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    Governance

    Budget be spent judiciously, Zakhilwal to govt

    KABUL (PAN): Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said on Sunday 45 percent financial aid by the international community was set to be used by the Afghanistan government for the next year budget.



    Governance

    MPs: Most departments under-spend allocated funds

    KABUL (PAN): An overwhelming majority of the Wolesi Jirga members on Saturday rejected funds allocated to government departments under last year’s (1391) budget, saying most entities had failed to utilise more than half of funds meant at infrastructural development.



    Governance

    Ahadi: Disqualification politically motivated

    KABUL (PAN): A disqualified presidential candidate, Anwarul Haq Ahadi, the former commerce minister, on Thursday said his removal from the Independent Election Commission's preliminary list was politically motivated.



    Security and Crime,Interviews

    Saboteurs held with explosives, arms

    KABUL (PAN): A group of saboteurs seeking to disrupt the Consultative Loya Jirga has been arrested with weapons, ammunition and suicide vests in Kabul, a senior police officer said on Thursday.



    Culture

    NAI wants info law approved before polls

    KABUL (PAN): A media advocacy organisation, NAI, on Tuesday asked the government to send forthwith a draft law on access to information to the parliament for approval before the April 5 elections.<



    Governance

    Pakistan, Iran behind Kabul bombing: MPs

    KABUL (PAN): Some senators on Sunday accused Pakistan and Iran of masterminding Saturday’s car suicide bombing that killed 13 people in Kabul, alleging the neighbours were out to pressurise Afghanistan not to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US.



    Security and Crime

    Poppy cultivation on the increase: official

    KABUL (PAN): A senior Counternarcotics Department official at the Ministry of Interior on Tuesday said poppy cultivation was on the increase in Afghanistan, calling for more police personnel to intensify the war on drugs.



    Business & Economics

    Govt entities owe 1b afs to power utility

    KABUL (PAN): Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS), the power utility, on Wednesday said some government departments had not yet cleared their electricity bills amounting to one billion afghanis, while many officials had to pay dues worth millions of afghanis.



    Business & Economics

    Procurement process being decentralised: Zakhilwal

    KABUL (PAN) Lack of transparency in procurement led to greater project costs in Afghanistan, compared with other countries in the region, the finance minister said o Tuesday.



    Business & Economics

    Ariana, Kuwaiti firm sign $16m agreement

    KABUL (PAN): The National Aviation Services (NAS) of Kuwait on Monday agreed to invest $16 million in improving airport facilities in Afghanistan, officials from both sides said.