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    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.

    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.