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Aryana Sayed Nominated for 2018 Atlantic Council Freedom Award

Aryana  Sayed, Afghanistan’s most popular  pop star, songwriter, and TV personality is among the recipients of the 2018 Atlantic Council Freedom Award.  Born in 1985 in Kabul to a Pashto speaking father and a Dari speaking mother, Aryana left her country

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Afghanistan’s Fourth Air Corridor Inaugurated

The Afghan-Turkey air corridor opened on Tuesday during a special ceremony in the presence of government officials, Turkish ambassador, officials of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) and a number of traders. Afghanistan has two air corridors with India

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3 Out of 4 Turbines of Naghlu Hydropower Plant are Now Active

Afghanistan’s largest hydropower plant, the Naghlu Hydropower Plant, has restarted the operations of one of its turbines.  The newly rehabilitated turbine has the capacity to generate 25 MW electricity and is connected to Afghanistan’s national grid. Three out of four

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Pak-Afghan Trade Route Re-Opens in South Waziristan

The Angoor Adda trade route between Afghanistan and Pakistan has reopened in the tribal region of South Waziristan a week after angry protests by area residents.  Some 200 vehicles filled  with export items started entering the Afghan soil as soon

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Southwest Afghanistan’s Bare Land has Become Home to Up to 2.2 Million People

The result of a study conducted by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) with the financial support of the European Union indicates that the deserts of southwest Afghanistan have changed dramatically over the last two decades.  The study has

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WB to Invest $460M in Peshawar-Torkham Expressway

The World Bank has decided to invest $460 million to build a new 4-lane highway from Peshawar to Afghanistan border as security situation improves.  The project is aimed at bolstering trade between the two countries and creating job opportunities in

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India Inaugurates Major Hydropower Dam Despite Objections from Pakistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a major hydropower dam in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.  The hydropower plant, Kishanganga, faces major opposition from Pakistan who alleges the plant will disrupt water supplies in the neighbouring country. The Pakistani officials claim that

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Government Officials Attend Sustainable Development Goals Workshop in Jalalabad

Over 30 government officials from the eastern Afghan provinces of Kunar, Laghman, Nuristan and Nangarhar attended a two-day multi-stakeholder Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Agriculture and Natural Resources Management workshop from 14 to 15 May 2018 in Jalalabad, the provincial

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Female Entrepreneurs Changing the Narrative About Afghanistan

Afghanistan’s first private business incubator, Startup Valley, has graduated its second group of 22 female entrepreneurs.  The new graduates are now set to take their business concepts to market. For five months, the course, administered by AGHAEZ Professional Services and

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New Energy Network Benefits 20,000 Citizens in Kunduz

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) put an extended power line and a newly constructed energy network into operation in Kunduz’ provincial capital. About 20,000 citizens now benefit from reliable energy supply.  The Provincial Development Committee (PDC) approved the project in

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Framework for Cooperation Conference Held to Strengthen Bond Between Afghan Gov’t, CSO’s and Media  

In an effort to strengthen coordination between the Afghan government, civil society, and media, the USAID-funded Afghanistan Civic Engagement Program (ACEP) organized a two-day “Framework for Cooperation Conference” in Kabul on May 7-8, 2018.  More than 230 representatives from Afghan

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Afghanistan, Indonesia Formalize Cooperation on Fighting Corruption

Afghanistan and Indonesia formalised future cooperation in the field of anti-corruption in a three-day meeting between the Afghan Independent Joint Anti-Corruption and Evaluation Committee (MEC) and the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) that ended on Wednesday.  The Afghan-German Cooperation’s Open

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Afghan Red Crescent Society Receives $18mn from Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia announced an aid package of USD 18 million in assistance to the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) through a formal letter to the Afghan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The aid will go towards funding of  hospital equipment and

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Hydropower Plant in Feyzabad Benefits 60,000 people

Constructions on the hydropower plant in Feyzabad will now resume after clarifying geological circumstances. The hydropower plant will provide electricity to Feyzabad’s entire population – in total about 60,000 people.  The Afghan-German Cooperation funds the construction via KfW Development Bank

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Funny Business Jokes

The great Charlie Chaplin had once said: “A day spent without laughter is a day wasted.” Hope these jokes bring a smile to your face J What’s the best way to make a small fortune in the stock market? Start

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WhatsApp co-founder to quit over clash with Facebook

WhatsApp chief executive and co-founder Jan Koum is to quit the popular messaging service. In his statement Mr Koum said: “It’s been almost a decade since Brian [Acton] and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some

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Section 3 of Iran-Afghanistan rail corridor makes 80% progress

Officials from Iran have reported that 80% progress has been made in section-3 of Khwaf-Herat railroad, part of Iran-Afghanistan rail corridor. The 137-km railroad has four sections. Two of the sections (76km long) have already been completed on the Iranian

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13th Annual Business Matchmaking Conference held in D.C.

The 13th Annual Business Matchmaking Conference was organized by the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) from April 24-26, 2018 in Washington DC.  President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani addressed the conference in a video message followed by a number of addresses including

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India, China to undertake joint economic project in Afghanistan

China and India’s plan to launch a joint economic project was the major takeaway of the two-day informal Wuhan summit in China. The meeting was mostly meant to discuss a number of key issues, particularly the 72-day military standoff over

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World Bank Welcomes Recommendations in latest SIGAR Report

The World Bank welcomes recommendations in the latest report by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) on the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF). It presents the Afghan Government, ARTF donors and the World Bank with useful insights and

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Afghan Gov’t Officials Attend Workshop to Identify SDG gaps

Over 40 government officials from the Northern Afghan provinces of Balkh, Jawzjan, Faryab, Sare Pul, Samangan and Baghlan attended a two-day multi-stakeholder Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Agriculture and Natural Resources Management workshop in Mazar-i-Sharif from 24 to 25 April

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Islamic Bank of Afghanistan to open as country’s first fully-fledged Islamic Bank

The Islamic Bank of Afghanistan (IBA), previously known as Bakhtar Bank, is granted the license to operate as the country’s first bank to fully comply with Islamic banking laws. The central bank of Afghanistan, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), approved the

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Afghanistan, Pakistan to set up working groups

Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to set up working groups to resolve the various issues that are adversely impacting trade flows between the two neighboring countries. The decision was taken during a meeting between Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi and

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International community pledges support for Afghanistan’s economic reforms

Representatives from the international community attended a meeting in the Afghan embassy in Washington, D.C. where they pledged to support Afghanistan’s economic reforms agenda. A statement released by the Afghan embassy said the meeting was attended by Afghan Finance Minister

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UAE funded township inaugurated in Kabul

A major township consisting of 3,330 apartments was inaugurated in Kabul on Sunday by Afghan  and government officials. Funded by the UAE officials, the township is named Sheikh Khalifa bin Zaid Al-Nahyan or the Emirates Township. Addressing the inaugural ceremony,

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