Azerbaijan has allocated 7 million dollars for flood relief in Pakistan

On January 9, 2023, an international conference on “Climate Resilient Pakistan” was held in Geneva under the joint organization of the UN and Pakistan. The main goal of the conference was to attract the necessary financial resources to support the reconstruction and elimination of the consequences caused by the natural disaster that occurred in Pakistan last August, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, APA reports.

In the opening part of the event, Pakistan Prime Minister Mohammad Shahbaz Sharif and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres spoke as organizers, and a video address of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was broadcast.

At the invitation of the organizers, representatives of 46 countries of the world, as well as 48 international financial and civil society institutions participated in the event.

In the speech, it was noted that our country shares the pain of the people and state of our friend and brother Pakistan, and since 2010, nearly 7 million US dollars have been contributed to support the elimination of the consequences of the floods that occurred in different years in this country. It was noted that in August 2022, Azerbaijan provided financial aid to Pakistan in the amount of 2 million US dollars in support of the elimination of the destruction caused by the recent floods, which are considered the worst natural disaster in the history of Pakistan. Taking into account the extent of the consequences, the Deputy Minister informed the Pakistani side and the participants of the conference that according to the order of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev, our country will provide an additional humanitarian financial assistance of 2 million US dollars to support the initiative.

A natural disaster in 2022 submerged one-third of the country’s territory, killing and injuring 15,000 people and displacing 33 million people, making it the worst natural disaster in Pakistan’s history. The World Bank Group estimates that as many as 9 million people could fall into poverty as a result of those floods. Pakistan prepared a Post-Disaster Needs Assessment Plan with the support of the UN system, the World Bank Group, the Asian Development Bank and the European Union and found that the damage caused by the floods exceeded 14.9 billion, the economic losses exceeded 15.2 billion, and the reconstruction needs exceeded 16 billion US dollars. The plan, which forms the basis of the reconstruction, rehabilitation, recovery and resilience framework (4RF), has identified key priorities such as revitalizing livelihoods and agriculture, rebuilding private housing, and restoring and rebuilding public infrastructure.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

China sends 3 satellites into orbit in its first launch of new year

China on Monday morning launched three satellites into space, the country’s first space launch of the new year, according to Anadolu Agency.

Three satellites named Shijian-23, Shiyan-22A, and Shiyan-22B were blasted off at 6 a.m. Beijing time (2200GMT Sunday) from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in the southern island province of Hainan using a Long March-7 carrier rocket.

“It is the country’s first successful launch of 2023,” the Chinese daily Global Times reported.

It was also the 459th flight mission of the Long March carrier rocket series.

The satellites will be “used for scientific experiments and technical verification, in-orbit verification tests of new technologies such as space environment monitoring.”

Last week, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASC) announced plans for more than 50 aerospace tasks in 2023.

It added that China’s T-shaped Space Station will resume normal operations this year.

“The manned space station project will enter the stage of application and development, and China’s space station will realize normalized operation in 2023,” said CASC General Manager Zhang Zhongyang.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

RPC vehicle convoy passed through Lachin-Khankendi road-

The free passage of civilian vehicles belonging to the Russian peacekeeping contingent (RPC) continues on the Khankandi-Lachin road, where the action was held in protest against the illegal exploitation of mineral deposits in the areas under the temporary control of Russian peacekeepers, APA’s correspondent assigned to Shusha reports.

A little earlier, two more military vehicles of RPC passed from Lachin to Khankandi from the place where action is being held.

The free passage of civilian vehicles belonging to the Russian peacekeeping contingent (RPC) continues on the Khankandi-Lachin road, where the action was held in protest against the illegal exploitation of mineral deposits in the areas under the temporary control of Russian peacekeepers, APA’s correspondent assigned to Shusha reports.

A while ago, 2 passenger cars belonging to RPC passed from Khankendi to Lachin.

The free passage of civilian vehicles belonging to the Russian peacekeeping contingent (RPC) continues on the Khankandi-Lachin road, where the action was held in protest against the illegal exploitation of mineral deposits in the areas under the temporary control of Russian peacekeepers, APA’s correspondent assigned to Shusha reports.

A while ago, 21 vehicles belonging to RPC passed from Khankendi to Lachin.

The participants of the action pulled out of the road and opened a corridor for the passage of vehicles convoy.

The free passage of civilian vehicles belonging to the Russian peacekeeping contingent (RPC) continues on the Khankandi-Lachin road, where the action was held in protest against the illegal exploitation of mineral deposits in the areas under the temporary control of Russian peacekeepers, APA’s correspondent reports from Shusha.

A while ago, two vehicles belonging to RPC passed from Khankendi to Lachin.

The participants of the action pulled out of the road and opened a corridor for the passage of cars.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency

Thousands in Belgium participate in ‘New Year’s Dive’

Nearly 5,000 people took part in the traditional “New Year’s Dive” in Belgium to celebrate the new year, according to Anadolu Agency.

Gathering at the coastal city of Ostend, thousands of participants also did some warm-up exercises before the traditional New Year’s swim.

When the clock hit the 3 p.m. local time (1400GMT), some 5,000 people, including children, started to run toward the sea from a 200-meter (656-feet) distance.

Some participants immediately got out of the water, while others stayed in much longer despite the cold weather.

Meanwhile, ambulances were ready in the area in case of possible emergency.

Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency

Plane crashed in Russia, 2 people died

“An-2 plane crashed in the Nenets Autonomous District of Russia due to icing,” Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations disseminated information in this regard, APA reports citing TASS.

Noted that there were 10 passengers and 2 crew members on board the plane during the incident that happened 10 km away from the village of Karatayka. According to preliminary information, 2 people died.

Source: Azeri-Press News Agency