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Gold, diesel, gas prices down in Kabul

Pajhwok Afghan News Weekly Price Report Gold, diesel and gas prices decreased during the outgoing week in Kabul, where the rates of flour and rice edged up, retailers said on Thursday. The rate of one litre of diesel fell by

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Gloves and mittens will warm Afghan children

Villagenewsonline- Last fall Junior Girl Scout Troop 756, in Enon, adopted the 179th MP Company, deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan. The girls just received an American flag and official certificate stating that the flag was flown by the soldiers in their

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Contracts awarded to NGOs are the roots of corruption

The Afghan government is disappointed at the international community’s effort towards eradicating corruption in Afghanistan. The government claims that aid agencies have failed to cooperate with the Afghan government in fighting corruption. The presidential palace alleges that the root of

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Women in Government Internship Program Celebrates Three Years of Success

USAID’s Women in Government Internship Program marked its first three years by celebrating two major milestones this week: the placement of more than 440 interns in government agencies in Kabul, Balkh, Herat, and Nangarhar, and the launch of the Women

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SCA female teachers leave for training in Pakistan

A number of 16 female teachers and consultants of community based and model schools left for Karachi, Pakistan Tuesday, 19 February on a ten-day professional training and study visits to similar schools. Education programme of Swedish Committee for Afghanistan selected

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Panjwai District Leaders Host Agricultural Training and Outreach for Farmers

Belambai villagers received agricultural training from the District Agricultural, Irrigation, and Livestock (DAIL) program in Panjwai district, Kandahar province, Feb. 18. DAIL representative Mohammed Wali and a Belambai school teacher Azad Khan taught 60 villagers fertilization, seeding and soil techniques.

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66 motorbikes donated to Baghlan’s public health department

United Stated Agency for International Development (USAID) with collaboration from the Bakhtar Development Network (BDN) donated 66 motorbikes to the Public Health Department in Baghlan. Head of BDN Dr. Abdul Qadir Qadiri said the Network operates in 12 districts of

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Who is Hareef Construction?

In the last 30 days, over $70 million USD in construction projects for Afghanistan have been awarded to companies. This information is not easy to find so I summarized it in the link below: http://constructionafghanistan.blogspot.com/p/construction-tenders-and-bids-in.html I was able to find

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Afghan Telecom falls behind in the race against private telecom firms

Afghanistan’s national telecommunication company has failed in the competition against the major private telecommunication companies, reported Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT). In addition to Afghan Telecom, private companies like Roshan, Etisalat, MTN and AWCC are currently providing telecommunication

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Arms market shrinks as a result of economic crisis

According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), sales of the 100 biggest arms dealers declined by 5%–the first drop registered since 1994. The figures exclude China due to lack of reliable data. Several factors have contributed to the

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Thailand economic growth surprises analysts

Thailand’s economy recovery exceeded expectations in the last three months of 2012, growing at 18.9% in the October-December period, while analysts had expected a figure close to 15%. The economy is continuing to recover from the previous year’s devastating floods

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Etisalat to launch the first ever 4G service in Afghanistan

United Arab Emirates based Etisalat Telecommunication Company is awarded Afghanistan’s first trial 4G network. The 4G service works five times faster, according to the Head of Etisalat Afghanistan, Ahmad Hussaini. Etisalat was the first firm to introduce 3.75G internet service

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David Cameron urges India to open up to British business

David Cameron has urged the Indian government to cut “regulation and red tape” in a bid to encourage more trade and investment involving UK businesses. The prime minister said India “can be a difficult country to do business in” but

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Five Dollars Per Person: Luxembourg Is Highest Per Capita Donor To WFP Afghanistan

With a donation of more than US$660,000 (€500,000), Luxembourg is the first country to contribute to the regular operations of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) in Afghanistan in 2013. This donation makes Luxembourg, a landlocked country located in

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Handicrafts by Afghan women gain international recognition

Kunduz businesswomen association said women’s handicrafts have gained popularity overseas. The handicrafts include traditional clothes, carpet weaving, embroidery, bead weaving and leather braiding. According to the  association in Kunduz, their products have been sold both in local markets and foreign

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Kandahar residents demand bus service

A number of residents of the Kandahar city have demanded the government to reintroduce the public transport bus service that was shut down by the government years ago. This comes as the commuters are faced with high taxi airfares. The

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For the Children: Afghanistan's Future Generation

Deep in the heart of Farah City, there is a place where children can be heard laughing and playing. Their hopes are high for a better, brighter future. Coalition forces visited the Farah Orphanage, Feb. 17, in Farah City to

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For the Children: Afghanistan’s Future Generation

Deep in the heart of Farah City, there is a place where children can be heard laughing and playing. Their hopes are high for a better, brighter future. Coalition forces visited the Farah Orphanage, Feb. 17, in Farah City to

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Training to Afghan architects on construction codes

Trainings will be provided to 200 architects on Afghanistan’s buildings codes—a legally binding set of norms for construction, which were finalized last year with technical assistance from Turkish engineers. Head of  the Department of Afghanistan’s Norms and Standards Popalzai Popal

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Forged money flooding Kabul markets

A number of residents and moneyexchangers have expressed their concerns about the rising circulation of counterfeit money in the market. Many moneyexchangers have given up their business as a result of increase in the printing of forged 500 and 1000

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World Bank to fund vocational trainings in Afghanistan

The World Bank has pledged 21mn AFN to fund vocational training grounds to 960 individuals in Kunduz, Laghman and Ghor provinces. The project would be implemented by the “Fundamental Social and Vocational Services” organization in Kunduz and Ghor. The “Professional

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Ministry of Communication’s revenue exceeds the government’s revenue

The revenue of the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) stood at USD 198mn in the last financial year, 10% more than the total revenue of the government. Speaking at the Annual Conference of Directors Ministry of communications and

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3 international firms willing to launch Afghan satellite

Three international companies have expressed interest to launch a satellite into Afghanistan’s space, the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) reported. The plan for the launch of Afghanistan’s first space satellite was approved by the Council of Ministers last

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Richest presidents from Washington to Clinton

Three years ago, 24/7 Wall St. published the net worth of every American president, from George Washington to Barack Obama. We have updated our numbers to reflect the earnings of the still-living presidents. One thing remains clear: it pays to be president,

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Invisibility of Invisible hand doesn’t lead to inefficiency of market economy in Afghanistan

By Najibullah Arshad It is invisible always and in everywhere not only in Afghanistan. Privatization and” Free Market” do not lead to or cause inefficiency and incompetence in Afghanistan, but mismanagement and absence(invisibility) of good governance is a hurdle in

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