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News: Monday, July 09, 2012 -- Issue 1554 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Article of the Day

Solar-powered yurt presented on Astana City Day
    Astana city presented a solar-powered yurt (nomadic tent) called Nomad before the Capital Day. The presentation of the yurt was held in
    The yurt can be assembled in 10 minutes and is a combination of an ordinary tent and a yurt. However, this version of yurt differs from the ordinary one. Its’ frame is made of aluminum (traditionally it is made of wood) and covered with waterproof and fire-resistant coating instead of the traditional felt cover. The author and designer of the project Beket Musrepov says that this modern portable nomadic house contains innovative devices: solar batteries, satellite TV, Internet hub, gas cooker and a fridge. The inventor intends to continue upgrading the yurt in future. In particular the invention will be supplemented with an under-floor electric heating, according to www.tengrinews.kz

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Kazakhstan General

Astana opens new largest mosque in Central Asia on city day
    Astana celebrates Capital Day on Friday, which coincides with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev's birthday.
    Azerbaijan's Trend news agency reported that the festivities began with an opening of ...
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10 Turkmens, 114 Kazakhs going to London Olympics
    Ten Turkmen athletes will represent their country at the London Olympics, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported July 5, while Kazakhstan will send 114 of ...
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UNHCHR to visit Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan
    The UN’s top official on human rights announced July 5 that she will make her first visit to Central Asia, stopping in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, the ...
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Oil and Gas Sector

Kazakhstan to squeeze oil from sand and clay
    Kazakhstan plans to start extracting oil sands in 2013, Deputy Director of the Scientific-Research Institute for New Chemical Technologies and Materials at Al-Farabi State University Valentina ...
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Caspian CPC crude exports in July to rise to a one-year high
    The Caspian Pipeline Consortium, which operates the only oil export link in Russia with foreign shareholders, will boost daily crude exports for July from the Black ...
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Kazakhstan offers Kyrgyzstan $280 for 1,000 cubic meters of gas
    KazTransGas is offering $280 for 1,000 cubic meters, KazTransGas Chairman Sultan Nurbol told Tazabek on July 5.
    The company has reduced its price for the future ...
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Oil gains after biggest drop in two weeks as Norway talks fail
    By Ben Sharples and Anthony DiPaola rebounded in New York on speculation the biggest drop in two weeks was excessive after energy companies and labor unions ...
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Oil sanctions against Iran will not be enough
    By Michael Singh
    Michael Singh is managing director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. From 2005 to 2008, he worked on Middle East issues at ...
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Finance and Investment

KazBiznes Consulting and Skolkovo to provide over $10 million to set up business development fund
    The Moscow School of Management, Skolkovo, and KazBiznes Consulting LLP are setting up a $10 million foundation to finance start-up projects in Kazakhstan.
    "Skolkovo will be a ...
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Kazakhstan and ADB sign agreement on US $95 million loan for Western Europe-Western China project
    The project, funded by ADB, includes reconstruction of the existing road section equal to 7.7 km of the 2nd technical category with two-way traffic with a ...
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Metals and Minerals

Mining industry proposed as priority sector for 2012-2014
    The 3rd Kazakhstan Mining and Metallurgical Congress has ended in a request to President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev to call the mining and metallurgical industry the ...
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CAR gold revenues to double with new leach pad
    Gold explorer and producer Central Asia Resources (CAR) said Thursday it sees sales and revenues of the precious metal doubling on full construction its second heap ...
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Gold, forex reserves shrink by 2.6 percent in June
    Kazakhstan’s gold and foreign exchange reserves, including National Bank gross reserves and funds accumulated in the National Fund, declined 2.6 percent in June to 83.7 billion ...
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Real Estate

President of Kazakhstan signs amendments housing savings law
    President Nazarbayev has signed amendments to the law on housing construction savings, a presidential press message said.
    According to the statement, the law provides preliminary and interim ...
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Pharmaceutical and Healthcare News

Hand and foot may have killed Cambodian children
    By Prak Chan Thul and Alan Raybould
    A virus that causes hand, foot and mouth disease may have been responsible for some of the mysterious deaths of ...
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Glaxo gets a sap on the wrist
    Commentary by the Huffington Post
    After six years of bribing American doctors, pushing antidepressants on children and hiding the heart attack risk of a diabetes drug, the ...
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Kazakhstan to replenish ambulance fleet
    The Ministry of Health of Kazakhstan has signed memorandums with the domestic manufacturers to procure 2 thousand specialized Iveco and Hyundai ambulance vehicles to renew the ...
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Regional News

Russia stocks snap two days of declines as crude oil rises
    By Alex Nicholson
    Russian stocks snapped two days of declines as crude oil, the country’s main export earner, rebounded after the biggest drop in two weeks.
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Russia in day of mourning for Krasnodar flood deaths
    The BBC's Oleg Boldyrev says mud left behind makes any clean-up operation "unfathomable"
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Gold mine roils politics in Kyrgyzstan
    By Ruby Russell
    As the Kyrgyz government prepares to renegotiate its stake in the Kumtor gold mine, local analysts warn that opposition politicians are using the ...
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Prices and Statistics

Volume and Share Index by Visor Capital
Data: July 9, 2012; Source: Visor Capital
Volume and Share Index

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Market Movers by Visor Capital
    Date: July 9, 2012; Source: Visor Capital Market Movers

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Oil and Gas Prices
    Data: July 9, 2012; Source: Bloomberg.com
Petroleum ($/bbl)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Crude Future

84.78

0.33

0.39

01:12
Dated Brent Spot 98.78 0.58

0.59

01:18
WTI Cushing Spot 84.45

-2.77

-3.18

07/06
Petroleum (cent/gal)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Heating Oil Future

272.69

1.70

0.63

00:38

Nymex RBOB Gasoline Future

272.80

1.20 0.44 01:10
Natural gas ($/MMBtu)
Price* Change %Change Time
Nymex Henry Hub Future 2.79 0.02 0.54 01:13
Henry Hub Spot 2.94 0.03 1.03 07/06
New York City Gate Spot

3.12

-0.07

-2.19

07/06

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Commodities
    Date: July 9, 2012; Source: Bloomberg.com
Commodity Price Change %Change Time
COPPER FUTURE (USd/lb.) 341.700 0.750 0.22 01:11
GOLD 100 OZ FUTR (USD/t oz.)

1,581.500

2.600

0.16

01:10
SILVER FUTURE (USD/t oz.) 27.155 0.235

0.87

01:11

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Metal Prices
    Data: July 9, 2012; Source: Kitco.com
Silver 27.17 +0.07
Platinum

1442.00

+1.00

Palladium

580.00

+5.00

Rhodium 1,250.00

0.00

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Exchange Rates
    Data: July 9, 2012; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan
1 USD KZT 149.57 1 CHF KZT 155.77 1 CNY KZT 23.53 1 TRY KZT 82.59 1 JPY KZT 1.88
1 EUR KZT 187.13 1 AUD KZT 153.61 1 KGS KZT 3.16 1 UZS KZT 0.08 1 BYR KZT 0.02
1 GBP KZT 233.00 1 CAD KZT 147.72 1 RUB KZT 4.60 1 KRW KZT 13.18 1 UAH KZT 18.56

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