Breaking news http://kabar.kg/eng/rss/ Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:00:11 +0600 Kabar.kg 60 Kyrgyz President: Armed Forces are backbone of statehood Bishkek, Feb. 23, 2018. / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov congratulated Kyrgyz people on the Day of the Fatherland Defenders.

The press service of the Kyrgyz President reported that in his congratulation President Jeenbekov said:

"Dear Kyrgyz citizens!

I sincerely congratulate you on the Day of Defender of the Fatherland - a holiday of courage, bravery and honor! I express my gratitude to servicemen of the Armed Forces of the country and to our valiant veterans, who honestly fulfilled their duty to the Motherland.

Today is a significant day. Exactly 100 years ago - in 1918 the Red Army and Red Fleet were created. A new generation of defenders of the Fatherland worthily continuing the glorious fighting traditions of the veterans of the war and the rear.

The armed forces have always been the backbone of statehood, and the defense of the Motherland is a sacred duty. The combat readiness and combat capability of the Armed Forces are the most important factor of national security.

Dear defenders of the Fatherland!

I wish you all good health, peace and success! Protect the Motherland as an apple of the eye, maintain your combat readiness at a high level! "

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Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:12:43 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyz-president-armed-forces-are-backbone-of-statehood/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyz-president-armed-forces-are-backbone-of-statehood/
Two wanted criminals dress up as women and wear hijab to avoid police Two men from Khatlon’s Shahritous district, who were wanted by police for recruiting citizens of Tajikistan into terrorist organizations, were dressing up as women and wearing a hijab in order to avoid police, according to the Interior Ministry press center.

The 33-year-old Akmal Safarov and the 35-year-old Alisher Nuraliyev had reportedly managed to hide from police for a long time.

They had been dressing up as women and wearing a hijab and freely appearing in public places.

Criminal proceedings were instituted against them under the provisions of two articles of Tajikistan’s Penal Code: Article 32 – preparation for crime and criminal attempt; and Article 401 – mercenary activities; an investigation is under way.

The detainees reportedly confessed that they joined the Salafi Group in 2015, established contracts with representatives of terrorist organizations fighting in foreign countries, and were going to join them in the near future.

The Salafi movement or Salafist movement is an ultra-conservative orthodox movement within Sunni Islam that references the doctrine known as Salafism. The movement first appeared in Tajikistan in the early 2000s, having been brought back to the country by Tajiks that had taken refuge in Pakistan during the civil war.

The movement claims to follow a strict and pure form of Islam, but Tajik clerics say the Salafists’ radical stance is similar to that of the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Salafists do not recognize other branches of Islam, such as Shi'a and Sufism. The movement is frequently referred to as Wahhabism, although Salafists reject this as derogatory.

The Tajik authorities banned Salafism as an illegal group on January 8, 2009, saying the Salafi movement represents a potential threat to national security and the Supreme Court added Salafis to its list of religious groups prohibited from operating in the country.

On December 8, 2014, the Supreme Court of Tajikistan formally labeled the banned Salafi group as an extremist organization. The ruling reportedly followed a request submitted to the court by the Prosecutor-General’s Office. The ruling means that the group’s website and printed materials are also banned.

The overwhelming majority of Tajiks are followers of the Hanafi madhab, a more liberal branch of Sunni Islam.

https://news.tj/en/news/tajikistan/laworder/20180222/two-wanted-criminals-dress-up-as-women-and-wear-hijab-to-avoid-police

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Prime Minister instructs to conduct thorough analysis of reasons preventing development of regions Bishkek, Feb.22, 2018 / Kabar /. The State Agency for Local Government and Interethnic Relations (SALGIR) under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic presented its activities on the development of Local Self-Government for the period from 2013 to 2017 at a Governmental Meeting today, the press service of the Government reported.

Chairman of the SALGIR Bakhtiyar Saliev informed that within the framework of the implementation of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of the Kyrgyz Republic (NSSDKR) for the period 2013-2017, the Program for the Development of Local Self-Government was developed.

"This program was aimed at increasing the responsibility and optimizing the Local Self-Government authorities, focusing on the needs of citizens, strengthening financial sustainability, expanding the resource base and local economic development, as well as improving the organizational and legal performance of local authorities," he said.

At the same time, despite measures taken during the reporting period, the number of subsidized rural administrations increased from 362 to 382, and the number of self-sufficient rural administrations decreased from 91 to 71 units. The main reasons for this phenomenon were low economic activity and inefficient use of the available economic potential on the areas.

Isakov instructed the department to conduct a thorough analysis of the reasons that impede the development of the regions. "Perhaps there are other factors that negatively affect the economic performance of the subsidized regions. President Sooronbay Jeenbekov often raises issues of regional development in his appeals. We must take them into account. Give us a carefully researched analytical summary," the Head of the Government said, urging to pay special attention on increasing the staff potential of Heads of Local Self-Government authorities.

"In near future, the national campaign Taza Jashoo (Pure Life) will be launched. This campaign should be carried out at the highest level, as it is aimed at improving the social infrastructure, the sanitary condition of urban and rural sites, planting trees, cleaning and landscaping in all regions of the country. I intend to personally coordinate the implementation of this movement,” Isakov said.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 23:32:37 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/prime-minister-instructs-to-conduct-thorough-analysis-of-reasons-preventing-development-of-regions-1/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/prime-minister-instructs-to-conduct-thorough-analysis-of-reasons-preventing-development-of-regions-1/
Premiere of Kazakh film Oralman will be held in Bishkek Bishkek, Feb.22, 2018 / Kabar /. The premiere of feature film Oralman by Kazakh Filmmaker Sabit Kurmanbekov will take place in Bishkek on March 3, the press service of the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of Kyrgyzstan reported.

The picture tells about the fate of the Kazakh family living in Afghanistan.

"A family had to flee from repression in Kazakhstan in 1930. Years later, the family gets a quota for resettlement in Kazakhstan and is going back,” the announcement said.

The film Oralman is recognized as the Best Asian Film at the 35th International Film Festival Fajr in Tehran.

The film also received Grand Prix at the XIII International Eurasia Film Festival in Astana and the Best Male Role award (Dulyga Akmolda) of the 13th Kazan International Muslim Film Festival, Russia, 2017.

The premiere show will be held on March 3 at 4:00 p.m. in Bishkek at the House of Cinema named after Chyngyz Aitmatov.

Information about the film

Filmmaker: Sabit Kurmanbekov

Scenario Authors: Nurlan Sanzhar with the participation of Sabit Kurmanbekov

Head Cameraman: Mars Umarov

Artist: Rustam Odinayev

Song Writer: Aidos Sagatov

Cast: Dulyga Akmolda, Yerjan Tusupov, Yesim Segizbaev, Shynar Askarova, Bayan Kajnabieva

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:55:26 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/premiere-of-kazakh-film-oralman-will-be-held-in-bishkek/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/premiere-of-kazakh-film-oralman-will-be-held-in-bishkek/
Deputy Prime Minister: Almost 30% of state investments funds not spent Bishkek, Feb.22, 2018 / Kabar /. The State Investments Program for 2017 was carried out only by the Ministry of Emergency Situations and the Ministry of Transport, Deputy Prime Minister Sanjar Mukanbetov stated this at Governmental Meeting.

He said that in the past few years, there has been a dangerous trend of failure to implement the State Investments Program.

The program, which is the main part of the budget development was implemented at 83% in 2017. The total amount of the State Investment was approved at a rate of 39 bln soms. The actual expenditure amounted to 27.8 bln soms, that is 71% . The amount of undeveloped funds amounted to 11.3 bln soms, which is almost 30% of the State Investment Budget," the Deputy Prime Minister said.

Mukanbetov explained that if all the funds from State Investments Program were used it would be possible to completely solve the problem with clean drinking water or finance twice as many objects from capital investments as possible.

8.6 bln soms was put in capital investment and 438 objects were financed in 2017. This amount could have been doubled," the Deputy Prime Minister added.

The State Investment Program was fulfilled by the Ministry for Emergency Situations by 170% and by the Ministry of Transport by 93% in 2017.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:13:47 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/deputy-prime-minister-almost-30-of-state-investments-funds-not-spent/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/deputy-prime-minister-almost-30-of-state-investments-funds-not-spent/
Prime Minister: Government’s main goal for 2018 will be to maintain macroeconomic stability Bishkek, Feb.22, 2018 / Kabar /. The main goal of the Government of Kyrgyzstan for 2018 will be to maintain macroeconomic stability, this was stated by Prime Minister Sapar Isakov at Governmental meeting.

He stressed that another important goal for 2018 is competitiveness.

"The priority task is the implementation of Forty Steps to New Era Project. In addition, a plan of Governmental Agenda has been approved. It consists of 40 sections and includes 396 measures. Ambitious but achievable tasks were set for 2018. It is important for us to work on time. If we work out everything according to the plan of events, we will have good indicators," the Head of Government said.

The Prime Minister stressed that 2017 economic growth outperformed the forecasted figures and the GDP grew by 4.3%.

"I particularly wanted to emphasize that Kyrgyzstan has improved its position in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). We are in the second place. A positive growth rate is observed in all industries. The main engine has become the industrial sector," the Head of Government stressed.

Isakov also said that the external trade in 2017 keeps the trend and grew by 13.8%.

"Exports to countries of the EEU increased by 27-28%. These are good indicators for the beginning” the Prime Minister added.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:14:44 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/prime-minister-governments-main-goal-for-2018-will-be-to-maintain-macroeconomic-stability/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/prime-minister-governments-main-goal-for-2018-will-be-to-maintain-macroeconomic-stability/
Economy Ministry instructed to develop concept of digital economy by September 15 Bishkek, Feb.22, 2018 / Kabar /. The Ministry of Economy of Kyrgyzstan is tasked to develop a short and long term draft concept of the digital economy until September 15, 2018. The corresponding instruction was given by Prime Minister Sapar Isakov at the meeting of the Government.

He specified that there is a tendency of digitizing the economy at countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and thus in this regard Kyrgyzstan needs to introduce work on modern technologies.

"The State Committee for Informational Technologies and Communications (SCITC) and the State Registration Service (SRS) of the Kyrgyz Republic should be assisted in the development of the project. We must not lag behind the processes that are taking place around us," the Head of Government said.

Moreover, in accordance with the Decree of the President on the announcement of 2018 as the Year of Development of Regions, general work is started in this area of focus.

"We need to look for appropriate sources of funding. The President must be aware of real picture of the state budget. For example, 2.9 bln soms are foreseen for capital investments. This is not enough. But, nevertheless, we must do our best to optimize expenditures and direct funds to the development of the regions," the Prime Minister stressed.

Isakov also said that it is important to create competitive conditions in the regions. Therefore, he instructed the Ministry of Economy to attract investment.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:40:28 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/economy-ministry-instructed-to-develop-concept-of-digital-economy-by-september-15/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/economy-ministry-instructed-to-develop-concept-of-digital-economy-by-september-15/
Prime Minister expresses dissatisfaction with implementation of Forty Steps to New Era Program Bishkek, Feb.22, 2018 / Kabar /. Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov expressed dissatisfaction with implementation of the Government's Program Forty Steps to New Era. During the meeting of the Government, he stressed that out of 115 items of the program, 91 points or 79% have only been fulfilled so far.

"It's not enough work. I am not happy with these indicators and I want to ask you to strengthen your endeavours in this direction. This is a warning. Next time we will talk differently. You are not paying enough attention to proper implementation of the program" the Head of Government resented.

Isakov also stressed that the economy should grow by 3.6% in 2018.

"I want to emphasize that under my instruction three scenarios of the economic development will be developed. My expectations are different," the Prime Minister added.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:59:33 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/prime-minister-expresses-dissatisfaction-with-implementation-of-forty-steps-to-new-era-program/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/prime-minister-expresses-dissatisfaction-with-implementation-of-forty-steps-to-new-era-program/
Kyrgyz Artist creates portrait of President of Turkey from nails and threads Bishkek, Feb.22, 2018 / Kabar /. Artist from Kyrgyzstan Azamat Janaliev created a portrait of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the technique of string-art from nails and threads.

The artist said that he took part in a meeting in Antalya city on Feb.18 organized by the Public Foundation World Ethno Games.

"This time I met with the son of Turkish President Bilal Erdogan and solemnly gave my picture in the presence of delegates from 56 countries. I presented the portrait on behalf of the entire Kyrgyz people. I deeply thank everyone who helped me to realize current work," the artist said.

Prior to that, Janaliev managed to draw exclusive pictures of such well-known personalities as Chyngyz Aytmatov, Akhmat-Hadji Kadyrov, Vladimir Putin, Peter I, Sheikhs of the United Arab Emirates and Mongolia's President Khaltmaagiin Battulga. The artist has patented his works.

String art is one of the trends in creativity, based on nails and threads. In fact, String Art is pulling threads between nails, nailed to a solid surface. To create such a picture it is required: a board, threads, nails, a hammer and a sketch.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 15:29:16 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyz-artist-creates-portrait-of-tukish-president-of-turkey-from-nails-and-threads/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyz-artist-creates-portrait-of-tukish-president-of-turkey-from-nails-and-threads/
Kyrgyzstan improves its position in Corruption Perceptions Index Bishkek, Feb. 22, 2018, / Kabar /. Compared to 2016, Kyrgyzstan has improved its position in the Corruption Perception Index - 2017 (CPI-2017), ranking 135th out of 180.

According to Transparency International, Kyrgyzstan received 29 points out of 100, being on the same level with Russia, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Laos, Mexico and Papua New Guinea.

The rating is based on a study of the perceptions of corruption in the country by its residents and experts.

Compared to the results of the Index for 2016, the situation of Kyrgyzstan has changed: it received one point more, and changed its position in the rating (from 136th to 135th).

"The group of leaders of the CPI also did not undergo significant changes: New Zealand (89 points), Denmark (88 points), followed by Finland, Norway and Switzerland (85 points), Somalia (9 points) and South Sudan (12 points)," the study said.

The neighboring Kazakhstan ranked 127th in 2017, Uzbekistan – 162th, Tajikistan 167th, and Turkmenistan 171st.

The corruption perception index is compiled on the basis of surveys of experts and entrepreneurs conducted by independent organizations around the world.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:21:07 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyzstan-improves-its-position-in-corruption-perceptions-index/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/kyrgyzstan-improves-its-position-in-corruption-perceptions-index/
President: There are facts when criminal cases opened just to put pressure on business Bishkek, Feb.22, 2018 / Kabar /. President Sooronbay Jeenbekov accepted Chairman of the State Service for Combating Economic Crimes (SSCEC) under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic Zamirbek Osmonov today, the press service of the President's Office of Kyrgyzstan reported.

SSCEC’s measures and tasks for countering corruption and identified decisions of the Security Council from Feb. 8, 2018 were discussed at the meeting.

The Head of State stressed that the Financial Police was tasked with counteracting economic crime, but an analysis of the results of their activities shows a serious lack of measures taken both by the leadership of the SSCEC and Financial Police.

"There are facts when criminal cases are opened in order to exert pressure on entrepreneurs and extort money from them. Complaints by citizens and honest entrepreneurs are not stopped on unlawful actions of the employees of the state agencies. There are also facts when the employees of state authorities are becoming the so-called "protection racket" of dishonest representatives of small and medium-sized businesses, "Jeenbekov stressed.

The President specified the insufficient work of the Financial Police to counteract the production and sale of counterfeit alcohol products, the detection of underground gambling establishments, the suppression of smuggling of fuel and lubricants in the regions of the republic and thus he demanded to strengthen work in these areas.

The Head of State also emphasized the need to concentrate the main activities of the Financial Police on identifying and suppressing economic, official and corruption crimes, eliminating corruption schemes in the economic sphere and the public sector.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 13:52:49 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/president-there-are-facts-when-criminal-cases-opened-just-to-put-pressure-on-business/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/president-there-are-facts-when-criminal-cases-opened-just-to-put-pressure-on-business/
Kyrgyz State Committee for Defense Affairs discusses military education issues Bishkek, Feb. 22, 2018 / Kabar /. A board meeting was held at the State Committee for Defense Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic (SCDAKR) where reports of Departments on Financial and Military Education were presented based on results of Accounting Chamber auditing, the press service of the SCDAKR reported.

Representatives of the Accounting Chamber, the Military Prosecutor's Office, the Government Administration and General Staff of the Armed Forces participated at the meeting.

Particular attention was paid to the system of military education. Training of academic staff and educational work among military students were considered as priority directions of the SCDAKR activities.

Some suggestions were proposed to improve the quality of military education. Legal aspects of military service at educational institutions were considered as well.

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FM of Kazakhstan sends note to FM of Kyrgyzstan on Kyrgyz MP Asylbek uulu Damirbek’s case Bishkek, Feb. 22, 2018 / Kabar /. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic (MFA) received a verbal note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan that Deputy of the Kyrgyz Parliament Asylbek uulu Damirbek is a citizen of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the press service of the MFA Kyrgyzstan reported.

Earlier Kazakh security forces conducted a large-scale special operation in Almaty oblast, Jambyl, South-Kazakhstan oblasts and Almaty city on Feb.15-16. 33 people were detained then and three of them were citizens of Kyrgyzstan. One of the detainees was member of the Kyrgyz Parliament Asylbek uulu Damirbek. The arrested are suspected of corruption in customs activities. Asylbek uulu Damirbek was detained for 2 months.

After that, the media reported that Asylbek uulu Damirbek had a citizenship of Kazakhstan.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 12:16:59 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/fm-of-kazakhstan-sends-note-to-fm-of-kyrgyzstan-on-kyrgyz-mp-asylbek-uulu-damirbeks-case/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/fm-of-kazakhstan-sends-note-to-fm-of-kyrgyzstan-on-kyrgyz-mp-asylbek-uulu-damirbeks-case/
14 people evacuated during fire in kindergarten in Tokmok, no one injured Bishkek, Feb. 22, 2018 / Kabar /. An electric shield has caught fire in the Naristeler үiү kindergarden in Tokmok town, the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic (MES) reported.

The fire occurred yesterday at 2:22 p.m. The cause of the accident was non-compliance with fire safety rules when working with electrical appliances. Firefighters and educators evacuated 14 children, none of them suffered. The fire was completely extinguished at 2:59 p.m.

Since the beginning of 2018 over 500 fire cases have been registered in Kyrgyzstan where more than 13 people died and there are children among them. The MES emphasizes that 72% of the total number of fire accidents occurred in households. Most frequent causes of fires were violations of the norms for operation of electrical equipment and carelessness in fire furnace.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:44:41 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/14-people-evacuated-during-fire-in-kindergarten-in-tokmok-no-one-injured/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/14-people-evacuated-during-fire-in-kindergarten-in-tokmok-no-one-injured/
Competitions in cross-country will be held in Bishkek Bishkek, Feb. 22, 2018 / Kabar /. There will be competitions in cross-country race Winter freshness in Bishkek on Feb. 25, the organizers of the event reported.

The R-Bikers Mountain Biking Federation and the BOOM Studio Event Association invite all cyclists and adherents of a healthy lifestyle to the winter cross-country race.

Start of the race will be given at the Recreation Area Karagachevaya Grove on Feb. 25 at 10.00 a.m.

Anyone can take part in the cross-country race. The route will be circular with natural obstacles. The total distance is about 2.5 kilometers. Winners will be awarded with prizes.

Competitions are held in support of activities aimed at the development of mountain biking as a sport and promote recreational activity among young people.

"Take your bikes from the balcony after hibernation and forward to the competition," the organizers said.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:05:47 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/competitions-in-cross-country-will-be-held-in-bishkek/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/competitions-in-cross-country-will-be-held-in-bishkek/
International Mother Language Day celebrated in Uzbekistan Tashkent, Feb. 22, 2018 / Kabar /. International Mother Language Day was celebrated at the Republican International Cultural Center in Uzbekistan.

Deputy Chairman of the Committee on International Relations with Foreign Countries under the Uzbek Government Kamoliddin Ishanhodzhaev said that Uzbekistan provides an exceptionally respectful attitude to the languages, customs and traditions of nations and nationalities living on its territory.

Representatives of more than 130 nations and nationalities live in Uzbekistan nowdays. At the State Educational Institutions of the republic, schooling is conducted in 7 languages (Uzbek, Russian, Karakalpak, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Tajik, Turkmen). The National TV and Radio Company of Uzbekistan broadcast in 12 languages, including Kyrgyz. Newspapers and magazines are published in more than 10 languages

Currently, there are 56 Kyrgyz General Academic Schools in Uzbekistan, with about 7.5 thousand children of ethnic Kyrgyz studying in their native language. In particular, there are 25 Kyrgyz schools in Andijan region, 6 in Fergana region, 4 in Namangan region, 13 in Zhizak region and 6 in Tashkent region.

There are about 500 thousand ethnic Kyrgyz live in Uzbekistan based on latest official data.

Within the framework of the event, a book exhibition and a concert with the participation of representatives of cultural centers of Uzbekistan were organized.

The event was attended by Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Uzbekistan Daniyar Sydykov.

International Mother Language Day was established by decision of the 30th session at the General Conference of UNESCO and is celebrated annually on February 21 since 2000.

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Thu, 22 Feb 2018 10:21:41 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/international-mother-language-day-celebrated-in-uzbekistan/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/international-mother-language-day-celebrated-in-uzbekistan/
Residents of Tajik areas bordering Kyrgyzstan chose Kyrgyz mobile network operators Residents of Tajik areas bordering Kyrgyzstan chose Kyrgyz mobile network operators because services offered by them are cheaper and more qualitative than services offered by Tajik mobile network operators.

Residents of Sughd’s districts (northern Tajikistan) bordering Kyrgyzstan and the Lakhsh district in the Rasht Valley (eastern Tajikistan) have been using SIM cards of Kyrgyz mobile operators Megacom and O!.

Citing representatives of these mobile operators, Radio Liberty’s Tajik Service reports the number of Tajik subscribers in Kyrgyz segment has reached 10,000.

“The majority of those 10,000 people have been using services offered by Megacom,” Zhumalbek Omurkanov, the head of the Megacom PR and Information Department, was quoted as saying.

Kyrgyz mobile network operator O! covers part of Tajikistan’s Sughd province. O! administrator, however, refused to give information about expansion of the operator to Tajik territory and the number of subscribers in Tajik border areas.

Tajik communications service agency is aware of the problem

A source in the Tajik communications service agency says terminals of Kyrgyz mobile network operators are installed at gas refueling stations along the whole road to Ovchi-Qalacha. Since there is no precise border line between the countries, Tajik nationals cross into Kyrgyz territory and pay for communications offered by Kyrgyz mobile network operators without any problems. “We cannot check them because they are in Kyrgyz territory,” the source noted.

Tajik nationals like Kyrgyz mobile communications

Tajik nationals like Kyrgyz mobile communications because it is cheaper and more qualitative.

Thus, O! offers 8 gigabytes of Internet for 390 som (equivalent to 50 somoni) and night traffic is unlimited.

Megacom offers ‘DayNight’ pack for 180 som (equivalent to 23 somoni). You receive 6 gigabytes of Internet and night traffic is unlimited.

And what we have? In the Sughd province, mainly Tcell operates and it offers 1 gigabyte of Internet for 33 somoni. The Antimonopoly Agency has set the same cost for other Tajik mobile network operators as well.

In addition to high prices, the speed of Internet offered by Tajik mobile network providers is slow.

From best to worst?

Before 2010, Tajikistan had topped Central Asia’s nations in terms of level of development of mobile network. That time, Tajikistan had competed with Russia and Ukraine over the quality of communications and prices for that service. But introduction of an excise tax on mobile communications services has affected Tajikistan’s mobile communications market. A 3-percent excise tax was introduced in 2010 and it was raised to 5 percent in 2014.

The Tajik authorities established the Unified Electronic Communications Switching Center last year and required that all Internet and mobile communications traffic be run through the single state-owned telecoms provider, Tojiktelecom. The Center centralizes all telephone and Internet communications with the aim of facilitating surveillance on the grounds of combatting terrorism and extremism. It allows the government to have complete control over domestic communications without any safeguards.

The idea of creating a government-administered information gateway has been circulating since 2005. The stated aim of the recurring initiative has been to prevent “illegal” communications that could undermine national security.

Beginning from this year, all Internet traffic is required to pass through the infrastructure owned by Tojiktelecom.

In a report released at a news conference in Dushanbe, Tojiktelecom top manager Muzaffar Himmatov noted on January 25 that such rules operate in neighboring Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan.

Himmatov, however, refrained from commenting on prices of Internet traffic for Tajik ISPs.

Meanwhile, Tojiktelecom lowers Internet prices for its customers. On November 1, 2017, Tojiktelecom reduced Internet prices for its customers by 20 percent.

According to Internet Service Providers (ISPs), they now receive Internet from Tojiktelecom at the rate of 51,000 U.S. dollars per gigabit (VAT not included).

For comparison, Tajik ISPs had earlier received Internet from Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan at the rate ranging from 10,000 to 20,000 U.S. dollars per gigabit.

Tajikistan remains dependent on satellite-based connections using Discovery Global Networks, as the cost of fiber remains high. The country is connected to the Trans-Asia-Europe (TAE) fiber-optic highway passing through Uzbekistan, and a second connection is from Kyrgyzstan.

In Tajikistan, most Internet users are young and access the Internet through Internet cafés close to schools and universities.

Although more than 70 percent of the population resides in rural areas, Internet access is mainly restricted to urban areas because of poor infrastructure and low afford-ability.

According to the latest data, some 1.6 million citizens of Tajikistan, which is some 19 percent of the country’s population, use Internet.

The majority of them see the Internet as an informational and educational resource, but not as a means to create local information resources.

The World Bank report, Reaping Digital Dividends: Leveraging the Internet for Development in Europe and Central Asia, which was presented in Dushanbe on June 13, 2017 in particular, notes that the residents of Central Asia and the South Caucasus pay some of the highest prices in the world for internet connections that are slow and unreliable.

The report says the fixed-line Internet access in Tajikistan remains limited to major urban areas, and the primary method of access is via dial-up or leased-line connections, while a handful of Internet service providers (ISPs) also provide satellite and fiber broadband services.

The Internet in Tajikistan emerged in the 1990s and Internet services developed largely without state interference.

Read more: https://news.tj/en/news/tajikistan/society/20180220/residents-of-tajik-areas-bordering-kyrgyzstan-chose-kyrgyz-mobile-network-operators

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Leading media outlets of Qatar ready to cover Third World Nomad Games Bishkek, Feb. 21, 2018 / Kabar /. The leading media outlets of Qatar are ready to cover the Third World Nomad Games, which will be held in Kyrgyzstan in early Sept, 2018. This became known after the meetings of director of Kabar News Agency of Kyrgyzstan Kubanychbek Taabaldiev and Kyrgyz Ambassador to Qatar Nuran Niyazaliev with representatives of the leading media of Qatar.

Director of Qatar News Agency Yusuf Ibrahim Al-Maliki at the meeting said that perhaps their group will go to Kyrgyzstan to cover the Games.

In addition, during the meeting of the Kyrgyz delegation with director of media rights of BeIN Media, the independent Qatar television company Abdelkadyr Zituni, the latter showed great interest, asked about the Games, and said that his company would take part in covering the Games.

Al-Jazeera TV company showed great interest in the World Nomad Games. Acting director general Mustafa Suag said that all the relevant services of the TV company intend to cover the games.

Director of Kabar Agency Taabaldiev and Kyrgyz Ambassador Niyazaliyev thanked the management of the TV company for the previous television stories about Kyrgyzstan shown in 2017 and the Games-2016.

The Kyrgyz delegation presented booklets about the World Nomad Games and a video of the presentation of the Games-2018.

Director of Kabar News Agency is in Doha at the invitation of the organizers of the International Conference of Interfaith Dialogue. The two-day Conference concluded its work in Doha with the adoption of the Declaration on Interreligious Dialogue and Human Rights Issues. Representatives of all religious confessions from more than 60 countries of the world took part in its work. Kyrgyzstan's Mufti Maksatbek Toktomyshev and director of Kabar News Agency Kubanychbek Taabaldiev took part in the Conference.

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Kyrgyz track athletes will participate in Central Asian Championship in Tashkent Bishkek, Feb.21, 2018 / Kabar /. The track athletics team of Kyrgyzstan will take part in the Central Asian Championships among boys and girls of 2001-2002 of birth, the press service of the State Agency for Youth, Physical Education and Sports reported.

Competition will be held in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) from Feb. 22 to 26.

13 track athletes of the Kyrgyz National Team will compete at the Championship under the guidance of coaches Lyudmila Nuchipurenko and Kushtarbek Tashtanbekov.

The trip of the National Team of Kyrgyzstan is financed by the Directorate for Olympic Sports, which allocated 171 thousand soms from its budget.

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Ambassador Sydykov visits Syrdarya and Tashkent regions of Uzbekistan Bishkek, Feb.21, 2018 / Kabar /. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kyrgyzstan in Uzbekistan Daniyar Sydykov visited Syrdarya and Tashkent regions of Uzbekistan, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

During the meeting with Hokim of Syrdarya region Hofirjon Mirzaev and ethnic Kyrgyz, the prospects of development of cooperation between the regions of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan were discussed. In light of this, the Uzbek side was informed that the year 2018 in Kyrgyzstan was declared as the Year of Regional Development. Sydykov also congratulated the participants of the meeting on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and stressed that this year marks the anniversary of modern relations between the two countries, since in fact, the friendship between our people is estimated for centuries. The Ambassador invited the Uzbek partners to take an active part in Days of Culture and Art of Kyrgyzstan and to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Chyngyz Aitmatov in Uzbekistan. The Uzbek side is also invited to the Third World Nomad Games that will be held in Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan.

On the same day, Sydykov accompanied by the Deputy Hokim of the Tashkent region E. Kasymov and the Hokim of the Parkent district of this region, visited secondary school No. 33. The school is with in-depth study of the Kyrgyz language. The Ambassador met with the Head of the school, teachers, students and ethnic Kyrgyz and elders of the region. On the occasion of the Ambassador’s visit, the students of the school prepared a concert. Kyrgyz national dance Kara Jorgo was also performed by the students.

The Ambassador donated collections of poems by Kyrgyz writers, Alykul Osmonov and Aaly Tokombayev to the library of the secondary school No. 33 and the Kyrgyz Cultural Center of the Syrdarya region.


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Ambassador Sydykov visits Kyrgyz school in Uzbekistan Tashkent, Feb.21, 2018 / Kabar /. Kyrgyz Ambassador to Uzbekistan Daniyar Sydykov visited the Kyrgyz school No. 33 at Parkent district of Tashkent region in Uzbekistan.

The Head of the Kyrgyz Embassy got acquainted with the educational process at school. In particular, he attended classes in Kyrgyz language and literature, as well as Russian and English classes and spoke with students in these languages.

During the conversation, the Ambassador emphasized the place and role of knowledge in the formation of personality and achieving goals of each person. At the same time, he paid special attention to the 90th anniversary of great contemporary writer Chyngyz Aitmatov and urged the school's students to actively participate in this process. Specifically, he offered to participate in campaign The World reads Aitmatov by the Ministry of Education of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Head of the school Kubanychbek Jamatov said that the school was opened in 1992 and the classes are entirely conducted in Kyrgyz language. Currently around 400 students study there. More than 2 thousand ethnic Kyrgyz live in the village of Kyrgyz ayily.

Jamatov drew Sydykov's attention to some problems, specifically the shortage of professional teaching staff in primary schools, music, Kyrgyz language and Kyrgyz literature. The Head of School stressed the need to increase the list of majors allocated by Kyrgyzstan’s quotas for ethnic Kyrgyz in Uzbekistan, based on modern realities.

At the end of the event, the Ambassador donated books of literature in Kyrgyz language to the school library and left a note in the book of honorable guests of the school.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev mentioned about this school during a meeting in Tashkent with President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov in December last year. This year it is expected to establish a bust of Chyngyz Aitmatov at the school.

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EDB will provide Russian Kyrgyz Development Fund $ 50 mln of credit facility Bishkek, Feb.21, 2018 / Kabar /.The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) will provide the Russian-Kyrgyz Development Fund (RKDF) with a $ 50 million revolving credit facility for a period of 5 years. The corresponding agreement was signed by Chairmen of the EDB Board Andrey Belyaninov and Head of RKDF Erkin Asrandiyev.

The RKDF told that the funds are intended to finance investment projects implemented by the RKDF in Kyrgyzstan, as well as to fund the RKDF’s targeted programs through commercial banks of the Kyrgyz Republic.

The interaction of the two International Development Institutions will contribute to the development and modernization of the economy of Kyrgyzstan, as well as to create prerequisites for deepening the economic integration of EDB member states.

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The Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) is an international financial organization established by Russia and Kazakhstan in January 2006 to promote the development of the market economy of participating countries, to contribute their sustainable economic growth and the expansion of mutual trade and economic relations. The authorized capital of the EDB is $ 7 bln. The member states of the Bank are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan.

The Russian-Kyrgyz Development Fund (RKDF) is established and operates in accordance with the Agreement between the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation. The Fund is an international organization and established to promote economic cooperation between the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation. RKDF’s purpose is also to modernize and develop the economy of the Kyrgyz Republic, the effective use of opportunities due to the participation of the sides in the Eurasian Economic Integration (EEI).

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It is necessary to strengthen patriotic upbringing in CSTO framework Bishkek, Feb.21, 2018 / Kabar /. Experts from Russia and Kyrgyzstan believe that it is necessary to strengthen patriotic upbringing within the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). This was stated by the participants of the International Forum Military-patriotic upbringing within the framework of interstate cooperation of the CSTO countries as a mechanism to counteract the radicalization of youth.

The participants said that within the conditions of growing informational and cultural challenge and propaganda pressure from the destructive forces today, the basis for effective military-patriotic upbringing of young citizens of the CSTO member countries will help to form respect and love for Motherland.

"It is first of all awareness, trust in institutions of state authorities, working social elevators and the role of media is important as well. Lessons of unity and courage of the Soviet people during the Second World War can show an excellent example for younger generation nowdays, but it is time for the young people to form their own examples and move from words to deeds," Head of the Eurasian-New Wave Foundation in Kyrgyzstan, Vladimir Liu said.

The forum was attended by Deputies of Parliament and representatives of state authorities of the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as experts from Russia and Kyrgyzstan.

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Ambassador Burian: EU to continue providing assistance for Kyrgyzstan to succeed The EU Special Representative for Central Asia, Ambassador Peter Burian, completed his official visit to Kyrgyzstan.

During his visit Ambassador Burian met with President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Prime Minister Sapar Isakov, Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldayev, Chairperson of the Central Election Commission (CEC) Nurzhan Shayldabekova, and Members of Parliament as well as with representatives of civil society.

The parties discussed the cooperation between the European Union and the Kyrgyz Republic in various areas as well as developments in Central Asia.

"I was encouraged by the continued commitment by the Kyrgyz leadership to transformation and reform processes and to making the government more open, accountable and responsive to citizens. The EU is a reliable partner in this endeavour and will continue providing assistance for Kyrgyzstan to succeed," Peter Burian said.

On the margins of the visit, the EUSR participated in the seminar "EU-Central Asia relations: perspectives from Kyrgyzstan" in Bishkek organized by the EU together with the Kyrgyz authorities. The event gathered representatives of state institutions, civil society, business community, international organizations and Embassies, experts and analysts.

The aim of the event was to discuss the future of EU-Kyrgyzstan relations and dynamics in Central Asian regional cooperation. The results of the discussion will be taken into account during the preparation of the new EU Strategy for Central Asia.

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Recruitment of volunteers for Third World Nomad Games announced in Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, Feb.21, 2018 / Kabar /. The Secretariat for Preparation and Conducting of the Third World Nomad Games announces recruitment of volunteers.

Do you want to take part in the largest International Project of the Kyrgyz Republic? Do you want to become a part of our team and make your own, real contribution to the development of the country? Do you want to have an unique experience and get new acquaintances? Do you want to become a part of the most grandiose, mega event of this year?

We are waiting for you!

Go to www.worldnomadgames.com. Open the section Volunteers, get acquainted with the detailed information, fill out the application and attach your CV to it.

We will very soon invite you for an interview!

We are open to everyone!

The Secretariat for Preparation and Conducting of the Third World Nomad Games

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:31:29 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/recruitment-of-volunteers-for-third-world-nomad-games-announced-in-kyrgyzstan/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/recruitment-of-volunteers-for-third-world-nomad-games-announced-in-kyrgyzstan/
Gymnast from Kyrgyzstan wins silver at Tournament in Kazakhstan Bishkek, Feb.21, 2018 / Kabar /. Gymnast from Kyrgyzstan Roman Pak won silver at a Tournament in Kazakhstan.

The Tournament was held in Almaty from Feb. 12 to 16. About 70 athletes from Russia, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Jordan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgystan took part in it.

Roman Pak represented Kyrgyzstan among the men gymnasts.

Competitions were held in six disciplines of gymnastics: free exercise, pommel-horse, rings, vault, parallel bars and crossbar.

Pak with the result of 12.650 points took the second place in the discipline of vault.

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:09:45 +0600 http://kabar.kg/eng/news/gymnast-from-kyrgyzstan-wins-silver-at-tournament-in-kazakhstan/ http://kabar.kg/eng/news/gymnast-from-kyrgyzstan-wins-silver-at-tournament-in-kazakhstan/
State Registration Service presents Kyrgyz biometric passport in Poland Bishkek, Feb.21, 2018 / Kabar /. State Secretary of the State Registration Service of the Kyrgyz Republic (SRSKR) Daniyar Bakchiev presented an electronic identification card - a passport of a citizen of Kyrgyzstan at the annual High Security Printing EMEA conference in Warsaw, Poland, the press service of the SRSKR reported.

Bakchiev told the participants of the International Conference about the achievements of Kyrgyzstan in implementing the new generation of secure documents, about their capabilities and plans on switching to biometric civil, official and diplomatic passports.

The participants of the conference were interested in functioning of the Electronic Gate System (E-gate) at the International Airport Manas in Kyrgyzstan.

High Security Printing EMEA is an annual event that presents new technical achievements on secure documents and technologies. Within the framework of the conference, participants will be presented with the latest security elements, modern production and design methods, document authentication and border control, as well as mobile IDs and governmental applications.

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President completes two-day working visit to Batken oblast (photo-report) Bishkek, Feb. 21, 2018 / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov visited Batken oblast on Feb. 20-21, 2018.

On the first day of his trip, the Head of State met with residents of Leilek region and Isfana and Suluktu towns. Jeenbekov took part in the opening of a multi-apartment building in Isfana of Leilek region built for employees of the State Border Service. He also visited the biofactory in Batken.

The President met today with residents of Batken region and Batken town.

The local residents touched upon the urgent issues on improving social and economic development of border settlements and received replies from Jeenbekov, Ministers and Heads of Departments who took part in the working visit of the President.

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Participants of OIC Broadcasting Regulatory Authorities Forum invited to Third World Nomad Games Bishkek, Feb. 21, 2018 / Kabar /. During the Sixth Annual Meeting and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Broadcasting Regulatory Authorities Forum (IBRAF), held on Feb. 19-20, 2018 in the Republic of Benin (West Africa), the forum member countries were invited to the Third World Nomad Games, the press service of the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

At the OIC Broadcasting Regulatory Authorities Forum, Kyrgyzstan was represented by Deputy Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic Ainura Temirbekova.

In addition to her main speech, Deputy Minister Ainura Temirbekova presented the Forum participants the largest international project of Kyrgyzstan - the Third World Nomad Games.

She told about the goals, tasks and planned events and made the presentation about the Third World Nomad Games.

Concluding her presentation, Temirbekova invited the television and radio broadcasting companies of the OIC member-countries participating in the forum to attend the Third World Nomad Games to cover the events of the Games.

More than 20 member countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, including Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Arab States and African States-Gambia, Comoros, Mauritania, Mozambique, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Togo and others took part in the Sixth Annual Meeting of IBRAF.

The event was supported by the Supreme Body for Audiovisual and Communication Technologies of the Republic of Benin.

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Day of Social Justice Event takes place at UN headquarter in New York by Kyrgyzstan’s Initiative Bishkek, Feb.21, 2018 / Kabar /. An event on the theme Labor Movement: In Search of Social Justice in the framework of the Day of Social Justice was held at the UN Headquarter in New York by the initiative of Kyrgyzstan, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

The organizers of this meeting were the Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations with the assistance of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

The event was attended by representatives of the UN mission member countries, representatives of International Organizations, UN agencies as well as by civil society.

The opening speech was delivered by Permanent Representative of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations, M.Moldoisaeva, who informed about the policy pursued by the Government of Kyrgyzstan to improve the situation of labor migrants. Specifically, the participants of the event were informed about implementation of the Program of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic Forty Steps to New Era. Within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU), Kyrgyz Republic’s cooperation with International Organizations, such as ILO and International Organization of Migration (IOM) on labor migration issues was also stressed at this meeting.

The event was attended by Special Representative of the UN Secretary- General for International Migration Louise Arbor. In her speech, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General expressed gratitude to the Kyrgyz Republic for the initiative to establish the International Day of Social Justice and for Kyrgyz side’s active participation in various international initiatives on this issue.

Within the framework of the meeting, reports and other informational materials from journalists-winners of the ILO contest on coverage of life and problems of labor migrants from different countries were presented and discussion was also held. The ILO told that there are 150 mln labor migrants around the world. 56 per cent among them are men and 44 per cent are women.

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