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Saturday, 22 December 2012 07:53

Drone Kills Four In North Waziristan

Saturday, December 22, 2012
PESHAWAR (BNA) At least four suspected militants were killed in a US drone strike on Friday afternoon in North Waziristan Agency. Although military and political administration officials refuse to comment on such strikes in the tribal areas, intelligence sources said the drone targeted a suspected militant facility located in the Hisukhel area of Mir Ali. The drones fired two missiles, destroying a house and killing four militants inside, said the sources on condition of anonymity. The identities of the dead and their affiliation to a militant group were unclear, they added. Some reports said some foreigners were also among the dead but their nationalities could not be ascertained.
 

Saturday, 22 December 2012 07:21

Commentary


Saturday, December 22, 21012
Kabul (BNA) Hamid Karzai the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan recently in a national conference on medical behavior focused on issues that really require serious attention.
BNA commentator writes: 
One of the most   crucial issues that the president persistently raises in his statements and implicitly pointed to it in the conference is focusing attention on the most urgent needs of the public life.
The president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has repeatedly called for releasing the country from the need of others. He asks the authorities of political, social and economic fields to find out the reasons behind the various problems of the people in order to design a proper plan for removing the problems.
In spite of that during the last ten years, the people and the state of Afghanistan have seen visible achievements but there are still certain problems needed to be settled, otherwise the people would remain in need of others as before.
Hamid Karzai the president of Republic of Afghanistan in his speech to the participants of the conference pointing to medical problems the people of the country facing said, the medical staff and entire Afghan people should make their best efforts to settle the medical problems of men, women and children of the country are painfully suffering. Otherwise, Afghanistan will remain as one of the most backward countries in world and the people will have no way but to go to neighboring countries for treatment of ordinary diseases. For this reason the president resolutely said that we would build a concrete base for medical serviced in order to rescue the people from this urgent need. These statements indicate that still the country is suffering a lack of a health system that the leadership of the country wants.
President Karzai besides raising the medical problems of the country instructed the medical staff to seriously pay attention to medical problems of the people and added, for diagnosing the diseases there is a need for an equipped lab and medical technologist, because without that it would nearly impossible to diagnose the patient’s critical disease.  According to the president we have doctors to treat our patients but unfortunately we have no sufficient medical equipment’s to diagnose the illness properly. So, providing the equipment’s and training personnel are an urgent need of the time.
To achieve this noble goal, the president instructed the ministries of higher educations and public health to include laboratory trainings in the curriculum of medical institutions and to be followed even up to BA and PHD degrees and medical staff of the lab should be entitled with academic tittles.
The president emphasizing on observing good behavior with patients said besides medical curing of the patients, treating with good and kindly behavior is a must.
In brief if, what the president has said to be put in practice the people will never say,” medicine has been changed in to a business in the country.” 
Written By: Khalil Minawi BNA Director
 

Saturday, 22 December 2012 07:19

High Council For Urbanization Approves 4 Cities

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The High Council for Urbanization of Afghanistan in its meeting had approved four cities which include Pul-e-Khumri, Maidan Shahr, Trinkot and Farah.
Presided over by Dr. Hassan Abdullahi the minister for urban development and attended by officials from several ministries, the minister Abdullahi emphasized that each city will be built on plans based on population and other factors.
After hectic debates, the High Council for Urbanization stated that the necessary Plans will be implemented in Pul-e-Khumri, Maidan Shahr, Trinkot and Farah within the next 15 years.
 

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Defense Minister General Bismillah Mohammadi held meeting with Afghanistan’s ambassador and general councils on Wednesday.
In the meeting, according to the public relation office of the defense ministry, General Moahmmadi briefed the diplomats about the security transition process, capacity building of the national security forces and defeating militants elsewhere in the country.
The defense minister noted that personnel of the national army after defeating the enemies provide security to the locals and that is why the people support the national army.
He also said that since assuming security charge from the NATO-led force in mid-2011, the national security forces have taken over the security charge of 75 percent of the country’s territory.
The defense minister also briefed the country’s diplomats about the challenges lying ahead of the national army, hoping the security forces will overcome the challenges by 2014.
 

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The talks among political groups of Afghanistan were concluded in Shanti city in the outskirt of Paris yesterday.
In the conference which attended by 20 delegates from different groups including Taliban and Hizb-e-Islami had discussed the situation in Afghanistan and the future of civil society in the country.
However, French officials are reluctant to comment on the outcome of the talks.
Kamil Grand the head of Foundation of Strategic Studies and Research who had hosted the conference said that the participants had intense discussions.
Officials from the defense and foreign ministries of France and exports had also attended the conference which is the third of its kind.
Meantime, the spokesman of French foreign ministry described it an effort for understanding each other’s position which facilitates the ground for holding intra-Afghan dialogues.
 

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The minister of higher education Dr. Obaidullah Obaid in meeting with Finland ambassador to Afghanistan the other day sought Finish assistance in promoting higher education.
In the meeting, according to the press office of higher education ministry, Dr. Obaid had also sough Finland support in Building new universities in Afghanistan.
For his part ambassador Pauli repatriated his government’s support to Afghanistan after 2014, saying he would forward the new proposal to concerned bodies in Finland.
 

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture in a letter to the Governor of Nangarhar as requested the security forces for immediate arrest of the murderer of Zahir Armany the Cinema artist of the country.
Zahir Armany cinema artist who for the past seven years has been working in the films and plays was murdered two nights before by the unknown killers and his body was recovered in Behsud district.
Dr. Raheen called Armany’s death a loss and has asked the Nangarhar Governor and the security forces in the province to adopt immediate measures for finding the killer of this artist.
Meanwhile, Jawan Shir Haidari chairman of the Cinematographers of association of Afghanistan expressing regret over the martyrdom of Zahir Armany said that he was an outstanding artists and director of eastern cinema of the country.
 

Saturday, 22 December 2012 07:07

MoI Spends 54% Budget: Sediqi

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The ministry of interior has spent 54 percent of its development budget, spokesman of the ministry Sediq Sediqi said the other day.
The remarks came in the wake of listing 11 ministries including the ministry for interior by finance ministry which wailed to spend 50 percent of their annual development budget.
The ministry for finance has reported sent the list of the 11 ministries to the House of People.
Addressing a press conference, Sediqi said that the suicide bombings and roadside bombings carried out by the militants as new tactic often claim the life of civilians, adding the interior ministry is devising necessary plans to avert such offensives.
He also noted that the border police had discovered 390 anti-personnel mines from Spinboldak district of Kandahar yesterday.
 

Saturday, 22 December 2012 06:40

HEC Discusses Foreign Investment In Afghanistan

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Held at the Presidential Palace, the High Economic Council meeting which was attended by vice-president, selected the Minister of Economic as secretary of the council and he was assigned that in consultation with other member of the council prepare the agenda of the meeting, while the administration affairs and secretariat of the council of ministers assist in organizing of the council’s meetings every three months as per the need.
The meeting also discussed attraction of foreign investments in Afghanistan.
 

Saturday, December 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A national trader Hajji Naqibullah Kandahari provided cash assistance of more than 330,000 Afghanis to patients hospitalized in Wazir Akbar Khan hospital.
Accompanied by legislator Abdul Latif Padram the assistance was also given to employees of the hospital Padram said that majority of the patients are poor people.
Haji Kandahari in a similar step in the past provided more than 420,000 dollars to universities in Panjshir and Kapisa provinces.
The Wazir Akbar Khan hospital was established in 1342 and has 210 beds to accommodate patients.