VOA News August 15, 2021 The Taliban have swept through most of the country, taking 25 of 34 Afghan provincial capitals over the past week. The insurgent offensive captured several of them Saturday, including the fourth-largest northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif. City leaders surrendered Jalalabad to the Taliban on Sunday. Here is the latest: Aug. 15
Tolo News: For the first time, a completely Afghan-made movie will compete in the Cannes Film Festival in France. The documentary film, named Kocha-e-Parindaha (Birds Street), was funded by Afghan Film and directed by Hizbullah Sultani. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: Kam Air captain Veronica Boysova and her all-female crew have been awarded a prestigious AeroTime Aviation Achievement Award for their historic flight in February when Afghanistan witnessed an all-female crewed commercial passenger flight. Now, crew members of this historic and groundbreaking event have joined the exclusive ranks of AeroTime Aviation Achievement Award recipients. Click
Ariana: The Afghan Football Federation has announced that Afghanistan’s Halim Agha Shirzad, an accredited international referee, has been selected as a referee for the B and C group stages of the AFC Cup matches in the West Asian region. Nangiali Sadat has also been selected as an assistant referee for Group B and C matches.
Ariana: Afghanistan’s cricket team skipper Asghar Afghan on Saturday beat MS Dhoni’s record to become the most successful T20I captain during the third T20I match against Zimbabwe in Abu Dhabi. Asghar overtook the former Indian captain with the most T20I wins as captain with his 42nd win. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: The first Test Tuesday between Afghanistan and Zimbabwe was a big day for Ahmed Shah Pakteen, who became the first Afghan to be an on-field umpire in a Test match. According to ESPNcricinfo, Pakteen made his debut as an international cricket umpire in January 2017. He has previously stood in 15 ODIs and 20
Business Insider: A routine 90-minute flight in Afghanistan just made history. The country’s only private airline, Kam Air, is celebrating its first flight with an all-female crew, which it says is the first in the South Asian country’s history. Click here to read more (external link).
Reuters: When 18-year old Manizha Talash joined a small but ardent breakdancing community in Afghanistan a few months ago, she was the only woman. In that short time, however, she’s already set her sights on representing her country in one of the latest sports to be added to the program for the Summer Olympics. Click
AA: Afghanistan’s first female animation artist and illustrator thanked Turkey for contributing to her career. “Thanks to Turkey, I was able to study this, my dream came true. Now I want to expand the animation field and establish a studio in Afghanistan,” Sara Barackzay said. She recalled her journey to becoming Afghanistan’s first female animation
Ariana: President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a decree has the inclusion of the mother’s name on the Afghan National Identity cards (Tazkiras). “Based on the Presidential decree, the mother’s name is officially included on the national identity cards (Tazkiras), along with other personal details,” said Sediq Sediqqi, Spokesman for the President on Thursday. Click here