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Tajikistan: Central Asian Country and Former Soviet Republic

Tajikistan was part of ancient Persian Achaemenid Empire between 6th to 4th centuries B.C. Later on Alexander the Great took over Achaemenid Empire in the 4th century B.C. and made it a part of the Greco-Bactrian kingdom. Russia took control over Tajikistan in 1880-90 to exploit its vast natural reserves, taking advantage of the administrative and political enmities among the Tajiks. In 1924 Tajikistan became an autonomous republic within Uzbekistan and in 1929 it became a constituent republic of the USSR. In 1991 Tajikistan parliament declared its secession from Soviet rule following in the footsteps of other Soviet states.

Tajikistan Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures

    · National Name: Republic of Tajikistan
    · Capital: Dushanbe
    · Total area: 143,100 sq km (55,251 sq miles)
    · Population: 6.8 million (UN, 2008)
    · Currency: Tajik Somoni
    · Languages: Tajik (official), Russian widely used in government and business
    · Ethnicity/ Races: Tajik 79.9%, Uzbek 15.3%, Russian 1.1%, Kyrgyz 1.1%, other 2.6% (2000 census)
    · Religion: Sunni Muslim 85%, Shia Muslim 5%, other 10% (2003 est.)
    · GDP (Per Capita): $1,800 (2008 est.)
    · Life Expectancy: Male: 61.95 years, Female: 68.15 years (2008 est.)
    · Literacy Rate: Male: 99.7%, Female: 99.2% (2000 census)

Geographical Information on Tajikistan:
Tajikistan is a mountainous landlocked country located in Central Asia. It is bordered by Afghanistan from the south, Uzbekistan from the west, Kyrgyzstan from the north and China from the east.
Tajikistan's climate is continental, subtropical, and semiarid with some desert areas. The climate changes drastically according to elevation and altitude.

Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Tajikistan:
The Culture of Tajikistan has developed over a period of thousand years. Tajiks and Persians inhabiting the country share Iranian ethnic backgrounds. Music and dance play a significant role in Tajik culture. Tajik culture can be divided into two areas, Metropolitan and Kuhiston. The followings and practices of Sunni Muslim sect are commonly practiced and cherished.

The cuisine and cooking style in Tajikistan varies from one region to region. Tajikistan cuisine is dominated by its indigenous mountainous cooking style. The traditional dishes of Tajikistan are based on rice and beans prepared in many ways. The most popular foods are pilav and manty. The soups made from vegetables and meat is popular through out the country.

Economy of Tajikistan:
Tajikistan's economy is highly dependent on agriculture and livestock. Tajikistan's produces some of the best varieties of cotton, wheat, barley, fruit, vegetables, and silk. The economy of Tajikistan collapsed after the end of Soviet rule and witnessed nearly a decade of civil strife in the 1990s. Despite of huge reserves of silver, gold, uranium, tungsten, zinc, lead, coal, antimony, salt, and mercury the economy is not gaining enough pace due to lack of infrastructure and capital. The government initiated several reforms to end the wide spread corruption and has taken initiatives to open up the country’s economy.

Tourist Attractions of Tajikistan:
The center of attraction in Tajikistan is the Pamir mountain range that is known as the roof of the world. It is famous for adventure sports like trekking, hiking and its natural beauty remains the center of attraction for the tourists.

Dushanbe: is the capital city of Tajikistan and famous for its mosques, a Russian church and a opera house. The other attraction of this vibrant city is Monday market famous for its colourful display of traditional handicrafts.

Garm: is another most popular tourist destinations in Tajikistan. It is well known for its hot mineral water spring.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Tajikistan include:

    · Istaravshan
    · Kulyab
    · Kurgan Tyube
    · Khujand
    · Penjikent

SCO to hold joint military drill in Tajikistan in June

April 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Beijing, April 26 (Xinhua-ANI): The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) members will hold a joint military exercise in Tajikistan in June, a Ministry of Defense spokesman said Thursday.

Pakistani, Afghan, US envoys to meet for peace talks

April 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Islamabad, April 25 (IANS) Top Pakistani, Afghan and US diplomats will meet in Islamabad April 26-27 to review the peace process in Afghanistan, the Pakistani foreign ministry said Wednesday.

Top diplomats' meet on Apr 27 to review 'obstacles' to Afghan peace

April 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Islamabad, Apr 25 (ANI): Top diplomats from Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. will meet in Islamabad on April 27 to discuss "obstacles" to the peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan, announced Omar Daudzai, the country's ambassador in Pakistan.


Self-proclaimed 'God' sets himself ablaze in Russia

April 23, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Moscow, April 23 (IANS) A man in Russia, proclaiming to be "God", set himself ablaze and landed in hospital in a critical condition with 70 percent burns, RIA Novosti reported.

China, Russia to hold joint naval drill

April 18, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Beijing, April 18 (IANS) China and Russia will hold a joint naval exercise in the Yellow Sea this weekend, the Chinese defence ministry said.

Four Russian warships set to leave for China

April 15, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Moscow, April 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Four Russian warships from the Pacific Fleet, as well as support vessels, warplanes, helicopters and naval infantry, will leave the country's Vladivostok city Sunday for a joint exercise with Chinese naval forces, said a spokesman for the fleet.

Shiva, Sangwan wins gold at Asian Qualifiers

April 12, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Teenage boxers Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan strikes on their gold in ongoing Asian Olympic qualifying even held as Astana.

Boxers Shiva, Sangwan strike gold at Olympic qualifier

April 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 12 (IANS) Teenage boxers Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg) won gold in their respective categories at the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Thursday, a day after they made the cut for the London Games.

President's last foreign trip: 12 days in Africa

April 9, 2012 at 5:55 PM

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil is undertaking what could possibly be her last foreign trip before she ends her five-year tenure in July - a 12-day trip to two African countries, Seychelles and South Africa.

5.4-magnitude quake hits northwest Pakistan

March 31, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Islamabad, March 31 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale hit northwest Pakistan Saturday morning, according to the Pakistan Meteorological Department.

Zardari reaches Tajikistan for regional security talks with Karzai

March 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Dushanbe, Mar 25 (ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and his Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have arrived in Tajikistan for regional security talks with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.

'Pak-Afghan-US trilateral forum being revived after nearly seven-months of deadlock'

March 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

Islamabad, Mar 24 (ANI): Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States are set to revive trilateral talks after a nearly seven-month deadlock, Afghan diplomats and foreign ministry officials have said.

White House confirms Obama-Gilani meeting after Nuke Security Summit in Seoul

March 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Washington: The White House has confirmed that US President Barack Obama would meet Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Seoul on Tuesday, after the Nuclear Security Summit in the South Korean capital.

US secures Asian countries' approval for allowing Afghan exit without depending on Pakistan

February 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Washington, Feb 29 (ANI): US officials have reportedly secured approval from several Central Asian countries to move military cargo out of Afghanistan without relying mainly on land routes through Pakistan.

US secures Asian countries' approval for allowing Afghan exit without depending on Pakistan

February 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Washington, Feb 29 (ANI): US officials have reportedly secured approval from several Central Asian countries to move military cargo out of Afghanistan without relying mainly on land routes through Pakistan.

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