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Monday, January 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Chairman of Asian Bank and western bank met with Mince minister and promised their further assistances for development of gas pipeline sector and transferring of gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India via Afghanistan. 
Iwan Marnda in his visit from Kabul met with Afghan authorities and talked on different issues like projects of Asian Bank and evaluate it. 
Wahidullah Shahrani Minister of Afghan Mince in a meeting with chairman of Asian Bank, informed him from basic reforms which implemented in that province. 
In this meeting, they discussed regarding transferring of gas pipeline of Turkmenistan, Pakistan and India via Afghanistan. 
The chairman of Asian Bank pledged further assist for development of transferring gas pipeline and rehabilitation of Sheberghan petroleum wells and other petroleum projects inside the country. 
Also, Iwan Marnda called role of Asian Bank as facilities of TAPI project and stressed on economic areas of regional countries and regional cooperation’s in this fields. 
He pledged to complete the assistances within three years. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, 30 January 2012 10:42

Contract Costing $100,000 Signed In Kabul

Monday, January 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Jarullah Mansuri, Minister of Rehabilitation and Rural Development signed an agreement valued at USD 100,000 with the Afghan Construction Company. 
On the basis of this contract work on the first phase of potable water network of Qalae Naw of Badghis and its surrounding will start. 
The total cost of this project has been anticipated at USD14 million and Spain is committed to finance it. 
First phase of the project include digging of wells and their consolidations to be carried by this company. 
In its second phase construction of reservoir, pipeline scheme, installation of parts and direction of the pipes to the residences will be undertaken. 
With this project 60,000 people will be provided with potable water.

Monday, January 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The New York Times daily informed of a start from the peace talks between the representatives of the Taliban and the US with the aim to build up trust for ending war in Afghanistan. 
The daily quoting the Taliban group writes that there is possibility for release of some of the Taliban prisoners from the Guantanamo. 
Aminudden Muzafari secretary to the high peace council said that the government of Afghanistan expects that a delegation of the Qatar state visit Kabul for acceleration of the role of this country’s role at the talks. 
According to New York Times four to eight representatives of the Taliban have gone from Pakistan to Qatar for opening of the Taliban office in Qatar. 
The daily adds that it seems that Taliban has refuted official confirmation of its representative at the peace talks land its ready for carrying of primary talks there. 
The US too has not rejected holding of the talks.

Monday, January 30, 2012
Kabul (BNA) First vice-president Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Fahim chaired the meeting of the National Security. 
Addressing the meeting he said that ensuring security is important for implementation of the national programs of Afghanistan, adding that the country’s security foundations by adopting of preparedness should ensure safe living conditions for the people. 
Touching on the casualties emanating from the street sides mines on the caravan of security forces he added that in order to reduce this we should take special measures in this respect. 
Talking on the current situation in the country he stressed that it is our obligation to seek ways for attaining peace in the country so that we can bring prosperity to the people of Afghanistan. 
The minister of defense presented a detailed report on the country’s situation and the operations launched for suppressing opposition in different parts of the country. 
He noted that opposition activities have been reduced and this indicates high combat abilities of the security forces. 
Meanwhile interior minister also presented a report and said that all our efforts are directed at raising the abilities of the security personnel through training police in all levels and those deprived of literacy. 
He added that police is striving in addressing immorality, cleaning of pedestrians, cooperation with the environment administration and collection of narcotic addicts. 
Deputy Director of national security also presented a report saying that several terrorist groups attempting destructive activities against the important establishments. 
The meeting also discussed security situation and strengthening of national army and the police and other security organs. 
Minister of mines also informed the meeting of the economic benefits of the transfer of gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Monday, January 30, 2012
Pulekhumri (BNA) As many as 50 armed oppositions had joined peace process in the northern province of Baghlan province, said Asadullah Shirzad, the provincial police chief. 
The groups were led by commanders Daoud, Nematullah, Mohammad Yusuf and Hafizullah. 
They also delivered 30 arms. It should be noted that two days ago 40 other armed opposition joined the government in the province as well.

Sunday, January 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A workshop titled preparation for operating program of 1391 was held by world partnership for education in the ministry of education yesterday. 
The workshop was attended by education officials of Paktia, Khost, Nimroz, Farah, Samangan, Kandahar, Zabul, Nooristan, Helmand, Ghor, Badghis and Daikundi provinces. 
In the opening ceremony of the workshop, Afghan minister of education Farooq Wardak said, “It is determined that 55.7 million US dollars will be spent for the improvement of education in the said provinces,” he told the participants the program would be prepared for 55 districts and centers of the provinces so that the ministry could take measures related to the improvement of education. 
The minister praised UNICEF for its assistance in implementation of the projects in the provinces.

Sunday, January 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A report of the NATO says that in 2011 the ratio of armed opposition attacks had decreased almost 80%. 
The NATO in its annual report most of which is reflecting its mission in Afghanistan including the challenges adds that in 2011 the achievements have been preserved. 
It notes that the year 2010 the achievements have been preserved. 
It notes that the year 2010 showed weakening of the armed opposition attacks, upgrading the military combat skills of the Afghan security forces and its increment. 
The report writer states that the Afghan people access to social services in the increase and the mortality and morbidity rates of the children have been reduced. 
The number of school going students including girls which was one million in 2001 increased to eight million in 2011. 
Parallel with this around 5700,000 refugees have returned from Pakistan and Iran. 
It adds that terrorist attacks have been weakened compared to the 2010 and it indicates almost 80% decrease. 
In Helmand province where one year back was considered as the most dangerous province in Afghanistan the enemy’s attack there has been decreased around 30% and in some of the district it shows almost 80%. 
The report adds that the joint operations of the Afghan and NATO forces have placed the armed opposition under heavy pressures and their attacks were considerably reduced. 
The report argues that there is need more pressure for further weakening of the opposition forces as they are still resorting to advanced and great attacks and they are continuing propagation. 
Considering the fact that the foreign troops are leaving the country at the end of 2014, it seems that NATO is striving for training of the Afghan forces and alleges that progress is seen in the training and upgrading of the combat ability of the Afghan forces. 
The progress in its ability has caused that the transition of security from the NATO start. 
On the basis of agreement between the Afghan government and international community the number of Afghan national army and the national police till October of 2011 should reach the figure of 305,000 and this will be realized with the cooperation of both sides. 
The report adds that compared to the past years now the Afghan forces are improving and they have obtained more advanced equipment and gain better salaries. 
It says that there are 62 training bases in Afghanistan and over 34,000 Afghans are under the training. 
It views that literacy is an important issue among the Afghan security forces in order to make them professional. 
Meanwhile, there is need for more efforts to prevent desertions of the forces so discipline is improved among them. 
The report advises that international community including the NATO member countries must be loyal to their financial commitments and this should be continued after the year 2014 as well. 
It expresses the hopes that one day Afghanistan would stand on its feet but will not be alone indeed and by ending of transition of security the commitment of the international community will not end towards Afghanistan but cooperation and assistance to Afghanistan will also continue after 2014.

Sunday, January 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan signed long-term cooperation agreements with Italy and France. 
The signing of these documents, that with two great countries with big economic and political capacities indicates that Afghanistan despite the positive and negative anticipations is in the focus of global attention after the 2014 as well. 
After the program for withdrawal of the international forces from Afghanistan till 2014 was taken up, it was thought that after completion of withdrawal of the international forces from Afghanistan this country will return to the dark decades and once again the Taliban and its supporters will turn Afghanistan into maneuvering field. 
Thought it is not specific yet that the year 2014 will be the end of foreign troop’s presence in Afghanistan or not, it was thought by some sources that Afghanistan will turn to its past decades and there will be no word of democracy. 
President Hamid Karzai considering these anticipations and concerns after signing of the long term strategic cooperation treaties with Italy and France in respect to assistance of these countries in political, economic, cultural and equipping and training of Afghan forces said that Afghanistan has its order and I am fully confident that Afghanistan will never reverse to its past. 
These assertions indicate that the order of Afghanistan is decisively trying its best to seek the ways and means for elimination of crisis in Afghanistan so that the achievements of the past ten years of the people of Afghanistan and the international community are not wasted. 
Any way the popular order of Afghanistan is endeavoring hard so that in cooperation with the international community after 2014 be in focus and eliminate the crisis in the region as the politicians of the country persistently reiterated that creation of crisis in this region is not to the benefit of any country and the world. 
It is therefore necessary that the regional countries and other think new and prevent confrontations and this way turn this region into an example of cooperation for these countries and the international community at large.

Sunday, 29 January 2012 07:29

Arms, Narcotics In Discovered Provinces

Sunday, January 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA)  Afghan National army forces in their operations launched in outskirts of Maidan Wardak, Kandahar Paktia, Farah and Helmand provinces discovered and seized numerous arms and narcotics which include 3 Ak-47 rifles,15mortal shells, explosives, 50 sacks hashish seeds and 45 kg hashish.
The ministry also said that two ANA soldiers sustained injuries during the operation in Manogai district of Kunar province.

Sunday, 29 January 2012 07:27

Five Killed Arrested In NATO Raid

Sunday, January 29, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Three people have been killed and two arrested in an air strike conducted by NATO forces in Khost province.
It is said after the incident Afghan security forces were sent to the area and it is not yet clear the killed and arrested individuals were civilians or armed insurgents.
According to Captain Abdullah, an official for 303rd Tandr corps, the ISAF forces have conducted aerial and ground operation in Lakan area, resulting in killing three people and arresting two others.
ISAF didn’t say anything related to the incident.