Today.Az http://www.today.az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside http://www.today.az/images/logo_small.gif Today.Az http://www.today.az Turkey: 10% Iranian gas price cut set to start in October http://www.today.az/news/regions/154697.html World news Fri, 30 Sep 2016 18:00:00 +0400 By  TrendDomestic and industrial consumers in Turkey will get a 10 percent break on natural gas prices as of October 1, Berat Albayrak, Turkish energy and natural resources minister, announced.Speaking during his visit to the Turkish Energy Regulatory Market (EPDK), Albayrak said that a 10 percent reduction will be applied as of October before winter, as promised, Anadolu Agency reported.In 2012, Turkey sued Iran in the International Court of Arbitration for overpricing on gas purchases during the four-year period of 2011-2015.The court decided in favor of Turkey in February 2016 and ordered that both parties agree on a 10-15 percent reduction in the price of Iranian gas exports to Turkey.Turkey imports 10 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Iran annually."This discount will add to the income of households and reduce costs in the sector. Additionally, it will allow for more competition," said Albayrak.He added that the government does not foresee an electricity price hike."On the contrary, we see a possibility of a fall in electricity prices in the coming period," he concluded ICD to study potential of Azerbaijan's microfinance market http://www.today.az/news/business/154696.html Business Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:51:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nigar AbbasovaThe Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), the private sector arm of the Islamic Development Bank Group (IDB), will study the potential of the micro financing market in Azerbaijan.A delegation, headed by ICD’s business development manager in CIS and European countries Samir Taghiyev, will participate in the eighth micro financing conference organized by Azerbaijan Micro-Finance Association (AMFA), which is scheduled for October 6-7.  The delegation will held meetings with representatives of the financial sector of Azerbaijan to study the potential of the market of micro financing and work implemented in the sphere.Moreover, representatives of German KfW Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, Software Group, ResponsAbility, and European Fund for Southeast Europe will also be among participants of the conference.  Being of the most effective methods of developing small business, microfinance is a financial tool aimed at providing a variety of financial services to low-income individuals or those who lack an access to typical banking services.This financial service is mostly in demand in the countries with developing economies, as it helps solve many problems of national importance. Standing for a broad category of services, microfinance also includes microcredit, a small financial loan made to poverty-stricken individuals seeking to start their own business. Azerbaijan Micro-Finance Association is engaged in strengthening the capacity of microfinance institutions and promotion of effective actions in the microfinance community and its clients.ICD launched its operations in Azerbaijan in 2003. With its headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the corporation provides funds for small and medium enterprises in the participant countries. So far, ICD has allocated funds to support 14 projects with the total cost amounting to $130 million.Being established in November 1999 the ICD supports the economic development of its member countries through providing finance for private sector projects, promoting competition and entrepreneurship, providing advisory services to the governments and private companies and encouraging cross-border investments. National Museums to expand their activity http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/154695.html Arts & Entertainment Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:38:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe conference of Azerbaijan’s National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has kicked off in Baku, Trend Life reported.The event was attended by the director of the National Museum of History, Naila Velikhanli, the director of Azerbaijan National Museum of Art, Chingiz Farzaliyev, the director of the Shirvanshah's Palace Complex, Rena Rzayeva, and others.Addressing the event, the director of Azerbaijan Carpet Museum, the chairman of the Azerbaijan National Committee of ICOM, Shirin Malikova spoke about the 24th General conference of ICOM, held on July 3-9 in Milan. He also shared plans of the National Committee for 2017-2018.The meeting featured the presentation of ICOM`s new logo and the preview of  the upcoming conference in Kyoto that will be held in 2019.Some statistics were made public  during the meeting.The Azerbaijani National Committee of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) was established by the Ministry of Culture of Azerbaijan in 1993. From its first days, Azerbaijani museums created close relationships with the world’s museums in order to popularize Azerbaijani cultural heritage.Representatives from such national museum institutions as Azerbaijani State Museum of Arts (named after R.Mustafayev), Azerbaijani Carpet and Applied Art State Museum (named after L.Kerimov), S.Vurgun House-Museum, “the Shirvanshah Palace Complex” State Historical-Architectural Preserve Museum, Musical Culture State Museum, and Art Gallery participated in conferences, workshops, trainings etc. in Paris, Stavanger, Melbourne, Barcelona, Seoul, Washington, Shanghais, Vienna and others.The National Committee received over ten grants from the Open Society Institute Assistance Foundation and UNESCO with the aim of improving museum work in Azerbaijan. FM spokesman:No need for new formulas to resolve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict http://www.today.az/news/politics/154700.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:31:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovThere is no need in inventing new formulas or equations to solve the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, said Hikmet Hajiyev, the spokesman to Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry.Political and legal framework for the settlement of the conflict are well known – those are important resolutions of the UN Security Council, the norms and principles of the international law and the Helsinki Final act, Hajiyev told Trend on September 30 when commenting on the statement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.John Kerry earlier stated that the settlement of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh today is still impossible.“Azerbaijan, as a country subjected to occupation and aggression by Armenia, is the interested party in the soonest settlement of the conflict. The Azerbaijani side has repeatedly stated that remains committed to the spirit of the Vienna and St. Petersburg meetings, it is interested in resolving the conflict through substantive negotiations,” Hajiyev noted, adding that substantive negotiations are continuing to this day, despite the fact that information about them is not being provided to media.“These substantive negotiations, as it was stated at the level of the OSCE Minsk group co-chairs, should lead to a change in the status quo, which is unacceptable and inconsistent, and to liberation of Azerbaijani territories from the occupation,” Hajiyev noted.The spokesman further added that Armenia through various provocations tries to harm the process of the conflict resolution.Armenia broke out a lengthy war against Azerbaijan laying territorial claims on its South Caucasus neighbor. Since a war in the early 1990s, Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities.Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts. Baku to host Number One awarding ceremony http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/154694.html Arts & Entertainment Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe awarding ceremony for Number One international prize will take place on November 30, Trend Life reported.The event organized by "Türk" TV channel will take place in Kempinski Hotel Badamdar.Number One is a prize given for achievements in art, culture, public life and the fashion industry.The event will be attended by famous actors, performers, TV and radio presenters, media representatives and  foreign guests.The project is organized by "Türk" TV channel.Media partners of the event are Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az, Azernews.az Armenians cannot get their wages; national debt rises http://www.today.az/news/regions/154693.html World news Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovThe economic situation in Armenia has turned into a complete disaster, to put it lightly. While the economic chaos cannot get any worse than it already is, it appears that the people fail to get their wages.For two years former employees of the glass-processing enterprise Glass World Company in Byureghavan can't obtain salary arrears of several months. The workers have repeatedly turned to the state for help and held rallies.After holding a picket near the building of the Armenian government on September 29, the workers this time marched to the presidential palace, Epress.am reports.The demonstrators demanded the authorities to oblige the management of the enterprise to pay wages. A former employee Hamlet Harutyunyan stated in an interview that they have appealed to all possible institutions, and even the court’s verdict was in their favor, but no one can force the plant management to pay off debts.“I cannot understand – the President also can’t do this? It’s like the plant is managed by some almighty person and no one can force him to comply with the court's decision. We don't know what to do. Should we start to kill to survive?” he complained.Harutyunyan added that the company owes 150,000-450,000 drams (about $317-951) to every employee.“We appeal to all authorities. The situation have reached the point that we come here and they say "leave your number, we will call," Hamlet Harutyunyan added. “When we protested, we were given some pennies, we were cheated and escorted out, but we demand the final repayment of the debt. We all are aged, no one hires us. We are unemployed since last August, there is no livelihood," said Samvel Diloyan.Employees of the Presidential office came out to the protesters and tried to assure them that they will talk to the plant’s manager and Governor of Kotayk Province Karapet Ghuloyan to figure out the situation. However, the promise, did not give any hope to the protesting employees: they are confident that nothing will change, because they are constantly being given the same promise.The Glass World Company created in 2004 on the basis of Arzni crystal factory, produced glass containers for mineral waters, soft drinks, etc. In 2014, the plant has been temporarily suspended for repair. From March 2015, the plant began to work again, but closed after some 5 months.However, not only Armenian businesses have huge debts – that also applies to the country’s government itself.By the end of 2016, the national debt of Armenia will get closer to the fatal point, Armenian Finance Minister Vardan Aramyan said at the government meeting on September 29.The state debt of Armenia amounted to 2.545 trillion drams ($5.36 billion) as of the end of the first half of 2016. Noteworthy, the forecasted GDP in 2016 amounts to 5.443 trillion drams. Thus, by the end of the first half-year the national debt amounted to 46.7 percent of GDP.Under the current law, the government debt should not exceed 60 percent of Armenian GDP. Two years ago the figure was only 43.7 percent. Baku Humanitarian Forum ends with signing of declaration http://www.today.az/news/politics/154699.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:54:00 +0400 By  TrendA declaration has been signed following the fifth Baku International Humanitarian Forum.The signatories stated in the declaration that the work of the fifth Baku International Humanitarian Forum was extremely fruitful and, undoubtedly, made a worthy contribution to expansion and further development of international humanitarian cooperation.“We note that the Baku International Multiculturalism Centre, founded on the initiative of the Republic of Azerbaijan, makes an important contribution to the development of the theory and practice of multiculturalism,” said the declaration.The parties pointed out that significant success has been achieved in Azerbaijan in maintaining and increasing human capital overall and also among such vulnerable groups of the population as refugees and forced migrants, for the effective use of this factor in achieving the goals of sustainable development.“We understand the importance of a comprehensive exchange of views in interdisciplinary areas among different representatives of the scientific community, including among scholars from the natural and humanitarian sciences, and highly appreciate their efforts in the sphere of the convergence of modern and traditional technology to ensure appropriate responses to the challenges of the 21st century,” the document reads.The parties called on all international and national structures, specializing in humanitarian cooperation, to hold regular forums, conferences and round tables aimed at fostering an atmosphere of tolerance and mutual respect and at meeting contemporary global and local challenges.“We note the need for this kind of forum to be held once in two years and express our deep gratitude to the president and government of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and all the organizers of the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum for creating the conditions for a productive exchange of opinions and elaboration of a common vision of the problem,” said the declaration.The signatories said they consider necessary the adoption of this declaration and its use in reinforcing cooperation in the humanitarian sphere. Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan in focus of Baku Humanitarian Forum http://www.today.az/news/politics/154698.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:44:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovThe problem of refugees and IDPs is the main focus of attention at a round table on “The Importance of Preserving the Human Capital in Conditions of Mass Migration as a Basis for Sustainable Development” held as part of the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum.Opening the event, Director of the Azerbaijan International Development Agency (AIDA) Ashraf Shikhaliyev highlighted the importance of the Forum.Due to Armenian aggression in the early 1990s, Azerbaijan faced a challenge of about a million refugees and IDPs, Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Chairman of the State Committee for Refugees and IDPs Ali Hasanov said while addressing the session of the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum on September 30.A total of 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory is still under occupation of Armenia, Hasanov reminded.The chairman stressed that Armenia constantly violates the ceasefire regime and the Geneva Convention, carries out the resettlement of refugees from Syria in the occupied Azerbaijani lands, and cultivates drug in these areas.The official further stressed that the Azerbaijani government takes all possible measures to ensure the necessary living conditions for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) and for their integration into society.“Refugees and internally displaced persons receive compensation, have benefits, state agencies and companies pay special attention to their recruitment, the children of IDPs and refugees are exempt from tuition fees at universities,” Hasanov noted.Residential complexes, schools, kindergartens, hospitals are build for them, Hasanov added.Hasanov noted that the refugee problem is topical not only for Azerbaijan – as a result of wars and conflicts, the number of refugees and IDPs in the world grows every year.During the session, a documentary film about the Armenian aggression against Azerbaijan in the early 1990s was shown. The film tells about the tragedy in Khojaly, where 613 civilians were killed during genocide committed by Armenians. The film stressed that the current leadership of Armenia was directly involved in committing the Khojaly Genocide against the Azerbaijani people. There was also stated that currently Azerbaijan has 1.2 million refugees.Later, Deputy Economy Minister of Azerbaijan Sevinj Hasanova informed about the works done to ensure welfare of refugees, noting that Azerbaijan can share its experience in solving the problems of refugees.“The problem of refugees and migrants concerns the whole world. Numerous conferences and forums on the subject are regularly held in different countries. Azerbaijan has a long and successful experience in dealing with the refugee problem, the government continuously improves its policy on the issue of IDPs and refugees,” Hasanova noted.She stressed that the refugees and IDPs living in Azerbaijan receive necessary food and shelter; moreover, the country provides them with free access to education, health care, it satisfies their cultural needs. The refugees in Azerbaijan receive special social loans.“Other countries can benefit from the 25-year experience of Azerbaijan in this sphere and we are ready to share this experience,” Hasanova concluded.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.Armenia still controls fifth part of Azerbaijan's territory and rejects implementing four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts. Azerbaijani delegation to attend Peres funeral http://www.today.az/news/politics/154691.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:20:00 +0400 By  Azertac An Azerbaijani delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Elchin Efendiyev embarked on a visit to Israel to attend the state funeral of former Israeli President Shimon Peres.The body of former Israeli Prime Minister and President Shimon Peres will be laid to rest in a funeral attended by world leaders flanked by heavy security.Early Friday morning, Peres' casket was loaded onto a hearse for the drive from the Knesset - the Israeli parliament of which he was a member for more than 45 years - to the national cemetery at Jerusalem's Mount Herzl.A long list of dignitaries and foreign leaders arrived in Jerusalem to pay their respects, including President Barack Obama, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry and the leaders of France and Germany. Average rainfall for Azerbaijan in October http://www.today.az/news/society/154692.html Society Fri, 30 Sep 2016 16:01:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe weather will be rainy and changeable cloudy on October 1, the National Department for Hydrometeorology of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources reported.  Mild north-east wind will blow.In Baku and Absheron peninsula, the temperature is expected +12-15?C at night, +18-21?C the afternoon in Absheron peninsula, +13-15?C at night, +19-21?C in the afternoon in Baku.Air pressure records 770.  Relative humidity will be around 80-90%.In the regions of Azerbaijan, the lightning and rain is expected, gradually stops in eastern and western areas in the morning, mostly dry. It will be foggy in some places in the morning. East wind will blow.The temperature will be +10-15?C at night, +22-27?C in the daytime, +3-6?C  in mountainous areas, +11-16?C in the daytime.The mild hesitations of meteorological factors in Absheron peninsula will be comparatively suitable for sensitive people on October 3. The humid weather can cause discomfort for some people.The average monthly temperature in October is expected to be nigh to the climatic norm along with a small positive margin in some places.In Baku and Absheron peninsula, the average monthly temperature is predicted to be +15-17?C which is close to the climatic norm.At nights temperature will be +11-16?C at night. In the afternoons of the first half of the month the temperature will be + 18-23?C but in several days will rise up +25-27?C.Monthly precipitation will be close to the climatic norm (17-23mm) and a little below the norm in some places.In Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic, the average monthly temperature is predicted to be +13-16?C which is close to the climatic norm and above the norm. At nights temperature will be +6-11?C. In the afternoons the temperature will be +17-22?C but will rise up to +24-29?C in the several days. Monthly rainfall is expected to be close to the climatic norm (norm 19-32 mm).In Upper Karabakh: Khankandi, Shusha, Khojali, Khocavand; Gubadli, Zangilan, Lachin, Kalbajar and Dashkasan, Gadabay regions, the average monthly temperature predicted to be +7-12?C which is nigh to the climatic norm.At nights the temperature will be +5-10?C. In the afternoons temperature will be +10-15?C, and will be+18-23?C in some days. Monthly rainfall is expected to be close to the climatic norm (norm 34-48 mm) and a little above the norm in some places.The average monthly temperature in Gazakh-Ganja, Goranboy, Tar-Tar-Agdam-Agjabadi-Fuzuli-Jabrail regions is predicted to be +12-15?C which is close to the climatic norm. At nights the temperature will be +8-13?C. In the afternoons the temperature will be +17-22?C, will be+26?C in some days in the second and third decade. Monthly rainfall is expected to be close to the climatic norm (norm 30-61mm) and a little above the norm in some places.In Balakan, Zagatala, Qakh, Sheki, Oguz, Gabala, ?smailly, Agsu, Shamakhy, Siyazan, Shabran, Khizi, Guba, Khachmaz, Gusar regions, the average monthly temperature is predicted to be +9-14?C which is close to the climatic norm. At nights the temperature will be +7-12?C. In the afternoons temperature will be from +14-19?C, will be+25?C in some days. Monthly rainfall is expected to be close to the climatic norm (norm 33-126 mm) and a little above the norm in some places.In Central-Aran, including Agdash, Mingachevir, Yevlakh, Kurdamir, ?mishli, Beylagan, Sabirabad, Bilasuvar, Saatli, Shirvan, Haj?gabul, Salyan, Neftchala regions, the average monthly temperature is predicted to be +15-17?C which is close to the climatic norm. At nights the temperature will be +12-17?C. In the afternoons the temperature will be from +19-24?C, will be +25-27?C in some days in the second and third decade. Monthly rainfall is expected to be close to the climatic norm (norm 34-51 mm) and a little above the norm in some places.The average monthly temperature in  Masall?-Lankaran-Astara-Lerik, Yardimli regions is predicted to be +11-16?C which is close to the climatic norm. At nights the temperature will be +10-15?C. In the afternoons the temperature will be from +17-22?C, will rise up to +25-27?C in some days in the second and third decade. Monthly rainfall is expected to be close to the climatic norm (norm 96-1274mm). ABU Baku to face Femina Vise in EHF Challenge Cup http://www.today.az/news/sports/154690.html Sports Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:14:00 +0400 By  Azertac The Azerbaijan women`s handball club ABU Baku will take on Belgian Femina Vise in the first match of the EHF Challenge Cup.The match will be held on November 12, while the return game will be played on November 13.Both matches will be played at ABU Arena in Baku. Azerbaijan displays new sniper machine gun at ADEX 2016 http://www.today.az/news/politics/154686.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 15:08:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovAzerbaijan’s Defense Industry Ministry has put on show a sniper machine gun ‘Shimshek’ (Lightning) at the defense exhibition ADEX 2016, which takes place in Azerbaijan on September 27-30.The gun is designed for installation on tanks and armored vehicles. It is equipped with day and night vision cameras and is primarily intended for installation on armored personnel carriers.Manufacture of the machine gun was launched this year. The gun is at armament of the Azerbaijani army.The second Azerbaijani international defense exhibition ADEX 2016 takes place at the Baku Expo centre. Bringing together 216 companies from 34 countries, as well as 25 official delegations from 19 countries, the exhibition opens the way to new approaches that meet modern security challenges in defense industry.  The Azerbaijani pavilion at the exhibition is presenting over 260 kinds of defense products and special-purpose weapons and ammunition.The high-explosive air bomb QFAB-100SAB is another weapon attracting attention to Azerbaijan’s pavilion. These bombs, produced by the enterprises of Azerbaijan’s Defense Industry Ministry, are designed to destroy enemy’s armored vehicles and manpower.Another domestic production is new model of Gurza armored vehicle. The 7.62 mm machine gun installed in the vehicle with 2,500 cubic meters engine, is able to shoot 800 times in a minute.Azerbaijan also put on show its new sniper rifle – NST 14,5 mm. The rifle’s shooting distance is 2,000 m, while distance to destroy the target is 1,600 m.The ADEX 2016 exhibition will wrap up on September 30. ADIF keeps on paying compensations for liquidated banks http://www.today.az/news/business/154687.html Business Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:32:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nigar AbbasovaAzerbaijan Deposit Insurance Fund (ADIF) has so far paid compensations worth over 261.4 million manats ($ 162.6 million) to depositors of the recently closed Dekabank, Kredobank, Zaminbank, Parabank, Caucasus Development Bank, AtraBank, Bank of Azerbaijan, Ganjabank and Texnikabank.Banks Volume of paid compensations (million manats/ million USD) Volume of insured deposits (million manats/ million USD)Parabank32.57 ($ 20.04)43.79 ($ 26.95)Zaminbank49 ($ 30.1)36.35 ( $22.37)Dekabank2.77 ($ 1.70)5.59 ($ 3.44)Kredobank17.18 ($ 10.57)30.21 ($18.59)Caucasus Development Bank1.7 ($ 1.04)1.5($ 0.9)Atrabank13.28 ($ 8.17)13.9 ($ 8.5)Bank of Azerbaijan24.09 ($ 14.82)24.2 ($ 14.8)Ganjabank0.93 ($ 0.57)1.5 ( $0.9)Texnikabank119.88 ($ 73.76)122.6 ($ 75.4)   Acceptance of applications from insured depositors of DekaBank, KredoBank, Zaminbank and Parabank began on August 1, 2016 and the payment of compensations has been carried out since that day.Compensations to the depositors of Caucasus Development Bank and AtraBank are being paid starting from August 23. Payments are being carried out at the branches the banks.Depositors of Caucasus Development Bank receive compensations at the bank’s main office. Payment of compensations to insured depositors of Bank of Azerbaijan has been carried out since January  29, 2016 at branches of Muganbank and Rabitabank, and since September 8 at ADIF’s office.Clients of Ganjabank receive compensations since February 4 at the branches of Rabitabank, Unibank and Kapital Bank.ADIF launched payment of compensations to depositors of Texnikabank on February 12.The licenses of all the nine banks were revoked in 2016, as their assets were not classified in line with the law, and they didn’t create adequate reserves and their aggregate capital did not meet the minimum requirements.Deputy CEO of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) Aftandil Babayev earlier said that the closure of non-viable banks in the country is aimed at mitigating the influence of unhealthy credit organizations on the economy of the country.Some 33 banks are currently implementing their activities in the country. Enjoy autumn's beauty with artist Konul Ismayilova http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/154684.html Arts & Entertainment Fri, 30 Sep 2016 14:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaEvery season has its special beauty and autumn is no exception. Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness inspires poets, musicians, artists and all art lovers.“Each season has its unique shades. For me, autumn is the beginning of a new creative period after a long summer holiday," said artist Konul Ismayilova.Despite of cerebral palsy, talented artist continues to create masterpieces and impress us.The artist's painting "Pacification" was exhibited in Museo de Arte E Historia de Guanajuato in Mexicoç Trend Life reported.The work "The East and the West of Baku"  is also displayed at International Defense Exhibition ADEX 2016,  which runs from September  27 to 30 at the Expo Center in Baku.The exhibition features a series of works on the theme "Azerbaijan - land of tolerance".Moreover, the works "Roses", "Winter sleep" and "the Autumn Express" will be exhibited in Carrousel du Louvre in Paris.Konul Ismayilova graduated from the faculty of arts at the Russian Innovation University for the Humanities. She is the chairman of Department of public relations society of disabled women, a member of the "Activists" International Union of artists. Gazprom gets assent to survey lines of Turkish Stream http://www.today.az/news/business/154683.html Business Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:52:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nigar AbbasovaRussian energy giant Gazprom received a permit to implement survey work for two lines on the offshore segment of the Turkish Stream natural gas pipeline in Turkey’s territorial waters, the company reported.Gazprom head Alexey Miller said that the work within Turkish Stream project is currently implemented at an excellent pace, underlining structural and operative interaction with the Turkish partners.Gazprom earlier reported that it had received the first permit from Turkish authorities for construction of the offshore segment of the project.The offshore part of the pipeline will cross the Black Sea bed, while its maximal depth along the route is expected to reach 2,200 meters. The length of the offshore part will stand at 910 km.Turkish Stream, which is expected to bring Russian gas via the Black Sea into Turkey and southern Europe, became topical following mending of Russia-Turkey ties.The issue was also on agenda during the meeting of Russian and Turkish Presidents in St. Petersburg on August 9, which became the first meeting after the Su-24 bomber incident, which deteriorated ties between the two countries.One of the other obstacles that a project faced before deterioration of ties was failure of the sides to reach consent over gas price. Gazprom earlier reported judicial proceedings on the suit of Botas against Gazprom on gas prices will start in the second half of 2017.Miller and Berat Albayrak, Energy Minister of Turkey reached an agreement on the earliest possible completion of the procedure for issuing authorizations required to launch the Turkish Stream project in August, 2016.The Turkish Stream pipeline was announced by the Russian authorities in December 2014. Initially, it was planned that the marine section of Turkish Stream would comprise four lines with the capacity of 15.75 billion cubic meters each.The project’s total cost is estimated at €11.4 billion, with the cost of the first line amounting to €4.3 billion.Gazprom and Turkish company Bota? signed the MoU on the construction of a Port of Baku to cooperate with Bulgarian ports http://www.today.az/news/business/154682.html Business Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:38:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nigar AbbasovaAzerbaijan and Bulgaria, which have well-established bilateral ties, may soon expand their cooperation to the sphere of port service operations.The Baku International Sea Trade Port (Port of Baku), the oldest and largest port on the Caspian Sea signed a memorandum of understanding with the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company.The document, which was signed during the 4th session of the Azerbaijani-Bulgarian intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation, provides for the further expansion of cooperation and exchange of experience between the Baku International Sea Trade Port and Bulgarian ports of Varna and Burgas.The memorandum was undersigned by Head of the Port of Baku Taleh Ziyadov and Director General of the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company Angel Zaburtov.The cooperation is expected to contribute to the improvement of the quality of services and related management activities of port infrastructure, as well as ensure optimum efficiency of port services. Port of Baku earlier signed MoUs with Antwerp, Panama, Aktau and Poti ports.The Baku International Sea Trade Port was previously located in the middle of the city. Taking into account the bid of the country to become one of the major commercial and transportation hubs in the region and facilitate regional transformation, the state decided to move it to a new location, 70 km south of the capital Baku, near a small town called Alat, which is located at the strategic crossroads of the regional railroads and highways.Port of Baku is expected to complete the first stage of its new international sea and trade port by 2017, increasing capacity to 11.5 million tons of cargo per year and up to 50,000 containers, many of which could be transshipped between China, Central Asia and Europe.Being headquartered in Sofia, Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company manages the infrastructure of the public transport ports of national importance. The company has four territorial and three specialized divisions in Burgas, Varna, Lom and Ruse. Turkey needs more ally support in fight against IS http://www.today.az/news/regions/154680.html World news Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:27:00 +0400 By  TrendTurkey is not getting enough support from its allies in the fight against the IS terrorist organization, Ankara is waiting for more support, Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said, TRT Haber reported.The minister said that as a result of the “Shield of the Euphrates” operation, the IS is suffering its heaviest losses during the entire Syrian crisis.In Aug. 24 morning, the Turkish Air Force, with the support of the coalition aircraft, launched an operation to liberate the city of Jarabulus from the IS militants in northern Syria, near Aleppo.Syria has been suffering from an armed conflict since March 2011, which, according to the UN, has so far claimed over 500,000 lives. Militants from various armed groups are confronting the Syrian government troops. The IS, YPG and PYD are the most active terrorist groups in Syria. Armenia continues to break ceasefire with Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/154679.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:22:00 +0400 By  TrendArmenia’s armed forces have 13 times violated the ceasefire on the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops over the past 24 hours, Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry reported on September 30.Positions of the Azerbaijani army underwent fire from the Armenian positions located near the Javahirli village of Azerbaijan’s Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of the Khojavand district, Ashagi Seyidahmadli village of the Fuzuli district, as well as from the positions located on the nameless heights of the Goranboy, Khojavand and Fuzuli districts.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding districts. Ilham Aliyev receives member of French Assembly [UPDATE] http://www.today.az/news/politics/154677.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:16:00 +0400 By  TrendPresident of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Aleksander Ceferin.Noting that a program of the visit of the delegation is broad and numerous events will be held, President Ilham Aliyev expressed hope that the delegation’s visit to Azerbaijan will be interesting.The head of state congratulated Aleksander Ceferin on his election as UEFA President, and stressed the importance of the fact that Ceferin visited Azerbaijan shortly after his election.Ilham Aliyev said Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the development of football, adding new stadiums were built in the country and special development programs prepared for children. The President expressed hope that conditions created for youth and children will yield fruits in a couple of years.UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said it is his first visit to Azerbaijan. The UEFA President noted that he watched Qabala vs Mainz Europa League group stage match, describing the game as interesting.Aleksander Ceferin underlined that the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan has done great work, adding they closely follow these achievements. He stressed that work done in the field of football in his country, Slovenia, gradually yielded results, emphasizing the significance of working with youth and children. The UEFA President hailed the organizational work and excellent infrastructure in Azerbaijan.Touching upon the Qabala vs Mainz match in UEFA Europa League group stage, the head of state said despite being a young team Qabala reached Europa League group stage, and described it as a great success.They also exchanged views over cooperation prospects.Then they posed for photographs. Nobel Prize winner: Azerbaijan inspiring with its tolerance http://www.today.az/news/politics/154678.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:45:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijan inspires with its tolerance and attitude towards multiculturalism, said Wole Soyinka, Nobel Prize Winner in Literature, during a round table “Different Models of Multiculturalism: from Theory to Humanitarian Practice.”The round table discussion was held as a part of the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum, which kicked off Sept. 29 in Azerbaijan’s capital.“In Africa, where I live, there are big problems with religious tolerance,” said Soyinka.In different countries there are different groups, the purpose of which is to prosecute members of other religions, to keep them in awe, to restrict their freedom, he added.“Being here in Azerbaijan, I am amazed at how people of different nationalities and religions coexist, communicate and respect each other,” noted Soyinka. “Such tolerance, such an attitude towards multiculturalism in Azerbaijan is inspiring me. I would like many countries to take the example of your country.”The Baku International Humanitarian Forum is an annual platform for famous representatives of political, science and culture elite of the world community, including famous statesmen, Nobel Prize winners in various fields of science and leaders of influential international organizations for holding dialogues, discussions and exchange of views on a wide range of global issues in the interests of all humanity. Azernews joins One Young World Global Summit http://www.today.az/news/politics/154681.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliAzerbaijan’s first English language newspaper – Azernews takes part in the One Young World Global Summit, which began its work in Canada’s capital Ottawa on Thursday.The three-day summit attracted some 1,300 young people from 193 countries.  The solemn opening ceremony was attended by famous world politicians such as former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, first female president of Ireland Mary Robinson, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and the stars of world cinema -- UN goodwill ambassador Emma Watson, Natalia Vodianova and others.Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, addressing the ceremony, referred to the young people saying that they have the power to transform the world.The most interesting part of the ceremony was the presentation of the flags of theparticipating countries. The flags of all countries were solemnly presented to the audience.The ceremony also saw the presentation of influential newspapers of the Sparknews organization which brings together 55 well-known and most influential newspapers in the world, including Azernews, La Figaro (France), Al Jazeera plus, la Nation (Argentina), Th Asahi Shimbun (Japan) and LENA (Alliance of leading European newspapers).Founder of Sparknews Christian de Boisredon also addressed the event. He at first presented to the audience, the Azerbaijani newspaper and invited Editor-in-Chief of Azernews Sevil Mikayilova to the stage.Azernews is Azerbaijan's first English language newspaper. It has been published since 1997.Azernews is the newspaper and online publication, regularly covering the current events in Azerbaijan and the Caspian region. The newspaper is an associate member of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). OSCE holding military consultations in Turkmenistan http://www.today.az/news/regions/154674.html World news Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:00:00 +0400 By  TrendImplementation of commitments under the OSCE Vienna Document 2011, a politically-binding document addressing confidence- and security-building measures in the military sphere, was in focus of an OSCE-organized seminar for officials from the Defense Ministry of Turkmenistan that will be concluded Sept. 30 in Ashgabat, said the OSCE in a message.The five-day event provided a detailed overview of the Vienna Document, OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security and other agreed confidence- and security-building measures.The participants examined the functions of the OSCE Communications Network and shared views on the role of the information exchange.“In accordance with the Vienna Document, OSCE participating states should provide each other with information about their military forces, notify ahead of time about major military activities and accept reciprocal inspections,” said Natalya Drozd, head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat.“This seminar is a follow up to the Center’s activities aimed at promoting implementation of confidence- and security-building measures in Turkmenistan, and we firmly believe that it will support the host government in implementing its commitments under the Vienna Document,” she said.The seminar also addressed the annual exchange of military information (AEMI) and global exchange of military information (GEMI) and provided insights into how they are compiled and what information should be included.Experts from the Defense Ministry of Belarus shared national practices of implementing the Vienna Document and experiences and lessons learnt of compiling its AEMI and GEMI submission.Participants discussed in groups such issues as defense planning and military budget, the organization of visits to airbases or military facilities, and demonstrations of new types of major weapons and equipment systems. The practical part also included a simulation exercise on evaluation visit.The seminar was facilitated by representatives from the OSCE Secretariat’s Conflict Prevention Centre. Fifth Baku International Humanitarian Forum continues with round tables http://www.today.az/news/politics/154676.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:47:00 +0400 By  Azertac The 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum continues with round tables.The forum features six round tables: “Different Models of Multiculturalism: from Theory to Humanitarian Practice”, “The Importance of Preserving the Human Capital in Conditions of Mass Migration as a Basis for Sustainable Development”, “Transforming of Journalism for the Information Age and its Role in Ensuring Inter-Civilizational Dialogue”, “Sustainable Development and Ecological Civilization”, “Molecular Biology, Biophysics, Biotechnology and Issues of Personnel Training in Modern Medicine: Innovative and Ethical Problems” and “Converging Technologies and Predictions for the Future: the Main Challenges of the 21st Century”. Baku International Humanitarian Forum discusses role of media in inter-civilizational dialogue http://www.today.az/news/politics/154675.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:30:00 +0400 By  Azertac “Transforming of Journalism for the Information Age and its Role in Ensuring Inter-Civilizational Dialogue” round table has kicked off as part of the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum.Organized by AZERTAC, the round table focuses on the formation of alternative models of journalism in the information society, the role of modern journalism in ensuring intercultural, inter-faith and inter-civilizational dialogue, and the significance of virtual journalism and the role of social networks in the context of the challenges of modern society.In his opening remarks, AZERTAC Director General Aslan Aslanov said: “The capital of Azerbaijan has hosted this Forum since 2011, which aims to build an authoritative international platform for world scientists and culture figures as well as acclaimed experts to discuss pressing global humanitarian challenges.” “In these two days, the capital of Azerbaijan traditionally turns into an "intellectual Davos" as it brings together many Nobel Prize winners, politicians and scientists,” he added. Turkey 'all for' cooperation with Russia on Syria http://www.today.az/news/regions/154673.html World news Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:28:00 +0400 By  TrendTurkey is ready to cooperate with Russia on a ceasefire in Syria, Ankara’s foreign minister said Thursday, Anadolu reported.“If Russia sincerely wants to cooperate with us [on Syria] for a ceasefire and humanitarian aid, we are all for it,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said. He spoke in the Turkish capital at a joint news conference with his Latvian counterpart, Edgars Rinkevics.Cavusoglu said Turkey was evaluating these issues with the Russian authorities after the normalization of relations between Ankara and Moscow earlier this summer.Recalling Russian statements about possible joint action with Turkey on Syria, Cavusoglu said Ankara supported all decisions toward a political solution in the war-torn country.However, Cavusoglu went on to say the Syrian regime and its supporters were behind recent violations of the U.S./Russia-brokered ceasefire plus obstacles preventing the flow of humanitarian aid.He accused the Damascus regime and its supporters of continuously using chemical weapons and barrel bombs against the Syrian people over the last five years.“We need to continue our efforts for a political solution and ceasefire since the last agreement failed to be implemented,” Cavusoglu said.Speaking about Turkey’s defeated July 15 coup plot, Cavusoglu said the Turkish people had rebutted a move which would have had implications not only in Turkey but in a broader geography, including Europe.He thanked Latvia for the solidarity shown during and after the failed coup. “During this period Latvia showed it is a real friend and ally,” Cavusoglu said.Cavusoglu said Turkey and Latvia were in close cooperation in the fight against terror and in this framework he had informed his counterpart about the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) in Latvia.Rinkevics expressed Latvia’s support for the democratically elected Turkish government and its president.“We have received information from the Turkish embassy and we passed them to the relevant authorities in Riga. We received additional information today,” Rinkevics said.He said Latvia would take necessary measures against the FETO once evidence of its wrongdoings and violations of Latvian law were examined. Azerbaijani, Belarusian defence ministries sign cooperation plan http://www.today.az/news/politics/154671.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:14:00 +0400 By  Azertac Azerbaijan`s Defence Minister Zakir Hasanov and his Belarusian counterpart Andrey Ravkov have signed a cooperation plan between two ministries for 2017.Speaking at the signing ceremony, Hasanov emphasized the “important” role of meetings of presidents in developing relations between the two countries.He pointed out that Belarus has always supported Azerbaijan’s position on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh problem at international organizations.The two noted the importance of participation of the Belarusian Defence Ministry`s delegation in Azerbaijan International Defence Exhibition ADEX 2016. “This will give a push to the development of the bilateral cooperation in military and technical fields,” said Hasanov.Ravkov said Belarus regarded Azerbaijan as an “important” partner.The two discussed the current state of cooperation in the military field, prospects for developing relations in a number of other spheres, organization of bilateral visits of specialists and experts, as well as international and regional security problems. Round table chairs address Baku International Humanitarian Forum http://www.today.az/news/politics/154689.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 11:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina Nazarli The 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum heard speeches from chairs of round table meetings to be held on September 30.The session was chaired by Azerbaijani Minister of Education Mikayil Jabbarov, who noted the importance of the Forum. He said round tables will focus on a wide range of pressing issues of global importance. He noted that the Azerbaijani government attaches great importance to humanitarian issues.Vincenzo Scotti, President of Link Campus University, Italy, will chair "Different Models of Multiculturalism: from Theory to Humanitarian Practice" round table. Speaking at the event, he provided an insight into the agenda of the round table. He said the Forum was a brilliant opportunity for acclaimed scientists from different parts of the world to give their message to younger generations. He underlined the importance of building dialogue for ensuring peaceful co-existence of people.Rashid Khalikov, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, for his part, highlighted the issues to be discussed at the round table "The Importance of Preserving the Human Capital in Conditions of Mass Migration as a Basis for Sustainable Development". He drew the audience`s attention to migration problem.  Khalikov also praised the organization of the Baku Forum.Mikhail Gusman, First Deputy Director General of the Russian news agency TASS, spoke of the topics to be discussed at "Transforming of Journalism for the Information Age and its Role in Ensuring Inter-Civilizational Dialogue" round table. He praised multiculturalism and tolerance in Azerbaijan."For centuries people of different religious and ethnic background have lived together in peace, friendship and harmony in the country," he said.  Gusman emphasized positive and negative aspects of the media and social networks.Leyla Aliyeva, Vice President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, founder of the International Dialogue Initiative for Protection of Environment–IDEA, provided an insight into the agenda of "Sustainable Development and Ecological Civilization" round table."Azerbaijan is a land of ancient traditions and rich history, a place that sits at the crossroad between East and West, where Eastern wisdom and Western progress meet," she said. "In the days gone by, Azerbaijan was a major center on the historic silk route. This had a major impact on our culture making Azerbaijan a country that at its heart believes in tolerance, new ideas and dialogue. This unique geographic position of Azerbaijan also had an impact on our landscapes. Our country is a place of wonderful snowcapped mountains, sharp cliffs, rivers, deep forests, meadows, and lowlands."Leyla Aliyeva went on speaking of the history of the establishment of IDEA. "We all know that governments carry out the primary responsibility for the protection of environment, but without active civil engagement, especially youth, it is impossible to ensure sustainable development. Therefore, in 2011 we have launched IDEA – the international campaign for dialogue and environmental action. Our intention was to educate and invite youth not only in Azerbaijan, but also around the world to protect the nature! Our slogan speaks for itself "One earth and future". "We try to carry out all our projects in a creative, artistic and optimistic way. Over the past five years, we have achieved many positive results such as planting more than 5 million trees, protecting the endangered species, organizing lectures, classes and exhibitions to raise the awareness!" she emphasized. Mark Rosenblatt, Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, USA, in turn, drew the audience`s attention to what will be discussed at "Molecular Biology, Biophysics, Biotechnology and Issues of Personnel Training in Modern Medicine: Innovative and Ethical Problems" round table. He said the round table will address the challenges of modern medical science and the problem of medical education, innovative and ethical problems of molecular biology, biophysics, biotechnology in the modern era.Aleksandr Bugaev, Member of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Head of Laboratory of the Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics named after V.A.Kotelnikov, will chair round table "Converging Technologies and Predictions for the Future: the Main Challenges of the 21st Century". Addressing the event, he said the issues to be discussed at the round table include security issues of nuclear technology and fusion energy, issues of expanding the scope and sources of renewable energy, convergence of radiation-, nano- and bionano-technology.Baku International Humanitarian Forum is an annual platform for famous representatives of political, scientific and cultural elite of the world community including famous statesmen, Nobel Prize winners in various fields of science and leaders of influential international organizations for holding dialogues, discussions and exchange of views on a wide range of global issues in the interest of all humanity.The two-day Forum features plenary sessions and speeches of the round table chairs. President Ilham Aliyev received UEFA President [UPDATE] http://www.today.az/news/politics/154669.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:58:00 +0400 By  TrendPresident of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Aleksander Ceferin.Noting that a program of the visit of the delegation is broad and numerous events will be held, President Ilham Aliyev expressed hope that the delegation’s visit to Azerbaijan will be interesting.The head of state congratulated Aleksander Ceferin on his election as UEFA President, and stressed the importance of the fact that Ceferin visited Azerbaijan shortly after his election.Ilham Aliyev said Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the development of football, adding new stadiums were built in the country and special development programs prepared for children. The President expressed hope that conditions created for youth and children will yield fruits in a couple of years.UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin said it is his first visit to Azerbaijan. The UEFA President noted that he watched Qabala vs Mainz Europa League group stage match, describing the game as interesting.Aleksander Ceferin underlined that the Association of Football Federations of Azerbaijan has done great work, adding they closely follow these achievements. He stressed that work done in the field of football in his country, Slovenia, gradually yielded results, emphasizing the significance of working with youth and children. The UEFA President hailed the organizational work and excellent infrastructure in Azerbaijan.Touching upon the Qabala vs Mainz match in UEFA Europa League group stage, the head of state said despite being a young team Qabala reached Europa League group stage, and described it as a great success.They also exchanged views over cooperation prospects.Then they posed for photographs.. Apple country with 300 varieties of apples http://www.today.az/news/society/154688.html Society Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliAutumn is an apple season in the Land of Fire, and you can try almost all varieties here.The Land of Fire, with its variegated nature including almost all climatic zones, can be called an apple country with 300 varieties of apples. Yellow, green, red, purple and pink - the color palette of growing apples are very rich and colorful.This fruit is extremely rich in terms of antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fibre. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. Also, apples contain almost no fat, sodium or cholesterol.The queen of all apples in Azerbaijan is undoubtedly “Gizilahmadi”. If you ask the Azerbaijanis to call their favorite apple, the first thing that will come to their minds would be, for sure, Gizilahmadi.Generated locally, Gizilahmadi is mostly grown up in Ismailli, Sheki, Guba and Zagatala regions. From the 1,000 hectares of fruits field located in Ismailli region, 70 hectares constitute Gizilahmadi apple.The northern region of Guba can rightly be considered as a motherland of Azerbaijani apples. The entire region is full of apple orchards. Smell of juicy and aromatic apple trees have spread into every stone and every house of this beautiful northern region. It seems like you are in the heaven of apples.Guba’s most famous kind of apple is the “White Apple” (Ag alma). One cannot satisfy his/her hunger trying this yellow, fragrant and red cheeked fruit. Azerbaijanis are so proud of this kind of apple that they wrote a song for it called “Guba’s White Apple”. And it is not surprisingly when you think that one-third of them are involved in the apple harvesting in some capacity.Azerbaijan is also famous for its “Paradise apples” (Jannat almasi). This small and cute sort of apples looks like golden crab apples but taste far sweeter.Autumn is also the best time to prepare apple jam and apple compote to enjoy the sweet taste and healthy nutrients of these fruits at home year-round. Currency rates for September 30 http://www.today.az/news/business/154672.html Business Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:21:00 +0400 By  TrendOfficial exchange rate of the US dollar and euro to Azerbaijani manat for September  30 was set at 1.6211 manats and 1.8187 manats, respectively.Below are the rates of manat against those currencies, according to the data from the Central Bank of Azerbaijan.CurrenciesSept. 30, 20161 |US dollar1 USD1,62111 euro1 EUR1.8187 UEFA President arrives in Baku http://www.today.az/news/sports/154670.html Sports Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:17:00 +0400 By  Azertac UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has today arrived in Baku to attend a ceremony to unveil a logo of the 2020 UEFA European Championship.The ceremony will be held at Baku Olympic Stadium on September 30.Baku will host three group matches and a quarter-final game of the championship.The UEFA President also watched FC Qabala vs. Mainz 05 Europa League group stage match in Baku. Leyla Aliyeva: Environmental problems have no borders http://www.today.az/news/politics/154668.html Politics Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijan is a land of ancient traditions and rich history, a place that sits at the crossroad between East and West, where Eastern wisdom and Western progress meet, said vice president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, founder of the International Dialogue Initiative for Protection of Environment (IDEA), Leyla Aliyeva.She made the remarks during the round table on “Sustainable Development and Ecological Civilization” held as part of the fifth Baku International Humanitarian Forum.“In the days gone by, Azerbaijan was a major center on the historic Silk Route.This had a major impact on our culture, making Azerbaijan a country that at its heart believes in tolerance, new ideas and dialogue,” added Aliyeva.“This unique geographic position of Azerbaijan also had an impact on our landscapes,” she said. “Our country is a place of wonderful snowcapped mountains, sharp cliffs, rivers, deep forests, meadows, and lowlands.”“In fact, it is believed that we have 9 out of 11 climate zones in Azerbaijan, giving us a very rich biodiversity which I hope you will able to see during your stay in our country,” noted Aliyeva.“Please allow me to speak today as a representative of civil society, on behalf of youth and passionate environmental activists,” she said.“We all know that governments carry out the primary responsibility for the protection of environment, but without active civil engagement, especially youth, it is impossible to ensure sustainable development,” said Aliyeva.“Therefore, in 2011, we have launched IDEA – the international campaign for dialogue and environmental action. Our intention was to educate and invite youth not only in Azerbaijan, but also around the world to protect the nature. Our slogan speaks for itself ‘One Earth and future’,” she said.“We try to carry out all our projects in a creative, artistic and optimistic way,” said Aliyeva.“Over the past five years, we have achieved many positive results such as planting more than 5 million trees, protecting the endangered species, organizing lectures, classes and exhibitions to raise the awareness,” she added.Further, Aliyeva pointed out that the roundtable “Sustainable development and ecological civilization” addresses an emerging and very important issue to the whole international community.“We all know that ecology and civilizations are two contradictory terms as civilizations have been undermining the global ecology for thousands of years,” she said. “As a result, today we are in a situation when the survival of the whole planet is under the threat.”“However, emergence of “ecological civilization” concept demonstrates that more people are aware of this situation and are willing to act in order to protect our environment,” Aliyeva noted.“Regardless of our race, religion, traditions and beliefs, we all live on the same planet and have common future – environmental problems have no borders,” she said. “They threaten all the countries, and only working together and supporting each other, we can achieve positive results.”Aliyeva said that unfortunately, today, in a lot of cases, mankind not only neglects the nature, but also intentionally destroys it.“Our planet is in great danger and the time is working against us. The survival of many species and whole ecosystem are under the threat,” she added.“Our losses are now counted not by years, but minutes. As we speak here, every 15 minutes an elephant dies at the hands of poachers and as many as 11,000 sharks are killed by humans every hour,” said Aliyeva.She pointed out that over 50 percent of world’s biodiversity is gone.“Bit by bit, we are approaching time when all our species become extinct, all forest and green life disappears,” said Leyla Aliyeva. “This is why, I believe that although it is very important to carry out discussions and debates, now it is the time to act, take strong decisions and actions!”“Of course, we can only achieve success by remaining optimistic and not losing hope,” she added.Leyla Aliyeva noted that last year, the international community made a historic breakthrough and finally agreed to stand together, hand-in-hand against the environmental degradation.“I was fortunate to personally engage in the negotiation process and witness the birth of the Paris agreement,” she added.Apart from these, the international community recorded massive tangible achievements in conservation and sustainable development - enlargement of protected areas all around the world, decrease of poaching and illegal trade of animals, switch to eco-friendly technologies, enhancement of renewable energy, promotion of recycling and many more, according to Aliyeva.“I am very happy about the recent news that due to enormous efforts of our fellow environmentalists, the panda population has increased and it is not “endangered” anymore,” she added.“In Azerbaijan, we have achieved similar success with regard to gazelles. It was five years ago that we launched a conservation project to protect and increase the population of gazelles. At that time, we only had few hundreds of them. After years of hard work, their numbers have increased to 6,000,” said Leyla Aliyeva.“Now, we are working hard on a project to protect the highly endangered Caucasian leopard and Caspian sturgeon,” she added.“Allow me now to make a few remarks in my capacity as the goodwill ambassador of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,” said Aliyeva.“FAO is striving to make our generation, the Zero Hunger Generation, however still today 125 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance,” she said.“Moreover, 93 percent of people living in extreme poverty are in countries that are either fragile or vulnerable to environmental risks,” said Aliyeva. “This is not only a humanitarian crisis; it is also a crisis of development. It cannot be solved by humanitarian action alone, but through a comprehensive and coherent approach.”She noted that FAO supports member countries in prioritizing their national goals and targets in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030.In this context, FAO’s ultimate goal is to maintain investment and engagement at all levels, in supporting sustainable agricultural development and livelihoods, contributing to economic growth and helping to underpin stable, peaceful and inclusive societies, according to Leyla Aliyeva.“We must work together, and try hard to ensure a world where no child dies from hunger, malnutrition, environmental impact or lack of water, a world without inequalities and discrimination, and a world where all amazing creatures of nature have the chance to survive and flourish,” she added.“Only together, hand in hand, we can achieve these goals and make the world a better place to live,” said Leyla Aliyeva.“Once again, welcome to Baku and I wish every success to all of you,” she added.“Once again I would like to thank all of you for your time and your attention. Our organization is always open to new ideas, projects and challenges. I believe that each one of us can make difference in protecting our planet, but working together with positive attitude, hope and believe can and will save our planet. I wish you all a great stay, lots of love, health and happiness,” said Aliyeva. Iran to dispatch warships to Atlantic Ocean http://www.today.az/news/regions/154665.html World news Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:44:00 +0400 By  TrendIran’s Navy plans to dispatch a flotilla to the Atlantic Ocean, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said.Sayyari said the Iranian Navy will dispatch its fleet to South Africa and from there to Atlantic Ocean in the near future, Tasnim news agency reported on September  29.“We sail in the high seas in accordance with international maritime law,” he said, adding Iranian warships have already sailed to the Strait of Gibraltar and the Pacific Ocean up to the maritime borders of China and Tanzania.He further said the Islamic Republic’s Navy is closely monitoring the movement of “foreigners” in Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman.“Iran will not permit them to approach near its borders and if they try that, the Iranian Navy will confront them as it did in the past,” Sayyari said.The Islamic Republic dispatched its warships to the Atlantic Ocean for the first time in 2014. It was planed that Iran’s fleet will approach the US maritime borders in response to the US Navy’s presence in the Persian Gulf. However, Tehran cancelled the plan later.In recent years, Iran's Navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.In line with international efforts to combat piracy, the Iranian Navy has also been conducting anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008 to safeguard the vessels involved in maritime trade, especially the ships and oil tankers owned or leased by Iran. Giant Kashagan oil field under testing http://www.today.az/news/regions/154663.html World news Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:25:00 +0400 By  TrendTesting and precomissioning works started at Kashagan oil field in the Kazakh sector of the Caspian sea, Sputnik Kazakhstan news agency reported on Sept. 29 with the reference to the project operator North Caspian Operating Co (NCOC).According to NCOC, hydrocarbons are being supplied to some objects including new pipelines as a part of complex process of commissioning and testing of the field.The consortium stressed that safety of personnel and the environment is its priority.Two days ago Kazakh Energy Minister Kanat Bozumbayev said Kazakhstan would start opening wells at Kashagan in a few days. Official start of oil production at Kashagan oil and gas field is expected at October 23, according to Bozumbayev.Kashagan is a large oil and gas field in Kazakhstan, located in the north of the Caspian Sea.The geological reserves of Kashagan are estimated at 4.8 billion tons of oil. The total oil reserves amount to 38 billion barrels; some 10 billion out of them are recoverable reserves. There are large natural gas reserves at the Kashagan field - over one trillion cubic meters. The production at the Kashagan field started in September 2013, but in October, it was suspended after a gas leak in one of the main pipelines. The analysis has been conducted for several months.As a result, numerous micro-cracks were revealed in the pipeline. They emerged as a result of the effect of the associated gas with high sulfur content on the metal. NCOC project operator confirmed the need for complete replacement of the gas pipeline and oil pipeline on the field. Their total length is about 200 kilometers.North Caspian Operating Company BV (NCOC) is operating the project. The project participants are KMG Kashagan B.V (16.88 percent), AGIP Caspian Sea BV (nearly 16.81 percent), CNPC Kazakhstan BV (8.33 percent), Exxon Mobil Kazakhstan Inc. (nearly 16.81 percent), INPEX North Caspian Sea Ltd., Shell Kazakhstan Development BV (nearly 16.81 percent), Total E&P Kazakhstan (nearly 16.81 percent). Azerbaijani model joins Mister Universal Ambassador 2016 http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/154662.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:16:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaNational model Yusif Jafarli represents Azerbaijan at a beauty contest Mister Universal Ambassador 2016, which takes place in Indonesia, Trend Life reported.Mister Universal Ambassador is a fast growing International Male Pageant aimed to discover captivating role model. The winner will be staying in Indonesia during his reign to do his duties, working together with Mister Indonesia and Mister Teen IndonesiaYusif Jafarli has already succeeded in talent competition, performing Azerbaijani national dance.Now the representative of Azerbaijan is preparing for the final competition, which will take place on September 30.The international director of the project is the President of World’s Congress of Beauty, Zamir Huseynov.23-year-old Yusif Jafarli is the winner of the national selection “Miss & Mister Turkvision – 2016”.The beauty contest organized by Suleiman and Orkhan Tanahirli was appreciated by all fashionistas. The final was attended by 15 young men and women who appeared before the audience in stunning evening dresses and summer suits. Azerbaijan, Poland seek to expand cooperation http://www.today.az/news/business/154661.html Business Thu, 29 Sep 2016 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Nigar AbbasovaPoland is interested in strengthening of all-round cooperation with Azerbaijan and the two countries enjoy significant prospects to expand relations.Polish Deputy Development Minister Radoslaw Domagalski-Labedzki made the remark while addressing a meeting between the representatives of governmental structures of Azerbaijan and a delegation of entrepreneurs’ organization headed by the Polish official.Domagalski-Labedzki said that Polish companies are interested in making investments in Azerbaijan, mentioning wide prospects for bilateral cooperation.The sides also discussed the process of preparations for the upcoming seventh Polish-Azerbaijani Intergovernmental Commission on Economic Cooperation, underlining the importance of reaching certain agreements till the holding of the event, which is scheduled for December 2016.Azerbaijan’s Deputy Energy Minister Gulmammad Javadov, in turn, said the attraction of foreign investments in non-oil sector is one of the main priorities of Azerbaijan.The participants also highlighted the cooperation in the transport sphere, which is expected to enhance ties between the two countries.Deputy Transport Minister Musa Panahov said that Azerbaijan has already taken weighty steps in its bid to turn the country into a major transport hub, including implementation of such projects as East-West and North-South transport corridors.He said that the participation of Polish companies in certain transport projects is of great importance, emphasizing that the creation of a new transport system may pave the way for the expansion of cooperation between the two countries.Moreover, Poland also was offered to take part in the construction of pharmaceutical plants in Azerbaijan.  Azerbaijan is currently importing some 3 percent of pharmaceutical goods from Poland, while about 99 percent of all pharmaceuticals are imported.  Azerbaijan may also benefit from the vast experience of Poland in the sphere of medical insurance. Vice President of the Polish Agricultural Market Agency Jaroslaw Olowski earlier told Trend that Azerbaijan, which almost completely provides itself with agricultural products, can also become a hub for export of Polish products to Iran and Central Asia. Olowski stressed that Poland is interested in the import of a number of agricultural products from Azerbaijan.The trade turnover between Poland and Azerbaijan amounted to 20.74 million manat ($ 12.67 million) in January-April 2016, that is, 13.6 percent more than in the same period of 2015. Ilham Aliyev offers condolences over Shimon Peres’ death http://www.today.az/news/politics/154667.html Politics Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:51:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev visited the Embassy of Israel in Baku on September  29.President Aliyev expressed condolences over the death of Israel’s former president Shimon Peres and signed the book of condolences. President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva meets with Kazakh State Secretary http://www.today.az/news/politics/154666.html Politics Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:47:00 +0400 By  Azertac Azerbaijani first lady, president of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva has today met with State Secretary of the Republic of Kazakhstan Gulshara Abdykalikova, who attends the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum.The first lady said the issues on the agenda of the Forum are of global importance.Mehriban Aliyeva hailed the relations between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, noting that the two nations are bound together by fraternal ties.Kazakh State Secretary Gulshara Abdykalikova described the results of the referendum on amendments to the Constitution in Azerbaijan as a “big triumph”.The Kazakh State Secretary praised relations between the two countries. She noted that Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan cooperate and support each other within international organizations. US senator: Azerbaijan - example of prosperity in region http://www.today.az/news/politics/154664.html Politics Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:46:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijan is an example of how to stay a progressive and prosperous country in a region that is surrounded by crises, Carlyle Begay, a senator from Arizona, the US, told Trend on September  29 on the sidelines of the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum.The forum kicked off September 29 in Azerbaijan’s capital.Discussion on the issues of multiculturalism at the Baku Forum is especially important in terms of promoting democracy and justice in the world, said Begay.He added that the Forum gives an opportunity to discuss new ideas and make important decisions in order to promote the values of multiculturalism in the whole world.The Baku International Humanitarian Forum is an annual platform for famous representatives of political, science and culture elite of the world community, including famous statesmen, Nobel Prize winners in various fields of science and leaders of influential international organizations for holding dialogues, discussions and exchange of views on a wide range of global issues in the interest of all humanity. Azerbaijani first lady Mehriban Aliyeva meets with Bulgarian Vice-President Margarita Popova http://www.today.az/news/politics/154660.html Politics Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:40:00 +0400 By  Azertac Azerbaijani first lady, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva has today met with Vice-President of Bulgaria Margarita Popova, who is in Azerbaijan to attend the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum.Mehriban Aliyeva highlighted the projects implemented by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, saying these projects contribute to strengthening relations among countries.The Azerbaijani first lady thanked for naming her an honorary citizen of the Bulgarian city of Veliko Tarnovo, and recalled her recent visit to the city.Mehriban Aliyeva highlighted the importance of Azerbaijan-Bulgaria bilateral relations in educational, cultural and other fields. She reaffirmed the Heydar Aliyev Foundation`s readiness to support the implementation of projects in these areas.Bulgarian Vice-President Margarita Popova said she was pleased to take part in the 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum. She hailed the relations between Azerbaijan and Bulgaria, adding that joint projects contribute to the expansion of the bilateral ties. FM assesess Armenia’s military exercises in Karabakh as blow to peace process http://www.today.az/news/politics/154658.html Politics Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:36:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovMilitary exercises conducted by Armenian troops in the occupied Azerbaijani lands are a huge blow to the peace process.Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov made the remark while talking to reporters in Baku on September 29.Mammadyarov noted that the Azerbaijani side has already informed the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs, engaged in mediation for peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, about the incident and demanded them to contact the Armenian side and prevent such provocations.“If we talk about the restoration of peace and demand the withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the occupied territories, Armenia’s conducting military exercises in the occupied Agdam is a provocation,” the minister said, adding that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs will visit the region in October.Mammadyarov noted that the MG co-chairs think that the work on the conflict’s resolution must be continued and they are going to visit the region in the second half of October.The co-chairs plan to visit Azerbaijan and Armenia and perhaps, then they will determine which suggestions will be made for a possible meeting of the two countries’ presidents, the minister added.Mammadyarov noted that he had discussed this issue with Russian Foreign Minister.Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev met Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan twice since the April escalation in Nagorno-Karabakh, first in Vienna in May, and the second time in St. Petersburg in June along with Russian President Vladimir Putin.The Nagorno-Karabakh talks held in St. Petersburg between the Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents and mediated by the Russian president were deemed “useful” and “important” by observers, while Baku called it “constructive.”The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, in 1992 Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding districts. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and over 1 million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities. The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations.Armenia still controls fifth part of Azerbaijan's territory and rejects implementing four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts. Erdogan: Extension of state of emergency in Turkey’s interests http://www.today.az/news/regions/154657.html World news Thu, 29 Sep 2016 17:06:00 +0400 By  TrendExtension of the state of emergency in Turkey for three months is in the interests of the country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on September 29, TRT Haber reported.On September 28, the Turkish National Security Council suggested the government to extend the state of emergency at the meeting chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.A three-month state of emergency in Turkey was declared on July 20 following a military coup attempt.Erdogan said that speculations are disseminated regarding the state of emergency introduced in Turkey, however, it should be noted that the shake-up of the state bodies should be continued, and the preservation of the state of emergency highly facilitates this process.Erdogan also said that the “Decree having force of law,” which can be adopted by the Turkish government in the state of emergency, will be aimed exclusively at the fight against terrorism.On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them. However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed.Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had said the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246 people, excluding the coup plotters, and over 2,000 people were wounded. Australian parliamentarians honor memory of victims of Khojaly Genocide http://www.today.az/news/politics/154659.html Politics Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:53:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovA delegation of the Australian Parliament visited the memorial to the victims of the Khojaly Genocide on September 29 and laid flowers at it.They were informed that as a result of the Khojaly massacre 613 people, including 106 women, 63 children, 70 old men, were mercilessly killed, 487 people were injured, 1,275 civilians were taken hostage, while the fate of 150 people is still unknown.As a result of this act of genocide, eight families were completely destroyed, while 25 children lost both parents.The Khojaly genocide, which occurred on the night of February 25-26, is one of the bloodiest tragedies in human history. As a result of Armenian aggression, Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions remain occupied. Because of ethnic cleansing, over one million Azerbaijanis lost their homes and became refugees and internally displaced persons.Despite the fact that all the international organizations recognize Azerbaijan's territorial integrity, and the UN issues four resolutions demanding unconditional liberation of the occupied territories, Armenia continues the occupation, does not respect the international law and ignores it. “Humanitarian forums allow people to hear each other” http://www.today.az/news/politics/154656.html Politics Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:38:00 +0400 By  TrendHolding humanitarian forums allows people from various countries, representatives of different confessions with divergent opinions, to hear and understand each other, Russia’s former Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoy told reporters on  September 29 in Baku.Shvydkoy is participating in the V Baku International Humanitarian Forum, which kicked off Sept. 29 in Azerbaijan’s capital.He also said that holding humanitarian forums, in any case, calls on various parties to the dialogue.“Today all the conflicts and wars are born in people’s minds,” he noted. “Therefore, humanitarian forums are very important: influential people of different faiths from various countries gather here, and they, at least, call on for dialogue.”“Today, the forum touched upon very important issues, including not only the issue of multiculturalism and interconfessional problems, but also issues related to medicine, ecology and others,” noted Shvydkoy. “As a result, this allows establishing a dialogue in order to prevent major problems.”The Baku International Humanitarian Forum is an annual platform for famous representatives of political, scientific and cultural elite of the world community, including famous statesmen, Nobel Prize winners in various fields of science and leaders of influential international organizations for holding dialogues, discussions and exchange of views on a wide range of global issues in the interest of all humanity. Baku Forum underway at Heydar Aliyev Center http://www.today.az/news/politics/154655.html Politics Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:21:00 +0400 By  TrendThe 5th Baku International Humanitarian Forum kicked off at the Heydar Aliyev Center on September 29.The Baku International Humanitarian Forum is an annual platform for famous representatives of political, science and culture elite of the world community, including famous statesmen, Nobel Prize winners in various fields of science, and leaders of influential international organizations for holding dialogues, discussions and exchange of views on a wide range of global issues in the interest of all humanity.Organizers and participants of the Forum are representatives of natural and social sciences, as well as culture elite of the world who have an ambitious task of forming a new humanitarian agenda with the aim of its further consideration on the world scale.The Baku Forum features plenary sessions and speeches of the round table chairs. President Ilham Aliyev received Rector of Moscow State Institute of International Relations http://www.today.az/news/politics/154654.html Politics Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:00:00 +0400 By  Azertac President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received Rector of Moscow State Institute of International Relations Anatoly Torkunov. SAY Volunteering Festival launched http://www.today.az/news/society/154650.html Society Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:47:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaSAY: Volunteering Festival has started in Oghuz region of Azerbaijan, Trend Life reported.The project is implemented to honor the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games to be held in Baku in 2017.The festival aims at teaching skills, knowledge and experience needed for volunteer activities.The opening ceremony was attended by the head of the Sector for work with youth organizations under the Azerbaijani Presidential Administration's Social and Political Department Vusal Guliyev, sector chief of the Youth Foundation under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Orkhan Arabov, president of  " IRELI" organization Mirgazan Seyidov and Chairman of  Oghuz  region's  department of Youth and Sports Ramiz AliyevSpeakers informed the audience about successful volunteer activities in the country, the importance of the implementation of the project and wished the participants success.Workshops on team cooperation, personal fulfillment, creativity etc. will be held as part of project.Also, a number of cultural events, intellectual games, practical classes under the guidance of Azerbaijan Orienteering Federation, Azerbaijan Shooting Federation will be organized by Fairex club.The  teams “Xar? bülbül”, “K?p?z”, “Buta”, “Mu?am”, “Nar”, “Alov”, “Qobustan”, “X?zri” will  compete for bonus points.The winners will be awarded with special diplomas and valuable prizes.Media partners of the event are Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az, and Azernews.az Azerbaijani tar virtuoso performs in Germany http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/154649.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani tar virtuoso Vahid Tarzen successfully performed at Hörfest Neue Musik music festival in Germany, Trend Life reported.The musician performed "Karabakh shikestesi " song, as well as "Rast "and "Bayati-Shiraz", two of the seven main mughams of Azerbaijan`s folk music.At the event, composer Khadija Zeynalova informed the German public about the features of the Azerbaijan national music, the art of mugham and national musical instruments, especially tar , one of the ancient stringed instruments.The German public met the performance of musicians with great interest.Vahid Tarzen  studied at Baku Music Academy named after Uzeyir Hajibeyli. He was the soloist of music band "Azconcert". Besides, he was teaching at Baku Music Academy.The musician worked with many famous composers and singers. Khadija Zeynalova  is  graduate of Baku Music Academy. Zeynalova is a member of Azerbaijan Union of Composers.  Since 1999, she is professor at the University of Music Detmold and the  Paderborn University in Germany.The tar is one of the most beautiful instruments in Azerbaijani culture and is played with a mediator. It is made from mulberry, walnut and pear trees, and the face of the instrument is made from cattle heart membrane. Its strings differ by thickness and composition.The musical instrument plays significant role in the development of mugham art today. In mugham operas solo singing is performed with the accompaniment of the tar. Azerbaijani composers wrote many major concerts with the use of the tar and the orchestra. President Ilham Aliyev received delegation of Argentine National Congress http://www.today.az/news/politics/154653.html Politics Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:28:00 +0400 By  Azertac President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by second Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies of Argentine National Congress Patricia Gimenez. Associate Dean of Simon Wiesenthal Center visits Genocide Memorial Complex http://www.today.az/news/politics/154648.html Politics Thu, 29 Sep 2016 15:19:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovAssociate Dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center of the U.S., Rabbi Abraham Cooper has visited Azerbaijan’s Guba region.Head of Guba Region’s Executive Power Yashar Mammadov informed Abraham Cooper about Guba and its traditions.The guest visited the Red Settlement (Girmizi Gesebe) which is regarded as the village of Mountain Jews in Azerbaijan. Abraham Cooper then familiarized himself with two synagogues and the cultural center in the region.He also went to Guba Genocide Memorial Complex and the mass graveyard. Abraham Cooper was told that the mass graveyard was found on April 1, 2007 during excavation works. Later, workers of the Archeology and Ethnography Institute of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences held extensive researches which revealed that the graveyard related to the genocide committed in 1918 by Armenians against civilians of Azerbaijan.The guest was informed that the Complex was opened on September 18, 2013 by the support of Heydar Aliyev Foundation. After familiarization, Rabbi Abraham Cooper signed the guestbook of the Complex.The previous day, Rabbi Abraham Cooper was received by President Ilham Aliyev.The genocide of 1918 against the civilian population was conducted almost on the entire territory of Azerbaijan. More than 50,000 of Azerbaijani citizens became victims of Armenian fascism in a matter of five months.Azerbaijanis were exposed to genocide in Baku, the Guba province, Shamakhi, Gusar, Erivan, Nakhchivan, Zangezur, Karabakh, Lankaran and many other Azerbaijani lands.In 1918, the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic established a special investigation commission. The commission began to operate, but after the collapse of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic in 1920, it was eliminated.Though this date was essentially forgotten during the Soviet times, relevant investigations on the tragedy were carried out and books were published after Azerbaijan gained independence from the USSR in 1991.National leader Heydar Aliyev issued a decree on March 26, 1998 to commemorate March 31 as the Day of Azerbaijanis' Genocide.