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11.05.2013 00:57
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:

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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    Edited by CN

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    "The trilateral cooperation in the humanitarian sphere between the countries is also a subject of discussion. Common values '‹'‹and interests make cooperation in this field inevitable "-said the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan.

    At the end Mammadyarov proposed to hold the next trilateral meeting of foreign ministers of the three countries in Azerbaijan.
  • Turkey: 24 people injured in Mardin bomb attack
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    At least 24 people, including 10 policemen were injured in a bomb attack on riot police in southeastern Mardin province late Friday, security sources said, according to Anadolu Agency.

    Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) members were behind the attack who allegedly planted the bomb at an overpass and detonated it when a bus carrying the policemen passed through.

    The injured were taken to Kiziltepe and Mardin hospitals.

    Security forces have launched an operation to nab the perpetrators of the attack.

    The PKK has been designated a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and EU.

    More than 60 security personnel have been martyred, reportedly by the PKK, as tensions in the southeastern region of Turkey have flared up since a bombing linked to Daesh on July 20 in Suruc, which claimed the lives of 34 people.

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  • Indian army kills 6 militants in northeast state
    29.08.2015 04:04
    Indian army Friday killed six Naga militants in the northeast state of Nagaland, the military said, Xinhua reported.

    Meanwhile, two other Naga separatist activists were also injured in the army operation in Nokalak in Tuensang district of the state.

    The Indian army has been intensifying operations against Naga militants near the Myanmar border since an army convoy was ambushed, in which 18 soldiers were killed and 15 others injured.

    A surgical operation was carried out along the India-Myanmar border by the army in June after the ambush, in which an unspecified number of rebels were killed. Enditem

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  • UN chief sets special meeting on migration issue
    29.08.2015 02:44
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon set a special meeting on the issue of EU refugee crisis for September 30 ahead of the UN 70th anniversary summit to be held in UN Headquarters in New York, the United Nations said in a statement, Xinhua reported.

    The statement comes following over 70 people, reportedly undocumented migrants, were discovered dead in an abandoned truck near Austria's border with Hungary on Thursday.

    According to the statement published Friday, Ban is "horrified and heartbroken at the latest loss of lives of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean and Europe.

    "The UN chief highlighted the importance of abiding the international law which stipulates the right of refugees to protection and asylum.

    "I appeal to all governments involved to provide comprehensive responses, expand safe and legal channels of migration and act with humanity, compassion and in accordance with their international obligations," - Ban said.

    The European Union is currently grappling with a major refugee crisis, with thousands of migrants attempting to reach EU member states through various routes.

    Estimates from the EU external border protection agency Frontex show that over 340,000 migrants were detected at the bloc's external borders between January and July 2015, which is three times higher than during the same period in 2014.

    In 2015, some 2,370 migrants have died while attempting to reach Europe by sea, according to the International Organization for Migration.

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  • Iran ready to reciprocally waive visa requirements - Zarif
    29.08.2015 00:44
    Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said foreign nationals whose respective countries facilitate Iranians' entry to their land without visas do not require visas to visit Iran, Irna reported.

    'To promote relations, we are ready to reciprocate the countries' plans to allow Iranians visit their lands without obtaining visas,' he told reporters on Friday.

    As to attracting foreign tourists, he said Foreign Ministry is duty-bound to facilitate arrival of investors and tourists.

    All provinces and cities in Iran boast of industrial, cultural and social attractions, Zarif added, Iran's diplomatic apparatus is facilitator of the enthusiasts' entry to Iranian sites in various points.

    Zarif arrived in Isfahan late Wednesday on behalf of President Hassan Rouhani and the cabinet to inaugurate a number of development projects in Isfahan province.

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  • Armenia suspends construction of military academy in Azerbaijanв's occupied Aghdere district
    28.08.2015 23:31
    Baku. Agha Jafarli '" APA. The construction of a military academy in the Vang village of Azerbaijanв's Aghdere district occupied by Armenian armed forces has been suspended, said ''the village administration, according to

    According to the administration, the reasons for the suspension and resumption of construction are unknown.

    The construction is financed by Armenian businessman Levon Hayrapetyan, who is also considered one of the trustees of the separatist regime in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28


    As a result of trilateral meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan held in Antalya the declaration was signed, said the press service of Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry.

    At the third meeting of Ministers satisfaction with the development of relations and cooperation between countries, and the hope for the development of specific projects in the framework of cooperation were expressed.

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  • Turkey strengthening '˜gasв' positions
    28.08.2015 22:01
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    Turkey, in view of the recent processes and developments, is becoming increasingly important force on the world's energy map.

    Although the country has no large oil and gas fields, the geographical location and the right policies, have given Turkey an opportunity to become a major energy hub and an important figure for both suppliers and consumers of hydrocarbons.

    The project for the lsquo;Southern Gas Corridor', initiated by Azerbaijan, has become such a major opportunity for Ankara. The lsquo;Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline' (TANAP), which is the central and longest part of the lsquo;Southern Gas Corridor', is designed to deliver Azerbaijan's gas to Europe, thereby helping Europe to diversify supplies and Turkey to strengthen its energy security.

    No wonder that in such a situation, Turkey's weight on international arena has become much heavier.

    Furthermore, Turkey continues to strengthen its energy positions. In particular, one of the ways is to strengthen the presence at all stages of the lsquo;Southern Gas Corridor'.

    As of now, Turkey's TPAO owns a 19-percent stake in the project for development of the lsquo;Shah Deniz' field and the lsquo;South Caucasus Pipeline', while another Turkish company Botas owns a 30-percent stake in TANAP.

    Earlier, Ankara said it would consider acquiring a stake in the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). Given that this information came amid reports about the intent of Norway's Statoil to sell its stake, such a development looks quite real.

    And now it has become known that the SOCAR Turkey Enerji (Turkish subsidiary of Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR) wants to acquire a seven-percent stake in TANAP.

    It can buy the projected seven-percent stake from SOCAR, which currently owns a 58-percent stake in the pipeline.

    It should be noted that SOCAR Turkey Enerji is the subject of the Turkish economy, and therefore the acquisition of a share in TANAP by the company can be regarded only as an increase of Turkish presence in the pipeline. Moreover, recently, some 13 percent shares of the company were purchased from SOCAR by the US investment bank Goldman Sachs for $1.3 billion. The fact of the infusion of the US capital to the project, of course, increases the interest in the TANAP as an economically promising and reliable project.

    The intention to buy a stake in TANAP also proves that SOCAR Turkey Enerji has sufficiently strengthened on the global energy market. By purchasing a part of shares in the project, the company undertakes commitments on its financing as well, and 7 percent is a rather big figure in a project worth $10 billion.

    It also has its positive side for the project. The increase in the number of shareholders will lead to reduction of risks due to the division of responsibilities between the large number of companies. Moreover, such situation will lead to the relief of SOCAR's financial burden, which at the same time will retain control over the pipeline (51 percent).

    The acquisition of a stake in TANAP by the Turkish company will further strengthen the importance of the country and enhance its credibility as a state necessary to be reckoned with in energy issues.

    Edited by CN


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  • Azerbaijan to continue regulating drug prices - Tariff Council Secretariat head
    28.08.2015 19:11
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Elmir Murad - Trend:

    From a social point of view, the drug prices are important, Ilkin Majidov, the head of the Secretariat of the Azerbaijani Tariff Council, said in an interview with Trend.

    "According to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's order, the prices on state registered drugs are controlled by the government in accordance with the changes made in the law "On drugs" in December 2014," he said.

    The Ministry of Economy and Industry, the Ministry of Health and the Tariff Council were charged with the regulation and control over drug prices upon the president's decree in March 2015.

    He said that the Azerbaijani Cabinet Ministers has approved the relevant regulations and the Tariff Council - the instruction to regulate drug prices over the past period.

    "The best method was to ensure the effectiveness and full transparency of the process to avoid a subjective approach while setting the drug prices," he said. "Afterwards, its implementation began. Some 25 active substances were chosen of this category of drugs at the first stage to regulate the prices on vital and best-selling drugs."

    The prices on 256 drugs in 25 active substances were set at a meeting of the Tariff Council July 30, 2015.

    Another meeting of the Tariff Council was held on August 25. The prices on 801 more drugs were set. In general, the prices on 1,057 drugs in 25 active substances were approved.

    The drug prices were published in the media, on the websites of the ministry of economy and industry, the ministry of health and the Tariff Council.

    He said when comparing the prices approved by the Tariff Council and the prices of medicines that are currently being sold, it can be seen that 46 percent medicines became cheaper by over two times, and 24 percent by over three times.

    "In general, the prices for 94 percent of the currently sold medicines have been cut," said Majidov. "As it was previously announced, the approved the prices for 1,057 medicines on 25 active substances (except for combined drugs) will come into force on September 15, 2015."

    He also said that after the prices for other medicines get approved, a chart of the medicine's costs and the date of new prices' entering into force will be published by the media, and on the websites of the Economy and Industry Ministry (, the Tariff Council (, and the Analytical Examination Center of the Health Ministry (

    "As of now, over 4,500 names of medicines have passed the state registration in Azerbaijan," said Majidov. "As I have already said, we are approving the prices of medicines in stages. It was noted earlier that during the price regulation process, 25 essential and saleable active substances were selected, and the price regulation process began with the medicines containing those substances."

    He added that the prices for antibiotics, drugs for ischemic disease, heart failure, allergy and inflammation were approved in the first stage.

    "Some 55 active substances were selected for the next stage, and we will adjust the prices for the drugs that contain them," Majidov further said.

    He reminded that the first stage of this process has been completed on 25 active substances.

    "The prices for 15 percent of medicines, which passed the state registration, have been approved," he noted.

    The admission of documents (declarations) on the next 55 active substances was announced, he said. "The deadline for receipt of the declarations is September 10," Majidov said. "This process, which is of great social importance, will be continued until the settlement of prices for all drugs. The regulation of prices for most drugs will be completed by late 2015."

    The public will be informed about the progress of this process, the names of drugs, the prices for which have been approved, the prices themselves and the dates when they will come into force through the media, he said.

    "Regarding the strengthening of control over the market of drugs, I would like to note that prices of drugs will be indicated using one of the methods specified by the ministry of economy and industry, in accordance with the rules approved by the cabinet of ministers," Majidov said.

    "The control over labeling of prices on drugs and their correspondence to the prices approved by the Tariff (price) Council of the Republic of Azerbaijan will be jointly implemented by the Antimonopoly Policy and Consumer Rights Protection State Service of the Ministry of Economic Development of the Azerbaijan Republic and Analytical Expertise Center for Medicines under the Azerbaijani ministry of health," he said.

    The introduction of the new control system will create conditions for the adoption of joint operational measures to better protect the rights of consumers on the market of drugs and won't allow mislead them on price issue, according to Majidov.

    "I would like to note once again that the prices for 1,057 drugs which will enter into force on September 15, have already been approved," he said. "In total, an operational system of price controls, public oversight mechanism have been set up. So, citizens will be able to check the prices in advance. This will allow them to demand the sale of drugs for the approved prices in drugstores."

    Edited by CN

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  • Azerbaijan makes cultural treasures more available
    28.08.2015 18:33
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijan made its cultural treasures more available for low-income segments of the population.

    The ancient Land of Fire '" Azerbaijan '" is a country that can astonish anyone, both local and foreign, with its cultural beauties. Moreover, when visiting the numerous cultural sites in the country, locals prefer to go to places with budget entrance fees. Over 140 museums are functioning in the country.

    The country approved new rules for visiting cultural sites for low-income segments of society, veterans, physically challenged people, and children with disabilities under the age of 18, the Cabinet of Ministers reported on August 28.

    The preferential visits to state and municipally-owned cultural properties, as well as privately owned museums and attractions under the protection of cultural institutions, includes free admission for non-commercial purposes.

    Moreover, there is no need for consent in preferential visits from the Culture and Tourism Ministry and the Office of the State Historical-Architectural Reserve ''Icherisheher''.

    For preferential visits to such cultural sites, the said persons should apply to the overseeing cultural institution under the state and municipality itself or the head of the institution if the sites are privately owned.
  • Lavrov to visit Baku
    28.08.2015 18:12
    Russian Foreign Ministry has disseminated an information.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will arrive in Azerbaijan on September 1 with a working visit, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    "He will hold talks with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elmar Mammadyarov, during which the issues of mutual interest of bilateral and multilateral agenda, as well as the situation in the region will be discussed," the Ministry reports.
  • Iran may use transport corridor through Azerbaijan
    28.08.2015 18:03
    /By AzerNews/

    By Vusala Abbasova

    The current tense situation in Turkey, which is accompanied by an increase in terror attacks and shootings, has significantly complicated transit in and out of the country.

    The instability at Turkeyв's southeastern border has created barriers for the neighboring countries that use Turkish territory for transportation.

    The situation has forced neighboring Iran to search for new routes to Europe, especially after recent tragic events, when a number of Iranian buses were stopped by terrorists on route way to Turkey.

    In one incident, the driver was killed by unknown men. There is also evidence that in July, mines were placed along railroads connecting Iran to Turkey inside the Turkish territory.

    The Iranian Road Maintenance and Transportation organization has been tasked to search alternative routes to Europe.

    Among the possible options of alternative routes to Europe, the organization announced the possibility of transit through Azerbaijan, IRNA quoted the head of the Transit Transport Coordination Council (TTCC) of the Islamic Republic, Abbas Akhoundi, on August 26.

    Meanwhile, Mohammad Javad Atrchian, an official with the Iranian Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization, said that the closure of two checkpoints along the Turkish border with Iran would create no problems for trucks and buses.

    Turkey has not set a time limit for the closure of the Razi and Sero border checkpoints, as the Bazargan border crossing is still open round the clock, he noted.

    Turkey as a very important neighbor for Iran as is Iran for Turkey. Turkey ranks fourth by the volume of products imported to Iran.

    Iran imported $3.822 billion worth of goods from Turkey last year (Iranian calendar year begins March 21). During this period, Iran's non-oil exports to Turkey reached $ 2.15 billion. At the same time, Iran exports about 100,000 barrels of crude oil and 27 million cubic meters of gas to Turkey daily.

    Moreover, Turkey imported 2.4 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity from Iran last year. In 2014, the trade turnover between Iran and Turkey reached $14 billion. In 2014, the trade turnover between Iran and Turkey reached $14 billion, increasing dramatically from the 2000 trade figure of only $1 billion. Officials of the two countries said that it would reach $30-35 billion in the coming years.
  • BHOS rector meets with Japanese petroleum specialists
    28.08.2015 18:03
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28


    The meeting between BHOS rector Elmar Gasimov, lecturers' staff and Professor Masanori Kurihara from department of resources and environmental engineering of Waseda University (Japan) and representatives of INPEX Company (Japan) was held at BHOS.

    BHOS rector Elmar Gasimov warmly greeted guests saying that he was pleased to welcome them at BHOS. Guests were informed about BHOS and its achievements. While touching upon bilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Japan in petroleum sector, BHOS rector stressed possibility of establishing cooperation between BHOS and Waseda University in future. E. Gasimov invited Professor Masanori Kurihara to conduct master class for BHOS students in March 2016 with the support of INPEX Company in frames of his visit to Azerbaijan.

    In his turn, Professor Masanori Kurihara and representative of INPEX Company expressed their contentment that they were able to visit one of the leading higher schools of Azerbaijan, Baku Higher Oil School, during their short visit. Mr. Kurihara on behalf of the university he represents emphasized the interest in cooperation with BHOS. His suggestion encompassed realization students' and lecturers' mobility between BHOS and Waseda University in the field of engineering, joint preparation of academic programs as well as involvement in joint research work.

    In conclusion proposals and initiatives of BHOS lecturers were brought forward and cooperation opportunities were discussed. At the same time agreement was reached on organization of professional training for BHOS students by professor of Waseda University in March 2016.

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  • UEFA Europa League: Azerbaijani soccer teamsв' rivals announced
    28.08.2015 17:54
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    Monaco hosted the UEFA Europa League's group stage draw August 28.

    Some 48 soccer teams took part in the draw, according to the result of which, the Azerbaijani Qabala will face Germany's Borussia Dortmund, Greece's PAOK FC, and Russia's FC Krasnodar in the Group C.

    Another Azerbaijani soccer team Qarabag will face England's Tottenham Hotspur FC, the Belgian Anderlecht, and the French Monaco in the Group J.

    The group stage matches will be played on Sept. 17, Oct. 1, Oct. 22, Nov. 5, Nov. 26 and Dec. 10.

    Azerbaijani teams Qabala and Qarabag reached the group stage, defeating Greece's Panathinaikos and the Swiss Young Boys respectively in the qualifying rounds.

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  • One dead, another poisoned in petrochemical gas leak in Iran
    28.08.2015 17:52
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    A crew member of the Arvand Petrochemical Complex died and another was poisoned after gas leaked in a section of the facilities, Public Relations Director of the complex Ebrahim Chegini said.

    He added the reason for the leakage is under investigation and will be announced as soon as found out, IRNA news agency reported August 28.

    The Arvand Petrochemical Company is situated in Mahshahr Special Economic Zone and is one of Iran's biggest producers of PVC.

    Petrochemical job hazards have taken more lives in recent months in Iran.

    Less than two months ago parts of Maroon Petrochemical Company caught fire, which was stopped when one of the crew was quick enough to shut a main gas supply pipe.

    The man himself died a few days later of the burns he had suffered during the incident.

    A few months earlier, hydrogen sulfide and sulfur leakage at Shazand refinery in Arak _ central Iranian city _ led to the death of four workers.

    A report said last Iranian year (which ended March 20), Iran's work-related deaths hit 121, while another 18,916 people took injuries during the same period.

    Of the injured, 17,551 are now fully healed while 458 have been amputated. 786 of them received cash compensation.

    Edited by CN

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  • Armenia on verge of drought
    28.08.2015 17:52
    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    Armenia faces the threat of exhausting water resources as a result of ignorance to the protection of water reserves and mismanagement of the environment. The government not only closes its eyes to the deliberate destruction of the environment, but also acts as an implementer of ecological terror. This dangerous trend challenges neighboring countries, which have often voiced their concerns over Armeniaв's environmental crimes.

    Armeniaв's 0.9 percent surface is waterways. Ecologists are alarmed over the increasing interference of human elements into nature, which are sure to destroy ecosystems in this small South Caucasus nation and within its neighbors.

    "Lake Sevan, for example, with unique quality of water, is in need of more careful treatment '" its coast is scattered with garbage and the pipes of nearby houses that destroys the micro flora and the most ridiculous things is that nobody cares about it," said Inga Zarafyan, leader of Ecolur NGO.

    Armenia faces the threat of losing its water resources and the state has not thought over a scenario that could help save its ecology in danger.

    Environmental terror, a deliberate attempt to damage the flora and fauna of other countries by destroying its natural resources, is a concept that is more seen in the country nowadays.

    In some countries like Armenia, governments seem unable to handle the situation and lose control, watching helplessly as the local population leaves their homes in an effort to escape from damaged ecology.

    "It turns out that people in Armenia have no idea how to properly treat water," she said.

    The Caucasus region already suffers the serious consequences of climate change and the deposition of ice and snow on biodiversity, Norwegian Society for the Conservation of Nature reports. What is expected is a reduction in river flow, precipitation in continental regions and of a higher frequency of drought at Lake Sevan.

    Zarafyan also said that the lack of water caused by drying of rivers and lakes leads to so-called ecomigration, a situation that arises when the terrain is unsuitable for human settlement, prompting people to migrate.

    Armenia pollutes not only its own water reserves, but also the transboundary Kura River. The volume of biogenic substances in the river and its tributaries exceeds the established norm by several times as a result of the discharge of untreated water and industrial waste into the river from Armenian territory.

    The planet is our common home and one should realize the scale of the problem posed by Armenia. The Armenian government should understand that water resources are not endless and the ill treatment can destroy the natural order.
  • Rovnag Abdullayev to visit Russia
    28.08.2015 17:36
    SOCAR president will participate in the forum.

    The most popular national forum for the development of offshore - RAO / CIS Offshore will kicks off in St.Petersburg on Sept.15. The event is considered to be a key event in the development of the Arctic and continental shelf. Forum will be held with the support of the Russian Government.

    Oxu.Az reports citing information resource "Moscow-Baku" that there are 2 plenary sessions and 10 round tables in the program. Guests of the conference will hear more than 250 reports.

    As expected, the high-ranking guests Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, Energy Minister Alexander Novak, Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Sergey Donskoy, President of SOCAR Rovnag Abdullayev and others will attend the forum.

    Traditionally, the exhibition will present the achievements in the field of technological support of the development of Arctic territories, shipbuilding and marine development of complex structures, transportation of hydrocarbons, nuclear energy, industrial and environmental safety.

    More than 220 companies will present the expositions. The participation of representatives from Azerbaijan, Norway, Germany, Finland, Germany, France, China, Singapore and other countries is confirmed.
  • Kazakhstan Railways building in Astana under fire
    28.08.2015 17:21
    A fire broke out in the building of the Kazakhstan Railways (the Kazakhstan Temir Zholy) in Astana, RIA Novosti reported citing the city emergency situations department.

    The city emergency situations department said it was notified about the fire at 16:18 local time (UTC/GMT 6 hours).

    "According to preliminary information, upon the fire units' arrival, it was found out that the exterior paneling on the building's seventh floor is burning," said the city emergency situations department.

    Work on evacuation and containment of fire is currently underway.

    Edited by SI

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  • Inflation decreases in Iran
    28.08.2015 16:56
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    The Iranian economy has seen a decrease in the inflation rate compared with previous years, according to official figures.

    The Central Bank of Iran announced that the inflation rate in urban areas for a 12-month periodending August 22, which marks the end of the fifth month of the Iranian year Mordad, hit 15.4 percent.

    The inflation rate fell 0.2 percent compared with the previous monthв's corresponding period, when the figure stood at 15.6 percent.

    However, the Statistical Center of Iran has put the inflation rate for the 12-month period at 13.8 percent, 0.3 percent less than the previous month, the Iranian media reported.

    The country's point-to-point inflation in that month was 12.6 percent, the CBI said on August 26.

    Point-to-point inflation rate statistics identify rates between distinct points in time, such as the inflation rate at the end of a month compared to the rate of inflation at the end of the same month in the previous year.

    The Iranian government has been long struggling to revitalize an economy battered by international sanctions and mismanagement.

    One of the governmentв's economic priorities is to decrease the high-rate of inflation that rose to about 40 percent in previous years.

    Earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani highlighted his governmentв's achievements in bringing down inflation from those highs.

    He asserted that by the end of his administrationв's term in office, the inflation rate in the country will be down to a single-digit figure.

    Iran's inflation rate decreased from above 35 percent in 2013 to below 15 percent currently.

    Experts consider that Iran should aim for an annual inflation rate between 2 and 3 percent.

    Kamran Dadkhah, a professor of economics at U.S. Northeastern University said in early August that this is a practical and attainable goal, noting that the policy instrument for achieving this is the control of money supply.

    The CBI also said the consumer price index in Iranв's urban areas stood at 224.4 units in the fifth month of the current fiscal year, which is 0.1 percent less than its preceding month.

    Meanwhile, the Statistical Center of Iran put the figure at 215, which comes with a growth of 0.5 percent compared to the preceding month.

    The index for food and drinks shows a fall of 2.7 percent compared to the preceding month and a growth of 12 percent when compared to the same period last year, according to the CBI.

    The inflation rate in Iran in 2005 was about 10.4 percent, but in mid-2013, when Iranian president Hassan Rouhani came to power, the inflation rate and point-to-point inflation rate were 37.5 percent and 44 percent, respectively.

    Rouhani has promised to decrease the inflation rate to five percent in Iranian fiscal year 1395 (to end on March 20, 2017).
  • Azerbaijan to export products to Russia
    28.08.2015 16:55
    An agreement was reached.

    Meat and dairy products made in Azerbaijan will be exported to Russia, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Ministry of Economy and Industry.

    According to the Ministry, at the moment dairy and meat products of 7 Azerbaijani companies were included in the register of the Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Control of the Russian Federation.

    "It allows these companies to export products to Russia," the ministry said.

    The ministry also stressed that work on including of other products of the Azerbaijani enterprises in the register is underway.
  • Armenia one of most vulnerable countries to crisis
    28.08.2015 16:42
    /By AzerNews/

    By Laman Sadigova

    The fall in the Russian ruble has had a crucial impact on the national currency of Armenia as the country's economy is heavily dependent on its northern giant.

    The cost of dollar hit 71.28 rubles on the Moscow Stock Exchange on Monday, 2.18 rubles above Fridayв's level.

    The Armenian dram depreciated 2 percent against dollar on August 21; and this is just the beginning. The global crisis has affected Armeniaв's country-nurse, Russia, so seriously that the ruble is unlikely to rise to its former levels in the near future. And this means that Armenia '" a country whose aggressive policies has led to disaster and isolation from major regional projects '" has no hope.

    Armenian economists claim that the Armenian dram will not be able to avoid devaluation, Regnum reports. The collapse of the ruble is a severe blow both on the Armenian economy and to ordinary citizens.

    What has complicated the situation further that the Armenian government lacks any real plans or resources, whilst its unwise policy puts the country in a difficult and permanently unstable situation steeping it in domestic and regional problems.

    The entire population of Armenia assumes the consequences of the Russian crisis and the government is doing absolutely nothing to rectify the situation and to revive economic growth. This is not surprising since the economic competence of the Armenian regime is only a dream.

    Whatever happens in the Post-Soviet area, no matter how the situation changes, one thing remains unchangeable '" Armenia, as a country can only exist as a parasite, hiding behind a powerful country.

    Russiaв's economy is now shrinking because of the ruble's instability and the occurring crisis in the country. However, the ruble is not the only currency to face crisis. Almost all of the currencies of emerging markets are falling at this turn of world economic "development".

    Meanwhile, Armenia's dram, judging by 2008-2009 figures, is very vulnerable to the global processes. In 2009, it gained status as the second worst recession of currency in the world at 14 percent.

    Armenia faces the threat of getting stuck under the ruins of the Russian economy, and it has done nothing to actively avoid it.

    Moreover, Armenia continues to act as the political and economic appendage of Russia and justifies its actions against the West with "objective reasons," in an attempt to scrounge money to ease the current economic burden. The West, however, provides financial help to Armenia for a number of unclear reasons, a ''game'' that will hardly last any longer. What the country really needs is a political and economic reformation '" a new government that will do something to rescue the country from a deeper economic crisis than it is suffering from now.

    In the last few days, the Armenian dram has been devaluing smoothly and the process gradually has begun to arouse mass panic. The situation is only worsening in the background of many other problems occurring in the country, such as unemployment, an electricity tariff price hike, corruption, migration, social degradation, and conflict with Azerbaijan over its illegal claims to its neighbor's territories, among others.

    The Armenian government has left its own country all alone in front of a very possible revolution on grounds of a deep economic crisis, an unstable political situation, and frequently alternating domestic political forces. Obviously, the government has tried to garner the peopleв's attention with red herrings, such as changing the countryв's Constitution and by organizing a ''hunt'' for corruption, when everybody knows that corruption stems from the government itself.
  • Turkish PM to submit interim cabinet list to president
    28.08.2015 16:34
    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will submit a list of interim Cabinet ministers for presidential approval on Friday afternoon, he said.

    "Hopefully, I will present the new cabinet to our president this afternoon," Davutoglu told a televised party meeting on Friday. "In one sense, it will be the most concrete step of going to the early polls."

    The prime minister has been working since Tuesday to form a provisional government to run Turkey until a general election rerun on Nov. 1, announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the previous day, Anadolu Agency reports.

    The June election saw a stalemate with no party winning the majority necessary to form a single party government. Coalition talks between the Justice and Development (AK) Party and the other three parliamentary parties came to nothing.

    All but one party -- the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party -- have refused to join the interim government.

    Referring to the interim Cabinet he will head, Davutoglu added, "We will not work in the spirit of an interim government," but like a full-term, "four-year government".

    Current AK Party ministers will remain in place until the caretaker administration is formed.

    There are 25 ministry positions in the Turkish government. Three vital portfolios -- interior, transport and justice -- will be allotted to non-partisan figures while 11 posts were to go to the AK Party with opposition parties supposed to take the remaining 11.
  • Trilateral meeting of Azerbaijani, Turkish, Turkmen FMs kicks off
    28.08.2015 16:25
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Seba Aghayeva - Trend:

    A trilateral meeting of Azerbaijani, Turkish and Turkmen foreign ministers has started in Antalya, Turkey, the head of the Turkish Foreign Ministry Mevlut Cavusoglu tweeted Aug.28.

    The foreign ministers will discuss political and economical issues important for the region, as well as issues of implementation of decisions made at previous meetings.

    The previous meeting of the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan Elmar Mammadyarov, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Rashid Meredov was held in Kuwait in May 2015 as part of the 42nd session of the foreign ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

    The first meeting in this format was held in Baku in 2014. Baku Declaration was adopted following this meeting.

    The cooperation of the countries covers a wide range of issues, including energy, tourism, humanitarian sphere and politics.

    There are such formats of meetings as Azerbaijan-Turkey-Georgia, Azerbaijan-Turkey-Iran. The summits of foreign ministers and presidents of these countries were held.


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  • Armenian servicemen shoot each other
    28.08.2015 16:24
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    The Armenian e-media reported that two Azerbaijani servicemen were killed. This information is wrong, the Azerbaijani defense ministry told Trend Aug. 28.

    "Armenian servicemen and their leadership are so frightened that "saboteurs" seem to them everywhere," the ministry said.

    "According to our data, two Armenian soldiers were killed and several wounded in Armenian military shootout," the ministry said.

    The Azerbaijani armed forces have not suffered any losses over the past 24 hours.

    The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts.

    The two countries signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group, Russia, France and the US are currently holding peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented the UN Security Council's four resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

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  • Ziya Mammadov receives citizens
    28.08.2015 16:16
    The Minister gave instructions.

    In accordance with the instructions and recommendations of President Ilham Aliyev on August 28, Minister of Transport Ziya Mammadov held a regular reception of citizens in Gabala.

    According to Oxu.Az, Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov has received the residents of Gabala, Ismayilli and Aghsu regions and listened to their complaints and suggestions.

    In particular, complaints of citizens were related to the repair and reconstruction of roads, opening of new bus routes, the construction of bridges over mountain rivers, employment and other issues.

    Transport Minister gave instructions to heads of corresponding structures of the Ministry in connection with appeals and complaints.

    Personal appeals not relating to the powers of the Ministry , have been taken on record for submitting to relevant organizations.
  • Azerbaijani designer to present collection in China
    28.08.2015 16:10
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    New collection of Azerbaijanв's famous designer Gulnara Khalilova will be presented at the 4th Eurasian international clothes festival "Silk Road."

    The stylish event will be held in Urumqi, China between August 29 and September 2.

    The main organizers of the festival are the People's Government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China, Textile Industry Association of China and others.

    The annual Silk Road festival pays tribute to the enduring influence of this ancient way. The Clothes Festival presents thoroughly modern fashion shows and industry fairs.

    Last year Khalilova was awarded "Master Exhibition amp; Performance Award" at the third Eurasian Silk Road festival. She demonstrated her peculiar handmade knitted dresses and national and evening dresses.

    Khalilova's work of national collection can be found in Egypt, the library of Alexandria, the Cultural Center of Istanbul, and the cultural centers of various cities in the U.S.

    The designer took part in preparing the classic Azerbaijani operetta "Arshin mal alan" by famous composer Uzeyir Hajibeyov staged at the 100th anniversary of the State Theatre of Musical Comedy, where she created costumes.

    Her works are also very popular in collections of famous Turkish public figures, representatives of culture and art Ajda Pekkan, Emrah Erdogan, Beyazit Ozturk, Soner Sarikabadayi, and others.
  • Iran planning production of 700MW electricity from incineration plants
    28.08.2015 16:09
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 26

    By Khalid Kazimov -- Trend:

    According to the Sixth National Development Plan, Iran is aiming at the production of 700 megawatts of electricity in the form of waste-to-energy power generation, CEO of Iran's Renewable Energy Organization Mohammad Sadeqzadeh said.

    The 6th plan envisions the production of five thousand megawatts of electricity from renewable sources, he added, IRIB news agency reported August 26.

    He said that Minister of Energy Hamid Chitchian has recently announced the ministry is ready to buy electricity produced at incineration plants at 5,000 rials per MWh.

    Incineration plants are power plants that use energy released by burning waste to produce heat or electricity. This comes in line with new plans by the Ministry of Energy to offer lucrative prices for electricity.

    Incineration plants will be launched around cities with over 200 thousand people population both to help power production and prevent waste from polluting environment, he said.

    "The abundance of fossil fuels in Iran has made us think less about new and renewable energy forms, whereas the world is moving toward using new energy."

    While the average international share of renewable energies in the energy basket is over 10 percent, the number is less than 0.01 percent for Iran.

    The country used 1,271 billion cubic feet of gas, as well as 28 billion liters of gas oil and fuel oil for power generation last Iranian fiscal year, which ended on March 20, 2014.

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  • Valuable treasure found in Guba
    28.08.2015 15:55
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    A small treasure was discovered in Azerbaijanв's northern region of Guba.It was found in the wall of an abandoned house by children who were playing inside.

    The findings include a lot of silver coins, necklaces, paper money dated to 1875, a rosary, an old Koran, a silver sword and old pistol.

    The findings were handed over to Guba Police and an investigation is underway.

    Experts say that since ancient times, Azerbaijan has been located at the crossroads of trade, land, and sea routes, as well as at crossroads of the most diverse cultures and traditions. Azerbaijan is a place where great Khanates and the Empires were established at various times.

    According to experts, Azerbaijan has about a few hundred big treasures dispersed throughout the country. They are located in basements, walls, under the foundation, and in open fields in both ancient and more recent cities.

    In 2013, a huge treasure trove dated to the 6th-7th centuries was found in Tovuz regionв's Galaboynu area.

    For the past 15 days, the area was the under police control and excavations were being conducted.

    According to residents, the treasury belonged to a governor of the Garagoyunlu clan, Kara Yusif, who was killed and buried in this area.

    Earlier in 2012, archeologists found a treasury of some 37 gold coins of 986 fineness dated between 1781 and 1800 in the Agsu region.
  • Azerbaijani missile and artillery troops conduct live fire drills
    28.08.2015 15:54
    The military units and formations of Missile and Artillery Troops of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces, in accordance with the combat readiness program approved by Defense Minister Colonel General Zakir Hasanov, conducted practical live fire drills, the Defense Ministry said on Aug.28.

    Troops held divisional tactical trainings with the involvement of Pion (Peony) 203-mm self-propelled artillery units, as well as carried out fire control and missile strikes.

    Drones were also involved in the drills.

    During the drills rapid detection and destruction of targets was provided by means of drones to accurately destroy and suppress the target that are not visible from the firing position.

    The Defense Ministry leadership praised the combat readiness, skills and interaction of the personnel involved in the drills.
  • '˜Shah Denizв' gas feeding Azerbaijan, Georgia; Turkey waiting for pipe repair
    28.08.2015 15:42
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    The output and export of gas from Azerbaijani lsquo;Shah Deniz' field in the Caspian Sea are being conducted in a planned manner, Tamam Bayatli, the head of the press service of BP Azerbaijan, told Trend August 28.

    BP Azerbaijan is the technical operator for the lsquo;Shah Deniz' development and the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline's sections running in Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    Bayatli said the gas from the field is currently being exported via the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum gas pipeline only to Azerbaijan and Georgia.

    "There are no problems in the gas output and export, and operations continue," she added. "The gas is exported to Azerbaijan and Georgia in the volumes they can receive."

    An explosion occurred on the night of Aug. 24 to Aug. 25 on the Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline's section in the city of Sarikamis of Turkey's Kars province.

    A terrorist attack is named as the main reason for the explosion.

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  • Azerbaijani Minister of Culture and Tourism meets ISESCO delegation
    28.08.2015 15:41
    Azerbaijani Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garayev has met an ISESCO delegation led by Director of the Secretariat of the Organization's Executive Council, General Conference and Ministerial Conferences Mohamed Ghemari, AzerTag reports.

    They discussed organizational issues related to the 36th session of the Executive Council and the 12th General Conference of ISESCO to be held in Baku on November 23-27.

    The meeting hailed Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev`s and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva's special role in strengthening solidarity, development of cooperation in the Islamic world and protection of cultural heritage of Islam.

    Then the sides inked a document on organization of the events.
  • Azerbaijan chooses company to build Azerspace-2
    28.08.2015 15:28
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijan has chosen the company that will build the second telecommunications satellite Azerspace-2, Communications and High Technologies Minister Ali Abbasov said on August 27.

    The name of that company will be announced soon, Abbasov said.

    ''The launching of the satellite in orbit is expected in late 2017 or early 2018,'' the minister added.

    The tender for the construction of the satellite and the supply of equipment for the ground control center was bid on by the two U.S. companies ''Orbital'' and ''Space Systems Loral'', the Chinese ''China Great Wall Industry Corporation,'' and Franceв's ''Airbus Defense and Space''.Work on the installation of ground station equipment must be completed no later than 2017, and the ready satellite shipped to the launch site before the end of 2017.

    Azerbaijan expects the satellite to be built in 30 months.

    Issues related to the insurance of the satellite will be resolved by the time of its launch.

    The satellite will be placed in an orbital position of 45 degrees east longitude and will be leased by Azerbaijan side from the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization, which will have rights to 45.9 percent of satellite resources.

    The service area of Azerspace-2 will cover the countries of Europe, Southeast Asia, Middle East, and Africa.

    The geostationary satellite Azerspace-2 will be equipped with Ku- and Ka-band transponders designed to provide digital broadcasting, Internet access, data transmission, creation of VSAT multi-service networks, and other services.

    Azerbaijan entered the space club in February 2013 with the launch of the first Azerbaijani telecommunications satellite Azerspace-1.

    The satellite is designed to provide digital television, data transmission, VSAT multi-service networks, and governmental communications.

    Azerspace-1 covers the countries of Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, Middle East and Africa.Azerbaijanв's satellite operator Azercosmos also jointly uses the low-earth-orbit satellites SPOT 6 and SPOT 7 together with the French company ''Airbus Defense and Space''.
  • Belarus ready to share NPP construction experience with Kazakhstan
    28.08.2015 15:21
    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    Belarus is ready to share its experience in the construction of a nuclear power plant with Kazakhstan, Belarusian Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk said.

    He made the remark during a press conference on August 27 to discuss the safe development of nuclear power engineering and the non-proliferation regime as guarantees of the mankindв's future, Belta reported.

    Mikhadyuk also noted that when Kazakhstan makes a decision to construct a NPP, Belarus will share its experience.

    ''I think thanks to this interaction we will enrich each other in terms of knowledge and the implementation of such large-scale projects,'' he added.

    Belarus is at the stage of practical implementation of the project on construction of a NPP.

    ''Today many countries are actively interested in our experience, because Rosatom, which is the general contractor [of the construction of the NPP], stressed the successful organization of works both at the stages of preparation and construction,'' the deputy minister said.

    In his remarks Kazakh Ambassador to Belarus Yergali Bulegenov noted that Kazakhstan had been considering the idea of building a NPP for quite a long period of time.

    ''In 2014, Kazakh specialists visited the construction site of the Belarusian NPP,'' he said.

    Kazakhstan plans to start the construction of its first NPP in 2018, and the country is expected to generate nuclear power in 2023-2024.

    Kazakhstan plans to build NPPs in its energy-deficient regions. The special commission created under a presidential decree has already made a decision on the locations of the power plants.

    The town of Kurchatov in the East Kazakhstan province and the village of Ulken in the Almaty province were named the most suitable locations for building a NPP, according to the countryв's Energy Ministry.

    Kazakhstan has decided to build NPPs and develop domestic production of nuclear fuel for them based on the fact that the country is a world leader in uranium production.

    The country produced 22,829 metric tons of uranium in 2014, maintaining its leading position as the largest uranium producer in the world. In 2013, the country produced 22,500 metric tons of uranium.
  • NATO urges Georgia to continue dialogue with Russia
    28.08.2015 15:20
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28


    NATO continues urging Georgia to continue the dialogue with Russia, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during his visit to Tbilisi, Sputnik reported.

    "Establishing a joint Georgian-NATO training center is not directed against any country," he said.

    The Georgia-NATO Joint Training Center opened at the Krtsanisi National Training Centre, on the outskirts of Tbilisi Aug. 27. Stoltenberg attended the opening ceremony.

    "NATO and I continue urging Georgia to continue the dialogue with Russia," he said. "The defense, gradual policy, firm position and dialogue do not contradict each other. Russia will continue to be a great neighbor of Georgia in the future this way or another. But the dialogue will be always required."

    He also said that Russia's recent destructive and provocative actions in the region do not improve the security.

    As for a joint training center, the secretary general reiterated that the center is not directed against any country.

    "On the contrary, the center is being established to further strengthen the regional and international security," he said. "This is our common way. We help Georgia in preparing for NATO membership. Of course, there is much to be done but Georgia has already achieved success."

    Large-scale military action was launched between Georgia and Russia in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008.

    Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.

    Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.

    Edited by CN

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  • Turkish PM to introduce interim governmental staff to president
    28.08.2015 15:11
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu will introduce the interim governmental staff to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Aug. 28, TRT Haber TV channel reported August 28.

    Afterwards, Turkey will start preparation for holding the rerun parliamentary election.

    Earlier, a source in the Turkish government exclusively told Trend that the interim government would be formed in the country this week.

    It was also reported that the rerun parliamentary election would be held in Turkey November 1.

    Moreover, the source said that the main opposition parties of the country such as the People's Republican Party and the Nationalist Movement Party are not expected to participate in the formation of the interim government.

    He said the interim government would be formed with the Peoples Democratic Party of Turkey.

    The opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) and the Justice and Development Party (AKP) failed to agree on the formation of a coalition government.

    Then Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said that the re-run parliamentary election would be held in Turkey.

    Turkey held parliamentary election June 7, which involved 20 political parties. Over 53 million people cast their votes in the election.

    During the parliamentary election, Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party garnered 40.9 percent of the vote, while the Republican People's Party (CHP) gained 25 percent; aside from that the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) got 16.3 percent, and the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) gained 13.1 percent of the vote.

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  • One Azerbaijani killed, another two injured in brawl in St. Petersburg
    28.08.2015 15:11
    One Azerbaijani was killed, another two injured in a brawl occurred in Apraksin Dvor trade center in St. Petersburg, according to information posted on

    During the brawl three Azerbaijanis (at the ages of 28, 31 and 32) received stab wounds. One of them died on the way to hospital. One of the injured is in critical condition, APA reports.

    A criminal case has been launched on the fact. The details of the incident are still unknown.
  • Date set for parliamentary elections in Azerbaijan
    28.08.2015 15:04
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    President Ilham Aliyev has signed a decree on holding elections to the Azerbaijani Parliament on November 1.

    ''Guided by Paragraph II of Article 84 and Paragraph I of Article 109 of the Azerbaijani Constitution, I hereby resolve to appoint the elections to the parliament of the country on November 1, 2015,'' the presidential order reads.

    The election campaign will begin by the end of August.

    Earlier, Mazahir Panahov, the chairman of the Central Election Commission, said political stability is the main condition for holding democratic elections, and Azerbaijan has no problem in this regard.

    "From the socio-political point of view, Azerbaijan is one of the most stable countries not only of the region but also the world," he said.

    Azerbaijan, as a country devoted to democratic principles in the international arena, has always created conditions for all international institutions showing an interest for the election. The government takes necessary measures for transparency in elections both to institutions and the public.

    Law enforcement agencies of Azerbaijan will ensure safety during parliamentary elections and prevent all violations of the voting process in the framework of the law.

    Moreover, the Central Election Commission plans to install web cameras in more than 1,000 polling stations in the regions of Azerbaijan and Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. 296 webcams will be installed in the electoral districts in Baku.
  • Two Azerbaijani teams enter Europa League
    28.08.2015 15:03
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Two Azerbaijani football teams, Qarabag and Qabala, entered the UEFA Europa League group stage in return matches on August 27.

    Azerbaijanв's FC Qarabag reached the group stage after thrashing Switzerlandв's Young Boys 3-0 in Baku.

    Richard Almeida scored on a penalty in the fifth minute, while a second strong goal came from Reynaldo dos Santos Silva in the 43rd minute of the match.

    Qarabag Midfielder Afran Ismayilov, who also plays on the Azerbaijani national team, kicked the final fatal blow in the 62nd minute.

    Qarabag had defeated Young Boys 1-0 once before in Bern.

    Qarabag team captain and Azerbaijani national team member Rashad Sadigov congratulated everyone with this victory, ''which we all deserve.''

    ''I'm proud of the guys. They played as they should. We played our own game, did not sit in the defense and won a landslide victory,'' the captain stressed.

    Moreover, Azerbaijanв's Qabala has also secured a spot in the group stage of the UEFA Europa League after a 2-2 draw with Greeceв's Panathinaikos in Athens.

    In Greece, Dodoв's two goals in the 6th and 60th minutes allowed the Azerbaijani side to press through.

    Qabala is one of two European clubs that have managed to get into the group stage of European cup this season, starting from the first qualification round. Besides Qabala, only Norwegian Rosenborg has managed to successfully complete all four rounds.

    Qabala head coach Roman Grigorchuk said, ''We have prepared well for the game. Scoring the first goal, we have moved into position early. This created conditions for the Greek team to play more aggressively, rush into attack and score.''

    Grigorchuk went on to add that the team has a minimum of 6 matches in the European League. ''But do not forget about the Championship and the Azerbaijan Cup. We need to tune in to all the games.''

    The teams will be paid for this result by UEFA. Thus, Qabala will receive 1,840 million euro. The total award of Qarabag will be 1,750 million euro.
  • Turkmenistan to boost electricity export to Afghanistan
    28.08.2015 14:55
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Aug. 28

    By Huseyn Hasanov - Trend:

    Turkmenistan stands ready to fivefold increase the electricity supply to Afghanistan taking into account the new powerful energy facilities being built in the country's Lebap and Mary regions, said Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

    He was addressing a meeting in Kabul with the top leadership of Afghanistan, said the Turkmen government August 28.

    Earlier it was reported that a work is underway in Turkmenistan to expand the electricity export to Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey.

    The possibilities of directing the electricity to Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and the countries in the Caucasus are also being explored.

    Turkmenistan plans to increase the electricity generation to 27.4 billion kilowatts hours by 2020 and to 35.5 billion kilowatt hours by 2030.

    The export of Turkmen electricity will rise to 6.9 billion kilowatt hours by 2020. Currently the country is exporting over 2.8 billion kilowatt hours of electricity.

    Edited by SI

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  • Azerbaijanв's president sets date for parliamentary election
    28.08.2015 14:55
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 28


    Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev singed a decree August 28 on holding the election to the country's parliament, the Milli Majlis, on November 1, 2015.

    "Being guided by the second part of the article 84 and the first paragraph of the article 109 of the Constitution of Azerbaijan, I decree to assign the election to the country's Milli Majlis (parliament) for November 1, 2015," read the president's decree.

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  • Iranв's nuclear material to be stored in Kazakh LEU bank
    28.08.2015 14:01
    /By AzerNews/

    By Aynur Karimova

    The low-enriched uranium bank, which will be established in Kazakhstan, is considered as a potential site for the storage of Iranв's excess nuclear material.

    This remark was made by Kazakhstanв's Foreign Minister Erlan Idrisov on August 27.

    Earlier Timur Zhantikin, the deputy chairman of the Atomic Control Committee at Kazakhstanв's Energy Ministry said that the LEU bank will be able to accept the nuclear material of Iran in 2017.

    Kazakhstan and the International Atomic Energy Agency signed an agreement to establish the LEU bank in the country on August 27.

    The LEU bank will be based on Kazakhstanв's Ulba Metallurgical Plant. The UMP is a member of the Kazatomprom National Atomic Company and produces fuel pellets for nuclear power plants.

    The bank hopes to store up to 90 metric tons of the low-enriched uranium for the production of gasified fuel elements to be used in nuclear power plants that do not pose any radiation threat. Any country seeking to develop nuclear energy will be able to request nuclear fuel from Kazakhstan.

    Some $150 million was allocated by the Nuclear Threat Initiative non-profit organization ($50 million), the Norwegian government ($5 million), the U.S. ($49 million), the UAE ($10 million), the EU (up to 25 million euros), Kuwait ($10 million), as well as Kazakhstan ($400,000) for the establishment and operation of the LEU bank for at least 10 years.

    The LEU can be used to make enough nuclear fuel to power a large city for three years. It will also provide Member States with additional confidence in their ability to obtain nuclear fuel in an assured and predictable manner.

    The nuclear bank will guarantee countries access to the uranium they need for their civilian nuclear programs without having to develop enrichment processes themselves.

    The bank achieves two worthwhile goals at the same time. It will encourage nuclear power, which will help drive the switch to low-carbon economic growth and it will also help prevent the spread of nuclear weapons-capable technologies and the risks that they bring to global security.
  • Defense Ministry: Helicopters that entered Georgian airspace belong to Turkey
    28.08.2015 14:01
    As Georgiaв's Defense Ministry has said in a statement published via Facebook, information about violation of Georgiaв's airspace by Russian helicopters is false, APA reports citing Interpressnews.

    According to the statement, the helicopters seen in the Shida Kartli region belong to Turkey's armed forces.

    "The helicopters belong to Turkey's armed forces. They headed in the direction of Azerbaijan with clearance from Georgia,"- reads the statement.

    As media had reported, Russia violated Georgia's airspace yet again. Reportedly, two military helicopters entered the territory controlled by Georgia from the occupation zone.
  • Hungarian Wizz Air plans to resume flights to Azerbaijan
    28.08.2015 13:51
    Hungarian airline Wizz Air told Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) CJSC about its intention to resume flights to Azerbaijan in March 2016, the press service of AZAL said, AzerTag reports.

    Reportedly, the talks of the sides on the resumption of flights of the Hungarian airline to Azerbaijan will take place in the near future.

    "The Azerbaijani side agreed to the implementation of flights by Wizz Air in March 2016," the press-service said. "It should be noted that the Azerbaijani side has repeatedly appealed to Wizz Air with a proposal for implementation of flights in summer and winter of 2015, but received no response."

    Direct flights between Baku and Budapest were conducted in accordance with the memorandum of cooperation signed by the civil aviation administrations of the two countries, but then Wizz Air stopped implementation of flights to Baku.

    The resumption of flights between Baku and Budapest was postponed for an indefinite term.
  • Azerbaijan`s Qarabag qualifies for Europa League group stage after destroying Young Boys in Baku
    28.08.2015 13:21
    Azerbaijani FC Qarabag have reached the UEFA Europa League group stage after thrashing Swiss Young Boys 3-0 in Baku.

    Richard Almeida scored on a penalty in the 5th minute to give FC Qarabag a 1'"0 lead over Young Boys while second knocking out impact came from Reynaldo dos Santos Silva at the 43rd minute of the revenge match. Midfielder of FC Qarabag and Azerbaijani national team Afran ?smayilov kicked a fatal blow at the 62nd minute.

    Qarabag also defeated Young Boys 1-0 in Bern.

    /By AzerTac/
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