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Monday 05 March


MULTAN:  Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has stated that Pakistan could help the Afghanistan  government in talks with the Taliban.
Khar said on Monday that stability in the regions was in the interest of Pakistan.

“The situation in the region cannot improve without improving relations with neighbours.”

The Foreign Minister when asked about NATO supplies said that their aerial passage had never been blocked. Khar once again pointed out that the decision to reopen the supply route would be made by Parliament.

“I had informed US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton that the NATO supply route issue would be decided by Parliament,” Khar said.

Relations between the US and Pakistan have been troubled following the NATO attack on a Pakistani check post and may deteriorate further over Islamabad’s pipeline project with Tehran.

Monday, 05 March 2012 14:08

Taking vitamin E linked to osteoporosis

Sunday 05 February,

(BNA)  TOKYO: Japanese scientists say they have found a link between consumption of vitamin E and the degenerative bone condition osteoporosis, in a study likely to shed new light on the use of supplements.

Researchers found that giving mice increased doses of the vitamin to a level similar to that found in supplements caused the animals' bones to thin.

The mice developed osteoporosis after eight weeks on the diet, which had levels of vitamin E significantly higher than those found in a mouse's natural diet, according to the study, published in the journal Nature Medicine.

The team, led by Shu Takeda of Keio University, said vitamin E stimulates the generation of bone-degrading cells, which normally work with bone-forming cells to maintain bone strength.

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes the thinning of bone tissue and loss of bone density over time. It often affects older people, particularly women, who may become more prone to bone fractures.

Vitamin E is found naturally in various foods including vegetable oil, nuts and some leafy vegetables.

It is also a popular health supplement as an antioxidant, and is widely believed to enhance health and slow problems related to ageing.

The study called for greater research into how enhanced levels of vitamin E affect human health.

"It is possible that with the volume (of vitamin E) contained in health supplements, bones may become fragile," Takeda told the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper.

The findings come after researchers found mice that had been genetically modified to be deficient in vitamin E had a high bone density.

Sunday 05 February,

(BNA)  Some of the very best cricketers from ICC's Associate and Affiliate members countries will assemble in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month when the 16-team ICC World Twenty20 UAE 2012 will be staged across five venues of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. All 16 squads for the event, which will be staged from 13 to 24 March, have now been finalised.

At stake in the UAE will be the two available places in the ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka which will be played in Colombo, Hambantota and Pallekele from 18 September to 7 October.

A total of 72 matches will be played over 12 days and the first qualifier will emerge after the 61st match while the second qualifier will be known after the 71st match. The winner of the 72nd and final match of the tournament will complete Group B by joining Australia and West Indies while the runner-up will team up with defending champion England and former winner India in Group A.

Afghanistan will be defending the title it had won in 2010 when the qualifying tournament was an eight-team event. The Asian side had beaten Ireland in the final in Dubai by eight wickets but both the sides qualified for the ICC World Twenty20 2010 which was staged in Barbados, St Lucia and Guyana.

Afghanistan has named eight players in the squad who were members of the side which made history in the UAE two years ago. Captain Nawroz Mangal, Merwais Ashraf, Mohammad Nabi, Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Shahzad, Karim Khan Sadeq, Samiulah Shinwari and Shahpoor Zadran will again be returning with a challenge to guide their side to the second successive ICC World Twenty20.

Ireland, which missed the inaugural event in 2007 but appeared in 2009 and 2010, has named a formidable side as it has retained no less than 10 players from the 2010 campaign. Returning to the UAE will be captain William Porterfield, Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, Paul Stirling, Andrew White and Gary Wilson.

The four new faces in the Ireland squad for this event are 29-year-old all-rounder Nigel Jones, 33-year-old Ed Joyce, who has also played ODIs and two T20Is for England as an opener, 27-year wicketkeeper-batsman Rory McCann and an uncapped 26-year-old fast bowler Max Sorensen.

Peter Borren will once again lead the Netherlands which played in the 2007 event and upset England in the tournament opener at Lord's. The other survivors from the unsuccessful 2010 qualifier event include Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tom De Grooth, Tim Gruijters, Alexei Kervezee and Pieter Seelaar.

While the Dutch side will be without the services of Ryan ten Doeschate, the Associate ODI Player of the Year in 2008, 2010 and 2011, it will be bolstered by the inclusion of fast emerging Tom Cooper. The 25-year-old opener is yet to make his T20I debut but averages 54 from 18 ODIs and just under 40 from as many first-class matches.

The other popular name in the Associate and Affiliate world, Ashish Bagai of Canada, will also be missing from next month's action. The wicketkeeper batsman captained his side in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.

The event will see in action two international stars of the recent past: Michael Di Venuto and Geraint Jones.

Di Venuto, who will represent Italy, has played nine ODIs for Australia in 1997 while Jones, who will play for Papua New Guinea (PNG), has played 34 Tests, 49 ODIs and two T20Is for England between 2004 and 2006. The 38-year-old Di Venuto has become eligible after securing an Italian passport while 35-year-old Jones can play for PNG as he was born in Kundiawa, the capital of Simbu province in PNG.

The player eligibility criteria can be found by clicking here.


Afghanistan - Nawroz Mangal (captain), Javed Ahmadi, Merwais Ashraf, Mohammad Nabi, Hamid Hassan, Mohammad Zamir Khan, Mohammad Shahzad, Gulbadin Naib, Shabir Ahmed Noori, Karim Khan Sadeq, Samiullah Shinwari, Dollat Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Shapoor Zadran

Bermuda - David Hemp (captain), Jason Anderson, Lional Cann, Fiqre Crockwell, Terryne Fray, Joshua Gilbert, Stefan Kelly, Kamau Leverock, Stephen Outerbridge, Josclyn Pitcher, Samuel Robinson, Curt Stovell, Rodney Trott, Janeiro Tucker

Canada - Khurram Chohan (captain), Jimmy Hansra ,Manninder Aulakh, Harvir Baidwan, Rustam Bhatti, Rizwan Cheema, Tyson Gordon, Ruvindu Gunasekera, Zahid Hussain, Nitish Kumar, Henry Osinde, Hiral Patel, Raza Rehman, Junaid Siddiqi

Denmark - Michael Pedersen (captain), Aftab Ahmed, Shehzad Ahmed, Sair Anjum, Bobby Chawla, Basit Javed, Frederik Klokker, Jacob Larsen, Kamran Mahmood, Rizwan Mahmood, James Moniz, Martin Pedersen, Bashir Shah, Hamid Shah

Hong Kong - James Atkinson (captain), Irfan Ahmed, Muhammad Moner Ahmed, Kai Ming Li, Waqas Barkat, Babar Hayat, Asif Khan, Mohammad Aizaz Khan, Mohammad Nizakat Khan, Courtney Kruger, Roy Lamsam, Kinchit Shah, Daljeet Singh, Maxwell Tucker

Ireland - William Porterfield (captain), Alex Cusack, George Dockrell, Trent Johnston, Nigel Jones, Ed Joyce, Rory McCann, John Mooney, Kevin O'Brien, Boyd Rankin, Max Sorensen, Paul Stirling, Andrew White, Gary Wilson

Italy - Alessandro Bonora (captain), Gareth Berg, Damian Crowley, Gayashan Munasinghe, Luis Di Giglio, Michael Di Venuto, Dilan S. Fernando, Damian C. K. Fernando, Andrew Northcote, Hayden Patrizi, Dell'agnello, Vincenzo Pennazza, Peter Petricola, Stanly H. J. Samaraweera, Carl Sandri

Kenya - Collins Obuya (captain), Ragheb Aga, Duncan Allan, Tanmay Mishra, James Ngoche, Shem Ngoche, Alex Obanda, David Obuya, Nehemiah Odhiambo, Nelson Odhiambo, Elijah Otieno, Morris Ouma, Rakep Patel, Hiren Varaiya

Namibia - Craig Williams (captain), Sarel Burger, Merwe Erasmus, Hendrick Geldenhuys, Zhivago Groenwald, Louis Klazinga, Christiaan Opperman, Bernard Scholtz, Nicolaas Scholtz, Gerrie Snyman, Ewald Steenkamp, Louis Van Der Westhuizen, Raymond Van Schoor, Christoffel Viljoen

Nepal - Paras Khadka (captain), Pradeep Airee, Mahaboob Alam, Prithu Baskota, Amrit Bhattarai, Shakti Gauchan, Krishna Karki, Paresh Prasad Lohani, Gyanendra Malla, Anil Kumar Mandal, Basant Regmi, Sanjam Regmi, Chandra Sawad, Sharad Vesawkar

Netherlands - Peter Borren (captain), Wesley Barresi, Mudassar Bukhari, Atse Buurman, Tom Cooper, Tom De Grooth, Tim Gruijters, Timm Van Der Gugten, Tom Heggelman, Alexei Kervezee, Ahsan Malik, Stephan Myburgh, Pieter Seelaar, Michael Swart

Oman - Hemal Mehta (captain), Sultan Ahmed, Qais Bin Khalid Al Said, Syed Amir Ali, Adnan Ilyas,Syed Aamir Kaleem, Awal Khan, Farhan Afzal Khan, Ajay Lalcheta, Sufyan Mehmood, Rajeshkumar Ranpura, Zeeshan Ahmed Siddiqi, Jatinder Singh, Vaibhav Wategaonkar

Papua New Guinea - Rarua Dikana (captain), Geraint Jones, Jack Vare-Kevere, Jason Kila, Willie Gavera, Chris Amini, John Boge Reva, Tony Ura, Assadollah Vala, Chris Kent, Mahuru Dai, Vani Vagi Morea, Joel Tom, Hitolo Areni

Scotland - Gordon Drummond (captain), Richard Berrington, Kyle Coetzer, Joshua Davey, Ryan Flannigan, Gordon Goudie, Majid Haq, Calum Macleod, Preston Mommsen, Matthew Parker, Safayaan Sharif, Jan Stander, Craig Wallace, David Watts

Uganda - Davis Arinaitwe (captain), Arthur Kyobe, Brian Masaba, Deusdedit Muhumuza, Roger Mukasa, Benjamin Musoke, Frank Nsubuga, Jonathan Sebanja, Asadu Seiga, Ronald Semanda, Laurence Sematimba, Henry Ssenyondo, Charles Waiswa, Arthur Ziraba

United States of America - Sushil Nadkarni (captain), Orlando Baker, Adil Bhatti, Ryan Corns, Muhammad Ghous, Elmore Hutchinson, Asif Mehmood Khan, Aditya Mishra, Azrudeen Mohammed, Nauman Mustafa, Abhimanyu Rajp, Gowkaran Roopnarine, Usman Shuja, Steven Taylor

Monday, March 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) In a suicide attack in Jalalabad city, at least one person was martyred and 12 others injured this afternoon.
This event occurred at 3:30 pm near the building of National Radio TV in a police post.
According to the reports, the suicide attacker exploded his car full of explosive in a police check point while the policemen were checking the vehicles.
Ahmad Zai Abdulzai spokesman of Nangarhar governor in a telephonic contact with BNA has not said the exact number of casualties, but he said that a number of security personnel and civilians have been killed and injured in this event.
Dr. Baz Mohammad Sheerzad head of Nangarhar public health department said, one martyred and 12 injured of this event have been shifted to the central hospital of Jalalabad city that the three wounded persons are in critical condition.
Sheerzad has not said the number of injured military persons.
A security official who denied saying his name told this news agency, in this suicide attack a policeman was martyred and 12 others including three civilians were injured. A staff of Radio TV of Nangarhar is among the wounded persons.
T. Rateb

Monday, March 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan parliament approved the nine nominated minister in their today’s session.
Dr. Suraya Dalil winning 196 votes got the post of Public Health Minister.
Amirzai Sangin winning 184 votes got the post of Communication and Technology Minister.
Husan Bano Ghazanfar winning 190 votes selected as Minister of Women Affairs.
Hassa Abdullahi getting 196 votes became the Urban Minister.
Daoud Ali Najafi receiving 176 votes became the Transport and Aviation Minister.
Obaidullah Obaid winning 196 votes got the post of Higher Education Minister.
Mohammad Ismail Khan winning 176 votes got the post of Water and Energy Minister.
Najibullah Awazhang getting 207 votes became the Minister of Public Works, and
Wasi Barmak getting 212 votes got the post of Rural Development Minister.
In a several days process, the MPs questioned the candidate ministers and the mentioned ministers also explained their working programs of their ministries.
115 “yes” votes was the need of each candidate to get the position.
In this round two new ministers are women.
T. Rateb

Monday, March 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The 16 years Cricket National Team of Afghanistan in Thailand Cup competition defeated Bhutan National Team.  
Fareed Ahmad Hotak press in charge of Cricket Board said to BNA. 
This competition carried out yesterday, at the first Afghan Cricket Team started play, and defeated 5 players of Bhutan team. 
This competition launched between six countries in Thailand. It is the second round that Afghanistan won and it is due that the 3rd round of the game will be with UAE team. 
Nasimullah Danesh executive board of Cricket said that we are happy that now our team carried out two competitions and succeeded and we hope our Cricket National Team win these competitions. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, March 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A number of textbooks of ministry of education have been taken to the country from Karachi port. 
According to Abdul Saboor Ghufrani, an official for the ministry of education, the books had been suspended in Karachi port were allowed by to be taken into the country. 
He added a number of the books have been taken to the country and their distribution is under way in various provinces of the country. 
Ghufrani added transition of the books from Karachi port is continuing and the ministry of education is trying to complete the transition process of the books before the new solar year. 
Nearly 77 containers of textbooks had recently been stopped by Pakistan government. 
The sent books included 7.5 million textbooks for Afghan students grading 10th, 11th and 12th were printed in UAE by US for ministry of education and taken to the country through Karachi port.

Monday, March 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA)  It is determined that Wahid Qasimi, a famous singer of the country  along with a number of local singers will soon perform a concert titled “Our voice for peace” here in Kabul. 
The concert has been initiated by Wahid Qasimi with close cooperation of information and culture ministry. 
The concert which will be attended by a number of local singers from Herat, Budghis, Bamyan, Nangarhar and Badakhshan will be held on Friday in Kabul. 
Jalal Noorani, advisor of ministry of information and culture in a meeting with participants of the concert talked about the ministry’s efforts towards improvement of Afghan music and informed the singers of the start of a new program by the ministry, adding for launching the program. An envoy will travel soon around the country to gather the country’s local singers. 
Related to aim of the concert, Wahid Qasimi said, “The concert aims to encourage the people of Afghanistan towards peace.” 
He added he planned to perform such concerts in other provinces of the country.

Monday, March 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, its speaker the House of people initially debated a series of traffic problems, shortages in extraction of mines and increased addicts in the country. 
The deputies also criticized the assertions of Azizullah Ludeen chairman of the high administration for struggle against corruption and considered them as irresponsible and asked for legal pursuance of this issue. 
As per the agenda, candidate minister of energy and water Mohammad Ismayel, Daud Najafi candidate minister for transport and civil aviation, Dr. Suraya Dalili candidate minister for health and Amirzai Sangeen candidate minister for communication and information technology presented their work programs which were debated by the deputies. 
At the commission on safety, remunerations and rights of deputies led by Sharifullah Kamawal while Dr. Sayed Makhdom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture and in charges of the National Radio-TV network, Noor in and TV 1. 
I were present, the in charge of the TV 1, shed light on the news as if Sedeeq Mubarez a member of the House of People during an official trip to a foreign country has asked asylum and for eight months she is not attending the meetings of the House of People, and while apologizing for this news he assured the deputies that this will not be repeated. 
The publication of the Noorin TV that is disrespecting the deputies was also discussed. 
It was decided that if this commission find out that after this decision any of the TV stations carry on disrespecting publications and it harms the dignity of personalities and the accepted traditions of the country legal action will be taken against them. 
The commission asked the Minister of Information and Culture as well that in case of violation the media’s work permit should be taken back from them.

Monday, March 05, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Pakistan says that it is committed in cooperation with the government of Afghanistan in the peace process and this will take place in appropriate time. 
Yusuf Raza Gailani Prime Minister of Pakistan after last month’s visit of President Karzai to Pakistan had asked the Taliban to join the Afghan peace process. 
Abdul Baset spokesperson of Pakistan Foreign Ministry told the media that Pakistan will not refrain from any cooperation in the Afghan peace process. 
He stressed further that in his view the demand made from the Taliban by the Pakistan Prime Minister last month, has been under consideration of all Afghan groups and they will specify their policy and this will bear good results indeed. 
Asked whether Pakistan will ensure access of Kabul to some of the Taliban leaders imprisoned in Pakistan, he replied that those issues that are close to realities and is at our disposal will be realized, as we do not reject such requests, and we want to play our role in all the process of the peace in Afghanistan and no impediment will come in this respect. 
He noted that Pakistan does not want that Afghanistan is engulfed in a domestic war similar to 1990. 
These are stated at a time that Afghanistan consider the role of Islamabad in the peace process as very important and awaits practical steps of Pakistan authorities on this direction.