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Japan pledges $8.7mn to improve agriculture in Herat

The Japanese government has pledged USD 8.7mn grant to support agriculture in the western Herat province of Afghanistan through the “Project for Improvement of Agricultural Value Chain in Herat”. An agreement to that effect was signed by Kenji Enoshita, Charge

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Afghanistan, India sign $113mn contract for Ghazni-Kandahar power project

Afghanistan national power company, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) and India’s KEC international firm signed a contract worth USD 113mn for Ghazni-Kandahar power project. The contract was signed in the presence of Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Indian Ambassador

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India plans to build low-cost houses for returnees in Afghanistan

The Indian government has considered building low-cost houses for Afghan refugees returning to the country from Pakistan and Iran. The announcement was made by India’s joint secretary for development partnership agreement in Ministry of External Affairs, M Subbarayudu, on Saturday

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Afghan agricultural produce spoil due to lack of markets

A number of local businessmen voiced their concerns over lack of markets and storage facilities for their agricultural products, mainly onions. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), 142,000 tons of onions were harvested this year. However,

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Pakistan further intensifies restrictions on borders with Afghanistan

The Pakistani government announced extra security measures and border restrictions on its borders with Afghanistan following a deadly attack on a Sufi shrine in Sindh province on Thursday. Pakistan’s enforcement of new border restrictions has led to uncertainties within the

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Afghanistan receives $3.3mn from Japan to support city resilience project

The government of Japan has pledged USD 3.3mn to support city resilience project in Afghanistan. An agreement to that effect was signed between Kenji Eonoshita, Charge d’Affaires and interim of Embassy of Japan to Afghanistan and Tim McNair, Country Program

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Workshop on “Landmark Resolution on Women, Peace and Security” held in Badakhshan

Badakhshan’s Department of Justice held a workshop on the United Nations resolution 1325: “Landmark Resolution on Women, Peace and Security” for 34 government and civil society representatives. The Afghan-German Cooperation supported the workshop via its program for the promotion of

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Ghani discusses TAPI project with his Turkmen counterpart

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani discussed the implementation of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project and other bilateral relations with his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in a telecom conversation on Thursday. The two presidents exchanged views on the issues of

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Afghanistan ranked 163rd by the Index of Economic Freedom of Heritage Foundation

Afghanistan  has made its first entry in the annual Index of Economic Freedom of The Heritage Foundation and is ranked 163rd place out of 186 countries. This comes after Afghanistan became a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in

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International Chamber of Commerce opens office in Kabul

The Office of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) was formally inaugurated in Kabul on Thursday in presence of senior government officials, including deputy foreign minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai. Addressing the ceremony, Karzai said the ICC office in the capital

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UAE wants to build a city in Mars

Emir of Dubai Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashed Al Maktoum said he wants to build a miniature city on Mars in the next 100 years. He made the announcements at the World Government Summit and said an Emirati scientific team will

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Afghan women taking over kite making industry

Afghan women have entered the kind making industry, which has historically been a male-dominated industry. The need to  feed their families has forced many Afghan women to embark on this new adventure. Currently, at least 50 families, made up mostly

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Collecting old banknotes in 1 month is impossible: Afghan moneychangers

The Afghanistan central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), announced last week that shabby banknotes would no longer be valid start of the coming solar year 1396 and called for collecting them from the market in one month. However, moneychangers believe

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Pakistan’s cement exports to Afghanistan down by almost 11%

The All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) have reported a 10.88 percent decline in cement exports to Afghanistan over the past seven months. According to Pakistan’s The News, manufacturers have linked the slump in cement exports to Afghanistan to increase

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Afghan marble traders sign multiple contracts at Indian tradeshow

Several USAID beneficiary traders of marble, onyx and lapis from Afghanistan signed a number of contracts this week with international buyers at the India Stone Mart, the country’s largest stone industry exposition. The event was held from February 2-5 at

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Bamiyan Cultural Center to open in summer 2018

Bamiyan Cultural Center is scheduled to open in  the summer of 2018, three years after its design was approved. In February 2015, an Argentina-based team was selected from 1,010 design entries from 117 countries for designing the Bamiyan Cultural Center.

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Asia has the most daily active Facebook users

Asia has the most daily active users, according to new data from Facebook. With 396 million people across Asia using Facebook each day, the number of users in the region has rocketed by 57% in the past two years. “In

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Afghanistan Central Bank calls for proper maintenance of bank notes

Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank, announced on Monday that shabby banknotes will no longer be valid start of the coming solar year 1396. According to the officials, this measure is as per Article 39 of Da Afghanistan Bank and

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Kabul’s German-supported schools start a new admission process

German-supported schools in Kabul: the Amani boys’ school, the Lycée Jamhuriat and the Aishe-e Durani girls’ school, started their admission process for future students. During the upcoming eight days 190 fourth grade applicants will be assessed through a computer-based test.

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