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Centre of Cults and World Religions

Ancient Merv is known to have been the largest city in Central Asia. In the 3rd-4th centuries AD, the city was not only the centre of the official religion of the Sasanian state – Zoroastrianism, but also remarkable for a variety of cults and religious trends. In particular, this can be applied to Buddhism, which from the 3rd century BC began to spread in Central Asia along the trade routes from India. This religion, one of the most widespread in the world, originated in India in the 6th century BC.

Long-Awaited Guest – Wallcreeper

For true explorers, nature is full of amazing discoveries, we just have to take a closer look at it. Many miracles can be found in the Koytendag Mountains, where scientific expeditions go in search of rare animals and plants. There, the Koytendag State Nature Reserve operates to preserve and study the natural heritage, and scientific and practical research is carried out. Having a diploma of ecologist, I visited those places quite recently, any animal that I encountered in nature, previously known only from illustrations in educational reference books, aroused my enthusiastic interest. Of particular joy were trips deep into the protected area with researchers to carry out planned work, to monitor and record the inhabitants of the wildlife world. I remember a recent expedition with experienced colleagues from the Kopetdag, Badhyz and Kaplankyr Reserves, with whom we observed ungulates, the count of which continues until December, and carried out scientific field work and an examination of the state of the flora of a part of the canyons of all sections of the Koytendag Reserve.

Protect Your Health in Winter

Winter has come. The average daily temperature in our country has dropped significantly. Damp and cool weather creates favourable conditions for the spread of acute respiratory viral infections. Together with medical specialists, we have prepared some tips on how to stay healthy during this period. The main way to combat the spread of seasonal diseases is, of course, vaccination.

The President of Turkmenistan Conducts a Working Meeting Via the Digital System

President Serdar Berdimuhamedov conducted via the digital system a working meeting with the participation of the hyakims of the velayats, at which issues related to the progress of seasonal agricultural work in the velayats were considered. First, the floor was given to the Ahal Velayat Hyakim Ya. Gurbanov, who reported on the ongoing seasonal agricultural work, in particular, the harvesting of cotton to the last boll, and on the work carried out in the velayat in connection with changes in its administrative and territorial division.

Turkmenistan – the Republic of Korea: a new Step of Parliamentary Diplomacy in Stirring up Strategic Partnership

The Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who was on an official visit to the Republic of Korea, met with the Speaker of the National Assembly Kim Jin-pyo. The car of the Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov stopped at the main entrance to the building of the National Assembly, where Arkadag was warmly and cordially welcomed by the Speaker of the National Assembly of the friendly country Kim Jin-pyo and other officials.

Topical Directions of the Development of the Turkmen-Korean Interaction are Determined

As part of the second day of his official visit to the Republic of Korea, the Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov met with the President of the friendly country Yoon Suk-yeol, took part in a business forum and also held a number of meetings with the heads of leading South Korean companies. The main topic of discussion was the current state of the bilateral relations and prospects of the further development of the interstate cooperation. The motorcade of the Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan drove up to the main entrance of the Yongsan Palace of the Head of the Republic of Korea.

Prospects for Mutually Beneficial Turkmen-Emirati Cooperation

Negotiations between the President of Turkmenistan and the President of the UAE  The President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov was on an official visit to the United Arab Emirates.

President Serdar BERDIMUHAMEDOV: Now there are all Opportunities to Bring Turkmen-Emirati Relations to a New Level

The Official Visit of the President of Turkmenistan to the United Arab Emirates Ends  As part of the second day of his official visit to the United Arab Emirates, President Serdar Berdimuhamedov took part in the opening ceremony of the Turkmenistan–UAE Business Forum.

Maintaining Commitment to the Principles of Neutrality

Since gaining independence, Turkmenistan has clearly outlined the guidelines of its foreign policy – to actively participate in solving urgent problems of the modern world and to cooperate with all countries, taking into consideration national interests and non-interference in the internal affairs of other states. Following the chosen course, Turkmenistan twice, in 1995 and 2015, was recognised by the Community of Nations as a permanently neutral state. The principles of permanent neutrality and the open-doors policy for cooperation with all interested partners form the basis of all areas of the foreign-policy activities of independent Turkmenistan. “Turkmenistan will continue the policy of neutrality based on good neighbourliness, mutual respect, equality and mutually beneficial cooperation with all states of the world,” President Serdar Berdimuhamedov emphasised in his inaugural speech. The political and diplomatic form of the multilateral international dialogue has become a defining one and is being actively promoted as water diplomacy, allowing cooperation with the world community to solve pressing global and regional water problems and to maintain a constructive dialogue with partners on the use of transboundary waters.

Bright Symbols of the Turkic World

The decision of the International Organisation of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY) to declare 2024 the Year of the Great Poet and Thinker of the Turkic World – Magtymguly Pyragy and the ancient Turkmen town of Anau the cultural capital of the Turkic world 2024 raises pride in our country and leaves none of citizens of Turkmenistan indifferent. Today, centuries later, the poetic lines of the great son of the Turkmen people, calling for love of the Motherland, unity and brotherhood, remain relevant and echo in every heart. Magtymguly Pyragy!..There is, perhaps, no more famous and more honourable name among the Turkmen people. It is difficult to find another poet in the history of Turkmen literature, whose work has not rolled off the lips for three centuries, whose poetry served as the same exact and accurate expression of the aspirations of every Turkmen.

Vitamin D for Your Health

Recently, the Resolution of the President of Turkmenistan approved the Strategy for prevention of vitamin D deficiency for 2023–2028 and the Action Plan for the its implementation. Our newspaper has told about the importance of vitamin D for health, which is difficult to overestimate, and the ways of “replenishing” it. The main function of vitamin D is to help the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from food through the walls of the small intestine. Now, it is grouped together with hormone-like substances, although initially, discovered by an American scientist Elmer McCollum in 1922, it was considered only as a vitamin. Despite the name (vitamins are organic compounds that cannot be synthesised by the organism and therefore must be derived from the food we eat), vitamin D is not actually a vitamin. It belongs to a group of biologically active substances, including cholecalciferol (vitamin D3) and ergocalciferol (vitamin D2).


Demonstrating amazing ingenuity and resourcefulness, the Turkmen people learned to extract life-giving moisture from the bowels of the earth in ancient times. This is illustrated by kyarizes – ancient hydraulic structures, which represent a system of wells connected by underground galleries. Though some of the surviving kyarizes are several centuries old, they continue to serve people by collecting and bringing groundwater to the earth’s surface. These man-made sources of water have served man for thousands of years. Today, in the period of the Revival of the New Era of the Powerful State, specialists of the Bäherdenagyzsuw Directorate conduct maintenance, repair and improvement work at the kyarizes Garaja, Chopan, Hyuntyush, Dov, Garasuv, Han, Janabat, Kone Borme, Bami ata and Shih ata located at the foothills in the Baherden etrap, Ahal velayat. No one will probably ever know when the first kyariz was dug in the ancient Turkmen land, and the point is not in this, but in what an important role these facilities played in the life of our ancestors for thousands of years.

The President of Turkmenistan Conducts a Working Meeting via the Digital System

President Serdar Berdimuhamedov conducted a working meeting via the digital system with the participation of the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers A. Yazmyradov, who is in charge of the agroindustrial complex and the hyakims of the velayats, at which the dynamics of seasonal field work and issues of the socioeconomic development of the regions were considered. First, the floor was given to the Ahal Velayat Hyakim Ya. Gurbanov, who reported on the pace of agricultural campaigns, picking cotton and sowing wheat, and on preparations for the International Day of Neutrality.

Turkmenistan Aims at Close Interaction with the Organisation of Turkic States

At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov took part as a guest of honour in the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Organisation of Turkic States in the city of Samarkand. The invitation to the summits of authoritative world and regional structures, of which Turkmenistan is not a member, vividly testifies to the high authority of our Motherland on the world arena and the recognition of its active and proactive position in developing balanced solutions to topical issues of our time.

Import Substitution as a Crucial Economic Factor

A flexible and pragmatic import substitution strategy underlies the successful development of all spheres of Turkmen economy. Its successful implementation contributed to the continued downward trend of imports, since the increase in domestic production has enabled to reduce the imports of many products, consumer goods and foodstuffs. In recent years, Turkmen producers have significantly expanded their presence in the market. Such large-scale work allows creating new industrial areas for Turkmen economy and expanding consistently the list of domestically produced goods able to compete in the market. Domestic manufacturers have made great progress in all sectors of the economy and consistently expand the list of goods, contributing to saturating the domestic commodity market and enhancing the export potential of our country.

Happy Moments of Unforgettable Meetings in Dashoguz

The Friendship Festival of fraternal peoples took place in the ancient Turkmen land. The solemn opening ceremony was held in the majestic building “Türkmeniň ak öýi”. Those present listened with great excitement to the Addresses of the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The participants of the Festival visited the historical and cultural monuments located in the Kunyaurgench State Historical and Cultural Reserve, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The guided tours gave the guests from Uzbekistan an opportunity to see the unique monuments of history and culture, which had become an invaluable heritage of world civilisation. These inlcude one of the tallest minarets in Central Asia, the 60-metre Kutlug Timur Minaret, the mausoleums of Khwarezmshah Tekesh and Il Arslan and other genuine masterpieces of the medieval East. In the evening, the Uzbek actors from the Khorezm Regional Theatre of Musical Drama showed a theatrical production Kais on the stage of Nurmuhammet Andalib State Music and Drama Theatre.

Turkmen University in the World Ranking in Jurisprudence

One of the domestic universities – the International University for the Humanities and Development – according to results of 2022, took the 96th place in the authoritative international ranking "Nica.team Law School Ranking" (Ranking of higher educational institutions of the Nica.team in the field of law). Being the first institution of higher education from Turkmenistan, which entered the top 100 of such a prestigious and unique “pedestal of honour” in the field of education, the IUHD was placed in the rating table next to Harvard University (USA), Cambridge University and Oxford University (UK), the University of Sydney (Australia), the University of Vienna (Austria) and others. In total, this ranking includes 1,677 universities from around the world. When commenting on this achievement at the International University for the Humanities and Development, it was stated the Nica Law School Ranking, in addition to the world one, also ranked higher education institutions in a number of other areas on a regional scale. If in jurisprudence the International University for the Humanities and Development in the world ranking rose to 96th position, then in the field of international humanitarian law it is recognised as the ninth in the world, in the Asian continent, the IUHD became thirty-fifth and in the field of international humanitarian law in Asia it ranked fifth in the prestigiou

Time to Plant Trees

Large-scale tree planting activities, which have become a good tradition of beautifying and decorating the homeland with our labour, started again. Ecologists, foresters and thousands of volunteers across the country aim their long-term activities to put into practice the national motto “Let’s turn Turkmenistan into a blooming garden!” This year’s autumn planting season is a good finish of the year, as most of the three million trees and shrubs were planted this spring. The start date of activities is set each year depending on the weather, in the spring – with enough time before the onset of heat, and in the autumn – when the weather becomes colder. In recent years, deciduous species, including fruit trees and grapevines, have been planted in large numbers, since planting deciduous trees has practical benefits for horticulture development. In natural conditions, plantings in the suburbs and around recreational facilities protect from the winds and provide shelter, food for birds and other small animals and shade for herbaceous plants.

The President of Turkmenistan Launches the Autumn Tree Planting Campaign

In Turkmenistan, with the participation of President Serdar Berdimuhamedov, the autumn tree planting campaign was launched as part of the implementation of the National Afforestation Programme. Mass tree planting campaigns have become not only a good tradition, but also a symbol of nationwide support for the environmental initiatives of our country, an example of the large-scale and consistent activities performed in the Motherland as a real contribution to the common good cause for the sake of preserving natural resources and sustainable development on the planet.

Landscaping and Improvement of the Turkmen Land – Care of Improving Living Standards of the People

The mass tree planting action organised in the new modern administrative centre of the Ahal velayat was held with the participation of the Chairman of the Halk Maslahaty of the Milli Gengesh of Turkmenistan, Honorary Elder Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, who was also interested in the state of construction work being carried out there. The event marking the beginning of the autumn season of the greening campaign was attended by the leaders of the new centre, builders, honorary elders and youth. A representative of the younger generation addressed Arkadag with a request to start the autumn season of mass tree planting in the territory of the new centre of the Ahal velayat.