23 February 2019

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Sunday February 3, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The country’s Presidential Office has approved a suggestion from the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to appoint new deputies, BNA reported. Abdul Saboor Qane has appointed as first deputy minister of interior, Khoshal Sadat as senior deputy minister of interior for security and Mahir Yaqubi as head of counter-terrorism deputy of the ministry. The deputies have been introduced by the country’s National Security Advisor, Hamdullah Mohib, BNA quoting Nasrat Rahimi, the ministry of interior spokesman.
 

Sunday February 3, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in opening ceremony of national health assistance program for Afghan miserable women held at Chahar Chinar palace and attended also by First Lady said Afghan women were the back bone of families and the country; therefore, addressing the issue of women’s health was one of key issues to which the government had paid serious attention. Considering opening the national program as worthy step toward providing access to miserable women to health services across the country, President Ghani said the government was committed to allocating particular amount from the government’s incomes to women healthcare.
The country’s President instructed ministries of finance and public health to seriously monitor the implementation process of the respective national program, asking doctors for cooperation in implementation of the program. Meanwhile, acting minister of finance Dr. Mohammad Hamayoun Qayoumi said that based on instruction of the country’s President in connection with maintaining rights of the citizens, national health assistance program for miserable women has been prepared, adding that 2 billion Afghani has been allocated for the program and to cover 1200 health centers across the country where 2 million women will benefit the program. At the end of program, health services tariffs were distributed by the country’s President to a number of miserable women.
 

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan has improved its ranking from 177th to 172nd in the Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2018 released on Tuesday.  The survey showed more than two-thirds of countries scoring below 50, on its scale where 100 is very clean and zero is very corrupt.
In 2017, Afghanistan was ranked 177th in the list and the country managed to come down to 172nd place in a year, scoring 16 marks.
According to the Transparency International Report, Somalia remained the world’s most corrupt country with a score of 10, followed by Syria, South Sudan, Yemen, North Korea, Sudan, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Afghanistan and Libya.
Since 2012, only 20 nations had significantly improved their scores, including Argentina and Ivory Coast, which scored 40 and 35 respectively, up from 35 and 29.
At the same time, 16 have declined significantly in that time, including Australia, which slipped from a score of 85 to 77, and Chile, which dropped from 72 to 67.
Overall, Denmark’s led the survey as the least corrupt nation, with a score of 88, followed by New Zealand, Finland, Singapore, Sweden and Switzerland.
Rounding out the top group were Norway, Netherlands’, Canada, Luxembourg, Germany and Britain.
In a cross-analysis of its survey with global democracy data, Transparency said a link could be drawn between corruption and the health of a democracy.  Full democracies scored an average of 75 on the corruption index, flawed democracies averaged 49, and autocratic regimes averaged 30, the organization said.
“Our research makes a clear link between having a healthy democracy and successfully fighting public sector corruption,” said Delia Ferreira Rubio, the head of Transparency.
“Corruption is much more likely to flourish where democratic foundations are weak and, as we have seen in many countries, where un-democratic and populist politicians can use it to their advantage.”
The index is calculated using 13 different data sources that provide perceptions of public sector corruption from businessmen and country experts.
 

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani met with Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia Alice G. Wells here the other day, a statement from MoFA said.
Recalling the recent efforts of the United State of American for bringing peace to Afghanistan, Wells deemed reginal consensus important for peace in Afghanistan.  She also pointed out the importance of Afghanistan’s upcoming Presidential Elections said stressed transparent and reliable elections.
FM Rabbani emphasized on Afghan-led and Afghan owned comprehensive peace talks in which everyone can see themselves, the statement added.
Both sides discussed bilateral and regional cooperation and counter-terrorism issues, the statement concluded.
 

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