23 January 2018

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Monday, July 24, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Ministers of justice and higher education were tasked based on approval (2) of Afghanistan cabinet to amend and finalize draft regulation of remuneration for entry test committee’s members under direct supervision of vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danesh and suggestion of higher education ministry.
Based on the cabinet ratification, a session was held at vice president office to discuss the remunerations of the committee’s members.
In the session, financial issues, modality of members of the committee, ways of work, check and entry of test papers and areas in which the regulation would be implemented were discussed. After delivering visions and suggestions by members of the session, the draft was finalized. It is worth mentioning that the draft has been prepared in three chapters and 20 articles for acceleration of the entry test process, further transparency and encouragement of members of the entry test committee.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Jalalabad (BNA) A woman and two kids lost their lives in storm and heavy floods in Nangarhar province.
The incident occurred yesterday in Rodat and Kulma Districts.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA, in the incident, a woman and two kids lost their lives and three others including a man injured.
According to Khogyani, the storm and floods inflected financial damages to residents in the districts.
T. Yarzada

Monday July 17, 2017

Washington (BNA) Twice rejected for U.S. visas, an all-girls robotics team from Afghanistan arrived in Washington early Saturday after an intervention by President Donald Trump.
The six-girl team and a chaperone completed their journey just after midnight from their hometown of Herat to enter their ball-sorting robot in the three-day high school competition that starts today in the U.S. capital. Awaiting them at the gate at Washington Dulles International Airport were a U.S. special envoy and Afghan Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib, who described it as a moment of celebration for his nation. "Seventeen years ago, this would not have been possible at all," Mohib said. "They represent our aspirations and resilience despite having been brought up in a perpetual conflict. These girls will be proving to the world and the nation that nothing will prevent us from being an equal and active member of the international community."
In the short time since their visa dilemma drew global attention, the girls' case has become a flash point in the debate about Trump's efforts to tighten entrance to the U.S., including from many majority-Muslim countries. Afghanistan isn't included in Trump's temporary travel ban, but critics have said the ban is emblematic of a broader effort to put a chill on Muslims entering the U.S. The girls' story also has renewed the focus on the longer-term U.S. plans for aiding Afghanistan's future, as Trump's administration prepares a new military strategy that will include sending more troops to the country where the U.S. has been fighting since 2001. Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday that the strategy was moving forward but was "not finalized yet."
Trump's personal intervention last week, using a rare "parole" mechanism to sidestep the visa system, ended a saga in which the girls twice traveled from their home in western Afghanistan through largely Taliban-controlled territory to Kabul, only to have their visa applications denied.
The U.S. won't say why the girls were rejected for visas, citing confidentiality. But Mohib said that based on discussions with U.S. officials, it appears the girls were rebuffed because of concerns that they would not return to Afghanistan. It's a fate that has beset many Afghans seeking entry to the U.S. in recent years as continuing violence and economic challenges lead many to seek asylum in America, or to travel through the U.S. to Canada to try to resettle there.
As the team's case gained attention, Trump intervened by asking National Security Council officials to find a way for them to travel, officials said. Ultimately, the State Department, which adjudicates visa applications, asked the Homeland Security Department to let them in on "parole," a temporary status used only in exceptional circumstances to let in someone who is otherwise ineligible to enter the country. The U.S. granted parole after determining that it constituted a "significant public benefit." Ambassador Alice Wells, the acting U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, downplayed concerns that the girls might use the parole to stay in the U.S. or go to Canada.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Kabul (BNA) At least one hundred and fourteen students graduated from the medical faculty in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.
According to the local government officials, a group of nineteen female students are also among those graduated from the faculty.
The head of Nangahrar medical faculty Dr. Yahya Fahim said students from various provinces of the country are currently studying medical sciences in Nangarhar medical faculty.
In the meantime, the head of Nangarhar University Babrak Mia Khel said thousands of students are currently studying in various faculties of the university and the medical sciences faculty is one of the main faculties in the university that had major achievements moving forward.
He also added that efforts are underway to improve the quality of education in the other faculties of the university as well.
The deputy head of Nangarhar University Abdul Nasir Kamawal and other university officials called on the graduates to further improve their education in the field of medical sciences and not only suffice to the degree they have obtained from the medical faculty.

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