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Kabul Residents Tired of Seasonal Pollution: MPs

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(Last Updated On: December 17, 2016)

3The members of the lower house of the parliament have summoned Minister of Commerce and Industry, Acting mayor, and chairman of the protection of the environment department for increasing of pollution in Kabul city on Saturday to provide more details over the issue.

Criticizing significantly increasing of pollution in Kabul, MPs urged that there is no plan and policy to decrease the pollution.

Member of the house Ubaidullah Ramin said, “ none quality of fuel, increasing of garbage’s and pollution in the capital city of Kabul have caused severe illness, where most of the cancer disease is coming from the pollution, demanding the Government to in place a sophisticated policy to decrease pollution.”

“Kabul mayor is responsible to protect the environment, people do need healthy environment,” Law maker Zakaria Zakaria said.

Meanwhile Minister of Commerce and Industry Humayon Rasa stated that based on the law the quality of fuel is coming into Afghanistan is the responsibility of the Afghan National Standards authority Standard Bureau, but we continue to cooperate to protect environment according to our authorities.

He said, “Based on the Law the  Afghan National Standards authority is tasked to control the quality of fuel, if we are asked to do controlling we are will launch necessary measurements.”

“We will not have protected and healthy environment unless huge amount of investments is to be made over controlling of the pollution and sources causing pollution in Afghanistan.” Chairman of the protection of the environment Shahzada Mustafa Zaher said.

Acting Mayor of Kabul city Abdullah Habibzai said, “20 years of strategic plans to protect the environment of Kabul has been designed, efforts are underway to implement the plan soon.”

Increasing of pollution in Kabul cause hundreds of the Kabul residents including women and children to plug with different diseases, where dozens of the ills specially the children lose their life due to severe pollution, most of the Kabul residents using firewood to keep the houses warm in winter season.

Reported by: Rafi Sediqee

 

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COVID19 updates Afghanistan; cases rise to 11,173

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(Last Updated On: May 27, 2020)

With 591 new registries in the last 24 hours, the number of Coronavirus confirmed cases rose to 11,173 – Kabul ranks first on the table, with 390 new cases.

The Ministry of Public Health confirmed 591 new cases of the Coronavirus in the past 24 hours, including 390 reported from Kabul, and the rest are designated as follows:

“Herat 62, Balkh 36, Badghis 21, Nangarhar 18, Kunar 14, Takhar 14, Jawzjan 11, Wardak 7, Paktia 5, Baghlan 5, Khost 3, Panjshir 2, Ghor 2, and Bamyan reported one new case.”

It is worth mentioning that authorities have tightened the movement restrictions on Eid days in Kabul city to prevent the further spread of the deadly virus.

On the other hand, although religious scholars emphasize to impose restrictions, they call on the police to be soft with the sick and others in serious need.

The Ministry of Public Health has reported a lack of capacity in the Afghan-Japan Communicable Disease Hospital amid the rapid increase in the number of infections.

It, therefore, has announced that three more hospitals will be made designated to the Coronavirus patients in Kabul.

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UN appeals financial aid for vulnerable countries

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(Last Updated On: May 8, 2020)

A UN report says that humanitarians are seeking nearly $7 billion to protect millions of lives in over 60 most affected countries amid the spread of COVID-19.

According to the report, the updated Global Humanitarian Response Plan provides help and protection that prioritize the most vulnerable in society, older people, people with disabilities, and women and girls, in particular.

UN Humanitarian Coordinator Mark Lowcock has warned of a significant rise in conflict, hunger, and poverty, as well as looming famine, unless action is taken now.

He has said, “If we do not support the poorest people – especially women and girls and other vulnerable groups – as they battle the pandemic and impacts of the global recession, we will all be dealing with the spillover effects for many years to come. That would prove even more painful, and much more expensive, for everyone.”

The report writes, “The updated plan builds on an earlier appeal made by the UN Secretary-General in late March which called for $2 billion.”

In a video message, urging donors to step up support to stop the pandemic from circling back around the globe, António Guterres says, “Humanitarian aid is not just a moral imperative; it is a practical necessity to combat the virus.”

He highlights, “If COVID-19 wreaks havoc in the poorest places, we are all at risk.”

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World Bank approves $400 million grant for Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: May 8, 2020)

The $400 million grant by the World Bank is to alleviate the COVID-19 crisis in Afghanistan.

The World Bank approved $400 million Friday to sustain reform momentum and mitigate crisis caused by COVID-19 in Afghanistan.

In a press release Friday, the World Bank announced that its board of executive directors approved a $400 million grant for Afghanistan.

The grant is aimed “to help Afghanistan sustain the pace of key economic and public finance reforms, and support the country to manage current risks and uncertainties compounded by the COVID-19 crisis”.

The release highlights, “The Incentive Program Development Policy Grant comprises $160 million from the International Development Association (IDA).”

“The World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest countries, and $240 million from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF), managed by the World Bank on behalf of 34 donors,” said in the press release.

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As per estimates, since the outbreak of the Coronavirus, millions of dollars in financial aid have flowed into the administration of Afghanistan.

Point to be noted for the time to reveal is know where and how these funds will actually be spent – whether they will be managed transparently in and for what is meant for.

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