World chess champion debuts how-to-play book in Kazakh language

ASTANA – World chess champion Dinara Saduakasova recently presented her debut book, “Learning to play chess,” in the capital. The volume, which shares her experience and skills, is the first on the topic written in Kazakh. “It was not easy for me to write a book, because there was no such …

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Construction launched on Saryarka gas pipeline

Kyzylorda changes time zones to save electricity, improve public health

ASTANA – Beginning Dec. 21, Kyzylorda clocks will be turned back one hour, announced Regional  Akim (Governor) Krymbek Kusherbayev. According to experts, the transfer will eliminate physiological abnormalities affecting people’s health and cut electricity expenses. A video message from the head of the region’s residents is posted on the...

Astana finishes construction on 71 idle private housing projects

ASTANA – Astana officials have completed construction on 71 out of 100 residential housing projects in which construction began since 2015 but was never completed. “In early 2015, more than 100 incomplete objects were identified, for which there were complaints from residents who had purchased housing but did not...

Eurasian Economic Union leaders discuss trade, digital economy in St. Petersburg

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev participated in the Dec. 6 Supreme Eurasian Economic Council (EEC) and the informal summit of the leaders of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in St. Petersburg, Russia. The group discussed Russia’s 2018 chairmanship of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and increasing cooperation...

Domestic violence prevention laws should be more detailed, say Central Asian experts

ASTANA – The laws on domestic violence prevention in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan need to be developed and completed with more detailed prevention and protection mechanisms, according to experts from the countries. They emphasised domestic violence cannot be tolerated and should not be a social norm. The experts, speaking...

Kazakhstan’s 2018 socioeconomic development yields positive results, says prime minister

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s ministers reviewed the country’s socioeconomic development for the past year at a Dec. 11 government meeting, receiving positive assessment from Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev. Gross domestic product (GDP) growth has remained steady at 4.1 percent for the last three months, said Minister of National Economy Timur...

Morocco seeks Kazakh tourists, tourism agency partnerships

ASTANA – Morocco sees the potential for cooperation in the Kazakh tourism market, said the country’s first Ambassador to Kazakhstan Abdeljalil Saubry at the Dec. 5 inaugural Moroccan tourism day in the capital. The event gathered approximately 50 local tour agencies, five Moroccan tour operators and representatives of the...

Astana Opera adds Chopiniana and Scheherazade ballets to its repertoire

ASTANA – Astana Opera made a gift to capital residents and guests, presenting the premiere of the one-act ballets Chopiniana (Les Sylphides) and Scheherazade by choreographic art reformer Michel Fokine.   The premiere, staged Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, was devoted to the Day of the First President and the capital’s 20th anniversary celebration...

Kazakh driver Sultan Ibragimov makes impressive Formula 4 test debut

ASTANA – Fourteen-year-old Sultan Ibragimov will take part in the 2019 Formula 4 South East Asia Championship after completing the first test on the Sepang International Circuit Nov. 26-28 in Malaysia. He ran with the MERITUS.GP team during three days of testing. The test races became the first stage...

Poet Saule Doszhan introduces Kazakh life stories

ASTANA – Writer and poet Saule Doszhan, named an Honoured Art Worker of Kazakhstan in 2015, is the author of books based on touching true stories that raise social issues. Her works have been translated into world languages and her growing international recognition has inspired her to continue writing....

A new look at Kazakhstan’s history builds bridges to the future

Winston Churchill is among those credited with the observation that it is the victors who write the history books. He was reminding us that the version of history with which we are most familiar has often been biased in favour of those nations or regions that have enjoyed not just military but also political and…

Ruhani Zhangyru: Nazarbayev’s Model

The recent article by the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, titled “The Seven Facets of the Great Steppe”, which is in the continuation of his earlier article “Ruhani Zhangyru (Modernisation of Kazakhstan’s Identity): Future Course” published last year, deliberates upon civilisation’s aspects of the great steppe within the framework of history and its origin. In…