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Sep 22,2012

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 22, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, today announced that the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology (MCIT) has issued the company with a license that will enable Roshan to further expand and develop its already market-leading, innovative data packages via the 3G platform. Roshan celebrated the issuance of the license in a signing ceremony presided by His Excellency, Minister Amir Zai Sangin and other honorable ministerial dignitaries at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in Kabul. Roshan is aiming for a commercial roll out of its 3G service later in the year.

Roshan has brought to market a range of robust data platforms for Afghan individuals and business.  Most recently, Roshan launched “Kahkashaan,” an innovative galaxy of web portal services that allows customers to access rich content on their mobile phones, including ringtones, pictures, games and applications. The company was also the first to bring Blackberry and M-Paisa mobile money services to Afghanistan.

“We are delighted to introduce 3G technology to Roshan’s six million and counting customers, expanding access to data-rich products and converged solutions to meet their needs,” said Karim Khoja, chief executive officer of Roshan at the ceremony. “Not only does the license further bolster Roshan’s robust and high-performing data services, but it also complements our existing state-of-the-art network that currently offers the widest, most reliable and highest quality coverage across all of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces,” added Khoja.

“3G technology is vital for the economic growth and development of Afghanistan in a host of different sectors – from education to health to commerce,” said His Excellency, Minister Sangin. “In awarding this license to Roshan, we are embracing the mobile broadband revolution, expanding the country’s data services and enhancing capacity, aimed at improving the lives of Afghans as they connect with each other and the rest of the world,” added Sangin.

About Roshan

Roshan (Telecom Development Company Afghanistan Ltd) is Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider with over 6 million active subscribers and a network that covers over 230 cities and towns in all of the country’s 34 provinces.  Roshan is a true Afghanistan success story, serving as a catalyst for economic growth and actively contributing to the country’s long-term development. Since its inception eight years ago, Roshan has invested over $550 million in Afghanistan and is the country’s single largest investor and taxpayer, contributing approximately 5 percent of the Afghan government’s overall domestic revenue. Roshan directly employs more than 1,300 people, 19 percent of whom are women, and provides indirect employment to more than 30,000 people. Roshan is deeply committed to Afghanistan’s reconstruction and development. The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED), part of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), is a major shareholder of Roshan and promotes private initiatives and building economically sound enterprises in the developing world. Also owned in part by Monaco Telecom International (MTI) and TeliaSonera, Roshan brings international expertise to the country and is committed to the highest standards of network quality and coverage for the people of Afghanistan.


Media Contacts: Shaheen Shivji Manager, Public Relations Roshan Office: +93 (0) 79 997 4845 E-mail: Website:

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Sep 10,2012

… to comprehend and interpret basic epidemiological and biostatistics concepts used in scientific medical literature

“We need courses such as this training to empower us with the capacity to present evidence of best practice in order to have better impact on the health of the population”.

This was stated by one of the participants of a course offered by the Program for Continuous Education of Community Health Department (CHD), Aga Khan Health Service, Kenya .

The course on “Basic Epidemiology and Biostatistics” was offered from Tuesday Aug 21st to Saturday Aug 25th 2012 at a local beach hotel in Mombasa .

The purpose of the course was to comprehend and interpret basic epidemiological and biostatistics concepts and terms commonly used in scientific medical literature and develop and strengthen basic knowledge which enables them to promote their learning and skills required for advanced learning in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

The participants of the course were attending from different health sectors such as government, both urban and rural, provincial and district health officers, health manager from private hospital in Mombasa , and health managers from Aga Khan School of Nursing.

It was also attended by two health managers from Aga Khan health project in Tanzania “Joining Hands Initiative”.

The course was developed and facilitated by the faculty members from University of Alberta , Canada and members of CHD, Mombasa .

The course was designed with a purpose to allow knowledge gaining and sharing through morning classroom sessions, and facilitated afternoon group work sessions utilized to practice the knowledge gained using specially prepared case studies and data.

This element of practical demonstration was well received by the participants.

CHD will continue to offer such courses in future due to positive feedback from participants.

Sep 10,2012

Ireland has won the Aga Khan trophy at the Dublin Horse Show for the first time in eight years.

Large crowds turned up at the RDS this afternoon for the annual FEI Nations Cup which is the showcase event of the five-day festival.

Ireland’s team, made up of showjumpers Cian O’Connor, Darragh Kerins, Richie Moloney and Clem McMahon, beat off strong challenges from France and Britain to win the trophy.

Eight nations took part in the competition which had not been won by Ireland since 2004. The competition also doubled as the last round in the 2012 FEI Nations’ Cup Superleague.

Ireland’s winning performance was vital to lift the team out of the relegation zone for next year.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny this evening congratulated the Irish team on their success.

“This is a fantastic performance by the Irish team, in winning their first Aga Khan since 2004. Cian O’Connor, Darragh Kerins, Richie Moloney and Clem McMahon’s win in front of a home crowd at the RDS shows the strength of Irish showjumping,” he said.

Following on from Cian O’Connor’s Olympic Bronze medal, the medals won by our Olympic boxers, and Rory McIlroy’s win in the US PGA, it’s been an extraordinary few weeks for Irish sport,” he added.