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Foreign companies to bid for Afghanistan’s air traffic control

According to a statement released by the Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority (ACAA), six foreign companies are interested in bidding for Afghanistan’s air traffic control. The bids were discussed at a consultative meeting in Kabul where representatives of the companies conferred

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11 development projects completed in Badghis Province

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) completed eleven development projects in a number of communities related to Qala-e-Naw, the center of Badghis province. The projects are implemented at a cost of AFN

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New operations & maintenance manual for Afghanistan’s infrastructure projects

Last week, heads of all provincial and regional offices of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission (IARCSC) met at the Civil Service Institute in Kabul to present Afghanistan’s first manual for operations & maintenance of small- to medium-sized

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Education Ministry should seek return of educated Afghan expats

Newly appointed Education Minister Farida Mohmand presented her 100-day plan to President Ashraf Ghani. Her plans include reforms in Kankur examinations, improvement of higher education, tackling red tape and finalizing national gender research and strategy policy. According to a statement

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Pakistan resumes work on 2nd lane of Torkham-Jalalabad Road

Pakistan has resumed work on the construction of the 2nd lane of Torkham-Jalalabad Road. Construction work on the 2nd lane of Torkham-Jalalabad road was suspended since 2006 due to shortage of funds. The project was jointly inaugurated by the acting

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President Ghani calls for reforms in Ministry of Finance

President Ashraf Ghani highlighted some major reforms in a meeting with the newly appointed Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi who presented his 100-day plan in the Presidential Palace. He directed the Finance Ministry authorities to work out a strategy which could

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Afghan provincial councillors complete training for future posts

As many as 150 newly elected members of Afghanistan’s Provincial Councils concluded a final round of orientation training for their future posts. Speaking at the closing ceremony, Saeed Ahmad Khamoush, Director General for coordination of local councils affairs (GDCLCA), highlighted

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Afghan government to give lands to teachers in Paktika

The Afghan government is providing land plots to 1,000 teachers in Paktika province. According to Khaama Press, a city is being built on 500 hectares of land where the teachers would receive plots of lands to build houses for themselves.

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Afghan students enjoy a roof over their heads at school

Not long ago, the 420 students of the Afghan Mena Elementary School had to study in an open lot because their school did not have enclosed classrooms. Today, students sit in classrooms in a two-story building in Jalalabad city, the

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EU to lift ban on Afghan airlines by the end of 2015

Afghan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation (MoTCA) announced on Friday that the European Union (EU)P is expected to end ban on Afghan airlines by the end of this year. The ban on Afghan airlines came in 2010 after Afghanistan

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Implementing the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

After fifteen years of nations pursuing the Millennium Development Goals established by the United Nations, representatives of the member states, along with experts and private citizens, have defined Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to help set the course for the next

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Afghanistan to build its first ever power plant

Afghanistan is going to have its first ever power plant that is set to be built in Mazar-e-Sharif, capital of northern Balkh province. Costing USD 75mn, the power plant is expected to be capable of generating 50 megawatts of electricity.

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German-Afghan talks end in success: “The wheels of time must never turn back again”

This year’s government negotiations on development cooperation between Germany and Afghanistan came to a successful close in Berlin last week. Both sides set new priorities for reintegrating Afghan refugees and providing care for internally displaced persons. German Development Minister Gerd

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Afghanistan, India holds food festivals in Kabul and Delhi

India and Afghanistan have historical and cultural linkages since centuries and the same gets reflected in the cuisines of the two countries. As part of cultural exchange, Indian Embassy in Kabul and Afghan Embassy in Delhi have jointly organized reciprocal

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Afghanistan and Germany start new policy forum in Kabul

A new initiative started in the capital, Kabul, to foster cooperation in the governance sector between the German and Afghan governments and development stakeholders. Designed as a think- and do-tank, the Governance Forum Afghanistan “Govern4Afg” was launched by German and

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India and U.S. To Strengthen Livelihoods of Over 3,000 Afghan Women

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt announced a new $1.5 million, three-year award to the Indian Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), the world’s largest women’s cooperative, with a membership exceeding 1.9 million. SEWA will partner

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Investors in Herat demand security from the new governor

A number of investors in western Herat have called on the newly appointed governor, Mohammad Asif Rahimi, to improve law and order in the city. This comes as investors are transferring their investment abroad due to poor security situation. “Our

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Cristiano Ronaldo donates 7mn Euros to Nepal

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has donated 7mn Euros to Nepal to help the nation rebuild itself after the devastating earthquake last month. He has also called upon his over 100mn fan followers on Facebook to donate to the aid

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Afghan government focuses on construction of hydroelectric dams

The National Unity Government (NUG) looks to domestic sources of Afghanistan to achieve power sustainability. Economy Minister Abdul Sattar Murrad said the government plans construct hydroelectric dams around the country to expand power generation inside the country. Currently, Afghanistan imports

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Only 4% of Afghanistan’s natural gas and oil territory being exploited

Contracts for only 10,316 kilometers of Afghanistan’s natural gas and oil reserves have been signed off, said Deputy Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Jawed Sadat. Addressing the first Inter-Ministerial Commission for Energy meeting in Kabul on Wedsneday, Sadat said Afghanistan

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India committed to rebuilding Afghanistan

India has once again underscored its commitments to support Afghanistan in its rebuilding process. The Delhi Policy Group, an independent think-tank, in its annual report titled ‘Afghanistan 2015: The Quest for National Unity’ has highlighted ideas and recommendations for maintaining

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IMF projects a 3.5% growth rate for Afghanistan in 2015

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its revised regional economic outlook for the Middle East, North Africa, Afghanistan and Pakistan (MENAP) has predicted Afghanistan’s economic growth rate to overtake Pakistan’s in 2016. Afghanistan’s economic growth rate is projected at 3.5%

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UAE to shut down 600 Afghan businesses

The United Arab Emirates (UAE), the hub for many businesses around the world, has given a 2-week deadline for 600 Afghan businessmen to wind up their businesses and leave the country. Afghan government confirms the situation and is soon visiting

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USAID announces new $30 million Civilian Victim’s Assistance contribution

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new $30 million program to provide immediate and tailored support to victims of conflict. The three-year Afghan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP) III provides humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians who have

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Orchards set up for Afghan men and women to earn income

The World Bank has funded establishment of orchards for men and women in western Ghor province to help them meet their financial needs. As many as 520 fruit and vegetable gardens for women and 400 gardens for men in Dawlatyar

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