Short Documentary Portrays Lives of Kazakhs Working as Truck Drivers in US

ASTANA – A 23-minute documentary portraying difficulties Kazakh immigrants face working as truck drivers in the U.S. was released on Nov. 17, 2015 by Director Kanat Beisekeyev on his...


Eurasian Economic Commission to Welcome Dialogue with European Commission, Says Outgoing Chair

ASTANA – The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) became a globally-recognised entity during its first year of operation and in 2016 will continue to strengthen and seek to have a...


Shakespeare Lives

This year’s four hundredth anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare is not just an opportunity to commemorate one of the greatest playwrights of all time. It is a...


Police Forces to be Controlled by Akimats

A new law giving local agencies and local communities more control over local police activities came into effect Jan. 1. President Nursultan Nazarbayev approved the law in November 2015...


Astana Energy Companies Reduce Polluting Emissions

The Astana mayor’s office recently reported a 22 percent reduction of emissions’ volume from energy enterprises, leading to a “favourable” pollution rating. According to a city press release, 24,700...


Government Approves New Privatisation Plan for 2016-2020

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has approved a new list of privatisations in the public and quasi-public sectors, including shares of the 65 largest national companies that are part of holdings...


Economy Minister Discusses Oil Sector with Parliament, Says Petrol Prices Stable

Minister of National Economy Yerbolat Dossayev addressed the state of the country’s oil sector in remarks to Parliament, saying petrol prices in the country are stable. “Indeed, after the...


Looking Forward to No Less Interesting, Hopefully Less Challenging Year

It may not be – as is often wrongly suggested – an ancient Chinese curse but the saying “May you live in interesting times” nevertheless sums up in many...


Skriptonite Dominates Rap Scene

ASTANA – Adil Zhalelov, also known as Skriptonite, has quickly won the hearts of listeners with his fresh sound, great beat and true, sometimes explicit lyrics. The young and...


Kazakh Band Orda Wins Second Place in Türkvizyon Song Contest

ASTANA – The Kazakh band Orda took second place in the annual Türkvizyon Song Contest held Dec. 19 in Istanbul. The group performed “Olai Emes,” receiving 185 points. The...


Research: Aral Sea’s Age Doesn’t Exceed 24,000 Years

ASTANA – Research conducted by an international academic group has estimated the age of the Aral Sea does not exceed 24,000 years, reported the Nauka v Sibiri edition of the Russian...


Kazakh President Tells Ministry of Defence to Maintain Readiness to Meet Challenges

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev met with the leadership of the Ministry of Defence of Kazakhstan on Dec. 28 to discuss the results of the armed forces activities in...


Book about Chokan Valikhanov Presented in Moscow

ASTANA – “ChokanValikhanov,” a book by ZharylkapBeysenbaiuly about the Kazakh scholar, ethnographer and historian, was presented Dec. 14 at the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) headquarters in Moscow, reported FK...


Turkic-Style City to be Constructed in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Plans are underway to construct “New Kyzylorda,” a Turkic-style city on the left bank of the SyrDarya River, reported Tengrinews with reference to the Kyzylorda Akimat (regional...


Kazakhstan Supports, Participates in Implementing Iran Nuclear Deal

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev said Dec. 30 that Kazakhstan welcomes progress in implementing the agreement between the international community and Iran, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action...


Mazhilis Approves $1 Billion Loan from Asian Development Bank

ASTANA – A $1 billion loan will be provided to Kazakhstan by the Asian Development Bank, reported Tengrinews. Deputies of the Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) approved a draft...


Astana to Host ‘Religions against Terrorism’ Conference in May

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s capital will host an international conference titled “Religions against Terrorism” in 2016 as the country continues efforts to strengthen dialogue among religions and counteract extremist ideologies....


Tennis Popularity Grows in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Almost all regional centres in Kazakhstan currently have their own tennis complexes built to international standards. In the first half of December, Aktau and Kostanai launched recently-built...


Kazakhstan to Host Two Army Games Competitions in 2016

ASTANA – A delegation of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Defence recently took part in a conference in Moscow, along with 47 other state delegations, to discuss the 2016 International Army...


Kazakh Pole Acrobatics Break Stereotypes

ASTANA – Pole dancing has long been associated with strip and night clubs, but now it is considered to be a new form of performance art as well as...


Kazakhtelecom to Achieve 100 Percent Communication Digitisation by End of 2015

ASTANA – Kazakhtelecom plans to achieve 100 percent communication digitisation by the close of 2015 and support all state initiatives, significantly increasing the number of communications users and quality...


Kazakhstan Continues to Increase Gold Reserves

ASTANA – Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkey continue increasing gold reserves, The Washington Post and Bloomberg reported on Dec. 21, citing the International Monetary Fund (IMF). For Kazakhstan, November has...


Apostolic Nuncio Ends Mission in Kazakhstan, Honoured by Diplomatic Corps

ASTANA – The Kazakh Humanities and Law Institute (KAZGUU) Academic Diplomatic Club and the embassies of the Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Norway recently held an event in...


US Thanks Kazakhstan for Assistance in Implementing Nuclear Deal with Iran

ASTANA – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry thanked Kazakhstan along with other countries for their contribution in the implementation of Iran’s nuclear deal on Dec. 28. In a...


Geoglyphs, the Future of Kazakhstan Tourism?

There are only 12 countries where geoglyphs have been found. The geoglyphs in Kazakhstan are some of the largest, most frequent, oldest and beautiful. This makes them ideal to...


Kazakh FM Notes Key Challenge of Ensuring Economic Development, Reaffirms Commitment to Win-Win Concept

ASTANA – Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov recently said ensuring economic development in tough external circumstances, especially in light of the effect on commodity exports, is one of the...


Kazakh FM Says Multivector Foreign Policy Proves its Viability in Face of Challenges

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s multivector foreign policy has proven its effectiveness against the backdrop of growing challenges internationally, Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov said during a Dec. 23 press conference to...


EAEU Elects Kazakhstan 2016 Chair During Moscow Heads of State Meeting

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev took part in the meeting of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) in Moscow Dec. 21. Presidents...


Kazakhstan Temir Zholy Touts Achievements in Effort to Make Country Regional Transportation Hub

ASTANA – Kazakhstan Temir Zholy National Company (KTZ) President Askar Mamin said the company will create about 16,000 new jobs within the Nurly Zhol programme, that it will launch...


A Little Astana in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR – The smell of home-cooked food to a group of 20-year-old Kazakh students living in tropical Malaysia will always trigger memories of the delicious meals prepared by...


Kazakh President Says Sports and Horse Meat Keeps him Healthy

During a TV interview aired Dec. 13, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev was asked which diet he follows to stay in shape. “According to internet sources, many heads of state...


Music Will Keep Us Alive, Otyrar Sazy Conductor Says

Dinzukhra Tlendiyeva, artistic director and principal conductor of the Otyrar Sazy Orchestra, gives performances on the country’s main stages dedicated to the 90th anniversary of her father, Nurgisa Tlendiyev,...


Artist Promotes Positive, Moral Lifestyle

Last year, illustrator and painter Ansagan Mustafa made a debut with an exhibition called “Soile suret” in Astana, featuring highlights of her work between 1995 and 2012. The same...


Kazakhstan, EU Sign Landmark Agreement

ASTANA ­– Kazakh Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini signed a new Kazakhstan-EU agreement on enhanced partnership and...


President Nazarbayev Notes Timeliness of EXPO 2017’s Future Energy Theme

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev had an informal interview with national TV journalists Yerlan Iginisov of 24KZ and Beisen Kuranbek of Kazakhstan that was shown on Dec. 13. As...


Kazakh Junior Hockey Team Takes Bronze in IIHF World Championship, Stays in Division I

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s junior national ice hockey team beat hosts Austria 5:2 to win bronze at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship under 20, Division I Group A, on...


Kazakh President Establishes New Civil Service Ministry

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a decree to establish the Ministry of Civil Service to improve the civil service and counter corruption, the Akorda’s press service reported on...


Nazarbayev Launches Projects in Key Economic Sectors

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev launched 18 new industrial projects in eight priority fields of the economy during New Kazakhstan Industrialisation and the Results Achieved in 2015 national teleconference...


Kazakh Woman Ranks Second at World Bodybuilding Championship

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Ulpan Nurbekova won silver at the World Bodybuilding and Physique Sports Federation (WBPF) World Championship, Vesti.kz reported Dec. 10. Competitions were held in Thailand’s capital city,...


City’s Biggest Ice Town Attracts Attention

ASTANA – Ice towns and rinks have become traditional entertainment places for city residents and guests. This year, the capital is presenting four areas with different sculptures and slides,...


When Hollywood Iconic Characters Start Speaking Kazakh

ASTANA – What a pleasure it is to have one’s favourite films professionally dubbed instead of having to read subtitles. Dubbing particularly enhances the experience for children to have...


Curling: A Sport for Everyone and for Life, Says National Association Head

ASTANA – Curling is considered to be an unusual sport for Kazakhstan. It first appeared in the country in 2003, yet the national team has already shown good results....


Behind Scenes of “La Bayadère,” Astana Opera’s Last Premiere of the Year

ASTANA – On the eve of the New Year, the main holiday season throughout the world, the Astana Opera is planning to close 2015 with a grand and extraordinary...


Baigazin’s “Over the City” Film Project Receives Hubert Bals Fund Grant

ASTANA – The “Over the City” film project directed by Emir Baigazin received a prestigious grant amounting to 10,000 euros from the Hubert Bals Dutch fund. The grant is...


Universiade 2017 to Help Position Kazakhstan as Major International Event Host

ASTANA – Although Almaty lost the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympics to Beijing, the country hopes to be in contention in the future. And the upcoming Universiade...


Tennis Centre Opens in Kostanai

ASTANA – A tennis centre created for children opened Dec. 12 in Kostanai, the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation press service announced. During the opening ceremony, the region’s akim (mayor) Arkhimed...


Naval Forces Commander-in-Chief Awards Country’s Best Military Sailors

ASTANA – In Aktau, Commander-in-Chief of Kazakhstan’s Naval Forces and Armed Forces, Rear Admiral Zhandarbek Zhanzakov summed up the activities of these troops for the current year, according to...


Developing New Understanding of Research

The Stratagem project was awarded a special sponsor’s prize from multimedia company AVID at the Reimagine Education Awards. The higher education event, organised annually by QS World University Rankings...


State Pensions Are Secure, Says President

Talking with journalists for an interview televised Dec. 13, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev explained the reason for the transition of the United Accumulated Pension Fund to the private sector,...


SCO Prime Ministers Meet in China, Focus on Boosting Economic Ties in Times of Crisis

The 14th meeting of the Council of heads of government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states took place Dec. 14 in Zhengzhou (Henan province), China, reported the...