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21 Jul 2016
Belovezhskaya Pushcha cross-border project to be continued
The Grodno Oblast Emergencies Department is planning to submit a project to restore the old fire tower in the center of Grodno for the next contest of projects under the international technical assistance program “Poland-Belarus-Ukraine”. Plans have been made to carry out the project together with colleagues from Bialystok where they want to repair the out-of-service fire tower...
21 Jul 2016
Teams from four countries to compete in Water Polo Federation Cup in Brest
The tournament will be held under the aegis of the European Swimming League (LEN). Belarus will host such a large-scale water polo competition for the first time. Men’s national teams of Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and the Czech Republic will compete for the main prize of the Water Polo Federation Cup. The teams will play one another once over the course of the tournament...
20 Jul 2016
Belarus wins decathlon silver at IAAF World U20 Championships
Before the 1500m, which was the tenth event on the program, the Belarusian was leading with 7,389 points. Germany’s Niklas Kaul was just 27 points behind him. The German was able to finish second in the race (4:21.70 seconds) while Maksim Andralojt lost him more than 20 seconds (4:43.65)...
20 Jul 2016
China’s CITIC Group starts building hotel, business center in Minsk
The compound will be located within confines of Pobeditelei Avenue and Vesninka Alley not far from Minsk Arena. The land plot is over 140,000m2. It will be sufficient for erecting a 25-storey hotel, three office buildings, a bank headquarters, a conference hall, a restaurant, and a multilevel sport facility with tennis courts, a swimming pool, a gym, and a spa...
20 Jul 2016
Regional center of UN Office in Belarus to be set up in Brest
Chairman of the Brest Oblast Executive Committee Anatoly Lis put forward the idea to open a UN center in Brest. He noted that many projects are implemented in the region under the aegis of the United Nations. There are many cooperation proposals, and some of them are suggested by local communities...
19 Jul 2016
FC BATE Borisov into UEFA Champions League third qualifying round
The Belarusian club tied the second-leg game against the Finnish Seinajoki 2:2, and on aggregate advanced into the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. FC Borisov BATE won the first-leg match 2:0 and will play either Iceland’s FH or Dundalk from Ireland. They will play on 20 July. Their first encounter ended in a draw 1:1...
19 Jul 2016
Belarus to partake in travel trade shows in UK, Georgia, Poland before year-end 2016
“In early September, Belarus will present a national pavilion at an expo in Georgia. The pavilion will feature stands by all Belarusian ministries, including the Sports and Tourism Ministry, and a stand about the country’s tourism potential. Besides, Belarus will take part in World Travel Market London 2016"...
19 Jul 2016
Active and religious tourism gaining momentum in Belarus
Active tourism is growing mainly thanks to enthusiasts of cycling trails and kayaking. “Today, there are travel companies that specialize in water, biking, and hiking excursions and provide appropriate equipment. This tourism is being developed in the Augustow Canal, national parks, protected areas”...
19 Jul 2016
Chinese tourists to start visiting Belarus without visas soon
At present Chinese citizens can stay in Belarus without visas for 72 hours. The option is available to Chinese citizens, who arrive by direct flights from China, if their passports contain valid visas of a European Union member state or a Schengen zone participating state...
19 Jul 2016
More tourists coming to Belarus from Israel, Turkey thanks to visa-free travel rules
Tourists can visit the national park Belovezhskaya Pushcha without visas for a period of three days. The procedure has been in place for over a year and has managed to virtually double the number of foreign tourists, who visit the national park. “Not everyone is aware of the fact they can visit Belovezhskaya Pushcha without visas"...
18 Jul 2016
Grand Prix of Vitebsk 2016 children’s song contest goes to Anastasia Gladilina from Russia
The Russian singer was honored with a special prize and the Grand Prix winner’s diploma. Belarus’ Anastasia Zhabko got the first prize, a special prize and a diploma. The second prize was awarded to Katerina Manuzina from Ukraine and Tina Ruseva from Macedonia who also received special prizes and diplomas...
18 Jul 2016
MAZ-SPORTauto strengthens positions in top 10 after Silk Way Rally Stage 8
Alexander Vasilevsky crossed the finish line in seventh place clocking 3h48m, 21 minutes off the stage leader, Dutch pilot Martin van den Brink. He posted the best time among the Belarusian racers. Sergei Vyazovich covered the stage in some four hours and placed ninth...
18 Jul 2016
Belarus’ presidential orchestra to perform with world opera stars at New Wave festival
Speaking about his cooperation with Igor Krutoy, Viktor Babarikin said that they have recently discussed a joint concert in Sochi in September. “The presidential orchestra will take part in the New Wave festival. There will be seven performances, including at a big concert featuring such singers as Anna Netrebko and Dmitri Hvorostovsky”...
17 Jul 2016
Belarusian Olympic champions and medalists send open letter to IOC President
While welcoming and supporting the anti-doping campaign, Belusian Olympic champions and medallists believe that such campaign must be fair unbiased and must be supported by verified facts. "Otherwise the motive of the anti-doping campaign raises some doubts, especially in athletes' minds," the letter reads...
16 Jul 2016
Union State Permanent Committee’s awards presented at Slavonic Bazaar
The awards ceremony took place at the concert Union State Invites… at the Summer Amphitheater on 15 July. Diplomas and prizes were given to singers Olga Kormukhina and Ruslan Alekhno, the Alexandrov Academic Ensemble of Song and Dance of the Russian Army...
15 Jul 2016
Polotsk to host Belarusian Literature Day in 2017
“This year the host is the town of Rogachev. At the last meeting the organizing committee decided to hold the next Literature Day in Polotsk. It is symbolic that in 2017 we will mark the 500th anniversary of the Belarusian book printing and that Polotsk was the birthplace of Belarus first printer Francysk Skaryna”...
15 Jul 2016
Book of Condolences opened at French embassy in Minsk
All messages of condolences written in the Book of Condolences and received by email will be forwarded to the French authorities, said the statement on the website of the French diplomatic mission in Minsk...
15 Jul 2016
Three MAZ-SPORTauto trucks celebrate top-10 finish in Silk Way Rally Stage 6
The six leg of the rally took the racers from Balkhash Lake to Almaty. The Belarusian crew led by pilot Sergei Vyazovich posted the fourth-fastest time clocking 1h19m, 2.5 minutes off the stage leader, Russian Kamaz driver Ayrat Mardeev. After the sixth leg of the rally, they climbed to the eighth position in the general standings...
14 Jul 2016
Slavonic Bazaar in Vitebsk to bring together representatives of 45 countries
Welcoming journalists, Alexander Sidorenko stressed that the 2016 edition of the festival is unique in several ways. “First, it brings together representatives of 45 countries. This has not happened before. This is a record number and a great honor for us,” the Director of the festival said...
13 Jul 2016
MAZ-SPORTauto come in 4th in Silk Way Rally Stage 5 with two tires pierced
The fifth stage of the rally took the racers from Astana to the picturesque Balkhash Lake. The Belarusian crew posted the fourth-fastest time clocking 6h10m, almost 23 minutes off the stage leader, Dutch pilot of a Renault truck Martin van den Brin...
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