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Tajikistan (/tɑːˈkɪstɑːn/ (listen), /tə-, tæ-/; Tajik: Тоҷикистон, romanizedTojikiston; Russian: Таджикистан, romanizedTadzhikistan), officially the Republic of Tajikistan (Tajik: Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон, romanizedJumhurii Tojikiston), is a landlocked country in Central Asia. It has an area of 143,100 km2 (55,300 sq mi) and an estimated population of 9,537,645 people. Its capital and largest city is Dushanbe. It is bordered by Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north and China to the east. It is separated narrowly from Pakistan by Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor. The traditional homelands of the Tajik people include present-day Tajikistan as well as parts of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

The territory that now constitutes Tajikistan was previously home to several ancient cultures, including the city of Sarazm of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age and was later home to kingdoms ruled by people of different faiths and cultures, including the Oxus Valley Civilisation, Andronovo Culture, Buddhism, Nestorian Christianity, Hinduism, Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism and Islam. The area has been ruled by numerous empires and dynasties, including the Achaemenid Empire, Sasanian Empire, Hephthalite Empire, Samanid Empire and the Mongol Empire. After being ruled by the Timurid dynasty and the Khanate of Bukhara, the Timurid Renaissance flourished. The region was later conquered by the Russian Empire and subsequently by the Soviet Union. Within the Soviet Union, the country's modern borders were drawn when it was part of Uzbekistan as an autonomous republic before becoming a full-fledged Soviet republic in 1929. (Full article...)

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Ozoda Emomalievna Rahmonova (Tajik: Озода Эмомалӣ Раҳмон; born 3 January 1978) is a Tajikistani politician who is the daughter of Emomali Rahmon, the long-standing authoritarian leader of Tajikistan.

She is among the ten most influential women in Central Asia and 20 most influential individuals in Tajikistan. She has held several senior posts in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Rahmon appointed Rahmonova as the chief of staff in his presidential administration. (Full article...)

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... there are 24 licensed television broadcasting stations in Tajikistan as of 2009, though only 15 are though to be actively broadcasting?
There were an estimated 860,000 televisions in Tajikistan in 1991, approximately 1 for every 5.9 people.
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