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Five people dead in helicopter crash in Tajikistan

DUSHANBE:A helicopter carrying climbers in Tajikistan crash-landed in the Central Asian nation’s mountains, killing five of the 18 people on board, a Tajik official said Monday.

According to report, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter performed a crash landing in the mountains while transporting climbers from base camp to the Ismoili Somoni peak. There were 13 Russian tourists on board, one Belarusian citizen and one Spanish resident, as well as three members of the crew, all citizens of Tajikistan.

A spokeswoman for Tajikistan’s Emergencies Committee told the media that Three of the dead were Russian mountaineers and two were Tajik members of the helicopter crew.

The remaining 12 climbers and one crewmember were evacuated Monday by rescue helicopters. She said the survivors had sustained injuries and were given medical assistance.

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon took personal control of the situation. Reportedly, bad weather conditions might have been the cause of the accident.

The Russian, Belarusian and Spanish embassies in Tajikistan have been informed of the accident, as well as the Russian and Belarusian emergency services. A special investigative committee has been formed to investigate the causes of the crash.

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Somon Air opens official representative office in Istanbul

DUSHANBE(Tajikistan):To expand business, Somon Air has opened its official representative office in Istanbul, Turkey. “The idea of opening a representative office was the result of a long period of time working with Turkey with the aim of abandoning remote cooperation, eliminating various intermediate procedures and optimizing the business process,” stated Somon Air, CEO, Thomas W. Hallam II.

The representative office will support and protect the interests of the airline at the airport, facilitating interaction with the airport, traffic agencies and other airlines. Somon Air will cooperate with local executive authorities and other organizations to organize, carry out flights and ensure their regularity while adhering to established rules and regulations regulating aviation activity and level of service. In addition, the office will oversee airline ticket sales. The activities of the representative office are regulated by the company’s general constituent documents.

Somon Air operates flights on the Dushanbe-Istanbul-Dushanbe route twice a week – on Tuesdays and Fridays. In June of this year, the airline plans to open a third frequency per week on this route.

Currently Somon Air, an IATA member since 2017, successfully operates flights from Tajikistan to Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, China, Russia and Kazakhstan.

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Dushanbe:Residents consume more than 480,000 tons of food per year

DUSHANBE:Residents of Dushanbe reportedly consume more than 480,000 tons of food products per year. The Majlisi Namoyandagon (Tajikistan’s lower chamber of parliament) has endorsed the draft law on amendments made by the government to the country’s law on the national budget for 2018.

Presenting the bill to lawmakers, the Deputy Minister of Finance, Ms. Mehrinamo Jonmahmadzoda, said the government intended to take measures to curb prices for essential goods in Dushanbe.

According to her, there are more than 1.2 million people living in the Tajik capital today and they reportedly consume 4.1 billion somoni worth of more than 480,000 tons of food products per year.

“Last year, prices for fruits and vegetables at Dushanbe’s bazaars rose 48.4 percent, meat prices rose 12.2 percent, milk prices rose 5.6 percent and wheat flour prices last year rose 1.2 percent,” Ms. Jonmahmadzoda noted.

She further stressed that amendments made to the country’s law on the national budget for 2018, in particular, provided for exempting the State Unitary Enterprise (SUE) on Production, Purchase and Sale of the Essential Goods in Dushanbe from paying the value added tax (VAT) that would lead to decrease in prices for basic food products at Dushanbe’s bazaars.

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DUSHANBE(PR): The ceremony of signing a Memorandum of Cooperation between the
“Air Company Somon Air” LLC and the Football Federation of Tajikistan for 2018 was
held. According to this document, Somon Air secures its status as general sponsor of
the Tajikistan Football Federation.
While talking to media, Commercial Director of Somon Air Abdulkosim Valiev
said: “Summing up our cooperation with the Football Federation of Tajikistan last
year, I note that in the person of the Federation we have found a reliable partner
and a good friend. The airline always strives to support and develop the national
sport within the framework of the general policy of the Government of the Republic
of Tajikistan and the instructions of the Founder of the Piece and National Unity –
the Leader of the Nation, the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, the respected
Emomali Rahmon”. In addition, A. Valiev enlightened journalists about the company’s
plans for 2018. “In the Year of Tourism Development and Folk Crafts, we are
primarily committed to opening more new flights. In particular, in the near future –
the opening of flights to Tashkent, Samarkand, Baku and Beijing. We also intend to
increase our fleet by purchasing new Boeing Dreamliner 787 and Embraer aircraft.
Vice-President of the FFT Dilshod Juraev in his speech thanked Somon Air for the
partnership and wished the airline success. “This year we intend to develop
children’s football, – D. Juraev said. – For this year, a lot of children’s football
competitions of international level are planned and we are sure that the Somon Air
as our reliable partner will help us with transportation, since to become a
professional football player, the child needs to go out to the competitions and see
with his own eyes how peers in other countries exercise and master this sport”.
To date, Somon Air, which obtained IATA membership in September 2017 successfully
operates flights from Tajikistan to countries such as Germany, the United Arab
Emirates, Turkey, China, Russia and Kazakhstan. The current fleet consists of Boeing
737-300, -800 and -900 aircraft.

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