National news in brief

“3D-copies of artifacts relating to the history of Kazakhstan being kept in museums in other countries may appear in the National Museum of Kazakhstan,” Director of the new National Museum Darkhan Mynbay said at a July 4 Central Communications Service (CCS) briefing. “Our country has many unique artifacts that were taken abroad and are currently in other countries and museums. When this is a problem, intergovernmental agreements are often the solution. But there is another option as well, which is making 3D or 4D copies. So we’re going to show some artifacts in our exhibitions,” he said. According to him, museums are replenished this way all around the world. Kazakhstan-based experts are only now beginning negotiations. Moreover, the director of the museum said that the National Museum’s collection will be filled using conventional methods such as purchasing museum pieces after evaluations by specialised commissions, as well as through donations. The opening ceremony of the National Museum was held on July 2 with the participation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The museum building consists of seven units (2 to 8 floors) with a total area of 74,000 square metres, which contain archaeological, ethnographic, historical and cultural artifacts of Kazakhstan from ancient times to the present day. The museum has a hall for ancient and medieval history, a hall of gold, an ethnography hall, a hall celebrating independent Kazakhstan, an Astana hall and halls of modern art. There are also rooms for temporary exhibitions, restoration workshops, laboratories, storage facilities, a library with a reading room and conference rooms.

“Construction of EXPO 2017 facilities will be completed before October 2015.At that time, indoor work will begin,” head of the state-owned Astana EXPO 2017 National Company Talgat Yermegiyayev said on July 3. The central exhibition pavilion will be finished in December 2016, he reported to President Nazarbayev, who visited the construction site of the future exhibition. According to Yermegiyayev, it is planned to complete the zero cycle of EXPO City ahead of schedule. “We have corrected the schedule. Our zero cycle will be finished in October of this year,” Yermegiyayev said. Initially, it was planned to be finished in December 2014. The exposition will be held in the south eastern outskirts of the city, near the golf club, at the intersection of Shamshi Kaldayakov Street and the K-1 beltway. The exposition grounds cover 113 hectares. In addition to exhibition pavilions, this area will include residential complexes, a school, a kindergarten, a hotel, a congress hall and a large park. It is planned to build 26 facilities. Kazakhstan’s national pavilion will be a sphere with a diameter of 80 metres. The exhibition will last three months from June 10 to Sept. 10, 2017.

Secretary of the Security Council and Assistant to the President of Kazakhstan Kairat Kozhamzharov took part in National Guard command personnel exercises on July 9, which were held with the participation of the Ortalyk (Central) regional command units. The meeting of the Military Council of the National Guard was held as part of the event. The drills were summarised at the meeting and new tasks for the coming years were defined. At the meeting, Kozhamzharov emphasised the role of the National Guard in ensuring security and order. Instructions on improving the service were issued. Exercises in different areas were demonstrated during the event. Upon completion of the event, Kozhamzharov positively appraised the organisation and the exercises.

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