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Monday, March 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), United States and Germany strongly reacted to deadly Taliban insider in southern Zabul province.
“I condemn the savage Taliban attack on the Afghan security forces in Zabul. What kind of people can order and do this to fellow Afghans on the day of Nowruz, in the midst of a global pandemic & after professing commitment to peace? Shameful.” the NATO Senior Civilian Representative said in a Twitter post.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul also issued a statement on Twitter and strongly condemned the attack. “We strongly condemn Friday’s attack in Zabul & offer our condolences to the brave ANDSF & their families. Afghan security forces honor #Afghanistan by their dedication & service. In the midst of a global pandemic & on Nowruz, attacks like these are obscene. Time for peace is now.”
Meanwhile, the German Ambassador to Afghanistan Peter Prugel said in a Twitter post “Outraged by today’s heinous #Taliban attack on #ANDSF forces in Zabul. On the day of Nowruz and in face of a global pandemic, this savage act sheds serious doubts on the #Taliban’s commitment to peace. Sincere condolences to brave ANDSF, families and friends of the victims.”
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement said the Taliban militants launched the attack on security posts with the help of their infiltrators in the center of Zabul province, martyring 11 army soldiers and 6 policemen.

Monday, March 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Almost two weeks have passed since Afghan aviation companies announced a near-total shutdown of international flights, but some foreign companies are still flying in and out of Afghanistan.
According to the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA), Afghan domestic companies Ariana Airlines and Kam Air now only have flights from Dubai and Pakistan. And Pakistan has also imposed restrictions on the transit of goods flown in from Afghan airline companies, said ACAA.
But the head of the authority, Mohammad Qasim Wafaeezada, said foreign airline companies, primarily those based in the UAE, are conducting their flights to Kabul from the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Islamabad. But the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority recently announced that it will ban flights by Iran’s Mahan Air because of the coronavirus and flights by other companies to Iran have not been banned. Wafaeezadad said that domestic flights are normal.
“Restrictions were imposed on flights due to the coronavirus and required all flights to have credible health certificates,” Wafazeezada said, referring to the ban on Afghan airliners, including Kam Air and Ariana Airlines, by foreign countries.
The Ariana Afghan Airlines saying that have taken some precautionary measures to provide a safe environment for its passengers travelling to different provinces and abroad.
India’s External Affairs Ministry in a statement on March 19 said “no scheduled commercial passenger aircraft shall be allowed to land in India from March 22 for one week.”
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) based Emirates Airlines on Saturday suspended its flights to several destinations including capital Kabul due to the spike in the outbreak of Covid-19.
“In response to the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, Emirates is taking extra steps that go above and beyond industry and regulatory requirements to ensure our customers’ health and comfort, and provide you with confidence when planning your travel,” Airline said on its website.
“Several countries have imposed travel and immigration restrictions due to COVID-19. All customers are requested to check relevant travel advisories from and to the countries to which they are traveling.”
“This is a dynamic situation and it is the responsibility of the customer to ensure there are no entry restrictions at their travel destination. IATA Travel Centre provides a list of travel advisories relating to COVID-19.”
The Airline has suspended flights to several destinations across the world that include Kabul City till June 30.

Monday, March 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A day after Nepal and Bhutan pledged funds to the SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund, Afghanistan and Maldives too on Saturday pledged $1 million and $200000 respectively to it. The fund was announced by PM Narendra Modi during the video conference with SAARC leaders on March 15 to chalk out a common strategy to fight the spread of coronavirus.
India has pledged $10 million to the cause and aid in excess of $1 million has already been disbursed.
“The Afghan Government has just approved a contribution of One Million USD to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund as per the discussions in SAARC heads of nations VTC, believing in joint collaboration, and strengthening partnership to fight this pandemic,” Sediq Seddiqqi, spokesperson for Afghanistan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani tweeted Saturday.
PM, during the video conference, had called for nations to contribute voluntarily. The fund will be accessible to all SAARC member states.

Monday, March 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Independent Civil Services and Administrative Reforms Commission (ICSARC) strategy reduced working hours of government employees and increased precautionary measures in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.
The strategy had been recommended by the ICSARC and approved by the cabinet. It would go into effect in all provincial and central government institutions apart from the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH).
According to the strategy working hours in government institutions would begin from 8:00am and end at 1:00pm without any break.
Government institutions and department that direly need employees could make arrangement by introducing morning and afternoon shifts. The strategy, however, said that employees who are focal points and their signature is needed should be present to make sure that work moves smoothly.
Government institutions had been asked to avoid gathering of more people and ensure at least one-meter distance among employees in offices.
The government institutions had been advised to conduct their meetings conferences through video, voice calls and other available resources.
The ICSARC strategy sent employees ranging from 58 to 65-year-old, pregnant women and women whose children are in government kindergartens on one month leave and advised them to work from home if necessary.
The number of coronavirus patients in Afghanistan reached to 34 after the ministry of health announced 10 more positive cases on Sunday.

Monday, March 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Health authorities in Afghanistan on Sunday reported 16 additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, including two in the capital Kabul for the first time, taking the total to 40.
Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz told a press conference that the 16 new cases nationwide – out of 97 tests – include two foreign diplomats based in Kabul but declined to give more details.
Minister Feroz demanded the government declare a complete lockdown in the frontline state of Herat bordering Iran, which has emerged as the epicenter behind the spread of virus in Afghanistan, with thousands of deportees entering on a daily basis.
"People must cooperate. We urge them not to gather but then we see people together for picnics and so on, it becomes a massive problem,” he said, lamenting the social distancing being not followed.
Owing to a lack of awareness and limited testing for the virus in the country's fragile healthcare system, the number of positive COVID-19 cases is feared to be higher.
On Saturday, health authorities began door-to-door surveillance for suspected coronavirus cases in Herat. Dr. Ahmad Amirnejad, head of the national outreach and surveillance department in the western part of the country, told Anadolu Agency that only 213 people have been tested so far after a month of coronavirus outbreaks in the province.
He said this figure is very small. "Since the outbreak of the virus in Herat last month, only 213 suspects, including 40 women, have been tested in the province. Of these, 15 were positive and 185 negatives. The outcome of 13 other suspicious cases will be identified later," he said.
The Minister again requested the citizens to take the coronavirus threat seriously and to comply with the Ministry of Public Health's messages and instructions.
The Minister said that special attention has also been paid to preventing the spread of the Coronavirus in prisons and medical facilities have been provided to all the prisoners.
The virus, which emerged in Wuhan, China last December, has spread to at least 170 countries and regions around the globe, while the tally of confirmed cases has topped 308,000 and the death toll is over 13,000, according to data compiled by U.S.-based Johns Hopkins University.
Despite the rising number of cases, a vast majority of people contracting the virus suffer mild symptoms before making a recovery.
The Italian government reported 793 new coronavirus deaths on Saturday, a new one-day record that takes the country's death toll to 4,825 -- more than a third of the world's total. The announcement comes as nearly one billion are confined to their homes worldwide.

Monday, March 23, 2020
Herat (BNA) Taliban senior commander was killed in security troops attack in Herat yesterday.
Mullah Manan was targeted with tens of his colleagues while organizing a series of terrorist attacks.
Jelani Farhad spokesman for Herat governor told BNA, in the raid, Mullah Manan senior commander of Taliban was killed.
Three other Taliban insurgents were killed and two others have been injured, he added.
According to another report, four militaries were injured in explosion of a mine in Herat.
Police of the province say, the mine was placed in Pul-e-Pashton area and exploded while passing of militaries in the scene.
Security officials blamed Taliban for the mine planting.
Doctors in central hospital of Herat reported the health condition of an injured critical.
T. Yarzada

Monday, March 23, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) Hundreds of needy families have benefited from humanitarian aids in Kandahar.
Some of these families are domestic, and some are returnees from Pakistan and Iran.
Kandahar Media office with releasing a statement said, nearly 1,000 families received food from domestic and foreign aid agencies.
The assistance include, flour, ghee, tea, sugar, bean and soap.
T. Yarzada

Monday, 23 March 2020 05:08

ISIS Loyalists Killed in Kunar Clash

Monday, March 23, 2020
Asadabad (BNA) Four ISIS loyalists were killed in a clash by security troops in Kunar last night.
The fighters were targeted while planting a mines on a main road in Soki district.
Selab army corps media office in east of country with releasing a statement said, four ISIS fighters were killed in the clash.
Another report says, police of Kunar discovered and defused 13 mines from crowded road of the province and prevented from a series of blasts.
No one has been detained in connection of the mine planting.
T. Yarzada

Monday, March 23, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) Sixteen Taliban rebels were killed in recent attacks of Afghan security troops in Kandahar and Zabul provinces and numbers of this group have been injured.
The rebels were suppressed in parts of Khakrez and Maiwand districts of Kandahar and Arghandab and Shahr-e-Saf districts of Zabul.
Media office of security troops stationed in Kandahar with releasing a statement said, sixteen Taliban rebels were killed and dozens others have been injured.
Two hideouts of Taliban with all war equipment have been demolished.
According to another report, two armed Taliban were killed in their own mine blasts in Kandahar.
The rebels while wanted to plant a mine in a main road in Sahwalikot district bazaar, the mine exploded and killed them.
Likewise, police of Kandahar and Zabul provinces discovered and confiscated 28 mines from busy roads of the provinces and prevented from a series of explosions.
Security officials blamed Taliban for the failed mine planting.
T. Yarzada

Monday, 23 March 2020 05:02

Taliban Rebels Killed in Helmand Clashes

Monday, March 23, 2020
Lashkargah (BNA) Ten Taliban rebels were killed in latest clashes in Helmand last night.
The insurgents were suppressed in parts of Naharsaraj district and suburb of Lashkargah city.
ANA key commander in Atal army corps in south of country told BNA, ten Taliban insurgents including a local commander of this group were killed.
Another report says, a weapons cache of Taliban was discovered in Helmand.
The cache was kept in a hideout of Taliban in Sangeen district.
Police of the province says, dozens of weapons such bombs and mines were also seized from the cache.
No one has been detained in connection of the cache.
T. Yarzada

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