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India’s Union Minister Harshvardhan on Monday informed the Parliament that India has agreed to a request made by Afghanistan for sample testing of new Coronavirus, the outlookIndia reported.
Speaking on the matter in Lok Sabha the minister said: “Request from Afghanistan for samples testing has been agreed to.”
The minister also said that the Indian government decided to provide help to other neighbouring countries in Southeast Asian region in handling the challenge posed by the new coronavirus.
“Government of India has also provided support to other countries in tackling the challenge posed by the nCOV disease. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has offered to do testing of samples for other South East Asian Region countries,” said the minister, adding “We have agreed to provide technical assistance to Bhutan in managing this infectious disease and screening of passengers also.”
China reported an outbreak of Novel Coronavirus on December 31.
President Ashraf Ghani has met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan during his visit to UAE and discussed a wide range of issues.
“Both sides discussed strengthening bilateral ties, expanding trade and economic cooperation,” Seddiq Sediqqi, the presidential spokesman twitted.
In a separate meeting with Maimunah Mohd Sharif, the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), president Ghani talked about the UN-Habitat activities in Afghanistan.
“The activities of UN-Habitat are not in line with the needs and priorities of our cities and we call for a reform of activities in Afghanistan,” Presidential Palace said in a statement quoting President Ghani as saying.
Afghan female athlete from Herat named Sahba Barikzai wants to leave the country after her dog “Aseman” shot killed by armed men in Dasht-e-Hawz mountains, an area 20 KM north of Herat city.
‘Aseman’ was the name of a 7-month old Husky dog owned by Barakzai, the owner of a Karate club for almost 300 trainees from young boys and girls.
“Asemaan (the sky) was in my arms but they (the armed men) took her leg and said a girl cannot own a dog,” Ms. Barikzai explained. “I asked them to allow me to have my dog in my arms for the last moments of her life, but I was not allowed.”
Sahba has dismissed her students at Karate club and has put the equipment on sale intending to leave the country as soon as she sells the accessories and house equipment.
The Acting Interior Minister, Masoud Andarabi has instructed the Ministry of Interior (MoI) personnel to not give interviews to press or submit information to social pages on official position.
Andarabi has emphasized that in order to prevent the dispersal of information to citizens; no police official can speak to the media or social media on official positions.
“No Interior Ministry’s personnel could publish secrets, documents on appointments, reshuffle, promotions, photos of personnel in uniform, vehicles, weapons, equipment, meetings and congratulatory events on social media,” the order reads.
It said that they cannot give interviews to media about the manner of interrogation, investigation of criminal cases, achievements and other issues related to counter-crime operations and criticize the ministry’s personnel.
The directorate should release information to media about the achievements of national police including the outcome of operations after receiving instructions from the ministry’s leadership, the order added.
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) says at least 37 Taliban insurgents have been killed in northern Balkh province.
MoD in a press release on Monday said that the Afghan Commando forces have carried out a clearance operation in parts of Balkh district that as a result, 35 Taliban militants were killed and five others were wounded.
According to the press release, a large number of arms and weapons were also sized during the operation.
In the meantime, the Ministry noted that Muhammad Gul known as Abobakr, Taliban’s laser weapons in charge has been killed in an airstrike in Delbar village of Chamtal district of Balkh province.
In addition, the 209th Shahin Corps in a statement said that a Taliban’s group leader named Quraishi has been killed along with three others in an airstrike in Mimlik village of Faizabad district of Jawzjan province.
Security forces have freed 17 prisoners in a raid on Taliban jail in northern Kunduz province on Sunday night, officials said.
The prisoners, all pro-government forces, were released in an operation by Special Forces of National Directorate of Security, said Abdul Rashid Bashir, provincial police chief.
The jail was located in Kobi village of Khanabad district, he said.
No member of security forces or prisoners was hurt in the operation, he added.
Pakistan, in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), is organizing an international conference to mark the 40-year-long stay of hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees in the country.
About 2.5 million Afghans live in Pakistan since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.
The two-day conference titled as “40 Years of Afghan Refugees Presence in Pakistan: A New Partnership for Solidarity” will be in Islamabad on February 17 and 18 and will be inaugurated by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, Pakistani Foreign Office spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said in a statement on Sunday.
Senior level participation is also expected from the UN, multilateral developments banks, civil society
The Pentagon has identified two Army Special Forces soldiers who were killed on Saturday in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar Province.
The soldiers, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, were Sgt. 1st Class Javier Jaguar Gutierrez, of San Antonio, Texas, and Sgt. 1st Class Antonio Rey Rodriguez, of Las Cruces, Nex Mexico. Both were 28 years old.
Gutierrez and Rodriguez, who were both posthumously promoted, were killed in an apparent “insider attack” carried out by an Afghan soldier who opened fire on a combined U.S.-Afghan special operations team that was meeting with district leaders in Nangarhar.
Col. Sonny Leggett, a spokesman for U.S. Forces-Afghanistan, told Task & Purpose in a statement that “current reports indicate an individual in an Afghan uniform opened fire on the combined U.S. and Afghan force with a machine gun.”
Six other American soldiers were wounded in the attack. It was not yet clear how many casualties were suffered by the Afghan partner force. The incident is under investigation, a DoD statement said.