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Afghanistan and Germany working together to protect children in Samangan

Sixteen days of training came to an end on Tuesday for 100 members of the Children Protection Action Network (CPAN) in Aybak, the capital of Samangan province. The course aimed to raise awareness of how to protect children in society.

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New government must implement fundamental economic development programs: Arghandiwal

Afghan Economy Minister Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal has asked Afghanistan’s new president, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, to undertake fundamental programs for the country’s economic development. He cited insecurity, corruption, and dependence on foreign as the main challenges that hampered Afghanistan’s economic

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Homes to be built for Argo landslide victims

Afghanistan’s Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry has begun work on the construction of 150 homes for families who lost their homes in a disastrous landslide in Argo district of Badakhshan in May of this year. The landslide triggered by heavy

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Business confidence in Afghanistan to boost after signing of BSA

The Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) is going to be signed on Tuesday between Afghanistan and the US government. The BSA is a key document that will determine the volume of the US troops to stay in Afghanistan after 2014. The

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Mass wedding of 100 Afghan couples organized in Daikundi Province

A mass wedding of 100 couples was organized in Neli, the central city of Daikundi province, by the Khairkhwa Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). This comes after 31 couples tied the knot in capital Kabul in a similar wedding ceremony.

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Afghanistan’s new unity government to serve as a green signal for investors

Afghanistan’s industrialists are optimistic about the formation of the new unity government and believe it might boost foreign investment. Addressing a press conference in Kabul on Saturday, Deputy Head of the Afghanistan Association of Industrialists (AAI) called on the new

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Outgoing President Karzai thanks the international community for their support

President Hamid Karzai expressed his gratitude to the international community for their support in rebuilding the war-torn country. He acknowledged Afghanistan would not have witnessed political, social and economic growth without the global community’s assistance and aid. Addressing members of

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Education Ministry has made noticeable progress over the past 13 years: Minister Farooq Wardak

Addressing Kabul’s Social Council on Saturday, Minister Farooq Wardak reflected on the achievements of the Education Ministry over the past 13 years. The Education Ministry has had noticeable accomplishments over the past 13 years. The international community has appreciated this

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Deepika and Varun as the lead pair in “The Fault in Our Stars” remake

Buzz is that Deepika Padukone and Varun Dhawan are to be the lead pairs in the Indian remake of Hollywood film “The Fault in Our Stars”. The film will be produced by Homi Adajnai, who had teamed up with Deepika

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Smuggling to Pakistan hikes gas prices in Kandahar

Gas dealers in southern Kandahar province have urged the Afghan government to halt the smuggling of liquefied gas to Pakistan. The unchecked smuggling of liquefied gas to Pakistan has resulted in increased prices of gas due to shortage in the

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Afghani spurs against US dollar

Afghani has started to gain value against the US dollar as Afghanistan’s political situation seems to be straightening out. The end to the election deadlock had a quick impact on the value of the Afghani to pick up against foreign

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Handicraft market for Afghan women inaugurated in Helmand

A handicraft market for women has been opened in southern Helmand province. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Deputy Governor Ahmad Masood Bakhtawar said the market was constructed at a cost of USD 466,000 with financial collaboration from the Department of Counter-narcotics.

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Afghanistan’s economic achievements over the past 13 years

Afghanistan has undoubtedly achieved the most development in its history ever since the Taliban were ousted in 2001. The achievements would not have been possible without the influx of billions of dollars from the international community. It is worth mentioning

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Karzai’s administration lacked clear economic policy: Afghanistan’s Central Statistics Org

Afghanistan’s Central Statistics Organization (CSO) criticized the Karzai administration for lacking a clear economic policy over the past 13 years. CSO official Hasibullah Mowahed said the government has failed to undertaken necessary strides towards increasing foreign investment. On the other

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EU pledges €90.5 million for Afghanistan’s rural development

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada: The European Union (EU) has pledged €90.5 million in aid for rural development projects in Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday. Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) will use the

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Two water works in Kabul refurbished, able to supply 1.1 million people

Today, Afghanistan’s Deputy Minister of Finance and Administration of Urban Development Affairs (MUDA), Hamid Jalil, the Director General of the Afghanistan Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Corporation (AUWSSC), Dad Mohammad Baheer, and representing the German Embassy, Ms. Katharina Schuster, officially

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Businesses seeing growth as election deadlock ends

The Afghan business community has reported increases in their sales since the day the formation of the National Unity Government was agreed upon. The country’s economy was on the verge of collapse as political uncertainty had undermined business activities. Dr.

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Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom (August 7, 1933 – June 12, 2012) was an American political economist whose work was associated with the New Institutional Economics and the resurgence of political economy. In 2009, she shared the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences

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Germany helps train thirty civil servants in monitoring & evaluation in Badakhshahn

Today, thirty monitoring & evaluation officers from various line departments in Badakhshan province successfully completed four days of training in monitoring & evaluation (M&E) of development projects in the capital, Faizabad. The main objective of the training was to help

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Distribution of 2 million books begins in Balkh Province

The Afghan Education Ministry has begun distribution of 2 million books for primary schools in the capital and districts of Balkh province. Costing 60mn AFN, the books are expected to be distributed across the province in a month. “We will

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Welfare projects completed in Hazrat Sultan

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) has completed welfare projects in Hazrat Sultan district of northern Samangan province with financial collaboration from the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). The projects include eight community centers, five reservoirs of potable water

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Japan funds construction of canal, waterhead in Nangarhar

Japan has pledged USD 3.37mn for the construction of a canal and a waterhead in Behsud, eastern Nangarhar Province. An agreement to that effect was signed on Saturday between Governor Maulwi Attaullah Ludin and Dr. Tetsu Nakamora, the Peace Japan

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Afghan landowner dedicates his land for building a school

A local resident from Qala Naw of Badghis Province dedicated 1.5 acres of his land to the Afghan Ministry of Education to build a school on. The land will be used by the Education Ministry to build a secondary school

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China fines British pharmaceutical firm for bribery

China has fined the giant pharmaceutical firm of the UK, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), USD 490mn for bribing doctors and hospitals in order to have their products promoted. The court gave its sentence after a one-day trial at a court in Changsha,

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Number of tourists visiting Qargha Lake declines

Afghanistan’s favorite tourist resort has witnessed a 90% drop in its revenue due to a significant decrease in the number of tourists. This follows after last month’s gang-rape incident where 4 women were brutally raped after their vehicle was intercepted

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