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14.11.2016

Marc Chagall had low grades in Drawing in school
Marc Chagall had low grades in Drawing in school Great Marc Chagall had a three in Drawing. His record book was published by the National Historical Archives of Belarus. There was a five-point grading system in Belarus in the 20th century. Chagall didn’t have the highest grades. However, a future famous artist got a five for his behavior.
Successful performance of Belarusian State Ensemble Pesniary in Paris
Successful performance of Belarusian State Ensemble Pesniary in Paris 40 years later in Paris. The Belarusian State Ensemble Pesniary celebrated a special anniversary. Pesnyary performed on the stage of Saint Germain after 40 years since their first tour in France. In 1976, they performed in Cannes. The concert in 2016 in Paris was held thanks to the support of the Belarusian embassy in France. In addition, it was the initiative of the Belarusian embassy to hold Days of Belarusian Culture in Paris.
Festival Listapad results
2016 Listapad festival results What are the results of International Minsk film Festival Listapad? Our correspondent Anastasia Benedisyuk has more on the topic. Afterimage is a film by Andrzej Wajda nominated for Oscar. It tells us about a very hard life of one of the most famous modern avant-garde artists, Władysław Strzemiński, who is popular in Belarus, Russia and Poland.
Cooperation of universities and schools of Belarus and Gansu Province discussed in MinskCooperation of universities and schools of Belarus and Gansu Province discussed in Minsk
Cooperation of universities and schools of Belarus and Gansu Province discussed in Minsk Education without borders will be not only for students, but also for pupils. The negotiations on the cooperation of universities, vocational schools and schools of Belarus and Gansu Province took place in Minsk. Chinese colleagues note their interest in such subjects as geology, engineering and information technology. The discussion concerning cooperation between universities is not a rare thing. At the same time, the dialogue on cooperation at the school level the Grodno region and Gansu Province held for the first time.

12.11.2016

Plans for Minsk’s reconstruction
Plans for Minsk’s reconstruction The city planners told about their plans for the transformation of the central part of Minsk within the first ring road. Now the project is being coordinated by the Ministry of Culture of Belarus. Architects were talking about such proposals not for the first year. However, the embodiment of the plans was only possible in modern conditions. Special attention will be paid to the preservation of historical and cultural heritage. Experts propose to remove transportation from Svobody Square and organize a unique historical area.

11.11.2016

National Airport Minsk welcomes its 3-millionth passenger
National Airport Minsk welcomes its 3-millionth passenger The main air harbor of Belarus functions as usual. Moreover, November 10 is a significant day for the National Airport Minsk as they welcomed the 3-million passenger. This number is very important for the history of the Belarusian civil aviation. It reflects the results of new routes and increased transit.
Belarusian surgeons perform unique operation to restore pregnant woman’s heart rate
Belarusian surgeons perform unique operation to restore pregnant woman’s heart rate Two hearts beat in one rhythm. Belarusian doctors performed a unique surgery. Early, in such cases, the possibility of becoming a mother is equal to zero. The pregnancy was terminated, if a woman had an arrhythmia or tachycardia. That’s what is called progress. Electrodes are getting through a patient’s veins to her heart. They make the heart rate normal. Thus, there is no threat either to the mother or to the child.
Belarusians to visit border area for free from January 2017
Belarusians to visit border area for free from January 2017 Belarusians and foreigners will be able to get to a border area much easier. It is a territory adjacent to the state border and it stretches for 30 kilometers. Thus, Belarusians will be able to visit the border area for free starting from January 1, 2017. To get there, people will need to have an identification document with them. Moreover, pass cards to the border area will be valid for 2 years instead of 1.
Holy Trinity Church
Miracles of Polykovichskaya Krynica spring Polynkovichskaya Krynica is a unique nature monument, situated near Belarus’ city of Mogilev. This spring has been known since 1552 and is famous for its miraculous power. The crystal and cool water here abounds in vitality day and night. Every day, people from all over Belarus and other countries come to the spring.
Turkish President commemorates WWII victims in Belarus
Turkish President commemorates WWII victims in Belarus After the Friday prayer in the mosque, the Turkish President paid tribute to soldiers who died during the Great Patriotic War, which is part of WWII, from 1941-1945 in Belarusian history. Mr Erdogan laid a wreath at the monument in Victory Square in the Minsk centre. The ceremony ended with anthems of both Belarus and Turkey and the passing of an honor guard.
Stefaniya Stanyuta in a movie
Unknown Hobbies of Renowned Belarusians: Kupala, Kolas, Brouka, Stanyuta Unusual hobbies and collections of three Belarusian People's Poets and a legendary actress (guess who is her great-granddaughter) all in the following report shot in the museums of Minsk. Since his very childhood the future People's Poet Yanka Kupala took a great interest in Belarusian legends and fairy tales. Later he would base his works on them.
Listapad 2016 Film Festival: Documentary day
Listapad 2016 Film Festival: Documentary day November 9th was the documentary day of Listapad, with twenty-five movies were presented. Everyone was excited about Cannes prize-winning Cristian Mungiu’s movie Graduation. I Am Not Madame Bovary screening is scheduled after that movie. By the way, Chinese movies are not a common thing on Listapad.

10.11.2016

Changes due in work of Belarus' Presidential Administration
Changes due in work of Belarus' Presidential Administration from January 1, 2017 The system and the work style of the Belarusian President Administration need to fundamentally change from January 1, 2017, said November 10 Alexander Lukashenko during a working meeting with the Head of Administration Alexander Kosinets.
Full life of retired people in Minsk: Chinese gymnastics, English and elocution lessons
Full life of retired people in Minsk: Chinese gymnastics, English and elocution lessons They challenged their age and now they are trying Chinese gymnastics – Tai chi. Its controlled pace, relaxing music, atmosphere of tranquility help in finding harmony. Exercises do not require special physical training; that is why Chinese gymnastics is so popular among the elderly. Chinese gymnastics helps both physically and mentally. Tai chi also helps to overcome stress.
Vienna Opera star Rainer Honeck to play Stradivari violin in Belarus You can hear world-famous masterpieces of classical music to the sound of a Stradivarius violin on November 10 in Minsk. Austrian cultural season will be opened in Minsk by soloists of the Vienna State Opera. Taking part in the concert will be famous Austrian violinist and conductor Rainer Honeck. He will play rare violin made by the famous master Stradivarius. The instrument was created back in 1709. The Presidential Orchestra of Belarus will help the musicians draw the musical image of Vienna.
Minsk
History of street lighting in Minsk Street lighting in Europe appeared in the 17th century. A hundred years later, the technology was used in Minsk for the first time. The first street lights were oil-based and very dim, which required some changes. In the 1940s, hemp oil was used instead. Vladimir Denisov, chief archivist of the National Historical Archive of Belarus: In 1850, Minsk authorities decided to implement spirit city lighting. A special mixture of hemp seed oil was made for this.
Augustow Canal without visas: 300 tourists register to visit Grodno
Augustow Canal without visas: 300 tourists register to visit Grodno During two weeks, 300 foreign tourists have registered to enter Grodno without visas. New rules of visiting the Augustow Canal and close-by territories came into force at the end of October. The majority of tourists are from Poland and Lithuania. There are also guests from Spain, Germany, Italy, Finland and Belgium. To get the document that is a replacement for visa, travelers should go to tour operators of their country. The 5-days-without-visa rule will be in act in the Grodno region until the New Year.
Culinary forum in Minsk brings together 10 countries
Culinary forum in Minsk brings together 10 countries Belarusian products are in demand in all the markets of the CIS. However, such a favorable position can be even more firm. These days, Minsk is hosting the largest food forum. Representatives of more than 200 companies from ten countries have gathered under one roof. The most numerous delegations are from Georgia and Poland. Participation in the international exhibition is a great opportunity for exhibitors to go home with new contracts.
Mosque for 1500 people to open in Minsk on November 11
Mosque for 1500 people to open in Minsk on November 11 During the visit of President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the opening ceremony of the Cathedral Mosque will be held in Minsk. It will happen on Friday because Friday is a holiday for Muslims. The first mosque existed in Minsk since the end of the 16th century. However, it was closed in 1949. A new mosque has been constructed for 10 years. Today, people can enjoy the building of the Cathedral Mosque at the crossroads of Griboedova and Ignatenko Streets. The Cathedral Mosque can host about 1500 people during a Friday prayer.

09.11.2016

Artist Nikas Safronov about his life and attitude to Belarus
Artist Nikas Safronov about his life and attitude to Belarus Today we are having artist Nikas Safronov in Simple Questions. Good evening, Nikas. Thank you for coming. I found out you were going to read aloud some drafts from a book about you written by one of your fans, probably. What do you think, what kind of literature is it going to be?
A contemporary portrait of the poet based on his photo.
Interesting facts about Belarusian poet Maksim Bahdanovich In Belarusian literature, there are such personalities whose fates attract researchers for decades. The famous son of Belarusian land Maksim Bahdanovich is among them. He was separated from his Motherland, where he always longed to be, in his very early childhood and managed to return there only at the end of his life.
Exhibits
Why does Belarus still adhere to Soviet traditions? Nowadays there are many communist countries. China, one of the mightiest countries in the world, is one of them. There are many soviet sights in Belarus as well. Buildings of Stalinist architecture stretch over four kilometers from Nezavisimosti Avenue to Victory Square. Each of them has their own myths and legends. The State Universal Store moved here 65 years ago.
Belarusian 3D printers to feature at Fair of Ideas
Belarusian 3D printers to feature at Fair of Ideas The Fair of Ideas is a project that is an additional chance to talk about yourself and your developments. The organizers of the Fair of Innovative Ideas have extended application deadlines. Everyone can present their projects. Participation in the prestigious event is free.
Belarus President signs decree on moving, storage and sale of alcoholic beverages by physical persons
Belarus President signs decree on moving, storage and sale of alcoholic beverages by individuals The President of Belarus signed the decree "On moving, storage and sale of alcoholic beverages by individuals," on November 8. The document abolishes the limit on the amount of alcohol that one individual can keep at home. There remains the maximum limit on the amount of alcohol that can be moved around the country. For this violation, one can face administrative responsibility - a fine of up to 100 basic units (one basic unit is BYN21).

08.11.2016

Girl from Belarus becomes First Vice Miss in Super Model Universe 2016
Girl from Belarus becomes First Vice Miss in Super Model Universe 2016 The Belarusian Elizaveta Shikuta has become First Vice Miss in the competition Super Model Universe 2016 in Bulgaria's capital Sofia from 1 to 5 November. She qualified for the competition after participating in Miss Grodno 2016, where she was noticed by the national director of international competitions Svetlana Kuznetsova (Mrs Universe 2013).  The main title was contested by more than 30 countries, with the victory going to a girl from Australia. 
Sergey Rukshta, hunter
Fur animal hunting season opens in Belarus On November 5, fur animal hunting season started in Belarus. What animals can you hunt and how much does it cost? Correspondent Olga Petrashevskaya has details. Vitaly Mikulenok, hound dog expert:A hare can lead you anywhere trying to run away: to a farm, down the road or to another village. From November 5, hunters will take with them their favorite dogs that have already passed the so-called hare search exam.
The traditional logo of Listapad
Listapad 2016 in Minsk: Star guests of the festival and no Belarusian films this time Belarusian film festival Listapad is far more modest than its counterpart in Cannes. Though it's just a question of time, as they say. Belarusian tractors did not gain the world popularity at once either. The 23rd Listapad will present 159 films from 45 countries. And here it is again, for the 23rd time, not pompous, but charming. A jazz orcherstra, a red carpet and lots of floodlights meet the honourable guests. Listapad has gathered the élite of cinematograph.
European Quality Week underway in Belarus
European Quality Week underway in Belarus Quality Week has started in Belarus. These days the State Standardization Committee plans to hold more than 60 thematic events in all major cities of Belarus. Seminars and workshops, business meetings with leading industry experts, including from the EEU, will give producers a clear sequence of actions according to which they can work on the markets of Belarus and the Customs Union.

07.11.2016

Day of October Revolution in Minsk
Day of October Revolution in Minsk The Day of the October Revolution was celebrated in Minsk. A manifestation and wreath laying ceremony were held. Representatives of public organizations, diplomatic body, labor organizations and youth gathered in Nezavisimosty Square. Ideas of equality and solidarity of working people are topical for these people nowadays. Thanks to the events that took place on November 7, 1917, people got the right for labor, education, the right to participated in managing of the country.
Listapad 2016: Minsk welcomes cinematography celebrities
Listapad 2016: Snowy Minsk welcomes cinematography celebrities Films from all over the world came to Belarus. There are movies from France, Poland, China, Estonia and even Kyrgyzstan. Films from 45 countries will be presented at the International Film Festival Listapad. Celebrities of cinematography arrived in our country with great pleasure and surprise. Our correspondent Yana Shipko plunged into this fascinating world.
People pay respect to Nikolai Lozovik, Secretary of Belarusian Central Election Commission
People pay respect to Nikolai Lozovik, Secretary of Belarusian Central Election Commission In Minsk, people paid respect to famous political activist Nikolai Lozovik. He was the Secretary of the Central Election Commission for 15 years. In October 2016, he resigned as he had some serious health problems. On November 5, 2016, his heart stopped. He was 65. Relatives, friends and colleagues gathered to pay last respect.
Vegetarians and meat eaters: who has it better?
Vegetarians and meat eaters: who has it better? Historically, Belarusians eat meat and potatoes a lot. However, vegetarian diet is growing in popularity these days. Who lives more and who has it better? Anastasia Benedisyuk has the story. The Adamovich family has a farmstead and cannot imagine their lives without meat. Even three-year-old Dasha loves it. They eat meat of all kinds every day: pork, beef, and chicken. Yulia Adamovich, Rzhavka agrotown resident:In my opinion, all men are supposed to eat meat.

05.11.2016

International Film Festival Listapad-2016 opens in Minsk under slogan “Towards inspiration”
International Film Festival Listapad-2016 opens in Minsk under slogan “Towards inspiration” The main cinematographic even of the year, the International Film Festival Listapad opens in Belarus on November 4. “Towards inspiration” is the slogan of the festival. Directors, actors, screen players from France, Germany, Latvia, Estonia, Spain, Canada, the Czech Republic are gathering in Minsk. Representatives of 45 countries will take part in the festival.
New vision of usual sceneries: Exhibition Colors of Belarus opens in Minsk
New vision of usual sceneries: Exhibition Colors of Belarus opens in Minsk Belarusian artists presented their own vision of Belarus’ sceneries on November 3. The exhibition Colors of Belarus opened in Minsk. Usual sceneries were transformed into extraordinary art works. Vasily Yasyuk, artist, professor of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts:I saw this colorful autumn and I immediately wanted to draw it.
Svisloch waterfront’s reconstruction: 19 months of repairs
Svisloch waterfront’s reconstruction: 19 months of repairs The reconstruction of the left bank of Svisloch has started in Minsk. Metal constructions are being installed to enclose the territory and paving flagstone is being dismantled. The reconstruction plan includes 100 steps. It includes replacement of a parapet, installment of new stairs and rampant, expanding bike paths. Besides the ongoing repairs of the river’s waterfront, it is planned to tidy a water area. During the reconstruction, the barge next to the Trinity Suburb will be taken away.

04.11.2016

Mogilev clinic gets grants from Japan for new medical equipment
Mogilev clinic gets grants from Japan for new medical equipment Olga is familiar with this portable equipment, as the doctors had recently found she had problems with her thyroid gland. Now it is time for re-examination after medical treatment. Olga Kovaleva, Veino agrotown resident, Mogilev Region:I would not get to the clinic in time for the ultrasound, so this new device was very handy. The doctors healed me up and now I am in good health. The best part about this device is portability.
Film Festival Listapad in Minsk
Film Festival Listapad to kick off in Minsk November 4 160 movies from 45 countries will take part in the 23rd International Film Festival Listapad that will open in Minsk November 4. Japanese, Philippine and Malaysian films will be screened for the first time. The most famous directors, actors, producers and film critics from all over the world will come to Minsk. The opening ceremony will be held at Moskva Cinema.  The red carpet, spotlights, sound, video equipment and light are being prepared for the festival.
Belarus taking part in international arms exhibition in Indonesia
Belarus taking part in 2016 Indo Defence Expo & Forum in Indonesia Belarusian wheeled amphibious armored car, the missile system Polonez and drones are presented at an international expo in Indonesia. Belarus has presented samples of the Belarusian military industry at the region's largest international exhibition of weapons and equipment. Products by hundreds of companies are exhibited in Jakarta at an area of over 10,000 square meters. The Belarusian booth includes the latest developments: Belarusian air defense missile systems, automated control systems and models of military equipment.
Igor Buzovsky: Optimization is not only reduction but also opening of new facilities
Igor Buzovsky: Optimization is not only reduction but also opening of new facilities The topic of healthy lifestyle was raised on 3 November in Grodno at a meeting in one of the city's schools. This institution was not chosen by chance: five gyms, clubs and societies operate here. Classes there are available not only to students, but also to those who live in the entire neighborhood This solves both economic and social issues: the school can make money, and people can choose healthy lifestyle. Especially when the Olympic champion is your teacher.
Better availability of drugs against HIV and TB: Minsk agreement
Better availability of drugs against HIV and TB: Minsk agreement Drugs against the spread of HIV and TB will be available in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. On November 3, representatives of health ministries from more than 10 states signed the so-called "Minsk statement." It relates to preparations to ensure basic necessities, as well as reduction in their cost. By the way, Belarus has mastered the production of 9 out of the 11 known anti-TB drugs. Luiz Loures, Assistant UN Secretary-General, Deputy Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

03.11.2016

Belarusian programmer creates prosthetic hand for his dad
Belarusian programmer creates prosthetic hand for his dad A cup of tea in the morning shared with your son guarantees good mood for the whole day. 20 years ago Sergey could not think he would be able to hold a cup of tea, as he had to do everything with just one hand. But his son did something impossible. Oleg Galtsev, inventor:I saw a news report and found out they make bionic hands in Germany, but that was extremely expensive; an alternative did not exist in Belarus.
Unique vyshyvanka shirts from Molodechno: Modern approach to traditional pattern
Unique vyshyvanka shirts from Molodechno: Modern approach to traditional pattern Demand for Belarusian vyshyvanka ornamental pattern has pushed manufacturers to expand the product range. National designs are increasingly being used by the light industry.  Unique vyshyvankas have appeared at a factory of art products in Molodechno.  Modern approach in conjunction with historical features allows counting on economic success. Embroidered dresses and shirts today are in demand among Belarusians and visitors from abroad.
Belarusian startupers to create environmental pollution map
Belarusian startupers to create environmental pollution map Belarusian startups are ahead of the time. Vadim and Dmitry are the founders of a young successful team, which is developing very rapidly. Their secret is in hard work and the use of innovative technologies. Vadim Radziwill, founder of the Environmental Monitoring Project: Belarus is full of talented people in the sphere of electronics. Our aim is to choose the best of the best. We are trying to invent new technologies. The personal radiation monitor of a new generation is the team’s first project.
Why did Ukraine threaten to use figher jets against Belavia plane?
Why did Ukraine threaten to use figher jets against Belavia plane? New details have emerged about the incident with the airliner "Belavia". On November 1, a transcript of the pilot's negotiations with the Zhulyany traffic controller has been published. It fully confirms the information that Belarusian pilots were threatened by combat aircraft.

02.11.2016

Belarusian State Medical University celebrates 95th Anniversary
Belarusian State Medical University celebrates 95th Anniversary For 95 years, the Belarusian State Medical University has been Hippocrates’ children, and it celebrates its anniversary on November 1. This holiday is a holiday for all Belarusian doctors that studied here. The President of Belarus congratulated the staff of the Belarusian State Medical University. Throughout these years, the university earned a status of a respectable center of medical education and science.
Emergency in subway: what to do if you fall on rails?
Emergency in subway: what to do if you fall on rails? Fast and no traffic jams. Subway is among Minsk residents’ favourite means of transportation. However, sometimes we forget simple safety rules. As a result, we can harm ourselves and somebody else. The chance to get in trouble is higher when it is rush hour – stairs are particularly dangerous. Fractures, concussions, injuries – and it could be much worse on rolling stairs. Just be careful to avoid 99% of accidents.
Belarus population census 2019: Questions and procedure
Belarus population census 2019: Questions and procedure The census of Belarus will be held in autumn 2019. For the first time in 20 years, the birth rate in Belarus has exceeded the death rate. According to specialists, the natural grows of the population is a historic fact and the positive dynamics are connected with comprehensive sustained measures of public policy.
Mogilev, Novopolotsk and Lida named Culture Cities of Belarus in 2016
Mogilev, Novopolotsk and Lida named Culture Cities of Belarus in 2016 The most 'cultural' cities in Belarus have been named. Mogilev, Novopolotsk and Lida have become winners of the competition "City of Culture in the Year of Culture." It was announced with a view to identify those who have made the greatest contribution to the development of this sector, as well as tourism. The jury assessed the self-sufficiency of projects, with the number of events and their visitors, including from abroad, also taken into account.
Birth rate exceeds mortality in Belarus for first time in 20 years
Birth rate exceeds mortality in Belarus for first time in 20 years State awards were presented on November 1 to the deserved people of Belarus for the many years of fruitful work and high professionalism. On behalf of the head of state the Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov presented the awards. The ceremony was held in the Palace of the Republic. The list of awardees includes 94 people: farmers, construction workers, employees of tax authorities as well as people of art and science. It should be noted that medics were the largest category of workers awarded.

01.11.2016

Minsk sculptor Ales Shaternik – his life, works and inspiration
Minsk sculptor Ales Shaternik: His life, works and inspiration Sculptor Ales Shaternik is Minsker in the fifth generation who did a lot for his beloved city. Some of his works are situated in the heart of Minsk. Today, during a walk, first memories of the city keep coming back – it was in 1945. He remembers the war, his mother in tears seeing his father off to the front. Ales Shaternik, sculptor:The farewell was so dramatic. When my father was leaving, the road was uphill and the further he was, the smaller he was. But God told my mother that my father would be back safe and sound.
Roman Dzhagetyan, controller of the  trolleybus park technological control department, honorable worker of housing and communal services, honorary member of  the international association of  city electric transport enterprises
History of trolleybuses and trams in Minsk Roman Dzhagetyan started his career in the area of electric transport in the 1960s being a pupil. At first he had to practice on trolleys MTB-82D that were difficult both in service and in driving. Roman Dzhagetyan got invaluable experience while working in a team of electricians. Having realized that his efforts and diligence influenced the number of the rolling stock in the streets of Minsk, he started to feel really responsible for what he did.
Jack-o'-lantern is a traditional Halloween decoration made from a pumpkin.
Barbie Doll, Santa Claus and Halloween: globalization vs national traditions The world is getting globalized. It means that unique cultural features are disappearing: the hamburger replaces the dranik  – traditional potato pancake, Halloween replaces ancestors remembrance days. Some see no harm in it, others compare it with the bed of Procrustes, a mythic robber, who cut or stretched the legs of his guests if they didn't fit the bed. In other words, made them fit his standart unnaturally.

31.10.2016

I love Minsk: New light installation on Khoruzhey Street
I love Minsk: New light installation on Khoruzhey Street New Year’s atmosphere under the autumn rain. The first Christmas tree bazaar opened in September, and the first metal constructions of Christmas trees are being installed in Minsk. Moreover, a confession of love to Minsk in the form of new light installation on Khoruzhey Street will please the eye throughout the year. Such installation are common thing for many European cities. Tourist take photos with them with great pleasure. During the night, the installation is illuminated and it’s easy to find in the city.
Mobile ice rink opens  next to Minsk Sports Palace
Mobile ice rink opens next to Minsk Sports Palace Despite a rainy Saturday, a mobile ice skating rink opened on October 29. The first in that season ice rink became a perfect gift for pupils on their school holidays. The first people to try out the ice rink were future figure skaters. While professionals were training, newcomers were learning to make the first steps on ice. It is said that four lessons are enough to stand on ice skates confidently. A coach for beginners will be available starting from next weekends.
Afterlife: organ donation and transplantation in Belarus
Afterlife: organ donation and transplantation in Belarus Nowadays organ transplantation is a routine practice in Belarus. Meanwhile, the whole world is anticipating: will an Italian surgeon be able to transplant a man’s head? I don’t know what the Church thinks, but God was a practicing surgeon, too – remember Adam and Eve. Can a donor’s heart change the  life and the worldview of a recipient? Oleg Vysochinsky, Republican Scientific and Practical center “Cardiology” patient (Krivoy Rog, Ukraine)What am I waiting for? I am waiting for a new heart.
Belarusians mostly satisfied with administration bodies
Belarusians mostly satisfied with administration bodies Some 74% of Belarusians respond to the work of state administration bodies positively. This is evidenced by an opinion poll. According to the survey, 36% of respondents rated the administration bodies' work as "positive." The answer "rather positive" scored 38%. There are 7.5% of those who dislike the way administration bodies work, while there were 13% of those who think "rather negative". 5.5% of respondents did not make a decision. In 2013, the state apparatus was optimized in Belarus, which resulted in a 25% reduction in the number of workers.
Car numbers double in Belarus in last 15 years
Car numbers double in Belarus in last 15 years Over the past 15 years, the number of cars in Belarus has increased by more than twice.  While in 2000, there were 139 vehicles per 1,000 population, in 2015 the figure was already more than 300. Now nearly 3 million cars are registered in Belarus. On October 30 car drivers celebrated their professional holiday, as well as road sector workers. The road industry is also constantly evolving.

30.10.2016

Belarusian polar explorers to go to South Pole in November
Belarusian polar explorers to go to South Pole in November On October 27, at the National Academy of Science, the polar explorers were seen off to the coldest continent. In November, the expedition consisting of 6 people will go to the South Pole on the board of the ship Akademik Fyodorov . The vessel will leave Saint Petersburg in November. Belarusian and Russian explorers will get off in December in eastern Antarctica.  There they will continue construction of the infrastructure of the Belarusian station and work on joint projects with Russian polar explorers.

28.10.2016

Social project: Exhibition of underage mothers’ portraits opens in Belarus
Social project: Exhibition of underage mothers’ portraits opens in Belarus The exhibition devoted to underage mothers opened in Borisov. The exhibition is held in the framework of the international social project in support of teenagers in difficult life situations. To help such women to stay strong and make the right choice, specialists show the beauty of maternity by means of art. The exhibition consists photos of ordinary girls that got pregnant in the early age. Not being afraid of the responsibility, they proved that there is always a way out.
Belarus is better country than USA to be a girl
Belarus is better country than USA to be a girl The international organization Save the Children has ranked countries according to the opportunity that girls have there. Belarus is ranked higher than the USA. The organization Save the Children promotes children’s rights all over the world. The rankings consist of 144 countries and are based on such factors as child marriage, adolescent fertility, maternal mortality (as an indicator of girls’ access to good-quality healthcare), women in parliament (relative to male MPs), and secondary school completion.
Belarusian State University marks 95th anniversary October 28
Belarusian State University marks 95th anniversary October 28 One of the oldest universities of Belarus celebrates its anniversary. A solemn meeting will be held in the Bolshoi Theater of Opera and Ballet on October 28, on the occasion of the 95th anniversary of the Belarusian State University.  Representatives of the state bodies, ministries and foreign guests will come there to congratulate the university.  The evening will open with a documentary that tells about the main historical milestones of the leading educational institution of Belarus, students' everyday life and holidays. 
Animayovka Festival of Animation Films to open in Mogilev on October 28
Animayovka Festival of Animation Films to open in Mogilev on October 28 On October 28, the festival of animated films Animayovka officially opens in Mogilev. It is carried out for the 19th time. This year, more than 30 countries sent applications to take part in the competition program alone.  The jury will select the best 100 works. About 400 cartoons will be screened in Mogilev's cinemas. The guests of the city will also be able to attend master classes, meetings, presentations and exhibitions.

27.10.2016

Pet waste bags to appear in Minsk parks
Pet waste bags to appear in Minsk parks Bright signs reminding dog owners about basic rules of dog-walking will be installed in Minsk's Park of the 50th Anniversary of the October Revolution. The rules are the necessary conditions for visiting recreational areas with pets. Such mini-stands will be then installed in all parks in Minsk. The next step will be the installation of specially designed boxes with waste bags and poo shovels.
Population census in Belarus due from 4 to 30 October 2019
Population census in Belarus due from 4 to 30 October 2019 A population census in Belarus will be held in 2019. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarus President on October 24. Specially trained staff will conduct a survey with residents from 4 to 30 October. To obtain comprehensive and objective results preparations for the census will begin in advance. All public authorities shall adopt a uniform approach to the organization of the census, the decree reads.

26.10.2016

Catholic Church of St. Joseph in Rubezhevichi: masterpiece of neo-gothic
Catholic Church of St. Joseph in Rubezhevichi: masterpiece of neo-gothic The Catholic Church of St. Joseph in Rubezhevichi has been giving hope, light and the possibility to become wiser for more than a century. The masterpiece of neo-gothic is a famous tourist attraction. The history of the Church started in 1866. As it is known, after the Polish uprising was suppressed in 1863, the government closed most of the Catholic churches and gave them to the Orthodox church. The Catholic Church in Rubezhevichi became an exception.
“Main part belongs to factories”: Minsk’s composer Nick Chyorny created music of Minsk
“Main part belongs to factories”: Minsk’s composer Nick Chyorny created music of Minsk Minsk is a living organism that has its own rhythm. Cars’ roar, noise from factories, clicking of heels, whisper of leaves, signing of birds, murmur of streams, all that is combined in a unique melody that could be heard only in Minsk. Composer Nick Chyorny managed to capture this unique melody. The man has been keen on music since his childhood. He graduated from the university and got a degree of harmonist and teacher of computer music. He has lived in Minsk the whole life.
Belarus, Serbia agree to cooperate in publishing and literature
Belarus, Serbia agree to cooperate in publishing and literature Belarus offers Serbia to deepen cooperation in the field of information. This was discussed at a meeting of Belarus' delegation with the Belarus-Serbia Parliamentary Friendship Group at the Serbian Parliament. It was noted that in the parliamentary dimension, the cooperation between the two countries has a good momentum. The parties agreed to cooperate in publishing and literature. By the way, Belgrade hosted the 61st International Book Fair. Belarus also offered its exhibits there.
New Zhodino mayor: I need to justify confidence
New Zhodino mayor: I need to justify confidence Already on October 26, many of the newly appointed officials to start work. One of them is Yury Shary, who earlier was the first deputy chairman of Zhodino local executive committee, which is equivalent to being a deputy mayor. Therefore Mr Shary knows first-hand about what needs to be done for the development of 'the city of mechanical engineering workers', as Zhodino is called in Belarus. BelAZ, the world famous company producing giant dump trucks, is located here.
Will Belarus abolish Centralized Testing as university entrance criterion?
Will Belarus abolish Centralized Testing as university entrance criterion? President of Belarus took a number of personnel decisions on October 25. When appointing new heads of diplomatic missions, Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of developing relations with Western Europe. Changes were made to the local vertical of power. During the appointment of the Rector of the Belarusian State University of Transport the President raised the issue of choice of profession and the centralized testing, which results are the basis for university entrance selection.

25.10.2016

Population census 2019 in Belarus. What questions will be asked?
Population census 2019 in Belarus. What questions may be asked? A population census will be held in Belarus in October 2019. The corresponding decree was signed on October 24 by the head of state. The large-scale campaign will be conducted for the third time in the history of the sovereign Belarus. Forms have already been prepared for the upcoming census. Belarusians will answer not only the basic questions of the place of residence, income and life conditions, but also new, dictated by time.

24.10.2016

Contract system in Belarus to be reformed?
Contract system in Belarus to be reformed? Forced resignations and hidden layoffs violate the rights of the employee, said October 24 President Alexander Lukashenko as he met with head head of Trade Unions of Belarus Mikhail Orda. Some businessmen try to solve production cost problems at the cost of people, by not extending their work contracts or creating incentives for voluntary resignation. According to Alexander Lukashenko, in the social state, one of the main goals is the protection of workers' rights.
Igor Marzalyuk about centralized testing, Bologna process and scientific development in Belarus
Does Belarus need 90% of population with university diplomas? From problems of economic sphere, let’s look at the other sphere. We won’t be arguing about what was first matter or consciousness, not to be divide on materialists and idealists. Everything is interconnected. First, because art, ideology and education develop due to the state budget. The guest of the program Picture of the World is Igor Marzalyuk, a history professor and now head of the permanent commission of the House of Representatives on education, culture and science. Mr Marzalyuk, welcome to the program.
United Nations Day celebrated in Belarus October 24
United Nations Day celebrated in Belarus October 24 The world community celebrates United Nations Day. 69 years ago, the Charter of the UN came into force. The UN, born through the tragic experience of the Second World War, set a goal to save the world from the new scourge of war and conflicts, to establish friendly relations among nations. Today it is one of the most influential organizations in the world arena, which solves many global issues.

23.10.2016

Origin of names of Minsk’s streets
Origin of names of Minsk’s streets Some historic event could become a reason to change a name of a street. 
Clip about tractor “Belarus” wins award in Cannes
Video about tractor Belarus wins award in Cannes A pleasant piece of news. A video about the tractor Belarus has won the second place at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards. I suppose the video has broken the Internet. More than a thousand participants took part in the contest. The tractor Belarus is shown with such gentle feelings! A farmer from Norway admits that he thinks about his tractor not like he thinks about a woman, but in certain circumstances... he would have her in his bed. Goodness me!
Physical, tactical and firearms training: Belarus’ President checks army officers’ professionalism
Belarus’ President checks army officers’ skills To secure peace in the country we need a good army, so that nobody would want to intervene. If there are attempts of military intervention, or somebody tries to become a civil war, it will be crushed in the bud. To stop it at the later stage as in Ukraine is extremely difficult. Strong weaponry is a good argument, but the army also needs strong people. President Lukashenko personally visited the training site Obuz-Lesnovsky and checked the professional level of officers. Yulia Beshanova has more on the story.

22.10.2016

The only trumpet signalman works in Grodno
The only trumpet signalman works in Grodno Every day trumpet player from the orchestra of Grodno Regional Department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations Dmitry Kisel climbs a 33-meter fire tower to perform his duty. The view from that tower is amazing in any season. Dmitry is a local celebrity. Even though not all Grodno citizens know him by sight, it’s impossible to imagine the city without the sound of his trumpet. He works without day offs informing citizens that everything is calm in the city.
Cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky to deliver Belarusian flag to ISS
Cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky to deliver Belarusian flag to ISS The Belarusian national flag is going to space. The National symbol will be delivered to orbit by Belarusian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky. The solemn ceremony of handover of the flag took place at the Russian embassy in Belarus on October 22. The start of the spaceship is planned for November 17, 2016 from Baikonur Cosmodrome. This space mission is the second for Oleg Novitsky. It is allowed to take only one kilo of personal belongings to the spaceship. The cosmonaut admitted that the first thing that he wanted to take with him was the Belarusian flag.

21.10.2016

History of radio in Minsk
History of radio in Minsk Radio has been accompanying people every day for a long time. Due to the radio, people were able to know about the beginning of the war. However, nowadays radio is not as popular as it used to be during the Soviet time.
First laparoscopic liver surgery in Belarus
First laparoscopic liver surgery in Belarus Doctors from Vitebsk together with military surgeons from Saint Petersburg conducted a unique surgery. It’s the first time the laparoscopic surgery on liver has been performed in Belarus. The performed the surgery on the patient with cirrhosis for 4 hours. Earlier, a patient with the same diagnosis was advised to do an abdominal surgery. Laparoscopy is a minimal invasive surgery, almost without any cuts, which means that a patient has less risk to suffer from blood loss and the risk of complications after surgery reduces.
Architectural masterpiece of  XVIII—XIX centuries: Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble
Architectural masterpiece of XVIII—XIX centuries: Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble The Gomel Palace and Park Ensemble is an architectural pearl of the 18-19 centuries. It’s a perfect example of the Russian classicism. The construction of the palace began in 1772 under the orders of general Pyotr Rumyantsev. For his victories in the war with Turkey, he was awarded with small village Gomiy. Thus, instead of an old castle of the Chatoryskys, a new palace was constructed in 1796.
Film festival Listopad 2016: 160 films from 45 countries at Moskva cinema in Minsk
Film festival Listapad 2016: 160 films from 45 countries in Minsk The XXIII Minsk International Film Festival Listapad will soon open in Belarus. On October 20 the organizers revealed some details of the forthcoming event. A novelty this year will be a spherical movie, which viewers will be able to see through the special virtual reality glasses. The most momentous cultural event of the autumn will start in two weeks.

20.10.2016

Is flu vaccination necessary and will there be epidemic: Interview with Belarusian First Deputy Minister of Health
Is flu vaccination necessary and will there be epidemic: Interview with Belarusian First Deputy Minister of Health Among the threats, there are various illnesses. Sometimes it is possible to do a vaccination to protect yourself from illnesses. Sometimes it is just enough to lead a healthy way of life. We are responsible for our health. However, a healthcare system exists in Belarus, and there are a lot of questions addressed to it. Dmitry Pinevich, First Deputy Minister of Health has answered some question of the program Picture of the World on the CTV Channel.
Six independent French photographers arrive in Belarus on photo tour
Six independent French photographers in Belarus on photo tour French independent photographers have come to Belarus with a photo tour. Six people, all of them have made a name in global photo art, visited the places where Napoleon once stayed and enjoyed the Berezinsky Biosphere Reserve. On October 20 they will be present at a rehearsal at the Opera House.

19.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko observes officers examination at training site
Alexander Lukashenko observes officers' examination at training site The system of military training in Belarus should be improved and more teachers with practical experience should be attracted. This assignment was given by President Alexander Lukashenko who met with the leadership of the Belarusian Armed Forces. The President visited the training site Obuz-Lesnovsky on October 19. Alexander Lukashenko noted that it is necessary to assess the level of training of officers in more detail and taking into account the realities of the time.
Representatives of over 60 countries to participate in World Congress of Russian Press in Paris
Representatives of over 60 countries to participate in World Congress of Russian Press in Paris The World Congress of Russian Press opens in Paris October 19. Representatives from more than 60 countries, including Belarus, will participate in the three-day event. The event will focus on the role of Russian language and strengthening of its position in the world. The forum is held for the 18th time and it changes its location every year. Belarus hosted it 3 times. In Paris, the congress will bring together executives and leading journalists from hundreds of media outlets.
Minsk agreements on Ukraine to be discussed in Berlin October 19
Minsk agreements on Ukraine to be discussed in Berlin October 19 A meeting of Normandy Four to discuss the Ukrainian crisis will be held on October 19 in Berlin. The meeting participants will estimate the implementation of the Minsk agreements since the last meeting and will discuss the next steps.  Angela Merkel has sent the leaders of Russia, France and Ukraine's an invitation to Berlin. After that, the German Chancellor, Hollande and Poroshenko had a telephone conversation in a trilateral format.
Belarus introduces age labeling of games, movies, music
Belarus introduces age labeling of games, movies, music From July 1, 2017 it will be forbidden to sell information products without age labeling in Belarus. The corresponding resolution was adopted by the Council of Ministers on October 17. The resolution reads that information products are media products, publications, audiovisual works, phonograms, and games, including computer software. It will be illegal to sell to minors under the age of 16 movies with the age label of 16+ or 18+ (earlier the resolution banned the sale of audiovisual works with the indexes of ** and ***.

18.10.2016

New material evidence packaging presented in Minsk
New evidence packaging presented in Belarus New packaging for material evidence has been presented in Minsk. They are able to ensure the preservation of evidence for a long time. The packing is made in Minsk of a special plastic film and complemented with means of protection against unauthorized opening. Forensic experts of the Investigative Committee will soon start using these new developments. It's been reported that colleagues from Russia are already interested in the Belarusian development and are willing to buy the technology.
Eve Cornelious gives interview prior to her concert in Minsk
Eve Cornelious to perform in Minsk Semyon Shapchets, producer of the project International Jazz in Minsk, has come to the studio of the TV program Morning. Studio of Good Mood together with jazz singer Eve Cornelious. Minsk, a city with decent jazz traditions, has a welcoming audience who wish to listen to the best New York jazz singers. Eve, we know that you’ve come into music thanks to a TV show. Is it true?
Safety on streets and at home: Are Belarusians prepared for emergencies?
Safety on streets and at home: Are Belarusians prepared for emergencies? The world has become more dangerous, or it seems like it due to mass media. We listen to the information presented by mass media on radio in our cars, we keep up with latest news with the help of computers and smartphones. All this banners, screens, sometimes a neighbor or a friend share a piece of news or two. Usually this news is really disturbing. Even without a maniac with a saw, we hear a lot of scary news about terrorist attacks, missing planes, about floods, earthquakes, and fires that destroy cities and towns. The list is endless.
How will Belarusian oncologists save people from cancer?
What does Belarus do to combat cancer? Growing of organs and targeted treatment. Belarusian oncologists have revealed the prospect of anti-cancer treatment technologies. According to experts, cancer prevention plays an important role. To do this, the country creates a special screening program. Their goal is not just to identify a disease but to reveal it at an early stage, when treatment is effective. Thanks to such preventive work, the country has significantly reduced the number of cases of breast cancer in the past year.

17.10.2016

Mikhail Myasnikovich: if we only go by rules of law, many processes will slow down
Mikhail Myasnikovich: if we only go by rules of law, many processes will slow down We visited head of the Council of the Republic and asked him a number of questions. About 90% of people in the Parliament are new, aren’t they? Mikhail Myasnikovich, Chairman of the Council of the Republic of Belarus: Yes. I think it’s very good. Being a participant, I saw for myself that people wanted to be in the Parliament to be useful.
All air mail coming to Belarus now processed at National Airport Minsk
All air mail coming to Belarus now processed at National Airport Minsk All air mail coming to Belarus will now be processed at National airport Minsk. On October 17, a logistics center for international correspondence will open here.  It will use the latest technical solutions, which will significantly reduce the time to send and receive parcels and help immediately identify the address.  The main thing is that customs inspection will also be carried out on the spot.

16.10.2016

Pictures from money: Belarusian artist finds creative application of Soviet money
Pictures from money: Belarusian artist finds creative application of Soviet money Belarusian artist Igor Arinich has found very creative way to use Soviet money. He uses it to create wonderful pictures. He borrowed the idea from one of the American artists. However, for his works he chose not dollars but Soviet rubles.

15.10.2016

Belarusian artists present their works at Autumn Salon in Paris
Belarusian artists present their works at Autumn Salon in Paris Belarusian artist presented their works at the Autumn Salon (Salon d'Automne) in Paris for the first time. The art exhibition in the Avenue des Champs-Élysées is a very important event not only in France. This art exhibition is known for more than 100 years. This time, Belarus takes part in it as an honorable guest. The exhibition includes works of artists from 40 countries.
It’s all about the hat: Exhibition of hats of 1920s opens in Museum of Belarusian Cinema History
It’s all about the hat: Exhibition of hats of 1920s opens in Museum of Belarusian Cinema History The first frost is a perfect time to visit the exhibition of hats in the style of 1920s in the Museum of the Belarusian Cinema History. Visitors can not only look at the accessories but also to try a hat on and take a selfie. The exhibition includes works of designers from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and the Czech Republic.

14.10.2016

Museum online: Internet guide tour in Staryye Dorogi
Museum online: Internet guide tour in Staryye Dorogi Now people can visit the museum of Starryye Dorogi history without leaving home. There is an online exhibition for those who want to see the museum. The photos of the most interesting items were posted in the Internet with a short description. However, it cannot substitute the real trip to the museum. Nevertheless, people can find out more details about Staryye Dorogi in the Internet.
Conference of Belarusian Red Cross Society takes place on October 14 in Minsk
Conference of Belarusian Red Cross Society takes place on October 14 in Minsk Providing medical assistance to migrants from Ukraine and support to people with mental illnesses. New projects of the Belarusian Red Cross Society were discussed on October 14. The development strategy and the results of the last five years were the issues raised in Minsk. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, Belarus is a reliable partner when it comes to solving humanitarian issues.
History of Red Church of Minsk
History of Red Church of Minsk The idea to build a new Catholic church in Minsk appeared at the end of the 19th century. By that time, only two similar architectural monuments were preserved. These monuments are the Minsk Holy Spirit Cathedral and the Church of Holy Trinity. However, the idea wasn’t supported by the authorities.

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