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July 8, 2016


POLItiCs. 1

World leaders congratulate President of Uzbekistan with Ramadan Hayit 1

International cooperation.. 1

Production of Modern Refrigerators “Samsung” launched in Uzbekistan. 1


No City is Like Tashkent 2

Sciences. 2

Frequent Earthquakes as a Norm.. 2




World leaders congratulate President of Uzbekistan with Ramadan Hayit

On the occasion of the celebration of Ramadan Hayit, the heads of foreign states and governments, heads of authoritative international organizations sent their sincere wishes of good health and success to the head of our state, as well as peace, prosperity and well-being to the people of Uzbekistan.

In particular, congratulations were sent by:

Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah

President of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Halifa bin Zaid al Nahayan

Vice-President, Prime Minister UAE, Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum

Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the Commander of the military forces of the United Arab Emirates Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan

President of the Turkish Republic Recep Tayyip Erdogan

President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov

President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon

President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani

President of Bangladesh Abdul Hamid;

President of the Republic Of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam

Prime Minister of the Republic of Singapore Lee Hsien Moons

Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Iyad bin Amin Madani

Congratulatory messages continue to come.


International cooperation

Production of Modern Refrigerators “Samsung” launched in Uzbekistan

The SP LLC “Polaris Technologies” in Tashkent jointly with the company “Samsung Electronics” (South Korea) launched production of modern refrigerators under the brand name “Samsung”.

At the event, organized in connection with this, was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Embassy of the Republic of Korea in our country, “Uzeltehsanoat” JSC, “Samsung Electronics” Representative Office in Uzbekistan and journalists.

Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade of the Republic of Uzbekistan Elyor Ganiev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea in Uzbekistan Kwon Yong Woo, Head of “Samsung Electronics” Representative Office in Uzbekistan Min Shin Woong, and others noted that cooperation between Uzbekistan and South Korea is gradually developed in all spheres. The State visit by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to the Republic of Korea, in May 2015, brought bilateral relations to a qualitatively new level. The documents signed during the visit in the trade-economic, investment, financial, technical and other fields serve the interests of our peoples.

During the visit, both sides agreed to implement together with the “Samsung Electronics” company the project for the production of modern refrigerators. For this purpose, the SP LLC “Polaris Technologies”, producing refrigerators under the brand “Artel” and involved in the structure of “Uzeltehsanoat” JSC, was equipped with modern equipment from South Korea, Japan, Italy and China. Work on the installation and commissioning is provided by experts of the “Samsung Electronics” company.

As result of the realization of the project total cost of $ 4 million – in Uzbekistan launched production of four types of modern refrigerators under the brand name “Samsung”.

More than forty new workplaces were created as a result of engagement of new production line. Most of them are occupied by graduates of professional colleges.

By the end of this year is scheduled the release of 6 thousand refrigerators. In order to increase exports is planned to active use of “Samsung Electronics” distribution networks.

(Source: UzA)


No City is Like Tashkent

Bits of history in the reminiscences, official data and unique photos and footage make up a documentary film titled ‘The Big Heart of Tashkent,’ whose presentation was held at the Alisher Navoi National Library of Uzbekistan.

The main character of the film is the Uzbek people, who in the Second World War embraced thousands of people that had been evacuated. Fleeing from hunger, cold and bombings, refugees found in the capital of our country shelter and warmth. Local residents shared with them the last thing they had. Straight from the station square, where there were trains with the children, women and elderly people took home frightened and exhausted evacuees.

The documentary features prominent Uzbek sculptor Yakov Shapiro, People’s Artist of Russia Iosif Kobzon, and specialists on water issues Arkadiy Nisnevich, who share their memories of the hospitality shown by the Uzbek people.

“We tried to ensure deep coverage of the theme, and we started looking for witnesses, people who went through this all,” says Boris Babayev, the author of the script. “We took our time, exploring each detail thoroughly. The film was created at Favvora film studio. We managed to find unique shots testifying to the events that the film centers on.

The documentary also features the ambassadors of Germany and Israel, UNESCO Representative for Uzbekistan and a famous TV host among others sharing their views on the events gone by. Each has his or her own story to tell, a story lived or heard in the tough times. There are just as many events and stories cherished by many residents of Tashkent and other regions of the country. Remembering the open-hearted and warm attitude of the Uzbek nation toward the evacuated people is a moral imperative. And this is the goal that “The Big Heart of Tashkent” pursues.

Many of the heroes state that nowhere and never before had they seen such people, and many can be heard saying “There is no city like Tashkent.”

Wartime scenes in the documentary are interspersed with panoramas of modern, prosperous Uzbekistan, demonstrating the country’s achievements since independence.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


Frequent Earthquakes as a Norm

Two earthquakes happened one after another in Central Asia last week. Is it a normal phenomenon?

This was the question we asked Turdali Ortiqov, chief of laboratory of the Institute of Seismology of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan.

“There is a notion of cyclic nature of earthquakes: the lull period is followed by an active one. Those periods may last from 40 to 80 years. The lull period has recently completed its cycle. The older generation has observed that after the fatal earthquake of 1966 the Earth “calmed down” for almost 50 years. In the majority of cases during the lull periods the power of earthquakes can be detected and registered only by special devices; at times people do not simply feel the light tremors. And currently we are living through the period of seismic activity. Again, we know from our school text books that we live in a seismic active region and are surrounded by mountains. It would be quite strange if we were not “shaken” periodically from time to time. However, there are no abnormalities in the seismic background. Seven or eight well-felt earthquakes per annum are normal phenomena for Tashkent and for Uzbekistan in general.

“The devastating effects tend to occur at the epicenter of the earthquake underlying close to the Earth’s surface. There has been such a case in the history of Tashkent. The 1966 earthquake caused destruction. But can you remember the year 2008? There were no such consequences then. This was the result of newly-built buildings’ compliance with construction rules and standards with consideration of potential seismic hazards. Of course, the intensity of the earthquake of 2008, was, fortunately, not felt as the one of 1966 because of its deep-lying epicenter. But the tragedy that took place nearly 50 years ago is primarily associated with the quality of buildings; if you remember, mostly the old and unreliable buildings and structures had collapsed.

“Such earthquakes, when their epicenters are located on the territory of a particular State and had made themselves felt in the past, have their own cyclicality too.

“There is still 20-30 years left till the next strong displacement of plates in our country, but take a look at the modern regional architecture: do you think that the current buildings can be destroyed so easily?

“Other earthquakes which we feel, but the epicenters of which are located in the neighboring countries, do not produce any devastating results. The farther is the epicenter, the more secure we are, even though we can feel the echo of their tremors.

“Let’s refer to the results of seismic observations made during the last 60 years. There have been 40 earthquakes with their epicenters on the territory of Uzbekistan, and 53 – with epicenters in the borderline areas. Moreover, the number of strong earthquakes rated 6,0 and more magnitudes is quite insignificant – merely 16. There is nothing for us to worry about. Nevertheless, experts believe that the earthquakes are not dangerous if people are ready for them at all times.

“For this it is required to correctly calculate the architectural indicators in accordance with the established norms and regulations and to strictly comply with the rules for operation of buildings and structures. The current technologies provide an opportunity to build up structures capable to withstand earthquakes with a magnitude of 9 points. The buildings erected during the years of independence and most of those built during the earlier periods in their majority are resistant to earthquakes. Deviations from standards are committed by those who willfully add up some auxiliary facilities to their balcony-type structures in the multi-storied houses as well as residents of private sector homes. We recommend abstaining from this kind of “extensions” of their territories in favor of safety.

“The majority of Uzbekistani residents since their childhood know well what to do during the earthquakes. First of all – do not panic. If, during the tremors, you find yourself indoors above the third floor – do not to run down the stairs to the street; as a rule, stairs collapse first. It is desirable to stay under the load-bearing beams, which are more sustainable than other construction elements. Residents of the first and second floors usually go outside and wait for the second wave. It is not always logical, of course, but if they thus feel more comfortable – it is their choice. And again, the main thing is – never cause panic.”

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)


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