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Monday, 12 March 2012 14:35

Kabul-Gardiz Highway Blocks

Monday, March 12, 2012
Gardiz (BNA) Kabul-Gardiz highway blacked due to several avalanches on Traffic today. 
This highway which links southern provinces with the Kabul was blocked due to heavy avalanches in Kotal Tera area. 
Abdullah Dorani head of Paktia public work said to BNA, their officials make efforts to reopen the highway. 
According to eyewitness, currently the passengers’ vehicles stopped.
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, March 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen, Minister of Information and culture issued the following appeal in a TV interview in relation to preservation of the Afghan historic monuments: 
Our country Afghanistan in the course of its several years of history has given birth to several civilizations a part of which is the product of material and moral efforts of our forefathers and a part of them were brought in from other territories and generally these civilizations are divided into two parts: 
The part before Islam and after Islam, The part before Islam were the culture of Zardashti, Buddhism, Gandahara called by the name of Kushanid and every art and culture that had remained on the course of silk route like pre-Islamic works of Qalae Feridoun in Farah, Takhte Rustam in Samangan and the Hadda works in Jalalabad etc. 
However, the works of Islamic era is more than the pre-Islamic era like mosques, shrines, palaces, Khaneqah which have found their place in our territories from different culture and Islamic civilizations like Gunbed mosque that is the first Islamic features of Islamic masonry in Khurasan. 
Jami Masjid of Herat that from the viewpoints of Islamic masonry is unique in the world and date back to 750 years. To sum up, throughout the country there are 1200 historic monuments and almost 90% of them relate to the Islamic era and the remaining date back to pre-Islamic era. 
It should be stated that these monuments are the product of thinking and artistic talents of our nation which unfortunately are on the verge of demolition. 
The department of historical monuments of the Ministry of information and culture has only 10 engineers for all Afghanistan and the ministry has no possibility for payment of salaries of these engineers as well or to employ more of them. 
Presently these 10 engineers are busy in Afghanistan including Ghazni province and the annual budget of the ministry allocated for repairing and protection of the historic monuments is inadequate and often the work of repairing of the monuments remains from to another year as these activities are time consuming and need delicacies. 
Concerns exist that the historic monuments with the passage of time these monuments witnessing long time natural calamities may ultimately destroy. 
If these are annihilated, in reality a part of the human civilization in this part of the world will vanish. 
The Ministry of Information and Culture in a gathering of some ambassadors of friendly countries had warned that may be will be witness to annihilation of part of human civilization in this region, some of our foreign friends had taken part in repairing of some of the monuments which we appreciate while there many other monuments and we hope that these will attract the attention of our foreign friends and our traders. 
It should be said that all these require huge resources for instance the shrine of Wazir Akbar Khan and Sher Ali Khan needs more than USD35, 000 and the Herat congregational mosque needs USD 900, 000. 
We are hopeful that our international friends and national traders every one assist according to their abilities and share in protection of the civilization of their forefathers. 
You can contact the following number:  0202101302---070295150—0702010394.

Monday, March 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) March-8, International Women Day (IWD) was celebrated at a gathering held in the ministry of public health (MPH) and attended by large number of women from different governmental organs to laud the high position of the women in the society. 
Beginning with, some verses of the Holy Quran had been recited by Munira Qarizada following which the national anthem was sounded and then Minister of Public Health, Dr. Suraya Dalil celebrated the high position of the women with reading out a poem as follows: 
Not men had been those who had won the west battlefield. 
But, those whole lions had only been many from the women. 
The minister said she wants to celebrated the international day and commonly renew their commitment to support the women and work for their welfare. 
According to her, for making a tranquil Afghanistan, there was intense need of the women participation, as there are many female doctor, midwife, teacher, engineer, reporter, lawyer, economist and politician. 
She said hundreds of years ago, the women campaigns for justice had been commenced and as a pleading movement changed into a bright fact for the women rights and this role in the society. 
At that time, the women, by their uprising in front of the flax weaving factory in New York could prove that any uprising for their rights would guarantee their victory to receive their legitimate rights. 
The United Nations, this year, had included the slogan in the international women day for helping the rural areas women to take part in different social, economical, cultural and political as well as the girls in the rural sites to go to school and take their future decision. 
Dr. Dalil asked the women as part of the society to try to economically be capable to get success against one of the main human and UN targets “elimination of poverty” in the country. 
Some gifts had also been distributed among the participants following the conclusion of the auspicious ceremony. 
March, 8 the international women day is being celebrated in the war-torn Afghanistan, while the women across the country, particularly, in the rural areas are unfamiliar with the day which is being marked across the world.

Monday, March 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Ghorak district in the southern Kandahar province came under the government control after four years being administered by Taliban insurgent. 
Minister for Tribes and Frontiers, Asadullah Khaled and a number of local officials waved the national flag in the center of the district. 
Minister Khaled assured the locals of the urgent reconstruction and development projects implementation in the district, saying Ghorak is prioritized in the ministries of public works and rural development.

Monday, March 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Germany said it would provide up to $312 million of development aid this year to be spent in Kabul, Kunduz, Takhar, Badakhshan, Baghlan and Balkh provinces of Afghanistan. 
Finance Minister of the country, Hazrat Omer Zkhelwal and German Minister for Development of Economic Cooperation Dirk Nibel signed an agreement to mobilize the aid. 
Zakhelwal told media that the money should be spent on productive projects, such as economic development, education, training, healthcare and good governance Germany provides Afghanistan aid of $430 million each year and today’s pact was part of it, Zakhelwal said. 
Nibel said they would work on expanding their aids to other provinces as well, while German non-governmental organizations (NGOs) would inject an additional $10 million. 
Germany has deployed 4800 soldiers in northern Afghanistan under the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) command.

Monday, 12 March 2012 14:27

Medal Winner Athletes Praised

Monday, March 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Sayed Makhdom Raheen, minister of formation and culture while appreciating the youth athletes gaining medal said, surely the sports in future will flourish in the country owing to love that youth have in it. 
The all Kabul shura and the office of the deputy minister for youth affairs of the ministry appreciated the youths of four sports teams who have gained medals in world competitions with gifts and letter of merits. 
Dr. Raheen told the ceremony that sports had been forgotten in Afghanistan after bitter and painful events in Afghanistan, adding that sports has a better future in Afghanistan considering the faith and love that our youth have in sports.

Monday, March 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Commissions of the Wolesi Jerga held sessions discussing different issues among them the broadcasts of the government-run and private TVs with the presence of the minister and deputy publication minister of information and culture and head of publication of the ministry. 
Likewise, in the commission for religious, education and higher education affairs of the house of people, headed by Khalilullah Khalilzada and attended by Minister of Information and Culture, Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen, deputy minister of hajj and religious affairs, deputy academy of sciences and administrative and finance director of the ministry of education exchanged view on the 2012 budget. 
Minister of information and culture presented information to the commission members over reconstruction of up to 200 historical monuments reaching to the Islamic era and asked for providing a special budget in this respect.

The deputy minister of hajj and endowments also asked for at least ten million USD to construct a congregational mosque in each district of any provinces and added 350 of 160,000 congregational mosques had so far officially been registered in the ministry.

Monday, March 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Anwarul Haq Ahadi Minister of Commerce and Industries in his meeting with Minister of Development Affairs of Germany discussed current situation in Afghanistan and asked the German delegation to invest in creation of industrial parks and power systems in Afghanistan. 
The minister of development affairs of Germany said that his country is the biggest financier of the UN and IMF. 
He reiterated on his country previous commitments in assisting Afghanistan in different spheres to enable this country attain self-reliance in terms of economy and develop in information technology and industries. 
Dr. Ahadi said that in Afghanistan seven sectors has been determined where investment in them are needed including the precious stones of Afghanistan like marble having a good market in Asia, cement of which Afghanistan very rich and it has good markets. 
The minister asked the German delegation so that German assistance is channeled through the donors had only 50% effectiveness while through the government it has brought 80% benefits.

Monday, 12 March 2012 14:15

Former Pashtany Bank Director Arrested

Monday, March 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The attorney General Office said that Hayatullah Dayani former director along with 12 other employees of Pashtany Bank have been arrested. 
They are accused of embezzlement of Afs 35 million capital of the bank. 
General Abubakr Rafie deputy head of the attorney general office in struggle against corruption affairs addressing a press conference said that the former director of Pashtany Bank in accordance with the order of President Karzai had transferred USD 132 million in 1389 and had loaned to 70 companies, some of the companies having activity permits returned the loaned money but Afs. 35 million of the loaned money was not returned to the bank. 
He added that the investigations showed that Afs 35 million were recorded in the name of companies having no legal permits and their place of activity were not known as well and they were not registered at the AISA as well. 
The source adds that evidence exists that Afs. 35 million capital of the bank have been divided among Dayani and his 12 colleagues. 
He stresses that the accused have registered several homes on forged basis as guarantee for the loaned money while no such property exists. 
He noted that corruptions are high in the banks and this is not good news indeed. 
He attributes this to the low control regime of the banks within the finance ministry. 
He noted that unless the embezzled money is not returned to the treasury the accused will remain behind the bars.

Monday, March 12, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A senior police officer, Ziyarat Gol Ajans escaped an explosion occurred close to  his vehicle on Sunday, police said. 
“The is not clear yet whether the explosion targeted Mr. Ajans,” Khost Police Chief, Sardar Mohammad Zazai said to BNA. 
“His vehicle and the shops around were destroyed.”  Nobody, including Taliban has claimed the attack responsibility.