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Sunday, 19 May 2013 12:34

News In Brief

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani leader and four other insurgents during an operation in Gardez district, Paktia province, today.
The leader directs and executes attacks aimed at Afghan and coalition forces in Gardez district.
He is also a known improvised explosive device expert, responsible for constructing and distributing IEDs to insurgent cells in his local area.
The security force also seized two bolt-action rifles and one AK-47 as a result of the operation.
In other news throughout Afghanistan:
The Afghan and coalition security force arrested five insurgents during an operation in search of a senior Taliban leader in Khugyani district, Nangarhar province, today.
The senior leader is responsible for a wide range of insurgent activity.
He oversees a group of insurgent fighters involved in ambushes, IED operations and complex attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.
He also facilitates the movement of weapons in various districts throughout Nangarhar province and serves as an intelligence operative for senior Taliban officials.
The Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader and one other insurgent during an operation in Pul-e ‘Alam district, Logar province, today.
The leader maintains operational control over a group of insurgent fighters responsible for attacks on Afghan and coalition forces.
He also facilitates the movement of weapons for use in insurgent activities and manages personnel decisions for the local Taliban network.
Report said, the Afghan National Army Special Forces and coalition forces killed 12 insurgents while conducting a presence patrol in Qara Bagh district, Ghazni province, Friday.
The joint patrol was near an ALP checkpoint in the vicinity of Qabargha village when insurgents engaged the force with small arms fire.  
Also the Afghan Local Police and Afghan Uniformed Police secured a weapons cache and coordinated for its controlled detonation in Deh Yak district, Ghazni province, Friday.
The Afghan Local Police, of the Laghawat checkpoint, received intelligence concerning the cache’s location and then called for an ANA Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to dispose of the cache.
Fifty 107mm artillery shells and five rockets were among the items in the cache.
T. Rateb

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Kabul (BNA) An International Security Assistance Force C-130 had a hard landing in Logar province, Afghanistan today.
There are no casualties, and there was no indication of insurgent activity in the area at the time.
T. Rateb

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Sharan (BNA) Two Afghan troops were killed and at least 8 others including civilians wounded as a result of two blasts in Paktika province.
The first blast occurred in the Orgoon district while a police vehicle passing through.
Mokhlesh Afghan spokesman governor of Paktika said BNA, in this incident, two policemen were martyred and two soldiers and a civilian wounded.
The second incident occurred in the Khoshmand district, when the vehicle of national army forces hit a roadside mine.
Spokesman governor of Paktika said five national army soldiers were wounded in the blast.
He blaming Taliban responslbe for the incident,  said the security officials started searching  operation to identif and arrest the culprits of the incident. 
Meanwhile, Doctors in two medical centers of Paktika called the health condition of three injured critical.  T. Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan and coalition forces in last 24 hours conducting operations in several provinces of the country killed nine armed Taliban.
Interior ministry press office said BNA, the Afghan and coalition forces launched operations in the relevant areas of Ghazni, Zabul, Kandahar, Baghlan, Nngarhar and Helmand province, in which 9 Taliban were killed and 15 others arrested.  A quantity of weapons and explosive materials were seized. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Cheghcheran (BNA) The local authorities of Ghor province reported from arresting of irresponsible armed commander.
Colonel Delawershah police chief of Ghoor said BNA, Fakhruddin Shaheryar one of irresponsible armed commander was arrested after a clash by police forces in the Shina area, Doulatyar district.
Delawar added the commander was responsible for attacks against government and disturb people. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Cheghcheran (BNA) Two persons were killed and two wounded  in a clash between two ethnic groups in Ghor province.
A Police official who wanted to be anonymous said BNA, the clash occurred between two ethnic groups in the Shorabak village, Doulatyar district, as a result of which two persons were killed and two others wounded. 
According to the source, police went to the area, and now the situation is normal. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Ahmad Naser Sarmast became the first ever Afghan receive the very prestigious Royal Philharmonic Award in London on Tuesday 14 May 2013.
Dr. Ahmad Naser Sarmast is a Research Fellow at the Monash Asia Institute, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and the Founder and Director of Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM).
The Royal Philharmonic Award is based in United Kingdom and is a music award to musical visionaries working in Democratic Republic of  Congo, South Africa, Afghanistan, Brazil and USA.
Dr. Ahmad Naser Sarmast is an extraordinary musician who supported young musicians, has taken music to the some of the most challenged communities in the world, and made a profound difference to diversify the world of music.
The British Council Afghanistan has been supporting the Afghanistan National Institute of Music for the past five years in various areas such as: development of practice facilities, employment of second piano teacher, inclusion of Luther facilities in instrument repair workshop, re-employment of a Saxophone teacher, and students overseas studies programme through the provision grants donated to ANIM.
The Afghanistan National Institute of Music is the first and finest institution for the education and nurturing of gifted young Afghan musicians.  The institute is committed to provide dynamic, challenging and safe learning environment for all students regardless of gender, ethnicity or social circumstances.  It has a special focus on supporting some of the most disadvantaged groups in Afghan society this is orphans and street vendors to help them attain a vocation that will allow them to reach their full potential, whilst at the same time contributing to their emotional healing.

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The spokesman for independent election commission Noor Mohammad Noor said to BNA yesterday that the registration process of voting for presidential election would begin on May 26 across the country’s all 34 provinces and will be implemented within two months. 
He also predicted that four million citizens would register to receive voting new cards.  
18 year old people can obtain new voting card, he added.

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Presidential spokesman Aimal Faizy said yesterday that president Hamid Karzai would visit India soon at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Parnab Mokarjee. 
Addressing a press conference here, Faizy added that president Karzai during his two-day visit to India would meet his counterpart, India Prime Minister and other high-ranking officials during which matters relating enhancing bilateral relations between the two nations and peace process in Afghanistan would be discussed.
The LPO University of Punjab will present honorary Doctorate degree to president Karzai during his tour to Punjab province, he added.
Replying a question Faizy added that the visit would not affect the relations with Pakistan, saying Afghanistan as an independent country can have relations with any nation to ensure its national interests.

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai met the heads of the commissions of the lower house yesterday. 
The meeting was held in Presidential Palace, was also attended by House speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, and discussed the current situation in the country, upcoming elections and relations between government and National Assembly.
The president also called on the heads of commissions to endorse the elections law and the authorities of the independent election commission as soon as possible.  In his address, Ibrahimi the speaker and the heads of commission said that House of People cooperates with government in accordance with its principles. 
It was also decided that the heads of commissions and administrative delegation of the House of People to meet the president once a month.