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Thursday, December 19, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting minister of information and culture Hasina Safi received provincial director of information and culture of Bamyan Aslam Alavi.
In the meeting, provincial director of information and culture for Bamyan while praising acting minister of information and culture for particular attention to cultural, art and historic issues of the country in particular Bamyan delivered his most significant initiatives and achievements he achieved during his 9th month mission. He added by using sound, transparent and useful management methods he has been able to increase incomes from Bamyan’s historic and touristic sites to 1million AFG during the current year, while the incomes of the respective sites were only 200,000 AFG in previous years. He enumerated increasing of ticket-selling locations, appointment of more employees in ticket-selling places and designing and printing standard tickets with serial numbers to prevent corruption and embezzlement as causes of increasing the revenues from Bamyan’s historic sites. Related to registration of properties and equipment of Bamyan’s provincial directorate of information and culture, Alavi said for the first in the history of the provincial institution in Bamyan, his initiative was to register and record all properties and equipment of the institution to prevent corruption, embezzlement and exploitation and change the institution to a disciplined, active and hardworking institution. Pointing to preservation and protection of Bamyan’s historic sites, provincial director of information and culture added Bamyan’s directorate of information and culture has been able to further preserve and maintain the province’s historic sites, saying that serious action has been also taken against those who were illegally constructing houses on historic sites of the province.
In the meeting, acting minister of information and culture by reviewing documents and evidence provided by provincial director of information and culture for Bamyan welcomed all initiatives and achievements of the provincial department, declaring the ministry’s full support from any kind of plan, initiative and work that would result in improvement of works and affairs and increasing of incomes of the department.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) A conference was held to help strengthen peace building mediation role, here in Kabul, BNA reported the other day.
The conference was co-hosted by the office of Mediothek Afghanistan, and the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with name of ‘Strengthen peace-building mediation role’ in Afghanistan and attended by the Deputy Conference to strengthen peace building mediation role held Minister of Information and Culture on Youth Affairs, representatives from national and international organizations, peace and mediation experts, civil society activists and youths at the Government Media and Information Center (GMIC), said the agency. The theme of the conference was to strengthen peace-building mediation role in Afghanistan, with the deputy minister, Ajmal Shahpoor saying neither the people nor the government of Afghanistan want a negative and fragile peace in the country, the agency said. A dignified peace, on which the country’s president has also insisted, is a peace in which, all national capacities including physical, economic and social and political will and capacities were involved and convoy the country’s tranquility and welfare, the agency said. He noted that one of the best ways could replace peace mediation with foreigners and prevent their interference, is to take the initiation of peace in our hands, particularly using the youth in peace mediation instead of the aliens.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by deputy minister of finance, administrative and tourism for information and culture Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi, a meeting was held to better coordinate financial affairs and address needs of units within the MoIC.
In the meeting attended also by directors of various departments of the ministry, deputy minister of finance, administrative and tourism said the ministry of information and culture by spending 91 percent of its development budget topped among ten better institutions in 2018.
“During the current 2019 fiscal year, 88 percent of the ministry’s development budget has been spent so far and by collecting the last data the figure will jump to 90 percent, “Mustafavi said, asking all departments of the ministry to coordinate their programs for the coming fiscal year.
In the meeting, deputy minister of finance and administrative also asked all departments within the ministry of information and culture to clearly provide their needs within two days so that all needs would be addressed with better coordination.
Directors of various departments of the MoIC delivered their plans and visions to the meeting.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi, met with US Chicago University senior advisor and his accompanied delegation here in her office yesterday, Bakhtar News Agency reported.
Prof. Dr. Gil Stein briefed the acting minister on Chicago University’s activities, saying they have been assisting the Afghan National Museum and Archeology Institute for over seven years to protect the Afghanistan cultural heritage. He said the Chicago University was assisting the national museum on Hadah historical site in Nangarhar, mobile museum program and specifying of archeological sites via aerial photos with the archaeology institute of Afghanistan, the agency added.
Hinting to Hadah historical site that its archaeological excavations began in 1930, Prof. Gil said the site was owning rich Buddhist relics that was destroyed by Taliban in 2001, but protected by the National Museum staffs, adding the University was helping the national museum to restore the artefacts since last two in half years and an exhibition of which to be launched in coming one year, the agency quoted him as saying.
“Aerial photographing of the archaeological sites have been conducted across the country on the basis of the instruction of the President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to prepare an archaeological map for the country so that to effectively use the ancient sites for the economic growth of the country,” he added, as quoted by the agency, saying 12 thousands ancient sites have been discovered across Afghanistan.
He also briefed the acting minister on Mobile Museum program, saying the National Museum of Afghanistan and rich cultural heritage of the country have been introduced to school students in provinces of Balkh, Herat, Bamyan, Nangarhar and Kandahar. “The program has been organized in 144 schools and eased 12400 students with information on national museum and cultural heritage of Afghanistan.”
Pointing to organizing of five rounds of GIS training programs for the staffs of the archaeology Institute, Prof Gil said the programs were held in US and would be continued for another year. He also said the archaeology department should be informed prior to implementation of any development projects and the map would help protect the ancient sites across the country.
Thanking US embassy support for protection of the historical monuments and relics as well as training of the National Museum and Archaeology department employees, Minister Safi said the Mobile Museum program was playing effective and key role in introduction of Afghanistan’s rich history and cultural heritage to the young and future generation. The minister asked for further implementation of the program in other districts and provinces.
Hinting to importance of international organization’s support for protection of the Afghanistan cultural heritage and historical monuments, acting minister of information and culture said Afghanistan’s cultural heritage was belonging to the whole world, they agency added.

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