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02.12.2016

MAZ conducts school bus crash-test

MAZ conducts school bus crash-test

The new model of the Belarusian school bus has been tested for durability. The crash test was conducted in Russia. The impact affected only the body of the vehicle. Mannequins on passenger seats, with seat belts on, were not injured. If there were people in the bus during the experiment, they would not have received serious injuries and bruises. MAZ will start producing this make of bus in Minsk in 2017.
Collection of Chinese poetry translated into Belarusian

Collection of Chinese poetry translated into Belarusian

"Melodies of open heart" is the name of a collection of Chinese poetry translated into Belarusian, which was presented in Minsk. It includes poems by famous Wang Guozhen. This book is another opportunity for fans of Chinese culture without the knowledge of the Chinese language to touch the philosophy of that country. By the way, this is the seventh book in the series "Bright signs: Chinese poets".
Belarus offers Qatar to partake in privatization

Belarus offers Qatar to partake in privatization

Belarus offers the Qatar Investment Agency to enter into the banking sector and to participate in the privatization. This was discussed at a meeting in the government on December 2. Belarus considers Qatar as a promising partner. This is confirmed by the positive dynamics in relations between the parties. There are many examples of cooperation and one of them is the construction of a hotel and sports complex for Qatari investments. About $200 million was invested in the project.
Alexander Lukashenko says 2010-2015 were difficult years for Belarus

Alexander Lukashenko says 2010-2015 were difficult but fruitful for Belarus

President Alexander Lukashenko has presented state awards. The ceremony took place on December 2 at the Palace of Independence. According to the head of state, for the last five years, Belarus has taken steps forward, and this is thanks to people who on December 2 received honorary titles and medals.
Average hotel room price in Minsk about $40

Average hotel room price in Minsk about $40

Prices per night in Minsk hotels are falling, according to hotel management authorities. Oleg Stepaniuk, CTV: How expensive is a hotel stay in Minsk? We do not take luxury hotels or four-star rooms. Let's take a three-star hotel.
2016-2017 winter temperature in Belarus to average -5,5°C

2016-2017 winter temperature in Belarus to average -5,5°C

The winter in Belarus will be colder than in 2015-2016, said Belarusian forecasters.  The average temperature is expected to be near the climate norm: 5.5°C below zero. There is expected more precipitation than normal. You may face adverse weather events, such as snowfall, which has already caused congestion and drifts on the roads of Belarus.
Belarus-Azerbaijan trade up 10 times in 2006-2015

Belarus-Azerbaijan trade up 10 times in 2006-2015

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko received the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Belarus, Isfandiyar Vahabzade, on December 1 as the diplomat completed his mission in Belarus. The President noted that the past few years had been the most fruitful in the relations between Belarus and Azerbaijan. Over 10 years, the level of trade between the two countries has increased by 10 times.
Belarusian Vladimir Chepelin wins bronze at Biathlon World Cup

Belarus' Chepelin wins bronze at Biathlon World Cup

Belarusian Vladimir Chepelin has won bronze in the 20km individual race at the first stage of World Cup in Ostersund, Sweden. First place went to the owner of the Big Crystal Globe last season, Martin Fourcade - 51:33.8 (0 + 2 + 0 + 0). Second was Norwegian Johannes Bø (+ 29.5 seconds) (0 + 0 + 0 + 2). Coming third, which came as a surprise for many experts, was Belarusian Vladimir Chepelin. The Mogilev native tried to pass the 20km distance without errors and made only one mistake in four shooting ranges (+ 1 min. 24.3 sec) (1 + 0 + 0 + 0).
Major European hotel operators to be present in Minsk by 2020

Major European hotel operators to be present in Minsk by 2020

10 hotels will be built in Minsk by 2020. Thus, the hotel network of the capital of Belarus will reach 58 complexes. That would be about 13,000 beds and 7,000 rooms. Yuri Natychko, head of household and hotel service of the Minsk City Executive Committee: All hotels that are being built at the moment are expected to be completed by 2020. These are hotels built without the involvement of public funds.

01.12.2016

When will mortgage become availabile in Belarus?

When will mortgage become availabile in Belarus?

When will square meter prices become cheaper, loans more affordable and new opportunities open for solving the housing problem for all Belarusians? These and other pressing issues on November 30 became the subject of discussion in the Oval Hall. The government answered questions of parliamentarians. By the way, this form of work is one of the most efficient in the work of the executive and legislative branches.
Unique exhibition of French paintings opens in Minsk: 15 artists to present 30 works

Unique exhibition of French paintings opens in Minsk: 15 artists to present 30 works

A unique exhibition of French painting opens in Minsk on December 1, 2016. Fifteen artists will present the best works in the exhibition Art Capital. This is the most large-scale such exhibition in Belarus. The 30 pictures from Paris come from the historical salon of French artists, the Salon of Comparisons and Drawing. All works are in modern art style. Their subjects are diverse.
Belarusian-French business forum in Minsk: first results and future plans

Belarusian-French business forum in Minsk: first results and future plans

Belarus and France will develop the relationship in the new economy, first of all, in IT and infrastructure projects. These days Minsk is hosting the first bilateral business forum. Multimillion-dollar contracts have already been inked. France will buy a large consignment of Belarusian non-polluting houses of timber. The partners also would like to create joint enterprises.
White lions from Armenia appear at Minsk Zoo in Belarus

White lions from Armenia appear at Minsk Zoo in Belarus

White lions have appeared in Minsk Zoo right at the beginning of winter. The lion and lioness came from Armenia. The noble animals will live separately from their relatives, which are already considered old-timers. The predatory blondes are still teenagers in human terms. It is a male and female. The new residents of the zoo are not afraid of winter conditions. The exotic beasts spend almost all the time outside and have fun posing for visitors.
Shakhnazarov about BelarusFilm: Belarusian cinema market is not as powerful as Russian

Shakhnazarov about BelarusFilm: Belarusian cinema market is not as powerful as Russian one

Film director, screenwriter, producer, director general of the film concern Mosfilm Karen Shakhnazarov has given an interview to the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev. You know, we in Minsk fight for our BelarusFilm. In general, do you think that the history of these national film studio has become a thing of the past? Can't we return it?
Belarus to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1.5m tons annually

Belarus to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1.5m tons annually

Belarus intends to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by 1.5 million tons per year. Already at the beginning of 2017, the Belarus government will consider a plan of action for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Belarus ratified this international instrument in the field of environmental protection in September 2016. Among its main steps is reduction of energy costs in production and increase in forest lands.
13 competitors qualify for Belarus Eurovision national selection 2017

13 competitors qualify for Belarus Eurovision national selection 2017

13 performers will compete in the final of Belarus' Eurovision national selection not later than January 25. This year, 67 artists submitted their applications for participation in the Belarusian selection. The 13 performers were chosen by a jury on November 30. In the January 2017 final, Belarus will decide on the winner, with jury and audience having 50% of votes each. Finalists of Belarus' Eurovision 2017 national selection:
Belarus President praises 'fundamental' relationship with Azerbaijan

Belarus President praises 'fundamental' relationship with Azerbaijan

Belarus and Azerbaijan have established a strong, fundamental relationship, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Azerbaijan, who is completing his diplomatic mission. 
Surprising bronze for Belarusian in individual race at IBU World Cup 2016/17

Surprising bronze for Belarusian in individual race at IBU World Cup 2016/17

Belarusian Daria Yurkevich was the only one of a hundred participants of the race who did not miss a target in four firing ranges at the IBU World Cup's women's individual 15km race. On November 30, the Belarusian biathlete Darya sensationally won third place in the race. The first phase of the IBU World Cup is underway in Ostersund, Sweden. The Belarusian, though, was not fast, with only 58th place in terms of speed. Thanks to the best speed, it was German Laura Dahlmeier who won the race, leaving French Anaïs Bescond second.

30.11.2016

Velcom to complete Atlant Telecom deal within days

Velcom to complete Atlant Telecom deal within days

The mobile operator Velcom has announced the purchase of the Atlant Telecom company, said the mobile carrier's press service. A spokesman for the company said that Telekom Austria Group (TAG) is buying 100% of the authorized capital of the company. After the transaction is completed, Velcom and Atlant Telecom will act as a single company. The deal will be finalized in the next few days, and then Velcom will reveal details about the joint future of the two companies. New major player in Belarus' telecom market
Belarus' Viktor Sheiman speaks at Fidel Castro farewell ceremony

Belarus' Viktor Sheiman speaks at Fidel Castro funeral

Belarus highly appreciates the contribution of Fidel Castro in the friendly relations with Cuba, emphasized Special Representative of the President of Belarus Viktor Sheiman during the farewell ceremony for the leader of the Cuban Revolution. He is now in Havana on behalf of the Belarusian head of state. The leaders of countries and governments, dozens of foreign delegations have gathered in Revolution Square.
Belarusian Red Cross celebrates 95th anniversary

Belarusian Red Cross turns 95

More than half a million people in 2016 received assistance from the Belarusian Red Cross. This society celebrates its 95th anniversary these days. The movement brings together about 20,000 volunteers across Belarus. Their main task is to provide first aid in emergency situations as well as social, medical and psychological support to vulnerable citizens. For example, the Sisters of Charity Service provides services to more than one million each year - this is mainly help to people with serious illnesses at home or in special facilities.
Belarus overhauling trade unions system

Belarus overhauling trade unions system

Belarus is modernizing trade unions that are members of the Belarusian Federation of Trade Unions (FPB). A decision on the need to merge the related organizations was made at 7th FPB Congress in 2015. This will enable the organization to more effectively solve problems. In addition, it allows exchanging professional knowledge. In 2016, trade unions in industry, energy, transport and forestry were merged. The next step is the unification of structures in the Belarus Armed Forces.
Belarus to supply timber houses to France

Belarus to supply timber houses to France

Representatives of about 150 companies from Belarus and France met on November 30 in Minsk at the first bilateral business forum. Business partners brought ready-made contracts and projects that await implementation. One of the contracts announced is worth 1.4 million euro, between a French construction company and a Belarusian manufacturer of timber houses.
English-language description of sights now available in Minsk center

English-language description of sights now available in Minsk center

There will be more English-language tourist information in Minsk. The facades of architectural monuments in Upper Town in the center of Minsk now have glass plates with a picture and description of the history of each of the main buildings. Sights are in Belarusian and English languages: tourists can now explore the historical center even without a guide.
Belarus does not violate EEU customs duty regulations

Belarus does not violate EEU customs duty regulations

Belarus fully complies with the procedure of inclusion and distribution of import customs duties. The control bodies of the Eurasian Economic Union's member countries have held talks coordinated by Belarus. Experts discussed the results of the joint financial audit, which first took place in the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). There have been not violations by Belarus recorded. The Belarus budget receives more than 4.5% of the total amount of import customs duties of the EEU.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus, Azerbaijan may hit $700m trade turnover in 2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus, Azerbaijan may hit $700m trade turnover in 2017

The Belarus President has completed a two-day official visit to Baku. On November 29, during an informal meeting Alexander Lukashenko discussed prospects of bilateral relations with the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan. The two officials talked over the implementation of agreements reached on November 28 during talks with President Ilham Aliyev. The Belarus Head of State also visited the Cultural Center of the national leader Heydar Aliyev. This place has become one of the symbols of modern Baku.

29.11.2016

How Russian people perceive Belarus

How Russians perceive Belarus

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Moscow last week. A week before that, Alexander Lukashenko announced negotiations with Vladimir Putin at a conference for Russian journalists. He said: “We’ll discuss important issues together.” It happened so and the presidents exchanged their views on topical issues.
Alexander Lukashenko ends official visit to Azerbaijan

Alexander Lukashenko ends official visit to Azerbaijan

Specific steps to achieve a mutual trade turnover of $700 million between Belarus and Azerbaijan were discussed at a meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko with Prime Minister of the Republic Artur Rasizade in Baku on November 29. Also, the head of state visited Heydar Aliyev Center. The cultural complex was opened in 2012 and became one of the symbols of modern Baku.
Problems and achievements of Belarusian automotive holding groups

Problems and achievements of Belarusian automotive holding groups

Late November 2016 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko made it clear that machine industry is extremely important for the country. He mentioned modern technology, export and underlined the importance of 150,000 jobs in the sphere. Belarusian vehicles are quite popular in Russia and Europe. However, it is not always easy to find sales destinations. This was discussed at the meeting hosted by the President. There were over 80 machine industry representatives from all the 16 Belarusian automotive holding groups.
Belarus economy minister: average salary of $500 is very hard task

Belarus economy minister: average salary of $500 is extremely hard task

Inflation in Belarus in 2016 will keep at the planned level, said Belarus government on November 29.The council of ministers noted also that Belarus is timely settling with foreign loan holders and continues to work with the International Monetary Fund. The government said that the refinancing rate in 2016 was reduced on three occasions and this is an important factor for economic growth, including the increase of the average salary in the country to $500.