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Wednesday August 16, 2017

Kunduz City (BNA) At least six Taliban militants have been killed during military operation led by Afghan Commando forces in northern Kunduz province.
Col. Ghulam Hazrat Karimi spokesman of 20 Pamir sect told BNA correspondent, the operation was launched to suppress armed rebels in Yatem village, Char-Dara district of the province.
In addition, four other insurgents were wounded during the operation.
According to another report, a policeman was martyred and six others were wounded following suicide attack targeted convey of the forces in Char-Dara district of the Kunduz province.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                               
One Dollar                                                 68/55 afs                           
One Pound Sterling                                   88/40 afs
One Euro                                                   80/30 afs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                              18/65 afs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                  635 afs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees                    1035 afs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                  17/85 afs  
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on the modern history of our country, Ghazi Amanullah Khan had recorded in history books his justification and honesty over his country during the three deadly wars: 1st, 2nd and 3rd Anglo – Afghan war with Britain.
The wars continued from 1839 – 1919 when Afghans finally got their political independence from Great Britain by sacrifices of thousands of our heroes and English government was forced to officially recognize political independence of Afghanistan.
After talks between Ali Ahmad Khan ‘Loynab’, Afghanistan minister of interior affairs at the time of Ghazni Amanullah Khan and Indo – British secretary of foreign affairs Hamilton Graft in Rawalpindi, Afghanistan Independence was approved in 9th of August of 1919 coinciding on the day of signing agreement of the victory of Afghanistan. But, King Amanullah Khan approved the last document of Afghanistan Independence inside the country in Zar Afshan Palace ‘today’s Zar Negar Park of Kabul, on 19th of August of 1919 and asked the nation to welcome the day as national festival in the country.
Professor Abdul Hai Habibi in his book quoted King Amanullah Khan’s statement issued by him on the occasion of celebration of 9th anniversary of Afghanistan Independence Day.
“How should we protect our freedom and independence? Can we do it by hoisting colorful and decorated flags? Well, we should enliven and create the feeling of home-lovingness and heroism in hearts of coming and future generations because we would never lose our freedom and independence if we were devotees”, King Amanullah said in his statement.
During the kingdom of Ghazi Amanullah Khan, correspondence developed, various kinds of weekly newspapers were seen and people had access to the newspapers. The first time when government newspapers were published were ‘Bidar’ in Mazar-e-Sharif, ‘Itehad-e-Mashraqi’ in Nangarhar, ‘Itefaq-e-Islam’ in Herat, ‘Islah’ in Badakhshan, Tolo-e-Afghan’ in Kandahar, Akhbar-e-Ghazi’ in Paktia and an outlet named ‘Iblagh’ in which articles related to rights and laws for freedom of women were published.
Implementation of democracy was one of key goals of King Amanullah Khan. Besides, King Amanullah Khan was able to provide the most fruitful and best services to his nation as:
* Establishment of women support association.
* Publication of Irshad-ul-Neswan magazine for women.
* Providing facility in taxes.
* Ending force works.
* Cancellation of extra taxes from crafters.
* Modernizing old accounting system of the government.
* Management and enforcement of law on encouragement for investors.
* Creation of law for selling government properties.
* Cancellation of multiple custom houses.
* Appointment of consolers and commerce attaché in neighboring countries for providing further facilities to Afghan traders, establishment of chambers of commerce of Soviet in Kabul and signing agreements with two France and German companies for launching railway in Afghanistan.
* Making compulsory the elementary studies on all children.
* Building Amani High School and Amania High School later changed to Istiqlal.
* Bringing effective developments in industrial, agricultural and other fields.
* Founding telephonic and telegraphic lines between Kabul and certain provinces of the country.
* Founding various factories in the country.
* Completion of Ghazni’s Seraj dam.
* Signing various trade agreements with different countries of the world.
* Recruitment of Afghans, and other Afghan minorities in army and providing facilities of education in various vocational institutes. We can say that King Amanullah Khan ran 10 years of his kingdom successfully and with full honesty. But, finally he faced with influx and solidarity of his opponents and left Kabul and kingdom for Kandahar along with a small group of his close colleagues. With full honor we can say that King Amanullah Khan left the biggest spiritual work behind, which is our freedom and independence. May his soul be in peace.
Lailuma Noori
 

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) On the threshold of Afghanistan Independence Day, to be marked on August 10, a seminar titled ‘Review of historic period of Afghanistan press from 19 – 21 century’ was held by ministry of information and culture in Kabul. In the seminar attended by a number of representatives of people in parliament, media officials, foreign ambassadors to Afghanistan, writers and poets, deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture Sayed Fazil Sancharaki while considering Afghanistan press as one of top press in the country’s history said the seminar was held on the threshold of marking Afghanistan Independence Day and to find previous root of the history of Afghanistan press, adding that they should know that today’s press was not unprecedented, but it had root in the history of Afghanistan. “In this seminar, we want to review ups and downs, pest and jumps of Afghanistan press from two viewpoints: first from works done in this regard and second from briefings of Afghanistan press elite figures speaking related to roots of the history of Afghanistan press”, Sancharaki said.
Pointing to development and establishment of the history of Afghanistan press from the time of Amir Shir Ali Khan, Habibullah Khan, Mahmoud Tarzi – national unity government era, deputy minister of publication affairs added media in our country had nearly 150 years history and has experienced ups and downs, pest and lots of jumps in various periods of the history of Afghanistan press. Deputy minister of publication affairs while considering development of media and press as unprecedented in the country during the past one decade stressed on legalization of media activities in the country, asserting that the national unity government of Afghanistan was strongly supporting media activities but wanted all media organizations to manage their broadcasts and activities in accordance to the country’s laws, national values and interests and awareness for the people.
Pointing to activities followed towards institutionalization of media and freedom of expression in the past few years, Sancharaki recalled of approval of law on the right of access to information, creating journalists support fund, formation of commission for access to information and commission of media violation and reviewing nearly 700 cases of violence against journalists by judicial organs, adding that they were trying to provide further facilities for the media of the country so that they could manage their activities in accordance to the country’s laws. At the end of the conference, an exhibition was opened in cooperation with Directorate of Baihaqi Publishers and were put pictures, newspapers of the country’s historic periods and works and artifacts of Afghanistan media organizations.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Kabul, Yao Jing said his country wanted to be a good economic partner with China, the presidential press office said in a statement Tuesday.
Convening China’s President Xi Jin Ping’s message to the country’s president on Afghanistan Independence Day, the ambassador said his country in coordination with the Afghanistan related organs was ready to launch a study on a railway financing model of how to could connect China with Iran through railway extension via Kunduz and Mazar-e-Sharif and Herat provinces, the statement said adding the optical fiber would also be extended through the railway.
The ambassador said third economic meeting was expected to be held between the two countries and his country was ready for the export of dried fruits from Afghanistan and for assessing the ground a delegation would arrive from China in Kabul, where it would discuss the export of pomegranate and marble and alabaster precious stones, according to the statement. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said his country wanted to be a good economic partner with China and that this was the base of his country’s relations with the region and the world as according to him, economic growth was in the interest of both country, the region and the world. “We facing a common enemy and are jointly fighting it,” said the president and pointing to agreement signed during his visit to China, the president said that in accordance to the agreement, good economic progress has been made.
The president added Iran was ready to connect with China through Afghanistan and “We wanted to enhance economic and trade development with China and Iran, the statement quoted. The president said the organs concerned would be directed to work on the railway financing model which connects Afghanistan with China and on extension of optic fiber which is very useful for the whole regional partners. The president said he would order the organs concerned to get preparation for the next economic meeting expected to be held on October, the statement added. The statement went on as saying that President Ghani welcomed China’s Ambassador for his country’s interest to import pomegranate and marble stone from Afghanistan to his country, according to the statement.
 

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani participated and delivered speech Monday evening in an unveiling ceremony of “Afghanistan Military History” and “Homeland Architectures” books held in hall of national radio and television of Afghanistan. In the ceremony attended by a number of high-ranking government officials, writers, poets and knowledgeable figures, President Ghani in his speech while appreciating writer of the respective books said it was honored that Ali Ahmad Jalali has renewed memory and history-writing series of late Alama Habihi, Ustad Kohzad, Ghubar and other historians of the country. “Jalali as a responsible politician of Afghanistan has put his thought and work together in the respective books”.
Afghanistan Military History has been written in accordance to international standards and will remain as a standard book until 100 years more, President Ghani said. The country’s President asserted that they had problem in history writing in the past, but in the respective books such problem has been basically discussed, adding that it was needed to pay attention to other two dimensions of the history which were culture and trade of Afghanistan. “Despite that Afghanistan has been center of cultural connection for thousand years in the region, but we are fully aware of this history and it is needed to get information in this regard”, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said, adding that he wished all young writers of Afghanistan to work in cultural and trade sector of Afghanistan history. The country’s President instructed relevant officials to hold a seminar in connection with reviewing Afghanistan military history book so that researchers could write articles on each chapter of the book. “If you want to build Afghanistan, then know well this country”, President Ghani stressed, adding that it was needed to have discussion related to culture of the country and youth should further make effort in this regard.
In the ceremony, head of U.S. Institute of Peace for Afghanistan Shah Mahmoud Miakhil spoke and while appreciating the country’s President, writers and cultural figures said each book had some vacuums and mistakes and the first volume of architects of homeland also had some vacuums in connection with role of women, but the vacuums have been addressed in second volume of the book. Afterwards, Sanaullah Tasal briefed related to Afghanistan military history book and said the book hinted various military issues during the past 200 years as Anglo-Afghan wars, Soviet invasion, Taliban and US and NATO presence in Afghanistan. He added that one of the country’s writers has written military history of Afghanistan for the first time in the country’s history. Praising the country’s President and other participants in the ceremony, writer of military history of Afghanistan Ali Ahmad Jalali, Afghanistan ambassador to Germany said he had started writing the book 45 years ago, but he was facing with problem due to political circumstance, censorship and lack of access to first hand resource.
 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 06:20

Young Authors Appreciated

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The country’s deputy ministry of information and culture and Fanoos Magazine have jointly launched a competition to mark the Youth International Day, during which ten young elite writers have won eligible score of appreciation, BNA reported the other day.
Up to 186 youth have attended the competition titled, The Youth and Extremism’ among them ten elite writers won top scores, said the agency.  Manizha Ramzi one of the organizers said these ten young authors have won the eligible scores of appreciation and award, according to the agency.
Meantime, Dr. Kamal Sadat deputy to the youth affairs of the ministry of information and culture said: “at present time extremism has overwhelmed the country and writing essays would help the youth get awareness about the challenge. “He said the youth could play key role in besieging the public minds and they should spare no efforts in this field.
Behishta Rahmani, one of the winners of top scores pointed to what she said the main elements of driving the youths to extremism and enumerated economic and political problems and injustice were among the factors behind outspread of extremism in the country and that any move to investigate into the main factors would help reduce the vicious phenomenon.
 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The country’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah leading a high level governmental delegation left for Belarus and Kazakhstan for a three0day official visit, his office said Tuesday.
Dr. Abdullah would talk about key mutual issues with the hosting authorities and would exchange views on relation between Kabul and Minsk, said the statement.
Both sides would sign agreements on establishment of a joint economic and trade cooperation commission between the two countries as well as another agreement on legislation, according to the statement.
The CEO would also visit the industrial productive factories of the Minsk and discuss bilateral agricultural issues.
Dr. Abdullah would also leave for Astana, part of his trip to Kazakhstan, where he would visit the 2017 expo and then take part in the Afghanistan Independence Day ceremony expected to be held in the Astana based Afghan embassy.
Both Afghan and Kazakh authorities would talk about bilateral cooperation and expansion of relations between the two countries.
 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO ) and the ministry of Information and Culture are planned to reconstruct the Jam Minaret as BNA reported that in-charge of the UNESCO’s Afghanistan agency of Mi8ssi Ainak in cooperation with the World Bank would help the ministry to repair the Jam Minaret.
Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari said his ministry was working on a policy focusing on the maintenance of historical heritages, particularly renovation of the Jam’s minaret of Ghor province, said the agency.  The minister thanked the UNESCO head of Afghanistan agency for the organization’s preparation to help renovate the Jam Minaret, said the agency.
He said a delegation accompanied by a group of the ministry’s expert was expected to be sent to Ghor province to technically assess the minaret reconstruction, the agency said.
According to the report, the minaret had been said to have up to 24 meters inflection which has concerned the UNESCO.
 

Wednesday, 16 August 2017 06:05

2 Persons Held, 228 Kg Drug Seized In Samangan

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Aibak (BNA) Police in Samangan province have recovered 228 kilograms of drug from a truck and arrested two suspected individuals, an official said on other day.
Police chief of Brg, Gen, Mohammad Baqir Masoud said the recovered illicit substance included 132 kilograms of hashish and 96 kilograms of opium,.
The contraband was recovered from a truck in Aibak, the provincial capital and two suspects from Baghlan had been arrested in connection to the drug smuggling.  Recently, police recovered 59 kilograms of hashish and 23 kilograms of opium in Aibak.  The substance was smuggled from Baghlan to Balkh province.
The cultivation of poppy and drug trafficking has become a huge concern for the people in Afghanistan where the number of drug addicts reached to three million.
 

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