27 February 2020

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Thursday, February 27, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Dozens of people have been arrested with thousands kgs of explosives and drugs in Nangarhar.
4850 kgs of explosives and 1519 kgs of narcotic drug were seized from the detainees.
According to reports, the people have been arrested during recent month in clearing operations of security forces from parts of Nangarhar.
General Mohammad Emal Neyazi police of Nangarhar in a meeting told reporters, the detainees are members of terrorist groups and gangs.
Shah Mahmod Meyakhail governor of Nangarhar in a press conference said, the detainees have been transferred to judicial organs for prosecution.
He insisted on continuing to fight gangs and terror groups.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Minister of Publications Affairs for Ministry of Information and Culture, Abdul Manan Shiway Sharq, inaugurated the second branch of Baihaqi bookstore in Kabul Polytechnic University yesterday, BNA reported.
Addressing the ceremony, the deputy minister said Baihaqi bookstore could represent the spiritual and cultural bond of friendship between the Ministry of Information and Culture and the university. Emphasizing on culture of book reading in academic institutions, the deputy ministry of publications affairs praised the university’ officials for considering a specific location to the bookstore.
“Beihaghi Bookstore, as the publishing entity of the Ministry of Information and Culture will make available to you the oldest texts,” Sharq said, as quoted by the agency, adding that the ministry was making efforts to help boost culture of book reading among youths.
The deputy minister went on saying that the newly inaugurated branch of Baihaqi bookstore was housing 200 books with total volumes of two thousand and included different spheres. He also said an international book exhibition to be also held by the ministry of information and culture in the near future.
Speaking on the occasion, dean of Kabul Polytechnic University Prof. Mohammad Sayed Kaker said the bookstore to further connect two academic institutions, adding that establishing of such centers to help improve culture of book reading among youth in the country.

Thursday, 27 February 2020 06:01

Arg Postpones Oath Taking Ceremony

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA) A statement from the presidential press office said that President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, after extensive consultations with technical wards, political figures from across the country, tribal elders, senior members of the State-Building Electoral team and international partners, decided to postpone the inauguration ceremony, which was supposed to be held on Thursday.
“Rumors of a coronavirus outbreak, limited time for high-profile foreign guests, and the need for more technical preparations for the grand oath taking ceremony are the main reasons behind postponing of the ceremony,” the president was quoted in the statement.
Meanwhile, the US peace envoy for Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad in a tweet on Wednesday said that the Afghan leaders "should ensure that the new government is inclusive and reflects the aspirations of all Afghans.”
“As the electoral process has concluded, President Ghani, as the declared winner, and other leaders should ensure that the new government is inclusive and reflects the aspirations of all Afghans,” Khalilzad tweeted.
“This will allow time for necessary consultations so that the best interests of Afghanistan and its people are reflected and preserved by the new government,” he added.
Also, on Tuesday, the State Department issued a release reacting to the Afghan Independent Election Commission's announcement of the final election results of the Afghan poll and called for a focus on peace rather than an engagement with electoral politics.
The statement reads that the United States notes the announcement of the presidential elections in Afghanistan “in favor of President Ashraf Ghani” and that it expects the concerns about the election process to be “handled in accordance with constitutional and legal procedures.”

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA) India and the US on Tuesday extended their support for an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process that results in a sovereign, democratic and inclusive Afghanistan.
The support came in a joint statement issued after talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, who was on a two-day official visit to India. "India and the United States share an interest in a united, sovereign, democratic, inclusive, stable and prosperous Afghanistan. They support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace and reconciliation process that results in sustainable peace; cessation of violence; elimination of terrorist safe havens and preservation of the gains of the last 18 years," the joint statement said.
US President Trump welcomed India's role in continuing to provide development and security assistance to help stabilize and provide connectivity in Afghanistan.
On Tuesday, US President concluded his 36 hours official visit to India, during which he held both restricted and delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Modi.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Information and Culture has officially endorsed a new project in the Culture Sector, in an agreement signed between Mitsuji SUZUKA, Ambassador of the Embassy of Japan and Jordan Naidoo, Director of the UNESCO Kabul Office and Representative to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, a statement from Japan embassy in Kabul said yesterday.
The new project signed “Sustainable Management of the World Heritage Property in Bamyan - Preparing the Removal of Bamyan from the List of World Heritage in Danger”, totals approximately USD 3.8 Million (423 Million Japanese Yen) and marks nearly two decades of cultural cooperation between Japan and Afghanistan. For the past 20 years, since its inscription as a World Heritage property, the people of Japan have generously provided support to Bamyan, contributing more than USD 7M over five consecutive Funds in Trust programs, the statement read.
The Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamyan Valley was recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 2003, and simultaneously placed on the List of World Heritage in Danger. Since then, UNESCO and the Afghan authorities have been working closely together to protect this unique site, promoting cultural heritage as a driver to poverty alleviation and sustainable development, according to the statement.
"I believe that the Afghans will reaffirm their dignity and pride through conservation and restoration of their historical heritage. In addition, this project will also enable effective management of Bamyan World Heritage site and tourism development, which will contribute to job creation and income generation opportunities in Afghanistan,” Ambassador SUZUKA was quoted in the statement as saying.
“The Project of Sustainable Management of the Bamiyan Heritage Property is one of the very important projects for Afghanistan. This project will ensure safeguarding of Bamiyan cultural properties and will focus on to tackle the benchmarks defined by World Heritage committee to remove the site from the list of World Heritage in Danger,” deputy minister of culture and art of the ministry of information and culture added.
Meanwhile Jordan Naidoo of UNESCO said that the new project signed would provide continuity to the successful and long-lasting cooperation between the Japanese Government and its people, the Government of Afghanistan and UNESCO, in our joint-efforts towards the preservation of his World Heritage property and the sustainable development of Bamiyan.
Japan has been assisting Afghanistan’s nation building efforts in various fields including security, health, culture, humanitarian assistance, agriculture, and capacity development. The Government of Japan and UNESCO remain committed to continue providing support to Afghanistan in the Culture Sector, contributing to the removal of Bamiyan from the List of World Heritage in Danger.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Special Representative of the President and the State Minister for Peace, Abdul Salam Rahimy, met with Roland Kobia, the European Union's special envoy for Afghanistan and his delegation at his office, a statement said yesterday.
During the meeting, the State Minister for Peace, referring to efforts to strengthen and consolidate political consensus on the Afghanistan peace process, said the government manages the Afghan peace process in a way that is not affected by other political issues, according to a statement from the peace ministry, Minister Rahimy also added that the government has full oversight on the implementation of the Reduction in Violence (RiV). The Special Representative of the President added that the State Ministry for Peace is working seriously on issues related to the peace negotiations. He added that the work on establishment of formations to advance the peace process is also in place.
Abdul Salam Rahimy said that the Afghanistan peace process is led by the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the government will act in accordance with its competencies, the statement added.
Roland Kobia, on behalf of the European Union, welcomed the progress made in the peace process, and called the EU as a supporter of the Afghanistan peace process.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chairing an emergency meeting on Tuesday evening, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani ordered necessary measures for prevention of coronavirus in the country, a statement said.
At the meeting, Hamadullah Mohib, the National Security Adviser, spoke and emphasized public awareness, saying that a working group had been set up to get accurate statistics of the virus. He also emphasized the necessary measures by the Ministry of Public Health and other relevant departments, the statement from the presidential press office said yesterday.
Subsequently, Dr. Firouzuddin Firouz, Minister of Public Health briefed the session on threats of the Coronavirus, where acting minister of foreign affairs, Haroon Chakhansuri, deputy minister of refugees and repatriates Dr. Alema and Dr. Abdul Karim Malikyar acting minister of Commerce also spoke related to movements in the country’s borders and trade with Iran.
The Minister of Public Health said that have taken the necessary preparations in five key areas of incident monitoring and identification, coordination and mobilization, incident management, health promotion, risk management and needs assessments, according to the statement.
The meeting noted that the governors should be directed to launch comprehensive public awareness campaigns to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.
After listening to officials remarks, President Ghani directed the relevant agencies to coordinate at the regional level and with international organizations to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. The President also directed the Ministry of Finance to provide the Ministry of Public Health with $ 15 million to prevent the spread of the virus, as well as reserve another $ 10 million for the ministry.
Emphasizing on national mobilization for prevention of the virus in the country, the president said facilities should be provided in all land ports and airports, vulnerable areas should be identified, and special attention should be paid to food and fuel supplies, among other measures.
The President emphasized awareness of the threats of the Coronavirus, saying awareness should be given to public areas, universities and schools, instructing the presidential spokesman Sediq Sediqqi to prepare an awareness plan in this regard.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met yesterday morning with Roland Kobia, the EU Special Envoy for Afghanistan at the Presidential Palace, a statement said.
During the meeting, Roland Kobia said, “I have come with a message of continued support to you, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the people, which is a support for the people’s freedom, democracy and rule of law,” the presidential press office statement quoted.
He also added the European Union would stand with the government and people of Afghanistan and continue its cooperation.
Roland Kobia expressed support for President Ghani’s agenda for progress and stability in the country and asked the Afghan political stratum to work collectively for successful accomplishment of the peace process.
President Ashraf Ghani lauded the EU and Roland Kobia for their cooperation and reaffirming commitment to Afghanistan and said peace is the main demand of the Afghan people and it is the government’s top priority and responsibility to establish it on which the government has built national consensus, the statement added.
The president said peace is a national process which belongs to all Afghan demographics, underlining that he had held consultative meetings with various classes of society on the potential opportunities and possible risks ahead in the peace process.
The president also said the government is fully prepared to seize those opportunities and deal with the possible risks, according to the statement.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The anti-drug police of Herat and Baghlan provinces detained eight people on suspicion of drug trafficking from outskirts of these provinces.
Interior ministry press office told BNA, the people wanted to smuggle drug to India, have been arrested by police forces in Kabul International Airport.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, February 27, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Nangarhar officials say, about 30 small hydroelectric power to be built in Nangarhar.
Ataullah Khogyani spokesman for Nangarhar governor told BNA, the design and survey on these sections has been completed and he construction work will begin soon.
The construction of these power dams will provide electricity to thousands of families, and the problems of irrigating of thousands hectares of land in that province will also be resolved, he added.
T. Yarzada

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