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Denmark tops the list of foreign aid donors

Denmark tops the Commitment to Development Index issued by the Center for Global Development. The Index ranks 27 of the richest countries in the world according to their approach to aid, trade, finance, migration, security and the environment. As per

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26% increase in Afghanistan’s carpet exports

Minister of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) officials said carpet exports in Afghanistan had increased by 26% this year. According to the Ministry, the carpet sector is the second biggest sector of Afghanistan’s economy after agriculture and more than 2.5mn people

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Work on TAPI gas pipeline to kick off next week

The 10bn Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project will be inaugurated next week in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. President Ashraf Ghani as well as Pakistani and Indian leaders will participate in the groundbreaking ceremony. Turkmenistan’s state-run gas company, Turkmengaz, will kick off the construction

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Yesterday’s flop today a hit

These movies did not make it very big when they were first released. Today, they are considered all time hits.

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European Union promises long term economic assistance with Afghanistan

President Ashraf Ghani following his visit to Italy, Germany and Sweden announced that the European Union was committed to a long term economic assistance with Afghanistan. “The European Union is committed to Afghanistan’s economic cooperation for the next decade in

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What lies at the “Heart of Asia” conference for Afghanistan?

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is attending the two-day “Heart of Asia” meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan on Tuesday where member countries will discuss the situation in Afghanistan with particular focus on helping the economy of the war-ravaged nation. The meeting is

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ADB approves $ 1.2bn in grants to bolster Afghan energy sector

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved $ 1.2bn to address the Afghan energy security over the next decade. The aid will be distributed in tranches to help build a reliable energy sector as the demand for it is growing

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U.S. Embassy announces technology competition for Afghan citizens

The U.S. Embassy in Kabul has announced announce the global 2016 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST)  Technology Idea (Tech-I) competition. GIST Tech-I is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs aged 18-40.  Winners will be invited to

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India offers 1000 scholarships for Afghan students for the academic year-2016

To further strengthen the close friendly relations between Afghanistan and India, the Government of India continues to offers 1000 student scholarships (ICCR) to the Afghan nationals under the Special Scholarship Scheme for pursuing Undergraduate, Postgraduate courses. From last year, 20

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Agriculture yield in Balkh up by 30%

The agriculture production in northern Balkh province has increased by 30% over the past few years. Speaking with Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Director of Agriculture Katib Shams linked the boost in agriculture yield to the provision of improved wheat seeds,

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Fire in Kabul market inflicts millions of dollars of losses on traders

Fire erupted in the footwear section of Kabul’ Mandawi market on Saturday morning and left 370 shops in ashes. According to latest reports, the fire has inflicted millions of dollars of losses to traders. The fire was reportedly caused by

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Afghan Senate proposes reduction in phone call charges

The Afghan Senate proposed the cost of a one-minute call, which is currently 2-3.5 AFN to be reduced to one Afghani. The communications commission head, Javed Rauf, put the legislative decree forward before the house for approval on Sunday. According

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37 infrastructure projects completed in Kapisa province

The National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) has completed 37 infrastructure projects in various districts of Kapisa province. Costing 43,000,000 AFN, the projects benefit 5,915 families in different communities in Markaz Mahmood Doraqi,

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USD 2 million allocated for development of Herat industrial park

The Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) has announced to allocate USD 2 million for development of Herat’s industrial park. The announcement was made by AISA chief Mohammad Qurban Haqjo during his visit to the industrial park along with local officials

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Berlin to host economic conference on Afghanistan

Berlin is going to host an economic conference on Berlin aimed at encouraging investors to invest in Afghanistan. Muhammad Ibrahim Shams, Deputy head of the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), said the conference would assess investment opportunities in Afghanistan. This

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Sweden pledges 8.7bn krona in aid to Afghanistan

The Swedish government has pledged 8.7bn kron in aid to the Afghan government over the next 10 years. The announcement was made at the meeting between President Ashraf Ghani and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in Kabul on Saturday. Löfven

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Afghan women rights activist Shukria Barakzai among “100 Leading Global Thinkers”

Afghan women rights activist Shukria Barakzai and former parliamentarian is listed among the 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2015 by the Foreign Policy’s magazine. “Campaigning for women’s rights in Afghanistan can be thankless and dangerous. Legislator Shukria Barazkai knows this

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Kabul youth clean up parks & plant trees to celebrate International Volunteer Day

To mark International Volunteer Day, over 200 youth cleared rubbish and planted trees in east Kabul’s Ahmad Shah Baba Maina district. They sent a clear message that, with a little effort, anyone can transform their streets and parks into clean,

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Completion of Kamal Khan dam in Nimroz province

Work on the construction of a major dam in Nimroz province had been successfully completed after 49 years with great “difficulty”, said Energy and Water Minister Eng. Ali Ahmad Osmani. Osmani said the Kamal Khan dam was one of the

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Afghanistan’s internet quality ranks 156th among 167 countries

A recent report by the International Telecommunication Unit (ITU) indicates that internet services in Afghanistan have not improved in recent years as the nation’s internet quality ranks 156th in the world among 167 countries. According to the report, South Korea

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Lab detecting toxic items in agri products opens in Kabul

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MAIL) has set up a laboratory in capital Kabul that detects mycotoxins in agricultural products. Financed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the lab has been established at a total

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A second wing added to Kabul’s Wazir Akbar Khan Emergency Hospital

The Wazir Akbar Khan Emergency Hospital has been expanded by the inauguration of a second wing on Wednesday. Equipped with modern facilities, the new section has 20 beds, a pharmacy, an X-ray plant and a laboratory. Addressing the inaugural ceremony,

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Newly opened bread shop in Kabul committed to health and good taste

KHANAGi (Dari word for homemade) is a newly opened bread shop in Shahr-e-Naw area of Kabul that offers whole grain Afghani bread. Keeping the cultural heritage and traditional methods of baking, KHANAGi makes the whole grain bread in a wholesome

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There is still hope for Afghan women

When typing ‘Afghan women’ in Google Images search, the first set of images are of women, most often in Burqas, depicted as victims of domestic violence, war, and poverty. Is this portrayal of Afghan women all that the world knows?

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Salma Dam to produce 28MW of power in 2016

The Salma Dam located in western Herat province is expected to produce 28MW of electricity until spring of 2016, said Afghan Energy and Water Minister Ali Ahmad Osmani on Wednesday. The major dam passed a critical stage in July of

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