Kazakh President resigns, Senate Speaker to serve remainder of presidential term

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev stunned the nation March 19, announcing during a nationally televised address that he would be resigning the office he has held for nearly three decades. “As the founder of the independent Kazakh state, I see my future task in ensuring the coming to power …

Kazakh President resigns, Senate Speaker to serve remainder of presidential term

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev stunned the nation March 19, announcing during a nationally televised address that he would be resigning the office he has held for nearly three decades. “As the founder of the independent Kazakh state, I see my future task in ensuring the coming to...

Astana road mortality rate twice as low in 2018 as in 2017

ASTANA – The capital’s roads are the country’s safest, reports the Astana Akimat (city administration). According to a 2015 World Health Organisation Global Status Report on Road Safety, Kazakhstan’s road mortality rate per 100,000 people per year was 23.2. The rate was 11.5 per 100,000 people per year in...

Kazakh President, UAE Crown Prince discuss economic relations, attend Special Olympics ceremony in Abu Dhabi

ASTANA– President Nursultan Nazarbayev discussed economic, transport and digitisation cooperation among other topics with United Arab Emirates (UAE) Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan March 13-14 in Abu Dhabi. The two leaders also discussed cooperation in tourism, space...

Central Asian nations discuss security, environment and other regional issues in Tashkent

ASTANA – Experts from the Central Asian countries, and beyond, agreed at a Feb. 19-20 conference in Tashkent to continue supporting cooperation in security, connectivity and environmental issues at the Feb. 19-20 conference in Tashkent. The conference titled Interconnection in Central Asia: Challenges and New Opportunities brought together more...

Current Kazakh grain volume sufficient to meet domestic demand, says minister

ASTANA – The Kazakh grain market has seen positive growth in the past year. The volume reached 10.5 million tonnes, sufficient to meet the country’s domestic demand and satisfy export needs, said Minister of Agriculture Saparkhan Omarov at a March 15 press conference. Approximately 3.7 million tonnes are stored...

Routes Silk Road forum to be held this summer in Astana

ASTANA – Routes Silk Road 2019 approved the Kazakh capital as the next forum venue to discuss and develop air routes for the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East. The forum will gather 250 aviation company delegates July 15-17 to address challenges...

Spanish cinematographers to make film about Karlag labour camp

ASTANA – Spanish film and television production company called Plano a Plano is currently in negotiations with Kazakh Novyi Mir Production to make a movie about the events at the Karlag labour camp in Karaganda from 1940-1950, Minister of Culture and Sports Arystanbek Muhamediuly announced March 11 on his...

Khabar TV presents documentary about emerging boxing stars

ASTANA – Khabar TV previewed “Qazaq boks stıli” (Kazakh boxing style), a documentary directed by Kanat Beisekeyev, March 13 in the capital, reported the channel’s press service. The film detailing the life of Kazakh boxers in the U.S. will be released March 16. “Khabar TV has supported sports events...

One of Kazakhstan’s 100 New Faces found vocation in giving life

ASTANA – Andrei Kukharuk, one of Kazakhstan’s 100 New Faces, knew his purpose in life when he was a child. Today, he helps new lives come into the world. Kukharuk, a doctor and anaesthesiologist-resuscitator, was born in 1984. He graduated from Akmola State Medical Academy in 2008 with a...

Kazakhstan proud of gender equality efforts, continues to seek more equitable society

It is now well over four decades since the United Nations officially recognised March 8 as International Women’s Day. The annual event, which is marked around the world, has helped draw attention to the contribution of women to our societies which was over-looked for so long. It is a chance to celebrate the indispensable role…

Kostanai Region seeks major industrial investments while focusing on recreational and hunting tourism, Akim says

ASTANA – As the series of exclusive interviews with the regional governors in Kazakhstan continues, Akim (Governor) of Kostanai region Arkhimed Mukhambetov describes the efforts of his administration aimed at attracting major investments thanks to the specially created industrial zone, while its abundant recreational resources provide ample opportunities for developing tourism of various sorts. What…