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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Landmark US-Afghan deal gives Kabul authority over night raids

Monday - Apr 09, 2012, 03:23pm (GMT+5.5)
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Kabul - The United States and Afghanistan have signed a landmark deal that gives Kabul effective control over night time raids, resolving one of the most contentious issues between the two countries.

Under the agreement signed by the Afghan Defence Minister and a US commander, US forces will play a supporting role in the raids.

The deal would also allow Afghan judges to review the operations and decide whether to hold detainees after the raid, The BBC reports.

The agreement comes ahead of the planned withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan in 2014.

The night raids, currently carried out by NATO and Afghan Special Forces, have been a growing cause of friction between the Afghan government and the US military.

The US military said that night raids are a valuable way of finding and detaining suspected militants, but many Afghans claimed the raids violate privacy and disrespect women.


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