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Nazarbayev, Putin note potential for expanding ties during Almaty meeting

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed bilateral cooperation and international issues Feb.27 in Almaty. During the meeting, Nazarbayev stressed the close and trusting relationship between the two countries. “This year marks 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between us. The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) was …

Pilot programme to teach Kazakh in Russian-language schools to launch in 2018

ASTANA – A pilot programme to teach the Kazakh language in Russian-language schools will launched in 2018, said Minister of Education and Science Yerlan Sagadiyev at a governmental meeting in late February. “Children in Russian-language schools do not speak Kazakh and this problem needs attention. A three-level communicative method...

Kazakh President, ATOM Project Hon. Ambassador nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

ASTANA – President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Honorary Ambassador of The ATOM Project Karipbek Kuyukov along with the international organisation Global Zero have been nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. Director of the Basel Peace Offices (BPO) Alyn Ware from Switzerland submitted the nominations, according to a...

Marriott’s top chef brings new flavours to Astana

ASTANA – Executive Chef Hery Sudarmanto has introduced a multi-cuisine concept to the Astana Marriott restaurants. His extensive work experience in the Middle Eastern countries such as the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, the Maldives and Indonesia enabled him to bring a taste of Asia to French-inspired menu. “Apart...

Expert consults citizens on IPO investments as privatisation advances

ASTANA – Forex Club information and analysis centre head Nikolai Ivchenko has advised citizens to invest funds intelligently when purchasing national companies’ shares at initial public offerings (IPOs), specifically, not to spend all their money on one particular company no matter how stable they are. “It is hard to...

Short film by Kazakh director to be shown at Cannes Short Film Corner

ASTANA – The “UltiO” short film directed by promising filmmaker Dias Azimzhanov has been accepted to the Cannes Short Film Corner, according to the Bolashak Association website. The psychological drama with elements of mysticism describes complicated relations between spouses, parents and children. “Submitting the film to the Cannes Festival...

Kazakhstan’s commitment to UN remains strong after 25 years of membership

Twenty-five years ago was a time of major change in the United Nations. The break-up of the Soviet Union saw applications from new countries charting their own course in the world for the first time since the global organisation was created. Kazakhstan was formally welcomed into the UN fold on March 2 along with eight…

Barys Astana to Play Traktor Chelyabinsk in First Round of Gagarin Cup

ASTANA – HC Barys finished fifth in the regular season of the Eastern Conference of the Continental Hockey League (KHL) and progressed to the Gagarin Cup playoffs for the eighth time. The previous season was the only season the Kazakh club failed to make the playoffs. Barys won 90...

Kokshetau: the area of blue lakes

ASTANA – Kokshetau is one of the most beautiful cities in Kazakhstan. The administrative centre of the Akmola region, it has a population almost 160,000 and territory of 42,700 hectares. The city is located among 14 beautiful lakes and mountains covered with dense coniferous forests. Burabai National Park is...