21 June 2018

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by acting minister of information and culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari, a session was held for addressing problems of publishers and book sellers.
In the session attended also by advisor to president on cultural affairs Asadullah Ghazanfar, advisor to MoIC Dr. Tariq Reshad, cultural director for Kabul municipality Sayed Mustafa Sayeedi and a number of publishers, a range of problems and needs of publishers and book sellers in particular specification of a proper location for them in capital and its districts as well as mutual cooperation for keeping better relation between MoIC and publishers were discussed.
Meanwhile, participants in the session delivered their visions and suggestions in this regard.  Also, a committee headed by Delawar Nazirzoy, legal advisor to MoIC, and membership of representatives of publishers and book sellers, Kabul municipality and independent authority of land and directorate of Behaqi Books Publishers was formed to work on preparing regulation and procedure and finding a proper location for publishers and book sellers in capital and various districts of Kabul city.
In the session, Prof. Bawari stressed that problems of publishers and book sellers would be addressed in cooperation and coordination with relevant government institutions.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Eight painting and calligraphy works were dedicated to acting minister of information and culture Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari to be kept in National Gallery, BNA reported on Saturday.
According to BNA, six of the dedicated works were related to Ustad Ali Baba Awrang and two of them were related to Ustad Urozgani.
During the ceremony which was attended by deputy MoIC on finance, administrative, tourism affairs Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi, acting head of national gallery Sayed Mohammad Sabir Hashimi and Agha Khan Cultural Foundation’s representative Rahimullah Amani, Ustad Urozgani said the aim behind donating his art works was to take part in enrichment of national gallery.  He also hoped such move to be changed into a culture among other artists.
Likewise, Ustad Awrang donated one of his books being printed by Agha Khan Cultural Foundation to acting MoIC, the agency added.
Lauding the two artists’ functions, Prof. Bawari said his ministry would support art and artists in different sections.
He also thanked agha Khan Cultural Foundation for its support and stressed that the foundation to arrange its works on cultural section in coordination with the ministry of information and culture and asked for its further support in the respect.
Acting MoIC submitted the mentioned works to National Gallery’s representative to keep and protect them in a proper place.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Kabul (BNA) During a meeting held on Saturday, the tasked committee of Afghan Film’s personality change finalized Afghan Film’s legal personality change draft, BNA reported.
Issuing a decree, the presidential palace ordered the ministry of information and culture to change Afghan Film Department into a national and international revenue company, according to the agency.
Based upon the decree, the ministry of information and culture were expected to task a committee led by Delawar Nazir Zoy legal affairs advisor and with membership of Mohammad Zia Bomia general head of Liberty Printing Press, Eng. Latif Ahmad former head and acting head of Afghan Film to prepare the draft in the respect.
The committee finalized the mentioned draft and delivered it to the ministry of information and culture.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan releasing a statement here on Wednesday rejected China’s People’s Daily Online report on Afghanistan’s treasures exhibition, saying the artifacts were put on display based on goodwill of Afghanistan towards its northeastern neighbor, People’s Republic of China.
“Unfortunately, the Peoples’ Daily Online on May 15th, 2018 has reported that Afghanistan Treasures Exhibition is protected and displayed in China because of concern about its safety herein Afghanistan. The Ministry of Information and Culture completely reject the report and displayed the Afghanistan Treasures Exhibition in china as a goodwill of Afghanistan to the people of China,” the ministry’s statement said.
According to the statement, the Ministry could preserve these treasures during 90s civil war that heavy fighting was going on between warring parties in different parts of Kabul City and that there was no reason to have concern on their safety and security, as Kabul’s current security situation is very much stable comparing to those harsh times that these treasures were preserved.
“Our treasure is our identity and we always preserve it at any time and any cost,” the statement quoted the ministry as saying.
Meanwhile the ministry expressed the main goal behind the exhibition to show Afghanistan’s rich history and culture to its brothers and sisters in China which they didn’t know much about it.
“We initially received request to show this exhibition for two years in 6 museums after Palace and Dunhuang Museums, but we only been able to give this exhibition for 3 museums and refused the 3 remaining. Still Afghanistan receive many requests from Chinese museums and other museums around the world to display this exhibition. This will depend to the approval of Cabinet Members and decisions at the Ministry of Information and Culture,” the statement added.
According to ministry, the exhibition had been travelling to many safe countries around the world since 2006, so Afghanistan could protect it in those countries, adding there is only 231 piece of objects in Afghanistan Treasures Exhibition, while the Ministry and in particular the National Museum of Afghanistan currently preserve more than 70 thousand precious objects which is very important and there is no concern their safety and security. “so, the protection of the 231 objects is a very easy task for us.” The ministry went on saying that it was quite normal and task of museums around the world to exchange exhibitions and Afghanistan doing the same through displaying its treasures. “Currently the Ministry of Information and Culture are working on another exhibition from our treasures to display in China and other countries, so it doesn’t mean we need shelter for this object.” MoIC insists the exhibition was showing the goodwill of people of Afghanistan to the people of China and the exhibition was a gift for the people of China. “Through this exhibition, we aim to strengthen the cultural relation between two countries and we hope that the cultural relation and cooperation between two countries further bolstered.”

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