17 November 2019

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Friday October 4, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Glass manufacturing industry is an old and ancient art in the world and since long times it has been common in Herat. In the past extensive attention was paid to this industry but at present according to Herat cultural officials, it has been fading.
Herat cultural professionals attribute the history of Glass-manufacturing to the era of Temorids which was used in constructions. According to them in past times, mixture of glass was seen in glazed-tiles. During the monarch of late king Mohammad Zaher Shah, samples of this industry was seen in the combination of shrine of Mohammad’s cloak.
Herat cultural authorities claim that in the past times, glass manufacturers had produced colored glasses for rooms’ windows that reflected color into rooms and produced pleasant and desirable environment.
General Director of Herat Historical Monuments Repairing Preservation Directorate Zalmay Safa said that Glass manufacturing industry has a background of over 150 years in Herat and at present two glass production factories are operating here while prior to this, several factories were operating.
Safa added, products of these factories are restricted to antique equipments and decorating items including flowerpot, pen-case, sugar blow, Jug etc which are supplied in Herat, Kabul and other provinces. Prior to this, in these factories. Beside that, clear glasses were also produced for homes’ windows. Safa added that some times before, three glass-manufacturing experts led by director of Herat provincial directorate of information and culture Arya Raoofyan travelled to Kenya to learn new, modern and more practical methods exploiting new equipment and instruments on this craft.
Despite calling current situation of glass manufacturing satisfactory Safa said that there are some concerns in future of this industry.
Talking on this industry, Mohammad Ibrahim a resident of Herat city said, this industry has been gradually fading due to imports of foreign products with cheaper prices and desirable designs particularly chines products.
Najia Qayoomi a student of Herat University believes that carelessness of relevant government authorities to native and local industries including glass manufacturing, engraving on wood or Glaze-tilt and carpet industry causes falling of ancient industries and they are replaced by artificial industries. The Afghan government should take practical step to prevent its fall.
Safa went on to say, at present there are only five or six experts of glass-manufacturing in Herat and in case of a problem, this industry would be facing with serious problem.
Massouda Qarizada

Friday October 4, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen praised the people of Afghanistan for the conduct of presidential elections on 28 September 2019 and commended all who participated in and supported the electoral process.
The OIC Secretary General recognized Afghanistan’s remarkable endurance, and strong determination to build a peaceful and prosperous future.

Thursday, 03 October 2019 07:27

Dozens Displaced Families Receive Aids

Thursday October 3, 2019
SHABERGHAN CITY (BNA) Foodstuffs and non-foodstuffs have been distributed to dozens displaced families in northern Jawzjan province.
Abdul Malik Rustami head of refugees and repatriation department in Jawzjan told BNA reporter, the distributed aids include 50 items that provided by Save the Children, World Food Organization and other charity organization to the families.
The families displaced due to war from insecurity of Jawzajan province and relocated in Shaberghan city the provincial capital of the province, Rustami added.
The displaced families asking government to ensure security situation in their areas to return to their houses.


Thursday, 03 October 2019 07:24

Imam of a Mosque Kills Following Mine Blast

Thursday October 3, 2019
MAZAR-E-SHARIF CITY (BNA) An Imam of a mosque lost his life following mine blast in northern Balkh province yesterday.
Mohammad Hanif Rezayee spokesman of 209 Shaheen army corps told BNA correspondent, the mine exploded in Darchi region, Balkh district of the province, as a result Mullah Shir Mohammad Imam of a mosque lost his life.
Two other civilians were wounded following the blast, the source added.


Thursday, 03 October 2019 07:24

Taliban Rebels Killed in ASF Ambush

Thursday, October 03, 2019
Maimana (BNA) Sixteen Taliban rebels were killed in Afghan Security Forces ambush in Faryab province last night.
Spokesman of Shaheen 209 army corps told BNA, the Afghan Security Forces Killed the Taliban in Yangi Qala Khwaja Mosi region, Pashtoonkoit District, Faryab province and five other insurgents have been wounded in the clash.
Numerous of war equipment and two motorbikes were also seized in the clash.
According to another report, six armed Taliban were killed and seven others have been injured in Afghan security forces operation in Qezelqeshlaq village, Khwaja Sabzposh district, Faryab province.
It is said that two policemen were also martyred in the event as well.
T. Yarzada

Thursday, 03 October 2019 07:21

Three Civilians Martyred by Taliban Fighters

Thursday October 3, 2019
GHAZNI CITY (BNA) Three civilians have been martyred following Taliban’s attack in Ghazni province the other day.
Mohammad Aref Noori spokesman of Ghazni governor told BNA reporter, the civilians including a child were martyred by Taliban members in Qaq Dara region, Jaghato district of the province.
Six others including two policemen were wounded during the attack as well, Noori added.
Taliban fighters intentionally target the civilians’ vehicle in Jaghato district, Noori further added.
Baz Mohammad Hemat head of provincial hospital in Ghazni said that the health condition of three injured are not satisfactory.


Thursday October 3, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, during a ceremony cut the ribbon for the inauguration of a maternity hospital named after Drs. Suhaila Saddiq, here in Kabul, BNA reported. A ceremony was held on the occasion at the Headquarter of Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Hospital, with the country’s President speaking about the works and services of Drs. Suhaila Saddiq and why the maternity hospital was named after her. “This is very little to be attributed to the works and valued services of Drs. Suhaila Saddiq,” said the country’s President thanking the commander of the Sardar Mohammad Daud Khan Military Hospital for naming the hospital after her.
President Ghani also lauded the country’s security and defense forces for defending the country’s system and people with their whole power. Touching to the country’s landmark election, he said: “The presidential election was an epic that over 75,000 security and defense forces of the country could take its security, during which, no complaint has been reported to have been registered about.” The hospital with modern diagnostic and treatment facilities, was built with the financial assistance of up to $4.5 million from the Italian government cooperation.


Thursday October 3, 2019
Kabul (BNA) President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in a meeting with Mitsuji Suzaka, ambassador of Japan to Kabul, discussed expansion and deepening Afghanistan-Japan cooperation as well as implementation of Japan’s infrastructural projects in Afghanistan.
According to BNA report, in the meeting, the country’s President extended gratitude to Japan for its immense assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan during the past two decades, calling the relationship between the two countries friendly and deep-rooted. Ambassador Suzaka reciprocally stressed that Japan will remain steadfast to cooperate with Afghanistan in various areas.


Thursday, 03 October 2019 07:20

CE Meets Danish Ambassador to Kabul

Thursday, October 3, 2019
Kabul (BNA)  Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah met yesterday with Michael Lund Jeppesen, the newly appointed ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark at Sapidar Palace.
In the meeting, chief executive congratulated Mr. Jeppesen for his appointment as ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark, praised the country for assistance to Afghanistan and wished him success in his new mission in Afghanistan.
Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark by congratulating holding the presidential election considered relations between the two countries as good, hoping he would take principal steps in consolidation of the relations between the two countries during his stay in Afghanistan.

Thursday, October 03, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Books containing information from 34 provinces, mostly about economic and social development prospect, have been handed over to the Acting Minister of Information and Culture (MoIC), BNA said Wednesday.
The books, each one containing data about social and economic developments from 34 provinces of the country have been handed over by Deputy Professional Minister of Economy, Mohammad Ismael Rahimi to the Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Ms. Hasina Safi the other day, the agency said.
“Each book contains specific information about various prospects including history, geographical location, administrative units, population, ancient sites, historical monuments and general situation of most parts of a single province,” said the agency quoting the deputy minister of economy.
According to the agency, relative institutions from the center and provinces of the country have cooperated with the ministry to collect the needed data and figures, while some international entities helped in the publishing of the books.
Praising the ministry of economy for doing the tough tasks to publish the provincial profile books.  Acting MoIC Minister, Hasina Safi said providing information and publishing the profile books the economic and social developments of the provinces were a valuables step towards the introduction of the provinces of the country.
She said if the economy ministry released the profile books through internet, all countrymen would have been enabled to use the information easily across the country.
The acting minister said the MoIC also planned to provide a cultural profile from each provinces of the country and that work was underway in this respect.


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