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Kazakh FM visits Turkey, discusses preparations for presidents’ summer meeting

ASTANA – During a two-day official visit to Ankara April 19-20, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other top officials to discuss preparations for the meeting of the two countries’ leaders in the summer and ways to boost Kazakh-Turkish cooperation. Abdrakhmanov conveyed greetings on …

Spina Bifida Public Association: raising awareness and breaking stigma

ASTANA – Spina Bifida Public Association (SBPA) was founded in 2015 by parents of children born with the disease to inform medical specialists, parents and the general public about the disorder. In an exclusive interview with The Astana Times, co-founders Anara Battalova and Aida Kolpakova shared their personal experiences...

Astana to build waste recycling plant using French technology

ASTANA – Astana plans to build a garbage recycling plant using French technology by September 2019 that will use wet and dry fractions technology to process up to 75 percent of the city’s waste. The technology was presented at the recent EXPO 2017. “The construction of the plant worth...

Kazakh FM visits Turkey, discusses preparations for presidents’ summer meeting

ASTANA – During a two-day official visit to Ankara April 19-20, Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and other top officials to discuss preparations for the meeting of the two countries’ leaders in the summer and ways to boost Kazakh-Turkish cooperation. Abdrakhmanov conveyed...

Kazakhstan resolves all Central Asian border issues, announces Kazakh President

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national borders with all bordering Central Asian nations have been legally delineated and all border issues have been resolved, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced after a recent meeting of five Central Asian nation presidents. “The key point is that Kazakhstan finally finished the agreement on demarcation...

Astana to host World Mining Congress in June

ASTANA – The Kazakh Ministry for Investment and Development will organise the 25th World Mining Congress, a large-scale event dedicated to mining and metal sector, June 19-21 in Astana. More than 2,000 delegates from 50 countries and 220 companies will participate. First held in 1958 in Poland, the World...

Three nature reserves to open as part of Sacred Kazakhstan initiative

ASTANA – Kazakhstan plans to open three new nature reserves, Sacred Kazakhstan Science and Research Centre Head Berik Abdygaliuly announced at a recent exhibit dedicated to the one-year anniversary of Kazakhstan’s National Identity Programme or Rukhani Zhangyru, inform.kz reports. “Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev initiated the idea and his administration...

Seven Veils of Eurasia exhibit reveals magical world of ballet

ASTANA – “Seven Veils of Eurasia,” an exhibit dedicated to the work of Russian photographer Alexei Kritsov and Belarusian sculptor Andrej Ostashov, opened April 12 in the ForteBank Kulanshi Art Space. The event includes more than 30 sculptures and 45 pictures reflecting the most important themes of our lives...

Traditional Kazakh belt wrestling tournament to be held in Almaty

ASTANA – Khalyk Barysy, the first national traditional Kazakh belt wrestling tournament, will be held May 7 as part of the Rukhani Zhangyru programme at the Sunkar International Ski Jumping centre in Almaty. The tournament is an effort to revive beldesu, Kazakh traditional belt wrestling, one of the oldest...

Hungarians, Kazakhs are almost relatives, says Hungarian cultural centre head

ASTANA – The people of Hungary and Kazakhstan, who share a nomadic past, are almost like relatives, said Hungarian Cultural Centre Head Aleksandr Papp. In a recent interview with The Astana Times, he marked common roots and historical circumstances among the key factors explaining their similarity. Uniting the small...

Rukhani Zhangyru – National Identity Programme: one year on

The health and strength of a nation, as we have witnessed repeatedly across the world, depends on more than just its economy. In fact, a clear, secure yet forward-looking sense of national identity and purpose can instead be the difference between those societies which struggle in testing economic times or fracture when faced with natural…

Ethics board to both prevent corruption and protect civil servants’ rights

The original meaning of the term of ethics was joint housing and the rules generated by co-residence, norms that unify the society, overcoming individualism and aggressiveness. With social development, the meaning was expanded and is now understood to mean a conscience, mercy, justice, solidarity, which direct moral development of social institutions and relations. In modern society,…