30 April 2017

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Saturday, April 22, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Acting minister of information and culture has stressed that cultural and historic heritages were identifying and reflecting rich civilization of Afghanistan, so preservation and protection of the heritages were the responsibility of every Afghan, saying that media could also play considerable role in awareness of the people.
Prof. Mohammad Rasoul Bawari, Acting Minister of Information and Culture in a session which was held for coordination with top media organizations and participation of deputy minister of publication affairs for information and culture Sayed Aqa Fazil Sancharaki and officials of private and government media said preservation of the country’s historic monuments and heritages was not possible without support of Afghanistan people adding that they have made effort to call various organs for cooperation in this regard and fortunately some organizations have shown readiness to help in this regard.
He reiterated that media could play vital and valuable role in identification of cultural heritages and enlightening of the people’s minds and the MoIC, playing role as supporter of speech freedom and would continue its support from media.
Meanwhile, in open discussion a number of media officials representing the others shared their suggestions and visions with acting minister of information and culture, asking that such discussions should be held towards enriching cultural heritages.
Afterwards, deputy minister of publication affairs stressed and hoped that they would reach agreement in connection with propaganda and awareness in this regard in coming discussions.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Kabul (BNA)   Uruzgan is a mountainous and green province with lots of historical sites and monuments, but unfortunately, due to insecurity, they are facing with destruction.
Head of Uruzgan information and culture department, Noor Mohammad Abdali said that there are 350 historical monuments and cultural heritages in the province, in which 95 percent of some of them have been totally destroyed.
He added unfortunately, no attention has been paid by the ministry of information and culture to historical monuments of the province so far.
But recently, the ministry of information and culture has agreed to allocate budget in the respect, as 6 historical monuments are expected to be repaired this year, he went on to say.
Likewise, he said I have been appointed as head of the province’s information and culture department since a while and you know that Uruzgan is an unrest province.
The government has only control on Trinkot, the provincial capital and other central districts, he said adding other parts of the province are being controlled by armed insurgents.
“Majority of the historical monuments are located in remote areas of Uruzgan, where we are unable to launch survey,” he continued.
“Thus, we are making effort to aware the people through mass media, Ulama, schools and universities to protect the historical monuments and sites and don’t let them face destruction,” he stated.
Uruzgan province doesn’t have any proper transit routes and the people are not able to comfortably commute, he said, adding that is why it is still among the backward provinces of the country.
However, Uruzgan enjoys many tourism sites, but due to insecurity, the domestic and foreign tourists don’t visit it and instead, they visit Kandahar, Kabul and other secure provinces of the country, he added.
Uruzgan province is located in the southern Afghanistan, bordering Zabul and Kandahar to the south, Helmand to the southwest, Daykundi to the north, and Ghazni province to the east.
Uruzgan covers an area of 12,640 Km2. Much of the province is mountainous or semi-mountainous terrain, while the rest of the areas are made up of flat land.
Earlier, Uruzgan was part of Arakozi region and before BC, it was ruled by Alexander the Great. However, with the passage of time, Ashoka enjoyed to rule this region. Back in 7th century when Arab visited Afghanistan to spread Islam, they initially discovered Zambeelan. In 9th century, they found Ghaznawis, Ghauris, and Mongols that ruled this region.
Ahmad Shah Abdali took over control of Afghanistan back in 17th century, Uruzgan was the first province, which was amalgamated in his empire.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA) Chaired by Acting Minister of Information and Culture Prof. Rasoul Bawari, a consultative session was held yesterday for expansion of cooperation between the ministry and cultural and civil society organizations. BNA reports.
In the session, acting minister of information and culture considered close cooperation between MoIC, civil society and cultural organizations as significant need.
Briefing in connection with marking the support and protection cultural heritages day by MoIC and MoUs signed between MoIC with MRRD, MoUD and Kabul municipality for protection and further support of the country’s historical and cultural heritages, Prof. Bawari asked the respective organizations to make effort more towards protection of the country’s historical and cultural heritages besides their cooperation with MoIC.
Acting minister of information and culture added that historical and cultural heritages were national investments of Afghanistan and showing historical identification of the country.
Afterwards, cultural advisor to MoIC Khoshal Rohi said effort would be made in the session that how they could provide facility for close cooperation between MoIC and civil society and cultural organizations.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Kabul (BNA)  Associate Prof. Sayeda Mojgan Mustafavi, Deputy Minister for Financial, Administrative and Tourism of Information and Culture praised Parwan and Samangan provincial directors for information and culture and Charikar mayor for their works in cultural and art affairs and granted them appreciation letters.
Provincial director of information and culture for Parwan Abdul Wahid Hashemi and Charikar mayor Khwaja Rohullah Sediqi were praised for their effort and hardworking during 5th Judas tree festival and granted appreciation letters of MoIC. While granting appreciation letters to the respective individuals, deputy minister of finance, administrative and tourism asserted that leading body of the ministry was praising Charikar mayor for holding the fifth Judas tree festival in the province.

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