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Baku, August 31, AZERTAC
Azerbaijan`s Minister of Internal Affairs, Colonel-General Ramil Usubov has embarked on a visit to Turkey.
He already met with his Turkish counterpart Efkan Ala in Ankara.
After the meeting, the two gave a joint press conference.

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Minsk, August 31, AZERTAC

The capital of Belarus, Minsk, will host a Financial and Economic Forum of CIS member states in October, CIS Executive Secretary Sergei Lebedev said. According to Lebedev, Financial and Economic Forum will follow the meeting of the CIS Heads of Government Council in Minsk. “All members of CIS have declared their readiness to join the Forum,” Lebedev said.

The agenda of the upcoming meeting of the CIS Heads of Government, slated for October 28, focuses on several issues related to the strengthening of cooperation in all areas, including economy.

Zeinal Aghazade

Special Correspondent

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Baku, August 31, AZERTAC 

“Azermarka” LLC of the Ministry of Communication and High Technologies continues its tradition of releasing postage stamps dedicated to remarkable events.

The press service of the Baku Chess Olympiad reports that the newly-released series of “Azermarka” LLC postage stamps is dedicated to the 42nd World Chess Olympiad. The series includes five stamps.

The price of each stamp of the series is 0.5 manats.

The “Chess World Cup: Baku-2015” stamp was named the “Most interesting stamp” by Italian journal “L’arte del francobollo”.

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Baku, August 31, AZERTAC 

Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) announced the launch of a new autumn campaign, timed to Gurban holiday.

A 20% discount will be applied when buying round-trip air tickets in the period from September 5 to 30, 2016 to/from Baku to the following destinations: London, Milan, Berlin, Paris, Prague and New York. Departure period: September 15 – December 10, 2016. In addition, a 20% discount will be applied to tickets on Baku-Tel-Aviv-Baku route with the departure period from September 15 to 25 and from October 25 to December 10.

Air tickets can be booked on the website of the company www.azal.az and purchased at AZAL sales offices and official agencies. Points for the flight may be credited automatically in case AZAL Miles member unique number will be entered in the appropriate filed while purchasing online.

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Baku, August 31, AZERTAC 

Norway is preparing for the expulsion of up to 15,000 people whose asylum bids have been rejected, the head of the Norwegian immigration agency said Tuesday, according to DPA.

A record 31,000 asylum bids were registered in Norway last year and, according to Frode Forfang, director general of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), between 12,000 and 15,000 bids could be rejected. “Coping with the returns of those who have been rejected is key to ensure the integration of those who are granted permission to stay in Norway,” he told public broadcaster NRK.

According to UDI statistics, nationals of Syria, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iraq and Iran were the top five groups of asylum seekers in 2015, with Syria accounting for a third of the bids. Forfang did not detail where the failed asylum seekers came from but noted some cases were linked to the so-called Dublin rules that say a country where refugees arrive is the country where they should be registered.

Immigration Minister Sylvie Listhaug said it would be “a challenge” to get repatriation agreements in place, adding that it would also be necessary to motivate people to voluntarily go back to their countries of origin. Norway has this year seen a sharp drop in the number of asylum seekers. It introduced border controls last November, mirroring moves by several neighbors.

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Baku, August 31, AZERTAC 

Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili has today completed his visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan.

At the Heydar Aliyev International Airport, PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili was seen off by Azerbaijan’s Deputy Prime Minister Ali Ahmadov and other officials.

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Baku, August 31, AZERTAC 

Members of the Board of Directors of the Turkish Society of Solidarity and Culture with Azerbaijan (ISTAD-İstanbul) have visited Çanakkale Martyrs’ Memorial.

“Çanakkale victory is a turning point for Turkey and the Turkic world,” said chair of the society Safar Qaraqoyunlu during the ceremony.

He highlighted the role of Azerbaijani soldiers who became martyrs in Canakkale battle. “According to unofficial information, 18,000 volunteers from the Caucasus and Azerbaijan joined the battle, and 3,000 of them, according to official statistics, became martyrs.”

August 30 marks the Victory Day in Turkey. In 1922, headed by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the Turkish army won the battle for Independence, which came down in history as Canakkale Victory.

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Baku, August 31, AZERTAC

The U.S.-based The Jewish Journal has posted an article of witness of Khojaly massacre, and survivor Durdana Agayeva headlined “Returning to school and facing a wide, open world”.

In the article, Agayeva says: “Like many mothers across the world, I am excited and preparing for my daughter as she returns to school this month, after a busy but enjoyable summer holiday. It is a proud but bittersweet time of year for all parents, because we miss our children as they depart for long days and studious nights, but we also know that each day dedicated to learning and study will empower our children to become intelligent, knowledgeable adults; one day all too soon!

For me, this is an especially sentimental time, as I consider the opportunities that my daughter has before her, and how lucky we are to live in a society that makes education for all children such a high priority.

My country, Azerbaijan is a secular majority-Muslim democracy. Our government is one that also encourages and supports diverse religious identity and expression. In Azerbaijan, Muslim women, just the same as Jewish and Christian women, are offered an education and bounty of opportunity that is virtually unheard of in any other Muslim society, and is in many above and beyond what has progressed in many Western nations. It is also indistinguishable from what is offered and available to Azerbaijani men.

I reflect on this as I watch my young daughter prepare her supplies before the start of school, and the attention to organization and detail she applies to her education; something she cherishes. My daughter faces a world of limitless possibility, because she was born and raised in Azerbaijan, in a country that granted women the right to vote in as far as 1919 – an entire year earlier than the United States; and where today, over 50% of PhD candidates are women. When she first began attending school, years ago, I remember her pride and delight in learning that throughout the entire Russian Empire, which Azerbaijan was part of back then, the very first secular school for Muslim girls was opened in Baku, Azerbaijan’s capital, in 1901.

Like so many mothers, I wonder what my daughter will do with her life, and what great impact she will make on the world as she continues to grow. I like to tell her stories about other Azerbaijani women, to inspire her and remind her of the many choices she has before her. Like how as early as 1931, Leyla Mammadbeyova became the first Azerbaijani female aviator and the first female pilot in the Caucasus, Southern Europe and the Middle East, all the while raising six children and training thousands of paratroopers and pilots. She also became the first woman pilot to fly solo between Central Asia and Southern Europe, breaking records and barriers that many nations have yet to come close to even considering.

Perhaps my daughter wants to study politics, law or public policy, and I tell her about Azerbaijan’s First Lady, Mehriban Aliyeva, and her global humanitarian work as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. I also remind her that before becoming First Lady, Mrs. Aliyeva became a successful medical doctor. I tell her also about the Honorable Tatiana Goldman, an Azerbaijan Supreme Court Justice, who is also Jewish, or Ganira Pashayeva and Sevinj Fataliyeva, both active members of the Azerbaijani Parliament, and many other women serving as deputy ministers, and those managing entire government agencies. We take pride knowing there are actually 21 women currently elected to Azerbaijan’s Parliament (that has 125 members altogether), including Bahar Muradova, the Deputy Speaker; and how this proportion of elected women is comparable to the United States Congress. I always tease my daughter that there is definitely room for 22. In case my daughter wants to serve her country one day, I tell her about many courageous women proudly serving in the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.

I feel confident that however she applies her education, it will be doing something that makes a positive difference for the world. In the meantime, I continue to share with her examples of her fellow countrywomen, and all they have achieved, and I make sure to encourage her to work hard and to cherish every moment of this opportunity, and to see it as a blessing. I make sure to remind her that our country, founded in the spirit and strength of harmonic diversity, is a country where girls and women are treated as equals to boys and men, and succeed as leaders in education and as professionals, across every sector of society.”