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Ways to Help Underachieving Boys Succeed in School
11.02.2013 09:04
Re "The Boys at the Back," by Christina Hoff Sommers ("The Great Divide" series, Sunday Review, Feb. 3):

The way to deal with boys' underachievement in school is not through "boy friendly" policies like more recess, single-sex classrooms and male teachers but through strong academic climates and clear, consistent information about occupations and the educational pathways that lead to them.

After years of research for our forthcoming book, "The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What It Means for American Schools," Thomas A. DiPrete and I found that in schools where academic effort is expected and valued, boys compete for high grades and more often achieve them. Such schools reduce gender gaps and promote healthy, multifaceted gender identities for both boys and girls.

Boys also perform better when teachers and parents help them understand how their future success is linked to their efforts in middle and high school.

Rather than remaking schools in ways that reinforce gender stereotypes, we need schools that set high expectations for student achievement and treat students as individuals.


Columbus, Ohio, Feb. 6, 2013

The writer is a professor of sociology and director of graduate studies at Ohio State University.

To the Editor:

Even in the late 1950s, educators sensed that girls had advantages over boys. They're verbal, orderly, quiet, submissive and cooperative.

Boys? Polar opposites: outgoing, active, loud and unable to sit still. More boys in detention, in special education and suspended. And of course, all the teachers were women!

As a fifth-grade teacher, I found that one solution was a brisk, vigorous outdoor activity session right before lunch. If someone got restless or acted out, all I said was "save that for outside."

The results were amazing. Three boys who had suffered stomach cramps and needed medical attention refused to go to school. Their mothers fought with them every day. But in my class they raced to school. Couldn't wait to get there.

Girls benefited, too. Two who had no friends suddenly bonded with each other, then with classmates. For the first time, girls invited them to birthdays and sleepovers. One had been receiving psychiatric help and medication. Her mother later told me that she no longer needed either.

There are certainly solutions to "boys at the back." Letting boys be boys is one of them.


Hazlet, N.J., Feb. 6, 2013

The writer is a retired public-school teacher.
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    On March 18, Russia and Crimea signed an agreement on Crimea as well as Sevastopol city joining the Russian Federation.

    A change of power took place in Ukraine on February 22.

    The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from the power, changed the constitution and scheduled presidential elections for May 25.

    Yanukovych said he was forced to leave Ukraine under the threat of violence, and he remains the legally elected head of state.

    A number of provinces in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as the Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the Rada and decided on possibility of holding a referendum on the future fate of the regions.

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  • Russia mulls lawsuit against U.S. in WTO over sanctions
    17.04.2014 18:26
    Russia is looking at the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the United States in the World Trade Organisation over sanctions hitting Russian banks, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday, according to Russian news agencies, APA reports quoting Reuters.

    St Petersburg-based Bank Rossiya was sanctioned alongside its chairman and largest shareholder Yuri Kovalchuk in March as part of punitive measures by Washington over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

    Russian bank SMP was also indirectly affected as co-owners Boris Rotenberg and his older brother Arkady fell under U.S. sanctions. SMP chief executive Dmitry Kalantyrsky has said that an estimated 9 billion rubles ($249 million) had been withdrawn after the sanctions were imposed.

    "The WTO gives us some additional possibilities," Ulyukayev was quoted by Interfax as saying on Wednesday. "We at the WTO council in Geneva talked about the possibility of filing lawsuits against the U.S. over the sanctions against Russian banks and we hope to use the mechanism of the WTO to keep our partners in check regarding this issue."

    In an April 9 bulletin on its website detailing a meeting regarding the council for trade in goods, the WTO said that Russia had expressed concern about a recent Executive Order signed by U.S. President Barack Obama regarding "listed persons of Russian Federation whose bank accounts were blocked".

    Russia was "closely monitoring the effect of this measure on Russian operators and on the potential violation of WTO Agreements" and "urged other members not to be drawn to political motivations when it comes to trade," the WTO statement said.

    The U.S. State Department said on Tuesday it anticipates more Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia but suggested no action was likely before a diplomatic meeting in Geneva this week.

  • Ronaldo says Real deserved Copa del Rey
    17.04.2014 18:06
    The Portuguese has said that his team-mates must enjoy their Mestalla triumph but has pointed out that there are still two titles to play for - La Liga and the Champions League.

    Cristiano Ronaldo believes that Real Madrid fully merited their 2-1 win over Barcelona, which secured the Copa del Rey for the Santiago Bernabeu side.

    The Ballon dв'Or winner was restricted to the stands because of injury but Carlo Ancelottiв's men secured the crown regardless, with Angel Di Maria and Gareth Bale scoring either side of Marc Bartraв's equaliser.

    ''We deserved to win because we played better and we created more goal chances, but we still have two titles to fight for,'' Ronaldo told reporters after the game at Mestalla.

    ''It was a great struggle to reach the final. We are very happy, we have been great, we have to enjoy this day and then think about the league.''

    Speaking of his injury situation, the Portuguese seemed upbeat. ''I'm much better, I don't feel pain anymore,'' the 29-year-old explained.

    Wednesdayв's victory sealed a 19th Copa del Rey title for the capital side, who currently sit second in La Liga behind Atletico Madrid and who have a Champions League semi-final against Bayern Munich to look forward to.
  • Mini football tournament dedicated to Azerbaijani national leaderв's memory starts
    17.04.2014 18:05
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17


    On April 19, mini football tournament dedicated to memory of the National Leader Heydar Aliyev among employees of "AtaHolding" Group of Companies and "Synergy" Group of Companies with the support of "AtaBank" OJSC. Different teams from "AtaHolding" Group of Companies and "Synergy" Group of Companies will participate on tournament, the bank said on April 17.

    According to the regulations of tournament, 16 participating teams will challenge in 4 groups. The first 2 teams from each group will qualify for the next round.

    Draw ceremony of the tournament that will be judged by referee team of AFFA already took place. Today in the head office of "AtaBank" OJSC with the presence of each team delegates clubs met their opponents. According to the draw the champion of the last year "No Name" and "AtaTechnology", lost in the last final on a penalties, will meet each other not earlier than on semi-finals.

    Official opening ceremony of the tournament will be on April 19 at 12:00.

    Results of the draw:

    Group A

    "No Name"

    "VTB Bank"



    Group B




    "Black Wolfs"

    Group C




    "Synergy Shamkir"

    Group D



    "First United"

    "Renaissance Construction"


    A1 - B2

    B1 - A2

    C1 - D2

    D1 - C2


    A1 - B2 winner - C1 - D2 winner

    B1 - A2 winner - D1 - C2 winner

    Third place match

    Loosers of semi-finals


    Winners of semi-finals

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  • Turkey president urges "diplomatic approach" on Ukraine crisis
    17.04.2014 17:59
    Ukraine crisis should be resolved within "international law and through dialogue," Turkish president said on Wednesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

    "We hope international law should not be ignored and territorial integrity of the countries should be respected," Turkish President Abdullah Gul said Wednesday at a press conference with visiting Latvian President Andris Berzins.

    Russia is an important country of the region, said the Turkish President, adding that demography of the people were mixed in the disputed region.

    "We attach importance to diplomacy for resolution of the problem taking account of these facts," Gul stated.

    Berzins, for his part, said the North Atlantic Treaty Organization should play an important role in resolving the crisis of Ukraine and he believed that the alliance would have a consensus on "joint defense" within its members.

  • Annual New York Auto Show: Ford goes to new heights
    17.04.2014 17:57
    Ford started the first day of the 2014 New York International Auto Show with a high altitude New York debut; thanks to a bright-yellow 2015 Ford Mustang convertible perched high atop the Empire State Building. Bill Ford Jr., the American automaker's executive chairman, and great-grandson of Henry Ford, was on hand to introduce Ford's latest lsquo;pony car' to the press.

    he 2015 Ford Mustang opened the New York Auto Show with a vertigo-inducing debut, more than 1,000 feet above New York City.

    If you're going to make it big in New York, you've got to know how to make a splashy entrance.

    Ford Motor Company did just that today, April 16, with a high altitude introduction of the 2015 Ford Mustang.

    erched on the 86th floor observation deck of the iconic Empire State Building, the bright-yellow convertible was in GT trim. That means there's a rumbling 5.0-liter V-8 engine lurking under the hood, and loads of tire-smoking performance once you punch the gas pedal.

    The car's dramatic setting required an entire night to take apart this brand new Mustang, haul it 80 floors skyward, and carefully reassemble it in time for the morning preview.

    ntroduced late last year, ahead of the Detroit Auto Show, this marks the official New York debut of the all-new 2015 Mustang. This is also the 50th anniversary of the Mustang's introduction which, as you might have guessed, also took place right here in New York City.

    Later today, at the Jacob Javits Center, Ford will unveil a special limited edition 50th anniversary Mustang.

    That's just the beginning of Ford's celebrations, however. Tomorrow, April 17, roughly 100 Mustangs will gather in Queens, at the site of the 1964 World's Fair, where the original "pony car" was first introduced.

    Bill Ford Jr., executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company, was present for a quick photo op alongside the Mustang. Despite donning a pair of swanky sunglasses, and the Mustang's summer-loving specification, the unseasonably frigid temperatures meant time at the top of the Empire State was kept relatively short.
  • Israel, Palestinians to hold peace talks with U.S. envoy
    17.04.2014 17:56
    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were to hold a meeting Thursday with U.S. envoy Martin Indyk, in a bid to find a way to extend their faltering peace talks, Al Arabiya reported.

    The meeting had been put off by a day, with Israel implying the delay was due to the killing of an Israeli police officer in the West Bank.

    But the Palestinians said it was to enable the participation of US envoy Martin Indyk.

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met on their own on Sunday and held a three-way meeting with Indyk a week ago, in last-ditch efforts to save the stagnant peace process, launched by US Secretary of State John Kerry in July for a period of nine months.

    Washington was pushing for an extension of talks beyond their April 29 deadline, but negotiations hit an impasse two weeks ago when Israel refused to release a group of Palestinian prisoners as agreed at the launch of talks.

    The Palestinians retaliated by seeking accession to several international treaties.

    Despite the crisis, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina stressed the talks could be extended if Israel released the 26 prisoners, the last batch of a total of 104 veteran prisoners Israel agreed to free.

    "What's needed now is Israel's commitment on issues that could lead to an extension of talks. If they commit, we're ready," he said on Wednesday.

    And Abbas told Israeli opposition MPs visiting him in the West Bank administrative center of Ramallah he would insist that 14 Arab Israelis were among those released, according to Haaretz newspaper.

    The report said if talks were extended, Abbas would want the first three months to be "devoted to a serious discussion of borders."

    The Palestinians want a state based on the lines that existed before Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the 1967 Six-Day War.

    According to Channel 2 television, Israel's Shin Bet domestic security agency head called for 10 of the 26 prisoners slated for release to be deported abroad or transferred to the Gaza Strip.

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  • Turkmen president expected to pay official visit to Tajikistan
    17.04.2014 17:55
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, April 17

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov plans to pay an official visit to Tajikistan, a message from the Turkmen government said on April 16.

    This issue was touched upon during the negotiations with Tajikistan's Foreign Minister Sirodzhiddin Aslov at Turkmenistan's Foreign Ministry.

    "During the consultations, the parties focused on the issues related to the upcoming official visit of Turkmen president to Tajikistan," the message from the country's government said.

    The parties emphasized the need for further strengthening of the political dialogue at a high-level, as well as developing of cooperation through diplomatic missions and international organizations, according to the message of Turkmen government.

    The two Central Asian countries regard the trade and economic sector, electricity, textile and light industry, agriculture and transport as priority spheres of cooperation.

    The construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway was launched in 2013. China, Kyrgyzstan and Iran can link in.

    Tajikistan lacks energy resources and Turkmenistan is the largest supplier of energy resources in Central Asia.

    The existing transport infrastructure allows Ashgabat to export electricity to Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asia. Moreover, Dushanbe is interested in increasing oil product procurement in Turkmenistan.

    Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who was on an official visit to the country, agreed on the fourth direction of the Turkmenistan-China transnational gas pipeline in September 2013. It is expected that new gas branch will be laid along the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Kyrgyzstan-China route.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Azerbaijan to bring defense products to Asian market
    17.04.2014 17:47
    Military representatives of various countries viewed the Azerbaijani stand as a part of the 14th Defense Services Asia Exhibition and Conference (DSA 2014) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    APA's correspondent reports from Malaysia that the Azerbaijani delegation held several meetings during the exhibition.

    Minister of Defense Industry Yaver Jamalov received a high-ranking delegation from Saudi Arabia.

    Jamalov told APA that the south-east Asia region is regarded as a potential market for Azerbaijan's defense industry. There is a need for Azerbaijani products in this region.

    "We agreed with companies of Malaysia and Singapore to organize the sale of Azerbaijani products in the region. This is an important step to bring Azerbaijani defense products to the Asian market," the minister said.

    The minister also said preparations are underway for ADEX-2014 international exhibition to be held in Baku in September and this exhibition will demonstrate the development of Azerbaijani defense industry.

    The Azerbaijani stand is obviously and through brochures presenting local-produced 132 types of defense products. The ministry is showcasing "Istiglal-T", the modernization version of 14.5-mm caliber "Istiglal" sniper rifle, 7.62-mm "Yalguzag" sniper rifle, tank machine gun, HP-7.62 offensive machinegun, universal machinegun for the first time produced by local engineers, "Zafar", "Zafar-K" and "Inam" pistols, drone models, aviation training bombs, ammunition of various calibers, vests, gas masks and others.

  • Iranian killer's execution halted at last minute by victim's parents
    17.04.2014 17:43
    Convict had noose around his neck when victim's mother approached, slapped him in the face and spared his life.

    When he felt the noose around his neck, Balal must have thought he was about to take his last breath. Minutes earlier, crowds had watched as guards pushed him towards the gallows for what was meant to be yet another public execution in the Islamic republic of Iran.

    Seven years ago Balal, who is in his 20s, stabbed 18-year-old Abdollah Hosseinzadeh during a street brawl in the small town of Royan, in the northern province of Mazandaran. In a literal application of qisas, the sharia law of retribution, the victim's family were to participate in Balal's punishment by pushing the chair on which he stood.

    But what happened next marked a rarity in public executions in Iran, which puts more people to death than any other country apart from China. The victim's mother approached, slapped the convict in the face and then decided to forgive her son's killer. The victim's father removed the noose and Balal's life was spared.

    Photographs taken by Arash Khamooshi, of the semi-official Isna news agency, show what followed. Balal's mother hugged the grieving mother of the man her son had killed. The two women sobbed in each other's arms - one because she had lost her son, the other because hers had been saved.

    The action by Hosseinzadeh's mother was all the more extraordinary as it emerged that this was not the first son she had lost. Her younger child Amirhossein was killed in a motorbike accident at the age of 11.

    "My 18-year-old son Abdollah was taking a stroll in the bazaar with his friends when Balal shoved him," said the victim's father, Abdolghani Hosseinzadeh, according to Isna. "Abdollah was offended and kicked him but at this time the murderer took an ordinary kitchen knife out of his socks."

    Hosseinzadeh Sr has come to the conclusion that Balal did not kill his son deliberately. "Balal was inexperienced and didn't know how to handle a knife. He was naive."

    According to the father, Balal escaped the scene of the stabbing but was later arrested by the police. It took six years for a court to hand down a death sentence, and the victim's family deferred the execution a number of times. A date for execution was set just before the Persian new year, Nowruz, but the victim's family did not approve of the timing.

    Hosseinzadeh said a dream prompted the change of heart. "Three days ago my wife saw my elder son in a dream telling her that they are in a good place, and for her not to retaliate hellip; This calmed my wife and we decided to think more until the day of the execution."

    Many Iranian public figures, including the popular TV sport presenter Adel Ferdosipour, had called on the couple, who have a daughter, to forgive the killer. Although they did so, Balal will not necessarily be freed. Under Iranian law the victim's family have a say only in the act of execution, not any jail sentence.

    In recent years Iran has faced criticism from human rights activists for its high rate of executions. The UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, accused Hassan Rouhani of doing too little to improve Iran's human rights, especially reining in its staggering use of capital punishment.

    As of last week, 199 executions are believed to have been carried out in Iran this year, according to Amnesty, a rate of almost two a day. Last year Iran and Iraq were responsible for two-thirds of the world's executions, excluding China.

    At least 369 executions were officially acknowledged by the Iranian authorities in 2013, but Amnesty said hundreds more people were put to death in secret, taking the actual number close to 700.

    Iran is particularly criticised for its public executions, which have attracted children among the crowds in the past. Iranian photographers are often allowed to document them.

    Bahareh Davis, of Amnesty International, welcomed the news that Balal had been spared death. "It is of course welcome news that the family of the victim have spared this young man's life," she said. "However, qisas regulations in Iran mean that people who are sentenced to death under this system of punishment are effectively prevented from seeking a pardon or commutation of their sentences from the authorities - contrary to Iran's international obligations."

    She added: "It's deeply disturbing that the death penalty continues to be seen as a solution to crime in Iran. Not only is the death penalty the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment with no special deterrent impact, but public displays of killing also perpetuate a culture of acceptance of violence.

    "Public executions are degrading and incompatible with human dignity of those executed. In addition, all those who watch public executions - which regrettably often includes children - are brutalised by the experience."

    In October last year an Iranian prisoner who survived an attempted execution and was revived in the morgue was spared another attempt, though his family said he had lost mental stability and remained in jail.

    The Guardian
  • Listing Advisory Program partners sign collective agreement in Azerbaijan
    17.04.2014 17:38
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Emin Aliyev - Trend:

    Baku Stock Exchange (BSE) and its partners concluded a collective agreement on cooperation as part of the Listing Advisory Program.

    The agreement signing ceremony took place following the presentation of the program in Baku on April 16. The document was signed by BSE chairman Fariz Azizov, and director general of Invest-AZ Shahriyar Gurbanzade, managing partner of the international auditing firm KPMG in Azerbaijan Vugar Aliyev, and partner of Dentons Kamal Mammadzade, and managing partner of Baker amp; Mckenzie in Azerbaijan Gunduz Kerimov.

    The creation of a cooperative mechanism for rendering the educational services as part of the program and free training will be the purpose of signing the agreement.

    translated by NH

    edited by CN

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  • Putin says hopes will not have to use force in eastern Ukraine
    17.04.2014 17:35
    President Vladimir Putin on Thursday did not rule out sending Russian troops into eastern Ukraine but said he hoped he would not need to, and that diplomacy would serve to resolve the crisis there, Reuters reported.

    In a televised call-in with the nation, Putin said Russia "would do everything possible" to help the Russian-speaking population in eastern Ukraine, where separatist rebellions have broken out.

    But in a sign Russia is invested in international crisis talks being held in Geneva, Putin said that it was an illusion that force can solve all problems in international affairs.

    "The Federation Council [the upper house of parliament] granted the president the right to use military force in Ukraine. I really hope that I do not have to exercise this right and that we are able to solve all today's pressing issues via political and diplomatic means," Putin said.

    "We must do everything to help these people [in eastern Ukraine] defend their rights and independently determine their own destiny. This is what we're going to push for."

    Putin also said world powers should work out a new international mechanism for resolving problems, suggesting that in a unipolar world led by the United States there was little to restrain actors from using force.

    "When there is a balance of power, then there is a desire to negotiate," Putin said.

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  • President Ilham Aliyev held several official meetings
    17.04.2014 17:24
    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has today received new head of the Council of Europe`s Office in Baku, Dragana Filipovic.

    The sides exchanged views on the current state and prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe.


    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States, Halil Akinci.

    They spoke of the events conducted within the framework of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States, and discussed the issues related to cooperation prospects.

    Secretary General of the Cooperation Council of Turkic-Speaking States Halil Akinci handed the flag reflecting symbols of the Turkic speaking states to President Ilham Aliyev.

  • Putin says Kiev must seek compromise with separatists
    17.04.2014 17:23
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Ukraine's government needs to provide guarantees to its Russian-speaking population in the east of the country to resolve the crisis, Reuters reported.

    "The compromise must be found not between third party players but between the different political forces within Ukraine itself," Putin said in a televised call-in with the nation. "This is extremely important, it is the key issue."

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  • Helicopter crashes in Turkey
    17.04.2014 17:12
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    A helicopter crashed in the Turkish province of Sakarya, the Turkish newspaper Milliyet reported on April 17.

    The rescue teams were immediately sent to the crash site.

    There is no information about killed or injured.

    translated by NH

    Story still developing

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  • Azerbaijanв's Q1 foreign trade surplus exceeds $1 billion
    17.04.2014 17:04
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Emin Aliyev - Trend:

    Azerbaijani State Customs Committee (SCC) has announced a 16.54 percent reduction in foreign trade in January-March 2014, compared to the same period of last year.

    Some 116 countries were Azerbaijan's foreign trade partners throughout this period, according to a statistical report posted on the SCC website.

    The committee said Azerbaijan's total turnover stood at $7.14 billion.

    In foreign trade operations there has been a positive balance of about $1.02 billion.

    Some 3,036 individuals and legal entities were involved in the country's foreign economic activity throughout this period - some 2,220 of them being legal entities and 816 individuals.

    The export operations conducted in the first quarter totalled $5.38 billion, or 15.26 percent less than the figures for the same period of 2013.

    The public sector's share in exports totalled $5.1 billion (94.8 percent), while private sector's share was $268.17 million (4.99 percent). The share of individuals in the exports stood at $11.37 million (0.21 percent).

    Imports totalled $1.76 billion in January-March, or 20.23 percent less than the figures in the same period of 2013.

    The public sector's share in import operations amounted to $389.77 million (22.1 percent), while private sector's share was $1.31 billion (74.2 percent) and individuals' share in import operations totalled $63.33 million (3.7 percent).

    Some 1,093 kinds of goods were exported from Azerbaijan in January-March, while 4,372 kinds of goods were imported to the country.

    Translated by E.A.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Pediatrics conference kicks off at Azerbaijan Medical University
    17.04.2014 17:02
    A conference titled "Current problems in pediatrics in Azerbaijan" has started at the Azerbaijan Medical University.

    Rector of the university, MP Ahliman Amiraslanov made an opening address.

    The speakers lauded the Azerbaijani government`s attention to developing pediatrics.

    The two-day conference will hear reports and feature discussions.
  • Brazil sends troops to Bahia state after police strike
    17.04.2014 17:01
    Brazil has sent thousands of federal troops to maintain order in the north-eastern state of Bahia after police there went on strike over pay.

    Shops and supermarkets in the state capital, Salvador, have been looted and public transport was severely reduced following attacks on some buses.

    The Brazilian city is due to host six matches during this year's football World Cup, which begins in June.

    Another strike in 2012 led to a spike in murders and other violent crimes.

    Back then, more than 130 people were killed and 12 officers were arrested, including the leader of the current labour dispute, Marco Prisco.

    He was accused of inciting acts of vandalism by his colleagues, but later released.

    The 2012 strike lasted 12 days, and troops were also sent to the streets of Salvador, Brazil's third most populous city.

    The police started their latest protest on Tuesday night after failing to reach an agreement with the government in a dispute over higher pay and better conditions.

    "If they meet our demands, the strike will end today," announced Mr Prisco.

    The government said it was doing everything possible to meet the strikers' demands.

    "Our intention is to talk. Firstly, we are concerned about the safety of the population," Bahia's Secretary of Public Safety, Mauricio Barbosa, was quoted as saying by the G1 news portal.

    Most schools and universities closed on Wednesday.

    Fewer buses were also circulating in Salvador after bus drivers refused to go to work for fear of being attacked.
  • Azerbaijan exports 821,500,000 cubic meters of natural gas
    17.04.2014 16:53
    In the first quarter of 2014 Azerbaijan exported 2,398,400,000 cubic meters of natural gas and 597,853,400 cubic meters of gas condensate, according to control metering devices.

    In the reporting period, 821,595,700 cubic meters of gas worth $145,954,800 passed official registration, according to a report in the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan.

  • Azerbaijani artist to hold personal exhibition in Baku
    17.04.2014 16:44
    By AzerNews

    An exhibition by Azerbaijani artist Butunay Hagverdiyev will open in QGallery in Baku on April 17.

    The news was announced by the artist's press-service.

    Titled "Crossing", the exhibition will be held in April 17-30.

    The young and promising artist is a member of Azerbaijan's Union of Artists. His career began at the age of 14, when he painted the Orthodox Church of St. Bartholomew together with a group of artists.

    After entering British Higher School of Design in Moscow, his exhibitions and curatorial projects were held in Baku.

    Hagverdiyev participated in the 55th Venice Biennale as part of Azerbaijan's national pavilion artists in 2013.

    His works are parts of private collections in Azerbaijan, Australia, Lithuania, UK, Germany, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Norway, Russia, and the United States.

    Adhering to conservative views on art and nourishing a great passion for the Renaissance and antiquity, Butunay addresses the world heritage of fine arts in his works, and opens it to new interpretations.

    He pays a great deal of attention to architecture, construction machinery, trains and subway stations, mechanisms, and people.
  • Transnistria request to Russia is counter to peace process
    17.04.2014 16:44
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Elmira Tariverdiyeva - Trend:

    The appeal of the so-called "supreme soviet" of Moldova's Transnistrian region to the central authorities of Russia on the region's recognition as an independent state is a one-sided and absolutely counterproductive action, the statement of Moldavian government said.

    " The appeal is nothing but a direct defiance of the Transnistrian conflict settlement process, Moldova's territorial integrity. By such an appeal, Tiraspol ignores an objective reality - and namely the fact that the Transnistrian region is recognised as a component part of the Republic of Moldova by all international actors participating in the process of five-plus-two negotiations," a message from Moldavian embassy in Azerbaijan said on April 17.

    The pseudo-referendum organised in the Transnistrian region in September 2006 was not recognised by the international community and cannot be regarded as an exercise of expressing the will of the residents from the region, the government's statement said.

    "The only way of identifying a final and viable solution to the Transnistrian conflict is the continuation of the political dialogue, without pre-conditions, within all the present mechanisms of negotiations. The government remains opened and interested in such a dialogue. We call on the international partners to undertake coordinated efforts, with a view of advancing the conflict settlement process by working out a special status for the Transnistrian region, based on the principles of Moldova's sovereignty and territorial integrity. And in particular, we urge our partners from Russia to come with a prompt reaction, in full accordance with the norms and principles of the international law," the statement said.

    The members of parliament of the so-called "supreme soviet" of Moldova's breakaway Transnistrian region, on April 16, adopted an appeal to the UN, OSCE and Russia, asking recognition of the region as an independent state.

    Five districts of Moldova situated on the west bank of the Dniester River declared the formation of a Transnistrian Union Republic within the USSR in September 1990, and then - independent Transnistrian Moldovan Republic (PMR) with Tiraspol as its center.

    Moldavian authorities didn't agree with the decision of the Transnistrian MPs and attempted to solve the problem by deploying troops in the unrecognized republic.

    An armed conflict broke out in Transnistria in March 1992 and lasted until mid-July of the same year. As a result, Chisinau lost control of the left bank districts and Transnistria become a territory, with all its statehood attributes, including its own currency.

    The armed phase of the confrontation ended only after the deployment of Russian army units in the conflict zone.

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  • Japan makes two more oil payments to Iran
    17.04.2014 16:43
    Japan made two more payments to Iran for crude imports that were scheduled under an interim nuclear deal, two sources with knowledge of the transactions said, in return for Tehran's moves to reign in its disputed nuclear programme.

    According to Reuters, Iran's central bank had received the payments from Japan, one source said. A second source confirmed Japan had made the transfers.

    The payments totalled $1 billion, with one instalment of $550 million due on April 10 and the remainder on April 15, according to a schedule for the transfers on a U.S. Treasury fact sheet.

    Japan's finance ministry and central bank have declined to comment on the payments.

    The fourth and fifth payments mean Iran has received $2.55 billion in frozen oil funds, with all but one payment coming from Japan. South Korea made the other payment.

    Under a Nov. 24 agreement with six major powers, Iran won access to $4.2 billion of its oil revenues frozen abroad by eight money-transfer schedules through July if it carried out its part of the deal to curb its nuclear programme.

    A senior Iranian official told the official IRNA news agency on Tuesday that Tehran expected to get the fifth instalment of the frozen funds this week, signalling the country was in compliance with its obligations under the November agreement.

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  • Azerbaijani, Italian IT companies sign MoU
    17.04.2014 16:40
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:

    Azerbaijan's local IT company Neuron Technologies signed Memorandum of Understanding and Non-Disclosure Agreement with Italian leading IT company Exprivia.

    The documents were signed by, Founder amp; CEO of Neuron Technologies Ismayil Alakbarov and Founder amp; CEO of Exprivia Favuzzi Domenico, the Italian embassy in Azerbaijan told Trend on April 17.

    The event was also attended by the Ambassador of Italy in Azerbaijan Giampaolo Cutillo.

    Exprivia is a listed Italian company operating in the IT industry in Italy and other European and Central and South American countries, and has expertise in innovative software solutions.

    Neuron Technologies is a local company operating in the ICT industry and is involved in bringing turn-key IT solutions in Azerbaijan.

    The two companies will be conducting joint projects in bringing ICT solutions for banking amp; finance, healthcare amp; medical, oil and gas, defence and space, public administration, transport and utilities in Azerbaijan.

    Alakbarov expressed that Azerbaijani IT market is going through huge developments and he strongly believes that his company will implement successful joint projects with Exprivia, particularly in the area of healthcare, adding that the local hospitals and medical clinics have a growth profile, where bringing advanced electronic hospital management technologies is essential to build best-in-class infrastructure in Azerbaijan.

    Domenico highlighted that Exprivia is willing to enter into the Azerbaijani market with its newest solutions and considers this signing ceremony with Neuron Technologies as an important milestone in bringing the Italian technology transfer into Azerbaijan.

    Ambassador Cutillo, in turn said that good opportunities exist to expand cooperation between Azerbaijani and Italian companies, particularly in the area of ICT and therefore it is necessary to strengthen joint efforts in this direction.

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  • Putin admits Russian forces were deployed to Crimea
    17.04.2014 16:39
    President Vladimir Putin said Russian forces had been active in Crimea in order to support local defense forces, the first time he has admitted deployment of Russian troops on the Black Sea peninsula, Reuters reported.

    "We had to take unavoidable steps so that events did not develop as they are currently developing in southeast Ukraine," Putin said in a televised call-in with the nation. "Of course our troops stood behind Crimea's self-defense forces."

    A change of power took place in Ukraine on February 22.

    The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from the power, changed the constitution and scheduled presidential elections for May 25.

    Yanukovych said he was forced to leave Ukraine under the threat of violence, and he remains the legally elected head of state.

    A number of provinces in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as the Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the Rada and decided on possibility of holding a referendum on the future fate of the regions.

    The vast majority of residents of Crimea - 96 percent - voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, in a referendum held March 16.

    With the exception of Russia most countries refused to recognize the referendum and its results.

    On March 18, Russia and Crimea signed an agreement on Crimea as well as Sevastopol city joining the Russian Federation.

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  • Croatia, Azerbaijan discuss consular issues
    17.04.2014 16:25
    Foreign Ministries of Azerbaijan and Croatia held consultations on the consular issues.

    Consultations involved Chief of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's consular department Mehriban Najafova and her counterpart Vinko Ljubicic.

    The importance of holding the consultations for successful development of bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Croatia in a variety of fields, expansion of cooperation on consular matters was underlined at the meeting.

    The parties shared their opinions on the elimination of difficulties the citizens of both countries face in visa processing, conduct of the consular operations, regulation of migration processes, learning experience on readmission between Croatia and EU, application mechanisms of readmission agreements.

    The parties also discussed prospects for the cooperation.

  • Emir of Sumgayit jamaat taken captive in Syria - EXCLUSIVE
    17.04.2014 16:19
    Agil Hajiyev aka ''Talish Agil'' will be reportedly executed

    Baku. Hafiz Hajiyev - APA. An Azerbaijani fighter has been taken captive in Syria.

    APA reports that he is emir of Sumgayit jamaat, Agil Hajiyev aka "Talish Agil" fighting under Jund al-Sham armed group.

    He was captured by the members of Al-Nusra Front and sentenced to execution under Sharia Law. He will be reportedly executed in the coming days.

    Sumgayit law enforcement bodies told APA that Agil taghi Hajiyev was born in Boladi village of Lankaran region. Hajiyev married a woman who was a member of Khawarij sect and went to Syria a few years ago.

    According to the law enforcement bodies, they have information that Hajiyev is in Syria, but they have no information about his being taken captive.

    Emir of Kharijites in Sumgayit Elchin Akberov was arrested as a result of special operation held by the Interior ministry in December, 2013. Akberov was arrested over the skirmish the occurred between Khawarij and Salafi sects in Sumgayit on December 11. As a result, city residents Anar Rahimov and Elmar Mammadli were stabbed. Residents of Teze Jorat settlements Elshan Musayev and Elnur Nazaraliyev received shrapnel wounds.

    As a result of the investigation and search operations carried out by the employees of Police Office and Prosecutor's Office, more than 20 suspected persons were arrested.

    110 g hashish, 5 kg substance like mercury, 44 banned religious books, 30 CDs, one "F-1" hand-grenade, 1 grenade lighter and 123 bullets were seized from the houses of these persons.
  • One child killed, several injured in Turkey as bus overturns (UPDATE)
    17.04.2014 16:15
    the details were added (the first version was posted at 13:44)

    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    A bus with schoolchildren overturned in the Turkish province of Nevsehir, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported on April 17.

    One child was killed and 19 children were injured in this accident, according to the preliminary reports.

    The cause of the accident was that the driver lost control of the vehicle, according to the report.

    All injured schoolchildren were taken to the nearest hospital.

    translated by NH

    edited by CN

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  • Tbilisi, Tehran discuss expansion of bilateral cooperation
    17.04.2014 16:09
    Tbilisi, Georgia, April 17

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Chairman of the Tbilisi Sakrebulo (City Council), Irakli Shihiashvili has held a meeting with the official of Iran's Industry Ministry.

    During the meeting, the parties discussed the prospects for cooperation between the capitals of the two countries and planned to sign a relevant memorandum, Tbilisi Sakrebulo told Trend on April 17.

    They paid special attention to cooperation in the spheres of trade, science, culture, as well as student exchange programs and reached agreed on exchange of mutual visits of Georgian and Iranian officials.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by C.N.

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  • Putin says Russia, Ukraine will reach 'mutual understanding'
    17.04.2014 16:06
    President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he was certain that Russia and Ukraine could reach a compromise following Moscow's annexation of Crimea, saying the neighbors had a huge number of common interests, Reuters reported.

    "I'm sure we will come to a mutual understanding with Ukraine. We will not be able to do without each other," Putin said in a televised call-in with the nation.

    A change of power took place in Ukraine on February 22.

    The Verkhovna Rada (parliament) of Ukraine ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from the power, changed the constitution and scheduled presidential elections for May 25.

    Yanukovych said he was forced to leave Ukraine under the threat of violence, and he remains the legally elected head of state.

    A number of provinces in eastern and southern Ukraine, as well as the Crimea did not recognize the legitimacy of the Rada and decided on possibility of holding a referendum on the future fate of the regions.

    The vast majority of residents of Crimea - 96 percent - voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, in a referendum held March 16.

    With the exception of Russia most countries refused to recognize the referendum and its results.

    On March 18, Russia and Crimea signed an agreement on Crimea as well as Sevastopol city joining the Russian Federation.

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  • Azerbaijani patients in Iran to have benefits
    17.04.2014 16:05
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    The Tabriz University of Medical Sciences prepared a program presenting benefits to Azerbaijanis arriving for treatment in Iran, and a special suite in one of the hospitals of the country.

    The information about the new program was provided by the Iranian Health and Medical Education Minister's Special Envoy and Tabriz Medical Sciences University Rector, Dr. Mohammad Hossein Somi at the meeting with the chairman of the committee on social policy of the Parliament of Azerbaijan Hadi Rajabli, according the Iranian embassy in Azerbaijan.

    Nearly millions of Azerbaijani citizens come to Iran annually for treatment, Somi said.

    "Most of the Azerbaijani citizens arriving in Iran for treatment, prefer Tabriz. And because of this, we've prepared a special program, so that Azerbaijanis who come to treatment here, would have a special suite, where they can be treated," he said.

    Somi also noted the willingness of Tabriz Medical Sciences University for the exchange of students, teachers, as well as holding joint health projects and scientific seminars.

    Rajabli, in turn, noted Iran's development in the medical field and suggested signing of cooperation agreement between the health ministries of Azerbaijan and Iran.

    The Azerbaijani MP also spoke about the projects on health insurance in Azerbaijan, noted the implementation of the programs of the Ministry of Health related to the use of health insurance.

    Translated by S.I.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Pakistani Air Force commander starts his visit to Azerbaijan
    17.04.2014 16:00
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    A delegation of Pakistani Armed Forces led by the Commander of this country's Air Force, Tahir Rafique Butt, started its visit to Azerbaijan on April 17, Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said.

    The members of the Pakistani delegation visited the Alley of Honors to pay respect to the national leader of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev and academician Zarifa Aliyeva.

    The delegation also visited the Alley of Martyrs in Baku.

    Following this, the delegation members visited the Military Academy, as well as the Education and Training Center of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces and became familiar with the conditions created there.

    During the visit, the guests met with the management of these institutions and were informed about the history of Azerbaijan's military educational institutions.

    The delegation of Pakistani Armed Forces is expected to hold meetings at Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry during the visit that will last till April 19.

    Translated by L.Z.

    Edited by: S.I.

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  • One child killed, several injured in Turkey as bus overturns
    17.04.2014 15:58
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    A bus with schoolchildren overturned in the Turkish province of Nevsehir, Turkish news agency Anadolu reported on April 17.

    One child was killed and 19 children were injured in this accident, according to the preliminary reports.

    translated by NH

    edited by CN

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  • Students trapped in sinking ferry send heartbreaking text messages
    17.04.2014 15:52
    Heartbreaking text message exchanges between students trapped in the sinking ferry off the coast of South Korea and their anxious parents are offering a glimpse into the desperate situation in the crippled vessel. "Dad, don't worry. I've got a life vest on and we're huddled together," one 18-year-old student, identified only by her last name, Shin, texted her father, according to MBC News, a Korean news station.

    The father replied: "I know the rescue is underway but make your way out if you can."

    "Dad, I can't walk out," she replied. "The corridor is full of kids, and it's too tilted."

    The student was among the 290 still reported missing.

    In another exchange, a male student texted his mother, who was unaware at the time that the ferry was in distress. "Mom, I might not be able to tell you in person. I love you," the student texted, according to MBC.

    "Me too, son. I love you," the mother texted back, followed with three heart symbols.

    Fortunately, that student was among the 179 people who have been rescued, MBC reported.

    And one family said they had received a text message saying "I am alive" from one of the missing people while still on board, Korean news agency NEWSIS reported. It was unclear if that person had been rescued. Survivors told harrowing tales of confusion and desperation as people slid along the floor of the sharply listing ship, colliding with one another, or found themselves trapped in cabins by a wall of water.

    Rescued passengers said that immediately after they heard a booming noise, the ship began listing and they heard an announcement over the ship's PA system telling the passengers to stay in place.

    "The baggage was falling out, and we were saying lsquo;What's going on?' But the announcement told us to stay where we were, so we did," one rescued student told MBC.
  • Nakhchivan Open 2014 due in Azerbaijan
    17.04.2014 15:51
    By AzerNews

    Azerbaijan will host the International Chess Festival Nakhchivan Open 2014 to commemorate National Leader Heydar Aliyev on May 4-12.

    Co-organized by the Azerbaijani Youth and Sports Ministry, Azerbaijan's Chess Federation and Nakhchivan Autonomic Republic's Chess Federation, the festival will be held in the Nakhchivan Chess Center. Registration for the festival has already begun.

    The players will be seeded in Tournament A, if rated above 2250 FIDE (For Women above 2100 FIDE), while the lower rated players will compete in Tournament B. Both groups will be played for nine rounds of Swiss system. There will also be a Tournament C for U12 juniors.

    Besides, representatives of Azerbaijan, some 17 representatives of Georgia, India, Latvia, Iran, Russia and Ukraine will participate in Tournament A. Some 23 players from Azerbaijan, Iran, Ukraine and Afghanistan will play in Tournament B, while 17 representatives of Azerbaijan, Iran and Georgia - in Tournament C.

    Top prizes in the Tournament A are $10,000 cup/ $5000/ $3000/ $2000/ $1500/ $1200/ $1000. Moreover, there will be 30 convenient and many special prizes.
  • Oil prices fall in world markets
    17.04.2014 15:38
    The price of oil has continued to fall in the world markets.

    On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX (New York Mercantile Exchange) cost of the US Light crude oil has increased $0.01 to stand at $103.76. Price of British Brent crude oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) has increased $0.24 to trade at $109.60.

    The Department of Marketing and Economic Operations of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) informed that, a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil increased $0.79 to stand at $112.81.
  • Airbus Militaryв's A-400M gives Euro troops greater autonomy
    17.04.2014 15:35
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Claude Salhani - Trend:

    Turkey received its first military transport airplane this week, the new A-400M, a state of the art all purpose transporter from Airbus Military. The transporter will offer European air forces added autonomy. Most Western military were dependent on the U.S. for long range transport until the A-400M.

    A "versatile airlifter" the A-400M performs three very different types of missions: it is able to perform both tactical missions directly to the point of need and long range strategic/logistic ones. And it can also serve as an air-to-air refueling "tanker." Four unique counter-rotating Europrop International (EPI) TP400 turboprops power the A400M. It offers a wide flight envelope in terms of both speed and altitude. And it can be used to help in humanitarian operations.

    The transport plane was launched in 2003 to respond to the combined needs of seven European Nations regrouped within OCCAR (Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Spain, Turkey and the UK), with Malaysia joining in 2005. This is one of the major reasons for its extreme versatility. Its maiden flight took place on December 11, 2009.

    It has a maximum payload of up to 37 tons (81, 600 lb) and a volume of 340 m3 (12, 000 ft3). The A400M can carry numerous pieces of outsized cargo including, vehicles and helicopters that are too large or too heavy for previous generation tactical airlifters, for example, the NH90 or CH-47 Chinook helicopter, or two heavy armored vehicles. It can also carry a heavy logistic truck, a rescue boat, or large lifting devices, such as excavators or mobile cranes needed to assist in disaster relief, besides the ability to carry 116 troops with all their gear.

    The four unique Europrop International (EPI) TP 400 turboprops allow the plane to fly distances of up to 4,700 nm / 8,700 km, at a cruising altitude up to 37,000 ft, and at a speed of up to Mach 0.72. If need be, it can fly up to 40,000 ft for special operations.

    Its capability to fly faster and higher means it can respond more rapidly to crises, because greater distances can be flown in a one crew duty day. The A400M is hence much more efficient than its predecessors. Also, as it can fly higher, it can cruise above poor weather and turbulence found at medium altitudes, resulting in less fatigue for the crews, and passengers or troops alike.

    Its unique short landing characteristics make the A400M the only large airlifter that can fly equipment and personnel directly to the site of action, where these materials are urgently needed. In addition to its Europrop EPI TP400 Turboprops, which are less sensitive to ingestions than jet engines, the A400M is fitted with a twelve-wheel main landing gear and an efficient absorption of shock-loads into the airframe structure for operations from stone, gravel or sand strips, and is designed to minimize risk of foreign object damage.

    This allows the A-400M to land and take off from any short unprepared airstrip no more than 750 meters, or 2500 feet, with a payload of about 25 tons.

    Airbus Military has received orders for 172 planes, each costing US$181.5 million. Two planes have been delivered to date. Turkey's was the second.

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  • U.S. Congressman hails Azerbaijan`s importance to U.S.
    17.04.2014 15:25
    Representative for Texas's 34th congressional district, Congressman Filemon Vela has called on the U.S. authorities ''to show their solidarity with former Soviet states such as Ukraine, Azerbaijan, and Georgia, while encouraging these nations to continue to institute democratic reforms and modernize their economies''.

    ''Countries in the Caucasus region such as Azerbaijan and Georgia are located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe '" a strategic location for U.S. foreign policy objectives..'' said Vela during his speech at the Congress.

    ''With the volatility and strategic importance of this region, the U.S. must continue to work with its allies as Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Georgia to ensure their sovereignty is protected,'' the U.S. congressman added.

  • India cuts Iran oil imports nearly a fifth in 2013/14
    17.04.2014 15:19
    India's imports of Iranian crude tumbled about a fifth in the fiscal year ended in March, despite a surge of shipments in recent months that came after a deal easing sanctions on Tehran.

    The Geneva agreement struck between Iran and six world powers in November and implemented for six months from Jan. 20 eased some restriction on Tehran's oil trade in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme.

    According to Reuters, India, the world's fourth-biggest oil consumer and Tehran's top client after China, imported around 358,000 barrels per day (bpd) in the first quarter, up nearly 43 percent from a year ago, according to tanker arrival data obtained from trade sources and compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Analytics.

    Even with the surge over the January-March quarter, India's oil purchases in the year to March 31 dropped 16.5 percent to 222,000 bpd, the tanker data showed.

    India and other clients of Iran, including China, Japan and South Korea, were forced to cut their oil imports after toughened sanctions were placed on Tehran in 2012.

    The measures cut Iran's oil exports in half and slashed its revenues, and according to the West, were the primary reason the OPEC member agreed to curbs on its disputed nuclear programme.

    India had targeted at least a 15 percent cut in its imports from Iran to 220,000 bpd for the 2013/14 year.

    Last month, India's shipments from Iran rose 45.6 percent from February to about 387,000 bpd, or more than twice the intake in March 2013, the tanker arrival data showed.


    The tanker arrival data was confirmed by a senior government official who said Indian refiners had loaded 10.7 million tonnes, or 214,000 bpd, of Iranian oil in 2013/14, down about 18.6 percent from the previous year.

    Arrival and loading data differ as a voyage from Iran to India normally takes seven to eight days.

    Indian refiners had contracts with Iran to buy about 185,000 bpd in the year to March 31, lower than government targets because Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd did not renew its annual term deal with Tehran last year.

    Private refiner Essar Oil and Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd had a deal to buy 80,000 bpd each from Iran in the last fiscal year.

    State-owned Indian Oil Corp signed for the other contracted term volumes of 25,000 bpd.

    Essar bought about 105,400 bpd, 32 percent higher than its contract, while MRPL shipped in 83,800 bpd, said the official.

    "Essar took almost half of our overall imports from Iran (in 2013/14). They (Iran) are offering better deals than others in the Gulf," the official said.

    Essar Oil officials did not respond to an e-mailed request for further details.

    Iran has been offering free shipping and discounts on crude sales to Indian refiners to boost its exports.

    Iran's share of Indian crude imports dropped to about 5.7 percent in 2013/14, the tanker data showed.

    Iran accounted for about 16.4 percent of India's oil import in 2008/09 and 7.3 percent a year ago, according to the government source.

    Iran is now India's seventh largest crude supplier, down from sixth a year ago, the tanker data showed.

    Overall, India imported about 3.9 million bpd in the year ended March 31, up about 6 percent from the previous fiscal year, the tanker arrival data showed.

  • Strict fight against illegal parkings starts in Baku
    17.04.2014 15:12
    Strict measures are going to be taken against illegal parkings arranged on sidewalks, carriageways, as well as at the park and metro station entrances in Baku.


    Order No-179 "On the arrangement of parkings in Baku" by the head of Executive Power of Baku city Hajibala Abutalibov envisages the mentioned measures, informs Day.Az.

    In order to execute the decision by the Cabinet of Minsiters of Azerbaijan Republic dated April 6, 1999 along with the "On the road traffic" and "On the highways" laws of AR and decision to eliminate the traffic jams on the main roads, all illegal parkings on the streets and avenues of Baku, around the parks, alleys, metro stations, on the sidewalks will completely be liquidated.


    Individuals and legal entities engaged in the arrangement of the aforementioned parkings will be fined with sanctions or measures pursuant to the legislation of Azerbaijan Republic. In purpose to get rid of traffic jams, it was decided to create permanent parking lots along the roads with unlimited movement of transport facilities. Special boards showing parking tariffs and time will be installed in the new parking lots.

    Order of the head of Baku EP has been signed on April 16, 2014.В 
  • ADB Resident Representative visits Azerbaijan State Economic University
    17.04.2014 15:02
    Rector of the Azerbaijan State Economic University (ASEU) Adalat Muradov has met Resident Representative of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for Azerbaijan Olly Norojono.

    They explored possible areas of cooperation between the university and the bank, and discussed the issue of involvement of ADB experts in the organization and management of the education process at ASEU, improvement of the university`s electronic library network, and involvement of ASEU employees in ADB training programs.

    They also discussed how ADB could help ASEU build and expand cooperation with the leading universities in Asia.
  • Date of US Congressional delegation visit to Baku announced
    17.04.2014 15:01
    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 17

    By Sabina Ahmadova - Trend:

    A Congressional delegation led by US House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce will visit Azerbaijan this weekend.

    The other members of the delegation include Ranking Committee Member Eliot Engel, Representative Lois Frankel, and Representative David Cicilline, the Azerbaijani Embassy in the U.S. told Trend.

    The delegation will meet with senior Azerbaijani government officials and civil society representatives during their visit.

    Following their visit to Baku, the delegation will also travel to Kyiv and Yerevan.

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  • President receives new head of Council of Europe's Baku office
    17.04.2014 14:58
    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received the new head of the Council of Europe Baku office Dragana Filipovic on 17 April. reports with reference to the official website for the President of Azerbaijan that the sides exchanged views on the current situation and prospects of cooperation between Azerbaijan and the Council of Europe.

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