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    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.



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    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.   



    Security and Crime,Business & Economics,Features

    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.



    Security and Crime,Features

    Ex-Taliban trade rifles for carpet looms

    Not so long ago, Qari Sayed Omar was on the run in the mountains of Kunduz province, strapped with an assault rifle.



    Reconstruction,Features

    Uruzgan residents urge continued Australian aid

    KABUL, TIRINKOT (Pajhwok): Uruzgan residents, happy with the reconstruction projects implemented by Australia, hope for Canberra’s continued development assistance to the impoverished central province.



    Business & Economics,Features

    Experts stress transparency in mining contracts

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Experts say safe mine management could help Afghanistan achieve autarky, but the country could face a



    Business & Economics,Features

    Legal mining key to economic self-sufficiency

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan can become economically self-sufficient if its mineral riches are excavated in a professional and transparent way, some geologists and experts believe.



    Business & Economics,Features

    Miners make a strong pitch for safety

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan miners and the committee advocating for their rights criticise the government and privately-owned firms for doing little to ensure their safety.



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    Badghis families face drinking water shortage

    QALA-I-NAW (Pajhwok): The residents of some districts of western Badghis province complain of an acute shortage of drinking water, prompting poor locals to use saline water instead.