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    Pajhwok Afghan News Sms Alert

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) on Wednesday said ballot boxes, which had been quarantined, would be investigated next week in the presence of local and foreign observers.

    Apr 16, 2014 - 17:31

    KABUL (Pajhwok): By a majority vote, the Wolesi Jirga or the lower house of parliament on Wednesday approved a law on value-added tax aimed at increasing the government’s revenues in the face of reducing foreign aid.

    Accidents & Disasters

    Parwan accident leaves 3 dead, 15 injured

    CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): Three people were killed and 15 others wounded in a traffic accident in the Jabalu Siraj district of central Parwan province, an official said on Thursday.


    Afghan electoral bodies need support: UN

    KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior UN mission official on Wednesday said the Independent Election Commission (IEC) and the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) needed support to safeguard impartiality and transparency in their work.


    KABUL (Pajhwok): Illegal excavation of the Sabzak coalmine in western Herat province has been inflicting a loss of millions of afghanis on the national exchequer annually, lawmakers and provincial...


    TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): The education director said on Thursday 47 schools remained closed this academic year due to various reasons including insecurity and lack of buildings in central Uruzgan...

    Security and Crime

    Police officer who shot female MP detained

    KABUL (Pajhwok): A security official, who shot and injured a female lawmaker in the capital Kabul last night, has been arrested, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Wednesday.

    Business & Economics

    ABD pledges $400m to stimulate Afghan growth

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan economic growth sharply tumbled in 2013, amid a 9.7 percent hike in food prices, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Wednesday, promising long-term support to the war-battered nation. 

    Security and Crime

    Hesarak clash leaves 18 dead: police

    JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Four members of an uprising group and 10 militants were killed during an hours-long clash in the Hesarak district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said on Wednesday.

    Security and Crime

    Security men used for political gains: Khogyani

    MAIDAN SHAHR (Pajhwok): The governor for central Maidan Wardak province on Wednesday said security forces should not be used for any political purposes because the whole nation had trust in them.


    Votes of 10 ballot boxes partially invalidated

    BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): Votes cast for presidential candidates at 10 ballot boxes were partially invalidated after a recount in central Bamyan province, an official said on Wednesday.


    ISAF, 3 Afghan entities worst in graft fight

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) on Wednesday released its fifth half-yearly report that indicated corruption continued to permeate all aspects of Afghan life.


    Partial vote recount ordered in Kandahar

    KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials on Wednesday started recounting suspect votes in southern Kandahar province following allegations of fraud and other irregularities in the April 5 elections, an official said.


    Warlords stuffed some ballot boxes in Balkh: official

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): Some ballot boxes have been found faulty after being interfered with by some warlords and their votes are likely to be declared invalid in northern Balkh province, an official said on Tuesday.

    Security and Crime

    Taliban’s governor held; 11 dead in clashes

    JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Two Afghan soldiers and nine militants were killed and a Taliban-designated governor for eastern Nangarhar province was captured during separate incidents, officials said on Wednesday.


    Residents flee to safety as militant factions clash

    JALALABAD (Pajhwok): A fierce clash erupted on Wednesday between two rival insurgent factions in the Spinghar district of eastern Nangarhar province, an official said.

    Security and Crime

    Drug being sold openly in Maidan Wardak

    MAIDAN SHAHAR (Pajhwok): Local officials and residents on Wednesday said drugs were being openly sold in some shops in Maidan Shahar, the capital of central Maidan Wardak province.