27 March 2017

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chief Executive of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Dr. Abdullah Abdullah introduced Sayed Aqa Fazel Sancharaki as deputy minister of publication and Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi as deputy minister of admin, finance and tourism for employees of Ministry of Information and Culture here yesterday afternoon, BNA reported.
According to the agency, Dr. Abdullah addressing a gathering held on this occasion at MoIC press hall called protection of freedom of expression, preservation of cultural heritage and Islamic teachings as the main duties of the ministry of information and culture, adding the newly appointed deputy ministers have the responsibility toward protection of freedom of expression and Islamic teachings.
Dr. Abdullah said freedom of expression achieved with much sacrifices of the journalists in the last fifteen years, calling its protections as the main responsibilities of the ministry.
Meanwhile Sayed Aqa Fazel Sancharaki, new deputy minister of publication vowed to spare no effort in protection and promotion of the freedom of expression.

Monday March 13, 2017

Kabul (BNA) There are over 5000 historical monuments in the country most of posing to danger of destruction including 28 in Baghlan requiring rebuilding urgently.
Head of Baghlan provincial information and culture department Shukria Asil said, “Baghlan province is area with ancient treasuries due to its historical background which is indicator of cultural and ancient identity of this territory this land has been the heir of the biggest pre-Islamic religions including Budhism, vidi,, Zoroaster and Brahmanism each with a 5000 years background led by powerful sultans, leaders and rulers like Yema, Kadfizos, Kanishka etc. She added, historical sites of Baghlan province included Tapa Sorkh Kotel, Cheeen Qala, Shemorque, Chaharshanbe Tapa which all of them located along the silk route. Two historical monuments have recently been discovered in Shemorque site by domestic and foreign archeologists that are the most important relics after Bamyan idles. The second monument has been discovered in Chehel Qala and according to archeological researches belong to Koshanids ear. This monument has been considered as the Koshanids cultural center Historical bricks in this site show that its very priceless work.
Ms. Asil went on to said, “This site was manuscript is one of the most important relic. A sculpture without head was discovered in Sorkh Kotal and is currently in Kabul museum, might have been belonged to the first koshands king. Touching the situation of Baghlan historical monuments, Ail said, “Its situation is very disturbing particularly the monument in Shemorque which is being collapsing due to natural disasters. We have so far sent several official letter to the HQ MoIC but so far no attention has been invited for its rehabilitation. There is a huge rock on the top of this relic that if it collapses, the relic will be destroyed after the discovering, the French, British and Afghan experts determined its background and amounted that it’s the second important ancient relics after Bamyan. Ms. Asil said, unfortunately no historical monument has been repaired in Baghlan so far. The ex-deputy MoIC for culture affairs had also visited this site three years ago and promised to send a team for repairing but nothing was happened. We have prepared a development plan for 2017 on touristic sites and sent a clear proposal.
Karima Malikzada

Monday, March 13, 2017
Kabul (BNA) A conference was held to mark the county’s cultural heritages, in which messages of the leaders of the national unity government had been read out, BNA reported the other day.
President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah extended their messages hailing a conference held by the ministry of information and culture on protection of historical heritages, a statement said BNA reported the other day.
The country’s president said Afghanistan, with multi-millennium historical background was one of the regional and world most ancient countries, said the agency.
“Cultural work of our country is the indicator of magnificence and glory of our ancestors’ works”, said the president emphasizing on full efforts to protect them.
Smugglers and opportunists, during the last several decades of disorders and mayhems spared no effort to blow heavy slap to the country’s cultural heritages, the statement regretted lauding the ministry of information and culture for doing more to hold 2thd Hoot as the cultural Heritages Protection Conference.
The president asked both the ministry of information and culture and the international partners for making effort to protect thousands of precious cultural heritages through a firm and specific program, according to the agency.
Chief Executive of the National Unity Government, Dr. Abdullah also extended his good will on the occasion of the ministry of information and culture to hold the conference for protection of the country’s cultural heritages said: “This wasn’t enough to hold only conference on the occasion and remain proud of the country’s ancient cultural heritages, but they should protected well and work for their enrichment.”
The CE blamed the last decades-long war of helping unexpected incident to inflict heavy blow to the country’s cultural and historical heritages, the statement quoted.
He said the government was firm to do more for protection of the country’s cultural heritages and asked the ministry of information and culture to provide exact report about the country’s entire historical and cultural heritages and submit to the leadership of the national unity government.
According to the Bakhter news agency, acting minister of information and culture, Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bavari said messages of the country’s leaders indicted that they are committed to help protect and preserve the country’s cultural heritages and that signing contract between his led ministry and the ministry of rural rehabilitation and urban development would provide the ground for better protection of the country’s ancient relics and historical heritages. He said protection of the cultural heritages of the country was the responsibility of all Afghans and asked the mass media to enlighten the public minds about the protection and preservation of the country’s ancient relics and historical monuments.
The acting minister, during the meeting signed a contract with the minister of rural rehabilitation and urban development, Eng. Nasir Ahmad Durrani and deputy to the rural development ministry, Mohammad Akbar Ahmadi.

Sunday March 12, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Security and cultural officials in northern Balkh province reported on taking necessary measures for Nawroz celebration. 
Mohammad Salih Khaliq, head of information and culture department in Balkh told that Nawroz Festival is held as a national and cultural move and will be continued for forty days. Nawroz celebration is held with taking special measures in Mazar-e-Sharif, due to which a commission has been established under chairmanship of the province’s governor, Ustad Atta Mohammad Noor.
The related commission has 9 committees that are responsible for paintings, decoration, lightening, cleaning, procurement, etc. in the province. On activities of the cultural committee, Khaliq said our work was mostly related to media, as since beginning of Hoot 15, all Balkh media outlets provide Nawroz programs as well as they cover Nawroz news as live. During Nawroz celebration, many new media outlets and cultural centers will be inaugurated as well as poetry and cultural exhibitions would be held with the presence of officials from Kabul and Balkh provinces. Necessary preparations will be taken for Samanak Festival, Khaliq said, adding likewise, Afghan singers and musicians are being invited by traders to Mazar-e-Sharif to hold concerts.
At the same time, Hasibullah Quraishi, police commander of public order and security in north said that since the last one week, we have taken necessary measures for Nawroz festival in Balkh. He added mobile patrols have been started in Mazar-e-Sharif and the province’s districts. Security officials in Balkh province have reported on ensuring security of Nawroz festival while currently, armed Taliban and other terrorist groups are doing their best to conduct subversive activities in its neighboring provinces. Nawroz is widely celebrated in Afghanistan. Also knows as Farmer’s Day, the observances usually last two weeks, culminating on the first day of the New Year, March 21. During the Taliban rule (1996-2001), Nawruz was banned and considered an ‘ancient pagan holiday centered on fire worship’. Preparations for Nawroz start several days beforehand.  Among various traditions and customs, the most important ones are as following: Guli Surkh Festival, literally means Red Flower Festival (referring to the red Tulip flowers) is the principal festival for Nawroz. It is celebrated in Mazar-e-Sharif during the first 40 days of the year when the Tulip flowers grow in the green plains and on the hills surrounding the city. Janda Bala, it is celebrated on the first day of the New Year, and is attended by high-ranking government officials. The ceremony is performed by raising a special banner whose color configuration resembles Derafsh Kaviani. As well as, Buzkashi, Haft Mewa (literally translates as Seven Fruits), and Samanak are among the celebrations marked during New Year Festival.
Karima Malikzada

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