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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Kabul (BNA) French archeology delegation to Afghanistan (DAF) called on second vice president Sarwar Danesh and briefed related to activities of DAFA.
The delegation called Afghanistan as one the historic countries and said that there were key issues in the country’s archeology researches. The delegation informed of implementation archeology projects in various parts of the country and cooperation of the organization with UNESCO in Afghanistan, asserting that the information got from the researches would be increased in the map of Afghanistan archeology. The French delegation considered providing necessary facilities to school students as another section of the DAFA activities in Afghanistan, adding that necessary archeology researches should be done so that further destructions to historic monuments would be prevented. According to the French delegation, preparing and providing archeology map of Afghanistan and collecting information from areas where there were historic monuments were a need and this would help in perception Afghan government’s remarks over development of archeological monuments. The delegation asserted expansion of agricultural fields, construction of buildings, installation of telecommunication antennas on hills, illegal diggings in historic areas and trafficking historic relics were the main challenges towards preservation of the historic monuments and stressed on serious attention of government in this regard. The French delegation declared their preparation for cooperation with Afghanistan government in doing archeology researches and prevention from destruction of the historic monuments. Afterwards, second vice president Sarwar Danesh considered DAFA as a key organization in playing role for expansion of cultural relations between Afghanistan and France. The second vice president while praising the DAFA organization for its efforts in this regard asserted that Afghanistan was geographically located in a region where it had long history, but unfortunately considerable attention has not been paid by governments in connection with archeological development in the past four decades.

Monday, December 19, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Acting Information and Culture Minister and Deputy to the Youth Affairs, Dr. Kamal Sadat, in a gathering of the ministry’s leading body, said on Sunday that the budget of the 2017’s fiscal year should be fairly and timely be spent, BNA reported.
Implementation of development projects in the upcoming year (1396 solar year), saving in the ordinary budget and execution of the affairs under the law, had been among the issues discussed in the meeting, with Dr. Sadat, after hearing the related officials, said execution of the development projects, considering the principle of saving in the budget and fruitful works in the year coming, was the main scope. “The officials should do their best to work based on the law and widely use the proper opportunities in the interests of the people,” said the acting minister adding the related officials of the ministry could be able to lead the ministry to success, with transparency and honesty. For improvement of the affairs, telephone and video contacts have been secured with the provincial departments of the ministry and other related cultural attachés and that any official, for improvement of the work, can secure contact with the central office of the ministry. He warned that those directorates related to the ministry would be punished, after being assessed failed to spend their development budgets, the agency said.

Sunday December 18, 2016

Kabul (BNA) In cooperation with MediaTech organization and Germany, the National Conference was held in Kabul the other day.
Calling position and media role in peace process important, Hamidullah Zazai, the MediaTech organization coordinator said, ‘the media should know their responsibility in restoring peace and reconciliation process.’ At the same time, Deputy Information and Culture on Publication Affairs, Prof. Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi said, ‘however, Afghanistan’s media are faced with problems qualitatively, but they should act more responsible before incidents happen in the country.’ She added that the literacy and public understanding rate is low, but the media are expected to act more responsible before their publications. ‘The media role is impetrative in reforming social disorders, fighting extremism, corruption, narcotics’ trafficking and violence against women,’ Ms. Mostafavi went on to say. Likewise, the country’s media outlets should pay heed in releasing victims’ identity, as according to mass media law it is called a crime, she continued. The journalists should also pay attention to public minds during reflecting reports on wars, she stated. The journalists should be peace ambassadors, she said, adding the media should consider balance while releasing news, and they should not make the people hopeless to future. Mowlawi Khabir, deputy to High Peace Council also said in the conference that media could act as fourth force in the country.
He added that implementation of social justice, civil values and protection of last fifteen years’ achievements was impossible without peace. He also said that Afghanistan was in war since long and has made much sacrifices in this regard, but now it is the time that the Afghan nation, the regional and world countries to jointly work for maintaining peace and stability in the country. Stressing on media role in restoring peace, chairwoman of Klid Group, Najiba Ayoubi said in the conference that sometimes the media had to release reports on war in the country, because it is a harsh reality going on and they cannot ignore it. Nadir Nadiri, presidential senior advisor on public and strategic relations said, ‘many of political processes are happened behind closed groups, but the government leaders should share the information with people, because, access to information is anyone’s right and no one can prevent it.’ Afghanistan is burning in war flames since long, and any effort to put an end to it has been useless, but the experts believe that Pakistan role is the only way to end war in Afghanistan.
Shukria Kohistani

Sunday, December 18, 2016
Kabul (BNA) Dr. Kamal Sadat, acting minister of information and culture and deputy minister on youth affairs met with Dr. Neiazi the member of Kabul provincial council here yesterday, BNA reported, adding both sides discussed a series of cultural issues, including the using of flag by the government and non-government organizations which is not in accord with the country’s constitution. According to the agency quoting the acting minister of information and culture, based on the article 19th of constitution, the country’s flag has its unique three equal size colors with white emblem in it. Dr. Kamal Sadat meanwhile asked the government and non-government organs to adjust their flags according to the article 19th of the constitution of Afghanistan.

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