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News: Friday, September 07, 2012 -- Issue 1597 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Article of the Day

President Nazarbayev meets with Visiting Vatican Dean
    President Nursultan Nazarbaev has conducted a meeting with the Dean of the Vatican's College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano.
    During their meeting in Astana, Nazarbaev thanked the Vatican for its support of Kazakhstan's initiative to host the annual Congress of Leaders of the World's Traditional Religions.
    Sodano extended greetings from Pope Benedict XVI and said the Vatican appreciates Kazakhstan's contribution to the development of interfaith dialogue.
    German and other ethnic minorities maintain some 100 Roman Catholic churches and chapels in Kazakhstan, according to RFE/RL.

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Kazakhstan General

Apartment explosion Atyrau kills one
    An explosion in an Atyrau apartment September 5 killed the man living there, RIA Novosti reported.
    “We’ve established his identity – he was an Atyrau resident born ...
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Man shoots at Shymkent shop assistant thinking she was a prostitute
    A man has been arrested in Shymkent after he opened fire near the railway station and wounded a 23-year-old shop assistant on September 5, a news ...
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Oil and Gas Sector

KIOGE 2012 - a new format for a prestigious event
    Over the past two decades, Kazakhstan has produced about 900 million tons of oil and gas condensate, and over $113 billion was invested into the country’s ...
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KazTransOil net profit falls 36% in H1
    KazTransOil’s net profit was 16.9 bln tenge in H1, which was 35.77% less than in the same period of 2011, the company’s press message reads.
    “Total profit ...
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KazTransOil ups oil transportation by 18% in H1
    Oil transported through the KazTransOil main gas pipeline systems totaled 32.19 mln tons in January-June 2012, which was 18.08% more than in the same period of ...
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Transneft looking for 6 pct rise in oil transport tariff
    Transneft reports it is seeking a rise of nearly 6 percent in the tariff on oil shipments it handles, Vice President Mikhail Barkov said on Thursday.
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Finance and Investment

Kazakhstan Development Bank to finance rolled steel plant construction in Kostanai
    KDB will finance construction of rolled steel plant in Kostanai for about $91 mln, a message from the bank reads.
    “The Bank’s Board of Directors has approved ...
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Kazakhstan-Estonia review cooperation prospects
    President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has met with the Prime Minister of Estonia Andrus Ansip at Ak Orda.
    During their talks the two sides noted a mutual ...
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Kazakhstan wants Estonian experience in a ‘green economy’
    By D.Mukhtarov
    Kazakhstani officials have said the country is prepared to learn from Etonia’s experience of Estonia in creating a green economy’, Prime Minister Karim Massimov said ...
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SBS of Zhezkazgan Air sells KZT103.4 m worth of shares on KASE
    The KASE has reported on a share sale for SBS of Zhezkazgan-Air consisting of 103,378 common shares KZ1C22330019 (entire volume of registered common shares) ending on ...
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Dubai Exports help 30 UAE firms attend KazBuild
    Dubai Exports, the export promotion agency of the Department of Economic Development of Dubai, is facilitating the participation of 30 UAE companies at the country’s dedicated ...
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S&P retains stable sovereign credit rating for Kazakhstan
    Kazakhstan’s economic growth reach 6% of GDP in 2012, according to S&P analysts. Both corporate and banking sectors provide substantive support for economic development, the analysts ...
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Kazakhstanis don’t save money
    People in Kazakhstan prefer to seek to earn more money rather than save it, according to a survey conducted by Kapital.kz.
    Over 37.5% of respondents said ...
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Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are top destinations for Chinese money
    Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are on the list of the top five countries for direct investments from China, reports Slon.ru in the article -- "Where is ...
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Communications and Transportation

Almaty to host 3rd Kazakhstan Internet Week 2012
    The 3rd Kazakhstan Internet Week -- KIW 2012, will take place October 9-12 in Almaty, organizers say.
    KIW 2012 provides opportunities to evaluate the potential for Internet ...
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People and Professional Development

Kazakhstan needs more engineers - Nazarbayev
    "Kazakhstan is in desperate need of engineers, rather than lawyers or economists," President Nazarbayev stressed in his interactive lecture at the Nazarbayev University on Wednesday, Kazinform ...
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Pharmaceutical and Healthcare News

Kazakhstan to introduce robotic heart surgery
    Kazakhstan is now adopting robotic cardiac surgery methodology, Chairman of the Board at the National Scientific Center for Cardiac Surgery Yuri Pya said in an interview ...
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Kazakhstan Events

Message for U.S. citizens: A Town Hall Meeting and Consular Services in Atyrau on September 19, 2012
    The U.S. Mission in Kazakhstan invites American citizens in and around Atyrau to attend a Town Hall meeting on September 19, 2012 at 19:00 at the ...
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Regional News

Putin’s turns to the Far East
    By James Hill
    President Putin of Russia is taking advantage of the Asia-Pacific economic summit conference taking place this weekend to turn assertively to the Far ...
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Zhantoro Satybaldiyev approved as new Kyrgyz PM
    By Asker Sultanov
    The Kyrgyz parliament September 5 voted to approve a new government with Zhantoro Satybaldiyev as the new prime minister, AKIpress.org reports.
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Kyrgyz Border Service becomes independent
    By Ulan Nazarov and Erkin Kamalov
    President Almazbek Atambayev of Kyrgyzstan on September 5 signed an order forming the independent Kyrgyz Border Service. The border troops were ...
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A Chevy on every corner in Uzbekistan
    General Motors manufactured ninety-four percent of new cars sold in Uzbekistan last year.
    This represents the biggest share of any market served by the U.S. auto ...
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5,000 Uzbeks to perform the Hajj pilgrimage
    Five thousand Uzbeks will go on the Hajj to Makkah this year, CA-News.org said on September 6.
    Leaders of the Hajji delegations gathered September 6 in Tashkent ...
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Prices and Statistics

Volume and Share Index by Visor Capital
    Date: September 7, 2012; Source: Visor Capital
Volume and Share Index

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Market Movers by Visor Capital
    Date: September 7, 2012; Source: Visor Capital Market Movers

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Oil and Gas Prices
    Date: September 7, 2012; Source: Bloomberg.com
Petroleum ($/bbl)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Crude Future

95.25

-0.28

-0.29

02:20
Dated Brent Spot 113.45 0.90

0.80

02:18
WTI Cushing Spot 95.53

0.17

0.18

09/06
Petroleum (cent/gal)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Heating Oil Future

314.30

0.05

0.02

02:20

Nymex RBOB Gasoline Future

299.46

0.36 0.12 02:17
Natural gas ($/MMBtu)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Henry Hub Future 2.76 -0.02 -0.72 02:20
Henry Hub Spot 2.85 -0.02 -0.70 09/06
New York City Gate Spot

3.06

-0.05

-1.61

09/06

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Ñommodities
    Date: September 7, 2012; Source: Bloomberg.com
Commodity Price Change %Change Time
COPPER FUTURE (USd/lb.) 353.700 2.050 0.58 02:28
GOLD 100 OZ FUTR (USD/t oz.)

1,694.800

-10.800

-0.63

02:30
SILVER FUTURE (USD/t oz.) 32.280 -0.394

-1.21

02:30

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Metal Prices
    Date: September 7, 2012; Source: Kitco.com
Silver 32.03 -0.68
Platinum

1570.00

-8.00

Palladium

641.00

-2.00

Rhodium 1,150.00

0.00

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Exchange Rates
    Date: September 7, 2012; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan
1 USD KZT 149.55 1 CHF KZT 156.58 1 CNY KZT 23.58 1 TRY KZT 82.31 1 JPY KZT 1.91
1 EUR KZT 188.58 1 AUD KZT 153.09 1 KGS KZT 3.16 1 UZS KZT 0.08 1 BYR KZT 0.02
1 GBP KZT 237.83 1 CAD KZT 151.17 1 RUB KZT 4.64 1 KRW KZT 13.19 1 UAH KZT 18.47

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