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Saturday, January 14, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The world’s biggest copy of Holy Quran miniaturized and calligraphies was uncovered on Thursday in Nasir Khisraw cultural center here in Kabul. 
Al-Hajj Sayed Mansoor Naderi, representative of people in parliament said, “Calligraphy of this huge copy has 218 pages was started in Mizan 1383. 
He added each page which has been designed with 30 different designs is 28.2cm long, 55, 1cm wide and 1.8cm thick.” 
Following, Mohammad Sabir Yaqoot Hussaini Khidri, the writer of the copy spoke about his work and calligraphy. 
In opening ceremony, the message of the second vice president Mohammad Karim Khalili was read out. 
The message said, “This biggest copy belongs to Afghan people and I congratulate the Holy Book’s calligraphy and minatory to Sayed Mansoor Naderi and people of Afghanistan.” 
The message added Afghan youth once again have shown that they have had big achievements in each sector in the country. 
Fazil Hadi Muslimyar, Chief of senate congratulated the biggest copy to Afghan people, head and personnel of Nasir Khisraw cultural center. 
In the ceremony the senate appreciating sheets were handed over by the Chief of the senate to writer of the copy and his nine students.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The Authorities of Bakhtar News Agency, Khalil Minawi and Mary Nabard Ahen met with Gavin Sundwall, U.S Embassy Spokesperson here in Kabul today.
BNA reporter said, the aim of this meeting was to attract the cultural cooperation of U.S Embassy with Bakhtar News Agency (BNA).
The report said, Khalil Minawi General Director and Mary Nabard Ahen Deputy Director of BNA explained the activities and problems of BNA as a state news agency in the center and provinces of the country to Gavin Sundwall U.S Embassy’s spokesman.
Minawi added, in order to cover all events, BNA should be equipped with all facilities.
He said, modernization of BNA needs the cooperation of national and international friends, especially U.S.A.
Gavin Sundwall expressed pleasure and stressed on the importance of BNA activities regarding the public awareness, promised his country’s cooperation with agency.
Translated By: Rateb  

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Ghazni (BNA) Three historical sites after repairing have been inaugurated yesterday. 
According to BNA reporter, these places names are Khwaja Lalai, Shamir Faezwal and Shaik Wardki. 
The repairing work of these sites have been completed from development budget of information and culture ministry and was inaugurated by Yosouf Pashtoon advisor in constructional affairs of presidential office while Musa Khan Akbarzada governor of Ghazni and Mosadiq Khalili advisor of the information and culture ministry in cultural heritages affairs were present. 
Also, Ysouf Pashtoon and ambassador of Iran while governor of Ghazni was present visited from two historical sites of “Ghazni.
Ambassador of Iran promised to start repairing works of these sites in the near future. 
Translated by Suraya-Yarzada

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The fourth phase of reconstruction on the ancient sites of Bamyan will start with financial aid of Japan by the Japanese specialists at the end of current month. 
So far Japan has provided USD 5 million for further consolidation of the sides of Buddha statues, archeological investigations, cleaning of its wall sides of Bamyan. 
Abdul Ahad Abbasi head of preservation and repairing of historic monuments of ministry of information and culture said that a training center for preservation of cultural heritage has been made active with the cooperation of UNESCO office of Japan and so far sites of Ghulghula of Zahak city, Kakrak and upper portions of statue has been cleared of mines and the minarets of Ghulghula city has been repaired. 
According to Abbasi the ministry with the cooperation of UNESCO intends to repair some of the shrines which are not included in the world list, adding that in charges of the ministry proposed at the Tokyo working meeting that by using of fallen pieces of the statues possibly one of the statues can be repaired. 
The ministry therefore intends with the cooperation of UNESCO and international specialists repair one of the statues. 
Also the ministry had proposed to the Tokyo specialists meeting practical repairing work be applied on the minaret of Zahak city that are included in the world heritage. 
Omar Sultan acting deputy minister of information and culture for cultural affairs said that UNESCO and foreign specialists has accepted the proposal of the ministry and it is expected during the current year Japanese specialists and UNESCO carry on archeological investigations and basic repairs in Zuhak city and also establish a museum nearby the statues of Bamyan in which the fallow pieces of the statues along with their history be preserved. 
He stressed that a site museum will also be established on the site where Dr. Tarzi is carrying archeological research. 
He added that as a result of our efforts the Bamyan statues and their surrounding as well as the Jam minaret are enlisted in the world cultural heritage and the Herat city is also a candidate to the list and it is expected that the Balkh province too especially the Nogunbed is enlisted at the world cultural heritage list. 
Agha Khan Foundation with the aid provided by Norway has facilitated electricity for homes surrounding the statues of Bamyan and its ancient sites. 
Also the road of Bamyan-Yakawlang is constructed till the end of this year with the Japanese assistance.