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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:08

Tsunami warning issued to 28 countries

Wednesday 11 April 2012,

BANDA ACEH: A massive earthquake off Indonesia's western coast triggered a tsunami watch for countries across the Indian Ocean on Wednesday, clogging streets with traffic as residents fled to high ground in cars and on the backs of motorcycles.

Two hours after the quake hit, however, there was no sign of the feared wave. Damage also appeared to be minimal.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the 8.6-magnitude quake was centered 20 miles (33 kilometers) beneath the ocean floor around 269 miles (434 kilometers) from Aceh province.

"It wasn't the strongest quake I've felt," said 22-year-old Tuti Rahmi, while trying to reach her brother by phone from Banda Aceh, people around her crying and screaming as they poured from their homes.

"But it seemed to last forever," she said, adding the ground shook for nearly four minutes.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said a tsunami watch was in effect for Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, the Maldives and other Indian Ocean islands, Malaysia, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Iran, Bangladesh, Kenya, South Africa and Singapore.

But hours later, the threat appeared to have passed.

Roger Musson, seismologist at the British geological survey who has studied Sumatra's fault lines, says the temblor was a strike-slip quake, not a thrust quake, which causes the sea bed to flip up.

"When I first saw this was an 8.7 near Sumatra, I was fearing the worst," he said, noting one of the initial reported magnitudes for the quake. "But as soon as I discovered what type of earthquake it was, then I felt a lot better."

The tremor was felt in Malaysia, where it caused high-rise buildings to shake for about a minute, and in Singapore, Thailand, Bangladesh and India.

There was chaos in the streets of Aceh, where memories of a 2004 tsunami that killed 170,000 people in the province alone, are still raw.

Patients poured out of hospitals, some with drips still attached to their arms. In some places, electricity was briefly cut.

Hours after the temblor, people were still standing outside their homes and offices, afraid to go back inside.

There were several strong aftershocks.

"I was in the shower on the fifth floor of my hotel," Timbang Pangaribuan told El Shinta radio from the city of Medan. "We all ran out. ... We're all standing outside now."

He said one guest was injured when he jumped from the window of his room.

Thailand's National Disaster Warning Center issued an evacuation order to residents in six provinces along the country's west coast, including the popular tourist destinations of Phuket, Krabi and Phang-Nga.

India's Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for parts of the eastern Andaman and Nicobar islands. In Tamil Nadu in southern India, police cordoned off the beach and used loudspeakers to warn people to leave the area.

Satheesh Shenoi, director of the Indian National Center for Ocean information Services, said the chance of a tsunami was diminishing.

"There are no indications of tsunami wave; the instruments are not showing any sea level change," he said.

The quake was felt in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where many people in the city's commercial Motijheel district left their offices and homes in panic and ran into the streets. No damage or causalities were reported.

In Male, the capital of the Maldives, buildings were evacuated.

Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that makes the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.

A giant 9.1-magnitude quake off the country on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, most of them in Aceh

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:04

Three Taliban Insurgents Killed In Jouzjan

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Sheberghan (BNA) Three Taliban insurgents were killed and quantities of arms were seized in a special operation of personnel of national security in Jouzjan province last night. 
Head of national security directorate of Jouzjan said to BNA, this operation carried out in Khwaja Borhan and Blank-Ghoor area in suburb of Sheberghan city, two motorbikes and quantities of arms and explosive materials were seized by these forces. 
It is said that the militias were belonged to Commander Toran Amrullah who disturb normal lives of people in that province. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:03

Irrigation Network To Be Construct In Zaranj

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The irrigation network of Zaranj city of Nimroz province will be constructed by Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry at the cost of 12 million dollars. 
With completion of this project, the problem of more than 120,000 families will be solved from shortage of potable water in the city and neighboring villages. 
BNA reporter reported, Wais Ahmad Barmak Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry in signing of the contract said according to this contract, 12 million dollars from budget of rural rehabilitation and development ministry will be used in potable water and irrigational projects for residents of Zaranj city and neighboring villages of that province. 
The work of this project will be completed within 18 months. 
At the first round seven water deep wells will dig  in Qala-i-Fatha area, Charborjak district and in the second round, the water of wells through networks will send to Zaranj city and neighboring village. 
Barmak said that during last 10 years, 20 per cent of people have been benefited from potable water and efforts are underway that more than 50 per cent of people get potable water till 5 next years. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:55

Clinton says no 'new Cold War' in Asia

Wednesday 11 April 2012,

ANNAPOLIS: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday the United States was not seeking conflict with a rising China but urged emerging powers to act more "constructively" in the world.

As academics in China and elsewhere increasingly speak of US decline, Clinton offered a robust defense of the United States and said it still had the military power, innovative companies and core values to make it "exceptional."

But addressing aspiring military leaders at the US Naval Academy, Clinton said bluntly that 2012 "is not 1912, when friction between a declining Britain and a rising Germany set the stage for global conflict."

"We are not seeking new enemies. Today's China is not the Soviet Union. We are not on the brink of a new Cold War in Asia," Clinton told the academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

"A thriving China is good for America, and a thriving America is good for China -- so long as we both thrive in a way that contributes to the regional and global good," she said.

Clinton acknowledged concerns overseas about US intentions but denied that the United States was bent on "denying rising powers their fair share" or on bringing them into "a rigged system" designed to preserve US power.

But Clinton said that rising Asian powers -- naming China, India and Indonesia -- have been able to prosper thanks to an international system supported by the United States.

"Some of today's emerging powers in Asia and elsewhere act as selective stakeholders, picking and choosing when to participate constructively and when to stand apart from the international system," she said.

"While that may suit their interests in the short term, it will ultimately render the system that has helped them get to where they are today unworkable. And that would end up impoverishing everyone," Clinton said.

The United States has frequently voiced concern that China, despite its rising wealth and ambitions, has not taken the role of a leading power on tough issues such as North Korea, Iran and climate change.

Clinton conceded that many Americans faced "difficult" economic times but said that there was "simply no substitute" for the United States in Asia and around the world.

"Only the United States has the global reach, the resources and the resolve to deter aggression, rally coalitions and project stability into diverse and dynamic regions of danger, threat and opportunity," Clinton said.

"There is no real precedent in history for the role we play or the responsibility we have shouldered. And there is also no alternative," she said.

Echoing a frequent theme from President Barack Obama's administration, Clinton called for "strong rules and norms" globally and pledged an active US role in Asia's emerging institutions.

Clinton pointed to November's East Asia Summit in Bali, where Obama pushed forward discussion of the conflict-ridden South China Sea despite Beijing's hopes to keep the issue off the table.

"Trying to settle complex disputes like this bilaterally, one-on-one, was a recipe for confusion and even potentially confrontation," Clinton said, voicing support for the "peaceful resolution" of disputes.

Beijing and five other governments hold sometimes overlapping claims in the South China Sea, through which about half of the world's merchant fleet tonnage passes each year.

As Clinton was speaking, the Philippines, a US ally, said that its flagship navy vessel was involved in a standoff with two Chinese surveillance ships.

In a widely noted recent essay, Wang Jisi, one of China's top experts on the United States, said that Beijing's mistrust of Washington was deepening in part because of US involvement on the South China Sea and other issues in Asia

 

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:50

UN Office New Building Opens In Kandahar

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Kandahar (BNA) The UN Office new building was opened in Kandahar province. 
This building has been constructed with international standards in one storey at the cost of $ 4 and half million. 
In the inaugural ceremony of this building, the UN envoy for Afghanistan said that the UN committed continues cooperation with the people of Afghanistan. 
According to him although, the UN closed its offices in south provinces but it continued the assistances in those provinces.
In this ceremony, Toryalai Wesa, governor of Kandahar requested UN envoy for Afghanistan to assist Kandahar farmers in exporting of their productions abroad. 
According to the governor, finding markets for agricultural productions of Afghanistan in abroad opens the way for improvement of economic situation of people in the country. 
It is said that increasing of insecurity in the southern provinces is the main anxieties for UN officials and other government and non-governmental foundations. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

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, 11 April 2012 11:19

5 Taliban Insurgents Killed In Provinces

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Five armed Taliban were killed and 18 others were detained in operations of security forces which were conducted in the several provinces of the country yesterday. 
The Interior Ministry press office said to BNA, the security forces including police, in 24 last  hours conducted operations in  Kabul, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Helmand, Maidan-Wardak and Badakhshan provinces, killed five armed Taliban and detained 18 others. 
In these operations, the security forces seized light and heavy arms consists of 28 heavy arms, 6508 light weapons, 4 mines, 10 kg explosive materials, a suicide vest coat, a PK machine gun and rocket shells with a vehicle. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:09

Traffic Accident Martyrs 3 ANA In Nimrooz

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Three Afghan National Army soldiers were lost their lives in a traffic accident in Nimrooz province. 
According to national defense ministry press office, the vehicle of national army soldiers struck with a truck in Delaram district in which three national army soldiers were martyred. 
The reason of this accident has been declared carelessness of the two drivers. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:08

Afghanistan To Launch First Space Satellite

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s first ever space satellite will be installed within the next six months, an official said yesterday.
According to Afghan Minister of Communication and Information Technology Amir Zai Sangin who was briefing a press conference in Kabul, the new satellite would give Afghanistan a greater connection to the world.
It will also enable production of digital broadcasting for Afghan media a government priority, he added.
We will start the installation process of the satellite very soon.
It’s our priority to solve broadcasting issues and bring all our districts under coverage, “Sangin said.
He emphasized that the country was facing a shortage of frequencies for TV stations, but the new satellite would help resolve the problem once digital broadcasting was introduced.
The position of the satellite, expected to be in orbit within six months, will be 50 degrees east.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Lashkrgah (BNA) Nominated deputy governor of Taliban was arrested in Helmand province yesterday. 
Daud Ahmad spokesman of Helmand governor said to BNA, the nominated deputy governor of Taliban Sayed Ghulam has been arrested by security forces two days back from Kajaki district of Helmand province.
T. Suraya-Yarzada