25 April 2019

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Saturday, April 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) head Abdul Matin Bek addressing an event “Accountability of the Government before the Nation” here at the Government Media and Information Center on Thursday said the IDLG played a key role in terms of facilitating urban services and legislation last year.
He went on saying that conducting municipal elections was their priority and they were trying to appoint one or two mayors through a ballot this year.
He said last year President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani devoted 25 percent of his time visiting provincial administrations.
Matin Bek, while addressing media said the adoption of a roadmap for good governance, approval of the law on local councils and the law of municipalities were among IDLG achievements.
He said the municipal law pave the ground for election of mayors and the ballot was their priority for this ongoing year.
He said last year mayors were appointed through a competition process in which two women also got the slot.
He said district chiefs were also appointed through a competition process to stable areas but in insecure places such competition was not necessary and only those having tribal support were welcomed.
The IDLG head claimed currently 20 districts were out of the government’s control nationwide.

Saturday April 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with elders and influential of Pashayee tribe and heard their problems and demands, CE press office stated BNA.
Pashayee elders enumerated a series of their problems, saying security was the biggest challenge to them. They said Daesh threatening Dara-e-Noor and Kunar districts of Nangarhar, asking government to counter such threats. They also asked government for scholarship to Pashayee youth and their recruitment in government positions. Meanwhile, CE Abdullah vowed to address their problems through the line organs. He also said practical measures to be taken for security of Dara-e-Noor and Kunar districts.
 

Saturday April 20, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The peace talks between Afghan politicians, civil society members and other representatives of Afghanistan’s society with the Taliban on issues around the peace process scheduled for April 20-21 was cancelled due to a “Disagreement” by Qatari government on the 250-member list proposed by the Afghan side as Presidential Palace described it in a statement.
The Presidential Palace said in the statement that the Doha meeting was cancelled as the Qatar government did not accept the Afghan delegation’s list and instead suggested a new list “which was not acceptable to the Afghan government”. “After completion of preparations of the delegation for going to (Qatar), Qatar government sent a new list which was not balanced in terms of involvement of the people of Afghanistan and in other words it was a disrespect to the national will of the Afghan people and this is not acceptable to the people of Afghanistan”.
“A group of politicians at a meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani agreed that the act by the Qatari government is not acceptable and they decided to ask the Qatari government to allow the attendance of the Afghan delegation selected by Afghanistan.” “As far as the government of Qatar could not practice our legitimate suggestion, the Doha conference was cancelled.” The government and the people of Afghanistan are committed to achieving a dignified peace and will continue their sincere efforts in this respect. Meanwhile, the US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad said in a tweet that he is “Disappointed” that Qatar’s intra-Afghan initiative “has been delayed”. “We’re in touch with all parties and encouraged that everyone remains committed to dialogue and the Afghan peace process,” he said. “Dialogue is and always will be key to a political roadmap and lasting peace. There is no alternative. I urge all sides to seize the moment and put things back on track by agreeing to a participant list that speak for all Afghans. I stand ready to help if our help is needed,” he tweeted.
 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Jalalabad (BNA) Eleven armed oppositions were killed and 20 others were injured in operation of Afghan security forces in Khogyani and Shirzad districts.
The operation were launched with attendance of hundreds of militaries, police forces with support of air forces.
ANA key commander in east of the country told BNA, in recent action, 11 armed oppositions were killed in Khogyani and Shirzad districts and 20 others were injured.
The insurgents were suppressed this morning by air and ground strikes of security forces.
Likewise, dozens of regions in Khogyani and Shirzad districts were also cleared from Taliban and ISIS affiliates.
T. Yarzada
 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Qalat (BNA) Eight Taliban rebels were killed in recent clashes by security forces in Zabul province and six others have been injured last night.
The Taliban were targeted while terrorist activities in Mezan and Arghandab districts.
ANA top commander in south of the country told BNA, eight rebels were killed and six others have been wounded.
The insurgents were suppressed while smuggling weapons to unknown place in suburb of Arghandab district and planting of mines on main road of Mezan district of that province.
T. Yarzada
 

Wednesday, 17 April 2019 09:05

Four Men Held With Narcotic Drug

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The police officials of Nangarhar province detained four men while smuggling 50kgs of narcotic drug this morning.
Nasrat Rahimi acting spokesman of interior ministry told BNA, the men skillfully placed the narcotic drug in four vehicles and wanted to smuggle it abroad, have been detained by police forces.
A Kalashnikov and military equipment were also seized by police forces.
T. Yarzada
 

Wednesday April 17, 2019

Ghazni City (BNA) Flash floods have caused heavy financial losses in several district of Ghazni province.
Mohammad Aref Noori spokesman of Ghazni governor told BNA reporter, since three days ago, 116 acres of agricultural lands, 1.5 km road, 50 residential houses and an airport partially or completely have been destroyed in Jaghori, Waghiz, Zankhan and Malistan districts of the province.
Also, flash floods have affected people in Andar and Muqar district of the province, which so far there is no report about the losses.
M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Ghazni (BNA) Over 20 villages of Ghazni province clean up from insurgents in Ghazni province yesterday.
Mohammad Aref Noori spokesman for Ghazni governor told BNA security forces with support of air forces conduced joint clearing operations in outskirt of center and districts of Ghazni province. 21 villages have been cleared from insurgents in outskirt of center and districts of that province.
In the operation, 22 armed Taliban were killed and nearly ten others have been injured.
A vehicle and a Dahshaka machinegun have been destroyed in the operation
The operation continued there till annihilation of insurgents.
T. Yarzada
 

Wednesday April 17, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in meeting with a number of elders and influential figures of Shughnani district of northeastern Badakhshan province heard their suggestions and instructed the local organs administration to collect their problems to be solved duly. According to BNA report, the President heard their suggestions about insuring security, improvement of education and paying attention to the Shughnan airport, promoting the district healthcare center to hospital and establishment of a dam on the Shughnan’s lake.
The President said, “42 years ago, I and the First Lady had made a trip to Shughnan and still have the memory of the hospitality and affection of the people.” He noted that Badakhshan, particularly, the district had high natural resources and capacity, from which, the fiber optic is expected to transfer and work on the dams would be started. The President instructed the intendent local organs to collect the problems of the people of Shughnan and report to the Presidential Office to be solved duly. The President asked the Shughnan representatives to introduce a woman to be appointed as the country’s senate members.
 

Wednesday April 17, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani visited Kabul’s flood-hit areas yesterday, BNA reported. The President visited Kabul’s 5th PD, Qala-e-Wahid where he spoke with affected people and got informed about their conditions. Representing 5th and 6th districts’ residents, Eng. Shah Mahmoud and Eng. Haneef while thanking the President said many houses were threatened by floods, asking for urgent assistances in this regard. The related areas’ residents also asked President to pay heed in construction of sideways, alleys, watercourses and blocking floods’ itineraries.
After hearing the residents, the President said preparations would be taken to block the floods’ ways, adding the surrounding areas of Kabul River would be cleared of usurpation, because, the river’s territory belongs to the nation. He instructed Capital Region Authority and Kabul Municipality to launch an urgent survey and also ordered Kabul governor to prepare the list of affected people at its earliest so urgent aids to be provided for them.
 

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