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A military base in Helmand is being turned into economic zone

The Shurab Military Base in southern Helmand province is being turned into one of the eight economic zones in the country. President Ashraf Ghani had assigned a special commission to create eight economic zones in the country. One of those

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Ban on Pakistani currency proves to be a success in Kandahar

Kandahar has witnessed the lowest usage of Pakistani Rupee in the past few weeks following the imposition of a ban on the foreign currency. A staunch campaign against Pakistani currency was launched throughout the province to help boost the value

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Electricity remains consistent in Kandahar City and Lashkar Gah during summer upgrades to Kajaki

Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), the national electricity utility company of Afghanistan, informs its customers that beginning August 10 the power that Kandahar and Lashkar Gah residents are receiving comes from an alternative source of fuel purchased by DABS to

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ADB funds construction of Gereshk-Lashkargah road in Helmand

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is funding construction of the Gereshk-Lashkargah road in southern Helmand province. Work on the USD 33.7mn project officially kicked off on Friday, as confirmed by the officials. The project will connect 300 villages with Gereshk

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Agriculture Ministry promises agro projects for Helmand province

Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Minister Asadullah Zamir announced on Thursday that agriculture projects worth 500mn Afghanis would be launched in southern Helmand province. Addressing a press conference, Minister Zamir said the projects included green houses, 500 pistachio orchards, water dams,

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Improved wheat seeds distributed to farmers in Helmand province

Afghan government has begun distribution of improved wheat seeds to farmers in southern Helmand province. According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), the seeds had been processed in the Research Farm in Lashkargah, the provincial capital. The objective behind the seed

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Breshna Company collects only 50% of electricity bills in Helmand

Afghanistan’s national power utility, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), manages to collect only 50% of electricity bills in southern Helmand province. DABS official Mirwais Alemi said half of the company’s income from electricity bills in Helmand was lost, as there

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2 dams to be built in Helmand and Kandahar provinces

Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water has earmarked USD 103mn for construction of two dams in southern Afghanistan: one in Spin Boldak border town of Kandahar and one in the Nahri Saraj district of Helmand province. A senior Ministry official

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Agricultural projects worth USD 100mn on the cards for Helmand province

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MoAIL) has undertaken plans for execution of agriculture and livestock projects worth USD 100mn in southern Helmand province. Distribution of saffron corms to farmers in 11 districts is part of the scheme. MoAIL’s provincial

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New electricity billing system introduced in Helmand

A new power billing system has been introduced in Helmand province to help with timely payments of bills in the province. This comes as many customers including government departments defaulted on paying bills, resulting in a huge outstanding amount of

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Afghan men and women complete vocational training courses in Helmand

As many as 4,500 Afghans completed vocational training courses on English language, computer science, tailoring and electronic skills in Helmand province. Funded by the UK government, the 16 training centers were offered to both men and women in the provincial

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USD 6.5mn worth of development projects being implemented in Helmand

Eighty-five uplift projects would be implemented over next nine months at a total cost of USD 6.5mn in Musa Qala, Sangin, Grishk, Nad Ali, Nawa, Marja and Garamser districts of Helmand province. Funded by the UK government, the projects include

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Uplift projects to be launched soon in Helmand

Work on the construction of three projects that had been delayed several times would be launched soon in southern Helmand province, said an official. Helmand Governor Mohammad Naeem said the projects include construction of Kajaki power dam, a cotton factory

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Afghanistan’s cache of rare earth elements suspected to be larger than latest estimates

Geologists actually mapping the country’s mineral bounty suspect its prime cache of coveted rare earth elements is considerably larger than the latest estimate lets on Recent exploration of rare volcanic rocks in the rugged, dangerous desert of southern Afghanistan has identified world-class

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Reconstruction projects completed in Lashkargah

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a number of reconstruction projects have been completed in Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province. According to the city’s Mayor Mohammad Fazil Safi, the projects included construction of roads,

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Helmandis stage protest, demand government to solve their problems

Hundreds of residents from Helmand gathered in front of the Ministry of Water and Energy on Saturday, demanding the government to address their problems. The residents spoke of their problems to the media and said the government has not paid

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Spring tree-plantation drive inaugurated in Helmand

Helmand’s governor Mohammad Naeem planted an ornamental tree in Helmand province to kick off the spring tree-plantation drive. Various non-government organizations (NGOs), including Roots of Peace, provided 135,000 ornamental and fruit-bearing saplings to the agriculture department of Helmand this year.

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Most of 800,000 People with Disabilities in Afghanistan are Uneducated and Unemployed

By Ahmad Masoud- Afghanistan is one of the most mine contaminated countries in the world. It is believed that there are still about a million mines in the country, killing and maiming hundreds of people every year. According to media

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Youth Detention Center inaugurated in Helmand

Constructed at a cost of USD 917,000 provided by the British forces, a youth detention center was inaugurated in southern Helmand province on Tuesday. According to the Justice Director Mohammad Tayeb Atal, there are currently 5 boys and 45 girls

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Kandahar residents frustrated over power blackouts

Despite the improvements brought to the electricity distribution system in Kandahar, residents of the city still have complaints about power shortages and accuse the authorities for failing to provide them enough electricity. According to the Deputy Director of Water and

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America wants the construction of Kajaki dam to be completed by 2015

With the withdrawal date of foreign forces drawing closer, the United States of America is considering to initiate the construction of one of the major infrastructure projects in Helmand province. The project is the Kajaki dam project which was envisaged

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33 schools in Helmand’s Garamser district reopen

The Pajhwok Afghan News reports the reopening of 33 schools in Garamser district of Helmand province that were shut down due to the rebels fighting in the area. Nearly 8,100 students, including 636 girls, are studying in the schools across

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Helmand farmers in search of foreign markets for their products

Cotton, saffron, raisin and almond are the common agricultural products in southern Helmand. Director of agriculture in Helmand, Eng. Abdullah Ahmadzai, said his department is making efforts to look for foreign markets for the agricultural products of Helmand. Mr. Ahmadzai

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Khanshen sees no reconstruction works despite security improvement

The security issue in the Khanshen district in southern Helmand province has improved, but uplift projects are yet to be implemented. According to the Pajhwok Afghan News, 158 policemen are deployed in the district with an additional 100 policemen from

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Residents complain about the quality of the newly built road in Helmand

Residents and officials complained that the 22km road linking Lashkargah with Nawa district in southern Helmand province is constructed with using substandard materials. Costing USD 7.5mn, the road is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Director

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