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 Delegation of Azerbaijani community of Karabakh region holds meetings in Ankara http://www.today.az/news/politics/188520.html Politics Fri, 22 Nov 2019 18:38:00 +0400 By TrendDelegation of Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh of Azerbaijan held a number of meetings during the visit to Turkey’s Ankara city, Chairman of the Azerbaijani community of the Nagorno-Karabakh region Tural Ganjaliyev said, Trend reports on Nov. 22.First, the delegation met with the chairman of the Kizilcahamam municipality. Ganjaliyev thanked the chairman for creating a museum dedicated to the Khojaly genocide.Then the Azerbaijani delegation was received by Turkish Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal. Ganjaliyev also met with chairman of the Kecioren municipality Turgut Altinok.Ganjaliyev thanked the chairman of the municipality for hospitality and for activity on recognition of the Khojaly genocide worldwide.Before the visit to Ankara, the delegation visited the US, where it participated in the discussions on the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Armenia’s crimes.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, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding regions.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 Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding regions. Turkey hosts event on “Armenian-Nazi co-op” topic http://www.today.az/news/politics/188519.html Politics Fri, 22 Nov 2019 18:25:00 +0400 By TrendThe issue of Garegin Nzhdeh needs to be kept in the spotlight and this shouldn’t be temporary, Chairman of Azerbaijan’s Center for Analysis of International Relations Farid Shafiyev said, Trend reports referring to the press service of the Center Nov. 22.Shafiyev was speaking at the event on the theme “Armenian-Nazi cooperation”, organized by the Center for Aviation Research in Ankara.Shafiyev added that after the change of power in Armenia, called the “Velvet Revolution”, the Armenians diligently position themselves as liberals and reformists.“It is necessary to convey to the public that racism reigns in Armenia,” the chairman said. “There is a need for researchers to better study the internal environment in Armenia.”Gafar Cahmagli, professor at Erciyes University, further said that due to the lack of real Armenian heroes for centuries, they declared those, who carried out terrorist attacks against Azerbaijan and Turkey, as their heroes.“Garegin Nzhdeh put forward the idea of 'tseghakronism',” Cahmagli noted. “This means the power of religion. According to this idea, Armenians are an exceptional 'supernation'. The 'tseghakronism' idea coincides with Nazi ideology. This ideology has become a state one in Armenia.”Garegin Nzhdeh is considered the founder of the theory propagating hatred on national and ethnic grounds in Armenia.More than 10,000 Azerbaijanis were killed by detachments led by Nzhdeh, 115 Azerbaijani villages were destroyed in Zangezur district in 1918-1920. At the same time, he is one of the authors of “Greater Armenia” idea.Nzhdeh was arrested and died in Russia's Vladimir prison. A monument almost six meters high was erected to the fascist executioner in the center of Yerevan, the Armenian capital, in 2016. The Armenian new authorities did not dismantle this monument, despite international criticism. Azerbaijani parliamentary delegation attends CIS PA jubilee meeting http://www.today.az/news/politics/188518.html Politics Fri, 22 Nov 2019 18:10:00 +0400 By TrendThe delegation of the Azerbaijani parliament, led by Speaker Ogtay Asadov, took part in the 50th anniversary meeting of the CIS Parliamentary Assembly in St. Petersburg, Trend reports on Nov. 22 referring to the Azerbaijani parliament’s administration.Chairperson of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matviyenko delivered a welcoming speech.Matviyenko congratulated the participants on the occasion of the anniversary session. Then a documentary film about the creation and development path of the CIS Parliamentary Assembly was shown.The issues related to the improvement of legislation regarding the status of parliamentarians, the creation of national centers for environmental safety, the spheres of the activity of the CIS PA for the next year, etc. were considered at the session.The visit of the Azerbaijani parliamentary delegation to St. Petersburg will end today. Rainy weather expected on Saturday http://www.today.az/news/society/188511.html Society Fri, 22 Nov 2019 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaRainy weather is expected in Baku and on the Absheron peninsula on November 23. Northeast wind will blow.The temperature on the peninsula will be 2-6 °C at night and in the daytime, the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported. In Baku, the temperature will be 3-5 °C at night.Atmospheric pressure will be above the norm 777 mm mercury column. Relative humidity will be 80-90 percent.The weather will be mainly rainless in the most regions in the daytime. Snow is predicted in some places.East wind will blow. Temperature will be 1-4 °C  at night, 5-8 °C  in the daytime.In the mountains, the temperature will be  3-8 °C at night, 1-5 °C  in the daytime.As for the medical-meteorological forecast,  the weather will be favorable for meteo-sensitive people. Bulgaria considers IGB, Adria LNG equally important http://www.today.az/news/business/188515.html Business Fri, 22 Nov 2019 17:50:00 +0400 By TrendBulgaria considers the Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB) and Adria LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas terminal on the island of Krk in Croatia) equally important projects, said Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov as he met with Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic in Zagreb, Trend reports citing Bulgarian media.The Bulgarian prime minister stressed that the two countries should jointly support the European policy for strengthening the energy infrastructure and the development of projects aimed at diversification of natural gas routes and sources.“We consider equally important the Greece-Bulgaria interconnector and the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on the island of Krk in Croatia, Prime Minister Borissov stressed,” said Borissov.He pointed out that in the same context, the project for the construction of a gas hub on the territory of Bulgaria aims to create the necessary infrastructure connecting the EU gas markets with the countries of the Energy Community (Serbia, the Republic of North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina).IGB is a gas pipeline, which will allow Bulgaria to receive Azerbaijani gas, in particular, the gas produced from Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz 2 gas and condensate field. IGB is expected to be connected to TAP via which gas from the Shah Deniz field will be delivered to the European markets.The Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria project envisages a two-stage development.In the first stage, the pipeline capacity will be 3 billion cubic meters of gas, of which 2.7 billion cubic meters will be offered for the long-term market, the remaining share of 0.3 billion cubic meters in the short term.In a second phase, also depending on the evolution of the market, the capacity of the pipeline can be increased to 5.3 billion cubic meters of gas thanks to the addition of a compression station: 4.5 billion cubic meters of gas 0.5 billion cubic meters of short-term gas will be offered for long-term products. Kazakhstan considers Switzerland one of most important partners in Europe http://www.today.az/news/regions/188510.html World news Fri, 22 Nov 2019 17:43:00 +0400 By TrendKazakhstan considers Switzerland as one of the most important partners of Kazakhstan on the European continent, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym Jomart Tokayev said, Trend reports with reference to the press office of Kazakhstan’s president.Tokayev made the statement during negotiations with President of Switzerland Ueli Maurer, held in the narrow format.The bilateral talks were preceded by an official welcoming ceremony at the “Akorda” Presidential palace. After the national anthems of the two countries were played, the Head of the Honor guard company gave a welcome report to the presidents of Kazakhstan and Switzerland.The Heads of state made viewed the guard of Honor, and then proceeded to the “Eastern hall” for the meeting in the narrow format.“We have a tradition of good cooperation in all spheres, especially in the economic sphere. Switzerland is one of the main trading partners and investors of Kazakhstan’s economy,” Tokayev stressed.He also emphasized that the arrival of representatives of the Swiss business delegation together with the president will give a broader meaning for this visit.In turn, Ueli Maurer thanked Kassym-Jomart Tokayev for the warm welcome and stressed that his country considers Kazakhstan as a very important partner.“We express our heartfelt gratitude to you for your political support. Our goals and ideals are close. As for economic relations, they have shown growth in recent years. I believe that the exchange of visits will contribute to the further strengthening of our ties,” Maurer noted. Russian expert forecasts oil production in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/188512.html Business Fri, 22 Nov 2019 17:35:00 +0400 By TrendIt is not worth expecting serious changes in oil prices By the beginning of 2020, Ekaterina Grushevenko, an expert at the Energy Center of Skolkovo Moscow School of Management, told Trend Nov. 18.Grushevenko was commenting on the forecasts of global oil prices."The price range at the beginning of 2020 is expected to be around $60-$65 per barrel," the expert said.Grushevenko noted that there are a number of factors affecting the decline in oil prices."One of these factors is the slowdown in economic growth, mainly due to trade disagreements between the US and China, and as a result, a slowdown in demand growth," the expert added. "The decrease in oil prices is also affected by the increase in US oil production, as well as its export to foreign markets. In addition to growth in US production, we see an increase in oil production in Brazil, and a significant increase in production is expected soon in Guyana, a new oil-producing region."Grushevenko also drew attention to the factors affecting the increase in oil prices - the limitation of OPEC+ production, lack of transport capacity in the US, an excess of light oil in the market, and International Maritime Organization norms, due to which demand for medium distillates is growing."As for oil production in Azerbaijan, we don’t expect major changes, either. Oil production will remain at the level of 740,000 barrels per day," the expert added. EU aims at supporting Turkmen private business http://www.today.az/news/regions/188513.html World news Fri, 22 Nov 2019 17:21:00 +0400 By TrendA meeting was held in the Turkmen Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (UIET) with the EU Special Representative for Central Asia Peter Burian, Trend reports with reference to the UIET.The parties considered the possibility of implementing joint projects affecting various sectors of the economy.The meeting participants noted the need for the exchange of expert skills in the fields of agriculture, high technology, environmental protection and the use of renewable energy sources.The EU special representative emphasized the importance of the new “EU’s Central Asia Strategy,” the report said.The issues of trade and economic cooperation, preparation for the first EU-Central Asia economic forum, which is scheduled to be held in Kyrgyzstan in early 2020, were discussed.Dozens of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Turkmenistan receive consultations within the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) program funded by the EU.The program aims at introducing best practices in such key sectors of the economy as agribusiness, construction, transport, textile, tourism, manufacturing industry and services.The EBRD invested 280 million euros in various sectors of the Turkmen economy as part of 72 investment projects throughout the country.EBRD shareholders include 67 countries, the EU and the European Investment Bank (EIB). Azerbaijani minister: US long-term support for Southern Gas Corridor commendable http://www.today.az/news/business/188514.html Business Fri, 22 Nov 2019 17:08:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani Energy Minister Parviz Shahbazov met with US President Donald Trump’s candidate for US Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette as part of his visit to the US, Trend reports on Nov. 22 referring to the Azerbaijani Energy Ministry.During the meeting the sides discussed the contribution of the energy cooperation and the US support for the energy projects being implemented by Azerbaijan to the development of relations between the two countries, as well as to regional and global security.Shahbazov said that the US long-term support for the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project is commendable.The energy reforms were also discussed at the meeting. The Azerbaijani president’s decree "On accelerating reforms in the energy sector" was noted as a strategic document ensuring the fundamental changes in the energy sector.Brouillette appreciated Azerbaijan’s numerous global energy initiatives which have been implemented since the signing of the Contract of the Century.He also emphasized the key role of the Southern Gas Corridor in energy security. Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan to build communication network under Caspian http://www.today.az/news/business/188516.html Business Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:42:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rasana GasimovaAzerbaijan and Kazakhstan will construct TransCaspian Fiber Optic - the fiber-optic communication line between the two countries that will be laid along the bottom of the Caspian Sea.The ceremony to launch the construction project was held in Kazakhstan’s Aktau city and attended by Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Askar Mamin and Azerbaijani Prime Minister Ali Asadov, Kazakh media reported.During the meeting, Mamin noted that Azerbaijan is Kazakhstan’s strategic partner.He emphasized that the joint TransCaspian Fiber Optic project will allow to reach a higher level of development of a high-speed and secure data transmission infrastructure, enter the number of leading Europe-Asia trunk routes and take its rightful place in world data transit.Mamin and Asadov discussed the state and prospects of cooperation between the two countries in trade, economic, investment, transport and logistics, agriculture, space and cultural and humanitarian spheres.TransCaspian Fiber Optic (TCFO) is a large-scale project implemented by Azerbaijan’s AzerTelecom, Kazakhstan’s Transtelecom and KazTransCom, which envisages laying a fiber-optic communication line along the bottom of the Caspian Sea between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.AzerTelecom, Transtelecom and KazTransCom signed the tripartite agreement on the project in 2018. On March 19, 2019 an interstate agreement was also signed between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.TransCaspian Fiber Optic is a transcontinental project that will create a digital telecommunications corridor between Europe and Asia. The cable with a length of about 380-400 km along the bottom of the Caspian Sea will be laid. The cable will be put into operation by the end of 2021. It will allow the transmission of data with a capacity of at least 4-6 terabits / s.The Trans-Caspian fiber-optic backbone implemented as part of the Digital HUB program will play an important role in the development of fiber-optic infrastructure in the region, as well as in providing high-speed communications and modern digital services for the Caucasus, Central and South Asia, as well as other neighboring regions. Uzbekistan airways set discounts on tickets to Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/188509.html Business Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:31:00 +0400 By TrendStarting from Nov. 22, economy-class tariffs have been reduced for Uzbekistan Airways' flights to Azerbaijan on Tashkent-Baku-Tashkent route, Trend reports citing the company's press service.For citizens of Uzbekistan, a visa to Azerbaijan is not required (for a stay of up to 90 days).The cost of a return ticket for the next flight is about $184.Uzbekistan Airways was established on January 28, 1992, under the decree of the head of state as a body of governmental management of civil aviation, providing development, co-ordination and realization of policy in the field of air transport within the territory of Uzbekistan.Fleet of «Uzbekistan Airways» consists of the modern and comfortable aircraft: Boeing-757/767, Boeing-787-8 Dreamliner, ?320, IL-114-100, as well as cargo freighters Boeing-767-300BCF.The airline operates regular domestic and international flights to more than 40 cities of the leading countries of the world - Russia, Belarus, the USA, Italy, Germany, France, Latvia, Great Britain, India, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, China, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore, Turkey, Israel, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan. The company has representative offices in 25 countries.About 15,000 employees work in Uzbekistan Airways. Envoy says Azerbaijan, India have potential to boost economic ties http://www.today.az/news/politics/188508.html Politics Fri, 22 Nov 2019 16:16:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rasana GasimovaThe trade turnover between Azerbaijan and India has reached $929 million in the past nine month and the two countries have large potential for increasing and diversifying economic ties, Indian Ambassador Bawitlung Vanlalvawna said at a Business Symposium held in Baku on November 21.The symposium was organized by the Indian Embassy as part of the visit of the delegation of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on November 20-22.Speaking at the event, Vanlalvawna stressed that the Indian business delegation represented the largest business houses in India operating in the engineering, tourism, trading, education, railways, agriculture and oil and gas sectors.Touching upon relations between Azerbaijan and India, Vanlalvawna stressed that the two countries enjoy warm and friendly relations based on historical and cultural ties.Vanlalvawna noted that the two countries are also exploring opportunities to invest in each other’s economies.The ambassador also mentioned that Azerbaijan and India are successfully cooperating in tourism sphere.“The trends in the number of visitors from India in 2019 indicated that last year’s figure of around 40,000 visitors will significantly be exceeded,” he said.He said that India is undergoing an economic transformation, noting that the country is the world’s 7th largest economy.“We expect to expand our economy to $5 trillion by 2025. It continues to be the fastest growing major economy in the world, with growth rates at over 6 percent,” the ambassador added.Addressing the event, Azerbaijani Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Novruz Guliyev said that 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and India.He also highlighted the important role of the India-Azerbaijan Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) on trade, economic, scientific and technological cooperation signed on April 11, 2017.Within the framework of the commission, Azerbaijan has prepared a memorandum of understanding on environmental protection issues with India, he added."Another beneficial sphere of cooperation is power engineering. As a result of the extension of the production sharing agreement on Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) block of fields until 2050, the Indian ONGC Videsh company received a stake in ACG,” Guliyev said.He went on to say that Azerbaijan and India are holding negotiations on the resumption of direct and charter flights, saying that this will increase the bilateral flow of tourists.Guliyev also spoke about the cooperation in important areas such as transport, tourism, energy and pharmaceutics.Vice President of Azerbaijan’s National Confederation of Entrepreneurs' (Employers') Organizations, Vugar Zeynalov noted the importance of projects such as North South Transport Corridor for the development of bilateral relations.He noted that in 2018, the National Confederation of Entrepreneurs' (Employers') signed a memorandum of understanding with the Indian Chamber of Trade and Commerce, which helps Indian entrepreneurs explore the business environment in Azerbaijan.He further spoke about the favorable business opportunities, potential areas of cooperation in Azerbaijan and the support provided to entrepreneurs by the government.Zeynalov stressed that some 170 companies with Indian capital operate in Azerbaijan.He particularly noted the huge experience that India has in the ICT sphere and invited Indian companies to commercialize their inventions in Azerbaijan.The meeting was proceeded by the presentations made by the representatives of Indian companies TherMax Limited, Kapataru power transmission Ltd, Ankita Oversees Limited, Beacon Technologies, and Kec International Ltd.CII is a non-government, industry-led and industry-managed organization, playing a proactive role in India's development process.  Founded in 1895, India's premier business association has more than 9100 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from 291 national and regional industry bodies. Ex-member of Azerbaijani opposition party exposes those feeding from “emigrant business” http://www.today.az/news/politics/188507.html Politics Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:48:00 +0400 By TrendEven after all this scandal with smuggling of migrants, there are people who diligently defend Arif Hajili (leader of Azerbaijan’s Musavat opposition party) and his dirty deeds, former member of Musavat party, journalist Yafez Akramoglu, now living in Europe, told Trend Nov. 22.“Most of these people are feeding off the 'emigrant business',” Akramoglu said. "An extremely small number of people, perhaps due to naivety, still protects him.”Akramoglu also released a list of these people for “public criticism”:1. Gulaga Aslanli - the right-hand man, ally of Arif Hajili in this matter.2. Sahavat Soltanli - in general, Arif Hajili’s right-hand man.3. Mustafa Hajibayli - brother of Arif Hajili. Potential “political emigrants” wishing to receive papers, appealed primarily to him. Used to run a website (Basta.info), where he published articles on his brother’s “political emigrants”.4. Faraj Karimli - deputy. The Lachin regional organization of Musavat, in which he is represented, sent the biggest number of emigrants to Europe.5. Ragif Karimli - the father of Faraj, for a long time he has been the chairman of the above-mentioned district organization.6. Nemat Karimli - a lawyer.7. Osman Kazimov - a lawyer.8. Sevinj Huseynova - chairperson of the Central Control and Revision Commission (CCRC) in the party.9. Nushaba Sadigli10. Nazim Azadoglu - his son Nurlan, whose name is often mentioned in Europe in connection with the “emigrant business”, is the deputy chairman of the European Coordination Center of Musavat Party.11. Azer Ismayil - advisor to Arif Hajili“These people, just like other party functionaries, could at least keep silent about what had happened,” Akramoglu said. “But they chose the aggressive defense. In the above mentioned list there are people whose immense naivety is unacceptable. It is impossible that they don’t understand what is happening. For example, there are two lawyers. Why do you sacrifice your reputation to defend swindlers? What for?..”In November of 2019 a scandal broke out, when German law enforcement authorities detained former members of one of Azerbaijani opposition parties. Local federal courts chose a preventive measure in the form of arrest for a period of six months in relation to the detained.As a result of an investigation conducted by the German police, those arrested involved in “emigration business” in Germany, are suspected of smuggling of at least 20 people to Germany.In accordance with the decision of the German judicial authorities, former head of correctional institution of Azerbaijan’s penitentiary system Elchin Akbarov, Chairman of the Musavat party’s European Coordinating Council, former head of the Kalbajar executive power Ilham Hasan, party member, Deputy Chairman of the Coordinating Council Mehdi Khalilbayli, Musavat party activist Abdin Javadov, former MP Sabir Rustamkhanli’s brother, Head of Leqat Integration Center, former police chief Alovsat Aliyev, have been arrested.Among those arrested were also brother of one of opposition leaders, Mehdi Khalilbayli’s driver Rashad Mammadov, Musavat party member Elshan Abdullayev. Azerbaijani GDP increases by 2.5 percent in 2019 http://www.today.az/news/business/188506.html Business Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:39:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ofeliya AfandiyevaAzerbaijan’s GDP grew by 2.5 percent in the first three quarters of 2019 compared to the previous year, the World Bank has stated in its November report.The World Bank’s report also highlighted an increase in non-hydrocarbon sector of economy, which rose by 3.5 percent. Hydrocarbon sector, however, stagnated in the reported period and stood on 1.1 percent compared to 2018.Agriculture performed particularly well in September, bringing the year-to-date growth rate to 7.1 percent.The output in construction sector in the nine months of 2019 decreased compared to 2018, although this sector improved its indicators in September, according to the report.The growth rate in ICT services softened in September but remained robust. Services, including those in trade, continued to grow moderately.Regardless its low growth rates during 2019, investment in non-oil and gas sector raised in September.“Consumption was bolstered by 6.5 percent growth in real wages, particularly in the public sector, and employment growth,” WB estimated.Total volume of exports rose by 4 percent in the nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.“The budget balance remained positive in September, bringing the surplus to 0.3 percent of GDP in the three quarters of 2019. Budget revenues were flat in September compared to appropriate month of 2018 and up by 4.8 percent in the nine months of the year in comparison with the relevant period of the previous year, boosted by non-oil/gas sector revenues, particularly VAT (value-added tax),” WB reported.2020 budget pay out was reconsidered up by 3 percent, in line with the inflation forecast for 2020, with the additional cost envisaged to public investment.“Banking sector profits have recovered somewhat so far in 2019, but remain modest, while overdue loans declined to around 10 percent of total loans,” WB stressed.In the end of the report, WB especially appreciated progressive trend in Azerbaijan’s economy, emphasizing four main directions, which examined WB Doing Business report: registering property, getting credit, protecting minority investors and enforcing contracts. On a basis of mentioned other positive factors Azerbaijan secured 34th place among 190 countries in 2020, considering one of the top-20 improvers in the world.It should be noted that Azerbaijan’s GDP was $46.9 billion in 2018 versus $48 billion in January-September 2019. Int'l Biennial of Contemporary Art unites talented artists and photographs http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/188505.html Arts & Entertainment Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaWorks of talented artists and photographers have been displayed at Vajiya Samadova Exhibition Hall as part of the 6th International Biennial of Contemporary Art "Aluminum".Galib Gasimov, director of the Azerbaijan State Art Gallery stressed that about 40 foreign and 30 local artists are taking part in the art project.The strategic objectives of the biennale include the development of contemporary art, as well as the unification of innovations and trends in the field of contemporary art in foreign countries and Azerbaijan, in order to create interaction among artists.The most important factor in this project is the dialogue between artists from different countries as representatives of their cultures and traditions.The Baku Biennale undoubtedly brings people from the most remote corners of the world, thereby contributing to the strengthening of ties between countries.The exhibition presented the works of artists Sho Hesegawa (Japan), Eli Glader (Norway), Teresa Pyug - Pastor (Spain), Nazim Shah, Tarlan Gorchu (Azerbaijan) as well as backstage photographs from Azerbaijani films directed by Honored Art Worker Yuri Varnovsky, a cameraman who worked for more than 50 years at the Azerbaijanfilm Studio.He worked on such cult national films as "The Indomitable Kura", "The Light of Extinguished Bonfires (Dede Gorgud"), "Babek", "Nasimi" and “Nizami". The exhibition aroused great interest among viewers.The project is co-organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Azerbaijan Union of Artists in accordance with the "Cultural concept of Azerbaijan", aimed at the promotion and development of contemporary art.The Biennale features paintings, graphic works, sculptures, installations, video art, photo works, as well as performances by artists from Azerbaijan, Germany and Georgia.A series of exhibitions are organized at the Shirvanshah's Palace, Baku Museum Center, Vajiha Samadova Exhibition Hall, Icherisheher Contemporary Art Centre, "1969 Gallery" and Gala State Historical Ethnographic Reserve.The 6th International Biennial of Contemporary Art "Aluminum" will last until November 25. Political provocation of Armenian MPs once again suppressed in Sofia http://www.today.az/news/politics/188504.html Politics Fri, 22 Nov 2019 15:15:00 +0400 By TrendAnother political provocation of Armenian MPs was suppressed in Sofia on Nov. 21, Azerbaijani MP Aydin Mirzazade told Trend.Mirzazade noted that at the plenary meeting of the General Assembly of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) on Nov. 21, Armenian MPs once again tried to carry out a political provocation."An Armenian MP said that the leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia have repeatedly stated that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be resolved within the interests of the peoples of Azerbaijan, Armenia and the so-called Nagorno-Karabakh Republic. Another MP, talking about the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway, tried to downplay its significance," Mirzazade said."Speaking after them, I informed the participants of the session that the Azerbaijani side never made such statements. Azerbaijan's position is that the Armenian troops should be withdrawn from the Azerbaijani territories without any conditions, and our country is ready to provide this region with the highest autonomy. As for the BTK railroad, if there were no occupation factor, this railroad could go through Armenia and the neighboring side could receive multimillion-dollar income from the economic projects of Azerbaijan," the Azerbaijani MP said."Then a member of the Azerbaijani delegation Jala Aliyeva spoke out, protesting against the voicing of “Artsakh” lies by the Armenian representatives. Other Azerbaijani MPs Musa Guliyev and Ilham Aliyev also gave a weighty response to the attempts of Armenian MPs to deceive the international community."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, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding regions.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 Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding regions. Int'l Biennial of Contemporary Art opens in Baku http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/188503.html Arts & Entertainment Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:56:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe 6th International Biennial of Contemporary Art "Aluminum" has solemnly opened at Baku Museum Center.The art event has been held in Baku every two years since 2003 and brings together art connoisseurs from all over the world.Speaking at the event, Culture Minister Abulfas Garayev stressed the importance of the Biennale held for the sixth time, Trend Life reported.He stressed that about 40 foreign artists from 17 countries joined the art project. Some 30 national artists are taking part in the biennial. "I’m glad that the interest in contemporary art is growing in Baku. This tradition has been already formed. The Heydar Aliyev Foundation, the YARAT Contemporary Art Space are doing a lot of work, implementing projects, " Garayev said.It was noted that various events and exhibitions would be organized within five days. The theme of this year's biennale is related to self-knowledge.The strategic objectives of the biennale include the development of contemporary art, as well as the unification of innovations and trends in the field of contemporary art in foreign countries and Azerbaijan, in order to create interaction among artists.Chairman of the Azerbaijan Union of Artists, People's Artist Farhad Khalilov noted that the Biennale is an excellent platform for artists to meet and carry out a creative exchange, and the project also plays a role in the exchange of experience between artists.Askar Alakbarov, head of the Icherisheher State Historical-Architectural Reserve, stressed that holding international events in the country is important from the point of view of promoting national culture in the world.Next, the participants got acquainted with the exposition. The works of artists were highly appreciated by the viewers.The project is co-organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Azerbaijan Union of Artists in accordance with the "Cultural concept of Azerbaijan", aimed at the promotion and development of contemporary art.A series of exhibitions are organized in the Shirvanshah's Palace , Baku Museum Center, Vajiha Samadova Exhibition Hall, Icherisheher Contemporary Art Centre, "1969 Gallery" and Gala State Historical Ethnographic Reserve.The 6th International Biennial of Contemporary Art "Aluminum" will last until November 25. MFA says referendum in Nagorno-Karabakh unconstitutional http://www.today.az/news/politics/188502.html Politics Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:37:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Abdul KerimkhanovIllegal referendum in Azerbaijan’s separatist Nagorno-Karabakh in 1991 was not constitutional and held without Azerbaijan’s consent and Azerbaijanis’ participation, Foreign Ministry’s Spokesperson Leyla Abdullayev has said.“The so-called ‘referendum on independence’, held by separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh on December 10, 1991, was organized without Azerbaijan’s consent; the autonomous region was legally part of Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani population of the region did not take part in it [referendum],” Abdullayeva said.The spokesperson said that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan seeks to deceive his own people with his recent statements where he alleged that Nagorno-Karabakh had the right to secede from Azerbaijan under the Soviet Constitution.“The unilateral separation of the Armenians of the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region was contrary to the Soviet legislation… How can the prime minister’s attempts to justify this by the Constitution of the USSR be characterized? This can be characterized as misleading the Armenian population by Armenian prime minister,” Abdullayeva said.“Referring to the Constitution of the USSR once again, Pashinyan pretentiously claims that the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Region allegedly had a constitutional right to secession,” the spokesperson said.She recalled that in accordance with Article 78 of the USSR Constitution, USSR territory could not be changed without its consent.She also cited the decisions by the USSR central authorities, which unequivocally stressed the impossibility of changing Azerbaijan’s borders.The documents she referred to are: the decision (January 10, 1990) by the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR "On the inconsistency of decisions regarding Nagorno-Karabakh adopted by the Supreme Council of the Armenian SSR dated December 1, 1989 and January 9, 1990 with the Constitution of the USSR”, as well as the decision of the USSR State Council dated November 27, 1991 and the decision of the Committee of Constitutional Supervision of the USSR adopted the following day.Abdullayeva also slammed Pashinyan’s denial of the Khojaly genocide of February 1992.She emphasized that Armenian PM ignores independent sources, including the Armenian, local and international media outlets, by casting doubt on the tragedy eyewitnesses’ testimony.“Apparently, Pashinyan is not aware of the confession made in an interview with foreign journalists by the then Minister of Defense and Armenian ex-President Serzh Sargsyan,” Abdullayeva said. She went on quoting former Armenian President Serj Sargsyan who famously said that "Before Khojaly, the Azerbaijanis thought that the Armenians were unable to raise hand on civil population. And the Armenians managed to break this stereotype."“As opposed to his predecessors, Pashinyan positions himself in front of the international community as a follower of democratic values. Now he must confirm this and withdraw the Armenian troops from the Azerbaijani territories for civilians to return to their native lands,” Abdullayeva concluded.For over two decades, Azerbaijan and Armenia have been locked in a conflict, which emerged over Armenia's territorial claims against its South Caucasus neighbor in the 1980s. Since a war in the early 1990s, Armenian armed forces occupied around 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territories, including Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions. The occupation has displaced around one million Azerbaijanis. Switzerland eyes joint investment projects in co-op with Kazakhstan http://www.today.az/news/regions/188501.html World news Fri, 22 Nov 2019 14:01:00 +0400 By TrendSwitzerland is interested in implementing joint investment projects with Kazakhstan, Trend reports with reference to the press office of Kazakhstan’s prime minister.This was announced during talks held between Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Askar Mamin and President of the Swiss Confederation, Head of the Swiss Federal Department of Finance Ueli Maurer, who arrived in Kazakhstan on an official visit.According to Mamin, Kazakhstan has a stable partnership with Switzerland.“The basis for such a relationship was laid by the First President of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev. Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev maintains the continuity of the multi-vector foreign policy and attaches particular importance to strengthening bilateral cooperation,” Mamin said.In his turn, Maurer noted that Kazakhstan is an important partner of Switzerland in Central Asia.“Our interaction is developing both in a bilateral format and within the framework of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. We are interested in enhancing economic cooperation and implementing joint investment projects,” Maurer said.He also emphasized the favorable investment climate and conditions for business development in Kazakhstan, as evidenced by the country’s position in the World Bank’s Doing Business ranking.The parties discussed the prospects for cooperation in a wide range of areas — in trade, economic, investment, transit and transport, agricultural, information and communication, green economy and water sector.In the course of the official visit of the President of Switzerland Ueli Maurer to Kazakhstan, negotiations are planned with the First President of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev and country’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, alongside a round table with business representatives of the two countries.Switzerland is among the ten largest trading partners and the top three key investors in Kazakhstan. Trade turnover between countries was $1.9 billion during nine months of 2019, and trade in services grew by 40 percent during 1H2019 compared to the same period last year.Since 2005, Switzerland has invested more than $24 billion in the economy of Kazakhstan. The activities of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation and the Kazakh-Swiss Business Council contribute to strengthening economic partnership. Armenian cultural cleansing against Azerbaijani heritage discussed with U.S.-Jewish community http://www.today.az/news/politics/188517.html Politics Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Abdul KerimkhanovArmenia carried out vicious cultural cleansing against Azerbaijani heritage in the occupied Azerbaijani territories, Head of the Azerbaijani Community of Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region Tural Ganjaliyev said while meeting with the leadership and members of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in Los Angeles on November 15.Ganjaliyev also spoke about the grave humanitarian consequences of the occupation and ethnic cleansing of Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven adjacent regions in the war in early 1990s.Delegation members Gulmammad Mammadov and Khojaly Massacre survivor Durdane Aghayeva talked about the ordeals they and their family members went through as a result of atrocities committed by Armenians against civilians on February 26, 1992, that saw 613 civilians be massacred at the hands of Armenians over the night."We were deeply moved by the courage of the survivors in sharing their stories," Regional Director of AJC-Los Angeles Richard Hirschhaut said.At the same time, Azerbaijan’s Consul General in Los Angeles Nasimi Aghayev informed the audience about the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. He mentioned that as a result of the illegal military occupation and ethnic cleansing of around 20 percent of Azerbaijan’s sovereign territory by Armenia, over 800,000 Azerbaijani civilians were expelled from their ancestral lands in the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding regions.On the same day, the delegation of the Azerbaijani Community of Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region met with Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple, one of the most influential synagogues in the U.S.At the meeting, the delegation members informed the Sinai Temple leadership about devastating results of the occupation, displacement of Azerbaijani civilians from their ancestral lands, as well as about the destruction of Azerbaijani historical, religious and cultural monuments by Armenia in the occupied territories.The delegation members also expressed hope that upon return to their lands it will be possible to revive the peaceful coexistence between Azerbaijani and Armenian communities of Nagorno-Karabakh.Following the meeting in Los Angeles, Azerbaijani community members left for Ankara, Turkey."Together with chairman of the Center of Analysis of International Relations Farid Shafiyev, we held the first meeting at one of the well-known think tanks in Turkey. There are interesting meetings and events ahead. We will continue to spread the realities about the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict," Ganjaliyev said on November 18.Azerbaijani delegation further took part in an event organized for foreign ambassadors in Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Ankara on November 20 where Ganjaliyev informed the participants about Armenia’s aggression against Azerbaijan and the community itself.Baku seeks to ensure equal access to negotiations of the Armenian and Azerbaijani communities in the region.Karabakh’s Azerbaijani community which was subjected to ethnic cleansing and expulsion from their lands, has the legal right to participate in determining the future legal status of Nagorno-Karabakh.Nagorno-Karabakh is Azerbaijan’s breakaway region which along with seven surrounding regions came under occupation of Armenian forces in a war in the early 1990s. So far, Armenia has failed to implement four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding regions. Head of Turkmenistan to pay working visit to Uzbekistan http://www.today.az/news/regions/188499.html World news Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:43:00 +0400 By TrendThe working visit of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the Republic of Uzbekistan will take place on Nov. 28-29, 2019, Trend reports referring to the Turkmen Foreign Ministry.As part of the visit, a bilateral meeting of the Turkmen president with his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev is planned. The heads of two states will consider the opportunities of expanding the Turkmen-Uzbek ties on the whole range of cooperation.Uzbek media earlier reported that Tashkent will host the second consultative meeting of the heads of state of Central Asia on Nov. 29.The total trade turnover between Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan increased from $159 million in 2017 up to $274 million in 2018.Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, which have abundant hydrocarbon reserves, are in favor of diversification of energy flows. The implementation of the Turkmenistan-Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan–China gas pipeline project, which was put into operation in 2009, can be cited as a good example. Kazakh citizens buy more real estate properties in Turkey http://www.today.az/news/regions/188500.html World news Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:34:00 +0400 By TrendFrom January through October 2019, Kazakh citizens purchased 581 real estate properties in Turkey, which is 146 real estate properties more compared to the same period of 2018, Trend reports referring to the Turkish General Directorate of Land Registry and Cadastre."Kazakh citizens purchased 80 real estate properties in Turkey in October 2019, which is seven real estate properties more compared to October 2018," the Turkish General Directorate said.Some 142,800 real estate properties were sold in Turkey in October 2019, which is 15.4 percent less compared to October 2018.In October 2019, 4,272 real estate properties were sold to foreigners in Turkey, which is 31.9 percent less compared to October 2018. Cekuta: Contract of the Century to be basis for future agreements moving Azerbaijan’s energy ... http://www.today.az/news/business/188498.html Business Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:26:00 +0400 By TrendThe Contract of the Century will be a basis for future agreements moving Azerbaijan’s energy resources to the West, said former US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Robert Cekuta, Trend reports.He made the remarks during the “Contract of the Century: Building on 25 Years of Success” forum held on November 21 in Washington.The event was organized by the Caspian Policy Center and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.He pointed out that the signing of the Contract of the Century was an important breakthrough.That agreement marked Azerbaijan’s re-emergence in the global energy system, as well as international oil companies’ new engagement in the region, noted the former ambassador.“It was a product of farsighted and innovative diplomatic engagement by the US and other western partners with Baku and other regional capitals. It improved international energy security by bringing significant new oil supplies to world markets. It showed that Azerbaijan and the region welcomed international investments and international business,” noted Cekuta.The Contract of the Century enabled the flow of capital to the country, said the former ambassador, adding that this agreement has much broader impact.“It will be the basis for the future agreements moving Azerbaijan’s energy resources to the west, in particular, $40 billion+ Southern Gas Corridor, which will provide a new secure natural gas source for Europe. It will have beneficial implications for opening the immense oil and gas deposits of the other newly independent states in the Caspian, helping them increase their financial well-being,” he noted.The Azeri-Chirag-Gunashli (ACG) partnership this year celebrates the 25th anniversary of the ACG production sharing agreement, signed on 20 September 1994 between the Government of Azerbaijan and eleven international companies representing eight countries.This contract, which later became known as the “Contract of the Century”, was extended in September 2017 until the end of 2049.The ACG participating interests are as follows: BP - 30.37 percent; AzACG (SOCAR) - 25 percent; Chevron - 9.57 percent; INPEX - 9.31 percent; Statoil - 7.27 percent; ExxonMobil - 6.79 percent; TP - 5.73 percent; ITOCHU - 3.65 percent; ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) - 2.31 percent. Chairman of Azerbaijani community of Nagorno-Karabakh region visits Khojaly monuments in Ankara http://www.today.az/news/politics/188497.html Politics Fri, 22 Nov 2019 13:15:00 +0400 By TrendDuring a visit to Ankara, the Chairman of the Azerbaijani community of the Nagorno-Karabakh region Tural Ganjaliyev visited the Khojaly monuments and museum in K?z?lcahamam and Keçiören districts of the Turkish capital, the chairman of the community told Trend."During the visit to Ankara, we visited the Khojaly monuments and museum in K?z?lcahamam and Keçiören. We express our gratitude to the chairmen of local municipalities," Ganjaliyev 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, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding regions.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 Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding regions. Uzbekistan may boost investment flow from EU through co-op with EPCA http://www.today.az/news/regions/188496.html World news Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:52:00 +0400 By TrendOngoing negotiations between the EU and Uzbekistan for an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) could pave the way for more trade and investment, European Commission’s representative told Trend in an interview."The start of European Investment Bank (EIB) operations in Uzbekistan in 2017 to support public and private sector projects in the areas of infrastructure, energy and energy efficiency, and assist SMEs in the country is one of these examples," the representative noted.According to the official, EU investment flows to Uzbekistan are showing a growing trend.Uzbekistan's trade relations within the EU are most developed with the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy and France, according to Eurostat. The EU imports from Uzbekistan include industrial products, textiles, chemicals, plastics and manufactured goods, making it the fourth largest trading partner of Uzbekistan."Gasoline, mining, automotive industry, transport and construction equipment manufacturing, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering are key traditional pillars of the Uzbek economy, with further potential to be untapped, including by EU investors," the representative noted.As the official added, the textile industry, electricity sector, the telecommunication industry, renewable energy, agriculture and food processing, the banking sector as well as culture, the creative industry and tourism show also good development potential for the future."Provided that current economic and administrative reforms, including reform of the judiciary, are successfully carried out, Uzbekistan could become one of the most attractive investment destinations in Central Asia," the representative underlined.The representative expects that the investment climate will further improve over next years with a growing number of European companies getting a foothold in Uzbekistan. Is it harder for younger or older jobseekers to find work? http://www.today.az/news/interesting/188495.html Weird / Interesting Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:36:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaEvery profession has its stereotype of a typical employee, one component of which is age.Perhaps age is not the main component of success but plays an important role in recruitment process.For some reason, often employers hire those who are aged 30 to 35. Many believe that young people are more active, mobile, flexible to changes and more inclined to compromise. That means, young people’s success in finding a job is inevitable! But is it true? Sometimes it's more profitable for employees to hire young people: they are paid less compared to senior colleagues.However, there are also companies that reject inexperienced graduates. It's a great risk for a large company to hire a recent student who is not capable to tune into the rhythm of work.Although it will sound paradoxical, the problem is actually not the age itself. The thing is, at certain point in our lives, we want more comfort and less stress. After 35 years, we have more sober, calm and balanced look at life. Not everyone can save youthful enthusiasm and desire to archive their goals after thirty-five.Instead of seeking to realize their dreams, one begins to appreciate a comfortable stay at work and earn more with less effort after certain age.On the other hand, young people have ambitious plans. They are ready to conquer the world, earn a million dollars and so on. Such employees are willing to sacrifice comfort for the sake of realization of their ambitious projects. In the end, they definitely come across as more effective by simply being ready to spend more energy on work. They burn with desire to do everything for their company. This time of "burning" lasts approximately 5-10 years.The mentioned two periods differ only in that the first priority of the employee is a personal comfort , and the second - success. This is the only reason why employers prefer younger people.So what to do if you are over 35 and have a problem of employment? For the employer it is not the age that matters but the personal and professional qualities of the potential employee. To get the desired job, one should show during the interview that they have the same degree of ambitions as 25-years-old. Show only one thing - great desire to develop as an expert!One of the best ways of becoming more effective at work is to learn how to manage one’s time more efficiently. Other key features include learning how to manage stress, improving one’s communication skills, and taking action on career development. All of these can have a major impact on your effectiveness at work. Expert: Baku deserves "Cross-cultural, Interfaith Harmony City" status http://www.today.az/news/politics/188493.html Politics Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:23:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Abdul KerimkhanovBaku must be given the status of the “Cross-Cultural and Interfaith Harmony City” of the world, geopolitical analyst, commentator and award-winning journalist Malik Ayub Sumbal has said in an interview with Azernews.The expert noted that Azerbaijan has been promoting inter-religious, cross-cultural and multiracial cooperation very strongly in the past 27 years of its independence and President Ilham Aliyev has played an important role in fostering Azerbaijan’s image as a diverse and moderate society.Sumbal was commenting on Azerbaijan’s hosting the 2nd Summit of World Religious Leaders in Baku on November 14-15.The analyst reminded that Azerbaijan has hosted dozens of events promoting religious interfaith harmony and tolerance among various religions in the past years. Explaining the reason why Baku has become a hub of such kinds of events, he emphasized that Azerbaijan has branded its image in the world as a role model country for the religious interfaith harmony and cross-cultural society.Azerbaijan has played a tremendous role in promoting peace and dialogue between different ethnicities, cultures and religions, he noted."I would even say that Azerbaijan is the only country where I have seen such a great interfaith between Muslims sects Shia and Sunni. In Azerbaijan I have seen Shias and Sunnis pray in the same mosque. This is something that really makes Azerbaijan one of the leading countries practicing tolerance and interfaith. There are many other religions [in Azerbaijan] that have strong protection [by government] and even different religions have a very strong interactive relation," he told.Sumbal also praised Azerbaijan’s success in tackling its humanitarian crisis of the early 1990s, that had been caused by Armenian troops occupying Azerbaijani lands and expelling one million Azerbaijanis from their homes."Azerbaijan accommodated a huge number of internally displaced people (IDPs) and this was Ilham Aliyev’s strong commitment to settle all IDPs," Sumbal added.Another expert, Peter M. Tase, who is a scholar of international affairs and the author of various books on Azerbaijani and Latin American politics, has listed three main reasons why Azerbaijan is the perfect host country for the Summit of World Religious Leaders.“The first reason is the country’s effective and transparent, government institutions; the second is a visionary leadership of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, who has strengthened the inter-religious dialogue and interfaith harmony and bolstered national economy (with an impressive pace, unlike any other leader in Eurasia),” Tase said.“Finally, the peaceful coexistence among Sunny Muslims and Shia Muslims as well as the admirable tolerance between Muslims and mountain Jews, are the testimony to a harmonious lifestyle among religions and communities of various religions that have been living in Azerbaijan for many centuries,” the analyst added.Tase considers the establishment of the Baku International Multiculturalism Center under the Leadership of Academician Kamal Abdullayev and Its Executive Director Ravan Hasanov an important step to preserve cultural diversity and promote the Azerbaijani model of intercultural dialogue and interfaith harmony."Azerbaijan has established a general framework and legislative initiatives that support dialogue among religions, civilizations, various ethnic groups and tolerance among diverse cultures," he stated.In the end, Tase noted that Azerbaijan is governed by visionary politicians and genuine patriots “who will continue to make Azerbaijan an attractive host nation for the world's largest Humanitarian Summits and Geopolitical Conferences.” Turkish Naval Forces delegation visits Baku http://www.today.az/news/politics/188494.html Politics Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:11:00 +0400 By TrendA delegation of the Turkish Naval Forces that is in Baku, has visited the headquarters of Azerbaijan’s Naval Forces, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry Nov. 21.During the meeting of the delegations, issues of cooperation between the Naval Forces of the two countries were discussed, as well as the importance of sharing experience was emphasized. Azerbaijan, Iran increase trade turnover by 30 pct http://www.today.az/news/business/188486.html Business Fri, 22 Nov 2019 12:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Abdul KerimkhanovThe volume of trade exchange between Azerbaijan and its southern neighbor Iran increased by 30 percent, reaching $422.68 million in January-October 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, IRNA reported with the reference to local media.As was noted, in the 10 months of this year, the volume of trade with Iran increased by $99.23 million (30.7 percent) compared to the corresponding period of 2018.The report says the volume of Azerbaijan's exports to Iran in the above-mentioned period of time amounted to $30.99 million, registering $8.7 million (39 percent) increase compared to the same period in 2018. Annual bilateral trade volume between Iran and Azerbaijan is over $500 million.There are 1,371 Iranian industrial units in Azerbaijan.Food products, construction materials and other goods have accounted for the largest part of the turnover over the past years.In subsequent years, the structure of trade will change, and its basis will be finished products. The industrial products will enter the trade turnover between the two countries.The trade turnover between the two countries is planned to reach $2 billion in short term perspective.Presently, two countries have been cooperating within the joint car production plant in Neftchala Industrial Zone, joint pharmaceutical plant Caspian Pharmed in Pirallahi Industrial Park, Khudaferin and Maiden Tower hydro power plants, etc.Azerbaijan plans to build four terminals in the Iranian city of Astara. These terminals include oil and grain terminals, a terminal for processing containers and a general-purpose terminal.The two countries share common values, history and traditions that bound them. Azerbaijan and Iran are eager to develop their non-oil economy, integrate regional transport networks and boost mutually advantageous business projects in order to stimulate trade volume. Gold, platinum prices down in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/188488.html Business Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:42:00 +0400 By TrendGold, silver and platinum prices decreased in Azerbaijan on Nov. 22, compared to the prices on Nov. 21, Trend reports referring to the data published by the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA).The price of gold decreased by 10.6 manat and amounted to 2,490 manat per ounce.The price of silver decreased by 0.03 manat and amounted to 29 manat per ounce.The price of platinum decreased by 12.6 manat and amounted to 1,545 manat per ounce.The price of palladium decreased by 17.4 manat to 2,994 manat per ounce.Precious metalsNov. 22, 2019Nov. 21, 2019GoldXAU2,490.78052,501.4310SilverXAG29.068329.1014PlatinumXPT1,545.03651,557.7100PalladiumXPD2,994.29503,011.7030The precious metals are gold, silver, platinum and metals of platinum group (palladium, iridium, ruthenium, rhodium, osmium) brought to the highest fineness (999.9).The precious metals are sold as ingots, coins or powder and have the appropriate quality certificates.Troy ounce is a unit of mass equal to 31.1034768 grams.(1 USD = 1.7 manat on Nov. 22) Beauty tricks to look younger http://www.today.az/news/interesting/188487.html Weird / Interesting Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaMany women of all ages try to look younger than they really are. Most people want to be fashionable and youthful-looking. How can one make their skin soft and look younger again?Here are some tricks to help you look instantly younger.Skincare routine First of all, improve your daily skincare routine for beautiful skin. Choose the right face creams, lotions, potions and serums for giving your skin the healthy glow.Washing your face is the most basic and essential step of any routine. Proper facial cleansing prevents acne breakouts. At the same time, overwashing your face can be damaging. So, wash your face twice a day with lukewarm water and a gentle cleanser.Before you can start washing, you need to remove makeup. Use vegetable oil-based cleanser in order to remove your eye makeup.The first step to achieving clean and glassy skin is finding the right cleanser Your cleanser should be gentle and preferably non-foaming.Anti-aging SerumsSerums contain a higher concentration of active ingredients than a moisturizer. Unlike creams and lotions, serums are also able to go deeper into the skin’s layers. Anti-aging serums reduce environmental toxins.The best anti-aging serum includes such ingredients as Vitamin A and C as they increase collagen in your skin and act as antioxidants to soak up the biological and environmental oxidative stress that contributes significantly to extrinsic skin aging. They can be added to moisturizers, night creams and masks for a better result.MoisturizingDry skin can make you look dull and old. Your skin requires lots of moisture as it begins to feel dry and tight. Using a moisturizer is an extremely important step in your skincare routine. Look around and buy a product that suits your skin type to make your skin glow and hydrated.Make-up tricksDon’t underestimate simple make-up tricks. Put some powder on your lashes, and only then apply the mascara. It will make your eyelashes look much fuller. Emphasize your brows’ natural shape with an eyebrow pencil. Fuller eyebrows also make your face looking younger. Use deep brown  pencil to achieve sophisticated look.When it comes to how old you are, age is really just a number. You're as young as you feel. Senior official: Those who created “emigrant business” to be exposed http://www.today.az/news/politics/188492.html Politics Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:11:00 +0400 By TrendMigration issues, seasonal or permanent change of residence, resettlement of people from one country to another for various reasons is a normal process, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan for Public and Political Issues, Head of Department Ali Hasanov told Trend Nov. 21.Hasanov noted that in the era of globalization, such processes are welcomed by various states and multinational companies. Appeals of people to the appropriate structures for legal and other assistance in order to realize this desire is quite normal, Hasanov said.That’s because each foreign state has its own national legislation, and there is a Schengen visa system in the countries of the European Union, he added.“Therefore, if people receive assistance in connection with resettlement within the framework of the legislation, this is normal,” Hasanov noted. “But, if this assistance is provided through illegal means, including falsification of documents about their life, activities, situation in the country of residence, then this is a crime both in Azerbaijan and in other countries. Therefore, recently there has been a process of returning of the people who, having left Azerbaijan, settled in Europe. The important point is that this process was started not by the Azerbaijani state, but by the European states.”Regarding the fate of Azerbaijanis deported from Germany, Ali Hasanov said that Azerbaijan, as a state, is responsible for each of its citizens and they will be provided with comprehensive assistance in returning, settlement, respectively, returning to life in Azerbaijani society.“Each state is obliged to create conditions for work, a good life for its citizens,” Hasanov noted.“Relevant authorities investigate activities of each citizen that came back: when, why did they leave, what caused their departure, who helped them, what kind of help was provided to them - legal or illegal. Then the dealers who created an “emigrant business”, politicians and political parties that were profiteering form it will be exposed.”“It will become clear who and under what names helped these people, why they did it and how much money they received in return, whether their profits were legal or not, whether they paid taxes or not, whether they followed the law or violated it,” Hasanov said. “I think all this will soon become clear. But, as I said earlier, this process was started not by Azerbaijan, but by European states. Because there are also our citizens among those expelled from Europe, we are participating and will participate in this matter as a party.”Hasanov added that Azerbaijan’s migration bodies meet every arriving citizen, and the relevant investigations are underway regarding these citizens.“People who took a group of artists out from Azerbaijan under the pretext of “lack of freedom of the press in the country”, a group of politicized people under the pretext of “lack of freedom of activity in the country” seriously damaged Azerbaijan’s image,” the official said.“They were taking certain entrepreneurs out from the country - supposedly their rights to property and labor were infringed in Azerbaijan,” Hasanov added. “That is, as we all know, these are offenses, crimes and all of them will be investigated and the appropriate measures will be taken. As for the people or groups who committed crimes, investigations by law enforcement agencies, not only Azerbaijani, but also German and French ones, are already underway in their regard. All those involved in these crimes will be duly punished.”“However, Azerbaijan will take care of every returning citizen, and favorable conditions will be created for those who want to live in Azerbaijan,” the presidential assistant said. “This is while those who wish to violate the laws of the country and those who act against Azerbaijan’s laws and statehood will be given the appropriate legal assessment.” Azerbaijan's oil giant, Uzbekneftegaz to set up joint venture http://www.today.az/news/business/188489.html Business Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:49:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rasana GasimovaAzerbaijan’s State Oil Company (SOCAR) and Uzbekneftegaz JSC will create a joint venture to carry out trading operations in Europe and other countries, Uzbekneftegaz informed on its website.“This issue was discussed on November 20, during the meeting of SOCAR, SOCAR Trading and Chemtrade LLC at Uzbekneftegaz JSC. The parties discussed promising areas of cooperation in the field of creating a joint venture to carry out trading operations,” the report says.The meeting was organized as part of the agreements reached in October 2019 following the visit of Uzbekneftegaz’s Board Chairman, Bakhodir Sidikov to Baku.Following the meeting, further steps were identified for the establishment of a new joint venture. The joint venture will become a new direction for Uzbekneftegaz, which will allow it to explore export markets of Europe, as well as other countries that do not have direct transport corridors with Uzbekistan.During the visit to Baku of a delegation consisting of Uzbekistan's First Deputy Energy Minister, Zhurabek Mirzamakhmudov and Uzbekneftegaz’s Board Chairman, Bakhodir Sidikov held negotiations with SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev. The sides discussed the possibility of increasing the oil and export potential of Uzbekistan’s gas and chemical products with SOCAR Trading.SOCAR is currently cooperating with Uzbekneftegaz JSC within the framework of an agreement signed in May 2019 with BP Exploration on geological exploration at three investment blocks in Uzbekistan. The document provides for exploration in the Uzbek part of the Aral Sea, the Samsk-Kosbulak and Bayterek investment blocks of the Ustyurt region.Uzbekneftegaz and SOCAR also signed an agreement to increase hydrocarbon production in four fields in the south of the country using the advanced technologies of the Azerbaijani company.In 2016, SOCAR and Uzbekneftegaz signed a Memorandum providing for cooperation in the field of exploration and development of oil and gas fields and other potential areas for the development of the energy sector.Moreover, SOCAR and Uzbekneftegaz reached an agreement on joint oil and gas operations in Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan, as well as in third countries in June 2017. Trade turnover between Azerbaijan, Russia up by 25 pct http://www.today.az/news/business/188491.html Business Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:33:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rasana GasimovaThe trade turnover between Russia and Azerbaijan increased by more than 25 percent to amount to $2.2 billion in January-September 2019. At the same time, Russian exports to Azerbaijan increased by more than 30 percent to reach $1.6 billion.This was noted during the meeting between Azerbaijan's Economy Minister Mikayil Jabbarov and Russian Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov in Moscow on November 21.During the meeting, the sides discussed cooperation in the aviation industry, shipbuilding, agriculture, pharmaceutical industry and other areas. They mentioned that one of the key areas of the industrial cooperation is the automotive and mechanical engineering sectors.Mikayil Jabbarov also met with the head of the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service, Igor Artemyev, who informed him about the activities of the anti-monopoly service in Russia and the work done in that sphere, noting that the service is interested in the development of cooperation with Azerbaijan’s relevant bodies.The sides exchanged views on the expansion of economic relations between the two countries, as well as the exchange of experience.Mikayil Jabbarov noted the great potential of Russian-Azerbaijani cooperation. The sides expressed confidence in the intensification of bilateral strategic cooperation and increase of efforts of the relevant agencies of both countries for further deepening of economic relations.Note that Azerbaijan is one of the main economic partners of Russia among the CIS countries. Interregional cooperation plays an important role in the development of Russian-Azerbaijani trade and economic relations and the increase in trade turnover.Today, about 50 percent of Russia's trade in the South Caucasus region accounts for Azerbaijan. Russia is the leader in the import of Azerbaijan’s non-oil products. About 700 companies with Russian capital are operating in Azerbaijan.So far, the value of investments by Russian companies in Azerbaijan amounted to $4.7 billion, and the Azerbaijani investments in Russia stood at $1.2 billion. Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 21 times http://www.today.az/news/politics/188490.html Politics Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:18:00 +0400 By TrendOver the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 21 times, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on Nov. 22, Trend reports.The Armenian armed forces were using sniper rifles.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, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding regions.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 Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding regions. First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva met with Chairman of Russian Government Dmitry Medvedev http://www.today.az/news/politics/188484.html Politics Fri, 22 Nov 2019 10:00:00 +0400 First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva, who is on an official visit to Russia, has met with Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev.First Vice-President Mehriuban Aliyeva arrived at the Reception House of the Government of the Russian Federation.Chairman of the Russian Government Dmitry Medvedev met Azerbaijan's First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva.A meeting between First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva and Chairman of the Government of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev then was held. First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva visited Gymnastics Center in Luzhniki Olympic Complex http://www.today.az/news/politics/188485.html Politics Thu, 21 Nov 2019 21:51:00 +0400 As part of her official visit to Russia, First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has visited the Gymnastics Center of President of the All-Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation Irina Viner-Usmanova in the Luzhniki Olympic Complex.Irina Viner-Usmanova welcomed First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex.First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva toured the Gymnastics Center of Irina Viner-Usmanova.The Gymnastics Center opened this June. The center has training halls, rooms for coaches and referees, a multimedia museum, canteen, press-bar and workshops. The five-storey Gymnastics Center occupies a total area of 25,700 square meters. The center seats 4,000 and features partially transformable tribunes and VIP boxes. Its appearance conveys a unique roof shape resembling the wave of a gymnastic ribbon.First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva and President of the All-Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation Irina Viner-Usmanova had a conversation at the tea table.First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva wished Irina Viner-Usmanova new successes in her future activities.Mehriban Aliyeva was presented with a keepsake. Int'l economic forum participants discuss establishment of SPECA Fund in Ashgabat http://www.today.az/news/regions/188482.html World news Thu, 21 Nov 2019 18:00:00 +0400 By TrendAn issue of establishing the Fund of the UN Special Program for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) has been discussed within the international economic forum held in Ashgabat on November 20-21, Trend reports referring to the Turkmen Dovlet Khabarlary state news agency.The forum was organized by the Turkmen government together with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).Discussing the prospects of the establishment of the SPECA Fund, the participants expressed conviction that the Fund will contribute to the development of the regional cooperation process. In general, this structure is intended to become the coordination center for SPECA national decision-making bodies.In his speech, Turkmen Minister of Finance and Economy Batyr Bazarov stressed that the main message of the forum aims to promote productive interaction through sustainable transportation and simplification of trade procedures in the SPECA region upon the principles of mutual respect and mutual benefit.The forum participants emphasized that the main task facing the SPECA member-states is to make the SPECA region a reliable transportation hub through the implementation of the relevant goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.Following the forum, the recommendations will be made to strengthen the political, legal and institutional foundations of the regional economic cooperation.Turkmenistan presides over SPECA this year.SPECA was established in 1998 upon the Tashkent Declaration signed by Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as the Executive Secretaries of UNECE and ESCAP. Later, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan joined the program. President Ilham Aliyev receives delegation led by Bulgarian interior minister [UPDATE] http://www.today.az/news/politics/188483.html Politics Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:47:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has received a delegation led by Minister of Interior of the Republic of Bulgaria Mladen Marinov.Welcoming members of the delegation, President Ilham Aliyev said:- Welcome! I think it is a good opportunity to talk about issues shared by our countries. I am glad that the relations are developing very successfully. Of course, top-level mutual visits are strengthening our ties. I have repeatedly visited your country, including an official visit. Bulgarian presidents have visited Azerbaijan more than once. Also, Prime Minister Borisov has also been our guest. So there is a very active political dialogue between us.Of course, we also cooperate in the energy sector. Bulgaria always participates in the Advisory Council of the Southern Gas Corridor at a high level, at the ministerial level. I am sure that this project linking our countries will be successfully completed in the near future. So we will share the energy agenda for many years to come. We also look forward to increasing the turnover. I think that after the implementation of the Southern Gas Corridor project, the businesses of our countries will maintain more frequent contacts and cooperate more.Another area of promising cooperation is the transport sector. Azerbaijan already provides transit services to neighboring and other countries for the transportation of goods along the East-West route. So I am sure that as this important corridor expands, shippers from our countries will also obtain additional opportunities for cooperation.Of course, during the visit you will touch upon the topic of cooperation between the ministries of internal affairs and issues related to public order and security. The exchange of experience is also of great importance. Internal affairs bodies have an important function in protecting public order and ensuring the peaceful life of citizens. But I have to note that taking into account the fact that public and political stability has been maintained both in Bulgaria and in Azerbaijan for many years, the police have less work than some of your colleagues. We see literally every day on television the police of some developed countries beating up, killing, injuring demonstrators, using tear gas, water cannons, truncheons, dogs, and displaying utmost cruelty. In fact, we are seeing this in various countries of the world, in various regions, including the most developed countries. But we have a question in our country: why do the international organizations responsible for protecting people’s rights remain tight-lipped when they see such cruel and sometimes inhuman treatment of peaceful demonstrators? When a minor episode takes place in Azerbaijan, as, for example, was the case about a month ago when an illegal demonstration was prevented without any violence whatsoever, international organizations and ambassadors of some countries to Azerbaijan began to make statements and almost tried to blame our government. And when the same happens in Europe, with victims, killings, mutilations and dispersals, then human rights organizations and international agencies remain silent. This is a manifestation of double standards, and these double standards discredit the organizations that exhibit them. In order to accuse someone of something, you should first have a moral right to do that. And we are sometimes accused by those who flagrantly violate human rights and brutally disperse peaceful demonstrators.But I want to say again that public and political stability and order in Bulgaria and in Azerbaijan are ensured by the will of our peoples. Your country under the leadership of my friend Mr. Borisov is on the path of development and stability. We appreciate it and congratulate you on all the successes. So when I say that bodies of internal affairs of our countries do not have much work, I mean exactly that. God willing, you always have little work.Welcome again!***Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said:- Dear Mr. President, thank you very much! It is a great honor for me to meet with you. Let me pass on the greetings of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov to you.Azerbaijan is a strategic partner for us both in the energy sector and in the development of future transport corridors, economic ties and security. It is very important for us to build the Southern Gas Corridor on time in order to ensure gas supplies in the amount of one billion cubic meters.***President Ilham Aliyev thanked for the greetings of Boyko Borisov and asked the minister to extend his greetings to the Bulgarian Prime Minister. Snow expected in country http://www.today.az/news/society/188477.html Society Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaRainy weather is expected in Baku and Absheron peninsula on November 11. Northeast wind will occasionally intensify.The temperature will be 4-6 C at night, 7-9 °C in the daytime, the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported.Atmospheric pressure will rise from above the normal – 770 to 775 mm. Relative humidity will be 85-95 percent.Rain is expected in the country's regions.  Snow will fall in mountains. Fog will be observed in some places. East wind will intensify.The temperature will be 0-5 °C at night, 7-12 °C in the daytime. In the mountains, the temperature will be 0- 5 °Cat night, 2-7 °C in the daytime.As for the medical-meteorological forecast,  the weather will be unfavorable for some meteo-sensitive people. Azerbaijan marks 25 years of its UNESCO Commission http://www.today.az/news/society/188442.html Society Thu, 21 Nov 2019 17:10:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaTwenty-five years have passed since Azerbaijan became the member of UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Over this period, Azerbaijan and UNESCO have enjoyed successful cooperation in many areas, including culture, science and education.Azerbaijan’s National Commission for UNESCO has been working continuously to promote a number of projects based on UNESCO's large-scale, globally-based programs.The 25th anniversary of the establishment of Azerbaijan’s National Commission for UNESCO has been solemnly marked as part of the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris, Trend reported.UNESCO leaders, ministers of culture of several countries, heads and staff of the permanent missions attended the event.In his speech, head of Azerbaijan’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, Ambassador Anar Karimov touched upon the relations between Azerbaijan and UNESCO.Karimov stressed that Azerbaijan is committed to the principles and values ??of the structure, and this is confirmed by the relations of fruitful cooperation with UNESCO.Over the recent years, Azerbaijan’s National Commission has played a coordinating role in cooperation in the scientific, educational, cultural, information and communication spheres.The country is actively involved in organizing and conducting UNESCO programs and events.Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan’s Foreign Ministry on special assignments, Secretary General of Azerbaijan’s National Commission for UNESCO Elnur Sultanov provided insight into the history of the National Commission and its 25-year-old activity.Established in 1994 by order of national leader Heydar Aliyev, and since 2005, by order of President Ilham Aliyev, it continues to operate with the status under the Azerbaijani president.With the support and initiative of Azerbaijan’s First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva, some major contributions have been made to the development of relations between Azerbaijan and UNESCO.Next, Azerbaijan’s Culture Minister Abulfas Garayev presented Ambassador Anar Karimov the For Service to the Fatherland Order of 3rd degree, which he was awarded by order of Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev for the fruitful work in the public service.Mounir Bouchenaki, the special advisor to the director general of UNESCO and the former head of the World Heritage Committee, was awarded the 100th Anniversary of Azerbaijan’s Diplomatic Service (1919-2019) jubilee medal.Azerbaijan became member of UNESCO on June 3 1992, after restoration of its independence. In 2003, Azerbaijan and UNESCO signed the framework agreement on cooperation in the areas of culture, science, education and communication, which allowed Azerbaijan to become one of the donors of UNESCO.Many Azerbaijan's cultural sites have been included into UNESCO's World Heritage List.The Icherisheher (Old City), Maiden Tower and Shirvanshah's palace were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000, while since 2007 the Gobustan National Historical-Artistic reserve also listed among these heritages.Sheki, a significant city at the crossroads of the historic Silk Roads was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List during the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee held in Baku.In 2017, UNESCO recognized Azerbaijan's dolma  as the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.Art of crafting and playing with kamancha, presented jointly by Azerbaijan and Iran, was also inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.UNESCO also celebrated the 600th anniversary of the death of the great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Imadaddin Nasimi and the 200th anniversary of the first settlement of Germans in Azerbaijan last year. Ali Hasanov: Those involved in illegal migration will be duly punished http://www.today.az/news/politics/188481.html Politics Thu, 21 Nov 2019 16:52:00 +0400 By TrendAssistant to the President of Azerbaijan for Public and Political Issues, Head of Department Ali Hasanov commented on the issue of the "emigrant business" of the opposition and the deportation of a number of Azerbaijanis from Germany, Trend reports.Ali Hasanov said that he is sympathetic to the liberal lifestyle in the West."But we condemn this disgrace associated with organization of accommodation in the West of those who, without having achieved significant success in the socio-political, economic spheres, for one reason or another leave their country and go abroad," Hasanov added."We have long known that some opposition parties, including their representatives, are engaged in this matter. We have repeatedly stated this and tried to convict them of it. But, unfortunately, the opposition parties did not admit why they send these people abroad under other names, with fake documents. We are well aware of their lifestyle and the conditions created on campuses," Hasanov said."The Azerbaijani state is doing and will continue to do everything possible to accommodate, provide work, and re-adapt deportees so that they can feel themselves worthy citizens of their country. At the same time, I believe that people involved in sending Azerbaijani citizens using fake documents to foreign countries will be duly punished. From now on, the citizens of Azerbaijanwill be even closer to their statehood."The assistant to the Azerbaijani president also commented on rumors about the alleged detention of deported Azerbaijanis for various reasons. He noted that these rumors have no ground."Naturally, the activities of each of them are being investigated and will be established. We are obliged to provide the necessary conditions for the life and work of each Azerbaijani citizen. At the center of the policy of the state and the president is the human factor, the interests of people and citizens," Hasanov said."Therefore, the necessary conditions will be created and support will be provided for the future of these people as Azerbaijani citizens. As for groups or persons who have committed crimes, in this regard, law enforcement agencies are conducting an appropriate investigation. People involved in illegal migration will be duly punished." Armenian economy feels feverish http://www.today.az/news/regions/188460.html World news Thu, 21 Nov 2019 16:33:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Abdul KerimkhanovIt has been a long time since the so-called “velvet” revolution in Armenia, but the economic indicators are still not encouraging. What is obvious is that the economic policy pursued in Armenia is not consistent with the declared economic revolution.Armenian population had good expectations, but they do not see any concrete changes, and the number of people with optimistic mood is steadily decreasing.The Statistics Committee of Armenia presented controversial data in October 2019. According to report, there was a massive increase in industrial production in Armenia in January-August 2019, whilst electricity production, by contrast, decreased by 2.5 percent.Obviously, the growth in industrial production should not have been accompanied by a decline, but by an increase in electricity consumption. Since Armenia does not use energy-saving technologies and investments in the relevant industries grow very slowly, the Committee’s growth figures look unconvincing.The figures of the Statistics Committee confirm the high level of corruption in Armenia in previous years. Under strong corruption pressure, the local business was forced to pay tribute to corrupt officials, it had to go into the shadows and underestimate the real production volumes in its reports. Business could not pay taxes in full and at the same time pay bribes to thieve corrupt officials, as it would have been ruined.After the velvet revolution, Armenia found itself in a state of unstable equilibrium under conditions of authoritarian modernization. During the relaxation of the current Armenian government, the criminal self-interest, illegal enrichment and corruption fever the state, which in the end may be in no better condition than under the previous government led by Serj Sargsyan. The authoritarian modernization that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan is now undertaking is extremely rarely successful, usually, its results are negative, and often fail.To effectively combat corruption, the entire system of state power in Armenia should be set up to prevent corruption. Legislative, executive and judicial powers must balance and control each other. An effective system of checks and balances should be in place. When one of the branches of government has an advantage, this inevitably leads to the growth of corruption, which is now observed in Armenia.For progress to become irreversible, authoritarian modernization should be followed by democratic European modernization. However, the post-revolutionary Armenian government continues to pursue personal interests instead of the interests of the state.Therefore, all the expectations for the current government in building an effective rule of law and giving an impetus to the sustainable development of Armenia for the long term with high socio-economic parameters are very vague. Azerbaijan's First VP Mehriban Aliyeva visits tomb of unknown soldier in Moscow http://www.today.az/news/politics/188480.html Politics Thu, 21 Nov 2019 16:17:00 +0400 First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva, who is on an official visit to the Russian Federation, has visited the tomb of the unknown soldier in the Alexander Garden in Moscow.Mehriban Aliyeva arrived at the Kremlin Wall in the Alexander Garden in Moscow.Military Commandant of Moscow Yevgeny Seleznev reported to Azerbaijan’s First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva.Azerbaijan's First Vice-President paid tribute to the unknown soldier and laid a wreath at the eternal flame.State anthem of Azerbaijan was played.A guard of honor then marched in front of the First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva. Agricultural yield to increase by 20-30 pct http://www.today.az/news/business/188478.html Business Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rasana GasimovaThe use of new varieties and high-quality agricultural crops seeds can increase the yield in individual crops by 20-30 percent, Chairman of the State Seed Fund Emin Aliyev has said.Some 5,000 tons of local and imported varieties of seeds were processed during the last season at the newly built seed processing plants of the State Seed Fund in Khachmaz and Sheki regions, Agriculture Ministry reports.It is also noted that the plants can process up to 5 tons of seeds per hour, supplying 25,000 hectares of quality seeds.The processing includes four stages. At the first stage, the seeds are cleaned from stone fragments and coarse straw. The second stage consists of cleaning from fine straw and oatmeal, while at the third stage - from small wheat, and at the fourth stage - from seed peel of wheat.Purified wheat is pickled with a substance that destroys the smut pathogen, and then is collected in 50 kilogram bags. The main advantage of the new plant is seed processing with minimal losses.The second important step in ensuring quality seed supply is ensuring farmer’s access to seeds. To this end, Seed Foundation has created Seed Sales Offices. ToxumArt centers function in Khachmaz and Zagatala. This center help farmers get acquainted with the products of Seed Foundation's seeding facilities as well as other local seed producers. ToxumArt centers will be opened in Jalilabad region soon. The network is expected to be further expand and include various regions of the country.The State Seed Fund was established due to the country's increased need for new high-yielding and drought-resistant types of seeds, and in a bid to strengthen food security and state support for agricultural development of Azerbaijan in general.The creation of seed processing plants will continue in 2020 as well. Particularly, it is planned to build new seed processing plants in the southern zones of the country - in Jalilabad and Saatli - in the first half of next year. Azerbaijani president arrives in Sumgayit [UPDATE] http://www.today.az/news/politics/188476.html Politics Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:48:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has arrived in the city of Sumgayit, Azernews reports referring to the Azerbaijani presidential press-service.The president laid flowers at a statue of national leader Heydar Aliyev in the center of the city of Sumgayit.Head of Sumgayit City Executive Authority Zakir Farajov informed President Aliyev of the work carried out in the city.President Aliyev gave relevant instructions.***President of Ilham Aliyev has attended the inauguration of a new building of Nizami cinema in Sumgayit. The president cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of the building.***President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended the opening of Mugham Center in Sumgayit.The president cut the ribbon symbolizing the opening of Mugham Center and viewed the conditions created there.***President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has attended an event to mark the 70th anniversary of the city of Sumgayit held at Sumgayit State Drama Theater.The head of state made a speech at the event.Other speakers at the event included head of Sumgayit City Executive Authority Zakir Farajov, holder of “Shohret” Order, honored teacher Ofeliya Babayeva, director of Sumgayit Chemical Industrial Park LLC Nazim Talibov, chief physician of polyclinic No 1 Arzu Bandaliyeva, honored builder Magsud Magsudov and actor of Sumgayit State Drama Theater Jalal Mammadov.***President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has viewed conditions created at the newly built part of Sumgayit Seaside Boulevard Complex.***Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order providing allocation of funds for the construction of a new school in the city of Sumgayit.Under the presidential order, the Ministry of Education is to allocate 2 million manat for the construction of the 1,800-seat school in Sumgayit.***Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order to allocate funding for the design and construction of “Asan xidmet” center in the city of Sumgayit.Under the presidential order, State Agency for Public Services and Social Innovations under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan was allocated 1 million manat for the construction of the mentioned facility in Sumgayit.***Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order to provide funding for renovation of roofs of multi-storey residential buildings in the city of Sumgayit.Under the presidential order, Sumgayit City Executive Authority is allocated 6 million manat for the renovation of roofs of multi-storey residential buildings. Iranian artist displays art works in Baku http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/188479.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 21 Nov 2019 15:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaIranian artist have displayed his art pieces in Baku as part of the 6th International Biennial of Contemporary Art "Aluminum".Speaking at the opening of the exposition, the director of the Azerbaijan State Art Gallery, Galib Gasimov, noted that the works of the Iranian artist were presented in several countries. However, the artist has presented his works in Azerbaijan for the first time, Trend Life reported.Hamid Aminifar began to engage in fine art from the age of 16. Different art styles are reflected in his works, portraits are performed in the original manner by the artist.The exhibition in Baku presents works that harmoniously combine the skills of calligraphy with modern art.These art works brilliantly link traditional and contemporary art. The exhibited works contain the lines of Guran (Quran) and classical poetry.The Biennial is being held in Baku every two years since 2003 and attracts art connoisseurs from all over the world to Azerbaijan.More than 40 foreign and 30 national artists are taking part in the event.The project is co-organized by the Ministry of Culture and the Azerbaijan Union of Artists in accordance with the "Cultural concept of Azerbaijan", aimed at the promotion and development of contemporary art.The Biennale features paintings, graphic works, sculptures, installations, video art, photo works, as well as performances by artists from Azerbaijan, Germany and Georgia.A series of exhibitions are organized  in the Shirvanshah's Palace , Baku Museum Center, Vajiha Samadova Exhibition Hall, Icherisheher Contemporary Art Centre, "1969 Gallery"and Gala State Historical Ethnographic Reserve. Iran introduces new rules for oil sale http://www.today.az/news/regions/188475.html World news Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:51:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Abdul KerinkhanovIranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has released a statement, specifying new regulations and procedures for offering oil and gas condensate at Iran Energy Exchange (IRENEX), local media reported.According to the new regulations, at least two million barrels of light crude oil, two million barrels of heavy crude oil, and two million barrels of gas condensate will be offered at Iran Energy Exchange every week.After several unsuccessful offerings of light crude oil, NIOC recently halted the crude oil and gas condensate offerings at IRENEX, announcing a decision for revising the regulations pertaining the offering of oil at IRENEX once again.The base price stated in the bid announcement will be determined against valid crude price indices. The announced base price is the floor price applicable on the day of delivery and no discount will be applied later on. NIOC will determine the base price in every offering.Like before, the least amount of loadings for shipping is announced to be 35,000 barrels and for land freights - 1,000 barrels, so in case of lower purchases, the buyers can accumulate their purchases in several periods and load them together.Applicants have to initially pay six percent of the value of the contract in the form of rial (national currency of Iran) or other acceptable foreign currencies and in case their bidding is accepted, they must pay the rest before loading the purchased cargos.This is the second time that the oil ministry is revising the terms of crude oil and condensate offerings at IRENEX.First, in May, NIOC decided to halt the offering of oil and gas condensate at IRENEX to prepare new guidelines for the later offerings.Accordingly, for the 10th round of light crude oil offering which was the third round of offerings in the new Iranian calendar year (started on March 21) NIOC decided to offer two million barrels of light crude instead of the previous one million barrels.The least amount of purchase was also reduced to 10,000 barrels from the previous 35,000 barrels.However, clearly even those adjustments had some flaws and were not enough to attract buyers, so NIOC decided to once again make new changes in its regulations.Removing some of the barriers regarding approval of the bidders and strict pre-payment rules, the new regulations are aimed for encouraging domestic buyers for more engagement in the country’s oil and condensate trades.Offering crude oil and gas condensate at IRENEX is to materialize the objectives of “Resistance Economy” for diversifying methods of selling these products and benefitting from the capabilities of private sector for exporting them.National Iranian Oil Company offered light crude oil at IRENEX first on October 28, 2018.Offering gas condensate at IRENEX came after the successful offering of crude oil at this market. And then the turn came to heavy crude. Offering heavy crude at IRENEX came after NIOC offered light crude at this stock market in eight rounds.Now, after one year, the released reports show that sales of these products has not been so successful and welcomed.IRENEX Managing Director Seyed Ali Hosseini believes that policymaking and execution are not integrated, and it is the reason behind the slow trend of the trades in IRENEX. Kazakhstan launches ADB-supported clean technology project http://www.today.az/news/regions/188474.html World news Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:38:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Abdul KerimkhanovAsian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao and Mayor of Kazakhstan’s Nur-Sultan city Altay Kulginov have signed an agreement to launch an ADB-supported clean technology project to be implemented in Kazakhstan.The project installs engine block heaters in cars to reduce the environmental impacts of starting a vehicle’s cold engine during the winter months. The technology is expected to save over 220 million liters of fuel and reduce carbon emissions in Nur-Sultan by 430,000 tons.Nakao met with the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev on November 15 and pledged ADB’s continued support for Kazakhstan. Nakao also met with Prime Minister Askar Mamin, Minister of National Economy. Ruslan Dalenov, and Governor of the National Bank of Kazakhstan Erbolat Dossaev.During Nakao’s meetings with senior government officials, he discussed ADB’s strategic engagement in fostering economic diversification, reducing inequalities, and promoting sustainable growth. Nakao met with Kazakh PM and other members of the government to discuss ADB’s operations in the country and ways to improve the country’s competitiveness.He noted that Kazakhstan recorded stronger-than-expected economic growth of 4.3 percent in January-September 2019, backed by accelerating consumption, government spending, and growth in the service sector. He also stressed maintaining macroeconomic stability is critically important to ensure the country’s sustainable and inclusive growth at a time when trade disputes and political issues across the world have increased economic uncertainty.“We stand ready to provide further support to Kazakhstan by financing projects in key sectors of the economy, attracting private sector investment, expanding our knowledge work, and introducing technological innovations,” said Nakao.During the visit, Nakao witnessed the signing of a $100 million-equivalent tenge denominated loan to the Housing Construction Savings Bank of Kazakhstan, backed by a guarantee of the Ministry of Finance. In an innovative step for ADB sovereign financing, the loan will be financed by issuing local currency bonds for the first time in whole ADB sovereign operations. The project, designed for promoting gender equality in housing finance, will allow more than 3,000 women, particularly in rural areas, to have access to affordable housing.Nakao’s 2-day visit to the country marks 25 years of ADB cooperation with Kazakhstan. In his meeting with President Tokayev, Nakao congratulated the government on the successful partnership and reiterated ADB’s long-term commitment to supporting the country’s development.“Kazakhstan was the first Central Asian country to join ADB in 1994. It is a country with a lot of potential and we have since been working together with the government to bring prosperity to the people of this nation. Moving forward, ADB is ready to support Kazakhstan’s evolving development needs as an upper-middle-income country,” said Nakao.Since joining ADB in 1994, Kazakhstan has received  $6 billion in sovereign and non-sovereign loans, guarantees, and technical assistance for knowledge work, advisory services, capacity building, and project preparation in a wide range of areas, including agriculture and irrigation, education, finance, transport, energy, health, and water supply and sanitation. ADB’s support is closely aligned with the government’s 2050 strategy to develop infrastructure, strengthen institutions, create jobs, protect the environment, and promote innovation.Recent ADB projects include strengthening access to finance for micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises, especially those located in rural areas and led by women, and modernizing transport infrastructure along the Aktobe–Makat and Zhetybai–Zhanaozen roads. ADB is supporting public–private partnerships as well as private sector projects in renewable energy, transport, health, and affordable housing. ADB also provided counter-cyclical support facilities amounting to $1 billion in 2015, which helped the country mitigate negative impacts from the economic downturn due to the decline of commodity prices.ADB is developing a new facility, ADB Ventures, to invest in business startups and facilitate the transfer of critical technology and innovative business models. In October, the facility offered support to a group of 13 companies in Kazakhstan as part of a pilot program in selected countries across Asia and the Pacific.ADB is committed to achieving prosperous, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific, and is sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty. In 2018, it made commitments of new loans and grants amounting to $21.6 billion. Established in 1966, it is owned by 68 members, 49 of which are from the region. National chefs win Gastro World Master Chefs Cup http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/188473.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 21 Nov 2019 14:24:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani chefs have successfully participated in Gastro World Master Chefs International Competition held in Turkey.The national chefs Zaur Aliyev (captain), Khanim Aliyeva and Gahir Naghiyev won 4 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals, becoming the best in the team event, Trend Life reported.The jury also included an international-class culinary specialist Anar Gasimov."We are happy that we have achieved success in the international competition, once again proving the high level of our culinary school. We will continue to try to develop success and bring awards to the country," said jury member Ilkin Akbarzade.Moreover, a protocol on cooperation was also signed between the Azerbaijan Culinary Guild and Denizli Young Cooks Association.The championship was attended by representatives of 15 countries, among which were Russia, Germany, Israel, Syria,Slovenia, Serbia, Switzerland, Palestine, Iraq, Turkey, Greece, Ghana.Earlier, national chefs achieved great success at the "Delicious Uzbekistan" culinary championship.In the competition, Azerbaijan was represented by talented cooks - Saltanat Hasanova and Seymour Javadov.According to the results of the championship in the individual category, Saltanat Hasanova won a gold medal in the class of fish dishes and silver in the class of vegetarian dishes.In the team category, Saltanat Hasanova and Seymour Javadov took first place in the Black Box class, winning the championship cup and a gold medal.