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UNESCO announces the winning design scheme for the Bamiyan Cultural Center

An Argentina-based team has been selected from 1,010 design entries from 117 countries for designing the Bamiyan Cultural Center. Led by Carlos Nahuel Recabarren alongside Manuel Alberto Martinez Catalan and Franco Morero, the selected scheme is entitled Descriptive Memory: The

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Afghanistan participates in India’s biggest stone industry expo

Afghanistan Marble industry is still at a nascent stage and modern excavation techniques are not in vogue. This sector is growing at a rate of 60% annually since 2008, according to AISA. Afghanistan has huge deposit of marble and granite,

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Afghan airlines meet the criteria to fly into EU airspace

All state-owned and private airlines of Afghanistan were banned from entering the European Union airspace in 2010 for failing to meet the international safety criteria. In an exclusive interview with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Deputy Head of the Afghanistan Civil

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The Afghan education revolution and the role the media play

The Mediothek Media House in Mazar-e-Sharif hosted the fourth 2014-2015 Media Meeting on reporting education in the Afghan media. Teaching experts Abdul Aziz Azizi, Director of the Balkh Department of Education, and Dr. Gustav Reier, head of the Afghan-German Cooperation

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79 Afghan children to be sent to Germany for treatment

The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) is sending as many as 79 ailing Afghan children to Germany for treatment. The children were diagnosed by a team of doctors by the Peace Village International who recommended sending the children to Germany.

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Afghan-Iran trade exhibition kicks off in Kabul

Afghanistan-Iran’s second trade exhibition was inaugurated in Kabul city on Tuesday by Afghan Second Vice-President Sarwar Danesh and Iranian Vice-President for Executive Affairs Mohammad Shariatmadari. Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Iran’s Ambassador to Kabul Mohammad Reza Bahrami said Afghanistan is the

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German and Dutch governments continue justice sector program in Kunduz until 2017

The German and Dutch governments signed an agreement to continue their joint program to promote rule of law in Kunduz province until the end of 2017. On behalf of Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), parliamentary state

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Tajikistan supplies extra 25mn kWh of electricity this year to Afghanistan

Neighboring country Tajikistan supplied an extra 25mn kWh of electricity to Afghanistan in January 2015. Sangtuda-1 and Sangtuda-2 power networks transmitted nearly 55mn kWh of electricity to Afghanistan, 25mn kWh more than they did last year in the same period.

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Construction of new engineering college starts in Balkh with German funding

The Parliamentary State Secretary in Germany’s Ministry Economic Cooperation and Development, Thomas Silberhorn, laid the cornerstone for the new Engineering College for the Province of Balkh together with Muhammad Zahir Wahdat, Deputy Governor of Balkh province. The new college was

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“TAPI- a pipeline of opportunities”-Afghan Minister of Mines and Petroleum

Afghan Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Dr. Daud Saba, regarded the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline as a pipeline of opportunities that will bring Afghanistan, Pakistan and India closer. Dr. Saba assured that the representatives of both Pakistan and India were

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Queen, Haider swept the 60th Filmfare Awards

Vikas Bahl’s comic drama, Queen, won awards in as many as six categories, including Best Actress honor and Best Director honor. The runner-up was tragic Shakesperean drama Haider, directed by Vishal Bhardwaj, that won 5 awards. Here’s the complete list

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India refuses to invest further in Iran-Afghanistan highway

India has declined to invest more in an infrastructure project with Iran catered for the transportation of Afghan mineral goods by the Iranian port Chabahar. This comes as Iran had demanded India to increase investment on the highway from Chabahar,

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Kabul to host the 21st TAPI summit

The 21st Summit of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline will be hosted in Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul, within two months. The officials of the concerned nations will finalize the inception date of the project during the upcoming meeting. The pipeline will

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India beats Pakistan by 76 runs in Cricket World Cup 2015 group stage

India won the group stage match against Pakistan in Cricket World Cup 2015 by 76 runs on Sunday. Winning the toss, India chose to bat and set a target of 301 for Pakistan to chase. India’s Virat Kohli scored the

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President Ghani terminates two chromite deals in Logar

President Ashraf Ghani scrapped two chromite extraction contracts during his surprise visit to Logar. The contracts were signed with two foreign mining companies involved in extraction of chromite in central Logar province. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the reasons

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Uzbekistan to assist Afghanistan in boosting economic recovery

Uzbekistan promises to stand by Afghanistan and assist the war-torn nation in boosting economic recovery. The neighboring country’s Foreign Minister, Abdul Aziz Kamilove, discussed stability in Afghanistan in a meeting with Nichloas Haysom, the United Nations’ Secretary-General Special Representative and

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Afghan lawyers’ association opens new offices in Kunduz with German, Dutch support

The Afghanistan Independent Bar Association (AIBA) opened its new offices in Kunduz city on Thursday. The total costs for buying and renovating the new offices with German and Dutch support added up to more than AFN 17 million. The lawyers’

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Afghan gov’t hikes customs duty on certain imports

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) plans to increase import duties on tissue paper and cardboard box imports in a bid to boost domestic production of the materials. Customs duty on tissue paper and cardboard box will be hiked by 30%

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Foreign workers to receive visa on arrival in Afghanistan

Afghan government is undertaking a new visa provision scheme where foreign workers will receive their visa upon arrival at Kabul International Airport, now renamed as Karzai International Airport after the former Afghan president. The purpose of the new scheme is

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TAPI project in a limbo once again

The much-awaited Tajikistan-Turkmenistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project is once again in a limbo after Turkmenistan backed off from the project in a meeting in Islamabad. The USD 10bn pipeline has been pending due to absence of a credible operator. The

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IMF close to agree on USD 17.5bn economic reform program for Ukraine

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, announced Monday that the IMF has reached a staff-level agreement with the Ukrainian government on a new economic reform program that would be supported by an Extended Fund Facility of

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Nouriel Roubini

Nouriel Roubini is a Professor of Economics and International Business at New York University Stern School of Business. He is also the cofounder and chairman of Roubini Global Economics, an independent, global macroeconomic and market strategy research firm. The firm’s

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Five Infrastructure Projects Completed in Sarepul Province

Five development projects have been completed in Sar-e-Pul province with financial collaboration from the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). According to NSP pprovincial manager in Sarepul province, these development projects include the

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Changing the Perception and Image of Afghanistan

Written By: Suleman Fatimie Afghanistan’s image, which should be associated with hospitality, crossroad of civilizations, home and cradle of Islamic scholars, historical poets and sufis, amazing food, a land not bigger than the State of Texas blessed with breathtaking mountains

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