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News: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 -- Issue 2584 http://www.newsline.kz/rss/

Article of the Day

Pokémon GO meets environmental awareness in Kazakhstan
    Augmented reality gaming just got green in Kazakhstan.
    The app-based game Urban Corners: Green Energy in Astana, has much in common with Pokémon GO and introduces gamers to the idea of environmentally-friendly energy.
    Developed by Goethe Institut Kazakhstan and The Regional Environmental Center for Central Asia (CAREC), Urban Corners was presented in Astana ahead of Expo-2017.
    “This game is about two students, grandparents, five guards, a magic river, ancient artefacts, five forms of energy, but also about a wolf, magpie, Astana's sights and green energy,” said Irina Hech, the head of the Urban Corners project in Astana, during the app's presentation. Sounds hectic.
    ‘Don’t be under the impression, however, that the game took its inspiration from wildly popular gaming sensation Pokémon GO’.
    “As for the similarity with the world famous game Pokémon GO, I can say that we were first who came up with this idea. It was born in Kazakhstan in 2011,” Director of Goethe Institut in Almaty, Barbara von Münchhausen explained, according to the Calvert Journal.

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Kazakhstan General

Aktobe’s Mosque No. 1 leaves employees unpaid
    By Aktan Rysaliev
    A shocking outbreak of violence in the western Kazakhstan city of Aktobe in June was quickly linked by authorities to radical Islam and prompted ...
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Azerbaijan's referendum gains votes from Kazakhstan
    By Seba Aghayeva
    Azerbaijani nationals are actively voting in the referendum to amend the country’s constitution at the polling stations created in Kazakhstan, Trend learned from Azerbaijan’s ...
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Kazakhs convicted 14 Tablighi Jamaat members this year
    14 members of Tablighi Jamaat movement have been convicted in Kazakhstan since the beginning of the year, the National Security Committee reports.
    "As a rule, extremism groups ...
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Oil and Gas Sector

Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan resume liquefied gas exports via Georgia
    By Georgy Kalatozishvili
    An agreement on the resumption of exports of Kazakh and Azerbaijani liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) via the port of Batumi to Europe was reached ...
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OPEC to discuss output freeze on September 28
    Representatives from OPEC member-states will gather for talks on a possible crude production freeze on September 28, Nigeria's oil minister Emmanuel Ibe Kachiwku said on Monday.
    "The ...
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Why Chevron could gain 18%
    Blog post by Ben Levisohn
    JPMorgan’s Phil Gresh and team explain why they’re still bullish on Chevron (CVX) after a meeting with the oil giant’s management:
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Zacks Investment Research upgrades Eni SpA (E) to hold
    By Jessica Moore
    According to Zacks, “Eni SpA’s relatively low risk earnings growth and an increasing dividend that yields a solid 4.57% adds visibility to the story. ...
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UAE calls on producers to join Moscow-Riyadh efforts to stabilize prices
    The United Arab Emirates is calling on oil-producing states to join efforts of Russia and Saudi Arabia to stabilize oil prices on the international market, the ...
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Finance and Investment

Kazakhstan and Greece ink new deals
    The protocol to the 3rd meeting of the Kazakhstan-Greek Intergovernmental Commission on Economic and Technological Cooperation has been signed in Astana, BNews.kz reports.
    "A lot of effort ...
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SKL invests in Islamic Finance for strategic growth
    Kazakhstan based SK Leasing (SKL) has announced it has engaged Shariyah Review Bureau (SRB), a GCC based Shari'a Advisor focused on Shari'a Certification and Shari'a Audit ...
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Kazakhstan and US to develop new cooperation
    In New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yerlan Idrissov and US Secretary of State John Kerry met at the 71st session of the UN General Assembly ...
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Sagintayev and Chuok Tong discuss financial services
    At the Ukimet Yui yesterday, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev has met with Honorary Senior Minister of the Parliament of Singapore, Goh Chuok Tong.
    The two parties noted ...
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$ 220 bn of foreign investment came in first 11 years in Kazakhstan
    By Botagoz Aitzhanova
    Over the past 11 years thanks to the targeted efforts to improve the investment climate, the foreign direct investments in Kazakhstan amounted to more ...
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Metals and Minerals

Gold steady on market caution over US presidential debate
    Gold was steady in Asian trade on Tuesday as uncertain equity markets at the start of the first
    US presidential debate shored up the metal's safe-haven appeal.
    
    Fundamentals
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Polymetal International releases new price targets
    By Warren Smith
    Recently stock market broker analysts have updated their ratings and price targets on shares of Polymetal International (LON:POLY).
    The latest broker reports which are currently ...
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15 wells planned to drill on Kireysk-Oparsky site - MID
    "Kazgeologiya" JSC started drilling of two latest multi-function self-propelled drilling rigs of «Dando Watertec» brand at the Kireysk-Oparsky site in Karaganda region, having a broad spectrum ...
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Real Estate

Greek firm to build rehabilitation center in Kazakhstan
    By Tatiana Kanunnikova
    According to Chairman of Kaznex Invest’s Board of Directors, Borisbyi Zhangurazov, Evexia is the biggest company engaged in construction and management of rehabilitation centers. ...
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Education and Science

Nazarbayeva hopes future generations will laud Kazakh education reform
    Senate Deputy, Dariga Nazarbayeva has discussed the experience Kazakhstan accumulated in the education sector since it gained its independence.
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Culture and Society

Kazakh chess champion opens academy in Astana
    By Zhanna Shayakhmetova
    Four-time world champion and women’s grandmaster Dinara Saduakassova opened a chess academy September 16 in the capital.
    A charismatic and intelligent person, Saduakassova is full ...
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Regional News

New radar data shows rebels didn't down MH17 - Russia
    The Russian Defense Ministry has released new radar data it says shows the missile that downed a Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine in 2014 was not ...
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Kerry defends diplomacy as Russian-backed forces pound Aleppo
    By Patricia Zengerle and Lisa Barrington
    USSecretary of State John Kerry defended his efforts to negotiate with Moscow over the war in Syria on Monday, despite the ...
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New Russian military base near Ukraine ‘almost ready’
    Russia is completing the construction of a large military base in the southern Rostov region, some 100 kilometers from the border with Ukraine.
    The base consisting of ...
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EU parliament backs visa-free travel for Ukraine, hurdles remain
    Ukrainians' hopes of securing visa-free travel to the European Union received a boost on Monday when a key committee of the European Parliament backed their cause, ...
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OSCE manages to irritate Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and human rights advocates, too
    By Catherine Putz
    The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) has managed to irritate Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and human rights advocates all in the span of ...
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Uzbek imams push Muslims to take part in cotton harvest
    Some Muslim clerics in Uzbekistan's mosques have called participation in the country's cotton harvest an "obligation of Uzbek Muslims."
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China to help Tajikistan guard Afghan border
    Tajikistan says China plans to finance and build several outposts for Tajik border guards along the Tajik-Afghan border.
    A Tajik government decree published on September 26 said ...
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Prices and Statistics

Commodities
    

Date: September 27, 2016; Source: Bloomberg.com

Energy

Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USD/bbl. 45.85 -0.08 -0.17% Nov 2016 1:00 AM
USD/bbl. 47.19 -0.16 -0.34% Nov 2016 1:00 AM
USd/gal. 139.90 -0.34 -0.24% Oct 2016 12:57 AM
USD/MMBtu 3.01 +0.01 +0.40% Oct 2016 12:57 AM
USd/gal. 144.57 -0.33 -0.23% Oct 2016 12:30 AM
 
Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USD/t oz. 1,338.90 -5.20 -0.39% Dec 2016 1:00 AM
USD/t oz. 1,335.44 -2.51 -0.19% N/A 1:10 AM
USD/t oz. 19.55 -0.05 -0.26% Dec 2016 1:00 AM
USd/lb. 218.55 -1.30 -0.59% Dec 2016 1:00 AM
USD/t oz. 1,043.59 +3.64 +0.35% N/A 1:10 AM
Index Units Price Change %Change Contract Time (EDT) 2 Day
USd/bu. 329.25 +0.25 +0.08% Dec 2016 1:01 AM
USd/bu. 397.25 +1.25 +0.32% Dec 2016 12:32 AM
USD/MT 2,845.00 -7.00 -0.25% Dec 2016 9/26/2016
USd/lb. 70.55 +0.47 +0.67% Dec 2016 12:49 AM
USd/lb. 106.13 -0.72 -0.68% Dec 2016 9/26/2016
 

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Exchange Rates
    

Date: September 27, 2016; Source: the National Bank of Kazakhstan

1 USD KZT 337.56 1 CHF

KZT 348.57

1 CNY

KZT 50.62

1 TRY KZT 113.09 1 JPY KZT 3.36
1 EUR

KZT 379.35

1 AUD

KZT 257.05

1 KGS KZT 4.91 100 UZS KZT 11.34 100 BYN KZT 174.77
1 GBP KZT 436.53 1 CAD KZT 255.8 1 RUB KZT 5.27 100 KRW KZT 30.5 1 UAH KZT 13.05

 

 

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