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Wednesday, 28 December 2011 07:21

Dr. Zalmai Rasoul Arrives In Herat

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Zalmai Rasoul Minister of Foreign Affairs in his first round of his provincial visits arrived in Herat and he was welcomed by Governor, head and members of foreign ministry branch, and other heads of provincial departments. 
The minister met with the head and members of foreign ministry branch and the consulate representatives of foreign countries in the city, provincial authorities, elders, influential and students of Herat University and latter visited the shrine and monuments in the city. 
During the meeting Dr. Zalmai Rasoul discussed varying issues with them and had separate meeting with the general consuls of foreign nations in the city as well as the PRT teams of Italy there. 
It is expected that he deliver a speech to the Herat University describing the foreign policy and international issues to the lecturers and the students.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai at a meeting with Al-Azhar religious scholars who are engaged in teaching in different madras’s in Kabul said, Islam is the religion of moderation and justice asking them to extend the message all over the world, his office said. 
A statement issued from the presidential press office quoted Karzai as saying that this was the duty of the Muslims across the world to protect their holy religion from any infamy, violence and extremism and introduce it as the religion of justice, sympathy, moderation and affability, not the religion of extremism and violation. 
Related to the relation between Afghanistan and Egypt, he said that it return to centauries back adding that the Afghan religious figures were mostly educated in that country and the Afghan revolutionaries were mostly respired from the Egyptian soil, the statement quoted. 
He lauded the relation between the two countries and called it a pride for the people of Afghanistan asking for expansion of the relation between the two nations further than ever. 
“Your presence in our country is the indicator of a good well for Afghanistan.  Your were with us during the jehad of the people of Afghanistan teaching knowledge and other problems as well as today in development of Afghanistan that is the matter of pleasure for us”, the statement said quoting the president.  Representative of al-Azhar University in Afghanistan, Shaaikh Abdul Muhsen Ibraheem spoke on the brotherhood and unity among the Muslims of the world and hoped peace and stability for Afghanistan.  He asked the president to party a visit to that country and meet with Al-Alzhar Sheikh.  Meanwhile, Deputy Islamic Studies for the Ministry of Education, Dr. Shafeeq Samim said up to 189 Afghan students were involved in education in the Egyptian universities and Al-Azhar University, the statement quoted.  As a result of Sheikh of Al Azhar attention, a university was built in Kabul and three other universities would be opened in Jalalabad, Herat and Balkh provinces.  This is worth mentioning that the work period of the said Islamic lecturers had been concluded in Afghanistan and they would return their country and fresh lecturers would be dispatched to Afghanistan by the Al-Azhar Sheikh.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) President Karzai in his meeting with some specialists of civil departments said that the safety and the hopes of employees of government to future, forms the main condition of development of civil services in Afghanistan and I am trying till ending of the presidential term of office to stabilize civil services through legislations and lawful foundations in Afghanistan so that those serving in Afghan civil service, be safe, progress qualification-wise and have privileges that after retirement live in comfort in Afghanistan.   
At the meeting the president added that despite the fact that still the government does not possess reliable and safe civil service but you are the example of real progress in Afghanistan. 
He told the specialists that you are important segment of civil services and you can become the main pillar for civil services in the country. 
Recalling the system of civil services of Britain and India where educated people are attracted through test in the government departments and by change of government they remain in their duties. 
He added that civil service does mean that our people should enter the government through tests and they promote in accordance with the law and they should have legal safety. 
Dr. Mushahed Ahmad chairman of the independent commission of administrative reforms and civil services described the importance of the MCP program for management and added that the capacities be utilized properly so that their management is improved. 
Ruhullah Osmani general director of management of the commission’s programs said that the capacity building program in reality is the policy of the government towards professionalizing of administration so that development take place by the Afghans and this program should serve a motive of change and creation  effectives in the Afghan administration. 
He added that under this program around 200 specialists have been attracted in 26 government departments and more than 70 of them have PhD and others have Masters Degrees and we intend to attract from 300 to 500 more specialists in the administration in the future. 
Emal Marjan representing the specialists assured the president that this country’s sons with meager salary serve better than the foreign specialists. 
At the end it was proposed to the president that the Afghan specialists and the leadership of the Afghan specialists in the development of the country be supported.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Abdul Baqi Head of Social Council of Musa Qala district of Helmand province was killed in an armed attack of Taliban yesterday evening.
Reports said, Abdul Baqi with his son and grandson was going from his office to his house, shod to dead by armed Taliban.
Dawood Ahmadi spokesman of Helmand governor told this news agency, in this attack the son and the grandson of Abdul Baqi was also killed.
According to Ahmadi, Taliban succeeded to escape from the area, but searching operation has started to find them.
Translated By: R.N

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 10:38

NATO Drone Crashes In Paktia

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Kabul (BNA) A Drone of NATO forces crashed in Paktia province today.
It is said that this drone crashed in Nasti-Kot area in the suburb of Gardiz city.
Zikray Head Security Directorate of Paktia province in a telephone contact with this news agency confirmed the collapse of this drone.
The reason of collide of the drone is not clear, but Zikray said, probably technical problem caused the incident.
NATO forces have not said anything in this regard yet.
Translated by: R.N

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 10:31

Police Activities Appreciates In Baghlan

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Pul-e-Khomri (BNA) Ulema, Elders and chieftains’ of center and 14 districts of Baghlan province in a gathering appreciated and supported the activities and programs of police in that province today. 
Ahmad Jaweed Basharat spokesman of Baghlan security commandment said to this news agency, the gathering under the title of “people’s cooperation with police” was held with the participation of people representatives in Senat session, Wolisi Jirgah, provincial council and commander of coalition forces in Bagthlan province while colonel Asadullah Sherzad police chief of that province was present. 
The speakers of the session while supporting and appreciating the police programs mentioned the existence corruption in state offices and hostility of local police as main problem against support of people from the government.
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 10:25

MoI To Disband CIP Forces

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Interior has planned to dissolve Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) forces throughout the country, said spokesman for MoI Sediq Seddiqi at a weekly briefing here on Monday. 
Recently, during a visit from eastern provinces the minister of Interior, Bismullah Mohammadi, found the existence of CIP forces a challenge before the people and urgently decided to disband all CIP forces across the country, said Sediq Seddiqi spokesman of the MoI. 
He stated that CIP forces were established by the coalition forces and some other international organizations for protection of projects and compounds, however the MoI dissolved it looking into the grievances and complaints of general public and reinforced the security of international compounds and projects by the national police forces. 
CIP forces were unstructured and parallel forces, which were not registered in formation of national police and were established by coalition forces, therefore, the MoI took decision to dissolve the CIP countrywide, he notified. 
He didn’t elaborate further about the number and location of CIPs, but insisted that the forces will be clear up completely as soon as possible. 
The spokesman while high-lighting existence of some other unstructured armed groups that cause inconvenience for the people in different parts of the country clarified that the MoI will exert almost efforts to dissolve all such armed groups in the country. 
He said, the MoI in cooperation with the municipality warned the government and non-government organs to remove or replace the barriers and concrete walls inside their compounds; otherwise the ministry will remove all of them.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 10:11

Afghan Media Incredibly Strengthened: Rashedi

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Considered the fourth pillar of the state, media has been strengthened incredibly in Afghanistan over the past decade, senior Information and Culture Ministry official said on Monday. 
“There have been many positive changes on the media landscape since the establishment of the interim government more than a decade ago,” Deputy Information and Culture Minister Mubarez Rashidi claimed. 
During an exclusive interview with a media, he said the Taliban regime did not allow TV channels to broadcast programs, even Afghanistan National Television programs were off the air and very few print media outlets operated in the country. 
Since the collapse of the Taliban regime, the number of visual, audio and print media outlets had soared to 1,400 including 50 TV stations, Rashidi said. 
Except the national television, previously known as Radio Television of Afghanistan (RTA), all other channels are privately run. 
As many as 150 radio satins, including 34 government-controlled entities, are airing their programs across the country, he added.  “of 1,200 media outlets, including daily, weekly, biweekly, monthly newspapers and magazines and TV stations registered with the ministry of information and culture, 800 outlets are operational,” he said. 
The number of media outlets increased because they were welcomed by people, he said, adding the enormous increase had empowered the media to be considered as the fourth pillar of the government. 
“The media is considered the fourth pillar until it remains professional.  Otherwise, it can harm and mislead the society,” he added. 
Donor countries paid attention to the media in Afghanistan because it reflected the voice of people and served a strong counterweight to the government, he said. 
“People in Afghanistan refer their problems and cases to media outlets before moving a court in this regard. 
This shows how much strong the media is here,” he said. Rashidi also hinted at some weaknesses in the media, saying it should also focus on education and culture programs like shows, dramas and entertainment.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Pul-e-Alam (BNA) Distribution of winter stuffs to 700 vulnerable families was started on Monday in Logar province. 
The stuffs have been provided by Care, a non-government organization in Afghanistan. 
According to Mohammad Ajmal Stnekzai, provincial director of preparation office for counter incidents in Logar, each vulnerable family received four quilts, two porches, soap and washing powder, jackets and shoes. 
The source added such stuffs were also distributed by Care International on Sunday to 300 vulnerable families in Pul-e-Alam city of the province. 
It is worth mentioning that during the 15 days, winter stuffs have been distributed to 1500 vulnerable and displaced families in capital city and Mohammad Agha district of the province.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan Sambu Kurush athletes got 11 gold and one silver medal from the first round of matches in Nepal. 
Abdul Mahbub Sarwari head of the press department of National Olympic Committee said that the matches that had started from the 23rd of Qaus in Kathmandu of Nepal was attended by sportsmen from 8 south Asian States Athletes during which the Afghan team got eleven gold and one silver medal and gained the title of championship of the matches. 
Nepal got second and India third positions the sources added that at these matches’ seven athletes and two trainers had taken part. 
The Afghan athletes got six gold and one silver medal from the Sambu Kurush and five other gold medals from Kamba sport respectively.