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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Kabul (BNA) Second vice president, Mohammad Karim Khalili met with the special envoy of European Union (EU) for Afghanistan at Presidential Palace yesterday.  During this meeting the EU envoy for Afghanistan in connection with signing of strategic cooperation with Afghanistan said that these cooperation are include of human rights, women rights, capacity building and equipment of Afghan security forces.  He evaluated second Bonn Conference as a turning point in extension of world community’s commitments specially the EU commitments to Afghanistan.  He said that the EU committed one billion Euros to Afghanistan till 2013.  The EU envoy also evaluated the role of neighboring countries in maintenance of security in Afghanistan as important and said that a stable Afghanistan is in the benefit of those countries.  Lauding the EU contributions in Afghan rehabilitation and maintenance security, Khalili called important the strategic cooperation’s between Afghanistan and the EU.  Likewise, second vice president said that the cooperation of world community as a partner of the people of Afghanistan in peace process, establishment of good governance and counter official corruption is important and emphasized that in new chapter with new commitments, the Afghan people accepted more sacrifices for reaching to a new situation.  During this meeting the both sides lying emphasize on good governance and counter official corruption elucidated that with understanding and coordination with Afghan government and international community with having certain agenda, the upcoming Tokyo and Chicago conferences to have good achievements.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Kabul (BNA) President Hamid Karzai received for a farewell meeting yesterday Michael Steiner, the German special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan whose term of mission has been ended recently.  President Karzai thanked Mr. Steiner and the German government for its efforts in organizing a successful conference in Bonn on Afghanistan.  The president expressed gratitude to Mr. Steiner for the efforts the exerted in strengthening the relations between the two countries during his tenure, and wished him success in his future careers.  Steiner said he was honored to have served Afghanistan and tanked president Karzai and the Afghan government for the support he enjoyed during his mission in this post.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Kabul (BNA) Hamid Karzai, president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan seriously condemned the terrorist attacked that killed and injured a number of Afghan civilians in Kandahar.  According to Kandahar governor office, today the enemies of Afghan people blew up an explosives-laden car in 4th police district of Kandahar city, resulting in martyring two people including a girl and injuring three others.  Meanwhile, on Sunday a civilian’s vehicle struck a roadside mine in Shahwali Kot district of Kandahar province, resulting in martyring four Afghan civilians including a child.  Hamid Karzai considered the attack on civilians as a cowardly act and the perpetrators as enemies of human who don’t want the people to live in peace and stability.  President Karzai is condemning any terrorist acts carried out for any reason and called the perpetrators as the enemies of Islam and Afghanistan.  The president is offering deep sympathy and condolences to the martyred families and wishing the injured quick recovery.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Kabul (BNA) To begin with, the council of ministers meeting praised non-questioning of the ministers of interior and finance by the house of people and considered it s a rational measure to the interest of stability in the country.  President Karzai later high-lighted the outcome of his tripartite visit to Pakistan for participation at the three countries leaders’ conference in Islamabad.  He said the leaders of three countries attended the conference on the 28th of Dawlwa of current year at a time that unique preparations had for welcoming the delegations were adopted.  At this meeting by signing a joint statement agreed on further expansion of political, economic, cultural and social and educational cooperation and further strengthening of their people’s ties.  Following the tri-partite meeting the president of Afghanistan carried meetings with the president and prime minister of Pakistan discussing issues of peace in Afghanistan and the region, consolidation and expansion of relations between the two nations in common struggle against terrorism and economic and trade cooperation.  Alongside this visit President Karzai had separate meetings with Mia Nawaz Sharif leader of Muslim League as well as political, social and religious personalities of Pakistan including Qazi Hussain Ahmad former head of Jamate Islami, Mawlawi Ghafour deputy head of Jamaitul Ulema of Pakistan, Mawlana Samiul Haq known religious leader and head of Darul Ulum of Haqania, Atab Ahmad Khan Sher Pao, Sujaat Hussain Chawdhari, Mahmoud Khan Achekzai and Afrasiab Khatak.  He carried positive debates in relation to peace and stability in Afghanistan and in Pakistan.  The president considered the results of his visit as very detailed, deep and realistic compared to the past ten years with the Pakistan authorities and called it as satisfactory.  He added contrary to the propaganda of the media, these meetings took palace in an atmosphere of cordiality, friendship and the demands of both sides were advanced in sincere manners.  The president praised the arrest of two suspicions in connection with the martyrdom of Ustad Rabbani and hoped that further efforts be continued for arrest of more perpetrators of this incident.  He also appreciated facilitating of the transfer of education ministry’s books which were stopped at the Karachi port.  The Council of Ministers called the visit of President Karzai as positive towards peace, and stability in the region and confirmed it.  The distribution of government aid to the displaced families in Kabul was taken up at the meeting.  Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice president and chairman of the committee for disaster preparedness informed the meeting in this respect and stressed that the goods to be distributed to the families for another two months.  The CM instructed the committee that in addition to the aid provided by the government, the assistance of the national traders and international sources also he sought and advised the ministry of repatriates and refugees to prepare a more comprehensive proposal at the beginning of new year for settlement of the displaced families to their provinces and present to the CM.  The national disaster preparedness committee was advised to distribute 5000 tons of coal to the displaced families or prepare food item from its sale and distribute to them.  The national security advisor informed the CM on reviewing of the policy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and added that in the new draft 23 instance of policies of the government along with the recent events in the country have been reflected.  The CM after debating this draft assigned the government organs to give their views and send to the national Security Council and this council was instructed to finalize the draft and through the state ministry for parliamentary affairs refer it to the parliament.  The law on transit duty was also confirmed by the CM and justice minister was advised to send the draft to the parliament.  The expropriation of 5692 sqm of land property of Amir Khan located in Qarabagh district of Ghazni on the basis of Afs 700 per sqm on which the structures of police command has been built was referred to the CM.  the meeting adopted the proposal and instructed the finance ministry to arrange payment of the cost of the land to the owner accordingly.  Minister of finance informed the CM on the waiving off of the consumption of power by the sacred places from the start of 1390 and added that since the Breshna Muassessa is owned by the government and non-payment of the cost of power may harm the company so the finance ministry should anticipate the sum and transfer it to the budget of Breshna Muassessa and in future this issue should be anticipated at the national budget of the country.  The CM also instructed the government organs to finalize the cost of their power consumption and the ministry of repatriate and refugees should control consumption of power and prevent unnecessary usage of power.  At the end, three international conventions were presented to the CM by foreign minister which were confirmed by the meeting.

Monday 20 February 2012,

VANCOUVER: Everything you know about dieting is wrong, say US scientists who have devised a new formula for calculating calories and weight loss that they hope will revolutionize the way people tackle obesity.

Obesity rates have doubled worldwide in the past 30 years, coinciding with a growing food surplus, and the ensuing epidemic has sparked a multibillion dollar weight loss industry that has largely failed to curb the problem.

Current standards in the United States, where two thirds of people are overweight or obese, advise people that cutting calories by a certain amount will result in a slow and steady weight loss over time.

But that advice fails to account for how the body changes as it slims down, burning less energy and acquiring a slower metabolism, researchers told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Vancouver.

The result is a plateau effect that ends up discouraging dieters and sending them back into harmful patterns of overeating.

As an example, researcher Kevin Hall offered up his large vanilla latte, purchased at a popular coffee shop. When he asked, the barista told him it contained about 240 calories.

"The notion was if I drank one of these every day and then I replaced it with just black coffee no sugar, then over the course of a year I should lose about 25 pounds, and that should just keep going," Hall told reporters.

"People have used this sort of rule of thumb to predict how much people should lose for decades now, and it turns out to be completely wrong."

Hall, a scientist with the US National Institutes of Health, said his work aims to "come up with better rules and better predictions of what is going to happen when an individual changes their diet."

He and colleagues said their scientific model is aimed to help doctors and policymakers, while a "back-of-the-envelope calculation" for consumers means cutting small amounts of daily calories, but expecting to cut more over time.

"If I want to lose 10 pounds of weight eventually, I have to cut 100 calories per day out of my diet," Hall explained.

"You'll get halfway there in about a year, and then you will eventually plateau, (reaching the goal) after about three years," he added.

"For folks abroad that works out to about 100 kilojoules per day per kilogram. The contrast is the old rule of thumb predicts twice as much weight loss after a year, and it gets worse after that."

The new model gives dieters one calorie goal for short term weight loss and another for permanent weight loss. Exercise is also calculated in to help set realistic goals.

Tests on small numbers of adults who were fed strictly controlled diets showed the model was accurate, though real-life situations are harder to predict

Monday, February 20, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The first round of university entering examination of higher education institutions was held in Kabul. 
According to BNA, in this exam 12500 high schools’ graduated girls and boys from Kabul have attended. 
The exam was held in Kabul medical university, Polytechnic and education universities of Kabul. 
Prof. Sediqi deputy minister of higher education ministry said that this year, with establishing of 5 new higher education institutions in Ghoor, Farah, Paktika, Sar Pul and Urozgan provinces more candidates will accept in universities. 
According to him, accepting candidates of higher education institutions have increased than last year as well. 
He asked the attention of higher education ministry for well and clear holding of the exam. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, February 20, 2012
Kandahar (BNA) A policeman was killed and four others including a policeman wounded in a suicide attack in Kandahar province this morning. 
This even occurred at 10:30 am near 4th district of police of Kandahar province. 
According to the reports, a suicide bomber in a motorbike full of explosive materials blew himself up near the 4th police district of that province. 
Jawid Faisal press in charge of Kandahar province said to BNA, in this event, a policeman was killed and three civilians including a policeman were injured. 
According to Faisal, the suicide bomber wanted to target the building of 4th police district. 
Meanwhile, Doctors of Kandahar central hospital reported health condition of the injured satisfactory. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Monday, 20 February 2012 10:50

16 Prisoners Released From Baghlan Jail

Monday, February 20, 2012
Pul-e-Khumri (BNA) 16 prisoners including a girl yesterday released from a prison in the northern province of Baghlan. 
According to Hashmatullah Hasham, provincial director of Justice for Baghlan, the prisoners have been released based on a verdict issued on the occasion of Milad of Hazrat Mohammad (PBUH) by Hamid Karzai, president of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. 
According to Colonel Mohammad Aslam Kohistani, general director for Pul-e-Khumri prisons, currently there are 354 prisoners including 18 women in Pul-e-Khumri prison.

Monday, 20 February 2012 10:49

Women Give Four Babies To Birth In Paktia

Monday, February 20, 2012
Gardez (BNA) A woman gave yesterday four kids to birth in southern Paktia province. 
According to Hajji Mohammad, a provincial health official for Zarmat district, the woman yesterday afternoon bore four kids, two boys and two girls in the health clinic of the district. 
He said both mother and the kids are in good condition.

Monday, 20 February 2012 10:48

3 Drug-traffickers Arrested In Uruzgan

Monday, February 20, 2012
Urozgan (BNA) Three people said to be involved in trafficking drugs were arrested by police in central Uruzgan province. 
The individuals who were trafficking nearly 361 kg of poppy to an unidentified location were arrested on Saturday evening by police in the outskirts of Charchino district of the province. 
According to Noorullah Hotak, provincial director of counter narcotics, the individuals placed the poppy in the sacks of maize in a car. 
Hotak said they have consolidated their efforts on counter narcotics in the province.