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2017 October 10 ( Tuesday )  14:57:45
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Azerbaijan and EU on Progress of Partnership Agreement Negotiations

Baku / 10.10.17 / Turan: Prospects for the development of relations between Azerbaijan and the European Union were discussed at a meeting of Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov with the Deputy Secretary General of the European Union, Director of the European External Action Service Jean-Christophe Bellard today.

During the meeting, the sides exchanged views on the course of the negotiations on the draft agreement on partnership between Azerbaijan and the EU, as well as on the development of cooperation, the Foreign Ministry"s press service reported.

"The new agreement covers political, economic, trade, transport, energy, humanitarian and other spheres, as well as the fact that Azerbaijan has created an important framework for the comprehensive development of ties," Mammadyarov said.

The sides also noted the successful continuation of the negotiations on the Open Skies Agreement between the EU and Azerbaijan.

Mammadyarov, having informed the interlocutor about the process of negotiations held on the settlement of the Karabakh conflict, noted that for an early settlement of the conflict and changing the unacceptable status quo, Armenian troops must be withdrawn from the occupied territories.

There was also an exchange of views on topical issues on the international agenda, as well as on the upcoming Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels on November 24. -06D-

USD and EUR Rise Slightly

Baku / 10.10.17 / Turan: At the currency auction of the Central Bank on Tuesday, the US dollar rate slightly increased - from 1.7002 manat to 1.7003 manat. Commercial banks buy dollars in the range of 1.69-1.70 manat, and sell them at 1.7020-1.7050 manat.

The EUR exchange rate also slightly increased on October 10 - from 1.9953 manat to 2.0011 manat. In commercial banks, EUR can be bought at 2.0150-2.0300 manat, and sold at 1.9511-2.0030 manat. -71D-

Associate Professor Dismissed for His Political Views

Baku / 10.10.17 / Turan: Associate Professor of the Department of Information and Economic Technologies of the Azerbaijan State Economic University, member of the Popular Front Party, Eldar Huseynov, has been dismissed from his job.

He said that on October 6, without any warning, he was dismissed from the university, where he worked for 28 years.

He named two reasons for the dismissal. One of them is connected with the conflict with the head of the department. Huseynov replaced his ill colleague for two months at the end of last year, but he did not receive a salary for this. When he demanded payment, he was advised to apply to the lecturer, whom he replaced.

"Later it turned out that the head of the department himself received money from the sick lecturer," Huseynov said.

In addition, Huseynov repeatedly faced with the choice - to be a member of the PFPA, or to remain at work.

In September, the head of the department told 3-4 staff members to libel Huseynov. "They wrote that I insulted teachers and the case was transferred to a disciplinary commission, and the rector issued an order to dismiss me," Huseynov said, noting that he will go to court and reach the European Court.

The press service of the university has not commented the matter.

Recall that after participating in the rally of the opposition on September 23, doctors were also dismissed from the work: PFPA member Elmi Usubov and Deputy Speaker of the Democratic Party Hasrat Rustamov. -06D--

Power Outages in Khirdalan and Masazir

Baku / 10.10.17 / Turan: The power distribution company OJSC Azerishig reported on interruptions in the supply of electricity for two days in the city of Khirdalan and the settlement of Masazir.

As Azerishig reports, from 11:00 a.m. on October 10 to 15:30 on October 12, there will be interruptions in electricity supply to the districts NN 22, 24, 25, 26, 28 and 30 of the Khirdalan city, the Khirdalan village and part of the Masazir settlement. This is due to the reconstruction of the 100-kWt Binagadi power transmission line of Azerenergy OJSC. -06D--

Azerbaijani Tried to Smuggle Two Kilograms of Gold into Georgia

Tbilisi / 10.10.17 / Georgian customs officers detained an Azerbaijani citizen, who tried to import gold bars weighing more than two kilograms at the border crossing Red Bridge.

The gold was discovered during a personal search. The total cost of the contraband goods was about 131,000 lari (about 53 thousand US dollars).

The case was transferred to the Investigative Service of the Ministry of Finance of Georgia. The smuggler"s name is not reported.

This is by no means the first case of transporting large quantities of gold from Azerbaijan to Georgia. Cases of smuggling occur regularly.

So, on August 18, 2016, a citizen of Azerbaijan tried to transport 19 undeclared gold bars weighing 18.6 kilograms across the border to Georgia. He was detained at the customs checkpoint Red Bridge. The gold bars were hidden in a hiding place under the back seat of the car. The cost of contraband gold was estimated at $ 572.6 thousand.

In April of this year, Bayram Gandjaliyev and Elman Huseynov were detained while trying to smuggle 12 kg of gold of the highest standard and 131,000 US dollars into Georgia.

Ramin Nabiyev, who brought gold bars worth about $ 24,000 to Georgia, was detained in June. -03D-

Seventeen New Pedestrian Crossings Needed in Baku

Baku / 10.10.17 / Turan: The ways to get rid of traffic jams in the streets of Baku, where this problem is most acute, have been primarily analyzed and studied. This was said by the Director General of the Baku Transport Agency Vusal Kerimli at a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers under the chairmanship of Azerbaijan"s President Ilham Aliyev on October 9.

According to Kerimli, the largest traffic jams are formed due to car parking in 11 arterial streets of the capital, and at 74 intersections and 4 main intersections on Tbilisi Avenue and Sharifzadeh Street.

Traffic jams are also formed in front of the Heydar Mosque, on the 3rd Micro District Circle, at the intersection of Hasanoglu and Tabriz streets, and on the January 20 Circle.

According to Kerimli, a proposal has been prepared for the construction of 17 pedestrian crossings in the streets and avenues that do not require major investments. They will improve the safety of pedestrians. -05D-

Press Review 10/10/2017

Improving the social conditions of refugees and internally displaced persons, the prospects for the development of the agrarian sector, and the half-hearted struggle against corruption are the leading topics of today's press.

The newspaper Azerbaijan assesses the state care of the social situation of refugees and internally displaced persons. The author notes that Azerbaijan, according to the number of refugees and IDPs, ranks first in the CIS and in Europe and is considered a country that has achieved high results in creating conditions for this category of people.

6.2 billion manat was spent to improve the living conditions of this category of people and solve their social problems. With the help of only one Oil Fund, 96 residential complexes have been built, and 50,000 families have been provided with new apartments. The poverty rate among this category of people has decreased from 75% to 12%. Over the past 14 years, the monthly expenditure on food has increased fourfold, and the amount of utility payments - 4.5 times.

The newspaper Echo writes about the deplorable state of the agrarian sector, which lacks investment. The agricultural sector development is hampered by the insufficiency of loans, the lack of modern technologies and the passivity of foreign investors.

Agrarians cannot obtain loans from commercial banks because of the high interest rate. To raise the agrarian sector, it is necessary to invest billions of manat in this industry. The government cannot assume all expenses. The only option is to attract investors.

To restore one hectare of land, from five to eight million manat is required. There are two main problems in Azerbaijani agriculture: a shortage of fertile land and land that has been abandoned for many years and is currently unsuitable for use.

The newspaper Novoye Vremya writes about the fight against corruption. 155 criminal cases against 215 officials were sent to courts in Azerbaijan in 2017.

There are 118 criminal cases of corruption in the industry. However, the fight against corruption is conducted half-heartedly; there are no loud anti-corruption revelations, or arrested high-ranking officials.