29 March 2017

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has introduced Nadir Nadiri as new chief for Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC).
In a ceremony held on this occasion, former chief of the commission Dr. Ahmad Mushahid briefed related to works and activities of the respective commission.
Afterwards, the country’s chief executive in his speech stressed on further attention to independent administrative reform and civil service commission in order to be a concrete base for Afghanistan future and there would not be political interferences in the commission.  He considered meritocracy as main responsibilities of the commission in government institutions.
In the ceremony, the newly appointed chief for the respective commission Nadir Nadiri said government institutions have worn-out and needed to be renovated.  He considered role of youth as key in government institutions and stressed that the commission would counter corruption in government institutions. 
 

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met yesterday with ambassador of Karim Aghan Khan Noor Jahan Mawani and her accompanying delegation at presidential palace. 
Mrs. Mawani delivered the President Detailed plan in particular plan and design of a standard hospital determined to be constructed by Aghan Khan Foundation in Kabul city.  The country’s President appreciated the foundation for investment in connection with construction of a standard hospital in Kabul and instructed senior advisor to president on infrastructure affairs to process administrative phases of the detailed plan for construction the hospital in coordination with relevant organs and consultation of the people of area. 
 

Saturday March 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) U.S. senator, John McCain asks US President to continue supporting Afghan security forces in order they can successfully fight terrorism.
The step is taken while both countries are afraid of common threat. US has started a war in Afghanistan years ago, resulted to push out the Taliban from the country. In fact, the attack on World Trade Center towers has caused establishment of new political system in Afghanistan. Presidential and parliamentary elections held in the past were among the Afghan people achievements after the US attack and collapse of the Taliban in the country. US forces’ presence in Afghanistan over the last more than one and half a decade has worth billions of dollars, leaving hundreds of them killed and injured. Now, it is feared that if US leaves Afghanistan alone, all its achievements obtained over the last years will go in vain. Thus, McCain’s demand means protection of US achievements and ensuring political stability in Afghanistan. However, more than one and half a month has passed since the US elected president officially took the power, but still he didn’t decide about his country’s policy toward Afghanistan. On the other, in contrary with security officials’ slogans on suppressing the Taliban and other terrorist networks, the in-charges are seriously concerned on Afghanistan’s security situation and are making effort to thwart the Taliban threats in turbulent provinces. John McCain demand has been welcomed by Afghan politicians and some figures in National Security Council (NSC) and Presidential Palace.
Recently, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan held a telephone conversation with White House National Security Advisor, during which he discussed his country’s security situation and has likely asked US to continue supporting the Afghan security forces. Even though, the government of Afghanistan is striving on political and security viewpoint to control the situation, but it is better to share its decisions with the Afghan people. Because, with the arrival of spring season, the enemies will increase terrorist attacks, thus, the people expect the government to be fully prepared and don’t let them reach their vicious designs. It is worth mentioning that to prevail peace and security throughout the country, the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) should be equipped with modern and sophisticated weaponries. Therefore, it is hoped peace and security are restored in the country and the people can live in a calm atmosphere.
Lailuma Noori
 

Saturday March 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani addressing a gathering commemorating the international day of women on Wednesday said the increasing role of women in society needed an enabling environment and workplace harassment would not be tolerated. The President said every Afghan woman played an important role in security, defense, education and culture of the country, adding the Afghan women had proved how strong they had been despite huge hurdles and barriers. President Ghani acknowledged the past 15 years had provided women a preliminary platform to prove their mettle. “Women’s efforts and activities during the past decade helped and more justice was being provided to them as their rights were increasingly respected in society,” the President said. President Ghani noted that the time had arrived to work on short and long-term projects that provided women with their rights in line with the country’s constitution. “Until now, we saw women actively participating in society while efforts should be made for producing women leaders in the second stage,” the President remarked.
He said Islam provides women rights of property ownership and inheritance-something that puts Islam ahead of all other laws and civilizations. “Islamic jurisprudence accepts women’s rights to property.” President Ghani said nation-building and state-building was impossible without an active role of women. The President said despite all-out efforts for enhancing women’s role and presence in all walks of life, men still held vital administrative positions. He said the establishment of women’s chambers of commerce would be an effective step to include women in supply chain and its administration. “We currently have successful examples in our country and we could multiply these examples across the country.” The President said most of women were busy working on small gardens, where they carried out economic activities, Afghanistan, by expanding such examples, could end reliance on imports and women could be the champions of self-sufficiency. Creating a secure environment for women was a crucial requirement for their increased participation in community, President Ghani believed, saying their security should be ensured through laws and regulations. “Unfortunately, women who work outside their homes are leered at. Such lewd looks ignore the dignity and honor of women, resulting in misogyny, abuse and other indecent behaviors.”
According to him, women participating in the development of the country and doing household work and raising children had equal value. “We should see the safety of women at home and in workplace as our responsibility.” The President stressed: “Street harassment, eve-teasing, and verbal abuse in workplace or other forms of improper behavior towards women are intolerable.” President Ghani said significant steps had been taken in codification in this regard, and organizations relevant in this sphere had also been established. The culturing process in this regard should also progress with strength, he added. The huge step toward ending the oppressing and violence against women gave them a fundamental role in elections, he said, asking women to nominate themselves as candidates and widely participate in the upcoming Wolesi Jirga and district councils’ polls. President Ghani promised the distribution of computerized ID cards would be initiated soon. It was so important for women to receive the ID cards, because the latter helped them achieve their rights, he said. He asked women representatives in parliament to file a report on females’ rights and let people know what work and activities had been conducted for the improvement of women’s situation.
 

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