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Thursday, July 9, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health on Wednesday reported 210 new positive cases in the past 24 hours out of 591 tests.
The ministry also reported 17 deaths due to COVID-19 over the last 24 hours while 549 others have recovered. With this, the total known COVID-19 cases in the country reached 33,594, the total deaths reached 937 and the total number of recoveries is at 20,700. Meanwhile, the number of known active cases of COVID-19 in the country is 11,957 and, so far, 77,501 samples have been tested, according to data by the Ministry. Kabul was on the top of the list with 141 new cases followed by Takhar with 14 cases and Paktia with 12.
The recoveries were reported in Kandahar (4), Balkh (10), Nangarhar (1), Baghlan (2), Logar (2), Kunduz (9), Nimruz (3), Badakhshan (7), Parwan (2), Kunar (1), Panjshir (1) and Kapisa (1). The deaths were reported in Kabul (16) and Herat (1).

Thursday, July 9, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has received a new contribution of US$ 49 million from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance towards programs that help meet the food and nutrition needs of vulnerable communities in the country.
“Providing food assistance to the most vulnerable families during these uncertain times is important,” said Peter Natiello, Mission Director for USAID Afghanistan. “
USAID is pleased to partner with WFP to help communities become more resilient to the current needs.” With this new contribution, WFP will provide assistance – through food distribution and cash-based transfers - to nearly 1 million people, including communities affected by conflict and natural hazards, as well as malnourished children, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, and people participating in risk reduction activities.
“This contribution comes at a critical time when an estimated 4 million people are facing severe food shortage across the country,” said Robert Kasca, WFP Afghanistan Deputy Country Director and Officer-in-Charge.
“We are grateful for this funding and the steadfast support the United States Government has provided to us over the years.
The lives of hundreds of thousands of people will be protected thanks to the generosity and solidarity of the American people.”
Part of the contribution will go towards strengthening WFP’s fleet capacity to deliver food to remote areas, and the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) operated by WFP on behalf of the international community in Afghanistan. Before COVID-19, WFP’s plan was to reach 7.2 million people through our country operations; but now, an additional 3 million people are in need of our support as a result of the pandemic.


Thursday, July 9, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MoRRD) on Wednesday announced launching construction work on 259 projects worth more than 723 million Afghanis in 29 provinces.
In a statement, the MoRRD said contracts of the projects have been signed between Rural Rehabilitation and Development Minister Mujib Rahman Karimi with relevant development councils yesterday. According to the statement, the projects would be implemented in Uruzgan, Badakhshan, Bamyan, Baghlan, Balk, Parwan, Paktia, Paktika, Takhar, Jawzjan, Khost, Daikundi, Zabul, Samangan, Sar-i-Pul, Ghazni, Ghor, Faryab, Kabul, Kapisa, Kunar, Kandahar, Logar, Maidan Wardak, Nangarhar, Nuristan, Herat and Helmand provinces. According to Karimi, the projects included 148 water supply schemes, 127 wells, nearly 100 water dam, seven healthcare facilities and 4.250 meters’ canal.
He added the projects would benefit 374,000 individuals.
The minister said some projects were being implemented from the national budget and some with the aid of the United Nations International Children Fund (UNECEF).


Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Kabul (BNA)  The construction work of an irrigational canal and a protective wall was completed by national citizenship program of rural rehabilitation and development ministry in Sar-e-Pul province.
Feraidon Azhand spokesman of rural rehabilitation and development told BNA correspondent, the construction of a protective wall and an irrigation canal, 606 meters long, was completed in the village of Dimeh Gheshlaq in the center of Sar-e-Pul.
One million eight hundred thousand Afghanis have been spent on the construction of these two projects, and one hundred and eighty-eight of the family have benefited from it, and the irrigation field of five hundred acres of agricultural land has also been eroded Azhand added.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Several development projects were put into exploitation in Nangarhar.
These projects include the construction, bitumen and concreting of side roads, solar power plants and classrooms for a number of schools.
Nangarhar's media office said in a statement that it had implemented the projects at a cost of tens of millions of Afghanis in the Citizenship Pact program in parts of Jalalabad and a number of districts.
Using these projects, thousands of Nangarhar citizens have achieved greater social welfare.
T. Yarzada


Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA)   A police officer of Nangarhar with two of his guards were lost his life in explosion of a bomb in Kozkunar District, Nangarhar yesterday.
A convey of police officer was targeted a bomb blast in the mentioned district.
Police official of Nangarhar told BNA , a police officer with his two guards were lost their lives and five others have been injured in the blast.
Two militaries were also among the injured.
No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the bombing.
T. Yarzada


Wednesday, 08 July 2020 03:40

Blasts Prevented in Kabul

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Kabul (BNA)  The security forces of Kabul discovered and confiscated two mines which were planted by insurgents in Shakardara District, Kabul.
According to Kabul 111 division press office to BNA, the mines were planted by insurgents for destructive and terrorist activities and confiscated by engineering team of 111 police division of the province.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 08 July 2020 03:37

Taliban Militants Killed in Kandahar Clash

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) Four Taliban militants were killed by a security troops conflict in Kandahar last night.
The militants were targeted while attack on security troops checkpoints in Shorabak District.
Maiwand army corps in south of country with releasing a statement said, four militants were killed and three others have been wounded in the conflict.
T. Yarzada


Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani delivered keynote address at “Strengthening Consensus for Peace” online conference, initiated by the Afghan government on Monday at the Presidential Palace. Representatives from 20 regional countries, United States, Organization for Islamic Cooperation and the United Nations attended the conference and exchanged views on the issues pertaining to peace, intra-Afghan negotiations and particularly extending efforts to strengthen consensus for Afghan peace at regional and international level.
President Ghani expressed his deepest sympathies over the loss of lives from corona virus and extended gratitude to the international community’s covid-19 related support with Afghanistan.
He extended gratitude to the regional countries for keeping transit open and permitting supply chains that enabled movement of commercial commodities. “Thanks to this unprecedented regional cooperation, Afghanistan has not faced any shortage of basic commodities and that is a small indication of what regional cooperation and international coordination can do,” said the president. President Ghani termed the regional countries and Afghanistan’s global partners as stakeholders in stability, peace and prosperity of Afghanistan and stressed that further cooperation and binding relationships between Afghanistan and the regional countries can lift hundreds of millions of people from poverty. The president said “We are facing the threat of terrorism, regional and transnational networks and criminal organizations and extremist movements.” President Ghani attached importance to reviving the role of Afghanistan as the regional roundabout and platform for regional stability and prosperity that can result in connectivity in the entire region.
The president lauded the United States for its foundational partnership with Afghanistan and for being a steadfast partner and praised its efforts to strengthen regional and international consensus for peace. President Ghani, “Our vision of Afghanistan is to be a center of accord of Asia serving as an economic and cultural roundabout and a platform for regional and global cooperation.”
“The end state that we seek is a sovereign, democratic and united Afghanistan at peace within and with the region and the world, and able to preserve and expand the gains of the past nineteen years for its citizens, particularly the women and youth of Afghanistan,” added the president. President Ghani said the government has the capacity and political will to end the violence to concluding a political agreement.
The president stressed that there is an emerging regional and global movement towards ending the war, where the support of the neighbors and regional countries for strengthening consensus will enable Afghanistan to achieve its objectives for peace.
President Ashraf Ghani said that the winners of peace will be the people of Afghanistan and the region, underscoring that peace and stability in Afghanistan will lead to a peaceful and stable region and world. He added that a regional support for a democratic Afghanistan will further
strengthen regional cooperation and will provide the opportunity for the Afghans to utilize their natural resources not only for economic growth in Afghanistan but also the region.
President Ghani said, “When peace breaks out, neighbors could have as much as two percent additional rate of growth.” “The regional and international consensus for peace will enable us to design a process to conclude a framework agreement followed by a comprehensive implementation plan and programs of action,” added the president. The president alarmed that “Should the Taliban opt for an approach of fighting and talking”, the peace process would face serious challenges.
The president stressed, “The extent of violence in the first two months of 2020 except for the Eid cease-fire is greater than the first six months of 2019.” He added that the UN recent reports suggest that Taliban haven’t delivered on their commitments but in turn expanded their relations with terrorist networks and with transnational criminal organizations in terms of narcotics. “We made an unconditional peace offer to the Taliban for start of negotiations,” said the president while underlining that the government has turned peace from an abstraction to a national discourse during the past five years. President Ghani added that the government has taken huge steps for peace including offering cease-fire, formation of an inclusive negotiating delegation, building national consensus for peace, and establishment of the High Council for National Reconciliation.
The president said the government took bold decisions on prisoner exchange process so that Taliban would reciprocate by releasing our forces in their captivity and enter into direct negotiations with the government. He added that we expected the Taliban to embrace a humanitarian cease-fire to allow us fight the spread of coronavirus more effectively, while unfortunately they escalated violence against the people.
President Ghani added that such acts of violence would endanger the national consensus for peace while the government is fully committed to peace.



Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan's National Directorate for Security (NDS) said on Tuesday that two Daesh militants who were aiming to attack a hospital and a media outlet in Kabul were arrested.
The militants had been given instructions to carry out suicide attacks targeting Mawla Ali hospital in Golayee Dawakhana in west of Kabul and a media outlet in the city, the National Directorate of Security said in a statement.
The militants were identified as Abdul Latif and Ahmadullah, who are residents of Shakar Dara district of Kabul, the statement said. They had been recruited by Daesh militants identified as Ahmad, Abu Omar and Khyber.


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