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Afghan Govt. Graft on the Rise, Corruption Monitor Says

KABUL - Afghanistan's main corruption sources at the government level are its income channels with around double the national income misappropriated in the past year, according to the independent anti-corruption watchdog. The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) said Sunday that corruption is on the rise with a study of the last six months showing that most of it stems ...

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Kerry Plans to Visit Kabul Soon

Washington - John Kerry is expected to arrive in Kabul this week on his first trip to Afghanistan as the US secretary of state, diplomatic sources here said. Mr Kerry also looked at the possibility of visiting Pakistan during this trip, but decided to make a separate visit to Islamabad early this summer, the sources said. Secretary Kerry’s visit to Kabul follows renewed tensions between the two governments ...

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In Kabul, Registration for Computerized ID Cards Begins

KABUL - Ahead of issuance of the long-awaited computerised identity cards in the capital Kabul, a process of resident registration got under way here on Sunday, the Ministry of Interior announced. Ministry officials are holding talks with community heads and elders from 11th and 16th police districts on how to participate in the process that involves filling of registration forms. Maqsoom Farhad, an officia ...

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End of the Bagram Prison Deadlock?

After weeks of negotiations, the US and the Afghan government agreed on terms and conditions of transferring Bagram prison to Afghan control. According to the Pentagon, the two countries have reached an agreement on the transfer of the prison and the detention center would be transferred to the government of Afghanistan by Monday. The agreement puts an end to a controversial process of talks over transferri ...

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Karzai to Taliban: Help Reopen Schools

KABUL - President Hamid Karzai on Saturday asked the Taliban not to prevent students from equipping themselves with education and cooperate with his administration in reopening closed schools. While marking the new academic year by ringing a school bell in Kabul, the president highlighted the importance of education, calling it the only way of making Afghanistan self-sufficient. “I urge the people who attac ...

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3 Million Children Still Deprived of Education

KABUL - Despite improvement in the quality of education and staff capacity, three million children remain out of school across the country, Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak said on Saturday. He made the remarks after President Hamid Karzai rang the bell at the Amani High School in Kabul to mark the launch of the new educational year. Education was the best way of guaranteeing stability, social cohesi ...

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In Moscow, new Chinese leader Xi warns against meddling

Beijing - Chinese President Xi Jinping warned against foreign interference in the affairs of other nations during a speech in Moscow on Saturday, sending a signal to the West and echoing a message often repeated by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Permanent U.N. Security Council members with veto power, Russia and China have frequently teamed up diplomatically to blunt the influence of the United States an ...

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Rich in a True Sense!

Any nation can have three stages or circles of time in its entire existence. First is the time of struggle when a nation is weak and is usually suppressed by stronger nations and all its members are in great pain and difficulty. In this state of weakness, two conditions are possible. Either majority of its members compromise to live in the same difficult situations due to their weakness or laziness or eithe ...

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You Cannot Stop Us with the Tip of an Arrow

By Noorjahan Akbar In the recent years, women's rights activists in Afghanistan have faced backlash, threats, and even death for demanding their rights because many people—not just religious fanatics—label them and their work "Western." Often the "backwardness" of developing nations is blamed for this misconception about women's rights or civil liberties, but the world heard Mitt Romney at the third preside ...

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A Call for Rushing for Exit

As the decade-long war in Afghanistan is getting close to its end, the US Senators are losing patience over the unpopular war, which is still taking lives of the US troops stationed in the country. According to the reports, US Senators from both Republicans and the Democrats urged US president Barack Obama to end the over-a-decade war faster and leave a minimum number of troops in the country after 2014. Th ...

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Afghan Star a platform of Community war

By Attaullah Nawrozy Afghan Star is a platform of community war not a platform to introduce the best Singer to the Audience. After the first Season, It has sparked a chaos in to selecting the Contestant based on one’s Background. Afghan star is a reality television show which was launched in 2005 that aims to bring the most talented aspiring singers from the political boundary of Afghanistan as well as its ...

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The Untold Story of Afghan Progress

By Saad Mohseni The conventional wisdom about Afghanistan runs something like this: The country is a lost cause. Almost nothing has changed. The people remain backward and thankless, and there is little benefit for the international community to stay engaged in the country's future. This is far from the truth. Despite many years of conflict, Afghanistan has exhibited dramatic signs of economic, social and c ...

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Nowroz: the Message of Hope

As the people of Afghanistan celebrate the auspicious New Year’s (Nowroz) days, they hope the country would have a better future and the war and violence would end soon. The Nowroz Days have special meanings to the Afghans. Beginning the New Year, every Afghan reads out their wishes and prays for good fortunes for themselves as well as other people particularly family member sand neighbors. Praying for peac ...

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Syrian Rebels ‘Use Chemical Weapon’

Damascus – Syrian state media says rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad have fired a chemical weapon in the north of the country. "Terrorists launched a missile containing chemical products into the region of Khan al-Assal in the province of Aleppo, killing 15 people, mainly civilians", Sana news agency said. The government routinely refers to rebels as "terrorists". Rebels denied the report, ...

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Afghan Govt. Describes NATO’s Mission as Aimless

Kabul - President Karzai's spokesman Aimal Faizi on Tuesday said that the Nato's mission in Afghanistan was "unwise and aimless". The comment comes a day after Nato's Secretary General Andres FoghRasumusen described President Hamid Karzai's anti-western remarks as "absolutely ridiculous". President Karzai has recently said that the Taliban and foreign troops are colluding to extend the presence of Nato forc ...

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Karzai’s Political Foes Not in Talks with Taliban

KABUL - Opposition parties have not yet taken any decision on entering peace negotiations with insurgents, a politician said on Tuesday, dispelling the impression that talks were underway between the two sides. A leader of the Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan, headed by Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, repudiated recent media reports that the council of cooperation of opposition parties had launched parleys with two the Ta ...

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Rise in Violence Against Women Linked to Culture: UN

New York - The rising violence against women in Afghanistan is linked to cultural values, the UN special envoy to Afghanistan said Monday, revealing the statistic of a 20 percent rise in female deaths and injuries last year. Jan Kubis said that despite the good news of a fall in annual civilian casualties in Afghanistan - the first decline in several years - the casualties of women subjected to violence are ...

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Electronic ID Cards Distribution to Start in 4 Days

Kabul - The long-awaited distribution of electronic ID cards will start Hamal 3 (March 23) after Nowruz, Karzai's office said Monday. The Council of Ministers has discussed has ordered the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to start processing the IDs by Saturday, the statement from Karzai's office said. The new ID cards are expected to be distributed over a pe ...

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Kabul Bank’s Fraud Case under Spotlight

An anti-graft body on Sunday criticized the verdicts for the Kabul Bank’s former bosses and about twenty others involved in the Bank’s fraud case. The Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC), comprised of representatives from Afghan government and major international financial institutions, said actions of Kabul Bank’s special court were not adequate as it has failed to pursue many other individuals invol ...

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Nowruz; the Celebration of Nature

Nowruz (pronounced no-rooz) is a combination of two Persian words. The first word “now” means new and the second word “ruz” means day; together they mean “New Day.” Nowruz is the name for the celebrations that observe The New Year for many Persian and Central Asian communities. The exact beginning of the New Year occurs when The season changes from winter to spring on the vernal equinox, which usually happe ...

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