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Kandahar factories to reach 100 after establishment of power supplies

Kandahar officials said that the number of factories in Kandahar may increase from 72 to 100 after establishment of further power supplies. Head of Kandahar’s industrial parks Asadullah said 72 factories are currently operating that have generated employment opportunities to

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Afghan bodybuilding team wins 6 medals in Asian competitions

Afghanistan’s national bodybuilding team have won six gold medals in the 43rd Asian bodybuilding championship in Kazakhstan and returned home on Tuesday. Mohammad Yousuf Sakhi, Mohammad Haroun Azimi and Mohammad Asif Sakhi was the golden men of the competitions and

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Central Bank has no answer for the declining value of Afghan currency

The US dollar was exchanged at a rate of 55 AFN yesterday once again after years. The declining value of Afghan currency against US dollars is raising concerns among traders. With decreasing of Afghan currency value against US dollar, traders

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Teacher Training Academy launched in Balkh

On Tuesday, 30th March 2013, a new TVET Teacher Training Academy (TTTA) was inaugu-rated in Mazar-e Sharif in Balkh Province. The ceremony took place in the auditorium of Balkh University. The German Government is supporting Afghanistan in its effort to

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Afghanistan signs cooperation agreement with Saudi Arabia Kingdom

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan inked a general cooperation agreement in Almaty on April 26. According to a statement release by Afghan Foreign Ministry, the agreement was signed between Foreign Minister Dr. Zalmai Rassoul and the Saudi Deputy

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Kunduz Municipality revenue increases by 40%

The officials have reported a 40% boost in the Municipality revenue. “We generated a revenue of more than 68mn AFN in 1391(2012) compared with the revenue in 1390 (2011) which stood at 40mn AFN,” said Kunduz Municipal Najibullah Umarkhail. According

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Roshan wins "Global Leadership Award"

Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Karim Khoja has received, on behalf of Roshan, the prestigious “Global Leadership Award” at the fifth annual TMT Finance Middle East & North Africa Awards, held in Dubai on April 23. The award recognizes

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Roshan wins “Global Leadership Award”

Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, today announced that Chief Executive Officer Karim Khoja has received, on behalf of Roshan, the prestigious “Global Leadership Award” at the fifth annual TMT Finance Middle East & North Africa Awards, held in Dubai on April 23. The award recognizes

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Economic morale of the Eurozone at a 4 month low

Economic sentiment in the Eurozone economy hits its 4 month low in April, slipping 1.5 points to a worst than expected 88.6, according to the European Commission. “The further and increased slippage in economic sentiment in April reinforces our belief

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15000 civil servants to lose job as Greece passes a new bill

In a bid to ensure more bailout money from international creditors, the Greek parliament has passed a bill which will see 15000 state employees lose their jobs by the end of next year. The bill, passed by 168 votes to

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Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water approaches World Bank to fund Shahtoot Dam

Ministry of Water and Energy officials announced that the designing process of Shahtoot Dam is completed and the constructing process of the dam will begin soon. “We have approached the World Bank to cooperate with us on the construction of

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Affordable electricity for more than 26,000 people in Badakhshan province

On Thursday, 25th April 2013, two energy projects were handed over to the Afghan Minis-try of Energy and Water (MEW) in Yaftal District of Badakhshan Province. The electricity projects in the villages of Farghambol and Nalan supply reliable electricity at

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Afghan politician and economist 2nd on list of top 100 thinkers

Ashraf Ghani is listed second among the 100 thinkers of 2013 in the British Magazine, The Prospect. To qualify for this year’s world thinkers rankings, it was not enough to have written a seminal book, inspired an intellectual movement or

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Pashtu Abad School Principal Provides Essential Tools for Ghazni Youths

Nestled among the bustling streets in Ghazni City, children come and go through a small gate.  The gate leads to a schoolyard, where green tiles on a large school glisten in the sun.   In the classrooms, teachers instruct boys to become the

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US to print new 100 dollar bills

The United States Central Bank, the Federal Reserve, have said new $100 bill which has been redesigned with high-tech security features will be circulated throughout America in October. The revamped note includes added security features to prevent it from being

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DAB sells USD 36mn to Afghan money exchangers

The Central Bank of Afghanistan, Da Afghanistan Bank, sold a total of USD 36mn to Afghan money exchangers at Sarai Shahzada and private banks at an exchange rate of between 54.93 and 54.95. Sarai Shahzada is Afghanistan’s largest and historical

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EU pledges 200mn Euros to Afghanistan

The European Union has pledged to give 200mn Euros in aid to the Afghan government for development of good governance, security, human rights, health sector and agriculture and livestock sector for the next seven years. “We are in the process

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America’s developmental assistance to Afghanistan has yielded results

America’s developmental assistance for more than a decade has created favorable conditions for US troops’ return and a stable and secure country, a top official of Obama administration told lawmakers on Thursday. “I believe the collective development investment in Afghanistan

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Commandos Provide Humanitarian Relief to Flood Victims

Commandos from the 5th Special Operations Kandak provided humanitarian assistance to Afghan citizens after flash floods swept through Sholgarah district, Balkh province, April 24. Lieutenant Col. Mohammad Bassir Bayat, commander of 5th SOK, responded to the natural disaster by leading

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Flights suspended in Balkh due to heavy flooding

Flights have been cancelled in northern Balkh province since Tuesday as a result of heavy flood that has gushed water into the airport’s terminal and runway. Governor’s spokesman Munir Farhad acknowledged the flooding had also damaged some airport terminal equipment.

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USAID gives more than USD 90mn in aid to Afghan Higher Education Ministry

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has pledged more than USD 90mn to the Afghan Higher Education Ministry for the next five years. Higher Education Minister Ubaidullah Ubaid said the money would be spent towards strengthening the higher

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Why does Afghanistan still need to hire foreign officials?

In the past decade, the government has legally permitted foreigners to work in Afghanistan. Currently, more than 17,200 foreign workers have received work permits in Afghanistan, according to Labor and Social Affairs Deputy Minister Hossamuddin Hamrah. The Labor and Social

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UAE to continue supporting Afghanistan after 2014

The United Arab Emirates, one of Afghanistan’s biggest donors from the Arab region, said that they would stand by Afghanistan after the deadline 2014 and assist the country in its reconstruction process. “We will be with Afghanistan in the years

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Ban on medicinal herbs export a blow to Afghanistan’s trade-ACCI

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) regarded the ban on export of medicinal herbs by the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) as “unjust” and a major “blow” to the country’s trade. The ban came in January when NEPA

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Nearly 20,000 animals hit by drought in Nimroz province

The prolonged dry weather has hit the livestock of thousands of households in the Kang district of southwestern Nimroz province where the dwellers rely mostly on agriculture and livestock for living. Every livestock had lost 80-90% animals, including sheep and

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