14 December 2019

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 06:51

Blasts Prevented in East of The Country

Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Asadabad (BNA) A series of blasts were prevented in east of the country.
The security troops discovered and defused 14 mines from crowded roads of Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman and Nooristan provinces and prevented from a series of deadly events on civilians.
Selab army corps in south of the country with releasing a statement told BNA, the mines were discovered with collaboration of people in the provinces.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 10:38

Drinking Water Provided for 500 Families

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The rural rehabilitation and development ministry provided drinking water for 500 families in Faryab province.
Feraidon Azshand spokesman for rural rehabilitation and development ministry told BNA, the national citizenship program of rural rehabilitation and development ministry by building a water supply network for 500 families, provided drinking water in Khan Charbagh district, Faryab province.
The network was built by building a water storage facility with a capacity of 23 cubic meters at the cost of 1700,000 Afghanis.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 10 December 2019 10:38

Taliban Militants Killed in ASF Raids

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Kandahar (BNA) Fifteen Taliban militants were killed and six others have been injured in latest clashes in Kandahar province last night and this morning.
The militants were suppressed in their strongholds in parts of Speenboldak and Shahwalikot districts.
ANA senior commander in Atal army corps in south of the country told BNA, the militants targeted while planning destructive activities.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday December 10, 2019
GHAZNI CITY (BNA) Six Afghan national army personnel were martyred by Taliban fighters in central Ghazni province yesterday.
Mohammad Arif Noori spokesman of Ghazni governor told BNA correspondent, the security troops were martyred by members of Taliban terrorist group in vicinity of Nani region, Andar district of the province.
It has been said, the Afghan national army personnel had worked in southern provinces of the country.
M.A.Ansari

Tuesday December 10, 2019
TARINKOT CITY (BNA) At least 12 armed oppositions were killed during joint military operation conducted by Afghan security forces in southern Urozgan province.
Abdul Ghafar Nooristani in-charge of press office in army corps special operation told BNA reporter, the military operation have launched to suppress insurgents and protect the lives and properties of people in relevant areas of Tarinkot city the provincial capital of the province.
A weapon storage and seven hideouts belonged to Taliban group have been destroyed during the military operation, Nooristani added.
M.A.Ansari

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Ghazni (BNA) The head of martyrs and disabled office of Ghazni was shot dead by unknown gunmen this morning.
Mohammad Aref Noori spokesman for Ghazni governor told BNA, Nasrullah Seyasi head of martyrs and disabled office of Ghazni province was martyred by unknown gunmen.
The killers fled the area, and police have begun investigation.
Nasrullah Seyasi for many years served the martyrs and disabled families in Ghazni province.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi, leading a delegation to Indonesia, met with Indonesian deputy ministers of protection of children and women empowerment, BNA reported.
In the meeting, the Indonesian deputy ministers of the protection of children and women empowerment recalled of the ministries’ programs, adding that they were responsible to provide employment opportunities for women in their country as relevant ministries had local offices in all provinces of Indonesia through which they were addressing problems of women in the country too.
In the meeting, deputy ministers of the protection of children and women empowerment said that they have also launched women empowerment programs in remote areas and districts to give chance to women in development programs so that they could reach self-sufficiency.
Afterwards, acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi spoke and recalled of Afghanistan government’s programs launched for women empowerment in various fields, adding that the ministry of women affairs was a policy-maker ministry and operating towards defending the women rights in the country.
Minister Safi further said that the government of Afghanistan was committed to several conventions in the field of supporting women.  Acting minister of information and culture also briefed related to Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and other national and international organizations operating towards defending Afghan women’s rights in the country, adding that currently nearly 300 women were working in judicial organs of the country.
She further said that more than 25 women were in Afghanistan parliament and more women now working as ministers, deputy ministers and ambassadors, showing strong determination and commitment of Afghanistan for empowerment of Afghan women in the country.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The two-day Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process, which aims to promote durable peace and stability in Afghanistan, was inaugurated in Istanbul on Monday. The theme of the conference was ‘Peace, Partnership and Prosperity’.
During the meeting, Turkey handed over its co-chairmanship, which it assumed in 2017 at the 7th Ministerial Conference in Baku, to Tajikistan.
The Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process — is a regional initiative of Afghanistan and Turkey, which was launched in 2011. It has two chairs with Afghanistan as the permanent chair, and a co-chair from among the member states that shifts each year. The first ministerial conference of the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process was in 2011.
Addressing the session, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process with the initiative of President Erdogan has proven its importance over the time, adding Turkey has played key role in Afghanistan security since 2001 and friendships between the two countries are deep, wide, lasting and without time limit.
The president said Afghan products were reaching new markets, adding peanut was exporting to China, fruits and vegetables to India, dry fruits to Canada, Finland, Germany, UK and other countries, adding regional cooperation would be key to stability.
According to President, recent efforts for regional transit of the energy has also proven the centrality of the process, adding ‘we are one step away to transit energy from central to south Asia.
“TAPI pipeline has already reached to Herat province and the construction works are underway inside Afghanistan,” the president said.
The president went on thanking US president’s recent trip to Afghanistan and his strategy for south Asia as well as his support of the Afghan-led and owned peace talks. “US has been a key ally for Afghanistan. Partnerships based on mutual interest and respect have enabled us to move forward with confidence in our commitments to problem solving and confronting threats.”
“I thank all of the participating countries who make this platform robust and relevant: Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the United Arab Emirates,” the president said, adding ‘Afghanistan’s vision of becoming an Asian Roundabout, to our mutual benefit, largely depends on you: your country’s development priorities, as well as the utilization of your country’s assets, capabilities and experiences.’
“Over the past five years, our combined efforts have shown that regional connectivity meets the test of desirability, feasibility and credibility, thereby beneficial to us all,” he added, saying From the Tokyo Conference of 2002 to the Geneva Conference of 2018, your governments have provided us support that has had a transformative impact on the lives of Afghans.  On behalf of my fellow citizens, particularly our children, youth, women and the poor, I thank your citizens, parliaments, governments, and in particular your taxpayers, for the scale and scope of the assistance.
“To regional and international organizations who are our supportive partners, I thank you for the critical role you play in facilitating regional cooperation, by providing us platforms to agree to rules, policies and processes, as well as the best ways of investing in infrastructure, human capital, governance and rule of law. Thanks to condition-based agreements, we are creating a performance-based culture of governance, as demonstrated by successfully completing of our IMF agreement. I thank the EU for its state-building compact, an outcome-based approach that allows to design reforms on the basis of verifiable benchmarks.”
The president concluded his remarks with remembering the spirit of a great humanitarian and dear friend of Afghanistan, Dr. Tetsu Nakamura, who was tragically assassinated by terrorists last week.
“They say the greatest love is that of a stranger. Dr. Nakamura exemplified the spirit of humanity, and demonstrated what an individual with vision and commitment can do. He single-handedly transformed the lives of nearly a million Afghans by harnessing our rapid waters to make our deserts bloom. We pay tribute to his leadership, humanity, and dedication. And we express deepest sorrow to his family, the people and government of Japan, and also to the people of Nangarhar, who counted him as one of their own.”
The event as be attended by the foreign ministers and high-ranking representatives of 15 participating countries, 16 supporting countries and 12 supporting regional and international organizations of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, according to a statement. The meeting was also attended by Turkish President Recep Tayeb Erdogan.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Kabul (BNA) On the sideline of the 8th Heart of Asia Istanbul Process Ministerial Conference, high- ranking delegates of Afghanistan, US and Uzbekistan met to discuss issues of common interest and important areas of cooperation, according to a MoFA statement on Monday.
Acting Foreign Minister Idrees Zaman met with the Special Representative of Uzbekistan’s President Ismatulla Ergashev and the US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, for the first time under a trilateral framework.
The three sides, in the first trilateral meeting, discussed and exchanged views on a range of important issues of common interest and areas of cooperation.
The discussions focused on the establishment of a strategic partnership between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, bilateral cooperation towards enhanced trade and transit between the two countries, Afghanistan’s participation in C5+1, US support to the regional connectivity and trade, free trade by Afghan entrepreneurs in Uzbekistan, expanded people to people relations between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, and consultations to explore opportunities for mutual investments in the two countries.
The meeting also agreed to convene the next RECCA meeting in Tashkent early next year, and that the next trilateral meeting will be held on the sideline of the next RECCA meeting. 

Tuesday, 10 December 2019
Kabul (BNA) Addressing a ceremony marking the International Day of Anti-Corruption here at the Government Media and Information center, the Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh hinted to widespread corruption but called financial corruption of the government employees and organs as the most dangerous ones.
Calling corruption as of the main challenge in the country, VP Danesh said much efforts were made and there were achievements in fight against corruption in the country.
Hinting to government’s firm will in fight against corruption, VP Danesh called support of free media, approval of the law on access to information, Afghanistan’s membership of the Open Government Partnerships, support of the civil society institutions, approval and amendments of more than 450 laws in recent years as the key steps in fight against corruption.
“We are yet to reach the goal. We failed to have an independent state organ to impartially investigate the corruption cases through a single address and leadership,” VP Danesh told the gathering.
The Second Vice President called meritocracy in government organs, establishing of a strong and independent organ for anti-corruption, controlling of the government employees’ financial aspects and strong judicial and judiciary organs as ways to fight corruption in the country.
Stressing on the need for cooperation of independent organs with government, VP Danesh praised Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) and Integrity Watch Afghanistan’s role in fight against corruption.
Meanwhile EU Ambassador for Afghanistan thanked Afghan government’s efforts in fight against corporation, adding administrative corruption would affect all people and stressed on collective cooperation in against it.
Hinting to negative impacts of corruption on Afghan people, Danish Ambassador recalled his country’s efforts, adding Afghanistan was owning better mechanism and laws to fight the corruption, but he called lack of implementation as the only challenge.
UK acting ambassador also spoke related to the event, asking Afghan government to do more to fight widespread corruption in the country.
The head of Afghanistan’s Inspector General Hares Ghezal and UNAMA’s head of rule of law unit praised government’s efforts and emphasized on joint cooperation of government and civil institutions in fight against corruption.

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