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Two killed, 11 wounded in Baghlan mine blast

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(Last Updated On: August 19, 2020)

At least two Afghan soldiers were killed and 11 people, including four civilians and seven security personnel, were wounded in a roadside mine blast in northern Baghlan Province. 

Police said that the incident has taken place on a road in the provincial capital Pul-e-Khumri city on Wednesday morning.

At least four civilians were among the wounded people, police confirmed.

Baghlan police, however, did not provide further details.

Meanwhile, sources told Ariana News that the mine struck a vehicle of the NDS forces in the area, adding that more of the victims were NDS personnel.

The provincial health officials stated all the victims were taken to the hospitals.

Muhibullah Habib, Head of Provincial Health Directorate told Ariana News: “two dead bodies and 11 wounded individuals including two civilians, a woman, and a man, have been transferred to the provincial public hospital.”

No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a separate incident, at least two people were killed and two more wounded in two separate explosions in Kabul on Wednesday morning after magnetic IEDs under cars were detonated. 

The Interior Ministry confirmed the incident saying that the first one hit a police vehicle in PD^12 at around 6:45 a.m. and the other struck a car that belonged to the Education Ministry in PD^5 at around 8:07 a.m. today in which a senior official of the ministry was killed.

According to the ministry, two people were killed and two others injured in the explosions.

The Ministry of Education has confirmed that Dr. Abdulbaqi Amin, the head of its scientific council and a prominent figure in education circles was a victim of today’s blasts in Kabul

It comes as on Tuesday, at least 14 rockets hit the capital Kabul city as Afghanistan marked the 101st anniversary of its independence.

The Ministry of Interior confirmed that three people including a civilian were killed and 16 other including six civilians were injured in the strikes. 

No group has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s IED explosions but Daesh claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s rocket attack.

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Magnitude 5.6 quake hits western Afghanistan, killing more than 20

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An earthquake rocked western Afghanistan on Monday, killing more than 20 people and destroying hundreds of homes, local authorities said.

The 5.6 magnitude tremor shook the western province of Badghis, bordering Turkmenistan, in the afternoon, reducing brick homes to rubble, according to photos shared by local authorities, Reuters reported.

“Unfortunately, our initial reports show that 26 people, including five women and four children, have been killed and four others injured,” said Baz Mohammad Sarwari, the director of Information and Culture of the Badghis provincial administration.

“The Mujahideen have reached to some of the affected areas, but Badghis is a mountainous province, the number of casualties might go up,” he added, referring to Taliban fighters, and adding that heavy rain was also lashing the area.

Mullah Janan Saeqe, head of the Emergency Operations Centre of the Ministry of State for Emergency Affairs, confirmed the death toll and said more than 700 houses had been damaged, Reuters reported.

Sanullah Sabit, the head of the nursing unit at the main hospital in Badghis’ capital said they had received five patients injured in the quake, mostly with broken bones and fractures.

The quake was at a depth of 30 km (18.64 miles), according to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

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China’s birthrate falls to lowest level in 61 years

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(Last Updated On: January 17, 2022)

China’s birthrate has fallen to its lowest level in six decades, barely outnumbering deaths in 2021 despite major government efforts to increase population growth and stave off a demographic crisis.

Across China, 10.62 million babies were born in 2021, a rate of 7.52 per thousand people, the national bureau of statistics said on Monday.

In the same period 10.14 million deaths were recorded, a mortality rate of 7.18 per thousand, producing a population growth rate of just 0.34 per thousand head of population, the Guardian reported.

The rate of growth is the lowest since 1960, and adds to the findings of last May’s once-a-decade census, which found an average annual rise of 0.53%, down from 0.57% reported from 2000 to 2010.

China, like much of east Asia, is in the grip of a population crisis, with lowering birthrates, and predictions of imminent negative population growth and an ageing population. Monday’s figures showed the proportion of over-60s in China rose from 18.7% in 2020 to 18.9%.

Beijing has announced major reforms to address the decline, including raising the retirement age. A three-child policy has replaced the two-child policy that was introduced in 2016 and had sparked a slight increase in births before falling again.

The high cost of living, delayed marriages and lack of social mobility are frequently cited as contributing factors to young Chinese people’s reluctance to have children.

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CSTO to take anti-drug trafficking measures at Afghanistan border

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The Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) will hold a three-phase anti-drug trafficking operation at the border with Afghanistan, the organization’s Secretary General Stanislav Zas told Russia-24 news outlet.

He said the CSTO has a range of activities planned for 2022, including military security and the fight against terrorism, Russia-24 reported.

“These are measures of fighting against the illegal circulation of narcotics. This subject is especially important on the backdrop of the recent events in Afghanistan. Here we plan three stages of anti-drug trafficking measures,” Zas said.

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