The number of murder and rape cases reportedly sharply increases in Tajikistan

Based on data from the Interior Ministry, there have been 2,283 serious crimes reported in Tajikistan over the first five months of this year, which was 8.4 percent more than in the same period last year, according to the Agency for Statistics under the President of Tajikistan.

Over the reporting period, 40 cases of murder and murder attempt have been reported in the country (a 29 percent increase compared to January-May 2020).

46 cases of serious bodily injury have been reported in Tajikistan over the first five months of this year (a 27.8 percent increase compared to the same period last year).

In January-May this year, 16 cases of rape and rape attempts have been reported in Tajikistan (23.1 percent increase compared to the same period last year).

Over the reporting period, 3,203 thefts, including 716 burglaries, have been registered in the country in January-May this year.

Meanwhile, the number of cases of robbery and human trafficking has decreased over the first five months of this year by 12.5 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

The number of theft of weapons and ammunition decreased from six cases in January-May last year to one cases in January-May this year.

Over the reporting period, the number of officially registered crimes has decreased only in Dushanbe (a 16.4 percent reduction compared to January-May 2020), while in Khatlon province, the Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Region (GBAO), districts subordinate to the center and Sughd province the number of officially reported crimes in January-May this year has increased by 30 percent, 14.5 percent, 12.3 percent and 11.7 percent, respectively compared to the same period last year.

Meanwhile, compared to January-May last year, there was an 8.2 percent increase in the number of reported economic crimes, including bribery and large-scale embezzlement of funds.

Source: Asia-Plus

China delivers 300,000 doses of CoronaVac vaccine to Tajikistan

China has airlifted 300,000 doses of Coronavirus vaccine to Dushanbe in the evening of June 20. It is a donation of the Government of the People’s Republic of China to the Government and the people of the Republic of Tajikistan.

The vaccine was delivered to Tajikistan by a special charter flight organized by the Tajikistan-China Mining Company.

The Beijing-based biopharmaceutical company Sinovac is behind the CoronaVac vaccine.

So far, Sinovac's CoronaVac jab has only been fully authorized for use by China. But Beijing is also offering its vaccines around the world and has already shipped millions of doses to a number of countries.

In Asia, the biggest takers are Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Pakistan, while in the Americas, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and Ecuador have also ordered millions of shot.

In Europe, Turkey and Ukraine have signed large contracts for CoronaVac.

Some media reports say the vaccine is thought to be particularly important for African countries where so far Zimbabwe, Somalia, Djibouti, Benin and Tunisia have received vaccines from China.

On June 1, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) validated the vaccine for emergency use by which time over 430 million doses of CoronaVac had already been administered globally.

According to the U.N. health agency, CoronaVac was found to be 51% effective at preventing COVID-19 in late-stage trials, and researchers say it will be key to curbing the pandemic. This overall protection is lower than that provided by the seven other vaccines already listed by the WHO. But, importantly, trials suggest that CoronaVac is 100% effective at preventing severe disease and death.

Source: Asia-Plus

COVID-19 Slashes Immigration into Australia

SYDNEY - New figures show that migration to Australia plummeted last year to the lowest level in more than 100 years.

Modern Australia has been built on immigration. Thirty percent of the population was born overseas. Migrants from England are the biggest group, followed by India and China.

Australia has relied on new settlers for much of its economic growth in recent decades.

But COVID-19 has applied the brakes to immigration.

The government in Canberra closed the country’s borders to most foreign nationals in March 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19, and those restrictions are likely to remain for another year.

In 2020, just 3,300 migrants moved to Australia — a small fraction of the 244,000 arrivals the previous year. The collapse in numbers has affected many businesses unable to recruit skilled workers from overseas, as well as universities which have relied on large numbers of international students.

Mark McCrindle, founder of the McCrindle Research agency, says the turnaround has been significant.

“It is phenomenal. We were growing through migration. In fact, prior to the pandemic 60% of our population growth was because of arrivals from overseas. Last year that was just 2%. So, 98% of our growth is natural increase at the moment and even the births are not doing very well. So, we just have not seen such low numbers, such small growth in Australia for a century,” McCrindle said.

Canberra has set a limit of 13,750 places on its annual Refugee and Humanitarian Program, although border closures have made it almost impossible for successful applicants to travel to Australia.

The pandemic has also reshaped internal migration in Australia. Regional areas that are outside of major cities have had their largest net inflow of people since the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) started measuring domestic migration in 2001.

The ABS said 43,000 Australians moved to regional areas from major cities in 2020, more than double the number in 2019.

Experts have estimated that it could take Australia as much as a decade for its immigration intake to return to pre-pandemic levels.

Source: Voice of America

Tajikistan and Qatar Discuss Bilateral Relations

(NIAT Khovar) – Yesterday, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Sharaf Sheralizoda met with the Ambassador of Qatar to Tajikistan Muhammad Ibrahim al-Abdullah.

The meeting focused on bilateral relations in various fields, including attraction of Qatari investments in trade, economy, energy, education and transport areas, as well as attraction of Qatari tourists to Tajikistan.

The parties also discussed other issues of mutual interest, considering the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: National information agency of Tajikistan

Intentional damage to health by an intoxicated neighbor

A 45-year-old resident of Tursunzoda's 10-year-old Jamoat filed a complaint with the DMIA in Tursunzoda on June 12, 2021, at approximately 11:00 p.m. the drunk came to his house and stabbed him once in the stomach with a kitchen knife.

As a result, the victim received injuries and was hospitalized.

An investigation is under way.

Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan

Dr. Alaei Names Dushanbe Among the Three Safest Capitals for COVID-19

The President of the Institute for International Health and Education in New York, Dr. Arash Alaei considers Dushanbe among the three best capitals in the world that has successfully coped with the pandemic. He stated this yesterday in an interview.

“I would place Dushanbe among the top three capitals that have coped best with the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the well-known Iranian-born American virologist.

Also, he added that, additionally to the capital of Tajikistan, the other cities on the list are“similar to each other in some parameters.»

For examole the capital of Bhutan — Thimphu and the capital of Senegal — Dakar, both curbed the spread of the virus by implementing timely and decisive measures. The beneficial effects of fresh air, natural food and the sun also helped in this matter.

The world press also noted the low spread of the coronavirus in Dakar and Thimphu despite the huge number of foreign tourists and entrepreneurs visiting these countries.

Source: National information agency of Tajikistan

The death of a young girl under the wheel of a KAMAZ truck

On June 12, 2021, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the driver of a KAMAZ truck, Juraev Mahkam Karaboevich, born in 1964, a resident of Hamraboev Jamoat, Konibodom City, was driving at the intersection of Hamroboev Street. M. Gorky, a young cyclist Khurshedzoda Farzona, born in 2015, a resident of Hamraboev jamoat of this city.

As a result, the younger Khurshedzoda F. received serious injuries to his health and died at the scene.

An investigation is under way.

Source: Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan