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Nearly 4,000 employees were put on leave after the explosion at the Tengiz oilfield, Kazinform reports.
As reported earlier, the accident occurred on July 6, at around 09:55 am at the Tengiz oilfield in Zhylyoi district of Atyrau region.
Local emergency department said that a flange connection failure had caused the blast which led to the death of two workers and injured three.
The press office of Tengizchevroil also commented on the incident. According to the company, the explosion occurred during the pipeline hydrostatic testing works carried out by the workers of Senimdi Kurylys contracting company and its two contracting organizations.
As the regional healthcare department informed, one worker died on the spot, another worker died in TCO Clinic located at the oilfield. The third worker with multiple injuries was transported to a regional hospital by plane. According to chief of the healthcare department Askhan Baiduvaliyev the man is in the intensive care unit of a regional hospital, where he has undergone surgery. "The patient born in 1996 is a native of Kurmangazy district of Atyrau region. He got multiple internal injuries, several ribs were broken. His condition is estimated as critical. The fourth worker was taken to the Zhylyoi District Hospital. He got a closed hip injury. The fifth man was psychologically assisted by the personnel of TCO Clinic," he said.
The families of the victims and those injured will get compensation.
The tragic incident occurred two days before the end of the shift of Senimdi Kurylys LLP employees, Industrial Relations Manager Gulmira Bapanova says.
The contracting organization that had conducted the tests suspended its work. About 4,000 employees were put on leave. A special commission is investigating the incident.
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Kazakhstan was featured into the list of top 10 budget-friendly countries to visit in February 2023 compiled by Curly Tales web portal, Kazinform has learned from the press service of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Curly Tales is a platform where digital nomads can discover intriguing and exciting things to do around the world as well as places to visit and explore.
In Kazakhstan you can experience the beauty of the third largest mosque in in Asia," the web portal says.
Along with Kazakhstan, the list of top 10 budget-friendly countries to visit this month includes Turkiye, Georgia, Egypt, Vietnam, Laos, Kenya and more.
Earlier the popular British magazine Conde Nast Traveller published an article ‘The most breathtaking places to visit in Kazakhstan’ about Kazakhstan’s main tourist attractions.
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The Kazakh-British Intergovernmental Commission held its 9th session for discussing the development of higher education system in Kazakhstan and the opportunities of cooperation between domestic and British universities, Kazinform correspondent reports.
The event themed as "Strengthening of intergovernmental ties through the cooperation in higher education" brought together the representatives of the Kazakh Ministry of Science and Higher Education, the UK Department for International Trade, universities of Kazakhstan and Great Britain, and education technologies experts.
Addressing the participants, Minister of Science and Higher Education Sayasat Nurbek said that Kazakhstan sets an ambitious goal of establishing an academic hub which will attract young people from the region with the population of about 2 billion people.
The establishment of the academic hub in Kazakhstan is one of the key areas of the Ministry’s activity. British universities could help our country in achievement of this ambitious goal, he noted.
The Minister said that three foreign universities unveiled their representative offices in Kazakhstan in 2022. Another six foreign universities are planning to open their branches this year.
The measures we take as part of financial and regulative support, as well as serious investments in infrastructure of higher education will let us establish a center for attracting young people willing to get high-quality and affordable higher education," Sayasat Nurbek noted.
During the event, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Heriot-Watt University of Scotland and Zhubanov Aktobe Regional University entered into a memorandum of cooperation. As per the document, the Heriot-Watt University will launch its three educational programs - Oil and Gas, Electric Power Engineering and Computer Engineering - at the Kazakh university.
The students completing their studies, will obtain dual diplomas, while the quality of the study will be under the control of the Scottish university. Admission procedures will begin in the next academic year.
Besides, an agreement with the UK Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education was signed. The QAA plans to open its office in Kazakhstan.
It is important to create a clear system of control over the quality of international education in Kazakhstan. Foreign universities planning to work in Kazakhstan, need the presence of accreditation agencies which will ensure control over the quality of higher education," Sayasat Nurbek said.
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A tourism working group of Kazakhstan and Lithuania held a meeting in Vilnius. The Kazakh delegation was led by Vice Minister of Culture and Sports Yerzhan Yerkinbayev, the Lithuanian group was headed by Vice Minister of Economy and Innovation Vincas Jurgutis, Kazinform reports referring to the Kazakh Culture and Sports Ministry.
Those attending debated prospects for bilateral cooperation in the sphere of tourism. As stated there further strengthening joint tourism activities is the common goal of the two nations. Some 2.5 mln tourists visited Lithuania in 2021 which is 16% as compared to 2020.
The Kazakh delegation said that the country’s inbound tourism keeps on recovering. In 2022 Kazakhstan welcomed over 4.7 mln international tourists which is threefold more than the previous year.
Yerkinbayev said that the country’s unprecedented state support measures and digitalization contribute heavily to the growth in international arrivals. As of today, Kazakhstan launched the eQonaq integrated information system for tourist registration, tourist flow analysis, and migration control and a tourist Kazakhstan. travel portal. It features news in 8 languages.
Following the sitting, the parties agreed to work at opening direct flights between the states, introduce a visa-free regime for Kazakhstanis and promote image materials about the tourist potential of the countries. Besides, the sides agreed to hold the Tourism Days of Lithuania at Shymbulak in Almaty and Days of Kazakhstan Tourism in Vilnius.
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The Kazakh Civil Aviation Committee and aviation authorities of Russia agreed on opening direct regular flights en route Astana-Chelyabinsk, Kazinform refers to the Committee’s Telegram Channel.
Thus, Qazaq Air will start operating Astana-Chelyabinsk flights on February 13 three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on De-Havilland Dash 8- Q400 aircraft.
An increase in air service between Kazakhstan and Russia is expected to contribute to the further development of trade and economic, investment, tourist, and cultural cooperation.
Check airline tickets online on the air company’s official website.
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Regular flights linking the capital cities of Kazakhstan and China will be resumed this March, Kazinform has learned from the Telegram channel of the Civil Aviation Committee of the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructure Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
This will be done as part of the joint efforts of the Civil Aviation Committee and the Chinese aviation authorities to resume and open new international flights.
Starting from March 25, Air Astana company is planning to resume flights en route Astana-Beijing three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays) on A-321 LR aircrafts.
The air carrier is also planning to gradually increase the number of flights between Almaty and Beijing from one to five flights per week (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Sundays) from February 13 and later to seven flights per week. The flights will be operated on A-321 aircrafts.
More flights between Kazakhstan and China will help speed up the development of trade and economic, investment, tourist, cultural, and business cooperation between two friendly countries.
Tell a friendWell-known Russian political scientist Ekaterina Schulmann has joined the Mukhtar Narikbayev Kazakh University of Humanities and Law (KAZGUU) as an associate professor to teach political science, Kazinform reports. Ekaterina Schulmann is a political scientist and publicist, expert in lawmaking problems. She works as a lecturer and columnist and shares her expert views with the media. Her YouTube channel has 1 million 700 thousand subscribers.
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Ghent University is the top veterinary school of Belgium. Ghent University is a public research university, located in the city of Ghent. It was founded by King William I in 1817. Today the University has 44,000 students and 9,000 staff members, Kazinform correspondent reports.
Kazakh Ambassador to Belgium Margulan Baimukhan visited the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University to debate prospects for cooperation. The School of Veterinary Medicine was founded at Ghent University as "Veeartsenijschool" in 1933. Belgian Nobel prize winner Prof. Dr. Cornelius Heymans played a role in the development of the Ghent Veterinary School.
During the presentation, the University representatives talked about its present-day opportunities. Currently, some 243 students graduate from the University School of Veterinary Medicine every year. It offers three-year Bachelor's programs, three-year Master's programs, and PhD studies. Each third student of the University is a foreigner, arriving mainly from the Netherlands, Germany, China, and other states of the world.
The Kazakh delegation visited the Veterinary School’s halls and laboratories. Students have an opportunity to take part in horse ultrasound research and animal surgeries.
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The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Kazakhstan, together with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Dinara Saduakassova, launched the Family for Every Child fundraising campaign. Through this campaign, everyone in Kazakhstan can make financial contributions to help the country’s most vulnerable children, such as those deprived of family, parental care, and warmth. The campaign especially supports children separated from their parents and placed in residential care facilities, UNICEF in Kazakhstan informs on its website.
UNICEF’s main priority in supporting this good cause is protecting the right of every child to grow up in a caring family environment. For over two decades, UNICEF in Kazakhstan has worked to develop alternative childcare for vulnerable children and address the various problems faced by children deprived of parental care. The goal is to find a family for every child. I sincerely hope that, with your financial support, every child in Kazakhstan can find a home," said Arthur van Diesen, UNICEF Representative in Kazakhstan.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Dinara Saduakassova made a video addressing the people of Kazakhstan and noted that children’s happiest memories are connected with their families. It is in families that children feel safe. She emphasized that children separated from parents and families face some of life’s deepest traumas, often resulting in long-term negative consequences. Dinara called upon all caring Kazakhstanis to support the Family for Every Child campaign by making their contributions online by using the following link.
The money raised through the Family for Every Child campaign will enable the continuation of this comprehensive work to achieve the best results for every child in Kazakhstan. UNICEF's work is financed entirely through the voluntary support of millions of people around the world and the partners in government, civil society, and the private sector. As a member of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), UNICEF provides open and comprehensive public access to operational and programme data through its Transparency Portal.
UNICEF's Family for Every Child programme in Kazakhstan helps prevent the separation of children from their parents and, if a child is placed in residential care, helps re-establish contact with their biological parents. Additionally, the programme supports the provision of quality social, medical, and educational services to Kazakhstani families.
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