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 Lebanese lawyer: Int'l community must stop terror carried out by Armenia against Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/197398.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 18:00:00 +0400 By TrendThe international community, including the Islamic world, must stop the terror carried out by Armenia at the state level against Azerbaijan, a famous Lebanese Lawyer, an expert on foreign policy, and international law, Tarek Chindeb told Trend.Chindeb noted that the settlement of the occupied Azerbaijani lands by Armenians from Lebanon and Syria to change the demographic situation in the region is a crime against humanity, a gross violation of international law.This is one of four crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, whose functioning is governed by the provisions of the Rome Statute, Chindeb said.The lawyer said that the recruitment of mercenaries by Armenia for committing crimes against the indigenous population of the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan in exchange for the promise of citizenship and financial benefits is also an international criminal offense.To achieve a concrete result, Azerbaijan should raise this issue not only within the country itself but also at the international level to prosecute these criminals, Chindeb noted.The Lebanese judicial system is also obliged to take measures and bring to justice those of its citizens who participate in the illegal armed groups in occupied Karabakh, he said.The Lebanese expert also stressed that it is necessary to pay great attention to all the facts of participation of Armenians in illegal bandit formations.“Several days ago, there were several reports in the media confirming that extremist Armenian Christian groups, under the auspices of the French government, created support groups for "militias" who had been involved in committing crimes against the Syrian people since 2013,” said the lawyer.“France must investigate this and bring the criminals to justice. It must remember that while these actions are an international crime, they are also punishable by the laws of France itself,” Chindeb added. Baku awaits foggy weather http://www.today.az/news/society/197393.html Society Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaRainy and foggy weather is expected in Baku on September 23. South-east wind will blow.The temperature in Baku and Absheron peninsula will be +19-21°C at night, +25-27 °C in the daytime,the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported.Atmospheric pressure will be 764 mm Hg above normal. Relative humidity will make 60-65 percent at night and 45-50 percent in the daytime. Rainy weather is expected in  in the country's regions in the daytime. East wind will blow.The temperature will be +15-20 °C at night, +22-27 °C in the daytime. In the mountains, the temperature will be +6-11 °C at night, +13-17 °C in the daytime.The day is expected to be favorable for weather-sensitive people. Azercosmos seals cooperation agreement with ViewMedia http://www.today.az/news/business/197385.html Business Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:49:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s and South Caucasus’ only satellite operator Azercosmos OJSC has signed a cooperation agreement with ViewMedia company.Under the agreement, ViewMedia will provide digital satellite services to its customers in the Middle East, Europe and Africa through Azerspace-1 satellite resources.It should be noted that ViewMedia, operates on the global broadcasting services market and broadcasts over 150 TV and radio channels from any land-based platform worldwide and easily distributes video content to service providers through its high quality infrastructure.ViewMedia’s Commercial Director Safia Rana noted that this partnership will allow the company to provide uninterrupted channels to million of viewers, especially in the African region.Earlier Azercosmos OJSC signed an agreement with Globecast company, under which the company will serve its customers in African region using C-band of Azerspace-1 satellite.It also signed a cooperation agreement with Space Engineering, a provider of telecommunications and Internet services in the African region. As part of this partnership, Mwangaza TV and radio channels will be broadcast via Azerspace-1 satellite by means of Space Engineering provider. Azercosmos OJSC also signed a cooperation agreement with TheAngle, a company providing satellite network service in the United Arab Emirates. According to the agreement, the parties will jointly provide reliable communication services in the regions of the Middle East and Europe.According 2019 results, Azercosmos ranks first among state and non-state exporters in terms of exports in the service sector.Established in 2010, Azercosmos OJSC is the first and only satellite operator in the South Caucasus, which provides high-quality satellite services for telecommunications and geographic intelligence. Country's villages turn into masterpiece http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/197394.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:31:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaWith its old cobler streets and historical sites, Azerbaijani villages have special charm.Balakhani village has recently turned into unique open-air art gallery, where houses are painted with colorful images.The village is known as the first oil center on Absheron peninsula. The history of oil production in Balakhani goes back to the Middle Ages.In 1813, the owner of all Balakhani wells was the Baku khan Huseyn, with the exception of two belonging to the Selimkhanov brothers.Further, all the wells were acquired by the first Russian oil farmer Mark Tarumov. In 1837, mining engineer Nikolai Voskoboinikov founded an oil refinery in Balakhani, where for the first time oil was heated using natural gas.In 1871, the second oil well in Russia (64 meters) was drilled mechanically. On April 1, 1873, the first oil drilling gusher hit Balakhani. By the order of the Nobel brothers' company, the first oil pipeline in Russia was built from Balakhani to an oil refinery in the Black City of Baku.In 1898, the photographer Alexander Michon shot a short silent documentary film "Oil fountain in Balakhani", known as the first film in the history of Azerbaijani cinema.After renovation, Balakhani village has a chance to turn into favorite tourist spot.The village is being reconstructed for the first time. Sidewalks and roads, facades and roofs of buildings were completely renovated.Nearly 4,000 trees have been planted in the area. Moreover, about 100 small enterprises aimed at promotion of handicrafts, carpet weaving art, pottery will operate in the village.Along with Balakhani, renovation works are underway in other parts of Baku.Bibi-Heybat village is also slightly changing its appearance. The city's streets are full of bright colors and street art that left no one indifferent.The village is well-known for its ancient mosque. The18th century mosque was built by Shirvanshah Abu-l-Fath Farrukhzad. However, the site was completely destroyed by the Bolsheviks in 1936.In the late 1990s, the mosque was recreated once again. The current complex includes a mosque and tombs. The mosque is considered one of the most valuable examples of Islamic architecture in Azerbaijan.There is an oil and gas condensate field in Bibi-Heybat. The world's first oil well was drilled by percussion method using wooden rods in Bibi-Heybat.The renovation works will be also carried out in Sumgayit, Mardakan, Novkhani, Amirjan, Buzovna and Ramana. Turkish general: Azerbaijan has right to liberate its lands by military means http://www.today.az/news/politics/197397.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:22:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has the right to liberate its lands, kept under Armenia's occupation, by all means, including military ones, retired General of Turkish Armed Forces, an expert on national security Ermagan Kuloglu told Trend on Sept.22.Kuloglu expressed confidence in Azerbaijan's ability to liberate its lands by the military means, and Armenia is well aware of this.The expert noted that the provocations of the Armenian armed forces against Azerbaijan are not something new and will continue.He also added that Armenia continues to arm, demonstrating its ‘strength’ to Azerbaijan and thus trying to warn Azerbaijan against conducting military operations to liberate its occupied territories.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 districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts. Drills held for armored vehicle crews of Azerbaijani Army http://www.today.az/news/politics/197391.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 17:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovThe Azerbaijani Army is holding military training to improve combat vehicles and armoured carriers, the Defence Ministry said on September 22.The military training is held according to the combat training plan for 2020 approved by the Defence Minister.The exercise is aimed at improving combat skills of the crews of infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and other combat vehicles. During the training, the military personnel consisting of the armoured vehicle crews work out the standards for fire training at the training points of the combined-arms training range.The ministry noted that the main purpose of the training is to increase the combat readiness of military personnel, to improve the skills of managing combat vehicles in marginal terrain and using them in real combat conditions.In the meantime, in line with the plan for the combat coordination of the Nakhchivan military garrison troops for 2020, the Combined Arms Army has held command training classes with commanders and deputy commanders of battalions and batteries in Nakhchivan.The training classes focused on strengthening the theoretical knowledge of officers, improving practical skills in managing units and inoculating a sense of confidence in a creative approach to organizing events.On the third day of the training classes, a conference on the topic "Existing problems in the organization of defence and their resolution" was organized with the participation of commanders and other officials of military units. Kazakhstan's Trade House to open in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/197389.html Business Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:56:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadKazakhstan’s Trade House was registered in Baku, Kazakh media reported with the reference to General Director of the Trade House Rufat Rzayev.According to the statement, the purpose in opening the trade house is increasing the volume of bilateral trade, expanding investment, trade and economic relations.Rzayev noted that Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan have a great potential for economic relations that is not yet fully disclosed. It should be noted that Azerbaijan’s Trade House is already operating in Nur-Sultan.Moreover, he emphasized that at the initial stage, the Kazakh food, agriculture products and consumer goods will be demonstrated in Azerbaijan market, and later the products of light and textile industry.Furthermore, it was noted that the trade house will act as a dialogue platform for businesses of two countries, organizing presentation of goods and services, exhibitions and business meetings. In addition, Rzayev stressed readiness to assist Kazakh partners in studying the supply and demand for their goods in Azerbaijani market, checking the ratings of legal entities and companies and in signing the contracts.Likewise, general director stated that after the opening of direct flight, the arrival of Kazakh suppliers to Baku and an exhibition of goods for Azerbaijani partners and distributors would be organized. In addition, it is planned to create a website and pages in social networks of trade house.Additionally, he noted that with the expansion of the activities, the trade house would facilitate and support the implementation of bilateral projects in the field of culture, art, tourism and sport between Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.It should be noted that the volume of foreign trade operation between two countries amounted to $64.7 million. Export of Azerbaijani products to Kazakhstan amounted to $16.5 million, while import of Kazakh products to Azerbaijan amounted to $48.2 million.Presently, over 700 companies with Azerbaijani capital are registered in Kazakhstan, and about 60 companies with Kazakh capital are registered in Azerbaijan.The main export products from Kazakhstan to Azerbaijan are mineral resources (oil and gas), chemical raw materials, grain, barley, tobacco products, carbon steel rolling, and electrical equipment. Azerbaijan exports petroleum products extracted from bituminous materials, ethylene polymers, components for machines and mechanisms, prefabricated buildings, etc. to Kazakhstan.Earlier, Azerbaijan Railway and Kazakhstan Railway discussed the pilot project on creation of the digital corridor in the Trans Caspian International Transport Corridor, paperless execution of documents during cargo transportation on the route. First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva inaugurates new projects in Baku http://www.today.az/news/politics/197387.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:39:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadFirst Vice President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has inaugurated new projects in Baku's districts, Azertag reported on September 22.First Vice President has inaugurated a new building of Children's Art School No.3 named after Gulara Aliyeva in Bulbul settlement in Baku's Surakhani district.The school was established under the auspices of the Music Society in 1935 and since 1940, has been functioning as Children's Music School No.5, and since 1988 as Children's Art School No.3.The new building was constructed by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, as the two-storied building of the school was in an emergency situation. The new building consists of three floors, 25 classrooms, dancing room, living room, assembly hall, library, teacher's room and canteen. Currently, the school has 493 students studying in 17 specialties. In addition, 110 teachers are working on these specialties. Dance and drawing lessons at the Children's Art School are held in groups, the rest specialties are taught individually.To date, more than 35 students of the school have been awarded the titles of laureates of international competitions, and about 70 students took high places in national competitions.Additionally, there are also a number of famous graduates of Children's Art School No.3.On the same day, Mehriban Aliyeva inaugurated a new building of kindergarden 212 in Shagan settlement in Baku's Khazar district.In late 2019, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation constructed a new building in the area for the kindergarten.The two-storey kindergarten is designed for 100 beds, and consists of four groups. The kindergarten has bedrooms for infants, middle, senior and pre-school groups, play rooms, a buffet and a dining room where children can spend their free time.Likewise, the kindergarten has assembly and gymnastics rooms, a green terrace for recreation and entertainment for children, a soccer and basketball field, a mountaineering area for children's physical education, a green area for communicating with nature, a creative room for children's development. In addition, the building also has working and methodical rooms for teachers.Heydar Aliyev Foundation is a charitable foundation headed by Azerbaijan's First Vice President and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva. Starting its activity since 2004, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation has been actively contributing to the social and economic development of the country, by implementing various projects in spheres such as education, public health, culture, sports, science and technology, environment, and social and other spheres. Country registers 113 new COVID-19 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/197388.html Society Tue, 22 Sep 2020 16:11:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 113 new COVID-19 recoveries in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers reported on September 22.Some 98 patients have been infected and 2 patients have died in the reported period. So far, 39,378 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 36,949 patients have recovered, 578 people have died. Currently, 1,851 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 6,672 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 1,064,475 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far. PACE rapporteurs welcome decision to release Tofig Yagublu to house arrest http://www.today.az/news/politics/197392.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:50:00 +0400 By TrendRapporteurs from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) have welcomed the decision of the Baku Appeals Court to release jailed Azerbaijani opposition politician Tofig Yagublu into house arrest while he awaits a September 28, 2020 hearing in his case, Trend reports with reference to PACE.“The conversion of his detention into house arrest is a welcome first step,” said PACE’s monitoring co-rapporteurs for Azerbaijan, Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC/DA) and Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), together with the Assembly’s co-rapporteur on reported cases of political prisoners in Azerbaijan, Sunna Ævarsdóttir (Iceland, SOC)," the report said.“This gives us hope that the Azerbaijani authorities will address our concerns over Yagublu’s sentence and will review his case in line with Council of Europe standards for a fair trial. We are also relieved that Yagublu has decided to end his hunger strike,” they concluded. Azerbaijani president’s interview to local TV channels in spotlight of foreign media http://www.today.az/news/politics/197390.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:35:00 +0400 By TrendA number of foreign media outlets have widely covered Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s interview with local Azerbaijani TV channels, following the groundbreaking ceremony of the offshore operations of the Absheron field at the Heydar Aliyev Baku Deep Water Jackets Plant, Trend reports.The foreign media primarily drew the audience's attention to the Azerbaijani president's statements on the heinous policy of the Armenian leadership and its provocations.Turkish Anadolu Agency, Hurriyet, Milliyet, Sabah, Takvim and other popular newspapers, TRT HABER, TGRT, HABER TURK, A HABER, NTV TV channels, Russia's TASS, Interfax and RIA Novosti news agencies, "Lenta.ru", "News.ru", "Vesti Kavkaza", "Pravda.ru", "Moskovsky Komsomolets" and "Kommersant" newspapers, REN TV, TVC, 360 tv, EU Politics, Egypt's Asyaelyoum and Aldiplomasy news agencies, Romania's News24hours, Ukraine's RBC-Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan's Goldenbridgenews, Georgia's Interpressnews, Dalgatv, 24news, as well as other news websites published articles and broadcast programs on President Aliyev’s interview.The articles quoted President Aliyev's statements on Armenia's aggressive policy against Azerbaijan, illegal settlement of Armenias in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan, violation of the negotiations on the settlement of the conflict, and other issues.The Turkish media outlets also hailed President Aliyev’s highlighting the Azerbaijani-Turkish relations. President, First Lady view new ambulances delivered to country [UPDATE] http://www.today.az/news/politics/197386.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadPresident Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva familiarized themselves with the new ambulances delivered to the country by the State Agency for Compulsory Medical Insurance, Azertag reported on September 11.This was the second batch of ambulances delivered to the country. The first part of ambulances was delivered in July.The ambulances are equipped with both ordinary and intensive care facilities. The level of ambulance equipment allows patients to get all necessary first, emergency and resuscitation medical aid.Moreover, the ambulances have a number of unique features. In particular, those ambulances built on the basis of Mercedes Sprinter 416 differ from other ambulances in terms of equipment and the range of medical care provided. The vans have several stretchers – the main stretcher, multifunctional stretcher (without steps), scoop stretcher, spinal stretcher, vacuum stretcher and pump, tent, inflatable, traction and vacuum tire sets, defibrillator, portable ventilator, inhaler, electrocardiogram, intensive care set, etc.Likewise, the ambulances are equipped with a stretcher and a mattress, suction equipment, oxygen cylinders, etc.It should be noted that Azerbaijan is one of the most effective countries in the fight over COVID-19. Currently, 46 hospitals serve patients with coronavirus in the country. During the pandemic, the number of laboratories was increased from 6 to 45. There are 11 modular hospitals and two infirmaries. In addition, the number of tests conducted in the country has exceeded one million. State Musical Theater opens its new season http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/197384.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 22 Sep 2020 15:07:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan State Musical Theater has opened its 111th season. The theater started its new season with Uzeyir Hajibeyli's "Husband and Wife" musical comedy.The comedy brought together People's Artists Ilham Namig Kamal, Afag Bashirgizi, Fatma Mahmudova, Honored Artist Nakhida Orudzheva, actors Moile Mirzaliyev, Guljahan Salamova, Agakhan Sharifov, Elkhan Ismayilov, Alimammad Novruzov, Ruslan Mursalov, others. The play was presented virtually amid quarantine rules.Before the opening of the new theatrical season, the theater director, Honored Art worker Aligismet Lalayev congratulated the viewers with National Music Day. He stressed that the theater is planning to presented other works of prominent composer such as "If Not That One, Then This One", "The Cloth Peddler", etc.It should be noted that it has become a good tradition for the theater to open each new season with the musical comedy "Husband and Wife". This production is one of the most successful and beloved by all theater lovers. The musical comedy was successfully presented abroad.The musical comedy was staged by Yusif Alakbarov, Honored Art Worker Nazim Hajialibayov,  conductor - Honored Art Worker Fakhraddin Atayev, production designer - Honored Artist Eldar Gurbanov, choreographers, Honored Artists Zakir Aghayev and Elena Aghayeva, choirmaster - Honored Artist, accompanist - Fidan Babayeva. More Kazakh citizens repatriated from Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/197380.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:53:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadBaku has repatriated to Kazakhstan 13 more Kazakh citizens stranded in Azerbaijan due to the coronavirus lockdown, local media reported with reference to Baku Port.Thirteen of Kazakhstan along with 33 citizens of Azerbaijan, who have the right to live in that country, were transported to Kazakhstan via “Merkury 1” ferry from the Baku port. All passengers tested negative for COVID-19 before the departure.It should be noted that so far, 253 Kazakh citizens and 193 foreign nationals departed to Kazakhstan from the Baku port.On May 13, Kazakhstan approved a new procedure for crossing the state border for the period of quarantine restrictions, according to which the Kazakh port "Kuryk" resumed acceptance of citizens of Kazakhstan and other countries with the right to enter the country.Azerbaijan first introduced quarantine regime on March 24 and closed its borders over COVID-19. Armenia - threat to international peace and law, Iranian lawyer says http://www.today.az/news/politics/197395.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:44:00 +0400 By TrendArmenia is a threat to international peace and law, Iranian lawyer Nima Dastghoshade told Trend.According to Dastghoshade, Armenia continued its aggression against Azerbaijan after declaring independence."Armenia has occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan's territory, which is a gross violation of international law and legal norms," he said.The lawyer added that Armenia's aggression is contrary to Article 39 of the UN Charter."Armenia continues to violate both international law and international peace with its occupation. However, the UN Security Council has approved four resolutions against Armenia and Armenia is recognized as an aggressor, a human rights violator in these resolutions," Dastghoshade said.“Along with the occupation, the violence and crimes committed by Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding territories of Azerbaijan, are already recognized worldwide,” he said.He went on to add that judging by Armenia's actions, it doesn't seem to be stopping from its aggressive occupant policy towards Azerbaijan.He also urged on the international law enforcement agencies to put pressure on Armenia, reminding about the 1992 Khodjaly genocide, when innocent Azerbaijans were massacred.Reminding about the four UN resolutions on Armenia's aggression, he pointed out that this should be a signal to other countries who support Armenia's aggressive policy."Support provided to Armenia means the weakening of international law," Dastghoshade said.The lawyer noted that Armenia's provocation in the direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz district in July 2020, once again reflects that Armenia is a threat to international law and peace.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 districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts. Italian geopolitical analyst: Azerbaijan is a platform of intercultural, intercivilizational ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/197396.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:35:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan is a platform of intercultural and intercivilizational dialogue, Domenico Letizia, Italian journalist and geopolitical analyst, told Trend.He pointed out that the World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, which is held in Azerbaijan every two years, has been recognized as a main platform for promoting intercultural dialogue.“Azerbaijan is a well-known center of multiculturalism in the world. Azerbaijan is a place where representatives of various cultures and religions live in together in peace and harmony, which can’t be said about many other countries,” noted the analyst.Letizia noted that Azerbaijan, which has strong relations both with eastern and western countries, is working hard on implementing the intercultural and intercivilizational dialogue.“Azerbaijan plays a huge role in creating an even stronger synergy among countries from different parts of the world. Azerbaijan’s model of multiculturalism deserves to be known all over the world. I value Azerbaijan's experience in promoting dialogue between religions very positively. I propose digitalization of the interreligious and intercultural dialogues held by Azerbaijan. In the age of smart working, it is possible to work on a model of religious and intercultural dialogue both online and live. In my opinion, a work in this direction would allow Azerbaijan to become even more known and important all over the world, as well as to work for peace, democracy and dialogue between different faiths,” he concluded. Gold price declines in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/197381.html Business Tue, 22 Sep 2020 14:17:00 +0400 By TrendThe price of gold decreased in Azerbaijan on September 22 compared to the previous price, Trend reports referring to the data published by the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA).The price of gold went down by 63.9965 manat or $37,64 (1,93 percent) and amounted to 3,256.7495 manat or $1915,73 per ounce.The price of silver declined by 3.5254 manat or $2.07 (7.73 percent) and amounted to 42.0847 manat ($24.76).The price of platinum dropped by 76.5 manat or $45 (4.79 percent) and amounted to 1,521.313 manat ($894.89).The price of palladium fell by 166.073 manat or $97.69 (4.09 percent) and amounted to 3,983.865 manat ($2,343.45).In monthly terms, the price of gold declined by 54.8165 manat or $32.24 (1.7 percent) per ounce, silver went down by 4.5096 manat or $2.65 (9.7 percent) per ounce, platinum dropped by 52.037 manat or $30.61 (3.3 percent) per ounce, while palladium soared by 194.412 manat or $114.36 (5.3 percent).On annualized basis, the price of gold spiked by 698.9635 manat or $411.15 (27.3 percent), silver grew by 11.6652 manat or $6.86 (38.3 percent), platinum rose by 81.2005 manat or $47.76 (0.1 percent) and palladium surged by 1,113.551 manat or $655.03 (5.1 percent).Precious marketsGold(XAU)Silver(XAG)Platinum(XPT)Palladium(XPD)Sept.22, 20203,256.749542.08471,521.3133,897.284Sept.21, 20203,320.74645.61011,597.8134,063.357Aug.22, 20203,311.56646.59431,573.353,702.872Sept.22, 20192,557.78630.41951,602.51352,783.733Change in a dayin man.-63.9965-3.5254-76.5-166.073%-1.93-7.73-4.79-4.09Change in a monthin man.-54.8165-4.5096-52.037194.412%-1.7-9.7-3.35.3Change in a yearin man.698.963511.6652-81.20051,113.551%+29.9+51+0.1+47Precious metals are gold, silver, platinum and metals of platinum group (palladium, iridium, ruthenium, rhodium, and 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 Sept.18) Erdogan: Connivance towards Armenian attacks on Azerbaijan - real example of hypocrisy in world http://www.today.az/news/politics/197383.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:50:00 +0400 By TrendCountries that have proven their hypocrisy and unscrupulousness about the ongoing humanitarian crises in Syria, Libya, and Yemen cannot bring justice to the world, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.Erdogan made the statement during his appeal after the Turkish government's regular meeting chaired by him, Trend reports.The president noted that one of the real examples of this is connivance towards the attacks of Armenia on the Azerbaijani lands.“Turkey does not lay claim to anyone's land, and will defend its rights to the end,” he added. President Aliyev congratulates Saudi King on national holiday http://www.today.az/news/politics/197382.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:46:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovAzerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has congratulated King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud on the national holiday of Saudi Arabia - the day of the proclamation of the Kingdom, Azertag reported on September 22.In a letter sent to Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, President Aliyev said that the relations between Azerbaijan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, based on friendship, mutual trust and support, are developing.“I am confident that these relations, based on strong Islamic solidarity, will continue to expand and strengthen successfully in the interests of our peoples, both bilaterally and within international organizations.”“On this holiday, I wish you good health and happiness, and the brotherly people of Saudi Arabia - peace and prosperity," the letter reads.Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia have good ties, with the two countries supporing each other within international organization. On September 4, Azerbaijan's Foreign Ministry voiced Baku's support to Riyadh over clashes with Houthi militias. In turn, Saudi Arabia has denounced Armenian occupation of Azerbaijani territories and voiced support for Azerbaijan over Armenia's military provocation in July as part of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC).The two countries also increased the volume of trade turnover to $7.1 millions in January-July 2020. Azerbaijan's import from Saudi Arabia amounted to $6 million during this perid.  Azerbaijan boosts natural gas production, export in Jan-Aug http://www.today.az/news/business/197378.html Business Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan increased gas production and export, while decreasing oil production and export during the period of January-August 2020.Gas production and exportDuring the first eight months of 2020, Azerbaijan increased natural gas production by 8.7 percent or 2 billion cubic meters compared to the same period of 2019. Thus, the natural gas production during the reporting period amounted to 25.1 billion cubic meters.Of this, Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli accounts for 7.9 billion cubic meters, while Shah Deniz for 12.3 billion cubic meters. SOCAR has produced 4.9 billion cubic meters of gas during this period.In the reporting period, gas sales abroad increased by 17.6 percent and amounted to 8.7 billion cubic meters.Turkey exported 7.2 billion cubic meters of gas, which is by 25.3 percent more than in the same period of 2019. It should be noted that 2.8 billion cubic meters of gas were transported to Turkey via TANAP during this period. Thus, about 6.7 billion cubic meters of gas were transported to Turkey via TANAP during the period of June 30, 2018 to September 1.Georgia accounted to 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas exports from Azerbaijan.Oil production and exportSome 23.2 million tons of oil, including condensate, were produced in Azerbaijan during the first eight months of the year, which is by 1.8 million tons less than in the same period of 2019.Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli accounted for 16 million tons of oil produced in the country, while Shah Deniz accounted for 2.4 million tons of oil, including condensate. SOCAR’s oil production was 4.8 million tons.Moreover, during the reporting period, the country exported 19.2 million tons of oil, including condensate, which is by 8 percent or 1.7 million tons less than in the same period of 2019. In addition, the consortium accounted for 18.4 million tons of oil export, while SOCAR for 0.8 million tons.Likewise, since commissioning of Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli and Shah Deniz fields, 545.5 million tons of oil, including condensate, have been produced and 544.9 million tons of oil, including condensate, exported. Some 172.8 billion cubic meters of gas was produced from Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli field and 129.1 billion cubic meters from Shah Deniz field. In addition, since the commissioning of the Shah Deniz field, 85.7 billion cubic meters of gas had been exported.Additionally, by the end of eight months of 2020, the volume of oil processing in the country amounted to 4 million tons, which is by 201,000 tons less than in the same period last year.The contract for the development of Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli (ACG) oil fields was signed in 1994 extended to 2050 in September 2017.The shareholders in the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli project are BP (operator, 30.37 percent), SOCAR (25 percent), American Chevron (9.57 percent), ExxonMobil (6.79 percent), Indian ONGC (2.31 percent), Japanese Inpex Corp. (9.31 percent), ITOCHU Oil (3.65 percent), Norwegian Statoil (7.27 percent) and Turkish TPAO (5.73 percent).The contract on development of Shah Deniz gas field was signed in 1996. Shareholders of Shah Deniz project are: BP (operator, 28.8 percent), TPAO (19 percent), SOCAR (16.7 percent), Petronas (15.5 percent), LUKOIL (10 percent) and NICO (10 percent). Ancient settlement discovered in Sheki http://www.today.az/news/society/197379.html Society Tue, 22 Sep 2020 13:14:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaRemains of an ancient settlement have been found in Sheki. The historical monument was discovered during archaeological excavations carried out by the Azerbaijani-Kazakh international archaeological expedition at the Tepebashi monument.As a result, an archeological team found artifacts confirming the traces of the ancient settlement. For the first time during the Fazil village excavations, archeologist came across ancient farm buildings. Moreover, a 2,000-year-old potter's oven and the old cemetery were also discovered during the cleanup.  The graves contained numerous material and cultural artifacts of the ancient period - ceramics, bronze objects, iron weapons, ceramic beads, as well as the remains of people and animals.The excavation was documented by drone aerial photography, and the recovered material was recovered on site and included in the inventory.Kazakhstani archaeologists were unable to take part in the archaeological excavations in Sheki this year. Nevertheless, Azerbaijani and Kazakh archaeologists will work together on a scientific analysis of this kind of excavation. Archaeological excavations in the village of Fazil will continue next year.A catalog and explanation of the findings will be issued in international publications.For the first time during the archaeological excavations in 2020 of the Tepebashi monument, which has been studied since 1984 and was still known as a necropolis, farm buildings were discovered.Rightly called the architectural reserve of the country, Sheki is home to multiple historical sites, including caravanserais, ancient mosques and much more. It was one of the biggest cities of the Albanian states in the 1st century. The main temple of the ancient Albanians was located there.  Gelersen-Gorersen fortress, Sheki Juma, Omar Efendi mosques, Narin Gala, Palace of Sheki Khans are among some of the city`s most popular historical sites.  Azerbaijan, France mull energy cooperation http://www.today.az/news/business/197377.html Business Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:55:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijani Energy Ministry and the Movement of the Enterprises of France (MEDEF International) have discussed cooperation in the field of energy between the two countries’ public and private sectors.The meeting was chaired by Deputy Energy Minister Elnur Soltanov and General Director of MEDEF International Philippe Gautier, with the participation of Azerbaijani Ambassador to France Rahman Mustafayev, French Ambassador to Azerbaijan Zacharie Gross and over 20 companies.Assessing the "Absheron" project as a contribution to the Azerbaijani-French cooperation in the field of energy, the Deputy Minister drew attention to the information about the current stage of development of the energy sector of Azerbaijan.Moreover, during the meeting work done in the field of renewable energy, electricity and energy efficiency, the legal framework and goals set to 2030 were discussed. In addition, the great potential for cooperation in the field of renewable energy were noted.Likewise, the presentation on “Investment opportunities in the energy sector of Azerbaijan” was held.It should be noted that MEDEF International has been cooperating with Azerbaijan since 1992. MEDEF International is a non-profit private-funded organization, created in 1989 by MEDEF, the French Business Confederation. MEDEF International is the most representative organization of the French private sector at an international level.Additionally, it should be noted that 65 French companies operate in various sectors of the Azerbaijani economy, including industry, energy, trade, services, agriculture and others. In addition, so far Azerbaijan invested over $2.1 billion in the French economy, whereas over 42.2 billion was invested from the French side to Azerbaijan.The trade turnover between two countries amounted to $168.9 million during the period of January- August 2020. Of this, export amounted to $55 million, while import to $113.8 million.French TOTAL company holds 50-percent-share in the project to develop Azrbaijan's Absheron gas condensate field. TOTAL and State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) signed a relevant agreement in 2016 for a period of 30 years. SOCAR holds another 5 percent of shares. The field is being developed by JOCAP (Joint Operating Company of Absheron Petroleum), a joint venture between SOCAR and Total. The drilling was carried out by SOCAR's CDC (Caspian Drilling Company).Absheron field is located in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea, southeast of Baku: 100 km from Baku at a depth of 500 meters. The Absheron field is one of the largest gas and condensate fields in Azerbaijan, as well as the largest discovery by Total in the last 10 years.At the peak of the project, about 5 billion cubic meters of gas per year can be produced. All gas produced in the framework of the first stage will be directed to the domestic market of Azerbaijan. Also, the field will produce about 10,000 barrels of condensate daily. Georgian MP: Armed attack on Azerbaijan to have catastrophic consequences for Armenia http://www.today.az/news/politics/197376.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:33:00 +0400 By TrendAny military attack on Azerbaijan first of all will have disastrous consequences for Armenia itself, Mahir Darziyev, MP of Azerbaijani origin, represented in the Georgian parliament, told Trend.Darziyev was commenting on Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s statement about the availability of information that Armenia is preparing for a big war.“The Armenian people will primarily feel the disastrous consequences of the Armenian government’s attempt,” the MP said."Armenia's desire to conduct large-scale military actions may lead to very hard consequences,” Darziyev said. “Armenia cannot speak with Azerbaijan in the language of arms. Today, Armenia's military potential is incomparably less than that of Azerbaijan.”“At the same time, today's negotiations to resolve the conflict are not yielding any results,” the MP said. “The liberation of own lands by using force within the anti-terrorist operation is Azerbaijan’s sovereign right."Noting that today the Armenian government faced with acute economic problems, the MP stressed that Armenia remained outside the grandiose economic projects being implemented by Azerbaijan."If Armenia had not pursued an occupation policy against Azerbaijan, it could have taken part in these projects,” Darziyev said. “If this country participated in the projects, the implementation of projects would have been cheaper as they would run directly through Armenia, without skirting it.”“Today, Armenia has put itself into a dead-end by its policy, and there is only one way out - the withdrawal of its armed forces from the Azerbaijani territories,” the MP added. “This occupation cannot last forever. Today the whole world knows that peace negotiations are not being held, they do not give results due to the destructive position of the occupying country."Darziyev added that from time to time Armenia commits provocations."During another provocation in the direction of Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district on the state border between Azerbaijan and Armenia, Azerbaijani servicemen became martyrs,” the MP said. “Georgia understands Azerbaijan’s this problem very well. These two countries always support, mutually recognize each other's territorial integrity.”“Georgia's position is that this conflict must be resolved peacefully,” Darziyev said. “Georgia today does not want to be a party to the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.”“Georgia itself has a problem with territorial integrity,” the MP said. “At the same time, there is a big Armenian diaspora in Georgia. The involvement of Georgia in this problem can lead to tragic consequences. But the Georgian public is definitely close to Azerbaijan. Here everyone knows very well that Azerbaijani territories were occupied, and Armenia is the occupier."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 districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts. Baku gets ready for World Cups in three gymnastic disciplines http://www.today.az/news/sports/197372.html Sports Tue, 22 Sep 2020 12:28:00 +0400 By Azernews By Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan will host World Cups in three gymnastic disciplines in 2021. The decision was announced by the Executive Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) during a videoconference . The Artistic Gymnastics Apparatus World Cups will be held in Baku on March 4-7, 2021.The Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup Series will be held in Azerbaijani capital on May 7-9, 2021. The World Cup was scheduled for this April. However, the event was postponed amid coronavirus pandemic. The Trampoline Gymnastics World Cup Series will be held in Baku on February 13-14, 2021.Founded in 1956, AGF comprises seven gymnastics disciplines recognized by the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG). The Federation has experienced revival since 2002. The renewed federation has brought gymnastics to a completely new level.The high level organization of the gymnastics events did not remain unnoticed. International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) included the Azerbaijan Gymnastics Federation (AGF) into the list of the meritorious federations. For many years, the AGF has included into the FIG list of the Top 10 gymnastics federations. Feature film about Karabakh war veteran shot in Guba http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/197375.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:52:00 +0400 By Azernews By Laman IsmayilovaNew feature film "Chill" will be screened at international film festivals. The film shootings were carried out in winter in Guba region.The short feature film was directed by Amil Amal (Mamibayli) by the order of the Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture, Trend Life reported."The film tells about the drama of a soldier who lost his leg after being blown up by a mine. The author of the idea and script was the poet Agshin Evren, whose father is a disabled Karabakh war veteran. My father is also a veteran of the Karabakh war," said the film`s director.Honored artists Bahruz Vagifoglu and Ilgar Jahangir starred in the film. The main feature of the film is that the actors play their roles without any words.The scriptwriters include Amil Amal, Aishad Safaraliyev, cameraman - Ali Sultanov, artistic director and general producer - Honored Art worker Jamil Guliyev, producer - Honored Art worker Mushfig Khatamov.The Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict started with Armenia's open territorial claims to Azerbaijan`s historical lands and ethnic provocations in 1988. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and around one million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities initiated by Armenia. Since 1994, hostilities between the two countries have persisted despite the temporary cease-fire agreement. Usually, Armenian forces violate the ceasefire regime on the line of contact. But recently Armenia has increased military aggression on the border. The City of Winds in all its splendor http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/197374.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:31:00 +0400 By Azernews By Laman Ismayilova Baku City Main Cultural Department and Binagadi Centralized Library System have showcased Azerbaijan's capital in all its splendor.The library presented videos about Icherisheher, the oldest part of Baku to promote the country's rich cultural heritage. The videos are available on the library's social networks. Azerbaijan's capital city is filled with highly regarded museums, breathtaking skyscrapers and magnificent historical sites. The city combines the best traditions and modernity.The history of Baku goes into deep antiquity, although the exact date of its occurrence is still unknown.People inhabited the city of Baku and Absheron peninsula since very ancient times and created settlements here. Moreover, writings on the walls in Absheron and Gobustan of 12,000 years ago, archaeological findings, as well stone writing of August Guy Octavi about military camps made around Baku by Emperor of Rome Pompeii and Lukul in order to occupy Caucasus in the 1st century BC prove that Baku is an ancient city with rich history. Given all these facts, the city’s age is more than 5,500 years.Baku was one of the main cities of the Shirvanshahs state (12th cent.), the Safavid state in (16th cent.), the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century, the Baku khanate (18th cent.).Today Baku is one of the most beautiful cities located at the joint of Europe and Asia. Modern buildings spring up between ancient monuments.Azerbaijan's capital city is famous for its landmarks: Boulevard, Fountain Square, the State Flag Square, Heydar Aliyev Center, Flame Towers, Crystal Hall where the Eurovision 2012 Song Contest was held.Moreover, Baku is the giant oil and gas industry center. The world's first offshore oil platform - Oil Rocks is located in Azerbaijan's capital city. The oil production, energy, machinery, chemical, industrial fields are successfully developed in the city and its surroundings.Baku is a truly a wonderful city where you can relax and at the same time learn and see a lot of new and unusual sites. Russian scientists awarded with medal named after national artist http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/197373.html Arts & Entertainment Tue, 22 Sep 2020 11:12:00 +0400 By Azernews By Laman IsmayilovaRussian scientists have been awarded with order named after Azerbaijani artist. The order from the series "Famous personalities of Europe" was initiated by European Academy of Natural Sciences in honor of world-famous artist Sakit Mammadov. The honorable medals went to academicians of the Russian Academy of Arts Sergei Kvashnin, Viktor Kartsev professor Arkady Gorbunov.The order of Sakit Mammadov was initiated in 2018 in honor of the 60th anniversary of national artist for contributions to art, science, heritage, education, multinational culture and traditions of the peoples of the world. Sakit Mammadov won the hearts of art lovers with his colorful paintings. His masterpieces are among those that collectors want to get with great pleasure at the world museums, galleries, and the auctions.The name of the famous Azerbaijani artist is well known to art lovers far beyond the borders.The artist's art works are exhibited in the galleries of Germany, France, Italy, Turkey, Belgium, Russia, Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Australia and other countries.Opalism is a school, a style the foundation of which was laid by academic artist Sakit Mammadov. Opalism word’s etymology was taken from the opal stone.The warm color pattern in opal had won Sakit Mammadov’s admiration from the youth. Almost in all his works the colors of stone is found.Sakit Mammadov is a member of the UNESCO Artists Union and the World Academy of Arts. He is Honorary Academician of the Russian Imperial Academy of Arts and the European Academy of Natural Sciences, Count of the Heraldic Academy of the Vatican.  Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 33 times http://www.today.az/news/politics/197371.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:45:00 +0400 By TrendOver the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 33 times, Trend reports referring to Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.Armenian armed forces were using large-caliber machine guns and 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 districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts. President Aliyev: Armenian PM deliberately undermines format of negotiations http://www.today.az/news/politics/197370.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:28:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Aisha JabbarovaAzerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has said that Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan deliberately undermines the format and substance of negotiations over the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.Aliyev made the remarks addressing a high-level meeting to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations held on the sidelines of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 21.Aliyev described Pashinyan's statement that “Karabakh is Armenia” as a serious blow to negotiations."He [Pashinyan] puts groundless conditions to the negotiation process. His unacceptable so-called seven conditions to Azerbaijan have been rejected by us. We have only one condition to achieve the peace. The armed forces of Armenia must withdraw from all occupied territories of Azerbaijan. The entire world recognizes Nagorno-Karabakh as integral part of Azerbaijanm,” Aliyev said.The president also reminded that the Armenian PM recently announced the establishment of civilian militia consisting of tens of thousands of civilians who will be forced to undertake military actions against Azerbaijan.“This clearly demonstrates new aggressive intention of the Armenian leadership. The Armenian defense minister threatens Azerbaijan with so-called “new war for new territories” the president said.It should be noted that earlier, on September 19, President Aliyev said that the negotiations between the two countries are non-existent and that Armenia was preparing for a new large-scale war with Azerbaijan.Azerbaijan and Armenia are locked in a conflict over Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh breakaway region, which along with seven adjacent regions was occupied by Armenian forces in a war in the early 1990s. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and around one million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities.The OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by the U.S., Russia and France hase been mediating the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia since the signing of the cease-fire agreement. Azerbaijan launches criminal case over Armenian military provocation on border http://www.today.az/news/politics/197369.html Politics Tue, 22 Sep 2020 10:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovAzerbaijan has launched a criminal case against Armenia over the killing of Azerbaijani soldier and the wounding of another one in the border Tovuz region in yet another cease-fire violation by Armenian armed forces, The Prosecutor-General’s Office reported on September 21.The Prosecutor-General’s Office said that Armenian armed forces opened fire on Azerbaijan’s combat post in Tovuz region’s Aghdam village at 17:00 on September 20, as a result of which Azerbaijani soldier Gurbanov Gurban received a ‘shrapnel wound in the right shoulder’."The Shamkir Military Prosecutor's Office launched a criminal case under Articles 100.2 (waging an aggressive war) and 29, 120.2.12 (attempted murder with intent to incite national, racial, religious hatred or enmity) of the Azerbaijan’s Criminal Code over the incident.Another criminal case have been launched under Articles 100.2 (waging an aggressive war) and 120.2.12 (intentional homicide with national, racial, religious hatred or hostility) of the Azerbaijani Criminal Code over the killing of Azerbaijani Army’s servicemen Mammadov Elshan in an attack on September 21, at around 09:00 in the direction of Tovuz region.The Prosecutor General’s Office also emphasized that by developing new provocative plans, Armenia is demonstrating that its real intention is not to resolve the conflict peacefully but to continue the illegal occupation of Azerbaijani lands.“The provocations and crimes committed by Armenia on the frontline indicate the intention of the occupying country even not to negotiate, on the contrary, to create an escalation.The Prosecutor General’s Office stressed that the provocative attacks by the armed forces of the occupying country, the violation of the ceasefire regime and crimes committed by this country against the Azerbaijani Armed Forces’ military personnel are a clear disrespect for the norms and principles of international law, as well as UN Security Council resolutions.Earlier, on September 20 night, Azerbaijan's Air Defense Units destroyed a tactical unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) of the units of the Armenian armed forces. This was the ninth UAV belonging to Armenian army units that have been downed in the Azerbaijani territories after attempting to carry out a reconnaissance flight over the positions of the Azerbaijani Army's units since July 16.It should be noted that Armenia has stepped up its military provocation recently, staging sabotage both on the border and on the line of contact.On July 12, Armenian forces shelled Azerbaijan's positions in Tovuz, Azerbaijan's strategically-important district. The attack killed 12 Azerbaijani servicemen, including an army general, as well as a 76-year-old civilian. Armenian forces retreated after suffering losses in Azerbaijan's retaliation. Another provocation was staged on August 23 at around 6:00 am when Azerbaijan thwarted a provocation attempt by the sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Armenian armed forces in the direction of Goranboy region of Azerbaijan. As a result of measures taken by the Azerbaijani army, the commander of the sabotage-reconnaissance group of the Armenian Armed Forces, senior lieutenant Gurgen Alaverdyan was taken as prisoner.Azerbaijan and Armenia are locked in a conflict over Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh breakaway region, which along with seven adjacent regions was occupied by Armenian forces in a war in the early 1990s. More than 20,000 Azerbaijanis were killed and around one million were displaced as a result of the large-scale hostilities. Foreign investments to fixed capital hits $1.9bn in Jan-Aug http://www.today.az/news/business/197364.html Business Mon, 21 Sep 2020 19:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadForeign enterprises and organizations directed AZN 3.3 billion ($1.9bn) to the fixed capital in Azerbaijan during the period of January-August 2020, local media reported with reference to the State Statistics Committee.According to the report, 87.3 percent or AZN 2.9 billion ($1.7bn) of the funds directed to the fixed capital at the expense of foreign countries and international organizations belonged to UK, U.S., Turkey, Japan, Switzerland, Malaysia, Norway, Russian and Iranian investors.Moreover, 53.3 percent of the total amount of funds of the fixed capital was directed to industry and 21.4 percent to construction during the first eight months of the year.Some 12.1 percent of the total funds were directed to the transport and storage, 3.5 percent on professional, scientific and technical activities, 1.9 percent on agriculture, forestry and fisheries, 1.8 percent on public administration, defense and social security, 1.4 on education.Additionally, 1.3 percent of the funds was allocated to information and communication, 0.9 percent on trade and repair of vehicles, 0.4 percent to accommodation and catering of tourists, 0.5 to public health and social services, 0.4 percent to administrative and support services, 0.3 percent to financial and insurance activities, recreation, entertainment and art, and 0.2 percent to other services. President Aliyev: Azerbaijani oil fully serves interests of citizens http://www.today.az/news/politics/197318.html Politics Mon, 21 Sep 2020 19:01:00 +0400 By Akbar MammadovPresident Ilham Aliyev has said that the Azerbaijani oil fully serves the interests of the Azerbaijani people, saying that the country has benefited largely from is hydrocarbon resources since gaining independence.President Ilham Aliyev made the remarks following a groundbreaking ceremony of the offshore operations of the Absheron field at the Heydar Aliyev Baku Deep Water Jackets Plant on September 19.The president said that unlike the mid-19th and 20th centuries, when Azerbaijan did not benefit from its energy resources, today, the government is using the oil and gas revenues to develop the country’s infrastructure.“Today, we are in leading places globally in terms of infrastructure projects. The Davos Forum ranks Azerbaijan 11th and 12th in terms of air and rail transport. We are ranked 27th in the world for the quality of the road infrastructure. Look at other infrastructure and social infrastructure projects – 3,700 schools have been built and renovated in the years of independence,” the president added.He underlined that more than 700 hospitals have been built and provided with the latest equipment.“We have become a spacefaring nation, we are implementing huge oil and gas projects. Not only in the economic and industrial spheres but also in sports – we finished 14th for the number of medals at the Olympic Games. Was this possible to imagine in the Soviet era? If someone had said at the time that one of these was possible, people would probably laugh at them,” Aliyev said.Aliyev said that during the Soviet Union, Azerbaijani gas was transported to other republics, but there was no gas in some parts of the republic. He noted that now gasification has reached 96 per cent.“We live in a free and independent country, we have our own destiny. Our natural resources serve the interests of our people. We have invested oil revenues very efficiently. We are protecting them and strengthening our army. Therefore, the advantages of independence are obvious.”Absheron fieldSpeaking about the Absheron field that has gas reserves of 350-360 billion cubic meters, Aliyev said that Azerbaijan will continue to be a reliable supplier of gas.“The gas produced from Absheron at the first stage will be supplied to domestic needs because there is a need for that. The growing population and the growing industry require that. The gas to be extracted at the second stage will be exported to world markets,” the president said.Gas produced in the second phase of the Absheron field development will also be supplied to Turkey via the TANAP pipeline. It may also be supplied to other markets, he added.The president noted that the full-field development of this field will be solved in stages.Furthermore, the president highlighted the energy sector’s role in the country’s economy, saying that the key part of the country's economy is associated with the oil and gas sector, and this will continue to be the case for many years to come.“I am not saying that other sectors are not developing, but no matter how much they may develop, they will not be able to catch up with oil and gas revenues in the near future.”The president added that at the same time, the country’s new projects such as Absheron today, “Karabakh” a month ago and the implementation of other projects will further reinforce the important role of the oil and gas factor.He emphasized that therefore, the successful future of the country will largely depend on the profession of oil workers, on their achievements.“Today, oil workers are seeing that their work serves the interests of the Azerbaijani people, which is very important for them. They know that both today and in the future, political and economic achievements of our country will continue to be underpinned by the oil and gas factor.”President Aliyev also spoke about the projects carried out in the country’s oil and gas sector.“Our main source of income is Azeri, Chirag and Gunashli fields. Work there is going according to plan. A new project, called “Azeri Central East”, is being implemented there now. The cost of this project is about $7 billion. As a result of the implementation of this project, production from new sources will increase, which will compensate for the decline, of course.”He pointed out that there are currently more than 120 wells operating at the Azeri, Chirag and Gunashli fields.Aliyev noted that at the same time, work to develop the “Karabakh” oil field is progressing on schedule.“The jacket we see here now will be sailed away offshore. I hope that first oil will be produced at the “Karabakh” field in a year or two. The peculiarity of this field is that there are more oil reserves there, and this is of great importance for maintaining production at a stable level.”The president emphasized that another promising project is called “Shallow Water Absheron” for which drilling operations will begin in a few months.“I do hope that we will discover large oil reserves there as well. Work is going according to plan in the “Umid” and “Babak” projects, in which SOCAR is the sole operator.”Nagorno-Karabakh conflictThe president also touched upon the current state of the negotiations in the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, saying that “negotiations are virtually non-existent.”“I have said that we will not participate in negotiations for the sake of their imitation. This does not mean that we are refusing to negotiate. It means that we do not want to join Armenia's cunning policy. Our participation in imitation of negotiations would correspond to the essence of this imitation.”Aliyev emphasized that in fact, the Armenian leader has disrupted the process of negotiations.“Because their nonsensical statements and provocative steps make the talks meaningless,” the president said with reference to recent provocation statements voiced in Yerevan that undermine the peace negotiations.“They also fail to properly analyze the consequences of their actions. However, there are rationally thinking people and politicians in Armenia, and these politicians are already raising this issue and telling the Armenian public that the incumbent Armenian leadership is leading Armenia into the abyss.”Touching upon Armenia’s military provocation on the state border in July, Aliyev stressed that Armenia is preparing for another large-scale war.“We have operational intelligence. We know what is happening around us… Our intelligence bodies work very efficiently,” Aliyev said.The president stressed that Armenia has sought to involve the Russian-led military block Collective Security Treaty Organization in the war with Azerbaijan.“Probing is carried out in order to involve the Collective Security Treaty Organization and its allies in this matter. But that didn't work out either. The Collective Security Treaty Organization did not make any statement, only made a comment. Seeing that their attempts had failed, they retreated. Today they are re-inventing the myths that they allegedly won a big victory.”The president emphasized that this shows again that Armenia is an aggressive state whose policies reflect their hatred for Azerbaijan and Azerbaijanis.The president said that Armenia will face serious consequences if it starts the war."They are preparing for a new war. They are concentrating their forces near the line of contact. We see everything and we watch everything. We follow all of their actions. Of course, we will defend ourselves. Just as we defended ourselves in Tovuz, we will defend ourselves in all other directions. The events in Tovuz were yet another lesson for them. If they want to learn a new lesson, we are ready for it.”Speaking about the supply of weapons from Russia and Serbia to Armenia, the president said that Armenia is a constant source of threat for the country.The president also reminded Russia’s and Serbia’s recent weapons delivery to Armenia, saying that he learned about this from reliable sources.Aliyev said that Azerbaijan is worried about arms delivery to Armenia because this country has unleashed an armed aggression against Azerbaijan.“Armenia is a country sponsoring terrorism. The intensive nature of the supply of weapons, of course, seriously worries us because they are being used against us. These weapons are used to kill our children and other citizens. Therefore, this issue, like any other, is in the spotlight. We will continue to monitor the situation,” Aliyev stressed.Furthermore, Aliyev thanked the Georgian government for not allowing the transportation of weapons to Armenia through its territory.“That is why transport planes deliver weapons to Armenia through the territories of the Caspian countries and by air. Georgia acted like a very reliable partner,” Aliyev said.“Today, the relations and developing cooperation between Georgia and Azerbaijan serve the interests of both countries. I want to reiterate that the governments of Georgia and Azerbaijan are in close contact with each other, and this will continue to be the case,” the president said. Azerbaijan confirms 81 more COVID-19 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/197368.html Society Mon, 21 Sep 2020 18:59:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 92 new COVID-19 cases, 81 patients have recovered and one patient has died, Trend reports citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 39,280 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 36,836 of them have recovered, and 576 people have died. Currently, 1,868 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 3,011 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 1,057,803 tests have been conducted so far. Moldova thanks Azerbaijan for support over COVID-19 http://www.today.az/news/politics/197366.html Politics Mon, 21 Sep 2020 18:55:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovMoldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Oleg Tulea has thanked Azerbaijan for supporting his country over COVID-19 pandemic.Tulea made the remarks during the meeting with his Azerbaijani Counterpart Ceyhun Bayramov via the phone on September 21.At the meeting, the sides emphasized the importance of international solidarity and cooperation in combating the global health crisis.Furthermore, the ministers discussed the expansion of relations in political, economic, trade and other fields. The sides agreed to hold political consultations in the form of a video conference soon. The ministers also stressed the importance of further development of economic and trade cooperation between Azerbaijan and Moldova and the full use of the existing potential.The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan was also high on the agenda of the meeting during the phone conversation initiated by Moldova.Minister Bayramov briefed his counterpart on Armenia's recent provocative activities in the region, including provocative statements and actions of the Armenian leadership, noting that such actions undermine the settlement of the conflict through negotiations.Stating that an Azerbaijani serviceman was killed on September 21 as a result of fire opened by Armenian armed forces on the border between the two countries, the minister emphasized that all the responsibility for this crime fell on the Armenian military-political leadership.It should be noted that Azerbaijan has so far made individual donations to the World Health Organization in the amount of $10 million, and humanitarian assistance to 29 WHO member countries, including $5 million to Iran during the COVID-19 pandemic.Armenia has stepped up its military provocation recently, staging sabotage both on the border and on the line of contact. On July 12, Armenian forces shelled Azerbaijan's positions in Tovuz, Azerbaijan's strategically-important district. The attack killed 12 Azerbaijani servicemen, including an army general, as well as a 76-year-old civilian. Armenian forces retreated after suffering losses in Azerbaijan's retaliation.  Communication Ministry provides laptops to orphanage in Baku http://www.today.az/news/business/197363.html Business Mon, 21 Sep 2020 18:40:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAs many education institutions in the country have switched to online format due to COVID-19, Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Transport, Communication and High Technology is providing equipment to orphanages to ensure that children receive online education.The ministry recently provided laptops to orphanage No.1 in Baku. Moreover, internet-providing company Baktelecom LLC started the corresponding work to provide the orphanage with high-speed internet.Earlier, the ministry presented the children from orphanage No.1 with computers. The ministry jointly with members of the public association on support of families of martyrs “Zafar” presented tablets and school accessories to pupils who couldn’t access distance classes due to absence of the computers and internet in the place of residence. Additionally, Aztelecom LLC laid a telephone communication line in the homes of students.Kindergartens, schools and universities across the country were shut down since March 3 as part of the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.New academic year started in Azerbaijan on September 15, with Cabinet of Ministers approving temporary rules for the work of educational institutions.Thus, primary school pupils attending 1-4 classes started school from September 15 with classes being held 2-3 days per week.Pupils of the fifth to ninth grades will start school from October 1 while attending online classes from September 1 till October 1.As for the senior classes, they will go to school from October 15 and till that time study remotely.The classes for all pupils might be resumed in full as of November 2 if the epidemiological situation shows positive dynamics.Additionally, it is planned to start preschool groups again with classes held 2 times a week from October 1.As to higher educational institutions, university students will continue studying on online basis. However, 1st year students of Bachelor programs will go to the universities for orientation as of October 1. In addition, the education process will start at the full-time base for some specialties such as medicine, engineering and so on, as of October 15. More houses provided for families of martyrs, disabled war veterans http://www.today.az/news/politics/197362.html Politics Mon, 21 Sep 2020 18:27:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan continues to provide apartments to martyrs’ families and disabled war veterans.Thus, the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection has provided six houses to people of this category in Naftalan region, the ministry's website reported on September 21. Additionally, six houses have been given in Agstafa region and two in Lerik region.It should be noted that one of the programs of social protection - the program of providing houses, private apartments and cars for martyrs’ families and disabled war veterans - is expanding every year.According to the president’s instructions, martyrs’ families and disabled war veterans will be provided with a record number (1,500) of apartments and individual houses in 2020  To date, more than 598, apartments and individual houses, including 554 apartments and 44 individual houses, have been provided across the country. The rest of the apartments and houses are planned to be provided by the end of the year. Moreover, 400 cars will be given in 2020, of which more than 150 have already been provided.So far, 8,186 apartments and private houses, as well as 6,900 cars were provided to martyr’s families and disabled war veterans.Earlier it was reported that the targeted social assistance in the country was expanded in 2020 to cover 350,000 members of 84,000 families. The government allocated AZN 200 million ($117.6m) for the social security programs in 2020 that cover over 500,000 people. Bryza: Collective Security Treaty Organization not in favor of provocative actions by Armenia, ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/197361.html Politics Mon, 21 Sep 2020 18:10:00 +0400 By TrendThe Collective Security Treaty Organization is not in favor of provocative actions by Armenia, or anybody else, former OSCE Minsk Group co-chair from the US Matthew Bryza told Trend.“As for the Collective Security Treaty Organization, I don’t think it will have a role to play at all, in any scenario, unless Armenia was attacked. Because, we know that the Collective Security Treaty Organization is a defensive military alliance, in which each member state pledges to come to the help of any other member state who may be attacked. If Armenia initiates some sort of military action, the Collective Security Treaty Organization would not be involved. Russia, as well as other members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization is not in favor of provocative actions by Armenia, or anybody else. Armenia is on its own with no support,” he said.Bryza noted that indeed, the government of Armenia has been making very provocative statements not only about “Nagorno-Karabakh is Armenia”, but also suggesting possible military actions against Azerbaijan.“That’s of course, completely against Armenia’s internationally accepted obligations in the context of the OSCE Minsk Group. It simply reflects some kind of desperation on the part of Armenia’s Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, who is maybe trying to deflect problems inside of Armenia that he was unable to fix, by playing to Armenian nationalism. Pashinyan’s provocative statements were answered by Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev in his speech on Saturday, which was a very hard-hitting speech. When Russian news media broadcast President Ilham Aliyev’s remarks, they did not broadcast the response of the Armenian side, which is very unusual. It seems to me that Russia would agree of what I just said that these actions by Armenia are unacceptable and they are outside of the framework of the negotiations to date,” he added. Azerbaijan inks deal on supply of COVID-19 vaccine http://www.today.az/news/society/197357.html Society Mon, 21 Sep 2020 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s State Agency for Compulsory Health Insurance has signed an agreement with Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization on the country’s purchase of COVID-19 vaccine.Under the agreement, Azerbaijan will be provided with a COVID-19 vaccine - approved by the World Health Organization and meeting all necessary requirements - after it has been produced.It should be noted that there are no measures of systemic struggle against COVID-19. Unlike other viruses, SARS-CoV-2 actively mutates and a range of distribution is growing rapidly, which makes experts believe that the most effective way to control the situation is to vaccinate vulnerable groups.However it is too early to judge the effectiveness and safety of vaccines.Azerbaijan has been among leading countries taking active measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic since its outbreak in Marc. The country has so far made individual donations to the World Health Organization in the amount of $10 million, and humanitarian assistance to 29 WHO member countries, including $5 million to Iran during the COVID-19 pandemic.The Azerbaijani government has also provided lump-sum payments of AZN 250 ($147) to business entities working in economic spheres affected by the COVID-19, and AZN 190 ($111.7) to unemployed people.Moreover, taxpayers whose businesses have been affected by COVID-19 are completely exempt from property and land taxes, and have been given tax breaks of 75 percent of their income. In addition, legal entities and individual entrepreneurs in Azerbaijan operating in the spheres negatively affected by the COVID-19 will be exempted from rental payment for the period of nine months.Earlier, it was reported that Azerbaijan is planning to allocate additional AZN 843.6 million ($496.2M) to support healthcare system, businesses and state companies during the coronavirus pandemic. Of these, AZN 369 million ($217M) will be directed to healthcare, AZN 238 million ($139.9M) to social protection of population, AZN 136.6 million ($80.3M) to support state companies, and AZN 100 million ($58.8M) to support business. Self-employment program to cover 15,000 families in 2021 http://www.today.az/news/business/197356.html Business Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s self-employment program under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection will cover 15,000 families in 2021, the ministry has reported.According to the statement, taking into account the members of families, the program will contribute to the welfare of an average of 60,000 people annually.It should be noted that this year, work is being done to create small businesses of 12,000 families under the self-employment program. The program covered more than 10,000 families in 2019 and about 7,300 families in 2018.Most of those involved in the program are people with disabilities, martyrs’ family members, IDPs, war veterans, members of low-income families and others.Additionally, the World Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, local banks, government agencies KOBIA, ABAD, the Food Security Agency and the Ministry of Agriculture have also been involved in expanding and supporting this program.As part of the program of 2020, individuals involved in the self-employment program will be provided with assets without involvement in classes due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, after the end of the special quarantine regime, those individuals will be able to participate in the classes.Azerbaijan has been stepping up efforts recently to help citizens with employment. Thus, some 5,100 unemployed people in Azerbaijan are involved in the self-employment program launched by the State Employment Agency under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection of Population. Of them 970 are people with disabilities, 659 are IDPs, 87 are members of martyrs’ families, 78 are people released from correctional institutions and 57 are recipients of targeted social assistance.Azerbaijan also continues opening vocational education centers that are providing training courses for those who have difficulty in choosing a suitable job due to a lack of qualifications, as well as for those who need to change their profession due to a lack of work that matches their professional skills. Citizens who have successfully completed the training are issued certificates and then provided with employment in accordance with their acquired professional qualifications. Speaker of Azerbaijan’s Parliament arrives in Russia http://www.today.az/news/politics/197365.html Politics Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:40:00 +0400 By TrendA delegation led by Speaker of Azerbaijan’s Parliament Sahiba Gafarova, arrived in Russia on an official visit on September 21, Trend reports referring to the Parliament.This is the first official visit of Sahiba Gafarova to Russia as the speaker of the Parliament.The delegation includes Chairman of the Parliament’s committee Samad Seyidov, Head of the Working Group on inter-parliamentary relations with Russia Nizami Safarov, MPs Eldar Guliyev, Mikhayil Zabelin, Amina Aghazade, Tural Ganjaliyev, Head of the Parliament’s staff Safa Mirzoyev and other officials.At the Moscow Domodedovo Airport, the delegation of the Azerbaijani Parliament was met by Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of Russia Ilyas Umakhanov, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloghlu and other officials.On September 22, Sahiba Gafarova will begin official meetings in Russia.story will be updated Cleaning campaign launched in country http://www.today.az/news/society/197359.html Society Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:37:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaNew project "Our heritage is our responsibility" has been successfully launched in Azerbaijan.Initiated by the Cultural Ministry, the project aims to preserve and promote the country's rich cultural heritage and history as well as to encourage public to join the action.Cleaning campaign was carried out on the territory of bathhouse in Buzovna village, Khazar region as part of the project. Built by Mammadrza Takhmazov, the 19th century bathhouse ceased to function and gradually came to desolation. The First Deputy and Acting Minister of Culture Anar Karimov, Deputy Chairman, Acting Chairman of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovations Azad Jafarli, Chairman of the State Committee on Urban Planning and Architecture Rufat Mahmud, Executive Director of the Azerbaijan Youth Foundation Farid Jafarov took part in the cleaning campaign.Speaking about the project, Anar Karimov noted that there are 6,308 state-protected historical sites in the country. As a result of the monitoring, lists of historical sites will be compiled. Restoration and conservation work will be carried out as well.  The project is being implemented with the support of the State Service for the Protection, Development and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Azerbaijan Youth Foundation and the Azerbaijan Union of Volunteer's Organizations.Moreover, it is also planned to attract the private sector for this purpose. Within the framework of the project, various actions will be regularly organized on the territory of the historical sites. Criminal case raised due to another Armenian provocation in direction of Azerbaijan's Tovuz http://www.today.az/news/politics/197367.html Politics Mon, 21 Sep 2020 17:10:00 +0400 By TrendScheming of new provocative plans by Armenia demonstrates that in reality, the country intends not to settle the conflict peacefully, but to continue carrying out the illegal occupation of Azerbaijani lands, the press service of Prosecutor General’s Office of Azerbaijan told Trend on Sept.21.According to the press service, the provocations and crimes committed by armed forces of Armenia on the line of contact betoken the country's intention to refuse from negotiations and lead to an escalation of the conflict.The provocative attacks by the armed forces of the occupying country, their violation of the ceasefire, and crimes committed against the servicemen of the armed forces of Azerbaijan, not only undermine the negotiation process but are also show open disrespect for the norms and principles of international law, including resolutions and decisions of the UN Security Council.As a result of another violation of the ceasefire by the armed forces of Armenia, which continue committing crimes against peace and humanity by carrying out acts of aggression, shelled a combat post of Azerbaijani armed forces in the village of Aghdam, Tovuz district at about 17:00 (GMT+4) on September 20, as a result of which soldier Azad Gurbanov was wounded from shrapnel.A criminal case was raised by the Azerbaijani Shamkir District’s Military Prosecutor's Office following Articles 100.2 (conducting an aggressive war) and 120.2.12 (attempted murder based on national, racial, religious hostility and enmity) of the Criminal Code.Moreover, the Armenian armed forces, continuing to demonstrate the occupation essence, grossly violated the ceasefire in the Tovuz district’s direction and shot Azerbaijani military positions at about 09:00 on September 21, 2020. Azerbaijani army’s serviceman Elshan Mammadov died a martyr while preventing the Armenian provocation.A criminal case was raised by the Shamkir District’s Military Prosecutor's Office following the Criminal Code’s above articles.To bring the servicemen of the armed forces of Armenia to justice within the framework of international law, the General Prosecutor's Office of Azerbaijan will ensure the implementation of the necessary institutional measures.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 districts.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding districts. Precious metal prices in Azerbaijan vary http://www.today.az/news/business/197354.html Business Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:59:00 +0400 By TrendThe prices of precious metals, except for platinum and silver, increased in Azerbaijan on September 21 compared to the previous price, Trend reports referring to the data published by the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA).The price of gold increased by 2.3375 manats or $1.375 (0.07 percent) and amounted to 3,320.746 manats or $1,953.38 per ounce.The price of palladium increased by 79.492 manats or $46.76 (2 percent) and amounted to 4,063.357 manats ($2,390.21).The price of silver decreased by 0.4125 manats or 24 cents (0.9 percent) and amounted to 45.6101 manats ($26.82).The price of platinum decreased by 5.44 manats or $3.2 (0.34 percent) and amounted to 1.597,813 manats (93 cents).In monthly terms, the price of gold increased by 9.18 manats or $5.4 (0.3 percent) per ounce, platinum increased by 24.463 manats or $14.39 (1.6 percent) per ounce, silver decreased by 0.9842 manats or 57 cents (2.1 percent) per ounce, palladium increased by 360.485 manats or $212.05 (9.7 percent).On an annualized basis, the price of gold increased by 762.96 manats or $448.8 (29.8 percent), silver grew by 15.1906 manats or $8.93 (49.9 percent), palladium rose by 1,279.624 manats or 75 cents (46 percent) and platinum decreased by 4,700.5 manats or $2.76 (0.3 percent).Date:Gold(XAU)Silver(XAG)Platinum(XPT)Palladium(XPD)Sept. 21, 20203,320.74645.61011,597.8134,063.357Sept. 18, 20203,318.408546.02261,603.2533,983.865Aug. 21, 20203,311.56646.59431,573.353,702.872Sept. 21, 20192,557.78630.41951,602.51352,783.733Change in a day:in man.2.3375-0.4125-5.4479.492in %0.07-0.9-0.342Change in a monthin man.9.18-0.984224.463360.485in %0.3-2.11.69.7Change in a yearin man.762.9615.1906-4.70051,279.624in %29.849.9-0.346 Windy weather expected in Baku http://www.today.az/news/society/197358.html Society Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:43:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaBaku awaits windy weather on September 22. South-east wind is expected in Azerbaijan's capital. It will be foggy in the morning.The temperature in Baku and Absheron peninsula will be +18-20 °C at night, +23-25 C in the daytime, the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported.Atmospheric pressure will be 766 mm Hg above normal. Relative humidity will make 60-70 percent at night and 40-45 percent in the daytime.The weather will be mainly rainless in the country's regions. However, hails are expected in mountainous and areas. East wind will blow.The temperature will be +16-20 °C at night, +23-28 °C in the daytime. In the mountains, the temperature will be +6-11 °C at night, +13-17 °C in the daytime.The day will be mainly favorable for weather-sensitive people. SOCAR completes preparation of corporate development strategy http://www.today.az/news/business/197353.html Business Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan State Oil Company (SOCAR) has completed the work on preparation of the development strategy until 2035, the company's president Rovnag Abdullayev said in an article published in the official press September 19.According to the statement, the company prepared a new strategy of development until 2035, together with McKinsey company, all details of which will be presented to the government.It should be noted that among the main principles of a new strategy are sustainable development, application of the improved management system, increase of social and environmental responsibility and provision of the company’s profitability.Moreover, Abdullayev noted that the corporate strategy of the company provides digitalization of production cycle, increase of investments into innovations and venture projects, optimization of human resources potential through re-profiling and professional development. In addition, one of the main objectives of the strategy is to increase Azerbaijan’s share in providing regional and global energy security along with full satisfaction of domestic needs of the country in oil, gas, products of its processing and petrochemistry.Furthermore, he emphasized that oil and gas fields located primarily on land with high production costs were shut down. However, production at offshore fields with higher profitability indicators continues in full.Abdullayev noted that the main factors of the decision-making mechanism in the raw material production limitation process were principles of economic efficiency, technical stability, industrial safety and minimization of negative environmental impact. It should be noted that another factor were OPEC+ deal, under which daily oil production in Azerbaijan should be 587,000 barrels in July-December 2020 and 620,000 barrels in January-April 2021.Likewise, he stated that the company keeps up to date with the latest digital technology in the energy industry, and successfully implements the digitization program in all areas of activity, from field exploration to transportation of hydrocarbons to the final processing process.Additionally, it was noted that the company is launching a digital field project based on SAP UFAM to improve oil and gas operations. Abdullayev noted that SAP UFAM will combine production processes into a single system and integrate with the digital core of the company. The project to create a single source of information, which allows integrating planning, modeling, analysis and monitoring of all oil production processes, is being gradually implemented by SOCAR, Caspian Innovation Center, SAP Digital Business Services and OIS.Thus, the digital method has already been implemented and tested in two SOCAR oil and gas departments using a system of agreed algorithms. The digital platform significantly reduces losses, supports the decision-making process, creates an active model for calculating static and dynamic constraints, displays all business objects on the map in a real-time monitoring panel and compiles their passports, the latest and current operating parameters.SOCAR is involved in exploring oil and gas fields, producing, processing, and transporting oil, gas, and gas condensate, marketing petroleum and petrochemical products in domestic and international markets, and supplying natural gas to industry and the public in Azerbaijan. The company owns two refineries in Azerbaijan, one in Turkey, as well as networks of petrol stations in Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia, Romania and Switzerland. Mingachevir Drama Theater premiers open-air play http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/197351.html Arts & Entertainment Mon, 21 Sep 2020 16:19:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaMingachevir State Drama Theater has premiered the play "Sara" in Shamakhi. The event took place in the17th-century Kalakhana memorial complex.For the first time in country, the play was staged against the backdrop of historical monuments. The performance is based on the legend "Apard? seller Saran?", Trend Life reported. The open-air performance was staged by People's Artist of Azerbaijan Ella Yagubova, Honored Artist Shikhi Yagubov, actors Aygun Fatullayeva, Aydin Guliyev and others. Honored Artist Bahram Osmanov worked on the staging, production director - Javid Tavakkul, production designer - Honored Artist Rafael Gashimov, music - Elnur Rasulov.The Mingachevir State Drama Theater is known for its vigorous activity both in Azerbaijan and abroad. The Mingachevir State Drama Theater was founded in 1968, its activities began in 1969 with the play "Diamond" by Jafar Jabbarli.Over the years, the theater team has staged more than 300 performances based on the works of Azerbaijani and foreign playwrights.The theater has performed in most cities and regions of Azerbaijan, as well as with tours in Turkey, Georgia, Russia.In 2018, the theater celebrated its 50th anniversary, bringing together prominent art and public figures. The Cultural Ministry and Azerbaijan Union of Theater Workers awarded the theater workers with diplomas.  CBA names amount of manat attracted for deposit auction http://www.today.az/news/business/197352.html Business Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:53:00 +0400 By TrendThe Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) attracted 150 million manat ($88.2 million) at the deposit auction, Trend reports with reference to the CBA.According to the CBA, on September 21, 2020, the CBA held another deposit auction, attracting 150 million manat, and the offer during the auction amounted to 795.1 million manat ($467.71 million).The weighted average rate during the auction was at the level of 6.01 percent.The funds were raised for a period of 14 days.Last week, the CBA held another deposit auction, attracting 100 million manat ($58.8 million) , and the offer during the auction amounted to 544.4 million manat ($320.2 million).The weighted average rate during the auction was at the level of 6.26 percent.The CBA began holding deposit auctions in June 2016.(1 USD = 1.7 manat on Sept. 21) Azerbaijan Georgia’s 4th largest trade partner in 2020 http://www.today.az/news/business/197350.html Business Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:53:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan was the fourth largest trading partner of neighbouring Georgia in the period between January and August this year with the trade turnover between the two countries amounting to $594 million in the reporting period.Azerbaijan's share in Georgia's total trade turnover was 8.5 percent. Thus, Azerbaijan is the fourth largest trading partner of the neighboring country after Turkey, Russia and China.During the reporting period, Azerbaijan exported goods to Georgia worth $309.5 million, which is by 15.7 percent less compared to the same period of 2019. In the meantime, $284.2 million worth goods were exported from Georgia to Azerbaijan, which is by 11.9 percent less compared to the period of January-August 2019.Earlier it was reported that Azerbaijan accounted for 59.3 percent of neighboring Georgia’s exports of bitumen in the period between January-July 2020, and became the country’s largest exporter of bitumen. The country exported 33,900 tons of bitumen to Georgia in the reporting period.Likewise, 9.8 billion cubic meters of natural gas have been transported to Georgia via the South Caucasus gas pipeline under the Shah Deniz-1 project, since its commissioning.The volume of Azerbaijan’s foreign trade turnover amounted to $16.5 billion during the period of January-August 2020. The value of export amounted to $9.8 billion or 59.6 percent of the total turnover, while the value of import amounted to $6.6 billion or 40.4 percent. Thus, foreign trade turnover resulted in surplus of $3.1 billion.Some 591.4 million tons of cargoes were transported by sea during the reporting period. In addition, 4.4 billion tons of cargoes were transported by railway, and 2.3 billion tons of cargoes by automobile means of transport. Some 46.7 million tons of cargoes were transported by air during the first eight months of the year. Peter Tase: Armenian leadership’s inflammatory remarks aggravate situation around conflict http://www.today.az/news/politics/197360.html Politics Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:40:00 +0400 By TrendThe Armenian leadership’s inflammatory remarks are exacerbating an already inflammable situation around the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, US expert in European politics Peter Tase told Trend on Sept. 21.“The discourse adopted recently by Armenian Minister of Defense Davit Tonoyan is encouraging military operations and reconnaissance missions from Yerevan inside the sovereign territory of Azerbaijan,” Tase added. “Tonoyan’s inflammatory remarks and misleading language is exacerbating an already inflammable situation. Armenia has called for assistance to the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).”“The Article 4 is the key part of the CSTO Treaty, states: “If one of the Member States undergoes aggression, it will be considered by the Member States as aggression to all the Member States of this Treaty," the expert said. “In the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, it is a fact that Armenia is the aggressor party and has violated for three decades, all international treaties and humanitarian laws by conducting a ruthless ethnic cleansing campaign against the Azerbaijani nation.”“In front of these wicked acts of fascist Armenia, the world has remained silent,” the US expert said.“Silence is not a formula for success, indeed it exacerbates armed conflicts to a point of no return,” Tase said. “Now is the time to exert all political pressure on Armenia. The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe must review carefully the politico-military situation in Armenia and must take the lead towards solving the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict by peaceful means.”“The Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement signed between Armenia and the European Union (CEPA) on November 24, 2017; must be suspended until Tonoyan and other ministers adopt a language of reconciliation, fully respecting the international laws, the territorial sovereignty of neighboring countries,” Tase said.“It is imperative for United Nations, European Union and NATO to deliver a strong message to Armenian leaders, calling for restraint and condemning their remarks,” the expert said.“The Armenian prime minister must exercise his constitutional duties within his nation's borders, to strictly focus on the wellbeing of his countrymen and abandon attacks against Azerbaijani civilian population,” Tase said. “Armenia must withdraw its armed forces from the Nagorno-Karabakh region and from seven occupied territories adjacent to this region.”“US journalist Herbert Swope once said: "I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody", Tase added. “The EU is pleasing everybody to the detriment of the Azerbaijan Republic and its peace-loving people. This attitude - which certainly is self-destructive for the European continent, must change.” Azerbaijan to repatriate 93 citizens from Georgia http://www.today.az/news/society/197349.html Society Mon, 21 Sep 2020 15:32:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan will repatriate 250 more people stranded in neighboring Georgia due to COVID-19, local media reported on September 21.Of them, 93 are Azerbaijani citizens, 153 Georgian citizens, and four Russian citizens.On September 20, repatriated citizens passed the coronavirus test in one of Tbilisi clinics. All citizens tested negative will be taken to the border checkpoint «S?n?q körpü» by special buses from the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Georgia, to return back to the country on September 21.It should be noted that repatriated citizens will not be placed under quarantine in Azerbaijan. However all citizens undertake obligations for self-isolation for two weeks upon arrival.The Georgia-Azerbaijan border has been closed since March, and air communication between the two countries has been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.So far, Azerbaijan has repatriated more than 2,000 citizens from Georgia.Azerbaijan first introduced special quarantine regime on March 24 and closed its borders with all neighbouring countries.