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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi, the meeting of Mass Media High Council was held yesterday.
In the meeting, members of the council discussed holding a meeting for seeking suggestions and consultation regarding draft policy on mass media.
Also, members of the council expressed their visions and suggestions about the meeting.
Hasina Safi asserted that there should be visions of media agencies, journalists and media experts for enrichment of the policy, stressing on better holding the meeting to be held the following week in Kabul.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman met with the Afghanistan’s Youth Representative to the United Nations Aisha Khurram, and the Ambassador of Federal Republic of Germany to Kabul Peter Prügel yesterday, a MoFA statement said.
At the outset, Aisha Khurram briefed the minister on her recent visits to Germany and the United States of America, and her participation in the United Nations Security Council plenary and other meetings that she had during her journey, the statement added.
Appreciating the achievements of Khurram, Minister Zaman, discussed her upcoming plans and activities as the Youth Representative to the United Nations and expressed his support in implementation of her plans, the statement went on to say.
Khurram further raised the lack of presence and awareness of youth regarding the peace talks and called for establishment of mechanisms in which the youth could also be informed on peace relevant issues.
At the end, while wishing her further successes in her future plans, the Acting Foreign Minister called her a deserving representation of the new generation, the statement concluded.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Zuhra Bayan Shinwari, head of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC), in a press conference on Tuesday said that 9,866 complaints out of 16,545 complaints have been rejected due to lack of evidence.
“Now we are moving into the recount process, and, so far, there have been no serious problems between the two commissions,” Shinwari said. 
The votes of 109 polling stations have been invalidated and 75 people have been fined over alleged involvement in fraudulent behavior. 71 Independent Election Commission (IEC) employees have been fired, according to IECC officials.
Mohammad Qasim Ilyasi, a commissioner and spokesman for IECC, said: “We think it is too early to disclose the names of those who have been referred to the Attorney General.”
After yesterday’s announcement, the electoral campaign teams will have three days to appeal the IECC's rejection of the campaign team's complaints.
The polling stations designated for recount are in 19 provinces, IECC spokesman Mohammad Qasim Elyasi said. He said the commission received 381 follow-up complaints on its initial decisions about the assessed complaints.
Nangarhar, with 1,580, has the highest number of polling stations to be recounted, according to the IECC. There will be recounts in Kunar, with 248 polling stations, Paktia with 386 polling stations, Nimroz with 177, and Helmand with 150 polling stations.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) National Security Adviser of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr. Hamdullah Mohib left Kabul for New Delhi yesterday to participate at the Raisina Dialogue 2020, a statement from NSA Press office said.
The dialogue is held annually with the participation of world leaders from various sectors of politics, commerce, media, and civil society.
The Dialogue is structured as a multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral discussion, involving heads of state, prime ministers, national security advisers, cabinet ministers and activists from various sectors. International policies, multilateral and multi-sectoral issues will be discussed in the meeting, according to the statement.
NSA Mohib will address the conference on peace, security, commerce and economic self-reliance and hold bilateral meetings with Foreign Ministers of Iran, Uzbekistan and Estonia and other high-ranking officials from other countries and organizations on the sidelines of this conference, the statement added.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chairing the sub-committee meeting of the council of ministers on health affairs here on Tuesday at the Sapidar Palace, Chief Executive (CE) Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said establishment of independent health insurance office was people’s urgent need, a statement said.
The Ministry of Public Health briefed the session on establishment of the independent health insurance organization, saying they were currently working in coordination with international institutions on a plan to establish the health insurance agency, adding the plan includes legal aspects, organizational structures and institutionalization of the health insurance culture in the country, the statement from CE press office said.
The session also approved the Ministry of Public health’s proposal for resumption of issuing licenses to pharmacies under specific and restricted conditions, the statement added.
CE Abdullah instructed Ministry of Public Health to conduct a detailed assessment of districts and remote areas and issue new licenses as per need of the people.
Considering lack of people’s access to medicines in remote areas and inattention to this matter by the country’s laws, the council of ministers had earlier suspended issuing of licenses to pharmacies.
According to the sub-committee report regarding the private sector role in health affairs, there were serious problems existed in issuing of tariff and licenses, establishment of medicines industrial park and quality of the medicines.
The Chief Executive said the problems needed to be discussed and assed in private sector’s executive committee meeting of the Chief Executive Office, the statement added.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with a number of elders and influential figures of southern Kandahar province here at the presidential palace yesterday, a statement said.
Representing others, tribal elders Mahmood Karzai, Shereen Aqa Quraishi and head of provincial council Sayed Jan Khakrezwal thanked president’s attention for implementation of development projects, in particular easing people with potable water, the statement from the presidential press office said.
The speakers also enumerated a number of their challenges in different spheres, including education, lack of high school teachers and traders’ problems, asking president to solve the traders’ problems as their trucks were stooped in western Herat province.
Welcoming Kandahar elders and influential figures, President Ghani said implementation of development projects to be continued in the province, instructing Ministries of Finance and Transport to share their proposals to solve the issues before stopped containers in Herat, the statement added.
The president went on saying that utmost attention to be paid to education sector across the country, adding SpinBoldak to be turned into a dry port and development zone in the province.
Hinting to water management in the country, the president said upon completion of the Kajaki dam, one billion cubic meters of water will be stored and after technical studies, another dam will be built in Musa Qala district, the presidential statement added.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 06:41

NPC Proves Re-Activation of Bakhtar Airlines

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The National Procurement Commission meeting with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair discussed 29 procurement contracts and approved 28 of which worth more than 4.5 billion Afghanis, including the plan for investments on re-activation of Bakhtar Airlines related to Ariana Afghan Airlines, the statement from presidential press office said yesterday.
The commission also approved amendments to some contracts and restored the contract related to construction of a two-story building for Paktia provincial office.
The president emphasized that all projects should be completed on due time and that delays in implementation of projects should be avoided, according to the statement.
The meeting concluded with approving the payment for last installment related to construction of gymnasium in Logar province, related to general directorate of physical educations and sports.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Taliqan (BNA) Winter assistance took place for 2,300 displaced families in Takhar province.
Jawad Hejri spokesman for Takhar governor told BNA correspondent, immigration and returnees office of the province with the help of partner institutions distributed a quantity of flour, rice, ghee and fuel materials to 2,300 families who’s have been displaced due to recent wars from unsafe areas of Takhar districts to Taliqan city.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 06:39

Taliban Set Fire three Oil Tankers

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) Three oil tankers were set on fire by Taliban in Pul-e-Khomri-Samangan highway yesterday.
Security source of Baghlan who denied his name told BNA, the tankers set on fire in Samangan-Pul-e-Khomri highway in Malayan village, by Taliban insurgents.
It is said that no any harm and casualties incurred to drivers of the tankers.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 15 January 2020 06:38

Taliban Terrorist Killed in Laghman Clashes

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Mehtarlam (BNA) Four Taliban terrorist were killed in a clash by security troops in Laghman last night.
The Taliban were suppressed in suburb of Alinegar district while terrorist activities.
Senior commander in East of the country told BNA, the Taliban riding motorcycle were targeted by security troops.
According to another report, police of Laghman with discovering of six mines from busy roads of the province, prevented a series of bloody explosions.
No one has been detained in connection of the failed mine planting.
T. Yarzada

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