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Afghanistan to benefit from India’s investment in Chabahar

Afghanistan Ministry of Commerce and Industries has welcomed India’s USD 156mn investment decision to development Chabahar port. The Ministry’s spokesperson, Mosafer Quqandi, said Afghanistan would undoubtedly benefit from India’s investment in Chabahar. Regarding the port as profitable for India, Quqandi

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Leonardo DiCaprio wins his first Oscar award

The winners were announced at the 88th Academy Awards in Hollywood Sunday, with Chris Rock serving as host. Although Leonardo DiCaprio’s “The Revenant” led overall with 12 nominations, the Charlize Theron-led action film, “Mad Max: Fury Road” cleaned up in

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Afghan government to launch employment project in 12 provinces

The Afghan Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) announced the launch of the second phase of the “employment, maintenance and protection” project in 12 provinces on Sunday. Funded by the United States, Germany, Italy and other donors, the second

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Ghani pledges $20,000 from own budget for construction of Daud Khan mausoleum

President Ashraf Ghani has issued orders for the construction of a mausoleum for Afghanistan’s first President Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan. He has called for formation of a committee for this task and has pledged to contribute USD 20,000 from his

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$100mn worth of contracts to be signed in upcoming exhibition in Kabul

An exhibition will be held in cooperation with Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) from March 01 to March 04 in Kabul city. According to Iran’s commercial attaché in Kabul, around 100 Iranian companies are expected to attend the second specialized

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Kandahar exports $68mn in fresh and dried fruits this year

Afghanistan has witnessed a 21% increase in the export of fresh and dried fruits this year as compared to the past year, with Kandahar exporting 59,000 tons of fruits worth USD 68mn. “Based on our reports, Kandahar has exported more

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Afghan women’s cycling team nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Afghan Women’s Cycling Team has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by members of the Italian parliament. According to Total Women’s Cycling, an Italian group of 118 parliamantarians started a petition to have the women’s cycling team nominated for

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Facebook adds more reactions than just ‘Like’

You now have more than one way of reacting to a post. The ‘Like’ button is old school now. Today is the worldwide launch of Reactions–the new Like button with more ways to express yourself,” says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Sonam Kapoor’s Neerja Bhanot becoming a massive hit

Sonam Kapoor’s, Neerja Bhanot, is set to become the first biggest hit of the year. The movie is based on the life of a model-turned-air hostess Neerja Bhanot who fights four Palestinian hijackers to save the lives of 359 passengers

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Afghanistan owes $2.5bn in loans from foreign countries

According to Afghan Ministry of Finance officials, Afghanistan owes USD 2.5bn in loans from foreign countries and financial firms during the past 14 years. The loans were taken from Iran, the Czech Republic, the World Bank,  the Asian Development Bank

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Central bank injects $300mn to stabilize Afghani currency

The central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), has announced to inject USD 200-USD 300 million into the market in a couple of weeks in a bid stabilize the Afghani currency. This comes as Afghani is continuing to lose its value

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NPC approves 25 contracts worth 636mn AFN

The National Procurement Commission (NPC) in its session on Saturday reviewed 36 contracts of 11 ministries and approved 25 contracts worth 636mn AFN. The remaining contracts were either rejected or sent for technical rectification, according to a statement from the

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72 welfare projects completed in Maidan Wardak province

Over 5,600 families in various districts of Maidan Wardak province have benefited from 72 welfare projects implemented by the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). According to NSP Provincial Manager in Maidan Wardak

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NUG plans to construct 21 dams to control Afghanistan’s waters

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani announced on Saturday that the National Unity Government (NUG) plans to launch work on the construction of 21 water dams to control Afghanistan’s waters. The announcement was made at the 4th Annual Extension Conference of the

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Demand for Islamic banking increases in Afghanistan

The Afghanistan Bank Association (ABA) have said that Islamic banking is important for boosting money circulation and improving the country’s monetary system. According to ABA, 11% of Afghans have deposited more than 280bn AFN in cash in banks. “Demands for

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Kabul’s electricity restored after a month of blackout

Electricity supply from Uzbekistan to capital Kabul has been restored after militant were pursed of the Dand-e-Shahabuddin area in northern Baghlan province. Baghlan governor Abdul Sattar Bariz said security forces had been clearing the area since Friday and added that

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Agriculture Ministry promises agro projects for Helmand province

Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Minister Asadullah Zamir announced on Thursday that agriculture projects worth 500mn Afghanis would be launched in southern Helmand province. Addressing a press conference, Minister Zamir said the projects included green houses, 500 pistachio orchards, water dams,

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Afghanistan publishes its first textbooks for teaching future civil servants

The Afghanistan Civil Service Institute (ACSI) published two new textbooks for teaching Afghanistan’s next generations of civil servants. The books were developed by ACSI as learning materials to train civil servants throughout the country in Independent Administrative Reform and Civil

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Afghanistan, Pakistan agree on transit trade test run

Pakistan and Afghanistan have agreed to organize a pilot run of Afghan trucks from Torkham and Chaman up to Wagah. According to Daily Times of Pakistan, the trucks will be carrying Afghan exports to India and Pakistani trucks from Torkham

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Japan commits $15.6m to preventing spread of preventable diseases in Afghanistan

The Government of Japan signed an agreement on Tuesday to donate USD 15.6 million with the aim to help eradicate polio and prevent the spread of other vaccine-preventable diseases in Afghanistan. The funds will support efforts by the UN children’s

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US spent Almost $500 million to mine oil, gas, and minerals in Afghanistan

The continuing slump of crude prices has affected not only the oil and gas companies, but also nations who have invested millions and/or billions to extract oil and gas at known mining spots in the Middle East. Afghanistan is amongst

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Kabul electricity could be restored in 8 hours

Officials of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), Afghanistan’s national electricity company, said on Tuesday its technical team could restore supply of electricity to Kabul in eight hours if the team was allowed to begin work in northern Baghlan province. The

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New NGO to steer German supported Afghan-schools in Kabul

A new NGO, the Afghan Education for Excellence Organization (AEFEO), will work to improve the quality of three schools funded by Germany in Kabul: Jamhuriat, Amani and Aisha-e-Durani. The three educational institutions have been granted a high level of independence

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Afghan experts, policy makers agreed on encouraging private investment in renewable energy

In an ongoing effort to speed up and sustain private investments in the renewable energy sector, the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and the Ministry of Economy (MoEc) on 14th February 2016 held a one-day meeting on “Enabling Private

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Lapis Lazuli railroad project to be completed in 3 months

The Lapis Lazuli railroad project is slated for inauguration in the next two to three months. The announcement was made by Mohammad Shakir Kargar, president’s advisor on Central Asian Affairs, during his visit to the Aqina port on the Turkmenistan

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