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Fuel and gold prices down in Kabul

Pajhwok Afghan News Weekly Price Report: The price of diesel, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and gold fell, but food rates remained unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday. The rate of one litre of diesel fell

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Afghanistan’s cache of rare earth elements suspected to be larger than latest estimates

Geologists actually mapping the country’s mineral bounty suspect its prime cache of coveted rare earth elements is considerably larger than the latest estimate lets on Recent exploration of rare volcanic rocks in the rugged, dangerous desert of southern Afghanistan has identified world-class

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Is the Apple Store in Kabul official?

There is nothing new about unofficial Apple stores. Chinese authorities found 22of them last year, right down to staff uniforms. The shop in Kabul is not nearly as ambitious. A small space in Afghanistan’s largest mall, in the posh Share-e-Naw district,

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Municipality halts construction of illegal buildings in Khost city

The Municipality department has halted construction work on several building that were being built illegal and against required engineering standards. Head of the engineering department at the Municipality Ghulam Rassould said the work on more than 20 unauthorized buildings that

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One Former Development Worker Sentenced for Embezzlement and Fraud, Another Acquitted

A former contractor for a recently completed U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) project in Afghanistan has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and a $9,500 fine. Noor Anwarzai, 36, was sentenced by Afghanistan’s Special Anti-Corruption Tribunal on April

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Businessman sold golf ball finders as bomb detectors in £50m global scam

A court heard the Advanced Selection Equipment devices had no scientific basis and were based on a £13 American novelty A millionaire businessman conned buyers around the world into thinking novelty golf ball finders were bomb detectors. Jim McCormick, 56,

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Foundation stone laying ceremony of a public hospital held in Bamyan

 Officials of the Public Health Ministry laid the foundation stone of the public hospital in Bamyan city. The Bamyan Provincial Hospital is the first medical center in the province, said Head of Aga Khan Foundation’s Health Development Network. The hospital

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US manufacturing sector grew at its slowest pace in six months

The US manufacturing sector’s growth was at its worst in six months during April. According to Research Firm Market, the Purchasing Manager’s Index fell from 54.6 to 52, slightly above the 50 level, marking the line between growth and contraction.

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Shahrukh Khan approached to replace Salman Khan in Bigg Boss 7

According to reports, Shahrukh Khan may replace Salman in the seventh season of Bigg Boss that has already been hosted by Salman Khan for three seasons. The year 2013 is packed for Dabaang Khan. He has Sohail Khan’s ‘Mental” to

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Indian companies accused by US Senator of abusing H-1B visas

Senator Richard Durbin, during a Congressional hearing on immigration reform by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, accused big Indian IT companies-TCS, Infosys and Wipro- of abusing the H-1B visa system. “These outsourcing firms like Infosys, Wipro, Tata and others

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Unemployment in Bamyan on its rise

While many Bamyan dwellers are concerned about the high unemployment in the province, officials have said that providing employment opportunities to everyone is beyond their capability. These concerns come as the New Zealand Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) have left Bamyan.

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World Bank to fund electric dam project on Kunar River

The World Bank has pledged to finance construction of an electric dam project on Kunar River, said Ministry of Water and Energy officials. The project has the capacity to produce 1200MW of electricity and generate employment opportunities to many Afghans.

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50,000 Afghans to receive training in Information Technology

The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) will provide trainings to 50,000 Afghans in information technology with financial collaboration from the World Bank. The graduates will be introduced to the government and private sector to grab possible job opportunities,

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District Governor Leads Major Development Efforts to Ghorak

As security increases for the people of Ghorak, District Governor Daru Khan is prioritizing and leading development efforts throughout his district.Since Khan’s first day in his district leadership role, he pledged to make significant improvements in healthcare and education. “We

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Afghan businesses plan to expand, despite post-2014 uncertainty

What will happen to Afghanistan’s security after 2014 when foreign forces will withdraw from Afghanistan? Many Afghans are anxious about the answer to this question. What will be the situation of security post 2014 creates anxiety when it comes to

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Afghan Economy Ministry dissolves 140 NGOs

As many as 140 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) including 10 foreign ones have been closed down by the Ministry of Economy, said officials. According to the officials, these NGOs had not submitted their activity reports to the Ministry of Economy. The

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Young Afghans determined to rebuild war-torn country

While others make plans to flee, a new generation of educated young Afghans who have tasted new freedoms in post-Taliban times are determined to stay and rebuild their war-ravaged nation. With the vast majority of foreign troops withdrawing by the

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Afghanistan the only country in Asia to celebrate World Circus Day

Afghan Mini Mobile Circus for Children (MMCC) was the only country to celebrate international circus day at their center in Kabul on April 21, entertaining hundreds of Afghan children. “Today, we show a new face of Afghanistan away from violence

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Collection of tariffs at city gates paves ground for corruption

Afghanistan High Office of Oversight and Anti-Corruption (HOOAC) criticized the decision of the Afghan government on the collection of municipality tariffs from traders at city gates and said the act would further fuel the already endemic corruption in the country.

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Provincial Hospital in Taloqan will improve health care for the people of Takhar Province

On April 21st, 2013 in the presence of Mr. Begzad, the Governor of Takhar Province, parliamentarians of Takhar province, Provincial Health Director of Takhar and many elders and intellectuals of Takhar province the cornerstone ceremony for the new 160 bed

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Agriculture Ministry to provide employment opportunities to Faryab peace joiners

A series of development projects including horticulture and water supply projects would be implemented in Faryab province, said Ministry of Agriculture officials. In addition to helping area residents with proper agriculture facilities, the projects are also aimed at providing job

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Real Madrid named most valuable club

Real Madrid has passed Manchester United as the most valuable soccer team in Forbes’ annual estimates. Forbes valued Real Madrid at $3.3 billion in rankings released Wednesday, up 76 percent from last year’s estimate of $1.88 million. Manchester United, which had been No.

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US paid close to $50,000 per shooting spree death

The United States paid close to $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan killed in the shooting spree attributed to a U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. official told NBC News on Sunday. The official, who asked not to be

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Iran wants to expand economic, cultural ties with Afghanistan

Iranian Ambassador to Afghanistan Abul Fazl Zohrehvand discussed strengthening economic, scientific and cultural ties with Afghanistan during his visit in Kandahar with provincial officials. He underlined the further expansion of relations with Afghanistan through Iran’s Chabahar port, which will soon

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30% decline in houses and land prices in Balkh

Residents and property dealers have expressed concerns about the aftermath of 2014. According to them, as the deadline for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan draws closer, there is likely that property prices decline drastically. Property dealers said that

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