Slavic Bazaar 2015 in Vitebsk: Festival dates and tickets
On March 18, the Slavic Bazaar festival director revealed the details of the 2015 edition of the festival.
Singer, composer, People's Artist of Azerbaijan Polad Bülbüloğlu will head the jury of the Pop Song Contest at Slavic Bazaar.
Belarus will pick the singer for the festival at the beginning of April. Now the national selection of contestants is going on.
As for the events, they, will be held in Vitebsk in three stages (as last year) - the semi-finals, the first and second day of the final.
Belarus marks Interior Troops Day March 18
Duty, Honor, Fatherland. Today, on March 18, Belarus is marking Day of Interior Troops.
Protection of public order, canine training, convoys and destruction of explosives - this is not a complete list of the tasks that these troops perform. They were created on March 18, 1918, in Vitebsk from among 23 volunteers from the escort guard.
Internal troops is a powerful force structure that maintains law and order in the country.
On March 18, celebrations were held in military units and formations.
Former Belarus Premier says yes to business incubators in every district center
During the visit to the Youth Social Service Mikhail Myasnikovich, the Speaker of the upper house of the Parliament, said that he endorses the initiative of creating business incubators in every Minsk district.
According to Mikhail Myasnikovich, the development of small business will sustain the Belarus economy and create positive competition.
Font repeating Yanka Kupala's handwriting created in Belarus
Written with a pen and recreated on the monitors of modern gadgets. Belarusians will be able to use a font that simulates the handwriting of the prominent Belarusian poet Yanka Kupala.
The font is available in Belarusian, Russian, and Latin.
"Pesnyar" (Singer), which is the name of the font, was a gift for the 110th anniversary of the start of the poet's creative career.
Belarus' Constitution through eyes of 8-year-old boy
On March 15, the Belarusian Constitution celebrates its 21st birthday. CTV correspondent Ekaterina Zhilyanina decided to look at the country’s main document through the eyes of an 8-year-old citizen, check youth's knowledge of the Constitution and become familiar with how the work of the Constitutional Court.
One of the first and most perfect set of laws of medieval Europe was the Statute of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania of 1588. It was published in the Old Belarusian, but translated into French, German, Polish, Latin, Ukrainian and Russian languages.
Children get first passports as part of "We - the citizens of Belarus!" campaign
By tradition, on the eve of Constitution Day, the campaign "We - the citizens of Belarus!" was held in Belarus' regions. 14-year-olds received their first passports from distinguished people of the country. Among them are deputies, senators, representatives of local authorities, war and labor veterans. Chairman of the Constitutional Court Piotr Miklashevich also presented the documents to children.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko's Constitution Day address
President Alexander Lukashenko congratulated compatriots on Constitution Day.
Alexander Lukashenko:Based on the provisions of the Constitution, we are building our sovereign constitutional state, which provides civil peace and stability. Peace and security, education and health of the nation, a decent standard of living and comfortable living conditions are among our priorities. I am sure that thanks to the unity and wisdom of the people we are able to achieve our goals.
Poland's Podlaskie Voivodeship, Belarus' Grodno region plan to develop cross-border cooperation
Podlaskie Voivodeship of Poland and the Grodno region of Belarus plan to develop cross-border cooperation. On March 13, representatives of the neighboring regions met in the regional center and agreed to maintain close contacts in matters of security.
Thus, the special services will jointly monitor the epidemiological state and emergencies as well as ensure legal protection of citizens and respect for the border and customs legislation in adjacent territories.
Ukraine's Sloviansk in March 2015: What's after ceasefire?
"Minsk" sounds all over the world! "Minsk agreements" - this word has already become part of textbooks and history of diplomacy! In principle, many of the terms of geographical names are famous: Americans do not need to be explained what "Pearl Harbor" means (Day of shame). The word "Stalingrad" means much for Germans and former Soviet peoples. Modern Ukraine brought us the expression "Debaltseve". Niamiha, by the way! This was a famous battle in the center of the present-day Minsk (before the creation of Minsk) but this was the first mention of the capital of Belarus.
Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State: My visit aims to develop ties with Belarus' state authorities
The Vatican Secretary of State made an official visit to Belarus. Cardinal Pietro Parolin is called the second person of the Holy See after the Pope. Therefore, this visit is an important gesture, with which the Pope wishes to express his deep respect for the people of Belarus.
On March 13, the Secretary of State met with the President of Belarus . Belarus manages to maintain interfaith peace and understanding. This was the essence of the discussion at the meeting. The corner stone was laid in the foundation of the future Vatican Embassy.
Electronic prescriptions in Belarus by 2016
Electronic prescriptions will be introduced In Belarus in 2016. The innovation will solve the problem of queues at polyclinics.
Doctors plan to create hospital records in digital format, too. They will replace paper documents and collect facts about human health throughout his life.
It is assumed that in addition to doctors, patients will also have access to their medical cards, though limited. They will be able to see, for example, test results or diagnoses and, if necessary, print them at home.
UN's Jean Yves Bouchardy about Belarus' project to host Syrian refugees
UN representative Jean-Yves Bouchardy on March 12 got familiar with how three Syrian families are living in Belarus' city of Gomel.
A few weeks ago 14 citizens of Syria arrived in Belarus. Among them were eight children. Forced to leave their troubled homeland because of the threat of death, these people have found their new home in Belarus.
The first stage of integration into a new society goes is quite successful: the Syrians waiting for the solution of their housing problem and looking for work.
Belarusian doctors perform unique operation preventing chronic otitis
For the first time in the CIS. Belarusian doctors performed a unique operation that prevents chronic otitis. The new method gives a chance for people suffering from obstruction of the auditory tube.
Belarusian physicians are expanding the use of German technologies, which allows curing chronic diseases. This means that now they can cure hearing loss. In the future, experts plan to teach foreign colleagues this method, reports the CTV program News 24.
Week of Orthodox books launched in Minsk region
A week of Orthodox books has been launched in the Minsk region. The purpose of the campaign is to draw attention to Orthodox culture, its history, traditions and values.
The atmosphere of warmth, kindness and openness will dominate in schools, libraries and educational centers of the Minsk region.
There will be held meetings with priests, literary readings, exhibitions, concerts, spiritual and educational programs. The first Orthodox Book Week in the Minsk region was held in 2011.
Nationwide campaign "We, the citizens of Belarus" starts March 11
The nationwide campaign "We, the citizens of Belarus" starts today, on March 11. On this day, many boys and girls receive their first passports at the Council of the Republic building.
Within a few days, these ceremonies will be held in all regions of the country.
Public and political figures, famous actors, athletes, and writers will present not only passports but also souvenirs to children. In the anniversary year of the WWII victory, veterans will be guests of honor at such meetings.
Information Minister: 70th anniversary of WWII victory should become key topic in Belarus’ mass media
The 70th anniversary of Great Victory should be the key topic in mass media, said Lilia Ananich, the Minister of Information, during a Ministry of Information’s session.
The main goal of the session was to discuss the steps that should be taken to prepare for the anniversary’s celebration. Representatives of the Ministry and mass media spoke about the anniversary’s coverage in the Internet, television, and press.
Stats: Belarusian women more educated than men
Belarusian men sleep on average 25 minutes more than women. The United Nations Population Fund compared the differences between the weak and strong half in Belarus.
It was revealed that men sleep longer. Average daily time is almost 8.5 hours. Men spend more time on the Internet, TV, reading magazines and newspapers. Here, the difference is almost an hour.
In terms of education level, women are ahead. They predominate in the number of those employed.
CTV female journalists master male professions on International Women's Day
The characters of the next story are female CTV news anchors. They tested how women would feel in men's shoes. Yulia Kalashnikova, Yekaterina Zabenko, Olga Burlakova and Yulia Alexandrova destroyed all stereotypes about the fairer sex and proved that women can really do anything.
Yulia Kalashnikova, CTV news anchor:I am holding a Kalashnikov rifle. The phrase "Yulia, take a hold on oneself" fits perfectly!
President Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians on International Women's Day
Spring. March. Public holiday. On International Women's Day, Belarusians say sincere words and give the most expensive flowers to the nearest and dearest.
Warmth of their caring hands, loving eyes, smiles, and unique tone of their voice live in each of us.
Women's Day is traditionally decorated with bouquets of flowers and elated spring mood. This holiday was first marked over 100 years ago.
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko also congratulated women on their day.
On the eve of March 8, Belarus President confers state awards on women
President of Belarus conferred state awards on March 6. The Palace of Independence hosted a ceremony that brought together the best of the best in their fields. The ceremony took place on the eve of March 8, so the list of awarded included exclusively ladies.
They were awarded the Orders of Mother and got medals "For Labor Merit" and the medal of Francysk Skaryna. The list of awardees included 35 women.
Congratulations from the President on the eve of the main holiday of spring have become a good tradition.
Hugo Chavez mamorial rally held in Minsk
A rally in memory of the leader of the Bolivarian Revolution Hugo Chavez was held in Minsk March 5. A wreath-laying ceremony was held in the park named after the Venezuelan leader in Minsk.
He died two years ago on the same day.
Hugo Chavez has gone down in history as a patriot of the Venezuelan and Belarusian people.
Thanks to the friendly relations of the two presidents, a number of projects ranging from housing construction to mining were implemented.
How do Belarusian kids turn into businessmen?
Nowadays, everybody tries to earn money, and children are not an exception. Eventually, children need more money than they get from their parents.
In the West, interesting statistics show that there are a few young millionaires between the age of 8-20. They were earning their first million, while their peers were playing or doing homework.
Belarus' police celebrate professional holiday March 4
Belarusian law enforcers on March 4 celebrate their professional holiday. On this day, in 1917, the people's police was created, which two years later became the official organ of the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic.
In the 1920s, she fought the invaders and armed gangs. And during the Great Patriotic War, it guarded military installations and neutralized saboteurs and spies.
Interior Minister meets with representatives of foreign organizations on the eve of Police Day
Cooperation with international organizations plays a significant role in ensuring security. On the eve of Police Day, Belarus' Interior Minister met with representatives of foreign structures.
With the support of the international community, Belarus is implementing dozens of projects in the field of law enforcement.
Among the most important areas are forced migration, combating human trafficking, drug trafficking, and domestic violence.
Boris Arakcheev: Belarus’ greatest artist of 20th century
Boris Arakcheev was born to a rural family. He started to work early in order to help his parents. He was still a boy when he voluntarily went to war.
He didn’t have any education or so-called cultural background. However, after WWII, he stayed in Minsk, and a miracle happened.
Once, in a park, a young soldier, who survived the horrors of war, saw an artist drawing a landscape, and fell in love with painting.
Chinese Language and Culture Center opens at Minsk State Linguistic University
Chinese culture becomes more and more popular in Belarus. On February 25, the Chinese Language and Culture Center opened at the Minsk State Linguistic University.
Thanks to this center, Belarusians will be able to learn about Chinese handicraft and cinema. All classes at the Chinese Language and Cultural Center are free except for the language classes.
Belarus' KGB uncovers four-year-long corruption scheme
KGB officers uncovered a four-year-long major corruption scheme. During the years of illegal cooperation, acting director alone of one of the national unitary enterprises earned about $200,000.
A director of a number of Minsk-based commercial structures implicated in the case was caught red-handed. The investigation revealed an illegal financial center, where the detained businessman cashed illegal money and converted earnings in foreign currency.
Five criminal cases were initiated against the entire criminal group.
Fourteen refugees from Syria arrive in Belarus
Three Syrian families in Gomel are getting accustomed to a measured way of life of Belarusians. Fleeing from the deadly threat in their homeland, people have found peace in Belarus.
Thanks to a project of the United Nations, 14 people, eight of them children, have started a new life in Belarus.
Mohamed with two sons and wife fled his native Syria two years ago. First to Lebanon. Now, through the UN - to Belarus. They are Kurds and it is now impossible for them to stay in Syria.
Alexander Lukashenko: To become a general in independent Belarus is the greatest achievement
On February 23, the Belarusian head of state gave shoulder straps to senior Belarusian officers. They are representatives of some law enforcement agencies, including police and the internal service.
The event was held on Defenders of the Fatherland Day. The President said that currently, the Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies play an important role in ensuring the peaceful labor of Belarusians and maintaining of core values such as security and stability.
Alexander Rybak's girls band Milki
The girl band “Milki” was formed specifically for the Eurofest 2015 (the Belarusian national selection for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest). They took part in the national final with the song “Accent” written by Alexander Rybak.
The winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, Alexander Rybak (the Belarusian-born Norwegian songwriter who still holds a record for the highest number of points ever received at one Eurovision contest) formed the band “Milki” and became the producer.
Belarus President lays wreath at Victory Monument in Minsk on Defenders of Fatherland Day
Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces is celebrated in Belarus on February 23. Traditionally, celebrations started at Victory Square. The Belarus President laid a wreath at the Victory Monument.
Taking part in the ceremony were also top government officials, representatives of the Armed Forces and law enforcement agencies, community organizations, Orthodox and Catholic churches, foreign diplomats, and veterans. They laid wreaths and red carnations near the Eternal Flame.
Prosecutor General of Belarus: The number of murders has incerased, which alarms us
Alexander Lukashenko met on February 17 with the Prosecutor General of Belarus. The President asked Alexander Konyuk about the crime situation in Belarus at the end of 2014.
The officials also discussed the optimization of the prosecutor general's office. As of today, this process has been completed. Also, during the meeting the priority areas of work for 2015 were indicated. Particular attention will be paid to solving the issues that arise in the tax area.
Youth Parliament to be established in Minsk region in 2015
In the Year of Youth, the Youth Parliament will be established under the auspices of the Minsk Region Council of Deputies.
As many as 57 people will serve as members of the Parliament. They are Minsk region residents aged between 12 and 31.
Interesting offers, new solutions, and breakthrough bills are expected from them. Young people will be able to participate more actively in the social and economic development of the region and also defend the interests of their district.
A similar body has already been functioning in Minsk since 2007.
"Nothing matters! We want only peace!" Ukrainian refugees in Slavyansk expect peace on February 15
Journalist Natalia Popova reports almost from the front line, from Slavyansk and the Donetsk region.
Yuri Koziyatko, host of "Picture of the World":
Hello, Yuri! It is no exaggeration to say that residents of Luhansk and Donetsk regions were these days the most attentive audience of news from Minsk. Minsk has become for us a symbol of hope that the horrors of war will end and we will be able to return to normal peaceful life.
Belarus to create eye bank by end of 2015
There are plans to open an eye bank in Belarus in 2015.
It will allow doing planned surgeries to the patients with cornea diseases.
We are talking about a medical institution, which will search, prepare, store and distribute tissues for transplantation.
At present, Belarusian doctors widely use surgical techniques in plastic cornea surgeries.
Actors from Theatre of Nanking perform in Minsk
This theatrical team from China have come to Minsk on tour for the first time. They prepared for the Belarusian audience dancing, singing, circus acts, Beijing Opera and other numbers. By the way, according to the Chinese calendar, with the coming of spring, there comes New Year.
Six months of rehearsals. 30 best artists. 15 numbers. Each of these artists has a whole suitcase of vivid images. The troupe of Nanking Theater, after testing the best scenes of France, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal and Israel, performed in front of the domestic audience.
Crime rate in Minsk down by almost 10%
Crime rate in Minsk has gone down by almost 10%. In 2014, there were fewer robberies, burglaries and cases of drunk driving in comparison with 2013.
The number of crimes committed by juveniles has also decreased. However, the number of offenses related to trafficking in drugs and psychotropic, on the contrary, has increased by almost 40%.
Minsk Ancient and Young exhibition opens in Minsk History Museum
Minsk residents, dressed in the 20th century clothes, the first cars and retro streets of the capital.
The Minsk History Museum is holding the exhibition Minsk Ancient and Young. About 50 photocopies of old postcards create a silent tape of the city, many places that no longer exist.
Pencil sketches depict the Minsk of the first postwar decade. There are also images of the capital in the late 1960s and the early 2000s. The exhibition will be open through February 28.
Minsk Oncology Center promises new methods of tumor removal by May 2015
World Cancer Day 2015 is being marked on February 4. According to leading oncologists, every effort is made to reduce the number of patients. New treatments and special equipment are being developed. In Belarus, not only because of early diagnosis, but also new methods of treatment, the death rate from cancer is reducing.
Minsk Cancer Center staff believes that the equipment of the past cannot fight against the challenges of the future. And now they are installing unique equipment. It allows carrying out high-precision radiation therapy.
Open dialogue between Alexander Lukashenko and journalists becomes the longest and the most discussed
The general public discusses the President's open dialogue and answers to the questions concerning the most pressing issues. Newspapers, magazines and news agencies, and not only of Belarus, quoted the Belarusian leader. On January 29, Alexander Lukashenko spoke with Belarusian and foreign journalists for more than 7 hours.
Editorial, computer, correspondent. Lyudmila Buraya asked the President about the housing issue.
Belarus' birch sap may edge out coconut water
Foreign media actively report about health benefits of Belarusian birch sap (in Belarusian: “Byarozavy sok”). It is considered to be a real storehouse of nutrients.
Birch sap is also known for its efficient removal of toxic substances from blood, liver and kidneys. At the biggest international site Amazon.com, one case of Belarusian birch sap (12 bottles of 0.5 liters) costs almost $42. Economic analysts think that birch sap can replace coconut water, which is so popular in America.
Pre-trial agreement and imprisonment for animal abuse: Amendments to Belarus' Criminal Code
In Belarus, new amendments to the Criminal Code have come into force. Now, if the accused is cooperating with the investigation, he may have his sentence shortened but not by more than half.
An agreement will be entered into when law enforcement officers are faced with complex cases involving many participants.
The document also provides criminal penalties for cruelty to animals.
Belarus, Russia to create common information space
Information technologies have become the engine of the economies of Russia and Belarus. Today, on January 27, First Deputy Minister of Communications and Informatization of Belarus Dmitry Shedko, during a meeting with the Minister of Communications and Mass Communications of Russia Nikolai Nikiforov, discussed the possibilities of virtual space.
The meeting is important because by 2020, a single market of communication services of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) should be created.
World Bank allocates $340,000 grant to Belarus' Education Ministry
The World Bank has allocated to the Ministry of Education of Belarus a grant for $340,000.
The investment project should help the regions to strengthen the material and technical base, carry out the capital repair of schools, purchase of educational and laboratory equipment.
At the moment, we are talking about 150 schools in small towns and rural areas, which is expected to increase the number of trainees. The first 22 schools will be able to begin repair works from January 1, 2016.
President Lukashenko presents diplomas to Belarusian academicians
Some 16 academicians and 28 corresponding members of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus joined the so-called scientific elite of Belarus on January 23.
In the Palace of Independence, the best scientists received diplomas from the hands of the President. The scientists talked with the President about many things: the achievements of scientists and scientific developments, the future of science and young professionals. The President is sure that it is difficult to overestimate work and the contribution of these people in the development of the country.
Belarusian State University awards winners of Special Presidential Fund for social support of gifted students
Winners of the Special Presidential Fund for Social Support of Gifted Students were honored at the Belarusian State University (BSU) on January 22. The event is timed to the Day of Science, which is celebrated in Belarus on the last Sunday of January.
Among the lucky winners are teachers, leading experts and students of the university. In addition to the badges and certificates, the most successful and hard-working in school will get financial support in the form of presidential scholarships.
Alexander Lukashenko at BRSM congress: If the Year of Youth in Belarus goes unnoticed, you are not worth a farthing
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko supported all the proposals that have been voiced by the youth during the 42nd Congress of the Belarusian National Youth Union (BRSM). A large-scale forum at the Palace of the Republic on January 20 brought together thousands of young people from across Belarus.
The active and concerned not only talked about their achievements over the past three years, but also discussed new ideas ranging from innovative to patriotic projects.
Constitutional Court adopts annual address to President, both houses parliament
The Constitutional Court of Belarus has adopted the annual message to the President and both houses of the National Assembly. It's kind of the final assessment of the national legal system in 2014.
During this time, dozens of laws adopted by the House of Representatives and approved by the Council of the Republic have undergone constitutionality test. Almost all of them passed this test..
Also, experts drew attention to the need for mandatory use of the Belarusian language in law, on a par with Russian.
Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus will do everything to improve the wellbeing of young people
The state will do everything to implement measures to improve the well-being of young people. This was stated by President Alexander Lukashenko at the 42nd Congress of the Belarusian National Youth Union.
A large-scale forum is held on January 20 at the Palace of the Republic. It gathered thousands of young people from across the country. The most active, successful, purposeful and caring for their own future and the future of their country gathered to discuss pressing issues: from the prospects of young ventures to the social mission of the citizen.
Alexander Lukashenko: We will increase housing construction outside Minsk
At the 42nd Congress of the Belarusian National Youth Union in Minsk, Alexander Lukashenko said that support for young families remains one of the priorities of Belarus.
In general, the younger generation has a weighted and serious attitude toward family planning and education of children.
According to the head of state, the new state program "Big Family" has been created for such families. The program started at the beginning of 2015.
Brest becomes Belarus' cultural capital
The ceremony of the transfer of a certificate and a plaque to the mayor of the city was held at the closing of the festival of classical music "January Music Nights". By the way, this is one of the most exciting cultural events in the Brest region. Grodno was Belarus' former cultural capital.
January Music Nights open in Brest
Lovers of classical music gathered in Brest these days. The 27th international festival January Music Nights was opened.
In 2015 more than 300 performers came from 11 countries. The geography of the festival expands every year.
Legendary baritone, People's Artist of Russia Sergei Zakharov took part in the opening ceremony.
CTV staff awarded Special Prize of Belarus President
On January 9, the President of Belarus presented the award "For Spiritual Revival". The awards were conferred on five winners - labor collectives - for their outstanding work in the humanitarian, spiritual and creative fields.
Alexander Lukashenko also presented the President's Special Awards. CTV correspondents, Alexei Adashkin and Olga Makei, who authored the documentary series "We want a goal!", were among the recipients.
Alexander Lukashenko, with son Nikolai, marks Christmas in Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral
President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, has wished Orthodox Christians merry Christmas. In his Christmas greetings, he reminded of the core values - mercy and compassion.
Alexander Lukashenko, Belarus President:Let your heart be filled with a jubilant joy of Christmas, let work be fruitful and let happiness and mutual respect reign in families.
People about President Lukashenko's New Year address
Traditionally Alexander Lukashenko congratulated Belarusians on the New Year a few minutes before the upcoming 2015. The president's words, as well as entourage of the New Year's address can sometimes say more than many hours of talking with journalists.
Uzari not afraid of going unnoticed at Eurovision
After being selected in the national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, Uzari, the frontman of the duo Uzari & Maimuna, has already started making plans to shoot a music video and introduce changes to the song and the arrangement.
Income tax increased to 13% in Belarus from 2015
In 2015, Belarus will face with some novelties in legislation: a maternity capital of $10,000 for large families and a decree that strengthens responsibility of managers are only a few of them.
Maternity capital – a novelty of 2015 – is a helping hand for the future.
Belarus celebrates 2015 New Year (video, photo)
Belarus met the new year in a bright, funny and memorable way. More than 350,000 Belarusians took part in magnificent firework displays, congratulations and celebrations for the coming Year of the Goat.
Minsk turned into one big holiday venue. Thousands of residents of the capital Minsk met the most beloved and massive celebration in the streets.
Minsk residents:I wish you all health! I wish it to all Belarusians, both young and aged. Do not forget your relatives! Feel this happiness!
$10,000 maternity capital in Belarus from January 1
A nice bonus is waiting for those moms who are going to have a third and subsequent children in Belarus.
From January 1, 2015, the so-called maternity capital is introduced in Belarus. When a child is born, $10,000 is transferred to a bank account. The family can use the money when the child reaches adulthood.
In Minsk alone, in the midst of the New Year's Eve, 15 children were born, 7 girls and 8 boys. In comparison with the year 2014, this figure has almost doubled.
Alexander Lukashenko's New Year address (video)
Human life is often compared to a road. It is the road with special rules. A person can travel this road only once and cannot turn back.
Ancient wise men taught to treasure every happy and joyful moment of life. Do not allow petty chagrins and anguish to distract you. Do not get carried away by envy, grievance, and ill-wishing. Then you will live your life to the full and find sheer happiness.
We sometimes complain about instantaneous difficulties and overlook the most important things, do not value the gifts of life.
Alexander Lukashenko: Children and the elderly are our major concern
On December 29, the Belarusian head of state designated the state's priorities in the social sphere during a visit to the capital's home for seniors and the disabled. The President got acquainted with the living conditions, visited the dining room and auditorium of the Minsk rest home.
This orphanage is now home to 391 people. Most of them live only on state support.
Minsk rest home
Belarus Eurovision 2015 selection final: live broadcast links
The national Eurovision selection final will be broadcast live on Belarus 1 and Belarus 24 TV channels on December 26 at 22:00 Belarusian time.
The Belarus 1 and Belarus 24 TV channels, as well as the EBU website eurovision.tv, will host a live broadcast of Belarus’ national selection final for Eurovision 2015.
The song order is as follows:
Pope Francis' Christmas address broadcast in 3D
Christmas was celebrated on December 25 by the Catholic faithful in all parts of the world.
The heart of the celebration was the Church of St. Peter in the Vatican. It played host to the main Mass.
Pope Francis addressed the congregation with the traditional Urbi et Orbi message, in which he called for tenderness, warmth and mercy.
Modern technologies were also used in this traditional ceremony: the service was broadcast live, including in 3D - for the first time. So anyone could get into the epicenter of the holiday.
Belarusian Catholics mark Christmas (video)
Catholics around the world celebrate Christmas on December 25. This is one of the most important religious dates. It is dedicated to the birth of Jesus the Son of God by Virgin Mary.
Church services all over Belarus began late on December 24. The main mass was held in the Archcathedral church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was held by Archbishop Monsignor Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, the Belarusian Roman Catholic Archbishop of Minsk and Mogilev.
Thousands of parishioners received the blessing of the Archbishop.
Santa Clause parade in Minsk December 25 (video)
A parade of the main New Year characters, Santa Clauses, was held in Belarus' capital Minsk on December 25.
Dozens of Santa Clauses marched through the streets of Minsk, turning them for a few hours into the road from a magical world of childhood.
Taking part in the parade were 700 fairy-tale characters - polar bears, clowns and puppets. They all gathered near the main Christmas tree of the capital in Kastryčnickaja Square.
Eurovision 2015: Belarus' national selection finalists about their numbers
Belarus will select its Eurovision 2015 entry on December 26. All 15 finalists of the national selection, which is called Eurofest in Belarus, are putting finishing touches to their numbers. All of them are looking for glory. CTV.by correspondents found out more on their preparation.
Darya will perform the song Love is My Color, which she wrote herself.
Alexander Lukashenko, his son Nikolai attend New Year charity festival
It is necessary to discover talent and ability in children as early as possible, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko during a New Year charity festival which was held as part of the ongoing annual nationwide campaign "Our Children".
The head of state touched on the reformation of the Belarusian education system. In particular, the introduction of the five-day school week.
According to the President, school children need the sixth day to do their favorite useful things - sports and industrial arts.
Belarus President: Establishment of State Forensic Enquiry Committee was a correct decision
A decision to establish the State Committee of Forensic Examination was a logical continuation of the process of reforming Belarusian law enforcement system. This statement was made by the President when visiting the institution on December 19.
Alexander Lukashenko was told about the institution's performance. He was shown a modern laboratory, where drugs, plastics and petroleum products are studied.
Meeting with the employees of the Committee, the President stressed that the decision on the formation of the new structure was justified.
New rules for online media in Belarus
Online media in Belarus will work according to new rules. On December 18, the Council of the Republic, the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament, approved amendments to the law on mass media.
From now on, information on websites will be treated as information in ordinary media (printed media or TV).
This means that websites will be fully responsible for data they post.
The document also spells out information that is prohibited from being spread. For example, propaganda of war or extremist activities.
Belarus at Eurovision 2015. Uzari & Maimuna - Time
Singer Uzari and violinist Maimuna is a song project that fits into the Eurovision format well and can rarely be found among the participants of the Belarusian national selection. The guys presented an unusual combination - a synergy of violin and voice, without any solo or backstage: two bright talents are performing on an equal footing.
Today, the duo, created specifically for the national selection, is one of the main favorites to win the trip to Vienna. The song Time has cemented its place at the top of Eurovision selection charts in Belarus.
Belarusian cinema turns 90
Belarusian cinema turned 90 years on December 17.
On the same day in 1924, the Belgoskino company was founded in the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic, which was back then part of the nascent Soviet Union.
The first Belarusian feature film was Lesnaya Byl [Forest Story] directed by Yuri Tarich. This film is a classic one. It is known even by the young generation of Belarusians.
Belarus changes tax, criminal codes, law on mass media
The draft law on the national budget for 2015 has been adopted by Belarusian MPs in the second reading.
Traditionally, the main financial document of the country retains social orientation. It aims to reduce external debt and increase the salaries of state employees.
In 2015, the country expects to earn more than Br156 trillion.
Belarus President presents state awards
The President of Belarus presented state awards on December 17. The ceremony in the Palace of Independence brought together those who were named best of the best in their fields. These are doctors and teachers, artists and the arts, servicemen and athletes.
Overall, the list of awardees includes 40 people.
The President said that Belarusians are thankful to those who work hard and constantly makes our life better.
Belarus at Eurovision 2015. MILKI: close-up
Back in the early autumn 2014, Alexander Rybak announced that he was going to create a girl band for taking part in Eurovision Song Contest 2015.
The famous Norwegian with Belarusian roots has long dreamed of sending a Belarusian representative to Eurovision. And his dream came true: Rybak and his team scouted all regional centers of Belarus and finally Alexander delivered his verdict.
The group is called MILKI.
New drug dispensing rules in Belarus cause public discontent
A resolution on the new rules of dispensing drugs was discussed at the December 9 meeting of the Belarus President with the Health Minister Vasily Zharko.
The President drew attention to the supply of drugs to pharmacies and hospitals, adding that Belarusian medicines must be of a high quality.
The officials also discussed the quality of the provision of medical services.
John Rosman: The quality of Belarusian products is great in all respects!
The greatest part of Belarusian food export goes to Russia. However, Russians are not the only people who taste Belarusian food. Today we are going to tell you about food preferences of foreigners living in Belarus.
Daniel Chiara is an Italian chef. He works at a 5 star hotel in Belarus and visits Belarusian markets very frequently.