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Vegetarian lifestyle in Kazakhstan: paradox or trend?

By Assel Satubaldina

In recent years, vegetarianism has been growing in numbers worldwide. Though reliable data is lacking on the number of vegetarians around the globe, the trend is there with far-reaching impact. Plant-based diets are also becoming more common in Kazakhstan. In a country where people are predominantly meat-eaters and recently ranked tenth in terms of beef consumption

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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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International students say they appreciate studies, life in Kazakhstan

By Zhanna Shayakhmetova

The Kazakh capital has become home for thousands of foreign students – and even the cold climate is not an obstacle. Most importantly, the young people enjoy Astana’s safe and busy life while gaining valuable intercultural experience. Approximately 14,000 foreign students study in 100 universities nationwide, a figure expected to rise to 50,000 by 2020,

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