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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Peace and Regional Convergence Festival attended by the Afghan, Pakistan and Tajikistan youths was held in Kabul on Thursday, BNA reported.
The festival was attended by Hasina Safi, the Acting Minister of Information and Culture and some other high ranking government officials and foreign embassies’ representatives, as well as young peace messengers from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikistan, the agency said.
Addressing the ceremony, Abdullah Rassouli, Meiotic program coordinator in Afghanistan said the main aim of the festive was to help the youths learn new skills on leadership, negotiation, mediation, involving youth in the process , creation of active regional network to ease effective communications, joint participation in civil and media works, development of relations and building of understanding and trust among the youths and providing the ground for introducing cultures, art and traditions of the three countries, the agency added.
Addressing the festival, Ms Hasina Safi, the acting minister of information and culture said that development of any country had direct link to the understanding, awareness and effective works of the youths, the agency quoted.
Pointing to the role of the youths, the acting minister praised the efforts of holding such festivals and said such programs would help provide good relation and restore peace in the country, according to the agency.
“Positive changes and advancement of the youths helps the country develop.” Said the acting minister, as quoted by the agency.
At the festival, a team of young youths displayed different traditional clothing, the agency concluded.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) held consultative and introductory meeting Wednesday evening with media officials. 
The meeting was held with participation of deputy ministers, advisors and officials of information and culture, media representatives and a number of spokespersons of government institutions.
In the meeting, acting and nominee minister of information and culture Hasina Safi, while praising the country’s media and media organizations for their activities and works said the National Unity Government (NUG) in light of the country’s constitution, mass media law and other laws was committed to open activities of media and supporting them.
“there are nearly 3,000 print, visual and auditory media organizations that are registered in MoIC, showing diversity, freedom and pluralism and their spiritual concession will reach to government, people and media personnel., “Safi added.
Representing Afghanistan Journalists Federation, Rahimullah Samandar briefed related to the federation’s activities and said the federation has fulfilled valuable works for creation coordination between media organizations.
He enumerated addressing of a number of violence cases against journalists and media personnel, exemption of tax crimes from a number of media organizations, donation and fund to needy journalists and others as achievements of the federation.
In the meeting, a member of journalists’ federation Shafiqa Habibi in her speech considered role of women journalists in the country’s media as pale, asking for attention in this regard.
Habibi added that they planned to hold a four-month training ‘management and leadership’ program for a number of girls graduating newly from journalism faculty so that they could works as women journalist leaders for journalists’ federation.

Thursday July 26, 2018

Kabul (BNA) In coordination with the ministry of commerce and industries and women chamber of commerce, a handicrafts exhibition held in Kabul’s Ferdawsi Park. In-charges believe that holding such shows would help prepare the ground for women handicrafts’ marketing. Officials of the ministry for commerce and industries told The Kabul Times the fair aimed to provide the ground for finding a market for women handicrafts as they could follow with good achievements so far.
In this exhibition, the women handicrafts displayed in 55 boots and 60 companies including clothing, jewelries, herbal plants, foodstuff, shoes and handbag companies were participated. It is hoped the move could be effective in finding market for women handicrafts. According to the officials, this is the first market held for women over the last four year. Calling holding such exhibitions effective for women, a commerce and industries’ ministry in-charge Fazila Azizi said that the ministry of commerce and industries has always made effort to support women and there is no doubt the women can play key role in the country’s economic growth.
She said the thought of market to display women handicrafts was among her ministry’s plans that have been presented to women since three years.
Entrepreneur women from Herat, Mazar-e-Sharif, Nangarhar and Parwan provinces attended the fair. The ministry of commerce and industries is working on standards, capacities, designs and financial problems the women are facing with. Bibi Sherin who has put her handcrafts into display said that holding such fairs was very necessary to sell our goods. She has a handicrafts shop in Babur Garden where forty destitute women are working with her and they are satisfied with this job. She expects the government to pave the way for them in international markets so they economically reach self-sufficiency. She asked the ministry of commerce and industries and women chamber of commerce to hold such fairs in and abroad, so the women are encouraged to make better hand-made products.
Massouda Qarizada

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chief of the Kabul based UNESCO cultural affairs office, in a meeting with the acting and nominee minister of information and culture, Ms. Hasina Safi assured her of the organization’s continued cooperation in the protection of Afghanistan cultural heritages and historical monuments, BNA reported the other day.
The UNESCO chief shared information about the works and activities of the organization for preservation of Afghanistan cultural heritages and historical monuments, the agency said.
He said Afghanistan was rich cultural heritages country and reassured the organization’s continued support and cooperation with the ministry of information and culture, the agency added.
The acting minister of information and culture thanked the organization for doing more in the preservation of the country’s historical monuments and cultural heritages and noted her led ministry would make efforts in preservation of the country’s historical monuments and cultural heritages.
The acting minister also said the Jam Minaret has been under threat by the enemy in Ghor province, where the issue had been shared with the security forces to prevent any possible tragic event around the historical monument, the agency added.
Ms. Safi said preservation of the country’s culture heritages and historical monuments were top priority of the ministry of information and culture.

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