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Tuesday, 01 January 2013 12:36

Dr. Raheen sympathy message

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Kabul  (BNA)  The minister of information and culture Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen has condoled over the demise of national figure Abdul Samad Hamid who passed away outside the country.  In the condolence message, Dr. Raheen described the late Dr. Hamid as a servant of Afghanistan during the democracy decade, adding the late Hamid had served the country honestly in different capacity.  In the message, Dr, Raheen condoled over his death to all the personalities supporting democracy and wished eternal peace for the departed soul and great patience to his family.

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 12:33

President Karzai meets French DM

President Karzai meets French DM
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Kabul (BNA)  President Hamid Karzai met the French Defense Minister John Iflodryon at presidential palace yesterday and matters relating mutual interests including bilateral cooperation in line with the strategic partnership inked between the two countries were discussed.  The issue of French support after 2014 to Afghanistan was another subject figured in the meeting.  The French dignitary who visited his troops on the occasion of New Yeas also assured French support to Afghanistan.  President Karzai thanked France for its contribution to Afghanistan.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Kabul, (BNA)  The authorities of commerce and industries ministry said that the price of exported goods from Afghanistan reached to one billion and 5000 million dolor while the price of imported goods was more than 6 billion dolor.
But according to BNA report, the experts of economy believe Afghanistan has seen the highest volume of imports during 2012 which was more than 6 billion. Most of commercial goods have been imported from Pakistan while Afghanistan enjoys           self- sufficiency opportunities but unfortunately they were not uses properly. Some of the experts say, the Afghan government does not have a specific political and economic policy. Today in spite of having sufficient possibilities, imports electricity from foreign countries and enjoying sufficient resources and materials for cement production, emerged as the biggest importer of cement from Pakistan. While Afghanistan is self- sufficient in producing non- alcoholic drinks and fruit juice, but the import of the material with low quality still continues.
Azerakh Hafizi an expert on economic affairs accuses the state for failing to prepare a national economic policy to pave the way for economic growth of the country. He claims that the price of exported goods is only 500, 0000 dolor, while the price of imported goods goes beyond 6 billion.
Hafizi stated that Afghan people enjoy of having a country rich in mines, but regretfully they still live in poverty
A member of parliament wants to be anonymous says that it is not fair to depend all problems to the state. Without doubt mismanagement and lack of capacity in state economic organs have led to economic problems, but it is a fact that the foreigners prepare their programs according to their own strategic policies.
The ministry of water and power has extensive programs for building electric dams but has never received financial aids from the so called donors for implementing those beneficial programs. So in spite of having all resources for production of power, we have no way but to import power from foreign countries. This is emanated from the policies of the donors who want to transfer an amount of money to meddle Asian countries.
The Member of Parliament added, while the western countries talk about rich deposits of mines in the country, they have never put the results of their studies, researches and surveys at disposal of relevant Afghan organs in order to be used. Now it belongs to Afghan people and government by adopting effective measures and programs rid the country from this dependency.
While the economic experts, criticize the state’s economic planning and consider Afghanistan the biggest consumer country of Pakistan goods, but Afghan authorities speak in another way. Khan Jan Alokozay the deputy chief of Afghan commercial and industries chambers, in this connection told BNA that low level of exportation in the country was an economic gap not and economic disaster.
Alokozay added, the figure of 6 billion importation is an official figure presented by Central Statistic Department, while unofficial documents indicate that the exported goods from the country worth more than one billion and two hundred million dolor.
There are countries in the world like Singapore which have no and any exportations, but enjoy of having an advanced economy.  If there be a balance between exports and imports, it would be nice; but difference between them is an economic gap but not an economic disaster.
Waheedullah Ghazi Khail the spokesperson of Commerce and Industries Ministry  told BNA that the cost of exported goods from the country annually reaches to 1500 million $ but from 6 billion$ we pay for imported goods, three billion$ of which goes to oil and fuel importations from foreign countries.
He says, we not only have commercial relation with Pakistan but also India, Iran, central Asian countries and other countries are our commercial partners.
According to economic experts, Pakistan by imposing its demands on Afghanistan which is caused due to transit route problem has become the biggest exporter of goods to Afghan markets.
The Afghan authorities to settle this dependency to Pakistan have reached an understanding with Iranian side on constructing a commercial port in Chah Bahar, Iran, but so far construction work has not been started yet.
Political experts consider Chah Bahar and similar ports as a good opportunity for Afghanistan to rescue itself from dependency to Pakistan. Therefore, Afghanistan should use this opportunity. 

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 12:20

President Karzai condolence message

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Kabul (BNAS) Hamid Karzai the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan has condoled over the demise of renowned politician and scientific personalities Abdul Samad Hamid who had passed away abroad.
In his condolence message, the president lauded the services of late Hamid to the nation in different capacity including rector of Kabul University and deputy to premier of the country, saying his death is a great loss.  The president in the message also expressed sympathy with the family, friends and the whole people of Afghanistan.  In the condolence message, the president besides wishing great patience for the grieved family also prayed may almighty Allah rest his departed soul to the eternal peace.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Faizabad (BNA) a civilian was martyred and six others wounded in avalanche in the Kohistan district of Badakhshan province.  Senaullah Amiri head of struggle events said to BNA, a civilian was martyred and six others wounded in heavy avalanche in the Feraghal village on Kohistan district of Badakhshan province.  Abdul Raof Rasekh spokesman for Badakhshan governor confirmed this report said to BNA, the governor of Badakhshan sent two copters for transferring of injured civilians to Koihistan district.  No charity foundations assisted to affected civilians of this even                                                                     

Monday, 31 December 2012 08:33


Monday, December 31, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The cultural growth of the community and wide spreading of science and literacy and particularly invest on the future of children of the country are urgent priorities of the country. Therefore, the Afghan government tries by establishing a standard system of education and improving it properly shortens the path for achieving that noble aim.
BNA commentator writes: Hamid Karzai the president of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in his last radio speech expressing happiness over quantity growth of education, emphasize over an effective and extensive education.
The president of the country stresses over the growth of education while the investment on education sector and standardizing the education system has been at working agenda of Afghan government during the last 11 years. Today one million and one hundred eligible children both boys and girls are attending schools in 14000 schools across the country and are taught by 190000 teachers. The figures are unprecedented in the history of education of the country.  Beside the state owned schools are open to children of the country, the opportunity for the activities of private sector have been also provided. Presently there are 500 private schools across the country where 100,000 students are under training.
What have been mentioned above could be considered as a great achievement in education system; but it is not enough, because the tragedies of the previous year badly affected the system of education and the culture of learning descended to its low level. The Afghan people were in consensus that the imposed war was the main reason for wide spreading illiteracy and closing the door of schools to the children of the country. During the medieval rule of Taliban the girls were deprived from going school. After the collapse of the barbaric regime, once again literacy and education obtained its place in the community. Today educating the children is a dream and aspiration of every family. Although the achievements of education sector are great but still there are serious problems to be overcome. The students and teachers are threatened; the schools are set on fire and the system of education still suffering from lack of professional teachers and lack of school buildings. These problems are especially acute in rural and remote areas. In urban areas, because of state run poorly equipped schools, a number of children are going to private schools. Unfortunately, a number of these schools either not standardizes or charge the students such high fees which most families cannot afford to pay them. Therefore, only the children of rich families are able to attend the private schools. The president of the country considering the situation, addressing the private schools and higher educational institutes says, “The people hope and ask you to prefer the moral value of your education activities to its commercial value. You should organize your academic activities according to the procedure and regulations of ministry of education, you have committed while you were founding the relevant school or academic institute, in order to obtain a legal income and to serve your compatriot properly.”  Meanwhile, the president considering the improvement of education system as an urgent need insisted on its qualification.
The current situation asks all of us to word without any political, ethnical and linguistic discriminations to further improve education and with the support and cooperation ministry of education and academic society rescue our community from destitute and misfortune. 

Monday, 31 December 2012 07:52

MoI inks security agreement

Monday, December 31, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Minister of Interior, Gen. Ghulam Mujaba Patang and Gen.John Allen, Commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan inked an agreement yesterday which all allows the interior ministry to provide security around the security installations of US and NATO-led forces in the country, press office of interior ministry said.
Speaking on the occasion, General Patang said the ministry for interior in line with 62nd presidential decree had demolished 57 private security firms and itself provided security for different companies.
The interior minister also said that the ministry with having 15,000 additional troops and inking 129 security pacts had provided security for more than 800 security sites.
General Patang also noted that signing agreement with commander of NATO-led troops is a significant step towards assuming security charge from international troops by Afghan national force.
In his remarks after inking the agreement, General John Allan said that inking this agreement displays the capability of Afghan national security forces will further build its capability until 2014.

Monday, 31 December 2012 07:50

National Security Advisor meets Badghis

Monday, December 31, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Rangeen Dadfar Spanta National Security Advisor met with elders and influential of Badhis province.
At the meeting while Mohammad Aref Noorzai presidential advisor, Mohammad Musa Jenab and Wali Shahs Khan representatives of the province at the National assembly were present, the elders of Badghis shared their environmental problems with the National Security Advisor.
They complained over insecurity in the province, the problem of the displaced families, security of the Herat and Badghis highway and the security of Touro Sheikh till Qala Naq and asked for immediate attention of the government Dr. Spanta promised that the government will take appropriate decision in resolving their problems.

Monday, 31 December 2012 07:43

Tariff on imported juice to increase, AISA

Monday, December 31, 2012
Kabul (BNA)  Wafiullah Iftikhar the head of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) said yesterdays that 30 percent increase on tariff of imported juices to be imposed.  Addressing a news conference here, he faded that the step has been taken to encourage local products.
The minister for finance Omar Zakhilwal in the meeting of High Commission for Investment which held last week had proposed to increase tariff on imported juices with the objective to support local products and the import tax on foreign made juice to increase up to 50 percent.  Head of AISA also stated that a joint venture of US and Afghan would construct a refinery at a cost of 700 million US dollars in northern region of Afghanistan.  The refinery with a capacity of 600 barrel per day would also create job opportunities to more than 1500 people, speaking at the conference, and head of industrialists association Shir Baz Kaminzada said that oil and gas stocks from Pul-e-Charkhi industrial Park and residential areas will be shifted to other places.

 Monday, December 31, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by president Karzai the National Security Council took up the fourth phase of the security transition at the presidential palace.
Initially, the present security situation was discussed and Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai chairman of the transition commission presented a report on the end of the third phase of security transition and the start of the fourth phase of transition to the Afghan security forces.
He said that at the end of the fourth phase of transition the security responsibility of 87% of the people of the country will covered by the Afghan security forces.
He added that 52 administrative units will be included in this phase and with the implementation of this phase the security of the total of 312 administrative units will come under the cover of the Afghan security forces.  The in charges of the ministries of defense, interior affairs and national security department expressed their preparedness with respect of transition of security from the foreign forces to the Afghan forces.  The meeting also discussed landing of an aircraft from the Gulf region at the Kandahar airport and after hearing the report the National Security Council assigned the National Security Advisor to prepare a report and present to the National Security Council in respect to the aim of the aircraft for landing in Afghanistan, from which source or government it has obtained the permit and other details.
Prof. Abdul Salam Azimi acting chairman of the Supreme Court and chief justice of Afghanistan informed the meeting over opening of the offices of the attorney courts at the insecure districts of the country.  The meeting instructed the local organs department and interior ministry to prioritize the presence of the districts governors and police commanders and undertake measures for appointment of district governors and police commanders in those regions.  The administration affairs and secretariat of the council of ministers also received instructions to supervise execution of this process.  The meeting also heard the results of assessment of the ministry of commerce and industries towards illegal taking out of the petroleum from the industrial park of Kabul.  The meeting decided that since the existence of the petroleum and gas reserves and the private security companies are the retaining the safety of the people and those of the productive plants at the industrial park, they should be transferred from that area in other proper areas.  According to another report chaired by president Karzai a meeting was organized with the participation of the security foundations of the country and general John Allen Commander of NATO in Afghanistan which discussed necessary measures for the start of the fourth phase of security transition.  The Afghan side at this meeting, while emphasizing on strengthening and equipping of the Afghan security forces especially the Afghan Air Forces and expressed their readiness for the fourth phase of security transition.