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Afghan Saffron Company ranked 1st by International Taste and Quality Institute

Afghan Saffron Company, a processing company, received the first place in the world for producing quality saffron from the International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi). The Institute selected Afghan saffron product from among 926 products, including foodstuff and beverages as

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Price of Afghani and gold declines, flour and rice goes up

Price of gold and Afghani currency went down during the outgoing week in Kabul city. Abdul Basir, a jeweler in the Lycee-i-Maryam neighborhood, said the price of one gram of gold fell from 2,200 AFN to 2,150 AFN; and price

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Bamyan farmers to receive small loans

The Afghan Agriculture Ministry has opened an office for the Agriculture Development Fund (ADF) in Bamyan province in an attempt to provide financial assistance to Bamyan farmers. The ADF would distribute loans from USD 1,000 to USD 2,000 through agriculture

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Schools in Herat and Logar get new buildings

Work on the construction of 5 school buildings are in the process in western Herat and central Logar provinces. Three schools, facilitating 5,000 students, are being built in Farsi, Kuhansan and Pashtun Zarghon districts of Herat. Provincial Education Department spokesperson,

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Indian rupee falls to its record low against US dollar

Indian rupee falls to its an all-time low against the US dollar as the US Federal Reserve signaled on Wednesday that it could taper its bond-buying program if the US economy performed well. The rupee fell as low as 59.93,

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Development projects to be executed in Aliabad district of Kunduz

More than one thousand households will benefit from uplift projects in the next six months in Aliabad district of  Kunduz. The uplift projects include construction of a 7 meter long embankment, 1200 meter irrigation canal, 13 culverts, asphalting of 1

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Baghlan’s Pul-e-Larzanak turns into a road bridge

The Pul-e-Larzanak (English translation- “wobbly bridge”) will be turned into a road bridge to resolve the transportation problem of thousands of households. Reaching 80 meters long, the bridge runs over Baghlan River. It connects the 1st District to the 2nd

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Wastewater treatment system for the Abdul-Rahman Great Mosque inaugurated in Kabul

On June 19th, 2013 a decentralized wastewater treatment plant implemented by the German NGO BORDA was inaugurated at the Abdul-Rahman Great Mosque in Kabul. The German Deputy Ambassador in Kabul, Oliver Owcza, joined the Afghan Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs

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Five Afghan Companies Form Public-Private Alliances with USAID

Five Afghan companies signed the first Public-Private Alliances (PPAs) with USAID in Kabul today. These companies have matched USAID funding, reaching a total investment value of more than $4.5 million. Through its Building Afghanistan by Developing Enterprises (ABADE) program, USAID

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Saudi billionaire plans to build the world’s tallest tower

Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is eyeing some of the world’s global cities to build the world’s tallest tower—a mile-high skyscraper. He has not said anything about the cost and source of financing of the building yet. The prince

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10 Qualities of Exceptional Interviewers

Everyone agrees no business is better than its employees. So if hiring the right people is so important… why are most interviewers satisfied with being mediocre interviewers? Maybe they assume the burden of greatness lies solely with the employee. (“Hey,

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa imposes tax on Afghan transit goods against the trade accord

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) has announced its decision of imposing one percent tax on Afghan transit trade goods that would be used to construct the Peshawar-Torkham road. The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) strongly reacted to the KP

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Sharp launches 90-inch Aquos LED TV

Sharp has announced the 90-inch LC-L90LE757 LED TV, which is the biggest commercially available LED TV set on sale in Europe. The 3D set is over 1.2 meters tall and uses a cutting-edge Xgen 3D panel. The television is of course

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Afghan Ministry of Commerce on the hunt for identifying the importers of poor quality products

The Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries has launched a survey of Kabul markets aimed at identifying the importers of substandard and expired products. A commission body consisting of representatives from Ministry of Public Health, Ministry of Commerce, Interior Ministry,

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600 families benefit from electricity in Shakardarah district of Kabul

With the installation of a 480kw transformer, 600 families benefit from electricity in Shakardarah district of Kabul. Costing 8mn AFN, the transformer was provided by Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS). Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Director of electricity department at

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Work on the construction of a health center inaugurated in Baghlan

On 17 June 2013 the cornerstone laying ceremony for the Arakesh Basic Health Centre of the Baghlan Department of Public Health (DoPH) was held in Nahreen District. The ceremony was at-tended by Mr. Abdul Fata, the Deputy Governor of Nahrin

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Handicrafts showcased in Ghazni Gymnasium

Arranged by the provincial Rural Rehabilitation and Development Department, a two-day exhibition has been held in a gymnasium in southern Ghazni province. The exhibition is aimed at enabling locals to introduce their handicraft skills their old traditions to the world.

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Chinese workers in Mes Aynak have warned to quit working on the site

Workers of the Metallurgical Corporation of China (MCC) have warned of quitting working on the Mes Aynak copper mine in central Logar province if their security was not strengthened. The six years old Mes Aynak project is running at a

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69 school buildings to be constructed in Paktia

According to the Ministry of Education, 69 schools in Paktia would receive buildings this year. The new buildings would help accommodate more students by overcoming the space problem. Paktia’s education director Mohammad Nasir Hikmat said the World Bank would provide

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Construction work on Afghan-Turkmen railroad begins

Work on the construction of the 330km Afghanistan-Turkmenistan railway was officially launched on Sunday. Afghan Public Works Minister Najibullah Awzhan said the railway would be complete in the next two years. Funded by the Asian Development Bank, the railway is

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Afghanistan signs MoU on empowering Afghan women entrepreneurs

The US and Afghan government signed an agreement on May 20,2013 aimed at addressing challenges faced by Afghan women entrepreneurs and taking measures to increase the ability of women to successfully run their own businesses. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

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Production of wheat expected to increase by 20% in Kunduz province

Farmers in Kunduz are expecting their wheat yield to enhance by 20% owed to the province’s suitable weather conditions and usage of improved seeds. Director of the Agriculture and Livestock Department Abdul Basir Faqiri said wheat was grown in 160,000

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Pistachio products likely to increase in Baghlan

With pistachio trees planted in more than hundred hectares of land, it is expected to see a good yield of pistachio in Baghlan province. Pistachio is one of Afghanistan’s highly demanded dry fruit both inside and outside of Afghanistan. According

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Khenjan-Bano road being asphalted at a cost of more than USD 15mn

Work on asphalting of the 38km long Khenjan-Bano road in Baghlan was inaugurated by the Public Works Deputy Noorgul Mangal on Saturday. Costing more than USD 15mn, the road will reduce commuting time from 4 hours to half an hour.

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Mosque and seminary inaugurated in Nangarhar province

A newly-built mosque plus seminary was inaugurated in Kama districts of the eastern Nangarhar province on Saturday. The inaugural ceremony of the mosque, named Akhod Baba Madarassa, was attended by a number of religious scholars and government representatives from Kabul.

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