|September 26 - October 3, 1998|
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 Deputy Prime Minister Bakhtiyar Khamidov and ADB Vice-President
Peter Sullivan made the announcement at their joint press conference in
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
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
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,
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
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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