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    Violence against Daikundi women intensifies

    NIELI (Pajhwok): Officials in central Daikundi province have expressed their concern at increasing cases of violence against women, despite growing awareness among females about their constitutionally-protected rights.



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    Nimroz militants encourage poppy cultivation

    ZARANJ (Pajhwok): The Taliban are encouraging -- and forcing in some instances -- farmers to grow the illicit poppy crop in southwestern Nimroz province, an official said.



    Business & Economics,Social,Features

    Afghan bike mechanic makes aircraft

    AIBAK (Pajhwok): A 32-year-old motorcycle mechanic from northern Samangan province has assembled an airplane that is all poised to take to the skies, an official said on Saturday.



    Health,Features

    Badakhshan mothers face high mortality risk

    FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Residents of remote areas of northeastern Badakhshan province say pregnant women continue to face high risks of dying during labour and childbirth in the absence of healthcare services.



    Governance,Business & Economics,Features

    Poll crisis hits Bamyan tourism industry

    BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): The undecided electoral process and growing insecurity on highways have hit hard the tourism industry in central Bamyan province this season.



    Governance,Business & Economics,Features

    Elections trigger crisis instead of clarity

    KABUL (Pajhwok): The prolonged electoral process has led to increased unemployment and deepening political and economic crises in the country.



    Business & Economics,Features

    No end in sight to plunder of Afghan garnets

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Huge reserves of garnets, a group of silicate minerals, are found in various parts of Afghanistan, but the gemstones have long been unlawfully extracted in central Kabul and northeastern Badakhshan provinces.   



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    Illegal excavation of Kapisa mines underway

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Because of government negligence to utilize natural resources for the welfare of nation and state, majority of mines in central Kapisa province were being excavated illegally and in an unregulated way, director of mines department said.



    Business & Economics,Features

    Balkh copper industry on the verge of collapse

    MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): The once flourishing copper industry is teetering on the verge of collapse in northern Balkh province, thanks to imports of cheap foreign goods, residents say.