25 September 2018

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Sunday, September 23, 2018

Maimana (BNA) A kid was lost his life and another has been injured in a mortar mine blast in Faryab province yesterday.
According to Shaheen 209 army corps press office to BNA, the mortar mine was launched by Taliban in a clash by security forces in Garzewan district and hit on a residential house, in which a child was martyred and another has been wounded.
According to another report, a Taliban insurgent was killed in their own mine blast in Chartoot village, Pashtoon Kot district and another was wounded.
T. Yarzada
 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has officially announced the appointment of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad as Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation.
Pompeo said in a memo to staff on Friday that Khalilzad will lead US efforts to support, facilitate, and participate in a peace process between government and the Taliban.
“there is no one better suited for this duty than an expert diplomat like ambassador Khalilzad, who was born and raised in Afghanistan, and has previously served as the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the United Nations,” Pompeo said in a memo.
In the memo Pompeo said he was confident in Khalilzad’s ability to execute the mission.
“I am confident in Ambassador Khalilzad’s ability to execute this mission, and we are grateful for his willingness to step back into public service.  As we welcome him back to the Department, let us rededicate ourselves to achieving a durable peace in Afghanistan that will ensure security for the American people.  This goal is realistic. We have a team in place to accomplish it.  Let’s get the job done,” said Pompeo in the memo.
Khalilzad was the United States ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush and has been involved with U.S policy makers at the White House, State Department and Pentagon since the mid-1980s.  He has also served as U.S ambassador to Afghanistan and U.S ambassador to Iraq.
Reuters reported recently that the diplomat is well suited to the difficult task of persuading the insurgents to talk, according to a former senior U.S. official, who asked not to be further identified.
In addition to his experience advising or working for four U.S. administrations and his knowledge of Afghanistan’s main languages, culture and politics, he is close to President Ashraf Ghani, the former official said.
 

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Asset Registration and Verification Office (ARVO) is assigned to register assets of all government officials. 
Over the course of six months, since its beginning the office has collected more than 14,000 asset registration forms of high ranking government officials.
ARVO Director Nahid Esar appeared in a joint press conference with Di8rector of Anti-Corruption Secretariat Yama Turabi at the Government Media and Information Center here yesterday, saying that:  “The process of collecting asset registration forms for all high-ranking officials is completed.”
The aim behind assets registration of high-ranking officials is to prevent corruption, to prevent embezzlement of public funds, and to establish monitoring mechanism for public and the media.
According to the law, the asset registration process of high ranking officials takes place in three stages:  registration, publication and verification.
“ARVO expresses its satisfaction for the government leadership support, and hoped that all politicians support this process,” Esar added.
Meanwhile, Anti-corruption secretariat, who is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, says that they report about their performances every six months.
“The registration of assets of government officials and employees is part of the government’s commitment to the people and international community” said Yama Torabi, Director of Anti-Corruption Secretariat.
Asset Registration and Verification Office urges the People, Civil Society Institutions.  Ulema Council, and other institutions to visit ARVO website, and read the published assets of government officials, and share their relevant information through.
 

Sunday, 23 September 2018 05:40

CE Pledges Holding Transparent Elections

Sunday September 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) In a meeting with the Turkish ambassador, Oguzhan Ertugrul, the National Unity Government (NUG) Chief Executive said that the government was committed to hold a transparent election in the country, BNA reported. During the meeting, both sides discussed mutual relations between Afghanistan and Turkey, holding a transparent and valid election in Afghanistan and the Turkish cooperation for Afghanistan. The country chief executive said that the government was committed to hold a transparent and valid election and that the launch of biometric procedure on the voters during the Election Day by the commission would make the people sure about the process.
 

Sunday September 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Independent Election Commission (IEC) said on Saturday that it is working on the biometric system and has been dealing with a German company, the remarks came a day after that Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said an agreement had been reached on the use of a biometric system in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
“The issue which is being worked on is the use of a biometric system on October 20 (Election Day). Our assessments have been completed by up to 70 percent, but there are still questions in this regard. We hope that we can find answers for them,” said Hafizullah Hashemi, the IEC spokesman. He said they will announce a final decision after consultations with political parties. Hashemi said the IEC had agreed with a German company to provide the biometric system for elections. He said the company is a well-established company with many years of experience in supplying biometric systems around the world. He said the biometric units would be installed at more than 5,000 polling centers across the country on Election Day. Parliamentary elections have been scheduled for October 20.
 

Sunday September 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a program held by women empowerment program ‘Promote’ for capacity building of women teachers said women were half part of society and if women were empowered, society would be empowered too. Expressing happiness over starting the program, the country’s chief executive added education was principal and significant base of a society. “Enhancement of women’s capacity will cause that they offer knowledgeable students to our society and well-educated individuals can create a sound society,” Dr. Abdullah said.  Pointing to part of women in political, economic and social sections, the country’s chief executive stressed that by starting the program nearly 100,000 women teachers would receive necessary teacher training studies that could result in enhancement of teaching capacity of women teachers. Chief Executive by praising USAID for launching the program for Afghan women said national unity government was committed to cooperation with USAID to make it success. In the program, acting minister of education, Merwais Balkhi said that his ministry was facing with lack of professional and experienced teachers and one of goals of the ministry was to empower teachers. He added that currently nearly 3.7 million children mostly girls were deprived of education across the country, saying that empowerment of women teachers and absorption of new teachers would pave the way for more children to go to school.
 

Sunday September 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with the youths of the Kabul zone asked them to prevent those willing to victimize national interests by their personal benefits, BNA reported.
The youth of the capital zone shared their three years of grouping work and efforts with the President in a gathering attended by the country’s First Lady. The youths three-day work focused on urban management, lack of water crisis, people and good governance, drugs, citizenship rights, security, migration, environment and urban economic growth. The President thanked them for their effort and hard grouping efforts to have created a national discussion for sharing your opinion as responsible citizens. “You have my support and all of your constructive discussions would be collected and published in six books,” said the President.
The President asked to think countrywide as he believed the country was in a dire need of peace and that there was a need to reach consensus. “The youth shouldn’t have short-term vision, but a long 50-year term opinion to could change a generation. I am like a bridge to transfer power and authority to you.” President Ghani called water management one of the key issues and there was a need for national discussion and added that an inclusive measure to help reduce drought in next six months in the country would be practiced. Touching on the country’s geographical location, the President went on as saying that the enemy wanted to turn Afghanistan into the international terrorism and mar the national consensus and bring Afghanistan availability under question. He made clear that time for ending the 40 year-crisis has now reached and those planning to question the elections would question the future of the young generation and the youth shouldn’t allow this minority. According to him, Afghanistan was at the focal point of the international issues and that the youth should think at Afghanistan, region and world level as their future linked to the world concept. During the meeting, the President spoke about agriculture, migration, economic, controlling Afghanistan population, poverty reduction and the government plan in this field as well as the youth role in the aforesaid grounds.
 

Sunday September 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Up to 45 anti-government militias were killed and 34 others were wounded during routine duties of Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours across the country.
Afghan security forces were launched 18 clearing operations, Special Forces conducted 116 special operations, while Afghan air forces carried out 7 air strikes and 90 flights for supporting Afghan National Army in different parts of the country.
Ministry of national defense press office by releasing a statement issued that the operations launched in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Ghazni, Pakti, Khost, Kandahar, Zabul, Urozgan, Badghis, Herat, Faryab, Baghlan, Sar-e-Pul and Helmand provinces.
Afghan National Defense and Security Forces as the nation’s defense forces are ready to give sacrifice to bring lasting peace and security to the people and are determined to eradicate terror groups in Afghanistan.
M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday, 23 September 2018 05:33

Road Accident Took the Lives of 15 Passengers

Sunday September 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) As many as 15 commuters lost their lives and 30 others were wounded following road accident in Herat-Kandahar highway the other day.
The incident took place in relevant areas of Bakwah district, Farah province, Herat-Kandahar highway when a passenger bus smashed with a truck.
Nasir Mehri spokesman of Farah governor told BNA correspondent, 15 passengers have died and 30 others were injured following the event.
Three women and two children were among the victims of the incident.
High speed of drivers and carelessness are the main reason behind the traffic incident.
Injured of the incident have been shifted to Kandahar hospital.
The health conditions of 16 injured called critical by doctors in the hospital.
M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday September 22, 2018

Qala-e-Naw City (BNA) About 120,000 families have been forced to leave their regions due to drought in northwestern Badghis province.
According to BNA report, UNOCHA (United National Office Coordination Humanitarian Affairs) by releasing a report issued that, “Drought have been affected about 2.2 million people across Afghanistan.”
During the current year, 250,000 families left their houses in west of Afghanistan that among them 120,000 families were forced to leave their houses in Badghis province, OCHA added in the report.
UNOCHA have been provided water drinking to 190,000 families in Herat and Badghis provinces and first aid will be distributed to them as well.
Nearly 15 million people relying on farming, livestock or agriculture-related labor opportunities in the 20 provinces most affected by the drought in Afghanistan, UNOCHA added.
M.A.Ansari
 

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