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Kazakhstan: World's Largest Landlocked Country

The tribal conflicts over power have complicated the Kazakh history. The nomadic tribes who were the descendants of Turks and Mongols ruled Kazakhstan. Later on in the 18 th century Russia conquered Kazakhstan and it became a Soviet congregation in 1936. The agricultural revolution in Kazakhstan between the 1950's and 60's attracted people from other parts of the Soviet Union. These large-scale migrations led to non-Kazakhs outnumbering the native Kazakhs. Since gaining independence in 1991 there has been major foreign investment in the Caspian oil sector that has brought rapid economic growth to Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures

  • National Name: Republic of Kazakhstan
  • Capital: Astana
  • Total area : 2.7 million sq km (1 million sq miles)
  • Population: 15.5 million (UN, 2008)
  • Currency: Kazakh Tenge
  • Languages: Kazakh (Qazaq, state language) 64.4%, Russian (official, used in everyday business, designated the "language of interethnic communication") 95% (2001 est.)
  • Ethnicity/ Races: Kazakh (Qazaq) 53.4%, Russian 30%, Ukrainian 3.7%, Uzbek 2.5%, German 2.4%, Tatar 1.7%, Uygur 1.4%, other 4.9% (1999 census)
  • Religion: Muslim 47%, Russian Orthodox 44%, Protestant 2%, other 7%
  • GDP (Per Capita): $11,000 (2007 est.)
  • Life Expectancy: Male: 99.8%, Female: 99.3% (1999 est.)
  • Literacy Rate: Male: 62.24 years, Female: 73.16 years (2008 est.)

Geographical Information on Kazakhstan :

Kazakhstan lies right at the middle of Central Asia and is bounded by Russia in the north, China in the east, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in the south, and the Caspian Sea and part of Turkmenistan in the west.

The climate of Kazakhstan is continental, with warm summers and colder winters. Precipitation oscillates between arid and semi-arid conditions.

Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Kazakhstan:

The culture of Kazakhstan is derived from the tribal communities. Centuries of foreign invasion led to extinction of many tribal practices yet some are still in practice. The traditional Kazakhs believed in the power of nature so they worshiped fire, water and many other natural elements.

The Cuisine of Kazakhstan reflects the nature of its people, its history, customs and traditions. The main component of Kazakh food is meat or flesh from the livestock. The traditional way of preparation with bread products make Kazakh cuisine delicate and enticing. Refreshments include black tea and traditional milk-derived drinks such as ayran, shubat and kymyz

Tourist Attraction of Kazakhstan:

Kazakhstan's ancient links with Europe and Asia have provided many historical monuments that give the glimpses of past glory. The vast expansion of Kazakhstan gives ample of natural beauty in various forms of flora and fauna. There are many places to explore in Kazakhstan. The most famous tourist attractions are Turkestan, Taraz, Almaty and the new and shining capital city of Astana . Khodja Akhmed Yassaui mausoleum in Turkestan became a sacred place for Moslems from all over the world.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Kazakhstan include:

  • The Kolsai Lakes
  • Charyn Canyon
  • Tamgaly ravine
  • Khan Tengry

Iran Asian weightlifting champions

May 1, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Tehran, May 1 (IANS) Iran finished overall winners at the Asian Weightlifting Championships Tuesday.

Camel killed in Kazakhstan to end suicides

April 28, 2012 at 8:34 AM

Moscow, April 28 (IANS/RIA Novosti) People in a Kazakh town have sacrificed a white camel in a bid to end an adolescent "suicide epidemic" blamed on an evil spirit that comes as a vision to instigate boys to kill themselves.

Space station crew lands in Kazakhstan

April 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Moscow, April 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Soyuz re-entry capsule with three crew members of the International Space Station (ISS) landed safely in Kazakhstan Friday, the Russian mission control centre said.

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Wrestler Sushil Kumar qualifies for London Games

April 27, 2012 at 8:18 PM

New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) India's Olympic bronze medal-winning wrestler Sushil Kumar qualified Friday for the 2012 London Olympics by taking the gold medal in the 66kg event of the World Qualifying Tournament in Taiyuan, China.

SCO to hold joint military drill in Tajikistan in June

April 26, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Beijing, April 26 (Xinhua-ANI): The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) members will hold a joint military exercise in Tajikistan in June, a Ministry of Defense spokesman said Thursday.

Russian freighter docks with ISS

April 23, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Moscow, April 23 (IANS) A Russian cargo spacecraft Sunday successfully docked with the International Space Station (ISS), Russia's Roscosmos space agency said.

Kazakh journalist stabbed

April 21, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Moscow, April 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A journalist who criticised the Kazakh authorities over their bloody handling of riots in a mining town in December last year was found beaten and stabbed in the stomach and neck.

Volkswagen to build assembly plant in North West China

April 19, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Urumqi (China), April 19 (Xinhua-ANI): Shanghai Volkswagen, German carmaker Volkswagen AG's joint venture in China, plans to set up an assembly plant in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region this year to explore the markets of northwest China and Central Asia, local commerce officials said Thursday.

CBI court allows Kalmadi to go to Kazakhstan

April 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

New Delhi, April 18 (IANS) A Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here has allowed former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi to go to Kazakhstan for attending the Asian Atheletics Association Council meeting to be held April 27.

China, Russia to hold joint naval drill

April 18, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Beijing, April 18 (IANS) China and Russia will hold a joint naval exercise in the Yellow Sea this weekend, the Chinese defence ministry said.

Kazakh men use national flag to collect trash

April 18, 2012 at 1:49 AM

Moscow, April 18 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Police in Kazakhstan have launched a criminal investigation into a report about a group of men using the national flag to collect garbage.

Four Russian warships set to leave for China

April 15, 2012 at 8:27 AM

Moscow, April 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Four Russian warships from the Pacific Fleet, as well as support vessels, warplanes, helicopters and naval infantry, will leave the country's Vladivostok city Sunday for a joint exercise with Chinese naval forces, said a spokesman for the fleet.

India's boxing future bright: Vijender

April 14, 2012 at 6:27 PM

New Delhi, April 14 (IANS) Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Vijender Singh, who remains a medal hope for India at the 2012 London Olympics, Saturday said the country's boxing future looked bright and the team heading to London was perfect.

Russia looks for commercial space projects

April 13, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Moscow, April 12 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia needs to invigorate its efforts to implement commercial space projects jointly with the European Space Agency and individual space powers, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has said.

Boxers Shiva, Sangwan strike gold at Olympic qualifier

April 12, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 12 (IANS) Teenage boxers Shiva Thapa (56kg) and Sumit Sangwan (81kg) won gold in their respective categories at the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Thursday, a day after they made the cut for the London Games.

Shiva, Sangwan secure London Olympics berth (Roundup)

April 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 11 (IANS) Teenage boxer Shiva Thapa and Sumit Sangwan qualified for the 2012 Olympics by entering the finals of the 56 kg and 81 kg category at the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Wednesday, taking to seven the overall Olympic spots tally from the sport.

Shiva Thapa youngest Indian boxer to qualify for Olympics

April 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 11 (IANS) Teenage boxer Shiva Thapa qualified for the 2012 Olympics by entering the final of the 56 kg category at the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Wednesday, becoming the youngest Indian to do so.

Products made from mare's milk to soothe TB sufferers

April 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM

London, April 10 (ANI): Scientists in Kazakhstan are planning to develop a series of products based on mare's milk, a traditional alcoholic drink in the Central Asian state, to help soothe people suffering with tuberculosis.

Boxer Shiva enters semis of Olympic qualifiers

April 9, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 9 (IANS) Teenage boxer Shiva Thapa humbled Athens Olympics silver medallist Worapoj Petchkoon of Thailand to enter the semifinals of the 56 kg category at the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Monday. The Indian is now one step away from making the London Games.

Boxer Vijender qualifies for London Olympics

April 8, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 8 (IANS) Indian boxer Vijender Singh qualified for the 2012 London Olympics by advancing to the semi-finals of 75 kgs weight category at the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Sunday.

Vijender Singh qualifies for London Olympic games for third successive time

April 8, 2012 at 5:13 PM

Astana, Apr 8(ANI): Vijender Singh has qualified for the London Olympic games after reaching the semifinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Astana, Kazakhstan on Sunday. He has become the first Indian boxer to qualify for Olympics for three successive time.

Vijender Singh qualifies for London Olympic games for third successive time

April 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Astana, Apr 8(ANI): Vijender Singh has qualified for the London Olympic games after reaching the semifinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Astana, Kazakhstan on Sunday. He has become the first Indian boxer to qualify for Olympics for three successive time.

Vijender Singh qualifies for London Olympic games for third successive time

April 8, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Astana, Apr 8(ANI): Vijender Singh has qualified for the London Olympic games after reaching the semifinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifiers in Astana, Kazakhstan on Sunday. He has become the first Indian boxer to qualify for Olympics for three successive time.

Thapa in quarters, Suranjoy out of Olympic qualifiers

April 7, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 7 (IANS) Indian boxers suffered a major set-back after the vastly talented Suranjoy Singh (52kg) lost his pre-quarterfinal bout to old nemesis Nyambayar Tugstsogt of Mongolia in the Asian Olympic Qualifying event here Saturday.

Indian boxer Thapa in quarters of Olympic qualifiers

April 7, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 7 (IANS) Indian boxers continued their good run at the Asian Olympic Qualifying event here Saturday with 2010 Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Shiva Thapa (56kg) advancing to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Vijender in quarters of Olympic qualifier

April 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 6 (IANS) Indian boxer Vijender Singh eased into the 75 kg quarterfinals of the Asian Olympic qualifying event here Friday.

Manpreet in quarters of Olympic qualifying event

April 6, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 6 (IANS) Asian Games silver medallist Manpreet Singh (91kg) Friday entered the quarterfinals of the Asian Olympic Qualifying Boxing Event here with a resounding victory over Mongolia's Tulyek Yerbolat. The tournament is the last qualifying event for Indian boxers to book their tickets to London for the 2012 Olympic.

Kazakhstan not to provide territory for anti-Iran military attacks

April 5, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Astana, Apr.5 (ANI): The Government of Kazakhstan has asid that it will not allow its territory to be used for any military operation against Iran.

Indian wrestler Geeta Kumari returns home after booking London Olympics berth

April 3, 2012 at 12:48 PM

New Delhi, Apr 3 (ANI): Indian wrestler Geeta Kumari returned home on Tuesday after clinching a gold medal at the Asian qualifying tournament in Astana, Kazakhstan, in the 55 kilograms category, becoming the first Indian woman wrestler to book a place for the London Olympics.

Testing time for Sushil's new technique: Coach

April 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) Top Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar's coach Yashvir Singh feels it is still too early ring alarm bells over the grappler's form and hoped the 2008 Beijing Games bronze medallist's newly adopted technique will come good in the remaining two qualifying events for the London Olympics.

Under-pressure Vijender hopes to book London berth in Astana

April 2, 2012 at 3:44 PM

New Delhi, April 2 (IANS) India's top boxer Vijender Singh, who won a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Games, said he has got used to the pressure of expectations and hoped to book his London berth in the forthcoming Asia Olympic qualifying tournament starting Wednesday in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Wrestler Geeta qualifies for Olympics

April 1, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Astana (Kazakhstan), April 1 (IANS) Woman wrestler Geeta made history as she became the first female Indian wrestler to qualify for the Olympic Games.

Indian wrestler Yogeshwar qualifies for London Olympics

March 30, 2012 at 7:10 PM

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt booked his London Olympics berth after he qualified for the final of the Asian qualification event in Astana, Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan lodges complaint over gaffe

March 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Astana, March 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Kazakhstan has lodged an official complaint with the Olympic Council of Asia over Kuwait's usage of music from the spoof "Borat" movie instead of its national anthem at a medal ceremony last week, a sports official told RIA Novosti Tuesday.

Russia launches US satellite

March 26, 2012 at 4:00 AM

Moscow, March 26 (IANS) A Russian rocket carrying a US telecommunications satellite blasted off from the Baikonur space centre in Kazakhstan Sunday.

Indian boxer Shiva wins silver in Czech Grand Prix

March 25, 2012 at 7:28 PM

New Delhi, March 25 (IANS) Boxer Shiva Thapa was Sunday out-pointed in the final of his 56kg bout as India finished the 43rd Boxing Grand Prix at Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, with a silver and bronze.

Russia to launch US satellite

March 25, 2012 at 6:32 AM

Moscow, March 25 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Russian rocket will carry a US telecommunication satellite into space Sunday.

'Borat' spoof Kazakh anthem played by mistake at sporting event

March 24, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Sydney, Mar 24 (ANI): Kazakhstan's shooting team had to bear listening to a spoof national anthem from the satirical movie 'Borat' after it was played accidentally at a medal ceremony in Kuwait.

Shiva Thapa enters final at Czech boxing meet

March 24, 2012 at 6:00 PM

New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) Shiva Thapa advanced into the final of the 56 kg category at the Boxing Grand Prix in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic while Vikas Krishan lost his semifinal bout in the 69 kg to settle for a bronze.

'Borat' spoof Kazakh anthem played by mistake at sporting event

March 24, 2012 at 5:12 PM

Sydney, Mar 24 (ANI): Kazakhstan's shooting team had to bear listening to a spoof national anthem from the satirical movie 'Borat' after it was played accidentally at a medal ceremony in Kuwait.

Madonna's album released in Russia three days early

March 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Moscow, March 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's largest search engine Yandex has made US pop star Madonna's new album available for download three days before its worldwide release, the company said Friday.

US secures Asian countries' approval for allowing Afghan exit without depending on Pakistan

February 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Washington, Feb 29 (ANI): US officials have reportedly secured approval from several Central Asian countries to move military cargo out of Afghanistan without relying mainly on land routes through Pakistan.

US secures Asian countries' approval for allowing Afghan exit without depending on Pakistan

February 29, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Washington, Feb 29 (ANI): US officials have reportedly secured approval from several Central Asian countries to move military cargo out of Afghanistan without relying mainly on land routes through Pakistan.

Michael Jordan sues Chinese sportswear company for using similar logo

February 24, 2012 at 10:09 PM

London, Feb 24 (ANI): Michael Jordan is suing Qiaodan Sports, a Chinese sportswear firm, for building a multi-million dollar business around his brand without his permission.

Michael Jordan sues Chinese sportswear company for using similar logo

February 24, 2012 at 4:07 PM

London, Feb 24 (ANI): Michael Jordan is suing Qiaodan Sports, a Chinese sportswear firm, for building a multi-million dollar business around his brand without his permission.

Canada says will allow export of uranium to China

February 10, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Calgary (Canada), Feb.10 (ANI): Canada has said it will allow the sale of uranium to China for use in nuclear energy generation, clearing the way for Canadian producers to compete with China's current suppliers in Kazakhstan, Australia and Russia.

Murray enters Australian Open quarters

January 23, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Melbourne, Jan.23 (ANI): Britain's Andy Murray needed only to appear on court at Rod Laver Arena to make it into his fifth successive grand slam quarter-final on Monday.

Loss of China's first interplanetary probe hits Mars mission

January 20, 2012 at 8:56 PM

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): The loss of China's first interplanetary probe, attached to an ill-fated Russian spacecraft, has cost scientists the chance to conduct breakthrough research on Mars, according to a top scientist.

Loss of China's first interplanetary probe hits Mars mission

January 20, 2012 at 10:39 AM

New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): The loss of China's first interplanetary probe, attached to an ill-fated Russian spacecraft, has cost scientists the chance to conduct breakthrough research on Mars, according to a top scientist.

Google maps help find predator that existed before dinosaurs

January 18, 2012 at 8:16 PM

London, Jan 18 (ANI): A fanged reptile that lived about 265 million years ago - before the age of the dinosaurs - has been dug up in southern Brazil by scientists.

Google maps help find predator that existed before dinosaurs

January 18, 2012 at 4:40 PM

London, Jan 18 (ANI): A fanged reptile that lived about 265 million years ago - before the age of the dinosaurs - has been dug up in southern Brazil by scientists.

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