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    Governance

    I never called Karzai a weak person: Zakhilwal

    KABUL (PAN): Finance Minister Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal rejected on WikiLeaks' report that he had branded President Hamid Karzai was a weak person.



    Governance

    Roadside bombings down 50pc: Azimi

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghan National Army (ANA) discovered and defused 458 landmines in different parts of the country last month, a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday.



    Business & Economics

    Afghan-Pakistan chamber of commerce set up

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and Pakistan have formed a joint chamber of commerce with a view to promoting trade links between the neighbours, an official said on Monday.



    Reconstruction

    Contracts for strengthening river banks signed

    KABUL (PAN): An amount of 148 million afghanis would be spent on strengthening river banks in seven provinces next year, the minister of water and energy said on Sunday.



    Business & Economics

    Revenue of Kabul customs rose by 301m afghanis

    KABUL (PAN): Kabul customs collected 301 million afghanis more in the first eight months of this year than in the same period last year, officials said on Saturday.



    Security and Crime

    ISAF solider dies in south

     KABUL (PAN): An international soldier died from an injury in southern Afghanistan, the alliance said on Sunday.



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    Karzai off to Lisbon for key NATO summit

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, heading a high-level delegation, on Thursday left for Lisbon, Portugal, to attend the key NATO summit to chart a course for coalition forces in Afghanistan.



    Education

    First-ever banking & finance institute opens in Kabul

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Institute of Banking and Finance (AIBF), the first of its kind in the war-devastated country, was inaugurated in Kabul on Wednesday.



    Governance

    Nearly 150 NGOs closed, says ministry

     KABUL(PAN): Four foreign and 145 Afghan non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been dissolved for failing to report to the Ministry of Commerce, an official said on Tuesday.



    Reconstruction

    ADB to set up fund for Afghan projects

    KABUL (PAN): The Asian Development Bank is to set up a special fund aimed at seeking support from regional countries for the implementation of fundamental projects in Afghanistan, an official said