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01.12.2016

13 competitors qualify for Belarus Eurovision national selection 2017
13 competitors qualify for Belarus Eurovision national selection 2017 13 performers will compete in the final of Belarus' Eurovision national selection not later than January 25. This year, 67 artists submitted their applications for participation in the Belarusian selection. The 13 performers were chosen by a jury on November 30. In the January 2017 final, Belarus will decide on the winner, with jury and audience having 50% of votes each. Finalists of Belarus' Eurovision 2017 national selection:

30.11.2016

Belarusian Red Cross celebrates 95th anniversary
Belarusian Red Cross turns 95 More than half a million people in 2016 received assistance from the Belarusian Red Cross. This society celebrates its 95th anniversary these days. The movement brings together about 20,000 volunteers across Belarus. Their main task is to provide first aid in emergency situations as well as social, medical and psychological support to vulnerable citizens. For example, the Sisters of Charity Service provides services to more than one million each year - this is mainly help to people with serious illnesses at home or in special facilities.
Belarus to supply timber houses to France
Belarus to supply timber houses to France Representatives of about 150 companies from Belarus and France met on November 30 in Minsk at the first bilateral business forum. Business partners brought ready-made contracts and projects that await implementation. One of the contracts announced is worth 1.4 million euro, between a French construction company and a Belarusian manufacturer of timber houses.

29.11.2016

How Russian people perceive Belarus
How Russians perceive Belarus Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Moscow last week. A week before that, Alexander Lukashenko announced negotiations with Vladimir Putin at a conference for Russian journalists. He said: “We’ll discuss important issues together.” It happened so and the presidents exchanged their views on topical issues.
Alexander Lukashenko commemorates Heydar Aliyev during Baku visit
Alexander Lukashenko commemorates Heydar Aliyev during Baku visit The official visit of Alexander Lukashenko to Azerbaijan continues. On the second day, the President laid a wreath at the tomb of national leader Heydar Aliyev in a solemn ceremony. Public and political figures of Azerbaijan are buried along the Alley of Honor. Heydar Aliyev was buried here in December 2003. According to tradition, all the foreign delegations give a tribute here. The Belarus President laid flowers to the graves of the wife, uncle and brother of the former president of Azerbaijan.
Family business bolstering ties between Azerbaijan and Belarus
Family business bolstering ties between Azerbaijan and Belarus Not only analysts and economists watched the meeting between the presidents of Belarus and Azerbaijan, but also those for whom relations between the two countries are in profitable business contracts and simple human relationships. In addition to native language Gulbeniz speaks business language, in Belarusian. The director of an investment company meets us at a new restaurant complex. The Azerbaijani business invested $10 million in the multi-purpose building in Minsk. These investments come only after the thorough assessment of the project.

28.11.2016

President Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Patriarch Kirill on his 70th anniversary
President Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Patriarch Kirill on his 70th anniversary Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill celebrated his 70th anniversary last week, which was one of the reasons for the visit of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to Russia. Presidents of Russia and Belarus visited a gala evening devoted to the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. Politicians and famous art and cultural figures gathered at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.
Weapon keeping rules in Belarus
Weapon keeping rules in Belarus Unqualified weapon usage may be deadly. That is why it is better to turn in weapons to Ministry of Internal Affairs. Our special reporter Olga Petrashevskaya has more on the use of weapons in Belarus. Baran town. People are strolling near a tower-block. They do not know it could be different. A dweller used the house’s basement to store weapons, among which were explosives.
St Nicholas Orthodox Church remembers the siege of Brest Fortress in 1941
Heart and soul of Brest Fortress: mysteries of St Nicholas Church St Nicholas Orthodox Church in Brest is a unique temple. This is the very same church that is depicted on the painting given by President Lukashenko to the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. And this is the church that was converted into a Catholic one for a while, suffered greatly during the German siege of Brest Fortress at the very beginning of the Great Patriotic War but has been restored recently.
Belarus President comments on Fidel Castro death
Belarus President comments on Fidel Castro death In connection with the death of Fidel Castro, the President of the State sent condolences to head of the State Council and the Council of Ministers of Cuba Raul Castro and the Cuban people. The message reads: "Fidel Castro forever went down in history as an ardent patriot, who devoted his life to selfless service to the Motherland and the ideals of the Cuban Revolution."

25.11.2016

Belarus meat-processing factory gets Halal certificate
Belarus meat-processing factory gets Halal certificate Today’s primary goal for Belarusian enterprises is expansion into new markets. However, export to other countries requires international quality certificates. Belarusian enterprises need to achieve a Halal quality certificate to sell their products to Muslim countries. Nowadays, the biggest Belarusian meat-processing factories are working on getting these halal quality certificates. The first plant to get it is based in Slonim.

24.11.2016

New Yak-130 aircraft at Lida’s airbase
New Yak-130 aircraft at Lida’s airbase New Yak-130 aircraft appeared at Lida’s airbase on November 23. This is the second batch of new generation vehicles that came to Belarus from Russia. According to soldiers, the adoption of such aircraft is a qualitative leap in pilot training. The Yak-130 can fly at a speed of up to 1,000 km/h. Such aircraft have a perfect aerodynamic configuration: high flight performance and piloting safety both in teaching and fight.
Kandrat Krapiva seemed to be very strict, but was a romantic at heart
Who Laughs Last: Word and satire genius of Kandrat Krapiva In Art's noble kitchen Vain and worthless weed I lie, Of what kind? Fit but for laughter! I am the stinging nettle – I. (The Nettle, 1922; translated by Vera Rich) This is how Kandrat Atrakhovich wrote on himself just after he had chosen an apt pen name Krapiva (which stands for 'nettle' in Belarusian) to become a classic of a 'stinging' satire in Belarus. He was born in 1896 to live a long, mostly happy, but sometimes tragic, life – 95 years!
All eateries in Belarus may become tobacco-free
All eateries in Belarus may become tobacco-free All eateries in Belarus may become tobacco-free. More than 50% of Belarusians support the idea and are willing to bring it to public discussion. It is no that difficult to refuse from the addiction in the XXI century: it's enough to apply to a clinic. Doctors have developed a set of programs to help you quit smoking. However, almost 30% of Belarusians are tobacco-addicted.

23.11.2016

Valery Chekanov, director of JSC Minskmetroproyekt, Honored Builder of the Republic of Belarus, Laureate of USSR Council of Ministers Prize
Minsk metro: history and modernity Valery Vladimirovich is a major specialist in the field of construction who has numerous awards. He has become an irreplaceable builder in the whole post-Soviet space. Valery was born in Novosibirsk. He graduated from Institute of Railroad Transportation Engineers.
Alexander Lukashenko congratulates Patriarch Kirill on 70th birthday Alexander Lukashenko and Vladimir Putin visited the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour where they congratulated Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia on his anniversary. On Sunday, November 20, His Holliness turned 70 years old. The birthday gifts of the Belarusian leader to the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church were a Slutsk belt and a painting featuring St Nicholas Garrison Church in Brest.
No new cyber attacks on ATMs in Belarus, Interior Ministry says
No cyber attacks on ATMs in Belarus in recent weeks, Interior Ministry says The Interior Ministry has denied the information about new cyber attacks on ATMs in Belarus. This entry was posted in the official Twitter account of the department. A number of Belarusian media have reported that an international criminal group made remote cyber attacks on ATMs in more than 10 countries. These included Belarus, Russia, CIS countries and the European Union. The Interior Ministry made it clear that in this case, the media were talking about the details of a crime committed about three months ago.
International Festival of Modern Choreography opens in Vitebsk
International Festival of Modern Choreography opens in Vitebsk A party with the quadrille, ballet with rapiers and a play about Akhmatova's love. The International Festival of Modern Choreography kicks off in Vitebsk November 23.  Taking part in the festival are leading dance groups from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, France, Sweden, Norway, China and other countries. The forum's program includes world hits and high-profile premieres. Among them is the ballet Giselle staged by the famous Ukrainian choreographer Radu Poklitaru.

22.11.2016

Drunk driving, old tires, or crossing a road in a wrong place and its consequences
Drunk driving, old tires, or crossing a road in a wrong place and its consequences Big cities and small towns in Belarus can boast their wonderful roads. However, accidents happen. It is not quite a pleasant topic. Winter is coming, and the accident curve is on the rise. What happens if somebody does not get snow tires, the road is slippery, and they are driving too fast and lack experience? The CTV’s special reporter Olga Petrashevskaya answers this question. Here you can see the last seconds of a whole family. A mother and two kids.
Belarus to launch second remote sensing satellite by end of 2019
Belarus to launch second remote sensing satellite by end of 2019 Technical specifications in the second Belarusian remote sensing satellite are being agreed these days, said Director of Geographic Information Systems of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus Sergei Zolotoi. BKA-2 will be at least four times better than its predecessor. The satellite will create topographical maps of a 1:10,000 scale. BKA-2 is scheduled for launch by 2019.
UN project Inclusive Belarus launched in Grodno
UN project Inclusive Belarus launched in Grodno Include special people in the life of the whole society is the main purpose of the UN project "Inclusive Belarus", which was launched in Grodno. Exhibitions dedicated to people with disabilities, campaigns against gender inequality, training against domestic violence will be held during the project. With the help of illustrative examples, the organizers hope to draw the attention of Belarusians to these problems. The visually impaired from Grodno offered guests play table tennis with them (with eyes closed).

21.11.2016

Why do astronauts need toys and when is there going to be Belarus flag at the ISS?
Why do astronauts need toys and when is there going to be Belarus flag at the ISS? The older generation can remember headlines of Soviet newspapers Pravda or Izvestiya praising unique and famous people. It was about the first human to go to space, first female astronaut, first international space crew, and every spaceship launch.
Dictionary
How foreign languages promote Belarusian economy Your tongue will get you anywhere: to Kiev, London, New York or Beijing. Belarusian managers have to keep up with Belarusian foreign policy achievements because they need to agree on sales of Belarusian tractors, cheeses and sausages in English, French, Chinese, Spanish, Turkish and Arab. The English language is a must for Belarusian specialists. Andrei has learned about it from his personal experience. He speaks German fluently and actively uses it at work. Nevertheless, any language should be constantly practiced.
Georgia wins Junior Eurovision 2016, Belarus 7th
Georgia wins Junior Eurovision 2016, Belarus 7th The Junior Eurovision 2016 is now over, with Georgia winning the grand prix. The representative of Belarus Alexander Minenok, with the song "Music of my victories", took 7th place. The audience of the Mediterranean Conference Centre were amazed by the 13-year-old Belarusian's pop song. This year, the song contest was held in Malta's capital Valletta.

18.11.2016

British teacher George Casley: Modern technologies make students passive
British teacher George Casley: Modern technologies make students passive Today we are having British teacher George Casley in the TV program Simple Questions. Good afternoon. Thank you for your time. In Soviet times, there was a popular belief that British education is the best in the world. What can you tell us about it? Is it true?
Why Belarusians choose French
Why Belarusians choose French Knowledge of foreign languages unites both people end economies. Nowadays, any top manager should master at least two foreign languages. One of them is definitely French. It is spoken by over 270 million people. Except for the language itself, literature, geography and history are also taught in French in this gymnasium.
Launch vehicle with Belarusian on board departs for ISS from Baikonur
Launch vehicle with Belarusian on board departs for ISS from Baikonur A carrier rocket with a Belarusian on board has been successfully launched from Baikonur. The flight is in the normal mode, the ship has entered orbit. It is piloted by Oleg Novitsky, who went to the ISS as the commander of the crew of "MS-03 Alliance" together with a French and an American astronaut. Novitsky will take the Belarusian flag to the International Space Station. It will happen in less than 2 days when the ship docks with the ISS at an altitude of about 400 km from earth.

17.11.2016

Russian journalists pleased with Belarus’ social-economic development
Russian journalists pleased with Belarus’ social-economic development On November 16, Russian journalists travelled to Bobruisk to get to know Belarus better. On their way to Bobruisk, they stopped to visit Bujnichi field. During WWII, a violent battle took place here. Mogilev defenders managed to fight for 23 days. Andrey Antonov, New Petersburg newspaper journalist (Saint Petersburg, Russia):It is very pleasant that Belarus remembers all the epic events of the Great Patriotic War. Thank you.
Border waiting time for Moscow-Berlin train in Brest to reduce by four times
Border waiting time for Moscow-Berlin train in Brest to reduce by four times Moscow – Minsk – Warsaw – Berlin. It will take you only 20 hours to visit the European capitals by rail. On November 16, a machine that will reduce the time of track gauge conversion was launched. However, this technology is used only for a new Spanish train. Alexander Mikhalevsky, Brest station gauge conversion point: The change of track width to narrow, 1,435 mm, or back to wide, 1,520 mm, takes place here within 15-20 meters. At this time, all passengers are in carriages and nothing bothers them.
Belarusian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky goes to ISS again on November 17
Belarusian cosmonaut Oleg Novitsky goes to ISS again on November 17 Baikonur. One day before spaceship Soyuz MC-03 launches. It will deliver the crew to the International Space Station. Belarusian astronaut Oleg Novitsky will be in charge of the crew. Oleg Novitsky decided to deliver the Belarusian flag up to the ISS. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on November 16 expressed his gratitude for remembering about his background. Alexander Lukashenko sent Oleg Novitsky a congratulatory telegram.

16.11.2016

Belarus’ high-tech park expanding
Belarus’ high-tech park expanding Belarusian “Silicon Valley” will come to Minsk centre.  A part of inefficiently used buildings near Yakuba Kolasa Square will pass into management of Belarusian high-tech park. This decision was made at a meeting held by Alexander Lukashenko on November 15. Almost 20 buildings of Minsk Computer Science Association have stood unused and empty for a long time. At the beginning of 2014, Alexander Lukashenko ordered to dispose of them, for example by selling to an investor.
Belarus supports over 60,000 Ukrainian asylum-seekers in recent years
Belarus supports over 60,000 Ukrainian asylum-seekers in recent years In recent years, Belarus has supported more than 60,000 Ukrainians who arrived in the country in search of asylum. They receive the necessary medical care from the budget, while their children, on a par with Belarusians, enroll in preschool education and schools. The Ukraine crisis and global policy in this area was discussed in Minsk by experts from 10 countries at a conference dedicated to migration and demographic development.
Ukraine Security Service subpoenaed over incident with Belavia aircraft
Ukraine Security Service subpoenaed over incident with Belavia aircraft The Court in Kiev has opened proceedings against the Security Service of Ukraine regarding the incident with the Belavia plane. The lawsuit was filed by Armen Martirosyan, who was taken off from the flight. The incident took place on 21 October. The aircraft, flying to Minsk was ordered back to the airport Zhulyany at the request of the Ukrainian Security Service, who threatened to use fighter jets in case the Belarusian plane did not follow the order. 
Belarus hosting first conference of rabbis of European communities
Belarus hosting first conference of rabbis of European communities Belarusian manufacturers will increase the supply of kosher products to Israeli shops. Such agreement was reached in Minsk on November 15. Belarus is hosting the first conference of rabbis of European communities. The participants pursue not only religious interests. They have achieved a number of agreements on cooperation in education, culture and tourism. Specific projects were discussed at the meeting of Council of the Republic.
The surgeons at work
First heart-lung transplantation in Belarus: patient's state & doctors' commentary Belarusian surgeons have carried out the first heart-lung transplant surgery in Belarus. The life of a 32-year-old patient has been saved; he is already on the recovery. The young man with a heart failure and lung damage had been on a waiting list since March. Surgeons carried out the needed surgery at the first opportunity. The surgery took 9 hours of nonstop work.

15.11.2016

Belarus President wants Mogilev to be attractive tourist spot
Belarus President wants Mogilev to be attractive tourist spot In 2020, Mogilev is going to look brand new. The conception is already there. Vladimir Skachek, architect: We would like to see historical sites in the city center. We also want to make our park more accessible for our residents – they could use it for sports and recreation. However, Alexander Lukashenko noted: Mogilev needs to attract investors in order for the well-thought-out project not to become useless.
Giant shield to cover Chernobyl nuclear reactor for 100 years
Giant shield to cover Chernobyl nuclear reactor for 100 years The installation of a new sarcophagus arch has begun in Ukraine’s Chernobyl, at the site of the largest industrial nuclear disaster in world history.  The huge dome is 108m high and almost 260m long. The construction weighs 36,000 tons. It will cover the fourth reactor, rocked by explosion in 1986, which resulted in a massive nuclear fallout.

14.11.2016

How much do Belarusians spend shopping?
How much do Belarusians spend shopping? A lot of Turkish, Chinese and Belarusian goods are sold in Belarus. Nevertheless, it does not play a particular role for shopaholics. What do Belarusians buy and how much do they spend? Answers to these questions in the report of our correspondent Yana Shipko. People obviously buy more goods on weekends. Irina Mandrik, cashier: People usually buy convenience goods, such as dairy, bread, something sweet. Average check amount is 100 Belarusian roubles, which is roughly $20.
Marc Chagall had low grades in Drawing in school
Marc Chagall had low grades in Drawing in school Great Marc Chagall had a three in Drawing. His record book was published by the National Historical Archives of Belarus. There was a five-point grading system in Belarus in the 20th century. Chagall didn’t have the highest grades. However, a future famous artist got a five for his behavior.
Successful performance of Belarusian State Ensemble Pesniary in Paris
Successful performance of Belarusian State Ensemble Pesniary in Paris 40 years later in Paris. The Belarusian State Ensemble Pesniary celebrated a special anniversary. Pesnyary performed on the stage of Saint Germain after 40 years since their first tour in France. In 1976, they performed in Cannes. The concert in 2016 in Paris was held thanks to the support of the Belarusian embassy in France. In addition, it was the initiative of the Belarusian embassy to hold Days of Belarusian Culture in Paris.
Festival Listapad results
2016 Listapad festival results What are the results of International Minsk film Festival Listapad? Our correspondent Anastasia Benedisyuk has more on the topic. Afterimage is a film by Andrzej Wajda nominated for Oscar. It tells us about a very hard life of one of the most famous modern avant-garde artists, Władysław Strzemiński, who is popular in Belarus, Russia and Poland.
Cooperation of universities and schools of Belarus and Gansu Province discussed in MinskCooperation of universities and schools of Belarus and Gansu Province discussed in Minsk
Cooperation of universities and schools of Belarus and Gansu Province discussed in Minsk Education without borders will be not only for students, but also for pupils. The negotiations on the cooperation of universities, vocational schools and schools of Belarus and Gansu Province took place in Minsk. Chinese colleagues note their interest in such subjects as geology, engineering and information technology. The discussion concerning cooperation between universities is not a rare thing. At the same time, the dialogue on cooperation at the school level the Grodno region and Gansu Province held for the first time.

12.11.2016

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

11.11.2016

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

10.11.2016

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

09.11.2016

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

08.11.2016

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

07.11.2016

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

05.11.2016

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

04.11.2016

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

03.11.2016

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

02.11.2016

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

01.11.2016

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

31.10.2016

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

30.10.2016

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

28.10.2016

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

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