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Moldova: European Landlocked Country and Former Soviet State
In the 14th century Moldova was the independent princely state of Moldavia. In the 16th century it came under Ottoman Turkish rule. In 1791 Moldavian territory was occupied by Russia. In 1812 with the Treaty of Bucharest Turkey gave up the province of Bessarabia to Russia. In 1918 the remaining Moldovan territory was given to Romania by Turkey but Russia did not recognize this cession. In 1924 the USSR made Moldavia as an Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic. As a result of the Nazi-Soviet Non Aggression Pact of 1939 Romania was forced to cede all of Bessarabia to the Soviet Union in 1940. During the World War II Germany captured Moldova but in 1944 Soviet troops retook the territory and made it Moldavian SSR. Finally in 1991 Moldova became an independent nation.Moldova Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures
The climate of Moldova is temperate continental with mild winters having average temperature between -4 to -7 degree Celsius. Summers are quite warm with average temperatures ranges from 25 degree Celsius to 40 degree Celsius
Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Moldova:
Moldova has multi-cultural facet. The roots of Romanian culture reach back to the 2nd century AD; also Moldova is highly influenced by the Byzantine culture, Slavic, Magyar and by the Ottoman Turks. These influences provide multi cultural background to the Moldova. The aspects of these mighty cultures are reflected through their followings, practices and folklore. The present culture of Moldova has significant impact of Russia. The urban life style of Moldavians is highly influenced from the Russian way of living.
The cuisine of Moldova is dominated by numerous vegetable and fruits especially grapes. The influences from Greek, Turks and Mediterranean characteristics can be seen while preparing delicious delicacies in Moldova. The traditional cuisine of Moldavia is based on crop such as corn, wheat, rice, potatoes and other cereals. However, Fishes are very rarely used in Moldavian cuisine
Economy of Moldova:
The economy of Moldova is highly concentrated upon agriculture, animal husbandry and wine making. Agriculture and food processing contributes about 40% to the national income of Moldova. The wheat, corn, barley, tobacco, sugar beets, and soybeans are cultivated both for domestic and export purposes. Beef and dairy cattle are raised for commercial purpose. In addition to these Moldova produces world-class wine, liqueurs and champagne. It is also known for its sunflower seeds, walnuts, apples, and other fruits.
Tourist Attractions of Moldova:
Moldova is the land where tourists can wander round vast monasteries, sample the local wines and trek through the ancient forests. Moldova is cultural land that gives glimpse of history through the ruins of monumental forts and palaces.
Rudi Village: is famous for its 100 long caves that contain some ancient remains. The unspoiled beauty of this caves charms the visitors. Besides this there are two fortresses, shaped in the form of a ring and known by the name of Turkish Plate and Germanariu.
Slanic: is one of the most picturesque towns of Moldova and known for its large quantity of salt underground. It is known for its various lakes that enhance the beauty of this town. Slanic is also famous for its warm mud baths, warm mineral water and cold lake baths.Major Sight-seeing Places in Moldova include:
New Delhi, June 13 (IANS) While the overall number of blood donors in India has grown over the years, women constitute only a tiny 10 percent share owing to health problems like pernicious anaemia and low haemoglobin levels or being underweight.
United Nations, May 13 (IANS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the release of four Filipino peacekeepers captured by Syrian rebels in the Golan Heights last week.
United Nations, May 7 (IANS) Four UN peacekeepers, all from the Philippines, were abducted on the Golan Heights Tuesday by an armed group believed to be the same one to have abducted 21 Filipino peacekeepers two months ago, the United Nations said.
United Nations, May 7 (IANS) Four UN peacekeepers, all from the Philippines, were abducted Tuesday by an unidentified armed group on the Golan Heights, the United Nations said.
Imphal, May 3 (ANI): The northeast is rapidly making its presence felt on the fashion circuit. Recently, a fashion show "elegance of the indigenous" was organised in Imphal where foreign models walked the ramp in traditional attires.
Moscow, April 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia could introduce tighter passport regulations for citizens of former Soviet states crossing Russia's borders this year, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.
Warsaw, March 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Poland has supported the introduction of a visa-free regime between European Union countries and Russia, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova.
Moscow, Dec 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on the members of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) to join Glonass, Russia's global positioning system.
Moscow, Dec 6 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), a loose association of post-Soviet nations, have reaffirmed their resolve to intensify their joint counter-terrorism training programmes, the Russian presidential spokesman said.
Mumbai, Oct 26 (IANS) Amitabh Bachchan was overwhelmed after meeting a fan from eastern European nation Moldova, who waited 27 years to meet the Hindi movie megastar.
Moscow, Oct 7 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Dynamo Kiev football coach Oleg Blokhin is in stable condition after being hospitalized with high blood pressure.
London, Sep 26(ANI): England boss Roy Hodgson has said his players need to keep possession during football matches and should attack ruthlessly to achieve results.
Kiev, Sep 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Oleg Blokhin was appointed coach of Dynamo Kiev football club, returning to the club where he became one of the world's top strikers in the 1970s and 1980s.
London, Sep 10 (IANS) Theo Walcott will miss England's World Cup qualifier against Ukraine Tuesday as the Arsenal winger has been left out of the squad due to illness.
London, Sep 10(ANI): Veteran midfielder Frank Lampard has said quitting isn't a part of him after suffering a number of injuries, which threatened his England and Chelsea career.
London, Sep. 9 (ANI): England manager Roy Hodgson has dismissed rumours that the Three Lions are not good enough to win the World Cup.
Kiev, Sep 9 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Ukraine defender Yevhen Khacheridi may miss his country's World Cup qualifier against England Tuesday after catching a virus, his team Dynamo Kiev announced.
London, Sep. 7 (ANI): England coach Roy Hodgson has insisted that Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is still his main man.
London, Sep 5 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Defender Ryan Bertrand has signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea, the London side said on its website Wednesday.
London, Sep.2 (ANI): Coach Roy Hodgson has said that he will not do an Andre Villas Boas and axe England's old guard.
London, Sep 1(ANI): Manchester United manager has criticised the Football Association (FA) for revealing midfielder Ashley Young's injury in public, and in turning alerting their rivals.
London, Aug 30 (ANI): Ace striker Wayne Rooney, who is recovering from a badly cut thigh, has rubbished reports about leaving Manchester United.
London, Aug 27(ANI): Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who suffered a four-inch gash during their match against Fulham on Saturday, is expected to stay out of the game for more than four-weeks.
London, Aug 26 (ANI): Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will miss England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine next month after suffering a horrific thigh injury sustained during Manchester United's 3-2 win against Fulham.
London, Aug 13 (IANS) The following is the final medal table at the 2012 London Olympic Games which concluded here Sunday. India finished 55th.
London, Aug 12 (IANS) The following is the medals tally of the 2012 London Games here Saturday.
London, Aug 11 (IANS) The following is the medals tally of the 2012 London Games here Saturday.
London, Aug 9 (IANS) The latest meda's tally of the 2012 London Olympics here Thursday.
London, Aug 9 (IANS) The following is the latest medal standings of the 2012 London Games here Thursday.
London, Aug 8 (IANS) The following is the latest medal standings of the 2012 London
London, Aug 6 (IANS) The following is the medal's tally Monday at the London Olympics:
London, Aug 5 (IANS) The following is the medal's tally at the 2012 London Olympics here Saturday:
London, Aug 5 (IANS) The following is the medal's tally at the 2012 London Games here Saturday.
London, Aug 4 (IANS) The following is the medals tally Friday at the 2012 London Games.
London, Aug 2 (IANS) The following is the medals tally of the 2012 London Olympics Wednesday:
London, Aug 2 (IANS) The following is the medals' tally of the 2012 London Olympics Wednesday.
London, Aug 1 (IANS) The following is the medals' tally of the 2012 London Olympics Tuesday.
London, July 31 (IANS) The following is the medals' tally of the 2012 London Olympics Monday.
London, July 30 (IANS) The following is the medals tally of the 2012 London Games here Sunday.
London, July 29 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Kazakhstan's teenage prodigy Zulfiya Chinshanlo powered her way to a weightlifting gold in the 53kg category Sunday, breaking her own world record in the clean and jerk.
Warsaw, July 11 (IANS) The Polish Football Association (PFA) Tuesday named Waldemar Fornalik as new national team manager, tasking him with restoring national pride following Poland's first-round exit from Euro 2012.
United Nations, June 23 (IANS) The UN and the European Union have launched a programme in a bid to prevent future biological and nuclear disasters around the world.
Moscow, May 30 (IANS) Members of a gang that organised paedophile sex tours to former Soviet state Moldova have been sentenced to up to 21 years in jail, RIA Novosti reported.
Tel Aviv, May 26 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Israeli police have detained 10 members of an international crime ring suspected of organ trafficking and illegal transplant surgeries, said an Israeli law enforcement source.
London, May 25(ANI): Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham will be honoured at England's final Euro warm up match with a UEFA award, for having achieved over 100 international caps.
London, May 12 (IANS) Three Britons in their 20s have undertaken a record-breaking trip around the world in a cab, travelling over 43,000 miles (over 69,000 km) and putting 80,000 pounds (about $128,600) on the meter.
New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): India is all set to host the World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR) 2012 at the Vigyan Bhawan here on Tuesday.
Melbourne, April 12 (ANI): A Swedish study has found that there is no reason to ban texting or talking on cell phones while driving.
London, Jan 21 (ANI): A Moldovan ballet dancer, who was allegedly dining with the captain of Costa Concordia on the night the Italian luxury cruise ship capsized, has denied claims that she was his lover.
London, July 31 (ANI): Coach Fabio Capello has urged his England successor to treat every game like a final.
London, July 31 (ANI): England narrowly avoided old foes France as they overcame their first World Cup hurdle.
London, Feb.28 (ANI): Britain will continue providing financial aid to India, but will cut off aid to sixteen other nations, following a review, that proves they are no longer in the poverty bracket.
New York, Dec 22 (ANI): Marital relationships in Russia seem to be on the rocks as new figures have revealed that the country has the highest divorce rate in the world.
London, Dec 18 (ANI): Ace midfielder David Beckham has been selected for the BBC Sports Personality Lifetime Achievement award.
London, July 10 (ANI): Brussels pen pushers doled out a whopping 160,000pounds to a dance troupe who perform "spectacular belching" and "smelly foot" jigs, it has emerged.
London, June 23 (ANI): India is among thirteen countries that have been declared to have a high level of corruption and abysmal government performance.
London, Mar. 15 (ANI): England coach Fabio Capello was stunned last night by news that star mid-fielder David Beckham had ruptured his left Achilles tendon, and is all but ruled out of World Cup reckoning.
London, Feb 8(ANI): An easy draw for the Euro 2012 has made England the favourites in the bookies eyes, who are so convinced of the Three Lions getting through to the finals that they have been immediately installed at an incredibly short-price of 1-10.
London, Feb 6(ANI): England defender Rio Ferdinand has not been officially informed that he has been selected to succeed John Terry as the captain of the national squad.
New Delhi, Sept 25 (ANI): A large number of people gathered at International Airport here with musical band and garlands to welcome Ramesh Kumar, who won India's first world championship men's wrestling medal in 32 years.
Herning (Denmark), Sep 24 (ANI): India made history in wrestling after a gap of 32 years, when Ramesh Kumar won bronze medal in the freestyle 74 kg category in the prestigious World Wrestling Championship.
Moscow, Aug.4 (ANI): A watermelon seller, Joaquim Crima, who lives in a small town in southern Russia, is being dubbed the "Volgograd Obama".
Tskhinval, May 30 (RIA Novosti) More than 70 observers will monitor Sunday's parliamentary elections in South Ossetia, the former Georgian republic's foreign minister said Saturday.
Tbilisi (Georgia), May 6 (RIA Novosti) NATO started an exercise in Georgia Wednesday despite Russia's fierce criticism and following a revolt at a military base outside the capital Tuesday.
Moscow, April 30 (RIA Novosti) Russia Thursday said NATO's planned military exercises in Georgia next month are an 'open provocation' and warned of negative consequences.
Luxembourg, April 28 (DPA) Russia would like to believe European Union assurances that the bloc is not trying to create a sphere of influence in the former USSR, but the EU has not yet been convincing enough, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday.
Voronezh (Russia), April 19 (RIA Novosti) Russia's envoy to NATO has dubbed the alliance's exercises due in Georgia in early May 'insanity'.
Chisinau (Moldova), April 8 (DPA) Moldovan police early Wednesday recaptured the parliament building here, which was occupied by demonstrators and set ablaze during deadly clashes amid anti-Communist rioting.
Hamburg, April 2 (DPA) England, the Netherlands and Spain maintained their 100-per-cent records to stay well on course for places at the 2010 Football World Cup finals in South Africa.
London, March 21 (DPA) A leading British thinktank Friday warned of the 'grave threat' of social unrest in response to the global recession over the next two years.
Brussels/Moscow/Kiev/Berlin, Jan 17 (DPA) Saturday's gas summit between Russia and Ukraine is the 'last and best chance' for both sides to salvage their reputation as reliable suppliers, the European Union (EU) said Friday as it faced another freezing week.
Moscow, Jan 16 (DPA) European leaders must attend a crisis summit in Moscow this weekend because bilateral talks will no longer suffice to defuse a Russian-Ukrainian conflict over gas transits, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Friday.
Moscow, Jan 15 (RIA Novosti) A summit to discuss the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine, which has resulted in a huge gas shortages in Europe, will be held here Saturday, a Kremlin official said Thursday.
Moscow, Jan 14 (RIA Novosti) Ukraine's national energy company Naftogaz refused to accept Russian gas due to be transited to Europe for the second day running, Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom said Wednesday.
Moscow, Jan 13 (DPA) Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom said Tuesday Ukraine has again blocked on-shipments of Russian gas to Europe.
Brussels/Moscow/Kiev, Jan 12 (DPA) The European Union (EU) expects gas supplies from Russia to resume Tuesday morning, officials in Brussels said Monday following the signing of an accord on a gas monitoring mission in Russia and Ukraine.
Erez Border Crossing (Gaza), Jan 2 (RIA Novosti) Russian diplomats completed Friday the evacuation of Russian citizens from the Gaza Strip, which has been hit by massive Israeli airstrikes since last Saturday.
Tel Aviv, Jan 2 (DPA) Israel has permitted some 367 Palestinians with foreign passports to leave the Gaza Strip Friday, according to the foreign ministry.
Helsinki, Dec 5 (DPA) Proposals for the future security structure of Europe were discussed Thursday when foreign ministers from the 56- nation Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) met in Helsinki.
Toronto, Oct 29 (IANS) China has been identified as one of the four top source countries for human trafficking into Canada.
Hamburg, Oct 16 (DPA) England, Spain and the Netherlands all maintained their perfect records in qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa with away wins, while Russia got their campaign back on track with a victory against Finland.
Moscow, Oct 8 (RIA Novosti) The leaders of the Eurasian Economic Community (Eurasec) will gather in the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek Friday to discuss joint measures to tackle the global financial crisis.
Founded by Dr. Sat Bhattacharya, Harlem Children Society expands education & mentoring programs to the under-served areas of New Zealand, India, Moldova, Kenya,
Washington, September 23 (ANI): An exhibition in the Vatican, which is displaying hundreds of artifacts, has suggested that the mysterious Neolithic people made optical art.
London, Aug 26 (ANI): The Kremlin has poured scorn on Western attempts to punish Russia for its invasion of Georgia, saying it was more than happy to be estranged from the international community.
Washington, July 1 (ANI): Happiness levels have increased worldwide, thanks to greater economic growth, democratization and social tolerance, according to new World Values Survey data released in the July issue of the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science.