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Caspian Summit in Astrakhan Makes ‘Breakthrough’ on Road to Convention

The presidents of the five Caspian littoral states reached several important agreements, including an agreement on the conservation of marine resources, on their way to settling the legal status of the sea at the fourth Caspian Summit in Astrakhan, Russia, on Sept. 29. Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan, Hassan...

National News in Brief

- Top representatives of their occupations will receive Yenbek Ardageri (Kazakh for “Veteran of Labour”) medals, which honour workers in different sectors of the economy and people of retirement age with more than 40 years in the labour force, at least 10 in one sector and top results, Deputy...

New Institute Seeks to Develop Well-Rounded Kazakh Women

ASTANA – Qazaq qyzy (Kazakh girl), the first women’s institute of cultural and moral education, opened its doors on Sept. 18. The institute aims to provide behavioural education, teaching the best of Kazakh and European social and moral traditions so that its graduates can demonstrate Kazakhstan as a developed...

Samruk Kazyna Privatisation Drive Offers New Investment Opportunities

ASTANA – Kazakhstan’s Samruk Kazyna Sovereign Wealth Fund is moving forward with its plans to sell a sizable part of the enterprises it controls to the private sector. Both Kazakhstan-based and foreign investors will be able to buy shares in 106 companies the state-owned fund manages under the so-called...

Astana Opera Singers Train with La Scala Instructors in Milan

Leading Astana Opera soloists Zhupar Gabdullina and Dina Khamzina recently traveled to the legendary Theatre La Scala in Milan to train with renowned La Scala instructors and to learn more about opera. From Sept. 22 to Sept. 26, the singers were rehearsing their roles as Aida and Amneris from...

Terrorism Presents Multi-Pronged Threat, Requires International Cooperation to Defeat

Radicalised political Islam, the reignited war in Iraq, and Syria’s prolonged and devastating civil war are fostering a level of terrorism that the world has never before witnessed. The rise of foreign terrorist fighters is a problem so acute that the UN Security Council has held an open debate on the issue and adopted a…

Nadal and Tsonga Play in Astana

ASTANA – Much excitement was generated by the Sept. 24 arrival in Astana of world famous Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal and his playing partner French athlete Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The two players held a press conference, spoke to students at Nazarbayev University and seemed surprised by the level of...

Young Archeologists Uncover Ancient Finds

EAST KAZAKHSTAN REGION – Unique archaeological findings of the early nomads epoch discovered in recent years in the Altai mountains have substantially raised the prestige of the archaeologist’s profession in the eyes of East Kazakh students. This summer, 14 Amanzholov East Kazakhstan State University (EKSU) students participated in an...