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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
A message has been dispatched addressed to Prince Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarek al-Sabah congratulating him on his election as Prime Minister of Kuwait.
The messages notes that “Please allow me on behalf of people of Afghanistan convey my best wishes on your election as the Prime Minister of Kuwait.  I am sure that owing to the knowledge and experience you possess you will successfully accomplish this mission.  I hope that existing friendly relations between our countries would further consolidate, I wish you good health and further successes for the brother people of Kuwait” the message pointed out.

Tuesday January 1, 2013
Kabul (BNA): The chairman of transition commission Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai announced yesterday that the fourth phase of security transition will begin within the next two months.
Addressing a news conference here, he said the third phase is being completed and with the completion of fourth phase 52 more administrative units in 10 provinces will be covered by the national security forces and therefore 87 percent of the country’s population will come under security charge of national security forces.
Speaking at the conference, defense minister General Bismillah Khan Mohammadi said that the national security forces by assuming security charge in the past three phases have displayed their ability in ensuring security and handing the security problems.
Interior minister Mujtaba Patang and deputy to the national directorate for security also attended the press conference.

Tuesday January 1, 2013
Kabul (BNA): The people’s representatives at the House of People in their yesterday’s general session discussed the ministers which expended their development budget less than 50%.
Chaired by the House of People’s chairman Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi of 249 deputies 137 deputies had taken part at the meeting.
The deputies after lengthy discussions agreed that the process of interpellation of ministers should take on differentiations.
On the basis of this agreement of the deputies, the interpellation of ministers of urban development, interior, defense and higher education who were not present held the posts of those ministers should not be questioned.
The deputies also asked other ministers to obtain the interpellation from the related source.

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 12:49

Britain to remain of Afghan people side

Tuesday January 1, 2013
Kabul (BNA): First vice-president Marshal Mohammad Qaseem Fahim met with the British ambassador to Kabul and discussed issues of mutual interest with him.
At the meeting, Marshal Fahim called the situation in the country as hopeful and added that Afghanistan in the past ten years has traversed difficult path and could with the will of its people and the assistance of international community attain marked gains in all spheres, noting that it’s the mission of every Afghan and the government to preserve these achievements.
Regarding the presidential elections in 2014, he stressed that in the two upcoming years, Afghanistan will shoulder the security responsibility from the foreign forces and will hold the presidential elections, and we are decisive to perform them legally.
At the meeting the British ambassador said that his country will remain on the side of the people of Afghanistan and wishes progress of the people of this country.

Tuesday January 1, 2013
Kabul (BNA): Chief Justice Abdul Salam Azimi in meeting with deputy to special envoy of UN secretary General of Afghanistan briefed the latter on judicial system in the country.
According to an official with the Supreme Court, the chief justice besides briefing the diplomat on capacity building, transparency and fighting corruption also said that the judiciary is doing its best to keep on operational the courts in insecure districts by appointing new judges, adding likewise other departments of government, the judiciary is supporting the transition process of national responsibilities to government bodies and therefore is ready to take necessary steps towards ensuring the rule of law and justice.
To achieve the goal, he added that coordination with national and international judiciary organs especially UNAMA is important.
In his remarks, the UN diplomat Mark Bowden said that the world body would continue to support Afghanistan government’s entities particularly the judiciary to ensure security, the rule of law and peace and would continue to support beyond 2014.

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 12:46

Operation “Naweed” begins in Baghlan

Tuesday January 1, 2013
PUL-E-KHUMRI (BNA): A joint operation of Afghan and ISAF forces doubled “Naweed” was launched in three districts of Andarab yesterday, provincial police chief Assadullah Shirzad said.
Aimed at sweeping out villages from irresponsible armed groups and paving the way for reconstruction, Shirzad added that the operations are going in harmony with police and national army. Meantime, head of villagers’ councilin Kotalimurgh village, Shamsuddin had welcomed the operation, saying collection arms from irresponsible armed individuals would ensure peaceful life to the people.

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 12:38

FM appreciates successful journalists

Tuesday January 1, 2013
Kabul (BNA): Foreign Ministry has appreciated the successful Afghan journalists who have won medals at international levels.
These journalists include AFP photographer Masoud Hussaini, Sami Mahdi of Television 1 and Parvez Kawa of 8 Subh newspapers.
In a meeting held at eh foreign ministry yesterday, Dr. Zalmai Rassoul the minister of foreign affairs besides congratulating the journalists said that freedom of press is the most tangible achievements over the past decade in the country.
Director of journalist association Abdul Hamid Mubariz also spoke on the occasion, saying the freedom of press in the country dates back to the then Amir Shir Ali Khan Masoud Hussaini, director of Aria television and Kawa in their speeches said the medals they have obtained belonged to the nation.

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 12:36

Dr. Raheen sympathy message

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Kabul  (BNA)  The minister of information and culture Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen has condoled over the demise of national figure Abdul Samad Hamid who passed away outside the country.  In the condolence message, Dr. Raheen described the late Dr. Hamid as a servant of Afghanistan during the democracy decade, adding the late Hamid had served the country honestly in different capacity.  In the message, Dr, Raheen condoled over his death to all the personalities supporting democracy and wished eternal peace for the departed soul and great patience to his family.

Tuesday, 01 January 2013 12:33

President Karzai meets French DM

President Karzai meets French DM
Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Kabul (BNA)  President Hamid Karzai met the French Defense Minister John Iflodryon at presidential palace yesterday and matters relating mutual interests including bilateral cooperation in line with the strategic partnership inked between the two countries were discussed.  The issue of French support after 2014 to Afghanistan was another subject figured in the meeting.  The French dignitary who visited his troops on the occasion of New Yeas also assured French support to Afghanistan.  President Karzai thanked France for its contribution to Afghanistan.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Kabul, (BNA)  The authorities of commerce and industries ministry said that the price of exported goods from Afghanistan reached to one billion and 5000 million dolor while the price of imported goods was more than 6 billion dolor.
But according to BNA report, the experts of economy believe Afghanistan has seen the highest volume of imports during 2012 which was more than 6 billion. Most of commercial goods have been imported from Pakistan while Afghanistan enjoys           self- sufficiency opportunities but unfortunately they were not uses properly. Some of the experts say, the Afghan government does not have a specific political and economic policy. Today in spite of having sufficient possibilities, imports electricity from foreign countries and enjoying sufficient resources and materials for cement production, emerged as the biggest importer of cement from Pakistan. While Afghanistan is self- sufficient in producing non- alcoholic drinks and fruit juice, but the import of the material with low quality still continues.
Azerakh Hafizi an expert on economic affairs accuses the state for failing to prepare a national economic policy to pave the way for economic growth of the country. He claims that the price of exported goods is only 500, 0000 dolor, while the price of imported goods goes beyond 6 billion.
Hafizi stated that Afghan people enjoy of having a country rich in mines, but regretfully they still live in poverty
A member of parliament wants to be anonymous says that it is not fair to depend all problems to the state. Without doubt mismanagement and lack of capacity in state economic organs have led to economic problems, but it is a fact that the foreigners prepare their programs according to their own strategic policies.
The ministry of water and power has extensive programs for building electric dams but has never received financial aids from the so called donors for implementing those beneficial programs. So in spite of having all resources for production of power, we have no way but to import power from foreign countries. This is emanated from the policies of the donors who want to transfer an amount of money to meddle Asian countries.
The Member of Parliament added, while the western countries talk about rich deposits of mines in the country, they have never put the results of their studies, researches and surveys at disposal of relevant Afghan organs in order to be used. Now it belongs to Afghan people and government by adopting effective measures and programs rid the country from this dependency.
While the economic experts, criticize the state’s economic planning and consider Afghanistan the biggest consumer country of Pakistan goods, but Afghan authorities speak in another way. Khan Jan Alokozay the deputy chief of Afghan commercial and industries chambers, in this connection told BNA that low level of exportation in the country was an economic gap not and economic disaster.
Alokozay added, the figure of 6 billion importation is an official figure presented by Central Statistic Department, while unofficial documents indicate that the exported goods from the country worth more than one billion and two hundred million dolor.
There are countries in the world like Singapore which have no and any exportations, but enjoy of having an advanced economy.  If there be a balance between exports and imports, it would be nice; but difference between them is an economic gap but not an economic disaster.
Waheedullah Ghazi Khail the spokesperson of Commerce and Industries Ministry  told BNA that the cost of exported goods from the country annually reaches to 1500 million $ but from 6 billion$ we pay for imported goods, three billion$ of which goes to oil and fuel importations from foreign countries.
He says, we not only have commercial relation with Pakistan but also India, Iran, central Asian countries and other countries are our commercial partners.
According to economic experts, Pakistan by imposing its demands on Afghanistan which is caused due to transit route problem has become the biggest exporter of goods to Afghan markets.
The Afghan authorities to settle this dependency to Pakistan have reached an understanding with Iranian side on constructing a commercial port in Chah Bahar, Iran, but so far construction work has not been started yet.
Political experts consider Chah Bahar and similar ports as a good opportunity for Afghanistan to rescue itself from dependency to Pakistan. Therefore, Afghanistan should use this opportunity.