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Sunday, 01 April 2012 07:32

Taliban Military In-charge Detained

Sunday, April 01, 2012
Maidan-Wardak (BNA) Afghan and NATO-led security forces during a combined operation in Maidan Wardak province captured Taliban military in charge namely Mullah Saiful Rahman along with two of these armed men from Sayedabad district last night. 
The arrested commander had organized dozens of terrorist activities against Afghan and NATO-led forces and was the in charge of creating security problems on Kabul-Kandahar highway.

Sunday, April 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) First vice-president Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Fahim in his farewell meeting yesterday with the British ambassador to Afghanistan William Patti praised his services during his mission to Afghanistan. 
During the meeting Marshal Fahim called British assistance to the people of Afghanistan as outstanding and considered to role of Britain as a strategic friendly country of Afghanistan as important in reconstruction and in shaping the national army and national police and expressed the hope that this role to be continued. 
The British outgoing ambassador to Afghanistan whose term of office has completed here emphasized on his country’s commitment towards Afghanistan and added that his country will remain in Afghanistan till the threat of terrorism in Afghanistan is eliminated. 
He added that we shall remain on the side of the people of Afghanistan after 2014 as well and we shall continue training and equipping of the national army and the national police of Afghanistan.

Sunday, April 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The House of People yesterday with Abdul Zahir the first deputy of the house on the chair discussed the 1391 fiscal year budget yesterday. 
In the debate, Amir Khan Yar the head of the financial commission briefed the House about the change has been brought in the budget by the Finance Ministry adding 2 million US dollars have been added to the development budget and said one million US dollars has been allocated in building mosques, another one million allocated in building health clinics, hospitals for addicts and another half million US dollars for construction of club for disabled people. 
Moreover, the lawmakers also discussed the soaring gas and fuel price, dying more than 200 people due to natural disaster including avalanche over the past two months, the problems of students in the university entry test in 1390 and failure of huge number of students to find their way to universities, administrative corruption, security problems, night raid operations in Helmand and the proposed signing of the strategic partnership with the United States of America. 
It was also stressed that humanitarian assistance to the avalanche affected people should not be politicized.

Sunday, April 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili met yesterday with chairman of International Organization for Migration (IOM) Wiliam Lesse Soeng during which Khalili appreciated the assistance of the IOM in supporting the Afghan refugees and emphasized on continuation of such assistance in different spheres. 
Khalili touching on presence of millions of Afghan refugees in the neighboring countries and other parts of the world, added that the phenomenon of migration is a great problem that the government of Afghanistan due to shortage of needed possibilities, is not able to respond to their needs, stressing that joblessness and shortage of shelter are two big problems that impede their return from foreign countries. 
Khalili praised the cooperation of the IOM in relation to return of the Afghan specialists to the country and considered this program as very positive in upgrading the capacities in government departments. 
At the meeting the chairman of the IOM said that this organization is functioning in Afghanistan for the past 20 years and its programs in relation to Afghan refugees, from the greatest of its kind at world levels. 
He expressed satisfaction over the result of his meeting with the Afghan authorities and emphasized on continuation of the IOM cooperation in upgrading capacities, struggle against human smuggling, and building of schools, provision of health services and in other areas. 
He assured of the organization’s close cooperation with the government of Afghanistan towards addressing the problems of the Afghan refugees.

Sunday, April 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Suraya Dalil Minister of Public Health opened the first public health national association of Afghanistan. 
According to the in charges of the ministry the journal is being prepared with all international standards and it carried scientific and research articles pertaining to health dimensions in Afghanistan and this will help the domestic and international policy makers so that, with usage prepare practical policies for Afghanistan. 
Dr. Ahmad Shah Salehi chairman of the national public health association of Afghanistan said that this association is functioning for bringing improvement in upgrading health services and its members are professional and educated cadres who are proving assistance to the health foundations. 
Dr. Suraya Dalil called opening of the journal another positive step towards provision of better health services and expressed her views for further improvement of activities of this association.

Sunday, April 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Hamid Karzai President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan received a delegation of World Council of America in Presidential Palace yesterday. 
In the meeting matters relating the security situation in Afghanistan and in the region came under discussion and shared their opinions on the issue. 
It is mentionable that the World Council of America is the highest body on the world education with the objective to keep the American people informed about the situation in the world, about the geopolitics, trade, civil societies and other issues.

Sunday, April 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The special envoy of Japan for Afghanistan and Pakistan Tadamichi Yamamoto held meeting with Hamid Karzai president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan yesterday and briefed about Japan’s readiness to host Tokyo conference on Afghanistan. 
In the meeting held in Presidential Palace, the Japan’s special envoy said the international community is committed to continue its support to Afghanistan after 2014. 
The coming Tokyo conference is the continuation of the Bonn conference which implements the commitment of the world community to Afghanistan. 
For his part, President Karzai called the upcoming Tokyo conference very important and thanked Japan for its cooperation with Afghanistan, saying the government of Afghanistan is ready to accelerate the process of holding Tokyo conference. 
The upcoming Tokyo conference is scheduled to be held in July this year with the participation of more than 40 nations where the economic cooperation of the world body for the reconstruction of Afghanistan in the transformation decade 2015 to 2025 would be discussed and decided.

Sunday, 01 April 2012 06:18

Kandahar Customhouse Incomes Increased

Sunday, April 01, 2012
Kandahar (BNA) The incomes of Kandahar customhouse increased 50 percent. 
Head of Kandahar customhouse said although a large number of people have not paid their taxes on time, the incomes of that province increased 50 percent in 1390 than the last year which one milliard Afghani was collected. 
Azeem Khan Ahmadzai head of Kandahar customhouse said to BNA, the Kandahar customhouse collected one milliard two hundred fifty five million and six hundred and twenty thousand Afghanis in 1390 which showed 50 per cent increase than the last year. 
He called improvements in security, good governance, prevention from corruption in that province the reason of increasing the incomes of that province. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Saturday, March 31, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The education minister in a press conference said that we will accept 70,000 graduated youths into middle higher education institutions. 
According to BNA, Farooq Wardak minister of education in this press conference said that education ministry will absorb 70,000 graduated students in 274 middle higher educational institutions which includes Islamic, Technical, and teacher training institutions.  
According to him currently 8/4 million students across the country registered in school. 
Minister of education said this year, ¼ million new students were absorbed to educational organizations of the country but approximately, 50,000 new teachers are needed
He gave information on a series programs and added that for completion of education programs of the country, 3/2 milliards dollars is needed. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Saturday, 31 March 2012 14:44

West Indies beat Australia by 14 runs

Sat 31 March 2012,

LONDON: British newspaper The Telegraph has quoted an American ambassador to Kabul, Ryan Crocker claiming that al Qaeda has returned to Afghanistan and is planning to use the war-torn nation as a base to launch another 9/11-style attack on Western countries.

According to American ambassador to Kabul, Ryan Crocker, if the West was to leave Afghanistan too early, the al-Qaeda would be able to increase its presence.

"If we decide we're tired, they'll be back," Crocker told The Telegraph.

"Al-Qaeda is still present in Afghanistan. If the West decides that 10 years in Afghanistan is too long then they will be back, and the next time it will not be New York or Washington, it will be another big Western city," he added.

According to the report, Crocker said that while progress had been made, Afghanistan would need Western support for years to come.

He stressed said that the Al-Qaeda remained a potent threat despite suffering setbacks.

"We have killed all the slow and stupid ones. But that means the ones that are left are totally dedicated," said Crocker, who previously served as ambassador to Iraq.

"We think we've won a campaign before our adversaries have even started to fight. They have patience, and they know that we are short on that," he added.

According to the paper, NATO officials believe that nearly 100 Al-Qaeda fighters have returned to Afghanistan, based mainly in the Kunar and Nuristan provinces near the Pakistan border.

Hundreds more are based in Pakistan and could return if circumstances were to change.

Moreover, after the Toulouse shootings this month by a suspected Al-Qaeda-trained gunman, British intelligence officials believe the group is planning a wave of attacks against Western targets, including the London Olympics.

 

West Indies beat Australia by 14 runs

Sat 31 March 2012,

 

BRIDGETOWN: West Indies defeated Australia by 14 runs at Kensington Oval on Friday to win the second Twenty20 international and draw the two-game series 1-1.

Chasing a modest 161-run target, Australia were well-set at 75-2 at the halfway stage, but their chase slowed with off-break bowler Marlon Samuels taking three crucial wickets to dismiss skipper George Bailey (24), Mike Hussey (14) and Matthew Wade (17).

Opener David Warner top-scored with a 43-ball 58 with five fours and three sixes.

Seamer Fidel Edwards, who had dismissed Shane Watson for nought in the first over, returned to turn the screw by getting rid of Daniel Christian and Brett Lee with successive deliveries in the 19th over to finish with three for 23.

That left Australia seven wickets down and needing 19 off the final over, bowled by Dwayne Bravo.

Kieron Pollard took a fine catch in the deep to dismiss David Hussey (19) off the fourth ball with 17 still needed and the game was up as Australia finished on 146 for nine.

Bravo had also played a key role in the dismissal of dangerman Warner, running out the opener with a direct hit in the 13th over with the score on 98 for three.

"It was a great start from the West Indies, I think we pulled it back to about par, 160, and I thought we were on course to knock it off," said Bailey.

"They put pressure on us. The wicket of David Warner was huge, run-outs change matches."

West Indies captain Darren Sammy admitted his team should have scored more.

"We knew it was a 180-plus pitch. We tried Polly and myself up the order to try and get some momentum -- that didn't work but we kept going," said Sammy.

"The work we've been doing in the camp and throughout the series has been paying off and I want to ask the boys to keep doing that. We want to keep doing well in the Tests and hopefully continue the good results."

West Indies squandered a blistering start to be bowled out for just 160.

After winning the toss, West Indies looked good for a huge score when they raced to 65-0 from six overs and 110-2 by the 10th.

Openers Dwayne Smith and Johnson Charles got them off to a flying start.

Charles made 37 off 21 balls with six fours and a six before he was first man out in the seventh over.

Big-hitting Pollard, who had scored a maiden T20 fifty on Tuesday, was caught behind off Lee after making just one in the eighth over with the total on 76.

Smith top-scored thanks to a 34-ball innings of 63, which featured six fours and four huge sixes, but once he was caught in the deep off slow bowler Xavier Doherty, the runs dried up.

Bravo, with 23 off 24 balls, was the only other batsman to reach double figures as West Indies lost their last eight wickets for just 40 runs before they were bowled out with two balls to spare.

Lee was the pick of the Australian bowlers with 3 for 23.

The two sides, who also drew the one-day series 2-2, will now play a three-Test series beginning in Barbados on April 7. (AFP)