Articles by Meruyert Abugaliyeva

Kazakh Supreme Mufti: care for peace is moral, civic duty of every Muslim

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is home to more than 130 ethnic groups and the nation’s prosperity is only possible when there is peace and harmony, said Serikbay kazhy Oraz, Chairperson of the Spiritual Administration of Muslims of Kazakhstan (SAMK) and the Kazakh Supreme Mufti, in a recent interview with The Astana Times. “Surely, Islam is a…

Won Buddhist Temple leader: mutual respect and tolerance characterise relations between religions in Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Kazakhstan creates conditions for representatives of various religious communities, including adherents of Buddhism, to coexist peacefully and prosper. Larisa Palagina, leader of Almaty Temple of Won Buddhism, spoke about the practice in Kazakhstan, its values, activities and interfaith relations, in an interview with The Astana Times. Won Buddhism is a modernised form of…

South Korean developers create cattle tracking device for Kazakh farmers

ASTANA – Lives’ Talk, a Korean start-up, has developed two gadgets and a mobile application to help Kazakh farmers quickly determine the location of their cattle. The idea behind the device belongs to team leader Yung Yang Cheng, who identified the problem during his trip to Kazakhstan two years ago. “I noticed that farmers sometimes…

Kazakh biotechnologist aims to help billions live without tooth decay

ASTANA – Kazakh biotechnologist Bauyrzhan Aituov produces Innodent, an innovative product for treating tooth decay without painful drilling and fillings. The product can stop early tooth decay and stimulate natural regeneration of tooth enamel, he told The Astana Times in a recent interview. Innodent Repair consists of a synthesised human protein called amelogenin, which plays…

SPIID boosts manufacturing industry

ASTANA – The 2015-2019 State Programme of Industrial and Innovative Development (SPIID) has positively affected the growth dynamics of the manufacturing sector, resulting in the industry contribution to the GDP growing to 11.8 percent, according to the preliminary evaluation by Kazakh Ministry of Investments and Development. The key contributors were metallurgy (9.3 percent of the…

Qazaq Geography embarks on fourth expedition across Kazakhstan

ASTANA – Sary-Arka, the fourth expedition of the Kazakh National Geographic Society (Qazaq Geography), set off from Astana Aug. 20. The journey, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Kazakh capital, will continue through Sept. 4. Participants, including TV journalists, tour operators and local and foreign travel bloggers, will travel 4,595 kilometres across the Akmola,…

Kindergartens, schools ready for 2018-2019 academic year, says minister

ASTANA – School opens Sept. 1 and the Kazakh education system is ready for the academic year, said Minister of Education and Science Yerlan Sagadiyev, reporting on kindergarten and school preparation during an Aug. 22 government meeting. The country has 10,311 kindergartens for nearly 900,000 pre-school-age children, including 6,727 public and 3,584 private institutions. Extensive…

Socially conscious agrarian among nation’s 100 New Faces

ASTANA – Vladimir Akulov, businessperson and agrarian from the East Kazakhstan region is among 102 winners of the nation’s 100 New Faces project for his attention to corporate social responsibility and charity. The project was established to recognise exemplary individuals and promote their success stories to inspire others. In times of post-war hardships in Belarus,…

Qurban Ait – festival of kindness and friendship

ASTANA – Qurban Ait (Eid al-Adha), one of two main Islamic holidays, is being celebrated Aug. 21 – 23 this year. The holiday, mostly associated with sacrificing an animal, symbolises kindness and generosity, friendship and mutual understanding for many Kazakh citizens. According to Islamic tradition, Muslims throughout the world slaughter an animal, such as a…

Astana sees rise in transport card use

ASTANA – The number of transport card users has almost doubled since the July 21 introduction of differentiated fares and the new enter-and-exit rules for city bus passengers. The initial 221,000 transport cardholders reached 405,000 by the end of the month. As of Aug. 7, the figure had risen to 415,000, including 61,900 passengers eligible…