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Pieces Of Buddhist Manuscript Discovered in Mes Aynak

Pieces of Buddhist manuscript written in Sanskrit on tree bark were discovered on a hillside a few years ago in Mes Aynak—Afghanistan’s largest copper deposit located in southeast of Kabul in a barren region of Logar Province—by the Afghan Institute

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President Ghani terminates two chromite deals in Logar

President Ashraf Ghani scrapped two chromite extraction contracts during his surprise visit to Logar. The contracts were signed with two foreign mining companies involved in extraction of chromite in central Logar province. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the reasons

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"Saving Mes Aynak" documentary to be premiered by the end of the year

A documentary on saving Afghanistan’s 2,000 year old Buddhist archaeological site is expected to be finished and premiered by the end of the year. Funded by the MacArthur Foundation, the Saving Mes Aynak documentary is directed by Brent Huffman, who

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Chinese workers in Mes Aynak have warned to quit working on the site

Workers of the Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC) have warned of quitting working on the Mes Aynak copper mine in central Logar province if their security was not strengthened. The six years old Mes Aynak project is running at a

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Afghanistan Starting Crude Exports This Year

China’s largest oil company is due to start commercial production of crude oil in Afghanistan shortly, heralding a resource boom that could transform the country’s economy over the next decade, the country’s mining minister said. Extraction of metals and oil

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AFGHANISTAN MOVES TO SALVAGE ANCIENT BUDDHIST CITY MES AYNAK — AND ITS ECONOMY

MES AYNAK, Afghanistan — It had the potential to be another Afghanistan Buddha disaster, recalling the Taliban’s destruction of two ancient statues that had stood for centuries in this country’s west: A buried Buddhist city lost to time was about

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Aynak Ore Creates Dilemma for Treasure

Flanked by waves of mountains and gray desert, the road leading from the Afghan capital to the ancient ruins of Mes Aynak ends abruptly at the foot of a dusty hilltop. From that vantage point, 40 kilometers from Kabul, one

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Afghanistan’s Buddhist site preservation promised

The Afghan government has promised to preserve a historic Buddhist site at the Ainak copper project site. The grounds of Mes Aynak in Logar province are a sprawling 9,800-acre (4,000-hectare) trove of Buddhist monastery ruins, statues and tombs that sit

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