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WIPO Announces Rating of World Innovative Technology Leaders

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has designed a new rating of world leading countries in the sphere of innovative technologies. Like in previous years, the leaders of the rating remained Switzerland, Sweden, Great Britain, the United States, Finland and Singapore, reported the United Nation’s news centre. According to the organisation’s report on the global…

EXPO 2017 National Company Presents New Tours for Expo Tourists

ASTANA – The Astana EXPO 2017 National Company and the Akmola Department for Tourism recently presented a new tour, “Burabai – Pearl of Kazakhstan,” which covers the Shchuchinsk-Borovoe resort area, to tourist operators from Astana, Almaty, and the Akmola, Pavlodar and North Kazakhstan regions, reported the public relations department of the company. The purpose of…

Kazakh Ballet Star Brings Dance Victory from Seoul

Kazakh ballet star and Astana Opera leading soloist Bakhtiyar Adamzhan won the 13th Seoul International Dance Competition, reported the Astana Opera press service. The artist earned the top rating in the classical dance category in the senior male dancers group, after astonishing the jury and audience with his virtuoso technique and highly professional dance performance.…

Kazakhstan, South Korea and Belarus Create Eurasian Spatial Data Infrastructure

A memorandum of understanding and cooperation to create Eurasian spatial data infrastructure was recently signed between Belarus, Kazakhstan and South Korea. The text of the memorandum will be sent to the Russian registry for consideration of possible future accession of the country. The memorandum was signed in the framework of the Second International Conference on…

Examination of Aktobe Burial Mound Reveals New Foundings of Sarmatian Period

The Halyk Kazynasy Research Studies Institute of the Kazakh National Museum is now executing archaeological research on more than a dozen sites across the country which belong to different periods of time. During the current research of the 6th-5th century BC burial complex Tortoba located in Kobda district in Aktobe region, archaeologists found intact tombs…

Moscow Hosts Street Photo Exhibition Dedicated to Kazakhstan

The Kazakh Embassy to Russia and the National Geographic Russia magazine organised a Kazakhstan – Land of the Great Steppe street photo exhibition, reported the press service of the magazine. According to the press statement, the exhibition, opened as of July 21, stationed itself in the centre of the Russian capital, on Nickolskaya Street next…

Kazakh National Bank Issues Commemorative Coins

On July 29, the Kazakh National Bank issued new special 500 tenge (US$1.43) coins made of gold and silver, as well as 100 tenge (US$0.29) coins made of nickel silver. The coins are part of a series dedicated to Abulkhair Khan. All coins have identical front and back sides, while the gold and silver ones…

Kazakh Government Launches Satellite Navigation Software

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s state bodies are now using satellite navigation software to better manage logistics, according to the press service of the National Agency for Technological Development. National company Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary has developed a monitoring and control system to track moving objects. The technology was developed with grant funds in the amount of 18,729,937…

10-Year-Old Amir Makhmet Sets New Record for Non-Stop Push-Ups

World record holder among children and four times champion of Kazakhstan’s Record Book for push-ups and the longest time in an abdominal position Amir Makhmet recently set a new record with a 1,000 push-ups in one go. This time, the top of the Bolektau Mountain was the place of this sports event. Young athlete Makhmet…

Air Company Awards Plane to Children’s Centre

In early June, the Kazakh airline company Air Control announced the winner of the competition for the best use of the decommissioned aircraft was the Children’s Scientific and Educational Centre Evrikum in Almaty. “To tell the truth, it was not easy to make a choice. However, the main factors for us were the social approach…

EAEU Members States Work on Creation of Common Drugs Market

In order to establish a common market in drugs of the Eurasian Economic Union planned for 2016-2018, it was decided to develop 67 new regulations. The corresponding list of regulations has been approved by the member of the Board for Technical Regulation of the Eurasian Economic Commission Valery Koreshkov, reported the press service of the…

Kazakhstan Becomes First Central Asian Country on OECD Competition Committee

The antimonopoly body of Kazakhstan has been accepted as a new member of the Competition Committee of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), reported the press service of the Ministry of National Economy of Kazakhstan. The organisation includes 35 member states, most of which are European countries, including Germany, Sweden, Switzerland, as well…

Kazakhstan Fights Online Terrorist Propaganda

Kazakhstan recently blocked 94 suspicious websites for spreading extremism and terrorism propaganda messages, reported the press service of the Astana Prosecutor General’s Office. Since the beginning of the current year, the Yessil district court in Astana has issued 18 rulings concerning illegal content and products placed on foreign internet platforms and it was decided to…

Astana Celebrates Mandela Day

Mandela Day, the annual international day of July 18 honouring anti-apartheid leader, philanthropist and former South African President Nelson Mandela, has been observed in Kazakhstan since 2012. The community is becoming aware of the celebration through activities arranged by the South African Embassy in Kazakhstan. The embassy has hosted a number of events in previous…

Kazakh Senate Chair Discusses Upcoming Nuclear Disarmament Conference, Trade and Development in Geneva

Kazakh Senate Chairman Kassym-Jomart Tokayev met with the heads of international organisations July 13-15 during a working visit to Geneva, Switzerland. During a meeting with Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva, the sides exchanged views on the international agenda as well as the work of the UN Conference on Disarmament. Møller…

Astana Launches New Project on Separate Waste Collection

Starting in late July, a new project on separate collection of waste launches in Astana under the Astana Tazartu company’s supervision, reported the press service of the company. The press announcement stated that the first phase of the project will involve 50 residential complexes, where plastic trash containers are going to be installed. It is…

Kazakhstan Offers Affordable High Education Prices, Says Akare Agency

The international Akare agency recently announced its survey on higher education. According to the analysed data, Kazakhstan was recognised as a country to offer education opportunities for the most affordable prices. It was stated that one year of studies in a Kazakh university will approximately cost $4,500. This amount also includes accommodation, food and additional…

First Chemical Reactors Shipped to Kazakhstan from South Korea

The first shipment of petrochemical production reactors produced in South Korea was recently fulfilled in the port city of Ulsan. The freight was transported along the Northern Sea Route (NSR). The preparatory works on the shipments have been carried out by the Sales Office of Russia in Seoul since 2015. As a result, several agreements…

Western Tien Shan added to UNESCO World Heritage List

ASTANA – The Western Tien Shan, the trans-boundary serial nomination located across Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan has been included on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage List. The nature of the Western Tien Shan region has a high level of endemism and endangered species of flora and fauna, reports the…

Astana Opera Closes Out Third Season

A grand gala concert marked the end of Astana Opera’s third opera season July 16 with a staging of the famous grand pas from the ballet “Paquita” in the theatre’s Great Hall. The ballet was staged by Artistic Director of the Astana Opera ballet troupe and Honoured Art Worker of Russia Altynai Assylmuratova. Among performers…

Roadside Businesses Succeeding in Akmola Region

ASTANA – As national highways pass through the Akmola region, as well as dozens of regional and district roads, Kazakhstan business people have begun to develop roadside businesses. Zukhrab Veliyev started a roadside business 12 years ago along the Astana – Petropavlovsk highway. He started with one small trailer, where only three people were able…

Kazakhstan’s Inflation Rate for First Half of 2016 was 4.6 Percent

ASTANA – The inflation rate in Kazakhstan for the first six months of 2016 was 4.6 percent, according to the press service of the Kazakh Ministry of National Economy. Food prices increased 5 percent, non-food items 4.7 percent and paid services 4.1 percent. Since the beginning of the year, prices have increased for potatoes by…

Kazakhtelecom Announces New Major Shareholder Ahead of Possible IPO

ASTANA – Sobrio Limited has bought a 24.47 percent stake in national telecom operator Kazakhtelecom, the Kazakhstan Stock Exchange (KASE) reported. “Sobrio Limited became a new major shareholder of Kazakhtelecom as a result of the transaction made within the same group and acquired a stake from its affiliates – companies including Bodam B.V. and Deran…

Air Astana Introduces New Flight to Tehran

The Air Astana national carrier introduced a new direct flight from Almaty to Tehran on June 30, reported the press service of the company. The flights will be available three times per week: on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and will use Embraer 190 aircraft. The plane offers 88 seats in economy class and nine seats…

Astana Hosts Concert Featuring Argentine Pianist Luis Ascot

ASTANA – Argentine pianist and Geneva Conservatory of Music honourary professor Luis Ascot presented a concert at the Astana Opera Chamber Hall June 16 featuring works by Chopin and Liszt and the Argentine tango. Performing on the main stages of the U.S., Europe, India and China, the musician always includes works by Liszt and Alberto…