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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.

Sunday, 11 March 2012 06:12

Two Haqani Commanders Detained In Logar

Sunday, March 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Two Haqani network commanders with his 5 followers were detained by ISAF forces in suburb of Pul-e-Alam center of Logar province. 
According to ISAF press release, the two commanders cooperates rebels in making of bomb and wanted to abduct one of the national army commanders in that province. 
In this operation, ISAF seized a suicide vest, explosive materials with quantity of heavy ammunition.  
Meanwhile, ISAF press release stated that, other commander of Taliban with 5 of his followers was detained from Gelan district of Ghanzi province.
This commander organized destructive activities in Kabul-Kandahar highway and in other operation they discovered 495 kg of explosive materials from Trenkot city of Urozgan province. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Saturday, 10 March 2012 13:43

School Building Sets On Fire In Badghis

Saturday, March 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Armed Taliban set on fire a school building in Eshaqzai village of Ballah Morghab district in Badghis province last night.
Abdul Ghani Sabere, deputy governor of Badghis province told this news agency, all the books, administrative documents, desks, chairs and other equipments have been burned.
Educational officials of Badghish said, 500 students missed their education with burning of this school.
Eight months back another school building was burned in Langar area of Qadis district.
T. Rateb

Saturday, 10 March 2012 13:42

Meshrano Jerga Lauds BNA Head

Saturday, March 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Director for the Bakhtar News Agency BNA, Khalil Meenway was appreciated by Senate Chairman, Mohammad Alam Izedyar.
The chairman meanwhile asked success for them hoping to pay attention more in covering the national assembly’s reports.
Meanwhile, the director for BNA Khalil Meenway thanked the Meashrano Chairman and vowed to do more in covering the Meashrano Jerga reports.

Saturday 10 March,


ISLAMABAD: Interior Ministry has imposed ban on four organizations allegedly involved in sectarianism and ethnic activities.

According to the recently issued notification, these organizations included Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat (ASWJ), Shia Talba Tanzeem (Shia Student Organization), People's Aman Committee and TNA Gilgit.

The interior ministry has sent the notification to all the four provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan.

Saturday, 10 March 2012 11:37

Solar storm has minor impact on Earth

Solar storm has minor impact on Earth

Saturday 10 March,


WASHINGTON: A solar storm that shook the Earth's magnetic field on Thursday spared satellite and power systems as it delivered a glancing blow, although it could still intensify until early Friday, space weather experts said.

The geomagnetic storm surging from the sun was initially expected to be strong enough to disrupt power grids, airplane traffic and space-based satellite navigation systems. But government scientists on Thursday downgraded their prediction on the intensity of the storm - a big cloud of charged particles spawned by two solar flares

Saturday, 10 March 2012 11:33

Afghan foreign minister to visit Qatar

Saturday 10 March,


KABUL: Afghanistan  Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasool will visit Qatar to meet government officials to discuss  bilateral cooperation and  reconciliation with the Taliban, Janan Mosa Zai spokesman said to BNA
Rasool is scheduled to leave for Qatar in under ten days, Foreign Ministry spokesman Janan Mosazai added.

The Afghan Taliban announced in January it would open a political office in Qatar, suggesting the group may be willing to engage in negotiations that would be likely to give it Afghan government positions or official control over much of its historical southern heartland.

(BNA) Afghanistan captain Nawroz Mangal is hoping that the return of coach Kabir Khan will act as a motivation for his side at the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier from 13- 24 March.

The 16-team ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier UAE 2012 (WT20Q) will be staged across five venues in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. At stake in the UAE will be the two available places in the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012 which will be played in Colombo, Hambantota and Pallekele from 18 September to 7 October.

A former Pakistan fast bowler, Kabir, was the man responsible for fashioning Afghanistan's qualification to the ICC World Twenty20 2010 in West Indies. That incidentally was Afghanistan's first appearance at a major ICC global event.

Kabir was replaced by another Pakistan player, former captain Rashid Latif, but late in 2011 Latif moved on from his job.

"We have prepared well and have played a few practice games. We have prepared with specific plans where Kabir has made a big impact. We have analysed other teams, we have talked about combinations and the specific roles for batsmen. Kabir's made a huge impact, yet again and it is good to have him for a new three-year term," said Mangal.

In his continuing assessment of Kabir, Mangal added that his advice was simple and yet covered all aspects of the Twenty20 format.

"He said that this format is about 120 balls which is a lot to score runs. He has spoken in detail about how and when to use spinners. So it has been fascinating having him back. He helped us get ODI status and helpedd us qualify for the last ICC World Twenty20," added Mangal.

The Afghanistan captain heaves a huge sigh of relief as he looked back on the brief period between Latif moving on and Kabir's appointment.

"We used to have a new coach on every tour. The combination and understanding was never really there. The benefit with Kabir is that he knows us, knows our psyche because he has been a player himself. This will help us forge a winning combination yet again," revealed Mangal.

Now, with the tournament just a few days away, Mangal is keen for his side to remember all the good tidings from the last qualifier in 2010, also held in UAE.

"We will try to use all the confidence from the fact that we have been champions from here back in 2010 in the ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier. We will fight every inch because it is our mission and target for Afghanistan to qualify. We have to live up to our high standards," opined Mangal.

Two years is a long time in sport and Mangal confirms the same when he talks about the changes in the squad since the ICC World T20 Qualifier in 2010.

"Then we were not that experienced. We have had a few new faces added to the squad. So overall the squad is positive, but there won't be any pressure on us. I have also gained a lot experience as a player and captain," added Mangal.

The make-up of his squad is another cause for Mangal's optimism. He says that his side has a good complement of fast bowlers in Hamid Hassan along with the likes of Dowlat Zadran, Zamir Khan who have made it through good performances in domestic cricket.

Afghanistan played its first One-Day International against a Test playing nation, Pakistan, last month. According to Mangal that was the best experience his side could have before the global qualifier for the ICC World Twenty20 2012.

"We learnt that at the highest level you cannot be hitting every ball out of the ground. You need to look for single and play each ball on its merit. On pitches in UAE we need to play sensibly. It was a good experience for us because it has given something for the boys to plan," said Mangal.

Much like the other sides, Mangal too kept an eye on the recent Pakistan v England T20I series. Mangal believes the series gave an indication of how sides should approach the qualifier.

"It was a good to watch them play. These are not pitches for 180-200. On the pitches in UAE, even 130-135 is fine. So we have to sensible when thinking of a target to set," said Mangal.

Afghanistan's travelling supporters in the UAE is another reason why Mangal and his squad can hope to have a good time during the ICC World Twenty20 2012 Qualifier. Afghanistan made headlines worldwide by qualifying for the ICC World Twenty20 2010. Now if it repeats that feat in 2012, it will be another talking point worldwide.

"If we qualify it will have a big impact on our cricket. It is our mission. If we play well, then it is all up to our fate. We hope we can do it again," concluded Mangal

Saturday, March 10, 2012
Mazar-e-Sharif (BNA) German development program marked international women day attended by Afghan women carpet weavers for various districts of Balkh province. 
In a ceremony which was held in Mazar-e-Sharif was attended by women carpet weavers of various districts as Dawlatabad, Chrbolduk, Chamtal for Balkh and Aqcha district of Jawzjan. 
The source said women carpet weavers spoke about their problems and challenges which they were facing with, adding the main problems of the women were low wage, lack of services as health, literacy and others. 
According to Najiba, a carpet weaver said, “We are weaving carpets 10 hours in a day without any break, adding after 10 hours of work, we leave for our homes.” 
“Although our eyes suffer from dirt and most of the women are suffering from various diseases, but we get very low wage, she said, adding we daily get 50 Afs which nothing,”. 
Meanwhile, Abdul Satar Bigzada, head of carpet union said, “70% of the country’s carpet is trafficked to Pakistan. 
If the government wouldn’t stop such trafficking, the wage of the weavers would not be increased.