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    Culture

    Ghazni far from ready to serve as Islamic civilisation capital

    KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga on Sunday said southern Ghazni province would not be ready as the Asian capital of Islamic civilisation by 2013 due to delays in preparatory work and urged relevant authorities to brief the house on the subject next week.



    Culture

    Cases of slain journalists remain unresolved: Nai

    KABUL (PAN): A media support organisation on Thursday said 77 incidents of violence against journalists were reported over the past year, but cases of slain journalists remained unresolved.



    Governance

    MPs outraged by Laghman operation

    KABUL (PAN): The death of two people and the arrest of eight others during a security operation in Qarghayee district of eastern Laghman province on Tuesday angered parliamentarians, who asked the defence minister to explain the situation.



    Security and Crime

    Afghan spy chief verifies Ismail’s death

    KABUL (PAN): The National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief on Tuesday confirmed the death of Taliban military council’s deputy head Maulvi Ismail and 25 key rebel figures, but the militant movement vehemently rejected the claim.



    Accidents & Disasters

    ARCS aid for 22,000 flood victims

    KABUL CITY (PAN): The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) plans to distribute food items to 2,000 flood affected families across the country and another 20,000 victims would receive non-food items, an official said on Thursday.   



    Security and Crime

    Low-key Mujahedeen’s Victory Day event: MoD

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Defence (MoD) on Thursday said based on the decision of the National Security Council (NSC), the 20th anniversary of Mujahideens’ Victory Day -- which marks Soviet occupation troops’ withdrawal from Afghanistan -- would be celebrated in a simple ceremony.



    Security and Crime

    Burqa-clad rebels struck targets in Kabul: Witnesses

    KABUL (PAN): The attackers, who targeted several government institutions and foreign embassies in Kabul, wore all-covering burqas to enter an under-construction building, eyewitnesses said on Monday.



    Security and Crime

    Punish murders, urge women activists

    KABUL (PAN): Afghan human rights activists staged a protest in central Kabul Province, on Saturday, demanding authorities to punish the killers of five women over the past month.



    Security and Crime

    Sarobi security transitions to Afghan lead

    KABUL (PAN): As part of the second phase of transition, the security responsibility for the Sarobi district of central Kabul province was transferred to Afghan forces on Thursday, officials said.



    Sports

    Triumphant Afghan cricketers return from UAE

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s national cricket squad returned home on Saturday from the United Arab Emirates after qualifying for the T-twenty World Cup, officials said.