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MCIT’s tax collection process slow in getting off ground

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  KABUL: The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) on Sunday said although the ministry has made numerous efforts, it has still not managed to launch the Real Time Dynamics Monitoring System (Timer) to monitor telecommunication tax collection. The Afghan government introduced a 10 percent tax on telecommunication services last year. Four months ago the MCIT said the ministry ... Read More »

Cargo flights resume between Afghanistan, India

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KABUL: Traders have said that problems have largely been resolved and over 80 tons of fresh fruit flew out of Kabul on Thursday for India. After a 17-day delay, the fifth cargo flight carrying over 80 tons of fresh fruit left Afghanistan’s Hamid Karzai International Airport on Thursday, bringing new hope that flights between Afghanistan and India will now take ... Read More »

Ministry under fire for not fixing highways

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KABUL: Motorists on Monday raised concerns about the poor condition of a number of highways, despite government having approved budgets to repair them eight months ago. The highways in question include the Kabul-Kandahar highway, the Salang-Kabul highway and the Kabul-Jalalabad highway. Motorists accused government of being negligent in maintaining these key routes. But the Ministry of Public Works (MoPW) said ... Read More »

India, World Bank willing to invest in Kabul’s Shahtoot dam

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KABUL: India and the World Bank (WB) have shown interest in investing in Afghanistan’s Shahtoot water dam project,  the minister of water and energy Ali Ahmad Osmani said on Thursday. This willingness comes amid the country’s dire need for foreign investments in energy production from domestic resources. Osmani said the economic and technical survey of the project was wrapped up ... Read More »

18 tonnes of Kunduz melons rot in Tajikistan

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  KABUL: Footage received by TOLOnews shows that 18 tons of melons from Kunduz province for export to Russia is rotting in Tajikistan because it is not being permitted to reach the intended Russian markets. The melons were supposed to be exported to Russia through Tajikistan, but the cargo stopped for six days in Tajikistan and was not allowed to ... Read More »

Kabul municipality blasted over incomplete road project

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KABUL: Residents in Kabul’s PD4 on Wednesday blasted the Kabul Municipality for stopping the construction of Parwan-e-Sewom road only a month after its inauguration. They also said that the construction of ditches and culverts alongside the road have been terminated. However officials from Kabul municipality have pledged to resume work on the project within a week. Motorists using the route ... Read More »

ISPs asked to improve services, upgrade to 4G

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KABUL: MoCIT also asked telecommunications companies to expand their services so that all areas in the country have internet access. The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MoCIT) has asked all telecommunications companies in Afghanistan to upgrade their current 3G internet services to 4G. The ministry also called on the telecommunications companies to make sure that communication services reach remote ... Read More »

Municipal, transport revenue collection center planned

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KABUL: The presidential palace on Monday said based on the decision of the High Economic Council, government plans to establish a center through which the income of municipalities and the transport sector will be collected. According to the presidential palace, they are trying to establish the center as soon as possible in order to avoid extortion on the highways. The ... Read More »

Kam air purchases airbus a340 ‘to boost aviation industry

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KABUL: Afghanistan’s one of prominent private aviation companies, Kam Air, has purchased a new Airbus A340 airliner as part of its efforts to boost the aviation industry in the country, officials of the company said. The Airbus A340 is a long-range, four-engine, wide-body commercial passenger jet airliner developed and produced by the European aerospace company Airbus. The A340 was assembled ... Read More »

Germany asked to use Afghanistan’s lithium in automotive industry

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KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the Presidential Palace on Thursday discussed Afghanistan’s security, peace and economy. The German president arrived in Kabul with a high ranking delegation on Thursday.  Pointing to the importance of Afghanistan’s mineral resources, Ghani suggested that German automobile companies should use the country’s lithium in their automotive industry, ... Read More »

Hobby Lobby fined $3m over smuggled artifacts

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KABUL: Around 10 packages were shipped to the firm, five intercepted by customs which had shipping labels falsely declaring that the artifacts came from Turkey. “We should have exercised more oversight and carefully questioned how the acquisitions were handled”, Hobby Lobby President Steve Green said Wednesday. The family that owns the company is also bankrolling a $500 million Museum of ... Read More »

Afghanistan reacts to iran’s comments on dam projects

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KABUL: Following comments by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Afghanistan’s dam projects, the Afghan Ministry of Water and Energy on Wednesday said building dams on Helmand River is Kabul’s top priority which is aimed at managing the country’s waters and improving the national economy.   According to the ministry, Iran has used four times more water than stipulated in the Helmand ... Read More »

Afghanistan reacts to Iran’s comments on dam projects

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KABUL: Following comments by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Afghanistan’s dam projects, the Afghan Ministry of Water and Energy on Wednesday said building dams on Helmand River is Kabul’s top priority which is aimed at managing the country’s waters and improving the national economy.   According to the ministry, Iran has used four times more water than stipulated in the Helmand ... Read More »

Afghanistan, Turkmenistan sign bilateral agreements

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KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani signed a number of bilateral agreements with his Turkmenistan counterpart, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, on Monday during a one-day official visit to Ashgabat.   According to AKIPress, the two leaders adopted a program of cooperation for 2018 and 2019.   Agreements signed included a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the carpet industry, and agreement on international road transport, ... Read More »

Lapis Lazuli corridor agreement set to signed by 5 countries

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KABUL: The Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Saturday said during the finance minister’s recent trip to Georgia, he spoke to officials from five countries along the Lapis Lazuli Corridor and they all agreed to sign an agreement based on transporting goods to European markets. The agreement is set to be signed between Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey in the ... Read More »

Extortion on highways remains big challenge for businessmen

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KABUL: A number of drivers and local businessmen on Friday complained about extortion on highways, saying that they totally pay 150,000 for each truck on their way to Kabul and other parts of the country – when they import goods from abroad. The drivers said all the legal payments including the customs taxes cannot surpass 10,000 AFs. But according to ... Read More »

5,000 tonnes of Sesame seeds imported in 1 month

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KABUL: A total of 5,000 tons of sesame seeds worth close to 216.5 billion rials (nearly $5.8 million) were imported during the first month of the current Iranian year (started March 21), according to data released by the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration. Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sudan, Nigeria and India were the main countries from where the imports were made, ... Read More »

Ghani inaugurates air cargo route to India

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KABUL: President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said at the official inauguration ceremony of the new air cargo route between Afghanistan and India that people who create problems for Afghanistan should know that the people take these issues and turn them into opportunities. He also said not only will this new import/export route increase the income of farmers and traders in ... Read More »

Afghan exports take to skies as cargo route opens

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KABUL: The Afghan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) said at the inauguration of the air cargo route between Afghanistan and India that the first consignment will fly to India on Monday. According to the ACCI, this will be a load of medicinal plants. A number of Afghan businessmen and traders meanwhile welcomed the initiative and said the opening of ... Read More »

Kabul municipality unveils first metro bus system

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KABUL: Kabul municipality on Thursday announced plans for the first phase of a metro bus system in the capital, the first major urban public transportation scheme in the country. Abdullah Habibzai, the acting mayor of Kabul said the first phase of the metro bus system in Kabul will start from Sarai Shamali and run through to Baraki Square. It will ... Read More »