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Deputy Minister, Government Spokespersons and Award-winning Journalists Announced as Paiwand Speakers

Paiwand, Afghanistan’s First Social Media Summit, announced today on its Facebook page a list of speakers that include: • Aimal Marjan, the Deputy Director of IT at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology • Massoud Hossaini, acclaimed international photojournalist

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New Kabul project to be inaugurated in a week

According to the officials from the Ministry of Interior (MoI), the New Kabul project will be inaugurated in a week. New Kabul is built on a 400 yard land in the regions of Deh Sabz and the Bagram town of

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Shaheen Asmayee wins over Oqaban Hindukush on the 2nd day of AFL

On the second day of the 2013 Roshan Afghan Primer League (RAPL) season, Shaheen Asmayee defeated Oqaban Hindukosh 3-1 in an action packed match on Friday. Hashmatullah Barakzai scored twice and Amruddin Sharifi managed one against Oqaban Hindukhosh. The goal

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Watermelon production in Farah Province has doubled compared to last year

By Mohammad Naeem: Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) have reported of increase in watermelon productions in Farah Province. According to these officials, watermelon productions in Farah have reached 544 tons and these products have been

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Afghan-made power transformers are preferred over imported transformers

By Mohammad Naeem-Power transformers made by Afghans have attracted more customers due to their better quality. These transformers are made in Pol-e-Khumri, capital of Baghlan. “We make quality power transformers, and demand for Afghan made transfers is increasing every day,”

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2.6 million livestock to receive brucellosis vaccination across Afghanistan

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has launched vaccination campaign against the brucellosis disease in animals. The drive would commence in all provinces on Friday and Minister Mohammad Asif Rahimi asked the people to bring their animals to

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Second season of Afghan Football League kicks off in Kabul

Afghanistan’s second season of domestic league football opened on Thursday, with eight sides competing in a tournament boosted by the national team’s home win over arch-rival Pakistan this week. The league fixtures are a rare sporting highlight in a country

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Advisory centers opened to assist the vulnerable groups of Afghan society

In collaboration with the Great Britain World Development Commission (GBWDC) and the European Campaign for Human Rights (ECHRA), the Afghanistan and Central Asian Association (ACAA) has opened advisory centers in Kabul city and Pol-e-Khumri, the capital of Baghlan province. The

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Price of gold, flour and fuel go up in Kabul

Pajhwok Afghan News Weekly Price Report-Prices of flour, rice, fuel and gold edged up during the outgoing week in Kabul, where rates of other daily-use commodities stayed stable, market sources  said on Thursday. The price of a 49-kg bag of

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Development of Hajigak site to happen in phases

Led by the state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), the Afghan Iron and Steel Consortium (AIFSCO) has concluded negotiations with Afghan Mines Minister Wahidullah Shahrani on fulfilling its commitment of developing the Hajigak site in phases. After winning bid

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New facilities made available for residents in Bamyan

A public park and a community center for women were inaugurated in central Bamyan province on Thursday. The projects were executed by an NGO called Arzo at a cost of USD 70,000 and took one year to complete with financial

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Chinese firm asking for amendments to the Aynak Copper contract

The Chinese consortium that won one of Afghanistan’s largest natural resources concession, the Aynak Copper Mine, has claimed that the development commitments from their side were “conditional”. As per the contract, the China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC) is bound to

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Afghan TV programs to switch from analog to digital system

Afghan Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology Amirzai Sangin announced on Wednesday that Afghan’s TV programs would be converted to Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV) system, a new digital system that would enhance sound and video quality. The contract on the

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Afghan government yet to provide land for Kabul industrial park

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency urged the government to fulfill its promise of allotting lands for an industrial park in the Kamari area of Kabul. AISA head Wafiullah Iftikhar alleged that government had promised to provide 1,500 acres of land

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Afghan National football team heads to Nepal for SAFF Gold Cup

Following their historic 3-0 win over their Pakistani rivals in Kabul on Tuesday, the Afghan National Football Team plans to depart in less than a week for the South Asian Football Federation Gold Cup (SAFF) in Nepal. Mohammad Yusuf Kargar,

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Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz was born in Gary, Indiana in 1943. A graduate of Amherst College, he received his PHD from MIT in 1967, became a full professor at Yale in 1970, and in 1979 was awarded the John Bates Clark

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Supreme Foundation organizes Eid celebration for orphans in Kabul

Children at the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation orphanage in Kabul celebrated Eid recently with gift boxes donated by Supreme Foundation, a registered charitable trust established by the global supply chain solutions provider Supreme Group. The gift boxes, which included toys, educational

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Unemployment and domestic violence cited as main factors behind high Afghan emigrations

According to the Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled (MoLSAMD), a growing number of Afghans are forced to leave the country and resettle in foreign countries illegally due to high unemployment and increasing rates of domestic violence. Lack

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Afghan Vice President’s 3-day visit to India to discuss economic, defense aid

Afghan Second Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili has headed to New Delhi, India to confer on India’s economic and military aid to Afghan government. Mr. Khalili will have a meeting with the captains of Indian industry and elaborate on the

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Problem with Afghan visa issuance to foreign workers in the provinces resolved

By Mohammad Naeem: Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) has announced that the problem of issuing visas to foreign employees of companies operating in the provinces has been resolved. Wafiullah Eftikhar, CEO of AISA, announced in a press conference that foreign

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A bazaar gutted in fire in Parwan, causing millions of losses

Following a gas cylinder explosion in the Siah Gird district Bazaar in central Parwan province, burning scores of shops of different items were gutted in fire and about 8 people were injured. The incident took place at 9am on Monday

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Afghanistan to export gas to Tajikistan

Afghanistan and Tajikistan are discussing plans for exporting gas from Jawzjan province to Tajikistan. Afghan Finance Minister Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal met with Tajik Energy and Industry Minister Gul Sherali while visiting Tajikistan to attend an International Conference on Water

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Afghanistan loses to Pakistan in Asian Cricket Council Cup

The Pakistan cricket team beat Afghanistan by two wickets in a low-scoring Group A match at the Asian Cricket Council’s Emerging Teams Cup (ACCETC) in Singapore on Monday. Before suffering the loss to Pakistan, the Afghan cricket team had defeated

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Afghanistan’s 3-0 victory against Pakistan in Kabul friendly match

In a highly anticipated face-off between the national football teams of Afghanistan and Pakistan in Kabul on Tuesday, the Afghan team struck three unanswered goals against their south Asian rivals in a resounding 3-0 victory. With it being the first

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Japan's weak yen increasing import costs

In a bid to revive the country’s economy, Japanese policymakers are sticking to a weak yen in the short term to achieving their goal. A weak yen has, as a result, boosted import costs, worsening the country’s trade deficit. With

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