18 June 2019

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Thursday May 30, 2019
FIROZKOH CITY (BNA) The construction work of five water supply projects have been completed and put into exploitation in western Ghor province.
Eng. Mafuzullah Fakor general director of rural rehabilitation and development department in Ghor told BNA reporter, the projects have been built with a cost of over 6.5 million Afghanis in Ali Bazar, Gharak, Kahmardi, Darwaza, Narmta and Chakab regions of Dawlatyar district of the province.
The water supply projects have been constructed with financial assistance of UNICEF and 10% people participant, Fakor added.
It has been said, 988 families will be benefited from the projects, Fakor underlined.


Thursday May 30, 2019
Kabul (BNA) In a ceremony held in Arg’s archive, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani handed over the works’ collection of Late Adeeb Khan, an Amani era’s diplomat to two writers, researchers and culturists for translation and printing, the Presidential Palace said in a statement on Wednesday. During the meeting which was also attended by First Lady, at the outset, the presidential decree was read out by the president’s cultural advisor Asadullah Ghazanfar based on which Habibullah Rafi and Mohammad Asef Samim were tasked to translate and print the mentioned works , according to the statement.
Afterwards, President Ghani said that as a history student, it was a pleasure to me to re-introduce an unknown personality of Afghanistan’s history. The president added the works have been written in Dari and Arabic by Late Adeeb Khan are among unique works in the modern history of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Russia. The president instructed the relevant in-charges to scan the mentioned works and prepare them for the country’s 100th indepdence anniversary. During the ceremony, Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi, Asadullah Ghazanfar, Abdul Ghafour Liwal and some other participants stated their views and suggestions on importance of Late Adeeb Khan’s works.


Thursday May 30, 2019
Kabul (BNA) A meeting chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was held at the Presidential Palace, BNA reported. Representatives from the European Union (EU), UNAMA and the embassies financing the Afghan electoral process have attended the meeting, said the statement. Chairman and members of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) shared their proposals with the representatives about the upcoming elections and what the process needs, according to the statement. The country’s president assured the electoral bodies that the government was ready for providing security, technical and logistic cooperation to have a transparent and inclusive process and gave instructions to the related organs to spare no effort in this respect, the statement added. Likewise, the international community assured the commission of providing cooperation for a timely holding election process in the country, the statement said.

Thursday May 30, 2019
Kabul (BNA) During a meeting of sustainable development goals’ executive committee, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said that the ministries should soon finalize their sustainable development goals and specifications, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported on Wednesday. He added the ministries should take serious the specifications and targets’ prioritization and get the results in upcoming days so we can go to the next step of the sustainable development goals’ implementation, the agency added. The ministry of economy reported that of 28 administrations, five ministries have recognized and completed the priorities and the rest are working on it to finish that by the next month. CE Abdullah instructed the economy ministry to hold joint meetings with the rest of ministries and make effort to accelerate sustainable development goals’ prioritization process.
Afterwards, appreciating Central Statistics Office efforts, CE Abdullah said that the government organization should behave responsibly before statistics and figures and do their best to ensure transparency in this respect. Likewise, the international partner entities presented a draft to help strengthen civil society role in sustainable development goals. Furthermore, UNDP new head on development program reported about the organization’s plans in Afghanistan, saying it will continue its financial and technical cooperation on execution of the sustainable development goals in Afghanistan.

Thursday May 30, 2019
Kabul (BNA) As many as 42 armed oppositions were killed during clearing operations led by Afghan national defense and security forces within the last 24 hours across the country.
Ministry of National Defense press office by sending a statement issued BNA, the ministry operations have launched to annihilate anti-government militias, ensure peace and stability and protect the lives and properties of people in security areas of Helmand, Urozgan, Farah, Ghazni, Kapisa, Paktia, Logar, Herat, Balkh, Samangan and Kunduz provinces.
The statement added that 10 more insurgents were wounded and five others were wounded following the military operations.

Thursday, 30 May 2019 06:51

Taliban Mine Planters Detain in Logar

Thursday May 30, 2019
PUL-E-ALAM CITY (BNA) Two mine planters belonged to Taliban group were arrested by Afghan security forces in Pul-e-Alam city the provincial capital of center Logar province.
Shah Poor Ahmadzai spokesman of police chief in Logar told BNA reporter, the mine planters were arrested by Afghan police personnel, while they wanted to plant a roadside mine in Pul-e-Alam city.
The mine have defused by engineering team of Logar police chief, Ahmadzai added.

Thursday May 30, 2019
PUL-E-ALAM CITY (BNA) Afghan national police personnel succeeded to discover 44 kilogram narcotic drug in central Logar province.
Shah Poor Ahmadzai spokesman of police chief of Logar told BNA correspondent, 20 kg heroin and 24 kg hashish have been discovered during separate military operations led by Afghan national policemen in Mohammad Agha, Khoshi districts and Pul-e-Alam city the provincial capital of the province.
Four people accused of transferring the narcotic drug were arrested by police personnel, Ahmadzai added.

Thursday May 30, 2019
Kabul (BNA) A policeman was martyred and two others were wounded following attack on Afghan security forces’ checkpoint in 18th security precinct of Kabul city.
BNA quoting ministry of interior reported that, unknown gunmen stormed on a security shell located in 18th security precinct of Kabul city, in which a policeman was martyred and two others were injured.
Nasrat Rahimi spokesman of interior ministry says, until now is clear that the attack carried out by Taliban militants or other terrorist groups.
Meanwhile, three policemen were martyred and three others were wounded when their checkpoint attacked by armed gunmen in Dogh Abad region, 7th security precinct of Kabul city last week.
Also, sometimes ago four policeman were martyred following unknown gunmen’s attack on their security shell in Pul-e-Charkhi region, Kabul. 

Friday May 17, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Six former Afghani soldiers who sought asylum in Australia after last October's Invictus Games in Sydney have been granted permanent protection visas, according to the law firm which acted on their behalf. All but one of the athletes lost limbs in operations against the Taliban, with some losing both legs. When the athletes were invited to Australia to compete in the games, they and their families reportedly became targets of the Taliban, who disliked the Invictus Games’ association with their Western-allied foes.
The five athletes and one official were issued with bridging visas after the games concluded, which enabled them to stay legally in Australia while their protection visas were being processed. The final athlete had their permanent visa granted on Tuesday. “We are extremely pleased with this outcome,” Alison Battisson, Director Principal of law firm Human Rights for All, told SBS News. “After the Games were over the athletes sought legal advice, and were able to commence an asylum process that after eight or nine months, resulted in permanent visas.”
'Decision not planned'
The athletes' decision to stay behind after the games was revealed exclusively by SBS Pashto in November last year. In an interview, Mirwais Ramaki, a games volunteer who was helping the team, said they never intended to stay behind.
"They planned to go back, but these 10 days actually changed them,” he said. “One of them actually said when he came and saw the people here - basically it was his first time coming out of the country, being in a safe and peaceful environment - that totally changed his perceptions." The Invictus Games is an international event created by the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, in which wounded military veterans compete in various sports.
Permanent protection visas grant holders the ability to live, work and study in Australia indefinitely; access government services such as Medicare and welfare; sponsor eligible family members for their own permanent residence; and, in some cases, become a citizen.
Ms Battison said the athletes are looking forward to giving back to Australia. “Some have already started working and are paying taxes,” she said. “They can’t wait to contribute and pay thanks to the country that gave them asylum”, she said. Human Rights for All want to see uniform processing times for all asylum seekers, including those in offshore detention, Ms Battison said.
"There is no reason why it would take years to process asylum claims for people in detention, and yet, it can be done in a matter of months for those in the community . "There is an enormous gap there that I think should be examined." The Department of Home Affairs has been contacted for comment.


Friday, 17 May 2019 11:04

EU Warns Hungary over Afghan Refugees

Friday May 17, 2019
Kabul (BNA) The European Commission has warned Hungary over its ill-treatment of migrants and refugees, including depriving some of food, and trying to force others back to Afghanistan in violation of human right laws.
"We are concerned of the reports of the treatment of migrants in Hungary, we take such allegations quite seriously," a European Commission spokeswoman told reporters in Brussels on Monday (13 May).
The expression of concern from the Berlaymont follows Hungary's failed efforts last week to deport three families back to Afghanistan, in what Filippo Grandi, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, described as deeply shocking.
Two families were forced back into Serbia, while a third family remains in Hungary's transit zone after the European Court of Human Rights granted an injunction preventing them from being removed.
Budapest had drafted in the EU's border agency Frontex to carry out the Afghan returns, posing questions on possible EU complicity.
But the commission said neither itself, nor the Warsaw-based Frontex, has any say over the return decisions, despite having launched two court cases against Hungary over its migration and asylum policies.
"We have a case before the Court of Justice regarding Hungarian legislation in asylum and 'return', both cases are before the court at the moment," said the spokeswoman.
Hungarian legislation automatically dismisses asylum claims by anyone transiting from Serbia - which Budapest deems a "safe country."
That means people who have passed through Serbia cannot claim asylum in Hungary, even based on merit - despite EU laws that are supposed to provide safeguards against the abuse.
This appears to be part of a larger strategy by Hungary's right-wing government under Prime Minister Viktor Orban to demonize refugees and migrants, which it views as a national security threat.
Hunger tactics
The Budapest-based Hungarian Helsinki Committee last August had also documented cases in Hungary's transit zone, along the Serbian border, of people being denied food, sometimes for up to five days.
Despite promises by Hungarian authorities to start feeding the failed asylum seekers, the NGO documented another eight cases between February and April this year.
A total of twenty-one people have gone hungry in what the NGO describes as "starvation cases".
"Pending the enforcement of the expulsion, adults, unless they are pregnant or nursing women, are starved in detention," said the NGO.
Pressed on the issue last September, Orban's spokesperson Zoltan Kovacs took a defiant tone, telling reporters in Brussels that "we are not providing a free meal, free food for any illegal migrants".
Orban earlier this month toured the Hungarian transit zone and razor-wire border fencing with Italy's far-right deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini.
The pair are ratcheting up the anti-migrant rhetoric ahead of the European Parliament elections at the end of this month. Salvini is hoping to increase the European Alliance of Peoples and Nations political group in the next parliament.
The move seeks to bridge an alliance against immigrants with other far-right leaders like France's Marine Le Pen, Geert Wilders of the Netherlands, and Germany's AfD, among others.
Salvini's League party and his wider crusade against migrants has also helped spread the rise of Italian disinformation networks on Facebook.
The social media giant shut down 23 Italian Facebook pages, with over 2.46 million followers, for peddling hate against immigrants and Jews and spreading debunked anti-vaccine conspiracies.
Over a dozen of the pages supported the League party and its populist government coalition party, the Five-Star Movement.
The Facebook removals follow an investigation by Avaaz, a global activist NGO.
"Facebook has done a good job in taking these pages down, but it says a lot that a multi-billion dollar company is relying on a crowd-funded Avaaz investigation to defend Europe's democracy," said Christoph Schott, Avaaz campaign director, in a statement on Monday.

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