Monday, July 6, 2015

India, Uzbekistan to enhance corporation between foreign ministries, culture and tourism: MEA

Tashkent, July 6 (ANI): External Affairs Ministry Secretary (West) Navtej Sarna on Monday confirmed the signing of three agreements between India and Uzbekistan over corporation between the foreign ministries, culture and tourism sector.

"This is the first day of Prime Minister's tour of Central Asia. He is here for barely 24 hours. It's been a pact day. The Prime Minister of is going to accompany him throughout his visit.

Qazaq Air to Start Operations in Kazakhstan with Bombardier Q400 Aircraft

- To launch domestic service with three aircraft leased from Falcon Aviation Services - Joins family of over 60 Q400 aircraft owners and operators in almost 40 countries worldwide

TORONTO, ONTARIO, Jul 6, 2015 (Marketwired via COMTEX) -- Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today welcomed Qazaq Air to the family of Q400 aircraft operators and joined the airline in introducing the technologically advanced turboprop to local government and aviation industry representatives, regulators, other invited guests and media during a press conference in Astana, Kazakhstan.

EU statement on political pluralism in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE, July 6, 2015, Asia-Plus – Tajikistan celebrated the eighteenth anniversary of the signing of the General Agreement on the Establishment of Peace and National Accord on June 27.

In statement released on July 2, the European Union notes that in a telling indictment of how the principles of that agreement enshrining political pluralism have since been eroded, for the first time one of the key participants in the 1997 Accord, the Islamic Revival Party (IRP), felt obliged to boycott the celebrations in protest at the wide-scale pressure faced by their party members.

U.S. Defends Giving Armored Vehicles To Uzbekistan

State Department officials have defended the provision of armored vehicles to Uzbekistan against criticism that it is irresponsible to reward a government with such a poor record of treating its citizens, while more military aid to Tashkent appears to be in the works.

In January, the State Department announced that it was giving more than 300 used Mine-Resistant Armor-Protected (MRAP) vehicles to Uzbekistan, the largest transfer of U.S. military equipment to a Central Asian country.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Kyrgyzstan extends Centerra Gold’s Kumtor mine environment permit

Canada’s Centerra Gold (TSX:CG) said Friday that the Kyrgyz Republic has extended its permits for emissions into the atmosphere and waste disposal into the tailings pond from its Kumtor gold mine, until the end of the year.

Negotiations between the parties, however, are expected to continue over the summer.

"Papa" celebrates birthday

Kazakhstan's veteran leader Nursultan Nazarbayev celebrates his 75th birthday tomorrow, in good shape and vastly popular, but the expected fireworks and fanfare mask uncomfortable questions about the future of the second-largest post-Soviet economy.

Nicknamed "Papa" and officially titled "Leader of the Nation", he extended his 26-year reign in April by another five years.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

France's Hollande says ready to hold new summit on Boko Haram

French President Francois Hollande said on Friday he is ready to organise a new summit of nations fighting Boko Haram, a militant group that has suffered defeats in recent months in its campaign to forge an Islamist state in northeastern Nigeria.

Hollande was speaking after talks in the capital of Cameroon with President Paul Biya. Cameroon is part of a regional group of nations including Nigeria, Niger and Chad that began a campaign against Boko Haram this year.

Friday, July 3, 2015

These 10 Economies Will Be the World's Worst Performers

Growth in Ukraine, Russia will suffer the most

Ukraine will finish 2015 as the biggest loser in global growth, according to forecasts of economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

The conflict-battered eastern European nation will see its gross domestic product contract 4 percent in the fourth quarter from the same time in 2014, the worst of 47 economies polled by Bloomberg in April through June. The ill fortune will be shared by neighboring Russia, where GDP will shrink 3.5 percent by year-end amid international sanctions and depressed oil revenue.

Kazakhstan: Libel Trial Rekindles Fears of Media Muzzling

There is a bleak mood hanging over the editorial office of the Nakanune.kz website these days. The news site, which has won plaudits for its hard-hitting coverage in Kazakhstan’s beleaguered media environment, has run afoul of the country’s judicial system.

“They’re closing our mouths,” sighs Nazira Darimbet, one of the small team of journalists reporting out of a cramped office in a downtown Almaty apartment block.

Prime Minister Modi to seek revival of India Central Asia relations

New Delhi, July 3 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit five Central Asian states, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, for eight days next week

Apart from trying to secure the cooperation with the countries on strengthening relations and secure counter terrorism cooperation, Prime Minister Modi will seek to revive the close relations that India had with the Central Asian region since the third millennium B.C.

Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Visits Georgia

Tbilisi had an unusual visitor on July 2. But one whose presence could have far-reaching consequences for the energy map of both the South Caucasus and Europe.

Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov’s two-day state visit to Georgia, his first, involves the usual meetings with the usual assortment of senior Georgian officials and the usual signing of various, vaguely described agreements.

Why the Greek Bailout Failed

CAMBRIDGE – As the Greek crisis evolves, it is important to understand that a successful structural-adjustment program requires strong country ownership. Even if negotiators overcome the most recent sticking points, it will be difficult to trust in their implementation if the Greek people remain unconvinced. That has certainly been the experience so far. And without structural reform, there is little chance that the Greek economy will see sustained stability and growth – not least because official lenders are unwilling to continue extending an unreformed Greece significantly more money than it is asked to pay. (This has been the case through most of the crisis, even if one would never know it from the world press coverage.)

Tajikistan withdraws amid passport fraud case

GWANGJU, July 3 (Yonhap)  Tajikistan has withdrawn the majority of its delegation to the Summer Universiade in light of a recent passport fraud case, organizers said Friday.

The organizing committee said Tajikistan has canceled the trip for 67 of its 73 athletes and officials for the competition. Three athletes in taekwondo and three officials had arrived earlier and they will remain in South Korea.

EU to provide 168m euros to Uzbekistan

Tashkent, Uzbekistan — The European Union to provide financial assistance to Uzbekistan for 168 million euros, the head of the EU delegation in Uzbekistan Yuri Sterk said at presentation of updated EU Strategy for Central Asia for 2014-2020, adopted last week.

Ambassador Yuri Sterk recalled that the EU issued 70.6 million euros to Uzbekistan in 2007-2013. The volume of financial assistance will grow over twice in 2014-2020.

Uzbek air carrier launches Tashkent-Minsk flights

Uzbekistan Airways performed the first flight along the route Tashkent-Minsk-Tashkent in the morning of 2 July, the press service of the National Airport Minsk told BelTA.

According to the source, the new flight will bolster friendly, cultural, and business ties between Uzbekistan and Belarus and will also favorably influence the implementation of the tourism potential of both countries. In the Minsk airport the aircraft was heartily welcomed. The welcoming ceremony was arranged in accordance with Belarusian hospitality traditions.

Hinduism focus at Salzburg Festival 2015

Hinduism will form part of the world renowned Salzburg Festival of Austria this year for the first time in its 95 years history.

Salzburg Festival, July 18 to August 30, will include Ensemble Nepathya in Kutiyattam, Dhrupad classical music, Khayal music, Bharatanatyam dance and Morning Ragas. Per a Festival announcement, “The Ouverture spirituelle…focuses on Hinduism this year”.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

World Bank approves two loans to Uzbekistan worth $305 million

Bishkek (AKIpress) - WBThe Board of Directors of the World Bank (WB) approved the loans worth $305 million to Uzbekistan, reported RIA Novosti.

In particular, WB approved allocation of the loan of $200 million for the rehabilitation of public roads with the length of 300 km. The project will be completed by September 2021.

Nazarbayev: Transfer of presidential powers to government and parliament requires time

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev claimed that transfer of presidential powers to the government and parliament requires time and can't be simultaneous.

“This is not a one-time issue. I know what they say – we have too strong presidential power, vertical governance. But we have a strong presidential vertical governance with no pressure on anyone. It works to ensure the political machinery to serve the people, to move our programs, to forward the reforms; that is why [vertical] discipline has existed.

MH17: Secret draft report given to probe countries

PETALING JAYA: The Dutch Safety Board has completed a draft report on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 with the final report expected in October.

The confidential report was made available to the countries involved in the probe, namely Malaysia, Ukraine, the United States, Russia, the United Kingdom, Australia and the Netherlands on June 1.

The countries have until August 1 to make comments on the draft.

Turkmenistan continues work on the Afghan-Turk-Tajik railway

Turkmenistan continues construction work on the Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Tajikistan highway, reports Neutral Turkmenistan newspaper.

According to the source, the work on the construction of ground infrastructure facilities is underway on the 23rd kilometer; the work on filling rubble-gravel mixtures is underway on the 36th kilometer, and the work on preparing the soil roadbed – on the 46th kilometer.
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