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Ghazni speeding up its development schemes

Ghazni is preparing itself for next year’s ceremony when the province will be officially receiving its title as the center for Islamic Culture and Civilization, which was awarded to them in 2007 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural

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UK and China in negotiations on currency swap

The Bank of England is next after Australia, Brazil, Japan and Hong Kong to sign currency swap agreement with China. The Bank and the People’s Bank of China are close to signing a three-year currency swap arrangement, allowing the two

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Singapore’s manufacturing sector boosts economic growth beyond expectations

Singapore reports an economic growth of 1.5% in the three months to the end of December, from a year earlier, compared with initial estimates of around 1.1%. The manufacturing sector, which had recently slumped as a result of global slowdown,

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Afghanistan Will Showcase Its Agricultural Riches at Gulfood 2013

Thirty Afghan traders will showcase the country’s agricultural riches, ranging from saffron and pomegranates to apples and nuts, at a three-day Gulfood Exhibition which opens today in Dubai. The renowned Gulfood Exhibition, held at the Dubai World Trade Centre, is

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Australia: Where the good life comes at a price

Australia has managed to come out of the global financial crisis without a recession. But as a result of its booming economy, the cost of living is extremely high. It was the limes that finally tipped me over the edge.

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North Korea plans to launch 3G data service

North Korea’s Koryolink is planning to launch a 3G data service for foreign visitors and residents from overseas. The country’s citizens will not be able to use the service, according to reports. The government allowed foreign visitors to bring their

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How Offices Become Complaint Departments

THERE is the ideal life, and then there is life as it really exists. We have various ways of expressing discontent over this inevitable gap, and one of the most common is complaining. The workplace is no exception. The office

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Salman Khan involved in a petty quarrel yet again

Bollywood Celebden-Salman Khan, who is always prone to conflicts off the screen, has lost his composure yet again and was involved in a petty quarrel with the organizers of Celebrity Cricket League in Hyderabad on Tuesday . But this time

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Write E-Mails That People Won't Ignore

Your clients and colleagues don’t have time to engage fully with every e-mail they get. Some of them receive hundreds of messages per day. That’s why they start with the ones they can deal with quickly. They may never get

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Write E-Mails That People Won’t Ignore

Your clients and colleagues don’t have time to engage fully with every e-mail they get. Some of them receive hundreds of messages per day. That’s why they start with the ones they can deal with quickly. They may never get

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Turkey, Russia and India to invest in Bamyan

Turkey, Russia and India have expressed willingness to invest in the reconstruction and development of Bamyan province, said officials. The ambassadors of the mentioned nations agreed with the local officials on this matter at a joint conference in Bamyan on

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Pakistani Firm to design dam on Farah Rud River

The Ministry of Water and Energy announced Sunday that agreement for the design of a damn on the Farah Rud in western Farah province has been signed with a Pakistani firm, the National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK). The firm was

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Artist to unleash 10,000 pink balloons on Kabul

Despite grinding poverty and more than three decades of war, a New York-based artist believes 10,000 pink balloons can help bring peace and happiness to Afghans on the streets of Kabul. Yazmany Arboleda has already unleashed coloured balloons in India,

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Council of Ministers to soon approve Afghanistan’s mining laws draft

The Council of Ministers gives preliminary approval to the delayed mining laws of Afghanistan. According to the presidential palace press release, the Council of Ministers decided Monday to approve the mining laws draft. Ministry of Justice and Mines are required

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World Bank pledges USD 120mn for horticulture projects in Afghanistan

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock officials, the World Bank will fund horticulture development projects at a cost of USD 120mn. The fund will be spent over the next six years in Kabul, Kapisa, Panjshir, Nangarhar, Laghman,

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Ministry of Finance yet to decide on tax relief for Afghan containers

The Cabinet Economic Committee has decided to wave off tax on the 3,000 Afghan containers that were stopped at the Karachi Port for three months that inflicted millions of dollars of losses on the traders. The Finance Ministry has not

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Inauguration of a new building for Baghlan’s Sports Department

The national Olympics committee has built a new building for Baghlan’s Sports Department along with a playing ground and a public park in Pulkhumri city at a cost of 11mn AFN. Having 14 rooms and a big hall, the 3-storey

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Iranians suffering from the sanctions, while the nuclear program is speeding up

Iranians are facing a medical crisis amid tightening sanctions from the US and its allies. Iranian pharmacies are running out of life-saving medicines.  “We are running low on every kind of medicine,” said an Iranian pharmacist, Dr. Kheirollah Gholami.  The

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Welfare projects benefit thousands in Faryab

More than 20,000 households have benefitted from welfare projects implemented in Faryab’s province this year. According to Faryab’s Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, a total of 91 projects of National Solidarity, regional development, irrigation and road construction have been

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Afghan female governor wants to bring a change

Saira Shakeeb Sadat wants to bring change to Khwaja Dukoh, her district in northern Jawzjan Province. This place, though isolated, was always blessed with peace and security; however, the isolation did mean the aid money did not make its way

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Newly Trained Afghan Medics Treat Patients During Medical Outreach in Belambai

Three newly trained villagers taught by Afghan National Army Special Forces medics treated their first patients during a medical outreach event at a community health clinic in Belambai village, Panjwai district, Kandahar province, Feb. 20. The Afghan-led eight day training

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Kabul municipality’s revenue increased by 33% this year

Kabul Municipality announced a 33% increase in its revenue from last year’s. Mayor Mohammad Yonus Nawandish said the revenues, projected to be above 2.55bn AFN, would be spent towards road construction and urban improvements. Kabul residents have long remained dissatisfied

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Government slams Etisalat announcement of 4G services in Afghanistan

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) called the recent announcement of 4G mobile internet services by the Etisalat telecommunications company “deceptive”. The officials said many customers have remained dissatisfied with Etisalat’s 3G services and the firm has yes

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Ghazni residents still waiting for uplift projects in their districts

A number of Ghazni residents complain about absence of reconstruction projects in areas where security has improved with the deployment of local police forces. The government had failed to execute uplift plans in a number of districts due to lack

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Charchino’s district to have a new district HQ building soon

The foundation stone of a building for the Charchino district headquarters was laid in the central province of Uruzgan. Previously, district employees would work in rented houses and a religious seminary. Costing 16mn AFN, the double-story building is built on

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