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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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Balkh’s economic achievements in 1391

Balkh Governor Atta Mohammad Noor said Balkh’s revenue had witnessed a 35% increase last year. Several reconstruction projects were successfully implemented. The city airport—named after Maulana Mohammad Jalaluddin Balkhi—had been renovated at ac ost of USD 45mn, with Germany contributing

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SCA female teachers leave for training in Pakistan

A number of 16 female teachers and consultants of community based and model schools left for Karachi, Pakistan Tuesday, 19 February on a ten-day professional training and study visits to similar schools. Education programme of Swedish Committee for Afghanistan selected

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Resource Center for Afghan women in Balkh

A Women’s Resource Center was inaugurated in Balkh on Tuesday to help Afghan women seek education in English language and internet usage. Many girls and women in the city had remained deprived of seeking such education, as their family would

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20,000 individuals receive education annually in Balkh province

Officials of the Education Department in Balkh said people’s interest in reading and writing in Balkh province has increased drastically, with 35% of the population being literate. Yearly, twenty thousand individuals turn to reading and writing. Qais Mehr Ayein, Head

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Insecurity hampers developments projects in Balkh districts

A number of districts in northern Balkh district are witnessing security problems that hamper the implementation of uplift projects. Representatives of 14 district development councils gathered to review the uplift schemes being executed in different areas. Speaking at the gathering,

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“Powerful people have a hand in corruption”

Officials of the anti-corruption department in northern Afghanistan claim that those involved in corruption are powerful people who have connections from the lowest to the highest authorities that the department cannot fight against. Head of the Department Shamsullah Javed said

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GIZ training Afghan jewelers

The German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) has provided trainings to Afghan jewelers and carving industry in reaching the international standards of jewelry making and carving, processing precious stones from Afghanistan mines, standardizing methods of cutting, and using of small

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USD 3.2bn allocated for development projects in the next budget

The draft for development budget was presented on Monday to the Meshrano Jirga, which inquired the three ministries about their plans for the next year. In the new budget, USD 148mn has been allocated to the Ministry of Agriculture, USD

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Japan’s million dollar aid to Afghanistan’s agriculture sector

Finance Minister Hazrat Omar Zakhilwal signed the USD 18.5mn contract with Hiroshi Takashi, Japan’s ambassador to Afghanistan, and the Head of the Asian Development Bank, Joji Tokeshi, on Wednesday. The aid money is allocated for construction of cold storage rooms,

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Inauguration of a new building for Balkh’s economics department

According to the German Development Cooperation officials, a new building for economics department of Balkh city in Mazar-e-Sharif is inaugurated. Built in accordance to international standards, the building consists of financial audit center, anti-corruption department and administrative training office for

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International conference on strengthening trade between Central Asia and Afghanistan

An international conference aimed at strengthening trade between central Asian countries and Afghanistan was held in Balkh, Mazar-e-Sharif. More than 70 economic and business experts and representatives from the United Nations Economic and Social Commission attended the conference. Behzad Rahmatov,

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3 companies shortlisted for oil extraction in Afghanistan

Minister of Mines Waheedullah Shahrani announced on Monday that bids from companies of Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey have been shortlisted for a major oil and gas exploration project in the Tajik Basin in northern Afghanistan. The companies

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Government development packages dedicated to districts in Afghanistan

Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Counter Narcotics and Minister of Rural Development are jointly releasing development packages to a number of districts in Afghanistan. District of Bahsood in Nangarhar, Kaama, Kashm, and a number of regions in Balkh and Parwan

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Electrical substation to be built in Balkh

Officials of the Ministry of Energy and Water have informed of the construction of a new power substation in in the Khulm District of Balkh. Minister of Energy and Water Mohammad Ismail Khan said the substation will be built at

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UN to help Afghanistan combat the effects of climate change

The United Nations (UN) would assist Afghanistan with fighting the adverse effects of climate change. United Nations Environment Department announced the implementation of a USD 6mn program in coordination with the Afghan government. The program would be implemented in the

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Rabia Balkhi-The female pioneer in the New Persian Poetry

Known for her beauty and for being the female pioneer in the New Persian Poetry, Rabia Balkhi was born in a royal family and was a native of Balkh in Khorasan (which is now in Afghanistan). Her father, Ka’b al-Quzdari,

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