Articles by Yelena Levkovich

Earthquake risk map to highlight vulnerable areas, guide building renovations in Almaty 

NUR-SULTAN – Almaty city authorities have examined the city’s buildings to create a risk map to let people know which residential buildings can and should be renovated or redesigned to minimise earthquake consequences. The map will be released in 2020. “We plan to release a risk map next year, which will clearly define what impact…

Kazakh government to allocate almost $13 billion to support teachers 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s new draft law on the status of teachers envisages the allocation of 5.2 trillion tenge (US$12.9 billion) for wage increases, bonuses for pedagogical skills and classroom management, leave payments and other incentives for members of that profession over the next five years. The new draft law provides 10 additional protections for teachers’…

Sudden snowstorm snarled traffic, caused accidents in Kazakh capital 

NUR-SULTAN – More than 200 people in Kazakhstan’s capital sought medical help over a few freezing, snowy days in the city in mid-November, zakon.kz reports. Local authorities mobilised all city services to cope with the snow and ice.  Four emergency stations and 20 hospital emergency rooms provide emergency trauma services in Nur-Sultan. Last week, trauma…

Kazakh capital hosts True or False Media Championship

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh capital hosted the True or False Media Literacy Championship Nov. 16, reported the akimat (city administration) website. The project, aimed at improving young people’s media literacy, began in the city in mid-October and involved 150 individuals aged 14-29.  Fifty contestants participated in the championship, conducted in the brain ring format. They…

Baikonur modernisation projects brought closer to fruition at Space Days in Nur-Sultan

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan is open to industrial cooperation in producing telecommunication satellites as well as common commercial projects at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin said during the Nov. 12 opening ceremony of the Space Days in Kazakhstan astronautics international forum.   “First President Nursultan Nazarbayev and President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pay special attention…

Kazakh President calls for abolition of mandatory registration of foreign visitors 

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev called for the country to end its requirement that foreign visitors register with migration authorities, saying at an Oct. 29 meeting in Almaty that the government should address the issue by the end of the year.  The procedure, he said, is a source of corruption. “If we really want…

Qatar Airways to launch flights to Kazakhstan in December

NUR-SULTAN – Qatar Airways is set to launch direct flights to Kazakhstan connecting the Kazakh capital, Almaty and Qatar capital Doha under the open skies regime introduced Nov. 1 at the country’s 11 airports, reported sputniknews.kz. Negotiations between the countries’ civil aviation authorities concluded Nov. 8. Qatar Civil Aviation Administration President Abdullah Nasser Turki al-Subai,…

Kazakhstan plans to develop its brand in global meat market

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh entrepreneurs plan to promote their own breed of cattle starting next year through the Kazakh Whiteheaded Breed International Council. Plans to create the council began after a memorandum was signed involving five-seven states, said Kazakh Whiteheaded Breed National Chamber Executive Director Dauren Matakbayev at the KazAgro/KazFarm 2019 international exhibition. “Today the Kazakh…

IBF names Gennady Golovkin’s opponent

NUR-SULTAN – Gennady Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 КО) will defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) middleweight world champion status next year in an IBF-organised fight against Poland’s Kamil Szeremeta (21-0, 5 КО). The event is in accordance with IBF and International Boxing Organisation (IBO) regulations and will be scheduled for either Feb. 8 or Feb. 29…

Georgian writer releases book about Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Georgian writer Vakhtang Gogoladze presented his book “There, in Kazakhstan” Oct. 31 in Tbilisi, reported zakon.kz. The work is devoted to the country’s hospitality and kindness, bringing together short stories about times when ethnic Kazakhs supported forced migrants and helped them overcome difficulties in their new environment.  Gogoladze’s parents came to Kazakhstan in…