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    Presidential stance sentimental: Abdullah

    KABUL (PAN): Leading presidential contender Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Monday slammed President Hamid Karzai’s recent remarks that Washington was acting like a colonial power as “an emotional approach”.


    Climate change affects various sectors: NEPA

    KABUL (PAN): A fresh report from the National Environment Protection Agency (NEPA) of Afghanistan on Sunday said climate change had drastically affected water resources, forests, pastures, agriculture, health, energy and biological diversity in the country.

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    Mahmud Karzai, Haseen Fahim yet to return due banks’ loan

    KABUL (PAN):  After passing four long years, as many as $11 million loan paid to Afghan Investment Company (AIC) by four banks--- with guarantors Mahmud Karzai, Haseen Fahim and Mirwais Azizi--- to the Ghori Cement Factory, however, the due loan with interests have yet to be returned to the banks.


    Brussels meeting sends clear message to Kabul

    KABUL (PAN): NATO Secretary General Andres Fogh Rasmussen has said the alliance’s foreign ministerial meeting in Brussels sent a clear message to the Afghan government it should sign the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States at the earliest.


    Security deal will be inked at an opportune time: Mousazai

    BRUSSELS (PAN): The inking of the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the US would be a milestone for returning peace and stability in the region but conditionally the vital pact should guarantee peace and security in the country, Afghanistan Foreign Ministry spokesman said.

    Business & Economics

    GSM, 3G services soon: ministry

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has said it intends switching to GSM technology from CDMA-based mobile phone services in order to bring down calling rates.


    Jirga on BSA: Karzai's move seen as a flop

    KABUL (PAN): Political analysts and lawmakers on Monday accused President Hamid Karzai of resorting to delaying tactics on signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) in an effort to gain US to support for a presidential candidate of his choice.


    No reason for deferring accord: Mujaddedi

    KABUL (PAN): Former president and consultative Loya Jirga chairman, Sibghatullah Mujaddedi, on Saturday opined the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and United States should be signed before the presidential vote.


    No participation in BSA Loya Jirga: HIA

    KABUL (PAN): The Gulbadin Hekmatyar-led Hezb-i-Islami Afghanistan (HIA) on Tuesday contradicted the government’s claim that representatives of the outfit would attend this month’s Loya Jirga on a security pact with the US.


    Hundreds rally against security pact with US

    KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of opposition political activists on Sunday warned of kicking up a storm of protests if a security pact allowing the continued US military presence in the country was signed.