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Wednesday 11 April 2012,

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft is counting down the days until it is through with the Windows XP operating system for personal computers.

The US software titan used a blog post to remind the world that in two years it will no longer support the generations-old operating system that people have clung to despite the releases of successors Vista and Windows 7.

"We want to acknowledge the two-year countdown to the end of Windows XP and Office 2003 support," said Microsoft marketing director Stella Chernyak.

"Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted."

She advised computer users, particularly businesses, to begin "migrating" machines to the latest versions of the programs well before Microsoft puts XP to rest on April 8, 2014


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Kabul (BNA) Minister of Steel of India was received by Second Vice-President, Mohammad Karim Khalili discussing grounds for expansion of mutual economic cooperation.  At the meeting, attended by the minister of mines, the Indian minister expressed the willingness of the Indian private sector in investments to extract mines and other spheres in Afghanistan and assured that the financial and technical company of the Hajigak mine that is expected to be extracted by the Indian companies will be utilized and the operational work on this project will soon start.  According to the Indian minister extraction of the Hajigak iron mines is one of the greatest foreign investment in Afghanistan that in addition to the economic prosperity, can prepare the ground for employment of thousands of labor in the country.  The Indian delegation also expressed interest of his government for extraction of other mines and underground resources of Afghanistan.  Touching on the common political bonds, Khalili recalled amicable ties between the two nations and appreciated the Indian government for taking great part in reconstruction of Afghanistan and expressed satisfaction over the signing of the strategic cooperation agreement between Kabul and New Delhi.  Khalili called the Hajigak mine extraction by the Indian companies’ consortium a great step towards further strengthening of friendly ties and consolidation of mutual cooperation in political, economic spheres between the two nations.  He added that the more Indian investments increases in Afghanistan the better political ties get further consolidated between the two nations.  According to Khalili India has its special place in Afghanistan and no factor can weaken this position.  He expressed the hope that with the extraction of Hajigak mine by the Indian companies, in addition to strengthening of mutual cooperation implementation of this project can change the economy and level of life of the residents of the area.  Enumerating the investment opportunities in Afghanistan he added that the government of Afghanistan shall continue its strivings towards further encouragement of foreign investments in the country.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Second Vice-president and head of the economic commission, Mohammad Karim Khalili, the economic committee for the council of ministers held session, his office said yesterday.  The presidential press office statement said according to the agenda, the economic committee session first discussed the presentation of the minister of mines over the Ghori cement and coal mines of Karkar and Dodkash, and then the committee members offered some of their viewpoints and presentations over the failure of some contracted companies to successfully carry out their responsibilities in the area implementation of the contract contents.  The committee resolved that proper ways related to the ongoing problems of the contracted companies should be sought and offered to the cabinet for the final decision.  The issue related to the payment of the salaries of those Ariana Air Aviation Company resigned employees and handover of the handling services to the said company in the country’s airports had also been discussed in the committee.  Expressing support for the AAA as a legal national company, the committee members endorsed the company’s resigned workers salaries presentation and resolved that the ministry of finance should step up in implementation of the budget for it.  The committee also asked the AAA Company to carry out services related to the handling affairs within the framework of law and development of the country’s air aviation sector.



Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Kabul (BNA)  Addressing the economic committee meeting, President Karzai said that the TAPI project and regional cooperation is of utmost importance and emphasized that Afghanistan will render all out cooperation with Turkmenistan towards implementation of the project.  At the meeting minister of mines Waheedullah Shahrani presented a report on his recent visit to Turkmenistan where issues for finalization of the prices of gas for the TAPI project were discussed.  Shahrani said that the Afghan delegation during its visit to Turkmenistan had meetings with that country’s higher authorities and asked for cooperation of that country in different spheres in Afghanistan and they assured of appropriate price its gas.  He stressed that the delegation had informed the Turkmenistan side on the progress of the Afghanistan side progress in its talks with the Pakistani and Indian authorities on transport fees and the deputy minister of petroleum and mines of Pakistan Ejaz Chudari was quoted by some media sources as if Afghanistan has left the TAPI project.  The Pakistani side rejected these allegations and emphasized on the strategic values of this project and said that Afghanistan is willingly supporting this project.  He also called his meeting with the Turkmenistan President Qurban Quli Berdi as very valuable and said that the president of Turkmenistan assured of his country’s cooperation in different spheres and promised sell of gas to Afghanistan in appropriate price for a period of 20 years and agreed on sale of 500 million cubic of gas to Afghanistan.