17 February 2020

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Sunday, February 16, 2020
Faizabad (BNA) Thirty-five people including women, men and children were lost their lives due to pulmonary disease in Badakhshan during three months.
Dr. Noor Khawri head of Badakhshan Public Health told BNA, these people lost their lives in Wakhan District due to cold weather and insufficient food and died of respiratory diseases.
Four health teams were deployed to Wakhan District to curb the diseases and are treating patients.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, 16 February 2020 11:13

Water Provides to 1500 Families in Samangan

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Aibak (BNA) The construction of three water supply networks in Samangan was completed and water provided for 1500 Families.
BNA local correspondent reported, the networks were completed and put into exploitation from budget of rural rehabilitation ministry in Dara-e-Sof Bala district, Samangan.
Ahmad Ali Hosaini governor of Dara-e-Sof Bala district said, as these networks were completed, water scarcity problems were resolved for more than 1,500 families.
Residents of Dara-e-Sof Bala district said, they were happy with the completion of the work, saying they were already bringing the needed water from the river and their children were infected with various diseases.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Jalalabad (BNA) Dozens of regions have been cleared from insurgents during a clearing operation in Shirzad District, Nangarhar province.
The operation started two months ago, and continued there.
Selab army corps in east of country with releasing a statement said, most parts of the mentioned district have been cleared from Taliban terrorist group.
On the other hand, the militaries has provided space for the people’s normal lives and the process of rehabilitation by constructing campsites in cleared area.
Likewise, police of Nangarhar with discovering of 17 mines from busy roads of the province, prevented from a series of explosions.
No one has been arrested in the planting mines.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Mehtarlam (BNA) Nine people have been detained on charges membership of Taliban and ISIS groups in east of the country.
The people were arrested during recent days in clearing operations of security troops in parts of Nangarhar, Laghman and Kunduz provinces.
Selab army corps in east of country with releasing of a statement said, the detainees confessed  being involved in Taliban and ISIS groups in the first investigation, as well as participating in dozens of terror attacks in east of the country.
From the detainees weapons and documents showing their membership in Taliban and ISIS groups were also seized.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Lashkargah (BNA) As a result of Afghan Security Forces raid on Taliban hideout in Helmand, six armed insurgents were killed.
The Taliban were targeted in their hideout in Nahersaraj district.
Atal army corps media office with releasing a statement said, six armed insurgents were killed and their hideout with all ware equipment has been demolished.
Another report says, three weapons caches of Taliban were destroyed.
The caches were kept in hideouts of Taliban in Nahersaraj district and suburb of Lashargah city.
Police of Helmand said, several heavy and light weapons, bombs and mines were seized from the caches.
On the other hand, the security forces discovered and confiscated ten mines from crowded ways of Helmand and prevented from a series of explosions.
Security officials of the province blamed Taliban for the failed mine planting.
T. Yarzada

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Information and Culture says that much efforts have been paid and practical steps taken to protect Jam Minaret from natural incidents in the ongoing Solar year 1398.
Releasing a statement on Friday, Ministry of Information and Culture said that some media outlets reported about Jam minaret in recent days which needed clarification, adding that flash floods in spring of 2019 which was unprecedented in last 100 years, could destroy surrounding walls off the minaret in western Ghor province.
“The ministry could take urgent steps upon receiving information from the incident and allocated 200,000 thousand of Afghanis from its budget and recruited 800 workers with direct supervision of the local organs and could change the direction of floods and protected the minaret,” the statement further added.
But the ministry said that security situation got worst in the area after the flash floods and that avoided the ministry’s team to further work for the protection of the world heritage site, however the ministry said that had developed project schemes and could allocate 8.5 billion Afghanis from the ministry of finance for cleaning of the river near the minaret and construction of the protection walls around it.
“Since the security situation improved in the area in first week of Dalwa 1398 solar year, the ministry signed a contract with a 'construction company on 22nd Dalwa of 1398, that has started transferring of material to the site,” the ministry said, adding that with implementation of the project, flood threats to the minaret would be prevented.
The ministry said was committed to keep inform the people on implementation of the every phases of project.

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Addressing media at the Government Media and Information Center here on Thursday, the President’s advisor in strategic and public relations, Wahid Omar said that government would launch a month-long campaign of sharing information with the people under the title ‘Government accountability to nation’ from today (February 16).
Omar went on saying that government officials would share information about their annual achievements and problems they faced over a year with people via media outlets. He said protesting media outlets had shared a list of 45 subjects, about which the government would provide information.
He also said government departments had worked on some of these subjects and others were under the process for providing information about them to the public.
The president advisor added that the cabinet had also discussed complaints raised by the media and President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani had directed all organs not to commit negligence in sharing information with people through media.
“We believe that the government and media should not confront each other, but both should work in the same line for the defense of the Afghan people and the country’s values,” he said.
He said freedom of speech was an achievement of the government and all people of Afghanistan and the government would not let anyone impose restrictions on it.
The government’s statements come after many Afghan media outlets in a joint statement accused the government of not giving access to information it held.

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Defense Ministers wrapped up two days of discussions in Brussels on Thursday (13 February 2020) addressing key issues including NATO’s training mission in Iraq, support for Afghanistan, and the challenge posed by Russia’s missile systems.
Allied ministers agreed in principle to enhance NATO Mission Iraq. “In the first instance, this will consist of taking on some of the Global Coalition’s current training activities,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. He underlined that NATO is in Iraq at the invitation of the Iraqi government. “Our aim is to increase the capacity of the Iraqi armed forces so that they no longer require our support,” he said.
Afghanistan was also high on the agenda, with a meeting of all nations contributing to NATO’s Resolute Support Mission. “NATO remains committed to Afghanistan’s long-term security and stability. Our focus remains the same: to provide the Afghan security forces with training and financial support, so that they can fight terrorism and create the conditions for peace,” said the Secretary General. He stressed that Allies fully support the efforts led by the United States to achieve a peaceful solution, and continue to coordinate closely on the way forward. “We welcome any steps that can lead to the reduction of violence – the Taliban have to show a real will and a real ability to deliver a reduction of violence on the ground,” he added.

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilham Aliyev on the sideline of 56th Munich Security Conference here on Friday evening, a presidential statement said yesterday.
Both sides discussed trade, transit, bilateral cooperation and state to state agreement on purchasing of oil, the statement added.
Hinting to enhancing bilateral cooperation, Azerbaijani president said his country was willing to improve ties with Afghanistan.
Thanking Azeri readiness for cooperation with Afghanistan, the president said was willing to utilize successful experiences of Azerbaijan in areas of customs and fiscal management system, the statement quoted him as saying.
According to another report, President Ghani also met with president of Kazakhstan on the sideline of 56th Munich Security Conference yesterday.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan said that would appoint his country’s special envoy for Afghanistan, adding peace and stability in the country was important for Kazakhstan too and that he was supporting regional and international approach for peace in the war-torn country.
He also said that his country was ready to extend support for Afghanistan in areas of education, in particular granting scholarships to Afghan youth, according to the statement from the presidential press office.
President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani also said that trade ties between the two countries have increased to even five times, adding that it was needed to keep balance of the imports and exports between the two countries.

Sunday, 16 February 2020 05:30

Taliban Explosive Cache Destroyed in Ghazni

Sunday, February 16, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The national defense ministry said, an explosive cache of Taliban was destroyed in clearing operations of commando forces in Gero District, Ghazni.
Likewise, two Taliban with several Pakistani insurgents were also arrested.
Several mines were seized by commando forces in the operation.
T. Yarzada

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