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China bans new government buildings in corruption curb
24.07.2013 14:18
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.


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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    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 2

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    A business forum with participation of the representatives of Georgia, Turkey and Azerbaijan will be held in Batumi on March 6.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Georgian media that the statement came from speaker of the Georgian Foreign Ministy David Kereselidze.

    "The fourth business forum Turkey-Georgia-Azerbaijan envisaging the bilateral meetings of the Georgian vice premier, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Georgiy Kvirikashvili with the ministers of economy of Turkey and Azerbaijan is due to be held in Batumi on March 6", Kereselidze said.
  • Ali Hasanov: Armenia continues its destructive position
    02.03.2015 14:28
    ''Armenia has occupied these territories. Any event held by them will be accepted as one organized by an invader country in another stateв's territory.'' Presidential Aide, Head of the Department of Social and Political Affairs at the Presidential Administration Ali Hasanov has commented on the so-called parliamentary elections to be held in the self-proclaimed Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, SIA informs.

    According to Hasanov, Armenia continues its destructive position and challenging the norms of international law. It violates all the principles of international law, overtly revealing this position to the world.
  • Population cut their deposits in banks
    02.03.2015 14:27
    As of February 1, 2015 the population deposits in Azerbaijani banks made AZN 7,121,300,000.

    According to the website of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan, as of January 1, 2015 Azerbaijani banks raised deposits in the amount of AZN 7,188,300,000. Thus, the deposits in banks dropped 0.93% in January 2015.

    In 2014 the banking deposits of the population rose by 12.4%.
  • No reason to inflate prices on bread and flour products in Azerbaijan
    02.03.2015 14:26
    There is no reason to inflate prices on bread and flour products in Azerbaijan, the head of the State Grain Fund of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations Zulfugar Mammadov said March 2.

    He said that the volume of grain reserves of the fund increased from 500,000 metric tons to 750,000 metric tons.

    ''This allows intervention on the domestic grain market and preventing the price increase.

    "Currently, the fund provides the enterprises with grain at 185.6 manat per metric ton,'' he said. ''The wholesale price on 50-kilogram bag of flour is set at the level of 16 manat. This allows keeping the price on bread produced in the country at a stable level. In other words, there is no reason to raise the price on bread."

    ''At present, the supply of high quality wheat in the country hit almost 500,000 metric tons,'' Mammadov said. ''Moreover, the negotiations on wheat supply are being held with the grain producers from Russia and Kazakhstan.''

    The main objective of the State Grain Fund is to provide consumers with grain products in emergency situations, to form the state grain stocks, to fulfill the international obligations and, if necessary, to prevent a sharp rise in prices on the domestic grain market.

    The Central Bank of Azerbaijan has set the manat rate versus the US dollar at 1.05 manat per dollar since February 21. The rate decreased by 33.9 percent.

    The official exchange rate of the US dollar versus the Azerbaijani manat was set at 1.0496 manat as of March 2.

  • Azerbaijani serviceman dies from disease
    02.03.2015 14:12
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 2

    By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:

    An Azerbaijani soldier died as a result of a disease, the Azerbaijani defense ministry said March 2.

    According to the preliminary data, 25-year-old soldier Vijay Parvanayev died from acute heart and respiratory failure March 2.

    Parvanayev was called to the active military service from the Gusar district of Azerbaijan.

    A forensic examination is underway. The Military Prosecutor's Office filed a criminal case.

    The Azerbaijani defense minister expresses his condolences to the family of the soldier, the statement said.

    Edited by CN

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  • Iranian police seize over 700 kilograms of various drugs
    02.03.2015 14:11
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 2

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    Iran's police seized about 708 kilograms of various drugs including opium, heroin and crack from smugglers in the country's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan'«.

    Police forces seized 390 kilograms of opium, 224 kilograms of heroin, 45 kilograms of crack and 48 kilograms of morphine in two different operations, the province's police commander, Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi said, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported March 2'«.

    The drugs were discovered in mountainous and impassable areas, near the city of Saravan, Rahimi said. The police commander added that illegal weapon and ammunition were also discovered and seized'«.

    Iran is situated on a major drug route between Afghanistan and Europe, as well as the Gulf States. The Islamic Republic shares about 900 kilometers of common border with Afghanistan, over which 74 percent of opium is smuggled'«.

    About 237 metric tons of various drugs were seized in Iran during the first half of the current Iranian fiscal year (March 21-Sept. 22, 2014'«).

    It was reported that some 500 metric tons of drugs were seized in the country during the last Iranian fiscal year (March 21, 2013 to March 21, 2014'«).

    The fight against drugs annually costs Iran about $1 billion, according to the official estimates. The statistics also say there are about two million drug users in Iran'«.

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  • PACE co-rapporteurs visit Azerbaijan, meetings scheduled
    02.03.2015 13:47
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar.2

    By Anahanum Khidayatova - Trend:

    The co-rapporteurs of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on Azerbaijan, Pedro Agramunt and Tadeusz Iwinski, are on a visit to Azerbaijan, the press service of PACE told Trend Mar.2.

    The co-rapporteurs will meet with Azerbaijani officials, including the chairman of the Milli Majlis (Parliament) Ogtay Asadov, Minister of Justice Fikret Mammadov, representatives of the Azerbaijani delegation to PACE.

    Agramunt and Iwinski will also hold meetings in the General Prosecutor's Office, Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan and the Central Election Commission.

    In addition, they are expected to meet with representatives of civil society in the country and visit a number of prisoners.

    The visit of co-rapporteurs of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) completes on March 3.

    The Polish MP Iwinski was elected as co-rapporteur of PACE Monitoring Committee on Azerbaijan on January 29 during the PACE winter session in Strasbourg. In this role, he succeeded Joseph Debono Grech (Malta). This is the first visit of Iwinski as co-rapporteur to Azerbaijan.


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  • Iran to show its real power if US makes military move '" official
    02.03.2015 13:45
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 2

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    Deputy Commander of Iran's General Staff of Armed Forces Brigadier General Masoud Jazayeri has said that if the US makes any military move against Iran, the Islamic Republic will demonstrate its real power to it.

    His remarks came in reaction to recent statements on Iran's nuclear case by US Secretary of State John Kerry in interview with ABC News channel.

    The United States deserves the benefit of the doubt on getting a deal that would prevent any need for military action to curb Tehran's atomic ambitions, Kerry had said

    The US secretary of state is so obtuse that he thinks by threatening Iran with military options, the Islamic Republic will abandon its interests, Jazayeri stated, ISNA news agency reported Mar. 2.

    "In case of a military confrontation, we will act in such a way to get rid of the US for good," asserted the Iranian official, stressing that Iran's military forces are highly powerful and prepared.

    Our solid defense and wide offensive will remove the US from the strategic West Asia, he noted.

    Edited by CN

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  • Defense Ministry dismisses Armenian media's report on soldier deaths
    02.03.2015 13:15
    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry has officially dismissed Armenian media's reports on soldier losses as baseless.

    The Ministry said the news reported by the Armenian media about alleged deaths of soldiers in Azerbaijani army were fictitious and divorced from reality.

    "Armenian media's alleged reports on our troops' losses during a fire exchange on February 28 are not true," announced Vagif Dargahli, the ministry's spokesman

    Meantime, two Armenian soldiers were reported dead as a result of a gunplay on the Line of Contact on the February 28 afternoon.

    Artak Aghekyan, 36, and Hayk Baroyan, 20, were killed by Azerbaijani troops in the wake of armed skirmishes.

    On March 2, the ministry confirmed that in the past 24 hours, Armenia infringed the ceasefire agreement with Azerbaijan over 50 times, thus forcing Baku to intervene.

    Drawn into a conflict it did not initiate, Azerbaijan has warned it would not stand idly while its people's lives are put in harm's way by Armenian soldiers.

    Back in 1992, following a violent and bloody conflict, Armenia occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts plunging the South Caucasus region into a protracted conflict.

    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 yet to comply with UN Security Council resolutions calling for the liberation of all occupied territories.
  • AIM 2015 to highlight investment opportunities in SME sector
    02.03.2015 13:15
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Investments in small and medium-sized enterprises will be a key topic of discussion at the Annual Investment Meeting 2015, to be held in Dubai from March 30 to April 1.

    AIM 2015 will bring experts and officials from over 140 countries to discuss major topics related to Foreign Direct Investment, mainly in SME sector.

    Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, organizer AIM 2015, said SMEs are the cornerstone of any economy, given their huge contribution to the gross domestic product as well as employment generation. ''Hence, it is important to have extensive discussions on SMEs being an incubator for creativity and innovation.''

    ''SMEs have become a springboard for creativity and innovation, given their economic value addition. Many of the SMEs have grown rapidly attracting a variety of investments, as well as funds and governmental support through bodies like Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development and Mohammed bin Rashid Establishment for SME Development,'' Al Mansoori said speaking about SME scene in the UAE.

    Al Mansouri also added SMEs are essential for accelerating innovation. An SME is established based on an idea, or as implementation of a patent, and keeps developing to become a productive entity.

    ''We support these institutions by providing facilities. This yearв's edition of AIM aims to discuss this subject threadbare, and recommend solutions that would be beneficial to the macro interests of the economies in the world,'' he added.

    SMEs are facing many obstacles, particularly on the funding side, which calls for increased investment. Participants at AIM 2015 will highlight the significance of boosting investments in such institutions, and ways to address barriers to financing, development and investments.

    ''The AIM agenda will include investments in general as well as FDI in SMEs and their integration with the overall financial system. It will also shed light on its financial obstacles and suggest solutions. We hope that AIM will come out with tangible results to strongly support this vital sector,'' said Dawood Al Shezawi, CEO and AIMв's Organizing Committee.

    The AIM program includes in-depth debates on patents and orientations of investments highlighting preferences of investors and host countries. It will highlight the views of governments, investors and owners of SMEs, with the goal of finding ideal solutions and ideas for developing this important sector.

    SMEs have shorter establishment process for foreign investors, as they find ready entities for investments and promotion in large open markets.

    ''SMEs invest in areas that are not on the radar of bigger investors, and develop themselves to become pioneers with huge potential of further growth, especially if they find foreign markets to sell their products or services,'' Al Shezawi said.

    AIM 2015 will be held under the theme 'Sustainable Development through FDI Induced Innovation and Technology Transferв'.

    Some specialized reports reveal that SMEs play a key role in reducing unemployment, especially in some developing economies.

    It should be noted that many of the SMEs have evolved and grown as a result of innovative ideas of its owners, especially young people. These startup companies are considered centers for innovation and creativity to support the economy, particularly as their activity is concerned with the needs of the community.

    In addition to the challenges of financing, SMEs are facing obstacles related to selling in foreign markets, in light of competition from larger companies, or in light of obstacles preventing them from entering new markets.

    Product development is also a challenge, since these facilities may lack the necessary mechanisms for developing its products, or they might lack expertise or market research, or lagging behind in technological advancement.

    Lack of funding is one of the obstacles facing the SME sector, as they are unable to develop their products or expand business. Here is where the role of FDI comes in.
  • Iran says supports Yemen in uniting groups
    02.03.2015 13:15
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 2

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister in Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amirabullahian has said that the Islamic Republic supports a process of peace and cooperation in Yemen.

    Amirabdullahian made the remarks while commenting on a Yemeni delegation's visit to Tehran, Mehr news agency reported Mar. 2.

    An Iranian airplane carrying humanitarian aid landed in Yemen on Mar. 1. In the meantime, an economic delegation from Yemen is in Tehran to seek ways for more cooperation between the two countries.

    "We are also holding talks with the delegation on political developments in Yemen in areas that we can help the Yemeni people," the Iranian diplomat stated.

    Asked to comment on reports that a flight route has been established between Tehran and Sanaa and that some Ansarullah members are accompanying the economic delegation to Iran, he said that a pact on aerial transportation was being pursued since former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh was in office.

    He added that the pact was revived through efforts made in the past 10 days by an Iranian aviation delegation, nothing that Tehran-Sanaa flights will be operational soon.

    Iran's IRIB news agency reported Mar. 2 that a governmental delegation from Yemen headed by Saleh al-Samad, head of Ansarullah movement's political council, had traveled to Tehran accompanied by officials from different Yemeni ministries as well as economic experts.

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  • "Focus" as top weekend film in US
    02.03.2015 13:08
    Will Smithв's new comedy ''Focus'' opened as the top film in U.S. and Canadian cinemas, toppling the steamy drama ''Fifty Shades of Grey'' after two weekends as No. 1.

    Smithв's R-rated Warner Bros. feature with Margot Robbie produced $19.1 million in its debut, Rentrak Corp. said Sunday in a statement. ''Fifty Shades,'' with $10.9 million in sales, fell to No. 4. ''The Lazarus Effect'' opened with $10.6 million in sales to place fifth.

    The first R-rated movie led by Smith in more than a decade, the opening at No. 1 is a reminder of the former rapperв's pull at the box office. Competition at the box office heats up later this month when Walt Disney Co. releases ''Cinderella'' on March 13.
  • No reason to inflate prices on bread and flour products in Azerbaijan
    02.03.2015 13:07
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 2


    There is no reason to inflate prices on bread and flour products in Azerbaijan, the head of the State Grain Fund of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Emergency Situations Zulfugar Mammadov said March 2.

    He said that the volume of grain reserves of the fund increased from 500,000 metric tons to 750,000 metric tons.

    "This allows holding the intervention on the domestic grain market and preventing the price increase.

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  • Iranian president due in Turkmenistan for economic talks
    02.03.2015 12:59
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 2

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will pay a two-day visit to Turkmenistan, starting on March 10, to discuss ways to expand bilateral economic ties.

    A number of ministers and a group of officials from the private sector will accompany Rouhani, Iran's IRNA news agency reported on March 2.

    Rouhani and his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow are scheduled to sign documents on expanding cooperation in economic, political, and cultural areas.

    In Feb. 2014, Iranian minister of industry, mining and trade Mohammad-Reza Nematzadeh said Iran and Turkmenistan have the capacity to double their trade exchanges.

    In a meeting with the visiting Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov in Tehran, Nematzadeh said the two countries can raise the current $5-billion trade transaction to $10 billion.

    The Islamic Republic exports machinery, construction materials, sedans, buses, food stuff, agricultural and petrochemical products, electrical products and home appliances to Turkmenistan, and imports natural gas, electricity, textiles and agricultural products from its northern neighbor.

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  • Turkish minister of labor, social development intends to leave politics
    02.03.2015 12:51
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar.2

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Minister of Labor and Social Development of Turkey Faruk Celik intends to leave politics after the parliamentary election to be held in the country June 7, 2015, Turkish TV channel Haber7 reported Mar.2, referring to the minister.

    The minister said that he did not intend to participate in the parliamentary election.

    Celik was appointed minister of labor and social development of Turkey in 2011. He is a member of the ruling Justice and Development Party.

    Representatives of 31 political parties will participate in the parliamentary election in Turkey.

    Earlier, it was reported that over 70 current MPs from the ruling Justice and Development Party of Turkey will not be able to take part in 2015 parliamentary elections.

    This decision was adopted at the regular meeting of the ruling party in accordance with the internal regulations, according to which MPs from the party have no right to be elected to the parliament for more than three terms.

    The following well-known representatives of the Justice and Development Party will not be able to participate in the 2015 parliamentary elections: deputy prime ministers Bulent Arinc, Besir Atalay and Ali Babacan, Minister of Justice Bekir Bozdag, deputy head of the party Huseyin Celik, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Taner Yildiz and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

    The ruling Justice and Development Party gained 46.66 percent of votes in the parliamentary election in Turkey, which took place in 2011. Republican People's Party gained 20.85 percent of votes, Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) - 14, 29 percent.


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  • The League Cup winner revealed
    02.03.2015 12:45
    Chelsea werecrowned as the League Cup winners by winning against city rivals Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the final at Wembley Stadium, London on Sunday.

    Chelsea captain John Terry scored the opening goal of the final in the 45th minute. In 56в', Tottenham defenderKyle Walker found his own net and doubled the score for Chelsea.

    Two goals made Chelsea securethe win in the final, bringing The Blues the domestic trophy at Wembley.

    It was reported that 89,297 spectators watched the final.

    Chelsea won the League Cup in 1965, 1998, 2005 and 2007. In 2008, Chelsea again metTottenham in the final but Spurs won it 2-1.

    The Blues Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho won his seventh cup at Chelsea.

    Mourinho had led London giants Chelsea to two English Premier League titles, two League Cup trophies, one FA Cup and oneCommunity Shield.
  • Houston hosts event on genocide in Khojaly '"
    02.03.2015 12:45
    ''These war criminals are awarded in Armenia"










    On February, 2015, the fourth bigger city of the United States-Houston, which is also called the lsquo;energy capital of the world' hosted the memorial annual event on the victims of genocide in Khojaly committed by Armenia on the night of February 26.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to Aze.Az that our a hundred people-Americans of Azerbaijani, Russian, Israeli, Turkish and other origins attended the event to commemorate the victims.

    The event was attended by officials including member of the Congress of Texas, representatives of the US congressmen, diplomatic and business circles, as well as press.

    The event was organized by AACA (Azerbaijan-America Cultural Alliance). The head of this organization, Ismayil Ahmadov stressed the importance of commemorating the victims of the worst tragedy in the postwar Europe every year and remembering the events that happened to the residents of the Azerbaijani city which was razed to the ground by Armenian occupants.

    In his speech, Elkhan Agamirza, the founder of the world public organization lsquo;Azerbaijanis' and website, noted that Khojaly genocide is a crime against humanity and must be recognized as genocide with all consequences for the culprits by the efforts of the world community for the purpose of preventing the further repetition of such a tragedy in any other place.

    If those responsible for Khojaly were held accountable in time, probably, the genocide in Bosnian Srebrenica in 1995 and other tragedies had never taken place.

    Instead, those war criminals are awarded in Armenia and occupy high positions in this aggressor state. And Armenia yields the real dividends taken from the tactics of the scorched land and mass intimidation of civilians by holding 20% of a neighbor state under occupation .

    Agamirza also drew parallels with the events of the past year in Ukraine where the same methods of lsquo;hybrid war' worked out by Armenia in Azerbaijan with the complete rejection of obvious facts and under the support of the rest of the world, are now applied against the biggest European state-Ukraine for its striving to be part of a free world. Azerbaijan, Georgia and Moldova were punished with the loss of lands and lsquo;frozen conflicts' for the same striving to be free.

    Elkhan Agamirza called on the public and politicians of the world, especially of the United States and Europe, to take all measures to oppose such inhumane methods in conduction of their policy, stop to turn a blind eye on the massacres and attempts of dividing borders in the postwar Europe which started in Armenia, punish all those responsible and eliminate any benefit taken by aggressors as a result of such a policy.

    Member of the Texas House of Representatives Alma Allen took the ground after him. The congresswoman spoke about the importance of such events and everyone's participation in them to rule out such atrocities from the further history of humanity.

    Allen said that she still shudders at the memory of this terrible tragedy and considered it her duty to take part in the memorial event. She stressed the positive fact of the recognition of Khojaly massacre in the parliament of Texas along with the legislative bodies of many other US states and countries of world. She noted that the recognition of the fact of tragedy and dissemination of the due information is the first essential step towards preventing such disasters in the future.

    In her conversation with editor-in-chief Sevinj Ahmadova following her speech, Allen noted that she considers Azerbaijan a close ally of the United States and a good business partner of Texas and has a high opinion about the state, its culture and residents. She noted that the tragedy in Khojaly left a strong negative impression on her and she is ready to provide any possible assistance in reaching justice for the victims of this tragedy.
  • Azerbaijani state does not imagine its life without free media '" Ali Hasanov
    02.03.2015 12:44
    The Azerbaijani state does not imagine its life without free media.

    The statement came from Ali Hasanov, Head of Political and Public Affairs Department at the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration, during his meeting with members of the News Agencies World Council (NACO).

    A. Hasanov noted that the modern media today has important duties concerning the ongoing globalization process around the world.

    "Competition among media agencies is quite natural, but it must be on sound foundation. And we would like it being aimed at improving universally accepted values rather than discrediting them. Unfortunately, we're facing the opposite. Developments in the world are being one-sidedly highlighted by even leading news agencies sometimes, and presented in accordance with political interests. In many cases, unverified, tendentious or ordered information make its way into media. This causes damage to bilateral international relations," he stressed.

    According to Ali Hasanov, different information agencies and media outlets have their own policy.

    "This has to be so. But objectivity, impartiality and authenticity are very essential principles in journalism. In this case only, we can arrive at a common understanding relying on sound thinking. It's especially important today at a time humanity is suffering from threats such as political confrontations, terrorism, separatism, religious extremism, transnational crimes. If people get unbiased information, it allows them to correctly analyze the developments going on not only in their countries but throughout the whole world," said Ali Hasanov.
  • Cybercrime in Iran doubles
    02.03.2015 12:37
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 2

    By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

    Director of the Iranian Center for the Detection and Prevention of Cybercrime Ali Niknafs said that in the course of 3 years, cybercrime has doubled in the country.

    Niknafs who was speaking on the sidelines of a cyber-security conference in the city of Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan province, said that since cyberspace is a recent phenomenon, people committing cybercrime are mostly of young age, IRNA news agency reported Mar. 1.

    "The average age for cyber criminals is 16 to 17 years. The cyber-attacks that take place in the country are a good example to show that the young ones are more adept in cyberspace and that their parents have little control over them," he noted.

    The official added that around 91 percent of the country's cybercrimes are detected by security forces.

    Niknafs said that most of the crimes are committed with financial intent, adding that 80 percent of the cases include hacking into bank accounts.

    In October, Iran held cyber defense exercises in five provinces, head of the Islamic Republic's Passive Defense Organization, Brigadier General Gholamreza Jalali said.

    Testing the official organizations' resistance against cyber threats was among the goals of the drill, Jalali said.

    In November, Iran reached a preliminary agreement with Azerbaijan on cooperation in the field of cyber security.

    The cooperation of the sides in this area has been recently discussed in Baku by Azerbaijani Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov and Iran's Minister of Communication and Information Technology, co-chairman of the Azerbaijan-Iran intergovernmental commission on trade-economic and humanitarian cooperation Mahmoud Vaezi, the ministry said.

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  • Sacred energy of Ateshgah temple
    02.03.2015 12:03
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    While the bite of winter can still be felt, spring is most definitely on its way and soon Azerbaijan will be able to enjoy a much kinder and warmer weather; and this means everyone favorite holiday is around the corner - Novruz Bayram or the New Year.

    Last week the country celebrated the first Tuesday before the holiday '" Water Tuesday. It is one of the four Tuesdays, each of which is dedicated to the awakening of one of the natural elements.

    Usually preparation for Novruz begins a month prior to the festival. Each of forthcoming 4 weeks is devoted to one of the four elements and called accordingly in Azerbaijan. Each Tuesday people celebrate the day of one of the four elements - water, fire, earth and wind.

    Rooted in Zoroastrianism - the oldest of all monotheist religions - Novruz Bayram has been celebrated since ancient times. The spring new year has been welcomed by holidays in Azerbaijan, Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and other Eastern countries. Novruz, which means "new day" in Persian is marked in the northern hemisphere on the day of the equinox (21-22 March), which is the beginning of spring.

    Zoroastrianism was founded by the Prophet Zoroaster in ancient Iran approximately 3500 years ago and revolves around the worship of fire.

    With a history that stretches back millennia, Baku is home to the Baku Ateshgah or "Fire Temple". The temple is an ancient Hindu castle-like religious edifice in a suburb of greater Baku, which was initially recognized as a Zoroastrian fire worship place.

    The temple is included in the UNESCOв's preliminary World Heritage list and considered as one of the most interesting monuments due to its historical value.

    Built in the 17-18th centuries, the temple is located on a place well known for its natural burning-gas phenomenon.

    Zoroastrians monks highly rated mystical significance of the inextinguishable fire and came here to worship it. Dozens of hermits living in Ateshgah worshiped fire and led an ascetic life, torturing their flesh and cleansing their soul.

    The pentagonal complex, which has a courtyard surrounded by cells for monks and a tetrapillar-altar in the middle was abandoned after 1883 when the movement of the earth's surface stopped the yield of natural gas. Pilgrims thought it was a punishment from the gods and began to disperse.

    Until now, this place is believed to possess an extraordinary energy. Today, Ateshgah is a newly reconstructed museum, which attracts the attention of many tourists.

    Located 30 km away from the capital, on the Absheron Peninsula, the temple is a perfect place to visit during one of the festive Tuesdays.
  • Erdogan about opening of border with Armenia
    02.03.2015 11:55
    Unless any steps are taken, we cannot open the border with Armenia.

    The statement came from President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, answering the question about any initiatives available on Armenia and Armenians on the occasion of 100th anniversary of genocide claims, APA reports citing

    "Our provision is that unless any steps are not taken toward the Karabakh conflict settlement, Turkey will not open its border with Armenia. During the talks with Putin, Hollande and Obama, they said that they are dealing and will deal with the issue, but there is still no result", he said.
  • Ali Hasanov: Azerbaijani media fully free
    02.03.2015 11:47
    Azerbaijan is a country, located at the junction of the West and East, that established the first parliamentary republic in the Muslim East 97 years ago and issued the first newspaper in the East 140 years ago.

    Presidential Aide, head of the department of social and political issues of the Presidential Administration Ali Hasanov made remarks at the meeting with the members of the News Agencies World Council in Baku, APA reports.

    Hasanov said that democratic republic established in Azerbaijan was occupied by Soviet Russia 95 years ago, but tradition of journalism also developed and professional journalism was formed in Azerbaijan in the Soviet period.

    "In 1991, after Azerbaijan gained its independence, the national media began to integrate into global information space, free media was formed in the country. Works are being consistently carried out within the "Concept for State support for the development of media in Azerbaijan" adopted in 2008 to form free and democratic press in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani media is fully free, and journalists discuss any issue. 40 daily newspapers are published, more than 5 000 media outlets and 20 agencies are operating in the country. There is a free internet access that also contributes to the expansion of social media. More than 70 percent of the population is Internet users," the PA department head noted.
  • Dollar and euro decline against manat
    02.03.2015 11:38
    The latest data of the Central Bank.

    Today, the official exchange rate of the US dollar to Azerbaijani manat has decreased slightly.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to APA that according to information in the bulletin of the Central Bank for March 2, the official exchange rate was set at AZN 1.0496.

    On 27 February the dollar was sold for AZN 1.0498.

    Thus, the dollar fell to AZN 0.0002 or 0.023%.

    From 21 to 24 February the dollar was sold for AZN 1.0500.

    The rate of Euro within the Euro-Dollar basket has dropped AZN 0.0038 or 0.32% to AZN 1.1733.

    From 21 to 24 February euro held at around AZN 1.1950, February 27 it was sold for AZN 1.1950.
  • Imprisoned PKK leader may be released earlier?
    02.03.2015 11:38
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 2

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    The leader of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) Abdullah Ocalan can be earlier released from prison, former deputy head of the Turkish Justice and Development Party (JDP) Dengir Mir Mehmet Firat told Hurriyet newspaper.

    He said that currently, there is no need to keep Ocalan in prison, since he speaks against all forms violence and have urged the PKK militants to lay down arms.

    Ocalan was arrested in Kenya Feb.15, 1999 and handed over to Turkish authorities. He was imprisoned on the island of Imrali in the Marmara Sea. Initially, the PKK leader was sentenced to death. However, the sentence was commuted to life imprisonment later.

    The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has continued for over 25 years and has claimed more than 40,000 lives.

    The process of democratic settlement to the Kurdish problem in Turkey kicked off in 2009, following which a part of the PKK militants left the country's territory and moved to the neighboring Iraq.

    Edited by SI


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  • Icherisheher to be closed for cars for 12 days
    02.03.2015 11:37
    The car entry in Icherisheher will be temporarily restricted due to the shooting for 'Ali and Nino' movie.

    The statement came from the Department of the 'Icherisheher' State Historical and Architectural Reserve.

    The information notes that due to the shooting of the film, the entry of cars to Icherisheher will be remporarily restricted from March 2 until March 14.

    "Decorations in the spirit of the late 19th-early 20th centuries will be installed to revive the images featured in the book. The Department will take all essential measures to minimize inconveniences for the residents and guests of Icherisheher", the department notes.
  • Silk Way Group to purchase three Boeing 747-8 Freighters
    02.03.2015 11:32
    Azerbaijan`s Silk Way Group will purchase three 747-8 Freighter airplanes as the company signed an agreement with Boeing.The agreement was signed by President of Silk Way Group Zaur Akhundov and Vice-president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Marty Bentrott. The contract was valued at more than $1.1 billion.President of Azerbaijan Airlines Jahangir Asgarov and US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Sekuta attended the signing ceremony.Vice-president of Middle East, Russia and Central Asia Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes Marty Bentrott said Silk Way Group has special place among the customers. He hailed Silk Way Group`s cooperation with Boeing. He expressed confidence that the agreement would be beneficial for both sides.

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  • Earthquake hits Iranв's Qazvin province
    02.03.2015 11:31
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 2

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    An earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale jolted the city of Avaj in Iran's Qazvin province.

    The tremor occurred at 9:38 local time (GMT 4:30 hours), according to a report from the seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute.

    The earthquake's epicenter was at 35.75 degrees latitude and 48.93 degrees longitude at a depth of 10 kilometers underground, Iran's State IRINN TV reported March 2.

    There is no immediate report on possible casualties or damage.

    Avaj was near the epicenter of the 2002 Bouin-Zahra earthquake and thus was severely affected by it, with roughly half the town being razed.

    Iran sits astride several major faults in the earth's crust and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.

    The deadliest quake in the country was in June 1990 and measured 7.7 on the Richter scale.

    About 37,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 injured in the north-western provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. Nearly 27 towns and 1,870 villages were devastated.

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  • Swine flu poses no threat to Azerbaijan
    02.03.2015 11:16
    /By AzerNews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijan has no need to be afraid of the swine influenza, the Health Ministry reported.

    Although cases of swine flu have been on the increase in Russia, Azerbaijan remains largely unaffected said Shair Gurbanov, the deputy director of the Anti-Plague Station.

    Sixty people reportedly contracted the disease in Russia.

    "There is no reason to be concerned that the Swine flu will spread to Azerbaijan," Gurbanov added.

    The deputy director stressed that preventive measures against the spread of the virus in the winter period are taken every year.

    "As ways of contamination with the swine flu and the ordinary flu are similar as well as their symptoms, the prevention of these diseases are also similar. From this standpoint, Azerbaijan does not plan to conduct additional measures, it is not necessary," said Gurbanov.

    Fever, cough, nasal secretions, fatigue, and headache are the main symptoms of the swine flu.

    The swine influenza may mutate and become easily transmissible among humans. The outbreak of the flu was noted in 2009, and was first observed in Mexico.

    The swine flu virus with H1N1 subtype is weaker than the regular flu. "Influenza is an acute respiratory infection. Only the laboratory can identify infection with this disease," he noted.

    The deputy director stressed that deaths from the regular flu are several times higher than deaths from the swine flu.

    The ordinary flu infection leads to death in five percent of cases, while death from swine flu comes in two percent of cases.

    ''The swine flu, as usual, is able to promptly spread among humans. In winter, people spend more time indoors, so the chance of spreading the virus during this period is high," Gurbanov said.

    He further noted, "those who experience flu symptoms should see a doctor, use a mask, practice good hygiene and refrain from staying in public places as to prevent the spread of the virus''.

    "People need to live a healthy lifestyle, eat right, not smoke, not drink alcohol with a view not to weaken their immune system," the deputy director added.

    It should be noted, that since Azerbaijan is a predominantly Muslim country, the breeding of swine and intake of the meat is not widespread.
  • Azerbaijani boxer defeats Armenian
    02.03.2015 11:15
    Elvin took the "gold".

    A traditional boxing tournament called "Strandja" ended in the capital of Bulgaria - Sofia city.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference Boxing Federation of Azerbaijan that our team won 2 gold and 1 silver medal at the tournament.

    In the decisive battle Elvin Isayev (60 kg) won a victory over Armenian boxer Samvel Barseghyan and rose to the highest step of the podium.

    Lorenzo Sotomayor (64 kg) repeated the success of his teammate. In the final member of the national team was victorius over the Uzbek athlete Faziliddin Gaibnazarov(3: 0).

    Elena Vistropova (64 kg), performing as part of the women's team won the second place. In the final European champion was defeated by the representative of Sweden Agnes Aleksiusson (0:2).

    The tournament was attended by 221 boxer from 35 countries. The tournament was held in preparation for the European games "Baku-2015". In the judiciary Azerbaijan was presented by Jeykhun Gadirli.
  • Workaholics more inclined to alcoholic drinks, says survey
    02.03.2015 11:06
    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Just a few people in the world would agree to work more than the average time per week. First of all, most people want to spend their post-work time with their family, go for a walk, visit relatives and etc.

    But, today a new reason is preventing people from being a workaholic: working too hard can drive you to drink more, said researchers, warning of the double alcohol-related health risks.

    An overview of studies covering more than 400,000 people proved that individuals who work for over 48 working hours per week- the European Union's suggested maximum- are more likely to consume "risky" quantities of alcohol.The BMJ journal, a London-based international peer reviewed medical journal, reported that long working hours boosts the possibility of higher alcohol intake by 11 percent overall.People who work 49-54 hours a week are exposed to a 13 percent higher risk of developing a risky alcohol use habit compared to others who work 35-40-hour per week.Working 55 hours or more expose workers to 12 percent more risk.

    Ibrahim Ibrahimov, a psychologist in Azerbaijan told AzerNews that excessive working hours lead people to gradually lose their spontaneous way of living and live a "robotic" life in a continuous stress.

    Many working people involved in the surveys in Azerbaijan said working too hard caused stress in them and deprived them of spending their time with family, friends, said Ibrahimov.

    "More working hours reduce the sociability, as well as cause insomnia among people. Being far from correlation and sleepy nights usually result in several mental disturbances. Thereby, many people turn to alcoholic drinks to get rid of psychological disorders and job fatigue," he added.

    Ibrahimov said overworking could even drive some people into depression, reducing their desire and energy to work.

    "Drinking alcohol is the best way for workaholics to escape from the stress, aggression, boredom and problems. They somehow anesthetize themselves through alcoholic beverages for some period of time," he noted.

    "Risky" alcohol usage is defined as more than 14 units per week for a woman and more than 21 for a man. Higher alcohol intake may well make a ground for a higher risk for liver and heart disease, cancer, stroke and mental disorders.

    An alcohol unit is equal to a third of a pint of medium-strength beer, a half of a 175-millilitre glass of red wine with 12 percent alcohol by volume, or a 25 milliliters shot of whisky.

    More than a dozen developed economies were covered by the research, including Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and the United States.

    "This meta-analysis supports the longstanding suspicion that alcohol can seem like a fast acting and effective way to eliminate the dull work-related aches and pains, and smooth the transition between work life and home life among workaholics," said Cassandra Okechukwu of the Harvard School of Public Health.The results of the mentioned survey is not new, as long working hours have previously been linked to cardiovascular disease, depression and anxiety.Okechukwu added that having a job is associated with a lower prevalence of alcohol consumption and a higher chance of recovery from alcohol misuse than being unemployed."The risk should be taken seriously. Any sign presumably linked to avoidable increases in disease or health damaging behavior, or both, warrants careful examination," said Okechukwu.Heavy drinking can have a long-term effect on employeesв' performance, including absenteeism, inefficiency, poor decision-making and damaged customer relations, according to a Britain-based Institute of Alcoholic Studies. The institute claims that a raised blood alcohol level while at work jeopardizes both efficiency and safety by increasing the likelihood of mistakes, errors of judgement, and accident proneness.

    World Health Organization reported in its Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2014 that worldwide alcohol consumption in 2010 was equal to 6.2 liters of pure alcohol per person aged 15 years or older. Moreover, harmful use of alcohol results in the deaths of 2.5 million people worldwide annually, causes illness and injury to millions more, and increasingly affects younger generations and drinkers in developing countries.

    WHO's report in 2011 also revealed that alcohol caused nearly 4 percent of deaths worldwide, more than AIDS, tuberculosis or violence.

    Vodka says: "Trust me, you can dance", but Mahatma Gandhi said: "Alcohol is not the answer to all the questions". Killing the boring time with alcohol is deliberately killing the health. Health is hardly recovered once it is lost, so, try to say "no" to alcohol wherever you are, either at work or at a barbecue party.
  • Lavrov to attend UN meeting
    02.03.2015 10:59
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday plans to attend a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva and hold several bilateral meetings with foreign counterparts, including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry said Russia was expected to put forward an initiative in Geneva to adopt a statement by the president of the Human Rights Council for the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two.

    "We hope for a constructive approach from all delegations concerned," the ministry said.

    On the sidelines of the session, Lavrov will also open a high-level discussion focused on protecting Christians around the world, it said.

    "Russia is seriously concerned about conflicts in the Middle East, which has been a centre of all monotheistic religions from time immemorial. Unfortunately, Christians do not only suffer persecution or discrimination in the course of these conflicts but also become the victims of actions that can be defined as genocide," the ministry said.

    Russian diplomats noted developments in Ukraine "where in the course of the fratricidal war unleashed by the Kiev authorities, Orthodox churches and monasteries are being destroyed while priests and the faithful are being intimidated and harassed by Ukrainian nationalists."

    During his trip to Geneva, Lavrov is due to participate in events of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament. The foreign minister will also hold a number of bilateral meetings.

    Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said last week the situation in Ukraine and the implementation of an agreement reached in Minsk would feature high on the agenda of Lavrovв's meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

    Ryabkov did not rule out a meeting between Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is expected to attend the Human Rights Council session on March 2.
  • Day of Open Doors held at Golf Academy
    02.03.2015 10:58
    The Azerbaijan Golf Federation was established just recently.

    Since the moment of its establishment it has been working hard to promote golf not only as a sport but also as a lifestyle.

    Owing to the efforts of the Federation, golf is rapidly gaining popularity among the residents of Azerbaijan. The opening of the grandiose golf-club in Guba, which hosted two prestigious tournaments, has played a great role in this, alongside the opening of the Golf Academy in Baku to host various actions aimed to create people's interest to this sport.

    One of the main goals of the Academy is to attract the growing generation to golf, reveal new talents to form the future national team to represent Azerbaijan at the international tournaments.

    We have repeatedly written about the new grandiose project of the Academy-the FlamesGolf designed to make golf a part of Azerbaijani youth life. Beginning from January 2015 the Azerbaijan Golf Academy has been holding classes for children aged 6-16. During the classes the professional coaches of the Federation teach children the basics of this wonderful game, tell them about the history of golf, about the famous golfers. This program is designed to popularize golf among schoolchildren.

    And on Saturday the Golf Academy held the Day of Open Doors for children and their parents. Small golfers had a goof time - they learned to play golf, took part in various competitions under the guidance of experienced coaches.

    For those, who considered the February wind too cold, also did not stay aside, playing golf comfortably on special simulators.

    Golf simulator is the world's best software golf simulator with the high-speedy 3D camera, revolutionary technology, which is carefully tracing the golf ball in the air, displays the real flight of the ball.

    The parents and other guests were familiarized with the conditions at the Golf Academy after which they could take part in the trainings of their children and have a goof time in a comfortable cafeacute;, enjoying delicious meals and wonderful coffee.

    At the indicated event the Golf Academy also presented its new project-the new level of the children's golf studying program FLAMESGOLF PARS which starts in April. Within this program the children will get a unique opportunity to study the new, amazing sport under the guidance of experience coach Spenser Henderson and also to study English.

    The cost of the 8-week program is just AZN 40 with all participants to get certificates as well as presents-a T-shirt and a cap with logo and bracelet of FlamesGolf.

    For detailed information, please, contact

    The Golf Federation of Azerbaijan/National Golf Academy

    Tel: ( 994) 12 499 86 86

    ( 994) 12 499 89 89

  • Azerbaijan declares March 9 as non-working day
    02.03.2015 10:58
    Working and non-working days were replaced in Azerbaijan on the occasion of March 8 '" International Women's Day.

    APA reports that March 8 - International Women's Day was declared as a non-working day.

    According to the Labor Code, working and non-working days will be replaced, as March 8 falls on Sunday. Thus, March 9 is a non-working day.

    As March 7 falls on Saturday, 3 days will be non-working days.

    In 1910, a second International Conference of Working Women was held in Copenhagen. A woman named Clara Zetkin (Leader of the 'Women's Office' for the Social Democratic Party in Germany) tabled the idea of an International Women's Day. She proposed that every year in every country there should be a celebration on the same day - a Women's Day - to press for their demands. The first IWD occurred in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland in 1911. During International Women's Year in 1975, IWD was given official recognition by the United Nations and was taken up by many governments.

    This holiday has started to be marked in Azerbaijan since 1917.
  • Spring beautiful spring!
    02.03.2015 10:51
    /By AzerNews/

    By Amina Nazarli

    Finally winter is leaving us and spring is on its way.

    Very soon the sun will appear more often and the sky will be more vivid.

    After a long and snowy winter it will be nice to go outside and smell the warm wind and to see the first spring birds.

    Bringing spring to the country, March will also please Azerbaijanis with festive Novruz Bayram. People cannot wait to take off their warm coats and wear light clothes to walk in the fresh warm air, as days will become longer and nights will become shorter.

    Forecasters have predicted frequent changes in weather for March. ''Despite the fluctuations in the temperature, the temperature in this month is expected to be close to the climatic norm. The average monthly precipitation will also be close to the norm,'' the National Hydrometeorology Department said.

    Temperatures in Baku are expected to vary in between 5-7 degrees C with 2 degrees C below zero in some days. However, the other half of the month will be more pleasant as temperature will reach in between 17 and 19 degrees C.

    In Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic the nights will be cool (1-6 degrees C above zero), while days will see temperatures of 8-13 degrees C. The second half of the month also promises to be warm - 15-20 degrees C.

    What about Upper Karabakh, Khankandi, Shusha, Khojali, Lachin, Zangilan, Dashkasan and Gadabay? The weather on the first half of March is predicted to be a little cool - 1-6 degrees C, but to the end of the month the heat of the sun will increase temperatures to 17 degrees C.

    The average monthly temperature of 5-7 C degrees will stand in the Ganja, Gazakh, Terter, Agdam, Fuzuli and Jabrail regions of Azerbaijan. At nights, temperature will vary from 1 to 6 degrees C, with some expected drops to 1-6 degrees C below zero in some instances. However, people will feel spring has arrived a little closer to the end of the month when temperatures will rise to 15-18 degrees C.

    Azerbaijanв's Balakan, Zagatala, Gakh, Sheki, Oguz, Gabala, Ismailli, Shamakhi, Shabran, Guba, Gusar and Khachmaz regions will also experience warm weather on the second half of March - 15-17 degrees C. Although temperatures at night might still drop below zero temperatures will soon rise up.

    Forecasts for Central Aran - Mingachevir, Yevlakh, Geychay, Agdash, Kurdamir, Imishli, Beylagan, Sabirabad, Shirvan, Bilasuvar, Saatli, Neftchala and Salyan will be close to usual - at 6-8 degrees C. Temperatures at night will be naturally cooler - 2-7 degrees C, while during the day they will reach 9-14 degrees C. As in many regions the residents of Central Aran will also experience warmness on the second half of March

    In the South regions including Masalli, Yardimli, Lerik and Astara, the monthly average temperature will stay at 5-7 degrees C. Days will stand at 8-13 degrees C, while nights - 2-7 degrees C. On some days the temperature will reach 16-18 degrees C.
  • Azerbaijan may import cars from Uzbekistan
    02.03.2015 10:51
    The Ministry issued a statement.

    Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev met with Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Ulugbek Rozukulov, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Ministry of Economy and Industry.

    "The meeting discussed issues of expansion of cooperation between the two countries in the fields of economy, as well as transport, transit, expansion of trade relations, exports to Azerbaijan various cars manufactured in Uzbekistan and other issues," the Ministry said.

    During the visit, the Minister also met with the Minister of Economy of Uzbekistan Galina Saidova and Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade Eler Ganiyev.

    During the meeting the sides exchanged views on the expansion of economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries. They discussed issues of import to our country of agricultural machinery and other products manufactured in Uzbekistan, and Azerbaijan's non-oil products exports to this country and others.

    It should be noted that the Azerbaijani delegation also visited a number of industrial enterprises in Uzbekistan.
  • If US, Russia decide to, Karabakh conflict to be resolved quickly - Erdogan
    02.03.2015 10:36
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar.2

    By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:

    Turkey will not open its border with Armenia until the latter withdraws from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, the Turkish newspaper Star reported Mar.2.

    The president went on to add that the international community condemns the occupation of Azerbaijani territories by Armenia.

    Speaking about the possibility of resolving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Erdogan said that if Russia and the United States decide to, the issue of the conflict settlement will be resolved very quickly.

    The diplomatic relations between the two countries were severed in 1993. The break in relations, as well as, the closing of borders between Turkey and Armenia in 1993 was due to Yerevan's claims over recognition of the so-called Armenian genocide in the world and Armenia's occupation of Azerbaijani lands.

    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 four UN Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.


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  • Top wrestlers of Azerbaijan hold protest
    02.03.2015 10:26
    "How are we going to act on the EuroGames with such a training?".

    Azerbaijani judo fighters held a protest in connection with the financial situation in Azerbaijan Judo Federation.

    Oxu.Az reports according to the protesters, with the leading wrestlers of the country - the winner of the European Championship in Yerevan Elmar Gasimov, the world champion Elkhan Mammadov, world championship medalist Nijat Shikhalizade among them, recently the wrestlers or have not been paid, or get it very late.

    "Leading wrestlers of the country, which are included in the top ten in the world rankings perform badly. The reason for this is lack of charges, adequate funding, the delay of salaries - Elmar Gasimov said. - Reservists do not receive wages and therefore do not come to training. There is no sparring partners in national teams. I perform in the weight cathegory of 100 kg, but in training I have no one to fight.

    We have repeatedly met with the vice-president of the Federation, spoke about our problems. But the problem is not solved. We do not have an elementary equipment. Those who are injured are treated at their own expense.

    The most important competitions - European games, the Olympics are ahead. But how will we perfom there with such training?".

    The president of the Judo Federation of Azerbaijan is a former Minister of Labour and Social Protection Fizuli Alekperov.
  • Armenians violate ceasefire
    02.03.2015 10:25
    Armenian armed forces have violated ceasefire 50 times a day.

    Sources in the Defense Ministry told Oxu.Az that the Armenian armed forces fired at Azerbaijani positions on nameless heights of Gazakh from their posts on nameless heights of Ijevan.

    Azerbaijani positions also fired from positions neat the Talish, Tapqaraqoyunlu villages of Goranboy, Chileburt, Gyzyl Oba village of Terter, Yusifjanly, Shikhlar, Bash Garvand, Javakhirli, Kengerli villages of Agdam, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand, Horadiz, Garakhanbayli, Alkhanli, Ashaghy Seyidahmadli, Ashaghy Abdurrakhmanly, Mehdili villages of Jabrayil regions, as well as the nameless heigths of Goranboy, Khojavand, Fizuli and Jabrayil regions.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliatory fire.
  • Defense Minister holds meeting in frontal zone
    02.03.2015 10:25
    Appropriate instructions were given.

    Defense Minister, Colonel-General Zakir Hasanov visited the military units stationed in the front line, where he held a meeting with the leadership of the Ministry and officers.

    Oxu.Az reports the press service of the Ministry of Defense that at a meeting with commanders of military units and formations, as well as the Joint Chiefs of Staff the issues of combat readiness, the state of defense system, its comprehensive support, as well as a number of other matters of official business were discussed.

    Defense Minister gave instructions concerning the further strengthening of combat readiness.
  • Witness of Nemtsovв's murder to stay in Russia at least till midweek
    02.03.2015 10:17
    Anna Duritskaya, a witness of Russian politician Boris Nemtsovв's murder, will stay in Russia till midweek, her lawyer Vadim Prokhorov told TASS on Sunday.

    "Investigators don't want to let her leave for Ukraine. She will stay in Moscow till midweek, since investigators plan to carry out investigation actions involving her. I don't rule out investigators will be through by Wednesday but it is quite possible that these actions will take longer. After they are over she will probably be let go home," he said, ITAR TASS reports.

    He reminded that Duritskaya had already asked Ukraine's consul to help organize her departure.

    Prokhorov said his client, who was the witness in the case, was taking part in the investigation actions by her own will. He said she wanted to go to Kiev to see her mother and get over the shock.

    "She is ready to come back to Russia if need be but investigators don't want to let her go. As a witness, she is not denied the freedom of movement but actually she is under home arrest. With this in mind, we plan to complain over her illegal custody to the Prosecutor General's Office and the human rights ombudsman," Prokhorov said, adding his client had categorically refused from the body guards provided by the investigators. "Despite this fact, two to four men are accompanying her. More men are standing guard at her apartment," he noted.

    Durnitskaya was accompanying Boris Nemtsov, a co-chairman of the RPR-Parnas party and lawmaker of the Yaroslavl Region Duma /legislature/ at the moment of his murder. They were walking along the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge just a stone's throw from the Kremlin overnight to February 28, when he was shot dead.
  • New rates of excise duties on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products
    02.03.2015 10:11
    New rates come to the effect from today.

    New excise tax rates on imported alcoholic beverages imported to the country, tobacco and petroleum products come into force from today.

    According to Oxu.Az it is stated in the decision of the Cabinet, published in the official press.

    In accordance with the decision of the rate of excise duty on imported malt beer in Azerbaijan will be AZN 1 per liter (previously - $ 1); Wine of fresh grapes, including fortified wines; grape must - AZN 2 per liter (previously - $ 2.5); sparkling wines - AZN 2.5 per liter; whiskey, vodka, liqueur, rum and other spirits - AZN 6 per liter (previously - $ 6).

    The rate of excise duty on imported cigarettes will be AZN 4 per one thousand pieces; Cigars - AZN 10 per thousand pieces (previously - $ 1.8 per one thousand pieces).

    Experts expect that with the entry into force of new excise taxes the prices for cigarettes and alcohol, which are already greatly increased after the devaluation of the manat will strongly rise.
  • Islamic State releases 19 Christians, more than 200 still captive: monitor
    02.03.2015 10:10
    Islamic State released 19 Assyrian Christian captives in Syria on Sunday after processing them through a sharia court, a monitoring group which tracks the conflict said, Reuters reported.

    More than 200 Assyrians remain in Islamic State hands, said the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, captives from an Islamic State advance last month that overran more than a dozen villages inhabited by the ancient Christian minority near Hasaka, a northeastern city mainly held by the Kurds.

    Islamic State has not claimed any of the abductions. The Observatory tracks the conflict using a network of sources on all sides of the civil war which spiraled as security forces used violence to suppress protests against President Bashar al-Assad's rule in 2011.

    It said 17 men and two women were released.

    Islamic State has killed members of religious minorities and Sunni Muslims who do not swear allegiance to its self-declared "caliphate". The group last month released a video showing its members beheading 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.

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