23 January 2018

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Monday, January 1, 2018
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has enquired the health condition of tens of people sustained deep injuries during the recent brutal suicide bombing took place in Tebyan Cultural and Press Center, west of the capital, a statement from the Presidential Press Office and Sunday.
After, the in-charge of the hospital reported about the health condition of the victims and other patients in Isteqlal Hospital, the president instructed them to spare no effort in their well treatment and said the government was to more for improvement of the hospital situation, said the statement.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive of the National Unity Government (NUG), Dr. Abdullah Abdullah strongly condemned the terrorist attack took place during a funeral ceremony in the eastern province of Nangarhar, where scores of worshippers were killed or wounded, said his office in a statement Sunday.
The CE called it a brutal act by those elements who are misusing religion to reach their heinous targets, according to the statement.  He said the people of Afghanistan have now realized the spiteful aims of the terrorists and assured that they, with firm unity would fight them further than 3ever, said the statement.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) announced that at the second project board meeting to support parliamentary elections, a new agreement was signed to enable enhanced contributions to the voter registration budget, a press release said.
“Donors pledged to fund up to 90 per cent of the US$28.4 million voter registration budget, in addition to pledging ongoing assistance to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC),” the mission’s press release added.
“This is an important step forward in the electoral process, and will allow the organization of elections to move from planning to implementation,” the press release quoted Scott Smith, head of UNAMA’s political section as saying.
Under Resolution 2344 (2017), the Security Council requested UNAMA to support Afghan authorities in the organization of elections, and to strengthen the integrity, sustainability and inclusiveness of the electoral process.
UNAMA remains committed to working with Afghan institutions as they implement reforms to enhance transparency and build trust in Afghanistan’s democratic processes. Stressing recent progress by the IEC in reaching out to political actors, Smith called for political actors to cooperate with the electoral management bodies, the press release continued.
“All Afghans have a stake in successful elections, no matter who wins,” Scott said, adding IEC has demonstrated that it can respond to constructive criticism, but it also needs the support of stakeholders.
The second Project Board meeting follows the first meeting on 4 October 2017, where UNAMA, along with the IEC and the ECC, signed a project document providing the legal and financial framework allowing the UN and donors to support and strengthen Afghanistan’s electoral institutions and operations.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance and Karim Baaz, Deputy Minister of State for Parliamentary affairs participated in Wolesi Jirga’s general session and briefed about the considerations of MPs on FY-1397 National Budget via a presentation, the ministry said in a statement.
Minister of Finance provided comprehensive information on general economic situation, preparation of FY-1397 (2018) national budget, comparison of 1396 and 1397 budgets, reform in FY-1397 national budget, required principles included in 1397 budget, answers for the reasons that MPs rejected the national budget, proposed way to approve the budget for coming year, development budget expenditure of 1396, domestic revenue collection and great infrastructure projects.
The Finance Minister assured them that their views on the national budget will be considered in accordance with the laws of the country and the available facilities, and requested them to approve the national budget for implementation of development projects on-time and on the base the working process of the government as soon as possible, the ministry’s statement added.
It is worth mentioning that the full comprehensive information provided by the Minister of Finance to MPs, drew their satisfaction and no questions were required to be raised. It was decided that the technical teams of the Ministry of Finance should provide more detailed technical information to the parliamentary commissions on the FY- 1397 national budget.

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