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    Business & Economics

    Afghanistan seeks $471m in humanitarian aid

     KABUL (PAN): The emergency commission on Saturday said Afghanistan needed $471 million for humanitarian assistance during the current year.



    Business & Economics

    Afghanistan seeks $471m in humanitarian aid

     KABUL (PAN): The emergency commission on Saturday said Afghanistan needed $471 million for humanitarian assistance during the current year.



    Social

    250 needy families receive winter aid

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Social Reform and Development Association distributed warm clothing and blankets to nearly 250 deserving families in Kabul, the body said on Thursday.



    Security and Crime

    Inmates being treated under international laws: Kabul

    KABUL (PAN): Security and intelligence officials on Monday insisted inmates in Afghan detention centres were being treated in compliance with domestic and international laws, claiming that jail saff members were trained on prison rights.



    Security and Crime

    Jamshidi pours scorn on UNAMA report

    KABUL (PAN): A senior Afghan prison official on Monday rejected as untrue a United Nations report suggesting police and intelligence men continue to torture and abuse prisoners held in Afghan-run detention facilities.



    Governance

    Summons issue to top agenda after recess: Ibrahimi

    KABUL (PAN): The issue of summoned ministers would top the agenda of the Wolesi Jirga (lower house) session after its 45-day winter recess, beginning on Monday, the assembly said on Sunday.



    Governance

    Parliament passes draft budget for 2013

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Sunday passed the draft budget for 2013, but not before twice rejecting the accounts for what lawmakers called uneven fund distribution to provinces.



    Governance

    Speaker accused of striking deal with govt

    KABUL (PAN): A number of Wolesi Jirga -- or the lower house -- members on Saturday blamed some lawmakers for trying to rescue the 11 ministers summoned for under-spending their development funds.



    Governance

    MPs once again reject draft budget for 2013

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga -- or lower house of parliament -- on Wednesday again rejected with a majority vote the draft budget for 2013, with lawmakers hitting out at the government for uneven fund distribution to provinces and allocating  a small sum for job-generating projects.



    Governance

    MPs OK draft laws opposed by president

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Monday approved with a majority vote two draft laws that were rejected by President Hamid Karzai. The proposed measures concern the composition of judicial organs and families of martyrs and people with disabilities.