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Azerbaijani delegation attends International Astronautical Congress
29.09.2013 13:52
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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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    ran plans to send man into space in the next 4 years, Iranв's Mehr news agency quoted Iran Space Agency director Hamid Fazeli as saying on September 30.Fazeli said Iran's Space Agency has a plan to send a man into space, and the plan has been prepared within the framework of the national roadmap for scientific development.The plan also suggests putting telecommunication and remote sensing satellites into orbit.In May, Fazeli announced that Iran will launch Tadbir, Sharif, and Fajr satellites into space by the end of the current Iranian year which ends on March 20, 2015.The head of Iran's Aerospace Research Institute Mohammad Ebrahimi had said that Iran's Aerospace Research Institute has an orbital and suborbital project to send a living creature to the space.Ebrahimi said that Iran will first send a living creature to suborbital space, and later to orbital space and beyond. Ultimately, Iran's goal is to send its first man to space.

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    Gas resources of Turkmenistan can be connected to Europe through the Caspian Sea by building a 300km-long pipeline across the sea, to the shores of Azerbaijan. From there, fuel can be transported to Turkey which has mutual borders with European countries.

    The EU, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan started talks on the Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline in September 2011. However Russia and Iran have always spoke against the Trans-Caspian pipeline due to ecological issues during the pipeline's construction.

    Kazakh political scientist, Doctor of Political Sciences Dosym Satpayev believes that ecological factor is a geopolitics tool in the hands of Iran and Russia.

    ''Everybody understands that Russia and Iran focus on the ecological aspect of Caspian dialogue, because this fact will prevent the construction of the pipeline,'' Satpayev told Trend.

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    ''The construction of such pipelines is a sovereign right of the states through the territory of which the pipelines run, and therefore their construction be can carried out only with those statesв' consent,'' President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said following the Caspian Summit.

    At the same time Azerbaijan has repeatedly stated about the readiness to provide its territory, transit opportunities and infrastructure to realize the project.

    The unresolved status of the Caspian Sea was always considered as the main factor hindering the implementation of the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project.

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    According to the statements of the five states' heads, the parties agreed on the principles of cooperation and inked a political statement, which precedes the signing of a convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea.

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  • Milli Majlis strongly criticizes European Parliament resolution
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    The resolution adopted by the European Parliament regarding Azerbaijan was criticized at the plenary meeting of the Azerbaijani Parliament, APA reports.

    Vice-speaker of Azerbaijan Parliament, Co-Chair of the Cooperation Committee of the European Parliament-Azerbaijani Parliament Valeh Alaskarov said in his speech that a number of forces as well as the European Parliament envy Azerbaijani for its independent policy.

    Alaskarov said the EP has always taken a position towards Azerbaijan with double, triple or quadruple standards. "Once, they offered us to vote for the document that mentioned "Nagorno-Karabakh and the occupied territories of Azerbaijan". Thus, they ignored the reality that Nagorno Karabakh is our territory. They laid down conditions that we should sign this document or the EP will adopt a resolution on any two Azerbaijani bloggers. How do you think? Isn't it blackmail?

    Commenting on U.S. President Barack Obama's statement and the resolution of the European Parliament, Chairman of the Azerbaijani Parliament's Committee on Law Policy and State Building Ali Huseynli said that this is an unfair position. "They support the NGOs to neglect the Karabakh issue and cooperate with special service agencies of Armenia", he noted.

    Azay Guliyev said that today it's non-sense to utter positive opinions about the European Parliament and Euronest PA: "The European Parliament has damaged the Eastern Partnership. So Euronest PA is no longer trusted. The reason is the European Parliament's position and its selective approach. The resolution of the European Parliament is a baseless and tendentious document. They have a different position in relation to Armenia. There are political prisoners in Georgia, the former president is under pressure, but this authority keeps silent".

    Gudrat Hasanguliyev said international organizations must be seriously condemned, but added that there's no need to get into conflict with international organizations: "It's not worth getting into open conflict with international organizations because of five or six people. I think law enforcement bodies also need to consider this issue".

    Vice-Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Bahar Muradova said the matter is not about five or six people: "It's not the matter. Some poisonous forces within these organizations take the advantage of it. They often manipulate NGOs. NGOs should operate normally, transparently, and comply with the law".
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  • International organizations seek to punish Azerbaijan, as it is ''not tool in their hands''
    30.09.2014 18:02
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    International organizations seek to punish Azerbaijan, as it is ''not a tool in their hands'', Vice Speaker Bahar Muradova said Sept.30 at the first meeting of the autumn session of the Milli Majlis, commenting on the European Parliament resolution on human rights in Azerbaijan.

    MP Gudrat Huseynguliyev said that he was against the break of relations with international organizations.

    "Law enforcement agencies must take appropriate action and preventive measure of arrest before the court needs to be changed in respect of these people. In the world public opinion is formed by organizations controlled by large states. Admitting this bitter truth, I believe that we shouldnв't join an open confrontation with the West and international organizations because of five or six people, even if they committed the most serious crimes against the Azerbaijani people," said the deputy.

    Vice-Speaker, objecting to this, noted that the matter is not in these people.

    "If someone thinks that by relieving them, we will change the position of international organizations, that person is mistaken. Many structures believe that Azerbaijan is pursuing its own policy. They want to punish us not only for this but also for the fact that we are not a tool in their hands," said Muradova.

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  • Documents signed at Caspian Summit fully meet Azerbaijanв's national interests
    30.09.2014 18:02
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    The documents signed during the Caspian Summit in Astrakhan fully meet Azerbaijanв's national interests and do not contradict with the countryв's law, Azerbaijanв's Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov told reporters on Sept.30.

    ''The basic principles of the agreements - creation of a stable balance of weapons, taking into account each otherв's interests while carrying out military exercises in the sea, complying with the measures of the mutual trust '" meet Azerbaijanв's interests,'' the deputy minister said.

    The intergovernmental five-party agreements were signed as part of the 4th Caspian Summit in Astrakhan Sept. 29, which involved President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

    The relevant ministries of the Caspian littoral countries signed an agreement on cooperation in the field of hydrometeorology of the Caspian Sea, an agreement on cooperation in the field of prevention of emergency situations in the Caspian Sea and liquidation of their consequences, an agreement on the protection of aquatic biological resources of the Caspian Sea and their rational use.

    Then, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov signed a joint statement of the presidents.

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  • Russiaв's EU Ambassador: Moscow Waiting for EU to Address Ukraine-Related Concern
    30.09.2014 17:59
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    Russian Envoy to the European Union Vladimir Chizhov says Russia is waiting for proposals from its European partners on a number of issues that raise Moscow's concerns in connection with Ukraine's Association Agreement with the European Union.

    "No agreements have been reached on the date of the next trilateral meeting. Experts continue to work independently, but the ball is in the EU field. They have received a list of our concerns, we are now waiting for their proposals," Chizhov said, according to RIA Novosti.

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    According to Chizhov, the decision "was expected and is consistent with the agreement, reached in the trilateral format (Russia - Ukraine - European Union) in Brussels on September 12."

    The Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement presupposes political and economic association between the two parties. The political provisions of the agreement were signed in March, after the president at that time Viktor Yanukovych was ousted and an interim government came to power. The economic part of the agreement was signed by the current president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in June.

    Earlier in September, Ukraine and the EU parliaments ratified both parts of the Association Agreement, but postponed the implementation of the EU-Ukraine Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement until December 31, 2015.

    The agreement to delay the treaty's implementation was reached at a trilateral Russia-Ukraine-European Union meeting in Brussels, held after Moscow expressed concerns that the implementation of the treaty carries economic risks for Russia and Ukraine.
    48
  • Iran,P5 1 can reach final deal by deadline: Rouhani
    30.09.2014 17:34
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    Iranв's President Hassan Rouhani says if the P5 1 group shows real determination, a final nuclear agreement between Tehran and the six powers is possible before the November 24 deadline.

    Iran is firmly determined to reach an agreement with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - Russia, China, France, Britain, and the United States - plus Germany by the November deadline and if the opposite side is committed as firmly, "we can come to [an] agreement," President Rouhani told Rossiya 24 TV channel on Monday.

    The Iranian president urged the negotiating partners to show more resolve, addressing particularly the United States which, he said, has been dragging its feet more than others even though all parties understand the necessity for reaching an agreement as soon as possible.

    Iran and the six world powers held their latest round of talks in New York on September 18-26 to work out a final agreement aimed at ending the longstanding dispute over Tehran's civilian nuclear energy program before a November 24 deadline.

    Last November, the two sides clinched an interim nuclear accord, which took effect on January 20 and expired six months later. However, they agreed to extend their talks until November 24 as they remained divided on a number of key issues.

    Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator, Seyyed Abbas Araqchi, who is also Iran's deputy foreign minister for legal and international affairs, said on Sunday that the nuclear talks in New York were "constructive", although differences on major issues still remain to reach a deal before the deadline.
    18
  • Great potential available for Caspian littoral countriesв' economic cooperation
    30.09.2014 17:25
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    There is great potential for economic cooperation of the Caspian littoral countries, Iranв's Ambassador to Azerbaijan Mohsen Pak Ayeen told Trend.

    ''The businessmen of the private sector of these countries will be an impetus for strengthening economic ties between the two countries,'' he said.

    "The entrepreneurs of the private sector of these countries can play an effective role in strengthening ties among the Caspian littoral countries and be an impetus for the development of these relations," he said.

    The diplomat added that Iran's fundamental policy is to strengthen the friendly relations with neighboring countries.

    "To resolve the status of the Caspian Sea, such comprehensive methods must be used to ensure long-term interests of the Caspian littoral countries," he said.

    Pak Ayeen said that not only oil and gas resources of the sea, but also the issues of security and protection of the ecology are important.

    "Safety means the stability,'' he said. ''It is achieved by ensuring security of the economic development."

    ''Iran believes in the effective debate on the legal status of the Caspian Sea on the basis of international norms and hopes that the member-states will achieve significant progress in this area at the Astrakhan Summit,'' he said.

    The presidents of the five Caspian littoral countries, namely, Azerbaijan, Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan met in Astrakhan Sept. 29. A number of documents will be adopted and a political declaration will be signed following the summit. This declaration will be the basis for a future convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea.

    The document will include the issues of creating a sovereign zone of the countries, fishing area, as well as provisions that make the presence of the armed forces of non-regional countries in the Caspian Sea impossible.

    This declaration in the form of a convention will be adopted at the summit, to be held in Kazakhstan next year.

    9
  • Armenia grappling with increasing divorces
    30.09.2014 17:24
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    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    An increasing number of divorce cases is disturbing the Armenian government.

    Spokesperson for the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Anush Danielyan said PM Abrahamyan has tasked the relevant bodies to reveal the reasons behind the growing divorces in Armenia.

    Danielyan noted that the main issue is to examine the upward tendency in divorce rate in the country. "About 154 divorces were registered per 1,000 marriages in 1990, while the figure has jumped up to 258 divorces per 1,000 marriages in 2014. The growing number of divorces has been observed since the early 1980s due to socio-economic factors," she said.

    Danielyan revealed the key reasons behind the trend. She said labor migration, alcoholism and drug addiction, socio-economic problems, as well as sterility are among the top causes of widespread divorces. Emigration is a real threat, because a spouse's long absence weakens the family bonds.

    Armenia's National Statistical Service's Census and Demography Department reported a 14.2 percent increase in divorce cases in 2013. The department has underlined the growing number of divorced men or widowers as an alarming situation.

    Armenian men mostly look for good appearance while getting married. Slim girls meet the general taste of many males in the country. As for women, they often opt for men with a good job and a house of their own.

    One more reason of the divorces in Armenia is domestic violence against women. Abuse of the women is deeply rooted in the country. Women in Armenia endure violence not only by their husbands, as well as by their mother-in-laws and father-in-laws. These intolerance fuels the divorce cases to destroy the family roots and worsen the social life in the country. For instance, five Armenian women aged between 28 and 38 were murdered by their husbands just in the first two months of 2014.

    Divorces in Armenia are also increasing by high index of infertility rate. Latest statistics show infertility rate is 17 percent in the country. WHO standards see infertility above 15 percent as critical. Capital city Yerevan is among the cities with the highest rate of sterility. Having no child inspires Armenian couples to end their relations and it becomes one of driving factors to increase divorces.

    /AzerNews/
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  • Parliament plans to adopt Competition Code this autumn
    30.09.2014 17:23
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    Deputy Ali Masimli stated today in the Parliament that such law should be adopted urgently taking into account that the government set the goals on development of the non-oil sector of economy.

    "The draft Competition Code has already been discussed in the Parliamentary Committee for Economical Policy but failed to be submitted to the plenary meeting. Our Committee proposes to adopt the Code in 2014 and to put it into effect starting from 2015. If the government has put the goal to bring the non-oil sector up to 72% of economy within the next three years and taking into account that now the non-oil export makes only 10% of total export, it's evident that such Code should be adopted as soon as possible", Masimli said.
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  • 25,000 illegitimate children registered in Azerbaijan
    30.09.2014 17:22
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    Today the Parliament of Azerbaijan has reported on the social problem of illegitimate children.

    According to Fazil Agamali, large number of illegitimate children is a serious threat to society.

    "Such children are born as a result of civil marriages. I don't support civil marriages and just propose to introduce compulsory tutorage for such children. Many problems are created by men who don't recognize their paternity and women who are not able to raise children without father. In accordance with the statistics, in 2013 the number of illegitimate children reached 25,000 people and this is a serious figure", Agamali said.

    According to him, amendments should be made to Family Code and other legislative acts regulating issues of children up to 18 year old.
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  • NIDA members appeal to President Ilham Aliyev for pardon
    30.09.2014 16:44
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    NIDA members have appealed to President Ilham Aliyev for pardon.

    The imprisoned members of NIDA Civic Movement - Rashadat Akhundov, Rashad Hasanov, Uzeyr Mammadli, Zaur Gurbanli, Mammad Azizov, and Ilkin Rustamzadeh - appealed to President Ilham Aliyev for pardon.

    At the request of these persons, the appeal has been presented to media outlets without distortion, APA reports quoting the website of the Ministry of Justice.

    The appeal says:

    "Dear Mr President,

    We, the imprisoned NIDA members, think that we can use our youthful energy to the benefit of our country in the current period of Azerbaijan. Serving our punishment until the end, it would be wasting our youthful activity. We hope You agree that spending our youth in freedom would benefit the Azerbaijani people and the country, and help us regain our freedom and return to our family. Throughout our time in prison, we've had enough opportunities to observe the ongoing processes within the country and abroad. Due to these observations, we have learned approaching the future in the optimal way and made a lot of assessments.

    Dear Mr President,

    We, the young people, want to spend our knowledge and skills for the prosperity and development of independent Azerbaijan. We believe You would take our youthfulness into consideration and agree on our release, using your exceptional powers".
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  • US: Eleven additional strikes in Iraq and Syria
    30.09.2014 16:42
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    Baku-APA. The U.S.-led coalition carried out more than 10airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, Sunday and Monday, according to U.S. Central Command, APA reports quoting AA.

    In Syria, two airstrikes near Deir ez-Zor destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle and an anti-aircraft artillery transport vehicle. An additional two strikes hit an ISIL compound and an ISIL-controlled airfield near the northwestern city of Aleppo. Two airstrikes near the de facto ISILcapital ofRaqqah targeted ISIL compounds.

    In the northern Syrian town of Manbij, two airstrikes hit an ISIL training camp, and ISILvehicles near a grain storage facility.

    Central Command said the facility was used by ISIL as a logistics hub and vehicle staging area.

    The United Arab Emirates and Jordan participated in the Syria strikes.

    In Iraq, one airstrike near the northern city of Kirkuk destroyed two ISIL vehicles, while another two ISIL armed vehicles were destroyed in a separate strike nearby the northwest Iraqi town of Sinjar. A separate strike against an ISIL vehicle in the northwest was unsuccessful.
    58
  • Fanta festival thrills up Azerbaijani youth
    30.09.2014 16:41
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    By Amina Nazarli

    Baku Crystal Hall hosted another incredible concert the Fanta Youth Festival.

    Organized by Coca-Cola Company, the festival was held on September 27.

    The festival which took place in Azerbaijan for the second time saw the popular singers such as Natavan Khabibi and Miri Yusif to perform on the stage. The special guest of the festival was the talented Turkish singer, Kanan Dogulu, who won the hearts of his fans in Azerbaijan.

    At a press conference held before the concert, Kenan Dogulu called Azerbaijan his second homeland and expressed his delight of being among his Azerbaijani fans.

    During the festival, the guests had the chance to take pleasure from different programs of the festival like music concerts, daytime activities and games like bowling, percussion, karaoke under the music of one of the best DJ RuidoLoco.

    Furthermore, the most creative selfie contest was held via fantafestivali.com. One who gained the most "Like" during the voting was invited to the scene. The winner won a chance to take a Selfie with Kanan Dogulu, Miri Yusif and Natavan Habibi.

    Fanta Festival was first one reaching far regions from the metropolitans of Turkey. In the last twelve years, the number of festival's fans has reached 4 million people. It covers over 77.000 km through the country.

    The mobile festival fills the halls in Baku with joy and entertainment. It also thrills up the youth in Azerbaijani regions; Guba, Shirvan, Sheki, Shamakhi, Balakan and Ismailli.

    The first Fanta festival was held in Tofig Bahramov's stadium in 2013. It brought together Turkish singer Emre Aydin, winner of "Eurovision-2011" Nigar Jamal, Miri Yusif and Uran.

    /AzerNews/
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  • SOCAR commissions new well
    30.09.2014 16:30
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    The daily output is 630 000 cubic meters of gas.

    The new well в„-636 located on the "Kalmaz" field used for underground gas storage (UGS), was put into operation.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to SOCAR that the well drilled by Complex Drilling Works Trust commissioned by the "Azneft" production unit, received to production fund with a daily output of 630 000 cubic meters of gas from a depth 1985-1977 m. in the range of 2003-1995.
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  • Khizi waiting you with its natural attractions
    30.09.2014 16:07
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    By Nigar Orujova

    With the arrival of fresh season, it is now hard to stay at home for a long time. So, to spend a nice day in a place not so far away from Baku, you can go to Khizi.

    Situated at just 10 km from the capital, Khizi seems attracting for visitors with its natural beauties and unreal landscapes.

    First, you will be astonished with the roads leading to the region. Various rocks along the roads have created an unearthly view. Red stripes runs along your way arising in you the feeling of the Curiosity spacecraft exploring Mars.

    On your road to the shady forest of the region, you will also have the opportunity to visit the home museum of the proclaimed Azerbaijani poet Mikayil Mushvig. Mushvig was a real patriot who expressed himself in the lyrical poems, and paid a heavy price for his love to Azerbaijan. He was one of the victims of Stalin era.

    Meanwhile, you have the chance to see the air changes and have a sea-scent, as the region is washed by the Caspian Sea in the east.

    Khizi town is a small place. You need at most an hour to visit the whole town. Then, you have time to see to other places: the mountains of the national park in the region or Altiagaj, one of the best-known tourist attractions of the region located 12-14 km from Khizi. If you have two days off, you can visit both places.

    In addition to an astonishing forest in the region, you can also visit other historical places there. In Khalaj village, there is a famous 15th century shrine, with an ancient graveyard called "Agh Pir". In Alishirin village dating back to 15th century, sepulchre of Sheikh Heydar, an extremely courageous man, the father of the Safavid ruler Shah Ismayil.

    Gizilgazma place is among the main tourist attractions in Khizi. This mountainous region is very famous for its small mounta�?�­in lake.

    During the visit to Bayahmad Yurdu village, you can see one of the most beautiful and picturesque mountain in Khizi. However, the story of this village is tragic. Once a flowering village, it was devastated later during the World War II.

    After this long trip, you would be hungry soon. So, do not waste your time and order the delicious national food and sweet scented tea with lip smacking preserves in Soyugbulag.

    Soyugbulag has beautiful springs with ice-cold water. It is situated at a forest on top of a mountain, where you can make a picnic. The lucky ones will also have an opportunity to see wild animals here.

    You can stay for a night in the local hotels or pitch your tent and sleep in the forest. However, do not build a fire there, otherwise you will be fined.

    Enjoying the last warm days in this place is a perfect chance. So do not hesitate and take your tent and go to Khizi.

    /AzerNews/
    14
  • Russia, France May Sign Transfer Act for Mistral Warship This Fall
    30.09.2014 16:02
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    Russia and France may sign an act on transferring first French-built Mistral class amphibious assault ship to Russia.

    This may take place in late October or early November, RIA Novosti reports.

    The statement came from a senior Russian defense industry official.

    "If France fulfills its obligations, than the transfer act will be signed in late October or early November," said Igor Sevastyanov, a deputy director general of Russian state arms exporter Rosoboronexport.
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  • Leyla Aliyeva appeals to Russiaв's community
    30.09.2014 15:41
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    "We hope that Russia will soon give a political assessment to the Khojaly genocide."

    The Vice-President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the Azerbaijani Youth Association in Russia Leyla Aliyeva expressed hope for a political assessment of the Khojaly tragedy in Russia in the near future at the 5th Conference of AMOR "Dialogue and agreement", Oxu.Az reports referring to Vestnik Kavkaza.

    "Tolerance is a lifestyle for Azerbaijan, a norm rather than an achievement for us. Our achievements are the developing economy in recent years, strengthening ties with Russia, including greater attention to Russian language, 16 000 people are studying in Russian, the country has a branch of the Moscow State University named after Lomonosov. I have to note the sport achievements - the first European games in history will be held in Baku. However, keeping in mind all these things, we must not forget that 20% of the territory of Azerbaijan are under occupation, " Leyla Aliyeva said.

    "In this regard, we hope that Russia will soon give a political assessment to the Khojaly genocide and refugees will return to their homes," she said.
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  • PASHA Bank once again represents region at SIBOS forum
    30.09.2014 15:38
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    Baku, September 30 (AzerTAc). The 36th International Financial Industry Forum SIBOS 2014 started in Boston (USA) yesterday. This is the largest banking event which annually brings together several thousand of delegates representing the world's largest banks, financial institutions, developers and suppliers of equipment for the financial industry.

    As well as in 2013, the only representative of the region, acting at the event as an exhibitor, is one of the largest banks in Azerbaijan - PASHA Bank.

    "SIBOS is a very important event for us, as precisely here reps of financial institutions, major corporations and technology companies of the world gather annually to discuss business issues and form the future international financial industry. PASHA Bank's participation in such events allows us to establish new business relationships with leading companies of the sector and adopt the best practices and experience of the best banks of the world, using them in the future on the Azerbaijani market", said PASHA Bank Chairman of the Board Farid Akhundov.

    "Simultaneously, participation is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the achievements of Azerbaijan in the economic and financial spheres, as in this forum, we represent not only themselves, but also the entire country," he emphasized.

    This is the 5th international forum of SIBOS, where PASHA Bank has been actively involved. Next year, the Forum, whose organizer is the Society For Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) will be held in Singapore.

    PASHA Bank is a leading corporate bank in Azerbaijan. Established in 2007, it provides a range of corporate banking services including: loans, securities, asset management, and treasury services. PASHA Bank employs circa 300 people across its head office and 9 branches and was declared lsquo;The Best Investment Bank of Azerbaijan' by the Europe Banking Awards 2011, 2012 and 2013, and lsquo;The Best Private Banking in Azerbaijan' by World Finance in 2013.

    PASHA Bank is a part of PASHA Group, a major investment holding group in Azerbaijan, which also includes significant assets in insurance, property development, production of construction materials, tourism and other businesses. Kapital Bank, one of the largest retail banks in Azerbaijan, is also owned by PASHA Group.
    45
  • Shamkhani in Lebanon to discuss defense cooperation
    30.09.2014 15:14
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    The secretary of Iranв's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) has arrived in Lebanon to hold talks on defense cooperation.

    Heading a high-ranking political and security delegation, Ali Shamkhani arrived in the Lebanese capital, Beirut on Monday night, Press TV reports.

    Upon arrival in the Lebanese capital, Shamkhani praised the historical and constructive ties between Iran and Lebanon, saying his visit is aimed at holding dialogue and consultations with the Lebanese officials on political and security developments in the region as well as ways for cooperation between Tehran and Beirut in confronting the common threats facing the two nations.

    "I will confer with the Lebanese officials on the framework of defense cooperation between Iran and Lebanon as well as providing the Lebanese army with its equipment needs, requested by Beirut," said the Iranian official.

    Earlier this month, Iran's Ambassador to Beirut Mohammad Fat'hali expressed the Islamic Republic's support for the Lebanese army in the fight against Takfiri militants.

    He made the remarks in a meeting with Lebanese Defense Minister Samir Moqbel in Beirut, saying Tehran was ready to lend any type of support to Beirut in its efforts to restore security and stability to the Arab country if requested.

    Lebanon has been rocked by the spillover of the conflict in Syria.
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  • Azerbaijani parliament to express protest to European Parliament
    30.09.2014 15:06
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    Milli Majlis (Parliament) of Azerbaijan is preparing an appeal of protest to the European Parliament in connection with its earlier resolution on human rights in Azerbaijan.

    This is already the 4th resolution on the country, the Speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament Oktay Asadov said at the opening of the autumn session Sept.30.

    At the same time this resolution is of intentional nature, since it was adopted on Sept.18, the day before the major international events in Azerbaijan.

    Among 46 people who were preparing the resolution only 1 person has been to Azerbaijan, and it is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia. During his period of work military aircrafts were sold to Armenia, the speaker said

    The purpose of the adoption of resolution is the pressure on Azerbaijan, however, the country will not allow any force to damage its independence.

    He also noted that Azerbaijan has no obligations to the European Parliament. Euronest organization was created for expansion of ties.

    The Speaker called the adopted resolution a biased one, and noted that European Parliament applies the double standards in respect of Azerbaijan.

    A commission headed by Vice-Speaker Valeh Alesgerov was established on Asadovв's proposal in the parliament, which will prepare an appeal of protest.

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  • The Azerbaijani and Russian governments signed a document in Astrakhan
    30.09.2014 14:33
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    Astrakhan, September 29 (AzerTAc). The governments of Azerbaijan and Russia have signed a document in Astrakhan.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the signing ceremony.

    The document was signed by Russian Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev and Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev.
    73
  • Azerbaijani pilots to fly to Turkey
    30.09.2014 14:31
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    Azerbaijani and Turkish generals visited the servicemen.

    Deputy Defense Minister of Azerbaijan, Air Force commander, Lieutenant-General Ramiz Tahirov and the head of department on work with the staff of the Turkish Air Force, Brigadier General Emin Ayik, who is on visit in Baku, met with the personnel of the Air Force of Azerbaijan and Turkey participating in trainings.

    Oxu.Az reports quoting the website of Azerbaijani Defense Ministry that a preliminary analysis of practical tasks during joint operations on combat training aircraft, performing various maneuvers with simulated conditioned air battles and destruction of ground targets were conducted at a meeting with the flight and technical staff.

    Guests were shown the simulators used in training pilots. Then at the airport, which hosted the joint exercise, guests were given a summary of the course of the exercise, as well as discussed the trainer job the next stage.

    During the meeting it was noted that the regular joint exercises of Air Forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey are scheduled for March 2015 in Turkey.

    The meeting was also attended by the Military Attache of Turkish Armed Forces in our country, Brigadier General Hasan Nevzat Tashdeler.
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  • President, PM hold surprise midnight meeting
    30.09.2014 14:27
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    Turkeyв's president and prime minister held an unannounced midnight meeting Sept. 30, on the eve of the critical decisions the country will make regarding the fight against extremist jihadists in Iraq and Syria.

    Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoДџlu visited President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan after his return from Istanbul, where he attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) meetings, Hurriyet Daily reports.

    The meeting between the two leaders was the first since President ErdoДџan concluded his week-long trip to New York, where he held key meetings with United States President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

    Turkey has not yet made its position clear on its contribution to the U.S.-led coalition to fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

    No statement was made following the 40-minute-long meeting. The media reported the two leaders discussed the contents of motions to be introduced to Parliament authorizing the Turkish army to conduct cross-border operations into Iraq and Syria.

    The motions are expected to be sent to Parliament following the Cabinet meeting slated for Sept. 30, in which Chief of General Staff General Necdet Özel will brief Cabinet members about the conditions of security along the Syrian border and the army's level of preparedness to challenge threats posed by ISIL.
    8
  • TAP to increase Azerbaijanв's role in Italian energy market
    30.09.2014 14:21
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    By Sara Rajabova

    Azerbaijan will play a larger role in the Italian energy market in future, as the construction of Trans Adriatic Pipeline AG (TAP) is set to bring Azerbaijani gas to the country.

    Matteo Verda, a researcher at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI - Milan) made the remark in an interview with Day.Az website commenting on the role and place of Azerbaijan in the Italian policy.

    Verda said since the commissioning of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) pipeline, Azerbaijan has been one of the most important oil suppliers of the Italian market, adding that due to the nature of the international oil market, this relevant commercial relation was developed on purely economic basis.

    Noting that Azerbaijan's role in the Italian energy supplies will increase even more after the construction of TAP, he said this new flow will help the diversification of natural gas supplies and enhancement of Italian energy security.

    TAP is a project that envisages building a pipeline from Azerbaijan to Turkey and Italy, which is heavily dependent on foreign supplies of gas.

    "In this case, political cooperation at governmental level played an important role to ensure the construction of the pipeline. Moreover, once built, the pipeline will represent a mutually binding commitment, with potentially important spillovers on other sectors," Verda said.

    With regard to the protests in Puglia against the TAP project, the expert said this will not hamper the implementation of TAP project, as the pipeline has been fully authorized.

    Leader of Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) Beppe Grillo has recently said he would call for a referendum over TAP project. However, the government of Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is keen on completing the TAP project.

    "Local groups and some local governments were against the project for ideological reasons. In many European countries, small groups are protesting against infrastructural development. In any case, they usually do not pose a threat to the realization of the infrastructure project. Moreover, when a few individuals become violent, security forces always intervene," Verda said.

    He noted that as in the case of Grillo, some politicians try to get more visibility at national level challenging big infrastructure projects only because they receive the support of the government. "Moreover, those politicians are always eager to show that they care about the environment, even in those cases - as TAP - where there is no relevant environmental issue."

    Verda said, in any case, there is neither legal nor political capacity to call for a national referendum on the construction of a big infrastructure.

    He further stressed that bilateral relations are very good and there is commitment on both sides to improve this relationship. "Azerbaijani market is rapidly expanding and Italy offers good opportunities for investments, both for private capitals and for public funds."

    Verda added that even with the change of governments, there is a strong will to press ahead with infrastructure projects across the country.
    6
  • Great Britain to assess potential of Azerbaijani business
    30.09.2014 14:07
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    A delegation of representatives from large British companies will arrive in Baku on September 30 to discuss the business opportunities of Azerbaijan and Great Britain, a statement posted on the webpage of the British Embassy in Azerbaijan says.

    "British companies are interested in assessing the business potential of Azerbaijani companies working in the fields of education and telecommunications,'' a statement says. ''In this regard, businessmen of the two countries will exchange experience to support the development of the economy of Azerbaijan."

    ''There is a long-standing business and economic relationship between the UK and Azerbaijan,'' Mark Higgins, International Trade Adviser (ITA) for UKTI, said. ''The United Kingdom remains the largest foreign investor in Azerbaijan with over 300 British companies operating in the country.''

    ''The British companies on this trade mission are looking forward to meeting their counterparts in Azerbaijan in order to identify potential customers, partners and 'win winв' opportunities,'' he said.

    A business forum will be held in Baku with the support of Azerbaijan Export and Investment Promotion Foundation (AZPROMO) and the Azerbaijani Ministry of Economy and Industry as part of the British delegationв's visit on Oct. 2.

    The foreign trade turnover between Azerbaijan and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland reduced twofold during the year, amounting to $566.78 million in January-August.

    The goods worth $443.884 million were imported to Azerbaijan as of eight months, while goods worth $122.896 million were exported, according to the Azerbaijani State Customs Committee.

    10
  • Monitoring on Armenian-Azerbaijani contact line passes without incident
    30.09.2014 14:06
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    The monitoring held Sept. 30 under the mandate of the OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative, on the contact line located near the village of Sarijali of Azerbaijan's Aghdam region passed without an incident, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said Sept. 30.

    On the Azerbaijani side the monitoring was carried out by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Personal Representative Andrzej Kasprzyk and his field assistant Evgeny Sharov.

    On the opposite side the monitoring was conducted by field assistants of OSCE chairperson-in-office personal representative Hristo Hristov and Peter Svedberg.

    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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

    Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

    14
  • Iranв's GDP grows 6.4% in spring after consecutive declines
    30.09.2014 14:02
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    Iranв's GDP, including the oil sector, grew by 6.4 percent in spring this year after 8 seasons of decline.

    Peiman Qorbani, Vice Governor of Iranian Central Bank (CBI) said the national economy, excluding the oil sector, grew by 4.4 percent in spring, corresponding to the first quarter of the current Iranian year, the Mehr news agency reported Sept. 28.

    ''The administrationв's top priority is to curb the inflation rate and stabilize the domestic market,'' he said, adding that the industry sector accounted for the lionв's share of the growth.

    Iranв's agriculture, oil, mine and industry sectors achieved positive growth rates of up to 8.1 percent during the mentioned period, according to the CBI.

    The economic growth rate in Iran turned positive after the country experienced months of stagflation, suffering negative economic growth combined with rising inflation rate.

    In the last Iranian calendar year (ended March 20, 2014) Iranв's economy shrank by 1.9 percent.

    Earlier this month, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic Republic will witness an inflation rate far below 20 percent at the end of the year.

    The Rouhani administration had previously envisaged a 25-percent inflation rate for the current year.

    10
  • Turks invest in Armeniaв's economy
    30.09.2014 13:02
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    They found the construction sector most attractive.

    Turkish company Öztürkler Holding begins to invest in Armenia's economy, particularly in the construction sector.

    Oxu.Az reports citing haqqin.az that CEO Yusuf Ozturk has started the construction of a multi-storey business center in Yerevan. According to Ozturk, "the language of investments" is the most affordable and understandable in economic relations". "Despite the fact that Armenia is a small country, there is a lot of money. I am the first Turk who began to invest in this country," he said.

    Ozturk said that the Armenian authorities are ready on mutually agreed conditions to consider all proposals for investment in the economy. The company is already constructing a modern building in Yerevan.
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  • Consequences of strong wind in Baku
    30.09.2014 12:27
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    The roofs of some houses have been damaged.

    Strong wind in the capital last night led to a number of consequences.

    Oxu.Az reports referring to APA, a large tree fell on Hyundai, owned by Anar Bayramov in Balababa Mejidov street, Yasamal district. There were no injured, but the car became unusable.

    The poplar fell on the residential building in Yavar Aliyev street, Khatai district. The roofs of some houses have been damaged. The Khatai executive power where the residents appealed said that relevant measures will be taken in this respect.

    The windy and rainy weather will continue in Baku for a few more days.
    26
  • Armeniaв's armed forces once again violate ceasefire with Azerbaijan
    30.09.2014 12:13
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    Over the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces, located on the nameless heights in Armeniaв's Berd district violated ceasefire with Azerbaijani armed forces, stationed near the Kokhanebi village of Tovuz district.

    The Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan said Sept. 30 that the Azerbaijani soldiersв' were also shot at from the positions on the nameless heights in the districts of Goranboy, Khojavend and Fizuli.

    The violation was silenced with return fire.

    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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

    Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

    9
  • Azerbaijani History and Culture Research Centre opens in Vietnam
    30.09.2014 12:10
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    Hanoi, September 30 (AzerTAc). An opening ceremony of the Azerbaijani History and Culture Research Centre under the Institute for Politics, Law and Management of Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA) has been held in Hanoi, Vietnam.

    The event brought together officials of Government and Parliament of Vietnam, members of the society, representatives of the Media.

    Director of the Azerbaijani History and Culture Research Centre Ngo Thi Kim Tu highlighted the activity and plans of the Centre.

    Azerbaijani Ambassador to Vietnam Anar Imanov highlighted the visit of President Ilham Aliyev to Vietnam saying the visit created conditions for comprehensive development of cooperation between the two countries.

    He also highlighted the increased interest of the people of Vietnam to Azerbaijan, as well as its culture.

    The diplomat stressed the importance of opening of the Centre, adding this would play an important role in awareness of Vietnam`s people about Azerbaijan and would serve to further strengthening relations between the two nations.

    The speakers stressed the role of the Centre in developing relations between Azerbaijan and Vietnam.

    The event saw demonstration of video about Azerbaijan.

    The event was broadcast in State television of Vietnam "VTV-1".
    74
  • Azerbaijani servicemen to participate int'l events in Serbia
    30.09.2014 12:09
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    Representatives of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces will take part in an international event in Serbia.

    On October 1-2, Belgrad (Serbia) will host the annual conference on the Operational Capabilities Concept, evaluation, and feedback programs, APA reports citing the official website of Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry.

    Representatives of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces will participate in the event.
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  • Exchange rate of AZN compared to world currencies on Sept. 30
    30.09.2014 12:09
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    The exchange rate of AZN compared to the world currencies and precious metals on Sept. 30, according to the Central Bank of Azerbaijan.

    Currencies and precious metals

    Sept. 29, 2014

    Sept. 30, 2014

    1 U.S. dollar

    1 USD

    0.7844

    0.7844

    1 euro

    1 EUR

    0.9946

    0.9955

    1 Australian dollar

    1 AUD

    0.683

    0.6862

    1 Argentinian

    Peso

    1 ARS

    0.0928

    0.0925

    100 Belarusian Rubles

    100 BYR

    0.0074

    0.0074

    1 Brazilian Real

    1 BRL

    0.3241

    0.3206

    1 UAE dirham

    1 AED

    0.2136

    0.2136

    1 South African Rand

    1 ZAR

    0.0697

    0.0697

    100 South Korean Won

    100 KRW

    0.0747

    0.0745

    1 Czech koruna

    1 CZK

    0.0361

    0.0362

    1 Chilean Peso

    1 CLP

    0.131

    0.1304

    1 Chinse Yuan

    1 CNY

    0.1278

    0.1276

    1 Danish Krone

    1 DKK

    0.1336

    0.1337

    1 Georgian Lari

    1 GEL

    0.4488

    0.4484

    1 Hong Kong Dollar

    1 HKD

    0.1011

    0.101

    1 Indian Rupee

    1 INR

    0.0128

    0.0127

    1 British pound sterling

    1 GBP

    1.2728

    1.2752

    100 Indonesian rupiah

    100 IDR

    0.0065

    0.0064

    100 Iranian rials

    100 IRR

    0.003

    0.003

    1 Swedish Krona

    1 SEK

    0.1079

    0.1084

    1 Swiss Franc

    1 CHF

    0.8239

    0.8248

    1 Israeli Shekel

    1 ILS

    0.2132

    0.213

    1 Canadian Dollar

    1 CAD

    0.7019

    0.7037

    1 Kuwaiti Dinar

    1 KWD

    2.7212

    2.7229

    1 Kazakhstan Tenge

    1 KZT

    0.0043

    0.0043

    1 Kyrgyz Som

    1 KGS

    0.0144

    0.0144

    1 Lithuanian Litas

    1 LTL

    0.288

    0.2883

    100 Lebanese pounds

    100 LBP

    0.0519

    0.0519

    1 Malaysian ringgit

    1 MYR

    0.2396

    0.2397

    1 Mexican Peso

    1 MXP

    0.0584

    0.0582

    1 Moldovan Leu

    1 MDL

    0.0546

    0.0549

    1 Egyptian Pound

    1 EGP

    0.1097

    0.1097

    1 Norwegian krone

    1 NOK

    0.1214

    0.1218

    100 Uzbek soums

    100 UZS

    0.0332

    0.0332

    1 Polish Zloty

    1 PLN

    0.2377

    0.2385

    1 Russian ruble

    1 RUR

    0.02

    0.0199

    1 Singapore Dollar

    1 SGD

    0.6156

    0.6161

    1 Saudi Riyal

    1 SAR

    0.2092

    0.2091

    1 SDR (IMF Special Drawing Rights)

    1 SDR

    1.1696

    1.1667

    1 Turkish lira

    1 TRY

    0.3463

    0.3445

    1 Taiwanese Dollar

    1 TWD

    0.0258

    0.0258

    1 Tajik Somoni

    1 TJS

    0.1548

    0.154

    1 New Turkmen manat

    1 TMM

    0.2752

    0.2752

    1 Ukrainian hryvnia

    1 UAH

    0.0608

    0.0606

    100 Japanese yen

    100 JPY

    0.7171

    0.7175

    1 New Zealand dollar

    1 NZD

    0.608

    0.6116

    Gold (1 ounce)

    1 XAU

    952.0655

    956.5758

    Silver (1 ounce)

    1 XAG

    13.7466

    13.7757

    Platinum (1 ounce)

    1 XPT

    1022.8576

    1024.4264

    Palladium (1 ounce)

    1 XPD

    629.0888

    616.5384

    6
  • CIS Security Council secretaries hold meeting in Moscow
    30.09.2014 12:02
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    Baku, September 30 (AzerTAc). CIS Security Council secretaries held regular (second) meeting in Moscow, where they discussed the efforts to counter international terrorism and religious extremism, radicalization of Islam and its possible consequences for the CIS states, destructive activity of "Al-Qaeda" and the terrorist group "The Islamic state of Iraq and Sham" (ISIS), as well as issues of cooperation in the sphere of international information security.

    At the meeting, the delegation of the Azerbaijan Republic was led by the head of Presidential Administration academician Ramiz Mehdiyev.

    Ramiz Mehdiyev made a report at the meeting.

    Mehdiyev in particular called a danger the participation of citizens of the CIS member countries in operations in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan as a part of various religious, extremist and terrorist groups. These people gain fighting experience and skills and upon return to the countries they become serious factor menacing to national security.

    Participants of meeting were reported about the measures undertaken by law enforcement bodies and intelligence services of Azerbaijan for counteraction to activity of the extremist religious organizations, and about success achieved in this area. He gave detailed information on adoption of amendments to the national legislation, concerning punishment toughening for those involved in terrorism, and also for involvement of citizens of Azerbaijan to participation in armed conflicts outside the country on the basis of religious hatred.

    Within the visit, the head of Administration of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ramiz Mehdiyev held a bilateral meeting with the Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolay Patrushev. The sides discussed a range of issues of bilateral cooperation.
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  • Azerbaijan wrestling team rank 2nd at international tournament
    30.09.2014 12:02
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    Baku, September 30 (AzerTAc). Azerbaijani youth national wrestling team has finished second at the international tournament dedicated to the memory of the hero of the Russian Federation, Major-General of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia Magomed Omarov held in Dagestan, city of Kaspiysk.

    Azerbaijani team defeated North Ossetia and Khasaviurt with the same score 6-2.

    On the way to the final, the national team lost 2-6 to Dagestan and gained tournament's silver medal.
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  • Fitch affirms Azerbaijan at в'BBB-в'
    30.09.2014 11:39
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    Fitch Ratings has affirmed Azerbaijanв's Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) at в'BBB-в'.

    According to the Agency, the Outlooks are Stable. The issue ratings on Azerbaijan's senior unsecured foreign and local currency bonds have also been affirmed at 'BBB-'. The Country Ceiling has been affirmed at 'BBB-' and the Short-term foreign currency IDR at 'F3', Fineko/abc.az reports.

    According to Fitch, the affirmation and Stable Outlook reflect the following key factors:

    Azerbaijan's sovereign balance sheet is one of the strongest of any rated sovereign and underpins the rating. The State Oil Fund of Azerbaijan (SOFAZ) reached USD37.6bn in 1H14. Adding USD15bn in foreign-exchange reserves at the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBAR), the sovereign's gross external assets are equivalent to 69% of GDP. Fitch expects further modest growth in sovereign assets as the current account registers (diminishing) surpluses in 2014-16. This should provide a buffer against oil price or production shocks and support the manat's (AZN) peg to the USD at AZN0.78/USD1.

    The state budget ran a smaller surplus in 7M14 than in the corresponding period of 2013. Fitch projects a small general government (GG) deficit in 2014, albeit below the original target of 3% of GDP owing to higher than expected oil prices (Brent crude averaged USD107/b in 9M14 against USD90 in the 2014 budget document). Fitch forecasts that the GG will run deficits of 1%-2% of GDP annually in 2015-16 as the authorities keep current and capital spending high against a backdrop of diminishing revenue. Although relatively modest, this will extend the trend of deterioration in the budget balance in place since 2010, when the GG ran a surplus equivalent to 13.7%.

    SOFAZ transferred AZN4.9bn (USD6.3bn) to the state budget in 1H14, or 52% of total revenue. The government's long-term aim is to reduce the budget's dependence on the SOFAZ transfer, and thus oil prices. The success of this strategy will crucially depend on the ability to develop a strong, sustainable non-oil economy.

    Fitch forecasts that GDP growth will slow to 3.3% in 2014 from 5.8% in 2013, and remain in the 3.5%-4.0% range in 2015-16. Non-oil sector growth will be the driver of economic activity, with growth in hydrocarbons output stagnating as existing oilfields age and large ongoing gas projects have yet go on-stream. In the medium term, the government will pursue the twin aims of developing large gas reserves while continuing to diversify the economy in order to reduce its strong commodity dependence.

    The key risk to Azerbaijan's economy is a sudden and prolonged drop in oil prices. Indirect risks from the effect of sanctions of the Russian economy are contained, given the limited overall exposure to the Russian economy. However, the manat's effective exchange rate has appreciated in 2014 owing to the steep depreciation of the Russian rouble, and if carried forward, this could hamper efforts to develop the non-oil economy.

    The CBAR has undertaken macro-prudential measures to curb consumer lending growth, which consequently fell to 29% year on year in July 2014 from 40% in January. Nevertheless, the banking system remains a relative weakness. Majority state-owned International Bank of Azerbaijan (IBA), which controls one-third of the banking system's assets, has asset quality problems, despite an ongoing AZN500m recapitalisation.

    Governance is weaker and political risk higher in Azerbaijan than in the median of the 'BBB' category, according to World Bank governance indicators. High-level meetings are likely to continue in order to try and resolve the long-standing dispute with Armenia over the breakaway territory of Nagorno Karabakh. However, Fitch does not expect a permanent resolution in the foreseeable future. Given an increase in defence spending in both countries in recent years, the risk of renewed hostilities such as those seen in August 2014 is not negligible.

    The Stable Outlook reflects Fitch's assessment that upside and downside risks to the rating are currently balanced. Nonetheless, the following risk factors individually, or collectively, could trigger positive rating action:

    - Steps to correct the gradual deterioration of Azerbaijan's budgetary position since 2010, sufficient to increase Fitch's confidence in the longer-term sustainability of Azerbaijan's sovereign balance sheet strengths.

    - A credible strategy for sustainable economic diversification, supported by reforms to improve governance and transparency.

    The following risk factors individually, or collectively, could trigger negative rating action:

    - More rapid spending growth than forecast that eroded the country's fiscal strength in the medium term.

    - A prolonged period of low oil prices.

    - A regional geopolitical shock severe enough to disrupt Azerbaijan's economic or financial stability, such as a full-scale conflict over Nagorno Karabakh.

    Fitch assumes that the global economy will develop broadly in line with the assumptions in the agency's latest Global Economic Outlook.

    Growth and fiscal projections are sensitive to oil production assumptions. Fitch assumes that oil production stabilises in 2015-2018, although fluctuations are inevitable.

    Fitch assumes that domestic political stability is preserved.
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  • Earthquake jolts Azerbaijan - VД°DEO
    30.09.2014 11:21
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    Ganja. Azer Mammadli '" APA. An earthquake hit Azerbaijan today at 6:40 am local time, APAв's western bureau reports.

    According to the Ganja Seismologic Station, the quake was recorded in Gabala District, where the magnitude reached 5.5, while from Ganja to Aghstafa it was recorded to be 3.5. No casualities were reported.

    Gabala has been shaken off by three tremors in the morning today. The first tremors were recorded 22 km northeast of the city of Gabala at 6:38:07 am local time. The quake was magnitude 6 at the epicenter, 5 in Gabala, and 4-3 in the majority of the country's regions. There were no casualties, the Republican Seismological Service Center of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) told APA.

    The second quake hit the city of Gabala at 8:55:52 am. A bit later, at 9:19:08 am, the third quake was recorded. These tremors passed unnoticed.
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  • Presidents of Azerbaijan and Russia meet in Astrakhan
    30.09.2014 11:15
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    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin met in Astrakhan, APAв's Russian bureau reports.

    The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and the outcome of the 4th summit of Caspian states.

    The Russian President noted that the relations between Russia and Azerbaijan have always evolved as a relationship of friendship, trust: "We are very pleased that we have developed relationships in the same vein, and in different directions, including the most sensitive areas."

    "First of all I would like to congratulate you on the successful conclusion of the summit, which, according to our general assessment, was a breakthrough. Important decisions were made in terms of convergence of the parties' positions, and these decisions will, of course, play an important role for further cooperation in the Caspian region", President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said at the meeting with Russian president.

    "As for our bilateral relations, I am glad that we have maintained a constant dialogue between. We met in the last month, and today is an indicator of the level of our relations. During this time, were also delegations from our countries to visit each other, "the President said.

    Azerbaijani President stressed the positive dynamics in relations: "In all directions such as the economic sphere, the political sphere, energy, in humanitarian cooperation, there is development. Here are just a couple of days we will conduct Humanitarian Forum, which was initiated by the Russian and Azerbaijani representatives. So we see positive dynamic in all directions. I think that in the future we will see the same, good points of cooperation between our countries".
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  • Putin: Russia-Azerbaijan Relations Developing Actively
    30.09.2014 11:04
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    The relations between Russia and Azerbaijan are developing actively, despite the problems in the global economy, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with his Azerbaijani counterpart Ilkham Aliyev on Monday.

    "The relations between Russia and Azerbaijan have always unfolded as friendly and trusting and they are unfolding in a similar vein on different lines, including in the most sensitive spheres; moving forward is the case with the economy as well, despite some problems in the global and Russian economy," Putin said.

    The bilateral meeting between Putin and Aliyev is a part of the Caspian summit, held in Astrakhan, southern Russia, on Monday.

    The summit, attended by the leaders of Russia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran and Turkmenistan, is focused on cooperation between the countries and progress in implementation of the decisions taken at the previous summit in Baku in 2010.

    The heads of five Caspian states agreed on Monday to keep a stable balance of forces in the region and ensure the development of their defense capability within the limits of "reasonable efficiency."

    Earlier on Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that the five countries had also agreed on a joint statement to outline future agreements on cooperation in the region.
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  • Armenian armed forces violate ceasefire with Azerbaijan
    30.09.2014 11:03
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    Armenian armed forces, located near the village of Berkaber of Armeniaв's Ijevan region, have once again violated the ceasefire with Azerbaijan over the last 24 hours, Azerbaijanв's Defense Ministry said on Sept.29.

    Azerbaijani Armed Forces undertook fire near the village of Gizilhajili of Gazakh region.

    Moreover, Azerbaijan also took fire from the positions located near the villages of Yusifjanli, Merzili of Aghdam and Kuropatkino of Khojavend region.

    The violation was silenced with return fire.

    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 U.S. are currently holding peace negotiations.

    Armenia has not yet implemented four U.N. Security Council resolutions on the liberation of the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions.

    7
  • No foreign military force must enter Caspian region: Rouhani
    30.09.2014 11:03
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    Iranв's President Hassan Rouhani says no military force must be allowed to enter the Caspian Sea region under the pretext of protecting its security.

    "There is consensus among all the Caspian Sea littoral states that they are capable of maintaining the security of the Caspian Sea and military forces of no foreign country must enter the sea," Rouhani said in the Russian city of Astrakhan on Monday, Press TV reports.

    He called on the Caspian Sea littoral states to attach due significance to their common interests and interactions.

    "The nations' interests and joint cooperation can strengthen unity among the Caspian Sea littoral states," the Iranian president added.

    He noted that energy, transportation, fisheries and tourism are among grounds for cooperation among the Caspian Sea states.

    Rouhani made the comments after presidents and senior officials of Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan signed three documents for cooperation and issued a joint statement at the end of the 4th summit of the Caspian Sea littoral states on Monday.

    The five states agreed to expand cooperation on Caspian Sea water and meteorology, natural disasters and environmental protection.

    The Caspian Sea is the largest enclosed body of water by area and is variously classed as the world's largest lake or a full-fledged sea.

    The issue of the Caspian Sea's legal regime gained importance following the breakup of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and the emergence of new independent states.
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  • Ceasefire violated on frontline
    30.09.2014 11:03
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    Armenian armed forces have violated ceasefire again.

    Armenian armed units fired from their posts in nameless uplands of Berd region of the Armenian Republic on the positions of Azerbaijani Armed Forces in Kokhanabi village of Tovuz region on the night of September 29-30, APA reports quoting the official website of the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.

    The Azerbaijani positions were also subjected to fire from the posts in nameless uplands of Goranboy, Khojavand and Fuzuli regions.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliation fire.
    13
  • Drugs to spread if religious courses abolished, President ErdoДџan says
    30.09.2014 11:03
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    Drugs, violence and racism would spread among the youth if Turkeyв's compulsory religion course is abolished by the government, President Recep Tayyip ErdoДџan claimed Sept. 29.

    Speaking at a symposium on combatting drugs in Istanbul, ErdoДџan defended religious education in schools by saying children with a lack of religious and moral education tried to fill the "gap" with other things. "Sometimes they use drugs, sometimes violence and sometimes organized violence, which turns into terrorism", Hurriyet Daily reports.

    The existence of a religious culture and classes on morality must not be opened to discussion, said ErdoДџan. He added religious education in schools helped in the fight against "drug addiction, terrorism, violence, racism, anti-Semitism and Islamophobia."

    ErdoДџan also said compulsory physics and chemistry courses were not being questioned by the European Union, while they question the necessity of compul-sory religion class.

    ErdoДџan's remarks came after a European Court of Human Rights' (ECHR) ruling on Sept. 16 which stated that the Turkish education system was "still inadequately equipped to ensure respect for parents' convictions" and therefore violated the "right to education," in a case that stemmed from Alevi complaints about manda-tory religious classes.

    ErdoДџan slammed the ECHR decision. "This is an incorrect ruling and there is no similar example in the West," the president said. "The mandatory physics classes, the mandatory chemistry classes are not sources of debate anywhere around the world, but everybody talks about the religious courses."

    ErdoДџan also said 180 million people around the world used drugs and that 75 million were drug-dependent. He said at least 2.7 percent of the Turkish popula-tion of 76 million had used illegal substances at least once.

    ErdoДџan said an issue of terrorism was actually threatening peace in the world. "You see that everybody speaks about the results, but not the reasons for that."

    In addition, ErdoДџan asked "why European friends did not bother about the ter-rorist organization, the Kurdistan Workers' Party [PKK]. Because there is no word pertaining to lsquo;Islam' in front of that terrorist organization's name."

    The comments were made a three-day symposium on drug policy in Turkey organized by the Turkish Green Crescent Society (YeЕџilay), a nongovernmental organi-zation that endeavors to protect society and youth from "harmful habits."
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  • Ilham Aliyev ends his visit in Astrakhan
    30.09.2014 11:02
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    An official reception was held in honor of participants of the summit.

    The working visit of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev in Astrakhan ended on September 29.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to AzerTag that before this on behalf of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin an official dinner was held in honor of the participants of the 4 Summit of the Caspian countries.

    The reception was attended by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev.
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  • Azerbaijani and Russian governments sign document in Astrakhan
    30.09.2014 11:02
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    The governments of Azerbaijan and Russia have signed a document in Astrakhan.

    Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the signing ceremony.

    The document was signed by Russian Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev and Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev.
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  • Earthquake in Azerbaijan
    30.09.2014 11:02
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    Six earthquakes occurred in Azerbaijan during one day.

    The earthquake occurred 19 kilometers north-west from Gabala at 20:35 on September 29, reports Oxu.Az referring to the site of the Republican Seismological Service Center of the National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan.

    The strength of the quake at the epicenter was 4.0 on the Richter scale.

    No destruction has been recorded during the earthquake.
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  • Armenians protest report on Nagorno Karabakh approved in PACE
    30.09.2014 11:01
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    Protocol of the Bureauв's meeting held on September 2 in Paris has been approved at the PACE plenary meeting.

    According to Elkhan Suleymanov, Member of Azerbaijani delegation to the PACE, a decision on preparation of report on "increase of tension in Nagorno Karabakh and other occupied territories of Azerbaijan" has been passed at the meeting and this task has been sent to the Political Affairs Committee.

    Suleymanov noted that PACE Secretary General Voetsek Savitsky said that the title of the report is sabotage against Armenia, he does not agree with the decision, and will prevent approving of Bureau protocol at the plenary meeting. According to the MP, Armenians called a decision on preparation of such report during the negotiations within the framework of OSCE Minsk Group as a sabotage and noted they are against approving of the protocol.

    "Some pro-Armenian deputies also noted they support Armenian side and will vote against. The issue put for voting and the decision of Bureau dated to September 2 was approved. This is a serious step taking us to the victory and next stage consists of appointment of rapporteur at the Political Affairs Committee on October 1. Of course, a very big tension is inevitable here", he stressed.
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  • President Ilham Aliyev met with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev
    29.09.2014 23:15
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    Astrakhan, September 29 (AzerTAc). President of theRepublicofAzerbaijan Ilham Aliyevhas met with President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astrakhan.

    The parties expressed satisfaction with the level of traditionally friendly relations between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan and noted that there was good potential for the development of the bilateral ties.

    The sides discussed the issues related to the expansion of the cooperation between the two countries in a variety of areas.
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  • The heads of state of the Caspian littoral states attended a ceremony to release belugas bred in Astrakhan into the Volga
    29.09.2014 22:14
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    Astrakhan, September 29 (AzerTAc). President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, President of Russia Vladimir Putin, President of Iran Hassan Rouhani, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and President of Turkmenistan Gurbangulu Berdimuhamedov, who are attending the 4th summit oftheheads of state of the Caspian littoral statesinAstrakhan, have walkedalongthe banksof theVolgaRiver.

    Then the Presidents attended a ceremony to release belugasbred inAstrakhaninto theVolga.
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  • Azerbaijani opposition party ''Musavat'' elected new chairman
    29.09.2014 21:32
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    Baku. Etibar Mammadov - APA. Arif Hajili was elected as a new chairman of the Azerbaijani opposition party "Musavat".

    APA reports that the majority (228) of delegates voted for Arif Hajili. 200 delegates voted for the other candidate, Gubad Ibadoglu, and 19 voted for Tural Abbasli.

    Note that for the post of head of the party claimed Arif Hajili, Gubad Ibadoglu, Tural Abbasli and Sekhavet Alisoy. Sekhavet Alisoy withdrew his candidacy in favor of Gubad Ibadoglu.

    Generally, 449 delegates participated in voting, 2 of them were invalid.
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