Monday, 22, April, 2019

National

The Minister of State for Europe and the Americas at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of Great Britain, MP, Alan Duncan will visit Uzbekistan on 16 April to attend the Uzbek-UK talks, Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.

The aviation authorities of Uzbekistan and Georgia have successfully completed the several-months long talks on the launch of direct flights between the countries, and as early as July 16, Uzbekistan Airways will start operating the first Tashkent-Tbilisi flight since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Saida Mirziyoyeva, the elder daughter of the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, was today introduced as deputy director of the Agency for Information and Mass Communications under the Presidential Administration at the agency’s BOD meeting, the agency said.

Honorary Consulate of Finland opened in Tashkent Thursday. The opening ceremony was attended by Under Secretary of State for External Economic Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland Markku Keinänen and Ambassador of Finland to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan (stationed in Helsinki) Maria Liiva, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.

The former first Deputy Finance Minister Akhadbek Haydarov, 47, has been appointed the Director of the State-Owned Assets Management Agency replacing Nodir Juraev, the agency said.

The Tashkent city mayor, Jahongir Ortiqhojaev, responded to an article on demolitions in the city, published on The Guardian.

Joint command and staff drill is being held in Fergana, Andijan and Namangan provinces as of April 9-13 aimed at precise performance of joint actions by all components of the armed and special forces.

The State Labor Inspection Authority launched a probe into the forced labour case involving teachers and pupils of school No. 7 in Izboskan district of the Andijan province.

In the last 2 years such cases of forced labour still occur but at significantly less frequency. The Teacher Status draft bill has been prepared, which proposes to prohibit forced labor of teachers (? forced labour is already prohibited by the law – Ed.) and collecting money from them for a newspaper subscription.

Teahcers forced labour

The draft bill states that it is not allowed to force teachers to any form of labor, including sweeping streets and planting trees, collecting scrap metal and waste paper, seasonal work in agriculture and others.

Pupils forced labour

In addition, the Ministry of Public Education launched a special service Ustoz Ovozi (Teacher's Voice)- virtual inspector to receive complaints from teachers.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev hosted the visiting U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad, the Presidential press service said.

The new President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has accepted the invitation of the President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and will visit Uzbekistan on a two-day state visit, the Presidential press service said.