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KABUL (Pajhwok): The Bank-i-Millie Afghanistan (BMA) head, flouting an explicit presidential instructions, has dismissed 23 employees and appointed 40 new staffers, Pajhwok Afghan News has found. Khisraw Zia, the executive director and head of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The decision to expel all Afghan refugees from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa after a month is against previous commitments and efforts were on to resolve the issue through diplomatic channels, officials said on Sunday.The Ministry of Refugees... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): As part of the National Horticulture and Livestock Project, 445 greenhouses are being established for more than 100 women in five provinces, an official said on Saturday.Ahmad Fahim Jabbari, in charge of the project, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Expressing concern about the killing of civilians and torture of detainees, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) chairperson on Sunday asked the United States to bring the perpetrators to justice.  Last... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): His administration would never bow to terrorist strikes, President Ashraf Ghani vowed on Sunday when he called for religious scholars to help restore peace in the country.In a televised speech, the president also urged tribal elders... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of fuel, wood and sugar decreased in Kabul markets during the ongoing week when the rates of gold edged up, dealers said on Thursday.Abdul Saboor, a filling station worker in Wazirabad area, told Pajhwok Afghan News the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul police arrested six people in connection with murder and theft cases on Saturday, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said.A statement from the ministry said police detained a man on the charge of stealing 53 air-conditioners in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Wednesday said he would not allow anyone to conduct a proxy war in his country or Afghan territory to be used against its neighbours."We will not allow our territory to be used against any of our neighbours... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said on Tuesday it had prepared nearly a dozen economic development plans for Afghanistan to be presented before the London Conference slated for Dec. 4.The plans include how... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Acting Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal inaugurated a new audit and accounts department in the Ministry of Finance on Sunday.Talking after inauguration ceremony, Zakhilwal said the centre would help boost policy making of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Chairman of the Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) said Saturday a committee had been formed to investigate officials allegedly involved fraud and rigging in the April elections.Addressing a press conference, Abdul... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ghani has turned down High Peace Council (HPC) chief Salahuddin Rabbani's resignation as the peace body head, an official said.Mohammad Ismail Qasimyar, a HPC advisor on international affairs, said Saturday that Rabbani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Religious scholars on Saturday urged Saudi Arabia to play a proactive role in ensuring lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.They praised the kingdom for its efforts to establish a proposed King Fahd Islamic Centre in Kabul, a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): First Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum along with his 300 guards and workers on Thursday joined a blood donation campaign, with all participants donating 159,000 cc blood in capital Kabul, an official said.Public Health Ministry... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The afghani dipped versus US dollar and prices of petroleum products, liquefied gas, ghee and gold declined during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.Abdul Saboor, a filling station owner in Wazirabad area,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A survey released on Tuesday said the number of Afghans, who feel their country is moving in the wrong direction, has risen this year.The San Francisco-based Asia Foundation found 54.7 percent of Afghans think the country is moving... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani’s visit to Pakistan would help improve bilateral relations in areas of economy, trade and investment, Afghan trader representatives said on Monday.President Ghani travelled to Pakistan on Friday on a two-day... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has said his government wants to work with the World Bank (WB) and other international financial institutions for Afghanistan’s development.The president was talking to WB country director for... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok):  A female Ministry of Finance customs official was found dead in central Logar province yesterday, two days after she went missing from her duty station of the Hamid Karzai International Airport.The ministry identified the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Participants of a seminar ““Outlook of future Afghan-Sino relations” in Kabul on Monday stressed enhanced bilateral cooperation between Afghanistan and China in diverse fields.A number of Chinese and Afghan politicians, officials... read more
KABUL (PAN): The prices of firewood and liquefied gas went up while the rates of gold dipped during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday. Mohammad Sharif, a retailer in the Taimani neighbourhood of the capital, said the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new survey by the Central Statistics Organization (CSO) on Wednesday showed women's participation in the decision-making process had increased by 20 percent as compared with statistics in 2005.CSO chief Sher Mohammad Jami told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A delegation of Afghan and Chinese officials would visit northeastern Badakhshan province to study prospects for the revival of the Silk Road, the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) announced on Tuesday.... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Minister of Economy Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal on Sunday urged Indian entrepreneurs to invest in different sectors of Afghanistan’s economy, especially in the area of mining.He issued the call while inaugurating a three-day exhibition... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A new board called ‘Consultative Women’s Board’ would be soon created to work for resolving problems facing the gender, an official said on Thursday.The announcemet was made at a gathering of hundreds of women coming all the way... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of firewood fell while rates of gold rose during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday. Food rates remained stable.The price of petrol decreased from 64 to 61afs per litre and diesel remained... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The deputy commerce and industries minister on Wednesday lamented that traders continued to import marbles despite the existence of deposits of more than nine billion tonnes in Afghanistan. Mutasil Komaki, who inaugurated the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A senior Ministry of Education (MoE) official on Saturday said most resources have been diverted to improving education quality and increasing enrollment in schools.Mohammad Asif Nang, the director of professional and technical... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Cabinet has approved the draft annual budget for the Afghan calendar fiscal year 1394, which begins on March 22, with a total outlay of 422 billion afghanis -- showing a 10.4 billion afs deficit.Chaired by President Ashraf Ghani... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Wednesday directed governors to allot land plots to teachers. He also promised an increase in salaries of teachers and other privileges.Addressing a Teachers’ Day function at the Amani High School... read more
KABUL (PAN): The prices of some daily-use commodities and fuel registered no change during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.Fazal Rahman, the Food Traders' Union head, said a 50-kiogram sack of Pakistani flour cost 1,270... read more
CHARIKAR (Pajhwok): Residents of the Jabalus Saraj district of central Parwan province complain they have been facing problems over the past three years after a key bridge was destroyed to build a new one.The old bridge in the district centre was... read more
KABUL (PAN): The prices of fuel jumped while the rates of gold dipped during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.Abdul Saboor, owner of a pump station in Wazirabad, said a litre of petrol accounted for 64 afghanis, compared... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE) on Thursday announced the result of an entry test for night-shift classes at universities.It said 97,592 candidates had participated in the test and 9,005 of them, including 1,029 girls, had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some political analysts on Monday said not releasing vote totals from the June runoff by the Independent Election Commission (IEC) was against the Constitution.On Sunday, in a hurriedly called short-lived press conference, IEC chief... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Both presidential campaigns said on Saturday the candidates had almost reached an agreement but only minor difference over the announcement of the final election result remained.A spokesman for the Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai-led Change... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of fuel and gold fell during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.The price of one litre of petrol fell from 65 to 63afs to while the rate of diesel dropped from 60 to 58afs, a Wazirabad Filling... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Police have detained 11 people in connection with robbery and murder cases in the capital Kabul, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) said on Monday.A statement from the ministry said the accused had been detained in different areas of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Despite senility, a number of under-resourced elders can be seen working hard on Kabul roads and streets to support their families.A resident of Taimani area, Muhammad Hussain, once worked as a cobbler to eke out a living. At 80, he... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): All the seven accused in the Paghman gang-rape case were on Sunday handed death sentences by a primary court in the central capital Kabul, as protests against the widely condemned incident continued.The seven men had been accused of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Foiling a big sabotage attack, police on Saturday morning claimed seizing an explosives-laden truck near Maidan Hawai (Airport) road in capital Kabul, an official said.Brig. Gen. Farid Afzali, Kabul crime branch chief, told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Wednesday inaugurated the first-ever telephone-based health advice service at the state-owned republic hospital in Kabul.MoPH deputy financial and administrative director Dr Abdul Basir Sarwar... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some analysts on Tuesday said NATO’s Summit in Wales this week would have little significance for Afghanistan in absence of the nation’s leader.The two-day gathering on Sept 4 and 5 will decide on future support to Afghanistan and a... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Saturday said the government would send someone as its representative to next week’s NATO summit in the UK if final result from the presidential runoff election was not released in a couple... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of liquefied gas, petrol and sugar jumped during the outgoing week in Kabul, with efforts ongoing to bring down the gas rate, market sources said on Thursday.The Ministry of Commerce and Industries said 10,000 tonnes of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): About 8.9 million children below five years of age would be administered polio drops during the first round of the fall polio vaccination campaign, the Ministry of Public Health said on Sunday.The three days door-to-door polio... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The business environment has deteriorated generally during last three months, but small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have suffered more due to the unstable condition, a survey revealed on Wednesday.Conducted by the Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prolonged electoral process has led to increased unemployment and deepening political and economic crises in the country.Common people, the business community and others affected by the political tension remain concerned about... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The price of flour increased, but rates of other commodities remained unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.Fazal Rahman, the Food Traders' Union head, said the rate of a 50-kiogram bag of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Some civil society activists on Monday said the next president should ensure that people with disabilities availed more privileges because their rights had been ignored over the past 12 years.In June, 2014, Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Supporters of Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Tuesday declared him as new president, but the former foreign minister urged them to demonstrate patience.The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced the preliminary results of the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Media and pro-democracy groups have asked all news organisations to avoid releasing reports and analysis that could exacerbate tensions created by electoral fraud allegations.Signs of a political crisis emerged after presidential... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Central Statistics Organisation (CSO) on Monday put Afghanistan’s population at 28.1 million, gross domestic product (GDP) growth at 6.4 percent and inflation rate at 5.6 percent in year 2013.CSO Director Eng. Sher Mohammad Jami... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) made clear on Monday Afghanistan would consider options to counter Pakistani rocket attacks if the issue was not resolved through diplomatic channels.MoFA spokesman Ahmad Shakib Mustaghni told... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Security officials on Sunday said about 49 civilians, 29 security officials and 176 militants have been killed during separate incidents of violence across the country on the election day (Saturday).Another at least 100 civilians,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prices of fuel, sugar and gold went up during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.Abdul Saboor, a filling station worker in Deh Mazang locality, said the price of one litre of petrol increased from 61 to 62... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A 10-year old boy, who made a robotic excavator, was on Tuesday offered an apartment and an opportunity to study in Kabul instead of his home province of Logar or abroad.Zainullah, a sixth class student at a local school in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) on Thursday voiced its concern over the growing incidents of violence against media professionals in Afghanistan.Najibullah Sharifi, the AJSC head, told reporters in Kabul that around... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The price of petrol soared while rates of flour and gold decreased during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.Abdul Saboor, a filling station worker in Wazirabad locality, told Pajhwok Afghan News the price... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Even government offices have flouted the law on jobs for the disabled, according to an Independent Media Consortium (IMC) investigation. Article 22 of the Law on Rights and Privileges of Persons with Disabilities says 3 percent of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The price of gas rose, but that of diesel decreased during the outgoing week in capital Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.A gas dealer in Taimani neighborhood, Abdullah, told Pajhwok Afghan News the rate one kilogram of liquefied... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Tajikistan has once agreed to fund the construction of a sub-railroad in addition to the main line, with Afghanistan responsible for overseeing the implementation process and technical cooperation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Saturday said the country’s exports witnessed a 33 percent increase during the current year, compared with 2013.Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, the ACCI head, told a news... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of flour have dipped while those of other essential daily-use commodities remained unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.Fazal Rahman, head of the Food Traders' Union, said the price... read more
  KABUL (Pajhwok): On the eve of International Mother Earth Day, a meeting was held to mark the day in which the participants stressed on keeping the land and environment protected and fertile, asking authorities to adopt measures to curb... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The price of flour edged up while gold went down and other daily-use items remained steady in Kabul during the outgoing week, market sources said on Thursday.Food Traders' Union head, Fazal Rahman, said the price of a 50-kilogram... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai and his Tajikistan counterpart Imam Ali Rahmanov on Wednesday witnessed the signing of four cooperation agreements between the two countries.In a joint statement, the two sides said the pacts... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of food and other use items stayed stable during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.A 50-kg sack of Pakistani flour sold for 1,350 afghanis and the same quantity of sugar for 1,550afs, registering... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Private Universities Association (PUA) on Monday alleged widespread fraud had been committed in recently conducted university entrance tests in connivance with some Higher Education Ministry (MoHE) officials and teachers.But the... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai, warning against foreign interference in the April elections, on Saturday made clear that Afghanistan would never bow to the whims of outsiders.In his last address to the joint session of parliament that... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday called on the nation, especially women, to actively participate in the landmark elections due on April 5 to prove the value of their vote.Addressing a gathering marking International Women’s Day in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of petroleum products, gas, gold and sugar declined in the central capital Kabul during the outgoing week, market sources said on Thursday.The rate of one litre of diesel and the same quantity of petrol registered two and... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) on Tuesday asked the world community to continue helping Afghanistan’s health sector.The need for continued international help was stressed in an MSF survey, covering 800 patients in Helmand, Khost... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The National United Party of Afghanistan (NUPA) on Thursday urged large-scale women’s participation in the election process, asking the government to maintain security for them. NUPA official Farzana Farahmand told a gathering... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of essential daily-use commodities stayed stable during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.Fazal Rahman, the Food Traders' Union head, said a 24-kg bag of Pakistani rice cost 1,800afs, a 50-kg sack of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Desperate families are resorting to abortion in unsafe conditions and abandoning newborns, particularly female infants, in hospitals. It is not unusual to find an aborted foetus in city garbage dumps, according to an investigation... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The university entry test (Kankor) is scheduled to be held in Kabul on February 17, an official of the Ministry of Higher Education said on Monday.Akhtar Mohammad Ubeer told Pajhwok Afghan News that 10,000 students from different... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Construction work on first 57,000 housing units as part of the multibillion New Kabul City project would start in April, an official said on Sunday, adding contracts to the effect had been signed with five construction firms.The New... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prices of sugar and liquefied gas rose and other daily-use item rates stayed steady during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.The price of a 50-kg bag of Pakistani sugar registered a 50afs increase against... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The price of gold increased but foodstuff rates stayed unchanged in Kabul during the outgoing week, market sources said on Thursday.Abdul Basir, a jeweller in the Lycée Maryam locality of Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News the rate of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday reiterated his stance on signing the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States, saying substantive negotiations with the Taliban were essential for peace.A traditional Loya Jirga,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Prices of fire wood and liquefied gas reduced, while that of other necessary items remained unchanged during the outgoing week in central Kabul province, retailers said Thursday.A firewood stall owner in the Sarsabzee locality,... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): A seven-years-old child has committed suicide in the Kart-i-Naw locality of central Kabul province, an official said on Thursday.Ahmad Sayyar hanged himself with a piece of rope, police spokesman Hashmatullah Stanikzai told Pajhwok... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Kabul on Sunday signed a cooperation agreement on trade with Washington, officials said, hoping Afghanistan would be granted membership of the World Trade Organization (WTO) over the next three months.The agreement was signed in... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Iran has extended work visas of 470 Afghan refugees staying in the neighbouring country, an official said on Sunday.Refugee and Repatriation Ministry spokesman, Amanullah Jawad, told Pajhwok Afghan News visas of the 470 Afghans had... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): The prices of petrol, sugar and oil decreased during the outgoing week in the central capital Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.The price of a 50-kilogram bag of Pakistani sugar fell from 1,550 afghanis to 1,500afs and a 5-kg tin of... read more
KABUL (Pajhwok): Residents on Tuesday blocked the Kabul-Kandahar highway for several hours at various locations in the Syedabad district of central Maidan Wardak province to protest the alleged desecration of the holy Quran by security forces.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Refugee and Repatriation on Wednesday said Riyadh had assured Kabul that illegal Afghan refugees and workers would not be forcibly expelled from the kingdom.In a statement, the ministry said an Afghan delegation that... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government’s revenue in 2013 stood at $112 billion, or a quarter of its annual budget, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) said on Wednesday.Abdul Qadir Jilani, the MoF spokesperson, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the country’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai’s five choices for Cabinet and two for Supreme Court High Council slots won a vote of confidence from the Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday.First Vice-President Qasim Fahim introduced five Cabinet nominees and two others... read more
KABUL (PAN): First Vice-President Qasim Fahim on Saturday introduced President Hamid Karzai’s five Cabinet nominees for a vote of confidence to the lower house of the parliament.Karzai, counting his last days in office, has named Zarar Ahmad Osmani... read more
KABUL (PAN): The prices of essential daily-use commodities stayed stable during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.Fazal Rahman, the Food Traders' Union head, said a 24-kg bag of Pakistani rice cost 1,800afs, a 50-kg sack of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Traditional local jirgas that deal with complaints on social issues and disputes are violative of human rights in many cases and their decisions are illegal and contrary to Shariah, according to an investigation by the Independent Media... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s Human Rights Commission (AHRC) chief Seema Samar on Wednesday said the government had no choice but to sign the bilateral security agreement (BSA) with the US.Samar told reporters in Kabul that Afghanistan was not in a... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday accused some media outlets of spreading linguistic and ethnic fanaticism in Afghanistan, claiming such prejudicial acts had support from outside to damage the national unity.Addressing participants of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Pakistan Prime Minister Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif, promising his support for Afghan peace negotiators to continue talks with the Taliban, on Saturday said an "inclusive political settlement" was key to sustainable peace in Afghanistan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The afghani dipped against the US dollar during the outgoing week in Kabul, where gas prices soared and other daily-use commodities rates stayed stable, retailers said on Thursday.The Afghan currency depreciation against the greenback... read more
KABUL (PAN): A three-member group of rebels has been for trying to conduct suicide attacks during the consultative Loya Jirga in capital Kabul, the spy service said on Tuesday.The National Directorate of Security (NDS) identified the detainees as... read more
KABUL (PAN): The consultative Loya Jirga on Sunday overwhelmingly approved the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Kabul and Washington by issuing a 31-aritcle declaration that asked the US to set up courts at its bases in the country to try... read more
KABUL (PAN): Reinstated presidential candidate Daud Sultanzoy on Thursday called on the Loya Jirga to pass the security deal with the US because Kabul needed a strong ally under the present circumstances.The tribal gathering that began earlier in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Education on Sunday said it had launched efforts to add five professional courses to the education curriculum and establish as many institutes in this regard in Kabul.The professions include mine extraction, railway... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police detained a dozen people on different charges in various parts of the central capital Kabul, the Ministry of Interior said on Monday.The ministry’s counter-crime department in a statement said the individuals had been detained on... read more
KABUL (PAN): One thousand women underwent literacy and vocational training in nine provinces and 3,000 others benefitted from a healthcare and justice programme over the past three years, an official said on Tuesday.Abdul Majid Siddique, country... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 3,000 people’s representatives would attend the proposed Loya Jirga on the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) with the United States, scheduled to begin in November, an official said on Monday.Deputy Minister of Border &... read more
KABUL (PAN): A second meeting of the Afghanistan-UK Joint Commission would take place in Kabul on Wednesday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoF) announced on Sunday.MoF spokesman Janan Mosazai told a press conference the joint commission held its... read more
KABUL (PAN): Annual school exams for primary students is set to begin on November 16 and for grade 7th to 12th on November 22 in cold areas, the Ministry of Education said on Sunday.The exams at primary schools will be completed till Nov. 21 and... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of essential daily-use items remained unchanged during the outgoing week in the otherwise skittish Kabul market, wholesalers and retailers said on Thursday.A 24-kg bag of best-quality rice cost 1,800afs a 50-kg sack of Pakistani... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of petroleum products, liquefied gas and gold edged up in Kabul markets during the outgoing week, when rates of rice and ghee decreased, dealers said on Thursday.One gram of Arabian gold cost 2,200 afghanis against its last week’... read more
KABUL (PAN): Police have detained two individuals allegedly involved in a series of suicide attacks on government officials in northeastern Takhar province, the spy service said on Tuesday.The National Directorate of Security (NDS) identified the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, insisting on the acceptance of his government’s conditions, on Monday indicated a Loya Jirga would be called in a month’s time to discuss the Afghan-US bilateral security agreement.Negotiations on the security... read more
KABUL (PAN): Asking relevant organs for a successful completion of the second round of the autumn polio vaccination campaign, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Monday called on all families to vaccinate their children bellow five year of age.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The gold price declined, other daily-use commodity rates increased and the value of the local currency slipped against the dollar during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.Abdul Basir, a jeweller in the Lycee-i-... read more
KABUL (PAN): So far 16,000 pilgrims have been flown to Saudi Arabia and the flight operation would take another week to complete, the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs (MHRA) said on Thursday.This year, a total of 25,000 Afghans would be flown... read more
KABUL (PAN): Second-Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili on Tuesday said there would be no problem if computerised national identity cards were not issued to all Afghans ahead of next year’s elections.The electronic ID cards were to be delivered... read more
KABUL (PAN): Residents of the capital Kabul on Monday alleged supporters of Ahmad Shah Massoud driving fast in the streets harassed people and created a great panic as they emerged to observe the ex-jihadi leader’s 12th death anniversary.Toting guns... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former jihadi commander Abdul Rab Rassoul Sayyaf on Monday said jihadis would support the peace talks if held with independent Taliban leaders “not slaves”.Addressing a gathering marking the 12th death anniversary of his former... read more
KABUL (PAN,IMCP) Afghan exporters have defrauded the government of millions of dollars in income tax over the last four years. An investigation by the Independent Media Consortium Productions (IMCP) reveals a massive undervaluing of export figures... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of gold declined and of fuel jumped during the outgoing week in Kabul, where daily-use commodities stayed stable, retailers said on Thursday.One gram of Arabian gold declined from 2,200 afghanis to 2,150afs while the same... read more
KABUL (PAN): Civil society groups on Tuesday disowned Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada as their representative for the selection committee that has been tasked with recommending Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) candidates to the president.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Civil society groups on Monday nominated Mohammad Naeem Ayubzada as their representative for the selection committee that has been tasked with recommending Independent Electoral Complaints Commission (IECC) candidates to the president.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Higher Education on Tuesday said the World Bank (WB) had pledged it $5 million in assistance, with Germany agreeing to set up establish the Faculty of Mines at the Balkh University.The World Bank funding would be spend... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan would resume negotiations with the United States on an important security pact only if its conditions were met, President Hamid Karzai announced on Saturday on Saturday.He once again sought from the US cast-iron guarantees... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of flour, rice, fuel and gold edged up during the outgoing week in Kabul, where rates of other daily-use commodities stayed stable, market sources  said on Thursday.The price of a 49-kg bag of Pakistani rice jumped from 1,23... read more
KABUL (PAN): The prices of flour, rice and sugar edged up during the outgoing week in Kabul, where rates of other daily-use commodities stayed stable, retailers said on Thursday.The price of a 24-kg bag of Pakistani rice jumped from 1,700afs to 1,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Toy guns have led to injuries among 45 children during Eidul Fitr holidays in Kabul, amid illegal sales of firecrackers despite a government warning prior to the festival.Children were seen playing with toy guns in Kabul streets and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Education on Wednesday announced extending the summer vacation to Aug 11 due to the ongoing heat wave and the holy month of fasting.The summer vacation was to end on August 3, according to a statement from the ministry,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Residents have been complaining over the past few days of intense heat in different parts of the country, with the mercury soaring to 50 degrees centigrade in several provinces.The Afghanistan Meteorological Authority head confirmed... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s exports increased by 40 percent in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the corresponding period last year, a senior trader representative said.Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) chief executive Qurban... read more
KABUL (PAN): Gold prices increased, fuel decreased and other daily-use commodity rates stayed unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.Abdul Basir, a jeweller in the Lycee-i-Maryam neighborhood, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan currency dipped against the US dollar, as fuel prices went up and other daily-use commodities' rates remained unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.The afghani depreciated against the... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Exhibitions of the Bakhtaria Treasure of Afghanistan -- one of the five largest international historical marvels -- earned the impoverished country nearly 196 million afghanis ($3.5m), an official said on Thursday.Director-General... read more
KABUL (PAN): Electricity was supplied to 1000 families with the inaguration of two power transformers in the Khairkhana loclity of Kabul, officials said on Monday.Costing eight million afghanis provided by the Afghanistan Brekhshna Shirkat (ABS),... read more
KABUL (PAN): The cause of education is under attack from terrorists on both sides of the Durand Line, the de facto border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday.Congratulating Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): Gold, fuel and gas prices increased while other daily-use commodity rates stayed unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.Abdul Basir, a jeweller in the Lycee-i-Maryam neighborhood, told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai made clear on Saturday his government would press on with the reconciliation process, saying last week’s Taliban attack on his office would not disrupt the campaign.At a joint news conference with visiting British... read more
KABUL (PAN): The prices of gold declined while the rates sugar and flour went up during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday.The value of one gram of Arabian gold fell from 2,100 ($37.1) afghanis to 2,000 afs during the week,... read more
KABUL (PAN): An economic, social and demographic survey was launched in the central capital Kabul by the Central Statistics Organisation (CSO) on Wednesday, officials said.With technical cooperation from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)... read more
KABUL (PAN): In his first remarks after the Taliban opened their political office in Qatar last week, High Peace Council (HPC) chairman Salahuddin Rabbani on Saturday said peace talks outside Afghanistan would not yield any results.The Taliban on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Former president and jihadi leader Hazrat Sibghatullah Mujaddedi on Saturday said “moral corruption has reached its peak point in Afghanistan” and the government should prevent it.“Alcoholic beverages are openly sold in Band-i-Qargha (... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people, including senior government officials, on Saturday held a special commemoration gathering in honour of the slain prominent peace negotiator, Maulvi Arsalan Rahmani, in Kabul, amid calls for the arrest of his killers... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai will be leaving for neighbouring Iran to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the country’s newly elected president Hassan Rohani, the Karzai’s office said on Tuesday.During a telephonic conversation on Monday,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Provincial council heads who met in Kabul on Monday called for a regulatory role of the bodies to be restored, saying they were concerned about lack of resources and terrorist attacks on members.Addressing a joint press conference after... read more
KABUL (PAN): Residents of the capital Kabul and some provinces have complained about the non-availability of donated blood in hospitals to save lives.Hafizullah, a Qala-i-Zaman Khan resident, said he paid money to obtain blood for his ailing wife,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The National Safe Mother Day was observed in the country on Wednesday at a time when mothers lack access to basic health facilities in several provinces.Faroza, a resident of Gujran district in central Daikundi province, said... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Sunday asked the government to release the findings of investigations into honour killings and rape cases and amend the criminal law.The AIHRC released its report that said... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Saturday renewed his call on the people to use fabric bags instead of plastic ones and keep planting trees to check increasing environmental pollution  and subsequent diseases.Speaking at an event marking... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai returned home on Wednesday night from a day-long visit to Turkmenistan, where work on the Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Tajikistan railroad was formally launched.Karzai and Tajikistan's President Imomali Rakhmon joined... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Development and Support Afghan Women and Children Organisation (DSAWCO) on Monday launched a campaign to collect a million signatures for the approval of the Elimination of Violence against Women (EVAW) law.Exercising his executive... read more
KABUL (PAN): With more and more women coming forward to report violence against them by husbands and family members, the rate of convictions has been disappointingly low, victims and human rights activists say.A joint investigation by the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The price of one gram of gold jumped by 50 afghanis in Kabul during the outgoing week, with the rates of daily-use commodities staying stable, retailers said on Thursday.The price of one gram of Arabian gold increased from 2,150... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Wireless Communication Company (AWCC) chairman survived a roadside bomb explosion that killed his five bodyguards in the Qarah Bagh district of central Kabul province, police said on Tuesday.Amin Ramin, the AWCC chairman, was... read more
KABUL (PAN): The UN-affiliated International Organization for Migration (IOM) office in Kabul on Sunday announced the resumption of its regular operations on Monday, saying Friday's coordinated attack by the Taliban would not deter its mission.... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Sunday asked the government to ban foreign insurance companies not licensed in Afghanistan and establish a joint public-private insurance company.ACCI Executive Director... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, who is in India on a two-day visit, on Monday night accepted an honorary degree from the Lovely Professional University in the northern state of Punjab.Indian president Pranab Mukherjee conferred the Doctorate to... read more
KABUL (PAN): A fire erupted at an under-construction part of the Pul-i-Charkhi prison on the eastern outskirts of Kabul on Wednesday afternoon, an official said.But firefighters managed to control the blaze that resulted from an electric short-... read more
ZARANJ (PAN): Thousands of people on Tuesday emerged on roads in southwestern Nimroz province, strongly condemning Pakistani attacks on Afghan posts in the east earlier this month and killing Afghans by the Iranians near the western border.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): The mortality rate among mothers and infants has dropped in Afghanistan as a result of increasing number of health facilities for them across the country, the Ministry of Public Health said on Tuesday.In a statement, the ministry cited... read more
KABUL (PAN) President Hamid Karzai on Sunday telephoned Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) chief Mian Nawaz Sharif and congratulated him his “clear victory” in the elections.Karzai described Sharif’s campaign messages as good for the well-being of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) on Saturday launched the first-ever job fair in the country to provide information regarding vacant posts at health facilities for the educated youth and new graduates across Afghanistan.The shortage... read more
KABUL (PAN): A man has been detained for plotting an assassination attempt on top opposition leader Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan spy service claimed on Wednesday.“As a result of their timely action, National Directorate of Security (NDS) agents... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday condemned an attack on the election campaign of Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (JUI-F) party in Pakistan, the Presidential Palace said.During a telephone conversation with JUI-F leader Maulana Fazlur Rahman,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Finance and the World Bank on Monday signed a id="mce_marker"00 million grant for funding the Afghanistan System Enhancement for Health Action in Transition (SEHAT) Program.The World Bank’s International Development... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Saturday asked a US-based human rights group to produce evidence in support of its claim that Afghan policewomen were being sexually harassed by their men counterparts in police stations.In a statement... read more
KABUL (PAN): The price of diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and gold fell, but food rates remained unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.The rate of one litre of diesel fell from 60 afs to 59 afs, Ghulam Rassoul... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Thursday returned from Belgium, where he met the NATO secretary-general besides attending a trilateral meeting among Afghanistan, Pakistan and the US.Karzai was accompanied by Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some senators on Sunday alleged security officials in parts of the country had reached agreements with insurgents not to attack each other and defining their spheres of interest.Members of the Meshrano Jirga expressed their deep concern... read more
KABUL (PAN): Gold and diesel prices increased while rates of other daily-use items stayed unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.Abdul Basir, a jeweller in the Lycee-i-Maryam neighbourhood, told Pajhwok Afghan News... read more
KABUL (PAN): Upper House (Senate) members on Tuesday asked the Ministry of Interior to ensure new electronic ID cards were distributed to the people ahead of the 2014 presidential elections.Kabul residents started receiving the new ID cards this... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has urged Qatari entrepreneurs to exploit the opportunities offered by his administration and invest in Afghanistan, his office said on Sunday.In his interaction with Qatari traders, Karzai made a pitch for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Gold price decreased, while fuel rates went up during the outgoing week in Kabul, where daily-use commodities stayed stable, retailers said on Thursday.The rate of one gram of Arabian gold declined from 2,400 afghanis ($44.8) to 2,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Forty students from Turkey have been granted admissions by Kabul University under an agreement between the Ministry of Higher Education and the Afghan-Turk Organization, a senior official said on Tuesday.The foreigners were enrolled to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of flour and rice increased while rates of firewood, sugar and ghee declined during the outgoing solar year, compared with 1390 trends, traders said on Tuesday.In March 2012, a litre of petrol cost 66 (id="mce_marker".23)... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan officials and political observers on Monday rejected as baseless assertions by Pakistan's foreign ministry officials that Islamabad was finding it difficult to work with President Hamid Karzai in making peace with rebels."Right... read more
KABUL (PAN): Next month’s international conference in Almaty, part of the Istanbul process aimed to stabilise Afghanistan, would offer a change of resolving regional issues, Deputy Foreign Minister Javed Ludin said on Monday.He made the remarks at a... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan and Turkey on Tuesday signed an agreement enabling businesspeople from the two sides to conduct trade fairs on each other’s soil.The accord, to be valid for a decade, was aimed at cementing trade cooperation between... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Asian Development Bank (ADB) agreed on Monday to provide $200 million for the extension of power pylons from Turkmenistan to different parts of Afghanistan.A grant contract to the effect was signed between Executive Director of... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Sunday said the number of stranded trucks had doubled and prices of food items and construction material had soared in main cities.Last week, ACCI decided against... read more
KABUL (PAN): The prices of gold fell and that of diesel jumped in Kabul markets during the outgoing week, when rates of other daily-use commodities stayed stable, retailers sad on Thursday.One litre of diesel was sold for 58afs  against its... read more
KABUL (PAN): Second-Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili on Tuesday acknowledged that efforts to combat drug trade and arrest and punish those involved had been far from satisfactory.Khalili, who inaugurated a 300-bed drug rehabilitation hospital... read more
 KABUL (PAN): Germany has pledged to continue assisting Afghanistan besides training Afghan National Army (ANA) beyond 2014, the Ministry of Defence said on Wednesday.Defence Minister Bismillah Mohammadi met his German counterpart, Thomas de... read more
KABUL (PAN): The new academic year in cold parts of the country would begin on March 22, the Ministry of Education said in Sunday.A statement from the ministry said all state-run and private schools, teacher training colleges and other institutions... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Cabinet has approved a draft law into act on financial crimes, directing the Ministry of Finance to create a taskforce for its implementation in cooperation with the departments concerned. Administrative Affairs Department at... read more
KABUL (PAN): Gold, diesel and gas prices decreased during the outgoing week in Kabul, where the rates of flour and rice edged up, retailers said on Thursday.The rate of one litre of diesel fell by three afghanis to 55afs ($1.04) from its last week’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai's political rival Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday called on the nation not to allow the incumbent government to prolong its stay in power by interfering in next year’s presidential election.“You should not... read more
KABUL (PAN): As a hunger strike by civil society activists in western Herat province entered a third day on Tuesday, dozens protested in Kabul against continued attacks on Shiites in Pakistan and Afghanistan by Sunni extremists.Nearly 50 Hazara... read more
KABUL (PAN): The new academic year in cold parts of the country would begin on March 6, the Ministry of Education said on Tuesday.Fresh classes at high and primary schools in the cold regions would start on March 6, 2013, a statement from the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some health centers, failing to provide proper services, have been closed and 350 tonnes of substandard medicine torched, the public health minister announced on Saturday.Dr. Suraya Dalil told reporters in Kabul that the government had... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has described respect for Afghanistan’s unity, central authority and sovereignty serves as the foundation of its relations with foreign countries.Karzai reiterated his stance during a video teleconference with his... read more
KABUL (PAN): Soon after signing a strategic deal with Norwegian prime minister, President Hamid Karzai flew to Egypt overnight from Oslo to attend the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit that began in Cairo on Wednesday, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Public Health Minister Dr. Suraya Dalil on Tuesday said her ministry was nearing an agreement with the Agha Khan Foundation on assisting operation costs at the Chinese-rebuilt Jamhoriat Hospital for next 15 years.In 2009, the new... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan government has agreed to officially complain to the United Nations and the US over problems hindering Afghan traders' efforts at bringing home commercial goods from the southern Pakistani port city of Karachi, a trader leader... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, at the head of a high-level delegation, on Saturday left for the UK on a three-day official visit for talks with British leaders and his Pakistani counterpart during a trilateral meeting slated for Sunday, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of flour, ghee and liquefied gas went down during the outgoing week in Kabul, where rates of other essential daily-use commodities stayed stable, retailers said on Thursday.The gas prices were declined after the Ministry of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Twenty Ministry of Finance employees would do their masters in economics and business management under a programme offered by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) in Geneva, an official said on Thursday.An... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 463 Afghan National Army (ANA) officials were killed over the past six months, compared with 472 in the same period last year, a defence ministry official said on Wednesday.Addressing a news conference in Kabul, the ministry... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union has agreed to give Afghanistan €185 million ($249 million) to improve health services and support farmers under new programmes, an official said on Tuesday.Contracts to the effect were signed between Finance Minister... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Commerce and Industries on Monday fixed the rate of liquefied gas at 50 afghanis per kilogram in capital Kabul, where the current price ranges between 55 and 70 afs.Eng. Faridullah Sherzai, the petroleum department head... read more
KABUL (PAN): Japan agreed on Sunday to grant the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) $20 million (more than 1 billion afghanis) for development projects in Afghanistan.An agreement to the effect was signed among Japanese... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Reconstruction Fund (ARF) on Wednesday pledged a grant of $250 million for the third phase of the National Solidarity Programme (NSP), the government’s flagship development project. An agreement to the effect... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Karzai has called for implementation of the agreements he reached with the Obama administration during his recent visit to Washington.He particularly stressed the complete transfer of Bagram prison to Afghan authorities,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Commerce and Industries on Monday fixed the rate of liquefied gas at 55 afghanis per kilogram in capital Kabul. The current price ranges between 65 and 70 afs.Petroleum department head at the ministry, Eng. Faridullah... read more
KABUL CIYTY (PAN): More than 11,000 candidates appeared in the first round of a university entrance test in Kabul on Sunday, an official said. The exams are for admissions to Kabul, Medical, Polytechnic and Prof. Rabbani Education Universities.... read more
KABUL (PAN): Government has to pay Breshna Shirkat -- the Afghan power utility -- four billion afghanis (about $77 million) in electricity bills, the company said on Thursday.Mirwais Alami, the Breshna Shirkat marketing chief, urged government... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai's call for a Loya Jirga, a grand assembly of political and community leaders, to decide on immunity for US troops under Afghan law is to absolve himself of responsibility for future consequences of any decision on... read more
KABUL (PAN): The prices of sugar and diesel declined while the rates of other daily-use items stayed unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.The price of a 50-kilogram bag of Pakistani sugar stood at 1,800 afghanis... read more
KABUL (PAN): Following the prediction of a depleted ground water level in Kabul due to the climate change in 2017, the government has launched efforts to deal with the possible crisis, a senior official said on Monday."The growing populations,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Association of Shoemaking Companies on Sunday warned the government of a series of protests if their demand for reviving the industry was ignored.Mohammad Asif Jamee, head of the Kabul-based association, told a news conference that... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Women Network (AWN) on Wednesday asked the government to appoint one woman as member of the Supreme Court High Council and another as deputy attorney general in order to stem violence against the folk .An AWN statement issued... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of petroleum products dipped during the outgoing week in Kabul, with rates of other essential daily-use commodities staying stable, dealers said on Thursday.A litre of petrol cost 55 afs and diesel 60 afs against their respective... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan civil society organisations should implement their activities by coordinating with the government to help the citizens, said analysts.The suggestion was floated at the weekly radio/television programme “Your Voice”, a joint... read more
 KABUL (PAN):  The distribution of millions of school textbooks for Afghan students that are stuck in a Pakistan port would begin soon for the winter season.Over seven million textbooks were published for the current academic year but... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that the suicide attack that wounded National Directorate of Security (NDS) chief Asadullah Khalid on Thursday had been organized in the Pakistani city of Quetta.Khalid was injured in his... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Council of Ministers Secretariat on Monday verified the new draft of the election laws and it would be submitted to the parliament for approval, an official said.The Independent Election Commission (IEC) Chairman Fazal Ahmed Manavi... read more
KABUL (PAN): Minister of Water and Energy on Monday won the vote of confidence in parliament after he was summoned by lawmakers to answer questions on certain allegations.He was summoned for mismanagement of water and energy resources in several... read more
Classes were suspended for 10 days to control the hostile situation that erupted on Yaum-i-Ashura.A Kabul University student was killed and 28 others injured in violent clashes triggered by an attempt by Shiite students to flagellate themselves at... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Public Health Ministry on Saturday disclosed that 1,327 HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) cases have been registered across Afghanistan, mostly among intravenous drug users.A ministry spokesperson, Dr Kaniska Turkistani told... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Education Ministry is trying to save nearly 5,000 contract teachers who are likely to lose their positions under a new government ruling that comes into effect next month, an official said on Thursday.   The Ministry of... read more
KABUL (PAN) Four major state-run universities were closed for the next 10 days in the wake of violent clashes that left one student dead and dozens wounded, officials said on Sunday.The decision to suspend classes at Kabul University, Kabul... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan needs better water management to cushion drought effects, an official told a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) gathering in Kabul on Thursday.Being attended by representatives from Afghanistan, Sri... read more
  KABUL (PAN): A vocational training centre costing $330,000, funded by the Colombo Plan, was established to provide training for former drug users in the capital Kabul. A Public Health Ministry official Dr. Fawad Osmani said some 500 ex-... read more
  KABUL (PAN): Prices of firewood and rice shot up while rates of other consumer essentials remained stable during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday. The price of 560 kilogrammes of unpeeled oak rose to 8,000afghanis from... read more
KABUL (PAN): The scheduled withdrawal of NATO forces from Afghanistan in 2014 has dampened the property market in Kabul, forcing a 20 percent drop in property prices amid growing uncertainty over the future of the country, according to real estate... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some members of parliament and representatives of civil society organisations on Thursday called for amendments to the draft presidential election law.The proposed law, having 17 chapters and 66 articles, was recently referred to the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of gold and daily-use commodities went up during the outgoing week in the central capital Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.Abdul Basir, a jeweller in the Lycee-i-Maryam neighbourhood, told Pajhwok Afghan News the price of one... read more
KABUL (PAN): A 15-member German delegation, including traders and government officials, was briefed on Sunday on investment opportunities in Afghanistan, particularly in mining and agriculture sectors.The delegation, which arrived in Kabul on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Education minister was among a number of his ministry employees who donated blood to a blood blank in Kabul on Wednesday.Education Minister Dr. Farooq Wardak, his deputy and other employees donated 18, 000 CC blood to the young blood... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people on Monday rallied in the central capital against sentencing a girl to 100 lashes by what they called “a Kanagroo court” in southern Ghazni province on the charge of having sexual ties with a boy.Participants of the... read more
KABUL (PAND): Kabul Education University students continued their protest for a second day on Sunday against a presidential announcement renaming the institute after slain former president Burhanuddin Rabbani.Karzai last week issued a decree... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s top peace negotiator Salahudin Rabbani’s trip to Pakistan has been postponed once again in the wake of cross-border incursions into eastern Afghanistan and the lack of a clear agenda, an official said on Sunday.Rabbani’s... read more
KABUL (PAN): Health experts say eating much food during Eid days causes high cholesterol and weight gain, something that has a harmful effective on health immediately after the holy month of Ramadan.Presidential Advisor on Health Dr. Faizullah Kakar... read more
KABUL (PAN): As Eidul Fitr draws near, prices of dried fruits have escalated by 50 percent in the capital Kabul, residents and shopkeepers said.Traditionally, Afghans wear new clothes on Eid day and visit friends and relatives after Eid prayers. The... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has ordered the purchase of a private hospital and its transfer to the Kabul Medical University, officials said on Tuesday.Having sophisticated equipment, the facility was established in 1384 by an Afghan citizen... read more
KABUL (PAN): Private health facilities would face legal action under a new regulation if they did not improve their services within a year, the public health minister warned on Sunday.Dr. Suraya Dalil told a media briefing in Kabul that parliament... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Public Health, with financial and technical support from the United Nations Population Fund, on Saturday set up a phone line to provide youth friendly health counseling.By dialing 120, the youth can receive accurate... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Trucks carrying school textbooks would cross the border into Afghanistan from Pakistan over the next few days, an official said on Wednesday.Million of Afghanistan-bound textbooks have been stranded in Pakistan’s commercial hub,... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday praised the Independent Election Commission (IEC) decision to hold the presidential vote in line with the Afghan constitution.Karzai was presented an IEC report regarding the presidential poll at a... read more
KABUL (PAN): A presidential aide on Sunday warned government departments and officials of legal action if they ignored a recent presidential decree that calls for sweeping reforms.Parliament was duty-bound to oversee the implementation of Hamid... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai and British Prime Minister David Cameron on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the establishment of a British-style military academy in Afghanistan.Addressing a press conference after signing... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Public Health Ministry destroyed 15 tonnes of expired and low quality medicines in the Botkhak district of central Kabul province on Monday, said an official. A ministry official, Dr. Syed Ibrahim Kamal told Pajhwok Afghan... read more
KABUL (PAN): Eleven people were killed and nearly 155 others injured when gas cylinders stored in a factory exploded, igniting a massive blaze in the Paktia Kot locality on the eastern outskirts of central capital Kabul, authorities said on Thursday... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation expressed concern on the recent remarks of Pakistan to expel unregistered Afghan refugees living in the country and asked the neighboring government to take a softer position. In a... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): The Ministry of Information and Culture on Saturday awarded appreciation letters to several journalists in recognition of their services at a ceremony marking the launch of an English language, computer and journalism training... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Some political analysts are pessimistic about the result of the High Peace Council (HPC) chairman’s proposed trips to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan to drum up support for a negotiated end to conflict.They argue Pakistan does not want... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Though the government has ensured healthcare facilities for more than 54 percent of pregnant women across the country, only 34 percent could benefit from them due to strict cultural restrictions, officials said on Sunday.  ... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Accusing Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of poisoning schoolgirls through Afghan rebels, the National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Wednesday said 15 suspects had been detained in connection with the serial anti-... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Public Health Minister on Saturday said the ministry has plans to create permanent polio vaccination teams in volatile provinces to tackle the health woe among the population.The World Health Organisation (WHO) identified polio... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC), accusing the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) of opposing its creation, on Tuesday assailed the High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) for refusing to cooperate... read more
KABUL (PAN): Education ministry officials on Wednesday said elements outside the country were behind attacks on schools and staff in several Afghan provinces.Reports say 40 schools have been closed in Ghazni, Nangarhar and Maidan Wardak provinces... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some Afghans believe the signing of the strategic cooperation pact with the US will help maintain peace and contain inference from neighbouring countries, but others are worried about their future.Amid tight security arrangements,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Public Health Minister Dr. Suraya Dalil said on Monday efforts were being made to provide higher education opportunities for midwives.Addressing a ceremony marking International Midwife Day in Kabul, the minister acknowledged the health... read more
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.Deputy Minister of Education Mohammad Siddique Patman said the test did not take place... read more
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."They (municipality) would seriously deal with land grabbers, who are... read more
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.A contract... read more
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.Speaking at a three-day workshop for... read more
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.An agreement for the multiple surveys was inked between Japan’s Ambassador Reiichiro... read more
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.GMIC’s move emerged after a large number of... read more
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... read more
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.Speaking at a gathering... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): Afghanistan-bound containers carrying four million textbooks remain stranded at the Karachi port, Pakistan’s commercial hub, three weeks after Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani ordered their release, an official said on... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The first-ever literacy classes for nomads would be started next solar year across the country, an official said on Saturday.Mobile, semi-mobile and permanent classes for nomadic families are part of the project beginning March 21... read more
KABUL (PAN):  The first-ever literacy classes for nomads would be started next solar year across the country, an official said on Saturday.Mobile, semi-mobile and permanent classes for nomadic families are part of the project beginning March 21... read more
KABUL (PAN): Gold rates increased while food and other daily-use items’ prices remained unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.One gram of Arabian gold rose from 2,300 afghanis ($46.48) to 2,400afs while the same... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Education on Wednesday asked private schools and universities to comply with its rules and regulations.All public and private schools and colleges in remote areas will resume classes on Mar 22, amid reports that some... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC) on Wednesday called for severe punishment to a man who cut off his wife’s fingers and lips and killed his daughter in western Herat province.Marya Bashir, the attorney, on... read more
KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of people staged a protest for the second day in Kabul against the burning of the Holy Quran by US troops at the Bagram Airbase, when one of the protesters shot injured by foreign troops during the Wednesday’s protest.The... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) would provide the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) $6.1 million (300 afghanis) in assistance to improve maternal health services in Afghanistan.An agreement to the effect was signed between... read more
KABUL (PAN): Education ministry officials said on Wednesday all private schools across the country would be monitored throughout the new academic year to observe their education standards.There are 500 private schools across the country, with 200 in... read more
KABUL CITY (PAN): President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday the number of Afghan students and teachers receiving scholarships for study abroad would be increased next year and the government would pay expenses for the purpose.    ... read more
KABUL (PAN): Referring to suggestions for a federal system in the country, President Hamid Karzai on Saturday said Afghanistan was not a political laboratory for foreigners.Speaking in Parliament, which entered its second year on Saturday, Karzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): Gas price came down and gold and fuel went up, while the rates of essential daily-use items stayed stable during the outgoing week in Kabul, dealers said on Thursday.One litre of diesel cost 66 afghanis ($1.33) and the same amount of... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 300 tonnes of expired and low-quality medicines were destroyed in Kabul, an official said on Monday.The medicines had been collected from shops and importers during the ongoing solar year, said Dr. Syed Ibrahim Kamil, head of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Sixteen people were sentenced from eight to 20 years in jail on charges of drug, acid and morphine trafficking, the criminal justice task force (CJTF) said in a statement.Hailing from Helmand, Badakhshan, Herat, Kandahar, Nangarhar,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Finance on Sunday said it has imposed a ban on importation of vehicles made before the year 2002 to the country.Traders should not try to import vehicles more than 10 years old because the Finance Ministry had stopped... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan would enter an agreement with a Chinese firm on oil and gas exploration in the Amu River field in northern Sar-i-Pul province, the Presidential Palace said on Monday.Chairing a Cabinet meeting, President Hamid Karzai... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday granted extension to two Independent Election Commission (IEC) members and replaced three others, his office said.The tenures of Momina Yari and Mohammad Hussain Garziwani were extended, while Ayub Asil... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of government departments in Kabul owe up to a billion afghanis ($20.3 million) to the Da Afghanistan Brekhna Shirkat (DABS) in unpaid electricity bills, an official said on Saturday.The defaulters include the water supply... read more
KABUL (PAN): Five people have died and 16 others are in hospital after consuming poisonous alcohol at an engagement ceremony in Kabul, doctors said. But relatives insisted the deaths occurred due to food poisoning.The overnight incident took place... read more
KABUL (PAN): Women suffering from obstetric fistula are abandoned and divorced by their husbands and forced out of their homes, doctors said on Monday.Fistula usually occurs when a woman is in obstructed labor for days on end without medical help... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nearly 150,000 students would take a higher education entrance examination this year and 100,000 of them would be enrolled in higher and semi-higher institutions, the Higher Education Ministry announced on Monday.Up to 34,460 of the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Higher Education planned to include programmes of Global Rights International Organization in curriculum for public universities, officials said on Saturday.Global Rights is a human rights capacity-building organization... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai, promising a stepped-up campaign against corruption, on Sunday urged foreigners to stop doling out contracts to relatives of senior Afghan government officials."One effective way of preventing corruption in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Holland and Germany on Sunday pledged 35.6 million euros in aid to Afghanistan for the development of agriculture and education sectors.Two contracts to the effect were signed among Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak, Dutch... read more
KABUL (PAN): A non-governmental organisation (NGO) is trying to conduct women's rights awareness programmes through religious leaders and distribution of booklets on the subject in Afghanistan.A two-year pilot programme, featuring 20 prayer leaders... read more
KABUL (PAN): The four-day traditional Loya Jirga on the strategic cooperation pact with the US concluded on Saturday with the release of a 76-article declaration, recommending the creation of American bases in the country for a decade.Endorsing the... read more
 KABUL (PAN): The four-day Loya Jirga on the strategic partnership pact with the US and a mechanism for peace with Afghan rebels on Saturday asked the government to allow US bases in the country for a decade. In a 76-article resolution, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Some participants of four-day Loya Jirga complained on Thursday they had not been given copies of the draft strategic agreement between the United States and Afghanistan.Although 40 committees were constituted to discuss the agreement,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Fuel prices shot up in the capital Kabul, where rates of other daily-use items remained unchanged, during the outgoing week, retailers said on Thursday.The price of one litre of petrol increased from 85 afghanis ($1.7) to 59afs, while... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday left Kabul for the Maldives to attend the 17th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conference, his office said.Karzai is accompanied by Foreign Minister Zalmay Rassoul and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The prices of firewood, food and other daily-use items went up during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.The price of a 50-kg Brazilian flour rose from 2,200 afghanis to 2,250 afs and the same quantity of rice... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Education on Tuesday distributed 400 laptop computers to first and second position holders of fourth, fifth and sixth grades students in Qala-i-Wazir Girls High School in the Bagrami district of Kabul province, officials... read more
KABUL (PAN): More than 270 students and government servants would go to Turkey to continue higher studies in that country, Ministry of Higher Education officials said on Sunday.Speaking at a ceremony in Kabul, the foreign relation department head at... read more
KABUL (PAN): Officials of various schools operating in rented houses have asked the Ministry of Education, the Kabul Mayor and well-off people to construct buildings for their institutions.The principal of Qala-i-Zaman Khan High School, Fatima Azim... read more
KABUL (PAN): The second round of an anti-polio campaign, targeting seven million children, was launched across the country, amid increasing number of positive cases, the Public Health Ministry announced on Saturday.So far 40 positive cases of polio... read more
KABUL (PAN):  Some people and healthcare experts have asked the government to harshly punish dealers in and importers of expired and substandard medicines.Smuggled into the country, 80 tonnes of the low-quality drugs had been destroyed after... read more
KABUL (PAN): Newly-constructed buildings for two schools were inaugurated in the 13th police district of the capital Kabul on Sunday, an official said.The Japanese-funded project cost $ 615,000 and took one year to complete, said Amanullah Iman, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Japanese government on Saturday assured the Afghan government that it was committed to its pledge regarding $5 billion (239 billion afghanis), office of the president said on Saturday."Although Japan had suffered a lot during last... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan currency rose against the dollar, while food and other daily-use commodities' prices remained unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.The afghani appreciated against the dollars, moneychanger... read more
KABUL (PAN): "I wish to see the day Afghan students have buildings for their schools, equipped with modern facilities," says Zahir Shah, a 60 years old teacher.Hailing from the Istalif area of Kabul province, he has been in the profession for 43... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan officials on Tuesday urged tribal elders and religious scholars to help the government combat illiteracy in the country.Education and peace were closely linked and illiteracy was the main reason behind war, Second Vice President... read more
KABUL (PAN): A number of Meshrano Jirga members on Sunday backed President Hamid Karzai's recent remarks that reconciliation talks be held with the Pakistan government, not Taliban.It was important to discuss the issue of rebel safe havens with... read more
KABUL (PAN): A man was convicted on the charge of possessing 125 kilograms of opium and sentenced to 16 years in prison by a primary court, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) said on Sunday.The 55 years old, hailing from western Farah province,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the Pakistan’s ambassador to Afghanistan on Monday over recent artillery shelling into the country’s eastern provinces.Ambassador Mohammad Sadiq was told to ask his government to immediately stop... read more
KABUL (PAN): New buildings for Mohammad Asif Mayel and Abdul Ali Mustaghni Schools were inaugurated on Sunday in Kabul.The buildings cost about 50 million afghanis (id="mce_marker" million) provided by the government of Japan, Education Director... read more
KABUL (PAN): A Turkish delegation on Saturday pledged modern equipment for the Ataturk and Aliabad hospitals, the Ministry of Public health said.Led by Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ, the team visited different parts of Aliabad Hospital,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Cabinet announced on Wednesday a three-day national mourning over the killing of former president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani, with the national flag flying at half-mast.Rabbani was assassinated on Tuesday evening along with three... read more
KABUL (PAN): Nineteen individuals were sentenced to up to 20 years in jail on charges of drug and alcohol trafficking, the Criminal Justice Task Force (CJTF) announced on Monday.Having defence lawyers to plead their cases, the accused were convicted... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Afghan currency dipped against the US dollar and gold prices declined, while food and other daily-use commodities' prices remained unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday.The rate of one gram of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Italy has promised to stay committed to peace, stability and development in Afghanistan beyond 2014, when Afghan forces will take full security responsibility across the country.Francesco Maria Talo, Italy's special representative for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Thailand, providing 1000 doses of anti-rabies vaccines to the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), has pledged to establish a factory for producing the vaccines in Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday.Dr Tawfiq Mashal, Director of... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan's annual population growth rate stands at 2.4 percent, officials said on Tuesday, warning the population, if not controlled, could double over the next three decades. The Central Statistics Organisation (CSO) puts... read more
KABUL (PAN): Ministry of Interior officials said on Monday 14 truckloads of expired medicine were seized in the Binihisar area of Kabul. The drugs smuggled into the country were recovered in the Wali Rahman market and seven suspects arrested, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai's advisor on health said on Sunday that sunlight helps prevent certain diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, heart problems and brain stroke. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News, Dr. Faizullah... read more
KABUL(PAN): As many as 146 technical and vocational schools would be established in the country over the next three years, The Ministry of Education said on Saturday. With the opening of the schools, the number of students would reach150,000 in the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) signed three agreements with the Development Assistance Facility for Afghanistan (DAFA) on Saturday. Dr. Suraya Dalil, acting minister of public health, inked the accords with John Templeton, DAFA... read more
KABUL/WASHINGTON (PAN): Afghanistan and the United States have agreed on a security advisor-level meeting on strategic cooperation in September, the Presidential Palace in Kabul said on Saturday. President Hamid Karzai has assured the strategic... read more
KABUL(PAN): A Vocational Teacher Training academy, completed and equipped with 14 million euros assistance from Germany, was inaugurated in Kabul on Sunday. Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak and Rüdiger König, German ambassador to... read more
KABUL (PAN): Traders have agreed to sell food at the lowest possible rates during the holy month of Ramadan, the head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said on Monday. Mohammad Qurban Haqjo told a day-long seminar in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The European Union'sspecial representative and the head of the EUmission for Afghanistan, Vygaudas Ušackas, announced €600 million assistance for the country on Sunday. “We want to hear good news about the people... read more
KABUL (PAN): Over the past three months more than 2.4 million people have been treated for respiratory system disorders in health facilities throughout the country, officials said on Tuesday. Dr. Mohammad Yaqub Azimi, the head of the Health... read more
KABUL (PAN): Students in the seventh through twelfth grades from 300 schools in fifteen provinces will receive education on the harms of narcotics, an official said on Sunday. Sayed Ibrahim Shah Salemi, head of the Curriculum Development Department... read more
KABUL (PAN): Data provided by some hospitals in Kabul show that cases of acute gastrointestinal illness have increased fourfold over the last several months. Lack of access to safe drinking water, poor hygiene, hot weather and environmental... read more
KABUL (PAN): New nursing training programs were launched on Tuesday in Bamyan, Khost and Nangarhar provinces, officials said. Acting Minister of Public Health Suraya Dalil signed two contracts with Lisa Bandari, Agha Khan Foundation director and Dr... read more
KABUL (PAN): Midterm exams will start on July 16 in schools in Afghanistan's cold areas, the Ministry of Education said on Monday. The exams have been moved from their previously scheduled dates due to the arrival of Ramadan in August, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Interior Ministry announced that the attack on Intercontinental Hotel ended when the last suicide bomber blew himself up at 8:00 am Wednesday morning. The Ministry had previously said that the assault ended at 3:00 am. The attack... read more
KABUL (PAN): Students in Kabul are complaining about the low quality of newly published school books, saying they are bound poorly and falling apart. Last year, the Ministry of Education published and distributed 42 million books to primary and... read more
KABUL (PAN): The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is reducing food assistance to millions of Afghans due to a shortage of donor funds, according to a press release issued by the agency Monday. Facing a budget shortfall of $220 million... read more
KABUL (PAN): Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak laid the foundation stone of a new building for the Kabul Institute of Computer Science on Wednesday. Speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony, Wardak said the building was estimated to... read more
KABUL (PAN): The price of gold went up while the rate of fuel fell during the outgoing week in the capital Kabul, retailers said on Thursday. One gram of Arabian gold sold for 2,000 afghanis and the same amount of the Iranian variety for 1,650afs,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) plans to set up a number of nursing schools across the country, a cabinet minister said on Sunday. Thirty nurses would be enrolled at each of the schools in all 34 provinces, acting Minister of... read more
KABUL (PAN): The education minster on Tuesday signed agreements for five school buildings with representatives of eight private construction companies in Kabul. The buildings, to be constructed in Kandahar, Ghazni, Kabul, Nangarhar, Maidan Wardak... read more
KABUL (PAN): Security officials were directed on Sunday to further investigate last week's suicide attack on the Ministry of Defence in Kabul. The National Security Council issued the orders after reviewing findings of the initial probe,... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of daily-use commodities slightly came down, while the rate of liquefied went up in Kabul during the outgoing, retailers said on Thursday. A 50-kilogram bag of Pakistani rice cost 2,240 afghanis ($48), falling by 40 afs, the... read more
KABUL (PAN): Four male members of a family were killed and a fifth injured when a garbage-laden truck fell from a road into on their house on the outskirts of Kabul, an official said on Monday. The predawn incident happened in the Koh-i-Asmai area... read more
KABUL(PAN): The government of Afghanistan spends an average of 50 billion afghanis ($1.084 billion) each year on the improvement of the health sector, a minister said on Sunday, A survey conducted by the Ministry of Public Health shows three... read more
KABUL (PAN): A joint Afghan-Pakistan commission would be established to promote peace and stability in the region, President Hamid Karzai announced on Saturday. A brainchild of Islamabad, the commission would include the Pakistani prime minister,... read more
KABUL (PAN): The World Food Programme said on Tuesday it had launched a project to assist 1,500 deserving families in eastern Nangarhar province. The families were issued cards that would enable them to receive food from specific shops on a monthly... read more
KABUL(PAN): A new building for the state-run Jamhuriat hospital in Kabul, a much much-awaited project, will soon be inaugurated, the acting public health minister said on Tuesday. The hospital, which has been operating in Kabul over the past more... read more
KABUL (PAN): Abdul Hadi has been blind since he was 2-years old, when a rocket landed in his back garden and caused him to fall unconscious for a day. When he recovered, he could no longer see. But still, the teenager, a student in seventh grade at... read more
KABUL (PAN): The number of women giving birth in government hospitals in Kabul has more than doubled over the past four years, doctors say, calling for more maternity hospitals to be built. Mohammad Maroof Sami, head doctor at the Malalai Maternity... read more
KABUL(PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday called lack of education as one of Afghanistan's major problems, saying if Afghans were educated the country would become a hub of foreign investment. "The history is witness to the bravery... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday made his first comments about the US soldiers who are on trial for killing Afghan soldiers “for fun”. "The US soldiers killed our people for fun, they killed our youth and elders for... read more
KABUL (PAN): Residents of Kabul are calling for the municipality to launch a cull of stray dogs, the number of which has now topped 2,000.  “If we walk on the road at night, dozens of dogs chase and bark at us, and no one dares travel the... read more
KABUL (PAN): The number of children born in Afghanistan with misshapen limbs and other deformities is increasing, doctors say, with several blaming intermarriage, drug use and chemicals contained in coalition weapons. There are no exact statistics... read more
KABUL (PAN): Mobile phone users say that long calls cause earaches, headaches and mental fatigue. Doctors also warn that the excessive use of cell phones may result in health problems. Although there is no concrete evidence, many people are worried... read more
KABUL (PAN): Residents of Pul-i-Sukhta in Kabul say the number of drug addicts in their area has been increasing, and have urged the government to take action. In December last year, there were about 200 addicts under a bridge in the area.... read more
KABUL (PAN):  President Hamid Karzai, heading a high-level delegation, on Saturday left for Iran to participate in a ceremony celebrating Nowruz, which marks the beginning of the New Year in Iran and several other countries, his office said.... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday criticised the private sector for providing low quality education and asked the education ministry to seriously look into the issue. “Private sector educational institutions are on every... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Wednesday urged the Taliban not to burn down schools if they really wanted the international military to withdraw from the country. Afghanistan’s future and development is directly linked to improvements... read more
KABUL (PAN): Over the past nine months, nearly 9,000 people have sought medical help for burns and 154 have died from their injuries, according to three hospitals which specialise in burns in Afghanistan. The Istiqlal hospital and Indira Gandhi... read more
KABUL (PAN): Afghan and Pakistani senators have agreed to set up a joint committee to strengthen relations between the two neighbouring countries, an official said on Monday. On March 12, a team of Pakistani senators came to Kabul and the two sides... read more
KABUL (PAN): Peace in the South Asian region is directly linked to stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan, President Hamid Karzai has said. "Pakistan and Afghanistan, both victims of terrorism, need to wage a joint counterterrorism struggle,... read more
KABUL(PAN): An amount of $52 million (2.35 billion afghanis) would be spent this year on projects aimed at reducing mother-child mortality rate in the country, officials said on Saturday. Donated by Canada, Japan, the UAE and the United Nations... read more
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Education would get membership of the World Bank's Fast Track Initiative (FTI) in the near future, a Cabinet minister said here on Wednesday. By becoming a member of the initiative unveiled for backward countries in... read more
KABUL (PAN): The new academic year in cold provinces of the country would start on March 22 due to incessant snowfalls and rains, the Ministry of Education announced on Wednesday. Previously, officials had said the year for seventh to 12th grade... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai has hoped the newly-appointed US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan will contribute to the expansion of cooperation among the three countries, his office said on Wednesday. At their maiden meeting in... read more
KABUL (PAN): Parween lost her husband three years ago when suicide bombers attacked the five-star Serena Hotel in downtown Kabul where he was working.   The couple had been married for six years and had two children. Parween, 26, and her sons... read more
KABUL (PAN): Prices of gold declined while rates of flour and other daily-use commodities soared during the outgoing week, retailers said on Thursday. One gram of Arabian gold accounted for 1,600 afghanis ($35.2578), showing a reduction of 10afs,... read more
KABUL (PAN): A government committee set up to assess hazardous effects of plastic bags on the human health suggested on Wednesday a ban on their imports and high taxes on their sale. The committee, which is comprised of health experts, has been... read more
KABUL(PAN): The new educational year in cold parts of the country would begin on March 5, officials said on Sunday. Fresh classes at high schools in the cold regions would start on Monday and while primary schools reopen on March. 22, a spokesman... read more
KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai promised on Saturday support for women's shelters with good reputations, saying that the government would take control of the organisations that faced problems. Since 2004, a number of shelters have been... read more

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