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Foundation stone-laying ceremony of a blood bank clinic in Western Afghanistan

 A blood bank is soon going to be established in the western Herat province of Afghanistan, reported officials from the Ministry of Public Health. Deputy Public Health Minister Najia Tariq, speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the clinic, said

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Afghanistan’s carpets sold at USD 1.7mn at Dubai conference

Afghan carpet producers who participated in the Afghanistan-US Carpet Conference last month earned USD 1.7mn from selling their carpets. The 3-day conference was held in September to bring top Afghan carpet companies closer to the Western market, mainly the American

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Afghan-Iran joint trade committee to meet next month

As per the agreements made in the 4th Iran-Afghanistan Joint Economic Cooperation Commission last month in Kabul, the Afghan-Iran joint trade committee’s meeting is due to be held next month. The body would discuss trade opportunities and further development of

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Agriculture Minister working to modernize Afghanistan’s agriculture

With more than 80% of the population engaged in farming, agriculture remains the core sector of Afghanistan’s economy. The three decades of war have certainly made farming challenging for the people, but the wars have not changed the central importance

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ACD a step toward building unity among Asian countries- Afghanistan President

Addressing the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) maiden Summit in Kuwait City, President Hamid Karzai regarded the ACD a significant stride towards unifying and cementing peaceful coexistence among different cultures and civilizations in the region. The first Summit of the ACD

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Ministry of Transport’s objection to Afghanistan's transportation problems

Minister of Transport and Aviation Daud Ali Najfi strictly objected the transportation system in Afghanistan for its non-standard roads. “The efforts of the Ministry of Transport in the last ten years have been worthwhile; however, the problems of the road

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Ministry of Transport’s objection to Afghanistan’s transportation problems

Minister of Transport and Aviation Daud Ali Najfi strictly objected the transportation system in Afghanistan for its non-standard roads. “The efforts of the Ministry of Transport in the last ten years have been worthwhile; however, the problems of the road

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Better tax system boosts Kunduz revenue by 22m AFN

The revenue of northern Kunduz province boosted to 137mn AFN during the first half of the current year, compared to the revenue of 115mn AFN in the first six months of last year. Most of the money came from income

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Germany talking about a 1% growth

Germany has cut down its forecast for economic growth in 2013 from 1.6% to 1%, its slowest rate since the reunification.  For this year, the economy ministry expects growth of 0.8 percent, up from 0.7 percent in April. The nation

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Emphasis on international assistance to Afghanistan at the IMF-WB annual meeting

Minister of Finance Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal highlighted the importance of foreign aid to Afghanistan, as the nation is entering the transmission period, with the foreign troops pulling out of Afghanistan, at the International Monetary Fund-World Bank annual meetings held in

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Afghanistan becomes The Asian Cooperation Dialogue member

By- Ahmadshah Ghanizada- Deliberations of the First Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit began in the State of Kuwait today under the auspices of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jabir al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait with participation of 32 Asian countries and a number of

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Afghanistan one of the recipients of the Peace through Commerce Medal

The International Trade Administration’s Peace through Commerce medal has recognized eight individuals and organizations that have played a crucial and proactive role in increasing trade and strengthening their countries’ overall relations. The Peace through Commerce Medal dates back to the

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Iran to fund Bamyan's regional hospital

The stone-laying foundation ceremony of a 200-bed hospital was held in Bamyan on Tuesday. Minister of Public Health Dr. Suraya Dalil said the USD 20mn hospital is funded by Afghanistan’s neighboring country of Iran. The hospital would not only be

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Iran to fund Bamyan’s regional hospital

The stone-laying foundation ceremony of a 200-bed hospital was held in Bamyan on Tuesday. Minister of Public Health Dr. Suraya Dalil said the USD 20mn hospital is funded by Afghanistan’s neighboring country of Iran. The hospital would not only be

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No international pipeline firm ready to implement TAPI gas project

Billed as ‘Peace Pipeline’ for the troubled South-Asia region, the US-backed $9-billion TAPI gas pipeline has got stuck with no international pipeline company willing to implement it unless Turkmenistan gives a share in the gas fields, officials said today. According to the

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Saif-Kareena tie marriage knot

The news of the love story of Saifeena approaches a crescendo! Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan went for a registry marriage today. Karisma Kapoor, the bride’s sister, Randhir Kapoor and Bapita, the bride’s parents, and Saif’s mother Sharmila Tagore

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Cotton the best alternative to opium- Helmand elders

A number of residents in southern Helmand province believe that with increasing cotton yields in the province, the issue of insecurity would be minimized. This subject has been discussed among elders of the districts of Nadali, Marjah, Garshak, Nawa, Garamser

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Turkey agrees to build a research hospital in Kabul

Turkey’s Deputy Minister of Health Omer Faruk Kocak and Turkish Ambassador Basat Ozturk signed an agreement with the Ministry of Higher Education on the construction of a research hospital in Kabul. Costing USD 283mn, the 10-storey facility would be built

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12th ECO summit opens in Baku with Afghanistan in attendance

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada-The 12th summit of Economic Co-operation Organization (ECO) is opening in Baku on Tuesday with leaders from ten member states participating, including Central Asian Republics, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey. President Hamid Karzai, leading a high level delegation,

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Samangan sees an increase in grapes production

Grapes yield in the Feroz Nakhchar district of northern Samangan province has boosted to 6,000 tons this year compared to last year’s 5,000 tons, generating a revenue of 204 million AFN to the district. The suitable climatic and soil conditions

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Singapore and Germany agree to crack down on tax dodgers

Singapore and Germany have agreed to tackle tax evasion by increasing the level of information they exchange. Singapore is seen as the next haven for foreign nationals to hide their wealth from authorities in their own countries. For a long

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China’s Inflation Easing

China’s inflation dipped to 1.9% from a year earlier, and down from a rate of 2% in August. The rise in consumer prices has been holding back policymakers from taking stimulus measures to boost the economy. “This inflation picture remains

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Afghanistan to host the 4th ECO Business Forum

Afghanistan is looking forward to hosting the 4th ECO (Economic Cooperation Organization) Business Forum and Buyers-Sellers Meetings on textile and mineral sectors in Kabul. ECO was founded in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey for the purpose of promoting economic,

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New Transit Agreement signed between Afghanistan and Pakistan

Ministry of Commerce and Industries announced an agreement signed between Afghanistan and Pakistan for the transit of Afghan goods from Pakistan’s soil to India. The agreement allows transit of Afghan traders’ goods to India through the Gwadar port of Pakistan.

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Iran visa process to be made easy for Afghan traders

In a meeting with the governor general of Sistan-Baluchistan Hatam Narouei, Afghan consul general Zahedan Mohammad Zaher Norestani called for easing of travel procedures for Afghan businessmen. Mr. Norestani said that Afghanistan expects Iranian government to facilitate and ease travel

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