Articles by Aibarshyn Akhmetkali

Indian Ambassador Highlights Promising Partnerships in IT, Digitalization and Healthcare

ASTANA – Information technologies (IT) and digitalization, healthcare, tourism and education have been identified as key fields where Kazakhstan and India can expand and forge new partnerships, according to Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan T.V. Nagendra Prasad. In an interview with The Astana Times, Prasad spoke of trade and investment, cultural ties and educational exchanges…

Kazakhstan Boosts Prestige and Combat Proficiency Through UN Peacekeeping Mission Deployment

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s engagement in the United Nations (UN) peacekeeping mission enhances the country’s prestige and augments its proficiency in combat, according to State Counselor Erlan Karin. Last week, the Kazakh Parliament approved the deployment of up to 430 peacekeepers to participate in the UN missions. Starting in March, it is planned to deploy 139…

Interactive Museum Celebrates Rich History of Kazakh Musical Instruments

AKMOLA REGION – A beguiling new museum in the Kosshy village, a 20-minute drive from Astana, is showcasing an excellent collection of over 1,600 Kazakh and Turkic instruments in an effort to preserve and revive the rarest pieces. A love letter to rich Kazakh musical heritage, the small museum is much more than a series…

Nearly 30 State-Supported Kazakh Films Set to Illuminate Big Screens in 2024

ASTANA – Lights, cameras and action are anticipated in the Kazakh film industry in 2024 as around 30 national films supported by the State Center for Support of National Cinema will be released, reported the center’s press service. Historical dramas, action movies, and much-anticipated auteur films dominate the coming year’s release schedule. “Among them are…

Kazakhstan Marks 120 Years of Abilkhan Kasteev, Artist of Realism at Soviet-Kazakh Nexus

ASTANA – Abilkhan Kasteev, a towering artist of his generation and the master of social realism who stood at the foundations of Kazakh fine arts, celebrates 120 years on Jan. 14. His carefully constructed and richly hued paintings often told the story of ordinary Kazakh people at the intersection of the nomadic heritage and the…

‘Zhoshy Khan’ Historical Drama on 8 Centuries of Statehood Draws Spectacular Turnout

ASTANA – The “Zhoshy Khan” historical drama drew a full house at the Kuanyshbaev Kazakh State Academic Musical and Drama Theater on a cold Astana evening on Jan. 11. The event  commemorated the establishment of Zhoshy Khan’s rule eight centuries ago. The play transports audiences to ancient Kazakh history – a medieval multinational state known…

Kazakhstan Celebrates 112th Birth Anniversary of Kunayev, Architect of Nation’s Past and Political Pioneer

ASTANA – Kazakhstan celebrates the 112th anniversary of the birth of a prominent Kazakh politician Dinmukhamed Kunayev on Jan. 12. As the nation stands in a pivotal moment in its political reforms, it offers a chance to honor the life and legacy of the outstanding politician, who led the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) for…

Kazakhstan Recovers Priceless Persian Texts on Abulkhair Khan

ASTANA – The National Center of Manuscripts and Rare Books retrieved copies of Persian language books “Tarikh-i-Abul Khair Khan” and “History of Mongols” found in the collections of the Patna Library in India, reported the Ministry of Culture and Information press service on Dec. 25, 2023. An extraordinary collection of rare books and manuscripts has…

Dombra Craftsman Preserves Soul of Kazakh Music in Every String (Video)

ALMATY – Zholaushy Turdugulov is one of a handful of traditional dombra craftsmen who preserve the traditional craft of instrument-making and know how to skillfully bring the best sound out of dombra, a two-string Kazakh instrument that is deemed the soul of Kazakh culture. Dombra is essential to the heritage of the Kazakh people.  Its…

New Book Unveils Kazakh Tribal Legacy, Breaks Myths and Preconceptions

ASTANA – Amid growing demand for national identity reflection and reassessment, the new book “Tamga: History of Kazakh Tribes” written by historian Radik Temirgaliyev presents an opportunity to explore Kazakh tribal heritage beyond myth and preconceptions. The finely crafted historical book was presented on Dec. 12 in Astana during a meeting with the author organized…

Altyn Tugyr Awards Celebrate Kazakhstan’s Excellence in Traditional Sports

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Association of National Sports awarded the exceptional athletes who have achieved success on the national and international levels in 10 national sports nominations at the 10th anniversary Altyn Tugyr (Golden Foundation) awards on Dec. 21 in Astana. The National Sports Association, launched in 2004, was set up to promote traditional Kazakh game…

New Qalam Platform Makes Central Asian History Available to Everyone

ASTANA – Qalam, a new online historical and educational platform, offers wider access to Kazakh and Central Asian history, making it easier for audiences to engage and interact with materials, said the editor-in-chief and historian Zhar Zardykhan during the presentation on Dec. 19 in Astana. In the absence of consistent access to museums and libraries, online…

Uzbekistan’s Saxaul Plantation Initiative at Aral Sea Serves as Beacon of Hope (Video)

MUYNAK, UZBEKISTAN – Uzbekistan’s ambitious saxaul plantation initiative is instilling optimism among scientists and residents of the dried-up Aral Sea basin that it will help to mitigate the increasing number of dust storms in Central Asia and avert related health risks. On a recent press trip to Muynak, once a thriving seaport of 25,000 people,…

Kazakh Traditional Milk Tea Cherished in China

ASTANA – Kazakh traditional milk-based tea holds a special place among people in Chinese Xinjiang province, which traditionally has a large population of Kazakhs, according to the video broadcasted on the Central People’s Radio, reported Kazinform news agency. The one thing that Kazakhs could beat the Chinese at is preparing the perfect tea, or shai,…

Investment Headquarters’ Meeting Marks Decisive Shift in Format

ASTANA – The Investment Promotion Council (Investment Headquarters) held its first regular meeting on Dec. 13 in Astana under a new format following the signing of a Presidential decree that granted them unprecedented authority, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. Chaired by Kazakhstan’s First Deputy Prime Minister Roman Sklyar, the meeting’s primary agenda was to…

Turkmenistan’s Anev Named Cultural Capital of the Turkic World in 2024

ASTANA – Turkmenistan’s Anev city has been selected as the next Cultural Capital of the Turkic World for 2024, following the Shusha city in Azerbaijan on Dec. 11, reported Kazinform news agency. The idea to establish the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World was introduced in 2010 at the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY)…

President Tokayev Highlights Kazakhstan’s Favorable Investment Climate at Altyn Sapa Awards

ASTANA – Kazakhstan provides attractive investment opportunities with a rapidly expanding business and industrial sector, said President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev at the Altyn Sapa (Golden Quality) and Paryz (Duty) award ceremony on Dec. 12 in Astana, as reported by the Akorda press service. Altyn Sapa and Paryz are annual awards recognizing entrepreneurs who have significantly contributed…

Kazakhstan to Apply Australian Success in Livestock and Agriculture 

ASTANA – The Kazakh delegation headed by Deputy Prime Minister Serik Zhumangarin visited Australia to study the best practices in animal husbandry and agriculture on Dec. 11, reported the Prime Minister’s press service. Australia is one of the top exporters in the world, taking the lead in both lamb and beef exports. The nation’s products…

Saiga Antelope Moves from Critically Endangered to Near Threatened Category on IUCN Red List

ASTANA – The status of Saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica) in the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List has been changed from critically endangered to near threatened on Dec. 11, marking a success in conservation efforts, announced a group of organizations involved in the effort.  The saiga population in Kazakhstan has recovered from…

Kazakhstan Aligns Human Rights Strategy with Sustainable Development, Says Ombudsman in Geneva

ASTANA – Kazakhstan has developed a wide-ranging human rights strategy that aligns with the objectives of sustainable development, said Human Rights Commissioner Artur Lastayev during the Contribution of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development conference on the sidelines of the Human Rights 75 high-level event on…

French Artist’s Photo Exhibition Gives Unique Snapshot of Kazakh Regions

ASTANA – French multidisciplinary artist Adèle Jelansky presented a photo exhibition, the result of her six-month creative photography residency in Kazakhstan, at the National Museum of Kazakhstan on Dec. 7. The new exhibition of 45 photographic collages, which is on display until Jan.7, 2024, takes viewers on a journey with the photographer: from Almaty to…

Key Kazakh Officials Adress Human Rights Progress at International Conference

ASTANA – Key representatives of government and human rights protection institutions have addressed Kazakhstan’s efforts in implementing human rights and key insights during the international scientific and practical conference organized by the Human Rights Commissioner’s Office on Dec. 7 in Astana. The two-day conference chaired by Kazakhstan’s Human Rights Commissioner Artur Lastayev precedes a milestone…

Kazakhstan Marks 135 Years of Amre Kashaubayev, Folk Singer Who Awed Paris

ASTANA – Kazakhstan is celebrating the 135th anniversary of Amre Kashaubayev, a folk singer who captivated audiences in Europe by bringing his native dombra from a Kazakh village to the world stage at the Paris Expo in 1925. It is not only remarkable that an artist from a remote Kazakh village could introduce the European…

Earth-Responsible Agriculture: Uzbek Farmers Lead in Land Restoration Practices

SAMARKAND REGION – Uzbek farmers’ approach to farming shows that degraded lands can be made more productive through achievable changes in practices and technology that “do not cost the earth.” A group of journalists, including The Astana Times correspondent, visited several farms and fields near the Samarkand Region as a side event of the 21st…

Golden Eagles, Falcons, and Tazy Dogs Shine at Traditional Hunting Festival

ASTANA – The eagle hunting festival gathered the finest among 40 golden eagles, 10 falcons, and 40 dogs of the Kazakh Tazy breed to promote traditional hunting practices that once flourished here in Bozanbay village of the East Kazakhstan Region on Nov. 25, reported the region’s press service. Following its debut two years ago, the…