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Wednesday, 28 December 2011 09:39

Portrayal Monument Exhibition Opened In Faryab

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Portrayal monument exhibition has been opened with cooperation of provincial directorate of information and culture in Faryab province.
Nearly 25 portrayals of Sayed Shah Mohammad, a local artist, have been put in the exhibition.
The monuments of the exhibition show endowment and work of the Afghan artist.
Sayed Shah Mohammad has made pot, sculpture, and bird of wood.
The artist says he worked hard and spent much time to make such monuments.
Shah Mirza Munshizada, provincial director of information and culture says they are trying to encourage the Afghan artists by putting their handmade materials in exhibition to pave the way for them to sell their monuments.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011 09:31

Violence Against Reporters Increases

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) In charge of the media watch said that during the year 2011 a total of 80 instances of violence against the reporters of including murder, torture and threats towards the reporters in Afghanistan have taken place.
Sedequllah Tuheedi in charge of media watch told the press in its annual report that during the 2011 the numbers of violence against the reporters have increased including three murders, six instances of injured, two arrests, 33 instances of torture and beating, 15 instances of abusing and 21 instances of threats towards the repentances. 
Tuheedi added that of the 80 instances 49 were committed by the government, 9 including murder by the Taliban, 40 by the NATO forces, and 18 instances of violence have been done by the unknown armed elements.
He recalled reporters Jafar Wafa from radio Kalagosh of Paghman killed as a result of mine, Ahmad Omiad Khepelwak killed during the war operation between terrorists and foreign troops in Uruzgan and Farhad Taqadusi who was killed in his office as a result of rocket attack during the year.
He noted that during the 2010 58 instances of violence had taken pleas against reporters in Afghanistan and 2011 it had increased to 80 showing considerable increase.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) A number of the independent human rights commission members in a meeting with President Hamid Karzai asked for evaluating the ten years works of the commission and providing it with independent finance from the national budget so that to be protected from meddling of the foreigners, a presidential press statement office said.
Abdul Satar Saadat told at the meeting which was held at the presidential palace that he is not only opposing continuation of the work of the four members of the civil and human rights commission whose work period had been ended, but he asks for replacement of the entire commission members whose work time had been concluded, the statement quoted.
He said earlier the budget for the commission was not independent as it was sponsored by the foreigners-a problem prevented them to disclose the foreigner’s violations and raise their voice in this respect.
Meanwhile, Hosay Wardak also supported the decision but added those who are being replaced with the members of the independent human rights commission should respect human rights, be professional and not linked to any party.
Also, Aziz Rafi told the meeting that a mechanism should be established based on, those who are being assigned as the members for the commission should be aware of their responsibility as the commission is national establishment and shouldn’t become the victim of other’s interferences.
President Hamid Karzai called the entire presentations as wisely and added that the independent human rights commission was a national and important establishment that had faced ups and downs over the last ten years like other governmental establishments.
However assigning the members of the commission is my authority but I believe on the principal of consultation, so I want to take counsel with you in this respect and assign the members after you introduced the eligible candidates” the statement quoted President Karzai as saying adding that the budget of the commission would also be provided from the national budget so that to be protected from the foreigners negative interferences.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:47

Afghan-Iran Sign Petroleum Pact

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) The Iranian ministry of petroleum and the ministry of ecommerce and industries of Afghanistan by signing of this agreement committed themselves to export one million tons of petroleum products annually to Afghanistan. 
The products include petroleum, gas, fuel for aircrafts and benzene. 
The agreement was signed by Ali Reza Zaiefi Director of National Company of Palaiesh and Promotion of Petroleum Products of Iran and Anwarul Haq Ahadi Minister of Commerce and Industries of Afghanistan. 
Zaiefi said that around 60% to 70% of the agreement is petroleum and gas, and 25 to 30% Benzene and 10% is aircrafts fuel and its prices are specified on the basis of international markets. 
He added that considering the domestic needs of these products, surplus products will be exported and we hope that from the start of the coming year with completion of refineries in Iran export of such products would increase. 
He stressed that we exported petroleum products to Afghanistan in the past as well however, export of Benzene and fuel for aircrafts would start as of the coming year.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Second Vice-President, Mohammad Karim Khalili met with the cultural advisor of President of Iran who is visiting Afghanistan at the head of a delegation of that country. 
At the meeting during which Abdul Hamid Nabizada head of the national library of Iran and Sakhi Munir head of the national archive of the country were present, Dr. Ishaq Salahi head of the documents and national library of Iran, talked on the importance of reconstruction of cultural centers, preparedness of his country to assist the government of Afghanistan in equipping of public library and national achieve of Afghanistan in digital systems. 
He added that Afghanistan possesses cultural riches and the public library and national achieve are some of the richest cultural centers in the region. 
He stressed that equipping of those cultural centers can better introduce the culture and civilization of this country to the world. 
He also promised that Iran will cooperate with Afghanistan in construction of the Afghan public library. 
Khalili in the meeting appreciating the cooperation of Iran called reconstruction of the cultural centers of Afghanistan an important priority of Afghanistan. 
He added that Afghanistan is an important cultural and historical zone at the world level and the riches of this zone not only belong to the present but future generation and these need to be equipped with the modern systems. 
Khalili asked the head of the national archive and public library so by using this cooperation of prepares specific programs for equipping, development and modernizing of those centers so that the interested people make utmost use of richness of them.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011 08:28

National Income Increases To Afs 15b

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) The national income compared to 9 months of last year has increased to Afs 15 billion, said Aziz Shams a spokesperson of finance ministry. 
He added that the income for the nine months shows Afs 71.4 billion Compared to the same period of last year which was Afs 57.7 billion. 
The income is derived from custom taxes, income taxes received from the government ministries and departments. 
He attributed the increase to the implementation of laws, amendment in some sections of laws, created facilities, system of internet in custom houses, transparency, struggle against corruption, upgrading of working capacities in the government departments and realization of the government ranks system.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Hamed Karzai told a number of Kuwaiti media that US wants to open an office for the Afghan government armed oppositions in Qatar country in order to strengthen peace and stability in Afghanistan, his office said. 
“We are fully agreed for the decision, however we had preferred Saudi Arabia  or Turkish country in this respect”, a presidential press office statement quoted him as saying. 
The statement said the president addressing a number of Kuwaiti media such as Al-Qabs, Al-Seyasa, Alwatan and Kuwaiti society press said Afghanistan was fully interested to have the armed oppositions with an exact address in order to practically take step towards peace negotiation with them. 
No disorder and mayhems would be faced by the people of Afghanistan even after the international troops withdrawal from Afghanistan by 2014, the statement quoted. 
The president once more asked the international community to help train and equip the Afghan troops in order to could be able to take security of the country by their own.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) The economic committee of the council of Ministers led by Mohammad Karim Khalili, Vice-President held yesterday. 
As per the agenda, the meeting discussed transfer of woods from Kunar and Nooristan and prevention of cutting of forests of these regions and implementation of development projects and the challenges, as well as the draft of the contract of cement of Herat province. 
Deputy ministers of interior, finance, agriculture and irrigation, commerce and industry and high administration for supervision of strategy for struggle against corruption, Kunar governor and representative of commerce and industry were assigned to organize a meeting led by minister of economy and prepare a specific proposal for prevention of forests of the stated provinces and the transfer of existing woods from those provinces. 
Meanwhile, problems and challenges on implementation of development projects were assessed and it was decided that this issue be evaluated once again at the coming meeting of this committee and the result of assessments be presented to the Council of Ministers session. 
Meanwhile the draft of the contract of cement factory of Herat was confirmed and asked that a progress report of the cement factory of Dahane Ghuri be also presented to the committee meeting.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Some elders and influential of Jaghuri district of Ghazni met with Mohammad Karim Khalili second vice-president and shared some of their environmental problems with him. 
While a deputy of the province at the House of People was also present the elders asked for addressing their problems. 
They called the actions of police as inappropriate and asked for improvements in this respect. 
Khalili assured the elders that their demands will be addressed and the government departments achieve their tasks on the basis of the enforced laws and taking in mind serving the people.

Wednesday, 28 December 2011 07:24

Foreign Minister Condoles Polish Soldiers Death

Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Kabul (BNA) A sympathy message has been conveyed on behalf of Dr. Zalmai Rasul Minister of Foreign Affairs addressed to Minister of Foreign affairs of Poland on the death of five Polish military personnel in an explosion of street mine in Ghazni province. 
The message conveys deep sympathies over the death of five military personnel of Poland in an explosion of street mine in Ghazni to the minister and families of the victims and their friends. 
The people of Afghanistan shall not forget the services of the Polish military in ensuring of security and welfare of Afghanistan.