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Wednesday October 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan during a ceremony accepted the credentials of Czech Republic newly-appointed ambassador to Kabul yesterday.
According to information of presidential press office to BNA, the ceremony was held at the presidential palace, President Ghani and new ambassador of Czech exchanged views and discussed on strengthening relations between the two countries, particularly in cultural cooperation.
President Ghani while welcoming new Czech ambassador to Kabul, thanking Czech Republic for its cooperation with Afghanistan in different sectors, the source further added.
Afterward, Czech ambassador expressed happiness over his new mission in Afghanistan, saying to do his best for further tighten relations between the two countries, the source concluded.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Herat City (BNA) During a special operation led by National Directorate Security (NDS) personnel, four leaders of terrorist group have been killed in western Herat province.
According to information of ministry of national defense’s press office to BNA, the operation was conducted to suppress armed oppositions and ensure peace and stability in relevant areas of Sayawashan village, Guzara district of the province.
The terrorist leaders names identified as Najib, Azam, Sayeed and Omid, the source added.
Also some heavy and light weapons and ammunitions have been seized during the operation, the source concluded.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Mazar-e-Sharif City (BNA) Spokesman of Balkh governor was wounded by unidentified gunmen this morning.
Abdul Rezaq Qaderi security director of Balkh told BNA, Munir Ahmad Farhad spokesperson of Balkh governor was injured by unknown gunmen close to his home in fourth security zone of Mazar-e-Sharif city.
Two unidentified gunmen who riding motorcycle targeted Farhad close to his home, the source added.
No one comment regarding the incident so far.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In spite of extensive talks on holding parliamentary elections in the country, the state is determine and committed for holding a transparent elections in the country.
BNA political analyst commenting on the issue writes there much words and talks about parliamentary election which has planned to hold in July next year. A number of analysts, politicians and civil society activists due to security reasons, lack of budget, lack of technical preparations and some other problems consider holding the election difficult even impossible. However, some others calling such judgment unfair insist that in spite of the existence of certain problems, the state has strong will and determination for holding parliamentary elections and already made certain efforts to provide the ground for that purpose. Determining the date of the elections, finding funding resource, distribution of electronic identity cards and setting up constituencies are the major evidences that show; the National Unity Government is committed for holding the elections.
On the other hand July 7 which has determined the day of holding the elections there is enough time for the state to settle the remaining problems. Even though, the political experts and people insist that there are certain logical and fundamental questions regarding to holding the elections should be responded. The relevant authorities should answer the questions regarding to security problems which stand as an obstacle on way of holding a general election. How it be conducting election in insecure and under the rule of armed oppositions areas?
In addition to security, there are rumors about administrative corruption within independent commission of elections. How the relevant authorities would deal with corruption in the commission?
There were many complaints about existence of fraud and violations in previous elections, how the relevant authorities guarantee that the bitter experiences of the past not repeated again. How do they cover the constituencies in insecure regions? And other related questions need to be answered. The most important thing is the action of relevant authorities and implementing the commitments of the leadership unity government regarding holding a transparent election in order to restore the trust of people once again in to this national program. 
Abdul Khalil Minawi
 

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Presided over by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the High session of rule of law and counter official corruption council was held Tuesday evening at presidential palace.
In the session, President Ghani by recalling of approving national anti-corruption strategy appreciated second vice president Sarwar Danesh, Supreme Court, attorney general office and ministry of justice for their efforts in codification of the strategy and stressed on its implementation.
Also, Vice President Sarwar Danesh spoke related to significance of the strategy and suggested that in a decree all government institutions should be obliged to execute the strategy in their offices.
In the session, acting chief of Kabul municipality delivered the session related to modality of protection the municipality’s properties, adding that the municipality was making effort to address city problems, but numerous problems were still preventing them from delivering better services to the people.
General director of high anti-corruption authority Sayed Hussain Fakhri said that contracts which have been conducted by Kabul municipality had particular problems and shortcomings and were not in accordance to procurements law, adding that properties which were given as rents by Kabul municipality were not in accordance to standards.
He stressed on ways for necessary solution of such problems in Kabul municipality.
Head of independent administrative reforms and civil servants commission Ahmad Nadir Nadiri in his speech said that the commission has kicked off work with Kabul municipality, adding that appointment process would be started in Kabul municipality soon after reforms process were reviewed.
The country’s President said that ambiguity which avoided works in Kabul municipality should be addressed and stressed on creating a commission for addressing current issues in the municipality.
President Ghani also added that a plan should be prepared for management of the Kabul municipality’s properties and issues related to the municipality should be referred to attorney general office for further review and decision-making.
The country’s President stressed that there should be transparency in work process, activity and service delivery of Kabul municipality and serious measures should be adopted in clearing of properties.
 

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Stone foundation of auditorium and teaching buildings of Kabul University was laid in presence of the country’s chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, officials of ministry of higher education and Kabul University.
The projects worth $ 60 million will be constructed by China, agreed during visit of President Ghani and chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to China.
In opening ceremony of the two projects, the country’s chief executive said implementation of the projects at a historic and academic institution would be a remembering symbol in history of the two countries.
“China as a good neighboring country has provided lot of assistance to Afghanistan and has been spent in various sections in particular reconstruction of the country,” said Dr. Abdullah, adding that China and Afghanistan have had good relations during the past few centuries.
Stressing on significance of the projects, the country’s chief executive asserted that investment in higher education sector meant investment in tranquility of society, integrity and better future of Afghanistan as it had enduring impacts.
In the ceremony, Chancellor of Kabul University Dr. Hamidullah Farooqi said that the teaching building in 40 rooms and the auditorium building with the capacity of 500 people would be constructed, adding that construction of the two building at Kabul University would have key role in relations between the two countries.
Farooqi shared programs of the university as capacity building of teachers, creating higher education opportunities for students, codification of a two-year strategy and creating scientific and research centers with the country’s chief executive and asked for further attention in this regard.
 

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Second Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh attended the first ever held conference on the World Week of Climate Change, here in Kabul, calling its negative changes more dangerous than terrorism, his office said Tuesday.
Addressing the meeting held at the Kabul Intercontinental Hotel, the country’s vice-president said: “Terrorism dangers conclude, but climate negative changes lay negative lasting consequences.”
Considering the danger, the international community has since long been codifying international conventions and programs, instigating the states to take practical and effective step against.
Danesh reminded the approval of convention on climate change through the UN, Kyoto Protocol and approval of the goals of sustainable development of the United Nations and shed light with details about the consequences. However he said the climate change negative impact was less than feared, mostly from lack of industry’s growth in Afghanistan, but warned that Afghanistan was one of the most vulnerable countries in term of climate change.
“Findings revealed that Afghanistan is the most vulnerable country in Asia and the 14th vulnerable countries in term of climate changes in the world,” said the vice-president adding the main reason behind was strict dependence of the country on agriculture sector, and that lack of seasonal rainfall and rise of temperature has blown up seriously to the agriculture field.
According to the world index, climate change dangers introduced by the German Watch has ranked Afghanistan the 15th countries of the world between 1994 and 2014.
He said the only way to fight negative climate changes was an all-out preparation against the world notorious phenomenon.
Danesh said other countries of the world have taken the issues serious as much as the neighboring Pakistan to have established a special ministry of climate change.
He lauded the efforts of the national environment protection office for its successfully introducing four protected national parks consisting Band-e-Amir in Bamyan, Wakhan in Badakhshan, Dara-e-Fuladi in Bamyan and Kol-e-Hashmat Khan in the capital Kabul.
The National Plan of Compatibility with Climate Change, the first and the second report on climate change, practical strategy and plan for climate change in Afghanistan, National Climate Change Committee, study teams and the leading committee of computability with climate change were among the policies and programs of the government of Afghanistan in the area of reducing harms of the climate change in the country.
He called the role of the ministries of public works, water and power, agriculture, rural development, urban development, mines and petroleum and public health as well as the independent local organs administration the most important to fight the phenomenon.
Public awareness about the negative climate changes, creation of safe atmosphere for the local people live, prevention of lands from becoming arid and finally increase of renewing energy for consumption of energy have been among the important and effective policies could help prevent climate changes’ negative impacts.
 

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) International research and scientific seminar titled ‘role of Sufism in expansion of Islamic culture’ was held yesterday in Kabul.
The seminar was held by ministry of information and culture and attended by the country’s chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, a number of cabinet members, national assembly representatives, government officials, religious and cultural figures and foreign guests.  At the beginning of the seminar, acting minister of information and culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari spoke related to Sufism and Ahl-e-Tariqat and said that followers of Sufism have lived beside each other as brothers for centuries. He added that any kind of harms was banned in Sufism and this Islamic and human stance of the Sufism’s followers differentiated them from other fundamental, malicious and deviant groups.  In the seminar, the country’s chief executive delivered speech and said Sufism had deep root in Islam and spirituality, culture and destiny of our people, believing that the seminar would pave the way for our today’s generation and the people to live in dignity.
In the seminar, message of President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was read out by advisor to president on cultural affairs Asadullah Ghazanfar.
In his message, the country’s President said, “I am happy that a great scientific session was held in connection with a key issue of our culture and history and to discuss role of Sufism and mysticism based on clear essence of Islamic moral and promotion of Islamic culture.”
 

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan Ambassador Hazrat Omar Zakhelwal has met Pakistan’s Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairman and discussed problems facing Afghan students, in the neighboring country.
The ambassador asked HEC Chairman Dr. Mukhtar Ahmad to remove uncertainty about the future of Afghan students at the Baqayee Medical University in Karachi and Imperial Colleague in Lahore.
Writing in his official facebook page, Zakhilwal that visa issues of Afghan students at the International Islamic University (IIU) in Islamabad and the Fatima Jinnah University in Lahore were also taken up.
The envoy, who had earlier conferred on Afghan students’ issues with Pakistani officials over the phone, said the HEC head had told him the issues of Afghan students at Fatima Jinnah University had been resolved.
The Pakistani side also assured the diplomat of resolving the remaining issues within a month.
The Kabul Times
Nisar Ahmad Salar, representing Afghan students, said their documents had not been registered as part of the formal procedure by HEC. He alleged the officials concerned created problems for them.
 

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 05:40

Recent Air Raids Leaves 14 ISIS Loyalists Dead

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Kabul (BNA) At least 14 fighters of Islamic State for Syria and Iraq (ISIS) terrorist group were killed following air attacks in eastern Nangarhar province this morning.
The ISIS loyalists targeted and killed in Koot, Acheen, Rouadat and Haska Mina districts of the province.
Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal spokesman of Nangarhar police chief told BNA correspondent, 14 ISIS adherents killed during the raids.
The militants were busy on organizing a series of destructive and terrorist activities, which targeted and killed.
It has been said, there were zero casualties on the parts of civilians at the end of the attacks.
According to another report, Afghan security forces succeeded to discover and defuse 11 rounds of different type of mines from crowded areas of Acheen, Mohmand Dara, Koot districts and Jalalabad city the provincial capital of the province.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

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