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Thursday, 30 April 2020 16:16

Prisoners Released from Baghlan Jail

Thursday, April 30, 2020
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) Sixty-eight prisoners were released in honor of 8th of Sour from Baghlan jail.
Mohammad Yaseen attorney general of Baghlan jail told BNA, these prisoners were released under a presidential decree commemorating the 8th Sour anniversary of the Mujahidin’s victory.
Among the released prisoners, are 15 women, he added.
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Thursday, 30 April 2020 16:16

Suicide Bombing in Kabul, Martyrs Three

Thursday, April 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A suicide bombing in Kabul martyred three people and wounded 15 on April 29, the Interior Ministry said. "A suicide bomber detonated his explosives among civilians in the Reshkhor area of Char Asiab district of Kabul on Wednesday morning," ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said in a statement. Chabar Asiab is located some 11 kilometers from capital Kabul. The attack reportedly occurred near a special operations facility belonging to the Afghan security forces. It was not immediately clear who was responsible for the blast, which came during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said the militant group was investigating whether its fighters were behind the bombing. The latest attack came as the coronavirus pandemic and U.S.-led efforts to broker peace talks between Taliban militants and the Afghan government have prompted calls for a cease-fire and reduction in violence. The Kabul Times
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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan on Wednesday said it continued support for Afghan security forces to mitigate COVID-19 spread while ensuring security. Over the last two weeks, Resolute Support helped provide critical supplies to Afghan security forces in 14 provinces, the mission said in a statement. The supplies included more than 63,000 masks, over 31,000 pairs of gloves, more than 35,000 bottles of sanitizers and disinfectants, thousands of sets of personal protective equipment for medical providers and patients, more than 3,000 sets of protective eyewear and dozens of infrared thermometers. The mission said police and army units in Panjshir, Parwan, Nuristan, Herat, Ghor, Farah, Baghdis, Kabul, Nimroz, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Zabul and Daikundi and Helmand were better equipped to protect themselves and continue their important missions.
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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Both houses of the Afghan parliament—the Wolesi Jirga (lower house of parliament) and the Meshrano Jirga (upper house) have been put on lockdown until the end of the nationwide lockdown, due to COVID-19. The parliament’s speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani said that warnings from the Ministry of Health indicate that Kabul will be facing severe situations in the coming weeks. “Staffers from the secretariat who are civil servants do not need to work during the lockdown, in view of the sensitive situation that exists there,” said parliament speaker Mir Rahman Rahmani. Meanwhile, some lawmakers said that the names of those who are putting pressure on the doctors for testing must be disclosed. “Strongmen are interfering and they want to take the opportunity to get a corona test; why are their names are not shared with the people of Afghanistan?” said MP Robina Jalali. But, the Ministry of Health is apparently reluctant to name them. The Kabul Times
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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) New 110 positive coronavirus cases have been registered in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 1,939, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said on Wednesday. Dr. Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the ministry, told a media briefing here that 58 Afghan citizens, including four doctors, had lost their life to the pandemic while 228 Afghans recovering from it so far. The official said 58 of the fresh cases were detected in capital Kabul, 15 in Kandahar, 12 in Paktia, six in Ghazni, five each in Nangarhar and Kunar and three each in Takhar and Farah, two in Helmand and one in Kunduz. Mayar asked the people to pay greater attention to adopting preventive measures and practicing the guidelines offered by the ministry. There is no vaccine yet to cure the virus. Of the 1,939 cases in Afghanistan, 552 have been detected in Kabul, 441 in Herat, 254 in Kandahar, 128 in Balkh, 74 in Paktia, 52 in Nimroz, 46 in Nangarhar, 42 in Ghazni, 34 in Takhar. At least 33 cases have been found in Laghman, 31 in Kunduz, 29 in Logar, 24 in Helmand, 22 in Baghlan, 21 in Kunar, 16 in Samangan, 15 in Panjsher, 12 each in Paktika and Farah, 10 each in Ghor, Badghis, Jawzjan and Kapisa, nine in Daikundi, eight each in Zabul and Faryab and seven each in Bamyan and Maidan Wardak. Six cases have been reported each in Khost, Sar-i-Pul, four in Parwan, three in Uruzgan and two in Badakhshan.
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Thursday, April 30, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a phone conversation with Mohammad Javad Zarif, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran discussed an array of issues including efforts to fight covid-19, solving the challenges faced by Afghan refugees in Iran, and Iran’s commitments to tackle with the corona pandemic, a statement from presidential press office said yesterday. Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif said his country would make any possible effort to build regional consensus around a humanitarian cease-fire in Afghanistan, according to statement. President Ghani welcomed the efforts and said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan will pursue the issue with the Iranian side, the statement added.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA)  Czech Embassy and ETWA Sign a Contract Concerning the Implementation of Project “Emerging Afghan Women Leaders’ Empowerment” on April 28, 2020. Jiri Baloun, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Afghanistan and Abdul Wakil Babakarkhil, Executive Director of Election & Transparency Watch Organization of Afghanistan (ETWA) signed a contract concerning the implementation of project “Emerging Afghan Women Leaders’ Empowerment” on Tuesday 28 April 2020 at the embassy premise in Kabul. The aim of this project is to enhance the leadership capacity, self-confidence of Afghan women to initiate changes and raising the public awareness of Afghan women to be in decision-making positions of all walks of life. The project will be implemented in Panjshir, Paktia, Nuristan, Baghlan and Balkh provinces. Czech Republic has supported Afghanistan in different spheres, including holding of election awareness programs in Kunar, Kapisa and Nangarhar provinces as well as implementation of development projects. The county has also equipped a hospital in Parwan province in 2019.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA)   Following coronavirus outbreak in a number of cities in Iran, a number of Afghan refugees living in various cities of the neighboring countries have started returning to their homes in Afghanistan, but after agreement between Tehran and Kabul in connection with curing coronavirus infected Afghan refugees in Iranian hospitals, returning of Afghan families has reduced by 83 percent. Officials for Afghanistan ministry of refugees and repatriates say returning of Afghan refugees from Iran has cut down by 83 percent after Tehran and Kabul agreed that coronavirus infected Afghans would be cured in Iranian hospitals free of charges. “Returning of Afghans from Iran to Afghanistan has continually reduced during the past few weeks as COVID19 infected Afghans are now accepted to be cured in Iranian hospitals,” said Abdul Basit Ansari, media advisor to the ministry of refugees. According to Ansari, since the beginning of the month of March, 240,000 Afghan refugees have voluntarily returned home from Iran. Afghanistan ministry of refugees has said that they do not have the exact number of those Afghans losing their life due to coronavirus, but unconfirmed news has shown that around 50 Afghan refugees have died due to infection to coronavirus, while hundreds others have been infected to the virus in various cities of the neighboring country. Ansari said that based on information they have received from Iran, most of death among Afghan refugees has been registered in Qum city and most of the death had aged more than 60 years. He stressed that there have been a range of problems in treatment of Afghan refugees at the beginning, but fortunately the issues have been resolved and Afghans were not treated free of charges in Iranian hospitals. According to Afghanistan ministry of refugees and repatriation, Iranian borders to Afghan refugees are open, while Pakistan has closed its borders to Afghan refugees. Based on reports, since the beginning of 2020, the number of Afghan refugees who have returned from Iran has reached to 83,000, considered as unprecedented in recent years. Afghanistan ministry of public health has recently expressed concern over increasing returning of Afghan refugees from Iran, saying that most of the refugees might have been infected to COVID19. The ministry of public health has tested dozens of suspicious cases of coronavirus from various parts of the country where most of them have returned from the neighboring country. It is worth mentioning that coronavirus outbreak is the rise in Afghanistan as the number of positive cases for the COVID19 in the country has reached to 1828. The number of recovered cases in the country is 228, while 58 others have died. The number of deaths from the COVID-19 globally is more than 211,216, and more than 3 million have been infected with the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Following coronavirus outbreak in Afghanistan, national revenues have started to get reduced. The ministry of finance says national incomes have reduced by 18 percent comparing to last year. Officials for the ministry of finance have considered reduction in imports, suspension in private sector and not paying taxes by traders as the main reasons in reduction of national incomes in the country. The ministry of finance has informed of reduction in national revenues at a time when World Bank pledged to provide assistance to Afghanistan to solve its economic problems. Previously, Afghanistan ministry of economy had said in consideration to recording first cases of COVID19 in the country, Afghanistan economy would face with the loss of 324 billion AFG and the number would increase with increasing number of positive cases for COVID 19 in the country. Based on information of the ministry of finance, national revenues have faced with 18 percent drop comparing to last year. “The ministry of finance has found that national revenues of the country has dropped by 18 percent comparing to last year and the issue has been shared with the commission of finance and budget of parliament,” said Shamroz Khan Masjidi, a spokesperson to the ministry of finance. He added that currently nearly 4,000 importing goods’ containers were stopped in Torkham port and a number of containers which have been imported to Afghanistan have not paid their taxes. According to the ministry of finance, the ministry has collected nearly 60 billion AFG incomes so far, showing considerable reduction in national revenues putting negative impact on the country’s economy. “Suspension of work of the country’s private sectors has resulted in reduction of national revenues,” Masjidi said, adding that the government’s service fees have been also stopped. Previously, acting minister of finance Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal in a meeting with members of parliament’s finance and budget commission had said that World Bank has pledged it would help Afghanistan towards solution of economic problems. Based on agreement between Afghanistan government and World Bank, it is determined that the bank will provide the money that has been spent from the national budget by Afghanistan government. Officials for the ministry of finance have said that they have been able to save 1.7 billion AFG in the budget during the period of quarantine and lockdown. Meanwhile, Afghan experts consider such reduction in the country’s national revenues as natural, but asking the government to hold a meeting to resolve the issue. The issue of reduction in national revenues has come amid of expansion of coronavirus outbreak in the country as Afghanistan government has allocated a large amount of money to fight coronavirus in the country. Based on information of the ministry of economy, Afghanistan economy will face with 324 billion AFG loss following expansion of coronavirus in the country. it is said that the situation can directly put negative impact on works of Afghans and both private and government sectors in the country. Currently, nearly 40,000 manufacturing companies and 10,000 services companies have been suspended due to coronavirus outbreak and lockdown in the country. It is worth mentioning that coronavirus outbreak is the rise in Afghanistan as the number of positive cases for the COVID19 in the country has reached to 1828. The number of recovered cases in the country is 228, while 58 others have died. The number of deaths from the COVID-19 globally is more than 211,216, and more than 3 million have been infected with the virus, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Hanif Atmar had a meeting with Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin through the Video Teleconferencing (VTC) the other day. The two had discussed state and prospects of further expansion of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Mohammad Hanif Atmar noted on his Twitter that during their first meeting through VTC, they had discussed issues related to further expansion of bilateral relationships, security cooperation, support for Afghanistan peace, trade and transit, as well as cooperation in preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

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