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Monday February 6, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Saturday said controlling the country’s waters was his government’s priority and sought help in this regard from Norway, a statement from the presidential palace said.
The president was talking to Norwegian foreign minister Borge Brande, who called on him at the palace on Saturday afternoon, the statement said. Brande welcomed the removal of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s name and his party Hezb-i-Islami from the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions list. The visiting dignitary said the move would help in bringing durable peace and stability to Afghanistan. He appreciated what he said unexpected increase in Afghanistan’s annual revenue said his country was ready to help Afghanistan’s different sectors. The president hailed Oslo support with Afghanistan in different fields specially the European country’s military support. President Ghani also thanked Norway for supporting Afghanistan during the Brussels and Warsaw summits. The president said control over river waters was Kabul’s priority and in this regard he sought Oslo support. Brande said his country had good experience in water controlling, revenue collection and fighting against corruption and would share its experiences with Afghanistan. He also pledged to help the Afghanistan education sector. The Norway foreign minister invited President Ghani to attend next Oslo conference. Regional issues, development, security and peace process also came up for discussion during the meeting.

Monday February 6, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A meeting chaired by President Ghani discussed the Emergency Situation Committee’s report on Saturday night.
The presidential palace said Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdulla ministers of natural disasters management, public works, rural rehabilitation and development and security officials were attended. The Emergency Situation Committee presented a report on its activities in various provinces. Minister of Natural Disaster Management Wais Barmak said all provincial governments were acting in coordination to reach out to victims of snow slides. He added vehicles were ready to clear the routes of snow, with teams fully to prepare reopen roads as the weather improved. President Ghani hailed the measures taken by the committee, directing it to assess facilities and act in coordination with the air force and NATO while delivering assistance to the victims. He asked the committee to take necessary measures to prevent possible, keeping in view the weather forecast, a statement from the palace said.

Saturday February 4, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Officials of the chief executive office have said that the government was loyal to its commitments before decreasing corruption and would decisively continue fighting against this phenomenon.
In a meeting with a SIGAR senior official, Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said that the government’s main focus was on corruption high-profile cases, in which the justice and judicial organizations would independently act and address them. At the same time, welcoming the government efforts and steps on fighting corruption, John Sipko, a SIGAR official stressed that not only his entity but also the government of the US would support Afghanistan’s moves in this regard. He added that reforms in military and non-military sections are key in forming a sound leadership and administration and SIGAR will continue cooperation with the government of Afghanistan to achieve its goals. Lawmakers and experts believe that all national and international entities should be mobilized to curb administrative corruption in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, welcoming the government step on establishing of the Justice and Judicial Center, lower house of the parliament said that the entity should neutrally review the corruption cases and does its best to win the people trust.
Mohammad Abduh, a member of the parliament’s justice and judicial commission said, ‘however, over the last years, much have been done to uproot corruption in the country, but unfortunately, still Afghanistan is among the most corrupt countries of the world.’ Gul Ahmad Azami, a senator said, ‘curbing corruption is not an easy task and all people, national and international organizations should cooperate with the government of Afghanistan in this respect.’ Likewise, a number of experts believe that in order to maintain justice and rule of law in the country, we should seriously and decisively fight against administrative corruption. A political expert, Mohammad Haidar said that establishment of justice and judicial center and other related administrations were among the steps that would follow with positive results. He added that non-implementation of law, economic crisis, investment evasion, brain drain and decreasing international assistances are among the issues have been originated from corruption. The experts believe that fighting corruption will not follow with suitable outcomes unless all in-charge organizations seriously step up and practice the rewards and punishments culture. They stressed that the aim of the government and Attorney General Office is to offer better services to people. This is while that over the last fourteen years, many counter-corruption administrations have been established, but still none of them could bring a powerful corrupt to court.
Suraya Raiszada

Saturday, February 04, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Indian embassy in Kabul has announced more relaxation in its visa policy for Afghans, a statement from the diplomatic mission said on Friday.
“Embassy of India in Kabul is pleased to inform all Afghan nationals that with effect from 1st February 2017 Indian visa regime has been further liberalized to make it even more convenient for Afghan nationals to visit India,” the statement said.
It added the duration of ‘Tourist Visa’ has been enhanced to one year with continuous stay of 90 days during each such visit, as against the existing provision of stay of 30 days. The provision of a gap of 60 days between two Tourism visits, however, remains unchanged.
The government of India promoted and encouraged Afghan businessmen to visit India to further enhance Indo-Afghan trade ties. Henceforth, Afghan businessmen investing in India or having a large trade turnover with India, depending on volume of their investment/trade, shall be issued Indian visas for a duration of 1 to 5 years, with continuous stay of up to 180 days during each such business visit, subject to production of relevant business documents, the statement said.
The embassy of India, Kabul was confident that these changes in the visas regime would further strengthen the historic people to people and business ties between our two countries.

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