Articles by BILQIS BAHARI

Kazakhstan Chairs Working Group of Preparatory Commission for Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 30th anniversary of the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site. On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.  The international community, recognizing the contribution of Kazakhstan in strengthening the non-proliferation regime of…

Two-Week Vacation in Bali Turned Into Six-Month Stay for Kazakh Lady amid COVID-19 Lockdown in Bali

KUALA LUMPUR – Laura Dossova’s dream of a two-week relaxing vacation in Bali, Indonesia last year unexpectedly turned into a six-month stay when the popular tourist island went into a strict lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19.  What was supposed to be an exciting trip to the Island of the Gods for her…

Singapore-Based Company Advances Logistics Solutions Between Central Asia and Southeast Asia

KUALA LUMPUR – The pandemic has given a boost to the logistics industry worldwide as the demand for delivery of goods surges, driven by an unprecedented growth of e-commerce during the lockdown period since 2020.  As businesses and consumers continue making their purchases – with some consumers purchasing more than usual – freight forwarders around…

A Little Astana in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR – The smell of home-cooked food to a group of 20-year-old Kazakh students living in tropical Malaysia will always trigger memories of the delicious meals prepared by their mothers, sisters and grandmothers back in Kazakhstan. But being more than 5,000km away from home means these students are not able to return whenever they…

Kitschy Soviet-Era Restaurant Popular in Astana

ASTANA – Capitalism has been moving quickly around Astana since the city became the capital 17 years ago. Many things have changed as a result, including the food enjoyed by locals. One can see a sprout of American fast food restaurants in the city, such as Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Burger King and Hardees. With…