Water and Good Neighbourly Relations in Central Asia — Federal Foreign Office

High-level government representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan met in Berlin on 7 and 8 September at the invitation of the Federal Foreign Office. The Conference on Water and Good Neighbourly Relations in Central Asia was part of the so-called Berlin Process established in 2008 as a channel for Germany’s commitment to regional…

Uzbekistan sees more NGOs — Central Asia online com

A simplified registration process and more government funding are boosting growth in NGO sector in the country. TASHKENT – Uzbekistan’s NGO sector is booming. Visitors at the Ilkhom NGO in Tashkent in January discuss an upcoming art exhibition. Uzbekistan is reporting growth in its NGO sector. [Maksim Yeniseyev] After analysing last year’s figures, the Justice…

Samarkand’s salaam to Babur — Times of India com article says Mughal emperor Babur’s birthday declared as a day of national celebration in Uzbekistan

The chocolates still come wrapped in fancy papers with hearts printed on them. Women still receive red roses from their suitors. Restaurants and cafeterias continue to do brisk business on February 14. But for the Uzbeks, Valentine’s Day is no longer the same. The Uzbek government has declared it a day of national celebration, not…

CAREC Ministers Agree on $23 Billion Action Plan to Boost Central Asia Links – Asian Development Bank org

Regional cooperation and integration; Transport and ICT WUHAN, PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA – Ministers of the 10 Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program nations have agreed on a plan to implement more than $23 billion in new regional transport infrastructure projects, together with energy and trade initiatives, aimed at creating seamless connectivity and greater…

Paris to host 1st International Nowruz Festival – Press TV News story

   The 1st International Nowruz Festival is slated to be held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris to celebrate the upcoming Persian New Year. Organized by ECO Cultural Institute (ECI), the event will showcase various artworks about the Persian New Year (Nowruz), and its traditional celebrations and rituals created by artists from across the world.Some…

Germany’s (DAAD) and the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) scholarship programme for graduates and doctoral students of Central Asia – Daad News

DAAD/UCA-Programme (UCA=University of Central Asia) ***** Objective The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the University of Central Asia (UCA) are carrying out a joint scholarship programme for graduates and doctoral students for the countries of Kasachstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well as for countries in the catchment area of the UCA, such as Uzbekistan,…

Central Asia: The Land the West Forgot – Bangkok Post

Source: Bangkok Post ***** For decades _ centuries even _ much of the world has regarded Central Asia as little more than a blank on the map, synonymous not with the centre of Asia but with the middle of nowhere. Yet for two millennia, the deserts, grasslands, oases and mountain ranges between the Caspian Sea…

Various Artists: Music of Central Asia, Volumes 7 – 9

Source: All About Jazz com ***** Various Artists Music of Central Asia, Volumes 7—9 Smithsonian Folkways 2010 The three 2010 CD/DVD releases covered here are just a taste of a stunning and comprehensive nine-volume Music of Central Asia set from Smithsonian Folkways that spans various musical traditions and innovations from a vast, overlapping region including…

Avicenna, mirror of contemporary Central Asia

Source: News Euroasia Net ***** Written by Timur Niroomand Image of Ibn Sina, a.k.a. Avicenna, from a medieval manuscript entitled, “Subtleties of Truth,” from 1271. If you ever have the good fortune of encountering a group of Central Asian elders sitting around drinking their chai and engaging in political debate, you’ll experience how the conversation…

BBC: Tajikistan threatened by climate change, says Oxfam

By Rayhan Demytrie BBC Central Asia correspondent Melting glaciers could lead to water shortages Tajikistan has done little to contribute to climate change, but is among the countries most adversely affected by it, the charity Oxfam says. Extreme weather conditions and melting glaciers pose a great threat to its food security and social stability. Its…