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    Poppy growers to be prosecuted, says official

    KABUL (PAN): Legal action would be taken against farmers cultivating the outlawed poppy crop, a senior counternarcotics ministry official warned on Saturday.

    Business & Economics

    ACCI, finance ministry bicker over import duty

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) chief on Thursday said trade goods worth $4 billion were imported last year, but there was no record of the taxes paid.


    Karzai off to Riyadh for Sultan’s funeral

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday left Kabul for Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, to attend Crown Prince Sultan bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud's funeral, the Presidential Palace said.

    Business & Economics

    6 foreign firms submit bids for 3G system

    KABUL (PAN): Six international telecommunication companies have so far submitted bids for providing 3G technology for faster Internet services on mobile phones, an official said on Sunday.

    Business & Economics

    Gold, sugar prices down in Kabul

    KABUL (PAN): Gold and sugar prices edged down while rates of other daily-use items stayed unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.

    Business & Economics

    ADB to give $222m for roads, rail tracks

    KABUL (PAN): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has pledged $222 million in aid to Afghanistan for the construction of 145 kilometres of roads and establishment of an independent railways department, officials said on Wednesday.

    Business & Economics

    $80m to be set aside for banking sector in next year's budget

    KABUL (PAN): The government will have to set aside $80 million in next year's budget for the banking sector if loans released by the troubled Kabul Bank are not recovered, the finance minister said on Sunday.


    Abdullah seeks clear policy on Taliban talks

    KABUL (PAN): Key opposition leader Dr Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday welcomed President Hamid Karzai's recent remarks against the Taliban militants and Pakistan. However, he asked for a clear policy on the peace process.

    Security and Crime

    13 insurgents killed, 15 detained: MoI

    KABUL (PAN): Thirteen militants were killed and 15 others arrested in operations during the past 24 hours in different provinces, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Tuesday.


    Negative media reports lead to investment cut

    KABUL (PAN): Instability and negative reports about Afghanistan by international media have led to a cut in foreign investment from $37 million (1.7 trillion afghanis) to $23 million in the first six months of 2011, officials said Saturday.