1. English is included in the list of compulsory exams for graduates of secondary schools in Turkmenistan. Early foreign language, as a subject of a narrow profile, was chosen by the graduates themselves. Compulsory state final exams are also native language and literature, algebra and the beginning of analysis, social science. The fifth exam is profile. Let us remind that more than 82 thousand young Turkmen citizens graduated from schools in the country this year.
2. Hero of Turkmenistan cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko is preparing to break the record for the duration of his stay in space. In October 2023, Oleg Kononenko and Nikolai Chub, as well as NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara, will travel on the “Soyuz MS-24” spacecraft to the International Space Station and spend almost a year on it. Thus, Oleg Kononenko can become the first person who has been in space for a total of more than 1000 days.
3. About 500 representatives of Turkmenistan will have the opportunity this year to study free of charge in the best universities in Russia. Of these, 355 quotas will be allocated for bachelor’s and specialist’s programs, 79 quotas for master’s programs, and 33 places for postgraduate and residency programs. The results of the selection within the quota established by the Government of the Russian Federation for the 2023/24 academic year are published on the official telegram channel of the Russian House in Ashgabat.
4. On June 3, in honor of the 210th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi, the Italian Embassy in Ashgabat, with the support of the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan, will organize a concert “VERDI”. The work of the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi is one of the greatest achievements of the world opera art. He created 26 operas, among which the most popular are “Un ballo in Maschera”, “Rigoletto”, “Il trovatore”, “La traviata”. His last operas “Aida”, “Othello” and “Falstaff” became the pinnacle of the composer’s work. The State Symphony Orchestra of Turkmenistan conducted by Rasul Klychev will perform on the stage of the National Music and Drama Theater named after Magtymguly. The concert starts at 19:00. Free admission.
5. From the Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov Charitable Foundation for Assistance to Children in Need of Care, funds are constantly allocated for various operations on children in the relevant medical institutions of the capital and velayats of Turkmenistan. More than 100 children have already undergone surgical treatment, more than 50 have undergone a medical examination and are provided with various necessary medical supplies. On the eve of the International Children’s Day, at the Scientific and Clinical Center for Maternal and Child Health, the International Cardiology Center of the DMMC, Turkmen specialists performed cardiosurgical, orthopedic and neurosurgical operations on 13 small patients from Ashgabat and the velayats of the country.
6. Designed and built in China, the large jet airliner C919 made its first flight. The cabin of the first Chinese passenger aircraft is designed for 164 passengers. The C919 was created by the China Commercial Aviation Corporation as an alternative to the foreign narrow-body Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Comac plans to produce up to 150 C919 aircraft per year.
7. A powerful typhoon “Mawar” is approaching the south of Japan. Now the typhoon is located southeast of the Japanese Islands, the wind speed is 45 meters per second, with gusts up to 60 meters. By the end of the week, the typhoon should hit the country’s southernmost prefecture, Okinawa. The typhoon is moving at a fairly low speed, so it is expected that the bad weather in the area will drag on. The authorities and the population are preparing for squally winds and prolonged precipitation.
8. The draw for the 2024 AFC Futsal Cup Qualifiers will be held on June 22 at the AFC Headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. The broadcast will start at 12:00 Ashgabat time. According to the results of the draw, 31 teams will be divided into 8 groups. The winners in each group, as well as the top 7 runners-up, will qualify for the Asian Futsal Cup Finals. Qualifying matches will be held from October 7 to 11.
9. Argentinean manager Mauricio Pochettino has taken over the job at “Chelsea”. The 51 years old has signed a two-year contract with an option to extend for another season. He will begin his new position on July 1. Pochettino’s last job was at “PSG”, which he left last summer. “Chelsea” finished 12th in the Premier League with 44 points in the 2022/2023 season. Since April, the team has been temporarily led by Frank Lampard.
10. Adrian Ebersbach, a 17 years old footballer from “Rapid” Bucharest, played in the matches for the national team of Turkmenistan at the championship of the Central Asian Football Association among the youth teams under 20. The CAFA-2023 championship matches were held from May 21 to 28 in Tajikistan. In addition to the national teams of Turkmenistan and Tajikistan, the teams of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan and Iran took part in the tournament. At the age of 13, Ebersbach moved to Turkmenistan, where he played for the Ashgabat team “Altyn Tach”. At the age of 14, the football player moved to Romania and now plays for the “Rapid” youth team.