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Shymkent Activists Bring Healing Power of Art to Children’s Hospitals

ASTANA – The KazAlliance community in Shymkent recently painted the walls of the children’s neurosurgery and oncology departments of its regional children’s hospital with bright colours and vivid images. Instead of grey walls, there are now pictures of butterflies, flowers and cartoon characters. All this is not only for beauty, but …

Environment Friendly Buses and Bike Rental Service Improve Shymkent Public Transport

ASTANA – A new automated bike system and a fleet of environmentally friendly buses will be changing the nature of transport in Shymkent soon. Shymkent Bus, a new transport company using environment friendly buses, will begin operating in the city soon. The company has signed a memorandum with the...

Berlin Eurasian Club Conference Seeks Ways to Bring EAEU, EU Together

ASTANA – Kazakh officials asked for German support in bringing the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and the EU together at the July 15 meeting of the Berlin Eurasian Club dedicated to that topic. The meeting was organised by the Institute of World Economics and Politics, supported by the Library...

Outdoor Public Pool Opens in Downtown Astana

ASTANA – A swimming area featuring three separate pools of various lengths and depths for family enjoyment opened in early July in the capital’s central park. Serik Uaissov, 26, brought his whole family for an afternoon of splashing in the water. “I knew a long time ago that the...

Kazakhstan’s GDP Grows Slightly in First Half of 2016

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s economy is still growing due to timely anti-crisis measures taken by the government and the National Bank, according to Minister of National Economy Kuandyk Bishimbayev. From January to June 2016, gross domestic product grew by 0.1 percent compared with the corresponding period in 2015, he announced...

Astana Opera Closes Out Third Season

A grand gala concert marked the end of Astana Opera’s third opera season July 16 with a staging of the famous grand pas from the ballet “Paquita” in the theatre’s Great Hall. The ballet was staged by Artistic Director of the Astana Opera ballet troupe and Honoured Art Worker...

Kazakhstan to Continue Successful Economic Course in Globally-Linked Economy

The decision by the IMF to reduce global growth forecasts was a reminder, if one were needed, of how global economies are now inextricably linked. It was the latest sombre response to the U.K.’s Brexit vote, which the IMF said had “thrown a spanner in the works” for world prospects. The IMF’s downward re-appraisal was…

East Kazakhstan Region’s Deputy Governor Becomes a National Powerlifting Champion

ASTANA – Deputy Akim (Governor) of the East Kazakhstan region Dimitry Garikov recently became Kazakhstan’s powerlifting champion, reported Tengrinews July 8. Soon he will participate in the Asian Championship, which will be held this fall in Tashkent. Also three deputies (members) of Semey Maslikhats (local representative bodies) succeeded in...

Karkaraly – Town of History and Nature

ASTANA – One of Kazakhstan’s oldest towns surrounded by rich nature and small wooden houses on narrow streets, Karkaraly reminds visitors of villages in Switzerland. The relaxing suburban getaway is the perfect spot to breathe fresh air at a national park, ride a bicycle down smooth slopes, stop by...