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27.03.2016

February utility bills cheaper after Belarus President's intervention
February utility bills cheaper after Belarus President's intervention Speaking about retirement age, Alexander Lukashenko recalled the theme of housing and communal services, which rocked everyday life. New tariffs first jumped in price, but after the intervention of the President and the initiation of a number of criminal cases they were adjusted downward. These days, corrected utility bills are appearing in mailboxes. Public:We would like to see lower prices. We now need to pay for heating BYR 120,000 less. This is good!
Belarus' ambassador to Belgium on terrorist attack
Belarus' ambassador to Belgium about terrorist attacks Attacks shocked Europe once again: explosions sounded on Tuesday in the capital of Belgium and the capital of the European Union, Brussels. More than 30 people were killed and another 300 injured. As it became known a few days later, citizens of Belarus were also among those who suffered. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Belarus to the Kingdom of Belgium Andrei Yevdochenko has the latest news from Brussels. Yuri Koziyatko: Mr Yevdochenko, hello!
Belarusians see doctor 13 times per year on average
Belarusians see doctor 13 times per year on average Belarusians go to the doctor an average of 13 times a year, reads the National Statistics Committee data.  Meanwhile, the number of practicing doctors in Belarus is growing. In 2015, there were more than 40 doctors per 10,000 population. The majority of people rate their health as moderate. Almost 30 percent can boast good health, while less than 10 percent of people say they are in bad condition.
About 500,000 Catholics meet Easter in Belarus
About 500,000 Catholics meet Easter in Belarus In Belarus, a half million representatives of the Catholic denomination, the second largest in the country, met Easter this night. Bright Resurrection of Christ is celebrated on March 27 by Catholics and Protestants. This important day in the church calendar, a symbol of hope and faith. Christians celebrate Easter with a special celebration and joy, greeting each other with "Christ is risen!" Festive divine service are being held in all churches of the country. Alexander Lukashenko has addressed Christians celebrating the resurrection of Christ.

24.03.2016

Belarusians suffer in Brussels attacks On March 24 it became known that Belarusians suffered in a series of attacks in the capital of Belgium. A couple with a small child was injured in the explosion at the airport. Fortunately, they have been discharged from hospital, reports the Embassy of Belarus in Belgium.
Belarus-Poland ties: not only geography but culture and human destinies
Belarus-Poland ties: not only geography but culture and human destinies Our correspondent Ekaterina Zhilyanina in Białystok that Belarusians and Poles have a common language not only at the highest level. These characters are known to each Belarusian child. But here, in a Polish lyceum, people are also well aware of who they are. Almost every student here is with Belarusian roots. However, even local Polish guys know Belarusian. The mandatory program includes not only required language and literature but also music, theater, and history.

23.03.2016

Belarus' Eurovision entrant IVAN: I try to be honest with myself
Belarus' Eurovision entrant IVAN: I aim to be honest with myself Today, the guest of the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev is Alexander Ivanov - aka IVAN - Belarus' entry at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. Sasha, good evening. Thank you very much for taking the opportunity to talk. We meet in Moscow. You come to Minsk, Belarus, quite rarely, especially in recent times, don't you?
About 20% of Minskers are in retirement age
About 20% of Minskers are in retirement age Every fifth citizen of Minsk is older than the working age. In 2015, the number of pensioners increased by 10,500. Now the share of able-bodied citizens is 55.6%, and pensioners 24.4%. Experts predict that by 2030 these figures will change dramatically. The percentage of employees will fall to 52.5%, while the share of pensioners will rise to 30%. That is, each year load on the working people will increase. Today in Minsk there are about 500,000 pension recipients, and 37% of their total number are still working.

22.03.2016

Minsk engineers create unique air pollution monitoring software
Minsk engineers create unique air pollution monitoring software Minsk developers have created a unique computer program that is able to monitor the level of atmospheric pollution. The database has data on all Minsk highways. One can track changes in the atmospheric conditions online. Specialists regularly update information, with monitoring results transmitted to environmentalists who plan environmental protection measures.
Belarusian team wins Google Hash Code 2016
Belarusian team wins Google Hash Code 2016 Belarusians Roman Udovichenko and Sergey Zhgirovsky took first place in Google Hash Code 2016 competition, reads the competition website. Roman and Sergei played for the YMTeam team and scored 1,017,218 points. Second place went to the Russian team Ababahalamaha (991,562 points), and third to the team Die Bergbokbende from South Africa (964 632). Both Belarusians work in the Minsk representative office of Yandex. Previously, they participated in sports programming competition, such as the ACM and Google Code Jam.
XI International Theatre Forum M.Art Contact underway in Mogilev
XI International Theatre Forum 'M.@rt Contact' underway in Mogilev Mogilev is hosting the XI International Theatre Forum Mart Contact. This youth project opens with the drama The Lower Depths. The new production of the Belarusian director Igor Kazakov is unusual in its shape, artistic design and content. In fact, this is search for a new theatrical language with the use of modern technologies. Enhancing the visual effect is the fact that dolls are "working" on the stage on a par with actors. Heroes of the play will try to find answers to the eternal questions of life and death.
Raising retirement age in Belarus: Government voices three options
Raising retirement age in Belarus: Government voices three options The question of raising the retirement age is being discussed in Belarus. The government has voiced its options today. There are three of them.  It is proposed to set the bar for men at 63 or 65 years. For women the threshold is 58 and 60. It is assumed that each year the retirement threshold will be raised by either 6 months or 1 year.  Such changes may happen since the beginning of 2017.

21.03.2016

Belarus' entrant to sing naked at Eurovision 2016?
Belarus' entrant to sing naked at Eurovision 2016? The Belarusian singer IVAN will present a song by his producer Viktor Drobysh, titled Help You Fly, on the main stage of Europe. Belarus' Alexander Ivanov (stage name IVAN) is preparing to stun the audience at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016, which will take place in Stockholm from 10 to 14 May. The main feature of the number will be the singer's appearance and truly wild surroundings. Not only will IVAN stand on the main stage of Europe completely naked, but he will also have real wild wolves with him during the performance, LifeNews reports.
Nazism victims' memory honored in Belarus' Trostenets
Nazism victims' memory honored in Belarus' Trostenets Minsk last week once again become a platform for reflection on the need to draw lessons from the past and avoid armed conflicts. Foreign diplomats, veterans and clergy gathered for an international rally in memory of victims of the Nazi death camp Trostenets, where 200,000 people were killed. At the site of the former death camp now stands the monument "The Gates of Memory" and the three elm.

20.03.2016

Belarus 61st out of 157 is World Happiness Report
Belarus 61st out of 157 is World Happiness Report The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) has compiled a ranking of the happiest countries. Belarus is at 61st place out of 157 in the ranking. It is ahead of Estonia, Slovenia, Hong Kong and is next to Italy.  Some say the ranking is a profanation. In the first ten there is all of Scandinavia and some Anglo-Saxons - Canada and New Zealand. Jeffrey Sachs, Director of SDSN, defends the ranking.
Belarus President takes utility tariffs under personal control
Belarusians to pay 50% of communal services by end of 2016 The size of utility bill rates in January 2016 outraged virtually the entire population of Belarus. Messages that came from Belarusians were sometimes more like front-line reports. Moreover, tenants and public utility services were on opposite sides of the barricades. The main question that troubled everyone without exception was "How did utility services count the tariffs?" The crisis in the housing sector was to be resolved at the highest level. President Lukashenko personally gave an order to figure out where these exorbitant fees came from.
the First Belarusian Theater Season in Paris
Launch of the First Belarusian Theater Season in Paris Paris hosted the First Belarusian Theater Seasons. The Actor's Studio Theatre was the first gave the show. It is important to note one thing. During the November terrorist attacks in Paris, the theater Bataclan was captured. About 100 people were killed. In addition, after that, many shows have been postponed. Moreover, many people were afraid to go to see theatre shows or concerts even a month later. However, the oldest theaters of Paris Adyar, where The Actor's Studio Theatre has presented the lyrical French comedy, is full.

17.03.2016

Belarussian State Youth Theatre
Belarusian State Youth Theatre: history of development Energetic and talented Belarussian State Youth Theatre begins with a unique museum, not a checkroom. Here are the first posters, theatre programmes and costumes from plays. The first premiere of the theatre was in 1985. The chief Director Grigoriy Borovik brought to the audience the play These Strange Old People. Many of the actors of those times continue to work on the stage of the Youth Theatre. And with a smile, they remember how everything began.
Minsk
Minsk then and now: what famous people think about city Minsk was first mentioned in The Chronicle on March 3, 1067, in the narrative of the battle on Nemiga. And now, the capital of Belarus is really a world-famous city, with its popularity growing. Peter von Balloos, tourist (Switzerland):Yes, I'm a Prince, but I lost my castle somewhere in Switzerland. However, I found my own castle in Belarus. They are all here!
WHO plans to invest in cancer prevention in Belarus
WHO plans to invest in cancer prevention in Belarus The World Health Organization (WHO) intends to invest in programs for the prevention of cancer and heart disease in Belarus. The future projects were discussed during the visit of a WHO delegation to Minsk on March 16. Screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and early diagnosis of heart disease. According to WHO projections, dozens of similar projects in the health sector will help improve the quality of life.

16.03.2016

Alex Gross to represent Belarus at Slavonic Bazaar 2016
Alex Gross to represent Belarus at Slavonic Bazaar 2016 You will represent Belarus at the XXV International Pop Song Performers Contest Slavonic Bazaar in 2016. Have you already chosen a song?  Alex Gross, singer:The representative of Belarus was named two weeks. We decided on only one song - a world hit. In my case, it will be a jazz standard - Ray Charles' A Song for You. With this song, Christina Aguilera was nominated for Grammy 10 years ago.   Are you following this path deliberately?
Belarus to reduce the number of villagers in need of housing
Belarus to reduce the number of villagers in need of housing The President has signed decree №97 aiming to stabilize staff turnover in agricultural organizations and bring down the number of those in need of better housing conditions. The document establishes a uniform procedure for the sale of residential premises of state housing stock in the territory of a particular locality. It is expected that the implementation of the decree will help keep specialists in their positions and will also reduce agricultural organizations' workload when it comes to the maintenance of the housing stock.
Minsk Mayor discusses Minsk-Kiev cooperation with Vitali Klitschko
Andrei Shorets discusses Minsk-Kiev cooperation with Vitali Klitschko Business circles of Minsk and Kiev will strengthen cooperation. Business leaders and investors of the two countries will meet in the near future. This was agreed today by the heads of the two capitals Andrei Shorets and Vitali Klitschko at the Summit of Mayors of European cities in Cannes. It is worth noting that it was Kiev and Minsk who have become leaders in the list ranking cities by effectiveness of the cost of business expenses, compiled by a division of The Financial Times. Minsk thus overtook more than 200 cities.
Belarus, France share experience in pharmaceutics and cosmetics
Belarus, France share experience in pharmaceutics and cosmetics Belarus and France are building bridges in the field of medicine. In particular, in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. On March 15 experts from both countries gathered in the Belarus capital. A reliable recipe for overcoming skin diseases is needed by thousands. Worldwide, only 16% of adolescents have such ailments. By the way, pharmaceutical cooperation between the two countries started over 10 years ago. During this time, colleagues share their experience and came up with several unique products.

15.03.2016

Belarusian businessman Yuri Chizh detained: KGB reveals details New details of the arrest of big Belarusian businessman Yuri Chizh have been revealed by the Belarus KGB. He is suspected of tax evasion in especially large amounts.    According to investigators, the criminal scheme was designed to withdraw money abroad. The top manager, after learning about a possible arrest, did not go to law enforcement agencies. He rushed to the state border.
Alexander Lukashenko holds meeting on social and fiscal spheres
Alexander Lukashenko holds meeting on social and fiscal spheres On March 15, the Belarus president discussed the improving of the efficiency of government agencies, timeliness of salaries payment and job creation at a meeting on some issues of social and fiscal spheres. Taking part in it were officials from the Presidential Administration, the Government, Ministers of Finance and Labour and Social Security. The main task today is the creation of 50,000 jobs. However, all the necessary conditions should be created for this purpose.
Oleg Belokonev, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces - First Deputy Minister of Defense of the Republic of Belarus
2nd phase of combat test underway in Belarus' Armed Forces The Armed Forces of Belarus are undergoing the second phase of the complex combat checks. On duty are now communicators and special operations forces. They practice completely new methods of combating hybrid threats. Under special control is tactical training. Here, the primary focus is on commanders, with the main aim being the introduction of modern technologies.
Belarus marks Constitution Day on March 15
Belarus marks Constitution Day on March 15 The strong foundations of a sovereign state. Belarus marks Day of Constitution. It was on 15 March 1994 when the Parliament adopted the first-ever main law of Belarus.  The document concentrates rich historical experience and clearly defines the priorities of national development. So the essence of the holiday is close and understandable to every citizen of our country. Alexander Lukashenko addressed the nation wishing it happy Constitution Day.

14.03.2016

No alternative to raising retirement age in Kazakhstan, analyst Daniyar Ashimbayev says
No alternative to raising retirement age in Kazakhstan, analyst Daniyar Ashimbayev says Latvia has already begun a gradual increase in the retirement age and will complete it by 2020. But for Kazakhstan, this will be the second increase in the pension age since independence.  From Alma-Ata, political scientist Daniyar Ashimbayev.
Belarus President demands clear utility tariffs
Belarus President demands clear utility tariffs Utilities must be made objective and tariffs understandable. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko demands that the real value of utility services be written in bills so that Belarusians know what exactly they pay for. In late February, the President instructed to review in detail the rates and introduce a new calculation of utility services. And today, the President was presented a draft decree on the tariffs policy. The President requires that all utilities be transparent and understandable to the public.
"Pension reform in Latvia in full swing": CTV teleconference with Latvian MP
'Pension reform in Latvia in full swing': CTV teleconference with Latvian MP China intends to raise the retirement age in the coming years. Latvia started this reform 2 years ago and will finish it by 2020. The CTV Channel contacted Artur Rubiks, Latvian MP, to find out about the pension reform in his country.
When and how will retirement age in Belarus change?
When and how will retirement age in Belarus change? The subject of raising the retirement age has been ripening in the Belarusian society for a long time and now it seems Belarus have come to this point. This is due to both demographic and economic processes. While today 100 persons pays pensions for 61 pensioners, after 4 years there will be a 64 to 100 ratio. In 10 years, it will stand at 78:100.

13.03.2016

Nicolas Dhuicq, head of the parliamentary friendship group "France-Belarus"
Nicolas Dhuicq: Belarus and France is love and peace It is necessary to announce that a new parliamentary friend of Belarus has recently assumed an official post. Nicolas Dhuicq now heads the parliamentary group of friendship "France-Belarus" and now is ready to talk with us by means of a teleconference. Nicolas, hello. Nicolas Dhuicq, head of the parliamentary friendship group "France-Belarus": Hello, Yuri. How, in your opinion, are things going in Belarus-France relations? Do the countries cooperate effectively?
Does Belarus need retirement age rise?
Does Belarus need retirement age rise? One of the most resonant themes this week was the rise of the retirement age. In Belarus, the ratio between the number of retired and employed people is 61:100. And if Belarus does not raise the retirement age, one will have to either increase taxes or reduce the pensions themselves, and hence the level of life of the elderly. By the way, on the retirement threshold in many countries is higher. Experts agree that there will be some economic effect from the increase.
Belarusian theater season opens in Paris
Belarusian theater season opens in Paris A Belarusian theater season opened in Paris. The ceremony was held in one of the oldest theaters in the city. The Actor's Studio Theatre has presented to foreign spectators the lyrical French comedy No One Promised Easy Life. Paris also hosted an exhibition of Belarusian theatrical posters, which presented the works of our compatriots. 
Belarus President: Retirement age should be raised for everyone
Belarus President: Retirement age should be raised for everyone Talented Belarusian actor, People's Artist of Belarus Vladimir Gostyukhin has recently turned 70, but he is still the most popular Belarusian cinema actor. And he is not in a hurry to retire. And we would like to talk to him about retirement, but now he is not in Minsk. Today we will talk to experts with whom we will discuss the pension reform in Belarus. This topic was the subject of consideration at the meeting with the President of the country. Let us watch again the key episodes of that meeting.

11.03.2016

the Trostenets memorial complex
Building of Trostenets memorial complex to be resumed in summer 2016 The building of the Trostenets memorial complex will be resumed in summer 2016.  According to the plan, the urochishches (natural boundaries) Blagovschina and Shashkovka are to be renovated. These areas were the parts of the Maly Trostenets Nazi death camp, located in the suburbs of Minsk in the Great Patriotic War. To commemorate the deceased prisoners, the experts collected the earth from the most historically significant places of Trostenets. Later, the capsule with these samples will be put in the crypt of the All Saints Memorial Temple.

24.02.2016

Belarusian foods to appear in China
Belarusian foods to appear in China Belarusian meat and milk will appear in China soon. Chinese food emissaries are auditing Belarusian food producers. Wang Yao Tien has been living in Belarus for 15 years. He loves Belarusian food, especially milk and honey. Wang Yao Tien, the representative of  cultural and business center of China in Belarus:Our goal is to bring Chinese investors to Belarus to let them taste Belarusian food products.
Belarusian surgeons have operated on a girl with Larsen syndrome
Belarusian cardiac surgery enters new level Belarusian surgeons have operated on a girl with Larsen syndrome. It’s a rare cardiovascular disease. American scientist and cardiac surgeon William Novick participated in the operation. He has consulted patients from Belarus for 19 years already. The famous doctor noted the significant achievements of the Belarusian colleagues. 19 years ago William Novick came to Belarus for the first time, together with 30 experts, all the necessary medicines and even equipment. Afterwards, such necessary assistance turned into cooperation.
Natalia Gaida, People's Artist of Belarus
Young in mind: why some Belarusians don't want retirement In Minsk, the load on the working-age population by elderly people has reached the maximum value over the entire post-WWII era. Now every fifth resident of Minsk is a retiree. 15 years ago, it was every sixth resident. This trend is observed for the whole country. By the way, elderly people don’t mind to work. The gleam in the eyes, straight posture, and trim figure. This is how one can describe Natalia Gaida, the queen of Belarusian operetta, who in her "a little over 75" still shines on the stage.

23.02.2016

President Lukashenko confers general ranks on senior officers
President Lukashenko confers general ranks on senior officers President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, presented the general's shoulder straps on senior officers on 23 February, which is the Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces. 
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians on Fatherland Defenders Day
Belarus President congratulates nation on Fatherland Defenders Day Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces is celebrated in Belarus today. February 23 is considered to be a national holiday, the day of courage and heroism of the defenders of all generations. Anniversary ceremonies and celebrations are held today across the country. In Minsk, the celebration will begin the ceremony of laying flowers to the monument in Victory Square.

22.02.2016

Belarus launches NPP training center
Belarus launches NPP training center A team of Belarusian and foreign reporters visited the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power plant near Ostrovets on 17 February. An exact copy of the control panel was showed in the training center of the nuclear power plant. It allows simulating more than a thousand modes of operation of the station. Any possible emergency will be immediately liquidated.
Belarus to develop e-commerce in rural areas
Belarus to develop e-commerce in rural areas Belarus will develop e-commerce in the countryside. Innovative approaches will work "in a duet" with mobile shops, familiar to consumers.  One of the key objectives of consumer societies is to provide necessary goods to residents of small settlements.

21.02.2016

Slavonic Bazaar festival to be held from 14 to 18 July 2016
Slavonic Bazaar festival to be held from 14 to 18 July 2016 The 2016 edition of the international festival Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk will take place from 14 to 18 July. However, the program of this creative forum will go beyond these dates. Tickets for the concerts will be on sale from the end of February.  You can buy Slavonic Bazaar tickets in festival's offices in Belarus and through the Internet from anywhere in the world.
Icon with particle from Jesus Christ's crown of thorns delivered to Belarus
Icon with particle from Jesus Christ's crown of thorns delivered to Belarus Several hours ago, the icon with a particle from crown of thorns of Jesus Christ was delivered to Minsk. The shrine was met by Metropolitan Paul at Holy Spirit Cathedral.  The crown of thorns of the Christ itself is in the Cathedral of Notre Dame. The icon was brought to Belarus by representatives of the World Christian charity fund "Triumph of the heart."
Foreign diplomats read Yanka Kupala poems on International Mother Language Day
Foreign diplomats read Yanka Kupala poems on International Mother Language Day Poems of the People's poet Yanka Kupala, Belarusian and world classic writer, was read February 19 by the Belarus Foreign Minister as well as foreign diplomats and people of art. This was the first time the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had celebrated the International Mother Language Day. The date itself, by the way, was established in 1999, at the session of the General Conference of UNESCO.

18.02.2016

Pierre Richard in Minsk with solo performance Pierre Richard III
Pierre Richard in Minsk with solo performance Pierre Richard III "The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe". Pierre Richard has come to Minsk. The famous Frenchman will present to the Belarusian public the solo performance Pierre Richard III. These are unique memories of the actor about the shooting of movies in which he participated. Among them are "Toy", "Unlucky", "The Umbrella Coup" and many others.
Young Caspian gull
What birds winter in Minsk? About 60 species of birds will stay in Minsk for winter. Just put a bird feeder in the yard, and you can watch sparrows, tits and greenfinches. The river Svisloch is their most favorite place in Minsk. By the way, even rare visitors fly to our country for winter. Semen Levyi, ornithologist, specialist in environmental issues of the public organization APB-BirdLife Belarus:This winter, you can see about 60 species in Minsk. The rarest of them is the bean goose, which remained on the Svisloch and Nemiga.
Alexander Lukashenko expresses condolences over terrorist attack in Ankara
Alexander Lukashenko expresses condolences over terrorist attack in Ankara A wave of terrorist attacks has swept Turkey. In less than a day after the terrorist attack in Ankara, there has been another explosion. It thundered on the way of a military convoy in the south-east of the country. According to preliminary reports, several people were injured.  Meanwhile, new details have become known about the terrorist attack that occurred the day before. The attack was carried out by a Syrian citizen. He was identified by fingerprints. He is reported to be a member of the Kurdish movement. 

17.02.2016

Irina Driga, First Deputy Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus
Belarus to choose Man of the Year, create unique Culture Code The Culture Year with new titles. Belarus will choose the Man of the Year, and the best cultural city. The idea of ​​a new competition has been announced by the Ministry of Culture. The selection of applicants for the honorary titles will begin shortly. The names of the laureates will be announced in 2016.
Sergei Khmaruk, prosecutor of Minsk
Minsk records decrease in overall crime rate Minsk has recorded a decrease in the overall crime rate, said yesteday Minsk city prosecutor Sergei Khmaruk. The number of thefts, robberies and crimes committed while intoxicated and by those under age has reduced. By the way, Minsk is Belarus' only region where a positive trend is observed.  However, experts note the growth of grave and especially grave crimes. In particular, attacks on life, corruption offenses and sales and distribution of drugs.

16.02.2016

CTV journalists receive Belarusian state awards
CTV journalists receive Belarusian state awards February 16 the best reporters who cover military issues got the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Information awards. There were announced winners of the annual contest for the best media coverage of the development of the Armed Forces of Belarus. CTV correspondent Maxim Slizh became a laureate of the contest in the nomination "Professionalism and journalistic skill". Also, a diploma was awarded to the creative team of the program "Morning. Studio good mood" for active coverage of patriotic education.
Scientists from Belarus, USA to oppose cancer using gold nanoparticles
Scientists from Belarus, USA to oppose cancer using gold nanoparticles Scientists from Belarus and the United States will oppose the cancer with the help of gold nanoparticles. The results of a joint experimental project have been published in one of the most respected magazines in the world of science. The article holds first place in the citation index. The study itself was conducted in America, but the idea derives from Belarus completely. Scientists were working together. The method was successfully tested on laboratory mice. Special cells of neck and head cancer were grafted onto the mice. 

15.02.2016

Equal class hours for Belarusian, Russian languages in Belarus' primary schools
Equal class hours for Belarusian, Russian languages in Belarus' primary schools Belarusian schools across the country will balance the number of hours dedicated to the studying of two state languages - Belarusian and Russian. It will be regardless of what language a school is using in day-to-day communication with students. Students will have three lessons of the Russian and Belarusian languages and two hours of literature. As first, the innovation will affect only second-graders, but a year later it will be introduced in third and then fourth grade.
President meets with Belarus' health minister
No flu epidemic expected in Belarus, health minister says The situation with prices in Belarusian drugstores remains under control. The Belarus President, hearing out a report from the Minister of Health, urged not to leave this topic without attention in the future. Also, Alexander Lukashenko was informed about the situation with the flu.
Belarus marks Day of Remembrance of fallen Afghan soldiers February 15
Belarus marks Day of Remembrance of fallen Afghan soldiers February 15 The day of remembrance of soldiers-internationalists (Afghan war soldiers) is celebrated on February 15 in Belarus. Exactly 27 years ago, Soviet troops left Afghanistan. This war lasted for more than 9 years, becoming the longest in the 20th century. In the modern history it is often referred to as the first anti-terrorist operation. All in all, more than 30,000 Belarusians roamed the fire roads of Afghanistan, of whom 800 did not return home. Someone was killed and someone is still considered missing.
Metropolitan Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz: "With prayer, the world will become better"
Metropolitan Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz: "With prayer, the world will become better" Statistics show that every 5 minutes on average one person in the world dies for his faith in Christ. Basically we are talking about hotspots. Persecution of Christians has become a major topic of conversation in Francis Pope and Patriarch Kirill. The primates of the Catholic and Orthodox churches met for the first time in a thousand years. Their paths crossed in Havana's Jose Marti airport, near a wooden crucifix. According to the Christian tradition, the meeting began with a triple kiss and ended with a final declaration on 10 sheets. 
Traktorny quarter
Traktorny quarter in Minsk: post-war capital of Belarusian Stakhanovites Quaint low-rise buildings in elegant Stalinist baroque neighbour typical Soviet constructions. Chimneys, washing lines, lush plants on windowsills and picturesque mossy balconies add a peculiar charm to this blue-collar neighbourhood. The history of this “ideal socialist town of the 1950s” begins at the entrance of Minsk Tractor Works. 

14.02.2016

Molodechno, Capital of Culture
Molodechno to become Belarusian Culture Capital in 2016 It is not accidentally that Molodechno gained the title of the Capital of Culture in 2016. There are more than ten cultural institutions in the town. And the most important thing is that there are a lot of people with rich potential. They are talented, honored, popular, and exemplary.
Book exhibition in Minsk: 300 exhibitors from 29 countries
Book fair in Minsk: 300 exhibitors from 29 countries A paradise for book lovers. These days, during the book about Belarusian singer Vladimir Mulyavin was among the popular at the international book fair. The book received the highest award of the Belarusian national contest "Art of the Book".
Belarus approved state social protection program for 2016-2020
Belarus approved state social protection program for 2016-2020 Belarus has approved the state program on social protection and the promotion of employment designed to run until 2020. The decision is contained in a resolution of the Belarusian Council of Ministers. The purpose of the program is to improve the efficiency of employment policy and conditions of labor protection as well as create barrier-free environment and ensure social integration of the disabled and the elderly.
Alexander Zhukov with his family
Belarusian family to go to round-the-world tour on foot with baby The idea of going to a round-the-world tour on foot with a three-year-old child came to the father of a family living near Vitebsk. Alexander Zhukov, the master of sports in athletics, is still engaged in race walking. Moreover Alexander and his wife accustom their daughter Masha to a healthy lifestyle and family values ​​from an early age. Alexander Zhukov, Luke village resident:When I began to study at a sports school in a city, I went to a railway station on foot. That was 10 km per day in general.

12.02.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Science is vital resource for revival of entire industries
Alexander Lukashenko: Science is vital resource for revival of entire industries Science can and should bring maximum return, including material, said the President of Belarus at the ceremony to present diplomas of Doctor of Science and professor certificates. At a meeting with the Head of State, there were discussed the future developments and present-day state of Belarusian science. The ceremony was attended by more than 20 people. These are scientists working in various fields, from medicine to agriculture. After the collapse of the Soviet Union Belarus has managed to preserve a strong scientific school. 
Sofia Stasevich, Berezino resident
Oldest Minsk citizen is 115. Secrets of longevity Minsk region is a leader in the number of long-livers. There are almost 100 people in the central region of Belarus. The oldest is 115 years old now. Lonely elderly people are served by social workers and, if necessary, they can stay in dormitories and nursing homes for winter. Sofia Petrovna is more than 90 years old, but woman is still a woman. Every day she wears a beautiful dress, keeps her figure and flirts with the camera crew. As she admits, the main secret of longevity is an active life.
Monuments to Stanisław Moniuszko and Dunin-Martinkevich
Year of Culture in Minsk: new events and monuments to be unveiled Sculptors Gumilevskiys have begun the creation of monuments to Stanisław Moniuszko and Dunin-Martinkevich. The statues will be made from bronze and will take place near City Hall. Lev Nikolaevich is sharpening the form of a working model confidently and deftly. He admits: for the sake of art, even at 85 is he ready to climb on scaffolds or work with a hammer. The family duo of sculptors can’t stop the working process. Right now, the talented artists are sculpting the history – the images of the legendary founders of the professional Belarusian Opera.
Science can and should bring maximum return, Belarus President says
Science can and should bring maximum return, Belarus President says Science can and should bring maximum return, including material, said February 12 the President of Belarus at the ceremony to present Doctor of Science diplomas and professor certificates. Today there were about 20 scientists in the hall. Alexander Lukashenko stressed that only based on the results of their work can one judge on the development of the whole industry. 
1563 Bible presented at Belarus' National Art Museum
1563 Bible presented at Belarus' National Art Museum On February 11, in Minsk, historians and culture experts of Belarus and Lithuania presented unique exhibits. Documents and texts of archival sources were presented at the National Art Museum. This was the first time such exhibits had been brought on public display. The main among them is of course the Bible of 1563.
Alexander Lukashenko: Science vital for rebirth of certain industries
Alexander Lukashenko: Science vital for rebirth of certain industries Belarusian science is an essential resource for the recovery of entire industries, said today President Alexander Lukashenko, handing diplomas of Doctor of Science and professor certificates to science workers. New developments can significantly save resources and energy, help reduce production costs and make Belarus competitive in foreign markets. The topic of import substitution is still relevant. It is important to not just produce affordable goods of higher quality but also fully meet the needs of the consumer.
Polykovichi village and its holy well
Polykovichi village and its holy well The Polykovichi village is located in the Mogilev district, the Mogilev region. It used to be a part of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, and today, it belongs to the Republic of Belarus. The village is situated at the bank of the Dnieper.

11.02.2016

Special containers for hazardous waste  appear in Minsk
Special containers for hazardous waste appear in Minsk It will be easier to sort hazardous waste in Minsk. Special containers for separate collection of hazardous waste have been developed in Minsk. In particular, the containers will help safely dispose of energy saving and fluorescent lamps and batteries. Dozens of similar structures are already in place in the capital's shops. Each container has three parts for separate collection. There will be soon more miniature versions of containers to collect waste separately.
President Lukashenko demands that Investigative Committee serve people, not statistics
President Lukashenko demands that Investigative Committee serve people, not statistics How effectively are Belarus' law enforcement agencies working? According to the President, the answer to this question must be sought in society. Alexander Lukashenko, at the board of the Investigative Committee, advised the security forces to do everything necessary to improve its image among the population. And for this, they need to assess their work on a daily basis. The Belarus President also recommended the Committee to rely less on statistics in assessing performance. Other topics covered were the fight against corruption, economic crimes, and staff training.
Slavic Bazaar Festival's unique style developed in Vitebsk
Slavic Bazaar Festival's unique style developed in Vitebsk The new logo of the festival Slavic Bazaar will be adorned by Belarusian ornament and flags of the participating countries. Virtually unchanged from year to year is the creative spelling style of the name of the forum and the symbol of the festival - a cornflower.  However, other elements of the logo vary every year. These symbols are on outdoor advertising, videos, tickets, posters and souvenirs. This time, the basic colors is blue and all its shades - the same color as cornflower. The logo is now white, which means that the transition to a new level.
Minsk mayor Andrei Shorets meets CTV staff
Minsk mayor Andrei Shorets meets CTV staff Chairman of Minsk City Executive Committee Andrei Shorets February 10 met with the staff of the CTV Channel. The future of the city and new joint projects were discussed in the historic studio. This is the studio from which 60 years ago Belarusian television started. But on February 10, the channel was talking with the mayor about the future - the future of Minsk and the TV channel.
Experts from Normandy 4 countries gather in Minsk February 11, 2016
Experts from 'Normandy 4' countries gather in Minsk February 11, 2016 Experts are discussing possible ways out of the Ukraine crisis.  And although the meeting is informal its results will help to find new ways to address the issue. For the normalization of the situation in Ukraine, all parties must make every effort. The resolution of the conflict in a civilized manner shows the stability of the entire European region to modern challenges and threats.
Iosif Langbard
Iosif Langbard: man who shaped Minsk of today The architect Iosif Langbard was born to a Jewish family in the town of Belsk in the former Grodno province (present-day Bielsk Podlaski, Poland) on January 18, 1882. His father wanted him to engage in trading business. However, Iosif liked painting and decided to be an architect. He studied architecture at the Grekov Odessa Art school and at the Imperial Academy of Arts in Petrograd. In 1914, Langbard defended his graduation thesis under the title "State Council Building" supervised by the famous architect Alexander Pomerantsev.

10.02.2016

Dandelion image on Eurovision 2016 logo calls for unity
Dandelion image on Eurovision 2016 logo calls for unity The message of unity was one of the key when choosing a logo of the international song contest Eurovision 2016. As planned by the organizers, this year's logo is a ball resembling a dandelion. A lot of fluff pieces will be flying from all over Europe to form the "magic flower" in Stockholm. The music competition will bring together representatives of 43 countries, as well as viewers around the world. The message of unity was the key when choosing a motto of Eurovision 2016 - "Come Together."
US Charge d'Affairs in Belarus travels the country photographing birds
US Charge d'Affairs travels Belarus photographing birds Belarus under the white wings. The US Charge d'Affairs to Belarus, Scott Rauland, visited the different parts of our country photographing birds. His collection now includes almost 200 species of birds Belarus from different parts from the Bialowieza Forest to the Naroch lakes. The diplomat is the most impressed with storks and cranes. The US Embassy in Minsk has gathered the best images in the calendar.
Minsk Mayor Andrei Shorets meets with CTV Channel staff
Minsk Mayor meets with CTV Channel staff Chairman of the Minsk City Executive Committee Andrei Shorets met with the CTV Channel staff February 10. The CTV channel is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The mayor visited the CTV's studios and cutting rooms. He then met with the journalists and the top managers of the TV channel.
International Book Exhibition opens in Minsk
International Book Exhibition opens in Minsk One of the main events of the Year of Culture in Belarus is underway in Minsk. On February 10, the 23rd International Book Exhibition will open in the Belarus capital. Nearly 30 countries will present their achievements in the field of literature. The guest of honor this year will be Armenia. A delegation from Ecuador is among the special guests. Among the exhibitors will be Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France, the UK, the United States and beyond.
Igor Greibo, Chief of the Directorate for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Belarus
Belarusians to be paid for assistance in disclosing corruption crimes Belarusians will be paid for assistance in disclosing corruption crimes, reads the Council of Ministers decree signed 5 February. A citizen who will provide information on such violations, can count on the financial compensation of up to 50 base units. There is no direct relationship between the amount of a bribe or damage and payment.
Days of Armenian national culture underway in Belarus
Days of Armenian national culture underway in Belarus Belarus is hosting the days of Armenian national culture. The forum was opened by a bright concert of Transcaucasia's best jazz orchestra. The Armenian culture days will be continued by an exhibition of artists of the 21st century. Brush masters on February 10 will present more than 60 paintings. Belarusians and tourists can enjoy this art in the gallery of Mikhail Savitsky in Minsk until next Friday inclusive. The countries note mutual interest in literature too.

09.02.2016

The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus
Why is Minsk the city of columns? Minsk is the city of columns. This detail decorates houses and always draws tourists’ attention. Look at the pictures below! How many historical facts are behind these columns!    The base, trunk, and column cup have their own time and character. They keep porticoes, protect balconies and terraces. The postwar period in Minsk is the time of blossoming of magnificent columns.

08.02.2016

Mona Lisa in Belarusian national dress by graphic artist Oleg Karpovich
Mona Lisa in Belarusian national dress by graphic artist Oleg Karpovich Mona Lisa in a new image. The famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci has appeared before the public in Belarusian national embroidery! A portrait of the recognized beauty of the XVI century has been painted by the famous graphic artist Oleg Karpovich. The master of the brush has managed to combine the Italian Renaissance painting with Belarusian identity. A linen shirt is adorned by red ornaments. While usually it's hard to look away from the eyes of the femme fatale, now there is another reason to look carefully at her image: the costume.

07.02.2016

Expert: Cancer is second most popular cause of death in Belarus
Expert: Cancer is second most popular cause of death in Belarus This week the world marked World Cancer Day. Viktor Kokhnyuk, surgery deputy director of the National Scientific-Practical Center of Oncology and Medical Radiology named after Alexandrov has given an interview to the TV program Week on the CTV. Every year, cancer is found in approximately 40,000 Belarusians. Is cancer the second most popular terrible sentence after cardiovascular diseases?
Chinese New Year in Belarus: Dumplings on the table, red clothes, jewelery and envelopes
Chinese New Year in Belarus: Dumplings on the table, red clothes, jewelery and envelopes The Chinese New Year was celebrated not only in Minsk but all over the world. It is also called Spring Festival. This is one of the oldest and most important dates of the eastern calendar. Each year is associated with an animal. 2016 is associated with a fiery monkey. The main thing is that it promises are marital and material welfare. Chinese chef Li Ming is making culinary delights.  But, in spite of the traditional features, there is one common feature of the Belarusian and Chinese New Year - a holiday table should abound with treats.
Forensic examination in Belarus: Will the country join ENFSI?
Will Belarus join European Network of Forensic Science Institutes? Ludmila cannot hold back tears. On the grave of her daughter she brings roses as usual. Now, after a while, she recalls moments of the investigation. Again and again. Somewhere she still hopes that this story did not happen to her Yulia. Lyudmila Solomatina:When I was already summoned to the Investigative Committee and said that the remains of Yulia had been found, it was necessary to somehow stay conscious. I must have learned the whole truth, how it all happened. Therefore I held out.
Belarusian scientists develop GPS internal navigation system
Belarusian scientists develop GPS internal navigation system Belarusian scientists have developed an indoor program of GPS navigation. Soon Belarusians will be able to get directions to the correct room in one click. A group of mobile application specialists worked to create antenna systems and coordinate transmitters. Programs that give voice prompts are very popular with drivers. But GPS and GLONASS satellites only work outdoors. Inside a building they stop working. The development of Belarusian specialists solves this problem.
How may the first Belarusian smartphone look like?
How may the first Belarusian smartphone look like? Belarusian Roman Dubinka is concerned that Belarus has still not issued a single domestic smartphone. He offered his gadget’s design and said that in his opinion, the holding Horizont should produce it. In the smartphone description on behance.net (the international community where designers, illustrators and photographers exhibit their works, share experience and comment on the work of colleagues), he wrote the following:

05.02.2016

Corruption scandal at BelAZ: $1 million missing
Corruption scandal at BelAZ: $1 million missing A theft of the century has been disclosed at Belarusian Automobile Plant (BelAZ). After 2015, the local staff found out that $1 million was missing. The criminals have created a real conveyor for removal and resale of parts of the world famous truck. Some parts weigh more than 800kg. So they had to use lifting equipment, work only at night and on weekends and rent trucks for transportation. They even established their own "protection group", which accompanied the stolen things all the time.
Winner of CTV's Singing Cities project victorious at international online contest Your Voice
Winner of CTV's Singing Cities project victorious at international online contest Your Voice Belarusian Anastasia Leikina has won the first international online music contest Your Voice. She is ahead of competitors from 29 countries and won the sympathy of the audience and judges from around the world.  The winner was determined by an online voting. The 22-year-old Belarusian chose a song from the repertoire of Lara Fabian for the contest. It was the song with which Anastasia Leikina won the CTV project Singing Cities 3.
Belarusian culture should be promoted abroad, culture minister says
Belarusian culture should be promoted abroad, culture minister says In the Year of Culture, it is necessary to actively promote Belarusian culture abroad, said February 5 Belarus Minister of Culture Boris Svetlov. According to him, Belarusian culture is well represented at events both at home and abroad. Boris Svetlov also noted the high level of professionalism of the national bands and creative teams. 
Molodechno now official cultural capital of Belarus
Molodechno now official cultural capital of Belarus Today, February 5, Molodechno will officially acquire the status of the cultural capital of Belarus. A concert of Brest masters of stage will take place in the city that before was the cultural capital of the Minsk region. Here, dozens of institutions operate, which preserve and multiply spiritual heritage.  
Minsk hosts forensic expert forum
Minsk hosting ENFSI forensic expert forum Belarusian forensic experts are ready to offer assistance to Europe in the fight against drugs. Such a possibility was discussed at a February 4 forensic forum, which brought together the leading criminologists of the Old World. They are all the companies belonging to one of the world's largest forensic institutions network - ENFSI. Belarus may also join it in the foreseeable future.
Alexander Ivanov (IVAN)
Eurovision 2016: Charismatic IVAN to represent Belarus Your music career started… Alexander Ivanov (IVAN), singer: I started singing directly from a musical kindergarten. I surprised everybody with national Belarusian songs. Then I went to a music school. After some time, I gathered the first music band. We played heavy metal.

04.02.2016

Cancer mortality rate in Belarus drops 12% in 2011-2015
Cancer mortality rate in Belarus drops 12% in 2011-2015 In the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, Belarusian oncologists have reached the level of the world's leaders in this area. This issue is still relevant for Belarus: 270,000 patients are registered throughout the country. However, today - on World Cancer Day - doctors state that cancer mortality in Belarus has decreased by 12% over the past five years. Such success has been achieved thanks to modern equipment and the introduction of new methods of treatment.
Google launches internet marketing training program in Belarus
Google launches internet marketing training program in Belarus Google has launched the training program The Graduate in online marketing in the business incubator of the Belarusian Park of High Technologies. At the official opening of the program Google representatives told the public about the history and trends of development of the Internet. Experts noted that the proportion of mobile traffic is constantly increasing.  On average, mobile devices account for 30% of world internet traffic. This gives rise to the need to create mobile versions of websites for easy access. 
Lilia Ananich, Minister of Information of the Republic of Belarus
HD broadcasting on Belarusian TV channels by 2020 The introduction of high-definition TV and increasing internet content for print media is the priority tasks of the Belarusian press. The results of the industry and future plans were discussed on February 4 in Minsk. A board meeting of the Ministry of Information has gathered representatives of TV channels, major media outlets and news agencies. Over a thousand print media, more than two hundred television and radio programs are registered in Belarus in total.
Yuri Vazhnik, chairman of Belarusian Association of Transport Experts and Surveyors
Minsk among leading road safety cities Minsk boasts one of the lowest accident rates among other European cities. The findings have been made within the framework of the pilot project Kind Road. Over 10 years, thanks to this program, the number of accidents in Minsk has reduced threefold.
Belarus may join European Network of Forensic Science Institutes
Belarus may join European Network of Forensic Science Institutes Criminalists from Belgium, Britain, Germany, Estonia and the Netherlands have arrived in Minsk. They all represent companies that are part of the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI). This is the main organization of its kind in the Old World, which brings together 64 expert institutions from 36 European countries. During the meeting the participants discussed cooperation and shared experience.

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