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Eid-ul-Fitr

The first Eid was celebrated in 624 CE by the Prophet Muhammad with his friends and relatives after the victory of the battle of Jang-e-Badar.  Eid-ul-Fitr is a Muslim holiday that marks the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. Muslims are not only celebrating the end

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Iran asks India to invest in Chabahar port

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has asked India to invest in Chabahar port, a strategic port that will open up access to Central Asia for India. This comes after Iran and six world powers reached a nuclear deal on Tuesday, clearing

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Safi Airways demands Finance Ministry to cut taxes

Afghan private international airline, Safi Airways, have demanded the Finance Ministry to follow the Council of Ministers’ decision of reducing taxes and allowing the company to pay them in installments. Safi Airways claims that the Council of Ministers ordered the

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Afghan female entrepreneurs in the US for mentoring

By Brianna Bailey (The Oklahoman) Female entrepreneurs from Afghanistan and Rwanda are in Oklahoma City this month as part of the Oklahoma City-based Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women’s Peace Through Business Program. Muzhgan Wafiq Alokozai started out running her

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Starting Salary of Bollywood Celebrities

Amitabh Bachhan: He earned Rs. 500 a month in his first job as an executive in a shipping firm in Bird & Co International. Shahrukh Khan: He used to work as a ticket seller at theaters with a salary of

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Afghan Agriculture Ministry to establish new industrial parks

Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Minister Assadullah Zamir announced plans to establish new industrial parks across the country in a bid to boost Afghan agriculture products and exports. The industrial parks will provide standardized packing and processing of fresh and dry

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Japan’s irrigation scheme transforms Nangarhar’s desert

An irrigation scheme launched by the Japanese government has transformed Gamberi desert in eastern Nangarhar province into lush forests and fertile farmland. The scheme called “Green Ground Project” was launched in 2003 and intends to irrigate 16,500 hectares of arid

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Afghan engineer solves Tarakhil Power Plant’s problems and saves US gov’t $850,000

For two years, the problem at Tarakhil Power Plant baffled engineers and international consultants. However, Afghan engineer Ehsan Khaibar figured out how to bring the plant’s master engine controls back online. Khaibar, an electrical engineer, works at the Afghan national

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India to establish a carpet weaving industry in Jawzjan

A carpet-weaving center is soon going to established in northern Jawzjan province with financial support from the Indian government. This comes as the province has faced a 50% slump in its carpet sales and carpet weavers have complained about the

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MoU signed between Bank-i-Mili Afghan and Afghan Industrialists Association

Bank-i-Milli Afghan (BMA) has agreed to grant USD 100mn in Islamic loans and USD 100mn in ordinary loans to Afghan industrialists. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Bank and the Head of the Afghanistan Industrialists Association, Abdul

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New Afghan Parliament building to be completed in five months

Urban Development Affairs Minister, Sayed Sadat Mansoor Naderi, announced Sunday that the new Afghan Parliament building will be completed within the next five months. Minister Naderi visited the construction site together with India’s Ambassador to Kabul, Amar Sinha. The edifice

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Roshan to sponsor Afghanistan’s top football league for another 3 years

Roshan will remain the title sponsor of the Roshan Afghan Premier League for the next three years. This announcement was made by the telecommunication company Roshan, the Afghanistan Football Federation (AFF), and Afghan Media conglomerate Moby on Thursday. “As the

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Scrutiny of procurement contracts has saved 8bn AFN

A total of eight billion Afghanis has been saved from going to waste as a result of scrutiny and oversight of Afghan government’s procurement contracts by the National Procurement Commission (NPC). Speaking at the weekly meeting of NPC on Saturday,

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Afghan civil society activist named among ‘Asia 21 Young Leaders’

Abdul Ghafar Nazari from Afghanistan has been selected as one of the members for the Asia 21 young Leaders Class of 2015. Nazari is a civil society activist and the Manager of Training and Development Human Resources in Roshan Telecommunication

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President Ghani attends SCO and BRICS summits in Russia

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani left for Russia on Thursday morning to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) summits. President Ghani will discuss regional cooperation and its importance for Afghanistan’s economic growth

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President Ghani appoints Qurban Haqjo as AISA chief

President Ashraf Ghani has appointed Mohammad Qurban Haqjo as the new head of Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA). His appointment comes after two months of delay that sparked criticisms and complains from the business community of Afghanistan. Haqjo was selected

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Afghan soybean farmers break a historical record

This year Afghan farmers produced the most amount of soybeans in the history of the country. With the assistance of a NGO called Nutrition and Educational International (NEI), an estimated 13,000 Afghan farmers are cultivating soybean this year. NEI distributed

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Shahid Kapoor ties knots with 21yr old Mira Rajput

The chocolate boy of Bollywood Shahid Kapoor, 34, married fiancé Mira Rajput 21, in an intimate ceremony in Delhi on Tuesday. The wedding was attended only by close friends and family members. Mira is a student and her parents have

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MPs approve Khalilullah Sediq as governor of Central Bank of Afghanistan

The Lower House of the Parliament (Wolesi Jirga) voted in favor of Khaliullah Sediqi as the governor of Afghanistan’s Central Bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB). Sediqi has served in the banking sector for over thirty years in Afghanistan and the

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Afghanistan’s mining law draft to be ready by year-end

The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum announced on Monday that the mining law draft was being prepared and would be submitted to the parliament by the end of this year. The mining law will serve as the legal basis for

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Special commission formed to resolve Afghanistan’s tax collection issues

A special commission which comprises the Ministry of Finance (MoF), the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the Attorney General’s Office has been formed to resolve disputes with large companies that owe taxes to the Afghan government. MoF’s treasury department head,

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Afghan government issues travel ban, freezes assets of Kabul Bank defaulters

The Afghan government has issued travel bans for 150 Kabul Bank defaulters and frozen their assets, the Office of the Attorney General announced on Monday. The court ruling comes after the expiration of the deadline issued to defaulters by President

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Greece rejects bailout offer

Greece voters overwhelmingly rejected demands by international creditors for more austerity measures in exchange for a bailout of its bankrupt economy. This referendum, which is the first in more than four decades, adds to the uncertainty about Greece’s future in

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India pushing for trade deals with Eurasia Economic Union

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on an eight-day tour to Russia and five Central Asian nations where he is expected to push for a free trade agreement between India and the Eurasia Economic Union (EEU). The EEU was formed

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Agricultural products grow considerably this year: Agriculture Ministry

Favorable climate, improved irrigation, provision of trainings for farmers and prevention of diseases are cited as major factors behind this year’s growth in agricultural production. Watermelon, melon, wheat, saffron and greenhouses have witnessed a considerable growth this year, Lutfullah Rashed,

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