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Sunday March 11, 2012

(BNA) PESHAWAR: At least 15 people were killed and dozens others injured in Peshawar's Budh Bher area when a suicide bomber blew himself up during funeral prayers.

The blast went off near a graveyard where people were offering funeral prayers in the Budh Bher area on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan.

Police and rescue teams reached the scene and cordoned off the area.

The victims were shifted to the nearby hospitals including Lady Reading Hospital.

Deputy Speaker Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly Khushdil Khan also attended the prayers and left the spot minutes before the blast.

Sunday, 11 March 2012 11:13

Two ANA Soldiers Killed In Farah

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Two ANA soldiers have been killed in western province of the country.
According to Afghan ministry of national defense, the two soldiers were killed in Balabluk district of that province.
The source didn’t give further details related to the death of the soldiers, but said two other ANA soldiers have sustained injuries in Barmal district of Paktika province.
Meanwhile, Afghan national army forces in separate operations discovered nearly 32 mines in the outskirts of Trinkot, Urzgan, Zheri of Kandahar, Delarm of Nimroz and Girwy of Ghazni provinces.

Sunday, 11 March 2012 11:00

Three Armed Insurgents Killed In Lagman

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Three armed Taliban insurgents were killed on Friday in clashes with foreign forces in Lagman province.
In a statement issued by ISAF said the individuals were killed in firefights with ISAF forces in Alishang district.
The insurgents were killed when they attached on a group of agricultural experts going to the district for a construction project.
ISAF said the incident happened on Friday in the outskirts of Alishang district.
Meanwhile, two armed insurgents have been killed in joint operation launched by Afghan and international forces in outskirts of Nangarhar, Laghman, Helmand, Khost, and Maidan-Wardak provinces.
Separately, Afghan and international forces have launched two separate operations in Khost and Zurmat district of Paktia, resulting in arresting a number of armed insurgents.

Sunday, 11 March 2012 10:58

Two Pakistani Nations Held In Kunar

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Two Pakistan citizens with suicide vests were detained by police in Kunar province today. 
According to national security Dept. press office to BNA, the personnel of that department with cooperation of people detained two Pakistani nations, Amjad and Aref residents of Derizola Charseda of Pakistan, who wanted to carry out suicide attacks in Sarkano district of Kunar province.
The suspects were equipped with two suicide vests full of explosive materials. 
These militias on direction of Pakistani terrorist networks entered Kunar province via Torkham for the attacks.
Fortunately, they were detained by police before carrying out suicide attacks and a tragic event was prevented in that province, the source added. 
The case is under investigation by police. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Memorandums of Understanding on six economic projects involving Japan’s $111 million worth of assistance to Afghanistan was signed by Jawed Ludin Deputy foreign minister for political affairs and Mr. Reiichiro Takahashi ambassador of Japan to Kabul. 
The event held yesterday at the ministry of foreign affairs was attended by Mr. Mustafa Mastoor deputy minister of fiancé and Mr. Yoshikazu Yamada representative of JAIA. 
The said projects include:
1.  Rehabilitation and expansion of aircraft parking Apron of Kabul Airport worth $22 million,
2. Expansion of the existing Bamyan Airport at the cost of $14.2 million,
3. Improvement of east-west connecting road in the north of Kabul at the cost of $28 million,
4. Improvement of Kabul University at the cost of $7.5 million,
5. Development of small irrigation systems in the suburb of Kabul at the cost of approximately $7.8 million,
6. Grant worth $31.5 million.
Mr. Ludin after the signing of the memorandums of understanding said “today we are signing the memorandums of understanding when tomorrow will be precisely one year from the Tsunami tragedy which claimed the lives of many of the Japanese people. 
The government of Japan despite the damages incurred as a result of the natural disaster remains from in assisting the people of Afghanistan.”  
Ludin on behalf of the government and the people of Afghanistan for Japan’s generous assistance over the past years expressed appreciation and gratitude. 
He said “We are deeply grateful for Japan’s commitment to and friendship with Afghanistan.”
Mr. Takahashi thanked for the sympathy of the government and the people of Afghanistan at the threshold of the first anniversary of the deadly Tsunami quake. 
He said “a main part of the projects contained within today’s memorandums are trilateral programs which will be implemented jointly by Japan and the New Zealand PRT in Bamyan. 
The implementation and actualizing of these projects will play an effective role in the strengthening of reconstruction capacity and private sector hence the strengthening of Afghanistan’s economic system.” 
After the implementation of the $111 million projects Japan’s assistance in the reconstruction of Afghanistan over the past ten years will total to $4 billion.

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Shah Wali Qarar, head of a commission for convening the seminar “Nangarhar during history”, the session was held to discuss about a number of articles sent to the commission. 
Secretary of the commission Abdul Hadi Quraishi said it was determined the seminar “Nangarhar during history” was to be held in Jalalabad city during the new solar year with participation of academic and cultural figures of Nangarhar, Laghman and Kunar provinces. 
The seminar is to be held by Afghan ministry of information and culture in the country following a series of seminars, conferences and sessions.

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Shirzad Governor of Uruzgan, Chairman and Members of Provincial Council of Uruzgan province met with Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president and the governor of the province shared the environmental problems there. 
He complained over lack of basic roads and problems in other spheres. 
He mentioned the need for building of the road from Urozgan-Kandahar saying that this road can connect the province with Daikundi and Bamyan and this way resolve problems of the people. 
Ensuring of electricity power for the people is another requirement of the people shared with Khailili. 
He noted that many projects have been designed and these can meet the needs of over 3,000 residents in the center of the province while due to budgetary limitations the projects have been suspended while there are possibilities for building of water reservoirs for producing electricity. 
He noted that the residents of the province are also facing limitations in the area of education and asked the government to address their problems.  
Shirzad expressed satisfaction over distribution of winter aids by the government to tens of thousands of families and added that fortunately NSP has also started its program in several districts and it is proceeding well. 
Khalili recalled the efforts of the governor and the provincial council in expansion and development of the province and stressed that there is need for addressing the problems of the people. 
According to Khalili Urozgan province is a less developed and in accessible area and requires for development and the government is trying its best to meet the demands and address the problems of the people and he assured that he has instructed the related organs for addressing the problems and he will also visit the province in an appropriate time.

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Fahim, first vice president and chairman of the CM law committee chaired a meeting of the law committee. 
To start with, Marshal Fahim reiterated on the acceleration of the affairs and added that the society and the government is in need of laws than any other time. 
He added that precise evaluations of laws are important as the laws should be prepared in coordination with all existing organs to remove the shortcomings and cover all areas of social lives. 
Minister of justice informed the meeting on the drafts of the laws of local organs and social organizations law which were assessed by the committee members. 
The shortages in the noted drafts were verified and it was decided that: 
The draft law of local organs has its shortcomings.  Considering the expressed views by the committee members the draft should be reviews under the supervision of a commission consisting of Nasrullah Stanikzai, chairman of the independent legal board, Nazir Ahmad Shahedi deputy minister for economy, Abdul Malik Sedeeqi deputy chairman of the independent local organs, Mohammad Ashraf advisor minister in legal and judicial affairs and representatives of the central statistics and geodesy and cartography departments led by justice minister and revised draft be presented to the committee meeting of the council of ministers. 
The meeting confirmed that the draft law on social organizations should be changed into the law on communities and after some corrections presented for adoption to the council of ministers.

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Maryam Durani has received international award for woman of courage.  0
International award of woman of courage is given annually by US secretary of defense to those women who do most of their efforts for restoration of the women rights in the countries of the world.” 
Maryam Durani, a member of Kandahar provincial council, has tried her best for restoration of the Afghan women rights in the province. 
She also runs a local radio most broadcasts of which are about women’s rights. 
The award was handed over by Michael Obama and US secretary of foreign affairs Hillary Clinton to Maryam Durani on Friday in an exclusive ceremony in the US. 
The ceremony was also attended by a number of elite women who received the awards too. 
Speaking related to challenges with which the Afghan women are facing, Maryam Durani considered insecurity as one of such challenges, saying despite threats, she would continue for restoration of the Afghan women’s rights in the province. 
She added Afghan women have now found their position in the society compared to the previous years and their voice could be heard in provincial councils and all other government institutions. 
Meanwhile, Muzhgan Mustafavi, deputy minister of women affairs has said the award which Maryam Durani had received could be an example for all Afghan women.

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Karzai had a meeting with the relatives of the Parwan martyrs. 
At the meeting the relatives of the martyrs who had taken part at the protest march in reaction to the torching of Holy Kuran in Parwan province were present. 
President Karzai expressed his sympathies with the families of the martyrs and the wounded and expressed the hope such an incident not occur in the future. 
He added that such incidents have two reasons, firstly that still Afghanistan is not calm and secondly that the culture of demonstrations is not mature and the security forces are still to learn how to act. 
Abdul Sattar Khwasi secretary of the House of People representing the Parwan people thanked the president that he expressed his sympathies on the telephone with the people of Parwan over the casualties in the demonstrations in reaction to torching of Holy Kuran. 
Khwasi added that the president strongly condemned torching of the Holy Kuran and his reaction is being widely praised by the people of the country. 
Governor of Parwan Abdul Basir Salangi provided information to the president on the casualties in terrorist attack on the provincial governor house and the recent incident in the Shinwari district of the province. 
At the end president Karzai while members of the national assembly and Parwan governor were present, delivered cash assistance of the government to the martyrs’ families and the wounded family members.