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Saturday December 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Minister of Information and Culture Dr. Sayed Makhdom Raheen in his visit to Kandahar and meeting with the local people closely studied the status of the historical monuments in the province.
While Kandahar Governor Toryalai Wessa was accompanying him, Dr. Raheen visited Holy Kherqa and the tomb of Ahmad Shah Baba.
Assessing the status of the structures of these monuments Raheen said that soon technical personnel will visit Kandahar for assessment of the monuments status.
Dr. Raheen also saw 72 volumes of books said to be printed by the Ministry of Information and Culture and the Governor of Kandahar.
Touching on the cultural gains of the province, the governor of Kandahar told Dr. Raheen that currently Toloe Afghan is published with better materials and in color form and the National TV also has its publications from nine in the morning till the 11 pm.
Dr. Raheen also visited the museum, library, government printing press, and the exhibition of the works of information and culture department and appreciated the efforts of local government in construction of the establishments.
Dr. Raheen also appreciated the contributions of the national traders of Kandahar in development of culture in the province and expressed the hope that national traders in all provinces especially where the needs is felt cooperate in this respect.
Dr. Raheen also went to the old city of Kandahar and visited the historic monuments there, including the Qasre Narenj that is the most ancient and an important works of the Ghaznavid era that unfortunately parts of its grounds are usurped illegally.
The structure of this monument has become decadent.
Dr.Raheen said that soon a delegation of the ministry will visit the province to assess repairing of the monuments.
He hoped that through attaining of assistance from the international community these monuments are repaired which are the identity of history of Afghanistan and these are repaired.
Reports adds that presently some people are using the bricks and soil of the Qasre Narenj and Dr. Raheen asked the local authorities prevent further destructions of the monuments in Kandahar.
He also asked the people of Kandahar to prepare the ground for preservation of their historic relics and monuments.
Dr. Raheen attended a press conference in Kandahar and answered the questions of reporters.
He called the gains of the local organs as in areas of freedom of speech as outstanding but expressed concern over the status of historical monuments in the province.
He promised the people of Kandahar that with attaining of support from the international community reparation of historical monuments will be undertaken in the province.
According to another report, Dr. Raheen visited the establishments of Radio-TV, BNA and the library of the Radio-TV and expressed satisfaction over their activities.
He also visited the religious shrine of Babae Wali and assessed the status of the shrine.

Saturday December 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Karim Khalili chaired the meeting of the High Council of Standards.
Initially Khalili briefed the participants on the importance of standards in the country and emphasized on raising the capacities towards implementing national standards.
The chairman of the high council of standards reported on the activities of the standards and added that the process for execution of the national standards is continued by its technical committee and so far 240 drafts of standards have been prepared.
He also informed the meeting of Afghanistan’s membership at the SMIIC that is functioning in the framework of the Islamic countries.
He said that Afghanistan’s membership at this institute will bring about further coordination in the standards administration with the similar sources in Islamic countries.
He added an agreement has been signed with the Turkish institute of standards which will help further expansion of cooperation and sharing of experience between the two institutions.
He noted that training workshops in the sphere of electricity medicine has been organized with the participation of representatives of related organs and the private sector.
Meanwhile, the draft of highways codes and the design of bridges were taken up at this meeting and according to the deputy technical head of the standards that the codes have been prepared from international sources and considering the geographical economic, transport and land of the country.
The meeting confirmed the draft of the codes.
Also 33 draft standards in food, medicine, electricity and electrical appliances and fabrics were also discussed and was adopted by the participants.
The forces technical regulations of food was also discussed and was confirmed by the meeting and it was decided that the draft be referred to the Council of Ministers for approval.

Saturday, 29 December 2012 10:18

France To Issue Residence Visa To Some Afghans

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The France interior ministry has announce to grant visa to some Afghans who had worked with French bodies in Afghanistan.
The decision has been taken in the wake of French forces pullout from Afghanistan.
French interior ministry said those Afghans who had worked with French bodies in Afghanistan and fell their lives are at risk would have French citizenship and in the first phase some 80 Afghans would enjoy the privilege.
Previously, US, Canada, Australia and some more countries had given such privilege to those Afghans who served with their soldiers in Afghanistan.

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The deputy to ministry of information and culture Sayed Musadiq Khalili has said since 2009 the Afghan archeologists in coordination with foreign experts have been working in Misi Aynak area of Aynak Copper Mine in Logar to safeguard artifacts and shift them to the national museum in Kabul.
He also noted that there is giant stupa of Buddha and the authorities are trying to take them to other place very safely.
He also said that Afghanistan in addition to safeguarding its historic monuments would also try to explore its minerals and underground treasures to build its economy.
He made this remarks in the wake of a report released by the New York Times recently which stated that.” Afghanistan government for its short term income victimizes its cultural heritage”, BNA reported, citing the New York Times.
The New York Times, according to BNA, had also written that China is destroying the center of Buddhism civilization in Aynal and Washington which had condemned the destruction of giant Buddhas by Taliban is simply looking at, BNA added.” Afghanistan in addition to safeguard its historic monuments would also try to explore its minerals and underground treasures to build its economy,” quoted Musadiq Khalili BNA as saying.
He also stated that Afghanistan besides safeguarding its historic sites would also explore its minerals for improving its economic conditions.

Saturday, 29 December 2012 08:12

Cough Syrup Kills 15 In Gujranwala: Report

Saturday, December 29, 2012
LAHORE (BNA) With medicines-related tragedies continuing to occur in Punjab, 15 residents of Gujranwala died on Wednesday and Thursday after consuming a cough syrup.
A report sent to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif by Health Secretary Arif Nadeem on Friday said the ‘killer drug’ had been identified as Dextromethorphan cough syrup manufactured and distributed by Lahore-based Ethical Laboratories (Pvt).
It said the deaths resembled those taking place last month. This was the third case involving deaths caused by drugs’ reaction in Punjab this year.
In January, over 150 cardiac patients died when they consumed free medicines provided by the Punjab Institute of Cardiology. The provincial government ordered an inquiry into the incident but neither made its report public nor took action against anyone.
A similar incident occurred in November when 19 drug addicts lost their lives after consuming a cough syrup. And an inquiry into the tragedy met the same fate.
In the initial inquiry, Tyno cough syrup, manufactured and distributed by Reko Pharma of Lahore, was held responsible for the deaths that took place in Shahdara area of Lahore.
In the latest report, the health secretary said an excessive dose of active ingredient Dextromethorphan had claimed the lives of 15 people this week and of 19 persons in November.
Both the ‘killer syrups’ contained the ingredient, the report said, and urged the government to focus investigations on the ‘source’ of the ingredient which might have been adulterated or otherwise substandard.
The report said the ingredient was imported from two countries — China and India — to manufacture cough syrups in Punjab and other parts of the country. In his initial findings, the health secretary claimed that the 15 victims were drug addicts.
Compiled on the basis of data collected by the commissioner of Gujranwala and the executive district officer (health) of Lahore, the report said the condition of 34 people deteriorated after they consumed Dextromethorphan cough syrup in Gujranwala. They were rushed to local
hospitals from where 10 of them were referred to Mayo Hospital in Lahore.
Thirteen of them died in Gujranwala and two in Lahore. The organs of the three victims had been sent for chemical and pathological analysis after post-mortem of their bodies, it added.

Saturday, December 29, 2012
MIRANSHAH(BNA) US drones targeting a suspected militant compound on Friday killed four people in Pakistan’s restive tribal region near the Afghan border, security officials said.
The attack took place in Gurbuz town, 65 kilometres southwest of Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district, a security official said.
“The drones fired two missiles on a house believed to be a militant centre. Four militants were killed and two injured,” he said.
Another official said eight missiles hit the house and the bodies were burnt beyond recognition.
“We have no information about the identity of those killed in the missile strike,” the official said.
A security official in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar confirmed the toll.
Gurbuz lies at Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan in a remote mountainous area which is currently facing severe winter cold, he said, adding that a number of militant groups have hideouts in the area.
Attacks by unmanned US aircraft remain contentious and are deeply unpopular in Pakistan, which says they violate its sovereignty and fan anti-US sentiment, but American officials are said to believe they are too important to give up.
A report commissioned by legal lobby group Reprieve in September estimated that between 474 to 881 civilians were among 2,562 to 3,325 people killed by drones in Pakistan between June 2004 and September 2012.

Saturday, 29 December 2012 06:38

ANA Strength Reaches 195,000 In 2012

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Defense minister spokesman Zahir Azimi said yesterday that the strength of Afghanistan national army had reach 195,000 in 2012.
The troops, he added had been equipped with advanced US mad armored personnel carrier MSFV and the efforts are underway to equip the air force of the country.
In last year, the national army had led 80 percent of the operations and in 2012 the national army had resumed the responsibility for conducting night operations and Afghan women soldiers search Afghan suspected women during the operation without involving foreigners, he added.
Azimi also added that Bagram prison is under Afghan army control and the security transition process in on track, adding 75 percent of the people of Afghanistan has been covered by Afghan national army and the security has been improved in that areas.
Thousands of operational had been conducted last year during which thousands of enemies had been killed, detained or injured.
Azimi also admitted that 1056 personnel of national army had been martyred throughout 2012 and 75 percent of them due to mine blasts.
He also said some 50,000 foreign soldiers have left Afghanistan.

Saturday, 29 December 2012 06:37

Salang Pass Is Open

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Salang pass is open for traffic, General Rajab said yesterday.
He also added that even though the snowfall is continuing department have been working hard to keep the essential pass open for traffic.
Meantime, he noted that long trucks are not allowed to pass Salang.

Saturday, 29 December 2012 06:36

Soviet Union of Invasion Condemned

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The military occupation of Afghanistan by the former Soviet Union and its Red Army I 6th Jadi 1358 or 27th December 1979 was strongly condemned yesterday.
In a meeting organized by the Buniad Azadagan Islami Afghanistan in the conference hall of the ministry for information and culture, the speakers condemned the invasion.
Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal the minister for economy, well known philosopher Mohammad Sediq Afghan, Anayatullah Shadab and head of Afghan Red Crescent society Fatana Giliani in their speeches besides denouncing the invasion called for unity among the Afghans.
The also noted that the reason for defeating the ex-former Soviet Union was Mujahidin believe in God and strong resistance of Afghanistan nation.

Saturday, 29 December 2012 06:33

Abdul Wahid Rushta Passes Away

Saturday, December 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A cultural personality Abdul Wahid Rushta passed away in Badakhshan yesterday.
He was 95. He had written 45,000 poems.
In his condolence message the minister of information and culture Dr. Sayed Makhdom Raheen described Rushta’s death as great loss in the field of literature and expressing sympathy with the family and friends of late Rushta.
His body will be laid to rest in Faizabad.