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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
RIYADH (BNA) Saudi Arabia’s defense Minister Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz was named on Monday as the kingdom’s new heir apparent following the death of Crown Prince Nayef on Saturday.
Prince Salman, 76, was appointed defense minister after the passing of Prince Sultan, the then crown prince and long–serving defense and aviation minister.
It was the first ministerial post for Prince Salman who has been the governor of Riyadh since 1962.
Saudi King Abdullah appointed on Monday his half-brother Prince Salman “crown prince and deputy prime minister” while retaining him as defense minister.
Prince Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz was appointed as interior minister, a position held by Crown Prince Nayef for over 30 years, state television Al-Ekhbariyah reported.
Pragmatic Prince Salman
Prince Salman was widely believed to be the new heir apparent because of pragmatism and understanding of powers that dominate Saudi politics.
He also is seen as more moderate than his brother, the late crown prince.
According to a 2007 U.S diplomatic cable released by wikiLeaks, Prince Salman advocates a cautious approach to social and cultural reform.   

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The interior ministry has warned police drivers to respect driving rules and regulations, otherwise, the violators to be punished.
The aim of imposing this restriction is to apply the traffic law on police personnel, interior ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi said. The decision, according to the people has been taken in the wake of road accidents by police drivers.
According to statistics, the police drivers have been involved in 50 cases of road accidents over the past three months.
Sacking from police rank, fine and referring to court are among the punishments considered for police drivers who violate the driving rule, Sediqi said, adding police mobile teams patrolling the roads to monitor driving rules violated by police.
He also said that police have intensified operations against kidnapping and drug trafficking.
According to interior ministry officials some 40,000 Afghans have been smuggled abroad through Turkey and unfortunately some of them lost their lives on way to Greece.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The security organs of the country have foiled three terrorist plots on the day of holding of conference of Heart of Asia in Kabul.
The terrorist network intended carry on a serial suicide operations during the holding of the conference in Kabul, Kandahar and Kunduz provinces but their attempts were foiled by the national security department.
A member of the press bureau of the national security department confirmed that terrorists had planned some programs in the three provinces to be carried on the day of holding of the conference, including attack on the training center of national army in the east of Kabul, organizing of a suicide attempt by using a rickshaw in Boldak of Kandahar and carrying of a series of attacks in Kunduz province on that day.
It is said that 11 persons were arrested in this connection and their confessions indicate that the arrested terrorists as before were trained and dispatched to Afghanistan from Pakistan.
Also a national from the central Asian country having ties with the terrorist groups has been arrested from the old city of Faizabad of Badakhshan and he is member of Tehrike Ansarullah of Tajikistan Taliban.
He confirmed that the Taliban and its terrorist network in North Waziristan, Miram Shah including the Al-Qaeda network and Sarajuddin Haqani intend that by using the services of foreigners from the Central Asian countries carry on terrorist activities in Afghanistan and Tajikistan.
The meeting of the countries of the Heart of Asia was held in presence of 25 countries last Thursday in Kabul.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Herat (BNA) A commander of armed militants namely Abdul Latif along with nine of his men joined peace process in Herat province yesterday, a security official said.
According to the official, the group was active in Karukh district and with joining these people to the peace process; the security situation will be further improved on Heart-Badghis road.
So far this year 584 armed militants have joined peace process in Herat province.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 08:37

4 Haqani Network Commanders Killed

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Paktika (BNA) Security forces killed four commanders of Haqani network namely Mullah Ghairat, Mullah Mohammad, Abdul Rahman and Qazi in Matakhan district of Paktika province yesterday, spokesman for provincial governor Mukhlis Afghan said.
They were on way to unknown destination when attacked by Afghan security forces and killed on the spot, he added.
There were no causalities on the security forces, he said.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012 08:36

15 Taliban Militants Killed

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Security forces have killed 15 Taliban militants over the past 24 hours, interior ministry said in a statement released yesterday.
In the operations conducted in Baghlan, Faryab, Sar-i-Pul, Kandahar, Helmand and Nimroz provinces two more Taliban were injured and six others made captive.
A number arms and ammunitions including three mines, 180 Kg explosive device and 3 Kg drug were seized.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai chaired the plenary meeting of the Council of Ministers in which initially the president informed the CM about the successful holding of the conference of the heart of Asia Countries in Kabul hosted by Afghanistan on the 25th of Jawza of current year.
The CM appreciated the efforts of the Ministry of foreign Affairs and other organs and the interior ministry and the general department of national security who exerted all possible efforts for maintaining the security.
       The president also informed the CM on his visit to Saudi Arabia and participating at the funeral ceremony and prayers of Amir Nayef Crown Prince and Minister of Interior Affairs of the Saudi Arabia. The CN asked peace for the soul of late Amir Nayef and asked patience for the Saudi King and the people of that country.
      The second vice- president Mohammad Karim Khalili shared the stoppage of work on the Puli Sokhta up to Darul Aman and the Mohammad Ali Jennah Hospital in Mehta Qala of sixth precinct of Kabul. The CM considered these projects as very important and instructed the Kabul Municipality and the public health ministry to accelerate work on the projects.
    The administrative deputy minister of interior affairs informed the CM on the progress or work on electronic identity card.
He said that as per the instructions of the CM so far the office and the relevant documents have been prepared and the draft of the law on identity card has been prepared along with the design and the procedures and in case of provision of financial assistance the process of registration will begin on 10th of Jaddi 1391 and will be completed in three years for at least 70% of the citizens of the country.
     The CM instructed the ministries of interior and communications to adopt measures for completion of all procedures of the electronic identity cards and present their report to the CM and the finance ministry was advised to allocate USD5 million for financing this project and place in at the disposal of the interior ministry.
     The minister of mines informed the CM on expropriation of 37 jirib of land property of 39 individuals for building of the new road of Ainak Copper Mine at the total price of afs.55.388 million and the compensation for destruction of homes, fruit-bearing trees of the villages coming under expropriation within the Ainak Copper Mines area that totally costs afs.42.5 million which was adopted by the CM.
      The minister of mines informed the CM on the misuse of Shiberghan gas and chromate mine of Logar and Paktia. The CM confirmed this report and assigned the ministry of mines to prepare a comprehensive policy aimed at preventing illegal and non – professional exploitation of the mines of the country and refer it to the coming CM session.
     Minister of public health explained the program for eradication of polio which indicates that Afghanistan is among three countries in the world that positive cases of polio have been recorded in it. It added that in 1390 around 80 cases of polio and in current year 6 positive cases were recorded. The ministry has prepared four round program and two rounds of sub-programs in vulnerable areas especially in the south – west parts of the country and stressed that during these programs around 8.2 million children under five will be covered in 34 provinces.
    The minister of public health added that in case of full eradiation of virus of polio inside the country it is probable that the virus may afflict the children from that side of the border of Afghanistan so there is need for cooperation of that side of the border for elimination of this disease.
     The CM confirmed this report and asked all the government and non- government organs and the residents of the regions to cooperate with the vaccination teams of the ministry and advised Pro.Nematullah Shahrani senior advisor of the presidential office in cultural and Islamic values, the ministry of information and culture, Hajj and Endowment, higher and education ministries to launch publicity on the importance of polio vaccine through Masjid, Jakaya , and schools.
      Ministry of Justice presented the amendment and additional to the draft law on regulating communication services that was confirmed.
      He also presented the draft of the regulation for preparing and carrying of the procedures of legislative documents considering the commitments made in Kabul Conference for effectiveness in law making and present requirements in the country in 7 chapters and 46 articles that was also confirmed.
      The CM instructed the ministry of communications and ministry of communications and information technology to adopt appropriate measures for prevention of improper usage of communication safety and mobiles with the cooperation of mobile companies and also stop over charges by the companies from customers of communication services.
      The minister of commerce and industries informed the CM on the proposal of the ministry on conclusion of contract for purchase of petroleum from the ADP company and stressed that this company is ready to provide per ton of petrol at USD 830, diesel at USD 750/ ton, aircraft oil at USD 900/ ton and liquid gas at USD/ 470/ ton that is less than USD200/ from the international market prices.
The CM instructed the ministry that considering the national interests of the country concludes the contract with the company as per the proposal No. 89 dated 28/ 3/1391 of the ministry.
At the end three international conventions were presented by foreign minister that was confirmed accordingly by the CM meeting.


Monday, June 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai in a telephonic conversation with Abdul Samad Hamid former deputy primer minister and a politician of Afghanistan asked about his health status.
At this conversation, the president noted that the government of Afghanistan is prepared to render all possible assistance towards treatment of him.
Hamid Karzai appreciated the outstanding services of Dr. Abdul Samad Hami who served as deputy primer, minister of planning, rector of university of Kabul and a politician of the country and asked immediate recovery for him.
Dr. Abdul Samad Hamid thanked president Karzai for his telephonic conversation and prayed for welfare and prosperity of the people of Afghanistan.

Monday, June 18, 2012
Paktika (BNA) In line with the presidential order, the government has provided cash assistance to the eight families of the martyrs and five injured due to terrorist activities in Paktika province, the deputy of Paktika governor, Juma Mohammad Zadran said yesterday.
He said that 100,000 Afghanis has been paid to the family of each martyr and 50,000 Afghanis for each injured person.

Monday, June 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Information and Culture with the cooperation of National Gallery initiated the first exhibition of calligraphy in Babur Garden.
Initially Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture welcomed the audience and expressed pleasure over holding of this exhibition.
He said, “Fortunately our media has expanded and the freedom of speech is the pride of our nation.”
“In this exhibition calligraphers and artists throughout Afghanistan are participating and our country has excellent background of calligraphy and painting and these two arts have its special place before the people of Afghanistan and for the time immemorial our artists such as Ghulam Mohammad Maimanagi and other artists served this nation despite the numerous problems in Afghanistan and in the region they had their outstanding works” he added.
He also asked for holding such exhibitions in the country and said that this will be open for three days at the services of the countrymen.
He stressed that the ministry of information and culture is exerting efforts towards growth of arts so that better facilities are provided to them.
Others present there included Asadullah Sarwari the most outstanding artist of the country.
He said that it is pleasure that today we could gather artists from all parts of the country and holding of such exhibition can ensure further growth of art and culture in the country.
He added that art is a beauty and creativity and the artists tries its best to reflects the beauties and I hope that such exhibitions are also organized outside Afghanistan.
Sameera Ouluwi an artist from Kandahar said that the artists want to present their works to all the people and if they come together they present works.
This is the first time that the ministry of information and culture organizing such an exhibition.