18 March 2018

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Saturday February 10, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Samangan is one of the important provinces with historical monuments and cultural heritages with particular importance which are in dire need of attention and rehabilitation.
Head of Samangan provincial department of information and culture Safiullah Wafi said, totally 56 ancient and historical locations and monuments have been registered in our department. It shows that Samangan rich with ancient  relics including Hazarsom and Toti caves, Kokjar, Roydoab, Qara Kamar, Somsangi, Chakabqoflani, Rabatak, Balahisar of old city, Takht-e-Rustom which indicates a great civilization of Buddhic era which is unique in the region.
He added, Hazarsom of Samangan located on the northern slopes of Hindukosh mountain between two important Buddha centers of Takht-e-Rustom in Aibak city and Bamyan with an altitude of over 3300 meter from the sea level and in ancient time connected caravans from China, Badakhshan, Taleqan, Kunduz, Baghlan, Samangan, Bamyan, Herat, Iran, Greece and Rome in one hand and Khawrazm, Bakhter, Aibak, Bamyan, Kbaul, Peshawar and India on the other. Most likely the well-known Silk Road that had connected China to Greece and Rome, had passed through this area.
Based on excavations took place by Italian archeologists in fall of 1961 AD in Hazarsom, it was cleared that people had been accommodated in this area and its adjacent places on the slopes of Hindukosh mountains tens of thousands years ago.
Although the Italian archeologists delegation has considered the historical background of unearthed relics from this area to the era of Pleistocene or stone era.
Wafi added, SomSangi located on the northwest of Samangan on a mountain known as Bost Mountain, surrounded by big and small stone house.
He went on to say, the cultural heritages branch lacks resources and budget for repairing and rehabilitation of those heritages as well as vehicles to visit these ancient sites time and again. We have not excavated ancient sites especially in remote areas while irresponsible individuals have been excavating these places. We only coordinate with provincial ANP and NDS departments to prevent excavations by irresponsible people. We have established four libraries in the center and districts with over 16000 books available to book enthusiasts, poets, writers and researchers.
Wafi suggested that ANP-012unit should be deployed to prevent illegal excavations.
Karima Malikzada

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Neyema Ghani, an experienced woman in the field of children literature was elected as the head of Children Literature National Association among nine others who would work as the members, BNA reported Monday.
Mrs. Ghani, with 8 years of experience in the field of children literature was said to have been elected among mine others, with members of the association, during a ceremony, as the BNA saying the deputy and secretary of the entity would be soon elected.
Addressing the ceremony, which was attended by the presidential cultural advisor, Assadullah Ghazanfar and Mohammad Moheq, advisor to the Chief Executive and a number of university lecturers and cultural figures, Acting Minister of Information and Culture Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari, emphasized on the need of the beefing up the children literature as according to him, the president of the country has repeatedly asked for establishment of such a association for the children, according  to the agency.
The acting minister said education and maintains should begin in the very days of childhood and that sometime there was a need for serious attention to the human in different levels of life, and failure to do so, would be irreparable.

Tuesday February 6, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Tourism ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) gathered in Dhaka here yesterday to talk about tourism potentials among 57-member states as well as to discuss ways to contribute better to their economies. The theme of the conference which will be held from Feb 5 to 7 is ‘Enhancing Regional Integration through Tourism’. High level representatives including 15 tourism ministers of nearly 30 OIC member states have joined the conference held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the city, where representing Afghanistan, Prof. Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi deputy minister of tourism, finance and administration of Ministry of Information and culture has attended the meeting. Delivering her remarks, Prof. Mostafavi said that “we all know holding of such meetings is indeed an important step for joint harmony and cooperation among member nations.”
The deputy minister went on saying that the framework offered by OIC for joint efforts and cooperation towards growth of tourism of Muslim countries can help the member countries as an important mean in the course of continued development. ”Meanwhile tourism administration of Afghanistan is determined to cooperate with friendly countries for implementation of this framework and for reaching the goals of action programs of OIC-2015 through serious of efforts.” Prof. Mostafavi added that with having unique geo-politics and geo-strategic, geography of Afghanistan as the cradle of historical ancient human civilizations, the, visiting and studying of its archeological and historical riches, provides opportunities for acquaintance of today’s human societies with part of history, culture and permanent human heritage. She said as part of historical Silk Route, Afghanistan was the focal and linking point of world great civilizations, such as Aryans, Buddhist, Mesopotamia and India and one of important commercial center of ancient time as Balkh, Ghazni and Herat commemorated as the bezel of Islamic cities.
The deputy minister went on saying that tourism in Afghanistan was at its glorious best in the past many tourists visited Afghanistan from all over the world to see the unique beauty of the Country and experience the treat of one of the most hospitable group of people. “Unfortunately, two Buddha statues that were one of the unique heritages of Buddhism civilization in Bamyan of Afghanistan was damaged,” she told the conference. MoIC’s deputy minister said upon inauguration of the new government in 2001 that was based on democracy and convergence, efforts were made revive tourism industry in the country. ”Despite efforts made, with continuation of skirmishes stem from war of terrorists in the country and security problems, the industry of tourism was faced with challenges that prevented its expansion and development.” She said that with formation of national unity government, efforts were made as an exceptional opportunity for the growth of economy and increment of employment, adding codification of Tourism National Policy placed as working priority of tourism administration of Afghanistan that would be executed after ratification of its draft and processing as an official document.
“Similarly, considering strategic roadmap for development of tourism in Islamic countries, we are trying to turn Afghanistan once again as one of tourism sites for the world people especially for Islamic countries,” she said. Furthermore, to assist the Tourism Industry of Afghanistan, the Government of Afghanistan, the ministry of information and culture working hard and strongly encourages and offers its full support to the private sector to invest into the Tourism Industry, Prof. Mostafavi added, saying with ever increasing global tourism, the Afghan Tourist Industry has tremendous potential to become profitable.
“Tourism is an industry which encourages people to people interaction and enhances regional peace. The understanding among people that travel, and tourism bring about is the best recipe for ensuring that conflicts are resolved through discussion and compromise, rather than through violent means,” she added, saying Poverty alleviation and removing the root causes that drive terrorism are both possible through the generation of understanding that can be gained through tourism. “We are trying to have our country being called as the cross road of tourism in the region, as it was historically remembered as the cross road of civilization and the heart of Asia.  This is not possible sans our own effort and endeavors with using experiences, assistance and cooperation of friendly countries,” Mostafavi concluded.

Tuesday February 6, 2018

Kabul (BNA) With their beautiful, green and magical environment, all districts of Badakhshan province own touristic attractions including Eshkasham, Zibak, Shahdar, Wakhan known as the Roof of the World, Dasht-e-Shiva, which is one of the well-known and green desserts of Badakhshan.
Head of Badakhshan provincial department of information and culture Naqibullah Saqebyar said, enjoying historical and spectacular attractions including Wakhan National Park as the second national park of the country, historical monuments, zoo life, virgin native culture, strong lakes, Badakhshan province is of special importance. Touching the activities of provincial department of information and culture, Saqebyar added, in 1396, our districts hosted 132 foreign tourist and 11090 local tourists specially Eshkashem, Wakhan and Shohada districts. Badakhshan riches were targeted during the devastating imposed wars and conflicts but with establishment of interim administration in 1382, rehabilitation work started for rebuilding of cultural heritages. In 1393 the department of historical monuments was setup in our department and so far 21 monuments have been registered that located in eight districts as their most important include Pul-e-Kheshti on Kokcha river, Kherqa Mubarak, and tombs of Mir Yari Beg, Mir Gheyas and Hakim Naser Khesrow.
Other historical places include 57 histoircal minarets, ruins of Baharak, Eshkashem and artillery of Zebak district. Bala Hisar in Eshkashem and Qala Panja are under rehabilitation that as famous monuments, could attract tourists. But due to insecurity, the rest of minarets have not been registered and our department plans to invite a mixed delegation of MoIC to Badakhshan to identify historical monuments and register them. He added, these monuments have been repaired with the cooperation of Agha Khan Foundation, and I.K.F. Tomb of Naser Khesrow-e-Balkhi in Yemgan district, Faiz Abad old Bath with over 150 year background and others put to utilization. With the help of Agha Khan Foundation, sidewalks, bridges and roads were reconstructed and many facilities were provided for tourists including guides, interpreters, drivers, restaurants and guesthouses.
Talking on expenditures of tourism, Saqebyar said, as the tourism industry is a commercial business in the world and a good source of income for those who are involved in supply of services. So Badakhshan department of information and culture doesn’t receive any direct income from domestic or foreign tourists but there are registered companies who supply services and receive money from their customers and pay taxes to government. In 1396, the Afghan Tour Branch was activated in Badakhshan that collects income from private companies. Several modern hotels including Kokcha Palace, Setara Palace have been built and a new one is under construction and would be completed and put at the tourists disposal.
He added, although women made certain progress in civil and education fields but no practical steps have been taken in hotel management fields for women. We hope and expect donors to support women to be involved in hotel management. Saqebyar went on to say, we have taken a step and opened a professional course of photojournalism for 50 males and females that would receive three months training and at the end would get certificates and work permits.
Karima Malikzada

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