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Afghan defense ministry hails cancellation of Italian planes purchase

Afghan defense ministry has welcomes the decision of the U.S. on the cancellation of transportation aircraft purchase for the Afghan Air Force through an Italian corporation. “We are happy and thankful about this decision. The aircraft are not usable by

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New buildings for 12 vocational institutes to be established next year

New structures for 12 vocational institutes would be built next year in Kabul, Mazar-e-Sharif, Kunduz and Paktika at a cost of USD 6mn. Speaking at a graduation ceremony of the Afghan Technology Institue in Kabul, Deputy technical and vocational education

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Two schools reopen in Kandahar

According to the Pajhwok Afghan News, two schools reopened in the Panjwai district of southern Kandahar province. The schools were shut down due to security threats from the Taliban. Eight more schools are yet to reopen. Education Director Sher Agha

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Poor human capital a major challenge to Afghan government-Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili

Vice President Mohammad Karim Khalili called on the government to work towards improving human capital in the country. He cited poor human capital as a major challenge to the development of the country after security. “Despite improvement in workforce, Afghan

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Joint Iran-Afghanistan University to be established soon

Iranian Minister of Science, Research and Technolog, Kamran Daneshjoo, announced on Friday that his country is willing to share its experience in the area of higher education with Afghanistan by establishing a joint Afghan-Iran university in near future. Iran-Afghanistan university

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2nd day without power in Herat

According to the Pajhwork Afghan News, electricity remained suspended for a second consecutive day on Friday in western Herat province, pushing residents into deep trouble. Local officials blamed the blackout on technical problem in the transmission line coming from neighboring

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UN envoy details progress and challenges in Afghanistan

While Afghanistan continues to face significant challenges in areas such as human rights and protection, the country has realized strong political and development gains, according to the top UN envoy in the country. In his recent year-end briefing to the Security

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Nangarhar Laborers in search of jobs

Nangarhar laborers called on the Afghan government to undertake public service projects in the province to help generate employment opportunities for them. Daily wagers in the province can hardly afford to feed their families and blame the government for their

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UK to give Kabul £165m a year after its troops leave

Britain will have to provide Afghanistan with £165 million a year after troops leave to ensure the country does not collapse, according to a report by an influential think tank. Without the cash the fledgling democracy in Afghanistan will be

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President Karzai calls on private institutions to provide standard education to students

President Hamid Karzai urged the private sector education instituted to respond to student needs. He regarded the students as the future builders of Afghanistan and emphasized on the provision of modern age education to these students. “It is their duty

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Minister Rahim vows to repair ancient sites in Kandahar

Visiting the southern city of Kandahar, Information and Culture Minister Makhdom Rahim vowed to repair damaged monuments. The minister, accompanied by local government officials and elders, examined historic places including Ahmad Shah Baba’s shrine and “Orange Palace” in old Kandahar

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Cell Phone Tower in Khas District

URUZGAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The Khas district held a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the completion of the first cell phone tower in the district in Uruzgan province, Dec. 23. The cell phone tower provides the local populace with the ability

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Fuel prices down in Kabul

Zarghona Salehi (PAN)- Prices of petroleum products dipped during the outgoing week in Kabul, with rates of other essential daily-use commodities staying stable, dealers said on Thursday. A litre of petrol cost 55 afs and diesel 60 afs against their

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More than 10 districts in Badakhshan are cut off due to snow

Districts in northern Badakhshan province, including Ashkashim, Sheghnan, Koshitan, Raghistan and Shekay, are cut off due to heavy snow fall, according to the local officials. Provincial spokesman Abdul Maroof Rasikh warned that the food aid provided by the National Disaster

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Increase in the revenue of Pulkhumri Municipality- Baghlan officials

Municipality officials of Pulkhumri city, center of Baghlan, reported that the revenue of the city has increased by 32% from last year’s. Pulkhumri’s Municipal Sahib Nazar Sangeen said that the municipality is planning to augment development and reconstruction projects in

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Why poor quality materials are not prevented from entering Afghanistan?

Afghanistan National Standardization Authority (ANSA) said that most of consumer products entering Afghanistan are non-standard. The officials link the health problems in Afghanistan to the poor quality food items imported to Afghanistan. According to the officials, the materials that are

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Money safes were stolen before the fire blaze-Mandawi shopkeepers

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries-ACCI along with the shopkeepers urged the government to launch a serious investigation of the fire that engulfed about 600 shops in Kabul’s main commercial district, Mandawi. The shopkeepers, who are inflicted with millions

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1 TV’s investigation report on major Afghan companies evading tax

According to an investigation report by 1 TV, as many as 15 out of 300 major companies are alleged for refusing to pay taxes to the Afghan government. The report claims that these companies have tried to evade tax by

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Iran, Afghanistan Interested in Growingly Increasing Cooperation

Fars News Agency-Iran and Afghanistan attach great importance to the increasing broadening of their bilateral ties and cooperation, Tehran’s former Ambassador to Kabul Mohammad Ebrahim Taherian said. “Afghanistan shares 1,000 kilometers of common borders with Iran. We should know that

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Afghan market leaders deny Reuters report on “Stalking the Taliban in Afghan Currency Markets”

Afghan currency market officials strongly rejected a recent Reuters report alleging that Taliban are financed through some Afghan currency exchangers. Head of the Kabul Currency Exchange Market Najibullah Akhtari denied the involvement of currency dealers in serving Taliban financiers and

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PIA flights for Kandahar

The Pajhwok Afghan News reports that flights between southern Kandahar province and Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwestern Balochistan province, would begin on Tuesday. Governor Toryalai Weesa and Pakistan Consul-General Farmanullah Yousafzai said they had reached the decision at a

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Special Report – Stalking the Taliban in Afghan currency markets

By Mathew Green-(Reuters) Haji Khairullah Barakzai is the ultimate Afghan success story: illiterate village boy makes a fortune thanks to a lifetime of hard work, unerring street smarts and God’s favour. But to the U.S. Treasury Department, he is one

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Fire engulfs 600 stores in Kabul’s Main Commercial District

A fire that engulfed overnight in Mandawi, Kabul’s main Commercial District, destroyed about 600 stores and inflicted millions of dollars of damage. According to the Kabul police chief Gen. Mohammad Ayub Salangi, the fire was caused by the shopkeer neglect

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$201m in fuel purchases untraceable

By Heath Druzin- Stars and Stripes More than $200 million in Department of Defense fuel purchases for the Afghan army remain unaccounted for because officers improperly destroyed documents, according to a report released by the special inspector general for Afghanistan

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Afghanistan’s Credit Union Trade Association Now World Council Member

Credit Union Times, by Natasha Chillingerian Kabul, Afghanistan-based credit union trade association IIFC Group — a network of 34 Afghan credit unions and credit union service points developed by the World Council of Credit Unions — is now officially a

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