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Afghan government officials default on electricity bills

According to the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee (MEC), nearly 2mn AFN are payable by the government officials and powerful individuals in electricity bills to Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS)—Afghanistan’s national electricity company. The MEC officials claimed that

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Baghlan to receive AFN 40 million in new infrastructure from Germany

This week, the German Government earmarked AFN 40 million in funding and technical support for three infrastructure projects in the province of Baghlan. On 16th September, the Arakesh Basic Health Centre in the district of Nahreen was inaugurated by Baghlan’s

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Afghanistan on the brink of a financial crisis

Ministry of Finance (MoF) officials announced Tuesday that the government is in need of USD 537mn as the government is virtually broke due to the prolonged elections impasse. Director General of the Treasury at the MoF, Alhaj Mohammad Aqa, told

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Germany helps 390 Afghan civil servants improve their skills in public administration

Today, 390 civil servants from 24 line departments and 6 district administration offices and from the municipal offices of Kunduz successfully passed 12 months of training in public administration skills run by the Independent Administrative Reform & Civil Service Commission

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Afghan Industrialists Union call on presidential candidates to end elections stalemate

Afghan Industrialists Union urged the presidential candidates to put an end to the long elections impasse that is taking the country toward a possible economic recession. The Union head, Sakhi Ahmad Paiman, stressed that the Afghan economy could take a

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Afghan carpets secure 1st position in Tibetan Carpets Int’l Exhibition

Afghan carpet industrialists in the Tibetan Carpets International Exhibition in China were awarded the first position for achieving excellence in design and quality. The winners were Haji Hamid Rauf from Qadir Rauf Ltd and Mohammad Rasoul Kazimi from Kazimi Allahdad

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Final report of Afghanistan National Development Strategy published with key support from Germany

As the report states, about two-thirds of the development objectives outlined in the strategy have been achieved. In particular, the health sector reached 88% of its target measures between 2008 and 2013. The quality of healthcare has improved, access has

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Expansion on the Menu for Afghan Entrepreneur

Rising demand for tasty meals served quickly has paid off for at least one small business owner in Herat, Afghanistan. Inspired by the success of his first Chipsi fast food restaurant, businessman Naeem Yusofi had been mulling over the possibility

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50 road-building projects stalled due to elections deadlock

Afghan Public Works Ministry said the prolonged elections process and the increasing security problems in the country have resulted in the stoppage of fifty road-building projects in the country. Addressing the Lower House of the Parliament on Saturday, Public Works

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Prices soar in Faizabad due to dilapidated roads

Blockades due to dilapidated conditions of the roads have jacked up prices of food items in Faizabad, capital of Badakhshan. According to Public Works Ministry, active insurgents in the area have deliberately destroyed the roads and posed threats to the

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Thousands of square meters of Afghan handmade carpets sold under Pakistan’s name

Pakistan generates millions of revenue annually from the carpet business by selling thousands of square meters of Afghan handmade carpets under Pakistan’s name. Afghan carpet weavers residing in Peshawar, Pakistan have said Pakistani merchants have monopolized Afghan handmade carpets by

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Major highway in Paktika being rebuilt

The Orgun-Barmal highway in Sharana, Paktika would be reconstructed with financial collaboration from the Asian Development Bank and the Ministry of Public Works. The road was built two years ago but deteriorated due to use of substandard material. Provincial Public

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Afghan government buys 4,000 tons of gas to stabilize prices

The Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries has purchased 4,000 tons of gas from the Oil and Gas Union in an attempt to keep prices of gas stable in the market. This comes after gas prices had jumped to 120-150

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First North American Islamic Art Museum to open in Toronto

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada: The first Islamic museum in North America was formally opened in Canada on Friday by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world’s Ismaili community. Speaking during a landmark

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Kunduz department of community policing gets new office and library facilities from Germany and the Netherlands

Afghan and German government representatives officially inaugurated newly equipped facilities in the Police Headquarters (PHQ) Kunduz and the Community Policing, or Police-e-Mardumi Department in Kunduz City on Thursday. The facilities and equipment are a large conference room for use in

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American-Turkish firm escapes from Afghanistan with USD 107mn

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada: A foreign construction firm has escaped from Afghanistan with $107 million without completing the construction work of a ring road. Officials in the Ministry of Public Works of Afghanistan have said the American-Turkish firm was awarded the

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Construction of two water canals begins in Samangan Province

Work on the construction of a potable water canal and an irrigation canal was inaugurated in Samangan province. The projects are being implemented in Gul Qeshlaq Karez and Haji Mula villages of Samangan province at a total cost of 3.6mn

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Health Call Center launched in Kabul City

The Afghan Ministry of Public Health together with Afghanistan’s social media organization, Paywast, has established a health call center in capital Kabul. Afghans from across the country can now dial 166 to consult with qualified male and female doctors for

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Expansion of telecom coverage to reduce internet cost in Afghanistan

With the recent expansion in Afghanistan’s telecom coverage, Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology hopes that the internet cost would decrease. Addressing the inauguration ceremony of Salaam 3G internet service and the Noori fiber optic project in Lashkargah, Helmand Minister

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60 government workers receive training in farming and road maintenance from Germany

Last week, 60 project engineers from various line departments in Faizabad and agricultural department extension workers from 27 districts in Badakhshan province successfully completed two different training courses in their fields of work. The project engineers received training in road

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Baghlan’s oil and gas revenue increases by 11% during the first two quarters

Baghlan’s Oil and Gas Department has reported an 11% increase in the province’s revenue from oil and gas. Abdul Karim Shaheen, head of the Department, said this year’s revenue has seen a hike of USD 250,000 compared with the revenue

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French company to collaborate with Afghan company to import European lubricant

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) Atiquallh Nusrat announced Saturday that French oil company Elf Aquitaine would be collaborating with Afghan company Kifayat Group in the lubricant sector. The foreign company would invest USD 12mn in Afghanistan, said

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Real Madrid tops richest football teams list for 10th year in a row

Real Madrid has once again become the world’s richest club for the 10th consecutive year, recording a total turnover of 603.9mn Euros in the 2013-2014 season. The turnover has witnessed a 10.9% increase on the previous campaign, while their net

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Shahrukh Khan enters list of richest Indians

Bollywood’s King Khan, Shahrukh Khan, has made it in the list of richest Indians with net property worth Rs 3,660 crores. Shahrukh Khan happens to be the first actor who has claimed a slot in this list. According to Wealth-X

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Farmers in eastern Afghanistan are happy about soybeans harvest

By Akmar Zaher-Despite the difficulty of introducing alien crops to Afghanistan’s agricultural sector, some farmers in the eastern Nangarhar province say they are doing well out of soybean. Since 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture has been running a

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