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Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:03

Irrigation Network To Be Construct In Zaranj

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The irrigation network of Zaranj city of Nimroz province will be constructed by Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry at the cost of 12 million dollars. 
With completion of this project, the problem of more than 120,000 families will be solved from shortage of potable water in the city and neighboring villages. 
BNA reporter reported, Wais Ahmad Barmak Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry in signing of the contract said according to this contract, 12 million dollars from budget of rural rehabilitation and development ministry will be used in potable water and irrigational projects for residents of Zaranj city and neighboring villages of that province. 
The work of this project will be completed within 18 months. 
At the first round seven water deep wells will dig  in Qala-i-Fatha area, Charborjak district and in the second round, the water of wells through networks will send to Zaranj city and neighboring village. 
Barmak said that during last 10 years, 20 per cent of people have been benefited from potable water and efforts are underway that more than 50 per cent of people get potable water till 5 next years. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:55

Clinton says no 'new Cold War' in Asia

Wednesday 11 April 2012,

ANNAPOLIS: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Tuesday the United States was not seeking conflict with a rising China but urged emerging powers to act more "constructively" in the world.

As academics in China and elsewhere increasingly speak of US decline, Clinton offered a robust defense of the United States and said it still had the military power, innovative companies and core values to make it "exceptional."

But addressing aspiring military leaders at the US Naval Academy, Clinton said bluntly that 2012 "is not 1912, when friction between a declining Britain and a rising Germany set the stage for global conflict."

"We are not seeking new enemies. Today's China is not the Soviet Union. We are not on the brink of a new Cold War in Asia," Clinton told the academy in Annapolis, Maryland.

"A thriving China is good for America, and a thriving America is good for China -- so long as we both thrive in a way that contributes to the regional and global good," she said.

Clinton acknowledged concerns overseas about US intentions but denied that the United States was bent on "denying rising powers their fair share" or on bringing them into "a rigged system" designed to preserve US power.

But Clinton said that rising Asian powers -- naming China, India and Indonesia -- have been able to prosper thanks to an international system supported by the United States.

"Some of today's emerging powers in Asia and elsewhere act as selective stakeholders, picking and choosing when to participate constructively and when to stand apart from the international system," she said.

"While that may suit their interests in the short term, it will ultimately render the system that has helped them get to where they are today unworkable. And that would end up impoverishing everyone," Clinton said.

The United States has frequently voiced concern that China, despite its rising wealth and ambitions, has not taken the role of a leading power on tough issues such as North Korea, Iran and climate change.

Clinton conceded that many Americans faced "difficult" economic times but said that there was "simply no substitute" for the United States in Asia and around the world.

"Only the United States has the global reach, the resources and the resolve to deter aggression, rally coalitions and project stability into diverse and dynamic regions of danger, threat and opportunity," Clinton said.

"There is no real precedent in history for the role we play or the responsibility we have shouldered. And there is also no alternative," she said.

Echoing a frequent theme from President Barack Obama's administration, Clinton called for "strong rules and norms" globally and pledged an active US role in Asia's emerging institutions.

Clinton pointed to November's East Asia Summit in Bali, where Obama pushed forward discussion of the conflict-ridden South China Sea despite Beijing's hopes to keep the issue off the table.

"Trying to settle complex disputes like this bilaterally, one-on-one, was a recipe for confusion and even potentially confrontation," Clinton said, voicing support for the "peaceful resolution" of disputes.

Beijing and five other governments hold sometimes overlapping claims in the South China Sea, through which about half of the world's merchant fleet tonnage passes each year.

As Clinton was speaking, the Philippines, a US ally, said that its flagship navy vessel was involved in a standoff with two Chinese surveillance ships.

In a widely noted recent essay, Wang Jisi, one of China's top experts on the United States, said that Beijing's mistrust of Washington was deepening in part because of US involvement on the South China Sea and other issues in Asia

 

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 12:50

UN Office New Building Opens In Kandahar

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Kandahar (BNA) The UN Office new building was opened in Kandahar province. 
This building has been constructed with international standards in one storey at the cost of $ 4 and half million. 
In the inaugural ceremony of this building, the UN envoy for Afghanistan said that the UN committed continues cooperation with the people of Afghanistan. 
According to him although, the UN closed its offices in south provinces but it continued the assistances in those provinces.
In this ceremony, Toryalai Wesa, governor of Kandahar requested UN envoy for Afghanistan to assist Kandahar farmers in exporting of their productions abroad. 
According to the governor, finding markets for agricultural productions of Afghanistan in abroad opens the way for improvement of economic situation of people in the country. 
It is said that increasing of insecurity in the southern provinces is the main anxieties for UN officials and other government and non-governmental foundations. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday 11 April 2012,

SAN FRANCISCO: Microsoft is counting down the days until it is through with the Windows XP operating system for personal computers.

The US software titan used a blog post to remind the world that in two years it will no longer support the generations-old operating system that people have clung to despite the releases of successors Vista and Windows 7.

"We want to acknowledge the two-year countdown to the end of Windows XP and Office 2003 support," said Microsoft marketing director Stella Chernyak.

"Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but the technology environment has shifted."

She advised computer users, particularly businesses, to begin "migrating" machines to the latest versions of the programs well before Microsoft puts XP to rest on April 8, 2014

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:19

5 Taliban Insurgents Killed In Provinces

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Five armed Taliban were killed and 18 others were detained in operations of security forces which were conducted in the several provinces of the country yesterday. 
The Interior Ministry press office said to BNA, the security forces including police, in 24 last  hours conducted operations in  Kabul, Nangarhar, Baghlan, Helmand, Maidan-Wardak and Badakhshan provinces, killed five armed Taliban and detained 18 others. 
In these operations, the security forces seized light and heavy arms consists of 28 heavy arms, 6508 light weapons, 4 mines, 10 kg explosive materials, a suicide vest coat, a PK machine gun and rocket shells with a vehicle. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:09

Traffic Accident Martyrs 3 ANA In Nimrooz

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Three Afghan National Army soldiers were lost their lives in a traffic accident in Nimrooz province. 
According to national defense ministry press office, the vehicle of national army soldiers struck with a truck in Delaram district in which three national army soldiers were martyred. 
The reason of this accident has been declared carelessness of the two drivers. 
T. Suraya-Yarzada
 

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:08

Afghanistan To Launch First Space Satellite

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s first ever space satellite will be installed within the next six months, an official said yesterday.
According to Afghan Minister of Communication and Information Technology Amir Zai Sangin who was briefing a press conference in Kabul, the new satellite would give Afghanistan a greater connection to the world.
It will also enable production of digital broadcasting for Afghan media a government priority, he added.
We will start the installation process of the satellite very soon.
It’s our priority to solve broadcasting issues and bring all our districts under coverage, “Sangin said.
He emphasized that the country was facing a shortage of frequencies for TV stations, but the new satellite would help resolve the problem once digital broadcasting was introduced.
The position of the satellite, expected to be in orbit within six months, will be 50 degrees east.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Lashkrgah (BNA) Nominated deputy governor of Taliban was arrested in Helmand province yesterday. 
Daud Ahmad spokesman of Helmand governor said to BNA, the nominated deputy governor of Taliban Sayed Ghulam has been arrested by security forces two days back from Kajaki district of Helmand province.
T. Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Minister of Refugees and Repatriates Dr. Jamahir Anwari asks the Australian authorities to justly address the demand of the 120 Afghan seeking migration permit after they were rescued from drowning by the Indonesian authorities.
Reports indicate that 120 Afghans heading towards Australia via a ship were on the verge of drowning and they were saved by the Indonesian authorities in its waters.
He said he has sent a letter to the foreign ministry so that through diplomatic channels the Indonesian authorities are appreciated for the assistance to the Afghans.
He added that he is pleased that of our countrymen who intending to reach Australia were saved from drowning in the waters.
He added at this letter request has been made of the Australian authorities so that based on the tri-partite agreement the Australian authorities justly address the demand of the Afghans for migration in that country.
Dr. Anwari further added that the government of Afghanistan asks for cooperation of the countries in the struggle against human smuggling.
He once again asked the host countries to justly approach demands of the Afghan refugees in their countries and remain tough with the human smugglers indeed.
The deputy spokesperson of the foreign ministry said that the Afghan embassy shall pursue this issue seriously and we shall do what we can in resolving the Afghans, problems.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:00

12 Drug Smugglers Face-up To 20 Years

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan’s Apples Court of the Criminal Justice Tack Force (CJTF) sentenced 12 people in the past week for offences related to illegal drug activity, the anti-narcotics body said Tuesday.
The sentences, ranging from five 20 years in prison, await approval by the Supreme Court, CJTF press office said.
Ten of the 12 people were arrested in Baghlan, Helmand, and Kandahar, Pajshir, Nangarhar and Kunduz provinces.