Tuesday December 10, 2013
Kabul (BNA) The spokesperson of the Attorney General Office Basir Azizi said that it has approved the proposal of the Information and Culture Ministry for suspending the publication of Zhowandon TV and Ansar newspaper.
He added that the publications of the Zhowandon TV and Ansar Daily has been suspended for publishing discriminatory and anti-national unity propaganda deemed against the spirit of Constitution of Afghanistan and a delegation is investigating this issue.
He added that the attorney general office was deeply affected over such publications and warned that every media act against the national high interests will be stopped.
It is said that parallel with suspension of the Zhowandon TV and the Ansar Daily its officials will also be investigated.
Monday December 9, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Afghan publishers’ book exhibition was held yesterday on the threshold of Nawroz international festival to be held in Afghanistan in 2014.
Nawroz festival will be held next years in Afghanistan with participation of leaders and authorized representatives of Nawroz zone countries.
The exhibition was held in national gallery on the threshold of Nawroz festival.
In a ceremony which was held on this occasion first Faizullah Muhtaj, head of Behaqi book publisher spoke and said, “Nearly 27 book publishers are operating in Kabul and their books have been put in four international book exhibitions in the regional countries.” Following, Nabi Farahi, deputy minister of information and culture spoke and said, “Ministry of information and culture is honored to have the responsibility of cultural committee directorate for upcoming Nawroz international festival, so the ministry is determined to launch a series of particular programs as publishing of books, holding exhibitions, theatrical shows, TV programs, feature films, music festival, seminars, night poem and introduction of old history of Nawroz in Afghanistan.”
“Based on decision made by UNESCO four years ago, Nawroz festival was recognized as an international festival, so the festival is held every year in one of the Nawroz zone countries” , Farahi added. Afghanistan will be honored to hold the festival next year and necessary preparations have been taken in this regard.
The exhibition will be open for three days to all interested.
Monday, December 09, 2013
Kabul (BNA) Photo exhibition titled’ Afghanistan Hope’ was held yesterday in the National Gallery in Kabul.
In the exhibition, 50 photos of Murtaza Beboud, a 19 years old photographer were put for exhibition.
In a ceremony which was held on this occasion Sayed Musadiq Khalili, deputy of cultural affairs for ministry of information and culture spoke and said the exhibition had its own particularization, adding photos which were about hope were put for exhibition while in all other exhibitions held in Kabul various photos of pain, suffers and terror had been put for exhibition.
Musadiq hoped that other artist should also follow such ways. The exhibition will be open for one week.
Sunday, December 08, 2013
Kabul (BNA) It is my great pleasure to welcome you today to the National Museum of Afghanistan. I thank you for joining us to officially open the museum’s newest enhancements.
In recognition of the generous support provided by the people of the United State of America to the National Museum of Afghanistan in cooperation with the Ministry of Information and Culture of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
These visitors’ entrance, perimeter wall and tower were designed and implemented as part of the architectural master plan for the National Museum of Afghanistan by S.E.E office for architecture design.
The National Museum has suffered a tragic past, but 2002 was the beginning of a new era in the history of this cultural institution. Together, with the help of the international community and our friends from Greece, the Netherlands, USA, UNESCO and others, we were able to begin still remains, and I am very pleased to see the continued support of the international community by your presence here today.
This support was demonstrated in March 2011 with the opening of the Mes Aynak exhibition, which serves as the first public exhibition of the recently excavated artifacts from the site.
This exhibition was supported by the US Embassy here in Kabul, and highlights the partnerships we have built to support the National Museum and the continued preservation of Afghanistan’s cultural heritage.
Since the museum’s official reopening, we have worked hard to support its development, and it is with great pleasure that I remind you that in March 2011, the Ministry of Information and Culture and the US Embassy in Kabul announced a proposed plan for a new, larger, and more secure Museum Building that would stand adjacent to this complex on a parcel of land generously given by the Ministry of Defense.
The US Embassy in Kabul, represented at the time by Ambassador Eikenberry, made a pledge of $5 million for the initiation of this plan, and the new exterior wall and visitors’ center and improvements which we have gathered today to celebrate their opening, are a manifestation of this support from the United States.
In addition to the US’s generous pledge, the Ministry of Information and Culture pledged $2millio and the Ministry of Mines pledged $1million to support the expansion of the National Museum.
At this moment our Ministry of Information and Culture intends to soon award a proposal for design of a new guard tower and tea house in the Museum garden with our pledge.
Since announcing the plan for a new building for the National Museum, we have achieved some significant milestones that I would like to bring to your attention.
First: In September of last year at this Museum we announced the winning designs of an international architectural design competition.
Second: We continue to upgrade the museums’ grounds and improve the security and appearance of the existing building. This visitors’ entrance, perimeter wall and tower were designed and implemented as part of the architectural master plan for the National Museum of Afghanistan, and we believe that these improvements will allow for a better environment for the eventual return of the traveling “Afghanistan Treasure” exhibition, and I hope this can be a source of unifying pride for the Afghan nation.
In closing, I would like to acknowledge with gratitude all the previous support the Ministry has received from the international community and the United State.
However, I must also remind you that there is a lot of important work that remains ahead of us to ensure the long-term preservation of Afghanistan’s irreplaceable cultural heritage that the National Museum serves to protect.
Afghanistan’s cultural heritage is not only for the Afghan people, it is part of a heritage that we share with the world. Afghanistan today remains at the center of a global crossroads, and as we all hope for a peaceful future in this country, we invite the international community to continue its essential support for this esteemed institution.
In order to realize our plan to build a new Museum we will need your support in the years to come. We, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Afghan people, pledge to honor your support through the protection and preservation of our cultural heritage and to continue sharing it with the world.
I thank you again for joining us today.