KABUL (Pajhwok): Northern and eastern parts of Afghanistan have abundant reserves of tourmaline -- locally known as Bairoch -- but the government has been unable to formally control them or award contract for their extraction, an official said.
KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai’s brother Mahmoud Karzai on Monday said he would support a presidential candidate with a forward-looking policy and programme for Afghanistan’s future in the looming runoff.
KABUL (Pajhwok): Mines Minister Mohammad Akbar Barakzai on Monday said recent geological surveys and maps by the US Geological Survey to locate and identify Afghanistan’s myriad rich mineral deposits would help attract investments in the sector.
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok): A 17-year-old high school graduate, who topped the university entrance test last fall, on Thursday said bringing positive changes to the lives of Afghan women would be her mission.
LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): The Nad Ali district chief in southern Helmand province on Thursday said the security situation in his town had improved after a security operation that enabled security forces to protect polling stations and prevent poppy cultivation.