Culture Bakhtar News Agency is the official state news agency of the Afghan government, based in Kabul. The agency is a major source of news for all media in Afghanistan, gathering domestic and international news and providing information to outlets. http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af Thu, 24 Aug 2017 10:39:55 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Saudi Arabia Builds Library In Balkh http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29788-saudi-arabia-builds-library-in-balkh.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29788-saudi-arabia-builds-library-in-balkh.html Saudi Arabia Builds Library In Balkh

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The Saudi Arabia funded provincial library has been inaugurated in Northern Province of Balkh after up to four years of the agreement signed between the kingdom and Afghanistan, a statement said the other day.
The total cost of the library including construction of the building books and other essentials like computers and advanced materials reaches to 322783.7 USD paid by the Saudi Kingdom, said a statement from the Assadia Darul Olum—a religious school said.
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Directorate officials, the library with all equipment had been inaugurated, said the statement adding the project was first kicked off in 2013 the work of which completed this year.
Deputy to the education ministry, Dr. Shafiq Samim, Provincial education director and head of the provincial religious scholars and other officials of the Darul Olum have attended the ceremony, according to the statement.
Deputy to the education ministry, Shafiq Samim thanked the Saudi Arabia for it continuation of cooperation since 2002 and construction of the library for Asadia Darul Olum, the statement added.
Balkh Education Director also thanked the kingdom for its cooperation with the religious schools in the province.
Saudi Arabia’s financial cooperation in different fields, particularly with the provincial school has continued since 2002.
 

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Culture Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:43:27 +0000
Second Part of ‘Paktika Seminar’ To Be Held http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29765-second-part-of-‘paktika-seminar’-to-be-held.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29765-second-part-of-‘paktika-seminar’-to-be-held.html Second Part of ‘Paktika Seminar’ To Be Held

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Kabul (BNA) In a meeting with Paktika governor, acting minister of information and culture, Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari spoke about holding second part of ‘Paktika’s Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow’ seminar, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
Thanking the ministry of information and culture for the attention on first part of ‘Paktika’s Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow’ seminar which was held in Kabul last week, Paktika’s provincial governor, Ilyas Wahdat briefed the acting minister of information and culture on holding second part of the seminar which will be held in that province in near future, the agency added.
Likewise, he stressed on attention of the ministry for information and culture in term of repairing a number of historical monuments, improving cultural sections and the survey of a national park which has been considered to be built in Paktika province, BNA continued.
Acting minister of information and culture briefed the provincial governor on his ministry’s preparations on holding second part of ‘Paktika’s Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’ seminar which would be held in the province, adding the MoIC is also making effort to prioritize repairing historical monuments which are in all provinces.
 

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Culture Tue, 22 Aug 2017 06:29:44 +0000
China To Cooperate With MoIC In Cultural Researches Sector http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29745-china-to-cooperate-with-moic-in-cultural-researches-sector.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29745-china-to-cooperate-with-moic-in-cultural-researches-sector.html China To Cooperate With MoIC In Cultural Researches Sector

Monday, August 21, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari, Acting Minister of Information and Culture in a meeting with Chinese ambassador to Kabul discussed the country’s cooperation with MoIC in cultural researches sections.
In the meeting, the Chinese ambassador to Kabul while assuring MoIC of his country’s further relations in cultural sections promised to expand relations in connection with joint researches in cultural and social sections as well as holding scientific and research sessions.
Meanwhile, acting minister of information and culture while praising China for its cooperation with Afghanistan in various sections in particular cultural sector asked for further cooperation of the country in researches of archaeology and invited the Chinese ambassador to Kabul to participate in Silk Road and Sufism International Seminars to be held by MoIC in near future.
 

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Culture Mon, 21 Aug 2017 06:11:28 +0000
ATRA To Digitalize MoIC’s Public Library, National Archive http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29725-atra-to-digitalize-moic’s-public-library-national-archive.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29725-atra-to-digitalize-moic’s-public-library-national-archive.html ATRA To Digitalize MoIC’s Public Library, National Archive

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) and and Afghanistan’s Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) signed a memorandum of understanding here the other day, BNA reported.
According to the agency, the MoU was signed by Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari acting minister of information and culture and ATRA director Dr. Mohammad Najib Azizi.
Based on the MoU, ATRA would equipped ministry of information and culture’s public library with modern equipment worth hundred thousands of USD. 
The Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority to also equip the ministry’s national achieve with modern facilities worth 300 USD in 2018.
Addressing the ceremony acing minister of information and culture said, the cooperation MoU was aimed to protect national archive’s documents as well as to case people with essential reading facilities at the public libraries.  He said public libraries of Badghis, Ghor, Urozgan, Paktika and Zabul provinces to be also digitalized.
Meanwhile ATRA director said his institution was ready to cooperate with ministry of information and culture on different spheres.  He said ATRA would finance the ministry’s projects.
ATRA director went on saying his organization was making ort to widespread telecom services across the villages, educational centers and government agencies.
 

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Culture Sun, 20 Aug 2017 06:44:01 +0000
“Our Today’s Press Not Unprecedented, But Having Root In Afghanistan History,” Sancharaki http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29702-“our-today’s-press-not-unprecedented-but-having-root-in-afghanistan-history”-sancharaki.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29702-“our-today’s-press-not-unprecedented-but-having-root-in-afghanistan-history”-sancharaki.html “Our Today’s Press Not Unprecedented, But Having Root In Afghanistan History,” Sancharaki

Wednesday August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) On the threshold of Afghanistan Independence Day, to be marked on August 10, a seminar titled ‘Review of historic period of Afghanistan press from 19 – 21 century’ was held by ministry of information and culture in Kabul. In the seminar attended by a number of representatives of people in parliament, media officials, foreign ambassadors to Afghanistan, writers and poets, deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture Sayed Fazil Sancharaki while considering Afghanistan press as one of top press in the country’s history said the seminar was held on the threshold of marking Afghanistan Independence Day and to find previous root of the history of Afghanistan press, adding that they should know that today’s press was not unprecedented, but it had root in the history of Afghanistan. “In this seminar, we want to review ups and downs, pest and jumps of Afghanistan press from two viewpoints: first from works done in this regard and second from briefings of Afghanistan press elite figures speaking related to roots of the history of Afghanistan press”, Sancharaki said.
Pointing to development and establishment of the history of Afghanistan press from the time of Amir Shir Ali Khan, Habibullah Khan, Mahmoud Tarzi – national unity government era, deputy minister of publication affairs added media in our country had nearly 150 years history and has experienced ups and downs, pest and lots of jumps in various periods of the history of Afghanistan press. Deputy minister of publication affairs while considering development of media and press as unprecedented in the country during the past one decade stressed on legalization of media activities in the country, asserting that the national unity government of Afghanistan was strongly supporting media activities but wanted all media organizations to manage their broadcasts and activities in accordance to the country’s laws, national values and interests and awareness for the people.
Pointing to activities followed towards institutionalization of media and freedom of expression in the past few years, Sancharaki recalled of approval of law on the right of access to information, creating journalists support fund, formation of commission for access to information and commission of media violation and reviewing nearly 700 cases of violence against journalists by judicial organs, adding that they were trying to provide further facilities for the media of the country so that they could manage their activities in accordance to the country’s laws. At the end of the conference, an exhibition was opened in cooperation with Directorate of Baihaqi Publishers and were put pictures, newspapers of the country’s historic periods and works and artifacts of Afghanistan media organizations.
Suraya Raiszada
 

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Culture Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:26:44 +0000
Young Authors Appreciated http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29699-young-authors-appreciated.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29699-young-authors-appreciated.html Young Authors Appreciated

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The country’s deputy ministry of information and culture and Fanoos Magazine have jointly launched a competition to mark the Youth International Day, during which ten young elite writers have won eligible score of appreciation, BNA reported the other day.
Up to 186 youth have attended the competition titled, The Youth and Extremism’ among them ten elite writers won top scores, said the agency.  Manizha Ramzi one of the organizers said these ten young authors have won the eligible scores of appreciation and award, according to the agency.
Meantime, Dr. Kamal Sadat deputy to the youth affairs of the ministry of information and culture said: “at present time extremism has overwhelmed the country and writing essays would help the youth get awareness about the challenge. “He said the youth could play key role in besieging the public minds and they should spare no efforts in this field.
Behishta Rahmani, one of the winners of top scores pointed to what she said the main elements of driving the youths to extremism and enumerated economic and political problems and injustice were among the factors behind outspread of extremism in the country and that any move to investigate into the main factors would help reduce the vicious phenomenon.
 

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Culture Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:20:39 +0000
Reconstruction of Jam Minaret A Priority, Prof. Bawari http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29697-reconstruction-of-jam-minaret-a-priority-prof-bawari.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29697-reconstruction-of-jam-minaret-a-priority-prof-bawari.html Reconstruction of Jam Minaret A Priority, Prof. Bawari

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO ) and the ministry of Information and Culture are planned to reconstruct the Jam Minaret as BNA reported that in-charge of the UNESCO’s Afghanistan agency of Mi8ssi Ainak in cooperation with the World Bank would help the ministry to repair the Jam Minaret.
Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari said his ministry was working on a policy focusing on the maintenance of historical heritages, particularly renovation of the Jam’s minaret of Ghor province, said the agency.  The minister thanked the UNESCO head of Afghanistan agency for the organization’s preparation to help renovate the Jam Minaret, said the agency.
He said a delegation accompanied by a group of the ministry’s expert was expected to be sent to Ghor province to technically assess the minaret reconstruction, the agency said.
According to the report, the minaret had been said to have up to 24 meters inflection which has concerned the UNESCO.
 

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Culture Wed, 16 Aug 2017 06:15:43 +0000
Govt. Supports National Strategy On Access To Information http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29684-govt-supports-national-strategy-on-access-to-information.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29684-govt-supports-national-strategy-on-access-to-information.html Govt. Supports National Strategy On Access To Information

Tuesday August 15, 2017

Kabul (BNA) National Strategy on Access to Information codified by the Oversight Commission on Access to Information has been officially introduced during a ceremony held by the Chief Executive   
Supporting the strategy, officials stressed that the government administrations are responsible to let the people access to information.
Access to information should turn to culture and the Chief Executive Office would cooperate with civil society and people of Afghanistan in this regard, Dr. Abdullah said.
According to law, the government administrations should classify the information and put them to people access, otherwise, any carelessness would cause the people not to believe in government anymore, CE Abdullah added.
He stressed that the government managers should let the people access to information and never reject the people demands in the respect. 
At the same time, the oversight commission on access to information has codified the national strategy on access to information for four next years. Based on this, to create transparency within the government institutions, the people access to information should be increased.
Officials of the commission said the strategy has been codified in consultation with partners and stakeholders including civil societies, media, public services in-charges and government employees, and if it is implemented, transparency would be created in the government function.
Head of monitoring commission on access to information, Sayed Ekram Afzali said that implementation of the law on access to information would lead the government to transparency, meet the demands of the people and solve many challenges that exist in the country.
He stressed if the government acts based on the strategy, the country would be the first position in transparency among the world countries.
“In Afghanistan all information is classified in the government institutions, in exceptional cases you can get information if you know someone,” said Sayed Ekram Afzali, chairman of the access to information monitoring committee.
Likewise, he added the government administrations are not keen to share any information with people that is why corruption’s rate has been likely increased.
Furthermore, Mujib Khelwatgar, executive chief of Afghanistan’s supporting free media said the government institutions should cooperate with media on access to information, because media play the bridge role between the people and government.
This is while that the government of Afghanistan has always said it would support the media, and stressed access to information is the people’s right.
Suraya Raiszada
 

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Culture Tue, 15 Aug 2017 08:28:40 +0000
Mostafavi Urges Parwan’s Historical, Cultural Documentary Package http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29671-mostafavi-urges-parwan’s-historical-cultural-documentary-package.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29671-mostafavi-urges-parwan’s-historical-cultural-documentary-package.html Mostafavi Urges Parwan’s Historical, Cultural Documentary Package

Monday August 14, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Acting minister of information and culture, Sayeda Muzhgan Mostafavi in a meeting with the Parwan governor, Mohammad Asem Asem, said a documentary package should be made from Parwan historical and cultural sites for the world awareness from the country’s further heritages, BNA reported the other day.
While inaugurating the Topdara Stupa excavation work and visiting the historical site of the province, the acting minister and deputy to the finance, tourism and administrative affairs of the ministry of information and culture said: “Less is done for rehabilitation of the Parwan province’s historical sites, despite being close to the capital, Kabul.” “One of the most important things was attention to the internal tourism and this should lodge at the focal point of the government,” said Mostafavi. She asked the provincial government of Parwan to provide a documentary package from Parwan historical, cultural sites to help aware of the country’s cultural heritage and to further promote the country’s culture and tourism.
The acting minister of information and culture said work on construction of administrative office of Parwan information and culture and construction Jihad and Resistance Museum included in the 1369 (Afghan solar year) plan. “These projects would be completed this year.” In case of procurement of land of the provincial information and culture departments, a big cultural complex with 50 percent of women portion would be constructed in each provinces of the country, said Mostafavi. The acting minister inaugurated the work project of Topdara Stupa of the province in a ceremony attended by a number of directors and senior advisor of the ministry of information and culture as well as deputy to the provincial governor, Shah Wali Shahid, elders and influential figures of the province.
According to Abdul Ahad Abbasi, the historical monument (Topdara Stupa) with 30 meter height and 70 parameter, would be repaired in its previous structural style. Meantime, Mohammad Asem Asem, the governor of Parwan spoke about the issue said, the ground was prepared for construction and development in the province and that the provincial leading body would support the anticipated plans and programs. Pointing to the highway of Parwan extending to the north, the governor said providing Bagram and Jabal-ul-Saraj highways with two-sided highways, supplying potable water from Salang to Charikar and rehabilitation of Jabal-ul-Saraj’s historical palace are among the issues expected to be put into practice, as the primary work had been started. Provincial information and cultural director, Abdul Wahid Hashemi enumerated beginning of work on rehabilitation of Jabal-ul-Saraj and repairing of the Topdara Stupa of the province from the achievements of the ministry of information and culture said that tourism, after oil trade ranked second in the world economic list.
 

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Culture Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:39:04 +0000
Sancharaki Hears Problems, Demands of Officials For Kabul-Based Translation Bureaus http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29667-sancharaki-hears-problems-demands-of-officials-for-kabul-based-translation-bureaus.html http://www.bakhtarnews.com.af/eng/culture/item/29667-sancharaki-hears-problems-demands-of-officials-for-kabul-based-translation-bureaus.html Sancharaki Hears Problems, Demands of Officials For Kabul-Based Translation Bureaus

Monday, August 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Minister of publication affairs for information and culture Fazil Sancharaki in a session yesterday heard problems and demands of a number of officials for Kabul translation bureaus.
In the session attended also by head of Bakhtar News Agency, Kahalil Meanwi and director of information and culture Najiba Muram a number of officials of Kabul-based translation services while enumerating a range of their problems said one single translation bureau which has not received license so far has monopolized all services, adding that this work of the bureau has put negative impacts on works of other translation bureau.
They also asked deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture to cooperate with them in connection with decreasing taxes on the respective bureaus.
After hearing demands and problems of representatives of Kabul-based translations bureaus, deputy minister of publication affairs promised to share their problems and demands with relevant government organs.
Yarzada

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Culture Mon, 14 Aug 2017 07:29:40 +0000