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USAID supports advancement of Afghan Women in Public Sector

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Michael McKinley honored 10 Afghan women at the American Embassy on August 22 for their selection as the first of 3,000 civil service interns sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the $38

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Economic analysts ask for solution to New Kabul Bank issue

A number of economic analysts have called on the Afghan government to find a permanent solution to the New Kabul Bank issue. There are different options-privatizing the bank, terminating it or making it a full state run bank-, said economic

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Chinese ambassador meets with businessmen in Kandahar

Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Den Xijung during his visit to southern Kandahar province met with local officials and businessmen and called for boosting Sino-Afghan relations. He described Kandahar as a historic province and said his visit was aimed at assessing

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Department of Urban Development in Feyzabad receives new administrative building

The Department of Urban Development (DoUD) inaugurated the new administrative building in Badakhshan’s capital Feyzabad on Sunday. The new building will provide DoUD civil servants with a better working environment, which will have a positive impact on the quality of

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1,000 tons of onion exported to India from Afghanistan daily

Afghanistan exports 1,000 tons of onion to India on a daily basis which has resulted in an unprecedented decline of onion prices in Indian market. “Onion import from Afghanistan has increased as daily 20-25 big trucks carrying about 1,000 tonnes

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U.S. State Department announces $10.7 million for Humanitarian Demining Programs in Afghanistan

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) announced the winners of six competitive grants worth $10.7 million to fund humanitarian demining and conventional weapons destruction programs in six Afghan provinces: Kabul, Parwan, Panjshir, Baghlan, Balkh,

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Bollywood divas who have won beauty pageants

Blue eyed beauty of Bollywood Aishwarya Rai won Miss World in 1994. Aishwarya is cited in the media as the most beautiful woman in the world. She made her acting debut with the 1997 Tamil film Iruvar and had her

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Afghanistan’s Central Bank to sell USD 40mn

Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), has announced to sell USD 40mn on Saturday, 29 August 2015. DAB has requested qualified dealers and commercial banks who already have kept one million and five hundred thousand Afghanis as a guarantee

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President Ghani meets with Afghanistan’s carpet weavers union

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani along with his economy adviser, Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, and Commerce and Industries Minister, Humayun Rasa, met with Afghanistan’s carpet weavers union. He thanked the union for creating job opportunities for more than 1.6mn Afghan in the

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Salma Dam renamed as “Afghan-India Friendship Dam”

The Government of Afghanistan has renamed the Salma Dam as “Afghan-India friendship dam” to honor the contribution India has had in reconstruction of this major dam. The decision was made by Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf  Ghani. The Salma Dam located

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10% increase in Samangan’s wheat production meets local demands

The agriculture department in northern Samangan province has registered a 10% increase in wheat production this year. The province has produced 102,000 tons of wheat this year which can meet demand of the province. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN),

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Celebrities as teenagers

  Can you recognize them? Most of them have changed drastically!

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Afghan company computerizes embroidery with the help of USAID

When Marya Azimi found that she constantly had to turn away large orders for her handicrafts company, she decided she needed help to expand the business. The Samangan Women’s Handicrafts Co. in Aybak City, the capital of Afghanistan’s Northern Province

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Talk less and act more: AISA Chief calls on the Afghan government

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) and the Kabul Green Expo organized the first International Construction and Food Expo from 25-28 August in Kabul. Speaking on the occasion, AISA Chief Mohammad Qurban Haqjo slammed the National Unity Government (NUG) for

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A new girls’ school opens in Herat city

Herat Governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi inaugurated a newly-constructed building for Sayed Mohammad Qunad High School for girls on Monday. Built at a total cost of one million Afghanis, the building is funded by the local communities. Governor Rahimi appreciated the

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Afghanistan struggling to implement TIR system

Despite joining the Convention of Transports Internationaux Routiers (International Road Transport)-TIR in 1983, Afghanistan has failed to implement the system. The system remained inactive due to years of conflict in the country and it was reactivated in 2010 when Afghanistan

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Kabul prepares for 6th RECCA Summit

Kabul is going to host for the first time ever the 6th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) which is slated for September 3 and 4. Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) said that preparations are in place for

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Gemstones worth USD 267mn smuggled annually out of Afghanistan to Pakistan

A study conducted by a Kabul University lecturer with the help of an aid organization shows that Afghanistan’s precious and semi-precious stones worth USD 267mn are being smuggled every year at the border with Pakistan. “The findings of our research

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Afghan-Pak Joint Economic Commission meeting postponed

The Afghan-Pak Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting is postponed and will be held in the last quarter of the year in Islamabad, according to a statement from Pakistan’s Finance Ministry. The meeting was initially planned to be held at the

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Investment in Afghanistan slumps by USD 120mn this year

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) reported on Sunday that investment in the country during the first two quarters of 2015 stands at USD 270mn, marking a decline of USD 120mn from last year’s corresponding period. AISA Chief Mohammad Qurban

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27 developments projects completed in Kunar Province

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has completed 27 uplift projects in various districts of Kunar province. Costing 40,854,000 AFN, the projects are implemented in Asad Abad, Nurgal, Sarkani and Narang districts

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Story of India’s “Mountain Man” becomes a Bollywood movie

Dashrath Manjhi was an impoverished laborer from a small village Gehlaur near Bihar, India who spent 22 years chiseling a massive gap in a mountain out of love for his dead wife. His wife passed away because she could not

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Afghanistan’s Zahir Tanin appointed as UN’s special envoy in Kosovo

UN Secretary General Bank Ki-moon announced on Wednesday the appointment of Afghanistan’s Zahir Tanin is appointed as the Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Tanin replaces Farid Zarif who is appointed as

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USAID Contributing $15 Million to Landmark Population Survey

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced it will contribute $15 million to the Afghan Government to support completion of a landmark household and population survey. This is the first survey in more than 35 years which will provide

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President Ghani calls for public private partnership to develop Kabul city

President Ashraf Ghani discussed the development of Kabul city in his meeting with several ministers including those of Urban Development and Transport and Kabul’s acting mayor on Monday. He called for partnership between the public and private sector to develop

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