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Water shortage problem to be resolved soon in Nimruz province

The potable water shortage problem of western Nimruz province is soon going to be resolved as the first phase of a large-scale water scheme has been successfully completed. The first phase involved laying of water pipes to central collection points.

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Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan to sign trilateral trade agreement

Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan are soon going to enter a trilateral transit trade agreement in an attempt to further enhance economic and trade relations between the nations. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged early finalization of the transit trade agreement during

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India to invest $9mn in water supply scheme in Charikar

India will invest USD 9mn to build a water supply scheme in Charikar city of central Parwan province. The project will be completed within a year and will help meet the potable water demand of the city. According to sources,

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Ramadan-The Month of Fasting

What is Ramadan? Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, when Muslims fast during daylight hours. There are several reasons why Ramadan is considered important: The Qur’an was first revealed during this month The gates of Heaven are

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Bamiyan Buddhas of Afghanistan rebuilt with light

The spectacular Bamiyan Buddhas of Afghanistan were animated with 3D light projection technology on Sunday. The empty cavities were animated using a USD 120,000 projector, which was donated by a Chinese couple, Janson Yu and Liyan Yu. Hundreds of locals

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Afghanistan to launch its first online commodity exchange market

Afghanistan will have its first online commodity exchange market in Kabul where online selling for Afghan agricultural products, gems, industrial products and handicrafts will be available. An agreement to that effect was signed between an Afghan and Arab company on

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USAID launches $13.3 million investment climate reform program

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new $13.3 million program to make it easier for private sector firms to do business in Afghanistan. The four-year Afghanistan Investment Climate Reform Program will be implemented by the International

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“Roses for Nangarhar” – an alternative to poppy cultivation

The “Roses for Nangarhar” development project was officially handed over to an Afghan company, Afghan Roses Ltd, on 16 June 2015. At today’s ceremony in the Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation & Development (MRRD), a memorandum of understanding was signed

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Top Bollywood Actors who sing as well

Can you guess which Bollywood actors have singing skills as well? Here is the list: Alia Bhatt- She started her singing debut in the movie Highway. The music for the film was composed by the Oscar winning musician, AR Rahman.

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Two new flood protection walls for Shar-e-Burzug in Badakhshan

Construction work has officially started on protection walls for the villages of Khasar and Jagoni in Shar-e-Buzurg district, Badkahshan. The building work will be managed by the community development councils (CDCs) in the villages. The total cost of over AFN

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Afghan Lower House hikes tariffs on imported cigarettes from 20% to 100%

The Lower House of the Afghan Parliament has approved to hike tariffs on imported cigarettes from 20% to 100%. House Speaker Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi said only 12 lawmakers opposed the modification in the Article of Tobacco Control Law while the

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Afghanistan’s 2nd Provincial Briefs report released, showing socio-economic progress

The Afghan Ministry of Economy and the World Bank officially released the 2nd Provincial Briefs report which reflects on the socio-economic indicators of the welfare status across the provinces. This report consists of 37 indicators related to different dimensions of

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Kabul to host first IT expo next week

The first-ever Information Technology (IT) expo will be held in capital Kabul from 13-16 June. The exhibition is organized by the Afghan Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MICT) with collaboration from the Center of Afghanistan Exhibitions (CAE). Over 120

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Afghan Mines Minister committed to transparency and accountability in mining industry

Mapping out his 100-Day plan, Afghanistan’s Minister of Mines and Petroleum Daud Shah Saba said he was committed to reinforcing transparency and accountability within his ministry. He plans to establish an accountable system to collect revenue generated through the mining

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Russia expresses interest in investing in Afghan economy

Russia’s Ambassador to Kabul, Alexander Mantystskiy, said his country was ready to invest in Afghanistan’s economy. He called on the Afghan government for joint investments in some of the strategic sectors of Afghan economy, mainly the enterprises. Over 50 enterprises

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How to design school buildings – architects, engineers and education experts explore best practices

Schools and the way they are built influence the ability of teachers and students alike to teach and learn. With many schools in Afghanistan still lacking proper facilities, education authorities are addressing the question of the best environment for schoolchildren

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USAID launches $60 million program to save lives of mothers and children

 William Hammink, Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Afghanistan and Ferozuddin Feroz, Afghanistan’s Minister of Public Health, launched a new five-year USAID program to reduce Afghanistan’s high rate of death among mothers, infants and children

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Here’s The Full List Of Winners For The IIFA Awards 2015!

Best debut (female) – Kriti Sanon Best debut (male) – Tiger Shroff Best debut direction – Sajid Nadiadwala (Kick) and Umang Kumar (Mary Kom) Best music direction – Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy (2 States) Best playback singer (male) – Ankit Tiwari (Galliyan –

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Afghan saffron once again declared ‘World’s Best’ saffron

Afghanistan’s saffron received the ‘World’s Best’ saffron award for the third time in a row from the International Taste and Quality Institute in the Belgian capital of Brussels. The award came in the form of a three –star certificate, which

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Afghanistan ended 3rd at the Embassy Cup 2015 – Oslo

Afghanistan participated for the first time in the Embassy Cup 2015 football tournament which was held in Oslo, Norway. The tournament was held at Ferd Football Stadium where 18 teams representing Afghanistan, Argentina, Austria, China, Denmark, France, Germany, IOM, Italy,

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Completion of 39 development projects in Samangan Province

The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) officially inaugurated 39 development projects in Aibak the center of Samangan province. Completed at a cost of AFN 67,947,000, the projects were funded by the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the MRRD

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DAMAC explores investment opportunities in Kabul

A delegation of DAMAC Properties has reportedly arrived in Kabul to explore investment opportunities in tourism and construction sectors of Afghanistan. Based in the United Arab Emirates, DAMAC is a leading luxury developer in the Middle East and is internationally

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India’s steel and power project in Afghanistan still on

Reports began to circulate last month that the Afghan Iron and Steel Consortium (AIFSCO), led by the state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), after years of apprehension about the project has pulled out from the project altogether. According to

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Reviewing contracts has saved Afghanistan USD 150mn

Over USD 150mn has been saved from reviewing government contracts, President Ashraf Ghani told the National Procurement Commission. According to a statement from the Presidential Palace, at least USD 9mn was saved from 17 procurement contracts of the Ministry of

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Improved irrigation and flood protection for farmland in Baghlan

Two newly rebuilt irrigation canals were officially handed over to local government and communities in Baghaln on Thursday. The work done on the Govergan and Baladory canals will help improve irrigation for approximately 11,000 hectares of farmland in the districts

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