17 August 2018

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  In a meeting with director of the US Chicago Institute, acting and nominee minister of information and culture Ms. Hasina Safi emphasized on organization’s bolstered cooperation in cultural affairs, BNA reported yesterday.
At the outset, director of the Chicago Institute briefed the acting minister on organization’s cultural activities, in particular preservation of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritages, organizing training programs for National Museum staff and developing database as well as registering the museum’s relics, the agency added.
The director also assured of his organization’s continued cooperation with Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC), adding cultural heritages having key role in establishing close ties among nations.
Meanwhile Minister Safi praised Chicago Institute’s cooperation with MoIC, saying Afghanistan had faced several challenges in different fields, including that of culture and fortunately eye-catching achievements made in this section in last 17 years, the agency added.
Minister Safi went on saying that her led ministry was committed to protect cultural heritages and historical monuments, emphasizing on expansion of cooperation between MoIC and the Chicago institute.

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.

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