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ASTANA. KAZINFORM - Kazinform's Timeline is the one-stop shop where you can learn about historical events for the 12th of November. See what notable events happened throughout Kazakhstan's history on November 12.


In 1959, the Kazakhstan Union of Journalists was established. It mainly aims to assist in a meaningful dialogue between the media, government institutions, and society; protect the liberty of utterance and press; assist in shaping a developed nationwide multiethnic infrastructure of journalism and mass media, involving it in the international media landscape; ensure economic, legal and social conditions for the realization of the creative individualities of journalists, etc.

In 1993, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan issued the Decree No. 1399 "On the Introduction of the National Currency of the Republic of Kazakhstan": "To put the national currency of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the tenge, in circulation on the territory of the Republic of Kazakhstan on 15th November 1993 at 8.00 am. To establish that from 18th November 1993, 8.00 am, the tenge will become the only legal tender in the Republic of Kazakhstan". Another decree specified the deadline for the currency exchange - 20th November 1993, 6.00 pm. Each citizen of Kazakhstan gained the right to exchange old rubles for tenges at the rate of 500 rubles for 1 tenge but no more than 100,000 rubles, i.e. each Kazakh citizen could get up to KZT200 in cash. The tenge-dollar rate was set at KZT4.75 for $1.

The Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On the Diplomatic Service" was signed in 1997. It specifies the legal framework and procedure for the organization of activities of diplomatic service of Kazakhstan as public service.

In 2004, the Memorial to the peacekeeping soldiers of East Kazakhstan who died in Afghanistan was opened in Ust-Kamenogorsk. The 12-meter tall monument, consisting of three skyward steles against the background of a black granite wall inscribed with the names of the dead was erected in the heart of the town on the bank of the Irtysh River.

In 2009, the Ashir Burkitbayev monument was opened at the Satpayev Kazakh National Technical University. Professor Burkitbayev was the first rector of the then Kazakh Mining and Metallurgical Institute, the former name of the current university.

The Asian Games flag was handed to the members of the Astana-Almaty 2011 Asian Winter Games Organizing Committee in Guangzhou in 2010. The decision on the city that would host the next games was also made there.

In 2011, the European Union's office in Kazakhstan and the EU Member States' embassies held an educational fair in Almaty. There, 11 EU countries (the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Poland, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom) presented the educational opportunities in Europe for the Kazakh students, university professors, and the broad public. They also told about the EU scholarship programs offering education for the citizens of Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries in universities of the European Union Member States.

In 2013, the Taraz State Pedagogical Institute opened a museum room dedicated to Gaziz Baitasov, the captain of police who died while detaining a terrorist in Taraz. In the room, there are boards with the information about the Kazakh National Hero and his personal belongings.

The same day, TURKSOY opened the 1st International Forum on Museums and the Cultural Heritage of the Turkic World at the Ordekli Hamam Cultural Centre of Bursa, Turkey. In addition to the TURKSOY Member States, the forum was attended by representatives of Tajikistan, Mongolia, and Russia. The program of the forum that was organized for the extension of contacts and a deeper cooperation between the museums and specialists from various countries included a tour around the historical monuments and museums of Bursa, the first capital of the Ottoman Empire.

In 2015, Nazarbayev University graduate Dana Akylbekova was named The Best Young Scientist of Kazakhstan at the largest Central Asian conference Kazakhstan - a New Global Hub of Innovations in Astana. Ms. Akylbekova received a 7.5-million tenge prize for a new method of insulin delivery for people with diabetes.

Also, that very day, the Kazakh Embassy in Mongolia, together with the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, made a presentation of an edition of The Book of Words by Abai Qunanbaiuly translated into Mongolian. It was dedicated to the 170th Anniversary of the great poet and philosopher. The guests could get familiar with the article about the life and works of Abai published in the local newspaper Undesnii Shuudan in the Mongolian language, and other materials on Kazakhstan's achievements in the socio-political and economic areas.

In 2016, five Kazakh films were included in the competitive program of the Asian Film Festival in Barcelona. These are historical dramas Amanat by Satybaldy Narymbetov and Qunanbai by Doskhan Zholzhaksynov, Zhol social drama by Askar Uzabayev, The Bailiff by Murat Makhan, and Qazaq Yeli historical animated feature film by Batyrkhan Daurenbekov.

The same day the British Council and the Kasteyev State Arts Museum, together with the Paul Stolper Gallery with the support from Eurasian Cultural Alliance NGO, arranged New Religion exhibition of Damien Hirst, a famous English artist. The exhibition depicts the complicated ties between medicine and faith, art and religion. For many years, the above themes have been central in the works of Damien Hirst, the artist who makes everyone reflect.


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