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The National Security Adviser of Afghanistan Hamdullah Mohib is to pay a visit to Tehran to meet and hold talks with Iran’s Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, Iranian authorities said.
The Afghan official will arrive in Tehran on Tuesday for a one-day visit.
He will discuss bilateral issues, the Afghan peace process, and regional developments with his Iranian counterpart.
Mohib will also meet and hold talks with some high political and security officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) is eyeing to host international cricket in its soil after securing land for a new stadium in Kabul.
Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani on Sunday allocated 120000 square meters of land in Alokhail area of Kabul for the construction of a state-of-the-art stadium that will be known as the Kabul International Stadium.
Though it is not clear how long it will take for ACB to complete the construction but Cricket board chairman Farhan Yusefzai is confident that it will be a major step towards hosting international cricket at home.
”With the construction of this ground, we will be able to host international cricket and our people will watch international players playing at their ground in the centre of the capital Kabul,” said Farhan Yusefzai.
”Kabul will be home to a standard state-of-the-art international cricket stadium. I express my special thanks to Mr. President who has always supported the development of cricket and encouraged our players. After initial formalities, the construction of the stadium will also commence and we will ensure it is done with best quality,” he said.
The stadium will include a five-star guest house, a standard swimming pool, indoor and outdoor academies, canopies for crowd, health clinic, mosque, car parking, administrative block and other such facilities while the stadium will have a capacity to host 35,000 spectators.
Officials at the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Affairs say that in the first phase of the national relief (Dastarkhan-e-Milli) program, which previously began across the country, humanitarian aid, including food and medical supplies, have been distributed to more than 20,144 families.
Mujubur Rahman Karimi, the Acting Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, said in a press conference on Monday that more than 20,000 families have received assistance in the first phase of the national relief program, and that 12,000 “poor” families are expected to receive assistance at this stage and the humanitarian aids will be distributed to 896 villages including 1.8 million people across the country.
Karimi noted that the aid packages for each family that are considered at this stage include flour, rice, oil, beans, chickpeas and soap, which is equivalent to four thousand Afghanis.
According to him, 11,200 villages out of 12,896 villages have been completed so far, and the package distribution and monitoring committees have been formed for 9,700 other villages.
According to the Acting Minister of Rural Rehabilitation, plans have been made to distribute aid packages in 9,200 villages, and the money have been transferred to the development councils of 3,000 villages, bringing the total amount of money transferred so far to $ 25 million.
Karimi stressed that the first phase of the national relief program will be implemented throughout the country within the next three months, and the total cost is about $ 86 million, which will be paid by the World Bank.
He added that after the completion of the first phase of the National Relief Program, the second phase will begin, in which 20,397 villages in 235 districts, including 2.5 million households across the country, will be covered by the humanitarian aids.
The Afghan government has earlier launched the Dastarkhan-e-Milli program to help “90 percent population” in Afghanistan to cope with the Coronavirus induced economic and financial woes.
At least ten people wounded in a traffic accident on Herat-Pashtun Zarghon route, local health officials said on Monday.
Head of Herat provincial hospital, Arif Jalali said that the incident happened at around 10:00am on Monday when two passenger vehicles collided in the area.
According to Jalali, the wounded including a child were transferred to the Guzara district’s hospital. He noted that the conditions of injured are better now.
High speed, disregard for traffic rules and narrow roads are said to be the main causes of traffic accidents in Herat province.
The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Monday reported 211 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 2,214 samples tested in the last 24 hours.
The ministry also reported 15 deaths and 543 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
The cumulative number of total cases is now 50,888 the number of total reported deaths is 2,089 and the total number of recoveries is 39,701.
The new cases were reported in Kabul, Herat, Kandahar, Balkh, Nangarhar, Paktia, Nimroz, Ghazni, Badakhshan, Laghman, Kunar, Khost, Zabul, Uruzgan, Paktika, Jowzjan and Sar-ePul provinces.
At least two civilians were killed and one more was wounded in a roadside bomb blast in Muqur district of Badghis province on Monday, local officials said.
A provincial council member of Badghis, Abdul Aziz Big said that the incident took place at around 06:30am on Monday.
According to Aziz Big, the mine was planted by Taliban to target Afghan security forces, but a cargo truck hit the bomb.
In the meantime, Reporterly reporter has repeatedly contacted the governor’s office and Badghis Police to take their comments on the incident, but the refused to respond.
The Taliban group has not commented regarding the incident so far.
As part of efforts to build regional consensus in support of the Afghan peace process, the chairman of High Council for National Reconciliation (HCNR) Abdullah Abdullah arrived in Dushanbe-Tajikistan today to begin a two-day official visit.
HCNR in a statement said that Dr. Abdullah met with the speaker of the House of Representatives of Tajikistan, Mahmadtoir Zokirzoda.
“We exchanged views on Afghan Peace Process, Tajikistan, and the regional support for peace, and bilateral relations,” the statement said quoting Dr. Abdullah.
During his stay, Dr. Abdullah will meet the leadership of Tajikistan and will exchange views on peace and bilateral relations.
President Ashraf Ghani presided over a meeting on the market for the country’s agriculture products yesterday evening at the Presidential Palace, ARG said.
Presidential Palace in a statement said that officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Finance and other relevant institutions discussed issues pertaining to marketing and establishment of an agricultural complex in four zones of the country for processing and exporting fresh and dried fruits.
According to the statement, President Ghani underlined to work with private sector aimed to increase Afghan agricultural products.
“He termed United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia decent market for agriculture products. He as well as stressed the establishment of a database to determine the export and import level of the country,” the statement reads.
The statement added that President Ghani termed water management and export standards valuable stating that government should work in this regard with the private sector.
Adviser to Pakistan’s Prime Minister on Commerce and Investment Abdul Razak Dawood has said that Gwadar port would provide huge opportunities to the energy rich Central Asian Countries and Afghanistan for regional trade connectivity.
Talking to APP in an exclusive interview, Abdul Razak Dawood said that Pakistani government was prioritizing the economic integration to promote regional trade and connect the regional important trade players with the deep sea port Gwadar.
Replying to question, he said that Central Asian Republic (CARs) are demanding to providing them trade facilitation in Gwadar and Bin Qasim sea port for international and regional trade and providing them the facility of the warehouse.
He said Deep Sea Port of Gwadar has its own geo-strategic and economic importance which was located at the centre of regional connectivity and a possible railway link from Gwadar to Kandahar and other parts of Afghanistan.
Afghan First Vice-President Amrullah Saleh said on Monday that at least ten people were killed and 52 more were wounded in yesterday’s car bomb attack, targeting the vehicle of Khan Muhammad Wardak, a Member of Parliament in PD5 of Kabul city.
“Only six of the injured remain in hospital. The rest have returned home due to superficial injuries. Most of the injuries were caused by glass pieces,” Saleh said during a morning security meeting.
The first VP noted that a six-year-old child was among those killed and he expressed his condolences to the families of the victims.
Sunday’s attack took place as a convoy carrying Mr Wardak passed through the capital’s Khoshal Khan neighbourhood early in the morning as the MP was wounded in the incident.
No group have claimed responsibility for the bombing as of yet, but Isis has carried out a spate of attacks in Kabul in the past few months, including on an educational institute that killed 50 people, mainly students.