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Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Kunar (BNA) Three armed oppositions were killed by Afghan Security Forces conflict in Kunar and four others have been injured last night. The clash occurred while a group of Taliban storm on a convoy of security troops in Dangam District. Selab army corps in east of country with releasing a statement said, three armed oppositions were killed and four others have been wounded. According to another report, police of Kunar with discovering of ten mines from busy roads of the province prevented from a series of explosions. Security officials of the province blamed Taliban for the failed mine planting. T. Yarzada
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 08:15

ASF Air Raid on Taliban Hideout in Balkh

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Eleven armed attackers were killed and six others have been injured in an air strike of Afghan Security Forces on a hideout of Taliban in Balkh last night. The Taliban were suppressed on their hideout in Chamtal District while to storm on several police checkpoint. Shaheen Armey corps in north of country said, security forces prevented Taliban attack and a hideout of them with all war equipment has been destroyed. Another report says, police of Balkh discovered and confiscated eight mines from crowded ways of the province and prevented from a series of blasts. No one has been detained in connection of the failed mine planting. T. Yarzada
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Jalalabad (BNA) Hundreds of needy families have received humanitarian aids in Nangarhar . Some of these families have been damaged during natural disasters in parts of Nangarhar province. An official of refugees and repatriation of Nangarhar told BNA, in this round, the World Food Program (WFP) distributed foodstuffs to nearly 400 needy families. The aids include, flour, rice, ghee, pea, bean, sugar. T. Yarzada
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Kabul (BNA) As gaps between Afghan politicians have been widen, a US senior official has said international aid to Afghanistan requires an inclusive government in the country. Alice Wells, the US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, in a tweet has said the international requires partnership with an inclusive government in Afghanistan. “It can't be business as usual for international donors in Afghanistan. International aid requires partnership with an inclusive government and we all must hold Afghan leaders accountable to agree on a governing arrangement,” tweeted Alice Wells. This comes as the dispute between President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah is still unresolved. Previously, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in his recent to Afghanistan had stressed on solution of the current gaps between President Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah. After returning from Afghanistan, the US Secretary of State had informed of reviewing his country’s aid to Afghanistan, saying that he would suggest cutting $1bln in aid to Afghanistan during the current year. Meanwhile, a number of political figures including Hamid Karzai and Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf have started mediation to solve the gaps between President Ghani and Dr. Abdullah, saying that their efforts to reach an understanding are going well. The two political figures have asked President Ghani to postpone the appointment process of government officials for a period. They have also asked Abdullah Abdullah to extend the deadline for reaching an agreement with the government. Wahid Omar, a senior advisor to President Ghani in public and strategic affairs, wrote on his twitter account that President Ghani has postponed the appointment of cabinet members and the decision was made to provide an opportunity for political talks. Omar said President Ghani delayed the appointment of new Cabinet members for five days to provide further chances for political negotiations. On the other hand, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has promised that his cabinet would be inclusive and merit and based on partnership of all the people of Afghanistan. During the past 19 years, the government of Afghanistan has received most of its aid from the international community as the big portion of funding and equipment of ANDSF is provided by the US. A number of Afghan political experts believe that Afghanistan will face with big challenges if donor countries cut or reduce in aid to Afghanistan as the international community aid is necessary and effective for Afghanistan. Based on the World Bank’s recent report, Afghanistan will still need the international community aid after any peace deal with the Taliban group. The report warns that even after a settlement with the Taliban the country would still require financial assistance at near current levels, as much as $7 billion a year for several years to come, to be able to sustain its most basic services. Therefore, it is time that leaders of Afghanistan reach an agreement and solve their problems through talks so that Afghanistan can reach development in all sectors. Yarzada
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s Ministry of Transportation has said that 42,000 tons of foodstuffs have been imported from central Asian countries in the past one week. Following coronavirus outbreak in the country, officials for the Ministry of Transportation and Civil Aviation say transit process of foodstuffs and trade goods is normally underway via railway as 42,000 tons foodstuffs have been imported to Afghanistan in the past one week. According to a spokesperson to the ministry of transport, 92,000 trade goods have been transited in a train to Afghanistan. “42,000 tons of the transit goods have been foodstuffs and the rest were construction materials and fuel.” “From among 42,000 tons of foodstuffs, 12,000 tons were wheat, 29,000 tons of flour, 248 tons were the cooking oil that have been imported to Afghanistan in the past one week via Hairatan, Aqina and Torghundi ports,” said Ali Sina, the spokesperson to the ministry of transport. He added that 27,000 tons of fuel, 9,000 tons of gas, 7,000 tons of construction material and 4,000 tons non-foodstuffs have been imported via the respective ports to Afghanistan in the past one week. According to the ministry of transportation and civil aviation, transit goods to Afghanistan are underway despite of coronavirus outbreak in the country as effort is being made that the process is not stopped at any circumstances. Following coronavirus outbreak in the country, the price of the primary foodstuffs has doubled in Afghanistan markets. Yarzada
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) asked both the country’s security forces and the government armed oppositions to avoid conflicts around Jam Minaret and ease restoration process of the world heritage site, a statement from the ministry said yesterday. The ministry by releasing a statement to media asked the two warring sides, including government and the armed oppositions to avoid any confrontation in the site, where the Jam minaret construction is ongoing. The ministry warned that any side if fueled war would be responsible for further postponement of the restoration process of the historical minaret. The ministry said that in coordination and cooperation of UNESCO could get two million USD fund for the reconstruction of the site and agreement reached with ALEF construction company to start the consolidation process, but the arrival of harsh 2019 winter postponed the process. Later insecurity around the area, where work was expected to be started for construction of the minaret again delayed the process, the ministry said. The statement added that effective work has been done for the consolidation of the seashores near the minaret, but the rebuilding process of the minaret was again postponed due to change in the security situation around the site. Yarzada
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health says that out of a total of 2,737 suspected samples of Coronavirus that have so far reached MoPH laboratories, 367 have been tested positive. MoPH spokesman Wahidullah Mayar, who spoke at the ministry's press briefing on coronavirus at the Government Media and Information Center on Monday, added that 30 new coronavirus cases had been recorded in the past 24 hours. Of these, 16 are in Herat province, 6 in Kabul, 3 in Nimroz, 2 in Kunduz, 2 in Faryab, and 1 in Daikundi province. Mayar expressed concern over the death of doctor due to Covid19 in a private hospital, citing the lack of facilities in private hospitals as the cause of death, and urging hospital officials to refer patients with Covid19 for further treatments to MoPH hospital that are dedicated to the treatment of these patients. Asked which gender the coronavirus most commonly affects, the spokesman for the Ministry of Public Health said: "MoPH Studies show that 23 percent of Covid19 patients in the country are women and about 73 percent are men." He noted that the majority of Covid19 patients were elderly people and called on young people of families to observe personal hygiene while entering their homes to prevent the spread of the virus. Yarzada
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Kabul (BNA) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Information Advisor Ajmal Wazir has said that the Torkham crossing point has been opened from April 6 to April 9. He added the decision to open the crossing point has been taken on the directives of the federal government. Addressing a press briefing in Peshawar on Monday, the information advisor said that the Torkham has been opened so that Afghan citizens could return to their country. He said the federal government opened the crossing point for one-way pedestrian traffic. “Only Afghan citizens could cross whereas Pakistani citizens are not allowed to return." He maintained that so far, 16 people have died of coronavirus in the province while the provincial government is giving Rs6,000 each to more than two million families as part of relief fund. Earlier, the K-P health department allowed use of plasma extracted from the blood of patients having fully recovered from Covid-19 for the treatment of the fresh cases. A notification issued from the office of secretary health on Sunday said the Provincial Passive Immunization Committee proposed by the Hayatabad Medical Complex and comprising health experts and professionals had been given a go-ahead to submit a detailed proposal on the subject for onward submission to the National Bioethics Committee for approval. Yarzada
Tuesday, April 7, 2020 Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani presided over a government leadership meeting at the Presidential Palace on Sunday evening to discuss upcoming reforms and structural overhaul in the Ministry of Finance as well as progresses on curbing the spread of coronavirus in the country, a statement from the presidential press office said yesterday. It was underscored in the meeting that all related sections of the ministry will be working under the leadership of Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, the acting minister of Finance and that the reforms and changes are aimed at segregation of duties and preventing from political interventions, according to the statement. All relevant offices of the Finance Ministry will be working under the supervision of the acting ministry of Finance, who will then submit his report to the president, the statement added. Acting Minister of Finance Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal will keep the public informed of the recent changes and reforms in the ministry. The meeting comes after a watchdog has vehemently denounced President Ashraf Ghani’s decision on trifurcation of the Ministry of Finance (MoF), warning the move will create problems. In line with the presidential proposal, the ministry will split into three separate entities -- the office of revenue and customs, the treasury office and the finance administration. Reacting to President Ghani’s decision, an Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) official warned on Saturday the overhaul suggested by President Ghani would create more complications instead of enhancing transparency. Yarzada

Sunday, April 5, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani issuing two decrees appointed Mohammad Hanif Atmar as acting minister and the nominee for the Ministry Foreign Affairs.
Mohammad Hanif Atmar has been one of the most prominent and influential politicians of Afghanistan for the last two decades, who has held multiple high-profile capacities namely Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Education, Interior Affairs as well as National Security Advisor.

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