20 August 2019

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Sunday, August 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) 28th Asad (19 August) is coinciding with 100th anniversary of Afghanistan Independence Day.  A century back, the brave people of Afghanistan led by King Amanullah Khan stood against invasion and interference of Britain until the world recognized Afghanistan as an independent country.  Therefore, we’re congratulating this historic day to honor efforts, struggles and sacrifices of the people of Afghanistan who stood against foreigners and invaders to defend freedom, independence, national sovereignty and values by enduring all problems and challenges in various periods.
The sons of this land are still fighting terrorism and giving sacrifices to defend freedom and protect national integrity.
The people of Afghanistan have proved that they do not care of their body and property, but they never accept cruelty, surrendering and slavery and let no foreigners decide for them.  Jihad and resistance of the people of Afghanistan was also aimed for the protection of independence and freedom of the country.
Afghanistan is passing from critical circumstances.  Besides maintaining security and counter terrorism, poverty is threatening our society.  There are still millions of our countrymen are living in worse condition in districts and even big cities of the country.  In such circumstances, making use of the money and public properties for political aims is illegal and unforgiveable.  At the end, once again I’m congratulating the Independence Day of the country to the brave people of Afghanistan.
Chef Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.’

Saturday, August 17, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, through a video conference heard the report about the development works on the preparation of strategic plan for the country’s five big cities, BNA reported the other day.
The development work plan covers Mazar-e-Sharif, Herat, Kandahar, Jalalabad and Khost cities of the country, which are expected to be provided by the Sasaki Company, said the agency.
The video conference was held at the Charchenar Palace, where the country’s president heard the report of the Sasaki team saying the plan would be arranged within one year and then would be funded by the World Bank (WB) to be implemented in the five cities.
The president, after hearing the report, thanked the Sasaki team’s efforts for the preparation of the strategic plan and the Ministry of Urban Development for cooperation in this field, according to the agency.
Sasaki is a planning company with main office in the Boston city of the US and the expert team operational in more than 40 countries of the world.
Also, the company has earlier provided the design of the Kabul city, according to the agency.

Saturday, August 17, 2019
Kabul (BNA)  President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with the European Union Ambassador to Kabul, discussed issues of mutual relations, peace process, the presidential election, economic issues and bilateral cooperation, BNA reported Friday.
The ambassador said the EU supports a lasting dignified peace process, democratic values and the Afghan presidential election and would stay alongside the people and government of Afghanistan, as strategic partner, the agency quoted.
Meantime, the country’s president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani thanked the EU member countries’ cooperation in various fields with Afghanistan and asked the ambassador for his support to the lasting peace and presidential election in the country.
He said Afghanistan was willing good relation with the entire international partners including the European Union, the agency quoted.

Saturday, August 17, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Under the direction of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, complaints hearing hotline for the country’s citizens was activated at the Presidential Palace, a statement from Arg said the other day.
“In a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace, a center for hearing and registering citizens’ complaints to be evaluated through telephone was established following an order from the country’s president,” said the statement.
Dr. Faizullah Kaker, head of the High Office for President, speaking to the meeting participants said the establishment of the center was very important hear and address the people demand and monitor the government administrations activities, according to the statement.
The citizens can deal 5000 to secure 24-hour communications with the presidential institution and share their complaints, opinion and suggestions to be duly met and processed.
The way on how to follow and meet the complaints would be informed to the citizens, said the statement.

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