28 April 2017

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Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Daud Abdul Rahimzai, one of The Kabul Times top journalists, died Monday morning due to heart attack at age 57 in Kabul.

The deceased Abdul Rahimzai had worked as a journalist at The Kabul Times for the past 35 years.

In funeral ceremony held yesterday in Qala-e-Kashif of Kabul city, Editor of Chief of The Kabul Times, Hamidullah Arifi spoke and called Daud Abdul Rahimzai as a successful journalist, adding that the deceased had been an experienced journalist who carried out his duty with full honesty, therefore, his works were appreciated.

Meanwhile, leading body of Ministry of Information and Culture and Afghanistan’s High Journalists Council extended condolences over surprised death of Daud Abdul Rahimzai, considered his death as loss to media and wished the deceased paradise and patience to his family and remained.

It is worth mentioning that the deceased praying ceremony will be held today by the deceased family, Ministry of Information and Culture and Afghanistan High Journalists Council at Shir Shah Soori mosque from 13:00- 15:30 in Kabul.  

Monday, April 24, 2017
WASHINGTON (BNA) Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has urged the World Bank to finance a major project in the Pak-Afghan region, which could greatly enhance intra-regional trade.
The project-Peshawar-Kabul highway-would not only link Peshawar with the Afghan capital but would also be a major commercial link between the South and Central Asian regions.
The Finance Minister discussed this and other projects with senior officials of the World Bank group in Washington last week on the sidelines of the group’s spring meetings.
Dar says private sector can select CPEC projects of its choice.
The Pakistan Embassy, which released the details of these meetings, said the World Bank had agreed in principle to finance the Peshawar-Kabul highway project.  Dar also asked the World Bank to consider leading a consortium to finance the Diamer-Bhasha dam project.
In Washington, Finance Minister Dar also met his Afghan counterpart Eklil Ahmed Hakimi and the two talked about coordinating their policies to enhance bilateral trade and economic ties.  They agreed to hold the next meeting of the Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Economic Commission as soon as possible, said an official statement issued after the meeting.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  First Lady Rula Ghani on Tuesday called for the protection of Afghan girls against child marriages, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
According to her, forced marriages affect physical health of young girls and rob them of their childhood and future, the agency added.
“Child marriage is a depressing phenomenon for the young generation of Afghanistan and it is a national responsibility to stop the menace,’’ she told audience in an event held in Media and Information Centre. The event marked the inauguration of “National Action Plan to Eliminate Early Child Marriage’’ by Afghan Ministries of Women Affairs and Information and Culture.
The inauguration was supported by the Embassy of Canada in Afghanistan and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
“I urge all Afghan families to avoid child and forced marriages. Your girls face a huge risk when they get married at young age. “Early marriage robs them of their childhood and future opportunities,’’ she added.
The First Lady noted that getting married in an appropriate age reduces girls’ risk for physical, sexual, psychological as well as economic abuse.
UNFPA country representative at the event, Bannet Ndyanabangi said a girl, below 18, was capable of rapidly gaining wisdom and knowledge from the people around her.
“She can be one day an inspiring leader, a productive worker, an innovator, a caring parent or take any other role that empowers a society. “She can shape the future of her society. “But all of this depend on how we support her today,’’ Ndyanabangi said.
According to a statement issued by UNFPA, the plan of action adopts two approaches, it outlines initiatives designed to prevent and end early child marriage. In the ceremony, deputy minister of information and culture on youth affairs, Dr. Kamal Sadat called the program effective to prevent forced marriages and asked religious Ulama, influential figures, media and civil society activists to cooperate in fighting the scourge so the children are not deprived of their rights, BNA added. He added that unacceptable rampant traditions in the society have caused child marriages, an action that should be soon prevented.
“Volunteer committees consisting youth have been established in all provinces of the country and they will cooperate in the respect,” he added.
Calling implementation of the plan one of the ministry for women affairs priorities, the ministry’s representative said that low-level awareness of families is among the reasons behind child marriages in the country.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  Addressing a ceremony, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said nutrition and food safety were National Unity Government’s top priority.
“As per the decision of the council of minister, the committee for nutrition and food safety was decided to be established.  Now we see the commitment has been fulfilled,” Dr. Abdullah said.
According to Chief Executive, 39 percent of the country’s population facing food immunity challenges, adding 40.9 percent of the children below five years facing malnutrition which made Afghanistan to be in the rank of those countries facing serious food immunity challenges.
Dr. Abdullah called poverty, lack of access to flood, climate change, drought, unbalanced food regime, lack of access to potable water and war as the main challenges before food immunity in the country.  He emphasized on joint cooperation of the government institutions and the international organization to fight malnutrition and remove obstacles before food immunity in the country.
Meanwhile, the representative of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO of the United Nations cited food insecurity as the biggest challenge in Afghanistan, adding FAO was ready to ease Afghan government bring food security in the country.
At the end, Baryali Arsalayee, general director of the secretariat for council of ministers, representatives of FAO, UNICEF and WFP signed MoU on establishing of national technical committee on Nutrition and food security.


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