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Celebration of Prophet Mohammad’s (PBUH) Birthday in Kabul

The celebration of Prophet Mohammad’s birth anniversary has been a controversial subject among Islam scholars. Afghan religious scholars gathered on Thursday, which marked Hazrat Mohammad’s birth anniversary, at the Aala Haji Dar-ul-Uloom in Kabul to discuss the celebration of Prophet’s

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Afghan Archaeologist discusses Bamiyan site

Zemaryalai Tarzi, internationally recognized as the senior Afghan archaeologist, will speak and answer questions on recent finds at Bamiyan and the crisis of looting and vandalism for archaeology in Afghanistan in “A Stop on the Silk Route”. The event is

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Afghanistan better for theatre folk than Iran: Director

IANS-Eleven years after curbs on theater imposed by the Taliban were lifted, theater is making a comeback in Afghanistan. The Taliban had curbed all performing arts during its rule, between 1996-2001. These days, Afghanistan might be a better place for theater people than some other Islamic

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The expensive live bands add to the high cost of weddings in Afghanistan

In addition to other fees and expenses of the crippling wedding ceremonies in Afghanistan, the high cost of live bands is another problem that many Afghans are worried about. According to some residents in Kabul, some band singers charge as

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Coins from 1st century AD returned to Kabul Museum

As many as 215 coins of the Kushan-era in the 1st century AD were returned to Afghanistan National Museum at a ceremony attended by Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, Information and Culture Minister Syed Makhdoom Rahin, Afghan Ambassador to Britain Mohammad

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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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