15 December 2019

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Saturday, December 14, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has conferred Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan state medal on Prof. Dr. Sabastian, linguist of Bonn University of Germany, to honor his researches in the field of languages and culture of Afghanistan.
In a ceremony held the other day at Presidential Palace, advisor to president on cultural affairs Asadullah Ghazanfar first read out presidential decree issued in connection with conferring Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan state medal on Dr. Sabastian. 
According to the decree, Prof. Dr. Sabastian has conducted useful researches in Pashto, Dari, Uzbeki, Turkmeni, Pashayee, Balochi and Pamiree languages.
In the ceremony, President Ghani after granting the medal to Dr. Sabastian said: “It is an honor that Dr. Sabastian is with us and I hope he comes and be in touch with our cultural colleagues.  Granting this medal shows our appreciation”.
The country’s President praised Dr. Sabastian for his researches as his work was essential for them, adding that there were signs of language in the country’s all valleys, towns and villages.  President Ghani hoped Dr. Sabastian always came and worked with our youth, elders and cultural figures. 
Afterwards, Dr. Sabastian, a linguist professor of Bann University, spoke in Uzbeki, Pashto and Dari languages and thanked President Ghani for conferring the state medal on him.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The peace negotiations interrupted again following an attack undertaken by Taliban militants on Wednesday.
U.S peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has informed that the Doha peace negotiations have been ‘paused’ following the attack on Bagram airfield.
We’re taking a brief pause for them to consult their leadership on this essential topic, said Khalilzad.
“When I met the Talibs today, I expressed outrage about yesterday’s attack on Bagram, which recklessly killed two and wounded dozens of civilians. Taliban must show they are willing & able to respond to Afghan desire for peace,” Zalmay Khalizad tweeted the other day.
The major topics of the 5 days talks between the U.S peace delegations and the Taliban leaders in Doha, Qatar were ‘violence reduction’ and ‘ceasefire’, but the Wednesday’s attack by Taliban which killed 2 and injured over 70 most of whom were civilians, changed the scene.

Saturday, December 14, 2010
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi, during a meeting with Indonesian Minister of Education and Culture called culture as the main index for developing of the bilateral cultural relations, Bakhtar News Agency reported on Friday.
Minister Safi emphasized on signing of Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) in areas of Culture, Tourism, Art and Publications, saying the MoUs would ease education of youth in aforesaid fields, the agency added.
Briefing about the scholarships and training programs being provided for Afghanistan, the Indonesian Minister said education has been provided for Afghan youth for near two decades, adding the process would be continued.
Hinting to enrichment of the libraries of the two countries’ universities, the Indonesian Ministers emphasized on creation ministerial-level cultural framework to discuss cultural related issues in the region, according to the agency.
Meanwhile Minister Safi called the enrichment of libraries of the two countries as of immense important, adding Afghanistan moving towards development after decades of war and called holding of such meetings crucial for strengthening of the bilateral ties.
The acting minister of information and culture said Afghanistan and Indonesia were celebrating 66 years of friendship ties, adding different cultural programs have been considered by the culturists and artists of the two countries. She also praised Indonesia’s assistance to Afghanistan, the agency added.

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with a number of officials and members of social and cultural institutions of Uzbek here at the Char Chenar Palace on Thursday, a statement said.
At the outset, Azizullah Aral head of the Ketab institution spoke related to the event, thanking president’s attention for growth of cultures and languages, in particular the Uzbek language, adding for the first time on the basis of a presidential decree, Uzbek dictionary to be prepared. He said much have been done for promotion of Uzbek language in last five years, the statement from the presidential palace said yesterday.
Representing the cultural and social associations of Uzbek, Dr. Aral asked government to name 29 Mizan (coincided with 21 October) as the Uzbek Language Day and establish a center for Uzbek and Turkmen languages in Kabul. He also said much attentions have been paid for the language in recent years, as a particular department for Uzbeki language has been established in Kabul Literature faculty as well as another Uzbeki language department has been established in presidential press office.
Meanwhile member of Qarash social and cultural association Mohammad Akbar Dashti thanked President’s attention towards promotion of the languages and enumerated a number of Uzebk youth’s problems to the president, according to the statement.
Approving the proposal made for the 29 Mizan as the Uzbek Language National Day and establishing of a center for Uzbek language in Kabul, the president said the unity of a nation depended on mutual respect for languages and cultures, adding every Afghan has a responsibility to contribute to the development of language and culture, the presidential statement said.
The president hoped the "Uzbek and Turkmen Language Center" work hard to translate the historical works related to these languages and continue to ease education of Uzbeki language to all people, the statement added.
Hinting to crucial role of the central Asian countries, in particular that of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan in development of Afghanistan, the president said it was needed for Afghans to understand central Asian countries and Afghanistan is the center for connecting of the Central Asia with South Asia. “The Uzbek and Turkmen languages should be the basis for developing of the relations with those countries.”
“We have owned a great civilization and has been the crossroad of the Asia. To revive our past, we need to focus on developing of our shared cultures and we need to have positive view for the central Asian countries,” the president added as quoted in the presidential press office statement.

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with members of service, production and industrial associations on renewable energy discussed efforts to substitute solar energy systems for fossil fuels, here the other day at the Presidential Palace.
The president said the government put efforts in place to replace alternative energy sources with fuel and coal in order to reduce air pollution.
The president highlighted that the government will consider this concept not only for government institutions, but for townships, private institutions, public baths, airports and factories to be able to deal with air pollution in a sustainable and effective fashion, according to the statement.

Saturday, 14 December 2019 06:15

Khawaf-Herat Railroad Agreement Signed in Kabul

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Kabul (BNA) An agreement on construction of the fourth phase of the Khawaf-Herat railroad was signed at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on Thursday, a statement said.
The agreement was signed between Yama Shams, head of the Afghanistan Railway Authority and Kazakhstan INKON KZ Company in the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the statement from the Presidential Palace said.
The fourth phase of the Khawaf-Herat railway is 43-kilometer-long and passes through Ghorian, Zanjabel and Zendahan districts of Heart province that border Iran. The project would end in 16 months and would cost $5.58 million dollars to be provided by the Afghan government, according to the statement.
The Khawaf-Herat railway track is 225 kilometers long and is constructed on the Afghan and Iranian soil. Two phases of the track which is 76 kilometers long has been already constructed from Iran’s Khawaf to Shamtegh border area and is ready for service. The 62-kilometer track from Shamtegh to the border of Afghanistan has been 95 percent completed.

Saturday, 14 December 2019 06:14

Taliban Militants Killed in Zabul Air Strike

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Thirteen Taliban militants were killed in an air strike conducted by security troops in Zabul province last night.
Abdul Ghafar Nooristani press in charge of Khas operation army corps told BNA, the militants were targeted by air strike of security troops on their rally in Trang and Jeldak District.
The deaths caused a severe blow to the Taliban’s ability to carry out terrorist attacks in that district, he added.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Mehtarlam (BNA) Nine commuters were lost their lives in a traffic incident in Kabul-Jalalabad highway last evening.
Colonel Merajuddin traffic head of Laghman told BNA correspondent, the event occurred as a result of a collision of a passenger car with an oil tanker in Kabul-Jalalabad highway, nine commuters of the passenger car including a child and a woman were lost their lives.
Two other passengers were also wounded and shifted for treatment to hospital, he added.
He cited the car driver’s negligence as the cause of the incident said, further investigation of Laghman provincial traffic department has started.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Kabul (BNA) A child was lost his life and four others have been injured in explosion of a mine in Nangarhar province yesterday.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA, the blast occurred in a main road in Khogyani district which caused martyring of a child and wounding of four others, the injured of the even have been shifted to hospital.
Security officials of Nangarhar said that the mine was planted by Taliban and exploded as children passed by.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The organizer of Taliban suicide attack was killed with other Taliban insurgents in three Districts of Faryab province last night.
Abdul Karim Yourish spokesman for Faryab security directorate told BNA, Amanullah organizer of Taliban suicide attack in Doulatabad, Shirintagab and Khwaja Sabzposh districts, Faryab province with other Taliban insurgents killed in security and defense forces operation in outskirt of Doulatabad District.
He added, Amanullah played key role in most terrorist events, murder and violence incidents in three districts of Faryab province.

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