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Monday, September 03, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The minister for higher education Dr. Obaidullah Obaid laid the foundation stone of the supplementary building for the agriculture faculty of Kabul University yesterday.
In his remarks Dr. Obaid while emphasizing for breeding new cadres, said with the completion of new building the problems of the students of agriculture faculty would be solved.
The new building would constructed at a cost of 41 million Afghanis funded by the ministry for higher education and will be completed within one year.
According to another report, Dr. Obaid in meeting with the rectors of the 16 faculties of Kabul University yesterday called for renovation and beautification of the university, saying anyone demonstrates initiative would be appreciated.

Saturday, September 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Faroq Wardak Minister of Education inaugurated three schools in Kabul city today.
According to BNA report, in the inauguration ceremony of Bebe Shamso Primary Girls’ School, the First Part of Shah Shaheed School and Abdul Ghafor Ahmadi School a number of education officials and principles of the mentioned schools were participated.
The education minister while inaugurating the schools said, these schools constructed within one year with the financial assistance of Japan and Denmark countries, UNICEF and development budget of education ministry.
He added, the primary school of Bebe Shamso has 14 classrooms, 2 administrative offices and other equipments and the primary school of First Part of Shah Shaheed has 30 classrooms, 2 administrative offices and other necessities.
As well, the Abdul Ghafor Ahmadi School also has 30 classrooms and other needs.
He said, around 10,000 students (girl and boy) are studying in these schools.
The education minister promised to construct building for those schools that their students are studying under tents.
T. Rateb

Saturday, September 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The minister of higher education Dr. Obaidullah Obaid visited Turkey and discussed the problems of afghan students studying in Turkey with Turkish officials. 
The press office of the ministry for higher education said yesterday. 
According to officials with the press department, Dr. Obaid also held meeting with professor Dr. Goyan Ciotin Kaya and briefed him about the problems of Afghan students studying there and their absorb to medical and other necessary fields and Turkish  side promised to solve all problems of Afghan students there. 
According to another report, the minister for higher education also held meeting with Indian ambassador in Kabul yesterday and discussed the problems of the visa of those students who got scholarships to Indian universities. 
It has merit to mention that the government of India has cancelled the visa of some 30 students.
The Indian ambassador promised to solve the problems and facilitate the students to study in India.

Tuesday 21 August 2012

WASHINGTON: Just 10 days after NASA's Curiosity rover sent back its first color photos of the Martian landscape, the US space agency said Monday it wants in 2016 to take a better look at what's happening beneath the Red Planet's surface.

"Does Mars have fault lines like the Earth does? How extensive are those? What kinds of 'marsquakes' are there?"

These, NASA official Lindley Johnson told reporters on a conference call, are some of the important questions the project hopes to answer.

The InSight mission, which aims to launch in March 2016, will send a device to Earth's next-door neighbor to measure seismic activity and a subsurface heat probe to measure the flow of heat from the interior.

"Seismology is the standard method by which we've learned to understand the interior of the Earth," explained John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters. "And we have no such knowledge for Mars."

InSight was selected from a pool of three finalists to be sponsored by the low-budget Discovery series.

The other two -- one to explore a comet and another to take a closer look at Saturn moon Titan -- were equally compelling, Grunsfeld said.

"All of these missions had top science," he said, adding that the proposals also all seemed equally realistic, in terms of their ability to actually get answers.

But InSight won out because it seemed the most likely to come in on schedule and on budget, under the $425 million cap set for the projects. That cap does not include the cost of the launch vehicle.

InSight saved money by adopting a seismic monitor developed by the French space agency and a heat-flow probe developed by the German aerospace center.

The project also incorporated into its design "proven systems" from NASA's highly successful Phoenix lander mission, which helped convince the selection committee it was a low-risk endeavor.

James Green, director of NASA's Planetary Science Division, said they anticipate it will take six months for InSight to reach Mars, and then a full Martian year -- about 680 Earth days -- to gather the data it is looking for.

Grunsfeld added that because the device is intended to land in the relatively benign equatorial region of the planet, the device may continue to provide data beyond that first year.

Unlike an earlier NASA attempt to measure seismic activity that placed the device on the legs of the lander, leading to interference from wind, the agency said InSight plans to use a robotic arm to pull the seismometer package from the platform and place it on the ground.

The final budget for the project, the 12th to get sponsorship under Discovery, will be set after a confirmation review next year.

The Discovery series is separate from other Mars-specific programming at NASA, and the agency said this project was chosen on its own merits and with no relation to the ongoing Curiosity mission. (AFP)