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Monday September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan national cricket team will face Sri Lank national cricket team in the third match of the ongoing Asia Cup today.
As Sri Lanka faced an ignominious defeat of 137 runs in the opener of the tournament against Bangladesh on Saturday, it would be a do or die situation for them. Thus, the Island nation will like to tick the right boxes to stay alive in the competition.
On the other hand, Afghanistan has grown in confidence in the last five years. The Afghan team has shown an upward swing in their improvement graph.
Afghan skipper Asghar Afghan has made it clear that his team is not here just to participate, but are looking to put up a solid performance in the tournament.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Taliban group will likely demand the release of a senior Haqqani network leader, Anas Haqqani, and scores of other Taliban inmates for the revival of peace talks, it has been reported.
Sources within the Taliban ranks have told NBC news that the youngest son of the feared Haqqani terror network’s founder is among hundreds of prisoners whom the Taliban is demanding be released as part of an upcoming round of talks with the United State.
“This meeting with the U.S. authorities would either help pave the way for more meaningful talks or stop them forever,” a Taliban commander in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province said on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media.  “If they are sincere in talks in the future, they would accept our proposal for a prisoners’ exchange.”

Monday, September 17, 2018

Maimana (BNA) As many as six Taliban insurgents were killed during an airstrike launched in Faryab province, BNA reported on Sunday.
A security source told BNA, six armed Taliban were killed during the attack.
The source added the Taliban were killed when they were getting preparations to attack a military convoy in Almar district, Faryab province, BNA added.
No civilian was injured during the attack.

Monday, 17 September 2018 06:11

Nearly 10kg Opium Seized in Takhar

Monday, September 17, 2018

Taliqan (BNA) Nearly ten kg of opium was seized and a man has been detained on charges of the case.
According to reports, a man wanted to smuggle the narcotic drug from Kalafgan District, Takhar province to unknown place, has been detained by police forces.
Police Media’s office of Takhar by publishing newsletter said, ten kg of opium was seized from the detained man.
The detained man in his first reports, confessed to several drug trafficking cases in north of the country.
T. Yarzada

Monday, 17 September 2018 06:09

Man Held Accused Smuggling Narcotic Drug

Monday, September 17, 2018

Maidan-Shaher (BNA) Man with consignment of narcotic drug was held in Kandahar-Kabul highway.
The detained man wanted to smuggle 70kg of heroin from Kandahar to Kabul province.
Police official of Kabul-Kandahar highway told BNA, the man placed skillfully narcotic drug packages in pomegranate packages.
In first investigation, the man acknowledged to smuggling narcotic drug from that province.
T. Yarzada

Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Publication Affairs, Fazel Sancharaki praised cultural functions of Ghawsuddin Mir, Head of  Afghanistan Cultural Center in Austria and Bano Magazine Concessionaire and Editor-in Chief and awarded him with an appreciation letter, BNA reported on Sunday.
During the meeting, deputy Minister Sancharaki also wished him and European based Afghan further successes on their cultural activities, according to the agency.
Furthermore, besides briefing the session about Afghans’ cultural activities in Austria and Europe, Ghawsuddin thanked deputy minister for the appreciation letter.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib, during his official visit to the US, inaugurated a six-month training program for Afghan pilots, his office said on Sunday.
The Office of the National Security Council (ONSC) said 31 pilots would be trained on flying AC fighting and other functions.
NSA Mohib thanked the US for the opportunity and shared his thoughts with the Afghan pilots.  AC fighter jets, equipped with modern fighting capabilities, have been chosen after considerations of the war in Afghanistan.
He told the pilots they would help protect the common people against terrorists after completing that training and joining the battle.  He asked them to share their problems through the Afghan embassy in the US with the NSC.
The statement said the first batch of AC-2008 aircraft was expected to be handed over to Afghanistan this year.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) To establish two cultural centers, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Ministry of Information and Culture and Embassy of Islamic Republic of Iran, BNA reported Sunday.
The MoU signed by Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi and Iranian ambassador in Kabul Mohmammad Reza Bahrami, according to the agency.
Based on the agreement, a cultural center would be established in Herat and another in Khurasan province of Iran.
These two centers would work on cultural issues between the two countries.
During inking the agreement, Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi spoke about deep historical and cultural relations between the two countries and said Afghanistan and Iran enjoyed common history and culture.
She also hoped these two centers could play effective role in restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan.
In his turn, Iranian ambassador said Afghanistan and Iran were two brother countries that have enjoyed common religion, culture, history and language.
He said Iranians was thanking Afghanistan their second home.  Deputy Minister of Information and Culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari was also present during the meeting.

Monday, 17 September 2018 06:02

President Ghani Meets Zabul Elders

Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met a number of Zabul elders and influential figures the other day, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.
According to the statement, during the meeting, representing others, Haji Abdulwali and Commander Hazrat spoke and while lauding the president achievements, declared their support from the system, peace process, government’s national and economic plans.
The participants also shared their problems and demands in different fields such as drought, insecurity, education, custom, university’s development, power and many more.
After hearing the participants’ demands and talks, appreciating Zabul elders’ efforts on peace process, the president called people cooperation effective in this respect, the statement added.
The president instructed the independent directorate of local organs that in coordination with defense ministry, share the proposal of Zabul provincial administrative complex construction with him.
To train cadres in the field of agriculture, the president approved establishing agriculture faculty in Zabul university structure.
Likewise, the president assured Zabul elders of beginning work on construction of canals to reduce drought effects and instructed the ministry of agriculture to distribute one thousand ton of wheat to destitute families of that province.
He added based on on-hand possibilities, Zabul people problems would be addressed on time.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with principals of private schools in Kabul on Saturday evening, said serious steps have been taken to improve the security situation in Kabul, pledging facilitation and reforms of private schools, a statement from the presidential press office said on Sunday.
Representing others Mohammad Aref Fetri and Sayed Abdullah Ahmad Islammed the recent attacks, calling them against national unity.  They promised no one would be allowed to fan ethnic or sectarian divisions among Afghans.
They urged the president to order a reduction in taxes, simplification of private school regulations, scrapping of non-essential licenses and availability of textbooks through the ministry concerned.
The private school representatives also demanded a cut in power tariff for training centers and inclusion of three teachers in Human Resource Council.
Meanwhile addressing his remarks, President Ghani said attack on the west of Kabul was an assault on Afghan national and religious unity.”  Major changes had been made in Kabul’s security leadership to improve the situation, he added.
The president asked school administrators to evaluate threats in coordination with security forces so that focused steps were taken to resolve the issue.
He added the capital had been divided into four security zones and there was a department responsible for the protection of the western part.
President Ghani directed the acting minister of education to work on amending private school regulations in consultation with their heads.  The private schools should have legitimate licenses and unnecessary documentation should be eliminated, he said.
The president also ordered the Finance Ministry, Office of Administrative Affairs t the Presidential Palace and the power utility to minimize the taxes and electricity tariff for private schools.

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