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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The Kabul Cultural Week was marked by the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) in the historic Babur Shah Garden, BNA said Saturday.
The ceremony was attended by the deputies and directors of the ministry of information and culture, presidential advisor, Abdul Ghafoor Liwal and a number of government authorities and the country’s cultural figures, said the agency.
At the outset, Hasina Safi, the acting and nominee minister of information and culture spoke about the Kabul Cultural Week and said the main aim of holding the cultural week was further introduction of the country’s noble culture, which was first held in Parwan province and some other provinces like Nangarhar, Ghazni, Khost and Kapisa provinces, the agency quoted.
She said marking the cultural week is held in the Babur Garden, Timur Shahi Park, Women Garden, Khairkhana and Microrayan 1 Parks and would continue until Asad 25 (solar year).
According to her, during the cultural week, paintings, calligraphy, drawing, book, photos from the Mis-e-Ainak relics, handicrafts, agricultural products, relics of the National Museum and Archeology directorate, would be displayed.
The acting minister also thanked the Kabul Mayor, other ministries and the related institutions for their cooperation with the process of marking the cultural week.  Former minister of information and culture, Sayed Makhdoom Raheen was one of the speaker at the ceremony,, where he described Kabul a time slapped city and the city of tragedy, the people of which are still mourning.  He asked the ministry of information and culture, Kabul municipality and UNESCO to do more for helping to loge the Kabul city’s historical relics in the World Cultural Heritages list.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Second Vice President and head of government and media joint committee, 20th meeting of the committee was held.
In the meeting, security officials first delivered their report in connection with cases of violence against journalists recent months.
Officials for Ministry of Interior (MoI) reported of nine cases of violence against journalists as an employee of Radio and Television of Afghanistan (RTA) was martyred during recent attack of Taliban on Ghazni city.  The incident happened after guards of the media organization were killed by Taliban fighters.
The report also pointed at cases of violence against journalists in provincial capitals of some provinces of the country and the cases are under investigation in judicial organs.
Meanwhile, National Directorate of Security (NDS) reported of reviewing telephone threat of Faryad Radio head in Herat, threat issue of ITV journalist in the respective province, investigation of threat of Pajhwok News Agency journalist in Zabul, reviewing threat of a number of journalists in Paktika and investigation of beating claim of Zan TV’s security guards by security personnel.
In the meeting, representative of Attorney General Office (AGO) also reported of reviewing relevant cases of violence against journalists in the respective office, saying that from among 16 cases, six of them have been finalized.
Representative of the Independent Directorate of Local Governance also reported of modality of holding provincial meetings of the joint committee.
In other part of the session, the issue of the respective committee’s provincial committee in Herat was reviewed and it was decided that a combined delegation from media and journalists federation, NDS and IDLG led by deputy minister of information and culture will soon pay a visit to Herat to address the issue.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Kabul/CAIRO (BNA) The statue of Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan, thinker and genius of the East was erected at the Maidan-e-Azadi, Freedom Avenue in Cairo, the capital city of Egypt, Baghar News Agency reported the other day.
The agency said a ceremony attended by the Afghan Ambassador, Fazl Rahman Fazel to Egypt, Muhebullah Zakeria, advisor to the Ministry of Information and Culture on Newspapers Affairs and other Afghan and Egypt cultural figures, was held in the area, where Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan’s statue was erected.
According to the source, quoting Muhbullah Zakeri, the representative of the Ministry of Information and Culture, the icon was made by a well-known Egyptian statue-maker, Dr Shahana Abdul Rahim, who was admired by an azure cup from the government of Afghanistan.
“The icon of Allama Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan was erected in the freedom garden in Egypt by the request of the government of Afghanistan from the Cairo Governor, Engineer Atef Abdul Hamid,” said Fazl Rahman Fazel Afghanistan Ambassador to Egypt.
The statue was made with the use of up to $15,000, said the agency.
Born in 1838 in Asad Abad village of eastern Kunar province, Sayed Jamaluddin Afghan left for Kabul for primary education, then to Iran, Iraq and Egypt for higher education when he was 18 years old.
After his education, he visited India, Saudi Arabia, Jordon, Syria, Turkey, England, Iran, and Russia for research and returned home and resorted to reforms.

Thursday August 9, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The government of Afghanistan and UNESCO inaugurated exhibition “The Minaret of Jam”, presenting the documentation of decades of works on the monument, one of the two World Heritage Sites in Afghanistan, a press release from the organization’s office in Kabul said yesterday.
The exhibition organized within the scope of the Afghanistan’s National Program for Culture and Creative Economy (NPCE). The 3D survey of the Minaret done in 2017, during a joint Afghan government – UNESCO mission is shown for  the  first  time  to  the  public,  alongside  and   in  counterpoint  to  the drawingsand photo-documentation elaborated during the 1960s and 70s by the Italian architect Andrea Brun, which constitute the first known scientific survey of the minaret, the press release added. During the  opening  ceremony,   Ambassador  Roberto  Cantone  has  emphasized  as  ”despite   the  challenging  security  situation,  we  are  glad  to  host  the  exhibition  at  the  Embassy.
It is important  to  say  that  the  wealth  of  Afghanistan’s  heritage  and  the  challenges  it  faces  require the  collaborative  support  of  all  concerned  by  such  an  important  endeavor.” 
Meanwhile the mistier of Finance, Dr. Mohammad Humayun Qayumi said that as the chair of the  Steering  Committee  of  the  NPCE,  the  Ministry  of  Finance,  and  the  Government  of   Afghanistan,  believe  that  the  promotion  of  our  culture  and  history  will  consolidate  the process  of  nation  building.”
Afterward,   Ms.  Patricia  McPhillips,  the  Director  and  Representative  of  the  UNESCO Office   for  Afghanistan,  commented  on  the  collaborative  effort  of  NPCE  in  her  remarks  stating,    ”The   accomplishments  achieved  including  this  exhaustive  documentation  on  the  Minaret  of  Jam  in   the  past  year  was  only  possible  with  the  strong  belief  and  direct  support  of  the  Afghan   Government  and  the  international  community.” 
In  order  to  provide  a  venue  more  easily  accessible  to  the  public,    the  exhibition  will  be  moved   to  the  Pavilion  at  Babur  Gardens  where  it  will  remain  open  from  the  9th  to  the  25th  of  August, the press release added.
The  Minaret  of  Jam  is  located  in  Ghor  Province,  Afghanistan,  200km  east  of  Herat,  at  the   confluence  of  the  Hari  Rud  and  Jam  Rud  rivers.   The  minaret’s  isolated  location  may  have   prevented  the  monument  from  wilful  destruction  and  vandalism  in  the  past;  however,  now,   its  seclusion  complicates  the  execution  of  stabilization  works  and  the  long-¬ term  maintenance   of  this  heritage  site.  The  safeguarding  the  Minaret  presents  important  challenges  and   requires  the   collaborative  efforts  of  the  Afghan  Government,   of   UNESCO,  and   of   the   international  community.

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