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Gold, fuel, ghee prices up in Kabul

Gold, fuel, ghee prices up in Kabul

Mar 03, 2011 - 20:32

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): The prices of gold, fuel and ghee shot up in the capital Kabul, where rates of other daily-use commodities stayed unchanged during the outgoing week, retailers said on Thursday.

One litre of diesel was sold for 55 afghanis ($1.21) against its last week's rate of 53 afghanis. A same amount of petrol up by three afghanis and sold for 55afs while its last week's price was 52afs, a filling station owner, Ahmad Khalid, said.

Fuel department head at the ministry of commerce and industries, Eng. Ahmad Farid linked the hike in fuel prices to the ongoing unrest in the Middle East. However, the price of liquefied gas remained unchanged during the week, dealers said.

A kilogram of gas accounted for 50 afghanis, the same rate as last week, Khairullah, a seller, in Taimani area, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The rate of per 560 kilograms of pealed oak was about 5,500 afghanis, the un-pealed 5,200 afghanis and the same amount of cedar cost 4,800 afghanis, a stall owner in Dasht-i-Barchi area, Noorullah, said.

Abdul Baseer, a jeweller in the upscale Shahr-i-Naw neighbourhood, said one gram of Arabian gold was sold for 1,750 afghanis and the same amount of Iranian gold for 1,500 afghanis.

Last week, one gram of Arabian gold cost 1,600 afghanis and the same amount of Iranian gold 1,400.

The rates of food items also remained unchanged in the capital during the week as the price of a 50 kilogram of Brazilian sugar worked out at about 2,000 afghanis, a 50 kilogram bag of Pakistani flour at 970 afghanis and the same amount of Pakistani rice at 2,200 afghanis, head of Food Traders' Union, Fazal Rahman said.

A five kilo ghee cane was sold for about 330 afghanis, registering a slight increase in its price compared to last week's rate of 320 afghanis, he said. One kilogram of black African tea sold for 180 afghanis and the same amount of green tea for 150 afghanis, he added.

Moneychanger Sayed Shafiq said the buying rate of a US dollar was 45.15 afghanis and 1,000 Pakistani rupees cost 530 afghanis. Last week's exchange value of a greenback stood at 45.30 afghanis and 1,000 Pakistani rupees at 530 afghanis.



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