Unique courtyards of Minsk
This place where trees are growing now used to be a waste area some time ago. Sergey Ostapenko, a carpenter at the Housing and utilities administration in Pervomaisky district of Minsk, remembers planting trees here at subbotniks (days of volunteer work usually held on Saturday) together with his parents and neighbors when a schoolboy.
Over 4,000 Minsk residents participate in Chernobyl commemorative events
On 26 April, events dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl tragedy were held in every Minsk’s neighborhood. As many as four thousand Minsk residents took part in them. Officials, Chernobyl liquidators, the military, and pupils participated as well.
Floral tributes were placed to the memorable signs Victims of Chernobyl and Stone of Peace of Hiroshima in the Park of Friendship of Peoples.
Days of Minsk open in Moscow April 28
Economic, social and cultural opportunities of the Belarusian capital will be presented in Russia today, 28 April. The Days of Minsk in Moscow. This event is not only a traditional exhibition-fair featuring Belarusian goods, but also dozens of presentations that demonstrate the opportunities for business and leisure.
The industrial potential of Minsk will be presented in various branches, from confectionery to construction. Given the time of the Days of Minsk, one of the main goals of organizers is to attract as many tourists as possible.
Belarus reviving Chernobyl-affected regions
Traditionally, on April 26, on the day the day of the Chernobyl tragedy, the President of Belarus visits the affected regions. Belarus intends to revive all these areas. This topic was discussed at an international conference in Minsk dedicated to the 30th anniversary of one of the biggest man-made disasters in human history. Representatives of several countries and international organizations arrived in Minsk to find a new starting point for Chernobyl cooperation.
Participants from South America and mass performance expected at Slavonic Bazaar 2016
Argentinian and Colombian vocalists will perform at Slavonic Bazaar. There will be 28 participating countries instead of last year’s 24.
The organizers have shared intriguing details. A traditional buying fever is expected. As many as 16,000 tickets have been bought already and even more booked. People from Japan, Cyprus, the United Arab Emirates and many other countries will come to Slavonic Bazaar in Belarus.
Number of large families in Minsk growing by more than 1,000 per year
The number of second and subsequent births in Minsk is growing rapidly. Every year in Minsk, the number of large families grows more than a thousand.
Doctors expect that by 2016, about 5,000 Minsk residents will be born in new maternity ward of City Hospital No5. Thanks to modern approaches of Minsk health, experts note a significant decline in the number of so-called difficult childbirths.
Last year alone, 27,000 kids were delivered in the capital. The highest birth rate in Minsk is recorded in the Frunzensky, Moscovsky and Zavodskoy districts.
Belarus, Order of Malta to step up cooperation in medicine and social areas
The Belarusian head of Government and Grand Chancellor of the Order of Malta signed a declaration on bilateral cooperation in Minsk on April 26. The sides would like to cooperate more in health and social projects that can be implemented in Belarus.
The Order of Malta has been engaged in charitable activities in Belarus since the mid-1990s. They include rehabilitation of children, the supply of medical equipment and medical internship in leading clinics in Europe.
Belarus President for development of agrotowns in revived Chernobyl areas
April 26 is the day of the Chernobyl tragedy. Exactly 30 years ago, the largest man-made disaster in history occurred. An explosion at one of the power units in Ukraine’s Chernobyl NPP led to the release of radioactive materials. The consequences have affected many countries. But it was Belarus that suffered most. To overcome the consequences of the catastrophe has become a task of national importance for the modern Belarus.
Traditionally, on April 26, the President of Belarus visits the affected regions.
Belarusians take part in first international paratrooper competition at the North Pole
Belarus' athletes have recorded another unique achievement. The North Pole for the first time hosted international competitions of parachutists. The Belarusian team also demonstrated the landing accuracy skills.
The task is not simple, because the diameter of the target was only a little over 30 centimeters. The so-called hummocks, heaps of broken ice frozen together, pose a serious danger during landing. However, thanks to the excellent preparation all Belarusian athletes aptly coped with the task.
Alexander Lukashenko to visit Chernobyl-affected regions April 26
Life has confirmed the correctness of the decision adopted by the President of Belarus 20 years ago to rehabilitate Chernobyl regions. By tradition, on April 26, Alexander Lukashenko will visit the Chernobyl-affected regions. In the Yelsk district, the head of state will visit one of farms, where sowing campaign is now underway.
The agrotown Dobryn, the President will get familiar with how conditions are being created for comfortable living of the population in the areas affected by the accident.
Transplantologist Oleg Rummo about Belarusian medicine and illnesses of XXI century
The transplantologist Oleg Rummo is the guest at the TV program Simple Questions on World Health Day.
We have an opportunity to speak with one of the most famous doctors in Belarus. It is Oleg Rummo, a transplantologist. Good evening!
Oleg Rummo, head of the Republican Scientific and Practical Center of Organ and Tissue Transplantation:
Artist Evgeny Matyuto about his works and forthcoming Vulica Brasil art festival
Ancestors with gray hair and long beards share knowledge and experience with the new generation. Mighty trees take strong roots and create a cultural base. A bushy green crone whispers about the bright future. These graffiti works can be interpreted as philosophical messages.
Evgeny Matyuto, also known as Cowek, creates a special ethno world of his own with the language of street art. Deep and with national color, his art is recognizable and full of symbols.
Minsk hosting Chernobyl anniversary international conference
From tragedy to revival. Minsk is hosting an international conference dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Its members talk about what has been done and what remains to be done in addressing this disaster's aftermath.
Restoration and development of the affected areas requires new approaches to multilateral cooperation. Among the guests of the forum are representatives of Russia and Ukraine, the Order of Malta, as well as partners from Japan, Sweden, Ireland, UK, Austria, and Italy.
Belarus wants to toughen penalties for 'crime bosses'
Belarus plans to toughen penalties for leaders of criminal groups. This initiative was voiced at the April 25 meeting of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko with the Minister of Internal Affairs Igor Shunevich.
A bill to toughen the fight against particularly dangerous crimes has already been prepared. It targets so-called "thieves in law". The Ministry of Interior believes this category of offenders should bear a heavier penalty than other members of illegal groups.
Ecuador ambassador thanks Belarusians for support after earthquake
A new earthquake rocked the coast of Ecuador. A 6-magnitude shock was recorded in the north-west of the country. Information on casualties or damage from the impact of the new elements are being specified.
A new tax is introduced in the country to cover the restoration costs after a series of earthquakes. Ecuadorian nationals with a capital of more than a million dollars will be required to pay the state about $10,000.
Belarusian school named after UNRRA staff Ruth Waller
On April 25, Deputy UN Secretary General Helen Clark took part in an unusual ceremony during her visit to Belarus. Minsk school No130 received the name of American Ruth Waller - secretary of the first humanitarian mission of the United Nations. This fact is now evidenced by a plaque.
President Lukashenko bestows Francysk Skaryna Order on Helen Clark
Experience of Belarus in overcoming the consequences of the Chernobyl accident can become a kind of our country's contribution to the development of humankind and be used by other countries as it recently was at Fukushima. Belarus' scientists shared their knowledge and equipment to help Japan overcome the aftermath of the disaster. The topic was raised during the April 25 meeting of Alexander Lukashenko with the UN Deputy Secretary General, the UN Development Program Administrator Helen Clark.
Minsk to host international Chernobyl disaster forum
On April 25, Minsk will host a meeting dedicated to one of the most significant man-made disasters in history - the Chernobyl tragedy, which happened almost exactly 30 years ago.
Representatives of the Government, state administration bodies, Belarus' general public and foreign partners of our country will take part in the international forum in the Palace of the Republic.
Earthquake in Ecuador brings $3 billion damage: how can Belarus help?
The tragedy in Ecuador rocked the country and the feelings of people in different parts of the world. The powerful earthquake has already claimed about 600 lives. A few months ago, we visited that country, made a documentary about it, and the Cotopaxi volcano, not far from the capital Quito, woke up. Here is the footage of that moment.
Belarus signs global climate agreement in New York
The Paris climate agreement was signed by almost 200 countries. This ceremony was symbolically held on the International Day of the Earth.
The signing ceremony of the international treaty, which took place in UN headquarters in New York, became the most massive in the history of world diplomacy. Belarus' Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei put his signature on the document.
Nationwide voluntary Saturday working day: Belarus' President works at Dinamo stadium renovation site
April 23 turned into the nationwide voluntary Saturday working day! Start with yourself, as they say! On the eve of a significant date - the 75th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War, TV reporters put in order monuments to the heroes of that war. President Lukashenko also built a bridge between the past and the future working at Dinamo Stadium, which is being renovated in Minsk. This will become a brand new sports complex but in historical "packaging." Our correspondents collected details of the voluntary labor day from the different regions of Belarus.
Belarus' Orthodox Christians celebrate Palm Sunday April 24
Orthodox believers are celebrating Palm Sunday on April 24. The holiday commemorates the entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem. On the eve of this event, Jesus performed the miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus. The news of this spread widely and people greeted him as a king, with branches of palm trees.
In Belarus, Orthodox believers usually sanctify willow branches, which are symbols of the palm branches Christ was met with. The sanctified symbols of the holiday are then stored at home during the whole year as sources of healing power.
CTV Channel team partakes in national voluntary Saturday working campaign
The CTV Channel took part in the voluntary working day, called subbotnik in Belarus and some other former Soviet Union nations. TV presenters, reporters and cameramen that day ditched microphones and cameras and took shovels and other tools to tidy up Minsk.
Those who usually make news made their contribution to the main news of the day - the subbotnik general beautification campaign. In Minsk, the CTV staff worked on land adjacent to the office and the nearby Marat Kazei Park.
TIBO 2016: Mobile network operators’ novelties
Virtual reality, cloud technologies and space speed. The XXIII International Specialized Exhibition TIBO 2016 opened in Minsk on 19 April. The large-scale forum is a continuation of international forums started in Barcelona and Hanover.
This is the platform where cutting-edge digital technologies are concentrated. Big companies are getting ready for this exhibition very thoroughly. Today, people can’t imagine their lives without mobile phones. They are so indispensable that we need them like air.
Frunzensky District turns 65: history and residents’ reviews
A new district appeared in the northwest of Minsk 65 years ago. It was named Frunzensky after the legendary revolutionist, statesman and military leader Mikhail Frunze.
The villages Bolshoye Medvezhino and Baranovshchina (nowadays the Zapad neighborhood) joined the district in 1978. The Sukharevo neighborhood in the Frunzensky district was built in the 90s. Some territories of the Minsk region joined the district in 2004. These territories are nowadays Masyukovshchina, Kuntsevshchina, Dombrovka, and Kamennaya Gorka.
Belarus' President addresses nation: top social-economic issues raised
President Alexander Lukashenko on April 21 delivered the State of the Nation Address to the Belarusian people and the Belarus Parliament. The CTV offers you the main points relating to social and economic development of Belarus voiced by the President.
Belarus aims at Doing Business top 30
Chinese TV channel may start broadcasting in Belarus
Belarus and China are building an information bridge strengthening cooperation in the field of mass media. The corresponding agreement is going to be signed between the Belarusian Union of Journalists and the All-China Association of Journalists.
Both sides have ambitious plans in this field. Of course, this means reciprocal internships, exchange of experience and joint projects. Moreover, Belarus does not exclude that China may start the broadcasting of one of its channels.
Belarusians about April 21 presidential address: 'Relevant for every citizen'
Not only businessmen but also ordinary citizens are actively discussing the 2016 State of the Nation Address of the President. The topics identified by the head of state are relevant to every Belarusian.
Belarusians:Of course, he touched on lots of topics. But to be honest, I am first of all worried about economic issues.
There is potential for growth. To do this, we all need to work hard.
Souvenir magnets from Belarus: creation process
The tourist season is time to think about souvenirs. When we don’t have enough time for choosing, we buy magnets.
This kind of souvenirs appeared only 15 years ago. And nowadays, many have at least one magnet on their refrigerators. A good Belarusian magnet is not only the image of Belarus’ picturesque landscapes and architectural monuments, but also hand work.
Everybody knows how difficult it is to find a unique magnet among numerous Chinese cookie-cutter molds. Minsk, contrariwise, can be proud of its craftsmen.
Fur revolution: Belarus first in Customs Union to introduce chips with goods info
Belarusian fur goods have been equipped with special chips which give full information about a particular article of clothing. You can obtain more information about goods with the help of such chips. According to specialists' research, such a marking system will let the fur business come out of the shadow. Belarus has just set foot in this sphere.
Days of Israeli Culture to open in Belarus April 20
Photography, music, literature and theater. Days of Israeli Culture will open at the National Library of Belarus today, April 20.
The Days of Israeli Culture program includes over 10 events, which will cover Minsk and regional centers of Belarus. For example, in Grodno, the audience will see the film Jellyfish based on the book of Etgar Keret, a popular Israeli writer. Vitebsk residents will be able to visit the photo exhibition of Gustavo Sagorsky. Brest will host an exhibition of illustrations for children's books of Liora Grossman.
20% of Belarus' Academy of Sciences researchers younger than 29
Youth devoting lives to science is the wealth of the country. A meeting on how to support young scientists in their work, including at the legislative level, was held in Minsk on 19 April.
The topic brought together parliamentarians, prominent figures of science - in short, all those who could make the work of modern scientists more productive and more successful.
Pope receives Chernobyl disaster liquidators, including Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz
The topic of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant will be brought up today, April 20, at the Vatican. The Pontiff will meet the liquidators of that terrible tragedy. Among them is Metropolitan of Minsk and Mogilev, Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.
It is expected that there will meet about 50 representatives of the peoples united by the explosion, namely Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Three of the seven people in Belarus' delegation are Orthodox.
Houlin Zhao: Belarus among the top ten ICT nations
Belarus is ready to continue active cooperation with the International Telecommunication Union, said Alexander Lukashenko meeting with Secretary General of the organization Houlin Zhao.
Belarus has recently made significant progress in the way of informatization. As a confirmation: the country is now 36th in ITU ranking among 193 member countries.
Minsk hosting TIBO 2016: Space speed of mobile Internet
Virtual reality, cloud technologies and space speed: the XXIII International Specialized Exhibition TIBO 2016 opened in Minsk on 19 April. It is a continuation of international forums started in Barcelona and Hanover.
The expo in Minsk features 100 companies from 18 countries. The first infrastructure operator Belarusian Cloud Systems launched a test zone of the fourth generation speed technology. But this is not the famous 4G. Rather, it is its new "brother" 4,5G/LTE.
100 Ideas for CIS exhibition held in Minsk
Scores of innovators from Belarus, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Armenia presented their inventions in different fields from industry to culture on April 14, 2016. The 100 Ideas for the CIS exhibition was held at the National Library of Belarus. It’s the first time young inventors have met in such a format. Experts were to evaluate the relevance and practical use of the innovations.
Belarusian antitank complexes Shershen to be exhibited in Malaysia
Belarusian anti-tank systems will be shown at one of the largest defense and security exhibitions in the world. Today, the Defence Services Asia Exhibition & Conference (DSA) opens in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.
The Belarusian exposition will feature not only the latest modifications of Shershen anti-tank complex. It will show potential customers a new family of multi-purpose armored vehicles, as well as innovative technologies in automated command and control systems.
Ambassador of Belarus to France Pavel Latushko becomes honorary member of Association of Musketeers
Economic and tourism potential of Belarus is being presented in Biarritz, France. Among the invited are representatives of the political and military elite, culture, diplomacy, as well as more than one hundred members of the Association of the Musketeers.
By the way, the head of the association - French Republic senator and member of the European Parliament - expressed positive impressions about Belarus in his speech and also praised the contribution of the Belarusian people to victory in World War II.
Belarus introduces customs restrictions on expensive goods frequently purchased abroad
From April 14, new limits on goods purchased abroad were introduced in Belarus. Our correspondents decided to make an experiment to find out all the peculiarities of the innovation. Alexandra Kulakova continues the topic.
Alexandra Kulakova, correspondent: Belarusians often go abroad for shopping. Starting from 14 April, some restrictions were imposed on the import of goods. So what difficulties will shopaholics face?In the first weekend after the innovations, we go to the border to find out all the details.
Cloned oak: Belarus’ scientists conduct unique experiment
Geneticists from Gomel have cloned the oldest oak in Belarus, called the king oak, which is located in the Brest region. Thanks to contemporary science, the tree obtained “genetic twins”. Scientists from the Institute of Forest of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus have been working hard on rejuvenation of two oaks’ cells for nine months now. These oaks are the oldest in Belarus.
Sneakers with Belarusian embroidery enter USA shoe market
Belarusian flavor as a world trend. A well-known American manufacturer of sporting goods has released sneakers with Belarusian national embroidery. The new model has several colors - red, dark blue and black.
It is worth noting that clothes with Belarusian ornament were earlier released by various fashion houses of the world.
Slavic flavor is gaining momentum, fashion industry experts believe.
Sculptor Sergey Bondarenko about childhood, horses and inspiration
Sergey Bondarenko is a talented sculptor from Minsk, a pupil of the famous Belarusian sculptor Zair Azgur, and a participant of the city’s project “It’s me who…” His works are recognizable and favorite symbols of Minsk.
Sergey’s talent for art appeared in the youth. The boy made good use of his time in a village. It was useful not only for health, but also for his soul. Sergey spent time with horses in a stable and made his first sculptures of plasticine. He looked curiously at insects in boundless fields and liked TV programs about nature.
Belarus, Russia to continue work to minimize Chernobyl disaster consequences
It is necessary to continue cooperation between Belarus and Russia within the framework of the Union State in order to minimize the consequences of the Chernobyl accident.
The statement was made by State Secretary of the Union State Grigory Rapota at an April 14 press conference following a large-scale press tour of Russian media representatives and bloggers to the Gomel region.
Online retrail rules to be toughened in CIS
The customs services of the CIS countries have agreed to set up a special anti-crime division in the sphere of e-commerce.
The CIS is already collaborating actively to combat the smuggling of drugs and weapons. The sides are successfully implementing a program for the protection of economic interests of the Commonwealth.
In 2015 alone, CIS customs bodies seized more than 200 tons of drugs and psychotropic substances and more than 30,000 pieces of weapons. The countries' budgets received additional tens of millions of dollars.
Monumental propaganda in Minsk: Kolas, Kupala, Gorky and Lenin
Lenin proposed a plan for monumental propaganda in 1918. Sculptors got government orders for monuments of heroes of that time: public figures, writers, composers, scientists, and actors. It was the beginning of Soviet sculpture school.
The idea stems from the work of the Italian philosopher Tommaso Campanella “The City of The Sun” where he suggested adorning the city walls with fresco, which had to become a history lesson for the youth and served as a means of arousing public spirit.
Minsk, St. Petersburg sign agreement on drinking water quality
Management of water utilities in Minsk and St. Petersburg have agreed on new forms of cooperation. They signed an agreement in the field of drinking water quality.
This is a fruitful result of the Minsk Mayor’s instructions about the new points of contact. First of all, we are talking about switching to an automated system, the so-called online water supply. Experts already have some new ideas and developments.
Belarus to ban smoking at bus stops
Belarus will ban smoking at bus stops. The relevant amendments have been made to Presidential Decree No28, aimed at combating smoking.
The draft amended document includes a new section that completely prohibits smoking in elevators, stairwells, common balconies and loggias, playgrounds, beaches, at workplaces and bus stops.
Pirate videos in Belarus outlawed
Some changes concerning the responsibility for publishing and distributing pirate audio and video materials on the Internet have been made in Belarus on 4 April. Especially strong will be control over those who spread materials illegally and with commercial purposes. But will it affect ordinary Internet users, who have terabytes of outlawed pirate films and clips in social networks?
Draft animal care law being considered in Belarus
Is this a new bill?
Yuri Dorogokupets, member of the Standing Commission on Housing Policy and Construction of the House of Representatives of Belarus' National Assembly:Of course. We have not had such a bill. Currently, we only have rules concerning domestic animals (dogs and cats), approved by a resolution of the Council of Ministers in 2001. And this bill is really new.
What will it be?
Belarus President tests satellite control complex in Stankovo
The Belarus President set a task to go along the path of integration into the world information space and develop national satellite broadcasting system. On the Day of Cosmonautics, Alexander Lukashenko visited the Space Communication Center, located in the Dzerzhinsk region. The head of state also raised the question of creation of national missile systems.
Belarusian judges get Honor Code
Belarusian judges now have the Code of Honor. Belarus has adopted rules of their professional ethics and official conduct.
The top 10 main qualities include competence, diligence, integrity and reasonable initiative.
This set of rules is needed first of all to establish decent relations between judges and citizens. It is reported that the quality and level of such a dialogue determines the degree of people's trust not only in the judicial system, but in the state as a whole.
2011 Minsk metro blast: five years on
It's been five years since the day of the April 11, 2011 tragedy. Belarusians will never forget that day. The rush-hour Minsk metro blast claimed the lives of 15 people injuring further 400.
The monument Memory Rivers was installed at one of the entrances to the station.
From the morning flowers of April 11, those who remember those tragic events were coming to the stela carrying flowers and candles. Underground workers also commemorated the victims.
Belarus' President expresses condolences over tragic fire in India
The number of victims of the blaze in India has risen to 109 people. Almost 380 are hospitalized. Many victims are in critical condition. Fire experts continue to work at the scene.
News agencies report that the district administration, where the incident occurred, had not given permission for a festival with fireworks.
The fire started in the temple the day before, when one of the firecrackers fell on the roof of a warehouse with fireworks. This caused an explosion and the collapse of several buildings.
First multistory energy-efficient house to appear in Minsk’s Loshitsa neighborhood
In the Minsk neighborhood Loshitsa, the construction of the first multistory energy-efficient house has been launched. The essence of the experiment is that it will help the inhabitants to save on payment for utility and housing maintenance services. The state, in its turn, will save paying less for energy resources.
Such a house reuses the heat from the air inside the building. In addition, the latest system of hot water economy is installed, which allows using recycled water for heating.
Edward Woyniłłowicz beatification begins in Minsk April 10
The beatification of Edward Woyniłłowicz, founder of the Church of St. Simon and Helen, has officially started in Minsk. The ceremony is being held at the Red Church of Minsk. Taking part in it is Metropolitan of Minsk and Mogilev Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz.
Beatification is declaration by the Pope that a dead person is in a state of bliss, constituting a step toward canonization and permitting public veneration.
Landscape gardening of Minsk: 1.5 million plants to decorate the city
Minsk is being tidied up after winter. The territories are being improved and greeneries planted. Utility workers are painting benches, cleaning windows and improving paths and roads. Minsk residents help the community services by attending subbotniks (days of volunteer work).
Traditionally, community services and city residents take the necessary equipment and the work begins.
Drug trafficking situation in Belarus stabilizes, President Lukashenko warns against complacency
Penalty for drug traffickers will remain tough in Belarus. The situation with drug trafficking was discussed at the level of the Head of State on April 8.
During the existence of Decree No.6, the situation in this area has improved substantially. For the first time over the last three years the share of drug-related crimes has declined. The share of synthetic psychotropic drugs has decreased. The number of overdose cases has dropped 25%.
This situation persists in 2016 but the head of state's requirement is not to stop there.
How is Belarus going to combat extremism?
In conversation with MAZ workers, the Belarus head of state noted that our main problems today are in the field of economy (and thank God). Salaries and pensions, of course, worry everyone, but this is a normal thing. However, in countries where wars are going on one would say: "I wish I had problems of your scale..." Safety is topic number 1 in the world. And it was shown by the Belarusian parliament, which opened the spring session this week. The MPs examined the new edition of the militar
Minsk name history: different versions
“In the year 1067, Izyaslav, Sviatoslav, and Vsevolod assembled troops to wage war against Vseslav in severe cold. They came to Minsk and its residents closed themselves in the town. The brothers conquered Minsk, killed all the men, captured the women and the children as trophies and headed for the Niamiha where they met Vsevolod on March 3. It was snowing heavily and the troops clashed in a fierce fight where many people were killed.”
What does the subsoil of Belarus hide?
A geologist is probably one of the most romantic professions. A beard and a guitar is a stereotype in most cases, but their everyday work is still full of secrets.
The Museum of Boulders is one of the most mysterious places in Minsk. Imagine, these rock giants were brought to Belarus by the great glacier! They were scattered all over the country and were put in one place only in the 1970s. It was geologists who brought thousands of these boulders from all over Belarus to Minsk.
Average life exectancy in Belarus about 74 years
On April 6, Russian scientists added the finishing touches to a portrait of the average Belarusian. Over the past five years, people in Belarus have become six months older.
Now the average age is slightly over 40. The youngest region of our country is the city of Minsk, with the Brest region in second place. The "oldest" region of Belarus is the Vitebsk region.
New press center of Russian International News Agency opens in Minsk
Belarus is taking a new course on media integration. A new press center of the Russian international news agency opened in the Belarusian capital on April 7. The first video press conference for journalists between Minsk and Moscow was held. Both Belarusian and Russian wordsmiths could ask questions.
The opening ceremony was timed to the 20th anniversary of the signing of the first agreement on strategic partnership between Belarus and Russia.
Days of Batumi to start in Belarus April 7
Agriculture, tourism, transport and industry are among the most important areas of cooperation between Belarus and Georgia. Belarus imports furniture, food, and agricultural machinery.
By the way, soon Belarus and Georgia plan to establish joint facilities to produce tractors and elevators. Additional opportunities to cooperate will appear thanks to Days of Batumi in Belarus, which start on April 7.
History of Belarusian printing
The history of Belarusian printing dates back to 1517, when Francysk Skaryna published his first book The Psalter in Prague.
During XVI-XVIII centuries, there were brotherhoods in the Great Duchy of Lithuania belonging to Orthodox churches and monasteries. They conducted cultural-educational activities, opened schools and typographies. One of the first historic dates is March 18, 1633. Then the Polish king Wladyslaw IV Vasa issued a document where the printing house in Minsk at the Monastery of St Peter and St Paul is mentioned for the first time.
Record high number of newborns in Belarus in 2015
Belarus has set a record in terms of the number of newborns. In 2015, their number stood at more than 119,000 kids. During the last six years, positive dynamism of fertility has been observed.
The capital Minsk is ahead of all other regions of Belarus. Almost 23,000 children were born in Minsk, one-fifth of the entire number of births. Minsk is followed by the Brest and Gomel regions.
The Statistics Committee notes that the number of boys is higher.
Belarusian language textbook for Japanese published
A textbook on the Belarusian language has been published in Japan. It was authored by Associate Professor Faculty of Philology of the BSU and a Tsukuba University graduate student, who four years ago studied Belarusian in Minsk.
Belarus receives from UK digital copy of First Book of Samuel by Skaryna
Belarus has received from the UK the heritage of its first printer, Francysk Skaryna, though only in a digital version. The virtual copy was handed to Belarus by University of Cambridge. This is the First Book of Samuel, published by the printer in Prague in the early 16th century. Moreover, this is not a complete book, but only a fragment of the publication. But, according to the correspondent of the news program "24 Hours" on the CTV, this does not diminish its importance for Belarusian culture.
Belarus government preparing for 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly
At the moment, the Belarus government is holding a meeting of the organizing committee for the 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly. The forum is held every 5 years. During the forum, delegates from all regions of the country discuss the strategy for the future development of Belarus.
This is one of the most important events in the country's life. It allows the delegates to directly participate in public management in Belarus.
Twin sisters from Minsk creating textile masterpieces
These spring flowers with petals playing in sunbeams seem to be natural. The birds are singing and sap is dripping from the nearby tree of life.
Everything in this studio resembles a fairy tale. Cloths woven from hundreds of fabric flaps look like pictorial art. Nevertheless, it is made of cloth of gold, splendid velvet, and imponderable silk instead of watercolours and gouache.
Minsk into top destinations for Russians' May holidays
Belarus has topped the ranking of countries that are popular for Russian tourists during the May holiday. Among other top-ranking places are the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Thailand, Greece, Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania and Germany.
Among the most demanded cities are Minsk, Prague, Rome, Riga, Barcelona, Vilnius, Tallinn, Helsinki, Baku and Bratislava.
By the way, the cheapest way to have a rest in May in Brest, while Venice and Hong Kong.
Belarus economy to retain social orientation: Government action program to be reviewed April 5
The program of government activities up to 2020 will be reviewed by Belarusian MPs on April 5. The document will be presented by Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov. The program states that the economy will retain its social orientation.
The growth of real incomes of Belarusians will be predetermined by GDP figures, labor productivity and will equal at least 110% over five years.
Belarus Parliament discussing possible liability for extremist activities
The Belarusian Parliament discussed on April 4 the possibility of introducing liability for extremism. Although Belarus has created an effective legal framework to combat terrorism the corresponding article is still not included in the country's Criminal Code.
In addition, it is planned to introduce responsibility for taking part in the fighting on the territory of other states. Currently, it is the so-called mercenaries who could fall under this article. These are people fighting on a particular side for financial reward.
Belarus' mobile first-aid and obstetrical station proves effectiveness
The first mobile first-aid and obstetrical station (FOS) was started in Krupki District and it has proven to be effective. The medical complex “on wheels” serves residents from remote villages or towns, some of which are situated 40 kilometers away from the central regional hospital.
Belarus Deputy Prime Minister on improvement of education system
At a meeting on the improvement of the education system, President Lukashenko spoke about the need to address the most essential problems of the education system without resorting to significant reforms. Let us welcome Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus Natalia Kochanova. She's in the studio with us.
Mrs Kochanova, welcome to the program!
Servicemen banned from using smartphones for information security considerations
Selfies pose a threat of leakage of confidential data. The Ministry of Defence has banned soldiers from using smartphones and tablets from information security considerations. Now, under the new rules, the military can only make calls using old models of mobile phones and use devices that don't provide internet access.
All these measures are primarily aimed at maintaining the confidentiality of military information. But soldiers are allowed to use phones outside military units.
Newest technologies in Belarus’ educational system
"To learn, to learn and to learn once again!" said politician Vladimir Lenin. Though many nowadays don’t even know who Lenin was, this slogan is still topical. Even in the pragmatic time, new technologies, scientific developments and unique computer programs promise not only the country’s glory, but also large profit. Belarusian IT workers have proved it. The founder of the company developing the world-famous game World of Tanks is now among the richest Belarusians.
Bison in Belarus' Vitebsk region: history and present-day life
These days Belarus can produce and present to foreigners real bison because their DNA samples are now stored in the refrigerator. So the big animal is not under the threat of disappearance anymore. Ilona Volynets has details.
Ilona Volynets, correspondent:If a bison then in the Bialowieza Forest? Not anymore! We went to the north of Belarus in order to see here in the Vitebsk region the real forest heroes. Our video hunting starts right now!
Belarusian parliament begins new legislative season April 4
The new legislative season begins April 4 in the Belarusian parliament. During the spring session, the Council of the Republic and the House of Representatives plan to consider several dozen questions.
Among the main are the new military doctrine, the codes on culture and the judicial system and the governmental program for the upcoming 5 years. Members of the lower house of parliament have started to work in the Oval Hall.
Race in support of children with autism in Minsk
Buildings in Minsk in the evening of April 2 turned blue. The new lighting is a sign of support for people with autism. The Belarusian capital will for the first time join the global movement. On the same day, there was held a race in support of special children. The initiative was supported by professionals and amateurs.
"He was a pride of Belarus": Nil Hilevich funeral in Minsk
Accidentally I heard a phrase of MP of the National Assembly of the 4th convocation Nina Kulsha. She said "it would be great if, instead of advertising in our public transport, we could hear at least a few times a day excerpts from the works of Belarusian classic writers."
This phrase is particularly pressing now, when almost all classic writers of Belarus have gone. The last People's Poet of Belarus, Nil Hilevich, has passed away this week.
Belarus' secondary education to be more field-specific
Belarusian education system should not be reformed but improvement is necessary, said April 1 the Belarusian President at a meeting on the development of secondary and higher education. Among the meeting's topics were new textbooks and the sixth school day. The topic of optimization was also raised. It will touch upon approaches to the construction of kindergartens and the creation of entire educational holding companies.
Belarusians need more safety, President Lukashenko says
Seasonal load on the western border has no effect on the quality of the work of customs and border structures. The President of Belarus heard out a report of the State Secretary of the Security Council.
The officials discussed the situation on Belarus' borders, in particular, the queues in the Lithuanian direction. It was decided to strengthen the work of the relevant crossing points.
Art without borders: paintings for visually impaired in Minsk
Paintings of about ten Belarusian artists will appear in tactile interpretation. Among them are works of Ivan Khrutsky, Leonid Shchemelyov, and Genady Drozdov. These peculiar bás-reliefs are made specifically for visually impaired art connoisseurs. They can feel landscape, portrait, or still life details one by one and thereby “read” a painting.
Thus pictures remain on fingertips. This is a very humane idea – art that may and must be touched. New forms are thus given to already well-known shapes. The works of famous Belarusian artists are brought into relief.
Weavers from Mogilev Region creating longest Kupalle belt in Belarus
In Mogilev, the longest Kupalle belt is being weaved. It is 40 meter-long now, but there is more to come.
Weavers from every corner of the region come to Mogilev to decorate the belt with patterns, typical to places where they live. Valentina Gaishun, an experienced craftswoman, weaved two and a half meter in a day.
Valentina Gaishun, weaver from Bobruysk District:This is the ornament of Bobruysk District. In the village of Ivanovka, this symbol illustrated soil fertility.
President Lukashenko: Belarus education system should be improved rather than reformed
The education system in our country does not need to be reformed. Rather, it should be just improved, stated the Belarus President at a meeting on the development of secondary and higher education.
One of the main topics of discussion were new textbooks. They should be written in a clear way so that everyone understands them.
The effective use of the sixth school day was also a topic. Saturday should be used to prepare students for adult life.
Orthodox temple and spiritual administrative center to appear in Minsk
The Belarusian Orthodox Church will build a temple and a spiritual and administrative center in the historical part of Minsk. On March 30, here was held a prayer service with the participation of the clergy and students of Minsk Theological Academy and College.
The common prayer is the first thing Orthodox Christians do before starting any good deed. The idea of the grandiose construction project was supported by the Belarus President during a recent meeting with Metropolitan of Minsk Pavel.
Fox finds ancient settlement near Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park
Arrows, ceramics, and human remains were found by a fox near Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park. Actually, this place is an archaeological object. Here, Mesolithic, Neolithic, the Bronze Age, and the Middle Ages combine together. Some years ago, excavations were carried out there, though archaeologists have never expected such a surprise.
First Book of Kings returns to Belarus from UK
The legacy of Francysk Skaryna has returned from UK to Belarus. This is a book called "The First Book of Kings", published by the first Belarusian printer Francysk Skaryna in Prague in 1518. This copy is only a part of the original edition, the fragment.
For three years has the National Library of Belarus conducted negotiations with the library of Cambridge, where the original was kept. The book has finally been transferred to Belarus free of charge.
Eminent surgeons from Canada, Lithuania, Russia gather in Minsk 31 March
Luminaries of world medicine gathered in Minsk for the first time 31 March. Eminent surgeons from Canada, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus arrived in the capital to present innovations in the field of cardiac and vascular surgery.
Doctors discussed vessel prosthetics and using of stem cells in the treatment of vascular diseases.
In addition to lectures and master-classes doctors did not miss an opportunity to communicate with each other and discuss ways of cooperation in the field of public health.
Bird’s Eye View of Minsk with quadcopters
Extraordinary. Amplitudinous. Exciting. It takes just a couple of minutes you can fly over the gates of Minsk, look at Victory Square from the height of the monument, enjoy a beautiful view of the river Svisloch and stroll over colorful roofs and turrets. You won’t need any crane or helicopter for such a trip, neither will you need to climb the roof or jump with a parachute. In the age of technology, everything is much easier and safer.
History of Belarusian State University Dormitory No1
The native town is always full of our memories. Dormitory No1 of the Belarusian State University in Sverdlova Street will always be new for Mikhail Filistovich.
From 1959 to 1963 it became the second home for the gifted philology student. This time signified the beginning of creativity and the time of the first and eternal love. Former Head of Belarus’ State Control Committee’s Media Center, Mikhail Filistovich, still remembers how he came from Molodechno to Minsk in order to enter the main university of the country.
Minsk sights to be illuminated in blue to mark World Autism Awareness Day
Together with the world, Minsk landmarks will light up in blue to mark support for special people. International Autism Awareness Day will be marked on April 2. More than 20,000 buildings will turn blue on that day. Among them are the pyramids of Egypt, Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro and Sydney Opera House. Minsk will join in too.
People's Poet of Belarus Nil Hilevich dies aged 84
The People's Poet of Belarus Nil Hilevich has passed away. He died the day before aged 84.
Nil Hilevich is known as a poet, literary critic and translator. In 1954, he joined the Union of Soviet Writers. The poet was awarded the Order of Red Banner of Labor, the Order of Friendship of Peoples and the Medal of Francysk Skaryna.
Belarusian paratroopers to continue North Pole drills
Belarusian paratroopers will continue "the conquest" of the North Pole. The second landing in the harsh sub-zero temperatures will be held in early April in joint exercises with the Russian Airborne Troops.
A special operations forces division of Belarus are now in Russia's Pskov for training. Then the military from the two countries will go to land on the drifting ice of the Arctic Ocean.