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Embezzlement in Reconstruction Funds for Zherai district, southern Kandahar

Niaz Mohammad Sarhadi, the district’s administrative head, complained about the fraud committed in funds allocated for the reconstruction projects in Zehrai district of southerin Kandahar. Sarhadi said the district had heavily suffered over the past 34 years. Funds that flew

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Afghanistan should expand its relations with India, says experts

Political experts suggest strengthening trade ties with India; however, in a way that does not provoke a third country’s, Pakistan in particular, sensitivities. Pakistan is widely seen to be anxious about the Indo-Afghan relationship, as India is expanding its role

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Russia to Rejoin Hands with Afghan Government

Russian ambassador to Kabul, Andrey Ayestisyan, expressed his country is willing to play in the economic sector and rejoin hands with Afghan government in the development projects. Mr. Ayestisyan said that the ongoing situation especially in the areas of terrorism

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Delhi Investment Summit on Afghanistan

CII )Confederation of Indian Industry)in partnership with Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India and Government of Afghanistan is organizing Delhi Investment Summit on Afghanistan on 28th June 2012 at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi. The objective of this Summit

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Australia to pay more attention to Uruzgan development

Australia’s special representative, Ric Smith, promised to focus more on the development of central Uruzgan province on his fifth visit to the central Uruzgan province on Saturday. Mr. Smith said that he has conferred prioritization of projects in the wake

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Kandahar Revenue for the 1st Quarter of Fiscal Year Crosses USD 4 million

Kandahar Mayor Mohammad Omar told a press conference on Saturday that the provincial municipality’s revenue had gone beyond USD 4 million during the 1st quarter of the current fiscal year. The Mayor said that the majority of the revenue came

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New court trial for obtaining Kabul Bank loans

Central Bank of the Afghanistan informed the public about the start of a court to attain unpaid loans of the New Kabul Bank. Nurullah Delawari President of the Central Bank of Afghanistan said at a news conference today that the

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Four Million Dollar Contract to Rebuild the “Kohsan” Canal in Herat

Ministry of Energy and Water signed the reconstruction project of Kohsan Canal situated in Herat with a private construction company on Wednesday. Mohammad Ismail Khan Minister of Energy and Water said to a press conference in Kabul that the reconstruction

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Hundreds of Farmers benefited from the Food Aid in Baghlan

Baghlan Agriculture and Livestock Institute in collaboration with U.S. special forces and GIZ organization distributed USD 30,000 and 256 packages of food and agricultural supplies to farmers whose wheat fields were hit hard by the recent floods in some districts

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First-ever Carpet-processing Factory opens in Herat

The carpet-processing factory, a US-funded project, was inaugurated on Saturday in the industrial park in Western Herat. The factory is a big help for Afghan carpet weavers who used to send their carpets to Pakistan for processing and washing. The

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Kabul Bank up for sale

Afghanistan’s first private sector bank, Kabul Bank, is being put up for sale, senior officials announced on Saturday. The plan comes at a time when USD 34.9 million of its loan mark-ups have been written off. The bank went bankrupt

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Review of Preparations for Tokyo Conference

Ministry of Finance has made preparations for next month’s Tokyo Conference. The preparations were reviewed by representatives from 70 countries and organizations in a meeting held on Friday. Japan’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Tadamichi Yamamoto and officials

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Karzai’s Order to 3 Key Ministries: Efforts for Improvement

President Karzai has ordered Ministry of Education, Ministry of Higher Education and Ministry of Social and Labor Affairs  to provide their long-term plans for the improvement of the educational and employment status to the presidency. As per his order, an

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Fuel Prices Dip, Gold and Food Prices Pick Up

Retailers reported on Thursday that prices of petroleum products went down while gold and food items rose. The increase in the supply of fuel supplies mainly coming to Kabul from the Hairatan dry port in Balkh has caused the fuel

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Kazakhstan willing to invest in various spheres in Afghanistan

Kazakhstan and Afghanistan signed an agreement where Astana pledged to cooperate with Kabul in various sectors including investment sectors. Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassould told reporters that Kazakhstan is keen to invest in different areas particularly in Afghanistan’s untapped mining sector.

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India-US-Afghanistan trilateral consultation

India and US agreed to a formal trilateral consultations with Afghanistan on June 14, 2012. “Today we agreed to move forward with a formal trilateral consultation among our three nations (India, US and Afghanistan,)” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told

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Increase in Wheat Yields in Nangarhar and Laghman

Agricultural officials reported that wheat production in Nangarhar and Laghman provinces has gone up by 20% compared to last year’s increase. The yield increase was mainly due to adequate rainfall and the use of quality seed. The crop was sown

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Afghan Halal Food Products on Exhibition in Moscow

A number of Afghan businessmen participated in the international exhibition of Halal Food in Moscow. This was the first ever exhibition held on Halal foods that are produced in accordance with international standards. Afghan food products were also exhibited. In

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Reintegration Programs Planned for Samangan Province

Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock announced that the international community has allocated USD 17 million for the reintegration process in 10 provinces. Aybak and Sarbagh districts of Samangan are included in the process and the projects include technical survey, irrigation

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International Assistance to Afghanistan will Continue, Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton said at a ‘Women in Public Service Institute’ inaugural ceremony that international assistance to Afghanistan would not be limited to security only. The international community shall adhere to their obligations towards infrastructure development of the country as well.

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Kunduz Airport Upgraded

Gemeran-funded facilities worth half a million euros (31.4 million afghanis) were inaugurated at the airport in northern Kunduz province on Monday, June 11. The projects took four months to complete. The facilities include a meeting hall, 66 containers, and a

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Cabinet endorses oil deal with China

Endorsing a deal with China on developing a small oil and gas field in northern Afghanistan, the Cabinet on Tuesday agreed to the creation of a joint working committee to explore energy deposits at the Amu River basin. Last year,

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UN Sacks LOTFA Officials over Mismanagement of Funds

The United Nations fired three officials running its $1.4 billion Afghanistan police trust fund as the first step in what is expected to be a broader shake-up at the programme currently facing an internal investigation of mismanagement, according to UN

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Adequate women’s participation in Tokyo meet sought

The Afghan Women Network (AWN) approached the government on Monday to ensure the inclusion of an adequate number of women in the Tokyo conference which is due to take place in Japan in July. The Tokyo Conference will revolve around

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Afghanistan will top the agenda in talks between India and America

Afghanistan will top the agenda in the strategic dialogue between India and America which is due to take place next Wednesday. The talks will be lead by U.S. Foreign Minister Hillary Clinton and Indian Foreign Minister S.M Krishna.  America wants

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