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Tuesday, 29 November 2011 08:56

Tens Deadly Explosions Prevented In Kandahar

Kabul (BNA) By spoiling nearly 20 roadside mines in Zheri district of Kandahar, Afghan security forces have prevented from deadly incidents in the province. 
The mines had been planted in key roads and streets of the district by armed Taliban insurgents. 
In a statement released by Kandahar police said the armed Taliban wanted to target convoys of Afghan and NATO forces in the district. 
The statement added nobody has sustained injures during the spoiling of mines. 
The armed Taliban have recently made use of roadside mines that mostly kill Afghan civilians.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 08:52

Pakistani National Arrested In Laghman

Kabul (BNA) A Pakistani national was detained by police on Sunday in Laghman province. 
According to 202nd Shamshad regional zone, the individual had been sent to the province for carrying out terrorist acts but captured by police in Ali Khail village of the province.

Kabul (BNA) A total of 230 new graduates joint the Afghan National police (ANP) in Herat province with Herat city as its capital city of Kabul, a police official said.
As many as 230 newly trained policemen commissioned to the ANP on Wednesday and were deployed to six districts of Herat province to provide security for their countrymen.
Herat city was among seven areas where Afghan security forces took security responsibilities from NATO in July this year.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 08:43

Snowfall Brings Hope To Farmers In North

Kabul (BNA) Farmers in north, Balk, Jawzjan and Sar-i-Pul provinces were optimistic about the rain and snowfall ending an ongoing drought in the region.
The rain and snowfall that began last night in the capital Kabul and several Northern provinces brought cheers to growers, who hoped they would get rid of the insects harming their crops.
Abdullah Khan, a resident of the Yang -i-Qala area in Balkh province, said the wet spell had its benefits and harm.
He added that farmers sowed wheat in November and December when the land must be dry.
He said ”I was supposed to sow 10 acres of land with wheat. But now I could not do so because of the wet spell.”
One major benefit of snowfall is that it will end the drought, according to Khan, Ismail Bai, another grower from Kushanda district, said that some worms were damaging his crops.
The rain and snowfall would address the problem, he believed.
Balkh Director of Agriculture Katib Shams also opined the snowfall was beneficial ahead of wheat sowing, otherwise it could harm growers in terms of delayed crop cultivation. 
He recalled that 142,000 acres of rain-fed land in the province was cultivated with wheat last year, but there was no harvest because of the drought.
The director said of the 250,000 acres of irrigated land, 40 percent was damaged this year.
Agriculture official in Jawzjan said the rain and snowfall would help end the dry spell.
Asadullah, a resident of Sherbaik district said there was a remarkable jump in cultivation.
So far hey had grown more than two tones of  seed on their farms, he added.
The snowfall in Jawzjan that began on Nov. 8 is still ongoing.
It would end the drought in the province, where 55 hectares of cropped land were damaged during the current year, officials said.

Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Karim Khalili, the second vice president met with Iranian minister of internal affairs here in Kabul yesterday. 
In the meeting, both sides talked about bilateral relations and stressed on further consolidation of mutual friendly relations between the two countries besides similar religious, cultural and historic relations. 
Mustafa Mohammad Najar, interior minister of Iran considered that negative impacts of narcotics, coordination of joint activities between the two countries are important to counter narcotics. 
Pointing out related to his country’s programs related to legalizing of Afghan refugees in Iran, Iranian interior minister hoped that Afghan government is to support the process. 
In the meeting, the second vice president praised the Islamic Republic of Iran for its assistance to Afghanistan in rehabilitation process in new phase and emphasized on expansion of the ties between the two countries. 
Pointing out related to holding the traditional loya jirga, Mohammad Karim Khalili stressed that Afghan government will not let any country to use Afghan soil against the neighbors. 
The vice president also praised Iran for providing facilities to Afghan refugees in Iran and asked for further cooperation in this regard.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 08:31

MoU On Joint Counter-Narcotics Signed

Kabul (BNA) The Counter Narcotics Minister of Afghanistan, Minister of Narcotics Control of Pakistan and Minister of Interior of Iran signed an agreement on joint struggle against narcotics. 
Zarar Ahmad Muqbel Counter Narcotics Minister of Afghanistan and Muhendes Mustafa Mohmand Najar Minister of Interior of Iran and Khuda Bakhsh Rajer Narcotics Control Minister of Pakistan met and discussed positive methods for countering narcotics smuggling. 
The ministers of three countries after meeting and signing the agreement of cooperation attended a press conference and explained the contents of the agreement and other relevant issues. 
Zarar Ahmad Muqbel said that this meeting is taking place in continuation of previous meetings among Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran. 
He stressed that as a result of agreement of these meetings we have considerable achievements in struggle against narcotics. 
Muqbel added that at this meeting a series of decisions have been talked most of which focus on cooperation and controlling of borders. 
He noted that future meetings will be held in Iran in the coming year. 
The Iranian Interior Minister said that since narcotics are a threat for the world and struggle against it necessitates regional and world efforts. 
He called the meetings so far as important and emphasized on the principle of joint responsibilities in controlling of narcotics. 
Pakistani Narcotics Control Minister reiterated on the cooperation of his country in the struggle against narcotics and added that his country will decisively act upon all the decisions taken at this meeting. 
The Executive Chairman of the UN office for Narcotics also attended.

Kabul (BNA) “Consolidation of friendly relations between Afghanistan and Iran, expansion of bilateral cooperation was the topic of discussions between Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim First Vice-President and Muhindes Mustafa Mohammad Najar Minister of Interior of Iran. 
At the meeting Marshal Fahim said that friendship and good neighborly relations between our two nations has historic roots and it based on common religious and cultural bonds. 
Marshal Fahim considering the presence of our countrymen at the Islamic Republic of Iran said that facilitating of better stay for the Afghan refugees in Iran, is the common point that we want to resolve it with common understanding and he expressed that Iran would not refrain from further cooperation in this respect. 
Muhendes Mustafa Najar Minister of Interior Affairs of Iran while providing information on approaching those Afghans illegally coming to Iran said that we exert efforts to legalize their presence in the country. 
Legalizing the presence of the Afghan refugees in Iran for retaining their rights in Iran is important, adding that Iran is prepared to provide all types of cooperation. 
Iranian ambassador Feda Hassan Maliki in Kabul was also present at the meeting.

Kabul (BNA) A high-ranking Afghan delegation instructed by president Hamid Karzai has started its probe related to killing of Afghan civilians in a NATO air strike. 
The delegation commenced its probes during the meeting with local people. 
It is expected that the delegation will submit its reports to the president. 
According to reports, last Tuesday NATO helicopters launched attacks on Siachoy area in Zheri district, resulted in killing of six children and one aged person. 
They belonged to one family. 
After the incident, NATO said it wanted to target armed Taliban insurgents who were planting roadside mines, but civilians were killed mistakenly in the incident. 
President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has condemned the attack and sent a high-ranking government delegation to probe the incident. 
NATO has regretted over the incident and said they also started probing in this regard.

Kunduz (BNA) A campaign for prevention of violence against women started in Kunduz province on Sunday. 
According to Nadira Gayah, provincial head of women affairs in the province, the campaign was launched by provincial directorate of women affairs and regional office of independent association for advocates’ in the province. 
She said the campaign is to continue for 17 days. 
The source said 70 cases of violence against women have been recorded in the current year in the province. 
Head of women affairs said despite addressing to cases, holding workshops and learning programs launched by relevant organizations, unfortunately violence against women hasn’t decreased in the province.

Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai in a meeting with the Minister of Interior Affairs of Iran and Narcotics Control Minister of Pakistan said that cultivation, production and smuggling of narcotics is a great calamity and Afghanistan needs cooperation in elimination of this ugly phenomenon.
The meeting took place yesterday at the presence of the UN Deputy Secretary General for Narcotics Yuri Fedotev and Counter Narcotics Minister of Afghanistan Zarar Ahmad Muqbel. 
The president added that foreign factors also have role in cultivation, production and trafficking of narcotics, it is therefore necessary that we should jointly struggle against narcotics in cooperation with the international community. 
The president stressed that regional cooperation in elimination of narcotics is vital. 
Fedotev said at the meeting that so far 16 successful joint operations have been launched by Afghanistan-Iran and Iran-Pakistan borders and more efforts is continuing in this respect. 
He added that in order to bring about common understanding among Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran the sixth round of meeting will be held in Iran. 
It should be noted that the fifth tri-partite meeting of Afghan, Pakistan and Iranian ministers ended in Kabul which will be instrumental in the struggle against narcotics and sharing of information among the sides as well as a decision was taken on preparing a mechanism for struggle against narcotics.