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Wednesday, 18 March 2020 06:28

Armed Terrorists Killed in Urozgan Clash

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Trenkoit (BNA) Eight armed terrorists were killed in a clash by Afghan security forces in Urozgan last night.
The conflicts occurred in parts of Charcheno district and suburb of Trenkot city.
Atal army corps in south of country with releasing a statement said, eight terrorists were killed in the conflicts.
The statement added, most of the terrorists were targeted while terrorist activities.
According to reports, several weapons of the terrorists were also seized.
Meanwhile, security forces with discovering of 13 mines from busy roads of Urozgan, prevented from a series of explosions.
Police of the province blamed Taliban for the mine planting.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Lashkargah (BNA) Ten armed Taliban were killed in scattered conflicts and six others have been injured in Helmand last night.
The conflicts occurred in parts of Sangeen and surrounding of Lashkargah city.
ANA media office stationed in Helmand with releasing a statement said, several heavy and light weapons of the insurgents were also seized.
Another report says, police of Helmand discovered and defused eleven mines from busy roads of the province and prevented from a series of blasts.
Security officials blamed Taliban for the mine planting.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 11:09

Mine Explosion Took the Life of Policeman

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) A policeman was martyred in explosion of a blast in Balkh last night.
Adel Shah Adel spokesman for Balkh security commandment told BNA local correspondent, a mine was planted in a motorbike in 8th precinct of Mazar-e-Shafrif which caused martyring of a policeman.
In the blast, a civilians was also injured.
So far, no individual or group has commented the responsibility of the mine planting.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 11:08

Thousands Deserved Families Received Aids

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Food was distributed to 3,000 deserved families in Pechegram and Kot districts of Nangarhar province.
Press in charges of Nangarhar governor office told BNA, the aids provided by WFP, which was distributed to 3,000 deserved families in the mentioned districts.
He said that a sag of flour, and ghee was distributed to these families.
Distribution of aid to other districts continues.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 11:07

Protective Wall to be built in Kunar

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) A 2-meter-long protective wall is to be built near Kunar river.
Press official of Nangarhar office told BNA, the contract for the wall has been completed and work will begin soon.
He said the construction of the wall, which cost nearly 20 million Afghanis, would save hundreds acres of farmland and gardens from the threat of water pollution in Kunar river.
T. Yarzada

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) On behalf of Khadim Al-Haramain Al-Sharifain and King of Saudi Arabia, the country’s ambassador to Kabul in a message has congratulated President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on his re-election as President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
In his message, the Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Kabul Jasem Mohammad al-Khalidi wrote: “On behalf of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques His Highness King Salman bin Abdulaziz, I would like to offer felicitation on the occasion of your re-election.”
“His Highness, The King of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has wished further successes and prosperity for President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Afghanistan in his second term,” the message added.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020 06:25

MoIC Message on National Journalists Day

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Recording a day as National Journalists Day in the country’s official calendar shows the government’s strong determination to freedom of expression and expansion of media work for strengthening of a democratic system, which is appreciable.
If attention is paid to works of the government in this regard, the result shows that the government with all political and security challenges has had considerable achievements in freedom of expression and development in media sector. Creation of joint committee of media and government, journalists support fund, law on access to information, commission on access to information, exemption of media from taxes are some examples of these achievements.
Therefore, we can seek the philosophy of this day for the development of media, freedom of expression, creation and institutionalization of democracy in the country. Anyway, the media society of Afghanistan has experienced challenging and black days during serious fighting and security incidents.
We can consider suicide attacks on journalists as black days, while we can identify lack of access of journalist to information as a challenge towards professional work of media workers. We understand media has principal role in improvement of the society, but financial problems have caused that a large number of media organizations closed their operation and dozens of media workers become jobless. We hope a day on which there will be no fighting, insecurity and unemployment in our country. We congratulate this day to all of media workers!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi delivered the ministry’s works and achievements of 2019.
As part of responding programs of the government to the nation, acting minister of information and culture delivered the ministry’s works and achievements to the nation. Delivering the report to the nation, acting minister of information and culture said that working team of the ministry was engaged in consolidation and protection of the Minaret of Jam in Ghor, assuring of the protection and safety of the minaret.
“The ministry of information and culture is making use of all means for the protection of the country’s historic monuments,” Safi added. She said that the ministry was operating in various fields as publications, media, culture and art, tourism and youth, adding that the ministry has implemented 16 development projects as seven construction projects, six projects in the field of renovation of historic monuments as renovation of Merwais Nika Mausoleum in Kandahar, renovation of Aqina Pool in Faryab, renovation of second phase of Qala-e-Seraj in Laghman, Amir Abdul Rahman Khan Mosque in Kabul and others, three projects implemented with close cooperation of the ministry of urban development and land.
Acting minister of information and culture by pointing to works and key achievements of the ministry said that 2019 was coinciding with the 100th Independence Anniversary of Afghanistan; therefore, the MoIC has launched various programs from the beginning as the ministry has commemorated the day by holding scientific seminars, various books exhibitions, handicrafts and home-made food exhibitions, cultural weeks, concerts and theatrical shows and others. Related to historic sites, artefacts and historic monuments, Hasina Safi said that 1413 historic sites from 34 provinces have been recorded in the ministry’s database, 4608 historic artefacts have been found from historic sites in seven provinces of the country.
“A relic from the Buddhism era has been returned to the country and submitted to national museum, 500 relics have been seized by NDS personnel in customs, 1780 historic monuments have been registered, 294 others repaired, while boards have been written for 824 historic monuments,” Hasina Safi said, adding that two exhibitions have been held in China, while 46245 historic documents have been digitalized. According to acting minister of information and culture, 200 written relics have been repaired and bound and 31 tableaus destroyed during the Taliban regime have been repaired. Acting minister of information and culture also briefed related to activities of the ministry towards protection and development of music and national theater.
Pointing to laws and regulations prepared for the publication affairs, acting minister of information and culture said the MoIC was committed to freedom of expression and supporting of the rights of journalists. Hasina Safi also said that the ministry has collected 190,812,967 AFG incomes from production of films, land renting, Behaqi stalls, commercial spots and selling tickets of exhibitions and issuing license and others during the past one year.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The first meeting of the State Committee for Public Awareness to Prevent Corona virus outbreaks was held at the Government Media and Information Center on Monday.
The committee was formed on Sunday based on a Presidential decree and General Director of Office of Public and Strategic Affairs (OPSA) was appointed the Chairman of the committee.
According to the decree, the Director General of Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA), Deputy Ministers of Public Health, Information and Culture, Haj and Religious Affairs, Refugees and Repatriations, Interior Affairs, National Defense, Women's Affairs, Higher Education, Education, the Independent Directorate Local Governance and Kabul Municipality were assigned as the members of the committee.
The purpose of the committee is to improve coordination on information dissemination and release of audio-visual and info graphs to raise public awareness about COVID-19.
Part of the decree states that the State Committee for Public Awareness is required to collect and share information publicly on corona virus outbreak on daily basis, as well as to provide text, audio and video messages based on public awareness practices and broadcast and amplify them through mass media and social media.
Waheed Omer, OPSA general director and chairman of the committee for public Awareness to Prevent Corona Virus, called on its members to introduce one of their authoritative staffs to the Committee secretariat to better coordinate the affairs of the committee.
He said it was a clear and decisive decision by the government to prevent all ceremonies where large number of people could gather, and called on the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Kabul Municipality to provide clear instruction to all wedding hall officials to stop events immediately until the end of the situation.
Omer emphasized that the same decision was made regarding the swimming pools and public baths and urged the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Kabul Municipality to act decisively in this regard. He stressed combating the outbreak of the Corona virus is one of the priorities of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Public Health, the number of positive cases of corona virus in Afghanistan has reached 21.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, spoke this afternoon with the leadership of the Ministry of Education via video conference about the reform program at the ministry and the measures taken to teach students during school holiday, a statement from the presidential palace press office said yesterday.
This video conference was followed by a series of previous meetings to review the ministry's education and reform program, with the ministry of education officials first sharing the progress report on the ministry’s reform and development plan with the president.
Acting Minister of Education Mohammad Mirwais Balkhi said the ministry's reform package will be completed soon, taking into account all of the pre-defined criteria, and that will be implemented with the start of the new school year, following the president's remarks, according to the statement.
After hearing the report, the president said a clear path has been established for implementation of reform in the ministry, adding that the reform package needed to be implemented step by step, the statement added.
The president also said that the ministry of education should focus on a distance programs through its TV channel during the off days due to the possible spread of the coronavirus, aiming to keep continued the studies of the students.
President Ghani instructed the Ministry of Education to work on a specific program for teaching and keeping students engaged during school closures or if the holidays were to be extended. The President also emphasized that the Afghan Government's top priority was education and health and directed the Ministry of Education to pay special attention to distance education programs in Herat, as the province is much vulnerable due to outbreak of COVID-19, the statement said.
The President assured all teachers that their salaries will be paid during and after the school holidays, and that they will be paid too if holidays extended, the statement quoted.

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