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 Baku Fashion Night 2016: Elegance, flying fabric and beautiful feminine silhouettes http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/152230.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 30 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Laman IsmayilovaFashion collection "Tenderness" by designer Sehri Rahimova was presented at Baku Fashion Night 2016, Trend Life reported.Collection Tenderness fully justified its name as elegance, perfect colors, flying fabric and beautiful feminine silhouettes did not leave anyone indifferent.Baku Fashion Night is a fashion show, which runs since 2014, held twice a year for the Fall-Winter and Spring-Summer seasons.The event, organized by FMS Models Agency with the support of Excelsior Hotel & SPA in Baku aimed at promoting local designers as well as revealing new talents. It is the first major fashion project involving several designers.Founded in 2005, the leading Azerbaijani model agency FMS Models operates in all areas of the fashion industry. The aim of the agency is to cooperate with world-renowned modeling agencies.Media partners of the event are Trend, Day.az , Milli.az and Azernews.az UNESCO to mark 200th anniversary of German resettlement in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/152231.html Politics Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:26:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Amina NazarliNext year Azerbaijan will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first settlement of Germans in Azerbaijan and this date will be marked by UNESCO.Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov made the remark at the joint press conference with OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, as part of his visit to Baku on Thursday.This year Azerbaijan submitted the proposals to UNESCO."German settlers in Azerbaijan” project has been prepared,” the minister said, adding that the first the Germans was for the first time settled in the country’s cities of Tovuz, Astara and Ganja in 1817.Today they live in some regions of the country, Mammadyarov emphasized. “There is a proposal on the reconstruction of Siemens museum in Gadabay. In addition, we have proposed to restore Germans-owned house-museum in Goygol,” he said.Azerbaijan, which is located between the West and East, became the home of representatives of many different nationalities at certain times throughout history. This ethnic diversity, which is still retained today, and the peaceful coexistence members of different nationalities, cultures, and confessions show the tolerance and respect the Azerbaijanis have for these people.Germans represent the European culture and the German page of Azerbaijan’s history is one of the most interesting ones.Unstable situation in Germany in the 18th-19th centuries forced some Germans to leave their homelands. Landless German peasants left their native German principality of Wurttemberg at the beginning of the 19th century, and found shelter many thousands of kilometers away in Azerbaijan, which was then part of the Russian empire.A number of colonies were created across the country. In early 19th-20th centuries, three of eight German colonies, Eigenfeld, Annenfeld and Georgsfeld, were located in Shamkir.These colonies were a shelter for German colonists, who created a little Germany here with cozy houses built in German style and tidy streets, with pear and plane trees along them.But, the World War II destroyed the peaceful life of the colony. Germans were exiled from their second home by Josef Stalin. In October 1941, more than 20,000 German colonists were living in Azerbaijan, and almost all of them were deported to Siberia. Weather forecast in July: Enjoy seaside holiday! http://www.today.az/news/society/152229.html Society Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:10:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Laman IsmayilovaIf you want to enjoy a summer holiday that will give you plenty of sunshine and warm weather, July is a great time to visit Azerbaijan.July is in the heart of the ‘hot’ season and the climate in Azerbaijan is ideal for tourists, so countless of visitors come to Baku and country’s regions during July for warm weather and beautiful nature, especially to enjoy the seaside.Sea temperature is quite accommodating during this month, with average sea temperature levels staying around 24 degrees.The most popular beaches of Azerbaijan are located in Mardakan, Shuvalan, Novkhani, Buzovna, Zagulba, Pirshagi, Nardaran, Turkan and Hovsan villages of the Absheron peninsula.During this month, temperatures virtually mirror June’s figures, with daytime average temperature staying at 28-32 degrees.Baku is also often prone to heat waves in July and August, so make sure to stay in the shade and keep topped up with plenty of water, as excessive heat can cause dehydration and exhaustion.The average monthly temperature in Baku and the Absheron Peninsula is predicted be +26-28?C, which is close to the climatic norm, the National Department for Hydrometeorology at the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported. At nights temperature will be +21-26?C at night. In the afternoons of the first half of the month the temperature will be + 30-35?C but in several days will rise up +37-39?C.Average monthly precipitation will be close to the climatic norm (2-3 mm) and a little below the norm in some places.In Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, average monthly temperature is predicted to be +25-29?C which is close to the climatic norm and above the norm. At nights temperature will be +20-25?C.In the afternoons the temperature will be +31-36?C but will rise up to +39-41?C in the several days. Monthly rainfall is expected to be close to the climatic norm (norm 6-16 mm).The average monthly temperature in upper Karabakh: Khankandi, Shusha, Khojali, Khocavand ; Gubadli, Zangilan, Lachin, Kalbajar and Dashkasan, Gadabay region is predicted to be +18-23?C which is nigh to the climatic norm.At nights the temperature will be +17-22?C, while in the afternoons temperature will be +23-28?C, and will be+30-33?C in some days.Monthly rainfall is expected to be close to the climatic norm (norm 36-73 mm) and a little above the norm in some places.In Gazakh-Ganja, Goranboy, Tar-Tar-Agdam-Agjabadi-Fuzuli-Jabrail regions, average monthly temperature is predicted to be 25-27?C which is close to the climatic norm.At nights the temperature will be +22-27?C. In the afternoons the temperature will be +31-36?C, will be+39?C in some days in the second and third decade.Monthly rainfall is expected to be close to the climatic norm (norm 10-32 mm) and a little above the norm in some places.As for Balakan, Zagatala, Qakh, Sheki, Oguz, Gabala, ?smailly, Agsu, Shamakhy, Siyazan, Shabran, Khizi, Guba, Khachmaz, Gusar regions, average monthly temperature is predicted to be +23-25?C which is close to the climatic norm.At nights the temperature will be +20-25?C. In the afternoons temperature will be from +27-32?C, will be+34-38?C in some days.Monthly rainfall is expected to be close to the climatic norm (norm 9-118 mm) and a little above the norm in some places.Average monthly temperature in Central-Aran : Agdash, Mingachevir, Yevlakh, Kurdamir, ?mishli, Beylagan, Sabirabad, Bilasuvar, Saatli, Shirvan, Haj?gabul, Salyan, Neftchala regions is predicted to be +26-29?C which is close to the climatic norm.At nights the temperature will be +23-28?C. In the afternoons the temperature will be from +30-35?C, will be +38-41?C in some days in the second and third decade.Monthly rainfall is expected to be close to the climatic norm (norm 3-22 mm) and a little above the norm in some places.Finally, the average monthly temperature in Masall?-Lankaran-Astara-Lerik, Yardimli regions, is predicted to +23-27?C which is close to the climatic norm.At nights the temperature will be +22-26?C. In the afternoons the temperature will be from +28-33?C, will rise up to +35-38?C in some days in the second and third decade.Monthly rainfall is expected to be close to the climatic norm (norm 7-33mm). FM: Azerbaijan – Germany’s main trade partner in S. Caucasus http://www.today.az/news/business/152228.html Business Thu, 30 Jun 2016 16:01:00 +0400 Azerbaijan is Germany’s main trade partner in the South Caucasus, said Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.He made the remarks during a briefing following the talks with the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and German Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier in Baku June 30.He pointed out that the relations between Azerbaijan and Germany are developing rapidly.“A large number of German companies operate in Azerbaijan,” said Mammadyarov. “We are confident that the energy and economic projects proposed by Azerbaijan to Germany will be of interest for this country.”Steinmeier, for his part, said that Azerbaijan is a new strong player in the South Caucasus.“We have succeeded to move forward in a number of issues which were raised previously,” said the German minister. “I am glad that Azerbaijan managed to achieve progress in this sphere.”The trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Germany stood at 415.33 million manats in January-May 2016 and Germany accounted for 6.51 percent of Azerbaijan’s total trade turnover, according to Azerbaijan’s State Customs Committee. In these terms, the country ranks fourth among Azerbaijan’s foreign trade partners./By Trend/ US secretary of state due in Georgia http://www.today.az/news/regions/152227.html World news Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:24:00 +0400 The US Secretary of State John Kerry will visit Georgia July 6, Georgian government’s press service told RIA Novosti.Earlier, the Rustavi 2 TV channel reported citing Georgia’s ambassador to the US Archil Gegeshidze that Kerry will visit Georgia and hold meetings with the country’s prime minister and other high-ranking officials.Reportedly, such issues as intensification of cooperation in defense sphere, security and economy will be discussed during Kerry’s visit./By Trend/ Russia to gradually abolish restrictions regarding Turkey – PM http://www.today.az/news/regions/152226.html World news Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:18:00 +0400 Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the country’s cabinet of ministers to prepare measures on phased removal of restrictions in economic relations with Turkey, TASS news agency reported.On June 30, at a cabinet meeting, he said that Russian president on June 29 instructed the government to work out a decision on resumption of trade cooperation with Turkey, as well as removal of a number of restrictions.“We will act gradually,” Medvedev said. “On one hand, it's necessary to remove these restrictions considering the improvement in the political atmosphere, but, of course, not to the detriment of Russian manufacturers and partners, who have taken on the freed spots on the Russian market.”When it comes to tourism field, Turkey has to provide guarantees that Russians traveling to the country will be safe, especially in light of the recent tragic events in Istanbul, Medvedev noted.Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport came under a terrorist attack June 28.Fourty-two people were killed, and numerous persons were wounded in the attack.The “Islamic State” (IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group stands behind the attack, according to preliminary reports.Putin and Erdogan held phone talks June 29. The last time the two leaders spoke was November 2015 at the G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey.The relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after the Su-24 bomber incident. Following the incident, Russia's President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on taking measures for ensuring the country's national security and special economic measures against Turkey.Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a letter of condolences to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin June 27 over the death of Russian Su-24 pilot and expressed regret over the incident./By Trend/ SOCAR refutes Rosneft’s subsidiary selling petro products to Iran via Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/152225.html Business Thu, 30 Jun 2016 15:11:00 +0400 /By Azernews/Fatma BabayevaAzerbaijan’s State energy company SOCAR has not received any official request from Petrocas, which is partially owned by Russian oil giant Rosneft, over its plans to send minimum 1 million tons of gasoline Iran via Azerbaijan and Georgia.A source at SOCAR to Trend on June 29 they have not received any request yet, but if they do, they will consider it.Earlier, Russian RBK agency reported that Petrocas Energy Group plans to provide gasoline and diesel oil to the Iranian ports Neka and Anzali via its oil loading terminal in Georgian port beginning from 2017, referring to the company’s General Director Vano Nakaidze and major shareholder David Yakobashvili.In this timeframe, Petronas plans to construct a logistic terminal over the Southern Caucasus terminal.Nakaidze noted that the throughput capacity of the Poti terminal amounts to about 3 million petroleum products per year. However, it loads 1-1.5 million tons now.The terminal also has a special container for gasoline storage, he added.General Director went on saying that in order to transport petroleum products to Iran, the company plans to send fuel via the railways in the direction of the Caspian Sea to the ports of Azerbaijan including Baku, then from there with the help of tankers via the sea to the Iranian ports.Nakaidze believes that the company will get familiar with the Iranian market by 2017 and export up to 3 million tons of petroleum products annually from Poti terminal. About 1 million tons of gasoline out of this volume will be directed to Iran, and the remaining part of the oil products will be sent to Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan for further delivery to Europe in the future.In order to enter to the Iranian market, Petrocas plans to expand the Poti terminal by purchasing tankers and special railcars for the transportation of oil cargo, build railways and infrastructure for mooring supersize tankers, as well as for reloading products in the tankers in the Caspian Sea, Yakobashvili said.He estimates investments for such modernization to amount to $100-200 million.Iran’s oil and gas market has become more attractive for many after the sanctions imposed by the Western countries were softened. Doing business with Iran is much more easier for foreign companies now. Anti-terrorist operation against ISIS underway in Istanbul http://www.today.az/news/regions/152224.html World news Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:38:00 +0400 An anti-terrorist operation is being held against “Islamic State” (IS) terrorist group in the Turkish city of Istanbul, Anadolu agency reported June 30.Thus far, there have been no reports related to possible arrests during the operation.Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport came under a terrorist attack June 28. Forty-one people were killed as a result of the terrorist attack, and currently, 135 injured are receiving treatment in Turkish hospitals.The IS stands behind the attack, according to preliminary reports./By Trend/ Marvelous Silk Way Int'l Music Festival underway in Sheki http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/152223.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:26:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Laman IsmayilovaThe 7th International Silk Way Music Festival is successfully underway in Azerbaijan’s Sheki region, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2016.Traditional music, dance, and a varied cultural program presented by renowned national and foreign musicians has made this festival an unforgettable experience.The opening ceremony took place at the Sheki Summer Theatre with participation of the Orchestra of Folk Instruments of TURKSOY .The orchestra which is composed of singers from Azerbaijan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Moldova, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Turkmenistan and Russia performed musical patterns of different nations.Fascinating show was accompanied by concert of the ensemble ?imdi, a new project in the footsteps of the Sufi tradition of Anatolia. The audience was delighted by the performance of Turkish musicians. The ensemble was awarded with the symbol of the festival.The performance of Japan ensemble "Vas-Liqa" took place at the Palace of Shaki Khans on June 29. Marvelous live concert was attended by Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Azerbaijan Tsuguo Takahashi.The third day of the festival featured a concert of Goy-Gol State Song and Dance Ensemble of Ganja State Philharmonic Society and Chamber Orchestra. Spectators observed one minute of silence for all those affected by a suicide attack in Istanbul’s international airport which killed dozens of people.The festival, supported by the Culture and Tourism Ministry will continue to amaze with its bright shades and interesting programs until July 4.The meeting with artistic director and chief conductor of Azerbaijan State Orchestra of Folk Instruments, Agaverdi Pashayev will be held on July 1. The event is dedicated to the 80th anniversary the folk orchestra.The closing ceremony will feature the performance of Azerbaijan State Orchestra of Folk Instruments and the State Song and Dance Ensemble under the direction of conductor.Holding such a grand music festival, which has become a wonderful tradition in Sheki, is not by mere chance. For centuries this beautiful city, which is located along the route of the ancient Silk Road, was an important center of art and commerce.Today, Sheki is a unique place that has preserved the culture of urban planning inherent to medieval towns.Rare historical and architectural monuments of the city - caravanserais, mosques, minarets, walls, bridges, etc. Bulgaria, Greece expand gas interaction http://www.today.az/news/business/152222.html Business Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:09:00 +0400 Gas network operators in Bulgaria and Greece Bulgartransgaz and DESFA signed an interconnection agreement allowing market players to transport gas – including from liquefied natural gas sources – between the two countries for the first time, the report on the European Commission’s website said.The gas transport operations will start from first July, 2016 and will be realized in a test regime during three months.The agreement is the first step in giving access to other market players – for north- or southbound deliveries – along and beyond the important Trans-Balkan gas corridor between Greece, Turkey, FYROM and Ukraine, the report said.The achievement is part of the broader Central and South Eastern Europe Gas Connectivity (CESEC) initiative launched in 2015 by 15 of the EU, the Energy Community, and the European Commission with the objective of diversifying gas supplies and increasing security of supply in the region.New gas interconnection agreement between Bulgaria and Greece is another major CESEC accomplishment, Energy Union Vice-President Maros Sefcovic tweeted on June 30.Bulgaria and Greece also cooperate on the implementation of the IGB (Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria) project, which is expected to be connected to the Trans Adriatic Pipeline, and will allow Bulgaria to receive Azerbaijani gas.In early December, 2015, Bulgaria and Greece signed a final investment decision on the IGB project. The initial capacity of 182 kilometers length pipeline will be 3 billion cubic meters of gas. /By Trend/ OSCE chair to meet with reps. of Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh http://www.today.az/news/politics/152221.html Politics Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:54:00 +0400 The OSCE chairperson, foreign minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier met in Yerevan June 29 with representative of the illegal regime of Azerbaijan’s occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region Bako Sahakyan, as part of his meeting with the Armenian community of the region, Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for the Azerbaijani foreign ministry, told Trend June 30.Steinmeier will meet with representatives of the Azerbaijani community of the Nagorno-Karabakh region as well during his visit to Baku June 30, said Hajiyev.Steinmeier within the framework of his visit will also get familiar with the settlement built for IDPs in Azerbaijani capital, Hajiyev said.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.   /By Trend/ Government assists in solving youth unemployment: minister http://www.today.az/news/business/152220.html Business Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:28:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Nigar AbbasovaLabor market remains dynamic sphere with frequently changing priorities by force outward factors formed though other spheres.Azerbaijani labor market offers a competitive environment for jobseekers, often well balancing between the demand and supply.Among the biggest challenges that graduate jobseekers face today are finding the most desired vacancy, as sometimes they found it difficult because of being simply labeled as too inexperienced.Regarding the problem Labor and Social Protection of Population Minister Salim Muslumov said that requirements of the labor market in Azerbaijan have changed."Thinking that graduates will face no challenges in the process of job search and all companies will enthusiastically recruit them is obsolete," he said.Muslimov believes that every person should create his work place by himself. "Surely, the government tries to render every assistance in this regards and employ young people, but yet applicants should possess modern way of thinking and education. We are ready to offer all open vacancies that exist in the job market,” he said.The minister also pointed out the importance of organizing job fairs mentioning that this is considered to be one of the most widely used means of job provision in the world.Addressing a labor fair which was held under the motto of “the first step in career”, the minister said that the country has managed to increase the level of employment rate among the youth as a result of the state program in this direction.“Job provision for the youth is one of the priority areas of the State Employment Service. As much as 36 percent of the jobs, provided by the service in the first quarter of 2016, fall to a share of the youth while the figure of youth participants of vocational training and courses amounts to 60 percent,” he said.Speaking about the integration of persons with disabilities to the job market he said that the work in this direction are under way. “More than 800 people were admitted for training in Vocational rehabilitation Center since its creation in December, 2013. Currently the ministry is engaged in the creation of educational centre for blind in Baku,” he added.He also underlined that the ministry has already held eight job fairs in different educational institutions.Previously the minister said that Azerbaijan is the leader among the CIS countries in solving the problems of youth employment mentioning that the measures taken to promote youth employment in the country are highly appreciated by the international community.For last five years, the State Employment Service has provided employment for about 30,000 people. Majority of them are young people. In total, over the past 10 years, the number of people attracted to professional training courses by employment agencies and receiving additional education has almost doubled. Summer Kids Fashion Show wraps up in Baku http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/152219.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:17:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Laman IsmayilovaThe third edition of Summer Kids Fashion Show kicked off in Baku bringing together young models aged between 3 and 13.The amazing competition, organized by Art production Ltd. took place at Mambo beach in Baku, to select the best model, Trend Life reported.The winners were chosen by jury and by means of audience's voting.While selecting the best model, the jury was guided by modeling skills of young participants.The best models were awarded diplomas and valuable prizes. Special prizes were also presented to the designers of children's dresses and costumes, presented at show.The eminent jury was consisted of art and culture figures, including lecturer at Azerbaijan State Academy of Fine Arts, the doctor of philosophy on art criticism and chairman of jury Gulnara Khalilova, the chairman of Azerbaijani NGO ADDIM, Huseyn Javadzadeh, honored artist, singer and composer Elsa Seyidcahan, composer Maryam Alibeyli, Tv-host and singer Seyran Babayev as well as stylist Samir Aliyev.Media partners for the ebent were Trend, Day.az, Milli.az and Azernews.az Death toll reaches 42 in Istanbul terrorist attack http://www.today.az/news/regions/152218.html World news Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0400 The death toll as a result of the terrorist attack committed at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport June 28 has reached 42 people, Hurriyet newspaper reported.Thirteen of the killed are foreigners./By Trend/ Turkey remains irreplaceable for Azerbaijani tourists http://www.today.az/news/business/152217.html Business Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:39:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Nigar AbbasovaTurkey, which has turned into a must-see destination for every Azerbaijani tourist, still remains indispensable in the sphere of outbound tourism of Azerbaijan.Chairman of Azerbaijan Tourism Association (AzTA), Nahid Bagirov said that regardless the terror attacks that hit the brotherhood country, Turkey remains one of the priority destinations for Azerbaijani tourists.“Majority of our tourists chose Turkey as a main destination. Coastal areas including Antalya, Bodrum, Kusadasi are among the most popular destinations.” he told Trend.But some tourists planning their vacations choose other countries due to threat of terrorism and recent developments that occurred in Turkey and other European countries, he said.“Terror attacks occur in most of the countries. Today, we may not say that any country is totally secured against the threat of terrorism. The process has also influenced the tourism sphere of the most European countries,” he said.Touching upon the issue of decrease in outbound tourism Bagirov mentioned that the reduction is also observed in the number of tourists travelling to other countries.Azerbaijani tourists often travel to Turkey for vacation in July and August. Turkey which provides high-quality and inexpensive vacation for many international tourists has long ago become one of the most favorite destinations for many Azerbaijanis. Recent developments in Turkey have shaken the country’s tourism sector in some ways.Other popular destinations of Azerbaijanis include Georgia and European countries. National gymnasts successfully perform in Kazakhstan http://www.today.az/news/sports/152216.html Sports Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:21:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Amina NazarliAzerbaijani gymnasts continue delighting their fans with excellent achievements made at international tournaments. This time the national athletes returned with medals from Kazakhstan.The national gymnasts shined at the 2nd "ZHULDYZ-CUP" International Tournament held in Astana, Kazakhstan on June 23-25.The country was represented by Yuliia Soloviova in senior program, as well as Darya Farshbafshahriyari, Darya Sorokina and Yelyzaveta Luzan in junior program.Junior gymnast Darya Sorokina’s final exercise with clubs brought her gold medal, while she was awarded with the “silver” for her ball routine. Having performed with a rope in the final, Darya Farshbafshahriyari contented herself with the 3rd place.Darya Farshbafshahriyari also took the 1st place in the all-around of the “Baby Cup” competitions organized at the same time with the tournament.Yuliia Soloviova, making her debut on the international arena, stopped a step away from the medal in her final performance with a ball. Azeri Light crude sells for $51 http://www.today.az/news/business/152215.html Business Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:14:00 +0400 The price of oil has continued to rise in the world markets.On the New York Stock Exchange NYMEX, cost of the US Light crude oil raised $1.13 to trade at $ 49.34.Price of the British Brent oil at the London ICE (InterContinental Exchange Futures) has increased $1.20 to stand at $50.02.The Department of Marketing and Economic Operations of the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan informed that, a barrel of Azeri Light crude oil increased $2.40 to stand at $50.98.  /By Azertac/ Azerbaijan to invest $6bn in TANAP http://www.today.az/news/business/152214.html Business Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Fatma BabayevaExpenditures of the Southern Gas Corridor CJSC on the Trans Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) construction project will exceed $6 billion.The statement was made by a senior official of the Azerbaijan’s state oil company SOCAR in an interview with Trend on June 30.“Expenditures of the Southern Gas Corridor CJSC, the main share in which belongs to the government of Azerbaijan, will amount to $6.2 billion by 2020,” said the representative of SOCAR, which owns the remaining 49 percent in this company.The Southern Gas Corridor CJSC acts as an operator of the project, which includes, in particular, the TANAP project worth $9.2 billion.“Nearly a quarter of the planned investments - more than $2 billion - has been already spent during the TANAP construction,” SOCAR representative said. “The project is running in accordance with schedule.”TANAP pipeline is a Turkish leg of the Southern Gas Corridor envisaging transportation of gas from Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field from the Georgian-Turkish border to the western border of Turkey. In Turkish-Greece border, it will join to Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) to carry the Caspian gas further to the European market.Reserves of Shah Deniz gas and condensate field are estimated at 1.2 trillion cubic meters. Within the framework of Shah Deniz 2 project realization, the annual output of the natural gas will increase from 9 billion cubic meters (first phase) to 16 billion cubic meters (second phase).The gas extracted from the given field is expected to reach Turkey in 2018, and Europe around early 2020.The country will export 6 billion cubic meters a year of Shah Deniz gas to Turkey and 10 billion cubic meters to the European market Europe.The shareholders of TANAP are SOCAR (58 percent), Botas (30 percent) and BP (12 percent), whilst TAP’s shareholders are BP (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Snam S.p.A (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagas (16 percent) and Axpo (5 percent).The SGC is one of the biggest construction projects of our times with a value of $40 billion.The realization of this pipeline project will contribute to enhancing the EU’s energy security and diversification of its gas supply routes. In addition, it will boost gas competition on the European market. Baku condemns ex-envoy’s illegal visit to occupied territories http://www.today.az/news/politics/152213.html Politics Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:51:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Gunay CamalPolitical and armed provocations are not something that the Armenian state seems to ever repudiate, as the state uses this tool in every opportunity to mislead its people and world community.Armenian officials have repeatedly resorted to provocations once any step was taken forward to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. This time Yerevan was joined by former U.S. ambassador to Armenia John Evans, who is well known for his pro-Armenian and racist stance.John Evans, as an adviser to the Children of Armenia Fund’s Board of Directors, visited the Nagorno-Karabakh and met with Bako Sahakyan, leader of the so-called regime in Nagorno-Karabakh.Baku, which has repeatedly warned that it will not tolerate illegal visits to its occupied territories, assessed this visit as new provocation amid the resumed peace talks.“John Evans has taken such a biased step under the order of the US-based Armenian lobby to deliberately exacerbate the situation especially in such a delicate moment,” said Hikmat Hajiyev, spokesman for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry.Hajiyev reminded that having abused his position as U.S. ambassador to Armenia at the time, Evans is known for his pro-Armenian and racist stance.“He has defended the interests of the Armenian lobby rather than the country he was supposed to represent. Because of his lack of professionalism and flaws, he was recalled prematurely,” the spokesman said.Evans will be blacklisted by Azerbaijan for visiting Nagorno-Karabakh, and will not be allowed to visit the country. Under Azerbaijan’s national laws, any illegal activity in the occupied lands of Azerbaijan can be cause for a prosecution.Armenia captured Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions of Azerbaijan in a war that followed the Soviet breakup in 1991. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and nearly one million were displaced as a result of the war.Large-scale hostilities ended with a Russia-brokered ceasefire in 1994, but Armenia continued the occupation in defiance of four UN Security Council resolutions calling for immediate and unconditional withdrawal.Peace talks mediated by Russia, France and the U.S. have produced no results so far. Any status of Nagorno-Karabakh out of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity no discussion topic http://www.today.az/news/politics/152212.html Politics Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:39:00 +0400 Any status of Nagorno-Karabakh out of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity is not a topic of discussion, Hikmet Hajiyev, spokesman for Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry, told Trend June 30.He was commenting on the statement by Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian that the status of Nagorno-Karabakh is not a topic of discussion."International community recognized and supported the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Azerbaijan within its internationally recognized borders," said Hajiyev. "The UN Security Council's resolutions 822, 853, 874 and 884 indicate that Nagorno-Karabakh is an integral part of Azerbaijan and it is unacceptable to use force to occupy territories.""To resolve the conflict, the Armenian armed forces should be fully and unconditionally withdrawn from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan," he added.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./By Trend/ Book on Azerbaijani cuisine launched in California http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/152211.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:27:00 +0400 ? book presentation and signing event for Pomegranates and Saffron cookbook took place in the test kitchen of Melissa’s Produce in Vernon, CA.Melissa’s Produce is the largest distributor of specialty produce in the United States. About 30 people—food writers, bloggers, and journalists—were invited to the event. Guests were served traditional Azerbaijani dishes prepared by Melissa’s chefs from the recipes in Pomegranates and Saffron. The author, Feride Buyuran, gave a presentation about the book and Azerbaijani cuisine, followed by a question and answer session, as well as signed books.The book "Pomegranates and Saffron: A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan» was published in two editions in 2014 and 2015. It is the first comprehensive publication about the Azerbaijani cuisine in English, consisting of 336 pages. The book contains 200 recipes of Azerbaijani salads, soups, dough dishes, meat, vegetables, breads, rice, drinks and desserts that are adapted for cooking in Western countries.The book also includes recipes from Farida Buyuran’s blog (azcookbook.com.), national Azerbaijani proverbs on cuisine and banquet, which, in turn, gives the book a unique flavor./By Azertac/ Azerbaijani GM follows leader in Slovenia http://www.today.az/news/sports/152210.html Sports Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:15:00 +0400 Azerbaijani grandmaster Arkadij Naiditsch is 1,5 points behind Ukrainian Andrey Volokit at the 20th Milan Vidmar Memorial in Slovenia.Naydich shares second place with 2 rivals with 3 points after 5 rounds.The Azerbaijani GM drew with Serbian Ivan Ivanisevic.Naydich will next take on the tournament’s leader./By Azertac/ “Azerbaijan is UN’s reliable partner” http://www.today.az/news/politics/152209.html Politics Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:51:00 +0400 “Azerbaijan is UN’s reliable partner,” said Mogens Lykketoft, president of the 70th session of the UN General Assembly as he met Azerbaijan’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garayev.The minister informed Lykketoft about the high level of relations between the country and the UN. Mr. Garayev highlighted the seventh Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations held in Baku.The minister also informed Lykketoft about the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and its consequences, about the living conditions of IDPs and refugees, non-fulfillment of four resolutions, adopted by the UN Security Council on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.Mr. Garayev invited Lykketoft to take part in the 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, which will be held in Azerbaijan’s capital in 2017./By Azertac/ Istanbul airport attack suicide-bombers Tajiks http://www.today.az/news/regions/152208.html World news Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:34:00 +0400 Three suicide-bombers, who committed the terrorist attack at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport June 28, were Tajiks, Turkish Milliyet newspaper reported June 30.According to the recent information, the terrorist attack occurred at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport June 28, as a result of which 42 people were killed and 239 injured.The “Islamic State” (IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group stands behind the attack, according to the preliminary information./By Trend/ Armenia continues to violate ceasefire with Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/152207.html Politics Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:23:00 +0400 Armenian armed forces have 14 times violated the ceasefire with Azerbaijan on the line of contact over the past 24 hours, said Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry June 30.Azerbaijani positions located in the nameless heights of the Qazakh district took fire from the positions located in the nameless heights of Armenia’s Ijevan district.Azerbaijani positions underwent fire from the positions located near Kuropatkino village of the Khojavand district, Horadiz, Qarakhanbayli, Ashagi Seyidahmadli villages of the Fizuli district.Azerbaijani positions also underwent fire from the nameless heights of the Goranboy district.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./By Trend/ Azerbaijani currency rates on June 30 http://www.today.az/news/business/152206.html Business Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0400 Official exchange rate of the US dollar and euro to Azerbaijani manat was set at 1.5394 manats and 1.7090 manats, respectively, on June 30.According to the currency exchange rate corridor set by the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA), currency exchange offices can't buy US dollars from population at a rate less than 1.4778 manats per dollar or sell the US dollars at a rate exceeding 1.6010 manats per dollar.The exchange rates at banks should not be less than 1.6406 manats when buying euros from the population and should not exceed 1.7774 manats when selling them.Below are the exchange rates of Azerbaijani manat against the world currencies and precious metals June 30, according to the Central Bank.Currencies and precious metalsJune 30, 20161 US dollar1 USD1,53941 euro1 EUR1,7091 Australian dollar1 AUD1,14491 Argentine peso1 ARS0,1029100 Belarusian rubles100 BYR0,00771 Brazilian real1 BRL0,47441 UAE dirham1 AED0,41911 South African rand1 ZAR0,1038100 South Korean won100 KRW0,13371 Czech crown1 CZK0,06311 Chilean peso1 CLP0,23261 Chinese yuan1 CNY0,23171 Danish krone1 DKK0,22981 Georgian lari1 GEL0,65371 Hong Kong dollar1 HKD0,19841 Indian rupee1 INR0,02281 British pound1 GBP2,0622100 Indonesian rupiah100 IDR0,0117100 Iranian rials100 IRR0,00511 Swedish krona1 SEK0,18171 Swiss franc1 CHF1,571 Israeli shekel1 ILS0,39971 Canadian dollar1 CAD1,18831 Kuwaiti dinar1 KWD5,09821 Kazakh tenge1 KZT0,00451 Kyrgyz som1 KGS0,0228100 Lebanese pounds100 LBP0,10211 Malaysian ringgit1 MYR0,38251 Mexican peso1 MXP0,0831 Moldavian leu1 MDL0,07771 Egyptian pound1 EGP0,17341 Norwegian krone1 NOK0,1832100 Uzbek soums100 UZS0,05231 Polish zloty1 PLN0,38671 Russian ruble1 RUB0,02411 Singapore dollar1 SGD1,1411 Saudi riyal1 SAR0,41041 SDR (IMF Special Drawing Rights)1 SDR2,14881 Turkish lira1 TRY0,53151 Taiwan dollar1 TWD0,04771 Tajik somoni1 TJS0,19591 New Turkmen manat1 TMM0,45771 Ukrainian hryvnia1 UAH0,0618100 Japanese yen100 JPY1,49841 New Zealand dollar1 NZD1,091Gold (1 ounce)1 XAU2034,3171Silver (1 ounce)1 XAG28,1556Platinum (1 ounce)1 XPT1534,7818Palladium (1 ounce)1 XPD895,9308/By Trend/ Fitch: Azerbaijan restores trust to national currency http://www.today.az/news/business/152205.html Business Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:24:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Nigar AbbasovaThe state of Azerbaijan is gradually restoring trust to its national currency, Trend reported citing a report by Fitch Rating on the sovereign credit rating of the developing European countries.The report reads that the decrease of the recession level in Russia has influenced neighboring countries, including Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.“Both countries are gradually restoring trust to the national currencies following adjustment of the forex rates in 2015. Despite the fact that the process in Kazakhstan is more rapid, the level of trust to Azerbaijani manat also increases”Currently, the government of Azerbaijan takes certain measures to adapt to the processes that occur in the world economy, according to the outlook.“Azerbaijan is gradually adapting to low oil prices and sharp fluctuations in the currency market that occurred in 2015. The government has already focused its attention on the provision of all necessary conditions and financial instruments to manage floating exchange rate,” the outlook reads.Fitch analysts forecast that the country will face double-digit inflation rates at the end of the year.Earlier, Finance Minister Samir Sharifov said that the country will gradually restore its sovereign rating. Inflation rate in Azerbaijan in 2016 is forecasted to be at the level of 10-12 percent while the rate in 2015 amounted to 4 percent, according to the country’s Finance Ministry.The CBA switched to the floating rate of the manat on December 21, 2015 because of the necessity to bring the currency market and the exchange rate of the manat into line with oil prices.Fitch’s credit rating for Azerbaijan was last reported at BB+ with negative outlook.Official exchange rate of the US dollar and euro to Azerbaijani manat was set at 1.5363 manats and 1.7004 manats, respectively, on June 29. Baku Fashion Night 2016 wraps up in Baku http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/152204.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 29 Jun 2016 18:00:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Laman IsmayilovaBaku Fashion Night, organized by FMS Models Agency with the support of Excelsior Hotel & SPA wrapped up in Baku on June 25, Trend Life reported.Firstly, guests of the event were presented an interesting program that featured exhibition by ceramist Vusala Agaraziyeva, whose works have been exhibited in different showrooms in the country and abroad. The event also featured expo of accessories, jewelry and ornaments made by young Azerbaijani designers.The main attraction of the evening was the presentation of fashion collection "Summer 2016", along with the presentation of a collection of knitted swimwear by Mehriban Melikova.Moreover, the technique of Irish lace by Alyona Salimova was showcased for the first time in Azerbaijan. In conclusion, talented designer Sehri Rahimov presented his collection "Tenderness".The event ended with the performance of jazz singer, participant of various international festivals Aysel Mammadova.Baku Fashion Night which runs since 2014, is regularly held twice a year for the Fall-Winter and Spring-Summer seasons. It is the first major fashion project involving several designers. The project aims at promoting local designers as well as revealing new talents.Founded in 2005, the leading Azerbaijani model agency FMS Models operates in all areas of the fashion industry. The aim of the agency is to cooperate with world-renowned modeling agencies.Media partners of the event are Trend, Day.az , Milli.az and Azernews.az Russia to lift boycott on Turkey as tourist destination http://www.today.az/news/regions/152203.html World news Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:53:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Fatma BabayevaRussia began taking measures for the normalization of relations with Turkey after receiving Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s letter on the SU-24 incident.In a telephone call to his Turkish counterpart Erdogan, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed lifting the restrictions on Russian tourists visiting Turkey, according to the press service of Kremlin, reported Ria Novosti.The Russian president noted that he will instruct governmental authorities to enter into negotiations with the relevant Turkish agencies in order to restore mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in trade, economic and other spheres.In this regards, it is desirable that the Turkish government will take extra steps to ensure the security of Russian citizens in Turkey.President Putin also underlined that Turkish leader’s letter created prerequisites to turn over a “crises” page in the bilateral relations and begin the process of resuming collaboration on international and regional issues, as well as, developing entire range of Russian-Turkish relations.Relations between Russia and Turkey deteriorated after Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Su-24 bomber on November 24, 2015. Turkey said the bomber entered its airspace, while Russia denied its warplane flying into the Turkish skies.Following the incident, Moscow imposed a wide-range of sanctions against Turkey starting in January, including the end of visa-free travel and a ban on Turkish food products. Moreover, Russia called on its citizens to boycott Turkey as a tourist destination. Economic relations between the two countries saw decline as well.Recently, Turkish President Erdogan sent a letter to his Russian counterpart, where he expressed regret over the incident with Russian SU-24 jet and condolences to the family of the deceased pilot.In addition, Turkey agreed to pay compensation according to the country’s officials.Commenting on the improving relations with Russia, Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Yildrim thanked Azerbaijan for its assistance in normalizing the country’s relations with Russian Federation.Azerbaijan is also going to benefit from the ice-melting in Russian-Turkish ties as the country does not need any more to prefer one ally over another.The recent developments between Turkey and Russia are also anticipated to positively affect the process of resolving Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Who stands behind terrorist attack at Turkish Airport? http://www.today.az/news/regions/152202.html World news Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:39:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Fatma BabayevaThe recent terror attacks on Turkey's Ataturk airport had a shock effect making many to believe that there is not a fortuity that the bloody attacks coincided with the normalization of the country's relations with Russia and Israel.Although ISIS claims responsibility for the event, according to the preliminary information, some say not only Daesh is involved.Some analysts assure that definite external forces are interested in disbanding Turkey.The terror attack is said to have a certain message, while the world’s major intelligence services and financial or political institutions may stand behind the attack as well, they believe.Terrorist attacks have become frequent in both eastern and western parts of the country, which is host to over 3 million refugees, mainly from war-torn Syria. They prove that there are social, political and economic reasons causing this.On the other hand, planning a terrorist attack takes months, sometimes years. Thus, there are also supporters of the idea that the happened incident is only a coincident.Arzu Nagiyev, expert on security and geopolitical issues told milli.az that ISIS is not the only one to be blamed for the incident. He believes the way the terrorist attack was planned – firing guns and explosion – is not the style of religious radical groups who prefer suicide bombing. Thus, there can be a hand of other states’ special service agencies or terrorist groups in what happened, he added.Even some among the representative of the political parties in the Turkish parliament bolster the terrorist groups, the expert underlined.Then, a question arises why ISIS claimed the responsibility for the attack, if it did not commit it.Nagiyev went on saying that ISIS is weak now, and it is just a way to prove it still exists. Additionally, it is also beneficial for special service agencies that someone is taking on the responsibility.Some even claim that the recent terrorist attack is devoted to the second anniversary of the ISIS declaring Islamic State Caliphate.Also, Turkey’s improving relations with ISIS foes - Russia and Israel bothers the terrorist group as joint combat may be implemented against it.As a result of the terrorist attack occurred at Turkey’s Ataturk Airport on June 28, lives of 36 people were claimed and 147 were wounded.As a country encountering terrorist attacks on the regular basis, Turkey needs to apply better preventive measures and enhance its security system. Explosion in Turkish province; 3 servicemen injured http://www.today.az/news/regions/152201.html World news Wed, 29 Jun 2016 17:15:00 +0400 An explosion has occurred on a main road in Turkey’s Mardin province, the CNN Turk TV channel reported June 29.The explosion occurred when a military convoy was passing through. Three servicemen were injured as a result of the incident, according to the report.Reportedly, the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist group stands behind the terrorist attack.The conflict between Turkey and the PKK, which demands the creation of an independent Kurdish state, has continued for over 25 years and has claimed more than 40,000 lives.The UN and the European Union list the PKK as a terrorist organization./By Trend/ Romanian envoy: NATO-Azerbaijan ties have strategic value http://www.today.az/news/politics/152199.html Politics Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:40:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Laman IsmayilovaRomanian envoy to Baku, Daniel Cristian Ciobanu delivered a speech at the summer session of NATO International School of Azerbaijan within the panel “NATO partnerships and indivisibility of security in the Euro-Atlantic area as a ‘common response’ to regional security challenges” on June 29.The other panelists were Dr. Bartek Nowak from Transatlantic Academy and Dr. Tracey German from King’s College in London.Ciobanu underlined that Romania is fulfilling for the fourth time in a row the mandate of NATO Contact Point Embassy in Azerbaijan.“This is the only current case of such a long involvement of a country as a Contact Point Embassy. In this capacity Romanian Embassy managed to build excellent and productive ties with Azerbaijani authorities and non-governmental organizations, contributing to raising public awareness about the Alliance and strengthening NATO-Azerbaijan political dialogue and cooperation,” he said.The ambassador further said that at the Warsaw Summit (8-9 July 2016), NATO will deliver important decisions to boost security in and around Europe. He stressed that to safeguard the security at home, North Atlantic Alliance must also project stability beyond its borders.“NATO is facing a very complex and fluid security environment with many challenges. North Atlantic Alliance is responding with strength, resolve and readiness. Modern challenges require a modern Alliance,” he added.Ciobanu also highlighted that relations between NATO and Azerbaijan are developing strongly and they have a strategic value, noting that NATO-Azerbaijan partnership is based on active political dialogue and substantial practical cooperation.“Azerbaijan has a pivotal role to play in increasing European energy security and has, in the same time, huge opportunities in the field of freight transport,” he said. “It’s important that NATO and its partners maintain strategic awareness regarding the new risks that could affect the security of energy infrastructure and vital energy supplies.”Ciobanu emphasized that as a NATO and EU member, Romania is determined to further promote and actively support Azerbaijan’s efforts to enhance its relations with the European and Euro-Atlantic institutions.NATO and Azerbaijan are actively cooperating on democratic, institutional, and military reforms, as well as conducting practical cooperation in various areas.Azerbaijan aspires to achieve Euro-Atlantic standards and get closer to Euro-Atlantic institutions. In this regard, supporting the security sector reform and establishing democratic institutions are the key elements of the NATO-Azerbaijan cooperation.The Azerbaijan-NATO cooperation is carried out within the "Partnership for Peace" program. Earlier, NATO adopted a document of the fourth stage of the Individual Partnership Action Plan for 2015-2016. WTO to consider Azerbaijan's economic plan http://www.today.az/news/business/152200.html Business Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:17:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Amina NazarliThe next round of talks on Azerbaijan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) scheduled for July 21-22 in Geneva is of great interest for WTO member countries.Director of the Accessions Division at WTO, Chiedu Osakwe announced about this while talking to Trend, further adding that Azerbaijan is an important country in the region with the largest economy, which is extremely attractive for WTO members.Osakwe noted that during the negotiations the sides will discuss changes occurred in the economy, as well as reforms in the agriculture sphere."WTO member-states plan to hold meetings with Azerbaijan, where the country will respond to the questions given at the last meeting in 2015,” Osakwe emphasized. “The participants will be interested in how the government supports the economy amid the low oil prices, whether Baku has strategic plan for economic development in this situation.”Commenting on the possible terms of Azerbaijan's accession to the WTO, Osakwe said that the process is entirely different, and much depends on the government.“It is difficult to say how long Azerbaijan's joining the WTO will take. Negotiations started in 2004. For example, negotiations on the membership of Kazakhstan to the WTO took 19 years, China became a member in 15 years, while Russia in 18 years,” he explained.So far three countries including Russia, Saudi Arabia and Norway have offered to the Azerbaijani government to start bilateral negotiations in the framework of the country’s accession to WTO.Since regaining its independence, Azerbaijan has constantly been pursuing opportunities to expand its foreign trade. Some was argue that an effort to help may be if Baku becomes a member of the WTO. Azerbaijan began the accession process in 1997 but submitted the required memorandum on its foreign trade regime in 1999.Experts say joining the WTO, Azerbaijan can increase its integration into the world economy, achieve more liberalization in foreign trade, and simplify customs supervision procedures, among other things. Moreover, the accession will also give Azerbaijan greater access to international financial institutions, something that should by means of careful negotiation boost the country’s economic well-being.Currently, the country is in the process of holding negotiations with 19 countries.Azerbaijan has accomplished negotiations and signed protocols with Turkey, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Georgia and Kyrgyzstan. Turkey mourning Istanbul airport attack victims http://www.today.az/news/regions/152198.html World news Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:00:00 +0400 Turkey announced a day of mourning to honor the victims of the June 28 terrorist attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, TRT Haber news channel reported June 29.Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport came under a terrorist attack June 28.Forty-one people were killed as a result of the terrorist attack and currently, 239 injured are receiving treatment in Turkish hospitals.The “Islamic State” (IS, ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group stands behind the attack, according to preliminary reports./By Trend/ Turkish ensemble performs at Silk Way Int'l Music Festival http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/152193.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:35:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Laman IsmayilovaThe concert of Turkish ensemble "?imdi"(Now) took place at the Palace of Shaki Khans on June 28, Day.az reported.Fascinating show was organized in the framework of the 7th International Silk Way Music Festival in Azerbaijan’s Sheki region, the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World 2016. The festival, which is being supported by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, will run until July 4.The event was attended by representatives of Executive Power of the Sheki City, Azerbaijan Union of Composers and TURKSOY, as well as music lovers."?imdi" is a new project in the footsteps of the Sufi tradition of Anatolia. "?imdi "is founded by singer and composer Bora Uymaz, who is one of the most prolific figures of this tradition in Turkey. The ensemble is comprised of a Bora Uymaz (vocals), Ali Polattemir (ney), Mehmet Yalg?n (kemenche), Volkan Ergen (percussion), Hasan Kirish (tanbur) and Shirin Pancaroglu (harp).The audience was delighted by the performance of Turkish musicians. The ensemble was awarded with the symbol of the festival.The concerts of "?imdi", Anatolian dance group (Turkey), ensemble Vas-Liqa (Japan) and Sahil (Iran) will run until June 30.Further, the publications "Musical folklore Sheki" and "Sheki Performing arts " will be presented at Sheki Music College on June 30. The publications which cover musical traditions of the region have been written by musicologist Saadat Texmirazkizi.The meeting with artistic director and chief conductor of Azerbaijan State Orchestra of Folk Instruments, Agaverdi Pashayev will be held on July 1. The event is dedicated to 80th anniversary the folk orchestra.The closing ceremony will feature the performance of Azerbaijan State Orchestra of Folk Instruments and the State Song and Dance Ensemble under the direction of conductor.Holding such a grand music festival, which has become a wonderful tradition, in Sheki, is not by mere chance. For centuries this beautiful city, which is located along the route of the ancient Silk Road, was an important center of art and commerce.Today Sheki is a unique place that has preserved the culture of urban planning inherent to medieval towns.Rare historical and architectural monuments of the city - caravanserais, mosques, minarets, walls, bridges, etc. - indicate the ancient architectural style of Sheki. Azerbaijan's multiculturalism fight against Armenian terrorism http://www.today.az/news/politics/152194.html Politics Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:31:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Amina NazarliA round-table entitled “The Armenian terrorism and Azerbaijani multiculturalism” supported by the Baku International Multiculturalism Center (BIMC), Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, the Knowledge Fund under the Azerbaijani President, the State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations, the Science Development Fund under the President of Azerbaijan and the State Committee on Work with Diaspora of Azerbaijan was held in Baku on June 28.The round-table was organized as a part of the “Terror Against Multiculturalism” project.Along with the local experts, the event was attended also by the foreign scientists, investigators of the Armenian terrors.BIMC head, Professor Kamal Abdullayev, opening the event, stated that the aim of the event is to show the world that the Armenian terror is directed against the humanity.The state counselor noted that to capture the Azerbaijani lands, Armenian terrorist and separatist groups developed a multi-vector and complex doctrine entitled "Armenian terrorism ". He said that Armenian terrorism begins to act on a fertile ground, that lacks multicultural environment, ethnic and religious diversity.“In the early 20th century, Armenian nationalists invented myths about "Great Armenia" and "Armenian genocide", and carried out policy of genocide in the area from eastern Anatolia to Fergana against the innocent civilian population, regardless of language, religion, age and sex. Millions of people including Anatolian Turks, Uzbeks, Turkmens, Persians, and peoples living in Azerbaijan - Azerbaijanis, Lezgins, Tats, Jews, Kurds, Germans, Russian, Georgians and even Armenians themselves became victims of Armenian terrorism. On hearing this, I was surprised, but the fact remains. Based on it, we can say that the Armenian terrorism is the systematic activities against humanity as a whole,” Kamal Abdullayev said.He further went on to speak about traditions of multiculturalism in Azerbaijan, saying that multiculturalism, as a way of life of the Azerbaijani people, has come a long historical path and become one of the major policies of the state.“But this path of development has historically faced a "black bar" - terrorism. Armenian terrorism became the main bloody obstacle on the way of multiculturalism. Until 1965, Armenian terrorists have not talked about the reasons for Armenian terrorism perpetrated throughout the 20th century, then as its reason, they showed the fictional "Armenian genocide" and under this pretext, they continued their crimes,” he said.Armenians say allegedly some 1.5 million of their people were killed in a “genocidal campaign” by Ottoman forces ordered by Minister of War Enver Pasha and other top officials to wipe them from Anatolia.Ankara, in turn categorically, denies the term "genocide", insisting that the Turks and the Armenians both suffered in the clashes, when Armenians joined forces with invading Russian troops in the hope of carving out their own state.Director of the History Institute, Professor Yagub Mahmudov, addressing the event, highly appreciated the importance of the "Terror Against Multiculturalism" project, describing the round table as a successful step towards finding an answer to a number of issues.Mahmudov reminded the participants that the Armenian nation was settled in the Caucasus by decision of the Russian Emperor Peter I for occupation purposes."Founded in 1918, the first Armenian state put forward territorial claims to Turkey, Azerbaijan and Georgia. Before Armenians settled in this region, peoples here had coexisted peacefully," the professor stressed.Speaking at the event Michael Gunther, Professor of the Sociology and Political Sciences Department of the Tennessee Technology University (USA) also blamed Armenian terrorism.“Armenians accuse Turks and other Turkic-speaking peoples living in the region, in commitment of genocide. Most Armenians believe in this fiction because they do not know their own history,” he voiced.Russian political analyst Oleg Kuznetsov, in turn, called modern Armenia the product of terrorism.“Armenian terrorism has special specific features, and its hallmark is transnationality -- it is when statehood borders and the principles of humanity are not taken in the account,” the political analyst noted. Family Festival kicks off in Baku http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/152192.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:28:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan Carpet Museum, the most visited art museum in Baku, hosted "Family Festival" on June 25-26.The festival was organized with support of the Azerbaijani Culture and Tourism Ministry under the initiative of children's museum at the Carpet Museum and under the guidance of Asli Samadova.During the festival, guests got acquainted with the history of Azerbaijani carpets and decorative applied art and even familiarized with process of carpet weaving. In addition, festival featured various interesting competitions and excursions."Family festival" is a new initiative which aims to expand the concept of the Museum, making it a place for family entertainment.The idea of the festival is to popularize the Museum as a place of art and perfect family vacation.Young visitors enjoyed special program, prepared by Museum staff, and open lessons for parents and children. Moreover, the festival featured 20-minute mini-tours of the Museum's collection and the history of carpet weaving.The event involved members of different organizations, who worked with children as well as collectors of national dresses, art workers, illustrators and animators.The project "National heritage” presented under the initiative of Asli Samedova was sponsored by UNESCO and foreign museums. The project includes a special route map "Beauty is in the details" based on the family tour of the Metropolitan Museum in New-York, association games of London's Victoria and Albert Museum, coloring books and puzzles, the contest "the Art detective" and much more.The open lessons and games based on the materials of European network of science centers and museums (ECSITE) have been presented for the first time.The author's reading of the tale "the Magic carpet of Ali and Zumrud" revealed the secrets of "dragon carpets" waved in Shusha in the 18th century. Don't miss unique summer art camp “Catch Your Wave!” http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/152191.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:21:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Laman IsmayilovaSummer Art camp “Catch Your Wave!” invites everyone to spend summer together with the best dance teachers, winners of various dance and acting competitions on July 4-10, Trend Life reported. The camp is held with the support of Azerbaijan Youth Union (AYU) and Azerbaijan Dance Association.The organizers include professional teachers and creative people, as well as foreign choreographers, who love their job and children. Through various creative workshops, everyone will be able to discover the immeasurable qualities within themselves.The festival's program includes sports games, interesting contests, workshops on acting, dance, yoga, stretching and fitness together with Hannah Geldman.Guests will also enjoy a wide range of entertaining programs such as workshops on Indian dance and yoga with Solmaz Arti, intellectual games, evening gatherings near campfire, themed parties, hiking, trips, presentations about the dance from the leading experts and much more.The camp “Catch Your Wave!” bears full responsibility for the life and health of children.The whole territory of camp is under video surveillance. Children under the age of 16are supervised at all times by a responsible teacher. The camp meets all sanitary and epidemiologic requirements for children nutrition and has its own medical center." Official page: https://www.facebook.com/events/278236882513144/For more information, please contact:+994(50) 555-86-26E-mail: dance-az@mail.ruYou can ask any questions on the social page of Azerbaijani Dance Association :https://www.facebook.com/1dance.az/Media partners of the event are Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az Armenian vandalism: war crimes and termination of heritage of whole nation http://www.today.az/news/politics/152197.html Politics Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:19:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Gunay CamalCultural and historic heritage – the principal means by which one nation understands the world, identifies itself among many others and leaves for generations to preserve – is coming under attacks by Armenian vandals, who destroy everything on their road to keep the occupied territories and thus as a target that must be eliminated.For more than two decades Azerbaijan suffers from vandalism of Armenia, which keeps under occupation 20 percent of its neighboring country. This vandalism is not limited to private people of over million Azerbaijani refugees and IDPs, who were forced to leave their homes following the Nagorno-Karabakh war, but also historical and spiritual heritage.The State Committee for Work with Religious Organizations has recently announced the list of historical and religious monuments in the frontal area, which were damaged during the April provocation of Armenia.The shelling of Agdam and Terter regions resulted in destruction of historical and religious monuments of the 19th century, while some mosques were irreparably damaged."The shelling caused cracks on the walls of mosques in villages Khindiristan, Ahmadagaly and Zengishaly of Aghdam. The same damage is also observed on the walls of "Juma" mosque in Terter. Artillery shell destroyed one of the minarets of "Juma" mosque in the town of Terter,” the committee stated.The shelling of cemetery in Mahrizli village of Aghdam by Armenian militaries completely destroyed six graves, while tombstones of seven graves were damaged.The State Committee further added that approximately 403 historical and religious monuments, 67 of which are mosques, 144 are sanctuaries and 192 are places of worship have been left in the occupied territories.As many as 34 towns and villages along the contact line between the Armenian and Azerbaijani troops were fired at, a number of civilians, including children were killed and wounded as a result of the Armenian attack and the subsequent strikes in early April, 2016.As many as 353 civil buildings were destroyed or seriously damaged, some 314 of which are private houses, three schools, three kindergartens, one cultural center and catering building.For over two decades, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in conflict, which emerged over Armenia's territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor. Despite the official ceasefire back in 1994, each year the conflict becomes a cause of the deaths of dozens of civilians and military.Shusha, Agdam, Fizuli, Jabrayil, Zangilan and Gubadli cities were completely ruined and plundered by the Armed Forces of Armenia. Today’s views of Agdam and Shusha cities resemble the ghost cities, while before the occupation there existed over thousand Azerbaijani residential settlements, hundreds of historical and architectural monuments, caravanserais, mansions, mosques, mausoleums, cemeteries, sepulchres, tombstones etc.Armenian militants are also destroying archaeological treasures and smashing sculptures and statues, which prove to whom these lands historically belonged.Today, not a single historic and cultural monument or tombstone belonging to Azerbaijani nation can b found in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Armenians implement policy of vandalism in a planned manner in Nagorno-Karabakh, while the Armenian government is engaged in ruthless “armenization” of historical, architectural and cultural monuments.In total, Armenians plundered and set alight 464 historical monuments and museums and nine palaces of historical importance. 152 sacred places and temples, including 62 mosques remaining in the occupied territories have fallen victim to Armenian aggression.Over 4.6 million books and samples of rare manuscripts were destroyed in 927 libraries which were razed to the ground or set on fire.It is impossible to assess the damage caused by Armenian vandals to the cultural sites of Azerbaijan in the occupied lands as the destroyed heritage are considered the exceptional masterpieces of not only Azerbaijan, but also the whole human civilization.Besides the moral and psychological trauma caused to the Azerbaijani nation, according to the preliminary calculations, as a result of aggression of the Armenian Armed Forces, the damage inflicted on the Azerbaijani economy exceeds $800 billion. OSCE chairman: Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has potential to escalate http://www.today.az/news/politics/152196.html Politics Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:15:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Gunay CamalThe conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh has a potential to escalate, RIA Novosti quoted OSCE Chairman, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as saying on June 29.Steinmeier, who will pay a visit to Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia starting from June 30, is expected to mull settlement of the conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh in Baku and Yerevan. The visit is carried out in the framework of the German presidency of the OSCE.“During the German presidency of the OSCE, we have a responsibility to extinguish the danger at possible extent- through ceasefire consolidation, building confidence and by the imminent start of negotiations,” he told reporters in Berlin ahead of the Baku visit.For over two decades, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in conflict which emerged over Armenia's territorial claims against 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.The German chairmanship earlier asserted that Germany favors the intensification of the negotiations under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.The OSCE Minsk Group, which was established back in 1994, is co-chaired by France, the Russian Federation, and the United States. The group’s permanent members are Belarus, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Finland, and Turkey, as well as Armenia and Azerbaijan. Int'l youth competition "Young rescuers" underway in Gabala http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/152190.html Arts & Entertainment Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:11:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Laman IsmayilovaGabala hosts the 4th international youth competition "Young rescuers", Trend Life reported.The main purpose of the competition is to raise the level of emergency preparedness of teenagers and young schoolchildren and promote responsible approach to personal and public safety, form military and patriotic spirit of the young generation, develop and promote a healthy lifestyle among schoolchildren.The competition is attended by 6 teams from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Pakistan, Russia and Turkey. The teams consist students aged 13-17.The jury of the competition consists of experienced rescuers.The competition program includes five stages. Through the competition, adolescents will show their skills in the following disciplines: fire relay race, assault course, search and rescue operation. In addition, competitors must show creativity and prepare a wall newspaper.The competition will run until July 2. Azerbaijani chess players grab five European medals http://www.today.az/news/sports/152189.html Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:52:00 +0400 Azerbaijani chess players have claimed 5 medals, including a gold at the European Championship among schoolchildren in Kallithea, Greece.The gold medal came from Ziya Mammadov.Aydin Suleymanli and Sabina Rzali won the silver, while Farid Malikov and Susan Mammadova scooped the bronze medals of the tournament.The Swiss system tournament featured 9 rounds, and brought together 256 chess players./By Azertac/ Death toll reaches 41 in Istanbul terrorist attack http://www.today.az/news/regions/152195.html World news Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:37:00 +0400 The death toll as a result of the terrorist attack committed at Istanbul Ataturk International Airport June 28 has reached 41 people, the TRT Haber news channel reported June 29.Thirteen of the killed are teforeigners.Turkish, Saudi Arabian, Iraqi, Tunisian, Uzbek, Iranian, Jordanian and Ukrainian citizens are among the killed.Currently, 239 people who were injured as a result of the terrorist attack are receiving medical treatment in Turkish hospitals.The “Islamic State” (IS, aka ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) terrorist group stands behind the terrorist attack, according to the preliminary data./By Trend/ National gymnasts successfully perform at international competitions http://www.today.az/news/sports/152188.html Sports Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:36:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Amina NazarliSuccesses of Azerbaijani gymnasts continue to delight their fans. This time the national athletes returned with medals from Kazakhstan.Azerbaijani acrobats successfully participated in Acrobatic Gymnastics events at "Irtyshskiye Zory-2016" International Tournament held in Kazakhstan’s Pavlodar city on June 25-27.Having performed within the age group of 12-18-year old, the gymnasts in Mixed Pair consisting of Abdulla Al-Mashayki and Ruhidil Gurbanli showed the best result among their rivals and won the gold.Competing within the age category of 13-19-year-old acrobats, another Mixed Pair including Aghasif Rahimov and Nurjan Jabbarli ranked the 2nd.Seymur Jafarov and Murad Akparov, who performed among juniors, also claimed silver at the competition.In parallel with the acrobatic event, national gymnasts competed in the Anadia World Challenge Cup held on June 23-26 in Anadia, Portugal.On June 26, when Azerbaijan celebrated the Day of the Armed Forces, the country’s national anthem was sounded in Portuguese Anadia city.Oleg Stepko, who will represent Azerbaijan at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, won gold medal on his favorite apparatus – Parallel Bars. He received 15.800 points from the judges for this routine.Reaching the finals on Floor and Rings, Oleg ranked 7th on both apparatus.Another national representative Petro Pakhnyuk, who, together with Oleg reached the final on Parallel Bars, took the 5th place. Azerbaijan, Iran to swap electricity soon http://www.today.az/news/business/152184.html Business Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:23:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Fatma BabayevaAzerbaijan and Iran will begin swapping electricity in the near future.Iran’s Energy Minister Hamid Chitchian, addressing a meeting with a group of senior directors of the Ministry on June 28, said that necessary grounds have been prepared for electricity swap with Azerbaijan and the project should be operational this summer, IRNA reported.He said that the power grids for exchange of energy with Azerbaijan are completed and Iran will swap as much as 600 megawatts of power with Azerbaijan.Iran’s power infrastructure (a power transmission line and pole) for electricity export to Azerbaijan is completed, according to the minister.Current volume of electricity trade between Tehran and Baku, which stands at 10 MW, will increase as power grids of the two countries have already been synchronized.Electricity trade between the two neighbors will enable power exports to a third country like Russia and Georgia as well.Experts believe that Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia will benefit from linking the electricity networks. Additionally, Azerbaijan will get dividends for transmission of electricity as a transit country by carrying out electricity export-import operations between Russia and Iran.Earlier this year, Azerbaijani Minister of Energy Natig Aliyev said that Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia are working on the establishment of the North-South energy corridor among the three countries.Enjoying the relevant infrastructure for electricity transmission, Azerbaijan's electricity production capacities also allow the country to be an electricity exporter.Earlier in February 2016, a framework agreement on the sale of electric power was concluded between the two neighbors, which envisaged the construction and operation of new hydro plants (Khoda Afarin and Qiz Qalasi) and hydroelectric complexes on the Araz River.Moreover, Azerbaijan signed a MoU on electricity swap with Iran at the end of the last year to link the two countries' power networks and swap of electricity.Azerbaijan has a very little share in Iran's annual 10.24-billion kWh electricity energy export, according to the annual report of Iran's Energy Ministry.The country's share from Iran's 4.1 billion KWh electricity energy import stood at 0.1 percent in last Iranian fiscal year (ended March 20).Overall, the Islamic Republic exports over 11 GWh of electricity to regional countries per year.Iran also eyes synchronizing its electricity grid with those of European countriesIran plans to increase its capacity for generating electricity to 100,000 MW by 2020 from the current 74,000 MW. Istanbul airport attack suicide-bombers not Turkish citizens http://www.today.az/news/regions/152183.html World news Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:11:00 +0400 /By Azernews/The suicide-bombers, who committed the terrorist attack at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport June 28, were not Turkish citizens, Turkish Haber7 newspaper reported on June 29 citing the sources in the law enforcement agencies.Some 27 victims have been already identified, according to the information.Three suicide bombers launched a major attack at the Ataturk Airport last night, spraying bullets into crowds of terrified passengers and security personnel before blowing themselves up, injuring more than 147 people and killing at least 36.Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that initial indications suggest the Daesh terror group was behind the attack but the investigation is still underway, Daily Sabah reported. Customs reforms underway http://www.today.az/news/business/152185.html Business Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:59:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Sevinc TagiyevaAzerbaijan plans to introduce innovations in the customs field beginning from August in order to optimize customs control over the import and export operations.Chairman of the State Customs Committee Aydin Aliyev said these innovations are aimed at ensuring more operative and more transparent customs clearance, as well as developing relations between government officials and entrepreneurs based on modern management principles.In this regards, it is planned to construct green corridors, use the entry-exit system and a search system.The corridors system facilitates the work of customs and simplifies the procedures for crossing the border customs control. The red corridor works with those who must declare their property, and the green corridor is created for the travelers, who do not have things with them, which are subject to declaring.Aliyev further noted that global crisis and devaluation affected import and export operations."Overall, a rise was observed in the export of agricultural products on the background of slowdown in the trade turnover this year as compared to the previous one. This happens due to fall in imports and low oil prices,” Aliyev said during his televised interview on Tuesday (Region TV), Trend reported.The volume of foreign trade operations of Azerbaijan decreased by 31.78 percent in January to May, 2016 as compared to the same period of 2015 to $6.38 billion. The country's imports made up $3.33 billion, or 18.19 percent less than an index of January-May of 2015. The volume of exports amounted to $3.05 billion (decrease of 42.26 percent for the year). Thus, the foreign trade operations have ended with $281.47 million in red in that period. Kazakhstan becomes non-permanent member of UNSC http://www.today.az/news/regions/152187.html World news Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:26:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Nigar AbbasovaKazakhstan has been elected the United Nations Security Council’s non-permanent member for 2017-2018, Ria Novosti reports.The country became a non-permanent member representing Asian-Oceania region for the first time in its history being elected in a second round of the voting, following the election of Ethiopia, Bolivia, and Sweden.Kazakhstan won support of 138 out of 193 votes of the United Nations member countries and outrun Thailand which scored 55 votes.The candidacy of the last member of the UN Security Council representing West-European group for the next two years will be determined in the course of the third stage of the UN General Assembly’s voting.Kazakhstan announced its bid to secure a seat as a non-permanent member in September 2013. The country became a member state of the United Nation on March 2, 1992.UN Security Council non-permanent membership gives a country a number of privileges. Regardless the fact, that only permanent members of the Council have a veto power over decisions, the non-permanent members may participate in decisions mandate cease-fires during conflict and impose economic penalties on countries.The non-permanent membership is considered to be a recognition and appreciation of the country’s contribution to the promotion of the global security and peace by the international community.The non-permanent membership also gives an opportunity to raise a country’s own issues and represent it to the international community should nine of the 15 members agree to bring it up for discussion.Kazakhstan will replace Malaysia in the United Nations Security Council on January 1, 2017.3 out of 7 candidates including Bolivia (representing the Latin American group), Ethiopia (from the African group) and Sweden (The Western European group) obtained the required majority of votes. Italy and Netherlands are competing for the fifth vacating seat.The UN Security Council is composed of 15 members with 5 being permanent and 10 non-permanent members elected by the UN General Assembly. Uzbekistan to construct textile techno park http://www.today.az/news/regions/152186.html World news Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:12:00 +0400 /By Azernews/By Nigar AbbasovaUzbekistan has launched construction of the textile training and research techno park in the territory of Tashkent textile institute.The total worth of the project amounts to $15 million.The project is implemented by Ozbekyengilsanoat JSC jointly with the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea.The completion of the techno park construction is scheduled for 2018.Main objective of the techno park construction is introduction of the brand-new South Korean innovations and conduction of joint research works in the sphere of material science, dyeing and finishing production, fabric design as well as development of alternative energy sources.The project is aimed at development and implementation of international training and research programs as well as exchange of experience to develop textile industry.Group of buildings with the territory of more than 10,000 square meters is expected to be constructed within the framework of the project. The complex will include experimental-scientific laboratory with the textile machinery, finishing and sewing equipment.Primary contractor of the project is South-Korean IL Kwan E&C Company. Financing of the project will be provided by the grant funds of the official development assistance program of the Korean government.The establishment of the techno park is expected to raise the Uzbek light industry to a qualitatively new level of development and improve the training system for the sector.Textile industry of Uzbekistan is considered to be one of the most dynamic and socially important sectors and ranks high among export-oriented industries of the country’s economy.The Uzbek textile industry is mainly focused on cotton, silk and wool. Traditional crafts like carpet weaving and silk dying are also playing an important role in the growth of Uzbek economy. Cotton crop is considered to be the main agricultural product of Uzbekistan which contributes to a major portion of the country’s total exports. Canceled Istanbul-Baku flight to resume today at 13.00 pm http://www.today.az/news/business/152182.html Business Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:24:00 +0400 AZAL reported that the previously canceled flight from Istanbul to Baku is scheduled to be implemented at 13:00 (GMT + 4 hours). Earlier, this flight was scheduled for 11:30 p.m.Flights from Baku to the Istanbul Ataturk Airport, where a terror attack occurred earlier, have been resumed, Pasha Kesamanski, the spokesman for AZAL said. No passengers and employees of AZAL were injured, he stressed.The Azerbaijan Airlines CJSC (AZAL) has already carried out a flight at 08:45 (GMT + 4 hours), he stated.Earlier, two flights scheduled from Baku to Istanbul were canceled due to the terrorist attack.A terrorist attack occurred at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport as a result of which 36 people were killed and 147 injured, according to recent information./By Azertac/