Friday, 30 December 2016

Южно-азиатская ассоциация по региональному сотрудничеству (ЮААРС) планирует построить в Афганистане новый промышленный парк

Представители ЮААРС уже запросили у афганского правительства участок под застройку. Представители торгово-промышленной палаты Афганистана (ТППА) приветствовали инициативу и выразили уверенность, что она существенно укрепит афганскую экономику. «Мы также ведём переговоры со странами-участницами о других возможных совместных проектах», — цитирует слова вице-главы ТППА Юнуса Моманда афганский телеканал «Ариана-ТВ».
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Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Afghan, Japanese, French and German specialists met to discuss whether two ancient statues of Buddha in Bamyan, Afghanistan should be restored

International specialists met to discuss whether two ancient statues of Buddha in Bamiyan, Afghanistan should be restored. 

The Government of Afghanistan has agreed with international experts to repair one of the Buddha statues called ‘Shahmama’ using the original material.

The participants in the meeting also agreed to establish a recreation park in the area between the two statues. This comes as previous meetings on rehabilitation of the statues had failed to reach a decision.

[The Taliban dynamited the 56m Salsal statues and its female 38m Shamama in 2001.]


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Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Afghan actress awarded at Marrakech International Film Festival

An Afghan actress has won the Award for the best performance by an actress in Marrakech International Film Festival, it has been reported. The award was given to Fereshteh Hosseini during the 16th Marrakech International Film Festival on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The 19-year-old Fereshteh appeared in ‘Parting’ movie jointly produced by the Afghan and Iranian filmmakers. Directed by Navid Mahmoudi, the film is based on the story of two young Afghans, Fereshteh (played by Hosseini) and Nabi, who are in love, according to Financial Tribune. The movie also focuses on the issue of Afghan refugees as the showcases the lives of those who are forced to stay and the ones in transit. It depicts the uncertain situation of the young couple after they leave Afghanistan with an hope to find a better life by heading towards Europe via Turkey. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans were forced to leave the country due to the growing instability in the country and headed mainly towards the European countries by going through some of the most dangerous routes that claimed the lives of scores of immigrants. The Marrakech International Film Festival was created in 2001 by His Majesty King Mohammed VI to promote arts and the film industry in Morocco.
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Thursday, 8 December 2016

Afghanistan will get US$ 1billion annually for transit from TAPI gaspipeline

Afghanistan will get more than $1 billion in profit only from the transit of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline once the project kicks off, it has been reported. Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov quoted by Trend News agency has said “More than 12,000 jobs will be created for our Afghan brothers.” The long delayed $10 billion Trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline was formally inaugurated last year with the state-run gas company – Turkmengaz, named project consortium leader for TAPI Pipeline Company Limited in August, working on the construction of the pipeline.The United States government and Asian Development Bank will support the mega project that will run more than 700 km across Afghanistan on its way to Pakistan and India. The pipeline is expected to last for 30 years with a proposed annual capacity of 33 bcm of gas which would be filled with gas from Turkmenistan’s mammoth Galkynysh field. It is estimated that the gas pipeline will become operational once the construction work has been completed in December 2018. The pipeline will run more than 700 km across Afghanistan on its way to Pakistan and India which would be filled with gas from Turkmenistan’s mammoth Galkynysh field, the world’s second-largest reservoir of natural gas.
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Asian Development Bank (ADB) approves US$ 415 million grant to support Afghanistan's energy security

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $415 million grant to boost Afghanistan’s energy supply and strengthen the country’s cross-border trade in energy.  “Insufficient energy supplies constrain growth and income opportunities that can fuel ethnic and regional tensions, as well as insecurity,” said Asad Aleem, Senior Energy Specialist in ADB’s Afghanistan Resident Mission. “This assistance will support the government’s $10.1 billion national energy supply program, which aims to expand power supply to boost economic growth and cut poverty.” Afghanistan has seen energy demand grow by almost twice its economic growth rate from 2005 to 2012, with the country sourcing around 80% of its total supplies from neighboring countries. Reliance on energy imports, the small size of the domestic market, limitations in transmission and distribution networks, and governance and financing weaknesses leave energy security highly vulnerable. The national grid is also not synchronized with the systems of the four countries — Iran, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan — from which Afghanistan imports power, resulting in higher costs and reduced reliability of supply. The project will finance the new 500-megawatt back-to-back converter station — a critical step towards expanded power imports — at Dashte Alwan to connect a new 500-kilovolt interconnection line with Turkmenistan with another 500-kilovolt line stretching to Kabul. The converter will allow Turkmen power into the Afghan grid under the 10-year power purchase and sales agreement signed in November 2015 between the two countries. In addition, it will construct a 180-kilometer 220-kilovolt transmission line from Doshi to Bamiyan to expand the grid to at least 8 additional provinces, distribute power to nearly 150,000 people, and provide redundancy to the existing transmission network. The assistance comprises $188.23 million from the Asian Development Fund, $1 million from the People’s Republic of China Regional Cooperation and Poverty Reduction Fund, and $225.77 million co-financing from the Afghanistan Infrastructure Trust Fund (AITF), which will be administered by ADB. ADB’s is Afghanistan’s largest development partner in the energy sector with cumulative grant assistance of nearly $2.2 billion all of which is on budget with the government. Its support is crucial given the government’s limited resources and the constraints on private investment. The program is supporting targets of the government’s national energy supply program, which include increasing the country’s electrification rate from 30% to 83% and lifting the share of domestic generation from 20% to 67% by 2030.
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Sunday, 4 December 2016

В Афганистане был впервые произведён ценный базиликовый мёд


Пчеловод из провинции Кандарар впервые произвёл мёд из базиликового нектара.

Стоимость базиликового мёда составляет 600 афгани (около 9-10$) за килограмм. Это второй по стоимости сорт мёда после черничного. Его особенностью является низкое содержание глюкозы, благодаря чему его могут употреблять даже диабетики.





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VeilMail in Afghanistan and Iran
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Friday, 2 December 2016

Afghanistan, a country where 87% of women have endured physical or sexual violence

Life has not been easy for her. In the past seven years, the 27-year-old has been forced to flee her country twice, received more death threats than she can count, and was brutally beaten by 10 men on the street and left to die. Her crime? She covers her head with a baseball cap instead of a hijab, raises her voice for women’s rights, and is Afghanistan’s first female rapper.
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