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Tuesday, 24 January 2012 06:48

Turkey Implements Four Projects In Jawzjan

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Sheberghan (BNA) Four uplift projects have been implemented by Turkey in Jawzjan province. 
According to Turkish head for PRT based in Shebarghan, the projects which include construction of a building for a teacher training launching computer and English learning programs, tailoring and assistance of internet and computer equipments to Jawzjan university and assistance to provincial prisons. 
The source said the building for the teacher training has two classrooms and administrative room. 
He said nearly 110 Afghan women are busy in learning programs as tailoring, English, Turkish and computer.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 06:46

Mullah Usman Killed With His Five Associates

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Gardiz (BNA)  As a result of separate operations launched by Afghan security forces in Khost, Paktia, Ghazni and Maidan Wardak provinces, a number of insurgents have been killed and numerous explosives and narcotics seized. 
According to 203rd Tandr Corps, in the past 24 hours ANA soldiers have launched separate operations in the provinces, resulting in killing two insurgents while planting roadside mine in Sabari district of Khost province. 
Two suspects have also arrested in the operation. 
The source added Mullah Usman, an armed Taliban commander along with his five associates has been killed in a separate operation launched by ANA forces in Sayedabad district of Maidan Wardak province. 
Numerous arms have been also seized in the operation in the district. 
The source also added four armed insurgents were killed when they wanted to attack on private construction company in Barmal district of Paktika province.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The house of people deputies elected Zahir Qadeer as the first secretary of the house in a session chaired by its speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi yesterday. 
Initially Haji Abdul Qadeer and Katawazi and Zahir nominated themselves to the post of first secretary of the house and as a result of winning 140 votes Zahir Qadeer attained the post. 
Also Ahmad Behzad, Jafar Mehdawai nominated themselves at the post of second secretary but none of them won the confidence of deputies. 
The second round of voting for the post of secretary will take place between Ahmad Behzad and Jafar Mehdawai today. 
Also Abdul Sattar Khawasi, Dr. Zaheer nominated for the post of secretary and Farhad Azimi and Qais Hassan for the post of deputy secretary but they could not win the trust of the deputies so the second round of voting will take place today among them.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012\
Daikundi (BNA) The roads connecting nine districts with center of Daikundi have been blocked due to heavy snowfall. 
According to reports, snowfall is still continuing in the province and up to now nearly 70 cm snow has fallen. 
According to Qurban Ali Uruzgani, provincial governor of Daikundi, continuous snowfall has blocked the roads of nine districts to traffic. 
Uruzgani said the snow and storm has also blocked Qalaq pass which connects Kabul with Daikundi province. 
Meanwhile, governor of Daikundi said they had signed an agreement with a private company for cleaning the snow of the roads. 
The company has started cleaning the road of the snow.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012 06:13

Chief Justice Leaves For Indonesia

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Prof. Abdul Salam Azimi chief justice and acting chairman of Supreme Court left Kabul for Jakarta, Indonesia where he will attend the conference of the chief justices of the region. 
He is visiting Indonesia on official invitation of the chief justice of Indonesia and he is attending this conference for the first time. 
The conference is expected to debate credibility of judges and relevant improvement to it. 
The chief justice will address the conference that is planned for three days. 
The regional conference of chief justices of the Asia-Pacific countries is organized annually and it discussed issues pertaining to the judicial order in the region.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai chaired the plenary session of the council of ministers (CM) that was held yesterday at Gul Khana Palace and during which the president considered the recent snowfalls in the country as a good omen for agricultural growth and better harvests in the coming year and sought information about the dispatch of fodder and food items to the Badakhshan province and its related districts. 
Second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili and chairman of the national committee for disaster preparedness informed the CM on the committee’s decisions and added that during the recent months on the basis of CM decisions, for and fodder have been sent to 14 provinces affected by the drought and the same materials were also dispatched to other provinces as well. 
He added that due to inaccessibility in the Badakhshan province some problems had cropped up and the heavy snowfalls added to those difficulties and caused the death of 30 countrymen. 
In order to assist the affected families via air and a delegation was sent to the province as well. 
In addition to allocation of three million Afs to all the vulnerable provinces another five million Afs have also been sent to be used under emergency circumstances. 
The CM instructed the national disaster committee to focus on the inaccessible and vulnerable provinces and supply their food needs and address their other problems. 
Minister of public works informed the CM about the volume of snowfalls and cleansing of the highways by the contractors and most of the highways are open to the traffic excepting Ghour and Daikundi provinces roads. 
Minister of foreign affairs and national security advisor informed the CM on the contents of the strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and Britain, the draft of long-term bilateral agreement between Afghanistan and France. 
The CM confirmed the agreement in principle and instructed the foreign minister and national security advisor to share and finalize this agreement with the French and British governments. 
Meanwhile, minister of fiancé presented the national budget for the year 1391. 
The minister said that in order to accelerate the process of allocations the start of fiscal year was changed from the first of Hamal to the first of Jaddi and the national budget exceptionally estimated for 9 months (from first of Hamal up to first of Jaddi of 1391) and the total national budget for the nine months period indicate 241.6 billion Afs or USD 4.832 billion of which Afs. 143.2 billion of the ordinary budget and Afs 107.4 billion is the development budget. 
The financiers of the national budget is domestic sources making Afs 95 billion and Afs 133.5 billion have been anticipated from the foreign sources and  payment of loans is anticipated at Afs. 3.67 billion and despite the above incomes.
Afs. 8385 billion deficits are seen at development budget. 
The council of ministers after debating the national budget instructed the ministry of finance, in order to observe a balance in increasing of allocations for backward provinces, should specify the factors for increased budget insecurity sector, non-allocation for energy and water projects such as the Kajaki and Dahla dams and other water reservoirs, describe the allocated budget for National Solidarity program, and the projects which are implemented through the foreign budgets in the provinces as well as job opportunities in the light of the economic policies and explain them at the session to be held in presence of the president of the country with participation of spectral ministers so that the budget is confirmed. 
At the end three international conventions were presented by foreign minister to the CM which was confirmed accordingly. 
They include:
“The results of ministerial meeting on implementation of trade and transit trade between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
“Protocol between Afghanistan and Turkey on training for national army ground forces in Turkey.
“The draft of the protocol for training of summer camp of military students of military academy of Afghanistan between Afghanistan and Turkey.

Monday, January 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The embassy of Turkmenistan to Islamic Republic of Afghanistan informs that the presidential election of Turkmenistan will be held on 12 February, 2012.
At the same date poling centers will be open at the embassy of Turkmenistan in Kabul and Consulates of Turkmenistan in Herat and Mazar-i-Sharif cities.
Therefore the citizens of Turkmenistan who are currently in Afghanistan are invited to attend the election.
Be reminded that Turkmen citizens who are willing to attend the election must contact the following numbers as soon as possible and complete the necessary conditions:

Embassy of Turkmenistan in Kabul: 020 2302550

Consulate of Turkmenistan in Herat: 040 220624

Consulate of Turkmenistan in Mazar-i-Sharif: 050 2002350
 

Monday, January 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A small historical relic similar to pot made of glass handed over by a resident to the Information and Culture Ministry today. 
According to BNA reporter, Sayeed Mosdeq Khalili advisor of Information and Culture Ministry in cultural heritages affairs said that this relic belonged to Koshani’s era from to 1st to 2nd centuries. 
This relic was purchased seven years back by Sarajuddin Andkhoi from a resident of Balkh province and handed over to the ministry to keep it in the national museum.
Khalili appreciating this compatriot said the cultural heritages of the country shows historical culture of the country and this relic gave to Omarakhan Masudi general director of National Museum. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, 23 January 2012 10:08

Expired Foodstuffs Set On Fire In Kandahar

Monday, January 23, 2012
Kandahar (BNA) 12 tons of expired foodstuffs were set on fire by in-charges of public health of Kandahar province today. 
According to the in-charge, these expired foodstuffs were collected by assessment team in a 4 days program from shops and were set on fire.
Dr. Abdul Qayoom Pokhla head of Kandahar public health department said to BNA, these foodstuffs consisted biscuit, chaps, candy and chocolates. 
He added, the public health department of that province warned shopkeepers to not sell expired foodstuffs anymore.  
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, 23 January 2012 08:36

Rug Lab Destroyed In Takhar

Monday, January 23, 2012
Taloqan (BNA) A drug laboratory had been destroyed by the security forces on Saturday in Shingan village of Farkhar district, Takhar province. 
According to a provincial official for security department in Takhar, the factory was set up in a house where 5kg opium along with chemical stuffs has been destroyed. 
The factory’s owner along with two people has been also arrested.