Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, April 23rd, 2018

Govt’s Infighting Threatening Polls: Watchdogs

Govt’s Infighting Threatening Polls: Watchdogs

January 09, 2018

KABUL -  Some civil society organizations and election watchdogs on Monday expressed their concern over what they called “unknown fate” of future elections and said transparent...

ICOIC Wants to Include Constitution in School Curriculum

ICOIC Wants to Include Constitution in School Curriculum

January 08, 2018

KABUL - Officials of the Independent Commission Overseeing Implementation of the Constitution (ICOIC) said they are trying to include the constitution as a subject in the school curriculum...

ETWA Expresses Concerns on the Process of Appointing a New IEC Commissioner

ETWA Expresses Concerns on the Process  of Appointing a New IEC Commissioner

January 08, 2018

KABUL - The Election and Transparency Watch Organization of Afghanistan (ETWA) is closely observing the process of appointing a new Commissioner for the Independent Election Commission or...

Illegal Extraction of Badakhshan Mines Goes on

Illegal Extraction of Badakhshan Mines Goes on

January 08, 2018

FAIZABAD - All mines in northeastern Badakhshan province are illegally extracted by armed men and militants as the government collected no revenue this solar year from mining in the...

73pc Afghans to Have Access to Hygienic Water in 2 Years

73pc Afghans to Have Access to Hygienic Water  in 2 Years

January 08, 2018

KABUL - As many as 1.8 million people would find access to clean drinking and sanitation in the countryside under a two-year plan signed here on Sunday. The plan documents were signed between...

No Afghan Should Fight in Other Nations’ Wars: Govt

No Afghan Should Fight in  Other Nations’ Wars: Govt

January 08, 2018

Afghanistan’s sons should not be killed for the goals of others in other countries,” says Presidency. KABUL - Following the news that 2,000 Afghans have been killed in the Syrian war...

Our Goal is to Turn Afghanistan into a Steel Exporter: Ghani

Our Goal is to Turn Afghanistan into a Steel Exporter: Ghani

January 07, 2018

KABUL - President says establishing the Khan Steel smelting factory was a great national and religious initiative. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he is proud that the country has the best...

MPs Lament Slow-Paced Work on Foreign Policy Principles

MPs Lament  Slow-Paced Work on  Foreign Policy Principles

January 07, 2018

KABUL - The Wolesi Jirga -- the lower house of parliament -- on Saturday said practical work on the approval of Foreign Policy Principles (FPP) was ongoing. Some lawmakers criticised the slow-paced...

European Union to Assist Afghanistan’s Trade

European Union to Assist Afghanistan’s Trade

January 07, 2018

KABUL - The European Union in Afghanistan will provide technical and financial support to Afghanistan to improve the country’s trade and exports to world markets. The European Union...

AAF Makes Progress but Challenges Still Remain: Pentagon

AAF Makes Progress but Challenges Still Remain: Pentagon

January 07, 2018

KABUL -  The pentagon's inspector general has said US and coalition forces made progress in training the Afghanistan Air Force (AAF), but that work still needed to be done concerning strategic...

Committee Receives 57 Applications for IEC Post

Committee Receives  57 Applications for IEC Post

January 07, 2018

KABUL - The Election Commissions Selection Committee has received applications from 57 applicants for membership of the Independent Election Commission (IEC), officials said...

Gailani Moves to Bring Inclusive Peace Talks

Gailani Moves to  Bring Inclusive Peace Talks

January 07, 2018

KABUL - The Chairman of Mahaz-e-Milli party, Sayed Hamid Gailani, said on Saturday that he, along with religious scholars, will soon form a delegation to engage in talks with the leaders of...

‘No Progress’ on Expansion of Key Mines in Afghanistan

‘No Progress’  on Expansion of Key Mines in Afghanistan

January 06, 2018

KABUL - The Natural Resources Monitoring Network says government should take steps to improve mining projects in the country. The Ministry of Mines and Petroleum (MoMP) said the government is...

Efforts Underway to Select New IEC Chief

Efforts Underway to Select New IEC Chief

January 06, 2018

KABUL - Over 81 candidates have filed nomination papers for the post as head of the election commission. Officials from the selection committee of the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Thursday...

President Inaugurates Maidan Wardak-Ghazni Power Project

President Inaugurates Maidan  Wardak-Ghazni Power Project

January 06, 2018

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday launched the supply of 220 kilowatt imported electricity to southern Ghazni and central Maidan Wardak provinces. During the inauguration ceremony in...

Flexibility, Redundancy Built into its Afghan Supply Lines: US

Flexibility, Redundancy Built into its Afghan Supply Lines: US

January 06, 2018

WASHINGTON - The United States has built flexibility and redundancy into its Afghan supply lines to avoid overreliance on any single option, the Pentagon said. The announcement came amidst...

Conflict in Afghanistan to Intensify in 2018: ICG

Conflict in Afghanistan  to Intensify in 2018: ICG

January 06, 2018

KABUL - With America’s new strategy raising the tempo of operations against the Taliban, the war in Afghanistan looks set to intensify during the current year, warns an independent...

UK Plans to Ramp up Military Presence in Afghanistan

UK Plans to Ramp up Military  Presence in Afghanistan

January 06, 2018

KABUL - The United Kingdom plans to ramp up its military presence in Afghanistan to about 600 personnel, reports the Forces Network.
The additional British military personnel would...

MPs Divided over More Debates on Census Law

MPs Divided  over More Debates  on Census Law

January 04, 2018

KABUL - Wolesi Jirga members on Wednesday continued to differ over the decision of a joint parliamentary commission on the population census law. Some lower house members called the decision as...

NDS Personnel Capture 13 Suspected IS Rebels in Kabul

NDS Personnel Capture 13 Suspected IS Rebels in Kabul

January 04, 2018

KABUL - The National Directorate of Security (NDS) has claimed the arrest of 13 Daesh or so-called Islamic state (IS) insurgents in capital Kabul, a statement from the Spy-Network said on Wednesday...

Talks Underway to Break Jamiat-Arg Impasse

Talks Underway to Break Jamiat-Arg Impasse

January 04, 2018

KABUL - The ousted governor northern Balkh province Atta Mohammad Noor on Wednesday said negotiations between Jamiat-e-Islami Party of Afghanistan and the Presidential Palace (ARG) have started...

Major Regional Projects will be Implemented this Year

Major Regional  Projects will be  Implemented this Year

January 04, 2018

KABUL - Ministry of Interior says it is working to boost the security of major economic projects in the country. Major regional economic projects including CASA-1000 and TAPI Pipeline projects...

NDS Hits Back at Ousted Balkh Governor’s Accusations

NDS Hits Back at Ousted  Balkh Governor’s Accusations

January 04, 2018

KABUL - The National Directorate of Security on Wednesday lashed out at recent remarks by ousted Governor Atta Mohammad Noor on attempts to destabilise northern Balkh province...

1397 Should be Year of Drive to Promote Education: Ghani

1397 Should be Year  of Drive to Promote  Education: Ghani

January 03, 2018

KABUL - President Ashraf Ghani has underlined the need for surveying the education sector to determine the number of teachers, their ages and qualifications. The solar year 1397 should be the...

This Year’s Polls to be Held on Scheduled Date: IEC

This Year’s Polls to be Held  on Scheduled Date: IEC

January 03, 2018

KABUL - Assuaging political parties’ concerns, the Independent Election Commission (IEC) on Tuesday assured this year’s parliamentary and district council elections would be...

US, Pakistan Trade Barbs Over Failures in Afghanistan

US, Pakistan Trade Barbs Over  Failures in Afghanistan

January 03, 2018

ISLAMABAD - The United States and Pakistan Monday accused each other of failures in Afghanistan. American President Donald Trump started the accusations first, saying his country had “foolishly...

Govt Prepares for Peace Meeting as Violence Rages on

Govt Prepares for  Peace Meeting  as Violence Rages on

January 03, 2018

KABUL - Kabul Process expected to resume in February to focus on aspects of Afghanistan's counter-terrorism strategy and the peace process. Amid ambiguity in the resumption of peace negotiation...

Top US Commander Wants More Aggressive Afghan Push Next Year

Top US Commander Wants More  Aggressive Afghan Push Next Year

January 03, 2018

WASHINGTON – A top U.S. commander wants a more aggressive Afghan military pressuring the Taliban and other insurgents over the normally quieter months of Afghanistan's winter. Then, he wants them...

Trump’s Tweet ‘a Positive Development’: Senators

Trump’s Tweet ‘a Positive  Development’: Senators

January 03, 2018

KABUL - The Meshrano Jirga or upper house of the Parliament on Tuesday termed US President Donald Trump’s fresh warning to Pakistan as “a positive gain”...

US President Assails Pakistan over Terrorist Safe Havens on its Territory

US President Assails  Pakistan over Terrorist Safe Havens on its Territory

January 02, 2018

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of being a safe haven for extremists. Alleging that Pakistan is...

Kabul, Ankara Discuss Military Cooperation, Ties

Kabul, Ankara  Discuss Military  Cooperation, Ties

January 02, 2018

KABUL - Interior Minister Wais Ahmad Barmak has discussed military cooperation with his Turkish counterpart during a meeting in Ankara, a statement said Monday. Barmak arrived in the...

Water Energy Minister Survives MP’s Summons

Water Energy Minister Survives MP’s Summons

January 02, 2018

KABUL - The minister of water and energy, Ali Ahmad Osmani, on Monday was able to get Parliament’s vote of confidence and remained in his position. Osamani was summoned to parliament...

Over 60 Suicide Attacks Hit Afghanistan in 2017

Over 60 Suicide Attacks Hit Afghanistan in 2017

January 02, 2018

KABUL - Civilians have paid a high price for these attacks as it has been mostly ordinary people who were killed and wounded in the explosions. In 2017, Afghanistan witnessed over 60 deadly suicide attacks...

81 Journalists Killed Across the Globe in 2017: IFJ

81 Journalists Killed Across  the Globe in 2017: IFJ

January 02, 2018

KABUL - The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) says 81 journalists and media staff were killed in targeted killings, car bomb attacks and crossfire incidents around the world during...

Private Medaia Gets 50pc Cut in License Fee, Bank Guarantee

Private Medaia Gets 50pc Cut  in License Fee, Bank Guarantee

January 02, 2018

KABUL - The Ministry of Finance (MoF) on Monday announced a 50 percent cut in bank guarantee and license fee for private media outlets. MoF spokesman Ajmal Hamid Abdul Rahimzai told a news conference...