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Kazakh junior hockey team wins hearts at World Juniors, retains spot in top division

ASTANA – The Kazakh junior hockey team retained its place in the top division at World Juniors after defeating Denmark 4-0 Jan. 4 in Vancouver, Canada. Team captain Sayan Daniyar and David Makutskiy scored first-period goals and Artur Gatiyatov scored a pair of empty-net goals during the last minutes of the …

First ice sculpture competition takes place in Astana

ASTANA – The Yessil District akimat (administration) organised Kazakhstan’s first ice sculpture competition in the capital Jan. 16 for professional international participants. The sculptures will decorate the main entrance to the city’s botanical garden through the end of February. The akimat chose the theme Middle Eastern Tales: 1,001 nights...

Almaty edible bouquet business to expand to Astana

ASTANA – Almaty businessman Dinmukhamed Baitukayev plans to open a store in Astana by Feb. 14, selling edible bouquets into the Astana market before Valentine’s Day. His company Cosmoberry already operates an edible bouquet service in Almaty and makes bouquets out of strawberries, fruits and chocolates. Baitukayev told The...

Kazakh-Slovak cooperation in 2019 to centre on trade, OSCE chairmanship and Central Asia, says Slovak envoy

ASTANA – In the year ahead, Slovakia and Kazakhstan are aiming to boost trade turnover and tourism, share international organisation leadership experiences and address problems faced by Central Asian countries, said Slovak Ambassador to Kazakhstan Milan Kollár in an interview with The Astana Times. “Throughout these years of bilateral...

Kazakh Culture and Literature Centre opens in Tashkent

ASTANA – The Kazakh Culture and Literature Centre opened at the Alisher Navoi National Library of Uzbekistan in Tashkent Dec. 26 as part of the Ruhani Zhangyru (Modernisation of Kazakhstan’s Identity) programme and the 2019 Year of Kazakhstan in Uzbekistan, reported inform.kz. Visitors can become acquainted with Kazakh traditions,...

Using early hip dislocation diagnostics is vital, says Kazakh paediatric orthopaedist

ASTANA – Kazakh paediatric orthopaedist Roza Karabekova has invented panties for newborn babies (up to three months) to prevent hip joint dislocation. She emphasises early diagnosis of the disease, up to age one, prevents further gypsum and splinting treatments. The knitted panties contain a small plastic element that prevents...

Kaiyndy Lake attracts thousands of tourists with unique underwater forests

ASTANA – Kaiyndy Lake near Almaty is artwork created by nature. Formed in 1911 as a result of the 7.7-magnitude Kebin earthquake (also known as Chon-Kemin earthquake), the natural disaster caused a landslide and rock avalanches that took many lives and destroyed numerous yurts, but formed a magnificent natural dam....

Anthologies of modern Kazakh prose and poetry to be distributed in 70 countries

ASTANA – Work is nearly complete to translate anthologies of modern Kazakh prose and poetry into Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish for distribution in 70 countries. The authors and translators met recently to finish the venture. “We are talking about preparing for the publication of anthologies of...

Czech Bílek appointed head coach of Kazakh national football team

ASTANA – Czech football manager and former player Michal Bílek was appointed Jan. 17 head coach of the Kazakh national football team, a post formerly occupied by Bulgarian football manager Stanimir Stoilov, reports the Kazakhstan Football Federation. Playing as right midfielder, Bílek represented Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic and...

High quality professional Kazakh language media products should be produced, says actor and voice over director

ASTANA – The Aray Media Group is the first company making professional Kazakh language dubbing according to the international standards in Kazakhstan. This is an important project to develop the Kazakh language, said the company’s Voice Over Director Shah-Murat Ordabayev in an interview to The Astana Times. He believes...

Emphasis on economic diplomacy positions Kazakhstan well to attract investment in times of growing competition

In today’s highly competitive global environment, economic and trade ties are an increasingly important part of international diplomacy. Nowadays, official government visits focus not only on international political issues, but also on developing closer economic cooperation, encouraging investment and promoting exports. Embassies deal with diplomatic and consular issues and also increasingly engage with foreign investors,…

Kazakhstan and its rapidly emerging role as a global conduit

It has been aptly said that in development economics, more than a scorecard of passive data and numbers, the true story is best perceived by naked human eyes. I bear testimony to the veracity of this adage, having recently returned from Astana, after attending a most stimulating deliberation of selected global thought leaders. Apart from…