Breaking news Thu, 26 Apr 2018 12:42:30 +0600 60 Bishkek hosts Central Asian Tourism Forum Bishkek, Apr. 26, 2018 / Kabar /. On April 27 and 28, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will host a two day forum to introduce Kyrgyzstan’s tourism destinations and new tourism products to tour operators from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. The forum “Discover Kyrgyzstan: Trends, Opportunities, and Innovations” will bring together over 200 representatives of tour operators and tourism organizations from across the country to help them connect with their counterparts in Central Asia.

The forum will feature presentations and demonstrations of new tour products highlighting Kyrgyzstan’s nomadic culture – Salbuurun, Kyrgyz cuisine and handicrafts – as well as more than 50 new mountain trails for trekking, biking, and horseback riding covering over 2,000 kilometers developed with USAID’s support. Guests will have a chance to taste Kyrgyzstan’s culinary offerings including beshbarmak, plov, ashlan-fu, and boorsok to demonstrate the multi-cultural experience of travel in Kyrgyzstan. The event will also feature a yurt village where Kyrgyz destinations will demonstrate samples of their tourism offerings.

The second day is devoted to master classes and networking sessions. International tourism experts will discuss social media marketing, customer service delivery, and promotion of Kyrgyzstan’s unique tourism offerings in international markets. During networking sessions, Central Asian guests will meet with local tourism businesses and organizations to form stronger business partnerships for development of joint tour packages covering multi-country Central Asian tours.

The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Bishkek, with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. on April 27.

The forum is organized as part of USAID’s Business Growth Initiative, a $20 million project that builds and strengthens the competitiveness of Kyrgyz economic sectors including tourism, apparel manufacturing and construction materials.

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 10:53:16 +0600
Russia raises military efficiency of its military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, Apr. 26, 2018 / Kabar /. The Russian Ministry of Defense is taking measures to prevent possible penetration of militants from northern provinces of Afghanistan into territories of Central Asian member nations of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).

According to RIA Novosti, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu remarked this on April 24 while delivering a statement at the meeting of the Council of Defense Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing.

“For the purpose of raising military efficiency of Russian military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, we equip them with modern weapons and military equipment. Providing assistance to our partners in the region in improving opportunities of their armed force, we jointly plan the use of them,” Shoigu was quoted as saying.

Russian minister noted that “a number of drills involving armed forces of the CSTO member nations will be conducted in October this year in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan sequentially under a single plan.”

Recall, in a statement delivered at the SCO defense ministers’ meeting in Astana, Shoigu noted on June 7, 2017 that “the rise of ISIL militants in Afghanistan causes particular concern, since their number has reached 3,500, while the terror group’s strategy, aimed at creating a caliphate, poses threat not only to Afghanistan’s security but also to the security of neighboring countries.” Russia is reinforcing its military bases in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan with state-of-the-art weapons to stonewall shifting terrorist activity from Afghanistan to Central Asia, the Russian defense minister went on.

The Russian military base deployed in Tajikistan is Russia's largest non-naval military facility outside the country. It was officially opened in Tajikistan in 2004 under a previous agreement, which was signed in 1993, and hosts Russia’s largest military contingent deployed abroad.

A total of some 7,000 Russian troops are now stationed at two military facilities collectively known as the 201st military base - in Dushanbe and Bokhtar (formerly Qurghon Teppa, some 100 kilometers from Dushanbe.

Kant Air Base is a Russian military air base in Ysyk-Ata district of Chuy oblast in Kyrgyzstan. It is located just south of the city of Kant, some 20 km east of downtown Bishkek.


Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:43:42 +0600
Belarus invited to take part in World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, Apr. 25, 2018 / Kabar /. Belarus has been invited to take part in the 3rd edition of the World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan.

Belarus' Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei has received the relevant invitation from Kyrgyzstan's Ambassador Kubanychbek Оmuraliev, BelTA reported referring to the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The games will be held in Kyrgyzstan in September 2018.

During the meeting the diplomats discussed the bilateral agenda, including the organization of the 8th meeting of the Belarus-Kyrgyzstan intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation in Bishkek and also joint events to mark the 90th birthday of outstanding Kyrgyz writer Chyngyz Aitmatov.

Thu, 26 Apr 2018 09:39:28 +0600
Bishkek hosts exhibition Kyrgyz Build 2018 Bishkek, Apr. 25, 2018 / Kabar /. An exhibition of construction industry "Kyrgyz Build 2018" has started today in Bishkek.

The exhibition is the only specialized event in the construction industry in Kyrgyzstan. This is the best place for business meetings with suppliers, manufacturers, dealers and influential professionals in the construction industry of Kyrgyzstan.

The exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for both exhibitors and visitors to familiarize themselves with a wide range of services and a rich assortment of different products.

The exposition presents construction materials and equipment, roofing materials and technologies, paints, lighting, plumbing, facade architecture, security television and surveillance, road and road construction equipment, mining equipment, investment and real estate.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 18:02:22 +0600
Head of General Staff of Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan participates in SCO defense ministers’ meeting in Beijing Bishkek, Apr. 25, 2018 / Kabar /. Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Kyrgyzstan Raimberdi Duishenbiev takes part in the meeting of the defense ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries of in Beijing, China, the press service of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

The participants of the meeting summed up the results of military cooperation over the past year, discussed joint measures to consolidate efforts to adequately respond to new challenges and threats in the SCO's area of ​​responsibility and examined the prospects for further cooperation in the field of defense.

The meeting also exchanged views on the international and regional situation, the cooperation of the SCO countries in the antiterrorist sphere and other areas of mutual interest. Following the meeting of the defense ministers of the SCO member states, a protocol and a joint communiqué were signed.

Heads of defense departments met with Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:58:23 +0600
Photo exhibition "Pishpek - Frunze - Bishkek" timed to140th anniversary of Bishkek kicks off Bishkek, Apr. 25, 2018 / Kabar /. In honor of the 140th anniversary of the city of Bishkek, the opening of the Pishpek-Frunze-Bishkek photo-documentary exhibition took place at the Kyrgyz State Museum-House of Frunze, the press service of the Bishkek Mayor's Office reported.

Vice Mayor of Bishkek Aigul Ryskulova, the museum management, schoolchildren and students took part in the opening of the photo exhibition.

The exhibition materials tell a brief history of the emergence and development of the city of Bishkek.

The Frunze Museum houses the main exhibit house where Mikhail Vasilievich Frunze was born. The house is an architectural monument of the 19th century. And the museum building was built in 1967 over the house and is an architectural monument of the 20th century.

Pishpek is the olf name of Kyrgyzstan's capital city, in 1926 it was renamed after Frunze and it became Bishkek since 1991.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 17:30:52 +0600
Kyrgyz-Chinese border will be closed due to May holidays Bishkek, Apr. 25, 2018 / Kabar /. The Kyrgyz-Chinese border will be closed from April 30 to May 1, the Public Relations and Media Department of the State Border Service of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

"At the initiative of the Chinese side, in connection with the celebration of Labor Day in the People's Republic of China, Torugart and Irkeshtam checkpoints in the Kyrgyz-Chinese section of the state border will be temporarily closed from April 30 to May 1, 2018,” the report said.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:48:56 +0600
Kyrgyz and Chinese FMs discuss forthcoming visit of Jeenbekov to China Bishkek, Apr. 25, 2018 / Kabar /. Within the framework of the official visit to China, bilateral talks between Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Erlan Abdyldaev and Foreign Minister Wang Yi took place in Beijing on Apr. 25, 2018.

During the official talks, the foreign ministers discussed aspects of the current state and further intensification of Kyrgyz-Chinese bilateral relations of the strategic partnership.

The main topic of the meeting was the upcoming visit of President of the Kyrgyz Republic Sooronbay Jeenbekov to the People's Republic of China, including participation in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit.

In addition, the ministers paid attention to the results of the last meeting of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers, agreeing that this event was one of the most important in preparing for the forthcoming SCO Summit.

Erlan Abdyldaev noted that the Kyrgyz side attaches high importance to the level of strategic partnership with China and expressed readiness of Kyrgyzstan to develop further cooperation in all areas of cooperation.

Minister Wang Yi stressed that since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Kyrgyzstan, the bilateral partnership has been developed steadily in a stable way. The Foreign Minister of China expressed readiness to jointly continue to support the high dynamics of Kyrgyz-Chinese relations.

For his great services in strengthening bilateral relations, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Abdyldaev handed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China Wang Yi a departmental medal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic "For Strengthening International Cooperation".

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation S. Lavrov and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Kamilov were awarded this departmental medal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 15:24:06 +0600
Kyrgyz Ambassador to Qatar urges QNA to assist in promoting World Nomad Games in Arab media Bishkek, Apr. 25, 2018. / Kabar /. Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the State of Qatar Nuran Niyazaliev met in Doha with Director General of the Qatar News Agency Youssef Ibrahim Al-Maliki, as part of the promotion of the Third World Nomad Games in the Arab media, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

During the meeting, Niyazaliev talked about the history, mission and main goals of the World Nomad Games and handed over a letter of the Deputy Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic addressed to Director General of the Qatar News Agency with an invitation to take part in this large-scale event.

The Kyrgyz Ambassador called on the Qatar News Agency to assist in disseminating the information about the upcoming World Nomad Games. At the meeting, the sides also discussed the development of cooperation between Kyrgyz National Kabar News Agency and Qatar News Agency.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 13:53:46 +0600
Jeenbekov: It is impossible to achieve big goals, without unity between tbranches of power Bishkek, Apr. 25, 2018. / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov took part today in the ceremony of taking the oath by new members of the government at the session of the Jogorku Kenesh, the Kyrgyz President's press service reported.

The Head of State thanked the members of the parliament for supporting the composition and program of the new government of Kyrgyzstan "Unity. Confidence. Creation "and congratulated Prime Minister Muhammedkaliy Abylgaziev, members of the government on taking the oath.

He stressed the great responsibility of the members of the Government to the state and the people. "The oath is sacred - its burden is heavy, and the responsibility is high. Since ancient times, our people have particular attitude to the oath. A person who firmly adheres to the oath will never take the path of corruption! Be loyal to your oath! "Jeenbekov said and urged the members of the Government never to violate their oath.

He wished the parliament and the government to work together in the interests of the Kyrgyz people and the country.

The head of state stressed that it is impossible to achieve large strategic goals in the country, if there is no unity between the branches of powers.

"We have all the conditions for the coordinated work of all branches of power. We must work, putting the interests of the state above all, only then we will be able to build a prosperous Kyrgyzstan. Our strength is in unity, together we will raise the flag of our country highly! ", Jeenbekov stressed.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 12:20:47 +0600
Government members swear in Jogorku Kenesh Bishkek, Apr. 25, 2018. / Kabar /. Solemn ceremony of taking oath by members of the Kyrgyz government took place at a Parliament session with the participation of President Sooronbay Jeenbekov.

In particular, the following members of the government took an oath:

- Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic - Muhammedkaliy Abylgaziev;

- First Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic - Kubatbek Boronov;

- Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic - Zhenish Razakov;

- Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic - Altynay Omurbekova;

- Vice Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic - Zamirbek Askarov;

- Head of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic - Murat Mukambetov;

- Minister of Internal Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic - Kashkar Dzhunushaliev;

- Minister of Justice of the Kyrgyz Republic-Ainur Abdyldaeva;

- Minister of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic -Adylbek Kasymaliev;

- Minister of Economy of the Kyrgyz Republic - Oleg Pankratov;

- Minister of Agriculture, Food Industry and Melioration of the Kyrgyz Republic - Nurbek Murashev;

- Minister of Transport and Roads of the Kyrgyz Republic - Zhamshitbek Kalilov;

- Minister of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic - Nurbolot Mirzakhmedov;

- Minister of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic - Gulmira Kudaiberdieva;

- Minister of Health of the Kyrgyz Republic - Kosmosbek Cholponbaev;

- Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic - Sultanbek Zhumagulov;

- Minister of Labor and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic - Taalaykul Isakunova;

- Chairman of the State Committee for National Security of the Kyrgyz Republic - Idris Kadyrkulov;

- Chairman of the State Committee for Defense Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic - Erlis Terdikbayev;

- Chairman of the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Subsoil Use of the Kyrgyz Republic - Ulanbek Ryskulov,;

- Chairman of the State Committee of Information Technologies and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic-Bakyt Sharshembiyev.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 11:01:55 +0600
Sportsmen from Kyrgyzstan win 25 medals at Asian Armwrestling Championship in Astana Bishkek, Apr. 25, 2018. / Kabar /. Athletes from Kyrgyzstan won 25 medals at the Asian Armwrestling Championship in Kazakhstan, the press service of the State Agency for Youth, Physical Culture and Sports of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

The championship was held on April 16 - 22 in Astana. 634 athletes from 12 countries took part in it.

Competitions were held separately among men and women. A total of 96 sets of medals were played.

From Kyrgyzstan, 34 athletes competed and took the 4th place in the team.

The first place - athletes from Kazakhstan, the second - Uzbekistan and the third - Tajikistan.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 10:27:35 +0600
Bishkek hosts festival dedicated to epic of Manas Bishkek, Apr. 25, 2018. / Kabar /. The festival of Kyrgyz folk art "Manastyn Urpaktary" is held in Bishkek on Apr. 24, at the Kyrgyz State Technical University.

This festival is dedicated to the historical heritage of the Kyrgyz people - the epic of Manas.

The purpose of the festival is to promote the heritage of the Kyrgyz people, to involve students to the culture of the Kyrgyz people, through studying, developing and introducing the Manas epic in the regime moments of the university students' activities.

During the festival, the winner will be determined in the nominations: artistic reading, play in Kyrgyz national musical instruments, traditional folk art (Kyrgyz folk song, live voice with national instruments, songs without authors), folk dances - Kyrgyz dance, theatrical performance from the Manas epic .

There will also be folk games: Toguz korgoyl, arkan tartysh, chuko (kyiyr), jaa atuu and Kyrgyz wrestling.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:42:22 +0600
Kazakh PM orders increasing meat export Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev has charged to get ready for building up the country's meat export, Trend reported.

“We have to channel our best efforts to realize beef farming development program for 2018-2027. In 2010-2016, we made a commitment on export of stock-breeding products. Thanks to the efforts of the head of state, barriers in supplying sheep breeding products, horse meat to China, cattle and small ruminants' products to the UAE were lifted,” the PM said.

Earlier, First Vice Minister of Agriculture of Kazakhstan Arman Yevniyev said that the program is expected to let gain a variety of advantages for the sector at large. In particular, it will ensure growth of farm enterprises from 20,000 to 100,000, create new workplaces for rural population from 100,000 up to 500,000, increase head count of cattle, ram up beef and lamb meat from 600,000 tons up to 1.6 million tons and bolster export earnings up to $2.4 billion.

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 09:31:09 +0600
Online media should spread positive message: Xi Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed that online media should spread positive information and uphold a correct political direction, as he called for breakthroughs in core information technologies in a bid to build the country's cyber strength.

Xi, also head of the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, gave the instruction at a national conference on the work of cyber security and informatization held in Beijing from Friday to Saturday.

Since the 18th CPC National Congress, China has achieved historic progress in the development of cyber security and informatization, formed a model of cyberspace governance with Chinese characteristics, and developed a strategic thought to advance the country's strength in this regard, Xi said.

He stressed the need for improving the governance capacity in cyberspace and developing a governance network led by the Party. Online media should spread positive information, uphold the correct political direction and guide public opinion and values.

Cyberspace is the spiritual home to millions of netizens and it also needs a clean environment. Any problems in cyberspace may affect society or even jeopardize the stability of the State, Qin An, head of the Beijing-based Institute of China Cyberspace Strategy, told the Global Times.

Stressing that the country will endeavor to achieve breakthroughs in core information technologies, Xi said more resources will go into research, industrial development and policy-making.

"Core technologies are the lifeblood for national development and they should be mastered by our country, especially as US President Donald Trump wants to limit high-tech product exports to China," Qin said.

In a fresh crackdown on China amid growing trade tensions, the US on April 16 announced a ban on the sale of components to Chinese telecom equipment maker ZTE Corp.

China has much room to improve in high-tech fields, and Xi's speech stressed that China should make breakthroughs from a higher starting point and they should be of higher quality, said Qin.

Xi also stressed the need for cyberspace security, noting that China will enhance the security of information infrastructure, develop coordination mechanisms, tools and platforms for cyber security, enhance the capacity and support relevant industries.

Source: People’s Daily/Global Times

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 21:55:14 +0600
Kyrgyzstan ranks third most vulnerable to climate change impacts in Central Asia Bishkek, Apr. 24, 2018 / Kabar /. Recent climate resilience research has shown that Kyrgyzstan is the third most vulnerable to climate change impacts in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, primarily due to the sensitivity of its agricultural systems to climatic change. Impacts such as climate temperature change could cause altered precipitation patterns and more frequent heat extremes, leading to increased incidence of aridity and drought, particularly in the mountain pastures. Since Kyrgyzstan’s land area is 90% mountainous, it is increasingly important to build resilience to these climate changes and to enable communities to continue thriving.

The University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Mountain Societies Research Institute (MSRI) conducted household surveys to measure climate resilience trends. They developed case studies of villages in the Naryn, Bazar-Korgon and Batken regions, which are categorised by the World Food Programme as having high recurrences of poverty and high or medium risk of natural climate change shocks, relative to the rest of the country.

MSRI’s used a new tool for household surveys, which uses generalised and shock-specific subjective resilience measures to evaluate households, and take into account different contexts and demographics. “This new measuring tool has been designed using a subjective approach to question design, which emphasises the power of local people to understand, and communicate their own resilience capacities without the need for long and complex surveys,” said Lira Sagynbekova, MSRI Research Fellow.

This tool is an alternative to the traditional approach of choosing and evaluating household characteristics to measure its resilience. “It was tested during a household survey and the regression results show that it is a strong predictor of household food security,” said Abbie Clare, Researcher with the Pathways to Resilience in Semi-Arid Economies (PRISE) project at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

UCA’s MSRI in collaboration with LSE organised a workshop on Predicting Future Food Security: A New Method for Measuring Resilience Using Data from Kyrgyzstan on April 13th 2018 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. At this workshop, this new tool was presented by Clare, Sagynbekova, and Akylbek Rahmanberdi from the Alliance of Mountain Communities of Central Asia (AGOCA). The workshop mainly targeted stakeholders involved in the practical aspects of planning, delivering and/or analysing field surveys on the topics of food security, climate change adaptation and development.

The event brought together researchers, representatives of the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry, Ministry of Emergency and the Ministry of Agriculture of the Kyrgyz Republic, and experts from non-governmental organisations and development agencies including the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Food Programme.

Developed within the PRISE project, the tool is context-transferable and can identify which households can maintain their food security in the face of shocks and stressors. During the workshop, Rahmanberdi stressed the practical use of the tool and how results have proved its efficiency. “After testing the tool, we have found a strong demand for a methodology to assess the resilience of our member villages. There is also a possibility to use the survey’s short subjective resilience questions as a monitoring tool or as an early warning system,” said Rahmanberdi. “They are quick, could be done over the phone, and may provide early indication of slow onset shocks, like drought or livestock disease.”

The PRISE project is a five-year project funded by the International Development Research Centre in Canada and the Department of International Development of the United Kingdom, and spanning seven countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Senegal, Burkino Faso, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. It aims to spur climate-resilient development in these countries by working with local communities, Universities and policy makers to produce research and policy outputs that explore themes such as value chain management, private sector development, local community resilience and the impacts of migration.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:15:50 +0600
Meeting with international experts of ADB Bishkek, Apr. 24, 2018 / Kabar /. A meeting with international experts of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) was held at Academy of Public Administration under the President of the Kyrgyz Republic, the press service of the Academy reported.

"As part of the development of international cooperation and assistance in the implementation of the Strengthening Urban Investment Planning and Project Preparation and Implementation in Central and West Asia on Apr. 24, 2018, a meeting was held between the representatives of the Academy and the ADB monitoring mission headed by Edward Liman and Efrat Iovel," the message says.

The meeting identified a new range of issues for discussion and further solutions, such as: the development of a multisectoral urban infrastructure, the promotion of the development of green and comprehensive cities, the use of new financing mechanisms, as well as the management of human resources and the capacity of government and municipal employees in the context of urbanization. As a result of the meeting, the sides agreed to conduct joint activities to assess training needs and measures to increase the capacity of state and municipal employees.

Strengthening Urban Investment Planning and Project Preparation and Implementation in Central and West Asia is a regional project implementing by the Asian Development Bank, the main goal of which is the national urban assessment and integrated urban planning.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:04:15 +0600
Kyrgyz Prime Minister discusses fighting corruption with security services Bishkek, Apr. 24, 2018 / Kabar /. Prime Minister Muhammedkaliy Abylgaziev held a meeting with heads of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the State Committee for National Security. The meeting was also attended by Vice Prime Minister Zhenish Razakov.

Abylgaziev noted the importance of proper maintenance of public order in the country and the safety of citizens.

"The society has a number of serious complaints against law enforcement agencies, including corruption. The fight against corruption, in the light of the decisions of the Security Council of the Kyrgyz Republic of February 8, 2018, must be conducted in law enforcement bodies without disregard for names and posts. At the same time, it is necessary to work on raising the personnel potential of the power bloc. Only professional, clean and not discredited employees should be involved in work of law enforcement bodies," he said.

Interior Minister Kashkar Dzhunushaliev and Chairman of the State Committee for National Security Idris Kadyrkulov presented the information on the current socio-political and criminal situation in the country, as well as on the progress in investigating the resonant criminal cases of setting fire to a gold recovery plant in Toguz-Toro region and fire in markets in the cities of Bishkek and Jalal-Abad.

The Prime Minister instructed once again to study in detail all the circumstances of these cases and organize a working meeting on safety regulations in major markets of the country.

In addition, the Prime Minister instructed to make concrete proposals for the phased installation of photo and video-capture systems within the framework of the Smart City project in the cities of Bishkek and Osh.

"The implementation of this project must be carried out in accordance with a single standard, as transparent as possible, taking into account the experience of foreign countries and be understandable to ordinary citizens," Prime Minister Muhammedkaliy Abylgaziev said.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:39:55 +0600
Special format of relations established between Russia and Kyrgyzstan – Russian Ambassador Bishkek, Apr. 24, 2018 / Kabar /. A special format for interstate relations - a strategic partnership has been established between Russia and Kyrgyzstan, Russian Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Andrei Krutko said in his message, which was read out by the first secretary of the embassy Viktor Kharchenko at the international expert platform to discuss issues of opposition to religious radicalism.

In his message the ambassador said that the format of strategic partnership is realized by the withdrawal of ties between states to a higher and qualitative level in the problem areas related to ensuring sovereignty and national security, requiring constant attention and joint solution.

"One of the factors ensuring stable multilateral ties between the Russian Federation and the Kyrgyz Republic and in general the sustainable development of the Central Asian region is the maintenance of the necessary level of security for the citizen and society, without which the forward movement, implementation of any large-scale integration projects is simply impossible," the message said.

It also said that to date, the real threats to peace, stability and interethnic harmony require equal interest of both sides in preserving and enhancing the traditions of good-neighborliness, mutual assistance and support for the practical implementation of the principles of people's diplomacy.

"I would like to support the joint efforts of the People’s Assembly of Russia and the People’s Assembly of Kyrgyzstan, which have undertaken a responsible and very difficult mission - to discuss the positive practices of confronting the world's evil in the current turbulent international situation. The proposed topic of the discussion reaffirms that a special format of interstate relations - a strategic partnership has been established between the Russian Federation and the Kyrgyz Republic, " the ambassador said.

He also noted that the discussion coincided with the event in Beijing, where the summit of foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member countries is taking place, where the international security issues will also be considered.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 16:00:55 +0600
Jeenbekov: It is necessary to restore citizens' trust in fair justice Bishkek, Apr. 24, 2018 / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov met today with chairwoman of the Supreme Court of the country Ainash Tokbaeva, the Kyrgyz President's press service reported.

The sides discussed the issues of enhancing the role and effective activity of the Supreme Court in protecting the rights and freedoms of citizens through lawful and fair justice, strengthening the rule of law and law in the country.

The head of state drew attention to the questions of preemptive work on the prevention of corruption manifestations in the judicial system.

He said that according to the results of social surveys among citizens, the judiciary authorities were recognized as one of the most corrupt bodies in Kyrgyzstan.

"It is necessary to restore the confidence of citizens in legal and fair justice. Only then Kyrgyzstan will be able to realize itself as a legal state," Jeenbekov said.

The head of state noted that the main task of state bodies, including the bodies of the judiciary, is to ensure the rule of law and protect the interests of citizens.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:40:11 +0600
Bishkek hosts expert discussion on countering religious radicalism Bishkek, Apr. 24, 2018 / Kabar /. The International Expert Platform "Positive Practices of Counteraction to Religious Radicalism: A View from Central Asia" is being held in Bishkek.

Representatives of the Russian and Chinese Embassies in the Kyrgyz Republic, Deputy Head of the President's Office of Kyrgyzstan Mira Karybaeva, Chairman of the Council of the People’s Assembly of Kyrgyzstan Tokon Mamytov, First Deputy Chairman of the Council of the People’s Assembly of Russia Venaliy Amelin, religious scholars, political scientists, sociologists from Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan participate in the forum in Bishkek.

CIS experts discuss new dangerous trends and methods of radicalization of youth, migrants, feminization of terrorism, the recruitment of militants to illegal armed groups in the Middle East, attempts to restart the international terrorist organization IGIL 2.0 with the transfer of its activity to the Central Asian region, the necessary changes in legislation on fighting with extremism.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:21:03 +0600
Foreign Ministers of Kyrgyzstan and India discuss further development of bilateral cooperation Bishkek, Apr. 24, 2018 / Kabar /. Within the framework of participation in the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Beijing, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldaev met with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported that during the meeting the sides discussed further development and strengthening of bilateral cooperation, as well as interaction within the SCO and other international and regional organizations.

The ministers expressed their confidence that the relations of friendship and mutual cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and India will be steadily developed and deepened for the benefit of the two countries.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:14:33 +0600
Foreign Ministers of SCO countries meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping Bishkek, Apr. 24, 2018 / Kabar /. Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Erlan Abdyldaev attended in Beijing a joint meeting of Foreign Ministers of the SCO member states with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, which is held in the framework of the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the SCO member states.

During the meeting, President Xi Jinping said that since the establishment of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization almost 17 years ago, it has become a comprehensive regional organization with extensive influence. Member-states comprehensively promote cooperation in all fields, actively play a constructive role in international and regional affairs and have created a model of a new type of international relations representing mutual respect, justice, and also win-win cooperation.

Currently, the cooperation in the six main areas of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, including politics, economics, security, humanities, foreign exchanges and the establishment of mechanisms, is steadily progressing, and the overall level of cooperation continues to grow.

In his speech, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Erlan Abdyldaev said that in a relatively short time the Shanghai Cooperation Organization became an authoritative international organization and also said that the SCO member states created important mechanisms for the development of cooperation in all spheres within the framework of the SCO.

Minister Erlan Abdyldaev stressed that the "Shanghai spirit", containing the basic principles and ideas of the organization, is an irreplaceable source of the successful development of the SCO and assured that the Kyrgyz side as a reliable member of the Organization will always consistently and systematically uphold its goals and tasks in accordance with the SCO Charter and other basic documents.

Also, Minister Erlan Abdyldaev drew attention to the significant contribution of the chairmanship of the Chinese side to the Organization, during which a number of important and significant projects within the SCO framework were initiated aimed at further deepening cooperation between the SCO member states

In conclusion, Abdyldaev expressed his confidence that cooperation within the SCO, thanks to the tireless efforts of all its participants, will continue to be effectively developed for the sake of peace and prosperity.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:04:57 +0600
Abdullah Aripov congratulates Abylgaziev on his appointment as prime minister Bishkek, Apr. 24, 2018 / Kabar /. Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdullah Aripov congratulated Muhamedkaliy Abylgaziev on the appointment to the post of prime minister of Kyrgyzstan.

"I am convinced that through joint efforts we will be able to continue the high level of constructive dialogue reached to resolve all existing issues of bilateral cooperation, and to strengthen strategic partnership for the benefit of our countries and peoples," the congratulatory telegram says.

The head of the government of Uzbekistan wished his Kyrgyz colleague good health, family well-being and success.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:51:13 +0600
Kyrgyz FM attends SCO Foreign Ministers’ meeting in Beijing Bishkek, Apr. 24, 2018 / Kabar /. Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldaev attended in Beijing a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

At the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the SCO, the issues of strengthening cooperation in priority areas, as well as current international and regional issues and the situation in the SCO region were discussed.

The main topics of the meeting were the preparations for the SCO Summit (June 9-10, 2018, Qingdao), the further development of mutually beneficial regional cooperation, the approval of the Action Plan for the implementation of the provisions of one of the Organization's fundamental documents - the Treaty on Long-term Good Neighborliness, Friendship and Cooperation member states of the SCO for 2018-2022, as well as the Program of Cooperation of the SCO Member States to Combat Terrorism, Extremism and Separatism for 2019-2021.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:45:33 +0600
Li Keqiang congratulates Abylgaziev on his appointment as prime minister Bishkek, Apr. 24, 2018 / Kabar /. Premier of the State Council of China Li Keqiang congratulated Muhamedkaliy Abylgaziev on the appointment to the post of prime minister of Kyrgyzstan.

In his congratulatory address, Li Keqiang stressed that China and Kyrgyzstan are strategic partners and friendly neighbors.

"Allow me on behalf of the Government of the People's Republic of China and on my own behalf to congratulate you on your appointment to the post of Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic. I wish you continued success on the highest state post," the message says.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:36:01 +0600
China says terrorism tops meeting of Central Asian states BEIJING — China’s defense minister says fighting the threat of terrorism is a top concern to be discussed by a Beijing-led group of Central Asian states this week.

Wei Fenghe told fellow defense officials from the eight-member Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Beijing on Tuesday that the group stood as a force for peace.

The focus on terrorism reflects China’s hopes to use the grouping to stamp out threats of cross-border support for low-level separatist insurgencies particularly in the predominantly Turkic-speaking region of Xinjiang.

Along with China and Russia, the SCO includes several Central Asian states, together with rivals Pakistan and India, the latter of which is considered one of China’s key strategic competitors for influence in Asia.

The Associated Press.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:18:54 +0600
Turkmenistan: young men prevented from leaving the country ASHGABAT (TCA) — Young people under 30 years of age are prevented from boarding international flights in Ashgabat airport without any reason, the independent foreign-based news website Chronicles of Turkmenistan reports.

If previously the travel ban has been unofficially explained by the fact that men can leave the country only after doing military service, now the authorities deny exit to those who have already done military service, are unfit for service based on a medical condition, or who have turned 27 and are subject to no draft.

Some passengers prevented from boarding a flight get an airline ticket refund.

Chronicles of Turkmenistan has reported that Turkmenistan Airlines offices in Ashgabat and in regional centers assigned a separate ticket office window to refund passengers who had been barred from boarding planes.

Last week, Radio Azatlyk reported that an unofficial new instruction was issued by the Migration office, pursuant to which young men under 30 are prohibited from boarding international flights.

According to the Radio sources, these measures are being undertaken to ensure the security of residents.

The next day the official website of Turkmenistan’s Migration Office published an announcement which runs that “no citizen of Turkmenistan can be deprived of the right to enter and exit the country”.

This statement was disseminated by local pro-governmental internet news outlets, which deny the travel ban imposed on young people referring to an official from the Migration Office.

Sources of Chronicles of Turkmenistan note that, with a view to the severe economic crisis in Turkmenistan, there is an increasing number of residents trying to go abroad in search of work or leave Turkmenistan forever. It appears that the authorities are trying to limit large-scale migration of residents in this way.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:30:14 +0600
Uzbekistan to join Turkmenistan-India gas pipeline project TASHKENT: Uzbekistan plans to join an $8 billion project to build a natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to India, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said on Monday, although it was unclear whether Tashkent might eventually ship gas through it.

Turkmenistan, which sits on the world's fourth-biggest gas reserves and borders Afghanistan, started this year laying the Afghan section of the pipeline which will also cross Pakistan, seeing it as key to diversifying exports away from China.

Uzbekistan also exports gas, mainly to China and Russia, although its export volumes are much lower than the Turkmen ones due to higher domestic consumption.

"We have agreed that Uzbekistan will also take part in this project," Mirziyoyev told reporters after meeting his Turkmen counterpart Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, who visited Uzbekistan.

He provided no details, but said Uzbek experts would travel to Turkmenistan to discuss Tashkent's role in the pipeline.

Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, both ex-Soviet Central Asian republics, each produce more than 60 billion cubic metres of gas a year. China dominates Turkmen exports while Uzbek gas sales are split roughly equally between China and Russia.

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:28:11 +0600
Altynay Abdymomunova participates in Miss Glam World 2018 beauty contest Bishkek, Apr. 23, 2018. / Kabar /. 22-year-old model from Kyrgyzstan Altynay Abdymomunova is taking part in the Miss Glam World 2018 beauty contest.

About 40 beauties from around the world take part in the contest.

Earlier, Altynay Abdymomunova took part in the international beauty contest Global Charity Queen 2017 in Taiwan.

Miss Glam World is one of the best international beauty contests from PEGASUS. The only contest where do not appreciate the beauty of women in bikinis or in similar rounds.

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 20:28:55 +0600