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    70,000 acres of land grabbed in 6 provinces

    KABUL (PAN): Nearly 70,000 acres of state and privately-owned land has been grabbed by influential individuals in six provinces of the country, a senior government official said on Tuesday. 


    Students rally in support of presidential decision

    KABUL (PAN): A number of students on Tuesday rallied for naming the Kabul Education University after ex-president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani and underlined the need for continued training on the campus.  


    Senate spurns ARCS proposal as un-Islamic

    KABUL (PAN): The Meshrano Jirga, or upper house of parliament, on Tuesday opposed an Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) proposal about a home for the elderly and said the idea was in conflict with Afghan traditions and Islamic principles.

    Business & Economics

    Pakistan earns millions from Afghan precious stones

    KABUL (PAN): The smuggling of precious and semi-precious stones from Afghanistan earns Pakistan about $350 million annually, Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani informed lawmakers on Sunday. 


    Neighbours blamed for not backing Afghan peace drive

    KABUL (PAN): The High Peace Council (HPC) on Sunday accused neighbouring countries of refusing to support the Afghan government’s reconciliation drive, saying that scholars from the Muslim world would meet soon on ways of making the campaign a success.


    AWN slams govt failure to check violence against women

    KABUL (PAN): The Afghan Women’s Network (AWN) on Sunday denounced the recent lashing of a teen-age girl in southern Ghazni province, demanding deterrent punishment for the culprits.


    Academy of Sciences director holding 2 slots

    KABUL (PAN): In violation of government policy, the Academy of Science director of plan is simultaneously acting as advisor to the Ministry of Labour, Social, Martyr and Disabled Affairs, reveals an official document.


    Consultations urged on deal with Pakistan

    KABUL (PAN): A leading opposition party on Sunday asked the government of President Hamid Karzai to consult political forces, parliament and civil society organisations on a proposed strategic pact with Pakistan.

    Security and Crime

    Ahmadzai warns of post-2014 challenges

    KABUL (PAN): The National United Front, opposing US military bases in Afghanistan, on Saturday asked the nation to be prepared for possible challenges after 2014, when most foreign combat troops would leave the country.


    Protesting students block parliament’s entrance

    KABUL (PAN): Hundreds of students on Saturday staged another protest against naming the Kabul University of Education and Training after former president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani and blocked the entrance to the parliament building.