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Geek culture flourishes in Kazakhstan with comic books, video games and films

By Dilshat Zhussupova

Geek culture, once an outcast’s refuge from mass culture, has become mainstream. An intense appreciation of films, television series, comic books and video games will make one quicker to befriend than shun, as growing fandoms in Kazakhstan are finding out. The New York Comicon started the ball rolling in 1964 for multi-day, commercially-driven events for

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EXPO 2017’s legacy continues to move Kazakhstan, international community toward a greener future

By Assel Satubaldina

Switching to green energy, sustainable development and transitioning to a green economy to save the planet is a top global agenda with the world facing the sobering consequences of climate change and high carbon emissions. Kazakhstan also seeks to take steps toward these goals realising the challenges are also opportunities. The country’s hosting of EXPO

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Korgalzhyn: land of birds, saline lakes and blue sky

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova 

Korgalzhyn, a land of birds, is Kazakhstan’s first reserve listed in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) World Biosphere Reserve Network. For ornithologists, it is among the top five must visit locations.   Last year marked the Korgalzhyn district’s 90th and nature reserve’s 50th anniversaries. Located 160 kilometres west of the capital,

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Kazakhstan needs five-six years to develop strong start-up culture, say experts

By Saltanat Boteu

In November, former Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev opened the Astana Hub, an international technopark of IT start-ups, and the country began intensively developing a start-up culture. Edgekz.com interviewed several IT start-ups in the capital, who noted if the government continues its support, it will see good results in approximately five-six years. Senim smart wallet Daulet

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Kazakhstan continues to be healthcare pioneer through digitisation, cutting-edge surgery

By Dilshat Zhussupova

Since the World Health Organisation’s revolutionary 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata, which emphasised the importance of primary healthcare and put health equity on the international agenda, Kazakhstan has continued its trailblazing path in healthcare. Coming full circle, Astana’s 2018 Global Conference on Primary Health Care that gathered 1,200 delegates from more than 120 countries Oct. 25-26

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Kazakh youth look forward to opportunities offered by Year of Youth

By Saltanat Boteu

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev declared 2019 the Year of Youth in Kazakhstan, which attracted the attention of the population, especially young people. They believe this will bring their issues to light and expect new opportunities, actions and support from government and society. According to a short questionnaire by EdgeKz, Kazakh youth position themselves as quite

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Kazakhstan is preparing for a more urban lifestyle

By Amir Khaidar

ASTANA –By the end 2050, more than 70 percent of humanity is expected to be living in urban areas. Half of Kazakhstan’s 18 million citizens currently live in cities and the nation is expected to reach the global average by mid-century. Kazakh cities will play a crucial role in the country’s economic and social development.

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Kazakhstan: breeding ground of boxing champions

By Amir Khaidar

Kazakhstan has a rich tradition of amateur boxing dating to Soviet times, with more than 30,000 athletes engaged in the sport, according to the Kazakh Boxing Federation (KFB). The nation’s boxers have won at least one gold medal in every Olympics since 1996, boasting 22 men’s and women’s medals. The rise of its professional boxers

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Bukhtarma – accidentally created holiday spot

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

The long, Z-shaped Bukhtarma Reservoir was created in the 1960s by damming the Irtysh River east of Ust-Kamenogorsk. While the main purpose was to provide energy for a 675-megawatt hydropower electric station, the reservoir has become a very popular holiday spot for locals who like fishing in its waters or sunbathing and grilling meat on its

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Kazakhstan’s path to digital transformation, while bumpy, should lead to dramatic change

By Yerbolat Uatkhanov

Digital technology plays an increasingly important role in today’s world, as more than 51 percent of the global population has access to the Internet. In 2015, the International Telecommunication Union estimated approximately 3.2 billion people, or almost half of the world’s population, have access to the web. Approximately two billion are from developing countries. (photo top

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