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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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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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