Balandin wins gold, silver at US open swimming championship

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Olympic champion Dmitriy Balandin won silver Dec. 9, finishing a 200-metre distance in 2 minutes, 09 seconds 71 hundredths at the men’s breaststroke final of 2019 U.S. Open Swimming Championship in Atlanta, reported olympic.kz. Cody Miller was .04 seconds ahead of Balandin. Andrew Wilson closed the top three …

Nazarbayev University launches Kazakh-Chinese genetic analysis laboratory

NUR-SULTAN – Nazarbayev University (NU) launched its Kazakh-Chinese genetic analysis laboratory Dec. 5, reported russian.news.cn. “I am glad that the Nazarbayev University site is worthy of accepting serious scientific and clinical studies that require not only good equipment, but also good knowledge and specialists. For Nazarbayev University, it means...

Nur-Sultan medical organisations ready to implement compulsory medical insurance

NUR-SULTAN – As Kazakhstan prepares for the Jan. 1 launch of its Compulsory Social and Medical Insurance (CSMI), the capital Healthcare Department confirmed its readiness to implement the programme at the Dec. 10 city akimat (administration) meeting, reported its press service. CSMI is designed to increase the quality of...

Kazakh capital hosts latest round of Astana Process talks on Syria

NUR-SULTAN – The latest round of the Syrian talks, hosted Dec. 10-11 in Nur-Sultan, focused on the recent escalation of violence in Idlib in north-western Syria, emphasised the need to increase humanitarian assistance and ensure safe return of refugees and internally displaced people to their original place of residence...

EU launches three new programmes in Central Asia

NUR-SULTAN – Three programmes promoting regional integration in Central Asia were launched at the EU’s regional conference on Enhanced Integration for Prosperity in Central Asia Nov. 28. “We are very optimistic and looking forward to the implementation of these programmes, which relate to the rule of law, trade and...

Kazakh PM visits US and UK, oversees signing of multiple agreements

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin recently visited the United States and the United Kingdom to negotiate agreements on venture capital, digital technologies and healthcare, reports primeminister.kz. Mamin, as part of his visit to the United States, met Dec. 11 in San Francisco with the heads of global...

Nur-Sultan hosts 2019 National Tourism Awards ceremony 

NUR-SULTAN – The capital recently hosted the 2019 National Tourism Awards, given to the best vacation destinations and locations throughout Kazakhstan. The honours seek to stimulate competition among domestic tourism operators both locally and internationally. The awards, presented for the second year, named prize winners in 10 categories related...

Kazakh National Museum hosts Great Steppe Heritage event

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh National Museum recently hosted Great Steppe Heritage, a celebration dedicated to the museum’s fifth anniversary, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Sport. The programme is part of the Museum Parade national awareness raising campaign started in late August and still covering all regions...

Balandin wins gold, silver at US open swimming championship

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Olympic champion Dmitriy Balandin won silver Dec. 9, finishing a 200-metre distance in 2 minutes, 09 seconds 71 hundredths at the men’s breaststroke final of 2019 U.S. Open Swimming Championship in Atlanta, reported olympic.kz. Cody Miller was .04 seconds ahead of Balandin. Andrew Wilson closed the...

Bashkir Ethno-Cultural Centre promotes Bashkir culture

NUR-SULTAN – Akbuzat Bashkir Ethno-Cultural Centre in the capital, though relatively new, is active and motivated to promote its culture and traditions, especially among the youth. In an exclusive interview with The Astana Times, Chairperson Ural Aznabayev talked about the centre’s events and activities and how they attract the...

Kazakh Independence Day also celebrates three decades of international partnerships 

On Dec. 16, Kazakhstan once again celebrates its independence. Twenty-eight years ago, First President Nursultan Nazarbayev brought our nation into a new era. Thanks to the considerable efforts of many, Kazakhstan has developed into the leading economy of the region with a high profile on the global stage. Our...

Kazakhstan’s economic diplomacy: on solid footing and with clear goals in mind

Our country pursues a peaceful and friendly foreign policy towards all states with which it has established diplomatic relations. There are no substantive contradictions in the area of political cooperation with any of them. Moreover, we have the same or similar views on most issues of bilateral interaction and...