All-Belarusian People's Assembly delegates gathering in Minsk June 21
Delegates of the 5th Belarusian People's Congress are coming to Minsk from all over the country on June 21. On 22 June, they will gather at the congress to discuss the results of the previous program of Belarus’ socio-economic development and jointly develop a plan for the next five years.
Delegates will be able to offer their initiatives and ideas for the further course of the country. For this, microphones will be available in the hall.
Polimir fire in Novopolotsk put out after two days
The Investigative Committee of Belarus has begun investigating the causes of emergency at the plant Polimir in Novopolotsk. Company documentation has been seized and a number of examinations appointed.
On Saturday afternoon June 18, the local emergencies department received a report of an explosion of a gas-air mixture. It took the rescuers almost two days to locate the fire. Up to 7 am June 20, work was underway to cool the hydrogen unit. Polyethylene production has been suspended.
Belarusian national ornament in famous people's clothes
By the way, let us remember an episode a year ago in order to go to the next topic. Our program took an interview with President of Ecuador Rafael Correa, and we presented the head of the Latin American country a Belarusian shirt with embroidery as a souvenir. Mr Correa is a well-known fan of shirts with national patterns. Maybe he will wear it meeting with our President. During the recent
Winners of Miss Belarus 2016 beauty contest named
In two days, the most honored representatives of different professions from all over the country will gather in Minsk at the All-Belarusian People's Assembly. On Sunday evening on June 19, the most beautiful and talented girls gathered at the Palace of Sports to contest the title of Miss Belarus 2016.
The national competition is held for the tenth time, with 26 girls taking part in the contest this time. The head of state addressed the audience and participants of the colorful event.
European Commission investigating Bialowieza Forest logging on Polish territory
The European Commission has initiated an investigation of the Bialowieza Forest logging. We are talking about the Polish part of the national park.
Warsaw decided to destroy part of the woods because of the bark beetle, which is extremely dangerous for trees. However, social and environmental organizations criticized such measures against the insect. According to some experts, the forest can be destroyed for the sake of economic benefits. Now a specially created commission will answer the question about the legality of logging.
50 buckets of blood per day: Transfusion development in Belarus
If Alexander Pushkin lived in our days, he would survive the loss of blood after his lost duel. At the site of the duel he lost a total of about two liters of the vital fluid. In 1837, people only experimented with blood transfusion and there was a century before blood groups and rhesus factor were discovered. Today, blood transfusion is a common practice.
Belarus uses 50 buckets of blood every day, while the country's year's supply is about 200,000 liters.
Belarusian doctors transplant parathyroid cells from living donor
Belarusian doctors have conducted a unique surgery. For the first time in the world, a group of Belarusian scientists has transplanted parathyroid cells from a living donor into patients.
This sensation has shocked the international community. This is the first such surgery in the world's history.
Minsk health centers to switch to electronic prescription system
Until the end of 2016, all Minsk's clinics are planning to switch to a system of electronic prescription.
This practice has been introduced in 15 health care institutions in Minsk. With this system, it will be possible to take into account the number of patients' visits to clinics and hospitals.
At the same time, paper prescriptions will not be abandoned completely, but their number will be reduced significantly. In 2015, almost 50 sets of electronic queue systems were installed in Minsk's clinics. In 2016, about 50 more will be installed.
New children's hospice opens in Minsk region
Passion, 1.5 years of hard work and tens of sincere thankful smiles. A building of the Belarusian Children's Hospice was opened in the Minsk region.
It has all modern medical equipment, clean and comfortable rooms, additional space for rehabilitation department. This was all made possible thanks to donations of caring people and charitable organizations.
The hospice at different times takes care about 150-250 children on average. All in all, about 3,000 Belarusians children suffer from incurable diseases these days.
Natalia Kochanova: Belarus has made a new step in cancer treatment
Cancer treatment in Belarus has reached a new level, say international experts who gathered in Minsk today. The Belarusian capital is hosting the 9th congress of oncologists and radiologists of the Commonwealth of Independent States and Eurasia. It will last 2 days.
It is expected that by the end of the forum, the physicians will identify new methods of early diagnosis and effective treatment.
Belarus uses a new generation of drugs to fight oncology. About 60% of drugs used to this end are produced in Belarus.
Affordability and modern equipment praised in Belarusian medicine
From early diagnosis to effective treatment. New approaches in the fight against cancer are being discussed at this moment in Minsk by leading specialists from Belarus, the countries of near and far abroad.
The Belarusian capital is hosting the 9th congress of oncologists and radiologists of CIS and Eurasia. President Alexander Lukashenko has sent greetings to the forum participants.
National History Museum can be conductor of Belarus' national idea
Belarus joined the international campaign Night of Museums in May 2016, and the TV program Week on the CTV Channel met with director of the National History Museum of Belarus Oleg Ryzhkov to discuss national museums and their future.Who goes to a museum today? I remember that in Soviet times we were sometimes made to visit museums.
Belarus President congratulates Respublika newspaper on 25th anniversary
The newspaper Respublika is celebrating its 25th anniversary on June 14. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated the newspaper editorial staff on the anniversary.
"For a quarter century, your newspaper has taken its rightful place in the information space of Belarus and gained popularity among readers of different ages and professions," the message reads.
The head of state wished the editorial staff and the authors inspiration, interesting publications, expanded readership and new achievements for the benefit of Belarus.
Valentin Gubarev holding art exhibition in Minsk's Yakub Kolas Square
For the first time works of outstanding Belarusian artists went beyond the grounds of museums to the streets of Minsk in 2012. Back then reproductions of works by Marc Chagall were shown in Minsk streets.
Later, reproductions of another creator of the Vitebsk school - Kazimir Malevich - appeared on Yakub Kolas Square. The open-air exhibition was very popular. In 2014, during the IIHF WM in Minsk, residents and guests of the capital could get acquainted with the works of modern Belarusian artists.
Belarus to create single information space of blood service
Belarus will create a single information space of the blood service. According to doctors, it will allow efficiently managing blood inventories.
Now, information systems are linked to a specific region, while the innovation will establish allow for exchanging of data electronically.
On 14 June there is World Blood Donor Day, so the topic is very pressing. You are also welcome to donate your blood.
In 2015, more than 91,000 donors donated over 220 tons of blood. This is the highest figure in the history of Belarus.
How cucumbers and red berry help Belarusian villagers live
Let us return to "our bananas", which Alexander Lukashenko jokingly referred to. Although for Ecuador's ambassador this phrase could be shocking since Ecuador is a major supplier of bananas to Belarus. And knowing what watermelons President Lukashenko grows personally on his beds (Belarus is not an especially sunny country) why not think about this tropical fruit? In Belarus, there is nothing impossible, after all.
Unique Belarusian ancient folk rite Pachavannie Straly
Vietka District is the place where the ancient Belarusian rite Pachavannie Straly is usually held. This is a symbolic farewell to spring and the meeting of summer. This means hopes of villagers for a good harvest. Taking part in the rite are only women: they dance in a circle, sing, and then go to the field where they offer the nature a symbolic sacrifice burying into the ground what is called Strala.
In their ritual songs, women used to ask Heavens to defend their village from lightning, storms and other misfortunes and of course bring good harvest.
Belarus selects Best Cow at BelAgro expo 2016
The best cow of Belarus has been chosen at BelAgro 2016 expo 9 June.
The 5-year-old cow named Milashka, from the Brest region, was voted the best.
For several hours, the cows posed before the jury demonstrating... No, not their grace but udders!
It took a year to prepare the participants for the contest. Nominations are quite unusual: the cows competed in the Highest Milk Yield, Highest Fat Content of Milk and other nominations.
Environmental background in Grodno region absolutely normal after GrodnoAzot fire
Ecological background in the Grodno region is absolutely normal. The head of the Investigative Committee told media on June 7 about the consequences of an accident at the GrodnoAzot plant.
On June 6, a spark got on a chemical leading to toxic fumes covering one of workshops. At least two workers died of poisoning. Several are still in hospital. The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case under the article "negligence".
Russia interested in Belarus' experience in maternal mortality prevention
Belarus and Russia continue to discuss the bilateral cooperation in the nine major spheres of life of the Union State during the 3rd Forum of Regions, which is underway in Minsk.
A sector for healthcare for people of Russia and Belarus started to work at City Clinical Hospital No2 of Minsk. The two countries' health officials identified the priority topics: the creation of a single pharmaceutical market, exchange of experience in the field of transplantation, as well as prevention of common diseases when it comes to both adults and children.
Ecuador thanks Belarus for help after devastating earthquake
Ecuadorian authorities have thanked Belarus for the humanitarian assistance. On behalf of the President and the Government, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Migration of Ecuador has expressed deep gratitude to the leadership of Belarus.
The Belarusian transport plane with humanitarian cargo flew to Ecuador on May 29. At the request of the Ecuadorian authorities the Boeing delivered 50 tons of humanitarian aid to the affected region. On board were tents, blankets, mobile diesel power plants and rollaway beds.
Two die of poisoning in GrodnoAzot fire
An accident has occurred at the Belarusian plant GrodnoAzot in Grodno. Rescue worker and medical personnel are now at the site. Messages about smoke at the chemical plant started to arrive about 1pm on June 6.
According to preliminary information, a spark got on a chemical causing fire and smoke. Two workers died of poisoning. Two more are hospitalized. The ministry of emergencies are on site cooling the damaged unit. Causes of the incident are being investigated.
Belarus to mark 500th anniversary of book printing in 2017
Belarus is preparing to welcome guests as World Book Capital. Almost five centuries ago, in 1517, Francysk Skaryna founded a printing house in Prague and published Psalms in Cyrillic letters.
Large-scale preparations are taking place in Belarus for this landmark event. These include Skaryna projects and the upcoming Day of Belarusian Written Language. Timed to the anniversary are many themed events at the National Library. By the way, fans of the book waiting for a lot of joint Russian-Belarusian project, reported in the news program "24 Hours" on STV.
2016 university entrance campaign begins in Belarus
For children, June 1 marks the beginning of summer holidays. With a sigh of relief, school students are packing suitcases in anticipation of summer camps, countryside fun or beach sand and water. I'm talking about those who do not need to sit university entrance exams. Our correspondent Alexandra Kulakova found out how Belarusian university applicants are meeting the summer of 2016.
The school bell is the sound that divides our lives into "before" and "after". This is the time when school-leavers say goodbye to childhood and say "hello" to new adult life.
2016 Festival of National Cultures takes place in Belarus' Grodno
Grodno, the famous city on the Neman River, last weekend hosted the festival of national cultures. About 40 nationalities who live in different parts of Belarus took part in the event, including Armenians, Kazakhs, Georgians, Poles, Ukrainians, Americans, Venezuelans and Greeks. They brought to Grodno the most famous peculiarities of their cultures.
Belarusian children about big politics: Import, export, strategies and negotiations
And one more look at the major trade and political events. Olga Petrashevskaya decided to look at all these serious things from an unusual angle: she asked what little Belarusians think about big politics and economic theory.
Own strategy, negotiations and even export of... the hamster Khoma. In this room, like in big politics, someone exits the international arena and some tell others what to do.
Days of Moscow to start in Belarus June 6
Days of Moscow will start in Minsk, Belarus, on June 6. The delegations of the two capitals will share their experience in the social sphere and discuss current trends in education, standards in medical and employment.
In addition, citizens of Minsk will also be able to get acquainted with the cultural life of Moscow: the Belarusian capital will host exhibitions and film screenings, projects with folk artists of both countries, as well as a book exhibition.
"Belarus and Russia are the same thing": How do people live in Union State?
A cup of tea really unites people. How are Belarusians and Russians united by the Union State? Our correspondent Yulia Beshanova will tell us about Russians' life in Belarus, their impressions and aspirations.
Yulia Beshanova, correspondent: All Slavic peoples love birch. It is actually an unofficial symbol of Russia and Belarus. For the past 25 years, the countries have been building the Union State. This is a common territory on which, like in this birch grove, you feel like home on both sides of the border.
European Economic Commission hails Belarus' environmental efforts
Experts of the European Economic Commission gave a positive assessment of the environmental activities of Belarus. On June 2, a survey assessing the country's progress in the field of environmental policy was presented in Minsk.
Belarus has adhered to the greening of the economy for years. Therefore, among the important tasks is the rational use of natural resources, as well as the introduction of innovative technologies. Belarus has good indicators. So, for example, Belarus is 35th among the nearly 200 countries in the Environmental Performance Index.
Girl from Belarus' Grodno dies after Belgian vaccine
Shocking news came from Grodno June 1. Investigators are trying to find out the reasons for the death of the 6-year-old girl. She died in a clinic on her mother's arms after vaccination. The child's condition deteriorated soon after she was given a vaccine against measles, mumps and rubella. Medical assistance was provided but the girl could not be saved.
All vaccines and syringes were confiscated from the medical center. The Minister of Health set up a departmental committee, which is working on site and is finding out the circumstances of the incident.
Belarusians honored with awards for significant contribution to state development
State awards were presented at the Palace of the Republic in Minsk on June 1. About 50 people received honorary titles, medals and gratitude certificates from the Prime Minister. These are scientists, social workers, doctors, artists, farmers and representatives of working professions from all over Belarus.
The award of the "best of the best" for their significant contribution to the development of the Belarusian state and society has already become a tradition.
Famous Belarusian economist Andrei Tur passes away aged 62
One of the most famous economists of the last 20 years Andrei Tur has died aged 62. For many years, he has served as Deputy Minister of Economy.
In 2011, he was appointed deputy head of the Presidential Administration. In recent years, Andrei Tur had been head of the Department of Business Administration at the Belarusian National Technical University.
Belarus delivers humanitarian aid to Ecuador
Belarusian humanitarian aid has been delivered to Ecuador. On board the plane are necessities for the earthquake-affected region.
Tents, folding beds and blankets - all in all 50 tons of goods worth nearly $150,000.
The devastating earthquake of a magnitude of 7 and 8 points happened in Ecuador on April 16. The natural disaster - the strongest in 70 years - killed more than 600 people, 40 were missing. About 12,500 people were wounded and injured.
MORE: Belarus-Ecuador relations
Deputy Premier: Well-being of Belarusians is major priority
The participants of the 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly, who will represent the Belarusian capital, met in Minsk on May 30 with deputy premier Natalia Kochanova, who is responsible for social issues in the Belarusian government.
Delegates chosen in all the nine districts of the city. These are people of different professions and positions: deputies, heads of ministries and enterprises, civil servants and ordinary workers.
Scary images to appear on cigarette packs in Belarus, EEU technical regulations read
Belarusian tobacco manufacturers will be obliged to use frightening images on cigarette packs. Such are the requirements of new technical regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union, in which Belarus is a member state.
Tobacco producers have 365 days to introduce this packaging design.
Graphic images on the packs will contain the negative effects of smoking pictures - tumors, blindness, heart attack and others. Inscriptions will be made in Russian and Belarusian languages.
Slavic Bazaar 2016: Surprises, tickets and hotels for stars
Expectations concerning the Slavonic Bazaar international arts festival are already huge. In 2016, this cultural forum in Belarus’ Vitebsk celebrates the 25th anniversary. Colorful posters attract audience to concerts, hotels are preparing to meet stars and organizers of the Bazaar are gradually revealing more and more secrets.
Room number 600, like Mercedes-Benz 600, is only for luxury clients. Over the years, Lara Fabian, Sarah Connor and Toto Cutugno stayed in this apartment.
Belarus sends humanitarian aid to victims of Ecuador earthquake
On May 29 humanitarian aid was sent from Belarus to Ecuador. Blankets, tents and folding beds will be delivered to the areas affected by the severe earthquake. The total value of the goods is about BYR 3 billion.
The earthquake of a magnitude of 7.8 points occurred in mid-April and has become the most powerful in Ecuador since 1979. The disaster claimed the lives of 660 people. More than 2 million suffered. The quake almost completely destroyed the entire infrastructure in the region. Those who were left homeless are living in makeshift tent cities.
Poland cutting down Bialowieza Forest: Environmentalists alert
Poland has begun logging in the Bialowieza Forest. The decision is due to environmental considerations, authorities say. It is reported that the reason is the unsuccessful fight of foresters against bark beetle. Now almost 200,000 square meters of the primeval forest is being cut down.
Independence Day parade rehearsals due in Minsk 25 and 28 June
Legendary T-34s and the new generation of military equipment will be presented at the Independence Day parade in Minsk, Belarus, due on July 3, 2016. The military are preparing for the parade at the military airfield Lipki. Another rehearsal was held there May 26.
All in all, about 160 units will partake in the parade, including armored vehicles, self-propelled weapons and multiple rocket launchers. They will be joined by WWII retro machinery. The length of the column will be about two kilometers.
Social policy to be in focus at 3rd Forum of Belarus-Russia regions
The Third Forum of Belarus and Russian regions will gather in Minsk representatives of ministries and parliaments of both countries, and not only. The participants of the large-scale event will discuss initiatives aiming to enhance cooperation in the difficult economic conditions. The organization of the forthcoming meeting on May 25 was discussed at the Council of the Republic.
First Belarusian-Chinese robotics tournament opens in Minsk May 25
On May 25, the first Belarusian-Chinese robotics tournament started in Minsk.
During the day, 16 teams from Belarus and China competed in two disciplines: robotic race and in the category "Research of interplanetary space," where robots demonstrated agility and other skills.
The technological forum will last three days. On May 26, the participants will go to Brest for the second stage of the competition.
Two Stars show on CTV Channel names the best Belarusian musician and TV presenter
Yesterday, the CTV Channel aired the Audience Choice Award ceremony of the project Two Stars. The winners were determined by a popular vote, according to which the main prize went to the presenter Olga Burlakova and singer Alexei Khlestov. This duo sang with another seven couples taking part in the show.
The show has been going on for several weeks.
It consisted of four rounds, with live singing and an orchestra.
Winning the competition was the lyrical ballad I Love You To Madness.
Belarus' hero pilot Vladimir Karvat commemorated May 23
Relatives and friends, colleagues of the first Hero of Belarus Vladimir Karvat commemorated the hero pilot in the Brest region. The pilot heroically died in a plane crash 20 years ago.
In 1996, the pilot was carrying out a training flight. In the sky, the plane caught fire and went out of control. Vladimir Karvat sacrificed his life to save dozens of people: the pilot went on to control the blazing fighter from two settlements of the Baranovichi district. Experts claim that the pilot was holding the levers until the last second.
Belarus' Kapyl signs twin agreement with China's Chongqing
Kapyl has become a twin town of Chinese Chongqing. A delegation from China visited Kapyl district and got familiar with the economy, social life and history of the region.
As a result the sides signed an agreement on cooperation in various fields - from agriculture to culture. In order to further discuss the future prospects of inter-ethnic relations local authorities of Kapyl will in the near future make a return visit to the Chinese city, which population is more than 30 million people.
Day of Slavic Literature and Culture in Minsk: Religious procession and prayer
Belarus celebrates Day of Slavic Literature and Culture. It is marked in honor of Saints Cyril and Methodius, who in the late 9th century created a system of Old Church Slavonic alphabet and language.
All Orthodox churches are holding festive worship today in memory of the Saints. Minsk hosted a big religious procession.
Believers divided into two columns that went to the meeting point at Niamiha from two Minsk's churches - the Holy Spirit Cathedral and the St. Peter and Paul's Cathedral. The procession was followed by a prayer service.
Festival of European Cinema underway in Minsk
From comedy to drama and documentaries: the European Film Festival in Minsk is now in full swing.
Algimantas Puipa, film director:I have lots of pictures. I understand that if after the screening viewers just go out and have no questions, no desire to talk to me, then I know that I did succeed in reaching certain emotional strings, the mood when the viewer wants to be alone. This is the most wonderful feeling.
Belarusians preparing to take part in All-Belarusian People's Assembly
One month is left before the most important forum of Belarus – the All-Belarusian People's Assembly, which opens June 22. In fact, it has already begun and its flywheel is running: people from each district of Belarus are being nominated. Our correspondent Olga Petrashevskaya found some people who will represent Belarusians at the Assembly.
Tatiana Zakhozhaya, tractor driver:Now I am going to accelerate, so hold your camera!
What awards did CTV Channel win at 2016 Televershina TV contest?
A ceremony to award the winners of the 12th national television competition Televershina was held in the Palace of the Republic.
There were 25 nominations and a professional jury, which included well-known directors, screenwriters, actors, and journalists, chose the best in each category.
The CTV Channel won the following awards:
"The best presenter a thematic program" - Irina Rombalskaya ("Big Breakfast with Irina Rombalskaya").
Days of Belarusian Culture in Paris: Two Our Lady icons in focus
The spiritual heritage of Belarus was shown and discussed in France. Paris hosted a number of meetings within the framework of the Belarusian Culture Days focusing on two Belarusian Christian shrines - the Zhirovichi and Budslav Mother of God icons.
It is noteworthy that these icons relate to different branches of Christianity (Catholic and Orthodox), but are equally revered by both faiths in Belarus.
These meetings were held with the support of the cultural center of Belarus in France and Belarus' diplomatic mission in that country.
2016 Televershina TV contest: Presidential orchestra and winners' emotions
Another parade of professionals drew our attention this week. How can we not tell you about ourselves?! The best TV shows and talented presenters received statuettes and diplomas of the national television competition Televershina 2016. Alyona Syrova knows what was behind the scenes and on stage.
Alexander Lukashenko: The Pope absolutely agrees that it's time to come to Belarus
The development of relations between Belarus and the Roman Catholic Church was discussed May 21 by Alexander Lukashenko and Pope Francis who met in the Vatican.
According to the tradition, an honor guard of Swiss Guards lined up in St. Damaso courtyard. The Belarus head of state was met by the prefect of the Holy See. Accompanied by members of the official delegations and honorary welcoming persons they passed through the halls of the Apostolic Palace in the Papal Library where Pope Francis greeted Alexander Lukashenko.
Unique picture of Mickiewicz by Belarus' painter Khrutsky exhibited in Polotsk
A portrait painted by the famous Belarusian artist Ivan Khrutsky in the XIX century was presented in Polotsk. It depicts the famous poet and public figure Adam Mickiewicz. The work was found by accident.
In 2010, the ancient Polotsk was announced the first cultural capital of Belarus. The same year, the name of the famous painter Ivan Khrutsky was included in the list of UNESCO's memorable dates. The exhibition of his works was timed to this very event. During the preparation of the exhibition the portrait was found.
EgyptAir aircraft crash was a terrorist act, Russian Federal Security Service says
Speaking at the Council of Heads of CIS special services in Minsk Director of the Russian Federal Security Service said that the disaster with the Egyptian A320 was an act of terrorism.
Alexander Bortnikov, Director of the Federal Security Service: There was an accident with the EgyptAir plane. Apparently, this is a terrorist attack, which killed 66 citizens of more than 12 different countries.
Rescue drills at National Airport Minsk (video)
On May 19, Belarusian rescuers held drills in the national airport Minsk simulating a plane crash.
It takes three minutes for fire brigades to arrive at runway. In two more minutes, ambulance must be on site. According to scenario, before landing the plane disappeared from radars.
The military were also involved in today's search and rescue drills. The radars near the Machulishchi radiolocation station found the aircraft and gave its coordinates.
The Best TV Presenter 2016 of Belarus chosen
Belarus has chosen the best TV presenter of the country in 2016. The Audience Award voting for the TV contest Televershina on the CTV website has concluded. The cherished winner's statuette will be received by the public's favorite on May 20 at the Palace of the Republic at a solemn ceremony.
This year, it is the CTV Channel that is responsible for the organization of the final award ceremony. There will be 25 nominations, a Grand Prix, and 6 special prizes. The jury decided on the best TV presenters among documentary authors, script writers, directors and more.
No Belarusians reported on board of crashed EgyptAir flight MS804
The passenger plane Paris-Cairo has disappeared from radars. It is already known that there were no Belarusian citizens on board. All indications are that the board crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.
On board were 56 passengers and 10 crew members - citizens of European countries, Africa and the Middle East.
Contact with the board was lost 20 minutes after the plane entered the airspace of Greece. It was found that the automatic systems filed an emergency signal at 05.26 Belarusian time.
Partizansky district of Minsk, Ethiopian town of Adama sign cooperation agreement
East Africa is interested in cooperation with the Belarusian capital. The corresponding agreement was signed today by the Partizansky district of Minsk and the Ethiopian town of Adama.
The Belarusian side may establish there a branch of Minsk Tractor Works. Both sides are ready for bilateral cooperation in the sphere of transport and technical support, business, economic innovation and investment attraction. Great achievements have also noted in the field of education, trade and tourism.
Belarus approves new state program Comfortable Accommodation and Favorable Environment
The new state program "Comfort accommodations and favorable environment", which should improve the quality of housing services, has been approved by the government of Belarus. The document is designed for 2016-2020 and, in fact, applies to every Belarusian.
The program provides for both global and local problems: from the modernization of district heating systems to improvement of the safety of elevators.
The world's first "Primer" is of Belarusian origin, scientists say
The Belarusian primer turned out to be older than one thought. Until recently, it was considered that the first edition of a Belarusian ABC book is the one authored by Spyridon Sobol, dating back to 1631. But now scientists have made a discovery of a historic scale. They proved that the first book called Primer (ABC book) has Belarusian roots and was published much earlier, in 1618.
There are only two copies of this book in the world. One is stored in the UK while the other in Denmark.
Belarus' kids to be protected from harmful information through TV content rating system
Belarusian television and Internet websites will be obliged to label information according to appropriate age limits applied to particular content. Thus, Belarus will protect children from harmful information. Relevant amendments have been made to the laws on children's rights, advertising, the media and others.
Under the changes, all information products must be marked with special signs indicating the age category - 6, 12, 16 and 18+.
Belarus to provide humanitarian assistance to Ecuador earthquake victims
Belarus is going to provide humanitarian assistance to Ecuador. The country will send essential items worth about $150,000. Tents, folding beds and blankets.
The delivery of humanitarian aid will be provided by the Emergencies Ministry and the Ministry of Transport with the assistance of the Belarusian Foreign Ministry.
Belarus' successes in combating heart diseases praised
An international congress of cardiologists and physicians gathered in Minsk leading experts from 9 countries on May 13. Representatives of Belarus, Russia, Armenia, Canada, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina discussed ways to reduce the number of sudden deaths from heart diseases.
Experts have noted that over the past 20 years, a number of positive changes had taken place in medicine, which has helped Belarus achieve success in minimizing deaths from heart attacks.
Belarus among the most favorable countries for motherhood in FSU
Belarus is CIS' leader in the ranking of countries that are the most favorable for motherhood. In the world, Belarus is 25th on this indicator among 179 countries in the world.
According to the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection, today 1.2 million families in Belarus are raising children who are younger than 18. They receive government support.
Bialowieza Forest hosts first horn music international festival
Unusual sounds were heard in the Bialowieza Forest on May 14. The oldest forest of Europe hosted the first international festival of horn music and songs.
Since the 15th century, no hunting took place without these sounds. There are about a hundred of different signals - from "Gathering of shooters" to "greetings". With the help of horn music Belarusian ancestors paid honors to dead animals.
Televershina 2016 contest: Popular vote to choose the best television host in Belarus
Voting in one of the most prestigious nominations of the Belarusian national contest "Televershina" started in Belarus. The CTV Channel organizes the final show in 2016.
Contenders - TV hosts - gathered this week at the exhibition Mass Media in Belarus, where the vote started. The list includes 22 personalities from all Belarus' central TV channels.
Egor Khrustalev, CTV presenter:I think it is more important to win for those who are beginning their career.
Belarus 12th in 2016 Eurovision semifinal 2
Belarus took 12th place in the Eurovision's second semifinal, read the results published by the European Broadcasting Union on May 15 after the Eurovision Grand Final, which was won by Ukraine, followed by Austalia and Russia.
The country was represented by IVAN, with the song Help You Fly. IVAN scored 52 points in televoting and 84 points from professional jury. Australia won the second semifinal (142 and 330 points), with Ukraine second (152, 287) and Belgium third (135, 274).
Belarusian Peace Fund turns 55
Belarusian Peace Foundation has turned 55. A meeting in Minsk on May 13 dealt with the main pages of the history of the Fund and its contribution to the peacekeeping activities of Belarus.
Among the guests are statesmen and public figures, representatives of the diplomatic corps, religious faiths and regions.
Today the Peace Foundation brings together about 12,000 activists who work in almost all cities of our country. The international cooperation is also developing.
CTV Channel presents website at exhibition Mass Media in Belarus
The international exhibition Mass Media in Belarus continues its work in Minsk. Taking part in the forum are national TV channels, news agencies and leading newspapers.
On May 13, the CTV Channel's stand presented a virtual component of the channel's work. Every day, the CTV website offers you online news, including the English version, news videos from the most important events in Belarus and interactive contests. CTV presenters are active users of social networks, and via their accounts, you can see how the CTV Channel works and lives.
CTV Channel presents its stand at Mass Media in Belarus exhibition
Minsk these days has acquired the status of a media center. The exhibition Mass Media in Belarus continues its work in the Belarus capital. The expo has gathered leading media from more than 20 countries. Traditionally, the CTV Channel is also taking part in the event.
During each day of the exhibition, the CTV Channel presents to the audience its TV programs and projects and reveals some interesting details about how TV presenters and the channel live and work.
Fashion Mill festival starts in Minsk
Minsk is hosting the 25th Fashion Mill festival featuring about 100 collections and 8 nominations.
Young, but already very well-known Belarusian couturiers will present their designer look at modern fashion. The festival jury includes experts from Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Russia.
Apart from evaluating the work of designers themselves, works by models, photographers and stylists will also be reviewed.
The fashion show is taking place at Minsk's Palace of Sports.
Belarus tightens responsibility for use and possession of drugs
Belarus is tightening responsibility for the use and possession of drugs. Amendments to the relevant bill were approved on May 12 by the House of Representatives. The document provides for stricter liability for owners of online stores and entertainment venues if they do not notify law enforcement authorities about the illegal traffic of banned substances.
There are clarifications on the grounds that allow placing juveniles in special medical and educational institutions. In addition, separate liability for drug use is introduced.
Belarus' IVAN misses out on Eurovision 2016 final
In the second semifinal of the international song contest Eurovision 2016, the representative of Belarus Alexander Ivanov (IVAN) failed to progress to the final and become the 5th Belarusian performer to reach the final.
Edward Kate, journalist (United Kingdom): I'm so shocked. I was 100% sure that Belarus would be in the final. For me, it was the strongest number in visual terms. Everything was done professionally, at an international level. I think Belarus should be proud of its performance.
87% of Belarusian kids born in officially registered families in 2015
An increasing number of Belarusian families now give birth to a second and third children. In comparison with 2010, the number of second children in families has grown and reached 36.1%. For third and subsequent babies the figure is nearly 16.8%.
By the way, it is namely registered couples that give birth to the majority of young Belarusians. Officially registered couples gave birth to 87% of Belarusian kids in 2015.
Mass Media in Belarus exhibition opens in Minsk
The XX International Specialized Exhibition Mass Media in Belarus has opened in Minsk. This is the largest gathering of journalists, which traditionally brings together hundreds of print media and TV channels not only from Belarus but also abroad. The CTV channel also presents its stand there. This year, the channel celebrates its 15th anniversary.
Church bells in Belarus' temples: You can become a bell-ringer!
Church bells were ringing in all temples of Belarus during the Easter week. Moreover, everyone can try oneself in a role of a bell-ringer! Everything you need is to get a blessing.
Bell rhapsody sounded in many Orthodox temples and cloisters. It’s the greatest time for believers, as they rejoice at the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Orthodox Church shared its joy with the whole world. Everyone can toll a bell in the majority of Belarus' churches.
Uladzimir Karatkievich’s life in Minsk
Famous Belarusian writer Uladzimir Karatkievich moved to Minsk in 1960. He didn’t have his own accommodation and had to live at his friends’ places at first. He was not a stranger in Belarus.
Victory Day 2016: Ceremony near Victory Obelisk in Minsk
Belarus is celebrating the holiday of nationwide pride and glory. May 9 is one of the most revered dates in our history. During the years of World War II every third inhabitant of Belarus was killed. No other country in the world knew such mass resistance to Nazi aggression.
Vladimir Korol: biography of People’s Architect of USSR
Vladimir Korol, People’s Architect of the USSR, was an intellectual, innovator, man of thought and founder of Belarusian town building. He loved Belarus and its capital and tried to make Minsk’s architecture worthy.
The architect was born on December 28, 1912 in the town of Igumen, Minsk Region (today’s Cherven). Vladimir was accustomed to art from his earliest years, he adored drawing. After Vladimir Korol graduated from the Vitebsk Art School in 1931, he worked as a teacher and a headmaster of a school in Dzerzhinsk town.
25,933 push-ups at Vitebsk's Victory Square - Belarus has been living without war the same number of days
Pushups for Peace campaign was held today in Vitebsk's Victory Square (by the way, one of the largest in Europe and the largest in Belarus).
The country has been living 25,933 days under a peaceful sky, without wars. This was the number of pushups the campaign participants from Vitebsk did today. Taking part in the campaign were tens of young people.
All this has a single goal: to show that the younger generation still remembers the feat of grandfathers and cherishes that victory forged over 70 years ago.
Victory Day events held in Paris May 9
Commemorative events in honor of Victory Day took place in France on May 9.
Representatives of various diplomatic missions gathered at a memorial complex dedicated to Soviet war prisoners. Among the flags was also the one of Belarus.
Also, representatives of the Belarusian delegation paid tribute to the heroes of World War II. The Great Patriotic War is part of WWII and is mainly celebrated in Belarus and other FSU countries.
Alexander Lukashenko promises to do utmost to preserve stability and goodwill in Belarus
Victory Day festivities are now being held in all parts of Belarus. In Minsk, the center of morning celebrations was Victory Square. A ceremony of laying wreaths and flowers at the Eternal Flame in the central square of Minsk was attended by the Belarus President. Thousands of Belarusians, including the main heroes - veterans - came to the square too.
How Belarus is celebrating Victory Day 2016 (photos)
The celebration of the Great Victory today will bring together millions of Belarusians on May 9. About 80 events are being held in Minsk, with dozens of others in Belarus' regional centers: Brest, Grodno, Gomel, Mogilev and Vitebsk and accross Belarus in small towns and villages. This is a truly all-people's event.
Here are some Instagram photos taken a couple of minutes ago reflecting the atmosphere of this day in Belarus. Please click on any photo and view the gallery. Hover over each thumbnail to see description.
2016 university admission campaign in Belarus: Major innovations you should know
It’s not only in England where people are worried about exams. Parents and children in Belarus who want to obtain a higher education are feeling worried as well. This topic disturbs people's minds every spring; it’s common for Belarusians to do everything possible so that their children obtain a higher education. Some irony can be seen in all of this. But on the other hand, Belarusians are truly a highly-educated nation. When high-tech development is in focus, then success is sure to come. But before entering a university, applicants have to go through testing.
Victory Day 2016 in the world: parade on Moscow's Red Square and celebrations in Astana and Yerevan
Victory Day is celebrated in the majority of countries of the former Soviet Union. A parade today will take place in Moscow's Red Square.
The triumph over fascism is also a big celebration in Kazakhstan. In 2016, Astana will do without a parade, but festivities on May 9 will come to literally every corner of the country.
Armenia is joining the celebrations too. Wreaths will be laid at the eternal flame in Yerevan's Victory Park.
Victory Day in Belarus: Stalin Line gathers guests for third day in a row
For the third consecutive day, May 9, the historical and cultural complex Stalin Line is gathering guests. The reconstruction of the battle for Berlin involving military equipment of the Great Patriotic War causes unprecedented interest among visitors.
Veterans and their families and hundreds of Belarusians and foreign guests are watching the spectacle.
The assault of Berlin is the final part of the Battle of Berlin of 1945, which put an end to the bloodiest period of the last century.
President Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians on Victory Day
May 9 is a holiday of pride and glory. This is one of the most revered days in Belarus' history. Today is the 71st anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. For Belarus, this is a holy date to remember the war that took lives of every third Belarusian. No other country in the world knew such mass resistance to Nazi aggression. That is why on May 9 veterans hear words of special gratitude and thanks.
Open air festival Flowers of the Victory starts in the center of Minsk
A large-scale open air festival Flowers of the Victory has started in the center of Minsk and will last until 10pm in the evening. This is like a real youth marathon having gathered under its banner hundreds of students from all over Belarus.
Songs, field post and military uniforms - everything is as it was 71 years ago.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Belarusians on Coat of Arms and Flag Day
On May 8, Belarus celebrates Coat of Arms and Flag Day. Traditionally, it falls on the second Sunday of May. The symbols of the Republic were approved by presidential decrees in 1995 after a referendum.
The coat of arms and the flag are inherent characters of the republic's sovereignty. Alexander Lukashenko congratulated countrymen on this day.
Belarus’ entry at Eurovision 2016: Decently dressed and with no wolves
IVAN, Belarus' Eurovision 2016 entrant, had the first rehearsal on the Eurovision stage. Alexander Ivanov (aka IVAN) tries to confuse viewers during his performance.
The musician wears a light suit under a long dark rope on the stage. Holograms are projected onto the screen behind the singer.
2016 Victory Day in Minsk
From a memorial walk to a 10-minute firework show. Minsk is extensively getting ready to celebrate Victory Day (the capitulation day of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union at the end of Second World War). Belarus’ capital is immersed with pre-festive atmosphere. Few days are left before the 9th of May. And that is why all the preparation works are being underway non-stop. What will Minsk look and what places to visit on that day?
Number of alcohol-related road traffic accidents reduces in Belarus
The number of alcohol-related road traffic accidents has reduced by 50% since the beginning of 2016. The traffic police say that everything is simple: the higher the liability, the less desire to cross the forbidden line.
They don’t feel speed. They don’t remember the rules and don’t follow them on purpose. They drive on the contraflow lane and don’t notice passers-by. And it seems that they don’t want to: life is a price for intoxicated entertainment.
Alexander Kishchenko: famous Belarusian monumental artist
Unique masterpieces, bright places of Belarus’ capital, tourist attractions and the pride of Minsk. Works by People’s Artist Alexander Kishchenko can be seen in all parts of the city.
For instance, the mosaic picture “Partisans” has been decorating the side wall of the hotel Tourist (Turist) for more than ten years now. The canvas was created in 1973. It’s the first large-scale piece of art presented by Alexander Kishchenko to the Belarus capital. The area of the mosaic is 245 square meters and it took a couple of years to lay it out.
Televershina TV contest results due May 20: CTV Channel organizing award ceremony
The award ceremony of the Belarusian national TV contest Televershina will be held on May 20. The best programs, projects and personalities on the national television will be announced.
All in all there are 25 nominations. The main award of the competition is the Grand Prix TV Project of the Year.
The ceremony usually turns into a spectacular show. This year, it is the CTV Channel that organizes it.