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Lagarde: Kazakhstan Is a Country with a Promising Future

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde pays her first ever visit to Astana on May 24 to discuss with Kazakh and regional authorities how to address the economic challenges and put Kazakhstan and the region on the right track to growth and prosperity. In this interview with the …

Kazakh Land Code Commission to Continue Work as Changes Spark Unauthorised Rallies

ASTANA – A second meeting of the special Land Reform Commission took place in Astana on May 21 in a continued effort to calm public sentiment over recent land code changes that have sparked sporadic, and unauthorised, public rallies. The changes, which involve agricultural lands, were put on hold by...

EAEU to Focus on Relations with Non-Member Countries in 2016

ASTANA – Improving the Eurasian Economic Union’s (EAEC) relationships with outside countries will be among the organisation’s 2016 priorities, according to a press release from the Kazakh Prime Minister’s press service. “ year of deepening the Eurasian Economic Union’s economic relations with third countries and key...

Open Air Cross-Fit, Yoga, Zumba at Astana’s Central Park

ASTANA – Fitness Park Astana, featuring popular exercises in the capital’s Central Park, is the place to be every Sunday from 10 a.m-1 p.m. The open air event includes cross-fit, yoga, combat battle, cardio-zone and Zumba guided by qualified fitness trainers, with interest in yoga continuing to increase among...

Construction Launches in Akmola Region on Central Asia’s Largest Solar Power Plant

ASTANA – Construction began May 20 on a new 100 MW solar plant 40 kilometres from Astana in the village of Kabanbai Batyr. Production is expected to begin next year. A biogas plant is planned to be built next to it and will operate on organic waste. Both projects...

Astana Opera Presents Concert in Honour of Yerkegali Rakhmadiyev

ASTANA – The musical compositions of great Kazakh composer Yerkegali Rakhmadiyev were performed May 13 in the capital at the Chamber Hall of the Astana Opera. The concert “Tan Samaly” (A Morning Wind) featured the laureates of the First International Rakhmadiyev competition who are acclaimed musicians, according to the...

Believers Cannot Remain Silent When Violence Is Done in Their Name

Viewed through the lens of recent events it might be easy for some to lay the blame for extremism and terrorism firmly on religion. To do so would be a mistake. Radicalism thrives where inequality and injustice hold power. Violence is a symptom of this environment, consigning those trapped in these areas to a downward…

Astana Hosting AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships

ASTANA – The Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) women’s world championships opened May 19 in the capital. This year, the tournament’s already high status rose even further. In the rings inside Barys Arena, not only world championship medals, but licenses to participate in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio...

Karaganda: Industrial, Historic, Cultural and Modern City

ASTANA – From renowned universities and historic and cultural venues to bowling, nightclubs and concert halls, Karaganda is one of Kazakhstan’s largest industrial, economic, science and cultural centres. “Karaganda was a city of mine workers and is very industrial. Authentic cotton fabric garments made in Karaganda are ecologically clean...