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Security Forces Retook Dahan-e-Ghori District after Three Years

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Afghan security forces recaptured a key district in northern Baghlan province after three years.

In a statement, the Defense Ministry said Dahan-e-Ghori district was retaken on Wednesday night.

According to the statement, Afghanistan’s national flag was flying over the district’s headquarters.

Defense Ministry said Taliban suffered heavy casualties in the operation to retake the district, but did not provide an exact figure.

The district was a Taliban stronghold for the last three years where the insurgents had a huge presence.

This comes after Afghan security forces launched a major crackdown against Taliban hideouts in the province.

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Govt to call for tenders for 68 mines across Afghanistan

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Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum said on Thursday that of 108 mines in 23 provinces, the High Economic Council has approved the launch of a tender process for 68 of these mines.

Minister of Mines and Petroleum Haroon Chakhansuri said 800 million AFs will be invested in these mines.

According to Chakhansuri, the annual revenue generation from these mines will be between 150 and 170 million AFs and 3,000 jobs will be created.

“Mines with a high income will be focused on. The mineral extraction process will take place in three parts, first small mines after that mid-size mines and at the end large mines,” stated Chakhansuri.

He also said that they will start work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project by the end of the month but did not provide further details.

Meanwhile, investors said that wide-spread corruption in government and the presence of armed groups are challenges facing the mining industry.

International organizations and the government also said that illegal extraction of minerals from mines is a substantial source of income for armed groups.

“Private sector is willing to invest in mining but the government should pay attention to our demands. We need the mines and have the capacity to extract the minerals,” said Abdul Nasir Reshtia, head of the association of steel factories.

In 2007 the United States Geological Service did a study and discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves.

The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world.

At the time, an internal Pentagon memo, for example, stated that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries.

However, the industry has not only been dogged by corruption but it is also dominated by warlords and insurgents and largely goes unregulated, and under-developed.

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TAPI construction to start in Herat next year

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Minister of Mines and Petroleum Mohammad Haroon Chakhansuri on Thursday said that construction work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) Pipeline Project will kick off next year.

Speaking at a press conference Chakhansuri said the ministry has established an effective coordination mechanism between government institutions involved in the TAPI project and also with international institutions and TAPI partners.

“Fortunately, all the administrative, technical and legal problems of the TAPI project have been resolved and the practical work of this project will start next year in Herat province,” said Chakhansuri.

The minister also said that another project the ministry is working on is the construction of a 94.5 km-long gas pipeline from Sheberghan, capital city of Jawzjan province, to Mazar-e-Sharif and construction work will start in the next three months.

“The gas that will be transferred from Sheberghan to Mazar-e-Sharif through this pipeline will be used to generate 50 megawatts of electricity,” said Chakhansuri.

The minister said that soon 67 projects that have been approved by the High Economic Council will be put out to tender in accordance with Afghanistan’s mining laws and after the completion of the process companies that meet the standards will be awarded the contracts.

“These 67 projects will add 150 to 170 million Afghanis to Afghanistan’s national income, in addition to which 5 million Afghanis will be invested in these projects for five years and will directly provide employment to 3,000 people,” Chakhansuri said.

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Afghan journalist Daryabi wins 2020 Anti-Corruption Award

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Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption announced this week that Afghan journalist Zaki Daryabi, editor in chief of Etilaat Roz Newspaper and whistleblower Botakoz Kopbayeva from Kazakhstan have been selected as the winners of the 2020 Anti-Corruption Award.

“Journalist Zaki Daryabi and newspaper Etilaatroz have been selected Anti-Corruption Award Winners 2020 for their tireless efforts in exposing major corruption scandals in Afghanistan, despite the multiple challenges, threats and limitations,” Transparency International said in a tweet.

“They serve as an admirable example to journalists and young activists across the globe through their perseverance and sustainable approach to holding power to account,” Transparency International added.

The awards were presented at a ceremony held virtually on Wednesday night at the 19th International Anti-Corruption Conference.

“I am honoured to accept the Transparency International’s 2020 AntiCorruptionAward. I dream of the day that Afghanistan is no longer among the most corrupt and the deadliest places for journalists in the world,” Daryabi tweeted.

Today I recommit myself to realising that dream, Daryabi added.

Anti-Corruption Award recognises the courage and determination of the many individuals and organisations fighting corruption around the world.

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