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
Posted in: Afghan Sports News

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

Afghan-born woman makes history in Canada

Maryam Monsef, an Afghan-born woman who had migrated to Canada at a young age, has made history by winning a seat in the Canadian parliament yesterday. She is a member of the Liberal Party of Canada, and will represent Ontario province’s Peterborough-Kawartha district. In 1996, Monsef (who was 11 at the time), her two sisters, and their widowed mother left Afghanistan to escape the brutality and oppression of the Taliban who had taken over most of Afghanistan. In Canada, she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Trent University, and prior to her win, was involved in charity projects that raised money to help women and girls in Afghanistan. In fact, she co-founded the Red Pashmina Campaign that raised over $150,000 to promote women’s education in Afghanistan.

October 21, 2015 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Education, Human Rights, Women's Rights

Afghans Win 11 Medals In Karate Championship

Afghan Karate practitioners had recently participated in the Persian Gulf Open Karate Cup in Tehran, Iran. The event, which was held on September 17th and 18th, was organized by the Iranian Shito-ryu Shukokai Union. According to Afghanistan’s Bakhtar News Agency (BNA), the Afghans came away from the event with a total of 11 medals: 5 gold, 1 silver, and 5 bronze. Overall, the Afghan team came in third. Host country, Iran finished first, and Azerbaijan finished second in the championship. A total of 16 countries had participated in the event, according to the BNA report. Besides, cricket and football (soccer), the martial arts is another area in which Afghan athletes are performing very well in international competitions.

September 30, 2015 · admin · No Comments
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Over 100 cultural artifacts to be returned to Afghanistan

The "Left foot of Zeus," one of the artifacts that will be returned to Afghanistan

Over 100 artifacts previously stolen from Afghanistan and taken to Japan through the black market will be returned to Afghanistan sometime next year, according to a report today from

The items, which include the famous “Left Foot of Zeus” and a piece of a mural removed from the Bamiyan Caves were being held in Japan’s Hirayama Ikuo Silk Road Museum. The report stated that the items were being held there because of the the turmoil in Afghanistan. The organization wanted to wait until the situation in Afghanistan had settled and that they can be returned without being destroyed by an extremist regime, like the Taliban who blew up the Bamiyan statues back in 1998.

UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) had been working with the Japanese organization holding them to have these cultural assets returned to Afghanistan. “We have determined that Afghanistan can responsibly preserve and exhibit the cultural properties,” Noboru Noguchi, a member of the committee and the director general of the National Federation of UNESCO Associations in Japan, said at a press conference early this month.

August 23, 2015 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Cultural Heritage

Afghanistan qualifies for 2016 Twenty20 World Cup

Player of the Match Nawroz Mangal

After a shaky start in the ICC (International Cricket Council) World Twenty20 Qualifiers, Afghanistan’s national cricket team managed to defeat Papua New Guinea (PNG) today by 6 wickets to secure themselves a spot in the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 World Cup once again.  The upcoming tournament is scheduled to be held from March 11th to April 3rd in India between 16 teams.

In today’s 20 overs play-off game, PNG opted to bat first and scored 127 runs, losing 6 wickets. Afghanistan reached the target, losing only 4 wickets. The bulk of the runs for Afghanistan came from former captain, Nawroz Mangal. He provided the team with 65 of the 128 runs they scored, and his performance earned him the Player of the Match honors. Once the Afghans won, fans rushed on to the field holding up Afghanistan’s flag and celebrating the win.

Asghar Stanikzai, who provided the Afghan team with the second highest number of runs (22) said, “We are very happy, it was important for us to qualify”.

July 23, 2015 · admin · No Comments
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July 17, 2015 · admin · No Comments
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To boost exports, Afghanistan plans to launch online marketplace

Hassib Rahimi, an executive with the Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) recently told France’s AFP news agency that Afghanistan will launch it’s first-ever online marketplace to allow local Afghan businesses to export their products directly to world markets.

The effort will improve the Afghan economy as exports will be boosted and new jobs will be created.  “The project will be first launched in the big cities in a year. We also have plans for big campaigns to reach out the rural areas to enable people to sell their products,” Rahimi told AFP.

Through this new online marketplace, Afghans will be able to sell such items as agricultural produce, handicrafts, precious stones and carpets. According to the report, funding for the project ($20 million) will come from the UAE (United Arab Emirates) based Pride Group.

June 18, 2015 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Afghanistan's Economy, Job Creation

Image of Buddha statue projected successfully in Afghanistan

Projection of the Bamyan Buddha in Bamyan province

A Chinese couple, Zhang Xinyu and Liang Hong, successfully projected the image of the tallest Buddha in Bamyan Valley on June 6 and 7, using the latest cultural relics-friendly technology, eliciting cheers from the local people. For more photos, please check out:

June 17, 2015 · admin · No Comments
Posted in: Cultural Heritage