30 April 2017

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Saturday April 8, 2017

Kabul (BNA) TV is one of the learning sections for youth and teenagers but a number of TVs which regularly screening consecutive serials, lack training and educating programs for children. Yasameen student of Faculty of Literature, Kabul University said, “In majority of TVs there are no good programs for children, youth and teenagers except consecutive Indian or Turkish serials which are against our Islamic rites and cultural traditions.
The MoIC took a positive step and prohibited majority of these serials from TVs. So, adaptable serials with our tradition and religion should be screened and instead of these aliens’ serials useful artistic, literary and learning programs that would lead youth and children to a positive direction, should be screened. In a conversation with our correspondent, chief of Publication Department of MoIC, Najiba Maram said, “In my opinion all these TVs screen good and positive programs for children and youth, for example, Ariana tv screens three times a day very good programs for children. Tolo tv screens the program of 100 seconds which is very useful for children and youth.
All printed or audiovisual media who want to operate, receive a permit from the MoIC and the contents of their programs are assessed by law of media and mass media commission and then permits are issued. If our countrymen complain on screening of certain tv programs which are not acceptable to our people or are against our religious cultural traditions, our department send it to MoIC and Media complaints commission and they decide after precise scrutiny. Ms. Maram added that the publication department has set up a monitoring branch in MoIC that would start practical work soon but we lack recording set. I hope it would be at our disposal. Talking on the operating number of tvs throughout the country, Ms Maram, said, “Totally 166 tv stations are operating including 41 tvs in Kabul. All of them have received legal permits from the MoIC, as 24 tvs have not received permits yet. We are against any violation of article 45 of law of media. She added, when a media or tv refer to our department to get frequency we study their application and sent them to MoCIT to get frequency.
Karima Malikzada
 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari, Acting Minister of Information and Culture, on Tuesday discussed some key issues related to cooperation of the UNESCO with his ministry in different fields, BNA reported.
The discussion covered the transfer of Mis-e-Ainak project from the ministry of mines and petroleum to the ministry of information and culture, cooperation of World Bank (WB) and UNESCO in this field, removal of obstacles and weak points before the project, holding a meeting on how to ran the project, symposium about the historical relics and Bamyan Statues expected to be held in Tokyo of Japan, meeting of convention on development of different cultural relics expected to be held in Paris and protection of Bamyan historical relics, said the agency.
In the meeting Masanoori Nagata Oka, head of UNESCO  cultural section and Maria Rita, in-charge of Mis-e-Ainak project from UNESCO spoke and provided information about the works of the institution and assured the expansion of cooperation of UNESCO with the ministry of information and culture which was welcomed by the minister of information and culture. 
 

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Dr. Kamal Sadat, deputy minister of information and culture on youth affairs has signed a memorandum of understanding with the institute of leadership development the other day, BNA said Tuesday.
Dr. Sadat said his main target to sign the agreement was to help the youth beef up their capacity in social, political, economic and cultural fields, to receive diploma by 75 percent discount within three years, said the agency.  Dr. Rafiq Shirzad, deputy and in0charge of the institute said under the agreement, the employees of the ministry of information and culture would be provided with one-year term of training in the leadership[ development institute and asked the youth to use the golden opportunity for their capacity building purpose.  He also said that the youth training government and parliament members, under the agreement, would also be helped develop their capacity in leadership and better management in the institute, the first term of which is expected to be started in next month, said the agency.
 

Tuesday April 4, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Built in second millennium B.C., the Bakhter Treasury was discovered in the ruins of Zoroastrian Fire Temple located in the abandoned city of Sheberghan, Northern Province.
In 1978-1979, a delegation of Afghan and soviet archeologists led by Victor Sarianid, launched excavations in Telatapa (Gold Hill) ancient site, where 21,618 gold, silver and Ivory works in six graves have been found. The contents of this treasury include thousands of silver coins, golden chains, a small emerald gemmed golden tree, a medal on which a mythical animal has been engraved, a man mounted on a Dofbin, a belt, one winged dragon, a golden crone, Roman and Greek coins. All those artifacts were handed over to Afghanistan national museum department in Kabul in 1979. A number of these artifacts were displayed in 1980. Later for precaution and protection, these treasuries were taken to Koti Baghcha Palace. In 1988 these works were leaked in large chests in Da Afghanistan Bank. On July 1991 a one day exhibition of a number of these relics was held in Koti Baghcha Palace and then they were hidden. At the end of 1992, a senior delegation inspector that place to confirm existence of large chests. A lot of ramous spread on their theft of sealing in black markets and even their melting but the officials concerned preferred to keep silence and not to divulge anything. In 1998 as per suggestion of head Bakhter Treasury exhibition draws more visitors of museums to the MoIC, a delegation went there and prepared a report and certified that the seal and lock of the chests were safe and not broken. In 2003, the Afghan government authorities announced that these works were safe and have not been damaged. In March 2004, an agreement on the contents of works of national museum was signed between the MoIC and the American National Geographic Institute. In April 2004, making of the works started in Kari and English with the participation of Victor Seriandi the discoverer of Tela Tapa treasury, Dr Fredric Hébert representative of N.G.I, Karl Grissman, who had started work with the national museum in 1973, senior government officials and experts of Archeological Institute. During listing, 21618 were counted and registered out of which 20587 works belonged to Telatapa and the rest to Bagram, Hadah, Findakistan, Tapa Flol, Ai Khanum, Tapa Khazana, Kama Daka, Kohna Masjid, Aqkiprak and Sorkh Kotal and beside that a collection of gold and silver coins were registered.
The rest were plundered and pillaged. An exhibition of Bakhter Treasury was opened on Hoot 29, in Beijing the national capital of China in Royal Museum at the presence of Deputy MoIC for youth affairs Dr. Kamal Saddat, Afghan ambassador of China Janan Musazao, Chines officials Lia io ju, head of national museum Mohammad Fahim Rahimi, chief of China Emperor Palace Ji Shiary etc. According to Musazai the Afghan ambassador, both China and Afghanistan had made a lot of efforts for holding of this exhibition and it would be open until June However, Afghanistan enjoys good weather and majority of its people rely on agriculture for their livelihoods and their family’s sustenance, but still 5 million hectares of lands face with water shortage in the country. Officials of the ministry for water and energy said inattention of the governments and lack of necessary facilities over the last years have caused the country’s waters to be flown to neighboring countries of Iran and Pakistan.
Despite enjoying 7 million hectares of agricultural lands, deficiencies in different fields such as, substandard agriculture method, lack of reformed seeds and inattention of farmers have caused only 2million hectares of lands to be used for agricultural crops. Over 5m hectares of farmlands facing water shortage in Afghanistan This is while that the proposal on saving Afghanistan’s waters and building water dams has been the issue discussed by the government officials several times, but it has not come into effect so far. Abdul Matin Salihi, the incharge for horticulture sector of the ministry of agriculture, irrigation and livestock said lack of water was the great challenge before agriculture growth in Afghanistan. He believes that importing 80 percent of agricultural supplies is really concerning for a country where 70 percent of its exports are agricultural goods. He stressed much investment should be considered to save the country’s waters, because, there is no doubt that agricultural expansion is the only way that can positively affect economic development of the country.
“Afghanistan needs 100,000 tons of reformed seeds annually, but currently, the farmers are provided with only 20 percent of the figure,” he added. He said importing low-quality chemical fertilizers and agricultural medications are among other problems which bring down the country’s agricultural products. A number of experts said there was no doubt that Afghanistan was among the countries enjoying good climate and enough water, but unfortunately, the government of Afghanistan could still manage the waters properly. Shir Ali Tazri, an expert said, “despite having necessary facilities, still the people of Afghanistan face with water shortage particularly in agriculture sector, thus, I hope the government could prevent flowing waters to neighboring countries and build dams in some parts of the country to help improve agriculture.” According to the spokesperson of the ministry for water and energy, building dams play imperative and strategic role in balance and stable development.
In fact, construction of dams can create a great change in agricultural sector, he added. The agriculturists of the country say that water plays vital role in agriculture area and they ask the government to pay attention in building dams in different parts of the country so the water shortage problems are met or the country will face a worse situation. Shukria Kohistani 17.2017 for three months. Dr Kamal Sadat said 231 pieces have been displayed in this exhibition. Head of national museum Fahim Rahimi said Bakhter Treasury was exhibited in South Korea national museum. “Our goal behind this exhibition is to show the world that we have long his history and rich culture.” In South Korea, over 200,000 people suited it Rahimi went on to add that the exhibition of Bakhter Treasury is one of the most spectacular in the world. In a two month extinction in Japan, over 6,000 people visited it. “We receive an advance of $250,000 and over Afs 170m have been collected by the government. For the time this exhibition was held in France as now Kazakhstan has requested holding of this exhibition,” Rahimi concluded.
Karima Malikzada
 

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