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Monday August 7, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Reporting about Kabul city’s new master plan draft, officials of the ministry of urban development and housing said the new master plan would change the capital’s view.
This is while that Kabul doesn’t look like a capital and the people are facing with many problems.
Kabul lacks basic services, recreational sites, green areas, specific parking areas, canalization system, and many more and its citizens have always been bulking with such problems. Welcoming Kabul city’s new master plan, a resident, Ahmad Nasir told I hope we witness some positive changes by implementation of the draft. Another inhabitant said, “Kabul residents don’t only need recreational sites, but the ministry of urban development and housing should also build residential townships to the needy people and put them to their service with lowest rent.” I am a government employee with low salary, he said, adding I have lived in rental houses for 17 years. “Now, I ask the government to build residential townships to destitute people so they can live there with lowest rent,” he continued.
It is merit to mention that the government of Afghanistan is making effort to solve the people problems as soon as possible. Pointing at solving  the people problems, officials of the ministry for urban development and housing said work on new city master plan has been completed by 30 percent and it is about to be finalized. In a press conference, Nilofar Langar, the spokeswomen of the ministry for urban development and housing told media that implementation of the new master plan would change the view of many areas in Kabul.  All points have been considered in Kabul’s new master plan, she further said. The government is expected to prohibit construction of high-storey buildings in Dar-ul-Aman area and the new constructions would be done in a distance of 2km far from the area, she added.
“Two months ago, the ministry of urban development and housing signed an agreement on construction of ‘Dar-ul-Aman Administrative Association’ with a Lebanese company ‘Khatibul Amali’,” she added. After completion of the project, all government ministries and administrations would be shifted to Darul Aman area, she continued.  She also clarified that Uruzgan is among the provinces with less social and development services.  Furthermore, 63 development projects which include water reservoir building, implementation of master plan and a lab for construction materials would be implemented by the end of this year.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Monday, August 07, 2017

Kabul (BNA) An officer of Mahiper power dam was martyred in a traffic accident in Kabul province yesterday.
A source of Kabul traffic told BNA, a bus was overturn in Mahiper area, in which an officer of Mahiper power dam lost his life and driver of the buss fled the site.
Likewise, in three traffic accidents in Kabul, three people including a girl injured.
The incident occurred in Reshkhor and Dehsabz areas of Kabul city.
The suspects of the event have been detained by police forces.
T. Yarzada
 

Monday, August 07, 2017

Pul-e-Alam (BNA) 642 destitute families received assistances in Logar province yesterday.
Sebghatullah Nayebkhail press in charge of rural rehabilitation and development office of Logar province told BNA, the aids include 1284 sacks of flour, disseminated by World Food Organization (WFO) and cooperation of rural rehabilitation and development office for 642 poor and destitute families.
It is mentionable that earlier the WFO also disseminated more than 2700 sacks of flour for more than 1300 poor families in Khoshi and Mohammad Agha Districts of Logar province.
T. Yarzada
 

Sunday August 6, 2017

Kabul (BNA) An Afghan refugee was made to work 13 hours a day, seven days a week in a Melbourne fruit shop for as little as $3.50 an hour, the federal court has found, handing down a fine of more than $600,000 to his former employer.
Abdulrahman Taleb, the former owner-operator of Sunshine Fruit Market in Sunshine in Melbourne’s west, was fined more than $16,000 and his company Mhoney Pty Ltd $644,000, in the federal circuit court, the largest penalty resulting from a fair work ombudsman litigation. The Afghan national Syed Kazemi arrived in Australia as an asylum seeker in 2010. He spent several months in detention on Christmas Island before being found to be a refugee and granted permanent protection. When he began employment at Sunshine Fruit Market in 2012 he spoke little English and had little understanding of his legal entitlements or the minimum wage. For three weeks, during which he worked every day, Kazemi was paid nothing, and when he asked for his wages he was told they were being kept as a “bond”. He was eventually paid in cash, but was underpaid by several thousand dollars.
During a second period of employment, in 2012 and 2013, Kazemi was told he would earn $10 an hour, up to a maximum of $120 a day – significantly under the minimum wage – but he was never paid the full amount he was owed. Over about four months of employment, Kazemi was underpaid more than $25,000. In his judgment, Judge Philip Burchardt said Taleb had deliberately and systematically exploited Kazemi. “This was an egregious underpayment. The underpayments were so significant that the total not paid to [the worker] was, in relative terms, enormous for such a short time. Furthermore, for some of the time [he] was simply not paid at all.” Record-keeping was chaotic and incompetent at Sunshine Fruit Market, the judge found, but he accepted that Kazemi was ultimately paid between $3.49 and $9.29 an hour over the course of his employment. He should have been paid hourly rates of about $17 for normal hours, up to $35 on weekends, and up to $43 on public holidays under the general retail industry award 2010.
The company also failed to pay overtime rates, superannuation or provide meal or rest breaks, despite the long hours. The judge said Taleb deliberately exploited a worker who had few options to seek recourse. “[Kazemi] was a vulnerable employee in that he was a recent arrival to Australia and totally lacked fluency in English, and could reasonably be understood to be most unlikely to be aware of any entitlements at law,” Burchardt said. “Under cross-examination Mr Taleb presented as exceptionally uncooperative and aggressive. He struck me as being a formidable and overbearing man. He manifestly failed to answer questions responsively and his disputation of the clearly accurate contemporaneous file notes made by the fair work ombudsman officers was highly unimpressive.”
The fair work ombudsman, Natalie James, said the record penalty handed down to Taleb should serve as a warning to employers who exploit workers. “Employers who deliberately exploit vulnerable workers should be on notice that we will do everything in our power to hold you to account,” James said. “We have no sympathy for employers, as in this case, who arrogantly ignore direct advice from my agency about their wage obligations and exploit vulnerable members of the community in order to obtain a commercial advantage.” The ombudsman has launched an anonymous report tool in 17 languages, including Chinese, Arabic, Korean and Spanish, to assist migrant workers in reporting workplace exploitation. “Factors such as limited English skills, cultural barriers and a lack of awareness of workplace rights mean that migrant workers can be particularly vulnerable to exploitation in the workplace,” James said. Taleb is no longer the owner of Sunshine Fruit Markets. His company has been deregistered.
The Guardian
 

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