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Poppy cultivation decreased in Helmand

According to local officials, poppy cultivation has been curtailed in Helmand, Afghanistan’s leading producer of opium. The officials have credited the efforts by the security forces in destroying poppy fields and opium production facilities for the decline in poppy cultivation

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USD 250,000 stolen from New Kabul Bank

According to reports, 14 million AFN (about USD 250,000) was stolen from a branch of New Kabul Bank in the Baraki area of Kabul city. The staff members behind the robbery have been identified. Two of the three accused staff

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Karzai signs cooperation pacts with Tajikistan

Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with his Tajik counterpart, Emomali Rahmon to confer on strengthening economic ties between the two nations. Karzai was accompanied by a delegation of high ranking Afghan government officials in this trip. According to reports, the

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Education of Afghans in Iran is the highest education of refugees in the world

According to Fars News Agency, over 118,000 Afghan students are currently attending schools in Tehran province of Iran. Director-General of the Foreign Nations and Immigrants Department of Tehran Governorate General, Issa Mousavinasab, said that the enrollment of Afghan nationals at

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Badghis pistachio production plummets 50%

Pistachio yield in Badghis, Afghanistan’s leading province for pistachio cultivation, has declined by 50%, officials have reported. Covering about 30,000 hectares of land, pistachio forests in the province are faced with various threats that have adversely affected their cultivation. In

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ISAF withdraws 30% of its cargo through Azerbaijan

According to APA, 30% of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) is being withdrawn from Afghanistan through Azerbaijan. Answering the question, “May Azerbaijan and NATO reach an agreement on increasing cargo transportation volumes from Afghanistan in the future?” Azerbaijani Deputy

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New 100 US dollar bills released in Kabul Market

According to reports, the newly introduced 100 US dollar bills are out in Kabul market. The hundred dollar note still features Ben Franklin on the front and Independence Hall on the back, along with more colorful illustrations and hidden text

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Afghanistan and Tajikistan to further strengthen economic ties

President Hamid Karzai, accompanied by a delegation of high ranking Afghan government officials, has left Kabul for Dushanbe to visit his Tajik counterpart, Emomali Rahmon. According to reports, the two parties are expected to confer on strengthening economic ties between

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Indian film ‘Khuda Gawah’ shot in Afghanistan to get a sequel

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada- Work on sequel of the Indian movie ‘Khuda Gawah’, which was shot in India and Afghanistan, is expected to start in the near future. The original film was released in 1992 which was based on the story

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Grape production drops in Herat

Officials of the Agriculture Department in Herat province have reported that grape production has declined by 30%. The severe winter in the beginning of the year has been cited as the main reason behind the drop in grape production. Herat

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Purdue Helps Bring Back Education in Afghanistan

When Kabul University reopened after the fall of the Taliban in March 2002, Purdue University professors Kevin McNamara and Zarjon Baha were invited to attend the opening with Purdue alum Dennis Engi. They met faculty who had no lab experience,

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10% decline in Herat’s customs revenue

Officials of Customs Revenue Department have reported of a 10% decline in Herat’s customs revenue this year. According to the officials, Herat earned 11 billion AFN in customs revenue in the past eight months, which is 10% lower than previous

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A benefit dinner for Afghan women and children

Indian Ambassador to the United Sates, Nirupama Rao, will host a benefit dinner for Afghan women and children with collaboration from the Nooristan Foundation at her residence on October 24. The Nooristan Foundation is a volunteer, non-profit organization established in

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Kabul traffic, who is at fault?

The chaotic roads of Kabul have left many in despair. The traffic jam has become a never-ending challenge that neither the authorities nor the residents of the city can resolve. The vendors, carters, porters working on pathways and sidewalks only

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Recruitment of female police in Kandahar doubles

Kandahar Police Chief Abdul Raziq reported that the number of female recruits in the province rose from 30 to 80 in the past year. Despite the high concentration of Taliban and their attempts at intimidating females from joining the Afghan

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60% of children in Afghanistan to face malnutrition

According to the World Food Program (WFP) statistics, over 842 million individuals are said to lack adequate food around the world. In Afghanistan alone, 60% of kids are reported to face malnutrition. “The WFP works with the Afghan Ministry of

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Security situation in Afghanistan critical for Pakistan's energy sector

The Asian Development Bank has warned that political situation in Afghanistan may affect progress on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project. Pakistan must address its energy sector bottlenecks that have hit economic growth, resulting in increasing unemployment in the country. Faced

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Security situation in Afghanistan critical for Pakistan’s energy sector

The Asian Development Bank has warned that political situation in Afghanistan may affect progress on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project. Pakistan must address its energy sector bottlenecks that have hit economic growth, resulting in increasing unemployment in the country. Faced

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Selling of voter cards, a new thriving business among Afghans

As Afghanistan presidential election looms, concerns are sparking over a fraudulent election process. The next election is due to take place on 05 April 2014, when President Hamid Karzai’s term comes to an end. Of the 27 candidates nominated for

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First drug rehab center established in Sar-e-Pul province

With at least 12,000 people including women and children addicted to drugs, Sar-e-Pul province had always lacked a drug rehabilitation center. The province’s first ever drug rehab center was inaugurated on Tuesday. Costing 14mn AFN, the 20-bed rehab center is

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Sar-e-Pul faced with water shortages and lack of education facilities

Water shortage and lack of proper irrigation scheme have left many lands uncultivated in Sar-e-Pul province. Farmers look forward to rain and snowfall for their crops and have called on the government to address the issue. A resident of Syedabad

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Afghan handicraft makers to receive training from foreign experts

On the basis of an agreement signed between Export Promotion Directorate (EPD) and Harkat–Afghanistan’s Investment Climate Facility, Afghan handicraft makers will be trained by experts from Europe and the U.S. This comes as Afghanistan’s handicraft business has repeatedly failed in

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Besharam sinking down at Box Office

Ranbir Kapoor’s Besharam magic has failed in the box office despite the teaming up of mommy and daddy–Neetu Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor. Besharam which released on Gandhi Jayanti, October 2, saw a record breaking opening of Rs 21.56 crore. But

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Afghanistan's first iodized salt production factory established

Afghanistan’s first iodized salt production factory has been established in Aibank city of Samangan province. A local businessman from Samangan, Mohammad Hanif Amini, founded the factory with an initial capital of USD 200,000. The factory provides job opportunities to 20

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Afghanistan’s first iodized salt production factory established

Afghanistan’s first iodized salt production factory has been established in Aibank city of Samangan province. A local businessman from Samangan, Mohammad Hanif Amini, founded the factory with an initial capital of USD 200,000. The factory provides job opportunities to 20

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