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Prices of firewood soar with the advent of winter

Prices of firewood have increased during the outgoing week as the winter season approaches. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the price of 560kg of peeled oak rose has jumped up by 200 AFN and is currently sold at 7,000

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Afghanistan, Turkey ink strategic pact

Turkish President Recep Tayiip Erdogan signed the strategic cooperation agreement with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai at the Presidential Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday. He paid a one-day visit to Afghanistan and assured President Ghani his country’s long-term

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A hospital and 3 schools inaugurated in Takhar with German support

A new hospital and three schools were officially declared open and handed over to Takhar province on Thursday. In Rustaq district, the new Central Hospital with 50 beds was handed over to the province’s Department of Public Health (DoPH). The

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USAID to help 75,000 young Afghan women to become leaders

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on Thursday announced the award of a major women’s empowerment program for Afghanistan. Promoting Gender Equity in National Priority Programs (“Promote”) seeks to advance opportunities for thousands of Afghan women to help

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Afghanistan a priority country for WFP

Afghanistan is one of the priority countries for WFP as more than 7.5 million people are food insecure. Every year through the implementation of various projects, WFP delivers food assistance to millions of Afghans across the country. This includes internally

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India to stand with Afghan government at every step

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded President Ashraf Ghani’s wisdom and statesmanship, and his commitment to unity, peace and progress in Afghanistan, which had enabled the formation of a broad-based an inclusive government and a peaceful political transition. He paid tribute

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New Afghan government promises to increase teachers’ salaries

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has vowed to improve living conditions of Afghan teachers by increasing their salaries and allocating a piece of land for each teacher. Addressing the Teacher’s Day ceremony, President Ghani said his government was committed to enhance

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New Afghan government promises to increase teachers' salaries

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has vowed to improve living conditions of Afghan teachers by increasing their salaries and allocating a piece of land for each teacher. Addressing the Teacher’s Day ceremony, President Ghani said his government was committed to enhance

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CEO Abdullah Abdullah stresses on economic reforms

Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah held his first economy meeting with the Council of Ministers on Tuesday. Regarding the economy as the second largest challenge, he called for immediate reforms to be made in the economic sector. He assigned several ministers

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President Ghani, CEO Abdullah promise to resolve telecom issues

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah assured telecom companies that their problems would be resolved on a priority basis. Addressing a meeting with representatives of telecommunication companies, President Ghani said the telecom sector was a priority and

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France pledges € 10mn for development projects in Bamyan, Wardak

The French government has pledged € 10mn for development projects in central Bamyan and Wardak provinces. The aid will go towards agriculture, environment and administrational development projects for the coming three years. Addressing a press conference on Monday, French Ambassador

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Development projects implemented in Balkh province

With a cost of more than 14,946,314 AFN, eight projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development were recently completed. According to the provincial manager of NSP in Balkh province, these development projects included

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Germany is funding new Women Training Centre in Taloqan

The Department of Women Affairs in Takhar province (DoWA) and the Office of the Provincial Governor celebrated the cornerstone ceremony for construction of a new women training centre on Sunday in Taloqan. The women training centre will put the DoWA

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Five NSP projects completed in Daikundi Province

With a cost of more than 5,000,000 AFN, five projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) were recently completed in Khader & Shahrestan districts of Daikundi province. According to the provincial manager

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Afghanistan, Pakistan agree on electricity transit fees

Afghanistan and Pakistan signed accord on the electricity transit fees for the trade of 1,300 MEW of electricity as part of the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000). The agreement was signed between Afghanistan’s Acting Finance

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EU grants € 1.4bn for the development of Afghanistan

The European Commission announced Friday new development funding of € 1.4bn to Afghanistan for the period 2014-2020. The agreement to that effect was signed between European Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs, and the National Economic Adviser to President Ghani, Hazrat

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16 development projects ccompleted in Zabul Province

With a cost of 17,447,000 AFN, 16 sub-projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) were recently completed in Shah Joy & Qalat districts of Zabul province. According to the provincial manager of

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Second Annual Afghan Social Media Summit to be held on October 19th

From e-Governance to #Hashtag Activism, Afghan Social Media summit paves the way for a digitized Afghanistan The second annual Afghan Social Media Summit (ASMS2014) will begin next Sunday, October 19, 2014, and the full agenda is now available online here. The

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Afghan National Development Strategy must be on the basis of domestic resources: Legislators

A number of parliamentarians urged President Ghani’s administration to plan the Afghan National Development Strategy (ANDS) on the basis of the available domestic resources. This comes after Acting Ministry of Economy, Abdul Hadi Arghandiwal, announced that the implementation of ANDS

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Faculty of Public Policy and Administration of Balkh University inaugurated with German support

Afghan and German government representatives officially inaugurated newly built and equipped facilities for the Faculty of Public Policy and Administration of the Balkh University on Thursday. The construction as well as equipment for the facilities cost AFN 224 million and

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Kalfat, Afghanistan’s oldest dry port, to be revived

The new Afghan government plans to revive one of Afghanistan’s oldest dry ports–Kalfat port. The port is situated in Jawzjan province and was once a busy transit trade route between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. Jawzjan Deputy Governor Abdul Rahman Mahmodi said

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Kalfat, Afghanistan's oldest dry port, to be revived

The new Afghan government plans to revive one of Afghanistan’s oldest dry ports–Kalfat port. The port is situated in Jawzjan province and was once a busy transit trade route between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. Jawzjan Deputy Governor Abdul Rahman Mahmodi said

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USAID guarantees $13.5 million in loans for Afghan microfinance

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on October 8 announced $13.5 million in micro-loan guarantees to three Afghan financial institutions, to increase access to credit for Afghan small businesses. The agreements were signed on September 25 at a

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28 NSP projects completed in Kunduz Province

With a cost of 41,966,000 AFN 22 projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (NSP/MRRD) were recently completed in Khan Abad, Chahardara, Qala-e-Zal and Ali Abad districts of Kunduz province. According to the

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Japan funds mine clearance operations in Afghanistan

The Japanese government has provided USD 696,310 to HALO Afghanistan for mine clearance operations in North and Central regions of Afghanistan. The fund will allow HALO to employ 108 trained de-miners to carry out mine clearance operations in selected minefields

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