Breaking news Wed, 17 Jan 2018 14:52:25 +0600 60 Earthquake recorded in Osh Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2018 / Kabar /. 3.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded last night on the territory of Osh oblast, Institute of Seismology of the National Academy of Sciences of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

According to the information, the tremors were felt around 01:54 local time. The earthquake focus was located on the slopes of the Zaalayskiy Range in 6 km to the east of the village of Bor-Dyobyo.

No victims and damages reported.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:06:26 +0600
Firefighter catches child thrown from burning building Heart-stopping footage shows the moment a firefighter caught a child thrown from the second floor balcony of a burning flat, the Independent reported.

The young girl’s father dropped her from the second floor as they escaped their apartment as flames tore through the building on the outskirts of Atlanta, Georgia.

She was caught by firefighter Scott Stroup and survived unscathed.

The girl was one of 12 people, including eight children, rescued from the blaze. A baby aged just months old was also thrown from the building wrapped in a blanket.

Captain Eric Jackson, of DeKalb County Fire Rescue, said: “We were catching babies like footballs, literally.”

Screaming can be heard almost constantly in the helmet camera footage, posted on social media by the local firefighters’ union.

Mr Stroup, wearing breathing apparatus, is seen catching the girl as flaming debris falls around him. He carries her away from the building before dropping to his knees and laying her on the ground.

The girl’s father, Lance Ragland, suffered second-degree burns. His newborn baby was also dropped from the building and caught by firefighter Jackie Peckrul.

he firefighter told Fox 5 Atlanta: “That was the only thing running through my mind... ‘Lord, let me catch this baby.’

“My hands came off the ladder and I got them.”

Moments later Mr Stroup caught the child’s older sibling.

“There’s no better feeling in the world,” Ms Peckrul said. “Never want to see any parent lose a child.”

No one died in the 3 January blaze but 20 flats were gutted, leaving 79 people homeless.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:49:12 +0600
Kyrgyz parliamentary delegation participates in annual session of PUIC in Tehran Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2018 / Kabar /. The delegation of the Jogorku Kenesh consisting of deputies of Parhat Tulendybaev and Muzaffar Isakov is taking part in 13th session of the Parliamentary Union of the OIC Member States (PUIC) in Tehran, the press service of the Kyrgyz Parliament reported.

The session was officially opened by President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani and Speaker of the Islamic Consultative Council (Parliament) Ali Larijani.

In connection with the expiration of the term of office, Erol Kilic (Turkey) completed his mission as the general secretary of the PUIC. According to the principle of regional rotation of candidates for the post of General Secretary, the right to nominate was granted to the African Group (three geographical groups, the other two - the Asian group, which includes Kyrgyzstan and the African one). As a result of internal negotiations in the group, a single candidate was nominated - Senegal. Thus, the representative of Senegal was appointed to the post of Secretary General without a vote.

From the Asian Group, Kyrgyz MPs Parhat Tulendybaev and Muzaffar Isakov were elected members of the Standing Committee of the PUICon Economic Affairs and the Environment and the Standing Committee of the PUIC on Culture, Legal Issues and Dialogue of Civilizations and Religions respectively.

Following the session, the adoption of the Tehran Declaration, the resolution and the final communiqué is expected.

During their stay in Tehran, deputies of the Jogorku Kenesh visited the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in Iran, where they met with Ambassador Avazbek Abdrazakov, got acquainted with the activities of the diplomatic mission and discussed a number of issues on enhancing the Kyrgyz-Iranian cooperation.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:26:01 +0600
Isakov: Cooperation of Kyrgyzstan and UNDP reached new level Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2018 / Kabar /. Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov met with UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the Kyrgyz Republic Mr. Ozonnia Ojielo, the Kyrgyz Government’s press service reported.

Sapar Isakov, greeting Ozonnia Ojielo, congratulated him on the beginning of the mission as the Resident Coordinator of the United Nations system in the Kyrgyz Republic and the UNDP Resident Coordinator to the Kyrgyz Republic.

Isakov emphasized the fruitful work of Alexander Avanesov, who previously held the post of the UN Resident Coordinator and made a great contribution to the development of cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and the UN.

"Over the past years, the level of cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and UNDP has significantly increased, within the framework of which a number of projects aimed at socio-economic development of the republic have been successfully implemented. Taking this into account, I would like to express my readiness to continue partnership with UN institutions in this direction, as UNDP programs play an important role in improving the lives of our citizens," he said.

The Prime Minister focused on the fact that Kyrgyzstan is confidently moving along the path of sustainable social and economic development.

From his part, UNDP Resident Representative to the Kyrgyz Republic Ozonnia Ojielo said that all the work of the UNDP system is focused on the tasks and issues that the Government and citizens of the Kyrgyz Republic are facing.

"I have an important mission - to continue the work started by my predecessor and be better. For my part, I want to assure you that we are ready for cooperation, support and fruitful work with the Government of Kyrgyzstan. You can always count on our help in implementing and supporting new ambitious projects, one of which is the national project Taza Koom and 40 Steps to a New Era program. These are very important and necessary projects for the society and the country. We are ready to support them," he said.

Speaking about the state and prospects of cooperation, the Prime Minister said that today relations between the Kyrgyz Republic and UNDP have reached a new level of intensity and interaction.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:56:23 +0600
First Deputy FM and Japanese Ambassador discuss issues of mutual interest Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2018 / Kabar /. First Deputy Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Dinara Kemelova met on Tuesday with Ambassador of Japan to the Kyrgyz Republic Yoshihiro Yamamura.

During the meeting, the sides discussed issues of mutual interest, as well as further strengthening of cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Japan within the framework of international organizations.

Kemelova stressed the need to intensify further cooperation in the field of protection and preservation of the historical and cultural heritage of mankind within the framework of UNESCO. In particular, the Japanese side was invited to assist in the conservation and museification of Nevakat and Ak-Beshim (Suyab) fortifications, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, in order to create the necessary conditions for increasing the flow of tourists.

The parties also discussed issues concerning the forthcoming 12th Meeting of Senior Officials of the Dialogue "Central Asia + Japan", to be held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on Jan. 26, 2018.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:11:39 +0600
Trump Meets Kazakh Leader in White House Visit Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2018 / Kabar /. President Donald Trump hosted Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the White House on Tuesday, praising the relationship between the two nations, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The two leaders met in the Oval Office and delivered statements to reporters before holding a working lunch. The visit marks the first to the White House by a leader of Kazakhstan since 2006.

Mr. Trump said the two nations have “worked together to advance peace and security in the region and far beyond the region.”

He thanked Kazakhstan, which last month became the chairman of the United Nations Security Council, for “providing crucial support” to U.S. forces in Afghanistan and for backing U.S. efforts to roll back North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program.

Mr. Nazarbayev, noting that Kazakhstan had inherited nuclear weapons when the Soviet Union collapsed but then surrendered its arsenal, said his nation had the “moral right to talk to the nations that are seeking nuclear weapons,” including North Korea.

He also said he has been “following very closely the dynamics” between the U.S. and Russia, which “suddenly plunged into the abyss.” U.S. allegations of Russian election hacking have strained ties between Washington and Moscow.

Mr. Trump lauded Mr. Nazarbayev’s efforts to strengthen the Kazakh economy, noting the leader’s plan for Kazakhstan to become a “top 30 global economy” by 2050. Mr. Nazarbayev hailed the U.S. tax-code overhaul, adding: “Because I did something similar in my country five years ago, I fully support what you do there.” Mr. Trump grinned.

Kazakhstan last year hosted talks between Russia, Turkey and Iran to try to end Syria’s seven-year war. Moscow had pressed the Trump administration to join the talks at a high level, an invitation not extended while President Barack Obama was in office. Theadministration instead sent only a lower-level official, its ambassador to Kazakhstan.

Mr. Nazarbayev’s visit Tuesday also focused attention on Mr. Trump’s history of business dealings with Kazakh businessmen. New York City’s Trump SoHo, which opened in 2010, was built by Bayrock Group LLC, a development group headed by Tevfik Arif, a wealthy Kazakh businessman.

Mr. Arif and another Trump business associate, Felix Sater, are engaged in a legal dispute over $3.5 million in legal fees related to Mr. Sater’s employment at Bayrock, the Journal reported last year.

A lawyer for Mr. Sater said Messrs. Sater and Arif are “in the final stages of a settlement.”

Asked in the Oval Office on Tuesday how much Kazakh funding Trump Soho had received, Mr. Trump shrugged and said, “No idea.”

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 11:00:56 +0600
Parliament’s session began with minute of silence over anniversary of plane crash in Dacha Suu Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2018 / Kabar /. The session of the Kyrgyz Parliament has begun today with a minute of silence on the occasion of the anniversary of the crash of Boeing -747 aircraft in the village of Dacha Suu near Mans airport.

The Boeing-747-400F aircraft belonging to ACT Airlines (MyCargo), which was flying from Hong Kong to Istanbul, crashed not far from Mans airport on Dacha-Suu village on Jan. 16, 2017 ruining dozens of houses.

As a result of the plane crash, 39 people were killed, 4 crew members were citizens of Turkey and 35 citizens of Kyrgyzstan. Jan. 17, 2017 was declared a day of mourning.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:23:20 +0600
Isakov and WB Vice President for Europe and Central Asia discuss prospects for cooperation Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2018 / Kabar /. Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sapar Isakov met with Vice President of the World Bank for Europe and Central Asia Cyril Muller.

According to the information provided by the Kyrgyz Government’s press service, at the meeting the sides discussed the current state and prospects for further development of bilateral cooperation, as well as measures to implement a joint action plan for the coming years.

Sapar Isakov emphasized that the World Bank is one of the main partners of Kyrgyzstan for development and expressed gratitude to the WB leadership for the assistance provided in solving the social and economic problems of the country.

The Prime Minister also stressed that Cyril Muller's visit to the country is another evidence of the high level of bilateral relations. He also said that the World Bank's participation is ensured practically in all spheres of the domestic economy, and therefore the government of the country intends to continue close joint work.

Sapar Isakov briefed about the government's plans to implement Digital CASA project and Taza Koom and 40 Steps to a New Era program.

At the same time, the Kyrgyz prime minister spoke about the plans of the Cabinet to launch the Smart City project in Bishkek and Osh cities,.

The prime minister once again stressed that the bulk of the digital transformation program of Taza Koom will be implemented with the involvement of foreign investments.

Vice President of the World Bank for Europe and Central Asia Cyril Muller said that at present the World Bank is at the final stage of preparing a comprehensive study of the Kyrgyz economy to identify the most vulnerable sectors in need of support from development partners.

Cyril Muller said that the World Bank's activities are aimed at achieving two main goals: poverty eradication and improvement of people's well-being.

He stressed that these goals are reflected in detail in the government program 40 Steps to a New Era program and expressed readiness to assist in its implementation.

"40 Steps to a New Era program is ambitious and aims to increase prosperity for all. Kyrgyzstan is the leading country in the region for digitalization, which is also reflected in your program," Cyril Muller said.

Following the meeting, the sides expressed readiness for further constructive cooperation in implementing joint projects in various sectors of the country's economy and building the potential of bilateral relations.

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:16:38 +0600
Uzbekistan softens requirements for registration of foreigners Bishkek, Jan. 17, 2018. /Kabar/. Uzbekistan has softened requirements for registration of foreigners and stateless persons in Tashkent city and Tashkent region, Trend reports with reference to the Justice Ministry.

In particular, by the order of the Justice Ministry, amendments and additions were made to the directive on notarial acts, according to which foreign citizens and stateless persons have to purchase residential property in a new building for at least 600 million soums in order to obtain a residence permit in the Tashkent region.

Earlier, this figure was 1.222 billion soums.

Foreign citizens and stateless persons who buy residential property only on the abovementioned conditions can apply for permanent residence in Tashkent and Tashkent region, the ministry noted.

(8,146.38 soums = $1 on Jan. 16)

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 09:36:17 +0600
More than 16,000 babies born in Osh region Osh, Jan. 16, 2018 / Kabar /. In 2017, 16 thousand 704 babies were born on the territory of Osh oblast.

At the end of 2017, 8135 babies were born in Osh city maternity home, 216 of which were twins and 2 triplets. On New Year's Eve, 38 babies were born in the city maternity home, which took the first place by birth rate in the whole republic.

Based on the results of 2017, 8569 babies were born in Osh oblast maternity hospital,which is for 1664 more than in 2016, an increase of about 20%. On New Year's Eve, 20 babies were born in the oblast maternity hospital, 14 of them girls and 6 boys.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:55:17 +0600
First Skiing Fan Club opened in suburbs of Bishkek Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018 / Kabar /. The first Skiing Fan Club was opened in Kara Jygach village of Chui oblast, the State Agency for Youth, Physical Culture and Sports of the Kyrgyz Republic reported.

At the opening of the first season, sportsman Tariel Jarkynbaev took part. Jarkynbaev got a license for upcoming Winter Olympic Games in cross-country skiing. Other participants were Jarkynbaev’s trainer Alexander Levdansky, the founders and organizers of the Skiing Fan Club and children's sport clubs.

The Vice President of the Golf Federation of Kyrgyzstan Konstantin Surikov said that on the basis of the golf club since early 2018, skiing track for more than 6 kilometers has been organized.

Surikov added that this work is carried out in order to support the development of winter sports. "Only one athlete from Kyrgyzstan will take part in ski races this year, but if we develop skiing sport among the young generation, we will have more participants in future. We will help our skiers," he said.

He also added that the prices for skiing is reasonable, it costs 350 soms for a set of skiers for the whole day without paying a fee for the route.

Head of the State Agency Kanat Amankulov said that domestic businessmen are supporting sport very well. "Today we witnessed the opening of a new base for cross-country skiers near Bishkek. It is very active and less traumatic. The cross-country skiing has its own great history. Opening the Skiing Fan Club is another step forward," he said.

Amankulov added that Tariel Jarkynbaev will go to Kazakhstan for training camps. "There are problems with inventory, but soon we will buy him a new set of competitive skis," the Head of the State Agency promised.

The organizers also told that besides the racetracks, all conditions have been created for young children too, such as skiing, tobogganing and skating.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:50:01 +0600
Kyrgyz folk music concert to be held in Brussels Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018 / Kabar /. Today in Brussels (Belgium) Kyrgyz folk music concert will be held, the creative brand of the company Nomadstan, Umutay Abdyshova told Kabar News Agency.

Abdyshova stressed that during the concert, a presentation of Kyrgyzstan and Kyrgyz culture in French language is planned.

"We have a great joy to invite compatriots and all comers to the concert of Kyrgyz folk music, where audience can enjoy live music on Kyrgyz traditional musical instrument komuz and learn more about our country," she said.

Then the artists will perform for the compatriots who live in Germany and France.

Earlier with the support of the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in the Kingdom of Belgium, the Nomadstan presented tourist opportunities of Kyrgyzstan at the International Tourism and Recreation Exhibition Vakantiebeurs 2018, which was held from Jan. 9 to Jan.16 in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:44:51 +0600
President makes amendments into Law on Oncological Assistance Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018 / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov signed the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic "On Amendments to the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic on Oncological Assistance to the Population”, the press service of the President's Office reported.

The law was passed by the Parliament on Nov. 30, 2017.

The law was adopted with a purpose of eliminating contradictions in the legislation, as well as defining and clarifying powers of the Government to provide specialized medical and social assistance to citizens suffering from malignant neoplasms.

A number of changes in drafting and editing were introduced to the Law "On Amendments to the Law of the Kyrgyz Republic on Oncological Assistance to the Population”.

The Law also specified the subjects of cancer care in the Kyrgyz Republic. Moreover the sources of funding for activities aimed at reducing cancer morbidity will be supplemented by means of compulsory medical health insurance.

The law enters into force after ten days from the day of its official publication.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:32:49 +0600
In 2017 Taldybulak Levoberezhny field produces 2017 kg of gold Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018. /Kabar/. In 2017, according to preliminary data, 2017 kg of gold was produced at the Taldybulak Levoberezhny deposit, Eldar Tadzhibaev, the chairman of the Central Committee of the Mining and Metallurgical Trade Union of Kyrgyzstan told.

He said that the extraction of 3 tons of pure gold is planned for 2018. Tadzhibaev said that company's general director said today during the signing of the collective agreement of Altynken LLC in Bishkek. On behalf of the labor collective, the agreement was signed by chairman of the trade union committee Taalaybek Kudusov.

The head of the enterprise noted the importance of the contribution of people in obtaining positive performance indicators, as well as the role of the trade union organization in ensuring a stable and successful operation of the company.

The collective agreement is concluded for a period of 3 years and determines the obligations of the administration and of the workers (wages, hours of work and rest, labor protection, social package, etc.).

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:37:55 +0600
Jeenbekov meets with World Bank Vice President Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018 / Kabar /. President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov met today with World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Cyril Muller, the press service of the President reported.

Jeenbekov and Muller discussed prospects for cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and the World Bank for the coming years, exchanged views on priority areas of partnership, the report said.

The Kyrgyz President specified that the World Bank is one of the main partners for the development of Kyrgyzstan and expressed gratitude for the support provided in the socio-economic development of the country.

He mentioned that within the framework of joint cooperation, projects were implemented to strengthen such important sectors as transport, agriculture, energy, health, education, public administration, social protection of the population.

Cyril Muller stressed with satisfaction that the level of poverty has decreased by half in Kyrgyzstan during the years of independence, which is in line with the tasks of the World Bank to improve the well-being of the population.

"The results of a comprehensive research of Kyrgyzstan’s economy conducted by the World Bank showed that the country's poverty reduction efforts have been successful and further measures should focus on developing the private sector and improving the quality of services provided to achieve overall well-being. Kyrgyzstan citizens have access to education, medicine, energy, now it is necessary to improve the quality of services," Cyril Muller recommended.

The Head of State and the WB Vice President also discussed the priorities for further work under the Decree of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic "On the Announcement of 2018 as the Year of Regional Development".

Muller emphasized that the World Bank supports an integrated and systematic approach to the development of regions, specified in the framework of the Decree. "We plan to implement our own programs and projects on infrastructure development in the regions together in order to ensure their greater effectiveness," he said.

Jeenbekov specified that the country's policy will be aimed at developing small and medium-sized businesses, creating jobs in the regions, taking into account the peculiarity of each region and the cluster approach to reduce the imbalance in the development of regions and population migration. "To implement our plans, the Decree "On the Announcement of 2018 as the Year of Regional Development" will be a good start and help. A single integrated program will be developed for several years ahead, taking into account the specifics of each region," the President stressed.

In conclusion, Jeenbekov stated that support of the World Bank and other development partners in implementing strategic goals and forthcoming tasks to ensure economic growth and welfare of citizens is very important for Kyrgyzstan.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 20:09:10 +0600
US to hold regular meeting in C5 + 1 format in Central Asia Tashkent, Jan. 16, 2018 / Kabar /. In future, a meeting is planned in C5 + 1 format in Central Asia, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry's Jahon News Agency reported as Ambassador Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia saying.

Ambassador Wells said that the United States is pleased that Central Asia is jointly solving common problems that are the same for the whole region, the partnership in the C5 + 1 format is constructive and productive. "In future, such a meeting is planned in Central Asia, at the same time, the U.S. Congress allocated $15 mln to strengthen this format," she said.

The C5 + 1 means a meeting of foreign ministers of five Central Asian countries and the United States. The first meeting of the foreign ministers of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the US Secretary of State in this format was held on Nov. 1, 2015 in Samarkand.

The US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson also met in the C5 + 1 format with his colleagues in New York.

The next meeting in the C5 + 1 format will serve to further strengthen cooperation between the Central Asian countries and the United States, the report said.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:46:32 +0600
Kyrgyzstan to receive loan of $ 7.2 mln to replace 13 pumping stations of Bishkek Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018 / Kabar /. Kyrgyzstan intends to obtain from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) loan of $ 7.2 million and $ 3.9 million grant for replacement of 13 pumping stations and reconstruction of heat supply system for houses of Bishkek, chairman of the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Mineral Resources Ulanbek Ryskulov said at a meeting of the Parliament's committee for fuel and energy.

"$ 7.2 million is received as a loan for 15 years at 1% per annum and $ 3.9 million is in the form of a grant. In total, 13 pumping stations will be replaced. Moreover the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system will be launched. These stations have not been replaced for 30 years," he explained.

The deputies also were interested if the Bishkek Heat Supply System could repay its loan.

Deputy Chairman of the Bishkek Heat Supply System Uran Raimbekov answered that the company does have such opportunities. "We still have a loan from the World Bank for $ 32 million. Nevertheless, we can pay, we conducted a financial analysis and calculated all the expenses," he said.

New pumping pipes, according to officials are necessary in order to connect more consumers as Bishkek is growing.

The Committee considered the issue of ratification of the Credit Agreement between the Kyrgyz Republic and the EBRD on reconstruction and construction of the Pumping Stations Project and herein the Grant Agreement between the Kyrgyz Republic and the EBRD. After the discussion, the deputies supported the ratification in the second reading.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:58:14 +0600
24-hour strike paralyzes Greek capital A 24-hour general strike brought Athens to a standstill on Monday when thousands of workers protested against a draft bill calling for reforms and austerity measures.

The draft bill voted later in the day sought key measures for the country in order to receive further funds.

Thousands of people were stranded for 24 hours after public buses, trams, trains and the metro all came to a halt.

Flights were also cancelled when air traffic controllers participated in the strike; doctors, judges and teachers also took part.

The largest public sector union ADEDY demonstrated in the morning, with thousands gathering in central Athens.

Private sector union GSEE, joined forces along the way with the Greek Communist Party-affiliated union PAME, holding a rally outside the parliament as MPs debated the controversial bill.

“The government, following a storm of anti-labor measures that have crushed the whole of Greek society, now gives its last hit to working class, pensioners and the unemployed, with a bill that has as a pre-requisite the abolition of our right to strike,” the General Confederation of Greek Workers said in a press release.

"The right to strike is a sacred conquest of the working class. It is neither abolished nor threatened by this government.

“We want bodies and trade unions to be massively, militarily and continuously active against employers' authoritarianism and any violation of labor law," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said during the parliament debate over the multi-bill of reforms and austerity measures to be voted today.

PAME member Giorgos Kirakakopoulos, 49, said “the fight has just started, we won’t back down”.

Greece has been the recipient of three bailout deals since 2010. It has worked to avoid bankruptcy with the financial help of the International Monetary Fund, European Union, and the European Central Bank and borrowed what amounts to €260 billion ($306 billion).

The country recently reached a deal with its lenders on reforms that they must perform under its bailout program, in a hope to end the aid program by August.

In return for the money borrowed, the leftist government had to impose tax hikes, more structural reforms, as well as pension cuts that have angered austerity-hit Greeks, as well as a law to tighten the rules on calling for a strike.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:10:04 +0600
Iran interested in establishing banking relations with Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018. /Kabar/. Iranian businessmen are interested in setting up joint ventures and funds in Kyrgyzstan, but the lack of banking cooperation between the two countries impedes the realization of such ideas, Iran's Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Ali Mojtaba Ruzbehani told today at a meeting with journalists in Bishkek.

He said that the cooperation in the banking sphere made progress only last year.

"We hope that in the near future cooperation in this field will yield its results. We are sure that if the banking cooperation resumes, the trade turnover will also increase many times, which stimulates the arrival of businessmen from Iran," the ambassador said.

He added that Iran's technical service companies are recognized around the world, and they are implementing many projects in different countries.

"These companies are interested in participating in infrastructure projects in Kyrgyzstan. If they feel Kyrgyzstan's interest in their activities, they will be only happy," the diplomat said.

For his part, he expressed readiness to support all initiatives that could positively affect the development of economic relations between the two states, including the idea of ​​creating an Iranian bank in Kyrgyzstan.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:53:10 +0600
First Deputy FM of Kyrgyzstan and Russian Ambassador discuss cooperation Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018 /Kabar/. First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Dinara Kemelova held a meeting with Ambassador of Russia to the Kyrgyz Republic Andrei Krutko.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic, the sides summed up the results of cooperation for 2017, discussed topical issues of Kyrgyz-Russian regional cooperation and prospects for development of cooperation in 2018.

The sides also discussed the issues of accelerating work on the part of the Governments of the Kyrgyz Republic and the Russian Federation on working out concrete joint projects of trade, economic and investment character, increasing trade turnover and bringing them up to $ 2 billion, opening trade and logistics centers, attracting Russian investments in the Kyrgyz Republic.

Kemelova stressed the need to intensify the work of the Kyrgyz-Russian Intergovernmental Commission and discussed with the Russian Ambassador the dates of the next 20th meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission and also touched upon the issue of activation of the Kyrgyz-Moscow Intergovernmental Commission.

An exchange of views took place on the holding of a number of events related to the celebration of Chyngyz Aitmatov’s jubilee.

In addition, the interlocutors discussed the issues of the stay of Kyrgyz citizens in the Russian Federation.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:37:38 +0600
Ministry of Finance meets with World Bank Vice President Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018. / Kabar/. Kyrgyz Finance Minister Adylbek Kasymaliev met with the World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia Cyril Muller.

Greeting the WB delegation Minister Kasymaliev thanked for the assistance in the socio-economic development of the country. In his speech he dwelled on the results of socio-economic development and the implementation of the 2017republican budget.

During the meeting, the minister said that the World Bank is one of the main partners of the Kyrgyz Government. The amount of the assistance provided by the World Bank exceeds $ 1.5 billion. All means are directed to the development of such sectors as: transport, energy, agriculture, health, education, public administration, social protection.

The Finance Minister named the development of the country's export potential and support to local commodity producers one of the main tasks of the Kyrgyz Government. "Currently, the draft program of the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic on export development for 2018-2023 is being developed, the main sectors are dairy products, processed fruit and vegetable products, the sewing industry, as well as access to financing for entrepreneurs and stimulating exports in general," Kasymaliyev said expressing the hope that the World Bank will assist in the effective implementation of this project.

In addition, Kasymaliev sad that the Ministry of Finance of the Kyrgyz Republic is ready, jointly with other ministries and departments, to assist in the development of a new draft strategy on partnership between the World Bank and the Kyrgyz Republic for 2018-2022.

In turn, the WB Vice President Cyril Muller replied that this framework strategy will be based on the results of the prepared comprehensive study of the country's economy, in particular targeted assistance and support. He also expressed hope for joint fruitful work in this direction.

Miller said that the World Bank, adhering to the desire to support the Kyrgyz Republic, is ready to help the country move from vulnerability to prosperity, to focus precisely on those areas of the economy in order to improve the socio-economic situation of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:19:54 +0600
Week of Iranian cinema and other cultural events to be held in Kyrgyzstan Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018. / Kabar/. This year, the Iranian embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic intends to hold a number of events in Kyrgyzstan to strengthen cultural and humanitarian relations, as well as to develop cooperation in the field of education. Ambassador of Iran to Kyrgyzstan Ali Mojtaba Ruzbehani told about plans for 2018 during the meeting with journalists on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

He said that last year there was an intensification of cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian direction.

"We intend to continue this work. Soon, Kyrgyzstan will host a week of Iranian cinema. Plans also include holding round tables on various topics. We constantly invite Kyrgyz experts to participate in various events in Iran and we want to continue this practice," the ambassador said.

He also said that cooperation has been established between the two states in scientific and educational spheres, which is evidenced by joint work between universities and research centers.

"We also plan to organize a trip of women activists from Kyrgyzstan to Iran and intend to organize reciprocal visits of media representatives of our countries. In this direction, we will conduct courses in various subjects. The plans also include the allocation of grant places for students of Kyrgyzstan for training in Iranian universities," the head of the diplomatic mission said.

He added that last year the Iranian side provided technical support to some universities in Kyrgyzstan, and further there are all grounds and prerequisites for continuing such cooperation, as well as cooperation in library activities.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:26:47 +0600
Iran, Kyrgyzstan to establish bilateral relations in number of sectors Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018. / Kabar/. Iran and Kyrgyzstan intend to establish bilateral relations in a number of industries. To implement this goal, the parties signed a long-term cooperation agreement with the plan for the next 10 years.

Ambassador of Iran to the Kyrgyz Republic Ali Mojtaba Ruzbehani during a meeting with journalists on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries said that in the first place this agreement provides for the development of economic relations and the increase in trade turnover between the parties.

"We signed a long-term agreement on 10-year cooperation, which provides for the development of bilateral relations in all areas. But the main emphasis is on the development of trade and economic relations. We have a great will to implement it, and we are optimistic," the ambassador said.

He also pointed out that Kyrgyzstan has great potential in tourism, and the diplomatic mission of Iran will carry out all sorts of activities to attract tourists from among its compatriots.

"Kyrgyzstan has a great potential in the sphere of tourism, and we will be able to attract our compatriots to your fertile land. You have a great future in this direction. Iran also has its own opportunities in terms of medical and other types of tourism, which may also interest Kyrgyz people to visit our country," the ambassador added.

He stressed that, they are making every effort to activate this industry, as evidenced by the measures taken to launch direct flights between Iran and Kyrgyzstan.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:51:30 +0600
Trade turnover between Kyrgyzstan and Iran makes only $ 22 mln – Iranian Ambassador Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018. / Kabar/. To date, the volume of trade between Kyrgyzstan and the Islamic Republic of Iran makes only $ 22-23 million a year, but the parties express interest in strengthening economic relations, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the Kyrgyz Republic Ali Mojtaba Ruzbehani told journalists in Bishkek.

The head of the diplomatic mission held a meeting with representatives of the Kyrgyz media on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between the states and answered questions of journalists.

He said that over the past four years there has been a decline in trade between the countries, but this situation received a new impetus last year.

"There has been some recovery in economic relations since last year, but it's too early to rejoice. The presidents of the two countries gave instructions to the relevant departments to increase the turnover. In this regard, some barriers have been removed. The Kyrgyz side abolished the procedure for obtaining a visa, which increased the flow of tourists from Iran and aroused the interest of our businessmen to visit Kyrgyzstan," the ambassador said.

He also noted that banking cooperation between the two countries gives hope for an increase in the volume of trade.

"If the banking cooperation is resumed, it will increase the trade turnover between the two countries. Last year, we held a series of events, during which we urged our big businessmen to study the investment opportunities of Kyrgyzstan. They participated in different business areas, and they saw certain prospects," the ambassador said.

But, the diplomat stressed that Iranian businessmen were confused by two issues: the difficulty for carrying out banking operations and the problem of purchasing goods from Kyrgyzstan. In this regard, the ambassador said, the government of Iran issued a resolution on optimizing the purchase of goods from Kyrgyzstan.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:43:24 +0600
Sapar Isakov will take part in World Economic Forum in Davos Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018. / Kabar/. Prime Minister Sapar Isakov will attend the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland), his press secretary Urmat Kabylova told Kabar Agency.

She said that the visit will take place on January 23-26, 2018.

The World Economic Forum in Davos traditionally since 1971 is a platform for discussion of the main strategic and acute world themes and events directly affecting the fate of the world.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:09:16 +0600
In Kyrgyzstan northern regions use Internet more than southern ones Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018. / Kabar/. In the northern regions, the share of Internet users is higher than in the southern regions (64% and 55% respectively), and in the city of Bishkek over 80% of residents use the Internet. This is stated in the study of the Soros Foundation Kyrgyzstan and M-Vector company "Media preferences of the population of Kyrgyzstan".

It is reported that the general indicator of Internet users in Kyrgyzstan is 59%.

"In cities, 73% of residents use the network, while in villages their share does not exceed 52%. Social networks are used by 46% of the population. In general, the total duration of one visit to social networks is less than 2 hours. The most visited social networks among users of this category of sites are Odnoklassniki (35%), Instagram (23%) and Facebook (13%), "the study says.

It is emphasized that in Kyrgyzstan the mobile phone is the main device through which the population gets access to the Internet. The most popular instant messenger application is WhatsApp, its users are 96% of the population.

The main purpose of using the social network is communication - 70%, a little more than 40% watch news tapes and another 25% are looking for the necessary information, including for raising their level of education.

The authors of the study noted that all data are based on a survey of 2 thousand 167 representatives of households, with an average number of family members.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:04:19 +0600
40% of all crimes in Kyrgyzstan in 2017 were committed in Bishkek Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018. / Kabar/. 9,901 crimes were registered in Kyrgyzstan in 2017, 40% of which were committed in Bishkek, the press service of the Main Directorate of Internal Affairs (Bishkek police) of the capital reported.

The number of registered crimes for the reporting period, according to the police, exceeded the figures of 2016 by 505 cases. At the same time, there was an increase in the number of crimes disclosed in hot pursuit - 1199.

Thus, in 12 months of 2017, the capital's police provided for the protection of public order and security at 580 various official events (sports, festive, arrival of delegations, etc.), as well as at 290 events (peaceful gatherings, actions, etc.)

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:03:27 +0600
Film based on Chyngyz Aitmatov’s story to be shown in Moscow Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018. / Kabar/. The State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow invites everyone to the display of the film "Heat" based on Kyrgyz writer Chyngyz Aitmatov's story "Camel Eye", which will take place in the framework of the 90th birthday of Aitmatov and the retrospective of Larisa Shepitko's films for the 80th birthday of the director.

According to the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in Russia, the display will be held in the gallery on Jan. 16, 2018, at 19.00.

Larisa Shepitko is a Soviet film director, screenwriter, actress. Honored Artist of the RSFSR. From 1961 to 1964, the director of the film studio "Kirghizfilm." The author of the films "Heat", "You and I", "Wings", "Motherland of electricity", "Ascent".

The first full-length film, the thesis "The Heat" (1963), was shot in Kyrgyzstan.

A number of events are held in Moscow on the eve of the 90th anniversary of classical writer Chyngyz Aitmatov.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:44:52 +0600
Nursultan Nazarbayev begins his official visit to the U.S. Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018. / Kabar/. Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev hs arrived in Washington D.C., Kazinform reports referring to the Akorda press service.

During his official visit to the United States, Nazarbayev is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump, as well as the country's official and business circles. While in the U.S., the Head of State will also take part in the United Nations Security Council Meeting.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:19:31 +0600
Cost of air tickets Bishkek-Osh-Bishkek to be lowered during winter time Bishkek, Jan. 16, 2018. / Kabar/. AirManas, Avia Traffic Company and TezJet airlines decided to reduce the cost of tickets on the Bishkek-Osh-Bishkek route by agreement with the Kyrgyz Government.

The press service the Government reported that of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Flights for Bishkek-Osh-Bishkek flight at a price of 2 thousand 700 soms will be sold when the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic announces a storm warning, which is 27% lower than constant prices. In such cases, restrictions for land transport will be imposed on the Too-Ashuu pass and other difficult sections of the Bishkek-Osh highway. Accordingly, during this time period, as an alternative mode of transport, citizens will be able to use the services of airlines on preferential terms.

Earlier, on January 11, Prime Minister Sapar Isakov instructed the Ministry of Transport and Roads of the Kyrgyz Republic together with domestic airlines to work out the issue of lowering prices for domestic flights in winter time.

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:14:43 +0600