Caspian Sea nations sign historic convention laying solid framework for use of resource-rich sea

AKTAU – After two decades of diplomatic efforts, the five Caspian Sea nations signed the convention on the water reservoir legal status that had been in the works since 1996. In addition, six more documents were signed on various aspects of cooperation. The convention and the agreements were signed on the …

Qurban Ait – festival of kindness and friendship

ASTANA – Qurban Ait (Eid al-Adha), one of two main Islamic holidays, is being celebrated Aug. 21 – 23 this year. The holiday, mostly associated with sacrificing an animal, symbolises kindness and generosity, friendship and mutual understanding for many Kazakh citizens. According to Islamic tradition, Muslims throughout the world...

Astana’s first knitting festival incorporates creativity and social justice

ASTANA – Astana’s first knitting festival Brain Yoga of the 21st Century gathered professional and amateur knitters in the nation’s capital Aug. 16. Astana residents weathered rainy conditions to attend the event dedicated to their favourite pastime, reports Inform.kz. “With the support of the Astana Akimat (city administration), we...

Caspian Sea nations sign historic convention laying solid framework for use of resource-rich sea

AKTAU – After two decades of diplomatic efforts, the five Caspian Sea nations signed the convention on the water reservoir legal status that had been in the works since 1996. In addition, six more documents were signed on various aspects of cooperation. The convention and the agreements were signed...

Aral Sea being revived, partially, as fishing recovers

ASTANA – The Aral Sea and its fishing industry, one of the biggest man-made ecological disasters, is recovering, reported express-k.kz. The sea, situated between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, produced 23,000 tonnes of fish in 1946. Fifty years later, the figure had plummeted to just 30 tonnes. For the last few...

Kazakhstan to introduce online insurance next year

ASTANA – Starting in 2019, Kazakh citizens will be able to complete insurance contracts online, Kazakh National Bank press service reported recently. The changes in the country’s legislation adopted July 2 allow online insurance and legitimisation of insurance policies in electronic format, including in relation to both compulsory and...

Kazakhstan invests in Mangistau region infrastructure to increase tourism

ASTANA – Just a few years ago, the Mangistau region could attract visitors only for its wilderness. Now, it is receiving significant investment to create infrastructure and make it a popular destination. The region, on the shores of Caspian Sea, offers numerous historic tourist and pilgrimage sites such as...

Kazakh singer NAsia brings passion and authenticity to jazz

ASTANA – Kazakh singer Naziya Alzhanova, better known to her listeners as NAsia, is making waves at home and abroad in jazz, funk, blues and soul. In an interview with The Astana Times, she talked of her humble beginnings, recent projects and long-term aspirations. Alzhanova’s rousing performance of Etta...

Legendary boxer Roy Jones meets with Kazakh national team boxers

ASTANA – Legendary boxer Roy Jones, 1988 Olympic Games silver medalist and many times world champion, recently met with boxers from the national boxing team of Kazakhstan in Astana. Jones’s visit was a surprise. He had been attending an event in a region and knew the national team was...

Evangelical Lutheran Archbishop: Religious harmony in Kazakhstan means respecting our faith, respecting others’

ASTANA – Yuri Novgorodov, Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kazakhstan and representative of the World Lutheran Association, discussed church activities, the role of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions and relations with the other confessions in Kazakhstan with The Astana Times. “The mission of...

Regional, international cooperation key to preserving trans-boundary rivers, lakes

Whatever the extraordinary progress of the last century, it was also an era in which the reckless exploitation of natural resources and casual damage to the environment took place at an unprecedented speed and scale. Man’s deliberate and accidental actions have altered our planet in ways which we are only now beginning to fully comprehend.…

Let us recapture the fervour of the first antinuclear weapons activists

On Aug. 29, 1949 in Kazakhstan at the Semipalatinsk Nuclear Test Site at 7 o’clock in the morning, an explosion thundered. This was the first test of nuclear weapons in the USSR. In total, 456 nuclear explosions were conducted at the test site, 116 of which were atmospheric explosions. Experts calculated that the total capacity…