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New health facility to open up in Badakhshan

A 76-bed hospital is going to be built in Faizabad city of northeastern Badakhshan province with funds from the German government. The two-story building will be equipped with modern facilities including gas, heater and air conditioned system. Provincial Public Health

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Over 4000 families benefit from development projects in Kunar province

Over 4000 families in various communities have benefited from development projects which were recently completed in Dar-e-pech, Nurgal, Sarkani and Narang districts of Kunar province. Costing AFN 44,811,000, the projects are implemented by the National Solidarity Program (NSP) which works

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MPs at odds over changes to Anti-Money Laundering Law

Afghan lawmakers in the Lower House had a heated debate over changes to a controversial article of the Anti-Money Laundering Law on Monday. According to Article 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering Law, those who have earned money through illegitimate means

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Afghan central bank to pump $850mn into the economy

Afghanistan’s Central Bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), plans to pump USD85mn into the local economy in a bid to stabilize the national currency and assist the banking sector. DAB’s acting governor Khan Afzal Hudawal said the funds for capital injection

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13 fastest-growing economies in the world

China’s crazy growth has been one of the biggest stories over the past several decades. But the Chinese economy certainly isn’t the only one posting huge growth rates. We compiled a list of 13 countries with the highest projected compounded

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Spinning wheels turning women’s lives around in Jalalabad

In Afghanistan, the hand-made carpets created by Ali Sahil String Making and Carpet Warpet Weaving Company are prized for their elegant designs and distinctive Afghan craftsmanship. With a recent investment in new equipment, the company is now poised for even

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Request for Proposal: 400 Kwp PV Solar System in Bamyan, Afghanistan

Aga Khan Foundation, Afghanistan, and their appointed Project Managers, Aga Khan Planning & Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS,P) seek to install a 400 Kwp off-grid PV solar system for the new Provincial Hospital in Bamyan, Afghanistan (Longitude 34.83481; Latitude 67.77983; Elevation

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$ 437mn recovered of $987mn stolen from Kabul Bank

The Afghan government is still in the process of recovering the millions of dollars that disappeared from Kabul in mysterious insider loans. Legal advisor to the President, Abdul Ali Mohammadi, said on Sunday $437mn of the total $987mn stolen from

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US Company wins the contract to manage Afghanistan’s air traffic control

Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority official announced on Sunday that the contract for Afghanistan’s air traffic control was awarded to a U.S. company to manage the country’s air traffic control for two years jointly with the Afghan authorities. Captain Mohammad Zahir

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Health sector players discuss a 10-year plan for Afghanistan’s healthcare plan

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani held a meeting with various key players from the health sector to confer on ways to improve the situation of healthcare services in the country. The meeting was attached by Public Health Minister Dr. Ferozuddin Feroz,

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National Procurement Commission saves over $200mn in one Civil Aviation Authority contract

The National Procurement Commission efforts resulted in saving more than USD 200mn from one contract of Afghanistan Civil Aviation Authority. Chaired by President Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission reviewed a number of contracts in its weekly meeting held in

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Road connecting Farah and Iran to be built in three years

The contract for construction of 32 kilometers of the Lash Jaween road in Farah province will be awarded to a private company, announced Afghan Ministry of Public Works on Saturday. The first part of the road which connects the center

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Afghanistan’s dried and fresh fruits export to reach 55,000 tons this year

Export Promotion Agency of Afghanistan (EPAA) predicts a 15,000 ton increase in export of dried and fresh fruits. Head of the dried and fresh fruits department of EPAA, Mohammad Mustafa Hashemi, said Afghanistan failed to export the set target of

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First-ever crop diseases control lab established in Kabul

The first-ever crop diseases control laboratory has been established in Kabul. The USD 150mn worth of laboratory was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Agriculture and Livestock Minister Asadullah Zameer, who regarded the facility as an important stride toward controlling harmful

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Shahrukh completes 23 years in Bollywood

Shahrukh Khan, the King Khan of Bollywood, has completed 23 years in Bollywood. His first movie, Deewana, was released on 25th June, 23 years ago. Over the two decades of his career he has transformed himself from the boy-next-door to

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Nassim Nicholas Taleb (born 1960) is a Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, and risk analyst, whose work focuses on problems of randomness, probability, and uncertainty. His 2007 book The Black Swan was described in a review by the Sunday Times as

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Afghan domestic products not at par with international standards

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries and the Norms and Standards Department signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to address the issue of lack of quality in Afghan domestic products. This comes as a number of Afghan products were

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Mini-Pentagon worth USD 160mn rises in Afghanistan

A white marble building, known as the “mini-Pentagon”, worth USD 160mn is built in the center of capital Kabul with US funds for the Afghan Defense Ministry. The new facility is going to be handed over to the Afghan government

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Afghan Finance Minister focuses on transparency and revenue boost

Presenting his 100-day plan to the media, Finance Minister Mohammad Eklil Hakimi said his priority was to bolster domestic revenue and added that the revenue was soon going to hit USD 17mn. He emphasized that transparency in the customs department

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President Ghani sets one-week deadline for Kabul bank debtors

In a meeting with the Kabul Bank Clearance Committee President Ashraf Ghani set a one-week deadline for Kabul Bank debtors who have not paid their debts in the past three months. The Committee presented its findings for the quarter and

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Afghan government to supervise NGOs to ensure transparency

Afghan Minister of Economy Abdul Satar Murad said on Tuesday that non-governmental organizations operating in Afghanistan would be expected to report to the Ministry on their projects and funding. Speaking at the National Conference on Coordination, Transparency and Cooperation with

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Belarus seeks to bolster ties with Afghanistan

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko met with Mohammad Shaker Kargar, Afghanistan’s special envoy on the Commonwealth Independent States (CIS) on June 22nd to confer on bolstering trade and economic ties between the two nations. The meeting was regarded as a starting

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Apple changes its payment policy after Taylor Swift speaks out

Apple Music has changed its payment policy, a day after Taylor Swift withheld her album 1989 from streaming for a three-month free trial to subscribers. In an open letter to Apple, Swift called it unfair to provide music to Apple

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67 development projects completed in Ghor province

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has completed 67 infrastrucutre projects in Dolatyar, Dolina, Saghar, Tolak and Charsada districts of Ghor province. According to NSP Provincial Manager in Ghor province, these development

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Bank-i-Milli Afghan allocates loans for Afghan industrialists

Bank-i-Milli Afghan has agreed to grant USD 100mn in Islamic loans and USD 100mn in ordinary loans to Afghan industrialists. An agreement to that effect was signed between the Bank’s Chairman, Ahmad Khushraw Zia, and Afghan Association of Industries in

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