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Sunday, 20 September 2020 05:26

President Ghani Arrives in Bamiyan

Sunday September 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan leading a high level government delegation has arrived in Bamiyan province this morning.
Sediq Sediqqi spokesperson of President tweeted, President Ghani will have meetings with the local officials, elders and the people of Bamyan province during his visit.
He will chair a senior security officials meeting and will also visit some historic sites during the day, Seddiqi added.
M.A.Ansari

Sunday September 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Ashraf Ghani President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in a virtual discussion with Narendra Singru, the Asian Development Bank’s Country Director for Afghanistan talked over continued assistance of ADB to Afghanistan in energy and transport sectors, particularly infrastructural and development areas.
According to BNA report, President Ghani stressed that the government of Afghanistan could adopt proper approaches amidst spread of the coronavirus, enabling it to implement economic programs to improve the living condition of the people.
The president also articulated different aspects of cooperation between Afghanistan and the Central Asian countries, especially in the areas of energy.
The country director of ADB referred to the Afghan government’s plans and efforts on containing corona and assistance delivery to people, said the government had been able to maintain market stability and was capable to work jointly with the international community to cope with spread of the pandemic.
He added the government of Afghanistan could meet the required criteria including well-devised strategies and plans for dealing with corona and preventing its negative effects, providing timely health services, building coherence with international partners, and assistance delivery to vulnerable groups of the Afghan society, which enabled it to receive further aids from ADB and other donor agencies.
M.A.Ansari

Sunday, 20 September 2020 04:29

Blast Wounds Two Civilians in Balkh

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) An explosion took place yesterday evening in Mazar-e-Sharif city central Balkh.
Balkh police spokesman Adel Shah Adel said, two civilians were injured in the blast.
The bomber struck in front of a stadium in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, he said.
The Balkh Public Health Department says five people injured in the blast, including a woman, have been taken to hospital.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, 20 September 2020 04:27

Failed Taliban Bombing on Mosque in Nangarhar

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Taliban's plan to target worshipers in Nangarhar failed.
A senior Army Corps official in east of the country told BNA that the Taliban tried to target worshipers with the bombing, but not succeeded to their evil goals.
The security troops discovered the bomb in collaboration with residents of the area.
Taliban mostly planted bombs and mines on busy roads of the province, which victimize civilians.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, 20 September 2020 04:26

Afghanistan Records 22 New COVID-19 Cases

Saturday, September 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health reported that out of 95 samples, 22 cases have turned positive in the last 24 hours.
At least 108,193 samples have so far been tested in the governmental labs, and there still are 4,906 known active cases in the country.
According to the ministry, within 24 hours, there are zero reports of recoveries and deaths.
The new cases recorded in Balkh 22, Nangarhar three, and Kunar two.
The total number of cases in Afghanistan is 38,919 Total deaths are 1,437 and the total recoveries are recorded 32,576.
COVID-19 global toll has increased to 30,504,864 and the dead are reported more than 951,841.

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged $100 million to Afghanistan to overcome the financial impacts of COVID-19 on small and mid-size enterprises.
“We understand that the economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic will be widespread. To counter these challenges, ADB is preparing a countercyclical support facility of 100 million dollars under its COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditures Support Program,” a statement quoted Narendra Singru, ADB’s Country Director for Afghanistan as saying. “Given the extensive development needs in Afghanistan, ADB remains committed to supporting Afghanistan’s agenda to eradicate poverty and to transform the country into a self-reliant and productive economy.”  
Back in May, the World Bank Board approved a $400 million grant to help Afghanistan “sustain the pace of key economic and public finance reforms, and support the country to manage current risks and uncertainties compounded by the COVID-19 crisis,” according to statement by the organization.
According to data by the Public Health Ministry, 108,193 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 4,906 known active COVID-19 cases in the country. The national lockdown that ended in May affected many businesses in the country, according to government officials.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economy said a plan has been outlined to help investors overcome the impacts of COVID-19 lockdown. But, according to the ministry, the plan needs to be approved by High Economic Council led by President Ghani.
“It encompasses a $560 million support package… For instance, loans will be provided to investors,” said Suhrab Bahman, a spokesman for Ministry of Economy.

Sunday, 20 September 2020 04:21

UNSC Welcomes Start of Intra-Afghan Talks

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The members of the Security Council welcomed the start of Afghanistan Peace Negotiations in Doha, Qatar on 12 September 2020, a statement from the council said yesterday.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the Security Council’s strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Afghanistan, according to the statement. 
The members of the Security Council recognized that a sustainable peace can be achieved only through a comprehensive and inclusive Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process that aims at a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire as well as an inclusive political settlement to end the conflict in Afghanistan.
The members of the Security Council strongly encouraged parties to the negotiations to continue pursuing confidence-building measures including reductions in violence, and to continue to engage in good faith, the statement further said.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the importance of the United Nations’ role in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan and welcomed the efforts of all regional and international partners of Afghanistan in facilitating intra-Afghan negotiations and in helping the parties reach peace.
The members of the Security Council thanked the Government of Qatar for facilitating the first round of negotiations, the statement added.
The members of the Security Council, as quoted in the statement, emphasized the importance of the implementation of its relevant resolutions, including resolution 2513 (2020).

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) US President Donald Trump on Friday complimented the Taliban for being tough and smart, and said the United States is dealing well with the Afghan militant group.
The Taliban began peace negotiations with the Afghan government last week to end two decades of war.
“We’re dealing very well with the Taliban,” Trump told a news conference. “They’re very tough, they’re very smart, they’re very sharp, but you know it’s been 19 years and even they are tired of fighting, in all fairness.”
Trump, who is seeking re-election on Nov. 3, is eager to claim an end to America’s longest conflict, and his administration has voiced its intention to use aid as leverage to push for a peace deal in Afghanistan.

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Condemning the attack on deputy head of provincial council of Paktia province here yesterday, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani asked Taliban to declare humanitarian ceasefire amid peace talks in Doha.
President Ghani condemned the attack on Ayub Gharwal, deputy head of Paktia Provincial Council, who was gunned down on Saturday in Gardez city.
In a statement issued by the Presidential Palace, President Ghani reiterated his call to the Taliban to accept the calls for a humanitarian and lasting ceasefire to ensure the security of civilians.
The president also called for an investigation into the killing of Gharwal.
Paktia officials said the incident happened at about 5.30am in Gardez city while Gharwal was on his way to Gardez University.  Officials said Gharwal was seriously wounded in the attack and later died in hospital from gunshot wounds.
Gharwal’s death is another ring in a series of targeted attacks on high-profile public figures and government officials.
Earlier this month, Vice President Amrullah Saleh was also targeted in an attack in Kabul.  VP Saleh escaped with minor injuries but at least 10 people were killed in the roadside bombing that was intended to kill the VP.  No group has yet claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack on Gharwal.

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Ministry of Public Health, Ahmad Jawad Osmani, told a news conference in Kabul yesterday that a 100-bed Covid-19 hospital would be built in Ghor.
He said that the contract was signed with the National Development Company in the presence of President and the Vice Presidents.
According to him, this hospital will be built and put into operation within six months.
It is said that, forty school children have recently infected the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, local officials in Ghor say thousands of residents in the province are without access to health care.
T. Yarzada

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