Tatar News -- April 12, 2000
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Tatar News 12 April
KamAZ To Launch An Assembly Line In Ethiopia
The KamAZ autmotive company's press service reported on 12 April that the
company would launch an assembly line in Ethiopia in May, 2000. The joint
venture of the KamAZ and Ethiopian Mesfin companies will reportedly be
distributing heavy trucks in a number of East African countries.
According to the statement of KamAZ general director Ivan Kostin the victory
of his company's team in the Dakar-Kairo off road race also attracted the
interest of possible customers in Iraq and Libya. While experts from KamAZ
reportedly finished the field tests of the heavy trucks in Iraq, Libya
allowed the company's representatives to study its automotive market.
Water Level To Be Raised In Tuben Kama
Tatarstan's deputy prime minister Sergey Kogogin told a press conference
on 11 April that the republican government "planned to begin raising the level
of the Tuben Kama water reserve in Chally in 2001." This measure is expected to
let Tatarstan reduce the natural gas consumption of gas-burning power plants. The
increase in the water level will reportedly allow the Tuben Kama hydroelectric power station in Chally
to boost its output.
According to a governmental source this program will require an
investment of 32 billion rubles. Kogogin told the press conference that the
republican government was negotiating with the federal government on granting
this program the status of "federal" for attracting federal transfer payments.
According to a governmental experts group if the program takes place 43
thousand hectares of land would be drowned in TR, 15 thousand in
Bashkortostan and 13 thousand in neighboring Udmurtia. Tatarstan's ministry
of economy and industry was ordered to discuss this perspective with the
governments concerned and to identify possible investors for this project.
6 More Deputies Elected For Tatarstan's Parliament
Final results of the second round of republican parliamentary elections
in 6 election areas of Tatarstan were announced on 11 April. According to
the Central Election Committee the turnout rate was "unexpectedly high" and
reached 30-40% of voters. Only in the Safiullin election area did the candidate Tatyana
Larionova representing the Kazan city administration intended to protest the
voting results. She told the republican media that she would insist on a
recount of ballots since her rival Alexander Shtanin was announced a
winner exceeding her rate with less than 1% of votes. The same day she
withdrew her claim from the CEC without deliberations with the committee.
Alexander Shtanin is a representative of the RIZ [Equality, Legality and
Legal Order] opposition party.
Children Of Chally Send Gifts To Gudermes
Agencies reported on 12 April that children of Tatarstan's second city
Chally prepared 40 packages of sweets and writing utensils to be sent to
children in the refugee camps in Gudermes, Chechnya. Gifts were prepared in the
volunteer "Chocolate Bar" operation .
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