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Founder Institute partners with Afghanistan Center for Excellence to support Afghan startups

The Founder Institute, the world’s premier idea-stage accelerator and startup launch program, has announced partnership between its Kabul Chapter and a local company, the Afghanistan Centre for Excellence (ACE), to support Afghan startups. Founder Institute will begin its third cohort

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Afghanistan approves 5yr national development plan for saffron

Afghan Finance Ministry announced Sunday that the High Economic Council approved the 5-year national development plan for saffron. Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi has asked Afghanistan’s Agriculture Ministry to identify the challenges facing saffron development in the country. The Agriculture Ministry

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Construction of Bamiyan Cultural Center inaugurated a year after its design approval

The construction of Bamiyan Cultural Center was officially inaugurated today by Afghan Minister of Urban Development Affairs Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi. The inaugural ceremony was attended by Afghan government officials, representatives of UNESCO and the Embassy of South Korea. Minister

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Kandahar traders face problems in exporting fruits to India through Pakistan

Traders in Kandahar have complained about the problems facing fruit exports to India through Pakistan’s soil. Fresh Fruits’ Traders Association have voiced their concern about the issues at Pakistan’s border as harvest season is fast approaching. Late issuance of visas,

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USAID contributes $19mn to WFP to boost food assistance and humanitarian air transport

In the first half of 2016, the US Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed USD 19 million to the World Food Program (WFP) in Afghanistan to support both the WFP-led United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS), and WFP food

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Survey of Herat-Torghundi railroad launched

Preliminary survey of the Herat-Torghundi railroad was officially launched on Thursday a total cost of USD 1.6mn, according to reports from the Governor House of Herat. Herat Governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi regarded the project as crucial for the development of

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Leonardo DiCaprio to play the role of Jalaluddin Rumi

The Gladiator writer David Franzoni is making a biopic on Sufi poet Jalaluddin Rumi Balkhi and aims to “challenge the stereotypical portrayal of Muslim characters in Hollywood.” He wants to cast Ledonardo DiCaprio as Rumi and Robert Downey Jr as

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1st batch of Afghan students graduate from National Agricultural Sciences & Technology University

The first batch of 21 students of ANASTU were awarded M.Sc. degrees on 6th June 2016 at the convocation/graduation ceremony held at Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) in New Delhi. The Graduation Ceremony was attended from Indian side by   Amar

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Afghanistan signs MoU with Turkish company on extension of Kajaki hydropower dam

Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a Turkish company for the extension of Kajaki hydropower dam in southern Helmand province. Minister Ahmad Osmani said 150MW of electricity would be produced in total with

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Two schools opened in northern Afghanistan with German support

The Afghan-German cooperation inaugurated and handed over two newly built schools in Northern Afghanistan to the local governments: one school in Khaja-Ghar, Takhar and a second one in Aliabad, Kunduz this week. The school in Takhar offers space to more

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Engineers in northern Afghanistan complete training on Maintaining Irrigation and Flood Protection System

Over hundred engineers from technical departments of six provinces–Badakhshan, Baghlan, Balkh, Kunduz, Samangan and Takhar–successfully completed a six week technical workshop on Maintaining Irrigation and Flood Protection System. This workshop was aimed at updating and improving the participants’ ability to

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Afghanistan Agriculture Ministry to conduct nationwide insect pests and plant diseases survey

Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock plans to launch a nationwide survey of existing plant pests and diseases and later find ways to preventing them. Deputy minister Mr. Mir Amanudin Haidari at the Stakeholder Planning Workshop of this survey

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Development of design, construction and maintenance procedures for school buildings in Afghanistan

The sustainable maintenance and operation of schools in Afghanistan is a very important issue. Architects, engineers and technical experts are discussing possible options so that the life span of school buildings can be extended and the overall environment for school

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President Ghani, PM Modi inaugurate Salma Dam today

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has arrived in Herat today to inaugurate the much-awaited Salma Dam together with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A spokesman for India’s External Affairs Ministry Vikas Swarup had earlier said “Prime Minister and Afghan

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SAARC Development Fund & SAARC Chamber of Commerce working together for regional integration

Dr. Sunil Motiwal, CEO of SAARC Development Fund (SDF) and  Suraj Vaidya, President of SAARC Chamber of Commerce and  Industry (SCCI) have jointly announced to work together for regional integration and economic cooperation among the SAARC Member States through project

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Afghan street children, orphans gather for Children’s Day celebration in Mazar

Street children and orphans were gathered for Children’s Day celebration in Park-e-Ariana, Mazar-Sharif. About 400 people attended the event, 300 children alone. More than 60 children actively participated in the program. The children had the opportunity to express their concerns

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The story of Afghanistan’s first-ever GPS monitored taxi service

Kabul, a city of 5 million people, has one of the world’s worst traffic. Commuting in Kabul is always a hassle. Nearly 700,000 vehicles operate within the city. The city lacks a proper public transportation system. Those who can afford

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Afghan-German cooperation published research paper on Afghanistan’s extractive sector

The Afghan-Germany cooperation has published a research paper on mining governance titled ”A Balancing Act for the Extractive Sector Governance”. The document was officially launched during a high level meeting between the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) and the

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