National News in Brief

A Community Council responsible for overseeing the implementation of Kazak President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s Five Social Initiatives was recently established the Karaganda region. Its members represent political parties, the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan, non-governmental organisations and other civic institutions. It is first regional community council created in Kazakhstan, Kazinform reports. In the region, preparations for implementing each social initiative are underway. Approximately 5.7 billion tenge (US$17.5 million) will be allocated for microcredits in the region this year. In 2019, it is planned to begin construction of four student hostels. The Community Council is also focused on a gasification project.

More than 4,800 citizens have suffered tick bites since the beginning of spring, according to a sanitary and epidemiological monitoring centre. Tick attacks were registered in four regions of Kazakhstan with 1,230 cases in Almaty, 2,121 in the Almaty region, 1,389 in the East Kazakhstan and 91 cases in the Akmola region. Six Lyme borreliosis disease cases were recorded in the East Kazakhstan region and Almaty. Tick-borne encephalitis was detected only in the Almaty region.

Head of the Kostanai region Arkhimed Mukhambetov recently gave an update on the Ruhani Janghyru programme in the region. Approximately 178 million tenge (US$546,000) has been spent building a specialised school. The school specialises in information technologies and will attract gifted children from the region. Also, 21 digital technologies classes worth 172 million tenge (US$527,000) were opened in the region. More than 100 schools with local history museums have been opened to feature famous people from the Kostanai region.

Costume designer and art director Ezio Frigerio was honoured recently with the prestigious state award in Kazakhstan. Minister of Culture and Sport Arystanbek Mukhamediuly awarded Frigerio the Dostyk Order of the II Degree in Astana for his contribution to developing Kazakhstan and strengthening cooperation between Kazakh and Italian people. Frigerio has collaborated with director Giorgio Strehler on multiple occasions, including “I gigantic della montagna” (1966), “Santa Giovanna dei macelli” (1970), “Re Lear” (1972), “Il temporale” (1980), “L’Illusion Comique” (1984), Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro,” “Don Giovanni” and “Cosi fan tutte.” Frigerio helped develop many outstanding opera and ballet plays at the Astana Opera. Together with his spouse Italian costume designer Franca Squarciapino, they helped develop musical theatre in Kazakhstan. They worked on Zhubanov’s Abai, Prokofyev’s Romeo and Juliet and Sleeping beauty, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and many more operas staged in Astana.

The KazSat satellite system has earned 20 billion tenge (US$61.3 million) since the start of its operation. Now it is operating normally and supports the needs of 15 communication and broadcasting operators across Kazakhstan. As of today, the archive of satellite images around the world is more than 685 million square kilometres, 35 million square kilometres of which cover the territory of Kazakhstan. This year, it is planned to launch two more satellites created by a joint team of engineers from Kazakhstan and a British company.

Well-known Hollywood will be dubbed in Kazakh, Kazinform reports.  Bolashak Association Corporate Fund, Disney Company and Meloman are going to launch a unique project on dubbing Hollywood classics and blockbusters in Kazakh. The project is part of the Ruhani Janghyru programme. Twenty-three Hollywood films have already been dubbed. Children cartoons and animated movies dubbed in Kazakh are popular in the country. This year, cinemas will show four animated movies dubbed in Kazakh.

Get The Astana Times stories sent directly to you! Sign up via the website or subscribe to our Twitter and Telegram!