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Wednesday, 18 April 2012 07:02

TAPI Royalty Finalized

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The representatives of the government of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India during a meeting in Islamabad the other day had finalized the royalty of the trans-pipeline of gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan onward to India through Afghanistan. 
According to the Ministry for Mines, Minister Wahidullah Shahrani who visited Turkmenistan arrived in Islamabad the other day and attended the meeting. 
Afghanistan would earn 400 million US dollars annually as royalty. 
The four governments are expected to hold joint meeting on May 24 in Ashkhabad where representatives of the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank would attend to finalize the gas price besides inking the agreement. 
Afghanistan over the next 30 years would earn billions of US dollars as royalty.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Masoud Hossiani an Afghan photographer was given international award for his typical photos taken from the bloody terrorist incidents of Ashura in Kabul. 
This young man has been awarded with the Politzer prize of the best photographer. 
In one of his photos, Masoud depicts the photo of a young girl by the name of Tarana who having sustained wounds is looking around her. 
In the terrorist incident that took place last year in the entrance door of Abdul Fazal shrine close to 200 people lost their lives or wounded. 
The photos depicting this terrorist event, can verify the intensity of this horrific incident. 
The Polizer award is given annually to the 21 art and literary spheres for the best art and world artists.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Official with the Defense and Interior Ministries visited the hospital and enquired about the health of those security personnel who received injuries in clash with terrorists in Kabul on Sunday and Monday. 
Prominent among those deputy to defense ministry Anayatullah Nazari and ranking officials from Interior Ministry, visited the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan hospital and enquired the wounded officers and soldiers including general Fahim Qaim the commander of rapid reaction force and prayed for their early recovery. 
The security forces in rapid reaction had killed all the terrorists in Kabul in counter-terrorist operations which lasted around 18 hours and over Monday morning.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The in charges of the ministry of information and culture of Khost province have started a program for collection of boards bearing foreign language and terms. 
The collection will take place in two phases from the center and districts of the province with the cooperation of the security organs. 
Mohammad Amin Shah Ulfat head of information and culture department said that collection will take a week and he asked the people to replace the board with Pashto and Dari languages and they should avoid writing of foreign languages on their boards. 
The people have been given one week time to replace their boards.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 06:35

Gen. Dostum Supports Peace Talks

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Mazar-e-Shrif (BNA) General Abdul Rashid Dustam the leader of Islamic Movement of Afghanistan and member of National Front backs the peace process going on in the country. 
Addressing among thousands of his supporters in Mazar-e-Shrif city the other day, he called upon Taliban leader Mullah Omar and Haqani network chief Sarajudin Haqqani to stop brother killing and initiate direct dialogue. 
Dostan who had fought against Taliban in the past said that he is ready to give flower to Taliban chief if he begins peace talks. 
General Dostam who visited Saudi Arabia recently also noted that Saudi Arabia can play important role in achieving peace in Afghanistan. 
Meantime, he pointed out that returning Taliban to power through fight is a dream which is not achievable.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012 06:32

Women Role To Be Upgraded In Civil Services

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Kabul (BNA) At this meeting initially Ahmad Shahid chairman of the independent commission of administrative reform explained the conference aims and the status of women in civil service of Afghanistan and added that after formation of the new governments the condition of women have improved who have sustained bitter days in the past and today close 22% of women of Afghanistan are actively serving the country.
He added that in the past ten years as a result of positive politics undertaken by the government enabled the women to male their presence in government organs and their role is revived. 
He noted that better conditions are available for training and upgrading the role of women in the educational institutions and they have better working environment and the independent commission for administrative reform has created competitive conditions for women along with some facilities and priorities that can give them the chance to be employed in civil service foundations. 
At the meeting Nadera Gaya head of women affairs department of Kunduz and Nafisa Munsef head of the eastern zone of the commission of administrative reform said that the two day conference could specify instances that are still impeding the path of women presence in the organs.
These challenges include low awareness of public of women legal rights, low ability of women in local administration, cultural limitations, unaccepted traditions, existence of discrimination and violence low working safety, differences in salaries of government, private and international organizations, weakness in elimination of the law on violence against women, and ultimately unawareness of women of their basic rights. 
They proposed that more efforts are needed for improve professional foundations for women and the gender management sections in the ministries. 
They asked President Karzai to facilitate more resources for better training for women in the provinces. 
They also asked for more share in scholarship for women.
President Karzai appreciated holding of such a conference for women and said that the prerequisite for progress in a country is education that regrettably less work has been done in our country in this respect and the bitter days were during the Taliban era. 
He added that we started everything ten years back from zero point and today the presence of the women reaches to 22% that is not adequate indeed.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Siyar Bahdurzada is proud man in regard to his heritage.
The Afghan-born welterweight’s past is well documented: Bahadurzada grew up surrounded by war in his homeland before he and his family moved to the Netherlands in 1999.
On Saturday night, “Siyar the Great” earned the highest-profile win of his mixed martial arts career, stopping Paulo Thiago at UFC on Fuel TV 2. Following his victory at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Bahadurzada revealed his hope of representing his native country in a positive way while competing as the UFC’s first Afghan-born talent.
“I fight for Afghanistan,” Bahdurzada (pictured, file Photo) told Fox Sports after his win, “When I have the flag on my shoulders, I don’t want to step on anybody’s toes with that. I just want to put Afghanistan in positive news headlines. That is my goal. That is what I want to do for my country.”
Bahadurzada’s victory came just 42 seconds into his inaugural UFC appearance.
After a feeling out process, Thiago plowed forward, winging an overhand right at his foe.
Bahadurzada deftly backpedaled and connected with a perfectly placed right hand to the Brazilian’s jaw, snapping his head around and causing him to fall unconscious to the mat, face-first.
“Those punches are knockout punches because people don’t expect them,” Bahadurzada said of the finish. “It’s not a hook or an uppercut. “it is not hook or an uppercut. It is in between. I don’t want to say (exactly) what it is, because then people will know the secret, but those are the punches that I throw a lot in training. Thiago was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Bahdurzada, 27 stated after the contest that he injured his hand in training 10 days before the bout, possibly breaking it. Nevertheless, he threw his wounded appendage without hesitation, instantaneously turning out the lights on his highly regarded foe.
“I expected Thiago to (rush forward) like that with his head down. The only this that I see when I fight is my target. I want to take him out as soon as possible. I don’t see or hear (anything else),” Bahadurzada told UFC.com.
“This is the perfect start for me in the UFC. I see Paulo Thiago as one of the top 10 (welterweights) and to knock out a top 10 guy so quick, that’s a great start.”

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Ten Taliban militants were killed and injured in a clash in Maidan-Wardak province this morning. 
This clash occurred in the vicinities of Narkh district when armed Taliban militants attacked on a vehicle of Afghan soldiers. 
NATO press release said to BNA, NATO plane assisted Afghan forces and inflected damages to armed Taliban. 
The report said nothing about casualties of Afghan and NATO forces and civilians in this clash. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, 17 April 2012 11:50

NSD Discovers Arms Cache In Urozgan

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Urozgan (BNA) An arms cache of Taliban was discovered by the national security directorate in Urozgan province today. 
This cache was discovered in an operation of Afghan and NATO forces from outskirts of Trenkot city. 
According to NATO press release, tens of heavy and light arms, roadside mines, rocket launchers and explosive materials were seized from this cache.
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Kabul (BNA) An armed commander of Taliban was detained in Paktia province this morning. 
The identity of this commander is not clear. He was arrested in a combined operation of Afghan and NATO forces. 
According to NATO press release, this commander directed terrorist attacks of Taliban in the vicinities of Zormat district. 
According to another report, an armed commander of Taliban was detained in Kandahar province today. This commander has been arrested in an operation of Afghan and NATO forces from outskirts of Khakriz district. 
NATO said that this commander organized terrorist attacks of armed Taliban in the vicinities of this district. 
In this operation, two persons have been detained with a quantity of arms on charges of cooperation with Taliban. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada