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Real life takes to the Afghan Stage

A one-hour show is underway in Afghanistan’s southern province of Zabul. The audience is riveted by the live theater, which dramatizes a typical chapter in the life of the community. It also offers nuggets of information about how to access

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New Agriculture Minister hopes to spark “agricultural revolution”

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, Assadullah Zamir, unveiled his 100-day action plan which will be carried out in 8 phases. He highlighted implementation of reforms, merit-based formation of the Ministry’s structure, focus on insecure regions, fighting corruption and

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Saffron growing satisfactorily in Takhar

Provincial agriculture department official in Takhar said saffron production proved to be satisfactory after 16 fields were cultivated with saffron as a test. Each crop produced 600 kilograms of saffron, indicating a satisfactory harvest. The crop was cultivated in Taloqal,

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Salma Dam to be built in one year: Governor Rahimi

Herat’s Governor, Mohammad Asif Rahimi, announced Thursday that construction work would soon kick off on the much-awaited Salma Dam project, and the project would be completed within a year. He assured that no security hurdles or any other obstacle would

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USAID hoop houses in Jowzjan Province increasing off-season vegetable production

Farmers in the northern Jowzjan province of Afghanistan are finding ways to continue to grow fruits and vegetables during the winter months following assistance from USAID. Through USAID’s Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project (AAEP II), which works to replicate agricultural best

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Over 30% increase in Kandahar’s customs revenue

Kandahar’s customs department has collected nearly one and a half billion Afghanis in revenue over the past five months, indicating a 33% increase from the target set by the Finance Ministry. The Finance Ministry had set a target of 2.7bn

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Lack of government support discourages investment in Bamyan

Private sector investment in Bamyan is witnessing a down trend in recent years. Executive Director of the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), Ali Reza Hassanzada, linked the decline in investment to lack of government support. According to Pajhwok

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Afghan Commerce Minister plans more investment opportunities for the country

Newly appointed Ministry of Commerce and Industries, Humayon Rasa, presented his 100-day Action Plan to the media. He has listed investment growth as his top priority and plans to attract more investors to Afghanistan by providing an investment-friendly environment. He

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7 Blockbuster hits that Salman Khan refused to work in

You will not believe what films were rejected by Salman Khan when they were offered to him. These films became mega hits in the history of Bollywood. Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge That’s right. Salman Khan was the first priority for

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Industrial Conference and Exhibition in Herat

The Herat Industrial Union (HIU) held an exhibition of local products on May 19-21 at the Mawlana Hall in Herat province. Nearly 65 kinds of local products were displayed in 75 booths at the exhibition. The exhibition aimed both to

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A new bridge connecting 16 villages to district centre opens in Khulm, Balkh

A new bridge opened in the village of Khwaja Burhan in Khulm district in Balkh, connecting 16 villages with the district centre. Villagers now have quick and safe access to healthcare, schools, markets and administrative facilities. The costs of construction

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Over 193mn Afghani worth of bank notes deteriorating

Officials from Afghanistan’s Central Bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), said over 193mn Afghani worth of bank notes are deteriorating before their shelf-life. Afghani paper money is supposed to have a shelf-life of three years, but a large amount of the

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DABS recovers 250mn Afghanis from defaulters

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat collects more than 250mn Afghanis from defaulters in less than two weeks. The national power utility had set a 10-day deadline for the defaulters to clear their bills otherwise their names would be revealed to the

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Vatican Bank’s earnings soar by 20-fold

A privately held institute situated exclusively on the sovereign territory of the Vatican City, the Vatican Bank witnessed a 20-fold increase in its earnings for 2014. Recording a figure of 69.3mn Euros for the year 2014, the Bank had only

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No contract was signed with the Indian consortium on Hajigak mine: Afghan Mines Minister

Afghanistan’s Mines and Petroleum Minister Daud Shah Sabah cleared the air around the Hajigak mining contract and maintained that no contract was signed with the Indian consortium. Earlier this week, reports came out that a consortium led by the Steel

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Heart of Asia senior officials say security key to Afghanistan’s prosperity

Senior Officials of the members and supporters of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul process met on Monday in Islamabad to confer on and assess Afghanistan’s security situation and the Heart of Asia region. The participants agreed that peace, security and stability

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54 infra projects completed in Kandahar Province

As many as 54 infrastructure projects have been completed in Maruf, Shawalikot, Panjwayee, Arghistan, Spin Boldak, Zheri and Shorabak districts of Kandahar province. Funded by the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), the

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Helmand farmers grow more wheat than poppy

Farmers have grown more wheat than last year in Helmand province, which is the hub for poppy cultivation in Afghanistan. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), wheat was grown on 98,000 hectares of land and was higher than last year’s

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Pakistan trains 15 Afghan doctors

As many as 15 Afghan doctors of eastern Nangarhar’s National Kidney Hospital have been sent to Pakistan for training. The National Kidney Hospital was established in 2014 at a cost of USD 4mn with financial support from Pakistan. According to

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Chabahar Port to be operational by December 2016

India inked a deal with Iran for the development of Chabahar Port earlier this month and the port is expected to be completed by December of next year. Work on the strategic port, which will give sea-land access to Afghanistan

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A senior official reveals Bank of England’s EU exit project in an email

A senior official of the Bank of England inadvertently sent details of a confidential project on the United Kingdom (UK) leaving the European Union (EU) in an email to the Guardian. The email says a group of senior officials are

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Afghanistan’s revenue collection system computerized

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance (MoF) computerized the system for revenue collection of custom and revenue departments by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Afghanistan’s Central Bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB). The system was activated on Saturday upon the signing

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SAIL-led consortium pulls out from $10.8bn Afghan mining project

Led by the state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), the Afghan Iron and Steel Consortium (AIFSCO) after years of apprehension about the project has pulled out from the project altogether. According to The Financial Express, an inter-ministerial group at

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Afghanistan’s energy future – a case of denial or ready for revolution?

Afghanistan could produce more energy than they need. That was the conclusion of this week’s Media Meeting in Mazar-e Sharif, hosted by the Social Association of Journalists in North Afghanistan (SAJNA) together with Afghan-German Cooperation. The meeting was on coverage

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Afghan Mines Ministry improving ability to manage mining sector

At Kabul’s Dunya University, 24 employees from the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum embarked on eight months of professional training, giving them and the ministry the knowledge and abilities they need to manage extraction of Afghanistan’s mineral assets properly. The

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