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800km road to be constructed this year

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) will construct 800 kilometers road in different parts of Afghanistan this year, said an official on Wednesday. Deputy Minister of Public Works, Ahmad Shah Wahidi, said that the ministry will soon start construction of the roads. “Second line of Kabul-Nangarhar Highway, …

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Reforms in electoral system within four months, says Barakzai

Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi-KABUL:  The Chairperson of Electoral Reform Commission (ERC) vowed to bring reforms in the electoral system within four months. Shukria Barakzai told media-men that they commission will bring reforms in the electoral system through a transparent and unbiased procedure. She said that the commission will bring the reforms …

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As substandard exotic goods flood Afghan markets MoCI blames absence of consumer rights law

AT-KABUL: An official in the Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) blamed absence of consumer rights law for floods of low quality goods in the country. Director of the Competition Promotion and Consumer Protection Directorate (CPCPD), Hafizullah Wali Rahimi, said that lack of a specific law to defend consumers’ rights …

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Kabul bombing leaves 7 dead, 36 injured

AT: KABUL: At least seven people were killed and 36 others wounded in a suicide bombing in capital Kabul on Wednesday afternoon, an official said. Spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Sediq Sediqi, said that at least seven people were killed and 36 others injured in a suicide car bombing …

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US to delay troop pullout from Afghanistan

President Barack Obama decides to maintain force of 9,800 through end of 2015 and stick to 2017 exit plan. US President Barack Obama has granted Afghan requests to slow the withdrawal of US troops from the country and said he would maintain a force of 9,800 through the end of …

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Qatar’s role in Afghan peace process crucial: HPC

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: The High Peace Council (HPC) believes that Qatar can play a crucial role in Afghanistan’s peace process. Muhammad Ismail Qasyimyar, the HPC’s advisor on international relations, told Azadi Radio on Tuesday that Qatar is enjoying friendly relations with Pakistan and the Taliban, thus the country can play …

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Hajj Minister vows to clear shrines of faith healers

Following Farkhunda’s tragic death, banishing heresy and polytheism from shrines across the country has become a formidable task now, says Osmani Abdul Zuhoor Qayomi KABUL: Following a terrible incident in Kabul where an angry mob lynched a woman for allegedly burning a copy of the Holy Qur’an, the Minister of …

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Tuberculosis claims 13,000 lives annually: Minister

By Farhad Naibkhel: KABUL: Public Health Minister Ferozuddin Feroz said Tuesday that tuberculosis as an infectious disease claims nearly 13,000 lives in the country on annual basis, but it can be cured and prevented. The minister was speaking at a ceremony celebrating the World Tuberculosis Day. The session was titled …

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Ghani, Obama asked to sideline strongmen, address women’s rights

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani and the United States President Barack Obama should make human rights issues a key agenda item during meetings on Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the other day. According to a statement by HRW, both the US and Afghan governments have a legacy of …

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