25 September 2020

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Sunday, September 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged $100 million to Afghanistan to overcome the financial impacts of COVID-19 on small and mid-size enterprises.
“We understand that the economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic will be widespread. To counter these challenges, ADB is preparing a countercyclical support facility of 100 million dollars under its COVID-19 Active Response and Expenditures Support Program,” a statement quoted Narendra Singru, ADB’s Country Director for Afghanistan as saying. “Given the extensive development needs in Afghanistan, ADB remains committed to supporting Afghanistan’s agenda to eradicate poverty and to transform the country into a self-reliant and productive economy.”  
Back in May, the World Bank Board approved a $400 million grant to help Afghanistan “sustain the pace of key economic and public finance reforms, and support the country to manage current risks and uncertainties compounded by the COVID-19 crisis,” according to statement by the organization.
According to data by the Public Health Ministry, 108,193 samples have been tested in government centers and there are 4,906 known active COVID-19 cases in the country. The national lockdown that ended in May affected many businesses in the country, according to government officials.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Economy said a plan has been outlined to help investors overcome the impacts of COVID-19 lockdown. But, according to the ministry, the plan needs to be approved by High Economic Council led by President Ghani.
“It encompasses a $560 million support package… For instance, loans will be provided to investors,” said Suhrab Bahman, a spokesman for Ministry of Economy.

Sunday, 20 September 2020 04:21

UNSC Welcomes Start of Intra-Afghan Talks

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The members of the Security Council welcomed the start of Afghanistan Peace Negotiations in Doha, Qatar on 12 September 2020, a statement from the council said yesterday.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the Security Council’s strong commitment to the sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity and national unity of Afghanistan, according to the statement. 
The members of the Security Council recognized that a sustainable peace can be achieved only through a comprehensive and inclusive Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process that aims at a permanent and comprehensive ceasefire as well as an inclusive political settlement to end the conflict in Afghanistan.
The members of the Security Council strongly encouraged parties to the negotiations to continue pursuing confidence-building measures including reductions in violence, and to continue to engage in good faith, the statement further said.
The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the importance of the United Nations’ role in promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan and welcomed the efforts of all regional and international partners of Afghanistan in facilitating intra-Afghan negotiations and in helping the parties reach peace.
The members of the Security Council thanked the Government of Qatar for facilitating the first round of negotiations, the statement added.
The members of the Security Council, as quoted in the statement, emphasized the importance of the implementation of its relevant resolutions, including resolution 2513 (2020).

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) US President Donald Trump on Friday complimented the Taliban for being tough and smart, and said the United States is dealing well with the Afghan militant group.
The Taliban began peace negotiations with the Afghan government last week to end two decades of war.
“We’re dealing very well with the Taliban,” Trump told a news conference. “They’re very tough, they’re very smart, they’re very sharp, but you know it’s been 19 years and even they are tired of fighting, in all fairness.”
Trump, who is seeking re-election on Nov. 3, is eager to claim an end to America’s longest conflict, and his administration has voiced its intention to use aid as leverage to push for a peace deal in Afghanistan.

Sunday, September 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Condemning the attack on deputy head of provincial council of Paktia province here yesterday, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani asked Taliban to declare humanitarian ceasefire amid peace talks in Doha.
President Ghani condemned the attack on Ayub Gharwal, deputy head of Paktia Provincial Council, who was gunned down on Saturday in Gardez city.
In a statement issued by the Presidential Palace, President Ghani reiterated his call to the Taliban to accept the calls for a humanitarian and lasting ceasefire to ensure the security of civilians.
The president also called for an investigation into the killing of Gharwal.
Paktia officials said the incident happened at about 5.30am in Gardez city while Gharwal was on his way to Gardez University.  Officials said Gharwal was seriously wounded in the attack and later died in hospital from gunshot wounds.
Gharwal’s death is another ring in a series of targeted attacks on high-profile public figures and government officials.
Earlier this month, Vice President Amrullah Saleh was also targeted in an attack in Kabul.  VP Saleh escaped with minor injuries but at least 10 people were killed in the roadside bombing that was intended to kill the VP.  No group has yet claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack on Gharwal.

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Ministry of Public Health, Ahmad Jawad Osmani, told a news conference in Kabul yesterday that a 100-bed Covid-19 hospital would be built in Ghor.
He said that the contract was signed with the National Development Company in the presence of President and the Vice Presidents.
According to him, this hospital will be built and put into operation within six months.
It is said that, forty school children have recently infected the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, local officials in Ghor say thousands of residents in the province are without access to health care.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 19 September 2020 10:58

Flood Affected Families Received Aids

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Bazarak (BNA) Food and home appliances items were distributed to 150 families affected by the recent floods in Panjshir.
Ahmad Zia Yazdani, head of Panjshir Disaster Managemen office told BNA that the provincial emergency committee had provided 50 kilograms of flour, 27 liters of oil, 20 kilograms of rice and milk to each of the families affected by the recent floods in the province.
He said a number of Panjshir local government officials were also present when the aid was distributed.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Ghazni (BNA) Thirty-four Taliban insurgents, including Pakistani nationals, were killed in Qarabagh and Andar Districts, Ghazni last night.
Ghazni governor's spokesman Wahidullah Juma Zada told BNA that the Taliban attack in Zekr area of Ghazni's Qarabagh district was repulsed and that 27 militants, including several Pakistani Taliban, were killed.
He said that with the start of negotiations between Afghans in Doha, the country's security and defense forces are in a state of defense, but the Taliban are always trying to launch attacks and target military units in the country.
Also, the Taliban attack was repulsed last night in Andar District, Ghazni seven militants were killed and nine others were wounded.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 19 September 2020 07:41

Taliban Mine Planters Killed

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Fifteen Taliban insurgents were killed in a suicide bombing in Balkh this morning.
Mohammad Hanif Rezaee, a spokesman for 209 Shaheen Corps told BNA that the Taliban were killed while training to make mines in the village of Beido in Dawlatabad district of the province.
He added that one of their mine-making engineers was also killed in the incident.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 19 September 2020 07:39

Taliban Attack Repulsed in Daikundi

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Neli (BNA) Taliban attack in Daikundi was repulsed last night and eight Taliban were killed.
Gul Aqa Sajjadi, Daikundi police chief's press officer told BNA that the Taliban attacked on security checkpoint in Kajran district faced with severe reaction of security forces.
Sajjadi added that eight armed Taliban were killed and seven others were wounded in the incident.
The press office of Daikundi police command said, a security official was martyred and three other security personnel were wounded in the attack.
It is said that Kajran district is one of the most insecure districts in Daikundi, the Taliban occasionally attack checkpoints in the district.
T. Yarzada

Saturday, 19 September 2020 07:37

Blast Prevented in Herat

Saturday, September 19, 2020
Herat (BNA) Herat police prevented three explosions yesterday evening.
Abdul Ahad Walizada spokesman for Herat police chief, told BNA, the officials of the commandment prevented three explosions by discovering and defusing three mines in Zawul district of the province.
Valizadeh added that the mines were planted by Taliban to target civilian and military convoys.
T. Yarzada

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