Articles by Zhanna Shayakhmetova

Kazakh Archeologists Find Ancient Khanaka Sufi Shrine in Turkestan

NUR-SULTAN – Scientists have found a khanaka, an ancient Sufi shrine, at the Kultobe settlement in Turkestan, during archaeological excavations, the press service of the Kazakh Research Institute of Culture reported on Aug. 6.   A khanaka is associated with the Sufi’s dervish orders, which were widespread in the Middle Ages. The terms khanaka and ribat…

Library of Kazakhstan’s First President Opens Video Exhibition Dedicated to Abai

NUR-SULTAN – The Library of Kazakhstan’s First President – the Elbasy has launched the Legacy of Abai as a Moral Guideline virtual video exhibition dedicated to the 175th anniversary of Kazakh poet and philosopher Abai Kunanbayev, according to the library’s press service.   The exhibition features materials from Nursultan Nazarbayev’s personal archive, museum and book collections.  …

Astana Hub Announces Next Acceleration Program, Advances Social Innovation Startups

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Hub International Technopark of IT startups is accepting applications from startups for the Stream 8 acceleration program until August 15, reported the Astana Hub’s press service.  The program lasts three months and gives the opportunity to teams who want to develop their project and work with mentors and trackers. Participation is…

Qara Film Festival To Be Held Online In Kazakhstan Showcasing International Documentaries

NUR-SULTAN – The Qara Film Festival will be held online Aug. 6-9 in Kazakhstan. A new documentary film festival will feature international documentaries dedicated to the current issues.  “The characters of the films invite the audience to feel, think, and seek the truth. To take a refreshing new look at taboo issues. To help people…

Seven Pillars Law Firm Ready to Support Space Startups and Other Businesses in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Seven Pillars Law, one of Central Asia’s most innovative law firms, has recently established a space office with the mission to assist clients looking to access opportunities, both commercial and scientific, associated with space. The Astana Times spoke with Helen Tung, the head of the Space division of Seven Pillars Law in the…

Kazakh Musician Performs Dauletkerey’s Composition With Lake Kobeytuz As Backdrop (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – The 23-year musician Marzhan Kapsamat surprised her followers with her recent music video on the pink-coloured Lake Kobeytuz. A well-known Kazakhstan social media sensation, this lake attracts those who take inspiring selfies and travel images. But Kapsamat’s solo performance of the famous Kazakh composer Dauletkerey Shigaiuly’s kyui (musical composition) “Korugly” became one of…

Kazakhstan Prepares For Elections With 94 Nominees For the Senate Already Registered

NUR-SULTAN – Ninety-four people were registered for the deputy elections to the Kazakh Senate (the upper house of the Parliament), which will be held Aug.12, reported chairman of the Central Election Commission Berik Imashev at the July 13 meeting. This election will decide the electoral fate of 17 current Senate deputies whose term expires in…

Schools and Universities in Kazakhstan Prepare Switch to Online Learning For Fall Semester

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science proposed to continue online learning with the start of the new school season, reported PrimeMinister.kz. Colleges and universities will also continue remote learning.   The educational institution switched to online learning in mid-March when a state of emergency as a response to the pandemic outbreak was declared…

AIFC Continues Work Through Lockdown, Simplifies Access to Financing For Companies

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana International Financial Centre (AIFC) plans to develop several legislative initiatives including green financing instruments, venture financing, and providing medium-sized companies with the opportunity to raise capital on the AIFC exchange in the segment of the regional stock market, reported Acting General Director of the AIFC Financial Services Authority Mukhtar Bubeyev in…

Kazakh President Honors Frontline Medical Workers Posthumously with State Awards

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev signed a decree to posthumously confer state awards to Oleg Isayev, the head of the anesthesiology and resuscitation department of Kokshetau hospital in the Akmola region and Kalikhan Kozbagarov, the head doctor of Aktobe infectious disease hospital on July 13.    Isayev and Kozbagarov were awarded posthumously the Hero of…