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KABUL (Pajhwok): Police in northern Samangan province have arrested an individual for his alleged involvement in the killing of the peace committee chief, an official claimed on Tuesday. Qari Saifuddin Saadat, the provincial peace committee chief... read more
AYBAK (Pajhwok): Widespread unemployment in northern Samangan province is seen as the principal reason behind youth’s involvement in a variety of crimes, drug addiction and migration in droves from the country. Experts believe huge business and... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): The revenue from three coalmines in northern Samangan province declined by more than 39.8 million afghanis and plummeted to 2.1 billion afs in 2015 fiscal year, compared to last year’s income. The financial year of Afghanistan... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): At least 43 people, including women and children, were killed and another threewounded in a bus-truck collision in the Hazrat Sultan district of northern Samangan province on Thursday night. On its way from northern Balkh... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): A former jihad commander has been killed during a clash with Taliban militants in northern Samangan province, where another person was gunned down on Sunday, police said. Provincial police spokesman Munir Rahimi told Pajhwok... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): Seven small bridges have been constructed on the Kabul-Mazar-i-Sharif highway in the northern province of Samangan, officials said on Tuesday. The bridges were built over the past five months at a cost of 8.7million afghanis... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): The Agriculture Ministry has trained 15 women in cultivation and cooking techniques of mushrooms in northern Samangan province, an official said on Wednesday. The women received an eight-month training about cultivation, soil... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): The High Peace Council (HPC) head for northern Samangan province has resigned and has been replaced by a member of the committee. Mohammad Dawood Jalali, Samangan HPC secretary, told Pajhwok Afghan News Maulvi Khair Mohammad... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): At least three development projects, including the construction of a school building and drinking water supply, have been completed in northern Samangan province, officials said on Sunday. With the construction of the school... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): A woman died and a dozen others, including children, sustained injuries when two cars collided head-on in northern Samangan province, an official said on Saturday. The collision took place on Friday evening at about 7pm, in Sang... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): Wheat production has increased in northern Samangan province this year and can meet demand of the province, an official said Wednesday. Provincial agriculture director Noor Mohammad told Pajhwok Afghan News that 110,000 hectares... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): At least 13 welfare projects, including construction of 9-kilometres of road, have been launched in northern Samangan province worth 42 million afghanis, director public works said on Tuesday. Eng. Zia Humayun said the projects... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI (Pajhwok): Police seized 312 kilograms of hashish in northern Baghlan and 89 kg of opium in northern Samangan province, arresting four persons, officials said on Monday. Baghlan counternarcotics chief Col. Nizamuddin Nizam told... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): A number of truck drivers on Thursday staged a protest demonstration alleging that illegal armed men and insurgents extorted money from them on roads in northern Samangan province. The drivers, who ply the Aibak-Darai Sof highway... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): The revenue of two coalmines in the Dara-i-Suf Bala district of northern Samangan province touched the figure of 864 million afghani in the past six month, showing 142 million decrease as compared to last year revenue in the same... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): At least 315 teachers have been issued ownership documents of residential plots in northern Samangan province, the education director said. Abdul Wahab Zafari said the plots were distributed to teachers who had been in the field... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): Flash floods swept through several districts of northern Samangan province, washing away dozens of homes, crops and domestic animals, officials said on Tuesday. The floods emerged on Monday afternoon in Dara Sauf Payan, Dara Sauf... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): At least five policemen were killed and another seriously wounded in militants’ attack on a police check post in Dar-e-Sof Payen district of northwestern Samangan, a resident said Saturday. A resident of Bayanan village of the... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): A number of residents of northwestern Samangan province on Monday said they were unhappy with the performance of the new provincial council members and terms of development and other uplift projects in the area. A member of... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): Dozens of female students were poisoned in Khuram Sarbagh district of northern Samangan province, with few of them were stated to be in critical condition, officials said on Tuesday. The school is located in Abdul Malik locality... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): A policeman and a Taliban commander were killed, four others wounded and a number of fighters arrested during a five-hour clash between militants and security forces in Aibak City, the capital of northern Samangan province, an... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Khal Mirza, the self-proclaimed regional commander of the dreaded Daesh or Islamic State in northern Samangan province, has been killed in a special police operation while one of his associates detained, police said Thursday.... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): Grape, apple, almond, apricot, cherry, peach, plum and pear have been planted on 750 acres of land in northern Samangan province, an official said on Tuesday. Eng. Abdul Hameed, in charge of the National Horticulture and... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): At least three people lost their lives and 11 others were wounded in a traffic accident on the Samangan-Mazar highway, officials said on Thursday. Col. Abdul Qadir Panjsheri, Samangan traffic department head, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): A 26-year-old woman from the Hazrat Sultan district of northern Samangan province gave birth to four babies last night, an official said on Tuesday. Shakila Nasir Muradi, head of the maternity home, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): As many as 15 insurgents have renounced violence and joined the government-initiated peace process in northern Samangan province, an official said on Saturday. Speaking at a gathering, Governor Khairullah Anosh said the group was... read more
EBAK/SHEBRGHAN (Pajhwok): A leading drug smuggler escaped from a detention centre in northwestern Samangan province, an official said Monday. Maj. Gen. Mohammad Akram Bikzad, police chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the smuggler Asif escaped... read more
PUL-I-KHMRI/AIBAK (Pajhwok): One child was killed and 14 others wounded as a result of a traffic accident in the Dushi district of northern Baghlan province on Saturday, an official said. The head-on collision between two cars occurred in the... read more
PUL-I-KHUMRI/AIBAK: (Pajhwok): A new building for the education department in northern Baghlan province has been completed while work on two electricity supply projects kicked off in Samangan, officials said on Saturday. The building had been... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): Around 2,000 vulnerable families in Hazrat Sultan district and Aibak, the capital of northern Samangan province, on Saturday received winter aid amounting to $180,000, an official said. Mohammad Kabir Mukaram, director of... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): Seven people were injured on Friday when a bomb ripped through a mosque in the Dara Sauf Payeen district of Samangan province, the town’s administrative chief said. Humayun Barlas told Pajhwok Afghan News the explosion took place... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): The residents of northwestern Samangan province have blocked implementation of a water supply project, demanding the construction of a reservoir in their area to tackle the water shortage issue. However, local officials working... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): Some 3,200 people have completed basic literacy courses and 90 others graduated from electricity classes in northern Samangan province, officials said on Monday.Literacy project head Ferozudding Ahmadi, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): Samangan residents on Tuesday lamented the new provincial council’s failure to elect its administrative board and to hold regular meetings.Samangan PC members were sworn in two weeks ago, but they have not yet started regular... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): A truck driver was arrested with hundreds of kilograms of opium in Aibak, the capital of northern Samangan province, on Wednesday.Samangan police chief Brig. Gen. Mohammad Akram Bekzad told Pajhwok Afghan News 385 kilograms of opium... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): A large number of people, including religious scholars, on Sunday staged a protest rally in the capital city of Samangan province, asking the government to publicly execute the killers of a child and his mother.The two-year old,... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): A new building for the traffic department was inaugurated in Aibak, the capital of northern Samangan province, an official said Wednesday.The 13-rooms building cost 10 million afghanis and was constructed on 3,000 square metres,... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): The prolonged electoral crisis has led to an unprecedented decline in revenue from coalmines in the Dara-i-Suaf district of northern Samangan province, an official said on Wednesday.Mohammad Kabir Mukaram, director civil services,... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): More than a dozen people, including a newly-married couple, have been killed and nine others injured during separate accidents in northern Samangan province, officials said on Saturday.The couple was among five people killed when... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): A 32-year-old motorcycle mechanic from northern Samangan province has assembled an airplane that is all poised to take to the skies, an official said on Saturday. Governor Khairullah Anosh praised the innovative work of... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): A project to construct 38-kilometres road in northern Samangan province is inaugurated on Tuesday while the construction of a bridge in Aibak, the provincial capital, has been completed, an official said.Eng. Zia Humayun, director... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): Eleven persons, including four women, a child, and employees of Independent Election Commission (IEC), were killed and three others wounded when a passenger wagon struck a roadside bomb in northern Samangan province the other day,... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): Construction work on a new building for the Governor’s House in northern Samangan province was launched on Thursday.Governor Khairullah Anosh and other provincial officials attended the groundbreaking ceremony in Aibak, the... read more
AIBAK (Pajhwok): Around 5,000 acres of land have been cleared of locusts in northern Samangan province, an official said on Wednesday.The grasshopper elimination campaign covering 40 hectares of land was launched on March 29. So far 1,500 litres of... read more
AIBAK/LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): Security forces detained on Friday 10 suspected rebels planning large-scale attacks on Election Day in northern Samangan and southern Helmand provinces, officials said.Mohammad Ikram Bekzad, the Samangan police chief,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Seven members of a family, including two women and an infant, were killed when a car crashed into a public transport bus in northern Samangan province on Thursday, an official said.The collision involving a Corolla car and a passenger... read more
MAZAR-I-SHARIF/AIBAK (PAN): Twenty-seven workers have been killed during an explosion inside a coalmine in northern Samangan province, officials said on Sunday.  Five people have been missing and 30 others trapped in the mine in Ravi Do Aab... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Two mass graves probably dating back to purges under the Soviet-backed communist regime in the 1980s were found in northern Samangan province, residents and officials said on Monday.Believed to hold the remains of 30 people, the... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Fifty internally displaced families are living in harsh conditions in the Khuram Sarbagh district of northern Samangan province, officials said on Wednesday.Director Refugees Amanullah Muradi said the families, displaced from Shaghnan... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Grapes production in the Feroz Nakhchar district of northern Samangan province has increased to 6,000 tonnes in 2012 from last year’s figure of 5,000 tonnes, officials said on Sunday.Deputy Director of Agriculture Noor Mohammad... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Despite recent anti-locust campaigns, farmers in northern Samangan province still fear locust swarms may destroy their crops next year.The plant protection manager of agriculture department, Gulabuddin Ghyasi told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Five people were killed and a sixth wounded when a car collided with a fuel tanker in western Samangan province on Wednesday, officials said.The accident took place in Taigah Shah area on the outskirts of Aibak city, the provincial... read more
TALOQN/AIBAK (PAN): Twenty-one people, most of them children, were killed and thousands of household animals perished as a result of the ongoing cold wave in northern Takhar and Samangan provinces, officials said on Monday.An Afghan Red Crescent... read more
AIBAK (PAN): An eight-kilometre road, connecting several mountainous areas with the capital of northern Samangan province, was inaugurated on Saturday, an official said.The World Bank-funded project that cost more than $500,000 (24,500,000 afghanis... read more
AIBAK (PAN): More than 8,000 families benefited from the 44 welfare projects completed under the National Solidarity Programme (NSP) in the northern province of Baghlan, officials said on Thursday.The projects, costing $101,446 (49, 80000 afghanis... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Health officials in northern Samangan province on Wednesday said more than 40,000 children infected with measles had been vaccinated during a five-day campaign.In order to prevent spread of the disease, public health ministry officials... read more
AIBAK (PAN): The Swedish ambassador promised on Monday his country would continue supporting Afghanistan beyond 2014 when all foreign troops are scheduled to pull out.Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News during his visit to northern Samangan province,... read more
TALOQAN/AIBAK (PAN): Heavy snowfall has blocked several roads connecting 80 villages in two districts of northern Takhar and Samangan provinces, officials said on Wednesday.More than 150,000 people living in 80 villages in Rustaq district of Takhar... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Two people were killed and as many others injured when a fuel tanker collided with a car overnight in northern Samangan province, an official said on Monday.Col. Mohammad Ibrahim, the provincial traffic management officer, said the... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Two oil carrying tankers were torched after a collision that left one of the tankers' drivers dead in northern Samangan province, a senior traffic official said on Monday.The two tankers carrying oil for the International Security... read more
AIBAK (PAN): A district chief escaped unhurt in a bomb blast that wounded an intelligence official in northern Samangan province on Wednesday, an official said on Wednesday. Mohammadullah Sadid, the Hazrat Sultan district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
AIBAK (PAN): A newly-constructed building for the district police headquarters has been inaugurated in northern Samangan province, officials said on Sunday. The single-story building, constructed over an acre of land with US assistance, cost $600,... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Eight Afghan citizens were killed by Tajik forces after they crossed the border into the neighbouring country from northern Samangan province, residents said on Wednesday, but local officials expressed unawareness about the incident... read more
AIBAK (PAN): About 307 tonnes of food were distributed to 2,095 families in the northwestern province of Samangan, an official said on Sunday.According to Saeed Mohammad Mohammadi, an official at the Samangan Rural Rehabilitation and Development... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Thirty-seven development schemes, benefitting nearly 13,000 families, have been executed in the northern province of Samangan, an official said on Saturday. The projects included four micro hydropower units, a 31-kilometre road, 11... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Lack of a proper irrigation system and an ongoing dry spell could lead to severe food shortages in the northern province of Samangan, farmers and officials warned on Monday. "The drought has severely affected this province, where... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Hundreds of water filters were distributed to people in five villages of a district in northern Samangan province, officials said on Saturday. The 700 filters provided by the Afghan Aid Organization were distributed to about 700... read more
AIBAK (PAN): The dead body of a 40-year-old pregnant woman was found in northern Samangan province on Sunday morning, a police official said. The corpse was recovered in the Shahid Andkhoi Aibak neighbourhood, the acting... read more
AIBAK (PAN): The price of wheat increased by 40 percent over the last two weeks due to inadequate rains and high demand in northern Samangan province, residents complained on Tuesday. A fortnight back, seven kilograms of wheat accounted for 90... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Intelligence operatives arrested two Taliban kidnappers and released a captive from their captivity in northern Samangan province, officials said on Tuesday. Asadullah and Fida Mohammad were arrested in Dara-i-Sauf Payeen district,... read more
SAMANGAN (PAN): More than 3,000 students would benefit from the inauguration of eight schools in northern Samangan province, an official said on Saturday. The schools were built in Aibak and Roi Do Aab districts with financial support from World... read more
AIBAK (PAN):  By establishing permanent military bases in Afghanistan, the United States wants to use the Central Asian nation for achieving its objectives in the region, an Iranian diplomat said on Thursday. Afghanistan's neighbours have... read more
AIBAK (PAN): With the launch of 35 projects in Aibak, the capital of northern Samangan province, 1,100 people have been provided work opportunities, an official said on Tuesday. The projects costing 29 million afghanis ($627,977), funded by United... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Swedish and Finnish soldiers at the provincial reconstruction team in northern Samangan province have left after a protest demonstration against the Quran burning incident threatened them to go, residents said, but NATO links the... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Twenty-nine schools were upgraded to intermediate and high schools at the start of the new academic year in the northern province of Samangan, an official said on Tuesday. Steps to upgrade the schools in six districts and the... read more
AIBAK (PAN): NATO-led forces arrested three gunmen in northern Samangan province, officials said on Thursday. However, ISAF said the detainees were members of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. The suspects were arrested in Charma Choqur village... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Authorities in northern Samangan province on Tuesday gave a green light to the transportation of coal from a mine in Darra-i-Sauf Payan district after a counterinsurgency operation. Eleven militants, including a commander, were killed... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Hundreds of madrasa (seminary) students and religion scholars staged a protest in northern Samangan province on Sunday for the release of a cleric arrested by local intelligence agents. The demonstrators said National Directorate of... read more
AIBAK (PAN): A 20-kilometre road, benefitting more than 100,000 people, has been graveled in northern Samangan province, an official said on Wednesday.Linking Aibak -- the provincial capital -- with Ab Lalam area of Khuram Sarbagh district, the... read more
AIBAK (PAN): A retaining wall and a bridge, benefiting hundreds of people, were constructed in northern Samangan province, officials said on Saturday. The 500 metre-long and three-metre high retaining wall was built in Hosni Tagab area of Darah... read more
AIBAK (PAN): More than 35,000 children, about 70 percent of them girls, are being deprived of education due to various problems in northern Samangan province, an official said on Monday. The problems included financial constraints, lack of schools... read more
AIBAK (PAN): Forty schools were provided books, stationery, furniture and laboratory equipment in northern Samangan province on Tuesday, an education official said. The equipment was distributed to schools in all six districts and the provincial... read more
AIBAK (PAN):Sofi Abdul Razaq, 71, is somewhat of a local celebrity in Afghanistan’s northern Samangan province. He’s not an entertainer, neither is he a mass leader. He’s famous because he eats stones. It’s been 19 years since Razaq, popularly... read more

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