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Azerbaijani delegation attends International Astronautical Congress
29.09.2013 13:52
An Azerbaijani delegation led by Alchin Shirinzade, Director General of the National Aerospace Agency of theMinistryof Defense Industry, has attended the 64th International Astronautical Congress (IAC)in Beijing, China.

Held in Beijing for the second time and organized jointly by the IAF, the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL), the eventwas declared open by IAF President Kiyoshi Higuchi.

The event hosted more than 3000 attendees, 180 technical sessions, 8 plenary events, 3 highlight lectures and 3 late breaking News and appearances by elites.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Li Yuanchao, Vice-President of the People's Republic of China, described the Congress as an Olympic-class event for the worldwide aerospace community. He revealed that 74 countries were represented among the 3,359 registered delegates, making it a truly international gathering and the largest of its kind in the history of the IAC.

With keynote speakers from most of the world`s space organizations and companies, the Congress technical programme featured a record-breaking number of symposia with a series of keynote Plenary lectures underscoring the theme of "Promoting Space Development for the Benefit of Mankind".

Speaking at the event, head of the Azerbaijani delegation Shirinzade highlighted the country`s achievements in space industry. "Azerbaijan is rapidly developing its space activities. Azerbaijan`sfirst telecommunications satelliteAzerspace-1, launched in February this year, is only the beginning of the development of the country`s space industry," Shirinzadeh said.

On the sidelines of the event, the Azerbaijani delegation held bilateral meetings to discuss cooperation in the field of telecommunication satellites and space science.

A Space Exhibition featuring nearly 80 organizations from six continents, including national space agencies and specialized technology firms, also opened at the Congress venue.
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    According to him, the cards will not only be used on buses, but also subway.

    "In future, single cards will be used for all means of transportation. We would like bank cards too to be used in this payment system," M. Panahov added.

    The deputy minister also noted that the full application of this common card system will not lead to higher prices: "Discussions on price increase continue. There are a number of proposals. But for now this issue is not on the agenda".
  • BSEC customs officials convene in Baku
    26.11.2014 14:35
    Baku, November 26, AzerTAc

    A meeting of the heads of customs administrations of member states of the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) has kicked off in Baku.

    The two-day meeting is attended by delegates from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Greece, Belgium, Russia and other countries.

    Opening the event, deputy chair of Azerbaijan State Customs Committee Rza Hasanaliyev expressed confidence that the meeting will contribute to improving experience exchange between the member states.

    Secretary General of the BSEC Permanent International Secretariat Traian Chebeleu highlighted the work done since the previous gathering of the heads of the customs administrations. "A working group was set up this September in Istanbul to deal with the application of a single window system in the fields of customs and trade."

    The meeting will hear reports by heads of the BSEC customs administrations.

    The event will culminate with the adoption of Baku Declaration on customs service initiatives in trade facilitation.
  • Commuter train line to be laid from Baku to Khirdalan
    26.11.2014 14:33
    The preparatory works in this direction are underway.

    Commuter train line will be laid from Baku to Khirdalan.

    The Deputy Transport Minister Musa Panahov told reporters that the preparatory works are already underway in this direction, Oxu.Az reports referring to APA.

    He added that the immediate implementation of the project will begin after consultation with the relevant authorities.
  • ErdoДџanв's remarks on gender equality stir fury
    26.11.2014 14:18
    The Turkish presidentв's controversial statements over gender equality have precipitated a new debate in Parliament, as well as opprobrium on the part of womenв's rights activists.

    In a Nov. 24 speech, ErdoДџan said: "You cannot bring women and men into equal positions; that is against nature because their nature is different", Hurriyet Daily reports.

    His remarks received reactions from the opposition parties. Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) co-leader Figen YüksekdaДџ was visibly furious when she said the president of Turkey, who refuses to recognize gender equality, cannot preach to the mourning mothers of the country about motherhood.

    "In the 21st century, one mentality says, lsquo;Women and men are not equal, this is against their nature.' The other sells women at slave bazaars," YüksekdaДџ said on Nov. 25, respectively referring to President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan and the jihadist militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL).

    "Can you see any difference between these two mentalities? I cannot," YüksekdaДџ said.

    Main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Aylin NazlД±aka also reacted to ErdoДџan's comments, saying she was not surprised at all. "We all know that he is sexist by nature," NazlД±aka said in a written statement late Nov. 24, adding that he was "openly committing a hate crime" against women.

    CHP Secretary General Gürsel Tekin, meanwhile, said his party would fight for women's rights until domestic violence and inequality come to an end.

    Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) leader Devlet Bahçeli also criticized ErdoДџan's reference to "nature." "We believe that ErdoДџan, who says gender equality is not in human nature, has no justice or national and moral stance in his own nature," said Bahçeli on Nov. 25.

    Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputies, however, defended ErdoДџan and attempted to emphasize "what he really means." The deputy head of the AKP's women's branches, Ankara deputy Tülay SelamoДџlu, said he meant to say that women and men had differences through their creation.

    She said the issue should be debated in terms of "human rights" rather than "women's rights."

    "These should not be separated. We have the same rights as humans. We have taken significant steps to defend this with laws," SelamoДџlu added.

    Former Family Minister Güldal AkЕџit suggested that ErdoДџan was referring to the "physical differences" between women and men in his speech.

    "Women and men are different by creation. But we take them as equal in terms of rights and opportunities. I have been working with the president for 13 years, and I know what he meant. He believes in equality as you and we believe, and he is taking steps to this end," said AkЕџit.

    But lawyer Sema Kendirci, the head of the Turkish Women's Union, said the president had committed a crime with his remarks by breaching the 10th and 90th articles of the Turkish Constitution, vowing to file a complaint against his remarks.

    "I think it is a great misfortune for a person who represents the Turkish Republic to breach the Constitution and make statements that might open the way for more women's killings. Nobody has the right to breach the Constitution, regardless of their position," Kendirci said.
  • Azerbaijan, Iran discuss cooperation prospects
    26.11.2014 14:10
    Tehran, November 26, AzerTAc

    Azerbaijan and Iran have explored ways of developing the bilateral cooperation as Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the State Committee for Refugee and IDP Affairs Ali Hasanov is visiting Tehran.

    Mr. Hasanov met co-chair of the Iran-Azerbaijan joint intergovernmental economic, trade and humanitarian commission, Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mahmoud Vaezi to discuss how to expand cooperation, increase the bilateral trade, and facilitate visa and custom systems.

    Mr. Vaezi recalled his visits to Azerbaijan, and hailed the development of Baku. He paid tribute to national leader Heydar Aliyev.

    The Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister praised the national leader`s role in building "close and sincere friendly relations" with Iran. "Azerbaijan considers Iran its close friend, and is trying its best to ensure the development of the bilateral ties on all fronts," said Mr. Hasanov.

    He stressed the importance of the Iranian President`s visit to Baku, saying reciprocal visits play a key role in bringing the two nations closer to each other.

    The Deputy Premier hailed the work of the Iran-Azerbaijan joint intergovernmental economic, trade and humanitarian commission. "Iran too faced the problem of refugees during Iran-Iraq war. So Iran has big experience in tackling this challenge. We believe that conducting experience exchange in this area would be beneficial."

    Mr. Hasanov emphasized the necessity of building closer cooperation in the humanitarian area and in preventing illegal narcotics trafficking. "We propose discussing these two issues in the intergovernmental commission."

    He also touched upon the bilateral trade, saying "the 500 million dollars volume is not satisfactory". "Both Azerbaijan and Iran have enough economic and production potential to multiply trade. So we should make maximum efforts to get this done," he added.

    Mr. Hasanov highlighted Azerbaijan`s development priorities. "President Ilham Aliyev defined five priorities of development strategy. The first is reducing the dependence of the state budget on oil. The second is completely eliminating poverty by 2020. The third is turning Azerbaijan from developing into developed country. The fourth is strengthening the fight against corruption. And the fifth is strengthening efforts towards ensuring the protection of human rights in Azerbaijan."

    Mr. Vaezi stressed the importance of high-level reciprocal visits and meetings. "The presidents of Iran and Azerbaijan have met four times this year. Both heads of state demonstrated political will to elevate the relations between their countries to a new level. Thanks to efforts of the two presidents Iran and Azerbaijan signed 10 documents."

    Mr. Vaezi welcomed the Azerbaijani Deputy Prime Minister`s proposal to discuss cooperation in preventing illegal drug trafficking and in humanitarian area. He said the issues will be raised by the commission.

    Mr. Vaezi said official Tehran will fulfill all requests of the Azerbaijani government related to the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, which is now living under blockade because of ongoing Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

    Rabil Katanov

    Special Correspondent
  • Rainy weather to continue in Azerbaijan
    26.11.2014 14:09
    The weather will be mainly cloudy and rainy in Baku and Absheron peninsula on November 27.

    Senior hydrologist of the National Hydrometeorology Department of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources Asif Verdiyev told APA that north wind will blow.

    The temperature will be 4hellip;6 C at night, 6hellip;8 C in the daytime.

    On November 27, intermittent rain is expected in Azerbaijan's regions and it will sleet and snow in mountainous and sub-mountainous regions. East wind will blow and occasionally intensify in some areas.

    The temperature will be 0hellip;5 C at night, 5hellip;10 C in the daytime and in mountains -5hellip;-10 C at night, -2hellip;-3 C in the daytime.
  • Azerbaijan developing atlas of risk
    26.11.2014 14:09
    An atlas of risk is being developed in Azerbaijan, said Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations Faig Taghizade, APA reports.

    The deputy minister said the Ministry of Emergency Situations (MES) and the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) are implementing a large program in this field and the joint projects implemented by MES and UNICEF in Gabala are the parts of this program.

    He mentioned that the atlas of risk will cover not only natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes, landslides, but also level man-made disasters.

    "Azerbaijan also has a large oil industry. The level of man-made risks is high in this field. The main purpose is to prevent disasters and importance of work done in this regard should be underlined. UNICEF supports us in this field. Similar works will be carried out in other regions", he said.
  • Azerbaijanв's forex reserves enough to cover three-year import
    26.11.2014 13:55
    By Aynur Jafarova

    Azerbaijanв's strategic foreign exchange reserves have increased by 7 percent or $3.5 billion in the first nine month of 2014.

    This was noted in a report on monetary policy in January-September 2014, released by the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) on November 25.The strategic foreign exchange reserves of the country are sufficient for covering import of goods and services for three years.

    The foreign exchange reserves of CBA increased by 6.1 percent compared to the beginning of the year reaching $15 billion.''As in previous years, the external position of the country was at an acceptable level. As a result, positive developments in the foreign sector affect the dynamics of foreign exchange reserves, which continued to rise over the last 9 months,'' the report said.The activity of foreign investors remains high in the country, and in January-September 2014 the total volume of foreign investments made in the economy exceeded $4.5 billion, accounting for 29.6 percent of total investments.

    The volume of foreign exchange reserves of the CBA will increase to $15.5-$15.7 billion till the end of 2014.Rapid growth of the currency reserves was the main factor for the formation of a strong macroeconomic buffer and reduction of sensitivity of the domestic economy towards external shocks.The increase in reserves has led to continuation of investment making of the country.
  • Saakashvili accuses Georgian authorities of treason
    26.11.2014 13:44

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Georgia has missed the right time to make use of the situation to settle the problem with its territorial integrity, said Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia's former President.

    "We missed the time when we had to act. Now, we are behind the processes in the world and standing face to face with Russia," he said.

    Saakashvili once again blamed former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, as well as the incumbent government for the political relations with Russia.

    "They are talking about their unique approach to relations with Russia ignoring the interference of West, which satisfies Russia. It doesn't make a sense whether it is unpresentable incompetence or they fulfill the orders of Russia, anyway, it is treason," Saakashvili added.

    The relations between Georgia and Russia pushed all limits when Georgian troops launched military operations to retake the breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions on August 8, 2008. Russian armed forces entered the regions to stop the military attacks by Georgian troops. After four days of tense fighting, Georgian forces were expelled from South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Russia carried out massive air strikes on the military and logistical targets inside Georgia, particularly in Gori city. Both sides agreed to a ceasefire on August 12. Russia is currently dominating the collective peacekeeping missions in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    Saakashvili has left Georgia following the inauguration of incumbent President Giorgi Margvelashvili, in November 2013. Attorney General's Office of Georgia announced him wanted within the country's territory. Saakashvili is accused of the embezzlement of state funds for personal needs, as well as the misuse of official authority on the case of dispersing the rally on November 7, 2007 and beating the parliamentarian Valeri Gelashvili.
  • UNESCO backs Azerbaijan's initiative
    26.11.2014 13:24

    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijan's initiative on two projects, aimed at the protection of intangible cultural heritage of Bangladesh and Guatemala was supported by UNESCO.

    Azerbaijanв's initiative has highly appreciated in the ninth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is being held at the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris, France from November 24 to 28.

    Azerbaijan is represented by Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Sevda Mammadaliyeva, Head of International Relations and Cultural Affairs Department of the Ministry Vasif Eyvazzade and Azerbaijan's permanent representative to UNESCO Anar Kerimov.

    UNESCO Secretariat, president of the committee, as well as representatives of Bangladesh and Guatemala praised Azerbaijan for the initiation.

    The financial aid will be provided by the Trust Foundation, established as part of the agreement between Azerbaijan and UNESCO, signed in 2013.

    The foundation was established on the initiative and with the participation of the First Lady of Azerbaijan, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, MP, Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO, Mehriban Aliyeva.

    Addressing the event Azerbaijan's permanent representative to UNESCO noted that that the countryв's promotion on the UNESCO's activity is an indicator of the republicв's goodwill in the development of culture on an international level.

    The event discusses future implementation mechanisms of 2003 Convention, reports submitted by the member states on the implementation of the Convention, as well as the Representative list on Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO.

    The session is also focused on accreditation and evaluation of non-governmental organizations, the date of the 10th session of the Committee and the selection of committee Bureau members of the 10th session.Composed of 24 States and elected by the General Assembly of the States Parties to the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Intergovernmental Committee meets once every year.
  • Iran invites Azerbaijani, Turkish businessmen to invest in Maku
    26.11.2014 13:24

    By Sara Rajabova

    An Iranian official has called on the Azerbaijani and Turkish businessmen to invest in Maku free economic area.

    Hossein Forouzan, the Executive Director of Iranв's Maku free economic area told Azerbaijani reports that investments in the free economic area are beneficial both for Iran and Azerbaijan.

    He noted that Maku has all the conditions required for making investments, adding the export of goods produced in the free economic area is exempt from customs duties.

    ''The Maku free economic area, in particular, produces furniture and clothing. A preferential taxation for 20 years is applied for the enterprises working in the free economic area,'' Forouzan added.

    Iranв's Maku free economic area was established in 2012. It is located on a land of 5,000 square meters. It unites the cities of Maku, Poldesht, Bazargan and Shot.

    Currently, the necessary infrastructure is being built for the development of this free economic area, and in six months an airport will be commissioned there.

    The road infrastructure has been improved in the Maku free economic area, and some land plots have been developed to construct industry facilities.

    At the moment, the Maku free economic area has 30 industrial enterprises that manufacture petrochemical products, furniture, plastic doors and windows.

    Forouzan also proposed to establish a joint free economic area on the border with Azerbaijan.

    ''If Azerbaijan agrees, we are ready to create a free economic area near the Poldesht-Shahtakhti border checkpoint,'' he said.

    Forouzan added that in the next two months, the economy and industry minister of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic will review the activities of the Maku free economic area.

    ''I believe that after this visit, opportunities will be expanded for joint activities of the citizens of Iran and Azerbaijan,'' he noted.

    Forouzan also expressed hope for strengthening relations between Iran, Azerbaijan and Turkey.

    Iran and Azerbaijan have had diplomatic relations since 1918. Iran recognized Azerbaijan's independence in 1991, and diplomatic relations between the two countries were established in 1992.

    Tehran has in recent years focused seriously on development of ties with neighboring countries, including Azerbaijan which enjoys various commonalties with Iran in religious, historical and cultural fields.

    The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Iran stood at $144.045 million in January-September 2014, according to the State Customs Committee (SCC) of Azerbaijan.

    In the past nine months, goods worth $115.6 million were imported to Azerbaijan, and the goods exported by the country amounted to $28.45 million.
  • Azerbaijan, UNIDO sign framework cooperation program
    26.11.2014 12:59
    Baku is hosting the International Industry Conference "Industrialization in XXI Century: The main trends, modern approaches and experience in industrial policy".

    Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev read out Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev's message to participants.

    "Today, industrial policy should focus on high technology according to competitiveness, efficiency and environmental safety criteria, be closely related to scientific researches, meet modern challenges and based on new approaches. Holding of such conference in Azerbaijan, a country distinguished by its rich traditions which has great economic potential, is not accidental.

    Special attention is paid to the development of industry in a period of rapid economic growth and 2014 was declared the Year of Industry in the country. The reforms carried out in line with the requirements of time, successfully implemented large-scale infrastructure projects, continuous improvement of the environment of business and investment, government's support for private sector and political and macroeconomic stability have created favorable conditions for the formation of a strong industry in the country. Diversification of the economy is one of the priorities of our economic policy at the present time. Implementation of this task, development of industry requires the study and employment of advanced practices in this field. I am sure that the conference will give impetus to fruitful discussions on the key trends in the industrial policy and the establishment of new relations of cooperation," the message said.

    The minister said the conference is attended by more than 300 delegates from state agencies, research centers and industrial companies of 21 countries, as well as 22 international organizations and financial institutions. According to him, as part of the conference, three sessions on industrial development, bilateral meetings between business representatives are expected to be held and visits will be made to several institutions.

    Thereafter, the Azerbaijani government and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) signed a framework cooperation program for 2014-2018.

    The conference will last till November 27.

    The conference is jointly organized by the UNIDO and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) in accordance with the "Action Plan" approved under the order issued by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev on March, 2014 to declare 2014 the Year of Industry.
  • Presentation of first European Games "Baku 2015" to be held in Paris
    26.11.2014 12:12
    The Heydar Aliyev Foundation will hold a presentation of the first European Games in Paris.

    On November 26 the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, with the support of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in France will hold a presentation of the first European Games in Paris, reports.

    During the event, guests will get acquainted with bronze sculptures dedicated to "Baku 2015". The exhibition, entitled "We Are Together", will feature more than 20 works of Azerbaijani artists. The participants of the event will watch the film dedicated to the first European Games. The film features the preparations for the upcoming games, sports infrastructure created in our country and other implemented activities.

    The violinists of the Azerbaijan State Chamber Orchestra named after Gara Garayev will perform at the event.

    At the end of the event, guests will be handed various editions of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, dedicated to Azerbaijan.

    It should be noted that the Heydar Aliyev Foundation has already held presentations of the first European Games in Cannes, Athens, Berlin and Istanbul. Each of these events is memorable for various presentations of history and culture of Azerbaijan. The purpose of the above activities is informing residents of other countries about the first European games, as well as the preparation of our country for these competitions, promotion of culture and art, customs and traditions of Azerbaijan.

    The first European Games will be held from 12 to 18 June 2015.

    More than 6000 athletes from 49 countries will compete in 20 sports during the Games.
  • Iran, Azerbaijan '˜grow into strategic partnersв'
    26.11.2014 12:07
    Tehran, November 26, AzerTAc

    Iranian Labor, Cooperative and Welfare Minister Ali Rabiei has praised his country's relations with Azerbaijan.

    "The more our countries develop the more they are becoming strategic partners," he told Azerbaijan`s Deputy Prime Minister, chairman of the State Committee for Refugee and IDP Affairs Ali Hasanov who is visiting Tehran.

    "Iran and Azerbaijan are situated in a volatile region so it is necessary that we expand our relations," said the Iranian Minister.

    He emphasized the importance of broadening the bilateral cooperation in the fields of social insurance, trade, and fight against illegal narcotics trafficking.

    Mr. Hasanov said Iran was a "rich country", which has ancient statehood history.

    "Iran`s being powerful is to Azerbaijan`s benefit. And official Baku considers that Azerbaijan`s becoming a powerful state is in the best interests of Iran."

    The Deputy Prime Minister highlighted Azerbaijan's economic achievements. "Azerbaijan has been among the world leaders in terms of industrial and production potential in the past five years."

    "As a result of the policy pursued by President Ilham Aliyev inflation fell just to two percent. A total of 1.2 million jobs have been created in the last decade. The gross domestic product in the country was 76 billion this year, while per capita GDP made 8,000 dollars. Average monthly wage made 580 dollars, while average monthly pension 224 dollars. Next year will see Azerbaijan`s budget revenues make 28 billion dollars, while budget spending will make 33 billion dollars."

    Mr. Hasanov also touched upon the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He said that supported from outside Armenia occupied Azerbaijan`s Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions. "As a result of this occupation over million Azerbaijanis now live as refugees and internally displaced persons."

    He said: "The UN security Council adopted four resolutions demanding unconditional and immediate withdrawal of the Armenian military from Azerbaijan`s occupied lands." "However these resolutions have not yet been resolved. It is injustice. The UN`s resolution on Libya was fulfilled in just two hours, but in our case they remain on paper over 20 years," said the Azerbaijani Deputy Premier.

    "Iran`s position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has always been objective. It recognized our territorial integrity and has always supported our stance in international organizations."

    Mr. Hasanov also hailed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani`s recent visit to Azerbaijan, saying it "will play a key role in the development of our relations".

    Rabil Katanov

    Special Correspondent
  • Armenia's 2015 state budget, another failure
    26.11.2014 11:58

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Armenia's state budget for 2015 remains to be in a hot seat over some controversial points that spark mixed reactions to it.

    Bagrat Asatryan, ex-Head of Armenia's Central Bank, said the budget for the next year was the remnant of the mid-term program initiated by the previous government.

    "The document does not reflect the realities connected with the membership of the country at the Eurasian Economic Union and existing economic situation in Armenia," Astryan added. "It clearly shows that the authorities aim to wash their dirty hands."

    Focusing mostly on social and cultural domains expenditures is the key goal of Armenia's 2015 state budget. Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan said about 21.4 percent of the budget would also be spent for defense, maintenance of public order and national security. It proves that the government targets to tackle a mountain of unresolved problems in various fields, as well as to improve Armenia's defense capabilities.

    Maximum amount of the budget expenditures is nearly 57 percent, while roughly 22.8 percent of the overall budget will be allocated to maintain the police and judicial system along with increased expenditures for external debts, according to Asatryan.

    "Providing expenditures for legislative and executive powers from the budget is a positive step. But I don't think it will eradicate the bribery in the main governmental bodies in Armenia," he said.

    Asatrayn went on to say that the budget needs thorough revision given the inadequate articles in the document, which are inversely proportional to the economic condition amid devaluation of the ruble and Armenia's integration into the EEU.

    Armenia's current condition requires immediate measures to forestall the economic decline. Numerous social problems in the country remain the same due to fruitless domestic policy of the government. The state budget provides no special measures to improve the condition of poor residents amid the National Statistics Service's report on a 32 percent of poverty rate in the country.

    Asatryan annulled the government's reports about the social-oriented image of the budget, saying the budget bears no sign of social involvement. "Socially vulnerable people will be provided with $92 social aid. Can it be a social-oriented budget?" said Asatryan, adding that the expenditures to maintain governmental bodies have considerably increased.

    The former head of the Central Bank noted that a large increase in budget expenditures is a crime against Armenians as the statesmen drive luxurious cars, use expensive mobile phones. "The state budget for 2015 is inadequate amid the realities in the country. The chance of succeeding with that budget is equal to zero," Asatryan said.

    Money cannot solve every problem, but it can overcome numerous challenges in the modern world. But the power of money is weakening against the huge problems almost in every field. Economy is falling, politics is in deadlock, industry is barely surviving, social life is facing its hardest ever days and the budget is out of strength to tackle these problems. So, Armenia needs a budget equal to Germany's $4 trillion GDP to get rid of its alarming challenges.
  • Street photography, a gambling requiring patience
    26.11.2014 11:58

    By Amina Nazarli

    We sat for talks with Fuad Viento, a young British-Azerbaijani photographer making a big name for himself with his stunning photography. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Vientoв's works capture the soul of a city, revealing a spotless natural beauty that seems to glow with vibrancy.

    He began photographing in 2002. At Cleveden Secondary School, he became interested in various artistic endeavors, and began to write and play music.

    In 2012, he graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with BA Hons Management, Technology and Enterprise degree.

    His works have already been published in the Financial Times, Marie Claire, Courrier International, Le Monde and Lв'Uomo Vogue.

    Viento is also the author of books of short fiction and short stories. In 2014, Viento made his literary debut in Russia with a short story called Wind of Change.

    Viento is known for his social activism and criticism of corporate globalization. He has also written on politics, in support of socialism and Scottish independence, and on the history of Azerbaijani literature.

    Question: How do you describe your own photographic style?

    Answer:В People often comment on the elegance of my pictures, which seems to be out of the ordinary. My photographs are not necessarily beautiful, but they do show delicate moments of the urban jungle.

    Q.: How do you find your subjects?

    A.:В Street photography requires good reaction and observation skills. For that reason, the better photographs "happen" when my mind is free and I have time to switch to ''photography mode''.

    Q.: How do you get so close to your subjects?

    A.:В I carefully observe the scene and try to stick around for a while. Sometimes itв's called patience, and sometimes luck. The photographer needs to be faster than the subject.

    Q.: When you take photo, do you have a theme in mind?

    A.:В I just go out with my Canon camera to capture natural moments of the urban life.

    Q.: Who have had strongly influenced you?

    A.:В Tough question. Street photography just hit me by accident. In 2008, I bought a digital SLR and I simply started to take photographs of the streets as they seemed to be the accessible targets in Glasgow.

    Q.: What projects are you currently working on?

    A.:В I do have a few projects like "Humans of Glasgow", which will come out by the end of year.

    Q.: Will you ever leave Glasgow?

    A.:В Glasgow offers endless opportunities for street photography, but I can see myself leaving the city for other aspects of my life.

    Q.: What continually drives you to photograph on the streets?

    A.:В My passion for the fine-art photography. Street photography is like gambling. You are lucky or you get nothing. The key phrase is "never give up".
  • Saakashvili: Georgian authorities conduct propaganda against other neighbors
    26.11.2014 11:57
    Georgian ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili states that the country's authorities frustrated the appointment of former prime minister of Georgia Nika Gilauri as the business-ombudsman of Ukraine through blackmail.

    He said this speaking on air of Rustavi 2 television company.

    "Nika Gilauri was appointed the business-ombudsman of Ukraine. This was the project of the European bank and the government of Georgia sent a note and said that if Gilauri is appointed for one of the major positions in Ukraine, the Georgian government will cut cooperation with the European Bank.

    They cause our split with Ukraine, Azerbaijan, because the opening of the railway via Abkhazia is nothing but announcement of blockade to our main ally in the region -Azerbaijan.

    They create problems, conduct propaganda against other neighbors and the only one, against whom they do not voice grudges, is the one who divides us and tries to terminate", the former president said.
  • President Aliyev reviews preparatory work for European Games
    26.11.2014 11:47

    By Nigar Orujova

    Azerbaijanв's President Ilham Aliyev has visited several facilities in Baku to review landscaping and construction work related to the preparations for the first European Games to be held in the Azerbaijanв's capital in 2015.

    Baku will host 17 days of competition on June 12-28, 2015. The games will attract over 6,000 athletes to compete in 20 sports.President Aliyev enquired about the progress of the execution of projects and redevelopment and construction work.The head of state reviewed landscaping work in areas around the Baku Olympic Stadium, road and transport infrastructure in the central streets and avenues, areas around the Aquatic Palace in Bayil settlement and the progress of work to establish different sports facilities.The president gave relevant instructions.
  • Finland's state television makes film about Nagorno Karabakh conflict
    26.11.2014 11:32
    The shooting crew of the State Television of Finland (YLE) is visiting Azerbaijan to prepare a documentary about Nagorno Karabakh conflict and the Azerbijani refugees and IDPs.

    According to sources in the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs, as part of the shooting, deputy head of the State Committee Geray Farhadov gave interview to the Finnish Television.

    Farhadov informed about the real state of more than a million of Azerbaijanis who became refugees and displaced persons as a result of Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan and noted that today they live in 62 regions of the country.

    He also briefed journalists about the Khojaly genocide, committed by Armenians in 1992.

    In his interview, Farhadov stressed the fact that Armenia ignores the four resolutions of the UN Security Council about the immediate withdrawal of Armenian armed forces from the occupied Azerbaijani lands.

    The crew also visited the campus built for 1500 families of refugees and IDPs and held an interview with members of several families.
  • Impeachment of Armenian president on parliamentary plate
    26.11.2014 10:59

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Armenian parliament may discuss the issue on the impeachment of President Serzh Sargsyan in December.

    Member of the Parliament Nikol Pashinyan said he planned to initiate a draft decision to announce the president impeached.

    "I hope that the project will gain the essential 44 signatures by the legislators to get discussed at the next extraordinary four-day meeting," Pashinyan said.

    Article 57 of the Armenian Constitution provides the possibility of impeaching the country's president due to treason and other serious crimes. The parliament should appeal and obtain the opinion of the Constitutional Court to start the impeachment process.

    President Serzh Sargsyan is targeted as the main negative personage in the journey to the Eurasian Economic Union. He made the decision on the EEU joining without taking into consideration the pubic opinion in his country. Now, the pro-European residents held Sargsyan liable for all negative outcomes, which will reportedly emerge after joining the Russia-led union.

    Sargsyan takes care of himself rather than delving into the solution of problems facing his country and people. Nearly one third of Armenians live in poverty, but the president visits South Korea to rejuvenate himself, paying about $200,000 for stem cell therapy, spa and anti-aging therapy, as well as body polishes and massages, weight-control programs during an eight-day treatment.

    MP from the parliamentary fraction Prosperous Armenia, Stepan Markaryan has earlier said the call "Serzh Sargsyan, go out" was the solution of all problems in Armenia. It signals about Sagsyan's diminishing influence, at the same time increasing disillusionment with his domestic and foreign policy.

    Political experts say the majority of the ruling Republican Party members at the parliament will not allow the parliament to discuss and ratify the president's impeachment.
  • Turkey warns US against mistakes in issue of invented 'Armenian genocide'
    26.11.2014 10:53
    Official Ankara has called on the United States 'to be sensitive in issues related to the peaceful coexistence of various peoples of Anadolu'.

    According to Milliyet, the Turkish authorities informed the US embassy to Ankara that in anticipation of 2015, when Armenia and Armenian diaspora will launch the next campaign on intented 'genocide of 1915', Turkish authorities 'will be determined to prevent any attacks against the cultural wealth of Turkey'.

    "Otherwise, the relations may worsen", Ankara warned.

    "Thus, Turkey has made it clear that if statements about the invented genocide obtain a legal ground in the United States, Ankara will revise its ties with Washington completely", the newspaper explains stating that the message was extended to Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to US ambassador to Ankara John Baas.

    The minister clarified that any steps by Washington in the issue of 1915 events in the Ottoman empire will have a negative impact on the relations between the two countries.
  • Azerbaijan Medical University launches branch of artificial insemination
    26.11.2014 10:52
    The branch of artificial insemination will be operating at the Training and Surgical Clinic of the Azerbaijan Medical University (AMU).

    The agreement was reached at the meeting with representatives of the American Hospital in Turkey which was held in AMU on November 25, reports.

    Speaking at the meeting, the rector of AMU, academician Ahliman Amiraslanov said that there is an urgent need for highly qualified specialists in the field of artificial insemination in Azerbaijan.

    The head of the Turkish delegation, Professor Bulent Urman announced his intention to carry out operations in the AMU on artificial insemination and participate in the education system. Turkish professors also suggested to read lectures for the university residents.

    During the meeting, an advance agreement on the establishment of branch of artificial insemination in Training and Surgical Clinic of AMU from the beginning of 2015 was reached. The guests noted that they got acquainted with the existing conditions in the clinic and stressed that there are all conditions for high-level surgeries. The parties agreed on the preparation of a draft agreement on cooperation.

    The meeting was also attended by Director of Training and Surgical Clinic of AMU Gajigulu Bagirov, head physician of the clinic Asiman Hasanov, head of the department of gynecology Turab Janbahyshov.
  • Baku to host young writers' forum
    26.11.2014 10:45

    By Amina Nazarli

    Baku will host again the forum of young writers, poets and researchers of Turkic world on November 27-30.

    The event will be held as part of the ''Organizations Union and Establishment of the Board for further Development of Turkic Literature'' project.

    It is co-organized by the World Association of Young Turkish Writers (WAYTW) and Azerbaijani Youth and Sport Ministry.

    The forum will include various programs such as round tables, contests and poetry readings.

    Writers from Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Russia and Iraq will attend the event.

    The guests will also enjoy visiting places of sights in Baku, museums, exhibitions and cultural centers.

    At the end of the forum the most distinguished writers will be awarded with honorary diplomas.

    WAYTW was founded in Kazakhstan in 1998. In 2013, the forum, held in Baku was dedicated to the 15th anniversary of WAYTW.
  • Shahriyar Mammadyarovв's move, check and mate
    26.11.2014 10:29

    By Amina Nazarli

    Sometimes art imitates life. Sometimes it is a game like chess. There are a lot of similarities between chess and politics. It's just a weird analogy, lingering over the centuries. Chess was born in the Asian sub-continent, and then moved to Persia (checkmate from Persian means the king is dead). It got its most widespread fame during the Arab conquest, from the 17th century AD.

    The world of chess is enigmatic, mysterious and unpredictable. It does not leave anyone indifferent. Having tried just once the play, you can not forget about it. How nice it is to play a game of chess, giving yourself up to the end, without thinking about problems.

    Azerbaijan is proud of its tactical and aggressive chess player, Shahriyar Mammadyarov who always distinguishes himself from others with his smart mind and the ability to find a way out of a difficult situation in the game.

    Mammadyarov achieved his world fame from the very young age. This once again proves his persistence and extraordinary abilities to fight with world great chess players.

    The fact that he is the only player in the world, having become world champion under 20 year old twice, speaks for itself.

    It is no accident that he has such abilities, as Mammadyarov's family is composed from very talented people. His personal trainer is his father, who is a former boxer. Mammadyarov has two sisters, Zeynab Mammadyarova and Turkan Mammadyarova, who are Woman Grandmasters, therefore, all in his family are well aware of chess rules. This is amazing, as nothing like a family can support one player in difficult matches.

    He believes that chess is his fate, for the sake of which he has sacrificed all his childhood.

    "I sacrificed my childhood for the sake of chess. I trained up to 10-13 hours a day until 17-18 year old," he said. "I sometimes think about what chess gave me. And I understand that the sport took me more than it could give me in return."

    However, he does not regret a bit about linking his life with this specific and very complex kind of sport. Notwithstanding, he has decided some times to take a short break in his career but his love and devotion to chess made him come back to this sport without which he no longer imagines his life.

    "I would like to do more rest and enjoy the youthfulness like my peers and not devote all my time to chess. But eventually I realized that it is just simply impossible and I have to return to the sport and to make up leeway," the world champion in rapid chess noted.

    The two-fold European champion is not fearful of failures, thinking that they make people stronger. Based on an expression that each wrong step brings wisdom, Shahriyar considers a person should make a lesson of them and confidently move on.

    Young Shahriyar's chess career is developing rapidly, what leaves no doubt that he takes honorable place among the influential players in the world. With the gift of intuition, a bright vision he still has plenty of time to show more great games.
  • Armenians violate ceasefire 41 times in various directions
    26.11.2014 10:19
    Armenian armed forces violated ceasefire 41 times in various directions of the frontline within a day, said Defense Ministry, APA reports.

    Armenian armed units fired on the positions of Azerbaijan in Alibeyli village of Tovuz region from their posts in Mosesgekh village of Armenia's Berd region.

    Armenians also fired on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces from their posts near Shuraabad,Yusifjanli, Marzili, Shikhlar, Javahirli and Sarijali villages of Aghdam, Horadiz, Gorgan, Garakhanbeyli, Ashagi Seyidahmedli and Ashagi Veyselli villages of Fuzuli, Mehdili village of Jabrayil region and nameless uplands of Khojavand and Fuzuli regions.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
  • President Aliyev attends opening of Baku Oxford Schoolв's new building
    26.11.2014 10:12
    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of a new building of Baku Oxford School.

    Founder of the school, Mehriban Mammadova, informed the head of state about the work carried out, noting that the building has been constructed at the level of the most up-to-date standards, APA reports.

    The six-storey building covers an area of 30,000 square meters.

    President Ilham Aliyev cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the new building of Baku Oxford School. The head of state was familiarized with the school.

    Pupils at the school are educated by a hundred teachers, some of whom are from the UK, the U.S., Canada, Colombia, Sweden, Romania, Malaysia, the South African Republic, and Nigeria.

    President Ilham Aliyev gave his recommendations and instructions for quality education to be carried out.
  • Zakir Hasanov checks readiness of missile troops
    26.11.2014 10:04
    Minister checked the combat readiness of frontline military units.

    On behalf of President Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijani Defense Minister Zakir Hasanov and Chief of Staff Najmaddin Sadigov went to the front-line military units in order to test their combat capability, Oxu.Az reports citing

    The Defense Ministry, in particular, visited a military unit of missile and artillery troops and got acquainted with its combat capability, the possibility of military equipment, execution of orders of the General Staff, as well as the living conditions of soldiers.

    To ensure the combat capability of military units, missile troops were alerted and staged shooting in real combat conditions.

    Minister of Defence and Chief of General Staff continue to inspect the front-line troops.
  • Turkish FM says 600 Turkish nationals joined jihadists, more than 100 killed
    26.11.2014 09:47
    More than 100 of the 600 Turkish citizens that have gone to fight for jihadist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have perished in battle.

    The statement came from Foreign Minister Mevlüt ÇavuЕџoДџlu speaking late Nov. 24, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    Some 7,000 foreigners have been banned from entering Turkey and 1,100 people were deported on suspicions that they may join jihadist groups, the minister said in reply to questions by lawmakers in Parliament during budget discussions.

    The foreign minister said it was unfair to expect Turkey, which has a 1,000-kilometer-long border with Syria and Iraq, to tackle alone the problem of foreign fighters crossing through Turkish territory. He asked Western countries to share more intelligence with Turkey on suspected militants so that Turkish authorities can stop them from entering the country.

    Turkey has been subjected to criticism that it has turned a blind eye to extremists using its territory to cross into Syria. Since 2013, Ankara has stepped up its efforts to tackle the crossings of foreign fighters through its territory, particularly at airports.

    Foreign fighters from Western countries mainly come from Germany, France, the Netherlands and Belgium to fight with al-Qaeda-linked groups like the al-Nusra Front and ISIL.

    European countries, for their part, argue that they cannot arrest suspected fighters departing from their territory because they do not have concrete evidence that these people are going to join the Syrian civil war, and they cannot restrict their citizens' freedom of movement.

    In September, a member of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Atilla Kart, claimed that at least 16 people from his constituency of Konya, in central Turkey, had traveled to a recruiting center at Turkey's border with Syria where they met up with other families, some with children. They were then smuggled across the border in small groups, Kart said.

    He said the information was based on some family members of the 16 and on security officials who confirmed that the group had traveled to the border.

    Minister discusses Cyprus case with US ambassador

    Meanwhile, recent negotiations over Cyprus, the Ukraine conflict and the 1915 mass massacres of Anatolian Armenians were discussed during U.S. Ambassador to Ankara John Bass' courtesy call to the Turkish foreign minister yesterday, diplomatic sources said.

    ÇavuЕџoДџlu explained Turkey's sensitivity about the 1915 incidents, and said that if the issue became a topic on Washington's agenda, it could negatively affect bilateral relations, the sources said.
  • Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pashazadeh meets Iran's supreme leader
    26.11.2014 09:39
    Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pashazadeh has met Iran's supreme leader.

    Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office (CMO) Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pashazadeh met with Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in the framework of his visit to Iran, APA reports quoting press service of CMO.

    During the meeting the Iranian religious leader spoke about extremism and radicalism that threatens Islam and ways out of it.

    At the meeting it was emphasized that crimes committed in the name of religion have nothing to do with Islam, it is a provocation against humanity.

    During his visit to Iran, Sheikhulislam held a private meeting with Ayatollah al-Uzma Sheikh Makarem Shirazi and Jafar Sobhani.

    Sheikhulislam during his meetings noted the mutual relations between Azerbaijan and Iran, based on the principles of friendship and brotherhood. He stressed that sharing a common religious values play an important role in the strengthening of the relations of the two brotherly peoples.

    During his visit to Qom, Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pashazadeh visited the representative office of the Caucasian Muslims in Iran and Shrine of Hazrat Masooma (s.a.) Sister of Imam Reza (a.s.) in Qom,

    Sheikh ended his visit to Iran.
  • Azerbaijan raises Armenian exercise in occupied lands at NATO PA session
    26.11.2014 09:24
    Armenia's exercises in Azerbaijanв's occupied territories following the presidentsв' Paris meeting has been condemned at the NATO Parliamentary Assemblyв's 60th Annual Autumn Session in The Hague.

    In its speech during the session's plenary meeting, the Azerbaijani delegation raised the issue of Armenia conducting military exercises on the front line following the Azerbaijani and Armenian presidents' Paris meeting, member of the Azerbaijani delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, MP Malahat Ibrahimqizi said in a statement to APA.

    According to her, new NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who chaired the plenary meeting, answered the Azerbaijan delegation's questions about the exercises, while leaving the Armenians' baseless claims unanswered: "He spoke out against the exercises, calling them illegal. He also said the issue must be settled peacefully and the negotiation process respected, adding that territorial integrity and sovereignty are main principles for NATO".

    M. Ibrahimqizi noted that both Azerbaijani and Armenian delegations put forward proposals at the session: "The Armenians' proposal - the issue of people's right to self-determination was not even approved for discussion, while Azerbaijan's proposal was accepted and an article supporting Azerbaijan's territorial integrity and sovereignty was added to the resolution "Provision and support to NATO's partners". Despite the Armenian delegation made serious efforts to cause confusion at the time the resolution was adopted, NATO PA countries voted for the document".
  • Egypt: Fifteen killed as block of flats collapses in Cairo
    25.11.2014 19:50
    Cairo, November 25, AzerTAc

    A block of flats has collapsed in Egypt's capital, Cairo, killing at least 15 people, officials say.

    Seven people were also injured when the eight-storey building in the western suburb of Matariya collapsed overnight.

    Emergency services chief Gen Mamdouh Abdul Qader said rescue workers were searching through the rubble for 15 people who were believed to be trapped.

    Building collapses happen regularly in Egypt due to illegal construction, and poor enforcement of regulations.

    Gen Abdul Qader told the AFP news agency: "We don't yet know the cause of the accident, but we have been told that two storeys were recently added totally illegally."

    The residents of four nearby buildings have been evacuated as a precaution.

    In January 2013, the collapse of an eight-storey block of flats in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria left 28 people dead.
  • Vulnerable Armenia critically needs Russia
    25.11.2014 18:44

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Armenia suddenly stepped back from its intention to integrate into Europe and knocked on the door of the fresh Eurasian Economic Union, initiated and led by Russia.

    The U-turn in President Serzh Sargsyan's foreign policy course resulted in the membership of the country in the economic alliance. Several European players called it a disrespectful approach by Armenia, while some others said the country was free to choose its way.

    "Armenia is a vulnerable country with a limited number of choices. Security cooperation and strategic partnership with Russia is critically important for it," said Catherine Lynch, British Ambassador to Armenia.

    Russia has always had a great influence on Armenia's foreign and domestic policy. Political activity of the post-Soviet state remains imperfect without Russia's participation. Both countries are strategic allies, having relations since April 3, 1992.

    Lynch said Armenia's sudden decision to prefer the Eurasian Economic Union over the European Union was not so unexpected.

    "That decision is no longer a surprise for me. All we know that Armenia is a vulnerable country, having limited options of choice. Relations with Russia are extremely important for this country," Lynch said.

    Europe realizes Armenia's non-free diplomacy characterized by a strong dependence on Russia and other international players. Russia is the chief ally of the former Soviet nation.

    The Armenian government has never cherished a desire to cut its ties with Moscow, as it needs Russia as a patron and strong partner far more than Russia needs Armenia. One of many reasons why Russia has kept Armenia in its orbit over the last two decades is that the U.S. mostly ignored Armenia in the Karabakh war, which resulted in Armenia's violent occupation of the historical and legal territories of Azerbaijan.

    Russia played a significant role to prevent Armenia from being economically isolated given to its aggressive policy in the region. Its aggressive approach towards Azerbaijan and Turkey, as well as several reported problems with Georgia pushed the occupant country out of important regional projects. To this end, Armenia took its utmost to keep friendly and strategic relations with Russia. The northern giant has turned into Armenia's vertebral column amid the former Soviet state's pale image due to its weak political will and strong political dependence.

    Would Armenia dare to downgrade universally beneficial relationships with Russia and look for closer ties with the western states, which opt for closer relations with Turkey and Azerbaijan? No. Armenia was historically interrelated to Russia and is continuing to feel the dominating role of its northern neighbor in its political and economic life. No doubt, Armenia's future will remain under Russia's strong influence amid its full-speed preparations for the EEU membership. President Serzh Sargsyan has warm-heartedly ratified the agreement on the entry to the union, receiving full backing from the Constitutional Court. Now the parliament is close to join the economic alliance. In other words, Armenia is just a step back from opening a new page where the name of Russia comes first and keeps no room for Europe.
  • Sparkling Baku's skyline
    25.11.2014 18:29

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku is an attractive city for tourists throughout a day; however, its night-lights is more interesting for any visitor.

    These days with their pleasant weather are an ideal time for travelling along Baku streets and enjoying its architecture and historic atmosphere. Here is the list of some bright places to visit in Baku at night.

    The Flame Towers definitely crowns the list of the most good-looking night attractions of Baku. The facades of the three towers are sparkling with the tricolor and vigorous fire flames at nights. All these make the constructions a new iconic symbol of Baku.

    Baku bay is another place where at nights shines like a diamond with its lights reflecting on the surface of the Caspian Sea. Here you can walk from the new boulevard starting with the Flag Square, to the old part that are illuminated equally. Even trees brought from around the world are highlighted here.

    The old symbol of the city, Maiden Tower also shines by a light show in the evenings.

    Turning to the Sahil subway, you will see another city attraction: Nizami Street aka Torgovaya. Here, surrounded by the bright windows shops, you will have a chance to familiarize yourself with the cityв's prominent architecture even at night. The street has funny street-lamps and highlighted modern fountains. Even the floor is gleaming here.

    Torgovaya is shining on the New Year Eve, when it is all decorated with the fluoresce of New Yearв's trees.

    Rambling around the city, you should visit local parks that are also lightened at nights. The special attractions there are their numerous fountains. One of the best fountains is the one located in front of the Government House.

    The list of the richly illuminating buildings in Baku also includes sparkling Crystal Hall, Icherisheher Metro Station, TV tower, Hilton hotel, and Socar building, which is still under construction.

    Travel around the city to see them all before the windy Baku starts to prove its name.
  • Azerbaijan's strategic currency reserves exceed $ 53 bn
    25.11.2014 18:15
    On October 1, 2014, the strategic currency reserves of Azerbaijan amounted to $ 53.7 bn, reports.

    It was stated in the review of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) on monetary policy for the first 9 months of 2014.

    "In January-September 2014 the reserves rose by $ 3.5 bn, or 7%. The accumulated reserves cover nearly 3-year imports of goods and services," the review notes.
  • Ilham Aliyev personally acquainted with preparations for European games
    25.11.2014 18:01
    The President gave relevant instructions.

    On November 25 the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev inspected reconstruction and renovation works carried out in connection with the preparation for the forthcoming first European games.

    To view the progress of reconstruction and renovation works carried out in preparation for the first European Games, President Ilham Aliyev visited a number of areas of the capital, interested in the progress of the projects, in the implementation of renovation and construction works, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the official website of the head of state.

    The President also got acquainted with the ongoing work on the creation of road transport infrastructure in areas adjacent to the Baku Olympic Stadium, the territories in the central streets and avenues, with measures for improvement around the Palace of water sports in the village of Bail and progress of the work to create a variety of sports infrastructure.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev gave relevant instructions on the implementation of the work with high quality.
  • Turkmen city, next cultural capital of Turkish World
    25.11.2014 17:37

    By Amina Nazarli

    The 32nd meeting of International Turkish Culture Organization (TURKSOY) was held in Kazan city of Russia.

    The delegation headed by Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Vagif Aliyev presented Azerbaijan at the event.

    During the meeting a report on the last year projects was discussed and programs for 2015 was approved.Furthermore, the participants discussed the appointment of Dusen Kaseinov as the Secretary General of TURKSOY till 2017. They also chose Mary city of Turkmenistan as ''The Cultural Capital of Turkish World'' in 2015.

    Addressing the event, Vagif Aliyev talked about the projects implemented as part of the TURKSOY. He also added the importance of the next yearв's event.

    Mary is the capital city of Mary Province in Turkmenistan. Mary is known for its Regional Museum. The city lies near the remains of the ancient city of Merv, which in corrupted form gives its name to the modern town.

    Mary is the third largest city of Turkmenistan. It is the largest center of cotton-rich region, a major transport hub and the main center of the gas industry of the country. The city is the main source of income of Turkmenistan.
  • Baku to acquaint itself with 3D printer's opportunities
    25.11.2014 17:37

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku will learn how to increase its earnings with the help of 3 dimensional printer in February.

    For the first time, Azerbaijanв's capital will host a conference on the innovative technologies in the field of 3D printing 3D PrintConference on February 12, 2015.

    The event aims to inform the participants about the three-dimensional technology and its uniqueness. This technology allows to create a 3D model of the product on computer and in a short time to get a full physical object that will fit the specified parameters.

    The advantages of 3D-printers are obvious: they reduce the cost of manufacturing products, reduce the time of its appearance on the market, and allow designing elements of any shape and complexity. 3D printing provides a rapid and precise production using different materials.

    Many of the world's leading producers have realized how to use 3D printing in large scale. Indeed, the U.S. plans to replace the traditional production by the universal high technology based on 3D printing. China builds houses with a breathtaking speed with use of four huge 3D printers. The structures for 10 buildings were built within 24 hours, and the cost of such construction is only $5,000 for each house.

    Three-dimensional printing has already entered our lives, opening up new opportunities in various fields. Today, 3D printing is used in fast prototyping and engineering (automotive styling, aeromodelling, tuning), food industry, military industry and robotics, design and manufacture of clothing, medicine and stomatology (prosthesis, crowns, copies of the individual parts of the human body and the entire skeleton), architecture and construction (models of buildings, structures, some areas of the city and cottage settlements), as well as education (teaching aids, models).

    3D Conference in Baku will show which kinds of opportunities the technology opens in Azerbaijan.

    The event program will consist of a conference, where managers and entrepreneurs will discuss the opportunities of using 3D printing in business, workshops that will demonstrate the principles of 3D printer work and scanning processes, and the demo area, which will demonstrate products and services created by means of three-dimensional printing.

    The conference will be organized by Smile Expo company, that held grand thematic exhibitions in Moscow, Kiev, and Almaty.

    3D PrintConference will held at Tbilisi Avenue, 20, "Grand Hotel Europe" in Baku on February 12, 2015.

    Announcements are available at the website For further information please address:, 7 (495) 212-11-28.
  • Ilham Aliyev receives Chief Executive Officer of BBC Global News
    25.11.2014 17:18
    On November 25, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev received CEO of BBC Global News Jim Egan. reports citing the official website of the President of Azerbaijan that the guest informed the head of the Azerbaijani state about the activities of the structure that he leads and the work carried out in international cooperation.

    He noted the importance of providing information to the wide audience about the history, cultural growth of Azerbaijan, the development processes in our country.

    President Ilham Aliyev spoke about the economic achievements of Azerbaijan, the dynamic process of economic development, work towards ensuring freedom and democracy, cooperation between Azerbaijan and the European Union, the achievements of the country in the energy sector, the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh. The President stressed the importance of bringing an objective and unbiased information about the rich history, culture, development processes in Azerbaijan.

    The sides exchanged views on prospects of cooperation.
  • Baku 2015 European Games unveils official mascots Jeyran and Nar
    25.11.2014 16:34
    Baku 2015 European Games has today unveiled Jeyran and Nar as the exciting official mascots for the inaugural sporting event, APA reports.

    Inspired by Azerbaijani nature and heritage, Jeyran the Gazelle and Nar the Pomegranate reflect both the country's proud history and promising future. The pair will symbolise the first European Games around the world as they feature on branding to promote Baku 2015.

    Mr Azad Rahimov, Azerbaijan's Minister of Youth and Sport and Chief Executive Officer of Baku 2015, said: "We are extremely happy to introduce Jeyran and Nar to the world, and we hope that they will come to represent the excitement of the inaugural European Games.

    "As symbols of Baku 2015, they will inspire, excite and entertain a new generation of sports fans in Azerbaijan and will be visible around the city and the country in the coming months."

    Jeyran will become the cultural ambassador of the Games, offering visitors a glimpse into Azeribaijan's rich heritage. From high up in the Caucasus mountains to the shores of the Caspian Sea, Jeyran likes guiding visitors around the country and showing them all that Azerbaijan has to offer.

    Jeyran, the Azerbaijani word for gazelle, is a symbol in the country of natural beauty, grace and purity. The gazelle is a protected species in Azerbaijan.

    Nar is a sun loving, playful pomegranate who grew up outside of the city of Goychay. Full of life and energy, Nar loves participating in new sports and will be getting involved with the European Games action.

    The pomegranate symbolises unity in Azerbaijani folklore, and features heavily in the colourful Baku 2015 branding already displayed extensively around the city.

    Mr Simon Clegg, Baku 2015 Chief Operating Officer, said: "Our mascots are important symbols of the inaugural European Games and we are delighted to be welcoming them to the Baku 2015 family.

    "Jeyran will be an elegant cultural ambassador for the Games and for the rich heritage of Azerbaijan. Nar represents the energy, enthusiasm and fun of the Games and will be seen explaining and getting involved with the sports at our venues."

    Mr Charlie Wijeratna, Baku 2015 Commercial Director, said: "We wanted to help bring the European Games to life in a playful and colourful way, and we hope that Jeyran and Nar will become popular across all of Azerbaijan as we look forward to hosting Europe's elite athlete here at Baku 2015.

    "The mascots have started life as flat illustrations, but will soon be animated, and of course transformed in three dimensions to form a part of the merchandising of the European Games."

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

    Eleven of the sports will offer qualification opportunities for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Those sports include Archery, Athletics, Boxing, Cycling, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Triathlon, Wrestling and Volleyball.

    Baku was awarded the Games by the European Olympic Committees (EOC) in December 2012. The Baku European Games Operations Committee (BEGOC) will organise and run the Games in co-operation with the EOC.
  • Azerbaijani junior swimmers shine in Hungary
    25.11.2014 16:29

    By Amina Nazarli

    Azerbaijani junior team successfully participated in the FINA World Junior Open Water Championships, which was held in Hungary.

    Azerbaijani duo of Ekaterina Valiulinova and Tatyana Nikitina took the first place in the competition.

    In solo performances, Ekaterina Valiulina became the second, while another national sportsman Anastasiya Shashmurina placed the third.

    Azerbaijani national team includes Anastasiya Shashmurina, Ekaterina Valiulina and Tatyana Nikitina. The team coach is Larisa Kapustina.

    The Azerbaijani athletes will take part in the Serbian Open Championships to be held in Belgrade, Serbia on November 29-30.
  • Azerbaijani boxers win two world medals
    25.11.2014 16:19

    By Amina Nazarli

    The 2014 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships took place at the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju, South Korea from November 13 to 25.

    As a total 21 teams joined the competition.

    Azerbaijani female boxers have claimed two medals at the World Championship in Jeju, South Korea.

    Yana Alekseyeva grabbed silver in the 60kg class after losing to Irish Katie Taylor in the final.

    Another Azerbaijani boxer, European champion Elena Vystropova at 69kg won bronze medal of the tournament.
  • Baku to host ceremony on 100th anniversary of World War I
    25.11.2014 16:09

    By Sara RajabovaThe German-Azerbaijan Cultural Center, Kapellhaus will host a German-French commemoration week on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

    As the disaster of the century in Europe, the First World War started 100 years ago. The enemies of that time are close partners and good neighbors of today.

    The German and French Embassies in Baku are going to commemorate the war anniversary in a series of events.

    Commemoration week will start on November 25 with screening of a movie called ''All Quiet on the Western Front'' based on novel by Erich Maria Remarque.

    The next day, German historian Volker Venohr will give a lecture in Kapellhaus with participation of the representative from Azerbaijanв's National Academy of Sciences.

    On November 27, Farida Mammadova will perform songs about the First World War and the letters by the German, French and English soldiers will be read out at the event.

    At the end of the commemoration week, the book ''The war brought to light: 14-18 through stained glass'' will be unveiled in a ceremony to be attended by author Jean-Claude Leskur. Also, throughout the week an exhibition of paintings of Berlin and Paris on the First World War will be held.

    The events will be hold in Kapellhaus and French institute. The entrance to the events is free for public.
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