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Friday January 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chairman of Tajikistan’s State Committee for National Security Saimumin Yatimov has met with his Afghan colleague Zia Saraj and other representatives of Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security on Wednesday. The sides have discussed the situation in the region, noting that destabilization presents a danger for the region, Khovar news agency informed.
"The sides have expressed their concern regarding the fact that Afghanistan has turned into a battlefield due to the interference of certain international subversive forces. This factor creates risks for neighboring states," the message informs. "In light of the current situation, they have highlighted the direct threat of international terrorist groups, namely Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (both outlawed in Russia - TASS), the Islamic Renaissance Party, Ansorulloh, the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement, the Turkistan Islamic Movement (outlawed in Russia - TASS) and others."
The Tajik side thanked the Afghan security service for detecting and fighting terrorist groups tasked with committing attacks on the territory of Tajikistan.

Friday January 17, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Afghanistan’s National Security Adviser Hamdollah Moheb in a meeting in New Delhi exchanged views on the bilateral relations and recent developments taking place in the country.
During the meeting on the sidelines of ‘RAISINA Dialogue 2020’ in India’s capital on Tuesday, the two sides underlined the need for broadenings of mutual cooperation in different fields.
Zarif and Moheb also reviewed the latest regional and international developments.
Zarif is in the Indian capital to attend the 4th 'RAISINA Dialogue 2020' which started on Tuesday and will continue until Thursday (January 16).
The Iranian foreign minister will hold meetings with Indian and other foreign officials on the sidelines of the international gathering in addition to delivering a speech to the conference.
In a relevant development on Tuesday, Zarif met with Minister of State at the German Federal Foreign Office Niels Annen on Tuesday, and discussed the developments surrounding the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal.
The RAISINA Dialogue is a multilateral conference held annually in New Delhi. Since its inception in 2016, the conference has emerged as India’s flagship conference on geopolitics and geo-economics.

Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:54

Bomb Blast on Convoy of ANA in Kandahar

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Kandahar (BNA) A convoy of ANA forces targeted a bomb blast in Kandahar this morning.
Initial reports say, two people were wounded in the blast.
According to reports, a bomb was exploded in Aino Mina town while passing a convoy of ANA forces.
National army senior commander in Atal army corps in south of the country told BNA, two people have been injured in the blast.
In this event, the technical staffs of ANA were targeted a bomb blast.
Local officials of Kandahar have not yet commented in this regard,
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack so far.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:35

Fleeing War Families Received Aids

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Wheat assisted for hundreds of fleeing war and floods families in Nangarhar.
The families have been displaced from parts of Nangarhar due to presence of terrorist groups and floods in Lalpor District.
Nematullah Nowrozi governor for Lalpor District told BNA, in this round wheat was distributed for 800 fleeing war and floods families.
Displaced families do not find this help enough, asking shelter, medicine, dress, fuel materials and food.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:33

Border PF Kill Taliban Militants in Nooristan

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Paroon (BNA) Five armed Taliban militants were killed in a clash by border police forces in Nooristan province last night.
The militants were killed in Kamdish district near Durand Line.
Border police official in east of the country told BNA the Taliban have just come from Pakistan and targeted by  border police while planting mine for a convoy of security forces.
Five Taliban militants including two Pakistani insurgents were killed in the conflict.

Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:31

Taliban Rebels Killed in Helmand Air Raids

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Lashkarga (BNA) Eleven Taliban rebels were killed in recent air raids in Helmand last night.
The insurgents were suppressed in Sangeen and Nahersraj Districts.
Police media office with releasing a statement told BNA, eleven Taliban including two commanders of this groups were killed in the raids.
Two hideouts of the insurgents with all war equipment have been demolished.
According to another report, police of Helmand discovered and defused eight mines from main roads of the province, and prevented from a series of explosions.
No one has been detained in connection of failed mine planting.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in the 17th meeting of the Executive Committee of Culture and Art Development of Afghanistan heard problems of government media outlets and cultural figures on Wednesday.
In the meeting, cultural figures from different governmental institutions and representatives from the UNESCO & ISESCO National Commission as well as French Institute shared their visions with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah.
Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Publication Affairs, Fazel Sancharaki who was managing the agenda at the meeting, pointed to the importance of culture and art in the country and said: “Fighting extremism is a must and this should be changed into the culture of humanitarianism as the culture of extremism would create the storm of fundamentalism in the society.”
Representative of education centers also shared the 5-year cultural policy including education, art, cultural and social media. Likewise, heads of government dailies, Afghan Films, Faculty of Fine Arts, Public Library, Historical Monuments, Bakhtar News Agency and the Kabul Municipality shared what they had done relating to their responsibilities. Deputy Minister Fazel Sancharaki said that the ministry of information and culture has multiple times offered its plan to the country’s president for the improvement the publication affairs, but nothing had so far been made in this regard.
“We hope the country’s chief executive pay attention in this field. About the Jam Minaret and the programs on its restoration in the current fiscal year, he said measures had been adopted to restore it in the country’s western Ghor province.
Farid Farhang head of government dailies also spoke regarding the agenda and said the dailies including The Kabul Times, Anis, Hiwad and Islah newspapers should be paid attention by the government.
He suggested that all four state-owned newspapers should be printed in color-form, with their circulation level made higher and provided with own printing machines, and experienced youths to help them compete with other papers.
Chief Executive, meanwhile ordered the holding of a two-day seminar for the government-owned newspapers and that he would cooperate with the ministry of information and culture in allocation of enough budget.
The Chief Executive also noted that the papers should become self-sufficient through commercial advertisements.
The CE said the spirit of the state-owned dailies should be national not governmental and their self-sufficiency creates attractiveness.
Shukria Kohistani

Thursday, 16 January 2020 07:28

Media Should Obey Gender Justice, VP Danesh

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Second-Vice President, Sarwar Danesh in the Women Journalist Conference, asked all media outlets to first remain themselves obedient of gender justice, as on the government side, he assured that it was committed for supporting media and freedom of expression, said a statement from his office the other day.
The vice-president asked all women journalists and the entities supporting them to share all issues relating to them in cooperation with the Journalists Federation, with the joint committee secretary office for further investigation, said the statement.
On the peace process, he said the government of Afghanistan would remain persisting on republicanism and citizenship rights, particularly of the women and freedom of expression and calls these values key part of its principles, said the statement. "Although, the government has the primary responsibility to defend the rights of the people of Afghanistan and the last 18 year achievements, but vigilance and partnership of the entire people of Afghanistan, particularly women, including female journalists and their avocation is a need," said the VP as quoted by the statement.
Danesh asked the Journalists Federation of Afghanistan that first they themselves obey gender justice inside the entities, ensure women journalists activities and then make the media outlets and media owners, particularly private and non-governmental ones to do this.
"Unfortunately, media themselves are one of the places in which women journalists' rights are violated even do discrimination in the contracts and violate the labor law and other laws," the vice-president regretted. According to him, up to 117 journalists related cases have been investigated and in some cases, violators have received death penalties, but in the current months, he said the figure of violation against journalists have dropped by 42 percent.
The vice-president assured that currently the procedure of the committee is being changed into a rule which can guarantee the stability and permanency of the committee's work, the statement concluded.

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting on Tuesday with deputy of World Bank (WB) for South Asia and his accompanied delegation discussed the bank’s assistance and support to Afghanistan, a statement said.
In the meeting held at Presidential Palace with participation of World Bank chairperson for Afghanistan, President Ghani briefed related to Afghanistan government’s programs in particular development programs in the field of education, mines, customs and increasing of the country’s revenues and Afghanistan economic landscape, the presidential press office statement said
Speaking related to the government’s reforms package, the country’s President said the reforms’ logic was to deliver better services, enhance effectiveness and build capacity of the government institutions.
President Ghani said that the government was seriously committed to bringing reforms as their goal was to deliver effective, equal and technology-based services to the people, stressing on investment on renewable energy, construction of hydropower dams and water management, counter-poverty to reduce it, increasing of agricultural products and attention to values of the product in the country.
The country’s President by stating that Afghanistan exports have reached to more than $1billion said the government would further invest on Afghanistan electricity projects in future, stressing on regional connectivity and economic efforts in the region. In the meeting, deputy of the World Bank for South Asia affairs once again declared the bank’s support from economic and development programs of President Ghani and the government of Afghanistan.

Thursday, January 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the High Council for Elimination of Violence against Women was held yesterday.
In the meeting, deputy minister of women affairs first delivered report related to modality of implementation of the commission’s previous decisions and spoke about developments and challenges in this regard, the statement from CE press office said.
Afterwards, the ministry of labor and social affairs delivered a report about codification of national social immunity policy, considering increasing poverty, violence against women and children, lack of exact figures of affected people and others as the main reasons for codification of the policy.
After hearing the reports, the country’s chief executive considered codification of national social immunity policy as significant, adding that he agreed on the policy in general, but it should be discussed in detail in separate meetings. Deputy Minister of women affairs spoke related to modality of raping a small girl in Badghis and modality of countering its factors, saying that three individuals involved in the case have been arrested and investigation was underway in this regard.

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