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Electronic system established for Afghan police salary payments

Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry claimed that the police officers’ salaries are paid through a new electronic system in a bid to prevent embezzlement of the salaries. This comes after the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) recently alleged that the

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4th Central Asian Trade Forum to be held in Almaty

The 4th Central Asian Trade Forum (CATF) is due to be held on October 29-30, 2014 in Rixos Hotel in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Sponsored by large-scale export oriented enterprises of Central Asia, Trade Networks, Transportation Providers, Financial Institutions and Initiator by

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Ring Road timeline faces security and budget issues

The Afghan Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) expressed concerns over meeting the deadline for completion of the Ring Road project. President Ashraf Ghani issued a directive earlier this week to complete the ring road project in the enxt nine months.

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Afghan economy growth projected at 1.5% in 2014

The World Bank in its twice-a-year report—South Asia Economic Focus—has projected a gloomy 1.5% growth rate for Afghanistan’s economy for the year 2014. Afghanistan is on the verge of a fiscal crisis, with declining revenues leading to an unfinanced fiscal

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Shah Rukh Khan receives Global Diversity award in London

Shahrukh Khan recently received the Global Diversity Award at the State Room of Britain’s House of Commons in London. The award was presented by the British Parliament by the 136th Leader of the office of Speaker Rt Hon John Bercow

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High energy biscuits being produced in Nangarhar

The first of its kind in Afghanistan, a local factory established in eastern Nangarhar province produces energy biscuits to victims of violence, natural disasters and Internally Displaced People. The factory produces the biscuits for the UN World Food Program (WFP)

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Kandahar exports up to 40,000 tons of grapes this year

According to the provincial branch of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI), up to 40,000 tons of grapes have been exported from southern Kandahar this year. ACCI official Eng. Abdul Baqi Beena said grapes worth USD 8mn have

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President Ghani issues directives on the completion of “Ring Road”

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has issued directives on the completion of the major ring road project. Addressing a meeting with the businessmen, President Ahmadzai directed the authorities to complete the ring road project in the next nine months. The President

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President Ghani issues directives on the completion of "Ring Road"

President Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai has issued directives on the completion of the major ring road project. Addressing a meeting with the businessmen, President Ahmadzai directed the authorities to complete the ring road project in the next nine months. The President

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Foreign imports hurting Afghan women’s business in Balkh

A number of businesswomen in Balkh have complained about the influx of imported goods hurting their business. According to the provincial Women’s Affairs Department, over 10,000 women run industries in Balkh and have active roles in business activities. However, the

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Foreign imports hurting Afghan women's business in Balkh

A number of businesswomen in Balkh have complained about the influx of imported goods hurting their business. According to the provincial Women’s Affairs Department, over 10,000 women run industries in Balkh and have active roles in business activities. However, the

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Project engineers and technical staff receive road maintenance training in Kunduz

10 engineers and 13 technical staff from various line departments in Kunduz province successfully completed a training course in road and drainage maintenance. The aim of the training was to enable line departments to plan and manage repairs and maintenance

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Investigation on Kabul Bank scandal resumes

The Attorney General Office (AGO) has resumed work on the Kabul Bank scandal and has confirmed that USD 729mn embezzled from the Bank is still missing. AGO spokesperson, Basir Azizi, said the government has managed to recollect only USD 184mn

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Business Matchmaking Conference to be held in Dubai

The Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) is to hold the US-Afghanistan Business Matchmaking Conference (BMC) in Dubai in February 2015 with collaboration from ConfLinks. The event in Dubai will be the only officially endorsed AACC-Afghan summit taking place in the

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India remains committed to Afghanistan’s reconstruction

India’s Vice President Hamid Ansari after attending the inauguration ceremony for the new government held separate meetings with President Dr. Ashraf Ghani and CEO Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. Ansari in his meetings reiterated India’s continued commitment to Afghanistan’s reconstruction which includes

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Peace education syllabus and textbooks for teacher training colleges in Northern Afghanistan

The Teacher Education Directorate (TED) of the Ministry of Education (MoE) introduced a new peace education curriculum for students at Teacher Training Colleges (TTCs) on Wednesday, supported by the German and Swiss Governments. The new curriculum teaches prospective teachers the

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Ashraf Ghani appoints Omar Zakhilwal as acting Finance Minister and Finance Advisor

Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai appointed Dr. Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal as acting Finance Minister and National Finance Adviser on Wednesday. Zakhilwal was a close ally of Dr. Ghani during his presidential campaign. He served as Finance Minister and Economic Advisor to

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President Ghani issues decree to reopen the Kabul Bank scandal case

On his second day of presidency, Dr. Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai issued a decree to reopen the Kabul Bank scandal case. This comes after he announced that curbing corruption was at the top of his presidency agenda, and insisted that graft

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Balkh, the 15th oldest city in the world

According to Telegraph, Balkh is the fifteenth oldest city in the world. What is now northern Afghanistan, Balkh was an ancient city and center of Zoroastrianism. The ancient city of Balkh was renamed Bactra under the Greek, giving its name

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Afghanistan, Tajikistan discuss boosting economic ties

In a meeting on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Abdul Qadir Bahman, met with Chairman of Tajikistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI, Sharif Said, to discuss economic ties. The two

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