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Etisalat launches online SIM card registration facility

The Etisalat private telecommunication company on Wednesday launched an online SIM card registration programme to prevent fraud and forgery. Previously, SIM cards were registered on papers — a time-consuming process that involved the risk of forgery and fraud. But from

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Eftikhar takes over as new AISA chief

The newly-appointed Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA) chief said he would introduce tax exemptions to help strengthen the industrial sector. Wafiullah Eftikhar, who was appointed by President Hamid Karzai on the advice of AISA’s High Commission of Investment, pledged to

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Copper extraction from Ainak mine to start next year

The process of digging historic relics at eight sites around the world’s largest copper mine in central Logar province is nearing completion and extraction work would be launched next year, a minister said on Monday. Discovered in 1974, the Ainak

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Afghanistan’s First Space Satellite

The Council of Ministers last week approved the launch of Afghanistan’s first ever space satellite and sent expressions of interest to many international companies to attract funding. By launching a space satellite, Afghanistan will step into the realm of the

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Afghanistan's First Space Satellite

The Council of Ministers last week approved the launch of Afghanistan’s first ever space satellite and sent expressions of interest to many international companies to attract funding. By launching a space satellite, Afghanistan will step into the realm of the

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Buzkashi-Afghanistan’s National Game

“bOzkashI” is one of the ancient games played in Afghanistan. The name of this game is perhaps derived from hunting mountain goats by ancient champions n horseback. On the basis of popular beliefs and legends, one could say this game

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Buzkashi-Afghanistan's National Game

“bOzkashI” is one of the ancient games played in Afghanistan. The name of this game is perhaps derived from hunting mountain goats by ancient champions n horseback. On the basis of popular beliefs and legends, one could say this game

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World Bank Commits to Sustained Engagement in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, DC, April 26, 2012 — The World Bank’s Board of Directors today discussed its Interim Strategy Note (ISN) for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan which provides a sustained commitment and vision to the country’s development through the period of transition

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Decline and Stagnation: Why Rural Afghans are Staying Poor

Despite the influx of millions of foreign aid, rural communities across large parts of Afghanistan are getting poorer. A recent study by the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit has investigated the factors that have crippled the situation in rural areas

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A Young Afghan Reaching Out to Those in Need

Project Amina is a project specifically designed to provide help for the distressed women and children in Afghanistan, especially widows and orphans. This project ensures the distribution of goods, such as food, blankets and clothing, to those in need. Project

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Flood fury in north Afghanistan

Massive floods, triggered by heavy rainfall, ravaged northern and northeastern Afghanistan, washing away thousands of acres of agricultural land and dozens of houses. Five irrigation canals, as many power dams, a water reservoir and road were damaged by floodwaters in

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Afghan fruit exporters face problems in Pakistan

Afghan farmers are being forced into selling their fresh fruits on lower rates due to the non-implementation of Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA), a trader representative said on Wednesday. ATTPA which replaces a 1965 transit trade agreement between the two neighbouring

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Threefold cut in internet price in a year

Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) officials on Tuesday said there has been a three-fold decrease in the price of internet over the past one year, with the rate of one Megabyte (MB) reducing from $900 (44,883.0 afghanis) to

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US, Afghanistan Agree On Strategic Agreement With Possible $2 Billion Per Year Payout

AFGHANISTAN – Today, Afghanistan and the United States have finalized a strategic partnership agreement outlining their relationship following the 2014 withdrawal of Western combat troops in the country. A statement from Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office says the deal was

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Work on key road launched in Badakhshan

Construction work on a 75-kilomentre road was launched in northeastern Badakhshan province on Sunday, officials said. The 5-metre wide road that connects Maimi and Shaghnan districts is being constructed at a cost of $15 million by the Ministry of Rural

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Parliament Approves Federal Budget

Afghanistan’s House of Representatives finally approved the budget for the current fiscal year on Saturday after having rejected it twice in the past month. This year’s budget for 1391 was approved after the Ministry of Finance made changes to the

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More Afghan Houses Brightened

Nearly 1,000 of families in the Paghman district of central Kabul province were extended electricity, officials said on Thursday. The power was distributed to families in Pracha village of Pashaee valley after the installation of three transformers, which had the

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Afghanistan’s Sectors Worth Investment

1. Agriculture and agriculture-related industries Agriculture is a fundamental means of livelihood in Afghanistan, generating 50% of the country’s GDP and supporting 85% of its people. The climate of Afghanistan is well suited for the cultivation of horticultural crops and

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Afghanistan’s Sectors Worth Investment

1. Agriculture and agriculture-related industries Agriculture is a fundamental means of livelihood in Afghanistan, generating 50% of the country’s GDP and supporting 85% of its people. The climate of Afghanistan is well suited for the cultivation of horticultural crops and

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Tweaking policies to push Afghan trade agenda

 To push Afghanistan’s economic agenda, several national-level trade bodies urge the government to introduce a series of policies — including levying taxes on imports to formation of an independent authority for industrial parks’ development. Besides, they also want to showcase

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Transit Fee for TAPI Gas Pipeline Agreed

Afghanistan, Pakistan and India have agreed on a transit fee for a multi-billion natural gas pipeline project, a Ministry of Mines official in Kabul said on Tuesday. The 1735-kilometre pipeline, known as Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) project, will run from Daulatabad through

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25 firms to compete for gold, copper extraction

Officials at the Ministry of Mines on Tuesday said 25 international companies would compete for the exploration and extraction of gold and copper from four reserves. Mohammad Jawad Omar, a spokesman for the ministry, said the companies had been short-listed

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IMF sees 'optimism return' as faster growth predicted

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that “some optimism has returned” to the global economy and has predicted slightly faster growth. The IMF revised world economic growth for 2012 to 3.5%, up from its previous forecast of 3.3%. It

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IMF sees ‘optimism return’ as faster growth predicted

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said that “some optimism has returned” to the global economy and has predicted slightly faster growth. The IMF revised world economic growth for 2012 to 3.5%, up from its previous forecast of 3.3%. It

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Safi Airways sign codeshare agreement with Gulf Air

Gulf Air and Afghanistan’s international carrier Safi Airways has signed a codeshare agreement Kabul-Bahrain route as of April 23, Gulf Air officials announced. Under the agreement, both airlines will jointly market and promote six flights per week with each airline

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