1TV:¬†A 100-bed hospital was inaugurated in Kabul on Saturday for treatment of patients with neurological disease.¬†The hospital, said to be biggest of its kind in the capital, is inaugurated as 71,000 cases of neurosurgery are recorded in Afghanistan each year, according to health officials. Click here to read more (external link).
1TV:¬†The construction work of 400-bed Hospital in Kabul has been completed, officials said Sunday. The hospital is the main treatment center for wounded Afghan soldiers and its most parts were damaged following a deadly attack on March 8. “We were able to successfully reconstruct the hospital within three weeks through government budget, and now it is open for patients,” said Nilofar Langar, a spokesman for the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing. Click here to read more (external link).
1TV:¬†The Ministry of Public Health has established the first specialized surgical center for pediatric, newborn cardiac deformities at the Indira Gandhi Child Health Hospital in Kabul. The center was established with financial support from Italy, the Health Ministry said in a statement. Click here to read more (external link).
TNN:¬†India is planning to build affordable homes in Afghanistan meant for refugees in the country, as a part of its efforts to rebuild the war torn nation. There will be focus on sectors like irrigation and distribution of medicines too, said M Subbarayudu, the joint secretary for development partnership agreement, in the Indian ministry of external affairs. Click here to read more (external link).
Anadolu Agency:¬†The Afghan government has inked a multi-million dollar electricity supply deal with an Indian firm that aims to connect more than 45 thousand families to the national grid in the energy-starved nation. The project is funded by the Asian Development Bank, and it would cost $55.8 million dollars. Click here to read more (external link).
Khaama Press: Afghan cricketer Mohammad Shahzad has been named as the ICC Associated and Affiliate Cricket of the Year by the International Cricket Council (ICC). ‚ÄúAfghanistan‚Äôs flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad has been named as the ICC Associate and Affiliate Cricketer of the Year after he finished as the leading ODI run-scorer with 699 runs in 16 one-day matches,‚ÄĚ ICC said in a news release. He is the first Afghanistan player to win this award. Click here to read more (external link).
1TV:¬†The Afghanistan Rural Rehabilitation Ministry (MRRD) has signed 36 development project contracts, worth 201,122,035 Afghanis with villages councils, providing job opportunities to more than 180 thousand people. The projects will include, construction of retaining walls, canals, intakes, bridges and roads and will be implemented in 17 provinces through the cohesion programs regional office of MRRD. Click here to read more (external link).
Khaama Press:¬†The Lazuli railway network is due to be inaugurated in the near future to link Afghanistan with the European countries and China via Central Asia.¬†Mohammad Shaker Kargar, the special envoy of the President for Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), said the inauguration of the railway network will act as an alternative to link the country with the global market.¬†He said the railway network will resolve the inevitability the country is currently facing in terms of transit being dependent to other nations and will help expedite the transit process. Click here to read more (external link).
Afghanistan is a source of great inspiration and resolve for its long-suffering citizens, for a number of reasons.
1.It is one of the youngest countries in the world, and children are its pride
2. A diversity of‚Ä¶everything
3. A hospitality like nowhere else
4. Tremendous patriotism, despite divisions
5. Women gain more visibility
6. Simplicity is King
7. Children going to school
8. Nan, nan and more nan
9. Tasty fruit above ground and fantastic mineral wealth below it
The Chinese news agency, Xinhua, reported on Thursday, August 25th, that China launched it’s first freight train service from it’s Nantong City to Hairatan in Afghanistan. The train carrying 84 containers is expected to take 15 days and will pass first through Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. According to Chinese officials, 2 trains will be scheduled each month.
Furthermore, Xinhua reported today (August 28) that a train from the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu, which is the home of the world’s leading small commodities market had it’s first ever freight train leave for Afghanistan carrying 100 containers of goods worth more than $4 million. The train is expected to arrive in Mazar-e Sharif. The service is expected to run weekly by the end of this year, according to the Xinhua report.
All this is an attempt to further improve trade ties between the two countries, according to both Afghan and Chinese officials. Since 2010, China has increased its economic aid and investment in Afghanistan and there a¬†steady growing stream of business travelers between the two countries.
Two Afghan brothers, Massoud and Mahmud Hassani, have created a low-cost drone, called the¬†Mine Kafon Drone to detect and destroy mines in Afghanistan. Each year, mines kill thousands of people in Afghanistan. The two brothers are not new to the mine destroying business. Three years ago, they had invented a dandelion puffball called the “Mine Kafon”, that could be used to trip landmines.
Their latest invention has 6 arms with rotors that create lift, and it comes with a computer that has a global positioning system (GPS) in it. ¬†The drone uses a¬†three step process to map, detect and detonate land mines.The brothers are using Kickstarter to raise funds for testing of the drone. The brothers say that the drone can be made for as little as $1,100. ¬†The brothers state on their Kickstarter page that the¬†Mine Kafon Drone is up to 20 times faster than currently available technologies. They want to take the drone to Afghanistan within the next 2 months.