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The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation announced that the biometric registration process for the employees of the ministry began on Saturday by the Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission.
The ministry said in a statement that, the biometric process of civil servants which is implemented by The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) started on Saturday with the presence of Sayed Hussain Alemi Balkhi, Minister of Refugees and Repatriation.
The program is launched based on presidential decree and all civil servants should be registered in the biometric system to bring about fundamental reforms in the departments, electronic management, transparency and it also the process will help prevent “Ghost Workers”, as per officials of IARCSC.
The officials of the commission added that, as of now the information of employees of 10 government institutions have been registered in the process.
Alemi Balkhi Minister of Refugees, said during a ceremony of the launch of the ministry’s workers biometric registration in Kabul today, that the system will help create transparency and prevent shadow structures, but there will be technical complexities for the caretakers, contractors employees and servants and those who receive salary from unallocated budget and there is the possibility of making electronic attendance therefore, Administrative Reform Commission should take these complexities into the account.
Meanwhile, today the Ministry of Education announced that so far 55000 employees of the ministry have been registered in biometric system in Kabul and eastern provinces zone.
Mir Rahman Rahmani was elected as Afghanistan parliament speaker on Saturday after securing 136 votes.
Meanwhile, Khan Mohammad Wadrak failed to win majority in parliament election for speakership as he received 96 votes.
A minimum of 123 votes are needed for a candidate to win. MPs in the Afghan parliament this afternoon started voting for Mir Rahman Rahmani and Khan Mohammad Wardak to elect one of them as the house speaker.
The election ends a month-long stalemate and several incidents of brawls in the parliament.
The Pentagon has deployed about a dozen F-22 Raptor stealth fighter jets to the small Persian Gulf nation of Qatar as part of its recent buildup of forces amid tensions with Iran, Pentagon officials said Friday, as per Stars and Stripes.
The advanced fighters arrived at Al Udeid Air Base just outside the Qatari capital Doha on Thursday, according to a U.S. Air Forces Central Command statement. Air Force photos showed the planes nearing and landing at the base, which houses some 10,000 American troops. The U.S. military uses the base to run its air operations across the Middle East and Afghanistan.
The fighter jets were part of a previously announced deployment of new forces into the Middle East, aimed at bolstering the ability of the United States to protect its forces throughout the region, especially in Iraq and Syria, where U.S. troops operate in close proximity to Iranian-controlled militias, a defense official said Friday. American officials have said since last month that credible intelligence showed Iranian forces and proxies could be planning to attack Americans in the region.
Air Forces Central Command said it was the first time F-22s had been deployed to Qatar.
The United States has blamed Iran for a series of mine attacks on commercial tankers in the Gulf of Oman in recent weeks. Iran also shot down an unarmed American reconnaissance drone last week near the Strait of Hormuz, a critical chokepoint for the world’s oil supply that connects the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Oman. American officials said the RQ-4A Global Hawk was shot down in international airspace, but Iran maintains the drone entered its airspace.
Provincial officials reported the killing of 25 members of public uprising forces and the injury of 9 others in Baghlan province.
Speaking to Reporterly on Saturday, Fazaluddin Muradi, the district governor of Nahrin district said that, on Friday night, Taliban insurgents attacked on the outposts of public uprising forces in Kahgadai area in the district, and as a result 25 members of the forces were killed and 9 others injured.
According to Muradi, the public uprising forces were ambushed and killed by Taliban when they were going to back up the other members of the forces.
He added that, as of now the situation of the area is under control of security forces.
Meanwhile, Jawid Beshrat, spokesman of Baghlan police confirmed the incident to Reporterly but did not comment on the casualties.
Security forces reported that ammunition and explosive materials were discovered and seized in Daikundi province.
As a result of the joint operation of police special forces and National Directorate of Security in surroundings of Ashtarlay district of Daikundi province, a huge number of heavy weapons and explosive components have been discovered and confiscated, Ministry of Interior said in a statement on Saturday.
The statement further added that the security forces seized 53 mortar rounds, 8 82mm artillery rounds, 2 IEDs, and an AK47 during this operation.
Nasir Ahmad Andisha, the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva presented his credentials to H. E. Ueli Maurer, President of the Swiss Confederation.
Upon presenting his credentials, Ambassador Andisha told to H. E. President Maurer that bilateral relationships with Switzerland is a key priority for him and for the whole mission in Geneva.
H.E. President Maurer said Switzerland has friendly relationships with Afghanistan and the Swiss Government is ready to help Afghanistan by implementing concrete projects with results.
Ministry of Education announced that so far 55000 employees of the ministry have been registered in the biometric system in Kabul and eastern provinces zone.
During the reforms in Human Resources Management Information System of Ministry of Education and biometric and employee’s data registration, so far 55000 employees have been biometric registered in Kabul and eastern provinces, Ministry of Education said in a statement on Saturday.
According to the statement, in eastern provinces zone which includes Nangarhar, Nuristan, Kunar and Laghman, as of now 10000 employees of ministry have been registered in mentioned provinces and 45000 employees in Kabul.
The biometric registration process will continue and till the end of 1398 solar year, all employees of the Ministry will be registered in the system, as per the Ministry of Education.
Meanwhile, the biometric and employee’s data registration in the Human Resources Management Information System started on February of 27, 2019 to specify the exact number of civil servants and existing positions in the Civil Services, and it also helps prevent “Ghost Workers”.
The ministry of interior released a statement informing that 20 Taliban insurgents were killed and five others were wounded after the General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) conducted a clearance operation in Surobi district of Kabul.
In another statement, it was announce that the General Command of Police Special Units (GCPSU) launched an operation which took place in Mohammad Agha district of Logar. As a result, two men were arrested and accused of helping Taliban insurgents.
Meanwhile, the Afghan National Police (ANP) arrested an alleged gun trafficker with 587 light bullets, one hand grenade, five magazines, four fire crackers and some amount of military equipment and ammunition in Arghach region, Khogyani district of Nangarhar.
The Office of the President has announced that based on a presidential decree, Salam Rahimi Chief of Staff of President Ghani has been appointed as a special envoy of the president and minister of statefor peace.
The president’s decree states that, “the appointment of Mr. Rahimi is approved in accordance with the Article 64 and Item 64 of the Constitution of Afghanistan and Mr. Rahimi will participate in cabinet meetings, National Security Council meetings, meetings of the high commissions and high councils.”
Meanwhile, Mr. Rahimi was previously serving as chief of staff of the president.
He has been appointed as special envoy and minister of state for peace affairs and as has been working for High Peace Council for years where he offered consultations and coordination for the council.
On Friday, the UN General Assembly adopted by consensus the resolution entitled “Enhancement of International Cooperation to Assist Victims of Terrorism” contained in document A/73/L.88* that was initiated and presented by Afghanistan.
The resolution was co-sponsored by almost 90 countries.
The resolution aims to further strengthen national and international mechanisms to support victims of terrorism and their families and ensure that their human rights and fundamental freedoms are fully respected.
Further, this resolution condemns all acts, methods, and practices of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and expresses the unwavering commitment of the international community to strengthening cooperation to prevent and combat terrorism, address impunity, and pursue accountability for the perpetrators of terrorist acts as well as their supporters.
This resolution also calls upon the Member States to develop their comprehensive victims of terrorism assistance plans in order to address the needs of victims of terrorism and their families and requests the relevant United Nations entities to assist the Member States in developing such plans and aid in their capacity building.