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International Business Exhibition for Agriculture and Handicrafts opens in Mazar-e Sharif

Organized by the Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the Balkh International Expo kicked off in Mazar-e Sharif today. More than 100 female and male exhibitors from different sectors and provinces participate in the four-day event, where they can promote

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Afghan government to open mother and child hospital in Balkh

The Afghan government started the construction of a new 253-bed mother and child hospital in Mazar-e Sharif’s regional hospital. Funded by the German government, the new facility costs more than one billion AFN. The new hospital will provide appropriate health

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Female government officials participate in women’s rights workshop in Balkh

A three-day workshop on women’s rights was held in Balkh district for 60 female council members to increase awareness on women’s rights topics. The training was organized by the Department of Women Affairs (DoWA) of Balkh province. The German funded

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First-ever public hearing discusses development projects in Balkh’s Khulm district

More than 250 members of the District Development Assembly (DDA), civil servants, local government officials, civil society activists and other citizens came together last week to discuss the district’s most important challenges. The public hearing was the first of its

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102 factories resume work in Balkh after installation of a power sub-station

A newly established power sub-station has enabled 102 factories to resume production  at the Ali Sher Nawai industrial park in northern Balkh province. According to the Afghanistan Investment Support Agency (AISA), the sub-station is installed at a total cost of

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Solar powered hatchery in Balkh to increase poultry production

The project providing solar power to the “Taj-e-Telayee” hatchery cooperative in Balkh province has been completed and was formally inaugurated on Monday. From now on it will be cheaper for the cooperative to produce day-old chickens (DoCs). “Before the solar

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Teacher Training Centres get new buildings in Balkh

Balkh province’s Department of Education (DoE) officially celebrated the inauguration of two 16-classroom buildings for teacher training centres (TTCs) in the districts of Sholgara and Dehdadi in Balkh on Monday. Funded by the German government, the total budget for the

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Balkh, the 15th oldest city in the world

According to Telegraph, Balkh is the fifteenth oldest city in the world. What is now northern Afghanistan, Balkh was an ancient city and center of Zoroastrianism. The ancient city of Balkh was renamed Bactra under the Greek, giving its name

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Factories facing stagnation in Balkh

More than 70% of factories in Balkh are facing recession, with businesses remaining stagnant. Industrialist Union officials in Balkh have cited lack of security, support from the government and investment as the main factors behind stagnation of the factories. Activities

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6 NSP projects completed in Balkh province

Six sub-projects of the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) were recently completed in Balkh province. According to the concerned Provincial Manager of NSP, the projects included graveling rural roads, construction of a

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Better tax collection system increases Mazar municipality revenue

The municipality department in Mazar-e-Sharif, capital of the northern Balkh province, has reported that its revenue has increased from 300mn AFN in 2012 to 400mn AFN this year. Mayor Mohammad Yonus Muqim linked the 40% boost in revenue to better

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180 Afghan families in a village to benefit from a power project

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) has begun work on the installation of power poles and extension of power line from Mazar-e-Sharif city to Rubat village in Jamtal district of Balkh. Costing USD 40,000, the project is funded by the National

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Germany funds construction of a 10-km road in Balkh

Work on the construction o a 10-km road in northern Balkh province begun on Wednesday. The road, connecting Balkh and Chamtal districts, would take a year to complete at  a cost of USD 3mn, said provincial public works director Inayatullah.

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Construction work of a school building launched in Balkh

Swedish Committee for Afghanistan formally launched construction work of Khalid Ibn-e-Walid high school building in NahrShahi district in northern Balkh province. New Secretary General Anna-Karin Johansson during her first visit to Balkh province laid the foundation stone of the Khalid

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Multi-media training for Afghan women launched

Swedish Committee for Afghanistan is funding a 6 month multi-media training project in Balkh province in order to equip females with photography and film making skills. Tolo Services and Cultural Organization (TSCO), is implementing this project, which is funded by

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Afghan Finance Minister to visit Tajikistan to confer on mega infra projects

Addressing a ceremony at the Sher Khan dry port, Afghan Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal said he would visit Tajikistan in the near future to discuss major infrastructure projects with Tajik leaders. The projects include railroad project and power transmission

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Afghan Public Works Ministry to implement uplift projects worth USD 3.21mn

The Public Work Ministry has undertaken construction of six bridges and a road in central and northern provinces of Afghanistan. A contract to the effect was signed between the Ministry and private construction companies. Funded by the World Bank, the

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Teacher Training Academy launched in Balkh

On Tuesday, 30th March 2013, a new TVET Teacher Training Academy (TTTA) was inaugu-rated in Mazar-e Sharif in Balkh Province. The ceremony took place in the auditorium of Balkh University. The German Government is supporting Afghanistan in its effort to

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Flights suspended in Balkh due to heavy flooding

Flights have been cancelled in northern Balkh province since Tuesday as a result of heavy flood that has gushed water into the airport’s terminal and runway. Governor’s spokesman Munir Farhad acknowledged the flooding had also damaged some airport terminal equipment.

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30% decline in houses and land prices in Balkh

Residents and property dealers have expressed concerns about the aftermath of 2014. According to them, as the deadline for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan draws closer, there is likely that property prices decline drastically. Property dealers said that

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Afghan traders face problem at the Hairatan Port

Officials of the Balkh city said Afghan traders are still facing problems at the Hairatan Port, border between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, after four months of conflict. Head of the Balkh Chamber of Commerce and Industries Dr. Mohammad Hashim said exporting

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Construction of a Health Training Center in Mazar-e Sharif

On April 1st2013 a cornerstone ceremony of a new Health Training Centre for the Department of Public Health of Balkh Province took place in Mazar-e Sharif. The Minister of Public Health, H.E. Dr. Suraya Dalil, the provincial Deputy Governor of

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Construction of a Health Training Center in Mazar-e Sharif

On April 1st2013 a cornerstone ceremony of a new Health Training Centre for the Department of Public Health of Balkh Province took place in Mazar-e Sharif. The Minister of Public Health, H.E. Dr. Suraya Dalil, the provincial Deputy Governor of

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Construction of a Health Training Center in Mazar-e Sharif

On April 1st2013 a cornerstone ceremony of a new Health Training Centre for the Department of Public Health of Balkh Province took place in Mazar-e Sharif. The Minister of Public Health, H.E. Dr. Suraya Dalil, the provincial Deputy Governor of

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Construction of a Health Training Center in Mazar-e Sharif

On April 1st2013 a cornerstone ceremony of a new Health Training Centre for the Department of Public Health of Balkh Province took place in Mazar-e Sharif. The Minister of Public Health, H.E. Dr. Suraya Dalil, the provincial Deputy Governor of

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