17 October 2017

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Paroon (BNA) Eight Pakistani Taliban insurgents were killed in recent conflict by security forces in Nooristan province this morning.
The insurgents were targeted while they wanted to storm a convoy of border police.
A top police commander in the east of the country told BNA, eight Pakistani Taliban insurgents were killed by shelling of security forces.
He said, the insurgents had come from other side of Durand Line to Nooristan province and wanted to target a convoy of border police.
It is mentionable that there were no harm and losses suffered to residents and security troops.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 07:21

Heavy Loss of Taliban In Recent Raids of SF

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Lashkargah (BNA) 17 armed Taliban insurgents were killed in a series of air and ground raids of security forces in Helmand province.
The attacks started on Taliban strongholds in Gereshk district and suburb of Lashkarga city last night.
A senior commander of national army in south of the country told BNA, in the air and ground raids, 17 Taliban insurgents were lost their lives.
He said, several Taliban strongholds were also demolished.
According to reports, in the conflicts, the security forces have managed to clear dozen of regions from being of insurgents.
It is said, no harm and losses sustained to security troops and residents in the conflicts.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, October 17, 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                                            68/20 Afs                           
One Pound Sterling                              89/50 Afs                           
One Euro                                             80/20 Afs                           
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/50 Afs                           
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          638 Afs                           
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1050 Afs                                         
One Thousand Iranian Rupees               17 Afs                           
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Gardiz (BNA) Police commandment of Paktia province targeted bomb blasts this morning.
According to reports, back to back heavy explosions have been heard in Gardez city, the provincial capital of Paktia province in south-eastern of the country.
The type of the explosions has not been ascertained so far but preliminary reports indicate two car bombs were detonated close to the provincial police commandment.
BNA correspondent from Gardiz city reported, there are no reports regarding the possible casualties of the blasts yet.
Details of the report will be published later.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 07:15

System of Education Needs Urgent Reforms

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) President Ghani’s insist on more supervision over educational institutes and universities indicates that Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is seeking to withdraw the critical situation of educational organs that has prevailed the education system of the country.
BNA analyst of educational affairs commenting on the issue writes president Ghani recently held the first session of human sources high council. In the session beside other educational issues, the current situation of the country the ways to improve the education system were discussed.
President Ghani insisted that there should be more supervision from educational centers and universities and should be paid more attention on education, higher education and certain laws of education need to be adjusted.
The words are stated in a time where the education system both in primary, secondary and higher education suffering from certain problems, even one can say it is in a very critical condition.
From quantity point of view there is a great number of state – run and private schools are operating in the country and dozens of private higher education institutes operating in Kabul and other cities of the country.
The number of students in primary and high schools and in higher education section is almost eleven million.
It is good news that a great number of children and youths are attending the process of education, but regretfully the system quality of education system is suffering serious problems.
Crowded classed in state – run schools, shortage of teaching materials, shortage of professional teachers, lack of school building as the authorities confess that half of the schools have no building. Although complaining of a number of teachers from their low salaries, and finally the hostility of armed opposition groups against school, students and teachers are the main factors that caused the lower quality of education in the country.
High education also has its own problems; one of the major problems that engulfed the higher education is operating as a commercial organization. Today our education system is not comparable with our neighboring countries in quality point of view.
The students both in high schools and higher education institutes mostly complain about low quality of education, misusing in private educational institutes which represent and demonstrate the critical situation of education system that would be catastrophic for the future of the country.
Considering the situation, it would be better the president who have taught as teacher, accelerate and improve the process of monitoring in teaching and educational centers and take firm steps toward bringing extensive reforms  in education system of the country, because the people expect in all sided revolution in education system of  the country.  

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 07:15

Afghan Women Handicrafts Need Govt. Support

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Recently, women have achieved much success on handicrafts’ production, but they ask for the government support to further improve their activities.
Sana production project chairwoman, Roya said, “We are running a small project names ‘Sana’, aims to produce nine types of productions such as jam, pickle, etc.”
The project is running by women, a number of whom are disabled or martyrs’ families, she further said.
Besides jam and pickle, we produce Badakhshi cookies, she added.
It is a matter of pleasure that we own supply the productions to market, she said, adding we are not being supported by any agency and are self-reliant, she went on to say.
There are 15 women working in our project, she continued.
She said, “I am an Afghan woman and have never thought myself to be a loser and would keep doing without any fear.”
Soon, we will run a big project if god willing, she added.
We provide the raw materials from Kabul and after process, supply it to market, she pointed out.
We don’t use new plastic bottles, and it is one of our main problems, she said.
We use used-bottles, but we first wash them completely, she said, adding we want to supply high-quality productions to market.
She said, “The processing and packaging processes are being done with primary tools and we hope to soon run a big project with modern machineries so to recruit more women.”
We plan to provide any types of Afghani local foods in near future through which we would display the women talents and keep our country’s productions alive, she said.
Our next plan is to provide advanced machineries so to fame our productions worldwide, she added.
An in-charge of the project, Najim Ishaq said, “At first, we didn’t have anything, and started our work with hand and then a company names Rods, led by Dr. Nemat has improved our activities and today, we produce fifty types of handicrafts.”
We hire destitute and jobless women as well as those suffer narcotics so to help them stand on their feet on one hand and expand our works on the other, she further said.
Currently, ten women cooperate with us in term of production and some women bring their hand-made items to this organ and those who are newly recruited, would be trained for one week free of charge, she added.
We have held two handicrafts exhibitions so far, in Habibullah Zazai Park and in National Gallery, where many of our works had been sold worth 300 up to 3000 afghanis, Mr. Ishaq said.
This is while that most of women are trying to somehow economically help their households, but they ask for the government’s support in this regard.
Karima Malikzada

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Sar-e-Pul (BNA) Five armed Taliban militants have been killed during airstrikes conducted by the Afghan security forces in Mirza Olang Valley of Sar-e-Pul.
Shaheen 209 corps press in charge, Nasratullah Jamshedi told BNA, the airstrikes took place in Mirza Olang valley of Sayaad District, where the insurgents were planning to carry out terrorist attacks, resulted in killing 5 and injured 7 others.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:19

Improving Education Quality Discussed

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President Ashraf Ghani, a session was held to improve education quality, the presidential palace said in a statement.
Attended by a number of civil society activists, the participants shared their views on improving education’s quality, people cooperation in the respect, reforms and transparency in recruitment processes, importance of education technology and establishing professional schools in the country, according to the statement.
Thanking the participants for sharing their views, the president said to implement the mentioned issues, there were opportunity, capacity and practical will and the views should be changed into effective programs, the statement added.
Pointing at position and importance of civil organizations, the president said in cooperation with civil society, the government would find the vacuums and problems faced by education sector and seek the ways for their solutions, the statement continued.
The president said the human forces high council has been established and the civil society members can share their constructive views in regard with improving education sector in its next sessions, the statement concluded.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdulllah addressing a ceremony marking the World Food Day and launching of the Afghanistan Food Security and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN) in Kabul said that at the moment thirty-three percent of the population faces food insecurity and six hundred thousand children suffer from acute malnutrition. He also emphasized on solution to the problem.
Dr. Abdullah added that providing all Afghans access to adequate food and promoting better diet for women and children was one of the biggest goals of the Agenda.
“We had policies, we had methods, we worked on different strategies at different times, but the need for their coherence was felt and understood. Hence, our responsibility to ensure the safety of food was linked to various ministries and institutions. We came to the conclusion that we need to establish the National Food and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN),” said the Chief Executive.
Addressing the ceremony Minister of Public Health Ferozudding Feroz said that from the time of birth to the age of two, was the most important time to reach a child’s life, if nutrition was right from conception till that age, adding diseases were eliminated among children.
“This is essential so as to make sure malnutrition becomes something of the past for all women, men and their families and I am confident that by bringing the different sectors at government level and different departments together and making them work together you will create, reproduce very good results in putting in place a range of policies and programs to improve nutrition,” said Gerda Verburg, United Nations assistant secretary general and coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement. Meanwhile the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation said there is the need for more investment in the agricultural sector in the country in order to combat malnutrition and poverty. “Food insecurity in Afghanistan is increasing, statistics show that the lack of food safety in 2011 and 2012 was more than 30 percent but this figure has risen to 33 percent in the year 2014,” said Nasir Ahmad Durani acting minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock.
At the end of the meeting, government agencies and representatives from countries and organizations that have backed AFSeN committed to engaging in these initiatives.
“I preach on behalf of Afghanistan, on behalf of FAO, support commitment of my organization to promote Afghanistan food security and nutrition agenda,” said Tomio Shichiri, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile Afghanistan became the sixtieth country to receive the membership of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement. The committee on malnutrition and food security was also established with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah on the chair.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah during his visit from Laghman Province here the other day together with deputy minister of culture and acting Minister of Information and Culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari opened the provincial public library, BNA reported.
At the ceremony, Dr. Abdullah pledged to further equip Laghman’s public library. He also appeared before the press at the library’s compound and answered to journalists’ questions. Meanwhile during his trip, the Chief Executive visited Qala-e-Saraj historical place and reviewed the ongoing reconstruction process.
Besides hinting to preservation of the cultural heritage, Dr. Abdullah appreciates those working in reconstruction process of the castle.
Saraj castle was built 109 years ago by Amir Habibullah Khan Son of Amir Abdul Rahman Khan and its reconstruction process has begun with 22 million Afghanis in 2017.
According to another report, Dr. Abdullah also visited Laghman University and discussed the institution’s challenges, pledging reconstruction of the road connecting the university with the center of the province as well as to solve other problems of the students.

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