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    Tonnes of substandard food torched

    KABUL CITY (PAN): Four tonnes of poor-quality and expired food items were set afire on Saturday and 19 shops selling the commodities were sealed in the "Bush Bazaar" in Kabul, an official said.

    Business & Economics

    Graft could lead to loss of foreign aid

    KABUL (PAN): Political analysts on Saturday warned if the government failed to eradicate pervasive corruption, development aid pledges from the international community at the Tokyo Conference would fail to produce the desired results.


    Abdullah dubs Karzai’s remarks as insulting

    KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai’s political rival Dr. Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday denounced Karzai’s recent remarks that the Hizb-i-Islami Afghanistan and Jamiat-i-Islami once turned Kabul into ruins as unjustified, insulting and unacceptable.


    US grants Afghanistan special ally status

    KABUL (PAN): US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday declared Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally (MNNA) under a strategic partnership deal signed between President Hamid Karzai and his American counterpart Barack Obama on May 2.


    US urged to help speed up peace drive

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan wants the global fraternity, particularly the United States of America, to lend greater diplomatic support to efforts at speeding up the ongoing peace drive, a presidential aide said on Thursday.

    Business & Economics

    8 firms shortlisted for Afghan-Tajik Basin project

    KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Mines said eight international companies have been shortlisted to invest in six blocks out of the 12 blocks in the development and production of oil and gas in the Afghan-Tajik Basin in the northeast of Afghanistan.

    Accidents & Disasters

    Kabul blaze death toll mounts to 11 (Video)

    KABUL (PAN): Eleven people were killed and nearly 155 others injured when gas cylinders

    Business & Economics

    $10m lost to capital fire, says industrial union

    KABUL CITY (PAN): The Afghanistan Industrial Union estimates nearly $10 million worth of goods and properties were lost in the massive fire that ravaged several factories in Kabul industrial park on Wednesday afternoon.

    Business & Economics

    Central bank moves to stabilise afghani

    KABUL (PAN): Afghanistan’s central bank governor on Thursday announced that all transactions would be done in the local currency, asking private-sector financial institutions to refrain from overseas investments.

    Accidents & Disasters

    Kabul blaze death toll mounts to 11

    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.