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Afghan students seeking higher education in France

The Embassy of France in Kabul announced on Sunday that the French government will fund about 20 Afghan students to seek Master’s degree and PhD next year in France. The scholarship program is part of France’s commitment to participating in

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UN chief says discovery of vast mineral deposits in Afghanistan should be managed properly

(UNAMA)-Drawing attention to Afghanistan’s vast mineral resources, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a recent statement that the mineral deposits discovered in the country should be managed properly and it shouldn’t spark civil strife as feared by some. He

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Launch of construction of Helmand projects

Construction of three development projects, including buildings for the municipality district and transport and the department cleanliness and asphalting of a road, was launched on Sunday in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province. The project, costing USD 270,000, is

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Residents protest wanting Herat-Maidan road paved

Dozens of residents of Herat, Ghor, Daikundi, Bamyan and Maidan Wardak protested in front of the national assembly, demanding the government to pave the Herat-Maidan highway as soon as possible. The 700km highway starts from Herat and passes through Bamyan,

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Tehran bans imports of luxury items

Sanction-hit Iran has announced a ban on imports of luxury items-ranging from high-end cars to coffee to toilet paper. Tehran has taken this move to control the flow of money outside the country and to promote domestic products. The increasing

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Joblessness a major concern in Samangan province

A number of Samangan residents have expressed their deep concerns about unemployment and lack of job opportunities in the province and have urged the government to take serious actions. The residents complain that foreigners are employed in a number of

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Problems of Baghlan farmers not addressed

Baghlan fruits have lost their values in the market, as distance from the market and damaged roads have affected the quality of the fruits. The farmers say that their apple yield has been higher than previous years, but due to

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Reconstruction of a 14-km road in Jawzjan

Local officials of northern Jawzjan province reported about the reconstruction of the road in Khwaja Do-Koh District. Jawzjan Deputy Governor Faqir Mohammad Jawzjani said the graveling of the road has been completed at a cost of USD 300,000. He added

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Fuel prices increasing in Afghanistan with the arrival of the winter

A number of Kabul residents complain about the rising prices of fuel and urge the government to take measures to resolve the issue. The coming winter accompanied by the government’s failure to curb rising fuel prices in the country has

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Karzai attracting Indian investments to Afghanistan

President Hamid Karzai, currently visiting India, told a gathering in the capital city of Mumbai that his country is ready for Indian investments in mining and other sectors and that India should not hesitate about coming for investment to Afghanistan,

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Afghan piano students win 3rd prize in an international competition

Two students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) finished third in their age category at an international piano competition held in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this week. This is the first time that any Afghan piano student participated in

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Afghanistan’s national electricity company increases 20%

The revenue of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national state electricity company, increases by 20%, more than the figure forecasted by the company’s CEO, Abdul Razique Samadi. Mr. Samadi had projected the revenue for this year to be 9bn

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AGFAIR exhibition in Kabul, Afghanistan

The international Agriculture Fair is held every year in Badambagh, Kabul to draw thousands of businesspeople from across the country and from as many as 15 nations including India, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, New Zealand

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Commerce Ministry is responsible for finding market for saffron- Council of Ministers

The Council of Ministers assigned the Ministry of Commerce to find market for saffron productions. According to newsletter of the Council of Ministers, the Ministry of Commerce and Industries is responsible for taking serious steps in expanding the business for

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China’s new figures add hope to economic recovery

China has reported an increase in industrial production, retail sales and fixed-asset investment at a time when the country is facing its slowest growth rate since the past three years. To add to the joy, China’s inflation rate hit its

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Complaints about the Auto Mechanic Institute of Kabul

Situated in central Kabul, Afghanistan’s Auto Mechanic Institute has been around since 1973. The Institute, built by the Russians, has four separate departments of electro mechanic, auto, machine technology, and road construction machine. The building was partially damaged during the

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Afghanistan, Indonesia pledge expansion of ties between the two

Afghanistan and Indonesia agreed at the fifth Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) to ease visa policy for diplomats from both sides. According to a statement from the presidential office, President Hamid Karzai and his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono pledged expansion

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India to release USD 100mn aid to Afghanistan

India cleared USD 100mn aid for the third phase of the small developmental projects (SDPs) as part of its commitment on a USD 2bn aid program, ahead of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s visit. The SDPs directly impact local communities and

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Stock Exchange in Kabul?!

With the foreign troops preparing to leave the country and security uncertainties rising, would it be a good idea to establish a stock exchange in Afghanistan?… And not to forget the endemic corruption crippling the economic development in the country.

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Price of gold up and food stable in Kabul

According to the Pajhwok Afghan News Agency’s weekly price report, price of gold went up during the outgoing week in Kabul, while prices of commodities remained stable. The price of one gram of Arabian gold increased from 2,400 AFN to

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China working towards more economic reforms

Addressing the Communist Party, China’s president Hu Jintao said the country will deepen its economic reforms aimed mainly at expanding domestic demand. The president’s statement comes at a time when China is experiencing its slowest economic growth rate for three

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Samsung’s Galaxy S3 becomes the best-selling smartphone

Samsung’s Galaxy S3 finally beats Apple’s iPhone 4S position of the best-selling smartphones, selling 18mn models compared with Apple’s 16.2mn sales in the third quarter of 2012. The South Korean smartphone giant reported record profits of USD 5.9bn in the

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2nd phase of Hairatan-Mazar Railway to begin soon

The second phase of Hairatan-Mazar railways extending from the Naheb Abad area of Mazar-e-Sharif and running for 230km into the Aqina and Ankhoy areas of neighboring province of Faryab in the west will begin soon, said the Ministry of Public

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UK phases out financial aid to India by 2015

UK’s international development secretary Justine Greening has said that UK’s financial aid of about USD 320mn to India will be ended between now and 2015 and instead focus will shift to offering technical assistance. “After reviewing the programme and holding

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UN to support uplift projects in Faryab: Kubiš

(UNAMA)-The UN Special Representative for Afghanistan on Wednesday promised to motivate donor countries to fund development projects in northern Faryab province. During a visit to Faryab, Ján Kubiš told a news conference the UN would continue to cooperate with Afghanistan

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