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 Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, glorious page of national history http://www.today.az/news/politics/161733.html Politics Sun, 28 May 2017 09:47:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina Nazarli"Once raised flag never falls!" was the motto of glorious independence movement in Azerbaijan in the beginning of the 20th century, which proclaimed the establishment of Azerbaijani Democratic Republic.The words written gold in the national history by Mammad Amin Rasulzade, brightest and most prominent political figure of the time, were the major slogan while declaring Azerbaijan's independence on May 28, 1918.On this day a temporary National Council of plenipotentiary representatives of the Azerbaijani people -- the true elite of the nation, was formed in Tiflis. It was the council headed by Rasulzade.This historic day entered the history of the Azerbaijani people as a big and significant event. The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic (ADR), which established the first democratic, legal and secular state in the East, including the Turkic-Islamic world and in the Caucasus as a whole declaring the nation’s independence, demonstrated people's aspirations for independence.The Azerbaijani People's Republic did not lag behind the traditional democratic republics of Europe in terms of its political system, the measures taken for the democratic state structure, as well as its goals and objectives.The establishment of the ADR played an exceptional role in the subsequent approval of the country in the international arena. The leaders of the ADR not only proclaimed the independence of their homeland, but also managed to turn it into one of the recognized figures of the political world order.          The Parliament of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, throughout its activities, including during the uninterrupted 17-month operation, with its experience in the construction of an independent state, adopted by highly qualified legislative acts and decisions, left a deep and rich trace in the history of Azerbaijani statehood and, especially in the Parliamentary culture of the people.The role of the ADR in the history of the statehood and socio-political thought of people is invaluable. The measures undertaken by the state for a short period left a large footprint in the history of the nation.All citizens of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, regardless of their ethnic and religious affiliation, were granted the right to vote. Thus, women gained suffrage for the first time in the Islamic world.Although the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic lasted only 23 months, it proved that even the most brutal colonial regimes and repressions are not able to destroy the ideals of freedom and the tradition of state independence of the Azerbaijani people.The Parliament of Azerbaijan conducted activities in a very complicated internal and international historical situation.To prevent the approaching danger of foreign intervention, the government and the parliament of the ADR did a great job in order to achieve international recognition of the young republic by other states, including the great world powers. In this regard, the Parliament decided to send a special delegation headed by the Chairman of the Parliament Topchubashev, to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919.A delegation of the best representatives of intelligentsia of the time included Mammad Amin Rasulzade, Alimardan bey Topchubashev, Fatali Khan Khoyski, Samad bey Mehmandarov and others. They devoted their lives to establish and immortalize the first independent republic.ADR leaders played very important role in the foundation of ADR and in Azerbaijan’s history, some of them were killed, forced to emigrate and punished in many different ways for dedicating their lives to the idea of free, secular, democratic and independent Azerbaijan.Mammad Amin RasulzadeMammad Amin Rasulzade, famous Azerbaijan statesman and public figure is one of the founding political leaders of the First Azerbaijani Republic. It was Rasulzade who took an active part in the formation of Democratic Republic and was its ideologist. Exactly during the existence of Democratic Republic national Army was established in Azerbaijan. Rasulzade was also involved in the establishment of the State University in Baku in 1919.In August 1920, Rasulzade was arrested by the Soviets. It was only due to his earlier support of Stalin that Rasulzade was released and taken from Baku. For the next two years Rasulzade worked as the press representative at the Commissioner on Nations in Moscow. He was seconded to Finland. For the rest of his life, Rasulzade lived in an exile in Poland, Romania and finally after World War II in Ankara, Turkey.Mammad Amin lived far from his native land, but his soul was always dedicated to his Motherland. Even last word of Rasulzade was: “Azerbaijan”, which he repeated three times.Fatali khan KhoyskyThe first prime minister and one of the founders of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, Fatali khan Khoysky made an immeasurable contribution to the formation and recognition of Azerbaijani statehood.The paramount importance for him was the issue of preserving the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. At the time the main danger came from neighboring Armenia. He was against interference of other states in the affairs of sovereign Azerbaijan.Subsequently, while holding the posts of the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs or simply an MP, Fatali khan directed all his forces to repulse the Armenian aggression and eliminate its consequences.After the fall of the ADR and the establishment of Soviet power in Azerbaijan on April 28, 1920, Khoysky was forced to move to Tiflis, where he was killed by Armenians.Khoysky lived a short but bright life. He was one of the creators of the state, and the existence of today's Azerbaijan Republic was made possible by the activities of this great personality.  Alimardan bey TopchubashevAlimardan bey Topchubashev was an outstanding public and state figure. He became well-known as the editor-in-chief of Kaspi newspaper, which was of one of the largest local publications. Then he was elected to the City Duma (Municipal Parliament of Baku).In early 1919, the official delegation from the Republic of Azerbaijan headed by Topchubashov left for Paris to participate in the Versailles Peace Conference held at the end of World War I. There he played an enormous role in the de-facto Azerbaijani Republic by the Council of Allied Powers in January 1920. However, few months later the communist army took over in Baku, and Topchubashov was never able to return to Azerbaijan. He died on November 8, 1934 in Paris. BP regional president for Azerbaijan congratulates Ilham Aliyev http://www.today.az/news/politics/161732.html Politics Sat, 27 May 2017 18:00:00 +0400 By  TrendBP Regional President for Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey Gary Jones has sent a congratulatory letter to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.“It is my great pleasure to extend to you and the people of Azerbaijan my warmest congratulations on the occasion of the national holiday – the Republic Day,” Gary Jones said in his letter.“BP attaches great importance to the sustainable expansion of cooperation between Azerbaijan and BP and looks forward to its further development. I express my firm belief in the strengthening of friendly relations between BP and the Government of Azerbaijan,” he said.“Your Excellency, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you good health, happiness and success, and further growth and prosperity to the people of Azerbaijan.” 3rd Kurdamir Cup in Rhythmic Gymnastics underway in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/sports/161730.html Sports Sat, 27 May 2017 16:13:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijan’s Kurdamir is hosting the 3rd Kurdamir Cup in Rhythmic Gymnastics, titled "A Step Towards a Dream" in the Kurdamir Olympic Sports Complex.During the Kurdamir Cup, 106 gymnasts will be performing with individual programs and nine teams will perform in group exercises.The gymnasts are representing Goychay, Sumgait, the Zirve sports club of Khirdalan, Shagan, Zira, Ganja, the Start club, Zabrat, Kurdamir, the Republican Complex Sports School and Ismayilly. Azerbaijani athletes’ success valuable for Turkish people: minister http://www.today.az/news/sports/161731.html Sports Sat, 27 May 2017 15:55:00 +0400 By  TrendTurkish people value the success of Azerbaijani athletes in international competitions, Turkey’s Minister of Youth and Sports Akif Cagatay Kilic said in an interview with Trend.In recent years, Azerbaijan has been getting concrete results from the investment in sports, in particular, construction of sports facilities and preparation of Olympic-level athletes, according to him.“The victory of Azerbaijani athletes at the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku confirms the movement of the brotherly country in the right direction. In two years, after holding the first European Games, Azerbaijan has once again demonstrated to the world its ability to organize sports competitions by successfully holding the Islamic Solidarity Games,” said Kilic.Organization of the opening and closing ceremonies of Baku 2017, the logistics and organization of the competitions were carried out at the highest level, the Turkish minister said.Akif Cagatay Kilic noted that Turkey achieved historic success at the Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku and expressed confidence that the country’s athletes will perform similarly at the 5th Islamic Solidarity Games, to be held in Istanbul in 2021.“In recent years, Turkey has also been receiving positive results from investments in sports. The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Turkey is implementing numerous projects for preparation of Olympic athletes. We are ready to share expertise in the implementation and coordination of such projects with Azerbaijan,” he noted.The 4th Islamic Solidarity Games were held in Baku May 8-22. Azerbaijan took the lead in medal standings at the Games as its athletes won 75 gold, 50 silver and 37 bronze medals. Turkey ranked second with 71 gold, 67 silver and 57 bronze medals. Azerbaijan’s State Security Service holds Republic Day march http://www.today.az/news/politics/161729.html Politics Sat, 27 May 2017 15:48:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijan’s State Security Service held a march dedicated to the May 28 Republic Day.Head of the State Security Service Lieutenant-General Madat Guliyev, Head of the State Border Service Colonel-General Elchin Guliyev, representatives of public and media took part in the march held in Baku.The march, which started at the National Flag Square, ended near a clock tower in the National Seaside Park.The participants of the march were presented diplomas. UK police arrest eleventh suspect of Manchester terror attack http://www.today.az/news/regions/161728.html World news Sat, 27 May 2017 13:04:00 +0400 By  TrendThe Greater Manchester Police said in a statement on Friday they had arrested the 11th suspect of the recent deadly terror attack in the city, Sputnik reported."This evening (Friday 26 May 2017) we have arrested a 44-year-old man in the Rusholme area on suspicion of offences contrary to the terrorism act. The arrest is connected to Monday’s attack on the Manchester Arena, but this is a fast moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage," the statement said.The statement added that two of 11 suspects have been released without charges and nine remain in custody for questioning.On Monday night, an explosion occurred outside the Manchester Arena at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert, leaving at least 22 people dead and dozens more injured.UK police have identified 22-year-old Salman Abedi as the individual they suspect of having perpetrated the attack. The Islamic State (IS, banned in Russia) terror organization has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack. Azerbaijan’s economic, investment prospects presented in Australia http://www.today.az/news/business/161724.html Business Sat, 27 May 2017 12:48:00 +0400 By  TrendAustralian city of Perth hosted a presentation of Azerbaijan’s economic and investment opportunities.During the presentation, organized for Australian entrepreneurs by Azerbaijan’s Honorary Consulate in Perth, Honorary Consul of Azerbaijan Aydan Rzayeva spoke about the rapid growth of the Azerbaijani economy in recent years, the projects implemented in the country, as well as Azerbaijan’s investment attractiveness, a source in Azerbaijani Parliament told Trend.In particular, information was provided on the implementation of projects to develop energy resources, the Southern Gas Corridor project, as well as transportation projects, including the opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway. It was noted that the development of the non-oil sector of economy, agriculture, manufacture of export-oriented products are among the main priorities of Azerbaijan.Head of the Azerbaijan-Australia friendship group John Hammond provided information about modern Azerbaijan, its values ??of multiculturalism and tolerance. He noted that Azerbaijan has become a center for discussion of the problems of the modern world.It was also announced that in October, Baku will host an Australia-Azerbaijan business forum.The presentation was attended by more than 60 representatives of various Australian companies engaged in agriculture, dairy and livestock sectors.Representatives of oil and gas, transportation and tourism companies also attended the event.The presentation of Azerbaijan’s economic potential caused great interest among the participants, and many of them expressed desire to take part in the Australia-Azerbaijan business forum in Baku. No provocation attempts made during Baku 2017 http://www.today.az/news/politics/161726.html Politics Sat, 27 May 2017 12:35:00 +0400 By  TrendThere were no provocation attempts during the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, Head of Azerbaijan’s State Security Service Lieutenant-General Madat Guliyev told reporters in Baku May 27.Guliyev said preventive measures to ensure security were taken a year before the Games, and there was joint cooperation with intelligence agencies of other states.He noted that the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku were successful.“Security was ensured during the Games. Instructions of the Azerbaijani president were fulfilled and special security measures were taken,” Guliyev said.The 4th Islamic Solidarity Games were held in Baku May 8-22. Azerbaijan’s Trade House in Minsk to balance trade with Belarus http://www.today.az/news/business/161723.html Business Sat, 27 May 2017 12:18:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijan will be able to balance trade with Belarus thanks to the activity of its Trade House in Minsk, Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said May 26.Speaking at the ceremony of opening of Azerbaijan’s Trade House in Belarus, Makei added that Belarus will directly receive most demanded products from Azerbaijan, for example, fruits, vegetables and natural juices.“This is the first foreign Trade House of Azerbaijan,” he added.“It is natural that Azerbaijan’s Trade House has opened in Belarus because Azerbaijan and Belarus have a very close and meaningful dialogue at all levels,” he said. “This dialogue is based on friendship between the presidents of Azerbaijan and Belarus.”“As a result of supply of Azerbaijani products to the Belarusian market, it will be possible to supply those products to other countries of the Eurasian Economic Union in the future,” he said. Azerbaijan’s Trade House in Belarus helps diversify trade: Mustafayev http://www.today.az/news/business/161722.html Business Sat, 27 May 2017 12:00:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijan’s Trade House in Belarus is contributing to diversification of trade between the countries, Azerbaijani Economy Minister Shahin Mustafayev said.Mustafayev made the remarks during the opening of Azerbaijan’s Trade House in Minsk May 26.“Opening of Azerbaijan’s Trade House in Minsk is an important event that caused great interest among Belarusian entrepreneurs as its main goal is to promote the ‘Made in Azerbaijan’ brand, promote export, expand and develop bilateral cooperation,” Mustafayev said.He added that the trade turnover between Azerbaijan and Belarus increased by 33 percent in 2016 and by more than 40 percent in the first four months of 2017.“Today, the Azerbaijan-Belarus ties are at a high level,” Mustafayev said. “The friendly relations between the Azerbaijani and Belarusian presidents give those ties a powerful impetus. Azerbaijani and Belarusian people have sincere and friendly relations.”The minister said that the initiative to open the Trade House was put forward at the meeting of the Azerbaijani and Belarusian presidents in November 2016.“Great job was done, several visits were made, the Azerbaijani-Belarusian business forum was organized and a place for the location of Azerbaijan’s Trade House was chosen for such a short period,” he added. “As a result, today we have gathered for the opening ceremony of this Trade House.” Turkish delegation to hold talks with Russian agriculture watchdog http://www.today.az/news/regions/161721.html World news Sat, 27 May 2017 11:39:00 +0400 By  TrendThe Turkish delegation will hold talks with the Russian agriculture watchdog (Rosselkhoznadzor) on June 13 in Moscow, the parties will discuss veterinary and phytosanitary issues, the regulator said in a statement, TASS reported."According to the preliminary agreement, on June 13, on the first day of the visit, the Rosselkhoznadzor will hold talks with the Turkish party in Moscow to discuss the most relevant aspects cooperation in the field of veterinary and phytosanitary," the report said.After the meeting, the Turkish inspectors will inspect Russian meat production enterprises located in the Bryansk, Orenburg and Moscow regions.Earlier, Russia’s Agriculture Minister Alexander Tkachev told TASS that lifting of the embargo on the supply of Turkish vegetables should be discussed simultaneously with the removal of restrictions on dairy and meat products from Russia.On May 3, 2017, presidents of Russian and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed to cancel a range of restrictive measures on almost all positions, excluding tomatoes. Romania’s Carol Davila University invites Azerbaijani students http://www.today.az/news/society/161720.html Society Sat, 27 May 2017 11:25:00 +0400 By  TrendRomania’s education is very popular in Europe, Pitura Silviu, the representative of Romania’s Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, told Trend May 26.“The education in Romania is financially affordable and high-quality,” he said.Silviu added that the Carol Davila University is the oldest and biggest university in Romania.“The Carol Davila University was founded in 1857,” he said. “Today the university with its quality education is one of the best in Europe. We would like Azerbaijani students to study at our university."The Romania-Azerbaijan Interuniversity Forum was held in Baku May 24-25. Officials of the Romanian Ministry of Education, rectors and vice rectors of a number of universities arrived in Azerbaijan for the forum. Land plot prices decrease in Baku http://www.today.az/news/business/161719.html Business Sat, 27 May 2017 11:12:00 +0400 By  TrendThe prices on land plots decreased in Baku in April, Nusrat Ibrahimov, director general of the MBA Group consulting company, real estate expert, told Trend May 26.He added that the price on land plots decreased by 3.14 percent.Ibrahimov said that activity on the land market has greatly decreased in the past months."The prices on land plots usually increase in April-May, but now we are witnessing an opposite trend,” the expert said. “This is connected with a decrease in private housing construction." Armenia breaks ceasefire with Azerbaijan 125 times in 24 hours http://www.today.az/news/politics/161727.html Politics Sat, 27 May 2017 11:03:00 +0400 By  TrendOver the past 24 hours, Armenia’s armed forces have 125 times violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said May 27.The Armenian armed forces were using large-caliber machine guns and 60-mm mortars (7 shells).The Azerbaijani army positions in the Bala Jafarli village of the Gazakh district underwent fire from the Armenian army positions located on nameless heights of the Ijevan district.Meanwhile, the Azerbaijani army positions in the Aghbulag and Munjuglu villages and on nameless heights of the Tovuz district were shelled from the Armenian army positions located in the Chinari and Aygedzor villages of the Berd district of Armenia.The Azerbaijani army positions on nameless heights of the Gadabay district also underwent fire from the Armenian army positions located on nameless heights of the Krasnoselsk district of Armenia.Moreover, the Azerbaijani army positions were shelled from the Armenian positions located near the Armenian-occupied Shikhlar, Garagashli, Bash Garvand, Javahirli, Kangarli, Marzili villages of the Aghdam district, Kuropatkino village of the Khojavand district, Horadiz and Ashagi Veysalli villages of the Fuzuli district, as well as from the positions located on nameless heights in the Goygol, Goranboy, Tartar, Aghdam, Fuzuli and Jabrayil districts of Azerbaijan.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. Other countries have interests regarding Azerbaijan: State Security Service http://www.today.az/news/politics/161725.html Politics Sat, 27 May 2017 11:01:00 +0400 By  TrendOther countries have interests regarding Azerbaijan and, naturally, there are spies in the country, Head of Azerbaijan’s State Security Service Lieutenant-General Madat Guliyev told reporters in Baku May 27.Guliyev added that the State Security Service neutralizes the spies.He was commenting on the detention of a group of individuals engaged in espionage in Azerbaijan.“We directed the information on the espionage network to Azerbaijan’s Defense Ministry,” he said, adding the Defense Ministry carried out an operation to detain the espionage network members on the instruction of Azerbaijani president. Azerbaijan's Republic Day and Armed Forces Day marked in London http://www.today.az/news/politics/161716.html Politics Sat, 27 May 2017 10:42:00 +0400 By  Azertac The Embassy of Azerbaijan in the United Kingdom has organized an official reception to celebrate the Republic Day and the Armed Forces Day.The 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and the UK was also marked as part of the event.Co-chair of the Anglo-Azerbaijani Society, Rector of the Baku branch of Moscow State University named after M. V. Lomonosov, professor Nargiz Pashayeva attended the event.The reception brought together nearly 300 participants, including the British government and state officials, representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in London, local public, and members of the Azerbaijani and Turkish communities.Azerbaijani violinist Nazrin Rashidova first performed Azerbaijan's and UK's national anthems.Addressing the event, Azerbaijani Ambassador to the UK Tahir Taghizade expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victims of recent terrorist attack in Manchester.The Ambassador then highlighted the history of the establishment of the first democratic Republic in the East. Ambassador Taghizade hailed the Azerbaijan-UK bilateral relations and reciprocal official visits. He expressed his gratitude to the co-chairs of the Anglo-Azerbaijani Society Nargiz Pashayeva and Lord German for the activities of the Nizami Ganjavi Scientific Centre at the Oxford University and for the establishment of the British Foundation for the Study of Azerbaijan and the Caucasus.In her remarks, British Prime Ministerial Trade Envoy for Azerbaijan Baroness Emma Nicholson highlighted her visit to Azerbaijan. She hailed the Azerbaijani music and the hospitality of the Azerbaijani people, saying she learned a lot about the history and culture of the country during her visit.Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Michael Tatham thanked President Ilham Aliyev and the people of Azerbaijan for the condolences and solidarity messages over the tragic events committed in Manchester. He described Britain as one of the biggest investors in Azerbaijan. Mr Tatham underlined British companies' interest in operating in Azerbaijan. Michael Tatham hailed the great potential for further development of bilateral relations, saying the British government is keen to enhance ties with Azerbaijan.The event participants then viewed the Azerbaijani stand which demonstrated the books and magazines highlighting the socio-economic development and tourism potential of the country. Gallery HTML: Theresa May calls on tech firms to lead fight against online extremism http://www.today.az/news/regions/161715.html World news Sat, 27 May 2017 10:29:00 +0400 Theresa May will urge G7 leaders to tell technology firms that they should do more to suppress extremist content online, arguing that fight against Islamic State is shifting from the “battlefield to the internet”, The Guardian reported. The prime minister will tell fellow leaders at the summit in Sicily that every country should encourage companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter to block users who post extremist content and report individuals to authorities if there is evidence of imminent harm.Addressing a small group of powerful counterparts, including Donald Trump and new French president, Emmanuel Macron, May will argue that more has to be done to tackle the threat posed by extremist content online in the aftermath of the Manchester Arena attack. Turkmenistan, Belarus hold business talks http://www.today.az/news/regions/161714.html World news Sat, 27 May 2017 10:15:00 +0400 By  TrendA business forum organized by the chambers of commerce and industry of Turkmenistan and Belarus has been held in Ashgabat, the Embassy of Belarus in Turkmenistan said in a message May 26.“The forum participants discussed development of bilateral cooperation at the level of business circles, including the supply chains, logistics and financing,” the message said.Ambassador of Belarus to Turkmenistan Oleg Tabanyukhov in his speech at the forum drew attention to the efforts of the Turkmen and Belarusian presidents aimed at creating a favorable environment for the two countries’ entrepreneurs.About two dozen large enterprises and companies of Belarus took part in the forum.Belarus offered its services in the supply of high-technology equipments and organization of their production, and expressed interest in Turkmen textile, agricultural and industrial products, and deepening cooperation in the manufacture of food products.The sides also discussed the possibility of supplying railway rolling stock, agricultural and road machinery.The two countries also discussed cooperation in establishing production of high-technology lighting equipment, as well as partnership in the field of printing. Growth Trend Partners talks main factors of IT risk management in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/161713.html Business Sat, 27 May 2017 10:00:00 +0400 By  TrendThe level of IT risk management in Azerbaijani banks and companies is not at high enough, Director of Information Security Service at Growth Trend Partners Ilgar Aliyev told a conference in Baku dedicated to cyber security in banking and financial markets.The main reason for this is non-compliance with the five main factors of IT risk management, he said May 26.Aliyev said successful IT risk management requires connection between IT risk management and business drivers, integration and connection with electronic risk management, balance between costs and profit in risk management, senior management’s responsibility, and application of IT risk management in everyday activities of a company.He also noted that for a successful risk management it is necessary to change everyone’s personal attitude towards IT risk management.“More than 70 percent of successful attacks on information systems are phishing attacks, which directly depends on the attitude towards safety,” Aliyev said. Azerbaijan condemns terror attack in Egypt http://www.today.az/news/politics/161718.html Politics Sat, 27 May 2017 09:56:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijan has condemned the May 26 terrorist attack in Egypt.“We condemn the terror attack in Egypt and extend our condolences to families of victims and Egyptian people,” the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry tweeted May 26.Gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians traveling to a monastery in southern Egypt May 26, killing 28 people and wounding 24, with many children among the victims, Reuters reported citing Egyptian Health Ministry officials.The attack, which Egypt's Muslim leaders condemned, happened 15 km from the monastery. Ilham Aliyev: Efforts to prevent TAP are based on large amount of money http://www.today.az/news/politics/161717.html Politics Fri, 26 May 2017 22:30:00 +0400 By  TrendGroups are organized, ecological issues are raised as pretexts to prevent the TAP, said President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev addressing an official reception on the occasion of the national holiday of Azerbaijan, Republic Day.“According to information we have, these efforts are based on large amount of money,” President Aliyev said. “That is, those groups are organized without any grounds.”“I’d like to note that 45% of TAP was meant to be completed as of today. I want to specially underline this. Because Azerbaijani community is aware of efforts to prevent the TAP. It’s clear that these groups are organized to prevent this project. However, only 3% of the plan remained incomplete. Therefore, I’m sure that there will be no problem in TAP implementation,” President Ilham Aliyev said. Swiss president congratulates Ilham Aliyev http://www.today.az/news/politics/161712.html Politics Fri, 26 May 2017 20:35:00 +0400 By  TrendDoris Leuthard, president of the Swiss Confederation, has sent a congratulatory letter to Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.“The celebration of the National Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan is a most welcome opportunity for me to extend to Your Excellency on behalf of the Swiss Federal Council our sincere congratulations and our best wishes for the prosperity of your country as well as the health and well-being of your people,” Leuthard said in her letter.“I am convinced that the mutual trust and friendship enjoyed by our two countries will continue to deepen in the coming year.” Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan won’t allow anyone to interfere in its affairs http://www.today.az/news/politics/161711.html Politics Fri, 26 May 2017 20:26:00 +0400 By  TrendAzerbaijan has never interfered in any country’s affairs, and has never allowed and won’t allow anyone to interfere in its affairs, said Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev as he was addressing an official reception on the occasion of the national holiday of Azerbaijan, Republic Day, at the Buta Palace.He emphasized the recent Arab-Islamic-American Summit held in Saudi Arabia.“Azerbaijan took part in the Summit at the highest level,” said President Aliyev. “I believe the Summit has a great meaning. Firstly, the Muslim world has shown solidarity and it is commendable that American President Mr. Trump made his first foreign visit to a Muslim country. In Azerbaijan, we highly appreciate this. I think this is a sign of great respect shown to the Muslim world by the American president.”“In other words, the organization of this visit and the Summit is a major event itself and the statements made there by the American president, of course, should be highly appreciated. In particular, he said the United States of America will not interfere in the internal affairs of Muslim countries, will not admonish and lecture them. This is a very serious statement and I can say that almost all the participants of the Summit, including Azerbaijan, praised these statements, because we all know well that Azerbaijan is one of those countries that have come under fire a lot as a result of foreign interventions,” added the president.President Ilham Aliyev expressed hope that this strong signal will reach all relevant structures, including the European institutions, and the attempts to interfere in Azerbaijan’s affairs will be eliminated.“The American leadership changed this year and we see that the manifestations of these interventions are being gradually eliminated. We welcome this and hope this will continue, because this is the only correct policy. I have said before and want also to say today that if the countries don’t interfere in one another’s affairs, then there will be no war, no conflict, but there will be peace and cooperation,” added the Azerbaijani president.“Azerbaijan has never interfered in any country’s affairs, and has never allowed and won’t allow anyone to interfere in our affairs, lecture us and look down on us. Azerbaijan is a state with dignity. We have protected and will further protect our honor,” he said. F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix presented in Tbilisi http://www.today.az/news/sports/161708.html Sports Fri, 26 May 2017 18:18:00 +0400 Baku City Circuit Operations Company (BCC) officials organized presentation on the topic of “Formula 1 in the Caucasus: Building Tourism and Developing Motorsport in the Region” and provided detailed information about Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix for media representatives in Tbilisi.Nigar Arpadarai, BCC’s Head of Marketing and Communications Department and Bulent Ozerdim, Head of Commercial Department spoke at the meeting in Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, on May 24.Speaking on the perspectives of joint development of tourism and autosport in the region, Nigar Arpadarai said there was a lot of attention for Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Georgia.“We do our best to promote Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Tbilisi as we did last summer. A number of fans from Georgia visited Baku to witness Formula 1 last year. We are expecting to have more Georgian tourists in comparison to 2016, as we have been campaigning this event more intensively. I believe that long-awaited Azerbaijan Grand Prix will have great contributions to autosport culture of the region," she said.Bulent Ozerdim also noted that Formula 1 race would increase the number of tourists to the country as it would be held in summer: “Tickets for 2017 Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix have already been sold in 54 countries. The number is greater compared to last year. Although there is a lot of attention from different countries, Georgia remains in top 5, which was same last summer. Therefore, we are expecting more Georgian tourists this year”.BCC officials’ first meeting on Formula 1 drew a lot of interest among business sector representatives, as well as journalists in Tbilisi. Enjoy "Design Stories" at AFW http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/161709.html Arts & Entertainment Fri, 26 May 2017 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaBaku is hosting the fifth season of Azerbaijan Fashion Week, which is a top project bringing together Azerbaijani and foreign designers.The runway shows are taking place in Fairmont Baku Flame Towers, the Stone Chronicle Museum and Icherisheher.Azerbaijan Fashion Week traditionally presents collections of young talented designers. The collection  "Design Stories"  by designer Sevinj Karimova  charmed all fashion lovers.Her collection was greeted with applause from the audience, Trend Life reported.Azerbaijan Fashion Week is held twice a year in November and May. More than 60 designers from Azerbaijan, Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, France and Spain participated in last four seasons.The main purpose of the Week is to popularize growing fashion industry in Azerbaijan and give an opportunity to young and talented designers to show their work to the world. It's a place that gathers local and international buyers, press and fashion critics together.The event is open for fashion experts, including buyers of fashion retail chains and shops, representatives of glossy international as well as local publications.Media partners of the event are Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az, Azernews.az Envoy: Vietnam, Azerbaijan keen on boosting interaction http://www.today.az/news/politics/161707.html Politics Fri, 26 May 2017 17:40:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliAzerbaijan and Vietnam have intensified the bilateral relations over the past years, and great successes have been achieved, said Anar Imanov, Baku’s Ambassador to Hanoi.Imanov, talking to the Vietnam News Agency on the occasion of the Republic Day of Azerbaijan celebrated on May 28 and the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two sides, said that the first two decades of diplomatic relations were smooth, but not active.Over the past four years, the Azerbaijani embassy has worked hard to intensify bilateral cooperation between the two countries, according to the ambassador.“In 2014, President Ilham Aliyev paid a state visit to Vietnam and a year later, in 2015, Vietnam's President Trin San-Sang arrived in Azerbaijan on an official visit. Both visits played a decisive role in boosting the bilateral cooperation between our countries,” he said, adding that during this time there were other numerous visits at various levels, including visits by members of both governments, parliaments, and officials of the ruling parties.Imanov went on to say that the parliaments of the two states established friendship groups, as well as an intergovernmental commission for trade, economic and scientific and technical cooperation.“All this was done in the past four years, and we could not achieve this without strong political will on both sides and a very sincere and clear approach to our friendship. Both sides are interested in developing relations between our countries as actively as possible," said Imanov.   Azerbaijan could become a gateway to Vietnam in order to approach a large potential market in Europe, on the other hand, Vietnam could become a gateway to Azerbaijan's exit to the Southeast Asian market, the ambassador said, adding that Baku is implementing a number of energy projects such as the oil pipeline Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum for the delivery of oil and gas to Europe and the TANAP pipeline is under construction.“Another important project is the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, which will connect Asia with Europe. Vietnam can also enjoy the railway, sending its goods to Europe. This can be one of the most accessible and fastest ways of delivering goods by rail through Asia to Europe and vice versa,” he said.Imanov noted that Azerbaijan and Vietnam are ready to continue and develop cooperation in the field of education and training.“Many of those [Vietnamese citizens] who have graduated in Azerbaijan have achieved very great successes in their careers. This fact shows that education in Azerbaijan is really good, and it should attract more students,” he said, voicing hope that the tradition of cooperation between our countries in the field of education will strengthen. Donald Trump: Azerbaijan is valued partner of U.S. http://www.today.az/news/politics/161710.html Politics Fri, 26 May 2017 17:38:00 +0400 The world leaders continue to congratulate Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on the Republic Day, May 28.U.S. President Donald Trump, in his congratulatory letter addressed to President Aliyev, stated that Azerbaijan is a valued partner of the United States.“Together, we are working to enhance global security through our joint counterterrorism efforts. We stand with the people of Azerbaijan and are committed to strengthening our relationship through dialogue on security, economic cooperation, and democratic principles,” he said.“You are building new sources of energy for Europe, and we are grateful for our long and successful history of cooperation in this area. As you move to diversify your economy, we look forward to building new business ties to the benefit of both our countries,” Trump said, further stressing that the United States also strongly supports the peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.“I congratulate you again on this important day and look forward to working with you as an active partner to ensure a greater future for our countries and the world.” Uzbekistan might join TITR http://www.today.az/news/regions/161706.html World news Fri, 26 May 2017 17:28:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Kamila AliyevaUzbekistan could join Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, an ambitious new trade link between China and Europe, as having reliable and effective transportation networks for easy access to global markets is vital for modern economic development and security, particularly for landlocked states.Uzbekistan, located in the heart of the Central Asia, is a double landlocked country, as it has to go through at least two countries in any direction to reach the sea.Thus, there is a need for cooperation among all Central Asian nations in order to have access to world markets. Certain efforts in this direction have already been made through bilateral agreements, but an effective regional transport network can only be achieved through the development and implementation of more comprehensive regional transit corridor.Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are keen to use the transit potential more effectively and improve the transport connection between the two countries. Both countries are interested in deepening cooperation on the issue of development of its regional transport infrastructure with its further integration into the global transport system.Located in between Asia and Europe, the Trans-Caspian Corridor has every chance to become the shortest and competitive route for trade between the rising economies of Asia and developed European economies.Uzbekistan’s willingness to join the TITR was voiced during the roundtable discussions held in Tashkent on May 25.The possibilities of the TITR as an alternative way of delivering Uzbek cargos through Kazakh and Azerbaijani ports to the Black Sea and European countries were presented at the meeting.For attracting Uzbek partners to the TITR project, the representatives of Kazakhstan Railways and Uzbek companies discussed the terms and deadlines of cargo delivery by railroad.The country is mainly interested in the transit potential of Kazakhstan’s Aktau and Kuryk sea ports, which will contribute to the promotion of products produced in Uzbekistan at the European and Mediterranean markets.The Trans-Caspian International Transport Route runs through China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and then through Turkey and Ukraine to Europe.The agreement to create the Trans-Caspian International Transportation Consortium was signed in April in Baku by the railway authorities of Azerbaijan, Georgia and Kazakhstan.The project enjoys an opportunity to become one of the most attractive and profitable for consignors from European countries, while approximately 300,000-400,000 containers are expected to be transported via the Trans-Caspian international transport route by 2020, bringing huge financial profits to Azerbaijan.New competitive tariffs have been introduced for the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route since June 1, 2016, putting the route among the cheapest and most profitable corridors for freight traffic.The first test container train from China arrived at the Baku International Sea Trade Port on August 3, 2015.In October 2016, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Georgia signed an agreement on the establishment of the International Association of TITR, whose office is located in Astana. Its activities are aimed at attracting transit and foreign trade cargo, as well as on the development of integrated logistics products via TITR.About 300,000-400,000 containers are expected to be transported via the Trans-Caspian international transport route by 2020, bringing huge financial profits to Azerbaijan.  Crude prices surprisingly fall after extension of oil deal http://www.today.az/news/business/161705.html Business Fri, 26 May 2017 17:05:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sara IsrafilbayovaWorld oil prices sank from a five-week high after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting (OPEC) extended plans to limit production without deepening the cuts, keeping it at a level of 1.8 million barrels per day.Global benchmark Brent fell by 0.6 percent to $51.13 per barrel, WTI (West Texas Intermediate) fell 0.78 percent to $48.52 per barrel.Most investors had already factored in this outcome as Saudi Arabia and Russia earlier in May that a nine month extension was needed, but some had bet on the producers agreeing to bigger reductions in supplies, Reuters reported.Chief market strategist of AxiTrader, Greg McKenna says that OPEC's decision to extend the agreement for nine months without increasing the volume of cuts will lead to the fact that the main factors affecting the world oil market will be data on reserves and production of oil in the U.S.OPEC and non-OPEC producers agreed at a meeting in Vienna on May 25 to extend supply cuts of 1.8 million barrels per day until the end of the first quarter of 2018.Before this deal, oil had climbed above back $51 a barrel after Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC member Russia rallied support from OPEC and other nations to extend the supply pact into 2018.Quotas of countries will not change: the main burden of the "oil diet" will still be on Saudi Arabia (600,000 barrels per day), Russia's share will remain at 300,000 barrels per day.The only new member of the deal was Africa's third-biggest oil producer-Equatorial Guinea, with a "symbolic" reduction quota of 12,000 barrels a day. OPEC would like to achieve a price increase up to $55-60 per barrel, said Ecuador’s Energy Minister Carlos Perez.Beyond the potential upside from seasonal U.S. summer driving demand, another critical data point traders will be watching as barometers of global oil demand growth are Purchasing Managers’ Indices, according to Bloomberg.  And three of the most important PMIs will be released next week: the Chinese Caixin Manufacturing PMI, the Eurozone Manufacturing PMI and the U.S. ISM Manufacturing Index. All three conveyed growth in April, although the Chinese and U.S. PMIs showed a deceleration of manufacturing activity. Baku City Circuit holds charity event “From heart to heart” http://www.today.az/news/sports/161695.html Sports Fri, 26 May 2017 16:40:00 +0400 Baku City Circuit Operations Company (BCC), the official promoter of Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, will organize a charity event to help those in need in Fountains Square (in front of McDonald’s) on May 27.Handmade products by BCC staff and Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix volunteers, different books and various staff belongings will be offered for sale during 14:00-19:00.All allocations will be used for Arzu Khankishiyeva’s surgery, a ten-year old girl who suffers from heart failure.About 15,000 AZN is needed to cover her second heart surgery. Those who want to contribute to the charity event can donate money in cash.Irana Ahmedova, BCC’s Head of Human Resources and Workforce, invited everyone to join the charity event. “Baku City Circuit Operations Company organizes charity events to participate in aid campaigns and raise awareness towards those in need of help. This is one of our main values and we are willing to continue it at every opportunity.I would like to invite everybody, who is eager to give a hand to those in need by joining to this campaign. We believe that Arzu will also gain her health soon as other children with the help of us,” she said.Baku City Circuit has already organized several charity events for children with heart failure. BCC has contributed to the recovery of two children with heart failure by covering their surgeries with the allocated money. AFW strikes with its uniqueness http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/161696.html Arts & Entertainment Fri, 26 May 2017 16:33:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaTruly one of the most diverse and colorful fashion shows - Azerbaijan Fashion Week is underway in Baku.The second day of the fashion week saw fabulous collections by designers Yerlan Zholdasbek, Oksana Barkhatova, Comode, Gunel Ali, Uventa and Turkan Turkel Couture at the Stone Chronicle Museum , Trend Life reported.The fashion show entitled ‘DASTAN’ was held in the Palace of the Shirvanshahs.AFW showrooms are opened in the Stone Chronicle Museum and the Old City. Guests can buy trendy fashion style clothes presented at the shows. The fashion shows kick off at city's best venues, including  Fairmont Baku Flame Towers, the Stone Chronicle Museum and Icherisheher. Azerbaijan Fashion Week is held twice a year in November and May. More than 60 designers from Azerbaijan, Russia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, France and Spain participated in last four seasons.The main purpose of the Week is to popularize growing fashion industry in Azerbaijan and give an opportunity to young and talented designers to show their work to the world. It's a place that gathers local and international buyers, press and fashion critics together.The event is open for fashion experts, including buyers of fashion retail chains and shops, representatives of glossy international as well as local publications.Media partners of the event are Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az, Azernews.az Retro music live, at its best http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/161704.html Arts & Entertainment Fri, 26 May 2017 16:24:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan’s State Philharmonic Hall has hosted a concert  of People's Artist of Azerbaijan Lale Mammadova.The project was implemented by M?d?niyy?t’ TV channel, ‘Azerbaijan’ radio channel and  the State Philharmonic Hall with support of  Azerbaijan's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Trend Life reported.The Vice-President of the International Engineering Academy, President of the Azerbaijan Engineering Academy, academician Arif Pashayev, Rector of Azerbaijan National Conservatory, professor Siyavush Karimi, People's artist of Azerbaijan Ramiz Hasanoglu, as well as prominent public figures and renowned representatives of science, culture, art, literature attended the event.Accompanied by the symphonic orchestra of Azerbaijan State Television named after Niyazi, Lale Mammadova performed retro-compositions of Azerbaijani classics. The orchestra was conducted by Honored Art Worker, artistic director  Nazim Hajialibeyov.The concert began with Fikret Amirov's " Dance Symphony". The singer performed the song "Az?rbaycana g?lsin". During the performance beautiful monuments, cityscapes, landmarks of Azerbaijan were screened on the stage.Lala Mukhtarov (violin) and Nargiz Mutallimova who virtuoso performed a fragment from the ballet by Arif Melikov "Poem of two hearts" and  left no one indifferent.The fascinating evening ended with the song "M?h?bb?t ç?ra??" from the movie "Mother in law".Media partners of the event are Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az, Azernews.az Risk of computer infection falls http://www.today.az/news/society/161703.html Society Fri, 26 May 2017 16:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sara IsrafilbayovaEvery year, millions of computers around the world face a risk of infection through Internet. This problem did not bypass Azerbaijan as well.Kaspersky Lab's “Development of Information Threats” public review for the first quarter of 2017 reported that the risk of infection via Internet affected 29.95 percent of computers in Azerbaijan.The number of infected computers in the country decreased by 21.2 percent in the 1Q17, compared to the beginning of the year.Azerbaijan took the sixth place among 20 countries that were most at risk of infection after Algeria, Belarus, Tunisia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.The top twenty countries include Albania, Bangladesh, Qatar and Armenia, Greece, Moldova, Venezuela, Kyrgyzstan, Vietnam, Russia, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Brazil and Serbia.On average, 20.05 percent of Internet users' in the world were at least once attacked by a web-based Malware class attack [Malicious Software - any software used to disrupt computer or mobile operations, gather sensitive information, gain access to private computer systems, or display unwanted advertising].World’s the safest Internet surfing countries are  Luxembourg (14.4 percent), Germany (13.9 percent), Norway (13.83 percent), South Africa (12.5 percent), the United States (10.56 percent), Uganda (10.29 per cent) and Japan (9.18 per cent).Kaspersky Lab's solutions repulsed more than 479.5 million attacks conducted from Internet resources located in 190 countries in the first quarter of 2017.The history of computer viruses begins from November 3, 1983, when American scientist Fred Cohen in his thesis on the study of self-replicating computer programs, first introduced the term "computer virus".Kaspersky Lab is a Russian multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider headquartered in Moscow, Russia and operated by a holding company in the United Kingdom. It was founded in 1997 by Eugene Kaspersky, who is currently the CEO. Kaspersky Lab develops and sells antivirus, internet security, password management, endpoint security, and other cybersecurity products and services.Kaspersky Lab's products for protection of mobile devices found more than 1.3 million malicious installation packages, more than 32,000 installation packages of mobile banking Trojans and over 218,000 installation packages of mobile Trojan Winlocks. Turkish authorities warn of possible terror attack in Ankara http://www.today.az/news/regions/161702.html World news Fri, 26 May 2017 16:00:00 +0400 By  TrendThe governorate of the Turkish province of Ankara has warned of a possible terror attack in the country’s capital.The governorate said terrorists may hit citizens’ rallies, and in this regard it has banned holding any rallies in Ankara.A protest rally in front of Ankara’s railway station came under a terrorist attack on March 15, 2015. More than 100 people were killed there. The “Islamic State” terrorist group took the responsibility for the attack involving two suicide bombers.Terror attacks, organized by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) terrorist group, also occurred in Ankara on February 17 and March 13, 2016, which killed many people. Azerbaijani stylists shine at Hairdressing and Make Up Competition http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/161701.html Arts & Entertainment Fri, 26 May 2017 15:46:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani hairdressers had a great success at Hairdressing and Make Up Competition in Dubai.Stylist Jevahir Mirhadili became the winner in "Trendy hairstyle" category, Trend Life reported. He received the highest scores from all members of the jury.Jevahir is the champion of Azerbaijan in the above category.Also, Zulfiya Tagiyeva won the title of World Champion in the category "Fashionable make-up". She is the champion of Eurasia and two-time European champion. Her model was Narmin Safarova.  Other members of the national team also achieved significant results. Aytaj Alizade and Narmin Abbasli took the eighth place in their respective categories, while Lala Bakhshiyeva and Nurana Maharramova ranked 12th.Furthermore, models from Mexico, Zambia, Slovenia, Hungary and other countries presented stunning fashion collection from national designer Aygun TalibovaThe World Cup was held under the auspices of the World Congress of Beauty. The judging committee included representatives of such countries as Serbia, Hungary, Russia, UAE, etc.The competition is a unique platform for hairdressers, make-up artists to showcase their outstanding talents as artists on an international platform.Twenty teams from all continents, including representatives of the United States, Mexico, India, Hungary, UK, Croatia, Russia, competed for the titles of the champsion.The next championship on hairdressing and make-up in the category of "Bridal hairstyle and makeup" will be held in India. Turkic speaking states agree on mutual recognition of e-signatures http://www.today.az/news/politics/161700.html Politics Fri, 26 May 2017 15:36:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliAn agreement has been reached on mutual recognition of electronic signatures (e-signature) among the member countries of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council).Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Transport, Communications and High Technologies stated that the issue was raised at the second meeting of the Council’s working group in Istanbul.The meeting participants agreed on creation of necessary conditions for recognition of e-signatures among Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.They also discussed the formation of joint electronic services among the member countries of the Council, touched upon the issues on exchange of experience and training in the creation of “electronic government”, introduction of the “single window” principle in providing e-services, development of mobile applications and others.Besides, subgroup meetings were held within the meeting, where the prospects of cooperation of the countries in the areas of satellite communications, cyber security, development of broadband Internet services and construction of the Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway (TASIM) were reviewed.The e- signature used in Azerbaijan will be recognized in the EU countries. Spokesman of the Digital Austria platform in Austria Christian Rupp announced about this in early 2017.Digital signatures are like electronic “fingerprints.” Digital signatures use a standard, accepted format, called Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), to provide the highest levels of security and universal acceptance. They are a specific signature technology implementation of electronic signature (eSignature).The e-Government website is a key tool for supporting work with citizens and businesses, belonging to the state and private sectors. It aims at reducing the number of documents required by the citizens, with the help of an electronic interaction among different bodies.The access to the portal is conducted with the help of e-signature, the identity data of the private entrepreneurs and citizens, verification data (login and password), as well as mobile authentication system, which can be obtained in an electronic form after registering on the portal. US State Dept. energy official due in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/161699.html Politics Fri, 26 May 2017 15:17:00 +0400 By  TrendDeputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Diplomacy, US Department of State Robin Dunnigan will visit Azerbaijan.The US Embassy in Azerbaijan told Trend that Dunnigan will lead a US delegation during the annual international exhibition Caspian Oil & Gas 2017.The 24th Caspian International Oil & Gas Exhibition will be held in Baku from May 31 to June 3. Caspian flotilla holds anti-terror exercises http://www.today.az/news/regions/161698.html World news Fri, 26 May 2017 15:08:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovRussia’s Caspian Flotilla has conducted anti-terror exercises in the Caspian Sea.The drills involved some 200 servicemen and over 10 military equipment, RIA Novosti reported citing the Southern Military District.The exercises were conducted under the leadership of Chief of the Staff of the Flotilla Rear Admiral Nikolay Yakubovsky and aimerThe scenario of the exercise implied that a terrorist group of 10 gunmen explores the approaches to the communications node of the Flotilla in order to capture and sabotage all existing communication lines.In addition to testing of the personnel for attack repelling, the exercise  checked provision of medical care for wounded military men and clearance of an explosive device.Naval Forces of Russia is considered one of the strongest and most equipped at the Caspian Sea.Every year the country participates in the Cup of the Caspian Sea. The contest is held in the framework of the International Army Games. This year Azerbaijan will be among the host countries of the International Army Games 2017 along with China, Belarus and Kazakhstan.The Army Games have become the modern form of military training. Last year, Azerbaijan successfully performed in the Games held in Russia. Slovakia wants to see SOCAR filling stations in country http://www.today.az/news/business/161697.html Business Fri, 26 May 2017 14:42:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sara IsrafilbayovaThe Government of Slovakia is interested in opening of filling stations of the Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR in the country, said Jafar Huseynzadeh, the head of the diplomatic mission of Azerbaijan to Slovakia.SOCAR, which is the only producer of oil products in Azerbaijan, owns filling stations in Georgia, Ukraine, Switzerland, Romania and Azerbaijan. The total number of SOCAR filling stations amounts to 300.Huseynzadeh further said that Slovakia is also ready to buy Azerbaijani gas.  “The Southern Gas Corridor is among the possible directions for cooperation between Azerbaijan and Slovakia in the oil and gas sector,” he said.Today, Azerbaijan exports gas to Turkey and Georgia. After the completion of the construction of the Southern Gas Corridor project, gas from Azerbaijan’s Shah Deniz field will also be supplied to Europe.The Azerbaijani gas can be supplied to Slovakia via Eastring gas pipeline as well, Pavol Kubik, the representative of the Slovak company Eustream said earlier.There is great potential for this, taking into account the fact that the Eastring project is not tied to a particular supplier and is therefore open to gas supplies from any source, according to Kubik.Initiated by Slovakia in 2014, the Eastring project is designed to connect the gas networks of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria. At the first stage, the pipeline will provide the Balkan countries with gas from the European market.In the future, the gas pipeline can ensure the import of gas to Europe, both from established and alternative sources from the Caspian region and the Middle East.The Southern Gas Corridor is one of the priority projects for the EU and envisages the transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian region through Georgia and Turkey to Europe. Later, other sources may be connected to the project.SOCAR is 100 percent owned by the government of Azerbaijan. SOCAR participates in joint ventures (including ventures in Georgia and Turkey), consortia, and operating companies established with SOCAR’s participation.The company includes such production associations as Azneft (the enterprises producing oil and gas onshore and offshore), Azerkimya (the chemical enterprises) and Azerigas (distributor of gas produced in the country), as well as oil and gas processing plants, service companies, and the facilities involved in geophysical and drilling operations. YARAT to host kids festival http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/161693.html Arts & Entertainment Fri, 26 May 2017 14:31:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaSchool holidays are about to start. The delightful temperate climate is perfect for outdoor activities year-round. .You’ll find plenty of fun things to do. There are plenty of attractions and fun things to do for all ages.YARAT Contemporary Art Space will host children festival Good bye school on June 10-11.“Good bye school” festival will mark the end of the school year and the start of the summer break. The concept of the festival stems from YARAT’s newly presented exhibition “Suns and Neons.”There are 5 exciting programs that engage children and adults in active exploration of art.Interactive guided tours though the new exhibition of YARAT Centre, acting, sculpture and postcard-making workshops,  will all be offered for kids. All you need is :•    To pick up free entrance tickets according to 3 program beginning times at least 3 days prior to the event from YARAT Centre•    To arrive at YARAT Centre at least 15 minutes prior to beginning of the programThe entrance of the people without the entrance ticket will be impossibleBring your free ticket from YARAT Centre since May 26The event will start at 10:00.Time: 10.00 - 21.00For more information, please contact:+99412 505 1414+99450 246 9292 More flights to be performed en route St. Petersburg-Baku http://www.today.az/news/business/161692.html Business Fri, 26 May 2017 14:14:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliRussia’s Ural Airlines will start to carry out flights on the St. Petersburg-Baku route from late May.The first flight will be carried out on May 27. The flights will be implemented twice a week on Airbus A320 planes, the company reported.On Saturdays, departure from St. Petersburg will be carried out at 07:55 (UTC/GMT+3) with the arrival at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku at 12:35 (UTC/GMT+4). The return flight from Baku is scheduled for 13:35 with arrival in St. Petersburg at 16:30.On Thursdays, departure from St. Petersburg will be carried out at 10:30 (UTC/GMT+3) with the arrival at the Heydar Aliyev International Airport in Baku at 15:10 (UTC/GMT+4). The return flight from Baku will be carried out at 16:10 with arrival at the Pulkovo International Airport at 19:05.Tickets are already available for booking on the company’s official website.Ural Airlines obtained permission in February 2017 from Russia’s Federal Air Transport Agency (Rosaviatsiya) to fly from St. Petersburg to Baku.Neighboring Russians choose Azerbaijan as their travel destination for many reasons. First of all the Land of Fire does not require visa for Russian tourists to enjoy the country.Azerbaijan is also a perfect destination for Russian tourists, because of its people’s very friendly attitude towards Russia. Here Russian-speaking tourists have no problem with communication, as Azerbaijanis speak Russian well enough to help with any difficulties.The capital Baku is on the Caspian Sea, but also home to oil drilling derricks and futuristic skyscrapers. The Caucasus Mountains are as earthy as you can get, peppered with traditional elevated villages such as Lahic, where subsistence farming and traditional art forms still alive. And then there is fire. Everywhere. From the permanently alight natural gas ‘flaming mountain’ of Yanardag to fire worshippers’ temple Ateshgah, both on the Absheron Peninsula. And as for air, just head to the omnipresent mountains, ideal for visiting any time of year, whether summer or winter. President Aliyev attends official reception on occasion of Republic Day http://www.today.az/news/politics/161694.html Politics Fri, 26 May 2017 14:03:00 +0400 Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have attended an official reception on the occasion of the national holiday of Azerbaijan, Republic Day, at Buta Palace on May 26.The national anthem of Azerbaijan was played.The head of state made a speech at the reception.The event then featured a concert program. EBRD to finance Manas Airport modernization http://www.today.az/news/business/161691.html Business Fri, 26 May 2017 13:53:00 +0400 By  TrendThe European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Kyrgyzstan’s Manas International Airport, the main air gateway in Kyrgyzstan, signed loan and grant agreements, the bank reported on May 26.The airport operating company, MIA (International Airport Manas), will receive a loan of $4.7 million and an investment grant of $500,000 to address the growing demand for good quality airport services in Kyrgyzstan, and will assist the installation of a ventilation and heating system, which complies with international best practice and energy efficiency standards.Manas, the main airport in Kyrgyzstan, serves the capital Bishkek and is used by some international airlines as a transit airport.The project will also be the first time in the Kyrgyzstan that a majority state-owned enterprise borrows funds without a sovereign guarantee.In addition, the EBRD will provide technical assistance to the airport to improve financial management and efficiency of operations, as well as energy efficiency standards.To date, the EBRD has invested about $770 million in various sectors of Kyrgyz economy, with projects in infrastructure accounting for a third of the total investment. "One Window" export support center opens to boost country’s export capacity http://www.today.az/news/business/161690.html Business Fri, 26 May 2017 13:45:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina Nazarli The Export Support Center "One Window" has been opened in the Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication (CAERC).Executive Director of the CAERC Vusal Gasimli said that the Center will operate as part of the Azexport portal.“The center will allow drafting documents and signing agreements in electronic form between the entrepreneurs, who registered as a taxpayer in Azerbaijan and their foreign business partners, as well as the implementation of the cross-border e-services in real-time,” he said during the presentation.Using one window system in export transaction, entrepreneurs will spend less resources, which will contribute faster implementation of export procedures, Azertac reported citing Gasimli as saying."The center provides a number of certificates: the international veterinary certificate required for exported animals, animal products and raw materials; Phytosanitary certificate required for the export of plant and plant products; quality certificate required for the export of food products to European Union countries; the certificate attesting the country of goods' origin; permit (certificate) for the export of Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora; security certificate for the export of cultural valuables; the agreement for the export of religious literature (in paper and electronic formats), audio and video materials, goods (products) and other informational materials of religious content," added the executive director.The portal azexport.az, integrating with the most popular electronic trading networks, provides information about local Azerbaijani products, being a beneficial platform for sales in foreign and domestic markets.Being available in the Azerbaijani, Russian and English languages, it acts as a single digital destination for trade, bringing together and connecting local entrepreneurs, international buyers and international investors. The portal offers fast and secure payment to VISA, Master Card and American Express cards owners.As of today, 92 trademarks of Azerbaijan are protected under the ‘Made in Azerbaijan’ brand, while the country’s total outputs nears  250 kinds of products in food, light, heavy and construction industries. The brand is highly successful in regional and world markets, and Azerbaijan’s local output meets all the necessary standards.Azerbaijan has trade operations with 137 countries in the first two months of 2017, while it exported goods to 77 countries and imported goods from 132. Investigation on Lapshin’s case wraps up http://www.today.az/news/politics/161689.html Politics Fri, 26 May 2017 13:26:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovThe investigation into the criminal case of blogger Alexander Lapshin, who is under arrest in Azerbaijan, is completed, his lawyer Eduard Chernin told Trend on May 26.The lawyer today met with Lapshin in the medical center of the detention facility. Chernin said he will be presented with the case materials on May 30 and then they will be sent to the court. “Lapshin’s medical treatment continues and the blogger feels well,” Chernin added.Blogger Lapshin, who owns citizenship of several countries, will stand trial in Baku for his illegal visits to the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.The blogger illegally visited Azerbaijan`s Armenia-occupied lands and now is charged under the articles 281.2 (appeals directed against state) and 318.2 (illegal border crossing) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan. He violated Azerbaijani laws on state border in April 2011 and October 2012.Helped by his accomplices in the occupied territories, Lapshin paid a number of visits to Azerbaijan`s occupied lands, where he voiced support for "independence" of the illegal regime, and made public calls against Azerbaijan`s internationally recognized territorial integrity on April 6 and June 29, 2016.The blogger was arrested in Minsk in late 2016 and transferred to Baku in February 2017. ADIF reveals volume of paid compensations http://www.today.az/news/business/161688.html Business Fri, 26 May 2017 13:19:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Amina NazarliAzerbaijan Deposit Insurance Fund (ADIF) has so far paid compensations worth over 733,32 million manats ($590 million) to depositors of Parabank, Zaminbank, Dekabank, Kredobank, Caucasus Development Bank, Atrabank, Bank of Azerbaijan, Gandjabank, Texnikabank and Bank Standard, which were closed in 2016. BanksVolume of paid compensations (million manats)Volume of paid compensation out of the total volume (pct)Bank Standard437,34699,1Zaminbank58,22980Dekabank3,08798,7Kredobank27,77199,9Caucasus Development Bank2,00496Atrabank14,3598,2Bank of Azerbaijan24,16197Gandjabank0,97694Texnikabank120,43398,2Parabank43,21898,5United Credit                 1,743                                                  83    Bank The licenses of all the 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.Licenses of all ten banks were withdrawn in 2016 due to the discrepancy of their total capital with the minimum requirement of the regulator [50 million manat] and default to the creditors.Some 32 banks are currently implementing their activities in the country. NFES issues local entrepreneurs over $21M since early 2017 http://www.today.az/news/business/161687.html Business Fri, 26 May 2017 13:07:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Sara IsrafilbayovaThe National Fund for Entrepreneurship Support (NFES) under the Economy Ministry of Azerbaijan has granted concessional loans worth 36.2 million manats ($21.3 million) to local entrepreneurs since early 2017.The funds will be directed for realization of about 360 projects, said Shirzad Abdullayev, the NFES Executive Director, addressing a business forum in Bakikhanov settlement in Baku.As of today, businessmen of Baku and its settlements received preferential loans in the amount of 377.6 million manats ($221.8 million). These funds were used to implement 1,345 projects, he added.The Fund issued soft loans worth 9.8 million manats ($5.7 million) during the business forum in Bakikhanov t. These funds will be used to develop the production of building materials, kitchen and household accessories, the creation of a greenhouse complex, the development of poultry and livestock and other areas.Some 150 million manats ($88.1 million) will be issued for granting preferential loans to entrepreneurs in 2017.The Fund was established in 1992. The main task of the Fund is to provide lax credits from the state budget for entrepreneurship, including small and medium business. Loans are being issued to entrepreneurs through authorized banks and non-bank lenders.Allocation of funds by NFES is aimed at the mitigating of the impact of global economic crisis to the national economy and minimization of its dependence on the oil sector. The state is eager to diversify the national economy and provide for the development of entrepreneurship in the country.   Turkey, EU can intensify cooperation http://www.today.az/news/regions/161686.html World news Fri, 26 May 2017 12:48:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Kamila AliyevaTurkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Chairman of the European Council Donald Tusk and Head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels.The meeting was held behind the closed doors and lasted about an hour, Anadolu news agency reported on May 25.Reportedly the sides discussed the relations between Turkey and the EU and the steps that can be taken in the future in this area.Erdogan stressed the importance of implementing the agreement on migrants, signed by Ankara and Brussels in March 2016. In addition, the importance of intensifying cooperation between Turkey and the EU, in particular, in the fight against terrorism, was pointed out.Erdogan also met with Chairman of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani. The meeting was also attended by Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister for EU Affairs and Chief Negotiator Omer Celik and Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak.During the meeting, which lasted about 45 minutes, the parties discussed the relations between Turkey and the European Parliament.Erdogan also held talks with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Brussels as well.The meeting was held in a positive atmosphere, and the parties discussed relations between Turkey and France, mainly in the spheres of politics and economy.The Presidents stressed their commitment to further strengthening Turkish-French relations and increasing bilateral trade to 20 billion euros.In addition, the parties discussed the situation in Syria and Iraq, the fight against terrorists PKK and IS, and other topical issues on the regional agenda.Turkey-EU relations have intensified in recent months with parties closely cooperating to stem the flow of refugees into the EU.Turkey is the EU's 4th largest export market and 5th largest provider of imports. The EU is by far Turkey's number one import and export partner. FM: Baku committed to political settlement of Karabakh conflict http://www.today.az/news/politics/161685.html Politics Fri, 26 May 2017 12:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rashid ShirinovAzerbaijan is committed to the political settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the basis of the principles of sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of international borders,.Azerbaijan’s Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov made the remarks at an official reception on the occasion of the Republic Day and the 25th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s membership in the United Nations in New York on May 26.“That is what international law requires and the Security Council and the General Assembly unambiguously demand in their relevant resolutions on the conflict, said Mammadyarov. “As a country suffering from the occupation of its territories and the forcible displacement of hundreds of thousands of its citizens, Azerbaijan is the most interested party in the earliest resolution of the conflict, which would ensure peace, stability and development in the region.”For more than two decades Armenia and Azerbaijan are in a state of war following Yerevan’s aggression, ethnic cleansing policy and illegal territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenia keeps under control over 20 percent of Azerbaijan's internationally recognized territory, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven adjacent regions in a brutal war in the early 1990s.Armenia still controls fifth part of Azerbaijan's territory and rejects implementing four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts.In his speech, Mammadyarov noted that since Azerbaijan's admission to the United Nations, despite economic hardships and continuing aggression against the country and its devastating consequences, Azerbaijan has transformed into an economically and politically dynamic modern State and has proved itself as reliable partner. “We highly appreciate the support of the United Nations to Azerbaijan during that period.”Mammadyarov  further said that Azerbaijan has consistently demonstrated its strong commitment to the principles and purposes of the UN Charter and international law, and has staunchly supported the Organization and has actively contributed to its activities.He recalled that during this short period, Azerbaijan has been elected to the two principal organs of the United Nations, namely, the Security Council (2012-2013) and the Economic and Social Council (2003-2005, and since 2017 for the following three years term), as well as has been a member of the Commission on Human Rights (2005-2006), the Human Rights Council (2006-2009) and the Organization’s other elected bodies and agencies.“Azerbaijan is the main author of a series of resolutions adopted within the United Nations on humanitarian, human rights, economic and cultural issues,” the minister added.Mammadyarov noted that Azerbaijan is fully committed to maintaining international peace, security and stability and is making sustained efforts towards that end.“Having a clear-eyed understanding of the particular challenges the world and our region are facing nowadays, Azerbaijan will continue contributing to the establishment of lasting peace and stability in the South Caucasus and beyond on the basis of the generally accepted norms and principles of international law and the relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions,” said the Azerbaijani minister.As the Secretary-General pointed out in his address to the Security Council earlier this year, “challenges to national sovereignty and territorial integrity are reminders that we must collectively work to preserve and strengthen a rules-based international order so as to maintain peace and security, in accordance with the Charter”, he noted.He went on to say that Azerbaijan fully complies with obligations arising from the relevant international instruments on disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as has consistently contributed to international counter-terrorism efforts.“Notwithstanding global economic crisis and other challenges, we have maintained the country’s gradual economic growth and continue to undertake efforts towards developing inclusive and diversified economy,” Mammadyarov said.He noted that on 6 October 2016, the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev issued an Executive Order on the Establishment of the National Coordination Council on Sustainable Development, instructing it to identify national priorities and their indicators until 2030, in line with the global development goals and targets, adapt the relevant State programs and strategies to the SDGs (sustainable development goals) and prepare annual national SDG progress reports.“Azerbaijan has also paid particular attention to addressing the needs of the developing and least developed countries, as well as those recovering from natural disasters. Over the years, we have provided humanitarian and other assistance to a number of countries from different regions,” added Mammadyarov.The minister noted that Azerbaijan attaches primary importance to the promotion of intercultural and interreligious dialogue at the national and international levels, and reminded that the country declared 2016 the Year of Multiculturalism and 2017 the Year of Islamic Solidarity in Azerbaijan.“In recent years, Azerbaijan has organized a number of high level international events, such as the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in April 2016, with the theme “Living together in inclusive societies: a challenge and a goal,” noted the minister.Mammadyarov emphasized that Azerbaijan’s role as a natural bridge between cultures and civilizations has also manifested in hosting the first European Games in 2015 and, most recently, the Islamic Solidarity Games, as well as in organizing other important international cultural and sports events.Azerbaijan has been and will remain an active and strong partner genuinely contributing to joint efforts towards peace, security and sustainable development, said the minister in conclusion. CinemaPlus Azerbaijan to surprise all film lovers http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/161684.html Arts & Entertainment Fri, 26 May 2017 12:17:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaCinemaPlus Azerbaijan prepares a surprise for all film lovers.The cinema will screen films around the clock starting from June 1, according to Report.The has reopened after overall renovation in 2017. The world-class two-storey cinema with 3 halls and 190 seats equipped with convenient and high-quality armchairs.Notably, the cinema is located on Mammad Amin Rasulzade Street, but the entrance is from the Abdulkarim Alizadeh Street sideCinemaPlus network of theatres includes CinemaPlus 28 Mall, Cinema Plus Ganjlik Mall, CinemaPlus Aygün City, Cinema Plus Amburan Mall and Cinema Plus Khamsa in Ganja city.