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    Governance

    Sultanzoy fears economic woes, unemployment

    KABUL (PAN): Presidential candidate Mohammad Duad Sultanzoy on Monday warned that a delay in concluding the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the US could trigger economic problems and unemployment in Afghanistan.



    Governance

    Respect jirga decision on BSA, senators ask president

    KABUL (PAN): Some members of the Meshrano Jirga -- or the upper house of parliament -- on Sunday asked President Hamid Karzai to ink the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US instead of seeking defence cooperation from India.



    Governance

    Reserved seat for minorities: MPs reject decree

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday rejected a presidential decree, reserving a seat for the Hindu and Sikh minority in the lower house of parliament.



    Governance

    End ethnic discrimination: tribes to govt

    KABUL (PAN): Yousafzai and Babakarzai tribes on Thursday asked the government to end ethnic discrimination in the country and sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) in a move to protect the national interests.



    Governance

    ‘Foreign pressure’ behind price-hike: Zakhilwal

    KABUL (PAN): Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal on Wednesday said “political pressure from some countries on Afghanistan” contributed to increasing prices of essential commodities, including food, in the country.



    Education

    117,000 enrolled to pursue higher edu: Obaid

    KABUL (PAN): Around 117,000 high school graduates made it to higher and semi-higher education institutes through last year’s entrance examination, the minister said on Tuesday.



    Governance

    65,000 clerics hired under pressure from MPs: Wardak

    KABUL (PAN): Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak on Tuesday said 65,000 religious scholars had been appointed as schoolteachers under pressure from members of both houses of parliament.



    Governance

    Not enforcing laws behind endemic graft: candidates

    KABUL (PAN): Pledging efforts at countering endemic administrative corruption on the International Anti-Corruption Day celebrated April 9, presidential candidates for the April 5 vote on Monday called the rampant menace the legacy of government’s failure to effectively implement the country’s laws.



    Business & Economics

    Cell phone calls not safe from being spied on

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) on Sunday admitted cell phone calls made in Afghanistan were not safe from being spied on, saying some foreign intelligence agencies might still monitored them.



    Governance

    Upcoming budget presented before Wolesi Jirga

    KABUL (PAN): Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal on Saturday presented before the Wolesi Jirga the draft budget for the upcoming Afghan fiscal year, beginning from December 22, saying much of the amounts had been set aside for security and development purposes.