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Wednesday May 20, 2020
GHAZNI CITY (BNA) The construction work of 770 agricultural projects has started in central Ghazni province the other day.
According to BNA report, the projects will be implemented within the next two months by ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock in center and districts of Ghazni.
During implementation of the projects, work opportunities provide to 750 people temporary and 9,500 people permanently.
M.A.Ansari

Wednesday May 20, 2020
SHABERGHAN CITY (BNA) As many as six anti-government militias were killed during air attack carried out by Afghan air forces in northern Jawzjan province last night.
Mohammad Hanif Rezayee spokesman of 209 Shaheen army corps told BNA correspondent, the air attack conducted by Afghan air forces in relevant areas of Mangjeek district of the province.
Six terrorists were killed, three others were wounded, several vehicles and a military base belonged to the insurgents have been destroyed during the air raids, Rezayee added.
M.A.Ansari

Wednesday May 20, 2020
FAIZABAD CITY (BNA) Wheat have been distributed to 900 needy and poor families in northeastern Badakhshan province.
Nek Mohammad Nazari spokesman of Badakhshan governor told BNA reporter, 40 tons wheat have been distributed to 900 destitute families in Tagab district of Badakhshan province.
The families have affected due to outbreak of COVID-19 in the province.
M.A.Ansari

Wednesday May 20, 2020
KUNDUZ CITY (BNA) At least two persons lost their lives and 18 more were wounded following mine last in northern Kunduz province yesterday.
Hejratullah Akbari spokesman of Kunduz’s police chief told BNA correspondent, the mine placed in a motorcycle and exploded in Kohna Faroshi region, 3rd security precinct of Kunduz city, as a result a policeman and a civilian lost their lives and 18 civilians were wounded.
M.A.Ansari

Wednesday May 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Forth meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC) presided by Mohammad Ashraf Ghani; the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan held on Monday, BNA reported.
At this meeting; NPC reviewed 44 procurement contracts; which resulted in approval of 43 contracts; worth more than 223 Million USD; which include the following: - Four health contracts; including projects for the rehabilitation of 100-bed Covid-19 hospital in five provinces; the rehabilitation of building for residence of doctors living outside Kabul; procurement of 437 types of medicines required in Parwan, Panjshir and Kapisa Provinces as well as clinic of central prison; procurement of bedstead and transferring them for treatment of covid-19 patients; related to Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) and Operation and Support office of the President for National Development (OSOPND); - Two contracts for procurement of fuel; required by Attorney General`s Office and Wolasi Jirga; - The contract for procurement of 34 food items required; by male students` hostel and 37 food items; required by female students` hostels of Kabul University; - The contract for rehabilitation of 10.48 km of asphalt and concrete road with its gutters from the center of Jaram District to Sooch village of Badakhshan Province; related to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD); - Two contracts for construction of fortification wall of the Kabul River and the contract for the management of Abreza of Kabul city; related to the OSOPND; - Two contracts for procurement of liquid gas; required by Ministries of Interior (MoI) and Defense (MoD); - The contract to connect 500 schools to the internet via Vimax and Point to Point technologies; related to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT); - Request for awarding of evaluation contract and to bring comprehensive reforms in Ariana Afghan Airlines; However; the contract for procurement of two types of fuel required; by Ministry of Education (MoE) for further review was returned by NPC. Meanwhile; the following requests were submitted to NPC; which, after review and discussions the necessary decisions were made as follow: - - Request of company to amend the terms of payment of the contract to create the schools` computer Lab; related to MoE; - Request for guidance on purchasing of 130,000 metric tons of wheat; in excess of farmers in Helmand Province; related to Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) approved in principle and relevant committee assigned to provide a comparative mechanism for purchasing wheat; - The note on not-providing of guarantee for the proper implementation of the contract for charter service of A-340 airplanes to transfer the Hajj pilgrims in year 1399; - The request for guidance on postpone of Hajj process of the mentioned year until further notice of Saudi Arabia government; related to Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs and Ariana Afghan Airlines; - Request for guidance on contract of preparing the preliminary plans, documents and detailed technical specifications of the electrical complex and the market of traditional vendors on Darulaman road and construction supervision; related to Ministry of Finance; - Explanatory note pertaining the procurement of armored vehicles; required by various entities in fiscal year 1399; related to National Procurement Authority (NPA); - Request for guidance on urgent food contracts of the proposed debarred companies; related to MoD and MoI; - Two requests on disability of the contracting company in procurement of chicken meat for seven days a week for 201st Silab military command and re-review of the estimated price of the contract for procurement of sewing machines and its spare parts; including montage and installation; related to MoD; - The report on status of salt extraction contracts in Takhar and Faryab Provinces; related to Ministry of Mines and Petroleum; Meanwhile; the NPC members; after review and discussion approved the request for modification of following contracts: - Two request for amendment (Increase in Cost) of the contract to support the destitute families in four districts of Parwan Province and in three districts of Nangarhar Province; related to Microfinance Investment Support Facility for Afghanistan (MISFA); - Four request for modification (Time extension) of the contract to facilitate the Citizen Charter program in Urzgan, Zabul, Nangarhar, Paktia, Helmand, Kandahar, Badghis and Faryab Provinces; related to MRRD; - Time extension of the water supply project in Maymana city of Faryab Province of Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Directorate; - Modification of the contract for plan, design and master plan of the administrative complex of Darulaman; related to the Ministry of Urban Development and Land; Da Afghanistan Brekhna Sherkat (DABS) note on changing the procurement method of infrastructure projects from Engineering-procurement-construction with Design-bid-build and correcting the name of the winning bidder in the form for extension approval of the consultancy service contract to assess the environmental and social effects on revival of Naghlu dam was discussed; which was also approved by NPC. Report on realization of decree of the H.E the President regarding the continuation and cancellation of the security contract of the country's airports with the Olive Group and its comprehensive review and audit; report on master plan management of Hamid Karzai International Airport and request of Civil Aviation Authority on April pertaining the air transport security services and contract of Olive company were also approved. Moreover; based on the agenda; the NPC members reviewed the implementation report of previous NPC instructive decisions; including the following projects: - The report on implementation process of COVID-19 contracts presented by OSOPND; - Realization of instructive decision of NPC regarding the modification in the rehabilitation of cancer diagnosis and treatment center of Ali Abad Teaching Hospital of Kabul University; - Realization of the decision regarding the non-extension of bid time validity and bid guarantee by the proposed company in the contract for procurement of cereal related to MoD in three lots; - Realization of the decision regarding the purchase of property (Ambassador's residence place) for the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan residing of Hague; - Realization of the NPC decision regarding the contract for procurement and launch of remote fiber test and its monitoring system; related to Ministry of Communications and Information Technology; - Realization of the NPC decision on request for guidance of the contract for fuel procurement of TC-1 aircraft; related to Ariana Afghan Airlines; for domestic airports in four lots (On the basis of framework agreement); - Realization of NPC decision on modification of the contract for rehabilitation of 1400 apartments located in first phase of Darulaman, Kabul; - Performance and report on realization of NPC decision on small hydroelectric machine for generating electricity in Charkh of Logar Province was presented by National Water Affairs Regulation Authority (NWARA); In this meeting; beside the NPC members, the officials of National Procurement Authority, the national and international observers had also participated.

Monday, May 18, 2020
Provinces (BNA) Thirty-Five Taliban terrorist group were killed in Paktia and Paktika provinces last night.
National defense ministry press office told BNA, 20 terrorists were killed in a raid on their gathering place in Yousofkhail district, Paktika province and five others have been injured.
In the attack, 13 motorbikes, a rocket launcher, a PK machine gun and three Kalashnikovs were also destroyed.
Likewise, 11 Taliban terrorists were killed in two clashes by security troops in Ahmadabad and Dand-e-Patan of Paktia, and 16 others have been injured in the clash.
T. Yarzada

Monday, May 18, 2020
Kunduz (BNA) Eight Taliban rebels were killed in Afghan Security Forces air strike in Kunduz last night.
Hadi Jamal press in charge of Pamir 217 army corps told BNA, the rebels were killed in outskirt of Dasht-e-Archi District.
Two other Taliban were also injured and two vehicles, a Saracha car and their stronghold have been demolished in the strike, he added.
T. Yarzada

Monday, May 18, 2020
Mehtarlam (BNA) Six people were lost their lives in a traffic accident in Kabul-Jalalabad highway last night.
Asadullah Doulatzai spokesman for Laghman governor told BNA, six people were lost their lives due to collision of two vehicles in Zangor region, Qarghai district. Laghman.
In the event three commenters of the two vehicles have been injured, he added.
Children, women are also the victims and injured of the event, said Doulatzai.
T .Yarzada

Monday, May 18, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The number of COVID-19 positive cases in Afghanistan has risen to 6664 as 262 new positive cases have been registered over the past 24 hours, Public Health Ministry said on Sunday.
According to the ministry, one patient has died due to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing the number of COVID-19 related deaths to 169 since the outbreak of the disease in May. A total of 784 patients have recovered since the outbreak of the virus in Afghanistan, according to the ministry.

Monday, May 18, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and his political rival Dr. Abdullah Abdullah signed a deal after months of political discord here at the presidential palace yesterday. Based on Deal, Dr. Abdullah will lead the High Council of National Reconciliation with executive authority and his team will have a share in the cabinet.
The document between President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah is called “political agreement.” Meanwhile giving the marshal rank to former vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum is another component of the agreement. The Reconciliation Council has been given the authority to handle all affairs related to the Afghan peace process.
Addressing the ceremony, president Ghani thanked Dr. Abdullah for leading the reconciliation council as well as praised the roles played by former president Hamid Karzai and Jihadi leader Ustad Sayaaf.
The president hoped the move lead to lasting peace and ceasefire in the country. Dr. Abdullah also said that people were waiting for such day and at the time that both insecurity and COVID-19 threatening the country. Afghanistan has been in political disarray since the election commission in December announced President Ghani had won the September 28 election with more than 50 percent of the vote. Dr. Abdullah had about 39 percent votes.

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