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 Iranian companies interested in reconstruction work in Azerbaijan's Karabakh http://www.today.az/news/business/208298.html Business Mon, 26 Jul 2021 19:15:00 +0400 By TrendIranian companies created committees that are looking to get engaged in projects on reconstruction in Azerbaijan's Karabakh, the secretary of Iranian Association of Exporters of Technical and Engineering Services Bahman Salehi Javid told Trend."Regarding Karabakh reconstruction there is a protocol between Iran and Azerbaijan, created by governments of the two countries but the official documents are not released," Javid said.He went on to add that Azerbaijan has common culture with Iran, as well as oil reserves and financial resources."There's low risk for Iranian companies for work there, it's basically an optimal market for them," he said."There are 28 specialized committees in the Iranian Association of Exporters of Technical and Engineering Services," he said. "These committees are interested in getting involved in target markets and be active there."Javid pointed out that lack of planning has reduced share of Iran in export of technical and engineering services.He said Iran is exporting its technical and engineering services, and in case with CIS countries, this market is more desirable to Iranian companies due to low economic and political risks. Turkey’s Camlica Tower visited by 30,000 people during Eid al-Adha http://www.today.az/news/regions/208297.html World news Mon, 26 Jul 2021 19:00:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovAround 30,000 people visited Istanbul’s Camlica Tower during nine-day Eid al-Adha holiday.Since its opening on June 1, 2021, the tower has been visited by 98,418 people.Inaugurated on the 568th anniversary of the Conquest of Istanbul with the participation of Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoglu and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Çaml?ca Tower has become the center of attention for foreign tourists visiting Istanbul along with the residents of the city who spent the holiday in the city.The Tower is the first of its kind in the world as it can broadcast 100 FM radio simultaneously and is one of the new symbols of Istanbul due to its architecture and technical features.According to the Ministry 12,445 people visited the Tower in the first three days of the holiday. Thus, the Tower was visited by 3,000 people on the first day of the holiday, 4,200 people on the second day, and 5,245 people on the third day. The Ministry reported that a total of 29,838 people visited the tower during the nine-day Eid al-Adha.Since June 1, the Tower has hosted 98,418 visitors who experienced the joy of the holiday and enjoyed the fascinating view of Istanbul, the Ministry commented.The 369 meter-tower (587 meters from the sea level) is the highest tower in Europe, the ministry reminded, stating that foreign tourists from various parts of the world show great interest in the Tower. The visitors who had pleasant moments at the Tower during the Eid al-Adha, immortalized their visit with the photos and videos they took.The ministry emphasized that Camlica Tower has become an attraction center that will contribute to Istanbul’s economy and tourism with its gift shops, cafeteria and observation terraces with a unique view of Istanbul and a capacity of 2.5 million visitors. Azerbaijan discussing resuming activity of theaters, cinemas http://www.today.az/news/society/208296.html Society Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:50:00 +0400 By TrendThe issue of resuming the activity of theaters and cinemas in the future is being discussed in Azerbaijan, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Department for Economic Affairs and Policy of Innovative Development of the Presidential Administration Shahmar Movsumov told reporters, Trend reports.“If the activity of theaters and cinemas is resumed in the future, then only people with COVID passports will be allowed to enter,” Movsumov added. Azerbaijan to issue appropriate certificate to persons with contraindications for COVID-19 ... http://www.today.az/news/society/208295.html Society Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:45:00 +0400 By TrendPersons who cannot be vaccinated against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan due to the health condition, will be issued a certificate on the presence of contraindications to vaccination, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Department for Economic Affairs and Policy of Innovative Development of the Presidential Administration, Shahmar Movsumov told reporters, Trend reports.The issuance of these certificates is envisaged for pregnant women; nursing mothers, as well as other persons for whom vaccination is contraindicated, Movsumov said.With this aim, the Ministry of Health will create a special commission, the official added. Showers expected in country http://www.today.az/news/society/208292.html Society Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:30:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaRainy weather is expected in Baku and the Absheron Peninsula on July 27. Northwest wind will blow across the Absheron peninsula The temperature on the Absheron peninsula will be +23-25 °C  at night, +28-31 °C in the daytime, the Ecology and Natural Resources Ministry reported.In Baku, the temperature will be +23-25 °C at night, and +29-31 °C in the daytime.Atmospheric pressure will be below average at 758 mm Hg. Relative humidity will reach 60-70 percent at night, and 40-45 percent in the daytime.The seawater temperature will be +24-25 °C  in Sumgayit, Novkhani, Pirshaghi, Nardaran, Bilgah, Zagulba, and +25-26 °C  in Turkan, Hovsan, Sahil, and Shikhov.Showers are expected in the north and western regions. West wind will blow.The temperature will be +21-26 °C at night, +34-39 °C in the daytime. In the mountains, the temperature will be +13-18 °C at night, and +20-25 °C in the daytime. President Aliyev receives delegation led by first deputy chairman of Turkish AKP http://www.today.az/news/politics/208299.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:29:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by First Deputy Chairman of the Justice and Development Party of Turkey Numan Kurtulmus on July 26.Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received a delegation led by First Deputy Chairman of the Justice and Development Party of Turkey Numan Kurtulmus on July 26.The sides hailed the successful development of friendly and brotherly relations between Azerbaijan and Turkey in all areas. The special role of regular contacts between the heads of state in expanding bilateral relations was emphasized at the meeting.They discussed the issues of cooperation between the New Azerbaijan Party and the Justice and Development Party. The important role of relations between the parties in the development of bilateral relations was pointed out. The importance of mutual visits of representatives of various institutions of the two countries was also underlined at the meeting.The sides exchanged views on prospects for cooperation and expressed confidence that the relations between the two countries would continue to expand. Experts rule out Akkuyu NPP’s negative impact on seas http://www.today.az/news/regions/208291.html World news Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadExperts have ruled out any links between recent pollution of seas in Turkey and Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Mersin Province, Turkey’s Yeni Safak newspaper has reported.According to the findings of experts, the above-mentioned two issues are unrelated, and the opinion that the Akkuyu NPP will lead to pollution of the seas has been scientifically refuted.Referring to the work of 297 experts in biology, physics and chemistry conducted a year-long geodetic, geological, geophysical, seismic, meteorological, marine, hydrological studies on the impact of the Akkuyu NPP on the sea that resulted in 78 separate reports totaling 27,000 pages, the newspaper stated that Akkuyu NPP will not have a negative impact on the marine ecosystem.Experts from many universities, including Bogazici University, Middle East Technical University, Hacettepe University and Ankara University, participated in the study.Additionally, based on the results of thermal modeling studies, the seawater temperature is expected to rise by only 0.5 degrees due to discharge. It was noted that this temperature increase is appropriate. Azerbaijan recommends those who intend to marry to be vaccinated against COVID-19 http://www.today.az/news/society/208286.html Society Mon, 26 Jul 2021 18:00:00 +0400 By TrendIt is recommended for those who intend to marry to be vaccinated against COVID-19, Head of the Department of Prevention and Control of Diseases of the Management Union of Medical Territorial Units (TABIB) Yagut Garayeva said at a briefing of the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers, Trend reports on July 26."We recommend vaccination before creating a family and planning to have children because the detection of the virus during pregnancy may lead to difficulties and affect the development of the child," Garayeva said. Vaccination - only way to fight coronavirus, says Azerbaijani president's aide http://www.today.az/news/society/208285.html Society Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:45:00 +0400 By TrendVaccination is the only way to fight coronavirus, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan - Head of the Department for Economic Affairs and Policy of Innovative Development of the Presidential Administration Shahmar Movsumov said, Trend reports.Movsumov made the remark during a briefing of the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.According to the official, the victory over the coronavirus will be possible after vaccination of the entire population.“There is no other way. The vaccine is a priority issue in all countries. This issue remains a priority in Azerbaijan as well. Having been vaccinated, we must contribute to the cause of the earliest possible salvation from this disaster,” said Movsumov. MoD: Armenian reports on alleged firing and fighting in several directions - baseless http://www.today.az/news/politics/208294.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:40:00 +0400 The information spread by the Armenian side about the alleged firing and fighting in the Lachin corridor, Khojavand and Nakhchivan has no basis, Trend quoted Azerbaijan's Ministry of Defense as saying. According to the information received, an Armenian serviceman was wounded as a result of hazing and gunfire in the Armenian armystory will be updated State Migration Service appeals to foreigners, stateless people http://www.today.az/news/politics/208290.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:34:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijani State Migration Service has appealed to foreigners and stateless people temporarily staying and residing in the country in connection with the extension of the special quarantine regime in Azerbaijan, Trend reports.The period of validity of the special quarantine regime in the country was extended until 06:00 (GMT+4) September 1, 2021 upon a resolution of the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers dated July 22, 2021, the appeal says.During the reporting period the activity of the Service will be carried out in accordance with the current rules ( https://www.migration.gov.az/en/news_detail/14740 ).During the quarantine period (012) 919 Call Center of the Service will operate with limited number of employees and in a restricted mode on weekends (August 7 and 8, 14 and 15, 21 and 22, 28 and 29, 2021).Therefore, during the indicated dates inquiries related to migration issues can be addressed through the online guide on the official website of the Service, as well as via the “MIGAZ” mobile application.The Azerbaijani State Migration Service would like to remind once again that the stay of foreigners (those who paid the relevant state fee) in the country, whose temporary staying periods have been extended for up to 60 days (visa period or 90 days), is considered legal without any additional application and payment of state fee until the restrictions on movement at the state border are lifted. Azerbaijan appoints new ambassador to US http://www.today.az/news/politics/208284.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:30:00 +0400 Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has signed a decree on the appointment of Khazar Ibrahim as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the US. Rules of quarantine regime still valid in Azerbaijan – Assistant of president http://www.today.az/news/society/208289.html Society Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:25:00 +0400 By TrendThe rules of the quarantine regime are still valid in Azerbaijan, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Department for Economic Affairs and Policy of Innovative Development of the Presidential Administration, Shahmar Movsumov said, Trend reports.“I urge everyone to follow them,” Movsumov added. “It is very important for these rules to be observed by everyone.”"The quarantine regime has been weakened, but the rules remain in force,” the head of the department said. “That is, the requirements for observing social distance, hygiene rules, and the use of masks in enclosed facilities remain in force." No need for restrictions in Azerbaijan in case of mass vaccination - Assistant to president http://www.today.az/news/society/208288.html Society Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:20:00 +0400 By TrendIn case of mass vaccination of the population in a short period of time, there will be no need for restrictions in Azerbaijan, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Department for Economic Affairs and Policy of Innovative Development of the Presidential Administration Shahmar Movsumov told reporters, Trend reports on July 26.“Azerbaijan will have to introduce restrictions if the epidemiological situation worsens,” Movsumov added. Turkish official hails strong ties with Azerbaijan’s ruling party http://www.today.az/news/politics/208283.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovFirst Deputy Chairman of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Numan Kurtulmus has said that there are strong ties between his party and Azerbaijan’s ruling Yeni Azarbaycan Party (YAP).He made the remarks during the official visit to Baku on July 26.Stressing that there are many areas for partnership between Turkey and Azerbaijan, Kurtulmus said that the cooperation between the two ruling parties promotes the interstate relations in the economic, political, social, historical, and cultural spheres. Implementation of joint projects in these spheres will continue, he said.Commenting on Armenia’s aggressive policy towards Azerbaijan, he stressed that Yerevan must refrain from escalating the situation in the region and relying on external forces to solve its problems. This is not also of the interests of Armenian people.“As the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated after Azerbaijan’s victory in the second Karabakh war, the sure way to solve problems is to create a platform between Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russia, Iran, Georgia, and Armenia. The problems between Azerbaijan and Armenia can be resolved via negotiations," said Kurtulmus.Meanwhile, another senior official of Turkey’s Justice and Development Party Omer Celik wrote on his Twitter account that Yerevan’s aggressive policy will not bring any benefit to Armenia.The AK party’s spokesperson strongly condemned Armenia for the recent incident that happened on the state border with Armenia in Kalbajar region, which resulted in the death of Azerbaijani serviceman. He stated that Armenia should not succumb to the external forces, which are encouraging provocations in the region."Yerevan's aggressive policy is a threat to peace in the region. The responsibility for the consequences is also borne by the forces that induce Yerevan to take such actions. These forces will definitely not support Armenia when a proper answer is given. Armenia's situation will only get worse," he stressed.Celik also reminded Turkey’s initiative to form a mechanism for dialogue and cooperation between the regional countries. "If Armenia refuses to act aggressively, it will be able to become a part of this mechanism. Yerevan should not lose this historic chance and comprehensively assess the calls of the leaders of Turkey and Azerbaijan. Otherwise, this country will face new problems. Armenia cannot jeopardize regional peace. This will not be allowed", Celik wrote.It should be noted that a Turkish delegation headed by Chairman of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Mustafa Sentop arrives in Azerbaijan on July 26 to attend the first trilateral meeting of the heads of the Azerbaijani-Pakistani-Turkish parliaments.The meeting will be held on July 27. The Baku Declaration will be signed at the meeting. Albayrak-operated Alport to become West Africa's logistic center http://www.today.az/news/regions/208287.html World news Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:05:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAlbayrak Group, which operates transportation and recycling operations in Guinea’s capital Conakry, continues its efforts to expand and develop the Alport, one of the city’s most important ports, which it has managed since 2018, Turkey’s Yeni Shafak newspaper has reported.In this context, Albayrak Group will double the capacity of Alport Conakry with an investment of $500 million.Albayrak Alport representative and protocol manager in Conakry Ecevit Ercan said that the work has begun to expand the port through a 'build-operate-transfer' model and that a 25-year concession agreement has been signed over this.  After the completion of all stages of work, the total cost of the project is estimated to reach $500 million.Noting that currently the port has a 2-km berth and accommodates many ships of various sizes and dimensions, Alport Conakry operations manager Ali Akin Dincer stressed that the goal is to double the capacity and to expand the berth to 4 km.The port has an area of about 260,000 square meters and an enclosed storage area of a total of 11,000 square meters. In the current structure of the port, there are 1,800 employees. This number is forecasted to increase by 2.5 times when the port is completed. Vaccines against COVID-19 used in Azerbaijan totally safe - president's aide http://www.today.az/news/society/208282.html Society Mon, 26 Jul 2021 17:00:00 +0400 By TrendVaccines against COVID-19 infection used in Azerbaijan are totally safe, Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan, Head of the Department for Economic Affairs and Policy of Innovative Development of the Presidential Administration Shahmar Movsumov said, Trend reports.Movsumov made the remark at a briefing of the Operational Headquarters under the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.The president’s assistant also noted the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines used in Azerbaijan.According to Movsumov, 99 percent of those who died in Azerbaijan from coronavirus after the start of vaccination and until today are citizens who haven’t been vaccinated. National judoka shines at Tokyo 2020 Olympics http://www.today.az/news/sports/208265.html Sports Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:51:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaAzerbaijani judoka has started his quest for Olympic medals with victories.In the quarterfinals, Rustam Orujov (73 kg) defeated Somon Makhmadbekov (Tajikistan). He also eliminated Russian judoka Musa Mogushkov in the sixteenth final.Unfortunately, the national judoka  lost to Japan's Shohei Ono at the Tokyo-2020 Olympic Games quarterfinals.Next, Orujov will face Akil Gyakov (Kosovo) in a consolation bout.Rustam Orujov is the silver medalist of the 2016 Summer Olympics in the men's 73 kg event.For almost 21 years, Orujov continues to achieve global success, enriching the country's medal haul with new victories.Some 44 athletes are representing the country at the Summer Olympics being held from July 23 to August 8.Nine judokas, seven wrestlers, five athletes in rhythmic gymnastics group performances, one athlete in individual all-around competitions, five boxers, three karate fighters, two athletes, two swimmers, two taekwondo fighters, two athletes in artistic gymnastics, one sport shooter, one road cycler, one fencer, one badminton player, one triathlete and one trap shooter are striving for victory in Japan.National judoka Rustam Orujov and taekwondo fighter Farida Azizova became standard-bearers for Azerbaijan.They were accompanied by a delegation of 24 people, along with the chief de-mission of the national team and the sports manager of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Farid Mansurov.At the parade, the Azerbaijani team was the fifth in a row after Greece, the team of refugees formed by the International Olympic Committee, Iceland, and Ireland.International Olympic Committee has allowed athletes to temporarily go without masks during the Tokyo Games.The victory ceremony protocol was adapted to make it possible for media representative to take photos of athletes while they are celebrating the proudest moment of their careers.Moreover, the silver and bronze medalists now have permission to join the winner for a group photo on the podium's gold-medal step.Formerly scheduled to take place from July 24  to  August  9 2020, the event was postponed amid COVID-19 pandemic.Despite being rescheduled for 2021, the event retains the Tokyo 2020. This is the first time that the Olympic Games have been postponed and rescheduled, rather than cancelled.Tokyo Olympics marks the second time that Japan has hosted the Summer Olympic Games, the first being also in Tokyo in 1964, making this the first city in Asia to host the Summer Games twice.The 2020 Games feature competitions including 3x3 basketball, freestyle BMX, and madison cycling, as well as further mixed events.Karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding are added to the Olympic Games program.Dropped from the Olympics after the 2008 Beijing Games baseball and softball are returning to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Azerbaijan registers 272 new COVID-19 cases, 80 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/208293.html Society Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:42:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan registered 272 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, Operational Headquarters under Cabinet of Ministers reported on July 26.Some 80 patients have recovered and 3 patient has died in the reported period. So far, 340,715 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country. Some 332,136 patients have recovered, 5,009 people have died. Currently, 3,570 people are under treatment in special hospitals.Over the past day, 5,616 tests were conducted in Azerbaijan to reveal coronavirus cases.In general, 3,980,697 tests have been conducted in Azerbaijan so far.So far, some 4,564,329 COVID-19 vaccines have been provided to Azerbaijani citizens. The first dose of the vaccine was given to 2,654,273 citizens, and the second one to 1,910,056 citizens. In addition, in the past 24 hours, some 432 citizens have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Culture Minister meets world-famous photographer http://www.today.az/news/society/208270.html Society Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:38:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe Culture Minister Anar Karimov has met with the world-famous photographer Reza Deghati.During the meeting, Reza Degati spoke about his visit to Azerbaijan's territories liberated from the Armenian occupation during the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh War.Through his photographs, Reza Degati, informed the world community about Armenian Armenia against Azerbaijan's historical and cultural heritage. Anar Karimov expressed gratitude to the photographer for his invaluable services in informing the world community about the Karabakh realities.Meanwhile, the photographer continues a series of exhibitions across France.Another exposition tled "Renaissance" was presented on the streets of the Pierrefitte-sur-Seine.The exhibition features portraits of war victims from Azerbaijan, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Sudan and other countries. During his last visit to Azerbaijan's liberated territories, the photographer was nearly blown up by a mine. The exposition also features shots of wildlife and monuments of world architecture, including the old part of Baku - Icherisheher, which with the Palace of the Shirvanshahs and the Maiden Tower - is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.Another exhibition "Origins of worlds" has opened in the city of Chateau-Ville-Vieille. More than 100 photographers shot by Reza Deghati were showcased in two sections "The Modern Odyssey of Reza" (l'Odyssey contemporaine de Raza) and "Depth of Silence" (Epaisseur du silence). The exhibition displays the photos captured during the first and second Karabakh wars as well as the Gobustan State Historical and Artistic Reserve.The event will last until September 12. Gabala Music Festival comes back http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/208278.html Arts & Entertainment Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:20:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaThe 12th Gabala International Music Festival is coming back with spectacular concerts. The festival will see some of the most talented musicians from July 31 to August 4.The large-scale event is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Baku Music Academy.The 12th Gabala International Music Festival will close with a grand concert program called "Viva Opera" on August 4.Gabala International Music Festival is an annual open-air festival of classical music held every summer since 2009 in Gabala.Talented musicians from all over the world, world-known symphonic and philharmonic orchestras take part in the festival.The festival initially positioned itself as a classical music festival. However, the festival's repertoire has eventually expanded. Now you can hear music of different genres, including jazz and mugham.In 2018, Gabala Music Festival gathered  incredibly talented musicians from Azerbaijan, Israel, Turkey, Ukraine, Switzerland and other countries.During the festival, music lovers got the chance to enjoy spectacular concerts of the Baku Music Academy, Azerbaijan State Symphony Orchestra, the State Chamber Orchestra, Cello Extravaganza ensemble, Oksana Yablonskaya and Friends ensemble, as well as national mugham singers accompanied by ensembles Naz Nazi, Clarte Clarinet quartet and Turkish Miraculum trio.At the closing ceremony, the audience was presented with a grand concert program called "Viva Opera", accompanied by Virtuosos of the Kiev Symphonic Orchestra. Armenian accused of espionage against Azerbaijan testifies at trial in Baku http://www.today.az/news/politics/208276.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 16:10:00 +0400 By TrendThe trial on the criminal case of Davit Davtyan and Gevorg Sujyan, accused of espionage against Azerbaijan continues at the Baku Court on Grave Crimes, Trend reports on July 26.At the meeting, chaired by Judge Ali Mammadov, the start of the trial was announced.Davtyan and Sujyan were charged under Articles 228, 276, 279, and 318 of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan.The judge said that if, according to the results of the judicial investigation, the guilt of the accused is proved, then they can be imprisoned for up to 15 years.Defendants Davtyan and Sujyan partially admitted their guilt, saying that they had illegally crossed the state border of Azerbaijan.Then Sujyan testified.A break was announced at the trial.Davtyan and Sujyan were charged under Articles 228 (illegal possession of weapons), 276 (espionage), 279 (creation of armed groups not provided for by law) and 318 (illegal crossing of the state border) of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan recalls envoy to Turkey, head of mission to EU http://www.today.az/news/politics/208277.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:59:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Aisha JabbarovaPresident Ilham Aliyev signed a decree on July 26 to recall Fuad Isgandarov from the post of the head of the Azerbaijani Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium, to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and Mission to the European Union.Under another decree, Fuad Isgandarov was appointed Azerbaijan's ambassador to Switzerland, while Vagif Sadigov has been appointed ambasssador to Belgium.On the same day, Aliyev signed two other decrees to recall Khazar Ibrahim from the post of the extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Azerbaijan to Turkey and to appoint Rashad Mammadov as the new ambassador.Under other decrees, Aliyev appointed Anar Maharramov, as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Estonia, Elnur Sultanov as the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Latvia, Galib Israfilov, as the permanent representative of Azerbaijan to the UN office in Geneva and other international organizations. Serbia focusing on co-op with Azerbaijan, says FM Nikola Selakovic http://www.today.az/news/business/208274.html Business Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:43:00 +0400 By TrendSerbia pays special attention to cooperation with Azerbaijan, Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic said, Trend reports.Selakovic made the remark in Baku during a joint press conference with his Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov.He called the talks with the Azerbaijani foreign minister extremely productive.According to the Serbian FM, Serbia has offered to hold such discussions every year.“We discussed bilateral cooperation, especially, in the economic sphere. This issue will also be considered at a meeting of the intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation,” Selakovic said.The minister also noted the good development of cooperation between Azerbaijan and Serbia in the economic sphere.“Many Azerbaijani companies operate in Serbia, in particular, in the field of industry,” Selakovic said. Azerbaijan makes changes to quarantine regime http://www.today.az/news/society/208281.html Society Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:42:00 +0400 Azerbaijan’s Cabinet of Ministers has made changes to the decision “On measures to extend the special regime and remove some restrictions".Under the amendments made in the Cabinet of Minister briefing today, as of September 1, COVID-19 passports will be required from 80 percent of employees of government agencies (with first doze of vaccine to be administered by September 1 and the second doze – by October 1).Moreover, all employees of medical and pharmaceutical establishments, science and education institutions will be required to receive COVID-19 vaccines.In addition, all residents above 18 who receive education in secondary and higher educational institutions will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19.Residents over 18 will be required to have COVID-19 vaccines for use services of public catering establishments, hotels and large trade centers. Serbia will never forget Azerbaijan's support during hard times - minister http://www.today.az/news/politics/208275.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:20:00 +0400 By TrendFriendly Azerbaijan provided humanitarian assistance to Serbia during the coronavirus pandemic, and the country won't forget it, Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic said, Trend reports.The Serbian minister made the remark in Baku during a joint press conference with his Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov."Serbia will never forget the support of Azerbaijan, rendered to it in difficult days. This is a clear example of sincere friendship," Selakovic said.According to the minister, there is high-level cooperation between Serbia and Azerbaijan, in the establishment of which the personal relations of the heads of the two states played an important role. Victor Kerber shows panoramic view of Baku http://www.today.az/news/entertainment/208264.html Arts & Entertainment Mon, 26 Jul 2021 15:05:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaA photo exhibition "Photo chronicle of Azerbaijani Navy: Aerial Perspective" has opened at the 20th-21st Century Azerbaijani Painting Museum. The project is co-organized by Russian House in Baku (RICC) and YARAT Contemporary Art Space to mark the Navy Day.All exhibits were presented by the Baku Street Photography Festival and the Azerbaijan Photographers Association. The exhibition includes footage taken by photographer Victor Korvin-Kerber. This entire historical chain, captured in photographs by Victor Korvin-Kerber, raises the viewer above ground level and shows the familiar city and sea from a completely different perspective.Speaking at the event, the head of the Rossotrudnichestvo office in Baku Irek Zinnurov expressed gratitude to the Baku Street Photography Festival and the YARAT Contemporary Art Space for hosting the exhibition on the eve of the Russian Navy Day in Baku. He noted that  the exposition displays 20 photographs taken at the beginning of the last century in Baku from a bird's eye view."The author of the works is photographer Victor Korvin-Kerber, he is a descendant of admirals of the Russian fleet. He is a man who was born in Tallinn, spent his youth in Kronstadt and studied at the Baku Naval Aviation Officer School," he said.The head of the YARAT cultural programs department Ulviya Akhundova expressed her hope that strong cooperation with the Rossotrudnichestvo office will continue in the future."It seems to me that holding an exhibition of Viktor Kerber's photographs in Baku is symbolic. Several cities played a significant role in his life, but in Baku he found his two main passions - aviation and photography," said Akhundova. The coordinator of Rossotrudnichestvo's cultural programs in Baku Vafa Mammadova and the curator of the exhibition - coordinator for public programs YARAT, coordinator for cultural projects of the Russian House in Baku Aidan Develimagomed spoke about the life and fate of Viktor Korvin-Kerber. " In Baku, he managed to combine his two his passions-photographs saturated with his love for naval aviation. Now we have a great a chance to learn more about these unique photo works," she said, adding that, unfortunately, after 1918 year, Victor Korvin-Kerber no longer had the opportunity to visit Baku.Victor Lvovich Korvin-Kerber (b. 1894, Estonia) - was born in Revel (Tallinn) into a family of the naval elite.Victor Kerber spent his childhood in Kronstadt. This was followed by a school period in St. Petersburg, where in 1912 he graduated from Karl May's German gymnasium. As a high school student, Victor was fond of aviation and participated in the activities of the first school aviation circle in Russia, Nikolai Farusek. Photography was another passion of this technically gifted young man. It was in Baku that Viktor Kerber got a unique opportunity to combine his two favorite activities.A member of German nobility by birth, a descendant of admirals of the Russian Imperial Navy, an officer of the Tsarist army, a White Guard, a Soviet engineer, repressed, and then a rehabilitated aircraft designer, an officer of the Red Army, an organizer of production, Kerber was an extraordinary personality, whose life was full of ups and downs and the most unexpected twists. One thing remained unchanged: love and dedication to naval aviation. This choice of life path was made by him at the Baku School for Naval Aviation officers.And although after 1918 Viktor Lvovich never had a chance to visit Baku, it was here that he filmed and brought together a unique collection of aerial photographs, the significance of which today can hardly be overestimated.The exhibition will last until July 27. Venue: Museum of Azerbaijani Painting of the 20th-21st centuries, 2nd floorP. Bailovo, National Flag SquareExhibition working hours: Tuesday - Sunday from 12:00 to 21:00Free admissionMedia partners of the event are  Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az, Azernews.az, Baku magazine, Nargis magazine, AZERTAC, M?d?niyy?t TV, CBC TV, 1news.az. Armenia's destructive position prevents full implementation of trilateral agreements – ... http://www.today.az/news/politics/208273.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 14:58:00 +0400 By TrendA number of provisions of the trilateral statements adopted by the leaders of Azerbaijan, Russia and Armenia on November 10, 2020 and January 11, 2021 have been implemented, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Jeyhun Bayramov said, Trend reports on July 26.“However, Armenia's destructive position prevents full implementation,” he said.“One of the extremely important points is the threat of mines,” Bayramov added. “Despite the cessation of military operations, mines continue to pose a threat.”“If military operations have ended and an agreement was reached, minefield maps must be handed over,” the minister said. “But the Armenian side does not do it."“During six months after the adoption of the tripartite statement, Armenia denied the availability of maps of minefields,” the Azerbaijani minister said. “However, after the intervention of international organizations, it gave out some maps. Why were only some maps given? As a result, more than 150 Azerbaijani civilians were killed and wounded."The minister stressed that the restoration of communications is also an important point stipulated by the trilateral statements."In this regard, a separate trilateral statement was adopted in January 2021, a working group was created,” Bayramov said. “We have had hope but Armenia still does not show constructive position on this issue and by making contradictory statements, damages this process."The minister stressed that Armenia is taking contradictory steps on the issue of border delimitation as well. Azerbaijan to continue to develop ties with Serbia - FM http://www.today.az/news/politics/208272.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 14:42:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan will continue to develop relations with Serbia, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Jeyhun Bayramov said at a joint press conference with his Serbian counterpart, Nikola Selakovic, in Baku, Trend reports on July 26.“An increase in trade turnover has been observed between the two countries and the issue of its further increase is being discussed,” Bayramov said.“After the liberation of our lands [from the Armenian occupation], a new situation arose in the region and a lot of work is underway to restore these territories,” the Azerbaijani minister said. “We held discussions in this sphere.”“The issue of expanding cooperation between Azerbaijan and Serbia within the international organizations was also discussed," Bayramov said. Armenia takes non-constructive position on establishing sustainable peace in region - FM http://www.today.az/news/politics/208271.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 14:39:00 +0400 By TrendArmenia has taken a non-constructive position on the issue of establishing sustainable peace in the region, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, Jeyhun Bayramov said at a joint press conference with his Serbian counterpart, Nikola Selakovic, in Baku, Trend reports on July 26."Azerbaijan is doing necessary work to ensure sustainable peace in the region, taking all steps on a peace treaty,” Bayramov said. “But, unfortunately, the Armenian side does not demonstrate a constructive position on this issue."“Armenia does not respond to this good intentions of Azerbaijan,” the Azerbaijani minister added. "Such an attitude strikes a blow at peace and progress in the region. By using the current situation correctly and observing the international laws, it is possible to establish sustainable peace in the region." Azerbaijani FM meets Serbian counterpart http://www.today.az/news/politics/208268.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 14:15:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Vugar KhalilovAzerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov has met with Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic, the Ministry reported on its Twitter account today.Issues of mutual interests were discussed during the meeting.After the one-on-one meeting, the Foreign Ministers held a wide-ranging meeting with the participation of delegations.The Serbian Foreign Minister is on a two-day official visit to Azerbaijan. He met with President Ilham Aliyev on July 25.It should be noted that Azerbaijan’s trade turnover with Serbia tripled in 2021. The trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $4.2 million during the first four months of the year. In addition, total turnover between Azerbaijan and Serbia in 2020 amounted to $9 million.The two countries signed the Declaration on Strategic Partnership in 2013 and the Joint Strategic Partnership Action Plan in 2018. Trial of Armenians accused of espionage against Azerbaijan continues at Baku Court on Grave Crimes http://www.today.az/news/politics/208263.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 13:54:00 +0400 By TrendThe trial on the criminal case of Davit Davtyan and Gevorg Sujyan, accused of espionage against Azerbaijan continues at the Baku Court on Grave Crimes, Trend reports on July 26.At the meeting, chaired by Judge Ali Mammadov, the start of the trial was announced.Davtyan and Sujyan were charged under Articles 228, 276, 279 and 318 of the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan’s non oil sector up by 5.1pct in 1H2021 http://www.today.az/news/business/208279.html Business Mon, 26 Jul 2021 13:42:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadAzerbaijan’s non-oil sector increased by 5.1 percent in the first half of the year, Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communications Executive Director Vusal Gasimli has said.In Gasimli's words, the country’s economic growth recovered to 2.1 percent in the first half of 2021.The growth was at 16.6 percent in the non-oil and gas sector, 8.9 percent in crop farming, 2.4 percent in livestock farming, 5.5 percent in information and communication services and 1.7 percent in retail trade turnover.“While the global industrial growth is forecasted at 3.5 percent this year, Azerbaijan’s non-oil and gas industry growth of 16.6 percent is commendable. The main driver of economic growth in Azerbaijan is the non-oil industry,” he said.Meanwhile, during the reported period, the exchange rate of Azerbaijani manat remained stable, and inflation reached 4.3 percent.Gasimli emphasized that the non-oil exports increased by 25.8 percent in the first five months, while the state budget revenues from the non-oil sector through the State Tax Service increased by 9.5 percent in the first six months of the year. He added that the effective cooperation of fiscal and monetary policies ensures macroeconomic stability.Moreover, the executive director underlined that Azerbaijan’s economy is on the threshold of new large-scale changes along with the prospects of reintegrating Karabakh and opening up regional communications.“In Karabakh, demining has already received a new impetus, the process of modern urbanization is in full swing, “smart” settlements are being built, agribusiness, mining, construction, transport and logistics, and services are being restored. The economic regions of Karabakh and East Zangazur created in the liberated territories are important from the point of view of deepening regional specialization, increasing the effectiveness of governance and restoring historical justice,” Gasimli said.Speaking about the financial and banking sector of Azerbaijan, he noted that since the start of the year, credit investments increased by 3.3 percent, deposits by 7.7 percent, household deposits by 5.3 percent and net external assets of banks by 10.3 percent.Additionally, Gasimli said that Azerbaijan’s position in the Doing Business report rose from 34th to 28th place, in the Index of Economic Freedom from 44th to 38th place and in the Global Cybersecurity Report from 55th to 40th place. FMs of Azerbaijan, Serbia hold press conference[LIVE] http://www.today.az/news/politics/208269.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 13:31:00 +0400 By TrendA press conference of Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Jeyhun Bayramov with Serbian counterpart Nikola Selakovic is being held in Baku, Trend reports on July 26.Before the press conference, a one-on-one meeting between the foreign ministers of Azerbaijan and Serbia took place.On July 25, a delegation led by Nikola Selakovic arrived in Azerbaijan on a visit. Armenia must stay away from escalation policy - Turkish official http://www.today.az/news/politics/208258.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 13:23:00 +0400 By TrendArmenia must stay away from escalation policy, Deputy Chairman of the ruling Justice and Development Party of Turkey Numan Kurtulmus said, Trend reports.He made the remark during his visit to Baku.To solve its problems, Armenia must stay away from the habit of relying on other countries outside the region, Kurtulmus said.“As the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated after Azerbaijan’s victory in the second Karabakh war, the sure way to solve problems is to create a platform between Azerbaijan, Turkey, Russia, Iran, Georgia, and Armenia. The problems between Azerbaijan and Armenia can be resolved via negotiations," said Kurtulmus."Relying on external forces and the foreign diaspora, making attempts to create tension is not in the interests of the Armenian people. I think that a more restrained behavior of Armenia at the next stage will benefit its future,” the deputy chairman noted. Aggressive policy of Yerevan will lead Armenia to new problems - Celik http://www.today.az/news/politics/208261.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 12:55:00 +0400 By TrendThe ruling party of Turkey urged Armenia not to follow the lead of the circles encouraging the country to provocate in the region, Trend reports.Thus, Spokesman for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) Omer Celik on his Twitter page stated that the aggressive policy of Yerevan will not bring any benefit to this country."Armenia should not engage in self-deception and succumb to the rhetoric of circles encouraging it to provocations similar to the one that took place in the direction of the Kalbajar district of Azerbaijan," he wrote.The deputy chairman of the AKP strongly condemned the actions of the Armenian Armed Forces, which led to the death of an Azerbaijani soldier on the border of the two countries the day before."Yerevan's aggressive policy is a threat to peace in the region. The responsibility for the consequences is also borne by the forces that induce Yerevan to take such actions. These forces will definitely not support Armenia when a proper answer is given. Armenia's situation will only get worse," he said.Celik also recalled the initiative of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to form a mechanism for dialogue and cooperation between the countries of the region. "If Armenia refuses to aggressively acts, it will be able to become a part of this mechanism. Yerevan should not lose this historic chance and comprehensively assess the calls of the leaders of Turkey and Azerbaijan. Otherwise, this country will face new problems. Armenia cannot jeopardize regional peace. This will not be allowed." Two more Armenian saboteurs stand trial in Baku http://www.today.az/news/politics/208267.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 12:42:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Aisha JabbarovaA trial is underway in Baku into the case of two Armenians who are suspected of espionage.Armenian nationals Davit Davtyan and Gevorg Sujyan stand trial on charges of illegal weapon possession, espionage, formation of illegal armed group and illegal border crossing.The court hearing held in Baku Grave Crimes Court is presided by Judge Ali Mammadov.It should be noted that on July 23, 13 members of an Armenian armed group were sentenced to six years in prison each on charges of border violation and illegal armed possession.  Azerbaijani law-enforcers detained and disarmed 62 Armenians during the anti-terror operation on December 13. The group members were deployed on Azerbaijani territories in Karabakh on November 26 in breach of the Karabakh peace deal. They are accused of killing four Azerbaijani servicemen and injuring one civilian.Baku has refused to recognize the group members as POWs as they violated the state border after the signing of the November peace deal that ended the hostilities in autumn 2020.On June 12, Azerbaijan handed over 15 Armenian prisoners in exchange for a map detailing the location of landmines in formerly-occupied Agdam.Another 15 Armenian soldiers were handed over on July 2 in exchange of maps of about 92,000 anti-tank and anti-personnel mines planted during the occupation in Fuzuli and Zangilan regions.Earlier, Azerbaijan handed over more than 70 prisoners of war to Armenia, and Armenia returned 14 prisoners of war to Azerbaijan. State Migration Service appeals to foreigners, stateless people http://www.today.az/news/politics/208260.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 12:35:00 +0400 By TrendThe Azerbaijani State Migration Service has appealed to foreigners and stateless people temporarily staying and residing in the country in connection with the extension of the special quarantine regime in Azerbaijan, Trend reports.The period of validity of the special quarantine regime in the country was extended until 06:00 (GMT+4) September 1, 2021 upon a resolution of the Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers dated July 22, 2021, the appeal says.During the reporting period the activity of the Service will be carried out in accordance with the current rules ( https://www.migration.gov.az/en/news_detail/14740 ).During the quarantine period (012) 919 Call Center of the Service will operate with limited number of employees and in a restricted mode on weekends (August 7 and 8, 14 and 15, 21 and 22, 28 and 29, 2021).Therefore, during the indicated dates inquiries related to migration issues can be addressed through the online guide on the official website of the Service, as well as via the “MIGAZ” mobile application.The Azerbaijani State Migration Service would like to remind once again that the stay of foreigners (those who paid the relevant state fee) in the country, whose temporary staying periods have been extended for up to 60 days (visa period or 90 days), is considered legal without any additional application and payment of state fee until the restrictions on movement at the state border are lifted. Baku rules out status for Karabakh region http://www.today.az/news/politics/208266.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 12:14:00 +0400 Vugar KhalilovForeign Ministry spokesperson Leyla Abdullayeva has ruled out status for Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region.In a statement published on July 24, Abdullayeva said that those who want to artificially raise the issue of "status of Nagorno-Karabakh" must understand once and for all that there is no "status" issue, just as there is no "Nagorno-Karabakh”.She reminded that the Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast was legally abolished by Azerbaijan in November 1991 and East Zangazur and Karabakh economic regions were established by the presidential order on July 7, 2021. She added that Karabakh has been an integral part of Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenians can live there as Azerbaijani citizens.Commenting on Zangazur region, Abdullayeva told that like other parts of modern Armenia, Zangazur has been a historical Azerbaijani soil, from where ethnic Azerbaijanis have been expelled.Abdullayeva stressed that Azerbaijan has reached its borders and is strengthening there. However, Armenia as an aggressor has been disrespecting international law for decades and now does not want to face the post-war realities.Responding to Armenia’s accusation about "worsening the humanitarian situation" by Azerbaijan, Abdullayeva said that all necessary conditions have been created for the transportation of humanitarian aid through the territory of Azerbaijan. In turn, Armenia obstructs the visit of a mission to the region, which has been agreed with international humanitarian organizations.In the end, the Azerbaijani spokesperson reminded that the use of illegal force was an obstacle to peace and security in the region, which has been implemented by Armenia for decades. She added that Azerbaijan has liberated its territories in line with the UN Charter and in compliance with international humanitarian law, ensured its territorial integrity and is currently working to ensure peace and progress in the region. IDEA holds environmental camp http://www.today.az/news/society/208280.html Society Mon, 26 Jul 2021 11:59:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaIDEA Public Union has organized an environmental summer camp "Let's bring bison back into our nature!" in Gabala.The camp aimed to raise environmental knowledge and awareness about the iconic bison species reintroduced in the region, as well as develop a sense of respect and caring for nature among local youth. The initiative aroused great interest among participants.Although bison were once common in Eurasia in a very wide range, at the beginning of the last century, their population in the wild almost disappeared.The last bison in the Caucasus Mountains was killed in 1927. The vast majority of bison in the world are bred in zoos, and efforts to restore the species continue in this way. Wild oxen are strong animals known as a symbol of power since ancient times.Nearly 12 Caucasian bison were brought to the country from zoos in France and Belgium last May.Founded in 2011 by the Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva, IDEA Public Union aims at promoting public awareness on environmental issues, the education of environmental problems and finding proper solutions for them.The union successfully collaborates with young people and calls upon each individual to care about the environment and to contribute to ongoing efforts against ecological problems.Since 2014, annually, IDEA Public Union organizes camps on the theme of environmental protection and expansion of biodiversity. Over these years, schoolchildren from Ismayilli, Salyan, Neftchala, Goranboy, Samukh, Gakh, Shaki, Masalli, Jalilabad, Yardimli, Lankaran, Astara, Goygol, Lerik and other regions took part in the camps. Azerbaijani-Russian economic ties withstood test of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 - Russian ambassador http://www.today.az/news/politics/208259.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 11:44:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan and Russia ended 2020 in terms of economy with a slight drop in indicators, which was natural during a year of very active development of COVID-19 pandemic, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Azerbaijan Mikhail Bocharnikov told Trend.“Bilateral economic relations have passed this test, remaining in very good condition,” the ambassador added. “The preparation of economic projects continued amid this situation.”“Proceeding from the results of the first half of 2021, it is possible to say that trade turnover is gaining momentum,” the ambassador said. “I cannot predict the figures for the year, but I think that we must reach at least the successful level of 2019 - up to $3 billion. I hope that we will reach this milestone this year.”“Azerbaijan and Russia have a big economic agenda, which is ensured and guided as a result of the meetings of intergovernmental commissions on economic cooperation,” Bocharnikov said. “Concrete plans are adopted. A meeting of the commission, which determined the leading spheres, has been held this year.”“Presently, we can talk about a number of specific projects, the implementation of which, perhaps, we will see this year,” the ambassador said. “First, a GAZ automobile plant has already started to operate in the Hajigabul industrial zone. Secondly, we hope that it is possible that the assembly of agricultural harvesters, which will be produced by the Rostselmash concern, will begin in the same industrial zone till the end of the year.”Bocharnikov stressed that Russia expects to continue cooperation with Azerbaijan in assembling the latest models of KAMAZ trucks.The ambassador also said that a project of creating a service helicopter center in the Pirallahi industrial zone is under completion.“There are a number of projects that directly relate to the Azerbaijani-Russian cooperation,” Bocharnikov said. “It is necessary to take into account that 2021 is a period when after the end of the second Karabakh War, a trilateral format of commissions on economic issues was launched in accordance with tripartite statements made by the leaders of these countries with the participation of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Russia.”“The primary goals of the intergovernmental commission are to facilitate the restoration and creation of transport and logistics routes in the region,” the ambassador said. “If they start to work again, then all the regional countries will benefit and this will contribute to the economic development among them.”Bocharnikov added that the Russian companies hope that they will find an opportunity to use their knowledge, capital and investments in the restoration of the Karabakh region, in which Azerbaijan is now involved in.“The programs for the reconstruction and restoration of these territories are being drawn up, and Russia, represented by the companies, is interested in taking part in this process,” the ambassador said. Minister: Startup developers to boost economic development http://www.today.az/news/business/208262.html Business Mon, 26 Jul 2021 11:20:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Ayya LmahamadThe activities of startup developers in Azerbaijan will strengthen the economy and positively impact economic development, Transport, Communications and High Technologies Minister Rashad Nabiyev has said.Addressing the meeting with representatives of the national startups last week, Nabiyev underlined the importance of startups in creating an innovative environment in the country.“The activities of our talented startup developers, the full implementation of their knowledge and skills will have a positive impact on the development of the economy. We are ready to support them in the process of development and becoming an important part of the digital environment. Such meetings will continue,” the minister said.“I believe that at present, favorable conditions have been created in Azerbaijan for the innovations development and their application in various fields,” he added.During the meeting, the participants discussed the current state, problems and prospects of the startup ecosystem in Azerbaijan, and identified new priorities.Likewise, they discussed the development tendencies of the startup ecosystem and the problems they face in their activities. Turkey's ruling party delegation visits Alley of Honor, Alley of Martyrs in Baku http://www.today.az/news/politics/208257.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 11:15:00 +0400 By TrendThe delegation of the ruling Justice and Development Party of Turkey, which is on a visit to Azerbaijan, has visited the Alley of Honor and the Alley of Martyrs, as well as a monument to Turkish soldiers in Baku, Trend reports on July 26.The members of the delegation laid flowers at the grave of the national leader of the Azerbaijani people, Heydar Aliyev. They also visited the grave of ophthalmologist Zarifa Aliyeva and laid flowers there.Then the delegation headed by First Deputy Chairman of the Justice and Development Party of Turkey Numan Kurtulmus visited the Martyrs Alley and paid tribute to the memory of those who fell in the struggle for the independence and territorial integrity of Azerbaijan. Delegation of the ruling party of Turkey is on a visit to Azerbaijan http://www.today.az/news/politics/208256.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:40:00 +0400 By TrendA delegation of the ruling party of Turkey headed by the First Deputy Chairman of the Justice and Development Party of Turkey (AKP), member of the Turkish Grand National Assembly Numan Kurtulmush is on a visit to Azerbaijan, Trend reports.The delegation visited the Department of the State Historical and Architectural Reserve - "Icheri Sheher", got acquainted with the historical monuments of the city. The delegation was accompanied by the Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Jahit Bagchi.Within the framework of the visit, N. Kurtulmush will visit the Alley of Martyrs, meet with Speaker of the Milli Mejlis Sahiba Gafarova and Deputy Chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party Tahir Budagov.The delegation is also expected to meet with Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Deputy Chairman of the New Azerbaijan Party Ali Akhmadov and Chairman of the State Committee for Family, Women and Children Affairs Bahar Muradova. Tokyo 2020 : Olympic Committee allows temporary removal of face masks http://www.today.az/news/sports/208255.html Sports Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:32:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Laman IsmayilovaInternational Olympic Committee has allowed athletes to temporarily go without masks during the Tokyo Games.The victory ceremony protocol was adapted to make it possible for media representative to take photos of athletes while they celebrating the proudest moment of their careers.Moreover, the silver and bronze medalists now have permission to join the winner for a group photo on the podium's gold-medal step.Some 44 athletes are representing the country at the Summer Olympics being held from July 23 to August 8.National judoka Rustam Orujov and taekwondo fighter Farida Azizova became standard-bearers for Azerbaijan.They were accompanied by a delegation of 24 people, along with the chief de-mission of the national team and the sports manager of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Farid Mansurov.At the parade, the Azerbaijani team was the fifth in a row after Greece, the team of refugees formed by the International Olympic Committee, Iceland, and Ireland.Nine judokas, seven wrestlers, five athletes in rhythmic gymnastics group performances, one athlete in individual all-around competitions, five boxers, three karate fighters, two athletes, two swimmers, two taekwondo fighters, two athletes in artistic gymnastics, one sport shooter,  one road cycler, one fencer, one badminton player, one triathlete and one trap shooter will strive for victory in Japan.Formerly scheduled to take place from July 24  to  August  9 2020, the event was postponed amid COVID-19 pandemic.Despite being rescheduled for 2021, the event retains the Tokyo 2020. This is the first time that the Olympic Games have been postponed and rescheduled, rather than cancelled.The 2020 Games will mark the second time that Japan has hosted the Summer Olympic Games, the first being also in Tokyo in 1964, making this the first city in Asia to host the Summer Games twice.The 2020 Games will feature competitions including 3x3 basketball, freestyle BMX, and madison cycling, as well as further mixed events.Under new IOC policies, which allow the host organizing committee to add new sports to the Olympic program to augment the permanent core events, these Games will see karate, sport climbing, surfing, and skateboarding make their Olympic debuts, as well as the return of baseball and softball for the first time since 2008. MoD: Azerbaijan army positions subjected to fire in direction of Kalbajar http://www.today.az/news/politics/208254.html Politics Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:00:00 +0400 Armenian armed forces units have once again committed a provocation on the Kalbajar section of the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border,  Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported.On July 26, starting from 03:00 (GMT +4) the Armenian armed forces from the combat positions located in various directions in the territory of the Basarkechar region using small arms and grenade launchers intensively shelled the positions of the Azerbaijan Army in the territory of the Kalbajar region.The Azerbaijan Army Units stationed in this direction are undertaking adequate retaliatory actions.Notably, On July 25, at about 15:30, Armenian armed forces units in the positions located near Yukhari Shorzha village of the Basarkechar region using sniper rifle and assault rifle periodically subjected to fire positions of the Azerbaijan Army in the direction of Zeylik village of the Kalbajar region.The Azerbaijan Army did not suffer any losses.The opposing side was suppressed by return fire. Azerbaijan, Serbia mutually support each other’s territorial integrity http://www.today.az/news/politics/208253.html Politics Sun, 25 Jul 2021 21:35:00 +0400 By AzernewsBy Aisha JabbarovaAzerbaijan and Serbia have expressed support for each other’s territorial integrity during the meeting held between President Ilham Aliyev and a delegation led by Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikola Selakovic on 25 July in Baku.During the meeting, Ilham Aliyev pointed to the fact that the companies from friendly countries are involved in restoration and reconstruction work in the liberated territories. In this regard, the possibility of Serbian companies’ participation in these works in the coming years was underlined.High on the agenda of the meeting was economic cooperation.The sides hailed the successful development of strategic partnership relations between the two countries, and stressed the importance of the meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Serbia to be held in Baku in terms of expanding cooperation.Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic extended Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic`s greetings to the head of state.It should be noted that Azerbaijan’s trade turnover with Serbia tripled in 2021. The trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $4.2 million during the first four months of the year. In addition, total turnover between Azerbaijan and Serbia in 2020 amounted to $9 million.The two countries signed the Declaration on Strategic Partnership in 2013 and the Joint Strategic Partnership Action Plan in 2018. Azerbaijan army positions subjected to fire in direction of Kalbajar district - MoD http://www.today.az/news/politics/208251.html Politics Sun, 25 Jul 2021 18:01:00 +0400 On July 25, at about 15:30, Armenian armed forces units in the positions located near Yukhari Shorzha village of the Basarkechar region using sniper rifle and assault rifle periodically subjected to fire positions of the Azerbaijan Army in the direction of Zeylik village of the Kalbajar region, the Azerbaijani Defense Ministry reported today.The Azerbaijan Army did not suffer any losses.The opposing side was suppressed by return fire. Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens for July 25 http://www.today.az/news/society/208250.html Society Sun, 25 Jul 2021 16:48:00 +0400 By TrendSome 46,910 people were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Azerbaijan on July 25, Trend reports referring to the Operational Headquarters under the Cabinet of Ministers.The first dose of the vaccine was injected to 20,061 citizens, and the second one to 26,849 citizens.Totally, up until now, 4,563,897 citizens have been vaccinated, 2,654,076 of whom received the first dose of the vaccine, and 1,909,821 people - the second.The COVID-19 vaccination in Azerbaijan was launched on January 18, 2021. Azerbaijan confirms 386 more COVID-19 cases, 149 recoveries http://www.today.az/news/society/208249.html Society Sun, 25 Jul 2021 16:46:00 +0400 By TrendAzerbaijan has detected 386 new COVID-19 cases, 149 patients have recovered and four patients have died, Trend reports on July 25 citing the Operational Headquarters under Azerbaijani Cabinet of Ministers.Up until now, 340,443 people have been infected with coronavirus in the country, 332,056 of them have recovered, and 5,006 people have died. Currently, 3,381 people are under treatment in special hospitals.To reveal the COVID-19 cases, 9,684 tests have been carried out in Azerbaijan over the past day, and a total of 3,975,081 tests have been conducted so far.