Afghan carpet exports to India fall due to closure of air corridor

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New Delhi, Oct 5 | Afghan merchants said that carpet exports to several countries, including India, have been significantly reduced due to the closure of air corridors, adding that there was also a decrease in domestic sales.

“We have products, but exports have stopped,” TOLO News quoted Mohibullah Kohi, a merchant, as saying.

“The air-corridor existed before, the ports were opened, and we exported products to Europe, the US, the UAE, and to India,” he added.

The domestic market has also been affected, according to Mohammad Ayoub, another trader.

“During the past 40 to 50 days, our business has been severed. We had customers outside (Afghanistan … We sell the carpets but can’t transfer the money.”

Samira, who has been working in the carpet industry for more than four years, said: “The situation has changed more than ever because earlier the price of the carpets was good and the work we were doing was worth the money, but since the Islamic Emirate came, the carpets we are weaving are not being exported to foreign countries and the price has dropped.”

This comes as the chamber of commerce and investment said that if a substantial market is not found for the carpets, the industry will collapse.

“The air corridor has been closed for the last month and beyond one month,” said Khan Jan Alokozai, a member of the chamber of commerce and investment.

“This has caused big damage to our exports, our exports have not only been reduced, but have completely stopped.”

Afghan carpets recently comprised a billion-dollar-per-year industry.

Source: IANS

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New Delhi, Dec 8 | Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (2nd Ld). A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday in which Indian’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with others.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police has ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Along with General Rawat, his wife Madhulika Rawat, Brigadier L.S. Lidder, Lieutenant Colonel Harjinder Singh, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Naik Vivek Kumar, Naik B. Sai Teja, Havaldar Satpal and pilots were travelling in the chopper.

Confirming about General Rawat presence, Indian Air Force tweeted, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

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The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

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New Delhi, Dec 8 | Military chopper crashes in TN Gen Bipin Rawat on board (Ld). A military chopper crashed in Tamil Nadu’s Coonoor on Wednesday in which Indian’s Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was travelling along with 14 others.

The number of casualties are still unknown and local police have ascertained only three rescued and searches are on for others.

Emergency rescue teams have been rushed to the spot.

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Confirming about General Rawat’s presence, Indian Air Force said, “An IAF Mi-17V5 helicopter, with CDS Gen Bipin Rawat on board, met with an accident today near Coonoor, Tamil Nadu.”

The force said that an inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident.

The rescued suffered serious injuries and have been taken to Wellington cantonment.

Source: IANS

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