02/05/11 Bollettino d'informazione (marzo - aprile 2011)

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov at the Oqsaroy March 24 met with Yousuf Raza Gilani, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, who has been on official visit in Uzbekistan. 

Welcoming the guest, the head of our state said that Uzbek-Pakistani relations have been developing on principles of traditional friendship, mutual interest and respect. 

Periodic meetings at the highest level are an important factor in the development of relations between Uzbekistan and Pakistan. The reached deals and signed agreements have facilitated to enhance the bilateral cooperation in political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian realms. 

It needs noting that Pakistan considers Uzbekistan an important partner that plays a considerable role in promoting peace and stability in the region. The parties support each other on pressing issues of regional and international significance. 

As countries neighboring Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Pakistan display a particular interest in establishing peace and ensuring security in that country. That condition is to create an opportunity to set up direct transport routes and bolster economic ties between Uzbekistan and Pakistan. 

Trade, economic and investment cooperation has been principal in the overall interaction between our countries. Uzbekistan’s ever increasing capacities, improving transport communications and international logistics centers, steadily modernizing industry, expanding opportunities in the energy sector have been crucial in stepping up economic and investment cooperation. The two countries are interested in developing and materializing joint region-wide projects in these areas. These aspects were placed a special emphasis during the March 17 Islamabad session of Uzbek-Pakistani intergovernmental commission on trade and economic, scientific and technological cooperation. 

Cultural and humanitarian interaction has been developing, too. Centers for the study of Uzbek and Urdu operate in Pakistan and Uzbekistan, respectively. Scholars, artists and other humanities specialists from the two nations regularly attend academic conferences, festivals and other events held in Uzbekistan and Pakistan. 

During the meeting at the Oqsaroy, Yousuf Raza Gilani expressed earnest gratitude to the head of our state for the warm welcome, and noted that Pakistan is interested in developing long-term and mutually advantageous ties with Uzbekistan, primarily in the trade, economic and investment front, UzA informs. 

The current state and prospects of bilateral cooperation along with regional and international issues of mutual interest have been extensively discussed at the talks.



President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received the member of the State Council and the Central Military Council, Defense Minister of China Liang Guanglie at Oqsaroy residence in Tashkent on 18 March. 

Welcoming the guest, the head of the state said that the Uzbek-Chinese relations in the recent years had acquired a stably dynamic character in all areas of bilateral cooperation and received a new impulse after the state visit of the Chairman of the People’s Republic of China Hu Jintao to Uzbekistan in June 2010. 

“We consider China a reliable partner. Today China is the second country in the world in terms of its economic potential,” said Islam Karimov. 

“Your visit to Uzbekistan is a vivid demonstration of the strengthening cooperation between the defense ministries of our countries,” the President noted. 

An important factor in development of multilateral relations of Uzbekistan and China is closeness and commonness of approaches to the most important issues of bilateral and multilateral relations, as well as regional and international policy. 

Uzbekistan and China firmly support each other and have established close cooperation in fighting the “three evils”, which are terrorism, extremism and separatism. 

The sides stressed the importance of further improvement of the activity of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, which has become a serious factor in strengthening stability and security in the region, as well as development of long-term cooperation in the economic, investment, transport and other spheres, UzA informs. 

They also highly evaluated the scale of the economic and investment partnership, as well as implementation of large joint infrastructure and industrial projects. 

During the meeting, Liang Guanglie passed on the best wishes from Hu Juntao and expressed sincere gratitude to the head of the state for warm welcome. 

At the talks, the state and perspectives of bilateral cooperation in the political, military and military-technical spheres was discussed in detail.



The delegation headed by the High Commissioner of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for Ethnic Minorities Ambassador Knut Vollebek is on a visit in Uzbekistan. On 28 March, the delegation met the Ombudsman of Uzbekistan Sayyora Rashidova. 

During the meeting, it was noted that relations between Uzbekistan and the OSCE were consistently developing in all directions, particularly in the field of parliamentary relations, law and order, and human rights protection. 

The sides stressed that in Uzbekistan special attention was paid to ensuring inter-ethnic harmony, and representatives of all nationalities and peoples live in peace irrespective of their language, religion, social origin. 

Uzbekistan has been cooperating with the OSCE in spheres like strengthening regional security and stability, development of civil society, expansion of international economic and humanitarian partnership, and environment. 

The talks touched upon issues of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the OSCE in the field of legislation and judicial system, and the current state and prospects of bilateral relations. 

“OSCE jointly with Uzbekistan has for several years been implementing a number of projects,” said Knut Vollebek. “We had the opportunity to get acquainted with the work of the Ombudsman of Uzbekistan in the sphere of protection of human rights and interests. Our goal is to share experiences in ensuring the rights of national minorities, ​​and educational and outreach activities in this area. I am sure that our cooperation will further expand and strengthen.” 

The OSCE delegation will also hold talks in the ministries of foreign affairs, public education, higher and secondary specialized education of Uzbekistan, as well as the Republican International Cultural Center.


The Republican international cultural center organized celebration of Navruz holiday on 21 March at the Babur park in Tashkent.

Representatives of various national cultural centers, creative and public organizations, foreign diplomats and city residents participated in the event.

At the opening of the event, director of the Republican international cultural center Nasriddin Muhammadiyev said observing the principles of international and inter-religious consent, mutual respect and friendship were important factors of reforms in Uzbekistan.

During the celebration, the visitors had the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the exhibition of samples of national craftsmanship and fine art of various nations.

The concert with participation of famous artists and folklore collectives of the national cultural centers was also held.




President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov arrived on a state visit to Beijing on 19 April on the invitation of the Chairman of the People’s Republic of China Hu Jintao.

After the official welcoming ceremony of the President of Uzbekistan at the People’s Representatives Meeting House in the center of Beijing, Islam Karimov and Hu Jintao held negotiations. 

During the talk, a detailed exchange of opinions on the current state and perspectives of the Uzbek-Chinese relations and other issues of regional and international character, which are of mutual interest, took place. 

It was underlined that Uzbekistan considered China as a state with rich history and culture, and a huge potential, as well as a reliable partner and neighbor. The belief was expressed that the present talks had a great importance for raising the bilateral relations to a higher level. 

It was especially emphasized that the head of Uzbekistan was a close friend of China, having made a huge contribution to the development of bilateral cooperation, which is highly valued. The meeting was a good opportunity to exchange views on the important topics of mutual interest. 

The leaders of Uzbekistan and China discussed issues of political, trade, economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian cooperation, as well we regional security and stability. 

After the talks, Islam Karimov and Hu Jintao signed a Joint Declaration between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the People’s Republic of China. 

The two states also signed documents on mutual stimulation and protection of investments, on technical and economic cooperation, on developing deposits and others.




President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov visited Surkhandarya region on 22 April to get acquainted with the socioeconomic reforms carried out in the area.

The people of Uzbekistan are proud of their great ancestors, who have made invaluable contribution to the world civilization. The study of their cultural, spiritual and scientific heritage, its preservation and further enrichment is our duty before future generations. 

This noble purpose lies at the heart of the wide-scale work carried out under the leadership of President Islam Karimov in all spheres, including spiritual and educational ones. Among the priorities is improvement of holy places of worship, in-depth study of the rich heritage of our great ancestors, and upbringing the young people as harmoniously developed personalities. 

Islam Karimov started his trip to Surkhandarya region from the visit to the Hakim Termizi memorial complex. 

The resting place of the great thinker thanks to improvement works held on the initiative and under the guidance of the President, has acquired a completely new look. Gardens have been created here, and all conditions organized for visitors. 

“The respect for the memory of great ancestors like Hakim Termizi, studying their rich heritage have played an important role in enriching the spirituality of our people, especially youth,” said Islam Karimov. “Visiting this holy place clears the people’s souls. Therefore, we must visit places like this often and ask God for peaceful life and all the best for our country, people and children.” 

The head of the state noted that it was important to study the heritage of our great ancestors and bringing it to future generations. For it is the heritage of ancestors that teaches the younger generation to treat the native land with care, and brings a sense of pride. The youth can keep the names of our great ancestors for ever, and is capable of worthily continuing all the good work that was started in the years of independence. 

“Frequent visits of the young people should be organized to such places of worship,” the President said. “This is important in bringing together the older and the younger generations, preserving and enriching the heritage of our great ancestors.” 

Islam Karimov gave his recommendations on further expansion of the improvement works, including planting ornamental trees that correspond to the hot climate of Surkhandarya, UzA informs. 

The country’s President got acquainted with the activities of the “At-Termizi Namuna” farm in Termez region, headed by Shukhrat Chorshanbiyev, and talked to farmers. 

Today, about 5,000 farms function in the region. “At-Termizi Namuna” last year received a rich harvest: 32 centners of cotton and 70 centners of grain per hectare. The income made up UZS 106.6 million and net profit UZS 26 million. 

This year, the experienced farmer built a greenhouse on 50 acres of land and provided more than 10 people with jobs. In the Year of Small Business and Private Entrepreneurship, a sewing shop was opened in At-Termizi mahalla. 

The head of the state asked questions on reaching the rich harvest of grain, development of cotton, important agro-technical activities that must be completed during the field season. 

The farmers of the region grow early-maturing varieties of wheat on 98,000 hectares. This spring, because of unfavorable weather conditions, special attention is paid to feeding the soil with fertilizers. As a result, conditions for large crop have been created. Surkhandarya farmers have also managed to ensure good cotton growth on 119,600 hectares. 

Farmers say that one day of spring feeds the whole year, the President said. Therefore, at present, when the fate of the next harvest is being decided, those will succeed who perform all agro-technical activities timely and accurately. In agriculture, there is no easy year or season. However, the expected shortage of water demands that farmers demonstrate even greater skill and enterprise, and ensire rational use of water. 

If last year the region’s cotton cultivating farmers carried out activities to reduce moisture in the soil, this year they are trying to save it. With this purpose, during the cultivation the soil is enriched with fertilizers. 

In conversation with farmers, the head of the state stressed their role in ensuring the welfare of the people. Islam Karimov emphasized that the state would continue to fully support the farmers. 

Very soon, Termez will host “Barkamol avlod 2011” (Harmonously Developed Generation) sports competitions among students of specialized secondary and professional educational establishments. 

Currently, thorough preparation is underway to such major event that will be held in the region for the first time. The buildings of Termez State University, academic lyceums, art, pedagogy and Olympic reserve colleges, Dolphin swimming pool, Alpomish tennis court, kurash wrestling complex and other objects have been reconstructed. 

President Islam Karimov visited the newly built sports complex Surkhon in Termez. 

It has a stadium for 10,000 seats, and gyms for gymnastics and handball, fitted with modern equipment. The complex has all conditions for going in for football, handball, athletics and rhythmic gymnastics. 

The head of the state spoke to gymnasts and handball players who train here. 

Islam Karimov noted that our young men and women are not inferior to anyone in talent and skill. Constant attention should be paid to revealing their talents and support their aspirations. The huge transformation in the fields of education, spirituality, sports and others are aimed exactly for that purpose.

The President noted that the young people should live with understanding that they are heirs of the great ancestors, they should mobilize all of their knowledge, talent and aspirations for further increasing the authority of their Motherland. 

Getting familiar with the complex, the President gave recommendations for its improvement. The head of the state spoke about the need to use the best foreign experience and national architectural traditions in construction and decoration works. 

The President also got acquainted with the House of Happiness raised in the city of Termez. The modern two-story building has all facilities for young people’s marriage. 

The head of the state underlined that holding one of the most exciting events in life – wedding – in such beautiful building will leave the newlyweds with unforgettable impressions for their whole lives. 

A person should live for bringing good, protecting peace, improving people’s welfare, and for the happiness of the children. Only in this case the intended goals can be reached. Our people live and work with such noble intentions. This truth has once again seen confirmation during the visit of the President of Uzbekistan to Surkhandarya region.



President Islam Karimov signed a resolution on 6 April on the preparation and conduction of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the state independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan. 

The resolution approved the program of organizational, practical, cultural, educational and awareness raising activities related to the celebrations, as well as the structure of the creative group to prepare the holiday program in Tashkent, UzA informs. 

In accordance with the document, all holiday-related preparatory activities and events will be held under the slogan “You are great and sacred, independent Motherland!”. 

The Republican commission for preparation and conduction of celebrations of the 20th independence anniversary is headed by Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev. 

The commission has been entrusted with adopting measures to ensure timely commissioning of the industrial, social and cultural objects, which will open on the eve of the Independence Day (1 September). 

A separate plan of events will be developed for the country’s youth, including students of schools, academic lyceums, professional colleges and higher educational institutions. 

Special attention will be paid to holding the Barkamol Avlod (Harmoniously Developed Generation) sports competitions among the students of secondary educational institutions in Termez and the youth forum titled “We are 20 years old”, as well as various sports competitions and an Independence Cup marathon among companies, organizations and educational establishments. 

Other events included in the program are traditional Sharq Taronalari international musical festival, contests Nihol, Kelajak Ovozi, Eng Ulug, Eng Aziz, Oltin Qalam, Ozod Yurt Tolkinlari, Navqiron Ozbekiston, Asrlar Sadosi, and a number of new events.




On April 27 this year the members of the European Parliament Ana Gomes, Elisabeth Jeggle, Teresa Riera Madurell, Anneli Jäätteenmäki, Heidi Hautala, Nicole Kiil-Nielsen, representing Portugal, Germany, Spain, Finland and France, respectively, held meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan. 

During the talks the sides noted that the visit of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to Brussels on January 24 this year and his meetings with the EU leadership gave a new impetus to extend cooperation in various spheres based on equality and mutually beneficial partnership. 

The secured agreements during the visit open new prospects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the EU in energy and financial-technical spheres. 

At the meeting the sides have underscored the dynamics of cooperation between the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan (the national parliament) and the European Parliament. 

The sides exchanged views on implementation of the EU Strategy for Central Asia. The sides noted that it is impossible to implement the Strategy effectively without intensification of the investment constituents. 

On the request of the MPs, they were briefed on the position of Uzbekistan on the water-energy issues considered to be vital for the Central Asian region. The Uzbek side adheres to a principle position that it is inadmissible to construct large hydro-power stations at trans-boundary rivers. These issues in the region should be discussed and resolved on the basis of generally recognized norms and principles of international law with agreement of all countries of the region. 

The sides also discussed other issues of mutual interest.



The Executive Committee of the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO RATS) in conjunction with the Anti-Terrorism Center of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS ATC) held an international conference on “The activities of terrorist organizations in the countries of the SCO and CIS. Measures to ensure anti-diversion protection of objects of particular importance, special objects and military infrastructure” on 13-14 April in Tashkent. 

The representatives of anti-terrorist units of intelligence and security bodies of the SCO and the CIS, Commonwealth sectoral cooperation bodies (Coordination Service of the Border Troops Commanders Council, the Bureau for Coordination of Fight against Organized Crime and Other Dangerous Types of Crimes on the CIS member-states territory) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime and the Secretariat of the Collective Security Treaty Organization took part in the meeting, UzA informs. 

The mutual interest of the SCO and the CIS anti-terrorism bodies in holding the first conference of its kind stemmed from the fact that challenges faced by the member states in countering terrorism and extremism are equally relevant for all and can be effectively addressed only through collective efforts. 

The processes occurring on the global arena, as well as internal political and socioeconomic problems in some of the SCO and the CIS states can be used by international terrorist organizations for terrorist and extremist acts aimed at destabilizing the situation in some regions. 

The conference was held in three sections, which considered new challenges and threats to the SCO and CIS countries. Particular attention was paid to countering the activities of international terrorist organizations. The new trends in their activities were analyzed and the modern concepts of counteraction were discussed. The participants also made an assessment of the levels of the existing subversive and terrorist threats, and considered a system of measures to ensure anti-terrorist security in the SCO and the CIS. 

The experts also considered the issue of organizing an exchange of relevant information among the competent authorities of the SCO and the CIS. The representatives of the intelligence agencies also shared their experience in investigating crimes of subversive and terrorist nature.


The two-day international scientific practical conference on “The Concept of further deepening of democratic reforms and formation of civil society in Uzbekistan” opened in Tashkent on 22 April. The forum is devoted to studying the experience of Uzbekistan in carrying out consistent transformations to democratize all spheres of the state and social life, and high results of the large-scale implementation of the tasks of the new stage of development of the country, determined by President Islam Karimov. 

The conference brought together hundreds of government and public figures, businessmen and experts from more than 30 countries, representatives of major international organizations and financial institutions, including the United Nations and its agencies, the Asian Development Bank, the Islamic Development Bank, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and heads of diplomatic missions accredited in the country. 

UzA correspondents talked to some of the participants. 

Ravi Kumar Savhnei, expert of the International Vivekananda Fund (India): 

“I read the Concept of President Islam Karimov on the further deepening of democratic reforms and the formation of civil society in Uzbekistan with great interest. The ideas put forward in this paper have been widely studied not only in Uzbekistan, but also internationally. The start of the consistent implementation of the wide-scale tasks set by the head of your state will, undoubtedly, serve reforming and modernizing the country and gaining its rightful place among developed countries. 

“As noted in the Concept, the accelerated development of the society towards democracy and the success of reforms in this direction depend on the level of legal culture of the people. In Uzbekistan, a lot of work has been carried in this direction. Consistent continuation of this wide-scale work will contribute to raising the actions in promoting human rights and interests in Uzbekistan.” 

Parviz Morwedge, professor of New York State University, Director of Global Scholarly Publications (USA): 
“Uzbekistan has carried out huge work in the steady introduction of well-developed legal mechanism for strict observance of laws and ensuring the rule of law in the activities of public authorities and law enforcement agencies. The study of reforms in the judicial system of Uzbekistan will be useful for other countries. 

“The timely adopted Anti-crisis program of measures has contributed to stable economic development of Uzbekistan. The constant attention paid in your country to attracting foreign investments and increasing the number of joint ventures has given excellent results. One of the main directions of the Anti-crisis program in Uzbekistan is the support and strengthening of the budget, banking, finance and credit systems, the real sector of the economy, modernization, technical and technological renovation of production with the purpose of improving the competitiveness on both domestic and foreign markets. 

“I admire the high culture of the people, especially youth of Uzbekistan, its high intellectual potential. All the conditions have been created for youth to acquire deep knowledge. This is a practical result of the huge attention of the leader of your country to the formation of the younger generation as fully developed personalities.”


The fourth Republican fair of innovative ideas, technologies and projects completed in Tashkent on 15 April.

It resulted in about 400 signed agreements and protocols of intentions to implement promising local projects worth a total of almost UZS 10 billion.

The innovations fair was organized in the framework of the tasks to build innovative economy and modernize production, especially in the real sector, set by President Islam Karimov.

The fair participants included ministries, departments, associations, banks, large enterprises, representatives of small and private businesses, farmers, research institutions of Uzbekistan Academy of Sciences, research centers, as well as individual inventors.

About 600 innovative technologies and projects presented at the fair were about intensification and optimization of production, resource saving, use of local raw materials, increasing the quality and competitiveness of domestic products, substituting import and expansion of exports.

These projects are designed for sectors like industry and agriculture, health and pharmaceutics, information technologies, science and education.

Today, 18 large enterprises of Uzbekistan have their own innovation centers, modernization and innovation funds, which have so far funded 242 projects worth UZS 8.55 billion.

Each year, state scientific and technical programs are implemented in many areas of the national economy and the social sector. One of the most effective mechanisms to attract additional investment in science is the innovations fair, where not only the most promising innovations are demonstrated and conditions are created for their acquisition and subsequent use, but also agreements on financing of future scientific developments are concluded.

Of particular interest was the exposition, organized at the fair for the first time in connection with the announcement of the year 2011 as the Year of small business and private entrepreneurship.

It presented development in various areas – from high-tech, based on use of nanomaterials, to easy-to-use facilities for processing raw materials into finished products with high added value.

During the fair, its participants were able to discuss the most topical issues of the formation of the innovative economy in the country at the conferences and round tables.

The fair completed with awarding the winners of seven best project in all presented key areas and industries.



A mighty commander and a wise statesman, he left a bright trace in the history of the mankind. Life and activity of this person was so unique that even today his name is cloaked in numerous legends. Scientists all across the globe up to now continue organizing their research works and discovering new facts in this area. He left rich heritage and managed to win compliments of many successive generations. That is the reason we widely celebrate the 675th date of birth of the Great Amir Temur.

According to the historical documents and monuments of the past, Amir Temur was reputed to be a steadfast, courageous and wise governor not only in central Asia but far beyond. Today, the people of Uzbekistan take pride of their ancestor by right. For the years of independence an extended work has been carried out on studying the heritage of Amir Temur, his principles of state governing. Considerable role in that belongs to the Amir Temur International Fund established in the 14thMarch, 1996.

“The work of the fund envisages the determination of the historical truth about Amir Temur. Scaled works are carried out on studying his epoch, life and activity, examining historical documents and publishing books. The personality of Sokhibqiron was quite versatile. He is known as powerful and invincible commander yet, it is only one side of his activity. It is important to know that Amir Temur was also a creator and patronized the development of science, culture and art. He performed great services during his ruling, as was the first in the history managed to unite peoples of Central Asia and create a centralized state in this territory,” says the head of the Amir Temur International Fund, People’s Writer of Uzbekistan, laureate of State prize Mukhammad Ali.

Indeed, during the epoch of Amir Temur all kinds of art, especially architecture, were blooming. Today, architectural monuments of his time are considered a true decoration of ancient cities of Uzbekistan. Much emphasis he placed on beautification of Samarqand, the capital of the his state he had created. Many of grandeur buildings were constructed in Shahrisabz, the hometown of Amir Temur. His architectural endeavors created a unique the monumental style that determined special features of architecture of central Asia of the late 14th and early 15th centuries.

Present-day Uzbekistan is decorated with monuments of Amir Temur, erected in Tashkent, Samarqand, Shahrisabz. Notorious words said by Sokhibqiron, carved at the pedestal of the monument in Tashkent: Strength Is in Justice. At the very heart of the capital, next to the Amir Temur Square, there is the State Museum of Temurids that brings together thousands of interesting exhibits linked together by the name of Sokhibqiron. Lots of people visit this museum considering the hearth of culture and art of the world-known epoch of Temurids’ Renaissance.

The exposition of the museum is constantly replenished and research work conducted by the Amir Temur International Fund have yielded new discoveries and interesting insights from time to time.

“For the last several years the fund’s activity has been marked with a set of significant events. The work of the renowned historian of the 14th-15th century Sharofiddin Ali Yazdi “Zafarnoma” was translated from the old Uzbek and published in the Russian (translator – Ashraf Akhmedov). The work by Kamoliddin Abdurazzoq Samarqandiy “Matlai Sayidin va Madjmai Bahrayin” dated back to the 9th century was translated from Farsi and published in Uzbek (translated by Asomiddin Urunbayev). “Diaryof Journey to Samarqand to the Court of Temur” by the Spanish ambassador of the 15th century Rui Gonzalez de Clavijo was published in Uzbek (translator – Ochil Tagayev). All these products are considered the essential historical documents and contain unique information on Amir Temur’s epoch,” added Muhammad Ali.

As Mukhammad Ali noted this year the Amir Temur International Fund turns 15. A solemn event is to be organized in the State Museum of History of Temurids timed to this date that will bring together celebrated historians, writers, and journalists. They will revisit the work undertaken.   

At present, various actions, scientific-practical conferences timed to the 675th date of birth of Amir Temur are getting organized in all regions of the republic. The State Mudeum of History of Temurids in Tashkent to host April 9 a round table dedicated to the role and place of a woman during the Temurids’ epoch. Exposition of works by Uzbek artists depicted those female images in their creativity will be organized within the conference. According to the tradition, representatives of ministries and agencies, public organizations, foreign embassies, academics, creative figures, activists from mahallas, women’s committees, tutors and students gather at this day in the square of Amir Temur. They will lay flowers to the monument of Sokhibqiron and salute to the historical hero of the Uzbek people. 



This spring, capital Tashkent has come to host one of the brightest and festive events ranking high in the development of culture and arts in Uzbekistan. The stage of the Turkiston arts palace is to bring together high-profile artists from all across the globe and Uzbekistan to represent best achievements in unique and everlasting art – opera. 
The festival is organized by the Ministry of Culture and Sports, Forum of Culture and Arts of Uzbekistan Foundation, O’zbekteatr creative production association, and Alisher Navoi State Academic Bolshoi Theater, as well as under assistance of the embassies of participating countries. This year the festival is to be occasioned to the 20th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence. 
Since the foundation of the festival it has gained the recognition of numerous opera and ballet lovers turning into true festivity for art connoisseurs. The event calls to promote the exchange of musical values between the East and West, to be an incentive for further development of opera and ballet art in the country. 
Tashkent will gather singers and conductors from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Italy, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine that is to meet with their talented Uzbek colleagues and perform joint concerts. The spirit of competitiveness and creative rivalry will add this event more charm and incentive. 
Director of the Alisher Navoi State Academic Bolshoi Theater Bahtiyor Yoqubov shares, “This year, “Spring in Tashkent” expands in geography, so does its repertoire. It will become a fine opportunity for extending and strengthening friendly and creative ties, and acquainting the audience with the recent achievements in opera and ballet,” notes the. 
Honored artists and young talented musicians participating in the festival will present the spectators with the opportunity to explore once and again the great creations by classic composers. The program includes “Traviata” and “Rigoletto” by Giuseppe Verdi, “Lucia de Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti, “Karmen” by George Bizet, and “Floria Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini. Each of the festival’s days will be marked by one of these products. Spectators anticipate special and unforgettable performance at the final gala-concert. 
The Festival “Spring in Tashkent” promises to be one of the brightest events of the current year.


The athletes of Uzbekistan successfully participated in the fourth World Games among the visually impaired in Turkey and qualified for judo and athletics Paralympic Games in 2012 in London.
The winners of the competitions were met at the Tashkent International Airport by representatives of Uzbekistan Paralympic Association, sports community, fans and the media.
The 2010 sports season was marked by successes of the Uzbek Paralympians. At the World Cup in Argentina, the amputees football team of Uzbekistan defended their 2007 champions title and won gold medals for the second time in a row.
At the Paralympic Games in Guangzhou, China Paralympians of Uzbekistan won one gold, two silver and three bronze medals.
Currently, the Paralympians of the country are preparing for the upcoming Paralympic Games in 2012 in London. In accordance with the President’s resolution, all conditions have been created for the athletes so that they could train on the basis of modern standards, enhance their experience and skills.
In judo competitions in Turkey, Sharif Khalilov won a bronze medal and the right to participate in the Paralympic Games in London.
Alisher Usmanov won two tickets to the Paralympic Games, winning in 400 and 800 meters running competitions.
Abror Ibrahimov and Daniyar Salikhov, who ranked fourth in triple jump, will also go to London.
In individual chess championship, bronze medal was won by Kurolboy Zhakshayev. Amirullo Abdullayev won the third place in group competitions.