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Taliban’s Shadow Deputy Governor for Panjshir Killed

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(Last Updated On: August 4, 2019)

The Taliban’s designated deputy governor for Panjshir province and five militants were killed in an operation by Afghan forces in Kapisa province, the Interior Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

The Operation was conducted in Ahangaran village of Nijrab district in Kapisa late on Saturday night, the statement said.

The Taliban’s designated deputy governor for Panjshir, Abdul Ahad, also known as Zulfiqar and five of his fighters were killed during the raid, the statement added.

Zulfiqar was also a member of Taliban’s so-called military commission for the province, the statement added.

The statement further said that he was involved in destructive activities in Kapisa and its neighboring provinces.

The Taliban militant group yet to make a comment about the incident.

It comes as the Taliban’s Shadow Governor for Farah, Mullah Abdul Bari, the group’s Finance and Logistics chief, Mullah Sadiq, and the Ring Leader of Taliban Mawlavi Saeed were killed in an airstrike by Afghan Air Forces in Khak-e-Safid district of Farah province on Friday night.

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Covid-19 impacts; Afghanistan’s exports on hold

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(Last Updated On: June 3, 2020)

Afghanistan’s exports to other countries have been stalled due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus and no alternatives have been considered yet.

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Investment (ACCI) blames the government for failing to remove hurdles in Afghanistan’s exports, saying that the private sector will lose millions of dollars if trade with neighboring countries does not resume.

Officials in ACCI say that trade routes with neighboring countries have been blocked since the outbreak of the coronavirus, and the government has failed to find alternatives.

On the other hand, experts attribute the lack of work capacity in the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Afghanistan to the decline in exports to other countries.

“Officials at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Afghanistan have failed to come up with a basic plan for exports and investment in the country,” experts say.

With the outbreak of the Coronavirus in the country, a number of countries, including Iran and Pakistan, have closed their borders with Afghanistan.

In addition to the cessation of Afghanistan’s exports, this act sparked prices to rise domestically.

Meanwhile, experts and traders believe that the government should look for alternative ways to keep the drift of export and import alive.

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Footballers ‘take a knee’ in commemoration of George Floyd

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(Last Updated On: June 3, 2020)

Liverpool players in a training session took a knee at the center circle at Anfield stadium.

Following the death of George Floyd and nationwide protests in the USA, Liverpool football players took a knee at Anfield Stadium on Monday in a gesture of support and unity, said an Aljazeera report.

The players posted a picture of the act on their social media accounts with the caption “Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter”.

This was an act to show the solidarity of Liverpool players to the death of George Floyd who was killed in police custody.

Marcus Rashford, Manchester United forward also reacted to the death of George Floyd.

“Black lives matter. Black culture matters. Black communities matter. We matter,” Rashford wrote.

Apart from the Premier League, in Bundesliga, the Borussia Dortmund players Jadon Sancho and Ashraf Hakimi wore shirts on Sunday with the message “Justice for George Floyd” in a match.

It is to be recalled that Floyd died May 25 in Minneapolis after a white police officer knelt on the Black man’s neck.

Floyd’s death has been followed by nationwide protests and chaos in the United States.

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Officials die of Coronavirus as cases reach 17267 – Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: June 3, 2020)

Two Afghan officials have died of Coronavirus in Kunduz province as the total cases reached 17267 in the country, local officials confirmed.

Esmat Muradi, a spokesman for Kunduz governor told Ariana News that Fahim Qarluq the district governor for Qala-e-Zal and General Rashid Bashir, Police Chief of the province have died from COVID-19 on Wednesday morning.

According to Muradi, Bashir passed away in a hospital in Kabul, and Qarluq died in Kunduz’s COVID-19 hospital.

Meanwhile, 758 new positive cases have been registered in the past 24 hours, bringing the total affected to 17267, the Ministry of Public Health confirmed.

The ministry said at least 24 people have died of the virus in the past 24 hours, adding that, so far, the fatalities have risen to 294 in the country.

At least 74 people have been recovered and fully discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, bringing the total recoveries to 1522 in Afghanistan.

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