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Eleven NSP projects completed in Takhar province

With a cost of more than Afs 27,449,000 eleven sub-projects of National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development were recently completed in Farkhar, Taluqan, Yangiqala, Bangi, Ishkamish and Khwaja Ghar districts of Takhar province and

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SIGAR releases July 30, 2014 quarterly report to Congress

Appropriations on the U.S. effort to rebuild Afghanistan have totaled $104.1 billion, not including the $5.8 billion requested for fiscal 2015 by the White House, according to the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction. The latest quarterly report from SIGAR

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Afghan election delay hits economy in Paktia

Afghans living in the southeastern province of Paktia say economic activity is in limbo because of the delay in deciding the country’s next president. The process has been going on since April, when none of the multiple presidential candidates won

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Amazon’s Entry into the 3D Printing Market

By Subriena Persaud Amazon announced on Monday the launch of its 3D Printing Store which allows shoppers to browse over 200 products. These products are made through the utilization of 3D printers which allow for customization by style, size, color,

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Flydubai adds new Afghan route to its Dubai network

Flydubai has added Kandahar (KDH) to its Afghan network portfolio, with the start of twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Fridays) services on 25 July. The 1,239-kilometre sector joins the LCC’s existing thrice-daily flights to Kabul. Operating from its Dubai (DXB) base, the

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Integrity Watch Afghanistan discovers illegal extraction of gold

Integrity Watch Afghanistan survey findings of the Qara Zaghan Gold Mine show that The Afghan Krystal Natural Resources Company (AKNRC) breached their contract by extracting gold for profit while possessing only an exploration licence. Illegal Extraction was taking place at

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Afghanistan Carpet Center of Excellence to be established

Afghanistan Carpet Center of Excellence is to be established to increase the competitiveness of the Afghan carpet industry and global sales of Afghan handmade carpets. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to that effect was signed between the Export Promotion Agency

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Afghanistan, Turkmenistan discuss possible transit-transport corridor

Afghan delegation headed by the Director-General of Economic Cooperation department of the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Wahidullah Waisi, met with Turkmen Foreign Ministry in Asghabat to discuss areas of economic cooperation between the two nations. The parties conferred on

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China to play an active role in Afghanistan’s economic development

China’s Special Envoy for Afghanistan, Sun Yuxi, assured that his country would stand by Afghanistan by supporting the peace process and playing an active role in the country’s economic development and stability. Addressing a press conference in Kabul on Friday,

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Prices of dry fruits soar ahead of Eid holidays

The prices of dry fruits have doubled as the religious festival of Eid-ul Fitr is drawing closer. Eid-ul-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Buying a variety of dry fruits is part of the Eid celebration. It

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Two NSP projects completed in Maidan Wardak Province

With a cost of more than 2,150,000Afs 2 sub-projects of the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development were recently completed in Maidan Wardak province and handed over to the people. According to the provincial

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Afghanistan’s social media provider wins innovation award in New Delhi

Afghanistan’s social media provider, Paywast, received the Special Mention Award at the mBillionth event in New Delhi, India. The trophy was awarded for the Paywast Call Center for Maternal Health in Kabul. The mHealth call center collaborates with Ministry of

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Despite Upturn in Economy, Spain Still Not Out of the Woods

By Eve Pearce The year 2008 marked the commencement of one of the harshest crises encountered by the Spanish economy in history. Finally, there is a silver lining on the horizon, with the International Monetary Fund claiming (in June, 2014)

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Afghanistan’s railway project among US-honored development projects

The US Department of Treasury awarded the Asian Development Bank for pioneering a railway project in Afghanistan that is providing a cross-border trade link crucial to the country’s post-conflict economy. “ADB is honored to receive the award for this rail

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Takhar’s Farkhar Hospital to get a new emergency unit with German funding

The new Emergency Unit for Farkhar District Hospital will include three emergency rooms with enough capacity for treating nine emergency patients simultaneously. The 2.6 AFN million in funding for the construction project were provided by the German Government. Hafizullah Saffi,

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Trade ties with China a basic need of Afghanistan

After the announcement of China’s readiness to further commercial relations with Afghanistan, Afghan officials are enhancing focus on expanding these relations. Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) regarded trade ties with China as a basic need of Afghanistan for

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China’s involvement in Afghanistan to remain largely commercial

China is believed to emerge as a strategic player in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of US troops. This has annoyed some Western officials who think China has secured itself a key position in Afghanistan’s mining sector without providing any security

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Afghanistan gets full ISO membership

Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA) receives full membership of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Addressing a press conference in Kabul, ANSA Technical Deputy Mujeeb-ul-rahman Khateer said there are three stages of membership in ISO: 1st-Member Bodies, 2nd-Correspondent Membership, 3rd-Subscriber

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New tuberculosis treatment center to open in Kandahar city

Construction of a new tuberculosis treatment center has begun in Kandahar City. The World Health Organization (WHO) is financing the projected two month project. Dr. Abdul Qayoum Pokhlah, the director of Kandahar Directorate of Public Health, said the center’s modern

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Curse of 39 a blow to Afghan traffic police revenue

Afghanistan’s traffic revenue has reportedly decreased by about 1bn AFN due car owners’ avoidance of purchasing plate numbers with number 39 on them. The curse of 39 refers to the belief that the number 39 is purportedly linked with prostitution

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Civil servants in Balkh complete course in English and computing provided with German aid

18 civil servants from various line departments successfully completed six months of training in English and IT skills. The certificates and qualifications they received during the training will enable the government employees to improve processes required for their work. With

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Fuel prices hike in Afghanistan due to hoarding

The Fuel and Liquid Gas Enterprise (FLGE) revealed the names of companies that have resorted to hoarding, causing a wave of inflation on fuel prices in Afghanistan. Rahmanian Company, Ghazanfar Fuel Company, Afghan Petrol, Noor Sadiq Ansari, Younes Company and

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Government must invest more to revitalize New Kabul Bank

The fate of the New Kabul Bank (NKB) has remained undecided ever since the bank witnessed one of the worst scandals in history in late 2010. Investigations and judicial action in the aftermath of the bank’s crisis and scandal indicated

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Foreign firms create over 66,000 jobs in UK

Investment by foreign companies has created more than 66,000 jobs in the United Kingdom with more than half of the investment made in energy or infrastructure schemes. According to report, UK’s investment rose 8% to a record level of 975bn

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Decline in aid causes deficit in Afghanistan’s development budget

Afghan Ministry of Finance has expressed concerns over the decline in aid from donor countries. The inflow of aid has slowed down lately due to the prolonged election process and uncertainty about Afghanistan’s political instability. Spokesperson for the Finance Minister,

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