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2008-08-04 21:00:23

ASTANA. Aug 4 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan's government is planning to attract a Chinese investor to the project for construction of the social gas pipeline from Beineu to Samsonovka (from the western to southern region of Kazakhstan), said Deputy Prime Minister Umirzak Shukeyev. "It was decided to fund this project 50/50: one half will be allocated from the budget and the other by an investor. Under an inter-governmental agreement with China, the Energy Ministry has offered Chinese investors to...

2008-08-04 21:00:23

ASTANA. Aug 4 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan's national oil and gas company KazMunaiGaz and the Chinese national petroleum corporation (CNPC) have signed an agreement on the basic principles of the construction and operation of the Kazakhstan-China gas pipeline. The document was signed by the parties in Astana on July 30, KazMunaiGaz said in a statement. "The agreement cements the basic principles of project funding and regulates issues such as tariff formation, guaranteed gas quantities...

2008-08-04 12:01:17

By ALEX EMERY Peru plans to choose the operators of two natural-gas pipelines in September as it tries to boost gas consumption and reduce the Andean country's dependence on crude oil imports, President Alan Garcia says. The Energy & Mines Ministry will pick operators for a 675-mile pipeline to the south coast from the southern jungle Camisea gas fields, and to the northern coastal port of Chimbote from Lima, Garcia said in his annual state-of-the-nation speech to...

2008-08-04 09:00:31

HK mountaineer's remains discovered on Mt.Bogda after missing for 10 years URUMQI, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- A corpse discovered by Chinese glacier researchers by chance last month in Mt. Bogda in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has turned out to be that of a Hong Kong mountaineer missing ten years ago, according to local police. The researchers with the Lanzhou glacier and frozen earth institute were conducting scientific exploration when they found the corpse on July 23,...

2008-08-04 06:00:36

Excerpt from report by privately-owned Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency Astana, 4 August: Kazakhtan's state oil and gas company KazMunayGaz and the Chinese National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) have signed an agreement on the basic principles of the construction and exploitation of the Kazakhstan-China gas pipeline. A report issued by KazMunayGaz says that the sides signed the document in Astana on 30 July. "The agreement cements the basic principles of funding the project and regulates...

2008-08-04 06:00:03

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Updated version: adding Urgent tag, rewriting subject line; Xinhua: "3rd Ld: Police Station Raided in West China's Xinjiang, Terrorist plot Suspected"] URUMQI, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) - The raid on a border armed police division, which killed 16 policemen and injured 16 others, in northwest China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Monday morning, was suspected as a terrorist attack, according to police....

2008-08-04 00:00:17

Grenade attacks Monday on a border patrol police station in China's northwest Xinjiang region killed 16 policemen and injured 16 more. Two attackers driving a truck tossed two grenades causing an explosion at the station in Kashi, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The two were arrested, the report said, but there were few details about them or the attack. Xinjiang -- close to the borders of Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan -- is home to China's 8 million Turkic-speaking...

2008-08-02 12:00:39

Text of report by state-owned Turkmen TV Altyn Asyr channel on 2 August A new consignment of high-pressure-resistant pipes intended for the construction of the Turkmenistan-China gas pipeline, one of the major construction projects of our golden age, has just arrived [in Turkmenistan]. In the meantime, the construction of the gas pipeline is intensifying. The 7,000-km gas pipeline of international importance will run via the territories of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and China....

2008-07-31 12:00:38

Excerpt from report by founded by Uzbekistan's Cabinet of Ministers, Uzbek newspaper Pravda Vostoka on 26 July All water resources of the Central Asian rivers are distributed within "the plan on use of water resources in the Syr Darya and Amu Darya rivers' basins ", which is agreed by all countries of the region. As a country with a huge population, Uzbekistan consumes over 50 per cent of all water resources of the Central Asian rivers. At the same time, over 85 per cent of the country's...

2008-07-29 09:01:08

Russian gas monopoly Gazprom has signed a series of agreements with the government of Turkmenistan relating to gas pricing, investments in the Turkmen natural gas industry and the establishment of a Gazprom representative office in the central Asian country. An agreement was also signed on the principles for the gas pricing structure of Turkmen gas, which will help fix a price based on the market principles within the framework of Gazprom's long-term contract for natural gas purchase from...


Latest Central Asia Reference Libraries

Mediterranean Black Widow, Latrodectus tredecimguttatus
2013-10-09 12:38:45

The Mediterranean Black Widow (Latrodectus tredecimguttatus), known also as the Steppe Spider, is a species of widow spiders within the genus Latrodectus. It is commonly found throughout the Mediterranean region, ranging from Portugal to southwest and central Asia. Specimens from central Asia are also known by the binomial name Latrodectus lugubris; that name, however, is considered out of date, though it is still commonly found in the literature. Many consider this spider a Latrodectus...

Kazakh Steppe
2013-04-18 23:05:43

The Kazakh Steppe, alternatively called Kirghiz Steppe, ecoregion located in the Palearctic Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands Biome, is a wide region of open grassland in the northern part of Kazakhstan and adjacent portions of Russia, stretching eastwards to the Pontic steppe and to the west of the Emin Valley steppe, with which it creates part of the Eurasian steppe. The steppe stretches out more than 2,200 kilometers from the area east of the Caspian Depression and north of...

Pontic-Caspian Steppe
2013-04-18 22:55:55

The Pontic-Caspian Steppe is the massive steppeland that stretches from the northern shores of the Black Sea as far east as the Caspian Sea, from western Ukraine across the Southern Federal District and the Volga Federal District of Russia to western Kazakhstan, creating part of the larger Eurasian steppe, adjacent to the Kazakh steppe towards the east. It’s a portion of the Palearctic temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands ecoregion of the temperate grasslands, savannas, and...

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2009-07-01 13:55:01

The Palearctic or Palaearctic is one of Earth's eight ecozones. This region is the largest ecozone on Earth. It includes the regions of Europe, Asia (north of the Himalayan foothills), northern Africa, and the northern and central regions of the Arabian Peninsula. The Palearctic includes mostly boreal forest and temperate climate regions, which are found throughout Eurasia from western Europe to the Bering Sea. There are five sub-regions of the Palearctic: European-Siberian, Mediterranean...

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2009-07-01 11:16:49

The yellow sac spider (Cheiracanthium punctorium) is a spider that is found from Central Asia to central Europe. The yellow sac spider can reach about 0.6 inches in length. This spider can penetrate the human skin. The bite of this spider may feel similar to a wasp sting though it may be a bit more severe, however susceptible persons may have stronger reactions such as nausea. Female yellow sac spiders build about a 4 centimeter egg-sac in tall grass. It is aggressively defended and opens...

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