22 September 2019

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Thursday September 19, 2019
JALALABAD CITY (BNA) By construction of a water network, hundreds families have gained access to safe and clean water in eastern Nangarhar province.
Local in-charge in Nangarhar told BNA, the water network has been built in Dara Noor region, Khogyani district of the province.
About 400 families have gained access to safe and clean water in Dara Noor region, Khogyani district of the province, the source added.
The families show their pleasure regarding the construction of the water network.


Monday September 9, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Angelina Jolie has backed Afghan film Hava, Maryam, Ayesha to win honours at the Venice International Film Festival.

The movie, which had its world premiere at the Italian film event on Friday, is being screened as part of the festival's Horizons strand - in which four prizes are awarded.

In a statement to Variety, Angelina hailed the film, which is made by female first-time director Sahraa Karimi, and chronicles the lives of three Afghan women from different social backgrounds living in the war-torn nation, as a "moving film" that had been made "against the odds".

Called it a "delicately made and moving film (that) chronicles the lives of young women in contemporary Afghanistan", Angelina added: "It shows the grace, beauty and spirit of Afghan women as they navigate marriage, love, friendship, family and motherhood."

Hava, Maryam, Ayesha was made with an entirely local Afghan cast and crew - an achievement the Maleficent star praised as a remarkable achievement in a country in which women are still struggling for basic rights.

"Every film made in Afghanistan is a triumph against the odds," she said. "At a time when the future of Afghanistan is hanging in the balance, it reminds us of all that is at stake for millions of Afghan women, who deserve the freedom, independence and safety to make their own choices - in their own homes, and throughout society as a whole."

Meanwhile, Sahraa thanked film festival chiefs for providing her with a platform to "bring attention to the issues my country is facing - in particular, the need to guarantee fundamental women's rights in Afghanistan."






Monday September 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Former Afghanistan captain Mohammad Nabi has announced his decision to retire from Test cricket after the ongoing one-off match against Bangladesh.
The 34-year-old seasoned all-rounder, who has featured in three Test matches for Afghanistan, including the landmark maiden game against India last year, will continue to play white-ball cricket.
He wants the country's youngsters to take centre stage in the longest format.
"Test cricket is an important format that every cricketer wants to play. I have served Afghanistan for the last 18 years. It was my dream as well to help Afghanistan obtain Test status and that dream is realised now," Nabi said in a video message released by the Afghanistan Cricket Board.
"We have a maximum of 1-2 Test per year and I want, instead of me that a young player gets to play, since the emerging youngsters are playing well in domestic cricket. I want them to get the chance they deserve so that we have a good Test team in the future as well."
Nabi has played an important role in the rise of Afghanistan cricket at the world stage in recent years, featuring in the country' first-ever Test, T20I and ODI.
Besides featuring in his side's first Test win, a seven-wicket victory in Dehradun over fellow red-ball newcomers Ireland in March this year, Nabi is also a regular in the in T20 circuit including playing in the IPL and the Big Bash League. He will continue to represent his side in the shorter formats of the game.
"I will strive to play ODIs and T20Is for Afghanistan as long as I am able to," he said.
Nabi has played 121 ODIs and amassed 2,699 runs while scalping 128 wickets. In 68 T20Is, he has 1,161 runs with a best of 89. He bagged 69 wickets in the shortest format of the game.


Monday September 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The European Union's special envoy for Afghanistan Roland Kobia said on Sunday presidential elections must be held this month as the country needs a political leadership that has received a renewed democratic mandate from its citizens.
"It seems today that the EU line advising preparation of elections in parallel and as if there was no Afghan peace process was not unwise. Elections become more necessary by the hour," Kobia wrote in a Twitter post.
Kobia's tweet came hours after U.S. President Donald Trump announced he had cancelled a planned meeting with the Taliban over a draft peace accord.
Presidential elections are scheduled for Sept.28, but the Taliban are opposed to the polls.

Monday September 9, 2019
Kabul (BNA) China, Pakistan and Afghanistan on Saturday backed the need for an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process to end the nearly two-decades-old conflict in the war-torn country.
The commitment was made by the Foreign Ministers of Pakistan, China and Afghanistan -- Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Wang Yi and Salahuddin Rabbani, who participated in the third trilateral dialogue in Islamabad.
Condemning the recent terror attacks in Afghanistan, the three countries reiterated their support for a politically negotiated settlement of the conflict in the war-ravaged country, a statement by Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said.
"In this regard, they took note of the talks between the US and the Taliban. They expressed hope that intra-Afghan negotiations including direct negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban begin soon and lead to full cessation of violence bringing a lasting peace for the people of Afghanistan," the statement said.
"They particularly underlined the need for an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process leading to a comprehensive agreement for durable peace and stability in Afghanistan," it added.
The three sides agreed to "continue their joint efforts for building political mutual trust and supporting reconciliation, regional peace and stability, development cooperation and connectivity, security cooperation and counter-terrorism as key areas of the trilateral cooperation".
"They committed to promote measures to counter terrorist's logistical capabilities including terror-financing, recruitment and training," the statement said.
China, Pakistan and Afghanistan welcomed plans to hold a trilateral friendly cricket tournament among junior cricket teams of the three countries in Beijing in October.
They agreed to arrange a capacity building workshop of young diplomats from the three countries under the 'Junior Diplomats Exchange Program' to be held in Pakistan next month.
"The three sides agreed to explore 'China-Afghanistan-Pakistan plus cooperation, as well as working towards promoting trade and connectivity projects between Afghanistan and Pakistan, such as Kabul-Peshawar Motorway," the statement said.
The three countries agreed to hold the next round of trilateral Foreign Ministers' dialogue in Beijing in 2020.


Sunday, September 08, 2019
Ghazni (BNA) Unidentified gunmen killed a civil activist in Ghazni city this morning.
Mohammad Aref Noori spokesman for Ghazni governor told BNA, unidentified gunmen assassinated Nazar Mohammad Khairzada a civil activist who worked as head of Ghazni guild council near his house in Moghlan village, Ghazni city.
Another report says, two Taliban militants were killed while wanted to plant a mine in Shams Sahib region, Ghazni city.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, 08 September 2019 11:35

War Affected Families Received Aids

Sunday, September 08, 2019
Charikar (BNA) Foodstuffs distributed for war affected families in Dara-e-Ghorband of Parwan province.
According to BNA report, an amount of rice, ghee, pea, tea and sugar were distributed for war affected families in Dara-e-Ghorband of Parwan province.
Abdul Mateen Qodosi member of Parwan provincial council said, the assistance was distributed by Parwan Provincial Natural Resources to war affected families in Shinwari and Seygard District and Dara-e-Ghorband of Parwan province.
Fazeluddin Ayar governor of Parwan expressed his condolences to these families and assured the distribution of more aid to war affected and natural disasters families.
T. Yarzada


Sunday September 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met Indian Ambassador to Kabul Vinay Kumar here at the Presidential Palace the other day, BNA reported. Both sides discussed enhancing commercial ties and supporting of the election process. Hinting to historical ties between the two countries, President Ghani called India as close and strategic partner of Afghanistan. Representing the Afghan government and people, President Ghani thanked India’s generous assistance to Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Indian Ambassador to Kabul reiterated his country’s support of the Afghan election, adding the bilateral commercial ties to be further expanded.

Sunday September 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) has expressed concern over destiny of six journalists kidnapped in Paktia.
According to reports, Taliban have kidnapped the journalists who went to Zurmat City,  a district in Paktia for preparing report on Thursday.
Leadership of the Ministry of Information and Culture believes that journalists and media workers in consideration to the country’s laws are working impartially to prepare and report incidents in the country.
The Ministry of Information and Culture considered abducting the journalists as unacceptable and asked their release.


Sunday September 8, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Iranian Minister of Energy Reza Ardakanian said yesterday that cooperation between Afghanistan and Islamic Republic of Iran in the field of electricity will be accelerated, IRNA reported.
The minister pointed to the recent agreements made between Afghanistan and Iran in the field of generating and transmitting electricity and added, “Establishment of joint cooperation committee, implementation of the agreements inked between the two countries will result in acceleration.”
He made the remarks in an exclusive interview with IRNA and added, “setting up joint working group was agreed by Afghanistan president and now, we are waiting for the establishment of the committee as soon as possible.”
In this committee, date for organizing summit of joint economic cooperation commission will be consulted, he said, adding, “Then, necessary measures will be taken for holding the summit.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ardakanian pointed to the agreement inked between Iran and Afghanistan for repairing Afghan’s electricity transformers and turbines and added, “Necessary measures have been taken in this respect.”
For this purpose, Deputy Minister of Energy Homyoon Haeri along with Managing Director of Iran’s Power Generation and Transmission Company (TAVANIR) Mohammad Hassan Motavalizadeh visited Afghanistan in August 17 for holding talks with senior officials of Afghanistan Ministry of Water and Energy which led to signing and sealing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between energy officials of the two countries.
Renewing contract for Iran’s electricity exports to Afghanistan, cooperating to reduce electricity network losses in Afghanistan, developing Afghanistan power grind, constructing Zaranj electricity transmission line in Afghanistan, renovating Afghanistan electricity grid as well as reconstructing a number of power turbines and transformers of Afghanistan were discussed in this bilateral meeting.

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