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Gem stone and minerals processing center opens in Badakhshan 

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(Last Updated On: June 14, 2022)

For the first time the Chamber of Industries and Mines, as well as a center for processing and selling gem stones and minerals have been established in Badakhshan province.

During his visit to Badakhshan province, the acting Minister of Economy inaugurated the new chamber and the gem stone center.

The purpose of establishing this center is to process precious and semi-precious stones for sale on the national and international markets.

The acting minister of economy, Din Mohammad Hanif, said at the opening of the center that although millions of dollars had flowed into Afghanistan in recent years, no basic work had been done to make Afghanistan self sufficient.

Hanif said billions of dollars had been spent in recent years, but added that aid has not been effective in rescuing Afghanistan from financial dependence. 

One example of this was that Afghanistan pays other countries $340 million for electricity. 

“One is the opening of the Chamber of Industries and Mines, and second is the opening of the processing center, and we take this as a good omen, and the Badakhshan that you see is really hopeful, and we have to move forward step by step,” said Hanif.

The executive director of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce says that Badakhshan has a huge assortment of gem stones and natural minerals, which will be processed through the new center and sold on both domestic and international markets. 

“Badakhshan is one of the richest provinces in the world. In the past, people knew little about Badakhshan. Badakhshan has ruby and lapis lazuli, but you should know that in Badakhshan there are more expensive things which other countries do not have,” said Rahimullah Samandar, executive director of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Residents of Badakhshan also hope that the establishment of this center and the extraction of natural resources, especially precious stones, will provide them with jobs and employment.

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Quadruplets born to Laghman couple

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(Last Updated On: November 20, 2022)

A Laghman woman has given birth to four healthy babies at the Laghman Central Hospital, officials confirmed Saturday.

According to Dr Payandeh Mohammad Sahak, the mother and her four babies – three boys and a girl – are all doing well.

The quadruplets were born on Friday.

The father of the babies was quoted by Bakhtar news agency as saying he is happy that “God has given him four children.”

The couple live in Alingar district of Laghman.

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Takhar police confirm explosion but no casualties reported

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(Last Updated On: November 16, 2022)

Takhar police said an explosion shook Talaqan city court area on Tuesday morning but that no casualties were reported.

Police did not provide further details but eyewitnesses said the explosion was caused by a landmine and that it happened when prisoners were being transported to the courthouse.

According to witnesses, a Police Ranger and another car were damaged in this explosion.

Meanwhile, Hamidullah Mutawakel, the spokesperson of Herat governor, said in a statement that five Daesh members were killed in an operation by IEA forces in PD12 of Herat city. According to the Herat governor’s spokesman, the operation was carried out on Tuesday night by the intelligence forces.

Mutawakel did not give further details or say whether there had been any casualties among IEA forces.

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Last Sikh in Nangarhar says he’s not leaving Afghanistan

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(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)

Gulcharan Singh, the last Sikh in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, says the rest of his community left the country due security reasons, but that he is staying in his home country.

Gulcharan, who is a shopkeeper in Jalalabad, says thousands of Hindu and Sikh families were living in Nangarhar province, but they have now left for countries like India, Britain and Canada.

“In the past, we had 10,000 families in Nangahrar. Now it is only me who is remaining,” Gulcharan said.

“People (who left) are not comfortable. They had a free life here. You know how it is to live in a foreign country.”

“All those who worship and offer prayers should pray that God rebuilds the country and it becomes secure.”

Local residents say they hope that Hindu and Sikh families return to the country.

“They were good people. There were very broadminded people among them. There were merchants, shopkeepers and laborers among them. They were people who were helping the country,” said Mia Noorudin Miakheil, a local resident in Nangarhar.

“The conditions were not suitable for them. They were bombed in Kabul during the Emirate rule. They were very scared after that so they left,” said Ahmad Yosuf, a local resident in Nangarhar.

“Some left for India, others left for Canada…They may return after the security situation improves,” said Naseer Khan, a local resident in Nangarhar.

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