Articles by Kamila Zhumabayeva

Young man overcomes tragedy, gets inspired to help people with disabilities

ASTANA – A car accident left 19-year-old Yeldos Bayalyshbayev disabled years ago. He had a neck bone fracture, paralysis of limbs and a bedridden life. At least that was what doctors told him. But persistence, family support and care not only got Bayalyshbayev up on his feet again but also inspired others like him to…

Kazakhstan’s population nears 18 million people

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s population stood at 17.9 million people as of May 1, Chairperson of Statistics Committee of National Economy Ministry Nurbolat Aidapkelov announced at a June 5 government briefing. However, the committee is not publishing open data on the population base yet. When the number reaches 18 million people an announcement will be made,…

Kazakhstan improves on key indices of latest UN Human Development Report

ASTANA – Kazakhstan improved on key indices over 2015 in latest United Nations Global, Regional and National Human Development report. Compared to 2015, life expectancy increased to 69.6 years from 69.4 years, average years in education rose to 11.7 compared to 11.4 and per capita gross national income reached $22,093, up from $20,876, according to…

National Museum to hold several exhibits within EXPO 2017

ASTANA – Exhibits featuring Kazakhstan’s honoured art workers, the Terracotta Army, ancient Egyptian monuments and weapon arts will be held by the country’s national museum as part of EXPO 2017. The June 6-July 10 solo exhibit will highlight Yerbolat Tolepbay, the country’s honoured art worker and state prize laureate, according to Tengrinews. “Yerbolat Tolepbay’s inimitable…

WeAlmaty project to encourage and support citizens in developing city

ASTANA – The EU-funded WeAlmaty project aims to encourage and support residents to engage in evolving their city into a smart, safe, comfortable, socially-oriented and economically-sustainable urban area, said Rowan Kennedy, Deputy Director, British Council Kazakhstan, in an interview with The Astana Times. The British Council, Almaty Akimat (city administration), Almaty Development Centre and Kazakh-British…

New terminal officially opened at capital’s airport

ASTANA – The new $256 million terminal at the capital’s airport had an official opening May 31 attended by President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The terminal was implemented within the Nurly Zhol programme and its construction began in 2014, noted Astana International Airport Director General Radilbek Adimolda. “The airport was launched in 2004 with a throughput capacity…

EXPO 2017’s ‘Smart City’ technology will be first of its kind in capital

ASTANA – Cutting-edge technology will be used to decrease energy usage throughout the EXPO 2017 facilities, said Vladimir Sobolev, the Astana EXPO 2017 national company’s managing director and director of New Technologies and IT, the press service of the company reported. “Smart Grid system will be one of the projects used on the exhibition area.…

Fitness Park Astana opens new season for open-air workouts

ASTANA – It is that time of the year again when the residents of the capital can get outside and enjoy having open-air exercises with fitness professionals. Fitness Park Astana has opened a new season of weekly workouts at Astana’s parks. One can go for CrossFit, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Zumba, Combat battle or yoga sessions led…

May 31 marks Kazakh Day of Remembrance

ASTANA – Since 1997, May 31 has been marked as Kazakhstan’s Day of Remembrance of Victims of Political Repression and Hunger to honour those who were lost through 20th century repression and starvation in the country. Joseph Stalin’s policies of collectivisation caused the great famine of 1931-1933, one of the saddest and most influential events…

Residents discuss benefits, inconveniences of EXPO 2017

ASTANA – Some capital residents are happy the much-talked-about EXPO 2017 will benefit the city, entrepreneurs and Kazakhstan’s image. To others, however, it seems like a waste of budget money and resulting discomfort. The Astana Times interviewed several residents to get their impressions of the upcoming international specialised exposition. “As a resident, the upcoming expo…