25 June 2018

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Monday June 25, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Transpiration, Mohammad Hamid Tahmasi met with ambassador of Japan to Kabul and deputy of JICA agency.
According to BNA report, during the meeting Mohammad Hamid Tahmasi pointed on old historical and friendship relations of Afghanistan and Japan and appreciated from honestly cooperation of Japan with people and government of Afghanistan since 15 years in various sectors, particularly in transportation field and also thanked from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) regarding enhancing capacity building of Transportations Ministry’s staffs.
During the meeting, Japan ambassador assured that his country would be continued cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields, especially, in investment, transportation infrastructure development, terminals and public city transportation. 
Meanwhile, deputy of JICA pledged that the agency would be continued cooperation in providing educational scholarships for staffs of ministry of transportations.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday June 25, 2018

Kabul (BNA) About 6 people have died and 280 others were wounded following road accidents in western Herat province during the last week.
Mohammad Rafiq Shirzai spokesman of regional hospital in Herat told BNA report, 25 women and 60 children are among the injured which most of their health conditions are satisfactory.
Shirzai added, during this time due to different criminal cases 135 injured people have been shifted to regional hospital of Herat as well.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:                                                                     
One Dollar                                               72/30 Afs                           
One Pound Sterling                                 95/20   Afs                                                  
One Euro                                                84/10 Afs                           
One Emirate’s Dirham                           19/65 Afs                           
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          575 Afs                           
One Thousand Indian Rupees                1060 Afs                                         
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              80/8 Afs                           
Yarzada

Monday, June 25, 2018
Jalalabad (BNA) 20 ISIS loyalists were killed in recent air strikes in Nangarhar province.
The fighters were suppressed during recent day in conflict of security forces and military operations in various parts of Nangarhar province.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA, Pakistani national were also among the dead.
No harm sustained to security forces in the raids.
According to another report, the security officials of Nangarhar province have failed a series of blasts planned by Taliban.
Security officials discovered and neutralized seven mines from crowded ways of Nangarhar province and prevented from deadly events.
Meanwhile, the security officials of Nangarhar province succeeded to discover two weapons caches of Taliban.
The caches were kept in hideouts of insurgents in Hasaka Mina and Achen Districts.
Several heavy and light weapons were also seized from the caches.
Local officials said, Daesh fighters used the caches for terrorist activities.
T. Yarzada

Monday June 25, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh introduced Hasena Safi as nominate and acting minister for Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) to the ministry’s staffs.
According to BNA correspondent report, in a ceremony held at the conference hall of MoIC first, Wais Hedayat deputy office of President Readout the decree of president on introducing and appointing of Hasena Safi as nominate and acting minister for the ministry.
At the outset, Second Vice-President Sarwar Danesh said, Mrs. Hasena Safi is an active manager who has worked in different government and non-government administrative.
Second Vice-President also talked about achievements, challenges, responsibilities and missed opportunities of ministry of information and culture and wished further success to Mrs. Safi in her new career.
Then, Mrs. Hasena Safi spoke and thanked the President Ghani’s attention toward women, saying for the first time a woman has appointed as leader for Ministry of Information and Culture.
At the end of the ceremony, Mohammad Rasoul Bawari deputy minister of information and culture on cultural affairs talked about challenges and achievements of the ministry said, insufficient budget, insecurity and lack of capacity building are the main problems of the ministry.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday June 25, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the rule of law and anti-corruption high council’s meeting was held yesterday at Presidential Palace. In the meeting, first the country’s attorney general Mohammad Farid Hamidi delivered execution draft on presidential decree issued in connection with reduction, punishment and pardon of prisoners. Hamidi said that new discussions have been added for remission and forgiving of prisoners in the respective draft and attorney general office should be the sole institution for exercising decree of the President. He asked for increasing structures in the respective office so the process of working executions and implementing timely decrees should be accelerated. Welcoming the respective draft, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said that such drafts were used in other countries. Second Vice-President Sarwar Danesh by praising the draft said that increasing of occasions for remission and forgiveness of prisoners should be reviewed. Nadir Nadiri, head of independent administrative reforms and civil services commission, considered increasing of structures in attorney general office as acceptable. After overall discussions, the rule of law and anti-corruption council approved the draft in principle and stressed that visions of relevant institutions and civil society organizations should be included for boosting the draft. In second part of the meeting’s agenda, director of properties registration and assessment authority Nahid Isar delivered development report of registration of government high-ranking officials’ properties, goals, achievements and challenges facing the authority. She added that work modality of the process has accelerated after the job was submitted to general directorate of administrative affairs. Welcoming the acceleration process of registration of the government high-ranking officials’ properties, the country’s President stressed on continuation of the process. Meanwhile, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in the meeting instructed ministry of telecommunications and information technology to cooperate with general directorate of administrative affairs in creating a database and instructed land authority to cooperate in specification of the high-ranking officials’ lands.
 

Monday June 25, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Including 13 women and 2 foreign nationals 230 people were arrested accused of narcotic drug smugglings within the last four months across the country.
According to BNA correspondent report, the narcotic drug smugglers were arrested in Kabul, Logar, Daikundi, Nooristan, Panjshir, Maidan/Wardak, Sar-e-Pul, Urozgan, Kunar, Ghor, Faryab, Bamyan and Badghis provinces, which Kabul province by having 91 cases is the top of the list.
Totally 856 kg heroin, 3807 kg morphine, 6439 kg opium, 21085 kg hashish, 14 kg Shisha, 3357 liters alcoholic beverages, 655 liters acid and 6159 Tablet K have been discovered and seized from the arrested smugglers.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday June 25, 2018

Maimana City (BNA) Taliban ‘Red Unit’ commander along with his 16 men were killed in northern Faryab province.
In-charge of press office in 209 Shaheen army corps told BNA reporter, Mullah Rahim commander of ‘Red Unit’ for Taliban group along with his 16 men were killed during air attack carried out by Afghan National Army personnel in Khawaja Sabz Posh district, Faryab province.
At least 33 Taliban militants were wounded during the air raid as well, the source added.
It has been said Mullah Rahim along with his men have been targeted and killed, while they were involved on organizing a series of terrorist activities.
A huge ammunition storage, some heavy and light weapons have been destroyed during the attack.
M.A.Ansari
 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Ashraf Ghani President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan says that ceasefire is the natural demand of people but warned that slightest menace in that regard would not be acceptable.
BNA political affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and its armed oppositions in unprecedented move observing a ceasefire during Eid days provided an opportunity  for a great number of Taliban to leave their hideouts and strongholds in mountains and deserts and come to the cities to enjoy the Eid days with their families and relatives.
Unfortunately, in some cases armed oppositions violated the ceasefire. As a police officer,  a student and local police using the ceasefire had gone to Wardooj  district, Badakhshan province to visit their families and relatives were shot to death, while, the purpose of ceasefire was reconciliation and exchanging views of the two sides of the conflict.
Regretfully, the consequences of the ceasefire were associated with serious concerns. Taliban ended the ceasefire on the evening of the third day of Eid and resumed their attacks against state security forces, while were obliged to observe the truce until the fifth day of Eid and then the Security Council extended it for another ten days.
Some sources including the members of provincial councils of some province have said that Taliban using the truce as pretext came to the cities prepare plans and prepare for attacks which would be bloody and disastrous, even the national defense ministry acknowledged that 1200 militants of Taliban who had come to Kabul have not returned to their hideouts and bases.
Taliban in Bala- Murghab district Badghis province hiding in residential areas, attacking state forces martyred at least 30 troops of the national army. In Ghazni, Taliban while leaving the city abducted six soldiers along with their weapons. These tragic incidents caused the critics of state, the citizens and foreign diplomats expressed their concerns over consequences of ceasefire and coming of Taliban in to the cities and not returning back to their hideouts.
However, President Ghani responding the concerns has his own words:
In a meeting with a number of western countries ambassadors to Kabul, considered the ceasefire the demand of people and informed them about the pre- ceasefire programs of the state and management of the situation before and in the course of ceasefire.
In addition in video conference with army and police commanders and other local authorities flagrantly said that operations would continue in areas under threat and any danger that threat people would face serious and decisive reaction of Afghan forces.
According political elites, the statements of the president give a conspicuous message this is ceasefire is an opportunity for peace, reconciliation, avoiding war and ensuring peace and stability in the country and also the ceasefire was and opportunity for Taliban enjoy the life in the community ruled by law. Also, the statements of the president give the message that the ceasefire should not be used for military purposes because any threat that comes from ceasefire would not be acceptable. Government forces would respond decisively to any threat. Therefore, the armed oppositions should consider ceasefire an opportunity for national convergence and reconciliation not for building military purposes.  

Abdul Khalil Minawi
 

Monday, 25 June 2018 06:30

ANA Solders Martyred In Taliban Ambush

Monday, June 25, 2018

Qana-e-Naw (BNA) A number of National Army Soldiers were martyred in Taliban ambush in Badghis province last night.
Abdul Aziz Beg head of Badghis provincial council told BNA local reporter, more than ten ANA soldiers who went for ensuring of security in registration areas of Baghban region, Qala-e-Naw capital of the province, were faced with ambush of Taliban and martyred.
T. Yarzada
 

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