Afghanistan Beats Bangladesh 4-0 in Football Match

afghanistan-and-bangladeshTolo News: Defending champions Afghanistan National Football Team on Thursday beat Bangladesh in its first South Asian Football Championship (SAFF) game by scoring four goals against the rival team. National team players Massih Saighani, Faisal Shaiasta, Zubair Amir and Khaibar Amani scored one goal each to seal a major victory against Bangladesh team. Click here to read more (external link).

December 24, 2015 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghan Sports News

$28 million ring road inaugurated in Mazar-e-Sharif city


Afghan officials, including provincial governor Atta Mohammad Noor (center-left), at the inauguration ceremony.

Khaama Press: The Ministry of Urban Development Affairs (MUDA) inaugurated a ring road in Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital city of northern Balkh province of Afghanistan on Sunday. The $28 million ring road having a length of 6.4 kilometers in four lines has been constructed with the financial support of Japan with one third of the project already completed. The project once completed is expected to resolve the major transportation and traffic issues of Balkh province. Click here to read more (external link).

December 20, 2015 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Reconstruction and Development

Gardez-Khost highway inaugurated

roadConstruction work on a highway that connects Gardez (Paktia) with Khost City has been completed, and an inauguration ceremony was held today. Work on the highway had started 9 years ago.The 101 km long and 9 meters wide road was completed in two phases. The first phase (63km) was completed by an American construction company, Louis Berger Group / Black & Veatch. The second part (38km) was completed by the Afghan based Mashriq Construction Company. A large number of small bridges and protection walls were also created as part of the project, which was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) at a cost of $232 million. The hope is that this new highway will help improve the economic and security situation of both provinces.

Based on reporting by Pajhwok Afghan News and Ariana Television Network

December 15, 2015 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy, Job Creation, Reconstruction and Development

Asian Development Bank to build five slaughterhouses in Afghanistan

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Khaama Press: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has announced a grant of $11 million for enhanced project facilities, primarily to support slaughterhouses and modernization of the livestock industry. Click here to read more (external link).

November 29, 2015 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy, Reconstruction and Development

Development projects completed in two northern Afghan provinces

constructionAfghanistan’s Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported today that 28 development projects have recently been completed in the northern province of Sar-e Pul’s Gosfandi district. The projects were managed and implemented by the the National Solidarity Program of the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation, according to the BNA report. The projects completed included such things as the construction of 4 schools, a retaining wall, a dam, three small bridges, and public toilets.

Meanwhile in neighboring Faryab province, Bayan Shamal reported today that construction work on a bridge in Islam-Qalah village, which is located in Shirintagab district has been completed; the bridge can now be put to use. According to the Bayan Shamal report, the bridge has a length of 35 meters, and it is 3.5 meters wide. Funding for the bridge came from a local resident who wanted solve the transportation issues of the residents, especially students attending Zahiruddin High School who needed to cross a river in order to get to school.

November 18, 2015 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Education, Reconstruction and Development

Afghan Woman Named Best Actress in Asian World Film Festival ‎

utopiaTolo News: Malalai Zikria, an Afghan actress and film maker, won the best actress award at the Asian World Film Festival (AWFF) for the hit Afghan drama, Utopia, in Los Angeles. Utopia, an Afghan drama directed by Hassan Nazer and produced by Malalai Zikria, has also been selected as the Afghan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards in the United States next year.  Click here to read more (external link).

Synopsis of Utopia from IMDb.

November 5, 2015 · admin · No Comments
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Afghanistan’s mother of education awarded the WISE Prize for Education

Sheikha Moza (left) presenting the award to Dr. Yacoobi (right).

Sheikha Moza (left) presenting the award to Dr. Yacoobi (right).

Dr. Sakeena Yacoobi, also known as Afghanistan’s “Mother of Education” was awarded the 2015 WISE Prize for Education today in Doha, Qatar. The prize was awarded to her by Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the chairperson of the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. In attendance were well known women personalities from around the world, such as 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Leymah Gwobee, and the American First Lady, Michelle Obama. This year’s WISE Prize is worth $500,000.

Sixty-five year-old Dr. Yacoobi is the Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), an Afghan women-led organization she founded in 1995. The organization provides teacher training, education and health services to women and children. In fact, AIL was the first organization to offer human rights and leadership training to Afghan women in the 1990s. AIL even supported 80 underground home schools for 3000 girls in Afghanistan during the Taliban regime.

In her acceptance speech, Dr. Yacoobi, said, “I feel honored and blessed to be chosen as this year’s WISE Prize for Education Laureate. It is particularly meaningful because this is such a crucial time in Afghanistan. My people live in terror and poverty. They are suffering and feel hopeless. Yet, at this moment a light has appeared. With this Prize, we know that we can continue to educate more and more Afghans, giving them hope and encouraging them to go forward no matter what they are facing. It is such a great gift to me, and I dedicate the Prize to the Afghan Institute of Learning and all of the women, men and children we are educating.”

Dr. Yacoobi’s vision for Afghanistan is a free country, a society where everybody is educated, especially every single girl.


November 4, 2015 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Education, Human Rights, Women's Rights

ADB, donor countries announce $858 mln grant for Afghanistan

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Khaama Press: The Asian Development Bank (ADB), which is the leading and largest infrastructure development partner of Afghanistan, together with donor countries have announced a new grant of $858 million for Afghanistan.

According to the Ministry of Finance, the announced grant would be used on infrastructure building from the year 2017 to 2020. Click here to read more (External Link).

November 1, 2015 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Reconstruction and Development

Cardiac Surgery Center Opens In Kabul

heart_smallTolo News: Minister of Public Health Ferozuddin Feroz on Saturday inaugurated a cardiac surgery center for adults at the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC) in Kabul. The minister said the unit is a vital step towards improving the healthcare services in Afghanistan. “We hope that this center will treat the cardiac patients and prevent them from travelling abroad for their treatment ,” Feroz noted.  Click here to read more (External Link).

October 31, 2015 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Health News, Reconstruction and Development

Roshan Telecom Company Receives ‘IBA Stevie’ Awards

stevieTolo News: Roshan, an Afghan telecommunication company, on Tuesday received five “Stevie” awards at the 12th annual International Business Awards (IBAs) in Toronto, Canada.

Roshan’s CEO Karim Khoja was named “Executive of the Year” for the telecommunications industry, receiving a Gold Stevie Award, the telecom company said in a statement.

“I’m exceptionally proud of the work Roshan has done, for the communities we serve in Afghanistan and for our 1,000 employees who are committed to rebuilding the country and making a social impact for Afghans everywhere,” Khoja was quoted in the statement as saying.

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October 29, 2015 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy, Reconstruction and Development

Afghanistan Once Again Makes History in Cricket, Wins T-20 Series


Tolo News: Afghanistan once again marked history in cricket by winning the T-20 series from Zimbabwe on Wednesday only few days after the Afghan cricketers beat the test-playing nation in the ODI series. Click here to read more (External Link).



October 29, 2015 · admin · No Comments
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Afghanistan’s Safi Airways Plans Route Expansion, Jet Purchases

safi_airways_smallBloomberg: The carrier is targeting growth markets such as Iran, Kuwait and Kazakhstan, Chief Commercial Officer Joshua Bustos told reporters in Dubai. The airline is looking to add 10 to 20 planes in three to five years and is interested in narrow-bodies including Airbus A319, A320, Boeing 737s as well as turboprops, he said.

“The world in general is not aware that things in Kabul are improving,” Bustos said. “Business is returning.”

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October 25, 2015 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy