News Agency HARAKAT - 26 March 2010

  • 00:40Fighting against corruption, Samarkand tax inspector Akbar Islamov was sentenced for 2 years

    As we reported previously, Senior State Inspector of Taxes Akbar Islamov was taken into custody in the area of Pastdargom of the Samarkand region for the detection of criminal loops in the regional scale, supposedly through false accusations. The intrepid inspector was accused of slander, bribery and forgery. In court, prosecutor demanded 13 years of imprisonment. Samarkand regional court on criminal cases in the case of Akbar Islamov passed the sentence: for the episode of forgery and d...

24 March 2010
  • 16:36Tajik oficials protest Uzbek policy

    Yesterday Tajik Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed their displeasure at the fact that the Uzbek side is illegally keeping the transit goods belonging to the Tajik side. The note of protest handed to the Ambassador of Uzbekistan in Tajikistan, Shoislom Shokosimov, says that more than 1000 units of cars loaded with equipment, fuel and lubricants are kept in different railway stations in Uzbekistan. Tajikistan demanded the release of their goods being held since the beginning of February this...

16 March 2010
  • 23:42Ruthless murder in Kashkadarya: law enforcement agencies at a height

    A few days ago in the area of Kashkadarya district of Kasbi was the brutal murder of a security officer of transport company "Kasbi 88". In the evening of 8 March at about 23:00, was stabbed one of the guards of this company Ruzukul Rakhimov. It is alleged that the killing was a criminal deed of the group led by Eshdavlat Tursunov who is the first Deputy Chief of DIA (Department of the Internal Affairs). This group previously characterized as criminal, which was involved to trans-shipment of...

  • 00:16Uzbek refugees are everywhere, also in Turkey

    Because of the current regime in Uzbekistan, the number of leaving the country is increasing. Today, you can see our fellow citizens not only in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine or Russia, but also in Turkey. In Turkey, as we mentioned above, you'll see not only the Uzbek restaurants began to appear and refugees also. According to information received from our local correspondent, 26 year old guy N.A. contacted the Department of the Chief Commissariat of the United Nations in Ankara, in ord...

10 March 2010
  • 03:34The meeting of Asian Development Bank will be held on May 1-4 in Tashkent. Will "Birlik" be able to use this?

    On February 16 President of Uzbekistan Islam Karim met with the President of the Asian Development Bank Haruhiko Kuroda. Official reports about Mr. Kuroda’s visit did not contain any details. But we suggested that he had some goals, he definitely held some negotiations and there were certain decisions made. We have also predicted that this information we will get from the Russian media, and not from the Uzbek. Actually, as it became known, the main goal of Haruhiko Kuroda’s visit to Uzbekis...

04 March 2010
  • 17:06Did Barack Obama change his mind on Russia and the Muslim World?

    During numerous pre-election appearances and presidential campaign speeches, Barack Obama outreached to Russia and the Muslim World. Shortly after the inauguration, he announced a "new era" in U.S. foreign relations with Russia and the Islamic World, suggesting new policies would be a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. According to Obama, who had sometime spoken openly sometimes by hinting, the Unites States is going to reduce of interest in issues like human right...

23 February 2010
  • 02:06United States is not going to reinstate the military base in Uzbekistan. What will happen if they are?

    Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan under the Obama administration Richard Holbrooke yesterday met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakstan Kanat Saudabayev in Astana, where in conversation mentioned that the United States are not going to rebuild a military base in Uzbekistan. According to Holbrooke, United States is grateful for the fact that Uzbekistan has allowed to carry through its territory of transit cargo to Afghanistan. Construction of airbase in Uzbekistan should ...

20 February 2010
  • 04:26"Pravda Vostoka" responded to Tajik Minister’s response regarding Roghun Hydroelectric Power Plant

    Today an article was published by the Russian newspaper of Uzbekistan “Pravda Vostoka” about international expertise on construction Roghun HPS (Hydroelectric Power Station). This paper can be understood as a response to the letter of Tajik Prime Minister Oqil Okilov from the Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev. Even if the article did not mention above names, its essence is following. It is known that Shavkat Mirziyayev expressed interest in independent international expertise reg...

04 February 2010
  • 18:57Security bloc considers adding Iraq, Pakistan

    The conflict in Afghanistan and expanding its membership to include Iran and Pakistan are key issues facing the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in the coming year, its new head said. "In the current global context, the top priority is finding a solution to the Afghan issue," said Secretary-General Muratbek Sansyzbayevich Imanaliev during a press conference in Beijing on Wednesday. The fear is that instability within Afghanistan's borders, where Taliban fighters are challenging the U.S. a...

  • 18:56TENNIS: Thai women whitewash Uzbekistan

    Thailand settled scores against second seeds Uzbekistan with a 3-0 whitewash in their Group B opening tie of the Fed Cup Zone Asia/Oceania Group I in Kuala Lumpur yesterday. The Kingdom, who lost their previous encounter 2-1 in Nonthaburi two years ago, were quickly into top gear, with Suchanan Viratprasert outclassing Sabina Sharipova 6-2 6-2 to take the first point. Then Tamarine Tanasugarn avenged her loss to Akgul Amanmuradova in the 2008 tie, exploiting a string of unforced errors fro...

03 February 2010
  • 19:39PVEP saddles up for Uzbekistan

    Petrovietnam Exploration & Production (PVEP), part of state oil group Petrovietnam, is to invest $30 million to look for oil and gas in Uzbekistan. PVEP said in a statement it signed a contract with state oil company Uzbekneftegaz on 29 January, under which PVEP would drill three wells for exploration over the next five years in the Kossor block covering 5500 square kilometres, Reuters reported. The deal with Uzbekneftegaz brought the number of projects PVEP is involved in to 56, including...

02 February 2010
  • 20:07TeliaSonera Increases its Ownership in UCell

    TeliaSonera increases its ownership in UCell from 74 percent to 94 percent by acquiring 20 percent of the shares in the jointly owned TeliaSonera Uzbek Telecom Holding B.V. from Takilant Limited. TeliaSonera will pay approximately SEK 1,550 million (USD 220 million) for the shares. TeliaSonera Uzbek Telecom Holding B.V. is a Dutch holding company owning 100 percent of UCell in Uzbekistan. “This transaction underlines TeliaSonera’s strategy to increase ownership in core holdings. With a young ...

  • 20:06President of Uzbekistan to visit Seoul

    Uzbek President Islam Karimov plans to visit Korea next week to discuss bilateral and international issues, the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae said yesterday. Karimov is to arrive Feb. 10 for a three-day visit, officials said. The trip was planned to reciprocate President Lee Myung-bak's visit to Uzbekistan in May last year. "President Karimov's state visit is expected to bolster a strategic partnership between the two nations and develop the Korean government's New Asia Diplomacy," ...

27 January 2010
  • 22:05NATO, Kazakhstan agree on overland supply route to Afghanistan

    NATO says it has reached agreement with Kazakhstan to open a key new supply route for the international force in Afghanistan. Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the link from Europe to Afghanistan, via Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, will offer an alternative to the alliance's main logistics chain through Pakistan. This has come under repeated militant attack in the past. Although the land and air route through Russia and Central Asia has been used in the past by individual NA...

  • 17:09Uzbekistan seeks common ground with Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on water issue: expert

    Uzbekistan is looking for common ground and mutual understanding with the neighboring republics in the issue of distribution of water resources in Central Asia, said Uzbek expert Sergey Yezhkov. "Uzbekistan does not set the task of confrontation with neighboring states, Yezhkov told Trend News by telephone from Tashkent. - Tashkent is seeking common ground and understanding that will resolve the issue [of water distribution] without loss to the neighboring countries." Water problems of Cen...

  • 17:05Will Tajikistan Successfully Construct Rogun?

    In his official address to Tajik citizens, President Emomali Rakhmon announced that 2010 will be the year “when great resources will be mobilized” to construct the 3,600 mw Rogun dam. “The construction of this site, important for our country, has turned into the arena of labor, bravery and generosity, trials of heroism, and, more so, our national idea,” said Rakhmon (www.khovar.tj, January 5). Yet, at this point it remains unclear whether Rakhmon’s plan to build Rogun will be fulfilled. Probl...

25 January 2010
  • 21:19Oliy Majlis Senate first meeting begins in Uzbekistan

    The first meeting of the newly elected Senate of Oliy Majlis, the upper house of Uzbek parliament, begins its work in Uzbekistan. According to the country's Constitution and Electoral Legislation the first meeting of the new staff of the upper parliament is called by the Central Election Commission. The agenda of the first meeting of the Senate, which will be held on Jan.25 - 26, includes organizational issues related to the election of a Senate chairman and his deputies, the formation of ...

  • 19:40Talks with Taliban loom over Pakistani-Afghan summit

    The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan will seek closer cooperation in the fight against militants during a summit in Istanbul on Monday, but a plan to reach out to Taliban insurgents will likely dominate the talks. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari meet ahead of a London conference where Afghanistan and the international community are set to agree a framework for Kabul to take responsibility for its own security. The two men will hold a bilateral meet...

20 January 2010
  • 23:44Kazakhstan and the O.S.C.E.

    This year, Kazakhstan has become the first former Soviet state to assume the rotating chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Democratic activists are crying foul, saying President Nursultan Nazarbayev represses dissent. Others worry that Kazakhstan will be used by Russia, which has undermined the O.S.C.E. in the past, to advance Russian initiatives. Based on my experience as U.S. ambassador in Kazakhstan after independence in 1991 and on later developments...

  • 20:37Uzbekistan - Meeting at Oqsaroy

    President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with the First Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation Igor Shuvalov at Oqsaroy, 18 January. According to Head of our state, the visit constitutes a good opportunity to exchange views on not only bilateral, but also multilateral issues of primary importance in order to raise our relations to a higher level. Today, the cooperation of the two countries develops in political, trade, economic, cultural, and many other spheres. At...

14 January 2010
  • 23:25Uzbekistan has army capable to protect its security: Uzbek President

    "At present, Uzbekistan has a modern, small in number, mobile, well-equipped national army. It is capable to reliably protect the stability and security of the country, inviolability of its borders, peace and tranquility of our people," Uzbek President, Commander-in-Chief of the Uzbek Armed Forces Islam Karimov said due to the Day of Defenders of Homeland, marked in Uzbekistan on  January 14 and the eighteenth anniversary of the Armed Forces.However, the Uzbek president said that ...

  • 19:50Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan hold intergovernmental negotiations

    Ashgabat hosted the next meeting of the joint Turkmen-Uzbek commission for trade, economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation.Following the meeting, the sides signed a protocol. Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade Minister Elyor Ganiev represented Uzbekistan and Trade and Foreign Economic Relations Minister Nokerguly Atagulyev represented Turkmenistan. According to the information, the talks were held "in a constructive atmosphere and the sides exchanged views on p...

  • 19:48N. Korea again listed as most repressive

    An organization that serves the persecuted church again has rated North Korea as the worst oppressor of Christians. It was the eighth consecutive year that Open Doors gave the Asian regime the top ranking, this time 25 points ahead of Iran, the No. 2-rated country.Meanwhile, more than two-thirds of the world's population live in countries with high restrictions on religion, according to a report by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life titled Global Restrictions on ...

  • 19:37Official: Bunyodkor Sign Denilson & Stevica Ristic From Pohang Steelers

    Uzbekistan club Bunyodkor have sealed a sensational double swoop, gobbling up two of Asia’s biggest stars, according to the club's official website.Denilson, and Stevica Ristic spearheaded Pohang's charge to last year’s Asian Champions League title, with both players actually grabbing goals against Luiz Felipe Scolari’s Bunyodkor side at the quarter-final stage.The 33-year-old Denilson will join a host of fellow Brazilian compatriots in Scolari's squad, including th...

12 January 2010
  • 19:54Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan to negotiate at inter-governmental level soon

    The next meeting of a joint Turkmen-Uzbek commission on trade, economic, technical and cultural cooperation will be held soon, a Turkmen official source said. Cabinet of Ministers Deputy Chairman Hojamuhammet Muhammedov said the event is being prepared at a recent governmental meeting. Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedow said he will paid attention to developing mutually beneficial economic ties with neighboring countries, including Uzbekistan. From the Turkmen side, Berdimuham...

11 January 2010
  • 19:03Uzbekistan to apply biometric passport in 2011

    Uzbekistan postponed introduction of passports of the Uzbek citizens with biometric data of the owner for a year to 2011. Uzbek President Islam Karimov signed a decree on introduction of terms of stage-by-stage exchange of existing passports of population to biometric passports on 29 December 2009. Under the decree, biometric passports will be introduced in Uzbekistan from Jan.1, 2011. Earlier, the government planned to start first stage of biometric passports introduction from 1 Janua...

  • 19:02Life in Kyrgyzstan better than in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, say experts

    The life quality in Kyrgyzstan is higher than in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, the index published by a popular U.S. monthly magazine - International Living said. The index considered living costs, economy, infrastructure, environment, health care, culture and leisure, freedom, risk and security, climate conditions with a maximum of 100 points by each criterion. Lithuania (73), Estonia (71), Latvia (70) are obvious leaders among the post-Soviet states, which are followed by Mold...

  • 14:14Kyrgyz Hydropower Station To Be Operational By May «Radio Free Europe»

    Kyrgyzstan says the first unit of the Kambarata-2 hydropower station will be operational by May, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports. Albert Abazbekov, the chairman of the state company Naryngidrostroi, told RFE/RL that establishing the first unit will simplify the commissioning of the station's second and third units. Kambarata-2 is designed to produce 360 megawatts per year. Kyrgyz authorities plan to solve the country's chronic electricity problems by completing the Kambarata-1 and Kamba...

  • 13:13Israeli nabbed in Tashkent with M16 bullets in her bag

    Tamar Yagudayev, the Israeli who has been detained since Thursday in Tashkent Airport after security officials found an M16 magazine with 12 bullets in her backpack, told Haaretz yesterday that the cartridge belongs to a friend who lent her the bag, and that she has "never been to the army" and "doesn't even know what a magazine looks like." According to Yagudayev, she and her boyfriend Yaniv Niazov, 25, decided to celebrate the end of his army service by taking "a trip to remember" to Thaila...

08 January 2010
  • 08:32Tajikistan jails power station 'spy'

    A Tajikistan court on Thursday sentenced a man to 20 years in jail for spying for the neighbouring Central Asian country of Uzbekistan. The man, identified as Boimurod Anarov, "was detained with secret and strategic information on two hydroelectric power stations", court sources told AFP. The man, who had lived in Uzbekistan for 13 years, was arrested near the Sangtuda-1 hydroelectric power station in southern Tajikistan, which was built with financing from Russia, the sources said. The...

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