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24.07.2013 14:18
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China has banned the construction of government buildings for five years, according to state media, BBC reported.

The move comes as part of a campaign by President Xi Jinping to show that the ruling Communist Party (CPC) is cracking down on corruption and waste.

Glitzy new government buildings, sometimes in impoverished areas, have been a source of public outrage.

The directive forbids luxury makeovers and expansions done under the guise of repair work, Xinhua newspaper said.

Chandeliers

The notice says some departments and local authorities have built huge government office compounds against regulations, tainting the image of the CPC.

Among the buildings that have attracted widespread disapproval in recent years is the western-style government office building in the city of Fuyang in Anhui province, in eastern China.

It reportedly cost 30 million yuan ($4.89m, pound;3.19m) to build and is referred to as the 'White House' by residents.

A state-owned drug company also caused outrage after photographs emerged apparently showing a building decorated to mimic France's Versailles palace, complete with gold-tinted walls and chandeliers.

Some government agencies have reportedly built luxury offices in seaside resorts where officials can stay for free or at deeply discounted prices.

The ban - described as an "across-the-board halt" - includes training centres, hotels or government motels, Xinhua said.

It also says government organisations should not receive sponsorship or donations towards construction projects, or collaborate with private companies.

"Banning the building of new government buildings is important for building a clean government and also a requirement for boosting CPC-people ties and maintaining the image of the CPC and the government," Xinhua quoted the directive as saying.

Tackling corruption has been President Xi Jinping's most high-profile policy since he became China's leader earlier this year.

He has warned that "corruption and bribe-taking by some party members and cadres" pose "severe challenges" to the Communist Party's rule.

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    It is difficult to expect a positive outcome on the settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict as a result of French President Francois Hollande's meeting with the Armenian leadership during his upcoming visit to Yerevan. And this is regardless of the extent of the French president's sincerity in his intentions, Sadikhov said.

    Sadikhov was commenting on President Hollande's upcoming visit to the region.

    Sadikhov said that there was no doubt that President Hollande will visit Armenia on April 24 and participate in the event dedicated to the "Centennial" of the so-called Armenian genocide. The issue of the so-called Armenian genocide is one of the priorities of France in its relations with Armenia, which has a long history, and France has never hidden this.

    Yerevan will host an event dedicated to the "Centennial" of the so-called Armenian genocide on April 24. President Hollande also intends to participate there.

    Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor, the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. Turkey in turn has always denied "the genocide" took place. While strengthening the efforts to promote the "genocide" to the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.

    "Paris has been recently well aware that Azerbaijan is quite an important and significant player in the region," he said. "The relations are being established on a pragmatic basis with this country. There are a number of agreements, joint projects, including energy projects.

    Even such a country like France is not able to ignore the important role of Azerbaijan in the region."

    After a visit to Yerevan, the French president intends to visit Azerbaijan on April 25.

    "The French president has decided to follow two factors," he said. "First, besides Armenia, he decided to pay a visit to Azerbaijan and thus to testify his respect and good intentions to continue developing bilateral relations. The second factor is that President Hollande as the president of the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairing country thinks that he must express his opinion on this issue and discuss this issue with the presidents of two countries - Azerbaijan and Armenia."

    France has been engaged in settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict for a long time.

    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.

    Edited by CN

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    14
  • Baku 2015 to capture the European Games Flame
    20.04.2015 18:58
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    In a celebration of Azerbaijanв's extraordinary landscape, culture and heritage, the flame will travel the length and breadth of the country, spreading the spirit of the Games and warming the hearts of people in all 61 regions.

    Azerbaijan is known as the Land of Fire, so it is fitting that Baku 2015 will capture the European Games Flame from the ground at Ateshgah, an ancient and sacred temple on the outskirts of Baku, this Sunday 26 April. The flame will then travel nearly 5,500 km before the cauldron is lit at the Opening Ceremony on 12 June '" 47 days later.

    The torch will come within an hourв's travelling time of 99% of the Azerbaijani population, and thousands of people are expected to join in the daily celebrations along the route.
    13
  • Iran says to attain industrial nuclear enrichment after 10-year agreement
    20.04.2015 18:58
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    Tehran, Iran, Apr. 20

    By Mehdi Sepahvand - Trend:

    Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Abbas Araqchi has said that after the 10-year restricted nuclear activity period envisioned in a prospective nuclear agreement with world powers, Iran will improve its nuclear enrichment to the industrial level.

    The issue of enrichment was neither a need for our power plants nor part of the Revolution's tenets, he asserted. "It was to avoid giving up to unjust demands," he said, Nasim news agency reported April 20.

    "Our nuclear program has been consolidated with a 10-year restriction and in fact our nuclear program must have an industrial future."

    Commenting on the issue of Arak heavy water reactor, he said the Western claim that the facilities can be used for building nuclear bombs was rejected by Iran as false in the course of nuclear negotiations.

    "They would tell us the reactor is able to produce 10 kilograms of plutonium per year, which can be used to build nuclear bombs, but we rejected that claim. We discussed the case many times; they even offered a plan to run the reactor in a combined heavy-and-light-water format. But after our experts examined the plan, we realized that it was not practical. After that, our nuclear scientists prepared a new plan on re-designing the reactor's core," he went on to say.

    The nuclear negotiator said that the Iranian negotiation team has preserved the major part of the activities that it had planned for the Fordow and Natanz facilities as well.

    Through a prospective deal is expected to be signed by June 30, Iran will limit its nuclear activities as a trust-building move toward the international community. In return, the economic sanctions on Iran's economy will be lifted.

    The deal envisions a 10-year cooperation period between the Islamic Republic and the group 5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany).

    Edited by CN

    Mehdi Sepahvand is Trend Agency's journalist in Iran, follow him on Twitter: @mehdisepahvand

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    8
  • Iran-Russia economic ties would continue in post-sanctions period
    20.04.2015 18:51
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 20

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Once the sanctions against Iran are lifted Iran will have wide-range options for trading, and would be able to pick its partners based on its national interests, Iranian political expert and professor of the Tehran University Bahram Amir Ahmadian told Trend April 20.

    Iran and the P5 1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany) reached a nuclear framework agreement on April 2 that raised hopes for achieving a comprehensive nuclear deal by June 30 and lifting of international economic sanctions on Iran.

    Tehran-Moscow political relations would not be affected after the sanctions are lifted, however if Iran finds trade partners that supply the country goods with high quality and more suitable price than Russia the Islamic Republic would change the pivot, Amir Ahmadian said.

    He further said that Iran would move towards the EU slightly, however will continue to cooperate with Russia in some fields such as aerospace technology and infrastructural economic fields in the post-sanctions period.

    Lifting sanction would also provide Iran with an opportunity for attracting investment from western countries that are interested in participating in Iran 's energy projects, the expert added.

    Iran has rich oil and gas resources but suffers lack of investment and technology in this area, Amir Ahmadian said.

    He underlined that Russia will not help Iran in this issue due to concerns about its markets, while the country is also an energy supplier.

    He argued that in the post-sanctions period the western countries would supply Tehran with the technology and assets, which can be sparse in Moscow.

    Iran is keen to participate in the EU gas market and the Islamic Republic's presence in the Southern Gas Corridor project may be raised again, Amir Ahmadian said.

    The Southern Gas Corridor (SGC) is a term used to describe planned infrastructure projects aimed at improving the security and diversity of the EU's energy supply by bringing natural gas from the Caspian region to Europe.

    Edited by CN

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    23
  • 7 post offices automated in Nakhchivan
    20.04.2015 18:29
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    With the aim of upgrading the postal system in Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic (AR), 7 post offices and branches have been automated during the first quarter of the current year.

    This is stated in the report on the socio-economic development of Nakhchivan AR in the first quarter of 2015.

    In addition to that, new post offices have been put in commission in the village of Kurkand ( Sharur region) and in the village of Goshadiza (Babak region), as well as post office in the village of Bananiyar (Julfa region) has been overhauled.

    Moreover, a post office in the village of Garachug (Nakhchivan city) has been moved to a new building, and post offices in the villages of Dasta and Kotam (Ordubad region), in the village of Shurud (Julfa region) and in the village of Jalillkand (Sharur region) have been equipped with necessary equipment.
    23
  • Security of European Games to be ensured at high level in Baku
    20.04.2015 18:29
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 20

    By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

    No one doubts the security of the first European Games in Baku will be ensured at the highest level, expert Arzu Naghiyev told Trend April 20.

    Azerbaijani law enforcement bodies are fully ready to ensure the security of the first European Games, he said.

    "According to the preliminary data, over 6,000 athletes, representing 49 countries, will participate in the Games," he said. Adding that besides the athletes, many tourists, who will watch the first European Games, are expected to visit Azerbaijan.

    "The accommodation of tourists and athletes requires great efforts," he said. "Moreover, the most important issue is to ensure their safety, to resolve security issues given the events taking place in the region."

    The country has the needed experience as Azerbaijan has already held a number of major international events, he stated.

    "Security measures were also taken during the Eurovision Song Contest held in Azerbaijan at the high level," Naghiyev said. "I believe that the country's law enforcement agencies are ready for holding of the First European Games in the country."

    The expert also touched upon the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that could cause certain security problems.

    "The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict in the region hasn't been resolved and Armenians do not take steps to resolve it," said Naghiyev. "It is not ruled out that during the First European Games, Armenians can commit acts of sabotage on the contact line of Azerbaijani and Armenian armies."

    "Therefore, to ensure the safety of the first European games, aside from the law enforcement bodies, the Azerbaijani armed forces, units of interior troops, and all the military units in general will be on high alert," said Naghiyev.

    He added that thus, during the preparation for the European Games, the security issues will be settled at the highest level, starting with the patrol services of the interior ministry and ending with the national army and other military units.

    "Let no one have any doubt in this," Naghiyev stressed.

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

    There will be a total of 20 sports at Baku 2015: 16 Olympic sports and four non-Olympic sports. 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.

    Edited by CN

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    9
  • Azerbaijani president receives delegation of Rostec State Corporation
    20.04.2015 18:21
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 20

    Trend:

    President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by CEO of Rostec State Corporation of Russia Sergey Chemezov April 20.

    Chemezov conveyed greetings of President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to President Aliyev. He provided information about structural reforms and work carried out in Rostec State Corporation.

    The parties highlighted the high level of the relations between Azerbaijan and Russia and exchanged views on prospects of cooperation in defence industry, machine engineering, high technologies, pharmaceutics and other areas.

    President Aliyev expressed his gratitude for the greetings of President Putin, and asked Chemezov to communicate his greetings to the president of the Russian Federation.

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    18
  • Putin: Westerners only love Russia that would need humanitarian aid
    20.04.2015 18:21
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    The president noted that Russiaв's partners were not in a hurry "to present the sword to Russia" after the break-up of the USSR

    Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that the removal of the ideological confrontation after the break-up of the USSR didn't lead to the cancellation of geopolitical contradictions. He said as much in an interview for the documentary film titled President, whose teaser has been shown by the Rossiya 1 TV channel.

    "We all had illusions. We thought back then that with the departure of the ideological component, which separated the former Soviet Union and the rest of the civilized world, that "the chains have been broken and freedom was supposed to be just around the corner," Putin said, partially quoting Russia's 19-century national poet Alexander Pushkin who wrote, "The prison walls will crash... Content, at door will freedom wait to meet you; your brothers, hastening to greet you, to you the sword will glad present".

    The president noted that Russia's partners were not in a hurry "to present the sword to Russia." Rather, they would have been glad "to take away the leftovers of the Soviet Union's combat power." "There are also geopolitical interests not related to any ideology," the Russian leader said in one of the fragments of the interview, TASS reports.

    "The world decided that Russia was ceasing to exist in its present form. The only question was when this was going to happen and what the effects would be," Putin said.

    "Sometimes I get the impression that they only love us when Russia needs humanitarian assistance," he added.

    Putin also answered other questions posed by TV anchorman Vladimir Solovyov. He noted that the most hard and tragic moments were the "terrible terrorist attacks - in Beslan, at the Dubrovka [Theatre] Center."

    n addition to that, the Russian leader commented on his love of direct communication with people. "I feel part of my country, part of the people," Putin said.

    Another question concerned the fight against the influence of tycoons on power at the turn of the century, when Putin assumed office. According to the president, it became possible to reign them "in different ways, by using different means."

    The President documentary dedicated to the 15th anniversary of Putin's election head of state will go on air on Sunday.

    The film creators promise to show some "forgotten and unknown pages of Vladimir Putin's era," including a chronicle of events, unique footage made by the president's personal cameramen, interviews with business representatives and Russia's dignitaries.
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  • London-based Azerbaijanis express their fury over hostages in Armenian captivity
    20.04.2015 18:17
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    London-based Azerbaijanis have expressed their fury over hostages in Armenian captivity.

    On 18 April, a group of Azerbaijanis and supporters of international law demonstrated their solidarity with two innocent civilians taken hostage on their own homeland of Kelbajar - a region of Azerbaijan that has remained under illegal Armenian occupation for more than 20 years. Standing outside the Armenian Embassy in London, they held placards and chanted slogans, reminding bypassers that Nagorno-Karabakh remains Azerbaijani territory and demanding justice for Dilham Asgarov (aged 54) and Shahbaz Guliyev (aged 46 years). These two Azerbaijanis were taken prisoner by Armenian forces in June 2014 when visiting their relatives' graves. A third man - Hasan Hasanov (aged 38) - was shot dead. In December, an unrecognised court sentenced Dilham to life imprisonment and Shahbaz to 22 years in jail.

    Speaking to Azerbaijani television, Jack Pegoraro, UK Public Affairs Manager, The European Azerbaijan Society, commented: "These men were tried by a kangaroo court set up by forces occupying their homeland. Given their age, it is ludicrous to suggest they were anything other than civilians paying respect to their loved ones. We are here to demand the immediate release of these men, and the withdrawal of Armenian forces from the occupied territories."

    The trial and imprisonment of the men violates the European Convention on Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law, the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and ignores Armenia's commitment to ignore the obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. Victoria Nuland, Assistant US Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, has requested that these men should be immediately freed. Federica Mogherini, Vice-President, European Commission and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, condemned this as an unlawful act, given that they are civilians.

    The arrest and lsquo;trial' of these men clearly subverts the concept of international law. Armenia has occupied nearly 20 per cent of Azerbaijani territory for 20 years. Despite four UN Security Council resolutions being passed against the occupation, it continues to this day. The decision of the occupying Armenian forces to take Azerbaijanis as hostages on their own rightful homeland demonstrates Armenia's continuing provocative stance.
    11
  • Azerbaijan raises issue of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev at PACE
    20.04.2015 18:11
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    Azerbaijan has raised the issue of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev at PACE.

    In her speech on the first day of the PACE spring session, Ganira Pashayeva, a member of the Azerbaijani delegation, urged the Assembly to exert pressure on Armenia for the release of Azerbaijani hostages Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev.

    During the assembly's plenary meeting today, rapporteur Pedro Agramunt's report on PACE activity was discussed. During the discussions, Ganira Pashayeva brought the issue of Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev to the attention of the audience.

    "You know that inhumane actions have been committed against Dilgam Asgarov and Shahbaz Guliyev - two Azerbaijanis taken hostage a few months ago by the separatist regime, which has been created in the Azerbaijani lands occupied by Armenia and is not recognized by any country but is backed by Armenia, violating all norms of international law. Despite all international calls as well as a number of calls from our counterparts at the Council of Europe, there has been no progress since the last session and the two are still in hostage. Their families are expecting support from the Assembly. We urge the Assembly to step up efforts for their release and include this issue too to the document," she stressed.

    With respect to the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia, Pashayeva called on the Council of Europe to take tough steps.

    "While joining the Council of Europe, Azerbaijan and Armenia undertake obligations on the resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Though the years have passed, there is no progress. The reason of it is Armenia's refusing to fulfill Assembly's resolution No. 1416 for many years. Council of Europe should not neglect this issue. If the Council of Europe put pressure on Armenia to fulfill its obligations regarding the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and resolution No. 1416 in time, hundreds of civilians wouldn't have lost their lives so far. Therefore, we urge you to pay attention to this issue and hold discussions in this regard," she noted.
    13
  • Azerbaijan offered to buy Belarus carriages
    20.04.2015 17:53
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    Belarus ambassador to Azerbaijan Nikolai Patskevic met director of BelAz holding Petr Parkhmchik at the Azerbaijan Railway Company.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to spokesman for Azerbaijan Railway Company Nadir Azmammadov that chairman of the company Javid Gurbanov provided information about the implemented projects and the upcoming perspective tasks and noted that he always attached special importance to development of ties with Belarus colleagues.

    Belarus ambassador to Azerbaijan Nikolai Patskevich spoke about the current level of cooperation between Belarus and Azerbaijan in the sphere of railway transport and transportations. During his speech Petr Parkhomchik offered the Azerbaijan Railway Company 9 kinds of railway carriages produced at the Mogilev plant functioning within the holding.

    The decision to continue discussions on expansion of bilateral cooperation was adopted at the meeting.
    10
  • China realizing Peace Pipeline dream
    20.04.2015 17:48
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 20

    By Dalga Khatinoglu- Trend:

    China's President Xi Jinping has arrived in Pakistan, and is expected to announce a $46 billion-investment package for a roads, railway, and pipelines project between two the countries.

    The Wall Street Journal reported earlier that China will build a 2-billion worth pipeline to bring natural gas from Iran to Pakistan to help address Pakistan's acute energy shortage during Xi Jinping's visit to Islamabad.

    During Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's presidency, Iran and Pakistan sealed a gas agreement that enables Iran to export 22 million cubic meters per day (bcm/d) of natural gas to Pakistan initially from January 2015.

    However, Iranian has not yet completed, nor Pakistan started the construction of the pipeline on its own soil due to financial problems.

    Iranian officials had said that Islamabad should pay $200 million compensate monthly for delaying the commencement of the pipeline, but regarding earlier negotiations, Pakistan promised to spur the pipeline project soon.

    Alongside Iran, some other gas suppliers are keen to deliver their fuel recourses to Pakistan. Turkmenistan has negotiated with Pakistan as well as Afghanistan and India to realize the TAPI pipeline to export about 33 billion cubic meters of gas to these countries.

    On the other hand, Pakistan purchases Qatari LNG and Moscow-Islamabad have finalized an agreement on April 18 under which Russia will lend Pakistan $2 billion to lay a pipeline that will transport liquefied natural gas (LNG).

    Pakistan suffers from gas shortage, especially in the power generation sector, but in long term, it also wants to become a gas hub in the region, transferring natural gas to India and China.

    For Russia, getting a ride on Turkmenistan's gas delivery potential towards Europe is vital, while China plans to boost its economic influence in Central and South Asia.

    Iran currently produces 660 mcm per day (mcm/d) of gas, while this figure is expected to increase to 760 mcm in next spring and reach 1,100 mcm/d in 2019. The country will have enough surplus gas to deliver to Pakistan in coming years, which potentially would divert Iran's intention towards the eastern gas markets rather than Europe.

    Currently, Turkmenistan is China's biggest gas supplier. Ashgabad exported about 26 bcm/a of gas to China during 2014, but its gas delivery to Beijing increased by 47 percent in April compared to the same month last year.

    China's is expected to import about 40 bcm/a of Turkmen gas during the current year and this volume is projected to reach 65 bcm/a in coming years.

    China is also Iran's biggest trade partner, purchasing above 50 percent of Iran's total oil export as well as sharing above 25 percent of Iran's total non-oil exports and 19 percent in Iran's total imports.

    The construction of Peace Pipeline will create further opportunities for China to deepen its economic influence in Iran as well.

    Edited by CN

    Dalga Khatinoglu is an expert on Iran's energy sector, head of Trend Agency's Iran news service.

    Follow him on @dalgakhatinoglu

    12
  • 14-year-old boy arrested on suspicion of terror
    20.04.2015 17:38
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    A 14-year-old boy from the UK has been arrested on suspicion of preparing a ''credible terrorist threat''.

    The teenager from Blackburn was first arrested on 2 April following ''the examination of a number of electronic devices'', according to Greater Manchester police.

    He was re-arrested on Saturday after officers from the north-west counter-terrorism unit (NWCTU) and officers from Lancashire Constabulary executed a warrant at an address in Blackburn.

    He is now being interviewed on suspicion of preparing for an act of terrorism under section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.
    16
  • Kazakhstan plans to create logistics terminals at Baltic Sea and Persian Gulf
    20.04.2015 17:37
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr.20

    By Elena Kosolapova - Trend:

    Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (Kazakh railways) is considering the issue of logistics terminals construction at the Baltic Sea and the Persian Gulf, Kazinform reported.

    "We are considering projects on construction of logistics terminals at the Baltic Sea and the Persian Gulf, which will allow connecting export centers and ensure access to the World Ocean," Vice-president of the company Bauyrzhan Urynbasarov said at the International Conference "Transport corridors of Eurasia: New ways of cooperation."

    Bauyrzhan Urynbasarov noted that Kazakhstan Temir Zholy is trying to adapt to the current market requirements. He stressed that the company is moving from providing purely rail services to a full range of multimodal transportation and logistics services.

    The company integrates sea, air and road transportation, ports and airports infrastructure, as well as a network of terminals in a single structure working on the principle of lsquo;one window'.

    "We pay great attention to the development of a trans-Caspian direction. By 2020 Kazakhstan's fleet will have 20 ships," Urynbasarov said.

    Moreover he said that Kazakhstan Temir Zholy will complete the expansion of Aktau port in 2015. The port's capacity will be increased to 21 million metric tons of cargo per year as a result.

    Edited by S.I.

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  • Europe meets Elnur!
    20.04.2015 17:33
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Elnur Huseynov, Azerbaijani representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 continues his tour prior to the main event, which will kick off on April 19 in Vienna, Austria.

    The talented singer has already visited the Latvianв's capital of Riga, Budapest in Hungaria and Amsterdam in the Netherlands as part of his promo tour around Europe, where he met with fellow contestants and media.

    Currently, Elnur is on a visit to Ghent, Belgium, where he will take part in a television program on the "MENT TV'' channel. He will present his video clip and give an interview to the channelв's journalist.

    Elnur is also going to sing his mystical contemporary ballad "Hour Of The Wolf" on the ''TV-Limburg'' channel in Hasselt. The Belgian capital, Brussels will also host the singer. There he will meet with Belgian contestant Loic Notte in the Sony Music Belgium office.

    From Belgium, Elnur plans to go to Greece on April 22, where the countryв's popular "To Proino Mou" show will welcome him as the guest. Moreover, he will take part in a photoshoot and give an interview for "Hello! Magazine" journal and Greek media.

    The Azerbaijani contestant will also head for the Russian capital, Moscow on April 24 to join on stage participants from ten other Eurovision countries.

    For the final point of his promo tour Elnur will go to Tbilisi, Georgia on April 26-27. Here, alongside with presenting his song, he will give a "deep house" concert.

    As part of his Georgia visit, Elnur will also attend the countryв's morning show and will answer ''Fortuna'' radio and ''Music Box'' channel's questions.

    Austria will host the final of the 60th Eurovision on May 23. The semifinals of the international contest will be held on May 19 and 21. Elnur will perform his ballad "Hour Of The Wolf" under the 11th number in the second semifinal.

    Talking about his song Elnur said, ''I believe in my entry song as it has so many powerful messages. It is truly a song with great meaning of which the most important is 'that every heart deserves a fightв' and we should never give up. We must fight for our happiness.''

    In 2008, Elnur appeared on ''the Eurovision Song Contest'' in Belgrade, together with Samir Javadzada, who brought the 8th place to Azerbaijan.
    11
  • Regime-opposition standoff gearing up in Armenia
    20.04.2015 17:33
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    The Armenian authorities' call to "isolate" those who seek to launch a massive anti-government rally this week flared up already ardent confrontations with the opposition forces.

    Vahram Baghdasaryan, the head of the ruling Republican Party's parliamentary faction, said on April 18 that his party believes the people who intend to launch an anti-regime push should be isolated unconditionally.

    Baghdasaryan's address has come in response to the radical opposition group, the Founding Parliament's repeated announcements that it would kick off nonstop anti-government rallies on the day when large-scale public events are planned in Yerevan to mark the so-called ''Armenian Genocide Centennial'' on April 24.

    Being at severe loggerheads with the country's rulers following its top members' arrest on April 7, the radical group called the ruling party's "isolation" threats nonsense.

    In a statement released on April 19, the Founding Parliament voiced its concerns that statements from the authorities could lead to the persecution of more of its members in the coming days.

    As a result of a sudden and reckless crackdown, police in Yerevan handcuffed seven members of the Founding Parliament. They were all later on charged with planning to hold mass disturbances on April 24.

    The Founding Parliament members and supporters emphasized that even though they lost their leadership, their protests will push until the regime, which they call "antinational", steps down.

    "Making a demand to isolate those who call for a rally on April 24 is a nonsense both politically and legally. Holding a rally is a right guaranteed by the Armenian Constitution and international treaties," the group said.

    The group warned that "no illegal action and repression by the regime can stop their movement from reaching its goal".

    Authorities in Yerevan approved the Founding Parliamentв's bid to hold a rally in Yerevan on April 24. However, an overwhelming opinion in Armenia both among society and political circles believes that no political protests should be held on the day the nation will be mourning its so-called "Armenian genocide".

    The recent crackdown of Armenia's rulers on the opposition party has backfired as the authorities are now concerned that more rallies will be staged in reaction. Where Yerevan hoped to subdue the opposition it only served to fuel the situation and create a reactionary movement of great intensity. Now the whole country poses to wait for the end of the long-lasting regime-opposition standoff - who will win the final showdown on April 24?
    13
  • Kazakhstan seek to be main New Silk Road transit country
    20.04.2015 17:26
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Kazakhstan intends to become a main transit country linking Far East countries to Europe.

    Zhenis Kasymbek, Kazakhstanв's deputy minister of investment and development said the country plans to invest over $20 billion by 2020 into its transportation industry to become the main transit country between the booming Chinese market and Europe, RIA Novosti reported.

    Enjoying advantageous geographic position, Kazakhstan is eyeing to be part of a new Silk Road project, the idea initiated by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

    In 2013, Jinping brought up the idea of building the new Silk Road to connect China with Europe and strengthen cooperation between Asia and Africa. This grand project would help China build new political ties, as well as facilitate trade and economic activities from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea.

    Kasymbek said Kazakhstan certainly wants to be part of this colossal project.

    Therefore, the country allocates huge amount of finances to develop its transportation infrastructure.

    ''The new economic policy of Kazakhstan prioritizes the development of transport infrastructure and logistics. In 2014, the state already provided more than $2.5 billion, and between 2015 and 2017 it will allocate $3 billion annually from the National Fund. Overall, we plan to invest over $20 billion by 2020 in the development of the transport industry,'' he said.

    Kazakhstan has already started works towards the realization of this idea. The country is building a dry port and rail yard at Khorgos, in the desert on its eastern border with China that will help to realize Chinaв's multibillion-dollar plans for a ''New Silk Road''.

    Since Kazakhstan is a landlocked nation and its economic partners may be thousands of miles away, it is crucial for the country to become successfully integrated into the international transportation networks. Therefore, the new Silk Road project is of vital importance for the Central Asian nation.

    The volume of trade between China and Europe will exceed 170 million tons by 2020, according to estimates. Today, the bulk of these goods are transported using water routes. Kazakhstan has set the goal of attracting the maximum amount of this trade via the land route through its own territory, Kasymbek said.
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  • From Baku to Istanbul and back for EUR 225
    20.04.2015 17:19
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    New campaign from AZAL.

    CJSC "Azerbaijan Airlines" (AZAL) has announced a special campaign on the route Baku-Istanbul-Baku.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to AZAL that now the price of the ticket from Baku to Istanbul (Sabiha Gokcen Airport) and back is only EUR 225.

    The campaign will last until May 24.
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  • Strong winds to reign in Baku till evening
    20.04.2015 17:14
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    After a warm sunny weather dominated in the countryв's capital, Baku on April 19, strong winds will surely darken residents' mood.

    Although the winds will not cause any material damages, those residents who hoped to change to lighter clothing will have to wait for a more clement weather.

    The strong winds did not affect flights from Heydar Aliyev International Airport, AZAL said on April 20.

    For April 20 weather in Baku and the Absheron Peninsula will be cloudy but without precipitations. The weather will stand at 15-18 degrees C during the day and 7-9 degrees C at night.

    Fortunately forecasters have good news, as the unfavorable winds will die down in the evening.

    The weather in the countryв's regions will also be stable. Precipitations are not expected, while fog will cover some regions.

    Temperatures are expected to remain in between 18 and 23 degrees C during the day and 8-13 degrees C at night. In the mountain areas the temperature will stand in between 10 and 18 during a day, while night will see a temperature of (3-8) degrees.
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  • Japan to launch lunar lander in 2018
    20.04.2015 17:09
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    The Japanese space agency is planning to launch a small spacecraft in fiscal 2018 that would make the country's first landing on the moon, sources close to the project said, according to Kyodo News.

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has said it will study the possible use of materials on the moon as well as its environment with unmanned probes, which could pave the way for manned missions in the future.

    JAXA is expected to brief a government panel of experts on the project, aiming to secure funding for preparations under the state budget for fiscal 2016, which will start in April next year, the sources said.

    The planned mission, involving the experimental Smart Lander for Investigating Moon, or SLIM, will become Japan's first lunar exploration since JAXA launched an unmanned orbiter in 2007.

    SLIM is likely to be launched on an Epsilon advanced rocket, the sources said.

    The SLIM mission is aimed at establishing a method of pinpoint landing on the moon that would make it possible to approach a target area with the level of accuracy of hundreds meters, compared with kilometers so far.

    /By AzerTac/
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  • Finance Minister: ''Confirmed budget will be fulfilled productively''
    20.04.2015 17:08
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    ''No problem is occurred in performance of key financial duties''

    Oil price decline in world market has influenced Azerbaijan negatively, said the Minister of Finance Samir Sharifov, APA reports.

    According to him, the decline in oil price has particularly influenced revenues of consolidated budget negatively: "The processes in the energy market of the world indicate that the demand exceeded supply and this leads to decline of oil price. Compared to 2014, oil price declined two times this year. The decline in oil price has particularly influenced revenues of consolidated budget negatively. The decline did not influence revenues of state budget seriously. It only influenced revenues of SOCAR".

    Sharifov noted that consequently, the oil price decline negatively influences Balance of Payment, general revenues.

    The Minister added that Azerbaijani government has taken appropriate measures: "We plan to fulfil the confirmed budget productively. We reduce unnecessary expenses and postpone several infrastructural projects till next year. According to the first quarter of 2015, Azerbaijan has executed all social duties. In other word, no problem is occurred in performance of key financial duties".
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  • British Airways A380 now flies to the '˜City by the Bayв'
    20.04.2015 17:02
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 20

    Trend:

    It's California dreaming all the way to San Francisco thanks to British Airways' new A380 that has started flying to the popular US city in the last few weeks.

    The lsquo;City by the Bay' is the second destination in California after Los Angeles - and the third US destination following the launch to Washington DC in October 2014 - to welcome the British Airways superjumbo. British Airways' flagship luxurious double-decker offering stylish seating for 469 customers, now operates five services a week during the summer months from Terminal 5, its home at London Heathrow.

    Later this year, Miami in Florida will also be receiving an A380 taking the total to eight routes that British Airways services with an A380 (Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Singapore, Washington, San Francisco and Miami).

    Paolo De Renzis, British Airways' Area Commercial Manager for the Middle East amp; Central Asia said: "San Francisco is a firm favourite with our customers so we couldn't be happier that they are now able to fly there on one of the newest and most advanced aircraft in our fleet.

    They'll be able to enjoy a taste of luxury and relax all the way to the west coast in comfort and style and be able to choose from more than 130 movies and 650 TV shows from our latest in-flight entertainment system, as well as enjoy the very best of height-cuisine."

    Flying over the Atlantic doesn't mean looking out over a plain stretch of water, as this route offers some of the most magnificent sights of the planet. "Customers can enjoy seeing the Northern Lights on a night flight between San Francisco and London. It is just superb and an experience really worth staying awake for on a trans-Atlantic flight," remarks Steve Allright, Captain at British Airways.

    Customers flying to San Francisco on board the A380 can choose from 14 stunning First suites on the main deck and 97 Club World seats split between the main and upper deck, which features a new 2:3:2 configuration. The popular World Traveller Plus cabin has been increased to 55 seats and this is in addition to 303 seats available in World Traveller.

    The double decked aircraft also offers one of the quietest cabins in the sky, with bigger overhead bins, extra storage space, cleaner air, mood lighting and more power sockets for personal electronic equipment.

    About British Airways:

    The A380 to San Francisco will fly five days a week from London Heathrow's Terminal 5. With this new A380 service, British Airways now operates a total of 14 flights a week to San Francisco.

    British Airways flies to 188 destinations, 9 destinations in the UK, 97 in Europe and 82 in the rest of the world.

    British Airways offer an extensive range of carefully selected hotels, car hire and experiences in a wide range of worldwide destinations available to book with flights from ba.com/holidays.

    The airline is one of the world's largest international airlines carrying approximately 40 million passengers around the world every year.

    The airline offers a choice of four cabins on the majority of its long-haul services.

    The airline is investing in new aircraft, new cabins, new technology and new routes.

    British Airways operates the majority of flights from Terminal 5, its home at London Heathrow. This terminal is capable of handling 30 million customers a year and is the size of 50 football pitches.

    British Airways is half way through a more than pound;5bn investment in new aircraft, smarter cabins, elegant lounges and new technologies to make life more comfortable in the air and on the ground.

    British Airways' home Terminal 5 has been recognised as the world's best terminal for the fourth consecutive year in the Skytrax awards.

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  • USCMO: Don't call genocide
    20.04.2015 16:59
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    "Characterizing the events of 1915 as genocide without proper investigation by independent historians will damage the efforts aimed at achieving reconciliation between Turks and Armenians.'' the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations said in its statement on Sunday, SIA informs citing the AA.

    According to USCMO, the largest umbrella group of mainstream Muslim American organizations, said it is aware of the painful history of over 30 nations fighting for over 4 years and the loss of over 37 million lives in World War I, including those of the Armenians.

    "As April 24 comes near, we share the pain suffered by Armenians during this period. We also believe that any acknowledgment by religious or political leaders of the tragedy that befell Armenians should be balanced, constructive and must also recognize Turkish and Muslim suffering," the council stated.

    USCMO said characterizing the events of 1915 as genocide without proper investigation of these events by independent historians will also jeopardize the establishment of a just historical record of these events.

    "As Americans, we are concerned about alienating a key ally, Turkey, through the one-sided declarations that political and religious leaders have made on this subject. The events of 100 years ago should be based on a consensus among historians and academicians with access to archives and documents from that era," the statement said.

    As the only Muslim-majority member of NATO and current President of the G-20 Summit, Turkey has taken on a unique regional and global leadership role in ensuring peace and prosperity for all. Our government has been closely cooperating with the Turkish government on defeating ISIS while also alleviating the suffering of Syrian refugees, the statement said.

    The council added: "While Muslim Americans sympathize deeply with the loss of Armenian lives in 1915, we also believe that reconciliation must take into honest account the broader human tragedy of World War I. Muslim Americans expect our leaders to act accordingly to ensure that American-Turkish strategic relations are not damaged by a one-sided interpretation of the 1915 events."
    9
  • Salty Dawg Saloon '" Alaskaв's unique dollar-bill-covered watering hole
    20.04.2015 16:53
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    While many cafГ©s and bars choose to display their patronsв' praise on

    sticky notes or paper napkins, a watering hole in Homer, Alaska, has

    every last inch of its walls and ceiling covered with dollar bills

    signed by its satisfied customers.В Because

    of its quirky interiors, Salty Dawg Saloon is in fact a cherished

    landmark of Homer Spit '" a 4.5-mile piece of land jutting out from Homer

    on the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, into Kachemak Bay.

    There is no shortage of bars in the town of Homer, but locals prefer

    driving all the way to the Spit and into Homer Boat Harbor, just to

    visit the peculiar Salty Dawg. Some of the patrons who visit the bar

    donв't even drink alcohol, but the place is so famous for its money

    plastered interior that many tourists just stop by to see it for

    themselves.

    The tradition of sticking dollar bills started when a visitor walked in a

    few decades ago and tacked a dollar on the wall. He explained that his

    friend would later drop by and use the buck to buy himself a drink. The

    trend soon caught on and by the early 90s, everyone who came in started

    to add bills with comments of praise. Today, itв's hard to find a free

    spot to post a new dollar bill!

    The building that now houses the bar started out as a homestead cabin '"

    one of the first structures that went up in 1897, when the Alaskan town

    was established. After serving for several years as the townв's post

    office, railroad station, grocery store, coal mining office, and a

    Standard Oil office, it was finally converted into the Salty Dawg Saloon

    in 1957. It is currently the only bar located in Homer Spit.

    The bar had its fair share of problems '" in 1964 it was flooded after

    the powerful Good Friday Earthquake. But the structure was renovated and

    a distinctive lighthouse tower was added at the same time to cover a

    water storage tank. The new structure has now emerged as one of Homerв's

    most historical and recognizable landmarks.

    /By OddityCentral/
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  • Education Minister: Ethiopia wants to expand educational relations with Azerbaijan
    20.04.2015 16:52
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    Ethiopian Education Minister Shiferaw Shigutie has expressed his country`s interest in broadening relationship with Azerbaijan in the field of education. He met Azerbaijani Ambassador to Ethiopia Elman Abdullayev. Mr Shigutie stressed the importance of taking appropriate events and improving contacts with the aim of developing educational ties.

    Mr. Abdullayev said students from many countries including the African continent receive education at universities in Azerbaijan.

    The Ambassador highlighted the Azerbaijani government`s attention to Azerbaijani students abroad.

    /By AzerTac/
    20
  • Azerbaijani judo fighters win 4 medals in St. Petersburg
    20.04.2015 16:52
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    Azerbaijani fighters have claimed 4 medals.

    Azerbaijani fighters have claimed 4 medals, including two golds in the Junior European Judo Cup in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

    The gold medals came from Natig Gurbanli and Hidayat Heydarov.

    Sadig Maharramov won silver, while Vasif Sherbetli scooped bronze medal of the tournament.
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  • Indian village plants 111 trees every time a girl child is born
    20.04.2015 16:46
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    While a vast majority of Indians continue to prefer sons, a small village in the Indian state of Rajasthan has its own unique tradition of celebrating their daughters. Since 2006, the residents of Piplantri village, in southern Rajasthanв's Rajsamand district, have been planting a whopping 111 trees to celebrate the birth of a girl!

    Given that an average of 60 girls are born each year, the villagers have managed to plant over 250,000 trees so far '" including varieties like Neem, Indian Rosewood, and Mango. The community of 8,000 residents is also dedicated to making sure that the trees survive and attain fruition as the girls grow up.

    The beautiful tradition was started by the villageв's former 'sarpanchв'(head) Shyam Sundar Paliwal, in the memory of his daughter Kiran, who passed away a few years ago. Apart from planting trees, a special committee also identifies families that are reluctant to accept girl children. They then collect Rs. 21,000 ($336) from village residents, and Rs. 10,000 ($160) from the girlв's father '" and invest this money in a 20-year government bond to ensure financial security for the child.

    And thereв's more! ''We make these parents sign an affidavit promising that they would not marry her off before the legal age, send her to school regularly, and take care of the trees planted in her name,'' Paliwal said.

    In order to ensure that the trees remain free from termite infestations, the residents of Piplantri have also planted over 2.5 million Aloe Vera plants around them. The trees, along with the Aloe Vera plants, have become a major source of livelihood for the villagers.

    ''Gradually, we realised that Aloe Vera could be processed and marketed in a variety of ways,'' Paliwal explained. ''So we invited some experts and asked them to train our women. Now residents make and market Aloe Vera products like gel, pickle, etc.''

    The village of Piplantri promotes the spirit of community in other ways too '" they have their own website, and a special studio-recorded anthem as well. Theyв've completely banned alcohol, open grazing of animals, and the cutting of trees. The residents seem to be a happy lot, and claim that there havenв't been any crimes reported in the past seven to eight years. That reminds me of Shani Shingnapur, Indiaв's village without doors, which has also apparently been crime free for a very long time.

    /By OddityCentral/
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  • Enjoy walking at New Boulevard
    20.04.2015 16:45
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nazrin Gadimova

    The first thing we want to see while traveling to different countries is to find and to visit its most famous sites and attractions, whether it's the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Rome with its Coliseum, or Rio de Janeiro with the statue of Christ the Redeemer.

    Well, what do you imagine when it comes to Baku? Our capital city has many attractions, but the most famous place is the Seaside Boulevard, beloved not only by residents of the city, but also by foreigners. Being an ideal place for walking, the Baku boulevard is able to isolate from the worldly vanity, to give an opportunity to stay alone with the sea and to awaken romantic feelings.

    Starting our evening walk from the National Flag Square and the famous Crystal Hall, me with my friend headed towards Azneft Square where the old part of the boulevard, which celebrated 100 years in 2009, begins.

    Azerbaijan's flag towering over the city impresses with its huge size. Fluttering in the wind, the grandiose canvas of the flag created a sound like the flapping of wings of some unknown miracle bird from the Arabian Nights. Slightly away from the Flag there was a charming building - Crystal Hall, which became world-famous after there Eurovision Song Contest 2012.

    The new part of the boulevard is an expanse for those loving roller skating. The guys on skates and bicycles sped past us - they were quite free here to do what they like. Moreover, one of the interesting features of the new boulevard is a bike path, where you can rent a bike and ride for fun on a smooth track.

    After riding our bikes full of the charm of a spring breeze, we decided to continue our pedestrian walk.

    As the evening fell, the city began to increasingly transform, and bright lights made the panorama of Baku more vivid and colorful. The well-known TV tower let off colorful rays to the sky, while the grandiose "spurts of flame" on sparkling Flame Towers have enthralled my friend.

    At the seaside we saw recently built new observation wheel dubbed "Baku eye", which shimmered with purple, orange and red colors.. The height of the new "ferris wheel" is 60 meters. The wheel has 30 cars, each of which can fit eight people, thus the wheel can serve some 240 people at the same time.

    Next we met another unusual building - International Mugham Center, shaped as the parts of tar - Azerbaijani national musical instrument. The three-storey building has a concert hall for 350 people, the club, recording studio, rehearsal rooms and a restaurant.

    Interestingly, the International Mugham Center, in addition to mugham concerts and festivals also hosts jazz events. Not so long ago it hosted an international jazz festival, which was attended by well-known jazz musicians of our time.

    The famous new building of the Azerbaijan State Museum of Carpet and Applied Arts, resembling a huge rolled carpet, appeared before us afterwards.

    Next to the museum there was a free platform where the local skateboarders had a get-together, showing an incredible agility. More experienced showed newcomers steep techniques, however, each of their "tricks" left us gasping - it is a very dangerous hobby, as to me.

    At the entrance to the new boulevard we saw cute little walking trains traveling to the Crystal Hall and back.

    We were very pleased with our walk and being under the impression, my friend wanted to walk around the old boulevard then, but we left it for later enjoyment.
    11
  • Azercell supports TEDx Baku-2015 conference
    20.04.2015 16:43
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    Azercell Telecom, the leader of country's mobile communication market sustains its tradition of implementing successful social projects and supporting series of conferences and events during 18 years of operation.

    Along with the different projects aimed at the development of social sphere, the company also attaches great importance to the projects in scientific and educational development aimed for the youth. 3G and 4G laboratories established at leading universities with Azercell's initiative, e-learning, different internship and bursary programs for students, support to intellectual TV program "What? Where? When?", as well as multiple successful projects implemented in cooperation with Barama Innovation Center were among these projects.

    The next step the company took in this regard was the support to TEDx Baku event "YaddaЕџ" ("Memory") held at the Baku Jazz Center on April 18. The TEDx Baku conference held in Azerbaijan brought together over 200 participants. Azercell representative Imran Baghirov joined another 8 speakers to make an interesting presentation on customer experience to the audience.

    The 30 years old TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference was first held in 1984 and united world scientists, politicians, entrepreneurs, artists and other professionals. Newly launched Macintosh computer, Sony compact-discs, artificial intellect and other cutting-edge innovations were presented at the first TED conference.

    Up to now, former US president Bill Clinton, Nobel laureate James Watson, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt have acted as speakers in TED events.

    Azercell will continue to support social projects aimed at further development of young generation.

    For more information, please apply to news@mcs.az.

    Azercell Telecom LLC was founded in 1996 and since the first years sustains a leading position on the market. Azercell introduced number of technological innovations in Azerbaijan: GSM technology, advance payment mobile services, GPRS/EDGE, 24/7 Customer Care, full-time operating Azercell Express offices, mobile e-service "ASAN imza" (ASAN signature) and others.

    With 51% share of Azerbaijan's mobile market Azercell's network covers 99,8% of the country's population. Currently, the number of Azercell's subscribers reached 4,6 million people. In 2011 Azercell deployed 3G and in 2012 the fourth generation network - LTE in Azerbaijan.

    The Company is the leader of Azerbaijan's mobile communication industry and the biggest investor in the non-oil sector. Azercell is a part of TeliaSonera Group of Companies serving 186 million subscribers in 17 countries worldwide with 27,000 employees.

    12
  • Healthy investment possibilities in weak times
    20.04.2015 16:42
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Although the region is experiencing a bit of an economic slowdown,

    Azerbaijan remains a safe economic haven with suitable investment

    opportunities. European countries' interests in Azerbaijan stand

    testimony to countryв's successful transition to economic independence.

    Attracting foreign investment in the country's economy is an important part of Azerbaijan's economic development strategy.

    As soon as Europe lost its investment possibilities in Russia,

    Azerbaijan became an attractive alternative in both the oil and non-oil

    sector. For instance, Italian and Saudi Arabian companies recently

    expressed interest in both the oil and non-oil sectors of the country.

    Azerbaijan seems an attractive country for development because of its

    political and macroeconomic stability, the fact that it secures the

    protection of investors' rights, benefits from a favorable geographical

    location, rich natural resources and a highly skilled workforce.

    Foreign direct investments in Azerbaijan increased by 49.5 percent

    and amounted to $2,209 billion last year, the Central Bank of Azerbaijan

    reported.

    Overall, last year was marked with Azerbaijan registering financial assets of $11.7 billion.

    Azerbaijan itself aims to increase foreign investments in its

    currently developing non-oil sector, including agriculture, light

    industry, transport, construction, tourism, etc.

    The total volume of Azerbaijan's GDP in the first quarter of 2015

    amounted to 11.5 billion manats, which exceeds the figure for the same

    period last year by 5.3 percent, the State Statistics Committee said.

    The Committee further reported that the non-oil sector rose by seven

    percent compared to the same period last year, while its share in GDP

    amounted to 68.31 percent.

    In the reporting period, 50.2 percent of GDP in Azerbaijan were

    formed in the areas of production: industry, construction, agriculture,

    forestry and fish farms.

    Azerbaijan is now mostly attractive for investments from the UK, Norway, Turkey, USA, France, Iran, Russia and Japan.

    To attract more investors from all over the world, Azerbaijan is

    holding business forums throughout the year. This April-May, Baku will

    host business forums with delegation from Saudi Arabia, Belgium,

    Vietnam, Russia and Holland.

    In general, the high-level events Azerbaijan has been hosting for a

    couple of years, drew significant attention and generated good

    opportunities.

    As soon as foreign investors will appraise the promising

    opportunities of the non-oil sector in Azerbaijan, the investments flow

    is expected to increase even more.
    13
  • Timely reaction on Nagorno-Karabakh issue could have prevented todayв's conflicts
    20.04.2015 16:41
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 20

    Trend:

    The conflicts which are being discussed today at PACE Spring Session could have been prevented if there was a timely corresponding reaction on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, head of Azerbaijani delegation Samad Seyidov said during his speech at PACE Spring Session in Strasbourg.

    Story still developing

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    15
  • Azad Rahimov: Such things debase the image of European Games
    20.04.2015 16:41
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    "Any charges for EuroGames are illegal."

    Youth and Sports Minister Azad Rahimov called the raising of money in the Khachmaz school ostensibly to support the European Games-2015 absolute lawlessness and criminality fact.

    "This is corruption in its purest form! - the Minister said. - Any fees under the guise of helping EuroGames no matter by which organization they are held, are illegal.

    It's horrible! Such things debase the image of the European Games.

    I want to reiterate that the fall of the manat has no effect to the organization of the Games. And, of course, nobody and nowhere collects the money. "
    11
  • EU to strengthen support for Turkey in realizing TANAP
    20.04.2015 16:34
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 20

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The European Union will increase support to Turkey in realization of the project for building the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP), the European Commission Vice-President for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic said.

    He made the remarks Apr. 20 in an interview with Turkish Anadolu Agency.

    Sefcovic said Turkey is a partner of the EU in the energy sector, adding that TANAP is an important project.

    Speaking of the Turkish Stream, Sefcovic stressed that this project must comply with the EU legislation.

    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 of this gas will be delivered to Turkey and the rest to Europe.

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

    BP and the TANAP consortium signed March 13 a shareholder agreement, according to which BP will become one of the shareholders of TANAP. The agreement is one of the main documents for BP's ownership of a stake in the TANAP project.

    Following the completion of a legal implementation procedure, TANAP's shareholders list will be as follows: SOCAR - 58 percent, Botas - 30 percent and BP - 12 percent.

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

    Edited by SI

    ---

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  • European Games torch to visit 60 cities and regions of Azerbaijan
    20.04.2015 16:34
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    The European Games torch to be launched on 26 April has been presented at BEGOCв's office.

    The fire of the European Games will be lit in Baku, namely Ateshgah. After that the torch will visit 60 cities and regions of Azerbaijan in 48 days.

    The torch was designed by Sebastian Bern of England.

    The presentation was attended by popular singer of Azerbaijan Tunzala Agayeva and athlete Nazim Babayev.

    Evening concerts will be organized at 15 settlements. A 5,500km-long way will be passed, overall. Over 1000 flamekeepers will be involved in the torch programme.
    10
  • National gymnasts successfully perform in Poland
    20.04.2015 16:31
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    The 40th International Spring Competition 2015 in rhythmic gymnastics was held in Poland on April 17-18.

    The gymnasts competed in the following categories: Rhythmic Individual- (junior 13-15 years) and (senior 16-99 years) and Rhythmic Group- (junior 13-15 years)

    Azerbaijani gymnasts brought one gold and one silver medal from Poland. National junior gymnast Zhala Piriyeva surpassed her rivals finishing first in the all-around.

    Junior group team, who amazed the judges and spectators with their performance, won silver medal of the competition. As usual, the audience applauded exercise with five balls, performed under Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal".

    Meanwhile, Aliya Yussupova International Tournament 2015 in rhythmic gymnastics was held in Kazakhstanв's capital of Astana on April 17-19.

    Some 65 athletes from 12 countries competed for the title of the best ones in the tournament.

    Gulsum Shafizada represented the country in Astana, where the annual tournament for Aliya Yussupova prizes was held. The national gymnast raised the flag of the country, winning the bronze medal in the all-around.
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  • Azerbaijanв's Islamic banking skills to drive Russian Islamic finance development
    20.04.2015 16:26
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Gulgiz Dadashova

    Islamic finance industry in Russia still needs to be developed,

    despite some 20 million Muslims living in the country, and Azerbaijanв's

    skills maybe helpful for Russia.

    Russia hopes to learn from the experience of Azerbaijan in the field

    of Islamic banking, said Sergey Drobyshevsky, the scientific director of

    the Gaidar Institute for Economic Policy in Baku last week.

    He said the presence of IBA Moscow, a Russian subsidiary of the

    International Bank of Azerbaijan, the largest lender and the only

    state-owned bank in Azerbaijan, must contribute to this.

    Drobyshevsky believes it will be easier for the Azerbaijani banks and

    businessmen to work in Russia than the Malaysian specialists of that

    sphere, where Islamic banking is also developed.

    ''There is no language barrier between Azerbaijan and Russia, they have similar culture and a lot in common,'' said Drobyshevsky.

    He also touched upon the prospects for the development of Islamic banking in Russia.

    ''The more financial instruments the market has, the more

    differentiated they are, the more effectively it helps investors to

    diversify their risks, according to the theory of finance,'' he said.

    ''These are new possibilities and their implementation does not depend on

    the state - it depends on the participants of the market themselves and

    potential customers of Islamic banking.''

    Islamic banking can claim only 5 percent of the Russian financial

    market during 5-10 years, but the main thing is to start the process,

    Drobyshevsky emphasized, Trend reports.

    Behnam Gurbanzada, the director of Islamic banking at the IBA,

    earlier called Russia a "promising" platform to further the development

    of Islamic finance.

    ''Azerbaijan with all prerequisites to build a bridge between Asia and

    the Middle East, as well as between the CIS and the Gulf countries, is

    supposed to receive good financial dividends from applying Islamic

    banking. The IBA is keen to develop a plan of amendments to the

    regulatory to apply the full-fledged Islamic banking in the country. The

    amendments can fasten up the process of creating the Islamic

    development center in Azerbaijan,'' he told AzerNews earlier.

    The Baku-based IBA is a universal bank with subsidiary banks in

    Russia, Georgia and Qatar, as well as representative offices in London,

    Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Dubai and New York. The bank, 50.2-percent owned

    by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Finance, holds over 40 percent of banking

    assets in the country.

    The IBA's reported consolidated total assets of 8.8 billion manats,

    aggregate capital of 1.008 billion manats and net profit of 64.5 million

    under audited IFRS as at year-end 2014.
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  • Azerbaijani footballer killed by Armenians
    20.04.2015 16:25
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    28-year-old former Azerbaijani footballer Emil Huseynov has killed in Yekaterinburg city of Russia, on April 19.

    According to the news, former Azerbaijani footballer killed a fight with the Armenians.

    Emil Huseynov played in the team "Neftchi" and "Caravan" and "Absheronв'''

    Note that Emil Huseynovв's funeral held in Ganja.
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  • How will Putin's visit to Yerevan affect on relations with Turkey?
    20.04.2015 16:22
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    Peskov answered a question.

    Visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Armenia at the event on the anniversary of the "Armenian genocide" can not affect the construction of the pipeline "Turkish Stream" and relations between Moscow and Ankara, said a spokesman for the Russia's President, Dmitry Peskov.

    "We have a very close partnership with the Turkish Republic, which are under a very strong base of mutually beneficial economic cooperation. Our positions on many world problems coincide, " Peskov said, answering the question, whether Putin's visit to Yerevan on the anniversary of the" Armenian genocide" affects the construction of a gas pipeline and Russia's relations with Turkey, Oxu.Az reports with reference to RIA Novosti.

    Spokesman stressed that Armenia and Russia have "a myriad of different ties."

    "These activities can not be interpreted as causing harm to something," Peskov said.
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  • Azerbaijan sees no reason to adjust state budget-2015 '" minister
    20.04.2015 16:21
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 20

    Trend:

    Azerbaijan does not see any reason to adjust the forecasts of the state budget for 2015 for now, Finance Minister Samir Sharifov said April 20 at a briefing.

    "There are certain criteria in the law, after which the adjustment should be carried out, but we do not see them for now," said the minister. "Oil price was set at $90 per barrel while forecasting the state budget for 2015, but already after the fall in oil prices, it became clear that this figure is somewhat overpriced. Surely it will affect the revenue side of the budget. But the direct damage to the state budget is not so great. But of course the drop in oil prices has a negative impact on the balance of payments of the country."

    He went on to add that the government of the country is taking some steps in this direction. "We plan to make better use of the budget," said Sharifov. "At the same time, we are planning to slow down the implementation of investment projects, that is to postpone some projects until next year."

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  • Panama Canal to be expanded
    20.04.2015 16:16
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    Giant backhoes claw into the ground, as helmeted workers position rebar atop of concrete pillars 100 feet tall. Cranes, trucks and teams of workers toil through a construction site here large enough to fit three Empire State Buildings, laying end to end.

    More than 2,000 miles north, workers at the Port of New York and New Jersey are busy with their own colossal project: raising a bridge 64 feet, dredging the muck and mud of a harbor to deepen its waters and laying down new railroad lines.

    The two projects are unrelated but tightly intertwined: One aims to release massive 1,200-foot-long container ships, the other to receive them.
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  • British Airways A380 now flies to the '˜City by the Bayв'
    20.04.2015 16:15
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    It's California dreaming all the way to San Francisco thanks to British Airways' new A380 that has started flying to the popular US city in the last few weeks.

    The lsquo;City by the Bay' is the second destination in California after Los Angeles - and the third US destination following the launch to Washington DC in October 2014 - to welcome the British Airways superjumbo. British Airways' flagship luxurious double-decker offering stylish seating for 469 customers, now operates five services a week during the summer months from Terminal 5, its home at London Heathrow.

    Later this year, Miami in Florida will also be receiving an A380 taking the total to eight routes that British Airways services with an A380 (Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Cape Town, Singapore, Washington, San Francisco and Miami).

    Paolo De Renzis, British Airways' Area Commercial Manager for the Middle East amp; Central Asia said: "San Francisco is a firm favourite with our customers so we couldn't be happier that they are now able to fly there on one of the newest and most advanced aircraft in our fleet.

    "They'll be able to enjoy a taste of luxury and relax all the way to the west coast in comfort and style and be able to choose from more than 130 movies and 650 TV shows from our latest in-flight entertainment system, as well as enjoy the very best of height-cuisine."

    Flying over the Atlantic doesn't mean looking out over a plain stretch of water, as this route offers some of the most magnificent sights of the planet. "Customers can enjoy seeing the Northern Lights on a night flight between San Francisco and London. It is just superb and an experience really worth staying awake for on a trans-Atlantic flight," remarks Steve Allright, Captain at British Airways.

    Customers flying to San Francisco on board the A380 can choose from 14 stunning First suites on the main deck and 97 Club World seats split between the main and upper deck, which features a new 2:3:2 configuration. The popular World Traveller Plus cabin has been increased to 55 seats and this is in addition to 303 seats available in World Traveller.

    The double decked aircraft also offers one of the quietest cabins in the sky, with bigger overhead bins, extra storage space, cleaner air, mood lighting and more power sockets for personal electronic equipment.

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  • Turkey right to reject Iranian gas offer '" expert
    20.04.2015 16:06
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 19

    By Dalga Khatinoglu - Trend:

    Recently, Iranian oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said that Tehran has offered Turkey to double gas import from Iran instead of discounts in gas price. However, Turkey rejected the offer.

    Iran is selling about 27 million cubic meters per day (mcm/d) of natural gas to Turkey, but the sides dispute the quality-quantity and price of natural gas.

    Turkey filed two complaints with the International Court of Arbitration accusing Iran of overcharging as well as citing the low quality and quantity of delivered gas. Minister Taner YД±ldД±z said earlier that the court is set to issue its final verdict on the dispute in May.

    Turkey rightly rejected the Iranian offer, Director of Hydrocarbons, France, Mediterranean Energy Observatory (OME) Sohbet Karbuz told Trend April 19.

    Almost 10 billion standard cubic meters per year supply contract of BOTAS with Iran will expire in July 2026, he said, adding that entry point of Eastern Anatolia pipeline (from Iran) at Gurbulak, Agri in Turkey is only sufficient to accommodate the existing contract.

    "For any additional import quantity this pipeline capacity should be expanded, which means additional cost," he observed.

    "Karbuz asserted that Turkey should accept such an offer only provided that the new contract has non-oil-indexed elements, or preferably hub-based; and has no destination clause which would enable Turkey to re-export it if she wishes," said Karbuz.

    "Otherwise there is no point for Turkey of doubling the gas imports from Iran with outrageous price tag. At least for the price and diversity of supply reasons Turkey should intensify its efforts for bringing north Iraqi gas to the domestic market."

    The expert also answered a question a statement by Russia saying that Presidnet Vladimir Putin signed an oil-to-good deal with Iran on April 13 and Kremlin ratified that today.

    As for the potential oil-to-good deal between Russia and Iran, I would see it more of an oil swap-to good deal that would benefit Iran until the sanctions are removed or not removed, he said.

    He pointed out that for both Tehran and Moscow the deal would mean also re-energizing the petrodollar Hugo Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad(Venezuelan and Iranian former presidents) once wished.

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  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank not to compete with Asian Development Bank
    20.04.2015 16:03
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, April 20

    Trend:

    The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) will not compete with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Azerbaijani Finance Minister Samir Sharifov said.

    "The needs of the Asian region are so great that one bank is not enough to satisfy them," Sharifov said at the briefing April 20.

    He said that while participating in the activity of any financial institutions, Azerbaijan does not intend to harm them.

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  • Shamkir ?hess 2015 leaves three days behind
    20.04.2015 16:02
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    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Devoted to Azerbaijan's late grandmaster Vugar Gashimov, the

    grandiose Shamkir 2015 International Chess Tournament, held in

    Azerbaijanв's region of Shamkir gave the people three exciting days of

    competition.

    The first round started on April 17 with a duel in between Magnus

    Carlsen (Norway) and Viswanathan Anand from India, where Vugarв's niece

    Narmin made the first move in the game.

    The two grandmasters fought to a draw.

    The match in between Azerbaijani Shakhriyar Mammadyarov and Italian Fabiano Caruana also fizzled out in a draw.

    The next match was remembered with a flashy and brutal

    attack-knockout from GM Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) over Michael Adams

    (UK).

    Although the Grand Master joked the time difference made things

    difficult for him he nevertheless successfully claimed victory over his

    opponent.

    ''I am happy that I had a victory. It is an excellent opportunity to

    start with a victory at this respectable super-tournament. Now, there is

    a need to have sustainable victory,'' he said.

    On the first day of the tournament the chess players saw another victory

    thanks to a grinding win from Wesley So (USA) over Anish Giri

    (Netherlands).

    Wesley So linked his victory with a proper game, "It is very nice to

    start such a high level tournament with a victory. Iв'd better prepared

    for the next rounds. Continued success would come. It was the third

    consecutive victory, prior to the last two rounds to win the

    championship came to the United States. A victory over Giri delights

    me."

    The second round of the tournament was held in between Fabiano and

    Adams. The result of the second round was a quick-ish draw from Italian

    Fabiano and GM Adams (UK).

    On the same round Azerbaijani chess player Shahriyar lost to world

    champion Magnus. The Norwegian chess player said on his victory: "It was

    a good play today. I did not give my opponent a chance. I gained the

    advantage from the beginning and kept it until the end. As a result, I

    got my first win. It was important for me."

    Mammadyarov said Magnus gained the advantage from the very beginning:

    "It is always hard to play against the world champion. There cannot be

    any psychological pressure. Just like today, Magnus did not make moves I

    expected. If this hadn't happened, the match would have gone in a

    different direction. He played differently. You can lose in chess, but

    it's not good to lose in such a way."

    The second tour was the most eventful, with Azerbaijani Rauf and

    Anish Giri (Netherlands) drawing on an extremely lively game. The two

    GMs fought to a 2-2 draw.

    Russian GM Vladimir Kramnik also had a draw with US representative Wesley So in the 2nd round.

    The third tour of the tournament was also remembered with a flow of

    draws, starting with a standoff in between Russian Karmnik and

    Azerbaijani Rauf.

    However, Scandinavian GM interrupted the chain of draws after a victory over Italian GM Fabiano.

    ''Last year I lost to Fabiano in Shamkir. But, this time I thought

    only of victory. I did not think about a rematch, I just wanted to win.

    The rival had a problem with time,'' said Magnus about his victory.

    The game in between Azerbaijani Mammadyarov and French Maxime Vachier-Lagrave also finished with a draw.

    The results after the three rounds are as follow:

    Magnus Carlsen, Wesley So - 2.5 points

    Vladimir Kramnik - 2 points

    Viswanathan Anand, Rauf Mammadov, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave - 1.5 points

    Anish Giri, Shahriyar Mammadyarov, Fabiano Caruana - 1.5 points

    Michael Adams - 0.5 points.

    The fourth round of the tournament will be held on April 21.

    Michael Adams (UK) - Magnus Carlsen (Norway)

    Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) - Fabiano Caruana (Italy)

    Anish Giri (Netherlands) - Shahriyar Mammadyarov (AZE)

    Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) - Viswanathan Anand (India)

    Wesley So (USA) - Rauf Mammadov (AZE)

    The fund price of the tournament which will last till April 26 is €100,000. A day of rest is set for April 22.
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  • Breathtaking photo almost cost the photographer his life
    20.04.2015 16:00
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    When Pakistani photographer Atif Saeed set out for a drive through a

    safari park in Lahore in 2012, little did he know that he would end up

    risking his life for what is possibly the best photograph of his career '"

    a close-up shot of a charging lion!

    It all started during the drive, when Saeed spotted a lion a short

    distance away. ''It as an adult male lion, and what I liked most about

    him was the beautiful, dark hair on his neck,'' the 38-year-old later

    recalled. He got out of the car, left the door open, and crouched in the

    grass to take pictures with his 500mm telephoto lens. He did realise at

    the time that it could be a foolish move, but he told himself that it

    was the only way to get a natural photograph.

    Saeed got his opportunity within seconds '" the sound of the shutter

    apparently irritated the lion, and it turned around to charge at him.

    The lionв's expression at that moment was ferocious enough to send even

    the bravest of huntsmen into a state of shock. But Saeed managed to

    quickly gather his wits. He clicked a picture at lightning before

    leaping into his car and slamming the door shut, missing the aggressive

    beast by inches!

    As heВ recounted the tale later on, he said that his sole focus was to

    get the perfect shot. As soon as he had captured it, he made sure to

    get himself out of harmв's way. He explained that the risky experience

    was 'indescribableв', but he came away from it with a great story and

    terrific photographs.

    ''The feel of the aggressive, approaching lion from the camera is something that canв't be described,'' he told ABC news. ''I was witnessing every small detail of movement that no photograph or movie can show.''

    ''It was a pretty close encounter,'' he added. ''I was laughing afterwards

    at the time, but I donв't think Iв'd ever be able to do something like

    that again.'' The chilling photograph, clicked moments before the lionв's

    aggressive move, has gone viral online.
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  • High-level security ensured in Azerbaijan due to First European Games
    20.04.2015 15:59
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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 20

    Trend:

    Security is ensured in Azerbaijan at a high level in connection with the First European Games, said the Azerbaijani national security minister, Eldar Mahmudov, on Apr. 20.

    Azerbaijan's National Security Ministry said that Mahmudov made the remarks at an event dedicated to the 5th anniversary of the creation of the ministry's sports center.

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