11 December 2017

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Kabul (BNA) December third, the international day for persons with disabilities celebrated with chanting the slogan of “Toward a persistent and flexible society” across the world.
BNA social affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes December third the international day of disabled celebrated and commemorated in our country where more than one hundred thousand Afghan citizens are suffering from permanent disability with least medical, training and social opportunities.
The disabled in Afghanistan are living in tragic situation. The number of persons with disabilities is said to be more than one hundred thousand. Unfortunately a small number of them have opportunity to use the services provided by state and private organs. The state has failed to put in practice the legal rights of the disabled.
The organs that defend the rights of the persons with disabilities and heirs of martyrs say that among the disabled of the country, only 10% of them are employed and 90& are suffering from complete unemployment, while there are capable and talented people among disabled who can carry out various kinds of works.
The disabled of the country comprehending the regretful security and economic situation in the country not expect more than that the law is determined for them.
According to the Labor Law 7& of state employees should be recruited among disabled, unfortunately the state has failed so far to implement the law in practice.
In section of presenting medical, educational and other social services, still there is no any effective move and program while they talk much about the talented people but little used from those talented people, just because they are disabled.
In spite of that the state considers itself committed to implementing the disabled’s law in practice but failed because of security, economic and political reasons
Beside other issues, the contemptuous views of some members of the society on disabled have severely harmed them mentally.
Abdul Khalil Minawi
BNA Director General
 

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Kabul (BNA) National defense ministry spokesman said, that two weapons caches of Taliban were seized by security forces in Maidan-Wardak province.
According to BNA report, the weapons caches were discovered and seized during a clearing operation of 303 army corps personnel in outskirts of Maidan-Wardak province
Different types of weapons and explosives were seized from the caches.
T. Yarzada
 

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 06:18

Armed Taliban Insurgents Killed In Nooristan

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Paroon (BNA) During a clash with security forces, four Taliban insurgents were killed and six others sustained injuries, BNA reported on Monday.
The insurgents had been targeted in Kamdish district, where they wanted to ambush the security forces’ convoy, the agency added.
“Four Taliban militants were killed and six others including three Pakistani nationals were injured,” a senior police officer in eastern Afghanistan said.
The Taliban group had recently been entered Nooristan, where they wanted to target the security forces’ convoy, be added.
 

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Herat (BNA) As many as 1000 displaced families were provided with land in Saadat Township, Herat province, BNA reported on Monday.
According to the provincial in-charges of the refugees department, the lands were distributed to those internally displaced families who have recently come to Herat, the agency further said.
Herat’s deputy social affairs Monisa Hasanzada said the government and donor entities were making effort to cooperate in the respect.
According to the head of refugees department, based on this program, the displaced families should build their houses on lands over a year, the agency added.
But the displaced families say they are not financially capable to build houses on lands.
 

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament on Monday approved 11 ministers-designate except the nominee for the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, BNA reported.
The government introduced 12 ministers-designate to the lower house for a vote of confidence on November 25.Minister-designate needed 113 votes of 225 lawmakers attended Monday’s session.
Shahzad Gul Aryubi, minister-designate for communication and information technology secured 115 votes, Mustafa Masoor for economy ministry secured 155 votes, Mohammad Shafiq Gul Agha Sherzai for border and tribal affairs ministry 158 votes and Tariq Shah Bahrami for defense ministry 141 votes. Nasir Ahmad Durani, nominee for agriculture, livestock and irrigation ministry secured 144 votes, Mujib Rahman Karimi for rural rehabilitation and development ministry 129 votes, Wias Ahmad Barmak for interior ministry 173 votes and Mohammad Hamid Tahmasi for transport and civil aviation ministry 149 votes.
Dr. Najibullah Khwaja Omari minister-designate for higher education ministry obtained 124 votes, Faizaullah Zaki for labor and social affairs ministry 126 votes and Eng. Yama Yari, minister-designate for public works ministry 156 votes from lawmakers.
However, Nargis Nehan, minister-designate for the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum by securing 107 votes failed find way to the cabinet.
 

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 06:14

Afghanistan, China Sign Cooperation Agreements

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The 3rd Joint Economic and Trade Commission between Afghanistan and China was co-chaired by Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance and Gao Yan, Vice Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing, here the other day.
In the meeting, both sides discussed strengthening bilateral economic and transit cooperation, Afghanistan’s membership in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Afghanistan’s position in the Silk Road Economic Belt, encouraging China’s investors to Invest in Afghanistan, development of air corridor between the two countries, raising Afghanistan’s exports to the agriculture sector, Chinese companies investing in infrastructure and development projects, reducing customs tariffs on Afghanistan’s exports of goods to China and the exchange of customs information and railway of five countries (Afghanistan, Iran, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and China).
In the meeting, China’s cooperation in renewable energy sectors, transport and water resources management, visa problems of Afghan traders, Afghanistan’s participation in the Chinese exportation exhibition in 2018, regional cooperation, gas transportation from Turkmenistan to China through Afghanistan, transportation and connection of fiber optics through the Wakhan Corridor, Railroad Institute, affordable housing construction, textile industry, Cement Factory, Aynak Copper and Amu Darya Projects, Marble, Pine Nuts and Pomegranate export to China and other important issues were also taken into consideration.
Meanwhile, the Chinese side assured its continued support, and was decided to provide to it comprehensive package of projects based on the needs and priorities of Afghanistan for the next 5 years.
Minister of Finance has also signed two Agreements with the Deputy Minister of Commerce for the new facilities of Char Chenar Palace in ARG, equipment for the Jamhuriat Hospital and China Aid Office Supplies for the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations.
It is worth mentioning that, on the sidelines of the 3rd Joint Economic and Trade Commission, Minister of Finance and Jin Liqun, the president of AIIB discussed regarding the imminent visit of the Bank’s preliminary team for financing Afghanistan infrastructure projects.
 

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh met Ambassador Petr Štìpánek of Czech Republic here yesterday, a statement from VP office said.
The second vice president thanked Czech Republic’s support to Afghanistan in different fields, including security and training of the Afghan air forces, adding the bilateral ties were improving between the two countries.
Hinting to Istanbul meeting on regional convergence and bolstering of trade and economic ties with European countries, VP Danesh applauded EU’s interest on enhancing trade ties with Afghanistan and the European countries.
VP Danesh went on saying that elections were important for the future of Afghanistan, adding preliminary steps were taken and the international community had vowed to support the process.
The second vice president also said peace was government’s main priority, adding Afghan leaders were supporting international mechanism on peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile Czech Ambassador emphasized on bolstering the bilateral ties, adding his country was ready to boost the bilateral economic and trade ties with Afghanistan and cooperation in security and political spheres to be continued as well.
The ambassador said his country to support Afghanistan in both parliamentary and presidential elections. He said Czech Republic was also supporting Afghan government’s efforts for peace and stability in the country
Expressing gratitude over National Unity Government’s achievements, the ambassador called it an opportunity for enhancing bilateral trade and economic ties with the regional and European countries.
 

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Fourteen Pakistan Journalists who have come to Kabul through support of Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung foundation called upon Minister of Foreign Affairs here on Monday, a MoFA statement said.
At the outset, FM Rabbani welcomed Pakistani journalists, saying their visit to Kabul and Afghan media delegation’s visit to Pakistan would leave positive impact on bilateral ties. He further added such visits would improve understandings between the two countries as war and bloodshed would be not the solutions.
Foreign Minister went on saying that Pakistan was hosting Afghans during Jihad and still around 3 million Afghan refugees residing in the neighboring country. He thanked Pakistani people, hoping the two countries witness peace and stability.
At the end the Pakistan journalists asked questions on peace, war and the two country’s joint cooperation.
According to another report, Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani met with the US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central and South Asia affairs, Alice G. Wells.
Wells congratulated the Afghan Foreign Minister for the successful holding of the 7th Istanbul Process – Heart of Asia conference.
FM Rabbani appraising the hosting of the conference by Azerbaijan and counted this conference, hearing different countries’ views, and reaching a positive result as significant. The Afghan Foreign Minister emphasized the regional consensus efforts by Afghanistan.
Also, Wells counted the Kabul Process which is due to be held in soon as significant and stated that it is important for the regional countries and international community to hear more from Afghanistan when it comes to peace. Minister Rabbani also counted peace as the only solution for Afghanistan. Both sides discussed and exchanged views on political, security, economic, and regional and trans-regional cooperation subjects.
 

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met with US Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affair, Ms. Alice Wells at his office on Monday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
Pointing at his recent trip to Shanghai summit and meeting regional countries’ leaders, CE Abdullah said Shanghai member states particularly Russia promised to cooperate with the US in fighting terrorism in Afghanistan, according to the agency.
He urged the U.S. and Russia to cooperate with Afghanistan in war on terror, BNA added.
CE Abdullah once again stressed on targeting terrorists’ hideouts and their funding sources, adding after declaring US strategy on Afghanistan and south Asia, no change has so far been appeared in Pakistan’s policies, the agency continued.
“Pakistan should honestly cooperate with Afghanistan in peace talks and annihilation of terrorists’ hideouts,” Dr. Abdullah added.
Likewise, CE Abdullah said the government was committed to hold the presidential and parliamentary elections in 2019, BNA said.
US acting assistant secretary of state’s said her country was ready to cooperate with Russia in fighting terrorism in Afghanistan.
Pointing at U.S. secretary of defense visit to Islamabad, Ms. Wells said Pakistan has not only taken necessary steps on fighting insurgents, but it also released Hafez Sayeed, the leader of Lashkar-e-Tayiba.
The US asks Pakistan to bring changes in its policies and honestly step up in war on terror, she added.
 

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met chairmen of both houses of parliament, members and administrative panel of the national assembly here Sunday evening and briefed them on his recent trip to Azerbaijan, a presidential statement said.
According to the statement, the president welcomed lawmakers and appreciated their efforts for strengthening of the national unity in the country. The president also said that international community’s vision towards Afghanistan has been changed and Afghans’ legitimate demands were taken practical shapes after decades of suffering and giving much sacrifices.
The president called poverty as the biggest threat, hoping national-wide consensus and coordination to put end to such threats and bring about economic self-sufficiency to the country. He also said new opportunities to glorify future of the country, adding such opportunities were due to Afghan National and Security Forces’ sacrifices in war on terror as well as lawmakers’ crucial role in national solidarity.
Hinting to coordination among the three forces of the country, the president thanked national assembly for timely approving of the laws.
“Reforms impossible without law. It might be known for you that I am supporting law and act based on the law,” the president told the lawmakers.
The president briefed the meeting on his visits to United States, India, UAE and Azerbaijan, saying his trip was focusing equipping of the Commando and air forces, economic cooperation, transit and trade.
The president called India a good partner of Afghanistan, saying India had supported many uplift and infrastructural projects in Afghanistan and emphasized on bolstering the bilateral ties.
The president said Afghanistan didn’t have any secret agreement with any country, adding would not allow anyone to use Afghan soil for their own interest. “We have joint economic interest with India and we try to use such economic ties for development of our economy.”
The president addressing the lawmakers said UAE to soon host a big conference on Afghanistan, adding the meeting to discuss supporting of Afghanistan’s big projects through UAE development fund, investments, marketing and employment.
The president said his meeting with Azerbaijan officials were focusing on Lapis Lazuli road, saying Baku to turn Afghanistan’s biggest exporting target and the country would ease opportunities for Afghans.
Meanwhile the president said TAPI pipeline to reach Afghanistan in upcoming three months, asking lawmakers from those provinces where the pipeline to be extended to spare no effort in security of the project in close coordination of the local people.
Lower House Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi thanked President Ghani for holding a joint meeting, calling such meeting beneficial for tightening of the relations between government and the national assembly.
“Defending the national interest is our shared responsibility. This is not only responsibility of the government, but ours as well,” he added, thanking the president for introducing the minister-designates for vote of confidence.
Ibrahimi said national assembly was working on a draft to support government’s programs and would share it with the government. He also criticized those commenting against the government, saying they can present their effective plans to government instead of making criticizing statements.
Meanwhile Fazil Hadi Muslimyar chairman of the upper house assured the president of national assembly’s full cooperation, saying they would support government and its programs for the nation.
Upper House Chairman called president’s foreign visits to the interest of Afghanistan, calling them unique in term of boosting infrastructures, economic sustainability, transits and trade with the regional countries.
 

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