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Afghanistan Security & Stability Summit

CWI Summits, in partnership with the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI), are proud to announce its inaugural Afghanistan Security & Stability Summit being held at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi Hotel in January of 2014 as we continue our hugely

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Africa beckons Indian investors to its USD 65bn projects

Thirty African countries have submitted 475 project proposals worth USD 65bn to the three-day India-Africa Project Partnership Summit, which will commence on March 17th in Delhi. The Summit is aimed at boosting Indian investment in African countries by pushing India’s

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Pakistan, Iran inaugurate the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project

The Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project was officially inaugurated jointly by the Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinijad and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari on Monday at border town of Gabad. The pipeline would help Pakistan to fight its severe energy crisis

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The emergence of a hyperactive energy drink sector in Afghanistan

Energy drinks have flooded the Afghan markets. They are sold everywhere—from street vendors to restaurants to grocery stores. They outnumber the bottles of water served to guests at ceremonies. Historically a lightly caffeinated, tea-drinking country, Afghanistan is now home for

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Exhibition of Afghan women handicrafts in Sar-e-Pul Province

Officials of the Afghan Women Affairs Department in Sar-e-Pul province said the handicrafts by women in Sar-e-Pul province have increased by 50%with support from local and foreign agencies. Women’s handicrafts were placed for exhibition on the 8th of March. “The

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The impact of high cost of weddings on Afghan boys and girls

Lailuma, a 40 year old woman teaching at a government school, is yet single. Many would knock on her door to ask for her hand when she was in 12th grade. “My parents did not find it necessary to marry

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Nationwide protest to follow if octroi is not abolished-ACCI

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries warned nationwide protests would spark, if the government did not remove octroi. Octroi is a tax levied on various goods entering a town or city. The Cabinet recently decided to collect taxes from

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Ghorak Villagers See Improvement in Development and Governance

The Afghan government provided significant medical and humanitarian relief efforts in Ghorak district, Kandarhar province, March 3-6. Approximately 14 Afghan women walked as far as 9 km in cold temperatures from Janabad, Baghe Mehrab, Shah Karez, and Kapkak villages to

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District Minister conducts teacher workshop for Afghan women in his home

Paktika Province-Sar Howzah District Minister of Education (DMoE), Mohammed Iqbal, organized and conducted a teacher workshop for 10 women in his home, Feb. 28-March 9. His training increased the number of teachers by 300 percent in the area.  The DMoE

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Damages caused by the recent snow in northern Afghanistan

This year’s heavy snowfall destroyed millions of trees of almond, peach and apricot and other fruits in the northern and north eastern parts of Afghanistan. People’s herds that were in the mountains suffered severely as well. According to Abdul Rahim,

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Zinat Karzai, Afghanistan's 'invisible' first lady

She has been called Afghanistan’s invisible first lady. Zinat Karzai, the 43-year-old wife of Hamid Karzai, is rarely seen in public, prompting criticism that she is not doing enough to further the cause of women’s rights in her country. This

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Zinat Karzai, Afghanistan’s ‘invisible’ first lady

She has been called Afghanistan’s invisible first lady. Zinat Karzai, the 43-year-old wife of Hamid Karzai, is rarely seen in public, prompting criticism that she is not doing enough to further the cause of women’s rights in her country. This

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US government pledges aid to ARCS

The US government granted USD 250,000 to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) as per request of the Afghan Embassy in Washington D.C., reported officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The aid would be distributed to war victims, widowed

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National Coach to Scout for Players from 2013 Afghan Premier League

Afghanistan’s national football team coach on Saturday said that the best players of the upcoming 2013 Afghan Premier League will be selected to play in next year’s AFC Challenge Cup. Yousuf Kargar said that with the Afghan Premiere League (APL)

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Afghan students protest against Kankor exam results

Hundreds of students took to the streets of Kabul protesting against Kankor exam results that were recently released. Kankor exam is the nationwide tertiary entrance exam. The protesters alleged that the results were fraudulent and urged the government to appoint

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Radio station lives through director’s legacy

On the outskirts of a medium-sized town in Orgun district of Paktika stands a 200-foot symbol of freedom.  The symbol is not a statue or a memorial in the traditional sense.  To some who knew Saadim Khan, it is a memorial to

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Iran turns to its car industry to make up for its losses from the sanctions

Seems like Iran is not threatened by the sanctions that have crippled its oil industry, as the country is looking for other alternative sectors to revive its economy. Iran is now turning to its automotive industry to make up for

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Afghanistan’s central bank sells US dollars to Afghan money exchangers

Afghanistan’s Central Bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), sold USD 27,500,000 to Afghan money exchangers on 09 March 2013, reported Sarai Shahzada. The dollar was sold at a rate of between 53.80 and 53.83. Sarai Shahzada is Afghanistan’s largest and historical

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President Karzai seeks citizens’ participation in making Afghanistan green

Ahead of the arrival of the new spring season, President Hamid Karzai asked citizens to focus on the growth of vegetables, orchards, forests and agricultural lands. He urged the citizens and farmers to make more efforts in keeping Afghanistan green

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Afghan woman receives the Woman of Courage Award

US First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry presented the esteemed International Women of Courage Award to Second Lieutenant Malalai Bahaduri, the First Sergeant in the Counter Narcotics Police of Afghanistan’s National Interdiction Unit (NIU). Ms. Bahaduri

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Preparation for International Women’s Day in Zabul

Locals planned activities to support the celebration of International Women’s Day in the Shah Joy district, Zabul province, March 8. “Dee-Jay Rana,” a Shah Joy disc jockey who broadcasts on Radio Rana, the local radio station, invited all of the

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ACCI calls for a national policy that addresses regional transit problems

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) urged the government to enforce a national policy that incorporates a national transit strategy. Lack of a national transit strategy has complicated the more regional problems related to transport, ultimately impacting businesses

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New Kabul Bank CEO sentenced to 3 years in prison

New Kabul Bank’s Chief Executive Officer Massoud Mossa Ghazi received a three year’s imprisonment, after being alleged by the Kabul Bank special tribunal for illegal transfer of USD 5.8mn to a bank account of the former chairman of Kabul Bank

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Pakita farmers receive 28 tractors

Twenty eight tractors, worth USD 840,000, were granted to farmers in Paktia with financial collaboration from Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) and the Ministry of Counternarcotic. According to the Pajhwok Afghan News, the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Group (DIAG)

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Reconstruction projects completed in Lashkargah

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a number of reconstruction projects have been completed in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province. According to the city’s Mayor Mohammad Fazil Safi, the projects included construction of roads,

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