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Women excel in prayer, as well as in fasting

It has always been a truism that womenfolk in our border regions excel in fasting, but are occasionally not so regular in their prayers. Sometimes, they are so busy in their homes that it becomes difficult for them to attend to their five daily prayers. Added to this, they have …

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Training the New Cricketing Hopefuls

On an international level, Afghanistan is behind in many sports, but has managed to find success in cricket, playing competitively on an international level. The first Afghan cricket team faced many difficulties, with its origins in refugee camps and the lack of facilities available to them, but following on from …

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Returnee Refugees Creating a New Industry

Decades of war and hardship forced many Afghan refugees to migrate from their homeland, but for some, the migration has proven to be very beneficial. Experiences with technology and different vocations across the border, has positively influenced one set of refugees who are now setting up their own businesses in …

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Flagship PACT Radio Programme Reaches its Centenary

Along with The Pulay Poray radio drama – “storytelling in a contemporary context” – there is no programme that sums up the Traditional Solutions for Modern Problems approach of PACT Radio more than its environmental programme – Chaperyal (Habitat.) This was clear from one of the first reports PACT Radio/The …

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Plastic Bags and the Environment

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of PACT Radio/The Saba Story’s environmental programme, here is a transcript of one of our reports on a crucial issue affecting the environment in our border regions: Music Reporter: Baba (old man), tell me, when you used to bring items from the shops, …

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Patience for the Summer Fast

Every year the holy month of Ramadan begins ten days prior to the year before and means that over time, Muslims have the chance to experience Ramadan across all seasons. However, this year it has come about during the warmer months and for those living on either side of the …

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Ice For Some, No Water For Others

There is a lot of demand for ice in Nangarhar in summer. The weather is very hot. It is only natural, then, that people should set up ice-factories. But the ironic thing is that in some cases, the ice-factories that have been set up have deprived others of an even …

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An Uncertain Start to Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan has once again commenced with confusion, claim and counter claims in the border regions and the rest of the province. In the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, many chose to follow the announcement in Saudi Arabia to begin fasting on Friday the 20th of July, while …

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