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In Kabul, food prices show mixed trend

Pajhwok Afghan News Price Report: Prices of flour and rice increased while rates of firewood, sugar and ghee declined during the outgoing solar year, compared with 1390 trends, traders said on Tuesday. In March 2012, a litre of petrol cost

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The High Committee of Clusters Coordination working on Afghanistan’s national development programs

Lead by Economy Minister Abdul Ahadi Arghandiwal, the High Committee of Clusters Coordination in their meeting on Monday conferred on the implementation of economic policies and infrastructural development programs. The meeting was attended by Ministers of Public Works, Finance, Rural

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Demand for alfalfa grows in Bamiyan

Bamiyan agriculture department officials have undertaken programs for the promotion of alfalfa production aimed at the development of Bamiyan’s livestock and environment. According to the officials, more than 700kg of alfalfa seeds were distributed to the farmers last year in

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Country Update – The World Bank Group in Afghanistan

The world development report 2013: JOBS  stresses the role of a strong private sector led growth in creating jobs and outlines how jobs that do the most for development can spur a virtuous cycle. The report finds that poverty falls

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How to Turn Your Weaknesses Into Strengths

Think about your biggest weaknesses at work and in life. What qualities are you most unhappy about? Of the following list of 16 typical weaknesses, look carefully and choose the three that resonate most with you: 1) Disorganized 2) Inflexible

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Kandahar women’s affairs director vows to implement welfare schemes for women

The rights of nearly 159 women were abused and deprived of their rights last year in Kandahar. Ruqia Achakzai described these violent acts to reporters at the Governor’s House in Kandahar City and linked these crimes to widespread illiteracy, extreme

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25 quotes to inspire you to become a better leader

Great quotes inspire us to change, to grow, and to become our best selves. I researched thousands of quotes from successful leaders for my last book, to capture one for each chapter, covering 11 simple concepts to become a better leader. My

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New Year Festival, a good opportunity for marketing Afghan products

On the days of Mila Gul-e-Surkh in Mazar-e-Sharif, sales of Afghan products witness a drastic increase. Mila Gul-e Surkh, the Red Flower Festival, is an ancient 40-day event that takes place in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif. Thousands of Afghans from

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Water canal to be built in Ghoriyan district

A water canal worth USD 8.5mn would be built in Herat’s Ghoriyan district, close to the border with Iran, said officials of the Ministry of Water and Energy on Monday. The project would irrigate 9,750,000 hectares of land and benefit

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China, the world’s second biggest market for Hollywood moviemakers

China has become the world’s second largest movie market, with box office revenues surging to USD 2.7bn in 2012. This follows after China eased restrictions on the number of foreign films allowed to be screened. Last year, it agreed to

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Eurozone Finance Ministers agree on a deal for Cyprus

Eurozone Finance Ministers have agreed on a bailout deal of 10bn Euros to keep Cyprus in the Eurozone and rescue its banking system from collapsing. Head of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde regarded the deal as “a comprehensive and

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Farmland prices: Is the bubble about to burst?

Experts think a 1980s-like crisis is unlikely, but concerns linger. WASHINGTON — Record-high prices for corn, soybeans, wheat and other commodities have left growers flush with cash to purchase more land. And what the farmers don’t pay for out of

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Why Fiscal Cliff Deal Fails To Neutralize Debt Ceiling Hostage

What is Fiscal Cliff Deal? The term fiscal cliff has been used at various occasions in the past to refer to fiscal issues. It is already known to the public that Congress created the fiscal mess that it is currently squabbling over. Furthermore, it is quite surprising to see it

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Rockfalls block Kabul-Jalalabad Highway

A series of rockfalls over the highway between Kabul city and eastern Nangarhar province have obstructed the road. The incidents have not caused harm to people so far, said the officials. The first landslide incident took place in the Darunta

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Corruption at the Afghan government level on the rise

The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC) said graft at the government level has increased, with most of it stemming from the national sources of income, mainly customs. This indicated the lack of commitment from the government towards

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Neighboring countries’ bazaars on the border hurting Afghan market

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said bazaars set up by neighboring countries on the borders damage local industry by selling products at lower prices. According to Director of ACCI’s international relations Azarakhsh Hafezi, the border bazaars are

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India, Iran set to ink agreement on transiting goods to Afghanistan

India is set to sign an agreement with Iran on transporting goods to Afghanistan and to invest over USD 100mn in the Iranian port city of Chabahar. Located 72km west of Pakistan’s Gwardar port, Chabahar port holds immense strategic and

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Distribution of computerized passports begins in Kabul

The Afghan Interior Ministry has officially begun printing and distribution process of computerized passports. According to the officials, the new passports will prevent making of forged passports and their usage for criminal purposes. Addressing the inauguration ceremony, Head of the

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Afghanistan’s First and Leading Event Management Company is Set to Launch a Series of National & International Events

Pace Event Management Services is Afghanistan’s first and leading event management solutions company based in Kabul-Afghanistan and registered with Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA). It is a part of the Afghan led PACE-GROUP established in 2009. Since its establishment, Pace

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Afghanistan’s First and Leading Event Management Company is Set to Launch a Series of National & International Events

Pace Event Management Services is Afghanistan’s first and leading event management solutions company based in Kabul-Afghanistan and registered with Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA). It is a part of the Afghan led PACE-GROUP established in 2009. Since its establishment, Pace

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Parliament re-summons 11 ministers to answer questions over 2011 budget

Eleven ministers who failed to spend more than 50% of their development budgets in 2011 are summoned once again by the Parliament. The annual accounts of the ministries were discussed last year by 18 parliamentary commissions, which planned to summon

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1391 a good year for saffron export in Afghanistan

According to the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA), Afghanistan witnessed a 95% increase in its saffron export. Saffron exports augmented to more than 2.8 tons last year. The officials linked the increase to improvement in the product packaging and

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Nangarhar’s development in 1391

Addressing a Nawroz ceremony, Governor Gul Agha Sherzai said up to 1500 uplift schemes have been executed at a cost of USD80mn over the past 12 months in eastern Nangarhar province. The customs department generated revenue of USD 200mn last

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District Chief of Police Hosts Veterinary Outreach in Mya Neshin

District Chief of Police, Abdul Satar, hosted a four-day veterinary course and clinic in Mya Neshin district, Kandahar province, March 17-20. Two Pasab district para-veterinarians trained 18 Afghan National Army (ANA), Afghan Uniformed Police (AUP) and Afghan Local Police (ALP)

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Italy grants USD 1.2mn for Afghan Heritage Preservation, Development in Bamiyan

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will implement a USD 1.2mn project aimed at the conservation and development of Afghan heritage in Shar-e-Gholgholah of Bamiyan province. The grant will be provided by the Italian government. Afghan Minister for

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