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    Senators split on tribe’s name in CNICs

    KABUL (PAN): Meshrano Jirga -- upper house of parliament-- members on Sunday failed to take a decision on the issue of tribe’s name in new computerised identity cards (CNICs).


    Arghandiwal wants rebels to contest elections

    KABUL (PAN): The head of Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA)’s moderate faction, Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, on Thursday called for insurgent groups to stop fighting and participate in elections.


    MPs against mention of tribe in ID cards

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Wednesday decided against any mention of tribe in computerised national identity cards (CNICs).


    Some govt officials get $50,000 a month

    KABUL (PAN): Some high-ranking government officials are paid $30,000 (1.65 million afghanis) to $50,000 in monthly salary by Afghan and foreign organisations, the minister of justice told parliamentarians on Wednesday.


    MPs confer on security situation behind closed doors

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga or lower house on Monday discussed growing insecurity in the country and its relationship with the Presidential Palace, lawmakers said.


    Land-grab key hurdle to master plans: minister

    KABUL (PAN): Urban Development Minister Hassan Abdulhai on Sunday said masters plans designed for provincial capitals and district centres could not be implemented due to growing incidents of land-grab across the country.


    FEFA welcomes electoral law approval

    KABUL (PAN): The Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) on Thursday welcomed the approval of an amended electoral law by the Wolesi Jirga, but expressed its reservations over some changes brought to the law.


    Wolesi Jirga passes electoral law

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga, or lower house of Parliament, on Wednesday adopted the amended  electoral law with some further amendments after a long-lasting debate.


    Senators turn down Kubis request with resentment

    KABUL (PAN): Lawmakers on Tuesday poured scorn on Jan Kubis, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and UNAMA head, for calling on Afghan authorities to step up their efforts at fully implementing the law on elimination of violence against women.


    Senate briefed on treatment of drug addicts

    KABUL (PAN): Despite fund shortage, treatment of drug addicts would be increased from the current six percent to 48 percent over next four years, an official told the upper house on Tuesday.