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Balkh silo and bakery resumes operations after 25 years

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Balkh provincial officials announced Saturday that the main silo and bakery in Mazar-e-Sharif has resumed operations after a 25-year hiatus.

Mohammad Javed Siddiqi, the head of Balkh Silo said bread produced in this factory will be distributed to the army corps, police, civilian hospitals and other institutions.

A number of engineers who have restarted operations at the factory said the move will provide numerous jobs for people in the area.

According to Siddiqi, eight tons of flour was processed by the bakery a day in the past but they now hope to increase this to 24 tons a day for bread which will be distributed to military and civilian institutions in Mazar-e-Sharif.

Officials said about 1,8 million AFN will also be paid to government annually in rent.

Balkh Silo and Bakery was built in 1982 with the cooperation of the former Soviet Union in the south of Mazar-e-Sharif city and was active until 1996. The silo complex also provides storage and milling facilities for wheat.

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Iran Air starts flights to Kabul

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The Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation said Wednesday that Iran Air International Airlines has launched direct flights to Kabul for the first time.

The ministry said in a statement that Iran Air will have flights to Kabul once a week.

According to the statement, Ariana Afghan Airlines and Kam Air, Mahan, Kish, and Yazd Airlines also have flights to Iran.

Earlier, Turkish Airlines also resumed its flights to Kabul.

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Qatar attends meeting on Afghanistan in Brussels

The envoy also affirmed that Qatar will continue these efforts through Doha’s hosting of meetings of special envoys concerned with Afghanistan that are called for by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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The State of Qatar participated in a meeting of senior officials on Afghanistan, which was held on Tuesday at the European Union (EU) headquarters in Brussels.

The State of Qatar’s delegation to the meeting was headed by Faisal bin Abdullah Al Henzab, the special envoy of the minister of foreign affairs.

In a speech at the meeting, Al Henzab underlined that Qatar has been making various efforts to support the aspirations of the Afghan people to achieve security and stability, noting that this is evident in the mediation efforts that culminated in the signing of the Doha Peace Agreement in February 2020.

The envoy also affirmed that Qatar will continue these efforts through Doha’s hosting of meetings of special envoys concerned with Afghanistan that are called for by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Al Henzab pointed out that the Doha platform provides an opportunity to move forward in implementing humanitarian programs and initiatives that provide aid, meet basic needs, and improve economic and social conditions for all Afghans.

The next Doha meeting is scheduled for later this month.

 

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Türkiye sends in more humanitarian aid to Herat earthquake victims

The series of earthquakes of 6.3 magnitude on October 7, 11, and 15 killed over 1,500 people and injured more than 2,600 people.

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The Turkish government has sent a large shipment of humanitarian aid to the victims of last year’s earthquakes in Herat province.

The Red Crescent Society of the Western Zone wrote in a newsletter that the 9th shipment of Turkish humanitarian aid, which is about 620 tons of food and non-food items, has arrived in Herat through Turghondi port.

Herat Red Crescent press office wrote that these shipments include flour, tents, blankets, wheelchairs, health packages and essential household items.

These aid shipments have been delivered to the Red Crescent Society of the Western Zone, which will then distribute to the earthquake victims in the coming days.

The series of earthquakes of 6.3 magnitude on October 7, 11, and 15 killed over 1,500 people and injured more than 2,600 people.

The assessment, with UNDP as the technical lead, covered nine districts with roughly 2.2 million people.

The earthquakes damaged 49,578 houses, with 13,516 being completely destroyed.

It revealed that over 275,000 individuals were affected. Among these were 17,358 pregnant women, 17,146 infants, 3,976 people with severe disabilities, 3,207 elderly families, 6,806 women-led households, 3,176 individuals with chronic illnesses, and 147,000 children under 18.

Herat, Injil, and Zindajan districts were the hardest hit, with rural and vulnerable communities suffering the most.

 

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