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Monday, 19 December 2011 06:50

Head Of A Statue Discovered In Paktia

Monday, December 19, 2011
Kabul (BNA) The head of a statue discovered in southern Paktia province was handed over to Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture by police commander of the province and Polish ambassador in Kabul. 
Dr. Raheen said that the head of the statue belong to the first to third century AD and it has been obtained from Sharan of Paktia province with the cooperation of Polish friends. 
He added that as a result of attention of Polish military personnel in Ghazni and Paktia the police have been trained well and this statue head was recovered in a joint operation of Poland and Afghan police. 
Dr. Raheen thanked the police commander and the Polish personnel in this respect. 
The Polish ambassador in Kabul said that the historical relics existing in Afghanistan indicate this country’s past historic glories, adding that Afghanistan has many historic relics for which the Afghans be prideful.  The head of the statue was delivered to the National Museum.

Monday, December 19, 2011
Kabul (BNA) The National Security Council meeting discussed the international forces overnight operation on a residential unit during which, one was killed and four other wounded, the presidential press office said. 
The operation had taken place on the house of Dr. Hafizullah, head of counter-narcotics in southern Paktia province resulting in killing one and wounding four others, a press statement from the presidential press office said. 
The meeting was chaired by President Hamid Karzai in which the NATO general commander, Gen. John Allen had taken part and apologized to President Karzai for the incident happened last night and expressed his deep sympathy to the government and the people of Afghanistan, the statement added. 
President Karzai said serious problems still exists between the government of Afghanistan and the international forces on their recklessly house searching and the traditional Loya Jerga had emphasized on putting end to it. 
The president asked the NATO commander for not entering the houses of the Afghans anymore. 
In other part of the meeting, Dr. Ashraf Ghazni Ahmadzai presented his report on the successfully development of security transition process in the provinces of Sar-e-Pul, Samangan, Badakhshan, Takhar and Kundoz provinces. 
He said that the people in Baghlan, Takhar and Kundoz provinces had problems with the local police actions for which serious measure should be adopted. 
The president instructed the ministry of interior to provide full details about the issue and present in the next Security Council meeting. 
Some key ministers including senior minister, Hedayat Amin Arsala, defense, Finance, foreign and counter narcotics ministers, head of NDS, head of local organs independent administration and deputy security interior minister had attended the meeting.

Sunday, 18 December 2011 10:43

Eleven Stars Clinch Cricket Title In Khost

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Khost (BNA) The Eleven Stars cricket club defeated Pakistan’s Miranshah team in the final of “Peace Cricket Tournament” being played in southeastern Khost province, officials said on Saturday. 
The tournament that began three months ago concluded on Friday evening, the Olympic committee chief in Khost, Aziz Malang said this news agency. 
Dozens of teams from several provinces and two teams from Miranshah and Bannu areas of Pakistan took part in the event. 
In the final match, the team from Miranshah, the headquarters of North Waziristan Agency, won the toss and chose to bat. 
They scored 122 runs in the stipulated 12 over’s game. 
The eleven Stars chased the target in the 10th over. 
The winners were presented with a car by the governor’s spokesman, Mubariz Muhammad Zadran.

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture of Afghanistan in invitation of Japan Center for International Cooperation in Conservation a department of the national Research institute for Cultural Properties,  Tokyo (NRICPT), participated in the 10th Expert Working Group Meeting for the preservation and the Safeguarding of the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiayan Valley World Heritage property, Afghanistan and the symposium held ( 6 to 8 December 2011) in Tokyo , Japan.
The aim of the meeting was to advise UNESCO and Afghanistan authorities on issues related to the conservation of the Bamiyan World heritage property by reviewing and assessing ongoing activities in Bamyian, as well as identifying need and opportunities for future initiatives. 
The meeting also provided an opportunity for the coordination of international efforts.
Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen Minister of Information and Culture also delivered speech in the meeting the following is the highlights of his speech.
Director of NRICP Tokyo, representative of the ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, from UNESCO, ICOMOS and ICCROM, ladies and gentlemen Expert Working Group for the Safeguarding of the Bamiyan World Heritage Property.
It is highly appropriated that this 20th Meeting had been hosted by our Japanese friends, who have been among the strongest international supporters of Cultural Heritage in the Bamiyan Valley since 2002 and also for heritages in general in Afghanistan.
With financial support from the Japanese government and the technical support of UNESCO for the World heritage site in Bamiyan, the Ministry of Information and Culture has been able to coordinate emergency efforts to safeguard the remains of this extraordinary Afghan heritage.
In 2003, the Cultural Landscape and Archaeological Remains of the Bamiyan Valley were inscribed on the world Heritage list. Together with the World Heritage site of jam, they are great sources of pride for the Afghan people.
Since then, substantial progress has been made in Bamiyan, we have seen considerable improvement of the state of preservation of the site of the Buddha Cliffs which encompasses the remains of the sculptures and Buddha niches and the vast monastery composed of thousands of rooms and caves cut into the cliff.
We have also seen substantial progress with the preservation of mural paintings and archaeological sites, the demining of the Bamiyan Valley and the World Heritage property, and the ongoing development of a management system to enable us to safeguard the site for future generations of Afghans and the World.
Of course, more work needs to be done on emergency measures to safeguard all the sites in Bamiyan to ensure the continued preservation of the site and in order to remove it from the list in danger.
More efforts also have to be made on demonstrating the values of heritage for development: people in Bamiyan need to see tangible results through heritage related employment, vocational training and the development of cultural infrastructure, such as museums and culture.
It is also appropriate at this 10th meeting that we reflect on what has been done, not just as an exercise in itself, but with a critical eye on what has been achieved and what has not been achieved. 10 years ago the Afghan people strongly supported the reconstruction of at least one of the Buddha sculptures destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.
This was to be a symbol for Afghanistan and the World that the new Afghanistan was ready to stand for peace, democracy and an open society against fanaticism.
As much as highly complicated and sophisticated work has been undertaken in Bamiyan in relation to the two Buddha niches by our friends from ICOMOS, it is difficult for the average, non specialized person, to see or understand what has been done, in the sense, our achievements 10 years after the destruction of the statues have not been able to have the symbolic impact on the people of Afghanistan, and the world that I just mentioned. And it still remains unclear to many whether it is even technically or financially possible.
Unfortunately, in this sense, we have failed.
Yet, despite the tragic event of the destruction in Bamiyan, it is clear that 10 years later, the international community, the Afghan government and the people of Bamiyan remains highly motivated to safeguard and rehabilitate cultural heritage in the valley and also optimistic concerning the ongoing success of cultural development in the province.
We still think this problem of making a symbolic statement to the world can still be addressed.
The ministry of Information and Culture has proposed another solution and perhaps more realistic solution to this issue of bringing together our hopes and aspirations and the technically and financially more practical way forward at this time.
We have proposed to establish the Bamiyan Museum for peace in the Bamiyan valley, the concept we have elaborated is for a multi-functional complex that will be.
1- A museum to safeguard movable cultural heritage of Bamiyan and surrounding areas
2- A centre for education on cultural and natural heritage, its documentation, management and conservation
3- A symbolic place of memory for the tragedies of the past and hopes for a better future
4- A centre for vocational training in the arts and crafts industries in Bamiyan
5- A centre for training staff of the MoIC and students from the Bamiyan University in heritage related fields and disciplines.
6- A cultural centre that can become an important focal point for the community for cultural events and festivals.
We are currently working with the UNHESCO Kabul office on the methods of implementation and on fund-raising for the Museum which we hope will come to symbolize our collective efforts for peace and social cohesion in Afghanistan. 
Therefore, what we do from here on the safeguard the World Heritage site of Bamyan can also come to symbolize something else beyond simply the tragedy of the destruction which is now symbolized by the empty niches. 
This new cultural centre we hope to build in Bamyan can symbolize hope for the further; it can symbolize reconciliation in Afghanistan, it can symbolize the promotion of intercultural dialogue as the foundation towards building a culture of peace in Afghanistan and sending this message to the world. 
We hope to continue to work in partnership with all the friends of Afghanistan towards these goals. 
This occasion is the appropriate time for all of us to renew our focus and our efforts for the safeguarding of cultural heritage in Afghanistan. 
The heritage of Afghanistan is a heritage shared by us all and the preservation of this shared history can be a symbol of our collective aspirations for a better future.  
My guidance to you in this meeting is that you consider how your activities can go beyond simply the conservation of heritage in Bamyan and more towards tangible cultural development impacts for the people of Bamyan, such as better opportunities for people to use their cultural knowledge as assets to improve conditions in Bamyan and Afghanistan in general. 
I thank you for your time and wish you the best of luck with your discussions and deliberations during the working sessions of this meeting.

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Lashkargah (BNA) The foundation stone of Chastisement Center was laid down in Helmand province yesterday. 
The said center foundation stone laid down at the adjacent area of central jail of the provinces. 
Helmand governor, Gulab Mangal during inaugural ceremony said that at the cost of $ 900,000 funded by PRT of UK quartered in that province. This center is built with all necessity facilities for promotion of prisoners working affairs. 
He added that this building allotted for those prisoners who are under age. 
It is mentionable that at this center 57 men are existed that with completion of this building a number of their problems would be removed.

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Chaghcharan (BNA) A road construction company official has been kidnapped by unidentified gunmen in western Ghor province, an official said on Saturday. 
Mirwais Salehi, the provincial in-charge of Logan Road Construction Company was kidnapped from Ghalmin village five days ago, deputy police chief, Col. Abdur Rashid Basher, said this news agency. 
A search operation involving police and area residents was underway, but no clue to Salehi’s whereabouts has been found so far, he said. 
No one has so far claimed responsibility for the adduction. Resident Mohammad Arif said Salehi went missing in Ghalmin village while monitoring newly built bridges. 
Acting Rural Rehabilitation Director Khair Mohammad said locals informed him about the incident, adding his department had received no information from the company’s head office in Kabul. 
He said the Logan Company had been unable to complete a 16 kilometer road connection Charsada district with Chaghcharan, the provincial capital, over the past two years. 
The $450,000 (21.856, 500 Afghanis) road agreement had been signed between the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and the Logan Company, he said.
Mohammad said they have several times informed the ministry about the slow pace of work on the road project.

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Herat (BNA) More security posts to be established at Herat-Delaram Highway. 
Recently, this highway is threatened by armed Taliban and also the people complain about thieves and highway-robbers in some parts of this highway. 
The report adds that this decision is made based on the complains of people. 
According to security organs, permanent posts and mobile patrols to be established and the activities would also increase.

Sunday, 18 December 2011 07:46

Bomb Attack Brought Casualty In Khost

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Kabul (BNA) At least 19 civilians were martyred and injured in a hand-bomb attack of armed Taliban in Khost province this morning.
This event occurred around 10:30 am while a number of armed men which said are from Taliban group thrown hand grenades on the crowd bazaar of Khost province.
The Spokesman of Khost police commandment told this news agency, three civilians were martyred and 16 others including a policeman were injured in this incident.
It is said that women and children are among the victims of this attack.
Doctors of Khost central hospital called the health condition of three injured persons critical.

Sunday, 18 December 2011 07:28

Workshop On University Credit System Held

 

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Kabul (BNA) A workshop was held in Kabul University on the other day for finding solutions to credit system in Afghan higher institutions in the country. 
Mohammad Usman Baburi, deputy minister for Afghan ministry of higher education, credit system is a unit in which higher education curriculum is executed with repetition of semesters based on proportion of subjects, adding the system is providing further and better opportunities to university students. 
Baburi said I hope all higher institutions and universities would have the credit system in the coming year.
Following, Professor Bari Sediqi introduced the credit system to participants of the workshop adding credit system is a new and international system. 
He said the system has been implemented in Kabul medical university, Kabul Education University, Kabul polytechnic, Balkh, Herat, Nangarhar and Al-Beroni universities. 
He also said the system has been also implemented in a number of higher institutions, but the institutions are facing with lack of labs and reasonable location for teachers. 
The workshop was attended by chancellors and deans for 26 Afghan higher institutions.

Sunday, 18 December 2011 06:44

Tribal Elder Killed In Helmand

Sunday, December 18, 2011
Lashkarga (BNA) As a result of mine explosion, a tribal elder killed in Greshk district of Helmand province Friday. 
The report adds that this tribal elder was previously the head of social council of Greshk and was killed as a result of mine explosion in Jaction area of Greshk district and a person was injured. 
The reason behind killing of this dignitary is unknown so far and the search for the recognition of culprits of the incident is begun.