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UN says over 10,000 Afghans displaced in 2017

 The United Nations has said in a report that as fighting continues in many parts of Afghanistan, displacement has soared in recent months. The ongoing conflict ... Full story

Ramadan & hike of foodstuffs price

 Every year the price of foodstuffs and fuel are increasing during the holy month of Ramadan. Most of the people are complaining of increasing the ... Full story

Four ways forward in Afghanistan

 The United States of America should use four strategies in Afghanistan which include state building, reconciliation, containment and basing.  Each strategy contains distinct goals, its own ... Full story

Anarkali Honaryar; a heroine Sikh woman fighting for equal rights

 Following is an article written by Sambuddha Mitra Mustafi about the prominent Sikh woman civil and human rights activist, sparing no time to fight for ... Full story

Transparent committee can ensure plot distribution to returnees

 Afghan refugees are facing numerous kinds of tortures and torments outside the country, while returning home find their distributed residential plots usurped. In a fresh assertion, ... Full story

Govt. should codify comprehensive plan to curb insecurities, House

 Expressing concern on deteriorating security situation in the capital Kabul, Wolesi Jirga or Lower House of the Parliament is asking for practical measures by security ... Full story

Mattis: Iranian plot to kill Saudi ambassador was approved at ‘highest level’

 US Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a televised interview this week that an Iranian plot to kill the then Saudi ambassador to Washington Adel ... Full story

Photo of the day

A worker is seen taking a nap on its cart, as warm season and fasting days of Ramadan joined to make him suspend work.

President Ghani chairs Armed Forces Command-in-Chief meeting

 KABUL: President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan chaired a meeting of the Armed Forces Command-in-Chief, held at the presidential palace, his office said Tuesday. A ... Full story

Rabbani, Netherlands ambassador discuss bilateral ties

 KABUL: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Salahuddin Rabbani met Geoggrey van Leeuwen, ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands to Kabul, the MoFA said in a statement. During ... Full story

MoIC, DAFA discuss activities

 KABUL: Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari in a meeting with the head of Delegation Archaeologique Française en Afghanistan (DAFA) discussed ... Full story

Kabul Polytechnic University Holds First I.T. Associate Degree Graduation

 KABUL: Leaders from the Ministry of Higher Education and Kabul Polytechnic University celebrated the graduation of the first 28 graduates, including eight females, earning an ... Full story

Pak-Afghan cricket series agreement not finalized yet: Mashal

 KABUL: The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman Shokrullah Atif Mashal says the agreement regarding bilateral series between Afghanistan and Pakistan cricket tams has not been ... Full story

US airstrikes in Afghanistan tripled in 2017: Official

 The US Air Force has tripled the number of airstrikes across Afghanistan since last year, according to a spokesman for US and NATO forces in ... Full story

Sport cloth must be made virtuously

 Born in 1987 in an enlightened and educated family in Parwan province, Mohammad Sharif Aram was graduated in 2012 from the Accounting Institute. He started ... Full story

Unemployment drives Afghan youth to devious

 Continued wars in Afghanistan have made most of youth not to get higher education. Insecurities in many parts of the country have also made many ... Full story

Unlike other Islamic countries, prices beset Afghan people during Ramadan

 A number of Afghan senators in an official session of the upper house asked Afghan businessmen to at least make the prices reasonable for the ... Full story

MoD plans to increase Special Forces’ role in battlefields

 Officials of the ministry for defense said they wanted to increase Special Forces operations in a bid to defend offensives and suppress government armed oppositions.  The ... Full story

A glimpse at war and peace talks’ outcomes

 Since its creation and gradual development, the principles of international relations require the governments and nations to get closer more than before and achieve their ... Full story

More US lawmakers line up to derail Trump’s $110bn arms deal with Saudi

 US President Donald Trump’s massive $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia faces a bleak future in Congress as more lawmakers raise questions about the ... Full story

NPC approves 24 contracts worth over 1.8 billion AFG

 KABUL: Presided over by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission’s (NPC) session was held yesterday, in which 24 contracts worth 1.8 billion AFG ... Full story

CE condoles 6th martyrdom anniversary of Gen. Daud, Gen Noori

 KABUL: Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a statement has condoled 6th martyrdom anniversary of brave commanders Gen. Mohammad Daud Daud and Gen. Shah Jahan ... Full story

Finance minister meets ADB chairman to Afghanistan

 KABUL: Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met yesterday with Asian Development Bank (ADB) chairman to Afghanistan Thomas Panella. In the meeting, both sides discussed related to ... Full story

Foreign deputy minister meets members of NA’s international relations commissions

 KABUL: Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Deputy political Minister of Foreign Ministry met the other day with members of international relations commission for national assembly and discussed ... Full story

214 militants killed in past three weeks in Nangarhar: Gen. Rahimi

 At least 214 militants were killed during the counter-terrorism operations in the past three weeks in various parts of eastern Nangarhar province, the local security ... Full story

Turkey’s Anatolia, BNA to cooperate each other

 KABUL: Turkey’s Anatolia Agency is ready to cooperate with Afghanistan Bakhtar News Agency in two fields.  According to BNA, delegation of Turkey’s Anatolia Agency, arrival to ... Full story

Women capable in all life sectors

 Woman Journalist Association headed by Shafiqa Habibi is operating in 17 provinces and considered as the first woman association working in women journalist sector. Since ... Full story

Afghanistan, Tajikistan sign sixth economic, trade MoU

 Economic trade cooperations including development of water, energy, oil and gas, transportation, communication and customs are the contents of the sixth economic-trade MoU between Afghanistan ... Full story

Removal of corruption helps improve other fields

 Power has always been an attractive phenomenon and individuals in different positions at various levels have tried to have access to higher positions. Political power ... Full story

National Security Council stresses battle on terrorism, Atmar

 Officials of Afghanistan’s National Security Council in a meeting with ten different countries’ national security advisors have stressed on joint fighting terrorism, counternarcotic and tightening ... Full story

Security forces capable to foil inimical plots, protect people

 The country’s second vice-president in a statement described the holy month of Ramadan, a good opportunity to recognize the enemy of the country and the ... Full story

Qatar’s Emir Tamim calls Iran’s President Rouhani seeking ‘deepening of ties’

 In a phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and that was initiated by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani described ... Full story

Condolence messages

 KABUL: President of the Islamic Republic of Afghansitan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a message expressed his deep regret over the death of Halima Gharmal, one ... Full story

Senators divided over land sold to AGC

 KABUL: Meshrano Jirga members on Monday divided over the selling of 72 acres of land to the Alokozy Group of Companies (AGC) by the government ... Full story

IEC finalizes draft plan on voters’ list

 The IEC officials said the new draft plan for voters list has been formulated for e-system and the commission will need $68 million USD to ... Full story

Taliban commanders among 19 killed in Kunduz

 KUNDUZ CITY: As many as nineteen Taliban insurgents including their commanders were killed in a series of ground and air raids in Northern Kunduz province. The ... Full story

Pakistan Reopens Spinbodlak Gate on ‘Humanitarian Ground’

 KABUL: Pakistani authorities reopened the Spinboldak crossing in southern Kandahar province at Afghanistan’s request after shutting it down earlier this month when the two sides ... Full story

400 irrigation associations operational in 23 provinces

 In cooperation with over 300 farmers and in-charges of the water irrigation associations, a conference was held by the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock ... Full story

400 irrigation associations operational in 23 provinces

 In cooperation with over 300 farmers and in-charges of the water irrigation associations, a conference was held by the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock ... Full story

Ramadan calls for peace

 The blessed month of Ramadan brings happiness, goodness, spiritual enlightenment, rewards, and physical and spiritual benefits to all the Muslims. Ramadan brings out a special ... Full story

The blessed month of Ramadan

 The month of Ramadan is one of the Lunar and the best month of the year. The word of Ramadan has been driven from the ... Full story

Implementation of new plans to help prevent security threats, MoD

 Officials of the ministry for defense said, ‘with conducting extensive operations and in consider with new operational plans, 1396 is expected to be a good ... Full story

Internal audit role important in capacity building

 Internal audit role is important in helping to rise capacity, support and professionalize domestic in the government and private organizations, said the recently activated Afghanistan ... Full story

Iraq begins operation to liberate last Daesh-held Mosul region

 Iraqi forces have launched an offensive to retake the last enclave controlled by Daesh in the northern city of Mosul as the Takfiri terrorist group ... Full story

President Ghani underlines need for security sector reforms

 KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani during a security meeting at the presidential palace on Wednesday evening, which was also attended by Amrullah Saleh, the state ... Full story

Dr. Abdullah chairs DABS leading body session

 KABUL: Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat’s –DABS (the company in charge of power distribution) leading body session was chaired by the Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah ... Full story

Dr. Abdullah congratulates Ramadan to nation

 KABUL: Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a message has congratulated coming of Holy Month of Ramadan, the month of blessing, forgiveness and freeness from ... Full story

Security forces committed to protect country: VP Danesh

 KABUL: The holy month of Ramadan was a good opportunity to better recognize the enemy and be united and stronger than any time in the ... Full story

Security forces committed to protect country: VP Danesh

 KABUL: The holy month of Ramadan was a good opportunity to better recognize the enemy and be united and stronger than any time in the ... Full story

MoIC reconstructs Sher Sorkh Padshah tomb in Kabul

 KABUL: The Ministry of Information and Culture inaugurated the tomb of Sher Sorkh Padshah in Shuhadai-e-Salheen area of Kabul, Bakhtar News Agency reported. According to the ... Full story

Kabul, Moscow agree to end propaganda war

 KABUL: The National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Hanif Atmar met his Russian counterpart during his visit to Moscow the other day, a statement from NSC ... Full story

MoIC asks media to air religious programs in Ramadan

 KABUL: Ministry of Information and Culture of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan releasing a statement on Friday congratulated the government and Afghan nation the aspects of ... Full story

Afghanistan, Tajikistan agree to expand trade ties

 KABUL: Afghanistan and Tajikistan on Friday signed a sixth agreement on economic and trade cooperation in Kabul. The agreement was signed between Minister of Economy ... Full story

Some allies pledge new Afghan troop contributions: NATO

 BRUSSELS/KABUL: The NATO leaders on Thursday agreed to do more to fight terrorism and ensure fairer burden sharing. They also reviewed the alliance’s training mission ... Full story

Private university journalists visit LPP

   KABUL: As many as 30 journalism faculty students of Fanoos Private University on Sunday, visited different parts of the Liberty Printing Press (LPP) ... Full story

MoIC holds workshop on women empowerment in Kabul

 The gender department of the MoIC, held a two days empowerment workshop for male and female employees of govt dailies, Baihaqi and Maimanagi Art Gallary ... Full story

Practical plan can overcome insecurity, protect achievements

A look to Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) report ... Full story

Practical plan can overcome insecurity, protect achievements

A look to Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (CEIP) report ... Full story

Afghanistan should seek balanced foreign policy

 President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani departed to Riyadh the capital of Saudi Arabia and attended Islamic-Arabic summit. On the sideline of this summit, president Ghani met ... Full story

Basic change should be brought in DABS to remain accountable

 Media reported that Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the main power supplying company in the country had been accused by lawmakers to have imposed overcharge ... Full story

British police say 22 dead, 59 injured in Manchester ‘terrorist incident’

 A blast on Monday night at a concert in the English city of Manchester where US singer Ariana Grande had been performing left at least ... Full story

President Ghani, King Salman discuss bilateral issues

 KABUL: At the sideline of Riyadh Summit, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with Saudi Arabia King Khadim Al-Haramain Al-Sharifain Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, during ... Full story

President Ghani condemns UK blast

 KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani deeply saddened by the blast took place in Ariana Grande concert in Manchester which left many civilians killed and injured, ... Full story

US Embassy to continue cooperation with MoIC in protection of historical sites, cultural heritage, ambassador

 KABUL: Acting Minister of Information and Culture asked for further cooperation of friend countries particularly the United States of America in protection of Afghanistan’s cultural ... Full story

Active, Educated Women’s First National Meeting Held

 KABUL: In a meeting held on Tuesday, Deputy Minister of Youth Affair, Dr. Kamal Sadat said sport guarantees health of both men and women, thus, ... Full story

Road, bridges contracts worth 220m afs signed

  KABUL: Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) signed three contracts on Monday for construction of a road in the capital Kabul and two bridges in central ... Full story

Better healthcare reduces mortality for Afghan mothers & children

 A father sits on a wooden chair and caresses his child, who is lying on a bed with his hand in a bandage. In a ... Full story

Dr. Abdullah vows to punish criminals

 Addressing a conference on ‘Justice, Good Governance and Sustainable Development’ in Kabul, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said he has vowed not to cooperate with ... Full story

Riyadh Summit effective in war on terror, Presidential Palace

 Officials of the Afghan government hope Riyadh Summit to be effective in fighting terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan and the region. Expressing optimism to the summit’s ... Full story

Riyadh Summit effective in war on terror, Presidential Palace

 Officials of the Afghan government hope Riyadh Summit to be effective in fighting terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan and the region. Expressing optimism to the summit’s ... Full story

Riyadh Summit effective in war on terror, Presidential Palace

 Officials of the Afghan government hope Riyadh Summit to be effective in fighting terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan and the region. Expressing optimism to the summit’s ... Full story

United global effort needed to fight terrorism

 The United States President Donald Trump has appreciated Afghan national security forces’ sacrifices, saying Washington and its allies stand firmly behind Kabul in the global ... Full story

North Korea says freshly-tested missile ready for deployment in action

 North Korea says a medium-range ballistic missile it recently test-launched is ready for deployment in action. The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Monday ... Full story

President Ghani attends US-Arab-Islamic summit in Riyadh

 KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani attended the US-Arab-Islamic summit held in Malik Abdul Aziz center of Riyadh here on Sunday evening, a presidential statement said ... Full story

President Ghani, Trump discuss terrorism, security situation in Afghanistan

 RIYADH/KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met US President Donald Trump and discussed the security situation in Afghanistan and fight against terrorism. In a brief meeting on ... Full story

Dr. Abdullah condoles martyrdom of Dr. Sa’adat in Faryab

 KABUL: Chief Executive of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah condoled death of Dr. Sa’adat, one of the key commanders of Jamiat-e-Islami party, who ... Full story

NSA left for Moscow to attend ‘Russia Security Conference’ 

 KABUL: National Security Advisor (NSA) Mohammad Haneef Atmar left for Moscow yesterday on the official invitation of his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, to participate in ... Full story

Marketing important for Afghan women’s products, Adela Raz

 KABUL: Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Affairs Adela Raz met president of Afghanistan’s Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries Manizha Wafeq at the Ministry of ... Full story

Historical relics showcase identity of a nation: Prof. Bawari

 KABUL: The international museums day was celebrated at the compound of the National Museum of Afghanistan here yesterday, BNA reported. At the ceremony organized on the ... Full story

Infrastructural projects help Afghanistan’s economic growth

 How much attention has been invited to Afghanistan infrastructural projects and if investment is made on these projects, what would be its economic importance for ... Full story

Riyadh Summit must confront terror swiftly

 Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia to host a forum on terrorism and extremism today under the sponsorship of the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight ... Full story

President Donald Trump arrives in Saudi Arabia on historic visit

 US President Donald Trump has landed in Saudi Arabia, making his debut on the world stage in a country that is home to the two ... Full story

Peace; key demand of Afghans, President Ghani

 KABUL:  President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met elders and representatives of Loy Kandahar to National Assembly here on Friday evening and urged them to support the ... Full story

President Ghani receives credentials of Kuwait, Slovakian non-resident ambassadors

 KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani received credentials of Kuwait and Slovakia’s non-resident ambassadors to Afghanistan during a ceremony held in presidential palace, a statement said. According ... Full story

President leaves for S. Arabia to attend US-Arab-Islamic summit

 KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has left Kabul for Saudi Arabia to attend the US-Arab-Islamic summit in Riyadh, a statement from the presidential press office ... Full story

Gunmen attack Kabul Bank branch in Paktia

Targeting civilians unforgivable act: President Ghani ... Full story

CE congratulates Rouhani for presidential election win

 KABUL: Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a statement has congratulated re-election of Dr. Hassan Rouhani as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. “Afghanistan ... Full story

Minister Hakimi, S. Arabia’s FM discuss bilateral ties

 KABUL:  Minister of Finance, Eklil Hakimi during his visit from Saudi Arabia met the country’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-jubeir and both sides discussed series of ... Full story

Praying ceremony for RTA martyred staffs held in Kabul

 KABUL: Praying ceremony of four employees of the national Radio & Television of Afghanistan who were martyred during a terrorist attack on their office in ... Full story

Sweden drops investigation of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder

Prosecutors in Sweden said on Friday that they would drop their investigation into Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who sought refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy ... Full story

Sweden drops investigation of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks founder

Prosecutors in Sweden said on Friday that they would drop their investigation into Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who sought refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy ... Full story

All preparations taken to distribute e-ID cards, MoI

 Following issuing presidential decree on distribution of electronic ID cards, officials of the ministry for interior (MoI) said all preparations have already been taken and ... Full story

Afghanistan famous for rich historical & cultural heritages

 International Museum day is celebrated worldwide on and around 18 May every year around the theme Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums.  This ... Full story

Book reading culture in a civic society

 Despite of low level literacy rate of people in traditional society of Afghanistan and lack of sufficient reading and writing skill, people have poetical style ... Full story

Government using all means to overcome security threats

 A number of politicians and jihadi leaders, attending a gathering to mark the fourth death anniversary of a former Baghlan provincial council head, blamed the ... Full story

Russia, Syria blast US strikes targeting anti-Daesh forces

 Russia and Syria have condemned US airstrikes targeting anti-Daesh forces, saying the "brazen" attacks violate the Arab country's sovereignty and show Washington's claims of fighting ... Full story

President Ghani inaugurates Yakawlang-Dara-e-Sauf road project

 BAMYAN: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Thursday traveled to central Bamyan province and inaugurated construction work of Yakawalang-Dara-e-Sauf Road, a presidential statement said. President Ghani, ... Full story

HIA peace deal to encourage other groups to reconcile, President Ghani

 KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with elders of southeastern Paktia province has said the success of peace agreement with Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) ... Full story

President Ghani discusses ‘Kabul Process’ with foreign ambassadors, diplomats

 KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met the other day with a number of foreign ambassadors and members of core-diplomatic to Kabul at presidential palace, in ... Full story

President Ghani denounces attack on RTA office in Nangarhar

 KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani denounced attack on National Radio Television building in eastern Nangarhar provinces, calling it against the freedom of expression, a presidential ... Full story

No delay in parliamentary elections, Dr. Abdullah

 KABUL: Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a gathering held on the occasion of commemoration the fourth martyrdom anniversary of chief for Baghlan provincial council ... Full story

Central provinces’ road construction projects reviewed

 KABUL: Chaired by Vice President Sarwar Danesh, a session was held with participation of representatives of the people of central provinces and minister of public ... Full story

Awareness workshop ‘Diabetes & fasting’ held in Kabul

 KABUL: A workshop titled ‘Diabetes and fasting’ was held by initiative of deputy ministry of financial, administrative and tourism for information and culture and cooperation ... Full story

Minister Hakimi participates in ‘Islamic Development Bank’ annual meeting

JEDDAH/KABUL: Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance participated in Islamic Development Bank (IDB) annual meeting in Jeddah, a statement from the Ministry said on Friday.  On the ... Full story

Turkey issues arrest warrants for 85 ministry staff in post-coup probe

 Prosecutors in Turkey have issued arrest warrants for 85 staff at two ministries as part of a probe targeting the network of US-based opposition cleric ... Full story

White House says Trump did not discuss intel with Russians

 US President Donald Trump discussed specific terror threats with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Moscow’s envoy to the US in the Oval Office last ... Full story

Ensuring transparency facing mafias’ reactions, official

 Officials of Oil and Gas Enterprise said they were making effort to ensure transparency in the administration.  Addressing a news conference, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of ... Full story

Osmani gains title of “Messenger of Peace”

 Afghanistan’s Journalists Council selected Nangialai Osmani as a “Messenger of Peace” in the field of newspaper’s sport correspondent.  To appreciate the effective services rendered by Nangialai ... Full story

Supporting terrorism disturbs good neighborliness

 Since its establishment less than seven decades ago, Pakistan has always been attempting to Afghanistan and India. Once, Pakistan took up keshmir issue with India that ... Full story

ICT unprecedentedly developed in Afghanistan in recent years

 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is marked on May 17th every year not only in Afghanistan but also in all countries having membership of ... Full story

Necessary measures taken to fight corruption, MoD

 Officials of the ministry for defense said they were committed to fight corruption and have already taken practical steps in this regard. According to them, practical ... Full story

Time for security forces to grab all chances from militants

 Fighting insurgency in some eastern and northeastern provinces of Afghanistan is still going on, when the militants seasonal offensives arrive. The Taliban fighters, in the past ... Full story

NPC approves 5 contracts worth 1.6bln Afghanis

 KABUL: The National Procurement Commission (NPC) with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair held its 100th session here in Kabul at the Presidential Palace ... Full story

CE Abdullah inaugurates 3rd domestic productions’ exhibition in Herat

 KABUL: Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah inaugurated the 3rd domestic productions’ exhibition in Herat on Tuesday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported. According to the agency, during ... Full story

Creation of professional legislative capacity a need, Danesh

 KABUL: Mohammad Sarwar Danesh, Second Vice-President held a meeting to investigate the works of the government’s judicial sector in defending the government interests, said there ... Full story

“No live, brilliance wherever no book,” Bawari

 KABUL: Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari in a meeting held to mark the Book Week and the sixth study of the book exhibition organized by the ... Full story

MoIC draft strategy reviewed

 KABUL: A meeting was held by the Ministry of Information and Culture, with the Acting Minister, Mohammad Rassoul Bawari on the chair, to review the ... Full story

UN urges parties to take action as child deaths from conflict hit new high

 KABUL: The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) is deeply concerned by the continued increase in conflict-related child deaths in 2017 and urges parties to ... Full story

Afghanistan China getting closer through media exchange

At the threshold of 25 April 2017 Afghanistan Mass Media Seminar in Beijing: F. Akhgar ... Full story

1,000 youths to be provided vocational trainings, officials

 Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled has signed an agreement with Afghanistan Technical Vocational Institute, aimed at providing vocational trainings to 1,000 youth. Officials ... Full story

Kabul; substandard buildings & lack of access to potable water

 Four years ago, environment authority warned that Kabul underground water is polluted and if not addressed, Kabul will face with lack of water in coming ... Full story

Amendment in security laws effective to better ensure security, Minister

 Addressing a conference on “Police Laws Review”, Minister of Interior, Taj Mohammad Jahid on Sunday stressed that in consider with status quo, if the security ... Full story

Women’s crucial role in peace process

 Empowering women and girls are much important to have their active participation in different spheres of life and help realize Afghanistan’s full potential. Women and ... Full story

Russian FM Lavrov reveals disengagement zone plans in Syria

 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he would seek to enforce the expansion of disengagement zones in four areas across Syrian territory. Lavrov said in ... Full story

‘Iraqi army needs help from militia force to defeat Daesh’

 Iraqi forces are steadily retaking areas in west Mosul - the last urban stronghold of the Takfiri terrorist group Daesh in northern Iraq. According to ... Full story

President Ghani hints at women’s key role in peace process

 KABUL: Addressing the fourth three-day symposium “Afghan Women, the messengers of peace” in the capital Kabul, President Ghani said peace and stability was the most ... Full story

President Ghani confers high state medals on NATO commander, DFID chief

 KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has conferred Mir Masjidi Khan medal on NATO’s special operations commander in Afghanistan. Maj. Gen. Scott Howell received the award ... Full story

Child Book exhibition opened in Kabul

 KABUL: On the occasion of Book Week, special child book exhibition was opened in Babur Garden of Kabul. The exhibition was held in cooperation with MoIC, ... Full story

Afghan wounded warriors compete for spot in Invictus Games

 Wounded warriors from Afghanistan's National Security Forces are competing for a spot in the Invictus Games to be held in Canada in September. The NATO Resolute ... Full story

BBL skipper's interest in Afghan leg-spinner

 Next summer's KFC Big Bash League could feature its first-ever player from Afghanistan after Sydney Sixers captain Moises Henriques revealed his interest in signing his ... Full story

US to announce Afghanistan strategy after NATO summit

 The US National Security Advisor, Gen. McMaster said that president Donald Trump would discuss the issue of sending more troops to Afghanistan with partners at ... Full story

Practical steps required to overcome people problems: House

 Following the increase of insecurities and insurgents’ attacks in some parts of Afghanistan, once again the lower house requested serious measures for removal of problems. In ... Full story

Trump calls for 'tougher sanctions' against North Korea

 US President Donald Trump has called for tougher sanctions against North Korea after it fired an “unidentified projectile” thought to be a ballistic missile. "Let this ... Full story

France chose ‘hope,’ says newly-inaugurated President Macron

 Emmanuel Macron said France had chosen “hope” as he was officially inaugurated as the country’s youngest president ever on Sunday. Macron, 39, promised in his first ... Full story

Syria nears full control over Damascus suburbs

 The Syrian military is about to re-establish control over another district in the capital Damascus’ countryside after the government reaches an agreement with the militants ... Full story

Iraqi forces attack ISIS in Mosul as battle approaches endgame

 US-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into the last pocket of Mosul controlled by ISIS militants on Sunday as the battle for the city approaches an ... Full story

Iraqi forces attack ISIS in Mosul as battle approaches endgame

 US-backed Iraqi forces pushed deeper into the last pocket of Mosul controlled by ISIS militants on Sunday as the battle for the city approaches an ... Full story

Flooding kills two, displaces 2,000 in Chile

 Severe flooding, triggered by torrential rain, has killed at least two people and caused material damage. Floodwaters inundated the city of Chanaral in the Atacama region ... Full story

HEC holds meeting

 KABUL: The High Economic Committee (HEC), with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the Chair held meeting, BNA reported the other day. At the outset, CE Dr. ... Full story

CE assures of addressing Badakhshan people problems

 KABUL: A statement from the Chief Executive, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah quoted him of addressing a crowd in northeastern Badakhshan province and assuring the people to ... Full story

CE meets UN Special Envoy for Afghanistan

 KABUL: Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah in a meeting with the UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto on Sunday, his office said. According to a ... Full story

Commission on 'Paktika In The Course of History Seminar' holds first meeting

 KABUL: Chaired by Mohammad Rassoul Bawari, Acting Minister of Information and Culture, the commission on “Paktika In The Course of History Seminar” held first meeting, ... Full story

Provincial Youth Affair’s reports presented in a meeting

 KABUL: Countrywide youth affairs managers provided their reports in a meeting chaired by deputy to the youth affairs of the ministry of information and culture, ... Full story

Afghanistan-Iran trade level doubled, Official

 KABUL: There has been a considerable spike in KABUL-Tehran economic relations within the past three years particularly after the nuclear deal between Tehran and major ... Full story

Russia’s interior ministry says computers hit by ‘virus attack’

 Russia's interior ministry said Friday that some of its computers had been hit by a "virus attack" amid reports of major cyber strikes across the ... Full story

N Korea ready for dialog with US under right conditions: Senior diplomat

 Amid simmering tensions on the Korean Peninsula, a senior North Korean diplomat in charge of handling US relations says Pyongyang would hold talks with Washington ... Full story

Trump warns ousted FBI chief Comey over leaks to media

 US President Donald Trump has warned dismissed FBI Chief James Comey against leaking material to the media, amid probes of potential contacts between Trump’s campaign ... Full story

New facilities boost school enrolment & learning

 All eyes in the class are focused intently on the model of the human skeleton hanging loosely in the science laboratory. There is pin-drop silence ... Full story

New facilities boost school enrolment & learning

 All eyes in the class are focused intently on the model of the human skeleton hanging loosely in the science laboratory. There is pin-drop silence ... Full story

Budget consumption rate less than past year: MoF

 The MoF has announced that budget of government administrations has been spent less in current year. Minister of finance Eklil Hakimi submitted a comparative report ... Full story

Govt, ANSF capable to tackle all challenges

  Warning on deterioration of security situation of Afghanistan in 2018 the US intelligence authorities said that despite of US and allies troops increase and military ... Full story

ISIS’s Baghdadi has ‘fled Mosul and left his fighters to die’

 An Iraqi counter-terror official has told Al Arabiya.net that ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has fled Mosul and abandoned his soldiers, “leaving them to die.” General ... Full story

CE appreciates ANDSF achievements in Badakhshan

KABUL: Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah has paid a visit to Badakhshan to appreciate Afghan national defense and security forces for achievements, efforts and heroisms ... Full story

Painting, handicraft exhibition opened

 KABUL: Acting minister of information and culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari in opening ceremony of art works exhibition asked Afghan youth to keep on their ... Full story

“Afghanistan is a unique platform for cooperation,” Ambassador

Janan Mosazai, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to China, says the South Asian republic’s neighbour could play a key role in war-torn nation’s revival ... Full story

Kunduz governor assures full security to residents

 KABUL: At least 55 Taliban have been killed and 49 others wounded in security forces operation launched to get back the Kunduz-Khanabad highway in northern ... Full story

90,000 Afghans displaced in 2017, says UN

 UN officials have said that nearly 90,000 Afghans have been displaced so far due to continued fighting in many parts of Afghanistan.  According to the UN ... Full story

Clashes erupt at Palestinian protest to support hunger strikers

 Clashes erupted in the occupied West Bank on Thursday between Israeli soldiers and hundreds of Palestinians protesting in support of hunger strikers in Israeli jails. At ... Full story

Trump will put America first on climate: Tillerson

 US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that President Donald Trump will put America first when it comes to climate change, adding that his ... Full story

Is there still hope for China, Afghanistan’s long-stalled US$3 billion copper mining deal?

 Efforts are being made to resolve a stalled copper mining deal between China and Afghanistan, a decade after the US$3 billion contract was signed, according ... Full story

Malaysia-Afghanistan bilateral trade to grow 10 pc this year

 KUALA LUMPUR— Bilateral trade between Malaysia and Afghanistan is expected to increase 10 per cent this year from the US$85.1 million recorded in 2016 and ... Full story

Sending more troops to Afghanistan US new key strategy

 The US military and state department have recommended sending at least 3000 more US troops to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban, US media reported.  The ... Full story

Kunduz to continue facing threat unless mop-up operation launched

 Kunduz people are feared to undergo hard days unless the security forces use all possible means to suppress insurgents and foil their plans of retaking ... Full story

Development impossible without reliable energy, President Ghani

 KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in the closing ceremony of Afghanistan Reliable Energy Conference said that this was impossible to have constant development unless to ... Full story

NSC praises ANDSF efforts in ensuring security

 KABUL: The National Security Council with President Ashraf Ghani on the chair held session the other day, his office said in a statement. The meeting which ... Full story

Women should be trained how to save power energy, Mostafavi

 KABUL: In the third week of sustainable energy exhibition held by the ministry of water and power, here in Kabul, the women were emphasized to ... Full story

5-year MoIC’s strategy plan to put into consultation with media

 KABUL: In a meeting held in the international hall of the ministry of information and culture, Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari, deputy cultural affairs and acting ... Full story

Sport a move towards unity, amity, Dr. Abdullah

 KABUL: In a meeting attended by a number of athletes, unions and clubs of different sport fields, the country Chief Execuitve, Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said ... Full story

VP Danesh meets Germany Chargé d’Affaires

 KABUL: Second Vice President, Sarwar Danesh met with Germany Chargé d’Affaires in Afghanistan, Ulrich Ernst the other day, during which both sides discussed variety of ... Full story

Cabinet principally approves Chabahar port implementation plan

 KABUL: Cabinet meeting with President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair held session the other day, his office said ... Full story

French police evict refugees from Paris tent camp

Police in France have evacuated about 1,000 refugees, mostly Afghans and Sudanese, from a tent camp in northeast Paris. Nearly 350 police were participating in the operation along with some 100 municipal employees and staff from humanitarian groups on Tuesday. The refugees were reportedly living in squalid conditions at the Porte de la Chapelle area in Paris. Paris police said in a statement that these “illegal camps” presented “major risks for the security and health of their occupants as well as for local residents.” Police halted road traffic on a major crossroads in the north of Paris in order to gain access to the camp, where clashes between refugees last month left several people wounded. In November last year, French authorities launched a similar operation, evacuating thousands of refugees from a squalid camp in Paris that had doubled in size after the closure of the Calais refugee camp in northern France. Presstv More than 1.1 million refugees, most of them fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and North Africa, flocked to Europe in 2015. The flow subsided to quarter of a million last year after the EU reached a deal with Turkey in March 2016 to take all people landing on Greek islands in return for financial aid to Ankara and the lifting of short-term visa requirements for Turks.

Fighting terror needs practical step not sole claim

The White House in a statement said that a winning strategy was in the making to defeat Daesh and the Taliban in Afghanistan. The US President Donald Trump was quoted by a statement from the White House to have a plan to develop a ‘winning strategy to defeat ISIS and the Taliban in Afghanistan, though he doesn’t want to reveal his plan in details.’ According to The White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, President Trump wanted to make sure that the United States defeat ISIS and the Taliban and that this was in the American national security interests.’ The secretary in response to a question said: “I mean, he’s talked about not projecting where he’s going and what he’s going to do to let the enemy know ahead of time, and part of that guidance that his national security team is giving him are different pieces that you’re talking about.” “How do we achieve those key outcomes? How do we do what’s in the country’s best interest and utilize our military and our treasure to the best of our ability? That is something that we’re continuing to work on and do, and that’s part of what he is getting briefed on and is implementing,” The White House Press secretary said. Spicer went on to say that ‘he wants to make sure that we do what we can to win. And that’s why he charged the generals and other military advisors and national security team to come up with a plan that can get us there.’ However Trump’s strategy, as the secretary said was to make sure that the US put its national security interests first, and defeat all of those folks that seek to do it harm, but the war suffered Afghan people want a practical step to clearly witness what the US and its allies are practically doing for ensuring security in the country. Since the long years of US mission in Afghanistan, nothing still seen tangible in defeating ISIS or Taliban, despites repeatedly claims of Afghanistan anti-terrorist partners that they wanted a free-terrorist nation. The plan to overcome terrorists and insurgency in Afghanistan and the region have been said to be put into practice when bilateral security agreement (BSA) is signed between Afghanistan and the US as well as with those of the stakeholders in the country’s political and military issues, but insurgency grew more than ever and other terrorist groups are seen emerging the scene and disturbing security of the nations, not only in Afghanistan, but in the region as well. If the US wants Afghanistan remain a close partner, it should not suffice to a mere slogan of counter-terrorism battle, but should practically show that it was working for a lasting defeat of terror in Pakistani border region, where the militants main hideouts are still operational and by passing each day, terrorist activities are getting more momentum across the two countries borders.

UN operations should be more effective in Afghanistan, President Ghani

KABUL: President Ghani received special representative of the UN secretary-general Jan Kubiš at the Presidential Palace the other day, his office said in a statement. Jan Kubiš commended the Afghan Government for reforms, creation of a special counter-corruption entity, political will and pragmatic measures, according to the statement. The purpose of his visit was to understand President Ghani’s suggestions on operations of UN agencies including UNAMA in Afghanistan. The President appreciated UN assistance in good governance, alleviating poverty, combatting corruption and other areas but underscored that much work remains to be done to address the ongoing problems, the statement added. President Ghani said, “We have repeatedly raised our voice that Afghanistan is engaged in an undeclared war and that UN should diplomatically play its role in halting this war.” The President stressed that despite the ongoing war and problems, we have many achievements in different areas. We are making practical efforts in curbing the war imposed on the Afghan people, ensuring peace and stability for tranquil lives of our compatriots, the statement continued. He said that in order to achieve the desired results, UN should frame and share their priority policies with the Afghan people and Government which comply with the needs and priorities of Afghanistan. The President said that Afghanistan still needs cooperation of the UN but its current status of mission and assistance should change fundamentally for improving effectiveness. Jan Kubiš said that he would communicate President Ghani’s suggestions and recommendations to UN Secretary-General on improving UN mission and operations in Afghanistan, the statement concluded. The Kabul Times

Strong political will existed to fight corruption: President Ghani

KABUL: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani addressing the third annual EU conference “Intensifying the fight against corruption in Afghanistan” called the anti-corruption efforts as the continued process, adding they were committed to sacrifices their lives to end the ugly phenomenon. The conference which was attended by the government senior officials, EU representatives, UN secretary general’s special envoy to Afghanistan and the ambassadors, the president said those countries who successfully fought the corruption were taken coordinated and strategic steps which, calling such steps positive in fight against corruption, the statement added. The president said millions of dollar spent in Afghanistan and didn’t have positive impact in reducing of the corruption, calling for fundamental reform to fight the aforesaid phenomenon. Pointing to media and civil society’s key role in bringing transparency, the president said 900 projects were evaluated through the National Procurement Commission, adding much works done to bring transparency in the country’s customs and to prevent waste of the resources. “There were much attentions paid to management of the country’s banking system and the land. The efforts to fight corruption resulted to 35 percent increase in the country’s revenue in 2016,” the president noted. “I and Dr. Abdullah having strong political will to fight corruption and bring necessary reforms. We are committed to extend reformation to other organs. Holding of 99 sessions of the National Procurement Commission shows the political will for fight against corruption,” the president added. The president said he was supporting independent judiciary system, adding no one including him was not allowed to interfere in justice and judicial spheres. Thanking international community, the president asked for support of the Afghan government in fight against corruption, calling for joint coordination to find the reason and roots of the corruption. “We highly appreciate the engagement of the Afghan Government along with a very strong turnout from key ministers and high ranking officials in fight against corruption. Our campaign has put focus on some of the key challenges when it comes to stepping up the fight against corruption,” said European Union Special Representative to Afghanistan, Ambassador Franz-Michael Mellbin. The EU ambassador went on saying that those accused of corruption trying to disturb the fight against the phenomenon, adding international community would support Afghanistan in the process The second Vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danesh, UN secretary general’s special envoy to Afghanistan, National Security Advisor Mohammad Hanif Atmar, SIGAR Chief John Sopko, Nader Naderi director of the civil service and reform commission also spoke related to event, the statement added. Meanwhile, attorney general Farid Hamidi, chief justice Sayed Yousuf Halim and Sayed Karam Afzali head of the integrity watch Afghanistan answered the questions of the participants in different working groups. Hamidullah Farooqi dean of Kabul University, Danish Ambassador, director of the oversight commission for implementation of the constitution and Mujib Khelwatgar head of Nai supporting open media in Afghanistan also spoke related to fight against corruption and answered the questions of the participants, the presidential statement concluded. The Kabul Times

Top students appreciated

 KABUL:  The director of Kabul Education Department appreciated 13 top students here on Sunday who earlier taken parts in essay writing competition in Kabul, BNA ... Full story

Civil society role shouldn’t be ignored in transparent elections

 President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, during a meeting with a number of civil society activists the other day praised them of playing key ... Full story

Assessment of Kunduz insecurities impossible under Russia-US competition

 18 months elapsed from the fall of capital Kunduz by Taliban. Fall of Kunduz created a shake in Afghanistan domestic and regional policy. Shortly after ... Full story