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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  24.7.2012   





July 24, 2012 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Erbil: Six Asayish members killed in Salahaddin bombing

Tuz Khurmatu: A hand grenade attack in Tuz Khurmatu of Salahaddin province (outside Kurdistan region) claimed the lives of six Asayish (Kurdish security) members and wounded four people. The hand grenade targeted an Asayish convoy in Silo of Tuz Khurmatu (90km east of Tikrit) at around 02.00 p.m., said a source from Tuz Kkurmatu' Joint Coordination Center. The attack claimed the lives of six Asayish members and seriously wounded two more members as well as two nearby Kurdish civilians. The source said the Asayish victims were members of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). Taher Faqe, KDP's Asayish chief in Tuz Khurmatu, confirmed the news. aknews.com

Illiteracy in Kurdistan reached to 18%

Erbil: The Kurdish Planning Ministry reported on Monday that illiteracy percentage in the region reached to 18%, according to a bulletin issued by the ministry. Kurdish Minister of Education Ismat Khalid pointed out this figure, but added that a plan will be initiated to illiteracy eradication in Iraqi Kurdistan. He added that this percentage is small in comparison to other areas in Iraq. aswataliraq.info

DNO reaches permanent payment deal in Iraqi Kurdistan

Oslo: Norway-based oil firm DNO International ASA has reached a permanent agreement with the Kurdistan Regional Government regarding oil payments, replacing an earlier ad hoc system, it said on Tuesday. "As a result of this reconciliation, DNO International's share of Tawke oil sales over a period of about eight weeks will be allocated to the Kurdistan Regional Government for local consumption but the company expects that its overall revenues for the year will remain unchanged," it said in a statement. Reuters

New Committee to Specialize in Baghdad-Erbil Relations

Erbil: Kurdish Parliament plans to form a new committee after the summer break that will focus on the issues between Baghdad and Erbil. The committee was proposed by Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani, who suggested in a letter to parliament that the matter was urgent. Relations between the Iraqi and Kurdistan governments have recently deteriorated, especially with recent attempts to remove Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki from office. An anonymous source described the letter Barzani sent to Arsalan Bayiz, the parliamentary speaker. Along with suggesting that the committee include representatives from all three opposition parties along with the two ruling parties, Barzani recommended that it report to the Council of Ministers, since the government handles problems with Baghdad. The source added, “But opposing opinions are expected in parliament’s discussion of how the committee should be formed.” In his inauguration speech, Prime Minister Barzani said, “We will continue the work of the previous cabinet and continue implementing the plans of the Kurdistan Alliance.”....rudaw.net

Darbankhan water refinery completed

Sulaimaniyah: All stages of the construction of Darbandikhan's water refinery have now been completed. The refinery provides 1,000 cubic meters of water in one hour. The project will help the town’s citizens to drink cleaner water and live healthier, according to a statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government. A foreign company was supposed to complete the Darbandikhan refinery but left the project uncompleted. Local teams then finished the project. Project engineer Hunar Mustafa said the project cleans water in five stages. From now Darbandikhan residents will have clean water to drink. The town had problems with unclean water in the past. The Kurdistan Region's Deputy Prime Minister Imad Ahmed congratulated the local committee in charge of the project. aknews.com

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