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Ribery criticizes the decision to award Ronaldo the Ballon d’Or

French international player Franck Ribery has expressed his anger at missing out to Cristinao Ronaldo for the Ballon d’Or award. Ribery who plays for Bayern Munic claimed the Real Madrid attacker did not deserve the award. Germany Newspaper AZ quotes

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Moving Policy from Paper to Practice

In July of 2013 the Government of Afghanistan revealed new incentives to attract domestic and foreign investment called Investment Promotion Policy during the Transitional Period. The incentives included providing land at almost no cost to industrialists, up to a seven-year

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US government lifts ban on Kam Air

The US government has lifted ban on Afghanistan’s first and major private airline company, Kam Air, who was accused of ferrying large quantities of opium on civilian flights. The ban on Kam Air was suspended by the US government in

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Afghan carpets sold under Pakistan’s name

Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries said more than 90% of Afghan carpet weavers produce their carpets in Pakistan where the carpets are then supplied to international markets under Pakistan’s name. The Chamber urged the government to provide support to

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BSA crucial for Afghanistan’s telecom sector growth

Afghan Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Eng. Amirzai Sangin expressed concerns over the insecurity that has been hindering telecom sector growth. Addressing a press conference in Kabul, Sangin said instability in the country has prevented his Ministry from expanding its

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Afghanistan a step closer to winning WTO membership

Afghanistan signed a cooperation agreement on trade with Washington, one of the key members of the World Trade Organization (WTO). The agreement was signed between Afghan Deputy Commerce Minister Mozamil Shinwari and US Deputy Assistant Trade Representative for South and

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Baghlan’s provincial departments receive office equipment for effective public services

Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (DRRD), Department of Woman Affairs (DoWA) and Department of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock ((DoAIL) in Pul-e-Khumri district, Baghlan, receive AFN 5 million worth of office equipment, promising greater quality of services for population. The

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Agriculture Ministry to establish cold storage facility in Nangarhar

Construction work on a large cold storage facility is underway in Jalalabad, the capital city of eastern Nangarhar province. Costing 160mn AFN, the facility is funded by the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock. Addressing the foundation stone laying

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Swedish Committee for Afghanistan continues its work in Afghanistan in 2014

Swedish Committee for Afghanistan (SCA) will continue its activities within the areas of Health, Education, Rural Development and Rehabilitation of Afghans with Disabilities according to a comprehensive work plan of 2014: Education Programme While continuing support to 2600 Community Based

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Japan promises to continue assistance to Afghanistan

Japan’s Parliamentary vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Takao Makino, during his visit to Afghanistan paid a courtesy call on President Hamid Karzai and assured that his country would continue to support Afghanistan. He regarded 2014 as a crucial year for

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Construction work on key bridge in Nangarhar begins

Nangarhar governor Maulvi Attaullah Ludin, provincial council members, tribal leaders and other officials inaugurated the construction work on a new design of the Saracha Bridge on the Jalalabad-Torkham highway. The 140m long and 10m wide bridge would be constructed at

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Food and Fuel prices go down in Kabul

(Pajhwok Afghan News Weekly Price Report) The prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), oil and some food items decreased, while the prices of dollar and Iranian gold increased during the outgoing week in capital Kabul, retailers said on Thursday. Food

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Afghan Government Needs to Lead and Coordinate Poverty Eradication, Youth Empowerment Initiatives

By Ahmad Masoud: The unemployment and poverty levels have remained significantly high in Afghanistan where USD641.7 billion has been spent in military, reconstruction and civilian aid in the past 10 years. The results of a survey by the Asia Foundation,

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Afghan civil servants complete public relations trainings

More than 80 civil servants working as public relations (PR) officers successfully completed trainings in “Communication, Public Relations, Media Relations and Media Law of Afghanistan” in four provinces- Balkh, Kunduz, Badakhshan and Takhar. The four six-day trainings– one for each

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Afghan Transport & Aviation Ministry collects over 4 billion AFN in revenue

The Afghan Ministry of Transportation and Aviation currently collected over 4 billion AFN in revenue during the current fiscal year, officials reported. Officials attributed digitalization of air space surveillance and standardization of revenue collection from air services to the boost

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Afghan Transport & Aviation Ministry collects over 4 billion AFN in revenue

The Afghan Ministry of Transportation and Aviation currently collected over 4 billion AFN in revenue during the current fiscal year, officials reported. Officials attributed digitalization of air space surveillance and standardization of revenue collection from air services to the boost

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Afghanistan’s 2014 budget approved by Lower House

The Lower House of the Afghan Parliament approved the budget for the year 2014 by majority. The first draft of the budget was rejected when it was first proposed by the Ministry of Finance. Finding the budget unbalanced, lawmakers said

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Winners of 20th Annual Screen Awards

Popular Choice (Male) Shahrukh Khan – Chennai Express Popular Choice (Female) Deepika Padukone – Chennai Express, Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela Best Actor (Jury Award) Farhan Akhtar – Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Best Actress (Jury Award) Deepika Padukone – Goliyon Ki Rasleela

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Afghanistan’s economic growth rate weakens sharply in 2013

The World Bank in its twice-yearly Global Economic Prospects has estimated a rate of 3.1% for Afghanistan economic growth in 2013. The figure indicates a sharp decline from 14.4% rate in 2012. “Afghanistan’s GDP growth is projected at 3.5 percent

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Menial budget allocated for Afghan Football Federation for 2014

Despite the tremendous achievements of Afghanistan’s national football team, the Ministry of Finance has slashed the budget for the Afghan Football Federation (AFF) for 2014. Finance Ministry has earmarked a total of USD 700,000 to the AFF with no additional

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CASA-1000 profitable for Afghanistan's economy and security

Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) official said Afghanistan could avail itself of the Central Asia-South Asia (CASA-1000) electricity transmission project to develop its economic and security sectors. CASA-1000 is designed to transmit 1,300MW of surplus electricity from Tajikistan and

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CASA-1000 profitable for Afghanistan’s economy and security

Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) official said Afghanistan could avail itself of the Central Asia-South Asia (CASA-1000) electricity transmission project to develop its economic and security sectors. CASA-1000 is designed to transmit 1,300MW of surplus electricity from Tajikistan and

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Number of factories in Balkh rises to 380

Number of factories in Afghanistan’s northern economic hub, Balkh province, increased from 120 to 380 during the outgoing year. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Dr. Mohammad Hashim Barna, Head of the Balkh Chamber of Commerce and

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Afghanistan wins 2013 FIFA Fair Play Award

Afghanistan was announced winner of the 2013 FIFA Fair Play award at the Ballon d’Or Award Ceremony held in Zurich, Switzerland. The Fair Play Award is a FIFA recognition of a team who demonstrates remarkable achievements in grassroots level football.

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Titanic's replica to be moored on the Qi River of China

China’s Seven Star Energy Investment Group plans to pump up about USD 170mn into creating a life-sized replica of the infamous Titanic ship, which encountered the most well-known maritime disaster ever. The purpose of the ship is to act as

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