19 June 2018

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  In a meeting with a number of youth from Helmand’s Greshk district, acting Minister of Information and Culture and Deputy Minister of Cultural Affairs Mohammad Rasul Bawary emphasized on their active role in country’s national projects, BNA reported.
During the meeting, the youth from Greshk district of Helmand province asked the ministry to officially recognize their library and Youth directorate.  They said the library was established to improve cultural and social situation of the district and needed a permanent location, the agency added.
Praising Greshk youth’s initiatives and cultural activities, Prof. Bawary said there were four major national programs before them, asking them to fulfill their national obligations.
“Elections, distribution of EID cards, peace and security and national unity are the main four programs that youths are required to make them success,” Prof. Bawary was quoted in BNA’s report.
Acting minister said the ministry was supporting Greshk youth’s initiative and would remain beside them.

Saturday May 26, 2018

Kabul (BNA) At least 231 cultural relics from Afghanistan are on display at the Zhengzhou Museum in central China's Henan Province starting Friday.
The cultural relics from the National Museum of Afghanistan include precious gold, bronze and glass items as well as ivory carvings.
The collection has been exhibited in more than 10 countries, including France, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States, since 2006.
In March 2017, these items began an exhibition tour in 22 museums in China, and the Zhengzhou Museum was the fourth stop after the Palace Museum, the Dunhuang Research Academy and the Chengdu Museum.
The exhibition will be open to the public until July 10 and free to visitors.

Wednesday May 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) One of the only Korans ever made from silk fabric has been completed in Afghanistan a feat its creators hope will help preserve the country's centuries-old tradition of calligraphy.
Each of the Islamic holy book's 610 pages was produced by hand in a painstaking process that took a team of 38 calligraphers and artists specializing in miniatures nearly two years to finish.
Bound in goat leather and weighing 8.6 kilograms (19 pounds), the Koran was produced by Afghan artisans, many of them trained at British foundation Turquoise Mountain in Kabul.
"Our intention was to ensure that calligraphy does not die out in this country writing is part of our culture," Khwaja Qamaruddin Chishti, a 66-year-old master calligrapher, told AFP in a cramped office inside Turquoise Mountain's labyrinthine mud-brick and wood-paneled complex.
With the Koran considered a sacred text, calligraphy is highly venerated in Islam and Islamic art.
"When it comes to art we cannot put a price on it. God has entrusted us with this work (the Koran)... and this means more to us than the financial aspect," Chishti continued.
Using a bamboo or reed ink pen, Chishti and his fellow calligraphers spent up to two days carefully copying Koranic verses onto a single page -- sometimes longer if they made a mistake and had to start again.
They used the Naskh script, a calligraphic style developed in early Islam to replace Kufic because it was easier to read and write.
The decoration around the script, known as illumination, was more time-consuming, each page taking more than a week to complete.
A team of artists used paint made from natural materials, including ground lapis, gold and bronze, to recreate the delicate patterns popular during the Timurid dynasty in the 15th and 16th centuries in the western city of Herat.
"All the colors we have used are from nature," Mohammad Tamim Sahibzada, a master miniature artist who was responsible for creating the vibrant colors used in the Koran, told AFP.
Sahibzada said working on silk fabric for the first time was challenging. The locally sourced material -- all 305 meters (1,000 feet) of it -- was treated in a solution made from the dried seeds of ispaghula, or psyllium, to stop the ink from spreading.
- 'Very rare' -
Turquoise Mountain began work in 2006 in Kabul with the aim of preserving ancient Afghan craftsmanship, including ceramics, carpentry and calligraphy.
It hopes the silk Koran will generate demand for more handmade Islamic religious texts that could create employment for its artisans and help finance the institute.
"We will show it to other Islamic countries to see if it is possible to create job opportunities for graduates to work on another Koran," said Abdul Waheed Khalili, the organization’s Afghan director.
For now it will be kept in a specially made hand-carved walnut wooden box to protect its delicate pages from the elements at Turquoise Mountain's offices, which are in the restored Murad Khani, a historic commercial and residential area in Kabul's oldest district.
There Turquoise Mountain has trained thousands of artisans with the support of Britain's Prince Charles, the British Council, and USAID.
"The copying of the Koran onto silk is very rare," country director Nathan Stroupe told AFP.
He said the project has been "an amazing way to train our students at an incredibly high level in a very traditional type of work".
"If a Saudi prince or a book collector in London... was interested in it, we would be thinking in the $100,000 to $200,000 (price) range," he added.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Led by the Finance Ministry’s Costumes Revenues director, a committee with membership of the representatives from the ministry of information and culture, ministry of Telecommunication and ATRA administration, federation  of Journalists Societies and Media and Da Power Supply Breshna Company to investigate the failure of media in paying the main taxes, BNA reported.
According to the agency, a meeting, chaired by Fazel Sancharaki, the Deputy Publication Minister of Information and Culture and attendance of the finance ministry’s representatives and other related organs to resolve that the whole media of the country should be informed to refer the ministry of finance to enjoy the contents of the decree issued by the president on the waiving off the taxes deficits, but paying their main taxes.
For this, the deputy minister in an interview the BNA correspondent said that under the decree of the Presidential Office, media were duty bound to refer to the moderate taxpayers’ department for settling their accounts and financial owing.  The deputy minister warned that despite waiving off on the media owing and installment of their main taxes within seven years, if they avoided from settlement of their accounts, they will deprive from their work licenses.
“After passing 20 days there is no symptom of media to refer for the settlement of their accounts,” said Sancharaki warning thy would legally be persuaded after announcing new notification.
They country’s media have to pay 500 million Afs through fair processes of installments within seven years, which is a good privilege for them.

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