Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Mining Industry’s Incomes Decline Due to ‘Embezzlement’

Mining Industry’s  Incomes Decline Due  to ‘Embezzlement’

July 23, 2017

>KABUL - Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi says government should put in place effective plans to prevent the “embezzlement” of the mining industry’s incomes. Finance Minister...

Kabul Optimistic as US Withholds $50m Reimbursement to Pakistan over Haqqani Network

Kabul Optimistic as US Withholds $50m  Reimbursement to Pakistan over Haqqani Network

July 23, 2017

KABUL - The Afghan government is optimistic that the withholding of reimbursements to Pakistan by the Department will have an impact regarding the country’s decision to provide...

US Strike Kills 16 Afghan Policemen in Helmand Province

US Strike Kills 16 Afghan Policemen in Helmand Province

July 23, 2017

LASHKARGAH - A US airstrike has killed 16 policemen in Afghanistan, officials said Saturday, the latest setback to Washington's efforts to bring peace to the war-torn country...

You Symbolized a New Afghanistan: Ghani to Robotics Girls

You Symbolized a New Afghanistan: Ghani to Robotics Girls

July 23, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Saturday appreciated the Afghan girl robotics team for winning the silver medal in a competition in the United States, saying they represented a new image...

323 People Arrested on Various Criminal Charges in Kabul

323 People Arrested on Various  Criminal Charges in Kabul

July 23, 2017

KABUL - At least three hundred and twenty three people were arrested on various criminal charges over a period of almost one month from capital Kabul. The Kabul police chief...

MSF Reopens First Kunduz Clinic since Deadly Hospital Air Strike in 2015

MSF Reopens First Kunduz Clinic since Deadly Hospital Air Strike in 2015

July 23, 2017

KABUL - Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) reopened a small medical clinic in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on Saturday, their first facility there since the American airstrikes that destroyed a...

Danish Says Early Elections, Interim Govt not Possible

Danish Says Early  Elections, Interim  Govt not Possible

July 22, 2017

KABUL - The second vice president Mohammad Sarwar Danish said coups and early elections will not help in overcoming Afghanistan’s challenges. The Second Vice President Mohammad Sarwar...

Trump Taps Ambassador to Turkey as New Top Diplomat in Afghanistan

Trump Taps Ambassador to Turkey  as New Top Diplomat in Afghanistan

July 22, 2017

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has nominated a key diplomat as the new US ambassador to Afghanistan. The White House said in a statement Thursday that Trump would name John Bass...

IEC Seeks Financial Aid as Observers Cast Doubt on Polls Date

IEC Seeks Financial Aid as Observers Cast Doubt on Polls Date

July 22, 2017

KABUL - “The electronic ID cards department will help us in preparing the content and sample of the voters lists,” the IEC secretariat chief said. The Independent Election...

Defense Ministry Welcomes U.S. Move against Pakistan

Defense Ministry Welcomes U.S. Move against Pakistan

July 22, 2017

KABUL - The United States Department of State on Wednesday listed Pakistan among the nations and regions providing "safe havens" to terrorists. The Afghan Ministry of...

US Envoy to Afghanistan-Pakistan Named after Outcry over Expected Office Closure

US Envoy to Afghanistan-Pakistan Named after Outcry over Expected Office Closure

July 22, 2017

STATE DEPARTMENT - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson recently named Alice Wells, a career Foreign Service Officer (FSO), as the acting Special Representative for Afghanistan...

Ata Mohammad Noor Hosts Meeting Regarding the New Political Coalition

Ata Mohammad  Noor Hosts Meeting  Regarding the New  Political Coalition

July 22, 2017

KABUL - The provincial governor of the northern Balkh province and chief executive of Jamiat-e-Islami hosted a meeting regarding the new political coalition amid a deadlock between the...

Ghani Vows to Transform Afghanistan into Big Exporter

Ghani Vows to  Transform Afghanistan  into Big Exporter

July 20, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani has promised facilitating the export of Afghanistan’s fruits to different cities of India and giving traders access to the international market for...

Trump Reviews Afghan Policy with Veterans

Trump Reviews Afghan Policy with Veterans

July 20, 2017

WASHINGTON - The US President Donald Trump Tuesday reviewed the Afghan policy with four Afghan war veterans as he told reporters that he wants to hear from them the situation on...

Kazakhstan Pledges Support for Afghan Air Force

Kazakhstan Pledges Support for Afghan Air Force

July 20, 2017

KABUL - The defence minister of Kazakhstan has pledged sharing its experiences with the nascent Afghan Air Force (AAF), the National Security Council (NSC) said on Wednesday...

Restraint amid Ongoing Political Tension

Restraint amid Ongoing Political Tension

July 20, 2017

KABUL - Speaking at a ceremony to rename the now infamous Zambaq Square, the CEO called on all parties to stand united and stop speaking ill of each other. CEO Abdullah Abdullah on...

Indo-Afghan Commerce Chamber Stresses New Trade Opportunities

Indo-Afghan Commerce Chamber  Stresses New Trade Opportunities

July 20, 2017

KABUL - The Indo-Afghan Chamber of Commerce Director Mr. Kanwarjit Bajaj has met Afghan envoy to India and discussed the company background and future activities, a media report said...

Unprofessional Pharmacists Threaten People’s Lives

Unprofessional Pharmacists  Threaten People’s Lives

July 20, 2017

GHAZNI CITY - Most pharmacists in southern Ghazni province are without professional qualifications, giving patients wrong or expired medicine, residents complain. Mohammad Rahim, an...

Ghani Orders Sweeping Changes to Kabul Police

Ghani Orders Sweeping Changes to Kabul Police

July 19, 2017

KABUL - Kabul police officers at a Police District level will be rotated out to provinces in order to help boost security in the capital, the MoI said. Afghan Ministry of Interior...

Contracts worth Over 1.4 Billion Afghanis Approved by the Government

Contracts worth Over 1.4 Billion  Afghanis Approved by the Government

July 19, 2017

KABUL - The Afghan government has approved nine new contracts worth over 1.9 billion Afghanis during a meeting of the national procurement commission. Chaired by president Mohammad...

Govt Exploring Ways to Revive Textile Industry

Govt Exploring Ways to Revive Textile Industry

July 19, 2017

KABUL - According to officials Afghanistan harvests almost 60,000 tons of cotton a year but there are no factories in the country to process this. Government has called on industry...

Army Generals Detained in Anti-Corruption Campaign

Army Generals Detained in  Anti-Corruption Campaign

July 19, 2017

KABUL - The Attorney General’s Office said the seven officials detained by police are accused of embezzling at least 1.5 million AFs and $1.2 million USD. At least three generals...

Noor Says No Legal Hindrance for Gen. Dostum’s Return to Afghanistan

Noor Says No Legal  Hindrance for Gen. Dostum’s  Return to Afghanistan

July 19, 2017

KABUL - The provincial governor of northern Balkh province Ata Mohammad Noor has said there is no legal prohibition for the return of the first vice president Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum...

MoI to Refer Corruption Suspected Contracts to AGO

MoI to Refer  Corruption Suspected Contracts to AGO

July 19, 2017

KABUL - The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Tuesday said paying debts to contracted companies as a priority, but those suspected of corruption would be referred to the Attorney General...

New Water Resources Strategy Lands in Parliament

New Water Resources Strategy Lands in Parliament

July 18, 2017

KABUL - The energy and water minister on Monday presented a new strategy on the country’s water resources to the Wolesi Jirga or lower house of the parliament for approval...

Nature of Mission in Afghanistan may Change: Mattis

Nature of Mission in  Afghanistan may Change: Mattis

July 18, 2017

KABUL - The Trump administration’s new strategy could change the nature of US military engagement in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary James Mattis has suggested...

Study Finds Opium Cultivation on the Rise in Balkh

Study Finds Opium Cultivation on the Rise in Balkh

July 18, 2017

KABUL - Research findings indicate that more than 300 tons of opium was harvested in the northern province this year. Officials from the Khat-e-Naw (New Line) Research Institute said...

Extreme Harm to Afghan Civilians Continues as Suicide Attacks Worsen, Latest UN Report Shows

Extreme Harm to Afghan Civilians Continues as Suicide Attacks  Worsen, Latest UN Report Shows

July 18, 2017

KABUL - The number of civilians killed and injured in the Afghanistan conflict during the first six months of 2017 persisted at the same record high levels as last year, according...

3 Projects worth Nearly 100m Afs Launched in Kunar

3 Projects worth Nearly  100m Afs Launched in Kunar

July 18, 2017

ASADABAD - Three uplift projects worth nearly 100 million afghanis have been launched in the Manogi district of eastern Kunar province, officials said on Monday. Provincial rural...

Afghanistan Signs up to WCO’s Arusha Convention

Afghanistan  Signs up to WCO’s Arusha Convention

July 17, 2017

KABUL - Finance Minister Eklil Hakimi on Sunday pledged commitment to the Arusha Convention of World Customs Organization (WCO) aimed at good governance and customs modernization...

EU to Finance Construction of 7th Bridge on Tajik-Afghan Border

EU to Finance  Construction of 7th Bridge on  Tajik-Afghan Border

July 17, 2017

Mahbuba Abdulloeva, the press secretary of the EU Delegation to Tajikistan, stated that the European Union will finance the seventh bridge connecting Tajikistan and Afghanistan...

Watchdogs Question Govt’s Anti-Graft Strategy

Watchdogs Question  Govt’s Anti-Graft Strategy

July 17, 2017

KABUL - Critics claim no new strategy has been formulated despite government’s pledge to this effect at last year’s Brussels Summit. The High Office of Oversight and...

Balkhi Asserts 500 Projects’ Money Pocketed before his Takeover

Balkhi Asserts 500 Projects’ Money Pocketed before his Takeover

July 17, 2017

KABUL - Due to prevalent corruption work on more than 500 projects belonging to the Ministry of Edcuation (MoE) has come to a halt, said the acting education minister on Sunday...

New Party Launched as Elections Draw Closer

New Party Launched  as Elections Draw Closer

July 17, 2017

KABUL - Well known political figures on Sunday announced the establishment of a new political party - Mehwar-e-Mardum-e-Afghanistan. A new political party by the name of...

Afghan Forces Move to Recapture Helmand’s Nawa

Afghan Forces  Move to Recapture Helmand’s Nawa

July 16, 2017

LASHKARGAH - Afghan security forces on Saturday launched a three-pronged operation to recapture the Nawa district of southern Helmand province, officials said. The joint offensive...