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Science & Technology, Tajikistan


The Committee for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense of Tajikistan has received emergency rescue equipment worth about $500,000 from the Russian Embassy in the republic. According to the press service of the Russian diplomatic mission, 11 units of various heavy emergency rescue equipment were transferred to the Committee's use, including 6 URAL vehicles and 5 GAZ Vepr cross-country vehicles. This equipment is designed to solve special problems arising in the context of rescue operations.



In Tajikistan, the Single Data Switching Center has started to work in test mode. It was established under the state telecommunications operator OJSC “Tajiktelecom.” According to experts of the company, the Center will switch to the fully operational mode before the end of 2016, after the new tariffs for the Internet and telecommunications services are approved.


In Tajikistan, in January-June 2016, there were recorded a total of about 11,000 earthquakes; last year, their number reached 26,000. President of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic Farhad Rahimi reported this information during a press conference on July 14. The Kyrgyz seismologists have forecast a peak of seismic activity in 2015-2016. According to the Head of the Academy of Sciences, such predictions are no more than an attempt to “create a fuss,” because predicting the exact time and location of an earthquake is not possible as of today.



Tajikistan witnessed the opening ceremony of the international astronomical observatory “Sanglokh,” which is situated in Dangara district and subordinate to the Institute of Astrophysics of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic. The event was participated by head of state Emomali Rahmon, as reported by his press office. In addition, the press release also highlights that from the optical point of view, this is the best observatory in the world; however, the facility has been out of operation for the past two decades.



Tajikistan's Academy of Sciences has started implementing the 2016-2020 state program of rehabilitation of the research nuclear reactor “Argus – PTI.” President of the Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan Farhad Rahimi announced the news on January 14. This government program, he said, was approved and adopted by President Emomali Rakhmon on November 2, 2015, to promote development of science and access to new technologies, thus facilitating effective development of the national economy.



The implementation of the state program for the transition to digital television broadcasting in Tajikistan is postponed until 2020. As it had been previously reported, originally it was planned to complete the transition before the end of 2015, however, now the company "Teleradikom" belonging to the Committee on Radio and Television of the Republic informed that it was not able to complete the program by the deadline, as approximately 93 per cent of the country is mountainous.


The Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of Tajikistan has started to work on environmental impact assessment and feasibility study of reclamation of waste uranium mines Taboshar and Degmay. These activities are carried out jointly with the consortium, which includes German company G.E.O.S which is leading in this union, the companies GRS, WISMUT and WISUTEC from Germany, as well as Amec Foster Wheeler from the UK. The project is funded by the European Union, according to the plan on cooperation in the field of nuclear safety.



Russia has modernized its opto-electronic assembly "Window", which is located on the territory of Tajikistan and is part of a system of outer space control. This was told reporters on Wednesday, April 8, by the commander of the unit, Vladimir Hromchenkov, who stressed that the capabilities of the system then increased substantially. Now, after four new stations had been introduced, their total amount in the complex has reached ten units.



The capital of Tajikistan Dushanbe hosted an international seminar on the theme "Impact of glaciers melting on the state of cross-border and national water resources in Central Asia". The event was held with the support and participation of the UN, the World Bank, the regional office of UNESCO and the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.


From October 6 to 14 this year the International School of young astrophysicists from countries belonging to the Commonwealth of Independent States will be held in Tajikistan. This was reported by the Interstate Fund for Humanitarian Cooperation of the CIS, which noted that the School will involve about 40 young professionals and graduate students representing educational and scientific institutions.