Auction Raises Money for Montessori Room for Disabled Children

ASTANA – The Dara Foundation, which supports children from vulnerable groups, held a charity auction with partner Has Sanat Gallery on Dec. 12. The auction raised enough money to...


Logistics Hub Takes Shape

ALMATY REGION – Recently, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy organised a press tour of the Zhetisu district on the Kazakh-Chinese border, which is experiencing a construction boom. Altynkol Station became the...


Oil Industry Cooperation Discussed at Atyrau Kazakh-British Business Forum

ASTANA – The third Kazakh-British Business Forum held Dec. 12 in Atyrau attracted major players in Kazakhstan’s oil sector. The forum was dedicated to building partnerships within the oil...


Artist Brings Kazakh Felt to Modern Objects

SHYMKENT – Zhupar Beisenova, a teacher at the Kasteyev College of Art in Shymkent, has expanded the possibilities of felt in making souvenirs and functional items that can still...


New Plastic Plant Opens in Shymkent

SHYMKENT – The country’s first polypropylene sheet and plastic product factory has opened in Shymkent. “Our new innovative factory has broad sheet material production capabilities,” director of SouthRegionPlast Mikhail...


Factory in Astana to Build Armoured Vehicles and City Busses

ASTANA – A new plant producing specialised vehicles for military and civil purposes will be built in the capital. Defence Minister Adilbek Dzhaksybekov and the Akim (governor) of the...


Manufacturing Sector Remains Priority

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has entered the top 20 countries in receipt of foreign direct investment. The inflow of foreign direct investment (FDI) fell sharply in 2008 due to the...


Kazakhstan’s Women’s Rugby Team Wins Int’l Tournament in Dubai

ASTANA – Dynamo Almaty, Kazakhstan’s national women’s rugby team, took first place at the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens Invitational Tournament held from Nov. 28-30 in Dubai. Dymano Almaty,...


Drying Reservoir Reveals Ancient City

SHYMKENT – The sharp drop in water levels at the Shardara Reservoir, about 200 kilometres south-west from Shymkent, has had one benefit: it has led to the discovery of...


New Commemorative Coins Issued for Year of the Horse

ALMATY – On Dec. 3, commemorative gold and silver coins from the Oriental Calendar series called “The Year of the Horse” came into circulation in Kazakhstan. This is the...


Heavy Truck Production Begins in Kostanay

KOSTANAY – The production of Iveco heavy trucks has started in Kostanay. The Iveco-682, known for its power and reliability, will be assembled and maintained in Kazakhstan. Iveco S.p.A...


In Guinea and Ethiopia, Idrissov Promotes Ties with Islamic and African States

ADDIS ABABA – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov took part in the 40th session of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Council of Foreign Ministers (OIC...


“Harry Potter” Series to Be Translated into Kazakh in 2014

ASTANA – Harry Potter will be the newest literary character to learn Kazakh, according to Marketing Director of Russia’s Azbuka-Attikus publishing house Dmitri Yaronov. Tengrinews reported that Azbuka-Attikus plans...


At OSCE Meeting, Idrissov Calls for United and Equal Security in Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian Area

KYIV – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov participated in the 20th meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in...


A Year of Hard Work

It is that time of the year again. People around the world start looking back at the passing year, trying to assess their achievements and successes, and looking into...


Christmas Charity Bazaar Held in Radisson Astana

ASTANA – The sixth Annual Christmas Charity Bazaar, held this year on Dec. 1 at the Radisson Hotel, has become a philanthropic ritual in Astana. All proceeds from the...


Undefeated Astana Arlans Dominate Mexico Guerreros, 4-1

ALMATY, Dec. 7 – The Astana Arlans remain undefeated in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) after dominating Mexico Guerreros, 4-1, in Almaty on Dec. 7. The Arlans previously...


Int’l Art Exhibition Celebrating Bata Opens in Astana

ASTANA – The international art exhibition, “Bata – For Tomorrow Without Losing Your Roots,” showcasing the work of famous Kazakh and international artists as well as students, opened on...


Education Is Key Area of British-Kazakh Cooperation

I was honoured to receive an invitation from the Government of Kazakhstan to visit your country last week and join in the official celebrations for the 20th anniversary of...


We Should All Be Working Together, Astronaut Williams Says

Sunita Williams is a renowned U.S. astronaut, currently serving as head of the NASA department at the Yuri Gagarin Center for Cosmonaut Preparation near Moscow. She holds the records...


Prosecutor General Daulbayev Seeks Stronger Ties on Legal Issues with Canada

OTTAWA – Kazakhstan’s Prosecutor General Askhat Daulbayev visited Canada on Dec. 4, seeking to promote wider cooperation between the two countries in legal matters. In the Canadian capital, he...


Presidential Film Festival Took Place in Nazarbayev Centre

ASTANA – The Tungysh (Kazakh for “The First”) week of documentary films leading up to the celebration of the Day of the First President took place in Astana from...


Historical Series Bauyrzhan Momyshuly Previews in Astana

Astana – The Keruen Mall cinema hosted a preview of the historical four part movie Bauyrzhan Momyshuly on Dec. 4. It was filmed by renowned Kazakh director Akan Satayev....


Ambassadors’ Club Showcases Traditional Kazakh Carpets

ASTANA – An exhibition of carpets woven in traditional Kazakh designs was held Nov. 26 at the Rixos Hotel to help showcase Kazakh culture to the diplomatic community. Carpets...


Benefit Poetry Reading Draws Kazakh and US Writers

ASTANA – Host Kanat Omar, a Kazakh poet, read his own original works to art and poetry lovers at the Cablegram benefit poetry reading at the Black Duck restaurant...


EXPO 2017 to Be Profitable for Country, Says Official

ASTANA, Dec. 6 – Chairman of the Board of Astana EXPO 2017 company Talgat Ermegiyaev reported on the preparations for the exhibition and summarised the achievements of the year...


Business news in brief

Kazakhstan plans to deliver 10,000 tons of grain by the year’s end to China, the press service of Kazagro reported. Prodkorporation, a Kazagro subsidiary, as part  of a contract...


Economic news in brief

President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan signed a law on amendments and additions to the national Tax Code on Dec. 5. The law includes provisions implementing the concept of a...


External news in breif

On Nov. 27, Kazakhstan’s Secretary of State Marat Tazhin accepted the credentials of the new non-resident ambassadors of Denmark, Uruguay, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Zambia, Nigeria...


National news in brief

Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov visited a specialised centre for registering cars and issuing driving licenses in Astana on Dec. 4. The first centre was opened in September...


Kazakhstan Space Agency Makes Advances

Kazakhstan’s space industry is one of the newest and highest priority areas of state policy. Today, the most important functions of Kazakhstan’s national space agency (Kazkosmos), created in 2007...


Kazakhstan Athletes Ready for Winter Universiade 2013

ASTANA – Fifty-five of Kazakhstan’s strongest athletes have been chosen to compete in the 26th Winter Universiade December 11 – 21 in Trentino, Italy. The event is expected to...


Kazakhstan Hopes to Improve Olympic Results in Sochi, Says Official

ASTANA – Government officials received an update on Kazakhstan’s preparations for participation in the upcoming 22nd Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia during a Dec. 5 meeting headed by Kazakhstan...


Artist Creates Silk Paintings with Ballpoint Pen

ALMATY – Member of the Union of Artists of Kazakhstan, Orazbek Yessenbayev, whose personal exhibition “Kobyznama” was recently displayed at the Central State Museum of Kazakhstan, employs many artistic...


Kazakhstan Bills Russia for Baikonur Cleanup

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has sent Russia an $89 million bill via diplomatic channels for the cleanup of the crash of its Proton-M rocket earlier this year. Russia is disputing...


German Experts Call The ATOM Project Timely, Relevant

BERLIN, Dec. 4 – Kazakhstan’s efforts to advance global nuclear disarmament overall and specifically through The ATOM Project were in focus of German politicians and experts who came together...


President Visits New Building of Nazarbayev Centre

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited the new building of the Nazarbayev Centre on Dec. 1, which is the Day of the First President of Kazakhstan. The Nazarbayev Centre...


Zhan Shuak Award Ceremony Highlights Achievements of People with Disabilities

ASTANA – The 6th annual Zhan Shuak award ceremony for people with disabilities took place at the Astana Music Hall on Dec. 3 as part of Boundless Opportunities 2013,...


Eighth-Grader’s Device Draws American Attention

PETROPAVLOVSK – A student’s invention exhibited during the international science and technology forum “How Children See EXPO 2017” has drawn the attention of an American company. Oleg Lilo, an...


Solar a Smart Alternative for Kazakhstan

Kazatomprom plans to start producing high-purity silicon and reach a full production cycle of solar panels by 2015. Today, Kazakhstan is not only developing renewable energy, but also creating...


Astana’s Green Trajectory

The results of the international architectural competition for the best design for the EXPO 2017 exhibition complex were summarized in Astana in late October. The winning company, Adrian Smith...


Forum in Kyzylorda Focuses on Region’s Economic Potential

KYZYLORDA – The second “Baikonur” investment forum took place in mid-November in the Aral Sea region aimed at unlocking the Kyzylorda oblast’s significant potential in a variety of industries,...


Unearthing Steppe Culture’s Origins

KARAGANDA REGION – The soon-to-be-opened Kazakhstan Natural History Museum will be home to a considerable number of Karaganda exhibits. About 200 gold artifacts found in the “Taldy-2” burial mound...


New Monument to 19th Century Folk Heroes Erected

ALMATY – A monument to Kazakh heroes Suranshi and Sauryk has been opened in the Zhambyl district of the Almaty oblast. Suranshi and Sauryk, descendants of the great Karasai...


Kazakhstan’s 2020 Transit Plan Helps Connect Europe and Asia

ASTANA – Recently, the government of Kazakhstan adopted an infrastructure development plan that covers from now until 2020. It was developed in part by the World Bank and previously...


Young Violinist Says Eager to Come to Astana Opera to Perform

ASTANA – Young violinist Yerzhan Kulibayev has already won five prizes in international competitions in Russia, Germany, Portugal and Argentina. The musician, who lives in Spain, spoke to The...


New Smartphone App Could Help Connect Hearing Impaired with Emergency Services

ASTANA – A new smart phone application developed by the UN Development Programme office in Kazakhstan to help the hearing impaired contact emergency services will be presented at the...


Bolashak International Scholarship Programme Celebrates 20 Years

ASTANA – A celebration of the twentieth year of the Bolashak International Scholarship Programme took place on Nov. 29 at the Palace of Independence with President Nursultan Nazarbayev in...


Astana’s Development Needs Special Attention, Says President

ASTANA – President Nursultan Nazarbayev held a meeting on the future of Astana on Nov. 27, noting that a recent visit to Astanagenplan inspired him to think deeper about...


Astana Opera’s Orchestra Has Great Potential, Says Director

Director Vladimir Kirajiyev of Bulgaria, who works in Austria, visited Astana Opera to see the largest theatre in Central Asia, built in just three years. He spoke with The...