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Customs Academy established in Kabul

The Afghan Customs Department hosted a ceremony for the formal opening of the new Afghan National Customs Academy (ANCA) on Oct. 23, 2013 in Kabul. The ceremony coincided with the start of the first ANCA Class to be held in

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Afghan printing industry no longer relies on foreign assistance

The Afghan Industrial Union (AIU) announced that the country’s printing industry became self-sufficient and did not need to rely on any foreign assistance. This comes just before the 2014 elections, when candidates will be using posters and flyers in their

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Akshay’s Boss fails in Box Office

Akshay Kumar’s Boss turned out to be another big disaster after Ranbir Kapoor’s Besharam. The movie had a superb opening and was expected to have a high business, considering its screen count and number of days, but it has failed

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Cost of each US troop in Afghanistan to nearly double, according to Pentagon

As per new analysis of the Pentagon’s budget, the average cost of each US troop in Afghanistan will nearly double in 2014 to USD 2.1million. According to Defense Department officials, the added cost comes from the price of sending troops

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International support team to assist with Afghan 2014 elections

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will send a support team to Afghanistan to assist with the 2014 presidential and provincial council elections in the country, following the request of the government of Afghanistan. The OSCE had

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Afghan onions fail to rein in price of onion in India

In an effort to meet the high demand for onions in the country, India imports onions from the neighboring Afghanistan. However, arrivals of onion from Afghanistan had not helped much in bringing down the high retail prices of onion which

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400 welfare projects to be executed in Sar-e-Pul province

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) has undertaken about 400 welfare projects in Sar-e-Pul province. Work on 208 welfare projects, costing USD 6  million,  has already been initiated. Director of the Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Sar-e-Pul province, Eng. Ahmad Javed,

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Installation of first seismograph in Badakhshan province

With collaboration from the American Geosciences Institute, the first ever seismograph is being installed in Faizabad, Badakhshan. “The device is being installed on a high hill Faziabad. The land, on which the device is being established, is purchased by the

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Afghanistan attends CAREC conference in Kazakhstan

The 12th Ministerial Meeting was held in Astana, Kazakhstan, to review the progress made in Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) priority areas and discuss strategies to guide the CAREC program in promoting “integrated transport and trade”. The members of

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US assistance to Afghanistan depends on finalizing the security pact

During his visit to Kabul city, American Senator Carl Levin said that the  US would not be able to provide any assistance until the Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between the two nations is signed. “I told President Karzai that we

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Price of food goes down, fuel, gold prices up

(Pajhwok Afghan News Weekly Price Report) Prices of petroleum products, liquefied gas and gold edged up in Kabul markets during the outgoing week, when rates of rice and ghee decreased, dealers said on Thursday. One gram of Arabian gold cost

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Iran evades US sanctions somehow

The US sanctions against Iran may be futile, as the United Arab Emirates and other countries are willing to keep shipping fuel to the Islamic Republic. According to sources, virtually USD 3 billion worth of gasoline pass through the UAE

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Contractor in Afghanistan accused of overspending and waste

In a recent report by Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a contractor awarded the project of establishing a hospital in Gardez, Paktiya, is accused of overspending and waste. The report blames the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the

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Safi Airways successfully completes IATA Operational Safety Audit

Afghanistan’s private international airline, Safi Airways, is the first Afghan airline to be certified with IOTA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). Safi also operates in compliance with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) requirements and has the credit of first Afghan carrier

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Regional singers perform in Kabul to convey messages of peace and brotherhood

Amid cheerful applause and motivational clapping, the musicians and singers from Afghanistan and some regional countries mesmerized a considerably big audience of mostly young Afghans in Kabul during a two-day “Afghanistan’s Peace Musical Festival” 2013. The festival—organized on 19 and

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Japan pledges USD 20 million in aid to Afghan Education Ministry

Japanese government has pledged USD 20.34 million in aid to Afghan Ministry of Education over the next three years for the implementation of the third phase of Enhancement of Literacy in Afghanistan Program. With a grant from the Government of

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180 Afghan families in a village to benefit from a power project

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) has begun work on the installation of power poles and extension of power line from Mazar-e-Sharif city to Rubat village in Jamtal district of Balkh. Costing USD 40,000, the project is funded by the National

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15% boost in rice yield in Takhar province

Officials of Agriculture and Livestock Department in Takhar province have reported that the farmers have expected a 15% rise in rice yield. Head of the department Sayed Ahmad Musamim attributed the high yield to the abundance of water available for

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Afghan traders are still asked for illegal money at Torkham port

Afghan truckers and traders have complained that they were still asked to pay illegal money under various pretexts at the Torkham dry port in eastern Nangarhar province. Although the acting governor Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal has claimed the issue has been

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Afghan traders are still asked for illegal money at Torkham port

Afghan truckers and traders have complained that they were still asked to pay illegal money under various pretexts at the Torkham dry port in eastern Nangarhar province. Although the acting governor Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal has claimed the issue has been

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Afghan traders are still asked for illegal money at Torkham port

Afghan truckers and traders have complained that they were still asked to pay illegal money under various pretexts at the Torkham dry port in eastern Nangarhar province. Although the acting governor Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal has claimed the issue has been

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Afghan traders are still asked for illegal money at Torkham port

Afghan truckers and traders have complained that they were still asked to pay illegal money under various pretexts at the Torkham dry port in eastern Nangarhar province. Although the acting governor Mohammad Hanif Gardiwal has claimed the issue has been

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Afghan Council of Ministers confer on progress of development projects

The Afghan Council of Ministers discussed the progress of development projects in the country at a meeting, chaired by Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, which was held in Gul Khana Palace. Head of the Economic Committee of the Council,

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Ghor’s first recreation park inaugurated

With financial collaboration from UNDP, the first recreation park has been opened in Cheghcheran city of Ghor province. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Sayed Anwar Rahmati said the park was built at a cost of USD 400,000. He called on the

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