September 26 - October 3, 1998
  1. Asian Development Bank opens office in Tashkent

  2. Uzbekistan marks state holiday Teacher's Day

  3. Uzbek parliamentary committee discussed media in eastern region

  4. Eighteen die in Kyrgyzstan bus crash

  5. About 60,000 deportees may be granted Ukrainian citizenship

  Asian Development Bank opens office in Tashkent
  The Asian Development Bank (ADB) opened an office on Monday in Tashkent, said a report reaching here from the Uzbek capital. Uzbek Deputy Prime Minister Bakhtiyar Khamidov and ADB Vice-President Peter Sullivan made the announcement at their joint press conference in Tashkent. Khamidov said that since his country's affiliation with ADB in August 1995, the bank has provided Uzbekistan with 160 million U.S. dollars in loans to finance its small businesses, processing of agricultural produce, and the construction of transportation infrastructure. Four projects totaling 540 million U.S. dollars are currently under negotiations.
  Uzbekistan marks state holiday Teacher's Day
  The Day of Teacher and Tutor is marked in Uzbekistan on the first day of October for the second time. Under the president's decree, this day is a day off. Uzbekistan is the sole country where this professional holiday is a state one. Festivities are held on Thursday in the republic. "Special honour and respect has always been displayed towards the teacher on the Uzbek soil by the people, they call him "mualim," which means "a learned man, considerate educator," Uzbek Minister of People's Education Dzhura Yuldashev told Itar-Tass. The minister pointed out that teachers have various advantages, for example, they pay only half of rent and the cost of communal services, they are switched to telephone lines prior to other people. Wages are never delayed to them. In addition to ordinary secondary schools, Lyceums and gymnasias are increasingly appreciated in the republic. Their number has currently exceeded 500. More than 120,000 gifted children are studying there. About 100 Uzbek schoolchildren have been sent to the USA recently to continue their education overseas.
  Parliamentary comm. discusses media in east. region
  Text of report by Uzbek TV on 29th September [Correspondent] The Press and Information Committee of the Supreme Assembly of the Republic of Uzbekistan held a regular meeting today [29th September]. The meeting discussed the implementation of the laws of the Republic of Uzbekistan on the media and publishing activity in Andizhan Region [eastern Uzbekistan]. The meeting was chaired by the committee chairman, Otkir Hoshimov. It was noted that a certain amount of work had been done in Andizhan Region on implementing these laws. Editorial offices of newspapers, television and radio as well as publishing centres work in line with the requirements of these laws. The number of publications reached 35. However an inspection has shown that there are shortcomings in Andizha n Region which demand solution. Some journalists are unable to give up old methods of work, their reports, let us say, often contain no deep analysis of the material because they do not know the laws. There are certain shortcomings in the spheres of computer literacy and printing. Only four of 18 regional papers are operating at a profit. The meeting adopted the appropriate decisions.
  Eighteen die in Kyrgyzstan bus crash
  Dead bodies of 18 Uzbek citizens who died last Sunday in a bus crash in Kyrgyzstan mountains have been brought to the Andizhan region of Uzbekistan. The bus with 28 passengers plunged into a gorge near the Kara-Kokhta mountain pass, a source at the Emergencies Ministry told Itar-Tass on Monday. All of them were citizen of Uzbek city of Shakhrikhan, heading to a wedding ceremony of their relatives to Naukatsky region of Kyrgyzstan. According to preliminary data, the bus plunged into the river from 20-metre height because of a brake failure. As a result, 17 people died on the spot and one died in hospital. Ten passengers were injured. A special commission was set up to investigate into the tragedy.
  60,000 deportees may be granted Ukrainian citizenship
  Over 70,000 citizens of CIS countries, mostly Uzbekistan, may receive Ukrainian citizenship in the near future, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said. The Office told Itar-Tass on Monday that at their recent negotiations Ukraine and Uzbekistan approved a simplified procedure for obtaining citizenship by individuals who belonged to deported peoples and returned to Ukraine. Uzbekistan has abolished a state duty of 100 U.S. dollars as part of the procedure. To this end, the UNHCR will provide 300,000 to 500,000 U.S. dollars. UNHCR employees estimate that there are about 60,000 more people who seek Ukrainian citizenship in addition to the 13,000 stateless people who stay in Ukraine de jure. Over 260,000 deported individuals have returned to Crimea, including about 250,000 Crimean Tatars and 12,000 representatives of other ethnic groups.

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