20 February 2018

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:52

Explosion Rocked Jalalabad City

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Jalalabad (BNA) An explosion rocked the provincial capital of Nangarhar Jalalabad city at around noon today leaving a number of people dead and wounded.
Provincial governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyani confirmed that the incident has taken place in the vicinity of the 2nd police district of the city.
There are no reports available regarding the type of the explosion but a local official confirmed that a person was martyred and three others have been injured.
The official further added that a number of people were also wounded in the explosion but the exact number has not been ascertained.
T-Yarzada
 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Ignoring the women rights is not only violating the rights of a huge section of society in the community, but it could be considered a serious violation against humanity.
BNA social affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes recently conference under the title of Women, Peace, Achievements and Challenges was held by the ministry of foreign affairs. In the conference the role of women in the current events and developments in the country were discussed.
Mrs. Habiba Surabi the deputy of high peace council talking in the conference made it clear that although women constitute 12 members of the council, unfortunately they are not involved in decision makings but after adopting  the decisions the result declare for them.
It is not only the high peace council that talks about the poor role of women. There are many authoritative figures in institutions and departments who do not believe so much on women’s role in the community.
It should not be forgotten that in Afghan society, the first victims of war are women; beside they are living in the environment with severe restrictions and prejudices and deprived of education, while the constitution of the country has ratified the equality of gender, unfortunately this equality approved by constitution is not tangible in Afghan society.
The Afghan women and defenders of women’s rights in the country and the authorities and other dignitaries should know that just giving a symbolic part for women is not enough.
There are many organizations, organs and individuals who always talk about the observance of women’s rights and consider themselves as the patrons of women. They demonstrate their so called patronage by releasing reports, conducting research on women status in the society or increasing or decreasing of violations against women. But the women are not only suffering from physical abuses they are agonizing from various violations; they should be focused seriously and practically. The straggle against violation against women should not be used as a means for ensuring one’s own benefits or his or hers affiliates.  
Today, the women are the main victims of the fighting and insecurities, the widows who have lost their husbands in the imposed war, have bear the responsibility of raising, feeding and educating  their orphan children in very bad economic situation.  Due to old and inhumane traditions, the girls are deprive from going school in remote areas of the country and due to security reasons the girls’ schools are closed. In the family life, the parents mostly prefer the boys to the girls. They let their male children attend school but they prefer their daughters stay home. These are the most serious violations that the women sustain.
The Afghan people expect the state and the organs responsible for protection of the women’s rights should not use the matter as a means for their own objectives, but work honestly for ensuring women’s rights in the community.
The women in social, security, political and cultural lives have many demands that should meet honestly and practically in order to find their right place in the society.     
Abdul Khalil Minawi
BNA Director General
 

Tuesday February 20, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Residents of western Herat province impatiently are waiting for holding unique celebration (beginning of practical work of TAPI project).
It is supposed that on Friday 23 February 2018 practical work of TAPI project as a biggest regional economic plan would be started in Herat province.
Residents of the western province welcoming from inauguration of TAPI projects and believe that the project has significant role and will change Afghanistan to transit route and energy corridor of middle and south Asia. Meanwhile, religious scholars also asked from women and men to cooperate for ensuring security of the TAPI project.
Gul Ahmad a resident of Herat province said, I am pleasure that situation has changed in our country and today instead of war and explosion we are witnessing the implementation of big economic projects in Afghanistan.
Alauddin another resident of Herat told, I believes that TAPI project is one of the important and rich projects which will provide job opportunities for young generation and will promote economic development of Afghanistan. Residents of Herat province hoping that by inauguration of TAPI project young generation who have abilities in different sectors to be used in the project. 
Basir Ahmad a Herati’s young said, we support TAPI project emphasized that benefits of the mentioned project would be covered all strata of our society. Residents of Herat proud that they are residents of Herat province, because in these days vision of their city has changed. Really the vision of Herat city has changed, new signs, billboards and positive slogans installed in different parts of the city. Paving sidewalks, asphalting roads, coloring and walls designing of Herat city on the occasion of beginning practical work of TAPI project shows that bright days are coming in the city.
Meanwhile, since few months preparations have been taken by local officials and an obligated commission for holding and beginning of several projects, particularly, TAPI, TAP, fiber optic and railway in Herat province, the others mentioned projects would be started in near future.
T/M.A.Ansari 
 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) The construction work of a 50 bed and a 30 bed hospital started in Balkh and Charboldak Districts of Balkh province.
Dr. Mirwais Rabei public head of Balkh told BNA correspondent, the 50 bed hospital in Balkh and the 30 bed hospital in Charboldak District will construct at the cost of 1350,000 dollar from budget of public health ministry.
He added till end of this week, 10 other health projects will be inaugurated in five Districts of that province.
He said, residents of Balkh province have been receiving better health care services for more than a decade and this department is trying to provide better services for patients.
T. Yarzada
 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan (MoCI), by attention to the interest of Iran and India in the Chabahar port, says that the port has an important role in the convergence of the regional countries.
Chabahar Port connects Iran and India through Afghanistan to Central Asia, which has a positive impact on the overall situation of the country and the region, MoCI stated.
Musafer Qoqandi, MoCI spokesman, told the media that the Chabahar Port, along with other benefits, would connect Afghanistan to global waters.
“The interest of the powerful states in the region in using the Chabahar has created great hopes,” Qoqandi added.
“No doubt, the Chabahar port is the closest and easiest way to connect Afghanistan to global waters, and this port can connect regional countries as well India through Afghanistan to Central Asia,” he continued.
While, the control agreement of a section of Chabahar was signed between the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi and Iranian president Hassan Rouhani the other day.
The leaders of both countries has also emphasized that along economic stability of two nations, they would also jointly make effort on war on terror.
Afghanistan, India and Iran on May 2016 had signed the cooperation agreement of using Chabahar Port.
Chabahar is one of the ports that the Afghan traders in short time and with less cost can make their imports and exports to India.
Meanwhile, a number of economic experts in the connection said that by activation of all sections of Chabahar port Afghanistan would get rescue from Pakistan’s economic and transit monopoly.
Taj Mohammad Talash, an expert said that changing Afghanistan to a transit region is a step towards economic self-sufficiency.
We can reach to self-sufficiency by three ways, agriculture, mines and transit and these three factors can change Afghanistan to a manufacturing and industrial country, Talash asserted.
The mutual economic interest of regional countries can also help Afghanistan in ensuring of peace and stability, Talash stated.
Saifuddin Saihoon, an economic faculty lecturer and expert in this regard said that Pakistan has been trying for many years to make Afghanistan dependent on its trade and economy, and thus always keep the country under pressure. Therefore, the use of the Chabahar port will be a good alternative for Afghan businessmen.
The Afghan government has also called the Chabahar port a good alternative in the transportation and trading sector and says the port is a shorter and cheaper route.
Shukria-Kohistani
 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018 06:44

Taliban Leader Killed In Faryab

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Maimana (BNA) A Taliban’s leader has been killed during the clash with Afghan security forces, BNA reported.
Abdul Karim Yorish Faryab police spokesman told BNA, in the clash Taliban’s commander Qari Munir has been killed and his two guards have been wounded severely, in Zarshoy village of Pashtonkot district.
According to another report, during the clash with Afghan security forces, an armed Taliban killed and three others were wounded in Sangzar area of Sarhawz village of the district.  Ten armed Taliban joined peace process the other day, in Belcherakh district, Faryab province, BNA reported.  The Taliban group was leaded by Abdul Rauf and since five years they were in fight with Afghan security forces, Yorish added.
 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with the members of provincial council of Badakhshan province here yesterday, the presidential press office said in a statement.
At the outset, the director of local organs thanked president’s hosting of the provincial council members, saying the members were coming to Kabul once a year to share their problems with the central government.
Expressing full support to government, Dr. Ahmad Bashir Samim and Sahera Saba Alamyar thanked president’s special attention to Badakhshan residents.
They enumerated a number of their problems, including security, health services, IDPs and construction of roads, asking president for further military operations against the terrorists who utilize the mines of the province.
Thanking Badakhshan provincial council members, the president said such meeting with other provinces to be continued. Thanking Badakhshan resident’s courage and fight for their country and their youth’s active participation in security forces’ ranks, the president asked them to convey his greetings to Badakhshan people.
The president meanwhile instructed the line ministries to step up efforts in solving their problems, adding military operations have already begun and would be continued till terrorists’ full elimination. The president called people the real owners of the mines and natural resources of the country, asking them to help government in their protections.
 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Council of Ministers held session with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on the chair here yesterday at Sapidar Palace, a statement from the CEO office said.
Congratulating the 29th anniversary of the then red army withdrawal from Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah said Afghan nation with millions of martyrs, injuries and migration finally freed the country from an occupied army. Meanwhile Dr. Abdullah called on line ministries to follow the media’s research reporting’s on corruption in government institutions. He also instructed the secretary of the council of minister to follow the reports with the ministries.
The meeting of the council of ministers followed with the report of possible threats of Tajikistan’s Sarez lake to Badakhshan, Kunduz and Takhar residents, Ministry of Women’s Affairs’ report of activities in first 9 months of 1396 H.S, proposal on calendar of 1397 H.S, report of the committee on malnutrition, and food safety and security report of the officials of the Ministries of Defense and Interior and the National Directorate for Security.
Dr. Abdullah asked Security Organs to do more for security of Faryab province. He also instructed the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Economy and Water and Energy to talk with Tajikistan side as well as international experts on possible threats of the Sarez Lake.
Meanwhile the Chief Executive after detailed discussions on next year’s calendar, instructed the Ministries of Information and Culture and Labor, Martyrs, Disabled and Social Affairs to finalize the draft calendar and present it to the upcoming Council of Ministers ‘meeting.
 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Presided over by Second Vice President Sarwar Danesh, cabinet’s justice and judicial committee held session on Monday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
The participants exchanged view on advocates’ problems with their clients to handle their justice and judicial cases in national security 501department, the agency further said.
Head of Afghanistan advocates independent association, Rohullah Qarizada presented advocates’ mass suggestions and demands and asked for addressing their problems in national security 501 department, BNA added.
Calling clients’ access to advocate one of the fundamental rights of citizens on justice and judicial issues, second vice president stressed that according to enforced laws and Afghanistan’s commitments before international conventions, client’s access to advocate should be institutionalized in detective and justice organs, the agency continued.
After discussions, the meeting decided that national security 501 department should present a detailed report to committee in the respect, the agency went on to say.
 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Minister of Finance and the World Bank country director have discussed Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) financial strategy for 2018-2020.
Eklil Hakimi and Shubham Chaudhuri conferred on the Education Quality and Reforms for Afghanistan (EQRA) project, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday.
Construction of new schools in the provinces and completion of ongoing projects of the Ministry of Education also figured at Sunday’s meeting, a statement from the ministry said.
They exchanged views on implementation and improvement of citizen’s charter program, national priority schemes and other issues of common interest.
 

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