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    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.


    Yasini elected as lower house deputy speaker

    KABUL (PAN): Lawmaker Mirwais Yasini was elected as first deputy speaker of the lower house while Seyd Akram as secretary in the parliamentary board's elections on the fourth consecutive day of voting on Tuesday.


    Irfan emerges winner in parliamentary board polls

    KABUL (PAN): Lawmaker Irfanullah Irfan, elected as deputy secretary of the Wolesi Jirga, lower house, was the only candidate who emerged winner in the second round of the legislature's parliamentary board's elections on Sunday, as the rest again failed to obtain the required number of votes.

    Security and Crime

    Plots hatched to delay 2014 polls, warns Qanuni

    KABUL (PAN): A senior member of the national coalition on Thursday alleged "some elements" in the incumbent government were conspiring to delay the next year's presidential elections.


    Bagram jail inmates to be freed

     KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday said the Bagram Jail would be handed over to Afghan forces next week, when all innocent inmates would be freed.

    Business & Economics

    Only bid for Kabul Bank rejected

     KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Finance (MoF), rejecting the only bid offered by a local consortium to buy the New Kabul Bank, said on Wednesday it would submit new recommendations to the president next week.


    Parliament’s joint sitting gets under way

    KABUL (PAN): Entering the third year of its constitutional five-year term, the parliament commenced its joint session on Wednesday, with Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi calling for a sustained focus on problem resolution and bringing prosperity to the country.


    20 get jail terms in Kabul Bank scam

    KABUL (PAN): A special tribunal on Tuesday, convicting 20 accused in the Kabul Bank loan scandal, handed down prison sentences to former executives and ordered them to return hundreds of millions of dollars they had stolen.


    FAO to fund small dams in 3 provinces

    KABUL (PAN): Small power and irrigation dams would be constructed in three provinces at a cost of $24.8million, to be provided by the government of Japan, officials said on Sunday.


    UN asked to help halt Afghans’ execution

    KABUL (PAN): Civil society activists on Sunday asked the government, the United Nations and international human rights organisations to prevent the execution of Afghans on death row in Iran.