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News: Friday, May 04, 2012 -- Issue 1511 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Article of the Day

President Nazarbayev names new national holiday
    President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev has signed a new law commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kazakhstan, an official report states.
    According to the new legislation the 7th of May has been designated the Defender of the Motherland Day, a new national holiday, Kazinform states.
    Official media have not indicated one way or another whether May 9 would continue to be celebrated, or if any day off from work would be provided.

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Kazakhstan General

Kazakhstan and Iran sign extradition treaty
    Prosecutor General Askhat Daulbayev has taken part in the first session of the General Prosecutors of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member states during a visit ...
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Kazakhstan to review police and security agency performance
    By Gulmira Isakova
    Kazakhstan’s law enforcement and security agency personnel will undergo special performance evaluations that analysts say should make these services more efficient.
    The evaluations, ordered by ...
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Newborn girl found in a box near Taldykorgan café
    An abandoned newborn girl was found wrapped in blood-stained rags not far from the Askhat Café in Taldykorgan.
    Express-K newspaper journalist Larissa Schtoppel in her article "Born ...
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Kazakh president's brother claims family cheated him out of luxury apartment
    By Courtney Brooks
    The brother of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev has filed papers in a New York City court alleging that his ex-wife and her son conspired ...
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Oil and Gas Sector

Kazakhstan will continue Kyrgyz gas supply only if it pays is debts
    By E. Kosolapova
    Kazakhstan will only continue to send gas to Kyrgyzstan if the latter repays all its debts, Nurbol Sultan, director general of KazTransGas told Trend ...
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Fluor awarded contract for TCO wellhead pressure management project
    Fluor Corporation FLR -2.16% has announced its joint venture with WorleyParsons, the Kazakh Institute of Oil and Gas and KazGiproNefteTrans Engineering Company was awarded a contract ...
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Oil and gas profits boost Fluor 1Q net almost 11 pct
    Engineering and construction company Fluor Corp. said its first-quarter profit rose 10.9 percent as it saw strong growth serving oil and gas companies as well as ...
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Condor Petroleum Inc Provides Operations Update
    Condor Petroleum Inc Provides Operations Update
    Condor Petroleum Inc has provided an update on its operations at the Zharkamys West 1 Contract Territory and the Marsel Contract ...
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$35 billion in oil & gas deals announced in first quarter 2012
    PLS Inc. (PLS) in conjunction with its international partner, Derrick Petroleum Services (Derrick), reports that global M&A activity for the First Quarter 2012 slowed to $35.3 ...
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Oil below $103 as traders eye key US jobs data
    By Alex Kennedy
    Oil prices hovered below $103 a barrel Friday in Asia amid investor concern U.S. jobs growth last month may disappoint and suggest demand is ...
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Finance and Investment

Kazakhstan is “in danger while Ablyazov remains at large” - Yertysbayev
    By E. Kosolapova
    Kazakhstan is in danger while ex-chairman of Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank Mukhtar Ablyazov remains at large, Presidential Adviser Yermukhamet Yertysbayev said.
    “Ablyazov can take the most ...
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Creditors demand Kazakh BTA speed up note payment
    By Dmitry Solovyov
    Creditors from an earlier restructuring of Kazakh bank BTA have demanded accelerated repayment of $5.2 billion of “recovery notes” issued to settle previous debts, ...
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Ablyazov firms misled U.K. court on BTA fraud, judge says
    By Kit Chellel
    Companies linked to Mukhtar Ablyazov, the fugitive ex-chairman of Kazakhstan’s BTA Bank (BTAS), misled a London court and don’t have a valid defense to ...
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Marchenko - Customs Union could launch a common currency in 10-12 years
    The Customs Union of Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus could introduce a single currency in 10-12 years’ time, if the member states start taking the right steps, ...
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Trade and Consumer Goods

Kazakhs might restrict cigarette sales
    Kazakhstani authorities intend to restrict cigarette sales to between 11am- 9pm on weekdays, Interfax Kazakhstan reported May 2.
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Communications and Transportation

1 dies, 2nd hospitalized after train collision in Pavlodar
    1 woman has been killed, and a second hospitalized following a train collision at the ferroalloy plant in the Pavlodar Oblast, a press statement from the ...
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7.9 million to benefit from improved roads in Kazakhstan
    By Shynar Jetpissova, Elena Karaban
    Today, the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a US$ 1,068 million loan to Kazakhstan for the East-West Roads Project. The ...
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Pharmaceutical and Healthcare News

50 000 Kazakhstan citizens suffer strokes annually
    Over 49 thousand people in Kazakhstan suffer a stroke each year, Tengrinews.kz reports, citing Liter.kz.
    80 percent of these became fully or partly disabled after the ...
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Regional News

Leaving the Presidency in Russia, Medvedev fights for relevance
    By Ellen Barry
    President Dmitri A. Medvedev spent last Friday trying to persuade the grandees of United Russia that he is a conservative who can lead ...
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Kyrgyz seize 57.4kg heroin
    Kyrgyz police on April 30 confiscated 57.4kg of heroin from a Batken Oblast man’s car, according to a May 2 Interior Ministry statement.
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Google Translate to include Kyrgyz
    By Asker Sultanov
    The online Google Translate service will begin translating to and from Kyrgyz this fall, Ene Til (Mother Tongue) Project manager Atai Zhunushov said May ...
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Azeri oil fund to start property investment - Dasinmaz
    By Zulfugar Agayev
    Azerbaijan’s State Oil Fund, also known as Sofaz, will start investing in real estate in three to four months as it seeks to increase ...
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Exibition news

Cassidian at Kazakhstan KADEX Defense Exposition 2012
    Cassidian, one of the four pillars of EADS, presents a selection of its defense and security solutions for current and future challenges on its stand at ...
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Prices and Statistics

Volume and Share Index by Visor Capital
    Date: May 4, 2012; Source: Visor Capital
Volume and Share Index

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Market Movers by Visor Capital
    Date: May 4, 2012; Source: Visor Capital Market Movers

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Oil and Gas Prices
    Date: May 4, 2011; Source: Bloomberg.com
Petroleum ($/bbl)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Crude Future

102.58

0.04

0.04

02:27
Dated Brent Spot 116.13 0.14

0.12

02:37
WTI Cushing Spot 102.54 -2.68

-2.55

05/03
Petroleum (cent/gal)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Heating Oil Future

308.88

0.19

0.06

02:15

Nymex RBOB Gasoline Future

304.84

-0.16 -0.05 02:23
Natural gas ($/MMBtu)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Henry Hub Future 2.35 0.01 0.60 02:26
Henry Hub Spot 2.28 -0.03 -1.30 05/03
New York City Gate Spot

2.45

-0.06

-2.39

05/03

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Commodities
    Date: May 4, 2012; Source: Bloomberg.com
Commodity Price Change %Change Time
COPPER FUTURE (USd/lb.) 375.050 1.450 0.39 02:26
GOLD 100 OZ FUTR (USD/t oz.)

1,635.200

0.400

0.02

02:26
SILVER FUTURE (USD/t oz.) 30.100

0.090

0.30

02:25

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Metal Prices
    Date: May 4, 2012; Source: Kitco.com
Silver 30.02 -0.05
Platinum

1535.00

+4.00

Palladium

660.00

+2.00

Rhodium 1,350.00

0.00

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Exchange rates
    Date: May 4, 2012; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan
1 USD KZT 147.87 1 CHF KZT 161.75 1 CNY KZT 23.45 1 TRY KZT 84.18 10 JPY KZT 1.84
1 EUR KZT 194.32 1 AUD KZT 152.03 1 KGS KZT 3.15 1 UZS KZT 0.08 1 BYR KZT 0.02
1 GBP KZT 239.24 1 CAD KZT 150.06 1 RUB KZT 5.01 1 KRW KZT 13.09 1 UAH KZT 18.42

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