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Sunday, 24 June 2012 06:31

20 Taliban Rebels Killed

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Kabul (BNA) 20 Taliban rebels were killed and 7 others were arrested in security missions by security forces. 
According to interior ministry press office, the security forces in 24 last hours conducted several cleaning up operation in the vicinities of Kunar, Nangarhar, Helmand and Urozgan provinces, in which 20 Taliban rebels were killed, 7 others were detained. 
In this operations, 13 different types of arms, 408 heavy arms, 13 mines, 60 kg explosive materials, 6 communication sets, 1400 kg of Ammonium Nitrate which use in making of roadside bombs and other military equipments and 5 motorbikes of enemies were seized by these forces.
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Fahim first vice president chaired the meeting of the CM law committee yesterday. 
As per the agenda the draft law of provincial councils, law on government issues, the law on atomic energy and the amendment to the phrase 13 table 2 of the special wages of postal services in domestic post transactions were discussed. 
At the start of the meeting Marshal Fahim talked on the importance of laws discussed and added that precision in compiling of laws and assessment of the laws meant taking steps towards solution of problems of the people and related organs. 
Minister of Justice presented the mentioned draft laws to the meeting and the meeting discussed each of them separately and adopted the following decisions.
The draft law on provincial councils devised for regulating their affairs and their links with the local department and district and village shura and residents of the province needs reviewing. 
The meeting assigned a commission led by Justice Minister and membership of Mohammad Ashraf Rasuli advisor in judicial and legal affairs, Nassrullah Stanikzai chairman of the legal and judicial consultative board, Abdul Khaliq Farahi chairman of the Local Organs Department and the representative of the election commission should review the law and present their views to the one of the coming meetings of the council of ministers. 
The draft of the law on government cases, that is designed for preservation of public assets, follow up of legal issues on behalf of the government, considering the proposals and reforms advanced by the participants at the meeting was confirmed and shall be referred for final decision to the council of ministers. 
The draft of the law on government cases, that is designed for preservation of public assets, follow up of legal issues on behalf of the government, considering the proposals and reforms advanced by the participants at the meeting was confirmed and shall be referred for final decision to the council of ministers. 
The draft law on atomic energy that is designed for positive usage of atomic energy for peaceful means, ensuring the safety of security of the radio-active materials and its resources, prevention of proliferation and usage of radio-active and safety of environment was confirmed and referred to the CM meeting. 
The draft amendment to the phrase 13 of table 2 of special wages of postal transport in inside the country considering the improvement in it was also confirmed and referred for finalization to the CM meeting.

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The office of deputy minister for youth affairs of information and culture ministry in a meeting appreciated the activities of the journalists in the country. 
Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture told the meeting that it is a matter of pleasure for him today the reporters and journalists are appreciated for their good services to the media. 
Temur Shah Ishaqzai deputy minister for youth affairs of the ministry said that the main achievement of the government in the past ten years is the freedom of speech and that has come about as a result of youth efforts and this has even cost the youth to lose their lives on the path of freedom of speech. 
He added that the ministry has created coordination and training program for the reporters and even they will be sent abroad for upgrading their knowledge. 
Abdul Hamid Mubarez an outstanding reporter and journalists of the country talked on the role of media and reporters and said that he is happy that for the first time the reporters are being appreciated. 
He added that in the past there were limited number of media and the journalists but this has considerably increased now and this of course due to the efforts of the successful journalists and he hoped that the quality of the media also improve. 
He noted that still the journalists are threatened and they are conveying the news under such conditions.

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The preliminary meeting of the commission for holding the international seminar on “Ghazni in the course of history” with Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen the Minister for Information on the chair was held yesterday. 
In the meeting, attended by some legislators from Ghazni province, scholars and writers, Dr. Raheen described the international seminar on Ghazni very important and said that Ghazni for its role in promoting Islam and Islamic values and culture is very important and that is why the ISESCO had chosen Ghazni as the capital of Islamic culture. 
In the meeting the modalities of holding the international seminar was discussed and a commission was also constituted. 
It is expected that the seminar with the participation of schools from Afghanistan and the region will be held early in 2013 in Kabul and Ghazni respectively. 
The commission also called upon the scholars, writers, researchers and historians to write their articles and present their suggestions and opinions for the better holding of the coming international seminar.

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The members of secretariat of preparing the holding of the National Peace Jirgah of the Youth of Afghanistan met with Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president yesterday. 
It is said that different civil foundations of the youth of the country intend to hold a peace jirgah of Afghanistan with the participation of over 2000 youth of the country. 
The members of its secretariat of the youth in their meeting with Khalili said that at this jirgah discussions will take place on peace process, struggle against corruption, and problems of joblessness and education of the youth. 
They want to ensure attraction of the youth of the country for active participation in important issues and youth from different ranks including civil activists, students, journalists, and athletes and other would participate. 
Khalili considered the youth as the pioneer segment of the people and the government for bringing about of positive changes in the country and stressed that his view is such that the youth can play a helpful role in eradication of administrative corruption in the country. 
He added that the youth of the country considering their energy is away from the negative phenomenon. 
He also considered the role of the youth in creation of unity in the country and added that the youth of the country should not allow anyone to disrupt national unity and co-existence in the country. 
He assured them that he will convey their message to the president of the country.

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai addressing the seminar of national appeal for reforms in the education order, professional education and job creation in Afghanistan said that attaining of education by the youth and creation of the grounds for their education are the greatest asset of the country. 
Initiated by the ministries of education and higher education at the Amani High School, president Karzai added that I have three proposals for the seminar. 
First, in order to attract all the talents of the country the entrance order should be improved, second, the talented students should enter into higher education without exams and the educational spheres of the students from grade 9 to 12 should be specified, secondly the medical and engineering lessons should take place in English language or in one of other important languages of the world and thirdly much attention should made in dispatching the students for higher education abroad. 
He added that the government has allocated USD 10 million for students to receive education abroad and this year it will be increased to USD 15 million. 
Addressing the Uelma, tribal elders, and scholars of the country and said that propagation towards attaining of knowledge and the educational measures of Afghanistan to reach it highest peak is your responsibility. 
President Karzai called torching of schools inside Afghanistan and either side of Durand Line and martyrdom of the ulema and teachers an open enmity with science and knowledge and added that the enemies of Afghanistan are afraid of progress and developed Afghanistan, as the educated Afghans cannot be exploited or used. 
He asked the lecturers and the teachers to transfer their talents to the present generation, adding that the best teacher is that to transfer his all knowledge to his student and his student became more knowledgeable than him and the best students is that to respect his teacher as his parents. 
Pointing to the poisoning of school students in the provinces of Bamyan, Kunduz, Khost and Mazari-e-Sharif and especially in Takhar he noted that those who are spraying poison are the enemies of the people of Afghanistan who do not want that Afghans become educated, if they are inside or outside the country, they are the enemies of progress, and economic development and honorable life of the Afghan. 
He encouraged the students to attain education and said that university is not the place for politics, and discrimination, but is the place for giving them the knowledge. 
He noted that those youth who are following these they neither serve themselves nor their families and the country and those who follow their lessons day and night and raise them as doctor, lawyer, attain computer skills and economist they will earn some bread for themselves and in the meantime they help progress of the country as well. 
He said that he is hopeful that in the three day seminar that scholars have gathered here with the aim of upgrading the education should advance their proposals so that our path towards reaching the main goal is shortened. 
Prof. Dr. Obaidullah Obeid Minister of Higher Education, Ghulam Farouq Wardak Minister of Education and Amena Afzali minister of martyrs, labor and disabled and social affairs also addressed the seminar and they discussed progress in the sphere of education in the country. 
They also touched on challenges in this area and presented their proposals in this respect.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA)
Madam. President,
I wish to begin by thanking the Government of Brazil for hosting this historic conference. It is a distinct pleasure to be here today in this beautiful city.
We have come together in Rio for a common goal: ensuring a better future for the 7 billion people sharing this earth, and committing ourselves to a healthy, secure and prosperous world. Afghanistan is convinced that through effective and result-oriented cooperation and collaboration, we can realize our shared objective for sustainable development.
I speak to you on behalf of the people of Afghanistan. Two decades of strife and conflict have brought untold suffering upon the Afghan people. Poverty, hunger, and dismal socio-economic conditions have regrettably become part of daily life for many. Roughly one third of our people live below the national poverty line. Gender gaps in both literacy and education, and meager opportunities for employment remain a challenge, and have yet to be fully addressed.
Terrorism that has its roots and support systems outside our country, environmental and geographic vulnerabilities have complicated our efforts to overcome these challenges and unleash our human, resource, trade and transit potential.

Madam. President,
Despite the obstacles at hand, Afghanistan has made considerable, historic progress in improving the lives of our citizens over the past decade, better enabling them to live in safety and prosperity.
Over the past ten years, with support from the international community, we have made many improvements: More than 8 million children are currently attending schools throughout the country and 50,000 students are enrolled in universities; close to 90 percent of our population has access to primary health services; and the rate of child and maternal mortality has decreased significantly.
Thousands of kilometers of roads have been constructed or repaired, and extensive work has been done in the area of rural development with a special focus on local community empowerment, agriculture and irrigation. Afghan women are playing an increasingly visible and tangible role in politics, culture and the economy. Together, these advances are helping to improve human capital, trade, transit, and food security.
Above all, we’ve restored the foundations of democratic governance: Afghanistan today is a young democracy with an elected parliament, elected provincial councils and a free and independent media that allow our citizens a direct say in their country’s governance.
To further our development goals, we are also working diligently to make use of our untapped natural resources. We consider our natural treasures to be a catalyst for enriching our country, attracting foreign investment, increasing the rate of employment, and contributing to our overall stability and prosperity.
Having come so far, we are now focusing on making our progress irreversible and sustainable. We acknowledge that national ownership and international partnershipsare key for sustainability of all three pillars of development.
Therefore, Madam, President, full transition to Afghan ownership and leadership is a top priority for my Government.
Currently, we are in the process of building an Afghanistan in which the needs of the Afghan people are met by the Afghan people themselves. In this regard, we are on track to assume full responsibility for security in Afghanistan by end 2014. We will continue to work closely with the international community during the Transformation Decade of 2014-2025 to address our long-term social, economic, and developmental challenges.
Continued and sustained support of the international community will be particularly important in these years to come. Despite the aspirations for sustainable growth and development, the task will be impossible for Afghanistan without sufficient means of implementation. In this respect, and as a Least Developed Country (LDC), we strongly support the implementation of Istanbul Program of Action for the LDCs ( 2011-2020) and emphasize the fulfillment of past pledges of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and an increase in the level of financial support.
Mr. President,
We have come together at this historic conference to cooperate on a global level. However, the success of Rio+20 depends on the extent to which the agreements we make here are concrete and will help improve the lives of people around the world. In this context we support global efforts to come closer together, to share experiences, technology and resources.
And from an Afghan perspective, we need these concrete agreements so that we can integrate them into our national sustainable development planning during our transformation decade between 2014 and 2025.
As a land-locked developing country, we support the Almaty Program of Action and an increased level of regional cooperation. Through various processes, including the promising Istanbul Process for building confidence and strengthening cooperation in the Heart of Asia region whose second successful ministerial meeting we hosted in Kabul just last week, we are working to restore Afghanistan’s historic role as a land-bridge connecting South Asia, Central Asia and Eurasia and the Middle East. Invoking our historical roots as a crossroads of trade routes, we hope to be at the center of regional connectivity. Opening these paths will not only help Afghans but improve the lives of people around the region. It is in this context that we see the importance of South-South cooperation, which will also complement North-South cooperation. Therefore, we support an acceleration of this process.

Madam, President,
The building of infrastructure and capacity is of the utmost importance to achieving sustainable development. Only by building up our human and physical capital can we combat endemic unemployment and poverty.
The sharing of knowledge and experience is critical to our success. This is what we have come to realize over the past ten years. Now, during our transformation decade, it is important that the sharing of technology and experience helps to create a sustainable Afghanistan.
We are pleased to see the progress that has been made on this front here at Rio and we hope to see the implementation of these transfers soon.

Madam, President,
It is my fervent hope that Rio+20 will prove to be a historic success in launching the entire world—including the Least Developed Countries-into a future of sustainable development.
I wish to reiterate my Government’s resolute commitment to helping advance cooperation for sustainable development at the international level.

Thank you

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai strongly condemned the terrorist attack carried out on the Spozhmai Hotel at Qargha Lake a recreation area in Kabul.
According to the Ministry of Interior (MoI), at 11: 30 on Thursday night, after first killing security guards, five terrorists stormed the hotel and took civilians inside the hotel hostage.
Following an 11 hour clash, Afghan security forces eliminated the terrorists and freed all the 40 hostages.
As a result of the incident, three security guards, one police and four civilians were killed.
Denouncing the act in the strongest possible terms, the President described attacks on resorts a sign of defeat for the enemies of Afghanistan.
Wishing further successes to the Afghan security forces, the President praised them for their courage and professional behavior in successfully eliminating terrorists and rescuing civilians.
President Karzai offered his deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the victims and called for more patience.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Two Taliban rebels wanted to plant a roadside mine in Qala-e-Kala Trenkoot city were arrested by police forces.
Spokesperson of polices forces in Uruzgan province told BNA that, the rebels, wanted by planting mines target Afghan and NATO forces.
According the spokesperson these two men by planting mines have killed several of our compatriots so far.
According to another report, police forces in Uruzgan provinces have succeeded to discover an amount of weapons of various types hidden by Taliban.

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The in charges of UNIMA office in Kabul say” there is no nay word about decreasing of the activities of this office in Afghanistan.
Nazifullah Salarzai the in charge of UNIMA press office talking to BNA reporter, criticized some media that they have deviated, what that office have said. UNIMA has no intention to reduce its activities in Afghanistan.
Salarzai says, “UNIMA has sent some proposals and plans for continuation of its activities in Afghanistan to UN headquarters.
The aim of which is to adopt UNIMA’s activities to the national programs of the country.
We want to adopt ourselves to the priorities of Afghan government.
Closing of a few offices in some provinces does not mean stopping or reducing the activities of UNIMA.
These announcement declared by Salarzai, after that, some media reported that UNIMA is seeking to reduce its activities in Afghanistan and has sent a report in this connection to UN organization. This information rejected by UNIMA press office.