Coal

Halt of work on Bamyan coalmining surges unemployment

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BAMYAN (Pajhwok): Thousands of persons were left jobless following closure of a coalmine in central Bamyan province. The move has multiplied coal prices as well.

Local officials say more than 13,000 laborers were left jobless who were directly or indirectly associated with the mining sector.

Most of coalmine workers in Bamyan, Daikundi, Maidan Wardak, Baghlan and Ghor provinces were extracting coals in an unregulated way. 

Samangan coalmines revenue dips

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AIBAK (Pajhwok): The prolonged electoral crisis has led to an unprecedented decline in revenue from coalmines in the Dara-i-Suaf district of northern Samangan province, an official said on Wednesday.

Mohammad Kabir Mukaram, director civil services, told Pajhwok Afghan News the continued election wrangling had a negative impact on the coal mining process in Samangan as it has rendered more than 2,000 employees jobless.

Soaring coal prices worry Bamyan residents

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BAMYAN CITY (PAN): The price of coal, mostly used for heating homes in the winter, has increased beyond the purchasing power of poverty-stricken families in central Bamyan province, residents complain.

The complaint comes after a large number of influential individuals and traders raised with the governor the issue of the unprecedented surge in fuel prices, especially of coal.

Worker dies in coalmine collapse

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MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): One worker was killed and another injured when a coalmine partially collapsed in the Dara-i-SaufBala district of northern Samangan province, officials said on Thursday.

Governor KhairullahAnosh told Pajhwok Afghan News a delegation had been sent to the area to investigate Wednesday’s incident that occurred at a privately-run coalmine.

He said the government had authorised some private individuals to extract coal from mines in the district.

Karkar coal mine tunnel being rebuilt

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PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): With the reconstruction of the Karkar tunnel in northern Baghlan province, daily coal extraction in Afghanistan will increase to 100 tonnes, officials say.

Known as P-1, the tunnel is being rebuilt by an Afghan firm that has been awarded a contract for modernisingKarkar, Ahandara and Dodkash coal mines in Baghlan.

Gold Mine Extraction Contract Sings (Video)

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KABUL, Jan 11, 2011: Ministry of Mines and Afghan Crystal Company have been signed a contract to extract gold for the first time in Doshi district of northern Baghlan province on Tuesday. PAJHWOK/ Ataullah Khpelwak

Deadly mine collapse linked to negligence

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MAZAR-I-SHARIF (PAN): The coalmine collapse in northern Samangan province was the result of carelessness on the part of engineers and experts, an official said on Monday.

Twenty seven workers were killed, 22 others injured and several others had been missing as a result of the blast inside the coalmine in Do Aab district on Saturday.

Police chief Gen. Mohammad Salim Bekzad told Pajhwok Afghan News a high-level delegation, including the governor, had visited the site on Sunday to investigate the incident.

Karzai orders assistance to blast victims’ kin

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KABUL (PAN): President Hamid Karzai on Sunday expressed deep sorrows over deaths resulting from a coalmine blast in northern Samangan province.

Twenty-seven workers were killed during the explosion that left five people missing and 30 others trapped in the mine in Ravi Do Aab district.

In a statement from his office, the president extended his heartfelt condolences to the victims’ families and directed the authorities to provide them all possible assistance.

Soaring coal prices worry Bamyan residents

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BAMYAN CITY (PAN): Residents say coal prices have increased in central Bamyan province, where extraction work at two mines is in full swing.

On a daily basis, a large number of trucks carry coal extracted from the mines in Saighan and Kohmard districts to other provinces, but a twofold increase has been seen in the commodity price in Bamyan.

Work halted at 32 coalmines in Samangan

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AIBAK (PAN): Extraction work has been halted at nearly 32 coalmine tunnels due to the fear of collapse in Dara-i-Souf district of northern Samangan province, officials said on Thursday.

A technical team ordered the mines closed after an investigation revealed that the tunnels had not been professionally drilled and dug by local workers, deputy head of coal enterprises, Eng. Ali Madad, said.

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