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Karzai assigns team to probe azure mine issue

KABUL/FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): President Hamid Karzai has assigned a delegation to investigate reports about illegal extractions at a key azure mine in northeastern Badakhshanprovince, his office said on Monday, two days after the Taliban claimed capturing the mine.

On Sunday, local officials said some illegal armed individuals had occupied a portion of the azure mine in KeranwaMenjan district after a clash with security forces.

US urges Afghanistan to open economy, tackle graft

KABUL (PAN): A senior American official urged Afghanistan to open up its economy and eliminate nagging corruption to entice companies from the United States to invest in the mineral-rich Afghanistan and to woo more foreign direct investments from around the globe.

Speaking to Pajhwok Afghan News in an exclusive interview in Kabul, Robert O. Blake, Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs, said American companies were not shying away from Afghanistan but were making their own strategic decision whether to invest.

Power factories to receive funds

BALKH, June 13, 2011: Minister of Mines Waheedullah Sharani, US Ambassador to Afghanistan W. Karl Eikenberry, and the head of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) promise $65 million for power factories in the province.

The funds are earmarked for power production and upgrading upgrading gas pipelines and wells in the province.

PAJHWOK/ Zameer Saar

Contract to explore gas, oil signed

KABUL, Dec, 28, 2011: Minister of Mines Wahidullah Shahrani shakes hand with head of CNPCI firm Lu Gong Xung during after signing a contract in Kabul.

Under the contract, the Chinese firm would jointly explore gas and oil in the Amu River field in northern Sar-i-Pul province with Watan group .
PAJHWOK/ Ataullah Khpelwak

Mining revenue dips by 40pc this solar year

KABUL (Pajhwok): Afghanistan’s mining sector revenue stood at $50 million during the current solar year, showing a 40 percent decline, a Ministry of Mines and Petroleum official said on Wednesday.

Deputy Mines Minister Nasir Ahmad Durrani told Pajhwok Afghan News during an inclusive interview that income generated from small mines during the period was $95,51,850, from large mines $15, 039, 554 and enterprises $26,093, 128.

Takhar salt being sold to many provinces

TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Salt extracted from the Taqcha Khana mine in northern Takhar province is being sold to other provinces of the country, an official said on Wednesday.

Located northeast of the country, Takhar has 46 different mines, including the salt mine in Namak Aab district, creating work opportunities for more than 1,500 people. 

In the past, people extracted salt from the Taqcha Khana mine in a non-professional way, but the mining process was legalised with the signing of a contract with a domestic company in 2005,

Work on thermal power plant underway

SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Initial work on a thermal power plant with capacity of producing 200 megawatts of electricity has been launched in northern Jawzjan province, officials said on Tuesday.

A Turkish company has been awarded the contract to complete the $37 million USAID-funded project, which would electrify villages in Sar-i-Pul, Faryab, Balkh, Samangan and Jawzjan.

Coalmine revenue goes up by 20pc

PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): The revenue of northern Baghlan and Samangan provinces from coalmines stood at 1.8 billion afghanis in 2013, indicating a 20 percent hike, an official said on Saturday.

The income from coalmines was 1.453 billion afghanis in 2012, said Eng. Abdul Khaliq Tasmim, the Northern Afghan Coal Enterprise head.

He said a total of 1.214 million tonnes of coal was extracted from Dara-i-Sauf, Roee Duab and Tala Wa Barfak mines in Samangan and Baghlan provinces in 2013.

Badakhshan mining revenue reaches 29m afs

FAIZABAD (PAN): The mining revenue of remote northeastern Badakhshan province increased to 29 million afghanis in 2013, an official said on Friday.

The income was fetched by the lapis lazuli mine in Karan Wa Manjan district and the granite mine in Baharak, Director of Mines Mohammad Akbar Anwari said.

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Marble factories hard hit by imports

JALALABAD (PAN): Owners of marble factories in eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday complained their business was being adversely affected by inferior imports.

While seeking encouragement from the authorities concerned, they claimed the marble found in Sherzad district was among the best in the world, but the imports had a debilitating impact on the industry.


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