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Projects in Ghazni are 90% in progress

Ministry of Information and Culture has confirmed that reconstruction projects in Ghazni province would be completed by 2013. This comes amid concerns about the lack of preparations for Ghazni as the center for Islamic Culture and Civilization. Deputy Minister of

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80% of marriages in Afghanistan are not legally registered

In the absence of legal registration of marriages, many Afghan families are faced with various problems. Early age marriages and lack of official registration of marriages are the main causes of problems in the lives of many Afghan couples. People

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Millions are single in Afghanistan due to high wedding expenses

The Ministry of Women’s Affairs have launched a campaign aimed at the elimination of violence against women in Afghanistan. Presently, due to the high expenses of weddings, more than one million young people in Afghanistan are not married, said the

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Russia eyes rebirth in classrooms of former foe Afghanistan

By Amie Ferris-Rotman of Reuters What was once a battleground for Russia is now a place where two cultures can better co-exist. A new Russian cultural center will be built in Kabul where it will teach Russian language, singing, dancing

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Aynak Ore Creates Dilemma for Treasure

Flanked by waves of mountains and gray desert, the road leading from the Afghan capital to the ancient ruins of Mes Aynak ends abruptly at the foot of a dusty hilltop. From that vantage point, 40 kilometers from Kabul, one

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Afghanistan’s Buddhist site preservation promised

The Afghan government has promised to preserve a historic Buddhist site at the Ainak copper project site. The grounds of Mes Aynak in Logar province are a sprawling 9,800-acre (4,000-hectare) trove of Buddhist monastery ruins, statues and tombs that sit

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The Life and Science of Al Beruni

These days most of us seem to think that science is the sole concern of the West. During the last two hundred years or so, immense advances have been made in science and technology. This has mostly been the work

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Renovation of Jumah Mosque in Herat

Afghan traders and industrialists have joined hands together to renovate the Friday Mosque of Herat also known as Jumah Mosque. According to Herat’s prayer leader and preacher, the mosque needed a new roof and glasswork. The deputy chief of the

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Afghan piano students win 3rd prize in an international competition

Two students of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) finished third in their age category at an international piano competition held in Frankfurt, Germany earlier this week. This is the first time that any Afghan piano student participated in

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Nangarhar women demand for traditional bangles dwindling

Afghan women in eastern Nangarhar province are moving away from the traditional red and green colored bangles to buying silver and golden bracelets. Local traders link this shunning of traditional bangles to the influence by the characters in Indian soap

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Timur Shah Mausoleum officially opened in Kabul

President Hamid Karzai and His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan opened the restored mausoleum of Timur Shah on Friday. Timur Shah was the first to make Kabul the capital of a unified kingdom. He died in 1793, but it was

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Eid-ul-Adha

Eid-ul-Adha (‘festival of Sacrifice’), also known as the Greater Eid, is the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar. The festival remembers the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to. The story of Ibrahim’s

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Hope for peace- poem by young Afghan poetess Sajia Alaha Ahrar

آرزوی صلح در جهان   آرزو دارم که دایـم صلح باشـد در جـهان با لب پرخنده بینم هر طرف طفل و جوان   آرزو دارم به انـسان زندگی ای با هـمی فرق رنگ و ملت و لسان نباشد در میان

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Interference from neighbors led to lost opportunities for Ghazni reconstruction

A number of parliamentarians believe that Ghazni has lost its reconstruction opportunities since the entrance of a team of Iranian archaeologists to Ghazni. Minister of Information and Culture, Minister of Urban Development, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Defense and

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Afghan movie, Buzkashi Boys, may be nominated for Oscars

Buzkashi Boys is the story of two young men in Kabul city and their journey in playing the ancient Afghan traditional sport called Buzkashi. The movie is directed by an American director, Sam French, and written by Martin Desmond Roe

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Women’s Domination Short Story Competition

In the long history of humanity, domination has been a major concern because there always had to be some kind of a leader. Leadership and domination, then, did not necessarily have a negative sense. They meant the set of qualities

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“More than 1000 historical monuments are endangered in Afghanistan”

Afghanistan’s minister of information and culture criticized the world community’s approach in relation to the tourism industry of Afghanistan and said their views on this particular industry are not persuasive. Minister Sayed Makhdoom Raheen told in a conference on Wednesday

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Afghanistan National Museum- a reflection of culture and a symbol of hardships in recent decades

Despite the constant and successive failure of power that has kept Kabul Museum in darkness, the National Museum is not only a reflection of the lush and historic culture of Afghanistan, but also a symbol of hardships in recent decades

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Stupa of Takht-e Rostam

Atlas Obscura : http://atlasobscura.com/place/stupa-takhte-rostam There are places in the world so strongly devoted to a particular religion that it is incredibly hard to believe that they have been shaped by any other faith. Afghanistan is one of those places, a

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Monuments in Herat are at Risk

Officials of Herat Directorate for the preservation of historic sites have expressed their concerns about the digging and excavations  done arbitrarily by historical sites mafia. They said that a number of residents in Herat’s districts, who face economic challenges and

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Delay in reconstruction of historic sites in Ghazni

Local authorities find the completion of reconstruction of Ghazni’s historic monuments impossible. The province’s head of Information and Culture links the incompletion of the project to the delay in the beginning of the work. While Minister of Information and Culture

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Restoration Work Began on a Number of Historical Sites in Ghazni

Minister of Information and Culture Sayed Makhdoom Raheen inaugurated the restoration work of 5 historical sites in Ghazni province. The restoration is an important step for the province’s preparations for the 2013 festival, said Minister Raheen. Mr. Raheed emphasized that

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Stolen artifacts returned to Afghanistan’s museum

The British Museum has assisted in returning 843 artifacts to Afghanistan’s national museum that were looted during the Civil War. The items include examples of the Begram Ivories, seen at the British Museum’s Afghanistan 2011 exhibition, and an important sculpture

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Afghans Dining Etiquette

There are many differences between Afghan and Western dining etiquette.  One should always remove shoes at the door when visiting a home. When dining at someone’s home, guests will be seated on the floor, usually on cushions.  Guests should wait for

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Afghanistan's Traditional Dance-Attan

Attan is a traditional Afghan dance; It’s origin lies in the Afghan Pashtoon tribes pagan yester-years and usually involved men performing a ritual dance. This was later modified into a Muslim dance of soldiers to allow the dancers to get

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