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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The Government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on Sunday announced releasing a number of prisoners in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, a presidential press office statement said yesterday.
According to the statement, the first and second vice presidents, chief justice, chief of Supreme Court and Attorney General Office (AGO) head held a follow up meeting of the Cabinet’s Saturday meeting to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The statement said the meeting was also attended by General Director of Prisons Affairs and discussed how the release of those detainees to be taken place.
The judicial organs asked to create a plan within the 48 hours and later it would be implemented based on the ministry of public health to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
First coronavirus death in Afghanistan was confirmed in Balkh province on Sunday evening.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani held a video conference with officials of western Herat province late on Sunday evening, a statement from the presidential press office said yesterday.
At the outset, Herat Governor Abdul Qayyum Rahimi said measures had been taken to quarantine the provincial capital, where the number of coronavirus cases has fallen over the past few days.
He said an 800-bed hospital for the COVID-19 patients had been established and 125 doctors and nurses recruited in the province. No patient would travel Kabul from Herat, he said, adding they had 22,000 tons of food in provincial stocks, the statement added.
Speaking at the summit, First Vice President, Amrullah Saleh spoke and was pleased that the death toll had not been reported so far, and said he was pleased with the steps taken to fight the Corona virus in Herat, according to the statement.
"The first cabinet meeting was held and its main agenda was to fight the Corona virus, and serious action was taken on this issue," the first vice president said, as quoted in the statement, asking the officials to follow the steps taken by Waheed Omar, the senior adviser to the president and head of the State Committee for Public awareness on prevention and spread of the COVID-19, as according to him, key and professional measures has been taken so far.
Meanwhile, the Second Vice-President Sarwar Danish endorsed the governor’s view on quarantining Herat City. He said quarantine were two types -- voluntary and compulsory. VP Danish believed quarantining a city could play an effective role in preventing the spread of the coronavirus.
According to the statement, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has stressed the need for public cooperation with the government on preventing the spread of coronavirus. President Ghani thanked the Herat administration and people for fighting the deadly virus and urged the authorities concerned to continue their struggle.
The tasked the authorities concerned with benefiting from international experiences in containing the coronavirus, the statement added.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 06:29

Taliban Terrorists Killed in Zabul Raid

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Qalat (BNA) Four Taliban terrorists were killed in Zabul yesterday.
Atal 250 army corps officer in south of country told BNA, the terrorists were killed while attacked on large base of security and defense forces in Shahjou district.
Two motorbikes and numerous of weapons were also seized in the clash,
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 06:22

Massive Taliban Attack Failed in Balkh

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) Massive attack of Taliban on several police checkpoints was failed in Balkh.
Shaheen 209 army corps office in north of country told BNA, Taliban started their massive attacks on police checkpoints in Barmazed region, Balkh District, which were faced with several resistance of security troops.
In the attack, nine Taliban were killed and four others have been injured, he added.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 06:19

Hundreds Needy Families Received Aids

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Bazarak (BNA) Panjshir Red Crescent Office distributes food to 500 needy families who displaced from neighboring provinces to that province.
Shir Aqa Bawer head of Panjshir Red Crescent department told BNA, these families were displaced due to insecurity from Laghman, Balkh, Kapisa, Baghlan and Badakhshan to Panjshir province, received ghee, sugar, rice, bean, salt and tea.
The department’s assistance to the needy families continues, he added.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Gardiz (BNA) Gardiz city center of Paktia was witnessed a suicide attack yesterday.
According to reports, a suicide bomber detonated his improvised explosive device near Paktia University in Gardiz city.
Police Media office with releasing a statement said, a policeman was martyred and a civilian has been injured in the attack.
Meanwhile, eyewitnesses of the event said, the suicide attack has caused casualties to the military and civilians.
T. Yarzada

Monday, March 23, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Terrorist plot of Taliban to blown up one of Nangarhar’s busiest places failed.
Security troops discovered and confiscated a bomb in Jalalabad city.
A man has been detained in connection of bomb planting.
Selab army corps in east of country with releasing a statement said, the terrorists with planting of a bomb  wanted to organize  a bloody event on civilians, but not succeeded to their evil goals.
T. Yarzada

Monday, March 23, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) Twelve armed terrorists were killed and 14 others have been injured in security forces raids in Kandahar last night.
The terrorists were suppressed in Khakriz and Maiwand districts.
Atal army corps in south of country with releasing a statement said, 12 armed terrorists were killed and 14 others have been injured in the raids.
Four local commanders of Taliban were also among the dead.
According to reports, three hideouts of Taliban with all war equipment have been destroyed.
Another report says, a mine planter of Taliban was killed in shelling of security troops in Kandahar.
The assailants while wanted to plant a mine on a main road in Shahwalikot district, was targeted by security troops.
T. Yarzada

Monday, March 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), United States and Germany strongly reacted to deadly Taliban insider in southern Zabul province.
“I condemn the savage Taliban attack on the Afghan security forces in Zabul. What kind of people can order and do this to fellow Afghans on the day of Nowruz, in the midst of a global pandemic & after professing commitment to peace? Shameful.” the NATO Senior Civilian Representative said in a Twitter post.
The U.S. Embassy in Kabul also issued a statement on Twitter and strongly condemned the attack. “We strongly condemn Friday’s attack in Zabul & offer our condolences to the brave ANDSF & their families. Afghan security forces honor #Afghanistan by their dedication & service. In the midst of a global pandemic & on Nowruz, attacks like these are obscene. Time for peace is now.”
Meanwhile, the German Ambassador to Afghanistan Peter Prugel said in a Twitter post “Outraged by today’s heinous #Taliban attack on #ANDSF forces in Zabul. On the day of Nowruz and in face of a global pandemic, this savage act sheds serious doubts on the #Taliban’s commitment to peace. Sincere condolences to brave ANDSF, families and friends of the victims.”
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) in a statement said the Taliban militants launched the attack on security posts with the help of their infiltrators in the center of Zabul province, martyring 11 army soldiers and 6 policemen.

Monday, March 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Almost two weeks have passed since Afghan aviation companies announced a near-total shutdown of international flights, but some foreign companies are still flying in and out of Afghanistan.
According to the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA), Afghan domestic companies Ariana Airlines and Kam Air now only have flights from Dubai and Pakistan. And Pakistan has also imposed restrictions on the transit of goods flown in from Afghan airline companies, said ACAA.
But the head of the authority, Mohammad Qasim Wafaeezada, said foreign airline companies, primarily those based in the UAE, are conducting their flights to Kabul from the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, and Islamabad. But the Afghan Civil Aviation Authority recently announced that it will ban flights by Iran’s Mahan Air because of the coronavirus and flights by other companies to Iran have not been banned. Wafaeezadad said that domestic flights are normal.
“Restrictions were imposed on flights due to the coronavirus and required all flights to have credible health certificates,” Wafazeezada said, referring to the ban on Afghan airliners, including Kam Air and Ariana Airlines, by foreign countries.
The Ariana Afghan Airlines saying that have taken some precautionary measures to provide a safe environment for its passengers travelling to different provinces and abroad.
India’s External Affairs Ministry in a statement on March 19 said “no scheduled commercial passenger aircraft shall be allowed to land in India from March 22 for one week.”
Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) based Emirates Airlines on Saturday suspended its flights to several destinations including capital Kabul due to the spike in the outbreak of Covid-19.
“In response to the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, Emirates is taking extra steps that go above and beyond industry and regulatory requirements to ensure our customers’ health and comfort, and provide you with confidence when planning your travel,” Airline said on its website.
“Several countries have imposed travel and immigration restrictions due to COVID-19. All customers are requested to check relevant travel advisories from and to the countries to which they are traveling.”
“This is a dynamic situation and it is the responsibility of the customer to ensure there are no entry restrictions at their travel destination. IATA Travel Centre provides a list of travel advisories relating to COVID-19.”
The Airline has suspended flights to several destinations across the world that include Kabul City till June 30.

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