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Coronavirus: Bayat Foundation distributes aids in Kandahar

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(Last Updated On: April 30, 2020)

The Bayat Foundation – a charity organization – has donated food supplies to needy families affected by the Coronavirus lockdown in southern Kandahar province.

The Foundation’s officials said that the aids were distributed to the most vulnerable families in Kandahar.

Welcoming the Bayat Foundation aids, families who have received donations are asking other organizations and businessmen to help people during this trying time.

It comes as Kandahar came under lockdown since the first COVID-19 patient was detected in the province, which led to the unemployment of thousands of people.

Bayat’s humanitarian relief dedicated to Kandahar citizens who have faced financial hardship due to Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, Bayat’s officials emphasized that it would continue aids to the people.

The Bayat Foundation has already assisted the needy, the flood victims on various occasions, and it has also built hospitals, mosques, roads, and sports fields across the country.

Currently, the foundation is disinfecting some areas in Kandahar and some other provinces.

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Lebanon’s army finds 1.3 tons of fireworks near Beirut explosion site

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(Last Updated On: September 19, 2020)

Lebanon’s army said it had found 1.3 tons of fireworks during a search of Beirut port, which was devastated last month in a massive explosion blamed on highly explosive ammonium nitrate, kept in poor condition.

The army said in a statement that 1,320 kgs of fireworks were found in 120 boxes in a warehouse during a search of the port. It said army engineers disposed of them.

The port and a large part of central Beirut was ruined by the huge blast that killed at least 190 people and left tens of thousands homeless. 

Warehouses and concrete grain silos at the port were also destroyed.

“As part of the inspection works that army units are carrying out at Beirut port, 1,320 kilograms of fireworks were found packed in 120 cartons at one of the hangars,” the army statement said.

“Troops from the Engineering Regiment immediately removed them and disposed of them at fields belonging to the army,” the statement added.

According to Lebanese media reports, an FBI team has reportedly deduced that a fireworks cache was behind the August 4 detonation of the ammonium nitrate that had been stored at the port. 

Other flammable substances had also reportedly been placed in the same storage facility. 

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UK to allow more interpreters to start new lives in Britain

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The UK government on Saturday announced an expanded relocation scheme for former Afghan interpreters who supported British Armed forces in Helmand province. 

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and Home Secretary Priti Patel announced the changes will significantly expand the eligibility criteria for former interpreters to apply for the relocation offer.

Until now, former employees must have been made redundant on or after 1 May 2006 with 12 months or more service outside the wire on the frontline.

Saturday’s announcement will allow an additional group of interpreters – those who resigned on or after 1 May 2006 after serving a minimum of 18 months on the frontline – to apply for relocation.

Their spouses and children will also benefit from the expanded scheme.

“Courageous Afghans worked side by side with our Armed Forces to defeat terrorism, risking their own lives in the pursuit of peace,” said Patel. 

“In recognition of their dedication, today we are fulfilling our promise and have expanded the relocation scheme so that more brave Afghans and their families can come and build a new life in the UK,” she said.

Wallace in turn stated: “Our efforts in Afghanistan simply could not have been possible without the help of brave interpreters who risked their lives to work alongside our personnel throughout the conflict.

“They did not leave us behind then, and we will not leave them behind now. It is crucial there is a fair system in place to support those who want to relocate to the UK, and that is why we are going even further to make sure more individuals have the opportunity to apply for relocation.

“The Home Office and Defense will always work together to address policy issues and promote British values,” he said. 

The changes to the scheme will be made through secondary legislation in October and be implemented shortly afterwards, the UK noted in a statement.

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Ghani condemns attack on yet another government official

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President Ashraf Ghani has condemned the attack on Ayub Gharwal, deputy head of Paktia Provincial Council, who was gunned down on Saturday in Gardez city. 

In a statement issued by the Presidential Palace (ARG), Ghani reiterated his call to the Taliban to call for a humanitarian and lasting ceasefire to ensure the security of civilians. 

The president also called for an investigation into the killing of Gharwal. 

Paktia officials said the incident happened at about 5.30am in Gardez city while Gharwal was on his way to Gardez University. 

Officials said Gharwal was seriously wounded in the attack and later died in hospital from gunshot wounds. 

Gharwal’s death is another in a string of targeted attacks on high-profile public figures and government officials. 

Earlier this month, Vice President Amrullah Saleh was also targeted in an attack in Kabul. 

Saleh escaped with minor injuries but at least 10 people were killed in the roadside bombing that was intended to kill Saleh. 

No group has yet claimed responsibility for Saturday’s attack on Gharwal. 

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