On May 9, 2013 the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov gave an interview to mass media on the occasion of Remembrance and Honors Day. He reflected on crucial issues for the country’s current and future progress making a particular focus on the problems related with Afghanistan.
Today our people are broadly celebrating the 68th Anniversary of the Victory gained in the World War II over fascism, May 9 – the Remembrance and Honors Day. These days all our compatriots by fulfilling their humane duties bow low and pay tribute to the sacred memory of those who gave their lives for the freedom of our Homeland and clear skies. Continue reading →
Christopher Edgar - British Ambassador to Uzbekistan
The Ambassador represents Her Majesty The Queen and the UK government in the country to which they are appointed. They are responsible for the direction and work of the Embassy and its Consulates, including political work, trade and investment, press and cultural relations, and visa and consular services. Continue reading →
The ultra-modern “Golden Eagle” train arrives at Tashkent railway station. The passengers alighting are foreign tourists from Australia, the UK, Norway and other countries – about 100 people in total – who are travelling from China to Moscow, via Central Asia. They are delighted with their “Silk Road Journey” program, a journey of many days which would once have been undertaken on horses or camels along a camel track, but which they can now experience in comfort on the modern railway express along the steel trunk railway of Central Asia. Continue reading →
OCA: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and why you decided to become an author?
I never thought I would be a writer. It happened suddenly, one day, when I was relaxing in the mountains. I always was inspired by the nature of my country and that bright summer’s day I wrote several poems. It was June 2007. This date was the beginning of my creative activity. After that, it was stories, tales and novels. I started to publish my work on a literature website run by Moshkov “Samizdat”. Continue reading →
Independence has brought many changes to the lives of Uzbeks. One of these was a government decision to switch Uzbek language into a Latin script, as opposed to the Cyrillic script introduced in the 1930s by the Soviet authorities. A language law passed in 1993 targeted transition into the Uzbek Latin alphabet by the year 2007. This was later postponed until 2010.However, even todaythe country has not fully switched to Latin alphabet andUzbek is still being writtenmainly in Cyrillic rather than Latin script. The trend is easily observed on Uzbekistan’s streets, in its newspapers, periodicals and booksas well as in cyberspace. Continue reading →
These are the verses from Holy Qur’an (2.183) that decrees Muslims to fast (sawm) and abstain from meals, drink and sexual intercourseduring the daytime of the whole month ofRamadan. From Arabic,Ramadan means “a scorching heat”. Ramadan is the 9th month in a lunar calendarand revered as the most sacred month. It is believed that theQur’an was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad on the Night of Destiny and Power called Laylat-ulQadr,which falls on the 27th night of Ramadan and is cherished as better than thousand months. Fasting is the 4th pillar in Islam – the others are witness in faith (shahada), prayer (salat), almsgiving (zakat) and pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca. The month of Ramadan is believed to reinforce a personal spiritual piety, attain a physical purity andexercise patience in dealing with daily hassles, by feeling hunger and thirstiness so as to sympathize with the underprivileged and engage in generouswork. Continue reading →
Chuchvara is well known dish all around the world. There are many similar dishes in other cuisines, like Italian ravioli and Chinese wonton, Russian pelmeni but in observance of the Islamic dietary rules, the meat filling is without pork.
How to prepare:
Fry onions with butter until light golden, mix with meat, along with salt, pepper and lamb’s tail fat.
Make simple dough slightly whisking water with salt and egg, then gradually adding flour, to make medium hard dough. Cover and let it rest for 15 min.
Roll out dough in thin, flat, big round. Cut in 1.5 x 1.5 inch squares. Don’t worry if they are not same. Now put 1/2-1 tsp of filling in the middle of square, fold and pinch edges carefully. Pinch again corner to corner. Make as many “chuchvara” as you will use up dough or filling. You can serve Chuchvara with or without soup, with it is topped with cream and chopped coriander, and without it is served with fried onions and tomatoes. Continue reading →
On 29 November, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov discussed about Uzbekistan’s water management issues, the situation in Afghanistan and political reforms.
According to Ashton, the main issue of the agenda was the regional challenges in Central Asia and in particular the situation in Afghanistan. Ashton and Karimov discussed about the withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014 and the impact that could have in the region. On June 2012, Uzbekistan withdrew from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organisation and according to Fox, Karimov did that move to pursue a more independent and Western policy in military issues. The U.S. in January removed a ban on providing military assistance to Uzbekistan, and on 25 August, Washington launched negotiations with Tashkent, discussing the possible establishment of an Operative Reaction Center in Uzbekistan, which could accommodate warehouses storing weapons and military hardware following the U.S. forces’ withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014. Continue reading →