Rahmon conveys his condolences to Pakistan

Today president Rahmon sent a telegram of condolence to president Musharaff of Pakistan upon the death of Benazir Bhutto. As it was reported by AsiaPlus, president Rahmon underlined in his telegram that this vile act one more time proved that terrorism does not have national or religious implications but rather it is a shameful phenomenon which needs to be fought by the whole human kind. “Tajikistan always adheres to the idea of deadly struggle against this evil”, said the president of Tajikistan. [inspic=12,right,,150]The news about the assassination of Butto was accepted in Tajikistan as a great sorrow. People are talking…

Faster Internet

State Agency for Informatization and Communications plans to impose new requirements on the Kazakhstani Internet Service Providers. The requirements refer to the minimal speed for a broadband connection – not less than 256 Kbps. This condition, according to the agency, corresponds to the basic standards of the International Telecommunication Union. “We will insist that the increased speed should not lead to the increased price”, the state agency underscored. Will the domestic providers do so — reduce the price two times and lose additional income they receive now from the use of diverse tariff bars, which are formed on the basis…

Medical University totally burned (updated)

The main building of Tajik State Medical University which graduates all of the doctors in the country is totally burned. This tragedy happened today in the afternoon. The main building of the university started burning at around 2 p.m. and firefighters could not put out the fire. The whole building with all its libraries, laboratories, archives and equipment was burning and no one could do anything. This is terrible. As usual, the fire safety was not observed. Earlier Regnum reported: The fire trucks can not come closer to the burning building because of the metal fence and the firefighters can…

Dangerous Places

Translation of Marat’s post from the Russian-language blog  I decided to analyze – where it is more dangerous to live in our country in the cities or in the rural areas? In order to do so, I reviewed the mortality caused by accidents, traumas and poisoning in 2005. As occured, the most dangerous places are Karaganda and Pavlodar oblasts, and also Almaty. The most safe havens are on the South – in Kyzyl-Orda, Jambyl and South-Kazakhstan regions. Now let’s see where it is less dangerous – in the cities or in villages? According to the graphs, the safest place in Kazakhstan…

Students, stop driving cars!

Today president Rahmon met with Tajik entrepreneurs (rus) in Kohi Vahdat and discussed with them their problems and future plans. As I was informed, this meeting lasted for about four hours. President attentively listened to the complaints and questions of the entrepreneurs after making a long speech about development of entrepreneurship in Tajikistan and the efforts made by the government to support this process. The eyewitnesses say that some of the complaints and questions were very serious and brave. Obviously apart from the president and the entrepreneurs this meeting (forum) was attended by most of the ministers and all other…

Debates over Latinization of Kazakh Language

Kazakhstan intends to switch the state language to the Latin script. It was announced that the transition will take 12-15 years. As adam_kesher writes, the plan stirred many disputes and arguments – in particular, Russia and a part of Kazakhstan’s Russian-speaking population considers switching to Latin is an adverse move against them. However, the blogger is more favorable towards the prospect: “It may allow for simplification of Kazakh grammar, reduce the number of letters, as well as ease up digitization of the language, making it more readable throughout the world, giving an educational raise within the country – providing that…

Bottoms up?…!

While the current focus of media sources is on the failed attempt at a democratic election in Uzbekistan, I am troubled by something else. In short-term, Karimov will cease his leadership through resignation or death. I don’t think too many people will disagree that it’s likely to happen in the next 6-10 years. However, by example of Turkmenistan, which has recently received very extensive coverage on Ferghana.ru, I am convinced that such an event would not solve any of Uzbekistan’s problems. In fact, Uzbekistan is located in an area where Islamic extremism is brewing at a fast pace, and any…

Crisis Has Gone?

Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan’s one-time energy minister and political prisoner, currently the chairman and principal owner of JSC Bank TuranAlem, country’s second-largest financial institution by assets, gave an interview to Bloomberg recently. He is planning to roll up investments from Armenia to Russia, despite the global reassessment of risk, triggered by concerns about subprime mortgage losses in the U.S. “There is no crisis,” says the 44-year-old Ablyazov, although the inflow of cheap foreign lendings has dried down and S&P downgraded the Kazakh banks’ outlook to negative. “It is not pleasant,” Ablyazov says. “But I consider that some seven to eight months…

Most commented posts in Kazakh

 This post is part of the crossblog survey 2007 in retrospect. You can also vote on the most important event of 2007 in our online poll.  It’s high time to sum up the developments of the passing year and to start all over again in the New Year. Looking back, I see that we have had 136 posts on the Kazakh version – and 444 comments to them. Therefore, I decided to analyze the most commented posts on Kazakh blog of neweurasia. “Blog” and “new media” are the new terms for Kazakh language vocabulary – and the top posts are…

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