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Afghanistan Taliban shadow district chief, 14 fighters killed in special operations in Nangarhar,


KABUL: Taliban shadow district chief for Hesarak district of Nangarhar province along with 14 fighters killed in special operations of the special forces last night, Nangarhar governor press office said thursday.Abdul Hassan, who was working as Taliban shadow district chief for Hesarak district, was killed last night in night raids by the Afghan Special forces in two separate operations in ... Read More »

Afghanistan from trade and transit perspective


  KABUL: In this episode of Bazar host Nargis Mosavi discusses the two key points in the Afghanistan–Uzbekistan transit agreement, the Lajaward agreement, and how local investors can expand business in Afghanistan. With the signing of a trade and transit agreement between Afghanistan and Uzbekistan, Afghanistan will have the opportunity to increase imports of Chinese products through Uzbekistan. In the ... Read More »

ADB pledges $150m for energy project


  KABUL: The Asian Development Bank has pledged to donate $150 million USD for the power transmission line from Turkmenistan to Pakistan through Afghanistan. Officials from the bank said they will provide technical assistance as well as financial assistance to the three countries. “Next year, the ADB hopes to provide support for TAP which is an energy transmission line and ... Read More »

Chabahar could replace Karachi as country’s key port


  KABUL: The Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI) on Monday said Chabahar port, in south eastern Iran, could become Afghanistan’s primary sea port as it is only 550km from Afghanistan – opposed to Pakistan’s Karachi port which is over 800km from the country’s closest border. In addition to this, Chabahar offers special privileges as it is a free trade ... Read More »

Afghanistan sends 981tons of fruit to India


  KABUL:  The Office of the President said in a statement that the latest air cargo flight left Kandahar Airport on Friday, carrying at least 40 tons of fruit. Afghanistan has sent 981 tons of fresh and dried fruit to India through the Afghan-India Air Corridor Program since June 18, the Office of the Senior Advisor to the President on ... Read More »

Parliament approves mid-year budget


  KABUL: The Wolesi Jirga, Lower House of Parliament, on Monday approved the mid-year budget despite some concerns among lawmakers about the amendments. MPs said the amendments in the budget are related to money being allocated to newly established organizations. They argued that the budget was not transparent and that in some cases the allocations made are against the law. ... Read More »

Electricity shortage affects industrial parks


KABUL: Factory owners from an industrial parks in Kabul said lack of electricity, in a long term, has affected their products as they have “only eight hours of power” every day. The investors told TOLOnews that they are damaged thousands of dollars with each break of electricity during the day. “When the electricity goes off for some while, the plastic ... Read More »

Turkish Airlines signs deal with Carpet Union


  KABUL: A Turkish airline has agreed to fly Afghan carpets to 300 destinations at a discounted rate of 50 percent. The agreement was signed between Carpet Producers Union of Afghanistan and Turkish Airlines in Kabul. Afghan businessmen will be charged $2.5 USD per kilogram to transport their carpets to European countries. The carpets will reach their destinations within three ... Read More »

Afghanistan Imports 40% Of Medicine ‘Illegally’


  KABUL: Medicine Importers Union says Afghanistan ‘legally’ imports pharmaceutical products worth $700 million on annual basis. The Medicine Importers Union claims that at least 40 percent of medicine and medical equipment enter the country’s markets ‘illegally’ while many of the pharmaceutical products have a bad quality. Members of the union also claimed that a number of government organization are ... Read More »

MPs oppose 10% tax levy on mobile phone users


  KABUL: Members of the telecommunication commission of parliament found the mobile phone tax collection process to be flawed and voted to scrap the levy system. The majority of MPs in the Wolesi Jirga on Wednesday voted against the 10 percent tax levy against mobile phone users – a levy introduced in 2015. Members of the Wolesi Jirga’s Telecommunication Commission, ... Read More »

Cost of internet services could drop by up to 80 percent


  KABUL: The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology says cost of internet services and the quality will improve based on the new plan. The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) is working on a draft plan, suggested by the president, to lower the cost of internet services to the public. According to the MCIT spokesman, Najib Nangiyal, the ... Read More »

Turkmen delegation in Kabul to discuss power projects


  KABUL: The Turkmen delegation will also discuss a proposed project to carry electricity through Afghanistan to Pakistan. A high-level delegation from Turkmenistan arrived in Kabul on Sunday to assess power export needs to Afghanistan and to discuss Afghanistan-Turkmenistan joint power projects, energy and water ministry officials confirmed. Officials from the Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) said the delegation, ... Read More »

Finance ministry, SIGAR seize 45kg of ‘illegal’ gold


  KABUL: The minister of finance says the smuggling of gold is an ongoing problem and measures will be taken to fight the issue. The Ministry of Finance with the help of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) has seized 45kgs of gold that was due to be smuggled out of the country, the Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi ... Read More »

Donor countries support Afghanistan’s plans at SOM


  KABUL: The Afghan Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi said the donor countries supported the Afghan government’s plans for delivering its promises made to the international community at the third Senior Official Meeting (SOM) in Kabul. Hakimi told reporters at a press conference on Friday that the Kabul administration has had good achievements in delivering on its commitments made to the ... Read More »

90,000 tonnes of fuel imported ‘illegally’ into Afghanistan


  KABUL: The Fuel and Gas Importers Union claims that fuel worth over $1 billion USD has been imported without taxes and customs duties being paid. Expressing concern over an increase in the smuggling of fuel into the country, the Fuel and Gas Importers Union said thousands of tons of fuel and gas is being brought in illegally. The union ... Read More »

Kabul municipality boosts road construction projects


KABUL: The acting Kabul mayor, Abdullah Habibzai, who briefed media and the public on his activities from the past 14 months said the income of the municipality has increased and that the institution has started work on many raod and canal construction projects in the city. According to him, 184 kilometers of road and more than 25 kilometers of water ... Read More »

Illegal mining poses security challenge to Afghanistan: EU


  KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani’s Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar Danish on Wednesday said illegal mining posed serious threats to Afghanistan’s national security and stability. European Union Head of Delegation Ambassador Pierre Mayaudon said illegal mining in the country has been fueling insurgency and that the EU was committed to helping Afghanistan curb the problem. On Wednesday, the European Union ... Read More »

India, Afghanistan prepare for major trade show


  KABUL: Afghanistan and India are set to hold a joint trade and investment show in the Indian capital of New Delhi next week, as India seeks to step up its partnership with Afghanistan as a major investment partner. The trade show, sponsored by the US and hosted by India, will be inaugurated by Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah ... Read More »

Kabul gets 121 cold storage units for onions


KABUL: Char Asyab farmers said they harvest on average 100,000 tons of onions a year but of this at least 40 percent rots before being sold. Over 100 cold storage units have been established in five districts of Kabul for onions, officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL) said on Wednesday. According to Assadullah Zamir, minister of ... Read More »

Russians to visit Kabul to assess investment prospects


KABUL: The Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) on Monday said a high-ranking delegation of Russian officials will visit Kabul in October to discuss investment opportunities in the country. According to ACCI, Russia is interested in investing in Afghanistan in the field of infrastructure, construction and power generation. At a recent meeting between ACCI officials and Russian embassy staff ... Read More »