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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  Defense minister Tariq Shah Bahrami held talks with India’s external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday on Afghanistan’s internal reconciliation process and efforts to combat cross border terrorism, a media report said.
The India media quoted the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) as saying that Bahrami shared his assessment of Afghan government’s recent initiatives for internal reconciliation and efforts to combat terrorism with Swaraj in New Delhi.
The Afghan defense minister also “highlighted” that the Afghan people and the government would like India to continue to play a “greater role” in the country.  He also talked about efforts being made by Kabul to combat the menace of opium cultivation and drugs trafficking that funds terror against the people of Afghanistan, the ministry said in a statement.
“Afghanistan deeply appreciated the positive and constructive support extended by India for economic development and reconstruction in Afghanistan and to the Afghan National Defense and Security forces,” the ministry said.
Swaraj appreciated the courage with which the Afghan forces were defending their country and making supreme sacrifices.
“She conveyed India’s support for the efforts of the government and the people of Afghanistan for building a peaceful, secure, stable, united, inclusive and prosperous national.  India remains committed to its New Development Partnership according to the priorities of Afghanistan,” the MEA said.
India last year had announced that it would implement 116 development projects in Afghanistan under the ‘New Development Partnership’.
The Afghan minister is visiting India for the Defense EXPO 2018 which is underway near Chennai.  He had earlier met Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
 

Sunday, 15 April 2018 06:56

Minister Hakimi Meets Swedish Ambassador

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Finance Eklil Hakimi on Saturday met Swedish ambassador to Kabul, during which both sides discussed on that country’s assistances to Afghanistan, bilateral commitments of the government with international community, Sweden Committee for Afghanistan (SCA)’s activities particularly in terms of education and health and other related issues, BNA reported.
Minister Hakimi thanked Sweden assistances and SCA functions in Afghanistan, and then it was decided that in consider with the country’s enforced laws and the mechanism on taxpaying of donor countries and international NGOs, necessary measures are taken in this regard.
 

Sunday, 15 April 2018 06:55

Naram Dedicates 4 Artistic Works To MoIC

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) A prominent artist, Ghawsuddin Naram in a meeting with Acting Minister of Information and Culture Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari, dedicated his four art works to the ministry, BNA reported on Saturday.
Thanking Mr. Naram, Prof, Bawari added that the ministry of information and culture MoIC) supports art activities of artists and would always praise them, according to the agency.
Ghawsuddin Naram has been busy in art works since 55 years and he has always been awarded with appreciation letters by the ministry of information and culture and other cultural organizations, BNA added.
 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, First Lady Rula Ghani and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday officially launched the voter registration process and signed up to vote in the upcoming parliamentary and district council elections.
Speaking on the occasion here yesterday, President Ghani said a big step has been taken for implementation of the elections’ law and the national constitution, adding the government was committed to holding elections on time.
“National Unity Government (NUG) has the will and commitment to hold transparent elections on due time,” said the president at the launch of the voters’ registration process. He also called on all Afghans eligible to vote to register themselves for the upcoming elections.
“I have not yet met any of the members of the elections commission alone. But I’ve discussed important issues with them in presence of international allies and Dr. Abdullah Abdullah,” the president added, saying that no interference in the work of the Independent Election Commission by any individuals, groups or parties will be allowed.
President Ghani said that the election commission must make sure elections are transparent.
“We expect that IEC officials should hold an impartial, transparent election without considering provincial, ethnic and religious interests,” President Ghani said. He also asked civil society activists, international organizations and political parties to monitor the elections process.
The president also praised efforts of the elections commission, security organs, population registration authority and provincial organs for easing the voters’ registration process.
Meanwhile, President Ghani reiterated the peace offer made in February to the Taliban and said they must end the war and register as a political group. He also said the Taliban should prepare themselves to take part in the elections adding that elections were meaning to end disagreements.
“Men and Women should seriously follow the registration process. As far as me and the first lady have registered our names, the process needed to ease the opportunity for all those Afghans eligible to vote,” the president noted.
According to another report, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah also registered for elections.
Dr. Abdullah said that voter registration was one of the National Unity Government’s commitments regarding electoral reforms.
Dr. Abdullah emphasized that voter registration was a prerequisite for the public in order for them to participate in parliamentary, presidential, provincial and district council elections.He said no one will be able to vote if they have not registered.
Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah called on the people to register, adding people need to make sure they register at the center where they will vote. “They will not be able to register at one center and vote at another.”
Earlier this week the IEC said the voter registration process will be broken up into three phases.
In the first phase, those eligible to vote can register at IEC offices in provincial centers from April 14 to May 12.
In the second phase, which starts from May 15 and continues through to May 28, the process will be carried out in the districts. In the third phase, which starts from May 28 to June 22, the voter registration process will be carried out in remote regions of the country.
The IEC has estimated the cost of the voter registration process will be $30 million USD and it has hired over 11,000 people for the duration of the registration process.
The IEC and the government have earmarked 7,300 polling centers across the country, however, nearly 1,000 of these centers are in areas out of government’s control.
 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday welcomed official launch of the voter registration process and asked the government to accelerate national identity cards (CNICs)’s distribution.
MP Bashir Ahmad Tayanj from northern Faryab province termed the voter registration’s launch “a positive beginning” for the Afghans and said the success of the process lied in greater participation of the masses.
“Now the ball is in the public court, the masses should not miss their registration as voters, no lethargy please,” the lawmaker urged people.  He asked colleagues to encourage people towards participating in the process and deciding their future.
Lower house member Khalil Ahmad Shaheedzada from western Herat province also welcomed the voter registration launch and asked the government to accelerate NICs distribution as well.
However, he said all eligible people should have gotten their NICs before launching the voters’ registration process.  “Currently most of the people who are eligible to vote re without NICs.”
Earlier, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) had inked an agreement with the Population Registration Authority (PRA) on distributing round 10 million paper type NICs also called Tazkera to those persons who are eligible for casting vote.
The PRA ad said daily 30,000 to 40,000 Tazkeras were being distributed country-wide and the authority had hired 4,900 new employees as well.
Ustad Mohammad Akbari, a lawmaker from Bamyan province, said around 40 percent eligible persons in Bamyan had no Tazkera.  He warned if more attention was not paid the voter registration process might face problems.
Second Deputy Speaker Amir Khan Yar, who chaired the session, asked the masses to participate in the polling process in order to make the future elections transparent and fair.
“The success of voting process is related to public participation and the people should elect candidates who are eligible and have the ability and capacity to represent them.
 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday met NATO civilian representative to Afghanistan Cornelius Zimmermann at the Sapidar Palace, his office said in a statement.
Welcoming starting voters’ registration for presidential and parliamentary elections, NATO civilian representative for Afghanistan called the move a step towards holding transparent and fair elections, according to the statement.
Thanking NATO’s constant presence and assistances to Afghanistan, CE Abdullah called elections, the system’s legitimacy base and political stability in the country, the statement added.
Dr. Abdullah added starting voters’ registration is an imperative step towards practicing one of the government’s commitments on transparency and holding fair elections, the statement continued.
During the meeting, NATO member countries’ assistances to Afghanistan, Afghanistan-Pakistan relations, peace process and the ways to achieve peace were also discussed.
NATO civilian representative said his entity would support Afghan government’s peace plans and called it a practical and realistic step to restore peace throughout the country, the statement added.
 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Farah (BNA) Approximately 30 Taliban rebels were killed in air strikes of security forces in Farah province.
According to ANA press office, the rebels were killed and nine others have been injured in air raids of Afghan security forces with support of foreign forces in that province.
According to the source, the rebels were killed during a week operations in Shewan and Ganjabad villages, Balabalok District of the province.
The source added, eight mines were defused and two vehicles of the rebels have been demolished.
T. Yarzada
 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) A bridge construction work inaugurated in Pul-e-Hesar District, Baghlan province yesterday.
Head of rural rehabilitation and development Dept. of Baghlan told BNA, the bridge construct in Josh-Oba village from development budget of rural rehabilitation and development ministry at the cost of more than 8100,000 Afghanis.
1200 families will benefit from facilities of the bridge.
T. Yarzada
 

Sunday, 15 April 2018 06:42

Taliban Commander Killed In Paktika

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Sharan (BNA) A commander of Taliban was killed in Omana District, Paktika province yesterday.
Shah Mohammad Aryan spokesman of Paktika security command told BNA, Abdul Rahman a commander of Taliban was killed while his vehicle hit a roadside mine in Spena region of the mentioned District.
According to Aryan four other of his comrades were also injured in the event.
T. Yarzada
 

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Kabul (BNA) 20 ISIS terrorist group were killed in clearing and offensive operations of commando forces in various parts of the country.
According to BNA, General Mohammad Radmanish deputy spokesman of defense ministry in a press conference said, 20 ISIS loyalists including a local commander of them were killed in Jawzjan province.
Likewise, deputy spokesman of national defense ministry reported from clearing operations of commando forces in Nangarhar, Kapisa, Paktia, Logar, Kandahar, Urozgan, Zabul, Farah, Badghis, Faryab, Kunduz and Helmand provinces and inflected heavy losses to ISIS terrorist group.
T. Yarzada
 

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