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Tuesday May 9, 2017

Kabul (BNA) All preparations for holding 2nd round of youth parliament session have been taken and will be held in coming weeks, according to convening committee of Afghanistan youth parliament.
In a session held with participation of deputy minister of youth affairs for information and culture ministry Dr. Kamal Sadat, advisor to President on youth affairs Shamim Katawazi, head of secretariat for Senate Hafizullah Hashimi, UNPF’s youth section director Dr. Noor Mohammad Murad, UN expert Mrs. Bella, speaker of the youth parliament Agha Mohammad Quraishi and directors of youth affairs deputy ministry, modality of holding, setting date of the session and other relevant issues were discussed. In the session, deputy minister of youth affairs said in the second session of the youth parliament, young lawmakers by regular programs and national discussions would hold the session.
He added that all young lawmakers have been instructed to assess problems and demands of their provinces’ youth and share them with top officials of ministries. In the session, advisor to President on youth affairs Shamim Katawazi added that the leaders of national unity government were determined that the session should be held in a better way so that youth could reach their goals. It is worth mentioning that the first session of the youth parliament was opened by President Ghani last year in new building of lower house of parliament.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Kabul (BNA)  Sayed Aqa Fazel Sancharaki, Deputy to Publication Affairs of the Ministry of Information and Culture, in a meeting of Pakistani media said that media could play key role in enlightening minds and closeness of views, BNA reported the other day. In the meeting attended by Pakistani audio-visual media outlet, Akhtar Muneer, Afghanistan based Pakistani cultural attaché and Afghanistan Journalists’ Federation chief, Faheem Dashti, media role in improvement of the two countries relations had been discussed, said the agency.
“Considering cultural, linguistic ad religious relation between the two countries, the people of Afghanistan are deeply interested in securing good relation with Pakistan,” said the deputy minister adding good relation between the two countries was in the interest of both nations and stability of the region.
He lauded good and friendly behavior of the Pakistani people with the Afghan people during Jihad and thanked Pakistan for the good cooperation, the agency quoted.
He said this was the responsibility of the media to help minds get closer and enlighten the visions and for improvement of relation between the two countries do their honest cooperation.
The Pakistani media also said they would their best to help improve relation between the two countries, according to the agency.
The deputy minister also asked the Pakistani media based in Afghanistan to do their best to improve relation between the two neighbors, said the agency.
Earlier a number of Pakistani media paid a visit to Pakistan.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari met with Chinese ambassador and his accompanied delegation that have recently come to Kabul here at his office on Sunday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
According to the agency, the Chinese delegation has come to enhance mutual cultural relations and will also visit some historical sites of the country. In the meeting, Chinese ambassador to Kabul spoke about cultural and social cooperation of both countries and called Silk Route a cultural intersection between Afghanistan and China, the agency added.
Calling China a historical friend of Afghanistan, Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari said Afghanistan and China enjoyed historical, social and cultural relations, the agency continued.
Chinese Embassy intends to hold a seminar on further enhancing relations between the two countries, during which acting minister of information and culture would also talk about old historical relations of Afghanistan and China.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Kabul (BNA)  President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, in a meeting of journalists and media workers conferred high state medals to some journalists, saying journalists should distinguish between foe and friends, presidential palace said in a statement Sunday.
In the meeting, at the outset, Shah Zaman Maiwandi, senior advisor to the president on public and strategic relations said the presidential move to mark world media day and close cooperation with media indicates that the government support freedom of expression, said the statement.
He said his office was fully committed to provide all kind of facilities to media and journalists, the statement added.
“Under the information access decree, all administrations and government offices have to share information with the media and that we want to hear from you and remove all obstacles before you [the media],” said the statement.
Chief of journalists safety committee, Najeeb Sharifi thanked the president of appreciating journalists and said in 2016 13 journalists lost their lives and they are facing violence, but never ready to leave their work and with cooperation of the government have still kept their world rank 120 according to the statement.
The committee chief regretted for failure of some government administration, ministries and provincial governments to implement decrees and orders issued on the freedom of media, cooperation with media and access to information however the committee was established,
the statement continued.
He said the people have not still trust in media and there was a need to increase public awareness by the government, the statement quoted.
Some journalists attended the meeting also spoke about the issue, with the president after hearing their statements lauded them of daring any hard condition and dangers to do their responsibility, the statement observed.
The president said such discussion was prolific for the national interest and added that work for freedom of expression shouldn’t be one sided, but this was a responsibility should be carried out bilaterally.
The president advised that media should respect personalities’ rights of freedom and that no one had the right to condemn others, according to the statement. “We thought the past 40 year-long crisis were natural. We should understand each other and judge based on the current situation,” said the president adding bringing others to the discussion ground required tolerance and “If we don’t do this precisely, we would lay apart from the people.”
The president said: “We are five generations, living with each other, but with different opinions and for a transparent persistence of freedom of expression, there should be a national discussion to understand each other and stabilize the society.”
He said: “We had powerful nation and weak states. The nations could protect government not governments the nations.” The president tasked Sayed Aqa Fazel Sancharaki for soon adopting measure in implementation of journalists’ wages and insurance regulation and addressing the journalists said: “I am ready to change the rule into decree, legislative decree and law as this was not acceptable that the journalists’ families remain without stipend.” He said media should abide by the law and culture, because if property was personal, but responsibility was national and warned the private sector for not having the right to force one leave job unless provide reasonable document. The president of the country said that all provincial governors would be tasked through video conferences not hisisitate to share information with the media or would finally be punished, said the statement. The second vice-president was also tasked to take regular meeting with the journalist safety committee and share the report in case he failed to do this, the statement quoted adding information system sharing system should be established in the administrations. President Ghani said collecting information should be changed into a principle and that electronic governance would be his government main focus this year and the future.
He condemned the international terrorists for being attempting to change the country into the hub disability and insecurity, but vice versa the government was doing its best to change it into security and cooperation and said in term security 2016 was full of challenges. The president said the media failed to cover the government’s last two years of efforts not to let occur any problem, after Pakistan closed its border to Afghanistan and asked the journalist to reflect what has been done in the past positive and tangible and the journalists’ support and cooperation and creation of trust and cooperation atmosphere was very essential.
“Distinguish between foe and friend,” said the president as quoted by the statement.

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