England Win Cricket World Cup

England won the ICC World Cup 2019 on Sunday night after beating New Zealand in the super over.

New Zealand started batting after wining the toss and scored 241. England leveled the score and both sides need to go to Super Over.

The two sides were then required to bat a single Super Over each. And both scored 15 runs — another tie after more than eight hours of playing.

But England won the match because they had scored more boundaries over the course of the match.

That was a Super Over for the first time in World Cup history. This time Ben Stokes – England’s hero in their actual innings – set New Zealand 16 runs to win.

New Zealand managed 15 with Martin Guptill bunting the ball to deep mid-wicket, but the opener could not come back for the second before England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler clipped off the bails.

Although the Super Over also remarkably finished in a tie, it was enough for England and the majority of the 30 000-strong crowd to break out into delirium as New Zealand had struck less boundaries in their earlier 241/8.

For England, it was their first World Cup final in 27 years.


Afghanistan Exports Medical Equipment To Somalia

Afghanistan has exported different types of medical equipment and hygiene products to Somalia for the first time as officials say the local firms’ capacity has increased.

One container of the first shipment of Afghan goods, carrying 25 types of medical equipment in three containers, has arrived in Somalia through Iran and Turkey, head of Herat Chamber of Industries and Mines, Hamidullah Khadim, said.

He said that another cargo of 40 tons of Afghan goods will be exported to Somalia and other African nations within the next few days.

The goods are the product of Asia Pharma company in Herat.

“For the first time, at least three containers of goods which weigh 30 tons, and 25 types of medical equipment by Asia Pharma. This was the first cargo which we sent it to Somalia,” an Asia Pharma official Mohammad Amin Jami said.

“One truck has already arrived in Somalia. Two others have passed Turkey and four trailers are loading in Herat to travel to Somalia,” said Hamidullah Khadim, head of Herat Chamber of Industries and Mines.

Khadim said that four medical device companies are operating in Herat and that six other firms will be established in the near future.


Ghani Lays Foundation Stone Of Biggest Administrative Complex

President Ashraf Ghani laid the foundation stone for Darulaman Administrative Complex on Sunday morning, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.

“The complex will be inspired by Modern Islamic architecture patterns as well as classical inspiration sources found during the reign of Timurid, Ghaznavid, Ghorid and Khurasanid dynasties,” the statement read.

“I am not giving details about the complex,” Ghani said at a ceremony of laying the foundation stone for the complex. “What I want is quick action. The people don’t want an idea, they want action.”

The complex will be built in 20 years and will cost $1.2 billion.

A view of the Ministry of Finance within the complex.

The complex covers 100 hectares of land and 27 government institutions will be transferred to the complex within the next 20 years.

Almost 27 government institutions will be transferred to the complex.

The first phase of the complex will be competed in 10 years in which 13 ministries and government institutions will be transferred there.

In the second phase, 14 ministries and government institutions will be transferred to the complex.

According to officials of the project, six to 60 square meters of area has been allocated to each employee at this complex.

The complex will have the capacity of up to 50,000 government employees.

The complex will have the capacity of up to 50,000 government employees.

The design of the complex has been prepared by a Lebanese company, officials said.


Future Political Arrangement To Make Key Part Of Upcoming Talks

Afghan politicians who attended the two-day intra-Afghan conference in Doha said that Afghanistan’s future political arrangement will make the main agenda of any future talks with the Taliban. 

Nearly 60 delegates from Kabul met with 17 members of the Taliban in Doha on July 7-8 where they issued a resolution in which the militant group promised to reduce violence by stopping attacks on civilian places, including schools, hospitals and religious centers.

But despite that, the Taliban launched a complex attack on a hotel in the northwestern province of Badghis on Saturday, July 13, which left at least eight people dead and seven others wounded. President Ashraf Ghani in a statement condemned the attack and said the Taliban has broken their promise they made in Doha meeting to stop attacking civilian places.

“The type of the government is one of the serious issues between the two sides [the Afghan government and the Taliban] because the opponent side [the Taliban] insists on an Islamic emirate, but we [delegates from Kabul] at the [Doha] meeting insisted on the republic system,” said Anarkali Honaryar, a delegate of Doha Intra-Afghan Dialogue Conference on Peace.

“The issue that the future government should be an Islamic republic or it should a parliamentary or presidential system, all these issues need to be settled between the two sides [the Afghan government and the Taliban],” said Mawlawi Qalamuddin, a former Taliban member and a delegate of the Doha meeting.

The office of the National Security Advisor said in a statement that it is expected that the next round of intra-Afghan talks will happen in the near future.

“[The Afghan] Government sees the ongoing war in favor of none of the sides and is ready to cooperate in any types of talks. We expect that the next [round of] talks will happen in the near future,” the National Security Advisor’s spokesman Kabir Haqmal said.

Meanwhile, senior officials from the Afghan government insist on respect to values of the Constitution, which also includes the continuation of an Islamic republic system.

“The Afghan people and the government will not feel necessary to trust ‘meaningless’ slogans until the Taliban accepts all values which have been reflected in the Afghan Constitution such as the republic system, elections, freedom of the press, the genuine rights of women,” the Second Vice President Sarwar Danish at a ceremony in Kabul on Sunday.

This comes as representatives of China, Russia, and the United States in a meeting in Beijing on July 12 agreed on the immediate start of intra-Afghan negotiations.


Pakistan Extends Airspace Ban For Indian Flights

Pakistan extended its airspace ban for the fifth time to India till July 26, the country’s civil aviation authority announced, news agencies reported.

Pakistan fully closed its airspace on February 26 after the Indian Air Force fighter jets struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist training camp in Balakot following the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir.

“Pakistani airspace will be closed until July 26 along its eastern border with India. The Panjgoor airspace will remain open for overflying transit flights from the western side as Air India had already been using that airspace,” the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority said.

A Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority official said as quoted by the PTI that the Pakistan government will review whether to open its space for Indian flights or not on July 26.

“However, this issue is a bilateral one and no progress will be made till both Islamabad and New Delhi decide it mutually,” he said.

Last month, Pakistan gave special permission to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flight to use its airspace for his official trip to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

However, Modi’s aircraft avoided flying over Pakistan.


Afghan forces conduct 109 joint, special ops and 20 airstrikes in past 24 hours: MoD

The Afghan security forces conducted 109 Joint and Special Operations against the militant groups in the past 24 hours.

The Ministry of Defense in a statement said the security forces conducted 11 joint and 98 special operations to suppress the militant groups.

Furthermore, the Afghan Air Force conducted 20 airstrikes to support the ground forces during the operations.

The statement further added that the security forces conducted the operations in Khost, Kunduz, Kandahar, Faryab, Ghor, Parwan, Takhar, Badghis, Ghazni, Helmand, Nangarhar, Zabul, Balkh and Sar-e-Pul provinces.

Meanwhile, the defense ministry said the security forces killed 79 militants and wounded 57 others during the same operations.

In addition, the security forces arrested 2 suspected militants, the defense ministry added.

The Ministry of Defense also added that the coalition forces also provided support to the Afghan security forces during the operations.


Taliban militants suffer heavy casualties in Afghan forces operations in Qalat city

The Afghan forces conducted operations in the outskirts of Qalat city of Zabul inflicting heavy casualties on Taliban militants.

The 205th Atal Corps in a statement said the security forces conducted the operations as part of Khalid-98 operations.

The statement further added that the security forces killed 10 Taliban militants during the operations.

Furthermore, the 205th Atal Corps said the security forces also wounded 15 Taliban militants during the same operations.

The Taliban group has not commented regarding the operations so far.


Airstrikes kill 8 Taliban militants in Takhar, Wardak and Parwan provinces

The security forces carried out airstrikes in Takhar, Wardak and Parwan provinces killing at least 8 Taliban militants.

The military officials said Saturday that an airstrike killed 2 Taliban militants in Namak Ab district of Takhar province.

The officials further added that a similar airstrike killed 2 Taliban fighters in Sayyidabad district of Wardak province.

Furthermore, the official said an airstrike killed 4 Taliban militants in Siagird district of Parwan province.

The anti-government armed militants including Taliban have not commented regarding the operations so far.


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