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China- and Russia-led Shanghai bloc eyes Afghan role

A bloc of Asian countries led by China and Russia is seeking a bigger role in Afghanistan ahead of Nato’s pullout. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, including the Central Asian states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, is meeting in Beijing.

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Body being set up to control fuel prices

A committee is being established to control and fix fuel prices and ensure its supply to the market in an organised manner, the commerce and industries minister said on Tuesday. Anwarul Haq Ahadi told reporters in Kabul the proposed body

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Government Officials Seeking Personal Advantages from Mines

A number of government officials use their authority to intervene in the affairs of mines for the sake of their own advantages. Minister of Mine Waheedullah Shahrani , while speaking in a Security Council meeting , said “a number of

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Kabul Bank Staff Strike

A number of Kabul Bank personnel pulled from working as a result of delays in their salaries and the displacement of some workers. According to sources, the bank officials have promised to handle the demands of the bank employees, but

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Senate OKs strategic pact with US

The Meshrano Jirga — or upper house of parliament — on Sunday approved the strategic cooperation agreement between Afghanistan and the United States, an official said. The accord, a vital document that sets the tone for decade-long ties with the US after

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Afghanistan and India to sign coal exploration pact

According to Indian government officials, a high level Indian delegation is due to visit Kabul to ink a pact with the Afghan mines ministry in a bid to further consolidate India’s growing economic interests in Afghanistan. This comes as the

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EU Suspends $37 Million Aid to Afghan Police

The European Union blocked the release of $37 million to a UN-run fund that financed Afghan Police, a Western Official in Kabul told Wall Street Journal. The European Union, US and Japan are the key donors of the Law and

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Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries Emphasis on Domestic Investment

Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) officials in a press conference today  emphasized on the support and expansion of investment in the country. Qurban Haqjo, Managing Director at ACCI, said to the press,” ACCI has accumulated and Investment Fund

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Car dealers on hunger strike against Cabinet decision

More than two dozen car dealers from eastern Nangarhar province on Sunday went on a hunger strike against a recent decision of the Cabinet. On Tuesday, the Cabinet decided that 3,800 vehicles — awaiting legal documents — at the Nangarhar

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Afghanistan Interim Strategy Note, 2012-2014

The World Bank’s Interim Strategy Note (ISN) for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan provides a sustained commitment and vision to the country’s development through the period of transition and beyond. The ISN builds upon a solid track record of results, despite the

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Afghan Foreign Minister to Attend the World Economic Forum in Turkey

Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul is going to attend the World Economic Forum on Middle East, North Africa and Eurasia in Istanbul on Sunday. The theme of forum is “Roadmaps for Reform, Pathways to Inclusive Growth” and will therefore convene over

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'Get Rich by 2014'!

  Afghanistan’s Squandered Foreign Aid Has Young Businessmen Worried About Future KABUL, Afghanistan — About three years ago, Abdul Fattah grew tired of seeing his cousins driving fancy cars, impressing girls and earning the respect of strangers, and decided it

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‘Get Rich by 2014’!

  Afghanistan’s Squandered Foreign Aid Has Young Businessmen Worried About Future KABUL, Afghanistan — About three years ago, Abdul Fattah grew tired of seeing his cousins driving fancy cars, impressing girls and earning the respect of strangers, and decided it

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Afghans Complain about oil price increase

According to reports, Afghan households are unhappy about soaring oil prices in the country. Although the government has repeatedly spoken about making efforts to decrease oil prices, a large of people, taxi drivers in particular, complain about high prices of

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President Karzai calls for strengthening of carpet industry

As the concerns over discoloring of Afghan carpets and receding condition of the carpet industry have increased, President Karzai has called on all Afghans to cooperate in strengthening the industry. President Karzai in his latest statement on radio, which was

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Afghan Agriculture Minister Requests for Expanding Market for Agricultural Products

 The fourth meeting between officials of the Ministry of Commerce and Agriculture for raising the level of marketing of agricultural products was held in Kabul. The officials from both ministries requested national businessmen to make more efforts in investing in

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Zabul’s New Agriculture Institute

An agriculture institute was inaugurated in southern Zabul province for high school graduates. Ministry of Higher Education ordered the construction of the agriculture institute earlier this year, said Najeebullah, an official at the Zabul education department. The institute would offer

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Gas, sugar prices decline in Kabul

Prices of sugar and liquefied gas went down during the outgoing week in Kabul, where rates of other essential daily-use commodities stayed stable, retailers said on Thursday. Taimani-based gas dealer Abdullah told Pajhwok Afghan News one kilogram was sold for

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Council of Ministers Discussion on Reconstruction

Economic Committee of The Council of Ministers, chaired by second vice president, Mohammad Karim Khalili, discussed extension and protection of highways. The committee decided to prevent vehicles with high tonnage on the highways to prevent damages caused to the highways

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Group weddings in Bamyan

Hundreds of young couples have celebrated their marriage together- a collective ceremony that was held by financial support of Global Welfare Organization in Bamyan province. Yusuf Ali, head of Global Welfare Organization said: “We have identified and registered young people

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Surplus of power supply in Kandahar

Local officials in southern Kandahar reported that 75% of residents in southern Kandahar residents would be able to have access to electricity, after authorities have managed to create a surplus. One of the factors that has increased power supply was

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United State to rebuild Kajaki Dam in Helmand

The United States of America will rebuild the Kajaki Dam in Helmand province as a part of war end programs in Afghanistan at a cost of USD 471 million dollars to the people of Helmand and Kandahar provinces who will

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Cold Storage Rooms to be built for agricultural products in Kabul

 A group of Afghan traders pledged to build cold storage facilities for agricultural products in some districts of Kabul. Due to improper post harvest  operations, 40% of agricultural products go to waste, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and

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Ministry of Mines Bans Illegal Extraction Of Mines in Bamyan

A source of Ministry of Mines declared that eighty three coal mines in Bamyan where illegal and non-technical extraction was taking place were closed in a special operation.  Deputy Minister of Mines Nasir Ahmad Durrani headed a team of delegation

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Onyx Construction Company fails of promises

Some customers of the Onyx Construction Company have reported complaints against the company for its delayed construction projects.  They say that the construction of residential buildings that belongs to Onyx Construction Company have either stopped or the work is going

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