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Thursday May 21, 2020
TALIQAN CITY (BNA) At least nine local up-rising forces supporting government were killed following Taliban attack in northern Takhar province the night before last.
Khalil Aseer spokesman of Takhar’s police chief told BNA reporter, group of Taliban fighters storm on local up-rising forces’ checkpoints in Lala Guzar region, Khawaja Bahauddin district of the province.
Aseer added that 9 local up-rising forces lost their lives and six others were wounded following the attack.

Thursday May 21, 2020
KUNDUZ CITY (BNA) Five Afghan local police personnel have abducted by Taliban fighters in northern Kunduz province the other day.
Qari Mohammad district governor of Burka told BNA correspondent, the police personnel went to Kunduz city to receive their salaries, but in returning they kidnapped by Taliban fighters in Angor Bagh region, Kunduz province.
There is no information about their fate so far.

Thursday May 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The coronavirus pandemic is expected to throw into extreme poverty more than 60 million people globally, the World Bank said on Tuesday as it announced emergency operations worth USD 160 billion in 100 developing countries to fight this deadly virus.
"The pandemic and shutdown of advanced economies could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty – erasing much of the recent progress made in poverty alleviation,” World Bank President David Malpass told reporters during a conference call.
"The World Bank Group has moved quickly and decisively to establish emergency response operations in 100 countries, with mechanisms that allow other donors to rapidly expand the programs," he said.
Of the 100 countries, home to 70 per cent of the world’s population, 39 are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly one-third of the total projects are in fragile and conflict-affected situations, such as Afghanistan, Chad, Haiti, and Niger.
"To return to growth, our goal must be rapid, flexible responses to tackle the health emergency, provide cash and other expandable support to protect the poor, maintain the private sector, and strengthen economic resilience and recovery,” Malpass said.
"This represents a significant milestone in the World Bank Group’s effort to deploy USD160 billion over a 15-month period. So this is a milestone in the USD 160 billion that we have committed to,” he said.
Malpass said that the programs are tailored to the countries to effectively respond to the health, economic and social shocks that that country are facing.
The programs will reinforce healthcare systems; and also help procure vital life-saving medical equipment and supplies. And these programs contain mechanisms that allow other donors to rapidly expand the program, he added.
"We invite that. There can be co-financing, there can be additional donors parallel with these programs, so it is important that we note that the programs are expandable. And because of the breadth that means the interested donors and other multilateral banks can reach countries around the world,” the World Bank President said.
The Bank Group’s support through grants, loans and equity investments will be supplemented by the suspension of bilateral debt service, as endorsed by the Bank’s governors. IDA-eligible countries that request forbearance on their official bilateral debt payments will have more financial resources to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and fund critical, lifesaving emergency responses.
"The bilateral debt-service suspension being offered will free up crucial resources for IDA countries to fund emergency responses to COVID-19,” said Malpass.
"Nations should move quickly to substantially increase the transparency of all their governments’ financial commitments. This will increase the confidence in the investment climate and encourage more beneficial debt and investment in the future,” he added.
More than 310,000 people have died due to the coronavirus pandemic and over 4.8 million people infected around the world. The US is the worst-hit country with over 90,000 deaths and over 1.5 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University.

Thursday, 21 May 2020 05:32

Qatar Sends Medical Aid To Afghanistan

Thursday May 21, 2020
Kabul (BNA) In implementation of the directives of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, four shipments of urgent medical aid - provided by Qatar through the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) - were sent to Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and North Macedonia Tuesday.
The medical assistance from Qatar comes in support of the efforts of friendly countries in combating the Covid-19 outbreak. Officials and dignitaries mark the arrival of a medical aid in Afghanistan.
Gulf Time

Thursday May 21, 2020
PUL-E-KHUMRI CITY (BNA) Afghan National Security Directorate (NDS) succeeded to detain two smugglers along with 44 kg narcotic drug in northern Baghlan province yesterday.
According to BNA report, NDS by releasing a statement issued that the smugglers along with 44 kg narcotic drug type of hashish were arrested in northern Salang, Baghlan.
The smugglers wanted to transfer the narcotic drug from Banoy district, Baghlan to Kabul.

Wednesday May 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani officially accepted the diplomatic credence of Jiri Baloun, the newly-appointed ambassador of the Czech Republic to Kabul during a ceremony at the Presidential Palace yesterday.
Both sides discussed efforts to further strengthen and deepen bilateral relations between Afghanistan and the Czech Republic.
President Ghani expressed gratitude to the Czech Republic for its assistance with Afghanistan in development and security areas.
Ambassador Jiri Baloun reaffirmed his country’s commitment to continue cooperate with Afghanistan in the spheres of security, peace and development as a strategic and good partner.

Wednesday May 20, 2020
CHARIKAR CITY (BNA) Gunmen have opened fire in a mosque in central Parwan province, killing at least eight worshippers and wounding 12 others, last night.
Parwan province's police chief Haroon Mubarez said on Tuesday the gunmen stormed at a mosque when worshippers were offering evening prayers after breaking their Ramadan fast in KhalaZayee region, Charikar city the provincial capital of the province.
It was unclear how many gunmen were involved in the attack.
Tariq Aryan spokesman for ministry of interior by blaming Taliban group said, eight worshippers lost their lives and 12 more were wounded.

Wednesday May 20, 2020
HERAT CITY (BNA) At least 14 people were arrested accused of different criminal cases in western Herat province within the last 36 hours.
Abdul Ahad Walizada spokesman of Herat’s police chief told BNA reporter, Afghan national police personnel succeeded to detain the suspects accused of murders and armed thefts in various parts of Herat province.
Weapons and vehicles have seized from the arrested suspects, Walizada added.

Wednesday May 20, 2020
SAR-E-PUL CITY (BNA) The construction work of 870 agricultural projects has started in Sar-e-Pul province the other day.
Mohammad Salim Ranjber head of agriculture, irrigation and livestock department of Sar-e-Pul told BNA reporter, the projects will implemented with a cost of 397 million Afghanis funded by ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock and 10% participants of formers and gardeners with cooperation with development councils.
The projects will implemented in center and districts of the province.

Wednesday May 20, 2020
KUNDUZ CITY (BNA) Cash have donated to 1282 needy and destitute families in northern Kunduz province the other day.
Ghulam Sakhi Rasouli head of refugees and repatriation department of Kunduz told BNA correspondent, the department with cooperation of charity organizations donated cash to the families; those have been affected due to war.
In this round each family have received 3,000 Afghanis.
It is mentionable that already each of the families have been received 9,000 families.

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