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News: Friday, April 13, 2012 -- Issue 1497 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Article of the Day

Astana to get its own Botanical Garden
    The construction of a Botanical Garden in Astana will start in Astana on April 21, Tengrinews.kz reports citing Astana Akim Imangali Tasmagambetov, who reported to Kazakhstan’s President on the progress in construction of the facility.
    “The Botanical Garden is located to the south of the administrative center on the property adjacent to the eastern part of the Olympic Center. A detailed concept has been prepared and work is currently in process for the development of the project’s feasibility study. Following your instructions, work on the Botanic Garden will start on April 21 during the traditional Saturday city clean-up. We plan to arrange a mass tree planting on that day,” Imangali Tasmagambetov at the meeting on further development of Astana on April 11, www.tengrinews.kz wrote.

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Kazakhstan General

Kazakh fugitive may be extradited from UAE
    By Carol Huang
    A former Kazakh official charged with embezzling Dh19 million may soon face extradition from the UAE, reports say.
    Anar Meshimbaeva, until 2009 the head of ...
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Oil and Gas Sector

Kazakhstan to increase oil transit through Azerbaijan
    By E. Kosolapova
    Kazakhstan will increase its oil transit through Azerbaijan with its growth in production, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to Azerbaijan Serik Primbetov told journalists on Thursday.
    "With ...
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Condor Petroleum issues operations update
    Condor Petroleum Inc has provided an update on its operations at the Zharkamys West 1 Contract Territory and the Marsel Contract Territory in Kazakhstan.
    
    Zharkamys Territory
    Shoba Appraisal ...
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Oil falls to near $103 after China growth slows
    By Alex Kennedy
    Oil prices fell to near $103 a barrel Friday in Asia after economic growth slowed in China, the world's second-largest crude consumer.
    Benchmark oil for ...
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Shell: Gulf oil sheen dissipating
    KEVIN McGILL
    A 10-mile sheen of oil off Louisiana's coast appeared to be dissipating as unmanned underwater vessels continued to search for its source, a federal agency ...
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Argentina president Fernandez proposes oil firm nationalization
    Blaming a lack of investment in domestic energy production for a spike in oil and gas imports, Argentina President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner sent a proposal ...
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Energy Industry

En+ May Participate in Kazakhstan Power Project, Kommersant Says
    By Yuliya Fedorinova
    Billionaire Oleg Deripaska’s En+ Group wants to participate in the construction of a super high voltage transmission line to Kazakhstan, Kommersant reported today, citing ...
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Finance and Investment

President Nazarbayev arrives in Jakarta to cement ties
    Nursultan Nazarbayev. BloombergNursultan Nazarbayev. BloombergIn an effort to shape growing strategic ties between Indonesia and Kazakhstan, President Nursultan Nazarbayev arrived in Jakarta on Thursday on a ...
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Alliance Bank swung to capital surplus in 2011
    By Nariman Gizitdinov
    State-run Alliance (ASBN) Bank, the first Kazakh lender to default in 2009, said it rebuilt a capital surplus last year and predicts profit ...
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Questions arise over Ablyazov-led 'terror plot' in Kazakhstan
    By Alexandra Kazakova
    As the authorities in Kazakhstan try to implicate exiled banker and government critic Mukhtar Ablyazov in an alleged terror plot, analysts are trying ...
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Visa opens office opened in Kazakhstan
    Visa Inc has announced it is opening an office in Kazakhstan and has summarized the interim results of its activities at a special press conference in ...
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Note from the Editor
    Note: There was a misprint in the finance story published yesterday citing Troika Dialog – Halyk making gradual progress, state exit unlikely - Troika – The ...
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Trade and Consumer Goods

First Vice PM visits Almaty Oblast
    First Prime Minister Akhmetov is accompanied on his trip to the Almaty Oblast by Minister of Emergencies Vladimir Bozhko, Transport and Communications Minister Askar Zhumagaliyev, Chief ...
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Communications and Transportation

Globalink busy with military cargoes
    Working at short notice, Globalink Logistics Group had just 48 hours to complete a demanding project for Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Defence.
    Globalink was required to move a ...
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Pharmaceutical and Healthcare News

Kazakh MPs inspect new medical training center in Almaty
    A training center for mobile emergency medical care has opened at Municipal Hospital #1 in Almaty.
    As part of a working trip, Kazakh MPs Dariga Nazarbayeva ...
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Regional News

Russia to spend $1 billion on new space center
    By Vladimir Isachenkov
    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Thursday his nation will spend about $1 billion this year alone to build a new space launch pad in ...
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Russia says N. Korea launch contradicts U.N. council
    North Korea's launch of a rocket contradicts a U.N. Security Council resolution restricting the use of ballistic technology, the Interfax news agency cited an unidentified Russian ...
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Isolated Uzbekistan attempts to lure foreign investors with tax breaks, reduced interference
    In a drive to pull itself out of economic isolation, Uzbekistan is trying to attract investors with new tax concessions and rules limiting the government from ...
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Red Cross makes first visit to Turkmenistan jail
    Turkmenistan has allowed a Red Cross delegation to visit one of its prisons for the first time since the reclusive Central Asian nation’s independence from the ...
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Geopolitics of energy and Korea’s choice
    By Chae Hee-bong
    There are several forthcoming important changes in geopolitics of world energy and climate change issues that require attention. First, China’s presence in the global ...
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Prices and Statistics

Volume and Share Index by Visor Capital
    Date: April 13, 2012; Source: Visor Capital
Volume and Share Index

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Market Movers by Visor Capital
    Date: April 13, 2012; Source: Visor Capital Market Movers

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Oil and Gas Prices
    Date: April 13, 2012; Source: Bloomberg.com
Petroleum ($/bbl)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Crude Future

103.15

-0.49

-0.47

02:24
Dated Brent Spot 121.12

-0.65

-0.53

02:36
WTI Cushing Spot

103.64

0.94

0.92

04/12
Petroleum (cent/gal)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Heating Oil Future

315.72

-0.91

-0.29

02:21

Nymex RBOB Gasoline Future

334.58

-1.09 -0.32 02:24
Natural gas ($/MMBtu)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Henry Hub Future 1.98 0.00 -0.05 02:23
Henry Hub Spot 1.88 -0.03 -1.57 04/12
New York City Gate Spot

2.06

-0.03

-1.44

04/12

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Commodities
    Date: April 13, 2012; Source: Bloomberg.com
Commodity Price Change %Change Time
COPPER FUTURE (USd/lb.) 368.800 -3.250 -0.87 02:25
GOLD 100 OZ FUTR (USD/t oz.)

1,675.500

-5.100

-0.30

02:24
SILVER FUTURE (USD/t oz.) 32.265

-0.260

-0.80

02:23

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Metal Prices
    Date: April 13, 2012; Source: Kitco.com
Silver 32.25 -0.13
Platinum

1598.00

-3.00

Palladium

650.00

-1.00

Rhodium 1,350.00

0.00

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Exchange rates
    Date: April 13, 2012; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan
1 USD KZT 147.64 1 CHF KZT 161.25 1 CNY KZT 23.41 1 TRY KZT 82.03 10 JPY KZT 1.82
1 EUR KZT 193.76 1 AUD KZT 153.29 1 KGS KZT 3.15 1 UZS KZT 0.08
1 GBP KZT 235.28 1 CAD KZT 147.65 1 RUB KZT 5.01 1 KRW KZT 12.95

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