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Tuesday, 10 April 2012 10:28

Casualties Of Herat Incident Increase

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Herat (BNA) Number victims of suicide attack in Herat province reached to 11 people. 
It is said that five injured of this event after transferring to the Hospital lost their lives due to serious injurers. 
According to reports, a suicide attacker exploded his car full of explosive materials in front of Gorza district building in Herat province.
In this event, 11 civilians including a woman and four soldiers were martyred and 17 other were wounded. 
Mohammad Rafiq Shirzai spokesman of regional hospital of Herat said that 11 people including a woman and four Afghan soldiers were martyred and 17 others civilians were wounded. 
He called health condition of 2 injured persons critical. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The minister for Water and Power Mohammad Ismal Khan left Kabul for India the other day to attend the international conference on Water and Food Security, held in New Delhi Delegates from more than 20 countries and international organizations would attend the conference.
Speaking to journalists at Kabul international airport the minister said in talks with Indian officials at the sideline of the conference he would seek more Indian support in the field of water and power to Afghanistan.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012 09:18

Two Militants Commanders Killed

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Afghan and NATO-led forces during joint operation in Almar district of Faryab province killed two commanders of militants, ISAF said in a statement released here the other day.
The name of those killed is Osmani Sahib who is a senior leader of Uzbekistan Islamic Movement (UIM).
He is the second leader of UIM has been killed after the killing of Makhdom Nasrat who was killed in Shirin Tagab district in March.
Furthermore, the joint forces had killed another Taliban militant commander Shamsdin in Wardoj district of Badakhshan province the other day.
Shamsudin was involved in organizing roadsides and suicide bombing against Afghan and the coalition forces.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The India Steel Minister, Beni Prasad Verma, said on Monday that his country was interested in investment in landlocked Afghanistan.
The visiting Indian union minister inked an agreement with Mines Minister Wahidullah   Shahrani on developing Afghanistan’s iron-ore reserves and promoting its steel industry.
We want to step up investment here, Verma said, adding that an agreement signed in October last year offered a good opportunity for India’s increased investment in Afghanistan.
Calling India the second largest iron producer in the world, Shahrani hoped the agreement would pave the way for greater economic cooperation between the two countries.
He promised the India government and private companies would be encouraged to invest in Afghanistan’s steel and sectors.
The accord is in line with the bilateral strategic cooperation agreement inked on October 2011.
Other agreements in areas of coal mine and cement will be concluded in the near future.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The military court in Kandahar had awarded capital punishment to a soldier on charge of killing an officer.
The soldier Noor Mohammad is accused of firing and killing his officer last year.
Meantime, General Islaudin Nizamyar the head of military court in 205th Corp said the accused can appeal against the court ruling.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A majority of parliamentarians on Monday rejected for a second time the proposed budget for the current fiscal year, saying inequalities in provincial allocations were yet to be corrected.
On March 18, the Wolesi Jirga refused to endorse the accounts due to uneven allocations to provinces and a hefty $80 million (3.9 billion afs) bailout package for the ailing Kabul Bank.
Of the 133 legislators present during Monday’s session, 62 voted against the budget, while 48 supported it.
The rest of lawmakers abstained from voting. Mohammad Azim Mohsei, a public representative from northern Baghlan province, said since Kabul Bank officials had stolen public money, there was no need for the bailout package.
The bank, which faced a major financial crunch last year after giving out $910 million in bad loans, was put under the government-run Da Afghanistan Bank and renamed as New Kabul Bank.
But Kamal Nasir Asuli, an MP from southeastern, Paktia province, alleged political motive behind the rejection of the accounts for the second time, the budget should have been approved to prevent a delay in development projects.
Finance and Budget Commission head Amir Khan Yar also believed the budget should have been okay, because the Ministry of Finance could not afford further amendments due to a shortage of financial resources.
According to ministry officials, the general budget for the last nine months of the current year was 134.3 billion afs, while the development funds amount to 110 billion afs.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012 08:48

Poppy Cultivation In Kunar Up By 50%

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A poppy eradication campaign was launched on Sunday in eastern Kunar province, where cultivation of the illicit crop increased by 50 percent in 10 districts, officials said. 
The campaign supervisor, Idrees Safi, said to that nearly 570 hectares of land had been cultivated with poppies in Kunar this year, showing a 50 percent increase in 10 districts. 
He said the crop had mostly been grown in Shigal and Manogi districts. 
Governor Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi said about 150 acres of poppy farms were eradicated on the first day of the campaign in Norgal district. 
Residents say they lack vast lands to cultivate different kinds of vegetables, asking the government to provide them with fertilizers and seeds. 
Naqibullah, a resident of Norgul district, urged the authorities to help them after the poppies were destroyed. 
“People have not sufficient land for cultivating vegetables and other plants, they have to cultivate poppies to meet their needs.” 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The US ambassador to Kabul met with second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili and they discussed the achievements and removal of obstacles towards signing of the strategic cooperation treaty between Afghanistan and the US and increment of security forces capabilities as well as shouldering of security responsibility by the Afghan security forces. 
At the meeting the US ambassador to Afghanistan, called Afghanistan of the night military operations as a bold step by the Afghan forces and asserted that his country shall continue her support towards strengthening, equipping and training of those forces. 
The ambassador called further cooperation between the two nations in political security spheres as important for attaining the lofty aims in war against terrorism and emphasized on expansion of effective cooperation in this respect. 
Khalili thanked the US administration and its people for their support to the reconstruction of the country and reiterated on the further expansion and continued mutual cooperation between the two nations. 
He added victory in war against terrorism and maintaining of security can be ensured in close cooperation of the international community with the government of Afghanistan and added that the importance and preservation of the joint achievements of Afghanistan and the world community requires that such cooperation further expanded in different spheres.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) At the initiative of Dr. Sayed Makhdom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture a meeting with the media from the armed forces, foreign ministry and in charges of the government and private media networks was organized. 
Addressing the meeting Dr. Raheen said that today’s gathering is aimed at consolidation of unity and observance of the national interests and further strengthening of understanding among the media networks. 
He added that the policy of the ministry of information and culture for the past ten year has been creation of such an atmosphere among the media and the society at large so that no one could hidden anything from the public, whether it is the government TV, and in case the government newspapers hidden it other private TV will reflect it any way. 
With the efforts of the ministry today no reality can be hidden from the eyes of the people in any parts of the country and that is for the blessing of the media men. 
For this very reason we should work towards institutionalization of the freedom of speech and alongside that in this particular time we should take into account the importance of national interests and national unity. 
Lutfullah Mashal spokesperson of the national security department, Mohammad Sedeeq Sedeqi spokesperson of interior ministry, General Dawlatlzai deputy spokesperson of defense ministry and Feramurz deputy spokesperson of foreign ministry said that a series of shortcomings exist in the programs of some of the media networks and they regretted those media that under the influence of neighboring countries are resorting to anti-national interests. 
They also advanced a series of their problems and demanded that access to the spokespersons should be eased. 
They also appreciated the ministry of information for organizing such a gathering during which they could voice their views aimed at improving their activities considering the reporting principles and the national interests of the country.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Kabul (BNA) A mixed delegation comprising of the UN agencies and the World Bank met with second vice-president Mohammad Karim Khalili yesterday. 
The delegation led by the representative of the international organization of UNICEF to Afghanistan explained the program for malnutrition of children in Afghanistan. 
It is said that on the basis of assessments carried out by the UNICEF food insecurity, low income and illiteracy of mothers are the basic factors for malnutrition among the children in Afghanistan. 
They said that the priority of the situation requires that a foundation higher than one or several ministries take practical measures in this respect. 
They asked Khalili to attach attention towards the importance of this issue so that better response is made towards improving malnutrition among the children. 
Representing the nation and the government of Afghanistan Khalili appreciated the achieved efforts towards recognition of the factors of malnutrition among the children and as how to overcome this problem by the different US foundations and the World Bank and added that creation of a united base or foundation for addressing this problem will be decisively supported by the government of Afghanistan. 
He also assured of coordination among the responsible organs of the government with the UN agencies in order to combat malnutrition, adding that efforts towards elimination of the problem is a vital issue for the Afghan government and the leadership of the government shall soon express its viewpoints in this respect. 
They also provided information to Khalili about the practices for responding to the needs of the affected during the occurrence of natural calamities. 
This program will be implemented with the cooperation of the Afghanistan National Disaster Preparedness Administration.