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Fuel to Afghan forces may have violated Iran sanctions

Amid speculations that the US funds could have been used for fuel purchases from Iran, US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction urged the Pentagon to enhance oversight of how US money is being spent. According to General John Sopko,

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ADB allocates USD 300mn to infrastructure projects in Afghanistan

The Asian Development Bank announced Thursday that it will grant USD 300mn to fund infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. The projects include supply of electricity to three southern provinces from Turkmenistan, construction of dams on rivers in Bamiyan and Badakhshan, reconstruction

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President Karzai orders the distribution of electronic IDs to begin in February

President Hamid Karzai sent a decree ordering the relevant ministries to begin the distribution of electronic identification cards as scheduled in early February. The new IDs include biometric data such as finger prints and eye scans, mainly aimed at ensuring

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Inauguration of a cold storage room in Baghlan Province

Officials of the High Peace Council in Baghlan announced the establishment of a cold storage room with a capacity of 100 tons of agricultural products. Chief of the provincial Council Samadi Stanekzai said the cold storage room is built in

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Afghan Orchestra to perform in the US

Students of the Afghan orchestra from the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) are invited to perform in venues of three US states including the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. “The performing students are

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Denmark to continue their assistance to Afghanistan

Danish government has pledged to stand by the Afghan government post-2014 and assist the country with developing its economy. According to the Copenhagen post, Denmark will provide USD 96mn (530mn kroner)  per year between 2013 and 2017. Based on Denmark’s

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Afghan government must work to reopen schools-Afghan Women Coalition

With the approach of the new academic year, Afghan Women Coalition urged the government to make efforts towards reopening of schools that have been shut down due to security issues. Many children have been deprived of education in several provinces,

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USD 30mn Afghan de-mining contract awarded to Sterling Global Operations

Headquartered in Lenoir City of Tennessee, Sterling Global Operations won USD 30mn contract for demining work in Afghanistan. The contract will focus on removing landmines and unexploded ordnance at Bagram Air Field and other bases and areas throughout the country,

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Tajikistan to export one billion kilowatt hours of electricity to Afghanistan

Head of Barki Tochik state energy Abdullo Yeroz announced Wednesday at a press conference in Dushanbe that Tajikistan is planning to export more than one billion kilowatt hours of electricity to Afghanistan in 2013. Tajikistan experiences electricity shortages of about

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EU’s fresh aid to Afghanistan’s health and agriculture sectors

The EU announced the agreement for new EU aid to Afghanistan aimed at supporting the health and agriculture programs worth 185mn Euros. “The Afghan people have suffered tremendously in recent years due to war, instability and overwhelming poverty. With EU

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Afghan female artist beats the odds to create art

Reuters-Charred bodies lie scattered against blood-stained walls and debris covers the ground. For Afghanistan, the only unusual thing in this gruesome scene is that the blood is red paint – and part of an art installation. It’s a work by

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BP’s USD 4bn plea resolved

P oPleaded guilty for 14 criminal charges, British oil giant BP said it would pay USD 4bn in settlement for 14 criminal charges related to the fatal 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. A U.S. court accepted BP’s federal plea agreement, making

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Apple’s demand for higher damages from rival Samsung is denied

A US judge in California court rejected Apple’s demand for higher damages from South Korea’s Samsung. The court called on the firm to abide by the USD 1.05bn ruling. It further denied requests from both firms for a retrial of

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Afghan women engaged in saffron business

Negin Saffron is the brand name and registered trademark of The Afghan Women’s Saffron Association (AWSA), which is an umbrella organization of several women, that led saffron growers and processers in the Herat province. AWSA consist of over 1000 of

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New building for Quotanmast School in Sar-e-Pul

Students of the Quotanmast School, who used to study under tents, now have a new building, which was inaugurated on Tuesday in Gosfandi district of Sar-e-Pul province. Funded by the Turkish government, the school is built on a four-acre land,

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U.S. officials failed to verify that fuel for Afghan forces did not come from Iran, report says

The Washington Post-American officials in Afghanistan have failed to verify that fuel purchased for Afghan security forces in recent years did not come from Iran, which would constitute a violation of U.S. sanctions, according to an inspector general report issued

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Afghan government’s efforts to manage water resources

President Hamid Karzai said Tuesday that only Afghans can resolve the issue of water management in the country. Attended by President Karzai, country’s ministers and international experts, the Third National Conference on Water Resources Development and Management in Afghanistan was

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Youth Detention Center inaugurated in Helmand

Constructed at a cost of USD 917,000 provided by the British forces, a youth detention center was inaugurated in southern Helmand province on Tuesday. According to the Justice Director Mohammad Tayeb Atal, there are currently 5 boys and 45 girls

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Shahrukh Khan and the Indian government hit back at Pakistan over Shahrukh Khan’s security

India on Tuesday dismissed Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s suggestion that New Delhi provide security to Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan. Home Secretary RK Singh said India is quite capable of taking care of the security of its people. Singh

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Afghan women’s business flourished by small loans

A number of Afghan women have achieved impressive progress in their business using the small loans provided to them. Small loans ranging from 25,000 AFN to 250,000 AFN are made available through four representatives of the Microfinance Bank operating in

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Five vocational institutes to receive internet services

Afghan Ministry of Communication and Information Technology said Tuesday that five vocational institutes of the Ministry of Education will have internet access in the next three months. All the students around Afghanistan would be able to have full access to

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New school opened in Talukan village, Kandahar

Leaders from the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan opened a school in Talukan village with a ribbon cutting ceremony in Panjwai district, Kandahar province, Jan. 26. District Governor Haji Faizil Mohammad, District Minister of Education Izatullah, District Chief

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Kandahar records the lowest revenue collection this year

Kandahar revenue has hit its lowest this year, said a senior customs official. According to the Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Customs Director Azizullah Jalalzai linked the drastic decline in revenue collection this year to the problems at Pakistan’s Karachi seaport.

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Yahoo’s quarterly revenue rises under its new leadership

Yahoo has reported a nearly 2% increase in the fourth quarter revenues compared with the same quarter figures last year. Ranked among the top websites in the global industry, Yahoo witnessed a revenue of USD 1.35bn in the fourth quarter

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India finally lowers key interest rate

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been pressured to lower key interest rate from 8% to 7.75%. The Bank was refusing to cut interest rate in order to make sure to keep inflation in check. Amid the slowing of

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