Domestic Oncology Not Perfect But Developing, Expert Says

ASTANA – While Kazakh cancer care is not yet delivered in five-star surroundings, the quality of treatment has improved by leaps and bounds in the last few years, thanks...


Excitement Builds for Broadcast of ‘Kazakh Game of Thrones’

It has been an extraordinary hit. With fans in 170 countries and said to be the most pirated programme in TV history, the team behind Game of Thrones must...


Kazakh Senate Ratifies Free Trade Agreement between EAEU and Vietnam

ASTANA – Members of the Kazakh Senate have adopted a law “On ratification of the free trade agreement between the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and its member states on...


Successfully Hosting EXPO 2017 Is Very Important for Kazakhstan

Astana EXPO 2017 is a priority project for Kazakhstan. This is the first time an international exhibition of this kind will be held in the former Soviet Union area....


Crimean Artist Creates Sand Animation about Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Famous Crimean artist and sand animation performer Kseniya Simonova has dedicated her new film to Kazakhstan, reported Kazpravda.kz on Feb. 9, citing Argumenty I Fakty Crimea. The...


Hungarian Books Reflecting Historic Ties with Turkic Peoples Presented in Astana

ASTANA – The scientific legacy of Hungarian orientalists and the Magyar people’s historical ties with Turkic-speaking peoples were discussed at a roundtable in the city’s International Turkic Academy’s (ITA)...


Kazakhstan Takes Bronze at Euro Futsal 2016

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s national team caused a sport sensation, taking bronze in their debut at the European Futsal Championship (Euro Futsal 2016) held in Belgrade Feb. 2–13. Kazakhstan’s team,...


Kazakh Painter Conquers European Art Scene, Brings Inspiring Story to World

ASTANA – Almaty native Tolkyn Sakbayeva, 25, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a child. Yet the artist has overcome her physical challenges to allow her talent and inner...


Tea vs. Coffee: Comparing Cultures and their Role in Kazakh Society

ASTANA —  Kazakhs have been drinking tea for thousands of years, while some are only starting to drink coffee. Why do residents prefer one hot drink over the other...


Historic Meeting to Help Eliminate Misunderstandings and Suspicions

“Historic” is an adjective all too often applied to many events, occasionally even in this newspaper. But no one can doubt the historic nature of the meeting between Pope...


Kazakhstan’s Major Banks Seek Innovations with ‘Hackathons’

ASTANA – The development time for new technologies dictates its rules to the financial sector. The country’s two major banks – Halyk Bank and Kazkommertsbank – organised trending hackathons...


Kazakhstan’s First McDonald’s to Open in 2016

ASTANA – For quite a long time it was uncertain if McDonald’s would appear in Kazakhstan. After many years of debate, two McDonald’s fast-food restaurants will now finally open...


Young Kazakh Entrepreneurs Seek to Save Aport Apple

ALMATY – Two Almaty entrepreneurs are using new media and technology in their quest to restore Kazakhstan’s famous, but threatened, Aport apples. The young businessmen launched an apple orchard...


Nazarbayev Pushes for Almaty’s Better Preparedness for 2017 Universiade

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev instructed the government in collaboration with the 2017 World Winter Universiade organising committee and Almaty’s akimat (city administration) to take all measures to...


FM Idrissov: The World Supports a Vision of a Nuclear-Weapons-Free Planet

Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly session last September, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev put forward a number of major international initiatives, including adopting the Universal Declaration for the...


Mysteries of One of Capital’s Creepiest Escape Rooms

ASTANA – They say only great despair may bring light to treasures of the human intellect, but what if aside from despair alone, you’re being chased by the serial...


EBRD Loans $103 Million to Upgrade Almaty-Astana Highway

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has extended a $103 million loan to support upgrades to a stretch of the highway that connects Kazakhstan’s capital with its largest...


New Online Store Sells Products Made by the Physically Challenged

ASTANA – InvaMade, a new online store launched Feb. 5 in Almaty, is hoping to serve as a window of opportunity for Kazakh citizens with physical challenges to earn...


Almost One Million People Receive Kazakhstan Citizenship since 1992

ASTANA – A total of 963,540 people received Kazakhstan citizenship from 1992-2015, with the vast majority (858,661) being ethnic Kazakhs wishing to immigrate back to Kazakhstan (known in Kazakh...


OSCE/ODIHR Election Observation Mission Head Pledges Objective Monitoring, Stresses Focus on Process

ASTANA – Observers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) will monitor Kazakhstan’s March 20 early parliamentary elections in...


France Supports, Seeks Inspiration from Astana EXPO 2017

France stands by Kazakhstan in the perspective of the upcoming international exhibition in Astana in 2017, whose candidacy has always been supported by my country to the Office of...


Kazakhstan Committed to Competitive, Transparent and Fair Elections, Foreign Minister Says

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is committed to holding competitive, transparent and fair elections, Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov said at a Feb. 17 meeting with the head of the observation mission...


Election Commission Releases Early Mazhilis and Maslikhat Nomination Information

ASTANA – The Central Election Commission (CEC) held a briefing Feb. 12 devoted to the election campaign of deputies of the Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament) and maslikhats of Kazakhstan....


More than 6,000 Kazakh Citizens Received Microcredits in 2015

ASTANA – The Employment Road Map programme functioning since 2011 is already bearing fruit, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection Bauyrzhan Nurymbetov said recently at a Central Communications...


Short Film by Kazakh Director to be Shown at Cannes

ASTANA – “Tragiometry,” a short film by Kazakh director Tatyana Kim, will participate in Short Movie Corner (The Court Metrage) within the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. The event...


Kazakh Khanate Series Shows World Historic Period before Independent Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Inspired by popular television series like “Game of Thrones,” “Genghis Khan” and “Magnificent Century” with thought-provoking screenplays, battle scenes and palace intrigue, the makers of “Kazakh Khanate”...


A Touching Documentary on Children Who Defeated Cancer Filmed in Almaty

ASTANA – A film created with the assistance of the Amila public fund, which assists cancer patients, has been produced within the framework of a project for the psychosocial...


Iran Introduces Protective Duties for Kazakh Grain Imports

ASTANA – The Iranian government recently introduced protective duties for the import of Kazakhstan grain to protect its domestic market, according to President of Aktau International Seaport Mikhail Yalbachev. This...


Kazakhstan, Russia Fight Together Against Agricultural Pests

Kazakh and Russian experts held a meeting on plant protection and locust control in cross-border regions on Feb. 9 in Aktobe, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry...


New Trajectories of Civil Service Reform in Kazakhstan

In December 2012, President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev presented his vision of Kazakhstan in 2050, which aims to enter the country in the top 30 most-developed countries. One of...


India Willing to Demonstrate its Innovation-Led Growth at EXPO 2017

Indian officials told EXPO 2017 Commissioner and Kazakhstan’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Rapil Zhoshybayev during his Feb. 12 visit that India, one of the top 10 states generating alternative...


Astana Pro Team Cyclist Andriy Grivko Wins La Méditerranéenne

ASTANA – Astana Pro Team rider Andriy Grivko won the overall standings of the stage race La Méditerranéenne, which recently took place on the roads of Spain, France and...


‘Khorgos-Eastern Gate’ Intends to Create Favourable Business Environment for Investors

The Khorgos Dry Port on the border with China plans to update its operations to better attract investment to the region, reported the press office of the Kazakhstan Temir...


Independent Athlete’s Anti-Doping Commission Set Up in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – An independent anti-doping commission (AIC) has been created in Astana, according to the Kazakh National Olympic Committee’s (NOK) press office. The main purpose of this independent entity...


Nature, Health Therapy Combine at Country’s Top Therapeutic Wellness Resorts

ASTANA – Health and wellness resorts are an excellent getaway from a dusty, noisy and stress-driven urban life. Many residents living in the capital and other big cities pack...


Country Secures 20 Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games Slots

ASTANA – Twenty bids have been won by Kazakhstan for the Youth Olympic Games in Norway in nine events. The former Winter Olympics city of Lillehammer hosts 70 nations...


Samsung Becomes Official EXPO 2017 Partner

ASTANA – The Astana EXPO 2017 National Company and Samsung Electronics Central Eurasia have signed a memorandum of cooperation making the South Korean multinational electronics company an official partner of EXPO 2017....


Kazakhstan Changes Army’s Style of Marching

ASTANA – Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has ordered a new way the country’s soldiers should march. Nazarbayev issued a decree on Feb. 3 saying that from now on, Kazakhstan’s...


Iran to Buy Kazakh-Made Commodities, Ready to Establish Joint Investment Fund

ASTANA – As a result of the large-scale Kazakh-Iranian business forum held Feb. 6-8 in Tehran, the two nations have agreed on a supply of Kazakh-made train cars to...


New Kazakh Education and Science Minister Brings Private Sector Experience

ASTANA ­– Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev appointed Erlan Sagadiyev new Minister of Education and Science, the Akorda press service reported Feb. 10. Sagadiyev believes it is necessary to share...


Astana to Host AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship

ASTANA – More than 300 professional female boxers will have a chance to take part in the 2016 AIBA Women’s World championship in the Kazakh capital May 19-27. The...


Spain Too Strong for Kazakhstan in Futsal Euro 2016 Semi-Final

Team Kazakhstan gave way to Spain, losing 5-3 in the semi-final of Futsal EURO 2016 underway in Belgrade, Serbia. Who would have thought before the tournament that the Kazakhs,...


Perfetto, Kazakhstan!

Team Kazakhstan became the main sensation of Futsal EURO 2016 continuing in Belgrade, Serbia. In the quarterfinal, the debutants crushed reigning champion Italy, 5-2. “We want to go down...


Kazakh President Orders New Massive Investments in Economy

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev ordered the government to make way for huge investments into Kazakhstan’s economy as it continues to deal with twin negative effects of low commodity...


EXPO 2017 to Select Best Achievements in Energy

ASTANA – Selection of best practices in the field of energy for a pavilion “Energy Best Practices Area” (eBPa) has started on the website http://www.ebpa2017.org/ebpa. The idea of such a...


Team Kazakhstan Reaches Quarter Final in Futsal Euro Debut

ASTANA – The Kazakh national futsal team reached the quarterfinals in its first-ever appearance at the UEFA Futsal Championship (Futsal Euro), which is taking place this year Feb. 2–13...


Photosafari Photographers Document Wild Kazakhstan, Hope to Help Visitors do the Same

ASTANA – Undiscovered Kazakhstan, an exhibition created by Photosafari Group photographers, was presented in South Korea in December with the support of the Foundation of the First President of...


More Work Ahead, Says Central Election Commission Chairman

Since President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the decree Jan. 20 to hold early election for the Mazhilis, Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission (CEC) has been actively preparing for the electoral process....


Kazakhstan Takes Fourth Place in World Bandy Championship

ASTANA – The Kazakhstan national bandy team lost to Sweden 0:4 in the bronze medal game at the 36th World Bandy Championship in Ulyanovsk, Russia on Feb. 7, and...


Barys Ninth in East Conference with Two Games Left

ASTANA – The risk that the Barys hockey club will miss its first Continental Hockey League’s (KHL) Gagarin Cup playoffs is near materialising. Since Feb. 26, the Astana team...