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Kabul University to Award PHD in Literature

KABUL - The Kabul University would award first-ever PhD degrees in literature in Afghanistan in next academic year, the minister of higher education said on Saturday. Obaidullah Obaid told a press conference in Kabul the doctorate facility would benefit students of Pasto and Dari Faculties. He hailed it as a big achievement for the country. His ministry planned to introduce a programme for awarding polytech ...

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Civil Society Activists on Strike against Quetta Carnage

BAMYAN - Four civil society activists on Sunday went a hunger strike in central Bamyan province to condemn genocidal acts against the minority Hazara community in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The men began their strike in front of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Afghanistan (UNAMA) regional office in Bamyan City a day after a heavy blast killed 84 Shiites and wounded another 150 in the Pakistani city ...

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Massoud Faults Karzai Stance on Airstrikes

KABUL - The government’s decision on barring Afghan security personnel from requesting air support during security operations amounts to formal recognition of Taliban as a force in the countryside, an opposition leader alleged on Sunday. National Front of Afghanistan leader Ahmad Zia Massoud told a youth conference in Kabul that such moves would encourage the insurgents, who could soon capture certain distr ...

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Afghan-India Ties and Restless Islamabad

Spokesperson of the Afghan Foreign Ministry, Janan Mosazai outlined worries of Islamabad about strengthening relations between Kabul and New Delhi and advised Pakistani authorities not to worry about India’s presence in Afghanistan. While addressing concerns of Pakistan he said that the Karzai-administration and future-government would not let anyone to use Afghan soil against its neighboring countries. Tho ...

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Mediator Brahimi seeks Syria-opposition talks at U.N

Damascus - International mediator Lakhdar Brahimi called on Sunday for talks between the Syrian opposition and an "acceptable delegation" from the Damascus government on a political solution to the country's 23-month-old civil war. After a meeting at Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Brahimi said negotiations could begin on United Nations premises. He gave no specific location. Opposition Syrian National C ...

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Pakistan Faces Growing Anger over Sectarian Bombings

Islamabad - Pakistan's unpopular government, which is gearing up for elections expected within months, faced growing anger on Sunday for failing to deliver stability after a sectarian bombing in the city of Quetta killed 81 people. The nuclear-armed country's leaders have done little to contain hardline Sunni Muslim groups which have stepped up a campaign of bombings and assassinations of minority Shi'ites. ...

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Karzai Bans Afghan Forces From Seeking Air Raids

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai, in an effort to minimise civilian fatalities, said on Saturday Afghan forces would be barred from seeking air support from NATO-led troops during operations in rural areas. A recent air raid by ISAF that killed 10 civilians in eastern Kunar province near the Pakistan border had been conducted at the request of local security personnel, the president told a conference at the N ...

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FEFA Suggests Changes in Election Law

JALALABAD - The electoral process could be tainted by fraud if the government did not bring positive amendments to the relevant law, the Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) warned on Saturday. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) should change the mechanism to ensure transparent polls, FEFA chief Jandad Spinghar told Pajhwok Afghan News at a workshop in Jalalabad. Civil society repr ...

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Taliban Unlikely to Join Karzai Govt.: Brennan

WASHINGTON - The Taliban may not join the sitting government in Kabul that they have repeatedly branded as a puppet and illegitimate set-up, US President Barack Obama’s top counter-terrorism advisor told lawmakers on Friday. Giving a grim assessment of the ongoing reconciliation process, John Brennan said: “The Taliban are unlikely to participate in the current government because they do not accept the legi ...

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Afghanistan’s Economy, a Victim of Politics

By Suleman Fatimie If Afghanistan is to sustain and build on the achievements of the past 10 years, it is imperative that serious attention and resources are mobilised to get the country's economy on its feet, Suleman Fatimie writes. Afghans face yet another deadline: 2014. The uncertainty continues. While the Afghan government's international partners want to stabilise and create an "Afghan good enough" en ...

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On UNODC Report about Corruption in Afghanistan

A declaration by Afghanistan’s Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission - Translated by Samiullah Sami In recent days reports about existence of widespread corruption in some of the government entities especially IARCSC and the impacts of connections and influence in the appointment process in public administration of Afghanistan is heard through media. As it is observed, the latest re ...

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NATO Air Support Crucial for ANSF

President Karzai said that he would issue a decree barring the Afghan Special Forces from seeking air support from foreign forces during operations in residential areas. Speaking at the National Military Academy in Kabul, he expressed rage and shock over civilian casualties saying that it was a matter of shame to ask air support from foreigners against individuals on our soil. The comments came after a rece ...

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ISAF: Taliban Use Civilians as Human Shields

KABUL - NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said they are aware of the sensitivities as a result of the civilian casualties but Taliban group use ordinary civilians as human shield which increase civilian deaths. This comes as a NATO airstrike killed a number of Afghan civilians including children and women in Shaigal district and President Hamid Karzai summoned the newly appointed NATO ...

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Levin Opposes Cut in Afghan Force Size

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Central Command (CENCTCOM) chief on Thursday exuded confidence Afghan forces would be capable of taking the lead in nation’s security before the pullout of NATO-led troops. “I think the Afghans will be capable of taking the lead in the prescribed timeline,” General Lloyd Austin, who has been picked as CENTCOM commander, told members of Senate Armed Servi ...

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Kerry, Khar Support Stable Afghanistan

KABUL - The United States and Pakistan on Thursday agreed that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was in the common interest of both nations. US Secretary of State John Kerry and Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar also agreed on supporting the Afghan government’s efforts at stabilizing the country. In a telephonic conversation, Kerry and Khar vowed to work together to further expand multi-faceted re ...

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Afghanistan a Dangerous Place for Journalists: CPJ

KABUL - Afghanistan remained a dangerous place where international and local journalists received threats during 2012, a global watchdog said on Thursday. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said in a report on its website media outlets united to block a bill that could open the door to increased government restrictions on news coverage. However, it explained the CPJ had documented no work-related fa ...

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Afghanistan Cricket COO terms Pakistan Safe for Sports

LAHORE - Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dr Noor M Murad pointed out that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has extended such a big support that they were not even expecting and hoped it would maintain the same help in future too. Talking to this scribe, Dr Noor said: “The PCB has be the only cricket board in the region that has given the ACB such a support by allowing to use it ...

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Corruption-Hydra and Government Numbness

The corruption-hydra is potentially left almost all the public departments gangrenous but it has also left indelible imprints on private sector in the country. Imitating public sector now private sector has also taken the road of corruption, but this is not that much a biggest concern for the international community that has funneled billions of dollars in this troubled country as the corruption in the publ ...

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Talking Of the Scents!

A friend of Aristotle went to him and told him that he has something to tell about one of his friends. Aristotle stopped him and asked him to answer some of his questions after which he would listen to him. The friend agreed. Aristotle’s first question was that, “Are you absolutely sure that the piece of information that you are going to tell me about my friend is true?” To this, his friend could not come u ...

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For Better Hydration, Drink Coconut Water

THE FACTS Not long ago, few athletes had heard of coconut water, but sales have skyrocketed, largely because of its reputation as a healthy and natural source of electrolytes. Pure coconut water contains many electrolytes, like sodium, the critical one lost during sweating. But many commercial varieties have less sodium than is found in juice straight from a coconut or in traditional sports drinks. An 8.5 o ...

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