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Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Trenkot (BNA) The commander of the first district of Trenkot center of Uruzgan was martyred last night in an attack by gunmen with his two bodyguards.
Wali Mohammad head of first district of Tirinkot and two of his bodyguards were martyred in an attack by unidentified gunmen near his home in Trenkot, the provincial capital.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 23 September 2020 13:11

Blasts Prevented in Kandahar

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) A series of explosions were prevented in Kandahar.
Security officials discovered and defused 20 mines from busy roads in Kandahar this morning.
Atal Army Corps in south of the country told in a newsletter that the mines were discovered and defused with the cooperation of villagers.
The Taliban have not yet commented in this regard.
Taliban mostly planted bombs and mines on busy roads of the province, which victimized civilians.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) By building an irrigation canal in Kandahar, water was supplied to hundreds acres of cropland.
The canal runs six hundred meters between hundreds of acres of farmland in Dand district.
The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development has spent eight million Afghanis to build the canal.
An official from Kandahar Rural Rehabilitation and Development told BNA that with construction of this canal, water was supplied to hundreds acres of farmers' fields.
Farmers say their cultivation has not flourished before due to water shortages.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday September 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by President Ashraf Ghani, National Procurement Commission (NPC) convened 11th session of the fiscal year at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday. 
NPC by releasing a statement reported, in this session the National Procurement Authority presented a concept with proposed options for procurement reform coupled with strengthening transparency and efficiency in ministries of Defense and Interior Affairs.
The NPC acknowledged the concept and provided relevant instructions for further process of the concept, the statement added.
Moreover, NPC also reviewed requests for instructions, memos and procurement issues raised by MoD and MoIA and availed them appropriate instructions, the statement further added.
NPC once again accentuated to break the monopoly of contractors, create a proper mechanism for tax clearance of contractors and evaluate their investments.
MoD and MoIA were also instructed to strengthen cost estimation mechanisms and strengthening procurement proceedings. In this NPC meeting, besides its members national and international observers had also participated, the statement underlined.

Wednesday September 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) today reported 49 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Afghanistan within the last 24 hours.
According to BNA report, a patient have died due to coronavirus, while 34 patients recovered within the last 24 hours in the country.
With this, the total cases of COVID-19 are now 39,145, the total reported deaths are 1,446 and total recoveries are 32,610 in Afghanistan.
Officials in Ministry of Public Health reported that 5,089 active cases of COVID-19 among patients at under their care as Wednesday morning in Afghanistan.
It is mentionable that until now 109,281 samples of coronavirus has been tested in laboratories of the ministry across the country, the officials added.

Wednesday September 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with Lia Jian, the Chinese Special Envoy for Afghanistan discussed a range of issue including peace process and its recent developments, regional connectivity and efforts to expand regional trade cooperation on Tuesday.
According to BNA report, Mr. Jian expressed support for inclusive peace process with the Afghan government owning and leading it and said President Ghani’s leadership and efforts created an environment for peace that could set the stage for start of direct peace negotiations between the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Taliban group.
Lia Jian expressed China’s support for the Afghan government and president’s peace agenda and underlined that the Afghan peace process has reached a critical stage, calling on the relevant stakeholders to seize this opportunity for peace.
Having lauded the president’s vision on strengthening regional cooperation, the Chinese envoy for Afghanistan said his country is keen to further consolidate mutual ties and cooperation with Afghanistan.
President Ghani said Afghanistan-China ties are friendly and grounded on common interests and expressed hope that China’s vision on Afghanistan be centered on regional stability, economic cooperation and expansion of trade relations.
The president stressed that Afghanistan is willing to expand its economic relations with all countries in the region particularly China as an immediate neighbor of Afghanistan.
President Ghani referred to China’s role in the Afghan peace process, and said the Taliban should be pushed to cease violence, agree to ceasefire and face the fact that they cannot solve their problems militarily.
President Ashraf Ghani termed the terrorist groups a serious threat for the regional security and said hundreds of Afghan citizens have been killed and wounded since the US-Taliban deal was signed in February 29. He said the meaningless violence must be stopped immediately.
Attaching importance to the end of violence in Afghanistan, the president called on the regional and global countries to encourage the Taliban to embrace the Afghans and the international community’s call for ceasefire.
The president called the Talibans’ acts of violence illegitimate and said the government has provided the grounds for peace and plans to integrate the Taliban combatants. President Ashraf Ghani said a strong regional consensus is of paramount importance for Afghanistan and said SCO is of those platforms that can help in strengthening regional consensus for peace in Afghanistan.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020 06:17

Contract Signed to Kick Off Nila Bagh Project

Wednesday September 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) In presence of President Ashraf Ghani, Ministry of Urban Development and Land and MCC19 Company signed the contract of the first phase of Nila Bagh project at the Presidential Palace yesterday.
The project will be funded by the government of the People’s Republic of China at cost of 71 million dollars.
The first phase of the project will cover construction of 1400 apartments in Nila Bagh area of Kabul.
The project’s memorandum of understanding had been signed in 2015 between the governments of Afghanistan and China.

Wednesday September 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Ashraf Ghani met with General Tod D. Wolters, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander-Europe at the Presidential Palace the other day.
Presidential palace by releasing a statement reported BNA, in the meeting that General Scott Miller, Commander of Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces–Afghanistan and Stefano Pontecorvo, NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan were also present, the two sides discussed NATO’s enduring support for Afghanistan National Defense and Security Forces.
General Wolters delivered the regards and message of the NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to President Ghani and said NATO would continue its ensuring support for Afghanistan as long as the Afghan people want, the statement added.
The president expressed gratitude to NATO for its continuous cooperation with Afghanistan particularly its support for Afghanistan National Defense and Security forces, the statement concluded.

Wednesday, 23 September 2020 06:10

ARCS Assist Deserved Families

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Ghazni (BNA) Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) assisted food to 250 deserved families in Ghazni.
The materials included rice, oil, beans, salt, tea, sugar and biscuits.
An official of ARCS in Ghazni told BNA that these families were in financial trouble due to the war and the spread of the Coronavirus and need help.
The office says it continues to provide assistance to needy families in Afghanistan.
T. Yarzada

Wednesday, 23 September 2020 06:06

Saudi Arabia Backs Afghan Reconciliation Process

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Saudi Arabia said on Monday that it expresses its support for the Afghan reconciliation process, state news agency SPA reported.
The Saudi government has been following the recent reconciliation talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban movement, the statement said.
The Kingdom said it supports everything that would achieve security, stability and reduce violence in Afghanistan.
“The Kingdom was and remains with Afghanistan and the Afghan people to achieve all their hopes and aspirations,” the statement added.
Afghan government representatives and Taliban insurgents gathered on Sept. 12 in Qatar for historic peace talks aimed at ending two decades of war that has killed tens of thousands of combatants and civilians.

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