Newsfeed; Wednesday, July 15 2020

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    Afghan-German Cooperation To Reconstruct Road In Takhar To Benefit 36,000 People

    The Afghan-German Cooperation and Takhar’s Directorate of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (DRRD) signed a 109 million AFN contract for reconstructing a two-kilometre road in the Taloqan district of the province.

    The project will start at Pule-e-Jalat village and end at Nowabad-e-Puleqak village.

    The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) will support and fund the project which will benefit around 36,000 citizens who live in the districts of Chaal, Bangi, and Eshkamesh.

    During construction, the materials will be provided by local stores and the labour will come from the surrounding areas.

    “The implementation of this project will bring positive impacts for the residents’ living conditions. The travel time between three districts will be significantly reduced. In the future, the reconstructed road can be used as an alternative way to Takhar-Kunduz main highway to prevent traffic jams,” said DRRD’s director Sebghatullah Nazari.

    Residents had complained that the dirt and gravel road would get muddy and untraversable during the rainy season, making access difficult.

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    Afghanistan Sends Third Transit Shipment To India Via Iran’s Chabahar Port

    Afghanistan has sent its third shipment of transit goods to India via Iran’s Shahid Behesti port in Chabahar, local officials said on Wednesday.

    Director General of Sistan-Baluchistan Ports and Maritime Affairs Behrouz Aghaei said that a “vessel carrying 70 ordinary and refrigerated TEUs, set sail from Shahid Beheshti port in Chabahar on Sunday and is destined for the Indian ports of Mundra and Nhava Sheva.”

    Aghaei said that the shipment is being done in accordance to a trilateral deal between Iran, Afghanistan and India.

    On Wednesday, India also shipped out its sixth consignment of 8,200 metric tonnes of wheat to Afghanistan as part of the “humanitarian gesture” to ensure food security during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    MoPH Sets Fee For COVID-19 Diagnosis In Private Labs, Hospitals

    The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) fixed 4,500 AFN as the amount that can be charged by private facilities for Coronavirus diagnosis on Wednesday.

    The MoPH set the amount for the polymerise chain reaction (PCR) tests that is the most common screening test used in Afghanistan.

    Private hospitals, clinics and laboratories that are authorized to conduct the COVID-19 tests, must abide by the fixed price and not overcharge the patient, the MoPH insisted.

    The Health Ministry also warned that those found in violation, will be dealt with legally.

    Afghanistan has confirmed 34,994 COVID-19 cases to date, of which 1,094 have died and 22,456 have recovered.

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    MoPH Sets Fee For COVID-19 Diagnosis In Private Labs, Hospitals

    The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) fixed 4,500 AFN as the amount that can be charged by private facilities for Coronavirus diagnosis on Wednesday.

    The MoPH set the amount for the polymerise chain reaction (PCR) tests that is the most common screening test used in Afghanistan.

    Private hospitals, clinics and laboratories that are authorized to conduct the COVID-19 tests, must abide by the fixed price and not overcharge the patient, the MoPH insisted.

    The Health Ministry also warned that those found in violation, will be dealt with legally.

    Afghanistan has confirmed 34,994 COVID-19 cases to date, of which 1,094 have died and 22,456 have recovered.

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    Taliban Set Fire To School Building In Takhar

    Taliban group set fire to a school building in Takhar’s provincial capital, Taloqan city, after clashes with the Afghan security forces on Tuesday evening.

    On Wednesday, Takhar Police spokesperson Khalil Asir said that the Taliban fighters started the fire while they were retreating after the clash.

    The militants had been using the school as a base for some time. The building, its library and laboratory were also set on fire.

    He said that the school, called “Abdul Latif Shahid,” is located in the Qulbars area of Taloqan, and around 1,000 students were enrolled.

    The Taliban has yet to comment on the incident.

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    Four Civilians Killed In Pakistani Artillery Attack In Kunar

    Local officials in Kunar said at least four civilians were killed and nine injured in a Pakistani army artillery attack in parts of Sarkano district and the provincial capital Asadabad city on Wednesday.

    Kunar governor’s spokesperson Abdul Ghani Mosamim said the Pakistani army carried out “illegal operations” at zero point along the Durand Line and also fired rockets at civilian areas and security checkpoints at around 1 am.

    “Pakistani forces wanted to build checkpoints in the [de facto] border area,” Mosamin said, but the Afghan security forces responded on time to the attack.

    Mosamim confirmed that while there were no ongoing cross-border conflicts in the area, the Pakistani military continued to fire the rockets.

    Casualties were reported when one of the rockets hit a house in Asadabad.

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    Atmar Meets New German Ambassador-Designate To Afghanistan

    Acting foreign Minister Haneef Atmar met Axel Zeidler, Ambassador-designate of the Germany to Afghanistan on Wednesday.

    Zeidler presented a copy of his credentials to Atmar who welcomed him to the country and wished him success for strengthening relations between Afghanistan and Germany.

    Atmar emphasized the importance of their bilateral ties and reiterated the Afghan government’s commitment especially with regard to the peace process and stability in Afghanistan.

    He also expressed gratitude for Germany’s role in facilitating the intra-Afghan dialogue.

    The new envoy underscored the historic ties between Afghanistan and Germany and expressed appreciation for the close cooperation that exists between the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan and the German Embassy in Kabul.

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    Iran To Discuss Document For Comprehensive Cooperation With Afghanistan

    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi is leading a high-level delegation to Afghanistan on Wednesday, where they will discuss the comprehensive cooperation document.

    Iran’s state media reported that during Aragchi’s visit in Kabul, he would be meeting senior Afghan officials to work on the Document for Comprehensive Cooperation that will strengthen bilateral cooperation.

    The document covers cooperation in fields such as economics, border management, foreign nationals, media, security, health, water and energy.

    Araghchi is also due to attend a seminar on the perspective of Iran-Afghanistan relations, its challenges and opportunities at the Afghan Institute for Strategic Studies.

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    7 Killed In Taliban Attack In Kunduz

    Two Afghan security forces and five Taliban were killed in an early morning clash in the Qarghaz area of Imam Sahib district in Kunduz province on Wednesday.

    District Governor Mahbubullah Sayyedi said the clashes erupted when Taliban militants stormed a joint Afghan army and police checkpoint.

    Five security forces and six Taliban were also injured during the deadly gun battle.

    The Taliban were repulsed, and wounded were taken to a hospital in the provincial capital, Sayyedi said.

    On Tuesday, Afghan security forces killed five Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) members who were fighting for the Taliban in the province’s Dasht-e-Archi district, the Special Operations Corps posted on Facebook.

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    COVID-19: Afghanistan Nears 35,000 Cases

    The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) said that announced that 254 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours, and the country is now at 34,994 confirmed cases so far.

    Laboratory tests reported positive cases in the provinces of Kabul (78), Daykundi (61), Takhar (24), Paktia (18), Ghor (15), Badakhshan (11), Badghis (11) and Balkh (10).

    Nine people in Logar, six in Herat, four in Laghman, three each in Kandahar and Nangarhar provinces, and one in Wardak also reported to be positive for the virus.

    There were 32 fatalities and 1,002 recoveries reported during the past day, which saw the deaths increase to 1,094 and recovered cases pushed to 22,456.

    The country currently has 11,444 active cases and has tested 81,934 samples to date.

    The Afghan government is also implementing a programme titled “national dining table” to replace the bread distribution efforts to families in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

    It will be supported by the World Bank and begin within the next 20 days, under the office of the First Vice President.

    The programme is expected to cover 90% of Afghanistan’s population and President Ashraf Ghani has allocated $300 million towards it.

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    Dostum Officially Awarded Marshal Rank In Jawzjan

    Abdul Rashid Dostum, army general and the former vice president, has officially been awarded the rank of marshal at a ceremony held in Jawzjan province on Wednesday, becoming the third person in Afghan history to hold the honour.

    On July 3, a decree by President Ashraf Ghani promoted Dostum to marshal as part of the political power-sharing agreement signed with Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of the High Council for National Reconciliation.

    Marshal Dostum, in his inauguration ceremony which was attended by Abdullah, expressed his gratitude to the organizing committee and paid homage to those who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country.

    The rank is the highest military honour in Afghanistan.

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    9 Taliban Killed, Wounded While Attacking Security Forces In Zabul

    The governor of Zabul said four Taliban were killed and five injured when they launched an attack in the province’s Arghandab district on Tuesday night.

    Governor Gul Islam Sial said “a large number of Taliban fighters” clashes with the security forces and a commander, identified as Mustafa, was among the killed.

    He did not mention the Afghan security forces casualties but said that the attack was repulsed and emphasized that no civilians were injured.

    The Taliban have not commented on the attack yet.

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    EU In Contact With India On Afghan Peace Process

    The European Union (EU) is “in contact with India” to ensure that the Afghan peace process happens in a “constructive way” they said in a statement, ahead of the India-EU summit.

    EU officials said they hoped for the peace negotiations in Afghanistan to start “anytime soon” and were engaged in talking to other key partners to make sure this happens, including India and Pakistan.

    They reiterated their commitment to Afghanistan and said, “EU is fully supportive of peace efforts.”

    The organisation has adopted a resolution that calls for the Taliban to engage in trust and confidence-building efforts to start the talks.

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    Senior Officials And MPs Asked To Register Assets To Combat Corruption

    Senior government officials and members of parliament were directed by President Ashraf Ghani to declare their assets as soon as possible during a meeting of the National High Council for the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption.

    The committee, which is chaired by Ghani, met late on Monday, their statement said, to discuss graft allegations against top leaders and bureaucrats. The Presidential Palace ordered a probe into the charges.

    A report on the implementation of the National Strategy for Combatting Administrative Corruption was also discussed, along with a report from the Women’s Equality Foundation in Herat and a joint letter of civil society activists and human rights defenders.

    Fazel Mahmoud Fazly, general director of the Administrative Affairs Office, briefed the attendees on the overall progress in the implementation of counter-corruption standards.

    He said that 98% of the standards had been implemented in the national strategy and called it a “huge achievement” with the key points set to be presented at the Geneva Conference.

    Ghani welcomed the activities of the committee and assured civil institutions that their problems and challenges will be resolved as soon as possible.

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    Mullah Shot While Walking To Mosque In Parwan

    Two people, including a mullah imam, were killed in the Sayed Khel district of Parwan on Wednesday morning.

    Wahida Shahkar, spokesperson for the governor of Parwan, said Taliban insurgents shot dead Mullah Abdul Hanan and another resident, who was his brother Abdul Ahad, while they were walking to the mosque at 4 am.

    The two brothers were residents of Bala Deh village.

    Shahkar said no arrests have been made so far and the motive for the killing was unknown, even though the officials attributed the incident to the Taliban.

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    4 Taliban Killed As People’s Uprising Forces Repulse Attack in Daykundi

    Local officials in Daykundi province confirmed that four Taliban fighters were killed and five more wounded in the counterattack by People’s Uprising Forces in the Pato district.

    Abbas Kamyar, spokesperson for the Daykundi governor, said that Taliban fighters attacked a security checkpoint in Bala Dasht-e-Sar-e-Tagab district of Pato at around 8:30 pm on Tuesday.

    The clashes continued for close to four hours where the Taliban attack was repulsed.

    Some members of the popular uprising forces and a civilian were also wounded.

    The Taliban have not yet commented on the attack.