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April 29 2016

North Caspian Sea Project supported ISO certification of 17 local companies Pr

On April 22, North Caspian Operating Company N.V. (NCOC), the Operator of the North Caspian Sea Project held ISO Certification Award Ceremony to 17 local companies (ISO9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 22000). All of them successfully passed the training conducted by Quality Management Centre (QMC LLP) and were certified by Rina Services SpA Kazakhstan. Training and certification costs were covered by NCOC as part of its special long-term Local Vendor Development program.


February 29 2016

KMG EP reduces number of Management Board members

Last week some changes were made to the composition of the Management Board of KazMunaiGas Exploration & Production (KMG EP), Kazinform has learnt from KASE.


The Sound of Silence: Life Returns to Normal in Syria as Ceasefire Holds

Correspondents representing news agencies from around the globe have reported a lively atmosphere on the streets of the capital Damascus and other major Syrian cities just days after a ceasefire took effect in the country, according to the German magazine Der Spiegel.


Why Super Tuesday is so important

Super Tuesday is seen as a key turning point in most presidential campaigns and narrows the field.


Cannabis Might be Legalized in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan companies spend annually 100 million US dollars to import office paper. Meanwhile, Kazakhstan has an opportunity to make paper for itself. But, for this consumption, cannabis (non-narcotic) have to be legalized.


​Washington teens killed in shooting were adopted in Kazakhstan: Ombudsman

Washington teens shot to death together with their mom were indeed adopted in Kazakhstan, the Institute of Ombudsman of Kazakhstan confirmed.


​Smuggled Horns and Hides

On February 24, at the check point in Baida village of Kurmangazy District, the frontier guards arrested smuggled goods.


Oscars 2016: Leonardo DiCaprio finally gets his statuette

The Oscar for Best Actor goes to... Leonardo DiCaprio, for The Revenant.


Kazakhstan checking whether teens killed in Washington shooting were adopted in Kazakhstan

Kazakh diplomats continue to verify information on the teen victims of the recent shooting in the US state of Washington, that could have been adopted in Kazakhstan, Foreign Ministry spokesman Anuar Zhaynakov said Sunday.


Former Arsenal star Arshavin moving to Kazakhstan

Former Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin is extending his playing career in Kazakhstan.


February 25 2016

How selfie-related deaths happen

It pops up in the news from time to time: the death-by-selfie. Earlier this month, for example, a teenager in India was struck and killed while trying to take a picture of himself in front of an oncoming train. Now the economics site Priceonomics has attempted to gather the existing statistics about the people who've lost their lives while taking selfies, combing through three years of news reports indicating a death was "precipitated by a selfie," or that a person had died while attempting to take a photo of themselves.


First McDonald’s to open in Kazakhstan

The first branches of fast food chain McDonald's are set to open in Kazakhstan.


​Kazakhstan To See Petrol Prices Rocket Again This Year

Experts predict a resumption of growth in gasoline prices in Kazakhstan in April 2016, which is associated with a deficit of raw materials for petrol production in the republic and the rise in price of imported Russian fuel. According to Sergei Smirnov, an oil and gas market analyst, several factors can cause the rise of prices. First and foremost, it is reduction of the export duty, which allows for more profitably delivery of oil abroad in comparison with its processing at Kazakh refineries.


China accounts for 90 per cent of world’s new billionaires as the number of super-rich swells globally

Despite a global slowdown mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau now account for billionaires than the USA.


Unlocking San Bernardino iPhone would be 'bad for America': Apple CEO

Apple chief Tim Cook on Wednesday said that complying with a court order to help the FBI break into an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters would be "bad for America," and set a legal precedent that would offend many Americans.


Home arrest sanctioned for Seitkazy Matayev

Home arrest has been sanctioned for Seitkazy Matayev, chairman of the Union of Journalists of Kazakhstan, said a reporter from the court's room.


February 24 2016

​Egyptian President to visit Kazakhstan on February 26

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev will meet with President of Egypt Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on February 26.


Harper Lee: US author of To Kill a Mockingbird dies aged 89

Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89.


Kazakhstan To Resume Flights To Egypt In March

Kazakhstan plans to resume direct passenger flights to Egypt in March.


Johnson & Johnson to Pay $72Mln for Talcum Powder That Killed US Woman

A Missouri state jury has ruled that pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson must pay 72$ million in damages to the family of an American woman who died of cancer caused by the company's talcum powder.


Top Gear road trip to take Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc to Kazakhstan

Matt LeBlanc and Chris Evans have had a drizzly first outing for Top Gear with an open-top drive to Blackpool. But we've learned there's a far-flung location on the horizon, with Kazakhstan among their upcoming destinations.


75 countries officially confirmed their participation in "EXPO-2017"

To date, 75 countries have officially confirmed their participation in the international exhibition "EXPO-2017," said Nurbek Yergeshbayev, Deputy Director of the Department of International Relations "Astana EXPO-2017" NC, reports.


Plastic in Snickers bar prompts Mars recall in 55 countries

Mars Inc has recalled chocolate bars and other products in 55 countries, mainly in Europe, due to choking risk after a piece of plastic was found in a Snickers bar in Germany.


​Ice fractured under fisherman's weight and caused drowning

On February 23, a man, who went fishing, drowned in the river. This is the first instance of drowning since the beginning of year.


February 23 2016

​Nazarbayev to visit Urkaine in H2 2016

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev is expected to visit Ukraine in the second half of 2016, Charge d'Affaires of Ukraine in Kazakhstan Yuri Lazebnik said Tuesday.


​National Press Club will open in Atyrau

With this proposal I approached couple of months ago the President of the National Press Club Seitkazy Matayev, and immediately heard him saying "ok". It was only necessary to settle formalities: to formalize for a symbolical fee a franchize or use any other legal way to use a well-known brand in Atyrau.


Administrative responsibility may be imposed in Kazakhstan for prices indication in foreign currency

Administrative responsibility may be imposed in Kazakhstan for indication of prices in foreign currency, reports the Ministry of National Economy.


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad accepts the ceasefire deal

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has accepted a ceasefire deal announced by Russia and the United States. The agreement which excludes the operations against "Islamic State" and Al-Quaeda should begin this weekend.


Kazakhstan ​Journalists collecting signatures under application to General Prosecutor in support of Seitkazy Matayev

The journalists of Kazakhstan are collecting signatures under application to the General Prosecutor's Office for support of chairman of the Union of Journalists Seitkazy Matayev.


​Statement by the director-general of KazTAG information agency

On February 22 at 9:30 the representatives of the national bureau for corruption combat of Almaty arrived to the office of KazTAG news agency and forcibly drove me into the building of anti-corruption service by 10.00 am.


NSA Targets World Leaders for US Geopolitical Interests

Today, 23 February 2016 at 00:00 GMT, WikiLeaks publishes highly classified documents showing that the NSA bugged meetings between UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, between Israel prime minister Netanyahu and Italian prime minister Berlusconi, between key EU and Japanese trade ministers discussing their secret trade red-lines at WTO negotiations, as well as details of a private meeting between then French president Nicolas Sarkozy, Merkel and Berlusconi.


Syria conflict: US-Russia brokered truce to start at weekend

The US and Russia have announced that a planned cessation of hostilities in Syria will come into effect at midnight on 27 February.


Kazakhstan urged to free detained journalist union head

The International Press Institute (IPI) today expressed concern over Kazakhstan's detention of the head of the country's Journalists Union and National Press Club and his son shortly before they were to publicly address allegations of tax evasion and embezzlement.


February 22 2016

UK's Cameron tries to sell EU deal after London mayor backs Brexit

Prime Minister David Cameron will try to sell his case for Britain remaining in the European Union to parliament on Monday, facing hostility from his own lawmakers and an exit campaign energized by the backing of London Mayor Boris Johnson.