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Tuesday July 25, 2017

Kabul (BNA) The research and scientific seminar on ‘Terrorism Challenges before Tourism’ which was initiated by the ministry of information and culture ended with issuing a resolution on Monday, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
According to the agency, during the seminar which was held yesterday, heads of information and culture departments of Herat, Nangarhar, Balkh, Paktia, Bamyan, Zabul, Takhar, Helmand and Baghlan provinces spoke and called insecurity and inattention of the government on historical and recreational sites the reasons behind downturn in tourism industry. Dr. Aziz Ahmad Panjshiri, a Kabul University lecturer briefed about the tourism problems in the provinces, the agency added. At the end, the participants approved the resolution which was arranged by eight-member-committee, BNA continued. The resolution stressed on further efforts on ensuring security and peace throughout the country and establishing Tourism High Council within the Presidential Office to develop the industry.
 

Monday July 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan addressing the Tourism Seminar initiated by the Ministry of information and Culture at the Salam Khana Palace said: “We are the ones who have followed the past, but we trust in the future and build our future.” Lauding the country’s tourism, the president said tourism has historical, natural and cultural attractions and was very important for Afghanistan. “Afghanistan has played key role as the regional crossroad of trade, culture and idea in the era of Buddhism even during the Arians era and would continue  doing such in the future,” said the president adding their studies about the ancient history of Bamyan has been from the manuscript remained from the visitors. He notified that Afghanistan, in the Islamic era, in addition to trade, had been the hub and the most important transition point of the transfer of ideologies and thoughts (e.g. Naqshbandia Style of worship) which had been created in central Asia and arrived to India through Afghanistan.
The president went on as saying that each period of our history can create its own tourism. “In our country, there are many sites with hidden relics from the past different historical eras.” He said Afghanistan’s civilization has been built beside the rivers with the surroundings of each one has been a great empire.  “Mandigak for example has a history of at least 2 and half millennium and the history of Balkh, Herat and Badakhsan is evident for anyone,” said the president continuing that there is no important city f of the country which has hadn’t been the center of an empire. “So, we are all equal and have our own share in the country’s history.” Afghanistan can attract attention from up to 2 to 5 million of annual foreign tourists, after getting rid of terrorism’s evil, said the country’s president. Pointing to what he said big part of the country’s tourism had been based on cultural objects, the president added that as there were relation networks available in the country and they were trusting in each other, “We had traders from among Sikhs, Hindus, Jewish and Armenians.”
“Internal tourism is not only the connecting point of tourism in our country, but is the connecting point of our national unity, as any part of the country belonged to any Afghans and is our pride,” the president lauded. The president said they are focusing on repairing the country’s relics, but, beginning first from the ancient masjids (mosques), as he believed both masjids and abbeys links past to present. “Reconstruction work is going on in the Eidgah and other mosques, such as Kherqa-e-Mubarak, Herat Congregational Mosque and Rawza-e-Sharif and hundreds of other worship places should be repaired.” President Ghani asked the Ministry of Information and Culture (MoIC) to provide a plan to help how to specify the natural wealth of the country and added this was a big capital and should be classified as well as it should do its best to create natural parks and make a plan on how they could be managed.
Acting minister of Information and Culture, Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari provided the gathering with information about the country’s tourism industry and said due to terrorist incidents in the country, region and the world, tourism industry had heavily harmed, and that this is why they had organized the seminar. “If the country’s tourism was not hate harsh by terrorism, Afghanistan could vie the region in tourism field,” said the acting minister. In Afghanistan, nearly 700 companies and 120 hotels working in tourism field are operational and up to 60,000 people are provided with job opportunities, said Prof. Bawari. He said the number of internal tourists were higher than those of the foreigners. “More than one million have visited Sakhi Shrine in Mazar-e-Sharif, more than one million visited Bagh-e-Babur in Kabul city, nearly 800 thousand people visited Bagh-e-Babur, of Kabul city and about 700,000 people visited Qargha recreational site during the past six months.” The ministry of information and culture has had a revenues of only 25 million afghanis, an amount far less than what was expected considering the tourism capacity. Deputy Administrative, Finance and Tourism Minister of the Ministry of Information and Culture, Sayyeda Muzgan Mustafavi, acting minister of borders and tribes, acting minister of higher education and other high ranking officials have attended the seminar.
 

Monday July 24, 2017

Kabul (BNA) A new network dedicated to women (Banu TV) is set to begin broadcasting in highly men-dominated Afghanistan on Sunday. The audio-visual media would give a platform for women to express their ideas through news that mostly matters to them. The TV’s director Azizullah Aral said they plan to have up to 90 percent of female journalists, presenters and news-readers in his led network.
The network with 50 women staff and 24 hours broadcast a day, besides the capital Kabul, is operating in some provinces of the country, such as Maidan Wardak, Lugar, Parwan and Kapisa, said the director.
Simultaneously, Radio Banu with 97,8FM frequency has started the release of its programs. Female newsreaders and presenters are regularly appearing on the entire Afghan TV channels, but its arrival is novelty to have an entire station for women in a country highly dominated by men.
Deputy to planning and policy of the ministry of women affairs, Spozhmay Wardak said creation of the TV channel would play effective role in awareness of the women about their rights. “The Banu network can play key role in giving political awareness to women and that women—either candidates or voters, the TV channel launch can be used as a means to help secure publicity for them and their active part in the election process.” Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sayed Makhdoom Raheen, ex-minister of information and culture, pointing out to selfishness of the men said: “There is a need for men to firstly be trained and they should adjust their male-selfishness.” He rejected if traditions and traits could be changed in the short term as according to him, they have been trained from generation to generation. He pointed to the women in Swiss country, where women had not the right to vote until the beginning of 20 century. “So enough time needed to help women reach their targets in Afghanistan.”
Chairman of Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission Sima Samar also emphasized that through the second-ever launched TV channel for women, issues like social justice and encouraging respect and human dignity should further be conducted and the programs provided by the TV should be further understandable and perceptible for women in any corners of the country. Another participant, Mujib Khelwatgar, head of Nai Supporting Open Media in Afghanistan called creation of the network, the most important step, but suggested the initiative shouldn’t pave ground for misusing women names, but their positions should be considered under Islamic teachings and tantamount to the Afghan society. Director of Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ), Farida Nekzad while congratulating and hailing the launch of the network special for women said women themselves should have further dynamism, perseverance and self-reliance for more share in planning and decision-makings and do their best to take management of independent entities.
This is the second audio-visual network established in the recent 4 months in Kabul, while another association dedicated to women in Herat highlighting women courage and dedication break ground fearlessly in the mostly male-dominated Afghan society. Launch of such entities come after women presence and participation, due to lack of business and insecure worksite has become disappointing, particularly in the provincial media. The former governor of Ghoor, Sima Juyunda criticized what she said the government biased behave to the violent incident in the province, added that the network has now a lot of responsibilities and they should be vigilant over the issues. She said the network should help women notified that they have their own rights and work for disclosing those strongmen and powerful individuals somehow involved in the cases of violence against women and have hand in women sale and trafficking.
“We have the right to share our vision with this network which is related to us and we have to rise our voice against the programs released against women,” she added. Wahida a journalist welcomed the launch of such TV channel special for women and said creation of such media was very effective and a positive step towards ladies progress, but she was not contended with both, ZAN and Banu TVs to have been led and managed by male directors. This is early to make sure if women have independence in these entities, she said. “We are waiting how the media special for women are going ahead.  “It is early to judge. We see after few months, how these networks are working for women and rising women journalists capacity and admire their decisions.”
F. Makhdoom
 

Sunday July 23, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari in a meeting with Ahmad Samir, the ministry of mines’ policy advisor said his ministry was ready to transfer Mis-e-Aynak’s historical relics, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported. 
According to the agency, in the meeting the ministry of mines’ policy advisor said his ministry would hand over all excavation equipment being assisted by the US to the ministry of information and culture. The acting ministry of information and culture clarified that his ministry asks for transferring Aynak Coppermine’s historical and ancient relics based on the agreement signed between the two ministries, the state-run agency added.  The history of Aynak Coppermine goes back to 2nd to 7th century of AD which includes mud-made and stone-made sculptures, BNA concluded.
 

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