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Thousands of Tourists Visiting the Ancient Herat City

Twenty five thousand tourists–of which 500 were foreigners from 28 different countries– visited the ancient and historical places of Herat in the past one year. Provincial cultural officials of Herat said they are striving to expand the tourism industry by

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Herat University gets new Media Operations Center

The  Herat University Faculty of Journalism has opened a new Media Operations Center (MOC) with support from the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The MOC contains classrooms for Journalism classes as well as television, radio, and print studios. These facilities allow

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Poverty reduction program kicks off in Herat

Poverty reduction programs in rural areas worth 170mn AFN have been initiated simultaneously in four districts of Herat province. Governor Rahimi called on transparency in the implementation of the programs and emphasized that qualified people must be hired for these

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Herat’s industrial park to get new facilities

Herat Governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi laid the foundation stone for three major facilities in the industrial park of the province. The facilities include the biggest wheat storage by Aria Company, a permanent exhibition hall and a new administrative building for

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Districts of Herat receive development projects

Various development projects have been completed in Adraskan, Shindand, Enjil, Ghorian and Gulran districts of Herat province. Costing 62,198,170 AFN, the 34 projects are implemented by the National Solidarity Program (NSP) of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD).

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Grape production drops in Herat

Officials of the Agriculture Department in Herat province have reported that grape production has declined by 30%. The severe winter in the beginning of the year has been cited as the main reason behind the drop in grape production. Herat

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Schools in Herat and Logar get new buildings

Work on the construction of 5 school buildings are in the process in western Herat and central Logar provinces. Three schools, facilitating 5,000 students, are being built in Farsi, Kuhansan and Pashtun Zarghon districts of Herat. Provincial Education Department spokesperson,

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Launch of 82 public service projects in Herat

As many as 82 public service projects have been launched in Herat province by the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Department of Herat with financial collaboration from the United Nations World Food Program (UNWFP). Deputy Head of the department Mohammad Qasim

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Afghan factory owners sign million in contracts after a trade fair

Factory owners in Heart signed contracts worth millions of Afghanis after a trade fair. Various products such as shoes, rugs, food, marble stones, PVC products and motorcycles were displayed at the fair that attracted many visitors, both local and international.

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Herat Factories Struggling to Compete with Imports

Around 300 factories in Herat have recently gone bankrupt or are headed for bankruptcy of around 400 which used to exist, according to the Herat Industrial Union. Lack of security, poor facilities, price dumping by neighbouring countries, and high customs

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Herat’s historical sites under attack

Residents and non-governmental organizations have complained to the government about the illegal construction of residence buildings on historical sites by power individuals. The government has yet not taken any action to address the issues. “We approached the government through our

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Iran, Pakistan hindering work on Afghanistan’s dams

As the US war in Afghanistan is in its twilight, there are fears about disputes over water resources to become causes of regional crises. Kabul is hoping to build dams and water systems to generate power—a move that have put

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Japan to donate more than USD 3mn to Herat

Japan has pledged USD 3mn and 400 thousand in aid to Herat’s municipality. The aid is aimed at urban development and urban management through the municipality. Herat’s municipal Mohammad Salim Taraki said Japanese officials in an official meeting in Turkey

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Completion of 59 development projects in Herat

Funded by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development and 10% by the National Solidarity Program, 59 uplift projects have been executed in Pashtun Zarghoon district of Herat. The Herat rural development department chairman Aaqa  Mohammad Siddiqui said the projects

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Concerns of Herat customs department over import of poor quality goods

Officials from Herat’s customs department have expressed their concerns about the illegal imports of substandard quality goods through Herat’s borders. Herat’s customs Maintenance Manager Zabiullah Ahmadzai said despite strict control from the department, poor quality goods illegally enter Herat province

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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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Dozens of liquid gas stores shut down in Herat

A number of liquid gas stores have been shut down by government authorizes for selling liquid gas at high prices. According to the Head of Herat’s Fuel and Liquid Gas, Khesraw Abdullah, a survey of the liquid gas stores was

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Expired food products torched in Herat

Afghan authorities seized tons of expired food items during the last month in the Pusht-e-Koh area of Herat City. Herat’s Public Health Director, Ghulam Saeed Rashed, said that health and municipality personnel recovered 21 tons of expired food products from

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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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Residents protest wanting Herat-Maidan road paved

Dozens of residents of Herat, Ghor, Daikundi, Bamyan and Maidan Wardak protested in front of the national assembly, demanding the government to pave the Herat-Maidan highway as soon as possible. The 700km highway starts from Herat and passes through Bamyan,

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Iranians causing hindrance to Afghanistan’s Salma Dam project

Residents of Chesht district in Herat claim that Iranians hamper the Salma Dam project by bribing the Indians who are in charge of the project. These claims come as the project has remained incomplete since the past six years. These

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Iran must expedite work on the Herat-Khwaf railroad

Governor of Herat, Daud Shah Saba, requested the advisor to Speaker Iranian Parliament, Hussain Shiekh-ul-Salam to expedite work on the Herat-Khwaf railroad. The governor underlined the importance of the project on the sidelines the “Decade of Change” conference. He called

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Kazakhstan to invest in Afghanistan

Kazakhstan announced their preparedness to invest in the infrastructure and extraction of natural resources in Herat province. Kazakhstan’s ambassador to Afghanistan Agybai Smagulov, during his visit to Herat, said Herat offers the most  suitable conditions in terms of security for

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Foundation stone-laying ceremony of a blood bank clinic in Western Afghanistan

 A blood bank is soon going to be established in the western Herat province of Afghanistan, reported officials from the Ministry of Public Health. Deputy Public Health Minister Najia Tariq, speaking at the foundation stone-laying ceremony of the clinic, said

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Goals were raining as Toofan (Storm) Harirod smashed Spinghar Bazan

RAPL press release- Toofan Harirod did not disappoint its fans. The technically and physically strong team from Herat and Western Afghanistan controlled the match versus Spinghar Bazan from the beginning on. Only 2 minutes into the game Marouf Mohammadi got

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