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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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    During the visit, Sergei Popkov will meet with Minister of Communications and High Technologies of Azerbaijan Ali Abbasov.

    Mutual cooperation in the field of communication and information technologies will be discussed at the meeting with the participation of delegations from both countries.
  • Iran takes steps against "Dutch Disease''
    29.03.2015 15:26
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Iranian government has taken steps to protect the countryв's economy from ''the Dutch Disease'' in an attempt to cope with the effects of the sudden increase in the incomes.

    Ali Tayyeb-Nia, minister of economic affairs and finance said the country has taken required measures to deal with the impacts of an anticipated surge in revenues should the sanctions against the country are removed as a result of success in nuclear talks with P5 1 group of countries.

    He has emphasized that serious plans have been devised to cushion the economy against what is internationally known as ''the Dutch Disease''.

    ''Our biggest concern today is that once the sanctions are removed and revenues increase, we fail to properly exploit the incoming petrodollars,'' Tayyeb-Nia told the Persian-language magazine Tejarat-e Farda.

    An expected final nuclear deal that envisages lifting of sanctions on Iran is considered to boost Islamic Republicв's incomes.

    ''We are concerned that the Dutch Disease returns, what Iran has experienced for several times before,'' Tayyeb-Nia said.

    The Dutch Disease is defined as a development through which a large inflow of foreign currency into a given country makes its manufacturing sector less competitive.

    He further stressed that Iran has learned lessons from previous experiences when it saw a surge in its revenues. They, he said, include the junctures when the country sold oil at record high prices but ''failed to properly use the extra money''.

    ''We should naturally try to direct the extra revenues into the National Development Fund and thereon use them for productive projects and efficient investments by the private sector,'' Tayyeb-Nia said.

    However, the country also stands ready against the negative impacts of the nuclear negotiations. Iranian government has repeatedly stated that the country has prepared measures to struggle economic challenges in case Tehran and the world powers fail to come to an agreement.

    Tayyeb-Nia stressed that the government of President Hassan Rouhani has devised a specific scenario to deal with the economic impacts if Iran-P5 1 talks fail.

    While, he did not elaborate what specific plans the government had in mind to deal with the economic impacts of the failure of sanctions, Tayyeb-Nia emphasized that the government stands completely ready to prevent any shock to the Iranian economy no matter what the outcomes of Iran nuclear talks will be.

    ''If we proceed based on reason and our domestic capabilities, we will suffer less. A year ago, nobody may have believed that the government of President Rouhani would be able to decrease inflation. But you can see that this was materialized,'' said Tayyeb-Nia.

    Iran is currently in talks with P5 1 '" the United States, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germany '" over the removal of sanctions that have been imposed over disputes on the Iranian nuclear energy program.

    The sides have a deadline approaching within the next several months to reach a comprehensive deal that envisages curbing the nuclear program and the removal of sanctions.
  • Azerbaijan defeats Malta: Prosinecki starts with victory
    29.03.2015 15:15
    /By AzerNews/

    By Mushvig Mehdiyev

    Azerbaijani national football team received Maltese rivals in Baku on March 28 in the next group stage game of EURO 2016 Qualifying.

    The national team secured a brilliant victory over Malta in the clash of Group H minnows, which was the first win in the competition and also the first points after four consecutive defeats.

    Left wing midfielder Javid Huseynov scored the opening goal just 4 minutes since the start whistle by Turkish referee Halis Ozkahya at the Tofig Bahramov stadium.

    While Maltese players were seeking an equalizer, a stoppage-time goal from Dmitriy Nazarov at the 90th minute of the game clinched the Azerbaijani national team's first victory under new manager Robert Prosinecki.

    The Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan appointed Croatian football specialist as the manager of the Azerbaijani national football team, in December last year on a three-year contract.

    In a post-match press conference, Prosinecki hailed the performance of his players.

    "They did their best. But our players' potential lets them do better than today's performance. Motivation of the whole team and players will be far more high in the next games," Prosinecki noted.

    Now the national team stands at the 5th place among six teams in the Group H leaving Malta behind with three points.

    The group's leader Croatia shattered the Norwegian colleagues 5-1, while Italy managed hardly to end in a draw 2-2 with the Bulgarian team in the simultaneous matches.

    The national football team will lock horns with the Norwegian team in the next group stage game at the Ullevaal stadium in Oslo on June 12, 2015.
  • Azerbaijan to reduce tariffs for international rail passenger traffic
    29.03.2015 15:14
    Azerbaijan will reduce tariffs for international rail passenger traffic 35%, APA reports.

    According to Nadir Azmammadov, spokesperson of Azerbaijan Railways OJSC, the tariffs have increased 35% since March 11.

    He noted that the growth is associated with the changed rate of the national currencies of Russia, Georgia and Ukraine versus the Swiss franc: "The tariffs increased in accordance with the regulatory tariffs for international transportation, associated with the Swiss franc".

    Azerbaijan Railways CJSC appealed to Russian Railways OJSC and Georgian Railways JSC with a proposal to reduce tariffs for international passenger traffic. As a result of negotiations between Azerbaijani and Russian railways, the tariffs in Baku-Moscow-Baku and Baku-Kharkov-Baku trains will be reduced 35% from March 30, 2015.

    At the same time, the tariffs in Baku-Tbilisi-Baku in the territory of Azerbaijan Railways have been reduced since March 15. According to negotiations between Azerbaijani and Georgian railways, the tariffs in Georgia's territory will be reduced from April 5, 2015.
  • Agricultural issues discussed in Ankara
    29.03.2015 15:09
    The Ministry issued a statement.

    The first meeting of Deputy Ministers of Agriculture of the participating countries of the "Great Twenty" (G20) took place in Ankara on March 23, Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Ministry of Agriculture.

    "The initial draft communiqueacute;, which includes the main priorities of the G20 towards sustainable food systems was discussed at the meeting.

    There was an exchange of views on the content of the draft document, and the proposals were voiced. At the event, it was decided to continue work on improving the draft document to the ministerial meeting," the Ministry said.

    The meeting was attended by a delegation composed of the chief of the State Service for the management of agricultural projects and credits under the Ministry of Agriculture Rufat Rustamzade and Deputy Head of International Cooperation Department of the Ministry Zaur Aliyev.

    The meeting was held to prepare for the meeting of agriculture ministers G20 in May, 2015 under the Turkey's chairmanship in "Great Twenty" (G20).
  • Libya Close to Agreement on National Unity Government Formation
    29.03.2015 15:06
    Baku-APA. The UN's envoy to Libya said that Libya is "getting very close" to an agreement on the formation of a national unity government, APA reports quoting RIA Novosti.

    Libya is "getting very close" to an agreement on the formation of a national unity government, the UN News Centre cited Bernardino Leon, the organization's envoy to Libya, as saying on Friday.

    The latest round of UN-brokered peace talks aiming to resolve the political turmoil in Libya concluded on Thursday in Morocco's capital Rabat.

    Leon said that the peace talks went "well beyond what we expected," because the scope of issues on the agenda was reduced, adding the all sides feel they are "really getting very close to the agreement."

    Leon added that the rival Libyan political factions (the UN-recognized government in Tobruk and Tripoli-based General National Congress) reached consensus on the need to put an end to the arms escalation and to search for political solutions to the crisis.

    The peace talks which began on March 6, 2015 were on the verge of collapse on Saturday as the government in Tobruk conducted air strikes against airports and a military base in Libya's capital Tripoli, controlled by the General National Congress (GNS). It was reported that a senior commander loyal to the GNS was killed during the airstrikes.

    The next rounds of the peace talks will take place in Algeria and Brussels in the next few weeks.

    Libya has been plagued by violence since 2011 when a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi.
  • Iranian MPs pursue to cancel Erdogan's visit to Tehran
    29.03.2015 14:58
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 29

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend:

    The upcoming trip of Turkey's President Recep Tayyep Erdogan to Iran should be cancelled due to his recent anti-Iran remarks, Iranian MP Esmaeel Kowsari said.

    Kowsari, who is a member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, said Erdogan should be notified that if he talks nonsense about Iran, he will be dealt with, Iran's Fars news agency reported on March 29.

    "Even if the foreign affairs ministry takes no step in this regard, we will oblige them to do it," Kowsari said.

    Erdogan is due to visit Tehran in early April.

    The Turkish president earlier accused Iran of trying to dominate the Middle East and its efforts have begun to annoy Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries.

    Prior to that, Turkey said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi forces (a Shia group) in Yemen and called on the militia group and its "foreign supporters" to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region.

    "Iran is trying to dominate the region," Erdogan said at a press conference. "This is really not tolerable and Iran has to see this."

    Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif severely criticized Erdogan over the latter's recent remarks against the Islamic Republic.

    "Those who have inflicted irreparable damage with their strategic mistakes and high ambitions would better adopt wise policies to use existing potentials in preserving regional peace and integrity," Zarif said.

    Zarif said that Iran highly regards its strategic relations with Turkey in different spheres, adding that under the current circumstances all countries must work toward establishing peace and preventing insecurity in the region.

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  • First baby born from IVF
    29.03.2015 14:55
    The first baby has been born in Europe from a new IVF procedure that checks embryos for devastating genetic disorders.

    Lucas Meagu was at high risk of inheriting a rare form of muscular dystrophy which would have left him with weak muscles making walking and everyday tasks difficult.

    However, a ground-breaking technique which is being pioneered by fertility doctors in London has allowed Lucas to be born fit, healthy and free of disease.

    Traditional embryo testing procedures require months of laboratory work but the latest technique, known as karyomapping, takes less than a fortnight and can pick up a range of diseases.

    Lucasв' mother Carmen, 26, who works in recruitment, inherited Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease from her father who suffered with the illness all his life.
  • Azerbaijani, Turkish diasporas to protest ''Armenian genocide'' in US
    29.03.2015 14:54
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29


    The diaspora organizations of Azerbaijan and Turkey will hold a protest action in Washington on April 24 in connection with the Armenians' propaganda of the 1915 events as the so-called genocide, the Turkish newspaper Aksam reported March 29.

    The representatives of 124 NGOs will attend the rally.

    The action of protest will be held under the motto "Devote one day to Turkey".

    Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that Turkey's predecessor, the Ottoman Empire allegedly carried out "genocide" against the Armenians living in Anatolia in 1915. Turkey in turn has always denied "the genocide" took place.

    While strengthening the efforts to promote the "genocide" in the world, Armenians have achieved its recognition by the parliaments of some countries.

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  • Iran says no change in Erdogan visit to Tehran
    29.03.2015 14:43
    Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister in Consular Affairs Hassan Qashqawi said there has been no change in Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's planned visit to Tehran.

    Speaking to reporters in Tehran and to a question about the visit taking place in April, Qashqawi said according to what he knows, there was no change in the schedule, Iran's official IRNA news agency reported March 29.

    The Turkish president earlier accused Iran o try to dominate the region. Turkey has supported Saudi Arabia's military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen.

    In an implicit criticism of Erdogan's comments, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that, 'Those who have caused irreparable damage with their strategic blunders and ambitious policies had better adopt responsible policies aimed at using the existing capacities for establishing peace and convergence in the region.'

    Meanwhile, in related news, Turkish President Spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on March 26 there has been no change in the president's planned visit to Iran.

    Speaking to reporters, Kalin made the remarks to a question raised over the impact of Saudi Arabia's military operation in Yemen on relations between Iran and Turkey.

    Kalin underscored that Iran is an important neighboring country and remains an essential trade partner of Turkey, adding that recent developments in Yemen make Erdogan's visit to Iran in April even more topical.

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  • Ziya Mammadov to receive citizens in Shamakhi
    29.03.2015 14:43
    The registration of citizens is conducted.

    Azerbaijani Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov will consider complaints of citizens about the existing traffic problems.

    The reception of the citizens residing in Gobustan and Shamakhi region will be held on 30 March in Shamakhi.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the Ministry that the citizens wishing to make an appointment, can be registered on March 29 from 09:00 to 18:00 at the following addresses:

    - 9th road operation unit of Shamakhi (Shamakhi region, Sabir village, Pirsaat river basin, 115th km).

    - 8th road operation unit of Gobustan (Gobustan region, the Khilmilli road)
  • 41 killed by Boko Haram
    29.03.2015 14:38
    Boko Haram extremists killed 41 people, including a legislator, and scared hundreds of people from polling stations in the northeast, but millions voted across Nigeria Saturday in the most closely contested presidential race in the nation's history.

    In electoral violence elsewhere, three people including a soldier were shot and killed in political thuggery in southern Rivers state, and two car bombs exploded at polling stations in the southeast but no one was injured, according to police.

    All the Boko Haram attacks took place in northeastern Nigeria, where the military Friday announced it had cleared the Islamic extremists from all major centers, including the headquarters of their so-called Islamic caliphate.
  • SOCAR, KBR to set up engineering JV in Azerbaijan
    29.03.2015 14:29
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29

    By Maksim Tsurkov - Trend:

    KBR, a global technology, engineering, procurement and construction company has signed a joint venture agreement with the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) to set up a new engineering and support services company in Azerbaijan, reported.

    With support from KBR and SOCAR, the new company will provide design, engineering, technical, procurement, construction supervision and project management service for projects across the upstream, midstream and downstream oil and gas sectors, primarily in the Republic of Azerbaijan.

    The JV company, which will come up in Baku city, will also prepare technical requirements for all stages of a project, including project management, contract supervision, planning and cost control.

    Additionally, it will train and develop the local workforce and supervise contractors throughout all stages of a project -- from startup through construction and into performance testing.

    Commenting on the deal, Stuart Bradie, the president and CEO, said KBR was proud to continue its successful history in Azerbaijan.

    KBR, he stated, has been working on various projects in Azerbaijan since 1994, achieving more than 17 million man-hours.

    "This joint agreement represents KBR's ability to bring consistent and valuable training and educational programs to the region. We look forward to mobilizing our expertise, systems and procedures to support SOCAR's success with these new projects," he stated.

    "We are confident that this strong JV will help to realize our ambition to create a world class

    Azerbaijan-based engineering company," SOCAR president Rovnag Abdullayev said.

    KBR, Inc. is one of the leading suppliers of the US Army and the Department of Defense. Is a subsidiary of Halliburton. A controlling stake was acquired in 1962. The company's headquarters is located in Houston.


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  • Azerbaijani servicement to leave for Ankara
    29.03.2015 14:00
    The Armed Forces of Azerbaijan and Turkey will hold a joint defense planning course.

    The defense planning will be held in Ankara from March 30 to April 3.

    Oxu.Az reports citing the website of the Ministry of Defense that in addition to this course the sixth meeting of the working group of Azerbaijan, Pakistan will be held in Baku from March 30 to April 2, and a seminar on the development and planning ofstrategicconcept - in Baku from March 31 to April 3.

    The event will be attended by the representatives of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
  • Azerbaijani Parliament to hear 2014 report on fight against human trafficking
    29.03.2015 14:00
    Azerbaijan's National Coordinator for Combating Human Trafficking has submitted the report for 2014 to the Azerbaijani Parliament.

    The Parliament told APA that the report will be heard on April 3.

    The report will be read out by Azerbaijan's Deputy Interior Minister, National Coordinator for Combating Human Trafficking Vilayat Eyvazov.
  • Seattle Artist Creates Invisible Street Art That Only Appears When It Rains
    29.03.2015 13:27
    A heavy downpour can spoil the best of plans, but who says you canв't have fun with a bit of rain? Proving the fact is Seattle-based magician and artist Peregrine Church, with his rain-activated street art, called 'rainworksв'. These paintings are invisible to the naked eye when dry, only making an appearanceВ when it rains!

    Church said that heв's passionate about making things that make the world a more interesting place. ''Rainworks are pieces of street art that only appear when theyв're wet,'' he explained, ''and theyв're messages or images designed to make peopleв's rainy day a little bit better.'' He calls it the ''ideal Seattle art'' because of the constant rains in the city.

    Using stencils and super hydrophobic coating, heВ paints positive messages and familiar games such as hopscotch on various streets around Seattle. The protective coating forms a waterproof layer that is invisible to the naked eye. When it rains, the droplets of water roll off the painted surface, revealing the hidden message or drawing.

    Interestingly, superhydrophobic coatings have other uses as well '" theВ spray-on coating can be used on clothesВ to make them completely liquid-proof. Weв've also written about how it was used to createВ urine-deflecting wallsВ to discourage public urination. In fact, thatв's how Church got the idea for rainworks. As he watched videos of several people using the spray for various fun projects, he wondered what would happen if he sprayed through a stencil. He then discovered that it would be invisible if sprayed on to concrete. When the concrete gets wet it becomes dark, except for the waterproofed parts that repel water and stay light-colored.

    Church recently revealed that he uses 'Always Dry Wood amp; Stoneв' '" a product by waterproof coating technology company Nanex. The product is supposed to be completely non-toxic, environmentally safe, and biodegradable. The paintings are temporary '" lasting up to four months, and slowly fading away with time '" so they donв't cause any permanent damage to property.

    When Nanex realised how Church was putting their product to creative use, the company quickly caught on with the trend. They are now using the clever technique as a part of their marketing strategy. ''Always Dry nano-coating solvent can be used by parents or event coordinators for playing different games,'' they said.

    ''With the help of it, they can hide various messages and artworks that can only be revealed through water. You can just create different messages on footpaths, trees or walls spraying Always Dry over them. Then, using water guns, your children, friends or colleagues will spray these parts and find out those messages that will lead them to the next clue.''

    Meanwhile, Church has created 25 to 30 'rainworksв' all over Seattle. Some of his quirky messages include: ''Stay Dry Out There,'' ''Error 404: Sun Not Found,'' and ''Proud to be Rainy.''

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  • New subway cars shipped to Baku
    29.03.2015 13:04
    Under the contract, the capital will receive 3 of 5 cars.

    "Metrovagonmash" JSC, part of the "Transmashholding" ZAO, commenced deliveries of a new type model cars 81-760B / 761B / 763B to Baku Metro.

    Oxu.Az reports with reference to the that the first two convoys were sent to Azerbaijan in late March, the delivery of another is scheduled for April.

    New convoys are intended for the third line of Baku Metro.

    Under the contract, Baku will receive 3 of 5 cars. Each train has 2 head motor car model 81-760B, 2 intermediate motor car model 81-761B and 1 non-motorized intermediate car model 81-763B. Upon request, the cars have a pass-through, but differ from cars 81-760A / 761A / 763A with modified front mask, interior of cabin and another color.
  • Baku 2015 introduces Spectator Information Center
    29.03.2015 12:59
    /By Azernews/

    By Nigar Orujova

    Baku 2015 has unveiled their Spectator Information Center which will provide up to date and invaluable information to the hundreds of thousands of people who want to be a part of the inaugural European Games.

    Around 20 operators will be on hand to help both in Azerbaijani and in English '" providing generic Baku 2015 information, venues, sports, the competition schedule, ticketing (prices, how to buy tickets, sales locations and opening hours, Lucky Winner campaign), accessibility, merchandise, ceremonies and transport.

    Callers to the line will be welcomed by Baku 2015 Celebrity Ambassador Murad Dadashov, who is a comedian, actor and presenter. He also as hosts several well-known TV shows.

    European Games Spectator Information Center is accessible by dialing 2015 from Azercell, Bakcell and Azerfon gsm operators and Btrib (Baku) and Aztelekom (regional) landline operators, who cover more than 90 percent of subscribers in Azerbaijan.

    For international visitors wishing to gather information prior to travelling the number is 994 77 2015 000 but will be subject to the international charges of the dialing country.

    Through 17 days of competition, over 6,000 sportsmen will represent 50 countries in 20 sports. The Games will take place in 21 stadia and facilities in Baku and Mingachevir city.
  • Blackberry posts profit
    29.03.2015 12:58
    Blackberry has posted better-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings, but its revenues showed a larger-than-expected drop, SIA informs citing the BBC.

    It reported net profit of $28m (ВЈ18.8m), against a loss of $148m a year earlier.

    It was the second quarter running the company had posted a surprise profit.

    However, revenue slid to $660m from $793m, below analysts' expectations. For the year, Blackberry reported that its loss had narrowed to $304m.
  • Turkmenistan to create unified state register of roads
    29.03.2015 12:41
    Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, March 29

    By Huseyn Hasanov- Trend:

    A report about the ongoing work on the preparation of the unified state register of roads, as well as the rules of their numbering by digital signs was submitted at a regular meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, the country's government said March 28.

    "This document will contain the necessary information about the location, name, category, length of roads and technical specifications," the statement said.

    It was reported in late December 2014 that an interactive map of the country's roads was created on the basis of the Geographic Information Systems under the Academy of Sciences

    of Turkmenistan.

    "The program envisages systematization, keeping and constant updating the information," the statement said. "It will help engineers in the construction and operation services," the statement said.

    It was reported in September that the Memorandum of Understanding for the development of the Euro-Asian road transport links across the territory of Turkmenistan was signed between the government of Turkmenistan and International Road Transport Union (IRU) in Ashgabat.

    IRU represents the interests of motor carriers of Europe, America, Asia, Africa. The organization consists of over 180 members from 74 countries.

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  • SOCAR Romanian representation increases authorized capital
    29.03.2015 12:29
    SOCARв's daughter company in Romania SOCAR Petroleum SA increased authorized capital €8 mln in February.

    APA-Economics reports that SOCAR Petroleum SA increases authorized capital euro;8,020,000 last month. The company can construct 8 filling stations with this money.

    Today, SOCAR operates 32 filling stations in Romania.
  • "Earth Hour" held in Baku
    29.03.2015 12:24
    The candles were lit.

    The"Earth Hour" action was held in Azerbaijan.

    According to Oxu.Az, on March 28 in the framework of the international campaign "Earth Hour 2015" more than 1 billion people living in different parts of the world came together to show solidarity against climate change.

    This year Azerbaijani participants in the global campaign conducted by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) gathered at 19:30 on Azadlig Square in Baku, taking the flashlights and lighters.

    Then the candles were lit. Within an hour (from 20:30 to 21:30) the backlight of the Heydar Aliyev Center, SOCAR, Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the "Yeni Azerbaijan" party, the Maiden Tower and Palace of the Shirvan Shahs, ADA University, the Government House and the facade of the hotel Marriott Absheron" hotel was off.

    In addition, the bike tour was conducted by the "Critical Mass Baku", as well as representatives of the event participated in various mobs.

    The project was completed at 22:00.

    This year the residents of 172 countries joined the "Earth Hour".

    On March 26, 2011 at the Maiden Tower, the symbol of Baku and at the territory of the State Historical-Architectural Reserve "Old City", the lighting was turned off for an hour, and thus, Azerbaijan was among the countries that supported this global campaign.
  • Turkmen President instructed to accelerate work on the TAPI gas pipeline project
    29.03.2015 11:56
    President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov has instructed the relevant oil and gas leaders of the country a number of specific guidance to accelerate work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, Altyn Asir TV channel reported on Saturday.

    This issue was discussed at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers.

    President "emphasized gathered on priorities related to the creation of multi-variant system of transportation of Turkmen energy resources to world markets, as well as the further promotion of Turkmenistan's international initiatives in the field of formation of a new architecture of global energy security", said in statement.

    Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted a specific role in this context is implementation of large-scale project on construction of the transnational gas pipeline TAPI.

    According to a preliminary feasibility study, the cost of the Turkmenistan- Afghanistan- Pakistan- India (TAPI) pipeline project is estimated to be around $7.6 billion, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas of India said referring to the Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum amp; Natural Gas Shri Dharmendra Pradhan.

    TAPI will be 1,814 kilometers long, the statement said.

    Earlier, it was reported that the total length of TAPI will reach 1,735 kilometers. Some 200 kilometers of the pipeline will run through Turkmenistan, 735 kilometers - through Afghanistan, 800 kilometers - through Pakistan to the settlement of Fazilka, located on the border with India.

    The meeting of the TAPI steering committee was held in Ashgabat in late 2014. A decision was made to announce an international tender to choose a TAPI Ltd. consortium leader in early 2015.

    Turkmengaz State Concern, Afghan Gas Corporation, Pakistanв's "Inter State Gas Systems (Private) Limited" and Indian "GAIL (India) Limited" with equal shares have recently established "TAPI Ltd." operating company. It will own the pipeline in the future. The project implementation can begin in 2015.

    The basic document for its implementation is Ashgabatв's interstate agreement signed among the participating countries in 2010.

    The design capacity of the TAPI will be up to 33 billion cubic meters of gas per year, while the expected lifetime is 30 years.

  • Georgia doesn't forecast building Khudoni Hydro Power Plant in 2015
    29.03.2015 11:39
    Georgia doesn't forecast the start of building of the Khudoni Hydro Power Plant, said the country's Energy Minister Kakha Kaladze, Georgia-Online reported.Kaladze told journalists that following the governmental meeting, first the preparatory work must be carried out."This is a very big project and some time is needed to prepare the Environmental Impact Assessment, as the normal countries do," he said. "This process will be very transparent. There will be meetings in the ministry of Environmental Protection, with experts and population."Regarding the construction itself, Kaladze said it is hard to say if it will begin this year, most likely after the preparatory work is done.Khudoni HPP is a projected power plant on Inguri River, in Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Georgia that has 3 turbines with a nominal capacity of 233.3 MW each having a total capacity of 700 MW.The power plant is associated with a planned 200.5-metre (658 ft) tall concrete double-arch-gravity dam. According to the Georgian government-commissioned and the World Bank-supported study the construction of Namakhvani, Paravani and Khudoni hydro power plants are the most attractive scenarios for the development of Georgia's energy sector.

  • New agreement between AZAL and Turkish Airlines enters into force
    29.03.2015 11:38
    From today.

    The code-sharing agreement signed between CJSC "Azerbaijan Airlines" (AZAL) and Turkish Airlines (THY) entered into force on March 29.

    According to Oxu.Az, the agreement signed between AZAL and Turkish Airlines allows passengers to take advantage of great opportunities for better connections and increased flexibility of travel between the two countries.

    As part of the code-sharing agreement Turkish Airlines will indicate its marketing code on flights of AZAL by route Baku-Istanbul Ataturk-Sabiha Gokcen-Ankara.

    AZAL, in turn, will indicate its marketing code on flights of Turkish Airlines by route Istanbul-Baku-Nakhchivan-Ganja and Sabiha Gokcen-Baku.

    In addition, in sectors outside of Istanbul and Baku, both airlines will offer an expanded network for its passengers.

    On March 15 the code-sharing agreement on routes between Azerbaijan and Turkey was signed between JSC "Azerbaijan Airlines" (AZAL) and Turkish Airlines (THY).
  • G4 smartphone unveiled
    29.03.2015 11:28
    LG Electronics is expected to unveil its next flagship smartphone G4 at the end of April, according to sources on Friday.

    "LG has recently decided the debut schedule for its new marquee phone G4," said one of the sources who declined to be named.

    LG Electronics mobile business chief Cho Ju-no also hinted during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona earlier this month that it could unveil the G4 in April.

    The upcoming smartphone will boast a series of new features including a new user experience, better cameras and a clearer display than its predecessor.
  • Open class on yoga held for media representatives at Excelsior Hotel Baku
    29.03.2015 11:28
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29


    Open class on yoga was held in "Excelsior Hotel Baku" for media representatives on March 25, 2015. Lessons on different kinds of sport is being held in "Aura", Wellness Centre of "Excelsior Hotel Baku". It is possible to take part three times in a week in zumba lesson, twice a week in callanetika, aerobics, pilates and yoga lessons by getting the membership card to "Aura" Wellness Centre.

    Highly qualified fitness trainers provide a personalized training program, including aerobics, yoga, calanetics, yoga and body shaping.

    The action for women continues in "Aura" Wellness Centre. The women can get membership card for a year with 50 percent discount for 1,175 Azerbaijani manats and 750 manats for 6 months. "Aura" wellness centre offers a gym equipped with a wide range of fitness machines, indoor and 2 outdoor swimming pools, table tennis and squash court, spa, steam, massage and relaxation rooms with area 3,500 square meters.

    "Excelsior Hotel Baku" has been operating since August 2005. The hotel has 1 "Imperial Lux", "Royal Lux", 4 "Crown Lux", 45 "Heritage", 9 small "Duke" standard rooms, meeting and conference rooms, business center, restaurants and "Aura" wellness center.

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  • Russian MP: Putin and Sargsyan will discuss Karabakh issue
    29.03.2015 11:21
    "No less deeper."

    The Karabakh issue will be also discussed at the meeting of the presidents of Russia and Armenia Vladimir Putin and Serzh Sargsyan.

    According to Oxu.Az, it was declared by Leonid Slutsky, the chairman of the State Duma Committee on CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Relations with Compatriots, at a joint meeting of the parliamentary commission with the commission of the National Assembly of Armenia on Foreign Relations in Yerevan on March 28.

    Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a subtle and delicate matter. Negotiations are carried out in the format of the OSCE Minsk Group. There is also the format of trilateral meetings between the presidents, he added.

    At the meeting of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia in Sochi in August 2014 the settlement issues were discussed very deeply, the deputy noticed.

    "I am confident that during Vladimir Putin's visit to Yerevan, in his conversation with Mr Sargsyan this issue will be discussed no less deeper," he said.
  • India, Kazakhstan negotiating to invest in Iranв's steel sector
    29.03.2015 11:04
    Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 24

    By Fatih Karimov - Trend: India and Kazakhstan are negotiating with Iran to invest in the country's steel sector.

    "We have announced readiness to accept Indian investment in the steel sector and they are planned to start activity in the country," Iran's ISNA news agency quoted Iran's deputy industry minister Mehdi Karbasian as saying on March 24.

    "We are also negotiating with Kazakh companies to invest in our steel, zinc, and aluminum projects," he added.

    A large number of representatives of foreign mining companies have visited Iran over the past year and have announced readiness to invest in Iran, he said.

    In 2014, Karbasian said that the number of foreign companies which are ready to participate in Iran's mining projects is on the rise.

    One of the main policies of the administration is to encourage Iranian investors living overseas to participate in domestic development projects, Karbasian said.

    About 45 producers sent representatives to a steel conference in Tehran last year to study export opportunities and investing in Iran's domestic industry.

    Iran holds three percent of the world's mineral reserves which puts the country first in the Middle East and third in Asia.

    Iran ranks among the 15 major mineral-rich countries of the world and exports its industrial and mineral products to 159 countries, including Iraq, China, the United Arab Emirates, India and Afghanistan.

    Important mines of Iran include coal, metallic minerals, sand and gravel, chemical minerals and salt.

    The country has the world's largest zinc and second largest copper deposits and ranks ninth for its iron reserves.

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  • Scrap import volume approved for Uzbek plant for 2015
    29.03.2015 10:54
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 29

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan approved the volume of imports of scrap and ferrous metal waste in the amount of 280,000 metric tons for a full capacity of the Uzbek Metallurgical Plant (Uzmetkombinat, Bekabad city, Tashkent region) in accordance with its resolution in 2015.

    The plant imported 280,000 metric tons of scrap and ferrous metal waste in 2014.

    The plant is exempt from the customs duties on the volumes of scrap and ferrous metal waste in accordance with the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers, posted in the electronic media in Uzbekistan.

    Scrap and ferrous metal waste is used for the production of metal-roll, retained as the payment for the services of processing scrap and ferrous metal waste imported into the country.

    The plant is also exempt from the mandatory sale of foreign currency revenue while making payments by using metal-roll for imports of scrap upon tolling conditions.

    The Uzbek Metallurgical Plant is the only ferrous metal enterprise in Central Asia, working with scrap metal. The plant is the exclusive manufacturer of ferrous metals in the country.

    The plant was commissioned in 1956. Previously, it was recycling scrap metal delivered from all Central Asian countries. Currently, the plant uses metal produced in the country, as well as the raw material purchased abroad under the terms of tolling.

    The plant's capacity is designed to produce 790,000 metric tons of steel and 760,000 metric tons of varietal metal roll.

    The plant increased steel production by 0.7 percent as of 2014, compared to 2013 and brought its volume to 751,400 metric tons, while the rolled ferrous metal production was increased by 1 percent and stood at 725,200 metric tons.

    Currently, the plant is implementing the program for development and modernization of production till 2016. The cost of the project is $134.7 million. The modernization program is financed with the own funds of the enterprise.

    It is expected that the implementation of the program will allow to increase the enterprise's design capacity for steel production by 13.3 percent and bring its volume to 850,000 metric tons by 2016, recycled scrap metal - almost 1.8 times (670,000 metric tons) and to reduce the plant's power inputs by 20 percent.

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  • U.S. applauds Azerbaijani laws to stop foreign fighters
    29.03.2015 10:54
    U.S. Department of State applauded Azerbaijani laws to stop foreign fighters, said the U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan, APA reports.

    "We applaud our European partners who are improving or introducing new laws to go after foreign fighters, including most recently Montenegro's criminal code amendments on March 18th, Kosovo's law signed on March 25th, and Spain's new reforms passed on March 26th. Also Albania, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Denmark, Finland, France, Italy, Latvia, Macedonia, Portugal, and Serbia have also signed or implemented new foreign fighter legislation, and it is now illegal throughout the western Balkans, for example, to travel to fight in a foreign conflict or to recruit, organize, and finance the participation of citizens in foreign military formations. These efforts are an important contribution to our broader strategy to mitigate the flow of foreign terrorist fighters, as discussed in February at the ministerial in Washington."
  • ''The United States is further straining relations with Azerbaijan''
    29.03.2015 10:48
    News.Az interviews Michael Gunter, Professor of Political Science, Tennessee Technological University, USA.

    How do you see the ways of improvements in Azerbaijan-US relations, which are definitely in a not the best period of its history?

    The United States must understand that Azerbaijan needs to get along with Russia, its powerful northern neighbor. However, the United States is trying to pressure Azerbaijan to take a stronger pro-American position on the issue of Ukraine, instead of a more neutral and unbiased position one from the point of view of Azerbaijan. This shows at the least a lack of understanding for Azerbaijan's delicate position and at the worst, a callous neglect of Azerbaijan's legitimate interests as it is not wise for Azerbaijan to escalate arguments with Russia. In addition, the United States is further straining relations with Azerbaijan by lecturing it on supposed human rights abuses. While improvements are certainly possible on this issue, too much criticism amounts to US interference in Azeri domestic affairs.

    There is a new wave of tensions in the front line in NK conflict zone. Does the US have any opportunities to prevent a new war or these conflicts remains out of top priorities of the American diplomacy (as some experts suppose)?

    The United States does not see the NK issue as being one of top priority. In addition, what position the United States does have is influenced by its domestic Armenian lobby against Azerbaijan.

    Azerbaijan's leadership recently said again that if Armenia withdraws its troops from Azerbaijani territory this country can join the energy and infrastructure projects in the region. To your opinion, can this offer, definitely in a favor of Armenia and Armenians, take into account?

    As long as Russia continues to support Armenia, Armenia is not going to withdraw its troops from NK.

    The global economic crisis affected economies in the South Caucasus, but Armenia suffers the most as a country bounded with Russia, which is under the Western sanctions. Can this situation influence somehow on NK process?

    In theory yes, but in practice the emotional issue of NK will prevent Armenia from being pressured successfully economically.
  • Extremists, terrorists threaten security of many Arab countries '" Putin
    29.03.2015 10:46
    Expressing regret, Putin said "Russia resolutely condemns these criminal actions having no justifications."

    The security of many Arab states is in jeopardy today, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a welcome address to the heads of state and government of the Arab League countries taking part in a summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, ITAR TASS reports.

    "Unfortunately, the security of many Arab countries today is under threat due to activation of extremist and terrorist organizations that seize entire cities and provinces causing hundreds of thousands of civilians to suffer and destroying the priceless cultural heritage of humankind," Putin said in the document posted on the presidential website.

    Expressing regret, he said "Russia resolutely condemns these criminal actions having no justifications."

    "We proceed from the fact that effective fight against terror is impossible without a general improvement of the regional situation. In this connection, we consider the soonest possible settlement of the crisis situations in Syria, Libya, Yemen on the basis of the principles of international law, by means of broad dialogue and search for national accord to be rather important," Putin said.
  • Dozens of militants killed
    29.03.2015 10:41
    On Saturday, 74 Daesh militants were killed in clashes with Iraqi security forces and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, the Iraqi army sources said.

    Iraqi troops killed 27 militants in Tikrit, the administrative center of the northern province of Saladin, and 40 others in Ramadi, the capital of the western province of Anbar.

    Another seven militants were killed in clashes with Kurdish Peshmerga in the town of Sinjar, located 120 km west of Mosul, Lieutenant Shirzad Zahuli of Peshmerga forces told The Anadolu Agency.

    Seven security forces were killed, and 18 others wounded in clashes in southern Tikrit, an Iraqi officer, Halid ad-Deraji told The Anadolu Agency earlier Saturday.

    Iraqi security forces backed by Shiite militias launched a ground offensive against Daesh on March 2 to recapture Tikrit, a Sunni-majority strategic city about 110 miles (180 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad.
  • Khojaly tragedy through eyes of French artist
    29.03.2015 10:40
    /By AzerNews/

    By Sara Rajabova

    Famous French artist Renaud Vincent Baltzingera is currently showcasing his works devoted to Khojaly tragedy in Baku - Natavan gallery.

    An exhibition is organized by NGO ''Arts Council Azerbaijan'', with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the French embassy in Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani embassy in France,В Trend LifeВ reported.

    Dadash Mammadov, the head of ''Arts Council Azerbaijan'' and Nurziya Khalilova, curator of the exhibition noted how very important the exhibition truly is, as foreign artist, Baltzingera, presents in Baku a series of works devoted to the Khojaly genocide.

    The Khojaly genocide, one of the most heinous crimes of the 20thВ century, was committed by the Armenian armed forces in 1992. 613 civilians mostly women and children were killed in the massacre, and a total of 1,000 people were disabled. Eight families were exterminated, 25 children lost both parents, and 130 children lost one parent. Moreover, 1,275 innocent people were taken hostage, and the fate of 150 of them remains unknown.

    ''Nine works were presented at the exhibition in Baku, but in fact there are more works. We hope that the exhibition will continue, and that Azerbaijani viewers will see some of the artist' other works,'' Khalilov said.

    The current works were previously presented at the Azerbaijan Cultural Center in Paris and in the artist's hometown '" Metz. Also, one of the works of Vincent Renaud Baltzingera was presented at the collective exhibition in Baku.

    Brother of Vincent Renaud Baltzingera was once an adviser on the culture of the French Embassy in Azerbaijan. He once asked Renault to study one folder in which was the pictures of the genocide, the physical proofs of the horrors which were committed.

    ''I recognized all the horror through the photos. In 2012, I decided to create these series. My brother died, but I promised to expose and show the works devoted to the Khojaly tragedy, all over the world. The exhibition in Baku is an important step. I promise to the Azerbaijani people that I will fight for this issue to the end,'' said Baltzingera.

    Renaud Vincent Baltzinger expressed gratitude to the organizers of the exhibition in Baku.

    The exhibition will run until March 29. Admission is free.
  • Presidential election in Uzbekistan recognized as valid
    29.03.2015 10:36
    Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 29

    By Demir Azizov- Trend:

    The voter turnout in the presidential election in Uzbekistan as of 10:00 (UTC/GMT 5 hours) has reached 34 percent, which exceeds the threshold set by the law and allows to recognize the election as valid, the republican press center for covering the election said on Mar.29.

    Under the country's law, the election can be recognized as valid if over 33 percent of voters take part in it.

    The presidential election in Uzbekistan kicked off on Mar.29, while the pre-election campaign started on Dec.26, 2014.

    The polling stations opened at 06:00 (UTC/GMT 5 hours) and will close at 20:00 (UTC/GMT 5 hours).

    It should be noted that 14 constituencies, 9,015 polling stations have been created in the country, while 44 polling stations have been created at Uzbekistan's representative offices abroad.

    The number of voters is 20,798,052 and all of them have been informed about the date and place of voting by the precinct election commissions.

    The presidential candidates are: incumbent President Islam Karimov from the Liberal Democratic Party, the member of the parliamentary faction, chairman of the committee for democratic institutions, NGOs and citizens' self-government bodies, Akmal Saidov - from the National Democratic Party Milly Tiklanish; the chairman of the Central Council of the People's Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (PDPU) Hotamzhon Ketmonov - from the PDPU, the chairman of the executive committee of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Adolat, Narimon Umarov - from SDP.

  • Earthquake hits southeast Iran
    29.03.2015 10:35
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29

    By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

    An earthquake measuring five on the Richter scale jolted the city of Menojan in Iran's south eastern province of Kerman on March 29.

    The tremor occurred at 08:46 local time(GMT 4:30 hours), according to a report from the seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute.

    The earthquake's epicenter was at 27.02 degrees latitude and 57.64 degrees longitude at a depth of 14 kilometers underground, the country's ISNA news agency reported.

    There is no immediate report on possible casualties or damage.

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

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

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

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  • Georgia decreases construction material imports from Azerbaijan
    29.03.2015 10:34
    Baku, Azerbaijan, March 29

    By Elyaz Shafiyev - Trend:

    Georgia decreased the import volume of Azerbaijan's construction materials by 2.1 percent in January-February 2015, the Georgian National Statistics Service's report as of January-February 2015 says.

    Around 13,700 metric tons of construction gypsum and other anhydrite totaling $2.03 million were imported from Azerbaijan to Georgia during this period or by 2.1 percent less than in the same period of 2014.

    For comparison, around 12,160 metric tons of construction gypsum and other anhydrite in the amount of $2.1 million were imported to Georgia in January-February 2014.

    Around 8,250 metric tons of iron rods in the amount of $4.77 million were exported from Georgia to Azerbaijan during this period. Around 12,550 metric tons of iron rods in the amount of $7.9 million were exported to Azerbaijan in the same period of 2014.

    The share of construction materials in Azerbaijan's total export volume to Georgia for the period amounted to 2 percent.

    According to the report, Georgia imported goods worth $100.7 million from Azerbaijan in January-February 2015.

    The volume of imports of Azerbaijani goods to Georgia decreased by 15 percent year on year.

    For comparison, Georgia imported Azerbaijani goods worth $118.47 million in January-February 2014.

    Azerbaijan ranks second in the list of the countries from which Georgia imports products. The share of Azerbaijan's exports in a total volume of goods imported in Georgia is 9.1 percent.

    Georgian imports most of goods from Turkey. The volume of Georgia's imports from Turkey totaled $198.29 million or 17.9 percent of a total import volume. China ranks third with $97.7 million (8.8 percent).

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  • Official exchange rate for March 29: manat strengthened against dollar
    29.03.2015 10:29
    Rate of Azerbaijani manat against the US dollar and other world currencies and precious metals on the 29th of March. reports with reference to the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) that the rate of the manat against the US dollar on March 29 is set at the level of 1,0486 AZN / USD.

    Thus, throughout the day manat has strengthened against the US dollar by AZN 0.0002 or 0.019%.

    In turn, the rate of the manat against the euro today is 1,1416 AZN / EUR.

    Euro rose AZN 0.0126 or 1.116 % against manat.

    On March 19 the manat's rate in relation to the European currency was 1,129 AZN / EUR.
  • President received Ambassadors
    29.03.2015 10:18
    Azerbaijani President Ilham ALiyev received the credentials of the newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Seychelles Dick Esparon.

    Ambassador Dick Esparon reviewed the guard of honor.

    Dick Esparon handed his credentials to President Ilham Aliyev.

    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev then had a conversation with the Ambassador.

    The Ambassador extended greetings of President of the Republic of Seychelles James Alix Michel to the head of state. He said his country`s President supported peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

    President Ilham Aliyev expressed his gratitude to the President of the Republic of Seychelles for his just position on peaceful settlement of the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict within the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.

    The head of state said that as a result of gross violation by Armenia of international legal norms 20% of Azerbaijan`s lands have been under occupation. President Ilham Aliyev noted with regret the fact that although more than 20 years passed since the UN Security Council adopted four resolutions demanding an unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from Azerbaijan`s occupied lands these resolutions have not yet been implemented.

    The parties discussed the issues related to the development of the bilateral relations between the two countries in a variety of areas, including mutual investment making, energy, fishing, tourism and others.

    The head of state thanked for the greetings of President James Alix Michel, and asked the Ambassador to communicate his greetings to the President of the Republic of Seychelles.


    Then Azerbaijani President has received the credentials of the newly-appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Ireland Brendan Ward.

    Ambassador Brendan Ward reviewed the guard of honor.

    Brendan Ward handed his credentials to President Ilham Aliyev.

    President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev then had a conversation with the Ambassador.

    During the meeting, the sides noted that there was good potential for the expansion of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Ireland in the economic sphere. The parties exchanged views over the issues related to trade, investment making, joint projects, development of ties in other fields and implementation of work in these directions.

    Touching upon the First European Games in Baku, the Ambassador informed President Ilham Aliyev about Irish athletes` preparations for the Games.
  • Repair of Sumgayit railway station launched
    29.03.2015 10:09
    New sketch of the railway station is ready.

    The overhaul of the railway station bulding in Sumgait begins next month.

    According to Oxu.Az, the statement came from "Azerbaijani Railways" CJSC speaking to APA-Economics.

    According to information, after the reconstruction of the Baku-Sumgait railway, it is scheduled to begin overhaul of the station. New sketch of the Sumgait railway station is ready.

    The repair work on the 63 km railway passenger section of the Baku-Khirdalan- Sumgayit started since March 3. Also the construction of a connecting road extending 1.65 km for the movement in the direction of Sumgayit station without entering the main station Sumgait is envisaged.

    The capital repairs is carried out by "DЙ™miryolservis" LLC and "Azerbaijan Railways" CJSC with the participation of the Department of Infrastructure. After completion of repair work on the passenger station it will be possible to reach Sumagyit from Baku railway station for 40 minutes via train.
  • Armenians violate ceasefire
    29.03.2015 10:08
    Armenian armed forces have violated ceasefire at different sections of the front 47 times, according to the news service for the Defense Ministry.

    Thus, Armenian armed forces fired at Azerbaijani positions in Kohnegishlag village of Agstafa from their posts in Paravakar village of the Ijevan region of Armenia and at Azerbaijani positions in Alibeyli village of Tovuz from their posts in Aygepar village of Berd.

    In addition, Azerbaijani positions were subjected to fire from the posts near Talish, Tapqaraqoyunlu villages of Goranboy, Yarimja, Chilaburt, Gyzyloba villages of Terter, Javakhirli, Garagashli, Shikhlar, Kengerli, Shirvanli, Novruzlu, Merzili villages of Agdam, Kuropatkino village of Khojavand, Horadiz, Gorgan, Ashaghy Seyidahmadli, Ashaghy Abdurrahmanlu villages of Fizuli, Mehdili village of Jabrayil, as well as on nameless heights of Goygol, Goranboy, Khojavand, Fizuli and Jabrayil regions.

    The enemy was silenced by retaliatory fire.
  • Arab League summit supports '˜Decisive Stormв'
    29.03.2015 10:00
    The Arab League is expected on Sunday to call for the establishment of a voluntary, unified military force that member states can turn to when facing security challenges, according to a draft statement obtained by Al Arabiya News Channel.

    The draft statement, which is expected to be issued on Sunday in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm el-Sheikh, calls for establishing a voluntary Arab military force that can intervene to counter challenges that threaten the safety and security of any member, based on a specific request from that state.

    Iraq, one of the members of the Arab League, voiced reservations to the proposed military force.

    The draft statement also urged Houthis to "immediately withdraw from Sanaa, government institutions, and give their weapons to the legitimate authorities," citing its support for the Saudi-led 'Operation Decisive Storm' in Yemen.

    On Saturday, the Saudi-led coalition continued for a third day a bombing campaign against the Houthi militias who are marching to the southern city of Aden after seizing the capital Sanaa last year.

    According to the draft statement, Arab leaders at the summit in Egypt also backed Yemeni President Abdrabbu Mansour Hadi's request to hold a conference in Saudi Arabia under the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

    Iraq rejected military intervention in any country and called for dialogue as the best solution. Lebanon stressed that any decision taken should prioritize Arab consensus.

    The Arab states also expressed their political and financial support to the legitimate government in Libya, and urged for the backing of the national army, according to the draft statement.

    They called on the United Nations Security Council to hastily lift an arms embargo on the internationally recognized Libyan government, which they considered as legitimate.

    The draft statement also stressed support for the Libyan government in order for it to control its borders with neighboring countries, a decision that Qatar voiced reservations.

    Algeria, for its part, considered lifting the weapons embargo and arming the Libyan army as part of the political solution in the country.

    Turning to Syria, the draft statement held the Security Council responsible, and urged Arab League Secretary-General Nabil al-Arabi to continue talks with the U.N. chief to place a course of action that includes a political solution to the Syrian conflict and according to the Geneva communique which stipulates a transitional government in Syria.

    Regarding Palestine, the draft statement voiced support for a one year budget starting April, and supported the Palestinian Central Council's decision to revise political, economic and security relations with Israel in order to place more pressure on Tel Aviv to respect agreements signed.

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  • Crash pilot was psychiatric patient
    29.03.2015 09:49
    The co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing an airliner, killing 150 people, had told his girlfriend he was planning a spectacular gesture so "everyone will know my name", a German daily said on Saturday.

    The Bild newspaper published an interview with a woman who said she had had a relationship in 2014 with Andreas Lubitz, the man French prosecutors believe locked himself alone in the cockpit of the Germanwings Airbus on Tuesday and steered it into the French Alps, killing all on board.

    "When I heard about the crash, I remembered a sentence... he said: 'One day I'll do something that will change the system, and then everyone will know my name and remember it'," said the woman, a flight attendant the paper gave the pseudonym of Maria W.

    "I didn't know what he meant by that at the time, but now it's obvious," she said. "He did it because he realised that, due to his health problems, his big dream of working at Lufthansa, of a having job as a pilot, and as a pilot on long-distance flights, was nearly impossible."
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