Sunday, 17, February, 2019

World

Three former executives of telecom company Telia were acquitted Friday of paying bribes in Uzbekistan, with the Swedish court citing lack of evidence.

Since at least the early ’80s, the world has been getting greener. Satellite data show plants cover more and more land every year, the researchers report Tuesday in the journal Nature Sustainability.

The United States is trying to enable countries in Central Asia to have options in obtaining US military equipment rather than relying on military procurement from Russia, but the cost of US weapons will continue to be an issue, Central Command (CENTCOM) chief Gen. Joseph Votel said in a congressional testimony on Tuesday.

The Freedom House published “Freedom in the World 2019” report, which offered a special assessment of the state of democracy  in 195 countries of the world. Of the 195, 86 (44 percent) were rated as Free, 59 (30 percent) - Partly Free, and 50 (26 percent) - Not Free.

Juan Guaido, head of the Opposition-run Congress, took an oath swearing himself in as Venezuela's interim president on Wednesday, as hundreds of thousands marched to demand the end of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro's government.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev today held a bilateral meeting with Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the "Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit-2019”. Earlier, President Mirziyoyev, leading a large and high powered delegation arrived in Gandhinagar on 17 January welcomed by Shri O. P. Kohli, Governor of Gujarat.

The countries in Europe where most people die because they eat too much salt and not enough vegetables have been named and shamed.

Mrs. Guli Sheikh (Muradova) issued a statement after she had been subjected to hate comments over her marriage with Lord Iltaf Sheikh:

An Uzbek worker died on Wednesday after a 200-kilogram steel beam crushed him at a shipyard in Yeongam, South Jeolla Province, The Korea Times said. 

The Guardian published its top 40 destinations to go on holiday in 2019, which included Samarkand. Since President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took over from Islam Karimov in 2016, cautious change is afoot in Uzbekistan, the article said. For tourists keen to experience the country’s famous hospitality, impressive architecture and Silk Road legacy, things are fast improving.