19 February 2018

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Minister of foreign affairs in a courtesy meeting with newly appointed ambassador and permanent representative of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to Kabul accepted his credentials.
In the meeting, minister of foreign affairs assured that with experiences the OIC newly appointed ambassador had, presence of OIC mission in Afghanistan would expand more and the organization’s cooperation with Afghanistan would be further effective.
Considering position of the OIC as valuable in Islamic countries, minister of foreign affairs expressed hope that role of the organization in support of peace process would cause that the process would get success.
Afterwards, the OIC newly appointed ambassador and permanent representative to Kabul stressed on the organization’s continued support from Afghanistan government’s peace efforts and briefed his working priorities for further presence of the organization’s mission in Afghanistan.

Monday February 12, 2018

Mazar-e-Sharif City (BNA) An exhibition for business’s women was inaugurated in northern Balkh province yesterday.
Shir Ahmad Supahi Zada head of commercial and industry of Balkh told BNA reporter, businesswomen display their products such as handicrafts, dairy, foods and goods at 25 booths in the 2 days exhibition.
The exhibition held by commercial and industry department of Balkh at the framework of Promote Program with cooperation of USAID.
Holding such exhibition support businesswomen and encourage them to participate in Bazar (Market), Mohammad Bashir Tawhidi deputy of Balkh provincial office said.
Nargas a business woman said, holding exhibition help businesswomen asked from families to use their products.

Monday, February 12, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Defense and security forces during the last 24 hours conducting a series of clearing operations in various parts of the country killed 16 armed oppositions, wounded 8 and detained 9 others.
National defense ministry reported BNA, the operations were launched with support of air and artillery forces in Nangarhar, Paktika, Urozgan, Zabul, Farah, Faryab, Takhar, Nimroz and Helmand provinces.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                                               69 Afs                           
One Pound Sterling                                 94/30  Afs                                                   
One Euro                                                84/30 Afs                           
One Emirate’s Dirham                           18/70 Afs                           
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees              610 Afs                           
One Thousand Indian Rupees                1010 Afs                                         
One Thousand Iranian Rupees              14/55 Afs                           

Sunday February 11, 2018

Firoz Koh City (BNA) A top governmental staff was martyred by Taliban militants in Ghor-Herat highway yesterday.
Iqbal Nezami spokesman of Ghor governor told BNA correspondent, Baz Mohammad who worked as a judge in Tewara district of Ghor province was martyred by Taliban militants in Dasht Shirzad region, Shindand district, Ghor-Herat highway.
Baz Mohammad was going toward Herat province to his home to spend his vacation, but his car stopped by Taliban militants and martyred him, Nezami added.

Sunday February 11, 2018

Jalalabad City (BNA) Following recent deadly attack in the capital, President Ghani called on security agencies to take serious security measures to halt enemies’ attacks and better maintain the security in the country.
Following the implementation of the new plan to secure Kabul by the new police chief of the province, Kabul provincial council members are optimistic about the plan, saying the plan is good for the security of the province, and they are welcoming this scheme and emphasizing on its implementation.
Rahimullah Mujahid, a member of the Kabul Provincial Council on the new Kabul security plan said that in order to ensure better security in Kabul, first the security of diplomatic areas must be taken seriously, because the most attacks this year have taken place in these areas.
Mujahed pointed that each commander that has been appointing in a province has plans in its mind to provide better security in the province; he added that the new Kabul security plan has been proposed to the president and he approved it. We hope that with the implementation of the new security plan, the security of Kabul city will be improved.
The new security plan is 80 percent in the interest of the Kabul people, because the existence of security check posts in highways and crowd regions can prevent security threats, Mujahid stated.
Although, this member of the Provincial Council accepts that the implementation of the plan and the blockage of roads for workers and drivers will be hard and will reduce the scope for work, but he stressed that generally the new security plan is in the interest of the Kabul people. And by doing so, the Kabul security will be maintained properly.
Scanners at Kabul’s four gates prevent the transportation of narcotics, explosives, weapons and other crimes, and the Kabul police should pay serious attention to this and check all vehicles,” Mujahid continued.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior spokesman, Najib Danesh in this connection said that the Kabul security plan, in contrast to other plans is more comprehensive and complete and this plan, has focus on strengthened of intelligence agencies, the establishment of coordination among security agencies and the identification of more security challenges, and no doubt it would have direct impact improving security situation, especially in Kabul city.
Abdul Basir Mujahid, spokesman for the Kabul Police Chief Command, said that our top priority always been ensuring country’s security and people, and this plan will cover the entire city of Kabul, even districts, and by implementing of  that the citizens will be witness  of better security.”
The increase in barriers in Kabul will not disturb the people, and the security plan will, on the contrary will be in the interest of the people, and efforts to secure the lives and the properties of the citizens will be increased, Mujahid asserted.
If we do not bring reform in the ranks of the armed forces, not change the thoughts of the people about to the enemy, these security plans and paying attention to the diplomatic areas will not cure any harm, because along the security forces people should also cooperate in maintaining security in the country.
Suraya Raiszada

Sunday February 11, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Transport has announced about the holding of the trilateral meeting of the coordinating council for codifying of annexation protocols of the Chabahar.
The ministry said that the protocols of the integration of the Chabahar agreement was approved by the parliaments of India, Afghanistan and Iran, and the Coordinating Council soon will hold this meeting at the level of deputies of these three countries.
Fawzia Ehsani, the Deputy of the Ministry of Transport at the transit exhibition told to the media that Chabahar port is a good transit route for Afghanistan.
In the near future the sixth summit of the transportation committee would be held on transportation issues between deputy ministers of the transport of Afghanistan and Iran.
The Ministry of Transport also said that the ministry will work with the Ministry of Finance to build Khoska port in Zaranj, which is a very positive step towards establishing a facility in the transportation sector.
The Chabahar Port agreement was signed last year between leaders of Afghanistan, Iran and India, and the Afghan government has called this port as an important transit, trade and connecting point for three countries.
Sayed Qasem Zakeri, Iranian chancellor in Afghanistan, also called Chabahar transit route as one of the important trilateral projects between Afghanistan, Iran and India.
He spoke to the traders about his country’s efforts to provide facilities in Chabahar port, up to now 165 Afghan companies and 352 foreign companies are registered in the Chabahar Free Zone. So far, 50 hectares of land has been put at the disposal Afghan investor as leased for fifty years.
The Afghan government has also called the Chabahar port a good alternative in the transportation and trading sector and says the port is a shorter and cheaper route.
Meanwhile, economic experts believe that the use of the Chabahar port for Islamabad has shown that Afghanistan is now not commercially dependent on Pakistan. As Afghanistan is a free country, it can itself provide alternative ways that can benefit Afghanistan’s trade. The Chabahar port is the only port that can be effective for importing and exporting Afghan goods.
Saifuddin Saihoon, an economic affairs expert, in this regard said that the tripartite meeting of the Coordinating Council to be established between Afghanistan and India would be a good opportunity for the people of Afghanistan.
He believed that the establishment of coordination between India, Iran and Afghanistan and the use of the Chabahar port could solve the problems that Afghanistan had with Pakistan in the past.
It is said that Pakistan has been trying for many years to make Afghanistan dependent on its trade and economy, and thus always keep the country under pressure.
Therefore, the use of the Chabahar port will be a good alternative for Afghan businessmen.
Shukria Kohistani

Sunday February 11, 2018

Jalalabad City (BNA) Three terrorist attacks’ organizers belonging ISIS terrorist group were arrested by National Security Directorate (NSD) personnel in eastern Nangarhar province.
The terrorists were arrested during a suddenly attack in relevant areas of Chaparhar district of Nangarhar province.
Ataullah Khogyani provincial spokesman of Nangarhar told BNA reporter, the arrested terrorists were responsible for preparing weapons and finance facilities to ISIS group in the province.
We are members of ISIS terrorists group, we had responsible to provide weapons and finance facilities to fighters of the terrorist group in Nangarhar province, the detained terrorists confessed.
Several weapons and documents have been seized from them as well.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Nestlé, a Switzerland based global food and beverage Company announced it started operating directly in Afghanistan by establishing a new entity named Nestlé Afghanistan Limited.
The company has established its head office in Kabul. Ali Sadozai, President, Nestlé Afghanistan Limited, upon its commencement stated: “Our decision to operate directly and invest locally indicates our growing confidence in the region’s economic opportunities. This is the beginning of Nestlé’s long-term relationship with local consumers. We are very excited to contribute to the quality of life of people in Afghanistan by offering healthy and nutritious products that Nestlé is known for the world over. “The company during its first phase will import and co-manufacture food products in collaboration with its strategic distribution and manufacturing partners The Habib Gulzar Group before further development. During this phase, the company will continue to offer the products that the local consumers are already familiar with. Establishing a company locally, will allow us to be closer to the consumers. It is also indicative of growing confidence amongst the international business community to do business directly with Afghanistan. This trend will bring investment, direct and indirect employment.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The second women empowerment program in agricultural affairs held in Kabul and was attended by first lady Rula Ghani and a number of national and foreign guests here at the Government Media and Information Center.
The main goal behind the conference was women’s active role in development of agriculture in rural areas, food security and poverty reduction.
Delivering her remarks, first lady Rula Ghani said women’s participation would not only develop agriculture sector but also to bring about positive changes within families.
Calling women main pillars of the society, Rula Ghani said there would be no economic growth sans women participation.
Voicing concern over violence against women, the first lady said constitution guarantees women’s right and that government support them.
Meanwhile Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Nasir Ahmad Durani said women through providing opportunities had significant role in economic growth. He said his ministry had facilitated women with essential agricultural facilities in different provinces.
Minister Durani went on saying that government had plan to increase women’s role in agriculture by 50 percent.
Minister of Women’s Affairs called women’s lack of access to main bazars the only problems, asking Ministry of Agriculture to do more to solve their problems.
Minister Delbar Nazari also proposed holding of training programs, agriculture insurance and consultancy to women.
Calling holding of such conference important for women’s increasing role in agriculture, UN head of food and agriculture said women should be eased with opportunities and take active part in economic growth of the country. The UN official also assures full support to women empowerment.

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