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Tuesday, 22 November 2011 09:41

Mine Blast Martyrs Four Persons In Laghman

Laghman (BNA) Four persons were martyred and four others were wounded in a mine blast in Laghman province today.
Fazullah Patan spokesperson of Laghman governor told this news agency, a car on its way from Monogee district to Mihterlam city faced with a roadside mine which martyred four persons and injured four others.
The injured persons of this incident have been shifted to the civilian hospital of Mihterlam and the health condition of two injured reported serious, said the source.

Asadabad (BNA) The national army soldiers in Kunar province reported from killing of a commander with his 12 followers in that province yesterday. 
Lt. General Mohammad Nawab commander of 1st division of national army in Kunar province told to BNA, these militias were killed in air attack of ISAF forces in Kohistani area in Taglam area of Manogi district.  
Translated By Suraya-Yarzada

Kabul (BNA) Three middle schools changed to high schools in Kunduz province. 
According to education ministry press office, the Orta Boz meddle school, Neswan Markazi (central girls’ middle school) and Etihad meddle school of Qala-e-Za district of Kunduz province improved as per proposal  of education Dept. of that province and approving of education ministry to high schools. 
A function was held on this purpose, the in charge of education Dept., some state responsible and schools’ teachers gave information regarding education role and importance of improvement of middle schools to high schools and encouragement students to get knowledge. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Kabul (BNA) A workshop under the title of (teaching methods) was held for school teachers of Ghazni yesterday. 
According to education ministry press office to BNA, in this workshop, discussion will taken place regarding the new teaching methods. 
This workshop will be continued for 12 days, and has been launched with the cooperation of Pamlarena (Care) institution.
The participants of this workshop are school teachers from the center of Ghazni province. 
Translated By Suraya-Yarzada

Kabul (BNA) The foundation stone of a new building for Qala-e-Mirza high school was laid down by education in-charge of Nangarhar province yesterday. 
According to education ministry press office, the new building of the school will be constructed in two stories with the assistance of Japan JICA institution at the cost of $ 280,000. 
The school will have 12 classrooms, 4 administrative offices and other educational facilities.  
Translated By Suraya-Yarzada

Kabul (BNA) The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon in a telephone conversation with Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan congratulated successful conclusion work of traditional Loya Jirga yesterday evening. 
Ban Ki Moon, also discussed regarding the appointment of his new envoy with Hamid Karzai which the mission of Stephan Demistor special envoy will end soon as well in Afghanistan. 
In this telephonic conversation, the two sides agreed to visit and negotiate at the sideline of Bonn Conference. 
President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan expressed thank from telephonic conversation of Ban Ki Moon and his talks regarding appointment of his new envoy for Afghanistan and assured continuation of Afghanistan’s cooperation with UN. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Kandahar (BNA) Two finance in-charges of Taliban and a commander of them were detained in Zheri district of Kandahar province yesterday. 
According to press office of Kandahar security directorate, an operation carried out by police forces in Zheri district in Sanhari and Kandyali areas of that district.
Ferooz Jan and Abdullah two finance in-charges of Taliban and Abdul Khaliq a commander of that group were detained by police forces. 
In this operation, a quantity of arms and ammunition were seized by these forces, said the source. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, 22 November 2011 06:53

Afghanistan’s Population Reaches 26m

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s population has increased from 24.5 million to about 26 million, an official said, quoting figures from Central Statistics Organization CSO. 
In 2009, the country’s population stood at 24.5 million and reached 26 million in 2010, with 5.7 million people living in urban areas and the rest in countryside, the CSO chief told a news conference in Kabul. 
Abdul Rahman Ghafoori put the average population growth rate at 2.03 percent and the pregnancy rate at 6.3 percent. 
Most of the Kochis had given up their nomadic lifestyle and their population showed no considerable change, he said. 
Compared to other south Asian countries, the pregnancy rate remained high in Afghanistan, the official added. 
According to the statistics, 7.2 million students, 4.5 million of them boys, are enrolled in schools. 
Despite security problems in several parts of the country, the statistics were collected according to international standards, Ghafoori said. 
Qualified and experienced people were unwilling to work for the organization, because they were offered more rewarding jobs by foreign diplomatic missions and NGOs, he continued. 
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said in October the population growth in Afghanistan was 3.1 percent and life expectancy at birth both for males and females was 49 percent.

Kabul (BNA) Projects, including clean drinking water supply schemes and a road, have been completed in northern Jawzjan province, an official said on Monday. 
Implemented under the National Solidarity Program (NSP), the projects took six months to complete and would benefit around 1,600 families, Rural Rehabilitation and Development Director, Eng. Mohammad Yusuf Sayed, said. 
The projects included 336 water tanks, 5 wells, the graveling of a seven-kilometer road in Yaka Chenar, Khatai Sai and Amir Ali Sher Nawayi villages. 
Sayed said each water tank had the capacity of storing 6,000 liters of water. 
Akhtar Mohammad, a resident of Khatai Sai village, said 115 water tanks were constructed in their village, providing drinking water to 320 families.

Kabul (BNA) Flying in under the cloak of darkness, Afghan National Security Forces, along with American soldiers, conducted recently an air assault into the mountains of the Nader Shah Kot district. 
The combined force searched for weapon caches and suspected insurgents living in three villages located in the northern part of the district. 
Navigating through Ankle-breaking terrain, troops with 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division descended upon the first village at daybreak. 
Instead of anticipated hostility, Afghan villagers greeted them with welcoming smiles, tea and flatbread. 
Uniform Police and U.S troops discovered possible improvised explosive device-making material, along with small arms weapons in one of the houses. 
“The individual was one of the houses we were going to hit,” was reported.