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 PACE co-rapporteurs welcome Azerbaijan's move to pardon elder prisoners http://www.today.az/news/politics/192822.html Politics Fri, 10 Apr 2020 13:41:00 +0400 By TrendThe co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) on the monitoring of Azerbaijan, Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), Sir Roger Gale (United Kingdom, EC/DA) and Sunna Ævarsdottir (Iceland, SOC), have welcomed the decree of President Ilham Aliyev pardoning 176 prisoners aged over 65 in need of special care, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, Trend reports citing the PACE website on April 10.“This humanitarian measure addresses concerns expressed by the Council of Europe Commissioner on Human Rights with regard to the protection of human rights and health of people detained in prisons in Council of Europe member states in connection with the global coronavirus pandemic," they said.“Pardon of convicts in Azerbaijan who need special care due to age amid the coronavirus pandemic is a very right step," the rapporteurs added.On April 6, 2020, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed an Act of Pardon on clemency of a number of convicted prisoners. Muslim Magomayev among most-searched personalities http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/192820.html Arts & Entertainment Fri, 10 Apr 2020 13:30:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAfter TV series about love story of Muslim Magomayev, the audience began to show even greater interest in the work and life of the legendary Azerbaijani singer and composer.As a result, Muslim Magomayev and Tamara Sinyavskaya were among the most-searched personalities in Russian Wikipedia for March according to "Mediaaslovo" film studio. The TV Serials about Muslim Magomayev was aired on Russian First Channel.The developments in the TV series are taking place in the late 1960s - early 1970s. The shooting took place in Moscow and Baku.The film tells about beautiful love story of Muslim Magomayev and opera singer Tamara Sinyavskaya. The main roles in TV series were played by Milosh Bikovich and Irina Antonenko. The film cast also included Ksenia Babkina, Svetlana Ustinova, Maria Shalayeva, Nikita Tarasov, Alena Ivchenko, Maxim Lagashkin and others.The film was directed by Dmitry Tyurin and Roman Prigunov, script writers - Daria Vorotintseva and Nina Shulika. It was shot by the media companies Mediaslovo and Amedia Production.Famous for his beautiful voice, Muslim Magomayev made great contribution to the Azerbaijani music. His creative activity occupies a special place in the country’s music history.The idol of millions became famous around the USSR at the age of 19 after a stellar performance at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow. He became known in Europe after a successful performance at the Youth Festival in Helsinki, Finland.A very important stage in mastering his vocals skills even further was his training in the La Scala Opera Theater in Milan. Muslim's stay in Italy – a country of innumerable art treasures and the home of belcanto – in the 1960s was not only beneficial for his singing, but also affected his inner world.At the age of 30, Magomayev was one of the youngest recipients of the highest artistic title, People's Artist of the USSR. He also received numerous awards for his contribution to opera and popular music in the Soviet Union.The legendary singer also wrote songs, film soundtracks and music for theater performances. In addition, he played in films and acted as a host in television and radio broadcasts. He also loved to paint pictures, but called it his hobby.In his later life, Magomayev struggled with a serious heart condition. In 1998, Magomayev officially ended his musical career and gave only a few performances together with his wife.One of the greatest singers of the 20th century died of a heart failure in Moscow on October 25, 2008, and was laid to rest in Baku. WB forecasts steady economic growth in Azerbaijan in 2021-2022 http://www.today.az/news/business/192819.html Business Fri, 10 Apr 2020 13:11:00 +0400 By TrendThe World Bank (WB) has reconsidered forecasts for Azerbaijan’s economy in 2021-2022, according to the latest World Bank Economic Update for Europe and Central Asia.According to the forecast, economic growth in Azerbaijan will make up 2.2 percent in 2021, and will accelerate to 2.4 percent in 2022.The country's agricultural sector this year has been predicted to show growth at 5.5 percent, and in 2020-2021 - at 5.4 percent.Due to the WB estimates, the growth of industrial production in 2021 and 2022 will be 0.7 and 0.1 percent, respectively.The growth of services will be 0.1 percent in 2020, 4.1 percent in 2021, and 5.6 percent in 2022.The World Bank predicts average annual inflation in Azerbaijan at the level of 3.3 percent in 2020, with consequent slowdown to 2.9 percent – next year, and 2.8 percent - in 2022.The current account deficit is projected at 7 percent of GDP for 2020, with consequent decrease to 4.3 percent of GDP for 2021, and 3.4 percent of GDP for 2022. Direct foreign investments to Azerbaijani economy will make up 1.4 percent in 2020-2021, and 1.2 percent of the annual GDP in 2022.According to the bank, gas production growth (27.7 percent) and steady growth of non-oil sector (3.5 percent) increased economic activity of Azerbaijan in 2019 (to 2.2 percent), the best ever figures since 2014.On the demand side, the investments remained anemic despite a boost in the population’s real incomes as a result of increasing central government expenditures, which supported consumption.The inflation level remained at a low level in 2019 and early 2020. Amid inflation within the CBA’s (Central bank of Azerbaijan) target range of 4 ± 2 percent, the CBA continued reducing the discount rate through 2019 and early 2020, cutting it to 7.25 percent.WB report notes that COVID-19 and the collapse of oil prices are current challenges for the economy of Azerbaijan. In addition to the adverse health effects for citizens, these challenges will affect the country's economy in the form of reduced oil export revenues, decreased trade and financial flows, cut revenues from the tourism sector. However, the available reserves (about 100% of GDP) and low state debt allow Azerbaijan to maneuver in these conditions.According to the WB estimates, the current situation requires from Azerbaijan to undertake consistent and coordinated actions. Moreover, good public awareness and implementation of an active private sector diversification strategy are also important.Azerbaijan’s GDP made up 2.2 percent in 2019. Azerbaijan joins process of regulating oil market until 2022 http://www.today.az/news/business/192817.html Business Fri, 10 Apr 2020 12:51:00 +0400 By TrendThe 9th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting held in the format of online video conference has adopted the new Declaration of Cooperation that envisages a three-stage cut in oil production from October 2018 levels, Trend reports with reference to the Azerbaijani Ministry of Energy.The ministry said that along with OPEC+ countries, Norway, Argentina, Colombia, Indonesia, Egypt, Chad, Trinidad and Tobago were the new participants of the video conference. OPEC+ countries have agreed on a daily cut in oil production for various periods and volumes.According to the new Declaration of Cooperation, OPEC + countries will decrease oil production by 10 million barrels per day from May through June, which is 23 percent of the level of October 2018. The production commitments made up over 6 million barrels per day for OPEC countries and more than 3.9 million barrels per day for non-OPEC countries.The production quota limits for the member countries and non-OPEC countries include only volumes of crude oil. Condensate volumes are not taken into account in these commitments.Azerbaijan, oil production of which amounted to 718,000 barrels of crude oil per day in October 2018, also undertook new commitments to balance the world oil market and stabilize oil prices. According to the new agreement, it will reduce the production by 164,000 barrels.Thus, from May 1 through July 1, 2020, daily oil production in Azerbaijan will be regulated in accordance with the agreed quota. During this period, it should maintain a daily oil production at the level of 554,000 barrels.An agreement was reached to decrease the daily oil production within OPEC + from July through December 2020 by 8 million barrels, which is 18 percent of the level of October 2018. The quotas were set at 4.8 million barrels per day for OPEC member countries and 3.1 million barrels per day for non-OPEC countries. During this period, Azerbaijan will need to reduce daily production by 131,000 barrels to 587,000 barrels.From 2021 to April 2022, it’s planned to reduce daily oil production on OPEC+ by 6 million barrels, which is 14 percent of the level of October 2018. The production obligations for this period will amount to 3.6 million barrels for OPEC and 2.3 million barrels for non-OPEC countries. Azerbaijan will need to reduce production by 98,000 barrels for this period and maintain production in the amount of 620,000 barrels.The OPEC countries’ representatives appealed to non OPEC + countries to reduce oil production by 5 million barrels per day.Commenting on the new agreement, the Minister of Energy of Azerbaijan Parviz Shahbazov has appreciated the decision of OPEC and non-OPEC countries.“The new reality is such that we can solve the existing global problem not separately, but through global cooperation. For a short period of time since March, we again became convinced that sustainable stability in the oil market is impossible without joint responsibility and the regulatory process at the global level,” he said.“The current situation and uncertainty regarding the recovery of the global economy, as well as global demand for oil, make us support the oil market in the future. Involving non-OPEC + countries in this process is very important. We hope that this OPEC + decision and the efforts of other countries outside the OPEC will gradually contribute to establishing a balance and price stability in the oil market,” the minister noted.“This emergency meeting of the leading global oil producers is a historic event for the oil market. Each oil country participating in this process has shown solidarity with the intention to stabilize the oil market. Azerbaijan, which plays an active role in the OPEC + regulatory process, has also supported the global oil market by accepting new commitments,” Shahbazov added. Gobustan State Reserve announces art contest http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/192818.html Arts & Entertainment Fri, 10 Apr 2020 12:28:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaGobustan State Historical and Artistic Reserve invites you to join a contest of handicrafts as part of "My Home is My New Workplace" action, launched by the Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture.To participate in the competition, send a photo of your handicrafts, indicating your name, surname and contact number to gobustan2020@gmail.com.First of all, photos of handicrafts will be evaluated at the first stage by a jury consisting of employees of  Gobustan State Historical and Artistic Reserve .The  winner will be determined after the end of the quarantine regime. The exhibition and sale of all craft products will be organized as well. The winners will be awarded with the certificates by the Gobustan State Historical and Artistic Reserve.Gobustan is home to one of the world's largest ancient petroglyphs collections. Settled since the 8th millennium BC, the area contains more than 600,000 distinct paintings, going as far back as 20,000 years to as recent as 5,000 years ago. The rock paintings dating back to 8 millenniums reflect different hunting scenes, ceremonial and ritual processes of the habitants of these places. Gobustan petroglyphs were repeatedly investigated by the famous Norwegian explorer and adventurer Thor Heyerdahl, who recognized local boats petroglyphs as the oldest known images of pirogue in the world.Most of the rock engravings depict primitive men, animals, battle-pieces, ritual dances, bullfights, boats with armed oarsmen, warriors with lances in their hands, camel caravans, pictures of sun and stars.Gobustan was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2007. Gold price up in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/business/192816.html Business Fri, 10 Apr 2020 12:17:00 +0400 By TrendThe price of gold decreased in Azerbaijan on April 10, 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 69.683 manat and amounted to 2,872.49 manat per ounce.The price of silver increased by 0.6403 manat and amounted to 26.2491 manat per ounce.The price of platinum increased by 27.438 manat and amounted to 1,275.4845 manat per ounce.The price of palladium decreased by 59.483 manat and amounted to 3,665.778 manat per ounce.Precious metalsApril 10, 2020April 9, 2020GoldXAU2,872.492,802.807SilverXAG26.249125.6088PlatinumXPT1,275.48451,248.0465PalladiumXPD3,665.7783,725.261The precious 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 April 10) Heydar Aliyev Center supports Russia amid COVID-19 outbreak http://www.today.az/news/society/192810.html Society Fri, 10 Apr 2020 11:48:00 +0400 By TrendProjection of the Russian flag was placed on the Heydar Aliyev Center’s building in Baku, Azerbaijan, Trend reports.In a sign of Azerbaijan's solidarity with the international community in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, the flag of one of the states affected by the virus will be displayed daily at the Heydar Aliyev Center, which is a world-wide architectural monument.Flags are changed daily in accordance with the order of the first letter of the country name in the English alphabet. 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"Indeed, a signal of unity and resolve from the council would count for a lot at this anxious time."To prevail against the pandemic, the world will need to work together. That means heightened solidarity, and it means having the necessary resources, said Guterres.The financial situation of the United Nations remains perilous, and it has only enough cash to fund peacekeeping operations through the end of June and no capacity to pay troop- and police-contributing countries, he said.While COVID-19 is first and foremost a health crisis, its implications are much more far-reaching, he warned."We are already seeing its ruinous social and economic impacts, as governments around the world struggle to find the most effective responses to rising unemployment and the economic downturn. But the pandemic also poses a significant threat to the maintenance of international peace and security - potentially leading to an increase in social unrest and violence that would greatly undermine our ability to fight the disease."In his briefing through video teleconference, Guterres reminded the Security Council of eight concerns that come under its purview: the maintenance of international peace and security.First, the pandemic threatens to further erode trust in public institutions, particularly if citizens perceive that their authorities mishandled the response or are not transparent on the scope of the crisis.Second, the economic fallout of this crisis could create major stressors, particularly in fragile societies, less developed countries and those in transition. Economic instability will have particularly devastating impacts for women, who make up the vast majority of those sectors worst affected. The large numbers of female-headed households in conflict-settings are especially vulnerable to economic shocks.Third, the postponement of elections or referenda, or the decision to proceed with a vote -- even with mitigation measures - can create political tensions and undermine legitimacy. Such decisions are best made following broad consultation aimed at consensus. This is not a time for political opportunism.Fourth, in some conflict settings, the uncertainty created by the pandemic may create incentives for some actors to promote further division and turmoil. This could lead to an escalation of violence and possibly devastating miscalculations, which could further entrench ongoing wars and complicate efforts to fight the pandemic.Fifth, the threat of terrorism remains alive. Terrorist groups may see a window of opportunity to strike while the attention of most governments is turned toward the pandemic.Sixth, the weaknesses and lack of preparedness exposed by this pandemic provide a window onto how a bioterrorist attack might unfold, and may increase its risks. Non-state groups could gain access to virulent strains that could pose similar devastation to societies around the globe.Seventh, the crisis has hindered international, regional and national conflict resolution efforts, exactly when they are needed most. Many peace processes have stalled as the world responds to COVID-19. Restrictions on movement may continue to affect the work of various confidence-based mechanisms, as well as the ability to engage in crisis diplomacy to de-escalate potential conflicts.Eighth, the pandemic is triggering or exacerbating various human rights challenges. "We are seeing stigma, hate speech, and white supremacists and other extremists seeking to exploit the situation. We are witnessing discrimination in accessing health services. Refugees and internally displaced persons are particularly vulnerable. And there are growing manifestations of authoritarianism, including limits on the media, civic space and freedom of expression."The world faces its gravest test since the founding of the United Nations, said Guterres.The world is struggling to absorb the unfolding shock: the jobs that have disappeared and businesses that have suffered; the fundamental and drastic shift to daily lives, and the fear that the worst is still yet to come, especially in the developing world and countries already battered by armed conflict."This is the fight of a generation, and the raison d'etre of the United Nations itself," he told the Security Council. WHO reports 83,000 newly confirmed novel coronavirus cases http://www.today.az/news/regions/192812.html World news Fri, 10 Apr 2020 11:10:00 +0400 By TrendThe number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases has surged by more than 83,000 worldwide and more than 6,000 deaths have been registered, according to a daily bulletin released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday, Trend reports citing TASS.According to the WHO statistics, the total of 1,436,198 coronavirus cases and 85,522 deaths have been confirmed globally as of 11 a.m. Moscow time on April 9. The number of cases has surged by 82,837 in the past day, while the death toll has risen by 6,287.Most coronavirus cases and deaths were reported in Europe - 759,661 and 61,516 respectively. Over the past day, the number of coronavirus cases there has risen by 39,442, while the death toll surged by 3,877.The region of North and South Americas comes in second with a total of 454,710 cases and 14,775 deaths (including 37 294 newly confirmed cases and 2,178 deaths registered in the past 24 hours). The Western Pacific Region, which covers China, South Korea and Japan, is in the third place with 115,852 cases and 3,944 deaths, as of April 9.According to the tally published by WHO, the United States sits at the top with 395,030 cases, followed by Spain (146,690), Italy (139,422), Germany (108,202) and China (83,249).In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. Kremlin: Putin, Trump, King Salman agree to coordinate moves on stabilizing oil markets http://www.today.az/news/regions/192811.html World news Fri, 10 Apr 2020 10:40:00 +0400 By TrendRussia, the United States and Saudi Arabia have agreed to coordinate actions on stabilizing oil markets and minimize the impact of oil price volatility on global economy, Russian president's press office said in a statement on Thursday, Trend reports citing Xinhua."Today, Russian President Vladimir Putin had a phone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabia King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud," the statement said.Oil prices have plummeted amid the COVID-19 outbreak as global fuel demand has plunged due to air traffic cut and production shut-down. Currency rates for April 10 http://www.today.az/news/business/192815.html Business Fri, 10 Apr 2020 10:24:00 +0400 By TrendThe official exchange rate of the US dollar and euro against Azerbaijani manat was set at 1.7 manat and 1.8595 manat respectively for April 10.Below are the rates of Azerbaijani manat against world currencies, according to the data from the Central Bank of Azerbaijan.CurrenciesApril 10, 20201 US dollar1 USD1.71 euro1 EUR1.85951 Australian dollar1 AUD1.07851 Argentine peso1 ARS0.0261100 Belarus rubles1 BYN0.67531 Brazil real1 BRL0.33271 UAE dirham1 AED0.46281 South African rand1 ZAR0.0943100 South Korean won100 KRW0.14051 Czech koruna1 CZK0.06881 Chilean peso100 CLP0.20251 Chinese yuan1 CNY0.24151 Danish krone1 DKK0.24911 Georgian lari1 GEL0.5351 Hong Kong dollar1 HKD0.21931 Indian rupee1 INR0.02231 British pound1 GBP2.1189100 Indonesian rupiah100 IDR0.0107100 Iranian rials100 IRR0.0041 Swedish krona1 SEK0.1711 Swiss franc1 CHF1.76021 Israeli shekel1 ILS0.47481 Canadian dollar1 CAD1.21781 Kuwaiti dinar1 KWD5.47341 Kazakh tenge1 KZT0.00391 Kyrgyz som1 KGS0.02100 Lebanese pounds100 LBP0.11311 Malaysian ringgit1 MYR0.39471 Mexican peso1 MXP0.07161 Moldovan leu1 MDL0.09371 Egyptian pound1 EGP0.1081 Norwegian krone1 NOK0.1662100 Uzbek soums100 UZS0.01771 Polish zloty1 PLN0.40881 Russian ruble1 RUB0.02291 Singapore dollar1 SGD1.20321 Saudi riyal1 SAR0.45181 SDR (Special Drawing Rights of IMF)1 SDR2.31641 Turkish lira1 TRY0.25431 Taiwan dollar1 TWD0.05661 Tajik somoni1 TJS0.16621 New Turkmen manat1 TMM0.48571 Ukrainian hryvna1 UAH0.0624100 Japanese yen100 JPY1.56861 New Zealand dollar1 NZD1.0344 Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 24 times http://www.today.az/news/politics/192814.html Politics Fri, 10 Apr 2020 10:15:00 +0400 By TrendOver the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 24 times, Trend reports referring to Azerbaijani Defense Ministry on Apr. 10.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding regions.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno-Karabakh and the surrounding regions. Extraordinary Summit of Turkic Council to be held through videoconferencing on Azerbaijani ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/192809.html Politics Fri, 10 Apr 2020 10:00:00 +0400 On the initiative of President of Azerbaijan, chairman of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States Ilham Aliyev, an extraordinary Summit of the Turkic Council will be held on April 10 through videoconferencing.The Summit will focus on the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Azerbaijani President allocates 97 million manat to scale up COVID-19 response http://www.today.az/news/politics/192808.html Politics Thu, 09 Apr 2020 18:10:00 +0400 Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev has signed an Order to allocate funds for the supply of necessary medical equipment and other medical devices as part of the health measures implemented in the Republic of Azerbaijan against the coronavirus pandemic.Under the presidential Order, the State Agency on Mandatory Health Insurance is allocated 97 million manat for the supply of necessary medical equipment and other medical devices in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and strengthen the fight against it. Prime Minister: Sanitary-epidemiological situation in Azerbaijan under control http://www.today.az/news/politics/192804.html Politics Thu, 09 Apr 2020 18:00:00 +0400 By TrendThe negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic and decreasing oil prices on Azerbaijan can't be denied, Azerbaijan’s Prime Minister Ali Asadov said in a video report on the results of 2019, Trend reports on Apr. 9.Asadov noted that by the order of the President of Azerbaijan dated February 27, 2020, an Operational Headquarters was created under the Cabinet of Ministers to combat the coronavirus.The prime minister emphasized that a cycle of planned measures is being implemented, the sanitary-epidemiological situation in the country is being monitored.Ahmadov added that Azerbaijan has enough medical supplies to fight the coronavirus, and at the same time, work is underway on their production in the country.He also added that a special quarantine regime is applied in Azerbaijan until April 20, and the adoption of these measures was inevitable.The relevant programs drawn up to reduce the negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the country’s socio-economic sphere will be implemented in a timely manner, Asadov emphasized.“All taken measures are aimed at protecting the health of the people and the security of the country. We have to get out of this situation with minimal losses and protect the citizens,” he noted.“The government is monitoring the processes going on in the global economy and is taking preventive measures. To minimize the negative impact of falling oil prices on the country's economy, Azerbaijan has appropriate flexible tools,” Ahmadov added. PM: Implementation of Azerbaijan's transit potential - most important condition for economic ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/192803.html Politics Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:45:00 +0400 By TrendImplementation of the transit potential of Azerbaijan with the development of the country's transport infrastructure is the most important condition for the diversification of economy, Prime Minister Ali Asadov said in a video report on the activities of the Cabinet of Ministers for 2019 presented in the Parliament on April 9, Trend reports.As President Ilham Aliyev noted, Azerbaijan, which does not have a direct access to the open sea, is becoming a transport hub today, Asadov said.Over the past 16 years, large projects have been implemented in the transport sector, a significant amount of investment has been directed to this sector, the prime minister noted.Asadov said that 2019 was marked by the commissioning of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP).“The implementation of the TANAP project, which is the main part of the Southern Gas Corridor (SGC), should be perceived as one of the significant success in the history of the country's economy. The latest project of this transport corridor - TAP is underway,” the prime minister added. Azerbaijan confirms 104 new COVID-19 cases http://www.today.az/news/society/192806.html Society Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:35:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has confirmed 104 new COVID-19 cases, 38 patients have recovered, while one died, Trend reports citing the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers.Resuscitation measures to stabilize the health status of a citizen born in 1949 infected with coronavirus, who was also suffering from oncological disease and diabetes mellitus, did not produce results, and the patient died. At the moment, members of his family, as well as other persons with whom he has contacted, are being identified and quarantined.Meanwhile, 38 people have completely recovered and discharged home.Up to now, 926 people have been infected with coronavirus in Azerbaijan. A hundred and one of them recovered, nine people died. The rest 816 people are being treated in special hospitals. The condition of 27 people out of those 816 people is severe, the condition of 35 people is assessed as moderate, and the rest feel normal.To establish the facts of infection, over 57,371 tests have carried out so far in the country. Doctors are among infected with coronavirus in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/society/192801.html Society Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:24:00 +0400 By TrendThere are doctors among the people infected with coronavirus in Azerbaijan, Chairman of Azerbaijan's Management Union of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB), Member of Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers Ramin Bayramli said.Bayramli made the remark in Baku at the briefing of the Operational Headquarters on April 8, Trend reports.The chairman noted that in the hospital, whose activity is associated with the coronavirus pandemic, only one case of infection was recorded, adding that such cases are observed mainly in health facilities that are not involved in the fight against pandemic.“In such hospitals, latent carriers of coronavirus are treated for other diseases. Cases of infection are observed if the personnel of such medical facilities, in particular nursing staff, act irresponsibly. Compared with the developed countries of the world, the number of infected health workers is not so great in Azerbaijan. In general, medical facilities are provided with the necessary protective equipment,” Bayramli added. Parliamentary committee chairman: 2019 - memorable year for Azerbaijan’s foreign policy success http://www.today.az/news/politics/192802.html Politics Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:21:00 +0400 By TrendThe year 2019 was memorable for Azerbaijan’s great foreign policy success, Chairman of the Committee of the Azerbaijani Parliament on International and Inter-Parliamentary Relations Samad Seyidov said.Seyidov made the remark in Baku at the meeting of the Azerbaijani parliament on April 9, Trend reports.“In general, last year was marked by success in all spheres in Azerbaijan,” the chairman said. “No one knew that coronavirus pandemic will occur and some difficulties will be observed in international relations.”"However, despite this, Azerbaijan continues its activity at the international level and the country’s position in the world arena is strong," Seyidov said.The chairman also touched upon the pardon decree signed by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev.Seyidov stressed that this document is an integral part of the president’s humane policy."President Aliyev and First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva pursue social policy based on the high principles of humanism,” the chairman said. “We must do everything possible for people’s happiness." NARGIS Publishing house provides free access to magazine's digital-version http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/192800.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 09 Apr 2020 17:10:00 +0400 In these hard for all of us times, NARGIS Publishing house, caring for the compatriots and supporting an action #Evd?Qal, provides free access to the digital-version of the magazine. The April issue, under the topic "Dream" is available for download on the official website of the publication www.nargismagazine.com. Inside the magazine you will find an exclusive interview with actress, model, "Bond girl" – Olga Kurilenko, get acquainted with fashion trends of this spring, read horoscope for April from astrologer and useful advice of psychologist, find out where and when to watch the best world productions and other cultural programs online, as well as go on a mental trip with the heading Travel Blog Love, Nargis. Everything interesting from the world of fashion, art and culture is waiting for you!An archive is also available on the site: you can read any digitized issue of NARGIS magazine. As many as 70 issues are available! During forced self-isolation and quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic, upcoming issues of the magazine will also be in the public domain for everyone!NARGIS is a magazine about life, culture, art, fashion. The magazine has been published since 2012 in print format and has an electronic version in three languages: Azerbaijani, Russian and English. The editor-in-chief is Ulviyya Mahmudova.Active download link – https://www.nargismagazine.az/#issue_70 SOCAR, Total discuss development of Absheron gas field in Caspian Sea http://www.today.az/news/business/192799.html Business Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:45:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovThe State Oil Company of Azerbaijan (SOCAR) and French company TOTAL have discussed development of the Aghseron gas field in the Azerbaijani part of the Caspian Sea.During the meeting held between SOCAR head Rovnag Abdullayev and TOTAL Azerbaijan’s General Manager Regis Agut on April 8, it was noted that measures are being taken to maintain cooperation at the current level of efficiency within the successful Absheron project during the global pandemic. TOTAL representative spoke about the company's plans to start production and the next stage of development.TOTAL reiterated its commitment to projects implemented in Azerbaijan.The sides also exchanged views on other issues of mutual interest and discussed developments in the global energy market.Regis Agut presented a letter from TOTAL Vice President for Exploration and Production Arnaud Breuilliac to SOCAR President Rovnag Abdullayev.Earlier, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said that the production of the first gas from the Absheron field in the Azerbaijani sector of the Caspian Sea could begin at the turn of 2020-2021. The volume of production at the first stage will be 1.5 billion cubic meters per year.On November 21, 2016, SOCAR and Total signed an agreement on determining the main contractual and commercial conditions for the first stage of the development of the Absheron gas condensate field.It should be mentioned that TOTAL is participating in the Absheron field development project in Azerbaijan together with SOCAR. The 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 field’s reserves are estimated at 350 billion cubic meters of gas and 45 million tons of condensate.The field is being developed by JOCAP, a joint venture between SOCAR and TOTAL. The drilling was carried out by SOCAR's CDC.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. The development of the field will make an important contribution meet Azerbaijan's growing domestic demand for natural gas and increase export revenues.Currently, the project participants are SOCAR (50%) and Total (50% - operator). The contract is signed for a period of 30 years. The contract area is 747 square meters. kmIn 2019, SOCAR and Total completed drilling of the ABD-001 production and appraisal well with a depth of 7411 meters at the Absheron field. Drilling began in May 2018 using the Heydar Aliyev semi-submersible floating drilling rig.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 thousand barrels of condensate daily. Azerbaijanis who returned from abroad thank President Ilham Aliyev http://www.today.az/news/politics/192805.html Politics Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:32:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijanis who returned from abroad thanked Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, Trend reports.Zaur Adilov, who is on quarantine in the Athletes Village, said that he was brought from Izmir after sending a letter, requesting help.Adilov stressed that he is in Baku for the fifth day.“In response, head of the sector on work with Turkic-speaking states under the leadership of chairman of the State Committee on Work with Diaspora Fuad Muradov called me and ensured that the Azerbaijani government would provide help,” Adilov added."Then Chairman of the Izmir Association of the Azerbaijan Brotherhood and Business Community, Azerbaijani businessman Asif Gurbanov, known in Turkey as Asif Kurban, was informed about us,” the letter said. “Kurban paid for our accommodation in Turkey’s hotel.”Adilov added that both the Azerbaijani State Committee on Work with the Diaspora and the Izmir Association of the Azerbaijan Brotherhood and Business Community called every day."We really needed moral support,” Adilov said in the letter. “The Azerbaijani diaspora and related structures in Turkey are represented by Azerbaijanis with high organizational abilities. We are grateful to them.""The Azerbaijani government, the Azerbaijani embassy and consulate in Turkey faced a difficult choice,” Adilov added. “The embassy in Ankara revealed that my son Jalal had very high level of insulin, insulin resistance and TSH hormones. He suffered from severe scoliosis and flatulence.”“For this reason, our family was sent to Azerbaijan by a charter flight,” the letter said. “We also thank the Azerbaijani embassy in Turkey. Once again, we thank President Aliyev and all those who participated in resolving the issue of our return." EU allocates €14m to Azerbaijan to fight coronavirus http://www.today.az/news/business/192797.html Business Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:28:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovThe European Union has allocated €14 million to Azerbaijan to assist the country’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the European Union's Eastern Neighborhood announced in its official website on April 8.The aid to Azerbaijan is part of the emergency support package for Eastern Partnership countries as part of its global response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to the official information of the organization. Namely, €80 million have been allocated for immediate needs and up to €883 million for the short and medium term to support the social and economic recovery of the region.Under the emergency package, Azerbaijan’s neighbour Georgia has been allocated €183 million, while Armenia received €92 million. Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus received €87 million, €190 million and €60 million respectively.The EU funds will assist Azerbaijan meet its immediate and short-term needs. It will also help the Vocational Education Schools in several regions (Ganja, Mingachevir, Jalilabad, Gaxh and Ismaelly) purchase equipment to produce personal protection garments for medical staff. Presidential aide slams illegal elections held in Karabakh amid COVID-19 http://www.today.az/news/politics/192798.html Politics Thu, 09 Apr 2020 16:09:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovHead of the Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration, presidential aide Hikmet Hajiyev has condemned holding elections in breakaway Nagorno-Karabkah region that is under Armenian occupation.Addressing a press conference on April 8, Hajiyev said: "120 states unanimously supported the position of Azerbaijan, its territorial integrity, sovereignty. The insidious essence of the illegal regime created by Armenia in the occupied territories of Azerbaijan is manifested in the fact that while the whole world is suffering from coronavirus, they continue their dirty political games".Earlier, a number of countries, including France, Germany, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, Georgia, Estonia as well as major international organizations such as the EU, NATO, OIC, GUAM condemned the illegal elections in Karabakh and voiced support for Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.Nagorno-Karabakh is Azerbaijan's 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 United States, Russia and France has been mediating the Armenian-Azerbaijani conflict since the signing of the volatile cease-fire agreement in 1994. The Minsk Group’s efforts have resulted in no progress and to this date, Armenia has failed to abide by the UN Security Council resolutions (822, 853, 874 and 884) that demand the withdrawal of Armenian military forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijani parliament adopts government’s report http://www.today.az/news/politics/192795.html Politics Thu, 09 Apr 2020 15:41:00 +0400 By TrendA report of the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers for 2019 was presented and discussed in the parliament on April 9, Trend reports referring to the Cabinet of Ministers.The Azerbaijani prime minister Ali Asadov delivered a report through the video conferencing.Following the discussions, the report was adopted by vote.The MPs’ comments and proposals will be sent to the Cabinet of Ministers. National Carpet Museum presents new catalogue http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/192793.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 09 Apr 2020 15:37:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe Azerbaijani National Carpet Museum has released a new catalogue dedicated to the "The Future of Traditions" by Aydin Rajabov.The publication was presented to mark the 75th anniversary of the artist. His personal exhibition was held at the museum last year. The illustrated catalog prepared by the museum contains interesting materials about the art works included in the exhibition.For more information, please visit the museum`s official website.Founded in 1967, Azerbaijan National Carpet Museum displays some of the best examples of the carpet weaving art.The museum, initiated by Latif Karimov, an outstanding scientist and carpet weaver is beautiful inside and out. The new building of the Carpet Museum, designed in the form of a rolled carpet, opened in the Baku Seaside Park in 2014 and all carpets were transferred to this museum.Today the museum hosts many events, such as exhibitions, international symposiums, and conferences.In 2019, the museum received the national status for its significant contribution in popularization and promotion of the Azerbaijani Carpet Weaving Art. Azerbaijani citizens can visit 67 countries without visa http://www.today.az/news/business/192794.html Business Thu, 09 Apr 2020 15:23:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovAzerbaijani citizens can visit 67 countries without a visa, Henley & Partners reported in its updated Passport Index.“According to the results of the first quarter of 2020, Azerbaijan retained 76th place in the ranking. In total, Azerbaijani citizens can visit 67 countries without a visa,” the updated Passport Index for the second quarter of 2019 says.The first place in the Index is still maintained by Japan, whose citizens can visit 191 countries and territories without a visa.Singapore maintained 2nd place with a score of 190 countries. South Korea and Germany share 3rd place (189 destinations).The United States and Great Britain went up one step in the ranking and took 7th place (185 countries without a visa). Finland, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain shared 4th place with a score of 188, Denmark and Austria - 5th place with a score of 187.In the case of neigboring countries to Azerbaijan, Russia and Turkey ranked 51st and 55th in the ranking accordingly with 118 and 111 destinations. While Georgia ranked in the 53 place with 116 destinations, Armenia ranked 80th place with 63 destinations. In the meantime, Iranian citizens without a visa can visit only 41 countries, with Iran ranking in the 101th place together with Bangladesh.While Russia ranked 51st in the ranking with 118 destinations, and Turkey ran 55th (111 destinations).Afghanistan is last in the list. Its citizens can visit without a visa only 26 destinations. Albanian newspaper "Nacional" talks about Armenians' migration to Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/192796.html Politics Thu, 09 Apr 2020 15:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Akbar MammadovThe Albanian newspaper "Nacional" published an article titled "Historical monuments: Maragha - 150" about the arrival of Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh. The article was published by Fuad Huseynzadeh, chairman of the Albania-Azerbaijan Society of Friendship, Science and Culture, with the help of historian Entela Mucho.The article draws attention to the fact that the migration of Armenians is mentioned in many written sources, and shows the migration of Armenians from Iran and Turkey to Azerbaijan in different years. It was noted that after the Turkmenchay Treaty signed between Russia and Iran on February 10, 1828, the mass resettlement of Armenians to Azerbaijani territories began. In 1828-1829 alone, 40,000-50,000 Armenians were deported from Iran and 90,000 from Turkey to Azerbaijan.The newspaper states: "Armenians erected a monument" Maragha-150 "on the occasion of their arrival in Karabakh. The Maragha-150 monument was built in 1978 by the Armenians themselves on the 150th anniversary of the resettlement of the first 200 families from Maragha in Iran to Karabakh. The inscription "Maraga-150" in Armenian is reflected on the monument made of ordinary river stones, and similar monuments were built in Khankendi city, Chayli village of Tartar region.The article says that in 2016, during a visit to the Tartar region, the head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Azerbaijan Furio de Angelisi visited the monument "Maraga-150" in the village of Shikharkh and took pictures of the monument.It should be noted that this topic has already attracted the attention of the Albanian state radio, and the radio intends to discuss this topic with the participation of historian Entela Mucho. State Choir Chapel to give concert http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/192792.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 09 Apr 2020 14:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan State Choir Chapel will please music lovers with online concert on April 12.The concert will be held as part of the campaign "Bizi birl??dir?n m?d?niyy?t" (United by Culture) co-organized by the Azerbaijan Cultural Ministry and Medeniyyet TV.The choir chapel will perform works of world-famous composers. The event starts at 14:30.Since 1966, the State Choir Chapel operates under the Azerbaijan State Academic Philharmonic. The choir’s repertoire includes more than a thousand works by Azerbaijani and foreign composers as well as folk songs.The art director and chief conductor of the Azerbaijan State Capella Choir is People’s Artist of Azerbaijan Gulbaji Imanova.Over the past years, the choir has successfully performed at music festivals and concerts held both in Azerbaijan and abroad. Mugham Center presents new projects http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/192791.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 09 Apr 2020 14:28:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaInternational Mugham Center has launched  online projects during social isolation.The center presents three projects to the audience. The first one is informative, it focuses on the appeals of mugam performers to the audience.The second project provides for mugam concerts, which can also be viewed on social networks.The third project presents lectures about famous mugham singers, whose busts adorn the lobby of the Center, as well as expositions of ancient musical instruments. The projects aim at promotion of mugham and national musical instruments.Notably, International Mugham Center offers interesting and enjoyable leisure activities during social isolation days."The necessary emergency measures were taken by Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev against the spread of coronavirus in our country. President Ilham Aliyev and First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva appealed to the people, urging them not to leave their homes without special need and to observe a quarantine regime. Today, the state is taking all measures in the fight against coronavirus and to protect the health and lives of people. We must all be united in the fight against coronavirus. We are confident that as a result of the efforts made by the state, under the leadership of President Ilham Aliyev,  the current situation will be resolved in near future, "the Center said in a statement," the message said.Famous for its spectacular concerts, scientific-theoretical and research projects, the Center is now switching to online projects, which can be found on Facebook and Instagram. "Creative Azerbaijan" holds charity project http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/192790.html Arts & Entertainment Thu, 09 Apr 2020 14:17:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman Ismayilova"Creative Azerbaijan" online portal has launched a charity event aimed at supporting creative people during the quarantine.Their art works will be put up for sale on a social network. The products purchased by customers will be delivered by Az?ri Ekspress.Notably, the charity project is organized with the support of the Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture and Az?ri Ekspress.As part of the action, coordination services will be provided by Creative Azerbaijan portal for free.For more information, please contact:facebook.com/creative.azinstagram.com/kreativazeE-mail: info@creative.az"Creative Azerbaijan" is a web portal,  created for the Ministry of Culture in order to promote the country`s rich cultural heritage. The web portal features various news, information about events, companies and individuals working in the field of the creative industry. The portal aims at encouraging the creation of art works  under the portal`s brand.  Gloria Gaynor supports video project of Azerbaijan’s Trend News Agency on #Evd?Qal campaig http://www.today.az/news/society/192789.html Society Thu, 09 Apr 2020 13:59:00 +0400 By TrendFamous American singer Gloria Gaynor has supported the video project of Azerbaijan’s Trend News Agency on the #EvdeQal campaign, launched to prevent the spread of the coronavirus spread, Trend reports on Apr. 9.The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Azerbaijan to the US, Elin Suleymanov, shared information about the video projec on Twitter.Gaynor shared the publication of the ambassador on her page, emphasizing that she really liked the project and supports it."That is wonderful. Stay healthy, stay strong.” the singer wrote.Trend news agency and Azerbaijani stars have joined the #Evdeqal (stay home) campaign with a special video project.All efforts have been mobilized in Azerbaijan to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection and to get out of this difficult situation with minimal losses.From the first day, the situation in the country was taken under strict control by President Ilham Aliyev, the necessary preventive measures were taken, and a special quarantine regime was strengthened. President Ilham Aliyev and First Vice President Mehriban Aliyeva, explaining in their appeals to the people the need for unconditional compliance with the rules of the special quarantine regime, called on people not to leave their homes.The #Evdeqal campaign was joined by well-known political figures, representatives of culture and art, as well as other celebrities.Having joined the #Evdeqal campaign, Trend news agency prepared a music video in Azerbaijani, Russian and English. The project manager is Sahil Karimli, the coordinator is Vugar Imanov, the author of the idea is Fidan Mirbabayeva. The music producer is Tunzala Aghayeva. Performers are Tunzala Aghayeva, Lala Mammadova, Zamig Huseynov, Khayyam Nisanov and Murad Arif. Words to the music belong to Zahra Badalbeyli and Fariz Zeynalov, wind instrument performer is Teymur Suleymanbeyli and project sound engineer is Emin Karim. Heydar Aliyev Center supports Italy amid COVID-19 outbreak http://www.today.az/news/society/192788.html Society Thu, 09 Apr 2020 13:24:00 +0400 By TrendProjection of the Italian flag was placed on the Heydar Aliyev Center’s building in Baku, Azerbaijan, Trend reports.In a sign of Azerbaijan's solidarity with the international community in the fight against the spread of COVID-19, the flag of one of the states affected by the virus will be displayed daily at the Heydar Aliyev Center, which is a world-wide architectural monument.Flags are changed daily in accordance with the order of the first letter of the country name in the English alphabet. In this way, the Heydar Aliyev Center expresses support and respect to the states and their peoples who have been severely affected by the spread of COVID-19. Azerbaijani minister: Adopted programs aim to preserve jobs, maintain economic activity http://www.today.az/news/business/192787.html Business Thu, 09 Apr 2020 13:15:00 +0400 By TrendA program of compensating for the damage caused to the entrepreneurs and their employees as a result of coronavirus has been launched in Azerbaijan, Azerbaijani Minister of Economy Mikayil Jabbarov said, Trend reports referring to the ministry.“The program has been launched on April 8 according to the Action Plan adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers to reduce the negative impact on business entities due to coronavirus,” the minister said.“At the first stage, it is planned to pay a certain part of salaries to those employed in the spheres that have suffered losses as a result of coronavirus, to render financial assistance to the private and micro entrepreneurs,” the minister added. “Tax benefits are also envisaged to maintain the economic activity.”The program, designed to prevent staff reduction in the spheres of the economy affected as a result of coronavirus, will cover 300,000 employees, 42,000 employers, and about 300,000 private or micro-entrepreneurs. For this purpose, the affected spheres, as well as the relevant criteria, have been determined, he added.The minister stressed that the Azerbaijani government allocated 215 million manat ($126 million) to preserve the salaries of the hired workers.“This amount will be divided into two equal parts, which will be paid in April and May. Besides these payments, the amounts worth social insurance contributions will also be calculated and paid. The main task is to ensure the social protection of each employee,” he noted.“The average monthly salary as of January will be taken as the main criterion for partial payment of the workers' salaries,” Jabbarov said.This amount reaches 712 manat ($418), the minister said adding that the salary of each employee, the amount of which is lower than indicated, will be fully paid by the state to the enterprise."For an employee receiving a salary higher than the monthly average salary, the upper limit is set at 712 manat,” he said.A program on providing micro entrepreneurs and private entrepreneurs with funds has been launched on April 8. The Azerbaijani government rendered financial support in the amount of 80 million manat ($47 million) to 300,000 individual entrepreneurs involved in the spheres affected as a result of the pandemic.This financial assistance covers the taxpayers who paid taxes, mandatory state social insurance contributions and unemployment insurance contributions in 2019.To ensure financial support as soon as possible, individual entrepreneurs submit an application through the electronic systems available in the internet tax administration (www.e-taxes.gov.az) and the funds allocated from the state budget are transferred to the bank accounts of these individual entrepreneurs.The minister stressed that the amount of funds to be paid to micro entrepreneurs or private entrepreneurs will not be less than 250 manat ($147).The maximum amount will reach 5,000 manat ($2,941), Jabbarov said.“Many private entrepreneurs have employees and these individuals will be able to take advantage of the state program. Moreover, entrepreneurs will be provided with tax incentives to maintain economic activity,” the minister said.According to him, 1.5 billion manat ($882.3 million) was allocated for the business loan support programs.“The taken steps are a good opportunity for entrepreneurs to create new plans and develop business during this period,” the minister said. “The state structures will render the necessary support to prevent the staff reduction, reduce business losses and after the resumption of economic activity in the abovementioned spheres.”Jabbarov added that these support measures, the adopted programs, the credit guarantee mechanism in the field of entrepreneurship alongside legislative initiatives in connection with tax incentives are aimed at maintaining economic activity and include the basis and elements for ensuring economic growth in the country in the future. UNICEF in Azerbaijan discloses practical instructions for families during COVID-19 quarantine http://www.today.az/news/society/192786.html Society Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:57:00 +0400 By TrendUNICEF representative office in Azerbaijan launched the #LearningAtHome, # OvladimlaEvd? (At home with my child) initiative on its personal website, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, which includes useful recommendations and tips for parents who remain at home with children during COVID-19 quarantine, UNICEF country office told Trend.“The materials, in particular, those prepared for Azerbaijani families, focus on stimulating the skills of children with a creative approach and using various games during the special quarantine regime,” UNICEF representative office in Azerbaijan said.“We know that due to the closure of preschool and educational institutions because of the COVID-19, it is difficult for parents to keep their children active,” Edward Carwardine, UNICEF representative to Azerbaijan, said. “During such a difficult period, UNICEF wants to share a number of practical ideas and recommendations. The activities that have been introduced into new resources will help preserve the activity of children and will contribute to their self-development."The representative office posted various methods and ways of handling children on the website https://www.unicef.org/azerbaijan/learning-home-join-challenge.These methods include recommendations and ideas that will help parents continue the children's education, as well as organize useful leisure time for them at home, will reduce stress and tension during long quarantine and mitigate the consequences of social isolation by using digital solutions and joint experience.These resources will create a healthy environment for children in which they can play and learn without risk.“At such a critical moment, by staying at home for the sake of our safety, we can still be strong together,” Carwardine added. “We hope that by using hashtags #LearningAtHome, # OvladimlaEvde (At home with my child), parents throughout the country will share video footage with exercises and new ideas to inspire others.”Moreover, new UNICEF solutions that will help parents organize useful leisure activities and educate children at home will be posted on the website of the Ministry of Education, as well as the website of the Azerbaijani Institute of Education. Azerbaijan's Management Union of Medical Territorial Units may appeal to country leadership to ... http://www.today.az/news/society/192785.html Society Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:35:00 +0400 By TrendIf Azerbaijani citizens do not comply with the rules of the special quarantine regime, then the appeal will be made to the country's leadership to tighten the measures, Chairman of Azerbaijan's Management Union of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB), Member of the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers Ramin Bayramli said.Bayramli made the remark in Baku at the briefing of the Operational Headquarters on April 8, Trend reports.“If citizens show patience during 2-3 weeks, they will be able to stop the spread of the infection and return to normal life,” TABIB chairman said."Sometimes our citizens do not fully comply with the quarantine regime and do not understand the seriousness of the situation,” Bayramli said. "However, people must understand that if the quarantine rules are not observed, the number of infected persons will increase and more serious consequences will arise. In this case, the number of fatal cases will also increase."Bayramli added that TABIB is currently continuing its activity related to coronavirus by carrying out the medical treatment, diagnosis and prevention.“Today, 15 laboratories operate in Azerbaijan,” TABIB chairman said.“New laboratories will open in Sheki and Sumgayit cities next week,” Bayramli added. “Currently, we are conducting up to 3,000 coronavirus tests. We will bring the number of tests up to 5,000 soon.”“The special logistics plans have been created in connection with the tests,” TABIB chairman said. “As soon as the request is obtained, the doctors go home to the patients and carry out analysis. Patients remain at home until the results of the medical check-up are known."Bayramli stressed that today more than 3,000 medical check-ups were carried out in the country and 105 infected people were detected. Management Union of Medical Territorial Units: Doctors are among infected in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/society/192784.html Society Thu, 09 Apr 2020 12:03:00 +0400 By TrendThere are doctors among the people infected with coronavirus in Azerbaijan, Chairman of Azerbaijan's Management Union of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB), Member of Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers Ramin Bayramli said.Bayramli made the remark in Baku at the briefing of the Operational Headquarters on April 8, Trend reports. Credit organizations of Azerbaijan Micro-finance Association to increase agricultural lending http://www.today.az/news/business/192783.html Business Thu, 09 Apr 2020 11:46:00 +0400 By TrendThe CLARA system can currently be applied to 50 species of plants and livestock, Azerbaijan Micro-finance Association (AMFA), Trend reports with reference to the association.The system, adapted to the local market, provides a flexible, standardized and quick assessment of credit risk for customers in the entire agricultural sector of Azerbaijan.Leading non-bank lending organizations engaged in agricultural lending, such as Aqrarkredit CJSC, ?nki?af üçün Maliyy? LLC, Viator Mikrokredit Az?rbaycan LLC and Qafqaz Kredit LLC have already started using CLARA.“CLARA is an online software service designed for banks and non-bank credit organizations (NBCOs) lending farmers. CLARA simplifies, increases and accelerates risk assessment for agricultural loans, providing the user with a number of options, such as agricultural liquidity prediction, testing, formation of flexible assumptions and a set of tools for financial analysis,” said AMFA.According to the report, in accordance with the agreement signed by the Azerbaijan Microfinance Association with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which is part of the World Bank Group, AMFA’s credit organizations will increase agricultural lending.In particular, AMFA members will be able to use CLARA IFC, a Cash Flow Assessment Tool that automates risk assessment and the lending process, to provide farmers with easier access to finance.“Despite the creating possibilities for using this tool, IFC organizes workshops for NBCOs that join CLARA to make better use of the tool. AMFA's subsidiary, Finance and Social Innovation Consulting LLC, provides technical support to NBCOs. Given that microfinance organizations in Azerbaijan need deeper knowledge in the field of agricultural lending, CLARA will help improve the access of micro and small agribusinesses to financing,” the association said. TABIB discloses reasons for increase in number of infected people in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/society/192782.html Society Thu, 09 Apr 2020 11:33:00 +0400 By TrendSo far, 822 people have been infected with coronavirus in Azerbaijan, 63 of them recovered and eight died, Chairman of Azerbaijan's Management Union of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB), Member of the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers Ramin Bayramli said.Bayramli made the remark in Baku at the briefing of the Operational Headquarters on April 8, Trend reports.“Presently, the number of patients who are in the active stage of coronavirus in Azerbaijan is 751 people,” the TABIB chairman added.“An increase in the number of infected people is the result of quarantine regime violation before the application of the system of issuing SMS permissions,” Bayramli said. Azerbaijani Cabinet: Quarantine regime term may be extended while requirements may be tightened http://www.today.az/news/society/192781.html Society Thu, 09 Apr 2020 11:18:00 +0400 By TrendIt is possible to consider the issue of extending the term of the special quarantine regime given the ongoing situation in Azerbaijan, Spokesman for the Cabinet of Ministers Ibrahim Mammadov said.Mammadov made the remark in Baku during the briefing at the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers on April 8.“The quarantine regime term may be extended in the country while the requirements may be tightened,” the spokesman said."In accordance with the information, the requirements of the special quarantine regime are not observed by many people,” Mammadov added. “Today's statistics show that there are cases of sale of fake certificates and permits. If the conditions of this regime are observed, this will contribute to the positive statistics and it will not be extended. However, today's data shows that requirements may be tightened. This decision is extremely difficult for us." Operational Headquarters: No need for declaring state of emergency in Azerbaijan yet http://www.today.az/news/society/192780.html Society Thu, 09 Apr 2020 10:57:00 +0400 By TrendThere is no need to declare the state of emergency in Azerbaijan yet, Spokesperson for the Cabinet of Ministers Ibrahim Mammadov said.Mammadov made the remark in Baku during the briefing at the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers on April 8.The spokesman added that this issue is to be regulated by the Azerbaijani law about emergency state."The head of state will take all necessary measures to ensure the safety of citizens,” Mammadov said. “If necessary, any decision is possible." Assistant to president: Azerbaijan taking all comprehensive measures to ensure food supply http://www.today.az/news/society/192779.html Society Thu, 09 Apr 2020 10:22:00 +0400 By TrendThe measures being taken by Azerbaijan are complex and outstripping, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of Foreign Policy Affairs Department of the Presidential Administration Hikmet Hajiyev said.Hajiyev made the remark in Baku at a briefing of the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers on April 8, Trend reports.“The measures have been taken to provide Azerbaijan with food, and the necessary resources were mobilized in early January upon the president’s instructions,” Hajiyev added.“During this period, there were panic and empty shelves in the supermarkets in other countries, but this did not occur in Azerbaijan due to the timely supplies,” assistant to the president added. “The cooperation with the relevant partners of the country is underway to ensure the uninterrupted import and export operations.”“Even if we review the statistics for the last 2-3 months, we can see significant growth,” Hajiyev said. “For example, over this period, more than 5,000 trucks passed through Azerbaijan along the Turkey-Central Asia route.”“Therefore, all comprehensive measures related to the food supply are being taken, and long-term contracts will be concluded with our main partners in the coming periods," Hajiyev added. WHO reports daily increase in coronavirus cases by over 73,000 http://www.today.az/news/regions/192778.html World news Thu, 09 Apr 2020 10:00:00 +0400 TrendThe number of new coronavirus cases has surged by more than 73,000 worldwide and more than 6,000 new deaths have been registered, according to a daily bulletin released by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday, Trend reports citing TASS.That is the biggest daily increase in deaths so far, compared to Tuesday when 68,000 new cases and over 5,000 deaths caused by coronavirus were reported worldwide, WHO said.According to the WHO statistics, a total of 1,353,361 coronavirus cases and 79,235 deaths have been confirmed globally as of 10am Geneva time on April 8. The number of cases has surged by 73,639 in last day, while the death toll has risen by 6,695.Most coronavirus cases and deaths were reported in Europe — 720,219 and 57,369 respectively. Over the past day, the number of coronavirus cases there has risen by 33,881, while the death toll surged by 4,904.The region of North and South Americas comes in second with a total of 417,416 cases and 12,597 deaths. The Western Pacific Region, which covers China, South Korea and Japan, is in the third place with 114,667 cases and 3,922 deaths, as of April 3.According to the tally published by WHO, the United States sits at the top with 363,321 cases, followed by Spain (140,510), Italy (135,586), Germany (103,228) and China (83,157).In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus — named COVID-19 by the WHO — have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 1,400,000 people have been infected worldwide and more than 82,000 deaths have been reported. That said, over 300,000 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe. Georgia’s Poti port hosts NATO vessels http://www.today.az/news/regions/192777.html World news Wed, 08 Apr 2020 17:59:00 +0400 By TrendThe Georgian Border Police of the Ministry of Internal Affairs is hosting Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) in the territorial waters of Georgia in the port of Poti, Trend reports citing Georgian media.As reported, within the visit, SNMG2 will conduct combined maritime exercise training with the Georgian Coast Guard vessels.The visit is being held in full compliance with the recommendations of the World Health Organization and Georgia’s National Center for Disease Control (NCDC).The aim of the maritime exercise is to enhance interoperability between the Georgian and Allies forces.The combined exercises will only include ship maneuvers without crew interactions in order to prevent possible spread of the coronavirus. All public and cultural events within the visit have been cancelled.SNMG2 will remain in Poti port until April 10.Meanwhile, the NATO vessels visited Georgian ports twice in 2019, in April and October.Relations between NATO and Georgia date back to 1992 when Georgia joined the North-Atlantic Cooperation Council (NACC). The latter was replaced by the Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council (EAPC) in 1997 as a forum for discussions between NATO and partners.In 1994, Georgia joined the NATO Partnership for Peace (PfP) program and since 1996, the country has been actively participating in training and exercises within program. 105 more coronavirus cases confirmed in Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/society/192776.html Society Wed, 08 Apr 2020 17:48:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has confirmed 105 more cases of coronavirus, said spokesperson for Azerbaijan’s Cabinet of Ministers Ibrahim Mammadov during a press briefing held April 8, Trend reports. Azerbaijan confirms 105 new coronavirus cases http://www.today.az/news/society/192807.html Society Wed, 08 Apr 2020 17:35:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has confirmed 105 more cases of coronavirus, while 19 people have recovered from this infection, said spokesperson for Azerbaijan’s Cabinet of Ministers Ibrahim Mammadov during a press briefing held on April 8, Trend reports.Unfortunately, the situation in connection with the coronavirus in Azerbaijan cannot be referred to as to positive.“The number of infected people demonstrates growing trend. To date, the country has created a reserve of about 5 million medical masks,” Mammadov said. Kazakhstan's Aktau port maintains its operations amid coronavirus spread http://www.today.az/news/regions/192775.html World news Wed, 08 Apr 2020 17:32:00 +0400 By TrendKazakhstan’s Aktau Sea Port in country’s Mangystau region continues handing of general cargo notwithstanding coronavirus spread fears, Trend reports with reference to the port’s press office.The port said that transportation of passengers by Aktau port has been suspended over the period from Apr. 3 to Apr. 15, 2020. This excludes those transporting cargo, food items and medicine.The report also said that passengers transportation suspension did not affect ports activities on general cargo handling.On Apr. 1 introduction of the quarantine regime in Mangystau region was announced in order to prevent coronavirus spreading. The latest data said that the total number of coronavirus patients confirmed in Kazakhstan is 709, including 6 patients in Mangystau region.The first two cases of coronavirus infection were detected in Kazakhstan among those who arrived in Almaty city from Germany on March 13, 2020.On March 15, 2020, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym Jomart Tokayev signed a decree introducing an emergency state in Kazakhstan due to the coronavirus outbreak, which came in force from 08:00 (GMT +6) on March 16 and will last till 08:00 April 15, 2020.Currently, quarantine regime has been imposed on the majority of Kazakh regions and major cities.By a decision of State Commission on Provision of Emergency State under the president of Kazakhstan, quarantine regime has been introduced in Kazakhstan’s Nur-Sultan and Almaty cities at 00:00 (GMT +6) on March 19, 2020.The outbreak of the coronavirus began in the Chinese city of Wuhan (an international transport hub), at a fish market in late December 2019. The number of people killed by the disease has exceeded 82,900. Over 1.4 million people have been confirmed as infected. Meanwhile, over 307,800 people have reportedly recovered.The World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic on March 11. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019. Azerbaijan increases electricity generation in 2020 http://www.today.az/news/business/192774.html Business Wed, 08 Apr 2020 17:17:00 +0400 By Ofeliya AfandiyevaAccording to the results of the I quarter of 2020, electricity production in Azerbaijan increased by 2.6 percent compared to the same period last year, up to 6 billion 967.7 million kWh, local media reported referring to the Ministry of Energy on April 8.Based on the current data, in January-March of this year, 6 billion 657.7 million kWh of electricity was produced at thermal power plants in Azerbaijan (an increase of 4 percent) while the generation of electric power at hydroelectric power plants amounted to 220.5 million kWh (a decrease of 27, 4 percent).Moreover, it was reported that electricity production from alternative sources in January-March reached 89.7 million kWh (an increase of 1 percent). In particular, the generation of electricity in wind power plants generated 24.9 million kWh, in the solar 9.1 million kWh and at the solid waste incinerator plant - 55.7 million kWh.Electricity production by Azerenerji OJSC amounted to 6 billion 295.6 million kWh, which covers 94.5 percent of the total electricity production in Azerbaijan. The volume of electricity generated by independent power plants is 588.5 million kWh.In addition, during the first quarter of 2020, electricity exports totaled to 483.2 million, which 29.9 million kWh less compared to the same period in 2019.In addition, during this period, electricity imports fell to 27 million kWh, decreasing 14 million kWh compared to the first quarter of last year.Azerbaijan is among countries with high potential for renewable energy sources. The country’s potential of economically viable and technically usable renewable energy sources is 26,940 MW, including 3,000 MW for wind energy, 23,040 MW for solar energy, 380 MW for bioenergy potential, and 520 MW for mountain rivers.Currently, there are 10 large hydropower plants, 11 small hydropower plants, four wind power plants, seven solar power plants, and one biomass power plant in Azerbaijan. Georgian agriculture minister rules out bread price hikes http://www.today.az/news/regions/192773.html World news Wed, 08 Apr 2020 16:58:00 +0400 By TrendBread prices will not rise in Georgia because of the coronavirus crisis, Minister of Environment Protection and Agriculture Levan Davitashvili said, Trend reports citing Georgian media.The minister added that met with the representatives of the bread industry, and an agreement was reached that the bread price would not rise if there were not preconditions for it.“I would like to stress that bread price will not rise, it’s very important. We offer subsidies to importers and request the flour producers to keep the flour price as of March 10,” the minister said.According to him, food supplies are regularly monitored in Georgia, and the situation is encouraging."There are no delays as of today, despite some challenges, including export restrictions in the region. Today our citizens have unhindered access to every kind of food product", he said.Davitashvili noted that there is also enough wheat supply in Georgia and if necessary, the country will provide the supplies from alternative sources.The number of COVID-19 cases in Georgia has reached 208 on April 8.On March 21, Georgia declared a state of emergency until April 21 to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Iran's coronavirus death toll reaches psychological barrier http://www.today.az/news/regions/192772.html World news Wed, 08 Apr 2020 16:42:00 +0400 By TrendMore than 121 people died from the coronavirus (COVID 19) over the past day in Iran, said Kiyanush Jahanpur, spokesman for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Trend reports citing Ministry.According to Jahanpur, as many as 1,997 people have infected with the coronavirus in the past 24 hours.Jahanpur added that the condition of 3,956 people is critical.So far, more than 220,000 tests have been conducted in Iran for the diagnosis of coronavirus.Iran is one of the countries heavily affected by the rapidly-spreading coronavirus. According to recent reports from the Iranian officials, over 64,500 people have been infected, 3,993 people have already died. Meanwhile, over 29,800 have reportedly recovered from the disease.The country continues to apply strict measures to contain the further spread. Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease.The Islamic Republic only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.