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Afghan Government Terminates Gold, Copper Mining Contracts

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(Last Updated On: December 3, 2019)

The Afghan Government has terminated the contracts given to two companies for the operation of a gold mine in Badakhshan’s and Sar-e Pul’s Balkhab copper mine.

The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), said on Sunday that President Ashraf Ghani ordered the termination of the contracts during a High Economic Council meeting last week.

“A few days ago, the High Economic Council decided to terminate the contracts of the Badakhshan’s gold mines and Sar-e Pul’s Balkhab copper mine,” said MoMP spokesman Abdul Qadir Mutfi.

Mutfi stated that the contracts were terminated because the companies could not fulfill the commitments they made during the bidding process. The primary issue was the failure of the companies to fulfill their financial commitment. The two companies were supposed to invest $87 million in these projects. 

In 2012, a Turkish/Afghan consortium and an English company won bidding for Badakhshan gold mines and Balkhab’s copper mine. A former government minister was the primary shareholder in one of the companies.

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Improved security boosts tourism in Shulgarh district in Balkh

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

Local officials in Balkh province said this week that domestic tourism has improved substantially and that in the past month, about 30,000 visitors have visited the popular Khwaja Sekandar Springs in Shulgarh district.

Officials said that Balkh tourist attractions are drawing in large numbers of visitors amid improved security, especially visitors to the springs.

Balkh residents have welcomed the growing number of visitors to their province and said this was largely due to improved security.

“The difference is big, in the past there was insecurity, now because of the security of this place, people come a lot,” said Ghulam Yahya, a tourist.

Since the IEA took control of the country, provinces around the country are reporting an increase in domestic tourism due to the improved security situation.

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More than 1,000 infected with severe diarrhea outbreak in Takhar

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

The Takhar Department of Public Health says that in the past three days, more than 1,000 people have been infected with severe diarrhea in Takhar province.

The public health officials said that most of the people infected live in the remote areas of Bangi and Ishkamish districts.

According to these officials, mobile health teams have been sent to the area to prevent casualties and to curb the spread of this disease.

A number of non-governmental health institutions have also started working to prevent casualties caused by this disease.

However, residents of the province have stated that there are no health centers in many remote areas in the province and asked government to establish mobile health centers in these areas.

Poor hygiene habits, hot weather and also the use of unsafe water are said to be the reasons for the spread of this disease.

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Work starts on new road to ease traffic in Kabul city

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

Kabul municipality officials said Saturday construction work on the new Wazir Akbar Khan to Sherpur road has started in order to reduce traffic congestion in the city center. 

Water culverts will also be included in the project that is being undertaken by the municipality’s Department of Work Maintenance and Monitoring of Kabul Municipality, Bakhtar reported.

The project, once completed, will cost 15 million Afghanis.

The new road will link Street 15 in Wazir Akbar Khan with Street 2 in Sherpur. Six properties along this section will be demolished to make way for the road.

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