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Winners of the 9th National Internet Award NETTY 2013 is chosen in Azerbaijan, the website of theMinistry ofCommunications and Information Technology said.

According to the terms of the contest, participants can submit their applications for registration ofwebsites and projects from April 3 to May 31, 2013. For participation applicants should register on theNETTYwebsite: www.netty.az

Votingof the Expert Council and Virtual Jury to determine the nominees for the prizewill be held simultaneously from June 1 to June 11.

On June 12,the NETTY Academy will start its voting which will will be based on afinalchoice of the Expert Council that selects three nominees for each category and Virtual jury that selects one nominee for each category.

The Academy chooses a single award winner in each of 12 nominations. At the same time it votes on non-competitive honorary and 'special mention' prize nominations.

A new 'special mention' prize nomination for "Best mobile device applications" was open in 2013. The most popular and in-demand applications built in Azerbaijan on the basis of mobile systems Android, iOS, Windows Phone will be determined within the nomination.

This year the Academy will also traditionally award a honorary prize "For contribution to development of the domestic information technologies" and "IT developments of the year".

The competition is supported by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies and Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

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    Trend:

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  • Baku hosts reception on Republic Day of India
    27.01.2015 11:19
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    The Embassy of India in Azerbaijan hosted an official reception on the country`s Republic Day, AzerTag reports.

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    Mr. Baghirov also noted that Azerbaijan attached great importance to developing relations with India.

    The event brought together Azerbaijan`s state and government officials, MPs, ambassadors of foreign countries, as well as public figures.
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  • "Strategy of Azerbaijani youth development in 2015-2025" approved
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    The President has signed an order.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed a decree approving the "Strategy of Azerbaijani youth development in 2015-2025".

    Oxu.Az reports that, in line with the order, the Ministry of Youth and Sports is requested to ensure the coordination in the implementation of the tasks emanating from this strategy and to inform the President of Azerbaijan on the accomplished work at least once a year.
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  • WikiLeaks blasts Google for quietly handing emails to government
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    WikiLeaks criticized Google Inc on Monday, alleging that the company waited 2-1/2 years to notify members of the anti-secrecy group that it had turned over their private emails and other information to the U.S. government.

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    The revelation follows leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden detailing controversial U.S. government surveillance practices and assurances from technology firms like Google that they would do their utmost to safeguard users' personal information.

    "While it is too late for our clients to have the notice they should have had, they are still entitled to a list of Google's disclosures to the government and an explanation why Google waited more than two and a half years to provide any notice," read the letter from the Center for Constitutional Rights on behalf of WikiLeaks and addressed to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt and General Counsel Kent Walker.

    WikiLeaks, founded by Julian Assange, landed in the public spotlight in 2010 when it published a trove of classified government information, including leaked U.S. diplomatic cables.

    Google, whose online services include the world's No.1 Internet search engine as well as the popular Web email service Gmail, notified three members of WikiLeaks on December 23, 2014 that it had provided "all of their email content, subscriber information, metadata and other content" to law enforcement officials more than two years earlier, according to the letter.

    Google provided the information in response to warrants for an investigation concerning espionage, conspiracy to commit espionage and the theft or conversion of property belonging to the U.S. government, among other items, the letter said.

    Google said in a statement on Monday that it has a policy of informing users about government requests "except in limited cases, like when we are gagged by a court order, which sadly happens quite frequently."

    Google noted that it has pushed to unseal all the documents related to the investigation.

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  • Stop all-pervading cigarette smoke
    27.01.2015 10:58
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Smoking damages the health of not only those who smoke but also people around them. This fact comes in mind after visiting numerous cafes in Baku. Here and there, tobacco smoke hovers over those who like it or not.

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    This law prohibits sale of tobacco products to persons less than 18 years old.

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    Experts believe a complex approach that include restricting cigarette smoking sites, increasing cigarette prices and banning smoking in various places, including cafes and restaurants, is required to eradicate this problem.

    Moreover, educational courses should be held for the population to warn about the consequences of smoking for the smokers and their relatives, rather than to ban smoking completely.

    The parliament may discuss a bill banning smoking in enclosed spaces at the spring session, Musa Guliyev, member of the Committee on Social Policy, said in early January.

    "We are gradually implementing a law banning smoking in public places, and it is giving good results,'' Guliyev believes.

    ''In the first phase which began a few years ago, a law was passed banning smoking in public places, and the law is already running. In the second phase, the decree banned smoking on the territory of Old City. In addition, some amendments and additions were made to the Tax Code at the last meeting, excise duties on tobacco products were increased and their price increased," he added.

    The next step will be adoption of the draft law "On Restriction of tobacco use in enclosed spaces". In this bill, education works and not penalties are the main focus, the MP said.

    Moreover, Guliyev would bring up the point of banning smoking of shisha at the spring session.

    He said, in recent years hookah has been widespread among young people in Azerbaijan, including Baku.

    "But the hookah has a lot of negative effects. Hookah poisons not only the body of the smoker, but also others. On the other hand, non-compliance with hygiene rules leads to transmission of infection from one person to another. In short, hookah smoking can lead to infectious diseases," Guliyev said.

    However, the biggest threat from smoking hookah is emergence of addiction, tendency to drug addiction, the MP stressed.

    Prices on tobacco stable

    Meanwhile, a price increase of tobacco products in Azerbaijan is not expected in the near future, said Rufat Guliyev, Chairman of the Board of "European Tobacco Baku" Company.

    Commenting on the possible increase in the price of cigarettes because of the amendments to the Tax Code, he said so far, the price of cigarettes will remain at the same level.

    ''The market is calm. This is due to the fact that there are several reasons behind the growing price of cigarettes,'' he told local media.

    The issue of price increase depends on the market mainly, Guliyev added.

    He also noted that the prices of tobacco products in Azerbaijan are the lowest in the CIS and one of the lowest in the world.

    This information is not comforting for those who are sick and tired of cigarette smoke, especially with the statistics from around the world that 600,000 people are victims of passive smoking every year. Hopefully, a decision will be made in near future that both smokers and non-smokers may agree on it.
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  • New appointments made at Kazakh finance ministry
    27.01.2015 10:44
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan. 27

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Anuar Jumadildayev was appointed chairman of the Financial Control Committee of the Finance Ministry of Kazakhstan in accordance with the Kazakh Finance Minister's order, the ministry said Jan. 27.

    Moreover, Argyn Kipshakov was appointed Deputy Chairman of the State Revenue Committee of the Kazakh Finance Ministry upon the Finance Minister's order.

    Bakhtiyor Maradzhapov was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Financial Control Committee of the Ministry upon the order of the executive secretary of the Finance Ministry, the statement says.

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  • Indexation of labor pensionsв' insurance part underway in Azerbaijan
    27.01.2015 10:43
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    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has signed an order on the indexation of labor pensionsв' insurance part.

    According to APA-Economics, the State Social Protection Fund is due to increase the insurance part of all kinds of labor pensions by 1 January 2015 in accordance with the index of consumer prices for 2014.

    The Fund also has to ensure the indexation of the amounts of pension capital accumulated on the insurance parts of personal accounts in the personal accounting system.

    The Ministry Finance is due to settle all the issues about the order.
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  • Obama pledges $4 billion to India
    27.01.2015 10:43
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    U.S. President Barack Obama ended a landmark day in India on Monday with a pledge of $4 billion in investments and loans, seeking to release what he called the "untapped potential" of a business and strategic partnership between the world's largest democracies.

    Earlier in the day, at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Obama was the first U.S. president to attend India's annual Republic Day parade, a show of military might that has been associated with Cold War anti-Americanism.

    It rained as troops, tanks and cultural floats filed through the heart of New Delhi, but excitement nevertheless ran high over Obama's visit, which began on Sunday with a clutch of deals to unlock billions of dollars in nuclear trade and to deepen defense ties.

    Both sides hope to build enough momentum to forge a relationship that will help balance China's rise by catapulting democratic India into the league of major world powers.

    The leaders talked on first name terms, recorded a radio program together and spent hours speaking at different events, but despite the bonhomie, Obama and Modi reminded business leaders, including the head of PepsiCo, (PEP.N) that trade ties were still fragile.

    India accounts for only 2 percent of U.S. imports and one percent of its exports, Obama said. While annual bilateral trade had reached $100 billion, that is less than a fifth of U.S. trade with China.

    "We are moving in the right direction ... That said, we also know that the U.S.-India relationship is defined by so much untapped potential," Obama told the Indian and U.S. business leaders. "Everyone here will agree, we've got to do better."

    Modi said U.S. investment in India had doubled in the past four months and vowed to do more to slash the country's notorious red tape and make it one of the world's easiest places for business.
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  • Tbilisi to commemorate Holocaust victims
    27.01.2015 10:42
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan. 27

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Tbilisi, Georgia will host on Jan. 27 an event dedicated to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    The event is organized by the Office of the Public Defender of Georgia and the LEA International Foundation with the support of the Israeli Embassy in Georgia and USAID's Advancing National Integration (ANI) Project, implemented by the UN Association of Georgia (UNAG).

    The event will be attended by the representatives of diplomatic corps, government agencies and the councils on national minorities and religions operating at the Public Defender's Office.

    Participants of the event will light candles and commemorate six million Jews, two million Gypsies and other victims of the Nazi regime killed during the Holocaust.

    Jan. 27 is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was approved by the UN General Assembly in 2005.

    On Jan. 27, 1945 thousands of prisoners of one of the largest concentration camps, the Auschwitz, were released.

    Edited by SI

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  • Armenia violates ceasefire 126 times
    27.01.2015 10:28
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    Armenian armed units fire on Azerbaijani positions from heavy machine guns, mortars and grenade launchers.

    Armenian Armed Forces violated ceasefire with Azerbaijan 126 times in various directions along the frontline from heavy machine guns, mortars and grenade launchers throughout the day, said Azerbaijani Defense Ministry, APA reports.

    Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces in Gaymagli, Kamarli, Gushchu Ayrim, Farahli villages and nameless uplands of Gazakh region, Kohnegishlag village of Agstafa region from the positions in Vazashen and Paravakar villages of Armenia's Ijevan region, Barekamavan, Voskevan and Shavarshavan villages of Noyemberyan region, positions in Garaveliler village of Gedebey region from the posts in nameless uplands of Ijevan region, positions in Alibeyli, Hajialili, Aghdam, Aghbulag, Kokhanebi villages of Tovuz region from the positions in Mosesgekh, Chinari, Aygepar villages and nameless uplands of Berd region, positions in nameless uplands of Gedebey region from the posts in nameless uplands of Krasnoselsk region.

    The Azerbaijani positions were also fired from the positions near Talish village of Goranboy, Goyarkh and Chilaburt villages of Terter, Yusifjanli, Shikhlar, Javahirli, Merzili, Shuraabad, Garagashli, Novruzlu, Sarijali and Kengerli villages of Aghdam, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand, Ashagi Veyselli village of Fuzuli region and nameless uplands of Goygol, Goranboy, Khojavand and Fuzuli regions.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliatory fire.
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  • Iran, Portugal could link Europe, Middle East
    27.01.2015 10:25
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    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Iran and Portugal could link the Middle East and Europe to each other, the official IRNA news agency reported Jan. 26.

    In a meeting with Portugal's Foreign Minister Rui Machete, he pointed to the long-standing ties between the two countries and noticed that ranking officials from both countries have been exchanging visits during the past year.

    He believed the visit of the Portuguese foreign minister is a departing point for the two countries to start more active cooperation in the international arena.

    The Iranian president stressed that the world should focus on settling such major problems like violence and terrorism which is inflicting not only the Middle East region but the whole world including Europe.

    Referring to Iran's nuclear talks with the 5 1, the President voiced the "solid determination of the Iranian nation to safeguard its nuclear technologies which it developed for peaceful purposes."

    He said the remaining differences between parties involved in nuclear talks are neither legal nor technical but political which requires firm political will by them all.

    President Rouhani went on to highlight that all Iran's nuclear activities have been under the constant supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency within the framework of international regulations.

    He stressed the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities and underscored that any pressures on Iran are quite baseless.

    He said pressures and sanctions would harm all parties engaged in talks.

    He said Iran is determined to speedily settle the nuclear talks for the development of the country.

    The Portuguese foreign minister voiced interest in expanding relations with Iran and said the time is ripe for both countries to revolutionize ties.

    He believed Tehran and Lisbon could cooperate not only in issues of mutual interest but act as a bridge between Europe and the Middle East.

    As for Iran's nuclear negotiations, he said his country was well aware of the positive consequences of any agreement between the negotiating parties.

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  • Palestine issue a top concern of Muslim World
    27.01.2015 10:11
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    Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Jan. 26 that Palestine issue is at the top of the concerns of the Muslim World, the country's official IRNA news agency reported.

    The Supreme Leader made the remarks in a meeting with the Secretary General of Palestinian People's Liberation Front (PLF) Ahmad Jibril.

    "Iran will resolutely stand by the Palestinians and the young people until the day that the Palestinian resistance will bear fruit. We will definitely see that day," Khamenei said.

    Khamenei also appreciated Ahmad Jibril's efforts "in the way of liberation of Palestine and efforts made to materialize the Palestinians' ideals,"

    "You are definitely one of the pillars and strong columns of the Palestinian issue and I hope you will continue preserving this resistance spirit till achieving final victory," the Iranian leader said.

    Ahmad Jibril expressed pleasure with the chance to meet the supreme leader, saying that the Islamic Revolution of Iran turned Iran into an effective country in regional developments.

    He also appreciated Iran's stands "in the way of materializing the basic rights of the Palestinian nation."

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  • Traffic volume via Trans-Caspian route to increase to 5.5 million tons
    27.01.2015 10:11
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan. 27

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    The traffic volume via the Trans-Caspian international transport route is planned to be increased to 5.5 million metric tons of cargo per year, the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy National Company said.

    The decision was taken at a meeting of the working group of the Coordination Committee of the Trans-Caspian international transport route. It was held under the chairmanship of the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy president Askar Mamin in Baku last Monday.

    "The issues relating to the competitive rates for transportation of goods, the formation of a complex rate on the container trains on the Trans-Caspian international transport route were discussed during the meeting," the national company said. "Despite the slowdown in economic activity in the region, the participants worked out a number of joint actions to achieve the traffic level through the Trans-Caspian international transport route at the level of 5.5 million metric tons per year."

    Moreover, the sides have agreed to take measures for container service via the China-Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey by using the Zhezkazgan-Beineu new railway line, Aktau seaport, as well as the Akhalkalaki-Kars railway line which is under construction by creating the appropriate tariff conditions this year.

    "Mamin was re-elected Chairman of the Coordination Committee of the Trans-Caspian international transport route for 2015," a statement said.

    The heads of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy National Company, Turkish State Railways, Azerbaijan Railways, Georgian Railways, Aktau International Sea Trade Port, Baku International Sea Trade Port, Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company, Batumi Sea Port attended a meeting of the working group of the Coordination Committee.

    The next meeting of the Coordination Committee is planned be held in Istanbul on March 5-7, 2015.

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  • Fidel Castro makes first comment on normalization with US
    27.01.2015 10:01
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    Fidel Castro has broken silence for the first time this year and addressed Cuban students with a letter.

    The letter published by the main national daily La Granma contains his first comments on the nascent process of normalization of Cuban-USrelations.

    Commandante Fidel, 88, says he does not trust the USpolicies and he has not exchanged a single word with the Americans, although this does not mean at all a rejection of peaceful resolution of military conflicts or removal of military threats.
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  • Largest cement plant in South Caucasus reaches its designed capacity
    27.01.2015 10:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    The largest cement plant of the South Caucasus - "Norm Sement" reached its design capacity, Azerbaijani Norm company CEO Hasan Yalcinkaya told Trend.

    He said that 2014 was successful for the company and the cement industry of the country as a whole.

    "We managed to successfully complete our projects," he said. "The cement plant was inaugurated by His Excellency President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on July 21, 2014. Since that time the plant has been working very efficiently. The plant also started to produce its own clinker. We have reached our design capacity. So, I can say that 2014 has been successful. 510,000 tons of cement was produced, while clinker production was at the level of 471,000 tons in 2014. We were able to cover about 20 percent of the market for just six months since the beginning of clinker production."

    He expressed confidence that this tendency will continue in 2015.

    "We plan to increase our market share with help of production of high-quality cement and rendering high quality services to our clients in the consumer market," the director said.

    Yalcinkaya further noted that last year the country's domestic demand for cement stood at around 4.3 million tons and this year the demand will be at least on the same level.

    "Currently, about 60 percent of the market is provided by local producers," said Yalcinkaya. "About 40 percent of cement is imported from neighboring countries."

    He said that in fact, the local production facilities are fully capable to meet the market requirements. "Our goal is to reduce the import of cement as much as possible," said the CEO.

    "To date, we have invested $326 million in a new plant," said Yalcinkaya. "We have several projects on improvement of the efficiency and development of production, in particular the increase of the product range. However, at the moment we optimize the workflow of our factory. We will continue to improve our efficiency and reduce energy consumption. We also plan to invest in the production of cement for the oil wells."

    He said that one of the goals of the company is to enter the international market.

    "Currently, the international market, including our neighboring countries, to which we could export our products - Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan are somewhat concerned due to the decrease in oil prices," he said.

    "But as I said earlier, we will develop the cement production for oil wells in 2015," said Yalcinkaya. "This is exactly the product that we can easily export to oil producing countries, for instance, to Kazakhstan and Russia."

    "Once we develop this product, we will start to export it," he added.

    Yalcinkaya said that the plant is equipped with the most modern technology in cement production.

    "The major part of the equipment was purchased from Europe and it is the latest technology used in the cement production."

    "We will make investments in converting the generated heat into electricity in the future," said the director. "However, we plan to start making these investments after 2015."

    "This will allow to better use the generated heat and increase the efficiency of our plant," he added.

    The production capacity of the Norm Sement plant, constructed in the Garadagh district of Baku city, is 5,000 tons of clinker per day and 2 million tons of cement per year.

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  • Bucharest hosts discussions on prospects for Kazakhstan-Romania co-op
    27.01.2015 09:57
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan. 27

    By Daniar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Bucharest hosted a meeting between Kazakhstan's Ambassador in Romania Daulet Batrashev and the President of Romania's Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mihai Daraban.

    During the meeting the parties discussed the prospects for development of trade and economic relations between Kazakhstan and Romania, including through the two countries' chambers of commerce and industry, Kazakh Foreign Ministry said Jan. 27.

    "The parties exchanged views on the state of the economy of Kazakhstan and Romania, as well as the Central Asian and Eastern European regions. They highlighted the existence of a large, but not yet realized potential of bilateral economic ties, particularly in tourism, agriculture, construction, transit and transport, and increasing the volume of trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Romania," the ministry's message read.

    Daraban expressed interest in strengthening and enhancing the bilateral contacts between the business circles of Kazakhstan and Romania.

    He also said that Romania's Commerce and Industry Chamber has about 630,000 members who represent the country's medium and large businesses.

    Aside from that, he suggested considering the possibility for Kazakhstan to use the terminals at the Constanta sea port (cargo, oil and grain terminals).

    After the talks an agreement was reached on a visit of the Chairman of Kazakhstan's Foreign Trade Chamber Sabr Yessimbekov to Bucharest this year and holding a business forum of the business circles of Kazakhstan and Romania in order to establish direct contacts between the two countries' entrepreneurs.

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  • Iran to start drilling 3rd well in Sardar Jangal oilfield in one month
    27.01.2015 09:52
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    Tehran, Iran, Jan. 26

    By Milad Fashtami - Trend:

    Iran will start drilling the third well of Sardar Jangal oilfield, located in the Caspian Sea, in the next 30 days.

    Hedayatollah Khademi, the managing director of North Drilling Company, said that the second drilled well passed the tests successfully, Iran's SHANA News Agency reported on Jan. 26.

    "Each well of the field has the capacity to produce 2,000-5,000 barrels of oil per day," he noted.

    "Domestic experts have so far cracked 1,500 codes to repair the Amir Kabir oil drilling rig's crashed crane," he explained.

    The Amir Kabir oil drilling rig's crane crashed during one of the drilling operations of the second exploratory well last year.

    The rig's facilities and pipelines were not damaged as a result of the incident. The rig resumed its operation 48 hours after the incident with its second crane.

    The Amir Kabir SemiSub Drilling Rig is to explore and drill oil wells to extract Iran's share of the oil and gas from the Caspian Sea.

    In December 2011 Iran announced that has discovered a huge gas field after years-longed operations with Amir Kabir rig in the Caspian Sea. Iran called this field Sardar-e Jangal.

    Sardar-e Jangal field's first well reportedly was drilled 700 metres in depth through benthos in 1000-metre deep waters.

    The field's natural gas reserves are approximately about 50 trillion cubic feet, according to the Iranian media outlets.

    Edited by CN

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  • Kazakhstan to increase electricity generation from renewable sources
    27.01.2015 09:47
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan. 26

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Kazakhstan plans to increase the share of electricity generation from renewable sources to 3 percent by 2020, the country's Energy Minister Vladimir Shkolnik said Jan.26.

    He made the remarks while speaking during the lsquo;government hour' in Majlis (the parliament's lower house).

    Shkolnik added that it is planned to increase the share of electricity generation from renewable sources to 10 percent by 2030 and to 50 percent by 2050. "It will be possible to achieve such figures with the generation in nuclear power plants."

    The minister said the abovementioned figures are reflected in Kazakhstan's concept for transition to lsquo;green' economy.

    He said currently, the distribution of fuel types in electricity generation in Kazakhstan as of 2014 is as follows: 73 percent of electricity was generated from coal, 18 percent - from gas and 8 percent - from wind farms.

    "The renewable power generation, including small hydro power plants account for only 0.6 percent, which is a very small figure even while Kazakhstan is an energy exporting country," Shkolnik said.

    He said the electricity consumption in Kazakhstan stood at 91.6 billion kilowatt hours in 2014.

    The electricity generation totaled 93.9 billion kilowatt hours, which is 2.1 percent more than in 2013.

    Kazakhstan imported 644 million kilowatt hours of electricity and exported 2 billion kilowatt hours in 2014.

    Edited by CN

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  • Georgian FM to visit US
    27.01.2015 09:41
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan. 27

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgian Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili will pay the first working visit to the US January 28 - February 4.

    Beruchashvili will meet with US Vice President Joe Biden, as well as other representatives of the executive and legislative authorities, research centers and media as part of the meeting of foreign ministers of Eastern Europe, spokesman for the Georgian foreign ministry David Kereselidze said at a press conference Jan. 26.

    During the visit, Beruchashvili will deliver speech at the conference of the Atlantic Council "Transatlantic Strategy for Eastern Europe".

    Beruchashvili will also participate in the discussion at the US Center for Strategic and International Studies, which is one of the oldest and most influential institutions in the field of international politics.

    "Beruchashvili will also take part in an official dinner in Washington with the participation of the ambassadors of the Eastern European countries," Kereselidze said.

    The main themes of Beruchashvili's visit to the US are security issues, the challenges facing Georgia, the directions of the strategic partnership between Georgia and the US, prospects of intensifying the bilateral cooperation, as well as the Riga Summit and Georgia's democratic development.

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  • Iraqi officials say militias executed 70 civilians
    27.01.2015 08:46
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    An Iraqi governor, parliamentarian and two tribal chiefs on Jan.26 accused militias of executing more than 70 unarmed civilians who had fled fighting with Islamic State militants, Al Arabiya reported.

    Interior ministry spokesman Brigadier General Saad Maan denied the claims, saying IS was trying to undermine the reputation of Iraqi security forces.

    A local official said it was too soon to draw conclusions and suggested IS could have been behind the deaths in the eastern village of Barwanah.

    Security forces and pro-government militias took control of about two dozen villages from Islamic State fighters in Diyala province near the border with Iran earlier on Jan.26 after a three-day assault.

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  • Turkey shuts border gate after random fire from Syria
    27.01.2015 08:18
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    Turkish authorities have closed the country's southeastern Cilvegozu border crossing for exit and entry due to security concerns following random gun fire from Syria's nearby Bab al-Hawa border crossing, Anadolu Agency reported.

    Gunfire was heard at around noon on Monday nearly 500 meters from the area where Turkish trucks transfer their load to Syrian-plated trucks, according to an Anadolu Agency correspondent in Reyhanli district in Turkey's southern border province of Hatay.

    No casualties were reported but officials said the border gate would remain closed at least until Tuesday.

    Cilvegozu border crossing, which connects Turkey's province of Hatay and the Syrian city of Aleppo, has long been serving as the point of entrance and exit for the Syrians who flee the relentless fighting in their country as well as the trucks that carry humanitarian aid into Syria.

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  • Turkeyв's efforts for EU bid tested many times - Parliament Speaker
    27.01.2015 08:16
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    Turkey's sincerity to join the EU has been tested many times, Turkish Parliament Speaker Cemil Cicek said on Jan.26 during his visit to the Czech Republic, Anadolu Agency reported.

    "Unfortunately, I must say that this is not a fair attitude," Cicek told reporters in Prague, where he is on an official visit.

    "We are aware of our deficiencies, and we are showing, as we will continue to show, intense efforts to fix them," Cicek said. "Nobody should doubt this."

    Turkey applied for EU membership in 1987. Accession talks began in 2005.

    Negotiations for Turkey's EU membership bid hit a stalemate in 2007 due to issues pertaining to the island of Cyprus and the reluctance of German and French governments at the time.

    Cicek also participated in an event, marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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  • Barzani thanks Turkey for help in 'freeing' Kobani
    27.01.2015 08:06
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    Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani thanked Turkey for its role in "freeing" Kobani from IS fighters on Jan.26, Anadolu Agency reported.

    According to a statement released on the presidency's website, Barzani thanked Turkey for allowing Kurdish peshmerga forces from northern Iraq to enter Kobani through the country's borders.

    "I want to thank Turkey on behalf of the Kurdistan Regional Government and myself," the statement said. "I also want to thank the coalition forces for airstrike operations."

    News that Kobani was free of IS fighters and was completely under the control of opposition and Kurdish groups following four months of fighting was also celebrated in Istanbul, in the southeastern provinces of Diyarbakir, Batman, Sirnak, Siirt and Mardin.

    Groups lit fireworks, played and danced to music.

    Kobani was attacked by IS in Sept. 2014, forcing a wave of around 180,000 Kurdish refugees to flee to Turkey.

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  • Alleged Russian spy to face up to 10 Years
    27.01.2015 07:26
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    Russian Evgeny Buryakov, arrested on Jan.26 in Bronx and charged for his alleged involvement in an intelligence-gathering scheme, could face up to 10 years in prison, a source in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York said, adding that the next court hearing is scheduled for February 9, RIA Novosti reported.

    According to the source, Buryakov will hear the indictments on that date. Until then, he will remain in prison in New York.

    The source also said that Buryakov, who has been granted a public defender, will plea innocent.

    Buryakov was placed under arrest on Jan.26 and was scheduled to appear before US Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn in Manhattan federal court on the same day.

    Federal prosecutors in New York levelled criminal charges against Buryakov and two other Russians, Igor Sporyshev and Victor Podobnyy, earlier in the day. According to US attorneys and the FBI, the alleged spies' scheme to gather intelligence and recruit covert agents in the United States for Russia's foreign intelligence service ran from 2012 to the present time.

    The US Department of Justice said in a statement Monday that during the period of the alleged plot, Buryakov posed as an employee of a Russian bank, Sporyshev was a Russian trade representative, and Podobnyy was an attacheacute; to Moscow's mission to the United Nations.

    Sporyshev and Podobnyy no longer reside in the United States - they had left the country before criminal charges were brought against them.

    The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Washington DC informed Monday that it was in the process of studying information on the alleged involvement of Buryakov, Sporyshev and Podobnyy in intelligence-gathering activities.

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  • US accuses 3 Russians of attempts to gather secret info on anti-Russian sanctions
    27.01.2015 06:56
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    U.S. authorities have issued charges of espionage to three Russians who allegedly tried to get access to classified data on new sanctions against Russian banks and on the alternative energy sources developed here, TASS reported referring to the attorney's office said.

    Russian embassy in the U.S. refrained from comments on reports on a yet another espionage scandal.

    "We didn't get official information /on the situation/ and as for the unofficial one, we don't comment on it," the ambassadorial press service said.

    Diplomats on the embassy staff said, however, they were closely watching the developments through all the information channels available to them.

    The suspects featured in the documents are identified as Yevgeny Buryakov, Igor Sporyshev and Viktor Podobny. According to media reports Buryakov, 39, was arrested by the FBI in the Bronx on Monday, while Sporyshev, 40, and Podobny, 27, were said to have left the U.S.

    Buryakov was expected to be taken to a courtroom in Manhattan within hours after arrest. Charges to the two other men were issued in absentia.

    The statement from the attorney's office claims the directives, which Russia's Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) sent out to the three men and other agents in the U.S., included queries about data on possible sanctions against Russian banks.

    The complaint the attorneys filed with the court says Sporyshev worked on the staff of the Russian trade mission in New York before November 2014, while Podobny was an attach at the Russian mission at the UN.

    Officials at the Russian mission at the UN, the trade mission and the Consulate General in New York refrained from comments on the issue.

    "We don't comment on this information," the press secretary of the mission at UN, Alexei Zaitsev said.

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  • Transport diversification of Azerbaijanв's economy
    27.01.2015 01:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

    By Seymur Aliyev - Trend:

    Today the world is learning to live under the conditions of low oil prices.

    For Azerbaijan, as well as for other producing countries, it is time to search for "new" sources of income. Some states, for instance the ones like Azerbaijan, began preparation for this process many years ago, while others will have to start from scratch.

    High technologies, agriculture, tourism, and of course, the transport sector can be such sources of income. It is the development of transport which serves as one of the pillars of the economy.

    This is also confirmed by the history. For centuries, the development of transportation led to an increase in trade, acceleration of the delivery of goods, and, accordingly, to the growth of the economy as a whole.

    Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev, while addressing a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, dedicated to the social and economic development in 2014 and the challenges ahead, said that Azerbaijan's geographical location should be provided with a powerful transport infrastructure.

    "The construction of a marine trade port and the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway are closely related issues," he added. "We must expand these corridors. The North-South and East-West corridors run through Azerbaijan. The transport infrastructure that has been and is being created in Azerbaijan will serve to both our country and neighbors."

    Virtually the largest amount of non-oil investments, both foreign and domestic, is being attracted to Azerbaijan's transport sector.

    As the transport minister of Azerbaijan, Ziya Mammadov, said at a conference titled "The application of new technologies and innovations in the construction and reconstruction of road infrastructure" some $2.5 billion were invested from various sources to the transport sector of Azerbaijan in 2014.

    Out of the total funds invested in the country's transport sector, some $1.9 billion were spent for the development of road transport infrastructure.

    At present, new industrial enterprises open in all districts of Azerbaijan. The agriculture is developed. The extensive, high-quality road infrastructure contributes to their development, establishes relations between relevant enterprises and accelerates the delivery of goods to the end consumers.

    Azerbaijan has already reconstructed all main roads connecting the country with Georgia, Russia and Iran. This is primarily promotes the development of the country's transit potential.

    The total length of roads used in Azerbaijan is 19,002 kilometers, the head of Azeryolservis JSC under the Azerbaijani Transport Ministry Javid Gurbanov said. Around 4,645 kilometers of the total road length account for the roads of national significance, while 14,357 kilometers - local roads.

    We can say unambiguously that Azerbaijan is not content with existing needs. In fact, the country's transport infrastructure capacity, including road infrastructure, will resolve the problem with the growing volume of freight and passenger flow for the next years. This is very important given low oil prices and a decrease in investment opportunities.

    Moreover, along with other sectors of the economy, the transport sector may be one of the components of the successful economic diversification and development of industrial production.

    And the main thing in this issue is not to lose time. Azerbaijan managed this successfully. Simple figures testify to this. Around 11,000 kilometers of roads and about 300 bridges have been built in the country for the past 10 years.

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  • IMF ready to continue Greece backup '" Managing Director
    26.01.2015 23:01
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    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is ready to continue supporting Greece, TASS reported referring to the Managing Director of the IMF Christine Lagarde's statement.

    This comes after a radical left opposition party won the parliamentary election in Greece on January 25 and securing 149 seats in parliament out of 300.

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  • How will G20 presidency change Turkey?
    26.01.2015 22:01
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

    By Jamila Jafarova - Trend:

    Turkey has become a chairing country of the G20 forum for the first time in the forum's history. The country plans to hold the first meeting of the G20 energy ministers. What does Turkey expect from the G20 presidency?

    First of all - the inflow of foreign investments. The volume of foreign investments in the Turkish economy reached almost $ 13 billion in 2014.

    Ankara has recently conducted many reforms to attract foreign investments into the country. Moreover, in his recent statement, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu promised that Ankara will simplify the process of making foreign investments in the economy.

    The trade development with other countries can solve many economic problems of Turkey. It can eliminate the imbalance in the overproduction in some countries and its deficit in other countries.

    Moreover, a "multi-dimensional" trading system is expected to be worked out during Turkey's G20 presidency. Davutoglu has repeatedly talked about this before.

    An important component of this system will become the principle, according to which economic cooperation of some countries will not hinder the development of the other ones.

    A good example is the forthcoming agreement on transatlantic trade and investment partnership between the EU and the US, which, if signed, may cause damage Turkey's economy.

    During its presidency in the G20 in 2015, Turkey also intends to take on the role of the country, coordinating cooperation among the developing countries of the world. But how Ankara will manage to be a coordinating country, while for that it at least needs to have a developed economy?

    That is why the prime minister of Turkey stated the need to increase the total GDP of the country by 2.1 percent, which will bring the world economy $2 trillion.

    Meanwhile, the forecasts of the World Bank (WB) say about the possibility of reducing the GDP of the G20 countries by 3 percent in 2015-2016.

    The role of a coordinating country can bring Turkey additional benefit in the form of improvement of relations with the EU. After all, the EU postpones Turkey's accession to this organization for a number of reasons, claiming that the country is not ready yet.

    However, despite the unstable situation in the Middle East and a number of countries neighboring with Turkey, Ankara managed to maintain political stability, which has led to the development of the country's economy. And yet - no obvious progress in the country's relations with the EU that are worth talking about.

    Despite the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that accession to the EU is not interesting for Ankara, Turkey, becoming a coordinator country, will develop economic relations with the European Union.

    Turkey's chairmanship of the G20 will also cover the energy sector.

    Although currently Turkey can't get rid of energy dependence on other countries, it intends to continue its lsquo;energy bridge' policy between the states rich with hydrocarbons and those which need these resources.

    One of the main reasons is that Turkey has become a participant of a number of energy projects which can ensure EU's energy security.

    It is not ruled out that during Turkey's chairmanship in G20, the country's agenda will include the alternative energy projects such as lsquo;Turkish Stream', the implementation of which is currently under question.

    Considering Turkey's policy in recent times, it is expected to make every effort to become one of the influential countries of G20, which will increase its role on the international arena.

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  • OSCE Minsk Group - three countries not enough?
    26.01.2015 21:31
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

    By Meftun Salmanov - Trend:

    The issue of increasing the number of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing countries is on the agenda again. Besides the US, Russia and France, it is also planned to include Germany and Turkey.

    Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Political Affairs and Security in the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Azay Guliyev said that he will make this proposal at the next session. Presently, there is a more important reason for the issue to gain relevance.

    The position shown by German Chancellor Angela Merkel was unexpected during Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's working visit to Germany, though this can be viewed as a logical continuation of the events in Germany.

    For the first time Merkel voiced a factor of Russia's support to Armenia in the violation of the ceasefire on the contact line between Armenian and Azerbaijani troops.

    One of the main reasons forcing the Chancellor to recognize this truth is the policy of Russia towards Ukraine.

    The co-chair countries support Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, but the efficiency rate of their activity on the conflict settlement is zero.

    There are inherent reasons for an unfair approach of the trilateral format:

    - Moscow is the closest strategic ally of Armenia and has a military base in that country.

    - In the US there's Armenian diaspora, as well as strong positions of pro-Armenian congressmen.

    - And France, which uses penalty for non-recognition of the fictitious Armenian genocide, is one of the closest patrons Armenians.

    These facts and the need to maintain balance stipulates that the Minsk Group needs "donor's blood."

    The lack of a Muslim country in this "trio" needs to be addressed with help of Turkey.

    Ankara has authority in the region, but most importantly, its position is fair. It is also necessary not to forget that the normalization of the Armenian-Turkish relations depends on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    If Yerevan really wants to normalize relations with Ankara, it must agree to Turkey's mediation.

    As for Berlin, the EU in the Minsk group is represented by France, but at the same time, the interests of Germany, which is the most powerful state of the structure, are being forgotten.

    Germany can demonstrate a much more fair position in relation to the OSCE Minsk group co-chair countries, because unlike the other states, the Armenian diaspora is much weaker in terms of influence on this country. Mediation of Germany, which is a Christian state, should suit Armenia as well.

    The events happening in Ukraine makes Europe, led by Germany, change its policy on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Nagorno-Karabakh conflict can be spread in Europe as a precedent, and its first signs can already be seen in the east of Ukraine.

    So far, the only conflict taking place in Europe between the independent Muslim and Christian state is the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Its settlement can initiate the era of stability not only in the region but also throughout Europe.

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  • Falling oil prices delay realization of cost-based projects in Azerbaijan
    26.01.2015 20:56
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    Lower oil prices and the processes taking place in the world delay the realization of the cost-based transport projects in Azerbaijan, the Transport Minister of Azerbaijan Ziya Mammadov told reporters Jan. 26.

    The minister said that among such projects there is a project for the development of high-speed railway traffic.

    He noted that the mentioned project is "unripe" and demands to be developed, but there is a desire to realize it.

    "There is a desire, but a large amount of funds is needed for its realization," the minister said. "But, as you know, the fall in world oil prices and the processes going on in the world, of course, delay a little the implementation of such projects."

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  • European integration discussed by Georgia, Lithuania
    26.01.2015 20:31
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan. 26

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    The European and Euro-Atlantic integration of Georgia was discussed at a meeting of the Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili with his Lithuanian counterpart Algirdas Butkevicius.

    The Georgian PM's press service told Trend that the parties discussed a wide range of issues of political and economic relations between the two countries, as well as cooperation in the fields of defense, security, education, agriculture and culture and perspectives for its deepening.

    Garibashvili thanked the Lithuanian PM for visiting Georgia and the special support provided in the process of European and Euro-Atlantic integration.

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  • Up to 160,000 people suffer stroke in Iran annually
    26.01.2015 20:27
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    Around 150,000-160,000 people suffer a stroke in Iran every year. Around 20,000 of them die from a stroke, the chairman of Iran's Neurology Association Hussein Pakdaman was quoted Jan. 26 by the Iranian news agency Д°RNA as saying.

    He said that around 15 percent of patients suffering stroke die in Iran and 70 percent suffer permanent disabilities.

    He said that around 20 percent of those suffering stroke can not take care of themselves, and 30 percent can not move without assistance.

    "The factors causing a stroke in Iran are high or low blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, smoking, drug use, as well as environmental and genetic factors," he said.

    According to the recent statistics, 93,000 people die from heart attacks in Iran every year and people die from myocardial infarction very often in the country.

    The number of young people suffering from cardiovascular diseases increased in the country, the Iranian media reported.

    Twenty years ago the average age of sufferers of cardiovascular diseases were those 50-60 years of age. At present, young people aged up to 30 are suffering from these diseases. In this case, 43 percent of men and 38 percent of women in Iran are overweight, which increases the risk.

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  • Lithuanian companies ready to do business in Georgia
    26.01.2015 20:26
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan. 26

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Lithuanian companies are ready for doing business in Georgia, Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas ButkeviДЌius said at a joint press-conference with his Georgian counterpart Irakli Garibashvili.

    He said that the two countries are expected to sign an agreement on economic cooperation on January 27 and this document contributes to the further development of bilateral relations.

    "We will sign an economic agreement Jan. 27," he said. "I am confident that this document will make a great contribution to the development of our bilateral relations. An intergovernmental commission will be a very important mechanism to address the issues of economic cooperation. I brought a very big delegation of Lithuanian businessmen. Our companies are ready to do business in Georgia with Georgian colleagues."

    He said that at a meeting with Garibashvili, he reiterated the support for Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations and its territorial integrity.

    "We are united by common values with Georgia, bilateral and global issues and relations between our people," ButkeviДЌius said.

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  • Georgia, Lithuania mull cooperation
    26.01.2015 20:24
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan. 26

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    Georgia's President Giorgi Margvelashvili met Jan. 26 with the Prime Minister of Lithuania Algirdas Butkevicius.

    The administration of the Georgian state head told Trend that the parties discussed bilateral relations and prospects for deepening cooperation between the two countries.

    Regional security and the situation in separatist regions was one of the main topics at the meeting.

    The parties also paid attention to the developments in Ukraine.

    The meeting, in particular, focused on the so-called agreement of alliance between Russia and Abkhazia, and the conclusion of a similar agreement with Tskhinvali.

    The parties also discussed cooperation between Georgia and the EU and NATO, and the efforts being made by Georgia on the path of integration to these organizations.

    The sides paid great attention to economic cooperation between the two countries and in this context they noted the importance of the visit of Lithuanian businessmen to Georgia, who arrived together with the Lithuanian PM.

    According to them, the visit of the representatives of business circles of Lithuania will deepen the business ties between the two countries.

    The parties also discussed the issues of energy security and cooperation in the field of transport and other areas.

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  • NATO Deputy Secretary General to visit Georgia
    26.01.2015 20:24
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    Tbilisi, Georgia, Jan. 26

    By Nana Kirtzkhalia - Trend:

    NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow will visit Georgia on January 29-30.

    The main purpose of the visit is to monitor the implementation of the NATO-Georgia package," Speaker of the Georgian Foreign Ministry David Kereselidze said at a press-briefing Jan. 26.

    He said that Vershbow will hold the meetings with the Georgian president, prime minister, speaker of parliament and members of the government.

    During the visit, Vershbow will inspect the construction site of a joint training center, envisaged by the NATO-Georgia package. Vershbow will also deliver a public lecture at the event organized by the Atlantic Council of Georgia.

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  • Azerbaijan, Gabon to expand customs cooperation
    26.01.2015 20:22
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

    By Azad Hasanli - Trend:

    Gabon is interested in cooperation with Azerbaijan in various spheres of the economy, including customs, Gabon's Minister Delegate for Economy, Investment Promotion and Planning Marie Julie Biloghe said at a meeting with Chairman of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan Aydin Aliyev in Baku Jan. 26.

    She said cooperation between the two countries in this area began with Gabonese Customs Administration Director Michel Ondinga Nguengue's visit to Azerbaijan in 2013.

    Biloghe informed Aliyev about recent achievements in economic and tourist potential of Gabon.

    Aliyev spoke of his appreciation of Nguengue's visit to Azerbaijan in 2013, during which many issues were discussed.

    While informing members of the Gabonese delegation about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Aliyev said that 20 percent of Azerbaijani lands are under Armenian occupation for more than twenty years.

    During the meeting, he also spoke about the activity of the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan, which has the status of the ministry.

    He said that the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan has its extra-budgetary fund. In particular, its funds are used to improve the welfare of the representatives of the State Committee.

    Aliyev also informed the guests about the system used in Azerbaijan for checkpoints. He said that this system will be presented in Brussels in February.

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  • Oil prices fall on market relief over Saudi policy
    26.01.2015 20:20
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    Oil prices turned positive on Monday, erasing early losses after the Secretary-General of the OPEC producer group said he expected the market to bottom out around current levels.

    March Brent crude LCOc1 was trading at $49.13 per barrel by 1317 GMT, up 34 cents, bouncing from an early low of $47.57.

    "Now the prices are around $45-$55 and I think maybe they reached the bottom and will see some rebound very soon," Abdullah al-Badri, Secretary-General of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said in an interview.

    West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for March delivery CLc1 was at $45.94 a barrel, up 35 cents. Front-month WTI had touched an intraday low of $44.35, just above the $44.20 hit on Jan. 13, which was its lowest level since April 2009.

    After a smooth transition in Saudi Arabia following the death early on Friday of King Abdullah, both Brent and U.S. crude price fell early on Monday.

    The new King, Salman, was quick to retain veteran Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi on Friday, in a message aimed at calming a jittery market.

    Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporter, led OPEC in a decision to keep oil production steady at 30 million barrels per day last November. This has fuelled a global supply glut that has more than halved prices since June.
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  • Baku expands fleet of buses and taxis as part of first European Games
    26.01.2015 20:19
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    The Azerbaijani Transport Ministry continues working actively in preparation for the first European Games to be held in Baku in 2015, Azerbaijani Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov told reporters Jan. 26.

    He said that the transport routes of movement of athletes, visitors and tourists have been determined.

    "The fleet of buses and taxis are being expanded in Baku," he said.

    In particular, around 300 new "London" taxis have been already delivered. Around 200 more are expected to be delivered in late February-early March 2015.

    "In general, we are well prepared for the upcoming first European Games," he said.

    Baku 2015 is the first European Games, an exciting and innovative multi-sport event for the continent that will take place June 12-28, 2015.

    More than 6,000 athletes from across Europe will be representing their nations over 17 days of competition.

    Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012. The Baku European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) will organize and run the Games in cooperation with the EOC.

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  • Azerbaijan, Austria discuss economic cooperation prospects
    26.01.2015 20:18
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

    By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

    Azerbaijan and Austria discussed the cooperation prospects in economic, trade and energy fields.

    The cooperation development between the two countries in these areas was discussed during Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov's working visit to Austria, where he met with members of the Austria-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, representatives of the parliament and the business circles of the country, the Azerbaijani foreign ministry said Jan. 26.

    The sides stressed the importance of establishing direct relations between the business circles of the two countries, organizing the mutual visits and business forums.

    The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Austria in 2014 amounted to $434.3 million.

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  • Sugar mill workers protest in Iran
    26.01.2015 20:17
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    The sugar mill staff held a protest in the town of Kohistan, South Khorasan province, Iran. Around 280 workers were demanding eight months back pay, ILNA agency reported.

    The mill has been closed since October 2014 because of the lack of raw materials resulting from drought and non-provision of liquidity, the statement says.

    The mill staff had not received eight months pay for the current year (the year in Iran begins on March 21) until the mill closure. At present, the staff demands the back pay.

    A sugar mill in Kohistan has operated for 53 years.

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  • Earthquake jolts western Iran
    26.01.2015 20:14
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

    By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:

    The earthquake measuring 4.1 occurred in Naqada city, West Azerbaijan province, Iran, the Tasnimnews website said Jan. 26.

    The earthquake was registered at 15:42 (UTC/GMT 4 hours) on Jan. 26.

    No casualties or damage were reported.

    The earthquake measuring 5.0 occurred in the city of Bandar Abbas, Iran's Hormozgan Province last night.

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  • Kazakhstan concerns over escalation of conflict in Ukraine
    26.01.2015 20:14
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    Astana, Kazakhstan, Jan. 26

    By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:

    Astana expresses its great concern over the escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, especially, the shooting that caused the deaths of civilians, the Kazakh foreign ministry said Jan. 26.

    "We firmly believe that there is no alternative to the peace negotiations to resolve the crisis in south-eastern Ukraine," the statement says. "We urge all sides to resolve the conflict by peaceful means, based on the fulfillment of the obligations by all sides, as well as by the Minsk agreements."

    Kazakhstan is ready to provide a platform for holding the negotiations to resolve the Ukrainian crisis in any format convenient for the sides and at any reasonable time, the statement said.

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  • The ''What? Where? When?'' student games were held with the support of Bakcell
    26.01.2015 20:10
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    Bakcell '" the First Mobile Operator and Leading Mobile Internet provider of Azerbaijan has supported the ''What? Where? When?'' student games, organized by Ministry of Youth and Sport and Khazar Intellectual Youth Club and , within the frames of the ''ЖЏlfЙ™CIN'' project.

    The main purpose of the ''ЖЏlfЙ™CIN'' project is to support the development of the intellectual gaming movement in our country, promote efficient leisure time activities of the youth, reveal their intellectual potential and help them gain even more achievements in education.

    Participation in the ''ЖЏlfЙ™CIN'' project is open for all the interested persons. Various tournaments on such games as ''What? Where? When?'', ''Brain Ring'', ''Khamsa'' and ''Your own game'' will be organized within the frames of this project.

    The team BSU from Baku State University became the winner of student games, held in the city of Baku on January 25th. ASEU team from Azerbaijan State University of Economics and team ''BuenDIA'' from State Academy of Management under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan have finished second and third respectively. The winners were awarded the cup and medals, along with various presents from Bakcell.

    The elimination rounds of ''What? Where? When?'' student games were held in the city of Baku, along with some other regions of the country. 66 teams from 16 regions have obtained a chance to demonstrate their intellectual abilities in the final. The final took place with participation of around 500 students from countryв's strongest teams.

    60 questions for the question marathon were edited by Oktay Maharramov. Questions aimed at revealing the erudition and knowledge level of the students have demonstrated deep knowledge of young persons about Azerbaijan and the whole world in general. The intellectual games became a real challenge for the students, since theyв've coincided with the end of the winter (midterm) exams.

    The winner teams have received various presents from Bakcell. All the members of the 1st place holder BSU team have acquired an opportunity to participate in the ''Smart Start'' internship

    program of Bakcell. Thus, upon applying for participation in the ''Smart Start'' internship, the winners will automatically be invited to the interview.

    The ''Smart Start'' program provides the students with an opportunity to spend a 2-month internship period and scholarship at Bakcell.

    ***

    About Bakcell

    Bakcell, The First Mobile Operator and the Leading Mobile Internet Provider of Azerbaijan, offers a variety of products for modern mobile communications customers. Bakcell provides class leading 3G mobile internet experience in the country under the SГјr@ brand name.

    As one of the largest national non-oil investors, Bakcell today continues making large investments in the economy of Azerbaijan through its investments in state-of-the-art telecommunication technology and its people who service our customers.

    Bakcellв's network covers more than 99% of the population and 93% of the land area of the country (excluding occupied territories). Bakcell is a leader in innovation and it focuses on bringing the best of the mobile internet to Azerbaijanis through new partnerships and its SГјr@ services. For more information about Bakcell products and services, please visit www.bakcell.com or call 555.For press releases please seewww.bakcell.com/az/news (or www.bakcell.com/en/news for press releases in English).

    If you are not a Bakcell subscriber, but wish to find out about Bakcell and its services, please call 055 000 05 55
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  • Samsung Electronics to be main chip supplier for next iPhone
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    South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will be the main supplier of processors powering Apple Inc's next iPhone, Maeil Business Newspaper reported on Monday, citing unidentified sources in the semiconductor industry.

    Samsung will be responsible for around 75 percent of the chip production for the next iPhone, the South Korean newspaper said.

    The newspaper did not say how much the contract is worth and what other company will be supplying Apple. Samsung will make the chips from its factory in Austin, Texas, according to the report.

    A Samsung spokeswoman said the company does not comment on market speculation. Apple could not be immediately reached for comment.
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  • Ukraine introduces high alert regime '" PM
    26.01.2015 20:02
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

    Trend:

    The Ukrainian government has decided to introduce a high alert warning throughout the country, Tass reported Jan. 26, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said at a session of the Cabinet of Ministers.

    "We have also decided to introduce a state of emergency in Lugansk and Donetsk regions," he said.

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  • Todayв's New York-Baku flight not cancelled
    26.01.2015 19:45
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

    By Emil Ismayilov - Trend:

    No information about the cancellation of the New York-Baku flight was received. The plane was to leave the US at 20:30 Baku time, the Heydar Aliyev International Airport told Trend Jan. 26.

    The airport was commenting on cancellation of 3,500 flights in the US on Monday and Tuesday due to the country's strong blizzard approaching the eastern coast.

    The plane left Baku at 06:00 Baku time and was to arrive in New York at 09:30 local time (18:30 - Baku time). The aircraft must fly back at 11:30 local time on Monday (20:30 - Baku time). It will land in the capital at 08:00 local time on Tuesday, the airport said.

    "No cancellation has been reported," the airport said.

    The Baku-New York direct passenger flights are made by Azerbaijan Airlines CJSC. Azerbaijan Airlines has started to make the Baku-New York-Baku regular direct flights since September 24, 2014. The flights are made on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

    Edited by CN

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  • TANAP of particular significance for Europeв's energy security
    26.01.2015 19:38
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    TANAP project is of particular significance for providing Europe's energy security, the Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said at a meeting with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Anadolu agency reported Jan. 26.

    Szijjarto said Hungary is confident that the project will be one of the most important energy projects.

    The TANAP project envisages the transportation of gas of Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz field from the Georgian-Turkish border to the western borders of Turkey.

    TANAP's initial capacity is expected to reach 16 billion cubic meters of gas per year.

    Around six billion cubic meters will be delivered to Turkey and the rest of the volume to Europe.

    Turkey will obtain gas in 2018. The gas will be supplied to Europe in early 2020 after the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) is constructed.

    The project's cost is estimated at $10-$11 billion.

    Contracts for the supply of pipes for the construction of TANAP were signed in Turkey's Ankara on Oct.14 with six Turkish and one Chinese company.

    Turkey's Mannesmann-Noksel-Erciyas and Umran-Emek consortiums, and the company Toscelik Profil ve Sac Endustrisi, as well as the Chinese contractor Baosteel Europe won the tender for the supply of pipes for the TANAP project.

    All the companies that will participate in the construction and supply of the TANAP project in Turkey are exempt from the VAT.

    Edited by CN

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