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Central Bank of Afghanistan installs Creditinfo system

The World Bank was recently entrusted by the Central Bank of Afghanistan to issue an international tender for the setting up of its financial information system, which was won by the Creditinfo Group. Reynir Grétarsson, the CEO of Creditinfo, signed

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Providing the Homes of 750 Families with Clean Water in Balkh City

On Wednesday, 6th March, construction of a new water supply system in Balkh City has begun. The homes of around 750 families will be connected to the water supply system. Five in access points in public places will be additionally

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Celebration of International Women's Day in Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh Province

On March 6th 2013 the celebration of International Women’s Day took place in Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh Province. The Secretary of the Provincial Council, Mrs. Shekiba Shekeb, the acting Director of the Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs, Mrs. Rabia Moradi, were

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Celebration of International Women’s Day in Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh Province

On March 6th 2013 the celebration of International Women’s Day took place in Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh Province. The Secretary of the Provincial Council, Mrs. Shekiba Shekeb, the acting Director of the Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs, Mrs. Rabia Moradi, were

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How fair was Kabul Bank scandal verdict?

By Qiam Noori-Three years ago, when nearly USD 900 million was embezzled through forged documents and fraudulent loans, Kabul Bank faced a financial crisis that brought the bank on the verge of a collapse. A special tribunal sentenced the defendants,

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Helmand officials call for the construction of a bridge over Kajaki River

Helmand officials have reported about the deterioration of the 140m wooden bridge on Kajaki River that is on the verge of collapse. The government is urged to construct a concrete bridge as soon s possible to resolve the transportation problems

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Japan and IOM to support Indra Gandhi Children Hospital in Afghanistan

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) will provide medical equipments to the Indra Gandhi Children Hospital in Kabul with financial collaboration from the Japanese government. The medical equipments, costing USD 53,000, include blood detection machine. “We hope this assistance would

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Afghanistan Qualifies for AFC Challenge Cup

Afghanistan will compete in the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup after a nail-biting third match in the qualifiers in Laos on Wednesday. The Afghans drew with host country Laos 1-1 but qualified because they had won their previous two matches in

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Afghan businessmen exempted from intercity transit fees

By Qiam Noori-The council of ministers recently announced that no governmental institution is allowed to collect intercity transit fees from Afghan merchants. The high-ranking council says mayors of the provinces are allowed to collect transit fees, only if the merchants

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ADB pledges USD 200mn for Afghanistan’s power projects

Asian Development Bank’s country director Joji Tokeshi signed an agreement with Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal on donating USD 200mn for power projects in Afghanistan. The projects, including power transmission and distribution grid development, are to be implemented in northern,

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Shah Rukh Khan-Aamir Khan flee Twitter terror

The India Times Nurse wounds inflicted by internet trolls while their teams take the virtual blows A star and his followers have always had a storybook affair, until social networking empowered the latter with an open platform and a mask

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Ministry of Finance rejects Kabul Bank’s only bid

Kabul Bank’s only bid offered by a local consortium known as MTZ was rejected by the Ministry of Finance, as the firm’s plans were not consistent with the current banking system.  The officials said new recommendations would be submitted to

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Afghanistan’s natural resources are in danger

Herat’s Directorate of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock held a conference on the introduction, conservation and development of natural resourced with collaboration from the United Nations Development Program-UNDP. According to the directorate’s officials, interventions from the neighboring countries and insecurity have

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Pakistan, Iran to begin construction of the gas pipeline in March

Pakistan and Iran have agreed to proceed with their agreement on the construction of the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project. The inauguration ceremony of the project would be performed on March 11 in Iran’s city of Chahbahar by President Zardari. The

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Dam and other Afghanistan projects being scaled back as U.S. picks up pace of withdrawal

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran- The Washington Post When U.S. Marines surged into southern Afghanistan in 2010, one of their top priorities was to secure a towering dam on the Helmand River so the U.S. Agency for International Development could begin a

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Sequestration Threatens Afghanistan Reconstruction Effort

Professional Overseas Contractors (POC)-The Afghanistan Security Forces Fund and the Economic Support Fund for Afghanistan have roughly $6 billion in un-obligated money from the past two years, enough to cover that country’s projects through 2014, according to the Special Inspector

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Afghanistan’s city transportation to be standardized

By Qiam Noori-The Afghan Transportation and Civil Aviation Ministry says a program is going to be implemented that will standardize the city transportation services. India has pledged to provide the ministry with 1000 autobuses, the ministry officials added. “A plan

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Poor quality flour imported from Iran recovered

Herat’s customs officials have recovered over 70 tons of substandard flour imported from Iran through Islam Qala border, Herat’s main transit point with Iran. Custom Director Khaliqullah said five businessmen had imported 1,444 bags of substandard flour in trucks. The

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Japan donates USD 116.9mn for 4 projects

Japan’s Ambassador to Afghanistan Hiroshi Takahashi signed a fresh contract worth USD 116.9mn with Afghan Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul for four key projects. The projects include rehabilitation and expansion of aircraft parking space at Kabul airport and water

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22 midwives graduated from community midwifery education program

Upon completion of two years training, 22 midwives graduated from SCA Community Midwifery Education (CME) program in Sar-e-Pul province. The graduation of this fourth batch of midwives brought the figure to 84, trained by Swedish Committee for Afghanistan CME programme

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Vehicles donated to Maidan Shahr Municipality

By Hakim Frough: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) donated vehicles worth USD 100,000 to Maidan Shahr (the capital of MaidanWardak) municipality, said Ataullah Khoghyani, spokesman of Maidan Wardak governor to Pajhwak Afghan News Agency on March, 5.

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Afghanistan is one of the leaders in mobile banking

Minister of Information and Technology Amirzai Sangeen said mobile banking in Afghanistan is leading a revolution in the world of technology. Mobile banking was initiated in Afghanistan two years ago by Roshan Telecommunication Company with collaboration from the British telecom

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Two defendants of Kabul Bank scandal receive prison sentence

Kabul Bank’s former chairman Sherkhan Farnood and former Chief executive Khalil Ferozi receive a 5 year prison sentence in today’s hearing of the case. Twenty other former employees of the bank have also been involved in the scandal. Kabul Bank

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Ghazni province pushes for the reconstruction of Band-e-Sultan Dam

A delegation from Ghazni province held talks with Maidan Wardak’s governor, Abdul Majeed Khogyani, and urged for a speedy reconstruction of Band-e-Sultan Dam. Band-e-Sultan Dam is situated in the Jaghatu district of Wardak province, 40km northwest of Ghazni. Ghazni’s provincial

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Kabul Bank’s special tribunal urges the government to take the verdict seriously

Kabul Bank’s special tribunal head Shams-ul-Rahman Shams said Monday that the government must heed the verdict of the court on the 22 defendants, which will be handed down tomorrow. “We demand the executive power to take the court’s decision seriously

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