27 March 2017

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Sunday March 19, 2017

Kabul (BNA)National sapling plantation program for new solar year and Kabul greenbelt project titled ‘support and respect ANDSF’ were launched yesterday by chief executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock Asadullah Zamir.
In opening ceremony of the program, minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock said, “Today in close cooperation with private sector and partnered organizations, 26.2 million saplings are ready for distribution.” He added that besides national sapling plantation program, Kabul greenbelt project covering 883 hectare land including Television, Shir Darwaza and Asmayee mountains, Qargha and Qasaba hillsides would also be launched for further greenery of Kabul city.
It is determined that 20,000 saplings will be planted during coming spring season in framework of the new Kabul greenbelt project, while 125,000 saplings have been planted during fall season of the current solar year in Kabul. Meanwhile, it is also determined that 213,000 saplings will be planted during the coming fall season in Kabul city.
Minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock asked elders, influential figures, media, religious mullahs and civil society activists to cooperate the ministry in connection with awareness of people for protection and preservation of green sites and irrigation of saplings.

Saturday March 18, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Cooking of Samanak is part of Afghan traditions in preparation for New Year’s celebration. This tradition is usual in different part of Afghanistan. Samanak has been mixed with the religious believers of people and majority consider it as a dedication of the first day of the year. People believe that anyone who needs something for example a pregnant women who needs a boy, dedicates. If her need was met, she would cook Smanak every year. Ferozah a lady who cooks every year this dedication, said “Seven years ago while I was pregnant, attended a Samanak cooking occasion. In that night I vowed if Allah wishes to give me a son, I would cook Samanak every year. At the order of Allah the Almighty, I gave birth a son after nine daughters. Hereafter, every year I cook Samanak with full enthusiasm.
Talking on preparation for Samanak, she added, “Wheat is cleaned and washed, then it is put in a tray, every day its irrigated and protected in a cold place and movement is restricted to this place. Those who move to that place or touch it, should be already abluted. Because Samanak is very delicate and if an unclean person touches it, wheat would be spoiled and Samanak would be fermented. Talking on sweetness of Samanak, she added, “Samanak is cooked without oil and sugar. Samanak gets sweet from its roots and turns red due to its green color. Ferozah went on to say, whenever Samanak grows well and matured, a number of women gather, take a clean tablecloth, put the matured wheat on it. Each women who has a vow, takes a batch of green wheat and cut it. Then count it, if it was odd, it means that Allah will give her need and other women pour other green wheats on her head and make pleasure. If it was even, it means that Allah would not meet her need.
She added, “Then the women who took vow, invite friends and relatives women to Samanak cooking ceremony. They cut Samanak to pieces and put it in a meat machine. Then put the grinded wheat in a separate dish in water and separate its extract. Then put the juice in a big copper pot and make fire under it and cook it. Its cooking takes several hours and usually Samanak is cooked during night. Women and young girls stire it respectively until next morning by a Skimmer.  She added,, “Seven times water is poured into the big pot and women and girls sing special song of Samanak and play circle. Some people add walnut to Samanak pot. She explained, next morning, the older woman opens the cover of pot and pray. Women believe that signs of rosary, moon and stars could be seen inside the pot. Then she distributes it to everybody including neighbors, relatives, and friends

.Karima Malikzada

Friday, March 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan looks forward to learning from China’s experience and success in poverty alleviation and expects to see significant achievements of bilateral cooperation in 2017, said Janan Mosazai, Afghan Ambassador to China. The ambassador made these remarks in a recent exclusive interview with Xinhuanet. Afghanistan salutes and feels happy about China’s achievement in lifting hundreds of millions of its citizens out of poverty over the past nearly 40 years, the ambassador said. “It is a historic achievement” and “a direct contribution to poverty alleviation and elimination globally”, he added. Afghanistan makes poverty reduction and elimination an extremely important priority, the ambassador introduced. Afghanistan looks forward to learning from China in this field, hoping to gain help from the Chinese people and introduce China’s poverty alleviation experience in Afghanistan, he said.
Apart from cooperation in poverty alleviation, the ambassador also put emphasis on more bilateral cooperation brought by the Belt and Road Initiative.
Afghanistan welcomes and supports the Belt and Road Initiative as it is a “transformative idea” in broadening cooperation in many areas, such as economy, infrastructure, people-to-people exchanges and security, he said. Afghanistan sits on a significant location within the Belt and Road Initiative, the ambassador said. The significant location, he hoped, will “serve as a land bridge and connectivity hub in the ‘Heart of Asia’ region”.
The ambassador spoke highly of the achievements made between Afghanistan and China in implementing the Belt and Road Initiative in 2016.
He highlighted the launch of the cargo service train linking east China’s Jiangsu Province and northern Afghanistan’s Hairatan port last year. The train connection will allow for increase in trade between the two countries and facilitate the transportation of Afghan products to China, which is a huge market, the ambassador said. He also pinned high hope for significant achievements to be made between the two countries this year.
The ambassador said he expected to see a comprehensive discussion between the two countries during the Belt and Road forum for international cooperation to be held this May. The forum will inject more energy and impetus into the implementation of projects between China and Afghanistan, he believed.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Hundreds families of Samangan province were benefited from facilities of welfare provinces of NSP.
According to information and public relation of rural rehabilitation and development ministry to BNA, the work of the projects have been executed in several districts of the province at the cost of 85926,000 Afghanis and put for deposit of people.
The projects consist, construction of social centers, potable water resources, potable water network, retaining wall, two social centers, and construction of two schools. 

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