar province, in which 8 fighters belonging ISIS and Taliban militants were killed following the raids.
According to another report, Afghan security forces by conducting a military operation succeeded to discover a weapon storage in Kunar province.
The weapon storage have been discovered in relevant areas of Asadabad city the provincial capital of the province that some heavy and light weapons seized from the storage.
Meanwhile, Afghan security forces by discovering and neutralizing 6 round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent a series of deadliest incidents in Kunar province.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday May 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) After six hours of one-on-one conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi earlier this week, New Delhi and Moscow are going to cooperate in a new area: Afghanistan. This is the first time that the two countries will undertake a joint project — possibly in the development sector — in Afghanistan. This also comes close on the heels of the informal summit in Wuhan, China, where Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping decided to work on a project in Afghanistan after four hours of one-on-one conversation.
Sources told The Indian Express that Modi proposed the idea for the joint project in Afghanistan, which Putin readily accepted. “Unlike in Wuhan, where Xi had proposed the Afghanistan project, here Modi took the initiative with Russia,” a source said. This assumes significance in the wake of Russia urging the international community, especially the US, to talk to Taliban or face a bloody war for years to come.
With Russia’s increasing proximity to Pakistan evident in recent past, India took up the issue of countering terrorism and made a veiled reference to Pakistan supporting terrorists across the world. While Moscow — like Beijing — has been articulating the position that Pakistan is also a “victim of terrorism”, the Indian side, it is learnt, forcefully argued that the international community needs to differentiate between victims of terrorism of their own making, and others.
“There are victims and there are victims. Some are victims of their own making, their people are being killed by terrorists and terror groups created by them, while we are victims of terrorism, which have been perpetrated by groups created by them,” a source said. “We conveyed that there is a difference.”
Sources said the adverse impact of US sanctions against Russia under the Countering America’s Adversaries through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) on New Delhi’s defense cooperation with Moscow did not figure in the discussions between Modi and Putin. “The two sides decided to discuss the issues related to defense, nuclear and trade areas during the annual summit in the latter half of this year,” a source said. Modi is scheduled to travel to Russia for the annual summit, which is different from the informal summit in Sochi.
“The two leaders shared lot of chemistry, and that was evident when Putin — impromptu — decided to come to the airport to see off Modi. What became interesting was that they reached the airport in the car, and kept talking for almost 15 minutes, while everyone else was waiting for them to emerge from the vehicle. This just signifies the comfort level between the two countries,” the source said.
Indianexpress
 

Thursday, 24 May 2018 09:18

Seven People Commit Suicide in Samangan

Thursday May 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) About seven youths have committed suicide in northern Samangan province within the last one month.
Muner Rahimi spokesman of police chief in Samagan told BNA local correspondent, recently an 18 year old young that identified as the name of Safiullah hanged himself in Bagh Zakhera area, Aibak city the provincial capital of the province.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday May 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) At least 18 supporters of ISIS terrorist group killed during latest attacks carried out by Afghan Special Forces in vicinity of eastern Nangarhar province.
The terrorists have been targeted and killed in various parts of Heska Mena and Door Baba districts of the province.
Senior commander of Afghan National Army in the east of the country told BNA correspondent, air and ground raids carried out by Afghan Special Forces in different parts of the mentioned districts, in which 18 ISIS adherents were killed and their several hideouts along with some military equipment have been destroyed.
According to another report, Afghan security forces by discovering and confiscating three round of different type of mines succeeded to prevent from a series of blast in Nangarhar province.
Also during this period, a weapon storage belonging terrorist group have been seized by Afghan security troops in relevant areas of Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province.
Several heavy and light weapons have been seized from the storage.
Local officials in the province claimed that ISIS members used the weapon storage in their terrorist and destructive activities.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday, 24 May 2018 09:14

Husband Gunned Down By Wife

Thursday May 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Local officials reported that a husband was killed by his wife in Ghor province.
Iqbal Nezami spokesman of police chief in Ghor told BNA, the incident took place in Dara Qazi area, Firoz Koh city the provincial capital of the province.
Family hostility is the main reason behind the incident and the murderer was arrested by police personnel, Nezami added.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Thursday May 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA) A senior member of Taliban militants along with his 5 men were killed in northern Kunduz province.
Nematullah Temori spokesman of Kunduz governor told BNA reporter, Karim Mukhlas a senior member of Taliban militant have been targeted and killed by Afghan Air forces in Kanjak village, Imam Sahib District of the province.
The top member of Taliban militants had been active role in launching terrorist activities, harassment people and arresting Afghan security forces in different parts of Kunduz province.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghan people expect its international friends and neighboring countries in their rivalries and competitions observe and respect our interests.
BNA political analyst commenting on the issue writes after US decided to withdraw from   nuclear deal with Iran, America warned Iran of imposing new sanctions against that country.  The decision caused concerns of Afghanistan that sanctions will badly affect Chahbahar Border which Afghanistan use it for its commercial purposes 
The US secretary of state recently has said that his country ousting from nuclear deal with Iran would impose severe sanctions against Iran. But what is caused concern is that the companies and the banks that invested for building Chahbahar border will not invest anymore because of Americans threats.
The banks and companies fearing from punishment and fining by US will not invest in building Chahbahar border.
Due to these concerns so far two Chinese, one Finish and one Indian company have stopped their constructional work in Chahbahar.
Chahbahar border   as a great economic project which connects land- locked Afghanistan via Iran to the sea inaugurated in spring of last year.
Afghanistan due to relying on just Pakistani borders has sustained a lot of problems for many years because that country used transit roads as a political means for achieving its illegal objectives and never observed international conventions on land locked courtiers’ access right to the sea. Particularly, Pakistan tried hard using transit barriers to disrupt commercial relations between Afghanistan and India.  This made Afghanistan to seek an alternative road to the sea. Chahbahar as a proper place that can connect land locked Afghanistan and meet that goal this is access to the sea and to its traditional friend India.
Considering their economic interests, Afghan people expect US and their neighbor Iran not to involve Afghanistan in these games.
Chahbahar is an example of regional cooperation should not become the victim of political conspiracies
We hope the current tensions between US and Iran not harm Afghanistan’s interests. 
Meanwhile, it would be necessary for Afghan authorities to raise Chabahar issue and possible effects of US sanctions on Iran on Afghanistan’s commercial interests in an active diplomacy with US, Iran and India to find a way for the solution of the problem.  
 

Wednesday May 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) One of the only Korans ever made from silk fabric has been completed in Afghanistan a feat its creators hope will help preserve the country's centuries-old tradition of calligraphy.
Each of the Islamic holy book's 610 pages was produced by hand in a painstaking process that took a team of 38 calligraphers and artists specializing in miniatures nearly two years to finish.
Bound in goat leather and weighing 8.6 kilograms (19 pounds), the Koran was produced by Afghan artisans, many of them trained at British foundation Turquoise Mountain in Kabul.
"Our intention was to ensure that calligraphy does not die out in this country writing is part of our culture," Khwaja Qamaruddin Chishti, a 66-year-old master calligrapher, told AFP in a cramped office inside Turquoise Mountain's labyrinthine mud-brick and wood-paneled complex.
With the Koran considered a sacred text, calligraphy is highly venerated in Islam and Islamic art.
"When it comes to art we cannot put a price on it. God has entrusted us with this work (the Koran)... and this means more to us than the financial aspect," Chishti continued.
Using a bamboo or reed ink pen, Chishti and his fellow calligraphers spent up to two days carefully copying Koranic verses onto a single page -- sometimes longer if they made a mistake and had to start again.
They used the Naskh script, a calligraphic style developed in early Islam to replace Kufic because it was easier to read and write.
The decoration around the script, known as illumination, was more time-consuming, each page taking more than a week to complete.
A team of artists used paint made from natural materials, including ground lapis, gold and bronze, to recreate the delicate patterns popular during the Timurid dynasty in the 15th and 16th centuries in the western city of Herat.
"All the colors we have used are from nature," Mohammad Tamim Sahibzada, a master miniature artist who was responsible for creating the vibrant colors used in the Koran, told AFP.
Sahibzada said working on silk fabric for the first time was challenging. The locally sourced material -- all 305 meters (1,000 feet) of it -- was treated in a solution made from the dried seeds of ispaghula, or psyllium, to stop the ink from spreading.
- 'Very rare' -
Turquoise Mountain began work in 2006 in Kabul with the aim of preserving ancient Afghan craftsmanship, including ceramics, carpentry and calligraphy.
It hopes the silk Koran will generate demand for more handmade Islamic religious texts that could create employment for its artisans and help finance the institute.
"We will show it to other Islamic countries to see if it is possible to create job opportunities for graduates to work on another Koran," said Abdul Waheed Khalili, the organization’s Afghan director.
For now it will be kept in a specially made hand-carved walnut wooden box to protect its delicate pages from the elements at Turquoise Mountain's offices, which are in the restored Murad Khani, a historic commercial and residential area in Kabul's oldest district.
There Turquoise Mountain has trained thousands of artisans with the support of Britain's Prince Charles, the British Council, and USAID.
"The copying of the Koran onto silk is very rare," country director Nathan Stroupe told AFP.
He said the project has been "an amazing way to train our students at an incredibly high level in a very traditional type of work".
"If a Saudi prince or a book collector in London... was interested in it, we would be thinking in the $100,000 to $200,000 (price) range," he added.
Dailymail
 

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