News Bulletin
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News Bulletin Archive for 2003

Vol. 4, No. 7, December 23, 2003

Kazakhstan Introduces Death Penalty Moratorium, Seeks to Replace It with Life in Prison
Kazakhstan Upgrades Locomotives with Pennsylvania Made Kits
New Political Party Throws Hat in the Ring

Railway --- Temir Zholy
Together --- Asar
Welcome --- Kosh Keldinizder
Happy New Year --- Zana Zhylynyzben

Vol. 4, No. 6, December 16, 2003

Special edition

Kazakhstan at Twelve: A Nation Reborn
By Kassymzhomart Tokaev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan

Vol. 4, No. 5, December 11, 2003

President Visits Pakistan, Shares Book on Nuclear Disarmament
Astana at Six, High Energy and A Bright Future
Women Claim Bigger Role, Men Not to Be Left Behind

Woman --- Aiel [I-yehl]
Man --- Er adam [Yehr adam]
Workplace --- Zhumys [zhoo-mis]
Equality --- Tendik [ten-dik]

Vol. 4, No. 4, December 5, 2003

In this issue:

Kazakhstan Joins Two Human Rights Pacts
President Ratifies Caspian Delimitation Accords with Russia, Azerbaijan
Parliament to Hold Hearings on Three Election Bills in Three Weeks
German Chancellor, in Astana for First Time, Seeks Closer Ties

Happy Birthday! --- Tuylgan Kuninisben! [Too-yhl-ghan Koo-nyh-nyz-ben]
How old are you? --- Sizdin zhasynyz kanshada? [Syz-DIN ZHA-sy-nyz kan-SHA-da]
Falcon --- Sunkar [Soon-CAR]

Vol. 4, No. 3, November 26, 2003

In this issue:

Kazakhstan's Muslims Celebrate Ait, Thankful for Peace
Nazarbayev Calls on North Korea to Give Up Nuclear Program
Kazakhstan to Join Two International Human Rights Covenants
Economy Expands 9.1% in 9 Months
Kashagan Production May Be Delayed by 18 Months

A bountiful holiday table ---Dastarkhan [Das-tar-khan]
Happy Holiday! --- Meiramynyzben!

Vol. 4, No. 2, November 13, 2003

In this issue:

Majilis Chairman Tuyakbai Visits Canada, Inter-Parliamentary Ties Set
U.S. Diplomats Welcome Kazakhstan's Strides Into Civil Society
Unusual Parliament Opens in Astana
Scientists, Engineers from Kazakhstan Participate in Philadelphia High-Tech Conference
Religious Dialogue Promoted

Congratulations on your National Day! --- Tauylsizdik Kuni Kuttyktaimyn!
This is the first time I tried Kazakh traditional food. --- Men birinshiret Qazak ulttyk tagamin demin tattym.
It was good --- Magan unady.

Vol 4, No. 1, October 30, 2003

In this issue:

         Pace of Judicial Reform Increases
         Kazakhstan Joins International Elections Association
         Minorities' Languages Get Stronger Voice in Kazakhstan's Media
         FEDEX Touches Down in Kazakhstan

In a restaurant:
Water, please. --- Magan su akelenyz. [Mah-ghan soo ah-kay-lay-NYZ].
Do you have ...? --- Syzde ... barma? [Sehz-DEH BAR-mah] (Noun goes in the middle. See below)
beef --- siyr eti [seh-ir eh-ti]
lamb --- koi eti
chicken --- tauyk
vegetables --- kok-unyz
dessert --- tatti tagham

Vol. 3, No. 18, October 23, 2003

In this issue:

Kazakhstan, A World Model for Nuclear Disarmament, Sen. Nunn Says
Kazakhstan to Reduce Taxes in 2004, Seeks More Foreign Investment in High Tech

Friendship -- Dostyk
It's snowing -- Kar zhauyptyr [Kar zha-oo-uptir]
Careful, don't slip -- Abailanyz, kuap kalmanyz [Abai-la-nyz kuap kahl-man- iz]

Vol. 3, No. 17, October 16, 2003

In this issue:

Government, Kazakhstan's NGOs Meet in Astana, Pledge to Work Together
New Highway Linking New and Old Capitals Opens, Helps Maximize Kazakhstan's Transit Potential
Kazakhstan Will Seek WTO Membership in 2005

Village --- Auyl [Ah-uh-yl]

Vol. 3, No. 16, October 9, 2003

In this issue:

Kazakhstan's Security Chief Visits U.S. for Talks on Terrorism
Young Stars of Kazakhstan Thrill Audience in Washington
Kazakhstan to Expand 2004 Oil Production, Exports by 11-14%
Kazakh Security Chief Shares Soviet-Era Files with Holocaust Museum, New Light on Dark Days of the Past

Religion -- Din [Dhyn]
History --Tarikh [Tah- rikh]

Vol. 3, No. 15, October 2, 2003

In this issue:

         Kazakhstan Army Engineers Destroy 30,000 Explosive Devices in Iraq
         Kazakhstan Seeks 4-5% of Global Energy Market
         President Thanks Farmers For Record Harvest, 17 Million Tons of Grain
         Government Forecasts 7% GDP Growth in 2004, Seeks Budget Increases in Social Expenditure

Friend -- Dos
Oil  -- Munai

Vol. 3, No. 14, September 26, 2003

In this issue:

Kazakhstan and U.S. Sign Agreement on ICC
2,677 Local Deputies Elected in Open Elections September 20, 600 Seats Will Be Filled in Runoffs
President Nazarbayev Moves Against Corruption
Congressman Says U.S. Should Support Kazakhstan's Strides Toward Democracy
U.S. Supports Kazakhstan's Desire to Chair OSCE, Diplomat Says

Election -- Sailau [Sah-i-lah-u]
Free vote --  Ashyq dauys beru [Ah-shyq dah-u-ys beh-ruh]

Vol. 3, No. 13, September 24, 2003

World's Religious Leaders Gather in Kazakhstan,
Condemn Terrorism and Call for Dialogue
U.S. President Bush and other political leaders pledge support

Vol. 3, No. 12, September 19, 2003

In this issue
Kazakh Military Engineers Remove 7,500 Explosive Devices in Iraq
Astana and Washington Move to Strengthen Dialogue on Democracy
Kazakh-American Defense Ties to Expand under New Program
Aktau Caspian Declaration Calls for Cooperation on Ecology, Tougher Regulations


It is nice to meet you. -- Ote kuyanyshty sizben tanyskanyma [au-teh kuh-ah-nysh-tyh syz-behn tah-nys-kah-nyh-ma].
Dialogue -- Soilesu [Soi-leh-su]

Vol. 3, No. 11, September 10, 2003

In this issue

U.S. Lauds Kazakhstan for Actions Against Human Trafficking
Terrorism, Drug Trafficking Priority Targets for Shanghai Group, Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Urges
League of Young Voters to Raise Political Consciousness

Where is...? -  ... qaida? (The sentence structure puts interrogatives at the end)
... the hotel? - Konak yui qaida? [Koh-nak oui qai-dah?]
... the restaurant? - Meiramkhana qaida? [May-ram-khana qai-dah?]

Vol. 3, No. 10, September 3, 2003

In this issue

Public Committee to Supervise Elections
Almaty Conference Adopts Access Plan for Landlocked Countries; Calls Made to Revive Silk Road
Banks Take Greater Role in Kazakhstan's Economy
Kazakhfilm-Holywood Crew to Begin Filming Nomad

The weather is nice today - Bugun aurae sondai zhaksy. [Buh-ghun ah-uh-ray-eh son-dai zhahk-sy]
What is this?  - Mynau ne?  [Myh-nau neh?]

Vol. 3, No. 9, August 27, 2003

In this issue

A Mosque, A Church, A Synagogue, A Buddhist Temple: But Only One Parking Lot
Kazakhstan's Rapid Economic Growth Needs More People to Fill New Jobs, Says President
Kazakhstan Seeks Better Access to World Ocean
Hero's Welcome For Vinokourov, Third in Tour de France

Good Afternoon (formal) - Salamatsyzba  [Sala-maht-syz-bah]
Good evening (formal)  Qayirly Kesh [Ka-ihr-ly Kesh]!

Vol. 3, No. 8, August 20, 2003

In this issue

Military Engineers from Kazakhstan Deploy to Iraq, Clean Drinking Water and Freedom from Mines Are Goals
President Condemns Terrorist Attack on Baghdad UN HQ
Mortgages Should Be Accessible for More People, Says PM

My name is... - Menym atym... [Meh-nym ah-tym]
Soldier - Asker [As-keer]

Vol. 3, No. 7, August 18, 2003

Special Edition

Senator Lugar Urges Continued U.S.-Kazakhstan Nonproliferation Cooperation

Vol. 3, No. 6, August 13, 2003

In this issue

World Religious Congress to Counter "Clash of Civilizations"
7,531 Candidates Register for Sept. 20 Local Elections
"Competitiveness Is the Issue" As Kazakhstan Girds for WTO,
Says President Nazarbayev
Kazakhstan Ensures Freedom of Emigration, Says President Bush
Zhumabekov Named to Coordinate Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

Vol. 3, No. 5, August 6, 2003

In this issue

Kazakhstan's Doctors Conduct World's First Transplant of Human Embryo's Nerve Cells
Senator Lugar Says U.S., Kazakhstan Should Continue Joint Nonproliferation Efforts
Kazakhstan Hosts Regional Anti-Terrorism Exercises

Vol. 3, No. 4, July 24, 2003

In this issue

U.S. Says Kazakhstan Makes "Significant Improvements" in Human Rights
Parties Field Candidates for Local Elections in September, As Election Legislation Is Discussed Nationally
GDP Grows Ten Percent in H1 2003
Private Deposits in Banks Grew 5.3 Times Since 2000, National Bank Chairman Says
Vinokourov Stays in Championship Race at Tour de France

Vol. 3, No. 3, July 16, 2003

In this issue

Kazakh Cyclist in Dead Heat Race with Armstrong
Kazakhstan Edges Towards Abolishing Death Penalty
Finance, IT, Law, Audit Dominate Entrants' Choices
Experts Finalize Caspian Ecological Convention

Vol. 3, No. 2, July 10, 2003

In this issue

President Nazarbayev Signs Anti-Trafficking Amendments into Law
NATO's Chief Says Relations with Kazakhstan to "Help Stabilize World"
In Kazakhstan, OSCE Chairman-in-Office Discusses Cooperation on Political Reforms and Beyond
Central Asian States Seek to Expand Trade, Security Cooperation
Kazakhstan Should Join WTO Soonest, Says Prime Minister
Telecommunications to Be Liberalized in 2004, Akhmetov Says
Spokespersons Meet for Seminar with Media, Seek to Improve Openness

Vol. 3, No. 1, July 2, 2003

In this issue

Astana Seeks to Enhance Strategic Partnership with Washington, Says Foreign Minister
Senate Passes Amendments to Confront Human Trafficking
Kazakhstan and Canada Sign Two Major Agreements in Legal Sphere, Economy, As President Nazarbayev Pays First Ever Visit
Canadian Jewish Congress Recognizes Nazarbayev's Role in Promoting Interreligious Peace
Kazakhstan to Triple Oil Production to 180 Million Tons by 2015, Says President
Gov't to Concentrate on Fast Return Programs, Seeks 150% Increase in GDP per Capita by 2006

Vol. 2, No. 13, June 18, 2003

In this issue:        

         New Government's Priorities Lie in Real Economy, New Premier Says...
         ...And Calls New Cabinet "Symbiosis of Continuity and Young Forces"
         President Objects to Several Provisions of Land Code, Setting Stage for New Vote June 20
         Israel's Chief Rabbi to Participate in World Religious Forum in Kazakhstan in September
         Kazakhstan Sends Another Cadet to West Point

Vol.2, No. 12, June 11, 2003

In this issue:

Prime Minister Resigns Over Land Reform Dispute...
... While Council Rules Draft Land Code Complies with Constitution, Clearing Way for Signature
Kazakhstan Provides Second Airport for Antiterrorist Coalition
EBRD President Commends Kazakhstan's Innovation Program
Astana Celebrates Five Years as Capital

Vol.2, No. 11, June 4, 2003

In this issue:

Kazakhstan's Parliament OKs Sending Troops to Iraq
Colorado Gov. Owens Seeks New Business Opportunities in Kazakhstan
President Nazarbayev Approves New Caspian Offshore Development Program
Businesswomen to Get Government Support

Vol.2, No. 10, May 29, 2003

In this issue:

Shanghai Cooperation Organization Takes Shape, Pledges to Fight Terrorism
In Turkey, President Calls for New Caspian Sea Stability Pact
Citing Strengthening Economic Prospects, Standard & Poor's Raises Currency Ratings for Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan Moves Toward Criminalizing Human Trafficking

Vol.2, No. 9, May 22, 2003

In this issue:

Kazakhstan Prevents SARS from Spreading Westward
Major Exercise in Democracy Clears Way for Private Land Ownership
Kazakhstan Seeks to Diversify Economy, Triple GDP by 2015
Kazakhstan Becomes Second-Largest Export Market for U.S. in Eurasia

Vol.2, No. 8, May 20, 2003


"We Cannot Renounce Multidimensional Foreign Policy"
Kassymzhomart Tokaev, Secretary of State - Minister of Foreign Affairs
In the interview with Izvestia-Kazakhstan newspaper (# 76 (621), April 28, 2003, given excerpted), Mr. Tokaev talks about his views on the new world order after the war against Iraq and Kazakhstan's foreign policy in the new circumstances. He comments on Kazakhstan's business dealings with the U.S. and the West, as well as China, and the ongoing democratic reforms inside the country.

Vol.2, No. 7, May 14, 2003

In this issue:

Thousands of Miles from Ocean, Sharks Find Home in Astana
Marchenko Says National Fund Transparent, Criticizes New Book For Conceptual "Mistakes"
Disagreements Over Land Code Set Stage For Confidence Vote May 16

Vol.2, No. 6, May 8, 2003

In this issue:

Congress, Majilis Establish Friendship Group
House Committee Approves Amendment on Semipalatinsk Nuclear Studies
Muslim World League Supports Religions' Forum in Kazakhstan
Nomads to Be Filmed in Turkestan

Vol.2, No. 5, April 29, 2003

In this issue:

       Kazakhstan to Send Medical Troops to Iraq, President Bush Praises Move
       Central Asian Rapid Reaction Force to Be Set Up
       Eurasian Journalists, Officials Seek Ways to Ensure Better Media
       Economy Grows 10% in Q1
       Kazakhstan Seeks Twofold Increase in Small Business Share in GDP

Vol.2, No. 4, April 22, 2003

In this issue:

       Congressmen Call for New U.S.-Kazakhstan Friendship Group
       Kazakhstan "Can Provide Valuable Leadership" on Nuclear Disarmament, Former Senator Nunn Says
       Vatican State Secretary to Discuss World Religious Forum With Nazarbayev
       Foreign Students in Kazakhstan Hold First Conference

Vol.2, No. 3, April 17, 2003

In this issue:

U.S. "Wholly Committed to Engagement, Dialogue" with Central Asia, American Diplomat Says
Gold, Forex Reserves at $6,219 Billion, National Bank Chairman Says
Financial Reserves to Allow Kazakhstan to Weather Potential Crisis for 3 Years, President Says
Kazakhstan Subscribes to the IMF's Special Data Dissemination Standard

Vol.2, No. 2, April 10, 2003

In this issue:

President Announces New Stage of Political, Economic Liberalization...
New Innovation Program, Tax Cuts Meant to Spur Economic Growth
Seven Political Parties Registered
Government Discusses Introduction of Life Imprisonment

Vol.2, No. 1, April 3, 2003

In this issue:

Kazakhstan Liberalizes Visa Rules for Citizens of U.S., Canada, 52 Other Nations
Majilis Votes to Lease Land to U.S. to Build Embassy in Astana
Further Liberalization of Economy and Society to Be Main Thrust of President's April 4 Annual Address
President to Approve New Industrial Program Shortly
Government Approves Caspian Development Program

Vol.1, No. 15, March 26, 2003

In this issue:

Kazakhstan Believes Saddam Hussein Responsible for Conflict, Says It Has Moral Right to Demand Nonproliferation from Others
Kazakhstan's Economic Growth Due to Oil Wealth, Structural Reforms, IMF Says
Kazakhstan Joins Interstate Oil and Gas Transportation System
Five Political Parties Registered

Vol.1, No. 14, March 18, 2003

Special Edition

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan

Vol.1, No. 13, March 12, 2003

In this issue:

Government Moves Forward With Ambitious Innovation Plan
Kazakhstan, U.S. to Promote Energy Partnership
U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Suit against Kazakhstan's Uranium Firm
Journalists, Officials Discuss Draft Media Law

Vol.1, No. 12, March 5, 2003

In this issue:

Central Asia Is "Muslim Firewall to Expansion of Extremism", Jewish Leader Says
Citing Secularism, Government Rejects Bill to Institutionalize Religious Holidays
Ombudsman says almost 200 petitions received, acted upon
President Nazarbayev Calls for Closer Economic Ties with U.S.
IMF forecasts 2003 GDP growth in Kazakhstan of 7%-8%

Vol.1, No. 11, February 26, 2003

In this issue:

Kazakhstan, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine to Create Single Economic Space
Feb. 23 Celebrated as Macho Day in East Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan Debates Handling Radioactive Waste, Building Nuclear Power Plant
Kazakhstan to Approve Caspian Offshore Development by March 20

Vol.1, No. 10, February 19, 2003

In this issue:

Interethnic Love and Marriages on the Rise in Kazakhstan
Astana Considers Allowing Antiterrorist Coalition to Use Another Airfield
Kazakhstan Ensures Freedom of Emigration, President Bush Says to U.S. Congress
Kazakhstan, Russia to Expand Business, Political Ties, Two Presidents Say

Vol.1, No. 9, February 13, 2003

Special Edition

Peace and Harmony Conference Establishes Permanent Forum for Peace and Stability

Vol.1, No. 8, February 12, 2003

In this issue:

Kazakhstan's Muslims Call for Harmony and Dialogue Amid Cries for Jihad
Kazakhstan, ExxonMobil to Develop Strategic Natural Gas Plan for Country
Global AIDS Fund to Provide $22 million to Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan Sets Up Copyright Protection Association
Ancient Turkic Game Resembling Chess, Yet More Complex, Sees New Life

Vol.1, No. 7, February, 6, 2003

In this issue:

U.S. "supports" Peace and Harmony Conference in Almaty
President visits Italy to expand business ties ...
... and the Vatican to promote interreligious dialogue
Kazakhstan's experience in penal reform can benefit others, PRI head says
Women's ice hockey team wins gold in Winter Asian Games

Vol.1, No. 6, February, 3, 2003

Special Edition

Kazakhstan "Heartbroken" because of Shuttle Columbia Tragedy, President Says

Vol.1, No. 5, January, 30, 2003

In this issue:

Judge Hands Down Rape Sentence On Duvanov
Kazakhstan, Oil Companies Settle Financial Dispute at TCO
Kazakhstan Moves to Join Major League Oil Producers - 120 new offshore blocks to be tendered in 2003-04
National Bank Stops Setting Tenge-Dollar Exchange Rate
Home of Legendary Racehorse Seeks Return to Glory, Profit

Vol.1, No. 4, January, 27, 2003

In this issue:

International Conference on Peace and Harmony in Kazakhstan To Usher in New Phase in Dialogue of Civilizations

Vol.1, No. 3, January, 23, 2003

In this issue:

President Bush says U.S. to develop closer ties with Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan set example of peaceful voluntary disarmament, Rice says
Three political parties get registered
Canadian coroners conclude death of reporter's daughter a suicide
Plans to convert schools to 12-year curriculum draw heated debate
Political activist evaded paying taxes, forged documents, tax police say

Vol.1, No. 2, January, 15, 2003

In this issue:

Kazakhstan "concerned" with North Korea withdrawal from
Nonproliferation Treaty
Almaty fights pollution by promoting natural gas usage
National Commission on Sustainable Development to be established
GDP grows by 9.5 percent in 2002
Kazakhstan 2002 oil output rises to 950,000 barrels per day
"Say NEIGH to that"

Vol.1, No. 1, January, 8, 2003

In this issue:

Disneyland and Las Vegas come together... in Astana
Kazakhstan, U.S. "natural allies", says Ambassador
President Nazarbayev finishes off 2002 with visits to Russia...
...and China
President signs new laws on electronic document and signature
Economy forecast to grow 6% in 2003
Dec. 28 by-election results certified