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Tuesday, 19 March 2013 05:38

ADB To Provide $200m

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The Bershna Company and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) inked an agreement here yesterday under which the latter provides a grant of 200 million US dollars for the development of power network in the country.
General Manager of Breshna Company, Abdul Razaq Samadi and president of ADB, Juji Tokshima signed the agreement.
Speaking on the occasion, Samadi said that ADB has so far provided 800 million US dollars for developing power network in Afghanistan and in future agreement for providing 600 million US dollars will be inked with the bank.
Samadi also added that the fourth phase of ADB assistance will include extension power transition line with the capacity of 500KW from Turkmenistan border to Ankhoi and Shubirghan and extension line of 220 KW from Shubirghan on ward to Mazar-e-Sharif city.
The ADB chief in his speech assured that the bank would continue to support Afghanistan.
Work for the project will begin from the month of Saur 1392.

Tuesday 19, March 2013
Kabul (BNA) The counter-narcotics police have eradicated poppy fields in 415 acres of farmland in Helmand province, the press office of interior ministry said yesterday.
In the campaign, according to the source which covered Gereshk and Marja districts, 415 acres of poppy cultivated fields were cleansed from the menace.
According to another report, police in Kabul arrested six people on charge of involvement in criminal activities including murder, robbery and counterfeiting documents.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Around 300 youth staged a demonstration in Kabul yesterday and demanded the annulment of the results of the university entry test.
Describing the outcome of the test as unjust, demanding constitution of a national committee composed of parliamentarians and civil societies to probe their complaints.
However, the ministry for higher education in a statement released here said that a commission is looking to the complaints of the protestors.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Spokesperson of Ministry of Interior Affairs Sediq Sediqi says that police casualties in 1391 shows 15% increase compared to past year.
Talking to the joint press conference with NATO civil and military spokespersons in Kabul he added that during the current year 1800 police have been martyred during carrying their tasks and over 3,00 were wounded indicating 15% increase compared to 1390 and during this period forty suicide bombers who are attempting suicide attacks were arrested by the national police in different parts of the country.
He stressed that in 1397 the national police was targeted by 6300 explosions, and suicide attacks indicating 31% increase compared to the past year.
He gives the armed opposition casualties in the period at 4600 killed and wounded.
Meanwhile 900 opposition elements were wounded and 6700 of them were arrested that also show 21% increase than the past year.
He stressed further that during the current year the police have recorded 12602 criminal cases throughout those cases which shows 3% increase than past year.
Meanwhile, 650 ton of narcotics have been seized and 96 narcotic processing labs were destroyed and 600 smugglers were arrested during the period.
He added that there are around 30,000 so-called religious madrassas beyond the border where people are brain washed in those madrassas and sent to Afghanistan.
He urged NATO for attention towards the financing, equipping and training centers of terrorists outside the Afghan borders.
NATO spokesperson said at this press conference that NATO’s mission in 2014 ends and the new mission is provision of consultation and training for the Afghan security forces.

Monday, March 18, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Regarding to the issue, BNA commentator writes:
Transferring the responsibility of Bagram prison to Afghan security forces has been a controversial issue which has been delayed for several time due to unjustifiable reasons. The Afghan state which is according to the constitution obliged for protecting the rights of its nationals, considering every possible way wants to implement it in practice. The way of transforming Bagram prison has been one of the most controversial issues in relations of Afghanistan with international forces. Afghanistan insists that a number of prisoners are behind the bars without committing any crime or offence. If the prisoners have been committed any crime or treachery, they should be tried according to Afghan enforced laws by relevant courts.
Removing the obstacles on the way of handing over the responsibilities of Bagram prison to Afghan security forces, paved the way for signing the strategic partnership agreement between Afghanistan and US, but unfortunately, as it was committed; the transmission of the prison was not realized. Once they blamed Afghan guards for misdealing with the prisoners and other time, claimed that the release of the prisoners would strengthen the ranks of Taliban, the reasons not justifiable for Afghan state.
Several times suspension of transferring all responsibilities of Bagrm prison to Afghan relevant security forces sparked severe reaction of Afghan state authorities. The reactions, prompted the international forces officials to clear their stand on that end. As Chuck Hegel the US defense secretary in a telephone call with Hamid Karzai the president of Islamic State of Afghanistan renewing his government’s commitment for handing over the prison asked the Afghan president for one week respite for implementing the process. The president accepted and pointed out that the program of handing over the responsibilities of Bagram prison should be implemented in practice this time.
Political experts of the country welcoming the firm stance of the president on urgent handing over the responsibilities of Baram prison to Afghan security forces called it an icon of national sovereignty and endeavors of Afghan state for ensuring the rights of its nationals.
Meanwhile the experts calling the concerns baseless that the prisoners would be released without any trial and further strengthen the ranks of armed oppositions. The justice and judicial organs of the country are active. They will investigate the cases of prisoners and would release the one proved innocent and those are guilty would be punished according to the laws of the country. Therefore, there is no need for concern and pretexts regarding to handing over the responsibilities of Bagram prison to Afghan side.
Written By: Khalil Minawi BNA Director

Monday, 18 March 2013 11:12

Afghan Forces Kill Taliban Facilitator

Monday, March 18, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan and coalition security force killed Taliban facilitator, Abdul Satar, and one other insurgent during an operation in Panjwa'i district, Kandahar province, yesterday.
Satar was directly involved in the coordination of improvised explosive device-making materials, weapons, supplies and fighters in order to
prepare for the upcoming spring fighting season.
He also participated in IED and direct-fire attacks targeting the Afghan Local Police in Kandahar province.
According to another report, during an operation in Kunduz district, Kunduz province today, the Afghan and coalition security force arrested an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader.
The leader is believed to have coordinated multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces, and has served a vital role in the facilitation of weapons to extremist fighters.
Other report said, the Afghan and coalition security force killed one insurgent during an operation in Nad 'Ali district, Helmand province, yesterday.
During the operation, the security force observed the militant engaging in insurgent activity and engaged, killing him.
During an operation in search of a Taliban leader in Panjwa'i district, Kandahar province today, the Afghan and coalition security force detained a number of insurgents.
The Taliban leader is suspected of being the deputy commander of a cell of fighters in Panjwa'i district.
His organization has been involved in kidnappings, IED operations, and
direct fire attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
Afghan and coalition forces confirmed today the arrest of a Taliban leader in Panjwa'i district, Kandahar province, yesterday. The leader is
accused of being in charge of a large cell of insurgent fighters known for conducting attacks against Afghan and coalition forces. His cell of
fighters have planned and executed ambushes, small-arms assaults, and IED operations.
During the operation, the Afghan and coalition security force also detained a number of other insurgents.
Also in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province yesterday,
an Afghan and coalition security force killed one insurgent.
The security force positively identified the militant engaging in insurgent activity and engaged the armed insurgent, killing him.
T. Rateb

Monday, March 18, 2013
MOHMAND AGENCY (BNA) Suspected militants bombed two government primary schools in Mohmand Agency, officials told on Monday, in the latest attack on government educational institutions.
According to official sources, two government primary schools were partially damaged when explosives planted by the extremists went off with a blast in Tehsil Saafi of Mohmand Agency.
No casualty was reported as a result of blast while security forces cordoned off the area after the explosion and initiated investigation, sources added.

Monday, March 18, 2013
Kabul (BNA) In the 7th distribution ceremony held at Professor Rabbani Education University, at least 174 students after pursuing their higher studies in two departments of the concerned institutions obtained their graduation degrees.
The convocation held at the university was attended by families of the graduates, lectures, academicians and a number of higher ranking government officials.
In exclusive interview, associate professor Mohammad Zahir Maram head of the faculty of natural sciences of Professor Rabbani Education University told that in the 11th round of the graduations from the department of mathematic from overall 113 graduates consisting of 59 female and 54 male graduates obtained degree while another 30 female and 38 male students completed their higher education in the field of computer science.
It’s expected that a number of other students obtain graduations from rest of the faculties of concerned institutions in the near future, Maram added.
This came after Professor Rabbani Education University was established in 1381 and the institution offering academic services to the nation in its six departments and currently more than 1423 students getting higher education in the institutions by at least 66 academic and professional cadres.

Monday, March 18, 2013
Kabul (BNA) A delegation of the ministry for information and culture arrived Ashkhabad the capital of Turkmenistan yesterday to attend the Nawroz or New Year festival which has been recognized as international festival by the United Nations.
According to BNA report from Ashkhabad, the Nawroz festival will be celebrated in the presence of delegates from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Turkey there.
A group of artists and singers including Ms. Seta Qasimi and Mr. Hassan Bismal is also among Afghan delegation in the visit to Ashkhabad.

Monday, 18 March 2013 07:01

Panel Decision On Kabul Bank Unjust

Monday, March 18, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The joint commission monitoring war on corruption has lashed at the verdict of Kabul Bank’s special Court as unfair.
The joint commission which composed of national and international experts said the verdict issued is unjust.
Addressing a press conference here yesterday, the head of the commission, Drago Kas emphasized that the verdict of the court with regard to those involved in taking money out of the bank is unjust and cannot help government to regain the money lost in the bank.
Speaking at the conference, Seema Ghani the head of secretariat of the joint commission monitoring war on corruption, said that some 900 million US dollars had been looted from Kabul bank, while only 130 million US dollars in cash and property worth 190 million US dollars have been recovered.
Meantime, the Attorney General Office has also expressed dissatisfaction over the court’s ruling, saying it would appeal against the verdict.