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Tuesday, 27 December 2011 10:04

Two Cooperation Agreements Signed In Kabul

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture during signing of two cooperation agreements with the Islamic Republic of Iran touched on the amicable ties and cooperation in cultural area between the two nations. 
The agreements cover assistance to the National Archive and Public Library. 
The agreements were signed by the heads of National Archive and Public Library in presence of Dr. Raheen and Dr. Salehi head of the documents and national libraries of Iran. 
Dr. Raheen said during the signing ceremony that this agreement is the product of the visit of head of documents and libraries of Iran and I hope that implementation of the agreement will facilitate book keeping, preservation of relics, and hopefully such cooperation continue in the future as well. 
The Iranian head of documents and national libraries of Iran also said that the cooperation agreement will provide the ground for delivery of experience in preservation of historical documents, relics, book keeping, preservation of calligraphic pieces and enlisting areas by the Iranian side and this way we shall assist in better preservation of all important historical documents with the ministry of information and culture. 
Dr. Raheen presented gifts to the head of Iranian national library and his accompanying delegation.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Council of Ministers session instructed minister of mines Wahidullah Shahrani to sign agreement for extraction and development of oil from Amu River with national oil company of China. 
Based on the agreement, the Chinese company with an Afghan company is to launch extraction and development of oil in Qahqari, Bazar Kami and Zamarud Sai areas in Sar-e-Pul and Faryab provinces. 
The fuel’s quantity in the area has been estimated to 87 million barrel. 
According to draft of the agreement which was reviewed and discussed on Monday cabinet’s session, the National Company of China is to get 150% tax to the Afghan government. 
Afghanistan will also get 70% interest from the oil extraction. 
It is worth mentioning that it is the first agreement for extraction of oil in the country while the first fuel process is also included. 
Based on studies done by international organization, there are six big areas of gas and oil in various parts of the country as Amu River, Afghan Tajik, Kushaka, Herat, Katawaz and Helmand.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Kabul (BNA) In the name of Allah, the most gracious and the most compassionate. 
The Senate of the National Assembly of Afghanistan condemns the invasion of forces of former Soviet Union on Afghanistan on the 6th of Jaddi 1358 and considers it as a dark day. 
As a result of the former Soviet military invasion with the cooperation of communist elements, destructed the infrastructure of the country, and it brought about martyrdom, disability and migration of millions of Afghans that is unforgettable. 
The strong and Mujahid nation of Afghanistan stood firm in the face of the invading forces and after tireless struggles, the former Soviet forces were withdrawn, restored independence and the invading forces without any achievement left Afghanistan and this way the strong Soviet ordered collapsed. 
The history showed that the Afghans, despite having the willingness to have amicable mutual ties with the world countries especially with the neighboring nations, but the independence and territorial integrity is threatened, that country defends itself. 
The Senate while condemning the invasion of the former Soviet Union demands from the united fraternal national of Afghanistan to maintain their honors towards reconstruction of the country and ensuring peace and stability and this way realize the aspirations of this country’s martyrs and heroes.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Kabul (BNA) President Karzai chaired the plenary session of the Council of Ministers (CM) held yesterday in Gul Khana Palace. 
Initially, the CM condemned the suicide attack that caused the martyrdom of Abdul Mutaleb Baig, former Jehadi commander and Takhar deputy at the House of People and some other countrymen and called this terrorist attack during the funeral ceremony against all Islamic values. 
The CM conveyed its sympathies to the bereaved families and wished immediate recovery for the wounded of this incident. 
The CM also instructed the ministry of interior and national security department to verify the perpetrators of this terrorist attack and pursue them legally. 
The Minister of Mines informed the CM on poisoning and death of 12 civilians who illegally and unprofessionally were engaged in extraction of coal mine from the Darae Souf, Nahreen District of Baghlan Province. 
They were poisoned by carbon monoxide gas. The CM while regretting this incident instructed the ministry of mines to assist the bereaved families of those killed and advised the interior ministry to prevent irresponsible and illegal extraction of the mine. 
The CM also assigned the ministry of water and energy and deputy minister for political affairs of tribal and frontiers affairs in consultation with the donor country adopt measures for installation of the second turbine of Kajaki hydro-power plant. 
Meanwhile, the ministries of foreign affairs, finance and higher education were assigned to facilitate timely payment and delivery of the pocket money of Afghan students. 
Likewise the ministry of mines presented the draft of contract for three petroleum blocks of Amu Zone to the CM and it was stressed that this issue on the basis of previous decisions, taken up with the Petroleum Company of China (CNPCIW) and Watan Group (an Afghan company) considering the law on petroleum and gas in accordance with the international standards and the country’s economic interest and prepare the contract. 
The CM likewise adopted the contract for detection, development and production of Hydrocarbon of petroleum of Amu Zone and assigned the ministry of mines to ensure realization of the contract accordingly. 
In another part of the session, the project for expansion of the  international airport of Herat was presented to the CM by ministry of transport and civil aviation and it was stressed that the airport will be built on an area of five thousand jirib land and on the basis of an agreement between Afghanistan and Italy the project will cost Euro 150 million of which Euro 1150 million will be provided as loan by Italy without any inter million of which Euro 137 million will be provided as loan by Italy without any interest for 31 years and this will be expended for the project. 
The CM adopted the project for expansion of the Herat International Airport with the payment of Euro 137 million non-interests by Italy and instructed the ministries of finance and transport and civil aviation to adopt necessary measures for payment of the loan and construction of the airport. 
The CM also discussed expropriation of 35551 square meters of land owned by 29 people at the cost of Afs. 6.22 million for building of road and concrete bridge on the Char Dara river of Kunduz province and instructed the ministries of agriculture and irrigation and public works to either provide similar land to the owners or if they reject this pay the expropriation costs of the land. 
The CM also instructed the minister of finance, Governor of De Afghanistan Bank led by justice minister to bring about the proposed amendment to the law of the Afghanistan Bank and after consulting the Presidential Office pursue its legal channels. 
The acting minister of communication and information technology and the finance minister informed the CM on the issuing of permit for information technology on the basis of which a new technology will be introduced and further facilities in the communication and internet sphere will be provided.

Monday, December 26, 2011
Aibak (BNA) The construction work of 8 km road in Kohistani Tai Khonak area center of Samangan province was completed. 
Engineer Sayed Homayoon head of Samangan public work said to BNA, this road newly constructed and linked residents of 25 villages of Tai Khonak area to Aibak city.  
The work of this road started from Tasma village and continued to the center of Tai Khonak area. This road has 8 km length and 6km wide, and 20 cm graveled. 
Along this road five bridges and 20 meter retaining wall was constructed to protect the road from damages. 
Head of public work added that this road was constructed at the cost of 500,000 dollars and was implemented within 9 last months through UNDP office. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, December 26, 2011
Lashkarga (BNA) Afghan forces reported from cleaning of Nadali district of Helmand province from presence of militants today. 
According to police chief of Helmand, this operation carried out by Afghan national army, national police and ISAF in Loumanda, Lochak and 31 Gharbi of Nadali district.
In this operation three Taliban and a policeman was killed. 
42 anti-tank mines, a PK machine gun, a Kalashnikov and 3 motorcycles were seized by security forces, said the source. 
According to the source, with ending of this operation, the in charges of Nadali district with people of the area visited the cleaned areas and talked on insuring of peace and reconstruction programs. 
Armed terrorists had activities since 3 last years in the mentioned areas.  Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, December 26, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Three armed insurgents were killed and 24 others detained by national police forces in the last 24 hours. 
According to interior ministry press office, national police forces in several combined operations with the national army and coalition forces  killed three armed insurgents and detained 24 others in Kabul, Kunar, Nangarhar, Laghman, Baghlan, Kandahar, Helmand, Ghazni and Khost provinces. 
In these operations 2 Kalashnikovs, 3 mines, 10 kg of explosive device, 2 kg of heroin and a quantity of heavy ammunitions were also seized by the Afghan forces.  Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, 26 December 2011 11:14

Taliban Key Commander Killed In Helmand

Monday, December 26, 2011
Lashkargah (BNA) A key commander of Taliban with his two followers was killed in Helmand province yesterday. 
Daud Ahmadi, spokesman for Helmand governor said to BNA, the mentioned commander with two of his followers were killed along the road of Gereshk district when they attacked on police forces. 
According to him during the clash, the national army forces arrived to the area, in which a key commander of Taliban with his two followers was killed and three others have been detained. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, 26 December 2011 11:09

2 Mine Planters Killed, 2 Hurt In Helmand

Monday, December 26, 2011
Lashkarga (BNA) Two mine planters were killed and two others were wounded by NATO forces yesterday. 
BNA quoting from NATO press release, the two mine planters were came under rocket attacks by NATO forces when they wanted to place mine in Gereshk district. 
Helmand press office confirming the report said, in this operation two armed Taliban were killed and two others were wounded, the wounded have been shifted to hospital of NATO forces. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, December 26, 2011
Kabul (BNA) The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) had provided winter assistances to the most vulnerable internally displaced people and returnees here in Kabul, an official said.
Head of Emergency States for the Minister of Refugees and Repatriates, Mehr Khuda Sabar said that in response to the extreme cold winter experienced in Afghanistan, ADRA and RARA (local partner of ADRA) decided to implement Winter Assistances Package project for selected vulnerable Returnees in Kabul province.
The decision to implement the project was based on the specific request received from the emergency department of the ministry of refugees and reparation (MoRR) to most vulnerable families in Kabul. 
However due to budget limitation we are offering assistances 1,320 beneficiary families, second round to 75 families covered during winter season in Kabul province, he said.
Each of the 1,395 families will receive 4 handmade quilts, 10m plastic sheets, 30 kilos of firewood, coal and 6 pairs of winters shoes (kalaush), he added.
The distributions started in December 7 and would continue to December 11, covering returnees located in district 12th and 8th of Kabul and the second round would also be kicked off in December 25 and continue to December 27 covering the returnees located in district 5 and 1st in the capital, the source said.
The project is funded by German Foreign Ministry, Berlin in close cooperation with ADRA Germany (based in Frankfurt) and the German Embassy in Kabul.
The beneficiary list, distribution site and other details of this project were prepared in liaison with the Emergency Dept of the ministry of returnees and repatriates.