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17.08.2017

80 Syrian children staying in Belarus' summer camp
80 Syrian children staying in Belarus' summer camp 80 Syrian children are now visiting Belarus and discovering its secrets and sights. The children will stay for two more weeks. Saba prepared for the trip well and studied basic facts about Belarus. But she gets new impressions every single day. She loves Belarusians for their open mind and food for its taste.

15.08.2017

Belarusian fathers to get social leave for childcare  A social leave for childcare will be rendered to Belarusian fathers. The novelties are being looked into in the Ministry of Labor and Social Protection. The leave is planned to be short – no more than two weeks – and it will not be paid for. However, the employer has no right to refuse such a leave. Fathers will be able to go on social childcare leave during the first six months from the moment of the child’s birth.

14.08.2017

What do Belarusian harvesters eat for dinner in the fields?
What do Belarusian harvesters eat for dinner in the fields? Two meals a day, special uniforms and combine harvesters with air conditioning. There are no little things in the harvesting campaign since every link of the big process involves man. At this hot time, when work is underway in the fields, it's time for food service workers to support grain growers. After all, a well-fed farmer is a guarantee of good harvesting. The Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus oversees this process.

07.08.2017

Targeted subsidies in housing construction come into force in Belarus
Targeted subsidies in housing construction come into force in Belarus The decree on targeted subsidies in housing construction came into effect in Belarus. The corresponding document was signed by the head of state on July 4, 2017. State subsidies will be provided to pay a part of interest for using the loan for housing construction. Large families and orphans can also expect some of the main debt to be repaid. At the same time, the amount of targeted assistance will be calculated based on the number of family members, the standardized size of the accommodation and the maximum standard of construction cost.

03.08.2017

Growth of people's incomes is one of priority tasks in Belarus, Marianna Shchetkina says
Growth of people's incomes is one of priority tasks in Belarus, Marianna Shchetkina says The growth of people’s incomes is one of the priority tasks in Belarus. After all, this directly determines the demographic dynamics in the country, said Deputy Chairwoman of the Council of the Republic Marianna Shchetkina. Also, there is active work to balance the work-family formula. It especially concerns young couples who aspire to succeed in their careers and also have children.

02.08.2017

Belarus promises to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030
Belarus promises to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 Belarus will do everything necessary to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals within the framework of the UN program by 2030. These are 17 points with the general idea of ​​"not leaving anyone out." The implementation of the project should improve the quality of life in the world. Social inequality, security and climate problems, as well as poverty alleviation - all this is the joint work of 193 countries in the framework of "Agenda 2030". Marianna Schetkina has recently been appointed the national coordinator in this direction in Belarus.
Belarus to establish pharmaceutical production holding company
Belarus to establish pharmaceutical production holding company A new holding company for making pharmaceutical products in Belarus will be responsible for increasing the volume of production of drugs and their exports. The decision on its creation is envisaged by the decree of the Belarus President.

25.07.2017

How will investment attractiveness of Borisov district increase?
How will investment attractiveness of Borisov district increase? An away government meeting was held on July 25 in the Borisov district. The government members discussed how to create new jobs and increase the investment attractiveness of the district. This is a promising region where large projects are being implemented. For example, a company assembling cars is finishing the implementation of its project. But there are also problematic enterprises. We all know that machine building in Belarus is one of the starting points for the development of social sphere. This means housing construction and salary. 

10.07.2017

Alexander Lukashenko won first presidential elections exactly 23 years ago
Belarus President won first elections exactly 23 years ago 23 years ago, on 10 July, the incumbent head of state - Alexander Lukashenko - won the first presidential election in Belarus getting over 80% of the vote. The inauguration of the President of Belarus took place ten days later. Since that time, a new starting point in the sovereign history of our country has begun.

06.07.2017

68 children born in Minsk on Independence Day
68 children born in Minsk on Independence Day Children born on Independence Day together with mothers are accepting congratulations in all regions of Belarus. 68 Belarusians appeared in Minsk under the march of the parade and firework volleys. Mothers were given gifts: envelopes for newborns and sets of children's cosmetics and books. Yulia Kolesnikova:This is a very long-awaited child. It's great that every birthday we will have a day off.

03.07.2017

Alexander Rogachuk, head of Brest City Executive Committee
Brest Mayor on city development and 1,000th anniversary celebrations What has been done in recent years and what awaits Brest residents during the celebrations of the city's 1,000th anniversary? Brest Mayor Alexander Rogachuk has given an interview to our TV channel.
National Honor Board opens in Minsk on National Flag Square
National Honor Board opens in Minsk on National Flag Square Belarusians have things to be proud of so why not put it on display? The traditional form - the Board of Honor - has been presented recently in the Belarus capital Minsk. Someone might blame us for archaism, but the essence is the same as that of billboards or screens or selfies in social networks - to show the advantages of goods and people. The Board of Honor, besides the promotional aspect, is also advertising. This is the advertising of the achievements of the Belarusian system.

27.06.2017

Will Belarusians earn $500 on average by end of 2017?
Will Belarusians earn $500 on average by end of 2017? The European Investment Bank will come to the Belarusian financial market. One of the key creditors of the Old World provides long-term loans for major government projects, as well as for small businesses. The agreement between Belarus and the EIB was ratified on June 26 at the House of Representatives. A few hours earlier in the Oval Hall, the Government answered questions of parliamentarians. The government reports to the parliament in Belarus on a monthly basis.

23.06.2017

Head of Presidential Administration: Local authorities' work with people must be improved
Local authorities in Belarus should handle people's problems better, Head of Presidential Administration says Local authorities should more effectively build relations and work with citizens' appeals and more swiftly solve people's problems, said the Head of the Presidential Administration of Belarus. Natalia Kochanova is holding receptions of citizens in various regions of the country to check how local authorities work with people and to consider individual cases. The most frequent issues worrying Belarusians are land disputes, housing and communal services, non-enforcement of rulings and business development.

14.06.2017

New public antismoking decree discussed in Belarus
New public antismoking decree discussed in Belarus The draft document was in free access on a popular law portal or a month. About 1,000 Belarusians added their comments and additions to the decree. Among the most popular suggestions was to ban smoking on balconies, on children’s playgrounds and at public transport stops.

26.05.2017

UN Sustainable Development Goals Coordinator appointed in Belarus
UN Sustainable Development Goals Coordinator appointed in Belarus What will the world be like by 2030? Belarus will join the implementation of the global goals of sustainable development. Marianna Schetkina, deputy chairwoman of the Council of the Republic, has been appointed as the national coordinator on this matter. The corresponding decree was signed by the Belarusian head of state, Alexander Lukashenko. Agenda 2030 was discussed by world leaders at the UN General Assembly in New York in September 2015.

21.05.2017

TV program Picture of the World fulfills dreams of 101-year WWII veteran
TV program Picture of the World fulfills dreams of 101-year WWII veteran Nikolai Nikolaevich Vdovin, a veteran of the Great Patriotic War, who never ceases to act and dream even at the age of 101, demonstrates wonderful love for life and the TV program Picture of the World helped him to realize two small but important ideas. Victoria Khodosok was the correspondent and organizer.

19.05.2017

Substitute families for pensioners may appear in Belarus
Substitute families for pensioners may appear in Belarus Substitute families for pensioners may appear in Belarus. This is a new kind of social care for Belarus. In such a family, volunteers and non-profit organizations take care of an elderly person. In this case, a contract is concluded, where all the conditions for guardianship are stipulated. For example, such contracts provide for residence conditions. Belarusian MPs offer to conduct such care on a reimbursable basis.

13.05.2017

Alexander Lukashenko sets tasks before new personnel
Alexander Lukashenko sets tasks before new personnel President Lukashenko made personnel decisions on May 12, 2017. New directors were named in district executive committees, in the education system. The Gomel region inspector was appointed the Assistant to President. Alexander Lukashenko orientated the new personnel at social issues primarily. Prices, employment, and salaries are the priorities which must stay at the center of attention of local authorities.
Alexander Lukashenko makes personnel decisions May 12
Alexander Lukashenko makes personnel decisions May 12 The growth of personal sector by means of workforce productivity and expenditure optimization. Alexander Lukashenko demanded to improve the living standards of Belarusians. This task was set by the President to the directors of vertical power structure and to law enforcement bodies on May 12, 2017. The main issues are prices, salaries, and employment. They are under constant control of the President.

09.05.2017

Alexander Lukashenko: Everything will be done to restore villages
Alexander Lukashenko: Everything will be done to restore villages After the official events in Victory Square in Minsk President Lukashenko met with journalists. Alexander Lukashenko spoke about the situation in the world today, about the development of the regions, the situation with Belarusian ice hockey and many other things. Correpondent: When you were speaking in the National Assembly, you were setting a task before the government and the local vertical restore small towns in Vitebsk region. What should authorities pay attention to?

07.05.2017

Care for veterans remains Belarus’ priority
Care for veterans remains Belarus’ priority Introduction of modern methods and buying medical equipment for the support and improvement of Great Patriotic War veterans’ health. The care for the front-liners remains Belarus’ priority. Among the measures of social protection are travel privileges and discounts on housing and public utilities, free medication. It turns out that veterans are in need of repairing their flats and houses. With every year the number of participants of the war is less and less. The government’s attention today is the least what can be done for them.

24.04.2017

Belarus earns about $3.5m at 2017 Subbotnik voluntary campaign
Belarus earns about $3.5m at 2017 Subbotnik voluntary campaign Over three million Belarusians took part in the national volunteer working campaign. Thanks to the efforts of Belarusians, Belarus earned about $3.5 million.

19.04.2017

“Dangerous” fans in Belarus may be banned from attending matches
“Dangerous” fans in Belarus may be banned from attending matches “Dangerous” fans may be banned from visiting sports matches. The prohibition of attending sports competitions for hooligan fans draft law was passed in the first reading by delegates on April 19, 2017. Depending on the extent of a crime, the term of the ban may be from three months to three years. By the way, the list of rebellious fans will be publicly available. Such practice is widely implemented in Great Britain, France, and Russia. As for Belarusian fans, as many as 130 people bid to have their names on the blacklist.

13.04.2017

Michel Sidibé: Belarus has achieved significant results in HIV prevention
Michel Sidibé: Belarus has achieved significant results in HIV prevention Belarus has achieved significant results in the fight against HIV and is ready to share experience with other countries. The subject was discussed at the meeting between Alexander Lukashenko and the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé.

04.04.2017

Belarus parliamentarians to amend public order and security law
Belarus parliamentarians to amend public order and security law A list of citizens, who will be prohibited entrance to mass sporting events, will be settled in Belarus. Amendments may be made to the enforcement of public order and security law during mass sporting events. Belarusian parliamentarians will be discussing the issues at the coming spring session. All in all, the new law making season promises to be fruitful. Delegates are to look into as many as 30 issues.
Belarus’ parliament opens spring session 2017
Belarus’ parliament opens spring session 2017 Innovations in the health service, a complex of measures for competition development, and what is more, support of families with children and insurance of unemployment. The new Belarus parliamentary spring session was opened on April 3, 2017. As many as 30 law drafts are planned to be considered during the spring session. Elena Pavlova, emergency paramedic, Grodno:  

02.04.2017

Task group on a working visit to Vitebsk region
Task group on a working visit to Vitebsk region The problem issues in different sectors of economy are continued to be analyzed by representatives of different authorities. A task group of the Economy, Labor and Social Protection, Architecture and Construction Ministries of the Republic of Belarus is visiting Vitebsk region. Together with the representatives of the local authorities, the task group is discussing the issues concerning the establishment of working places, the increase of salaries, and attraction of investments.

22.03.2017

Belarus' government increases accommodation funding in 2017
Belarus' government increases accommodation funding in 2017 As many as BYN 50 million more. Belarusian government allocates extra funds for home loans with state aid. According to the decision made by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus, the money will go towards building panel tower-blocks, which must be constructed in 2017. Those who are in need of improved housing conditions will be able to take loans at interest, which has been decreased by half of refinancing rate.
Belarus government allocates funds for state aid home loans
Belarus government allocates funds for state aid home loans As many as BYN 50 million more. Belarusian government allocates funds for home loans with state aid. Those who are in need of improved housing conditions will be able to take loans at interest, which has been decreased by half of refinancing rate. According to the decision made by the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus, the money will go towards building panel tower-blocks, which must be constructed in 2017.

15.03.2017

How Minsk horsecar museum was created
How Minsk horsecar museum was created The creation of the Minsk Horsecar Museum exposition took five years. Here is why it took that long. Lidia Markovich, leading researcher of the Minsk History Museum:It was pretty hard to work on the exposition because we faced with absolutely unfamiliar objects like horsepower keeper because it’s been a hundred years since the horse-drawn trams disappeared. We had to look for information and everything which would help create exhibits and its analogues.

14.03.2017

Belarus government's costs on education, medicine and security
Belarus government's costs on education, medicine and security The IT sector in Belarus and in the world is one of the most highly paid. It’s not surprising that the competition for the enrollment in this specialty is stably high. One can graduate with an on-fire and highly paid profession for absolutely free in Belarus, though it costs a lot for the government to support state-funded places. The same situation is with calling the ambulance or paying a neighborhood police inspector for the work he does. Of course, everyone must contribute bit by bit into the public funding system.

13.03.2017

Maxim Ryzhenkov: Belarus authorities must pay attention to people's problems
Maxim Ryzhenkov: Belarus authorities must pay attention to people's problems Local authorities will help all the unemployed to find a job. Such tasks were set for regional, district and city executive committees. People who have problems, which cannot be solved independently, will be supported first.
Natalia Kochanova: Youth must take care about future of Belarus
Natalia Kochanova: Youth must take care about future of Belarus On the eve of Constitution Day (15 March) passports were given at a solemn ceremony to the best young men and women of Belarus. The ceremony was held at the Museum of Modern Belarusian Statehood. Taking part in the ceremony was head of the Presidential Administration Natalia Kochanova. These are the best boys and girls from all over Belarus, who really deserve this kind of attention.

12.03.2017

Social aspects: Belarusian government's plans for 2017
Social aspects: Belarusian government's plans for 2017 During the meeting on March 10, 2017 Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko got back to Decree № 3. The list of real dependants will be compiled by October 1, 2017. Their payments will go  towards the support of children only. This demand was put forward by Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with civil servants on the 9th of March. The social sphere in Belarus is prioritized. As many as BYN 1820 million went towards these purposes (it is practically every tenth budgetary ruble) in 2017 alone.

10.03.2017

Belarus to strengthen social support for vulnerable families with kids
Belarus to strengthen social support for vulnerable families with kids Belarus will strengthen social support to the most vulnerable families with children. The relevant bill has already been considered by the deputies in the first reading and is now being prepared for the second one. According to the new edition, parents looking after disabled children are proposed to provide the right to work part-time or at home preserving the right for benefits. In addition, the amount of benefits paid for care for a disabled child (third or fourth disability group) will increase.

08.03.2017

First "silent tills" open in Belarus
First "silent checkouts" open in Belarus The first “silent tills” were opened in Minsk. Cashiers with hearing disabilities started their work in Minsk shops. At the moment, the social project includes just two Minsk shops, where seven people with hearing disabilities found a job for themselves. Nevertheless, it is planned that the number of “silent cashiers” will grow , including the possibility of them getting hired in the regions of Belarus. By the way, the buyers stayed satisfied with the personnel, the level of service rate is high, and situations of misunderstanding do not occur.

06.03.2017

Paternity leave for Belarusian fathers
Paternity leave for Belarusian fathers Belarusian fathers can be discharged from work with the right to take paternity leave. Such amendments are planned to be made to the Labour Code of the Republic of Belarus. An interdepartmental working group is looking into the issue of compulsory paternity leave. Therefore, men will obtain a lawful right to take care of their newborn children together with mothers. Today every family can decide on who is going to look after the baby. However, in 99% of the cases it is mothers who take the responsibility to look after children.

28.02.2017

Marianna Shchetkina about men in Belarus, gender equality and protection of economy
Marianna Shchetkina about men in Belarus, gender equality and protection of economy The Day of Defender has passed and we are now in anticipation of ladies' celebration, on 8 March is approaching, so we will continue the conversation on peace topics with a remarkable woman with high powers, the vice-speaker of the upper chamber of the Belarusian parliament and chairwoman of the public association Belarusian Union of Women Marianna Shchetkina. Marianna Akindinovna, hello. Marianna Shchetkina, deputy chairwoman of the Council of the Republic National Assembly of Belarus: Hello.

23.02.2017

Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years
Belarus takes about 160,000 Ukrainians in recent years The difficult situation emerging in the south-east of Ukraine again became the topic of discussion on 23 February at the Belarusian Foreign Ministry. It commented on the mechanism permitting Ukrainian refugees a temporary residence in the country, responding to a question about the status of Donetsk and Lugansk passports. Dmitry Mironchik said the President of Belarus in August 2014 adopted a decree that which contains a number of rules that enable migrants to avoid serious problems in the process.

22.02.2017

Shortage of places in kindergartens of Riga
Shortage of places in kindergartens of Riga We cannot deny the fact that nowadays there are a lot of social issues to resolve. Today the number of places in kindergartens is an urgent problem as a lot of children have been born lately. How do EU countries solve this problem? Our special correspondent Tatiana Revizore examined the situation in Latvia.

15.02.2017

Red Cross and Belarus’ Ministry of Emergencies launch mobile application
Red Cross and Belarus’ Ministry of Emergencies launch mobile application Belarusians felt the breath of the Arctic again. The frost returned to Minsk city after the thaw. Borisov and Logoisk districts became the coldest points on the map. Last night the temperature there was about 21ºC. Fortunately, a new wave of cold weather didn’t carry serious consequences. Meanwhile, all the services are working in emergency mode. Also, anyone can ask the Red Cross volunteers for help. The short number 201 is available for the residents of the capital and the region.

03.02.2017

Belarus may introduce moratorium on death penalty if Belarusians support it
Belarus may introduce moratorium on death penalty if Belarusians support it The President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is ready to introduce a moratorium on death penalty if such a measure is supported by the majority of Belarusians, said the Belarus President at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus: When the majority of people vote for it, I will sign [the corresponding documents] on the same day. Photo: BelTA
Belarus President on results of 2016: Peace, stability and social protection
President Lukashenko on results of 2016: Peace, stability and social protection How will salaries increase in Belarus? This question was the first that sounded during the big conversation with the Belarus President on February 3. At the moment the President continues the dialogue with representatives of the public and journalists.
Belarus President does not rule out abolition of social dependency decree
Belarus President does not rule out abolition of social dependency decree President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko does not rule out the possibility of canceling decree No3 on social dependency. He stated this at a meeting with public representatives of Belarusian and foreign mass media. “This decree has not been in force for long. Let’s wait and see whether it will work. If it doesn’t, we will abolish it,” said President Lukashenko.

12.01.2017

President changes “social parasites” list
Belarus President changes “social parasites” list The list of persons who are obliged to participate in the financing of public expenditures was changed in Belarus. The President amended the decree on the prevention of social dependency. Participants of the national sports teams and alternative servants in the army are now exempt from the so-called 'social dependency' tax. The unemployed who are sent to retraining are excempt only if there are no complaints about them at universities.

07.01.2017

Family capital deposits worth $288m opened in Belarus in 2015-2016
Family capital deposits worth $288m opened in Belarus in 2015-2016 Family 30,000 people have took advantage of family capital in Belarus, said the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. A program support large families has been operating for two years. During this time, deposits worth $288 million were opened in banks. In 2016, Belarus recorded a natural population increase for the first time in 20 years. This is in particular thanks to the competent social policy of the state.

05.01.2017

Belarus to support everyone in need, Ministry of Labor and Social Protection says
How the elderly continue education in Belarus Social protection workers celebrate their professional holiday on January 5. The Ministry of Labor and Social Protection operates 146 regional social service centers today, with about two million people registered. More than 88,000 elderly and disabled people are served at home. Families with many children are paid special attention too. Today's guest of the TV program Morning. Good Mood Studio on the CTV is Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Rumak.

04.01.2017

Belarus to improve state support for housing construction
Belarus to improve state support for housing construction The mechanism of the provision of state support the construction of housing in Belarus will be improved. A specifically created interdepartmental working group has been tasked to figure out the best ways for this. Together with the regional executive committees, experts of the Architecture and Construction Ministry of Belarus, the National Bank and other agencies will develop a common strategy of soft financing and allocation of funds for 2017.
Analysis of Belarus President's New Year 2017 speech
Analysis of Belarus President's New Year 2017 speech Increasing fertility, strengthening of positions in international arena and security were the topics Alexander Lukashenko raised in his 2017 New Year address on December 31, 2016. For the first time in a quarter century, Belarus has recorded natural population growth. By the way, this is not the first time Alexander Lukashenko has asked women to give birth to more children during his New Year speech.

30.12.2016

Belarus President: State must take care of old people and kids
Belarus President: Businesses should be more involved in charity, like in the west Business in Belarus should be more involved in philanthropy and support of the elderly and children. The Head of State instructed businesses to study the issue during his visit to Nikolaevschinsky orphanage for veterans or war and labour and the disabled on December 30. Alexander Lukashenko pointed out that Belarus can draw on positive foreign experience in this matter. The President also emphasized that helping the elderly and children should not be episodic, on separate occasions or holidays. Rather, it must be carried out on an ongoing basis.

29.12.2016

President Lukashenko appoints new deputy prime minister
President Lukashenko appoints new deputy prime minister Alexander Lukashenko on December 29 made a number of personnel decisions. Vasily Zharko was appointed Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus. Introducing the candidate, the head of the Presidential Administration Natalia Kochanova noted that Mr Zarko has proved a competent and proactive leader in all areas of professional activity. He has been heading the health system of Belarus for more than 10 years. During this time, the industry carried out reforms that brought Belarusian medicine to the world level.
Viktor Lukashenko visits large family as part of Our Children charity campaign
Viktor Lukashenko visits large family as part of Our Children charity campaign Christmas charity marathon continues its march across Belarus. The campaign "Our Children" has already involved thousands of Belarusian children who need special attention these days. The large family Konovalenko of Shklov district received New Year congratulations on December 29. Assistant to the President for National Security Viktor Lukashenko came on a visit to the children along with his family. Nine children live in this children's home of family type.
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities enters into force in Belarus
Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities enters into force in Belarus People with disabilities in Belarus will more rights. On December 29, the Republican Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities entered into force in Belarus. The document has both a national and a global status. In September 2015, Alexander Lukashenko signed this international document in New York. Thus, Belarus joined the global program to protect the rights of people with disabilities. The national plan underwent a public discussion and now has a clear mandate.

26.12.2016

President Lukashenko congratulates children at New Year party in Minsk
President Lukashenko congratulates children at New Year party in Minsk Another highlight of the week. "The Forest Raised a Christmas Tree," sang school students from all over the country together with characters from fairy tales. These are the guys who had been invited to the presidential Christmas Tree party - almost 2,500 boys and girls. This is one of the noisiest and funniest events at the Palace of the Republic so far. Habitual silence (mostly official events are held in the Palace of the Republic) was filled with laughter and noise. Smiles and a good mood were everywhere.

13.12.2016

'Social dependency' law in Belarus proves effectiveness?
'Social dependency' law in Belarus proves effectiveness? A quarter of a century has passed since the collapse of the USSR. The Viskuli agreement was signed December 8, 1991. And we will not leave this topic without attention today either. But first, let me remind you that in the USSR, there was an article of the Criminal Code for social parasitism. People call parasites those who don't work. The state defines this phenomenon as social dependency.

22.11.2016

Belarus mulling over salary compensation fund for workers of bankrupt enterprises
Belarus mulling over salary compensation fund for workers of bankrupt enterprises The Federation of Trade Unions of Belarus (FTU) proposes to establish a fund for the compensation of salaries to workers of bankrupt enterprises. The draft plan is going to be adopted in 2018. The Council of the Fund will consider all cases individually and determine the size of cash payments. The FTU believes that the introduction of insurance against loss of earnings would improve the social protection of workers and guarantee payments.
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).

17.11.2016

Integration with Russia top topic at Belarus President's meeting with Russian journalists
Integration with Russia top topic at Belarus President's meeting with Russian journalists Belarusian-Russian relations have the opportunity to reach a qualitatively new level, said November 17 the Belarus President during a press conference for representatives of regional mass media of Russia. Meetings in this format are traditional. The current one is the 13th in a row. By the way, the President, talking to reporters, admitted that it is his favorite number. A live broadcast of the press conference is organized by the First Channel of the Belarusian Radio.

10.11.2016

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.

02.11.2016

Social entrepreneurship: unique business courses open in Gomel
Social entrepreneurship: unique business courses open in Gomel It is possible to earn a living by solving social problems of the society. Unique business courses opened in Gomel in the framework of Global Entrepreneurship Week. It’s possible to undergo course of social entrepreneurship in the Institute of Advanced Training of Pavel Sukhoi State Technical University.
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.

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.

25.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko: Belarus needs to help the poorest people
Belarus President: The poorest people need to be helped in crisis Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stressed the importance of the development of relations between Belarus and Western Europe making staffing decisions on October 25. They touched upon the diplomatic corps. Denis Sidorenko has been appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Germany. That country takes a constructive and pragmatic approach in the field of political cooperation, and in trade-economic cooperation, which is why it has become one of Belarus' most important partners.

19.10.2016

Belarus introduces age labeling of games, movies, music
Belarus introduces age labeling of games, movies, music From July 1, 2017 it will be forbidden to sell information products without age labeling in Belarus. The corresponding resolution was adopted by the Council of Ministers on October 17. The resolution reads that information products are media products, publications, audiovisual works, phonograms, and games, including computer software. It will be illegal to sell to minors under the age of 16 movies with the age label of 16+ or 18+ (earlier the resolution banned the sale of audiovisual works with the indexes of ** and ***.

14.10.2016

Mother's Day celebrated in Belarus
Belarus celebrating Mother's Day October 14 Belarus is celebrating Mother's Day. This holiday has a more than 20 years of history in Belarus and has its own traditions. Usually on this day, Belarusians congratulate their mothers and do not skimp on good words and deeds in honor of those who gives life. Belarus is one of the few countries of the former Soviet Union where the Order of Mother is presented. It is given to moms who gave birth to and raised five or more children. There are about 8,000 of such women in Belarus.
Labor pensions in Belarus to increase from December 1, 2016
Labor pensions in Belarus to increase from December 1, 2016 The first day of winter will warm the retired in a special way. Labor pensions are increased in Belarus on December 1. The corresponding decree was signed on October 13 by the President of Belarus. The costs will be financed at the expense of the state extra-budgetary fund of social protection of the people. According to the 2017 budget, labor pensions are going to increase two times. SEE: Salaries in Belarus to grow by 9% in 2017

12.10.2016

Alexander Lukashenko promises to improve staffing in social sphere
Alexander Lukashenko promises to improve staffing in social services The staffing situation in the social sphere should be improved, said President of Belarus on 11 September meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Natalia Kochanova. In general, the stability of the social sphere in Belarus has been ensured, with timely payment of salaries, pensions and benefits. However, problematic questions remain and they need to be addressed. Funds invested in sports facilities should pay off and Belarusian cinema should produce better and more popular new movies.

10.10.2016

Mother's Week to kick off in Belarus October 10
Mother's Week to kick off in Belarus October 10 Mother's Week starts in Belarus on October 10. Traditionally, during the next seven days, the main women in the life of each person will be surrounded by special attention.  As part of the week, there will be held receptions, gala concerts and ceremonies to award the Order of Mother. Organizers promise that every representative of the beautiful half of mankind will receive due respect. Single women, veterans and disabled people will be visited as part of charity events.

07.10.2016

Belarus to strengthen responsibility for failure to comply with barrier-free environment requirements
Belarus to strengthen responsibility for failure to comply with barrier-free environment requirements Among the issues considered by the MPs during the last session of the parliament of the 5th convocation are a number of bills in the economic sphere, youth policy, and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It is expected that its ratification will create additional guarantees for people with disabilities.

05.10.2016

Subsidies in Belarus to cover only basic housing and utility services
Subsidies in Belarus to cover only basic housing and utility services The government made a decision on who would receive financial assistance to pay utility bills.

03.10.2016

Belarusian parliament considering draft budget for 2017
Belarusian parliament considering draft budget for 2017 The draft budget for 2017 is being considered in the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the Belarus parliament, on October 3. The ninth session opened today is the final for the MPs of the fifth convocation. The parliamentarians began work on the main financial document in the spring. It was assessed today in the first reading in the Oval Hall. The draft budget provides for an increase in health, education and research spending. There will be more funds for the payment of maternity capital.

02.10.2016

Age is in passport, youth is in soul: Belarusian pensioners celebrate Day of Older Persons
The oldest Belarusian to enter university is 69 Some people don’t need any nuclear power plants to possess truly "atomic" energy. Today is the International Day of Older Persons. However after you watch the next story by our correspondent, you will rethink your concept about older persons. Semyon Elizarov is a truly unique person in Belarus. He became famous after entering a university at 69! He is studying journalism and has even sat his first exams. He says he used no cribs.

27.09.2016

Pension growth planned in Belarus in 2017, finance ministry says
Pension growth planned in Belarus in 2017, finance ministry says Belarus is discussing the most important financial document - the budget for 2017. The relevant draft document has already been published by the Ministry of Finance and received the first comments. The talk show "What's Going On?" on RTR-Belarus tried to figure out what Belarus' economy will be like in 2017. Egor Khrustalyov, host: What everyone wants to hear is, of course, whether public sector salaries and pensions will be increased.

26.09.2016

New life of people escaping war: Language training course opens in Brest
New life of people escaping war: Language training course opens in Brest Millions of people around the world are forced to leave their homes in the search of a peaceful life. Among them, there are some people who chose Belarus as a country with secure future, they found a job here, found a family, and the most important thing is that they were able to forget about the horrors of the war. To help them quickly adapt to the new environment a language training course for refugees opened in Brest. There is a person from Afghanistan and a person from Eritrea among the pupils.

23.09.2016

Belarus to create active longevity center
Belarus to create active longevity center Belarus' main demographic threats are high male mortality, obesity and lack of motivation of many citizens to lead healthy lifestyle. A meeting was held in Minsk to discuss how to save the health of the population and ensure demographic security. Today in Belarus, men's life expectancy is shorter than that of women, while the mortality rate is almost four times higher compared with the EU's average.

11.09.2016

How do visually impaired vote at Belarus parliamentary election?
How do visually impaired vote at Belarus parliamentary election? Every citizen in Belarus is entitled the right to vote at the parliamentary election, including people with disabilities. It is clear that in most cases they resort to help of their loved ones, who are allowed to stay close when such people fill out ballot papers. But what if a person wants to vote on his or her own?  Chairman of the Gagarinsky polling station's election commission Sergei Krupsky told the media about how the polling station is prepared to work with such citizens:

30.08.2016

Belarusians to receive non-cash housing subsidies from October 2016
Belarusians to receive non-cash utilities subsidies from October 2016 A system of non-cash housing subsidies in Belarus will take effect from October 2016. The Belarus President signed the corresponding decree on August 29, which will reduce the financial burden especially for pensioners and the poor.  If a family spends on communal services 20% of income in the city and 15% in rural areas, it has the right for such subsidies. These subsidies will be granted not only by the application principle.

18.08.2016

Darren from UK: Belarus should be more adapted for people with disabilities
Darren from UK: Belarus should be more adapted for people with disabilities His story began in England’s city of Leeds, and later fate brought him to Malta, Spain, Italy and, finally, Belarus. Darren:Before I came here, I thought that Belarus is a part of Russia. While living here, I looked at many things differently. Great Britain and Belarus are not similar. Britain is very dirty and gray compared to clean Belarus. Sceneries are unparalleled! I would like Belarus to become more adapted for people with disabilities.

15.08.2016

District agricultural service stations to be restored in all Belarus' regions
District agricultural service stations to be restored in all Belarus' regions Working trips by the Belarus President will be carried out in a new format. On August 15, the head of state announced approaches that will now be used when visiting regions. Alexander Lukashenko was in the Brest region today. Here the head of state visited a number of enterprises. The President instructed to restore district agricultural service stations in all regions of Belarus.

12.08.2016

Belarusian pilots to donate Army Games prize to orphanage
Belarusian pilots to donate Army Games prize to orphanage A few hours ago, a team of air defense and air force of Belarus returned from the International Army Games. The informal Army Olympics started July 30 and will end this Saturday.  Participating in the competition are 3,000 people from 20 countries. Belarusian military were represented in 8 competitions - tank and flight crews, sniper pairs, engineering, dog service, assault platoons and others.

02.08.2016

President Lukashenko meets labor and social protection minister
President Lukashenko meets labor and social protection minister The provision of benefits and the settlement of pension issues on August 2 were discussed at a meeting of the President of Belarus with the Minister of Labor and Social Protection.  Among the topics raised were the calculation of civil service term and the calculation of pensions. It concerns those who resigned in connection with the reduction of the Armed Forces in the early 90s. Today, these people cannot switch from those low "military" pensions to labor pensions.

12.07.2016

Belarus to support traditional family values at UN GA
Belarus to support traditional family values at UN GA Support to the traditional family is an initiative that Belarus intends to discuss at a meeting of the UN General Assembly July 12. Representatives of different countries will gather in New York to discuss approaches to human rights. In particular, the meeting participants will touch upon the implementation of the sustainable development program of the United Nations until 2030. The international community's action plan for the next 15 years was approved at the seventieth session of the UN General Assembly.

06.07.2016

Belarusian GPs now using webcams to get colleagues' special advice
Belarusian GPs now using webcams to get specialists' advice Interactive medicine goes to remote corners of Belarus. Consultations with the help of video and the Internet, of course, will not replace traditional approaches but in some cases, they are able to significantly accelerate work.  Patient Lyudmila Nazarova has a complex situation and came to her doctor, GP: against the background of diabetes mellitus, an ulcer formed on her leg. Here, one cannot do without the advice of a specialist in this field. The local doctor calls her colleague using a computer and a webcam.
250 Belarusians born Independence Day July 3 accept congrats
Over 250 Belarusians born on Independence Day July 3 Moms of babies who were born on July 3, which is Belarus Independence Day, accepted congratulations and received gifts. On Independence Day, when the whole of Belarus admired the spectacular parade, sang the national anthem and enjoyed the colorful fireworks, more than 250 children were born. One-fifth of them were born in Minsk. 52 children were born in Minsk on that day. There were more boys than girls. Moms of all children received gifts, which included everything a baby and a mom need in the first days after childbirth.

03.07.2016

Belarus Independence Day parade 2016. Full video
Belarus Independence Day parade 2016. Full video The state’s power lies in its ability to predict and pre-empt the danger, said Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko speaking July 3 at the parade to mark Independence Day of the Republic of Belarus. Celebrations in honor of the Independence Day military parade began with a creative number on Masherov Avenue. More than 350,000 people were spectators and participants of the events. Veterans were of course the main guests of the show.

28.06.2016

Medicines in Belarus to become cheaper - Presidential decree
Medicines in Belarus to become cheaper - Presidential decree Medicines in Belarus will become cheaper. The Belarus President signed a decree that changed the maximum wholesale and retail markups when forming prices. Instead of USD, the base amount will be applied. This will reduce the cost of medicines by more than 2% on average. This measure will increase sales of Belarusian health care products, preserving the break-even operation of pharmacies.

27.06.2016

What issues did Belarusians report via hotline during All-Belarusian People's Congress?
What issues did Belarusians report via hotline during All-Belarusian People's Congress? 2,500 participants of the All-Belarusian People's Assembly have gone home. They took bright impressions, new ideas and... the proverbial delegate's suitcases. The latter caused, I would say, an unhealthy interest from the paparazzi. There are actually no secrets here, nothing sensational. Here it is, this suitcase! It is very likely to be manufactured in Belarus, soft leather... And what was inside?

26.06.2016

How will Belarus live in the next five years? Summary of 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly
How will Belarus live in the next five years? Summary of 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly The 5th All-Belarusian Assembly was extensively covered by television channels and other domestic and foreign media. Some tried to use in-depth analysis while others just slipped on the surface. I remember in this regard an English song translated by Samuil Marshak: Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat, where have you been? I’ve been to London to look at the Queen. Pussy-cat, Pussy-cat, what did you there? I frightened a little mouse under her chair.

23.06.2016

Man and social problems are in focus during All-Belarusian People's Assembly
Man and social problems are in focus during 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly On June 23, delegates of the fifth All-Belarusian National Assembly will continue the debate to discuss the development strategy of Belarus in the coming years. On June 22, on the sidelines of the Assembly, some members and guests of the event shared their impressions about the large-scale event, which determines the country's future for 2016-2020.

22.06.2016

Information minister: We need to go on building new Belarus
Information minister: We need to go on building new Belarus Ms Ananich, hello! We are pleased to welcome you. I watched for you from this balcony before the beginning of this meeting, and probably 20 or 30 people came to you and you talked with everyone. It seems that you have enough "backstage talks" here.
Marianna Shchetkina: Support to young families in Belarus is vital for birth rate
Marianna Shchetkina: Support to young families in Belarus is vital for birth rate The V All-Belarusian People's Assembly has begun in Minsk today. The forum opening ceremony took place at noon. The Belarus President is speaking at the forum. Alexander Lukashenko is summarizing the prospects of socio-economic development of the country, concerns and ways to address them. The speech also focuses on foreign policy, partnerships with various countries and integration associations with emphasis on trade and economic cooperation. It is expected that the head of state will take part in the second day of the forum too.

19.05.2016

Belarus' premier to take part in All-Belarusian People's Congress
Belarus' premier to take part in All-Belarusian People's Congress Prime Minister of Belarus Andrei Kobyakov has been elected a representative of the 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly. A total of 61 people will represent the Moskovsky district of Minsk. The congress will take place on 22 and 23 June. This time, 2,500 delegates will participate in the unique forum. Minsk will be represented by 400 people. Among them are representatives of all branches of government, business, science, manufacturing, health care and culture. Various topics also be raised during the meeting.
President of Belarus to visit Italy and the Vatican May 20-21
President of Belarus to visit Italy and the Vatican May 20-21 Alexander Lukashenko on May 20-21 will visit Italy and the Vatican. The program of the visit includes the President's talks with the President of the Italian Republic Sergio Mattarella.  The visit will begin on Quirinale - one of the highest of the seven hills of Rome. Here you can find 13 churches and six palaces. But when Italians say Quirinale, they mean the entire state apparatus of the country, like the pair Moscow - the Kremlin. Here is the official residence of Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

17.05.2016

Belarus' kids to be protected from harmful information through TV content rating system
Belarus' kids to be protected from harmful information through TV content rating system Belarusian television and Internet websites will be obliged to label information according to appropriate age limits applied to particular content. Thus, Belarus will protect children from harmful information. Relevant amendments have been made to the laws on children's rights, advertising, the media and others. Under the changes, all information products must be marked with special signs indicating the age category - 6, 12, 16 and 18+. 

12.05.2016

Belarusian family with many children
87% of Belarusian kids born in officially registered families in 2015 An increasing number of Belarusian families now give birth to a second and third children. In comparison with 2010, the number of second children in families has grown and reached 36.1%. For third and subsequent babies the figure is nearly 16.8%. By the way, it is namely registered couples that give birth to the majority of young Belarusians. Officially registered couples gave birth to 87% of Belarusian kids in 2015.

08.05.2016

What problems did All-Belarusian People's Congresses help resolve?
What problems did All-Belarusian People's Congresses help resolve? Another date associated with the Great Patriotic War is 22 of June. 75 years since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War have passed. And on this very day, the All-Belarusian People's Congress is scheduled to open. This will be the fifth such event in the modern history and of course the most important event of the year. You can find a lot of similarities - popular assemblies of Slavic tribes, Skupština (People's Congresses in post-Yugoslavian countries) or the Congresses of the Communi

05.05.2016

Participants of Great Patriotic War to get higher pension
Belarus' participants of Great Patriotic War to get higher pensions Veterans of the Great Patriotic War get an old age pension, which is twice as much as the pension that other retirees get. Participants of the Great Patriotic War (part of WWII) and people who became disabled during that war get about 5.5 million rubles. As many as 14,000 veterans are residing today in Minsk. Besides material support, each of them can count on a full range of social support. In particular, they will be able to get free medications and travel on public transport for free.

28.04.2016

Over 4,000 Minsk residents participate in Chernobyl commemorative events
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.

26.04.2016

Alexander Lukashenko visits Chernobyl-hit areas of Belarus on April 26
Belarus President calls new economic development program realistic April 26, the Belarus head of state answered questions from journalists. One of them concerned the holding of the 5th All-Belarusian People's Assembly. Alexander Lukashenko called "realistic" the new program of social and economic development of Belarus for the next 5 years.

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