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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 (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): 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): “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): 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):  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 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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): 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