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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....

Self-Service Touchscreen ‘Infokiosks’ to be Installed throughout Kazakhstan in 2015

The company Digital City Showcases recently announced the launch of its new Urban Infokiosk project, which will install self-service, touchscreen information terminals in shop windows that will provide information about cultural and commercial events. The self-service kiosks, which will be built to withstand local climate conditions, will provide information...

Greek Officials Join in Celebrations of Kazakh Independence Day in Athens

ATHENS – Greek government and Athens city officials joined more than 300 guests at Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens on Dec. 15 to celebrate the Kazakh Day of the First President and Independence Day. Attendees, which included members of the Greek Parliament, the diplomatic corps, media representatives, academic 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....

Nuclear, Other Energy Sector Agreements Reached during Chinese Premier’s Visit

ASTANA – Several important memoranda, including a memorandum to deepen atomic cooperation, were signed Dec. 14 during the official meeting of the Kazakh-Chinese Council, where Kazakh Prime Minister Karim Massimov met with the Chinese Premier of State Council Li Keqiang. KazAtomProm, the national atomic company, and the Chinese General...

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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