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Afghanistan feeling the squeeze of sanctions against Iran

Iran has recently restricted exports to Afghanistan, causing manufacturers in western Herat province to suffer. This comes amid the international sanctions imposed against Iran by the West, in a bid to force Iran to halt its nuclear program. Commodities’ prices

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International community does not want construction of major hydroelectric dams in Afghanistan- Energy Minister Ismail Khan

Officials from the Ministry of Energy and Water say that the world community has not contributed to the construction of major hydroelectric dams in Afghanistan. The officials claim that donor countries are not interested in continuing their financial aid for

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Kabul residents complain about the poor conditions of the roads

Residents from various regions of Kabul city have complained about the poor conditions of the roads in the city. The residents said that Kabul Municipality has not paid much attention to the conditions of the roads since the past few

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Citizen Information Center Brings More Transparency and Accountability to Kabul Municipality

USAID Press Release-The Kabul Municipality inaugurated today the first Citizen Information Center (CIC) in Afghanistan.  The CIC is located within the Kabul municipal offices in downtown Kabul.  The CIC was created by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

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Agriculture Minister working to modernize Afghanistan’s agriculture

With more than 80% of the population engaged in farming, agriculture remains the core sector of Afghanistan’s economy. The three decades of war have certainly made farming challenging for the people, but the wars have not changed the central importance

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ACD a step toward building unity among Asian countries- Afghanistan President

Addressing the Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) maiden Summit in Kuwait City, President Hamid Karzai regarded the ACD a significant stride towards unifying and cementing peaceful coexistence among different cultures and civilizations in the region. The first Summit of the ACD

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Afghanistan becomes The Asian Cooperation Dialogue member

By- Ahmadshah Ghanizada- Deliberations of the First Asia Cooperation Dialogue Summit began in the State of Kuwait today under the auspices of Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Jabir al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait with participation of 32 Asian countries and a number of

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New Transit Agreement signed between Afghanistan and Pakistan

Ministry of Commerce and Industries announced an agreement signed between Afghanistan and Pakistan for the transit of Afghan goods from Pakistan’s soil to India. The agreement allows transit of Afghan traders’ goods to India through the Gwadar port of Pakistan.

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TNT Express in Afghanistan wins Etisalat Contract

 Kabul, Afghanistan, 14th October 2012-TNT Express in Afghanistan has signed a two year shipping service agreement with Etisalat. Etisalat Afghanistan is 100% owned subsidiary of Etisalat UAE. Etisalat operates in the Middle East and Africa, headquartered in the UAE, and

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Work on the Torkham-Jalalabad Highway Resumed

Pakistan resumed construction on the dualization of the Torkham-Jalalabad highway, which was halted for the past three years due to negligence of the Pakistani contractor. The first lane of the road was inaugurated in 2007 and after that Pakistan refused

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Interference from neighbors led to lost opportunities for Ghazni reconstruction

A number of parliamentarians believe that Ghazni has lost its reconstruction opportunities since the entrance of a team of Iranian archaeologists to Ghazni. Minister of Information and Culture, Minister of Urban Development, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Defense and

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Uzbek oil tanker docked in Hairatan port after 16 years

An oil tanker from Uzbekistan docked at Hairatan border in Langar province after 16 years. Mohammad Sabir Zaheer, chief of oil at Hairatan border, said the tanker, capable of holding 250 ton of fuel, has arrived in the region bordering

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Fuel prices double in Bamyan

Fuel prices in the central province of Bamyan have doubled after the government shut down two coal mines in the area. The price of per seven kilograms of coal has increased from 30 AFN to 70 AFN, and per seven

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“No Afghan teacher would be homeless in the next two years”

The World Bank is assisting Afghanistan’s Ministry of Education with their development programs for the next 5 years, said the Ministry’s officials. Meanwhile, Education’s minister Dr. Farooq Wardak said that distribution of residential plots of lands to the teachers is

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Railroads-a must for Afghanistan mining

Researchers working for the U.S. military have drafted an 80-page report concluding that Afghanistan’s lack of railroad may be an obstacle to transforming its USD 1 trillion in mineral deposits into an economic engine. Afghanistan must develop a railway network

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Kunduz Airport’s Runway Inaugurated

Funded by Germany, a USD 5mn runway was inaugurated in Kunduz, said Sayed Anwar Sadat, manager at the Kunduz Airport. The runway is 2km long and 45m wide and is built in accordance with international standards. Kunduz is situation in

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Lack of government’s attention has caused reduction in Afghanistan’s exports- Chamber of Commerce

Eng. Qasim Yousufi, Head of Chamber of Commerce and Industries in the east zone of the country, sees lack of attention from the government being the reason for the fall in Afghan exports. “Exports of paper, plastic, Pepsi and other

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Qaraqul (Embroidered Sheepskin) Export Rises

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) officials said on Thursday revenue from the export of qaraqul skin (embroidered sheepskin) considerably increased last Afghan year. Last year, 320,000 skins were exported, compared to previous year’s 24,000, Deputy MAIL Minister Rahim

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