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Arts & Literature, Cental Asia


A monument to the Kazakh victims of Holodomor has opened in Astana.

The composition includes a figure of a praying woman. The monument opened on the 80th anniversary of the start of mass starvation and the 75th anniversary of the beginning of political repression.

Earlier, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev said the starvation killed over half a million Kazakhs.


Economic growth will slow down in Uzbekistan to eight percent in 2012, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) said in its annual report today.

According to the survey, the key risks to Uzbekistan include a weak external demand in the European Union and Russia, as well as the volatility of prices for commodities exported by the republic.

Inflation in Uzbekistan is forecasted by ESCAP analysts at 12.5 percent this year, which is lower than in 2011 (13.5 percent), but higher than in 2010 (9.4 percent).


Chairman of the Kazakh Statistics Agency Alikhan Smailov has been elected to the UN Global Steering Committee of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics, the Statistics Agency reported on Monday.


Embassy of Turkmenistan in the Azerbaijan Republic will hold a republican contest jointly with the Children and Youth Palace of Creative Arts Named After T.Ismaylov under the Ministry of Education of the Azerbaijan Republic on the occasion of 20-year anniversary of diplomatic relationship between Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan.

The republican contest among young artists on a subject of "The Turkmen-Azerbaijan relations - shining example of real friendship and brotherhood" is held in three age categories:

1. 3-6 years;
2. 7-10 years;
3. 11-16 years