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Friday, 09 December 2011 11:37

BM-1 Shell Discovered In Kabul

Kabul (BNA) Police of 101 zone of Kabul discovered a BM-1 shell from vicinities of Kabul province yesterday. 
The police of 101 zone press office said to BNA, the BM-1 shell was placed by armed opposition for firing on Qara Bagh district was defused by police. 
Meanwhile, police discovered and defused an anti-vehicle mine which was placed by armed Taliban in the outskirts of Khak Jabar district of Kabul province. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Friday, 09 December 2011 11:33

Taliban Nominated Governor Killed In Kunar

Kabul (BNA) Taliban Nominated governor was killed in Manogi district of Kunar province last night. 
According to NATO forces, Mullah Ahmad Shah was killed in NATO bombardment on his hideout in Shooryak area, Manogi district of that province. 
According to NATO press release, Mullah Ahmad Shah was known as a main opposition of Afghanistan government in Manogi district. 
According to report, this commander was involved in tens terrorist attacks in Manogi district. 
In this bombardment a bodyguards of Mullah Ahmad Shah was killed as well. 
Mohammad Ewaz Naziri police chief of Kunar said to BNA, no civilian were killed or injured in NATO Air operation. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Friday, 09 December 2011 11:31

Eight NSP Projects Inaugurated In Baghlan

Kabul (BNA) Eight National Solidarity Projects (NSP) executed and came under utilization in Baghlan province today. 
These projects included digging of deep wells, gravelling of seven and half Km road and construction of 330 meter protection walls for prevention of flood damages. 
The projects work was completed from development budget of rural rehabilitation ministry at the cost of Afs 14 million.
Engineer Shafaq Ahmad Ali Yar head of rural rehabilitation and development department of that province said that 1830 families benefited from facilities of these projects. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Kabul (BNA) Foodstuffs and winter clothes were distributed for 1000 poor families in Logar province. 
Spokesperson for Logar governor said that this assistance included wheat, ghee and winter cloths which were assisted by refugees and returnee’s office and UNHCR regional offices were distributed for returnees refugees of Qala-e-Wazir, Charkh district and center of Logar province. 
He said it is due that this assistance will be distributed for other 8,000 poor families in center and six districts of Logar province as well. Transalated by Suraya-Yarzada

Friday, 09 December 2011 11:19

Dr. Raheen Meets Japan Culture Minister

Kabul (BNA) Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture met with Culture, education, higher education and information and technology ministers of Japan yesterday.  
According to BNA, in this meeting while Omar Sultan deputy care-taker of information and cultural minister, Habiba Sorabi governor of Bamyan and Dr. Sayed Mohammad Amin Fatomi ambassador of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Japan were present, Dr. Raheen appreciated and thanked from assistances and all sided cooperation of Japan in reconstruction of Afghanistan. 
Information and Culture Minister and his accompanied delegation visited Japan to participate in International Symposium of Bamyan which was held by national center of Japan cultural heritage in Tokyo city. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Kabul (BNA) The Information and Culture Minister inaugurated International Symposium of Bamyan in Tokyo capital city of Japan yesterday.
According to BNA report, during inaugural of this symposium, Dr. Raheen Minister of Information and Culture, appreciating efforts of Japan and UNISCO’s cooperation in the last one decade on preservation of annihilated statues and coloring caves of Bamyan, said I hope that for preservation of Bamyan’s historical relics it have a Museum. 
Bamyan International Symposium which was held in Tokyo and Keota cities of Japan, scholars and archeologists from different countries, Europe, Japan and Afghan experts were participated. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

 

Your Excellency Chancellor Merkel,
Your Excellency President Karzai,
Foreign Minister Westerwelle,
Foreign Minister Rassoul,
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Let me begin by thanking our hosts the German government for their hospitality and generosity.
Our thanks and congratulations, as well, to President Karzai, for convening this forum of more than 100 member states and international organizations.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Ten years ago, leaders joined here in Bonn in the wake of terrible terrorist attacks.
Over the past decade, our unity and resolve have been tested. And yet, we have persevered, together, on behalf of the Afghan people.
That road that started in Bonn brings us back once again.
The Afghan chairmanship of this Conference symbolizes something very important. It shows the increased capacity of our Afghan friends to lead. It demonstrates their willingness to own the processes that will shape their future.
At the same time, we know that the cycle of suffering has not been broken. I am deeply concerned that violence remains a constant factor in the daily life of the Afghan people. It is hard to build when violence hijacks the reconstruction and development agenda.
Today, the international community comes together to reinforce this fundamental link between development and security. We re-affirm our commitment to support Afghanistan in its efforts for a better, peaceful and prosperous life for all its people, women and men alike.
Over the past decade, our work has made a difference.
Together, we have supported the return of 4.6 million Afghan refugees. We have enrolled 7.3 million more children in school and helped deliver better health care. 80% of the country is now polio-free. More women are empowered and representing their communities. As the Afghan Mortality Survey shows, infant and maternal mortality has declined. Far fewer people are victims of landmines.
Along the way, we have supported the priorities of the Afghan government and advanced on the aspirations of the Afghan people.
Looking ahead, we know the challenges are large ? but we will not be deterred.
Ladies and gentlemen,
The theme of this conference sums up the challenge before us: “From Transition to Transformation”.
Success requires effective engagement from us all, now and for the long-term.
Above all, that requires reconciliation.
The Afghan people have long understood that lasting stability must grow from a political process grounded in dialogue and consensus.
We must draw from the centuries-old wisdom of the Afghans and endorse the fundamental principles of national reconciliation – Afghan-led and fully inclusive.
We share the same aspirations:
To safeguard human life and property.
To seek justice in good faith and mutual trust.
To ensure that all parties renounce violence, cut ties to international terrorism, and respect the Afghan Constitution with its protections for human rights.
Reconciliation is in everyone's interest. It must be everyone's concern.
As we look ahead, we must also ensure that protection of civilians remains at the fore.
A major share of civilian deaths and casualties have been caused by anti-Government forces. All such killings, whether targeted or indiscriminate, are unacceptable and must stop.
This is also an issue for the International Security Assistance Force. The Afghan people must see ISAF as true partners in the deepest sense, and that begins with personal security.
We appreciate the dedication and courage that ISAF forces have displayed in helping Afghanistan reach this important point of transition. But incidents in which innocent civilians become casualties can only undercut our work and our ultimate goals.
Ladies and gentlemen,
As Afghanistan assumes full responsibility for its security, the government and its international partners must shift and intensify their focus on the non-military aspects of transition ? on development, on governance and on extending effective civilian authority throughout Afghanistan.
There are no easy solutions. The trust and confidence of the Afghan people will be won by fighting corruption, tackling the drug trade, sustaining the rule of law and progress on human rights, ensuring women rights, and advancing social and economic development.
In Afghanistan and elsewhere, the basic building block of social well-being is education – inclusive, equitable, comprehensive. Clearly, this means the education of girls and young women as well as boys and young men.
And while the empowerment of Afghanistan's women can start with education, it must not end there. It must extend to political participation and the full range of areas where discrimination is deeply entrenched, either socially or legally.
Afghanistan cannot realize its full potential if half of its population is not fully empowered.
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentleman,
The regional dimension is crucial.
Afghanistan is not an island; it must be moored in the broader stream of regional commerce and development. Regional cooperation is essential for addressing transitional threats ? organized crime, trafficking in illicit drugs, and the links between these activities and terrorism.
To Afghanistan's neighbours ? Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan:
Let me stress that your cooperative understanding will be indispensable to peace and reconciliation. Political reconciliation in Afghanistan can proceed only if it is supported by its neighbours.
To all other friends of Afghanistan, near and far:
Let us build on the momentum of previous meetings such as this one and re-commit ourselves to practical, coherent and concerted action by us all.
To the people of Afghanistan, especially:
Let me say that the United Nations will be there for you – to listen and to help in every possible way.
The United Nations was there well before 2001, and will be there far beyond 2014.
We are in the process of reviewing our roles and activities to best serve the Afghan people. We are doing so in line with requirements of the transition process ? the mandates of the Security Council ? and above all the expectations of the Afghan Government and people.
In closing, I would like to express my immense gratitude to the UN Special Representative Staffan de Mistura for his dedication, service and leadership of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan. He is returning to Italy as Undersecretary of State and I wish him all the best, but we look forward to working closely with him in a new capacity.
And I want to warmly welcome and introduce to all of you Mr. Ján Kubi?, who will be succeeding Mr. de Mistura. I am certain that he can count on our full support and cooperation as he undertakes this very challenging mission and I wish him all the best and I hope you will lend the United Nations all of your support.
Thank you.

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 10:56

Destitute Families Received Assistance In Kabul

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of refugees and returnees distributed emergency assistance for 165 poor families in the vicinities of 8th district of Kabul province today. 
These families displaced from insecure regions of Helmand province and live near Bagrami textile factory under the tents. 
Islamuddin Jorat publication head of the refugees and returnees ministry said to this news agency, each family received 4 blankets, a sack of coal, 6 pairs of sandals and 5 meters of plastic. 
The assistance took place by German Ora International Institution as per the request of that ministry. 
Fazel Ahmad Azimi deputy minister of refugees and returnees ministry after distributing the assistance said that Ora institution will distribute more assistance for 1320 destitute families in Chaman Babrak, Dewanbegi, Bagh Daud, Daralaman and Charahi Qamber areas of Kabul city as well.  Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 10:40

Taliban Commander Detained In Kandahar

Kandahar (BNA) A Taliban commander with eight of others was detained in Kandahar province yesterday. 
Press in charge of Kandahar said to this news agency, these militias were detained in a mopping up operation of Afghan and coalition forces from Zheri district of Kandahar province. 
Among the arrested men, a Taliban commander was included and a quantity of arms and ammunition of them were seized by these forces as well, said the source. 
Two day’s back, in a mopping up operation in Kandahar province, an 8 member group was detained from Zheri district of that province.
Zheri district located in 35 Km of Kandahar city and is one of the insecure districts of Kandahar province. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Kabul (BNA) In cleaning up operations of national army personnel in 24 last hours in the provinces of the country, three insurgents were killed and 27 others were captured. 
National Defense Ministry press office said to BNA, these operations took place in the outskirts of Kandahar, Helmand, Urozgan, Herat and Paktia provinces, as a result of which, 3 insurgents were killed and 27 others were detained. 
In these operations, 12 sacks of hashish, a Kalashnikov, 12 mines, 2 grenades and 5 motorbikes were seized by the national army personnel, said the source. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada