18 November 2018

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Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah Chaired the meeting of the Council of Ministers (CM), discussing key issues on the agenda, his office said in a statement Monday.
The CE said he had shared the issue of police and civilian death in the southern Urozgan province and assured to address the problems of the displaced peoples by the conflicts, the statement said.
Dr. Abdullah expressed deep regret over the last week’s helicopter crash incident, in which the deputy army corps, chairman of the provincial council and some other onboard have lost their lives and the recent fire in Khairkhaw market, resulting in the elimination of tens of shops and inflecting heavy losses on their economy, according to the statement.
He pledged to assign an investigation commission for evaluation of the incident to provide cooperation with the affected shopkeepers.
According to the statement, minister of commerce and industry, chamber of commerce and industries have been tasked to is cuss the issue related to the market’s fire, with the shopkeepers’ representatives for taking practical measures in tackling their problems as well as the minister of interior was tasked their problems as well as the minister of interior was tasked to pay attention on providing a modern and equipped fire-fighter sector.
He said Afghanistan position has improved 16 times in the World Bank works rating index, which can be said the result of the government’s reforms, effective programs and practical measures.
Pointing to the Laghman and Nangarhar people problems in term of long power outage, Abdullah said the issue would be discussed in the national Security Council, according to the statement.
The CE said preparations were made for the Geneva conference, which is hoped to prove effective in the implementation of the Afghans priorities through the international commitments in reaching permanent peace, the statement added.
Dr. Abdullah said five years ago, construction of an international Islamic University was committed to be funded by the Islamic Cooperation Organization leaders to be built in Kabul, and the national unity government would start the construction project in the capital, with a provincial branch in the eastern Nangarhar province, according to the statement.
“The previous government was on to build the university in Nangarhar, a plan against the Islamic Cooperation Organization’s program.  The Islamic cooperation Organization would possibly build the university in another Islamic country’s capital, so the government of Afghanistan cannot change the ICO plan in the construction of the university.
Participants of the Council of Ministers meeting shared issues related to the agenda, with the CE Abdullah instructing the ministries of water and power, economy and finance and the head of Breshna Sherkat the power supply company and the chief of National Environment Protection Agency to talks on the proposals and present the results related to the plan of the ministry of water and power to the next meeting of the council of ministers, the statement said.

Tuesday November 6, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has received US principal deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asia Alice Wells, BNA reported.
In the meeting held yesterday evening at Gul Khana Place, both sides discussed modality of impacts of US sanctions on Chabahar port. Previously, Afghanistan government had also held discussions in connection with Chabahar and results of discussions would be soon shared with the people. According to another report, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has also met with Alice Wells, US principle deputy assistant secretary for South and Central Asia at Sapidar Palace. In the meeting, both sides discussed Afghanistan peace talks, holding parliamentary elections, preparations for presidential elections and Geneva meeting to be held late this month.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Intelligence Chief Masoom Stanikzai has said the probe findings into the deadly Kandahar and Helmand incidents would be shared with the people in the near future.
Speaking during a session of the parliament on Saturday, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) Chief Masoom Stanikzai, said the investigations are still being conducted.
Stanikzai further added that their findings indicate that the regional intelligence circles were involved in the deadly incidents in Helmand and Kandahar.
Without disclosing further information, Stanikzai said a final report regarding the investigations would be shared with the people in the near future. 
In the meantime, Stanikzai said at least 22 people have been arrested in connection to the attack in southern Kandahar province that led to the killing of Gen. Abdul Raziq.
Gen. Abdul Raziq was killed in an attack by a gunman who had infiltrated among the security guards of Kandahar governor Zalamy Weesa.
The intelligence chief of Kandahar Gen. Abdul Momina Hussain Khel was also killed in the attack which was carried out 17 days ago.
A parliamentary candidate Abdul Jabar Qahraman was killed a day earlier in an explosion inside his electoral office in Lashkargah city.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Kabul (BNA) During an extraordinary meeting while reviewing the losses imposed as a result of a fire incident in the capital Kabul, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah vowed to address the demands of a number of markets’ owners and shopkeepers, BNA reported on Sunday.
Visiting the area from near, Dr. Abdullah said the damages were seen to be higher than primary reports, the agency further said.
The blaze has directly and indirectly affected the lives of tens of thousands of people and resulted in huge financial losses to the market.
The minister of commerce and industry, Humayoun Rasa reported about the primary assessments, suggestions and problems of burned markets owners and shopkeepers to the meeting.
Afterwards, Kabul acting mayor said based on instruction of national unity government leadership, two commissions have been formed to start their works in this respect.
CE Abdullah instructed that the commissions should report about their investigations results at its earliest to know about the exact figure of losses and problems so its financial issue to be discussed in the cabinet, adding delay in commissions’ works would not be justifiable.  The markets’ owners and shopkeepers asked the government to cooperate with them in construction, rent, tax and loan services to resume their works.

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