Author: Mehmenkum

Indonesian Defense Minister and former general Prabowo Subianto, who had been barred from entering the United States for two decades, has claimed victory in Wednesday’s presidential election. The current exit poll showed the 72-year-old former special forces commander with an absolute majority of votes, above the threshold of 50% nationwide, and 20% in half of the country’s provinces, without which a runoff vote would be required. At polling stations in Jakarta, ballots were pulled out of boxes by hand, read aloud and tallied by election workers. It is a labor-intensive task performed in a country of more than 200 million eligible voters…

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Rustam Emomali is increasingly the face of his country on the international stage On January 29, China signed off on an agreement to hand Tajikistan the gift of $2 million to fund the construction of a conference room in a government building. As grants go, it is not a lot, but the real significance of the development lies elsewhere. As an official press release asserts, that the money was disbursed at all was the result of a visit paid to Beijing by the 36-year-old chair of the Senate, Rustam Emomali, better known to the public for being the son of President Emomali Rahmon. Common…

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Kuwait’s South Saad Al-Abdullah City housing project started construction on Monday. China Gezhouba Group Co., Ltd (CGGC) undertakes the construction of the project, which is located in Jahra Governorate, about 25 km west of Kuwait City. Covering an area of about 64 square kilometers, the project was built to offer 21,800 housing units and a full set of amenities. Once completed it would meet the housing needs of at least 150,000 people, according to the CGGC Kuwait Company. Under the contract, the CGGC would conduct earthworks excavation and filling, and build more than 150 km of new roads and bridges,…

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The second day of the 2023 IMMAF Asian Championships unfolded with Youth A athletes vying for a shot at continental gold. Kazakhstan took over Team UAE’s status as the tournament’s dominant force, securing all but two of the available gold medals. A clear standout was Kazakhstan’s new welterweight star, Chingiz Nurakhmetov, who made a significant statement by defeating former champion Jassem Abdullah Alhosani (UAE). Demonstrating formidable takedown defence, Nurakhmetov neutralized Alhosani’s wrestling game, unleashing a barrage of body strikes that prompted the referee to step in. A standout from the 2023 IMMAF World Youth Championships, Zamzam Al Hammadi (UAE), showcased…

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The 3rd political consultations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait were held online on December 5, the UB Post reports. The consultation meeting was co-chaired by State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia N. Ankhbayar and Assistant Foreign Minister for Asian Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait Sameeh Essa Johar Hayat. During the meeting, the parties assessed the current state of relations between the two countries and discussed the short- and medium-term goals. The sides agreed to sign Intergovernmental Agreement on Air Communication to form the legal…

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1. Targets have been set:1.4mtpa low carbon hydrogen by 2031 and 15mtpa by 2050 By 2031, the aim is to have 0.5mtpa of green h2 produced in the UAE, 0.5mtpa of green h2 produced abroad, 0.4mtpa of blue h2 and 0.0075mtpa of pink (nuclear) hydrogen. The ambition is to be a ‘top global producer of low carbon hydrogen by 2031′ and the production targets were derived by benchmarking against other countries’ ambitions, announced projects and the predicted growth of the low carbon hydrogen market. The ambition to be a ‘top global producer’ is what is important and the targets could…

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Frankfurt (18/12 – 14) That there are remarkable advantages in being ignored is not generally recognized. Central Asian countries, historically under the thumb of Moscow, all through the 70+ years of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, were more or less cut off from the outside world. There was little trade or other exchange. The USSR was in fact a grab-bag of ethnicities, religions and languages, controlled with an iron fist by Stalin and afterwards with unbroken dominance through subsequent regimes. Under Soviet management, Central Asia had stayed poor and ignored; it had not developed any hydrocarbon resources to lure…

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Nyon, Manchester, Milan (19/12 – 31) The group phase of the 2023-2024 UEFA Champions League is to conclude this month. Names of the sixteen clubs who will compete in the knock-out phase have been released. On Monday, 18 December 2023, UEFA conducted the draw for the last-16 round, at their headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Defending champion Manchester City came out from the draw with the biggest smile as they will face off with the arguably easiest opponent. Pep Guardiola’s team will Danish champion Copenhagen, who were down at 37th in the UEFA club coefficient ranking. As the current title holder,…

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Dubai: The victorious UAE Under-19 team’s celebrations got a cherry on the cake when Pakistan former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar visited them and gave them a pep talk on their approach to the game at the highest level. The UAE, after a thrilling two-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup Under-19 at the ICC Academy on Monday, had a surprise visitor in Akhtar, who spent some quality time extolling some of the virtues of the game to the young colts. “Keep going. Each one of you have the potential to go forward and represent your country in the…

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London (15/11 – 67) The streets in Colombo, Sri Lanka, erupted into celebration on July 13, 2022 after weeks of peaceful protests forced then-President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to flee the country. Rajapaksa, long implicated in war crimes when he was defense secretary, had presided over an economic catastrophe amid allegations of widespread corruption and impunity. But a year later, despite some superficial changes, there is no sustained improvement in the country’s economic situation that impinges many people’s human rights. The acute shortage of fuel that was the most visible feature of the economic crisis has eased. But more than six million people – nearly 30…

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