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Pakistan turns to illegal trade routes to boost its declining trade

The Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) said on Wednesday that Pakistan has been trying to open illegal trade routes with Afghanistan in an attempt to retain trade volume on the local market. Pakistan has allegedly attempted to open

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Watermelon production up by 5% in Farah province

Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) has reported that watermelon production has increased by 5% this year. According to the officials, watermelon crops could reach a total of 578,000 tons this year which would generate an estimated four

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Afghan ministries sign ‘Transparency’ agreement with COST

The Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) of Afghanistan signed an agreement with the Ministries of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and Ministry of Public Works. The agreement requires that the ministries have to share all information regarding building projects with the

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Recommendations presented to President Ghani for development of Kabul city

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani held a meeting in the presidential palace to discuss the plan for development of Kabul city. Head of the independent directorate of capital zone development, Elham Hotaki, presented 15 recommendations for the development and economic growth

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10 iconic Bollywood items auctioned at for exorbitant amounts of money

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First Afghan-India air corridor flight to operate over the next 2 days

India’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that the first flight of the Afghanistan-India air corridor is likely to operate in the weekend or early next week. “The flight will take Indian products to Afghanistan and will bring Afghan products

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Kabul to have its first metro bus system

Kabul municipality unveiled the city’s first metro bus system– the first major urban public transportation scheme in the country– on Thursday. The first phase of the project, running from Sarai Shamali to Baraki Square, will be operational in 2018. According

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Afghanistan receives $500mn finance package from World Bank

The World Bank today announced a financing package for Afghanistan of more than $500 million to help the country through a difficult phase in its struggle to end poverty and to signal a long-term commitment to the country’s people. The

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First Afghan women’s magazine turns page on cultural traditions

A group of Afghan women volunteers has launched Afghanistan’s first-ever  women’s magazine, Gellara, with features on fashion, make-up and even adverts about birth control. The first edition of Gellara has been out in the market and has received applause and

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World Bank funds 8 greenhouses in Uruzgan province

Eight greenhouses have been recently built in different areas of Tirinkot, the provincial capital of central Uruzgan province. Funded by the World Bank, the greenhouses are built on 2,850 square meters of land at a total cost of 29 million

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Electricity transformer installed in Jalalabad resolves 75% of load shedding

A third electricity transformer has been installed in Jalalabad city of eastern Nangarhar province providing an additional electricity supply of 40 megawatts of electricity The province previously received 72 Megawatts of electricity. Provincial Governor Mohammad Gulab Mangal said the activation

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Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Iran promise to bolster economic cooperation with Afghanistan

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani met with the leaders of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Iran on the sidelines of the Shanghai Summit which was held in Astana, Kazakhstan. According to a statement from the presidential palace, President Ghani discussed expansion of Afghanistan’s

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Afghanistan, China sign MoUs for railway network, electricity projects

Afghanistan and China have signed Memorandum of Understandings for reconstruction of railway network from Sherkhan Port to Herat and implementation of the electricity project on Kabul-Kunar River. The MoUs were signed on Friday in the presence of President Mohammad Ashraf

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OECD ups global growth forecast to six-year high

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) predicts the global economy growth rate at 3.5%, its highest in six years. The global economy is set to grow 3.5 percent in 2017, followed by an increase to 3.6 percent in

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Afghanistan, Turkmenistan discuss electricity projects

Afghanistan’s Energy and Water Minister Ali Ahmad Osmani discussed the latest condition of electricity projects with his Turkmen counterpart on the sideline of Energy Charter meeting, which was held in Ashgabat. According to a statement from the Afghan Energy and

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These famous people will make you rethink your future!

Jack Ma -Failed to get a job even after trying 30 times. Was the only one rejected by KFC out of the 24 interviewees -Failed twice during his school exams, thrive during his university entrance exam and rejected 10 times

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Nangarhar olive production to surpass 1,200 tons this year

The local officials in eastern Nangarhar province expect the olive production to surpass 1,200 tons this year. Ghulam Hazrat Abdul Rahimzai, head of the Nangarhar Canal, said given the largest harvest of olive from the fields, the olive production is

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Afghanistan health sector shows strong progress: World Bank reports

The World Bank today announced the results of a review of progress achieved in the health sector in Afghanistan from 2002-2017. Conducted by World Bank experts and an independent group from the University of Toronto, the review found that many

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Kabul explosion inflicts a financial loss of $10mn

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has estimated the financial loss caused by yesterday’s explosion at USD 10mn. “The private sector has suffered a loss of USD 10mn as a result of the attack,” said Siyamuddin Pesarlay, ACCI

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First India-Afghanistan air cargo scheduled for June 15

The India- Afghanistan air corridor project, which was an announced by President Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, enters implementation phase today. An agreement to that effects was signed between Nader Omar , CEO of Ariana Airlines, and

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Kabul Polytechnic University holds first I.T. Associate Degree graduation

Leaders from the Ministry of Higher Education and Kabul Polytechnic University celebrated the graduation of the first 28 graduates, including eight females, earning an associate degree in Information Technology (IT) at Kabul Polytechnic University last week as part of a

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Afghanistan to issue national fiber optic licenses

Ajmal Ahmady, senior economic adviser to President of Afghanistan, met with senior officials from Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) on Tuesday in Char Chenar Palace to discuss national fiber optic licensing procedures and signal interference for Salam and MTN. The

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Leading Afghan female entrepreneur Kamela Sediqi appointed as Deputy Minister of Commerce

Kamela Sediqi, a leading Afghan female entrepreneur, is appointed as the new deputy minister of Commerce. Abdul Salam Rahimi, Director-General of Administrative Office of the President, introduced Sediqi and expressed hope that her appointment would result in positive changes in

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Pakistan reopens Spinboldak crossing after 22 days

Pakistan reopened the “friendship gate” at Spinboldak in southern Kandahar province after 22 days on Saturday, which marked the first day of Ramadan. According to a statement from Pakistani military, the Chaman crossing was reopened on “humanitarian goods” after Afghan

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Afghanistan, Tajikistan sign trade agreements

Tajikistan’s Transport Minister Khuodyorzada Khudoyor headed a ten-member delegation to attend the 6th Economic and Trade Cooperation meeting in Kabul this week. Khuoyor assured that his country was committed to providing better opportunities and improving transit of Afghan goods through

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