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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Paroon (BNA) Armed Taliban attacked on house of Wantwaigal district governor and set it on fire. 
According to the reports, during the attack, Rahmatullah governor of the district was not present. 
The incident occurred when a group of armed Taliban attacked the house of governor. 
Rahmatullah governor of Wantwaigal district of Nuristan said BNA, first the attackers looted the properties of the house and later on set it on fire. 
It is being said, in addition properties, several volumes of holly Quran and other Islamic books were burn. 
The governor said, he sustained nearly 300,000 Afghanis damage in the incident. 
It is the 2nd time that Taliban set on fire the house of a local official in Nuristan province. 
Currently in most parts of Wantwaigal district, Taliban are present and have activity. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 10:24

Blast In Jalalabad

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Jalalabad (BNA) Jalalabad was witness of a blast this morning but had no casualties. 
This blast occurred at 5:30 am this morning near the gate Asmatullah’s house, a prosecutor in  Jalalabad general attorney Dep. 
Hazrat Hosain Mashriqiwal police spokesman of Nangarhar said BNA, the explosion was from a planting bomb which had no casualties. 
Local officials of the province accused Taliban for the blast.
No group had claimed responsibility of the explosion yet.
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 10:21

Commander of Taliban With His 6 Men Killed

Tuesday, February 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Armed local commander of Taliban was killed during an operation by Afghan and NATO forces. 
The operation carried out last evening in the relevant areas of Charcheno district in which 6 other insurgents were killed as well. 
BNA quoting NATO reports said, the commander was targeted in his hideout by Afghan and NATO forces and killed. 
NATO said the commander had responsible for organizing of several terrorist attacks in parts of Charcheno district. 
Meanwhile, NATO reported from arresting of 4 armed Taliban during an operation in Ghazni province. 
The Taliban were arrested while carrying out terrorist activities from the outskirts of Andeer district. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 10:13

Taliban Commander Killed

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Jalalabad (BNA) A commander of Taliban with his 5 men were killed as a result of heavy firing by army forces in Nangarhar province. 
Abdul Khaliq Maroof governor of Hesarak district of Nangarhar said BNA, Afghan forces discovering a hideout of insurgents fired heavy weapons and killed a commander of Taliban called Awalgul along with his 5 men. 
According to him, the local people of Hesasrak were harassed and disturb by the commander and his men. According to the report, there were no casualties among civilians and Afghan forces. 
 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 10:10

Editorial

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The mines as a national capital and strong supporter of economic growth in Afghanistan need an effective management. This is only possible in existence of an extensive law to protect the mines and to prevent the illegal and substandard extractions and to end the misuse of this national wealth.
BNA economical analyst writes on that regard:
The council of ministers of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,   in an extraordinary session discussed the draft law of mines which was presented by justice and mines ministries to the session. Enacting such a law is an urgent need of the time because Afghanistan as a country rich of underground sources, water and forests worth millions of dollars, still suffering poverty. One can say, in spite of having such huge natural resources most Afghan people have no sufficient food to eat. Therefore, there is an urgent need, to provide the ground for the proper use of all natural resources among the mines.
Currently due to lack of an applicable law, the mines of the country are in a concerning even horrible situation. Because of the situation the external and internal investors have no interest to invest on mines sector. According to the provisions of the constitution, the mines are the state property therefore; the mines should be used and extracted according to the permission and license of the relevant state organ. But regretfully, ignoring the provisions of the law, a number of mines are extracted illegally and particularly, precious and semi-precious stones mines are at great risk.
Using the mines, this public property illegally by influential and satanic forces is considered a severe blow on national economy and also, provides the ground for further illegal activities. Due to this grave situation, Pakistan has been changed in to a market of chromite and other precious and semi- precious stones, smuggled from Afghanistan in to that country. Daily, tens of vehicles packed with chromite and other minerals used in military industries and constructional materials are smuggled from some Afghan provinces to Pakistan. Chatral’s mountainous way and other borders of the country have been changed in to a safe route for smuggling Afghan precious stones to the neighboring countries.
Also the coal mines are not in a good condition. Besides, the coal mines have been used illegally, the unprofessional and unhealthy excavations of the mines threaten the lives of hundreds of people who work as workers there. To overcome all these irregularities, there is an urgent need for enforcement of an extensive and applicable law.
The economic experts believe endorsement of the draft law, which is currently under discussions, will guarantee the proper use of the mines and provides the ground for investment on mining sector which is now at the focus of international community.
The council of ministers in its recent session, insisted that the new law of mines, should guarantee the proper use of the mines and to meet all international standards regarding to extraction of the mines. 
Processing of mines law could be a herald for the better management of mines affairs, which certainly leads to the development and the prosperity of the economy of the country; but the economists suggest, beside the mines, other natural resources like forests and water resources which have a great role in economic progress of the country should be protected and be used properly by enforcing new laws.
 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Insider attacks by Afghan security forces on their international counterparts have dramatically reduced in 2013 following “substantial” changes in tactics by Afghan and US forces.
The number of green-on-blue attacks by Afghan security forces reached record levels in 2013 however the attacks largely dropped in 2013 as coalition and Afghan commanders bolster security and improve screening of troops who might be a threat.
According to reports at least 62 coalition security forces were killed by their Afghan counterparts following 47 attacks last year but in 2013 only one insider attack was carried out.
Marine Maj. Gen. Charles “Mark” Gurganus, who commands coalition forces in south- west Afghanistan, told USA today, “I don’t think that threat ever goes away.”
Stilll, Gurganus said, changes made by both coalition and Afghan forces in his region have helped reduce the threat.
In the meantime an overall and sharp reduction in US forces fatalities have been noted in Afghanistan as compared to last year where 39 US troops were killed during the same period while  only 3 service members have been killed this year.
 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Senate Chairman Fazal Hadi Mulimyar after listening to the complaints of officials with the industrial parks in Kabul, said it is government’s responsibility to prepare the ground for attracting national and foreign investors and encouraging private sectors for investment.
Some of the officials with the industrial park complained that concerned authorities had issued two ownership documents to two people on one land which creates dispute saying the decision by judiciary would affect opposite side, Senate chairman called on the government to encourage national and foreign businessmen to invest in the country and check the import of unnecessary goods.
 

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 07:03

Interior Ministry Rejects BBC Reports

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The ministery of interior has rejected a report of BBC in which it accused police of involvement in malpractice and misusing authority in Sangin district of Helmand province.
In a sharp reaction yesterday, the interior ministry described the report as mere rumors, saying the allegation against police in Sangin district will be investigated.
 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture strongly condemned the unpleasant behavior of Nangarhar security forces with the reporters.
He added that “access to information is the legal rights of reporters and this should not be put in question.”
He stressed that the security authorities of Nangarhar are required to legally pursue this issues and issue instructions to the security forces to behave with reporters in good manner.
According to reports, the reporters of Pajwok, Ariana TV, Heywad, Shamshad and France Press were beaten by the security forces when they wanted to cover up the process of an explosion that had taken place in Jalalabad city.
Dr. Raheen added that the problems of two local radio stations of Daikundi were also addressed.
 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The second vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili attended the oath taking ceremony of S. Korean new president Park Jon Hi, in Seoul yesterday.
In the ceremony, according to the press office of foreign ministry, Daud Ali Najafi the minister for transport and Afghan ambassador to S. Korea, Mohammad Yunus Frman also attend the ceremony.
The second vice president also attended a banquet, arranged by the new S. Korean president in honor of the delegation and guests attended the oath taking ceremony.