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SCO Prime Ministers Discuss Increasing Economic Cooperation at Council in Astana

ASTANA – The heads of the governments of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) states met in Astana’s Palace of Independence on Dec.15 to examine ways to deepen trade, economic and humanitarian relations within the organisation. This is the third time the SCO heads of governments have met in Kazakhstan....

National News in Brief

“The number of the prison population in Kazakhstan reduced by 4 percent,” Kazakh Deputy Prosecutor General Zhakip Assanov said at the Dec. 12 second forum on prison reforms titled, “Employment in Prisons 2017.” “The courts began to use alternative types of punishment more often. In 2014, their share was...

ATOM Project Inspires Participants at Int’l Anti-Nuclear Weapons Conference

VIENNA – While attending the third International Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in Vienna from Dec. 8-9, artist Karipbek Kuyukov made a lasting impression on delegates from all over the world. More than 700 officials from 158 countries, as well as activists from nongovernmental organisations and...

36 Buses Added to Astana’s Most Popular Routes

ASTANA – Astana Akim (Mayor) Adilbek Dzhaksybekov explained to the public on Dec. 11 some of the features of the city’s 36 new public buses. The new buses have low floors and are equipped with ramps for transporting riders with disabilities. They are also designed to withstand Astana’s climate....

IMF Welcomes Kazakhstan’s Efforts to Advance Country’s Economy

ASTANA – An International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission in Kazakhstan recently commended the state’s actions to advance the economy’s potential through additional fiscal stimulus from the National Fund and multilateral development banks, modernising physical infrastructure, promoting private sector development and reviving the financial sector. TheIMF mission, led by Hossein...

Aida Premieres at Astana Opera

ASTANA – Verdi’s masterpiece “Aida” premiered Nov. 19 on the stage of the Astana Opera. Preparation took just over a month, as the staging involved all the technical possibilities of the scenes. Important visual effects that created a colourful show were a big surprise for the audience at the...

Kazakhstan’s Cultural Values: Building Bricks in Creating a Nation and its Brand

Kazakhstan’s cultural heritage includes a long line of nomadic traditions. For thousands of years, nomadic herders have survived in the extremely cold winters and scorching summers of the Great Steppe, adoring their mobile houses with ornaments and engraving delicate patterns into wood and metal tools. Bones, leather, horse hair and anything else at hand found…

Kazakh Wins Women’s Mogul Freestyle World Cup in Finland

Yulia Galysheva of Kazakhstan won the gold medal in dual moguls at the freestyle skiing World Cup races Dec. 13 in Ruka, Finland. Galysheva finished ahead of Olympic champion and bronze medallist in Sochi 2014 Hannah Kearney of the U.S. in the semis and beat the silver medallist in...

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