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AWCC rolls out 4G services in Sar-e-Pul province

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(Last Updated On: November 27, 2022)

In line with AWCC’s (Afghan Wireless Communication Company) ongoing efforts to take internet services to all corners of Afghanistan, the company on Sunday launched 4G internet services in northern Sar-e-Pul province.

Local AWCC officials said the aim was to facilitate communication in the remote province of Afghanistan.

“Fortunately we launched 4G services at a ceremony today with the participation of government officials,” said Yafis Saqib, zonal director of AWCC in the northern part of the country.

Local residents welcomed the move.

“It is really a good move. The services are valuable. Sar-e-Pul residents had been facing internet problems here,” said Mullah Nadir Haqjo, deputy governor of Sar-e-Pul.

“In today’s world where communication and technology is essential, internet services were needed to become 4G. The people of Sar-e-Pul are very happy,” said Mohammad Ibrahim, another local resident.

AWCC officials said that they have also launched 3G services in a remote village in Kohistanat district of Sar-e-Pul province.

“Fortunately, AWCC has wide coverage in Sar-e-Pul province. We are now in Ganjiha village which had satellite internet and people were facing difficulties,” Saqib said.

“Thanks to AWCC. There were no communication services here. People used to go to Mazar-e-Sharif to make a call. Now the problems have been solved,” said Amir Hamza, a resident of Ganjiha village.

AWCC has made enormous strides in recent months to bring internet services, including 4G services, to remote areas in Afghanistan. This latest move comes just days after the company rolled out 3G services in Khulm district of Samangan province.

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Afghanistan announces aid for quake-hit Turkey and Syria

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(Last Updated On: February 7, 2023)

The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) on Tuesday announced AFN 15 million (approx. $166,000 USD) in humanitarian aid for people affected by recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Of the total, AFN 10 million (approx. $111,000) will be for Turkey, and AFN 5 million (approx. $55,000) will be for Syria.

The Foreign Ministry in a statement said that IEA stands in solidarity with its brothers and sisters in this time of hardship.

It added that the aid is on the basis of “shared humanity and Islamic brotherhood.”

The statement also said that IEA emergency response and health teams stand ready to participate in rescue operations to assist the affected people if called upon.

The ministry instructed its diplomatic mission in Turkey to not spare any efforts in assisting the victims, and urged Turkey-based Afghan citizens to help with the relief efforts.

Thousands have been killed in Monday’s earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced a three-month state of emergency across 10 provinces worst affected by the earthquakes.

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28 million Afghans are in dire need of humanitarian aid: UNICEF

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(Last Updated On: February 7, 2023)

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has announced that Afghanistan needs immediate humanitarian aid.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi on Monday said that Afghanistan is experiencing the worst period over the past two decades.

Abdi said on Twitter that humanitarian needs are felt now more than ever before in Afghanistan, and has warned that disruptions of aid will lead to a humanitarian catastrophe in the war-torn country, already plagued with critical challenges.

“Some 28 million Afghans are in dire need of humanitarian aid, which needs the immediate attention of the international community, partners, and Taliban’s caretaker government,” Abdi said.

During his visit with Afghanistan’s Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaqi, UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore reiterated that the organization is committed to carrying on its much-needed operations in the areas of education, healthcare, and children’s vaccinations in Afghanistan.

Previously, UNICEF announced that Afghanistan is among the eight most hunger-hit countries in the world.

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Iran’s top security official leaves for Russia to attend Afghanistan meeting

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(Last Updated On: February 7, 2023)

The Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani has left the country for Russia to attend a summit that will focus on the political, economic and security situation in Afghanistan.

Shamkhani will join top security officials from Central Asian countries, Pakistan, India and China for a meeting planned for Wednesday in the Russian capital Moscow as part of the fifth round of the multilateral talks on Afghanistan.

The previous edition of the conference had been held in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe in May 2022.

Indian capital of New Delhi had hosted the third round of the initiative in 2021 two years after it was launched in Tehran.

Shamkhani is also scheduled to hold meetings with his counterparts from other countries, including Russia’s top security official.

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