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Tuesday August 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Deputy Minister of finance, administrative and tourism for information and culture Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi opened handicraft exhibition and local food festival on the occasion of 100th anniversary of Afghanistan Independence Sunday evening in Kabul.
At the opening ceremony attended by a number of officials of the ministry of information and culture, high-ranking government officials, daughters of King Amanullah Khan Princess Hendia and Princess Najia and a number of domestic and foreign guests, deputy minister of finance, administrative and tourism for the MoIC spoke and besides congratulating the 100th anniversary of Afghanistan Independence, offered condolence and sympathy to the families of those martyred and wounded in recent terrorist attack in Kabul.
Mostafavi added that the festival has been held by the ministry of information and culture with close cooperation of Kabul Serena Hotel to welcome 100th anniversary of Afghanistan Independence. “In this festival, local foods, local handicrafts, local music and dresses of the country’s five zone provinces have been put for exhibition,” Mostafavi said. Briefing related to exclusive programs held for the past three months by various departments of the ministry of information of culture on the occasion of 100th anniversary of Afghanistan Independence, deputy minister of finance, administration and tourism for information and culture hoped the ministry by holding such programs could fulfill its cultural duty in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the country’s Independence. Afterwards, head of Kabul Serena Hotel in his speech congratulated the 100th anniversary of Afghanistan Independence to all Afghans, asserting that the festival was held by the MoIC and Kabul Serena Hotel to mark the Independence Day of the country.
Meanwhile, advisor to President Ziaulhaq Amarkhil by praising the MoIC for holding the festival said that they were marking the 100th anniversary of Afghanistan Independence amid of increasing civilian casualties caused by suicide attacks and explosions as a number of our countrymen were martyred and wounded in a suicide attack Saturday night in a wedding hall in Kabul. Offering deep condolence and sympathy to the families of those martyred and wounded in the attack, Amarkhil asked all the people of Afghanistan to stop tribal discrimination and get united to work towards rebuilding and development of Afghanistan. During this festival, Obaid Zazai modeling group performed local clothes exhibition. At the end, Mostafavi opened handicrafts exhibition in which home and hand-made products such as carpets, local dresses and clothes, ornaments, paintings and other local products were displayed. The exhibition will be opened from 6:00 pm – 10:00pm every night for four days at Kabul Serena Hotel.

Sunday, August 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting minister of information and culture opened ‘Art Works Exhibition’ on Sunday at National Gallery.
The exhibition, launched by national gallery department on the occasion of 100th anniversary of Afghanistan Independence, included art works as painting, calligraphy, miniature, tailoring, carton, children handicrafts and weaving.
In opening ceremony, acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi spoke and first offered her deep condolence and sympathy to the families of those martyred and wounded in a suicide attack in a wedding party in Kabul.
“Despite of increasing problems and challenges, we’re not hapless and do have hope to work towards development and rebuilding the country,” Safi said.  Acting minister of information and culture considered role of art and artists as valuable in the society, asserting that artists and youth were art-loving and pen-loving people who were fighting by these instruments.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Google joined Afghans in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the independence.
The tricolor Afghan flag with black, red, and green vertical stripes representing the nation’s turbulent past, its struggle for independence, and struggle for independence, and its belief in a prosperous future will fly all across the south Asian nation today.
The flag also includes a national emblem that includes the year 1298 (1919 in the Gregorian calendar), when the country gained independence from the United Kingdoms.
Shortly after signing the Treaty of Rawalpindi guaranteeing neutral relations between Britain and Afghanistan, which was never officially part of the British Empire. Emir Amanullah Khan declared independence from any British influence on this day in 1919.
The occasion is marked by official ceremonies and parades in the capital city of Kabul.  Many citizens spend the day visiting mosques to offer prayers or attending local carnivals featuring traditional song and dance.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Kabul (BNA) UNAMA in a statement on Monday congratulated Afghans the 100th Independence Anniversary.
“On behalf of the United Nations in Afghanistan, I wish to congratulate all Afghans as they celebrate 100th years of their country’s independence,  UN envoy said in a statement on Monday.  Tadamich Yamamoto said the United Nations shared in the pride of all Afghans who, despite many decades of conflict, remained steadfast in their pursuit of a nation that is stable, peaceful and prosperous, and that upheld the human rights of all its citizens, women and men alike.  The long history of Afghanistan, and the broader region, has been as the cradle of civilization, as the birthplace to many scientific break-through, as the foundation for many developments in literature and the arts.  This past is testament to the future of Afghanistan.  “As we mark 100th years of Afghanistan’s independence, the United Nations remains mindful that Afghanistan is at a crucial moment in its history, with final preparations now being put into place for an election that will give voice to the people, and with a real possibility for break-through in peace after so many years of war.
“Afghanistan is one of the earliest members of the United Nations, joining in 1946.  The United Nations is proud of this long partnership, and proud to be able to work for the people of Afghanistan toward a better future where this country can one again take its place as a crossroads for commerce and culture, for the region and for the world.”

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