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Mine revenue in Badakhshan down by 90% in past 2 years

Revenue from mining industry in northeastern Badakhshan has plummeted by 90% in the past two years. The provincial mines department collected 48mn AFN in revenue in 2014 and 7.5mn AFN in 2015. This year the figure has gone down to

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Afghanistan, Turkmenistan open first rail link

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov officially inaugurated the first section of a USD 2bn link connecting the two neighboring countries for the first time. Berdymukhamedov said: “the project is written in golden letters in

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Afghanistan participates in Global Sustainable Transport Conference

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani presented Afghanistan in the Global Sustainable Transport Conference in Turkmen capital, Ashgabat. Held on November 26-27, the first ever  global conference on sustainable transport brings together key stakeholders from Governments, UN system and other international organizations,

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FMIC raises awareness on non-communicable diseases in Afghanistan

This year’s conference on the theme of emerging trends in non-communicable diseases saw Deputy Minister of Public Health, Health Services Delivery, Dr Najia Tariq join doctors, academics and public policy experts from Afghanistan and Aga Khan University to discuss health

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Women’s handicrafts exhibition kicks off in Kabul

Afghan businesswomen will display their products at a three-day exhibition in Kabul starting on Wednesday. Hosted by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) at the Aria City Faz, more than 36 women-led enterprises will display clothes, jewelry, agricultural products,

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Entrepreneur of the Month: Oprah Winfrey

Influential talk show host, author, philanthropist, actress and media personality. Oprah Winfrey has played a key role in modern American life, shaping cultural trends and promoting various liberal causes. Through her talk shows and books, she has focused on many

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Investment in Afghanistan declines by 59%

The Central Statistics Organization (CSO) and Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) have predicted tough economic ties ahead as investment has plummeted  59%. The two bodies urged the government to design a working economic policy aimed at attracting investment.

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Afghanistan central bank calls for banking ties with Iran

Governor of the Central Bank of Afghanistan (Da Afghanistan Bank-DAB), Khalil Sediq, called for regulating banking ties with Iran to develop trade. In his meeting with Governor of Central Bank of Iran Valiollah Seif, Sediq said major portion of transactions

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Projects underway to provide economic integration in SAARC region

SAARC Development Fund (SDF) and UNDP have agreed to collaborate in order to implement the following projects in the SAARC Region: Project title: Economic Empowerment of Women through Energy Access in Mountain Countries of South Asia​ The objective of this

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Kandahar, Sistan Baluchistan agree to expand trade via Chabahar port

Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar province and Iran’s Sistan Baluchistan province have agreed to strengthen cooperation. Kandahar’s Governor Humayun Azizi signed a number of agreement with his Iranian counterpart, Ali Hashimi, on Wednesday. Both sides agreed to expand trade via the Chabahar

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Draft agreement on five nation Lapis-Lazuli route signed

The draft agreement on the five nation Lapis-Lazuli agreement was signed on Wednesday between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey. The route will provide the shortest  route for Afghanistan to the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The draft agreement

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Construction of a hospital and two irrigation canals in Badakhshan

Work on the construction a new health centre and two irrigation canals has kicked off in Badakhshan province and is expected to be completed by the end of next year. Costing a total cost of about AFN 24mn, the projects

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USAID extends budget for Afghan agricultural exports

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a three-year extension to its 2010-2016 Commercial Horticulture and Agricultural Marketing Program (CHAMP) to widen its geographic coverage in Afghanistan and reach more international markets. The extension added nearly $16 million to

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Afghanistan participates in International Trade Fair

Thirty-three of Afghanistan’s leading wholesale traders of fresh and dried fruits, carpets, marble and jewelry are expected to strike major deals at the India International Trade Fair (IITF), underway November 14-27 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. It is India’s largest

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WFP provides emergency assistance to Afghanistan’s returnees

As Afghanistan struggles with growing numbers of returnees from Pakistan and people displaced internally by conflict, the World Food Program (WFP) has launched a nine month operation to provide emergency food and cash. Since July the number of returning refugees

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Saffron cultivated lands in Afghanistan up by 800 hectares this year

The western Herat province, home for Afghanistan’s saffron, hosted the second Saffron Flower National Festival on Wednesday. Saffron farmers displayed saffron flower and demonstrated how to collect pure saffron. Held at the Maulana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi hall in Herat city,

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Afghanistan will remain at highest level of US foreign policy agenda

The US Ambassador to Afghanistan Michael McKinley addressed several Afghan journalists on Wednesday and assured that the US-Afghan relations will remain strong. “Today I was asked many times what the impacts of these elections would be on US-Afghanistan relations and

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Modi demonetizes Rs 500 & 1000 notes

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced demonetization of Rs 500 & 1000 currency notes effective midnight in an effort to tackle fake currency, black money. Modi said people holding notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 can deposit the same

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Sports equipment for 18 schools in Kabul & Mazar-e Sharif

The Afghan-German Cooperation has funded sports equipment to eight girls’ school in Kabul and another ten schools in Mazar-e-Sharif. About 27,000 female students are enrolled in the schools that obtained sports equipment and will benefit from advanced physical education classes.

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China to fund 10,000 housing units in Afghanistan

The Minister of Urban Development and Housing Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi announced Monday that a new housing project, funded by China, would soon be started. The announcement was made at the inauguration ceremony of the 3rd Urban National Conference in

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Afghan trader robbed in Chandni Chowk, India

A group of unidentified men robbed an Afghan trader named Sher Afzal Khan, who has been living in Kolkata for the past 12 years, in his residence. According to the Times of India (ToI), four masked men forcefully entered the

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Afghanistan attends workshop in Turkey on good governance in mining industry

Representatives of the multi-stakeholder group (MSG) of Afghanistan’s Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (AEITI), Afghanistan’s civil society, the private sector, the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), the Ministry of Finance (MoF) as well as the Afghan Parliament, participated in

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120 Afghan engineers complete seminar on construction survey methods & instruments

Following last year’s training on topographical surveys, 120 engineers from technical departments from the six Northern provinces in Afghanistan participated in the seminar on construction survey methods and instruments. The German funded program “Regional Infrastructure Development Fund” (RIDF) provided technical

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