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    Cabinet approves draft annual budget

    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.

    Accidents & Disasters

    4 dead in Samangan coalmine collapse

    AIBAK (Pajhwok): Four workers were killed when a coalmine tunnel collapsed in the Dara-i-Sauf Bala district of northern Samangan province, an official said on Saturday.


    Panjsher residents hit out at municipality

    PARAKH (Pajhwok): Residents of central Panjsher province on Saturday expressed their annoyance over the poor performance of municipalities in Parakh as well as in various districts.


    Schools set up for Waziristani children

    SHARAN (Pajhwok): Some 40 primary schools have been set up for Waziristan’s refugee children living in southeastern Paktika province, an official said on Saturday.


    Closing the book on culture

    The Taliban have once again made their influence felt in Afghan schools, this time objecting to a book called 'Culture' on the Afghan curriculum.

    Security and Crime,Culture

    Students rally against profane article

    KABUL (Pajhwok): Hundreds of university students on Saturday rallied against a blasphemous article published in a Kabul-based newspaper, asking relevant organs to award harsh punishment to the perpetrators.

    Security and Crime

    Security personnel among 8 killed

    KANDAHAR CITY/JALALABAD (Pajhwok): Two security officials have been killed in separate incidents in southern Kandahar province, authorities said on Saturday.

    Security and Crime

    Taliban may overrun 2 Kunduz districts

    KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Dasht-I-Archi and Imam Sahib districts of northern Kunduz province could fall to Taliban, local officials warned on Saturday, when security organs promised clearing operations in the towns.


    Ahmadzai off to Saudi Arabia for Umrah

    KABUL (Pajhwok): At the head of a high-level delegation, President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai on Saturday flew to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, his office said.


    Sherzai drums up support for unity govt

    KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): A former governor on Friday urged President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah to focus on implementing their reform agenda at a good clip in the best interest of Afghanistan.