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The candidates’ campaign formally kicked off today for the upcoming parliamentary elections, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) officials said.

Amid ongoing efforts to root out graft from the country, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Sunday urged the religious scholars to raise their voices against corruption.

Afghan filmmaker Roya Sadat was awarded the Women of Courage Award for 2018 during a ceremony organized in the US Department of State on Friday. 

Government has approved twelve new contracts including the Doshi-Bamiyan power transmission line having a total value of around 7.3 billion Afghanis. (File Photo: USAID Afghanistan)

The Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived in Kabul today to meet with his counterpart President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and other high level Afghan officials. According to reports, President Widodo is also expected to meet with the Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah during visit to Kabul to discuss issues of bilateral interest.

The NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said the alliance supports the recent message of the NATO and US forces commander General John Nicholson to the Taliban to ‘reconcile or die’.

The police forces in Kabul have arrested at least 566 people on various criminal charges amid ongoing efforts to curb the criminal related incidents.

A senior group member of the Taliban group has been killed in an airstrike conducted amid ongoing operations in southern Helmand province of Afghanistan, the local officials said Saturday.

The Taliban group in Afghanistan has stepped up efforts to shift tactics in a bid to maintain drugs production amid heavy airstrikes as part of a new campaign launched by the Afghan and US forces in southern Helmand province.

Engineer Abdul Baqi Bena, Deputy Head of the Chamber of Commerce of Kandahar, says that this year, export of pomegranates and grapes has been satisfactory so far.

The first modern slaughterhouse was inaugurated in capital Kabul during a ceremony which was attended by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and some other high level government officials, including the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Livestock Nasir Ahmad Durani.

Seventy-Five militants led by five local commanders laid down their weapons and reconciled with Islamic government of Afghanistan in Batikot district of the eastern Nangarhar province.

With the opening of the door of the largest fresh fruit juice factory and dried fruit processing in the country, people's hopes doors have been opened, especially residents of Parwan, Kapisa, Panjshir and districts of northern Kabul (Kohdaman). 

Officials at the Agriculture Department in Herat Province say, 70 tons of honey has been produced in the last year and they expect to obtain 100 tons in the current year.

Davood Shah Safari, head of education in Helmand, says he will complete a shortage of male and female teachers, which has so far made more than a thousand as a teacher.

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani announced 100 million afghanis for implementation of development projects in southern Ghazni province.

In several separate incidents in Kohestan, Ghormach and Qaisar districts more than 250 Talib insurgents were killed and wounded.

The National Procurement Commission (NPC) approved 17 procurement related cases with a total value of around 3.2 billion Afghanistan, during a meeting chaired by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.

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Question of the week

If one of your friends acts like an insurgent you will report him

Colling 119 number - 23.1%
to the MOD forces - 7.7%
to the MOI FORCES - 46.2%
to your local elder - 7.7%
to your mullah - 0%
others - 7.7%

Total votes: 13
The voting for this poll has ended on: August 30, 2016

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