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    Governance

    Karzai orders probe into intelligence failure

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, praising the Afghan forces for their sacrifices, said on Monday suicide attackers’ entry into Kabul and other provinces showed the intelligence failure of Afghan and NATO troops.



    Health

    NATO soldiers occupy Hokh Pharma building

    KABUL (PAN): Despite repeated calls for the revival of a Hoechst Pharmaceutical factory, officials say NATO-led soldiers have occupied the building and are not allowing Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) staff to enter the compound in Kabul.



    Education

    20,000 people participate in teachers' test

    KABUL (PAN): About 20,000 candidates, most of them with bachelor’s degrees, sat tests for teachers in 30 provinces of the country on Wednesday, an official said.



    Security and Crime

    Land grabbers warned of stern action

    KABUL (PAN): The Kabul mayor has warned land grabbers that the municipality will take stern action against offenders this year, including taking back illegally occupied plots.



    Reconstruction

    Japan pledges $6.68m in grant to Afghanistan

    KABUL (PAN): Japan pledged a $6.68 million (328.790 million afs) grant for 32 development schemes that are being executed in 11 provinces of Afghanistan under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Projects (GAGP), officials said on Sunday.



    Education

    11,000 new teachers to be recruited next year: official

    KABUL (PAN): Around 11,000 new teachers would be recruited and 48,000 high school graduates trained as teachers during the new academic year, starting March 21, a Ministry of Education official said on Tuesday.



    Reconstruction

    Japan donates $11 m for socio-economic survey in Ghor, Daikundi

    KABUL (PAN): Japan pledged $11 million in aid for social, economic and democracy survey in western Ghor and central Daikundi provinces, an official said on Sunday.



    Business & Economics

    Government to tackle journalists’ woes soon

    KABUL (PAN): The Government Media and Information Centre (GMIC) officials on Sunday said a special gathering for spokesmen of different government institutions and journalists would be held soon.



    Governance

    Strategic pact with US excludes military bases: Karzai

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday said the proposed strategic pact with the United States would be signed ahead of the Chicago conference and after reaching an agreement on night raids, but the deal would not include creation of US military bases in Afghanistan.



    Culture

    Women’s job quota to be increased by 10pc

    KABUL (PAN): The Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) on Tuesday said the capacity of women officials would be enhanced and their quota in government jobs increased from 20 to 30 percent.