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Monday, February 27, 2017

Kandahar (BNA) Seven armed Taliban rebels were killed and four others were injured in recent conflicts in Kandahar province.
The clashes occurred in Zheri, Speen Boldak and Panjwai districts and suburb of Kandahar city.
A security official of Kandahar province told BNA, seven Taliban were killed and four others were hurt in the conflicts.
He added, the conflicts took place while security forces stormed on Taliban vehicle.
It is said that no any harm and losses sustained to security forces and residents in the conflicts. 

Monday, 27 February 2017 10:52

Taliban Rebels Held In Kunduz Operation

Monday, February 27, 2017

Kunduz (BNA) Seven armed Taliban were detained during a special military operation conducted by commando forces in Kunduz province.
Ahmad Jaweed Salim spokesman of commando forces told BNA, the operation was launched in Boz Kandahari region last night, in which seven Taliban insurgents were arrested and several other insurgents were killed and injured.
The source added, the operation still continues there and no any harm and casualties sustained to security forces and civilians in the operation. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) 20 armed oppositions including shadow governor of Taliban for Kunduz province were killed in the last 24 hours.
According to Shaheen 209 army corps press office to BNA, the operations carried out with support of air and artillery forces in Nahr-e-Kohna, Bajawori and Pul-e-Moman regions of Dasht-e-Archi district of Kunduz province, 20 armed oppositions include Mullah Salam shadow governor of Taliban for Kunduz province and a ring-leader of them named Qari Amin were killed, 9 others injured and a vehicle of them has been destroyed.
Likewise, another operation under the code name of “Naweed 33” was launched in Baghlan province in which three armed Taliban were killed and seven others have been wounded in Pul-e-Darqad and Arab Tapa regions of Baghlan province. 

Monday, February 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Based on Khan Mohammad Baz’ head of currency exchangers in Kabul, Shahzada market report the exchange rate of Afghani as a follow:
One Dollar                                            67/60 afgs                           
One Pound Sterling                              84/30 afgs                         
One Euro                                             71/50 afgs                        
One Emirate’s Dirham                         18/42 afgs                          
One Thousand Pakistani Rupees          624afgs                        
One Thousand Indian Rupees               1015 afgs             
One Thousand Iranian Rupees               17/60 afgs                       

Monday, February 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) February 27 the national day is a day of celebrating of the heroic straggle of security forces against terrorism and extremism that only not threaten the region but the entire world.
BNA the military affairs analyst commenting on the issue writes the cabinet of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in one of its sessions, named February 27 as the day of national security and defense forces of the country.
Naming such a day in fact we once again express our commitment toward supporting the national security forces and appreciate their championship and heroic straggle against the most brutal enemies not only of our homeland but the humanity as a whole in order to rid the humankind from the evil of terrorism and extremism that challenge the world.
February 27 would be a permanent prideful day at the calendar of Afghanistan because in this the Afghan people remembering the heroic straggle of their sons and daughters against the fatal of terrorism and extremism express their firm stands beside them once again.
The security and defense forces of Afghanistan have been constitute from brave and faithful sons of the country who are fighting for safeguarding national values, national sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence of the country are deserve to all kinds of support and gratitude of people. Afghan army and security forces is a symbol of nation unity where all people without any ethnical, religious and linguistic discrimination as Afghans serve honestly for maintaining peace and stability in their homeland.
As we mentioned earlier February 27 is a day for celebrating the braveries and the firm stance of Afghan security forces in straggle against the brutal enemies, is also a good opportunity for assessing the problems and challenges they are facing.
Last year was the most difficult for Afghan security forces that in an horrible situation with the least possibilities heroically fought against the foreign invaders, foiled all conspiracies of the enemies and repelled all the terrorist attacks in different parts of the country.
In spite of that, the Afghan security and defense forces as mentioned above have showed their bravery and championship in war against terrorism and extremism exercised certain problems. They reputedly complained of shortage of accommodations and equipping them timely with necessary weapons and equipment. The most heinous rumors spread in the community, which is a clear evident of treachery; this was selling the weapons and ammunitions of Afghan soldiers to the enemies.
In addition to that, treacherous act, the families of martyrs, disabled and wounded soldiers have complained for receiving the legal rights that is a clear violation against the rights of people who had not spare their lives for the cause of the homeland.
The Afghan thankful people ask the relevant authorities should do their best to solve the urgent needs of the security forces and provide them all things they need. In this way, they fulfill their commitments against security forces in one hand and another hand meet the expectations of people regarding to fully equipping security forces with up to date weapons and providing them with necessary accommodations. If the relevant authorities to do so, they besides fulfilling their obligations they also will win the hearts and satisfaction of Afghan people.   

Monday, 27 February 2017 07:37

Rail Linkup With Afghanistan By March 2018

Monday, February 27, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Rail networks of Iran and Afghanistan will be connected by March 2018 as part of the Khwaf-Herat route, according to an official with the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways.
“The railroad has so far reached the border [from the Iranian side], but its extension on the Afghan soil will be completed by the end of the next Iranian year (March 20, 2018),” Hossein Ashouri was also quoted as saying by Mehr News Agency.
When completed, the railroad will link the Iranian city of Khwaf in the northeastern Khorasan Razavi Province to Herat, Afghanistan’s third-largest city. The first section of the route, from Khwaf to the mine-rich city of Sangan, became operational early September. The second section extends to the border city of Shamtigh in Afghanistan.
The other two sections are in the Afghan territory covering 114 km from Shamtigh to Herat. The 62-km section 3, connecting Shamtigh to Ghurian, is being built by Iran.
Ashouri said the tracked is currently being prepared for the third section.
The corridor in its entirety, from Herat to Khwaf, will connect Iranian mineral plants to those of Afghanistan, while also connecting Afghan deposits to the international waters in the south of Iran.
This will be Afghanistan’s first railroad link to Iran and the country’s only link to the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
Upon completion, the railroad will be used for transportation of both passengers and cargo. However, exploiting its cargo capabilities is a priority for both governments, according to Reza Ahmadi with Iran’s Ministry of Roads and Urban Development.
Ahmadi believes the railroad will have the capacity of transporting 27 million tons of cargo a year.
Financial Tribune

Monday, 27 February 2017 07:36

Borders’ Closure Affects Both Sides

Monday, February 27, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Following waves of deadly attacks, Pakistan’s decision to close two border crossings with Afghanistan has forced cross-border trade to grind to a halt.
Pakistan shut down the Torkham and Chaman borders after a suicide attack taken place at a Sufi shrine in the southern Sindh province which killed and injured dozens.
Likewise, the attack at the Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan was the worst attack on Pakistan soil since 2014 and the latest in a wave of violence last week that claimed more than 100 lives.
Unfortunately, the recent Pakistan’s move has caused hundreds of trucks carrying perishable goods to be lined up on both sides of the border with drivers uncertain of when they would be allowed through.
Calling the step not in the benefit of both sides, the economic experts said that this action has faced the traders and people with lots of problems.
A military expert, Jawid Kohistani said that closing borders was seen as an effort to pressure Kabul to take action against militants who Pakistan says have sanctuaries in Afghanistan.
He added that this move has created many problems to people and traders of both sides, asking the government of Afghanistan to solve the problem through diplomatic channels.
At the same time, eyewitnesses said that there were huge numbers of people and trucks waiting here for reopening border. Some people have patients with them, trying to go to Pakistan for treatment, but they stayed here and are faced with serious problems, they further said.
Most of the trucks from Afghanistan are carrying fruits and they cannot stay there for long. As drivers are worried they will lose a lot of money if the crossing doesn’t open soon. Meanwhile, officials of the ministry of commerce and industries said that Pakistan would be more affected then Afghanistan by this action.
The spokesperson to the ministry of commerce and industries, Musafir Quqnoudi said that Afghanistan has got the membership of World Trade Organization (WTO), through which it could find other ways for transferring commodities.
The acting minister of the ministry, Ghafour Lewal asked Pakistan to reopen the Torkham crossing to passengers. This move will not only help ensure security, but increase tensions between both sides, the ministry of border and tribal affairs said.
Besides, officials of the ministry of commerce and industries said that Afghanistan-Pakistan trade relations have been affected by political ties.
Therefore, the people of Afghanistan hope the border crossings are opened soon.
Shukria Kohistani

Monday, 27 February 2017 07:33

The Kabul Times’ 55th anniversary

Monday, February 27, 2017

Kabul (BNA) This year, The Kabul Times daily marks 55th year of establishment. The Daily was initially established on Feb 27 of 1962 during the reign of late King Mohammad Zahir Shah, under the order by the then prime minister late Mohammad Daud Khan with Sabahuddin Koshkaki as the first Editor-in Chief.
As the first reputable English newspaper, The Kabul Times appeared in the sky of the country’s press as a shining star and ever since has been reflecting the real face of Afghanistan, original culture, tradition and history to the world people.
In the beginning, The Kabul Times came out in five columns and three days a week and after a while it was developed to a normal newspaper. In that time it continued its activities as an enterprise in the framework of Bakhtar News Agency. Later on, Sayed Khalil was appointed as the Editor-in-Chief of The Kabul Times. Actually he was an engineer of communication and was well acquainted with English Language. Professional and skilled employees were supporting him.
In 1965, he was replaced with a USA trained journalist, Sayed Shafi Rahel, who remained in this position until 1974.
Another U.S. trained professional Journalist, Noor Mohammad Rahimi, then took over responsibility as the Editor-in-Chief in 1975 and replaced Rahel.
In 1978 in the wake of April coup, Mohammad Kazem Ahang who was a lecturer at the Faculty of Journalism, Kabul University, was appointed as chief editor of The Kabul Times.
Following the Red Army invasion to Afghanistan, The Kabul Times was changed to Kabul New Times and Aazam Rahnaward, Barna Asifi, Rahim Rafaat, Abdul Azizi Danishyar, Qadoos Lemar and Mohammad Qabol were appointed respectively as chief editors. During the late Dr. Najeebullah government, other individuals Siddique Rahpo, Abdul Ghafoor Shakoori were respectively appointed as chief editors of The Kabul New Times.
With the collapse of Dr. Najeebullah government and taking over of power by Afghan Mujahedeen, for a while Kabul New Times failed to publish, but later on appeared as a weekly and one of the media professional Abdul Saboor Raheel was appointed as the chief editor.
Azadi Liberty Printing Press was the only state run printing press transferred to Charikar, the provincial capital of Parwan, where the Kabul Times alongside other government newspapers were published. Following the collapse of Mujahidin and beginning of Taliban petrified rule, Enayatullah Kakazadah, Eisa Khan Tesel and Sohail Shaheen were appointed respectively chief editors of The Kabul Times.
With ousting of the Taliban from power by the US led international coalition and establishment of Interim Administration for the third time, The Kabul Times failed to come out for a while but, late March 2002, it resumed publication once a week. A young journalist Shoaib Sharifi was the acting chief editor.
On September 2002 one of the acknowledged writers, lawyers and journalists and former diplomat in London and Washington DC late Abdul Haq Waleh was picked up as the Editor-in-Chief and remained in this position for the next six years until his death in late march 2008. Under Waleh, quality changes took place in The Kabul Times, because he was personally working hard and writing up-to-date editorials. On Apr 8th of 2006 the Kabul was again changed to a daily newspaper.
Following the death of Waleh, another trained, educated and well-known journalists Dr. Mohammad Zaher Siddique who was holding PHD in journalism from one of the European countries, was appointed as the Editor-in-Chief.
After Dr. Zaher Siddique retirement in March 2011 Shafiq Ahmadzai was appointed as chief editor then he was replaced whit Ms. Najeeba Maram who was working as deputy chief editor.
In early 2014 Ms. Najeeba Maram was replaced by an active young journalist Hamidullah Arefi who is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Kabul Times since early 2014.
Day by day our people are witnessing improvement of The Kabul Times quality due to hardworking of its staff and the paper has managed to hold its suitable place among the local media as today it will be celebrating its 55th establishment anniversary.
Since its establishment, The Kabul Times has been reflecting the current policies of the ruling regimes and standing governments and played its role as a national media.
The biggest difference appeared in Kabul Times since new government was formed in 2001, was reflecting problems, challenges and people complaints in different spheres of social, cultural, economical and political life.
The Kabul Times

Monday, February 27, 2017
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Public Health, together with UNICEF and WHO, will today launch the second round of Sub-National Immunization Days (SNIDs) campaign of 2017 in high-risk areas to vaccinate 5.6 million children under age of five against polio, the ministry reported.
According to the report, the campaign will be conducted in all provinces in the Southern and South-eastern regions, most districts in the Eastern region as well as selected high-risk districts across the country, including Kabul city. The campaign will run for three days, during which over 36,000 polio workers will go from house to house in their communities to vaccinate children. On Friday polio teams will revisit households where children were missed the first time the vaccinators visited to ensure that all children are vaccinated and protected, the report added.“Polio causes permanent disability or even death. It is the right of all Afghan children to grow up healthy and we are all responsible to ensure that all children under the age of 5 receive two drops of the polio vaccine during every single vaccination campaign. Only by reaching all children with these life-saving vaccines can we eradicate polio from Afghanistan for good,” said H.E. Dr Ferozuddin Feroz, Minister of Public Health.
Polio vaccine is safe and it does not have any side effects even for sleeping, sick and newborn children. Polio vaccines have been endorsed by scholars including national and global Ulema. Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria are the only countries in the world where polio is still circulating. Two polio cases have been reported in 2017, one from Helmand and one from Kandahar. In 2016, 13 polio cases were reported, down from 20 in 2015. Most of Afghanistan remains polio-free, but wild poliovirus continues to circulate in localized geographical areas in the eastern, southern and south-eastern parts of the country.

Monday, February 27, 2017
Kabul (BNA) As one of the country’s leading publications with long background of media activities, The Kabul Times is entered its 55th publication year.
In the course of its publication period, the daily has experienced much ups and downs with majority of the contents enjoying praiseworthy enrichment.
Since the last long years, The Kabul Times daily could open its way among its fans and readers, especially those with ability and interest to speak the international English language.
Besides publishing interesting and important topics and the latest and up-to-date new-stories collected by the professional staff, it covers all social, cultural, economic and political events as well.
As Editor in-Chief of The Kabul Times, Afghanistan’s known, experienced and prominent media features such as Sabahuddin Kushkaki, Sayed Khalil, Shafi Raheel, Kazem Ahang, Mohammad Azam Rahnaward, Abdul Aziz Daneshyar, Seddique Rahpo, Rahim Rafat, Abdul Haq Waleh and other professional press activists have devoted their lives to serve their country and nation.
Fortunately, and with complete honor, The Kabul Times is now shining as a bright star in the sky of the country’s press, getting popularity among the people further than ever.
We ask Allah The Almighty for granting further success to the staffs of the daily for making to honestly deliver great services for further improvement of the daily’s contents.
As the main supporter of freedom of expression, the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) is considering comprehensive programs for further enrichment of the related dailies, particularly The Kabul Times, Anis national daily, Hewad, Islah and Watandaran, to help them successfully continue their work in the light of the country’s constitution and the mass media law.

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