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Wednesday May 15, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The construction work of 7 public utility projects has started by citizen’s charter national program in northern Badakhshan province.
According to information of citizen’s charter national program’s public relation office to BNA, the projects will be implemented with a cost of 12.9 million Afghanis by citizen’s charter national program, ministry of rural rehabilitation and development in Teshkan district of the province.
The development projects include the construction of agricultural water canals, water supplies and retaining walls.
By implementing of the projects, 1500 acres of land would be irrigated and 1191 families will be benefited.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The national citizenship covenant program assisted foodstuffs for a number of deserved families in Badghis province yesterday.
According to national citizenship covenant program of rural rehabilitation and development ministry to BNA, the aids included, rice, ghee, bean and sugar which was distributed to 19 deserved families in Moqor district, Badghis province.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 05:33

Mine Blast Wounds 5 Civilians in Baghlan

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) Five civilians were wounded in explosion of a mine in Baghlan province yesterday.
Mirwais Habibi head of first zone in Pul-e-Khomri city told BNA, as a result of a mine explosion planted in a Sarach car in outskirt of Pul-e-Khomri city, five commuters of a Saracha car were wounded.
Abdullah Malang spokesman for Baghlan health Dept. reported from transferring of five injured in the hospital and said, their situation is improving.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday May 15, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive of the National Unity Government Dr. Abdullah Abdullah and Gunnar Weigand, Managing Director of the European External Action Service met at the Sapidar Palace and discussed peace and election process in Afghanistan, BNA reported.
At the meeting, Mr. Gunnar Wiegand said that European Union supports democratic process and timely election process in Afghanistan and calls it in the interest of the Afghan people. “The EU supports the peace efforts in Afghanistan and to reach the goal, a national consensus should be convened. We support a simultaneous peace and election process in Afghanistan,” said the director. Thanking the EU for its support and cooperation with Afghanistan, the Chief Executive of the National Unity Government, Dr. Abdullah said the EU’s role was effective in the development and strengthening of democracy in the country. The CE said: “We are committed to the holding of a timely, transparent and credible election in Afghanistan, as it can stabilize the country.” He said the government was using any option for restoring peace in Afghanistan, but the Taliban are still the main hindrance for peace process.

Wednesday May 15, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Once again, Afghanistan’s enemies have carried out a terrorist attack in Jalalabad which resulted in martyrdom and injuring of a number of our countrymen. Afghanistan and other Islamic countries’ Ulama called the imposed war in Afghanistan a sedition, but despite that, the terrorist groups are still stressing on this war even in Holy Month of Ramadan and have not given up killing innocent people. Terrorists have once again proven that they don’t respect in Allah the Almighty orders and national consensus which in peace. Condemning the attack in the strongest possible terms, President Ghani said that the terrorists and their supporters couldn’t weaken the nation’s belief and will to bright future of the country by conducting such barbaric attacks. While extending his condolence to the martyrs’ families, the President prayed for immediate recovery of those injured.

Wednesday May 15, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The 187th meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC) presided by Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of Afghanistan; was held on Monday evening; May 13th, 2019 at the Presidential Palace. At this meeting; 22 procurement contracts were reviewed which resulted in approval of 21 contracts worth 24.8 Million USD (1.8 Billion Afghanis) by NPC. - The contract for the construction of asphalt road with 6.5 KM long; including 10-Meter concrete bridge; with four lanes in Aliabad and Sakhi Camp, Nahr-e-Shahi District of Balkh Province; related to the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD); - The contract for the construction of the road of industrial park with two KM long; located in Pole Charkhi; related to Kabul Municipality; - The Contract for construction of water supply network of Qala-e-Naw city of Badghis Province; related to MRRD; - The contract for the construction of prison of Kandahar Province; related to Ministry of the Interior (MoI); - The contract for procurement of 56 types of cardiac equipment of Kabul Medical University; including 5 Lots; related to the Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE); - The contract for procurement of 80,000 Liter of petrol and 120,000 Liter of diesel; related to the Central Statistics Organization; - The contract for procurement of 24 license for Pashtany Bank; related to Ministry of Finance; The remaining work of project for the improvement and consolidation of the Darulaman Palace was approved by NPC; and to assess the technical, artistic and antiquity of the palace a mixed committee of the Ministry of Information and Culture, UNESCO, Agha Khan Foundation, Ministry of Urban Development and Land and the NPA have been assigned by the NPC. Meanwhile; the contract for the provision of technical advisory and visibility study of Nangarhar Airport; related to the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA) of the Ministry of Transport was approved in principals and the ACAA was assigned to examine its budget with the Ministry of Finance. In addition; the request for renewal of threshold of award authority of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) was also approved by the NPC. The NPC also approved a memo on the provision of two types of vaccine (Influenza) for Hajjis and the Ministry of Public Health was mandated to provide the necessary resources and facilities for the proper implementation of the vaccine, and to check the quality and validity of the vaccine as soon as possible. In addition; they were assigned to meet with UNICEF to look for a groundbreaking solution to this issue and submit the report to the NPC. The Afghanistan National Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority has requested guidance on how to obtain oil resources (petrol and diesel) and liquid gas in neighboring countries and in the region. Beside that the Ministry of Finance requested guidance on how to implement the procurement project of cargo scanner; which after discussions was approved by the NPC. In addition; the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development requested the contract termination for construction and reconstruction of a 17 KM highway from Pul-e-Qandahari to Surkhab village of Mohammad Agha district of Logar province and proposed to re-award the contract with the local company; which was approved by the NPC. The request from the ACAA to receive the government revenues for the use of areas and refueling facilities by the National Fuel Company; in the airports was approved and the mentioned authority was guided. The Ministry of Transport requested a guideline on delay on provision of bid security on contract implementation by bidder company in the second phase of the second layer of road from Maidan Shahr to Bamyan; with 70 KM long with a thickness of 4 CM; which after discussions all necessary guidelines were issued to the mentioned ministry. Meanwhile; after discussion and review; the request for amendment in the following projects were approved by NPC; as follows: - Request for approval (Time and cost extension) for procurement and supply of equipment for the power distribution network of the Helmand city; related to the De Afghanistan Brekhna Sherkat (DABS). - Request for approval of contract modification (cost extension) for supplying transformers, switches, cables and lines; as well as switchboards and miscellaneous electricity equipment of the Kabul Electricity Directorate; includes 5 lot. - Request for modification (Time extension) of the contract for the repair of the Northern Bridge Salang Highway from Chawkak village to Pul-e-Fareshtagan with 9.9 KM long in Baghlan province; related to the Ministry of Transport Based on the agenda; the follow up report on implementation of the previous NPC instructive decisions was discussed which were approved by NPC members; as the following projects: - Request for approval of (Time extension) of the contract for the construction of gymnasium in Nangarhar province was reviewed by the NPC and the Ministries of Finance, Justice, Economy and NPA were assigned to review this project and report back to NPC. - The ministry of Energy and Water request for obtaining guidance from the NPC for negotiating contract with the selected company on procuring the installation of plastic pipe production machinery and metal pipe production machinery was approved by the NPC. - The NPC previous decision; that NPA to review contracts of the Ministry of Transport was reviewed by the NPC, and after that the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) was also assigned to be involved in the classification of the construction companies; which are already have the contract with the Ministry of Transport. In addition to that, the list of large infrastructure projects that have not been operational and have been stalled has also been presented to the NPC by the NPA, which after comprehensive discussions, NPC decided to create a review committee, and the CEO will have chaired this committee. Ministries of Finance, Justice, Economy and the NPA will be member of this committee and they will present their report to the cabinet meeting. In this meeting; beside the NPC members; the officials of National Procurement Authority, the national and international observers including the Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Caucus (PACC), the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), the Finance, Budget and National Economy Commissions of the Lower House (Wolasi Jirga), and the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) had also participated.

Wednesday May 15, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Independent Election Commission (IEC) has announced the final results of parliamentary elections for Kabul province.
According to a statement released by Independent Election Commission, 24 male and 9 female have been elected as members of the parliament from Kabul province.
The statement further added that Ajmal Rahmani, Abdul Qayum Khairkhwah, Khan Agha Rezaee, Mullah Mohammad Khan Ahmadi, Fida Mohammad Ulfat Saleh, Ahmad Jawed Jaihoon, Mir Amanullah Guzar, Amirgul Shaheen, Ghulam Husain Naseri, Ramazan Bashardost, Sayed Mohammad Mohammadi, Allah Gul Mujahid, Khan Mohammad Wardak, Qazi Mir Afghan Safi, Najibullah Nasir, Habiburrahman Sayyaf, Anwar Khan Oryakhail, Abdul Razaq Istalifi, Tawfiq Wahdat, Zergai Habibi, Mohammad Naeem Wardak, Hafizullah Jalili, Irfanullah Irfan, Obaidullah Kalimzai Wardak, Fatima Nazari, Gen. Nazifa Zaki, Shinkai Karokhail, Mursal Nabizada, Fawzia Nasiryar Guldaraee, Robina Jalali, Maryam Sama, Zuhra Nawrozi and Parwin Durani have been selected as new members of parliament from Kabul province.
The new list seems slightly different compared with the preliminary list released by the IEC in January.
The preliminary results of the Kabul parliamentary elections were announced in mid-January by the former leadership of the IEC.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 05:24

China Supporting Afghan-Led Peace Talks

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani met with Chinese ambassador to Kabul the other day, BNA reported.
According to the agency, while stressing on his country’s support from Afghan-led and owned peace process, Chinese ambassador presented information about his country’s development projects.
Thanking china for its supporting peace process and humanitarian assistance to recent drought-hit affected people in Afghanistan, Minister Rabbani asked that country’s support from Afghanistan’s candidacy for Immigration International Deputy Office in which its election is going to be held next month in Geneva.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) In joint cooperation with the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, the Ministry of Information and Culture will hold a historical monuments and Mis-e-Aynak mine development symposium on Tuesday, BNA reported.
During a meeting attended by experts of both ministries, acting ministers of information and culture and mines and petroleum discussed about holding symposium and decision taken to hold many meetings for further coordination in the respect.
Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Art and Culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawary was also present in the meeting.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) A research and scientific seminar was held on the occasion of the 660th birth anniversary of Queen Gawharshad Bigum, by the initiative of the Ministry of Information and Culture, in Kabul, BNA said Tuesday.
Addressing the meeting, the Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi enumerated some of the queen’s works and acts and said that Gawharshad Bigum or Gawharshad Agha was one of the country’s wise personality.
She said Queen Gawharshad was one of the country’s renowned, benefactor, art-loving, dignified, wise and one of the Timurid era’s wise women, that agency quoted.
According to her, Queen Gawharshad had distinct works during the past different eras, among them moving capital from Samarqand to Herat, paying serious attention to the infrastructures building, particularly historical construction as well as she believed education was the main pillar of a country’s stability.
She advised the country’s women to follow her honor and prestigious works, as she had important role in the country’s history, the agency quoted.
Deputy Minister of information and culture on Art and Culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawary also spoke in the meeting and said Queen Gawharshad was one of the country’s protagonists and honorable women and thanked the writers for their efforts to write scientific and research topics about the personality of the queen.

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