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23.02.2017

Day of Fatherland Defenders celebrated in Belarus on February 23
Day of Fatherland Defenders celebrated in Belarus on February 23 Day of Fatherland Defenders and Armed Forces is marked in Belarus on February 23. This is Belarus' national holiday, the day of courage and heroism of the defenders of all generations. Their memory was commemorated today in the capital Minsk today. Representatives of security forces, veterans of the Armed Forces and the Minsk leadership laid wreaths and flowers by the eternal flame and the monument in Victory Square. However, this holiday in Belarus is also called Men's Day, in contrast with International Women's Day, which is marked on March 8.
Belarus youth's plans for summer 2017
Belarus youth's plans for summer 2017 Students’ team movement in Belarus begins on the 22nd of February, 2017. Improvised open days took place in universities all over the country. Activists helped young people and newcomers decide on what they want to do in summer, informed about all the peculiarities of students’ team weekdays and helped to fill in employment forms. As all young people say, being part of this movement doesn’t only give you practice, but gives you a possibility to earn some money too.
People’s Artist of Belarus Ivan Misko celebrates his 85th birthday anniversary
People’s Artist of Belarus Ivan Misko celebrates his 85th birthday anniversary People’s Artist of Belarus Ivan Misko celebrates his 85th birthday anniversary. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko greeted the sculptor on his birthday. Ivan Misko, a native of Slonim district, managed to reach the peak of popularity by promoting the theme of Space. Among his debut works are portrait sculptures of Yuri Gagarin, Piotr Klimuk, and Vladimir Kovalenko. He also captured other world-famous conquerors of the Universe. By the way, the sculptor himself is not a rare honourable visitor of the Star City.

22.02.2017

The famous Manneken Pis to wear Belarusian national costume
The famous Manneken Pis to wear Belarusian national costume World celebrities wear Belarusian clothes too! The famous Manneken Pis is soon to be dressed in Belarusian national costume. The new costume for the naked bronze statue was presented at the Belarusian Light Industry Concern on the 21st of February, 2017. A couple of Belarusian plants were working on the design of the new outfit for the Belgian sight.
Electronic tour-guide of Brest to be developed
Electronic tour-guide of Brest to be developed Investments into the future. A student of Brest State Technical University is to develop a unique tour-guide of his city, dedicated to Brest’s 1000th birthday. A mobile app will have a map with all historic sights of the city, including mysterious little-known ones, and you will also be able to find routes on this map, leading to these sights.
Shortage of places in kindergartens of Riga
Shortage of places in kindergartens of Riga We cannot deny the fact that nowadays there are a lot of social issues to resolve. Today the number of places in kindergartens is an urgent problem as a lot of children have been born lately. How do EU countries solve this problem? Our special correspondent Tatiana Revizore examined the situation in Latvia.
How Minsk surprises foreigners
How Minsk surprises foreigners What do foreigners like the most about Minsk? They like sights, nature, cuisine and history. Foreign students come to the capital of Belarus to attend Belarusian workshops and get experience from Belarusian experts. The International public association Teatro alongside with the French Theatre Association have been giving master classes for European students in Belarus for 10 years. The Republican Theatre of Belarusian Drama teaches European students. Charlotte and Gabriel came to study theatrics in 2017.
Costumes of Belarus' Pesnyary band on display in National Art Museum
Costumes of Belarus' Pesnyary band on display in National Art Museum An exhibition of unique costumes in memory of the famous Pesnyary band of Belarus has opened on February 22 at the National History Museum. It features sketches of dancers of the legendary ensemble Pesnyary. Once it started with only 17 works but today it is a large-scale exhibition. Here you can find sketches of costumes in which Pesnyary toured the USA. Unfortunately, 40 years after, some suits have not survived and remained only on paper. Each image was thoroughly thought out.
Foreign diplomats read poems in Belarusian
Foreign diplomats read poems in Belarusian Belarus has celebrated Day of Mother Language. Traditionally, this international festival has gathered representatives of the diplomatic corps in Belarus. Ambassadors from 37 countries read poems of Yanka Kupala.  In 2017, it will be 135 years since the birth of the Belarusian national writer. Fiona Gibb, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom to Belarus:Come to me in spring, like a flower...
Diagnosing cancer by taking a photo
Diagnosing cancer by taking a photo A beauty spot is a unique drawing on a human body. They can be of different colours and bizarre designs, many of them appear from the moment of birth and stay on your body for your entire life. But not all beauty spots are harmless. Could we possibly imagine 10 years ago, that just one photo of a beauty spot would be enough to detect melanoma? Belarusian scientists have invented a unique system which makes it possible to make a diagnosis in no time.
More brand labels in Belarusian language on the cards?
More brand labels in Belarusian language on the cards? Translation of brand labels into the Belarusian language. More than 200 requests have been made to the Belarusian Parliament to look into such a possibility. At this moment the manufacturer himself decides in what languages information on the brand label should be written. But the initiators of the request insist on making it obligatory to print all the labels in the Russian and Belarusian languages. This issue was discussed by the Belarusian Parliament on the 15th of February, 2015.

21.02.2017

People’s Artist of Belarus Finberg celebrates his 70th birthday
People’s Artist of Belarus Mikhail Finberg celebrates his 70th birthday He is known as the one-man band and his colleagues know him as a person with a unique ear for music. People’s Artist of Belarus Mikhail Finberg celebrates his 70th birthday anniversary on the 21st of February, 2017. Mikhail Finberg, who is not only a musician but a famous orchestra director, began his career in his hometown of Mozyr. Having graduated from a music school on a class of the violin, he continued his studies at college and a music academy, and then created his first orchestra at the circus in Minsk.
Afghanistan war in memoirs of Belarusian soldiers and their relatives
Afghanistan war in memoirs of Belarusian soldiers and their relatives In the middle of February, the anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan is celebrated. After 28 years, this history hasn’t become antiquated so far as the participants of that war are still Belarus’ active contemporaries. Olga Petrashevskaya reports. If then, in Kandahar, he could paint the sky differently, perhaps, today there wouldn’t be either vocal shimmer or these paintings.
CTV journalist awarded for military coverage
CTV journalist awarded for military news coverage The best journalists covering the life of the Belarusian army have been chosen in Belarus. The results of the annual competition were summed up at the Ministry of Defence. The creative contest involved more than one hundred applications. Symbolically: The ceremony took place on the eve of Defender of the Fatherland Day, which is celebrated in Belarus on 23 February.
Fishing in Minsk: past and present
Fishing in Minsk: past and present Centuries ago people tried to settle along major watersheds and rivers. In the ninth century, the first settlements on the territory of modern Minsk appeared in the valley of the river Svisloch. Even then locals were eating fish. Alexander Zubey, researcher of the Ichthyology laboratory of the Belarusian National Academy of Sciences for Bioresources:Remains of different fish species, such as bream, catfish, asp and perch, were found during the excavation of the Minsk historical area called Zamchischa.
Rational use of scientific university developments vital in Belarus
Rational use of scientific university developments vital for Belarus The potential of young specialists must be used rationally and innovation must be profitable, Deputy Prime Minister Mikhail Rusyi is convinced. The quality of staff training was discussed at the Belarusian University of Technology on February 17.
Senior officials all over Belarus meet with people in difficult life circumstances
Senior officials all over Belarus meet with people in difficult life circumstances to prompty address their problems Another news in connection with the no-longer-new decree number 3 on the prevention of social dependency, so to say. The Decree has been receiving a lot of public attention recently. Its main idea is not to make unemployed people pay some small money (and this is really small money, since the budget will not benefit from it much), but to stimulate people to pay taxes in due order. The senior officials of the presidential administration in different cities of Belarus met with people.

20.02.2017

Belarusian delicacy: Burgundy snails to be produced in Pinsk District
Belarusian delicacy: Burgundy snails to be produced in Pinsk District An auction on the right of Burgundy snails’ storage and production was held in Pinsk District of the Brest region. The same event will take place at the end of February in Ivanovo District. In 2016, Belarusian companies produced more than 760 tons of snails. This shellfish is equal to oysters in terms of its delicacy properties and flavor. It is in demand both on Belarusian and foreign markets. However, snails are used not only in gastronomy, but also in pharmaceutical industry.   
How do Belarusians spend money online?
How do Belarusians spend money online? The most popular online expenditures during 2016 in Belarus were orders in online stores, payments of mobile connection, online games and different purchases of additional options in social networks. The number of payments in online stores increased by 4.7 times. The average amount that Belarusians spent on car accessories totaled BYN179.2, and on construction materials BYN135.6 ($1 is roughly BYN1.9).
National Language Week begins in Belarus
National Language Week begins in Belarus At least seven days Belarus will speak Belarusian as the Week of National Language has begun across the country. It is being held under the auspices of UNESCO. Today world speaks more than 6 thousand languages. The Belarusian language is considered one of the most melodic.
Not exotics anymore: agricultural development in Belarus
Not exotics anymore: agricultural development in Belarus There is no wonder that Belarusian fruits and vegetables are in favor not only in Belarus itself, but also in neighboring countries. Belarusian tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, carrots, beetroots, apples and pears are as good as imported ones, sometimes even better. This success became possible thanks to the progress of Belarusian scientists in agriculture. The Institute for Vegetable Growing is creating new heavy-productive varieties and hybrids of vegetable crops.

17.02.2017

Belarus condoles over attack in Pakistan's Sehvan
Belarus condoles over attack in Pakistan's Sehvan The President of Belarus expressed his condolences to the leadership of Pakistan and the citizens of that country in connection with the death of people as a result of a terrorist act in Sehvan.  Two border crossings with Afghanistan have been closed and at least 39 'terrorists' killed after an attack at Sehwan shrine that killed 88, Aljazeera reports. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group claimed responsibility for the blast.
Presidential Administration to check regional authorities' work with Belarusians' appeals
Presidential Administration to check regional authorities' work with Belarusians' appeals Offsite reception offices to clarify the implementation of Decree No3 began their work in all regions of Belarus on February 16. Such reception offices will become traditional, said head of the Presidential Administration Natalia Kochanova, communicating with citizens in Zhodino City Executive Committee. Decree No3 is also called decree on social dependency or 'social parasites tax', which obliges people who did not work officially more than 183 days during the previous year and thus did not pay income tax, to pay a fee in a certain amount.
Darya Domracheva with Ole Einar Bjørndalen. Photo: BERIT ROALD, NTB SCANPIX
Superparents: Domracheva and Bjørndalen about each other in social networks On February 12, Darya Domracheva won a silver medal in the pursuit at the biathlon world championship in Austria, Hochfilzen, which became her first podium in the current season. The Norwegian biathlete Ole Einar Bjørndalen, Darya’s husband, took a bronze that day. Photo: Reuters  Darya posted a photo on Instagram and sent congratulations to her husband.

16.02.2017

Cosmonaut Novitsky shares new photo of Minsk from ISS
Cosmonaut Novitsky shares new photo of Minsk from ISS Belarusian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky has shared new photos of Minsk from the ISS. Earlier, in his account, he had already published the night Minsk and on February 16 showed the city in the daytime. Oleg Novitsky (comment on Instagram):Good morning to all Earthlings, and especially to the residents of Minsk! Here is how the capital of Belarus looks like the ISS in the daytime.
Former CTV director general Grigory Novikov passes away aged 70
Former CTV director general Grigory Novikov passes away aged 70 Journalist Grigory Novikov, who stood at the origins of the CTV channel, passed away on February 16. He was photographer, reporter, editor in chief, TV presenter and writer of television programs. For several years Novikov remained in the top three TASS correspondents. He was an uncompromising and sometimes tough reporter. He had the same high requirements to young journalists, who studied under his guidance. Grigory Novikov died aged 70. The CTV channel team expresses condolences to the family and friends of Grigory Novikov.
They surprised how positive we are - Navi band about 2017 Eurovision national selection in Kiev
They surprised how positive we are - Navi band about 2017 Eurovision national selection in Kiev There’s a phrase you often say: “We want people to see slightly different Belarusians.” Ksenia Zhuk: Yes, it is quite right. Artem Lukyanenko: Yes, we want this, because… We went to Kiev, and many people came up to us: "Is that you? Are you from Belarus? No way!" I guess they probably didn’t get used to seeing that sort of artists from Belarus like us.
Neon miracles in Gomel: choreography, circus art and light
Neon miracles in Gomel: choreography, circus art and light Gomel plunged into neon lights. Participants from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union attended the Gomel Light Fest 2017. This is the second year when Belarusian people have discovered the art movement named LED show.
Belarusian makes miniature organ from paper: video
Belarusian makes miniature organ from paper: video Belarusian master Alexey Zholner has made a miniature organ from paper. He has even managed to play the well-known song "Under the sky of Paris." The author himself coined the design of the musical instrument. Alexey used cardboard and paper as primary materials. In his comment to the video the master said that in order to create the organ he had to not least regulate the proportions but also carefully pick paper. The invention was actually an accident. Originally Alexey wanted to build a music box.
Tickets for Slavonic Bazaar 2017 to go on sale online February 20
Tickets for Slavonic Bazaar 2017 to go on sale online February 20 First tickets for the concerts of Slavonic Bazaar 2017 in Vitebsk will go on sale on February 17. During the first three days tickets by tradition will be sold only at the box offices of Vitebsk. It is a kind of bonus for residents of the hospitable northern capital of Belarus. From February 20, tickets for particular concerts will be available for booking online.
Education and Career international exhibition opens in Minsk on February 16
Education and Career international exhibition opens in Minsk on February 16 The International exhibition "Education and career" starts in Minsk on 16 February. It will be useful to pupils and students, their parents and teachers. Teachers will be able to take part in workshops and get acquainted with the educational system of different countries, including Germany, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and Israel. In total, 11 countries will participate in the exhibition.

15.02.2017

Belarus’ Naviband about patriotism
Belarus’ Naviband about patriotism The Belarusian group Naviband have given an interview to the program Simple Questions. Artem, do you think that those people who do not love the homeland, Belarus, do not want to be Belarusians? Artem Lukyanenko:I do not know such people. I am afraid to know that there are such people. I think everyone, in some way, loves their homeland. Another issue is that for me, the word patriotism is very devalued. Moreover, I do not like this word because it is even unpleasant for pronunciation.
Eurovision 2017: lyrics of Belarus' NAVI band song
Belarus at Eurovision 2017: NAVIBAND English song lyrics The official representative of Belarus at the international song contest Eurovision 2017 in Kiev NAVI band will perform in the second part of the second semi-final on May 11. The song is called "Story of my life" So many days and so many dates, New images and towns, The train of events sometimes leaves us. We keep them in heart and we’re moving ahead! Chorus:
Artem Lukyanenko, Navi band
Belarus’ Navi band about sense of song for Eurovision 2017 The band Navi has given an interview to Yegor Khrustalev in the TV program Simple Questions.
Red Cross and Belarus’ Ministry of Emergencies launch mobile application
Red Cross and Belarus’ Ministry of Emergencies launch mobile application Belarusians felt the breath of the Arctic again. The frost returned to Minsk city after the thaw. Borisov and Logoisk districts became the coldest points on the map. Last night the temperature there was about 21ºC. Fortunately, a new wave of cold weather didn’t carry serious consequences. Meanwhile, all the services are working in emergency mode. Also, anyone can ask the Red Cross volunteers for help. The short number 201 is available for the residents of the capital and the region.
Tunnel-boring complex Alesya helping build Minsk subway
Tunnel-boring complex Alesya helping build Minsk subway The 1000th tunnel ring was built in the early hours of February 13th at the place of the future Vokzalnaya Station, one of the 3rd line stations of the Minsk subway. Construction workers have built 1,400 meters of an underground railroad line using the power-operated tunnel-boring complex Alesya. As little as 20 metres remain to the future station near Druzhnaya Street.
The 24th Minsk International Book Fair results
24th Minsk International Book Fair results The 24th International Book Fair was held in Minsk last week. Among the participants were such countries as Russia, Germany, China, Iran, the United States, etc. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was the Guest of Honor this year. The Irish came to us in kilts and with bagpipes, by the way. All the guests could copy Francysk Skaryna (a Belarusian famous as one of the first book publishers in Eastern Europe) and print the page from the legendary Bible using the ancient method as it was done 500 years ago.
Visa-free regime in Belarus
Welcome to visa-free Belarus! This week names of stations in the Minsk underground are again pronounced both in the Belarusian and the English languages. Belarusians thought: ‘Are we going to have another Ice Hockey Championship, but do not know about it?’ No, they are not. This was done for the sake of tourists who will come to Belarus without visas. At midnight on February 12, 2017 the visa-free regime for five days for citizens of 80 states, including those of the European Union, came into force in Belarus.
Nina Sharubina about national opera, pop and contemporary composers
Nina Sharubina about national opera, pop and contemporary composers February 12 is a kind of open doors day in Belarus. Citizens of 80 countries will be able to enter Belarus without visas. The only condition is that they enter Belarus through the Minsk national airport and stay here no more than five days. Moreover, they can come to any number of five-day periods per year! In and out, in and out, welcome any number of times! And this is for the good of the country, of course. Everything is here - economy, politics, tourism and also culture, of course.
18 scientists to represent Belarus at European Science Forum in Malaga
18 scientists to represent Belarus at European Science Forum in Malaga Innovative achievements of Belarus will be presented at the European Science Forum in Malaga. It opens on 15 February and is organized under the patronage of the King of Spain. Cutting-edge scientific and industrial developments of Belarus will be presented by 18 participants. During the forum, the Belarusian delegation will also hold a series of meetings, including with the leadership of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness of Spain and businessmen.

14.02.2017

Belarusian girl of Sepultura vocalist: Derrick has Belarusian soul!
Belarusian girl of Sepultura vocalist: Derrick has Belarusian soul! The cover of Sepultura vocalist Derrick Green’s passport has Belarusian ornament on it. It symbolizes love, prosperity, and freedom. Belarusian girl named Julia gifted it to him during the concert of metal stars in Minsk club Re: Public few years ago. It was the day when the musician and the leather accessories designer met. Later this story turned into love.
Belarusian MPs propose to exempt more people from social dependency tax
Belarusian MPs propose to exempt more people from social dependency tax The application of the decree on social dependency was discussed in the lower house of Parliament on February 14. MPs propose to clarify the criteria by which those who find themselves in difficult situations may be exempt from the fee. The Belarus President has recently reacted to issues connected with the application of this decree in the Belarusian society and allowed local executive committees to exempt from the tax those who find themselves in difficult life circumstances.
Belarusian folk songs
Belarusian folk songs: History and description Jadwiga Poplavskaja and Alexander Tikhanovich. In the Month of September In the Month of September is the most colourful folk song, where the lines " grandfather pushed grandmother from the bridge into the river" exist. It makes us smile now. But a few centuries ago the drowning of an unloved woman was a real tradition in Polesie. By the way, researchers are sure that this song was written by a professional author  because of its excellent rhyme and exciting story. In turn, Vladimir Mulyavin gave the song the completely new features in 1977.

13.02.2017

Night Brest and Gomel photographed from space
Night Brest and Gomel photographed from space Our fellow countryman cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky has posted another photo report in his account in a social network. Following Minsk, the crew commander showed his subscribers images of night Gomel and Brest from sky height as he had promised. Here is how the cities look in night lights. The photos have already collected several thousand likes. In the comments users thank the cosmonaut for the stunning images.

12.02.2017

Soul of pop music: Alexander Tikhanovich memorial evening held in Minsk
Soul of pop music: Alexander Tikhanovich memorial evening held in Minsk Another People's Artist passed away in January - it was soul of pop music and everyone's favorite Alexander Tikhanovich. We will never forget him, neither will TV shows and music videos with him disappear from TV. And again, even from the TV screen, Alexander Tikhanovich will sing... A memorial evening of the People's Artist of Belarus took place on February 10 at the Palace of Republic.

10.02.2017

Sergey Maslyak, chairman of the Committee of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection of Minsk City Executive Committee
Transport accounts for 85% of Minsk air pollution Recently, the sanitary epidemic service has published information that excessive concentrations of polluting substances in 2016 were registered only within Minsk highways.
Bialowieza Forest into The Telegraph's top 25 tourist destinations in Eastern Europe
Bialowieza Forest into The Telegraph's top 25 tourist destinations in Eastern Europe The Telegraph has made a list of the top 25 places in Eastern Europe to be seen. In the top five are Tallinn, the Danube in Romania, Riga, Montenegro's national parks, and Lake Bled in Slovenia. Moscow and St. Petersburg are also there. When it comes to Belarus, the journalists offer to visit the Bialowieza Forest. This national park is ranked 18th. "2,000 kinds of plants, 200 species of birds, well restored and the largest fragment of the ancient European forest," reads The Telegraph's article.
Belarusian Book Printing Congress to take place in Minsk in autumn 2017
Belarusian Book Printing Congress to take place in Minsk in autumn 2017 International Congress timed to the anniversary of Belarusian book printing will take place in Minsk this fall. The forum will bring together writers from 17 countries. In addition to the Congress, it is expected that the books of Belarusian writers will be sent to foreign exhibitions and stalls. In general, nearly 60 events are planned to mark the 500th anniversary of book-printing.

09.02.2017

CTV Channel receives Media Olympus 2016 awards
CTV Channel receives Media Olympus 2016 awards The National Olympic Committee on February 8 bestowed awards of the nationwide competition of sports journalists Media Olympus 2016. It is thanks to these people that all Belarusians, young and old, learn about Belarusian athletes’ life, watch their performances on the world stage and celebrate victories. Among the winners are CTV Channel representatives.

08.02.2017

Maxim Ryzhenkov: Belarusians' interest in books persits
Maxim Ryzhenkov: Belarusians' interest in books persits Minsk is hosting the 24th International Book Fair February 8. The main theme of this forum is the 500th anniversary of the Belarusian printed word. Among other memorable dates are anniversaries of Belarus' classic writers Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas. All in all, in 2016 alone, about 10,000 different books were released in Belarus, and the total circulation exceeded 23 million copies.
Royal Irish Regiment gives concert in Belarus' Minsk
Royal Irish Regiment gives concert in Belarus' Minsk Bagpipers of the 2nd Royal Irish Regiment talked with the Orchestra of the Armed Forces of Belarus in the language of... music! On 7 February, the British military performed at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in the center of Minsk. Belarusian musicians have repeatedly been on tours in Northern Ireland.
International Book Fair opens in Minsk
International Book Fair 2017 opens in Minsk On February 8, the International Book Fair opened in Minsk bringing together writers, publishers and journalists from 30 countries.

07.02.2017

Swedish Ambassador to Belarus discusses green economy in Brest region
Swedish Ambassador to Belarus discusses green economy in Brest region Belarus could use Swedish experience in ecology. A green economy workshop has been held in the Brest region. Taking part in it was the Swedish Ambassador to Belarus. Martin Oberg said approaches successfully implemented in Scandinavia can work in Belarus too. This applies to urban greening, transport, and waste management. In Stockholm only one percent of the garbage get to landfills. Thanks to a Swedish project Brest has updated equipment and system of purifying wastewater.
Belarus not going to cancel social dependency tax now
Belarus not going to cancel social dependency tax now In principle, the local authority may decide to redress injustice, if some Belarus are required to pay the so-called social dependency tax but cannot do it for financial reasons. In general, the President sees no need to abolish the decree of the President.

06.02.2017

Igor Karpenko, the Minister of Education of the Republic of Belarus
New Education Code draft submitted for public discussion in Belarus An Education Code draft was submitted for public discussion. Deputies, senators, and rectors of the leading universities of Belarus have already joined it. Children from 5 years old can go to the first grade, according to the new edition of the code. Occupancy of classes will be increased to 30 pupils.
NAVI band to perform in semifinal 2 at Eurovision Song Contest 2017
NAVI band to perform in semifinal 2 at Eurovision Song Contest 2017 The official representative of Belarus at the international song contest Eurovision 2017 in Kiev NAVI band will perform in the second part of the second semi-final on May 11. The draw of the participating countries for the two semi-finals was held on 31 January. In total, this year the competition will involve 43 countries. It was determined that 18 countries will perform in the first semi-final on May 9, while 19 will perform in the second one on May 11.
Does Belarus President wear home-made clothing?
Does Belarus President wear home-made clothing? The most important event of last week was "The big conversation with the President of Belarus", which took place on February 3 in Minsk. Big conversation involves great topics and sharp questions. All of that was present here. We will try to fit the most important points in our program. Journalists asked, of course, personal questions, too. The bright red tie caused someone to compare Alexander Lukashenko's suit with that of the new US president. Alexander Lukashenko commented on this analogy and revealed the secrets of his own presidential wardrobe.
Belarusians trust national media more than foreign ones
Belarusians trust national media more than foreign ones, Information Minister says The use of new technological solutions and integration of different media platforms are the main directions of the work of Belarus' Ministry of Information in 2017. The results of the ministry's activities and plans for 2017 were discussed on February 6 in Minsk. In 2016, it managed to achieve good results. It overcame the tendency of reduction of book production. The level of confidence and ratings of national media are stable. According to the results of sociological research, the TV remains the main source of social and political information.

04.02.2017

Monuments of wooden Minsk
Monuments of wooden Minsk A monument of a small manor building towers stands in Bogushevich Square. These wooden buildings were a part of the suburb of Grushevka at the beginning of the 20th century. Streets which associated with the Libau-Romny railway were located here. From 1907 to 1918, the wooden houses and sidewalks were built on this area. Workers, employees of the railway and a car-repair plant lived here. Nevertheless, noblemen and peasants from the suburb of Minsk owned several houses too.

03.02.2017

Grodno’s postgraduate student develops new methods to determine authenticity of art works
Belarusian student develops method to determine authenticity of art works The postgraduate of the Yanka Kupala University of Grodno, Nikolai Kuryan, devised a method that allows determining the authenticity of a picture as well as the time of its creation with a high accuracy. The development has already been tested in the museums of Grodno and Gomel. Moreover, Nikolai Kuryan was awarded a presidential scholarship.
Belarusian National History Museum presents restored chasuble
Belarusian National History Museum presents restored chasuble The National History Museum has presented the restored chasuble of the beginning of the 19th century. The finding is unique, because one part of the Catholic priest's vestment is sewn from several fragments of the world famous Slutsk belts, Belarus' hallmark. The restoration of the valuable exhibit has been made possible through a presidential grant. It took experts over a year to restore the silk fabrics. The historical discovery came to the museum in 2008. The original owner of the Catholic priest vestments is unknown.
BSU ready to provide educational services to Pakistani students
BSU ready to provide educational services to Pakistani students Belarusian universities will train students from Pakistan. The necessary documents are being developed. This was announced during a meeting of the parliamentary delegation of Pakistan to the faculty of the BSU. Contacts between the two countries in the educational sphere are developing intensively. One of the documents is an agreement on a joint educational program for student exchange. In addition, Belarus and Pakistan plan a number of projects in the field of biotechnology, food processing, microelectronics, and chemical engineering.
Alexander Lukashenko: No refugee camps planned in Belarus
Alexander Lukashenko: No refugee camps planned in Belarus Belarus is not going to build any refugee camps. There won't be any in the future, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with representatives of the public, Belarusian and foreign mass media. Commenting on the joint project with the European Union, the Belarus President noted that it is about points for receiving migrants.
Alexander Lukashenko: Exit of Belarus from EEU and Union State is complete fiction
Alexander Lukashenko: Exit of Belarus from EEU and Union State is complete fiction Information about the withdrawal of Belarus from the EEU and the Union State is a complete fiction, said President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. The President noted that this information appears because there are people who benefit from it; they rejoice dissemination of such information.
Belarus President does not rule out abolition of social dependency decree
Belarus President does not rule out abolition of social dependency decree President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko does not rule out the possibility of canceling decree No3 on social dependency. He stated this at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. “This decree has not been in force for long. Let’s wait and see whether it will work. If it doesn’t, we will abolish it,” said President Lukashenko.
What Belarusians would like to ask President at big press conference
What Belarusians would like to ask President at big press conference Every Belarusian can take part in the conversation. They can ask their questions through the online service on belta.by website and through news accounts of the agency in social networks. Citizens used this opportunity. Nearly a thousand questions were sent. Poll:As the President said, our salary should be $500. But will we achieve it? I am very interested in youth policy. What will be done for young families? Maybe some housing benefits?

02.02.2017

Alaisa Pashkevich
Symbol of charity, sacrifice and faith: life of Belarusian poet Alaisa Pashkevich Alaisa Pashkevich’s life was full of amazing facts. She studied at the universities of St. Petersburg, Krakow, Vilnius and Lviv, nearly went to prison for revolutionary activity, emigrated to Europe, worked in a theater, and issued a book of poems in her native Belarusian language. All this is our poet Alaisa Pashkevich (Ałaiza Paškievič), the fellow associate of another famous poet Yanka Kupala. She is better known in Belarus as Tsetka (Ciotka).
Operator to be chosen to control fixed-route taxi network in Belarus
Operator to be chosen to control fixed-route taxi network in Belarus Belarusian food products will be marked with a special sign. That is, the manufacturer is required to place the GMO label on the packaging. The House of Representatives is preparing the amendments to the Law on Quality and Safety of Food Raw Materials and Food Products. The deputies are also considering other changes in the legislation that will provide Belarusian goods with an unimpeded access to the markets of the EEU. The parliamentarians discussed the stages of the legislative process in the Oval Hall on January 18.
First Belarusian-American oncology conference due in Minsk in April 2017
First Belarusian-American oncology conference due in Minsk in April 2017 A care home for patients and their relatives will be constructed in the Centre of Oncology in Borovlyany near Minsk. This is a good and convenient alternative to a hospital ward. For a small fee here you can undergo outpatient examination, which is much cheaper than inpatient treatment. However, every year patients from 25 countries come to the center. The construction of the boarding house will greatly expand the possibilities of the center in the field of medical tourism, thus attracting more foreign patients.
Year of Italian culture underway in Belarus
Year of Italian culture underway in Belarus Belarus begins a year of Italian culture. Shows, exhibitions and concerts connected with Italian culture will be held across all Belarus. Belarus will be visited by popular Italian writers and artists. In March 2017 Belarus will host economic forums on the development of business cooperation with Italy.
President provides grant for Borisov Central Library
President provides grant for Borisov Central Library The Borisov Central Regional Library has received a grant from the Belarus President. This year, financial assistance is provided to nearly 100 organizations of science, education, health and culture. The funds provided are intended to help support talents and create favorable conditions for the development of public health, scientific, educational and cultural potential of the country. 
Unusual names of newborn Minsk residents
Unusual names of newborn Minsk residents For the first time over the past 20 years,the birth rate exceeded the death rate in Belarus in 2016. Nowadays, we can say that the residents of Minsk have begun to give birth more often and with greater desire. Darya Svyatushenko, young mother:2016 was very important for me, since I gave birth to a daughter, who was a long-awaited child. During 2016,Minsk’s demographic records did not cease to amaze. Only in the period from March to November, 6,500 inhabitants were born in Minsk.

01.02.2017

Image of moon made by Belarusian astronomers gets into Cambridge textbook
Image of moon made by Belarusian astronomers gets into Cambridge textbook An image made by Belarusian astronomers has appeared in the Cambridge textbook "Shoot the Moon". The photos were published in a book dedicated to the various methods of astronomical photography of the Earth satellite. A look at the celestial body in 3D glasses is the uniqueness of the Belarusian images. A lot of shots from different angles were made to achieve that.
Treasure discovered inside bronze Frog-Traveler sculpture in Grodno
Treasure discovered inside bronze Frog-Traveler sculpture in Grodno In Grodno, tourists themselves chose the sculpture near which they made wishes. It is the bronze Frog-Traveler in the center of the city. Foreigners’ interest in the character of the famous fairy tale arouse accidentally. The frog sculpture needed restoration. Thus, it was taken for repairs to its creator – the well-known Grodno’s sculptor Vladimir Panteleyev.
Belarus President congratulates People's Artist of Russia Lev Leshchenko on 75th anniversary
Belarus President congratulates People's Artist of Russia Lev Leshchenko on 75th anniversary The People's Artist of Russia Lev Leshchenko is celebrating the 75-year anniversary. He dedicated more than half a century to the stage and will celebrate the birthday with a big concert at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, together with his friends and fans. The artist has created about 30 solo albums during his career. Many of his songs have already become classics. Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has sent congratulations on the anniversary of Lev Leshchenko.

31.01.2017

135th anniversary of Kupala and Kolas to be celebrated in Nesvizh district
135th anniversary of Kupala and Kolas to be celebrated in Nesvizh district The 135th anniversary of the famous poets and writers of Belarus Yanka Kupala and Yakub Kolas is being celebrated in the Minsk region. The literary calendar in the Nesvizh district is already planned out. Events will be held in all district libraries. Exhibitions, quest games, bibliographic reviews and, of course, numerous competitions will be held not only among pupils and students, but also among librarians.
Belarus increases fines for improper advertising of medicinal products
Belarus to increase fines for improper advertising of medicinal products Belarus plans to increase fines for the improper advertising of medicines. Penalties for legal entities will be up to 200 basic units, for entrepreneurs up to 100, but the individual may pay from 10 to 50 base units. As noted by the Ministry of Commerce, more than half of all improper advertisements are placed on the Internet. In 2016 Belarus limited access to two websites which advertised products with allegedly healing properties and two websites selling fake sick leaves.
Study or sleep: how pupils in Belarus respond to sixth school day?
Study or sleep: how pupils in Belarus respond to sixth school day? This Saturday became the start of the first working week for pupils and teachers. Class teachers, subject teachers and school psychologists work on the sixth school day in Belarus. On this day, students prepare for Centralized Testing, which is a university entry test in Belarus, visit sports classes, take part in sports activities, take additional classes in English and prepare for final examinations in schools and gymnasiums. Consultations are carried out now on Saturdays. Both pupils and parents can visit them.
Belarus' Eurovision 2017 entry NAVIBAND - interesting facts
Belarus' Eurovision 2017 entry NAVIBAND - interesting facts The young band NAVI will represent Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Story of my life". WHO THESE GUYS ARE Navi Band consists of Artem Lukyanenko and Ksenia Zhuk. He is 24 and she is 25. "She is a bullet and he is quiet, thoughtful," says Ksenia's mother Natalya Zhuk.
Belarus-China diplomatic exhibition opens in Minsk National Library January 31
Belarus-China diplomatic exhibition opens in Minsk National Library January 31 The exhibition dedicated to the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Belarus and China will open January 31 at the National Library. "Under the wings of the dragon" is the motto of the exhibition. Visitors can enjoy about 300 publications. These are works of literature on history, culture, architecture, scientific and economic achievements of China. In the center of the exhibition is the section dedicated to Belarusian-Chinese relations.

30.01.2017

Unified video monitoring system to appear in Belarus
Unified video monitoring system to appear in Belarus A unified video monitoring system may appear in Belarus. The President of Belarus and the Minister of the Interior discussed it last week. This trend is an integral part of public securityin many countries. Nowadays, this highly intelligent system helps not only to detect and to prevent crimes, but also to conduct research in sociology and road management. Many people use the Minsk metro every day. Nevertheless, cameras monitor safety. If suddenly you have some troubles and you are in the sight of cameras, staff will help you in a few minutes.
Belarus says goodbye to famous singer Alexander Tikhanovich
Belarus says goodbye to People's Artist singer Alexander Tikhanovich Belarus said farewell to famous singer Alexander Tikhonovich. The People's Artist died on Saturday aged 64. On January 30 morning, a funeral liturgy and funeral service was held at the Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky. Tikhanovich was not only a parishioner of the church, but also a chorister. The farewell ceremony was attended by the musician's family, friends, colleagues, and numerous admirers. The Belarus President also sent a wreath of flowers to the ceremony.
CTV special correspondent gets Belarus' state award
CTV special correspondent gets Belarus' state award The State Inspectorate for Fauna and Flora Protection under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belarus has awarded a CTV correspondent and other journalists, who together with the inspectors carried out raids on illegal hunters. The award was received by CTV special correspondent Olga Petrashevskaya for her story in the TV program Picture of the World on the channel RTR-Belarus. She get a poacher talk. This man had previously shot animals illegally directly on the field of a state-run farm. Olga herself felt the dangers of the night shift.
Belarusian scientists developing device for early diagnosis of cancer
Belarusian scientists developing device for early diagnosis of cancer Belarusian scientists are on the way to the early diagnosis of cancer. Their new development allows studying the spectrum and determining exactly what substance - living or not living in nature - is in front of it. These studies are in demand abroad too, with one unit costing $1 million. The Belarusian technology will cost about 2 times cheaper.

29.01.2017

NAVIBAND: We want Europeans to learn more about Belarus
NAVIBAND: We want Europeans to learn more about Belarus The Belarus national selection for Eurovision 2017 has recently ended. NAVIBAND will represent Belarus at the contest. Will you add something to your number? You are the first group in history that will perform a song in the Belarusian language at Eurovision. Artem Lukyanenko, NAVIBAND:We are very proud of it, this contest is extremely important for us!
People's Artist of Belarus Alexander Tikhanovich passes away January 28
People's Artist of Belarus Alexander Tikhanovich passes away January 28 This is one of the last performances of Alexander Tikhanovich on television. A few hours before the new and his last year, he was still full of plans. He describes ruby ​​wedding with his wife Yadviga, Francysk Skaryna Order, the new album and tour in Canada. Alexander Tikhanovich:I wish you love and happiness, health, peace and mercy of God, prosperity, all the best.

28.01.2017

President Lukashenko condoles on death of People's Artist Alexander Tikhanovich
President Lukashenko condoles on death of People's Artist Alexander Tikhanovich President Alexander Lukashenko has sent condolences to the family and friends of the People's Artist of Belarus Alexander Tikhanovich. A funeral ceremony for the artist will be held on Monday, January 30, at the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society. Alexander Tikhanovich has been struggling with an illness for the last few years.
Training center of Institute of Belarusian Border Service opens in Smorgon
Training center of Institute of Belarusian Border Service opens in Smorgon The training center of the Institute of the Belarusian border service was opened in Smorgon. It was the final point of a EU-UNDP project on decision of the problems with migration and protection of human rights. More than 700 victims of trafficking received psychological and legal assistance in Belarus over the last three years. The budget of this project was $2 million. Moreover, a significant part of this project was financed by the European Union.

26.01.2017

Science must serve as basis of Belarus' state ideology
Science must serve as basis of Belarus' state ideology Science must serve as the basis of the state ideology, young scientists must be provided with state support, and inventions must bring positive results rather than gather dust on the shelve. Alexander Lukashenko presented Doctor of Science diplomas and professor certificates to scientific and pedagogical workers on January 26. Among the 18 persons are already well-known figures of science as well as quite young scientists.Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of Belarus:
Day of Belarusian Science: Belarus’ flag raised in Antarctica
Day of Belarusian Science: Belarus’ flag raised in Antarctica The Belarusian flag set by our explorers is fluttering above the South Pole now. There is a flag of the Belarusian Academy of Sciences next to it. The participants of the expedition timed this action to the Day of Belarusian Science, which is to be celebrated next Sunday. The current Belarusian Antarctic expedition was launched at the end of October 2016.
Healthcare Ministry of Belarus to strengthen drug quality control
Healthcare Ministry of Belarus to strengthen drug quality control At the annual sum-up meeting, Belarusian medics received a task from the Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus to reduce deaths from diseases of the cardiovascular system. Vasily Zharko pointed out that according to statistics 54% of the deaths are caused by heart diseases. In the future it’s necessary to carry out a maintenance inspection of literally every Belarusian. Also, the Vice-Premier pointed out that medical science is actively developing today.Vasily Zharko, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:

25.01.2017

Ivan Shishkin's artwork found at drug traffickers' premises in Belarus
Ivan Shishkin's artwork found at drug traffickers' premises in Belarus Ivan Shishkin's artwork Forest was discovered in Belarus. The painting was seized during the arrest of members of a drug ring. It has been sent to the National Art Museum for examination. Masterpieces of world art disappeared from the museum near Vladimir region in 2013. Robbers handcuffed old woman-keeper to a radiator and stole the masterpieces. Three paintings such as Fisherman by Konstantin Korovin, First Snow by Stanislav Zhukovsky and Forest by Ivan Shishkin disappeared from the museum.
Stolen painting of Shishkin found near Minsk
Stolen painting of Shishkin found near Minsk The stolen painting of Shishkin was found in Belarus. The rarity was found during the arrest of the leader of a criminal group. The group was engaged in the supply of drugs. The painting had been prepared for resale but now was transferred to the National Museum of Art. There it will pass an examination. There is no doubt that the picture is genuine. Shishkin's painting Forest. Spruce Trees was stolen from the Museum of the city of Vyazniki of the Vladimir region, Russia. 
New Brest city logo: professionals against amateurs
New Brest city logo: professionals against amateurs Preparations for the Brest city’s millennium are currently underway. A new bus station, a puppet theater and many other large-scale projects were promised to be built in the regional center for the anniversary. It’s impossible to imagine the city without the Brest Fortress, the railway station, a bison or a traditional coat of arms. How to represent the city? Both professionals and amateurs joined the development of the main anniversary symbols.

24.01.2017

WWII photos of Nazi occupation exhibited in Belarus' Mogilev
WWII photos of Nazi occupation exhibited in Belarus' Mogilev The Mogilev City History Museum has received a unique collection of photographs. The pictures are made by German soldiers in the period of the Nazi occupation. They feature townspeople, streets and architecture, including churches and residential buildings, many of which haven’t survived until nowadays. The collection includes rare photos of the flood on the river Dubrovenka that claimed the lives of thousands of citizens in the summer of 1942.
Bison counting completing in Belovezhskaya Pushcha
Bison counting completing in Belovezhskaya Pushcha Bison population is being counted in Belovezhskaya Pushcha. According to scientists, the number of bisons has increased by 30 individuals over the last year. And now we can already say about the recovery of the population. Some animals don’t like crowds of curious visitors and spend time in wilderness. It’s difficult for the scientists to track down the bisons in those places.Alexei Bunevich, senior fellow at the National Park Belovezhskaya Pushcha:

22.01.2017

Velcom completes 3G modernization in Belarus
Velcom completes 3G modernization in Belarus An impressive ice sculpture - a mobile tower prototype of 4.5 meters long and weighing 2.5 tons - was created in Minsk. This is how the Velcom mobile carrier celebrated the completion of 3G network modernization in Belarus. Today, mobile Internet and high-quality communications from Velcom are available on the territory where 99% of Belarusians live.
Navi band to represent Belarus at Eurovision Song Contest 2017
NaviBand to represent Belarus at Eurovision Song Contest 2017 NAVIBAND will represent Belarus at the international song contest Eurovision 2017 in Ukraine. The song in Belarusian is called the Story of My Life. Artem Lukyanenko and Ksenia Zhuk sing about their faith in a brighter future. They have long dreamed to present a Belarusian-language song to Eurovision audience. The band's pages in social networks are already flooded with hundreds of messages of congratulations, which come from all over the world.

20.01.2017

Reorganization of school education on Saturdays
Belarusian schools to switch to six-day week Study at school on Saturdays will be reorganized. New forms of work such as facultative lessons, working education, and consultations with parents are provided in a new official document. This departmental order was signed by the Minister of Education of Belarus. School education cannot stand still. Textbooks, programs, as well as approaches to learning process change. Nevertheless, the sixth day at Belarusian schools will be reorganized. For example, problematic issues related to children's learning can be discussed directly with teachers.

17.01.2017

President’s Special Prize and Spiritual Revival awards 2016: winners are revealed
President’s Special Prize and Spiritual Revival Awards 2016: winners are revealed This week honored people of the country have received well-deserved awards. These are the award ‘For Spiritual Revival’, the Special Prize of the President to figures of culture and art as well as Belarusian Sports Olympus Awards. Among the winners of the award ‘For Spiritual Revival’ are doctors and scientists, religious leaders and creative teams. This year’s ceremony has a truly unique composition of awardees.

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