Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

UNICEF Commemorates World Children’s Day

UNICEF Commemorates World Children’s Day

November 21, 2017

KABUL – UNICEF on Monday commemorated World Children’s Day, which marks the anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Afghanistan ratified this human right...

Germany Reiterates Support to Intra-Afghan Dialogue

Germany Reiterates Support  to Intra-Afghan Dialogue

November 21, 2017

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Monday said the United States new strategy for Afghanistan is beneficial for stability of the region.
“Opportunities should be effectively availed...

Private Sector to Invest $900m in Energy Sector

Private Sector to Invest $900m in Energy Sector

November 21, 2017

KABUL - Deputy finance minister Khalid Painda on Monday said the private sector would invest $900 million in the energy sector alone through public-private partnership. Painda told a press...

MPs Call on Govt to Answer Over Leaked Letter

MPs Call on Govt to  Answer Over Leaked Letter

November 21, 2017

KABUL - MPs have called for government to respond to claims of discrimination by the interior ministry, which called for applicants from different ethnicities bar Tajiks. A number of...

Maiden Joint Afghan-NATO Airstrikes Hit Drug Labs

Maiden Joint Afghan-NATO  Airstrikes Hit Drug Labs

November 21, 2017

KABUL - Afghan and NATO forces have jointly launched a countrywide anti-narcotics operation in Afghanistan for the first time, the Presidential Palace said on Monday. A statement from the Presidential...

Female Journalists’ Presence in Media on Decline: Survey

Female Journalists’ Presence in Media on Decline: Survey

November 21, 2017

KABUL - A new survey released on Monday said the presence of women journalists in Afghanistan has decreased due to insecurity. Conducted by the Center for the Protection of Afghan...

Danish Criticizes Overlapping Functions in Administrative Organs

Danish Criticizes Overlapping Functions in  Administrative Organs

November 20, 2017

KABUL - Vice President was talking in a conference hold for introducing a draft law which is supposed to make state agencies more responsive to the people. Sarwar Danish, Second vice...

Abdullah Addresses Halifax Security Forum

Abdullah Addresses Halifax Security Forum

November 20, 2017

KABUL - National Unity Government (NUG) Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Saturday night addressed the Halifax International Security Forum and discussed the issue of combatting terrorism...

Afghan U-19 Team Defeats Pakistan

Afghan U-19 Team Defeats Pakistan

November 20, 2017

ISLAMABAD - Afghanistan defeated Pakistan on Sunday, winning their first under-19 cricket Asia Cup final in Kuala Lumpur, offering a rare opportunity for celebrations in a country desperate for...

Necessary Steps Taken to Reach to a Peace Deal with Pakistan: Ghani

Necessary Steps Taken to Reach to a Peace Deal with Pakistan: Ghani

November 20, 2017

KABUL - President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that the Afghan government has taken necessary steps to reach a peace deal with Pakistan. Speaking to local residents and elders of southern...

Unlicensed Companies Importing 87pc of Fuel: ANSA

Unlicensed Companies Importing  87pc of Fuel: ANSA

November 20, 2017

KABUL - The Afghanistan National Standards Authority (ANSA) cancelled licenses of 58 companies over importing low quality petroleum during the past two years and another 15 companies faced...

Govt. Offices, People Owe 560m Afs to DABS

Govt. Offices, People Owe 560m Afs to DABS

November 20, 2017

KANDAHAR CITY -  Government departments and residents owe about 560 million afghanis to Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS) in unpaid power bills in southern Kandahar province, an official...

Pence, Abdullah Talk Terrorist Sanctuaries & Election Preparations

Pence, Abdullah Talk Terrorist Sanctuaries & Election Preparations

November 19, 2017

WASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence and Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah on Friday discussed the current political situation in Afghanistan. After the meeting The White House...

Revoke Decision on Info Classification, Pentagon Asked

Revoke Decision  on Info Classification,  Pentagon Asked

November 19, 2017

KABUL - Two American legislators have asked the Pentagon to revoke its decision on classifying information regarding key aspects of the war, including casualty figures, for Afghan security...

Ghani Pledges to Resolve Land-Grabbing Issue

Ghani Pledges to Resolve Land-Grabbing Issue

November 19, 2017

KABUL - Addressing the 4th Urban Conference in Kabul on Saturday, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said Afghanistan’s urban areas were facing numerous challenges but that these issues need...

IS Fighters Finding Sanctuary in Afghanistan: Officials

IS Fighters Finding Sanctuary  in Afghanistan: Officials

November 19, 2017

PENTAGON - Battered and beaten in Iraq and Syria, the Islamic State terror group is surging fighters into Afghanistan, rebuilding its presence and perhaps setting up a new base for attacks...

US-Funded 32 Irrigation Networks to Benefit 44,000 Afghans

US-Funded 32 Irrigation Networks to Benefit 44,000 Afghans

November 19, 2017

KABUL - Thirty-two modern irrigation networks are being established in eight provinces to cover about 7,000 hectares of land, officials said on Saturday. Eng. Nasir Ahmad Durani, the...

Afghanistan Ranks 2nd Worst in the World on New Terrorism Index

Afghanistan Ranks 2nd Worst in the World on New Terrorism Index

November 18, 2017

KABUL - The Global Terrorism Index report states that the Taliban had evolved and focused more on taking control of territory by using traditional conflict tactics. A global study by...

US Congress Passes Budget Including $5b for Afghan Forces

US Congress Passes Budget  Including $5b for Afghan Forces

November 18, 2017

WASHINGTON - The United States Congress on Thursday passed a $700 billion annual defense budget, authorising $4.9 billion for the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund. This also includes $1.7...

Calls for Loya Jirga Contravenes the Law: ARG

Calls for Loya Jirga Contravenes the Law: ARG

November 18, 2017

KABUL - The Presidential Palace has also called on government officials to refrain from taking part in processes that are in contravention of the constitution. The Presidential Palace (ARG)...

Dr. Abdullah Set to Meet US Vice-President Pence

Dr. Abdullah  Set to Meet US  Vice-President Pence

November 18, 2017

WASHINGTON - Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Abdullah Abdullah is set to meet US Vice President Mike Pence at the White House on Friday. During the meeting in the historic Roosevelt Room...

Thousands of More Troops Have Deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

Thousands of More Troops Have  Deployed to Afghanistan: Pentagon

November 18, 2017

KABUL - The U.S. has deployed about 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan to help train and advise local forces, the military said Thursday.
In August, shortly after President Donald Trump...

ACCI Says There is an Urgent Need to Boost Saffron Sector

ACCI Says There is an Urgent Need to Boost Saffron Sector

November 18, 2017

KABUL - Ministry of Agriculture said Afghanistan cultivates eight tons of saffron every year but that it has the capacity to produce up to 100 tons. Following reports about a dramatic increase in...

RECCA-VII Reiterates Prosperous Afghan Economy

RECCA-VII Reiterates Prosperous Afghan Economy

November 16, 2017

ASHGABAT – Second vice president Sarwar Danish on Wednesday said Afghanistan could overcome its challenges with cooperation of regional countries. Danish was addressing participants...

Turkey to Continue Support to Afghanistan

Turkey to Continue Support to Afghanistan

November 16, 2017

ASHGABAT - Turkey has supported 800 projects worth $1B in Afghanistan; Turkey will continue to support Afghanistan’s efforts towards integration into the regional and global economy...

Afghanistan No Longer Dependent on Pakistan: Abdullah Abdullah

Afghanistan No Longer Dependent  on Pakistan: Abdullah Abdullah

November 16, 2017

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan would no longer depend on Pakistan for transit trade with the opening of the strategic Chabahar Port, Afghan CEO Dr. Abdullah Abdullah said. The port is likely to ramp...

Afghanistan’s Opium Production Hits Record High in 2017: UN

Afghanistan’s Opium Production Hits Record High in 2017: UN

November 16, 2017

VIENNA - Opium production in Afghanistan reached a record high this year, rising 87 percent compared with last year, after a rapid expansion of the areas used to cultivate poppies, the United...

Rabbani Says RECCA Taking Place at a Critical Time

Rabbani Says RECCA Taking  Place at a Critical Time

November 16, 2017

ASHGABAT -Addressing the 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA VII) in Turkmenistan on Wednesday, the acting foreign minister Salahuddin Rabbani said that with...

Peace Talks with Taliban Faster Than Ever, Claims Mujahid

Peace Talks with Taliban Faster  Than Ever, Claims Mujahid

November 16, 2017

GARDEZ - High Peace Council (HPC) officials say contacts with the Taliban are more frequent than ever and negotiations with the insurgent group are ongoing. HPC officials made the remarks...

Afghans Believe Country Headed in Wrong Direction: Survey

Afghans Believe Country Headed in Wrong Direction: Survey

November 15, 2017

KABUL  - Over half of the 10,000 people surveyed said they had confidence in President Ashraf Ghani’s government, which has struggled to establish security in the face of a growing...

IEC Commissioners Move to Fire Chairman

IEC Commissioners Move to Fire Chairman

November 15, 2017

KABUL – Five IEC commissioners have signed a letter calling for the IEC chief Najibullah Ahmadzai to be fired, citing poor performance and misuse of authority as the reason A document, in...

Lazuli Transit Route Accord Signing Today

Lazuli Transit Route Accord Signing Today

November 15, 2017

ASHGABAT - The Lapis Lazuli Transit Route agreement is expected to be signed among the five member countries during the 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA-VII)...

Regional Conference on Afghanistan Kicks off in Ashgabat

 Regional Conference on Afghanistan Kicks off in Ashgabat

November 15, 2017

ASHGABAT - The two-day 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA VII) kicked off in Ashgabat on Tuesday, a source familiar with the organization of the event said...

Taliban Attack Checkpoints, Killing More than 20 Police

Taliban Attack Checkpoints,  Killing More than 20 Police

November 15, 2017

KANDAHAR - The Afghan Taliban attacked more than a dozen checkpoints over six hours in the southern province of Kandahar, killing 22 police and wounding 15, officials said on Tuesday, as...

Protesters Accuse Nangarhar PC Member of Land Grabbing

Protesters Accuse Nangarhar  PC Member of Land Grabbing

November 15, 2017

JALALABAD - The residents of Surah Roud district in eastern Nangarhar province have rallied against Qahar Qader, the Provincial Council (PC) member and accused him of grabbing their...