Following the recent controversy between the Afghan government and the Lower House of Parliament over the draft budget for the fiscal year of 1,400, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) has stated that the equalization of government employees' salaries is not feasible without considering the financial possibilities and practical financial analysis. The Ministry of Finance issued a statement on Monday, acknowledging the House of Representatives'

18 January 2021

Afghan local officials say the Taliban militants attacked security outposts in Qaramqul district of Faryab province on Sunday night. Abdul Karim Yourish, the spokesman of Faryab Police said at least ten Taliban insurgents were killed and eight more including Mawlavi Shamsullah, the group's head of military commission were wounded after their attacks thwarted by Afghan forces. According to Yourish, Afghan forces arrested seven of the

18 January 2021

Following the proposal of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) submitted to the presidency to hold three elections next year, the Transparent Election Foundation of Afghanistan (TEFA) says the conditions are not suitable for holding the elections. TEFA in a statement on Monday called the decision of IEC to hold elections "alarming", saying holding of the elections next year is a matter of concern for

18 January 2021

The speaker of the Lower House Parliament Mir Rahman Rahmani says that based on the Afghan constitution, the lawmakers will not be able to go on leave until the draft budget for the fiscal year of 1400 is approved. Speaking at Monday's session, Rahmani said, "No one has the right to go on winter break until the (budget plan for FY1400) is approved." He also

18 January 2021

The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Monday reported 79 new positive cases of coronavirus out of 1,849 samples tested in the last 24 hours. The ministry also reported 3 deaths and 543 recoveries from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The cumulative number of total cases is now 54,141 the number of total reported deaths is

18 January 2021

President Ashraf Ghani had a phone conversation with the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday, the Presdential Palace (Arg) said. Arg in a press release said that during the conversation, the two sides discussed the ongoing relations between Afghanistan and Australia and the peace process. According to the press release, the two sides discussed the ongoing Taliban violence in Afghanistan and emphasized on an

18 January 2021

At least four uprising forces were killed after Taliban attacked their checkpoint in Yawan district of Badakhshan province last night, local officials said. Abdullah Naji Nazari, a provincial council member in Badakhshan said the incident happened in Safid Khak area of Yawan district. According to Nazari, at least six members of the uprising forces were wounded in Taliban's attack.

18 January 2021

After kicking off pan-India coronavirus vaccination drive, the Indian government plans to ship off doses of Covid-19 vaccine to neighbouring countries including Afghanistan as part of vaccine diplomacy in a couple of weeks. According to Indian authorities, Afghanistan is among the first countries to benefit from India's vaccine shipment and begin vaccination programme in the country. While the initial shipments would

18 January 2021

Kabul police say a Prado type vehicle was targeted by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Kabul's PD6 but had no casualties. Ferdaws Faramarz, spokesman for the Kabul Police said that the incident took place at around 08:37a.m. this morning on Sarak Shorw area of PD6. According to Faramarz, the car belonged to the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MoCIT).

18 January 2021