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Treating cancer patients abroad has become business, says Kazakh expert

NUR-SULTAN – Helping Kazakh patients to travel abroad for treatment has become an industry in the country, said Kazakh Research Institute of Oncology and Radiology Board Chairperson Dilyara Kaidarova Oct. 15 at the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in the capital. “I checked these cases (of sending patients abroad for treatment) and there are companies that…

Second International Writers Forum focuses on translation problems

NUR-SULTAN – The second International Writers Forum in Almaty Sept. 25-27 focused on translation issues through the theme “Discovering the world – opening to the world. Problems of literary translation and literary contacts.” “Today, culturally, the world has become more diverse than in the past. The number of nation states that are striving for self-determination…

Kazakh government allocates record amount for social assistance 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan increased social spending 28 percent in the first eight months of 2019 over the same period 2018, reported Ranking.kz. The country spent 2.3 trillion tenge (US$5.9 billion) on social programmes from January to August and spent 1.8 trillion tenge (US$4.6 billion) during the same months of 2018.  As of August 15, 1.8…

Young runners debut at start of annual Almaty Women’s Race 

NUR-SULTAN – Girls 10-14 debuted at the start line Sept. 28 of the annual Almaty Women’s Race in Atakent Park. Rima Grankina took the top spot among the 32 children in the age group, running the three-kilometre distance in 11:24. Seconds behind her were Dariya Medushenko (11:46) and Nina Gladkaya (11:51). The older participants ran…

Online document processing, soft loans, preferential lending expected to boost Kazakh domestic businesses

NUR-SULTAN – Online document processing, soft loans and preferential lending are some of the measures introduced by the government to stimulate the country’s businesses. Signing documents to subsidise and guarantee loans online started Sept. 22. Rather than the previous 40 days, processing time has been reduced to three. Since its introduction, the business process automation…

Kazakh government alters procurement processes to focus on domestic suppliers 

NUR-SULTAN – Construction, IT and electronic materials for government use will only be available after a pre-selection stage, said First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Alikhan Smailov on Sept. 23. The changes are designed to ensure procurement sustainability and give an edge to Kazakh domestic businesses. The amendment regarding construction materials became active…

More than 20,000 people sign petition demanding closure of Almaty Zoo 

NUR-SULTAN – More than 20,000 people have signed an online petition at change.org demanding the Almaty Zoo be shut down. The petition is titled “We demand to close the zoo in Almaty. Animals are neither a thing nor a source of profit” and was launched by Batyrkhan Togaibayev. Togaibayev addressed Almaty Zoological Park officials in…

Kazakh Accounts Committee proposes reducing air, railway transportation subsidies

NUR-SULTAN – The Accounts Committee for Monitoring the Implementation of the National Budget recommends reducing the subsidisation of air and railway transportation in the draft national budget for 2020-2022, said Accounts Committee Chair Natalia Godunova during the Sept. 12 presentation of the budget in the Mazhilis (lower house of Parliament). The draft budget allocates 19…

Kazakh cattle genotyping company awarded with international quality certificate

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh company Genesis.KZ recently received an international quality certificate from the International Society for Animal Genetics (ISAG) for using genotyping of cattle to confirm breed and breeding origin. The company had already won one of the grant programmes of the Genesis Stimulating Productive Innovation project established by the Science Committee and the World…

Young Kazakh para dancers win World Cup medals

NUR-SULTAN – Young Kazakh athletes Aknur Akzharkenova, Lestein Aslambekov, Arua Beikhari, Altynai Kazbekova and Akbota Rysbekova took the medal stand at the Sept. 12 World Para Dance Cup in St. Petersburg, Russia.  “I love dancing, I want to dance all the time! For me, fourth place is a very big achievement, because this is my…