Articles by Zhanna Shayakhmetova

Astana Ballet to Stage “The Legend of Turangy” to Raise Awareness about Human Impact on Nature

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Ballet will stage the premiere of the one-act ballet “Zheltorangy turaly anyz” (The Legend of Turangy) directed by Kazakh choreographer Anvara Sadykova Nov. 6-7, reported the theater’s press service.  The ballet tells the story about the conflict between humans and nature. It raises one of the more important issues of our…

Kazakhstan Introduces New Measures to Clamp Down on State Borders, Extends Suspension of Visa-Free Regime until May 2021

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will strengthen measures regarding the crossing of the state border. This was announced at the Nov. 2 Interdepartmental Commission headed by Prime Minister Askar Mamin.  Foreign citizens, who have a residence permit, and their family members as well as foreigners who are family members of Kazakh citizens can enter Kazakhstan no more…

Development Bank of Kazakhstan Promotes Higher Level of Women’s Participation in Decision-Making

NUR-SULTAN – The Development Bank of Kazakhstan (DBK) demonstrates one of the best examples of a women empowerment policy in the entire country. The bank’s proportion of women employed is 52 percent and the proportion of women in senior management positions is 58 percent, according to the bank’s human-resources department. The bank also includes women…

Space is Female! UniSat Girls Launch Nanosatellite Into Upper Atmosphere to Take High-Resolution Pictures of Earth

NUR-SULTAN – Twenty girls, all participants of the UniSat educational program, launched a cutting-edge nanosatellite using a helium balloon into the upper atmosphere  Oct. 30, reported the press service of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). After the launch, the nanosatellite took high-resolution images of earth and the cosmos. Sensors gathered data on radiation, pressure,…

“Images from the Abai Opera” Exhibition To Open at Astana Opera House

NUR-SULTAN – The “Images from Abai Opera” exhibition dedicated to the 175th anniversary of Kazakh philosopher, poet and composer Abai Kunanbayev will be opened Nov. 8 at the Astana Opera House in Nur-Sultan, the theatre’s press service reported.  The exhibition will showcase more than 200 costumes created by Academy Award winner Franca Squarciapino for Akhmet…

Kazakh President Takes Part in 7th Congress of Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs

NUR-SULTAN – The well-coordinated work of the government and Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs (NCE) contributes to the favorable business climate in the country, said Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev during the Oct. 29 7th Congress of Atameken NCE, the Akorda press service reported. Entrepreneurship is important to the economy. As a non-profit organization, the Atameken…

Kazakh Scientists Continue Work on COVID-19 Vaccine Development

NUR-SULTAN – The Research Institute for Biological Safety Problems is continuing its work on five platforms for developing a COVID-19 candidate vaccine, said Director General of the institute Kunsulu Zakarya during the Oct. 28 meeting with Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, reported the Akorda press service.   The QazCovid vaccine has been included in the World Health…

Kulanshi Art Space Gallery Presents “The Legends” Exhibition Dedicated to Kazakh Art (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – “The Legends” – an exhibition showcasing the works of Kazakh artists opened its doors to visitors at the ForteBank Kulanshi Art Space gallery in Nur-Sultan. The exhibition presents 75 works created by Abdrashit Sydyhanov (b. 1937), Sabur Mambeev (1928-2017), Sagyntai Alimbetov (b. 1953) and Galym Karjasov (1954-2016). The artworks display the interest of…

Kazakh Prime Minister, US Officials and Companies Discuss Further Cooperation at Kazakh-American Business Council

NUR-SULTAN – The direct investments from the United States to Kazakhstan exceeded $53 billion or 15 percent of the total amount of attracted foreign capital since 1991, reported Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin at the Oct. 26 online Kazakh-American Business Council at the US Chamber of Commerce. The United States is one of the largest…

Kazakh Prime Minister Meets with Turkish Minister of Defense

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Prime Minister Askar Mamin met with Turkish Minister of Defense Hulusi Akar in Nur-Sultan, Primeminister.kz reported Oct. 26. Mamin noted that the cooperation between Kazakhstan and Turkey has been at an all-time high level. “The warm relations between the heads of our countries play an important role in expanding bilateral cooperation. Kazakhstan…

ATP 250 Astana Open Tennis Tournament Kicks Off in Kazakh Capital

NUR-SULTAN – The ATP 250 Astana Open Tennis Tournament kicks off Oct. 26 at the National Tennis Center in Nur-Sultan, reported the press service of Kazakhstan Tennis Federation.  The qualification games were held last Sunday with 32 participants in the draw being seeded. The finals will take place on Nov. 1. The total prize pool…

Kazakh Shavkat Rakhmonov Defeats Brazilian Alex Oliveira in His First UFC Debut

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh UFC fighter Shavkat Rakhmonov (13-0) defeated his experienced opponent, Brazilian fighter Alex Oliveira (22-8-1-2) in his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut on Oct. 24. The fight took place in the preliminary card of the UFC 254 tournament on Fighting Island in Abu Dhabi.  According to Mmafighting.com, Rakhmonov took out octagon veteran Oliveira…

Kazakhstan Joins Global Campaign to Celebrate 75th Founding Anniversary of UN (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan joined the Shaping Our Future Together global campaign to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN), the press service of the UN in Kazakhstan reported Oct. 23. October 24 has been celebrated as UN Day since 1948. This year, meetings, round tables and exhibitions are held virtually to attract global…

Rakhat Confectionery Unveils New Line of Chocolate Products Decorated by Kazakh Artists’ Paintings

NUR-SULTAN – The Rakhat Confectionery launched the Qazaqstan oneri (The Art of Kazakhstan) project in cooperation with the Art Future creative platform, reported Rakhat Chairperson of the Board Konstantin Fedorets at the Oct. 8 press briefing.  The goal of the project is to introduce the customers to the rich contemporary culinary culture of Kazakhstan and…

Ethnic Kazakh Living in China Madina Dumankyzy Performs Dimash Kudaibergen’s Song at Sing! China Music Competition

NUR-SULTAN – A 20-year-old ethnic Kazakh from Xinjiang province in China, Madina Dumankyzy, performed Dimash Kudaibergen’s song “Umytylmas Kun” (An Unforgettable Day) in the eighth round of the popular Chinese singing competition Sing! China. She performed a song in the Kazakh and Chinese languages accompanied by the kobyz (a two-stringed instrument) and a flute.  “I…

Kazakhstan to Host Oceanman Open Water Swimming Competition in 2021

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan will host the Oceanman sporting event for the first time in Kapshagay in the Almaty region July 31 – Aug. 1, 2021, reported the press service of Kazakh Tourism National Company.  Launched in 2015, Oceanman is an international open water swimming competition designed by swimmers for swimmers. The list of hosting countries…

Discover Moscow and Learn the Kazakh Language. Enthusiasts are Promoting Kazakh Culture in Russia (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Moscow residents Elizaveta Osipova and Anastasiya Reshetnikova launched the Moskva Qazaqsha (About Moscow in Kazakh) project about their hometown, its streets and people in the Kazakh language on YouTube.    They also started an online course on the most necessary and easy phrases that people need to know while visiting Kazakhstan.  “The idea for…

Kazakhstan Increases Environmental Program Investments by 24 Percent in January-August

NUR-SULTAN – Environmental investments increased by 24 percent in January-August and reached 92.5 billion tenge (US$216 million), the Finprom financial and business analytical service reported. The increase was two-fold and worth 74.6 billion tenge (US$174 million) in the same period last year. Over the past three years, investments in environmental protection grew by an average…

Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Presents Initiatives to Strengthen Global Dialogue at GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Minister of Foreign Affairs Mukhtar Tileuberdi took part in the 15th session of the GLOBSEC Bratislava Forum on Oct. 7, reported the ministry’s press service.  Kazakh Foreign Minister Tileuberdi reaffirmed Kazakhstan’s position towards a dialogue based on mutual understanding at the global, regional and nation levels.    Tileuberdi noted that the nations face…

Kazakh Tourism National Company Seeks Ways to Develop Ecotourism at Kolsai Lakes

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Tourism national company presented a new concept for ecotourism development in the Kolsai Lakes National Park in the Almaty Region, the company’s press service reported on Oct. 1.   The main idea behind the plan is to ban mass gatherings, vehicle tours and overnight stays at the Kolsai Lakes. “The tour to…

Kazakh Government Supports Digitalization Projects to Provide Access to Internet in Rural Areas

NUR-SULTAN – Some 97.8 percent of people have access to the internet in Kazakhstan, reported the press service of the Ministry of Digital Development, Innovations and Aerospace Industry.  The government allocated 18 billion tenge (US$41 million) for digitalization in 2019. This year, it is planning to allocate more than 32.6 billion tenge (US$75 million). The…

Dimash Kudaibergen’s Debut Music Video to Premiere on MTV USA (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – Dimash Kudaibergen’s debut in America will be premiered on MTV USA TV Channel during the evening prime time on Oct. 2, reported the DimashNews.com website. The popular singer will be the first artist from Kazakhstan to appear on MTV with a song sung in the Kazakh language.   The video will also be available…

Social Health Insurance Fund Provides Supplementary Payments for Medical Workers During Pandemic

NUR-SULTAN – The Social Health Insurance Fund has allocated 73.7 billion tenge (US$172 million) worth of supplementary payments for doctors on the frontlines of coronavirus since the pandemic outbreak in March, according to the press service of the fund. This month, more than 66,000 medical workers will receive supplementary payments for August.  The list of…

Free Online School for New Entrepreneurs Opens in Almaty

NUR-SULTAN – The Qoldau Center for Entrepreneurship has launched a free online school for beginner entrepreneurs with the support of the Almaty city administration, the Atameken business channel reported.  The training and webinars are aimed to build a sustainable business that can operate in difficult conditions. “We found many issues that need to be addressed.…

Astana Ballet to Perform Charity Show for Heroic Medical Workers Who Survived the Epidemic on Oct. 3-4

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Ballet theater will start its eighth season with charity concerts for medical workers on Oct. 3-4 in the Kazakh capital, reported the theater’s press service. Overall, the theater plans to stage ten charity concerts for medical workers in the capital and in other regions.  The concert program features major theater’s performances…