19 April 2019

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
Kabul (BNA) Tourism National Policy draft which was prepared by the Ministry of Information and Culture went to polling on Wednesday, BNA reported.
According to the agency, in a meeting held yesterday, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture on Finance, Administrative and Tourism Affairs Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi said the draft has been prepared for the first time.
She added the policy is inclusive and efforts are ongoing to execute it.
The policy would be sent to the cabinet after polling, she went on to say.
The policy was presented to participants by the Ministry of Information and Culture senior advisor on budget and tourism affairs Sayed Reza Maisam.
Pointing at importance of national tourism, threats, opportunities and suggestions, he said implementation of the policy would help attract more tourists and investments and pave the way for employment in the country.
At the end, the participants shared their views in the respect.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Kabul (BNA) The Ministry of Information and Culture has announced that it would step up in restoration of 11 historical monuments during the current fiscal year, BNA reported the other day.
Addressing a meeting of the government accountability to the nation, the Acting Minister of Information and Culture, Hasina Safi said that her ministry has spent up to 91 percent of its development budget during the last fiscal year, according to the agency.
The minister added that work has been provided for more than 700 people, as the ministry started excavations in eight provinces of the country.
“Rehabilitation of the High Art Council, inserting the national journalist day at the country’s calendar, introducing over 4,000 youth with special discount to the private universities, creation of work procedure for resolving the problems of women employees of the Ministry are from the achievements of the ministry of information and culture in the past year,” the agency quoted the minister as saying.
The minister, according to the agency, went on as numerating the last year’s achievements of the ministry in the cultural area to include excavation of Mis-e-Ainak, deification of hundreds of transferable and nontransferable works including the Mis-e-Ainak excavation, restoration of ancient sites and placing up to 198 historical relics at the National Museum.
The acting minister also said her ministry had also achievements in other fields such as finalization of visual media digitalization, bringing amendment at the mass media law, publishing tens of books and holding several meetings with the media outlets in the past year.
Specification of tourism policy, development of tourism, provision of tourism draft policy and assessment of three tourism indexes are from the ministries last year achievements, the agency continued.
For the current year, the minister said her ministry had seven main-targets and 27 sub-targets to be implemented, the agency added.
“Completion of semi-completed projects supervision of development projects, rehabilitation of Kabul Nandaray, starting work on three historical monuments, continuation of excavation on ten sites, holding exhibitions and launching training workshops for journalists have also been the ministry’s achievements,” said the minister.
Meantime, the deputy minister of information and culture on finance, administrative and tourism., Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi, also spoke at the meeting calling membership of the ministry of information an culture to seven human conventions, another achievement of the ministry in 2018 and added that efforts being made to increase women portion at the ministry of information and culture.  About the people concern over the recent decision of the ministry of telecommunication to filter Facebook, the deputy to the Ministry of Information and Culture, on Publication Affairs Fazel Sancharaki said the main aim of the ministry was not to shut Facebook, but provide a good management of this social media.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Kabul (BNA) 7th National Arghawan Festival was held the other day in Gul Ghondi hill of Parwan with participation of government officials, poets, writers and hundreds of residents of various provinces of the country.
In a ceremony held on this occasion, deputy minister of tourism Sayeda Mojgan Mostafavi considered celebration of the festival as pretext for convergence and lasting peace in the country, adding that Afghanistan was not the home of peace rather than wars and Afghans were not accepting the imposed war.
Meanwhile, participants in the festival asked the government for further effort towards maintaining peace in the country.
“The people of Afghanistan want peace in the country as they are tired of continued war,” Omid, a participant of the festival, said, asking the government to renovate recreational parks in various parts of the country so that people with their families can go and visit such views.
Various exhibitions were also held during the festival in Gul Ghondi.  Despite of all challenges of life, a number of families came to the hill and participated the festival.
They asked for ending the ongoing war in the country.
“I came with my family and attended the festival as Gul Ghondi is a recreational place,” said Mehria, a resident of Parwan.
Another resident of the province Shaista, who has brought agricultural products to sell in the exhibition, said”
“We’re here to sell our agricultural products in this exhibition which will be open for three more days.”
She welcomed holding such exhibitions as she could sell her agricultural products.
National Arghawan Festival is held every year in Gul Ghondi Hill, a place where hundreds of people even foreign guests annually visit and attend the festival.  It is worth mentioning that Red Flower Festival, Grape Festival, Gul-e-Anar and Gul-e-Badam are among festivals that are held every year by the ministry of information and culture.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Kabul (BNA) In a meeting with Acting Minister of Information and Culture Hasina Safi, a number of youths and nomads’ elders stated a range of their problems and demands, Bakhar News Agency (BNA) reported on Sunday.
According to the agency, representing others, Aqagul Hewadwal shared their problems with Acting Minister Safi.
He asked relevant officials to pay heed and pave the way for education and higher education opportunities, holding scientific, cultural and educational programs for their youth.
Furthermore, he asked Acting Minister Safi to cooperate with them in protection of their noble traditions and their reflection through media, BNA added.
Calling nomads’ part important in different fields of the society, Acting Minister Safi assured of her ministry’s attention to address their problems and demands, the agency continued.
She also asked nomads’ elders to allow their offspring to educate so they can reach high position in the society.

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