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    Draft electoral law unveiled

    KABUL (PAN): Under a draft electoral law, political parties would compete for a third of parliamentary seats in provinces, with independent candidates running for remaining two-thirds of berths, an official said on Wednesday.


    Karzai to foes: Protect national interest

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, asserting his government’s respect for democratic norms, on Tuesday asked his political opponents to avoid actions that harmed Afghanistan’s national interest.

    Business & Economics

    Cabinet endorses oil deal with China

    KABUL (PAN): Endorsing a deal with China on developing a small oil and gas field in northern Afghanistan, the Cabinet on Tuesday agreed to the creation of a joint working committee to explore energy deposits at the Amu River basin.

    Accidents & Disasters

    Scores trapped under rubble in Baghlan

    PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): At least 80 people were trapped under rubble of their houses that collapsed after two strong earthquakes triggered a heavy landslide in the mountainous northern province of Baghlan, an official said on Monday.

    Business & Economics

    Economic growth to bring stability: Haqjo

    KABUL (PAN): A senior trader representative on Wednesday said stability in Afghanistan could be achieved only when justice was ensured and economic development given importance over the military muscle.

    Business & Economics

    Body being set up to control fuel prices

    KABUL (PAN): A committee is being established to control and fix fuel prices and ensure its supply to the market in an organised manner, the commerce and industries minister said on Tuesday.


    $5b needed in 2015 to execute projects: Zakhilwal

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan has sketched out several projects under 22 programmes to be presented at the July Tokyo Conference, the Finance Minister told the Wolesi Jirga on Tuesday, adding the country would require $5 billion (250 billion afs) in 2015 alone to implement the schemes.

    Security and Crime

    Charity body asks MoD to return its land

    KABUL (PAN): A charity organistaion on Saturday accused the Ministry of Defence (MoD) of grabbing 58.5 acres of land belonging to the organistaion’s founder, the late Majeed Zabuli.


    Reconstruction projects start in Nuristan

    KABUL (PAN): Various reconstruction projects including the construction of a road, started in eastern Nuristan province during the visit of ministers of finance and public welfare on Saturday, an official said.

    Business & Economics

    Small-value notes valid: Central bank

    KABUL (PAN): Da Afghanistan Bank, the central bank, on Saturday rejected romours that it had declared low-denomination banknotes as invalid.