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Monday, March 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan parliament approved the nine nominated minister in their today’s session.
Dr. Suraya Dalil winning 196 votes got the post of Public Health Minister.
Amirzai Sangin winning 184 votes got the post of Communication and Technology Minister.
Husan Bano Ghazanfar winning 190 votes selected as Minister of Women Affairs.
Hassa Abdullahi getting 196 votes became the Urban Minister.
Daoud Ali Najafi receiving 176 votes became the Transport and Aviation Minister.
Obaidullah Obaid winning 196 votes got the post of Higher Education Minister.
Mohammad Ismail Khan winning 176 votes got the post of Water and Energy Minister.
Najibullah Awazhang getting 207 votes became the Minister of Public Works, and
Wasi Barmak getting 212 votes got the post of Rural Development Minister.
In a several days process, the MPs questioned the candidate ministers and the mentioned ministers also explained their working programs of their ministries.
115 “yes” votes was the need of each candidate to get the position.
In this round two new ministers are women.
T. Rateb

Monday, March 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The 16 years Cricket National Team of Afghanistan in Thailand Cup competition defeated Bhutan National Team.  
Fareed Ahmad Hotak press in charge of Cricket Board said to BNA. 
This competition carried out yesterday, at the first Afghan Cricket Team started play, and defeated 5 players of Bhutan team. 
This competition launched between six countries in Thailand. It is the second round that Afghanistan won and it is due that the 3rd round of the game will be with UAE team. 
Nasimullah Danesh executive board of Cricket said that we are happy that now our team carried out two competitions and succeeded and we hope our Cricket National Team win these competitions. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, March 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A number of textbooks of ministry of education have been taken to the country from Karachi port. 
According to Abdul Saboor Ghufrani, an official for the ministry of education, the books had been suspended in Karachi port were allowed by to be taken into the country. 
He added a number of the books have been taken to the country and their distribution is under way in various provinces of the country. 
Ghufrani added transition of the books from Karachi port is continuing and the ministry of education is trying to complete the transition process of the books before the new solar year. 
Nearly 77 containers of textbooks had recently been stopped by Pakistan government. 
The sent books included 7.5 million textbooks for Afghan students grading 10th, 11th and 12th were printed in UAE by US for ministry of education and taken to the country through Karachi port.

Monday, March 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA)  It is determined that Wahid Qasimi, a famous singer of the country  along with a number of local singers will soon perform a concert titled “Our voice for peace” here in Kabul. 
The concert has been initiated by Wahid Qasimi with close cooperation of information and culture ministry. 
The concert which will be attended by a number of local singers from Herat, Budghis, Bamyan, Nangarhar and Badakhshan will be held on Friday in Kabul. 
Jalal Noorani, advisor of ministry of information and culture in a meeting with participants of the concert talked about the ministry’s efforts towards improvement of Afghan music and informed the singers of the start of a new program by the ministry, adding for launching the program. An envoy will travel soon around the country to gather the country’s local singers. 
Related to aim of the concert, Wahid Qasimi said, “The concert aims to encourage the people of Afghanistan towards peace.” 
He added he planned to perform such concerts in other provinces of the country.

Monday, March 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, its speaker the House of people initially debated a series of traffic problems, shortages in extraction of mines and increased addicts in the country. 
The deputies also criticized the assertions of Azizullah Ludeen chairman of the high administration for struggle against corruption and considered them as irresponsible and asked for legal pursuance of this issue. 
As per the agenda, candidate minister of energy and water Mohammad Ismayel, Daud Najafi candidate minister for transport and civil aviation, Dr. Suraya Dalili candidate minister for health and Amirzai Sangeen candidate minister for communication and information technology presented their work programs which were debated by the deputies. 
At the commission on safety, remunerations and rights of deputies led by Sharifullah Kamawal while Dr. Sayed Makhdom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture and in charges of the National Radio-TV network, Noor in and TV 1. 
I were present, the in charge of the TV 1, shed light on the news as if Sedeeq Mubarez a member of the House of People during an official trip to a foreign country has asked asylum and for eight months she is not attending the meetings of the House of People, and while apologizing for this news he assured the deputies that this will not be repeated. 
The publication of the Noorin TV that is disrespecting the deputies was also discussed. 
It was decided that if this commission find out that after this decision any of the TV stations carry on disrespecting publications and it harms the dignity of personalities and the accepted traditions of the country legal action will be taken against them. 
The commission asked the Minister of Information and Culture as well that in case of violation the media’s work permit should be taken back from them.

Monday, March 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Pakistan says that it is committed in cooperation with the government of Afghanistan in the peace process and this will take place in appropriate time. 
Yusuf Raza Gailani Prime Minister of Pakistan after last month’s visit of President Karzai to Pakistan had asked the Taliban to join the Afghan peace process. 
Abdul Baset spokesperson of Pakistan Foreign Ministry told the media that Pakistan will not refrain from any cooperation in the Afghan peace process. 
He stressed further that in his view the demand made from the Taliban by the Pakistan Prime Minister last month, has been under consideration of all Afghan groups and they will specify their policy and this will bear good results indeed. 
Asked whether Pakistan will ensure access of Kabul to some of the Taliban leaders imprisoned in Pakistan, he replied that those issues that are close to realities and is at our disposal will be realized, as we do not reject such requests, and we want to play our role in all the process of the peace in Afghanistan and no impediment will come in this respect. 
He noted that Pakistan does not want that Afghanistan is engulfed in a domestic war similar to 1990. 
These are stated at a time that Afghanistan consider the role of Islamabad in the peace process as very important and awaits practical steps of Pakistan authorities on this direction.

Monday 05 March,

WAS HINGTON: U.S. President Barack Obama warned on Sunday against "loose talk" of a war with Iran ahead of a crucial meeting where he plans to press Israel's prime minister to avoid a premature strike on the Islamic Republic's nuclear facilities.

Obama, who will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for talks at the White House on Monday, pledged his staunch support for the Jewish state and said military action remained an option to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

But in a speech to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC, Obama called for more time to allow international sanctions to work and said they were having an effect in pressuring Iran.

Amid speculation that Israeli might move on its own to strike Iran's nuclear facilities, Obama said too much talk of war could be counterproductive.

"I would ask that we all remember the weightiness of these issues; the stakes involved for Israel, for America, and for the world. Already, there is too much loose talk of war," Obama said, adding that such talk was benefiting Tehran because it was leading to higher prices for Iranian-produced oil.

Obama last week issued his most direct threat yet of U.S. military action against Iran, saying in an interview with the Atlantic magazine, "I don't bluff."

However, as he did in the AIPAC speech, Obama argued in the interview for focusing on sanctions as the course of action with the most likely chance of success

Sunday 05 March

(BNA) ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has successfully test fired ballistic missile Hatf II, Geo News reported Monday.

According to a statement issued by Inter Services Public relations (ISPR), Pakistan had successfully test fired a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying atomic warheads.

The Hatf II (Abdali) has a range of 180 kilometres (113 miles) and carries nuclear as well as conventional warheads with "high accuracy", the military said in a statement.

"It provides an operational level capability to Pakistan's strategic forces, additional to the strategic and tactical level capability which Pakistan already possesses," the statement said.
 

Monday, 05 March 2012 07:25

TTP removes Maulvi Faqir as deputy chief

Sunday 05 March,

 

PESHAWAR: The Hakimullah Mahsud-led Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on Sunday announced the removal of prominent militant commander Maulvi Faqir Mohammad hailing from Bajaur as the deputy head of the network.

“The TTP shura met with its central ameer Hakimullah Mahsud in the chair. It felt that the organisation no more required the role of Maulvi Faqir Mohammad as naib ameer. From today, he will be considered a common fighter and will no longer enjoy the status of TTP deputy chief,” TTP spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan said. In a phone call from an undisclosed location, the spokesman didn't mention the reasons that prompted the TTP leadership to take back the status of deputy chief from Maulvi Faqir Mohammad.

Asked if Maulvi Faqir has been expelled from the TTP, he said: ìHe will remain part of the TTP but will work as a common fighter.î Maulvi Faqir Mohammad was made deputy chief of the TTP when almost all militant groups from the seven tribal regions and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa engaged in fighting against Pakistani security forces formed an umbrella organisation, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), in South Waziristan on December 14, 2007. Baitullah Mahsud was the founding leader of the network and headed the organisation till his assassination in a US drone attack on August 5, 2008

Monday, March 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Fazul Hadi Muslimyar the speaker of the senate, heard the report of the national disaster preparedness committee. 
The deputies expressed concern that heavy snowfalls in the country may cause rise of water in summer and asked the committee to adopt precautionary measures for prevention of floods and other natural disasters. 
The commissions’ chairmen noted the problems of the affected people in snowfalls and asked the ministry of public works to facilitate cleaning of roads and expressed concern that there is possibility for heavy floods this year and the committee has to take precautionary measures in advance. 
Meanwhile, some of the senators raised the problems in their constituencies adding that some people lost their lives and others sustained material losses while others were engulfed in snow and these need immediate address by the disaster committee. 
The senators also complained over embezzlement of money allocated for cleaning of snow including in the Zabul province adding that the cleaning process were contracted without bidding and the powerful usurped the privilege and in some cases even contracts were not concluded.