Newsfeed: Thursday, December 27

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…


  • 28 Dec 2018 Share this post

    Uzbekistan President Named ‘Asian of the Year’

    President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been selected as ‘Asian of the Year’ for 2018 by the Asia Journalist Association (AJA), whose headquarter is based in South Korea.

    For the past year the UN General Assembly has adopted two resolutions which stemmed from the initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan: “Strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian Region” and “Enlightenment and religious tolerance”.

    President Mirziyoyev has taken initiatives to focus on good neighborhood relations, deepening regional cooperation and making Uzbekistan politically liberal and economically more attractive. As part of these measures Uzbekistan simplified its entry-visa regime exempting nationals of more than 70 countries.

    Shavkat Mirziyoyev was named for the politics category. Since he took office as President in December 2016, Mirziyoyev undertook historical reforms for the political and economic liberalization of his country, and is believed to have significantly improved democracy and human rights.
    President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been selected as ‘Asian of the Year’ for 2018 by the Asia Journalist Association (AJA), whose headquarter is based in South Korea.

    For the past year the UN General Assembly has adopted two resolutions which stemmed from the initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan: “Strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian Region” and “Enlightenment and religious tolerance”.

    President Mirziyoyev has taken initiatives to focus on good neighborhood relations, deepening regional cooperation and making Uzbekistan politically liberal and economically more attractive. As part of these measures Uzbekistan simplified its entry-visa regime exempting nationals of more than 70 countries.

    Shavkat Mirziyoyev was named for the politics category. Since he took office as President in December 2016, Mirziyoyev undertook historical reforms for the political and economic liberalization of his country, and is believed to have significantly improved democracy and human rights

  • 27 Dec 2018 Share this post

    After Pakistan, Russia Welcomes US Decision for Troop Withdrawal

    The spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday expressed that the planned withdrawal of half of American troops from Afghanistan was “a step in the right direction”.

    At a weekly briefing, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova added that Moscow is waiting to see how the withdrawal would be realised in practice.

    “Earlier we heard that the Americans didn’t fulfil their promises in that area,” she added.

    “We have paid attention also to the announcement by the American government on the coming withdrawal of half of the contingent of US forces from Afghanistan. We consider this a step in the right direction with the ability to begin the peace process, so let’s just see how it will be realized in practice because earlier we heard that the Americans didn’t fulfil their promises in that area,” she said.

  • 27 Dec 2018 Share this post

    60 MW Alternative of Uzbekistan Electricity Added to Kabul’s Electricity Grid After 100 MW Cut

    DABS Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat has informed in a statement the addition of a 60-megawatts of alternative power to Uzbekistan’s electricity supply to Kabul’s electricity grid.

    With the an increase of 60 MW in electricity, Kabul power outage will be decreased, the company said in the statement.

    Breshna had previously announced a reduction of 100 megawatts of imported electricity to Kabul from Uzbekistan.

  • 27 Dec 2018 Share this post

    Rice Production Surges Despite Drought

    The Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MoAIL) has announced that the production of rice has increased by four percent this year despite a drought in the country.

    In a joint survey conducted by the Central Statistical Bureau and Agriculture Ministry using the geographic information system (GIS), it was revealed that there was a hike in rice yield.

    The total area under rice cultivation was 117,540 hectares of land, which produced 352,000 metric tons of rice.

    However, a statement by the ministry of agriculture, irrigation & livestock noted that the country’s annual demand for rice was 574,000 tons, while the domestic yield amounted to 352,000 tons, thus leaving a deficit of 222,000 tons.

    The ministry has informed that it has spent 2.9 billion Afghanis on implementing 235 projects and 1.2 million have farmers benefited from irrigation water during the ongoing year so far.

  • 27 Dec 2018 Share this post

    Taliban Militants in Ghazni Killed by Premature Explosion

    Taliban militants were killed when their bomb-laden car prematurely exploded Afghanistan’s central-eastern Ghazni province, officials said on Thursday.

    The militants were seeking to carry out a coordinated attack in Deh Yak district centre, but they were killed as their car bomb exploded near the area on Wednesday, the provincial governor’s spokesman said in a statement.

  • 27 Dec 2018 Share this post

    IS-K Spokesperson Killed in Nangarhar province

    Security officials have reported the killing of a IS-K spokesperson and a commander in Nangarhar province.

    The spokesman for the terrorist group, Sultan Aziz Azam, was killed in a drone operation in Pachiragam district, Nangarhar province, according to a Silab 201 Corps.

    In a separate statement, it has been said that a head of IS-K group was killed as a result of a drone strike in Khogyani district of the province.

  • 27 Dec 2018 Share this post

    Government to Send Peace Delegation for Fourth Round of Talks Between Taliban & US in Jeddah

    The Afghan government on Tuesday said that Kabul is set to be represented as it will send a peace delegation to Jeddah Talks.

    The US and Taliban representatives prepare to attend the fourth round of peace talks in Jeddah.

    Fraidoon Khazon, deputy spokesman for Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah told TOLONews “Whenever there is a need for it, we will send our delegation and will express our intention”.

    Taliban has previously rejected direct talk with the Afghan government delegation during the meetings in Abu Dhabi, but Afghan government says they are keen to send a peace delegation to Jeddah.

  • 27 Dec 2018 Share this post

    This is Afghans’ Fight: Gen Scott Miller

    “This fight will go until a political settlement,” Gen. Scott Miller, the commander of US forces and ResoluteSupport mission in Afghanistan said, as quoted by CNN.

    “We have the resource we need, this is Afghans’ fight now, we provide support but you see the causalities, it is their fight now”, Gen Miller added.

    US Ambassador John Bass also told CNN “We’ve got an opportunity today that we didn’t have 6 or 12 months ago, to see if it is really possible to achieve that political settlement, we don’t know if we’re going to be successful.”

  • 27 Dec 2018 Share this post

    The Moscow Format Found an Efficient Framework for Afghan Peace: Russian FM Lavrov

    On Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi’s visit to Russia, he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday.

    At the meeting, Lavrov said “We have a common interest in creating conditions for the start of the political process as soon as possible”.

    He added that “The process by which Afghan people would lead themselves and which would take into consideration the interests of all neighboring countries.”

    Lavrov assured by expressing that “We try not to impose anything on anyone, but I think that Russia, Pakistan, and other members of the so-called Moscow format have found a quite efficient framework where it is comfortable for Afghan sides (to work)”.

    Pakistan’s Qureshi, at the same meeting stressed on the importance of Russian presence in the region:
    “Russian input, presence is essential for the advancement of peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. We believe you have legitimate concerns on regional security, combating terrorism, particularly at a time when we see a growing footprint of Daesh (Islamic State group) in the region”.

  • 27 Dec 2018 Share this post

    US President Trump Visits Iraq

    US President Donald Trump went to the Al Asad Air Base in Iraq on Wednesday to meet with American troops.

    This was an unannounced visit and Trump’s first to an active combat zone since taking office in 2016, the White House said.