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Open windows regularly to provide fresh air to offices and rooms of the flat. Keep your hands clean, observe a distance of 2 metres and wear masks correctly.

Under the Sign of the Year

In order to widely promote and to inform the international community of the peaceful and constructive policy of independent neutral Turkmenistan, based on the principles of positive neutrality and the topicality of the initiatives of the distinguished President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, aimed at strengthening peace, trust and mutually beneficial cooperation, the diplomatic missions of Turkmenistan abroad organise various events. Information on this is uploaded on the electronic resource of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan The editorial board of NT has prepared a news digest about the events of the late March-early April. JAPAN

The main priority of the Policy of the President of Turkmenistan

In Turkmenistan, World Health Day is celebrated on April 7 every year. This international date became a national celebration on the initiative of the President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov and was introduced to the national holiday calendar. Traditionally, on the occasion of World Health Day, mass physical culture and sports events, including cultural and recreational activities, conferences, round-table meetings devoted to the issues of strengthening and promoting health are held in Turkmenistan. As it is known, on March 26, 2021 at a sitting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, the highly respected President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov issued a Resolution on the approval of the Saglyk State Programme in the new edition and the Action Plan for its implementation for 2021–2025. The event became another confirmation of the firmness of the state policy, successfully pursued under the leadership of Arkadag, the main priority of which is the health of the people.

Strategic Partnerships for Peace and Wellbeing

On April 7, Turkmenistan celebrates World Health Day, established by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This international date became a nationwide celebration and entered the national holiday calendar at the initiative of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. On the eve of World Health Day and the national holiday, the UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Christine WEIGAND spoke about cooperation between Turkmenistan and the UN, primarily the World Health Organisation, in an interview with the Neutral Turkmenistan Newspaper. NT: “Dear Ms. Weigand, April 7 is World Health Day that is celebrated as a national holiday in Turkmenistan. How will this international day be celebrated this year?”

Pearly Capital of the East

The white-marble capital of Turkmenistan, transforming from year to year due to the implementation of the urban planning strategy of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, represents a unique model of a dynamically developing city, where beauty and comfort, cutting-edge trends in architecture and the best traditions of national art of building are harmoniously combined, advanced technologies and engineering and technical solutions are actively introduced. The development work and improvements in Ashgabat were conducted on an unprecedented scale when preparing for the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. The unique Olympic Complex, which has no analogues in the region, was built to host the Games. Its infrastructure comprises about 40 sports facilities arranged around the Olympic Stadium that can accommodate up to 45,000 spectators. The monumental sculpture of a horse, towering over the dome of the stadium, entered the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest horse image.

Seasonal Illness Prevention Tips:

Include vegetables and fruit, fish, dairy dishes and other food products rich in vitamins A, B1 and C in the diet.

Following the Course of Strengthening principles of Democracy

The First Elections of Members of the Halk Maslahaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Held In Turkmenistan, in full compliance with the Constitution, the Electoral Code of Turkmenistan and with the Decision of the Halk Maslahaty, the first elections of members of the Halk Maslahaty of the Milli Gengesh were held.

Components of Successful Business

Due to the comprehensive state support, the potential of small and medium-sized businesses in the Dashoguz velayat and also throughout the country is noticeably growing. Successful entrepreneurs, showing initiative and fulfilling the important tasks of increasing production and improving the quality of domestic products, make a significant contribution to Turkmenistan’s economic growth. In recent years, entrepreneurial activity in the agricultural sector of the region, which is one of the crucial factors in saturating local consumer markets with vegetables and fruit, has expanded significantly. For example, farmers’ associations and private agricultural producers, including the members of the Dashoguz velayat branch of the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan, received a large number of plots from the special agricultural land fund for long-term use to grow various food crops. An increasing number of farmers prefer growing potatoes.

Ashgabat glorified by Arkadag

During his traditional visit to the Ahalteke equestrian complex under the President of Turkmenistan, our Hero-Arkadag Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, in connection with the birth of the first foal from the legendary horse Akhan, in accordance with the national tradition, tied an alaja around its neck. The head of state named the foal Ashgabat, using the first letter of its father’s name, in honour of the glorious 140th anniversary of our beautiful capital city. This joyful event and a new poem by the leader of the nation My White City – Ashgabat, set to music by his grandson Kerim Berdimuhamedov, has become a new significant symbol of the year 2021.

The Eternal Symbol of Purity and Wellbeing

In ancient times, the zoomorphic motif was a favourite one in the visual and applied arts of the peoples of Central Asia. At the early stages of human development, the depictions of animals were closely associated with the concept of a totem and an animal ancestor and can be found most often in ceramics. These include a fish, which is known from ancient times. Our ancestors genetically linked it to the water element. In ancient times, fish figurines were worn as an amulet (a pendant fish from the Amudarya hoard of the 5th-4th centuries BC and the depictions of fish in New Nisa of the 2nd century BC). Beads made of fish vertebra most likely played a ritual and magical role in human life. The depictions of certain animals, birds or fish, forming ornamental belts, is common to stamped ceramics of Merv of the 12th-early 13th centuries. The model of the world was perceived through some kind of zoological code. There was a clear system: birds are the personification of the “heavenly” life; animals are the personification of “earthly” life and the creatures of the underworld – snakes, frogs and fish as a link between life above and below the earth.

Legends about Mystical Gozli-Ata

Turkmen oral folklore is rich and diverse. Sagas, legends and stories about historical places and personalities of Turkmenistan are passed on from one generation to another, for example, legends and stories about Gozli-ata, which means saint grandfather. The mausoleum in the Balkan velayat in the west of Turkmenistan, where, according to legend, he was buried, is named in his honour. According to historical information that Turkmen scientists refer to, Gozli-ata was a descendant of the third “righteous” caliph. The outstanding Turkmen poet Magtymguly mentioned him, addressing another poet, “If you are a descendant of Gozli-ata, then we are from the Gerkez people.”

Even Old Age Can Be Joyful

Spring, the best time of the year, when everything around revives and the first spring flowers rejoice with its beauty, has come. As in previous years, in the year “Turkmenistan – the Home of Peace and Trust”, on the eve of the holiday, the hyakimlik and department of culture of the Babadayhan etrap and also public organisations congratulated on this event an amazing woman who is happy in the family and actively participates in public activities for the benefit of society. She is a resident of the etrap centre, Hurma Maviyeva. She is 92 years old. Perhaps it is a great miracle to live a long life in health and being at a very old age to do everything by oneself, not to be a burden to anyone and to be a living symbol of hard work, patience and faith. And not only for relatives and loved ones.

Useful Delicacies - Dried Fruit

One of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle is proper nutrition. Today, many people are ready to change their diet for the better, realising that healthy food contains thousands of essential nutrients that help us stay young and beautiful, protecting us from heart diseases, cancer and premature aging. This can also be applied to delicacies. And, of course, the most useful of them are dried fruit, which can be tasty and useful on their own. Each type of dried fruit contains a unique complex of substances that have a beneficial effect on body. They are useful for vitamin deficiency, depression and anaemia. For example, dried apricots contain much potassium, so it has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system. It is often recommended to eat after heart attacks and strokes to restore body. Dried apricots are rich in vitamins of group B (B1 and B2), A, C and PP and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus and sodium, strengthen bone tissue and maintain immunity. Cellular tissue normalises the work of gastrointestinal tract, relieves constipation and cleanses liver. However, it is not recommended for people with diabetes and thyroid diseases.

Saxaul Wood at Lake Zengi-Baba

In the north of Turkmenistan, there is a kind of green-blue oasis among the desert steppes with channels and collectors connecting the lakes, around which separate ecosystems, “islands of life”, surrounded by coastal shrub vegetation, have formed. The total area of the water basin of one of the largest lakes in the country, Zengi-Baba, is 2,470 hectares, it was formed as a result of filling the depression at the north-western side of the hill of the same name with collector-drainage waters coming from the agricultural areas of the Dashoguz velayat. The maximum depth in the eastern part of the reservoir reaches 16 metres. On the northern side, the Kangakyr upland adjoins the reservoir with a chink steep descent. The southern and eastern banks are gently sloping, on their sandy areas xerophytic vegetation, black saxaul woods and wormwood communities with the participation of saltworts, grows. Besides, in some places, there is the tamarisk and camel thorn, and reeds are well developed closer to the water. There is no permanently residing population in those places; distant-pasture animal husbandry is developed to a small extent.ö

Seasonal Illness Prevention Tips:

1. Dress as the weather permits. 2. Follow the rules of personal hygiene – wash your hands often with soap, do not touch your mouth and nose.

New dimensions in humanitarian interaction

This year, declared by the UN as the International Year of Peace and Trust on the initiative of Turkmenistan, every day is filled with practical content in the interests of wellbeing, progress and development throughout the world. Women are an important social force that is increasingly manifesting itself at the national, regional and international levels. Among the significant practical steps to support women in achieving broader influence on decision-making processes on issues related to peace, security, stability and sustainable development was the Central Asian forum entitled “The Role of Women in Strengthening Peace, Trust and Security” held in the videoconference format on March 16. The event was initiated by the Government of Turkmenistan and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). At the request of the NT correspondent Irina Imamkuliyeva, the results of the forum were commented on by the Ambassador, Head of the OSCE Centre in Ashgabat Natalya DROZD. “First of all, let me express my sincere gratitude to the highly respected President and Government of Turkmenistan for supporting our initiative and ensuring a high level of the organisation of the event. It was a representative conference in every sense of the word. More than 100 representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, including expe

Messenger of happiness — Nowruz!

Each of us has a special attitude to the ancient holiday of Nowruz, which lives in the memory of many peoples. However, for each of us this is the most favourite and joyous holiday since childhood. Its origin goes back to the pre-written period of human history and is related to people’s perception of the world. In the mythology of many peoples inhabiting our planet, the globe rests on the horns of a huge bull. For a year this mythical god becomes tired and throws the Earth from one horn to another, after which, according to legend, Nowruz, new year, comes.

“Paradise” Horses – Our Wealth

Like exquisite Turkmen carpets, Turkmen alabay, ak bugday wheat, musical instrument dutar and gold and silver jewellery, Ahalteke horses have been the pride of our ancient and wise people and part of their national wealth. It was in the fertile land of the Turkmen that many centuries ago, the cult of the purebred Ahalteke horse as a faithful and dependable companion along the centuries-old path of historical development emerged, and today it has become a vivid symbol of the economic strength of the Turkmen state, unity, cohesion and prosperity of the people. Modern science recognises that Ahalteke horses rank among the most ancient breeds among the known 250 horse ones. Nearly every encyclopaedia says the Ahalteke breed is that of riding horses developed by folk selection in the territory of modern Turkmenistan, presumably about 2500–3500 years ago that has greatly influenced many other well-known horse breeds.

My beloved capital

From ancient times, the heart of any state has been its capital city. This year, the main city of our country – Ashgabat – turns 140 years old. Today it is a large administrative, political, industrial, scientific and cultural centre of Turkmenistan. Here, important issues of a state importance, related to the political, economic, cultural and social life of the country are solved. The beautiful avenues, highways that meet world standards, Ashgabat city, where the buildings of ministries and departments are concentrated, have become a vivid eviidence of the rapid development of the modern age, enlightening the way to a bright future. But let’s look back to 140 years ago, to the distant year 1881. At that time, it was the village of Askhabat with 800 yurts, located near a mountain river under the same name, whose crystal clear waters originated at the top of the Kopetdag Mountains. Askhabat emerged as a fortress on the western outskirts of the settlement Askhabat along the Gaudan Road leading to Persia. The fortress stood on a hill 12 metres high, on which a redoubt citadel with a fortress settlement, surrounded by walls and a ditch, were built below.

Seasonal Illness Prevention Tips:

1. When coughing and sneezing, cover your nose with a handkerchief. 2. Keep your hands clean, observe a distance of 2 metres and wear masks correctly.