15 November 2018

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Monday November 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Following increasing of insecurities in a number of provinces of the country, lawmakers by expressing concern over insecurities have asked the government to take serious steps in this regard.
Speaking in general meeting of parliament’s lower house, speaker of the house Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said: “In recent weeks, Taliban have increased their attacks on some parts of the country in particular Ghazni, Farah, Urzugan and Badakhshan and if the government does not pay serious attention to the situation, armed insurgent groups will increase their attacks on the respective provinces.” Ibrahimi believes that Taliban have recently got modern arms and ammunitions causing increased casualties of Afghan forces and civilians. “The insecurities have intensified ahead of the Moscow meeting on Afghanistan held on Friday with participation of Afghanistan’s high peace council and representatives of the Taliban group that wants to show its power to the world,” Ibrahimi added. On the other hand, representatives of Ghazni people in lower house of parliament say increasing insecurities in the province can put negative impacts on security of Kabul; therefore, the government should adopt necessary measures to address current insecurities in Ghazni province. In the meantime, officials for ministry of defense have informed of particular preparations for addressing insecurities in some provinces of the country.
“Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) will continue their military operations to suppress insurgents and provide security for the people,” said Ghafoor Ahmad Javed, a spokesperson to ministry of defense.
He added that military operations were underway in various provinces of the country such as Ghazni, Urzugan, Badakhshan, Kunduz, Faryab and Farah. Afghan military experts believe that in recent months armed insurgent groups have sustained heavy casualties in military operations conducted by ANDSF in various parts of the country; therefore, the insurgent groups have increased their attacks to revenge it. “Experiences have shown that armed insurgents are always trying to insecure strategic provinces of the country. Thus, the government of Afghanistan should further make effort towards strengthening intelligence organs to spoil most of the attack and plots of the enemies,” said Javed Kohistani, an Afghan military expert. He also stressed on further coordination between the country’s defense and security organs, adding that one of mechanisms that could defeat the armed insurgents was better coordination among security organs.
Hadi Khalid, former deputy of interior ministry, believes that Afghanistan is now in good position among regional countries; therefore, powerful and big countries want to cooperate with Afghanistan in maintaining peace and stability. He added that achievements in recent years have showed capabilities and successes of the country’s defense and security forces.
It is worth mentioning that the country’s defense and security organs have assured the people that the country’s defense and security forces have full preparations to control the insurgents’ attacks in strategic provinces of the country.
Suraya Raiszada
 

Monday November 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Accompanied by vice president, Mohammad Sarwar Danesh and a number of authorities of the system, president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in continuation of his provincial visits, this time went to Bamyan and Dykondi provinces, opened a number of development projects and met local officials, representatives of civil society, Ulema and local influential in these two provinces. Security of the central regions particularly Bamyan and Dykondi has always been evaluated fragile due to bordering with volatile province, and wrong deployment of ANSF in previous years. For instance security of Bamyan specially the roads leading to this province has always been threatened from the direction of relevant districts of Maidan Wardak, Parwan, Baghlan and Ghor provinces as the security of Dykondi has been threatened from the direction of certain insecure areas in Ghor and Uruzgan provinces.
During his visit, the president ordered that for each of these provinces a regional army battalion and for maintaining security of highways and development projects in two provinces and a unit of 500 personnel be formed to take part in protection of these provinces, the roads leading to them and works of development projects there. This could be considered as an important step for improving security of these provinces.
Dykondi province was established few years now as a third degree province within the framework of government main organization. The president approved that Dykondi should be promoted to second degree province.  The president during his visit to Bamyan launched long discussions on further effectiveness of government provincial departments and their organizations with concerned officials and issued essential instructions that would no doubt result in improvement and development of local governance in these provinces.
With promotion of Dykondi to second degree province, more resources would be allocated in governance structure, budget and program and certainly the local government capacities and capabilities would remarkably improve. During the visit of president to these provinces several development projects were officially opened including construction of Bamyan-Doshi road, Solar power project and the road in Nily city the provincial capital of Dykondi. With the construction of 155 km long Doshi-Bamyan road, not only the two Bamyan and Baghlan provinces would be connected with a standard road and unprecedented and extraordinary transportation and travel facilities would be available but this road would be considered as an alternative to Salang highway and indeed it would connect north to the south of the country that could be used in emergency situations in case of need. In usual conditions its exploitation would decrease transportation pressure on Salang road.
According to explanations of presidential deputy spokesman, Shah Hussein Mortazawi to media, the president laid the cornerstone of three following power projects of 220 KV Sub-Station, extension of 220 KV transmission line of Doshi to Bamyan and construction of power distribution network for 20000 subscribers. During his visit to Dykondi, the president opened the solar power generation project and power transmission and distribution network of Nily city. With completion and exploitation of these projects, big step will be taken for access of local population to power energy. Because access to power energy is one of the vital steps towards development.
 

Monday November 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The witnesses in economic affairs believe that transportation of Afghan merchandize via air corridors of Germany is easy but expensive.
They say that the impact and role of air corridors of Afghanistan with regional countries is important in the growth of export-import of Afghanistan. A number of economic experts of Afghanistan believe that establishment of air corridors is effective in the economic growth of the country. According to them, the air corridors not only regarded as important for export-import of Afghan merchandize to regional countries, but it expands the ties of merchants with other regional countries in the field of commerce. Fortunately, now we are the witnesses of establishment of air corridors among India, Turkey, Indonesia and China and hope the commercial ties further be grown more with regional countries. Economic witness, Saifuddin Saihoon in a briefing with The Kabul Times on importance of establishment of air corridors said that Afghanistan is a land-locked country and lacks vast railroad and transportation infrastructures and to grow its economy is making effort with utility from air corridors to expand its export.
Based on the same, in current year, the government of Afghanistan practically inaugurated several air corridors to ease transportation of Afghan traders’ merchandize to overseas that recently we are the witnesses of establishment of air corridor with People’s Republic of China that through this, the Afghan products especially pine nut directly transported to that country via this corridor. He added that within recent years, after repeated closing of Pakistan borders before consignments of Afghan traders, the government of Afghanistan decided beside commercial borders to open air corridors for export of dried fruits and merchandize to abroad. According to him, it is possible transportation of merchandize through air corridor would be expensive but in present situation, this decision would be regarded as a positive step towards development of commerce of Afghanistan and can in some extent rescue our country from commercial alignment with those countries who close their ports before our merchandize any time they want and incur our merchants.
This measure would have its positive impact for development of private sector as well as this measure strengthens friendship among nations and also has its impact on their politics. At the same time, the chamber of commerce and industry time and again has asserted every year, when the export of Afghan products begins to Pakistan, the latter created some limitations in its borders with Afghanistan that as a result, our merchants and farmers sustain worth millions of dollars annually. So, establishment of air corridors in some extent remove the problems of Afghan merchants in the connection. It is said that for the first time, the fresh fruit of Afghanistan was transported to India through air corridor. In this flight 60 tons fresh and dried fruits was dispatched to New Delhi and after this, similar flights took place to Turkey and Kazakhstan. According to the authorities of government of Afghanistan, annually, $30 million is gained through air transportation and establishment of air corridors can play its positive impact in enhancement of this income.
Simultaneously, Afghanistan is making effort to expand as soon as possible the capacity of Chabahar port of Iran and open water way towards India and central Asia. Anyway, in present condition, the government takes step to grow and develop national economy. It is a hope for a bright future of the country. At the same time, the in-charges of chamber of commerce regard not only the role of air corridor as positive for increment of export with regional countries but regard it as effective for increment of total exports of Afghanistan. They believe that the air corridor of Afghanistan as an alternative way and positive pressure caused we face with lesser problems in land transportation. Based on the same, our export to regional countries is increasing daily and all these are the achievements earned through establishment of air corridors and efforts made by government of Afghanistan. It is mentionable that now, the government of Afghanistan has opened similar air corridor with China that through this, several tons of black pine-nut of Afghanistan have been exported to China.
Shukria Kohistani
 

Monday November 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) During a meeting held on Sunday, Acting Minister of Information and Culture and head of media violations and complaints investigation commission, Hasina Safi briefed the participants about the functions done by the commission over the last six months, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
Attended by Zia Bumia, Seddiqullah Tawhidi, Jawan Shir Haidari and other members of the commission as well as Sabir Momand, the ministry’s spokesperson and media advisor, acting minister Safi said the commission has held 12 ordinary and 3 extraordinary meetings during the first half of the year, the agency further said.
During these meetings, the commission addressed 32 complaints and 5 cases of media violations, she added, BNA went on to say.
The commission members are decisively making effort to pave the way for freedom of speech and media’s legal activity, she stated.
Likewise, she added the commission asks the citizens and media in-charges to deliver their complaints to the commission on media violations and with evidence so they are addressed in accordance with the country’s enforced laws and the commission’s procedure and authorizations.
The commission’s members also answered the reporters’ questions about the complaints’ registration and processing.
 

Monday November 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Non-Resident ambassador of Ukraine for Afghanistan, Viktor Nikit³uk bid farewell here yesterday to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Salahuddin Rabbani.
According to BNA report, FM Rabbani thanked Ukraine for its support and cooperation with Afghanistan and called for the opening of Ukrainian Embassy in Kabul. He also appreciated Nikitivok’s achievements as the non-resident Ukrainian Ambassador for Afghanistan and wished him success in his future endeavors. Nikitivok emphasized further cooperation between the two countries.
 

Monday November 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Addressing a gathering of Bamyan residents during his provincial visit, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said the conflict in Afghanistan has complex dimensions and a national mobilization was needed to pass through the ongoing war.
According to presidential press office, the President further added that security in Bamyan is vital for the government and therefore special operations would increase in the neighboring provinces of Bamyan.
In regard to the demands of Bamyan residents, President Ghani said he has signed a decree for the establishment of a special unit of the intelligence forces which will soon start operations.
President Ghani instructed the Chief of Staff of Defense Ministry to finalize a draft for the establishment of a battalion of army in this province.
Thanking Bamyan people’s supporting of Afghan government, President Ghani instructed Land Authority and Ministry of Urban Development and Housing to speed up process of issuing legal documents to public and private townships in the province.
Meanwhile in his remarks, the second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danesh thanked Bamyan people for considering national interests, civilization and support of the government. “Despite of problems, the government didn’t limit the freedom of expression, but spared no effort to support and expand it.”
The second VP reiterated central province’s demand of balanced development and equal access to all services in the country. “Hazara people want positive engagement with all tribes in Afghanistan and those opposing such move, are no longer representing us.” Meanwhile Bamyan residents demanded construction of airport in Shiber to, for development of tourism sector, security of Kabul-Bamyan highway, asphalting roads connecting Band-e-Amir and Bamyan University as well as extending of electricity to the province.
 

Monday November 12, 2018 Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and US Special Envoy for Afghan Peace Process Zalmai Khalilzad discussed peace process at the presidential office, a statement said yesterday. During the meeting which was also attended by Afghan National Security Advisor and NATO Resolute Support mission Commander in Afghanistan, Khalilzad briefed the president on future plans and programs regarding his second round of trip to regional countries during a meeting which was held on Saturday evening, the statement said. The envoy said that he would share the outcome of his visits with the president after they concluded. The president hailed the efforts of US special envoy for Afghan reconciliation process and said: “We welcome every step which could help Afghan owned and led peace process.” Khalilzad is scheduled to travel to Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and Qater to facilitate Afghan reconciliation process.

Sunday November 11, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Six irrigation and transportation projects have been completed and put into exploitation in western Ghor province.
Khair Mohammad Nayeb acting director of rural rehabilitation and development department in Ghor told BNA reporter, the projects have been implemented with a sum of over 61 million Afghani with 10% people contribution.
The projects include road construction, bridges, water canals, water dam and road gravelling that completed in Lal Sarjangal district of the province.
By implementing of the projects 360 acres of land will be irrigated and transportation facilities have provided to residents of 46 villages in Lal Sarjangal district.
M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday November 11, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Foodstuffs and non-foodstuffs have been distributed to hundreds displaced families in eastern Nangarhar province.
Press office of Nangarhar governor reported BNA correspondent, the food and non-foodstuffs have been provided by charity organization and distributed to displaced families in Naziyan district of the province.
The distribution aids include flour, rice, bean, pea, blanket and winter clothes.
M.A.Ansari
 

Sunday November 11, 2018

Kabul (BNA) H.E. Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi, Acting Minister of Finance and Chief Advisor on Infrastructure to H.E. the President, along with Dr. Mohammad Karim Baz, Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Affairs participated in Meshrano Jirga General Meeting where they presented the FY-1398 National Budget to the respected senators according to article 98 of Afghanistan Constitution. 
Acting Minister of Finance provided precise information to the members of Meshrano Jirga about collection of domestic revenue in accordance with financial plan and its increment by 30% comparing to FY-1393 and successful Review of Government’s financial and economic reforms by IM.
Additionally, he gave information to the senators about, improvement in national budget use indicators, cooperation in the area of regional transit and economic, development of private sector, agriculture, transport and energy as well as FY-1398 National Budget Draft.
In the meeting, Minister Qayoumi assured them that their comments on the national budget would be considered in accordance with the laws of the country and available facilities. He asked them to confirm the national budget for implementation of development budget on scheduled time and government working process as soon as possible to be submitted to Wolesi Jirga for approval. The total amount of the national budget for FY-1398 is 399 billion AFs, 275 billion AFs of which is the ordinary budget and 124billion AFs is the development budget.
Most of the development budget is allocated for five sectors respectively 52 billion AFS for Infrastructure, 23 billion AFs for agriculture and rural development, 13 billion AFs health, 8.8 billion AFs governance and 6.8 billion AFS for education.
It is worth mentioning that, the FY-1398 national budget is prepared in accordance with realities, available resources and government priorities.  In FY-1398 national budget, the focus is on development budget that is 12% higher comparing to FY-1397 national budget.  However, there has been a saving in ordinary budget.
 

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