23 May 2017

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The South Asia Satellite, a unique example of South Asian regional cooperation in space sector, was successfully launched on Friday by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) from Sriharikota of India, a press release from Indian embassy in Kabul said on Saturday.
Following the launch, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was joined by leaders from South Asian countries participating in the project, including President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan, Abdullah Yameen, President of Maldives, Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, Prime Minister of Nepal and Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka, in an unprecedented video-conference held to mark the launch, the press release added.
Speaking at the historic occasion, the Indian Prime Minister said that the launch of South Asia Satellite marks the fulfilment of India’s commitment and also the beginning of the journey to build the most advanced frontier of the partnership.
“The project will touch the lives of the people of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India through regional cooperation in the area of space technology applications in telecommunication and broadcasting, Tele-medicine, Tele-education, e-governance, banking/ ATM services, cellular back-haul, meteorological data transmission, disaster response and networking of academic and research institutions,” Modi said as quoted in the press release.
The Indian Prime Minister said that the South Asia Satellite demonstrated that our collective choices for our citizens will bring us together for cooperation, not conflict; development, not destruction; and prosperity not poverty.
The PM Modi thanked the leaders of the participating countries for their strong and valuable support that translated this vision into reality. Prime Minister and other leaders congratulated Indian Space Research Organization on successful development and launch of the Satellite.
Ambassadors/ High Commissioners of the participating countries were also invited to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, to witness the launch, the press release concluded.
 

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon held a phone conversation here on Friday afternoon, a presidential statement said.
The two leaders talked over topics of mutual interests.
President Ghani thanked Tajikistan for its cooperation with Afghanistan particularly in medical treatment of those wounded in the terrorist attack on 209 Shaheen military corps.
He invited President Rahmon to visit Afghanistan and take further constructive steps for bolstering of the security and economic cooperation.
President Rahmon thanked President Ghani for the invitation, saying that Tajikistan is ready for cooperation with Afghanistan in improving security and combatting terrorism. The two sides underscored joint counter-terrorism efforts.
 

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Kabul (BNA) On the basis of recommendation of the presidential senior advisor on public relations and strategic affairs and approval of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Najibullah Azad has been appointed as the deputy spokesman for the president, a statement said on Saturday.
According to presidential statement, Najibullah Azad son of Dr. Mohammad Karim was born in January 1983 in Paktia Province and was holding Master degrees in English Language and Management.
He has worked as political and cultural advisor for NATO and other national and international organizations. He has full command on English, Dari, Pashtu and Urdu languages as well as has written hundreds of articles on cultural, political and religious affairs. He was also granted the award of best writer in south Asia by the SAARC association in 2016, the statement concluded.
 

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Kabul (BNA) UN deputy to secretary general and his accompanying delegation called on Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh, discussing various issues.
In the meeting, vice president while considering role of UN as key and effective in Afghanistan during the past 15 years stressed UN would further cooperate with Afghanistan government in strengthening of democratic processes in the country.
The UN former deputy to general secretary also insisted that besides reviewing UNAMA works in Afghanistan, the UN would manage its activities in a mechanism in which they could be further effective.
He said priorities which have been identified by Afghanistan government were key for the United Nations and they would try to conduct effective activities in this regard.
 

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