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Sales of non-registered SIM cards continue in Kabul

Residents in Kabul have complained about the sales of non-registered SIM cards in the city. Despite repeated promises from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), non-registered are freely sold in the markets. People have complained that due to

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Breshna Sherkat improves power supply in Paghman

A 16km transmission line was inaugurated by Da Afghanistan Breshan Sherkat (DABS) in Paghman district on Monday. The new transmission line solves the problem of overload on the old line that extended to Khushhaal Meena and Qargha. About 30,000 families

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Residents of Nimroz and Jawzjan in need of drinkable water

Lack of access to potable water has caused great stress to the residents of Nimroz and Ghor provinces. According to the residents, the only source of water currently present for both the provinces is the Helmand River that has recently

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An Afghan man invents a theft detection device

An Afghan man named Mohammad Hanif Maulavi has invented a theft detection device that informs the owner of the car through their phone if someone attempts to use the car. The device sends a message to the owner’s friends or

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Cornerstone laying ceremony for German-funded faculty building in Balkh

On July 30th, 2013, the cornerstone for the new Faculty of Public Administration and Policy was laid on the new campus of the Balkh University in Mazar-e-Sharif. The deputy governor of Balkh province, the chancellor of Balkh University, a representative

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40% increase in Afghanistan’s exports during the first quarter

According to the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), Afghanistan’s exports have increased by 40% during the first quarter of the current financial year (1392). Reduction in natural disasters and transit problems at the border accompanied by higher production

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India U-16 defeats Afghanistan and makes it to the final

India defeated Afghanistan 4-3 on penalties in the Sunday’s semi-final clash to enter the final of the South Asian Championship in Nepal. India will face Nepal in the final match of the tournament on Tuesday. The semi-final clash headed straight

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Handover ceremonies of equipment for schools in Badakhshan, Balkh and Takhar

On July 27th, 2013, officials of the Provincial Council, the Governor’s Office, the Provincial Education Department of the Afghan Ministry of Education (MoE), the director of the Teacher Training College (TTC) of Mazar-e-Sharif and representatives from schools and teacher development centers

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Low quality medicines flooding Kabul markets

Kabul residents have expressed concerns over sub-standard medicines that are imported into the country. Citing lack of supervision and weak laws as the main reasons, the residents said that poor quality drugs have adversely affected the health of citizens and

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Afghan U-16 Football team makes it to the semi-final of South Asian Championship

The Afghan U-16 football team will face India in the semi-final of the South Asian Championship on Sunday in Nepal. After the Afghan team’s win against Bhutan, it qualified for the semi-finals from Group A. Nepal will now join Afghanistan

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Afghanistan begins to export products directly to India for the first time in its history

Afghanistan’s export activities through the ChabaharPort in southeastern Iran officially began on Saturday. The port serves as the best alternative to the Pakistan’s Karachi Port where export activities were constantly interrupted by political restrictions and high storage cost. “But it

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Pakistan approaches ADB to assist with resolving transit traffic

Pakistan’s government has approached the Asian Development Bank for modernizing border point infrastructure to make available quality border-crossing services. This comes amid increased trade and transit traffic through Torkham and Chaman borders. The project, estimated to cost USD 20mn, will

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Major business conference to lure investment to be held in Kandahar

Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal announced on Thursday that a big conference aimed at luring investment would be held in Kandahar and would be attended by foreign and local investors. The announcement was made during his visit to Kandahar

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Price of fuel down, gold up in Kabul

(Pajhwok Afghan News Weekly Price Report) Gold prices increased, fuel decreased and other daily-use commodity rates stayed unchanged during the outgoing week in Kabul, retailers said on Thursday. Abdul Basir, a jeweler in the Lycee-i-Maryam neighborhood, told Pajhwok Afghan News

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Afghanistan’s first female governor receives Ramon Magsaysay Award

Afghanistan’s first female governor, Habiba Sarabi, was selected as one of the recipients of the prestigious Ramon Masaysay Awards. Habiba Sarabi, 57, was chosen for helping build a functioning local government and pushing for education and women’s rights in Afghanistan’s

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Afghan government to fine unregistered NATO supply trucks

On the basis of the decision of the Council of Minister, the Afghan Ministry of Finance (MoF) has decided to impose fines on NATO supply trucks that enter Afghanistan without a proper registration process. This comes as at least 70,000

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Sixty Afghan Women Graduate From Women In Government Internship Program

Sixty Afghan women celebrated their graduation from the USAID Women in Government Internship (WIG) Program in Kabul on Wednesday. These women completed six-month internships at the Ministry of Finance’s Customs Directorate, the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, the Ministry

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China’s manufacturing activity continues to dwindle

With Purchasing Manager’s Index (PMI) falling from 48.2 in June to 47.7 in July, China is witnessing its 11-month low manufacturing activity. The PMI is a key indicator of manufacturing activity and a reading below 50 shows contraction. This comes

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Weak yen boosts Japan’s exports

The weakened yen against the US dollar and a revival in demand from European markets have boosted Japanese exports. According to reports, exports rose 7.4% from a year earlier. Sales to the European Union (EU) rose by 8.6%-the first jump

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Afghanistan and World Bank sign USD 12.5mn agreement on improving public pension schemes

The Afghan government signed a USD 12.5mn agreement with the World Bank on continuation of a project to provide safety nets to the country’s poorest people and improve the public pension schemes. “Reforming and upgrading the social safety and pension

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8 Afghan companies to embark on infra projects

Funded by the World Bank, infrastructure projects would be executed in the Qala Zal, Kashm, Tagab and Wars districts of northern Kunduz, north-eastern Badakhshan, central Bamyan and northern Baghlan province. The projects worth USD 7.4mn are given to eight Afghan

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Social Media a way to resolve Afghanistan's problems

At a gathering celebrating “Social Media Week”, officials of Nai Supporting Open Media emphasized on promoting social media in Afghanistan. Nai regarded social media as a means to improve relations between Afghanistan and other countries. Social media in Afghanistan, comprising

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Social Media a way to resolve Afghanistan’s problems

At a gathering celebrating “Social Media Week”, officials of Nai Supporting Open Media emphasized on promoting social media in Afghanistan. Nai regarded social media as a means to improve relations between Afghanistan and other countries. Social media in Afghanistan, comprising

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Supreme Foundation donates essential classroom supplies and textbooks to Educational Center in Kabul

Around 70 per cent of Afghanistan’s population is under the age of 25; education is key tool for future stability. Supreme Foundation, a registered charitable trust established by the global supply chain solutions provider Supreme Group, has made a donation

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Kandahar in need of paved roads

In an exclusive interview with the Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Kandahar Mayor Mohammad Omar Omar said Kandahar needed 300km roads to be paved. With the population reaching 1.5mn individuals, Kandahar city’s key demands were paved roads, street, overhauled streams and

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