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Coal gas kills 3 boys at Helmand mosque

LASHKARGAH (PAN): Coal gas has killed three people and wounded a fourth at a mosque in the Sangin district of southern Helmand province, an official said on Wednesday.

Aged 12-16, the victims were seminary students, who burnt coal to warm their room, the governor’s spokesman, Omar Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

He said the boys had forgotten pouring water on the coal before going to sleep. The injured student is reportedly in a coma.

Talks on Hajigak project with Indian firm ongoing

KABUL (PAN): A Ministry of Mines and Petroleum official on Wednesday said talks with Indian officials on the Hajigak iron ore mine project were underway and many issues had been resolved during the parleys.

Mohammad Rafi Rafiq Saddique, the ministry spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News Afghanistan and the Indian consortium, a group of six Indian companies the Afghan Iron and Steel Consortium led by Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) had agreed on many issues.

6 of a family burnt to death in Helmand

LASHKARGAH (PAN): Six people of a family have been burnt to death in a blaze caused by petrol in southern Helmand province, health officials said on Thursday.

Dr. Nisar Ahmad Barak, the Bost Hospital head, told Pajhwok Afghan News the incident happened in Bust Qala locality last night when a woman was washing a turbine with petrol.

Petrol caught fire that spread to a nearby gas cylinder, killing three people on the spot, he said, adding three others succumbed to their injuries at the hospital.

Baghlan truckers rally against bribery

PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): Truck drivers on Monday staged a protest demonstration against extortions by private armed militias and Afghan Local Police (ALP) personnel in northern Baghlan province.

About 200 truck drivers took part in the protest in Pul-i-Khumri, the provincial capital, accusing mines department officials of demanding bribes from them. They warned of permanently parking their vehicles if their problem was not resolved.

Balkh oil refinery resumes production

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): An oil-processing plant owned by the Ghazanfar Group has resumed activities after four months of closure at the Hairatan port in northern Balkh province, officials said on Monday.

Having the capacity of refining 500 tons of oil annually, the facility resumed operation in the presence of a number of high government officials on Sunday.  

21 mega mines projects to kick-off (Video)


HERAT CITY (PAN): An official of Mines Ministry said the extraction works in 21 mines, including four in western Herat province, will be launched in the near future.
“21 mining projects including grand Adraskan copper mine are set for bidding,” said Deputy Mines Minister Mir Ahmad Javid Sadad.

Ministry of Mines assessment report (Video)


KABUL, Jan 29, 2011: Wahidullah Shahrani, Minister of Mines of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, along with US Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, Paul Brinkley, announced today the results of year long studies carried out during 2010 by the US Geological Survey and private-sector exploration geologists, supporting the Afghanistan Ministry of Mines and the Afghan Geological Survey. Ataullah Khpelwak.


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