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Afghan Transit Trade Starts at Gwadar Port

Afghan Transit Trade officially starts at Gwadar port after arrival of first ship carrying an Afghan shipment on Tuesday. The shipment included 20-food containers containing 54 tons of bagged fertilizers, which would be transported to Afghanistan through the Afghan-Pak border

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15% Hike In Kandahar’s Raisin Production

Officials of the Afghan Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock in Kandahar province have reported a 15% hike in the province’s raisin production. With the establishment of new raisin houses in the province 35,000 tons of raisins have been produced

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Afghan Government Receives Over $11mn In Revenues from ATRA

The Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) has transferred 878 million Afghanis ($11.3mn) to the special account of the Ministry of Finance to be spent through the national budget. These revenues come from a 2.5% on the net incomes of the

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Marble Production Up By 57% in Maidan Wardak Province

Production of marble has increased by 57% in Maidan Wardan province, the Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum reports. In an interview with Voice of America (VoA), the ministry’s spokesperson Abdul Qadir Mutfi said the province has produced over 46,000

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Iran Assures Recent Tensions with US Will Not Affect Chabahar Port Project

The Iranian Ambassador to India, Dr. Ali Chegeni, has assured that the recent political tension between Iran and the US over the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani will not affect the Chabahar port project. “Chabahar Port is a symbol

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Afghanistan Begins Extraction Work On 10 Mines

The Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum reported about extraction of 10 mines around the country. In an interview with Radio Liberty, ministry’s spokesperson Abdul Qadir Mutfi said the mines selected for extraction mostly consist of construction materials (talc, marbles,

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33% Hike In Afghanistan’s Exports As A Result OfAir Corridors

Afghanistan has exported over 11,000 tons of goods worth more than $238 million, comprised of fresh and dry fruits, natural herbs, handicrafts, rugs, sheep skin, vegetables and saffron to international markets since the inauguration of the very first air corridor

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Preliminary Survey & Route Map of Casa-1000 Completed

Construction work of the Central Asia-South Asia power project (CASA-1000) is going to begin soon. In an exclusive interview with Radio Liberty, Afghan Ministry of Energy and Water spokesperson, Seyar Nikzad, said the construction work involves excavation for foundation, installation

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Railway Agreement Signed Between Afghanistan and Tajikistan

The Afghan Ministry of Transport has signed the agreement on the establishment of a railroad between Afghanistan and Tajikistan. The agreement was signed between Mohammad Yama Shams, head of the Afghanistan Railway Authority, and Khudayar Khudayaarzada, Tajikistan’s Minister of Transport,

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Almond Production Up By 12.5% In Kunduz Province

According to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), almond production in Kunduz has increased by 12.5%.  This year’s almond  yield has reached 6,398.4 tons compared to last year’s 5,687.5 tons.  “This year Kunduz has seen an

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Afghan Government Issues Two Decrees To Help Combat Kabul Air Pollution

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani signed two decrees that will help combat Kabul’s deadly air pollution.  The first decree is making standard filtering systems obligatory for the heating systems of towers and “shahraks”. And, the second is banning the combustion of

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Cotton Production Up By 21% In Afghanistan

According to figures from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MAIL), cotton production has increased by 21% across 17 provinces of Afghanistan.  The cotton production has reached to 73,119 tons this year compared to last year’s figure of 57,450

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A New Airport To Be Built In Nangarhar

A new airport is going to be built in Nangarhar province in the next eight months after completion of the preliminary studies.  The contract for the preliminary studies of the project worth 56 million Afghanis is signed with an Italian

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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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