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Kandaar (BNA) Over 250 Senjaray residents, most of whom were children, participated in a kite-flying festival in eastern Zharay district, on January 19, in an event that brought residents, Afghan security forces, and district leadership together, while also demonstrating a return to normal life, in an area once
afflicted by insurgent activity.
Afghan Soldiers from the 3rd Kandak of the 3rd Brigade, 205th Afghan Army Corps, and Soldiers from Combined Task Force Spartan's 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, hosted the event near Combat Outpost Senjaray. With no clouds in the sky, and just enough wind to keep the kites sailing, children from across the area competed to win prizes and congratulations by Afghan security forces' leadership and community leaders.
Kite flying is a popular pastime among the Afghan people, and in
other countries, such as India and Pakistan. Kite flying is a
competition against other kite fliers. The kite lines are lined with
shards of glass, and the goal is to cut the other kites lines, sending
it plummeting to the ground.
While this event was not nearly as aggressive, it still provided
a fun activity for the spectators and participants who consider it the
national pastime.
"Kite flying, along with cricket and wrestling is one of the big
events that they do," said Capt. Andrew Eickbush, the fire support
officer for 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment.
Once forbidden by the Taliban, kite flying is a popular sport in
Afghanistan, and the Afghan and coalition security forces hoped hosting
this event would show that life for Zharay district residents is
improving. Soldiers also hosted wrestling and soccer tournaments late
last year at the Zharay District Center to provide a recreational
opportunity for the local people, and attracted over 1,000 spectators.
In Nalgham, residents there asked coalition forces' Soldiers if they
would secure an area to host a wrestling tournament, and over 50
residents showed up to watch.
At the kite flying festival, Afghan Soldiers helped the children
assemble their kites, and then served as the master of ceremonies and
primary security force for the event.
The 3rd Kandak commander also gave a speech kicking off the event, and letting the residents know the Afghan security forces would secure the people.
"It seemed as if all the adults had the traditional knowledge of how kite flying happened, but it seemed like most of the kids didn't know how to fly kites.
But it was good for the older generation to show the younger generation," Eickbush said.
Afghan and CTF Spartan Soldiers are planning to host additional
recreational days in the future, nicknamed "Afghan Normal Days," that
would demonstrate to Kandahar provincial residents that Zharay district
is becoming increasingly more secure.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012\
Daikundi (BNA) The roads connecting nine districts with center of Daikundi have been blocked due to heavy snowfall. 
According to reports, snowfall is still continuing in the province and up to now nearly 70 cm snow has fallen. 
According to Qurban Ali Uruzgani, provincial governor of Daikundi, continuous snowfall has blocked the roads of nine districts to traffic. 
Uruzgani said the snow and storm has also blocked Qalaq pass which connects Kabul with Daikundi province. 
Meanwhile, governor of Daikundi said they had signed an agreement with a private company for cleaning the snow of the roads. 
The company has started cleaning the road of the snow.

Monday, January 23, 2012
Aibak (BNA) A number of uplift projects which financially funded by GTZ of German have been completed in Samangan province GTZ also assisted some administrative app0liances to a number of government offices in the province. 
According to Mohammad Kabir Sharifi, an official for GTZ, the projects costing 10 million Afs have been implemented through GTZ in a number of villages in the province. 
He said the infrastructural projects include construction of five protective walls, concreting of sidewalks inside of Aibak Park, construction of two water reservoirs, construction of two small bridges and digging six drinking water wells in Hotak and Shir Kayar villages.

Sunday, January 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Avalanches killed 41 civilians in Badakhshan province. 
Dr. Shah Wali Adeeb governor of Badakhshan said to BNA, avalanches in Badakhshan province killed 42 civilians and injured 60 others. 
According to Badakhshan governor five houses have been destroyed in these avalanches. 
He added 13 districts in Badakhshan faced with famine, if emergency assistance not reach to these districts, they will face with more problems.  Translated by Suraya-Yarzada