Uzbek President Islam Karimov has recalled the presidential election held on 23 December, describing it as "historic". In a presenter-read New Year address to the nation on Uzbek TV at just before midnight local time, Karimov also said that salaries and pensions would be gradually increased. The following is an excerpt from Islam Karimov’s New Year message to the nation broadcast by Uzbek Television First Channel on 31 December; subheadings inserted editorially:
A moderate earthquake shook Uzbekistan shortly before the New Year late Monday, shaking plates and chandeliers at homes in the capital, Tashkent. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, AP reported.
President of Republic of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, in his condolence message to President Pervez Musharraf has expressed deep sorrow over the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and loss of several other precious lives.
The Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan has officially announced the results of the presidential elections that were held on 23 December 2007.
Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated heads of state and government of foreign countries on the coming New Year, Itar-Tass reported quoting the presidential press service on Sunday.
Almost 40 countries are facing critical food shortages as world food prices soar to record levels, the United Nations warns. The world’s food supplies are rapidly dwindling due to crop failures caused by global warming, natural disasters, wars, and a trend away from farming food crops to growing biofuels and grain to feed cattle, the agency says.
Heads of parliaments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will meet in Kazakhstan in 2008, official representative of Senate of Kazakhstan, Murat Nurtleuov. This will be the second meeting of the SCO parliamentarians.
Presentation of projects on Curriculum Development and New Teaching Methods was conducted at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy (UWED) for students and faculty staff members on 27 December 2007.