Railway Workers' Day is celebrated in Russia this year on August 1st, RIA Novosti reports.Railway Workers' Day was the first professional holiday in Russia. It has been celebrated since 1896, when it was introduced by Tsar Nikolai the Second. The day was celebrated on the birthday of Tsar Nikolai the First (June 25th), during whose reign the first railways were constructed in Russia.
A well-known Chechen journalist, Malika Betieva, and four members of her family died today in car accident on the Grozny-Shatoy highway, RIA Novosti reports.As a result of the car accident on the Grozny-Shatoy highway five people died and two were injured. Among the dead is Malika Betieva, a 44-year old Chechen journalist and deputy editor-in-chief of a newspaper in the republic.
Four residents of Turkey were blown up by a terrorist mine in the Turkish province of Batman, Trend cites CNN Turk.Terrorists set fire to a gasoline pump on the Hassankeif highway and planted a mine there. Residents of the nearest village of Chembashi were blown up by this mine. Among the victims of the tragedy is Sedat Ozevin, chairman of the legal board in the province.The province of Batman is inhabited mainly by Kurds, and there are periodic skirmishes between Kurds and the police there.
Abkhazia is ready to receive children from various regions of Russia, who have become victims of forest fires."We are ready to receive 1000 children from the Russian regions where severe forest fires have occurred, and place them in the resorts of the country within the next few days," Abkhaz prime minister Sergei Shamba told Interfax.
A new earthquake in southern Iran has damaged many buildings, reports APA, citing svobodanews.ru. No casualities or injured people were reported. The epicenter was located near the town of Nehar in Kerman province. The magnitude reached 5.8 points. On Friday an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.7 points injured over 270 people in the north-western Iranian province of Horasan-Razavi.
Excessive heat has caused forest fires in the Shabransky region of Azerbaijan. According to the ANS television company, the fire broke out on the border of the Gubinsky and Shabransky regions, 8-10 km from the village of Zeyva. Two helicopters, three fire teams from Shabran and 12 teams from Guba are fighting the fire. Nevertheless, the fire is still approaching the forests around Guba.
A fire broke out at 14.00 on a segment of the Borjomi-Bakuriani road in Georgia. At the moment 2 hectares of forest are on fire. Firemen and forest rangers are unable to approach the burning area due to lack of road, reports Georgia Online. The Ministry of the Enviroment has already called for helicopters from the Georgian Interior Ministry. Rangers are now trying to put out the fire by human effort.