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Afghan Air Force shows glimmers of hope for Afghanistan’s security

US defense officials expressing optimisms towards the impressive progress of the Afghan Air Force said Pentagon is primarily focusing to take further steps in a bid to enable Afghan Air Force protect the country in the future. While speaking during

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Center for Afghan women’s economic development inaugurated in Kabul

Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense Task Force for Business and Stability Operations, the International Center for Afghan Women’s Economic Development (ICAWED) was inaugurated on the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) campus in Kabul on Saturday. The center will

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Afghanistan participates in an arts and culture exhibition in Turkey

Afghanistan displayed its cultural and artistic compositions in a festival that is held in Turkey every year. Opuses from over 140 countries were showcased in the festival. Afghanistan has been participating in this festival for the past 11 years. According

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Over 4 tons of Afghan saffron exported to foreign countries

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock officials said over 4 tons of saffron were exported last year. The Afghan calendar year 1391 proved to be a good year for saffron harvest mainly due to improvement in the product packaging and

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New buildings constructed for Balkh high schools

Construction of new buildings for the two high schools in Balkh has been completed with financial collaboration from the UN Habitat, UNICEF and local residents. The Seikh Mohammad Siddque High School building was built at a cost of USD 150,000,

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Price of gold and gas go down in Kabul

Pajhwok Afghan News Weekly Price Report-The prices of gold and gas decreased and that of other daily-use items stayed unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday. One gram of Arabian gold price decreased from 2,200 afghanis

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2032-Yet another deadline for Afghanistan

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its recent report has warned of cash crunch ahead of the Afghan government. In its assessment, the IMF has estimated Afghanistan’s current account deficit at 45% of gross domestic product and has postponed the

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Launch of 82 public service projects in Herat

As many as 82 public service projects have been launched in Herat province by the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Department of Herat with financial collaboration from the United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP). Deputy Head of the department Mohammad Qasim

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80% of Afghan women have access to mobile phones

Some 80 percent of Afghan women have regular or occasional access to mobile phones, according to a survey conducted in late 2012. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and based on the research methodology of GSM Association’s

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Screening of Inspector Amanullah Khan in Kabul

On 21st May 2013 the pilot of Afghan crime series Inspector Amanullah was screened to a high profile audience at the Institut Francais in Kabul. Before the screening the Helena Merks, advisor for legal affairs at the German Embassy in

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Exhibition of facsimile prints on Mughals Arts, Culture and Empire held in Kabul

An exhibition on the selection of facsimile prints on Mughals:Arts, Culture and Empire from the British Library collections is being held in Queen’s Palace, Babur Garden in Kabul city. This exhibition is based on an earlier exhibition of Mughal treasures

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The price of oil hits USD 97 per barrel

(Fox News) The price of oil rose toward $97 per barrel Tuesday, but gains were checked as investors waited for the Federal Reserve’s latest views on the U.S. economy. Benchmark crude for June delivery was up 16 cents to $96.87

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Afghan Finance Minister to visit Tajikistan to confer on mega infra projects

Addressing a ceremony at the Sher Khan dry port, Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said he would visit Tajikistan in the near future to discuss major infrastructure projects with Tajik leaders. The projects include railroad project and power transmission

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Afghan school nominated for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture

A school in Herat has been shortlisted for the 2013 cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Announced on April 30 in Lisbon, the school is one of 20 other projects selected worldwide. Built in honor of Italian journalist

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Kabul municipality reduces the duration of obtaining construction license

Officials of the Kabul municipality have announced that extensive reforms have simplified the license process for construction in Kabul city. “Before, the license process would last for at least two years and about 600 signatures were needed. This was partly

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Foreign investors awaiting the approval of Afghanistan’s new mining law

Afghanistan’s new mining law has been approved by Council of Minister and sent to the Justice Ministry for consultation and approval. The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) believes the new mining law will woo investors who are interested in tapping

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Traders smuggle LPG from Afghanistan to Pakistan

Officials of the Oil and Gas Enterprise of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Commerce and Industries said that a number of Afghan and Pakistani traders are involved in smuggling Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) through the Spin Boldak district in Kandahar, Afghanistan into

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Afghan traders seek alternative transit routes amid tensions with Iran and Pakistan

Afghan traders have approached the government to find alternative transit routes to carry out their businesses. This comes as Afghan traders are constantly facing problems from the neighboring countries, Iran and Pakistan. Holding a meeting in Herat city, the traders

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US committed to the development of Afghanistan's economy

The United States is committed to the people of Afghanistan for the long term to ensure that economic development in the country is sustainable, a top U.S. trade official says. Speaking at the Afghan Trusted Network Leadership Roundtable May 13,

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US committed to the development of Afghanistan’s economy

The United States is committed to the people of Afghanistan for the long term to ensure that economic development in the country is sustainable, a top U.S. trade official says. Speaking at the Afghan Trusted Network Leadership Roundtable May 13,

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Yahoo to buy Tumblr for USD 1.1bn

Yahoo seems to be getting back in the game after being eclipsed by Google for the past few years. Yahoo’s board has approved a deal to buy New York based blogging service Tumblr for USD 1.1bn. It will be CEO

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ISAF’s assistance to Afghan women in Baghlan

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) distributed school and sports supplies to the women in Bagh-e-Zanana in Pul-e-Khumri city of Baghlan. The supplies included books, sports clothing and volleyballs. The ceremony was attended by Afghan women activists, Baghlan University’s representatives

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Joan Violet Robinson

British economist Joan Robinson was arguably the only woman born before 1930 who can be considered a great economist. She was in the same league as others who received the Nobel Prize; indeed, many economists expected her to win the

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SAIL Consortium reduces the size of the Afghan steel plant in the first phase

Led by the state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd, the Afghan Iron and Steel Consortium (AIFSCO) has decided to scale down the size of the Afghan steel plant, in an attempt to reduce the vulnerability of the project. The AIFSCO

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Afghani’s decline against dollar tied to illegal cash transfer and economic slowdown

Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB) Governor Noorullah Dilawari was summoned by the Parliament to explain the reasons for the drastic decline in Afghani currency against the US dollars. This comes as the US dollar has gone up by 17 percent in

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