Regional news round-up — October 10, 2008

Regional news round-up — October 10, 2008 - Central Asia News Afghanistan Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Tajikistan Turkmenistan-Sports Business and Entertainment

Central Asia Online Correspondent

2008-10-10

NURA, Kyrgyzstan — National day of mourning in Kyrgyzstan declared for quake victims: President Kurmanbek Bakiev of Kyrgyzstan declared Oct. 7 a national day of mourning for the more than 70 victims killed by the Oct 5 earthquake, Relief Web reports. The quake, which jolted the south-eastern region of the country, reportedly claimed the lives of at least 41 children. A Kyrgyzstan Emergency Situations Ministry spokesperson said that aid has been sent to Nura, which was hit the hardest by the quake.

DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Warlord jailed in Tajikistan for BBC reporter’s murder: Nasrullo Sharifov, an Islamist warlord, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the murder of BBC reporter Mukhiddin Olimpur, Reuters reports. The court reports that Sharifov directly fired two times at Olimpur, who was BBC’s chief Farsi language correspondent. Olimpur was murdered in 1995 during the civil war in Tajikistan, in which Islamists rebelled against the Russian-supported Tajikistan government.

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — MTS launches first next-generation 3G network in Uzbekistan: Russia’s largest mobile phone operator Mobile Telesystems (MTS) announced the launch of its 3G network in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, MarketWatch reports. Tashkent is the first city in the region to be home to MTS’ next-generation network. The head of MTS Uzbekistan says that the advanced 3G technology will play a significant part in further developing the telecommunications industry in the country, where MTS is already the leading mobile operator.

QUOTE, UNQUOTE: “The situation in Nura is grave. There are almost no houses that have escaped destruction," a Nura resident on the earthquake devastation in Kyrgyzstan. (Source: ReliefWeb)

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