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Saturday, 11 January 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi in message issued the other day on the occasion of marking the Constitution Week said implementation and observing the country’s construction can pave the way for consolidation of legality and rule of law and lead their life towards legality.
According to the message, most of contents of the country’s constitution belong to all government institutions to implement, but contents belonging to the ministry of information and culture are the 9th, 16th and 34th article as well as third clause of 50th articles and a part of the constitution’s 54th articles.
According to 9th article of the constitution, Mines and other subterranean resources as well as historical relics shall be the property of the state.  Protection, management and proper utilization of public properties as well as natural resources shall be regulated by law.
Regarding steps taken by the ministry of information and culture, in her message, acting minister of information and culture said that fruitful works have been done for the preservation of historic monuments and their extraction, adding that new law on cultural heritages have been codified for preservation of cultural heritages and by enforcing the law unprecedented development would be made in this regard.  According to 16th article of constitution, From amongst Pashto, Dari, Uzbeki, Turkmani, Baluchi, Pachaie, Nuristani, Pamiri and other current languages in the country, Pashto and Dari shall be the official languages of the state.  In areas where the majority of the people speak in any one of Uzbeki, Turkmani, Pachaie, Nuristani, Baluchi or Pamiri languages, any of the aforementioned language, in addition to Pashto and Dari, shall be the third official languages, the usage of which shall be regulated by law.  The state shall design and apply effective programs to foster and develop all languages of Afghanistan.  Usage of all current languages in the country shall be free in press publications and mass media.  Academic and national administrative terminology and usage in the country shall be preserved.  Acting minister of information and culture by pointing to steps taken by the MoIC in connection with 16th article of the country’s constitution said there were Pashto and Dari newspapers published daily in the country, besides, there were magazines in Uzbeki, Turkmeni, Balochi, Pashayee, Nooristani, Pamiri and Gojari languages published in the country.
The message added that a draft law for expansion and implementation of language has been prepared and sent to the ministry of justice.
Acting minister of information and culture in her message said that the MoIC was working to strengthen expression of speech as the new draft law on mass media as well as joint committee of government and media was also under processing and the ministry of information and culture was playing a key role in this regard.
At the end of her message, acting minister of information and culture congratulated the Constitution Week to all.

Saturday, 11 January 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with UK ambassador to Kabul here in his office on Thursday, a statement said.
Both sides discussed regional issues and addressing of electoral complaints, the statement from CE press office added.
Emphasizing on de-escalation of violence and addressing of issues via negotiations, both sides also stressed impartiality and transparency in electoral complaint commission works.
CE thanked UK support for Afghan IDPs and emergency states, the statement added.
According to another report, CE Abdullah also met with US embassy charge d’affairs on Thursday and welcomed President Trump’s statement for de-escalation of tensions and negotiations with Iran.
The Chief Executive went on saying that Afghanistan as the victim of terrorism, seeking durable peace and any tension in the region would directly affect the Afghan peace process, the statement added.
Meanwhile US embassy charge d’affairs briefed the CE on his country’s view of Iran, adding her countries was seeking de-escalation of tension, but would respond any attack on its installations and interest in the region.

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke via phone with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Wednesday evening and discussed commitments on sustainable assistance to Afghanistan Defense and Security forces, supporting the Afghan peace process and addressing terrorist safe havens in the region, the statement from presidential palace said on Thursday.
The NATO Secretary General expressed disappointments that his visit to Kabul postponed since he had to deal with recent circumstances and incidents in the region and pledged to pay a visit to Kabul at a suitable occasion, the statement added.
Both sides underscored that ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region will be inconceivable unless the challenge of terrorists’ safe havens in the region is addressed.
The two sides also agreed to discuss in detail the strategic and multifaceted issues between Afghanistan and NATO during the upcoming visit of Secretary General Stoltenberg to Kabul, the statement said.

January 11, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani participated and delivered his remarks at the closing ceremony of the First National Education Symposium, on Wednesday evening at the presidential palace, a statement said on Friday.
President Ghani, joined by the First Lady and senior state officials, said, ‘today is a significant day in contemporary history of Afghanistan and will be remembered as a day for change’, adding that such gatherings and open discussions provide a conducive platform to establish reforms, and contribute to identifying the problems, setting goals and objectives and delineating an enriched educational roadmap, the statement from presidential press office said.
The president iterated the education sector should transform into a body that can meet the requirements of the 21st century. He termed schools as instruments for nation-building that shape the characters of students and present them to society as responsible citizens, the statement added.
Acting Minister of Education Dr. Mirwais Balkhi briefed on the 3-day symposium, where issues pertaining to education reforms including its scale and scope as well as methodologies and approaches, according to statement.
Dr. Balkhi underscored the need for revision of education-related laws and legislations and highlighted the importance of transforming educational system in terms of quality and quantity, providing fair and quality services in the sector, maximizing the use of technology and adopting a capability-based curriculum at schools.

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, in a phone conversation expressed his profound sympathies to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and the families of Afghan passengers who lost their lives in a Ukrainian plane crash in Tehran the other day, a statement from presidential press office said yesterday.
President Zelensky said that it has been his priority to deploy an investigation team to Iran to establish the truth of this tragedy and once established will share it with the Afghan government, the statement added.
President Ghani reciprocally offered his deepest condolences to the president of Ukraine over the incident that took the lives of all passengers from various nationalities on board. The president asked his Ukrainian counterpart to convey the Afghan government’s sympathies to the families of deceased and the State Aviation Administration of Ukraine, according to the statement.
“With misfortune, the catastrophe claimed precious lives of 10 Afghan citizens,” said President Ghani while underscoring that the Afghan government will put any efforts in place to identify their families and relatives and condole them.
President Ghani said he hoped that the Iranian authorities will cooperate with the investigations transparently to establish the causes of this incident, particularly on providing the black box of the crashed airliner to the team of investigation, the statement quoted him.
He added he is confident that the government of Ukraine will make immense efforts to discover the leading causes and share it with the Afghan government.
A Ukraine International Airlines plane (Flight PS752) heading from Tehran to Kyiv crashed shortly after taking off from the Imam Khomeini International Airport at about 06:00 Tehran time (04:30 Kyiv time) on Wednesday, January 8.
There were 176 people on board the aircraft - 167 passengers (including two Ukrainians) and nine crew (all Ukrainians).

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Police of Balkh arrested seven men on charges of criminal crimes in Mazar-e-Sharif city.
Adel Shah Adel spokesman for Balkh security directorate told BNA. Police of the commandment arrested the men on charges of harassment and armed rubbery from Mazar-e-Sharif city.
Three vehicles, two weapons were also seized from the detainees, he added.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 11 January 2020 06:45

Taliban Insurgents Killed in Takhar Strike

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Taliqan (BNA) Eight Taliban insurgents were killed in an air strike in Takhar yesterday.
Hadi Jamal press in charge of Pamir 217 army corps told BNA, the insurgents were killed in an air strike which was carried out on a rally of them in Qaratapa region, Darqad district.
Five other insurgents have been injured and a hideout of them with several weapons and ammunition has been demolished, Jamal added.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, January 11, 2020
Aibak (BNA) Three young people were martyred and three others have been injured in a traffic accident in Samangan province.
Abdul Moner Rahimi spokesman for Samangan security commandment told BNA, a vehicle collided with a truck in Ghaznegak; region, Hazrat Sultan district, Samangan-Balkh highway, in which three commuters of the vehicle were lost their loves and three others have been injured.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday January 8, 2020
Kabul (BNA) It is supposed that the new round of negotiations between representatives of US and Taliban group will resumed in Doha capital of Qatar, ceasefire and reduction of violence in Afghanistan would be the main issues would be discussed in this round.
BNA political affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes, negotiations between representatives of United State of America and Taliban group will be resumed in Doha, Zalmay Khalilzad representative of US for peace reconciliation in Afghanistan has recently arrived in Qatar and had unofficial meeting with Mullah Broder deputy of Taliban group there.
Close source for Taliban reported that in this round US representatives will emphasized on ceasefire and reduction violence in Afghanistan, but Taliban group will discussed only about reduction violence not ceasefire.
New round of negotiations between representatives of US and Taliban group will be started at a time while tensions between US and Iran has increased after killing Sardar Qasem Soleimani a top military commander of Iran during US air strike in Iraq on Friday.
About the latest tensions between Iran and US, Taliban group stand beside Iran, while US insists on putting more pressure on Iran.
US will trying to continue negotiations with Taliban and keep the group hopeful. We discussing about Taliban, people of Afghanistan need peace and tranquility, undoubtedly Taliban is a part of the country and thinking about peace and tranquility in Afghanistan as well, it is better that considering national interests all Afghans by strong will joined hands to rescue the country from current situation and ensure peace.
Recent developments in the region proved that Iraq, Iran, Pakistan and… by putting aside all internal disputes following their national interests. Unfortunately, there is no clear and uniform definition from national interests and nation building in Afghanistan, otherwise Afghanistan problems have been solved in the past.
It is better that for reaching to peace in Afghanistan we must have a clear definition for national interests, put aside all disputes and work together. Afghanistan is our home, we must endeavor to ensure peace and stability in the country and trying to rescue the country from the current crisis.
Foreigners thinking about their interests, their friendship and hostility is different based on terms and conditions, but the country is belonged to Afghans and their happiness and sadness are same.
So, key to peace is with Afghans, if the key is with others, people of the country trying to get it and determine their fate and future.
The political destiny of Afghanistan cannot determine in New York, Doha or Moscow, but this is Kabul city as common house of Afghans that we can solve our disputes by discussions.
Afghanistan is facing with great political and intelligence games, only national unity can solve the country’s problems, to put an end point on crisis of the country it is better that Taliban leaders must prefer demands of Afghanistan people than foreigners.

Wednesday, 08 January 2020 10:57

M1- 35 Helicopter Crash in Farah

Wednesday, January 08, 2020
Farah (BNA) ANA M1-35 helicopter was crashed due to technical problems in Farah today.
Defense ministry press office told BNA correspondent, around 11:00 am today a helicopter of the ANA flying from center of Farah to Purchaman District of the province, crashed due to technical problems.
Two pilots of the helicopter were martyred in the incident.
The case is under investigation, said MoD.
T. Yarzada