Archive for March 2018

Turkish Central Bank reserves top $ 115 billion

  Monitoring Desk ANKARA: The Turkish Central Bank’s total reserves reached $115.29 billion as of the end of January, the bank announced Wednesday. Official reserve assets rose 7.1 percent, compared to $107.63 billion as of Dec. 31, 2017, according to the bank’s international reserves and foreign currency liquidity report. In January, foreign currency reserves —…

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UK: May rejects customs union for Northern Ireland

Monitoring Desk LONDON: A draft withdrawal agreement published by the EU “would undermine the UK common market, if implemented,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday. “It would threaten the constitutional integrity of the UK by creating a customs and regulatory border down the Irish Sea,” she said, speaking at a weekly question session in…

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Ceasefire must guarantee social justice: Abdullah

Monitoring Desk KABUL: Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah Abdullah says a ceasefire could not bring about peace in the absence of social justice, law enforcement and people’s access to rights. Abdullah made the remarks at an event at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) on Tuesday, a statement from the CEO office said on…

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Italy pledges 120m Euros for Afghan security forces

Monitoring Desk KABUL: Italy’s Special Representative for Afghanistan Alberto Peri has pledged 120 million Euros for Afghan security forces, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said on Wednesday. Peri renewed Rome’s commitment to Afghanistan and discussed bilateral relation and cooperation during a meeting with Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani on the sideline of…

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Herat school teachers want their salaries issued

Monitoring Desk HERAT CITY: Dozens of school teachers on Wednesday complained their salaries were not paid for the last four months, warning to boycott classes in the new academic year if their problem not resolved. The teachers gathered in the provincial council, said that Herat exchequer requested the teachers’ initial employment letter in order to…

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Taliban kill six police

Monitoring Desk KANDAHAR: Gunmen, believed to be Taliban fighters, killed six police and seized numerous others including police and passengers in southern Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday. The Taliban gunmen stopped vehicles on Kandahar-Uruzgan highway in the Urdu Balagh area and kidnapped 30 passengers, Dost Muhammad Nayab, spokesman of Uruzgan governor, told Afghan media. He said…

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Rabbani to neighbours: Help us achieve reconciliation

Monitoring Desk KABUL: The Afghan government is mandated by citizens to end decades of conflict and violence in the country, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said on Wednesday. “We wish to achieve this goal through a credible political settlement with those armed groups that renounce violence and cut ties with transnational terrorist networks,” he said. Addressing…

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Voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees resumes

Monitoring Desk KABUL: The UN refugee agency’s voluntary repatriation programme for registered Afghan refugees would resume on Thursday 01 March 2018 after the winter break, a statement from the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Wednesday. Based upon the agreement between the governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan and UNHCR, the voluntary repatriation operation…

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PTI faces severe internal rifts in Dir

F.P. Report TIMERGARA: Internal rift among workers and local leadership of the Pakistan Tehrek Insaf again surfaced in Lower Dir after a strong group led by former district president Bashir Khan rejected the party intra-election held at Timergara the other day. More than 400 PTI workers from different areas of Lower Dir had elected Ali…

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Two shot dead in Lakki Marwat

Ghulam Mursalin Marwat LAKKI MARWAT: Two people were shot dead in Zangikhel and Takhtikhel localities, said police on Wednesday. Police said that the first shooting incident took place in the area limits of Lakki Marwat police station where body of a teenage boy Zakirullah was found in the fields near Zangikhel village. They said that…

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