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Culture & Living


In the regional center of Karshi (southern Uzbekistan), there has been reconstructed the bridge built about 700 years ago by the ruler and commander Amir Temur. The administration of Kashkadarya Province reported the news on June 6, adding that besides the bridge, there has been landscaped a green area adjacent to the structure. According to the National Information Agency of Uzbekistan, the bridge underwent a radical reconstruction and was commissioned on the eve of the 25th anniversary of independence of the republic.



In the first months of 2016, Kazakhstan's largest number of vacancies was registered in Kostanay, Akmola, Aktobe, South Kazakhstan and Zhambyl provinces. According to the press service of the Ministry of Health and Social Development, in January-May 2016, the largest number of vacancies were presented by manufacturing and industrial companies.


The holy month of Ramadan began for the Muslims of Central Asia on June 6. It will last until the evening of July 4, and then, on July 5, it will be completed with the holiday of Eid al-Fitr. In accordance with the canons of Islam, one of the five pillars of this world religion is fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Throughout the holy month, Muslims have to refrain from taking water and food, from smoking and sexual relations from sunrise to sunset. This ban is removed at night. Friends, neighbors and relatives are invited to the Iftar (the evening breaking of the fast).


The capital of Uzbekistan has celebrated the World Environment Day in the framework of the Environmental Week program of activities. The main events in Tashkent were the ecological celebrations that took place in the city zoo and in the Gafur Gulam Park of Culture and Recreation. Their organizers were the State Committee of Uzbekistan for Nature Protection and the administrations of the above-mentioned establishments.


Uzbekistan witnessed presentation of the first national social network, which has been officially launched in the country. This network has been developed by UZINFOCOM, with the support of the Ministry of Communications and IT Development, at the expense of funds allocated by the state. The new social network is called; its users will be able to find their classmates and schoolmates, colleagues and co-workers. It contains all the basic features that are available at the leading social networks.


Kazakhstan launches the annual procedure of the UNT (Unified National Testing) of graduates of secondary schools. It will be held in all regions of the country on June 2-10. To this end, Astana, Almaty and other regional centers have set up headquarters to deal with coordination and conduct of the tests. As reported by the local media, the Republican headquarters was created under the Ministry of Science and Education; it will respond to appeals of both graduates and their parents.



In Bukhara, the 15th traditional festival “Silk and Spices” has come to an end. The aim of this festival is to preserve the cultural heritage, to support and further develop the folk arts of Uzbekistan. However, the main purpose of this year's event was promotion of Bukhara as one of the largest tourist centers on the route of the Great Silk Road. After all, Bukhara is historically located at the crossroads of major caravan routes. It has played an important role in the transit of goods between East and West.



On May 29, Turkmenistan celebrated a traditional holiday – the Day of Turkmen Carpet, which dates back to 1992. On this day, towns and cities in all regions host concerts, mass celebrations, festive exhibition of carpets and rugs. People honor the most skilled carpet weavers and award them with state awards and valuable gifts on behalf of the president of Turkmenistan. The main events of this festival were the Ashgabat-based International Exhibition of Turkmen Carpets, and the Sixteenth Conference of the World Association of Connoisseurs of Turkmen Carpets.



Only half of young people in Uzbekistan use the Internet, although education is generally one of the most important priorities in the life of the young generation of the country. This conclusion follows from the data obtained in the sociological survey conducted by the Centre for the Study of Public Opinion “Ijtimoiy Fikr.” Its topic was “Youth of Uzbekistan: its morality, values of life and plans for the future.” In addition, the survey also revealed that over 94 percent of young people of Uzbekistan consider themselves patriots of their country.


On June 3-4, 2016, the capital of Kyrgyzstan will host the first international exhibition EXPO “Made in Kyrgyzstan.” The press service of the American Chamber of Commerce in Kyrgyzstan reported the news, being one of the organizers of the event. Other organizers of the EXPO are the Kyrgyz Ministry of Economy, and the leading business associations, as well as representatives of the private sector.