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US awards USD 16mn to provinces countering narcotics

The United States has awarded USD 16mn to 17 provinces that have made efforts in curbing narcotics and/or maintaining a poppy-free status. The award support development projects such as health, clinics, agricultural tools, schools and more. Addressing a press conference

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Afghanistan’s Economy On The Verge Of Collapse

By Florance Ebrahimi Power vacuum looms for Afghanistan as UN delays date for result of presidential elections to mid-September despite Karzai’s plans to leave office next week. Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who came to power after the U.S.-led invasion that

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Rehab center established in Maidan Wardak province

The Minsitry of Counternarcotics established a 20-bed rehabilitation center in Maidan Wardak province. The facility consists of 17 rooms, a boundary wall, a lawn and other needed facilities. The project took one year to be completed and will soon be

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High gas price irks Kabul residents

Kabul residents have blamed the government for the rising prices of gas , which  is currently sold at 140-150AFN per kilo in the market, compared to only 50 AFN per kilo a few months ago. The steep rise in prices

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Thirty one NSP projects completed in Kabul Province

With a cost of more than 45,593,000 AFN 31 projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (NSP/MRRD) were recently completed in Istalif, Shakardara, Mirbachakot, Kalakan and Khak-e-jabar districts of Kabul province. These projects

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64 teachers complete Afghan-German cooperation training workshops in Kabul

64 teachers from Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions around Afghanistan successfully completed testing and grading workshops in Kabul. Over the past week, the teachers from five different TVET subjects learned how to draw up practical exams for

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USAID contributes additional $2.5 million to Northern Waziristan’s Displaced People in Khost and Paktika

The United States Agency For International Development (USAID) contributed an additional $2.5m this week for emergency food assistance to 15,000 displaced families from Northern Waziristan residing in Khost and Paktika provinces of Afghanistan. USAID continues to work with the United

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Germany supports “Bill of Quantity” training for line departments in Baghlan

19 engineers from various government organizations completed five days of training on “Elaborating Bill of Quantity” in Baghlan province. In the course, the engineers learnt how to write accurate tenders for infrastructure projects requested by the Afghan government or the

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Afghan Finance Ministry increases tax on E-80 Petrol, L-05 Diesel Oil

The Afghan Finance Ministry has hiked imports on E-80 Petrol and L-05 Diesel Oil in an attempt to tackle the imports of low quality fuel into Afghan markets. The Council of Ministers had banned imports of sub-standard fuel but reversed

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USD 700mn given in aid to Afghanistan by Agha Khan Foundation since 1995

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada: The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) have channeled roughly around $700 million of assistance to Afghanistan since the foundation begun it’s engagement in Afghanistan in 1995. More than 2.5 million people have

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Tagab in Badakhshan to receive new health clinic for 150 patients with German support

Work on the construction of a new Comprehensive Health Clinic (CHC) for Tagab district in Badakhshan province began today. The new clinic will be easily accessible for communities in the remote district and will have room for up to 150

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JICA funds development projects in Bamyan, Baghlan provinces

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has funded implementation of 14 developmental projects for public welfare in central Bamyan and northern Baghlan provinces. Welfare projects in Bamyan included construction of 3.5km embankments and three bridges—one for vehicles and two for

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2 warehouses constructed in Nimroz province

Two large warehouses have been established in southwestern Nimroz province with each having the capacity to store 30 containers. The province is also going to witness a new car parking at the dry port by next year. The park is

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Afghan government’s treasury emptied due to protracted presidential elections

The long-drawn-out election process has hit the Afghan government’s treasury that is currently meeting budgetary needs only through day-today revenue collection. Afghan Deputy Finance Minister Mustafa Mastoor said the government would be unable to pay public servant salaries if the

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Afghanistan’s saffron export to Europe and Asia increases by 67%

Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA) has reported a 67% increase in Afghanistan’s saffron export to Europe and Asia. According to Najla Habib, head of the EPAA, Afghanistan’s saffron export has reached USD 1mn. EPAA officials called on the government

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Afghan Finance Minister warns of economic crisis

In an exclusive interview with BBC News, Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal warned of a possible economic crisis to hit Afghanistan as a result of the election deadlock. According to Zakhilwal, the political impasse has resulted in capital flight

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For more women teachers in Afghanistan – Ministry of Education promoting equality in education

Over the past two days, 150 officials from the Ministry of Education, the Civil Service Commission and the Ministry of Women Affairs came together in a conference to discuss ways to improve gender equality in education. The conference looked at

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India to continue assistance to Afghanistan despite the security uncertainty

Regardless of the security uncertainty, the Indian government has no intention of pulling out of the major developmental projects that it is currently undertaking in Afghanistan. India solidified its commitment nearly 3 years ago when the country signed the Strategic

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Eight NSP projects completed in Parwan Province

With a cost of more than 5,000,000Afs 8 sub-projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development were recently completed in Parwan province and handed over to the people. According to the provincial manager of

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Four sub-projects of NSP completed in Uruzgan Province

With a cost of 4,711,800 AFN four sub-projects of the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) were recently completed in Dehrawood & Gizab districts of Uruzgan province. According to the provincial manager of

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USAID awards new GPS units to Afghan Ministry of Mines

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded the Cadastre Department at the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum eight new GPS units that allow coordinates to be recorded digitally instead of having to write them down, saving time and

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Afghanistan’s first ever grape festival held in Herat

Herat, known as being the home for over 70 different kinds of grapes, hosted Afghanistan’s first ever grape festival. The festival was held to provide an opportunity for orchard owners to display their products and encourage customers to buy their

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Khost to have its first cricket stadium

With financial collaboration from the German government, a cricket stadium is going to be established in eastern Khost province at a total cost of 800,000 Euros. An agreement to that effect was signed by the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) and

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US partners up with AGS to help assess water resources in Afghanistan

For the past decade, U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists have shared their expertise with the Afghanistan Geological Survey (AGS) in efforts to establish an inventory of Afghanistan’s water resources. As such, a new fact sheet details how these efforts help

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USAID donates USD 92mn to Afghanistan's Higher Education

A new $92 million project to improve Afghan higher-education administration and academic standards launched on Aug. 13, officials in Kabul said on Tuesday. Representatives from the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education (MoHE), the Ministry of Economy and United States Agency

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