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Germany backs Greece’s bailout extension

A deal was struck on February 20th of this year to give the Greek government four more months to avoid bankruptcy while it tries to come up with a long-term recovery plan. However, in order to receive the €270 billion Greece needs

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50% of Afghans do not have access to sufficient healthcare

According to the Ministry of Public Health, Afghans spend as much as 300 million dollars on healthcare abroad on an annual basis. In an exclusive interview to Azadi radio, Ferozuddin Feroz, the Public Health Minister said that despite the relative

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India announces new education program for foreign students

The Indian government has announced the Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA) program. This program allows foreign national students as well as non-resident Indians (NRIs), persons of Indian origin (PIOs) and overseas citizens of India who are interested in pursuing

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Afghanistan, IMF discuss privatization of New Kabul Bank

Afghan Finance Ministry and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) are holding discussions over the privatization of the loss-making New Kabul Bank. This comes after the Afghan government failed to find a suitable buyer for the bank. In December of last

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PPP in Afghanistan and Government Efforts

Authored by Alessandro Abati, PPP Expert Wadsam has already delivered to its readers interesting articles on Public Private Partnership (PPP), especially about the consistent efforts spread by the previous Minister of Healthcare. Bitterly, PPP in Afghanistan is still a ‘promised

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52 welfare projects help over 17,000 families in Herat

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD)  has completed 52 utility projects in the Enjeel district of Herat province. These projects will help 17,315 families in various different villages of the district. These

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Afghanistan’s first victory in Cricket World Cup 2015

Afghanistan had its first victory in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, beating Scotland by 1 wicket. Scotland set a target of 210 in 50 overs with all wickets out for Afghanistan to chase Afghanistan lost five wickets very early in

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50 Afghan Children arrive in Kabul after receiving treatment in Germany

On Sunday, a group of 50 Afghan children arrived in Kabul from Germany after receiving treatment for the various diagnoses they had received a 6 months to a year ago by the Peace Village International. The initiative is funded and

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Afghan entrepreneur brings England’s national dish to Afghanistan

Bashir Halimi, an Afghan-Canadian, invested USD 400,000 and established London’s favorite fast food franchise, Mr. Cod, in war-torn Kabul city. Mr. Cod is the world’s most popular Fish & Chips franchise specializing in some truly original and delicious flavors! Mr.

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Chabahar Port pact signed off by Iran, awaiting Kabul and New Delhi approval

Iran has expressed optimism that a new trilateral transit agreement between Afghanistan, Iran and India is close to completion. The Iranian Ambassador to Afghanistan, Mohammad Reza Bahrami said the Chabahar port agreement has been signed off by Iranian officials and

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Germany completes 29 projects in Baghlan province

Germany handed over 29 newly completed projects to the local government in Baghlan province that it built as part of its Stabilization Program for Northern Afghanistan (SPNA). The project was completed at a total reported cost of AFN 410.5 million

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Afghan carpet manufacturer wins award at Indian crafts fair

The Surajkund International Crafts Mela (fair) is held every year to show appreciation to and showcase the cultural heritage of countries around the world. This includes the display of handicrafts, hand-looms and other materials different countries might have to offer.

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Afghanistan Central Bank approaches Interpol to find bank robbers

Afghanistan’s Central Bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DABS), has approached Interpol to find the perpetrators of the robbery in one of the bank’s branches in Spin-Boldak district of Kandahar. Staff at the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province’s Afghanistan Central Bank

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NSP completes welfare projects in Zabul

As many as ten welfare projects have been completed in Qalat, Tarnak-wa-Jaldak and Shahjoy districts of Zabul province. Funded by the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), the projects were implemented at a

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Bank employees rob $1.4 million from their own bank

Staff at the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province’s Afghanistan Central Bank branch have robbed and gotten away with close to AFN 81 million ($1.4 million) on Thursday, 19th of this month. The total amount of the missing money is

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Germany’s business morale stays high despite geopolitical uncertainty

According to a survey by the Ifo institute, business confidence in Germany has jumped to 106.8 points in February from 106.7 points last month. While the figure is below analysts’ expectations of 107.7, it does suggest that Germany’s business confidence

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Surveys lead to several mineral discoveries in Bamyan

Surveys have found sums of various natural resources in Bamyan province. According to the Bamyan Mines Department, the findings of one survey include aluminum, copper, iron, semi-precious and precious stones. Through another survey, deposits of coalmine in Sighan district and

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Germany pledges AFN 196 million for new school construction program in Badakhshan

The Afghan-German Cooperation officially launched a new program for school construction in Badakhshan province. In cooperation with the Afghan Ministry of Education, the German Government has offered technical and financial assistance to help the ministry and education departments in Badakhshan

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The completion of utility projects in Ghor province help over 16,000 families

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD)  has completed 124 utility projects in various districts of Ghor province that benefit 16,106 families . Those districts include Dolatyar, Dolina, Charsada, Saghar and Tolak. According to them,

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Afghan envoy invites Indian entrepreneurs to invest in Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s Ambassador to India Shaida Mohammad Abdali invited Indian entrepreneurs and businessmen to invest in Afghanistan. Abdali attended the Assam International Trade and Industrial Fair (AITIF) at Jorhat, in eastern Assam on Friday and spoke about availability of business opportunities

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The Eurozone helps Greece avoid bankruptcy— for now

A deal was struck on Friday in Brussels that would give the Greek government four more months to avoid bankruptcy while it tries to come up with a long-term recovery plan. However, at this point, that seems easier said than done.

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ADB suggests changing the CASA 1000 route

The Asian Development Bank has approached (ADB) Da Afghanistan Breshan Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national utility company, to change the path of the CASA 1000 electrical lines. The original path of the CASA 1000 project was intended to go from Kunduz

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Over 4,000 families benefit from 15 completed infrastructure projects in Nangarhar

With 10% community contribution, the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has completed building 15 utility projects in the Khogiany district of Nangarhar province. According to them, the project has a price tag

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Narendra Modi’s suit sold for over USD 690,000

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s suit was sold for Rs 4.31 crore (USD 693,234) at an auction to Surat diamond baron and private airline owner Laljibhai Patel. A higher bid of Rs. 5 crore by another diamond baron, Mukesh Patel,

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Afghan mining contracts to be reassessed to ensure transparency

Afghan Minister of Mines and Petroleum Dr. Daud Shah Saba announced Friday that the mining contracts would be reexamined due to lack of transparency in the awarding process. The Mines Ministry claims the extraction contracts have been awarded without sufficient

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