15 December 2017

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani says a major portion of the benefits from pine nuts exports goes to the pockets of the outsiders which amount up to $500 million a year.
Speaking during the closing ceremony of industrial exhibition in Kabul, President Ghani said pine nuts export from Afghanistan amounts to $700 million a year.
However, he said the turn over as a result of the exports of the pine nuts from another country reaches to $1.2 billion a year as the third country exporting the Afghan products make an annual profit of up to $500 million.
President Ghani said the government remains committed to support the private sector in a bid to boost the domestic revenues through coordination and cooperation. He said the government plans to further pave the way for the exports of the Afghan products outside the country, emphasizing that any truck importing goods to Kabul should not return empty and in return must export the Afghan commodities through the ports in Mazar and Herat.
In other parts of his speech, President Ghani said the air corridor program as part of the government’s policy will further expand in a bid to pave the way for the exports of the Afghan traders’ commodities.
He said the first flight as part of the air corridor left for Tashkent last week and further flights are expected to take place to Baku and other destinations soon.
 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) At least thirty one insurgents including foreign nationals hailing from Tajikistan were killed during the operations of the Afghan Special Forces in northern Kunduz province.
The 209th Shaheen Corps officials in the North said the operations were conducted on Friday night in the vicinity of Imam Sahib District.
The officials further added that two foreigners hailing from Tajikistan and four commanders of the militants were among those killed and at least seventeen others were wounded.
According to Shaheen Corps officials, the militants leaders killed during the operation have been identified as Mawlavi Musa, Qari Amir Mazhari, Mawlavi Mansoor, and Mullah Abdul Hakim.
The operations were conducted in Qerghiz, Joi Begum, Pul-e-Imamuddin, and Yakhan Chan villages, the Shaheen Corps officials said, adding several weapons and ammunition were also confiscated during the operations.
KP
 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The country’s Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has laid the corner stone of the first cancer diagnostic and treatment center at the Kabul Medical Institute on Saturday.
In a ceremony held on the occasion, the CE said the center which was also functioning in Kabul, in the past, work on this has been suspended due to some reasons but restarted today, the statement quoted.
The cancer center has been said to take 27 million USD funded by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to complete at the Kabul Medical Institute Compound, after a long delay, said the statement.
Dr. Abdullah said issue on construction of the center was discussed with the IAEA Chairman, but, the projected delayed due to some reasons, according to the statement.
Inauguration and functioning of the center would help tens of thousands of Afghans diagnose and treat their cancer disease inside the country.
 

Sunday, 10 December 2017 07:14

Rabbani Meets OSCE Chairman

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of the country’s foreign affairs, Salahuddin Rabbani in a meeting at the sideline of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), met with the chairman of the organization, Thomas Greminger discussing security and election in his country, the ministry said in a statement Saturday.
Issues including cooperation of the organization for beefing up Afghan security forces capability and observation of upcoming election were discussed between the two sides.
Greminger said he would make effort to help widen relation of Afghanistan with the organization as a co-operating member, said the statement.
Both sides also discussed programs concerning the country’s security forces within the organization’s training programs in Tajikistan, Kirghizstan and Russia.
The acting minister of the country’s foreign affairs also met with his Tajik counterpart Serakiddom Aselov at the sideline of the meeting and talked on bilateral issues, including Turkmenistan-Afghanistan railway, which is expected to be kicked off soon.
Other issues, including economic and political cooperation, completion of economic projects like TAPI, railway connecting the central Asian countries, Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Turkmenistan railway, as well as execution of the central Asian countries railway, which is connecting the Persian Gulf, were discussed between the two sides.
 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Commission on Implementation of Prevention of Money Laundering Law has held a meeting during which Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah heard the reports of the organs concerned, his office said Saturday.
The CE urged the related organs for increase in coordination for implementation of the law and the available scanners should be installed as soon as possible, said the statement.
High ranking officials of the ministry of interior, National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the Attorney General Office (AGO) have also attended the meeting, according to the statement.
 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Jalalabad (BNA) 22 Daesh loyalists were killed in a series of air and ground raids in Nangarhar province.
The fighters were targeted in the last 24 hours in Dor Baba, Hasaka Mina and Kot Districts.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA, 22 Daesh fighters killed in the raids.
Another report says that the security officials of Nangarhar province discovered two weapon caches of Taliban.
The caches were kept in Lal Poor and Achen Districts.
Several heavy and light weapons were also seized from the caches.
T. Yarzada
 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The National Directorate of Security personnel (NDS) discovered a huge weapons cache of Taliban in Bagram district, Parwan province.
According to NDS office to BNA, with using of the weapons, Taliban wanted to organize attacks in Parwan, Kabul and Kapisa provinces, but not succeeded to their evil goals.
Different types of heavy and light weapon, and explosives were seized from the cache.
T. Yarzada
 

Saturday December 9, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Over 68 armed rebels including two Pakistani citizens and four local commanders of Taliban terrorist group were killed following joint clearing operations led by Afghan security troops within the last 24 hours across the country.
Ministry of National Defense press office stated BNA, the operations were conducted with support of Afghan air and artillery forces to suppress armed oppositions and protect the lives and properties of people in insecure areas of Nangarhar, Logar, Urozgan, Kandahar, Faryab, Kunduz and Helmand provinces.
The local commanders identified as the name of Mawlavi Mousa, Qari Amir Muzahari, Mansour and Abdul Hakim, which were killed in Amam Sahid district of Kunduz province, the source added.
In addition, 29 anti-government militias were wounded and four others were arrested.
It is mentionable that 12 sanctuaries, 11 hideouts, 3 motorcycles, 26 round of mines and some weapons and ammunitions belonging the terrorists have been discovered and destroyed following the operations, the source further added. 
Also with the last 24 hours 7 planned operations and 12 special operations were launched in 5 provinces, at the meantime 47 air flights for supporting Afghan National Army conducted too.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday December 9, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Funded by Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) 51 welfare projects have been implemented in central Bamyan province.
Habib Behzad in-charge of information in rural rehabilitation and development ministry said BNA correspondent, these development projects include 37 water supply and 14 transportation projects, which implemented in different parts of Bamyan province.
By construction of the mentioned projects 6,000 families have been received environmental facilities.
T/M.A.Ansari
 

Saturday December 9, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Afghan religious scholars’ council asks the US president to retreat from his decision over recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
BNA political analyst commenting on the issue writes recently US president has recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel against the expectation the people all over the world, and promised to move US embassy from Tel-Aviv    to Jerusalem. Mr. Trump by this decision has endorsed the resolution of US congress released in 1995 on recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Zionist regime, but since then no any presidents of America implemented it in practice. This move of president of US faced with severe reaction of worldwide even the closest alliances of America including UK prime minister opposed it.
Al though Mr. Trump unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to the interest of that country but insisted that he would follow the process of peace talks between Palestinians and Israelites and his vice president would be dispatched in to the region. However Mahmoud Abas the head of Palestinian Authority has said that America would be more a mediator for peace. Among the world reaction against the move of Mr. Trump, the Afghan Scholars Council issuing a declaration called this move of Mr. Trump tyrannical and irresponsible which inured the hearts of more than one and half billion Muslims across the world. Afghan Scholars Council warned that if Mr. Trump does not retreat from his contentious decision it would have evil consequences and would led to many fatal and disastrous problems.
According political elites, Mr. Trump with this decision has severely hurt the authority and dignity of US among the countries of the world especially among Islamic countries and lost its credibility in the world. Meanwhile the move will increase tension between US and its rivals around the world because they will use the situation against US. These politicians say, the extremist circle in Islamic and non- Islamic communities will try presenting the issue provides the ground for demonstrations the control of which will be difficult. In addition, the move will badly hurt the process of negotiations between Palestinians and Israelites and causes pessimism among Islamic countries that have recognized Israel state.
Therefore it would better for Mr. Trump to retreat from this irresponsible move which will have fatal consequences and not further play with Muslims’ emotions anymore and accept Jerusalem as the first holy place where the Muslims made their prayers toward it.  Jerusalem is undividable of Palestinians territory, unfortunately now is under the occupation of Zionist regime of Israel.   
Abdul Khalil Minawi
BNA Director General
 

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