Articles by Maksut Irzhanov

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 On August 29, 1991, Kazakh First President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed a historical document, a decree on the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site.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…

Company Plans to Launch Recreational Fishing Pond near Astana

AKMOLA REGION – Head of the company Sarkrama 2006 Kanat Adilbekov has decided to establish a pond fish farm near Astana. Kazakhstan is rich in fishable waters and therefore, is home to favourable conditions for intensive fish farming. There are 48,000 lakes in the country, 45,000 of which are less than one square kilometre in…

New Pig Farm Revives Rural Community

WEST KAZAKHSTAN REGION – A recently opened pig farm has allowed many former residents of Shchapovo Village in the Zelenovski District to return after leaving in the 1990s due to economic decline following the collapse of the Soviet Union. Shchapovo Village was once a thriving community supported by the local industrial association “Ural Poultry,” which…

New, Massive National Folklore Collection Presented

ASTANA – A 100-volume series of Kazakh folklore called “Babalar Sozi” (Kazakh for The Words of Ancestors) was presented at the National Academic Library of the Ministry of Culture and Information of Kazakhstan on Feb. 20. The collection, by authors Seit Kaskabassov, head of the Madeni Mura (“Cultural Heritage”) State Programme’s folklore section, and Ualikhan…

Country Pays Its Respects to National Poet Ongarsynova

ASTANA – Kazakhstan paid its last respects to poet and Kazakhstan State Prize laureate Fariza Ongarsynova on Jan. 27. Hundreds of people came to the Korme Exhibition Centre, where visitors were observed weeping. Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov, Chairman of the Senate Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev, Mazhilis Speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin, Minister of Culture and Information Mukhtar Kul-Muhammed, Mayor…

Genetics Used to Study Ethno-Genesis of Kazakhs

The Committee of Science of the Ministry of Education and Science of Kazakhstan recently held a training workshop for journalists on the subject “The Interdisciplinary Approach to the Study of the Ethno-Genesis of Kazakhs.” The training seminar was conducted in accordance with instructions from the Kazakhstan Secretary of State Marat Tazhin. The choice of the…

New Hockey, Figure Skating Training Facility Opens in Astana

ASTANA – A new ice rink and training facility for professional, semiprofessional and amateur hockey teams and figure skaters opened here on July 12. The rink, known as Tarlan, took nine months to construct and utilizes the latest technology. “The quality of the ice cover is high, it doesn’t need defrosting… We also want to…

Fans in Almaty, Astana Celebrate Beatles Day

ASTANA – January 16 is declared as the World Beatles Day. This holiday was set in 2001 by UNESCO and is timed to the opening date of the Cavern club in Liverpool that from 1960 onwards had been the mainstay of the Beatles’ performances after their tours in Hamburg. It is said that John Lennon,…