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After two years of professional education 48 midwives and nurses got graduation and presented to the community for the service. And will be deployed for jobs in different districts of Khost. And uniquely the rate of mortality will be reduced to the lower level.

Anti-polio vaccination program has started in southern Nimroz province yesterday.

With a sum of USD 2,000,000 the construction works of 14 health projects have been initiated by Ferozidin Feroz Minister for Public Health during an official visit in Herat province.

The United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Afghanistan's Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) are set to initiate a joint polio vaccination campaign across Afghanistan in less than two weeks.

 

An Afghan doctor, Safiullah Sadat, has developed and built a device that could prevent the amputation of the feet and hands of hundreds of wounded security force members.

Every year World Blood Donor Day, June 14, is marked around the world. This year the theme was "blood connects us all".

Saffron is the best and the most effective alternative for poppy cultivation in Afghanistan.

Nangarhar Canal palm garden ready for production
Agriculture department of Nangarhar hope Canal palm garden will produce two tons of date next solar year.

With 60 percent of Afghans working in agriculture, the government’s commitment to dramatically expand the country’s cold storage capacity stands to make a big difference economically far and wide.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged $100 million USD for agricultural development in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan is highly dependent on agriculture and this sector has been suffering from multiple diseases and insect pests. Having this harsh reality in mind, MAIL has prioritized to identify all existing plant pests and diseases, and later on how to prevent. Deputy minister Mr. Mir Amanudin Haidari at the Stakeholder Planning Workshop of this survey said “we have many diseases in Afghanistan and they have cost us a lot even as a trade barrier.

Strengthening ties between agricultural business and government counterparts was the focus of a UN-backed meeting in Kabul, where community representatives and high-level officials met to discuss ways to foster growth in this critical sector of the Afghan economy.

World Volunteers Day was marked, with a number of youth donating blood on the occasion, under the slogan of “Stay beside volunteers and identify their share at the society” in a meeting held by joint effort of the Youth Affairs Deputy of the Ministry of information and Culture here in Kabul said.

H.E. Eklil Hakimi, Minister of Finance met Mr. ‎Jin Liqun, President of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in Beijing-China on 23 March 2017.

A number of the Afghan traders have signed contracts with some international companies for the trade of precious stones.

The High Economic Council (HEC) with President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on the chair held session here the other day and discussed different issues, including ministries’ performances in line with endorsement of the council, investment on carpet industry, women’s economic empowerment, assigning of a specific place for dried fruit market and Singapore training programs for government employees, a statement said.

Mr. Mujeeb Ur Rahman Sherzad, General Director of Revenue Department and other officials met the owner and members of wedding halls union on Monday 16 Jan 2017. They discussed upon the new plan to verify revenue from Wedding Halls, Debt Collection of Last years, Tax payment by installment, survey of Hotels and Wedding Halls in Kabul.

Japan has pledged investment to support Afghanistan have proper access to Chabahar port in a bid to help the Afghan traders export their commodities using the port.

Muzhdah Hashimi and Agha Mohammad Sahar, senior students at the computer science department of Kabul University, have developed new software that can manage traffic systems.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is due to start the construction work of a major Islamic University in Afghanistan with an estimated cost of $500 million. According to local officials in Nangarhar, the university will be constructed in Ghazi Amanullah Khan township in Rodat district.

Deputy Minister on Youth Affairs of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Dr. Kamal Sadat handed over 8000 books donated by the ministry’s Public Libraries directorate to the Ministry of Education here yesterday, BNA reported.

bookshelftFoundation stone of new building for public library in Nangarhar laid down the other day.

Afghanistan's First Lady Rula Ghani on Sunday officially inaugurated the first women's educational complex in Kabul in an effort to help Afghan female students pursue education in a number of key fields including medical science, computer technology and management.

Modernising Afghanistan's education system is part of the socio-economic development the international community continues to support.

The first rap artist to make to the final of the popular Afghan Star music competition was elected the winner as he managed to attract considerable fan with his songs, mainly focusing on the ongoing challenges of the country.

Afghanistan’s first and only all women orchestra (Zohra) has been chosen the winner of Freemuse Award 2017.

Art Lords of Afghanistan, a group of Afghan activists and artists, was among the winners of the inaugural Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani anti-corruption innovation awards.

Raising awareness about the dangers to children in armed conflict, including from underage recruitment and mines, was the focus of a series of UN-backed theatre performances in central Bamyan.

An Afghan actress has won the Award for the best performance by an actress in Marrakech International Film Festival, it has been reported.
The award was given to Fereshteh Hosseini during the 16th Marrakech International Film Festival on Saturday.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with the iconic Afghan woman Sharbat Gula and her family members after they returned to Afghanistan after more than 30 years.

Kunduz City security situation is much better these days and residents say its because of ANDSF dedication, enduring hardship and courage. City residents explained they are not scared or feel any insecurity. Many people have noted the increase ANDSF patrols and inside and on the outskirts of the city.

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said the presence of the alliance in Afghanistan is to the prevent the country from becoming the international terrorism safe haven.
Stoltenberg made the remarks during a press conference following the NATO foreign ministerial in Brussels.

The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) will launch a major counter-terrorism operation under the name of Khalid to retake the lost areas.

A batch of four new light attack A-29 Super Tucano aircraft arrived in Kabul on Monday which are expected to be used by the Afghan Air Force in the new fighting season.

The 438th Air Expeditionary Wing said the planes will be used by the Afghan Air Force for close-air attack, air interdiction, escort and armed reconnaissance.

The latest arrivals, which traveled from Moody Air Force Base, Ga., bring the AAF A-29 inventory from eight to 12 aircraft in country.

There are still seven A-29s assigned to Moody AFB where they are used for training pilots.

The A-29 is a multi-role, fixed-wing aircraft that will provide the Afghan air force with an indigenous air-to-ground capability and aerial reconnaissance capabilities to support the country’s counterinsurgency operations.

Eight Afghan Air Force pilots completed their training late last year and graduated from a program hosted by the 81st Fighter Squadron at Moody Air Force Base in United States.

The Afghan Air Force officials are saying the A-29s can carry out precise airstrike using laser technology and can four types of weapons, 250 kgs of bombs, guided and unguided rockets, and can fly with low speed and altitude to precisely find and attack the targets.

Operation called “Maiwand 17” has been launched in Nad Ali district of Helmand province last week, the spokesman of 215 Maiwand corps, COL Mohammad Rasoul Zazay, said.

At least six Taliban insurgents were killed during a night raid by security forces in southern Helmand province on Monday night, local officials said. In addition, four other insurgents were injured.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has approved at least five contracts worth 1 billion Afghanis during a meeting of the National Procurement Commission.

The Office of the President, ARG Palace, said the contracts approved during the meeting, includes procurement of tables, chairs, and solar power system for the schools in 22 provinces.

Procurement of food items for the Ministry of Public Health and consulting project to uplift the capacity of the High Office of Monitoring Directorate.

Other projects approved during the meeting included repair and maintenance of the power plants and generators for the Afghan army central command and Corps units, and supplies of logistics for the administrative office of the President.

The meeting also decided to modify the consulting projects for to investigate the reconstruction of Greshk city electricity dam and power transmission project and subsequently rejected it for seeking alternatives for the projects.

A plan for the establishment of an extraordinary committee to expedite the works of the infrastructure projects, including roads, railways, housing projects, dams, was also approved during the meeting.

The National Procurement Commission also presented its report for the fiscal year 1395 to include the achievements, executions, and reforms.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar formally signed the peace agreement through a video teleconference played in ARG Palace today.

The ceremony was attended by several high level government officials and prominent political figures including members of Hezb-e-Islami led by Hekmatyar.

The draft peace agreement concluded between Hezb-e-Islami delegation and the Afghanistan High Peace Council last Thursday and was signed by the two sides.

Hekmatyar signed the draft peace agreement in order to pave the way for the formal signing by President Ghani, the party’s chief negotiator Karim Amin said.

The peace agreement with Hezb-e-Islami concluded after almost six months negotiations which started earlier this year with the formation of a Quadrilateral Coordination Group for the Afghan peace talks.

Hezb-e-Islami was the first anti-government armed militant group to join direct peace talks with the Afghan government. In his speech ahead of the formal signing today, Hekmatyar asked the neighboring countries of Afghanistan not to seek their interests in persistent violence in Afghanistan, and he urged members of other insurgent groups around the country to enter into peace talks with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

 

The governor for Logar province laid the foundation stone of cricket playground yesterday.

The construction work of two irrigation canals has started by Qamaruddin Shakeeb deputy governor of Logar province the other day.

The 48 sub projects completed in various villages of the provincial capital, Burka, Nahrin, Dushi, Dahne Ghori, Deh Salah, Tala wa Barfak and Pul-I-Hisar districts of Baghlan province will enable approximately 8,184 households to have access to better services .