National News in Brief

– Top representatives of their occupations will receive Yenbek Ardageri (Kazakh for “Veteran of Labour”) medals, which honour workers in different sectors of the economy and people of retirement age with more than 40 years in the labour force, at least 10 in one sector and top results, Deputy Minister of Healthcare and Social Development Daulet Argandykov said at a Sept. 25 Central Communications Service (CCS) media briefing. Argandykov noted that representatives of 14 regions and Almaty and Astana cities would take part in the events, as would leaders of the trade union movement, business community and international organisations. Argandykov also announced winners in the labour dynasty, veteran of labour, mentor, labour future and innovations and development in labour categories would be awarded during the celebration of Kazakh Labour Day marked on Sept. 28.

– “Kazakhstan created a great heritage in the spiritual sphere in a short period of time. The Cultural Heritage Programme helped to achieve it,” member of the Mazhilis (lower chamber of Parliament) Kuanysh Sultanov said at a Sept. 25 Central Communications Service (CCS) briefing. “Sufficient funds allocated over the years of this programme had a positive impact on the restoration of the history and culture of the nation and helped create a greater heritage in the spiritual sphere of Kazakhstan,” he said. A programme to restore the national culture and culture of all the ethnic groups living in Kazakhstan is being implemented, he said. “All of the people living in our country have a positive attitude toward spiritual harmony, and we also need to build the national history. Over 20 theatres were built over the independence years and some of the old ones were reconstructed and repaired. In the 1990s, we were about to lose our connection to our culture; now we restore it,” Sultanov said.

– Kazakhstan is among only a few countries where unique cardiac surgeries are performed, said representatives of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development at a Sept. 24 media briefing. According to the ministry representatives, highly qualified specialists have been trained in the country over recent years and doctors have been provided with necessary medical equipment. Kazakhstan has joined the top 22 countries performing high-tech, open-heart surgeries. The most unique are surgeries to implant ventricular assistance devices (VAD). A total of 124 patients have had VADs implanted since November 2011. Seven successful heart transplantations have been performed as well.

– A presentation of projects implemented within an EXPO 2017 programme to develop eco-friendly energy sources in Kazakhstan for 2013-2017 was held at the LedSystemMedia company located in the Astana-New City special economic zone on Sept. 24. The programme is financed by the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan; the presentation highlighted promising scientific and technical projects developed by Kazakh scientists to be presented at EXPO 2017. Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Gulshara Abdykalikova, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Commissioner of EXPO 2017 Rapil Zhoshybayev, Chairman of the Board of the Astana EXPO 2017 National Company Talgat Yermegiyayev, Chairman of the Board of Samruk-Energo Almasadam Satkaliyev, Chairman of the Board of Samruk-Green Energy Zomart Mominbayev, representatives of the akimat (city administration) of Astana and the Ministry of Education and Science and heads of national companies and leading energy companies attended the presentation. The presentation displayed functioning energy units and multimedia models of equipment for renewable and alternative energy sectors, energy supply, energy efficiency and holography.

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