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    Governance

    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.



    Governance

    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.



    Reconstruction

    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.



    Governance

    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.



    Business & Economics

    AISA seeks $202m in aid for industrial parks

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) on Thursday sought $202 million (10 billion afghanis) in financial support from the international community to construct industrial par



    Reconstruction

    Tunnel-form flats to be built in Kabul

     KABUL (PAN): Urban Development Minister Hassan Abdulhai on Tuesday signed contracts with two Turkish construction firms on building multi-storey residential apartments in the central capital Kabul.



    Governance

    Senate condemns Afghans’ execution in Iran

     KABUL (PAN): Meshrano Jirga (upper house of parliament) members on Monday strongly condemned the execution of Afghans in Iran and asked the Afghan government and international human rights institutions to prevent such incidents.



    Culture,Interviews

    Ancient Zabul sites hit by neglect

     QALAT (PAN): A senior information and culture official on Monday warned around 18 ancient sites, mostly shrines of saints, were on the verge of irreparable loss and destruction in southern Zabul province.



    Business & Economics

    NESPAK to design dam on Farah Rud river

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Power and Energy on Sunday signed an agreement with a Pakistani organisation for a detailed engineering design of a dam on the Farah Rud river in western Farah province.



    Health,Interviews

    Nurses passing for doctors in Zabul

    QALAT (PAN): Authorities in southern Zabul province, complaining of a shortage of qualified public health staff, say nurses are working instead of doctors at hospitals in three districts.