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Afghanistan & Kazakhstan sign 2 agreements, 4 MoUs

The Afghan and Kazakh government signed two agreements and 4 memorandum of understandings (MoUs). According to a statement from Afghan presidential palace, the agreements were on cooperation in the fields of culture and civil defense and prevention and emergency response.

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Road shows help Afghan poultry sector find new investors

The Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industries held a series of poultry road shows in the past week in Mazar-e Sharif that let farmers and producers exhibit their produce and machinery and help attract new investors. Financial and technical assistance

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10% telecom service tax justified as step towards self-sufficiency

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi was summoned by the Lower House of the Parliament, or Wolesi Jirga, to justify the 10% telecom service tax that is being collected despite outrage from the general public and the parliamentarians. Minister Hakimi said

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Afghanistan and Kazakhstan to sign two economic agreements

Heading a high level government delegation, President Ashraf Ghani is leaving to Kazkhstan today. President Ghani is expected to meet with his Kazakh counterpart Nur Sultan Nazarbayev, Prime Minister Karim Qajymqan Massimov and other high ranking officials. According to reports,

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USAID Recognizes Afghan Entrepreneurs

The United States Ambassador P. Michael McKinley and the Director of the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development Directorate of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry; Ahmad Zia Sayed Khaili, recognized 34 Afghan small and medium enterprises that successfully completed

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Afghan private sector invests $105mn in 19 factories

Mohammad Qurban Haqjo, head of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), and Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal, senior advisor on economic officials to President Ghani, inaugurated the construction of 19 new industrial factories in capital Kabul on Tuesday. The new factories are

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President Ghani launches national employment program

President Ashraf Ghani has launched the national employment program amidst thousands of Afghans fleeing to Europe in search of a better life. “The government has obtained some funds for this program and efforts are underway to expand the program. With

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Dutch-Afghan Mido Dairy Factory opens in Kabul

 Dutch Ambassador to Afghanistan, Henk Jan Bakker, recently inaugurated the Dutch-Afghan Mido Dairy factory in Kabul. The factory has the capacity to produce 40,000 liters of yogurt and is designed as per the Dutch standards of dairy production. According to

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Afghanistan exports 40,000 tons of pomegranates worth USD 10mn

Afghanistan has exported 40,000 tons of pomegranates worth USD 10mn to Pakistan, India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Haji Nasrullah, provincial head of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), said 10,000 tons of the exported pomegranates have been registered

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Eight disaster prevention projects started in Badakhshan

Eight disaster prevention projects have been launched in remote districts of Shahri Buzurg, Shukai, Kofab and Khowhan of Badakhshan at a total cost of 16mn AFN. The projects include protection walls, irrigation canals and forestation measure which will help protect

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Breshna Sherkat signs USD 82mn worth of contracts

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national utility company, signed two different contracts worth USD 82mn with Gammon India Ltd and SIEMENS. The contract signed with Gammon India Ltd involves extension of a 500KV transmission line from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan

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Afghan Finance Minister to attend JEC meeting next week

Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi will travel to Islamabad to attend the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) huddle which is slated for November 23 and 24. The meeting was postponed in August in the wake of Taliban’s deadly attacks in Kabul

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TAPI project kicks off in December: Comfirms President Ghani

President Ashraf Ghani has confirmed that the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project would kick off in December 2015. He made these remarks at a meeting with the East-West Foundation at the Presidential Palace. According to a statement from the Presidential Palace,

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The Afghan film ‘Utopia’ disqualified from Oscars

The Academy has disqualified Afghan film Utopia which was nominated for Oscar Award. The film was disqualified for containing too much English. According to sources, the film is partially filmed in English and partially in Dari, which does not meet

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Afghanistan’s first ever online health store launched

786 Pharmacies, Afghanistan’s first pharmacy chain, has launched the nation’s first online health store. With a choice of over 200 products, the company offers high quality toiletries, non-prescription medicine, vitamin supplements and much more – delivered to houses in Kabul.

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The Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules For Successful Living

The Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules For Living 1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk. 2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson. 3. Follow the three Rs: -Respect for self -Respect for others -Responsibility

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India builds 3 health centers in Badakhshan

Officials of the Ministry of Public Health said three new health centers including a 20-bed hospital would be built in Badakhshan province. Funded by the Indian government, the facilities are implemented at a cost of USD 480,000. Provincial public health

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IDP families in Balkh find access to potable water

Following the completion of construction of a 1.4 km pipe network and a deep well, 100 internally displaced people (IDP) have found access to clean drinking water. The well for the drinking water is located in Nahri Shahi’s internal refugee

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World Bank grants USD 250mn for development of Hindukush Mountain roads

The World Bank approved a $250 million grant to help support the Government of Afghanistan’s efforts to improve road transport links across the Hindukush mountain range, including the rehabilitation of the Salang road and tunnel. An agreement to that effect

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Local Governance Project for Afghanistan launched to improve public services

The Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Afghanistan today launched a new five-year project that will strengthen government institutions at provincial and district levels to deliver improved public services. The Local Governance

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Afghanistan to set up gemstone bourse

Afghan government would set up a bourse in Kabul by mid-2016 as a single source for Lapis Lazulli, said Afghan Minister of Mines and Petroleum, Dr. Daud Shah Saba. In his interview with Reuters, Minister Saba said halting smuggling of

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Afghanistan’s improved financial infrastructure benefits banks and clients

The Public Credit Registry system allows banks to view the credit history of credit applicants, obtain credit scores, and make informed credit decisions based on the information available online. Bank employees received trainings o PCR at Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB),

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Qatar to reconstruct Nangarhar’s earthquake-damaged houses

Qatari government has allocated USD 10mn for reconstruction of houses that were damaged in recent earthquake in eastern Nangarhar province. An agreement to that effect was signed between Red Cross of Qatar and Natural Disaster Department of Nangarhar. The money

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7 super hit movies rejected by Kajol

Having won six filmfare awards, Kajol is an iconic Bollywood actress. She is also known for her on-screen chemistry with Shahrukh Khan and has given many blockbuster movies together like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge and Kabhi Khushi

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Over 2000 families benefit from development projects in Ghazni province

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) completed 22 infrastructure projects in various districts of Ghazni province. Costing 16,079,087 AFN, the projects were implemented in Malistan, Muqur, Qarabagh and Gailan districts with 10%

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