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Wednesday, 02 May 2012 11:27

Taliban Kills 3 Policemen In Farah

Wednesday, May 02, 2012
Farah (BNA) Taliban using national army uniform killed three policemen in Farahroad district of Farah province yesterday. 
Sayed Mohammad governor of Farahroad district said to BNA, the three policemen were killed when Taliban wearing national army uniform killed three policemen and took their arms and vehicle.  
Mohammad Ghous Malyar, police chief of Farah confirming this event said police forces have dispatch to Farahroad district for transferring of bodies of three policemen.  T. Suraya-Yarzzada

Good afternoon everyone,
Your Excellency Minister Krishna,
Thank you so much for those kind words. It is an honor and a privilege to be back in New Delhi. I feel right at home here. Please allow me to express my deepest appreciation to you, your colleagues and the great people of India for your warm welcome and extraordinary hospitality you’ve extended to me and the entire Afghan delegation on this visit.
In Afghanistan, there is a tremendous natural affinity and affection towards India. And I think that comes from the deep, ancient roots of the historical bond between our two countries and peoples – a bond defined by a common history, common culture, and a reliable friendship and partnership between us.
As you all know, we signed our first bilateral long-term strategic partnership agreement with India. And I am proud to be joining my dear friend and colleague H.E. Minister Krishna in launching the Afghanistan-India Partnership Council, a forum that brings together and further strengthens the existing comprehensive and mutually beneficial cooperation between our two countries.
The two of us and our respective delegations have had the opportunity over the past two days to discuss and share concrete ideas and plans in moving forward our cooperation in the security and political, economic and trade, education and capacity building, social and cultural fields, and people-to-people contacts. Our cooperation and partnership in all these areas is not only good for our two countries but also important for promoting peace, security and prosperity in the region.
India has been the largest development assistance partner to Afghanistan in the region over the past decade. Among other areas, your support, including your generous $2 billion development assistance since 2001, has helped us build key roads, provide essential healthcare services to our people, send millions of Afghan children to schools inside the country and thousands more, including army and police officers, to colleges across India, and begin to revive our agricultural sector.
This is a critical time in Afghanistan’s progress towards peace, stability, development and the consolidation of our young democracy. We keenly look forward to further advancing our partnership with India on all these and other important matters in the months and years to come.
Your Excellency, thank you very much once again for your hospitality and friendship.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Kandahar (BNA) 900 Jiribs of Lands were cleaned from poppy bushes in Panjwai, Zheri and Mawand districts of Kandahar province today. 
The in charges of anti-narcotic of Kandahar said that, 900 Jiribs of Lands have been cleaned from poppy bushes in three districts of Kandahar province. 
Head of anti-narcotic of Kandahar said, 335 Jiribs of lands in Panjwai district, 165 Jiribs of lands in Maiwand and 400 Jiribs of lands in Zheri district were cleaned.  
This program is continuing till cleaning of other areas of the mentioned districts.  T. Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Afghan and coalition forces in separate operations killed 19 armed militants in several provinces of the country yesterday.  According to interior ministry press office to BNA, these operations conducted in the outskirts of Kabul, Baghlan, Faryab, Kandahar, Helmand, Maidan-Wardak, Logar, Khost and Farah provinces, in which 19 armed militants were killed, three wounded and five others were detained. 
In these operations, 6 different types of arms, 5 heavy ballets, 3 mines, a grenade, 373 kg of narcotics and 8 motorbikes were seized by these forces, said the source. 
Another report says that, the national police forces discovered and defused three planted mines which were placed by armed militants in the vicinities of Nangarhar, Baghlan and Jouzjan provinces.  T. Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Three armed commanders of Taliban arrested in military operations in the country today. 
These commanders have been arrested in combined operations of Afghan and NATO forces from outskirts of Helmand and Laghman provinces.  
According to NATO press statement these commanders directed Taliban terrorist attack in the vicinities of Washer and Nahr-i-Saraj districts of Helmand and Qarghai of Laghman provinces. 
While arresting one of these commanders in Qarghai district of Laghman, clash took place, in which a number of armed Taliban fighter have been killed. The report said nothing about casualties of Afghan-NATO forces and civilians.  T. Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Maidan-Shaher (BNA) Eight mine planters were killed in Maidan-Wardak province last night. 
Shahidullah Shahid spokesman for Maidan-Wardak governor said to BNA reporter, these militias wanted plant mines along the road in the Ghonakhail area center of that district, came under air attack by ISAF forces and killed. 
Two Kalashnikovs, a quantity of different types of bullets and several mines were seized by these forces, he said.  T. Suraya-Yarzada

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 10:08

Economic development

Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) According to the released reports on the problems and miseries, there are 13 million youth among nearly 30 million population of the country facing severe poverty and unemployment in Afghanistan.
As human forces, Afghanistan, can provide the youth with job facilities and put a permanent end to the poverty. By building power and water dams on the great roaring rivers of the country to produce electricity, and irrigate the vast arid deserts with potential agricultural capacity, along with this, industrial parks should be built in the country in order to entice foreign and domestic investors to invest in the industrial production and factories and other long term projects, as well as to tackle insecurity, lack of electricity and provide convenience for the people.
Only then the insecure economic condition of Afghanistan will be rehabilitated with the help of which the poverty and employment of youth and other people will be addressed and way will be paved for the economic development of the country. By this way our war-torn and backward country will very soon stand by its own feet and will come to the competence of developed nations.
According to a reliable report the departments of investment of Ministry of Commerce and Industry in the last one year in the implementing of economic, industrial projects 14 percent increase has come in the foreigner’s investment.
According to domestic investors thousands of old operating productive industries and factories has stopped due to insecurity, lack of electricity and other problems which cause the unemployment and poverty of thousand youths and other people and consequently severely damage the economy of the country .
The main cause of standstill of these productive projects from one side is lack of electricity, land and security and from the other side lack of markets for the exhibition of their products and the import and use of foreign products in the country.
It is the national and responsibility of ministries of economy, finance, commerce and industry and other related organs and even of Afghan traders and people to pave the way for the sale of domestic products in domestic and foreign markets.
Through this process they should lure the owners of factories, industries and the owner of other economic projects and stand them economically by their own feet. The investors and traders of Afghanistan should also produce qualitative products in their factories and present them in affordable price to the customers and by this way trounced foreign products and create market for the own products.
Otherwise they will lose the markets of their products and will confront great economic problems.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Excellencies, ladies and gentleman, honorable guests, dear friends.
It’s for me a great privilege to open this workshop dedicated to Mes Ainak. Mes Ainak is located around 40 km south of Kabul close to the limit between the Kabul and the Logar provinces.
As an archaeological site it is already considered as important as Bamiyan or Hadda and had already produced huge quantity of data which is going to help us in the history this era.
It’s also a major asset for the economical reconstruction and development of Afghanistan and as Minister of Culture I am fully aware of the importance of dealing with two issues in the most responsible and efficient way.
In 2004 a team of searchers of the Institute of Archaeology of Afghanistan did the first attempt to develop a proper scientific study of this site after it had been informed of the looting which taking place there. Unfortunately security was so bad at this time that our team had to stop its works. It’s only in Aril 2009 that it was possible to resume surveys and excavation works.
Since then with the support of many institution and in close collaboration with the Ministry of Mine and the Chinese company MCC a recue excavation is going on. The whole archaeological operation is under the scientific authority of Ministry of information and 24 archaeologists institute of archaeology are working there almost all year along.
This year with the financial support of the Ministry of Mine 43 new Afghan archaeologists are going to join the Afghan team.
Along with these archaeologists up to 500 workers coming from the area are going to be recruited creating a substantial mass of employment                            for the area and benefiting to the local development.
The complexity and the size of such an operation make it necessary to call for foreign expertise to help the national team, this year around 22 specialists should be appointed by the World Bank to assist us.
The international support for this huge operation is absolutely necessary and since its beginning DAFA is with us helping, supporting the Afghan team according to the long tradition of fraternity and mutual understanding which characterize our relationship.
US government and Czech government are also providing a very useful and efficient support showing the international concern for such a project.
In terms of result over the 42 km of archaeological area, Six Buddhist monasteries had been identified as well as many buildings and facilities linked to the ancient copper mining. Hundred of statues had been uncovered and an exhibition organized with US Embassy funding at the National Museum.
The international impact of the archaeological projects is visible in the national and international Media and the expectations of the informed audience are growing. Still a lot to do is ahead and the time is running short.
In this emergency situation we have to find emergency solution and my Ministry is fully committed to elaborate and implement them. This does include the excavation themselves but also what is going to happen after the excavations, how public will be given access to the results of the works and how the artifacts and monuments are going to be preserved. To the easy figure of a conflict between cultural heritage versus economical development with a winner and a looser we prefer to put all our endeavors in an win-win solution for the greatest profit of our country and its inhabitants which would enjoy in the future both the benefits of the copper exploitation and those of the cultural riches of the archaeological sites.

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 09:02

News In Brief

Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader and several subordinate insurgents during an operation in Washer district, Helmand province, today.

The leader was the senior Taliban insurgent in Kajaki district, responsible for roadside bombings, suicide attacks and other operations against Afghan and coalition security forces in Helmand province.
He was also one of the principle planners of the April 10 suicide attack against the district police headquarters building in Musa Qal’ah.
In addition, the leader attempted to implement Taliban law on Afghan civilians and operated a Taliban prison.
According to another report:
In Imam Sahib district, Kunduz province, an Afghan-led and coalition supported security force conducted an operation to detain an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader today.
The leader plans and directs attacks against senior Afghan government officials, Afghan National Security Forces and coalition troops. Several insurgents were detained as a result of the operation.
Report said: In Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province, an Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation to capture a Taliban leader today.
The leader directs roadside bombings and other attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces throughout the district. Several suspected insurgents were detained.
An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during an operation in Washer district, Helmand province, today. The leader planned and supervised roadside bombings against Afghan and coalition security forces throughout central Helmand province.
One additional insurgent was detained as a result of the operation.
Another report said: An Afghan and coalition security force conducted an operation to capture a Haqqani leader in Muhammad Aghah district, Logar province, today.
The leader directs roadside bombings and other attacks against Afghan and coalition security forces in Laghman and Nangarhar provinces.
When the Afghan elements of the security force called for the insurgents to come out of a building, several insurgents opened fire. After determining that no civilians were in the area, the security force called for a precision airstrike. 
A follow-on assessment of the area determined no civilians were harmed and multiple insurgents were killed. Two insurgents were also detained.
In Qarghah’i district, Laghman province, an Afghan-led and coalition supported security force conducted an operation to detain a Taliban leader today.
The leader coordinated roadside bombings against Afghan and coalition security forces throughout the province. During the operation, the leader and one additional insurgent fired on the security force. 
The force returned fire, killing the attackers. The security force also detained multiple additional insurgents and confiscated several small arms weapons.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Ministry for Public Health in coordination with the association of midwives celebrated the World Midwifery Day yesterday. 
Speaking on the occasion, the minister for public health, Suraya Dalil highlighted the role of midwives in reducing the rate of mother’s mortality, saying the rate of mother’s mortality and infants has been considerably refused due to the services of midwives in the country over the past ten years. 
She also noted that the public health ministry has trained some 3000 midwives and presently more than 800 persons are under training in institutes and midwifery schools in the country. 
Nevertheless, she stated Afghanistan due to scarcity of midwives still has the high rate of mother’s mortality in the world, noting the public health ministry is trying its best to overcome the problem.