Daily Archives: January 7, 2018

USA Today: Baku among off-the-radar cities to explore in 2018

Baku, January 7, AZERTAC

USA Today has named off-the-radar cities to explore in 2018, putting Baku at the top of the list.

The list was recommended by Sal Lavallo who at 27 is one of the youngest Americans to have visited all 193 UN member states.

“This oil-rich capital city has invested billions in culture and modern architecture, making for a surprising stop in the Caucasus,” says Lavallo.

“Walking around in the city is like an open-air museum. They have these ancient, ancient ruins and in the background are modern buildings. There’s also ballet, opera and caviar tastings. You can do quite a bougie trip in Baku,” Lavallo adds.

Other off-the-radar cities to explore this year, according to Lavallo, are Dili (Timor-Leste), Abu Dhabi ( United Arab Emirates), Kigali (Rwanda), Skopje (Macedonia), Beirut (Lebanon), Mendoza (Argentina), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Asmara (Eritrea), Bagan (Myanmar), and Constantine (Algeria).

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Azerbaijani President approves funding for construction of road in Khachmaz district

Baku, January 7, AZERTAC

President Ilham Aliyev has signed an order to provide funding for construction of Charkhi-Galaghan-Hajilar-Khanligoba-Sayad-Mammadkhanli road in Khachmaz district.

Under the order, AZN 10.1 million is allocated from the state budget for construction of the road connecting eight residential areas with a total population of 8,000 people.

AZERTAG.AZ :Azerbaijani President approves funding for construction of road in Khachmaz district

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6.0-magnitude quake hits Myanmar-India Border Region

Baku, January 7, AZERTAC

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter Scale hit the Myanmar-India (Manipur) Border Region on Sunday afternoon, the Times of India newspaper reports.

According to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), a unit of the Indian Ministry of Earth Sciences, the quake occurred at 12:17pm at a depth of 35 km.

It occurred in the Myanmar-India (Manipur) Border Region at a latitude of 24.7N and longitude of 94.7E, it said.

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32 missing as two vessels collide off east China coast

Baku, January 7, AZERTAC

Thirty-two crew members, including 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, have gone missing after two vessels collided off China’s east coast on Saturday evening, China’s Ministry of Transport said Sunday, Xinhua agency reports.

The collision, between a Panama-registered oil tanker and a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, occurred at around 8 p.m. Saturday in waters about 160 sea miles east of the Yangtze River’s estuary, the ministry said.

The 32 missing crew members were all from the oil tanker, which capsized after the collision. All 21 crew members on the bulk freighter — all Chinese nationals — have been rescued, according to the ministry.

The 274-meter-long oil tanker SANCHI, owned by an Iranian shipping company and with 136,000 tonnes of condensate oil on board, was traveling from Iran to the Republic of Korea (ROK). It caught fire after the collision and was still burning, according to the ministry.

The ministry said oil spilled into the sea, but did not specify the area of contamination.

The 225-meter-long bulk freighter CF CRYSTAL carried 64,000 tonnes of grain and was partly damaged. It is owned by a Chinese shipping company and was traveling from the United States to Guangdong, China.

Chinese maritime authorities have dispatched eight vessels, including three specialized cleansing vessels, for search and rescue. After coordination by the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center, the ROK dispatched a coast guard ship and a fixed-wing aircraft to assist in the search and rescue.

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