Today.Az http://www.today.az Covering Azerbaijan inside and outside http://www.today.az/images/logo_small.gif Today.Az http://www.today.az Azerbaijan reports 523 new COVID-19 cases http://www.today.az/news/society/195151.html Society Sun, 05 Jul 2020 19:08:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 523 new COVID-19 cases, 451 patients have recovered and 9 patients have died, Trend reports on July 5 citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.To date, 20,324 cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in the country, 11,742 patients have recovered, 250 people have died. Currently, 8,332 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 6,722 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 516,533 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far. Three new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Georgia http://www.today.az/news/regions/195150.html World news Sun, 05 Jul 2020 15:56:00 +0400 By TrendThree new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were confirmed in Georgia, bringing the total number of infected people to 951, Trend reports citing 1tv.ge.The information has been recently updated on a special website stopcov.ge created by the Georgian government.Three patients recovered. The number of recoveries stands at 828.In total 15 patients died of COVID-19 in the country. Three people are brought from abroad for medical treatment.Currently, 3569 people remain under quarantine, and 199– under medical observation. Iran reveals its COVID-19 data for July 5 http://www.today.az/news/regions/195149.html World news Sun, 05 Jul 2020 15:29:00 +0400 By TrendAs many as 2,560 people have been infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past 24 hours in Iran, said Sima Sadat Lari, spokesperson for Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Trend reports citing the ministry.According to Sadat Lari, 163 people have died from the coronavirus over the past day.Sadat Lari added that the condition of 3,168 people is critical.The official stressed that situation was dire in Khuzestan, Kermanshah, Kurdistan, Hormozgan, Bushehr, Razavi Khorasan, Ilam, East Azerbaijan and West Azerbaijan provinces.So far, more than 1.79 million tests have been conducted in Iran for the diagnosis of coronavirus.Iran continues to monitor the coronavirus situation in the country. According to recent reports from the Iranian officials, over 240,400 people have been infected, 11,571 people have already died. Meanwhile, over 201,300 have reportedly recovered from the disease.The country continues to apply strict measures to contain the further spread. Reportedly, the disease was brought to Iran by a businessman from Iran's Qom city, who went on a business trip to China, despite official warnings. The man died later from the disease.The Islamic Republic only announced its first infections and deaths from the coronavirus on Feb. 19.The outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan - which is an international transport hub - began at a fish market in late December 2019.The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Some sources claim the coronavirus outbreak started as early as November 2019. Reforms in Uzbekistan attract more Indian businesses http://www.today.az/news/regions/195148.html World news Sun, 05 Jul 2020 12:52:00 +0400 By Trend India's aim is to build an all-encompassing ties with Uzbekistan, which covers all areas of India's national endeavours for further progress and prosperity, Ambassador of India to Uzbekistan, Shri Santosh Jha told Trend."We are seeing a growing interest from Indian businesses in a wide range of sectors in Uzbekistan. This is directly related to ongoing reforms and opening of the economy that is happening in Uzbekistan. Obviously these create new opportunities and as a close partner of Uzbekistan, we are helping promote Indian companies to invest and build capacities in a wide range of sectors,"said Santosh Jha.According to the ambassador, over the last year, the sides have seen proposals in areas such as pharmaceuticals, hospitals and healthcare; development and management of airports and cargo complexes; clean energy including solar power generation; information and communication technology; agriculture and food processing; and in the education sector in Uzbekistan."Indian pharmaceutical company, Cadila, has announced an investment of $50 million in a pharmaceutical plant in Andijan region of Uzbekistan, among other such proposals. Last year, prestigious Indian educational institutions such as Amity and Sharda universities have opened campuses in Tashkent and Andijan respectively. Following the visit of a large business delegation from Gujarat last year, investment and cooperation proposals have emerged in a wide variety of sectors, including agriculture and food processing; automotive parts and textiles, pharmaceuticals and healthcare; IT and innovation; education and capacity building; hotels, tourism and hospitality; construction and real estate; and energy. Both sides are actively pursuing these proposals," stated Santosh Jha.The ambassador said, that both governments are working to expand bilateral trade, which through growing at a rapid pace is still far below potential at $325 million."Our leadership has set the target for $1 billion and this is quite achievable. We need to tap into the right sectors and facilitate businesses on both sides. Conclusion of a Preferential Trade Agreement at an early date can help in this regard. Both sides are also working closely to increase market access for agricultural products. Some areas have been opened and others are under negotiation. Similarly, continued reform and active efforts can promote investment relationship in areas mentioned above. India has offered grant assistance and concessional credit to promote development cooperation the two countries with emphasis on social and economic infrastructure," said Santosh Jha.As he said, establishment of direct connectivity through Afghanistan and Iran, absence of which for various reasons is currently a significant constraint in promotion of bilateral trade, could be another area for future development.  1,452 new coronavirus cases detected in Kazakhstan for the past day http://www.today.az/news/regions/195147.html World news Sun, 05 Jul 2020 12:31:00 +0400 By TrendAs of July 4 Kazakhstan recorded 1,452 new coronavirus cases, including 924 symptom-free cases, coronavirus2020.kz reads, Trend reports citing Kazinform.81/43 cases were recorded in Nur-Sultan, 72/14 in Almaty, 76/41 in Shymkent, 34/25 in Akmola region, 36/21 in Aktobe region, 122/97 in Almaty region, 342/253 in Atyrau region, 149/107 in West Kazakhstan, 73/42 in Karaganda region, 36/30 in Kostanay region, 30/13 in Kyzylorda region, 44/36 in Mangistau region, 52/15 in Pavlodar region, 19/10 in North Kazakhstan, 83/44 in Turkestan region.As a result the number of infections climbed to 47,171. Turkey's daily COVID-19 cases drop slightly for 5th day http://www.today.az/news/regions/195146.html World news Sun, 05 Jul 2020 12:13:00 +0400 By TrendTurkey’s total number of coronavirus cases increased by 1,154, while death toll rose by 20, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced, Trend reports citing Daily Sabah.Saturday marked the fifth day in a row the country has reported a decrease in daily new cases, however, the daily infection rate has maintained a pace above 1,000 since June 12.With the latest figures, Turkey has had 204,610 cases, while the nationwide death toll reached 5,206.The number of recovered patients went up by 1,214 to 179,492."The total number of recovered patients approached 180,000. The number of patients in the process of recovery is around 20,000. There is an ongoing increase in the number of intensive care patients from the previous days. The course of decreasing cases is slow," Koca tweeted.Daily COVID-19 infections dipped below 1,000 in early June, but have picked up the pace again as Turkey launched its normalization process that has seen most social restriction lifted starting June 1.Koca has repeatedly warned that the normalization process would not mean citizens could go back to living as they did before the outbreak, not unless a vaccine or a drug for the virus was developed. The minister has been issuing repeated warnings to citizens to wear a mask and practice social distancing in what he called the "controlled social life" period. WHO halts hydroxychloroquine, HIV drugs in COVID trials after failure to reduce death http://www.today.az/news/regions/195145.html World news Sun, 05 Jul 2020 11:59:00 +0400 By TrendThe World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday that it was discontinuing its trials of the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and combination HIV drug lopinavir/ritonavir in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 after they failed to reduce mortality, Trend reports citing Reuters.The setback came as the WHO also reported more than 200,000 new cases globally of the disease for the first time in a single day. The United States accounted for 53,213 of the total 212,326 new cases recorded on Friday, the WHO said.“These interim trial results show that hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir produce little or no reduction in the mortality of hospitalised COVID-19 patients when compared to standard of care. Solidarity trial investigators will interrupt the trials with immediate effect,” the WHO said in a statement, referring to large multicountry trials that the agency is leading.The U.N. agency said the decision, taken on the recommendation of the trial’s international steering committee, does not affect other studies where those drugs are used for non-hospitalised patients or as a prophylaxis.Another branch of the WHO-led trial is looking at the potential effect of Gilead’s antiviral drug remdesivir on COVID-19. The European Commission on Friday gave remdesivir conditional approval for use after being shown to shorten hospital recovery times.The solidarity trial started out with five branches looking at possible treatment approaches to COVID-19: standard care; remdesivir; hydroxychloroquine; lopinavir/ritonavir; and lopanivir/ritonavir combined with interferon.WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told reporters on Friday that nearly 5,500 patients in 39 countries had been recruited so far into its clinical trials and that interim results were expected within two weeks.Some 18 experimental COVID-19 vaccines are being tested on humans among nearly 150 treatments under development.Mike Ryan, WHO’s top emergencies expert, said on Friday that it would be unwise to predict when a vaccine could be ready. While a vaccine candidate might show its effectiveness by year’s end, the question was how soon it could then be mass-produced, he said. IFC talks development of solar photovoltaic parks in Uzbekistan http://www.today.az/news/regions/195144.html World news Sun, 05 Jul 2020 11:40:00 +0400 By TrendInternational Financial Corporation (IFC) supports the government of Uzbekistan to structure public-private partnerships (PPPs) that will best attract qualified private-sector investors to participate in transparent and open bidding processes to develop various projects, Regional Manager for Central Asia of IFC Cassandra Colbert told Trend."We are working on this closely with the World Bank, which is assisting the government to implement a broad range of reforms in the power sector," she said.As Colbert noted, IFC is advising the government on a PPP for construction of two photovoltaic power plants of capacity of 200 MW each in Samarkand and Jizzakh regions. The project received 84 expressions of interest (EOIs) before the March 21, 2020 deadline. The companies that submitted EOIs and satisfy all criteria of request for qualification (RFQ) document, will be invited to request for proposal (RFP) stage."In addition, IFC is working with the government to plan future projects. In March, we organized a workshop on structuring of PPPs to develop solar photovoltaic (PV) parks with battery energy-storage systems; this was for officers from the ministries and state agencies working to attract investment in the energy sector. The workshop provided insights into - and discussed - the PPP structure for the proposed stations, which will generate a total of 500 MW of power. The new power stations will be the first of their kind in Uzbekistan as they will combine solar PVs with battery energy-storage systems," Colbert stated.She stressed that IFC is also helping the government structure and tender a PPP to develop a 1,200-1,500 MW gas-fired power plant in the Syrdarya region."This is an important project for both IFC and Uzbekistan. This large-scale PPP will help modernize Uzbekistan's aging power infrastructure and supply both residents and businesses with steady electricity. It will also significantly increase efficiency of the use of gas, contributing to reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions. The new equipment will make the power sector more flexible, creating a better environment to introduce intermittent renewable-energy sources," she said.The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global institution dedicated to supporting the private sector in emerging markets. The corporation works with more than 2,000 private enterprises around the world.In fiscal year 2019, the company provided more than $19 billion in long-term funding to developing countries. In doing so, the corporation has attracted the strong potential of the private sector to eradicate extreme poverty and improve global prosperity.Recently, IFC and Ipak Yuli Bank of Uzbekistan signed an agreement allowing the bank to better manage currency risks and increase local currency financing for small and medium-sized enterprises, which play a key role in the economic development of Uzbekistan."The agreement shows that IFC is standing by its partner banks and is ready to support them in all circumstances. Ipak Yuli Bank can better manage its currency risk and continue lending in local currency to firms that need funding. This is critically important at a time when businesses are suffering currency vulnerabilities due to the global impact of the COVID-19 crises," Colbert stated. Zarif says will publish letters on how to activate dispute resolution mechanism http://www.today.az/news/regions/195143.html World news Sun, 05 Jul 2020 11:25:00 +0400 By TrendForeign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message on Saturday referred to the history of the dispute resolution mechanism in JCPOA, saying that he will release all his letters soon, Trend reports citing IRNA."Don't believe the hype: Iran triggered #JCPOA DRM on at least 6 occasions (in ref to US AND E3 violations)," Zarif wrote on his Twitter account.He listed Iran's efforts to trigger the dispute resolution mechanism for six times:- In December 16, 2016 due to violation of JCPOA by the US- In May 10, 2018 due to violation of JCPOA by the US- In June 17, 2018 due to violation of JCPOA by the US- In November 6, 2018 due to violation of JCPOA by the US and three European states- In May 8, 2019 due to violation of JCPOA by the US and three European states- In July 2, 2020 due to violation of JCPOA by the three European states."I will be publishing all my letters shortly," he wrote. WHO reports single-day increase in coronavirus cases by over 212,000 http://www.today.az/news/regions/195142.html World news Sun, 05 Jul 2020 11:08:00 +0400 By TrendMore than 212,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection were registered worldwide in the past day, surpassing 10.9 million, while the coronavirus-related fatalities increased by over 5,000 to over 523,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily bulletin on Saturday, Trend reports citing TASS.As of 11.00 Moscow time on July 4, as many as 10,922,324 novel coronavirus cases and 523,011 coronavirus-associated deaths were registered across the globe. The number of confirmed cases grew by 212,326 in the past 24 hours and the number of fatalities increased by 5,134. The WHO statistics are based on officially confirmed data from the countries. The day before, the organization reported 175,723 new cases and 5,032 deaths throughout the world.South and North America account for the majority of confirmed coronavirus cases - 5,575,482. In the past 24 hours, the number of cases grew by 129,772 and the number of deaths - by 3,392 to top 259,094. The number of confirmed COVID-2019 cases in Europe amounts to 2,757,556 and the number of fatalities is 199,510. In the past 24 hours, the number of cases grew, by 19,694 and the number of deaths went up by 565.The East Mediterranean region has 1,135,604 cases and 26,521 fatalities. In the past 24 hours, the number of cases grew by 20,043 and the number of deaths - by 493.The biggest number of coronavirus cases was registered in the United States (2,724,433), followed by Brazil (1,496,858), Russia (674,515), India (648,315), Peru (292,004), Chile (288,089), the United Kingdom (284,280), Spain (250,545), Italy (241,184), and Mexico (238,511). Azerbaijan to simplify its int'l road transport movement with new e-technology http://www.today.az/news/business/195141.html Business Sun, 05 Jul 2020 10:49:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijan International Road Carriers Association plans to introduce a new electronic technology of preliminary information (TIR-EPD) on transported goods in 2020, the association told Trend."The TIR-EPD will allow book holders of international road transport (TIR) to send free electronic preliminary information on the transport of goods. It’s planned to introduce this technology in the country by the end of 2020," said the association.The TIR-EPD is the most important step towards the computerization of the international road transport procedure without extra expenses in customs, the international association said.The association said that Azerbaijan is joining the rest of the 23 countries, where the TIR-EPD is active: Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Germany, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Finland, France, Czech and Estonia."The new TIR-EPD technology implies safe integration of a small software module into an existing customs information system, to ensure automatic exchange of electronic information. A software module (TIR-EPD data exchange system) should be designed to provide customs authorities with access to the TIR-EPD service," said the association."Neither the International Road Transport Union (IRU) nor any other party will have access to the database of the Azerbaijani customs authorities. Azerbaijani TIR-EPD carriers will send and receive encrypted messages relating only to their TIR operations," the association stressed."In the first five months of this year, the volume of international road transport in Azerbaijan amounted to 24,000 tons. Most shipments are currently carried out under the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR), the registering of which is carried out by the operators themselves," said the association.Azerbaijan International Road Carriers Association was established in May 1993. It is a non-commercial organization uniting Azerbaijani individuals and legal entities engaged in international transportation by truck. The association serves to represent and protect the interests of its members before national and competent authorities within the tasks assigned to it. Georgia sees increase in Producer Price Index http://www.today.az/news/regions/195140.html World news Sun, 05 Jul 2020 10:34:00 +0400 By TrendIn May 2020, the Producer Price Index (PPI) for Industrial Products increased in Georgia by 1.4 percent compared to the previous month, Trend reports with reference to National Statistics Office (Geostat).The prices for manufactured products were 1.6 percent higher compared to the previous month, resulting in a 1.27-percentage point contribution to the overall monthly PPI change.Within the group noteworthy price increases were registered for beverages (1.5 percent), chemicals and chemical products (7.3 percent) and basic metals (5.1 percent), said the report.Meanwhile, in May 2020, the index growth amounted to 12.7 percent compared to May 2019.The annual PPI rate was mainly affected by price changes for the manufactured products: the prices increased by 11.6 percent, contributing 9.62 percentage points to the overall annual index growth.There was a notable increase in the prices for the food products (13.3 percent), beverages (10.2 percent) and basic metals (12 percent), said Geostat.The prices for products from mining and quarrying were 29.7 percent higher, contributing 1.73 percentage points to the overall annual index growth.The annual price increase on electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning amounted to 15.4 percent, which contributed 1.35 percentage points to the annual index growth. Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 43 times http://www.today.az/news/politics/195139.html Politics Sun, 05 Jul 2020 10:18:00 +0400 By TrendMilitary units of the armed forces of Armenia violated ceasefire 43 times throughout the day in various direction of the front, using large-caliber weapons to escalate situation, Trend reports on July 5 referring to Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.Armenian armed forces, located on nameless hills in Chambarak region subjected to fire the positions of the Azerbaijan Army located on nameless hills in Gadabay region.The positions of Azerbaijan Army were also fired from the positions of Armenian military units located near the occupied Goyarkh village of Terter region, Novruzlu, Yusifjanly, Marzili villages of Aghdam region, Kuropatkino village of Khojavend region, Garvand, Garakhanbayli, Ashaghy Seyidahmadli, Gorgan, Kurdlar, Horadiz villages of Fuzuli region, Mehdili village of Jabrayil region, as well as from the positions located on nameless hills in Terter and Khojavend regions.The enemy was suppressed by retaliation fire. Our units fully control the operational situation. Khinalig village included into UNESCO's Tentative list http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/195110.html Arts & Entertainment Sun, 05 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaFamous for its breathtaking views, Khinalig State Cultural-Architectural and Ethnographic Reserve has been included into UNESCO's Tentative list.The document was submitted to the organization by Azerbaijan's National Commission for UNESCO.Next year, the Reserve's  Management Center also plans to begin the nomination process for the reserve's inscription on the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.  According to the rules set by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, State Parties should submit their Tentative Lists, properties which they consider to be cultural and/or natural heritage of outstanding universal value and therefore suitable for inscription on the World Heritage List.They prepare their Tentative Lists with the participation of a wide variety of stakeholders, including site managers, local and regional governments, local communities, NGOs and other interested parties and partners.The States Parties should submit Tentative Lists, which should not be considered exhaustive, to the World Heritage Centre, at least one year prior to the submission of any nomination. They are encouraged to re-examine and re-submit their Tentative List at least every ten years.Khinalig is an incredible tourist destination with its fascinating historical landmarks, delicious cuisine and picturesque mountains.For centuries, this village has been cut off from civilization by hard-to-reach mountains. After the road was paved, it became a favorite spot for curious travelers.The village’s area was inhabited for about 4 thousand years ago, dating back to Bronze Age. A few scientific investigations suggest the connection between Khinalig and the Caucasian Albania.Khinalig is famous for its unique language, peculiar customs and traditions. Due to the isolation, its residents managed to preserve their own language, not belonging to any language group.This wonderful village, nestled in the mountains strikes with its unique architecture.Since the slopes here are very steep, the houses here are built very close to each other. Thus, the roof of one house is the courtyard for another one located above.The ceilings of the house are fitted with a smoke flap, through which the locals can also visit each other. The floors and walls are covered with carpets.There are many historical places, including tomb of Khidir Nebi, mosques of Sheikh Shalbuz and Abu Muslim, ancient cemeteries as well as holy caves of early humans.To protect the village, the Azerbaijani government declared the area a cultural-historical and ethnographic reserve in 2007.  Azerbaijan confirms 534 new COVID-19 cases http://www.today.az/news/society/195137.html Society Sat, 04 Jul 2020 20:10:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 534 new COVID-19 cases, 471 patients have recovered and 6 patients have died, Trend reports citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.To date, 19,801 cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in the country, 11,291 patients have recovered, 241 people have died. Currently, 8 269 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 6,846 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 509,811 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far. AZAL to perform another additional special flight to Istanbul [VIDEO] http://www.today.az/news/business/195138.html Business Sat, 04 Jul 2020 20:05:00 +0400 Next Tuesday, on July 7, the National Air Carrier of Azerbaijan will perform another special flight on the Baku-Istanbul-Baku route.Tickets sale is open on the official website of the airline (www.azal.az).The fares are similar to those previously announced for the special flights which are planned before the end of August.Students can take advantage of a 30% discount when purchasing tickets. For this, once the booking is made on the website, they need to send a scanned copy of their immigration document and passport to the airline's call centre using the feedback form available on the website or through the WhatsApp messenger. Detailed video instruction on booking a discount ticket is available at: https://youtu.be/HylsY0m9cEMAccording to the new rules, only passengers who have been tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) will be allowed to board the flights. In view of this, the list of laboratories accredited by the Management Union of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB) where passengers can be tested for COVID-19 without a doctor’s appointment has expanded. The list can be found below:- Referans Clinical Laboratory Centre;- Leyla Medical Centre;- Memorial Clinic;- Bona Dea International Hospital;- Inci Laboratories;- Center for Control of Particularly Dangerous Infections;- Caspian International Hospital;- Thalassemia Centre;- UltraLabAs previously reported, upon departure from the Istanbul airport, at the check-in counter, you will need to present a certificate of negative COVID-19 test results issued by one of the clinics of “Memorial Sa?l?k Grubu” or other clinics from the list available on the website of the Ministry of Health of Turkey: https: // covid19bilgi .saglik.gov.tr / tr / covid-19-yetkilendirilmis-tani-laboratuvarlari-listesi.Passengers returning from other countries via Istanbul can provide a certificate of testing issued by a laboratory certified by the Ministry of Health (or other competent authority) of that country, or by passing tests in one of the Turkish clinics from the list above.Passengers must receive a certificate of negative COVID-19 test results within 48 hours before the scheduled flight departure.In accordance with the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, all passengers arriving by these flights to Baku will have to self-isolate for two weeks. For this, during the flight they will have to fill out a declaration indicating the address of residence at which they can self-insolate. 8103 SMS permissions will not apply to these individuals.To recap, on flights operated during the COVID-19 pandemic, special rules will apply both at the airports of departure and arrival and on board the aircraft. "Azerbaijan Airlines" prepared a video instruction available on YouTube.   Azerbaijan to increase share of renewables in electricity generation http://www.today.az/news/business/195136.html Business Sat, 04 Jul 2020 17:45:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan plans to increase share of solar and wind energy in the field of electricity production, Director of the Energy Efficiency and Ecology Department of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Energy Alasgar Hasanov told Trend."First of all, we are working on regulatory and working mechanisms," director of the department said. "If a relevant law is passed, several mechanisms aimed at achieving new results in the use of renewable energy sources will be proposed.""Azerbaijan’s goal is to bring the share of renewable energy sources in the electricity generation structure from 17 percent to 30 percent till 2030," Hasanov said. "Most of the energy which is generated accounts for big hydropower plants.""The renewable energy sources develop in two directions, namely, the implementation of big and small projects," director of the department said. "Azerbaijan is already working on large-scale projects."The use of renewable energy sources was determined by the country's president as one of the priority spheres for the development of the energy sector - implementation of pilot projects on the construction of a 240 megawatt wind farm and a 200 megawatt solar power plant in accordance with the agreements signed with Saudi Arabia’s ACWA Power company and UAE’s Masdar company on January 9, 2020.Seven working groups, consisting of representatives of the structures such as the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources, the Ministry of Justice, the Committee for Urban Planning and Architecture, the State Service on Property Issues, the State Tax Service, Central Bank, Azerenergy OJSC, Azerishig OJSC, are operating to implement the president’s order.Presently, consistent steps to develop alternative energy are being taking in Azerbaijan. New tourist zone to open in Baku http://www.today.az/news/business/195135.html Business Sat, 04 Jul 2020 17:35:00 +0400 By TrendThe Small and Medium Business Development Agency of Azerbaijan intends to cooperate with the State Tourism Agency and Baku Maintenance Service LLC to turn Baku's Balakhani village into a new tourist zone, Trend reports citing the Agency.Chairman of the Board of the Agency Orkhan Mammadov, Director of the State Tourism Agency Fuad Naghiyev and director of Baku Maintenance Service LLC Binnatali Gasimov got acquainted with the improvement work carried out in Balakhani on July 3, the tourist opportunities of the village. They also discussed upcoming measures in the framework of cooperation.The State Tourism Agency will provide the necessary support for the creation of the center, and the Small and Medium Business Development Agency will promote the creation of new business entities for providing services and trade, and implementing business initiatives in this field.Baku Maintenance Service LLC will expand improvement measures in this village.As a tourist attraction, Balakhani village will serve both for local and foreign tourists. This will create additional opportunities for local residents.Balakhani village is rich in historical and cultural monuments. The village has also opportunities for developing the entrepreneurship. It is possible to create about 100 small job places in the village.It is also proposed to develop a concept paper in order to effectively organize activities to turn Balakhani into a touristic zone. BSTDB may release second tranche of manat bonds http://www.today.az/news/business/195134.html Business Sat, 04 Jul 2020 17:10:00 +0400 By TrendThe Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) is considering the possibility of releasing the second tranche of its manat bonds in 2020, depending on the situation on the local market, BSTDB told Trend.The BSTDB will continue to support the initiatives of the Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) aimed at providing support to emerging markets, as well as providing access by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to financing in local currency, alongside the existing mechanism for financing the SMEs provided through Turan bank.The bank noted that Azerbaijan is taking measures in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, similar to those used in other countries, such as restrictions on border crossings, strict quarantine procedures, suspension of educational institutions, restaurants, shopping centers, etc.Along with the foregoing, in order to mitigate the negative economic consequences of these restrictive measures, the government introduced tax incentives and vacations to companies to not fire workers, provided cash payments to the needy, and implemented other measures to help economic agents to overcome the pandemic and to restart their activities once the pandemic is over, said BSTDB."Besides the consequences of the pandemic, Azerbaijan is also suffering from falling oil prices on world markets, and it’s difficult to separate the influence of these two factors on the economy. Unfortunately, we have recently seen an increase in the spread of the COVID-19 in Azerbaijan, but we see the government’s efforts to keep the situation under control and pay maximum attention to public health problems," the report said.The bank believes that these measures will be effective and the country's economy will begin to recover soon.The BSTDB was founded by Azerbaijan, Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Greece, Moldova, Armenia, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine and Russia. The authorized capital of the bank is 3.45 billion euros. Talks over Energy Charter Treaty's modernization to start soon http://www.today.az/news/business/195133.html Business Sat, 04 Jul 2020 15:50:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan’s Minister of Energy Parviz Shahbazov and Secretary General of the International Energy Charter Urban Rusnak discussed issues related to the modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty during a videoconference, Trend reports referring to the ministry.According to the ministry, the participants also mulled measures to be taken within Azerbaijan's chairmanship of the Energy Charter Conference this year.“The sides exchanged views on the positions of member states in the process of modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty and organization of the Working Group on modernization,” the ministry said.Secretary General Urban Rusnak stressed the importance of adapting the Energy Charter Treaty to the modern requirements of the global energy sector and said that the first phase of the negotiations on the process of modernization will begin next week.Minister Parviz Shahbazov noted that Azerbaijan's proposals for the modernization of the Energy Charter Treaty were submitted in 2019 and consultations with state bodies are currently underway.“Given the fact that decisions are made on the basis of consensus for the International Energy Charter, it is also important for the parties to actively participate in the negotiation process in order to reach a common agreement on the modernization of the contract,” the ministry said.During the video conference, technical and organizational issues related to the preparation for the Energy Charter Forum, 31st International Energy Charter Conference and Ministerial Meeting planned to be held in Baku were also reviewed. Weekly review of Azerbaijan's precious metals market http://www.today.az/news/business/195132.html Business Sat, 04 Jul 2020 15:36:00 +0400 By TrendLast week, an ounce of gold in Azerbaijan increased by 0.824 manat or 48 cents (0.03 percent).The average price of one ounce of gold amounted to 3,016.35 manat ($1,770), which is 0.9 percent more compared to the week before.Change in price of one ounce of goldJune 222,979.624June 293,015.894June 232,979.794June 303,011.193June 243,007.181July 13,032.103June 252,995.9355July 23,005.83June 26-July 33,016.718Average weekly2,990.6336Price3,016.35 Last week, the price of an ounce of silver in Azerbaijan increased by 0.1812 manat or 11 cents (0.6 percent).Accordingly, the average price of one ounce of silver stood at 30.5806 manat ($17.99), which is 1.3 percent more compared to the week before.Change in price of one ounce of silverJune 2230.4159June 2930.4437June 2330.079June 3030.3682June 2430.4083July 130.9891June 2529.8624July 230.477June 26-July 330.6249Average weekly30.1914Price30.5806Last week, an ounce of platinum in Azerbaijan grew by 0.417 manat or 25 cents (0.03 percent).Accordingly, the average price of one ounce of platinum stood at 1,395.602 manat ($820.9), which is 0.03 percent more compared to the week before.Change in price of one ounce of platinumJune 221393.133June 291384.463June 231393.754June 301393.975June 241410.694July 11413.465June 251372.3335July 21401.225June 26-July 31384.88Average weekly1,392.4785Price1,395.602Last week, the price of an ounce of palladium in Azerbaijan went up by 26.63 manat or $15.66 (0.8 percent).Accordingly, the average price of one ounce of palladium amounted to 3,255.8452 manat ($1,915.2), which is 0.8 percent more compared to the week before.Change in price of one ounce of palladiumJune 223,257.812June 293,221.22June 233,272.67June 303,262.963June 243,276.58July 13,286.287June 253,211.4105July 23,260.906June 26-July 33,247.85Average weekly3,254.6181Price3,255.8452 China allocates humanitarian aid to Kazakhstan, backing anti-COVID battle http://www.today.az/news/regions/195131.html World news Sat, 04 Jul 2020 15:17:00 +0400 By TrendA humanitarian cargo from China arrived in Kazakhstan, Trend reports with reference to the press office of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.“As part of international efforts and solidarity in the fight against the coronavirus spread, China’s government sent another batch of medical humanitarian aid to Kazakhstan,” the ministry said.The cargo was delivered to Almaty International Airport.The first two cases of coronavirus infection were detected in Kazakhstan among those who arrived in Almaty city from Germany on March 13, 2020.The total number of coronavirus cases confirmed in Kazakhstan since the virus was first confirmed in the country amounted to 45,719 cases. This includes 15,404 people who recovered from the coronavirus, and 188 patients who passed away. Uzbekistan receiving humanitarian aid from US charities http://www.today.az/news/regions/195130.html World news Sat, 04 Jul 2020 14:56:00 +0400 By TrendUzbekistan received the first shipment of humanitarian aid sent by US Project Hope charity organization to support the country's efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Trend reports citing the Dunyo News Agency.A special flight of Uzbekistan Airways delivered personal protective equipment, antiseptic and disinfectants, about 20,000 coronavirus tests, as well as medical equipment (defibrillators and cardiac monitors) worth $600,000 to the country.In addition, two containers of medical products and more than 2,000 items from US Globus Relief organization, worth $800,000, are expected to be delivered in July.Another American non-governmental organization, the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) launched a $400,000 project to distribute food commodities to needy citizens of Uzbekistan.An agreement on providing Uzbekistan with humanitarian aid worth $1.8 million was reached during meetings between representatives of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Washington and a number of US charities. Kyrgyzstan’s COVID-19 cases reach 7,094 http://www.today.az/news/regions/195129.html World news Sat, 04 Jul 2020 14:35:00 +0400 By TrendKyrgyzstan registered 327 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, raising the total number of infections to 7,094, Trend reports citing Kabar.Head of the public health care department of the country’s Health Ministry Ainura Akmatova said that 2,780 laboratory tests were conducted in the country in the last 24 hours.All of the cases are contacts of confirmed patients, she said.Among the new cases 71 are medical workers, bringing the total number of contracted medical workers to 1065, including 490 recoveries.Akmatova said that 59 patients have been discharged from hospitals per day and in total 2,714 patients who were tested positive for COVID-19 had recovered from the disease since the outbreak of the virus.The representative of the Health Ministry reported 2 new virus-related deaths, raising the total number of death toll to 78.Meanwhile, 670 people remained hospitalized, 18 patients are in intensive care.In addition, 3632 asymptomatic patients are in home quarantine. Official talks use of RES by private companies in Kazakhstan's Karaganda http://www.today.az/news/regions/195111.html World news Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:44:00 +0400 By Trend Private companies operating in Kazakhstan’s Karaganda region often use renewable energy technologies, and are successful in this field, a representative of the regional akimat (administrative center) told Trend.For the most part, these companies use solar panels, the representative said.The official said that one of the region’s private companies using solar panels and having built the largest solar power station in Central Asia with a capacity of 100 MW is SES Saran LLP."KPM-Delta LLP built a 40-MW solar power plant in the village of Gulshat of Aktogai region. KazSolar 50 LLP has implemented a project for the construction of a solar power 50 MW-capacity station in the Agadyr village of Shetsky district. Meanwhile, KAZ GREEN ENERGY LLP has implemented a project for the construction of a solar power plant in Zhezkazgan city with the capacity of 10 MW," the official said.The official added that a biogas plant with a capacity of 1.07 MW was installed in the Abay district of the Kurminskoye village.Another biogas plant of the Volynsky agro-industrial complex LLP and a mini-hydroelectric power station have been operating at the Intumak reservoir of the RSE at the Kazvodkhoz PVC since 2015, the official said.Based on some estimates, country’s potential for solar energy production ranges from 3.9 to 5.4 billion WH per year, whereas the ‘ceiling’ of wind power is 920 billion kWh per year.As of the end of 2019, 90 RES (renewable energy sources) facilities of 1,050 MW of capacity were operating in Kazakhstan including 19 wind parks (283.8 MW), 31 solar parks (541.7 MW), 37 hydropower plants (222.2 MW) and three biopower plants. This year, the number of RES facilities is to be increased from 90 to 108 with the total capacity of 1,655 MW. Israeli PM asks citizens to follow COVID-19 restrictions due to surge in morbidity http://www.today.az/news/regions/195119.html World news Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:29:00 +0400 By Trend Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on all citizens to abide by COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, following the recent high increase in morbidity, Trend reports citing Xinhua."Unfortunately, some citizens disrespect our guidelines ... Ask your family and friends to wear face masks and not to shake hands. Don't hug, don't congregate, save your lives," Netanyahu said in a Facebook post.The Israeli prime minister noted wearing mask bothers everyone in the heat of July, but "there is no choice."The number of active coronavirus cases in Israel has exceeded 10,000 on Friday, for the first time since the pandemic outbreak in the country in late February.Israel reported 1,008 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total infections to 28,055 on Friday, and the death toll hit 326, the Ministry of Health said. Litzenberger: US, Azerbaijan share important partnership [VIDEO] http://www.today.az/news/politics/195128.html Politics Sat, 04 Jul 2020 13:18:00 +0400 By TrendThe US and Azerbaijan share an important partnership, said the US Ambassador to Azerbaijan Earle D. Litzenberger in his video message on the occasion of July 4 Independence Day of the US, Trend reports.“We’re proud to support your sovereignty and independence,” said the ambassador.He pointed out that usually on July 4, the US Embassy hosts a celebration of the US Independence Day.“Last year we welcomed many of our good friends from Azerbaijan to a great event in the Embassy garden, and many more of you joined the party via our Facebook live stream. Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic we cannot gather as usual this year. Despite these challenges, this doesn't mean that we can't virtually celebrate America's 244th birthday,” said Litzenberger Iran among top three countries in world for caviar producing, sturgeon farming http://www.today.az/news/regions/195118.html World news Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:51:00 +0400 By Trend Iran ranks second in the world in terms caviar production and third in terms of sturgeon farming, Chairman of the Iran Fisheries Organization Nabiollah Khon Mirzaei told IRIB, Trend reports.Iran ranks second in caviar production after China, said the shairman.Khon Mirzaei noted that earlier, Iran's place in caviar production was associated with sturgeon fishing in the Caspian Sea.The chairman said that after sturgeon fishing was banned in the Caspian Sea 10 years ago, Iran has been raising sturgeon at farms.Currently, there are sturgeon breeding facilities and an export terminal in Iran's Mazandaran Province, the official added.Iran plans to produce 100 tons of caviar and 10,000 tons of sturgeon a year by March 20, 2026. Geostat reveals producer price indices for services in Georgia http://www.today.az/news/regions/195117.html World news Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:28:00 +0400 By Trend Producer Price Index for telecommunication services decreased by 0.03 percent in April 2020 compared to the previous month in Georgia, Trend reports referring to Georgian National Statistics Office (Geostat).The prices were lower mainly for other telecommunications services (-0.5 percent). The overall index increased by 14.3 percent compared to the same month of the previous year.Within the group, noteworthy price increase was registered for wireless telecommunications services (34.7 percent). In turn, the index for wired telecommunications services declined by 3.9 percent.In April 2020, Producer Price Index for transportation and storage services decreased by 1.3 percent compared to the previous month. The prices declined for air transport services by 17.1 percent.However, the prices for land transport services were 1.9 percent higher, while the prices for warehousing and support services for transportation were 0.4 percent lower.Compared to April 2019, the overall index fell by 1.2 percent. Within the group noteworthy price decrease was registered for air transport services (-42.2 percent). Furthermore, the prices increased for land transport services and transport services via pipelines by 7.9 percent and also, for warehousing and support services for transportation by 15.2 percent.In the reporting period, Producer Price Index for accommodation and food services decreased by 4.8 percent compared to the previous month. The prices fell for food and beverage serving services by 4.6 percent and for accommodation services by 5.3 percent.The overall index declined by 6.4 percent compared to April 2019. The prices decreased for accommodation services and food and beverage serving services by 11.2 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively. Japan's Cokey Systems talks its activities in Uzbekistan http://www.today.az/news/regions/195116.html World news Sat, 04 Jul 2020 12:14:00 +0400 By Trend Cokey Systems has been actively involved in licorice processing business since its establishment in 1953 - first domestically, and during the last 15 years globally as well, Chief of International Business Division for Cokey Systems Co.,Ltd Dilshod Babayev told Trend."We are a relatively small company, but due to our strong commitment and constant financing of R&D, cooperation with top Japanese Universities for licorice research, we have achieved leader positions in Japan for producing: Crude Glycyrrhizic Acid an extract from the licorice roots; Monoammonium glycyrrhizinate that is mainly used as a vital component to produce medicinal products, cosmetics and widely used in the food industry," said Dilshod Babayev.As he said, Cokey Systems Co.,Ltd is the only Japanese company in this sphere having joint ventures in the CIS states. The company has been successfully operating in Azerbaijan, Russia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan for over the last 10 years."From our project in Uzbekistan we get stable and high quality products that are in high demand around the world. This country has a great potential for the licorice business along with a strong government support, that makes us feel optimistic about our project's future," said Babayev.Babayev also noted, that Uzbekistan has a convenient location for product deliveries to main partners in China and the CIS states."Our company allocates special attention to the issue of root cultivation, introducing full recycle production process and sustainability of this business in general. Furthermore, we are sharing our technological experience with the local partner to achieve best results in the licorice extraction business," Babaev noted.According to him, at this moment company’s main goal is to produce high quality licorice products that are in demand on the global markets."We plan to reach this goal by introducing an effective and sustainable business model based on the principles of natural resources preservation and expansion; producing the best quality products for our clients; contributing to the development of local economy through our joint work; introducing latest technological advances in this sphere to make our production safe and reliable," stated Dilshod Babaev.He also added, that joint venture of Cokey Systems Co in Uzbekistan has provided constant employment opportunities to more than 100 local people and is greatly contributing to the local economy by paying taxes and expanding exports and increasing area of cultivated lands. Export of Turkish chemicals to Uzbekistan declines http://www.today.az/news/regions/195115.html World news Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:45:00 +0400 By Trend Export of chemical products from Turkey to Uzbekistan dropped by 7.67 percent from January 2020 through April 2020, making up $67.8 million, Trend reports citing the Turkish Trade Ministry.In April 2020, the export of Turkish chemicals to Uzbekistan dropped by 39.81 percent compared to the same month of 2019, amounting to $11.7 million.Meanwhile, Turkey's export of chemical products to the world markets made up $6 billion from January through April 2020, which is 10.9 percent less compared to the same period of 2019.Turkey's export of chemical products to world markets amounted to 11.7 percent of the country’s total export from January through April 2020.According to the ministry, in April 2020, Turkey's export of chemical products to world markets amounted to slightly over $1.2 billion, which is 27.3 percent less compared to the same month of 2019. Meanwhile, Turkey's export of chemical products made up 14.3 percent of the country’s total export.From April 2019 through April 2020, Turkey's export of chemical products to world markets amounted to $19.8 billion.From January through March 2020, Turkey’s export of chemical products to world markets dropped by 5.1 percent compared to the same period of 2019, and amounted to $4.7 billion.Meanwhile, Turkey’s export of chemical products amounted to 11.1 percent of the country's total export.In 1Q2020, Turkey’s trade turnover exceeded $98.4 billion.From March 2019 through March 2020, Turkey exported chemical products in the amount of $20.3 billion. Zarif writes to Borrell on EU's noncompliance with JCPOA http://www.today.az/news/regions/195114.html World news Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:36:00 +0400 By Trend Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a letter to the High Representative of the European Union Josep Borrell once again referred the cases of European countries' non-compliance to the Joint Commission for settlement in accordance with Article 36 of the JCPOA, Trend reports citing IRNA.Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Friday that the letter was written following the irresponsible and illegal move by the three European states (Germany, Britain and France) in presenting the draft resolution at the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency, as well as the continued non-abidance with the commitments under the deal.Foreign Minister's letter warned that any interference in the ongoing cooperation between Iran and the IAEA would be contrary to the provisions of the JCPOA and could have negative impacts on the existing cooperation under the safeguards agreement, he said.Foreign Ministry spokesman stressed the need to maintain and fully implement the provisions of the JCPOA by all parties, especially the need for Iran to fully benefit from the economic effects of the sanctions lifting system as envisaged in the deal, saying that Iran will take appropriate and proportionate action against any excessive and irresponsible behavior.Mousavi strongly urged the three European countries to pave the way for maintaining the deal through compliance with it, instead of moving in the direction of the US policy of maximum pressure. Number of job seekers from Turkey to Kazakhstan increasing http://www.today.az/news/regions/195113.html World news Sat, 04 Jul 2020 11:15:00 +0400 By Trend Kazakhstan is one of the top countries for job seekers from Turkey, Turkish Employment Agency (??KUR) told Trend.According to the agency, the number of Turkish citizens looking for job in Kazakhstan considerably rose from January through May 2020.The number of Turkish citizens visiting Kazakhstan to find work through ??KUR surged by 116 percent in the first 5 months of 2020, compared to the same period in 2019.Some 428 Turkish citizens visited Kazakhstan via ??KUR during the reporting period.In general, 4,288 Turkish citizens went abroad via ??KUR, which is 50.2 percent less than from January through May 2019.In May 2020, 41,235 citizens were provided with jobs through this agency in Turkey.Some 35.6 percent of the total number of employed citizens accounted for women and 64.4 percent for men.In May 2020, 97.1 percent of the total number of citizens provided with jobs accounted for the private sector, ??KUR said.The number of unemployed in Turkey in the reporting month amounted to over 3.5 million people, 48.4 percent of which are women, and 51.6 percent are men. WHO sees first results from COVID drug trials within two weeks http://www.today.az/news/regions/195112.html World news Sat, 04 Jul 2020 10:40:00 +0400 By Trend The World Health Organization (WHO) should soon get results from clinical trials it is conducting of drugs that might be effective in treating COVID-19 patients, its Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday, Trend reports citing Reuters.“Nearly 5,500 patients in 39 countries have so far been recruited into the Solidarity trial,” he told a news briefing, referring to clinical studies the U.N. agency is conducting.“We expect interim results within the next two weeks.”The Solidarity Trial started out in five parts looking at possible treatment approaches to COVID-19: standard care; remdesivir; the anti-malaria drug touted by U.S. President Donald Trump, hydroxychloroquine; the HIV drugs lopinavir/ritonavir; and lopanivir/ritonavir combined with interferon.Earlier this month, it stopped the arm testing hydroxychloroquine, after studies indicated it showed no benefit in those who have the disease, but more work is still needed to see whether it may be effective as a preventative medicine.Mike Ryan, head of the WHO’s emergencies programme, said it would be unwise to predict when a vaccine could be ready against COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus that has killed more than half a million people.While a vaccine candidate might show its effectiveness by year’s end, the question was how soon it could be mass produced, he told the U.N. journalists’ association ACANU in Geneva.There is no proven vaccine against the disease now, while 18 potential candidates are being tested on humans.WHO officials defended their response to the virus that emerged in China last year, saying they had been driven by the science as it developed. Ryan said what he regretted was that global supply chains had broken, depriving medical staff of protective equipment.“I regret that there wasn’t fair, accessible access to COVID tools. I regret that some countries had more than others, and I regret that front-line workers died because of (that),” he said.He urged countries to get on with identifying new clusters of cases, tracking down infected people and isolating them to help break the transmission chain.“People who sit around coffee tables and speculate and talk (about transmission) don’t achieve anything. People who go after the virus achieve things,” he said. Armenia violates ceasefire with Azerbaijan 42 times http://www.today.az/news/politics/195125.html Politics Sat, 04 Jul 2020 10:18:00 +0400 By TrendOver the past 24 hours, Armenian armed forces have violated the ceasefire along the line of contact between Azerbaijani and Armenian troops 42 times, Trend reports on July 4 referring to Azerbaijani Defense Ministry.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 the withdrawal of its armed forces from Nagorno Karabakh and the surrounding regions. Azerbaijani, Israeli interparliamentary commission mulls further cooperation http://www.today.az/news/politics/195126.html Politics Sat, 04 Jul 2020 10:00:00 +0400 By Azernews By Akbar MammadovAzerbaijan-Israel Interparliamentary Friendship Commission held an online conference on "Azerbaijan-Israel strategic partnership" on July 2.The meeting was held with the initiative of the head of the Azerbaijan-Israel Interparliamentary Friendship Commission, MP Anatoly Rafailov, with the organizational support of the Azerbaijan House in Israel and moderated by Arye Gut, the head of the Baku International Center for Multiculturalism in Israel.Arye Gut, Executive Director of the House of Azerbaijan in Israel and moderator of the event, noted that this is the first Israeli-Azerbaijani event at this level with the participation of members of the Azerbaijani Parliament and the Israeli Knesset.“We are writing history with you - we are holding an online conference during the pandemic. Regardless of who is in power in Israel, the Azerbaijani-Israeli relations are positive, the political dialogue is carried out at the highest level, and today these relations are a real strategic partnership,” Gut added.The Israeli expert underlined that Azerbaijan-Israel cooperation in trade is developing rapidly and is about $3.5 billion.Previously, the focus was on the oil and gas sector, but now this cooperation extends to other segments of the economy, including agriculture, high technology, health, and military-technical cooperation, added Gut.“Israel is one of the main buyers of Azerbaijani oil on the world market.”Arye Gut also touched upon the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Khojaly genocide.“Numerous representatives of people's diplomacy, originally from Azerbaijan, including the House of Azerbaijan in Israel, actively work and represent the republic with dignity, conveying to the Israeli society the truth about Azerbaijan, its history and culture, as well as the Armenian-Azerbaijani Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. The pain of the Azerbaijani people is the pain of the Jewish people and vice versa”.Therefore, the Holocaust Remembrance Day is held in Azerbaijan every year, and the victims of the Khojaly genocide are commemorated in Israel, Gut noted.Member of the Azerbaijan-Israel Interparliamentary Friendship Commission, MP Anatoly Rafailov said that the Azerbaijani-Israeli relations are an example for a number of countries. “ Azerbaijan is one of the few countries in the Islamic world that has established friendly relations with both the Jewish people and the State of Israel”.Speaking about the history of relations between Azerbaijan and Israel, Rafailov added that attitudes towards Jews have always been good in Azerbaijan, nationalism and anti-Semitism have never been felt in the country.“The Jewish community of about 80,000, originally from Azerbaijan, still loves and continues to promote Azerbaijan after moving to Israel and other parts of the world”.The Azerbaijani MP highlighted the fact that the events of April 2016 proved that Israel provides Azerbaijan with political, diplomatic and moral support, as well as very important military-technological support.“Azerbaijan is one of the few countries in the world where people of different nationalities and religions can live together peacefully in an open, tolerant and free society. The Red Settlement in the Guba region of Azerbaijan is a unique place in the world where mountainous Jews live compactly after Israel,” added Rafailov.Furthermore, Rafailov noted that there is a Jewish religious community here, and a "Jewish Heritage Center" will be opened soon.In his turn, former Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Efraim Sne said that the Azerbaijani-Israeli relations must go beyond military cooperation.“Cooperation between our countries is developing well, but I would like to further strengthen relations, for example, in the field of culture, at the level of academic institutions, as well as in the field of technology.”Azerbaijani MP Shahin Seyidzade spoke about the close cooperation between Azerbaijan and Israel in the field of education, the activity of the Agency for International Cooperation for Development (MASHAV) of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Azerbaijan.He emphasized that it is necessary to expand cooperation between the two countries in the field of technology and innovation, entrepreneurship, business incubators, exchange of experience in the field of innovative solutions to problems related to drinking water and irrigation water in Azerbaijan.Speaking at the conference, President of the Holon Institute of Technology, Professor Eduard Yakubov said that a successful Jewish community originally from Azerbaijan, an effective operation “Azerbaijani House in Israel” forms a positive image of Azerbaijan in Israel.“For many years, Azerbaijanis of Azerbaijani origin have been helping to build a strong and effective economic and even geopolitical partnership between Azerbaijan and Israel,” added he.Noting the historical coexistence of the Jewish community with Azerbaijanis in Azerbaijan, Andrei Kojinov said: “I know that Israel recently sent some medical equipment to Azerbaijan. We have the same level of coronavirus infection, and we are obliged to help each other in this matter."Speaking about the strategic importance of Israeli-Azerbaijani cooperation, Yevgeny Sova said that Israel considers Azerbaijan an important strategic ally in the South Caucasus and an active geopolitical actor in the region.Then, Azerbaijani MP Ramin Mammadov, emphasized the effective activity of diaspora organizations between Israel and Azerbaijan, the establishment and the role of subsequent activities of "AzIz" organization in this process.Then Rafailov concluded that the friendship between Azerbaijan and Israel is an example for the entire Islamic world and shows that Jewish and Muslim states can live in peace and solidarity.The meeting was attended by members of the Azerbaijan-Israel Interparliamentary Friendship Commission, Azerbaijani MPs Anatoly Rafailov, Asim Mollazade, Ramin Mammadov and Shahin Seyidzade, as well as members of the Israeli Knesset - Yevgeny Sova from the "Israel is our home" party, Andrey Kojinov from the "Yesh-Atid-Telem" party, President of the Institute of Technology of Holon, Professor Eduard Yakubov and former Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Efraim Sne attended. Azerbaijan modifies rules for obtaining SMS permit http://www.today.az/news/society/195127.html Society Sat, 04 Jul 2020 09:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadA number of innovations have been introduced in the system for obtaining permits and monitoring the implementation of special quarantine regime, chairman of the State Agency for Public Service and Social Innovation Ulvi Mehdiyev announced at briefing of Operational Headquarters on July 3.Thus, the serial number of the ID card of citizens will be also reflected in the reply message when obtaining permission for the relevant codes through the permit system 8103. This helps to determine exactly which authorization is issued so that there is no confusion among citizens who receive authorization for different cards from one number.Moreover, all permissions meant until July 5 and issued earlier on the portal icaze.e-gov.az will be automatically deactivated. Employers will be able to reactivate the permissions of workers working in the areas permitted by the relevant Cabinet of Ministers decision until July 20.Additionally, it will be possible to add business trips for employees working in the permitted zones on the portal icaze.e-gov.az.It should be noted that due to the integration of the SMS permission and control system into the E-Tabib electronic system, citizens infected with COVID-19 will not be able to obtain permission from the 8103 SMS system and E-Tabib mobile application.Likewise, the permission and control system is also integrated with the electronic system of the State Border Guard Service. Thus, those coming to Azerbaijan from other countries will not be able to get permission from 8103 SMS system and mobile application E-Tabib until the end of their quarantine period.Additionally, from July 5 citizens will have to enter the data of their cars when obtaining a permit by SMS. In this regard, regulatory and legal acts are already being prepared, and as soon as the legislation allows, regulation in this area will be implemented.Information about the cancellation of the work permit for movement during the special quarantine regime is sent to the electronic offices of the organizations.Responsible persons working with permit system of each enterprise can regularly enter the cabinet of this enterprise in the system and check if any permits were cancelled. It was noted that, the employees themselves can also do this.It should be noted that in accordance with the order signed by the Cabinet of Ministers on 1 May, Code of Administrative Offenses will be applied it terms of quarantine regime violations.Azerbaijan first introduced quarantine regime on March 24, and on June 18 decision was taken to extend special quarantine regime until August 1.On July 2, Cabinet of Ministers announced decision to prolong a strict quarantine regime till July 20.The new lockdown will be imposed on July 5-20 in capital Baku, as well as in Jalilabad, Ganja, Lankaran, Masalli, Sumgayit, Yevlakh cities and  Absheron district, and Goranboy, Goygol, Mingachevir, Barda, Khachmaz, Samukh, Siyazan and Sheki regions.Under the lockdown rule, citizens are allowed to leave their place of residence only after obtaining SMS permissions.Baku metro will be suspended from July 4 midnight till July 20, and the entire public transport will not operate on weekends in cities and districts in which the special quarantine regime has been toughenedMoreover, operation of shopping centers, restaurants, cafes, beauty salons, as well as museums, exhibition halls, sport and beaches was also suspended until July 20. Azerbaijan mandated wearing face masks on May 31. TABIB discloses number of infected people in Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic http://www.today.az/news/society/195124.html Society Fri, 03 Jul 2020 19:45:00 +0400 By Trend During the initial period of the pandemic, employees of the Azerbaijani Management Union of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB) were sent to Azerbaijan’s Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic, where they assessed the situation, TABIB Chairman Ramin Bayramli said.Bayramli made the remark during a briefing of the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers in Baku on July 3, Trend reports.“A modern testing laboratory has been created in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic,” the chairman said.“So far, 9,290 tests have been carried out, as a result of which 142 infected people have been detected. Of them, 126patients recovered and 11 died. Currently, medical treatment of five patients is underway,” Bayramli added. Assistant to Azerbaijani president: List of spheres affected by pandemic to be amended http://www.today.az/news/society/195123.html Society Fri, 03 Jul 2020 19:38:00 +0400 By Trend First of all, economic support will be rendered to the spheres affected as a result of pandemic and this will continue at the next stages, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Head of the Department of Economic Issues and Innovative Development Policy of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan Shahmar Movsumov said.Movsumov made the remark during a briefing of the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers in Baku on July 3, Trend reports.“The list of affected spheres is planned to be amended as this process is underway and there is a need to revise the list of sectors affected by the pandemic,” assistant to the president added. “The work is carried out in this direction and the affected spheres are being determined as far as the pandemic is spreading.” TABIB: Azerbaijan begins to conduct serologic tests http://www.today.az/news/society/195122.html Society Fri, 03 Jul 2020 19:27:00 +0400 By Trend Azerbaijan has started conducting serologic tests in the country, Chairman of the Azerbaijani Management Union of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB) Ramin Bayramli said during a briefing of the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers in Baku on July 3, Trend reports.“During the check-up of an upper respiratory system, the virus is not detected in some people,” the chairman added. “This is very dangerous. This is the result of self-medicating. In such cases, the disease worsens and ‘frosted glass’ appears in the lungs. In this situation, the treatment is complicated. Such cases are also observed among doctors."Bayramli added that conducting serologic tests has already begun."We have already switched to this method, and doctors are undergoing the tests,” the chairman said. Assistant to Azerbaijani president: Those infected people who leave houses - criminally liable http://www.today.az/news/politics/195121.html Politics Fri, 03 Jul 2020 19:10:00 +0400 By Trend Those infected people who leave houses are criminally liable, Assistant to the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan - Head of the Department of Economic Issues and Innovative Development Policy of the Presidential Administration of Azerbaijan Shahmar Movsumov said.Movsumov made the remark during a briefing of the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers in Baku on July 3, Trend reports.“There have already been several cases,” the assistant to the president added. “If persons who signed the document committing themselves not to leave the house do not fulfill the obligation assigned to them, these persons must be prosecuted. If this person's condition worsens, he or she must call the 103 service. If a person knows that there is a possibility of infection, he or she must stay at home and inform the appropriate structures about it.” CBA to hold deposit auction http://www.today.az/news/business/195120.html Business Fri, 03 Jul 2020 19:04:00 +0400 By Trend The Central Bank of Azerbaijan (CBA) will hold a deposit auction on July 6, Trend reports referring to CBA.During the auction, the Central Bank plans to raise 100 million manat ($58 million). The amount may increase from that set for the auction by no more than 20 percent.The auction will be held on the Bloomberg trading platform from 11:00 (GMT+4) through 11:15 (GMT+4) in a hybrid auction format.The interest rate on deposits will vary from 6.51 to 6.99 percent. The funds will be placed for a period of 14 days.CBA began to hold deposit auctions in mid-June 2016.Presently, 26 banks including two state-owned ones operate in Azerbaijan.(1 USD = 1.7 AZN on July 3) Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers approves resolution on toughening quarantine regime http://www.today.az/news/politics/195107.html Politics Fri, 03 Jul 2020 18:00:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijani Prime Minister Ali Asadov has approved a resolution on additional measures to toughen the special quarantine regime related to COVID-19 pandemic, Trend reports on July 3. Azerbaijani embassy meets citizens stranded in Uzbekistan over COVID-19 http://www.today.az/news/politics/195104.html Politics Fri, 03 Jul 2020 18:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan continues providing support for its citizens stranded in different countries due to the closure of the state borders amid COVID-19.Thus, First Secretary of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Uzbekistan and Director of the Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center Samir Abbasov met with a group of Azerbaijani citizens in that country, local media reported on July 3.During the meeting, Abbasov spoke about the situation around the pandemic, measures taken in Azerbaijan, as well as the work done to repatriate the citizens back to the country.First Secretary emphasized that the Azerbaijani government is with its citizens, and their problems are under direct control of the president.Moreover, he stated that the State Committee for Work with Diaspora has repeatedly helped Azerbaijani citizens staying in Uzbekistan, and solving citizens’ problems is always in the focus of attention of both embassy and the committee.Furthermore, Abbasov stated that Azerbaijani Ambassador to Uzbekistan Huseyn Guliyev worked with relevant agencies and applied to relevant structures in connection with the repatriation of Azerbaijani citizens from Uzbekistan, and the relevant work in this direction will be carried out in the near future.Participating in the meeting, compatriots expressed their gratitude to the Azerbaijani government, Embassy and Cultural Center for attention and care.Thereby, on behalf of the Azerbaijani state, the Cultural Center distributed food aid to the citizens.It should be noted that on June 5, Azerbaijan sent financial aid to 90 citizens stranded in Uzbekistan due to the closure of borders amid COVID-19. On May 8, 50 Azerbaijani citizens were repatriated by Tel Aviv-Tashkent- Baku flight. South-east wind expected in Baku http://www.today.az/news/society/195097.html Society Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:50:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaRainless weather is expected in Baku on July 4. South-east wind will blow. The temperature on the Absheron peninsula will be +20-24 °C at night, +30-34 °C in the daytime, the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported.In Baku, the temperature will be +21-23 °C at night, +31-33 °C in the daytime.Atmospheric pressure will be 759 mm Hg, relative humidity - 60-70 percent at night, 40-45 percent in the daytime.South-east wind will blow at Absheron beaches. Coastal water temperature is expected to be +22-23 °C at the northern Sumgayit, Novkhani, Pirshagi, Nardaran, Bilgah, Zagulba beaches, +24-25 °C at the southern Turkan, Hovsan, Sahil, Shikh beaches.The weather will be mainly dry in the country's regions. Rainy weather and hails are expected in the northern regions in the evening. East wind will blow.The temperature will be +18-23 °C at night, +31-36 °C in the daytime. In the mountains, the temperature will be +12-17 °C at night, +21-26 °C in the daytime.The day is expected to be  favorable for weather-sensitive people. Vocational training courses held for 800 unemployed in Q1 http://www.today.az/news/business/195096.html Business Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:40:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadThe State Employment Service under the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection attracted about 800 unemployed and job seekers to vocational training courses in the first six months of 2020, the ministry’s press service reported on July 2.Out of these 800 citizens, 409 were women and over 255 were young people.The trainings are aimed at creating conditions for the unemployed and job seekers to help them acquire professional skills to become cooks, tailors, carpet-makers, computer accountants, computer designers, welders, greenhouse operators, confectioners, makeup artists, hairdressers and others.Some participants have already completed the course and received certificates.Additionally, course participants are also granted a scholarship equivalent to the minimum monthly salary in the country.Course participants who have been interrupted in their training due to the pandemic continue to receive these scholarships upon the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers.Vocational education centers provide training courses for those who have difficulty in choosing a suitable job due to a lack of qualifications, as well as for those who need to change their profession due to a lack of work that matches their professional skills.Citizens who have successfully completed the training are issued certificates and provided with employment in accordance with their acquired professional qualifications.One of the active employment measures organized by the State Employment Service under the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection is the involvement of job seekers and unemployed citizens in vocational training and further education courses in professions that meet the requirements of the labor market. Azerbaijan confirms 583 new COVID-19 cases http://www.today.az/news/society/195105.html Society Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:25:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 583 new COVID-19 cases, 395 patients have recovered and 7 patients have died, Trend reports citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.To date, 19,267 cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in the country, 10,820 patients have recovered, 235 people have died. Currently, 8,212 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 7,137 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 502,965 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far. "The Masked Singer" show reaches Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/195093.html Arts & Entertainment Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:20:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAmerican reality singing competition "The Masked Singer" show has finally reached Azerbaijan.Azerbaijan Public Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (ITV) signed an agreement with the British Fremantle, which has a license to adapt the show.For those of you not familiar with the premise, "The Masked Singer" is an American reality singing competition that premiered on Fox on January 2, 2019. It is the first non-Asian adaptation of the Masked Singer franchise which features 12 celebrities singing covers of famous songs while wearing dazzling costumes and face masks.The performer with the fewest votes each episode is eliminated and reveals their identity. Aliyev congratulates U.S. on Independende Day in letter to Trump http://www.today.az/news/politics/195099.html Politics Fri, 03 Jul 2020 17:02:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has sent a letter to U.S. President Donald Trump on the occasion of the July 4 – Independence Day.“It is on my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan that I wish to cordially congratulate you and the friendly people of the United States on the occasion of July 4 – Independence Day,” reads the letter.“Azerbaijan and the United States of America have enjoyed the ties of successful cooperation for the past 30 years,” President Aliyev added. “Throughout these years, American companies have played a substantial role in the development of the energy sector, information and communication technology and other key spheres in our country.”“Furthermore, our countries have forged an exemplary engagement in the area of strengthening international security and fighting terrorism,” the Azerbaijani president said. “I am confident that through our joint efforts the friendly ties and the partnership between Azerbaijan and the United States will continue to expand.”“We hope that the United States of America, as a co-chair of the OSCE Minsk Group, will step up its efforts with regard to the early and fair settlement of the Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and the principles of the Helsinki Final Act, based on Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, sovereignty, and inviolability of its borders,” President Aliyev said.“I wish to state once again that the people of Azerbaijan remain in solidarity with the friendly American people as the world faces challenging times during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Azerbaijani president said.“On this memorable day, I wish strong health and success to you, and everlasting prosperity to the United States of America,” President Aliyev said. Baku, Kyiv reaffirm support for each other's territorial integrity http://www.today.az/news/politics/195102.html Politics Fri, 03 Jul 2020 16:43:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadUkraine and Azerbaijan have reaffirmed their support for each other’s territorial integrity and the inviolability of their borders, Azerbaijan embassy in Ukraine reported in its Facebook page on July 3.During the meeting held between First Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Amina Dzhaparova and Azerbaijani Ambassador to Ukraine Elmira Akhundova on July 3, the sides have praised cooperation within international organizations.Amabassador Akhundova thanked Kyiv for its position on the territorial integrity and inviolability of the border.She noted that Ukraine’s support to Azerbaijan’s fair position on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict on the international platform is an indicator of the high level of relations between two countries.In turn, Amina Dzhaparova expressed gratitude to Azerbaijan for providing Ukraine with the greatest humanitarian aid compared to other countries to help this country's fight against COVID-19. Dzhaparova noted great development of cooperation between the two countries.Moreover, referring to the importance of further strengthening of cooperation between GUAM Member States, she stated that it is important to hold another meeting of the heads of government within the framework of organization. Ambassador Elmira Akhundova stressed that during her diplomatic mission to Ukraine, she will make every effort to further expand and deepen high level relations between the two countries.The meeting focused on politics, economy, trade, transport, culture as well as cooperation with international organizations.