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INFORMATION DIGEST No. 47

March 7, 2017

POLITICS
President of Uzbekistan arrived in Turkmenistan

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in Turkmenistan on 6 March with a state visit at the invitation of President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

At the Ashgabat international airport, the flags of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan were raised in honor of the high level guest and the guard of honor was reviewed.

The Uzbekistan delegation has left for a designated residence.

Big preparations in Turkmenistan for the visit of our President can be seen at every step. The flags of the two countries and congratulations in the Uzbek and Turkmen languages are displayed on the streets of the city.

The agenda of the visit includes bilateral negotiations and cultural events. Following the negotiations at the highest level, a joint Declaration of the Heads of state, a treaty on strategic partnership as well as several bilateral documents, aimed at further development of cooperation in various spheres are expected to be signed.
(Source: UzA)

8TH OF MARCH – INTERNATIONAL WOMAN'S DAY
Keepers of hearth and home

It is kind of symbolic that International Women’s Day is celebrated in early spring. Both spring and women embody beauty and elegance.

These days 8 March International Women’s Day is being widely celebrated as a national holiday throughout the country.

An event has been held in the capital city. Prominent women working in various spheres in the Republic of Qoraqalpoghiston, the regions and the city of Tashkent were invited to the event.

Participants in the event laid flowers at the monument of independence and kindness, the Happy Mother sculpture. They familiarized themselves with great improvement and construction work carried out in the capital city. They also saw a play entitled “Iymon” (faith) at the Uzbek National Academic Drama Theatre.

A festive event has been held in the “Nowruz” state function house on the occasion of 8 March International Women’s Day.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev participated in the festive event and congratulated the country’s women and girls on this holiday.

15 girls were found to be deserving of a high state award for their special achievements in such spheres as literature, art, science, education, sport and culture.

The Head of State conferred Zulfiya state awards on these 15 girls.

This year’s laureates of Zulfiya state awards, Nigora Tursunqulova, a student of the light industry and services vocational college in Mirobod district of Tashkent city, a participant in the 2016 Olympic Games; Ayjamal Karamatdinova, a student of academic lyceum No 1 under the Qoraqalpogh state university; sincerely expressed gratitude to the President for the care and attention being given to further raising the activeness of women and girls in the life of society.

Mothers, advisers on religious enlightenment, morality and education issues, representatives of women’s organizations, various ministries and departments and Zulfiya state award laureates held conversations over a generous dinner.

People’s poets of Uzbekistan, Iqbol Mirzo, Mahmud Toir and Sirojiddin Sayyid read out poems devoted to mothers and women.

T.Norboyeva, the chairperson of the Women’s Committee of the republic and deputy prime minister, said that large-scale work being carried out in this country to ensure the observance of human interests, to improve women’s living conditions and health and to make it possible for them to realize their talent was giving high results.

The First President’s decree dated 25 May 2004 “On additional measures to support the activity of the Women’s Committee of Uzbekistan” was an important factor in improving the work of this committee, in raising women’s status in society, in strengthening the moral climate in neighbourhoods and in the formation of healthy families.

In the 2017-2021 action strategy for five priority areas of the development of the Republic of Uzbekistan, a whole range of measures are specified to raise the socio-political activeness of women, strengthen their role in society and state administration, ensure the employment of women, girls and graduates of vocational colleges, widely attract them to entrepreneurial activities and strengthen family values. Special attention is also given to women’s issues in the Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests state programme.

“A feeling of satisfaction is evident on the faces of women and girls from various regions of our country who gathered for this festive event. This shows that they are contented with their lives, wellbeing, strong family relations” says Oygul Davletjonova, a teacher of general education school No 38 in the town of Urgench, Khorazm Region.

“Our country’s President is giving a great deal of attention to the health of our nation and peace in neighbourhoods,” says Manzura Murodova, adviser on issues of religious enlightenment, morality and education of the “Namozgoh” neighbourhood citizens’ gathering in the town of Shahrisabz, Qashqadaryo Region.

The festive event concluded with a concert by famous artistes and young performers.
(Source: UzA)

SOCIETY
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has signed a resolution defining the course of preparations and conduct of the national holiday Navruz in 2017

The document reads that Navruz has embodied from time immemorial the noble values and brilliant traditions of our people, their good intentions and aspirations, and which is an invaluable heritage of our ancestors. In the years of independence it has become a truly national holiday, whose coming is looked forward by all our fellow citizens, regardless of their ethnic origins, language or religion.

The resolution approved the composition of the organizing committee, who is to work out – within ten days period – a plan of organizational and practical, cultural and educational activities aimed at celebrating Navruz in our capital city Tashkent, the Republic of Karakalpakstan and regional centers, in all the cities, districts and villages as a popular sayil (festivity).

When elaborating the action plan, attention will be drawn to the organization of spiritual and enlightenment activities to promote awareness of the fact that in the days of Navruz people feel their inextricable link to nature, with the native land, appreciate more her generous gifts and are imbued with a sense of gratitude for these peaceful days.

During the celebration of Navruz, charitable activities will be held that are permeated with the ideas of kindness and compassion, friendship and harmony aimed at the full manifestation of the attention and care for the older generation, provision of disinterested assistance to people in need of support. As the tradition goes, extensive works are to unfold on landscaping and gardening of cities and villages.

The preparation of holiday programs is expected to engage folklore groups, amateur bands, rope-walkers, circus performers, family ensembles, folk storytellers - Bakhshi, poets, as well as professional artists and talented singers. The festive programs will include folk games, the best examples of folk art, classical music and lapar songs glorifying ancient customs and traditions, noble human feelings and qualities.

ART

The Grand Hall of the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan has served the venue for the concert by the National Symphonic Orchestra of Uzbekistan under supervision of Gayrat Abrarov entitled ‘Masterpieces of the Past Century’

The program of the honorary ensemble of the National Symphonic Orchestra of Uzbekistan was opened by the ‘Morning Serenade of the Jester’ by Maurice Ravel. And then the orchestra impressed the audience with excellent performance of ‘Adagio’ by Samuel Barber. Then, the orchestra was accompanied by the oboe played by the laureate of international contests Ikbol Imamov to perform ‘Prelude of Love’ by Jean Paul Reverberi and ‘Oblivion’ by Astor Piazzolla.

The perfect completion of the musical evening turned the Concerto for two pianos with orchestra in D minor by Francis Poulenc, which was performed by the winners of international competitions Marat Gumarov and Madina Fayzieva.

The audience greeted every performance with a standing ovation.

“Of course, there were some moments of understatement, but they all faded away before performing of musicians and soloists. We have formed a unique tandem, more precisely - the trio. This was my first experience, but I am happy with the opportunity to perform the Concerto for two pianos with orchestra by Francis Poulenc,” said the conductor Gayrat Abrarov. “The initiative to play the masterpieces of the twentieth century was very warmly received by the soloists, in particular, Madina Fayzieva. It was she to suggest the performance of the works of the French composer, pianist and critic Francis Poulenc. Her choice she explained by the fact that this concert was last time performed 12 years ago.”

“We had no scores. So, we had to take notes themselves. But even then, 12 years ago, the audience warmly welcomed this concert and repeatedly asked to perform,” shared Madina Fayzieva. “Of course, we have formed a good team. Now I would like to play a concert by Alfred Schnittke.”

“The concert was held in one breath, because the program was absolutely unique. It was unique with the fact that the works performed today are quite recognizable, but nevertheless, it was necessary to represent our own interpretation. While performing we feel the warmth and understanding of the audience,” Marat Gumarov said.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

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