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10 awards given out in first ever Afghan Social Media Awards

Ten awardees received recognition for their social media use tonight in the historic Afghan Social Media Awards. The Afghan Social Media Awards were organized as part of Impassion Afghanistan’s third annual Afghan Social Media Summit, and aired tonight on Shamshad

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Kabul to have its biggest iron melting factory

The foundation stone of Afghanistan’s largest iron melting factory was laid in Kabul on Wednesday. Known as the “Khan Steel”, the factory is established by an Afghan investor, Khan Mohammad Wardak, who has invested USD 120mn in the project. “The

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USD 12mn project launched to transfer electricity from Kabul to Logar

The Afghan government has launched a project worth USD 12mn to transfer electricity from capital Kabul to Logar province. The project is funded by the US Corps of Engineering and is scheduled to be completed in one year. It includes

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Timely rains boost wheat production in Badghis

This year’s timely rains has increased wheat yield for Badghis farmers by 61%. Provincial Agriculture Director Hafizullah Benish told Pajhwok Afghan News this year Badghis produced 78,517 tons of wheat, compared to last year’s 26,392 tons. He linked the higher

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Afghan-Iranian trade summit kicks off in Kabul

A four-day Afghan-Iranian trade summit has been held in Kabul from October 19-22 to help bolster ties between the two nations. During the four-day event, the two sides will confer on how to promote bilateral trade and investment and strengthen

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Afghanistan suffers USD 9bn in losses due to conflict and insurgency

According to a new research report by the Equality for Peace and Democracy (EPD) organization, Afghanistan has suffered USD 24mn in losses daily due to conflict and insurgency in 2014. The total amount of loss that Afghanistan suffered during the

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2-day mobile phone exhibition held in Kabul

Afghanistan’s first-ever mobile phone exhibition was inaugurated at the Daudzai business center in Kabul city on Saturday. Organized by Modern Method Company, the event is held to expand mobile phone market inside Afghanistan. Zia-ul-Haq Zia, Manager at the Modern Method

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10 most valuable life lessons from Dr. Shahrukh Khan

Shahrukh Khan received an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, just days before his 50th birthday. He delivered a speech on his journey from nothing to stardom and the valuable lessons he learned. Some of

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36 infrastructure projects completed in Kapisa

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has completed 36 infrastructure projects in districts of Hesa-e-Awal Kohistan, Hesa-e-Dowom Kohistan, Nijrab, Tagab and in a number of areas related to Mahmood Raqi, the center

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Afghanistan’s 3rd Social Media Summit kicks off in Kabul

The Afghan Social Media Summit 2015 (ASMS2015), which is the third summit on social media, is being held in Kabul’s Bagh-e-Babur from October 18-20. Over 1,000 participants and speakers from all over Afghanistan and abroad gather for the 3-day national

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Kunduz conflict causes over USD 100mn in losses

The recent conflict has inflicted USD 100mn worth of losses on the Afgham government, said Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI). According to ACCI, the Taliban during their brief siege of the city had destroyed hundreds of shops, looted

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Electronic duty payments replace risky cash deliveries in Afghanistan

Imports of expensive, high-tech equipment and large boxes of pre-paid phone cards by Afghanistan’s five major telecommunications companies account for half of all customs duties collected at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul. Until recently, paying duties on those imports

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Kabul University Introduces First-Ever Master’s Program in Gender and Women’s Studies

Kabul University launched a first-of-its-kind gender and women’s studies master’s program to create a platform for training future advocates of gender equality, generate research on gender, violence against women and underprivileged groups, and raise awareness about men’s and women’s social

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Islamic banking starts in Afghanistan with a new regulatory framework

Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), announced on Wednesday that all banks should provide Islamic banking services in compliance with a legislative decree of the president. DAB first deputy governor Khan Afzal Hadawal told a press conference on Wednesday

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Afghanistan’s private sector not the engine of economic growth. Why?

A new report by the Stockholm International Peace and Research Institute (SIPRI) and the International Council of Swedish Industry (NIR) examines the states of the Afghan private sector and the nexus with development and security. The private sector, in its

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Opium cultivation declines in Afghanistan in 2015

According to an annual joint survey by the United Nations and Afghan government, opium cultivation in Afghanistan has dropped for the first time in six years in 2015. The survey showed a 19% decrease in cultivation to 452,200 acres, down

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Afghan MPs reject decree to impose 10% tax on mobile phone users

The Lower House of the Parliament voted against the legislative decree to charge 10% tax on mobile users. The lawmakers voted unanimously against the decrees this morning. A new 10% fee was imposed by the Presidential Palace on telecom and

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USAID provides USD 275,000 worth of equipment for Afghan Kankor exam reforms

United States Ambassador P. Michael McKinley, on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), presented the Afghan Ministry of Higher Education with $275,000 worth of equipment that will support the Ministry’s reform agenda for the national public

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Afghan luxury jewelry makes it to the international market

Pippa Small, a British Jewelry designer, has helped luxury jewelry handcrafted by Afghan men and women in Kabul to find way to the United Kingdom and the United States. Small has been visiting the Turquoise Mountain Foundation since 2008 and

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Afghan government to focus on economic issues this coming winter

Addressing a group of Afghan investors and traders on Tuesday, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said this winter the Afghan government’s main focus would be on the economic issues of the country. President Ghani stressed that his administration’s economic goal is

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Afghan Central Bank puts on sale USD 25mn

Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), put USD 25mn on sale on Tuesday. DAB requested qualified dealers and commercial banks who already have kept one million and five hundred thousand Afghanis as a guarantee with the Bank to participate

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Angus Deaton awarded 2015 Nobel economics prize

Angus Deaton, a British academic, became the winner of the Nobel economics prize for 2015 for his analysis of consumption, poverty, and welfare. His work focuses on health, wellbeing, and economic development. The work for which Professor Deaton has been

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Jujube price doubles in Farah province

The jujube yield has increased in western Farah province and has resulted in higher income for the farmers as the price has doubled up. The price of one kilogram of jujube ranges between 80 and 160 AFN, compared to last

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USAID working to improve primary education in Afghanistan

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working with the Ministry of Education to improve children’s reading skills in Afghanistan and to develop a new reading curriculum for primary school children. USAID identified 20 potential organizations which are

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220/20 KV substation inaugurated in Southwest Kabul

Da Afghanistan Breshan Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national utility company, officially inaugurated the construction work of a 220/20KV substation in the southwest of Kabul, Arghandi area. Costing USD 21.3mn, the project is funded by Asian Development Bank (ADB) and is subcontracted

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