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Tuesday, 07 February 2012 11:01

Arm Insurgents Killed In Ghazni Clash

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Two armed insurgents were killed in clash by national army forces in Ghazni province. 
National defense ministry press office confirmed that national army forces clashed with a group of armed insurgents attributed to Taliban in Abdul Rahman Oil Tank area in Qarabagh district of Ghazni province.
In this clash two Taliban insurgents were killed and two others were injured and a number of arms and different types of mines were seized by national army forces. 
In other operation of national army forces which was conducted in Arzokeli of Ander district of Ghazni province, a quantity of explosive device and heavy arms and ammunitions were seized by these forces. 
Press sources of Tander 203 army crops said that in these two clashes, the national army soldiers had no casualties. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Maimana (BNA) As a result of snowfall and cold storm in Kohistanat district of Faryab province, two shepherds were killed and 1000 cattle perished. 
This is in a time that as a result of snowfall, the transportation roads of Kohistanat villages closed. 
Deputy of Kohistanat people at Faryab provincial council,  Muhebullah said that last Sunday, as a result of snowfall and cold weather, two shepherds were killed and 1000 cattle were perished. 
According to Faryab governor, the road of Kohistanat district is very impracticable and reopening of this road is impossible till the end of next April. 
He said at Counter Disaster Management Authority’s store, food items and fodder is existed and in the near future, the vulnerable people of Kohistanat district would receive relief items through air. 
The Kohistanat district is located in 90km South of Maimana, the capital city of Faryab that is mountainous and its road is impracticable.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The members of the social, cultural trust association met with Second Vice-President Mohammad Karim Khalili yesterday. 
The association is composed of youth, students of some Kabul schools who shared their problems with Khalili. 
According to the members of this association due to accumulation of addicts in different regions of Kabul including Khair Khana, Murad Khani especially in Puli Sokhta has polluted the youth to addiction and this has to be resolved by the government. 
The association also expressed its concern over difficulties that the students of universities are facing in employment in government departments. 
According to them the related organs are not paying attention towards scientific and academic standards in proving scholarship to the students of Kabul and provinces. 
They asked government attention towards resolving of their problems. 
Khalili expressed pleasure over meeting them and emphasized on capacitating the youth knowledge. 
He added that improving the skills of the youth can meet the requirements of the government departments. 
He anticipated a better future for Afghanistan due to the youth interest in getting higher education. 
As regards the addiction problems he said that the government has taken some measures in this respect but there is also need for people cooperation. 
He emphasized on prioritizing of qualifications in provision of scholarships and added that the government focuses attention in this respect so that justice is practiced in this respect.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The committee for organizing music festival was chaired by Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and culture. 
At this meeting discussions took place on the resolution of the musical seminar and festival and it was decided that the Associations of National Music of Afghanistan in order to ensure improvement in musical growth and defense of the rights of artists be established. 
The ministry also intends to collect local music of Afghanistan with the cooperation of the local and international foundations.

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 10:38

Bakwa District Cleared From Opponents

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Farah (BNA) Five government armed opponents were killed and nine others were nabbed during joint operations conducted by Afghan security forces and ISAF in Bakwa district of Farah province. 
This mopping-up operation which was began six days back ended Sunday. 
The security in charges said that as a result of this operation nine government opponents including two Pakistani nationals were arrested and their five others were killed. 
Now, this district is cleared from existence of opponents. Head of security department of Farah province said that during this operation, ten depots of explosive materials and weapons and three mines were captured by government forces. 
According to the source, during this operation, four national army soldiers and one police were also martyred. 
He added that during this operation, 280 kg opium seized by police and one man was arrested in this case. 
It is mentionable that Bakwa district is one of insecure districts of Farah and according to security authorities, the security situation improved in this district.

Tuesday, 07 February 2012 10:36

Ten Persons Accused To Theft Arrested

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Qalat (BNA) Zabul security in charges said that in two separate events, they arrested ten people accused to theft including a police officer. 
Col. Ghulam Jailani Farahi Zabul security commander said that Sunday night he arrested eight men in related areas of Qalat city. 
The arrested men have theft three ISAF’s tankers. He added that two tankers full of oil also have been recaptured. 
According to Farahi, on the same night two people including a police who were stealing house hold were also nabbed.

Tuesday, February 07, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai chaired the plenary session of the council of ministers at the presidential palace yesterday. 
Initially the CM heard a report by the minister of labor, social affairs, martyrs and disabled on pending salaries of the martyrs families of national police advised the ministries of interior, and finance to resolve the problems and report back on its performance to the National Security council Sunday. 
Minister of agriculture and irrigation and acting minister of higher education were instructed to select the candidates of agriculture’s sector for scholarships of Masters and PhD degrees to India. 
The ministry was also assigned to carry on talks with the Sri Lanka. 
Thailand and other countries on training of Afghan students. 
Acting minister of justice presented the draft of the criminal code in 4 chapters and 382 articles prepared by the Institute of law-making of justice ministry. 
The CM confirmed the draft law. The acting minister also presented the draft law on structure and authorities of the attorney general office adding that this draft law has been prepared in accordance with the provision of article 134 of constitutions of Afghanistan in 8 chapters and 42 articles. 
The CM considered that since the article 32 of this law is also incorporated in the law of civil services it requires that article 15 of this law and its phrase 2 is added in the following manner. 
The attorney excepting the phrase 2 of article 3 of the law, cannot supervise the affairs pertaining to the ministries and government departments. 
The draft law was also confirmed by the CM and it will be referred to the justice ministry and then to the national assembly by the state ministry for parliamentary affairs. 
In another part of the CM meeting Kabul municipality by explaining the construction of 23 recreation parks in the Kabul city expressed its concerns over continued destruction of the historic walls of Sher Darwaza of Kabul city. 
The CM advised Kabul municipality in order to ensure greenery of the residential area carry on the sapling planting plan in the varying parts of the Kabul city. 
The CM also on the basis of proposal of ministry of information and culture the responsibility of commission for rehabilitation of the old city was delivered to the Kabul municipality. 
The CM instructed the ministry of defense to deliver the Kabul Bala Hissar to the Ministry of information and culture and the latter should incorporate the Bala Iissar and Sher Dawaaza wall into its development plan. 
The CM also instructed the ministry of interior to ensure full security of the Machalgho9 Dam of Paktia and report of its accomplishments to the coming CM meeting. 
The ministry of defense presented a report on transfer of prisoners from the Bagram prison to Puli Charkhi prison and the ministry was advised to prepare a detailed report on the coming Thursday to the Judicial meeting. 
Minister of agriculture and irrigation received instruction that in two weeks time report to the CM on the transport of food and animal fodder to the provinces and districts in the country. 
Minister of public works apprised the CM on its activities and problems in relations to the Doshi-Pul-i-Khumri, Sorobi, Kapisa, Maidan-Wardak, Bamyan and circular road of Badghis and the CM instructed the finance ministry and the public works to resolve the problems of the above projects and start work on them and ensure their maintenance accordingly. 
The ministries of rehabilitation and rural development and finance were instructed to finalize the contract pertaining to the potable water provision for Nimrooz. 
Acting minister of public health informed the CM on the spread of pneumonia and measles among the children in some parts of the country due to air pollution and the CM advised it to undertake preventive measures in this respect. 
There international conventions were presented by foreign minister which were confirmed by the CM accordingly.

Monday, 06 February 2012 16:17

Death toll from Europe cold snap passes 300

Kabul ,Monday 5 February

(BNA The deadly cold snap that has gripped Europe for more than a week wrought more havoc across the continent Sunday, straining emergency services, grounding flights and pushing the death toll past 300.

The homeless population has borne the brunt of the suffering, with dozens of transients freezing to death in unheated apartments, fire escapes or in makeshift street shelters.

French authorities on Sunday found the body of a homeless man who had frozen to death, bringing to at least 306 the number of cold-related deaths reported across Europe.

With night-time temperatures plunging as low as minus 40 Celsius (minus 40 Fahrenheit) in Finland, the grim winter toll also rose in other countries.

Italy, Poland and Ukraine all recorded more deaths.

Ukraine announced another nine deaths, bring their total to 131 - most of them homeless people who perished on the streets since the freeze started nine days ago, Ukraine's emergencies ministry said.

Some 1,800 people had been hospitalised, and 75,000 people had sought warmth and food in over 3,000 shelters across Ukraine.

The bitter cold front has engulfed much of Europe and even crossed the Mediterranean into north Africa, where as many as 16 people were killed on Algeria's snow-slicked roads or in other weather-related accidents

Kabul ,Monday 5 February


The United States announced on Monday it was closing its embassy in Syria due to the worsening security situation, further isolating Damascus over its bloody crackdown on anti-government protests.

The State Department said in a statement that the embassy had suspended operations and that U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, and all embassy personnel had departed the country

Kabul ,Monday 5 February

(BNA) Pakisatn  Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani arrived Qater  on Monday to hold talks with the leadership of Gulf state aimed at further strengthening ties in multiple areas.

The prime minister was accompanied by Minister for Foreign Affairs Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Dr Asim Hussain, Minister for Technical and Vocational Education Riaz Hussain Pirzada and Member of the National Assembly Muneer Aurakzai.

Soon after arrival, Gilani and his entourage left for the Amiri Diwan - the office of Qatar's Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor Al Thani, to hold talks.

PM Gilani's visit is aimed at strengthening ties with the Gulf state in multiple areas including import of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) to meet the country's energy demands.

He will also discuss with the Qatari leadership the issue of finalization of transnational formalities to import LNG at the earliest, a Foreign Office official said.

Pakistan is interested in importing 500 million cubic feet per day of LNG from Qatar that produces 77 million tonnes per annum of LNG. The imported LNG will be initially provided to the power houses in the country to generate 2,500 megawatt electricity.

The two governments are likely to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and Qatar's Ministry of Energy.

The official said the prime minister will take up the matter of absorbing Pakistani skilled labour in Qatar. The demand of two million work force is anticipated for Qatar's various infrastructure projects for holding FIFA 2022 World Cup in Doha, he said.

Gilani will hold separate meetings with the Chief Executive Officer of Qatar Diar Real Estate Investors and the representatives of Qatari Business Association.

He will address the Pakistani community living in Qatar and attend a prize distribution ceremony at Pakistan Education Centre. About 87,000 Pakistanis comprise 33 percent of the Qatar's population.

Pakistan's exports to Qatar mainly comprise food and agriculture products dominated by rice and meat, while the imports are petrochemicals. The remittances from Qatar increased by US $ 354 million in 2010 as compared to US $ 339.51 million in 2009.