Combat Sports Confederation to Intensify Efforts for 2016 Olympics

Confederation of Combat Sports and Powerlifting Chairman Timur Kulibayev directed members of the confederation during a March 12 confederation meeting to intensify their preparations for the 2016 Olympic Games....


Parliament Develops Plan to Improve Cultural Sphere

The Kazakh Parliament is developing a new working concept on cultural policy, according to a recent announcement by Akhan Bizhanov, member of the Mazhilis Committee for Social and Cultural...


Int’l, Domestic Oil and Gas Experts Discuss Exploration in Kazakhstan at Astana Forum

ASTANA – The first international forum on oil and gas exploration titled, “Kazakhstan Geology Forum: Oil & Gas in Focus,” took place in Astana’s Rixos Hotel on March 12-13...


Almaty Makes Multiple Upgrades to City’s Public Transportation System

Almaty city public transport, ambulance and emergency, as well as engineering vehicles will get special traffic lanes by 2017, reported TV channel Almaty. According to the channel’s report, the...


Japan Spring Arts Festival Offers Astana, Almaty a Glimpse of Japanese Culture

ASTANA – The Degdar Humanitarian Fund supported by the Japanese embassy in Kazakhstan made a musical gift to Astana within the bounds of the Japan Spring International Arts Festival...


Historical Connections, Shared Challenges Bind Kazakhstan, Israel, Says Visiting Diplomat

ASTANA – Kazakhstan and Israel are united by some common roots and common challenges, Deputy Director General of Israel’s Foreign Ministry Zvi Rav-Ner said during his March 10 –...


Culinary Arts in Kazakhstan Heating Up as Service Sector Grows

ASTANA – As Kazakhstan develops economically and socially, its culture of hospitality is slowly shifting from the domestic realm to the professional, and while cooking professionals say there is...


More than Two Dozen Candidates Have Sought a Chance in Early Presidential Election

ASTANA – Whether self-nominated or named by political parties or organisations, more than 20 candidates have thrown their hats into the Kazakh presidential election ring, according to statements released March...


Lack of Funds Causes Delay in Kazakh Oil Refineries Modernisation

ASTANA – KazMunayGas recently announced that the modernisation of its oil refineries will be prolonged due to lack of funds. In spite of the ban on Russian fuel, fuel...


Medical, Social Innovations Improve Quality of Life in Mukur Village

“Before, we could only dream of such luxuries. We thought that these kind of centres were privileges only enjoyed by city dwellers, but now we have a centre right...


Kazakh Armed Forces Hold Training Alert

ASTANA – As a way of reinforcing coordination among services, military unit No. 50185 in Karaganda, the air assault brigade in the Almaty region and aircraft pilots from military...


Incumbent President Nazarbayev Accepts Party Nomination, Presents Policy Priorities

ASTANA – Incumbent Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev on March 11 accepted the Nur Otan party’s nomination to be the party’s candidate in the April 26 early presidential election and...


Nur Otan Party Nominates Nazarbayev for Presidential Election

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s ruling Nur Otan party nominated President Nursultan Nazarbayev as its candidate for the early presidential election at the party’s congress in Astana on March 11. The incumbent...


OECD Strengthens Partnership with Kazakhstan

On Jan. 22 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov and Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Angel...


Classic Rock Rocks Kazakh Fans

ASTANA – Although Kazakh rock groups aren’t extremely successful in the country and virtually unknown abroad, American and Russian rock music is popular in some regions of the nation....


Estonia Considering Shipping Goods Between Europe and China via Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Estonia is the latest country to publicly mull using Kazakhstan’s transit infrastructure to ship goods between China and Europe. “We’re considering the shipment of merchandise between Europe...


Afghanistan Should Not Be Left Alone

Conflict and suffering has again sadly being dominating international headlines. The Middle East is engulfed in a struggle for decency against the so-called Islamic State. The rise of this...


Ambassadors Club in Astana Opens New Season

ASTANA – After a long hiatus, a club meant to bring together on a regular basis international chiefs of missions is reviving its activities in the newly opened Marriott...


Air Astana Introduces Self Check-In Terminals in Kazakh Airports

ASTANA – Check-In for Air Astana passengers just got a little easier. Kazakhstan’s flagship air carrier Air Astana recently introduced Kazakhstan’s first passenger self check-in kiosks for its flights....


Belarus, Kazakhstan Work Together in Volatile Economic Times

ASTANA – In his interview with The Astana Times, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Kazakhstan Anatoly Nichkassov underlined the importance of growing economic relations between Belarus and...


Trumpeter’s Journey Takes him From Wales to Astana Opera

ASTANA – Astana has been home to a globetrotting musician for the past two years, and Astana Opera for one. Originally from northwest Wales, Ross Clarke came to the...


EXPO 2017 Promoted in Germany, Norway and Netherlands

ASTANA – From March 4 to 9, a Kazakh delegation headed by EXPO 2017 Commissioner and First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Rapil Zhoshybayev visited Germany to participate in...


We Are All the APK, Jewish Cultural Centre Founder Says

Alexander Baron was behind the creation of the ethnic cultural centres in Kazakhstan, so he can rightfully say that the Assembly of the People of Kazakhstan (APK) is a...


Kazakh Senate Chairman Visits New York, Invites UN Secretary-General to Astana Int’l Religious Congress

ASTANA – Kazakh Senate Chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev completed his official visit to New York March 4, which was devoted to the upcoming Fifth Congress of Leaders of World and...


Kazakhstan Beats Italy, Advances to Davis Cup Quarter Finals

ASTANA – The Kazakhstan Davis Cup team beat Italy 3:2 in team competition on March 6-8 at Astana’s National Tennis Centre to advance to the Davis Cup quarterfinals. Kazakhstan’s...


Break of Reality Rock Like They Mean it

ASTANA – The spring has started with a fresh look at classical music and rock for many music lovers, as the American cello rock band Break of Reality gave...


Demand for Public Housing Increasing in Kazakhstan

Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev reported recently that the number of Kazakhs seeking public housing has increased. “In Kazakhstan, more than 300,000 people are standing in line...


Aisha Bibi Mausoleum Construction Techniques Remain a Mystery to Researchers

“Autumn … Clouds … The Earth is beautiful.” For almost 1,000 years this line in Arabic alphabet Kufic script has decorated the patterned column of the famous Aisha Bibi...


Astana-Seoul Flights to Be Available by Summer

ASTANA – Flights from Astana to Seoul will be available this summer, according to a March 4 report from the press service of the Ministry of Investment and Development...


Early Presidential Election Meant to Solidify National Stability

Political life in Kazakhstan stands on the eve of an event of paramount importance for any country: a presidential election. Over the last three weeks, the political parties, the...


Kazakhstan to Go Dark for the Environment

Turn out the lights for 60 minutes. Pledge to save the planet for a lifetime. Kazakhstan will join 161 countries and territories around the world March 28 for Earth...


Kazakh President Congratulates Women on International Women’s Day

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev held the traditional meeting dedicated to International Women’s Day with prominent women from all over Kazakhstan in the Akorda presidential palace on March 6....


External News in Brief

“We believe the Astana Summit will be the last to determine the legal status of the Caspian Sea,” Azerbaijani Deputy Foreign Minister Khalaf Khalafov said on March 5, according...


National News in Brief

“In 2015, there will be 157.3 billion tenge (US$848.4 million) of available agricultural subsidies, which is almost 1.8 times more than in 2013,”arecent report of the Ministry of Agriculture...


In Brussels, Idrissov Discusses Easing Visa Regimes, Enhancing Cooperation, Contacts Between EU and EAEU

BRUSSELS – Foreign Minister Erlan Idrissov of Kazakhstan headed his country’s delegation to the 14th meeting of the Kazakhstan-European Union Cooperation Council in Brussels on March 3. Edgars Rinkēvičs,...


Business News in Brief

“As part of the additional budget allocation to support agriculture, it is planned to increase the amount of financing of the programme of agribusiness entities from 300 to 500...


Economic News in Brief

“The National Bank of Kazakhstan and the government of Kazakhstan have developed an action plan to reduce the dollarisation of the economy for 2015-2016. The plan includes three main...


Nazarbayev University Academics Win Grant to Lead Public Policy Workshops in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Academics from the Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy were involved in leading a three-day workshop in Astana in February in partnership with the Universities of...


Kazakhstan’s Only Tire Recycling Plant Reopens in Astana

Production at Kazakhstan’s only tire recycling plant has begun rolling again after being shut down for two years. The German equipment and technologies used at the plant allow up...


Multiple Organisations Work to Revive Saiga Population

On the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List, which has been guiding conservation efforts for more than five decades, the saiga antelope has moved in just...


Farming to Play Key Role in Kazakhstan’s Economic Anti-Crisis Programme

The economies of Europe and Eurasia are facing significant challenges today, given the fallout from ongoing geopolitical tensions around the conflict-hit Ukraine, and as a result are undergoing significant...


TURKSOY Department Opens at Al-Farabi University

ASTANA – As part of activities celebrating Almaty as the Capital of Islamic Culture for 2015, the faculty of Oriental Studies of the Al-Farabi Kazakh National University in Almaty...


Iranians Have Adapted Well to Their New Home in Kazakhstan, Says Community Leader

The first wave of Iranian migration to Kazakh territories began in the early 19th century, as many individuals travelled to a different country in search of work. The second...


Kazakh CEC Announces 14 Nominees for Presidential Election So Far

ASTANA – The Central Election Commission (CEC) of Kazakhstan has released an updated list of candidates who plan to take part in the country’s presidential election next month. An...


Kazakh, Iranian Navies to Strengthen Cooperation

A delegation from the Islamic Republic of Iran headed by General in Chief of the Iranian Naval Forces Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari made an official visit to Astana on...


Secretary of State, OECD Official Discuss Increasing Women’s Participation in Kazakh Economy

ASTANA –Secretary of State of Kazakhstan Gulshara Abdykalikovaand Antonio Somme, head of the Eurasian Competitiveness Programme of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), met Feb. 27 to...


National Scientific Cardiac Centre Helps Train Int’l Doctors in Heart Implant Procedure

ASTANA – Thirteen experts from Germany, Italy, Serbia, Poland and Turkey are for the first time in Astana to learn how to implant the Heart Mate III, which is...


New Law and More Filling Stations Planned for Liquid Petroleum Gas Cars

ASTANA – In response to government plans to enact a law abolishing taxes and fees for liquid petroleum gas (LPG) users, KazTransGas is planning to construct 105 new methane...


Astana Ski Festival Honours Kazakh Veterans, Constitution

More than 3,000 people gathered Feb. 28 in Astana for Burkasyn 2015, a skiing festival in honour of Kazakhstan, its veterans and its independent constitution. “A sports competition was...


Chevron Supports Science and Technology to Improve Lives

Since its establishment in 2010, Nazarbayev University has developed into one of the leading educational and research institutions in Kazakhstan. The university and Chevron entered into a long-term partnership...