15 December 2019

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Sunday December 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) At least 12 people were arrested accused of different criminal cases in various parts of Kabul city within the last three days.
Fardaws Faramarz spokesman of Kabul’s police chief told BNA correspondent, the people were arrested accused of murder, robbery, carrying illegal weapons, selling and smuggling narcotic drugs in relevant areas of 5th, 7th precincts and Mir Bacha Koot, Deh Sabz and Shakar Dara districts of Kabul.
Some light weapons have been seized from the arrested people.
According to another report, Khalid known as Khalid Bagh Alimardan was arrested by Afghan police personnel in first precinct of Kabul city.
Khalid was accused in robbery in different parts of Kabul city.

Sunday December 15, 2019
MAZAR-E-SHARIF CITY (BNA) Clashes continuing between fighters of irresponsible armed commander and Afghan police personnel in Mazar-e-Sharif city the provincial capital of Balkh province.
The conflicts has started late on Saturday, when Afghan security forces wanted to arrested Nezamuddin Qaisari former police chief of Qaisar district, Faryab province and an irresponsible armed commander in the north of the country.
According to reports, sound of heavy and light weapons heard in the area.
Eyewitnesses told BNA reporter, two Afghan security troops and five fighters of Qaisari were wounded during the clashes.
Afghan security forces are trying to prevent civilian casualties during arresting of commander Qaisari, so the operation took time.

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Head of Education Ministry Dr. Mohammad Mirwais Balkhi and General Director of Education Foundation of Turkey inaugurated the Afghan-Turk Elementary school in Kabul.
According to BNA report, in inaugural ceremony of the school, Dr. Balkhi appreciates Turkey’s cooperation with its education, and describes it as a friend and colleague of Afghan children education.
Head of Turkish Education Foundation also expressed readiness to cooperate more with Afghan education.
It is worth mentioning that, the school was built at the cost of $ 200,000, and has the capacity to provide education to 288 students.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, 15 December 2019 09:51

Pakistan Terrorists Killed in Nooristan

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Paroon (BNA) Five Pakistani terrorists were killed in shelling of border police officials in east of the country.
The terrorists were suppressed who recently entered from Pakistan to Nooristan province for carrying terrorist attacks.
Selab army corps in east of the country told BNA, five Pakistani terrorists were killed in shelling of border police officials.
No any harm and casualties sustained to security forces and civilians in the event.
T. Yarzada

Sunday December 15, 2019
Trenkot (BNA) Two Taliban insurgents were killed and three others have been injured in Afghan Security Forces air raid in Urozgan province last night.
The Taliban were targeted in Tenkot city.
Atal army corps in south of the country with releasing a statement told BNA two Taliban were killed and three others have been injured in the raid.
The Taliban planned to target a police checkpoint in the province that targeted by security troops.
It is said that no any harm and loses incurred to security troops and civilians in the raid.
Likewise, A Taliban associate has been detained in another incident in Urozgan province.
The man with his weapon has been detained in suburb of Trenkot city.
T. Yarzada

Sunday December 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi in a meeting with Indonesian commissioner for human rights discussed and exchanged views in connection with role of women in peace process, women participation in social activities and appointment of women in government institutions.
In the meeting, the Indonesian commissioner for human rights by briefing related to activities and achievements of Indonesian commission on human rights in addressing problems of women in post war areas added the government was making effort to pave the way for effective presence of women in various sectors through training and their appointment in government and non-government institutions.
Meanwhile, acting minister of information and culture in a separate meeting with Indonesian director for national museum stressed on consolidation and expansion of relations between museums of the two countries, adding that national museum of Afghanistan by having artifacts and historic relics was one of the prestigious museums in the region and world.
Recalling that museums were reflecting the culture and history of countries, acting minister of information and culture added officials of national museum of Afghanistan were making effort to make new generation of the country get acquainted with the country’s historic artifacts being preserved in the museum as mobile museum programs have been launched recently in Balkh, Kandahar and Nangarhar to make them aware of the country’s historic relics and artifacts and such programs would be launched in all provinces of Afghanistan.
In the meeting, the Indonesian director for national museum stressed on exchanging cultural relations particularly in the field of museums between the two countries, asking for expansion and consolidation of cultural relations with Afghanistan.

Sunday, 15 December 2019 07:17

ECC Employee Shot Dead in Herat

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) An employee of Afghanistan’s Electoral Complaints Commission was shot dead in western Herat province on Saturday.
Jelani Farhad, a spokesman for provincial governor, said that the person was killed near the provincial of office of ECC.
He said that the motive behind the killing was unclear.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.
Afghanistan held presidential election on September 28, but results have not be announced yet.

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi, met Deputy Chief of Mission and Councilor of Egyptian embassy here yesterday and both sides discussed strengthening bilateral cultural relations, Bakhtar News Agency reported.
The Egyptian embassy councilor said an archeological delegation to visit Kabul and to train the Afghan archeologists for two weeks, adding four Afghan archeologists have also been invited to visit Egypt, the agency quoted him as saying.
He also briefed the acting minister on Arabic language training program held for the employees of the ministry of information and culture for near one year, adding his country was ready to extend the program for the ministry.
Praising Egyptian embassy’s support and holding of the Arabic language program for the employees of the ministry, Minister Safi emphasized on further expansion of the bilateral cultural cooperation between the two countries, the agency added.
At the end, deputy minister of culture and Art, Prof. Rasul Bawary handed over an appreciation certificate to Dr. Ibrahim Kamel, lecturer of Al-Azhar University for training of the Arabic language to the ministry’s employees.

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) U.S. peace envoy Zalmay Khalilzad is on a two-day visit to Pakistan to brief the country's leaders about his latest negotiations with the Afghan Taliban.
"We will go to any extent for Afghan peace," Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said at a meeting with the U.S. envoy, according to a Pakistani official. The country's state-run media said Khalilzad praised Islamabad's role in facilitating the peace process.
Pakistan and its spy agency, which are often accused of harboring Afghan militants, are said to have considerable influence on the group. Khalilzad last week resumed talks with Taliban negotiators in the Qatari capital, Doha, where the insurgents maintain a political office.
The talks were the first direct contact between the sides since U.S. President Donald Trump three months ago halted negotiations to end the 18-year war in Afghanistan. But Khalilzad said the negotiations were taking a "brief pause" after the Taliban on December 11 staged an attack on the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan.
Taliban fighters struck near the Bagram Airfield, killing at least two Afghan civilians and wounding more than 70 other people, including five Georgian soldiers.
The restart of talks in Doha followed Trump's surprise Thanksgiving visit to see U.S. troops in Afghanistan on November 28, when he voiced hope that "the Taliban wants to make a deal and we are meeting with them."

Sunday, December 15, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Officials on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish electronic application process for Hajj affairs.
The agreement was signed between Acting Communication and IT Minister Fahim Hashimi and Acting Haj and Religious Affairs Minister Abdul Hakim Munib at the Government Media and Information Center yesterday.
After implementation of this program all pilgrims trip to Hajj will go through these steps. After signing the MoU, Mohammad Fahim Hashimi told the media that with the implementation of the program, the documentation process for the Hajj registration process would become easier and quicker.
“According to this MoU, Asan-Khedmat will study all the existing processes of the Hajj ministry and accordingly create an electronic hajj system for their staff and conduct capacity building workshops for them,” Minister Hashimi said, adding the Electronic System will facilitate the Hajj process for people including registration process, getting passport and visa, transferring money and getting other information. He also added that this system is a major step to eclecticize the public services and continues to effectively control and manage Hajj revenues and expenditures.
Meanwhile, Acting Minister of Hajj and Religious Affairs emphasized that the system will be developed in Pashto, Dari and English, also in the provinces the Asan-Khedmat staffs will cooperate with those who intend to perform Hajj with their documentation process in coordination with the Hajj and Religious departments. Moreover, he said with the implementation of the electronic system of Hajj process, there will be many facilities for the people.
The Minister added that the MoHRA directorates in the provinces will work with those who plan to perform Hajj as part of their documentation process with the electronic system. According to a report from the MoHRA, more than 30,000 people intend to perform Hajj every year. Hajj process is highly controversial and time consuming, but with the simplification of this Electronic process, it can avoid the consumption of time.
More than 30,000 Afghans perform Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia annually.

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