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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  11.6.2012   

June 11, 2012 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

KRG Allocates $30 Million to Impoverished Shangal Region

Duhok: After a visit to the Shangal region, a minister with the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), says, “I was surprised by the way people live there. I could not believe humans could live in such conditions. I have never seen a group of people that deserve more attention than the people of this town.” Shangal is one of the largest towns in the disputed areas and it lies in the province of Nineveh. The district is home to 400,000 people. The town has been ignored by the governor of Mosul. Kurdistan Deputy Prime Minister Imad Ahmed visited Shangal with four ministers late last month. The delegation pledged US$30 million to the district’s administration. The minister, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says, “We decided to provide some serious help. We have formed a committee to monitor the delivery of assistance and the money allocated to the area.” According to Shangal’s mayor, Mirsar Heji Salih, this is the first time government representatives have visited Shangal with aid since 2003. “From now on, we can carry out large projects and seriously help the people of Shangal,” he said. Khasrow Goran, former deputy governor of Mosul, admits that neither Kurdistan nor the Baghdad government has ever allocated such an amount this poor district

Kurdistan parliament proceeds with first reading of 2012 budget

Erbil: The Kurdistan Region’s parliament is set to proceed with the first reading of the region’s 2012 budget bill. MP Bashir Khalil Hadad said this year's budget is estimated to be 15.2tr IQD ($13bn), with a deficit of 2.44tr IQD ($2bn). Hadad expected the financial shortfall to increase due to the marriage and housing grants this year.

Flights between Tehran and Kurdistan Region begin

Erbil: Flights between Tehran and the Kurdistan Region began for the first time on Moday, said airline carrier Mahan Airlines. Mahan marketing director Hussein Huseni said the first flight was launched to Erbil International Airport carrying 100 passengers. The airline will have two flights a week to Erbil on Fridays and Mondays. Mahan flights will increase within the next three months. Passengers can connect to Dubai, Bangkok and Shanghais. Mahan is a private airline based in Tehran.

Kurdistan Region distributes fish to boost breeding

Erbil: One million small fish fingerlings will be distributed next week in the Kurdistan Region in a bid to increase fish breeding, said the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources. Director of fishery wealth Sirwan Saeid said the ministry brought one million fingerlings from Duhok and Suli provinces and they will be distributed among the owners of more than 300 fish farming projects in the cities of Kurdistan. The fingerlings will be distributed among 297 fish breeding ponds, five fish farming projects in the concrete docks and six fenced pool projects. The price of one fingerling is 25 IQD ($0.02). Saeid added: "According to international standards, each person needs 16kg of fish a year and we're seeking to reduce the import of fish and rely on our local produce to meet the needs of the citizens." Saeid continued to state that in 2010, 3,000 tons of fish were imported from Turkey and Iran, but in 2011 imports declined to 1,960 tons. The authorities in the Kurdistan Region ban fishing every year from April 1 - July

PUK and PDK deny effect of returning Maliki's confidence withdrawal on parties' strategic agreement

Erbil: Two high officials in Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (PDK) said Monday that Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's refusal to sign the withdrawal of confidence vote request against PM Nouri al-Maliki's does not affect the two parties' strategic agreement. It was unexpected for Iraqi parties, and especially for Kurdish parties, to hear Talabani reject the vote request following the PDK's work to remove al-Maliki from his post. Member of the Presidential Commission in the PDK Pshtiwan Sadiq said: "Talabani wants to show himself as neutral in the current Iraqi crisis despite the crisis beginning with Maliki's violation of Iraq's constitution. "What caused concern is that Maliki does not implement the country's constitution and [is not] politically compatible with other

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