Tenth plenary session of the Senate [upper house] of Oliy Majlis [parliament] of the Republic of Uzbekistan will open on 29 June. This decision was made by the Senate Kengash (council).
The Kazakh Interior Ministry’s special forces carried out ten operations this year jointly with the Uzbek, Kyrgyz, Tajik and Russian law-enforcement agencies to close regular routes used for smuggling drugs in transit, the head of the committee for fighting drug trafficking under the Kazakh Interior Ministry, Maratkali Nukenov, has said.
A total of 6,040 people, including 106 foreign citizens, were detained in Uzbekistan in 2006. The amount of drugs seized from them was about 246 kg, Uzbek media outlets report. Of the detainees, 29 are citizens of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan - 25, Turkmenistan - 15, Kazakhstan - 12, Afghanistan - seven, Iran - seven, Turkey - five, Russia - four.
Officers of Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) in the Orel Oblast have freed 18 citizens of Uzbekistan who were being held as slaves, RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service reported.
Member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will make fresh efforts to cooperate in national defense and security in a drive to deal with an array of challenges, Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan said here Wednesday.
The VI Central Asian Education Forum will be held in Astana on 26-28 June under the auspices of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Uzbek authorities on Tuesday incinerated 424 kilograms of heroin at a factory outside the capital Tashkent in the presence of foreign diplomats and media. Overall, the Uzbek authorities destroyed 772 kilograms of drugs.
In view of the urgent need to raise awareness about proper nutrition in children, a national campaign called Health Week was conducted this spring in almost 10,000 schools throughout Uzbekistan.
The VI Central Asian festival of ecological journalism is to be held in the capital of Kyrgyzstan on 25-27 June. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will participate in the festival.
President of Iran Mahmud Ahmadinejad, President of Mongolia Nambaryn Enkhbayar and President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will attend a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republuic, on 16 August.