Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Sunday, February 28th, 2021

Balkh Firms, Individuals Owe DABS 3b Afghanis

Balkh Firms, Individuals Owe DABS 3b Afghanis

February 21,2021

MAZAR-I-SHARIF - The power utility in northern Balkh province says some individuals, companies and departments owe it about three billion afghanis in power bills...

51 People Killed in Kabul Security, Crime Incidents in A Month

51 People Killed in  Kabul Security,  Crime Incidents in A Month

February 21,2021

KABUL - Data collected by TOLOnews shows that 51 people were killed and 70 more were wounded in security and crime incidents in Kabul from Jan. 20 to Feb. 19...

President Ghani Sends Chadar to Sufi Shrine in India

President Ghani Sends  Chadar to Sufi Shrine in India

February 21,2021

KABUL - Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has sent a chadar to Ajmer Sharif Dargah, a sufi shrine of the revered sufi saint, Moinuddin Chishti Moinuddin located at Rajasthan ...

Afghanistan Antiquities Must Be Preserved: Taliban

Afghanistan Antiquities  Must Be Preserved: Taliban

February 21,2021

KABUL - Taliban on Saturday said they were obliged to protect and preserve historic antiquities, which the group called as part of Afghanistan’s history, identity ...

NATO Chief: No Final Decision on Afghanistan Pullout

NATO Chief: No Final Decision on Afghanistan Pullout

February 20,2021

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Thursday at end of the two NATO defense ministers meetings in Brussels that the military alliance will only leave ...

Kabul Welcomes NATO’s Conditions-Based Approach

Kabul Welcomes NATO’s  Conditions-Based Approach

February 20,2021

KABUL - Kabul has warmly welcomed the NATO chief’s conditions-based stance on troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs ...

Corruption Threatens Afghanistan’s Future, Says Ghani

Corruption Threatens  Afghanistan’s Future, Says Ghani

February 20,2021

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani says a digital strategy to curb corruption is critically needed and will be introduced and implemented with full force in order to save the country ...

UK Renews Commitments to NATO Mission in Afghanistan

UK Renews Commitments to NATO Mission in Afghanistan

February 20,2021

BRUSSELS - Defence Secretary Ben Wallace confirmed to fellow Defence Ministers representing NATO’s 30 members that the UK will scale up its own commitment in line with the Alliance’s missions ...

Kabulov’s Remarks Not Based on Realities in Afghanistan: MoFA

Kabulov’s Remarks Not Based on Realities in Afghanistan: MoFA

February 20,2021

KABUL - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Friday reacted to recent remarks by Russian envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kablov, who said he favors an inclusive and transitional coalition government in Afghanistan and that the Taliban has not ...

Russian Envoy Visits Pakistan to Discuss Afghan Peace Process

Russian Envoy Visits Pakistan to Discuss Afghan Peace Process

February 20,2021

ISLAMABAD - Russian special envoy for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov, is visiting Islamabad for a one-day visit, on Friday, Pakistan foreign ministry said in a statement...

Pentagon Chief Says No ‘Hasty’ Withdrawal from Afghanistan

Pentagon Chief Says No ‘Hasty’  Withdrawal from Afghanistan

February 20,2021

BRUSSELS - United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin on Thursday after the second and final day of NATO Defense Ministerial in a released statement by the Pentagon thanked ...

Ghani Calls on Foreign Community to Ramp Up Pressure on Taliban

Ghani Calls on Foreign Community to Ramp Up Pressure on Taliban

February 20,2021

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday urged the international community and regional nations to put pressure on the Taliban and their supporters to reach a political settlement...

Kabul Hosts Maiden Intelligence Heads Meeting

Kabul Hosts Maiden  Intelligence Heads Meeting

February 20,2021

KABUL - Kabul on Thursday hosted the first regional conference of intelligence and security officials from eight countries on cooperation in fighting terrorism...

‘NATO Will Not Leave Afghanistan Before Time Is Right’

‘NATO Will Not Leave  Afghanistan Before  Time Is Right’

February 17,2021

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Monday said no ally wanted to stay in Afghanistan longer than necessary, but the alliance will not leave before the time is right...

Taliban Say Committed to Women’s Rights, Free Speech

Taliban Say Committed to Women’s Rights, Free Speech

February 17,2021

KABUL - The Taliban have reiterated their commitments to politically resolving the conflict in Afghanistan, Doha agreement, women’s rights and freedom of expression in line ...

Services Stalled, As UN Migrant Reception Centre at Afghanistan-Iran Border Damaged in Explosion

Services Stalled, As UN Migrant  Reception Centre at Afghanistan-Iran  Border Damaged in Explosion

February 17,2021

HERAT - The fire erupted after small arms fire ignited hundreds of fuel tankers parked at a customs depot at the Islam Qala border point, resulting in multiple explosions, IOM said in a ...

‘Health Guidelines Be Enforced in New Academic Year’

‘Health Guidelines Be Enforced in New Academic Year’

February 17,2021

KABUL - Health professionals say they are concerned about children and teenagers being infected with a new type of Covid-19 and ask the government to consider health guidelines ...

More Than 1,000 Trucks Damaged in Islam Qala Fire: Officials

More Than 1,000 Trucks Damaged in  Islam Qala Fire: Officials

February 17,2021

HERAT - More than 1,000 trucks were damaged by a massive fire that started on Saturday in the customs area of the border town of Islam Qala in Herat province, Yunus Qazizada ...

Saffron Harvest Yields Impressive 21 Tons This Year

Saffron Harvest Yields Impressive  21 Tons This Year

February 17,2021

KABUL - The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock has said the harvest of “red gold” saffron this year topped the 21 ton mark...

22 New Reported Cases of COVID-19

22 New Reported Cases of COVID-19

February 17,2021

KABUL - The Ministry of Public Health on Tuesday reported 22 new positive cases of COVID-19 out of 1,022 samples tested in the last 24 hours...

Pay Cuts for Ghani and Ministers, But Pay Rises for Govt Workers

Pay Cuts for Ghani and  Ministers, But Pay Rises  for Govt Workers

February 17,2021

KABUL - The Ministry of Finance has finally agreed to increase the salaries of government employees, while the president and ministers will all take a pay cut...

Govt Peace Team, Afghan Diaspora Discuss Peace Process

Govt Peace Team, Afghan  Diaspora Discuss Peace Process

February 17,2021

KABUL - The Afghan government negotiating team discussed the ongoing peace process with Afghans living in 13 European countries and the United States, a statement said on Tuesday...

Changing Rural Women’s Living Standards

Changing Rural Women’s Living Standards

February 17,2021

In addition to ensuring development and social welfare, the Citizens’ Charter National Priority Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development ...

Targeted Killings Taking Serious Toll on Civil Society And Media: UN Report

Targeted Killings Taking  Serious Toll on Civil Society And Media: UN Report

February 16,2021

KABUL - The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan said Monday that human rights and media space in Afghanistan has contracted in the past few months as a result of the sharp increase ...

IOM Warns of Drought And Famine after A Relatively Dry Winter

IOM Warns of Drought And Famine after A Relatively Dry Winter

February 16,2021

KABUL - The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has warned that Afghanistan could face drought and famine this year and that 17 million people could be at risk ...

ATRA Bans Phones Lacking IMEI Registration Codes

ATRA Bans Phones Lacking IMEI Registration Codes

February 16,2021

KABUL - The Afghanistan Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has banned the import of mobile phones lacking registered certificates with an IMEI code--the international ...

11 Pashdan Dam Workers Abducted by Taliban in Herat

11 Pashdan Dam Workers Abducted by Taliban in Herat

February 16,2021

HERAT - At least 11 workers at the Pashdan Dam in Karokh district of Herat were abducted by the Taliban on Sunday, said Wakil Ahmad Karokhi, a provincial council member...

Total Covid-19 Infected Patients Stand at Nearly 5,000 in Afghanistan

Total Covid-19  Infected Patients Stand at Nearly 5,000 in Afghanistan

February 16,2021

KABUL - The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) says nearly 5,000 people in Afghanistan are currently infected with Covid-19 and the rest others have been recovered...

President Ghani: Soviet’s Inappropriate Exit Plan Led to ‘Civil War’

President Ghani:  Soviet’s Inappropriate  Exit Plan Led to ‘Civil War’

February 15,2021

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Sunday said that the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan was not the cause of the civil war; instead, he said, there wasn’t a plan for the country ...

Hekmatyar Warns of Surrounding Afghan Presidential Palace

Hekmatyar Warns of Surrounding  Afghan Presidential Palace

February 15,2021

KABUL - Hizb-i-Islami leader Gulbduddin Hekmatyar on Sunday warned that his followers will surround the presidential palace and force end of existing rule if the government ...

NSA Warns Taliban Preparing for Major Spring Offensive

NSA Warns Taliban Preparing for  Major Spring Offensive

February 15,2021

KABUL - National Security Advisor (NSA) Hamdullah Mohib on Saturday warned that the Taliban are preparing for a major offensive in the upcoming fighting season – which historically ...

17 Human Rights Defenders Killed in Afghanistan in 2020

17 Human Rights Defenders Killed in Afghanistan in 2020

February 15,2021

At least 17 human rights defenders were murdered in Afghanistan in 2020, an advocacy group said in a report...

German FM Suggests Afghanistan Military Mission be Extended

German FM  Suggests Afghanistan Military Mission  be Extended

February 15,2021

KABUL - Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has suggested that his country’s military mission in Afghanistan should be extended beyond its expiration in March....

Abdullah Slams Taliban for Avoiding Negotiations

Abdullah Slams Taliban for  Avoiding Negotiations

February 10,2021

KABUL - Abdullah Abdullah, head of the High Council for National Reconciliation, on Tuesday criticized the Taliban for their distance from the negotiating table, saying ...

Taliban Deny Claims That Freed Prisoners Have Returned to Battlefield

Taliban Deny Claims  That Freed Prisoners Have  Returned to Battlefield

February 10,2021

DOHA - Taliban spokesman Mohammad Naeem on Monday dismissed claims that 85 percent of the Taliban prisoners freed last year have returned to the battlefield...