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Afghan traders seek alternative transit routes amid tensions with Iran and Pakistan

Afghan traders have approached the government to find alternative transit routes to carry out their businesses. This comes as Afghan traders are constantly facing problems from the neighboring countries, Iran and Pakistan. Holding a meeting in Herat city, the traders

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New Year Festival, a good opportunity for marketing Afghan products

On the days of Mila Gul-e-Surkh in Mazar-e-Sharif, sales of Afghan products witness a drastic increase. Mila Gul-e Surkh, the Red Flower Festival, is an ancient 40-day event that takes place in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif. Thousands of Afghans from

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Afghan traders accuse the government for the soaring prices

In retaliation to the government’s decision on the collection of taxes at entry points, Afghan traders protested and halted supplying goods to major cities. The number of trucks stranded at the gates has increased from 3000 to 6000, according to

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Two-fold increase in Afghanistan fruits export

Exports of Afghan fresh fruits have doubled from last year, said officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock. Afghan fruits have established a niche in the foreign markets and the demand for these fruits are on the rise. “The

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Gold rates plunge, dollar down against afghani

Pajhwok Afghan News Weekly Price Report: The prices of gold fell and that of diesel jumped in Kabul markets during the outgoing week, when rates of other daily-use commodities stayed stable, retailers sad on Thursday. One litre of diesel was

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Ready to support Afghanistan through 2014 transition and beyond-World Bank

The World Bank Group is strongly committed to helping the people of Afghanistan by promoting growth and reducing poverty during and beyond the withdrawal of Western security forces in 2014, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim said. Making his first

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Exhibition of Afghan women handicrafts in Sar-e-Pul Province

Officials of the Afghan Women Affairs Department in Sar-e-Pul province said the handicrafts by women in Sar-e-Pul province have increased by 50%with support from local and foreign agencies. Women’s handicrafts were placed for exhibition on the 8th of March. “The

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The impact of high cost of weddings on Afghan boys and girls

Lailuma, a 40 year old woman teaching at a government school, is yet single. Many would knock on her door to ask for her hand when she was in 12th grade. “My parents did not find it necessary to marry

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District Minister conducts teacher workshop for Afghan women in his home

Paktika Province-Sar Howzah District Minister of Education (DMoE), Mohammed Iqbal, organized and conducted a teacher workshop for 10 women in his home, Feb. 28-March 9. His training increased the number of teachers by 300 percent in the area.  The DMoE

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Radio station lives through director’s legacy

On the outskirts of a medium-sized town in Orgun district of Paktika stands a 200-foot symbol of freedom.  The symbol is not a statue or a memorial in the traditional sense.  To some who knew Saadim Khan, it is a memorial to

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Afghanistan’s central bank sells US dollars to Afghan money exchangers

Afghanistan’s Central Bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), sold USD 27,500,000 to Afghan money exchangers on 09 March 2013, reported Sarai Shahzada. The dollar was sold at a rate of between 53.80 and 53.83. Sarai Shahzada is Afghanistan’s largest and historical

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President Karzai seeks citizens’ participation in making Afghanistan green

Ahead of the arrival of the new spring season, President Hamid Karzai asked citizens to focus on the growth of vegetables, orchards, forests and agricultural lands. He urged the citizens and farmers to make more efforts in keeping Afghanistan green

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ACCI calls for a national policy that addresses regional transit problems

The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) urged the government to enforce a national policy that incorporates a national transit strategy. Lack of a national transit strategy has complicated the more regional problems related to transport, ultimately impacting businesses

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New Kabul Bank CEO sentenced to 3 years in prison

New Kabul Bank’s Chief Executive Officer Massoud Mossa Ghazi received a three year’s imprisonment, after being alleged by the Kabul Bank special tribunal for illegal transfer of USD 5.8mn to a bank account of the former chairman of Kabul Bank

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Pakita farmers receive 28 tractors

Twenty eight tractors, worth USD 840,000, were granted to farmers in Paktia with financial collaboration from Disbandment of Illegal Armed Groups (DIAG) and the Ministry of Counternarcotic. According to the Pajhwok Afghan News, the Disbandment of Illegal Armed Group (DIAG)

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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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Providing the Homes of 750 Families with Clean Water in Balkh City

On Wednesday, 6th March, construction of a new water supply system in Balkh City has begun. The homes of around 750 families will be connected to the water supply system. Five in access points in public places will be additionally

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Celebration of International Women's Day in Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh Province

On March 6th 2013 the celebration of International Women’s Day took place in Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh Province. The Secretary of the Provincial Council, Mrs. Shekiba Shekeb, the acting Director of the Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs, Mrs. Rabia Moradi, were

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Celebration of International Women’s Day in Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh Province

On March 6th 2013 the celebration of International Women’s Day took place in Mazar-e Sharif, Balkh Province. The Secretary of the Provincial Council, Mrs. Shekiba Shekeb, the acting Director of the Provincial Department of Women’s Affairs, Mrs. Rabia Moradi, were

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Afghan businessmen exempted from intercity transit fees

By Qiam Noori-The council of ministers recently announced that no governmental institution is allowed to collect intercity transit fees from Afghan merchants. The high-ranking council says mayors of the provinces are allowed to collect transit fees, only if the merchants

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ADB pledges USD 200mn for Afghanistan’s power projects

Asian Development Bank’s country director Joji Tokeshi signed an agreement with Afghan Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal on donating USD 200mn for power projects in Afghanistan. The projects, including power transmission and distribution grid development, are to be implemented in northern,

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Ministry of Finance rejects Kabul Bank’s only bid

Kabul Bank’s only bid offered by a local consortium known as MTZ was rejected by the Ministry of Finance, as the firm’s plans were not consistent with the current banking system.  The officials said new recommendations would be submitted to

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Afghanistan’s natural resources are in danger

Herat’s Directorate of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock held a conference on the introduction, conservation and development of natural resourced with collaboration from the United Nations Development Program-UNDP. According to the directorate’s officials, interventions from the neighboring countries and insecurity have

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Dam and other Afghanistan projects being scaled back as U.S. picks up pace of withdrawal

By Rajiv Chandrasekaran- The Washington Post When U.S. Marines surged into southern Afghanistan in 2010, one of their top priorities was to secure a towering dam on the Helmand River so the U.S. Agency for International Development could begin a

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Sequestration Threatens Afghanistan Reconstruction Effort

Professional Overseas Contractors (POC)-The Afghanistan Security Forces Fund and the Economic Support Fund for Afghanistan have roughly $6 billion in un-obligated money from the past two years, enough to cover that country’s projects through 2014, according to the Special Inspector

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