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Baku rooftop water tanks dismantled, despite serious problems with water supply

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In Baku, water tanks are being removed from the roofs of high-rise buildings, which have been set up by locals to provide for cases when municipal water services are shut off.

Officials say that this needs to be done in order to replace old elevators and repair roofs.

Why do Bakuvians need water tanks

Baku is known for its problems with the local water supply. In some parts of the city, there is water for only a fe hours a day. In other areas, it is constant, but often there are interruptions or weak pressure.

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Therefore, citizens put big tanks on the roofs of their homes – the tank is connected by pipes to the water supply system and the apartment, and often a pump is also installed to make it easier to pump water into the tank.

Why are the tanks being taken down?

Public officials say that they the roofs of high-rise buildings will be repaired and modern elevators will be installed instead of old ones and that the water tanks are in the way of renovation work.

Chairman of the Housing and Utilities Association Ramsin Abdullayev says most of the water tanks on the roofs of buildings are installed above the elevator shafts and make it difficult to change them out.

Such an explanation was received by Baku resident Svetlana Krasnova:

“It’s been a month since all the tanks have been removed from our house. Every night the water is turned off, no one repairs the roof, the elevator does not change,” she complains.

In the five-story building where Arzu Khalilova lives, there is no elevator at all. But her water tank and the water tanks of her neighbors were also taken away. These cases gave rise to another official explanation: the tanks were removed so as not to spoil the view of the city.

Sometimes officials say that the tanks are being removed because they are no longer needed, and that very soon, all Baku addresses will have a constant water supply with normal pressure.

The state company Azersu has promised this for a long time, but has not yet kept its promise, however company officials have publicly stated that ‘removing water tanks is not within our purview.’

Tanks began being taken down six months ago in Baku, but the issue become more severe with the onset of summer.

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SOCAR rep clarifies poisoning incident at Azerbaijans Sumgait plant

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Thirteen employees of Azerbaijan’s Ustay company appealed to the management in connection with dizziness and nausea, Ibrahim Ahmadov, deputy head of the Public Relations and Event Management Department of the Azerbaijani state oil company SOCAR, told Trend on Nov. 16.

Ahmadov was commenting on the poisoning incident at the Sumgait plant.

Several media outlets spread the information about the mass poisoning at one of the Sumgait plants on Nov. 16. In accordance with the information, the poisoned people were SOCAR employees.

“The employees were sent to the Unikal clinic for a check-up,” the deputy's head said. "Ten of 13 people left the clinic to undergo treatment. Three people were transported to the toxicology department of the Clinical Medical Center."

Ahmadov stressed that the cause of their malaise is unknown.

"No gas leaks were detected in the company,” the deputy's head said. “Our employees from SOCAR, working in the adjacent territory, feel good. There are no problems."

So far, the cause of the incident is unclear.

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Azerbaijani President congratulates Sultan of Oman

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The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev has sent a congratulatory letter to the Sultan of Oman His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said on the occasion of the National holiday of the Sultanate of Oman, APA reports citing Presidential press-service.

The letter reads:

"Your Majesty,

It is on the occasion of the National holiday of the Sultanate of Oman that on my personal behalf and on behalf of the people of Azerbaijan I offer my cordial congratulations to you and through you, the people of your country.

On this prominent day, I wish strong health and success in every endeavor to you and everlasting peace and prosperity to the friendly people of Oman."

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Graham blocks resolution on the disputed Armenian issue

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Following a meeting with US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the US senator stood up to tell his colleagues they should not sugarcoat or rewrite history, according to TRT World.

On October 29, as Turkey celebrated the 96th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic in Washington, the House of Representatives voted 405-11 in favor of the resolution to recognize the alleged killings of Armenians under the Ottoman Empire in 1915.

The resolution was not legally binding unless the Senate passes it.

On Wednesday 13 November, US Senator Lindsey Graham blocked the passage of the resolution which would officially recognize the so-called Armenian genocide. Graham's objection came hours after he took part in a White House meeting with US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan alongside a group of Republican senators.

Graham objected to passing the resolution in the Senate, saying senators shouldn't "sugarcoat history or try to rewrite it".

The House vote came in the wake of Ankara's operation in northern Syria to secure its borders from the YPG/PKK terrorist organisation in order to establish a safe zone for Syrian refugees who are currently in Turkey.

The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist organization in the EU, US and Turkey. The YPG/PKK is responsible for more than 40,000 deaths in Turkey.

Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, who has faced corruption allegations in the past and been accused of “poor judgement” in accepting illegal campaign donations, has been one of the main people pushing for the Armenian resolution.

Graham, however, said that he was objecting to the resolution "not because of the past but because of the future" adding on the Senate floor that he hoped “Turkey and Armenia can come together and deal with this problem".

Erdogan has in the past repeatedly reiterated his call for historians to investigate the issue.

"If the US side really wants to act fairly, it should refrain from taking a political stand on a matter that historians should decide," Erdogan has said.

In recent times the main triggers of voting and blocking the Armenian resolutions have been related to politics and not humanitarian sensibilities.

The Turkish operation in Syria was this time the main impetus for this resolution there has also been a distinctly anti-Turkish shift amongst US politicians in the House and the Senate.

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