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Thursday 15 March 2012,

(BNA) KABUL: The Afghan who drove a hijacked vehicle onto the runway ramp as US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived at a military airfield died Thursday of severe burns, the US military said.

"My personal opinion is I think he had the intent to harm," General Mike Scaparotti told reporters, but refused to see it as an attempt to target Panetta.

"I personally don't believe it had anything to do with the secretary's arrival," he said. There is "no way you can identify one aircraft from the other".

The Afghan interpreter, who was engulfed in flames after crashing the vehicle, had a container of fuel in the car.

"He passed away in medical care this morning," the general said, adding that a coalition soldier injured in the incident was British.

At about the same time Panetta's aircraft was landing at Camp Bastion in southern Helmand province Wednesday, the Afghan "contract employee" hijacked a pick-up truck from a soldier in the US-led coalition force.

He drove the vehicle at high speed before he crashed into a ditch and emerged in flames, Panetta's spokesman George Little told reporters.

Panetta travelled to Afghanistan just days after a US soldier shot dead 16 villagers - most of them women and children - in southern Kandahar province in the worst single such incident since the 2001 US-led invasion.

The suspect in the massacre, a US Army sergeant who had served three tours in Iraq, had been flown out of Afghanistan, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, without saying where he was taken.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 13:12

Afghanistan crashed Netherlands

Wednesday 14 March 2012,

Afghanistan cricket team won by 4 wickets ( 2 balls remaining ) the match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium today

 

Netherlands won the toss and elected to bat first

Afghanistan cricket team also won by 4 wickets  Papua New Guinea in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier Yesterday .

Here is full scorecard:

 

 

Batting - Netherlands 1st innings

Runs

B

4's

6's

S/R

Myburgh

b Karim Sadiq

19

17

3

0

111.76

Swart

lbw Samiullah Shenwari

22

16

3

0

137.5

Cooper

run out ( Samiullah Shenwari )

7

11

0

0

63.64

Kervezee

not out

58

43

1

3

134.88

Barresi+

b Izatullah Dawlatzai

14

13

1

0

107.69

Borren*

c †Mohammad Shahzad b Izatullah Dawlatzai

5

8

0

0

62.5

Mudassar Bukhari

c Nawroz Mangal b Izatullah Dawlatzai

10

8

2

0

125

de Grooth

not out

3

4

0

0

75

Seelaar

 

0

0

0

0

0

van der Gugten

 

0

0

0

0

0

Jamil

 

0

0

0

0

0

Extras

(b 0, lb 2, w 9, nb 0, pen )

11

 

Total

(20.0 overs , 6 wickets )

149   ( 7.45 runs per over)


Fall of wickets: 1 - 44 (Swart, 5.2), 2 - 51 (Myburgh, 6.1), 3 - 62 (Cooper, 8.3), 4 - 94 (Barresi, 13.4), 5 - 100 (Borren, 15.1), 6 - 117 (Mudassar Bukhari, 17.3)

 

 

Bowling - Afghanistan 1st Innings

O

M

R

W

NB

WD

E/R

Dawlat Zadran

4.0

0

35

0

0

4

8.75

Mirwais Ashraf

2.0

0

20

0

0

0

10

Karim Sadiq

4.0

0

19

1

0

0

4.75

Samiullah Shenwari

4.0

0

25

1

0

1

6.25

Mohammad Nabi

2.0

0

15

0

0

0

7.5

Izatullah Dawlatzai

4.0

0

33

3

0

0

8.25




 

 

Batting - Afghanistan 1st innings

Runs

B

4's

6's

S/R

Karim Sadiq

c Seelaar b Mudassar Bukhari

11

9

2

0

122.22

Gulbodin Naib

c de Grooth b Borren

5

16

0

0

31.25

Mohammad Shahzad+

lbw Jamil

54

44

8

0

122.73

Nawroz Mangal*

c Cooper b Jamil

26

19

2

1

136.84

Mohammad Nabi

c Myburgh b Swart

22

13

3

0

169.23

Samiullah Shenwari

not out

9

10

0

0

90

Mirwais Ashraf

b Mudassar Bukhari

2

2

0

0

100

Noor Ali Zadran

not out

11

5

2

0

220

Javed Ahmadi

 

0

0

0

0

0

Izatullah Dawlatzai

 

0

0

0

0

0

Dawlat Zadran

 

0

0

0

0

0

Extras

(b 5, lb 0, w 5, nb 0, pen )

10

 

Total

(19.4 overs , 6 wickets )

150   ( 7.73 runs per over)


Fall of wickets: 1 - 14 (Karim Sadiq, 2.2), 2 - 47 (Gulbodin Naib, 7.1), 3 - 105 (Nawroz Mangal, 14.3), 4 - 108 (Mohammad Shahzad, 14.6), 5 - 134 (Mohammad Nabi, 17.6), 6 - 137 (Mirwais Ashraf, 18.3)

 

 

Bowling - Netherlands 1st Innings

O

M

R

W

NB

WD

E/R

Swart

3.0

0

26

1

0

0

8.67

van der Gugten

2.0

0

21

0

0

1

10.5

Mudassar Bukhari

2.0

0

12

2

0

0

6

Seelaar

4.0

1

21

0

0

0

5.25

Borren

2.0

0

18

1

0

0

9

Jamil

3.4

0

32

2

0

0

9.41

Cooper

3.0

0

15

0

0

0

5



 

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 10:58

Mine Blast Kills Eight Civilian In Helmand

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Lashkarga (BNA) At least eight civilians were killed in a roadside mine blast in Helmand province this afternoon.
The blast took place at 1:00pm this noon in the square of Rege area of Marja district.
According to the reports, the explosion happened while a Town-Ace car hit with a roadside mine.
Dawod Ahmadi, spokesman of Helmand governor told this news agency, eight civilians have been killed in this incident.
Ahmadi called Taliban the responsible of this event.
Eyewitnesses said, the explosion was too heavy that the bodies of the killed persons are not identifiable.
T. Rateb

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) At a meeting held by the Afghanistan’s Journalist Council to celebrate March 8, the international women day, the message of the minister of women affairs was read out following which, Deputy Information and Culture Minister, Deen Mohammad Mubarez Rashedi spoke on the occasion and said the day was celebrated while in many parts of the country, the women had not information about the women solidarity day.”
They only get information about March 8, the international women day via the media, while Afghanistan had played significant role in development of the human civilization.” he said.
Likewise, pointing out to the women personality at the era of the holy Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), Deputy Information and Culture, Ghulam Nabi Farahi said that the women had taken part in different fields of education ,social economic, trade, cultural, etc and added that the holy Islam has highly regarded the women and paid high position to them.
He also said the women had enjoyed high and special position for the women.
Head and deputy journalist council of Afghanistan, Ahmad Ghaus Zalmai and Hafizullah Barekzai spoke over the issue in the meeting which concluded with 70 female journalists from state-run and private media and distributed awards and appreciate letters.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A number of donor organizations in a session held yesterday stressed on their cooperation with deputy minister of youth affairs for information and culture in various sectors.
The session which was held in deputy ministry youth affairs department, Temor Shah Ishaqzai, deputy minister of youth affairs for information and culture briefed related to a series of needs of the Afghan youth and said, “Based on survey done in 2008, nearly 68% of Afghan population are the youths, but the exact statistics hasn’t done yet.”
He said it has to be cleared how many youths are in the country? How many are going to school? How many girls and boys are in the country and how many are unemployed?
Pointing out related to a series of the Afghan youth problems, Ishaqzai asked the organizations to keep their cooperation with deputy minister of youth affairs in this regard.
In the session, representatives of the organizations emphasized on continuation of their cooperation with the deputy ministry of youth affairs for information and culture.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 09:07

Explosion Occurs In Kandahar

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Kandahar (BNA) An explosion occurred few minutes ago in Kandahar province today. 
Jaweed Faisal Medias in charge of Kandahar said to BNA, this explosion took place near the public health Dept. of that province. 
Still it is not clear that this event was suicide attack or explosion. 
Jawed Faisal has not said any report about tentative casualties and situation of this event. 
Details of the event will publish later. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 08:54

Panetta arrived Afghanistan

Wednesday 14 March 2012,

(BNA)

 

BASTION AIRFIELD: US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived on an unannounced two-day visit to Afghanistan on Wednesday, as the United States tries to contain fallout from a massacre of 16 Afghan civilians by an American soldier.

Panetta’s visit had been scheduled before Sunday’s shooting rampage, but it takes on new meaning as political pressure mounts on Afghan and US officials over the unpopular war, now dragging into its eleventh year.

Panetta was scheduled to hold talks with Afghan leaders including President Hamid Karzai, as well as provincial officials in southern Helmand province during the visit

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A national trader of Panjshir has assisted nearly $ 500,000 to provincial directorate of education for Panjshir. 
According to Abdul Muqim Halimi, provincial directorate of education, the amount will be spent for capacity building of teachers in Panjshir province. 
He added it is determined that special courses of math, physics, biology, chemistry, geometry and trigonometry are to be held for students of grades 10th, 11th, and 12th in all schools of the province, saying a special entry test preparation classes are also to be held for those students who are in grade 12th. 
He said for addressing to lack of professional teachers, new professional teachers are to be hired and provided with high salaries. 
While appreciating the national trader for his assistance, provincial director of education said, “The amount will be spent in launching seminars, workshops, all learning programs, providing equipments and computer tools for schools in the province.”

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili chaired a meeting of the economic committee of the council of ministers. 
The meeting discussed the issues pertaining to the Kabul Bank and resuming the activity of the sugar factory of northern Baghlan provinces. 
Minister of Finance and the Afghanistan Bank presented their work reports. 
The finance minister said that so far efforts has been made for follow up of misuse of and transfer of properties of perpetrators to the Kabul Bank. 
The meeting thoroughly discussed the measures achieved so far in addressing the process of follow up of Kabul Bank issues. 
The committee considering massive misuse from the public assets and the losses from this emphasized that these issues should be precisely and assessed by the government and legal actions should be taken against the perpetrators. 
The economic committee considered follow up of this issue a necessity and advanced specific proposals for acceleration of the process of assessments including forming of a specialized court to the president and the council of ministers. 
In another part of this meeting the proposal of the ministry of agriculture and irrigation on continued activity of the new sugar company of Baghlan considering some considerations was adopted by the meeting of the committee. 
The meeting decided that the dissolving of the new sugar company should be prevented and the program for cultivation of sugar beet for 1391 should start as soon as possible and that the shares of German companies of DEG and KWS is delivered to the ministry of agriculture. 
The committee also instructed the ministry of finance to facilitate employment of the Chairman of Board of Directors, accountant and a technical officer for carrying the activities of the factory.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012 08:26

US drone strikes kill 15 in South Waziristan

Wednesday 14 March 2012,

(BNA) PESHAWAR: US drones killed at least 15 people in two attacks in different areas of South Waziristan, Pakistan officials sources said on Tuesday.

The first attack took place in the remote Drey Nishtar area of South Waziristan Agency when an unmanned aircraft fired missiles on a vehicle, as a result of which eight people were killed.

Seven more people were killed in a second US drone strike in Shawal area of South Waziristan.

Pakistan has long been publicly opposing the US drone strikes, saying the strikes proved counter-productive in the war on terror.

Relations between both the countries dipped to new low as a US cross border raid killed at least 26 Pakistani soldiers November last years.

Pakistan closed Nato supply routes and got vacated the Shamsi airbase, which experts had been used as a base for dangerous US drones, in the aftermath of the cross border raid.