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KABUL CITY (PAN): The High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) chief on Monday acknowledged its inability to register the assets of powerful figures.Azizullah Lodin told a meeting aimed at recording the assets of the Kabul governor,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) on Tuesday announced a four-year national strategy for biodiversity, and set in motion the process of its implementation.Speaking at a day-long workshop in Kabul, NEPA deputy head... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Promising to resolve power supply problems, some community representatives have been collecting illegally money from residents of central Kabul province.Several community leaders collected $40 (2,000 afs) from each family two years... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Afghanistan has exported fruit juices worth 450 million afghanis ($8.9 million) to foreign countries, including Pakistan and India, in less than two months, an official said on Saturday.   Qasim Hamidi, the fruit-... read more
KABUL (PAN): A dozen power supply centres, with 25 megawatts capacity and benefitting 12 industries in the Kabul Industrial Parks, were inaugurated on Monday.    Wires for the power supply centres, costing $45,000 (2.25 million... read more
KABUL (PAN): Getting to grips with poverty, Farzana is determined to eke out a living with dignity -- working as a shoe-shiner in daytime before going to school. Despite the overwhelming odds she is faced with, the 15-year-old is determined to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The minister of refugee and repatriation affairs said on Wednesday the international community and regional countries have pledged facilities for the Afghans who are ready to return home.The pledges were held out at a conference on "... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Sunday claimed it had prior information about the assassination plot of a prominent High Peace Council member Maulvi Arsala Rahmani, who was shot dead on his way to parliament in Kabul.“We... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ministry of Water and Energy officials on Wednesday said that work on two power projects that were delayed for security reasons had started. The projects are aimed at increasing electricity supply to Laghman and Kunduz provinces.In an... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Ministry of Transport and Aviation on Monday signed a contract with a United Arab Emirates (UAE) firm for training employees of Kabul and Kandahar airports on using new equipment, an official said on MondayOver the past three... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fifteen hectares of land was cleared of the illicit poppy crop during a campaign that began a day earlier in the Sarobi district of central Kabul province, an official said on Sunday.The crop was destroyed in Wochkani and Chinar areas,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Two major opposition groupings on Wednesday criticised signing of the strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the US government. But the Haq Wa Adalat party welcomed it.Respecting Afghanistan’s national sovereignty, the... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Several civil society activists claim the government continued to ignore their demands and their voice remain muted despite their past positive contribution to the nation.The calls echoed from participants at the new weekly radio... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Nearly 1,000 of families in the Paghman district of central Kabul province were extended electricity, officials said on Thursday.The power was distributed to families in Pracha village of Pashaee valley after the installation of... read more
KABUL (PAN): To push Afghanistan’s economic agenda, several national-level trade bodies urge the government to introduce a series of policies -- including levying taxes on imports to formation of an independent authority for industrial parks’... read more
KABUL (PAN): “I cover most of my family expenses with the blisters of my hands,” are the poetic words that 55-year-old Fatima employs to describe her source of income.She is no ordinary, conservative Afghan housewife, but an enterprising woman... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Salam Watandar Radio has been broadcasting programmes through its 47 local stations in 29 of the country’s 34 provinces as an independent media outlet, officials said on Sunday. All expenses of Salam Watandar are being paid by the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A shortage water reservoirs and sharing of the precious, but depleting, resource with neighbours have created a critical situation for the country’s water and energy sector.At a ceremony marking International Water Day in Kabul, Water... read more
KABUL (PAN): Canadian embassy staff and and government officials were among 85 people who donated 32,000 cubic centimetres of blood to the national blood bank on Saturday.Canada’s acting ambassador, Shelley Whiting, who donated 500cc blood, said the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Drivers complain low-quality fuel has flooded Kabul, despite the Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA)’s promise to take measures to curb substandard fuel imports.Trucker Ghulam Hussain said: "The quality of oil is poor and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) on Wednesday signed a contract with the Etisalat Telecommunication Company to enable Kabul residents to pay electricity bills through mobile telephones.Under the accord, the Etisalat Company would... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, calling for the protection of teachers and students, on Saturday urged militants not to impede efforts at promoting education in the country.Opposition to building schools was inconsistent with the Afghan culture... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Fish-starved Afghanistan, confident of meeting 40 percent of its demand, is trying to be self-sufficient in the next decade, eventually slashing imports.The Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has rolled out a... read more
KABUL (PAN): A moazzin (a cleric who gives the call to prayers) was stabbed to death on his way to the mosque early Sunday morning in the 12th police district of the capital Kabul, police said.Mohammad Ajan was heading to the mosque when he was... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Supreme Court’s high council has recommended the Presidential Palace to create a special court to investigate corruption allegations against a Cabinet minister, an official said on Wednesday. Without naming the minister, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan men in the capital are facing a new threat – violent wives – who force them to live in fear and solitude.Some vulnerable men suffer beatings from their spouse, badly mistreated and not even allowed to work or visit mosques."My... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Attorney General's Office (AGO) has arrested 13 people, including a former chief of the state-run Pashtani Bank, on the charge of embezzling government funds worth $35 million (1.7 billion afghanis), an official said on Sunday.Those... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Higher Education on Monday announced more than 35,000 of the total 145,000 candidates, appearing an entrance test, would be granted admissions to universities this year.More than 7,000 students from the capital and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some traders on Sunday complained marbles imports from Pakistan, China and Iran have had a negative impact on their business. Currently, there are 100 marble factories operating in Kabul.Abdul Ali Jafari, a stone-cutting factory... read more
KABUL (PAN): A child rehabilitation centre’s officials in Kabul on Thursday complained about lack of space, saying about 20 people are living in a single small room.Currently 158 teen-aged girls and boys are undergoing vocational training at the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Justice on Monday created a committee to draft a comprehensive law protecting the rights of children, officials said. The committee includes representatives from the ministries of education, labour, social affairs,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Although rights activists have been calling for an increase in women's shelters in Kabul, the Afghan Women’s Association on Sunday said the centres were against Islamic teachings and should be closed.Set up by NGOs, the shelters started... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Kabul residents have alleged electricity remains cut off to their houses but commercial centres and government buildings are enjoying an uninterrupted supply.Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) says the main reason behind power... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Wednesday said her visit to Kabul was aimed at enhancing bilateral goodwill and all-round cooperation.At a meeting after her arrival in Kabul, she discussed with President Hamid Karzai the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Japan would spend $9million on capacity building of justice departments in three Afghan provinces over the next three years, officials said on Tuesday.An agreement to the effect was signed among acting Justice Minister Syed Yousuf Halim... read more
KABUL (PAN): Participants of a two-day seminar in Kabul on Saturday floated a number of suggestions for improvement in the situation of children in the country, where 6.5 million minors are living in vulnerable conditions.  The seminar was... read more
KABUL (PAN): The price of electricity imported from neighbouring Uzbekistan has jumped from $3 million (148 million afghanis) to $9 million six months ago, officials said on Monday. The imported power was mostly supplied to Kabul, Parwan, and... read more
KABUL (PAN): A commission set up by the Ministry of Justice to curb human trafficking and kidnappings on Sunday started working by holding its maiden session.The commission had been set up in an effort to control human trafficking and kidnappings,... read more
KABUL (PAN):  As many as 309 cases of women and girls fleeing their houses have been registered with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) in last nine months of the Afghan year, an official said on Tuesday.During the same... read more
KABUL (PAN): A draft law on introducing amendments to the toll law to reduce cash fines on inactive firms would soon be sent to the National Assembly for approval, Afghanistan's Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) officials said on Sunday.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of developments projects, worth a million US dollars, in the areas of agriculture, health and education would be carried out in Sarobi district of central Kabul province, an official said on Wednesday.The French-funded projects... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five thousands families in 48 villages were on Saturday provided electricity in Char Asiab district of central Kabul province, an official said on Saturday.Da Afghanistan Brishna Shirkat Executive Director Abdul Razaq Samadi said 24... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Canadian government on Wednesday pledged $13 million (633.8 million afghanis) to the World Food Programme (WFP) to assist draught-affected people in Afghanistan, an official said on Wednesday.The aid would be distributed to 1.2... read more
KABUL (PAN): A primary court in Kabul on Monday sentenced a man to death and seven years in jail in a double murder and rape case.Prosecutor Syed Musa told the court the accused, Hussain Ali, had killed a woman and a girl in September this year.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The High Office of Oversight and Anti-corruption (HOOAC) head on Sunday said reforming public departments and eradicating corruption would remain his top priority, as promised by the Afghan government at the Bonn Conference.At last week... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) head on Saturday said people's access to justice has not improved and about two million children are forced into hard labour.Seema Samar, who released a two-year report of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The World Bank on Thursday pledged $ 27.7 million in aid to the Energy and Water Ministry through the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).    An agreement to the effect was signed in Kabul between FAO... read more
KABUL (PAN): A committee including Attorney-General Office (AGO), Ministry of Interior, National Directorate of Security (NDS) and Kabul Municipality representatives, has been set up to investigate land-grab cases.Ahmad Beg Qadri, a senior official... read more
KABUL (PAN): Despite government promises of cutting the gas price to 55 afghanis ($1.13) per kilogram, the rate in Kabul has shot up to 130afs, dealers said on Wednesday.Residents complained that in addition to the hike, there was a shortage of gas... read more
KABUL (PAN): Kabul Municipality officials on Tuesday said that 70 percent of high-rise buildings in the capital were illegally constructed, blaming the relevant authorities for failing to take action in this regard.The Onyx Construction Company's... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some university professors and spiritual leaders say dissolution of the traditional Loya Jirga's committee No 39 to avoid pimp taunts raises questions about the merits of delegates' recommendations.Since the digit 39 is generally... read more
KABUL (PAN): Permanent US military bases would not benefit Afghanistan and the recommendation of the traditional Loya Jirga in this regard was in conflict with its agenda, a key opposition leader said on Sunday.More than 2,000 tribal elders,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United National Front (UNF), an alliance of opposition parties, said on Sunday said the traditional Loya Jirga on the strategic cooperation pact with the US was symbolic and its suggestions would not be enforced.More than 2,000... read more
KABUL (PAN): Wolesi Jirga member Huma Sultani on Tuesday said she would lead a Taliban-approved delegation for peace talks with the government, which both the government and the Taliban deny.Other members of the delegation are Sayed Naveed Ziwari, a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eid is an occasion of happiness, but a young Kabul resident is sad over his inability to buy his fiancée a gift on this joyous festival.Farooq, who got engaged a year ago, says: "I am dejected because I cannot afford to purchase a... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Water and Energy on Sunday signed an agreement with a private construction company for the reconstruction of Naghlu and Mahipar hydroelectric dams.Funded by the World Bank, the project was estimated to cost $15 million (... read more
KABUL (PAN): Around 400 religious scholars on Wednesday sat a competency examination for certificates from the Ministry of Education, an official said.Deputy Education Minister Dr. Shafiq Samim told Pajhwok Afghan News the participants, hailing from... read more
KABUL (PAN): Government officials have not been giving information to reporters when contacted, journalists complained on Sunday.A government spokesman promised the issue would be resolved with a law on access to information.The main challenge for... read more
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.The joint offensives were carried out in Laghman, Faryab, Parwan and... read more