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    Election rivalries develop rift within families

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The 2014 presidential election campaign led to rift among families as relatives were observed supporting different candidates in the race.



    Business & Economics,Features

    Ainak copper mine extraction can cause environmental pollution

    KABUL (Pajhwok):  The excavation process of Ainak copper mine in central Logar province in a non-professional way would leave far-reaching negative impact on environment and affect lives of thousands of locals, environmental and mining experts warned.



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    In Afghanistan, last decade witnesses fuel prices doubled

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Crude oil rates fluctuate in Afghanistan less frequently than in other neighbouring and regional countries, a Ministry of Commerce and Industries official says, indicating price st



    Governance,Features

    Find market for local products, govt asked

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Investment Company (AIC) says it intends to establish a thermal power station having the capacity to produce 40 megawatts of electricity to boost the production of the formerly state-run Ghori Cement Factory in northern Baghlan province.



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    Takhar gold mine contract seen as illegal

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The contract for the Nuraba and Semti gold mines has been awarded on the basis of favoritism and in a non-transparent manner. The contractor has failed to pay taxes and adopt measures for protecting the environment, experts allege.



    Business & Economics,Migration,Features

    Number of illegal migrants to Iran soars

    ZARANJ (Pajhwok): The number of youth illegally travelling to Iran in search of jobs via Nimroz province has doubled and those deported from the neighbouring country are stuck here, unable to pay for their home journey.



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    Loose border controls a boon to drug smugglers

    ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Loose controls of the Afghanistan-Iran borders have long been spurring drug trafficking in Nimroz province -- a frequent scene of clashes between security forces and smugglers.



    Governance,Features

    Number of child soldiers in Ghor on the rise

    FEROZKOH (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) says Taliban and other illegal gunmen are using children as soldiers in western Ghor province."



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    Mission impossible or mission accomplished?

    Since August 2003, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) has been engaged in Afghanistan to conduct security operations, train and develop the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF). Since then seven NATO summits have been held, the eighth and last NATO summit in the format of ISAF will be held at Newport, Wales on 5 September 2014.



    Business & Economics,Features

    Most mining companies found violating laws, regulations

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Most mining companies have yet to keep their pledges to protect environment and deliver social services for people living close to the mining areas, experts said.