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    Security and Crime,Features

    Illegal excavation, smuggling of precious stones continue

    LASHKARGAH (PAN): The southern Helmand has around 16 different mines of precious and semi-precious stones but growing lawlessness has provided a renewed impetus to its illegal excavation and smuggling, an official said.


    Nuristanis concern over roads blockade in winter

    ASADABAD (PAN): Amid looming winter season, the residents of eastern Nuristan province are concerned about roads blockades by heavy snowfall, which triggers food, medicines and other items shortage.

    Security and Crime,Features

    Ministry accused of aiding chromite smuggling

    PUL-I-ALAM (PAN): The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has intentionally paved the ground for illegal mining and smuggling of chromite in central Logar province, officials alleged on Wednesday.

    Business & Economics,Features

    Illegal precious stone excavation rampant

    JALALABAD (PAN): Precious and semi-precious stones are being illegally excavated and traded in eastern Nuristan province in the absence of government’s writ, an official complained on Wednesday.

    Business & Economics,Features

    ‘Aynak mine project offers opportunities but challenges persist’

    KABUL (PAN): Presenting its much-awaited report on the vital Aynak mine project on Tuesday, the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) report discusses the opportunities‐challenges in the prevailing con


    The Missing Men in Violence against Women

    Maria Correia

    Before we can end violence against women, we must first ask the fundamental question of what is going on with men – the main perpetrators of this violence – and why are societies worldwide producing so many violent men?

    Business & Economics,Features

    Stucco, chalk illegally excavated in Kandahar

    KANDAHAR (PAN): A large number of separate groups of people have started illegally excavating stucco and chalk in huge quantity in Daman district of southern Kandahar province, with the government doing nothing to prevent the looting, an official said Saturday.


    For most Afghans, childhood a distant dream

    KABUL (PAN): Child labour is rampant in Afghanistan. Many children are forced by circumstances to do hard labour for a trifling wage. They risk long-term health problems, even death.


    Afghanistan isn’t alone

    A decade ago Afghanistan was under serious sanctions of the US and the international community. It was a safe haven for terrorists and Al-Qaeda. But today it is a strong ally of the world community against terrorism and Al-Qaeda.

    Business & Economics,Features

    To growers’ dismay, pine nut prices tumble

    KHOST CITY (PAN): Pine nuts prices dropped during the current year, inflicting losses on producers, who urged the government to find a profitable market for the dried fruit.