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Kyrgyzstan: MPs introduce bill to increase control over media

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BISHKEK (TCA) — As Kyrgyz lawmakers have stepped up with an initiative aimed at introducing more restrictions on the media, we are republishing the following article originally published by EurasiaNet.org:

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Referendum in Tajikistan tightens President Rakhmon’s grip on power

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — Tajikistan’s Central Election Commission has announced preliminary results of the May 22 nationwide referendum on amendments to the country’s Constitution, Avesta news agency reported.

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Russia’s LUKOIL launches construction of a lubricants plant in Kazakhstan

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ALMATY (TCA) — An official groundbreaking ceremony for a new lube blending plant of PJSC LUKOIL, the largest private oil company in Russia, was held in Kazakhstan last week.

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Journalists and activists detained amid land-law protests in Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — Security forces in Kazakhstan detained hundreds of journalists, activists, and demonstrators on May 21 in various Kazakh cities amid a call by the opposition for nationwide demonstrations against changes to the country’s Land Code, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reported.

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Stratfor’s Global Intelligence: Week of May 23, 2016

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The Times of Central Asia presents to its readers Stratfor’s Global Intelligence, a weekly review of the most important events that happened in the world — from Europe to Middle East to Russia to Central Asia to Afghanistan to China and the Americas.

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Nine power companies united into Energy Holding in Kyrgyzstan

  • Written by Maria Levina

BISHKEK (TCA) — This past week, Kyrgyz MPs vigorously debated the Government’s resolution to transfer stakes in nine energy companies in Kyrgyzstan to the charter capital of the National Energy Holding. Finally, 76 deputies supported the document and 27 voted against it.

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Radicalism thrives among Central Asia migrant workers in Russia

  • Written by Marta Ter

BISHKEK (TCA) — As labor migration to Russia remains an important source of income for many families in Central Asian states, we are republishing the following article by Marta Ter, originally published by The Jamestown Foundation’s Eurasia Daily Monitor:

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EBRD president to visit Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan to discuss investment

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BISHKEK (TCA) — The President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Sir Suma Chakrabarti, is visiting three Caspian states next week.

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South Korean investors to buy stakes in three Uzbek banks

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TASHKENT (TCA) — Investors from South Korea in 2016 and 2017 will acquire 15-percent stakes in two large joint-stock commercial banks in Uzbekistan — Uzpromstroibank and Asaka Bank, Novosti Uzbekistana news agency reported.

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Kazakhstan and India to boost trade, economic cooperation

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ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan and India plan to drastically increase bilateral trade turnover up to $5 billion during the next 2-3 years, Novosti-Kazakhstan news agency reported citing Yerzhan Shaikenov, co-chairman of the Kazakhstan-India Business Council.  

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Kazakhstan’s state companies to increase purchases from domestic producers

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ASTANA (TCA) — Eight subsidiaries of Kazakhstan’s national wealth fund Samruk-Kazyna have signed agreements with the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan on cooperation aimed at supporting domestic producers, Atameken reported on May 19.

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Kyrgyzstan’s Kumtor mine decreases gold output in Q1 2016

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Canada-based Centerra Gold Inc. and Kumtor Gold Company (KGC) have summed up their operating results in the first quarter of 2016 for the Kumtor gold mine in Kyrgyzstan. In the first three months of 2016, KGC produced 86,444 ounces or 2688.7 kg of gold and contributed more than 1.6 billion soms in taxes and mandatory payments to Kyrgyzstan’s state budget, Kumtor Gold Company said on May 19.

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Afghanistan: the reality behind the rhetoric

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BISHKEK (TCA) — As Pakistan on May 18 hosted a new round of four-nation peace talks aimed at reviving long-stalled negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghan government, we are republishing this article originally published by Stratfor:   

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Nazarbayev points out positive economic trends in Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev on May 18 chaired a government meeting summing up the country’s social and economic results for the first four months of this year.   

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Kazakh authorities crack down on activists ahead of planned land-law protests

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ASTANA (TCA) — Authorities in Kazakhstan have intensified a crackdown on activists ahead of planned nationwide protests on May 21 against controversial new legislation on the privatization of agricultural land in the country, RFE/RL's Kazakh Service reported on May 18.

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Son of former Kyrgyz prime minister jailed for espionage

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BISHKEK (TCA) — A court in Bishkek has sentenced a former Kyrgyz prime minister's son, Altynbek Muraliev, to 12 years in prison on espionage charges, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reported.

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Kazakhstan redirecting foreign investments to processing industries

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ASTANA (TCA) — This year Kazakhstan will implement seven projects totaling 78 billion tenge (around $237 million) with the participation of anchor investors and transnational companies, such as JAC, Hikma, Carmeuse Group, Cremonini, Peugeot, Citroёn, IVECO, and Tenaris, in the pharmaceutical, chemical, agro-processing, mining, metallurgical, and construction industries, Kazakh Minister for Investment and Development Aset Isekeshev said on May 17 at a roundtable on improvement of the country’s investment climate, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

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Kazakh banks to on-lend pension funds to businesses

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ASTANA (TCA) — Banks in Kazakhstan will get 200 billion tenge (more than $610 million) from the Common Saving Pension Fund to on-lend the money to domestic businesses, Novosti-Kazakhstan news agency reported with reference to the country’s National Bank.

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EU reiterates concern about human rights situation in Turkmenistan

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — On May 17, the European Union and Turkmenistan held the eighth round of their Human Rights Dialogue in Brussels.

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Kazakhstan hosts cross-regional public procurement forum

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ASTANA (TCA) — Public procurement specialists from across Europe and Central Asia gathered in the Kazakh capital Astana on May 17 to share experiences and best practices in public procurement reforms. They discussed and promoted cross regional cooperation in public procurement and good governance at the 12th Procurement, Integrity, Management and Openness (PRIMO) Forum, the World Bank reported.  

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South Korea to build new terminal at Tashkent airport

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TASHKENT (TCA) — A new terminal, Tashkent-4, will be constructed in the international airport of Uzbekistan’s capital city, Tashkent. The terminal is being designed by South Korean specialists, Novosti Uzbekistana news agency reported.

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EBRD to finance waste management upgrade in Khujand in Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is partnering with the government of Tajikistan to finance further improvements in solid waste management in Khujand, the main city in the country’s north.

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FAO helps make agriculture more productive and sustainable in Central Asia

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — National consultations organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Tajikistan on May 17 will assist local and international partners to integrate resilience strategies into their policies and action plans, and adopt and expand the use of climate-smart agriculture practices. The project corresponds to achieving one of its five Strategic Objectives – namely to “make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable” in Central Asia and Turkey, said the office of FAO in Tajikistan.

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Iranian company to build wind farm in Kazakhstan

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TEHRAN (TCA) — Iran and Kazakhstan have agreed on the construction of a wind park to generate electricity in Kazakhstan, Iran’s PressTV news agency reported.

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Kyrgyzstan: President trash-talks opposition following coup arrests

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BISHKEK (TCA) — As another three alleged coup plotters were arrested in Kyrgyzstan last week, we are republishing an article originally published by EurasiaNet.org. The article is below:   

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