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DABS in Nangarhar Warns Powerful Figures to Pay Electricity Bills

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2Local officials in Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) in Nangarhar province have warned the powerful figures to pay the electricity bills, saying we started campaign of to cutting  the electricity cables of those electricity users who did not pay the bills yet.

Chairman of the provincial of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat in Nangarhar Wahidullah Popalzai said, “We disseminated official letters to all electricity customers to pay the electricity bills, today we are here to cut off the electricity of those who have not paid the bills yet.”

The officials in Nangarhar Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat criticized those powerful figures that have not paid the electricity bills yet.

Based on the estimation of the following department the below people did not pay the electricity bills:

1-         Nanagarhar canal 705 million Afghani.

2-         Nanagarhar Municipality 63 million Afghani.

3-         Nanagarhar Governor palace 58 million Afghani.

4-         Nangarhar jail 40 million Afghani.

5-         Nanagarhar Public Hospital 23 million Afghani.

6-         Nangarhar Police headquarter 34 million Afghani.

7-         Nangarhar University 43 million Afghani.

8-         First deputy of the lower house Zaher Qadeer 16 million Afghani.

9-         Haji Hazrat Ali about 2 million Afghani.

Local officials at DABS in Nangarhar urged that this is not the final list of those who didn’t pay the electricity bills.

Deputy chairman of the DABS in Nangarhar Ehsanullah Shayan said, “ based on the management board decision we launched the cutting of electricity cables today, despite of sending several official letters to Shahyee Bagha responsible to pay 85 million Afghani the electricity, they still pretend to pay it.”

After cutting the electricity cables by the local officials in Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat in Nagarhar it’s said that the Governor head office has come to the DABS office after giving warnings and harsh words to the Nangarhar DABS staffs, they had the local officials to reconnect the electricity cables.

Chairman of the local Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat in Nangarhar Wahidullah Popalzai confirmed the unexpected behavior of the Governor Head office against his staffs.

Nangarhar Governor Spokesman Attaullah Khogyani said, “We support the DABS recently act over collecting of the electricity loans, saying the electricity will remain unconnected unless the electricity bills are not paid.”

Furthermore the local residents of Nangarhar supported the Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat act saying we will stand against the powerful figures.

Edited by: Rahmatullah Muahid

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Millions of dollars embezzled in Afghan customs: Watchdog

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Integrity Watch of Afghanistan says that corrupt employees in Afghan customs, local tyrants, and government figures have embezzled millions of dollars of customs revenues.

Based on the findings of local authorities, ten cargoes are being pulled out of the customs office without paying the customs duty with the same plate number, and about 100 cargoes are not paying their customs duties daily.

Ghulam Hashim, a member of the Herat Provincial Council, said: “Ten trucks are being cleared through customs with one plate number. Extra tonnage vehicles up to 100 trucks a day, extra tonnage fuel tankers were being cleared through customs.”

The head of Islam Qala Customs also confirms the widespread corruption in this customs.

“The threats from the powerful and the mafia are so much that 100 percent of the legal work cannot be done there, the high-level work of the employees is carried out by force, and even some employees, including the human resources manager, have been beaten,” said Mustafa Hakimi, Herat’s customs chief. “

Herat’s governor says only 30,000 afghanis are paid out of the three million AFN from the costums duties of a cargo.

Ahmad Wahid Qatali, the governor of Herat, said: “Seven vehicles have been loaded, seven of which have illegal loads, overloads, warnings and reload.”

Findings of Integrity Watch of Afghanistan from the Customs Office show that millions of dollars’ worth of customs revenue has been lost.

“Millions of dollars of Afghanistan’s customs revenue is wasted every year because there are people infected with corruption in the customs and the intervention of local powerful people and people within the government,” said Naser Timouri, a researcher at Integrity Watch of Afghanistan.

The Ministry of Finance, however, confirmed the existence of corruption in the customs.

“The issue of corruption is not in doubt that it exists, but the figures presented are waiting for the governor to share his findings with us so that we can find out on what basis the governor obtained these figures,” said Shamrooz Khan Masjidi, a spokesman for the Ministry of Finance. It’s found. “

Observers at Integrity Watch of Afghanistan say that non-transparent and non-competitive customs clearance has corrupted the structure.

Farid Ahmad, a spokesman for the Independent Administrative Reform Commission, said: “So far, all recruitment at customs has been done by the Ministry of Finance and the Independent Administrative Reform Commission has played no role. But by presidential decree, customs posts are set to compete freely.” “

Although the Ministry of Finance says that scanners have been set up in customs offices for corruption, sources say that in some customs offices, the scanners are kept inactive due to product exemptions.

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Afghanistan, India sign MoUs for development of educational infrastructure

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Memorandum of Understandings for the construction of five educational infrastructures was signed between Afghanistan and India on Sunday.

According to the agreement, three schools and two universities will be built in Nuristan, Farah, Badakhshan, and Kapisa with the cost of $ 2.6 million. 

The MoUs were signed by Economy Minister Mustafa Mastoor, Higher Education Minister Abdul Tawab Balakarzai, Deputy Education Minister Abdul Subhan Raouf, and Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Vinay Kumar on Sunday.

The agreement envisages the construction of two schools in Badakhshan province and one school in Nuristan province for the Ministry of Education, and the construction of a road at Kapisa Medical University and the renovation of an educational building in Farah.

 “The construction cost of these schools is $ 900,000, which is in Badakhshan and Nuristan provinces,” said Abdul Subhan Rauf, deputy director of administration and finance at the Afghan Ministry of Education.

“These projects should be implemented by the Ministry of Economy as soon as possible,” said Abdul Tawab Balakarzai, Acting Minister of Higher Education.

India’s ambassador to Afghanistan says that the launch of the projects will help increase the capacity of students in Afghanistan adding that apart from physical projects in Afghanistan, India has worked in building capacity of youth in Afghanistan as well.

Since 2005, India has implemented 400 developmental projects in cooperation with the Ministry of Economy, which promises to help Afghanistan in the long run in various areas.

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Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan to expand trade ties

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Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan have agreed to form a joint committee to expand trade and transportation relations. 

The leaders of the three countries in an online meeting discussed the formation of a joint committee that could work on regional connectivity, railway development, fiber optics, and transportation.

In a tripartite meeting between Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, the three leaders discussed trade cooperation. They agreed on the proposal of the President of Azerbaijan to form a joint delegation, which includes ministers of transport and other officials from the three countries.

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani welcomed the proposal of the President of Azerbaijan to form a joint delegation of the three countries

At the meeting, the President of Turkmenistan supported the plan of the port of Aqina and Turgundi to better transmit commercial goods.

“So the first thing is to welcome President Aliyev’s suggestion backed by President Berdimuhamedow that we form a joint task force at the level of heads of transports and other relevant ministries from the three ministries,” said Afghan Pres. Ghani.

During the meeting, Mr. Ghani also announced the development of a railway in Afghanistan, saying that the country needs 4,000 to 6,000 kilometers of railways for economic development and that international partners have expressed readiness to cooperate in this area.

Turkmenistan has expanded the railway network to the ports of Aqina and Torghundi for trade with Afghanistan, which the Afghan government wants to become standard ports.

Ashraf Ghani added: “We are creating dry ports to eight locations in Afghanistan… the finance development cooperation of the United States is now willing and ready to work with us to offer guarantees.”

 In the past, Afghans relied heavily on the Pakistani port of Karachi for trade with the world. With the opening of Iran’s Chabahar port and the opening of new transit routes through Central Asian countries, Afghanistan has been able to reduce its reliance on the port of Karachi in recent years

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