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Afghan man held for smuggling gold at Delhi airport

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An Afghan man has been arrested by customs officials at Delhi airport for allegedly trying to smuggle into the country gold worth about Rs 22 lakh. The accused, aged 26, was intercepted on his arrival from Kandahar (Afghanistan), according to a statement issued by the customs today. A detailed personal search of the passenger resulted in recovery of three gold ... Read More »

IS Smuggling Wood to Finance Militancy in Afghanistan

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Islamic State is chopping down fruit trees and smuggling the timber into Pakistan, claim Afghan officials and local residents of the Deh Bala district of eastern Nangarhar province where the terrorist group operates. “Some of the local residents who previously helped the Taliban [are] now helping IS militants, Gul Khan Shinwari, a local tribal leader told VOA. “IS militants also ... Read More »

Destined to India, 27 held with drugs in Herat

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HERAT CITY: Twenty-seven people have been arrested over allegedly attempting to smuggle heroin to India at the international airport in western Herat province, an official said. Mohammad Nasi rNeknam, border police commander at the airport, told at a press conference in Herat City, the detainees were captured in seven separate incidents, trying to smuggle heroin to India. He said the ... Read More »

Jawzjan police seize 88kg of opium from vehicle

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SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Police recovered 88 kilograms of opium from two men now in custody in this capital city of northern Jawzjan province on Saturday, an official said Jawzjan police chief Brig. Gen Faqir Mohammad told Pajhwok Afghan News the detainees had skillfully placed the opium in a vehicle and wanted to smuggle the substance from Chahar Bolak district to the ... Read More »

Woman among 28 held on drug smuggling charges

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KABUL (Pajhwok): Police have detanied 28 people, including a woman, over allegedly smuggling narcotics, an official said on Tuesday. Ahmad Khalid Muahid, crime justice task force (CJTF) department’s spokesman, told Pajhwok Afghan News the suspected drug smugglers had been detained in Logar, Khost, Daikundi, Takhar, Kandahar, Paktia, Nimroz, Nangarhar, Kunduz, Kabul, Jawzjan, Herat, Ghazni, Balkh, and Baghlan provinces in the ... Read More »

Black scorpion smuggling in Afghanistan is big business

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KABUL: The trade of scorpion hunting in Afghanistan, though unregistered, has been around for years but has become a lucrative business in the past few months. A local dealer from western Herat province said Herat and neighboring Farah, with vast scorching deserts, have become the common hunting ground for shepherds and poor local residents who spend hours and sometimes days ... Read More »

Jawzjan police seize 88kg of opium from vehicle

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SHIBERGHAN: Police recovered 88 kilograms of opium from two men now in custody in this capital city of northern Jawzjan province on Saturday, an official said Jawzjan police chief Brig. Gen Faqir Mohammad told Pajhwok Afghan News the detainees had skillfully placed the opium in a vehicle and wanted to smuggle the substance from Chahar Bolak district to the provincial ... Read More »

Regional cooperation can leverage Afghanistan’s development and stability

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The dynamics of regional cooperation has a wider role to play for peace, development and cooperation in the world especially in the context of South Asia. Intra-regional cooperation creates catalytic impact in addressing the recent challenges of poverty, development and terrorism. Regional cooperation involves policy coordination through formal institutions for the welfare and to achieve collective vision for the development ... Read More »

After Afghan ceasefire gamble, prospects rise for US-Taliban talks

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KABUL/WASHINGTON: Prospects have risen for negotiations between the Taliban and the United States after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani called a ceasefire and allowed militants to roam into cities in a gamble to encourage peace talks. The Taliban, ousted from power in 2001 by U.S.-led troops, insist that any negotiations with what it calls the “puppet” Afghan government on a peace ... Read More »

Prices of essential items, gold remain unchanged in Kabul

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KABUL: The prices of essential items and gold have remained unchanged during the outgoing week in capital Kabul, market sources said. Abdul Hadi, a worker at Wazirabad fuel station in Kabul, told Pajhwok Afghan News that one liter of petrol cost 50 afghanis and the same quantity of diesel 45 Afghanis. Ahmad Javid, a liquefied gas seller in Taimani area ... Read More »

WB supports Afghan raisin processing plant

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KABUL: Two members of the World Bank Group are providing $3 million in financing and $7.8 million in political risk insurance coverage for a new raisin processing plant in Afghanistan. Support from IFC and MIGA would help develop the country’s raisin market and boost its agribusiness sector, the World Bank hoped in a press statement. Agriculture is a key part ... Read More »

IMF Approved $6.4M Disbursement for Afghanistan under ECF

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the third review of the arrangement under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) for Afghanistan. The ECF is a lending arrangement that provides sustained program engagement over the medium to long term in case of protracted balance of payments problems. The completion enables the release of SDR 4.5 million (about $6.4 ... Read More »

First Islamic Bank In Afghanistan Opens For Business

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KABUL: The IBA was previously known as Bakhtar Bank and operated under a conventional banking license since it was acquired by Azizi Bank in 2009. The central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank, granted IBA an Islamic Banking license on April 9 after it completed the conversion of its balance sheet, said Faizan Ahmed, chief financial officer and member of the IBA management ... Read More »

Government Officials Attend Sustainable Development Goals Workshop in Jalalabad

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Over 30 government officials from the eastern Afghan provinces of Kunar, Laghman, Nuristan and Nangarhar attended a two-day multi-stakeholder Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on Agriculture and Natural Resources Management workshop from 14 to 15 May 2018 in Jalalabad, the provincial capital of Nangarhar province. Officials from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Program ... Read More »

Afghanistan-Pakistan to resolve transit, trade problems

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An agreement was signed between Afghan and Pakistani officials to resolve problems regarding transit and trade between the two countries, the Afghan Ministry of Commerce and Industries said on Sunday. “Pakistani officials have agreed to reduce tariffs on Afghan fruit and vegetables. They will also allow the export of Afghan cotton to Pakistan”, Tolo News quoted Ministry of Commerce and ... Read More »

ADB Assesses Renewable Energy Projects in Afghanistan

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KABUL: Team of experts is to investigate solar energy solutions to generate electricity in the country. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is assessing the construction of major renewable energy projects in Afghanistan. ADB experts have said Afghanistan has a major capacity in terms of production of renewable energy and it will help the country to generate electricity from its domestic ... Read More »

Afghan interpreters’ UK immigration fee waived

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Afghan interpreters who served with British troops fighting against the Taliban will be able to stay in the UK for free, the home secretary has said. More than 150 Afghans given five-year residency permits said they faced being sent back to Afghanistan when they expire, unless they paid £2,389 to apply for indefinite leave to remain. Sajid Javid said the ... Read More »

Afghanistan Exports to Iran Go Down Imports up

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KABUL: Iran’s exports to Afghanistan have gone up by more than 21 percent in terms of tonnage and 13.57 percent in year-on-year value, a media report said on Monday. The neighbouring country exported 5.91 million tonnes of commodities worth $2.79 billion to Afghanistan last year, the Financial Times reported. Pharmaceuticals, low-density oil, related products, hydrocarbons and apples were the main ... Read More »

Suicide attack on Afghan voter registration center kills 31

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KABUL: At least 31 people were killed and more than 50 wounded by a suicide bombing at a voter registration center in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack, which targeted would-be voters lining up to receive ID cards for a parliamentary election scheduled for October. “There were women, children,” said Bashir Ahmad, who was nearby when the bomb exploded. “Everyone ... Read More »

Afghanistan cut its duty on flour and wheat imports from Kazakhstan

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KABUL: According to the Ag Ministry of Kazakhstan, the country made Uzbekistan reduce a prohibitive excise tax on Kazakh flour from 15% in 2011 to 0% as of September 1, 2017. In addition, the Ag Ministry of Kazakhstan reports that Afghanistan cut the import duty on Kazakh wheat and flour to 5% in April 2018. Moreover, the wheat import duty ... Read More »