IEC Kicks Off Voter Registration Process in Villages

IEC_logoTolo News:  The Independent Election Commission of Afghanistan (IEC) on Sunday announced that it has started the voter registration process in villages across Afghanistan and that the campaign will continue until July 6.

The IEC stated meanwhile that 5,781,183 people have registered in the country so far to vote.

Of these, 3,789,033 are males, 1,879,374 are females, 112256 are Kuchis and 520 are Sikhs.

According to the IEC, up to now more than 1,100 people have filed nomination papers as candidates for parliamentary elections and another 690 for provincial council seats.

Based on the IEC’s statistics, the commission has 2,887 voter registration centers in villages, however election material so far has not been delivered to at least 1,000 centers in these villages.

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June 10, 2018 · admin · No Comments
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Afghan Author Wants to Make Books Accessible to Country’s Children

VOA News | May 13, 2018: A young author in the Balkh province of Afghanistan has generated a large following among the country’s children. His name is Assadullah Ehtsham. His mission: to preserve classic Afghan poetry and nursery rhymes to encourage children to read. In the past two years, he’s already handed out more than 3,000 books. Mirwais Bizhan went to Northern Afghanistan to speak with Ehtsham about his mission.

May 12, 2018 · admin · No Comments
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Afghan Female Student Runs Classroom from Ancient Cave

VOA News | April 23, 2018: Getting an education seemed impossible for some displaced children in the mountainous Afghan province of Bamyan. They and their families live in caves that dot the cliffs around the city. Due to a lack of identity documents, they cannot attend school. But, as VOA’s Zafar Bamyani discovered, a classroom has come to them. Faith Lapidus narrates his report in the video above.

April 23, 2018 · admin · No Comments
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Afghan Women Claim Third Place At int’l taekwondo Event in Iran

1TV: Afghanistan’s female taekwondo athletes claimed third place at an international event in Iran. The 10th women Fajr Open Taekwondo Cup was held during 21-22 April in Karaj city in Alborz province. Click here to read more (external link).

April 23, 2018 · admin · No Comments
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Afghan Cricket Team distributes Polio vaccines to children

On April 9, 2018, the Afghan National Cricket team vaccinated children with a polio vaccine in Afghanistan during this campaign. At 0:59 in the video, you can see cricket players, Mirwais Ashraf and Javed Ahmadi, administering the vaccine into a child’s mouth.

April 12, 2018 · admin · No Comments
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Maternal mortality rates declined from 1100 to 396 in Afghanistan: WB

healthcareKhaama Press: Citing the United Nations estimates, [a] World Bank report states that maternal mortality rates (MMR) declined from 1,100 to 396 deaths per 100,000 live births from 2000 to 2015. The report finds that such health gains have been made possible by expanded frontline health services and a stronger health system. Click here to read more (external link).

March 8, 2018 · admin · No Comments
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Afghanistan’s Herat Province ‘Cleared Of Landmines’

Herat, Afghanistan

Herat, Afghanistan

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
February 15, 2018

The HALO Trust demining group says it has cleared Afghanistan’s Herat Province of landmines as part of a 10-year project funded by the British government.

The organization said on February 15 that its Afghan staff had cleared more than 600 minefields in the western province, an effort it said has had a “major impact” on Herat’s potential for economic development.

“Around 75 percent of the population of the province is rural, and millions of square meters of prime agricultural land were unavailable because of the fear of landmines,” the group said.

“With UK funding, HALO has made 40 million square meters of agricultural land safe to farm, and in doing so has improved food security for farming families.”

It said schools, businesses, and railway infrastructure have been built on land cleared under the project.

British officials said about 125 people a year were killed or injured by mines in Herat until clearance started in 2008.

Many of the landmines were laid during the 1980s when local fighters battled the Soviet Union and in the 1990s when domestic fighters battled each other.

A HALO spokesman said nearly 80 percent of the minefields in the country had been cleared in the past 30 years.

HALO said landmine-clearing efforts are made difficult because of continued fighting between government forces and extremist groups, including the Taliban and Islamic State (IS).

A U.S.-led coalition drove the Taliban from power after an invasion in 2001 and it has backed Kabul’s efforts to hold power against the extremist groups.

With reporting by The Telegraph and Reuters

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036.

February 15, 2018 · admin · No Comments
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British Group Works to Preserve Afghanistan’s Arts & Crafts Heritage

Afghanistan’s arts and architecture were once the pride of Asia. However, more than four decades of war have left many of the country’s traditional crafts on the verge of extinction. Now a Britain-based organization, Turquoise Mountain, is working to preserve Afghan heritage in the capital’s still surviving commercial district, Murad Khani. VOA Deewa service’s Munaza Shaheed reports from a recent trip to Kabul.

January 21, 2018 · admin · No Comments
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Afghan Woman Overcomes Disability, Becomes a Success in US

A young Afghan woman living in Florida is unable to use her hands. But that hasn’t stopped her from leading a successful and productive life. As VOA’s Khadija Homa Alkozai reports, sometimes sheer determination can transform a disability into a miraculous journey.

January 14, 2018 · admin · No Comments
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Afghan president launches construction of highway in Badghis province

roadXinhua: Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday inaugurated the construction of Qaisar-Laman highway, an essential road that connects the countries’ western region to northern provinces.   The first and second phase of 82 km of the total 233 km highway is expected to be completed within the next two and half years. Click here to read more (external link).

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December 10, 2017 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy, Health News, Reconstruction and Development

Afghan Youth Team Beats Pakistan to Win Asian Cricket Championship

cricket_logo2VOA News: Afghanistan defeated Pakistan Sunday, winning their first under-19 cricket Asia Cup final in Kuala Lumpur, offering a rare opportunity for celebrations in a country desperate for a break from relentless rounds of deadly violence… The win demonstrated significant improvement in Afghan cricket, which spread in the war-torn country from refugee camps in neighboring Pakistan and has become one of Afghanistan’s most popular sports in recent years. The International Cricket Council in this year inducted Afghanistan as its 12th full member, recognizing the strides the Afghan national side has made in the game. Click here to read more (external link).

November 19, 2017 · admin · No Comments
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Afghan Premiere League Finale Brings Nation Under Umbrella


Tolo News: The crowd that gathered on Friday night at Afghanistan’s Football Federation stadium to watch the final match of the Afghan Premier League (APL) was the first of its kind in over 30 years in Afghanistan.  Despite security threats, a crowd of 10,000 people gathered at the stadium to watch the final match between Shaheen Asmayee and De Maiwand Atalan.  People from different ethnic groups stood shoulder to shoulder to watch the match, and together tension was put aside and everyone cheered for their favorite team. Click here to read more (external link).


October 28, 2017 · admin · No Comments
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