Kazakh Cosmonaut’s Flight Is Profitable for Country, Head of Kazcosmos Says

ASTANA – In a recent interview with KazTAG news agency, chairman of the aerospace committee (Kazcosmos) of the Kazakh Ministry of Investment and Development Talgat Mussabayev spoke about the...


Kazakh Tour Operator Bankruptcies Force Tighter Industry Regulations

ASTANA – The bankruptcies of Kazakhstan’s major tour operators, such as Travelsystem, GulnarTur and other smaller companies, terminated the existence of many small travel agencies across all regions of...


Customs Controls Removed on Kazakh-Kyrgyz Border, as Kyrgyzstan Joins EAEU

ASTANA – The presidents of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambayev participated Aug. 12 in the ceremony to remove customs controls on the nations’ border, reported the Akorda...


Norwegian Kazakhs Launch Association to Promote Kazakh Culture

ASTANA – The first Kazakhs apparently arrived in Norway as German prisoners of war during World War II, with some escapees able to join Norwegian guerrillas fighting the Nazi...


Timur Bekbosunov, A New Page in Kazakhstan’s Image Abroad

Kazakh-born glam-rock opera singer and interpreter of contemporary and cross-cultural music Timur Bekbosunov got his start in Kansas, United States, where he discovered opera, said pri.org. He has performed...


IMF Raises Kazakh GDP Growth Forecast to 3.25 Percent in 2016

ASTANA –The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article 4 consultationwith Kazakhstan on July 31, considering and endorsing the staff appraisal without a meeting. Real...


5,000 Historical Documents Brought to Kazakhstan Under State Cultural Heritage Programme

About 5,000 documents of historical value have been brought to Kazakhstan and about 160 volumes of books with a 350,000 copy print run have been released since the beginning...


International Seminar Concluded on Public Health for Specialists from Africa

ASTANA – The closing ceremony of an international seminar on public health was hosted in Nazarbayev University, reported the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) press service in Kazakhstan. The...


Reshuffle Brings Authority, Experience to EXPO 2017, Younger Talent to Almaty

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev introduced new Almaty Akim (Mayor) Bauyrzhan Baibek during his working visit to Almaty Aug. 9, reported the press service of the Akorda presidential...


Kazakh National Special Olympics Team Exceeds Expectations at Los Angeles Games

The Kazakh national Special Olympics team won 125 medals and exceeded their targeted metal count by three times at the July 25 through Aug. 2 Special Olympics in Los...


Astana Pro Team Cyclists Take One-Two Finish at Vuelta a Burgos

ASTANA – Estonian Rein Taaramae of the Astana Pro Team and Italian Michele Scarponi finished first and second respectively in the overall standings at Vuelta a Burgos Lagunas de...


President Nazarbayev’s 100 Concrete Steps Lay Foundation for Stable and Enduring Modern Nation State

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has formulated a grand programme to create the pillars of a modern democratic state. The five broad areas of reform are the development of a...


Summer Eco-camp in Ust-Kamenogorsk Encourages Children to be Eco-Friendly

ASTANA – Krugozor Youth and Tourism Centre, a unique institution based in the most beautiful places of East Kazakhstan, is engaged not only in teaching children and young people,...


Kyrgyzstan Mobilises for Participation in EXPO 2017

Participation in EXPO 2017 is of great importance to Kyrgyzstan, said Deputy Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Valery Dil during a meeting on the preparations for Kyrgyzstan’s participation in the...


Kazakh Historical Documentary Presented in Washington

Within the celebration of the 550th anniversary of the Kazakh Khanate, the Kazakh Research Institute of Culture with the support of the Embassy of Kazakhstan to the United States held...


Ice Palace Opens in Astana as Hockey Tournament Cup of the President Begins

ASTANA – A new, multifunctional 12,000-seat and 86,000-square-metre Ice Palace was opened on Aug. 9 as the Cup of the President started in the capital. The complex will include...


Galymzhan Moldanazar, Break of Reality Offer Cross Cultural Musical Collaboration

ASTANA – American band Break of Reality (BoR) and Kazakh artist Galymzhan Moldanazar met in Almaty in February. The musicians rehearsed and gave two concerts together attended by hundreds...


Nurly Zhol Connects Continents

Kazakh transport workers celebrated their professional day on Aug. 2. On the eve of the big day, The Astana Times talked to Askar Mamin, chairman of the Kazlogistics transport...


Historical Reenactment Club Develops in Astana

ASTANA – Historical reenactment, focused on promoting and drawing attention to past events, is divided into sport and daily activities. The former emphasises fighting using ancient weapons and armour,...


EXPO 2017 to Benefit Economy Beyond Tourism, Say Experts

ASTANA – Experience shows that hosting large-scale events, such as EXPO 2017, helps develop not only the tourist industry but other areas of the economy, General Manager of the...


Astana Set for Maiden European Football Autumn, Kairat Also Progresses

ASTANA – FC Astana and HJK Helsinki produced a thriller previously unseen at the Astana Arena Aug. 5 in a return leg of the UEFA Champions League qualifications’ third...


The Unusual Partnership of Singapore and Kazakhstan

Singapore is small and resource poor. Kazakhstan is huge with vast reserves of natural resources. Yet the Kazakhs feel they have much to learn from the Singapore story, spurring...


Global, Concrete Action Can Still Help Reverse Climate Change

The United States is, by most measures, still the largest economy in the world. According to the World Bank, its carbon monoxide emissions per capita over the last five...


Kazakhstan Loosens Restrictions on Visiting Border-Area Tourist Attractions

ASTANA – Kazakhstan recently amended its regulations to allow foreign tourists to visit popular tourist attractions along its border without a special permit. The amendment was to 2014 government...


Upcoming Int’l Countering Violent Extremism Summit Discussed in Rome

Rome hosted the Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) Summit Process Senior Officials’ Check-In Meeting on July 28-29. Representatives from more than 65 countries, 10 multilateral bodies and other organisations gathered...


Kyrgyzstan Formally Enters EAEU, Customs Controls to be Removed

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the Kazakh law ratifying the accession of the Kyrgyz Republic into the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) Aug. 5. According to AKIpress, Russian...


48th Anniversary of ASEAN Celebrated in Astana

ASTANA – Heads of diplomatic corps accredited in Kazakhstan joined with Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Askar Mussinov in Astana Aug. 6 for the reception dedicated to the 48th anniversary of...


Ongoing Reforms Begin to Show Results

In the Plan of the Nation 100 Concrete Steps on the implementation of five institutional reforms, President Nursultan Nazarbayev primarily outlined the problems of the formation of modern professional...


Nation Commemorates 70th Anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings

ASTANA – The people of Kazakhstan shared the pain of millions of Japanese who perished in the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings on Aug. 6 and 9, 1945 in an...


Kcell Returns Money to Customers Resulting from Competition Law Violation

ASTANA – Kcell, one of Kazakhstan’s biggest cellular operators, received an order to return more than 1.5 billion tenge (US$8 million) to its customers as a result of violations...


Capital’s Charity Fund Seeks Support to Open Private Senior Homecare, Break Stereotypes about Homecare in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Whether affluent or underprivileged, black or white, the human clock has no mercy.What once excited the young spirit will tomorrow be a vague memory. The staff of...


The Way to Remember Hiroshima Is to Redouble Nuclear Disarmament Efforts

The dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima 70 years ago this week was a terrible, seminal moment in human history. The justification for the decision including the...


National Research Centre for Maternal and Child Health Implements Cutting-Edge Technology

ASTANA – In the mid-1970s, the need existed to provide genetic services to the population by establishing medical-genetic consultations based on the Scientific Centre for Obstetrics and Gynecology as...


Trans-Caspian Rail Route Launched

BAKU – The trans-Caspian rail route was launched 65 kilometres from Baku in the city of Alyat, a new Azerbaijani seaport on the Caspian Sea, on Aug. 3. The...


‘The Road to School’ Charity Campaign to Help Low-Income Children Kicks Off

ASTANA – The eighth annual “The Road to School” charity campaign to help children in need is being held in Astana from the beginning of August until the end...


Almaty Enterpreneurs, Artists Raise Funds for Landslide Victims

Almaty entrepreneurs collected 1 million tenge (US$5,334) during a one-hour fundraising drive to assist victims of the landslide that struck the outskirts of Almaty on July 23, reported Tengrinews.kz,...


Kazakhstan accepted into UNESCO WCF Executive Council

UNESCO delegations from around the world reelected the organisation’s managerial staff and discussed its direction during UNESCO’s July 21-24 70th anniversary celebration in Beijing. Kazakhstan was also accepted to...


EXPO 2017 National Pavilion Construction One Third Completed

Kazakhstan has completed construction of one third of its national EXPO 2017 pavilion, expo officials announced during a media tour of the construction of expo facilities. “Thirty to 40...


Kazakhstan to Complete National Drug Formulary by End of Year

ASTANA – The Ministry of Healthcare and Social Development plans to complete a national healthcare formulary before the end of 2015 that will give all citizens access to medicines,...


Astana Exhibition Showcases Works of Nicholas Roerich

ASTANA – The Russian Centre for Science and Culture exhibition Heart of Asia in Astana is showcasing 25 works by artist and scientist Nicholas Roerich, which were inspired by...


Kazakh, Russian Small Businesses Take Advantage of EAEU

ASTANA – The Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) is already drawing benefits for two Kazakh and Russian businesses, allowing Russia’s Aivengo-4, LLC and Kazakhstan’s Partner Sales Network BMC Sales, LLP...


Kazakh Army Team Takes Third in First CIS Military Sports Games

The Kazakh Army team recently won third place in the first military-sports games among armies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), according to the press service of the...


Secularism and Religious Studies to be Added to National Ninth Grade Curriculum

ASTANA – Secularism and religious studies will be added to the national education system ninth grade curriculum beginning in September 2016, the Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science recently...


A Great Gift of Kazakh Nature Attracts Increasing Number of Tourists

ASTANA – Alakol Lake is one of the loveliest waterways of east central Kazakhstan, a natural gem which welcomes nearly 4,000 tourists every day. More than 100,000 visitors find recreation...


World’s Largest Mare’s Milk Processing Factory Launches in Karaganda

ASTANA – The world’s largest mare’s milk processing factory and the only one of its kind in the Commonwealth of Independent States opened in June in Karaganda and is...


Rio 2016: the Greatest Sport Festivity in the Heart of Brazil

We are still one year away from it, but Brazil’s heart is already beating faster. The Brazilian generous heart leaps up when confronted with two of its passions: welcoming...


Vietnam Confirms Participation in EXPO 2017

HANOI – A visit by EXPO 2017 commissioner and Kazakh First Deputy Foreign Minister Rapil Zhoshybayev July 28-29 was marked by the Vietnamese government’s announcement to present a national...


Illustrations for Abai’s “The Book of Words” Gain Popularity in Social Networks

ASTANA – An anonymous author has created an Instagram account @abaicartoons with illustrated quotes from “The Book of Words” by famous Kazakh poet, philosopher, educator and founder of Kazakh...


Kazakhstan Considers Building Fourth Oil Refinery in Mangistau Region

ASTANA – A new 10-million-tonnes-per-year oil refinery, fourth in the country, is considered to be constructed within the next five years in the Mangistau region, Deputy Akim (governor) of...


Soft Car Loans Encourage Sales of Kazakh-Produced Cars

ASTANA –Soft car loans financed by the government are encouraging the operation of all Kazakh car plants and becoming a better alternative to loansoffered by commercial banks. Citizens havethe...