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EU demands Afghan government to tackle corruption

The European Union (EU) has called on the government to take necessary steps towards curtaining corruption and ensuring aid money is being spent on what is intended. This comes just day after Afghanistan was ranked in the top three most

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Dubai named the world's leading travel spot

Dubai was named the world’s top travel spot at the 20th edition of the World Travel Awards held in Dubai. According to the world’s travel elite — CEOs of travel agencies, travel experts, tourism board officers and executives — the

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Dubai named the world’s leading travel spot

Dubai was named the world’s top travel spot at the 20th edition of the World Travel Awards held in Dubai. According to the world’s travel elite — CEOs of travel agencies, travel experts, tourism board officers and executives — the

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Construction work on two water dams begins in Baghlan

Construction work of two water dams has begun in Baghlan province. Funded by the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry, the projects are being implemented in Gardoob and Dahan Zou villages of Tala wa Barfak district. According to Ministry’s

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SIGAR re-opens probe of Afghanistan's USD 34M "White Elephant"

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko is reopening probe into the USD 34 million military facility of Camp Leatherneck, known as “White Elephant”, built in southwestern Afghanistan by the Pentagon. According to Fox News, the initial investigation

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SIGAR re-opens probe of Afghanistan’s USD 34M “White Elephant”

Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko is reopening probe into the USD 34 million military facility of Camp Leatherneck, known as “White Elephant”, built in southwestern Afghanistan by the Pentagon. According to Fox News, the initial investigation

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Insights and inspirations shared at TEDx Kabul event to revive Afghans

A diverse group of local thought leaders from academia, civil activists and business community was presented at the TEDx Kabul event to share their passion and discuss their visions for the world. TEDx Kabul is modeled after the famous TED

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Corruption in Afghanistan is mostly caused by foreigners-Afghan journalists

Afghanistan is ranked one of the most corrupt nations yet again by the monitoring organization called Transparency International in its annual report of Corruption Perception Index. The ranking of the countries is based on data collected from the World Bank,

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Optimism about future increases among Afghans

According to the Asia Foundation’s 9th annual public opinion survey,  Afghanistan in 2013: A Survey of the Afghan People, more than half of Afghans (57%) say the country is moving in the right direction, the highest number in more than

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Russia offers oil to Afghanistan at a discounted rate

Russia has agreed to sell oil to Afghanistan at a discounted price of USD 95 on each ton of oil and USD 55 on each ton of diesel fuel. Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries approached Russia for an oil

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Afghanistan to play Pakistan in a friendly cricket match in UAE

The Afghan National Cricket Team will play Pakistan on Sunday in the United Arab Emirates. The match will be part of a preparation program for the World Cup next year. According to Afghan Cricket Board officials, such matches outside of

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ADB pledges USD 1 billion to support Afghanistan's energy sector

Addressing the international academic seminar on Energy Security of Afghanistan and Region held in Kabul, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director Joji Tokeshi said ADB had pledged USD 1 billion to finance Afghanistan’s energy sector. “In the power subsector, generation

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ADB pledges USD 1 billion to support Afghanistan’s energy sector

Addressing the international academic seminar on Energy Security of Afghanistan and Region held in Kabul, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director Joji Tokeshi said ADB had pledged USD 1 billion to finance Afghanistan’s energy sector. “In the power subsector, generation

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ADB grants USD 100 million to improve Afghanistan’s irrigation system

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is extending a grant of $100 million to help Afghanistan improve its aging irrigation systems as part of a government plan to promote economic growth and reduce poverty. The grant fund is being provided through

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Inauguration of Technical Teacher Training Academy in Kabul

The new Technical Teacher Training Academy (TTTA) was inaugurated in Kabul on 4 December 2013 by Asif Nang, Deputy Minister for Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) of Afghanistan, and Martin Jäger, Ambassador of Germany in Kabul. From 2014 onwards,

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Afghans showcase locally produced goods in Paktia

An exhibition aimed at finding a suitable market for locally produced goods has been held in Paktia province. Featuring handicrafts, agricultural products and food items, the exhibition is organized by the Stability in Key Area (SIKA) program. Paktia Chamber of

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Over 1,200 civil servants certified for administrative work in Kunduz

1,293 civil servants from 16 line departments and members of the Provincial Council in Kunduz successfully passed a 12-month course implemented by the Independent Administrative Reform & Civil Service Commission (IARCSC). The participants were coached in various fields: Administrative Management,

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Kandahar collects 900 million AFN in revenue this year

Kandahar revenue department has collected over 900 million AFN in revenue from local businesses and shopkeepers this year, compared to last year’s 836 million AFN. The province was unable to generate sufficient revenue in the past due to absence of

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Kabul hosts the first ever India-Afghanistan Innovation Partnership Fair

The first ever India-Afghanistan Innovation Partnership Fair is convened in Q-Kabul Hotel from 4th to 5th December with collaboration from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and in coordination with the Indian Embassy in Afghanistan. Organized by the

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Afghanistan participates in Azerbaijan IT exhibition for the first time

Afghan industrialists participated in the 19th Azerbaijan International Telecommunication and IT Exhibition and Conference for the first time in this history of Afghanistan industry. Featuring 300 companies from 28 countries, the event is held in the central capital Baku. The

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Afghanistan, Somalia, N.Korea lead corruption index

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada- The Berlin-based corruption watchdog, Transparency International, in its latest Corruption Perceptions Index has revealed that Afghanistan is among the three nations with the world’s highest degree of corruption as perceived by analysts and business leaders. The Transparency

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Afghan footballer Arash Hatefi scores for Mumbai FC

By Ahmadshah Ghanizada- Afghan footballer Arash Hatefi shined for Mumbai Football Club – Mumbai FC during the 12th match of I-League against East Bengal. The Mumbai FC defeated East Bengal 3-2 to register their first home win, with Arash Hatefi

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Risk billions of dollars of aid or sign security pact, Karzai is warned

Afghanistan’s future stability and development is tied to the outcome of the Bilateral Security Pact, which President Hamid Karzai is tenaciously refusing to sign, despite receiving approval from the 2,500-member Loya Jirga. NATO and US officials in Brussels warned Afghan

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Germany to invest in Jawzjan gas fields

According to Pajhwok Afghan News (PAN), Germany has expressed willingness to invest in gas fields in Shiberghan, the capital of Jawzjan province. German Counsel Karl Leiberman accompanied by delegation of German experts visited gas fields to assess the deposits and

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Afghanistan, India and Iran to ink transit agreement

A transit agreement is due to be signed between Afghanistan, India and Iran. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, the Afghan government remains committed to work with Iran and India to finalize the transit agreement in a bid

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