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India raises gold import tax

In a bit to tackle its trade deficit, Indian government has raised import tax on gold from 4% to 6%. India’s trade deficit has hit a record 5.4% of total economic output between July and September last year. Some analysts

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Leon Walras

Separately but almost simultaneously with William Stanley Jevons and Carl Menger, French economist Leon Walras developed the idea of marginal utility and is thus considered one of the founders of the “marginal revolution.” But Walras’s biggest contribution was in what is now called

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Distribution of Afghan electronic ID cards to begin in March

The formal distribution of Afghan electronic ID cards will begin mid-March this year, the Afghan telecommunication and information technology announced today. The purpose of the electronic ID cards is to ensure transparency in the voting process, as all voters would

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Banking Sector in Afghanistan-its growth and importance

Afghanistan’s Central Bank, Da Afghanistan Bank-DAB, is one of the leading and government recognized banks of Afghanistan, which was established in 1939. DAB regulates all the banking and money handling operations in Afghanistan. Addressing the 3rd Annual Countrywide Investment-CWI in

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Importance of Public Private Sector Partnerships for Afghanistan

Promoting efficiency and innovation, Public Private Sector Partnerships (PPP) is seen as the predominant model for future government procurements. PPPs are increasingly seen by governments, aid organizations, and the international community as the best way to leverage resources to meet

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Scholarships available for 25 Afghan female candidates

Ministry of Higher Education – As usual the Asian University for Women (Bangladesh) has generously offered 25 scholarships for Afghan female candidates for the year 2013. These scholarships are being communicated through the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC) and the

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Afghan cement factories to be put up for bidding

Three major Afghan cement companies will be put out for bidding by the end of the March, said the Ministry of Mines. Last year in March, the Pesghaman Company of the Islamic Republic of Iran won the bid to establish

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Afghan bread’s the winner in Abu Dhabi

Khaleej Times-Traditional Afghan bakeries are doing brisk business with their dasha, tandour or tanour bread after the closure of many groceries in the capital. The popular Khubus, or Lebanese bread, is proving hard to procure for people after many shops

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Afghanistan better for theatre folk than Iran: Director

IANS-Eleven years after curbs on theater imposed by the Taliban were lifted, theater is making a comeback in Afghanistan. The Taliban had curbed all performing arts during its rule, between 1996-2001. These days, Afghanistan might be a better place for theater people than some other Islamic

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What legal education could do for a resilient Afghanistan

By Julian Simcock- Americans need a more complex, realistic picture of Afghanistan. Such a picture shows that US efforts to support education and the development of Afghan civil society should not be abandoned. It also shows that these initiatives may

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Government owes USD 77mn in power bills to DABS

Government authorities have defaulted on paying Da Afghanistan Breshan Sherkat (DABS) USD 77mn (4bn AFN) in electricity bills. DABS Marketing Chief Mirwais Alami urged the authorities at a news conference to remit their bills to help generate revenues for the

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