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Illegal gold mining in Baghlan reported

KABUL (Pajhwok): An anti-corruption body in Afghanistan has alleged a local firm on Sunday for illegal gold mining in the country.

At a press conference in Kabul today the body held “Afghan Crystal” criminal for the illegal mining at the Qara Zghan gold mine in northern Baghlan province.

The speakers said that the firm was awarded an exploration contract by the former minister for Mines and Petrolium Waheedullah Shehrani in return of 50 million $ four years ago.

Legal mining key to economic self-sufficiency

KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan can become economically self-sufficient if its mineral riches are excavated in a professional and transparent way, some geologists and experts believe.

Afghanistan is bestowed with large-scale minerals such as iron, gold, oil, gas, copper, lithium and others.  

Experts say proper excavation of mines could ensure the country’s economic development, but irregularities and corruption in the sector could have devastating consequences.

Election crisis: Kunduz mining revenue dips

KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): Income generated from mines has declined in northern Kunduz province following the withdrawal of foreign troops and due to the lingering electoral crisis, an official said on Monday.

Mines of petroleum, phosphorus, stucco, construction stones, gravel and sands exist in Chahar Dara, Khanabad, Aliabad and Qala-i-Zal districts of Kunduz. Stucco, stones, gravel and sand mines are excavated for construction purposes.

US suggests global energy firm to take forward TAPI project

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The United States has urged Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India to engage an international energy company to take forward the ambitious TAPI gas pipeline project that has the potential to transform the entire region.

“We encourage the TAPI parties to bring an international energy company into the project to work in cooperation with Turkmengaz in the development of the gas supply and serve as commercial champion for the project,” a State Department spokesperson told Pajhwok Afghan News.

Miners make a pitch for safety

KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghan miners and the committee advocating for their rights criticise the government and privately-owned firms for doing little to ensure their safety.

Dozens of miners lose their lives every year to mine collapse and explosions inside tunnels. Many workers are injured, disabled or infected with diseases.

The causes include poor safety measures and the dangers inherent in Afghanistan's mining sector, deemed as one of the nation's last great economic hopes.

Licences of 2 LPG importers suspended

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Commerce on Wednesday suspended the licence of Mahmood Jalil & MJ Energy on the charge of inflating bids for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) imports from Turkmenistan

Musafar Qoqandi, the ministry’s spokesman, told a press conference in Kabul the issue had been referred to the Attorney General Office (AGO) for further investigation.

He alleged the two companies were responsible for rising the per ton price of LPG by $212. He said the Foreign Ministry had been informed of the licence suspension.

TAPI gas pipeline: operational accord inked

KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Turkmenistan on Friday signed an operational agreement on an ambition gas pipeline project in Islamabad, a private TV channel reported.

The 700 kilometres Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline will carry gas from the natural resource-rich former Soviet state to the energy-starved South Asian countries.

Ministry warns traders against gas price hike

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Trade and Commerce on Monday accused some entrepreneurs of illegally importing gas and causing a price hike of this basic commodity in the holy month of Ramadan.

Musafar Qoqandawi, the ministry spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News importers had been invited to place bids for the legal import of gas from Turkmenistan.

The Central Asian nation had assured Afghanistan 13 years ago that it would provide gas at a lower price in case of need, he said.

High gas prices blamed on smuggling to Pakistan

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) on Thursday linked high gas prices to its smuggling to Pakistan, saying the petroleum and gas department had lost $57 million in revenue as a result.

ACCI official Faridullah Sherzai told a news conference some people within the government misused their positions and damage the economy by facilitating gas smuggling to the neighbouring country.

Herat authority blamed of creating hurdles in refining crude oil

By Navid Ahmad Jul 3, 2014 - 11:38

KABUL (Pajhwok): An official of oil refinery in western Herat province alleged authorities do not allow them to refine crude oil despite the capability they have of active refinery.

Officials said the refinery was constructed at a cost of $30 million which was inaugurated three months back by Afghan businessmen in the Kamar Kulag locality of Herat City. 

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