16 December 2017

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Thursday November 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The UAE has reiterated its commitment to providing humanitarian support and development assistance to the Afghan people.
A statement from Ambassador Lana Zaki Nusseibeh, the UAE's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, emphasized the need to achieve long-term peace and stability through a comprehensive Afghan-led peace process.
She commended the efforts of the Secretary-General as well as his Special Representative in the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan for their efforts in improving international coordination in support of an Afghan-led political process.
Ambassador Nusseibeh highlighted that the Afghan government and people are on the frontlines of the global war against terrorism, and expressed grave concern over the escalating number in terrorist attacks targeting civilians and security forces in Afghanistan. She recalled the tragic act of violence in January 2017 that claimed the life of the late UAE Ambassador to Afghanistan, Juma Al Kaabi, and killed five other Emirati diplomats as well as 11 Afghans, injuring many others.
She applauded efforts of the US, European Union, NATO partners and others in supporting and rebuilding Afghanistan’s institutions and infrastructure, and bringing in peace and stability to the country.
Ambassador Nusseibeh also welcomed the US administration’s bold strategy that brings renewed vigor to addressing the security situation and charts a path of continued US engagement to improve the conditions on the ground in Afghanistan. She cautioned that further progress was necessary, and that the international community must not repeat the mistakes of the past, when disengagement and neglect of Afghanistan permitted extremism to take over the country. She emphasized that the international community must continue its efforts in addressing the security situation in Afghanistan, working to establish a peace process, intensifying efforts to the support the country’s security forces, and promoting economic and human development.
The UAE has been a long-term stakeholder in efforts of the international community to ensure peace and prosperity in Afghanistan. Since 2003, the UAE has been part of the ISAF Mission in Afghanistan, in support of the legitimate government and NATO partners, by providing security assistance and involving in community development activities. The UAE has contributed over $680 million in development assistance for reconstruction and humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan since the 1970s. Some of the development and reconstruction projects include a housing and community development project in Kabul, and rebuilding the airport in Mazar i Sharif in collaboration with Germany and other countries. The UAE also opened Zayed University in Khost province that teaches an array of subjects including medicine, engineering, and law.
The UAE recognizes the integral role of religious leaders in instilling values of peace, tolerance and diversity, and to that end, aims to train religious leaders to promote the values and eliminate causes of discord and division. Further, she recalled the value of integrating women in building a sustainable and inclusive Afghan society. Reflecting this, the UAE has implemented specific projects for women and families in Afghanistan, which enables them to provide for their families through entrepreneurship
Emirates News Agency

Thursday November 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan has celebrated the international day of children at a time that our children and babies living in a tragic condition and their life is facing many challenges. Abuse and violation of children rights have been changed to a ordinary action with parts of our society.
Available reports narrate that at present over two million children are involved in heavy occupations including kilns, factories and streets.
Despite of all efforts, endeavors and huge investments of the government for access of children to education, unfortunately at present, over three and half million children are deprived of school, and considerable number of children have no access to basic services. Living condition of rural children, reflect worst conditions. Security problems and challenges have affected children living conditions more than everything. Terrorists groups employ children in war against the Afghan government.
On several occasions, children have been used as BBIED suicide attackers and explosions.
Children forced to carry explosives from one to other destination. In terrorists’ areas of domination, children have unfading presence and are employed for different jobs in relevant bases.
Children sustain casualties due to wars and insurgency. In a report recently released by UNAMA in Kabul on war casualties in Afghanistan, serious concern was expressed as remarkable number of casualties included children and children casualties were important portion of civilian casualties in Afghanistan. According to the report children casualties have increased remarkably in current year.
It seems that its essential that the Afghan government, its international partners as well as different bodies involved in human rights should do more to change current situation in favor of children rights improvement, undertake effective programs to safe children situations not only for being human beings who enjoy human rights but because Saving the children living conditions, in fact means saving their future.
Karima Malikzada

Thursday November 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Complaining on recent power outages in the capital Kabul, a number of citizens said Breshna Company didn’t really pay attention in the respect. 
A number of Kabul residents told that however, the power is being imported from Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan with high price, but they don’t know why they face power outages.
Two Kabul residents Khalil and Marouf said, “Lack of power has faced the people with many problems.” They added we are the university students and have to study our lessons in darkness. They hoped Breshna Company to seriously pay heed and solve the problem.
It is merit to mention that power is free of charge in some countries of the world, but in Afghanistan, however, the people pay their power bills on time, but they cannot properly and comfortably use it.
They called the government relevant administrations responsible in this regard, adding however, the technology has reached its peak in other world countries, but we are still deprived of power
People believe that however, the government high-ranking officials are hugely using the power, but they have never faced its outage. Those who are poor and have innumerable financial problems have always been faced such challenges, an action which is not fair.  The spokesperson to Breshna Co. Wahidullah Towhidi asked the people not to use more power, because, it will negatively affect transformers.
He said to heat their homes, the people have started using electronic heaters.
He assured the Kabul citizens that Breshna Co would normalize the power soon, and they would transfer 15mgw power to other areas.
Head of Breshna Co. Amanullah Ghalib said power outages would continue by the end of 2018. To solve the problem, the ministry of finance is expected to allocate $30mln to the company to increase the power capacity, he further said.  Recently, Breshna Company has signed an agreement to extend 500kv power line from Sheberghan to Dasht-e-Alwan, Pul-e-Khumri
Work on the projects would be started next year with financial assistance of the Asian Development Bank grant worth $74mln.
Head of the company said, the projects would connect Central Asia with South Asia and would take 54 months to be completed.
Shukria Kohistani

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Herat (BNA) Nine people were martyred and two others have been wounded in traffic accidents in Kerkh District bazaar of Herat province late last night.
The incident occurred as a result of the collision of two vehicles in Kerkh District.
A traffic head of Herat told BNA, in the incidents, nine people were lost their lives and two others have been injured.
Mohammad Rafiq Shirzai an in charge of Herat regional hospital said, the injured of the event were under the treatment of Herat regional hospital.
It is said that during the last 24 hours, 40 people have been killed and injured due to traffic accidents in that province.
T. Yarzada

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