Author: Ona Toychiyeva

Punishing hot weather affects not only a person’s health or work productivity but also affects couples’ fertility and birth outcomes, a project by the National University of Singapore (NUS) found. Rising temperatures could further reduce Singapore’s resident total fertility rate, which dipped below 1 – a record low – in 2023. The rate refers to the average number of babies each woman would have during her reproductive years. Researchers from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine studied sperm samples from 818 men that were already stored at the National University Hospital’s (NUH) andrology section. The scientists then traced the men’s…

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The Ministry of Economy and Finance has signed an agreement worth €9 million (grant funds) with the German International Cooperation Society to increase the capacity of the private sector for “green” industrialization in Uzbekistan and to implement a consultation project on economic policy, Azernews reports, citing Kun.uz News Agency. The agreement was inked on December 3 by First Deputy Minister Ilhom Norkulov on behalf of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, and Torsten Brezina, coordinator of the Central Asia regional programs cluster from the German International Cooperation Society, on the sidelines of the UN Climate Change Conference held in Dubai. At the…

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Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan mentioned prospects for increasing strategic partnership, Trend reviews. These points have been mentioned between President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov, who arrived in Tashkent metropolis to take part within the sixteenth Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit. During the assembly, the edges mentioned topical problems with the bilateral agenda within the context of the implementation of agreements on the highest degree, and likewise famous with satisfaction the constant growth and strengthening of the Uzbek-Turkmen multifaceted cooperation and in-depth strategic partnership. Furthermore, the heads of each states careworn the growth of sensible cooperation within…

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London (28/11 – 58) Tajikistan’s human rights record continues to deteriorate amid an increased crackdown on freedom of expression and the political opposition, as well as the targeting of independent lawyers, journalists, and family members of opposition activists abroad. Freedom of assembly is severely curtailed with any local protests, such as a series of protests in the Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region (GBAO), violently quashed. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Programme Office in Dushanbe, the OSCE Transnational Threats Department, and the Permanent Representation of France to the OSCE organized a study visit to Paris for government officials from…

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MOSCOW — An economic bloc that includes several ex-Soviet nations along with Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Turkey held a summit Thursday, with leaders vowing to further expand trade and economic ties. Members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), who met in Uzbekistan’s capital of Tashkent, discussed plans for speeding regional economic integration. They also talked about the need for increasing the ECO’s global profile through fostering regional and global partnerships. “Our vast region, which is home to half a billion people, has a great potential for developing cooperation in trade, economy, industry, investment, innovation and transport,” the summit’s host, Uzbekistan’s…

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Uzbekistan has been reducing natural gas exports to China for two months in a row, according to data from the PRC General Administration of Customs, Azernews reports, citing Kun.uz News Agency. In September, Uzbekistan’s monthly gas supplies to China amounted to $41.62 million, almost halving compared to August. Compared to the July figure, gas supplies fell by 2.2 times. In January-September, Uzbekistan exported natural gas to China for $412.19 million – half the same figure for 2022. Turkmenistan is still the major supplier of blue fuel to China with $7.41 billion worth of gas in nine months, followed by Russia ($4.98 billion),…

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Rome (16/11 – 57) Sri Lanka is mired in a deep political and economic crisis and the country’s then President Rajapaksa has flown out of the country, days after a huge crowd of protesters stormed his residence in July 2022. Protesters for months have demanded the resignation of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, whose government has been blamed for chronic mismanagement of the country’s finances. The island nation of 22 million people has suffered months of lengthy blackouts, acute food and fuel shortages, and galloping inflation in its most painful downturn on record. Here is how the crisis unfolded: April 1: State of emergency Rajapaksa declares a temporary state of emergency, giving security forces sweeping powers to arrest and…

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Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) Wang Huning met at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing respectively with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev who are in China to attend the third Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation. When meeting with Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Wang Huning said that Kazakhstan is where the Silk Road Economic Belt was proposed for the first time, and has an important role and influence in Belt and Road international cooperation. Over the past year, President Xi Jinping and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev successfully paid a visit…

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Charge d’Affaires of Uzbekistan to Belarus Rakhmatulla Nazarov emphasized the importance of interregional contacts as he talked to journalists after his meeting with the leadership of the Grodno Oblast Executive Committee, BelTA reports. “Three regions of Uzbekistan have agreements with Grodno Oblast. The visits that took place in 2018 and 2019 resulted in signing a number of documents, agreements, memorandums between the regions, and this is producing results today. One of the goals behind the embassy’s visit to Grodno Oblast is to make sure that all the highest-level agreements are being implemented and to give them a new impetus,” said…

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BAKU, Azerbaijan, October 20. The delegation of Uzbekistan Defense Ministry, which is on a visit to Azerbaijan, met with Lieutenant General Azer Aliyev at the Defense Ministry, Trend reports via Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Defense. During the meeting, the sides discussed reforms carried out in Azerbaijan Army, the importance of learning advanced experience in the field of army development. The meeting participants held detailed exchange of views on a number of issues of mutual interest. Then the guests visited the Center for War Games of the Military Administration Institute of the National Defense University. The Uzbek delegation was presented briefings on various topics. The…

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