23 February 2018

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Saturday February 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan is a mountainous and historical country where has over 5000 years historical background and geographically located in the heart of Asia. It is rich of mines and rivers particularly Badakhshan’s Zarshoryan river, green valleys and deserts full of different types of plants. There are many historical sites and cities where are home to hundreds of historical relics and monuments as well as cultural heritages which are famous worldwide.
Museums which are part of historical monuments are in fact showing cultural and historical identification of a society. Thus, protection and preservation of historical monuments are the responsibility of every Afghan. Afghanistan is rich in having historical and cultural heritages as Buddha statue and remains of Ghulghula and Zahak in Bamyan, Ikhtyaruddin Castle and minarets in Herat, Minaret of Jam in Ghor, nine domes in Balkh, Jamshid Throne in Samangan and historical monuments in Ghazni, all called as cultural heritages of the country.
The respective historical monuments and heritages such in fact narrate glory and clear past of our history and culture. Before starting civil wars, the people of Afghanistan had been witnessing world tourists visiting the country, through which the government and people had been earning much revenue. But unfortunately, due to imposed wars and inattention of some uneducated people, cultural heritages and historical monuments in many provinces where the people could also see wild animals and birds have been affected. Fortunately, with formation of the new government and cooperation of the people, a number of historical monuments, natural views and cultural heritages in some provinces such as Ghazni, Herat, Bamyan, Badakhshan and etc… have recently been reconstructed.
After continued efforts of the government and UNESCO, Ghazni had been selected as Islamic countries cultural center—a move which was recognized as a great achievement in 2013. Besides, Bamyan with first national park and Band-e-Amir has been suggested as Islamic countries touristic city in 2020 which is one of the government and the ministry of information and culture’s achievements. Likewise, Badakhshan and Herat with historical sites, wildlife and intact culture are among the provinces where enjoy touristic attractions.
Therefore, it is hoped the government pays serious heed and further draws the world attention to reconstruct the remaining historical sites, an action that would also provide the ground for job opportunities.  The government should also pave the way to aware the people of deforestation effects and further preserve the historical sites so the tourists can visit the country like before.
Karima Malikzada

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Kabul (BNA) The first meeting of Hidden Cultural Heritages Commission, chaired by Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari, the acting minister of information and culture, discussing the ways on how to identify the heritage for registration with the UNESCO, BNA reported Thursday.
The acting ministers, pointing to the regional momentums of registering the hidden cultural heritages with the UNESCO, said that in first step there is a need to identify them and then enlist for registration with the organization, said the agency.
The participant also emphasized on the collection of data about the hidden cultural heritages and said that creation of a single administration for this porpoise was a need, the agency added.
The acting minister said representatives from Agha Khan Cultural Institution, Goethe Institute, Firuz Koh institution and French Embassy should be invited to the next meeting of the commission, according to the agency.
The people culture directorate was also tasked to ask the related provincial organs to identify the hidden cultural heritages, according to the agency.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari, the acting minster of information and culture, on Tuesday opened a women handicraft exhibition “Our Crafts, Our identity” at the National Gallery, BNA reported. 
The exhibition, in which many handicrafts, traditional foods and women’s jewelries and needle works have been displayed, was attended by a number of the ministry’s authorities and craftswomen , was held by the financial support of the Promote Institution at the National Gallery, aiming at empowerment of women, said the agency quoted Madina Astana, the organizer of the exhibition.  She said women were practically able to produce handicrafts but can’t organize such exhibitions and the main aim of the exhibition was to help women empower and produce more handicrafts as well as to show that they have the capability of leadership.
While inaugurating the ceremony, Prof. Bawari said there steps could help women develop, first education, second environment for their capacity building and the third spiritual momentums and self-reliance, “The slogan “Our Craft, Our Identity” indicates that you have found the capability to call your products, your identity,” said the acting minister adding the slogan can help women rely on their own.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  During his trip to the U.S., deputy minister of information and culture on youth affairs Dr. Kamal Sadat in a meeting with Afghanistan’s permanent representative in UN Mahmoud Saiqal, spoke about youth role on international relations’ affairs, BNA reported on Monday.
Deputy Minister Dr. Sadat pointed out that President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has always paid special heed to youth and stressed that the youth should be provided with employment opportunities, the agency further said.
Pointing at youth role on international relations’ affairs, deputy minister of information and culture said recently Afghan youth relations with a number of world countries particularly India, US, China, South Korea, Qatar, Egypt and Mexico have been considerably improved, BNA added.
Calling Afghan youth role effective on different sections, Afghanistan’s permanent representative in UN Mahmoud Saiqal said they planned to hold meeting to further familiarize the youth on UN activities, the agency continued.
Dr. Sadat added that he asked Afghan youth living in different world countries to return home and take part in building of their homeland.

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