Magnitude 3.1 quake hits Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district

A 3.1 magnitude earthquake occurred in Azerbaijan’s Tovuz district on Saturday, 28 kilometers north from Gadabay seismic station, according to the Republican Seismic Survey Center of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences, APA reports.

The earthquake was recorded at 13:46 local time.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Economic growth in Caucasus and Central Asia to recover in 2025 – ADB’s Director General

TBILISI: Economic growth in the Caucasus and Central Asia will recover in 2025, ADB Director General for Central and West Asia Eugenue Zhukov said during a briefing at the ADB annual meeting in Tbilisi on May 4, Trend reports.

‘In the Caucasus and Central Asia, growth remained at 5.3 percent and is expected to slow to 4.3 percent in 2024 and recover to 5 percent in 2025,” he said.

According to him, economic growth in Kazakhstan accelerated to reach 5.1 percent in 2023, driven by both oil and non-oil sectors, as well as private and public consumption and investment. However, in Azerbaijan, growth was significantly impacted by lower oil production.

‘In Armenia, Georgia, and the Kyrgyz Republic, growth slowed after exceptionally high levels in 2022 as external secondary effects diminished. In Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, economic growth accelerated in 2023 due to faster industrial and agricultural development,’ added Evgenue Zhukov.

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Azerbaijan eliminates double taxation on income with Trkiye

Double taxation on income between Azerbaijan and Trkiye was eliminated, APA reports.

The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has approved the law ‘On the approval of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Government of the Republic of Trkiye on the elimination of double taxation and on prevention of tax evasion.”

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US-based Stirling Foundation to provide financial assistance regarding with mine threat in Azerbaijan

Chairman of the Board of Azerbaijan National Agency for Mine Action (ANAMA) Vugar Suleymanov has met with Edward Rowe, the CEO for the Stirling Foundation of United States, ANAMA told APA.

At the meeting, opinions were exchanged on the importance of the assistance provided by international organizations in eliminating the landmine problem that Azerbaijan faces, including the importance of foreign donor assistance in this direction.

Edward Rowe said that the destruction in the liberated territories of Azerbaijan is regrettable, but the reconstruction works carried out in those areas are commendable. He specially noted the huge importance of humanitarian demining activities in the work done, as well as the intent of the Stirling Foundation to provide further financial support to the activities carried out by Azerbaijan in the combat against the mine threat.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Kazakhstan’s President heading to Russia

ASTANA: Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev is set to visit Moscow on May 8-9, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Russia Dauren Abayev told Russian journalists, Trend reports.

“Our presidents meet regularly. Following Vladimir Putin’s visit to Kazakhstan last October, they’ve met twice: once at the EAEU and CIS summits in St. Petersburg, and again in February at the Games of the Future in Kazan. Our president’s visit to Moscow is penciled in for May 8-9,” he mentioned.

The ambassador also reminded that Kazakhstan currently holds the chairmanship of the SCO and CSTO.

“So, within these frameworks, there will be more meetings between our leaders,” the ambassador added, discussing the plans for interactions between the Russian and Kazakh leaders in 2024. “Additionally, we’re planning to convene in Ufa for the Interregional Forum between Kazakhstan and Russia. The agenda for this year is quite packed,” Abayev concluded.

The EAEU Jubilee Summit is scheduled for May 8 in Moscow.

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International travelers watched process of neutralizing mines in Azerbaijan’s Jabrayil -UPDATED-VIDEO

International travelers watched the process of neutralizing mines in Azerbaijan’s Jabrayil, APA’s Garabagh bureau reports.

A large delegation of 30 people from Norway’s Vagaclub of international travelers club watched the process of neutralizing mines in the area of Jojug Marjanli village of Jabrayil district. With that, the visit of international travelers to Garabagh and Eastern Zangazur has been wrapped up. Travelers traveled on Fuzuli, Shusha, Aghdam, Kalbajar, Lachin and Jabrayil route for 3 days.


International travelers visited the territory of Jojug Marjanli village of Jabrayil district after their visit to Khudafarin Bridge, APA’s Garabagh bureau reports.

The travelers got familiarized with ANAMA’s demining operations here. They were informed that Armenians polluted these areas with mines during the period of nearly 30-year occupation.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

European Cup in Baku hosts award ceremony for teams in group exercises (PHOTO)

BAKU: The award ceremony for the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Cup winners in group exercises has taken place at the National Gymnastics Arena in Baku, Trend reports.

Teams in group exercises that won medals in the all-around were awarded.

The Israeli team rose to the highest step of the podium, the Italian team took second place, and the Azerbaijani team took third place.

The medals were presented by the European Gymnastics Rhythmic Gymnastics Technical Committee President Evangelia Trikomiti, the committee’s vice president Elena Aliprandi, and the committee’s member, international category judge Yevgeniya Vilyayeva.

Moreover, the winners of the all-around among teams in group exercises will receive a cash award of 5,000 euros, the silver medalists 3,500 euros, and the bronze medalists 2,500 euros.

The total prize fund of the European Cup in Rhythmic Gymnastics is 40,000 euros.

The National Gymnastics Arena in Baku is hosting the European Cup in Rhythmic Gymnastics from May 3 through May 5. Athletes fro
m 37 countries are participating in the event, showcasing their talents across two age categories: seniors, which includes individual and group routines, and juniors, focusing on individual performances.

In the seniors category, Azerbaijan is represented by Zohra Aghamirova and Kamilla Seyidzade in individual events, along with a team comprising Gullu Aghalarzade, Kamilla Aliyeva, Yelizaveta Luzan, Darya Sorokina, Laman Alimuradova, and Zeynab Hummatova in group performances. Additionally, Fidan Gurbanli, Ilaha Bahadirova, Govhar Ibrahimova, and Shams Aghahuseynova are among the junior category athletes competing in individual programs.

Source: Trend News Agency