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Monday March 30, 2020
HERAT CITY (BNA) A depot of explosive materials belonged to Taliban group have been discovered by Afghan security forces in western Herat province.
Security official in Herat told BNA correspondent, Taliban group had plan to use the depot in bloodiest terrorists and destructive activities in varius parts of Herat province.
No one was arrested accused of the incident and 20 kg explosive materials and explosion tools have been seized from the depot, the source added.
According to another report, three Taliban fighters were killed during clashes with Afghan security forces within the last 24 hours in Herat province.
M.A.Ansari

Monday March 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Officials said the Embassy of Afghanistan has arranged for a limited number of flights to Kabul from Delhi to help them get home.
As labourers gather in large numbers at the Delhi-UP border to find a bus back home, a few kilometres away, hundreds of Afghan nationals wait anxiously for a mail confirming their tickets on a relief flight. Officials said the Embassy of Afghanistan has arranged for a limited number of flights to Kabul from Delhi to help them get home. With a majority of Afghan nationals living in India on medical visas, the lockdown has meant those here are running out of money.
“We have been told that there are some flights to Kabul in the next 10 days. There are limited seats on the flight, and the plane got full within hours. I will be flying with my family next week. I was here on medical visa. Given the circumstances, there are a lot of difficulties to get normal procedures done. It is better to wait at home,” said Qayaz, who hails from Kabul.
Locals said the Afghan Embassy sent out information two days ago about the flights. The cost of tickets is being borne by their ministry, and the process is being carried out online on a first-come-first-serve basis.
“Kam Air is operating five relief flights for their nationals for evacuation. These are ferry flights. The dates on which they will operate are March 28 and 30, and April 1, 3 and 5. The flights have already been cleared,” said a DGCA official.
The first bus arrived in Lajpat Nagar Saturday, and hundreds of Afghan nationals could be seen in the lanes. The Embassy has conveyed that a medical screening will take place in Kabul once they land. For those yet to find a place in the flights, there is still confusion on what the future holds.
Indianexpress
Ansari

Monday March 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ghani discussed and approved a water plan, aiming at harnessing water resources in Kabul city the other day, BNA reported.
The director of National Development Company Abdul Rahman Ataash briefed on the plan, which will be implemented in five zones in the mountains surrounding Kabul city and said the surveyed areas are state-owned lands.
He said building small water reservoirs and connecting them with Kabul River will lead to better urban ecosystem, agricultural improvement, greenery as well as creating employment opportunities for local people.
First Vice President Amrullah Saleh stressed on resolving any legal issues and making sure the water reservoirs will not bring harmful consequences.
President Ghani welcomed the plan and underscored a proper management and supervision of the project to create the sense of ownership among the people in the areas where it is implemented.
The president termed lack of recreational facilities and sport venues, particularly for youth and women, an important issue that needs to be seriously considered.
M.A.Ansari

Monday March 30, 2020
JALALABAD CITY (BNA) A religious scholar and his child lost their lives and two others were wounded following sticky mine blast in eastern Nangarhar province.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman of Nangarhar governor told BNA, a sticky mine planted on vehicle of a religious scholar in Sarband region, Laal Poor district of the province, as a result Shida the religious scholar along with his child lost their lives and two others including another religious scholar were wounded.
The injured timely have been shifted to hospital, but the health condition of an injured is critical, Khogyani added.
No individual or group has commenting regarding the mine planting so far.
M.A.Ansari

Monday March 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani through a videoconference with 27 provincial governors discussed an array of issues chiefly measures to curb covid-19 spread, delegating further authorities to governors, and economic stimulus and agricultural productivity in the provinces yesterday.
According to BNA report, during the session, Mohammd Yosuf Ghazanfar, the President’s Special Representative on Economic Development, Trade and Poverty Reduction Affairs said the private sector had shown willingness to work with provincial governors in various areas.
Second Vice-President Mohammad Sarwar Danesh said the governors are leading the emergency committees in 34 provinces to fight the spread of coronavirus, underlining that the private sector is willing to offer their properties for free to the Ministry of Public Health.
He said the governors are obliged to implement the provisions of presidential decree on pardoning inmates within ten days, adding that the governors should impose restriction of movement in their provinces in case of necessity.
First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh in his remarks talked over the policy to fight covid-19 and said what differs today from forty years ago is the government is now taking the lead rather than being hidden behind the international organizations.
He said the healthcare staff who lose their lives on duty to fight corona will be granted the death benefit equal to the martyrs of defense and security forces.
The first vice president said it is key to mobilize the clerics and religious scholars of the country to provide awareness on density reduction in Fatiha and funeral ceremonies to prevent the virus spread.
Amruallah Saleh said procurement procedures have been simplified and said the lockdown need to be carried out with planning to prevent shortage of essential items, stressing on delivering assistance to the most vulnerable classes of society.
The first vice-president said, containment of the spread of the disease has direct relation with the peace, where the governors can promote and support the humanitarian ceasefire, offered by the president.
President Ghani said fulfilling the decisions made in the recent two emergency cabinet meetings demonstrates the government’s determination to contain the threat and deal with the consequences.
The president added outlays will be provided to the first and second vice presidents to enable them to respond timely in moment of emergency.
The president said the authority has been delegated to every governor to set their expenditures with consideration to the monitoring mechanism, referring to the need that governors should be fully prepared to deal with possible risks and emergency situations.
The president said he will meet with the private sector this week to set the tariffs, underscoring that the government has put necessary measures in place to ensure importing essential items via transit routes.
M.A.Ansari

Saturday, 28 March 2020 09:36

Taliban Attack on Almar District Bazaar

Saturday, March 28, 2020 Maimana (BNA) A policeman was martyred and six others have been wounded in Taliban attack on Almar district bazaar of Faryab yesterday. Assailats entered to office of district governor of Faryab late yesterday. Police offnicial of Faryab told Medias that in the attack, a policeman was lost his life and six others were injured. Taliban sustained heavy casualties in the attack, but exact figures is not known yet. According to another report, police of Faryab discovered and confiscated eight mines from busy roads of the province and prevented from a series of blast. Security officials of the province blamed Taliban for the failed planting mines. T. Yarzada
Saturday, March 28, 2020 Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) A commuter was lost his life and four others have been injured in a traffic accident in Baghlan highway. The event occurred in Doshi area, Pul-e-Khomri city yesterday, while a passenger car struck with a vehicle. Traffic head of Kabul-Mazar told BNA, a commuter was lost his life and four others were injured in the event. He called the drivers' carelessness and more speech the main cause of the incident. T. Yarzada
Saturday, 28 March 2020 09:35

Car Packed Explosives Discovered in Paktia

Saturday, March 28, 2020 Kabul (BNA) A car packed explosive has been destroyed in Paktia. The car was discovered yesterday in Syeed Karam District. Abdullah Hasrat spokesman for Paktia governor told BNA, with using of the car, Taliban planned to organize terrorist event, but not succeeded to their evil goals. No one has been detained in connection of the event. T.Yarzada.
Saturday, 28 March 2020 09:34

Afghan Government Releases Peace Team List

Saturday, March 28, 2020 Kabul (BNA) Afghan government on Wednesday, released a list of up to 20 delegate to hold a direct peace talk with the Taliban, a statement from The Presidential Palace said Friday. Former spy chief, Massoum Stanekzay would lead the negotiating team that includes 14 men, including the offspring of the two key warlords, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, former first-vice president and Ata Mohammad Noor, former Balkh Governor, and five women, according to the statement. Massoum Stanekzay, the former chief of National Directorate of Security (NDS), Nader Naderi, Chairman of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC), Matin Bek, the head of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), Habiba Sarabi, the deputy head of the High Peace Council (HPC), Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, the former Minister of Economy, Khalid Noor, son of former Balkh governor Atta Mohammad Noor, Kalimullah Naqibi, the deputy head of Jamiat-e-Islami party, Rassoul Talib, adviser to the president and Enayatullah Baligh, the presidential religious advisor and a member of the Ulama Council are the negotiating team members representing the government in peace talks with the Taliban. Other members of the team probably close to Ghani’s rival, Dr. Abdullah, included Shahla Fareed, a university lecturer, Mohammad Natiqi, the former chairman of the Committee of Political Parties and Political Movements, Abdul Hafiz Mansour, a former member of the parliament, Zaynab Muahhed, a member of Jamiat-e-Islami, Batur Dostum, the son of former first vice president Abdul Rashid Dostum and Dr. Amin Ahmadi, a university lecturer. Another member, Amin Karim will also represent the Hizb-e-Islami party of Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in the delegation. Zarar Ahmad Moqbel, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zakia Wardak, the director of the Society of Afghan Women in Engineering and Construction and Ayoub Ansari, the former police commander of Herat, are also parts the team. The statement said the team was appointed after ‘much deliberation and consultation with all parties and influential segments of society,’ to advance peace talks with the Taliban. “The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan wishes the delegation success and calls on them to consider, at all stages of negotiations, the best interest of the country, the shared values of the Afghan people, and the principle stand of the country for a united Afghanistan, and strive for lasting peace and stability in the country,” said the statement said. Meantime, Abdul Salam Rahimi, the Special Representative of the President and the State Minister for Peace said that the ministry will manage all decision-making mechanism on behalf of the government and facilitate and support the progression of the peace process. Yarzada
Saturday, March 28, 2020 Kabul (BNA) As many as 231 historical artifacts of the Bakhtar Treasury exhibited in various European, American, Australian and Asian countries were returned home on Tuesday, the Ministry of Information and Culture said Friday. The objects found from Tapa-e-Falul, Aykhanum, Tellah Tapa, Bagram and Tapa-e-Zargan have been put in show for up to 13 years in the museums of different countries and visited by up to 5 million people. According to the statement, the exhibition was for the first time was held in a French Museum in November 21, 2006. Based on a specific timeline, the exhibitions were held following signing separate agreements with any of the hosting countries, including Italy, the Netherlands, US, Canada, Germany, England, Norway, Sweden, Australia, Japan, South Korea and China, under the national and international standards, said the statement. The total revenues from the exhibition of Afghanistan treasuries (Bakhtar Treasury), which was held in 13 world countries reached to 314 million 319, 436.90 Afghanis which was added to the government account. The latest exhibition of the artifacts was held in China, with $391, 042 revenues transferred to the government budget, said the statement. Beside financial revenues, exhibition of the artifacts has had its important portion in the enlightening of public minds of the hosting countries, for the country’s cultural heritages and rich history at the world level. Exhibitions of the country’s historical objects have also drew attention from a number of countries to return the looted historical artifacts to the country, said the statement. “The return of up to 15,000 artifacts from foreign world countries have direct relation to the held exhibition.” In a recent measure, the coronavirus-19 pandemic caused the return of the country’s historical artifacts from Hong Kong to be restored in the country’s reservoirs for technical rest and after a while, by the direction of the cabinet of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, to be prepared for the world tour. Hereby, the honored people of the country are informed that with the recommendation of the Ministry of Information and Culture and approval of the High Presidential Office, a professional and administrative commission has been set up to manage the explanation and emplacement of the of the Bakhtar Treasury exhibition’s historical pieces which are reached to the country and duly prepare them for the next exhibition in Afghanistan National Museum. The commission members are representatives from government institutions, including the ministry of Finance, General Administration for the Presidential Affairs, National Directorate of Security, Attorney General Office, professionals from the committee for holding the exhibitions and professional cadres led by Afghanistan National Museum, the statement concluded. Yarzada
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