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$100b investment at risk in Afghanistan due to security threats: SIGAR

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada-The top US watchdog in Afghanistan in its latest report has warned that nearly $100 billion US investment is under threat from the lack of oversight and increasingly difficult situation in Afghanistan. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan

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Herat farmers to receive improved seeds and fertilizers

Cooperative societies would distribute 152 tons of wheat seed and 456 tons of fertilizers to farmers in Herat this month. Growers of the provincial capital and 15 districts would receive the aid to help boost wheat production. According to Pajhwok

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80% progress on finalizing the Afghan-Indian iron ore deal

According to the Pajhwok Afghan News Agency (PAN), the Mines Ministry has made 80% progress on finalizing the iron ore contract with the consortium led Steel Authority of India Limited. The only issue remaining is the transportation factor of iron

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A new peace education course for teacher education in Afghanistan

The Teacher Education Directorate (TED) of the Ministry of Education invited teacher trainers from all over Afghanistan to finalize a brand new course on peace education and human rights. This compulsory subject in the education of all teachers in the

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Afghanistan Expedites the Process to Start a Business, World Bank Group Report Finds

Among economies in South Asia, a new World Bank Group report finds, Afghanistan made starting a business easier by reducing the time and cost to obtain a business license and by eliminating the inspection of the premises of newly registered

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International AgFair in Kabul from October 30 to November 1, 2013

With the support of Afghan-German Development Cooperation, the AgFair presents a wide range of new products and services for the agricultural sector to more than 50,000 visitors. The fair showcases new technologies to aid business development, and this year also

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Celebration of International Disaster Risk Reduction Day in Kabul

Afghanistan, a culturally- and historically-rich country, is poor and landlocked, and highly susceptible to natural and man-made disasters. One of the most vulnerable countries exposed to the risk of natural disasters, Afghanistan is ranked 15th worldwide on the United Nations’

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Thousands of entrepreneurs from across Afghanistan flocked to the Access to Finance Exhibition

This year’s Access to Finance Exhibition attracted more than 3,500 members of the Afghan business community to showcase their businesses. The event featured 50 booths of banks, financial and lending institutions, insurance companies, telecommunication and business support services. The two-day

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Afghan passengers complain about extra security checks at Kabul Airport

Air India and Pakistan International Airline reportedly take extra security precautions for Afghan passengers at Kabul International Airport. Afghan Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Dr. Daud Ali Najafi said the two airlines conduct their own body searches of passengers during

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India's iron deal with Afghanistan suspended

The USD 10.8 billion worth of iron ore deal between Afghan government and a consortium of Indian companies led by Steal Authority of India and Afghanistan (SAIL) has been suspended, according to reports. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a

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India’s iron deal with Afghanistan suspended

The USD 10.8 billion worth of iron ore deal between Afghan government and a consortium of Indian companies led by Steal Authority of India and Afghanistan (SAIL) has been suspended, according to reports. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a

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Afghan players to play for Mumbai Football Club

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada-Two more Afghan football players Hashmatullah Barekzai and Arash Hatefi have been invited by Mumbai Football Club (FC) after the two footballers shined in South Asia Football Federation (SAFF) championship. Mumbai Footbal Club (FC) has already signed contracts

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Improving irrigation system in Baghlan province

Contract for construction of irrigation measures to improve the existing irrigation system for agriculture land in the north of Pol-e Khomri district was signed on Monday. The Baghlan governor, Mr. Sultan Mohammad Ebadi, as well as a representative of KfW

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First generation of Afghan Hydropower students exhibits at Kabul Vocational Training Exhibition

Deputy Minister of Education opened a 3-day Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) exhibition at the Afghan Technology Institute in Kabul on 28 September 2013. Students from nearly 60 different institutions exhibit products, goods, services and achievements relating to

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Kabul Airport functioning without a landing system

According to reports, Kabul Airport’s Instrument Landing System (ILS) is not properly functioning, which could be risky for incoming flights. “ISAF said the system can’t make contact with planes and is inactive…” Tolo News quotes Director of Kabul Airport Mohammad

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"Talented Female Photographers" photo exhibition in Kabul

Swedish Committee for Afghanistan organized “Talented Female Photographers” photo exhibition in order to show the talent of young female photographers. The photo exhibition which is organized at Afghanistan Center, Kabul University will remain open for public until 5th of November.

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“Talented Female Photographers” photo exhibition in Kabul

Swedish Committee for Afghanistan organized “Talented Female Photographers” photo exhibition in order to show the talent of young female photographers. The photo exhibition which is organized at Afghanistan Center, Kabul University will remain open for public until 5th of November.

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Afghanistan to take part in the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum

The 9th World Islamic Economic Forum (WIEF) will be held on 29-31 October 2013 in London. This is going to the Forum’s first annual event held in a city outside the Muslim world. At the 9th WIEF, sessions will be

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Afghan Public Works Ministry signs 8 road construction contracts

Public Work Ministry has signed 8 contracts on road construction projects in 4 provinces. Deputy Minister Mohammad Akbar Barekzai said the projects were funded by the World Bank. Costing USD 7 million, the projects include road graveling and asphalting in

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Solar power established in Bamyan province

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) CEO, Abdul Razique Samadi inaugurated the solar power project in Bamyan province. Costing USD 14,150,000, the project is executed with technical and financial collaboration from New Zealand. The project has a capacity to produce 1

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Afghan pine nuts growers in need of better market

Afghan pine nuts growers in Khost have urged the government to find a profitable market for the dried fruit. This comes as the price of the dried fruit has tumbled in the market, dropping from last year’s price of 700

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Afghan National Olympic Committee opens gymnasium for disabled athletes

Head of the Afghan National Olympic Committee laid the foundation stone of the first gymnasium for the disabled individuals. Costing 34 million AFN, the facility is funded by the development budget of the National Olympic Committee. This comes as an

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Iran continues uranium enrichment as they have in the past- Iranian Legislator

Iranian lawmaker Alaeddin Boroujerdi denied reports that the Islamic Republic had temporarily halted enriching uranium to the 20% level. Previously, MP Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, the spokesman of the foreign affairs commission, was reportedly “misquoted” as saying that Iran was stopping

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2 million Afghans would be at risk this winter season

According to an investigation by the Emergency Response Committee (ERC), two million Afghans would be vulnerable to winter calamities this winter. Addressing the Wolesi Jirga, the Committee said it had the capability of meeting challenges during the winter in terms

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President Karzai visits construction site of the new parliament building

President Hamid Karzai along with speakers of the House of Representatives and the Senate and Ministers of Finance, Urban Development and Public Works visited the construction site of the new parliament building. The construction of the new parliament building is

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