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Sunday 26 February 2012,

(BNA)

WASHINGTON: The United States welcomed President Hamid Karzai's call for "dialogue and calm" Saturday as Obama backed moves from US Forces Commander John Allen in Afghanistan to protect NATO staff after the shooting of two US servicemembers.

Obama thanked Allen, commander of the NATO International Security Assistance Force, for "all of the measures he is taking to protect our servicemembers and civilians in Afghanistan and to encourage calm," the White House said in a statement.

The United States remains "committed to a partnership with the government and people of Afghanistan," after days anti-US protests sparked by the burning of Korans at a US-run military base.

"We welcome President Karzai's statement this morning encouraging peaceful expressions, and his call for dialogue and calm," the White House said.

The Pentagon earlier Saturday decried as "unacceptable" the killing of two US military advisers in Kabul as it called on Afghan authorities to better protect coalition forces and curtail raging violence.

NATO on Saturday pulled all its staff out of Afghan government ministries as anti-US protests raged for a fifth day.

The two Americans, working as International Security Assistance Force officers in the NATO coalition, were in the interior ministry when "an individual" turned his weapon against the pair, NATO said.

In the call Saturday Obama also expressed condolences to General Allen and to the victims' families after the shooting.

Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for the shooting, saying it was in revenge for the burning of Korans at a US-run military base -- an incident that earlier prompted US President Barack Obama to apologize to the Afghan people

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Kandahar (BNA) New General Counselor   of India has committed that his country will assist Kandahar in education, agriculture, and construction fields.  Baharat Boshan New Counselor  of India in meeting with Dr. Toryalai Wisa governor of Kandahar said that his country has plan  to assist Kandahar in education, agriculture fields and to familiar youths with improvement and modern technology.  According to him, we want to familiar farmers of Kandahar with new methods of cultivation and agriculture fields.  Governor of Kandahar discussed with New General Counselor of India on creation of agricultural university and said with creation of this university, we have considerable improvement in agriculture section to improve agriculture in this province.  General Counselor of India asked local foundations to cooperate them in this filed. 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Kabul (BNA) the elders and influential’s of Maidan-Wardak met with Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president yesterday.  The meeting was attended by elders of Daimuraded, Jalraiz, Fiost part and center of Behsud and said that the aim of their meeting with Khalili is to share their problems with him.  they said that over fifty percent schools of the districts have no building, there is also shortage of hospital and non-access of youth especially the girls to higher education, adding that shortage of development budget allocations, discrimination in development budget allocations at the provincial levels are other problems impeding national participation at the government departments of the people of the province.  The ulelma and elders of the province considering the importance of two projects of Hajigak and the Garden Dewal-Ghur road may facilitate prosperity of the people and they asked for attention of the government in this respect.  Khalili praised the role of the people of the province during the Jehad and resistance and ensuring of independence of the country and added that the people of the province have strived hard in institutionalization of the values of new era in the country.  He stressed that in the new era despite problems and weaknesses, some good opportunities have been created for growth and development in the country and we should make utmost use of these chances.  He emphasized that Afghanistan in order to direct the country toward progress should make use of the energy of its cadres and assured the elders of addressing their problems.  According to another report, some elders and representatives of Paktia met with Khalili and shared their problems with him as well.  The elders represented Patan, Samkani, Jankhail, Laji Mangal, Jaji Aryub, and Madkhail of Paktia province.  According to the elders, so far the winterization assistance of the national disaster preparedness has not reached the people and they are facing problems.  They said that since their districts are lying close to border they asked the government to deploy a battalion of national army there.  They added that the remuneration of the martyrs families have not been paid to the families have not been paid to the families as well.  khalili expressed satisfaction over meeting with the elders of Paktia and assured them that their problems will be resolved and that their problems will be discussed at the coming meeting of the disaster preparedness committee.

 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Kabul (BNA)  Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal Finance Minister on Saturday presented before the Wolesi Jirga, the lower house, the draft annual budget with a total outlay of 277 billion Afghanis for the ongoing fiscal year.  Addressing lawmakers, Zakhilwal said the first-ever nine months budget for the year 1391 (2012) carried 137.3 billion Afghanis ($2.78 billion) in non-development and 110 billion Afs in development funds.  Already approved by the up[per house that had recommended cuts amounting to 12 billion Afghanis, 57 percent of the general budget will be spent on security sector, 17 percent on education and the rest on other sectors.  With a majority vote, the Wolesi Jirga decided on October 17 last year that Afghanistan’s fiscal year would start from January instead of April.  The decision was taken to avoid non-execution of development projects due to delays in approval of the annual budget by Parliament. “Almost 77.3 billion Afs ($1.56 billion) will be generated domestically while the rest will be provided by the international community.  The whole development budget will be financed through foreign aid,” the minister explained.  Of the general budget, 15 billion Afs would be spent each month on funding salaries of public servants.  The amount had increased from last year’s allocation of 12.5 billion Afs due to the rising number of teachers and security personnel, Zakhilwal said, urging the house to approve the budget as soon as possible.  Haji Abdul Zahir Qadir, the first deputy speaker, believed that the Wolesi Jirga should not approve the budget for a minister, but for a budgetary unit.  On January 14, the lower house said most of government institutions had been unable to utilize even 50 percent of their development budgets last year.