Ariana News Bringing Afghan News to the World Sun, 05 Apr 2020 18:14:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 AWCC to lower its internet package charges Sun, 05 Apr 2020 18:04:04 +0000 Authorities of the Afghan Wireless Communication Company notify that from Monday on, new internet packages with lower prices will be presented to the customers.

The need for the internet in Afghanistan increases from day to day; therefore, the AWCC has decided to offer discounts on the charges of the packages.

Officials at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology say that on the president’s verdict and according to the decision of the high council of economy, they have reached to an agreement with the AWCC to lower the internet prices.

The acting minister of the MCIT Fahim Hashemi says that on the president’s verdict and as per the decision of the high council of economy, the discount has been agreed with the AWCC.

The AWCC representative, Aliullah Sarwari, says that the new internet packages with low charges will be effective from Monday 1200gmt.

The Coronavirus pandemic has caused restrictions on movements in some big cities; people, therefore, need to keep themselves updated on what’s happening around through the internet.

People appreciate the step taken by the Afghan Wireless Communication Company.

MAIL to grow fig gardens on 3250 hectares of land Sun, 05 Apr 2020 17:48:01 +0000 The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock is planning to make fig gardens on some 3250 hectares of land.

The MAIL says that in the next 5 years, it will have grown fig gardens on about 3250 hectares of land in Afghanistan.

Officials of the MAIL say that the plan to make the gardens, which is of national interest, has been approved by the president, adding that in the future five years, $60 million will be invested in the making of the gardens.

They have noted that the project will be followed by establishments of dozens of fig processing plants, adding that tens of hundreds of people will be employed in and post the process.

Akbar Rustami, the spokesperson of the MAIL, clarifies that most of these gardens will be sketched in Herat, Balkh and Kandahar provinces.

Afghanistan enjoys high potentiality in regards to the growth and production of figs; therefore, we have come up with this business plan, he added.

Economic experts also welcome the plan saying that the ministry of agriculture, irrigation, and livestock should further invest in such ideas that have a market out there.

Hakimullah Sediqi, an economic expert, says, “The ministry of agriculture should invest in objects, such as figs, that have a market in the region and the world.”

Officials of the MAIL say that Afghanistan yearly exports 25000 metric tons of goods, which, with the making of the new gardens, will rise to 40 metric tons.

Liquid-gas well discovered, put into function – Afghanistan Sun, 05 Apr 2020 16:06:22 +0000 The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has been surveying two wells – well no. 32 and well no. 36 – for a while in the Yatim Taq area of Jawzjan province to detect oil and gas.

The ministry of mines and petroleum says that the process at the well no. 32 has been successful and now the liquid-gas extraction has been functioning.

According to the MMP, the gas that will be refined from the well no. 32 will be put to use in different areas in Afghanistan.

As per the MMP statistics, extraction of the gas from this refinery well alone will add 8.5 million US dollar revenue to Afghanistan’s yearly income.

In addition, it has been gauged that hopefully, the refinery will generate thousands of jobs adding immensely to the employment graph of Afghanistan.

Ulema: People should quit Friday prayers to stay immune from COVID19 Sun, 05 Apr 2020 15:30:28 +0000 The commission of religious awareness wants people to quit Friday prayers as long as the Coronavirus threat is around as well as to avoid gatherings of all sorts to stay immune.

The Coronavirus have been infecting the people every day in Afghanistan; however, people do not take it seriously.

Some religious scholars have said that mosques should not be closed for the Coronavirus fears and that people should practice prayers in congregation.

Therefore the religious commission of awareness against the Coronavirus has said that if life and health are at stake, congregational prayers can be quit and gatherings should be avoided.

The head of the religious awareness commission, Abdul Salam Abid, denies the beliefs that some scholars have pronounced as “Coronavirus has not come to get the Muslim”, noting that to take care of one’s health is obligatory by Sharia law.

Khaliqdad Haqqani, a religious scholar, also says that the funeral services of those who die of the virus should not be attended by many.

Ezatullah Muslih, another religious scholar, says that when threat is imminent, one can practice the prayers alone at home.

He wants people to abide by the health instructions to help stop the outbreak of the pandemic.

According to religious scholars, everyone should fight against the virus, starting from oneself and take healthcare awareness tips and guidance seriously.

د کرنې او مالدارۍ وزارت پر ۳۲۵۰ هکتار ځمکه د انځرو باغونه جوړوي Sun, 05 Apr 2020 15:20:05 +0000

د کرنې او مالدارۍ وزارت وایي، چې تر راتلونکیو ۵ کلونو پورې به په هېواد کې پر۳۲۵۰ هکتار ځمکه د انځرو باغونه جوړ شي.

د کرنې او مالدارۍ وزارت مسوولینو ويلي، چې د انځر د باغونو د پراختیا ملي طرحه د ولسمشر له خوا منظور شوې او تر راتلونکیو ۵ کلونو به د هېواد په کچه د انځرو د باغونو د جوړولو په برخه کې ۶۰ میلیون ډالر پانګونه وشي او لسګونه کسانو ته به کاري زمینه هم برابره شي.

مسوولینو دا هم ویلي، چې له دې  سره به په هېواد کې د انځرو د پروسس لسګونه مرکزونه هم جوړ شي.

اکبر رستمي د کرنې او مالدارۍ وزارت ویاند وایي، چې ډېري دغه باغو نه به  په هرات، بلخ او کندهار کې جوړ شي. افغانستان د انځرو د تولید په برخه کې لوړ ظرفیت لري؛ نو، څکه مو ورته سوداګریزه طرحه جوړه کړې ده.

د اقتصادي چارو کارپوهان هم د کرنې وزارت له دې هڅې هرکلی کوي او زیاتوي، چې د کرني وزارت باید پر هغو کرنیزو برخو پانګونه وکړي، چې ښه سوداګریز مارکیټونه لري.

د اقتصادي چارو کارپوه حکیم الله صدیقي  وایي: د کرنې وزارت باید ټول هغه کرنیز اقلام، چې په سیمه اونړۍ کې ښه مارکیټونه لري؛ باید پر هغو هم لکه د انځرو پانګونه وکړي.

د کرنې او مالدارۍ وزارت مسوولین ويلي؛ افغانستان دمګړۍ د کال ۲۵ زره متریک ټن صادرات لري، چې د نويو باغونو له جوړیدو سره به د تولید کچه ۴۰ زره متریک ټن ته لوړه شي.     

Coronavirus update – Afghanistan; total cases reach 337 Sun, 05 Apr 2020 12:09:28 +0000

Afghan ministry of public health says that some 38 cases of the COVID-19 have been newly tested positive.
According to the information received from the ministry of public health, some 337 people have been infected by the virus in Afghanistan so far – the number grows.
MOPH Spokesperson Wahidullah Mayar says that in the past 24 hours Kabul has registered 10, Kandahar 8, Paktia 3, Balkh 3, Samangan 2, and Kapisa, Takhar and Zabul one each, positive cases of the Coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Logar province health department reports that two of its patients suffering from COVID-19 have been recovered. It says that the patients were admitted for the disease at Nayeb Aminullah Khan Logari hospital and have been discharged after full recovery.

Moreover, according to reports, another patient suffering from the Coronavirus pandemic in Kabul has also been recovered.

As per the updates, the total number of recoveries from the novel Coronavirus in Afghanistan is now 17.

So far, the disease has left eight people dead in Afghanistan, authorities have confirmed.

A 60 years old patient of the Coronavirus was admitted Takhar hospital Friday. He died Saturday. Two of the doctors who had attended the patient have now been taken into quarantine.

Coronavirus: Concerns over spread of COVID-19 in Afghanistan Sun, 05 Apr 2020 11:14:10 +0000

Aghaze Rooz – 05 Apr 2020 Sun, 05 Apr 2020 11:06:15 +0000

An outlook of Kabul city under Coronavirus lockdown Sun, 05 Apr 2020 06:39:22 +0000 Kabul is living its hard time, facing the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic – although people do not take it seriously, the city is experiencing a lock-down.

Kabul is the second Afghan city hit by the virus. Though several cases are being tested positive for the virus in the capital Kabul every day, and restrictions have been announced by the authorities, neither the disease nor the restrictions on movements have been taken seriously by most people. Many believe that the real concern is that if the inconsideration and the recklessness continue, the city will walk into an uncontrollable situation.

Kabul City footage under Coronavirus lockdown

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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in all over Afghanistan is now in hundreds.

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Allaudin area of Kabul; movement seems less than it was before.

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Bagh-e Bala area of Kabul; now deserted.

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Dahanai Nal area of Kabul; People work here despite the lockdown.

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Central area of Kabul, Dar-ul-Aman represents a decent curfew.

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Enhesarat area of Kabul; People still work here reasoning poverty.

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Kart-e-Char, the heart of Kabul; lockdown almost welcomed by people.

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Kart-e-Mamoorin area; deserted for the sake of the lockdown.

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Kart-e-Parwan; People seem to be abiding by the lockdown.

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Kot-e-Sangi area of Kabul; Few people walk around.

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Pol-e-Sokhta area of Kabul – Commuted as usual.

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Qowa-e-Markaz Road, a commercial spot of Kabul; no trade activities are seen.

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Darwaza-e-Sher, hillside area; inhabited by the poor – the quarantine has been painful here.

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NDS arrests Deash^Khurasan leader Sat, 04 Apr 2020 15:57:58 +0000 The National Directorate of Security, in a statement, says that it has arrested, Abdullah Orakzai aka Aslam Farooqi, the Khurasan leader of Daesh, along with 19 of his men, including Qari Zahid and Saifullah aka Abu Talha Pakistani, in an operation conducted by the special forces of the directorate.

According to NDS, Aslam Farooqi, in his first talk, has spoken of the close ties of the intelligence agencies in the region with the Khurasan fraction of Daesh.

The statement reads, “Abdullah Orakzai aka Aslam Farooqi comes from Akhondzadgan village of Orakzai agency, Pakistan. He has previously worked as the military head of the group in Peshawar, commander of Daesh in Abdulkhil valley of Achin district, Nangarhar, and Daesh chief of operations in Khaiber agency. After Abu Saeed Bajawari was killed, he took over as Daesh shadow governor for Afghanistan.”

“He has had close ties with other terrorist networks such as, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Haqqani – the ties that have now grown deeper into various levels of Daesh’s Khurasan fraction,” the statement adds.

It further reveals that Qari Zahid aka Ma’az as Daesh military chief in Afghanistan and Saifullah aka Abu Talha Pakistani as chief of recruitment had been active in different activities of the group in eastern Nangarhar province.

The NDS promises to share further details of Farooqi’s investigation with the people of Afghanistan in the near future.

Taliban prisoner release faces technical issues Sat, 04 Apr 2020 15:35:41 +0000 The Taliban technical team has started its work for four days in Kabul, but it hasn’t reached an agreement on the prisoner release.

Some sources close to the Taliban said that new conditions proposed by the government had challenged the process.

Jalaluddin Shinwari, the Taliban former Attorney General, said, “The latest conditions by the government have troubled the prisoner release.”

The government hasn’t revealed the new conditions, but sources said that the government urged the Taliban to reduce violence in exchange for the prisoner release – something that the United  Nations and the European Union also insist on.

Antonio Gutierrez, the UN Secretary-General, said that he believed it’s time for the Taliban and the Afghan government to stop the war while COVID-19 is outbreaking adding that he would fully support it.

There are beliefs that the more the prisoner release is delayed, the more will the Intra-Afghan talks be damaged.

This comes as the government and political movements haven’t reached an agreement over the Intra-Afghan Talks’ agenda and the formation of “high council of reconciliation.”

Fawzia Kufi, a member of the negotiating team, said, “There is a need for agreement between the political leaders to prepare the agenda.”

The Taliban prisoner release faced challenges, although the Taliban technical team had earlier reached initial agreements with the government to release 100 Taliban prisoners, supposedly five days back, in exchange for 20 government prisoners.

Eight family members killed, wounded in airstrikes – Baghlan Sat, 04 Apr 2020 11:32:21 +0000 As a result of the Afghan forces’ airstrikes in Baghlan on Friday, two members of a family were killed, and six others, including women and children, were wounded.

The family lives in Chashmai Shir village of Pol-e Khumri city. Their relatives demonstrated and blocked the highway in the north for over two hours.

The Baghlan police and local officials haven’t shared any details about the incident with the media.

In the meantime, the health department of Baghlan confirmed six wounded, including two women and four children.

The Baghlan residents said that the airstrike occurred on Friday evening when the Taliban attacked the national army caravan in Chashmai Shir of Pol-e Khumri.

As a result of these airstrikes, a young girl and a boy were killed and six others were wounded.

The Afghan forces and the Taliban haven’t commented on the matter yet.

Kidnappers arrested in Herat Sat, 04 Apr 2020 09:55:49 +0000 The security forces and police of Herat have arrested a group of three on charges of organized kidnapping in Herat.

The group is accused of several abductions.

The latest charges were kidnapping a currency exchange dealer from the Guzara district of Herat.

They were wanted by the police and were eventually arrested after an operational mission in Deh Tapa village of Guzara district.

Two hand mines, AFN243,00, some military equipment, and a vehicle was also obtained from them.

Afghan hikers climb 4500 meters trail up the Hindukush Fri, 03 Apr 2020 17:50:37 +0000 Hikers from Afghanistan National Climbing and Mountaineering Federation successfully climbed up the Hindukush trekking 4500 meters of trail.

Ten Afghan hikers started trekking through the Salang pass up the Hindukush Mountains. Five of them succeeded to climb up the peak of the mountain trekking 4500 meters of trail.

The objective behind hiking up the peak of the Hindukush was to view the breathtaking natural landscape and perspective of Afghanistan out to the world.

It is noteworthy that the trek has taken place amid the Coronavirus pandemic threatening and putting sports event on hold in all over Afghanistan.

Ghani rejects share power with Abdullah Fri, 03 Apr 2020 17:33:40 +0000

Ghani suggests Abdullah leads Afghan peace process Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:16:38 +0000 President Ashraf Ghani has proposed his political rival Abdullah Abdullah – who announced a parallel government following a dispute over election results – to lead a high peace council and pursue the Afghan peace process.

In a meeting with Afghan parliament members at the Presidential Palace – aimed to resolve political tensions between the two leaders – Ghani suggested Abdullah should head the peace council.

He added that Abdullah could have a position equivalent to a deputy adding that his decisions, budget, and security will be discussed later.

“His (Abdullah’s) protocol can be the protocol of a vice president, his security, his budget, his decision making, all can be discussed. We have full flexibility,” Ghani said.

Ghani said that prominent figures aligned with Abdullah will be taken in the cabinet with the guarantee that they will not be fired without any reason and evidence.

“It should be clear that each minister, without exception, should have a commitment with you (lawmakers) and with the nation,” Ghani noted.  

Meanwhile, Ali Akbar Jamshidi a close figure to Abdullah said that Ghani’s proposal is not acceptable for Abdullah as he wants an executive role equivalent to a prime minister.

The two sides yet to reach an agreement as a number of prominent political figures such as Former President Hamed Karzai, Abdul Rab Rasool Sayyaf, Younus Qanoni, and Gulbuddin Hekmatyar the leader of Hizb-e-Islami are trying to resolve the political tension.

Positive cases of Coronavirus rise to 281 – Afghanistan Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:51:44 +0000 The Ministry of Public Health announced that the number of positive cases of COVID-19 has jumped to 281, with six deaths in Afghanistan.

The Ministry said that most of the affected individuals were recorded in Herat and Kabul provinces.

According to the latest statistics, 20 new cases were diagnosed in Herat, 14 cases in Kabul, one in Nimroz, one in Ghor and one new case in eastern Nangarhar province.

Out of 281 cases, 204 of them were registered in Herat, 32 cases were recorded in Kabul and the rest were reported in 19 provinces of the country.

It comes as the World Bank donated 100.4 million USD to Afghanistan to fight COVID-19.

The press release of the World Bank said that the fund is donated to Afghanistan to take effective actions to fight Coronavirus and boost the Health structure of Afghanistan.

“This new fast track package will cover all 34 Afghan provinces and reinforce essential health care services to slow down the spread of COVID-19 across Afghanistan and deliver optimum care in the case of a surge in demand for treatment,” the World Bank said.

Meanwhile, Waheedullah Mayar, the MOPH Spokesperson said, “the MOPH appreciates the World Bank’s aids and urges it to make available the fund as soon as possible for the people of Afghanistan.”

President Ashraf Ghani also said that COVID-19 is not only a pandemic, but also a big stroke to the World’s economy, emphasizing that a two-headed government can not overcome the COVID-19 crisis.

In the meantime, the United Nations Aids Mission to Afghanistan (UNAMA) in a statement said that one of its employees was tested positive for Coronavirus in Herat.

The UNAMA reiterated its commitment to continue its support to Afghanistan for fighting the COVID-19.

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Aghaze Rooz – 03 Apr 2020 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:18:42 +0000

Coronavirus: World Bank grants $100.4 Million in aid to Afghanistan Fri, 03 Apr 2020 10:46:56 +0000 The World Bank on Thursday approved a $100.4 million grant for Afghanistan to fight the pandemic COVID-19 in the country.

The World Bank said in a statement that the aid is dedicated to Afghanistan for the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project to help Afghanistan take effective action to respond to the threat posed by COVID-19 and strengthen its public health preparedness.

“This new fast track package will cover all 34 Afghan provinces and reinforce essential health care services to slow down the spread of COVID-19 across Afghanistan and deliver optimum care in the case of a surge in demand for treatment,” the statement said.

The statement noted that the financing will support infected people, at-risk populations, medical and emergency personnel as well as service providers, medical and testing facilities, and national health agencies.

The project is financed by a grant from the International Development Association (IDA), the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries, in the amount of $100.4 million, of which $19.4 million is provided from the World Bank’s COVID-19 Fast-Track Facility. It will be implemented by the Ministry of Public Health supported by UN agencies and service providers already working under the Sehatmandi project.

“The World Bank stands firm with the Afghan government and people to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the country,” said , World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan. 

“This emergency support package will help Afghanistan’s health system mitigate the impact of an outbreak and strengthen health services. The World Bank, together with the Government of Afghanistan and other partners, will work tirelessly to implement this project and is committed to helping Afghanistan lessen the impact posed by COVID-19 in the most effective way,” Kerali added.

The project will also help address significant negative externalities expected in the event of a widespread COVID-19 outbreak, including comprehensive health awareness and behavior change campaigns.

It comes as the number of positive cases for the Coronavirus has risen to 274 with six deaths in Afghanistan.