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Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The sympathy message notes that I was informed with regret that long-time employee of the Radio-TV has died recently, may his departed soul rest in peace.
Late Besmellah Sharifi served at the Radio Afghanistan for long year.
He was an honest person and his death is a loss, I therefore I convey my sympathies to his bereaved family, friends and the employees of the Radio Afghanistan and wish patience for the bereaved family members.
 

Tuesday, 16 October 2012 06:16

Afghan Nation Has Strong Determination

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan has been suffering various tragedies and calamities over the last three and half decades. 
What seems more important over the last one decade is the occurrence of suicide bombings which left injuries, civilian casualties.
It is more dreadful that most of these inhumane and cruel attacks are carried out inside the mosques’, public places and buzzers.
The question is how the so-called Taliban and contractors of Islam who oppose the government of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan under the name of defending Islam will justify their actions regarding the massacres of the innocent civil people.
The question is what these groups demand from the people of Afghanistan? 
If their demands are related to establishment of democratic and Islamic government in Afghanistan, undoubtedly, the current government has been formed through a transparent election process and votes of the people.
If their objection is related to the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country, the process is in progress and till 2014 all security responsibilities has to be handed over to the Afghan security organs.
Now the question which has attracted public perception and government is what these armed oppositions want from the people and government?
While the government of Afghanistan has always kept the door of negotiations and consultations open and strongly favored voices regarding the restoration of peace and stability and stoppage of bloodshed in the country, but as it seems, the armed insurgents always responded to these peace loving efforts with suicide bombings and explosions.
 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Kandahar (BNA) The second round of anti-polio vaccination campaign began in Kandahar yesterday. 
Speaking on the occasion, Kandahar governor Dr. Toryalai Weessa said that out of 26 polio cases registered this year 16 are in the southern region while eight in Kandahar. 
He also called on the parents to get their children vaccinated. More than 1,365,000 children under five, according to Kandahar public health department head, Abdul Qayum Pukhla will be administered immunity doze against polio in the four southern provinces.
 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Addressing the meeting marking the day of arts and distribution of cultural awards, Dr. Sayeed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture said that the artists and the art have sustained huge pains in the past three decades.
He called Afghanistan the bosom of nourishing of different arts in the course of its history and added that the artists of the country who had created valuable works before Islam with the emergence of Islam they enriched the richest methods of calligraphy and miniatures as well.
He added that in the past decades our art and artists have been insulted through alien cultures. 
He stressed that today the arts and artists day is celebrated and this the greatest gift to them.
At this session Dr. Raheen awarded Mrs. Salma the well known singer who has served the art of music for forty years.
Other speakers at the session included Afsar Rahbeen poet and writer and head of the art and culture department of the ministry.
He said that the ministry has launched art competition on the eve of the 28th of Assad, the independence day of Afghanistan as a result of which 178 works in different spheres were candidate for awards of which 88 won first, second and third awards. 
Of this 26 won first, 26 second and 36 won the third position in the competitions.
 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Under the chairmanship of president Hamid Karzai the weekly meeting of council of ministers was held at the presidential palace yesterday and discussed the proposal of the Afghan Red Crescent Society in respect to payment of donation of government employees at the especial week of the ARCS and it was decided that the members of the CM donate a week of their salaries as donation on the occasion.
As per the agenda, Sadeq Mudaber director general of the administration affairs and secretariat of the CM informed the CM in respect to realization of the decree no 45 of the president.
He mentioned the working visit of ministers of transport and civil aviation, rehabilitation and rural development, agriculture and irrigation, higher education, public works urban development and head of national environment protection led by Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president to Bamyan.
He added that at this visit besides visiting the administrative unity, developments projects, hearing of the people’s problems and meeting with the local elders, nine projects like the admin building of the university, structures of agriculture, and education faculties, research farm of Mullah Ghulam, food stock, structures of agriculture department and Nursing School were opened by the ministers. 
Also the start of work on Mujahiddeen Township of Yakawlang, the 200-bed hospital was opened and they visited the progress of work on Bamyan Koteli Unie as well.
Meanwhile, the ministers of education, commerce and industries, information and culture, Hajj and Endowment and head of the local organs department in order to realize the decree visited the second units of Kapisa, Logar, Kunar, Nangarhar and Laghmn.
He also dwelt on the progress of tasks of the decree that would be completed in three months on the fifth of Aqrab presented a detailed report of agriculture ministry on usurpation of government properties. 
He said that much progress has been obtained from other tasks of the decree.
The CM assigned the administration affairs department and agriculture and irrigation ministry to specify the extent of the usurped government land in the provinces along with the names of usurpers and present it to the coming session of the CM as well.
The issues pertaining to building of the large power generating dams and irrigation projects by using the long-term loans of the World Bank or other sources were taken up by the CM.
It was decided that the ministries of energy and water, agriculture and irrigation and mines should prepare a detailed list of power dams and irrigation projects along with its water source, gas, coal, or other energy sources by determining priorities, considering the volume of investments, production of energy, and the extent of land that would come under irrigation, and considering the production of 2000 megawatts of electricity in the coming five years should thoroughly studied and present the report to the economic committee of the CM for a decision. 
The minister of interior affairs, deputy minister for administration and the technical team of the ministry informed the CM about the informative form for issuance of electronic identity cards. 
The CM assigned the ministry to rectify the form as per the views of the meeting participants and present to the presidential office.  The minister of defense presented the draft policy for construction and distribution of shelter for the personnel of the national army, and the CM assigned the ministry to prepare further details of the policy in the coming CM meeting.
The finance minister asked the views of the meeting about inclusion of 1300 more positions in the structure of the national security which met the approval of the CM.
At the end of the meeting the minister of finance and public health presented the draft of the agreement of Jamhuriat Hospital between the ministry of public health and the Agha Khan Foundation and the CM advised the justice ministry to assess the agreement in the light of the enforced laws and the national interests of Afghanistan and present the agreement to the coming meeting of the council of ministers.
 

Kabul (BNA)
Your Excellency Mr. Chairman,
Your Excellency Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization,
Honorable Ministers, Distinguished Colleagues,
It is indeed a distinct honor for me to address this eminent forum on the occasion of the 20th Meeting of ECO Council of Ministers. Allow me at the outset to express my gratitude to Azerbaijan for hosting this event in the beautiful city of Baku, and for the generous hospitality of the government and people of Azerbaijan.
It is my pleasure to congratulate H.E. Dr. Shamil Aleskerov as the new Secretary General of ECO and express my government’s confidence and support that he would effectively contribute and promote ECO’s goals and activities.
I would also like to use this opportunity and thank the Government of Turkey, and in particular, my brother H.E. Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs, for his country’s and his personal dedication and promotion of ECO Vision 2015 and hosting of 19th ECO Summit in Istanbul in 2010.
Afghanistan and Azerbaijan are two nations linked to one another through bonds of trust, friendship and shared interests. We look forward to the further strengthening of our positive, friendly and fruitful bilateral relations and cooperation through the forthcoming opening of our new embassies in each other’s capitals.
I was informed that our senior officials had two consecutive days of very productive working meetings here, prior to Council of Ministers meeting. I welcome the outcome of these meetings and would like to commend Azerbaijan’s Chairmanship and ECO Secretariat’s team efforts for their contributions and achievements.
ECO member states have taken important steps towards strengthening trade and economic cooperation since our meeting.
We stress the importance of trade as a priority area for promoting regional economic integration, unlocking our potential and attracting new sources and levels of foreign direct investment. In this regard, Afghanistan is looking forward to hosting the 4th ECO Business Forum and Buyers-Sellers Meetings on textile and mineral sectors in Kabul.
We can all benefit from collectively focusing our efforts on securing freer access to markets outside the ECO region for the raw materials and finished products produced by ECO Member States. We encourage the elimination of trade barriers and promotion of intra-regional trade, as well as a greater contribution of the ECO region to world GDP growth and trade, as our region is gradually integrated into the world economy.
Given the fact that intra-regional trade and investments in our region is still much lower compared to other world regions, I believe that the ECO investment promotion and private sector development needs to be further intensified including through the ECO Trade and Development Bank. I am pleased to inform that Afghanistan has joined the ECO Bank, and we very much hope to integrate the ECO Bank into our efforts to implement the priorities of the recent RECCA-V, and the crucial confidence building measures as part of the Istanbul Process for regional cooperation.
In the area of transport, too, tangible progress has been made. The successful launch of the ECO Container Train along the Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul route, as well as the ECO Silk Road Truck Caravan, are key milestones in paving the way for greater trade and investment along the region’s major economic corridors.
The development of transport, energy and communications infrastructure linking ECO Member States with each other and with the outside world could be further expanded. In this context, one key transport and transit corridor originating from Afghanistan and traversing through several ECO member states to Europe and beyond is the Black Sea Corridor. This primarily railway corridor will link Afghanistan to the Mediterranean via Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey and allow us and all other countries in the region an important additional transit and transport route to open waters.
Afghanistan is also supporting the measures taken in 2010 to open up a railway line from China to Europe via the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Iran, and Turkey. As you are aware, the pre-feasibility study for Afghanistan’s portion of this transcontinental railway has recently been completed, and we hope that the studies for other countries in the region will also be completed soon.
Taking bold steps now to accelerate the reduction of barriers, as well as to build a 21st century infrastructure for regional trade and transit is the best guarantee to safeguard and make durable the significant investments made by Afghanistan, ECO member countries, and our international partners over the past decade.
In addition, as a majority of our region’s population is involved in agriculture, we, therefore, encourage the expansion of cooperation among ECO members in developing the agricultural and agro-business potential of the ECO region.
Afghanistan’s future – whether economically, politically, socially, or culturally – has and always will be deeply intertwined with its region’s future. Indeed, this is why we initiated last November, with our regional and wider international partners, the “Istanbul Process on Regional Security and Cooperation for Afghanistan”. And this is why we collaborated with the Government of Tajikistan earlier this year in organizing the Fifth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan. Building on the momentum generated the past twelve months in Istanbul, Dushanbe and Kabul, I firmly believe that the building blocks of regional economic integration between my country and our neighbors will build stronger bonds of trust and cooperation, and bring dividends of peace and prosperity to all of us.
ECO as a participating organization and all ECO member states as participants of the Istanbul Process bring concrete measures for confidence building among Afghanistan’s neighboring countries in a broad set of areas including security, counter-terrorism, counter-narcotics, trade and transit cooperation, education, disaster management as well as infrastructure development.
Your contribution and support to the Istanbul Process is crucial so that we can together build greater confidence in our region and work together on joint ventures to promote security and prosperity for our peoples.
In conclusion, once again, I should like to convey my warmest gratitude to the Republic of Azerbaijan, particularly my friend and colleague His Excellency Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov, for the warm hospitality extended to our delegation.

Thank you.

Monday, October 15, 2012
Lashargah (BNA) Two mine planters were killed in air attack of NATO in Helmand province yesterday. 
Local sources said in this event 3 children were lost their lives as well. 
Ahmad Shah police chief of Nawa district said to BNA, this event occurred when two mine planters were came under attack in Tankan Goder area, Nawa district. 
ISAF press office confirmed killing of the two armed militants in Nawa district. 
ISAF and police chief of Helmand said that they started investigation in this regard. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Monday, 15 October 2012 10:59

NPF Kills 15 Armed Taliban

Monday, October 15, 2012
Kabul (BNA) 15 armed Taliban were killed in clash by police forces. 
The interior ministry press office said to BNA, the national police forces conducted 7 operations in the outskirts of Kunar, Kunduz, Sar-i-Pul, Ghazni, Paktia and Helmand provinces, in which 15 armed Taliban were killed and 15 others were arrested. 
In these operations, 25 kg of explosive devices, quantity of heavy and light arms of enemies were seized by police forces. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Monday, October 15, 2012
Nangarhar (BNA) The head of public work of Nangarhar province was wounded by attack of unknown men in Farm Heda area of that province this morning. 
Sharqiwal spokesman of Nangarhar police said to BNA, Fazel Rabi came under attack by unknown men while going to mosque. 
Meanwhile doctors in Jalalabad hospital said that the head of public work of Nangarhar was seriously injured. 
No person or group had committed responsibility of this event. 
Police officials of Nangarhar started investigation for identifying of attackers. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Monday, October 15, 2012
Bamyan (BNAS) A plane of UNAMA made emergency landing in Bamyan province yesterday. 
It is said this plane made emergency landing in Yakawlang district of Bamyan province. 
Ahmadi spokesman of Bamyan governor said to BNA, in this event two officials of UNAMA office were slightly wounded. 
Reports reached that this plane carried 25 officials of UNAMA office. 
Meanwhile, spokesman of Bamyan governor said this emergency landing was entity of dust. 
UNAMA office in Afghanistan transfers most of its staffs by copter to different part of the country. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada