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Tuesday, 26 February 2013 06:47

CM Adopts Framework For Dissolution of PRTs

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai chaired plenary meeting of the council of ministers at the presidential palace yesterday. 
To start with the CM discussed usage of foreign aid and assigned the ministries of finance and foreign affairs to reach understanding in coordination meetings with the donor countries so that they render their assistance considering the principles of the national sovereignty of Afghanistan and they should expend their commitments made at the international conferences, through the national budget of Afghanistan. 
The CM also advised all the government organs to channel attraction of the aid of donor countries through the ministry of finance and avoid direct contracts with the foreign donor countries.
The meeting also instructed the Ministry of foreign affairs and the national security council to pursue the issue of hanging of six Afghan refugees in Iran and other Afghan nationals passing prisons terms who either are sentenced to capital punishment of long term imprisonment through the diplomatic channels with the Iranian side and exert all possible efforts for solving those issues. 
Meanwhile, the framework for dissolution of the provincial reconstruction team (PRT) was taken up by the local organs department chairman and he stressed that in the light of the decree No. 45, this frame has been prepared with the cooperation of ministries of finance, economy, interior affairs and other related organs that aim of which preservation of security gains and development projects at local level, attaining of assurance for creation of no problems after their withdrawals, replacement of the structure to the permanent government entities and specifying the role of the ministries in the provincial projects  based on four main activities like the infrastructural projects, support towards preservation of logistical and maintenance, technical support and transfer of equipment of the PRT teams. 
The CM adopted the prepared framework and instructed the ministries of economy, finance and the independent local organs to implement the framework.
The CM also discussed the resolutions No. 19, 20, and 21 of the Economic committee of the council of ministers in the following manners. 
Initially, Minister of Urban development presented the Master plans for the cities of Kabul, Herat, Bamyan, Jalalabad, Mazari-e-Sharif, Kunduz and Kandahar. 
The CM called the master plans as preconditions for socioeconomic development for the coming generations and assigned the urban development ministry to specify the main points within the plans including all requirements of a modern city and present them to an extraordinary meeting of the CM that will be held in the coming week. 
Minister of Finance presented the draft of the proposal for struggle against economic crimes and stressed that this is the draft strategy in the light of which Afghanistan will be enabled to detect, prevent, investigate and follow up even complicated economic crimes. 
It should be noted that the economic crimes include banking fraud, money laundry, avoiding payment of taxes and custom duties, illegal trade, administrative corruption and terrorism. 
The council of minister adopted the proposal and assigned the finance ministry to implement the proposal. Three international conventions presented by foreign minister were also adopted.
 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The special envoy of Germany on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Michael Kukh called on President Hamid Karzai in presidential palace yesterday. 
In the meeting, according to the press office of the palace, matters pertaining peace process in Afghanistan and bilateral relations came under discussion. 
The president, besides describing Germany as an old friend of Afghanistan stressed for enhancing cooperation between the two nations.
 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai appreciated the program “Jirgai Azadi” aired by the RTA and BBC Media Action. 
Focusing on social issues on “people face to face with official” and so far has been aired for three times.  After watching the third program of “Jirgai Azadi” and in talks with the anchors of the program, the president has expressed his support, saying the youth has turned to vital force in developing the country. 
The president also noted that the program “Jirgai Azad” not only indicates freedom of expression but also institutionalize the press freedom. 
Meantime, a Kabul resident Hamidullah said he is waiting to watch the fourth round of Jirgai Azad. While in charges of the program say the fourth round will soon be aired.
 

Monday, 25 February 2013 09:52

118 Jirib of Lands Cleaned From Poppy

Monday, February 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA) 118 jirib of lands were cleaned from poppy crops in Helmand province. 
Interior ministry said BNA, the police officials of anti-narcotic Dept. of Helmand province cleaned the poppy farms in Nadali and Garmsir districts. 
According to the source, during the operation, 3 anti-vehicle mines which were planted by militants along the road in Nadali district were also discovered and defused. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Monday, 25 February 2013 07:07

Seven Militants Killed In Khyber Agency

Monday, February 25, 2013
LANDI KOTAL (BNA) At least seven militants were killed and some of their hideouts destroyed in air strikes and a clash in Tirah and Bara areas of Khyber Agency on Sunday.
Officials said that fighter planes bombed Taliban positions in Kukikhel area of Tirah.
The aerial bombing resulted in killing of four Taliban and destruction of three of their hideouts in Sra Vella and surrounding localities, officials claimed.
In Bara, security forces conducted a day long search operation in Nala and Arjali Nadi localities.
Officials said that in a shootout with militants in Nala, three activists of Lashkar-i-Islam were killed as the forces made advances into the area.
At Arjali Nadi, according to local sources, militants torched two military vehicles before they broke the cordon of security forces.
They said that militants put up some fierce resistance at Arjali Nadi before fleeing the area.
At Torkham, border guards apprehended an Afghan national and recovered from his possession five kilogrammes of gold and some foreign currency.
 

Monday, 25 February 2013 06:53

Police Vehicle Targeted

Monday, February 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Director of Counter Terrorism Security command of Samangan province survived a terrorist attack.
Colonel Musadequllah Muzafari police chief of Samang said to BNA, a vehicle carrying Abdul Gameil Arayamal director of counter terrorism department of Samangan hit a mine on road between Dara Suf and Aybak district, the mine exploded and damaged the vehicle but he survived from the incident.
The Source added, police has investigating the incident.
 

Monday, 25 February 2013 06:50

5 Monuments Renovated In Ghazni

Monday, February 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The five monuments which includes the shrine of Sayed Ahmad Maki, Turk Hazrat, Sayed Jalal Agha, Sayed Shah Agha and Baba Ali had been renovated at a cost of 10 million Afghanis, the minister for information and culture Dr. Sayed Makhdom Raheen said yesterday.
He also added that the efforts to renovate the monuments are parts of preparation to celebrate Ghazni as cultural capital of Islamic countries in 2013.
Under a program, the ministry for information and culture would repair 31 historic monuments in Ghazni.
During his visit to Ghazni and meeting Ghazni governor Musa Khan Akbarzada and head of provincial council, the minister for information and culture exchanged views on preparation of Ghazni city to celebrate the event in the current year.
Dr. Raheen during his visit also inaugurated the new building of the cultural department.
In talks with journalists, the minister also called on Taliban share the festival of celebrating Ghazni as cultural capital of Islamic countries in 2013.
 

Monday, February 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The House of People and the Senate of National Assembly strongly condemned the hanging of the Afghan refugees in Iran.
The National Assembly also criticized the persistent killings of the Afghan labor at Iran and stressed that Afghanistan as a result of hidden and open plots of her neighbors have lost millions of its sons.
The unjustifiable hanging of the Afghans added to the sadness of the people of Afghanistan.
The National Assembly of Afghanistan strongly demands from the legal international foundations and the government of Afghanistan to legally purse the hidden open hanging of the Afghans in Iran.
 

Monday, February 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The Minister of Water and Energy signed a memorandum of understanding with a Pakistani company on the basis of which the Pakistani company in 18 comings months will prepare the detailed design of dam on the Farah River.
Mohammad Ismayel Minister of Water and Energy during the signing ceremony said that this project is most beneficial for the people of Farah and in addition to economic benefits this will facilitate security in the areas as well.
The dam is to be constructed 180 km distance from the Farah center on which a concrete wall with the height of 180 meters will built which will have the capacity for accumulating over one billion cubic meters of water.
The dam will also irrigate around 160,000 hectares of land and will produce over 27 megawatts of power that is enough to meet the needs of the province to an extent.
This will also provide jobs for one million farmers.
According to the officials of the ministry the detailed design of the dam will incur over USD4 million that is to be provided from the development budget of the government and the Pakistani company will carry on the designing process in 18 months.
The contract was signed by Minister of Water and Energy and Nespak Company of Pakistan.
It should be noted that so far the ministry has been able to carry on survey on 111 large dams and construction of building of some of them have been started.
Afghanistan is considered very rich in water resources however due to some reasons the country could utilize only 30% of its water resources.
 

Monday, February 25, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The High Oversight Commission on Implementation of Constitution with Gul Rahman Qazi on the chair held meeting yesterday.
In his remarks, first he briefed the participants on the implementation of the decisions which took in previous meeting and also the 9th clause of article 24 of the civil employees law which is in contrast to 34 article of the constitution was discussed and decided to discuss the modification of the clause with commission for administrative reforms and civil services.
In the meeting the law for using the national flag in line with the article 19 of the constitution was also discussed and decided that the concerned department in accordance with the constitution sent its study to the next meeting to the commission.
In the meeting the issue of execution of Afghan citizens in Iran was also discussed and called on the foreign ministry to defend the rights of citizens outside the country.
 

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