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    Security and Crime

    2 suspects nabbed in Badakhshan

    KABUL CITY (PAN): The Afghan spy service said on Sunday that two people suspected of having links to the Taliban were detained in the Wardoj district of northeastern Badakhshan province.



    Business & Economics

    8 firms shortlisted for Afghan-Tajik Basin project

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Mines said eight international companies have been shortlisted to invest in six blocks out of the 12 blocks in the development and production of oil and gas in the Afghan-Tajik Basin in the northeast of Afghanistan.



    Business & Economics

    Central bank moves to stabilise afghani

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s central bank governor on Thursday announced that all transactions would be done in the local currency, asking private-sector financial institutions to refrain from overseas investments.



    Security and Crime

    Huge contracts awarded to kin of Karzai, aides: ANF

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan National Front (ANF) on Wednesday said though the participation of high government officials’ kin in the bidding process was unlawful, yet most mining contracts were awarded to relatives of President Hamid Karzai and his aides.



    Culture

    Hajj ministry to built mosques in 34 provinces

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Hajj has planned to spend $1.7 million (87.4 afs) to construct 34 mosques in each province of the country by end of this year, an official said on Wednesday.



    Security and Crime

    Tajik firm's chopper seized: NDS

    KABUL (PAN): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) has seized a helicopter owned by a Tajikistan firm that had been operating in Afghanistan illegally, officials said on Tuesday.



    Business & Economics

    UAE firm to establish petroleum products testing labs

    KABUL (PAN): A United Arab Emirates (UAE) company would invest $10 million to establish laboratories at Afghan dry ports to control the quality of petroleum products, an official said on Sunday.



    Business & Economics

    Prices of major food items decline in Kabul

    KABUL (PAN): Prices of Iranian gold and some food commodities edged down during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.



    Health

    33pc decline in infant mortality rate: Survey

    KABUL (PAN): A new survey released on Wednesday said there has been a 33 percent decrease in mortality rate among infants as compared to 2007’s deaths in Afghanistan.



    Governance

    Afghanistan, Norway to sign strategic pact

     KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan would sign a long-term strategic cooperation agreement with Norway in September this year to bolster ties with the Nordic nation.