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Basic development projects completed in Kunar province

As many as 24 development projects have been completed in Nurgal, Narang and Sarkani districts of Kunar province. Costing 40,455,116 AFN, these projects were implemented by the National Solidarity Program (NSP), which works within the framework of the Ministry of

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An exhibition of Afghanistan’s economic achievements to be held in Dushanbe

A delegation of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) met with the Tajikistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries representatives in Dushanbe to discuss expansion of trade and economic cooperation between the two nations. The two parties reportedly reached

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Dried Apricots Build Income for Afghan Women

Farming is generally a male-dominated occupation in Afghanistan. In homes where women serve as the head of the family they rely almost entirely on agricultural-related activities for their household income. Sakina, 34, from Parwan Province participated in the sulfur apricot

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Afghan female entrepreneur opens Rugby store in Kabul

Despite of many challenges for women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan, Baran, a female entrepreneur, has opened a Rugby store in Kabul. Rugby is an American clothing brand launched in 2004. Rugby products are available at twelve stores throughout the United States,

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Katrina Kaif unveils her wax statue at Madame Tussauds

Katrina Kaif became the 8th Bollywood actor to have a wax statue at Madame Tussauds museums. She unveiled her wax statue at Madame Tussauds in London on March 27th and was joined by her sister and brother. Amitabh Bachhan, Shahrukh

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“Our goal is to become a transit country,” says President Ghani

President Ashraf Ghani envisions Afghanistan to be the transit corridor for connecting South Asia, East Asia and West Asia. Addressing the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations, President Ghani spoke of his development plans for Afghanistan and said, “Our goal

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iLabs in Afghanistan

By: Said Marjan Zazai The concept of technology innovation lab was first introduced in Afghanistan in 2012 by Internews. They held their first event in the month of January of that year in Kabul, and, it was followed through a

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Completion of welfare projects in Uruzgan Province

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) completed seven welfare projects in Chora, Dehrawood and Shaheed Asas districts of Uruzgan province. Costing more than 9,100,000 AFN, the projects included several infrastructure schemes to

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Kabul city’s power to be restored in five days

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) officials announced that Kabul’s electricity would be back in five days. Heavy snowfall in Salang destroyed electricity cables and poles that caused power outage for about a month in Kabul city. According to DABS officials,

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Afghan traders close USD 3mn worth of deals at an exhibition in India

As many as eleven Afghan traders participated in the Aahar International Food and Hospitaly Show on March 10-14 at the Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, India. The traders closed deals worth more than USD 3mn. The Export Promotion Agency of

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Engineers in northern Afghanistan improve circuit designs for large-scale power projects

Since the beginning of March, more than 125 electrical engineers from various line departments in the provinces Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar successfully took part in “Single Line Diagram Drawing” training workshops. The aim of the workshops was

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Strengthening the Strategic Partnership of the United States and Afghanistan

During the historic visit to Washington of President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah from March 22 to 25, 2015, U.S. and Afghan officials have reviewed the achievements of the last 13 years

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Afghan Telecom Company in the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies of 2015 in Social Good

Fast Company, one of the leading business magazines in the world, has recognized ten companies that are doing well by doing good. Afghanistan’s largest and leading Telecommunication Company, Roshan, is ranked number 7 in the Top 10 Most Innovative Companies

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Afghanistan hikes air tax by USD 100

The Afghan government has increased air tax by USD 100 in a bid to increase government revenue from the airspace. Previously, an air tax of USD 400 would be charged for every flight passing through the Afghan airspace. With effect

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EU to impose anti-dumping duties on China, Taiwan steel this month

The European Union (EU) will impose anti-dumping duties on imports of stainless steel cold-rolled sheet from China and Taiwan. The decision followed after a complaint lodged by the European steel producers association, Eurofer in May 2014. According to Eurofer, China

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Afghan Finance Ministry looking at agriculture and mining sectors for revenue boost

The Afghan Ministry of Finance (MoF) has expressed optimism about progress in the mining and agricultural sectors to compensate for the loss of revenue in the first three months of this year’s fiscal year. According to the Ministry officials, collection

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USD 70mn spent in a year on hookah in capital Kabul

A large number of young Afghan boys and girls have been grappled with smoking hookah lately in capital city of Kabul. According to a report by Khaama Press, about USD 70mn has been spent on hookah during the recent one

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US to spend USD 4bn a year to fund Afghanistan’s military through 2017

Washington has promised to spend about USD 4bn a year to fund Afghanistan’s military through 2017. President Ashraf Ghani in his remarks at the Pentagon on Monday thanked the US troops for their sacrifices and support for Afghanistan’s security. He

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Happy Tears: Human Connection Leading to Human Development

By Dr. Yossef Ben-Meir We may know – perhaps even at first hand – of a gap in society whose presence causes pain for countless individuals.  Here in Morocco, such a void – that of unrelenting poverty – exists, particularly

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Darakht-e-Danesh: Afghanistan’s first digital educational resource collection

In 2008, the distance learning scholars Caswell, Henson, Jensen and Wiley (2008) wrote, When educational materials can be electronically copied and transferred  around the world at almost no cost, we have a greater ethical obligation than ever before to increase

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“2015 is not 2009 for Afghanistan” warns President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani acknowledges that the road forward for Afghanistan will not be easy. He warns that 2015 is not 2009 for Afghanistan, when the world community flooded billions of dollars into the Afghan government and economy and brought

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IMF to address Afghanistan’s macroeconomic issues

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff mission, led by Mr. Paul Ross, has reached a staff-level agreement with the Afghan authorities on macroeconomic policies and structural reform agenda that could be supported by a nine-month Staff-Monitored Program (SMP). An SMP

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Ala Nowruz Amad…ala Nowruz Amad (New Day has arrived…New Day has arrived)

Nowruz means New Day and it marks the start of the New Year. It usually occurs on March 21 or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed. Nowruz is the celebration of spring—a new season which indicates the

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21st TAPI summit being held in Kabul today

The 21st summit of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is being held in Kabul today. Representatives of the mines and petroleum ministry of the concerned nations will discuss the improvements achieved during the implementation of the project. The pipeline will be

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Civil servants in Badakhshan completed basic training with German support

120 civil servants from more than 14 public institutions successfully completed a six-month basic training on English language, computer programs and management skills in Faizabad, the capital of Badakhshan province. This training was conducted by the Independent Administrative Reform and

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