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India seeks to join APTA project

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(Last Updated On: May 28, 2015)

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India’s ambassador to Kabul in an interview with Ariananews said that it will be in interest of the three countries if New Delhi includes to Afghanistan Pakistan Transit Agreement (APTA) project.

Indian officials are said to believe if the APTA project shares with India, Afghanistan’s exports will expand.

“Nearly 45 percent of Afghanistan’s goods export to India. If the accord becomes a tripartite agreement it will cause the growth of Afghanistan economy,” Amar Sinha, India’s ambassador to Kabul said.

Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to enforce a long-awaited transit trade deal that would help war-ravaged Afghanistan boost its economy.

Pakistan has long expressed its concern over smuggling into Pakistan of goods being imported by Afghanistan.

To ensure the consignments reach Afghanistan and not smuggled back to Pakistan, Pakistan sought bank guarantees from Afghan importers.

Afghanistan praised India’s offer in joining the treaty but Pakistan is opposed to it.

India also noted that no contract was signed with Afghan officials on Hajigak mining project.

Earlier this week, reports came out that a consortium led by the Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) scrapped the Hajigak iron ore project, which was worth USD 10bn.

A number of analysts linked the decision of the Consortium to President Ashraf Ghani’s pro-Pakistan foreign policy in particularly to the signing of an intelligence agreement between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

 

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Improved security boosts tourism in Shulgarh district in Balkh

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

Local officials in Balkh province said this week that domestic tourism has improved substantially and that in the past month, about 30,000 visitors have visited the popular Khwaja Sekandar Springs in Shulgarh district.

Officials said that Balkh tourist attractions are drawing in large numbers of visitors amid improved security, especially visitors to the springs.

Balkh residents have welcomed the growing number of visitors to their province and said this was largely due to improved security.

“The difference is big, in the past there was insecurity, now because of the security of this place, people come a lot,” said Ghulam Yahya, a tourist.

Since the IEA took control of the country, provinces around the country are reporting an increase in domestic tourism due to the improved security situation.

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More than 1,000 infected with severe diarrhea outbreak in Takhar

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

The Takhar Department of Public Health says that in the past three days, more than 1,000 people have been infected with severe diarrhea in Takhar province.

The public health officials said that most of the people infected live in the remote areas of Bangi and Ishkamish districts.

According to these officials, mobile health teams have been sent to the area to prevent casualties and to curb the spread of this disease.

A number of non-governmental health institutions have also started working to prevent casualties caused by this disease.

However, residents of the province have stated that there are no health centers in many remote areas in the province and asked government to establish mobile health centers in these areas.

Poor hygiene habits, hot weather and also the use of unsafe water are said to be the reasons for the spread of this disease.

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Work starts on new road to ease traffic in Kabul city

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Kabul municipality officials said Saturday construction work on the new Wazir Akbar Khan to Sherpur road has started in order to reduce traffic congestion in the city center. 

Water culverts will also be included in the project that is being undertaken by the municipality’s Department of Work Maintenance and Monitoring of Kabul Municipality, Bakhtar reported.

The project, once completed, will cost 15 million Afghanis.

The new road will link Street 15 in Wazir Akbar Khan with Street 2 in Sherpur. Six properties along this section will be demolished to make way for the road.

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