Three kids killed in house fire in Kyrgyzstan’s Issyk-Kul

A fire in the village of Karakol, Ak-Suu region of Issyk-Kul Oblast claimed lives of three children, girls aged 4 and 6 and a boy aged 5.

The Ministry of Emergency Situations of Kyrgyzstan reported that the area of the fire was 159 square meters, a house, a barn and a shed burned down. The cause of the fire is being investigated by specialists.

According to preliminary data, the fire originated in the barn where hay was stored. The dead children were playing in a room that was on the side of the fire. They could not be saved because the roof had collapsed.

“Adults, parents and other children who were watching TV in another room were able to escape through the window,” the police reported.

The fire may have been caused by children’s pranks, allegedly some of the children were playing with matches.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude to Russia for assistance in fight against COVID-19

President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov expressed gratitude Russia for the assistance provided to the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The head of Turkmenistan said this, speaking today at an informal summit of CIS leaders in St. Petersburg, Turkmenportal reported.

– To date, this pandemic has not been registered in Turkmenistan. Thanks to the Russian Federation, we were one of the first to register “Sputnik V” and “EpiVacCorona” with which our population is currently vaccinated. Just the other day we received “Sputnik Light”, which is already being marketed as a booster vaccine”, Berdimuhamedov said.

According to the State News Agency of Turkmenistan, the Turkmen leader also came up with a number of initiatives, proposing new areas of cooperation in the field of scientific medicine. In particular, speaking about the threats to biological security in the CIS space, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov proposed once again to revise and sign a single document in this area, noting that Turkmenistan and the Russian Federation have already signed such a document.

In addition, focusing the attention of the meeting participants on the fact that Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan are arid zones with different clinical manifestations than in Russia, the leader of the nation emphasized the need to study the coronavirus genome based on the characteristics of this zone.

Thanking for the assistance provided to everyone, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stressed that if Russia centralized its methodological instructions and manuals specifically for the study of both bacteriology and virology, then unified approaches would be developed in these issues.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Russia provides Kyrgyzstan with reagents to detect new strain of COVID-19

The Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in Russia sent to Bishkek a diplomatic cargo with a set of reagents for 10 thousand tests to detect a new COVID-19 coronavirus infection.

The funds were donated in accordance with an agreement between the Kyrgyz Embassy in Russia and Rospotrebnadzor (Russia’s Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing), the Embassy of Kyrgyzstan in Russia said.

“The Kyrgyz Embassy in Russia expresses its gratitude to the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor for the assistance in the form of a set of reagents and to Aviatraffic for assistance in free delivery of the diplomatic cargo to Bishkek”, the report says.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

PMs of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan debate current issues of bilateral coop

Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin held talks with Uzbek PM Abdulla Aripov via videoconferencing, Kazinform cites the press service of the Kazakh PM.

The sides reviewed the state of implementation of agreements reached following the State visit of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Kazakhstan and talks with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev as well as the 19th session of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission for Cooperation.

The current issues of development of bilateral cooperation in the trade-economic, investment, transit-transport, agricultural, water and energy spheres, industrial cooperation, digitalization, health, education, tourism, and so on were discussed.

During the talks, the task was set to increase the volume of mutual trade to $5bn in the short-term period and to $10bn in the medium term. The work is ongoing to carry out the project establishing an International Center of Industrial Cooperation «Central Asia» at the border of the two countries.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Akylbek Zhaparov holds phone talk with Russian PM Mishustin

Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Kyrgyzstan Akylbek Zhaparov talked over phone with Prime Minister of Russia Mikhail Mishustin.

The press service of the Kyrgyz Cabinet reported that during the phone conversation Zhaparov congratulated Mishustin on the occasion of the coming New Year and Christmas.

The chairman of the Kyrgyz Cabinet noted that the past year was fruitful for Kyrgyz-Russian relations and was full of important political contacts and significant events for our two countries.

In the course of the conversation, the sides discussed topical issues of bilateral cooperation.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Business makes proposals for development of Bishkek

Members of the Business Environment Development Council under the Bishkek Mayor’s Office discussed the draft Program of Social and Economic Development of Bishkek until 2026 at a roundtable in the capital’s municipality with the participation of Mayor Aibek Dzhunushaliyev.

The meeting participants asked questions in all areas of the Kyrgyz capital’s development, noting the importance of improving the city not only for the convenience of its residents, but also for doing business.

In particular, increased transparency and openness of all data will allow businesses to plan their activities more effectively. Council members also made a proposal for the full digitalization of all types of services provided by the city services.

Executive Director of the International Business Council (IBC) Askar Sydykov raised the issue of municipal transport. He suggested considering options for engaging private partners so that money would not be spent from the municipal budget to purchase buses, but would be done by a private company and then manage the purchased facility.

In addition, the IBC head suggested that special attention be paid to the collection and processing of solid waste, as this problem has long been acute and needs to be solved. According to UNDP experts, Bishkek collects about a thousand tons of garbage every day, and this figure is increasing by 20% annually.

Bishkek Mayor Aibek Dzhunushaliyev thanked the participants of the meeting for the constructive dialogue and invited them to participate in the development of a detailed action plan to implement the main document of the capital.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

Flights delayed at Manas Airport due to dense fog

Dense fog has been observed at Manas International Airport in Bishkek since Dec. 30, 2021.

The press service of the airport reported that the arrival and departure of flights has been delayed due to this.

At the moment, a plane from St. Petersburg of Aeroflot has landed at an alternate airfield in Almaty. International and domestic flights were also delayed.

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency

President Rahmon holds last government session of year

President Emomali Rahmon yesterday held the last government session of the year to review the results of the passing year’s work and the plan of work in 2022, ASIA-Plus reported.

According to the Tajik president’s official website, Rahmon ordered heads of ministries and agencies to take adequate measures to ensure the timely implementation of the plan and holding the forthcoming events at a high level.

Responsible persons reported on the government’s plan of work for the first half-year of 2022, the progress of implementation of government’s resolution on the national program on embankment protection works for 2018-2022 and measures for implementation of the country’s law on the national budget for 2022.

The session participants also discussed a number of draft laws and sent them for consideration to the lower chamber (Majlisi Namoyandagon) of parliament (Majlisi Oli).

Source: Kyrgyz National News Agency