Articles by Zhanna Shayakhmetova

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…

American Band Humming House Performs Famous Kazakh Song “Aittym Salem, Kalamkas” Written by Abai (Video)

NUR-SULTAN – The Humming House, an American band from Nashville, Tennessee performed their rendition of Abai Kunanbaiuly’s song “Aittym Salem, Kalamkas” (Greetings to you, Kalamkas). The performance is dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the great Kazakh poet and philosopher.  “Aittym Salem, Kalamkas” is one of Abai’s most popular literary works about the love of…

Kazakhstan Joins Second Optional Protocol to ICCPR Aiming at Abolishing Death Penalty

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan joined the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights aiming at the abolition of the death penalty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1989, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The international treaty will enter into force after its…

Presidential Youth Personnel Reserve Members Propose New Ideas for National Economic Policies

NUR-SULTAN – Initiatives proposed by the members of the Presidential youth personnel reserve will be considered at the Expert Cooperation Council. This was announced by Minister of National Economy Ruslan Dalenov at the Sept. 17 meeting with the members of the Presidential youth personnel reserve. The Expert Cooperation Council intends to promote the idea of…

Kazakh University Qualifications Now Set to Comply with European Education Standards

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh university qualifications have started to meet the standards of the Qualifications Framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), reported the Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science.  Kazakh students will receive a Diploma Supplement that corresponds to European qualifications starting in 2021.  “The educational equivalence compatibility of Kazakh higher education with European…

Astana Opera House to Present New Production of “Don Pasquale” Opera

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Opera House will stage the online premiere of Gaetano Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” on Oct. 2-3 on Tengri TV, reported the theatre’s press service.  The main feature of the production is the contemporary setting where the story, which is traditionally set in the 19th century, is transferred to the very beginning of…

“Al-Farabi” Historical Series to be Released in October on Qazaqstan TV Channel

NUR-SULTAN – The “Al-Farabi” series dedicated to the 1150th anniversary of great scholar Abu Nasr Al-Farabi will be released in October on the Qazaqstan TV channel, the South Kazakhstan newspaper reported on Sept. 14.  The Shymkent film studio Sak filmed a 10-episode series in Turkestan and Bukhara. The historical series depicts two periods in the…

Kazakh Prime Minister Meets with President of Turkmenistan in Ashgabat

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Askar Mamin met with President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov in Ashgabat as part of Mamin’s official visit to Turkmenistan, reported Sept. 17 the press service of the Prime Minister’s Office.  Mamin and Berdymukhamedov noted the dynamics of economic development and potential for further bilateral cooperation in the economic sphere. They…

Memorial to Honor Soviet Soldiers Who Died in WWII to Be Built in Croatia

NUR-SULTAN – A memorial to commemorate the Soviet soldiers will be built at the Peace and Friendship Park in the Strigovo village in Croatia, reported the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The official opening of the memorial is scheduled for April 2021.  Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Croatia Tolezhan Barlybayev laid a…

Kazakh Film “Tomiris” Wins Nouveau Genre Prize at L’Étrange Festival in France

NUR-SULTAN – Akan Satayev’s historic film “Tomiris” received the Nouveau Genre Great Prize in the International Feature Film Competition at France’s 26th L’Étrange Festival, which was held Sept. 2 – 13.  A French premium television channel Canal+, one of the festival partners, will present the film in its primetime line-up, reported Satayev on his Instagram.…

NU Graduate School of Public Policy, Academy of Public Administration and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy Launch Civil Servants Program

NUR-SULTAN – The Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Public Policy (NU GSPP), the Academy of Public Administration under the President of Kazakhstan and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore just launched the Leader of the New Formation student program, the NU Press Office reported.  Fifty senior civil…

Astana Opera House Begins its Online Performance Season With Gala Opera Premiere On Sept. 18

NUR-SULTAN – The Astana Opera House begins its eighth theater season with an online gala opera program titled “Through the Pages of Opera Classics” on Tengri TV and on the theater’s YouTube channel on Sept.18, reported the theater’s press service.  The program features scenes from Akhmet Zhubanov and Latyf Khamidi’s opera “Abai,” Gioachino Rossini’s opera…

President Tokayev Visits Kostanai and North Kazakhstan Regions During Harvesting Campaign

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met Sept. 10 with the managers of the large farms during his working visit to the Kostanai region, reported Akorda Press.  Farmers of the Kostanai region have increased their production volumes despite the difficulties caused by the pandemic outbreak. The harvesting campaign is at its final stage in the…

East Kazakhstan Region Shows Positive Economic Growth Indicators Despite Pandemic

NUR-SULTAN – The East Kazakhstan region announced plans to launch 1,558 projects with more than 2,000 workplaces by the end of 2020 as part of a state support program for small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs), reported Sept. 3 Primeminister.kz.  The local authorities are also implementing state measures to support the agri-industrial sector, to develop infrastructure,…

Kazakh Company Aselsan Engineering to Supply 1,500 Stationary Ventilators to Hospitals Nationwide

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakhstan Aselsan Engineering company has started to produce stationary mechanical ventilation devices in the Kazakh capital, reported the press service of the Prime Minister’s Office.  Mechanical ventilation is used to assist or replace spontaneous breathing. A machine is used for prolonged ventilation of the lungs of adults and children in intensive care…

Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute to Launch Startup Accelerator in November for Central Asian Entrepreneurs

NUR-SULTAN – The Silicon Valley-based Founder Institute will launch a pre-seed startup accelerator in November for entrepreneurs from Kazakhstan and Central Asia. The online program will aim to help build 20 promising technology companies per year in Central Asia. Anarbek Utegulov, the Local Leader of the Kazakhstani division of the largest pre-seed startup accelerator –…

Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Provides Grants for Refugees Living in Kazakhstan Thanks to UNHCR Support

NUR-SULTAN – The Al-Farabi Kazakh National University (KazNU) has launched the first grant program for refugees in Kazakhstan with the assistance of the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Kazakhstan, the UNHCR Office for Central Asia reported Sept. 1.  The grant provides free tuition for Zeenat Muznabi, 17, and Ahmad Farhad Abdul Hafiz, 24, from…

Distance Learning to Become New Standard in Education as Academic Year Begins in Kazakhstan

NUR-SULTAN – Some 3.3 million schoolchildren, 466,000 high school students and more than 600,000 university students began a new academic year on Tuesday. While the majority will continue to study remotely amid the pandemic outbreak, about 780,000 primary schoolchildren will study in special groups at schools.   On Sept. 1, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev congratulated students…

Online Literacy School Opens for People with Disabilities, Offers Internship Opportunities

NUR-SULTAN – The Erekshe Tandau-Shelek Fund has launched the Lider Z project, a professional online school for people with disabilities, reported Ortcom.Kz.  The training program offered at the school covers the most in-demand professions in the labor market. At the same time, the school helps individuals learn basic computer skills such as learning how to…

Kazakhstan Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Constitution

NUR-SULTAN – This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Kazakh Constitution which is observed on Aug. 30. The Constitution was adopted at a nationwide referendum in 1995.  “The Constitution of Kazakhstan includes the centuries-old experience and wisdom of the Kazakh people, combined with the advanced achievements in international legal thought. I believe that the…

Kazakh Director Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s Film “Ulbolsyn” Receives Work in Progress Award at 26th Sarajevo Film Festival

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s feature film “Ulbolsyn” won the main prize in the Work in Progress category at Bosnia’s 26th Sarajevo Film Festival, reported the director’s press service. This year, the festival was held online from Aug. 12-21. The shooting took place this winter in the Almaty region. Currently, the film is being…

Businesses Restart Operations After Passing Special Permit Registration Process

NUR-SULTAN – The Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs has launched the InfoKazakhstan website to register companies that have resumed their activities after the lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If the companies provide services for people and children, they need permission from the government to resume their work as the life and health of…

Kazakh Boxer Firuza Sharipova Wins IBA World Female Super Light Belt

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh boxer Firuza Sharipova (11-1, 5 KOs) has won the International Boxing Association World Female Super Light Title in Kazan by defeating Aug. 22 Tanzanian boxer Happy Daudi (8-7-1, 4 KOs) in the fifth round of the 10-round fight, reported Sports.kz.  “Sharipova used her blistering speed to score in the opening rounds. Then…

Ministry of Trade and Integration to Develop National System For Delivery of Goods, Offer Tax Exemptions

NUR-SULTAN – Kazakh Minister of Trade and Integration Bakhyt Sultanov spoke about the key tasks of the ministry for the near future during the Aug. 20 meeting with the population. The ministry will continue to work on the draft strategic directions for the development of Eurasian economic integration until 2025. It provides the opportunities for…

Kazakh MFA Establishes Operation Headquarters to Assist Students Studying Abroad

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs established the Operation Headquarters to coordinate and help Kazakh students who study abroad.  “The pandemic outbreak creates difficulties for international students globally. Regular flights and transport links have been suspended, entry for foreign citizens is prohibited, and the quarantine regime remains in many countries. Universities have now…