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Bulgaria’s Plovdiv launches capital of culture festivities

PLOVDIV: The Bulgarian city of Plovdiv was on Saturday inaugurated as one of two ancient cities to share the honour of being a European capital of culture for 2019. Plovdiv, Bulgaria 's second city, whose origins date back to the 12th century BC, is known for its Thracian, Roman, Medieval, Ottoman and communist heritage. In a nod to this latest period of history, an exhibition featuring fragments of the Berlin Wall painted by international artists opened on Saturday, kicking off a year of cultural events. Thirty…

Govt to provide funds for promoting pharmaceutical research culture: Azam Swati

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Azam Khan Swati on Tuesday said the government would provide sufficient funds for both private and government sectors to promote the pharmaceutical research culture in the country. Addressing a two-day international conference on 'Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery', he urged Pakistani scientists to develop mutual research projects with local industry and use the expertise of their foreigner partners to stimulate Research and Development in Pakistan. The…

CM Punjab calls for adopting strategy to promote cultural activities

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Friday said that a comprehensive strategy should be adopted to promote literary and cultural activities in the province, ARY News reported. According to a statement released from his office, the CM Punjab while reviewing the steps with regard to promotion of literary activities, said that cultural activities should be promoted and local artists should be especially encouraged in this regard. He maintained that the promotion of cultural and literary activities is very…

Fawad calls for preserving dying arts to promote indigenous culture

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry has directed concerned authorities to develop a substantial plan envisaging concrete measures to preserve and document the dying arts in the country. Chairing a briefing at Lok Virsa, the federal minister said preservation of dying art is imperative to promote indigenous culture and connect new generation with history and cultural heritage. He said Pakistan has a distinct and unique culture and the government will facilitate and patronise its promotion. He also…

Saudi Arabia to issue visas for sports, culture events

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will begin issuing visas to visitors to attend sporting and cultural events from December, officials said Tuesday, a first for the kingdom as it seeks to kick start tourism. "Saudi Arabia will open up its borders to fans of live sport, music and culture for the first time with the launch of a new online visa process dedicated to welcoming international tourists," the kingdom’s General Sports Authority said. The new visa process will be first introduced in December for a Formula E motor racing…