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Najim Nawabi Biography

Najim Nawabi was born at Spinzar hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. His father Sultan Mahmood Khan Nawabi was the first to take notice of the divine gift in Najim. He decided to concentrate all his efforts in providing all the support needed to make Najim succeed in music world. While most of the boys his age were playing outside, Najim was inside learning to master music.
Najim’s parents were instrumental in developing the flair for singing in Najim. They would invite great masters such as the Great Ustad Sarahang, Ustad Shaida, Ustad Nabi Gul every Saturday night and Najim would absorb their style and technique but his primary master was Ustad Ghafoor Hashimi In 1981 the golden age of Afghan television and a few years after the death of the legendary Ahmad Zahir and inspired young musicians from all corners of the land were flocking to Afghan Television studios to audition and present their work just to be allowed to record a song on National Television.
But Afghanistan radio went a different route and offered the coveted prize to Najim, a handsome, malleable talent with a superb voice. His first recording on Afghan TV was abi baqa koja o lab nosh o koja, a phenomenal success. His hard work, dedication and training helped him mold his voice as he sought inspiration from the music of Ustad Sarahang.
But due events of Russian invasion and lack of security in the city of Kabul Najim sought refuge in neighboring Pakistan, absorbing their styles and music and finally settling in Little Kabul area of Fremont California in the United States. With difficulties of settling to a new world and new lifestyle, Najim still perused music but didn’t adhere to the principles of classical music until 1992 when he finally met Ustad Ajoy Chakrabaty. Najim has added to his native languages of Dari and Pashto by also singing in Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, and also in the dialects of Hazaragi, Tajiki and Iranian.

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BAYAT POWER’S HISTORIC PURCHASE OF SIEMENS SGT-A45 TURBINE CELEBRATED AS A CRITICAL STEP TOWARDS GENERATING ELECTRICITY IN AFGHANISTAN

Siemens SGT-A45, The World’s Most Advanced Gas Turbine, Will Form Core Of Bayat Power-1, And Produce Electricity For 200,000 Afghan Homes and Businesses

Kabul, Afghanistan—April 15, 2019—Bayat Power, the power generation division of Bayat Energy (www.bayat-energy.com), Afghanistan’s largest Afghan-owned Energy Exploration, Development and Production Company, announced today that the Company has achieved a crucial milestone in its mission to provide affordable and reliable electric power to all Afghans, with the Company’s acquisition and shipment of the Siemens SGT-A45 Mobile Turbine, the world’s most advanced gas to electricity power generation solution.

The Siemens SGT-A45—made in Houston, Texas by Siemens USA —can generate up to 41 megawatts (MW) of power at 50 HZ. The Siemens SGT-A45 forms the core of the first phase of Bayat Power-1, Bayat Power’s Gas to Electricity power plant, located in Northern Afghanistan.

Bayat Power’s acquisition of the Siemens SGT-A45—a powerful symbol of the Afghan-American partnership, which is rebuilding Afghanistan’s power sector while also creating jobs in America—was commemorated at a ceremony attended by high level representatives including:

  • H. E. Roya Rahmani, Afghan Ambassador to the United States
  • Karen L. Freeman, Assistant to the Administrator for the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, USAID
  • Dr. Ehsan Bayat, CEO of Bayat Power and Founder, The Bayat Group
  • Dan Simpson, Executive Vice President Global Solutions, Siemens USA
  • Richard Wolf, President and CEO, Relevant Power Solutions, LLC

“As the representative of The Government of Afghanistan, I want to thank Dr. Ehsan Bayat and Bayat Power; as well as the Siemens/RPS team for being our partners in the quest to develop Afghanistan’s vast energy resources,” said H.E. Roya Rahmani, the Ambassador of Afghanistan to the United States.

“Bayat Power is proud to be the very first power company in the world to operate the Siemens SGT-A45 Mobile Turbine—and to harness its unmatched power production capabilities in service to the Afghan nation,” said Dr. Ehsan Bayat, CEO of Bayat Power and the Chairman of The Bayat Group.  “This project and the Siemens SGT-A45 fast power solution will form the foundation upon which we will create thousands of jobs and provide the essential electricity required to create jobs, companies, and entire industries in Afghanistan.”

This first phase of Bayat Power-1 is scheduled to become operational in late summer 2019 and generate enough electricity for 200,000 Afghan homes and businesses. When all three phases of Bayat Power-1 are completed, the plant will generate 200 megawatts of power, enough electricity to serve millions of Afghan residential and commercial users.

About Bayat Energy:

Bayat Energy is Afghanistan’s leading Afghan Owned Oil and Gas exploration, Development and Production Company. Founded by Dr. Ehsan Bayat, the Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), Bayat Energy is a division of The Bayat Group of companies, which include Afghan Wireless (www.afghan-wireless.com) Ariana Television and Radio (www.arianatelevsion.com), and additional Construction, Consumer and Logistics Enterprises. Learn more about how Bayat Energy is building an Afghan energy industry, which will provide affordable, accessible to the Afghan people by visiting our website: www.bayat-energy.com

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SCORE! ARIANA TELEVISION TO BROADCAST 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP RUSSIATM FOOTBALL ATN Selected As Afghanistan’s Official Broadcaster Of 2018 World Cup Tournament For Second Consecutive Time

Kabul, Afghanistan—May 4, 2018—Ariana Television Network (ATN) (www.arianatelevision.com), Afghanistan’s premier broadcaster of award-winning television and radio programming to 25,000,000 Afghans, announced today that The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Football’s international governing body, has named ATN as Official Broadcaster for the 2018 FIFA World CupTM for the country of Afghanistan.  FIFA has granted ATN the exclusive Media Rights License to broadcast the competition, by means of cable, satellite, and terrestrial transmission in Afghanistan.

ATN’s selection by FIFA as its World CupTM media partner marks the second consecutive time that FIFA has designated ATN as Afghanistan’s only authorized broadcaster of World Cup Football.

Russia is the host nation for 2018’s World Cup Competition. ATN’s audience of more than 25,000,000 viewers, will be spectators to some of the world’s most exciting and fiercely competitive football, hosted in cities throughout Russia, including: Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad
Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-On-Don, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Saint Petersburg
and Volgograd.

“FIFA’s selection of ATN as its World Cup Broadcast Partner—for the second time—proves beyond any doubt that ATN is Afghanistan’s leading network,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Founder of ATN and the Chairman of The Bayat Group. “Afghans love football, and we are proud to once again bring this competition among the world’s  best national football teams to our viewing audience so that all Afghans can collectively enjoy the skills, teamwork, and spirit of fair play that characterizes World CupTM.”

About ATN:

Launched in 2005 by Mr. Ehsan Bayat, Founder of ATN and the Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), ARIANA Television (ATN) and Radio Ariana 93.5 are the largest private media channels in Afghanistan, covering 33 of 34 provinces and reaching over 20,000,000 Afghans.

Focusing on information, content and entertainment that rekindles Afghanistan’s traditions and culture, ATN’s programming places particular emphasis on education, health, children’s programming, women’s and world issues, and we take great pride in broadcasting accurate, unbiased news to our audience.

ATN provides the Afghan Nation with a “Window for a Better Tomorrow”, by exposing our radio and television audiences to the best of international arts & culture and expanding opportunities for Afghan writers, producers, actors, and directors. Along with our affiliated enterprises – The Afghan Wireless Communication Company – and The Bayat Family Foundation, we employ and train more than 6,500 Afghans throughout the country and we are proud to have Afghans building and broadcasting ATN / Ariana 93.5 for all of Afghanistan.

DR. EHSANOLLAH BAYAT, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN OF THE BAYAT GROUP RECEIVES ANNUAL LEADERSHIP AWARD FROM AFGHAN-AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Kabul, Afghanistan—May 3, 2018—The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), Afghanistan’s largest private company and employer, whose divisions include market-leaders Afghan Wireless (www.afghan-wireless.com), Ariana Television, (www.arianatelevision.com), ATN News (www.ariananews.af), Bayat Energy (www.bayat-energy) and other enterprises, announced today that Bayat Group Founder and Chairman Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, is the recipient of the Annual Leadership Award from The Afghan American Chamber of Commerce (AACC).

The Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to championing investment in Afghanistan and promoting strong and supportive relationships between Afghan and American business leaders. The AACC bestowed its Annual Leadership Award—the organization’s highest honor—upon Dr. Bayat in recognition of his powerful and innovative leadership in helping build a modern Afghan economy.

The Bayat Group is Afghanistan’s largest employer, providing jobs to approximately 100,000 Afghans.  Its operating subsidiaries include Afghan Wireless—The Bayat Group’s founding company—which launched Afghanistan’s wireless sector; Bayat Power, the nation’s leading gas-to-power generation company; Ariana Television and Radio; and the Bayat Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to nourishing the lives of at risk Afghan families and children.

“I accept the AACC’s Annual Leadership Award with tremendous gratitude,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Founder and Chairman of The Bayat Group. “The Bayat Group invests and builds in Afghanistan—we have a workforce that is 99 percent Afghan—because we want Afghans to live better lives,” Dr. Bayat said.

About The Bayat Group

Founded by Mr. Ehsan Bayat, The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), is Afghanistan’s most prominent diversified services company, comprising Media and Telecoms (Afghan Wireless, Ariana TV/Radio), Energy and Mining (Bayat Energy), Construction, Security and Logistics Enterprises. A leader of Afghan-based economic development, The Bayat Group provides employment to more than 6,000 Afghans through its direct operations and employs more than 100,000 other Afghan citizens through its ecosystem of dealers and vendors.

BAYAT GROUP FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN DR. EHSAN BAYAT DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS TO AFGHAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNUAL BUSINESS CONFERENCE

Championing Private Sector Growth and Innovation Were Primary Themes of April 25th Address Delivered By Afghanistan’s Leading Business Executive and Philanthropist

Kabul, Afghanistan—May 1, 2018—The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), Afghanistan’s largest private company and employer, whose divisions include market-leaders Afghan Wireless (www.afghan-wireless.com), Ariana Television, (www.arianatelevision.com), ATN News (www.ariananews.af), Bayat Energy (www.bayat-energy) and other enterprises, announced today that Bayat Group Founder and Chairman Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, delivered the keynote address at the annual Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC)  Business Conference, which was held from April 24-26 2018, in Washington, DC.  Dr. Bayat will delivered the event’s keynote remarks on April 25, 2018.

Addressing a highly select delegation of Afghan and American corporate executives, emerging entrepreneurs and high-ranking government officials, Dr. Bayat’s speech presented his ideas for developing an Afghan economy that can provide prosperity and opportunity to all the nation’s citizens.

Dr. Bayat’s speech also described The Bayat Group’s innovative and transformative role within Telecommunications, Energy and other vital sectors of Afghanistan’s economy. Examples of the Company’s innovation include:

  • 2017’s launch by Afghan Wireless, of Afghanistan’s first 4G LTE network;
  • Bayat Power’s recently approved construction of Bayat Power-1, phase 1 of a three-phase 200 MW power plant, which is Afghanistan’s first new gas to energy power plant in over forty years.

In addition to Dr. Bayat’s keynote address, Bayat Group senior executives took leadership roles on panel discussions which examined the development of Afghanistan’s Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) sector, and increasing investment opportunities within the nation’s Energy and Infrastructure sectors.

“The AACC Conference is one of the world’s most important venues for bringing together business executives, government officials and other key leaders who have the ideas, capacity,

capital—and determination—to move Afghanistan forward,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Founder and Chairman of The Bayat Group.

“I’m honored to have delivered the AACC keynote address and I’m proud of the contributions made by The Bayat Group and The Bayat Foundation in Afghanistan, which have provided jobs, opportunity and hope to millions of Afghans.”

About Bayat Group

Founded by Mr. Ehsan Bayat, The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), is Afghanistan’s most prominent diversified services company, comprising Media and Telecoms (Afghan Wireless, Ariana TV/Radio), Energy and Mining (Bayat Energy), Construction, Security and Logistics Enterprises. A leader of Afghan-based economic development, The Bayat Group provides employment to more than 6,000 Afghans through its direct operations and employs more than 100,000 other Afghan citizens through its ecosystem of dealers and vendors.

BAYAT POWER ANNOUNCES THREE-PHASE US$250M INVESTMENT PROGRAM TO ACCELERATE AFGHANISTAN’S GAS-FIRED POWER INDUSTRY

Afghan-Owned Energy Company Leads Transformational Effort To Foster Nation’s Energy Independence

Kabul, Afghanistan—October 3, 2016—Bayat Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bayat Energy (www.bayat-energy.com), an Afghan-owned, independent energy exploration, development and production company executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan today to enter into a partnership with Bayat Power for its three-phase, US$ 250M Independent Power Producer (IPP) investment program.

The program’s first phase – Bayat Power 1 – is a 100% equity financed power plant to be located in Sheberghan, capital of Jawzjan Province which will have a 52MW capacity.  Subsequent phases will scale to more than 200MW of capacity, utilizing advanced aeroderivative technology.  The fully completed gas-fired power plant will be able to generate in excess of 200 MW of power and is expected to have an operational life of at least twenty-years.

“This project — the first privately financed gas-fired power plant in Afghanistan’s history — will harness the rich and plentiful gas resources available in the Sheberghan/Yatimtaq Region to help kick-start Afghanistan’s journey towards energy independence, help restore our domestic gas-to-power industry and develop our nation’s economy,”  Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, Chairman of Bayat Power stated.  “We look forward to working with the Afghan government, our technical partners, and most importantly, our fellow citizens, in our mission to create jobs and opportunities which benefit the entire nation.”

The MoU — approved during a meeting of Afghanistan’s Economic Council chaired by His Excellency, President Ashraf Ghani, on Sunday, October 2nd — was signed by Dr. Bayat and Eng. Ali Ahmad Osmani, Minister of Energy and Water, in the presence of His Excellency President Ghani and Economic Council members on Monday, October 3rd.

About Bayat Energy:

Bayat Energy is Afghanistan’s leading Afghan Owned Oil and Gas exploration, Development and Production Company. Founded by Dr. Ehsan Bayat, the Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), Bayat Energy is a division of The Bayat Group of companies, which include Afghan Wireless (www.afghan-wireless.com) Ariana Television and Radio (www.arianatelevsion.com), and additional Construction, Consumer and Logistics Enterprises. Learn more about how Bayat Energy is building an Afghan energy industry which will provide affordable, accessible to the Afghan people by visiting our website: www.bayat-energy.com

ARIANA TELEVISION SCORES AGAIN WITH ENGLISH PREMIERE LEAGUE FOOTBALL ATN Selected By The English Premiere League As Afghanistan’s Exclusive Broadcaster of EPL Games

Kabul, Afghanistan—September 27, 2016—Ariana Television Network (ATN)
(www.arianatelevision.com), Afghanistan’s premier broadcaster of award-winning television and radio programming to 25,000,000 Afghans, announced today that the network had acquired the excusive broadcast rights, in Afghanistan, for English Premiere League Football.

ATN and EPL’s exclusive and much admired partnership debuted on September 24, 2016, with the broadcast of Manchester United vs. Leicester and Arsenal vs. Chelsea. Upcoming EPL Matches that will be broadcast on ATN include the October 1st contest of Swansea vs. Liverpool. The complete broadcast schedule of English Premiere League matches that will appear on ATN can be accessed at http://afghan-wireless.com/about-us/epl-schedule/

“ATN is the only broadcast network in Afghanistan where viewers can watch the best of both English Premiere League and FIFA Football,” said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Chairman of The Bayat Group and the Founder of ATN. “We’re proud to give Afghans the opportunity to watch ATN and cheer on their favorite teams.”

About ATN:
Launched in 2005 by Mr. Ehsan Bayat, Founder of ATN and the Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), ARIANA Television (ATN) and Radio Ariana 93.5 are the largest private media channels in Afghanistan, covering 33 of 34 provinces and reaching over 20,000,000 Afghans.

Focusing on information, content and entertainment that rekindles Afghanistan’s traditions and culture, ATN’s programming places particular emphasis on education, health, children’s programming, women’s and world issues, and we take great pride in broadcasting accurate, unbiased news to our audience.

ATN provides the Afghan Nation with a “Window for a Better Tomorrow”, by exposing our radio and television audiences to the best of international arts & culture and expanding opportunities for Afghan writers, producers, actors, and directors. Along with our affiliated enterprises – The Afghan Wireless Communication Company – and The Bayat Family Foundation, we employ and train more than 6,500 Afghans throughout the country and we are proud to have Afghans building and broadcasting ATN / Ariana 93.5 for all of Afghanistan.

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