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Poverty reduction program kicks off in Herat

Poverty reduction programs in rural areas worth 170mn AFN have been initiated simultaneously in four districts of Herat province. Governor Rahimi called on transparency in the implementation of the programs and emphasized that qualified people must be hired for these

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National Procurement Commission approves 45 contracts

Presided over by President Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission in their meeting on Saturday approved 45 contracts worth about 5.3bn out of 51 contracts. The contracts pertained to provision of facilities and materials to the national army and police,

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Daikundi farmers earn 1.05bn AFN from almond sales

The increase prices of almond have brought in 1.05 in revenue to farmers in central Daikundi province. The price for almond hiked from last year’s price of 100 AFN per kilo to 150 AFN this year. The farmers obtained 1.05bn

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USD 7mn pact signed for food security in Afghanistan

Kuwait and Afghanistan signed a grant of USD 7mn for improving food security in Afghanistan. The agreement was signed on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank Annual Meeting held in Lima, Peru from October 09 to October 11.

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Afghan film Utopia selected for Oscars

Afghan film, Utopia, will represent Afghanistan in this year’s Oscars award ceremony. Directed by Hassan Nazar, the film revolves around the story of an Afghan woman who travels to the U.K. for artificial insemination. Complications arise when a British student

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WFP begins humanitarian assistance to families fleeing Kunduz fighting

The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) is providing food assistance to people displaced by the recent upsurge of fighting in Afghanistan’s northern province of Kunduz. WFP started distributing enough food for a month tomore than 150 families who fled

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Local government and civil society agree to work together more closely

This week, Balkh province’s provincial councils (PCs) and civil society organizations (CSOs) from five provinces met in Mazar-e Sharif to discuss a range of topics raised by civil society as important. These included fighting drugs and corruption, strengthening transparency and

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Paktiya farmers in search of market for their increased apple production

Farmers in Paktiya have witnessed a tremendous increase in apple production this year. However, lack of a suitable market and cold storage facilities have left the farmers in dismay. The production of apple in the province has jumped to 13,000

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Italy provides 5mn Euros in grant to Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Program

The Italian government has pledged to provide a grant of 5 million Euros to the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). An agreement to that effect was signed between Italian Ambassador to Afghanistan,

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ACCI collects USD 300,000 for Kunduz residents

The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI)has collected USD 300,000 through a commission to help families in Kunduz that are affected by the recent crisis. The Taliban captured the provincial capital of Kunduz about a week ago. After seizing

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Various entities owe up to AFN 2.225bn in taxes to Kabul municipality

The acting Mayor of Kabul, Abdul Ahad Wahid, said on Saturday that companies, NGOs, ministries and other public institutions owed up to AFN 2.225bn in taxes to the Kabul municipality over the past decade. “The municipality tried different ways to collect

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Afghan government collects 78mn from newly levied telecom tax

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) reported Saturday that 78mn AFN had been collected since the government levied a 10% tax against communication services. The new tax regulation directly affects mobile phone subscribers. The public was up-in-arms over

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Kandahar Food Zone Program providing alternatives to poppy cultivation

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has executed the Food Zone Program in Kandahar which provides alternatives to poppy cultivation. From September 5 to 15 the program trained 50 people on community-based planning to support alternative to poppy

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60% of Kabul Bank embezzled money recovered

The officials of Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), Afghanistan’s central bank, announced on Thursday that 60% of Kabul Bank’s stolen money has been recovered. The government seized Kabul Bank in 2010 when the bank was on the verge of collapse after

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Unemployment rate peaks to 40% in Afghanistan

The unemployment rate in Afghanistan has gone up by 15% from last year, Central Statistics Organization (CSO) officials said Friday. According to CSO, this year’s unemployment rate has peaked to 40% due to insecurity, lack of jobs and closure of

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USAID funds thermal power projects in Jawzjan province

Work on a thermal power project that costs USD 200mn has officially begun in Jawzjan province, said officials of the Jawzjan province. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the project will generate electricity to five provinces.

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Revenue slumps in Dara-e-Souf coal mines

Officials in Samangan province have reported that revenue collection from Dara-e-Souf coal mines has drastically declined during the three quarters of the current fiscal year. The revenue department in Samangan province has recorded 1.4bn AFN in revenue this year, which

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