Newsfeed; Tuesday, December 31 2019

Latest news and happenings of Afghanistan and region…


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    Afghanistan, Iran to Develop Trade, Health Cooperation

    A delegation from Afghanistan hospitals, doctors and experts on Tuesday called for developing scientific relations with Iran.

    International Interaction center of the Vice-Presidency for science and technology affairs of Iran hosted a delegation from Afghanistan.

    The trip was aimed at promoting scientific relations with Iran.

    Head of International Interaction center of the Vice-Presidency for science and technology affairs Mahdi Ghalenoei and the spokesman for Afghanistan Ministry of Public Health Vahid Majrouh called for developing scientific relations between Iran and Afghanistan.

    During the event, Iranian and Afghan knowledge-based companies presented their latest achievements and products.

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    UN-Backed Local Peace Initiative Continues to Bear Fruit in Nangarhar

    An agreement earlier this year to resolve a longstanding community dispute over Nangarhar water resources has continued to foster social cohesion among formerly warring tribes.

    In April 2019, mediation between the Markikhil and Kadarkhil tribes in Nangarhar’s Shirzad district concluded with a unanimously adopted resolution regulating water-distribution rights.

    In the three-day mediation session – locally called a jirga – participants highlighted the negative impact of the 50-year-old feud over water rights and resolved to end the dispute peacefully.

    The mediation was facilitated by UNAMA as part of its local peace initiative programme, in close coordination with the Nangarhar Conflict Resolution Commission.

    At the conclusion of the Jirga, participants encouraged each other to look to the future and focus on larger issues impacting their communities.

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    Airstrike Kill 11 Taliban Insurgents in Kandahar Province

    At least 11 Taliban insurgents have been killed in the Shorabak district of Kandahar province after a series of airstrikes targeted militant strongholds, the Afghan National Army’s 205th Corps said in a statement.

    “Last night, the foreign air force attacked the centers of militants in Shorawak district in which 11 militants were killed,” the statement read.

    On Monday, the Afghan Defense Ministry announced that military operations in the central provinces of Ghazni and Ghor resulted in the deaths of at least 43 Taliban terrorists and the arrest of seven others.

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    Afghan Forces Target Taliban Hideouts in Kunduz: MoD

    The Ministry of Defense (MoD) says several Taliban hideouts have been destroyed by security forces in Chardara district of Kunduz province.

    MoD in a press release on Tuesday said that Afghan Commando forces have conducted a night operation on the hideout of Taliban’s commander named ‘Delbar’ known as Yasin.

    According to the press release, two Delber’s men have been killed and another commander named Mullah Abdullah was wounded during the operation.

    MoD added that a hideout of Mawlavi Abdul Khaleq, a key Taliban commander has also been destroyed in Orta Belaqi Ha area in Chardara district.

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    Alice Wells Congratulates Afghan MMA Fighter Safari for His Victory

    The US State Department Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells has congratulated Afghan MMA fighter Hussain Bakhsh Safari in his victory this weekend.

    “What an inspirational match and just another reminder of the determination of Afghan youth. We look forward to the day when all Afghanistan’s fighting takes place in the ring,” Alice Wells said.

    Safari has defeated his Russian fighter Peter Berg in a breathtaking fight in Moscow.

    Safari and Russian’s Peter Berg faced each other in the weight class of 65kg, inside a martial art cage in Moscow on Saturday evening.

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    Delhi HC Sentences Afghan National to 13 Year Imprisonment for Processing 52 kg Heroin

    The Delhi High Court has upheld a trial court’s order convicting an Afghan man and sentencing him to 13 years jail for carrying 52 kg heroin.

    Justice C Hari Shankar held Afghani national – Sayed Ahmed -guilty under Clause (c) of Section 21 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act for possessing a commercial quantity of diacetylmorphine (heroin) of drugs.

    The court had on February 20, 2016, convicted Ahmed, and on February 23, 2016, sentenced him to rigorous imprisonment of 13 years, along with a fine of Rs 1,50,000.

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    Ghani Awarded ‘Ghazni Wazir Akbar Khan’ Medal to US Amb. John Bass

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has awarded the medal of Ghazi Wazir Mohammad Akbar Khan to the US Ambassador John Bass in recognition of his services at a farewell gathering at the Presidential Palace.

    During the gathering, President Ghani praised John Bass’s efforts during his mission in Afghanistan to strengthen and expand the comprehensive and amicable relations between Afghanistan and the United States, securing peace in the country and the region, and draw on his country’s assistance and cooperation to Afghanistan.

    In the meantime, John Bass called Afghanistan’s success “America’s success” and stressed the need to continue efforts for a peaceful future in Afghanistan.

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    Three Arrested on Child Rape in Badghis: Police

    The Counter Criminal Police has arrested three people on charge of sexual assault on a 10 years old girl in northern Badghis province.

    Provincial local officials has earlier said that a ten years old girl have been sexually assaulted by a number of individuals in a religious school (Madrasa) in Qala-e-Naw, the capital city of the province.

    The interior ministry in a statement on Monday said that after serious of investigation, three students of the Madrasa found guilty.

    According to the ministry, the investigation is still underway by the criminal investigators to find the other perpetrators.

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    Air Pollution Kills 17 Kabul Inhabitants in One Week

    The public health authorities on Monday said that at least 17 people have died due to sever air pollution in Kabul within one week.

    According to the Ministry of Health of Afghanistan, over 8,800 patients have visited public hospitals in last few weeks who mainly were suffering from lung issues.

    To quell the threat, related officials have launched crackdowns on industrial factories and business areas that cause air pollution in the city.

    The Interior Ministry has warned the private residential towns and factories to avoid using materials which are harmful for the environment; otherwise, they would face serious action.