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ADB pledges USD 200mn for power project

The Asian Development Bank country director for Afghanistan, Joji tokeshi, agreed to grant USD 200mn to Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) for the extension of transmission lines from Turkmenistan to various parts of Afghanistan. DABS CEO Mr. Abdul Razique Samadi

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District Chief of Police, District Leaders Deliver Desks, Chairs to Khakrez School

District Chief of Police Mullah Gul and District Development Assembly shura members delivered 75 desks and chairs to a school in Layti village in Khakrez district, Kandahar province, March 16. The shura elders worked with a Kandahar city contractor for

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Afghan movie nominated for US Boston International Film Festival

Sediq Abedi’s directorial movie, “A Man’s Desire for a Fifth Wife” has been nominated for the US Boston International Film Festival (BIFF) which is due to be held from April 12 to April 21. Filmed mostly in northern Faryab and

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Afghan and Indian investors attend a joint conference in Kabul

A delegation of Indian companies attended a joint conference held in Kabul on Sunday. The conference was attended by 18 Indian companies from various sectors, including cement production, agriculture, car manufacturing, water consulting services, energy and infrastructure, electronics and transportation.

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Afghan traders accuse the government for the soaring prices

In retaliation to the government’s decision on the collection of taxes at entry points, Afghan traders protested and halted supplying goods to major cities. The number of trucks stranded at the gates has increased from 3000 to 6000, according to

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Afghan Finance Ministry appoints new top officials

Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal had proposed a reshuffle of top officials which have been approved by the President. The reshuffle includes changing of 34 senior officers. Former Chief of Pashtany Bank Gul Maqsood Sabi has been appointed as the

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Afghan National Army Special Forces, Villagers Complete Well Project in Talukan Bazaar

PANJWAI DISTRICT, Afghanistan – Afghan National Army Special Forces (ANASF) and villagers completed a three-day water well construction project in Talukan village, Panjwai district, Kandahar, Afghanistan, March 14. At the request of villagers and the Talukan Bazaar manager, ANASF members

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“Individuals behind Kabul Bank's collapse must be investigated”

The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee criticized the special tribunal’s verdict handed down to the defendants of the Kabul Bank crisis. The special tribunal sentenced the two former executives of Kabul Bank to five years in prison and

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“Individuals behind Kabul Bank’s collapse must be investigated”

The Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee criticized the special tribunal’s verdict handed down to the defendants of the Kabul Bank crisis. The special tribunal sentenced the two former executives of Kabul Bank to five years in prison and

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Afghanistan pulls out of the trilateral transit pact

Ministry of Commerce and Industries said Afghanistan would not sign the trilateral transit pact among Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan until Pakistan did not comply with the former transit agreements with Afghanistan. The trilateral transit agreement among Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan

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Turkmenistan’s New Year gift to Afghanistan

Turkmenistan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Haji Yuf Wafa in his visit to Jawzjan announced the reconstruction of the Aqina port road to the provincial officials. He also announced the establishment of two power sub-stations on the border to solve the electricity

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2000 welfare projects completed in Baghlan

Baghlan’s Department of Agriculture and Rural Rehabilitation said the National Solidarity Program (NSP) has so far completed 2000 welfare projects at a cost of 2bn AFN in Baghlan Province. According to the officials, the NSP would launch thousands of more

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Improving Access to Justice for citizens in Kunduz Province

On Saturday, 16th March 2013, a new building for the Department of Huquq of the Afghan Ministry of Justice was inaugurated in Aliabad district with the support of the German and Dutch Govern-ments. The Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and

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Afghanistan Faces “Massive Economic Constriction” after U.S. Withdrawal

By Richard Sale: Next year’s drawdown of U.S. forces and decline in U.S. aid will leave in its wake an Afghan political system lacking legitimacy and stability, according to interviews with Afghanistan experts, news reports and congressional studies. Despite receiving

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Iran’s non-oil exports stand at USD 30bn in 11 months

Iran exported 61.63 million tons of non-oil products worth USD 30bn during the last eleven months of the current Iranian year (March 20, 2012-February 19, 2013). The imported commodities, on the other hand, were 35.87mn tons, indicating a 7% growth

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Global survey reveals governments are failing to protect consumers in a changing world

By Ahmad Masoud Kabul, 16 March 2013: Consumers Rights and Services Organization (CRSO) and Peace and Human Rights Organization (PHRO) jointly celebrated World Consumer Rights Day (WCRD) on 16 March in Kabul by organising a round table attended by representatives

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Japan wants to become a part of the TPP free trade talks

Japan wants to join the talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) with the hope it would help revive the Japanese economy. The TPP is a trade agreement currently being negotiated among 11 countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico,

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No recreational parks for families in Kabul city: Kabul residents

A number of Kabul dwellers complained about lack of recreational parks for families. As the spring season is drawing near, Kabul residents are urging the government to build more public parks. According to some residents, there are only a limited

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Afghan Central Bank sells USD 20mn to Afghan Money Exchangers

Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), Afghanistan’s Central Bank, sold USD 20mn to Afghan Money Exchangers on 16 March 2013, according to Sarai Shahzada. The aforementioned amount was sold at an exchange rate between 53.24 AFN and 53.29 AFN. Sarai Shahzada is

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Is Completely Amazing and Utterly Boring

Did you see Samsung’s theater of the absurd yesterday? No? Good for you. It unleashed a pale imitation of a Broadway show to roll out its amazing new flagship, the Galaxy S4. There’s a reason Samsung felt the need to

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Afghanistan on the rise in the FIFA World Ranking

Afghanistan have jumped an incredible 48 places to move to 141 in the world (from 189). This result comes after Afghanistan played 3 games in the recent AFC Challenge Cup qualification 2014. Afghanistan won 2 games and draw 1 to

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Spring tree plantation campaign launched in Andar

District chief Mohammad Qasim Desiwal has launched spring tree plantation drive in Ghazni’s Andar district. More than 5000 seedlings would be planted as part of the drive, which is supported by the irrigation department and local traders, said. Mr. Desiwal.

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Irregularities in IPL and Preity Zinta is under scrutiny

(Bollywood Celebden)Bollywood celebrities and their run ins with the law have become more like a time honoured tradition and this time its none other than the infamous Preity Zinta. Ms Zinta was recently questioned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). If rumours are to be

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Exhibition of Afghan women’s handicrafts in an ISAF camp

Hundreds of handicrafts made by Afghan women were sold at an exhibition held in a military camp of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). “We came to the exhibition with 4-5 bags filled with our products, and we are leaving

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Two-fold increase in Afghanistan fruits export

Exports of Afghan fresh fruits have doubled from last year, said officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. Afghan fruits have established a niche in the foreign markets and the demand for these fruits are on the rise. “The

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