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    Governance

    House panel heads debating draft poll law

    KABUL (PAN): Members of the Wolesi Jirga -- lower house of parliament -- on Monday started a debate on a draft electoral that would be placed before a general session two weeks later.



    Governance

    7 ministers to appear before MPs next week

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga has asked seven ministers to appear before it next Monday and Wednesday, an official said on Monday.



    Security and Crime

    MPs want all security firms dissolved

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga's Commission on Internal Security on Saturday insisted President Hamid Karzai's decree dissolving all private security firms had not been fully implemented, an assertion rejected by the Ministry of Interior (MoI).



    Governance

    MPs accused of trying to save ministers’ skin

     KABUL (PAN): Lawmakers on Saturday accused some of their colleagues and members of the Wolesi Jirga Administrative Board of trying to exclude the issue of summoned ministers from the house agenda since the assembly returned from its winter break.



    Governance

    Pakistani senate team due in Kabul on Monday

     KABUL (PAN): Pakistani and Afghan lawmakers would meet in Kabul Monday to discuss the overall security environment in the region, parliamentarians from both sides said on Saturday.



    Security and Crime

    Violence up against journalists: NAI

     KABUL (PAN): Seventy-one incidents of violence against journalists took place in Afghanistan during the outgoing solar year, indicating a nine percent increase over the previous year, a media advocacy group said on Wednesday.



    Culture

    Insecurity, fund paucity hit Ghazni projects

     KABUL (PAN): Two senior officials on Tuesday informed the Meshrano Jirga that insecurity, lack of funds and fewer construction firms stymied certain projects in southern Ghazni province.



    Governance

    MPs fault draft law on recruitment exam

     KABUL (PAN): Some Wolesi Jirga members on Monday slammed a draft law of the Independent Administrative Reforms and Civil Services Commission (IARCSC) regarding recruitment exams for government employees as contrary to the constitution.



    Security and Crime

    Legislator offered panel headship for $3,000

     KABUL (PAN): A lawmaker on Monday claimed he had been offered the Wolesi Jirga Complaint Commission’s headship in return for $3,000, or 159,000 afghanis.



    Governance,Education

    Entry test probe body dissolved

     KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga on Sunday decided to abolish a commission, including members of parliamentary panels, civil society groups and higher education ministry, to probe results of a recent university entry test.