Today.Az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside Today.Az Rainy weather expected in Baku Society Tue, 12 Nov 2019 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaChangeable cloudy and rainy weather is expected in Baku and Absheron peninsula on November 13. It will be foggy in some places. Northwest wind will intensify in the daytime.In Absheron peninsula, the temperature will be 9-11 °C at night, 15-18 °C in the daytime.In Baku, the temperature will be  9-11 °C at night, 16-18 °C in the daytime, the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported.The atmospheric pressure will be above the norm 769 mm. Relative humidity will reach 75-85 percent at night, 55-60 percent in the daytime.Rain is predicted in some northern and eastern regions in the evening. Showers and foggy weather are expected in some places. Mild east wind will blow.The temperature will be 6-11°C at night, 16-21 °C in the daytime. In the mountains, the temperature will be 2-7 °C at night, 12-17 °C in the daytime.As for the medical-meteorological forecast, the weather will be favorable for meteo-sensitive people. Baku to host discussion on expansion of economic co-op between Azerbaijan, UAE Business Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:50:00 +0400 By TrendThe agenda of the next meeting of the Azerbaijan-UAE Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation includes discussions on the expansion of economic cooperation between the two states, a source at the Azerbaijani Economy Ministry told Trend.The meeting will be held in Baku on Nov. 13, 2019.This will be the seventh meeting of the intergovernmental commission of the two countries. The previous meeting was held in April 2017 in Dubai.The commission is co-chaired by the Azerbaijan and Emirati economy ministers.Cooperation between Azerbaijan and the UAE is actively developing in many areas of trade and economics. To date, more than 30 documents on cooperation in priority areas have been signed, particularly in the sectors of industry, construction, trade, agriculture, communications and transport.Currently, over 250 Emirati companies operate in Azerbaijan. Uzbek writer: Yerevan erecting monuments to Nazis & spreading false propaganda about peace Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:43:00 +0400 By TrendThe Armenian authorities continue to create myths that the country's state policy is aimed at supporting peace and security, although in fact an opposite situation is observed, famous Uzbek writer, publicist and public figure Shuhrat Barlas told Trend.Barlas was commenting on the recent opening of the exhibition at the National Art Gallery in Yerevan dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.“By such actions, the Armenian authorities are trying to pull the wool over the entire world community’s eyes to mislead the whole world,” the writer said."It is easy to prove the false policy being pursued by the Armenian government,” Barlas said. “The monument to odious Nazi Nzhdeh, erected in the center of Yerevan, has not yet been dismantled despite all the facts and documents confirming the identity of the well-known Armenian terrorist. Moreover, Armenia openly ignores the international documents that have direct relation to such facts,"the writer added.He noted the resolution recently adopted by the UN General Assembly and entitled "Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance."“This is a very important document that can be used as a tool against the growth of propaganda of fascism at the level of state policy in Armenia,” Barlas added. “The adoption of such resolutions is extremely crucial amid the growing dangerous trend of propaganda and the glorification of fascism, and the ongoing processes in Armenia are clear evidence."The writer stressed that the erection of monuments to the henchmen of fascism in Yerevan casts shadows on the image of this country."How can one explain the fact that fascist executioner Garegin Ter-Harutyunyan was equated with a hero in Armenia?" Barlas asked. “How can one justify the fact that the squares, streets were named in honor of Ter-Harutyunyan in Armenia and a monument was erected several years ago in the center of Yerevan? And this is the person who put forward the slogan 'Who dies for Germany, dies for Armenia'. So is it worth believing in the sincerity of the Armenian authorities who are trying to pull the wool over the entire world community’s eyes by organizing major events in honor of the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War?!”In his words, in the current realities, there is an urgent need for all CIS countries to make efforts to bring the entire world community's attention to the truth about the Great Patriotic War."The entire international community should focus on the fact that the Armenian government ignores the international resolutions condemning fascism and continues to support the henchmen of Nazism by perpetuating the memory of terrorists,” the writer said. “This policy of the Armenian authorities is aimed at destabilizing security and stability not only in the region, but throughout the world."“If we compare the history of fascism and its ideology with the policy being pursued by the Armenian authorities, then we can find a lot in common between them,” Barlas said.“The issue is that the policy of the former and current Armenian authorities has always been directed against humanity and the ideas of humanism, and therefore, it coincides with the ideology of fascism,” the writer said. “Thus, it is clear that the monument erected in Yerevan to the criminal and fascist who fought for Nazi Germany does not bother authorities. On the contrary, they are trying in every possible way to justify this fact, to equate his personality with a national hero. Meanwhile, it is high time for the government of this country to think that by [pursuing] this ideology Armenia will completely collapse in terms of policy and economy and lose its statehood."Garegin Nzhdeh is considered the founder of the theory propagating hatred on national and ethnic grounds in Armenia.More than 10,000 Azerbaijanis were killed by detachments led by Nzhdeh, 115 Azerbaijani villages were destroyed in Zangezur district in 1918-1920. At the same time, he is one of the authors of “Great Armenia” idea.Nzhdeh was arrested and died in Russia's Vladimir prison. A monument almost six meters high was erected to the fascist executioner in the center of Yerevan, the Armenian capital, in 2016. The Armenian new authorities did not dismantle this monument, despite international criticism. Russian political analyst: Armenia turning into country of absurdity Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:38:00 +0400 By TrendArmenia is turning into a country of absurdity, Russian historian and political analyst Oleg Kuznetsov told Trend.Kuznetsov was commenting on the exhibition in Yerevan dedicated to the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War."The exhibition, prepared through the Russian Foreign Ministry and dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, has recently opened in Yerevan,” the analyst said. “The Russian and Armenian media outlets described this exhibition as a joint preparation of the two countries for celebrating this anniversary within the CIS.”“But at the same time, there is a monument to Nazi collaborator and criminal Garegin Nzhdeh in the center of Yerevan,” Kuznetsov said. “The square, street, metro station and overpass were named in honor of Nzhdeh. As a result, there is a surreal situation. On the one hand, Armenia upholds the victory over Nazism, while on the other hand, it glorifies Nazism. This is a typical example of split consciousness, peculiar to schizophrenia, which the Armenian authorities suffer from.”“The Armenian authorities’ duplicity while glorifying the Armenian collaborators who served to the Third Reich has become an ordinary thing within the national policy,” the analyst added.“In my opinion, it is necessary to urge Yerevan to demolish all the monuments to Nazi henchman Nzhdeh in Armenia, taking into account that there are three such monuments in this country, and to rename other facilities named in honor of Nazi henchmen Nzhdeh and Dro,” Kuznetsov said.“In fact, the opening ceremony of the exhibition in Yerevan dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory over Nazism creates a shield for the state policy glorifying Nazism in Armenia," Kuznetsov said.The Russian political analyst stressed that the exhibition will work for six months and then will be closed, while the monuments erected in honor of Nzhdeh will remain. Consumer prices show upward trend in 2019 Business Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:22:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ofeliya AfandiyevaPrices of consumer goods and services in Azerbaijan increassed in January-October 2019.The figure represents 2.6 per cent growth compared to the same period in 2018, the State Statistics Committee of Azerbaijan reports.According to the report, prices of food, drinks and tobacco products increased by 3.7 per cent, non-food products by 1.2 per cent, paid services provided to the population increased by 2.2 per cent in the perioed between January-October 2019.In October 2019, prices of consumer goods and services rose 0.4 per cent compared to September. This included the prices of food, drinks and tobacco products - 0.2 percent, non-food products - 0.1 percent, paid services - 0.9 percent respectively.However, the cost of repair, cleaning and clothing rental, repair of household appliances, cars, restaurants and cafes decreased during October. Additionally, prices of apartment rent, railway and international air transportation prices dropped as well. There were no significant changes in prices for other paid services.Meanwhile, the World Bank forecasts that the inflation rate in Azerbaijan in 2020 will be 3.2 per cent, and in 2021 - 3.3 percent.“Thanks to the significant changes by the government, the real GDP increased by 1.4 percent and non-energy economy increased by 1.8 percent in 2018, reflecting greater dynamics in most economic sectors. Consumer price inflation decelerated sharply in 2018, falling to 1.6 percent from 7.9 percent in 2017”, World Bank’s report reads.Based on the government's medium-term forecasts, inflation rate in the country is expected at 4.6 percent in 2020, 4.5 percent in 2021, 4.1 per cent in 2022, and 3.9 percent 2023. In Azerbaijan, the average annual inflation rate measures a broad rise or fall in prices that consumers pay for a standard basket of goods. Oil rises further above $62 as trade hopes support Business Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:17:00 +0400 By TrendOil rose further above $62 a barrel on Tuesday, supported by hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump may signal progress on trade talks with China and lower inventories at a U.S. oil hub, Trend with reference to Reuters reports.Concern about slower economic growth and oil demand from the fallout of the 16-month U.S.-China trade dispute sent prices lower on Monday. Trump gives a speech later on Tuesday and investors are keen for an update on the talks.Brent crude, the global benchmark, was up 30 cents at $62.48 a barrel by 0939 GMT, after earlier falling as low as $61.90. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up 19 cents at $57.05.“The oil market is in a holding pattern,” said Tamas Varga of oil broker PVM. “The next $5-$10 move will be decided by economic and trade considerations.”“He is widely expected to delay his decision to impose tariffs on European car and auto part imports and will also shed further light on the status of the trade negotiations with China,” Varga added, referring to Trump’s speech.The U.S. president said on Saturday talks with China were moving along “very nicely” but the United States would only make a deal if it was the right one. He also there had been incorrect reporting about U.S. willingness to lift tariffs.Adding further support, U.S. data showed that crude inventories at Cushing, the delivery point for WTI, fell about 1.2 million barrels in the week to Nov. 8, traders said, citing market intelligence firm Genscape.Cushing inventories had grown for five weeks in a row through Nov. 1, according to government data.Brent has risen 16% in 2019, supported by a supply-limiting pact by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, including Russia. The producers meet on Dec. 5-6 to decide whether to extend the deal.Oman, one of the outside producers working with OPEC, said on Monday that the alliance will probably extend the agreement but are unlikely to increase the size of the supply cut.In a further supportive supply-side development, Goldman Sachs also cut its 2020 forecast for growth in U.S. oil production, which has surged in recent years and helped keep a lid on prices.The bank cut its growth forecast for next year by 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) to 600,000 bpd over 2019. Azerbaijan to support China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative Business Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:59:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ofeliya AfandiyevaAzerbaijan is one of the first countries to support China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, and will direct its financial resources to its implementation.This was stated by the Deputy Prime Minister, Co-Chairman of the Azerbaijan-China Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation Shahin Mustafayev at the "Global Trade and International Logistics" Forum, held as part of the 2nd China International Import Expo in Shanghai, according to the report posted in the official website of the Azerbaijani Embassy in Beijing.Addressing the forum Mustafayev said: “The Trans-Caspian International Transport Corridor, including the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, is an attractive way for shorter and more reliable shipping between China and Europe.  This corridor, which has great geographical and economic advantages, is of great importance in terms of the implementation of "One Belt, One Road."  It has already begun to transport cargoes from China to Europe via this road,” the report reads.As part of his visit to China, Deputy Prime Minister also met Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Secretary General Vladimir Norov on November 11 for discussion of bilateral cooperation.During the meeting, Norov drew attention to the need to intensify cooperation in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking, the development of trade, economic and cultural relations, transport communications, digitalization and electronic commerce, as well as the promotion of tourism.It was also underlined that Azerbaijan can already start the work on joining the Agreement on Facilitation of International Road Transport, signed among the governments of the SCO member states in 2014, which aims to set up favorable conditions through the simplification and harmonization of documentation, procedures and requirements of the Parties concerning international road transportation.Furthermore, Norov proposed to hold interactive educational game – Model SCO project at Azerbaijani universities among students.In his turn, Mustafayev stressed that Azerbaijan is interested in further development of cooperation with the organization. Deputy Prime Minister highly praised close cooperation with the SCO in the political sphere, as well as in the implementation of various cultural projects.Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is a regional international union, established in 2001 in Shanghai, during a joint meeting of the presidents of six countries (Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan). On 14 March 2016, a “Memorandum on giving to the Republic of Azerbaijan the status of dialogue partner in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization” was signed in Beijing.It is worth to mention that Azerbaijan was represented by two national pavilions at the 2nd China International Import Expo on November 5-10.  The 136-square-foot Azerbaijan pavilion presented materials and publications on the economic development of the country, the favorable business and investment climate, the transportation and transit opportunities, the tourism potential. It should be noted that the 2nd China International Import Expo is considered to be the world’s first import-themed national-level exhibition, and a great innovation in the history of international trade. Over 30 foreigners prevented from joining armed conflicts through Azerbaijan's territory Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:41:00 +0400 By TrendAn attempt by more than 30 foreign citizens to join armed conflicts through Azerbaijan’s territory has been prevented, the head of Azerbaijan’s State Security Service, Lieutenant-General Ali Nagiyev said, Trend reports Nov. 12 referring to the public relations department of the Service.Nagiyev was speaking at the 47th meeting of the Council of Heads of Security Agencies and Special Services of the CIS member states in Tashkent city.The meeting discussed ways to intensify and improve the fight against international terrorism and various types of transnational organized crime, attempts to create interethnic and interreligious conflicts, topical issues on the mutual exchange of operational information and prospects for further cooperation on security issues.Issues on taking additional measures against terrorist penetration into the CIS countries, measures against attempts to attract new participants to terrorist groups were also in the spotlight, and the meeting participants also considered the impact of the situation in Afghanistan on regional security in Central Asia.Speaking at the meeting, Nagiyev noted that, despite destruction of the main support bases of terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq, attempts by religious extremist and terrorist groups to step up their activities still seriously threaten international security.Bringing to the attention of the meeting participants that the terrorist network makes extensive use of modern information technologies, Nagiyev said that this creates conditions for the spread of extremist and radical religious ideology, the formation of new hotbeds of terror.At a meeting held as part of the event between Ali Nagiyev and Chairman of the Uzbek State Security Service Abdusalom Azizov, an exchange of views took place on the security issues of both countries, including improving the effectiveness of the joint fight against terrorism and various types of transnational organized crime.At the meeting, a cooperation agreement was signed between Azerbaijan’s State Security Service and Uzbekistan’s State Security Service.Nagiyev also held meetings with delegations of intelligence agencies of other countries, where the current situation and prospects for cooperation in the security sphere were discussed.The heads of delegations of the 47th meeting were received by Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Baku to host 2nd Summit of World Religious Leaders Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:22:00 +0400 By TrendThe 2nd Baku Summit of World Religious Leaders will be held Nov. 14-15 this year, Trend reports referring to the Caucasus Muslims Office Nov. 12.The summit will bring together political, public, scientific and religious figures of various countries and representatives of international organizations. Armenia must unconditionally withdraw from occupied Azerbaijani lands – president's advisor Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 16:14:00 +0400 By TrendArmenia must unconditionally withdraw from the occupied Azerbaijani territories, said Turkish Presidential Advisor Yalcin Topcu, Trend reports referring to Turkish media.Topcu noted that the world community should support Azerbaijan, since it is namely the Azerbaijani territories that are under occupation.“Turkey, as before, will support Azerbaijan in all areas, including the settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,” the Turkish presidential advisor added.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. Peru temporarily closes its embassy in Baku Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:52:00 +0400 By TrendThe Republic of Peru temporarily closes its embassy in Azerbaijan, Trend reports referring to a message posted on the embassy's Facebook page."The Embassy of the Republic of Peru for the Republic of Azerbaijan regrets to inform that the Government of Peru has decided to [temporarily] close down its resident Embassy in Baku. To this regard, the administrative procedures have been initiated and as a first step, the Consular Section of the Embassy of Peru in Baku will offer services only until December 15th. After that date, all interested parties should refer to our resident Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. The final closure date of the Embassy of Peru will take place on March 1st, 2020," the message reads.Leyla Abdullayeva, head of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry's press service, told Trend that each sovereign state has the right to decide on opening and closing its diplomatic mission abroad."Peru has decided to temporarily close its diplomatic mission in Azerbaijan. This decision of Peru is associated with financial problems that the country is currently facing. Peru notes that this decision is connected with internal and financial issues and at the same time, it is noted that relations between Azerbaijan and Peru in the economic and political sphere will continue as usual," Abdullayeva said.The Peruvian Embassy began operating in Azerbaijan in June 2017.In May 2018, the Peruvian government appointed Maria Castañon Seoane as the country's ambassador to Azerbaijan.Diplomatic relations between Azerbaijan and Peru were established on June 25, 1996. Azerbaijan wins 7th license for 2020 Summer Paralympics Sports Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:38:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rasana GasimovaAzerbaijani para-athletes have secured seven licenses to participate in 2020 Summer Paralympics to be held in Tokyo from August 25 to September 6, 2020.Azerbaijani para-athlete Olokhan Musayev secured his place in Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games as he took the 4th place in the World Para Athletics Championships held in Dubai, UAE. He registered 41.58m in the men`s disc throw on the fifth day of the competition. This is the 7th license for 2020 Summer Paralympic that Azerbaijani para-athletes have secured.Note that the first license was gained by Azerbaijani powerlifter Elshan Huseynov during the Para Powerlifting World Championship held in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan on July 12-20.Azerbaijani paralympic swimmer Roman Salih secured the country’s second license, claiming the second place in the World Championships in London, England, swimming backstroke 100 meters in 1 minute 1 second (1:01:00).Demonstrating prominent results within a shooting range of 25 meters, Azerbaijan's Paralympic shooter Yelena Taranova was among the top 20 athletes at Sydney 2019 World Shooting Para Sport Championships, gaining the license to participate in the Summer Paralympics in Tokyo 2020.Later on, another paralympic shooter Kamran Zeynalov brought the 4th license to the country, taking his place among top 15 athletes at the shooting competition at a 50 meters distance.Another success was achieved by Azerbaijani para-athlete, Kamil Aliyev on the first day of the World Para Athletics Championship in Dubai. His result was (T12) 700 m in long jump. Kamil Aliyev ranked third in Mundial.Samir Nabiyev has secured a spot in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games after ranking 4th in the men's shot put F57 event in the same event. He is the sixth Azerbaijani para-athlete to qualify for the Tokyo Games.The Azerbaijan Paralympics Committee includes hundreds of athletes, many of whom have achieved many successes since 1996. In the same year for the first time, the country was represented in Atlanta Summer Paralympics Games with two athletes, representing two sports.Ten Azerbaijani Paralympians athletes accomplished remarkable success at the Paralympic Games in France in July 2013, while Azerbaijani athlete broke world records at the 3rd IPC European Shooting Championship in October.During summer 2012 Paralympic Games in London they gained 12 medals and became 27th out of a total of 166 countries. Azerbaijan won 10 medals, ranking 37th at the Paralympic Games in Beijing in 2008.The 2020 Summer Paralympics are an upcoming major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities governed by the International Paralympic Committee. Scheduled as the 16th Summer Paralympic Games, it is planned to be held in Tokyo, Japan from 25 August to 6 September 2020. This will mark the second time Tokyo has hosted the Paralympics, as they were first hosted there in 1964 alongside the 1964 Summer Olympics. Gazakh – a place where mountains meet plains Society Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:26:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rasana GasimovaBeing full of fascinating destinations, Azerbaijan is home to some of the most charming places in the world.One of this magnificent places, Gazakh region is located 470 kilometers from Baku, at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level.The region comprises some of the rare natural and geological monuments of the country.Numerous rivers, and forests stretching along them make Gazakh one of the most picturesque places to visit.Gazakh is famous for 250 meters high Mount Goyazan that was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption. On the foothills of Goyazan, which is considered to be the symbol of Gazakh, you can see the ruins of an ancient fortress with seven towers. It is believed that in ancient times a fire was built on top of the mountain in case of threat of an enemy invasion.Scientists believe that Gazakh was founded by the Arab commander Marwan Ibn Muhammad in the VIII century A.D. It was called “Kasal”. In the Arab sources of that period, it was noted that the district of Ghasak or Ghazak is a large residential center.Gazakh is rich in ancient architectural monuments. The temple, belonging to the V-VIII centuries in the village of Yukhary Askipara, the temple of Shakyargala, Dairevigala, Girmyzy korpu and other sights and monuments testify to the ancient history of these places.Another place that is worth visiting is Damdjili Cave, located on Mount Avei near the village of Dash Salahli. The semicircular cave has the 4 meters high passage. As drops of water continuously fall from its cracks, the cave was nicknamed Damdjili, which literally means “with drops”. Archaeologists have found various items belonging to the Paleolithic and Neolithic ages, as well as household items of the Middle Ages here.The cave is one of the monuments of world significance. Due to the large number of monuments on Mount Avei and its surroundings, this territory was declared a State Historical and Cultural Reserve.The historical monument of Girmizi Korpu (Red Bridge) is the crossing point between Georgia and Azerbaijan. The monument was built in the XII century under the Atabek ruler Muhammad Jahan Pahlavan. The total length of the bridge is 175 meters. The bridge is called red because it’s built from burnt red bricks.Gazakh is a place where a lot of poets and writers were born. The place has nurtured such prominent personalities as Molla Vali Vidadi, Molla Panah Vagif, Mehdi Huseyn, Samad Vurgun, Huseyn Arif and Ismail Shykhly. Ghazakh is also the birthplace of the ashugs.Gazakh is also famous as one of the centers of carpet weaving and developed horse breeding. Demand at deposit auction of Azerbaijan's Central Bank exceeds supply Business Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:15:00 +0400 By TrendThe Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) raised 150 million manat ($88.2 million) from banks at a deposit auction on Nov. 12, Trend reports referring to CBA.Supply exceeded demand over 4.4 times and reached 663.7 million manat ($390.4 million).The interest rate on deposit transactions concluded within the auction was 6.01 percent. Term of placement of funds is 13 days.The CBA started to hold deposit auctions in mid-June 2016. Deposit auction is an auction during which the deposits of commercial banks are placed in CBA. The main aim of such auction is sterilization of money supply.(1 USD = 1.7 AZN on Nov. 12) Venezuelan and Greece actors shine in Baku [PHOTO/VIDEO] Arts & Entertainment Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:58:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe 2nd Fantazia Festival continues to mesmerize art lovers in Baku. In his speech, EU representative in Azerbaijan Denis Danilidis stressed that the festival aims at raising awareness about the importance of preserving cultural heritage, including the promotion of Azerbaijani architecture. This year the festival coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Eastern Partnership.Venezuelan and Greece actors have successfully performed in Baku as part of the festival, Trend Life reported.At first, Ludwig Pineda and Costa Palamides and a pianist-composer Pantelis Palamidis delighted the audience with a tragicomedy "Love of Don Perlimplin with Belisa" based on a play by the Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca."Love of Don Perlimplin with Belisa in his Garden tells the story of an elderly bachelor, Don Perlimplín, who is persuaded by his servant Marcolfa that he should marry on the grounds that she is getting too old and won't always be there to look after him.Don Perlimplín expresses doubts but agrees to marry the far younger and very unsuitable Belisa. Belisa accepts the match because her avaricious mother convinces her that Don Perlimplín's money will make her more attractive.Ludwig Pineda played as Don Perlimplin, while Costa Palamides embodied three images at once -  Marcolfa, Belisa and Duende.Next, this stunning trio presented "Gods and Goodbyes, Latin America in my Voice", a poetic-musical recital composed of fragments of poems, songs and theatrical monologues of more than 20 poets and playwrights from Latin America including Netzalhualcóyotl and Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (Mexico), Pablo Neruda and Marco Antonio de la Parra (Chile), Eduardo Galeano and Florencio Sánchez (Uruguay), Aimé Cesaire (Martinique), Luis Palés Matos (Puerto Rico), Juan Gelmán (Argentina) and others.Both performances aroused great interest among the audience.The 2nd Fantazia Festival will continue with various photo exhibitions, film screenings, concerts and theater performances, master classes at the university until November 15.As part of the festival, numerous art projects, debates and film screenings are held in Ganja. Moreover, the festival's guests are invited to the event dedicated to the Day of Albanian-Udinian Culture in the village of Nij, Gabala region.The event is organized in partnership with EU Member States and countries - France, Bulgaria, Italy, Finland, Belgium, Holland, Hungary, Moldova, Mexico, Argentina, Tajikistan, Venezuela, as well as local partners, including the Azerbaijan Ministry of Culture, the Main Baku City Culture Department and Icherisheher State Historical and Architectural Reserve.The Second Fantazia Festival is sponsored by the Landmark Business Center. The festival's official partners include YARAT Contemporary Art Space, Salaam Cinema, Ganja Municipality, Albanian-Udinian Christian Community, Casa Batlo Barcelona, and AEDOS. The festival's scientific partners are Ca' Foscari University, Azerbaijan State University of Culture and Arts, Azerbaijan-France University (UFZ), and Ganja State University.Media partners of the event are,, and Azerbaijan reduces oil production under OPEC+ Business Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:46:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Rasana GasimovaAzerbaijan reduced its daily oil production by 20,000 barrels since January 2019, in line with the OPEC+ deal agreement  that stipulates maintaining daily oil output at 776,000 barrels, the country’s Ministry of Energy has said in its official website.Thus, over the first nine months of 2019, Azerbaijan  fulfilled its oil production obligations under OPEC+ agreement by 145 percent.Azerbaijan’s oil production amounted to 718,000 barrels in October 2019. Of these, 644,000 barrels were crude oil and 74,000 barrels - condensate. Daily export of crude oil constituted 569 thousand barrels, while export of condensate and oil products accounted for 76 thousand and 9,5 thousand barrels respectively.By comparison, the average daily oil production in Azerbaijan amounted to 792,600 barrels in 2018.According to the new OPEC+ deal concluded in December 2018, the countries of the cartel obliged to cut oil production by 800,000 barrels per day, and non-OPEC countries - by 400,000 per day.Following the meeting of the ministers of OPEC and non-OPEC in Vienna this July, the agreement on limiting oil production was extended until the end of the first quarter of 2020.The data on daily oil production in Azerbaijan in July were sent to the Joint Technical Commission of the OPEC Monitoring Committee.Azerbaijan supports the decision to reduce oil production and joined the agreement to support the process of world oil market regulation.  Baku: Return of Azerbaijani IDPs to Karabakh prerequisite for peace Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Abdul KerimkhanovSpokesperson for the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry Leyla Abdullayeva has said that the Azerbaijani community of the Nagorno-Karabakh region is an integral part of any proposed plan to resolve the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict."As we have always noted, I want to stress once again that only the return of Azerbaijanis expelled from this region to their homes in Nagorno-Karabakh can open up real possibilities for resolving the conflict,” Abdullayeva said.Abdullayeva was commenting on Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement made in Yerevan on November 11.She stressed that the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict must be resolved within the borders of Azerbaijan on the basis of high-level self-government status, “which provides for the coexistence of both communities in the region - Azerbaijani and Armenian, in peace and security.”"First of all, substantive negotiations should be held to resolve the conflict, and the Armenian occupying forces should leave Nagorno-Karabakh and seven surrounding regions of Azerbaijan," the Spokesperson said.Over one million Azerbaijanis were expelled from Nagorno-Karabakh seven other Azerbaijani regions that were occupied by Armenian forces during the war in early 1990s. The negotiation process mediated by the OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by Russia, U.S and France have yielded no results to this dates and Armenia continues to abide by the UN resolutions on the withdrawal of its troops from occupied Azerbaijani territories. CEC: Invitations sent to 15 countries to observe municipal elections in Azerbaijan Business Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:52:00 +0400 By TrendEnough international observers will attend the upcoming municipal elections in Azerbaijan, the Chairman of the country's Central Election Commission (CEC) Mazahir Panahov said, Trend reports.According to the CEC chairman, usually not as many international observers participate in municipal elections as in presidential and parliamentary elections."However, the CEC has sent invitations to the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, because this congress usually conducts observations in municipal elections," Panahov said.The CEC chairman added that invitations have also been sent to central election commissions of 15 countries."According to the provisions of the Electoral Code, it is also possible to invite NGOs as observers," Panahov added.The municipal elections in Azerbaijan will be held on Dec. 23, 2019. Ukrainian FM to visit Azerbaijan Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:34:00 +0400 By TrendThe Foreign Affairs Minister of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko is expected to visit Azerbaijan in December, 2019, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Ukraine Azer Khudiyev said, Trend reports."As part of the recent meeting of foreign ministers in Stockholm in connection with the 10th anniversary of the EU Eastern Partnership program, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov met with his Ukrainian counterpart Vadym Prystaiko. Mammadyarov invited the Ukrainian foreign minister to Azerbaijan," Khudiyev said. "The visit to Baku is scheduled for December. It will lay the groundwork for the visit of the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Azerbaijan." Turkmen artist displays his art work in Baku [PHOTO] Arts & Entertainment Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:11:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaTurkmen contemporary artist Mammad Yarmammadov has presented his art works in Art Tower Gallery.The exhibition "Love For Motherland" is co-organized by Arts Council Azerbaijan (NGO), Icherisheher State Historical-Architectural Reserve, Art Tower Gallery and Nusay Gallery (UAE), Trend Life reported.The event was attended by Public and art figures, representatives of diplomatic missions accredited in Azerbaijan and numerous art lovers.The artist’s works left no one indifferent. They immediately catch the eye with is uniqueness and simple beauty.Many of his paintings play with wonderful deep shadows. In addition, art lovers enjoyed  sculptures of the artist's father, Klichmurad Yarmammadov. Mammad Yarmammadov has successfully participated in many international art projects. He is a member of the Union of Artists of Turkmenistan.The artist’s non-standard worldview is reflected in his works, which look like textile decorative panels."Folk art is my source of creativity. I admire the noble color of our carpets, clothes, monumentality and at the same time the sophistication of folk ornamentation," the artist said.Yarmammadov has been a true connoisseur of national art since young age. He admired the beauty of traditional carpets and embroideries that surrounded his life. A kaleidoscope of flowers and ornaments fascinated the artist.For Turkmen artist, plexus of figures, various form and symbolism of signs serve as the main source of inspiration.The magic of beauty and creativity that surrounded Mammad since childhood caused the very same desire, familiar to all artists, to create beauty that would motivate him in the future."I started painting with an immediate outburst of feelings," he said.While studying painting, Mammad realized that this art genre would absorb him completely.However, the artist does not want to create cliches and contemplates over how to find harmony between modern painting and the aspirations of his soul.Traditional art has captivated Mammad Yarmammadov since his first student work. In the ornate labyrinths of ornaments, the artist seeks out hidden symbols that excite him. Passing them through himself, through his vision, he transfers them to the canvas, creating original compositions."The past is as important to me as the future. This is my credo," he said.Through his canvases, Mammad reminds us how easy it is to forget and lose the knowledge that connects us with our roots, traditional culture.The artist focuses on the motives of folk art, arts and crafts, and of course, he praises the unpretentious traditional life of the Turkmen, from whom the modern generation prefers to move away.Meanwhile, the artist believes that it is necessary to carefully treat the past as it forms the cultural heritage, without which the future is impossible.The exhibition presents two series of works by the artist, which most clearly reflect his artistic credo.The Nohur series is a fairy tale about a village where the discreet harmony of life and nature made an indelible impression.For the artist, the authentic way of life of these places, life and homes of the inhabitants of the village, as well as the beauty of natural landscapes, is the standard of heritage of the traditional past, which needs to be carefully preserved.The artistic embodiment of these series is not just a search for beautiful combinations of spots and colors, here the artist reflects with great love the everyday plots of the villagers, endowing his heroes with the mystic of being outside of time and outside the physical laws of existence.The Ornaments series is a dance of forms, colors and rhythm."The beauty and originality of the patterns of carpets, jewelry and embroidery led me to create ornamental and decorative compositions," the artist said.The canvases from these series have a rich palette and extra-decorative approach. The works were solved flatly, bypassing the usual laws of perspective.The elements filling the composition are executed extremely conditionally and metaphorically, like parts of an ornament on a carpet.The main images of the compositional solution - people, objects, plants - are woven into a stylistic and rhythmic pattern, which turns the canvas into a kind of imitation of the textile decoration of the house.Mammad Yarmammadov seeks to represent the culture of Turkmenistan at international venues.The artist characterizes his work, which is based on the history of his beloved land and the traditions of national art, as a contribution to the preservation of the cultural heritage of his country.The exhibition "Love For Motherland" will last until November 14.Media partners of the event are Azernews,,, Unique dance show surprises Baku metro passengers [PHOTO/VIDEO] Arts & Entertainment Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:53:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe third International Tango Festival is underway in Baku, bringing together incredible dancers.Co-organized by the Embassy of Argentina in Azerbaijan with the assistance of United Cultures, The Landmark, Baku Metro and Nizami Cinema Center, the event aims to promote the Argentinean culture and music in Azerbaijan.The project organizers surprised all passengers of Icherisheher metro station with unique dance numbers.Talented dancers from IN Tango Baku, Tango On, El Club de Tango, Badi Kuba, R & N-project Dance School studios and  brilliantly performed Argentine tango in honor of the 52nd anniversary of the Baku Metro, Trend Life reported. Moreover, the passengers of the Baku Metro also took part in this  wonderful show.For over 150 years, this passionate, exciting, rhythmic dance has been winning the hearts of millions of people around the world.Argentine tango, now familiar around the world, is included into UNESCO's list of cultural treasures. As in any dance, technique is an important element of tango, since it expands the possibilities of self-expression.Unlike many other dances, the most important element of the Argentine tango is improvisation. Partners create their own world and dance together solely for their pleasure.The festival will be attended by famous dancers, including the World and European champions 2019 Augustine Piaggio and Maxim Gerasimo (Argentina / Russia),  Cecilia Acosta and Levan Gomelauri (Georgia).Moreover, Victor Hugo Vilena and Lautaro Tisseru will also take part in the festival.Victor Hugo Vilena is a bandoneon  virtuoso, considered one of the best bandoneonists of his generation, while Lautaro Tisser is one of the most outstanding virtuoso guitarists in modern Argentine tango.Between performances, the guests of the festival can enjoy free tango dances  The third International Tango Festival will last until December 1.Media partners of the event are,,, Seimas speaker: Azerbaijan, Lithuania intend to elevate relations to higher level Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:24:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan and Lithuania intend to elevate relations to a higher level, the Speaker of the Seimas (Parliament) of Lithuania Viktoras Pranckietis, who recently paid a visit to Azerbaijan, said in an exclusive interview with Trend.Pranckietis noted that the purpose of his visit was to intensify bilateral relations and bring them to a higher level not only in the political, but also in the economic sphere.In recent years, contacts between Azerbaijan and Lithuania have not been active and the current level of trade cannot be considered satisfactory, the Seimas speaker said, adding that the two countries have great potential for further development of relations."The last visit of a Lithuanian Parliament speaker to Azerbaijan took place eight years ago. A lot of time has passed since then. We have now renewed relations between our parliaments and contacts within the framework of an inter-parliamentary group between Lithuania and Azerbaijan. We have a very large inter-parliamentary group with Azerbaijan. The group includes 64 members of the Lithuanian parliament, which makes up almost half of the entire parliament. From the Azerbaijani side, 14 people are participating in the inter-parliamentary group. The Lithuanian parliamentarians who were on a visit to Baku are also from this group," Pranckietis said.The speaker of the Lithuanian Seimas noted that this visit was quite fruitful."During the meeting with Azerbaijani officials, including the speaker of the Azerbaijani Parliament, the prime minister, the foreign minister and the minister of economy, we discussed specific steps and put forward specific proposals for the development of relations," Pranckietis noted.Pranckietis stressed that Lithuania, as an EU mermber, is interested in the signing a new partnership agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan."Of course, we are interested in the agreement between Azerbaijan and the EU, as well as visa issues between the two sides. Azerbaijan is also one of the participants in the Eastern Partnership program, which turned 10 this year," the Lithuanian parliamentary speaker said.Pranckietis also expressed support for the negotiated settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict."Lithuania supports the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict through peaceful negotiations. It is necessary to sit at the negotiating table to resolve this conflict. This issue is on the agenda. The issue of resolving this conflict needs to be raised throughout the EU, so that everyone understands that this problem must be resolved," the speaker added. Currency rates for Nov. 12 Business Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:17:00 +0400 By TrendOfficial exchange rate of the US dollar and euro against Azerbaijani manat is set at 1.7 and 1.8757 manat respectively for Nov. 12.Below are the rates of Azerbaijani manat against world currencies, according to the data from Central Bank of Azerbaijan.CurrenciesNov. 12, 20191 US dollar1 USD1.71 euro1 EUR1.87571 Australian dollar1 AUD1.16391 Argentine peso1 ARS0.0284100 Belarus rubles1 BYN0.83091 Brazil real1 BRL0.40981 UAE dirham1 AED0.46291 South African rand1 ZAR0.1141100 South Korean won100 KRW0.14601 Czech koruna1 CZK0.07351 Chilean peso100 CLP0.22361 Chinese yuan1 CNY0.24271 Danish krone1 DKK0.25101 Georgian lari1 GEL0.57441 Hong Kong dollar1 HKD0.21721 Indian rupee1 INR0.02381 British pound1 GBP2.1864100 Indonesian rupiah100 IDR0.0121100 Iranian rials100 IRR0.00401 Swedish krona1 SEK0.17531 Swiss franc1 CHF1.70981 Israeli shekel1 ILS0.48531 Canadian dollar1 CAD1.28391 Kuwaiti dinar1 KWD5.59491 Kazakh tenge1 KZT0.00441 Kyrgyz som1 KGS0.0237100 Lebanese pounds100 LBP0.11251 Malaysian ringgit1 MYR0.41021 Mexican peso1 MXP0.08891 Moldovan leu1 MDL0.09751 Egyptian pound1 EGP0.10531 Norwegian krone1 NOK0.1861100 Uzbek soums100 UZS0.01791 Polish zloty1 PLN0.43871 Russian ruble1 RUB0.02661 Singapore dollar1 SGD1.24941 Saudi riyal1 SAR0.45331 SDR (Special Drawing Rights of IMF)1 SDR2.33511 Turkish lira1 TRY0.29451 Taiwan dollar1 TWD0.05591 Tajik somoni1 TJS0.17531 New Turkmen manat1 TMM0.48571 Ukrainian hryvna1 UAH0.0693100 Japanese yen100 JPY1.55771 New Zealand dollar1 NZD1.0767 Azerbaijan's First VP congratulates people of Azerbaijan on Constitution Day Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 12:03:00 +0400 First Vice-President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva has congratulated the people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of the Constitution Day."Dear fellow countrymen, I congratulate you on the occasion of the Constitution Day of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and extend my best wishes to each and everyone of you. My wish is that Azerbaijan's successful development be consistent, and that peace, stability, tranquility and security reign in our country forever!" Mehriban Aliyeva said in a post on her official Instagram page. Gold, silver platinum prices down in Azerbaijan Business Tue, 12 Nov 2019 11:42:00 +0400 By TrendGold, silver and platinum prices decreased in Azerbaijan on Nov. 12, compared to the prices on Nov. 8, Trend reports referring to the data published by the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA).The price of gold decreased by 22.33 manat to 2,475 manat per ounce.The price of silver decreased by almost 0.21 manat and amounted to 28.7 manat per ounce.The price of platinum decreased by 44 manat and amounted to 1,496 manat per ounce.The price of palladium decreased by 185.6 manat to over 2,870 manat per ounce.Precious metalsNov. 12, 2019Nov. 8, 2019GoldXAU2,475.54852,497.8780SilverXAG28.703328.9124PlatinumXPT1,496.17001,540.2000PalladiumXPD2,870.62853,056.2600The precious metals are gold, silver, platinum and metals of platinum group (palladium, iridium, ruthenium, rhodium, osmium) brought to the highest fineness (999.9).The precious metals are sold as ingots, coins or powder and have the appropriate quality certificates.Troy ounce is a unit of mass equal to 31.1034768 grams.(1 USD = 1.7 manat on Nov. 12) Minister: Latvia invites Azerbaijan specialists to develop business ideas in field of start-up Business Tue, 12 Nov 2019 11:34:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan specialists are invited to develop business ideas in Latvia in the field of start-up, Minister of Economics of the Republic of Latvia Ralfs Nemiro said in an interview with Trend.He noted that Latvia is interested in expanding economic and trade interaction with Azerbaijan."Latvian companies are already doing business in Azerbaijan in fields like transport and logistics, mechanical engineering, ICT, food production, architecture, design, construction, chemical, pharmaceutical industries, tourism, education, clean technologies etc. We would like to expand this cooperation exchange. We are interested to cooperate in the sectors such as bioeconomy, biomedicine, smart technology. We see a good potential for our entrepreneurs and scientists to create innovations projects in abovementioned areas. Azerbaijan specialists are also invited to develop business ideas in Latvia in the field of start-up," added the minister.Nemiro believes that in the field of tourism and health protection it is particularly important to strengthen the cooperation between the cities of the two countries in order to jointly organize health protection and rehabilitation activities, as well as promote recovering tourism possibilities between Latvia and Azerbaijan."Moreover, we are linked by direct air traffic between our capital cities that helps us to facilitate tourism industry in both ways. As well as we can cooperate in agriculture and food production sector, particularly the diary and fish products, food product safety, production technologies and diagnostics of animal diseases," he added.The minister went on to add that good cooperation has been established between Latvia and Azerbaijan in the field of construction safety monitoring."In 2017, the agreement between the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Ministry of Economics of the Republic of Latvia on cooperation in the field of state supervision over construction safety was signed. Construction experts from Azerbaijan have visited Ministry of Economics of Latvia to discuss related issues," he said.The minister announced that the next 8th session of the Latvian-Azerbaijani Intergovernmental Commission is planned to be held in Latvia, most likely going to be held in the next year. Azerbaijan marks Constitution Day Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 11:05:00 +0400 By TrendToday, Azerbaijan celebrates the Constitution Day.The Constitution of the Azerbaijan Republic, adopted in 1995, is the first constitution of independent Azerbaijan.The Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, which existed for 23 months from 1918 to 1920, didn't have the basic law of the state.Thus, the history of the Constitution of Azerbaijan mainly dates from the period when Azerbaijan still was a part of the USSR.The first constitution of Azerbaijan was adopted on May 19, 1921 at the All-Azerbaijan Soviets Congress. New edition of the Constitution, which was in line with the 1921 USSR Constitution, was adopted at the 4th All-Azerbaijan Soviets Congress on March 14, 1925.The final edition of the Constitution of Azerbaijan SSR, adopted on April 21, 1978, was in line with the USSR Constitution, like the previous editions.After Azerbaijan gained its independence, there was a need for a new constitution. Thus, a special commission was established under the leadership of President Heydar Aliyev, and the draft of the constitution was presented to the referendum.The first constitution of the independent Azerbaijan was adopted on Nov. 12, 1995. Baku prevents Armenian provocation in Germany Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 10:36:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Abdul KerimkhanovAzerbaijan has prevented yet another provocation by the Armenian diaspora in Europe.Thus, the Azerbaijani Embassy in Germany has prevented the issuance of a euro souvenir banknote dedicated to the self-proclaimed regime created by Armenia in Azerbaijan’s occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region.The ministry has expressed a written protest to the executive director of the German EuroSchein-Souvenir GmbH company that had planned to issue the banknote, according to the information published in the company’s website and circulated in the media.The ministry urged EuroSchein-Souvenir GmbH to refrain from the steps promoting the illegal regime in the occupied region."The opposite side was thoroughly informed about the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, the self-proclaimed regime created by invader Armenia in the occupied Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven adjacent regions of Azerbaijan, as well as illegal activity in these territories," a source within the Foreign Ministry has said.The German side immediately responded to the appeal from Azerbaijan."The company in the reply letter apologized for its mistake and disturbance, and stated that the design of the corresponding souvenir banknote was prepared by another licensed company," the ministry representative said."We would like to stress that the above-mentioned information has already been removed from the website of the German company," the Foreign Ministry has stated.It should be noted that Berlin supports the efforts of the OSCE Minsk Group on the peaceful resolution of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.Azerbaijan and Armenia are locked in a conflict over Azerbaijan’s Nagorno-Karabakh region that along with seven adjacent districts came under control of Armenian forces during the war in early 1990s. The occupation displaced around one million Azerbaijanis that were expelled from their homes.OSCE Minsk Group co-chaired by representatives from Russia, U.S. and France has been brokering the peace negotiations since 1994 and so far the negotiation process has not yielded any results. Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 23 times Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 10:17:00 +0400 By TrendOver the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 23 times, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry said on November 12, Trend reports.The Armenian armed forces were using sniper rifles.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding regions.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding regions. President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva attended tree-planting campaign in ... Politics Tue, 12 Nov 2019 10:00:00 +0400 President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva have attended a tree-planting campaign as part of the “Unite for the sake of nature! Unite for the sake of life!” project in new Ganjlik Park built by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Khatai district, Baku.Executive Director of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Anar Alakbarov informed the President and the First Lady of the new park to be established by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in Khatai district:- Mr. President, this is the highest point of the park. The entire territory is visible from here. The park covers an area of 37.2 hectares.President Ilham Aliyev: This place commands a beautiful panorama.Anar Alakbarov: Right. On the instruction of Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva, we have preserved these places and are trying to commission this park as soon as possible. A new plan of this area is envisaged. There will be a large and yet simple park here.First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva: A natural park.President Ilham Aliyev: Yes, a natural park.Anar Alakbarov: All conditions will be available for people to have good rest here.President Ilham Aliyev: And sports grounds.Anar Alakbarov: Preference will mainly be given to sports grounds and sports facilities. There will be special lanes here to enable people to do outdoor sports, bike paths and places for ordinary picnics. All opportunities will be created here for people to spend their time and holidays here.President Ilham Aliyev: Good. There should also be catering facilities here, so that people could use them.Anar Alakbarov: That's right, Mr. President.President Ilham Aliyev: At the same time, of course, it is necessary to preserve this natural panorama. The planting of trees is now underway.Anar Alakbarov: About 30,000 trees will be planted today. We really need your support to establish this park and make it available to the people.President Ilham Aliyev: I believe that the park will be fully landscaped in a short time and excellent opportunities will be created here for the people.First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva: And what will the irrigation system be like?Anar Alakbarov: We are already addressing this issue. We are planting trees today, so on your instruction, we have also installed an irrigation system. But, of course, additional work needs to be done here. It is necessary to review the lighting systems and create a special irrigation system. We will arrange that.President Ilham Aliyev: I can see olive trees here. Were they planted long ago?Anar Alakbarov: Yes, there used to be many olive trees here. Crops were harvested.President Ilham Aliyev: It is necessary to plant mainly olive trees and pines now.Anar Alakbarov: We are giving preference to the Eldar pine. Previously, along with the olive trees, there were many Eldar pines here. Therefore, we will continue in the same manner.President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva then planted trees in the park.The head of state and First Lady also met with participants of the tree-planting campaign and talked to them.  Azerbaijani army to conduct operational exercises Politics Mon, 11 Nov 2019 16:29:00 +0400 By TrendThe operational exercises at the Azerbaijani army level will begin on November 12 in accordance with the plan approved by President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Ilham Aliyev, Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.”The main objective of the exercises to be held in three stages is to improve the training of headquarters and command and control bodies of the troops, as well as the interaction between Army Corps, the Air Force, Naval Forces, Rocket and Artillery Troops, and Special Forces during offensive operations by suppressing provocations of the imaginary enemy,” the ministry said.“The exercises will be held with the use of new types of weapons and military equipment of the Azerbaijani army in mountainous, mountain-wooded, complex radio-electronic and real climatic environment to improve the interoperability of troops and increase the managerial abilities of commanders, taking into consideration the combat capabilities of the imaginary enemy,” the ministry said.“During the operational exercises, the issues of stable, continuous, operational and covert command and control of troops, improvement of the activities of field headquarters command posts, quick sending of orders and tasks at tactical and operational levels through video conferencing and a fiber optic communication line will be worked out,” the ministry said. Lavrov: OSCE MG co-chairs seek to ensure compromise reflecting real balance of interests in ... Politics Mon, 11 Nov 2019 16:11:00 +0400 By TrendOSCE Minsk Group co-chairs seek to ensure a compromise reflecting a real balance of interests in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.Lavrov made the remark at a joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in Yerevan, Trend reports.“The principles of territorial integrity, self-determination and exclusively peaceful settlement of disputes have been enshrined in all versions of documents that are discussed between the parties,” the Russian foreign minister said. “In any case, the final decision must take into account all these principles.”“Neither Yerevan nor Baku argues with this,” Lavrov added. “But then it is the art of diplomacy. Any agreement, especially on such a complex issue, is a compromise. We, as co-chairs, are trying for the compromise to be fair and reflect a real and fair balance of interests."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. Lavrov: Russia ready to further render most active mediation assistance in Karabakh conflict ... Politics Mon, 11 Nov 2019 15:27:00 +0400 By TrendRussia will be ready to continue to render the most active mediation assistance both within the OSCE and in the Russia-Armenia-Azerbaijan format to resolve the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said.Lavrov made the remark at a joint press conference with Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan in Yerevan, Trend reports."While speaking about the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict settlement, the sides emphasized the importance of intensifying the efforts aimed at active and constructive advancing the negotiations between the parties and reaffirmed the need for further steps to ease the tension, taking into account the existing agreements, including those that we coordinated in April this year during the meeting among the foreign ministers of Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan and three co-chairmen [of the OSCE Minsk group],” the minister added.“We consider it important to continue the implementation of these measures, which were agreed by the ministers," Lavrov said.The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. As a result of the ensuing war, Armenian armed forces occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and seven surrounding regions.The 1994 ceasefire agreement was followed by peace negotiations. Armenia has not yet implemented four UN Security Council resolutions on withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding regions. Azerbaijani MP: Transport projects begin to play key role in development of renewed economic model Business Mon, 11 Nov 2019 15:15:00 +0400 By TrendTransport projects are beginning to play a key role in developing a renewed economic model, Azerbaijani MP Ilham Mammadov told Trend on Nov. 11."China’s growing role in the system of international relations is observed in the implementation of ambitious economic projects with the access to the new regions,” Mammadov said.“The One Belt, One Road initiative, aimed at restoring the historic Silk Road, ensuring the supply of the Chinese products to the Western markets in several directions, serves to strengthen China’s dominance in the global economy,” the MP added.“As the route of the project passes through Central Asia and the South Caucasus, of course, it is impossible not to take into account Azerbaijan’s obvious role within One Belt, One Road initiative,” Mammadov said.The MP added that the initiative of the One Belt, One Road strategy, put forward by China, the biggest exporter and second importer in the world, to strengthen its trade and economic ties, also opens up new cooperation opportunities for Azerbaijan."Azerbaijan was one of the first countries which correctly assessed the opportunities created by this Chinese initiative for cooperation and joint development, and supported the strategy,” Mammadov said. “During Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev’s visit to China in December 2015, a memorandum of understanding on the joint promotion of Silk Road Economic Belt, which is an integral part of the One Belt, One Road initiative, was signed.”“Azerbaijani officials have reiterated at various meetings and international events that besides the political support for this initiative, Azerbaijan is ready to make an effective contribution to its implementation through its economic potential, transport and transit capabilities,” the MP added.The China Railway Express freight train, heading from China to Europe via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, passing Istanbul, is moving to Europe through the Marmaray tunnel. Transport infrastructure, political stability in Azerbaijan contributed to its great importance ... Business Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:46:00 +0400 By TrendThe transport infrastructure and political stability in Azerbaijan contributed to the country's great importance within the One Belt One Road initiative, Azerbaijani MP Aydin Huseynov told Trend.“The supply of goods to Prague along the central corridor of the One Belt, One Road initiative is considered profitable, including saving time,” the MP said.“Azerbaijan is one of the first countries which supported China’s One Belt, One Road initiative,” Huseynov said.“The implementation of the projects of the East-West Transport Corridor and the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor is a new stage in the Azerbaijan-China economic relations,” the MP said."The opportunities for transit cargo transportation provided by Azerbaijan when sending goods from China to Europe are very effective and promising,” Huseynov said. “The One Belt, One Road Initiative not only opens up new transportation opportunities, but also encourages trade, tourism, international contacts and promotes stability, security and peace in the Eurasian space."The MP added that Azerbaijan’s leadership is carrying out the necessary work to increase the country's positions in cargo transportation in the region and around the world by effective use of the country’s geographical position, as well as the transport and transit infrastructure."Of course, the ties with China, which has the second biggest economy in the world, are of particular importance in this regard," Huseynov said.The MP added that friendship and cooperation between China and Azerbaijan are developing every day.The China Railway Express freight train, heading from China to Europe via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, passing Istanbul, is moving to Europe through the Marmaray tunnel. MP: Azerbaijan becoming key part of East-West Transport Corridor Business Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:35:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan is becoming a key part of the East-West Transport Corridor, Azerbaijani MP Javid Osmanov told Trend.“One Belt, One Road is a very profitable project,” the MP said. “This project is aimed at restoring the historic Silk Road.”“The project will ensure the supply of the Chinese goods to the Western markets in several directions,” Osmanov added.Noting Azerbaijan’s essential contribution to the project, Osmanov stressed that cooperation with China is of great importance for the region.“Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev pays special attention to the further development of the Azerbaijan-China relations,” the MP said.“Azerbaijan’s big investments in transport infrastructure and the implementation of a number of important transport projects have aroused the Chinese government’s great interest in Azerbaijan,” MP Tahir Rzayev told Trend."The agreements signed between China and Azerbaijan and an increase in trade turnover testify to the rapid development of relations between the countries,” the MP said. “These relations are based on the principles of mutual benefit and friendship. China not only invests much in the development of Azerbaijan’s non-oil sector but also opens its vast markets for Azerbaijan to export the non-oil products."Rzayev stressed that the development of the China-Azerbaijan relations also led to an increase in trade turnover between the countries. "As a result, China is one of the four biggest trading partners of Azerbaijan," the MP said.Rzayev added that the recent commissioning of the international port in the Alat settlement and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway has turned the country into a transport hub connecting Central Asia with the west (Turkey and the EU) and South Asia (Iran and India) with the north.The MP said that Azerbaijan has gained the image of a reliable partner thanks to the successful implementation of all its planned transport projects, as well as the One Road One Belt project."The big revenues that our country will receive within the aforementioned project will open the way for Azerbaijan’s even greater development and will help Azerbaijan become an important transit country in the world trade," Rzayev said.The China Railway Express freight train, heading from China to Europe via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, passing Istanbul, is moving to Europe through the Marmaray tunnel. Autumn Legends Art Contest to be held in Baku Society Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:28:00 +0400 Bu AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijan Youth Union invites all groups and ensembles of the country to take part in an unforgettable art festival.The Rashid Behbudov State Song Theater will host the Autumn Legends Art Contest on November 9-10.The event, organized by the Azerbaijan Youth Union (AYU) is timed to the State Flag Day, Trend Life reported.The main purpose of the competition is to discover talented youth, improve the skills of participants and group leaders as well as to create cultural ties between the country`s regions and other nations."The event will also bring together vocal - instrumental and choreographic ensembles from Georgia, Ukraine, Turkey, Iran and Russia. To ensure the objectivity, the ensemble or music school will not be announced. The professional jury will evaluate only the performance, "said the member of AYU Board Aziz Azizov.The competition will feature folklore, classical, pop, music, theater, vocals, art reading, and choreography. There are no age restrictions, starting from 4 years everyone can take part in the competition. The participants are divided into age categories – babies, kids, juniors and adults in such nominations as solo, duet, small group and ensemble.For more information, please partners of the event are,, Turkey launches large-scale naval exercises World news Mon, 11 Nov 2019 14:02:00 +0400 By TrendTurkey has launched large-scale naval exercises entitled "Dogu Akdeniz-2019 Davet Tatbikati" in eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, Trend reports on Nov. 11 referring to the Turkish media.Some 47 warships and 4,700 servicemen from 15 countries are taking part in the exercises. In particular, servicemen from Spain, Italy and Canada are also involved in the exercises. Intr'l Tango Festival to be held in Baku Arts & Entertainment Mon, 11 Nov 2019 13:43:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe third International Tango Festival will be held in Baku from November 29 to December 1.The festival aims to popularize the Argentinean culture and music, to familiarize the Azerbaijani audience with new and famous artists, dancers and rhythms.The event is co-organized by the Embassy of Argentina in Azerbaijan with the assistance of United Cultures, The Landmark, Baku Metro and Nizami Cinema Center, Trend Life reported.Talented dancers from IN Tango Baku, Tango On, El Club de Tango, Badi Kuba, R & N-project Dance School studios will perform and even teach Argentine tango to all passengers of Icherisheher metro station on November 8. Everyone can take part in this unusual show.Argentine tango, now familiar around the world, is included into UNESCO's list of cultural treasures.Argentine tango is a small performance that two people create: with their intrigue, their drama, and their only tango language. As in any dance, technique is an important element of tango, since it expands the possibilities of self-expression.Unlike many other dances, especially ballroom dancing, the most important element of the Argentine tango is improvisation and play. Partners create their own world and dance together solely for their pleasure.The festival will be attended by famous dancers, including the World and European champions 2019 Augustine Piaggio and Maxim Gerasimo (Argentina / Russia),  Cecilia Acosta and Levan Gomelauri (Georgia).Moreover, Victor Hugo Vilena and Lautaro Tisseru will also take part in the festival.Victor Hugo Vilena is a bandoneon  virtuoso, considered one of the best bandoneonists of his generation, while Lautaro Tisser is one of the most outstanding virtuoso guitarists in modern Argentine tango.Between performances, the guests of the festival can enjoy free tango dances  Media partners of the event are,,, Armenia brands its deserter as homosexual - right activist World news Mon, 11 Nov 2019 13:29:00 +0400 AzernewsBy Abdul KerimkhanovArmenia is experiencing problems in drafting soldiers to the army and in maintaining military personnel in the army.Many Armenian men are leaving the country due to poverty and lack of economic prospects. Frustrated Armenian young people abandon their military duties and flee abroad to make a living in countries like Russia. In order to somehow influence the decision of conscripts to leave the country, the Armenian government even set up a special group, which would ensure that the Armenian conscripts return to their homeland, join military service and avoid criminal prosecution. However, despite all legal concessions, potential Armenian soldiers refused to return.There is also a large number of soldiers deserting military units. The reason is simple – high mortality among soldiers, dire conditions and arbitrariness in the army.Generally, young Armenians flee military units due to hazing among soldiers and because of the bullying of officers.  However, rather than facing the problems and finding a solution to it, the Armenian authorities are using various excuses to justify growing desertion rate in the army. Recently, there has been tendency in Armenia to brand deserters as sexual minorities.Head of the “Journalists for Human Rights” NGO Zhanna Aleksanyan has spoken about a case involving a soldier who deserted the army and was branded as a member of sexual minority by Chief of Armenia’s Military Police Artur Baghdasaryan and Defense Ministry spokesperson Artsrun Hovhannisyan.She said the country's military elite spins falsehoods about this soldier who left the military unit in the city of Kapan, Armenia’s Syunik region, but was later found.Aleksanyan denied reports that the unnamed soldier was a representative of sexual minority group. She stressed that the reason for leaving the military unit was humiliation and violence that the soldier had endured.Instead of transferring the serviceman to another unit and punishing the offenders, Armenian military authorities slandered the soldier who had been abused.Thus, it is clear what awaits an Armenian soldier who left his military unit. He will be branded as homosexual. Given the homophobic tendencies prevalent in the region, one can assume what will await the allegedly homosexual deserter upon the return to a civilian life.It’s worth mentioning that the Armenian authorities have the tendency to brand unwanted person under any category that suits their own interests. For instance, the military leadership described as “crazy” an Armenian soldier who fell in Azerbaijani captivity. Georgian wines tasting held in Japan World news Mon, 11 Nov 2019 13:17:00 +0400 By TrendGeorgian wines tasting was held in the Japanese city of Kagoshima Bay, Trend reports with reference to National Wine Agency of Georgia.The event was organized by the Georgian marketing company Red Bridge, contractor of the national wine agency. It was attended by Japanese Master of Wine Kenichi Ohashi and leading Japanese wine taster Motohiro Okoshi.According to the agency, during the event, Japanese alcohol connoisseurs were given the opportunity to taste Georgian wines of various manufacturers. The presentation also included information on the history and varieties of Georgian wines and modern Georgian wine industry.The tasting of Georgian wine was attended by up to 65 sommeliers, alcohol distributors, representatives of restaurants and hotels from various cities of Japan.“The quality of Georgian wine has improved compared to previous years. This means that manufacturers strive to implement high standards in terms of both quality and product offerings,” said Kenichi Ohashi.Japan is one of the largest importers of Georgian wine. Equinor purchases own shares at Oslo Stock Exchange World news Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:53:00 +0400 By TrendNorway’s Equinor has on 8 November 2019 purchased 1,024 own shares at Oslo Stock Exchange at an average price of 178.7199 Norwegian kroner per share, Trend reports via GlobeNewswire.These share purchases form part of the first tranche of the company's share buy-back program 2019-2022 announced on 5 September 2019. After this transaction Equinor owns a total of 13,673,170 own shares under the share buy-back program.Equinor is an international energy company present in more than 30 countries worldwide, including several of the world’s most important oil and gas provinces.It is the leading operator on the Norwegian continental shelf and have substantial international activities. The company is engaged in exploration, development and production of oil and gas, as well as wind and solar power. Equinor sells crude oil and is a major supplier of natural gas, with activities in processing, refining, and trading.Its activities are managed through eight business areas, staffs and support divisions, and the company has operations in North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and Oceania, and Norway. Saipem, Daewoo E&C Co ink agreement for onshore projects World news Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:38:00 +0400 By TrendItaly’s Saipem and South Korea’s Daewoo E&C Co. Ltd have signed a strategic agreement for cooperation on targeted worldwide opportunities in the onshore oil and gas industry, with specific emphasis on the LNG sector, Trend reports citing Saipem.By combining both companies’ assets and expertise in engineering, procurement and construction of onshore facilities, the two companies will focus on specific prospects with the target of creating efficiency and value to their customers.The strategic alliance enhances and capitalizes on complementarity and synergies across the whole EPC value chain and establishes a key player capable of delivering superior solutions in global LNG construction.Saipem is a leading company in engineering, drilling and construction of major projects in the energy and infrastructure sectors. It is “One-Company” organized in five business divisions (Offshore E&C, Onshore E&C, Offshore Drilling, Onshore Drilling and XSIGHT, dedicated to conceptual design). Saipem is a global solution provider with distinctive skills and competences and high-tech assets, which it uses to identify solutions aimed at satisfying customer requirements. Listed on the Milan Stock Exchange, it is present in over 70 countries worldwide and has 32 thousand employees of 120 different nationalities.Daewoo E&C has been a leader in the construction industry in South Korea since its founding in 1973. Daewoo E&C is recognized as a world-renowned global construction company, and aims to be a Global Top 20 by 2025. Oil drops on concern over U.S.-China trade talks progress, oversupply World news Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:26:00 +0400 By TrendOil prices fell on Monday amid renewed doubts over the prospects of a trade deal between the United States and China, while concerns over excess supplies also weighed on the market, Trend with reference to Reuters reports.Brent crude was down 55 cents, or 0.9%, at $61.96 by 0350 GMT. The contract rose 1.3% last week.U.S. crude was 47 cents, or 0.8%, lower at $56.77 a barrel, having risen 1.9% last week.Trump said on Saturday that trade talks with China were moving along “very nicely,” but the United States would only make a deal with Beijing if it was the right one for America.The 16-month trade war between the world’s two biggest economies has slowed economic growth around the world and prompted analysts to lower forecasts for oil demand, raising concerns that a supply glut could develop in 2020.Trump also said there had been incorrect reporting about U.S. willingness to lift tariffs as part of a “phase one” agreement, news of which had boosted markets.Underlining the impact of the trade war, data over the weekend showed that China’s producer prices fell the most in more than three years in October, as the manufacturing sector weakened, hit by the dispute and declining demand.“Oil prices are dampened by re-escalating trade uncertainties and a strengthening U.S. dollar,” said Margarat Yang, market analyst at CMC Markets in Singapore.“Supply is expected to remain ample in the near term as OPEC showed it is reluctant for further cuts, while production in North America remains robust,” she added.The oil market outlook for next year may have upside potential, OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo said last week, suggesting there is no need to cut output further.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies led by Russia meet in December. The so-called OPEC+ alliance, seeking to boost oil prices, has since January cut output by 1.2 million barrels per day until March 2020.Money managers boosted their net long U.S. crude futures and options positions in the week to Nov. 5 by 22,512 contracts to 138,389, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said.In the United States, energy companies last week reduced the number of oil rigs operating for a third week in a row. Drillers cut seven rigs RIG-OL-USA-BHI in the week to Nov. 8, bringing the total count down to 684, the lowest since April 2017, Baker Hughes said. Georgia to head Council of Europe Committee of Ministers World news Mon, 11 Nov 2019 12:05:00 +0400 By TrendGeorgia will take over the chairmanship of Council of Europe’s (CoE) Committee of Ministers for a six-month term starting November 27, Trend reports citing Georgian media outlets.According to the CoE regulations, the chair acts ensures that the rules and guidelines are respected. It further guides the discussions, puts proposals to the vote and announces decisions.The Council of Europe is the leading human rights organization of the continent, which includes 47 member states, and 28 of them are members of the European Union. All Council of Europe member states have signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights.Georgia became a member of the Council of Europe on April 27, 1999. The chairmanship will be passed from France to Georgia in Strasbourg.The Secretary General of the CoE Marija Pej?inovi? Buri? has arrived in Georgia in connection with Georgia’s upcoming chairmanship on Nov. 11.During the visit, Buri? will hold meetings with Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili, Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia, Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani and Parliament Speaker Archil Talakvadze. Turkmen delegation attend ECO meeting World news Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:49:00 +0400 By TrendThe Turkmen delegation took part in the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member-states in Turkey’s Antalya city, Trend reports on Nov. 11 referring to the Turkmen Foreign Ministry.Turkmenistan was represented at the event by Deputy Foreign Minister Vepa Khadzhiev.During the meeting, the participants discussed the work on the implementation of the ECO prospects until 2025 and made suggestions for further strengthening of foreign economic relations in the ECO member-states and beyond.The participants stressed the organization’s contribution to maintaining stability and security throughout the region. They also discussed the issues of intensifying joint projects in the fields of energy, transport, communications, science and industry.ECO is an interstate economic organization formed in 1985 by the leaders of Turkey, Iran, and Pakistan.The activity of the ECO has strengthened since 1992 in connection with the accession of Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.Presently, Ashgabat thinks that the prospects for optimizing the transport network along the North-South and West-East transport corridors by using vessels, trains and ships are reasonable. These projects are able to connect vast areas from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea and Black Sea, from the northern European continent to the Indian Ocean.The Kazakhstan – Turkmenistan – Iran and Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Tajikistan railways, airports in Ashgabat and in the provinces, bridges across the Amu Darya, Turkmenbashi international sea port and other facilities that have already been commissioned and are being built in the country are designed to become the key components of transnational transport corridors. Iranian currency rates for November 11 World news Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:24:00 +0400 By TrendThe rates of 10 foreign currencies have increased in Iran, while the rates of 21 currencies have decreased, according to Iran’s official state exchange rate, Trend reports referring to the website of Iran’s Central Bank (CBI).According to CBI, $1 equals 42,000 Iranian rials and 1 euro equals 46,300 rials.Foreign currenciesIranian rial1 US dollarUSD42,0001 British poundGBP53,7281 Swiss francCHF42,1371 Swedish kronaSEK4,3261 Norwegian kroneNOK4,5931 Danish kroneDKK6,1961 Indian rupeeINR5891 UAE dirhamAED11,4371 Kuwaiti dinarKWD138,214100 Pakistani rupeesPKR26,924100 Japanese yensJPY38,5251 Hong Kong dollarHKD5,3651 Omani rialOMR109,2351 Canadian dollarCAD31,7431 New Zealand dollarNZD26,6501 South African randZAR2,8211 Turkish liraTRY7,2831 Russian rubleRUB6581 Qatari riyalQAR11,539100 Iraq dinarsIQD3,5171 Syrian poundSYP821 Australian dollarAUD28,7831 Saudi riyalSAR11,2011 Bahraini dinarBHD111,7041 Singapore dollarSGD30,859100 Bangladeshi takasBDT49,50510 Sri Lankan rupeesLKR2,3241 Myanmar kyatMMK28100 Nepalese rupeesNPR36,6131 Libyan dinarLYD29,8681 Chinese yuanCNY6,0001 Malaysian ringgitTHB138,422100 Thai bahtsMYR10,1431,000 South Korean wonsKRW36,1571 Jordanian dinarJOD59,2391 euroEUR46,300100 Kazakh tengesKZT10,7981 Georgian lariGEL14,1901,000 Indonesian rupiahsIDR2,9911 Afghan afghaniAFN5371 Belarus rubleBYN20,5741 Azerbaijani manatAZN24,707100 Philippine pesosPHP82,8771 Tajik somoniTJS4,3331 Venezuelan bolivarVEF4,2061 Turkmen manatTMT12,001In Iran, the official exchange rate is used for import of some essential products.SANA system is a system introduced by the Central Bank of Iran to the currency exchange offices, where the price of 1 euro is 125,537 rials, and the price of $1 is 112,665 rials.NIMA is a system intended for the sale of a certain percentage of the foreign currency gained from export. The price of 1 euro in this system is 121,278 rials, and the price of $1 is 106,911 rials.In the black market, $1 is worth about 111,000-114,000 rials, while 1 euro is worth about 124,000-127,000 rials. China's auto industry discusses ways to boost rural car sales World news Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:18:00 +0400 By TrendChina’s auto industry executives met with government officials over the weekend to discuss ways to promote higher car sales in rural areas, sources familiar with the matter said, Trend with reference to Reuters reports.The country’s car manufacturers are grappling with the pressures of falling sales in the world’s largest car market and are seeking new policies.A senior official at the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), Zeng Guang, confirmed to Reuters that the meeting had been organized in Beijing by the association’s magazine Auto Review.He declined to provide details of the discussions but said participants had agreed that the current sales decline was normal give how China’s car market was still developing.Sources told Reuters the meeting was titled “cars for the rural areas”, emphasizing the need to target sales outside of the country’s cities where sales have been especially weak.China’s state planner had issued a series of measures in June to revive a slump in car sales but these had fallen short of automakers’ expectations and done little to spur sales.Sources with knowledge of the meeting said government officials told participants they were considering policies to expand the second hand car market in rural areas and to improve vehicle retirement policies. They also urged firms to develop electric vehicle models that are suitable for the rural market.However, government officials warned that short-term stimulus policies would hurt the industry’s long-term development and was not a route Beijing was keen to pursue. They did not make any commitments during the meeting, the sources said.A senior official at CAAM told Reuters last month auto sales in China may drop around 8% to 26 million this year but were ultimately still on track to hit 30 million by 2023 with further headroom.Government officials from the National Development & Reform Commission (NDRC), Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) and Ministry of Commerce attended the meeting, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.The NDRC, MIIT and the commerce ministry did not immediately respond to faxed requests for comment.Executives from domestic car manufacturers and foreign firms’ joint ventures were also in attendance, they said.According to a document seen by Reuters, Volkswagen’s local venture with FAW Group, General Motors’ Guangxi-based venture with SAIC, Nissan’s venture with Dongfeng and Chinese brands such as BYD were on the invitation list.Volkswagen, General Motors, Nissan and BYD did not immediately respond to requests for comment. FM: Slovakia might be interested in transiting gas coming via Southern Gas Corridor Business Mon, 11 Nov 2019 11:00:00 +0400 By TrendSlovakia might be interested in transiting gas coming via Southern Gas Corridor in the future, Slovakia’s Minister for Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajcak said in an interview with Trend."Slovakia as a traditional gas transit country might be, in the future, even interested in transiting certain gas volumes coming via the Southern Gas Corridor also to our pipeline system," noted Lajcak.He pointed out that Slovakia as a country interested in promoting Europe´s energy security as well as stable gas prices, supports efforts to diversify gas supplies including routes of delivery."From this point of view, the Southern Gas Corridor, a project to transport Azerbaijan gas through Turkey to Europe by 2020, has an undoubtful potential to contribute to these goals," noted the minister.The Southern Gas Corridor is one of the priority projects for the EU and envisages the transportation of 10 billion cubic meters of Azerbaijani gas from the Caspian region through Georgia and Turkey to Europe.The launching ceremony of the first stage of the Southern Gas Corridor was held in Baku on May 29, 2018, while opening ceremony of TANAP was held on June 12, 2018 in the Turkish city of Eskisehir.The gas from the Azerbaijani Shah Deniz field has already gone through the first segment of the Southern Gas Corridor - from the Sangachal terminal to the expanded South Caucasus Pipeline.Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) were connected on the Turkish-Greek border. Chinese president arrives in Greece for state visit World news Mon, 11 Nov 2019 10:36:00 +0400 By TrendChinese President Xi Jinping arrived in Greece Sunday for a three-day state visit to consolidate traditional friendship and strengthen cooperation between the two countries, Trend reports citing Xinhua.It is the first visit by a Chinese head of state to the European nation in 11 years.Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, were greeted by senior Greek officials at the airport.Upon arrival, Xi said Greece boasts long history and glorious culture and has made outstanding contributions to the progress of human civilizations.China and Greece shine for each other in their cultures, and they also enjoy a long history of friendly exchanges, Xi said.As countries with ancient civilizations, both China and Greece support exchanges and dialogue between different civilizations and promote their harmonious co-existence, he said.Xi pointed out that China and Greece have maintained a high level of development in their relations over recent years, as witnessed by frequent high-level exchanges, constant deepening of political mutual trust, and fruitful cooperation results under the Belt and Road Initiative that is marked by the Piraeus Port project.