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Germany invests over AFN 39 million in education facilities in Baghlan, Kunduz

Germany funds establishment of education and library facilities in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces in an attempt to improve the local education situation. New public buildings–one administrative building for the Department of Education (DoE) in the district of Baghlan Markazi and

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Afghan industries unable to compete with foreign products

As many as 1000 industries out of 3000 industries have shut down in Afghanistan due to failure in competing with foreign goods. Afghanistan’s Industrial Association (AIA) claim that the dumping policies of neighboring countries plays a major role in the

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Delay in government formation threatening the Afghan economy

The Afghan business community leaders have criticized the government for delay in forming the government. President Ashraf Ghani assumed power exactly four months ago and still has not been able to complete the formation of his government. He fired countless

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Apple amasses a record pile of cash worth USD 178bn

Apple has pocketed a mind-boggling of USD 178bnn in cash for selling high-priced phones. According to Howard Silverblatt of S&P Dow Jones Indices, Apple has enough money to give every American USD 556. In fact, Apple can afford to buy

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Afghan parliament approves draft national budget

Afghanistan’s Lower House of the Parliament, the Wolesi Jerga, approved the much-awaited national draft budget after it was revised by the Ministry of Finance. The lawmakers rejected the budget for the current fiscal year, which begun on 22nd December 2014,

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Over 6000 families benefit from development projects in Herat province

As many as 33 development projects have been completed in Adraskan, Shindand, Enjil, Ghorian and Gulran districts of Herat province at a cost of 65.243,083. The projects are implemented by the National Solidarity Program (NSP), which works within the framework

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Afghanistan’s moribund economy facing challenges

Afghanistan’s fragile economy recently became the nation’s top concern, according to a Gallup poll, where two in three Afghans cited local economic conditions getting worse. Many experts and analysts agree that the handover of security from foreign forces to Afghanistan’s

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UN-ESCAP working for Afghanistan’s development and sustainability

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), which is the UN’s regional development arm, is working on programs aimed at integrating Afghanistan with global economy. The programs will help landlocked Afghanistan to overcome their

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USAID gives $5 million to Canadian nutrition support in Afghanistan

 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a $5 million contribution to Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) to support nutrition in Afghanistan. Nutrition is an important development priority of Afghanistan’s new National Unity Government.

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Afghanistan offers investment incentives to Pakistan

Afghanistan welcomes Pakistan to invest in Afghanistan and reap benefits that Afghanistan’s strategic location offers. Ambassador to Pakistan Janan Mosazai told Pakistani investors and businessmen at a meeting on Saturday that Afghanistan is ready to offer incentives and facilitation to

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Iran, Pakistan imposing up to 90% tariffs on Afghan iron products

Afghan iron producers have complained about excessive tariffs imposed by Iran and Pakistan on iron exported from Afghanistan. According to reports, up to 90% tariffs are imposed on all iron products exported to Iran and Pakistan, a move that has

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Over 4000 families in Takhar benefit from welfare projects

With a cost of 31, 957, 526 Afs 18 projects of the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD/NSP) were recently completed in Ishkamish, Bangi, Namakab, Taluqan, Yangi Qala, Khwaja Ghar, Rustaq and Farkhar districts

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Afghans not too optimistic about economic situation

Afghans have cited deteriorating economy as their top concern, according to a new Gallup poll. Two in three Afghans see local economic conditions getting worse, as per the poll. The new poll illustrates that the Taliban are not the only

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Turkmenistan to extend new railway project through Balkh, Kunduz

President Ashraf Ghani announced that Turkmenistan plans to extend a new railway project through northern Faryab province and on through Balkh and Kunduz provinces. The new railway will connect Aqina and Andkhoy in northern Faryan provinces and will pass through

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Afghanistan, Turkmenistan sign cooperation pact in the field of electric power

President Ashraf Ghani led a high-level delegation to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to confer on enhancing bilateral relations between the two nations. He was accompanied by his two vice-presidents, Gen. Abdur Rashid Dostam and Mohammad Mohaqiq, National Security Adviser Hanif Atmar and

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Story of a Rubab maker from Afghanistan

Two brothers, getting on in years, make rubabs, a traditional Afghan stringed instrument. They learned the craft from their father and are passing it on to their sons. It is a labour-intensive work. It takes a month to carve each

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Pakistan sees its worst fuel shortage

Pakistan witnessed its worst fuel shortage in memory over the weekend, with about 95% of gas stations running out of gas in Pakistan’s second-largest city, Lahore. While the rest of the world is enjoying the cheaper fuel price, Pakistani motorists

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India responds to the ongoing Afghan-Pak transit issues

India offers to allow Afghan trucks (carrying their export products) to directly unload at its Integrated Check Post in Attari. This comes as Afghan traders are faced with ongoing transit issues with Pakistan and both nations are negotiating better implementation

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Districts of Herat receive development projects

Various development projects have been completed in Adraskan, Shindand, Enjil, Ghorian and Gulran districts of Herat province. Costing 62,198,170 AFN, the 34 projects are implemented by the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD).

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President Ghani encourages domestic industrial growth

President Ashraf Ghani introduced his much-awaited cabinet nominees to the Parliament on Tuesday and termed economic development, fighting corruption and promoting inclusivity as his cabinet’s priorities. He stressed upon encouraging domestic industrial growth and moving away from relying on donors’

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DABS opens power supply substation in Nangarhar

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) established a new power supply substation in the capital city of eastern Nangarhar province, Jalalabad. The facility was inaugurated on Monday by DABS CEO, Abdul Razique Samadi in Ghuchko area of Jalalabad city. The 20-megawatt

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Afghanistan participates in DOMOTEX Hannover trade show

Afghanistan participated in DOMOTEX Hannover, one of the most professionally organized trade shows in Germany, dedicated exclusively to the architectural designing and floor covering industry. With collaboration from the Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA) and United States Agency for

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Engineers in northern Afghanistan gain new skills for complex civil construction projects

Ten civil engineers from various government line departments in Badakhshan province completed two days of “Dynamic Cone Penetrometer” training in the provincial capital Faizabad. The course was part of training program funded by the German Government for more than 40

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Over 2000 families benefit from welfare projects in Laghman province

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) completed 13 projects in the districts of Alishing, Qarghayee and in a number of communities related to Mehtarlam, the center of Laghman province. The projects were

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4 schools, a teacher training center and a hospital inaugurated in Kunduz

As part of its stabilization program for northern Afghanistan, the Afghan-German Cooperation handed over six newly constructed buildings to local government in several districts of Kunduz province on Sunday. Four schools opened in Kunduz city and in the districts of

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