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Concerns over Unauthorized Access to Telecommunication Devices

Officials at the Ministry of Communication have expressed their concern about the usage of unauthorized telecommunication devices in Afghanistan. Deputy Khair Mohammad Faizi from Afghanistan Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (ATRA) said that modern telecommunication devices are imported into the country and

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Ministry of Finance in an Effort to Consolidate International Assistance to Afghanistan

Eighteenth session of the Supervision and Solidarity of International Aid meeting was held on Tuesday in Kabul, attended by a number of donor countries to Afghanistan. The purpose of the meeting was to share documents of collaboration of partner countries

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Issue of Bank Guarantee from Afghan Traders in Karachi Port Resolved

The issue of bank guarantee receipt from Afghan importers for their goods landing in the port city of Karachi is now resolved, Afghan deputy Commerce and Industries Minister Muzammil Shinwari announced on Tuesday. The implementation of a long-awaited transit trade

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Afghan-Pak Joint Chamber of Commerce Inaugurated

Afghan-Pak Joint Chamber inaugurated on 26 June 2012. In response to the countless problems that have been affecting trade in Afghanistan over the past years, Afghanistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries made efforts to create the Afghan-Pak joint chamber. The

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US to invest USD 297 million on Afghanistan’s energy sector

Wahidullah Shahrani told a news conference in Kabul that the US would invest USD 297 million in establishing coal energy producing plants and iron-sulphur separation laboratories in addition to developing a gas field. The US Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)

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Abdul Rashid Dostum Alleged for Preventing Amu River oil Extraction

The Afghan National Security Council (NSC) had accused General Dostum, the former powerful Jihai commander, for intervening in the extraction process of an oil basin in northern Sar-ePul province, one of Dostum’s strongholds in northern Afghanistan. The accusation is based

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Uruzgan’s 15-km Water Canal

The project of the construction of a 15-km long water canal was launched in Tirinkot city, capital of central Uruzgan province on Monday. The World Bank-funded project would benefit thousands of people and cost USD 379,110.  The water canal starts

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Exploration on oil and gas field in Sar-e-Pul Launched

China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) begins oil and gas +exploration work at the Amu River basin in northern Sar-e-Pul province. The ceremony was attended by high-ranking Afghan officials including First-Vice President Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, ministers of interior, finance and

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Locusts Invading Samangan Fields

Locusts from the mountains of Kunduz province are causing threats to the farmers in northern Samangan province. It is believed that locusts are migrating from the Gabar desert of Baghlan Province, Chuchal Mountains of Kunduz province and Khairabad desert of

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New Road to Kunduz Airport

The construction of a new road to Kunduz airport, a Germany-funded project, inaugurated yesterday. The road is 3km long and 7 km wide, according to Jawan Shir Head of Public Works of Kunduz. The road is expected to be completed

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Amu River Oil Deal with China is ‘transparent’

US and British envoys to Afghanistan confirmed transparency in awarding the contract to China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) for oil and gas exploration in the Amu River. This comes after the Western media had rising concerns about the bidding process,

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Food Prices Escalate in Kabul

As Afghani weakens, the prices of food and other daily-use items went up during the outgoing week in Kabul. The price of a 50-kg Brazilian flour went up by 190 afs from last week’s price. The same quantity of rice

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Former Central Bank Governor should be Sent Back to Kabul from the US

President said in a meeting with Afghan parliamentarians that we should pressure on the US to extradite former Central Bank Governor Abdul Qadir Fitrat to Kabul. Fitrat left for the U.S. last year, because he feared for his safety after

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Government warns unauthorized NGOs

The economy director Syed Qayas for eastern Nangarhar warned non-governmental organizations that their offices would be shut down if they tried to implement any project without permission after the latest warning. Representatives from various NGOs had been summoned in a

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Water Supply Project Inaugurated in Western Herat

A German-funded water supply project opened in the capital of western Herat on June 21, 2012. The project, benefitting nearly 100,000, cost 52.4 million Afs and took one year to complete. Before the implementation of the project, the people of

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Nangarhar’s Power Project Launches

A power extension project costing USD 1.5million, funded by the energy department and Sherzai Foundation, was launched on Tuesday in the Sorkhroad district of eastern Nangarhar province. The project would benefit 5,000 residents by providing 3.2 megawatts of power. About

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3G License Awarded to MTN

The Third Generation (3G) license worth USD 25 million (1.2 billion afs) was awarded to MTN telecommunication company by the Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (MTIT) on Wednesday. 3G Internet refers to a type of Internet access provided by

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New Keshim to Faizabad highway inaugurated

The newly built 103km highway, which was inaugurated on Tuesday, from Keshim to Faizabad has been a fortune for the Badakhshan province. The project was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and it vastly facilitates travel

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Recommendations for Economic Development from NGOs

At a meeting arranged by the Afghan-German and Freidrich Ebert Foundations in Kabul on Tuesday, some independent non-governmental entities proposed suggestions with respect to economic development that they want them to be placed before the Tokyo conference. The Afghan-German Foundation,

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Construction of Power Dam in Shakar Dara District Inaugurated

The construction of power dam, designed to produce 1.2 megawatts of power in addition to irrigating 2,700 hectares of agricultural land in Kabul, was inaugurated by President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday. The project is funded by government and costs around

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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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