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3 Afghan Women Among Forbes List Of 30 under 30 Asia 2019

These outstanding women are:  Three Afghan women are among the 300  entrepreneurs and game-changers in this year’s edition of Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list. The winners were chosen from over 2,000 entries, heavily researched by a team of reporters and vetted

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American University of Afghanistan Could Shut Down Next Year Due to Funding Cuts

American-based news agency CNN has reported that the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) could shut down next year if the US government cuts funds. Established in 2006, AUAF is the country’s only nationally accredited, private, not-for-profit and co-educational university. It

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Republic of Korea Contributes $1mn To Improve Food Security Through Soy Production in Afghanistan

The World Food Program (WFP) welcomes a $1 million (₩1.18 billion; AFN78.2 million) contribution from the Republic of Korea to go towards improving household food security and nutrition through strengthening soya production in Afghanistan. Some 2,400 smallholder family farmers –

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Afghan Gov’t Fines Presidential Candidates With Less Than 10% of Votes

Ten of the fourteen candidates that had run for presidency are going to be fined by the Afghan government, as per the law.  Each candidate was required to pay a deposit of 100,000 to the state bank as a guarantee

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Afghan Saffron Ranked 1st In The World For The 8th Year

Afghan Saffron products have been ranked first for the eighth consecutive year by the International Taste and Quality Institute, an international institute based in Brussels.  Saffron, dubbed as the “red gold”, is cultivated in 33 out of 34 provinces of

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Afghanistan Comes To The Rescue As Onion Prices Skyrocket in India

Afghanistan has exported at least 10,000 tons of onion in the past two months to India, following the soaring prices of onion in the neighboring country.  According to sources from India, monsoon rains caused severe damage to the unharvested crop

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8 out of 54 Afghan Gov’t Institutions Spend Less Than 50% of Budget

According to figures from the Ministry of Finance, eight out of a total of 54 government institutions have spent less than 50% of their development budget. The National Authority for Disaster Management is the only government institution that has spent

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Over 600,000 Afghan Women to Attain Self-Sufficiency in Next Four Years Through Agriculture

Afghan Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Nasir Ahmad Durrani announced Tuesday that over 600,000 women would become self-reliant through an economic empowerment program in agriculture. The program includes nursery farms, greenhouses, processing agricultural products, distribution of poultry farms, bee

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Social Media Activists in Nangarhar Campaign Against Use of Pakistani Rupees

The residents of Nangarhar, particularly social media activists, have started campaigns against use of Pakistani rupees in the province. Bordering with Pakistan, Nangarhar province commonly uses Pakistani currency which has had an adverse effect on the value of Afghani. The

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Goldman Sachs CEO Rides Subway & Works as DJ on the Side

The Chief Executive Officer of Goldman Sachs—one of the world’s leading global investment banking, isn’t a regular  CEO. He likes to take the subway to work, get his own coffee at work and performs as classic rock DJ at nightclubs

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Afghan Film “A Letter to the President” Wins at SAARC Film Festival

“A Letter to the President”, Afghan film directed by Roya Sadat, won the best Screenplay Award at the 9th SAARC film festival held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The movie is recognized “For its courage to finally speak the truth about

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Bayat Power Launches Afghanistan’s First New Gas Power Plant in 40 Years

Bayat Power has launched Afghanistan’s first new gas power based production plant in more than 40 years and the region’s most technologically advanced gas fired electric power plant.  Built and led by Afghans, Bayat Power-1 will generate up to 41 megawatts of

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Afghanistan to Require $6bn-$8bn a Year in Grants Following Peace Negotiations

Afghanistan will need continued financial support from the international community following a potential political settlement, says a new World Bank report that examines the country’s overall medium-term financing needs under a range of political and economic scenarios. The World Bank

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Japan Contributes $7mn to Support Children & Mother’s Health in Afghanistan

The Government of Japan has donated USD 7 million in support of UNICEF’s drive to provide life-saving vaccines, addressing urgent needs and rights of Afghanistan’s children and women. This new grant will enable government of Afghanistan, UNICEF and its partners to

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2019 Survey of the Afghan People Reveals Citizens Support Peace Talks with Taliban

Today, The Asia Foundation-Afghanistan, with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched the 15th annual Survey of the Afghan People (the Survey). First launched in 2004, this year the Survey gathered the opinions of more than

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Entrepreneur of the Month: Zuhal Atmar

Zuhal Atmar, 35, has taken on the task of making Kabul green by setting up a recycling plant where she processes 33 tons of garbage a week.  She is the first woman in Afghanistan to have launched such a business,

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