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Afghan Ministry of Mines working to bring transparency in the mining contracts

Speaking at a conference in Kabul, Mines Minister Waheedullah Shahrani acknowledged that many of the mining agreements are marred by flaws and technical imperfections. Minister Shahrani linked the inaccuracies in the contracts with the ministry’s poor capacity and lack of

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Eid-ul-Adha

Eid-ul-Adha (‘festival of Sacrifice’), also known as the Greater Eid, is the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar. The festival remembers the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to. The story of Ibrahim’s

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TNT Express in Afghanistan wins Etisalat Contract

 Kabul, Afghanistan, 14th October 2012-TNT Express in Afghanistan has signed a two year shipping service agreement with Etisalat. Etisalat Afghanistan is 100% owned subsidiary of Etisalat UAE. Etisalat operates in the Middle East and Africa, headquartered in the UAE, and

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Work on the Torkham-Jalalabad Highway Resumed

Pakistan resumed construction on the dualization of the Torkham-Jalalabad highway, which was halted for the past three years due to negligence of the Pakistani contractor. The first lane of the road was inaugurated in 2007 and after that Pakistan refused

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Hope for peace- poem by young Afghan poetess Sajia Alaha Ahrar

آرزوی صلح در جهان   آرزو دارم که دایـم صلح باشـد در جـهان با لب پرخنده بینم هر طرف طفل و جوان   آرزو دارم به انـسان زندگی ای با هـمی فرق رنگ و ملت و لسان نباشد در میان

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Herat's Revenue Sees a Boost

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada-Officials in Herat provincial transportation department on Sunday announced an increase of 18% revenue during the first 6 months of the Afghan calendar year. Provincial transportation department chief Ahmad Javid Aimaq said there has been a significant increase

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Herat’s Revenue Sees a Boost

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada-Officials in Herat provincial transportation department on Sunday announced an increase of 18% revenue during the first 6 months of the Afghan calendar year. Provincial transportation department chief Ahmad Javid Aimaq said there has been a significant increase

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Investment in Afghanistan up by 20%

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada- Officials in the ministry of commerce and trade of Afghanistan on Saturday announced 20 percent investment growth in Afghanistan. Afghan commerce and trade minister Anwar-ul-Haq Ahadi, speaking during a press conference in Kabul, said around $400 million

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Potato price declining in Bamyan

Bamyan farmers are complaining that the price of potatoes is at its lowest record in the province. According to the farmers, Pakistani potatoes are bought at 140 AFN per seven kg, while the same quantity of Afghan potatoes is bought

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Launch of Township project for 50,000 people

Work on a township in the Zarin area of the Yakawlang district of central Bamyan province was inaugurated by the vice president, Mohammad Karim Khalili. With a capacity of housing for 50,000 people, the township would have all facilities, such

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President Karzai Assigns a High Council to Monitor Economic Growth

President Hamid Karzai has set up a High Economic Council, led by the president himself, to boost the country’s economy. The Council would include three representatives from the private sector, university scholars and the Cabinet. Minister of Commerce and Industries

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Pakistan allows Afghans to trade at Wagah Port

At the meeting between Izharul haq, trade attaché at the Afghan Embassy in Islamabad and Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Commerce and Industries Muzamil Shinwari, Pakistan decided to allow Afghanistan to take their goods to the Wagah port. Wagah is the

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Iran allows Nimroz bound trucks to pass the border

Iran has allowed Afghan cargo trucks bound to Nimroz to cross into Afghanistan after having them stopped plying through Bandar abbas to Nimroz. Iran had alleged the Afghan truck drivers for smuggling fuel to Afghanistan, something Afghan drivers have denied

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Unfair subcontracting: who pays?

By Najib Manalai- Mohamed Said Fellag, an Algerian humorist, displays in one of his shows a young Algerian embraces the Catholic faith to marry his Swiss lover. During the christening ceremony the priest pours water on him and converts him

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UN to help Afghanistan combat the effects of climate change

The United Nations (UN) would assist Afghanistan with fighting the adverse effects of climate change. United Nations Environment Department announced the implementation of a USD 6mn program in coordination with the Afghan government. The program would be implemented in the

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Pak offers Iran to invest in gas pipeline

In a meeting with Iranian Ambassador Ali Raza, Pakistan petroleum advisor Asim Hussain in Islamabad put forward the offer to invest in the construction of the gas pipeline in Pakistan from the Iranian border. The government is expected to issue

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Interference from neighbors led to lost opportunities for Ghazni reconstruction

A number of parliamentarians believe that Ghazni has lost its reconstruction opportunities since the entrance of a team of Iranian archaeologists to Ghazni. Minister of Information and Culture, Minister of Urban Development, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Defense and

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Goals were raining as Toofan (Storm) Harirod smashed Spinghar Bazan

RAPL press release- Toofan Harirod did not disappoint its fans. The technically and physically strong team from Herat and Western Afghanistan controlled the match versus Spinghar Bazan from the beginning on. Only 2 minutes into the game Marouf Mohammadi got

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US appeals court overturn Samsung Galaxy Nexus ban

The US Court of Appeals overturned a ban on sales of Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus phone. Apple had approached the Court to ban the sales of Samsung Galaxy Nexus post its victory at the California court earlier this year, which awarded

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Greece unemployment rate hits a record high

The latest official figures show Greece’s unemployment rate to be at 25.1%, with austerity cuts continuing and Greece is enter another year of recession. The unemployment level among young people has reached 54.2%, the 15-24 age group being the worse-affected

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Sluggish global economy hurting emerging economies-warns IMF’s Christine Lagarde

The global economic crisis has started to hurt growth in emerging economies warned the International Monetary Fund (IMF) head, Christine Lagarde. There has been a widespread uncertainty in Europe, America, and other places around the globe, hampering decision makers from

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Ayenda foundation raises funds for Afghan children

Ayenda Foundation held its seventh annual dinner to raise funds for Afghanistan’s needy children. “Afghan children have suffered tremendously in the past 30 years, but they are still full of life and hope and never forget to smile at you,”

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Two Afghan government officials sentenced to prison for embezzlement

Paktika’s revenue officer and agriculture director, alleged for embezzlement in government funds, are awarded six and seven year imprisonment respectively. According to the chief of the urban court Khan Zaman Yaqubi’s verdict, the agriculture director with convenience of revenue officer

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New buildings for Bamyan University

Three new buildings for agriculture and education faculties as well as the administrative affairs department of Bamyan University were inaugurated on Thursday. Funded by the Ministry of Higher Education, the buildings cost USD 580,000. Second Vice-President Mohammad Karim Khalili, who

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Afghan traders to get lands in industrial park

Minister of Commerce and Industries Dr. Anwarul Haq Ahadi announced on Thursday that the distribution of land plots to traders in Hesar-e-Shahi industrial parks in eastern Nangarhar province will begin soon. The ministry planned to construct a large petroleum storage

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