Måns Zelmerlöw at Eurovision 2015: I think the audience will like a cartoon character
Måns Zelmerlöw is the main contender for victory at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015. He will sing the song Heroes. Bookies have set a coefficient of 2.5 for Heroes' victory at the contest.
29-year-old Zelmerlöw admits that he is very pleased with how the song is perceived by viewers and listeners worldwide. The Swedish team is confident that the cartoon man in the singer's number will win hearts of Eurovision fans.
Sweden's Måns Zelmerlöw most likely winner of Eurovision 2015, bookmakers say
Bookies consider the representative of Sweden Måns Zelmerlöw the most likely winner of the song contest Eurovision 2015.
Second place may go to Italy's pop-opera trio Il Volo. "Eurovision is a great opportunity for us to expand our awareness, and to return to Europe with our new music, with the hit "Grande Amore," noted musicians.
Trio Il Volo (Italy). Photo: eurovision.tv
Lyudmila Kovalyova, CTV Deputy Director General, about Televershina 2015 TV contest
On May 21, an award ceremony of the National TV Contest "Televershina" will be held in the Sports Palace. Among the nominees are employees of the CTV Channel. The guest of the TV program "Morning. The Studio of Good Mood" is Deputy Director General of the CTV Channel and member of the jury of the National TV Contest Televershina Lyudmila Kovalyova.
As for the prize this year, what has the CTV submitted for the contest this year?
Perfect order is Belarus' brand, President Lukashenko says
This is our brand and our face. Perfect order must be preserved on Belarus' lands. This instruction was given by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko on May 21 at a meeting on improving legislation on protection and use of land.
In particular, the meeting participants talked about the changes in terms and seizure and granting of land.
Land is the greatest value for any state. The President underlined that they must be effectively used.
Alternative civilian service for religious Belarusians?
On May 20, the Council of the Republic reviewed two dozen bills. The senators approved the Presidential Decree "On prevention of social dependency" and the bill on alternative civilian service.
They also examined draft laws on ratification of agreements between the governments of Belarus and other countries such as Russia, Serbia, Armenia, Bulgaria, and the United Arab Emirates.
Upper chamber of Belarus' parliament approves draft amnesty law
The Council of the Republic of Belarus approved draft law on amnesty in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. Earlier the House of Representatives of the National Assembly approved the document in two readings.
The current amnesty is the 14th in the independent Belarus.
After the review by the Council of the Republic the bill will be sent to the President for signing, after which it will enter into force. Then amnesty will start, which will affect more than 8,500 people.
Kazakhstan presents WWII book One Victory For All in Minsk
One Victory For All book on WWII was presented by Kazakhstan in Minsk May 20. The publication is dedicated to the people of Kazakhstan who fought on our soil during the Great Patriotic War.
The book provides biographical information and photographic portraits of 83 Heroes of the Soviet Union from Kazakhstan who were awarded the title in the fighting on the territory of Belarus.
Polina Gagarina: Uzari & Maimuna are wonderful, I wish they were in the Eurovision final
The Eurovision 2015 checkpoint is closed for Belarusians. In Vienna, the first semifinal of the international song contest completed yesterday night.
Taking part in voting were audience and the professional jury.
Out of the 16 countries participating in the semifinal, only 10 have qualified for the Grand Final. The Belarusian duo "Uzari & Maimuna" performed the song Time but failed to gain the required number of votes.
Thus, our singers have completed their participation in the competition. However, their performance was praised by colleagues.
International cardiology conference held in Minsk
Doctors and scientists from Belarus, Russia and Canada gathered in Minsk on May 19 to exchange experience. Cardiologists, general practitioners and internists met to share practical experience.
The main topic for discussion was the possibility of increasing the length and quality of life of patients with cardiovascular disease.
Belarus fail to reach 2015 Eurovision final, Russia's Polina Gagarina through
Belarusians did not make it to the Eurovision 2015 final. In the semifinal, they performed number 11, followed by Russia's Polina Gagarina, whose song was one of the best of the night.
The winners of the first semifinal are Albania, Armenia, Russia, Romania, Hungary, Greece, Estonia, Georgia, Serbia and Belgium. The countries' order is random, which means that we still don’t know the places the nations took in the semifinal.
Metropolitan Filaret, Belarus President discuss cooperation between Belarusian Orthodox Church and state
On May 19, the President met with Metropolitan Filaret, honorable Patriarchal Exarch of all Belarus. It has become a tradition for Alexander Lukashenko to visit every spring the spiritual mentor and a good friend.
The Head of State thanked the Metropolitan for his work and dedicated service to the benefit of the state and the Belarusian people. Metropolitan Filaret and Mr Lukashenko discussed cooperation between the Belarusian Orthodox Church and the state. They talked warmly and exchanged gifts.
Russia not to hear booing at Eurovision Song Contest 2015
The representative of Russia Polina Gagarina not hear the booing of the audience during her song at Eurovision Song Contest 2015. The singer will perform in the headphones, and the organizers have prepared countermeasures to neutralize provocateurs, reports RSN from Vienna.
Sign language to be used at Eurovision 2015 for first time
The organizers of the music contest Eurovision 2015 translated into sign language all the 40 participants' songs. Also in the course of the broadcast, all performances and dialogues of TV presenters will be translated into sign language.Eurovision organizers: Music is the language that should be available to all, including people with disabilities. This fits in with our concept of "building bridges".
Minsk motorist blocks traffic to let ducks cross road
Several motorists recorded the same amusing video in Minsk yesterday. A man blocked the traffic in Semashko Street to let a duck and her babies cross the road.
You can find the video below.
Minsk residents have in the past years become more aware of the fact that one should treat animals with respect. A law on cruelty against animals was passed in Belarus in January 2015 but its effectiveness is yet to be measured.
Domracheva wishes Belarus luck at Eurovision Song Contest 2015
The music world is in anticipation of the week of Eurovision. Among the most discussed topics are favorites (there are a lot of them this year as never before), betting rates and, of course, the details of the opening ceremony. In particular, it is known that the stage will look like a giant eye. Moreover, for the first time in the history of the contest, three women will host the show.
Uzari and Maimuna represent Belarus at this song contest.
Belarus' Uzari and Maimuna take part in 2015 Eurovision opening ceremony
The 60th song contest Eurovision began in Vienna. Participants and delegations from 40 countries were applauded on the red carpet for the Town Hall in the opening ceremony.
The event was opened by last year's winner Austrian Thomas Neuwirth, whose stage image is Conchita Wurst.
The contestants of the International Forum were welcomed by the mayor of Michael Häupl, ORF Director General Alexander Vrabec and supervisor of the music contest Jon Ola Sand.
Eurasian Economic Union to establish single notarial service
There are plans to create a single notariat on the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). This will harmonize the legislation of the countries of the integration association.
In 2014, the notary chambers Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan and Armenia signed a cooperation agreement. It was the first step towards the establishment of the notaries union.
The harmonized legislation will facilitate legal aid to residents of the EEU, which now brings together Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Armenia.
Museum Night 2015 in Minsk: Dali mustache, Interior Ministry exhibition and dolls exhibition
Last week, there was the most sleepless night of the year for cultural beau monde and those who appreciate art. Belarus again joined the global campaign "Night of Museums". Most of them worked almost until dawn and shocked the audience with unexpected performances. For example, the famous gun at the entrance to the National History Museum was dressed in jersey, which immediately became an object for a selfie.
Uzari & Maimuna show Eurovision 2015 promotional items
A few days are left before the 2015 Eurovision official opening. On May 17, the delegations from 40 participating countries will walk down the red carpet on Rathausplatz (Town Hall Square) in Vienna.
By tradition, the contestants do not come empty-handed and surprise fans with a variety of promotional items: discs, booklets, badges, and postcards.
The Belarusian team decided not to surprise with a great diversity saying that “less is better”.
Belarus' Eurovision representative Maimuna breaks world record
The representative of Belarus at Eurovision has set a world record. Maimuna performed "Flight of the Bumblebee" in only 54 seconds!
The previous record belonged to Ben Lee of the UK. Maimuna was 4 seconds faster.
Performances of the orchestral interlude by Rimsky-Korsakov have become something of a competition for virtuosi. The main difficulty for a musician is not the height or the range of the sound, but purely physical ability to move the bow with tremendous speed. Maimuna did this at the request of journalists.
Military airshow marks 35th anniversary of Belarus' mixed airbase No.50 (video)
Today is not the day of aviation, but, with love for airplanes, we will begin the program with beautiful footage from the Saturday morning. A week after the May 9 military parade, the sky near Minsk was full of military aircraft again.
At the airport Machulishchy, an exciting air show was held in honor of the 35th anniversary of the 50th mixed airbase.
Uzari and Maimuna: We devote our Eurovision song to such courageous people as Andy Taranik
Uzari and Maimuna: We devote our performance and our song “Time” to Andy Taranik and such courageous people as he is
Time can save and heal, but sometimes it literally breaks a person’s life. Belarus’ Eurovision representative Uzari said this in December. He still doesn’t go back from his words. Nevertheless, during the preparation for the contest, Uzari and Maimuna decided to devote their song Time to people who continue to fight despite anything.
First rehearsal from Belarus at Eurovision 2015: Uzari & Maimuna reveal performance secrets
First rehearsal from Belarus at Eurovision 2015: Uzari & Maimuna reveal performance secrets
Uzari & Maimuna, Belarusian representatives at Eurovision 2015, took part in the first individual rehearsal at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna.
This year, the rules of the contest have undergone some changes: the participants must be in their concert costumes during all the run-throughs on the stage.
The costumes of our duo were created in Belarus by Belarusian designers.
Belarus joins Bologna process
Belarus has joined the Bologna Process. Such a decision was made on May 14, 2015 by the ministers of education of the European space during the summit of heads of the relevant departments in Armenia.
The Bologna Committee acknowledged achievements in the development of the Belarusian education system. This allows Belarusian students to study in the leading universities of Europe.
Belarus parliament adopts draft laws on alternative service in the second reading
On May 13, Belarusian MPs passed in the second reading a package of draft laws on alternative service in the Armed Forces. The day before, some adjustments were made to them.
For example, by analogy with conscripts, those falling under the alternative service law will be entitled to receive free medications if necessary. They will also have the right to remain on the waiting list of those in need of better housing conditions throughout the service and one year afterwards.
Belarus parliament considers Victory Day amnesty bill
The draft law on amnesty in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory was reviewed by the Belarusian parliament. On May 13, the MPs adopted a document in two readings. It was introduced into the House of Representatives by President Alexander Lukashenko on May 7.
Following the approval in the lower house of the parliament, the draft law will be passed for approval to the Council of the Republic and only then it will be signed by the head of state.
Chinese president awards Belarusian WWII veterans with Medals of Peace
Chinese President Xi Jinping has awarded Medals of Peace to 15 Belarusian veterans who took part in the fight against Japanese aggressors at the end of the Second World War. A solemn ceremony was held in the Museum of the Great Patriotic War, where Xi Jinping was personally accompanied by Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. The two leaders made several stops in the museum halls.
Minsk, Beijing become sister cities
The partnership at a new level. Minsk and Beijing on May 11 signed a memorandum of cooperation. A delegation from the Chinese capital headed by Mayor Wang Anshun met with the leadership of the city's executive committee. They discussed economic partnership and mutual exchange of experience in the fields of education and tourism.
Now about three thousand Chinese students are studying in Minsk universities. This figure is going to increase. In turn, the universities of Beijing will provide scholarships for Belarusian students to study in the eastern capital.
Belarus celebrates Victory Day, WWII veterans honored countrywide
Belarus celebrates Victory Day: 600,000 of audience, about 250 pieces of equipment, the foreigners, the veterans and numerous “Thank you”
Last week Belarus, like many other countries, celebrated the 70th anniversary of victory over Nazism. The most exiting show on 9 May was a parade that included many symbols that characterize our attitude not only to the past, but also to the present and to the future. The audience was really impressed by the anniversary show.
Academies of Sciences of Belarus, China ink bilateral cooperation deal
Scientists of Belarus and China will implement more than 10 joint projects. Among the promising areas is agriculture, engineering and medicine.
An agreement on bilateral cooperation was signed in Minsk May 11 during a meeting of scientists from China with Belarusian colleagues.
Also, the representatives of the academic world have agreed on target training of young professionals.
Alexander Lukashenko, Xi Jinping visit Great Patriotic War Museum in Minsk
Historical memory becomes particularly valuable in crisis times when the world's future is uncertain. This statement was made by President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko while visiting the Museum of the Great Patriotic War with President Xi Jinping.
Now the museum features a separate exhibition "Belarus and China. Milestones of military brotherhood".
Chinese artist Ao Te's exhibition opens in Minsk
The Yanka Kupala museum in Minsk is hosting an exhibition of famous Chinese artist Ao Te. He is popular all over the world.
He is also called the "Tiger King" for his fundamental paintings featuring these animals. The artist works in the technique of Chinese ink painting on rice paper.
It is the second time he has come to Belarus. Inspired by our nature and works of the Belarusian writer Yanka Kupala, Te Ao created a series of works devoted to the country.
CTV Channel: Behind the scenes. Report by TV program "Picture of the World Yuri Koziyatko"
On May 7, TV crews celebrated their professional holiday. In the past, there was only one or at most two television programs in Belarus, while today there are hundreds of them. The three Belarusian national television TV channels - BT, ONT and CTV - are the major players on the domestic television field.
The Capital TV, or simply CTV, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Ilona Volynets has more on the topic.
Belarus marks Day of State Emblem and Flag May 10
The main day of the main symbols of independence. Belarus is marking Day of State Emblem and Flag. Traditionally, it falls on the second Sunday in May.
The symbols of the Republic were approved by a Presidential Decree in 1995 following a referendum.
Congratulations to fellow citizens were sent by President Alexander Lukashenko.
Minsk Victory Day parade on May 9, 2015 - report by TV program "Picture of the World by Yuri Koziyatko"
Belarus marked the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory with military parades all over the country, with the main one in Minsk. The grand spectacle was attended by hundreds of thousands of Belarusians and visitors.
The flower laying ceremony, which began the festivities in the Belarus capital brought together representatives of foreign diplomatic missions, senior officials and, of course, veterans.
Alexander Lukashenko spoke with the latter warmly and sincerely.
President Lukashenko says WWII lessons vital at present
Belarus is celebrating Victory Day on May 9. 70 victories and 70 years celebrations. And this is in Minsk alone. The main event was of course the military parade and the sport-youth march "Our victories to you, Belarus!".
Victory Day parade 2015 in Belarus: Full video and photos
A Victory Day parade was held in Belarus' city Minsk. The event dedicated to the victory over Nazism in WWII took place in the city center. President Alexander Lukashenko took part in the parade.
Watch photos and full video of the parade at the end of the article.
U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band gives concert in Belarus
On May 8, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band threw a concert near the walls of Brest Fortress. Almost fifty musicians surprised the Brest audience for almost 1.5 hours. The uniqueness of the collective is in its universality: the American musicians performed not only military marches, but also tunes from Hollywood bestsellers. Especially for Belarusian audience they learned "Lyavoniha" and "Kupalinka", which are Belarusian national songs.
Alexander Lukashenko sends Victory Day greetings to Belarusians
On May 9, Belarus enjoys the nationwide celebration of pride and glory. This is one of the most revered days in our history. The current Victory Day is special: in 2015, we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of the momentous event.
For Belarus, this is a holy date marking the war that took lives of every third Belarusian. No other country in the world knew such mass resistance to Nazi aggression. That is why veterans enjoy special gratitude these days.
Alexander Lukashenko presents State Awards to Honored Belarusians
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko presented State Awards on 7 May. The ceremony was held on the eve of Victory Day, so the atmosphere was especially solemn. Besides those who protect Belarus today the ceremony was attended by representatives of veterans’ organizations and, of course, WWII participants.
Anastasia Ivannikova, CTV:Here they are, orders and medals. As many as 39 people will be awarded today, and among them are military men, doctors, artists and, of course, veterans and Great Patriotic War participants.
Alexander Lukashenko confers new ranks to heads of Defense Ministry, KGB, Interior Ministry
On May 7, the President of Belarus made a decision to award the military rank Lieutenant-General to the leaders of law enforcement agencies (L-R in the photo): Defense Minister Andrei Ravkov, chairman of the Committee of State Security Valeri Vakulchik, Interior Minister Igor Shunevich, Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Vashchenko and the Attorney General of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Konyuk.
Belarus President: We are poor heirs of those who won Great Victory in WWII
Victory Day greetings were sent on May 7 at the solemn meeting in Minsk dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory in WWII. The meeting at the Palace of the Republic brought together more than two and a half thousand visitors, among whom there were a lot of veterans. And, as noted by President Alexander Lukashenko in his congratulation address, the whole world is indebted to the Soviet people for its feat.
Belarus named the most favorable country for maternity in CIS
Belarus is ranked the best country in the CIS in the ranking of countries that are favorable for maternity. In the world ranking, Belarus is 25th, ahead of Russia and the United States.
The annual ranking is published by the international humanitarian organization "Save Children". It takes into account indicators such as maternal mortality and mortality of young children, schooling duration as well as women's income.
Exhibition "Mass Media in Belarus". CTV channel staff meet viewers
On May 7, on their professional holiday, the staff of the CTV channel met with their viewers at the exhibition Mass Media in Belarus. The guests of the exhibition had an opportunity to talk with "people from the TV set" and even test their knowledge.
All those who came to the meeting received prizes with the CTV channel's logo and autographs of the favorite TV presenters. The CTV also held a casting for weather forecast presenters.
President Lukashenko presents state awards on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory
Alexander Lukashenko presented state awards on May 7. On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory, the meeting was particularly solemn and symbolic. The ceremony brought together representatives of veterans' organizations and participants of WWII.
Belarus has a special attitude to those who 70 years ago gave the country peace.
Some 39 people received awards from the President of Belarus: veterans from across the country and the current defenders of the Fatherland.
Press dialogue "Media's role in strengthening of Belarusian statehood"
On May 6, Minsk hosted the press dialogue "The role of the media in strengthening of Belarusian statehood", which was held as part of the 19th international specialized exhibition Mass Media in Belarus.
The improvement of the quality of national content is one of the most important tasks of modern media, said Belarus' Minister of Information Lilia Ananich.
Belarus Culture Days underway in China
China is holding Days of Belarusian Culture. They started on May 6 in Beijing and will last three days.
At the opening ceremony, the Chinese public will enjoy performances by the folk music ensemble "Sviata" (Festive Event) and soloists of the Bolshoi Theater of Opera and Ballet. There will also be an exhibition of Belarusian artist Marina Elyashevich, which uses a unique technique of the traditional Chinese painting Guohua.
CTV channel presents modern TV set to WWII veteran Maria Platonova
On the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory, the CTV channel joined congratulations to the veterans. This time the gift went to Maria Platonova, who now lives in a boarding house for veterans and the disabled. The woman was visited by CTV presenters and TV crew.
Maria Stepanovna does not like to remember about the horror days of war. She was 18 when she first took part in a war. She trained in the central female snipers school and was chosen for this role from a number of candidates.
Belarusian student from China about life in Belarus
The Chinese President Xi Jinping will make a state visit to Belarus from 10 to 12 May. This was reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. Xi Jinping will visit Minsk on the invitation of President Alexander Lukashenko. Several thousand Chinese live in Belarus. This Chinese arrived in Belarus as an exchange student but decided to connect his future with our country.
U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band to partake in May 9 military parade in Minsk
Preparation for the parade in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory in WWII is approaching the finish line. At the stele "Minsk Hero City", participants of the parade are putting finishing touches to the show.
The length of the column is record-breaking 5 kilometers.
Vladimir Kazanevich knows everything about how tanks behave in the city. This will be his fourth parade. Therefore, special attention is given to crew training.
President Lukashenko meets with prominent Soviet, Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko
On May 5, the Belarus President met with well-known Soviet and Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko repeatedly mentioned Belarus in his literary works. His memories are mainly related with his mother, who was a native of the Gomel region.
The poet noted that Belarus today is associated with the platform for a peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian crisis. However, the President and the poet were talking not only about politics.
Uzari & Maimuna lead in 2015 Eurovision's "most beautiful singer" vote
Representatives of Belarus at Eurovision 2015 Uzari and Maimuna lead in the ranking of the most attractive performers of the competition.
The voting is held by official representatives of the forum on the website eurovisionbeautybattle.com in two categories: men and women.
As of 13 o'clock (Belarus time) on May 5, both representatives of the Belarusian duo took first places.
International exhibition Mass Media in Belarus kicks off in Minsk May 5
The largest media forum of Belarus started in Minsk on May 5. The leitmotif for the 19th exhibition "Mass Media in Belarus" is the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory.
The Belarus President sent greetings to participants and guests of the forum. Alexander Lukashenko said that the Belarusian media are developing in line with global trends, using all the latest communications technologies.
CTV Channel taking part in international expo Mass Media in Belarus
The CTV Channel welcomes you in its booth on May 5-7 at the international specialized exhibition "Mass Media in Belarus"!
The event is being held at the National Exhibition Center BelExpo in Minsk's Yanki Kupaly Street.
Welcome to the expo!
Take a look at what is happening at the exhibition right now.
Foreign delegations make WWII commemorative visit to Belarus
Delegations from Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Israel discussed the culture of the memory of World War II in the modern world. Politicians, religious leaders, doctors and journalists - more than 200 people - are now on a commemorative visit to Belarus.
Today, on May 4, the guests share their experience in preserving the historical authenticity of the terrible war years.
Special attention is given to the creation of the Memorial at the camp of death "Trostenets."
Experts on President Lukashenko's State of the Nation Address 2015
The strategy for the near future. Economy continues to be the basis for the development of the Belarusian state. The annual state of the nation address of the President to the people and the Parliament becomes a handbook and a guide to action for the Government. Today, the whole of society, without exaggeration, is awaiting the implementation of the 10 steps for further effective development of Belarus.
CTV correspondents congratulate veterans on 70th anniversary of Great Victory
Veterans of the Great Patriotic are in the center of attention these days. The elderly are thanked for the Great Victory they celebrated for the first time 70 years ago.
The CTV staff also tried to find people who for various reasons were left unattended by close relatives. On April 30, the channel's news anchor visited Ivan Danilchenko from Vitebsk. And of course we prepared a gift for him.
Ivan Petrovich is 89. At the age of 18, he had already liberated Kiev from Nazi invaders. The paratrooper made 75 jumps.
History of Belarusian batleyka – folk puppet theater
Western monks were spiritual fathers of batleyka. In the 15th century they came up with an idea to stage church ceremonies to promote Christianity. Western European mystery came to the Belarusian lands through Poland in the late 16th century.
Jesuit fashion for religious performances spread throughout Belarus. The scenes of the birth of Jesus Christ were placed in churches during Christmas holidays.
Belarusians about President Lukashenko's state of the nation address
The annual state of the nation address of Alexander Lukashenko actually voices the development strategy for the country in the near future. Therefore, officials and employees, and workers all over Belarus listened carefully to the head of state.
People in uniform liked the clarity of wording and content of the message.
The broadcast of the President's speech was available in all the military units of Belarus.
Eurovision 2015 music video Time by Belarus’ Uzari & Maimuna among top ten: Russian media
From 19 to 23 May, Vienna is hosting the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Belarus will be represented by Uzari & Maimuna with the song “Time”. The Belarusian duo will perform number 11th in the first semi-final on May 19.
Though Eurovision is only in 20 days, fans place bets on the semi-finals’ results.
According to Russian media, a Belarusian music video is among the top ten most memorable. What is it about? As well as the song, it’s about human conflict with time.
Belarusians to fly victory flag on Elbrus prior to Victory Day
"Flowers of the Great Victory" will bloom on the eve of May 9 at the highest peak in Europe. The banner with the symbols of a Belarusian patriotic campaign will appear on Mount Elbrus.
Two Gomel residents decided to raise the flag to a height of over 5,500 meters.
Igor Nosulchik and Vyacheslav Chesheyko chose holiday dates for their travel to Europe where flags of all the countries that defeated fascism will be raised at the peak of Europe in honor of the victory in World War II.
President Lukashenko instructs to find solution to problems with sick leave allowance
The Belarus President has given an instruction to find a solution to problematic issues with sick leave payments. This matter was discussed at the April 28 meeting of the Head of State with Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus Mikhail Orda.
They talked over the government's decree No.569 that regulates the issues of payments for sick leave.
In particular, the document affected the interests of women on maternity leave and young workers. In fact, it may happen that the size of these payments is minimal.
Alexander Lukashenko asks to tidy up Minsk prior to Victory Day
President Alexander Lukashenko is concerned about the failure of instructions concerning the development of Minsk and intends to visit MTZ, and Minsk Motor Plant after the May holidays. On April 28, Alexander Lukashenko announced this during the meeting with Minsk authorities. Minsk City Executive Committee chairman Andrei Shorets reported on the construction of the Center for Rhythmic Gymnastics.
Belarusian special forces to partake in Victory Parade in Moscow
Belarusian special forces will take part in the Victory Parade in Moscow on May 9. Soldiers of the 5th separate brigade - one of the best units of the Armed Forces of Belarus - headed for the Russian capital.
More than 5,000 troops and 250 pieces of equipment will partake in the Minsk May 9 parade.
These are the most modern weapons and also rare samples.
France's Tourcoing, Partizansky district of Minsk sign Twinning Convention
A Twinning Convention was signed between the administration of the French city of Tourcoing and the administration of the Partizansky district of Minsk.
Both sides have already found common ground in such spheres as business, culture and sport.
The French delegation came to Belarus only for three days and has already managed to visit some cultural and industrial Minsk enterprises.
CTV Director General Yuri Koziyatko awarded medal For Contribution to Strengthening of Rule of Law
Media often help to operationally solve crimes. Interior Minister of Belarus Igor Shunevich praised the media's role in the fight against drug trafficking, domestic violence and social dependency on April 28.
At a meeting with representatives of major media on the eve of the professional holiday, the Minister expressed his gratitude for the cooperation and assistance in the reporting of relevant information. The ministry is always ready to openly interact with journalists. In this case, facts underline the effectiveness of such communication.
Know-how from Belarusian scientists: all product information on your cell
Now it will be much simpler to control production and import of goods. A unique development was presented by Belarusian scientists at the international forum TIBO 2015. Chips help experts learn all the product information in a flash. Ordinary buyers can also receive all the information using a mobile phone.
The novelty has already been tested by Belarusian producers. So far, such electronic passports have been applied to expensive fur products. Nevertheless, in the future, they may be used for drugs, cosmetics and household chemicals.
International motorcycle rally pays tribute to WWII victims at Brest Fortress
From Moscow to Berlin. Belarus met members of the international motorcycle rally. Bikers are planning to drive a total of six thousand kilometers dedicating this trip to the Great Victory.
They are repeating the winning ways of the Red Army and traditionally visit memorials, memorial sites and burial of the dead soldiers. About two dozen motorcyclists came to Belarus from Moscow and were joined by Belarusian bikers.
All together they went to the city of Brest. It is in the Brest Fortress where Belarus started to fight Nazi invaders.
Interview: United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo
This week, Minsk became a place of discussions on the industries of the future for European and Central Asian countries with an average income. Representatives of government and business from 25 countries talked over ways of improving trade and making it more efficient. For the growth of the economy, one needs innovation.
The program "Week" talked with UN Deputy Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo.
"My goal is to make them work." Belarus President about social parasites
Life has confirmed the correctness of the decision on the rehabilitation of the victims of the Chernobyl disaster regions. Alexander Lukashenko said this on April 26 during his working trip to Slawharad district of the Mogilev region.
In recent years, Belarus has accumulated unique experience in terms of the rehabilitation of degraded lands. Therefore, the President paid special attention to spring field work and asked the local farmers about possible crop this year.
Chernobyl commemoration rally held in Minsk
On 26 April, the day of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, commemorative events are held across the country.
About two thousand people came to Minsk's Park of Friendship of Peoples to lay wreaths and flowers at the memorial sign To The Victims of Chernobyl and Stone of Peace of Hiroshima.
Belarus President signs decree on prevention of social dependency
The President of Belarus has signed Decree "On prevention of social dependency." It is commonly known as a decree against idlers or parasitism. This topic became relevant six months ago and caused a lot of excitement and controversy. And now, not every homeless person can pay a "compensation" of 3.5 million rubles (about $240). Although, according to the tramp in our next story, he collects bottles and earns Br6 million a month. Tatiana Revizore has more on the Decree of the President.
Belarus to adopt draft law on alternative service in April
The law on service alternative to that in the Armed Forces and an anti-corruption plan may be adopted by the Belarusian parliament on April 9. This was said during the March 31 meeting of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Belarus parliament.
The pre-session meeting dealt with the agenda of the house’s spring session, which will begin on 2 April, according to the Constitution.
Belarusian scientists claim 11 gold medals at Technical Fair in St. Petersburg
Belarusian scientists and researchers brought 11 gold, 6 silver medals from the Technical Fair held in St. Petersburg.
Developments of Belarusian scientists mean prestige, innovation and safety. For three years, 10 of the best minds of the Institute of Applied Physical Problems have been working on this golden videospectral system. The device is made by order of the Russian Rocket and Space Corporation Energia.
Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz says Pope Francis could visit Belarus
Belarus is waiting for the arrival of the Pope. The invitation to visit the Belarusian land was passed to the pontiff by the government, the clergy and the faithful through Cardinal Parolin during his visit to Belarus.
Belarus is waiting for the response from the Vatican. Metropolitan of Minsk and Mogilev, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz expressed the opinion that a positive decision of Pope Francis will affect the number of votes expressed in favor of his arrival.
New edition of Directive No.2: Belarusian officials must be closer to people
Officials must work less with papers and work directly with citizens. Belarus adopted a new revision of Directive No.2 "On measures to de-bureaucratization of the state apparatus." The essence of the changes is to make officials even closer to the people, solve Belarusians' problems with quality and efficiency. Not only at the level of the state apparatus, but also in all the structures of interaction with citizens.
"We are able to take care of what we have," says coordinator of Earth Hour in Belarus
On March 28, billions of people around the world joined the "Earth Hour". Thereby saving hundreds of millions of kilowatts of electricity. Belarusians took part in the worldwide campaign too. Many apartments turned off electricity for 60 minutes.
From 20.30 to 21.30, evening lights were turned off on some buildings in Minsk and regional centers.
Belarus' Catholics celebrate Palm Sunday
On March 28 Catholics of Belarus marked Palm Sunday. It precedes the Holy Week of Lent, and is celebrated in honor of the Entry into Jerusalem.
All temples held festive worship in the morning. Believers came to churches with decorated willow twigs. Sprinkled with holy water, a symbol of rebirth is then stored at home all year as a source of healing power. It is believed that sanctified willow gives health and energy and protects from diseases and misfortunes.
Why do Belarusians migrate to the countryside?
Agricultural enterprises become larger. But small farms and private entrepreneurs also find buyers honey or milk is in demand. Many Belarusians are now returning to the countryside, but not just for the sake of fresh carrots, and not necessarily to become a leading combiner. Nationally, it is not yet a significant trend.
Belarus, European Union discuss joint program of action against illegal migration
Belarus and the European Union are acting together against illegal immigrants. Migration issues were discussed in Minsk by representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus and the European Commission.
In particular, they talked about the finalization of the joint project "Partnership for mobility".
It was initiated by the European Union in the framework of the Eastern Partnership. This document contains a wide range of issues related to illegal labor and forced migration.
Who is developing robots in Belarus?
Will we live to see those fantastic times when robots replace people? And maybe they will even elect presidents! The latest tools and artificial intelligence quickly burst into our lives, progress cannot be stopped, and "only those who create new technologies, have a future." This is what President Lukashenko said when visiting the Belarusian company Peleng this week. Ilona Volynets has the report about the highest technologies, including at the household level.
Co-pilot to blame for A320 crash?
New details about the recent tragedy in the Alps have been revealed. During deciphering of the flight recorder, it was found out that a co-pilot could provoke the Airbus crash in the French Alps.
Europe mourning Airbus crash over French Alps
Three days of mourning in memory of those killed in the Airbus plane crash over the French Alps has been declared in the entire Europe.
People bring flowers and candles to impromptu memorials organized in various European cities. Memorial services are being held in churches.
On board were 144 passengers and six crew members. They all died. Lists of those who flew from Barcelona to Dusseldorf are being drawn. According to preliminary data, there were no Belarusians on the plane.
Financial support for WWII veterans in Belarus timed to 70th anniversaty of victory
Veterans of the Great Patriotic War (part of WWII, 1941-1945) will get financial support in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Great Victory. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President in mid-March.
The amount of assistance will be differentiated.
Heroes of the Soviet Union and the Holders of the Order of Glory (three people) will get Br10 million, while veterans will receive Br8 million. Persons affected by the war will receive assistance in the amount of Br3.5 million.
Visually impaired to be able to vote on their own during 2015 presidential elections in Belarus
Even visually handicapped will be able to vote on their own during the 2015 presidential elections in Belarus. To this end, the Central Election Commission (CEC), together with the Society of the Blind, has developed a new project.
There will be special stencils at polling stations. One will be able to get familiar with propaganda documents by means of Braille alphabet.
Among the innovations are increased personal funds of presidential candidates. One will be able to use them from the date of registration of the initiative group.
Uzari and Maimuna: Our song was difficult and we had to adapt to Eurovision
Uzari and Maimuna answered the questions of the program "Big Breakfast".
Uzari and Maimuna is a duo who will represent Belarus in Vienna at Eurovision 2015. Uzari is the artist Yuri Navrotsky. He was born in Minsk to a family of musicians. In 2011, he became the winner of the contest "New Wave in Jurmala".
This is not the first contest for you but certainly a special one. How are you, what is happening in your pre-Eurovision life?
Belarus strengthens penalties for violators of drug laws
Belarus has strengthened penalties for violators of drug laws. It involves not only the strictest discipline, but also compulsory treatment. This practice is necessary because one can often equate the words "dealer" and "addict".
People make mistakes but one has to pay a high price for them in Belarus. Such are rules spelled out in the Criminal Code. The country sees a large-scale campaign to combat drug trafficking.
President Lukashenko: Only efficient scientific projects will be supported
Accelerate the innovative development of the national economy. Such a task was set by the Belarus President today presenting scientists Doctor of Science diplomas and professor certificates. Much attention is traditionally paid to the training of scientists in our country.
Last year, about a hundred doctors and professors joined the scientific elite. The President demanded that only studies having real economic effect be supported.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus needs to accelerate the development of an innovative economy
Belarus faces the task to accelerate the innovative development of the economy. This was said by Alexander Lukashenko at the March 24 ceremony to give scientists Doctor of Science diplomas and Professor certificates.
Invited to the Palace of Independence were representatives of different spheres: economists, teachers, doctors, and artists.
Much attention is traditionally paid to the training of scientists in Belarus. Every fourth researcher is under 35.
Topical issues of FM broadcasting in Belarus discussed in Minsk
The future of FM broadcasting in Belarus was discussed in Minsk on March 23. Taking part in the conversation were heads of regional radio stations, as well as representatives of relevant ministries.
After usual radio receivers disappeared from kitchens it appeared to be hard to "book" FM frequency since most of them are already occupied.
It has been proposed to solve the problem by a transition to VHF radio or merging several small stations into one.
National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre begins France tour
Belarusian ballet will be presented in 26 cities of France. On March 21 in Lyon, the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre began a tour of France. It is the central event of the Days of Belarusian Culture in France.
Our troupe is very popular in that country. Ballet artists carefully prepared and honed every move to impress the French and Belgian public.
Not long ago, the Belarusian ballet troupe returned from Germany, where it presented the Christmas story of Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker".