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Central Asian countries need to improve degree of freedom of tourists and their security

Dushanbe, Aug. 10, 2018. / Kabar /. Everyone benefits from the development of tourism, people get prosperity, and the state gets dividends, Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan Miroslav Niyazov told at a meeting of the Council for Tourism of the CIS member

Meeting of heads of SCO defense institutions held in Bishkek

Bishkek, Jan. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. A meeting of the heads of the defense departments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states responsible for international military cooperation is held in Bishkek, the press service of the General Staff of th
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Meeting of heads of SCO defense institutions held in Bishkek

Bishkek, Jan. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. A meeting of the heads of the defense departments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states responsible for international military cooperation is held in Bishkek, the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. During the meeting, the military delegations of Kazakhstan, India, Russia, Tajikistan, China, Pakistan and Uzbekistan discussed the Plan of Cooperation for 2020-2021, reviewed the agendas and draft protocols of the upcoming meeting of defense ministers of the SCO member states, outlined the timing of the Expert Group meeting of the SCO countries. Wthin the framework of the approved Plan of Chairmanship of the Kyrgyz Republic in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2019, the General Staff and the State Committee on Defense Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic have begun preparations for holding a meeting of defense ministers of the SCO member states in April this year.

Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan begin negotiations on duty-free deliveries of oil and oil products

Bishkek, Jan. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan began negotiations on duty-free deliveries of oil and petroleum products, the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use reported. The first stage of negotiations is underway to discuss a d
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Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan begin negotiations on duty-free deliveries of oil and oil products

Bishkek, Jan. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan began negotiations on duty-free deliveries of oil and petroleum products, the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use reported. The first stage of negotiations is underway to discuss a draft agreement between the governments of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan on trade and economic cooperation in the field of oil and oil products supply. According to the project under discussion, the Kazakh side is obliged to export products to Kyrgyzstan without duty in accordance with the approved indicative balance and protocol. The indicative balance will be approved at the second stage of negotiations, which will take place in the next 5-6 days in Kazakhstan. Control over the implementtion of the project is assigned from Kyrgyzstan to the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use, from Kazakhstan to the Ministry of Energy. Deputy Chairman of the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use Jyrgalbek Sagynbayev represents the Kyrgyz side in the working group.

Athletes from Kyrgyzstan win top awards at international tournament

Bishkek, Jan. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. Athletes from Kyrgyzstan won two medals at the international athletics tournament for the prizes of the Olympic champion Olga Rypakova, the Federation of the sport reported. The competitions were held in the city of Ust-Kamen
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Athletes from Kyrgyzstan win top awards at international tournament

Bishkek, Jan. 21, 2019. /Kabar/. Athletes from Kyrgyzstan won two medals at the international athletics tournament for the prizes of the Olympic champion Olga Rypakova, the Federation of the sport reported. The competitions were held in the city of Ust-Kamenogorsk (Kazakhstan) on January 19, where more than 300 athletes from Ukraine, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Turkey, Armenia, Belarus and Kazakhstan gathered. Athletes from Kyrgyzstan – Anna Bulanova took the silver at a distance of 60 meters, and Daniyar Artykbekov won bronze in the run for 3 thousand meters.

China’s birth rate falls to its lowest rate since 1961

New births in China fell to 15.23 million last year, the lowest since China relaxed its one-child policy in 2014, Trend reports referring to South China Morning Post. The dwindling birth rate is adding pressure to a shrinking labour pool and ageing populatio
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China’s birth rate falls to its lowest rate since 1961

New births in China fell to 15.23 million last year, the lowest since China relaxed its one-child policy in 2014, Trend reports referring to South China Morning Post. The dwindling birth rate is adding pressure to a shrinking labour pool and ageing population, casting a shadow over the country’s future economic outlook. It also marks the lowest official birth rate in China since 1961 (11.87 million), the last year of China’s great famine, during which millions of people starved to death and the birth rate plummeted. However there are widely held concerns about the historical data collection, experts said. China officially allowed every couple to have two children three years ago, however the figure for 2018 undercuts the reading of 17.86 million in 2016 and 17.23 million in 2017, according to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS). By that gauge, China’s birth rate dropped from 12.95 every 1,000 people in 2016 to 10.94 last year. The drop in new births in China is set to continue. The female population in China aged between 15 and 49, which the NBS defines as “child-bearing age”, fell 4 million in 2017. The fact that people aged over 60 now account for 17.9 per cent of China’s 1.39 billion population adds to the huge demographic challenges facing the country. This figure fuels concerns that China is moving towards a Japan-style economic stagnation. In China’s case the problem could run deeper, as the country is “getting old before getting rich”, a phrase widely used in Chinese state media. The low fertility rate, partly a result of over three decades of ruthless birth control by Beijing, showed that the Chinese leadership was too optimistic about the incentive provided by its relaxed birth policy. In 2016, Beijing expected a baby boom in 2018 that would produce 21.88 million babies. However, the latest figures will not come as a surprise to many economists and analysts which have been flagging low birth rates in cities that were traditionally among the most fertile in China, for a number of years. Wenzhou, which has a thriving private economy, had a history of breaking the notorious “one-child” policy in the past. Many households would risk paying hefty fines to have more than one child. The city has the highest birth rate in Zhejiang province, in eastern China. But last year, the number of newborn babies dropped to 96,903, down 15.7 per cent from 2017, according to figures from Wenzhou government. This is the first time since 2008 that the city’s annual newborns fell below 100,000. In Ningbo, a port city also in Zhejiang, newborns fell by 16.98 per cent last year, compared to 2017. The easterly province of Shandong produced 10 per cent of China’s total new population in 2017 (1.75 million) but in 2018, but preliminary data shows the birth rate is slowing. The government of Qingdao, an economic powerhouse in Shandong, said in December that the number of babies born there had fallen by 21 per cent to about 81,000 over the first 11 months in 2018, with the number of second babies falling even faster than first borns. The Qingdao government estimated that births for the full year would reach slightly over 90,000. It also lowered estimates for the next few years, from the range of 100,000 to 150,000 to 80,000 to 100,000. In rural China, families have traditionally tended to have more children to support. But in the populous and mountainous Huili County, in the southwesterly Sichuan province, the number of new babies reached only 4,093 last year, down 11 per cent from 2017. “For China’s population, the biggest event in the first half of 21st century is the arrival of negative growth,” a January report from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), said. In 2016, the World Bank said that the average Chinese woman would have 1.624 children. At that rate, the population will begin declining in 2027 and by 2065 it will fall to 1.17 billion, around the same size it was in 1990, according to CASS research. The falling population is removing one of China’s biggest drivers of growth and experts have warned that the government must make it more affordable to have children, if it wants to redress this balance. “The number of newborns will continue plunging even after the country completely revoked its birth policy, unless the Chinese leadership made great efforts to boost births such as lowering the cost of education significantly,” said Huang Wenzheng, co-founder of Cnpop.org, a non-profit organisation analysing China’s population and birth policies.

Women in space: Roscosmos sets sights on creating female crew of cosmonauts, says source

Russia’s state-run space corporation, Roscosmos, is putting together a team of female cosmonauts to conduct flights into outer space, and a search for candidates will be launched among space experts, a source in the rocket and space industry told on Monday
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Women in space: Roscosmos sets sights on creating female crew of cosmonauts, says source

Russia’s state-run space corporation, Roscosmos, is putting together a team of female cosmonauts to conduct flights into outer space, and a search for candidates will be launched among space experts, a source in the rocket and space industry told on Monday, Trend reports referring to TASS. «A full-fledged cosmonaut team consisting of young women who are specialists in the rocket and space field will be formed,» the source said. The state corporation will take on the initiative to search for candidates itself rather than wait for them to sign up. The Orlan spacesuit used for spacewalks will be upgraded for women, he added. «Elements of an exoskeleton will be installed on the space suit to strengthen the operator’s hands when performing physically demanding work outside the spaceship, especially outside the International Space Station,» the source said. An effort to create electric motors for Orlan’s hands is underway. The female crew will be also trained for future missions to the Moon, he noted. Roscosmos was planning to announce the creation of a female crew on Monday at the Cosmonaut Training Center on the outskirts of Moscow. On January 21, the center will host a ceremony to meet the crew of ISS Expedition 55/56: Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos, and NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel, who returned to the Earth on October 4, 2018 aboard the Soyuz MS-08 spacecraft. Women did not join the new space crew, which was formed in summer 2018. Some specialists later attributed this to a specific national mindset and far less women aspiring to become cosmonauts. Any Russian citizen not older than 35 years with a higher education in engineering, or in the scientific and flight sectors and with work experience was able to toss their hat into the ring, but only male candidates were selected. Only four women have traveled into orbit in the history of Soviet and Russian space exploration: Valentina Tereshnkova, Svetlana Savitskaya, Yelena Kondakova and Yelena Serova. Meanwhile, NASA has sent 47 women into space.

Foreign diplomats discover a true Xinjiang, different from Western media reports

A worker poses next to a pile of iced sugar at a vocational education and training center in Hotan'sYutiancounty, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Photo: Fan Lingzhi/GT Diplomats from 12 countries who were invited to visit Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygh
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Foreign diplomats discover a true Xinjiang, different from Western media reports

A worker poses next to a pile of iced sugar at a vocational education and training center in Hotan'sYutiancounty, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Photo: Fan Lingzhi/GT Diplomats from 12 countries who were invited to visit Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and its vocational training and education centers said that what they saw during the visit was opposite to some Western media reports, and Xinjiang is seeking an effective way to counter extremism and terrorism. At the invitation of the Xinjiang government, diplomats from Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Afghanistan, Thailand and Kuwait visited Xinjiang from December 28 to 30, according to the Xinhua News Agency. These diplomats visited the vocational training and education centers in Kashi, where trainees were learning Putonghua, national laws and regulations, and vocational skills. Diplomats asked about the life of the trainees in the centers, played ping-pong and basketball with them on the playground, and watched a singing and dancing performance of the trainees. Indonesian Ambassador to China DjauhariOratmangun said that the education centers in Xinjiang have impressed him and trainees can learn national laws and the Uyghur culture. He said that trainees seemed to be in good spirits. He hoped they could learn more vocational skills and become useful people in society. During their visit to the education center in Hotan, the diplomat from Kazakhstan received a New Year gift. A trainee, Mehmet Isamati gave an oil painting to the diplomat. The diplomat said that he saw the Chinese government and regional government in Xinjiang have created good conditions for trainees and they have rich food as well as time for sports. Sayed, the diplomat from the Afghanistan Embassy in China, who has visited Xinjiang many times, was surprised to find during this visit that residents in southern Xinjiang, who used to idle around, now are busy studying and working, which is a good phenomenon. He said that training for vocational skills would help enhance many people's lives and what he saw in Xinjiang is opposite to many reports of the Western media. Every country has an employment problem and de-extremism problem. China's Xinjiang is seeking an effective way to deal with these issues, which other countries can learn from, he said. Aside from visiting the education centers, diplomats also visited the Grand Bazaar in Urumqi and the Islamic Institute in Xinjiang. In the Grand Bazaar, Mumtaz Zahra Baloch, the diplomat from the Pakistan Embassy in China, met a Pakistani businessman, Asmu, who sells jewelry in the bazaar. Asmu told the diplomat that society in Xinjiang has become more stable in recent years, and his business is booming with more tourists coming to Xinjiang. «I live in Urumqi now and married a Uyghur girl. And we have children now. We are living a happy life!» Asmu said. During their visit to China's largest mosque, the Id Kah Mosque in Kashi, the diplomats learned that the mosque has installed heating equipment, and facilities for believers to wash their hands, and it offers water to drink. The diplomat from the Malaysian Embassy in China said that he saw the Chinese government's efforts in protecting religious freedom and religious groups have a place for religious activities. Like other countries, religious activities have been protected in China. The visit to Xinjiang has given him a new chance to know the place and the reports from some Western media on Xinjiang were false, the diplomat said. Li Wei, a Beijing-based anti-terrorism expert, who was invited to visit the education centers in Xinjiang in November, told the Global Times that many of the 12 countries face the threat of extremism similar to Xinjiang and the visit of the diplomats to the centers would facilitate exchanges on de-extremism measures. «Xinjiang's de-extremism measures have taken effect and helped to build a stable society. While many other countries, which have been suffering from extremism and terrorism, have yet to find an effective way,» Li said. No violent incidents happened in 23 months, which is considered an achievement of Xinjiang's current de-extremism efforts, experts said. It seems that none of the 15 countries, whose ambassadors in Beijing spearheaded by Canada sought a meeting with the top official of Xinjiang, was in the visit to the training centers. In response to possible reasons, Li said «It would not benefit global cooperation on anti-terrorism and de-extremism if some Western countries keep holding a bias against China. Nothing in Xinjiang is sensitive when our measures in the place are aimed at protecting the people's security and interests.» Source:Global Times

Kyrgyzstan's economic week Jan. 14-19, 2019

Insurance fees. In Kyrgyzstan, the collection of insurance fees in 2018 exceeded the indexes for 2017 and amounted to 106.6% from a year earlier. According to data of the Social Fund of the Kyrgyz Republic, insurance contributions in the amount of 30,647.
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Kyrgyzstan's economic week Jan. 14-19, 2019

Insurance fees. In Kyrgyzstan, the collection of insurance fees in 2018 exceeded the indexes for 2017 and amounted to 106.6% from a year earlier. According to data of the Social Fund of the Kyrgyz Republic, insurance contributions in the amount of 30,647.2 million soms were received in 2018. “Compared to the same period last year, the collection increased by 106.6% or more by 1907.6 million soms,” the Social Fund of the Kyrgyz Republic said. Indirect taxes. Temporary points of transport control and accounting of goods began to function from October 1, 2018 near 4 checkpoints on the Kyrgyz-Kazakhstan state border. As a result, in October-December 2018, the State Tax Service of Kyrgyzstan provided indirect taxes in the amount of 7 billion 98.4 million soms, which is 785.9 million soms more than the same period in 2017, or the growth rate was 112.5%. In all temporary points, an automated system for accounting of accompanying invoices has been established, which allows online information to be sent to territorial tax authorities on imported goods from the member states of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Taxes from Dzhunda. The China Petrol Company Dzhunda Refinery every month transfers about 200 million som of taxes to the budget of Kyrgyzstan. According to Altynbek Sadyrbaev, Acting Director of the Dzhunda Oil Refinery, the capacity of the refinery will be increased in the future, which leads to an increase in tax deductions. Currently, the plant capacity is 800 thousand tons of fuel and lubricants per year. “Now we are working on increasing the capacity of the plant and the quality of its products. If now tax deductions amount to about 200 million soms, this year (2019) we set a goal to increase allocations to 300-400 million soms per month by increasing the capacity of the plant,” Sadyrbaev said. GDP growth in 2018. Kyrgyzstan's GDP in 2018 amounted to 557 billion soms, which indicates its growth by 3.5% compared with the figures for 2017. According to data of the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic, excluding the indicators of the Kumtor gold mining enterprise, Kyrgyzstan’s GDP in 2018 was 509 billion soms and increased by 3.5%. GDP and services. In the structure of Kyrgyzstan's GDP in 2018, the share of the service sector was 47%, and thus formed its most part, the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic stated. The share of industry made 18% of GDP, which is equal to 251 billion soms and indicates an increase by 5.4%. Without Kumtor development enterprises, industrial output amounted to more than 148 billion soms and increased by 7.3%. The growth of indicators in the field of agriculture was achieved due to an increase in the growth of output in crop production by 3.4% and in livestock production by 2.2%. In total, the total indicator in this industry amounted to 204 billion soms and increased by 2.7% compared with 2017. In general, the volume of Kyrgyzstan's GDP in 2018 amounted to 557 billion soms, which indicates its growth by 3.5% compared with the figures for the previous year. Investments in 2018. The volume of investments in fixed assets of Kyrgyzstan in 2018 amounted to about 150 billion soms and increased by 3.3% compared with the previous year. According to data of the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic, the growth of the indicator was increased by 24% at the expense of internal sources, while at the expense of external sources, indicators decreased by almost 28%. The main volume of investments was directed to the construction of facilities for the extraction of minerals, processing industries, provision (supply) with electricity, gas, steam and conditioned air and housing. In the past year, about 9 thousand apartments were commissioned with a total area of ​​about 1 million square meters, which, however, was 33.5% less than in 2017. Rising prices for products. There has recently been an increase in prices in Kyrgyzstan, mainly related to such goods as food products and non-alcoholic beverages. According to data of the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic, the largest increase in consumer prices (1.1%) was recorded in Naryn oblast, while on the contrary a decrease of 0.5% was recorded in Batken oblast. In general, in December 2018 compared with the previous month, consumer prices and tariffs in the country increased by 0.7%. Most of all, fresh vegetables (by 11.3%), millet (by 1.5 times) and milk (by 4.9%) increased in price. Imported gasoline. For 11 months of 2018, Kyrgyzstan imported almost 484 thousand tons of oil products from Russia and Kazakhstan worth $ 270 million. According to data of the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic, , the main sources of fuels and lubricants of Kyrgyzstan are suppliers from Russia and Kazakhstan. During this period, 411 thousand tons (84.9% of the total supply) of petroleum products worth $ 241 million were imported from Russia, which is 8% less than in the same period of 2017. During the same period, about 73 thousand tons (8.4%) of petroleum products were imported from Kazakhstan in the amount of $ 29 million, which is 9% less than in the 11 months of the previous year. Debt has grown. The public debt of Kyrgyzstan increased for one month by $ 50 million at the end of last year and as of November 30, 2018 amounted to $ 44 billion 477.43 million (312 billion 737.32 million soms). According to data of the Ministry of Finance of Kyrgyzstan: - $ 3 billion 838.29 million out of them (or 268 billion 95.03 million soms) is the state external debt; - $ 639.14 million (44 billion 642.29 million soms) is the state domestic debt. Commodity turnover of the Kyrgyz Republic. The volume of foreign trade of Kyrgyzstan for 11 months of 2018 exceeded $ 5 billion 967.6 million. According to preliminary estimates of the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic, this figure increased by 6.2% compared to the same period in 2017. At the same time, the growth in the share of exports amounted to 0.8% and reached $ 1 billion 533 million, while imports grew by 8.2%, which in total amounted to $ 4 billion 434.4 million. The volume of mutual trade between Kyrgyzstan and the EAEU member states in January-November 2018 amounted to $ 2.1 billion and decreased by 4.8% compared with January-November 2017. The amount of goods exported from Kyrgyzstan to the countries of the EAEU amounted to $ 500.1 million, and the amount imported from there to Kyrgyzstan - $ 1 billion 589.8 million. Kabar News Agency

Turkmenistan developing seismic risk reduction program

Turkmenistan’s Academy of Sciences, in partnership with ministries and state agencies is drafting a seismic risk reduction program, Trend reports citing the Turkmenistan TV channel. The work on “The Project for Improvement of the Earthquake Monitoring Sy
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Turkmenistan developing seismic risk reduction program

Turkmenistan’s Academy of Sciences, in partnership with ministries and state agencies is drafting a seismic risk reduction program, Trend reports citing the Turkmenistan TV channel. The work on “The Project for Improvement of the Earthquake Monitoring System in and around the Ashgabat City” is underway with the support of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Additionally, a forecasting and monitoring strategy is being developed. Measures for reducing social, economic and environmental losses associated with possible earthquakes in seismically active areas, as well as increasing the preparedness of urban and rural populations, buildings and structures, transportation and communication systems for such natural disasters are outlined in the document. Turkmenistan is located in a seismically active zone. On the night of Oct. 6, 1948, Ashgabat experienced a catastrophic earthquake, the magnitude of which reached 10 and claimed many lives.

Astana to unveil the Year of Youth

ASTANA. KAZINFORM On January 23, 2019 a solemn opening ceremony of the Year of Youth will take place in Astana at Nur Alem Pavilion, EXPO 2017 expo complex, the Social Development Ministry's Facebook account reads. The Head of State, members of the Governmen
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Astana to unveil the Year of Youth

ASTANA. KAZINFORM On January 23, 2019 a solemn opening ceremony of the Year of Youth will take place in Astana at Nur Alem Pavilion, EXPO 2017 expo complex, the Social Development Ministry's Facebook account reads. The Head of State, members of the Government, MPs, local executive bodies, members of the youth policy council under the President of Kazakhstan, winners of the 100 New Faces contest, Bolashak Scholarship graduates, young scientists, gifted children, etc., are expected to take part in the event. The ceremony will give a start to realizing of a large-scale action plan aimed at all-round support and implementation of the state youth policy the countrywide. Successful projects and the brand new products made by young Kazakhstanis will be presented there. Young people will take the floor. Besides, well-known businessmen, startuppers, volunteers, agricultural specialists and others will adres those gathered. As earlier reported, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev decreed to declare 2019 as the Year of Youth. Все права защищены. Используйте активную ссылку на inform.kz https://www.inform.kz/en/astana-to-unveil-the-year-of-youth_a3489755

History-making Kyrgyz Republic eye further milestones

Kyrgyz Republic reach AFC Asian Cup last 16 on debut Central Asians impressed in a tough group Achievement comes on the back of a decade-long period of growth What better way to start the year than with a history-making achievement. Twenty-seven years aft
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History-making Kyrgyz Republic eye further milestones

Kyrgyz Republic reach AFC Asian Cup last 16 on debut Central Asians impressed in a tough group Achievement comes on the back of a decade-long period of growth What better way to start the year than with a history-making achievement. Twenty-seven years after playing their maiden international match following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Kyrgyz Republic have created their greatest football achievement at the ongoing AFC Asian Cup. Not satisfied with merely participating in their maiden continental competition, the Central Asian side won through to the knockout stage. And they did so, in some style too as Vitalij Lux scored a stunning hat-trick in a decisive 3-1 win over the hitherto impressive Philippines. In doing so, the Ulm striker became the first Kyrgyz player to score a treble in an international match. «We showed that we can play good football despite being debutants,» said the German-based forward. «We have demonstrated very good football overall, regardless of whether we progress or not. We are not exactly happy with the results, of course, but we are happy with the quality of football we played.» The win over Philippines saw Kyrgyz Republic qualify as one of the best third-placed sides in the 24-nation tournament, and with a dose of luck they could have finished second. Opening the tournament against Marcello Lippi's China PR, Kyrgyz Republic took a well-deserved first-half lead only to fall 2-1 after conceding two second-half goals – the latter an unlucky own goal. They maintained a high-level against continental heavyweights Korea Republic, defending gallantly with only Kim Minjae's first-half strike the difference between the sides. By doing so, Kyrgyz Republic became the only side of the debutants to progress with Philippines and Yemen both crashing out. Long-term build-up Reaching the knockout stage in the Asian Cup comes as a testament to Kyrgyz Republic’s decade-long efforts in developing their game. Attempts at qualifying for previous Asian Cups failed and their most notable achievement was third in the AFC Challenge Cup – a second-tier continental tournament. The turning-point came when the country's football authorities embarked on long-term development at the start of 2010. Their efforts began with building a competitive domestic league providing a platform for young players to emerge and develop. At international level, a pair of Russian managers, firstly Sergey Dvoryankov and then the current coach Aleksandr Krestinin, have guided the nation’s hopes. <twitter-widget class=«twitter-tweet twitter-tweet-rendered» id=«twitter-widget-0» data-tweet-id=«1085840186662096896» style=«box-sizing: border-box; position: static; visibility: visible; display: block; transform: rotate(0deg); max-width: 100%; width: 500px; min-width: 220px; margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 10px;»> The efforts began to bear fruit as they impressed in Asia's second qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, pulling off four wins including a stunning 1-0 victory over Jordan. They followed up those performances by finishing joint group leaders alongside India to seal passage to the continental stage. «We had a quality preparation for the [Asian Cup] tournament, which started last spring as soon as we qualified so we are ready,» head coach Krestinin told the media ahead of the opener against China PR. «No one is born with experience, and we are gaining it step by step.» Kyrgyz Republic now tackle hosts United Arab Emirates in the Round of 16 on Monday and despite the daunting task, Krestinin remains unfazed. "We are taking every game very seriously, and I think our previous games have shown that we're going to fight in any match we play here in this tournament.”

What awaits Kyrgyzstanis in the Year of Digitalization? – Dogoyev on first steps of state bodies

Bishkek, Jan. 18, 2019. /Kabar/. In 2019, it is planned to implement a number of programs included in the concept of digital transformation of Kyrgyzstan for 2019-2023, Dastan Dogoev, Director of the Digital CASA - Kyrgyz Republic project implementation depar
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What awaits Kyrgyzstanis in the Year of Digitalization? – Dogoyev on first steps of state bodies

Bishkek, Jan. 18, 2019. /Kabar/. In 2019, it is planned to implement a number of programs included in the concept of digital transformation of Kyrgyzstan for 2019-2023, Dastan Dogoev, Director of the Digital CASA - Kyrgyz Republic project implementation department told. As part of his participation in the scientific conference «Innovations in Public Administration and Services,» he told reporters that, pursuant to a presidential decree announcing 2019 the Year of Regional Development and Digitalization, it is planned to build and launch a state data center to ensure secure data storage in electronic format. In addition, during the current year, the task was to complete the implementation of the digital ecosystem «Digital Kyrgyzstan» and the full launch of the system of interdepartmental cooperation «Tunduk». Also in the specified period, it is planned to strengthen the digital platform for all 453 local governments. Today, according to Dogoyev, domestic IT companies are successfully developing their own digital products. “There are promising developments in the field of application of artificial intelligence for teaching and developing skills of the Kyrgyz language. There are companies that are engaged in automating the health care system and improving the quality of medical services. There are developments in the field of fiscalization, as well as in the field of application of robotics to optimize certain processes. It should be noted that all of them are developed by our IT-companies,” the Director of the digital project shared. He added that all developers are residents of the High-Tech Park of the Kyrgyz Republic, where about 43 companies with a total of 500 specialists are currently registered.

First meeting of Kyrgyz-Hungarian intergovernmental commission to be held in Bishkek in 2019

Bishkek, Jan. 18, 2019. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz Ambassador to Hungary with residence in Vienna (Austria) Bakyt Dzhusupov made a working visit to Budapest, where he met with the leadership of the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Human Resources and the Hungarian Expo
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First meeting of Kyrgyz-Hungarian intergovernmental commission to be held in Bishkek in 2019

Bishkek, Jan. 18, 2019. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz Ambassador to Hungary with residence in Vienna (Austria) Bakyt Dzhusupov made a working visit to Budapest, where he met with the leadership of the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of Human Resources and the Hungarian Export-Import Bank, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. At the meeting with Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Cecilia Szilas, topical issues of the bilateral agenda in the political, economic and educational fields were discussed, including the implementation of the agreements following the official visit of the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orban to Kyrgyzstan in 2018. The sides also agreed on the dates for the first meeting of the intergovernmental Kyrgyz-Hungarian commission for trade and economic cooperation in Bishkek in 2019 and discussed the possibility of organizing a Kyrgyz-Hungarian business forum at the meeting. At a meeting with Secretary of State of the Ministry of Human Resources of Hungary Orsolya the practical implementation of the increase in quota places for citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic who wish to study at universities in Hungary since 2019 was discussed. At the meeting in the Export-Import Bank, Ambassador Dzhusupov discussed the possibilities of cooperation in financing economic projects in Kyrgyzstan.

State Sports Agency launches flash mob in support of Kyrgyz national team at Asian Cup

Bishkek, Jan. 18, 2019. /Kabar/. The State Agency for Youth, Physical Culture and Sports announceв that a flash mob in support of the national team at the Asian Cup 2019 will start on January 19, the press service of the agency reported. They urge each fan
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State Sports Agency launches flash mob in support of Kyrgyz national team at Asian Cup

Bishkek, Jan. 18, 2019. /Kabar/. The State Agency for Youth, Physical Culture and Sports announceв that a flash mob in support of the national team at the Asian Cup 2019 will start on January 19, the press service of the agency reported. They urge each fan to post on his/her social media page publications with the hashtag #БолеемЗаНаших (lit.: We root for our team), #АлгаАкШумкарлар (lit.: Ak Shumkar players go!) and his/her own version of chants, songs or slogans. In addition, a photo or video of the user himself/herself cheering up the team can be posted along with the publication. The national team of Kyrgyzstan is taking part in the Asian Cup for the first time. Moreover, they had made their way into the playoffs of the tournament and are to have their first match in the 1/8 finals on January 21 against the United Arab Emirates team.

One of collided aircraft’s pilots found at sea, says source

A pilot has been found at sea following a collision between two Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers over the Sea of Japan, a source told TASS on Friday, Trend reports referring to TASS. «They have found one of the pilots and are now trying to get him out of t
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One of collided aircraft’s pilots found at sea, says source

A pilot has been found at sea following a collision between two Sukhoi Su-34 fighter-bombers over the Sea of Japan, a source told TASS on Friday, Trend reports referring to TASS. «They have found one of the pilots and are now trying to get him out of the sea,» he said, adding that a storm was complicating the rescue effort. One of Sukhoi Su-34 aircraft, which collided mid-air in the Far East, has returned to the base, a source in the regional law enforcement agencies told TASS on Friday. «One of the aircraft landed at the Khurba base,» the source added.

FMs of Kyrgyzstan, Germany discuss wide range of issues of cooperation

Bishkek, Jan. 18, 2019. /Kabar/. A bilateral meeting took place in Berlin between Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aidarbekov and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Maas. During the meeting, a wide range of issues of the K
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FMs of Kyrgyzstan, Germany discuss wide range of issues of cooperation

Bishkek, Jan. 18, 2019. /Kabar/. A bilateral meeting took place in Berlin between Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aidarbekov and Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Heiko Maas. During the meeting, a wide range of issues of the Kyrgyz-German cooperation was discussed, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported. Aidarbekov noted the importance of further strengthening the political dialogue and expanding cooperation in all areas of interaction of mutual interest. In turn, Maas expressed satisfaction with the development of mutual relations over the years of cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Germany, positively noted the democratic path of development of Kyrgyzstan and expressed Germany’s readiness for further close cooperation in various areas of interaction, including in a multilateral format of cooperation. The ministers discussed the organization of mutual visits at the highest and high levels and the possibility for holding them in 2019. Aidarbekov invited Maas to pay a return visit to Kyrgyzstan. Moreover, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Aidarbekov held a meeting with Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany Niels Annen and discussed in detail ways to strengthen cooperation between the two states in political, diplomatic, economic, investment, cultural, humanitarian and educational areas. The sides stressed the importance of cooperation between the two countries in the framework of the European Union Strategy for Central Asia, as well as international organizations. An exchange of views on issues of regional interaction and international matters took place.

UN welcomes agreement of Azerbaijani, Armenian FMs to take concrete measures to prepare populations for peace

UN Secretary General António Guterres has welcomed the agreement reached between Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers on the need to take concrete measures to prepare the populations for peace, Trend reports citing the statement issued by spokesman fo
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UN welcomes agreement of Azerbaijani, Armenian FMs to take concrete measures to prepare populations for peace

UN Secretary General António Guterres has welcomed the agreement reached between Azerbaijani and Armenian foreign ministers on the need to take concrete measures to prepare the populations for peace, Trend reports citing the statement issued by spokesman for UN Secretary General. “The Secretary-General welcomes the meeting between the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov, and the Acting Foreign Minister of Armenia, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, held on 16 January in Paris under the auspices of the Co-Chairs of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Minsk Group,” reads the statement. The Secretary-General appreciates the continued commitment of the sides to finding a negotiated and peaceful solution to the long-standing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and particularly welcomed the ministers’ agreement on the need to take concrete measures to prepare the populations for peace. The Secretary-General reiterates the full support of the United Nations for the important mediation efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group. The Co-Chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group (Igor Popov of the Russian Federation, Stéphane Visconti of France and Andrew Schofer of the United States of America) hosted consultations between Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov and Acting Foreign Minister of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan on 16 January in Paris. The ministers discussed a wide range of issues related to the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and agreed upon the necessity of taking concrete measures to prepare the populations for peace. The Co-Chairs plan to meet the leaders of the two countries in the near future. The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts.

Two Su-34 jets collide in Russia's Far East

Two Sukhoi Su-34 fighter bombers have collided in mid-air over the Strait of Tatary (or the Tatar Strait) in Russia’s Far Eastern Khabarovsk Region, a source in the regional law enforcement agencies told TASS on Friday, Trend reports referring to TASS. &la
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Two Su-34 jets collide in Russia's Far East

Two Sukhoi Su-34 fighter bombers have collided in mid-air over the Strait of Tatary (or the Tatar Strait) in Russia’s Far Eastern Khabarovsk Region, a source in the regional law enforcement agencies told TASS on Friday, Trend reports referring to TASS. «According to preliminary data, the accident occurred over the Tatar Strait. Two Su-34 jets vanished from radar screens close to the inhabited community of Nelma in the Sovetsko-Gavansky District. They presumably collided in mid-air,» the source said. That said, a search operation is underway. Earlier, a TASS source said that both planes had been flying from the sea when they collided in mid-air. The crew of one aircraft managed to eject, while the second plane will probably be able to return to the base. However, the fate of both crews still remains unknown.

U.S., North Korea to hold talks on second Trump-Kim summit

North Korea’s lead negotiator in nuclear diplomacy with the United States is expected to hold talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and could also meet President Donald Trump on Friday during a visit aimed at clearing the way for a second U.S.-North Kor
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U.S., North Korea to hold talks on second Trump-Kim summit

North Korea’s lead negotiator in nuclear diplomacy with the United States is expected to hold talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and could also meet President Donald Trump on Friday during a visit aimed at clearing the way for a second U.S.-North Korea summit, Trend reports referring to Reuters. Kim Yong Chol arrived in Washington on Thursday evening for his first visit since he came last June ahead of a landmark meeting between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Efforts made since then to get Pyongyang to denuclearize appear to have stalled. Hours before Kim Yong Chol’s arrival, Trump - who declared the day after the June 12 Singapore summit that the nuclear threat posed by North Korea was over - unveiled a revamped U.S. missile defense strategy that singled out the country as an ongoing and “extraordinary threat.” Kim Yong Chol, a hardline former spy chief, was due to meet Pompeo on Friday, when he could also go to see Trump at the White House, a person familiar with the matter said. The visit is a sign of potential movement in a diplomatic process that has struggled for months and, according to the source, could yield an announcement of plans for another summit. However, there has been no indication of any narrowing of differences over U.S. demands that North Korea abandon a nuclear weapons program that threatens the United States or over Pyongyang’s demand for a lifting of punishing sanctions. Pompeo had planned to meet Kim Yong Chol to discuss a second summit last November, but the meeting was postponed at the last moment. Kim Jong Un said in a New Year speech he was willing to meet Trump “at any time.”

France breaks tourism record in 2018 despite «yellow vest» protests: ministry

A record number of tourists visited France in 2018 despite the damage inflicted on the sector by the ongoing «yellow vest» protests, which forced visitors to stay away during the Christmas holidays, the French Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, Tr
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France breaks tourism record in 2018 despite «yellow vest» protests: ministry

A record number of tourists visited France in 2018 despite the damage inflicted on the sector by the ongoing «yellow vest» protests, which forced visitors to stay away during the Christmas holidays, the French Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, Trend reports citing Xinhua. For the full year of 2018, the ministry, which is also responsible for the tourism portfolio, expects France to maintain its position as the world's top tourism destination. Last year, almost 90 million tourists visited France. The figure in 2017 was 89 million. «If the news by the end of the year had caused cancelations of travel projects in France, the first indicators do not show a strong stall compared to the annual average,» the ministry said in a statement. «European markets, which account for nearly 80 percent of international visitors, experienced very moderate declines. ... The main cancellations are reported in the long-haul markets, particularly in Asia, which have been sensitive to the images of urban violence and Strasbourg bombing,» it explained. Projecting the tourism sector's performance in 2019, the ministry noted that the tour operators were upbeat unless the protests continue. Since November 2018, people angry over higher fuel taxes and protesting against «unfair» economic reforms have regularly been blocking roads, occupying highway tollbooths and staging rolling nationwide protests. The last few Saturdays have been marked by violent demonstrations, with burning vehicles and barricades, pillaging and clashes with police in cities across France, mainly in the capital. Paris, the country's top tourist destination, has been in lockdown on recent weekends with shops and restaurants forced to stay closed in fear of rioting.

Nationwide strike paralyzes Tunisia as 670,000 public servants demand pay rise

Tunisia’s biggest union, UGTT, started a nationwide strike on Thursday affecting the country’s airports, schools and state media to protest against the government’s refusal to raise the salaries of 670,000 public servants, Trend reports referring to Al
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Nationwide strike paralyzes Tunisia as 670,000 public servants demand pay rise

Tunisia’s biggest union, UGTT, started a nationwide strike on Thursday affecting the country’s airports, schools and state media to protest against the government’s refusal to raise the salaries of 670,000 public servants, Trend reports referring to Al Arabiya. Tunisia is under pressure from the International Monetary Fund to freeze public sector wages as part of reforms to help reduce the country’s budget deficit. International lenders have threatened to stop financing the economy, which has been in crisis since the toppling of President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. The one-day strike will hit airports, ports, schools, hospitals, state media and government offices, but Prime Minister Youssef Chahed said the state will provide minimum services in vital sectors including aviation, ports, buses and trains. Tunisia’s state-owned airline Tunisair expects major disruptions to its flight schedule due to the strike and urged customers to change bookings, it said, adding that at least 16 flights will be postponed. Chahed said the strike will be very expensive but the government could not raise wages disproportionately to the state’s ability to afford it. Sami Tahri, Deputy Secretary-General of the UGTT, said the government had come under the dictates of the IMF and had chosen the difficult solution of confrontation with public servants. Government and union sources told Reuters that the government had proposed spending about $400 million on pay rises whereas the UGTT had asked for about $850 million. Tunisia struck a deal with the IMF in December 2016 for a loan program worth around $2.8 billion to overhaul its ailing economy with steps to cut chronic deficits and trim bloated public services, but progress has been slow. Tunisia’s economy has been in crisis since the toppling of autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali threw it into turmoil, with unemployment and inflation shooting up. The government aims to cut the public sector wage bill to 12.5 percent of gross domestic product in 2020 from the current 15.5 percent, one of the world’s highest levels according to the IMF.

Osh Vice Mayor meets heads of major Turkish companies

Osh, Jan. 18, 2019. /Kabar/. First Vice Mayor of Osh Saibjan Turduev met a delegation of leaders of major Turkish companies led by Honorary Consul of Kyrgyzstan in Turkey Dr. Mustafa Kurt in Osh Mayor’s Office on Thursday. During the meeting, the sides dis
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Osh Vice Mayor meets heads of major Turkish companies

Osh, Jan. 18, 2019. /Kabar/. First Vice Mayor of Osh Saibjan Turduev met a delegation of leaders of major Turkish companies led by Honorary Consul of Kyrgyzstan in Turkey Dr. Mustafa Kurt in Osh Mayor’s Office on Thursday. During the meeting, the sides discussed issues of joint economic cooperation, as well as the leaders of Turkish companies spoke about plans to improve the investment climate in the city of Osh and the prospects for opening new enterprises. Turduev welcomed the guests and noted that Osh Mayor’s Office is always ready to cooperate and will consider all proposals for improving economic development and the creation of enterprises in Osh. Dr. Mustafa Kurt noted that the delegation had already become familiar with the investment climate of the city, adding that Osh has a good investment potential and is ready for realization of foreign investments. The city of Osh cooperates with Turkish companies in various fields, including actively working Turkish companies in the construction industry, the production of textile items. As we all know, Osh has been declared the cultural capital of the Turkic countries this year.

Kyrgyz poacher Vitaliy Lux is the second on top scorers in Asian Cup-2019

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019 / Kabar /. Poacher of the Kyrgyz national football team Vitaliy Lux is in second place in the list of top scorers in the Asian Cup – 2019, according to the official website of the competition. Lux scored three goals at yesterday's me
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Kyrgyz poacher Vitaliy Lux is the second on top scorers in Asian Cup-2019

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019 / Kabar /. Poacher of the Kyrgyz national football team Vitaliy Lux is in second place in the list of top scorers in the Asian Cup – 2019, according to the official website of the competition. Lux scored three goals at yesterday's meeting against the national team of the Philippines, thereby bringing victory to the national team and the opportunity to break into the 1/8 finals of the tournament. At present, Qatari footballer Ali Almoez is the first in the ranking of scorers, he has 5 goals. Next is Vitaliy Lux of Kyrgyzstan, the Uzbek forward Eldor Shomudurov and the Iranian player Serdar Azmoun. Lux, 29, made his debut for the national team of Kyrgyzstan in 2015.

Jeenbekov notes achievement of Kyrgyz national team at Asian Cup

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019. /Kabar/. President Sooronbay Jeenbekov noted the achievement of the players and coach of the Kyrgyz national football team at the Asian Cup, which is taking place in 4 cities of the UAE from January 5 to February 1. Speaking at the st
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Jeenbekov notes achievement of Kyrgyz national team at Asian Cup

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019. /Kabar/. President Sooronbay Jeenbekov noted the achievement of the players and coach of the Kyrgyz national football team at the Asian Cup, which is taking place in 4 cities of the UAE from January 5 to February 1. Speaking at the state awards ceremony, he took notice of the good news for the entire Kyrgyz people. “Yesterday we, the Kyrgyz people, witnessed a wonderful game and a great victory for the players of our national football team. Our national team is taking part in the Asian Cup for the first time and has immediately achieved such success. Having beaten the Philippines national team with the score of 3:1, they presented a real celebration to our people. The very fact that our football team won the right to participate in the Asian Cup for the first time was a great success. Our players showed a good game in all matches and went to the next stage of the competition. This is actually an event of historical significance! Most importantly, our footballers played selflessly and showed a very interesting game,” Jeenbekov told. On behalf of the entire people of Kyrgyzstan, he expressed sincere thanks to the players, the head coach of the team, the whole team. “We believe that our football players will show a good game in the next time and all Kyrgyzstanis will support them! May the Almighty bless our team!” the President noted. The state awards ceremony took place at Ala-Archa state residence. A total of 167 people have been recommended, including the foremost workers, cultural figures and politicians.

President takes part in state awards ceremony of Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov took part in the solemn ceremony of presenting state awards of the Kyrgyz Republic. The event took place in Ala-Archa state residence in Bishkek. The awards were presented to 167 people, i
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President takes part in state awards ceremony of Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov took part in the solemn ceremony of presenting state awards of the Kyrgyz Republic. The event took place in Ala-Archa state residence in Bishkek. The awards were presented to 167 people, including foremost workers, cultural figures and politicians. Opening the official part of the ceremony, the head of state shared that he was glad for such a pleasant beginning of the New Year, which was marked by a meeting with compatriots, who by their work were honored with the honor and respect of the people. “Today we have gathered to present state awards and high titles to labor veterans, worthy sons and daughters of our Motherland. You have received these state awards with your honest and creative work. The moment when self-sacrificing work is appreciated - the happiest moments in a person's life. I sincerely congratulate each of you on high state awards!” Jeenbekov told, expressing confidence that the heroes of the occasion will continue to make a significant contribution to the development of Kyrgyzstan. The President also noted that those present in the hall are the most worthy example in raising the young generation. Earlier, Jeenbekov had signed the Decree on Presenting State Awards of the Kyrgyz Republic. Photo credit: Roman Gaynanov

Daily turnover at Baku Stock Exchange exceeds 209M manats

Turnover of securities at the Baku Stock Exchange (BSE) amounted to 209.07 million manats on Jan. 16, Trend reports with reference to the statistical data published by the BSE. Placement of notes worth 198.8 million manats of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (
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Daily turnover at Baku Stock Exchange exceeds 209M manats

Turnover of securities at the Baku Stock Exchange (BSE) amounted to 209.07 million manats on Jan. 16, Trend reports with reference to the statistical data published by the BSE. Placement of notes worth 198.8 million manats of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) has taken place over the past 24 hours. The deals were concluded at a price of 99.4004 manats per note. Also on Jan. 16, transactions on bonds were made in the secondary market. The daily value of operations with bonds at the stock exchange amounted to 10.3 million manats. During the day, deals were concluded on manat bonds of Azerbaijan’s Finance Ministry (10.1 million manats) and the US dollar bonds of Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR ($114.22 – 194,180 manats). Transactions on bonds of Azerbaijan’s Finance Ministry were concluded at a price from 99.8544 manats to 106.2916 manats per bond, while transactions on the US bonds of SOCAR were concluded at a price from $1,037 to $1,040 per bond. The value of transactions in the secondary market of shares of the BSE amounted to 7,162 manats. During the day, deals worth 244 manats were concluded on the shares of Texuniversal OJSC, deals worth 64 manats were concluded on the shares of Suraxani Satish Bazasi OJSC, deals worth 114 manats were concluded on the shares of Temir-Tikinti N.H. OJSC and deals worth 5,600 manats were concluded on the shares of European Tobacco-Baku OJSC. This is while deals worth 300 manats were concluded on the shares of Baki Shampan Sherablari OJSC and deals worth 840 manats were concluded on the shares of Azerkimya Istehsal ve Xarici Iqtisadi Elaqeler OJSC. (1.7 AZN = 1 USD on Jan. 17)

Lyon university explosion sends huge fireball spewing from building

Three people have been injured in a huge explosion at one of the University of Lyon's campuses in France, Trend reports referring to Mirror. Loud bangs echoed across the city and flames and thick black smoke can be seen billowing from the Mendel building on
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Lyon university explosion sends huge fireball spewing from building

Three people have been injured in a huge explosion at one of the University of Lyon's campuses in France, Trend reports referring to Mirror. Loud bangs echoed across the city and flames and thick black smoke can be seen billowing from the Mendel building on the La Doua campus in Villeurbanne. The fire started in the roof of the building, which was being renovated, before gas cylinders stored there exploded. Several explosions were heard just before 9am (8am UK time) and captured on camera. At least three have been hurt, according to the university. People are being urged to avoid the area while many are being evacuated, although the university has since said the fire is «under control.» The University tweeted: «Ongoing fire on the Mendel building (LyonTech-La Doua campus). Safety instructions: stay away at least 100m from the building. »Fire Department-Firefighters and police are on site, thank you for keeping the perimeter safe and letting them do their job.« They later added: »Fire underway on the roof terrace of the Mendel building due to the rehabilitation work. Buildings + BU evacuated. «Security perimeter installed. The explosions heard came from the works. No chemical safety problems.» The LyonTech-la Doua Campus has 22,000 students and is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. «The explosions happened inside the Science Library shortly after 9am,» said a spokesman for the local prefecture. «Sealing work was in progress on the roof the building, and this is how the fire started. An evacuation is underway.» Speaking just before 11am local time, the spokesman added: «An accidental fire was declared on the roof of a laboratory on the campus of La Doua due @UnivLyon1 to sealing work. »Detonation was heard due to the presence of 3 gas cylinders. Three light casualties."

China’s first lunar leaf dies after scientists are forced to cut power

China’s dream of a moon harvest has died young. Just two days after they announced that plant shoots had to come to life on the moon, the Chang’e team said a lack of battery capacity meant they had been forced to cut off the power supply that kept them al
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China’s first lunar leaf dies after scientists are forced to cut power

China’s dream of a moon harvest has died young. Just two days after they announced that plant shoots had to come to life on the moon, the Chang’e team said a lack of battery capacity meant they had been forced to cut off the power supply that kept them alive, Trend reports referring to South China Morning Post. The decision proved fatal for the cotton seeds that produced the “first leaf” on the moon after they were exposed to temperatures of 120 Celsius (250F) by day and minus 170 Celusis by night. The extreme conditions on the far side of the moon also killed three other plant seeds, yeast and fruit fly eggs that had been carried inside the lunar lander’s biosphere. On Tuesday the team behind the mission announced the success of the first ever biology experiment to be conducted on the moon with the release of pictures of a sprouting cotton seed inside the biosphere. The Chang’e probe, carrying the seeds and eggs in an airtight aluminium cylinder, touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3, but the team did not say when the seeds had started to germinate. However, the researchers would have known that any success would prove fleeting. The only battery available in the spacecraft could not afford to keep the temperature inside the biosphere under control and the plants were doomed to die once the temperatures on the moon went beyond what life on Earth could endure. “Because of the weight limit of the Chang’e launch, we were unable to bring a battery to the moon,” Liu Hanlong director of the experiment and vice-president of Chongqing University in southwest China, told Inkstone, a sister publication of the South China Morning Post. It was not clear why additional batteries were not carried on the lander if the survival of the plants on the moon depended on battery-powered temperature control. “Without temperature control, the plants and animals would not survive,” said Liu. The mini ecosystem contained in the cylinder also included rapeseed and potato seeds, which had also sprouted, and these are certain to have met the same fate as the cotton sprout once the power went out. It was not clear how long any of the seeds had survived. The Chinese public, however, seemed far from discouraged by the news judging by the reaction on social media. Despite comments expressing surprise at the lack of sufficient battery power to carry on the experiment, most posts on the social media network Weibo were overwhelmingly positive. “What a pity, but we should not give up. We should keep trying,” wrote one Weibo user. “Eventually we will grow a complete plant [on the moon] in the future,” read another post. Chinese researchers shared their optimism, saying the data they had obtained from the sprouting, however short, would provide them with valuable information onto how to grow crops under low-gravity, high-radiation conditions – an insight which might one day prove invaluable in sustaining a manned base in space or even on the surface of the moon. “We have given consideration to future survival in space. Learning about these plants’ growth in a low-gravity environment would allow us to lay the foundation for our future establishment of space base,” Liu told a press conference on Tuesday.

The Kyrgyz national football team is physically stronger – the Philippines team coach

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019. /Kabar/. The national team of Kyrgyzstan was stronger, such statement was made by the coach of the national team of the Philippines Sven-Göran Eriksson after yesterday's match at the Asian Cup. The Swedish specialist also noted the w
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The Kyrgyz national football team is physically stronger – the Philippines team coach

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019. /Kabar/. The national team of Kyrgyzstan was stronger, such statement was made by the coach of the national team of the Philippines Sven-Göran Eriksson after yesterday's match at the Asian Cup. The Swedish specialist also noted the work of Aleksandr Krestinin, the coach of the Kyrgyz team. He said that he had done a very good job. “The national team of Kyrgyzstan is physically stronger. It doesn't matter what system you use if the team is physically inferior. We created chances for a goal, but failed to realize them. This is a very good experience for the team to participate in such a tournament, good for young players. But, if you do not show 100% of what you are capable of, you will not go further. I have never played against Krestinin. But I can say that he did a very good job. The national team of Kyrgyzstan was unlucky in the matches against China, I hope they will be lucky now, and will go to the playoffs,” the Philippine coach said after the game. In turn, Krestinin congratulated the entire Kyrgyzstan on the victory and noted that his players had fought to the end and had a quality match. “I said before the tournament that we were at the beginning of the journey. They won the first victory, but missed a soft goal. Everything is ok with the character of the team. If it wasn’t, they would not have preserved the victory and would not have kept the chances of leaving the group. We consider that this is the third game. Physical well-being, psycho-emotional state are important here. We won – it means that the whole team worked well. In any case, we will fight against any team, and we have already shown it in our three games,” he concluded. The Kyrgyz national team has beat the Filipinos with the score of 3:1. The hat-trick was performed by Vitalij Lux. The victory was long-awaited for our people; Late in the evening, fans walked in a friendly column along the central streets of Bishkek and chanted “Kyrgyzstan!”

Cristiano Ronaldo visits Kyrgyz girl with cancer

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019. /Kabar/. Famous Portuguese football player, player of Juventus club in Turin Cristiano Ronaldo visited a girl from Kyrgyzstan who is undergoing treatment in Italy, leading researcher of the Department of Pediatric Oncology of the Natio
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Cristiano Ronaldo visits Kyrgyz girl with cancer

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019. /Kabar/. Famous Portuguese football player, player of Juventus club in Turin Cristiano Ronaldo visited a girl from Kyrgyzstan who is undergoing treatment in Italy, leading researcher of the Department of Pediatric Oncology of the National Oncology Center Damira Baizakova wrote on social media. The little girl’s name is Yuna, she is suffering from bone sarcoma – a malignant tumor that occurs in the connective tissue. “She has undergone chemotherapy with an effect, then she went for treatment to the city of Turin for further treatment and surgery (prosthetics). God be thanked! The operation was successful. Deep gratitude goes to Rodney Seddon, who paid for everything and has been helping the Kyrgyz children for many years, Dr. Raimondo Piana, Dr. Sebastian, Dr. Nicollo Rotte, curator and mentor of our children Oleksandra Vakula,” she shared. Baizakova told that during the treatment, Juventus players, including Ronaldo, came to the hospital to support the children. “Yuna was visited by several football players, including the famous Cristiano Ronaldo and his wife, Georgina Rodríguez,” she noted, adding that another child from the Kyrgyz Republic, Nurpazyl, was visited by Italian policemen with gifts. He is doing well too.

Kyrgyz FM meets Mayor of Oslo

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019. /Kabar/. A meeting was held between Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aidarbekov and Mayor of Oslo Marianne Borgen within his visit to Norway. The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republi
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Kyrgyz FM meets Mayor of Oslo

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019. /Kabar/. A meeting was held between Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aidarbekov and Mayor of Oslo Marianne Borgen within his visit to Norway. The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported that during the meeting, the sides discussed the possibilities of cooperation between the metropolitan municipalities of the two countries through expiation of the Norwegian experience in the development of urban infrastructure. Norway has significant experience in organizing modern street lighting and traffic, improving the city’s ecological system, and using new technologies to save energy and improve the energy efficiency of municipal buildings. Aidarbekov stressed the importance of establishing contacts between Mayor’s Offices of Bishkek and Oslo for the implementation of joint projects in various areas of the municipality of the two capitals. The sides also discussed the possibility of cooperation in ensuring the safety of schoolchildren on the roads. Oslo Mayor’s Office received a message to Mayor of Bishkek about the interest of the Kyrgyz side in cooperation and organization of reciprocal visits in order to establish interaction in areas of mutual interest.

Safe City: Recording of traffic violations in Bishkek to start on February 12

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019. /Kabar/. In the framework of the Safe City project, traffic violations will begin to be recorded from February 12, 2019, Chairman of the State Committee for Information Technology and Communications Bakyt Sharshenbiyev told at a press
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Safe City: Recording of traffic violations in Bishkek to start on February 12

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019. /Kabar/. In the framework of the Safe City project, traffic violations will begin to be recorded from February 12, 2019, Chairman of the State Committee for Information Technology and Communications Bakyt Sharshenbiyev told at a press conference at the Kabar News Agency. He said that from February 12, protocols will be drawn up and sent to addresses. Sharshenbiyev said that today, at a crossroads in Bishkek (Abdrakhmanov/Bokombaev), traffic cameras were operating in test mode. “The first stage of the project was divided into 4 phases. At the first stage, equipment will be installed at 10 intersections. The first stage of the project should be fully completed by mid-May,” he said. The project will be implemented by Vega Radio Engineering Corporation.

Schoolchildren from Osh win silver and bronze medals in Kazakhstan

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019. /Kabar/. The XV International Zhautykov Olympiad in mathematics, computer science and physics was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from January 9 to January 15, 2019. More than 500 students from 18 countries took part in this competition. T
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Schoolchildren from Osh win silver and bronze medals in Kazakhstan

Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2019. /Kabar/. The XV International Zhautykov Olympiad in mathematics, computer science and physics was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan from January 9 to January 15, 2019. More than 500 students from 18 countries took part in this competition. The team of Kyrgyzstan was represented by 35 students from various schools of the country. The team of Kyrgyzstan included 21 students of the Lyceum of the Sapat International Educational Institution. In mathematics, a student of grade 11 from Osh, Amirbek Abdirasulov, was awarded a silver medal, and a student of grade 11 from Naryn, Alibek Kalykov, in mathematics took third place and won a bronze medal. Informatics – student of the 11th grade from Issyk-Kul Omurbek Jamalov was awarded a silver medal. A student of grade 10 from Bishkek Shabdan Batyrkulov and a student of grade 11 from Osh Mirlan Bakirov were awarded bronze medals. In physics – a student of grade 11 from Talas Azamat Abykeev was awarded a bronze medal. This Olympiad has been held since January 2005 in mathematics, computer science and physics among 15 countries. The main goal of the Olympiad is to promote physics, mathematics and computer science among schoolchildren, to strengthen professional cooperation among educational institutions around the world, as well as to identify talented students, develop information technologies and increase information culture.

Asian Cup 2019. Kyrgyzstan 3 - Philippines 1

Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2019 / Kabar /The national football team of Kyrgyzstan won the Philippines team with a score of 3: 1, as part of the 2019 Asian Cup. The match took place at the Rashid stadium in the city of Dubai (UAE). Earlier, the national team of the K
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Asian Cup 2019. Kyrgyzstan 3 - Philippines 1

Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2019 / Kabar /The national football team of Kyrgyzstan won the Philippines team with a score of 3: 1, as part of the 2019 Asian Cup. The match took place at the Rashid stadium in the city of Dubai (UAE). Earlier, the national team of the Kyrgyz Republic lost two matches; in the first meeting it lost to China - 2: 1; later the team of South Korea 0:1.

Norwegian deputies note success of Kyrgyzstan in building parliamentarism

Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2019 / Kabar /. During the visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aidarbekov to the Kingdom of Norway, a meeting was held with Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense of the Parliament of Norway M
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Norwegian deputies note success of Kyrgyzstan in building parliamentarism

Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2019 / Kabar /. During the visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Chingiz Aidarbekov to the Kingdom of Norway, a meeting was held with Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense of the Parliament of Norway M. Tettsshner and members of the committee. According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, the sides discussed a wide range of issues related to the strengthening of bilateral relations in the field of inter-parliamentary cooperation. Members of parliament positively noted the current practice of the peaceful transfer of power in Kyrgyzstan and success in building parliamentarism. In turn, Aidarbekov thanked members of the Norwegian parliament for their positive assessment of the democratic processes in Kyrgyzstan and stressed the importance of further enhancing the interaction between parliamentarians of the two countries, including the organization of mutual visits.

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