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Afghanistan no longer threatened by enemies blocking trade routes

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said the enemies can no longer threaten Afghanistan by blocking trade routes as the country has alternative routes to rely on. These remarks were made during a gathering in the provincial capital of Balkh province, Mazar-e-Sharif,

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Afghan government to deliver 10,000 tons of seeds to farmers

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) will distribute 10,000 tons of improved seeds along with fertilizers to Afghan farmers to help them produce better crops. Afghanistan needs between 50,000 to 60,000 tons of seeds annually, but the

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12th edition of Afghan Star was groundbreaking

The entire Afghanistan sat to watch the grand finale of the 12th edition of Afghan Star–Afghanistan’s “pop idol”–on Nawruz. This year’s Afghan Star edition stood out the most. For the first time in the history of the show a female

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Afghanistan to launch biometric cards in 90 days

The Afghan government will begin distribution of the much-awaited national electronic identity cards in 90 days. President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani approved the distribution procedure of the cards presented by the head of the department for the distribution of the electronic

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Afghanistan’s complaint over Torkham closure to be assessed by WTO

Afghanistan is  receiving support from the World Trade Organization over the closure of the border crossing by Pakistan. According to the Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI), a WTO commission will assess Afghanistan’s complaint over the sealing of the

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Torkham closure causes $3bn in losses to Pakistan

Pakistan’s move to shut down Torkham border has backfired, inflicting a USD 3bn dollar onto its economy. According to Afghanistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Torkham closure has resulted in replacement of Pakistani products in Afghan local markets with

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Businesses in Kabul enjoy a cozy functional office space at the Hub

The Hub is established by a young entrepreneur Shakib Mohsanyar to support startups, entrepreneurs and individual consultants by providing them the required services for a functional office space. Established in February 2017, the Hub’s primary goal is to support the

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Billions of dollars embezzled in Afghanistan’s construction projects

A survey by Construction Sector Transparency Initiative Afghanistan (CSTIA) segment of the Integrity Watch Afghanistan (IWA) has revealed that billions of dollars had been embezzled over the past 15 years in construction projects. According to a statement from the CSTA,

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Workshop held on protecting children’s rights in Afghanistan

Two-day workshop on the protection of children’s rights concluded in Mazar-e Sharif. It aimed at developing a strategy to strengthen local institutions and community groups in protecting children’s rights. Organized by the Rushd Training and Consultancy Organization (RTCO), the German

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Media Meeting on sustainable use of ground water in Kabul

The Social Association of Journalists in North Afghanistan (SAJNA) and the Afghan-German Cooperation hosted a media meeting on sustainable ground water usage Kabul. Four Afghan ground water experts and more than 70 media representatives attended the event. They concluded that

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Collaboration between SAARC Development Fund and UNDP

Haoliang Xu, United Nations Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Regional Director for South Asia and Pacific visited the SAARC Development Fund Secretariat and assured to work together for strategic growth of SAARC Member States and to achieve the United Nations

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IOM launches €18mn project to support returnee reintegration in Afghanistan

IOM has launched a four-year, €18 million project with funding from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) to support returnees and host communities across Afghanistan. The project will help foster sustainable reintegration by promoting economic

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Afghan private company to invest $1.3bn in Kabul

An Afghan private company will invest USD 1.3bn in Kabul, according to a statement from the Presidential Palace. Gulbahar Company presented its plan to the national economic council meeting chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani. The investment will create jobs

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Zee Cine Awards 2017 complete winners list

Best Cinematography – Shivaay Best Editing – Neerja Best Action – Shivaay Best Visual Effects – Shivaay Best Editing – Neerja Best Production Design – Neerja Best Sound Design – Sultan Best Background Score – Airlift Best Dialogue – Pink

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Afghanistan to build a modern print factory to print own money

Afghanistan is going to establish a modern Sukuk printing  company, which enable it to print its own money, in a joint investment with Germany. The company will be built in Jangalak industrial township in southwestern Kabul. Afghanistan and Germany will

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Afghan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries to be established soon

The Leading Entrepreneurs of Afghanistan for Development (LEAD) are soon going to establish the Afghan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries–its first in the history of Afghanistan. The High Economic Council approved the proposal for establishment of this vital institution

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Afghan mining sector promoted in Toronto, Canada

The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP), the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MoCI) and the Afghan Embassy in Ottawa promoted the Afghan Mining sector at the world’s leading convention and investor exchange event on mineral exploration and exploitation: the

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Afghanistan’s National Priority Plan on Women’s Economic Empowerment

The National Unity Government (NUG) of Afghanistan officially presented the National Priority Plan on Women’s Economic Empowerment to its citizens on Thursday. The plan aims at developing women’s capacity to strengthen their household economies, but also to positively impact Afghanistan’s

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USAID Launches $70 Million Afghan Children Read Initiative

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in close collaboration with the Afghanistan Ministry of Education (MoE) announced today the official launch of Afghan Children Read (ACR), a five year project in Early Grade Reading (EGR) for primary grades

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Afghan government to launch 5-year plan for saffron development

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) will launch a 5-year plan for countrywide development of saffron cultivation and harvest in the next year. Ministry’s spokesperson Lutfullah Rashid said the plan involved establishment of two laboratories for saffron

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Pakistan suffers $70mn loss due to border closure

Pakistan’s economy has suffered a USD 70mn loss in the past two weeks after Islamabad decided to close its border with Afghanistan. According to Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry(PAJCCI), Pakistan sends three hundred vehicles of fruits and vegetables,

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Afghanistan will be removed from banking gray list in a month

Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), Afghanistan’s national bank, has announced that Afghanistan will be taken off the gray list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in a month after meeting all the requirements. Afghanistan’s removal from the gray list will

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Afghan exporters sign major deals at Dubai’s Gulfood

Twenty-four Afghan exporters of vegetables, fresh and dried fruits and nuts, saffron and juice showcased their products and signed major export deals at Gulfood, the world’s largest annual food and hospitality event, with support from the United States Agency for

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No cargo train arrived in Hairaton from China since railroad inauguration in Sep 2016

Not a single cargo train has arrived from China at the Hairaton port ever since the railroad inauguration on September 7, 2016. The first cargo train arrived in the north of Balkh province of Afghanistan, after a 15 day journey,

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Netflix to release a satire on war in Afghanistan starring Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt will be seen as a four-star general in the upcoming satire on the war in Afghanistan, “War Machine,” tasked with commanding the US war in Afghanistan. The movie is based on the best-selling book “The Operators: The Wild

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