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India to review gold tax but import duty to stay

The Indian government has said it will review a new tax on gold jewellery, after 11 days of protests by gold shop owners. Shops have been closed in some parts of India since the levy was announced in the federal

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WFP receives 41 trucks from Russia as a donation to deliver food to the hungry in Afghanistan

The Government Russia Federation donated 41 trucks to the World Food Program to support food delivery operation in Afghanistan. The donation is valued at USD 2.7 million and comprises of 40 Kamaz brand cargo trucks and one mobile workshop. The

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17 key projects to be executed in Afghanistan

Pakistan, Tajikistan and Iran signed contracts for 17 mega development projects in Afghanistan at the conclusion of the 5th Regional Economic Conference in Dushanbe on Tuesday. Agreements on the infrastructure development projects, including railway lines and the Tajikistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas

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Pakistan to restart work on incomplete projects

Pakistan has promised resumption of work on several incomplete projects in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Finance said on Monday. A statement from the ministry said President Hamid Karzai discussed the issue with his Pakistani counterpart, Asif Ali Zardari, on the

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Salman Khan-Jackie Chan in an action packed film?

Reports have it that Salman Khan is all set to do a film with Jackie Chan. Talks are in progress. South filmmaker Aascar Ravichandran, is planning a full on action paked film with the duo. He revealed that he plans

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Katrina Kaif takes personal interest in SRK’s flick!

Looks like Katrina Kaif is following Aamir Khan’s footsteps. We hear that, just like aamir, the actress too is showing personal interest in her upcoming Yash Chopra’s untitled film. She has taken the responsibility of styling herself for the film.

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Bad roads hit Kunduz farmers’ income

Badly bombed-out roads have become a bane to local farmers in Gul Tepa, who gripe over loss of income due to difficulties in transporting fragile agri crops to nearby markets. Gul Tepa, capital of the northern Kunduz, once a Taliban

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Fifth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan International Exhibition

The third exhibition of Afghanistan’s economic development launched today in Dushanbe, Tajikistan and the exhibition will continue until the 28th of March. Mr. Atiquallh Nusrat, Chief Operation Officer at Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI), said in a news

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Etisalat Introduces 3G Service in Afghanistan

Etisalat has launched the first 3G services in Afghanistan, marking another achievement in the fast-growing telecom industry in the country. Imran Afzal Janjua, head of Corporate Communication at Etisalat Afghanistan said on Monday that the 3G services enable GSM users

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Afghan, Iran, Tajik Leaders Sign Economic Cooperation Agreement

A quadrliateral meeting was held on Sunday in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, where leaders of Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan signed an agreement to promote and reinforce trade and economic cooperation in the region. President Karzai and President Ahmadinijad of Iran called for unity and solidarity

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Govt Distributes 65,000kg In Saffron Plants

The Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock will distribute 65,000 kilograms of saffron to Afghan farmers, the head of the Saffron Department, Mohammad Mohmand, told TOLOnews. The Ministry plans to buy saffron plants from farmers with surplus saffron on

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Spanish new low-cost airline Iberia Express launched

Spain’s Iberia has launched a new entry in Europe’s competitive market for low-cost airlines. The new airline, Iberia Express, begins on Sunday with prices starting at 25 euros (£21) for a one-way ticket. Iberia Express will cover Spanish cities including

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Power pylons being installed in eastern provinces

There is no security risk involved in extending power pylons from Naghlo dam to eastern Laghman and Nangarhar provinces and the transmission process will be completed in the next two months, an official said on Sunday. In an exclusive interview

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Twentieth Century Fox sued over Glee trademark

A chain of UK comedy clubs has taken the makers of hit TV series Glee to court over a “trademark infringement”. Comic Enterprises Ltd claims the programme – made by Twentieth Century Fox – is causing confusion for its business.

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Finance Ministry Adds US$4m To National Budget

Afghanistan’s Ministry of Finance has redrafted the federal budget for the new year 1391 with an increase of 200 million Afghani (US$4.15 million) after the previous draft was rejected by Parliament two weeks ago. Ministry of Finance spokesman Aziz Shams

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Karzai off to Dushanbe for RECCA summit

President Hamid Karzai on Saturday left Kabul for Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan, to attend the 5th summit of the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA). RECCA is a forum dedicated to advance Afghan stabilization and South and Central Asian

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India boycotts EU aviation carbon charge

Indian airlines will not comply with the European Union’s (EU) carbon charging scheme, according to civil aviation minister Ajit Singh. The EU has directed Indian carriers to submit the emissions details of their aircraft by 31 March. But Mr Singh

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Vidya`s `Kahaani` still going strong

Vidya Balan`s ‘Kahaani’ seems to have a struck a chord with the audiences in a big way as the gripping thriller has entered its third week and is still proving to be a crowd puller. The film not only defies

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Review: ‘Agent Vinod’ – All style, no substance

The duo who share a symbiotic relationship when it comes to name, fame and reckoning in the industry is back. While Sriram Raghavan helped Saif Ali Khan develop a sauve macho character in ‘Ek Hasina Thi’, the actor relied on

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1391 Budget Plan Should be More in Favor of Higher Education, urges Afghan Parliament

Many Parliamentary members recommended reducing the budget allocated for the president office but rather increasing the budget allocated for higher education. Today’s plenary meeting discussed the draft of law on structure and authorization of judicial organ and the 1391 budget

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Japan, China and S Korea edge towards free-trade deal

Japan, China and South Korea have moved closer to signing a trilateral investment agreement that could pave the way for a free-trade deal. If signed it would be the first economic agreement that is backed by law between three of

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McDonald's boss Jim Skinner to retire in June

Shares in McDonald’s are down 0.5% after the company said its chief executive, Jim Skinner, was retiring. Chief operating officer Don Thompson will take over in June, becoming the first African-American to run McDonald’s. Mr Thompson has been at the

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McDonald’s boss Jim Skinner to retire in June

Shares in McDonald’s are down 0.5% after the company said its chief executive, Jim Skinner, was retiring. Chief operating officer Don Thompson will take over in June, becoming the first African-American to run McDonald’s. Mr Thompson has been at the

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Outrage over report that India lost $210bn in coal scam

There was outrage in India’s parliament after a draft report by government auditors estimated India lost $210bn by selling coalfields too cheaply. Opposition politicians accused the government of “looting the country” by selling coalfields to companies without competitive bidding. Private

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Obama names surprise World Bank candidate Jim Yong Kim

President Obama has nominated Korean-born US academic Jim Yong Kim to be the next president of the World Bank. The nomination of the Dartmouth College president and development expert is a surprise as he was not mentioned as a contender

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