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4 health workers, driver abducted in Herat

AT-KABUL: Unknown gunmen abducted four health workers and a driver in western Herat province, said a security official. Herat Police Spokesman, Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, said that the health workers were abducted en route to Ghorian district the other day. The workers were kidnapped somewhere between Zendajan and Ghorian districts, Ahmadi …

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IS emerges in Logar, official reports

AT-KABUL: Officials in central Logar province reported activities of Islamic State (IS) fighters in some parts of the province. Head of the Logar provincial council, Hasibullah Stankzai, in an interview with Azadi Radio expressed his deep concerns over emergence of IS (Daish) fighters in some parts of the province. He …

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‘National youth policy to address 40pc problems’

AT-KABUL: The Youth Affairs Department at Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) said that the national youth policy developed in collaboration with other related government and international organizations would address at least 40 percent of challenges faced by youth. Deputy of Youth Affairs, Taimor Shah Isaaqzai, said that four areas …

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Afghan women seek end to culture of impunity

By Akhtar M. Nikzad: Three decades of chaos in Afghanistan, poverty, lawlessness, social taboos, sexual prejudice and culture of impunity are the major factors that impede the drive to end violence against women. Violence against women is one of the important issues that had earned bad image for the Afghan …

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Assassination plot of MoI officials foiled: NDS

AT-KABUL: The National Directorate of Security (NDS) on Sunday said that a terror bid aimed to target senior officials of the Ministry of Interior (MoI) was thwarted. In a media statement the spy agency said that a group of five terrorists planned to target MoI’s high ranking officials by conducting …

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How successful we are in the fight against poverty?

By Akhtar M. Nikzad Poverty is a nightmare, continuously haunting over 80 percent Afghans. The decades old conflicts and loopholes in the financial and judicial systems are termed as main cause. Whatever is the key reason but it is certain that hundreds and thousands of families are battling against poverty …

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From the pages of history: Tapa-e-Tajbeg Palace

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi Background The Tap-e-Tajbeg Palace is one of the historical buildings built in 1795, in the era of Shah Zaman. Now it has been quietly changed in to a ruin due to civil wars in the capital in 1992. According to some historians Tajbeg is a Turkish word …

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Bagh-e-Bala Palace regains its colors

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi Historians and nature lovers know how graceful Bagh-e-Bala Palace is because its dazzling dooms could be seen from far away. Vineyard and tall pine trees are adding colors to the beauty of the place. The palace has been built on top of a hill to the north …

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Female athletes in the quest for facilities

By Akhtar M. Nikzad A decade ago it was a dream of Afghan girls to appear in the international tournaments and compete for titles, but now the situation has been changed. Today, women and girls do not stay under obscure ceiling of the rooms but they have seen many changes …

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