Breaking news Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:41:31 +0600 60 Atambaev describes his feelings by transferring power Bishkek, Nov. 20, 2017. /Kabar/. President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev during his last press conference shared his feelings of transferring power to another person. The President admitted that he feels great relief.

“These past 6 years were long and hard for me. There were sleepless nights as well. The doctors told me that I am healthy, but I have a chronic sleep deprivation. I will have the opportunity to sleep now. There were difficult days when country was on the brink of breakdown and war. Now it seems far and past, "he said. He also informed that after the inauguration of the new president, he intends to leave the country for a couple of weeks.

Atambayev emphasized that he will help the new head of state and prime minister to develop relations with leaders of other countries.

It is important to remind that on November 24, the inauguration of the newly elected president of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Zheenbekov will take place. After the event Atambayev will leave the post as head of state.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:27:07 +0600
Flights delayed at Manas airport because of fog Bishkek, Nov. 20, 2017. /Kabar/. The scheduled flights are delayed at Manas international airport on Nov. 20, 2017, the press service of the airport reported.

"The reason for delays in international and domestic flights is associated with weather conditions - fog on the runway. In connection with this, there might be delays and cancels of some flights," the report said.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:20:05 +0600
Kyrgyz President will sign law on Water Code after careful study Bishkek, Nov. 20, 2017. /Kabar/. "I will carefully study the document on amending the Water Code and only after that I will sign it," Almazbek Atambayev said today speaking at his last press conference as Kyrgyz President.

He said that, glaciers in Kyrgyzstan are thawed due to warming. "As for Lysyi and Davydov, I will look at all the papers. I raised even the old data, there is a catalog of glaciers of the USSR. According to them in Kyrgyzstan there are 6 thousand 771 glaciers. This law concerns only two of them. And both glaciers were raised 23 years ago. Why then no one raised this issue," he said.

Nevertheless, the president said that he would review all documents and noted that it is impossible to refuse from Canada’s Centerra today. Because a huge pit is formed on the site of development of Kumtor, which will become a lake. And Centerra should clean it afterward.

The Water Code is the main law that he is studying today.

The Kyrgyz Parliament supported the changes in the Water Code.

The government's bill on introducing amendments to the Water Code provides for the permission to transfer the Davydov glacier to another place at the same height in order to extract the gold under the glacier. As for the Lysyi glacier, only 10% of the ice mass will be removed.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:01:56 +0600
Atambayev intends to complete construction of Upper Naryn cascade of HPPs even after leaving his post Bishkek, Nov. 20, 2017. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev intends to complete the construction of the Upper Naryn cascade of HPPs, even after leaving the post of President, he said during his final press conference as president of the country.

He said that the number one task for him is the question of finding new investors for the Upper Naryn cascade of HPPs.

"I think it's right that we decided denunciation of the agreement with RusHydro. I am sure that we will find a new investor," he said.

Atambayev said that the story with Liglass Traiding will be a lesson for other investors.

The President of Kyrgyzstan said that he will help the new leadership of the country in building the railway.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:48:16 +0600
Situation with Astana will be improved - Atambayev Bishkek, Nov. 20, 2017. /Kabar/. The situation with Astana will be improved, Almazbek Atambayev said at his final press conference in the post of the President of Kyrgyzstan.

He said that this is in the interests of Astana itself. "And they will not hide, first of all, Russia itself. This will be adjusted. I believe that I did everything right," he said.

The head of state reminded that in 2010, a representative of the State National Security Committee of Kazakhstan visited the Kyrgyz Parliament and distributed money, then he said that this would not happen again.

Atambayev said that according to Gellapa Fund, Kyrgyzstan is the most stable and promising country in Central Asia.

"It's much easier to rock some other country than ours. The situation will be improved. It will not be harmful for us," Atambayev added.

The president of Kyrgyzstan responded for the statement of former president Roza Otunbayeva that he had to go to Astana and personally talk with Nazarbayev.

"I remember how in 2010 there was a blockade. And I remember Otunbaeva's agreement. Then I just cut off the water for two days and the borders were immediately opened. I talked with Vladimir Putin and told him that if you need the Eurasian Economic Union, you cannot calmly watch it’s collapse," he added.

It should be reminded that Atambayev stated about Kazakhstan's interference in the internal affairs of Kyrgyzstan after the meeting of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev with presidential candidate Omurbek Babanov before the presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan.

After that, since October 10, 2017, Kazakhstan tightened border control regime on the Kyrgyz-Kazakh and Kazakh-Russian border for Kyrgyz citizens and cargoes from Kyrgyzstan. On October 18, during the meeting in Astana of the prime ministers of Kyrgyzstan - Sapar Isakov and Kazakhstan-Bakytzhan Sagintayev, the sides agreed to ensure the priority order of crossing the state border between the two countries for individuals with personal luggage, vehicles carrying out regular passenger transportation, motor transport; empty cargo vehicles.

For today, there are problems with trucks with goods and products.

At the EEU intergovernmental council in Yerevan on October 25, 2017, Kazakhstan did not sign the road map, which would settle the situation.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:31:30 +0600
Atambayev against early parliamentary elections in Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, Nov. 20, 2017. /Kabar/. "I am against early parliamentary elections, I would like everything to be on schedule," Almazbek Atambayev said at his final press conference in the post of President of Kyrgyzstan.

"Of course, I criticize the parliament, because all these six years there have been a strong impediment to development by the parliament. For example, the issue of building a railway. We could take a loan and build. And in the parliament there are deputies who are against taking credit and building roads," Atambayev said.

The head of state stressed that he is against early parliamentary elections. "I would like everything to be on time. But, apparently, in the future we need to elect the parliament for 4 years, maybe the president for 5 years. Because the people get tired," he said.

Atambaev assured that after his presidency he does not intend to interfere in the personnel policy of the country. But I'm sure that the country will need in his contacts.

"I have good personal and friendly relations with many presidents. And I am sure that the country will need in my contacts. After leaving the post, I intend to go abroad and sleep, rest,” he said.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:06:24 +0600
Atambayev gives his final press conference Bishkek, Nov. 20, 2017. /Kabar/. The final press conference of Almazbek Atambayev at the post of the President of Kyrgyzstan has started at Ala –Archa state residence in Bishkek.

About 180 journalists from 70 media, including foreign ones, were accredited to the press conference.

The head of state, opening his press conference, said that he always answers questions honestly and openly.

Atambayev stayed on as head of state since 2011. According to the Constitution of Kyrgyzstan, the one person can be elected as the president only once for a period of six years.

The inauguration of the new president, Sooronbai Zheenbekov, will take place on November 24.

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:54:37 +0600
OSCE-supported third Aarhus Centre opened in Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, Nov. 20, 2017 / Kabar/. A third Aarhus Centre in Kyrgyzstan, located in Chlopon-Ata in the Issyk-Kul region, was officially opened with the support of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek and the State Agency for Environmental Protection and Forestry of Kygryzstan (SAEPF) on 9 November 2017.

The new Centre follows the establishment of those in Osh (2004) and Bishkek (2015) and will similarly contribute to the implementation of the fundamental principles of the Aarhus Convention in Kyrgyzstan.

“The Aarhus Convention plays an important role in allowing the representation of civil society’s interests in the field of environmental protection,” said Arsen Ryspekov, Deputy Director of SAEPF. “In this regard, the support of the Programme Office to the network of Aarhus Centres, which provides public representatives with practical resources for exercising their rights in environmental protection, cannot be underestimated. In turn, respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, democracy and the rule of law are at the core of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of the Kyrgyz Republic."

The OSCE has been supporting the activities of the Aarhus Centres in the country for more than 10 years. Currently, there are more than 50 Aarhus Centres operating in the OSCE region.

In Kyrgyzstan, they actively work with youth in environmental protection activities, supporting the development of environmental journalism and strengthening the dialogue between state structures and civil society in solving environmental problems.

The opening of the new Aarhus Centre in Cholpon-Ata took place following the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the OSCE and SAEPF in 2015.

Pierre von Arx, the Head of the OSCE Programme Office in Bishkek, said: "The Aarhus Centre in the Issyk-Kul region will contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Aarhus Convention in Kyrgyzstan and the implementation of the National Strategy for the Development of Aarhus Centres for 2015-2018. The new Centre will help to establish a constructive dialogue between local authorities and the population to address the most acute environmental problems in the Issyk-Kul region.”

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 10:04:21 +0600
Kyrgyzstan’s economic week – Nov. 13-18, 2017 Eggs in return. At the beginning of the week, Kyrgyzstan did not allowed to import 300 thousand chicken eggs from Kazakhstan. Chairman of the State Inspectorate for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Security Kalysbek Zhumakanov said that, a truck loaded with eggs was stopped at the Ak-Tilek checkpoint, which was carrying goods from Kazakhstan without the appropriate veterinary documents.

Due to the lack of relevant documents, which allow to import goods into the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union, the cargo was returned to Kazakhstan.

"This is not the first time. There are a lot of such cases. One can said that there are such facts every day when the goods are not allowed because of the lack of relevant documents. Usually chickens, domestic animals, food, meat are detained at the border. The goods are from everywhere, and from third countries," Zhumakanov said.

More energy and fees. Over 10 months, Severelectro received 4.57 billion kWh of electricity, which is 387 million kWh more compared to the same period in 2016. For the expired period, the commodity output of "Severelectro" was 5.8 billion soms, at that 6 billion soms (102.9%) were collected from consumers.

At the end of ten months, the total electricity losses amounted to 12.42%, which is 1.1% lower compared to the level of 2016.

Over the past period, the collection of payments from the population was 106.1%, for industrial facilities - 100.6%, for budget organizations - 99.9%, for agricultural facilities - 99.1% and other consumers - 99, 8% of the invoiced amount.

Again Megacom. The process of negotiations on the sale of Alfa Telecom CJSC (Megacom) with Russian citizen Elena Nagornaya was terminated. The State Property Management Fund reported that, the negotiations were terminated "due to the fact that the parties failed to achieve mutually acceptable terms of sale." As it was explained later, the Russian woman expressed a new condition - three years of management before the final purchase transaction. The State Property Management Fund did not agree, because the law does not allow such a deal.

Nagornaya said that she was ready to buy Alfa Telecom in September 2017. Under the terms of sale of the company, the bidders must submit a price offer for the purchase of 100% of shares not lower than the amount of 13.5 billion soms. The buyer must pay 7% of the commission above the selling price.

After the failure of the negotiations with the Russian citizen, the Government of Kyrgyzstan has not yet decided whether to submit the company again for auction or not, but in any case the price specified earlier will not change.

White honey to China. Beekeepers from Kyrgyzstan will supply white honey to China. The State Agency for Promotion of Investments and Export reported that, a meeting of representatives of NGO Naryn Uyuk with International Transcontinental Corporation of Innovative Technologies was held on November 9, at which an agreement was reached to supply Kyrgyz white honey to China in the amount of 10 tons.

Budget revenues. According to preliminary data for 10 months of 2017, the total amount of state budget revenues was 117 billion 996.7 million soms. This indicator indicates that the original plan rate is exceeded by 0.7%.

According to the Ministry of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic, the total revenues of the state budget in comparison with the figures for the same period of the last year increased by 14.7% or by 15 billion 153.6 million soms. Such results were achieved due to the growth of tax revenues, non-tax revenues, as well as from received official transfers.

"The volume of tax revenues for the period from January to October 2017 amounted to 82 billion 488.8 million soms or 97.6% of the plan. The sum of shortage is 1 billion 997.2 million soms. Compared with the same period last year, tax revenues increased by 6 billion 787.8 million soms or 9%," the Ministry of Finance reported.

During the reporting period, the State Tax Service collected revenues in the amount of 57 billion 638.2 million soms, which indicates the fulfillment of the target figure by 97.4%. Compared with the corresponding level of the previous year, the STS revenues increased by 7.4% or by 3 billion 970.4 million soms.

Kabar News Agency

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:37:29 +0600
500 thousand ethnic Kyrgyz live in peace and harmony in Uzbekistan Tashkent, Nov. 18, 2017 / Kabar/. About 500 thousand ethnic Kyrgyz live in peace and harmony, in the spirit of the principles of generosity and brotherhood in the multinational family of Uzbekistan, deputy head of the Kyrgyz Cultural Center of Uzbekistan, responsible for Kyrgyz schools in the methodical center of the Ministry of National Education of Uzbekistan, Abiba Yunusalieva told.

"Currently, the Kyrgyz cultural centers of Tashkent, Andijan, Namangan, Ferghana, Zhizak, Syrdarya, are carrying out large-scale work on studying their native language, preserving national values, history, culture, promoting the ideas of interethnic harmony and generosity. More than 18,000 children of ethnic Kyrgyz are studying in 56 general Kyrgyz schools," Yunusalieva said at an international scientific and practical conference in Tashkent.

She also said that in consonance with the great historical traditions of tolerance, representatives of more than 130 nations who live in Uzbekistan are guaranteed freedom of conscience and religion, education in their native language, preservation of their national traditions and spiritual values.

The International Scientific and Practical Conference "Interfaith Dialogue and Religious Tolerance - Guarantee of Stability of Society" was organized at Tashkent Islamic University in connection with the International Tolerance Day, which is celebrated in accordance with the resolution of the UN General Assembly since 1997.

Currently, there are about 2,250 organizations in Uzbekistan, belonging to 16 religious confessions, 140 national cultural centers.

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:47:40 +0600
Tajikistan partially bans combat sports Authorities in Tajikistan have imposed a de facto ban on multiple types of combat sports and are instead proposing popularizing “gushtingiri,” a national marital art.

The highly confusing list of proscribed sports, as listed on the the State Committee for Youth and Sport website, comprises professional boxing, submission wrestling, unifight, K-1, various forms of mixed martial arts, arm-wrestling, something called “new full contact,” and pankration.

As the committee explained, while private clubs will be permitted to continue practicing the sports and participating in competitions, so long as they can raise their own funds, the disciplines will not be allowed in clubs funded by the government. There are 85 such premises across Tajikistan.

The reasoning provided for this partial prohibition is that the sports in question could cause physical harm to its younger practitioners.

Gushtingiri trainer Mahmadovud Odinayev, who supports the initiative, claimed in making his case that Tajikistan's Health Ministry had data showing that 816 children were rendered disabled by participating in combat sports. He did not provide any specifics.

“Their trainers didn’t go through the traditional sports channels. They learned combat sports somewhere abroad and returned with their belts and opened their own schools. They get children off the streets and teach them to hit one another. It would be preferable to develop national and Olympic sports,” Odinayev said.

The deputy head of the sports committee, Dilshod Nazarov, who won gold for Tajikistan in the hammer-throwing discipline in the 2016 Rio Olympics, said that 70 percent of the government funding now reserved for combat sports will now be redirected to Olympic sports instead. Half the remaining funds will go to “non-Olympic” sports and the rest will go to traditional Tajik disciplines. The amount in question was not specified.

Officials have also urged trainers to keep a close eye on the private combat sport clubs as, they claim, many of them have a poor understanding of proper technique. They have also suggested mounting an advertising campaign against these forms of sport as their popularity has risen swiftly in recent years.

In any event, the list of semi-banned sports is striking for how strangely it has been compiled. One discipline listed, submission wrestling, or “grappling” as the committee calls it, could conceivably be interpreted as including Greco-Roman wrestling and freestyle wrestling, which are both Olympic sports. The committee also refers to UFC and Mixfight-1 as forms of mixed martial arts, although they are actually the names of private organizations that hold competitions.

There is also something odd in the fact that one of the supporters of the defunding initiative for professional boxing is none other than Mavzuna Choriyeva, who won a bronze medal for boxing in the London 2012 Olympics. Her argument was unerringly similar to Odinayev’s.

“We have a growing number of trainers who have not studied in specialized schools. They gather children and teenagers in basements and sports clubs which fail to abide by requirements on standards and they teach them how to punch with their fists,” she said.

But such is the vagueness of the sports committee’s statement that it is not clear whether boxing altogether is considered a suspect activity, or just specifically "professional boxing." If the former were the case, it is perplexing to understand why Choriyeva would support this move.

Like many other bans introduced by Tajik authorities, this seems poorly thought out and confused in its ultimate motivations. And the nebulousness about the funding also appears suspect.

Source: Eurasianet

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:38:54 +0600
Atambayev takes part in opening of 6th International St. Petersburg Cultural Forum Bishkek, Nov. 18, 2017 /Kabar/. President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev took part in the Gala-opening of the VI International St. Petersburg Cultural Forum as a guest of honor during his working visit to St. Petersburg, the Kyrgyz President’s press service reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the opening of the forum greeted President Almazbek Atambayev, and also addressed the participants of the solemn event.

"This is the sixth time cultural figures from many countries are meeting in St Petersburg to discuss with their colleagues problems of the arts and education and the preservation of the historical and cultural heritage, as well as to share their ideas and identify new avenues for developing cultural cooperation," said Vladimir Putin.

Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev took part in the opening ceremony of the 6th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:26:35 +0600
Atambayev meets with Putin Bishkek, Nov. 17, 2017 /Kabar/. President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev today met with President of Russia Vladimir Putin during his working visit to t St. Petersburg of the Russian Federation.

The Kyrgyz President’s press service reported that Putin warmly welcomed Atambayev and called it symbolic that the first and final visit of the Kyrgyz leader took place in Russia.

“I am pleased to note that during your presidency the quality of Russia−Kyrgyzstan relations has significantly changed. The Kyrgyz Republic became a member of our economic union. There has been progress in our cooperation in the economy, security, including strengthening of the external borders, and culture,” he said.

“I am particularly glad that you accepted the invitation and arrived for this cultural forum. You will see that it is a major and very interesting international event that is taking place for the sixth time in Russia, in its cultural capital, St Petersburg, which is for a reason,” Putin said.

Putin also assured Atambayev in further deepening of humanitarian cooperation and the support of initiatives aimed at further studying of Altai civilization.

“I know you have many ideas about reinforcing and building up the results that our peoples have achieved together over the previous decades and, perhaps, even over centuries. Your initiative in this respect is inspiring and we have supported and will support it further. I believe it is very important to emphasise the long history of our relations. We have already spoken about this. The first major event already took place in Kyrgyzstan. We are ready to offer Russian venues for future events as well, so I will be glad to discuss the entire scope of our relations,” he said.

The Kyrgyz President, in turn, expressed satisfaction with the level of development of relations between the two countries, connected with a centuries-old history.

As you know, this year we hosted the Altai Forum, bringing together academics from about 30 countries. Next year, there will be another event, the International Altai Congress. It was held in many places, except Altai. But this time we persuaded them to hold it in our country.

This forum is dominated by Western researchers. Of course, we need to be mindful of our history, because people who forget the path they took in the past will not be able to find their way into the future. I would very much like Kyrgyzstan and Russia to maintain their relations in their current state forever, for centuries, since as you know there were attempts to destroy, dismantle these ties and take them along a different path. The last six years were very challenging for me in this regard. Of course, I would very much like these brotherly relations that we have restored to become only stronger,” Atambayev said.

The two leaders discussed the viral issues of Kyrgyz-Russian cooperation and prospects of further interaction, as well as implementation of joint projects.

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 00:00:04 +0600
Kyrgyz designer wins "silver" at Moscow Design Festival Bishkek, Nov. 17, 2017. /Kabar/. Kyrgyz designer Alexei Lysogorov from Bishkek won the second place at the Moscow Design Festival called "Wednesday", the website of the contest reported.

Lysogorov won the second place in the nomination "New packaging".

The designer from Kyrgyzstan made a packing for peanuts in sugar glaze. His work emphasizes today’s day, but also refers to the mountain, ecological origin of the product (Kyrgyzstan is a country of mountains).

The main advantage of his packaging was an original transformation. The packs are easily combined into various "mountain" compositions, attracting with their unusual appearance on the shelves and points of sale.

The festival "Wednesday" is the first and the only festival of design and advertisement in Russia. The festival accepts only those works that change the visual environment for the better. The event sets ambitious goals to create artistic, cultural and social features in the field of design and advertisement.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:26:59 +0600
Chinese citizen arrested in Bishkek for bribery Bishkek, Nov. 17, 2017. /Kabar/ . A Chinese citizen was caught in Bishkek, during bribe transferring of 35 thousand soms, the press service of the State Service for Combating Economic Crimes of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

It was revealed that Chinese people illegally were staying and working in one of the markets of the capital. In this regard, the detainee decided to cover up the case by "giving bribes" for resolving the issue in a positive way.

Bishkek’s prosecutor's office based on Criminal Code of the Kyrgyz Republic initiated a criminal case "bribery".

The Chinese citizen is arrested for 2 months until the full investigation of the Financial Police Department.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 19:14:02 +0600
Osh solemnly meets the world champion in sambo Osh, Bishkek, Nov. 17, 2017 / Kabar /. At the international airport in Osh on November 16, a solemn meeting of the world champion in sambo in the weight category up to 74 kg Beknazar Raimkul uulu and the silver medalist of the World Sambo Championship in the weight category up to 62 kg Orozbek Avtandil uulu took place.

The ceremony was attended by Vice Mayor of Osh Kadyrov, President of the Federation for MMA and Pankration Ulukbek Omurzakov, representatives of the Committee for Physical Culture and Sports, coaches, athletes and relatives of champions.

Vice Mayor of Osh Kadyrov congratulated the athletes on the victory and wished further successes in the sports.

The World Cup 2017 on sambo was held November 10-12 in Sochi.

In the weight category up to 74 kg Beknazar Raimkul uulu became the new world champion.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:05:08 +0600
Kyrgyz cuisine. Foreigners try meat delicacies Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:05:10 +0600 Vice Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan dismissed Bishkek, Nov. 17, 2017 / Kabar /. Duishenbek Zilaliyev has been dismissed from the post of vice prime minister of Kyrgyzstan. The corresponding decree was signed by President Almazbek Atambayev, his press service reported.

"This decision was made on the basis of the representation of the Prime Minister Sapar Isakov, who justified this by Duishenbek Zilaliyev’s transfer to another job," the press service said.

Zilaliyev was appointed to the post of vice prime minister in late August 2017.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:00:46 +0600
Fate of Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe hangs in the balance amid coup confusion Mugabe unexpectedly drove on Thursday from his lavish "Blue Roof" compound, where he had been confined, to State House, where official media pictured him meeting military boss Constantino Chiwenga and South African mediators.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s fate hung in the balance on Friday as he apparently resisted efforts to step down in the wake of an audacious seizure of power by the army, until this week a key pillar of his 37-year-rule. The unfolding drama in the capital Harare was thrown into confusion when a smiling Mugabe was pictured shaking hands with Zimbabwe’s military chief, the man behind the coup, raising questions about whether or not the end of an era was nigh.

Mugabe unexpectedly drove on Thursday from his lavish “Blue Roof” compound, where he had been confined, to State House, where official media pictured him meeting military boss Constantino Chiwenga and South African mediators.

The official Herald newspaper carried no reports of the meeting’s outcome, leaving Zimbabwe’s 13 million people in the dark about the situation. The army may want Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, to go quietly and allow a smooth and bloodless transition to Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice president Mugabe sacked last week, triggering the crisis.

The main goal of the generals is to prevent Mugabe from handing power to his wife Grace, 41 years his junior, who has built a following among the ruling party’s youth wing and appeared on the cusp of power after Mnangagwa was pushed out.

Mugabe, who at 93 has appeared increasingly frail in public, is insisting he remains Zimbabwe’s only legitimate ruler and is refusing to quit. But pressure was mounting on the former guerrilla to accept offers of a graceful exit, sources said.

Zimbabwe’s former head of intelligence, Dumiso Dabengwa, was to hold a news conference in Johannesburg at 1200 GMT. A South African government source said he expected Dabengwa, a close ally of the ousted Mnangagwa, to discuss the events in Zimbabwe. “It seems there is some sort of agreement,” the source said.

The army’s takeover signaled the collapse in less than 36 hours of the security, intelligence and patronage networks that sustained Mugabe through almost four decades in power and built him into the “Grand Old Man” of African politics.

Mugabe is still seen by many Africans as a liberation hero. But he is reviled in the West as a despot whose disastrous handling of the economy and willingness to resort to violence to maintain power pauperised one of Africa’s most promising states.

Once a regional bread-basket, Zimbabwe saw its economy collapse in the wake of the seizure of white-owned farms in the early 2000s, followed by runaway money-printing that catapulted inflation to 500 billion percent in 2008.


Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:21:21 +0600
Sportsmen from Kyrgyzstan win prizes at the Kung Fu Championship in China Bishkek, Nov. 17, 2017 / Kabar /. The team from Kyrgyzstan on traditional wushu won one gold, 2 silver and 5 bronze medals at the 7th World Kung Fu Championship in China.

The federation reported that the team consisted mainly of athletes from the Wushu School of the Seitek National Center for Children and Youth.

It is stated that the Wushuists have already taken part and won medals at the World Championships (2010, 2012, 2014).

The 7th World Kung Fu Championship (traditional Wushu) was held in China, Sichuan Province, Emeishan on November 7-11, 2017. About 4,000 athletes from 57 countries competed in the championship.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:24:04 +0600
23% of preschool children go to kindergartens in Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, Nov. 17, 2017 / Kabar /. 23% of preschool children go to kindergartens throughout Kyrgyzstan, Vice Prime Minister Cholpon Sultanbekova told during the governmental hour at a meeting of the parliament on Thursday.

MP Torobai Zulpukarov asked how many children attend pre-school educational institutions today. "In 2014, it was 12%. Is there any growth today?. If there is, then what is the reason for this, because, as is known, not many kindergartens were built," the parliamentarian asked.

The Vice Prime Minister answered that today 23% of preschool children go to kindergartens. "The number of kindergartens is growing. There is also a private sector. There are kindergartens, which are funded by different funds. That's due to these kindergartens and there was an increase in children attending kindergartens," said Sultanbekova.

Totally there are 1 thousand 62 pre-school educational organizations functioning in the republic, 152 thousand 216 children are educated in them.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:52:29 +0600
Almazbek Atambayev leaves for Russia Bishkek, Nov. 17, 2017 / Kabar /. At the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kyrgyz leader Almazbek Atambayev, left for Russia to participate in the opening ceremony of the 6th St. Petersburg International Cultural Forum.

Within the framework of the working visit, Almazbek Atambayev will meet with Vladimir Putin.

During the meeting, the heads of state will discuss topical issues of Kyrgyz-Russian cooperation.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:39:49 +0600
Slovenia interested in expanding ties with Kyrgyzstan: President Pahor Bishkek, Nov. 17, 2017 / Kabar /. Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Austria and Slovenia Bakyt Dzhusupov on November 15, 2017 presented his credentials to President of the Republic of Slovenia Borut Pahor, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

During the audience Dzhusupov received congratulations on behalf of Kyrgyz President Atambayev on the occasion of the victory in the presidential elections. It was noted that this fact attests to the confidence of the people of Slovenia in the elected president, the recognition of merit in improving the welfare of the Slovenian people, the preservation of peace and harmony in society. At the same time, the ambassador informed about the internal political and economic situation in Kyrgyzstan, the results of the presidential elections and the ongoing reforms in the country.

The Kyrgyz side noted that Kyrgyzstan intends to keep a consistent course for activating the Kyrgyz-Slovenian cooperation and deepening cooperation in the international arena.

In turn, President Pahor expressed interest in expanding trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian ties between Slovenia and Kyrgyzstan, and also noted the existing potential for the development of a political dialogue between the states. At the end of the meeting, the Slovenian leader wished Ambassador Dzhusupov a successful mission and expressed his hope for further expansion of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:31:47 +0600
Book about Zhusup Mamai presented at National Library Bishkek, Nov. 17, 2017 / Kabar /. Presentation of the book "Zhusup Mamai Babamdan Bayan" was held at the National Library named after Alykul Osmonov in Bishkek, the press service of the Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

The book is devoted to the life of the great Manas narrator and written by his great-grandson Turgunaali Zhusup Mamai tegin, who became a direct witness of wisdom and the continuer of the whole life of Zhusup Mamai.

"The book includes stories, works, sayings about the upbringing and morals of Zhusup Mamai, as well as a story about his life's path. The stories included in the book have a profound meaning, and also tell the reader about the human values ​​and traditions of the Kyrgyz people," the announcement reads.

It is noted that the book was published by the Yiman Foundation with the purpose of spiritual enrichment and assistance in raising the moral values ​​of readers.

Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, Roza Otunbayeva, Beksultan Zhakiyev and other famous personalities of Kyrgyzstan took part in the presentation of the book.

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:09:01 +0600
Little-known Kyrgyzstan through Elliott Verdier’s lens From the series A Shaded Path © Elliott Verdier

Written by Cat Lachowskyj

"The more I spend time with my subjects, the softer and more intimate my photographs become," says the French photographer of his work

French documentary photographer Elliott Verdier’s A Shaded Path highlights the endless paradoxes of a region fossilised by its longstanding history of being forgotten. Kyrgyzstan is a peculiar place, completely landlocked by mountain ranges – a feature that has preserved its culture while simultaneously reinforcing its susceptibility to external domination. Since its official relinquishment from Soviet control in the early 1990s, the country has returned to its resting state of self-sufficient isolation.

From October 2016 to February 2017, Verdier photographed Kyrgyzstan’s industrial factories, embedded in sprawling landscapes that are populated by the touching subjects in his accompanying portraits. Shortly after settling into his daily routine, the photographer began to notice a marked difference between the collective nostalgia of the country’s older and younger generations. Where fond memories of the order that came with being part of the Soviet Union seemed to define his older companions, his younger friends had no connection to an era that ended before they were even born.

“When I travelled throughout the country, I began to realise a large part of the population was still clinging to this nostalgia for the USSR – which is very different from the new generation, who are dynamic and hungry for access to the rest of the world. So the idea for this series really started with these young people and how they said they wanted to be perceived.”

From the series A Shaded Path © Elliott Verdier

The tonality and colour schemes in Verdier’s portraits seamlessly ebb and flow with his images of industrial landscapes and natural terrain. In the town Mailuu-Suu, primarily known for its former mines, a local legend says the first Russian atomic bomb was made with uranium from the region. This and similar stories were shared with Verdier during the portrait-taking process, when the often-tedious set-up of his 4×5 camera created space for conversation. While Verdier is adamant that this interaction doesn’t affect the focal message of each image, he believes that what it contributed was crucial.

Incorporating intimacy is a guiding force in Verdier’s work, and he says he’ll continue to incorporate this sense 0f whispered understanding in his future projects. “I’ve always wanted to go to places that are not well known to people, and photograph subjects that are far from my own situation,” he says. “But my practice has evolved from my journalistic, younger self. The more I spend time with my subjects, the softer and more intimate my photographs become.” This article was first published in the November issue of BJP, which is available via

From the series A Shaded Path © Elliott Verdier

From the series A Shaded Path © Elliott Verdier

Source: British Journalof Photography

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:19:18 +0600
Kazakhstan to extend humanitarian aid to Tajikistan Kazakhstan will provide a humanitarian assistance worth 128,685 million tenge to Tajikistan for the purchase of fuel oil in accordance with the resolution of the Government of Kazakhstan.

Under the decree, the Defense and Aerospace Industry Ministry of Kazakhstan was instructed to allocate 128,685 million tenge from the emergency reserve of the Kazakh government to Tajikistan for the purchase of 1,000 tons of fuel oil.

These funds are provided in the republican budget for 2017.

In turn, the Foreign Ministry was instructed to determine the recipient of official humanitarian assistance and ensure coordination of measures to provide it, the Investment and Development Ministry was tasked to ensure the timely supply of rolling stock for the transportation and delivery of humanitarian goods to a destination in Tajikistan.

The official exchange rate for November 16 is 332.72KZT / USD.

Source: Trend

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:16:51 +0600
Ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to Ukraine appointed Bishkek, Nov. 16, 2017 /Kabar/. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev signed a decree according to which Sharipov Zhusupbek Sharipovich was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic in Ukraine, the President’s press service reported.

By another Decree Sharipov Zhusupbek Sharipovich was dismissed from his post as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kyrgyz Republic in the State of Kuwait, the Kingdom of Morocco, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the Kingdom of Bahrain in conjunction with the residence in the city of Kuwait.

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:06:22 +0600
Emomali Rakhmon congratulates Zheenbekov on his birthday Bishkek, Nov. 16, 2017 /Kabar/. President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon sent a congratulatory telegram on the occasion of the birthday of President-elect of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Zheenbekov.

"Your birthday, gives me a pleasant opportunity to send you my sincere congratulations and best wishes. In this significant day for you and your loved ones, I wholeheartedly wish you good health, happiness, prosperity and new achievements for the benefit of friendly Kyrgyzstan. I take this opportunity to express my confidence that the relations of friendship, good-neighborliness and close partnership between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan will continue to develop and strengthen in the interests of our peoples. For my part, I express readiness for further joint efforts in this direction," said Tajik President Emomali Rahmon.

Newly elected president Zheenbekov turns today 59 years.

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 22:02:23 +0600
The exhibition “The Porcelain of Silk Road. Peking Story” opened in Bishkek Bishkek, Nov. 16, 2017 /Kabar/. The Chinese Contemporary Arts Exhibition of ceramic art, contemporary calligraphy and painting “The Porcelain of Silk Road. Peking Story” opened in Bishkek.

The exhibition is held to strengthen the international cultural exchange in support of Xi Jinping's One Belt, One Road initiative, with the support of the Beijing Culture and Art Fund.

The exhibition features more than one hundred works by 7 artists: Zhuang XiaoLei, Ma Haifang, Zheng Shanlu, Zhang Tielin, Chen Maoquan, Li Chengxiu, Li Xuewei, who have the main features of calligraphic works in Beijing.

The exhibition presents author's paintings of Kyrgyz and Chinese artists, as well as porcelain.

The exhibition will be open until November 19.

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:18:19 +0600
New Ambassador of Germany presents copies of credentials to Kyrgyz FM Bishkek, Nov. 16, 2017 /Kabar/. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Erlan Abdyldaev received copies of credentials from Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Kyrgyz Republic M. Iversen.

The foreign minister congratulated the ambassador on her appointment to this post and wished successful and fruitful work. He also expressed confidence that Iversen will continue to intensify the political dialogue and strengthen trade and economic ties.

During the sides discussed the state and prospects of the development of Kyrgyz-German relations. The sides confirmed mutual interest in expanding and deepening cooperation in various fields.

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 21:03:30 +0600