Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan Announces Tender For Construction Of Three New Hydro-power Plants

TASHKENT, May 31 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry, announced invitation to bid for the design and construction of three hydro-power plants in southern Kashkadaria region, with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the ministry said, Saturday.

Uzbekistan received funding from the ADB for the Sustainable Hydro-power Project, under which Rabat, Chappasuy and Tamshush hydro-power plants on the Aksu River will be built, according to the ministry.

Around 70,000 people evacuated in Uzbekistan following burst dam

TASHKENT, May 2 (Xinhua) -- Around 70,000 people have been evacuated after the Sardoba dam in the central Syrdarya region burst, flooding residential areas and crop fields, the Uzbek Emergency Ministry said Saturday.

At least 56 people were injured and subsequently hospitalized in the region due to flooding, according to the ministry.

The dam burst in the early morning on Friday after heavy rain and gales caused serious damage to settlements, communication networks and agricultural land, the ministry said.

Uzbekistan initiates programme to help cushion COVID-19 impact

KUALA LUMPUR, April 30 (NNN-BERNAMA) — The government of Uzbekistan is establishing a nationwide movement billed ‘Kindness and Support’ to help the country weather the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement to Bernama, Uzbekistan’s Embassy in Malaysia said that the initiative – the brainchild of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev – is intended to further ensure the sufficient supply of food and medical facilities to families in need and to temporarily jobless individuals.

Uzbekistan’s Population Exceeds 34 Million

TASHKENT, Feb 19 (NNN-AGENCIES) – Uzbekistan’s population is now over 34 million, after increasing by 100,000, since the beginning of the year.

According to the country’s statistics committee, the population of men is roughly 17.10 million and women 16.90 million.

Uzbekistan is a former Soviet republic, with the biggest population in Central Asia.

Uzbekistan detains 21 on suspicion of Syrian militant links

TASHKENT (Reuters) - Uzbek police have detained 21 people suspected of being linked to an Islamist militant group operating in Syria, police said on Wednesday.

Police said the detained men were under the “ideological influence” of another Uzbek man who was a member of the Katiba al-Tawhid wal-Jihad group comprised mostly of Central Asians.

They planned to finance the group and join it, police said in a statement.

Uzbekistan sends protective equipment to virus-hit China

TASHKENT (Reuters) - Uzbekistan is sending 40 tonnes of protective suits, masks and gloves to virus-hit China, the Central Asian nation’s government said on Wednesday, as a fully loaded military cargo plane departed Tashkent.

Uzbekistan’s government has stopped all regular flights to China, its major trade partner and investor, due to an outbreak of a new coronavirus, which emerged there late last year. Chinese authorities have reported shortages of protective medical equipment.

After NPR dust-up, Pompeo defends press freedom abroad

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan (AP) — For the past four days, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been calling for authoritarian governments in eastern Europe and Central Asia to ease restrictions on press freedom despite criticism for his own treatment of journalists at home.

In Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan over the weekend and again on Monday, Pompeo raised human rights issues, including freedom of the press, with his interlocutors and denied any double-standard was at play.

Pompeo arrives in Tashkent to take part in C5+1 ministerial meeting

TASHKENT, February 2. /TASS/: US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has arrived in Uzbekistan’s capital city Tashkent to hold talks on bilateral and regional cooperation and take part in a ministerial meeting in the C5+1 (Central Asia-USA) format, the Uzbekforeign ministry said on Sunday.

"US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has arrived in Uzbekistan," the ministry said.

The program of Pompeo’s visit includes talks with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov.

Uzbekistan’s Parliament Approves Incumbent Prime Minister To Lead Gov’t

TASHKENT, Jan 22 (NNN-XINHUA) – The legislative chamber and the senate of Uzbekistan’s newly-formed parliament, approved Abdulla Aripov, as the prime minister of the Central Asian nation, in its joint session on Tuesday (yesterday).

Uzbek President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, nominated Aripov as a candidate to lead the government for a new five-year term, noting that he has known him for more than 20 years.

Uzbekistan's parliament approves incumbent prime minister to lead gov't

TASHKENT, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- The legislative chamber and the senate of Uzbekistan's newly-formed parliament have approved Abdulla Aripov as the prime minister of the Central Asian nation in its joint session on Tuesday.

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has nominated Aripov as a candidate to lead the government for a new five-year term noting that he has known him for more than 20 years.

Aripov, who had served as a deputy prime minister between 2002 and 2012, became prime minister when President Mirziyoyev assumed office following presidential elections in 2016.

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