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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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Afghan Women Orchestra wins the Freemuse Award 2017

Zohra, Afghanistan’s first and only all women orchestra, received the Freemuse Award 2017 for their role in empowering women through music. The women from Zohra orchestra are students at the National Institute of Music (ANIM) and the first women in

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WFP receives $20mn from USA for returnees in Afghanistan

The World Food Program (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of USD 20 million from the Government of the United States of America for emergency food assistance for some 550,000 returnees and displaced people in Afghanistan. This emergency operation has already

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Canada concerned about embezzlement in aid project to Afghanistan

The Canadian government is investigating an aid project which helps Afghan children to return to school after the results of a report pointed to alleged corruption within the Afghan Ministry of Education. A report on January 9, 2016 by Afghanistan’s

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Women in Jawzjan start growing mushrooms for a living

A group of poor Afghan women in Jawzjan province has embarked on growing mushrooms in their fields to improve their economy. The provincial agriculture and livestock department trained these women in growing mushroom and provided them with the all the

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Qatari businessman invests $20mn in Farah’s agriculture sector

Businessman and owner of the Qatar Algharafa Charity Foundation has invested USD 20mn in Farah province to improve and develop the agriculture and livestock sector. The foundation will establish dates and pistachio orchards and prepare pastures for people who have

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Afghanistan discusses trade impediments with Pakistan and calls for action

A delegation led by Afghan Defense Ministry Advisor Wazhma Frogh met with the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) to discuss the impediments facing Afghan-Pak bilateral trade. Frogh voiced her concerns over unreasonable delays in clearance of

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Distrust over NUG continues among Afghans: New poll shows

A new poll conducted by the Center for Strategic and Regional Studies (CSRS) indicates that distrust among Afghans over the National Unity Government’s policies on economy, security and corruption continues. On the basis of the poll, almost 90% of Afghans believe

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$7bn injected into Afghanistan’s economy through aid for migrants

At least USD 7bn has come into Afghanistan through international aid for migrants and from contributions made by almost 6 million Afghans living abroad. “In 1395, more than USD 7bn was injected into the country’s economy through the migrant phenomenon,”

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Afghan carpet traders sign major deals at Domotex Trade Fair

Sixteen of Afghanistan’s top carpet and rug traders showcased their finest samples and signed a number of major deals with international buyers at Domotex, a leading tradeshow for the floor coverings industry. The tradeshow, held from January 14-17 at the

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Afghan parliament approves draft budget for 1396 fiscal year

The Lower House of the Parliament, Wolesi Jirga, approved the draft budget for the fiscal year 1396 on Monday. The budget was rejected by the lawmakers when it was first submitted in December, 2016 due to “imbalance” in development and

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2017 Filmfare Award Winners List

Aamir Khan and Alia Bhatt take the black lady home for their roles in Dangal and Udta Punjab respectively. Soonam Kapoor bags the Critics Best Actress award for her power packed performance in Neerja. Shahid Kapoor and Manooj Bajpaee win

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Civil society actors from northern provinces meet to intensify cooperation

Civil society actors from the Northern provinces–Balkh, Samangan, Kunduz, Jawzjan, Takhar and Kabul– participated in a dialogue meeting organized by the Afghan-German Cooperation. The meeting aimed at identifying common challenges, coordinating activities, finding synergies and developing an intervention map of

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UAE supports Afghanistan in various sectors

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has contributed over USD 400mn in security, economics, humanitarian and development assistant to Afghanistan, according to the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The following are the areas where the UAE has contributed

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Afghanistan, Pakistan back ‘Beyond Boundaries Project’

The Pakistan-Afghanistan Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PAJCCI) has pledged all-out support for Phase II of the ‘Beyond Boundaries Project’ to help boost regional cooperation. A 12-member delegation of officials from Pakistan and Afghanistan agreed to support the second

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Afghan government to raise $2.5bn in revenue in March, 2017

Afghan Finance Ministry expects to raise USD 2.5bn in revenue in March, 2017, USD 500mn above the target. The boost in revenue is linked to a new tax regime that is aimed at stopping the country’s dependence on international aid

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Japan pledges support to expand Chabahar port

The Japanese government has reached an agreement with New Delhi on working for the expansion of Chabahar Port in Iran. This announcement was made by Japan’s Deputy Foreign Minister Kentaro Sonoura during his meeting with Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

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Afghanistan, China sign $204.9mn road construction deal

Afghanistan awarded the Dara-e-Suf to Yakawlang road project to a Chinese firm after its bid of USD 204.9mn was approved by the Afghan government. An agreement to that effect was signed by Afghan Public Works Minister Mahmoud Baligh in the

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Public-Private dialogue to improve industries in Balkh province

The Balkh Directorate of Commerce and Industry (DOCI) and the Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industry conducted a Public Private Dialogue (PPD) meeting on Wednesday. More than 30 people participated in this event. The activity was funded and co-organized by

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Afghanistan’s exports up by 12%

Afghan Minister of Commerce and Industries Humayon Rasa announced Afghanistan’s trade deficit was gradually moving toward positive as exports have increased by 12%. Afghanistan’s trade deficit had been widening in the past decade. Afghanistan recorded a trade deficit of 7159

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Ghani suspends telecom minister over tax probe

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani suspended Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Abdul Razaq Wahidi on Sunday following an audit into the collection of a 10% tax on mobile phone topups. A spokesperson for the ministry, Yasin Samim, said the president’s

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‘Way of Pen’ society rallies to reopen schools in Kandahar

A society named ‘Way of Pen’ has launched a campaign in Spin Spoldak district of southern Kandahar province to reopen schools. Matiullah Wesa, founder of the ‘Way of Pen’ society, initiated the campaign via social media in a remote area

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