Regional news round-up — October 20, 2008

Regional news round-up — October 20, 2008 - Central Asia News Afghanistan Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan Tajikistan Turkmenistan-Sports Business and Entertainment

Central Asia Online Correspondent


ASTANA—$15 billion pumped into Kazakh economy to prevent crisis: Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim Masimov announced that the government will use resources from the Kazakh national wealth fund to inject $10 billion [USD] into the Kazakh economy to prevent a financial crisis linked to the global credit crunch. An additional $5 billion will come from the central bank, bringing the financial injection amount to $15 billion before the end of the year. [Reuters]

ISLAMABAD—Taliban commanders killed by Pak fighter jets: Two Taliban commanders closely linked to pro- Taliban cleric Maulana Fazlullah have been killed in their hideouts by Pakistani fighter jets that dumped ammunition in the north-western Swat Valley where a number of Fazlullah loyalists gathered, according to intelligence reports. [AFP ]

BISHKEK—Kyrgyzstanis to get choices in electricity: Yury Danilov, head of the Kyrgyz Parliament’s fuel-energy and subsoil resources committee, has announced that the public will soon be able to choose between consuming local Kazakh electricity or imported electricity for their homes. New energy agreements with Russia and Tajikistan have opened up this option for Kyrgyzstanis. “It is the consumer who will decide what electricity to use, home or imported,” Danilov said. [ASIA-Plus]

KANDAHAR—More than 30 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan: Duad Ahmadi, spokesman for the Hemland governor, announced that 34 Taliban militants have been killed by Afghan security forces just south of Lashkar Gah. This operation followed Taliban rocket and mortar fire attacks in the region on Oct. 16. [AP]

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