24 February 2018

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Kabul (BNA)  With cooperation of Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and Independent Land Reforms Administration the Department of Baihaqi Book Publication is determined to derive, arrange the calendar of 1397 solar year and prepare for distribution.
Government organs, foreign institutions, private publications and all those who print 1397 solar year calendar should refer to Baihaqi Book Publication Department located at second Microrayon, Azady Printing Press building, 4th floor.  It is mentionable those government and non-government institutions who design and derive the colander of 1397 solar year pervasively is invalid and its upcoming responsibility is borne by those who derive and distribute it.
Likewise, it is demanded from personal printing houses, government and private institutions to use from one set proof for one administration.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Bamyan (BNA) A photo exhibition held in Bamyan the other day, BNA reported.
The exhibition was held under the title of (women’s long trip as through photographers’ cameras) for three days, by information and culture department of Bamyan province with cooperation of UNAMA, photographers and artists of the province, BNA added.
Sayed Ahmad Hussain Ahmad Por provincial acting director of information and culture department told BNA, in the exhibition in addition of photos, local music programs and poetry have been launched.
In a ceremony was held in the occasion, a number of culturists have been appreciated by the ministry of information and culture, according to BNA.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM), with Founder/Director Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, and Metallica are announced as 2018 Polar Music Prize Laureates.
The Prize is awarded to the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) and Dr. Ahmad Sarmast, its visionary founder and director, in recognition of how this inspirational organization has used the power of music to transform young people’s lives.
The Polar Music Prize awards two laureates in order to celebrate music in all its various forms and to emphasize the original intention of the Polar Music Prize: to break down musical boundaries by bringing together people from all the different worlds of music.
In connection with winning the prize, ANIM Founder and Director Dr. Ahmad Sarmast told The Kabul Times correspondent: “Laureates are selected by the Polar Music Prize Award Committee the center of which is Sweden. This committee receives nominations from the public as well as from the International Music Council, the NGO founded by UNESCO to promote geographical and musical diversity. One of the key reasons for which ANIM was declared as winner of the prize was considered as to bring musical life back to a generation of Afghans, change of the life and revival of Afghanistan music.”
Dr. Sarmast has founded Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) in response to that country’s civil war destruction of centuries of rich musical tradition. In the 1980s the pop music and film industries were thriving in Afghanistan, with hundreds of ensembles and a national radio orchestra playing Western and Afghan musical instruments. Between 1996 and 2001, music was completely banned. Over the last eight years, ANIM has been providing a challenging and safe learning environment for all students regardless of gender, ethnicity, religious sect or socio-economic status. The institute has a special focus on the most disadvantaged children in Afghanistan, including orphans, street vendors and girls.
Related to future plans of teaching at the ANIM, Sarmast said: “ANIM has lots of plans, but currently the institute is on its eight academic year and plans to launch its eight annual concert.”
“Currently ANIM is specifying a number of students for 2018 and will have foreign visits to Pakistan, India, Swiss, Portegal and France where the Afghan students will have concert shows,” Sarmast said, adding that ANIM is also planning to construct a hostel for nearly 200 girls and by completion of the hostel the number of female musicians will increase.
Complaining of lack of expert and educated cadres in music, Sarmast said that the institute by appointing foreign experts has addressed the problem with close support of the education ministry and World Bank, hoping that the institute would have the support until 2021, adding that the institute programs would be completed in 2021 as the first graduates from the institute would replace foreign teachers and experts.
It is worth mentioning that the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) was founded in 2010 by Dr. Ahmad Sarmast. It is a rare co-educational secondary school in Kabul, with a mission to teach both Western and native Afghan music, and to bring musical life back to a generation of Afghans born while music was banned by the Taliban in the 1990s.
Karima Malikzada

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Kabul (BNA) Acting Minister of Information and Culture Prof. Mohammad Rassoul Bawari met Turkish ambassador in Kabul, during which both sides discussed expansion of cultural and tourism relations, Bakhtar News Agency (BNA) reported.
Stressing on bolstering cultural relations between the two countries, acting minister of information and culture asked Turkish ambassador to cooperate with his ministry on expansion of tourism industry and share its experiences on digging historical sites with Afghanistan, the agency added.
Acting minister Prof. Bawari asked Turkish ambassador to invite Turkish experts to Afghanistan and train the Afghan students in tourism section, BNA continued.
He pointed out that cooperation between the two countries should be expanded on delivering information so a positive face of Afghanistan is drawn in Turkey’s media, the agency went on to say.
Afterward, the Turkish ambassador assured of his country’s cooperation with the ministry of information and culture in cultural, tourism and delivering information sectors.
According to another report, the first session of technical committee on reconstruction of Buddha Statue was held at the ministry of information and culture the other day.
During the meeting, the participants presented their views and suggestions on reconstruction of Buddha Statue, as UNESCO representative spoke about his entity’s cooperation on preservation of historical monuments and relics.
Acting minister of information and culture asked the technical committee members to present their specific view in the respect to plan on reconstruction of the statue.

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