19 October 2017

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdulllah addressing a ceremony marking the World Food Day and launching of the Afghanistan Food Security and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN) in Kabul said that at the moment thirty-three percent of the population faces food insecurity and six hundred thousand children suffer from acute malnutrition. He also emphasized on solution to the problem.
Dr. Abdullah added that providing all Afghans access to adequate food and promoting better diet for women and children was one of the biggest goals of the Agenda.
“We had policies, we had methods, we worked on different strategies at different times, but the need for their coherence was felt and understood. Hence, our responsibility to ensure the safety of food was linked to various ministries and institutions. We came to the conclusion that we need to establish the National Food and Nutrition Agenda (AFSeN),” said the Chief Executive.
Addressing the ceremony Minister of Public Health Ferozudding Feroz said that from the time of birth to the age of two, was the most important time to reach a child’s life, if nutrition was right from conception till that age, adding diseases were eliminated among children.
“This is essential so as to make sure malnutrition becomes something of the past for all women, men and their families and I am confident that by bringing the different sectors at government level and different departments together and making them work together you will create, reproduce very good results in putting in place a range of policies and programs to improve nutrition,” said Gerda Verburg, United Nations assistant secretary general and coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement. Meanwhile the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation said there is the need for more investment in the agricultural sector in the country in order to combat malnutrition and poverty. “Food insecurity in Afghanistan is increasing, statistics show that the lack of food safety in 2011 and 2012 was more than 30 percent but this figure has risen to 33 percent in the year 2014,” said Nasir Ahmad Durani acting minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock.
At the end of the meeting, government agencies and representatives from countries and organizations that have backed AFSeN committed to engaging in these initiatives.
“I preach on behalf of Afghanistan, on behalf of FAO, support commitment of my organization to promote Afghanistan food security and nutrition agenda,” said Tomio Shichiri, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile Afghanistan became the sixtieth country to receive the membership of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement. The committee on malnutrition and food security was also established with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah on the chair.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah during his visit from Laghman Province here the other day together with deputy minister of culture and acting Minister of Information and Culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari opened the provincial public library, BNA reported.
At the ceremony, Dr. Abdullah pledged to further equip Laghman’s public library. He also appeared before the press at the library’s compound and answered to journalists’ questions. Meanwhile during his trip, the Chief Executive visited Qala-e-Saraj historical place and reviewed the ongoing reconstruction process.
Besides hinting to preservation of the cultural heritage, Dr. Abdullah appreciates those working in reconstruction process of the castle.
Saraj castle was built 109 years ago by Amir Habibullah Khan Son of Amir Abdul Rahman Khan and its reconstruction process has begun with 22 million Afghanis in 2017.
According to another report, Dr. Abdullah also visited Laghman University and discussed the institution’s challenges, pledging reconstruction of the road connecting the university with the center of the province as well as to solve other problems of the students.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met General Raymond A. Thomas commander of U.S. Special Operation Command (USSOCOM) here at the Sapidar Palace yesterday, a statement from the Chief Executive Office said.
According to the statement, Dr. Abdullah thanked US assistance to Afghan security forces, in particular the USSOCOM assistance in equipping of the Afghan Special Forces.
Meanwhile General Thomas also praised Afghan Forces’ bravery and successful conducting of the operations.  He also emphasized on the two forces’ joint efforts and coordination.  The US general went on saying that his country would continue assisting of the Afghan forces.
The two sides also expressed optimism over the US new strategy on Afghanistan and discussed the issues related to Afghanistan, region, fight against terrorism as well as the coordination between the US and Afghan forces.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:14

Iran-Afghanistan Rail Linkup Within 10 Days

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Construction work on a segment of railroad project extended from Iran to Afghanistan in western Herat province will be completed within the next 10 days and then put into service, the Iranian Ambassador to Afghanistan said on Saturday.
Work on the 62-kilomter railroad project from Iran’s border to Ghoriyan District of Herat was launched in 2007 at a cost of $75 million based on a grant from Iran.  The project was scheduled to be completed in 2009, Pajhwok Afghan News reported.  Officials say the mega project will provide transport and transit facilities and hel flourish trade between Afghanistan and Iran.
Mohamma Raza Bahrami, Iran’s ambassador in Kabul, visited the province and oversaw ongoing work on the Herat-Khawaf rail track.
Of the 62 kilometers of the railroad in Afghanistan, tracks have been laid on about 33 kilometers and the rest would be completed within the next 10 days.  The Herat-Khawaf 191 km railroad is being constructed in four segments, three of which are financed by Iran and the fourth is being funded by Afghanistan’s national budget.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission (NPC) held session on Monday, his office said in a statement.
The meeting approved 10 contracts which include road development projects, health and power sector worth 4.3bln Afghanis, according to the statement.
The contracts include cleaning project of Kabul River starts from Khatamul Nabeen Masjid to Pol-e-Sukhta related to Capital Zone Development Administration’s Job Creation Project, transferring of 500KW power cable from Sheberghan province to Dasht-e-Alwan, Pul-e-Khumri related to Da Afghanistan Breshna Company, construction of 17km road in Herat province related to the ministry of rural rehabilitation and urban development, the statement further said.
Likewise, construction of Khost’s water supply network has conditionally approved, the statement added.
NPC also approved six other contracts in the meeting, the statement went on to say.
It is merit to mention that the draft of three projects which were including construction of Door Baba road to Ghani Khil, Nangarhar province were returned for further review and the contract of IT procurement project of finance ministry were rejected, the statement continued.
NPC in-charges, national and international observers including financial and budget commissions of national assembly’s, SIGAR and RS’s SISTIKA observers and many others were present in the meeting.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:06

Car Packed Explosives Seized In Kabul

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A car packed explosives was seized by security forces in Surobi district, Kabul province yesterday.
Lt. General Doulat Waziri spokesman of national defense ministry told BNA, 300 kg of explosives was placed in a corolla car has discovered by national army forces.
It is said that a car packed explosives was also seized by security forces in Kota-e-Sangi region, Kabul city as well.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Jalalabad (BNA) Shadow governor of Taliban for Pecheragam district, Nangarhar province killed in an attack by security forces last night.
The operation was carried out by security forces in the mentioned district.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA, in the operation eight other insurgents killed and several others have been injured.
Mullah Ilham the shadow governor were invalided in most terrorist activities in the mentioned district and parts of Nangarhar province.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:02

4 Civilians Shot Dead By Daesh Loyalists

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Jalalabad (BNA) Four civilians were martyred by Daesh loyalists in Nangarhar province yesterday.
The civilians were targeted in Tangi Wazir region, Khogyani district.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA, the fighters during clash with Taliban shelling on civilians.
In the clash, two other civilians have been injured.
Taliban and Daesh clashed each other in parts of Nangarhar province.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pul-e-Alam (BNA) An official of national army forces has released from grip of Taliban in Mohammad Agha district, Logar province last night.
Salim Saleh spokesman for Logar governor told BNA the official was released in a joint operation of security forces in Mohammad Agha district.
According to Saleh the official was abducted by Taliban in first night of Eid Adha from Bagrami district.
He said, in the operation, an insurgent was killed and another has been detained as well.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Qalat (BNA) Three policemen lost their lives in attacks of Taliban on security checkpoints in Zabul province last night.
Tens of suicide bombers stormed on security checkpoints of Arghandab district and clashed with security forces.
A military official of Zabul province told BNA, in the conflicts, three policemen were martyred and two others have been injured.
He added, huge losses inflected to Taliban, but exact figures of the conflicts is not clear yet.
T. Yarzada

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