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Thursday, 10 January 2019 09:42

Afghanistan Waters Need Proper Management

Thursday January 10, 2019

Kabul (BNA) In their conversations with The Kabul Times reporter, economists said that the Afghan government should not be indifferent on management of Afghanistan waters, because these waters are our people’s national capital and should be properly managed. Economist Saifuddin Saihoon said, today our people are in a very bad situation of drought threat. In order to fight drought, the government should manage our waters. Our waters are pouring freely to neighboring countries the government should make efforts for their hart-ling and construct water reservoir inside the country to meet people needs. The sources of the MoWE said that a meeting of deputy ministers of water and Energy of Afghanistan and Iran was held in Tehran at a condition that drought has caused decrease of water and damaged the people. Based on 1351 solar year agreement, due to shortage of water this year this meeting was held at the level of deputy ministers.
Chief of Water Department, MoWE Eng. Wais Basiri told the media that during this three day meeting, the Afghan delegation would discuss different aspects of water agreement between the two countries. He added, this is a sensitive issue and we are facing drought, so we should discuss this issue with Iranian authorities and convince them to reach good solution. We try to find proper solutions. We want one hundred percent of implementation of Helmand water agreement. According to 1351 agreement, 22 cubic meter water should flow into Iran per second from Helmand river but the Afghan side gives 4 cubic meter additional water per second as a good will gesture of Afghan government. The agreement says that water flowing depends upon natural conditions and climate change. In case of decrease of river water of Helmand, flow of water should also decrease.
But the Iranian authorities have always made statements on water issue with Afghanistan. Sometimes before, Iranian president Hassan Rohani had said that Iran would not be silent in water issue particularly construction of water dams in Afghanistan. These statements provoked reactions in Afghanistan. Even the Afghan president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that efforts would be made to prevent wasting of Afghanistan waters. During the opening of the third part of Kamal Khan Dam, president Ghani had emphasized that management of Afghanistan is an essential need. Nasima Niazay a member of the House Water and Energy Arrangement Commission said that at present more water is flowing into Iran and the Afghan government must prevent it. Ten times more water than the agreement water is flowing into Iran. This is the right of the Afghan government to talks frankly on water issue with the Iranian side.
In order the Afghan government not to make good exploitation from its waters, Iran has resorted to insecurities in those areas. So the Afghan delegation should defend their right, seriously. Except with Iran, Afghanistan has not held water distribution agreement with other countries. Based on available reports, out of 75 billion cubic meter waters of Afghanistan, only 30 pc are used and the rest of 70 pc are flowing into Iran and Pakistan and they are using it freely.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Wednesday January 9, 2019

Kabul (BNA) At least 31 armed oppositions were killed during joint clearing operations led by Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours across the country.
Ministry of national defense by releasing a statement issued BNA, the operations have launched with support of Afghan air and artillery forces to annihilate anti-government militias and protect the lives and properties of people in insecure areas of Zabul, Urozgan, Daikundi, Nangarhar, Kapisa, Kunar, Badghis, Herat, Farah, Helmand, Paktika, Maidan/Wardak, Ghazni and Faryab provinces.
Some heavy and light weapons ammunitions and military equipment have been discovered and seized during the operations as well, the source added.
M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday January 9, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Based on Union of money exchangers in Sari Shahzada, Kabul city, the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
                                                                           
One Dollar                                                          75/50       Afs
One Pound Sterling                                            95/60       Afs
One Euro                                                            86/20       Afs
One Emirate’s Dirham                                       20/45       Afs
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees                           538      Afs
One Thousand Indian Rupees                              1070      Afs
One Thousand Iranian Rupees                            07/50      Afs
One Russian Ruble                                              01/10     Afs
M.A.Ansari
 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Mahmoodraqi (BNA) Nearly 50 Taliban including their ten commanders were killed in the past four days in Kapisa province.
Lt. Abdul Qader 3rd battalion commander of Selab 201 army corps told BNA, clearing operation conducted by defense and security forces aimed to annihilate insurgents in Afghania region, Nejrab district of Kapisa province, nearly 50 Taliban including their ten local commanders were killed.
He added, in the operation 27 villages of Nejrab district have been cleared from insurgents and the operation successfully continues.
He added, two military officials were martyred and another has been wounded in the operation.
T. Yarzada
 

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Taliqan (BNA) Three insurgents associated to Taliban group were detained in Kalafgan district, Takhar province by police forces.
Abdul Qayoom Qaty Kalafgan district governor told BNA, Taliban recently targeted people in persecution, harassment and bullying in the insecure areas of the mentioned district, causing the people to be troubled.
He added that police arrested three of them with the help of people.
According to another report, three armed insurgents were killed in a conflict by security forces in Jawzjan province last night.
Lotfullah Azizi governor of Jawzjan told BNA, the conflict occurred in Aliabad village, Sheberghan-Mazar-e-Sharif highway, in which three insurgents were killed and seven others have been hurt.
According to Azizi, five civilians including uprising people commander were martyred and with arriving security forces, the security ensured in the area.
T-Yarzada
 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Jalalabad (BNA) Huge joint military operation has started to ensure peace and stability in Jalalabad-Torkham highway yesterday.
The operation has begun three days ago by support of Afghan air forces with participation of hundreds Afghan National Army, Afghan police and uprising personnel in Ghanikhail and Mohamand Dara districts alongside Jalalabad-Torkham highway.
Senior commander of Afghan National Army in the east of the country told BNA correspondent, until now several villages have been cleared from existence of anti-government militias alongside the highway.
By conducting the military operation trying to annihilate armed oppositions and completely clean-up the highway from being terrorists, the source added.
 

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 05:48

Up to 4,000 IDPs to be Provided With Land Plots

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The Executive Committee of the Ministry of Refugees and Repatriates held a meeting with Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on the chair, a statement from his office said Tuesday.
Attended the meeting, Minister of Refugees and Repatriates Affairs, Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi provided a report in which he said works were being done for providing land plots for the country’s displaced people and addressing their problems, said the statement.
“Land plots for up to 4,000 internally displaced people have been prepared and are ready for distribution and also in different provinces of the country, including Herat, Badghis and Ghor, IDPs are provided with financial aids and shelter and clothing have also been provided for them,” according to the statement.
The CE said a committee should be formed to assess the situation of the IDPs, seriously to provide them with necessary urgent aids, the statement added.
 

Wednesday, 09 January 2019 05:46

High Media Council Holds Meeting

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi, High Media Council held a meeting to discuss finalization of the media policy and four other related issues, BNA reported Tuesday. 
The council members, at the meeting, exchanged their views and took the required decision, according to the agency, Minister Safi emphasized on the soon finalization of the media policy and asked the council members for taking active part in the council meeting, said the agency.
 

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, chaired a meeting discussing water management, irrigation and general water supply, at the Charchanar Palace on Tuesday.
The meeting participants, Hashmatullah Ghafoori, deputy to the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock, Eng. Hamidullah Yalani, the ministry’s water supply general director, spoke about the related issues and provided the country’ president with information the challenges facing by the water management in the country.
Speaking at the meeting taken part by F8irst Vice-President, Sarwar Danesh, Chief Executive of the national unity government and acting minister of finance, the president, after hearing their viewpoints, said more should be done in this field as what has been in this connection was not enough.
According to the president, there was a need for working on a plan to coordinate all activities to help reach tangible consequence in a short time, the statement added.
“We should have a wide perspective on water management at the national level and a basic roadmap to help clear development in the field of water management,” said the statement quoting the president.
The president said that 90 percent of the people are using water traditionally and the predicated climate change jeopardize the sector and added:
“The country’s water should be managed as natural asset.”
He went on as saying that the government should help the people take part in water management to could use effectively the water resources, in the coming years, when facing droughts.
 

Tuesday January 8, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The 176th meeting of the National Procurement Commission (NPC) presided by H.E Mohammad Ashraf Ghani; the President of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan was held on Monday evening; January 7th, 2019 at the Presidential Palace. At this meeting; eight contracts have been reviewed which resulted in approval of all; worth 22.8 million USD; which includes the following contracts: - The contract for the construction of 200 bed hospital in Kunar province; related to Ministry of Public Health, - The contract for procurement of two types of oil (Diesel & Petrol); related to Capital Region Independent Development Authority (CRIDA), - The contract for procurement and construction projects of pipe and cable for 26 sites of the Ministry of Interior; related to the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology - The contract for procurement of two types of oil (Diesel & Petrol); related to Upper House (Mashrano Jirga) Meanwhile; after a comprehensive discussion the NPC approved the request of the Ministry of Energy and Water for the establishment of metal and thermal pipes production company. In addition; the Ministry of Public Works request for amendment of the contract (time extension) for the construction and rehabilitation of the road from Sharana to Angor Hada of Paktika province; with 50 km long; was approved by the NPC. On the other hand; the Civil Aviation Authority request on the lower price for construction of Khost province airport terminal also approved by the NPC and decided that the contract should be awarded to the proposed company. The NPC approved the request of the ministry of Mines and Petrolum for signing of Letter of Engagement with the Hogan Lovells Consultancy Company. While discussing the above contracts; H.E the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan; emphasized that all procurement entities must oversee and monitor the implementation of the projects. In this meeting; beside the NPC members; the officials of National Procurement Authority, the national and international observers including the Finance, Budget and National Economy Commissions of the Lower House (Wolasi Jirga), the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA), the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), and the Combined Security Transition Command (CSTC-A) of the Resolute Support, had also participated.
 

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