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Wolesi Jirga Rejects Draft Budget

KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga on Saturday rejected with a majority vote the draft budget for the current year due to what they called inadequate allocations for the agricultural sector and infrastructure development. According to the draft, an amount of 257 billion afghanis has been earmarked for the general budget and 168 billion afghanis for development programmes. A public representative from Nangarhar provinc ...

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In Kabul, Children are ‘Rented’ Out to Beggars

KABUL: Begging on the street has spawned a vicious practice: beggar mafia are renting children in Kabul, and drugging them with opium to ply their trade. Afghan cities also see Pakistani beggars in the summer, reveals an investigation by the Independent Media Consortium (IMC) Productions.* The government outlawed street-begging in November 2008 and set up a commission - made up of different government bodie ...

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