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    In Kabul, children are 'rented' out to beggars

    KABUL (Pajhwok/IMC): Begging on the street has spawned a vicious practice: beggar mafia are renting children in Kabul, and drugging them with opium to ply their trade.

    Security and Crime,Features

    NATO fatalities in Afghanistan fall by 62pc

    KABUL (PAN): The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) lost 132 soldiers during the outgoing year, showing a decline of 62 percent, compared with the alliance fatalities in 2012, an official said on Wednesday.


    In Ghazni, last gasps of copper industry

    GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Many people of southern Ghazni province once worked as coppersmiths, setting up dozens of shops in the provincial capital. But now this craftsmanship is on the verge of disappearance.


    Women’s park converted into graveyard

    GHAZNI CITY (PAN): Residents say a women’s recreation park in Ghazni City, the capital of southern Ghazni province, is being converted to a graveyard as many bring their deceased relatives for burial to the garden.

    Business & Economics,Features

    Mine revenue ends up in Taliban pockets

    FAIZABAD (PAN): Officials in northeastern Badakhshan province say individuals continue excavating the tourmaline mine illegally, with its income and profit going into the pockets of insurgents.


    Sigh of relief as road cleared after 5 years

    ASADABAD (PAN): Security posts have been established in the Chapa Dara district of eastern Kunar after a massive military offensive codenamed “Tofan” (Storm) against insurgents to pave the ground for reconstruction projects, local officials say.

    Security and Crime,Features

    Bribes to lower property rates and evade tax

    KABUL (PAN/IMC): Sixty percent of property owners in Kabul do not pay the annual cleanliness tax to the municipality, reveals an investigation by the Independent Media Consortium (IMC) Productions.

    Business & Economics,Features

    Coal mines illegal extraction inflicts losses on national exchequer

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan has rich in natural resources and coal mines but due to government negligence its illegal and nonprofessional excavation causes huge losses to national exchequer, mining experts say.


    Security posts to be removed from schools

    KANDAHAR (PAN): A number of school buildings in southern Kandahar are being used as security posts, but officials of education department say they are trying to remove the checkpoints.


    Traditional local jirgas violative of human rights

    KABUL (PAN): Traditional local jirgas that deal with complaints on social issues and disputes are violative of human rights in many cases and their decisions are illegal and contrary to Shariah, according to an investigation by the Independent Media Consortium (IMC) Productions said.