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Afghan Teachers Blame Gov’t on World Teacher’s Day

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(Last Updated On: October 5, 2019)

Afghan teachers are experiencing lots of difficulties because the government has failed to fulfill its commitments, a number of teachers said on the International Teachers Day.

Meanwhile, they said that everyday violence in the country is a huge matter of concern for both teachers and students.

“Our problems are increasing every next year. I’m calling on the government to fulfill its commitments,” said Zuhal Etehadi, a female teacher in Ghazi High School in Kabul.

“When a suicide bombing happens, our family members are asking us not to attend in classes,” said Aziza, a female teacher,” the government is giving fake promises to teachers.”

Speaking at an event on the occasion of Teachers’ Day, Acting Education Minister Mirwais Balkhi accepted that Afghan teachers are suffering from a lot of problems.

However, Mr. Balkhi emphasizes that plans are underway to resolve teacher’s problems but it takes time.

Officials further said that they have launched a loan program for teachers, enabling them to take a loan of up to 50 thousand Afghanis. This program is inaugurated in Kabul, Kandahar, Balkh and Nangarhar provinces yet.

World Teachers’ Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is an international day held annually on 5 October across the world including Afghanistan.

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Angry protesters take to streets over police brutality – USA

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Clashes between the police and the protesters over George Floyd’s death in police custody have been intensified, western news outlets report.

As demonstrations escalated in several US cities, protesters in Minneapolis met a more determined response from police officers and National Guard troops.

Reports show that several other US states have activated National Guard troops.

Reports show that several other US states have called in National Guard troops to help quell the protests, some of which have turned violent.

Cities nationwide have also implemented curfews, but protesters appear undeterred.

It is noteworthy that Floyd died on Monday after a white officer, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck.

The officer has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter; however, the other officers have not been charged.

According to reports, protesters in Minneapolis, Minnesota, have pledged to continue until all four officers involved in the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, are charged.

In the meantime, the US President Donald Trump has ordered Pentagon to put military police on alert, saying they may be deployed to Minnesota.

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Children among 9 killed in Herat traffic accident

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At least nine people including children and women were killed in a traffic accident in western Herat province, a local official confirmed.

The incident happened on Saturday night after a small vehicle collided with a truck in Herat-Kandahar highway in the Adraskan district of the province.

Jilani Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor told Ariana News that three women, hour children, and two men were killed in the accident.

According to Farhad, all the victims were Kapisa’s residents.

Accidents are common in Afghanistan’s highways where roads are often in a poor state.

Most of the traffic accidents are basically because of the carelessness, high-speed driving, insufficiency of traffic signs, and bad condition of the roads. 

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SpaceX, NASA successfully launch astronauts into space

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A spacecraft of SpaceX – a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company – carrying two NASA astronauts soared into outer space Saturday.

The liftoff took place at 3:22 p.m. local time on Saturday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, US, marking the country’s first human travel into Earth’s orbit from US soil in the last decade.

“Today’s launch also marks the start of the commercial crew era of U.S. human spaceflight,” NASA said in a statement.

“What a great day for NASA, what a great day for SpaceX, and what a great day for the United States of America,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “It’s been nine years since we’ve launched American astronauts on American rockets from American soil, and now we have done it again.”

It is SpaceX’s final test flight to validate its crew transportation system, including the Crew Dragon, Falcon 9, launch pad, and operations capabilities, NASA added.

“During the mission, the crew and SpaceX mission controllers will verify the performance of the spacecraft’s environmental control system, displays, and control system, maneuvering thrusters, autonomous docking capability, and more,” the organization noted.

According to the statement, NASA’s Commercial Crew Program is working with SpaceX and Boeing to design, build, test, and operate safe, reliable, and cost-effective human transportation systems to low-Earth orbit.

The United States hasn’t launched its own astronauts into space since the Space Shuttle Program ended in 2011. Since then, NASA’s astronauts have had to travel to Russia and train on the country’s Soyuz spacecraft, CNN reported.

The spacecraft is expected to dock with the International Space Station around at 10:29 a.m. local on Sunday.

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