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Afghan Economy: A Promising Prospect?

The World Bank released a report on Tuesday on Global Economic Prospects for 2013. According to the report, Afghanistan will still enjoy a high rate of growth, despite all concerns related to US-NATO drawdown and the possible shrinking of the international aid to the country. The report said that Afghanistan has emerged as the fastest-growing economy in South Asia, with double-digit rate of 11 percent in 20 ...

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Seven Killed In Suicide Attack on NDS Office

KABUL (PAN): Six suicide bombers and a National Directorate of Security (NDS) agent were killed and 17 civilians wounded in a brazen attack and gunfire in front of the Afghan intelligence service office in Kabul on Wednesday afternoon. One of the Taliban bombers detonated his explosives-laden car in front of the agency entrance near the Sadarat Square, with the rest being shot dead by security personnel, po ...

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MPs Once Again Reject Draft Budget for 2013

Kabul - The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Wednesday again rejected with a majority vote the draft budget for 2013, with lawmakers hitting out at the government for uneven fund distribution to provinces and allocating  a small sum for job-generating projects. Members avoided debating the issue of summoning nearly a dozen ministers for under-spending their development budget last year. At ...

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Afghanistan Fastest-Growing Economy in S. Asia

Washington - Registering a double-digit growth rate of 11 percent in 2012, Afghanistan has emerged as the fastest-growing economy in South Asia, the World bank said on Tuesday, cautioning after security transition the rate could drop over the next three years. “Afghanistan’s economy grew robustly by about 11 percent mostly due to a good harvest,” said the World Bank’s report on Global Economic Prospects for ...

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MPs Once Again Reject Draft Budget for 2013

Kabul - The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Wednesday again rejected with a majority vote the draft budget for 2013, with lawmakers hitting out at the government for uneven fund distribution to provinces and allocating  a small sum for job-generating projects. Members avoided debating the issue of summoning nearly a dozen ministers for under-spending their development budget last year. At ...

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Helmand Residents Vow to Force Taliban Out

Lashkargah - Residents of the Nahr-i-Siraj district in southern Helmand province said on Wednesday they had opted for an armed resistance against the Taliban fighters to force them out, appealing the government for weapon supplies. The dwellers of Alokozi area said the revolt was aimed at cleansing their villages from the guerrillas. Tribal elder Safar Mohammad told Pajhwok Afghan News they rose in arms aft ...

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de la Rosa snapped up by Ferrari

Pedro de la Rosa was not out of work for long following the demise of the HRT team for which he raced in 2012, but the Spaniard will be taking his renowned development abilities to Italy rather than the UK, as had been suggested. While many expected de la Rosa to return to McLaren for a third stint as its test and development driver, one of the Woking squad's biggest rivals, Ferrari, announced that it had p ...

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Green-on-Blue Attacks: Results of Lax Recruiting & Cultural Divides

By Farzana Nabi /afghanalytica The number of green-on-blue or “insider attacks” by rogue elements within the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) has surpassed 50 as of January 2013, making 2012 the highest in any single year. The issue that has stumped many – and caused NATO allies to initially halt joint operations – is how effectively to train the ANSF to lead security once ISAF exits by 2014, and to d ...

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Plan to Become an Ex-Smoker for Good

Few smokers would claim that it's easy to quit. The addiction to nicotine is strong and repeatedly reinforced by circumstances that prompt smokers to light up. Yet the millions who have successfully quit are proof that a smoke-free life is achievable, even by those who have been regular, even heavy, smokers for decades. Today, 19 percent of American adults smoke, down from more than 42 percent half a centur ...

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French ‘Fighting Islamists in Mali Town’

French troops have been fighting Mali's Islamist rebels in street battles in the town of Diabaly, Malian and French sources say. In the first major ground operation in the conflict, French special forces were fighting alongside Malian troops. Diabaly, 350km (220 miles) north of the capital Bamako, was captured by the rebels on Monday. France intervened in Mali last Friday to try to halt the Islamists' push ...

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Knocking Pessimism on Head

Recent meetings of Afghan state officials with US authorities were termed successful by the Afghan president Hamid Karzai on Monday. But one could expect anything in the war-hit country. Those who were part of the delegation showed reservation over Washington’s promises that were made in Karzai’s visit. Afghan Finance Minister, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal along with Defense Minister on Tuesday expressed their con ...

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MPs Trade Blows over Summoning Ministers

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga (lower house) members on Tuesday came to blows over the issue of summoning nearly a dozen ministers for under-spending their development budgets. The house summoned the 11 Cabinet ministers on Monday to explain why they could not use their uplift funds allocated to their ministries as part of the 2011 budget. However, four of the 11 ministers did not appear and the remaining seven were ...

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Report on Graft in Ministry Sent to Karzai

KABUL - The minister of commerce and industries on Tuesday denied corruption in his office, with his deputy revealing they had sent documents regarding alleged graft to the Presidential Palace. Deputy Minister Mutasil Komaki requested President Hamid Karzai to order a thoroughgoing investigation into what he called brazen corruption and violations of rules in the ministry. Pajhwok Afghan News has obtained a ...

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Peace Talks Have Gained Momentum: Stanikzai

Kabul - The High Peace Council (HPC) on Tuesday said negotiations with militants had been stepped up and the environment for reconciliation had become favourable, leaving the armed opposition with no pretext for prolonging the war. Addressing a media briefing in Kabul, HPC Secretary Masoom Stanikzai said that some progress had been made by the peace process during President Hamid Karzai's three-day visit to ...

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Pakistan Supreme Court Orders Arrest of Prime Minister

Islamabad -   Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the prime minister in connection with a corruption case linked to power projects, television channels reported on Tuesday, plunging the country into fresh political turmoil. The move came as a populist cleric, who is believed to be backed by the military, demanded the resignation of the government in protests attended by thousands of followers in ...

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Panetta to Brief Allies on Karzai Visit

Washington - US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Monday left for a week-long European trip to brief allies and partners on consultations that American leadership had with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. “I thought it was important to be able to make this trip in order to follow up with our closest allies on a range of topics to obviously brief them on the Karzai visit and some of the discussions related to ...

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Replacing Valentino Rossi not an issue, says Andrea Dovizioso

Andrea Dovizioso insists he is not fazed by the prospect of following in the footsteps of Valentino Rossi at Ducati, especially because his predecessor left after the most difficult spell of his career. Dovizioso is aware of the pressures that come with replacing a rider of Rossi's calibre, but believes that the situation is easier than if Rossi had succeeded at Ducati. "To take the place of Valentino is so ...

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Culture is the Conscious Awareness of Modern Civilization

By Abdul Samad Haidari Educated and well-civilized parents teach their children the roots and wings. The roots to know, where the home is and the wings to fly away and exercise what has been taught to them to keep them alive as modern and civilized as of any other cultures and traditions as guidance in their natural growth in the future. Fundamentally, every civilization and success takes root from the cult ...

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German economic woes erode market gains

LONDON (AP) — Evidence that Germany's economy contracted in the last three months of 2012 hurt global stock markets on Tuesday, offsetting more upbeat U.S. figures showing retail sales rose during the holiday month of December. Germany's main stock index, the DAX, fell 0.7 percent to close at 7,675.91 after the government said the economy grew only 0.7 percent in 2012, which indicates activity dropped in th ...

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Milky Way alaxy Only Half s Massive as hought

New York:  The Milky Way galaxy, home to our solar system, may actually be only half as massive as currently believed, scientists say. Stars in the far outer reaches of the Milky Way, between 260,000 and 490,000 light-years from the galactic centre, are cruising around surprisingly slowly, researchers found. Galactic mass and star velocities are linked, so the results could have big implications, Space.com ...

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