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Afghan Mobile Business event announces winners of Afghanistan’s first smartphone app competition

The winners of Afghanistan’s first smartphone app awards were announced in Kabul at the Afghan Mobile Business even on Thursday. The event, which concludes 1st November with a job fair, was organized by the Faculty of Economics of Kabul University

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China offers USD 327mn in aid to Afghanistan through 2017

China has pledged USD 327mn in aid to Afghan government following a meeting on Tuesday between China’s President Xi Jinping and his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani. The aid commitment, running through 2017, comes as US troops are withdrawing and Afghanistan

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US Senators push for conditional aid to Afghanistan

According to a report prepared by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the senators plans to send billions in aid to continue funding Afghanistan’s reconstruction process. The aid will be, however, conditional upon Afghan government’s specific reforms aimed at curbing

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Afghanistan rolls out red carpet for Chinese investors

President Ashraf Ghani on his first day of official 4-day visit to China met with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to confer on economic and political cooperation. The parties discussed expansion of bilateral cooperation in the spheres of security, economic,

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Eleven NSP projects completed in Khost Province

With a cost of more than 24,332,000 AFN, eleven projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) were recently completed in Tarazai & Bak districts of Khost province. According to the provincial manager

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MoU Signed between U.S. Embassy Kabul and Ministry of Higher Education

Hilary Olsin-Windecker, Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at U.S. Embassy Kabul, and Mohammad Osman Babury, Deputy Minister of Higher Education for Academic Affairs in Afghanistan, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on October 26, 2014. The signing of the document

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Development projects completed in Sar-e-Pul Province

With a cost of more than 11,676,698 AFN ten projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) were recently completed in Sar-e-Pul Province. According to the provincial manager of NSP at Sar-e-pul province,

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11th cricket academy established in Afghanistan

The 11th Afghan cricket academy was established in Helmand with a cost of 800,000 AFN provided by the country’s cricket board. In an attempt to promote and institutionalize cricket in the country, officials of the cricket board are seeking to

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Afghan state-owned businesses revenue decline by 90%

Afghan Ministry of Finance officials have reported a 90% decline in the revenue of state-owned businesses. State-owned businesses have recorded revenue of 377mn AFN this year compared with 3.4bn AFN last year. This brings up the old question of privatizing

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China spends billions of dollars annually on pets

Having one of the world’s lowest birth rates, China is witnessing a growing number of pet lovers among its middle class. About 7% of households in China now have a dog, and 2% have a cat. China spends USD 1.5bn

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Happy New Year breaks records

This year’s most awaited movie, Happy New Year, had a phenomenal first day box office collection. Directed by choreographer-turned-director Farah Khan, Happy New Year, has broken all first day records and has made about Rs. 45 crore with Rs. 42.

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China plays a key role in Afghanistan’s development: Afghan, Pakistani experts

Afghan and Pakistani foreign affairs experts believe that China can play a key role in the reconstruction and development of Afghanistan, given their political non-interference and their abundance financial resources to sponsor investments. They say China has built good relations

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Twenty eight NSP projects implemented in Nangarhar

With a cost of 23,376,303 AFN, 28 projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) were recently completed in Khugiany district of Nangarhar province. According to the provincial manager of NSP in Nangarhar

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Luis Suarez getting professional help to stop biting opponents

Well-known striker, Luis Suarez, admits he is getting professional help in order to control his “impulse” to bite. He will be playing his first match for Barcelona against Real Madrid on Saturday after his ban. The Uruguayan was banned for

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President Ghani plans to attend Heart of Asia Summit in China

President Ashraf Ghani plans to attend the 14th Heart of Asia Summit in China, which will make it his first trip abroad since taking office. The Summit comprises of representatives from Afghanistan, Azerbaija, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia,

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30 civil servants trained in public financial management in Badakhshan

Thirty planning and finance officers from various line departments in the province of Badakhshan successfully completed four days of training in public financial management of development projects. Held in the provincial capital Faizabad and funded by the German Government, the

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Germany funds first AutoCAD software training for 51 civil engineers in Kunduz

51 civil engineers from 10 line departments in Kunduz successfully completed training in use of AutoCAD software, the first course of its kind in the province. The engineers, who all work for local government institutions in Kunduz, learnt how to

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Chamber of Commerce calls for government and donors’ attention to Afghan agriculture sector

The Chamber of Commerce in northern Kunduz province urged the Afghan government and the donors to divert attention to the agriculture sector. This comes as the agriculture business in Kunduz was adversely affected by the election stalemate. According to Dried

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Hundreds of families benefit from welfare projects in Nangarhar

With a cost of 8,867,000 AFN, seven projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) were recently completed in Shinwari and Ghanikhil districts of Nangarhar province. According to the provincial manager of NSP

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Germany funds construction of two administrative buildings in Badakhshan

The Department of Urban Development (DoUD) and the National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) in Badakhshan province officially started construction of two new administrative buildings in the provincial capital, Faizabad. With a total of AFN 49 million in funding and with

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The unstable Afghani currency

As the elections deadlock ended, there were glimpses of hope that Afghani currency would appreciate in value against the US dollar. Only a few days after the formation of the new government, the Afghani currency continued to go down. The

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Ministry of Public Works $22.3 million road maintenance project

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on October 20 announced a $22.3 million project to help the Afghan Ministry of Public Works maintain Afghanistan’s roads. The three-year project will help the Ministry create three departments: a road authority

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India agrees to develop Iran’s Chabahar port

India plans to sign an agreement with Iran for the development of the Chabahar port in southeast Iran. The port plays a key role in opening up a trade route for India to landlocked Afghanistan where India has political ties

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Improved seeds boost Ghazni wheat yield

Farmers in Ghazni have witnessed 12% increase in their wheat yield this year. Provincial Agriculture Director Sultan Hussain Abbas attributed the boost in yield to the usage of improved seeds. He said the farmers started using improved seeds after attending

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Development projects ccompleted in Laghman Province

With a cost of 9,161,000 AFN, eight projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development were recently completed in Mehtarlam the center of Laghman province. According to the provincial manager of NSP in Laghman

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