Strong wind & high sea warned

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16 Jul 2018 – 19:58

Strong wind & high sea warned

QNA

Doha:  Weather inshore tonight until 6 a.m. on Tuesday will be fine to relatively humid at places, the Department of Meteorology said in its daily weather report.

Offshore, it will be slightly dusty, the report added, warning of strong wind and high sea.

Wind inshore will be northwesterly at a speed of 4 to 14 knots.

Offshore, it will be northwesterly at a speed of 7 to 15 knots reaching 22 knots at places.

Visibility will be 4 to 8 kilometers.

Sea state inshore will be 2 to 4 feet. Offshore, it will be 2 to 4 feet surging to 7 feet at places.

 

Source :  The Peninsula Qatar

Deputies pass several draft laws

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Deputies pass several draft laws

Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — Deputies of the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan considered draft laws aimed at deepening reforms implemented in various spheres of socio-economic life of the country.The deputies began their work by considering the draft law “On the state customs service” in new edition, in the first reading. It was noted that in order to further liberalize the customs legislation, increase the country’s investment attractiveness in recent years, as in all spheres and sectors of the country’s economy, the customs service is undergoing important structural changes in simplifying the customs clearance of foreign economic activity.

This draft law defines the norms of strict compliance by the customs authorities with their official duties – compliance with the law, openness and transparency while ensuring the rights, freedoms and legitimate interests of individuals and legal entities. Development and practical implementation of priority areas of increasing the responsibility of customs officials for illegal interference in business activities, violation of the rights of private owners, ensuring transparency and openness of procedures related to implementation of foreign economic activity and development of customs are established on the legal basis.

According to deputies, the adoption of the draft law will serve to improvement of the legal framework of activities of customs bodies, introduction of additional legal mechanisms on effectively ensuring guarantees for reliable protection of citizens’ rights and freedoms, as well as participants of foreign economic activity.

Then, in the first reading, the draft law “On renewable energy sources”, developed and submitted for discussion by a group of deputies from among the members of the Committee of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis on the Issues of Ecology and Environmental Protection was considered.

As it was noted, at present fossil fuels – coal, oil, natural gas and uranium are the basis of the world energy balance. However, their reserves decline year by year as they are extracted and used. In connection with accelerated rates of economic development, population growth and the traditional way of energy supply, the consumption of energy resources also increases. In developed foreign countries, the shortage of hydrocarbon raw materials and the change in prices for it have led to a trend of rapid growth in the use of renewable energy sources (RES).

Recently, a number of measures have been implemented in the country on implementation of practical work in this direction. Deputies emphasized that in Uzbekistan, where the economy and industry are developing at an accelerated pace, the very time demands the adoption of a law that will serve as a legal basis for the development of this sphere.

The purpose of development of the draft law is systemic consolidation of priority areas and a set of measures of the state policy in the use of renewable energy sources, improving energy efficiency in economic sectors, social sphere, diversifying of fuel and energy balance, strengthening energy security of the country, reducing greenhouse gas emissions within the framework of implementation of tasks on sustainable development of the country.

The draft law provides for legal regulation of measures of state support and stimulation of the use of renewable energy sources, definition of the legal basis for public administration in the field of using renewable energy sources.

According to deputies, the adoption of the draft law will serve to implementation of priority areas of energy efficiency improvement in the economic and social spheres outlined in the Action Strategy, further development of renewable energy in 2017-2021.

The Social Democratic Party “Adolat” in its pre-election program identified the development of innovative technologies, in particular renewable energy, among the main goals. Therefore, members of the faction of this party criticized the issue, showed perseverance and pointed to the need for a serious revision of the project. Unlike the proposals forwarded by factions of other parties, they emphasized the need to finalize a number of norms and provisions of the document with participation of a wide range of specialists, while preserving the conceptual goals of the project and introducing it for the second reading.

In terms of work on this draft law, members of the faction of the People’s Democratic Party of Uzbekistan paid attention to the need for conducting scientifically sound research on tasks and problems that can arise with the adoption of the law. According to members of the faction, in the early years there will be a need to import from abroad technologies and equipment for construction of renewable energy sources.

With a decrease in the volume of natural resources, mankind uses various types of energy, including solar energy. Innovations in this direction require study on a deep scientific basis, while it should be provided not to exceed the cost of the final product – for the energy that people must pay. In this regard, the need for providing by initiators of the project of substantiated explanations on this issue before its discussion in subsequent readings was noted.

After active, lively disputes and discussions of factions of political parties, both draft laws were adopted in the first reading, responsible committees were tasked to prepare the draft law for the second reading, taking into account the opinions and proposals outlined in the discussions.

Other issues included in the mandate of the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis were also considered at the meeting.

Source :  Uzbekistan National News Agency

Iran files complaint at ICJ over US sanctions

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Iran files complaint at ICJ over US sanctions

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that Tehran had filed a complaint at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the US reimposition of sanctions against Iran.

“Today Iran filed a complaint @CIJ_ICJ to hold US accountable for its unlawful reimposition of unilateral sanctions,” Zarif said in a post on his official Twitter account on Monday, Press TV reported.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from a nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in 2015.

The US president also said that he planned to reinstate US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose “the highest level” of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

Since the JCPOA implementation on January 16, 2016, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been monitoring Iran’s compliance with its nuclear-related commitments under the nuclear deal and has consistently verified the Islamic Republic’s compliance.

The head of the UN nuclear agency in June reaffirmed the IAEA’s accesses to all the required nuclear sites in Iran, calling on Tehran to ensure “timely and proactive cooperation” with inspections under the deal.

“As stated in my latest report to the Board [of Governors], the agency has conducted complementary accesses under the Additional Protocol to all the sites and locations in Iran which we needed to visit,” Amano said in his introductory statement to the Board of Governors on June 4.

As one of the architects of the JCPOA, Zarif once again reaffirmed the Islamic Republic’s commitment to its legal obligations.

“Iran is committed to the rule of law in the face of US contempt for diplomacy and legal obligations. It’s imperative to counter its habit of violating int’l law,” the top Iranian diplomat said.

The Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that European signatories to the nuclear deal with Iran must provide Tehran with the necessary guarantees about the continued implementation of the deal.

“Of course the European sides [to the JCPOA] are obligated to provide the necessary guarantees with regard to the JCPOA, but the country’s economy must not be tied to this issue,” the Leader emphasized.

Since the US president pulled Washington out of the nuclear deal, European countries have been scrambling to ensure that Iran gets enough economic benefits to persuade it to stay in the deal. The remaining parties have vowed to stay in the accord.

In a Twitter post on Saturday on the occasion of the third anniversary of the conclusion of the JCPOA, Zarif said that the historic nuclear agreement was still a “triumph of multilateral diplomacy” even after the US withdrawal from the agreement.

“While we knew the US couldn’t be trusted to keep its word – as its allies have now discovered – JCPOA proves that toxic unilateralism of Trump Admin means it can’t be relied on to honor any deal,” the top Iranian diplomat added.

 

Source :  Iran-Daily