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Road blockade raises concerns over humanitarian crisis in Nuristan province

The only road leading from the capital of Kunar to Nuristan has been blocked due to security concerns for the past two months. The prolonged road blockade has caused prices of food and other commodities to skyrocket and has raised

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IEC to deploy mobile registration team to make Afghan voting process more inclusive

Afghanistan’s next election is scheduled for April 5, 2014, and preparations for elections are in high gear. The Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced that over one million voter cards have been distributed so far and voter’s registration process has been

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Oqaban Hindukosh qualifies for the RAPL semi-finals

The match between Shaheen Asmayee and Oqaban Hindukosh in the 2013 Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL) held on Monday, ended in a 1-1 draw; and Oqaban Hindukosh qualified for the semi-finals with seven points. In the first week of the

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Safi Airways to operate 3 flights a week between Kabul and Islamabad

Safi Airways plans to operate a modern Airbus 319 on its Kabul-Islamabad route, offering three flights a week. The flights will begin operating with effect from October 1, 2013. According to the Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the flights are scheduled

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Internet café and library opened for Afghan women in Mazar-e-Sharif

A free internet café and a library have been opened for Afghan female students in Mazar-e-Sharif. Funded by the German and American government, the facilities are establishment at a cost of USD 24,000. The library consists of over 1,500 books

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High fuel and food prices hit Daikundi province

Residents of Kajran and Kiti districts in Daikundi province have complained about the soaring prices of food and fuel. Local officials have cited blockade of the roads connecting the districts to Kandahar province as the main reason behind the increasing

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Afghan business delegation heads to Pakistan

An Afghan business delegation is heading to Pakistan to attend an exhibition and confer on business ties between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The delegation consists of businessmen from various sectors such as construction, agriculture and electricity. The exhibition is held in

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Uplift projects launched in Ahmadabad district of Paktia

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) has undertaken uplift projects in Ahmadabad district of southeastern Paktia province. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), a tribal elder from Ahmadabad, Musa Jan, hailed the plan as beneficial, hoping people’s problems would be resolved

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Bidding for Afghan cement plant contracts to continue until November 5th

Bidding process for constructing cement plants in Jabal-ul-Saraj district of Parwan province and Ghori in Baghlan province will continue until November 5th, announced Ministry of Mines. The Ministry in coordination with the US Defense Ministry finalized the above mentioned places

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Australia joins hands with UNFPA to fund awareness program on violence against Afghan women

The Australian government in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has announced to grant USD 1.5mn to be utilized in running awareness programs across Afghanistan on violence against women. The representatives met at the Afghan Ministry of Interior

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Minister Sangin hopes for further investment in Afghan telecom sector

Afghanistan’s first-ever Information and Communication Technology (ICT) was held today in Kabul, with representatives of telecom firms from 20 countries participating in the event. The event was aimed at pushing the envelope on the role of ICT in contributing to

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Social media for positive social impact in Afghanistan

Paiwand, Afghanistan’s first ever social media summit, was held in Kabul on September 22nd and 23rd. The summit was aimed at highlighting case studies of how social media is currently used in Afghanistan as well as shedding light on the

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DABS signs contract with Turkish Company on the supply of power project in Kabul

A contract has been signed between Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) and FEKA Construction Industry and Trade Inc – Turkey for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Kabul South West Distribution Project (Dasht e Barchi). The project is aimed

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DABS to expand electricity access in western Kabul

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) will sign a contract with the Turkish company FEKA on expanding electricity access in western Kabul on Monday. Costing USD 48mn, the project is executed with financial collaboration from Asian Development Bank (ADB). Including 165

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Afghanistan holds its first ever ICT conference & exhibition

Afghanistan’s first ever Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) conference and exhibition is going to be held on 24th-26th of this month. The aim of the event is to create an annual meeting place for the international, regional and national ICT

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Afghanistan holds its first ever ICT conference & exhibition

Afghanistan’s first ever Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) conference and exhibition is going to be held on 24th-26th of this month. The aim of the event is to create an annual meeting place for the international, regional and national ICT

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Blackberry to cut 4,500 jobs

Canadian company Blackberry has announced it is planning to cut 4,5000 jobs amid second-quarter earnings plunge. The smartphone maker has anticipated a loss of as much as USD 995–a loss that has been attributed to disappointing sales of its new

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A newly asphalted road inaugurated in Ghor

Afghan Public Works Ministry inaugurated a newly asphalted road in Chaghcharan, capital city of Ghor. The 13-km long and 8-m wide road has solved the transportation problems of the city residents. “The project, costing USD 8 million, is funded by

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Maiwand Atalan eliminated from APL

Shaheen Asmayee defeated De Maiwand Atalan 2-0 in the Roshan Afghan Premier League (RAPL) on Friday. In the match, Hashmatullah (#10) and Amrudeen Sharifi (#9) of Asmayee scored two goals in the 54th and 86th minutes of the game, eliminating

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Solar lights distributed to students in Jawzjan

Although Afghanistan imports electricity from the neighboring countries, there still exists a number of districts in the provinces that are deprived of electricity and rely on tilley lamps or generators to light up their homes at night. An organization for

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US government has failed to implement anti-corruption strategy in Afghanistan

Embezzlement of aid has once again haunted the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), who warned the US government that if anti-corruption measures are not taken, embezzlement will persist. According to a recent report by SIGAR, the US has

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Prices of gas, sugar and Arabian gold down, Iranian gold up

(Pajhwok Afghan News Weekly Price Report) Prices of gas, sugar and Arabian gold fell but that of the Iranian variety gold increased during the outgoing week in Kabul, market sources said on Thursday. The rate of one gram of Arabian

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More than 1 billion old Afghani banknotes are torched

A committee composed of officials from the Afghan Central Bank, National Council and Afghan Senate torched a sum of 1.5 billion eroded Afghani notes. The torched banknotes, ranging from 1 Afghani to 100 Afghani, were collected from western provinces: Herat,

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Afghan government enhances effort to curb poppy cultivation

In an attempt to curtail poppy cultivation in the country, Afghan Ministry of Counter Narcotics (MoCN) has planned to reward drug free provinces with development project. An agreement for that matter has been signed with several construction companies to execute

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Afghan government must standardize mining activities

The recent mining accident in Samagan was as a result of the non-standard mining activities that are carried out, said Governor Khairullah Anwash. He added that despite the high revenue generated from the mining site, the government has not done

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