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 …

“We Were The World”. Canadian MDs felt global bond in crowd gathered to protest U.S.S.R. weapon test

“Olzhas! Olzhas!” the crowd roared whenever their hero took the stage. A year ago, Olzhas Suleimenov, a 50-year-old poet, founded a protest movement in Kazakhstan to stop the Soviets from testing their nuclear weapons in the Kazakh Desert. Now his admiring countrymen carry him on their shoulders as they march,...

Digital solutions reduce Astana crime rate, state bodies and IT developers to cooperate

ASTANA – Sergek video surveillance has helped police authorities detect approximately 2,000 administrative violations in the first half of the year, resulting in fines of more than 14 million tenge (US$38,787). The indicators were reviewed on the inaugural day of digitisation at the Astana Hub Aug. 10 for Akmola,...

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...

Nearly 5.5 million hectares in Akmola region digitised for improved agricultural production

ASTANA – Introducing digital transformation, or precise farming, is one of the main development directions of the Akmola region’s agro-industrial complex. The region’s 2,707 land users have digitised approximately 5.5 million hectares, reported Kazinform with reference to the regional communications service. By definition, e-agriculture involves designing, developing and applying...

Turkestan – ancient city traversing rich history

ASTANA – Turkestan, an ancient city in southern Kazakhstan near the Syr Darya River, boasts more than 1,500 years of rich history and numerous cultural and sacred sites preserved to this day. Located approximately 862 kilometres from Almaty and 168 kilometres from Shymkent, Turkestan is a great destination to...

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…