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KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s population is projected to reach nearly 27.5 million in 2013, the Central Statistics Organisation (CSO) said on Tuesday.The projection showed the country’s population had increased by 500,000 individuals, compared with 27... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan on Monday asked Pakistan to go beyond statements of pious intent and take practical and immediate measures to help it restore peace and stability.Pakistan should take honest steps against the scourge of terrorism, a... read more
KABUL (PAN): Marjan, 50, the only female member of the provincial council in central Uruzgan province, says it was her long resistance against the Taliban that translated into her election as member of the council.Despite numerous challenges and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Civil society organisations (CSOs) on Tuesday suggested amendments to a draft election law, calling for reserving one vice-presidential slot for women in next year’s ballot.At a consultative meeting attended by 30 representatives of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): A media advocacy group on Thursday said it had forwarded a package of recommendations to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on behalf of journalists on how to enable them to have access to information and properly cover next year... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan could become member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by the end of 2014, a senior official said on Wednesday, insisting the possible integration with the global economy would help encourage foreign investment in the war... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Higher Education on Saturday announced up to 100,000 students securing above 250 marks in the recent university entrance test would be allowed admission to public sector universities.The announcement came after hundreds... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of high school graduates protested in Kabul on Saturday against what they claimed "fraudulently" failing them in the recent entrance test for admission to public sector universities.The Ministry of Higher Education last month... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan’s Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Sunday voiced its deep concern over plummeting people's access to justice and law enforcement agencies, claiming 45 percent decline in the access ratio last year.AIHRC... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of trucks laden with commercial goods have been stopped outside Kabul in protest against the revival of municipal taxes, asking the government to reverse its decision, an official said on Saturday.The Afghanistan Chamber of... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of rehabilitated drug addicts are undergoing a nine-month vocational training course in two provinces, officials said on Wednesday.The Word Bank-funded project to be implemented in Kabul and Paktia provinces would cost 17... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pavement of streets, 20 recreational parks, four parking lots and a plantation campaign are among the Kabul Municipality’s projects to be executed next Afghan calendar year. Mayor Mohammad Yunus Nawandesh told reporters a one... read more
KABUL (PAN): “Lack of access to justice and the rampant corruption in the judicial system have forced people into taking their cases to Taliban courts,” the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) said in on Tuesday.The dark assessment came in a report... read more
KABUL (PAN): Federation of Afghanistan’s Civil Society (FACS) Chairman Siddiq Ansari on Sunday accused the Karzai-led government of maneuvering behind the scenes to shield war criminals involved in destablising the country.Ansari called on the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The lack of strong anti-corruption systems in Afghanistan’s defence and security sector leaves the door open to waste and impunity, endangering troops and citizens, an international watchdog said on Thursday. A new study by the UK-based... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Joint Coordination and Monitoring Board (JCMB), with representatives from the Afghan government and the international fraternity, on Tuesday approved an aid management policy and funds for national priority programmes.The board’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chairperson on Wednesday denounced honour killings and sexual assaults on women as the worst form of violence.Sima Samar, the rights watchdog head, told a gathering in Kabul that... read more
KABUL (PAN): University students from Herat, Balkh, Al Biruni, Nangarhar, Khost, Kandahar, Takhar and Panjsher competed in the National Round of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition in Kabul on Wednesday.Herat University, which was judged... read more
KABUL (PAN): The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), European Union and Britain on Monday expressed grave concern at torture of inmates in Afghan-run prisons, calling for urgent jail reforms and effective steps to address the issue.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan police, hit by recruitment problems and lack of military support, lost up to 15 men daily to the ongoing fight against terrorism, the interior minister said on Thursday, voicing grave concern over the high fatality rate.Mujtaba... read more
KABUL (PAN): Contracts for nine reconstruction projects, costing $4 million, were signed between the Ministries of Rehabilitation and Rural Development (MRRD) and 10 firms in Kabul on Wednesday.As part of the projects, 62 kilometres of roads would... read more
KABUL (PAN): Public Health Minister Dr. Suraya Dalil on Sunday said her ministry was working on a new policy ensuring equal health services across the nation over the next nine years."The policy is being prepared with financial support from the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The main opposition alliance on Saturday called for installing an interim government before the 2014 presidential election, a demand that drew aversion from other parties and civil society members.Ahmad Zia Massoud, the Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Political analysts believe Iran, opposed to a possible security accord between Afghanistan and the US, may strike back with increased meddling and pressure on the Afghan government if the agreement was signed.   The views were... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chairperson on Wednesday blamed some high-ranking officials for violating the constitution.Sima Samar, without naming anyone, alleged some high-ranking officials did not bother... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Women's Political Participation Committee (WPPC), a coalition of over 200 s organisations and civil society groups , on Tuesday voiced its deep concern over females' lack of access to justice, amid increasing incidents of violence... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 1,400 perpetrators of violence against women have been arrested across the country during the ongoing Afghan calendar year, officials said on Monday.Addressing a meeting at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs in Kabul, Deputy... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock said on Saturday it would launch 300 agriculture development projects at a total cost of more than $15 million in Kabul.The projects, including food security, animal husbandry... read more
KABUL (PAN): An oil refinery, a $700 million (36.3 billion afghanis) project, is being established on the Amu River fields in the country's north, an official said on Sunday.  The facility would have the capacity to purify 60,000 barrels of oil... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eighteen suspected criminals including three murders have been detained by police over the past three days in the capital Kabul and some provinces, the Ministry of Interior, said.Three of the detainees were arrested on charge of murder... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Minister's Council has directed relevant departments to investigate a blaze that gutted hundreds shops in Kabul and bring commercial areas across the country under compulsory insurance coverage. On Sunday, a fire ripped through a... read more
KABUL (PAN): An Afghan policewoman, in what is seen as the first-ever insider attack by a female officer,  shot dead a US advisor at the heavily-fortified police headquarters in the capital Kabul on Monday, officials said.The policewoman killed... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Republic of Korea on Tuesday committed a contribution of $50 million (2.6 billion afs) to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-supported Law and Order Trust Fund for Afghanistan (LOTFA) to improve the capacity of Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty-six Afghan pilgrims died, while 200 others failed to return to their homeland during the recent Hajj season in Saudi Arabia, officials said on Saturday.Most of them died of heart diseases and old age illnesses, while four... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Youth High Council on Saturday expressed concerns at increasing unemployment and lack of education facilities, blaming the government for failing to pay adequate attention to problems.The concern was voiced at a three-day conference... read more
KABUL (PAN): The absence of rule of law, nagging corruption and lack of security for people has encouraged public rising in parts of the country, say Afghan experts.Civil society proponents believe that reforms in the political system could help... read more
KABUL (PAN): Mines Minister Wahidullah Shahrani on Sunday informed a National Security Council (SSC) meeting at the Presidential Palace in Kabul that some armed groups were out to disrupt extraction efforts at the Ainak copper mine in central Logar... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ten foreigners were among 649 drug traffickers detained and 21 heroin processing factories destroyed by security forces since March this year, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Thursday.The foreigners -- five Pakistani,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 200 people on Tuesday staged a protest in front of the municipality and accused the department of corruption and land grabbing.The protesters accused municipal officials were involved in land corruption and asked for the... read more
KABUL (PAN): “I don’t want to talk, who hears my voice and comments, and why should I talk. I am tired of living under such circumstances” a jaded 40-year-old- city resident lamented about his hatred for war and violence.The man refused to be... read more

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