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Entrepreneur of the month: Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates, wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which strives to improve global health and education. Since founding the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with her husband, Melinda has pushed for

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NPC approves contracts worth 7.4bn

Chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the National Procurement Commission(NPC) approved contracts worth 7.4bn in the presence of US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko. Sopko was invited as an observer to the meeting, according to a statement

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Afghanistan opens a new permanent facility for Anti-Corruption Justice Center

Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens welcomed the establishment of a new permanent facility for the Anti-Corruption Justice Center in Kabul. The new location will provide a secure and functional environment for the investigators, trial attorneys, and judges of the Anti-Corruption

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IMF calls on international community to rise to returning refugees challenge in Afghanistan

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) called on the international community to assist Afghanistan with the financial burden caused by the influx of refugees. “While the Afghan government works to strengthen internal coordination and strategic planning, the international community also needs

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Afghan law firm ranked top by Chambers and Partners

Afghan law firm, Kakar Advocates, is ranked as the top law firm by the Chambers and Partners in its Asia-Pacific guide 2017. Situated in capital Kabul, Kakar Advocates is a full-service law firm with US and Afghan licensed attorneys representing

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Transition of Afghanistan’s Case Management System to the Supreme Court

Chargé d’ Affaires Ambassador Hugo Llorens welcomed the agreement of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to transition the administration of Afghanistan’s Case Management System to the Supreme Court. A memorandum of understanding was signed by the heads

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First-ever rice mill inaugurated in Nangarhar

The first-ever rice mill was officially inaugurated in eastern Nangarhar province on Wednesday. A local company, Sami Ibrahim Construction, has invested USD 1.5mn in the building of the factory, with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) bearing 15%

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Afghanistan goes up in the corruption index

Afghanistan has secured four more points in the index in 2016 and is placed in 169thposition in the latest corruption perception index 2016 released by the Transparency International (TI). Previously, Afghanistan was placed among the most corrupt countries with Somalia

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Psychologists list “selfie” addiction as mental illness

By Asad Ziar. Selfie is a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a digital camera or smartphone held in the hand or supported by a selfie stick. Selfies are often shared on social networking services such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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8 Afghan women graduate from USAID’s Engineering and Architecture Internship program

Graduation commenced today for USAID’s Afghan Women in Engineering and Architecture Internship program when eight female engineers and architects completed the program. The program was established by USAID in 2011. So far, 23 female internship students have graduated. The program

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Afghan Women Orchestra wins the Freemuse Award 2017

Zohra, Afghanistan’s first and only all women orchestra, received the Freemuse Award 2017 for their role in empowering women through music. The women from Zohra orchestra are students at the National Institute of Music (ANIM) and the first women in

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WFP receives $20mn from USA for returnees in Afghanistan

The World Food Program (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of USD 20 million from the Government of the United States of America for emergency food assistance for some 550,000 returnees and displaced people in Afghanistan. This emergency operation has already

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Canada concerned about embezzlement in aid project to Afghanistan

The Canadian government is investigating an aid project which helps Afghan children to return to school after the results of a report pointed to alleged corruption within the Afghan Ministry of Education. A report on January 9, 2016 by Afghanistan’s

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Women in Jawzjan start growing mushrooms for a living

A group of poor Afghan women in Jawzjan province has embarked on growing mushrooms in their fields to improve their economy. The provincial agriculture and livestock department trained these women in growing mushroom and provided them with the all the

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Qatari businessman invests $20mn in Farah’s agriculture sector

Businessman and owner of the Qatar Algharafa Charity Foundation has invested USD 20mn in Farah province to improve and develop the agriculture and livestock sector. The foundation will establish dates and pistachio orchards and prepare pastures for people who have

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Afghanistan discusses trade impediments with Pakistan and calls for action

A delegation led by Afghan Defense Ministry Advisor Wazhma Frogh met with the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) to discuss the impediments facing Afghan-Pak bilateral trade. Frogh voiced her concerns over unreasonable delays in clearance of

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Distrust over NUG continues among Afghans: New poll shows

A new poll conducted by the Center for Strategic and Regional Studies (CSRS) indicates that distrust among Afghans over the National Unity Government’s policies on economy, security and corruption continues. On the basis of the poll, almost 90% of Afghans believe

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$7bn injected into Afghanistan’s economy through aid for migrants

At least USD 7bn has come into Afghanistan through international aid for migrants and from contributions made by almost 6 million Afghans living abroad. “In 1395, more than USD 7bn was injected into the country’s economy through the migrant phenomenon,”

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Afghan carpet traders sign major deals at Domotex Trade Fair

Sixteen of Afghanistan’s top carpet and rug traders showcased their finest samples and signed a number of major deals with international buyers at Domotex, a leading tradeshow for the floor coverings industry. The tradeshow, held from January 14-17 at the

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Afghan parliament approves draft budget for 1396 fiscal year

The Lower House of the Parliament, Wolesi Jirga, approved the draft budget for the fiscal year 1396 on Monday. The budget was rejected by the lawmakers when it was first submitted in December, 2016 due to “imbalance” in development and

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2017 Filmfare Award Winners List

Aamir Khan and Alia Bhatt take the black lady home for their roles in Dangal and Udta Punjab respectively. Soonam Kapoor bags the Critics Best Actress award for her power packed performance in Neerja. Shahid Kapoor and Manooj Bajpaee win

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Civil society actors from northern provinces meet to intensify cooperation

Civil society actors from the Northern provinces–Balkh, Samangan, Kunduz, Jawzjan, Takhar and Kabul– participated in a dialogue meeting organized by the Afghan-German Cooperation. The meeting aimed at identifying common challenges, coordinating activities, finding synergies and developing an intervention map of

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UAE supports Afghanistan in various sectors

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has contributed over USD 400mn in security, economics, humanitarian and development assistant to Afghanistan, according to the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The following are the areas where the UAE has contributed

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Afghanistan, Pakistan back ‘Beyond Boundaries Project’

The Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) has pledged all-out support for Phase II of the ‘Beyond Boundaries Project’ to help boost regional cooperation. A 12-member delegation of officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to support the second

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Afghan government to raise $2.5bn in revenue in March, 2017

Afghan Finance Ministry expects to raise USD 2.5bn in revenue in March, 2017, USD 500mn above the target. The boost in revenue is linked to a new tax regime that is aimed at stopping the country’s dependence on international aid

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