04 August 2020

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Saturday, March 28, 2020 Kabul (BNA) As many as 231 historical artifacts of the Bakhtar Treasury exhibited in various European, American, Australian and Asian countries were returned home on Tuesday, the Ministry of Information and Culture said Friday. The objects found from Tapa-e-Falul, Aykhanum, Tellah Tapa, Bagram and Tapa-e-Zargan have been put in show for up to 13 years in the museums of different countries and visited by up to 5 million people. According to the statement, the exhibition was for the first time was held in a French Museum in November 21, 2006. Based on a specific timeline, the exhibitions were held following signing separate agreements with any of the hosting countries, including Italy, the Netherlands, US, Canada, Germany, England, Norway, Sweden, Australia, Japan, South Korea and China, under the national and international standards, said the statement. The total revenues from the exhibition of Afghanistan treasuries (Bakhtar Treasury), which was held in 13 world countries reached to 314 million 319, 436.90 Afghanis which was added to the government account. The latest exhibition of the artifacts was held in China, with $391, 042 revenues transferred to the government budget, said the statement. Beside financial revenues, exhibition of the artifacts has had its important portion in the enlightening of public minds of the hosting countries, for the country’s cultural heritages and rich history at the world level. Exhibitions of the country’s historical objects have also drew attention from a number of countries to return the looted historical artifacts to the country, said the statement. “The return of up to 15,000 artifacts from foreign world countries have direct relation to the held exhibition.” In a recent measure, the coronavirus-19 pandemic caused the return of the country’s historical artifacts from Hong Kong to be restored in the country’s reservoirs for technical rest and after a while, by the direction of the cabinet of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, to be prepared for the world tour. Hereby, the honored people of the country are informed that with the recommendation of the Ministry of Information and Culture and approval of the High Presidential Office, a professional and administrative commission has been set up to manage the explanation and emplacement of the of the Bakhtar Treasury exhibition’s historical pieces which are reached to the country and duly prepare them for the next exhibition in Afghanistan National Museum. The commission members are representatives from government institutions, including the ministry of Finance, General Administration for the Presidential Affairs, National Directorate of Security, Attorney General Office, professionals from the committee for holding the exhibitions and professional cadres led by Afghanistan National Museum, the statement concluded. Yarzada

Thursday March 26, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi, met with a number of religious figures here in her office yesterday, BNA reported.
According to the agency, the religious scholars shared their views on media’s activities in the country, in particular that of the visual media, asking the acting minister to help align their broadcastings in line with the Islamic teachings.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the religious scholars said that they have shut the mosques, asking visual media to also avoid people’s gatherings in their programs and help raise awareness. They said if the cities to be quarantined, then people would prefer to watch TVs, the agency quoted.
The Ulema said that audio visual media should consider Islamic, cultural and educational values in their programs and avoid any broadcasts contrary to the Islamic principles, according to the agency.
Calling attention to Islamic, cultural and educational values as the ministry’s main priority, the acting minister assured of her led ministry cooperation in this regard.
He stressed that the media should pay close attention to Islamic values, culture and popular traditions of the people of the country.

Sunday, March 22, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi, a meeting was held to discuss the design and sketch of the information and culture ministry’s new building and national museum. In the meeting held the other day with participation of deputy minister of urban development and land, deputy minister of art and culture for information and culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawary, head of national museum Mohammad Fahim Rahimi and officials of the construction company, the design and sketch of the ministry and national museum’s building was discussed.
Acting minister of information and culture stressed that the new building of national museum should be built in an open and big area in accordance to international standard so that all historic artefacts showing the country’s identity are put in. Safi also said that a proper land should be considered for the new building of the MoIC and its sketch should show the real culture of the country as development of the country’s national culture was in top priority.
In the meeting, deputy minister of urban development and land asked the ministry of information and culture to provide list of the country’s all historic artefacts for construction of standard national museum, assuring that a proper land would be considered for the new building of the MoIC.
In the meeting, it was decided that all list of the country’s historic artefacts would be provided to the ministry of urban development and land within the two coming weeks.

Friday March 20, 2020 Kabul (BNA) Supply of Nowrozi and Eidi are particular traditions of Afghans. With approaching of New year’s day, the families whose their sons’ are engaged take gift packages to their next daughter-in-law’s house that include fruits, fish, Jilibi, ring, clothes…. Khoshbo a resident of Kabul city in an interview with The Kabul Times said, Nowrozi is one of the accepted traditions in Afghanistan which are even famous outside the country as an old Afghan culture. In my opinion it is not a bad tradition otherwise if we underestimate or ignore it, it would be slowly and gradually forgotten. Masoud who has been engaged since one year now, said, I came with my sister and fiancée to purchase and take Nowrozi. I will buy a pair of clothes, quantity of jewelries, fish, Jilibi and fruits. I also plan to marry after the Nowroz but a number of shopkeepers increased prices of their goods. Touching to advent of peace, he added, we hope the situation will be improved and we would manage to organize our engagement, wedding parties in a peaceful atmosphere and spend rest of our life in security and without war and violence. Tamanna fiancée of Masoud said, despite of economic impacts on families, Masoud has decided to observe this tradition. I also decided not to select expensive goods in order to prevent economic blow on his family. Yasemin a housewife expressing opinion on Nowrozi tradition said, I know that its an old tradition but it is at the same time an extra expense and our families should give up expensive traditions and think about their son’s or girl’s future prosperity. She added large number of boys have low income and don’t dare to marry due to expensive wedding parties. A number of families unfortunately impose additional expenses on boy’s families that boy’s families don’t afford to meet them, for example they select expensive wedding halls, jewelries, high dowry, henna night and etc that cause headache to boy’s family. The boy’s family has to loan money to meet unacceptable demands of girl’s family and have to compensate their loans after wedding for many years. This situation sometimes causes hostility between the two families instead of friendship and even result in their separation and divorce. Karima Malikzada Ansari
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