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News: Friday, July 22, 2016 -- Issue 2541 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Article of the Day

Kazak prosecutor general says terrorism major internal threat
    Terrorism is the main threat to Kazakhstan's national security, Prosecutor General Zhakip Asanov said today during a special session, TASS reports.
    "The security forces are focused on identifying and neutralising terrorists. We previously feared terrorists from the outside. Now we are facing threats within the country," he stated during a session of the Prosecutor's Office collegium that discussed the results achieved over the first six months of the year.
    According to Asanov, the role of the police increasing in present conditions. He noted that in the last five years alone, 144 police officers were killed in the country in the line on duty.
    Asanov noted the country’s national law enforcement system is capable of coping with terror and other threats and ensuring security. "We know what to do to protect the citizens, society and the state,” he said, according to Kazinform.

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Kazakhstan General

Kazakhstan to participate in 2016 International Army Games
    Kazakhstan’s Air Defense Forces this year will take part in the 2016 International Army Games, the Defense Ministry reports.
    The games will be held in Russia from ...
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Kazakhstan shaken by attacks
    Two multiple-target attacks in as many months have shaken Kazakhstan's reputation for stability and led to fears that home-grown radicalism could be on the rise in ...
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No clear successor in sight as Nazarbayev turns 75
    President Nursultan Nazarbayev celebrates his 75th birthday on Monday, in good shape and vastly popular, but the expected fireworks and fanfare mask uncomfortable questions about the ...
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Oil and Gas Sector

Kazakhstan ups gasoline production
    By Elena Kosolapova
    Kazakhstan’s gasoline production (including aviation fuel) expanded by 13.6 percent in Kazakhstan in January-June 2016, compared to the same period in 2015 and stood ...
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More than 700 people employed for construction new complex in Atyrau
    742 people from 12 regional subcontractor organizations were given work during the construction of the deep refining complex at the Atyrau Refinery, BNews.kz reports.
    The pool of ...
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Oil prices weaken on glut fears
    By Timothy Puko and Jenny W. Hsu
    Oil prices fell throughout US trading Thursday as a glut of gasoline keeps weighing on prices.
    US oil for September delivery ...
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Belarus wants Kazakh and Uzbek natural gas
    Belarus is ready to purchase natural gas from Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Director General of the Belarusian Beltopgas State Production Association, Leonid Rudinsky said while addressing aa ...
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Oil futures ease, face weekly decline as glut fears persist
    By Keith Wallis
    Crude oil futures eased on Friday, extending big falls in the previous session as investors reassessed US data underlining the glut in petroleum, while ...
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Finance and Investment

Kazakh GDP grew slightly over H1 2016
    By Zhanna Shayakhmetova
    Kazakhstan’s economy is continues to grow due to timely anti-crisis measures being taken by the government and the central bank, according to Minister of ...
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Kazakhstan to continue successful economic course in globally-linked economy
    The decision by the IMF to reduce global growth forecasts was a reminder, if one were needed, of how global economies are now inextricably linked. It ...
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Kazakhstan and Belarus launch 2017-2018 Cooperation Development Road Map
    During the most recent meeting of the Kazakh-Belarusian Intergovernmental Commission for Trade-Economic Cooperation, the two parties initialed the Road Map for the Development of Cooperation for ...
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Metals and Minerals

Central Bank gold buying back on track
    By Lawrence Williams
    The Russian central bank has announced an 18.7 ton increase in its gold reserves in June after only expanding them by 3 tons in ...
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Is Glencore still a sell?
    By Stephen Gandel
    Here’s the answer according to one influential analyst.
    The research firm that sparked a massive sell-off in Glencore shares last fall with a note that ...
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Copper futures slide as Chinese production climbs in H1
    By Agnieszka De Sousa, AggieDeSousa and Luzi-Ann Javier
    Copper retreated on concern that supply will keep outpacing demand as data showed rising output in China, the biggest ...
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Trade and Consumer Goods

Berlin Eurasian Club Conference looking to bring EEU, EU together
    By Yerbolat Uatkhanov
    Kazakh officials have asked for German support to bring the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) and the EU together at the July 15 meeting of ...
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Sagintayev calls for boosting agricultural cooperation with Belarus
    First Vice Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev has said Kazakhstan must boost its agriculture industry cooperation with Belarus, Kazinform learned from pm.kz.
    “Taking into consideration existing potential, ...
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Belarusian-Kazakh Intergovernmental Commission to promote bilateral ties
    The role of the Intergovernmental Belarusian-Kazakh Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation is designed to bolster ties between the two countries, Belarus First Deputy Prime Minister, ...
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Communications and Transportation

Air Astana records US $6.6 million H1 loss
    Air Astana recorded a net loss of US $6.6 million, and an operating profit of US $0.975 million, for the first half of 2016.
    Operating revenue fell ...
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High-speed record set in Kazakhstan with KZ4AT passenger locomotive
    By Katie Sadler
    Rollin stock manufacturer Alstom has set a new high-speed record in Kazakhstan whilst conducting tests on its KZ4AT passenger locomotive on the line South ...
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People and Professional Development

Paolo Ricciotti named as new Chairman of Astana International Airport
    Paolo Ricciotti has been named as new Chairman of the Board of JSC "Astana International Airport", Kazinform has learnt from the Managing Company "Airport Management Group".
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Regional News

Russia is only a threat if the world lets it be
    By Mark Galeotti
    Russia is a declining power, a part-reformed, part-stagnant fragment of a shattered and spent empire. Vladimir Putin, though, has perfected a foreign policy built ...
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Why Russia is rejoicing over Trump
    By Anna Nemtsova
    Excited by Donald Trump’s pledge to promote “easing of tensions and improved relations with Russia,” the Kremlin establishment earlier this month invited Trump adviser ...
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Russia loses appeal against Olympic athletics ban
    Sport’s highest tribunal on Thursday rejectedRussia’s appeal against a doping ban for its entire athletics team from the Rio Olympics starting in 15 days’ time, drawing ...
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Could mocking Russia’s national anthem soon land you in jail?
    By Damien Sharkov
    Mockery of Russia’s national anthem could soon be a criminal offense that may land you a year-long jail sentence, Russian state news agency Itar-Tass ...
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Kyrgyz government continues circling no. 1 Investor
    Kyrgyzstan’s state environmental regulator agreed to authorize a continuation of work at the Centerra Gold-operated Kumtor gold mine in the eastern part of the country. Centerra ...
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Uzbekistan, France expanding trade
    By Demir Azizov
    Uzbek enterprises are ready to supply a broad range of high-quality and competitive products to the French market, Uzbek companies say.
    Textiles, chemical, oil and ...
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Turkey takes global aim At Gulen Movement In wake of failed coup
    By Charles Recknagel
    In the wake of last week's failed Turkish coup, a battle over the Gulen movement is shaping up in Kyrgyzstan that may soon be ...
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Tajik edition of Komsomolskaya Pravda suspended for ‘insulting’ comment
    The Tajik government has suspended the Tajik version of the Russian daily Komsomolskaya Pravda because of what it calls an "insulting" comment in one of its ...
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Prices and Statistics

Commodities
    

Date: July 21, 2016; Source: Bloomberg.com

Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USD/bbl. 44.68 -0.07 -0.16% Sep 2016 1:36 AM
USD/bbl. 46.22 +0.02 +0.04% Sep 2016 1:36 AM
USd/gal. 135.64 +0.14 +0.10% Aug 2016 12:26 AM
USD/MMBtu 2.67 -0.02 -0.85% Aug 2016 1:20 AM
USd/gal. 137.43 +0.36 +0.26% Aug 2016 12:07 AM
 
Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USD/t oz. 1,327.40 -3.60 -0.27% Aug 2016 1:36 AM
USD/t oz. 1,326.15 -5.28 -0.40% N/A 1:46 AM
USD/t oz. 19.80 -0.02 -0.10% Sep 2016 1:36 AM
USd/lb. 224.75 -1.10 -0.49% Sep 2016 1:36 AM
USD/t oz. 1,098.83 -3.92 -0.36% N/A 1:46 AM
Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USd/bu. 339.75 -1.00 -0.29% Dec 2016 1:34 AM
USd/bu. 417.75 0.00 0.00% Sep 2016 1:30 AM
USD/MT 2,902.00 -67.00 -2.26% Sep 2016 7/21/2016
USd/lb. 72.89 -0.08 -0.11% Dec 2016 1:35 AM
USd/lb. 105.70 -2.37 -2.20% Oct 2016 7/21/2016
 

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Exchange Rates
    

Date: July 21, 2016; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan

1 USD KZT 342.23 1 CHF

KZT 347.19

1 CNY

KZT 51.29

1 TRY KZT 111.25 1 JPY KZT 3.24
1 EUR

KZT 377.24

1 AUD

KZT 256.88

1 KGS KZT 5.1 100 UZS KZT 11.61 100 BYN KZT 173.28
1 GBP KZT 452.19 1 CAD KZT 262.41 1 RUB KZT 5.36 100 KRW KZT 30.16 1 UAH KZT 13.8

 

 

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