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Monday, July 27, 2020
Kabul (BNA) In the meeting of the high Council of Liberty Printing Press (LPP), which was held yesterday under the chairmanship of Mohammad Tahir Zuhair, Acting Minister of Information and Culture, increasing the quality and production capacity of the printing press was discussed.
In the meeting, which was attended by representatives of the Ministries of Commerce and Economy and the Director General of Enterprises of the Ministry of Finance, Zia Bumia, Director of the printing Press, spoke about measures taken to prevent the negative effects of the crisis caused by the outbreak of Coronavirus in the printing Press and prevent printing government printing papers abroad.
He also spoke about increasing the quality and production capacity of the press to the extent that it would meet the printing needs of the country. Members of the High Council of the Liberty Printing noted that millions of dollars would be saved and collected inside the country if the above-mentioned goals were achieved.
At the meeting, the acting minister of Information and Culture, in support of the plan of the High Council of Liberty Printing Press, said that efforts should be made to turn the Press into a great source of income.

Saturday, July 25, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Mohammad Tahir Zuhair, acting Minister of Information and Culture says that there is desperately need for extensive and continuous relations between the Ministry of Information and Culture and the country's cultural figures.
Minister Zuhair raised this issue in a meeting with cultural figures, writers and university professors in Kabul. Pointing to a perception that there is no defined relationship between the Ministry of Information and Culture and cultural figures, he said:
"We desperately need extensive and continuous relations between the Ministry of Information and Culture and the cultural figures."
A meeting was held with the aim of listening to the constructive suggestions and criticisms of cultural figures and writers in order to improve the situation of culture and publications here Bagh-e-Babur on Thursday.
The acting Minister of Information and Culture called Afghanistan a country that has the deepest roots in culture and called this land the center of Islamic civilization and the growth of thought, philosophy, jurisprudence, mysticism, Sufism, theology, history and interpretation, adding that great cultural celebrities have emerged from this geography. The acting Minister of Information and Culture considered the role of culture in ending the war and establishing peace important and valuable. "Unfortunately, in the last forty years we have witnessed the gradual death of culture and the decline of cultural works," he said.
But in the last twenty years, a lot of work has been done in the field of culture.
Minister Zuhair acknowledged that the Ministry of Information and Culture was facing difficulties in the areas of video, audio, print media, book publishing, the state of writing and the printing industry. He added:
"There is freedom of speech and press in the true sense, but in terms of quality, there are problems in this area as well."
The acting minister of Information and Culture also called the translation into the official languages of the country effective and said: more attention should be paid to the translation of books into the official languages of the country.
Minister Zuhair mentioned the cultural works and activities of Shah Amanullah Khan Ghazi and called him a cultural figure and promised to hold a scientific-research seminar on the occasion of the 101st anniversary of the country's independence. At the end of his speech to the cultural figures, the acting minister of information and culture said:
"We need your support and cooperation in improving the cultural situation."
Then Ahmad Zia Rifat, a professor at Kabul University, spoke and described the rift between governmental and non-governmental cultural institutions as one of the most serious problems.
He asked government to ease the groundwork for relations between governmental and non-governmental institutions, as well as facilitate the relations between non-governmental cultural institutions and international cultural institutions.
Rafat cited a number of non-governmental media outlets as the language of the Taliban, ISIS and other terrorist groups, and called on the Ministry of Information and Culture to prevent them.
Najibullah Manali also spoke about cultural figures and emphasized on the professionalization of the employees of this ministry and said: the employees of the Ministry of Information and Culture should become professional.
Mohammad Alam Koohkan, researcher and writer, Mohammad Anwar Wafa Samandar, author and chairman of Mina Academy, and Safia Siddiqui, poet, writer and former member of the Wolesi Jirga, also spoke at the meeting.
At the end, the participants had a free discussion and expressed their suggestions for further improvement of the cultural situation in the country.

Thursday July 23, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Leading by Mohammad Tahir Zaheer Acting Minister of Information and Culture, extraordinary meeting of high council of hotel companies was held for 100m Afghanis non-payment of Kabul Serena Hotel rent on Tuesday.
According to BNA report, Acting Minister of Information and Culture called on the hotel runners to pay the debts.
In the meeting, Zabihullah Ihsan, head of hotels’ corporation said, the Kabul Serena hotel's debts go back to 2010 and is totally 100 million Afghanis.
The Kabul Serena hotel was rented to its current owner after reconstruction and renovation in 2005 for 30 years. Under the contract, the landholder would not pay from 2005 to 2010. But it is owed 100 million Afghanis since 2016,' the ministry of culture, Ehsan added.
Sefatullah Waziri, the financial manager of the Kabul Serena, said that so far they have paid 32 million Afghanis to the Ministry of Information and Culture and owe only 100 million Afghanis to the ministry. He stressed that the hotel was exempt from paying taxes for ten years, and that the Ministry of Finance Afghanistan had deposited 416 million Afghanis in taxes from the bank's account in the past year.
The financial manager of the Kabul Serena Hotel said that according to the contract, the government should have provided the hotel with control over Zar Negar Park and the road between Kabul Serena and Da Afghanistan Bank, which did not happen and the hotel suffered.
Finally, Acting Minister of Information and Culture after hearing both sides’ reports demanded to resolve the issue among themselves; otherwise a committee will be established for assessing the issue and present the result to relevant authorities.


Monday, July 20, 2020
Kabul (BNA) The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, on Saturday evening attended and delivered a speech at the ceremony of handing over the collection of Ghorian period to the National Archive, a statement said.
In the ceremony, which was held at the presidential Archive, Mohammad Tahir Zuhair, the acting minister of Information and Culture, appreciated Khajeh Mirza Mohammad’s deep national, historical and cultural feelings for handing over the historical documents to the National Archive.
The acting minister also said that manuscripts and historical and cultural relics in different parts of the country are kept by people committed to the homeland, adding that Ministry of Information and Culture is now working on a plan to organize a national call through a mechanism, based on which, the historical works and documents from individuals would be transferred to the National Archive. He added:
“In different periods of history, the National Museum and the National Archive were not safe from the effects of incidents and looting, and I wish that based on your cultural policy, the National Archives and the National Museum will be forever safe from incidents and looting.”
Later, Ghulam Mahiduddin Seddiqi provided information on obtaining the mentioned historical documents and preventing the theft of them.
He said that he was pleased to submit the historical documents of the Ghorian period, which belong to the all Afghans.
Then the President spoke and thanked Khajeh Mirza Mohammad for handing over the historical documents of the Ghorian period, and handed them over to Mohammad Tahir Zuhair, the acting minister of Information and Culture, and said: "Today is a happy day that a scientific and historical treasure of ours will be handed over to the National Archives, which will be important sources of research and interpretation for present and future generations, and its dimensions are so wide that shows various aspects of the history of Islam and other religions.”
The President said that he wanted to thank Khawaja Mirza Mohammad from the bottom of his heart, because without his attention, there was a danger of losing these important documents.
“Your commitment to the nation, religion and history is appreciable.”
He added that these documents will be at the service of all and needed to be digitized and made available to all historians of the world.
President Ghani pointed out that the history of Ghor has recently attracted a lot of attention in terms of comparative history, and it is necessary that these documents, along with other documents found here, clarify the dimensions of the Ghaznavid and Ghorian periods.
The president instructed the National Archives officials to prepare a national call and propose a specific mechanism to create a chapter in its budget.
He instructed the Ministry of Finance to prepare a special chapter for the National Archives and the Presidential Archives.
President Ghani said: "The key point is to make these documents electronic so that there is a copy for teachers and students to access.
These documents will also be translated into international languages. Because they are very rare and in most countries of the world there are very few documents from the Abbasid and Ghaznavid periods.”


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