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Saturday, 18 February 2012 07:56

Afghan-US Strategic Pact To Be Signed Soon

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) US secretary of defense says Afghan and US strategic pact is to be signed in few weeks. 
Leon Paneta, US minister for defense while talking to US senate said, “After signing the strategic agreement, a number of US soldiers will stay in Afghanistan beyond 2014. 
Some issues between the two sides have made the pact postpone for few weeks. 
According the US minister of defense, one of these issues is the night raids and Afghan government is asking for the quick stoppage of the raids, but US is stressing on continuation and effectiveness of the raids and the second submitting the Taliban prisoners to Afghans. 
The US minister asserted if the issues solved, the pact will be signed in few week between the US and Afghanistan.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) H.E. foreign minister Dr. Zalmai Rasoul received Mr. Ousmane Guindo, the new Afghanistan country representative for the United Nations food and agriculture organization (FAO) yesterday afternoon at the foreign ministry. 
Dr. Rassoul expressed appreciation for the important work of the FAO in Afghanistan over the years. 
“Your work will be particularly significant given our goal of realizing Afghanistan’s agricultural potential for self-sufficiency and food security,” Dr. Rassoul said. 
Mr. Guindo said he would continue to “provide the technical support to the Afghan government to achieve your goals.” 
Prior to assuming his new assignment in Afghanistan, Mr. Guindo, a national of Canada, served as the FAO representative in Cameroon.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A source of the state ministry for parliamentary affairs has said that the list of nine ministers has been sent to the secretariat of the House of People for getting vote of confidence. 
The nominated ministers include:
1- Mohammad Ismayel as minister of energy and water,
2- Dr. Hassan Banu Ghazanfar as minister of women affairs,
3- Dr. Obeidullah Obeid as minister of higher education,
4- Dr. Hussain Abdullahi as minister of town planning,
5- Dr. Suraya Dalil as minister of public health,
6- Wais Barmak as minister of rehabilitation and rural development.
7- Amerzai Sangeen as minister of communications and information technology.
8- Eng. Najibullah Ouzhang as minister of public works,
9- Daoud Ali Najafi as minister of transport and civil aviation.

Saturday, 18 February 2012 07:50

Poppy Cultivation Increases By 60pc

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) UN secretary General Ban-ki-Moon says that the international should know and intensify serious struggle against narcotics in Afghanistan. 
He warned that the time is not moving to the interest of struggle against narcotics in that country. 
He was talking to the international summit of (member countries of Paris agreement) in Vienna added that the problems of narcotics is not only related to Afghanistan but it is threatening a massive geography the world over. 
He stresses that cultivation of poppy and its smuggling from Afghanistan in 2011 indicates 60% increase compared to the previous year, while smuggling of narcotics and organized crimes have harmed improving of situation of governments and orders in the region and the world and it has threatened the rule of law with serious dangers.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A message has been dispatched on behalf of president Hamid Karzai addressing to Mahmoud Ahmade Nezhad, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran congratulating him on the 22nd revolution anniversary day of that country. 
“I am pleased to represent the people of Afghanistan in conveying my sincerest felicitations on the revolution anniversary of Iran to you and the brother nation of your country.”
The message quoted Karzai as saying. “I am happy that the existing relations of friendship and cooperation between the people of Afghanistan and Iran further consolidate with each passing day, the statement said. 
While expressing our appreciations for the assistance of Iran to Afghanistan in all reconstruction spheres, wish further strengthening of friendship and bilateral cooperation between us. 
I wish you good health and further progress of the fraternal Iranian people.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Sayed Makhdom Raheen, Minister of Information and culture chaired a meeting of the commission addressing media violations. 
The in charges of the private TV stations of Sahr, One, Maiwand, Emrouz, Sepahr as per the previous declarations attended the meeting and explained on their violations. 
After hearing the explanations the meeting advised the private TV stations to bring about further improvement in their publications which was accepted by them. 
The meeting also decided that in charges of the TV stations of Sitara, Saba and Nooren which were not present at the meeting attend the coming meeting of the commission this coming Tuesday (2nd of Hoot 1391), otherwise this will be legally dealt with them.

Saturday, February 18, 2012
Kabul (BNAS) Muslim, Jahade, and brave people of Afghanistan. 
I am pleased to congratulate you on the 23rd anniversary of withdrawal of former Soviet forces from our dear Afghanistan. 
The Muslim and high-headed people of Afghanistan and the history is witness that on the 26th of Dalwa 1367 HS the soldiers of former Soviet Union who had invade our country from air and land, by accepting their defeat shamelessly left the soil of Afghanistan. 
We are celebrating this date with pride as the day of national savior of Afghanistan and we praise all those who laid their lives on the path of freedom and independence, and wish peace for the souls of all the martyrs of Jehad, and national resistance of Afghanistan. 
I congratulate on this day all the Mujahideen, members of the martyr’s families, disabled of the path of Jehad of Afghanistan. 
The disabled of Jehad and the freedom of our land are the brave soldiers who by accepting sacrifices and by shedding their blood and by losing a part of their precious body, recorded their names in the golden pages of history of the country and for this they are very dear for their people. 
The brave people of Afghanistan with the start of resistance and Jehad against the Red Army invaders and its puppet regime indicated that how they can stand against the invaders of their country in full unity and oneness. 
Brave countrymen. We have very bitter memories of those days that have brought immense miseries to our people. 
Continued years of misery and cruelty forced millions of our people to leave the homeland and migrate to other countries, we have million of martyrs, and the disabled and we lost all of our economic infrastructures. 
The world knows well that the invasion of the Red army on Afghanistan and its aftermaths adversely destructed the political, economic structure of our country. 
This also caused that the greatest super power of the world collapse and the voice of freedom was raised in the member states of the Soviet Union as well as the East European countries. 
The invasion though destroyed our country and caused miseries, but its strengthened fraternity among the tribes and residing tribes in our historic homeland. 
Dear countrymen.
The forces of the Red army in Afghanistan faced tough resistance of our people and for near ten years strived to preserve its puppet regime with the most advanced arms and continued killing of our people as a result of which the country witnessed its most tragic era in its history. 
Our people could defend their interests and challenged the forces of the former Soviet Union and forced them to retreat.
Dear countrymen
It should be recalled that I ask you to join hands and unite in ending the prevailing miseries facing the country now so that we can bring about peace and calmness to our country and open the way for reconstruction of the ruins of thirty years of war and show to the world that we can overcome all difficulties. 
The continued war takes the prosperity and the opportunities during which we build up our country and heal our people’s wounds. 
Availing of this opportunity I would like to offer peace for the souls of martyrs of Afghanistan and wish you all prosperity and calmness.

Friday, 17 February 2012 13:05

Sri Lanka beat Australia by 8 wickets in ODI

Friday 17 February 2012,

(BNA) SYDNEY: Sri Lanka beat Australia by eight wickets at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday for their first victory in the one-day international tri-series.

Sri Lanka scored 152 for two off 24.1 overs to beat Australia, who were all out for 158, on the Duckworth-Lewis method in the rain-reduced ODI.

Friday 17 February 2012,

(BNA) PESHAWAR: A suicide blast ripped through a market on Friday, killing at least 21 people and wounding more than 40 not far from a mosque in the country's northwest, an official said.

"A bomb exploded in the main bazaar of Parachinar. We are collecting details. Initial reports say that 21 people have died," local officials told the media.

According to the political administration several shops in the market were also severely damaged in the explosion.

Several of those injured are in critical condition and the site of the explosion has been cordoned off by  Pakistan security forces

Friday, February 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan Women National Football Team defeated Qatar Women Football Team 2-0 yesterday afternoon.
In this competition which was held on the host of Qatar yesterday, the Afghan women football team in a friendly match defeated the Qatar women football team 2-0.
The scorers of this competition were Marjan Haidari and Sabera from the Afghan National Football Team.
It said that seven Afghan players have been invited from America to the Afghan National team.
T.Rateb