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    Governance

    MPs fail to OK draft law banning tobacco use

    KABUL (PAN): The Wolesi Jirga -- lower house -- on Saturday failed to approve a draft law banning the use of tobacco due to differences among members.



    Governance

    Tribal chiefs, civil society urge fair polls

    KABUL (PAN): Representatives of 18 tribal councils and civil society organisations on Thursday called for solid national unity to resolve the problems facing the country.



    Education

    Islamic university to be set up in Kabul

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday announced arranging a conference of religious scholars on suicide attacks and the construction of an International Islamic university in Kabul.



    Security and Crime

    2 detained for abetting Sitara’s husband

    KABUL (PAN): Police have detained two people on suspicion of abetting a man who chopped off his wife’s nose and lips in the Injil district of western Herat province, an official said on Saturday.



    Governance

    Senators reject upcoming budget as biased

    KABUL (PAN): Some Meshrano Jirga members on Monday strongly criticised the upcoming budget’s draft authored by the Ministry of Finance, saying balance had not been maintained in fund allocations among provinces.



    Governance

    Uproar obstructs Meshrano Jirga proceedings

    KABUL (PAN): Some Meshrano Jirga or upper house members on Monday strongly criticised the house’s first deputy speaker, Mohammad Alam Edezdar, and accused him of fueling anarchy.



    Governance

    Senate decision on ID cards mistaken: Muslimyar

    KABUL (PAN): Meshrano Jirga chairman Fazl Hadi Muslimyar on Sunday clarified the upper house had not decided against mentioning words religion and Afghan in computerized national identity cards, saying there has been a misunderstanding in reporting the upper house’s decision.



    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.