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Kyrgyzstan: Central Asian Country and Former Soviet Republic
The native Kyrgyz were the Turkic pastoral nomad people who were the first to settle in the Tien Shan Mountains. The Russian colonialisation in beginning of 20th century forced these pastoral nomadic people to surrender before the mighty Russians after the deadliest battle of 1916. The Kyrgyzstan became part of the Soviet Federated Socialist Republic in 1924 and was made an autonomous republic in 1926. It became a constituent republic of the USSR in 1936. Due to its vast fertile land Russians introduced modern farming and industrial production techniques in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan became an independent nation after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Kyrgyzstan has since adopted several economic reforms in order to accelerate its economy.
Kyrgyzstan Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures
Geographical Information on Kyrgyzstan:
Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked and mountainous country located in Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan is bordered by Kazakhstan on the north and northwest, Uzbekistan in the southwest, Tajikistan in the south, and China in the southeast.
The climate of Kyrgyzstan varies regionally. The Southwestern Fergana Valley is subtropical and extremely hot in summer with high temperatures. The northern foothills are temperate and the Tian Shan varies from dry continental to polar climate, depending on elevation.
Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Kyrgyzstan:
Kyrgyz culture has been greatly influenced by their nomadic heritage. It is reflected in the way a household was run, in customs and rites. People decorated their homes with items that were both beautiful and practical and they are collected from nature. The traditional Kyrgyz believe in the power of nature so they worshiped fire, water and many other natural elements.
The Cuisine of Kyrgyzstan reflects the nature of its people, its history, customs and traditions. The main component of Kyrgyz food is the meat or flesh from the livestock. The traditional way of preparation with bread products make it a delicate and enticing recipe. Refreshments include black tea and traditional milk-derived drinks such as ayran, shubat and kymyz
Tourist Attraction of Kyrgyzstan:
The continuous terrain of Kyrgyzstan remains the center of attraction among the trekkers and campers. The vast expansion of Kyrgyzstan gives ample of natural beauty in various forms of flora and fauna.
Ak-Beshim is the historical Kyrgyz that remains the center of attraction due its historical importance and provides glimpse of age old Kyrgyzstan Civilization.
The Ala-Archa canyon is the center of the Ala-Archa National Park, one of the main tourist attractions in Kyrgyzstan. The Ala-Archa is also famous for its miles of snow-stretched peaks. The scenic beauty of this place is heightened by the abundant varieties of trees.
Major Sight-seeing Places in Kyrgyzstan include:
Vashi, Dec 12 (IANS) Wildcard entrants Ankita Raina and Prarthana Thombare kept the Indian interest alive in the doubles event as they entered the semi-finals of the $25000 Ganesh Naik ITF women's tennis tournament here Thursday.
Baku, Dec 5 (IANS) As many as 23 teams have so far confirmed their participation in the IWF Grand Prix & 2nd Baku International Cup that is expected to swing off here Dec 5-8, National Weightlifting Federation of Azerbaijan announced Wednesday.
Washington, Nov 29 (ANI): A new study suggests that male workers appear to support women becoming CEOs even more than female workers do.
Guwahati, Oct 31 (IANS) A rich cultural tradition and an art form of Manipur, which has been practiced in the state since ages, is among 31 nominations to be decided for inscription on the Representative List of the Unesco Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Oct 25 (IANS) The Global Snow Leopard Conservation Forum has adopted a programme for 2014-2020 to conserve the endangered species, Xinhua reported.
Islamabad, Oct. 18 (ANI): The United States is about to reach a deal with Romania that would see American troops return home from Afghanistan via an air base on the Black Sea.
New Delhi, Oct 14 (IANS) Madan Lal's (52kg) campaign at the AIBA World Boxing Championships came to an end in his very first bout in the competition that began in Almaty, Kazakhstan Monday.
New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) There was no word Friday from the Indian government on a likely meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif in New York next week but Pakistan exuded confidence about the meeting taking place albeit with "low expectations" on the outcome.
Jammu, Sep 17 (IANS) Pakistani troops Tuesday fired at Indian positions in Mendhar sector on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, in yet another violation of the bilateral ceasefire, a defence spokesman said.
Islamabad, Sep 15 (IANS) Only if the stakeholders in Pakistan's government and the military agree that the "existential threat" to the country does not lie in India but in the terrorism within, the India-Pakistan dialogue process will succeed, a leading Pakistani daily has said.
Jammu, Sep 15 (IANS) Pakistani troops Sunday fired at Indian positions in Mendhar sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
Islamabad, Sep 14 (IANS) A Britain-bound Pakistani plane made an emergency landing Saturday in Kyrgyzstan after a passenger suffered heart attack, Geo News reported.
Johannesburg, Sept. 14 (ANI): Iranian president Hassan Rouhani reportedly said that though the country wants to end the stand-off with global powers over its nuclear programmes, but it will not sacrifice its rights or interests for the sake of finding a solution.
New Delhi, Sep 13 (IANS) India and Kyrgyzstan have agreed to enhance bilateral defence cooperation in areas such as training and UN peacekeeping, an official release said Friday.
Beijing, Sept. 13 (ANI): The 13th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) opened here Friday.
Beijing, Sept. 13 (ANI): Chinese President Xi Jinping's met with his Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambaev in Bishkek.
The second Inner Path festival to celebrate Buddhism by NETPAC was concluded last night. The festival was promoted by renowned film critic Aruna Vasudev (Founder & Director The Inner Path), the pioneering president of the Network for Promotion of Asian Cinema and was a huge success
Bishkek, Sep 13 (IANS) India's External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs and national security, held an informal meeting Friday on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting here Kyrgyzstan capital.
Islamabad, Sep 13 (IANS) India's External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid Friday met Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan prime minister's adviser on foreign affairs and national security, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Islamabad, Sept. 11 (ANI): India has agreed to meet Pakistan in Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek to discuss the way forward on bilateral issues of mutual concern to both countries, as also to probably firm up modalities for a possible meeting in New York between Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharif.
New Delhi, Sep 10 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is likely to meet Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's foreign policy adviser, in Kyrgyzstan on Sep 13, said informed sources here.
Onboard Air India One, Sep. 7 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, on Saturday categorically said that he would be in a position to meet his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif only after Islamabad addresses New Delhi's concerns on 'unacceptable' incidents that have taken place in the recent past.
On board Air India One, Sep 7 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Saturday Islamabad has to create the right atmosphere for his meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif even as officials of the two countries are preparing the ground for a possible engagement in New York later this month.
New Delhi, Sep 7 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will meet his Pakistani counterpart Sartaj Aziz in Kyrgyzstan on September 13 during which they are likely to discuss the possibility of a meeting between their respective Prime Ministers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York to be held later this month.
New Delhi, Sep 5 (IANS) Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid is to meet Sartaj Aziz, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's foreign policy adviser, in Kyrgyzstan on Sep 13 when the two sides will try to firm up a meeting between their prime ministers in New York September end, said informed sources.
Melbourne, Aug 18 (ANI): Kyrgyz customs officials have shut down a pipeline that had been used to apparently pump thousands of litres of vodka from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan under a river.
Nanjing (China), Aug 17 (IANS) Judo will make its debut at the second Asian Youth Games when the three-day competitions start at the Longjiang Gymnasium Saturday.
Moscow, Aug 9 (IANS) Moscow police have detained thousands of suspected irregular migrants since late last month for alleged violation of migration and employment regulations, Human Rights Watch said Friday.
Washington, August 1 (ANI): Workers, who are loyal to their employees, tend to be paid more, a study has suggested.
Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), July 9 (IANS) The Chinese junior weightlifting team won 10 medals at the Asian Championship which concluded here.
Lausanne, July 4 (IANS) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded the broadcast rights in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan to Dentsu Inc. for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Johannesburg, June 1 (ANI): According to a survey, Muslims who use the Internet outside US have a more favourable opinion of the Western culture than those who do not go online.
Moscow, May 28 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia and China will conduct joint anti-terrorism exercises in Russia's Urals region in the first two weeks of August, a spokesman for the Central Military District said.
Baku, May 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Azerbaijan will join neither NATO nor the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), but is prepared to cooperate with both, a presidential aide said.
New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) His grandfather Raj Kapoor is adored in Russia, and now Ranbir Kapoor's forthcoming film "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani" is being lined up for release there in July.
London, May 6 (IANS) Posters expressing support for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the second man charged with last month's bombings at the Boston Marathon, have been put up on walls in Chechnya's capital Grozny, BBC reported.
New York, May 5 (ANI): Investigators have discovered radical Islamic materials and an al Qaeda magazine on the computer of Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev's widow, and have also found explosive residue throughout their house.
Bishkek, May 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Parts of the pilots' bodies have been discovered at the site of Friday's US military plane crash in Kyrgyzstan, the Kyrgyz emergencies ministry said.
Bishkek, May 4 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A US military Boeing KC-135 refuelling aircraft crashed in a mountainous area in Kyrgyzstan for unspecified reasons, the US Air Force said. The fate of the crew remained unclear.
Almaty (Kazakhstan), Apr. 26 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said here that there could be a coalition government in Pakistan, but it was too early to come to any conclusion.
Almaty (Kazakhstan), April 26 (IANS) India said Friday it wants to see Afghanistan as a "possible driver of economic growth in the region" and warned that the "greatest challenge" posed to Afghanistan is the "persistent threat of terrorism that emanates from beyond its borders", a clear reference to the Taliban and other extremists operating from Pakistan.
Washington, April 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Long before twin bombs rocked the Boston Marathon, the trajectories of the suspects' lives had already made them susceptible to radicalized ideology that could turn violent, psychology and terrorism experts have said.
New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) External Affairs Minister will travel to Almaty, Kazakhstan, to participate in the April 26 Heart of Asia ministerial conference on the Istanbul Process on regional security and cooperation for a secure and stable Afghanistan, an official said Tuesday.
Boston, April 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Echoes of Chechnya are everywhere at this small suburban Boston homestead. Traditional ram's wool hats hang on the walls, a computer monitor glows with the green of the Chechen flag, and the sapling of a medlar, an ancient fruit-bearing tree rare in America but common in the North Caucasus, awaits summer in a backyard garden.
Bishkek, April 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the deadly bombing of the Boston marathon, was born in Kyrgyzstan but left the country in 2001, a minister said.
Dubai, April 23 (IANS/WAM) Flydubai, Dubai's innovative low-cost airline, has made its maiden flight to Juba, capital of South Sudan.
Boston, April 20 (IANS) Captured after a 23-hour massive manhunt, the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, 19-year-old Dzhokar Tsarnaev, is in serious condition in the hospital, according to police.
Boston, April 20 (IANS) A 23-hour massive search for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings ended Friday night with the capture of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, 19, a Russian American, after a massive manhunt that virtually shut down one of America's oldest cities and its suburbs like Cambridge, where Harvard University is located.
Washington, April 19 (IANS) The two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings, one of whom was killed and the other is on the loose, are brothers of Chechen origin -- with at least one a legal permanent resident of the US, according to various media reports.
Shymkent (Kazakhstan), April 18 (IANS) Former sub-junior National Champion Prayag Chauhan (60kg) Thursday continued his winning spree at the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships underway here.
Shymkent (Kazakhstan), April 16 (IANS) Indian colts made a resounding start to their campaign at the ASBC Asian Confederation Junior Boxing Championships here in Kazakhstan.
Moscow, April 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia could introduce tighter passport regulations for citizens of former Soviet states crossing Russia's borders this year, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.
Onboard special aircraft, April 14 (ANI): Stating that India enjoyed excellent bilateral and cultural relations with Tajikistan, Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari on Sunday said the issue of terrorism is a matter of deep concern to both countries.
Shimla, April 14 (IANS) They still take the traditional Silk Route. Only, unlike ancient traders and travellers, they take wings.
New Delhi, April 11 (ANI): The Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Professor P.J.Kurien, has been unanimously elected the chairman of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) today in Bangkok.
Hanoi (Vietnam), April 10 (IANS) Vietnamese national women's football team is expected to rank in the top five of the Asia Football Confederation (AFC) Women's Asian Cup, and to win one of five Asian berths in the FIFA Women's World Cup 2015.
Bishkek, April 3 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Police in Kyrgyzstan have detained the editor-in-chief of the country's largest Uzbek-language newspaper on suspicion of his involvement in deadly ethnic clashes in the country in 2010 that killed about 500 people.
Manila, March 27 (IANS) The Philippines defeated Turkmenistan 1-0 to earn a spot in next year's Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup in the Maldives.
Greater Noida, March 14 (IANS) Uzbekistan's Muradian Halmuratov and Kazakh Daniil Fominykh won a gold each in the road races of the Hero Asian Cycling Championship being held here at the Buddh International Circuit Thursday.
Kolkata, Feb 14 (IANS) With an aim to rapidly increase trade with Eurasia, negotiations have started between India and Eurasian countries for a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA), an official said Thursday.
Bishkek, Feb 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A military court in Kyrgyzstan Tuesday sentenced ousted former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev in absentia to 24 years in high security prison over office abuse while being in power.
Islamabad, Feb 6 (IANS) In their bid to prepare for the Asian Football Confederations (AFC) Challenge Cup qualifiers, Pakistan's national football team will be playing international friendlies against Nepal and Maldives.
Chandigarh, Jan 31 (IANS) Upgraded to an international crafts fair, the Surajkund Crafts Mela will be inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday (Feb 2) in Haryana's Faridabad district, adjoining New Delhi.
Dushanbe, Jan 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Around six tonnes of drugs were seized in Tajikistan in 2012, a spokeswoman for the country's drug control agency said Monday.
Guide (China), Jan 12 (IANS) The third International Extreme Race of Winter Swimming across Yellow River started here in northwest China's Qinghai Province Saturday.
Bishkek, Jan 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Several hundred residents from the Uzbek enclave of Sokh Sunday attacked a Kyrgyz border guard base, reports said Monday.
Moscow, Dec 20 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Vladimir Putin has proposed an action programme be worked out to minimise possible risks involved in the upcoming reduction of the international military presence in Afghanistan.
Peshawar, Dec. 19 (ANI): A provincial Information Minister of Pakistan has said that the identities of the terrorists involved in the attack on the Peshawar airport and the gunfight that ensued the following day, have been identified.
Bishkek, Dec 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev has signed a law ratifying an agreement with Russia on the presence of a joint military base in the Central Asian republic, the presidential press service said.
Moscow, Dec 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to join Glonass, Russia's global positioning system.
Moscow, Dec 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a loose association of post-Soviet nations, have reaffirmed their resolve to intensify their joint counter-terrorism training programmes, the Russian presidential spokesman said.
Bishkek, Dec 5 (IANS) India and Pakistan Wednesday expressed their willingness to become members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Bishkek, Nov. 14 (Xinhua-ANI): Kyrgyz special services have uncovered operations of a clandestine printing shop providing fake passports to international terrorists, the National Security Committee said Wednesday.
Islamabad, Nov 13 (IANS) Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari Tuesday called upon regional countries to chalk out a joint strategy to deal with narcotics, Xinhua reported.
Islamabad, Nov 12 (IANS) More than a dozen countries, including India, China and Iran, are participating in a conference here to counter the menace of illicit drugs.
Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Nov 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Kyrgyz rescuers found four bodies in the rubble of a collapsed public toilet at one of the country's biggest markets, an official said.
Bishkek, Oct 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Former Kyrgyzstan president Kurmanbek Bakiyev's son has been arrested in London following accusations of grave crimes, the Kyrgyz presidential press service has reported.
Moscow, Oct 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Kyrgyzstan's former military prosecutor Kubatbek Kozhonaliyev has been arrested over an alleged coup attempt, his lawyer said Monday.
Moscow, Oct 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Law enforcement officers have found around 300 illegal migrants living in an apartment building in western Russia, the interior ministry said.
Moscow, Oct 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian and Central Asian military pilots are currently carrying out joint exercises to repel missile strikes over the region, a military spokesman said.
New Delhi, Oct 4 (IANS) Kazakhstan has large energy sources and is ready to help meet India's hunger for coal, oil and hydrocarbons, the country's envoy said here Thursday.
Bishkek, Sep 28 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Kyrgyzstan court Friday banned a documentary on gay Muslims from being shown in the country.
Bishkek, Sep 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Putin peak, a mountain in Kyrgyzstan named in honour of the Russian president, has been summited for the first time, an official said Friday.
Bishkek, Sep 13 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Kazakhstan will conduct joint air defence drills in October, the Kyrgyz defence ministry said Thursday.
Minsk, Sep 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Belarus has refused to extradite a brother of Kyrgyzstan's ex-president who is wanted in the country on murder charges, a Belarusian official said.
Astana, Sep 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Nearly 200 kg of heroin has been confiscated on the Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan border by Kazakh customs officers.
Bishkek, Sep 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Kyrgyz acting Prime Minister Omurbek Babanov has tendered his resignation, the government press service said Saturday.
Washington, Aug 31 (ANI): Uzbekistan's approval for a new bill that bans any foreign military base on its territory maybe seen as a move by the country to ease concerns of China and Russia, which are both influential in Central Asia.
Bishkek, Aug 29 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Relatives of victims of the 2010 uprising in Kyrgyzstan threw stones at the embassy of Belarus here, demanding extradition of the former Kyrgyz president and his brother who are accused of mass murder.
Moscow, Aug 27 (IANS) A court in Russia has sentenced a foreigner to six years in a high security prison for trafficking 14.5 kg of heroin in the country, RIA Novosti reported.
Istanbul, Aug 25 (IANS) Turkey will not attend the 16th summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Tehran later this month, local media Saturday cited Turkish diplomatic sources as saying.
Kyrgyzstan is once again moving towards political instability as the President Almazbek Atambayev has signed a decree Friday sacking the government, says the reports of the state press service.
Bishkek, Aug 24 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev signed a decree Friday sacking the government, the state press service said.
Moscow, Aug 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A woman from Kyrgyzstan faces up to 10 years in prison in Russia after she tried to sell her four-month old daughter for 35,000 rubles (about $1,000), prosecutors said.
London, Aug 12 (IANS) India's Sushil Kumar has steadily worked his way to the Olympic silver medal. His success graph in the last three years, after he won the bronze at the Beijing Games, shows how assiduously he has pieced it all to the London climax.
Moscow, Aug 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The transfer of power in Russia's political system must be gradual and continuity in the political succession is important, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.
Bishkek, July 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A court in the Kyrgyz city of Osh, where violent ethnic clashes claimed hundreds of lives in 2010, has banned an Uzbek-language rap song for promoting separatism and inciting hatred between Kyrgyz and Uzbek people.
New Delhi, July 1 (ANI): External Affairs Minister S M Krishna will leave for Tajikistan on Monday on a two-day visit.
A little noticed but major Indian policy initiative was unveiled in distant Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, last week.
Bishkek, June 14 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Kyrgyzstan's parliament approved a draft law Thursday scrapping entry visa requirements for the citizens of 44 states for a stay of less than 60 days.