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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The US donates up to $18.2 million to Afghanistan to praise good performances in some provinces of the country, where poppy cultivation had fallen to nil or found an eye-catching reduction, an official said Tuesday.
The fund is expected to be used to finance and develop the infrastructural and uplift projects in the provinces, where the poppy had been announced to reach to zero, Afghanistan Counter Narcotics Minister, Zarar Ahmad Muqbel who was signing the agreement with the US Law Enforcement Ambassador told a news conference in Kabul.
He said that $1 million of the fund would be used in the provinces such as Bamyan, Balkh, Ghazni, Faryab, Jauzjan, Khost, Kunduz, Logar, Nooristan, Paktia, Panjsher, Parwan, Samangan, Sar-e-Pul, Takhar and Maidan Wardak, where the poppy had reached to nil.
$150.000 would be used in Kandahar and as well as Kabul would receive $78,000, he detailed, adding the fund would help the farmers raise their capacity.
According to him, 60 percent of the poppy lands had been destroyed in two northern Badakhshan and Baghlan provinces, with only five percent of drugs are believed to be produced in the provinces with still poppy cultivation and 95 percent in the insecure provinces of Farah, Kandahar, Helmand and Uruzgan.
Poppy cultivation had risen in Farah and Uruzgan provinces, where the main reason can called insecurity, Maqbel said.
Calling the program too effective, US Ambassador for Law Enforcement, Stephen G. Mack said this was one of the successful projects used to praise those provinces with reliable performance on uprooting poppy.
The project would be launched in 17 provinces of the country, where the poppy had reached to nil, he said considering the US as the great supporter of Afghanistan.
The pledged money would be used in the basis of priorities and development council of the provinces, where the people would be provided with short-term employments as well, the ambassador vowed.
 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Sheberghan (BNA) The construction work of a dam on Nahri Safeed River which flows through Sheberghan city started yesterday. 
It is said that the construction of the dam carried out by a relevant dept. of Jouzjan, Said BNA, the dam with 85 meter length and 6 meter width will be constructed from budget of water and Energy ministry at the cost of 5,000 dollars within three month.  T. Suraya-Yarzadas
 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Reports are quoting officials of ministry of communication and information technology as saying that Afghanistan intends to launch its first ever satellite into space to further develop mobile and internet coverage in the country.
Commenting on the topic, minister of communication and information technology Amierzai Sangeen said that the satellite is expected to be launched into space by a foreign company and added that launching of satellite will need $nearly 250 million and the planning has been approved by the cabinet and added that three international companies same as supreme sate and two other had offered their recommendations to the government of Afghanistan for launching the satellite.
Minister of communication announced polarization of the satellite about 50 degree on east and government of Afghanistan maintains the rights to decide on frequency and position of the satellite and added that launching of the satellite will boost communication coverage in the country alongside radio and television frequencies and it will also support fiber optics services in remote regions and districts.
Meanwhile, economic analysts in the country have described the move as vital decision to further boost radio TV, internet and communication services.  At the meantime, nationals of the country have warmly welcomed launching of the satellite and believe that the project will seek solutions to the internet problems.
Commenting on the topic, local resident Maryam expressed satisfaction over the growth which Afghanistan attained in communication sector during the last ten years.
It’s important to mention that currently six private communication companies are facilitating the people in communication sector people get advantage from the opportunity and despite these facilities, services of the communication companies also followed some challenges and it’s hoped that launching of the satellite help to overcome on communication services.
Previously, government of Afghanistan announced that it will support relations of the country with the world and will help transmission of radio and television centers.
This came after Afghanistan attained remarkable growth in communication sector during the previous decade and currently 60 TV stations and 160 radios are pursuing their media and entertainment activities in the country.
 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Aibak (BNA) The construction of 11 km road was started in Samangan province. 
It is said; the project costs 12 million Afghanis and will be paid by road construction program of rural rehabilitation and development ministry.
Engineer Abdul Rafei Refa in charge of north zone of road construction program of rural rehabilitation and development ministry said BNA, the road is  11 km long  and 5 meter width  the road starts from Orglsh village of Hazrat Sultan and links to Aibak high road of Dara-Soof. 
10 small bridges have been constructed along the road.  According to Refa, the road funded by world Bank and the work of the road will be completed within a year. 
The source said with construction of the road, the problems of more than 500 families will be solved in the Orlmsh village. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada