5 June 2020
Distinguished Belarusians have been honored with state awards. Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has signed corresponding decrees, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.
In accordance with Decree No. 191, orders, medals and honorary titles have been conferred on a big group of people in recognition of many-year productive work, exemplary fulfillment of service duties, exceptional bravery and courage displayed in crime prevention and fire rescue, a big personal...
21 May 2020
A medieval sword was discovered on the bank of the Berezina river in the city of Bobruisk, senior researcher of the Bobruisk Local History Museum Inna Ovseichik told BelTA.
“Such swords were in use during the High Middle Ages – from the second half of the 11th century to the end of the 13th century. Such swords were previously unearthed in Grodno and Novogrudok. All in all, there are seven swords of this period in the country. This is the first one to be found in Mogilev Oblast,”...
14 May 2020
The situation in the economy in the first quarter of 2020 was manageable, despite external shocks, Belarus Prime Minister Sergei Rumas said at a meeting of the Presidium of the Council of Ministers to examine the country’s social and economic performance in the first quarter, BelTA has learned.
“In the first quarter, the economy was affected by a number of foreign economic shocks. The tax maneuver and the absence of oil supplies agreements with Russia significantly complicated the...
6 May 2020
The Mogilev History Museum will host an interactive exhibition to mark the 75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War, BelTA learned from the museum.
The exhibition will feature works of famous Mogilev photographers depicting the celebrations of the Victory Day in Mogilev over the past decades. The exposition boasts works of 12 photographers, including Gennady Karchevsky, Aleksandr Litin, Irina Savosina, Nikolai Titov, Anatoly Tolkachev, and Miron Shchudlo.
30 April 2020
Plans are in place to harvest over 8 million tonnes of grain in Belarus in 2020, the press service of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry told BelTA.
This year Belarusian agricultural enterprises and individual farmers are expected to secure an output growth rate of 105.4%. The output growth rate of the crop farming branch is expected to go as high as 107.7%. Belarus intends to harvest at least 8.1 million tonnes of grain, 4.9 million tonnes of sugar beet, 0.6 million...
21 April 2020
Early spring grain crops and leguminous crops have been planted on the areas of 767,600ha, which makes 89.2% of the target, the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry told BelTA.
Brest Oblast, Gomel Oblast, Mogilev Oblast, Minsk Oblast, and Grodno Oblast have already finished planting early spring crops. Progress is at 54.9% in Vitebsk Oblast. This year these crops will occupy 860,900 hectares in the country.
Belarusian farmers have sown 36,300ha of land (72.2% of the target) with...
14 April 2020
The Mogilev History Museum offers a virtual tour of the exposition “Mogilev of the time of the Magdeburg rights”, BelTA learned from the museum.
“Senior researcher of the museum Yelena Marzalyuk will tell online visitors about the most interesting stages of Mogilev’s development, from the ancient times to the end of the 19th century. The video provides information about Mogilev’s first town hall, about events that took place in its territory when it was part of the Grand...
3 April 2020
The sowing of early cereal and leguminous crops (except for maize, buckwheat and millet) has got into full swing in Belarus, with 46.9% of the allocated areas planted, BelTA learned from the Agriculture and Food Ministry.
As of 3 April, some 406.500 hectares were planted with cereal and leguminous crops. The fieldwork in the southern regions had begun earlier. Gomel Oblast has already completed its early spring sowing campaign. Some 95.4% of areas have been sown in Brest Oblast, 61.3% in...
27 March 2020
Bobruisk Biotechnology Plant has almost tripled the output of antiseptics since the beginning of the year, having produced around 53,000 bottles, BelTA learned from Aleksandr Kazusenok, the deputy director for ideology, personnel, and general matters at Bobruisk Biotechnology Plant.
“In the wake of the current epidemiological situation and high demand for medical products we have ramped up the output of antiseptics almost by three times, with 3,000 items produced daily. In 2019, the...
18 March 2020
A reference laboratory of the World Health Organization has verified the results of laboratory tests for COVID-19 conducted in Belarus, Natalya Zhukova, Deputy Health Minister - Chief Public Health Inspector of Belarus, has told a BelTA reporter.
“We sent samples that tested positive and negative to one of the WHO reference laboratories located in Germany. We have received an official response that said that the test results of our laboratories absolutely match the verified results....
5 June 2020
The composition of the government is absolutely fit for combat but the work style and methods need a bit of tweaking. The statement was made by Roman Golovchenko, who was appointed Belarus’ prime minister on 4 June. The statement was made as the prime minister was introduced to heads of government agencies and personnel of the Office of the Council of Ministers, BelTA has learned.
Roman Golovchenko thanked the head of state for the trust. He noted that this trust was a payment in...
27 May 2020
Supercomputers will help Belarusian scientists design medications to fight the coronavirus, BelTA learned from Andrei Ivanets, Chief Scientific Secretary of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus, on 26 May.
The official said: “We’ve largely redirected our research efforts towards fighting the coronavirus infection. The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus has worked out a plan of scientific research, which includes R&D projects of virtually all our departments. We intend to...
20 May 2020
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko has signed a decree “On social support for certain population groups,” BelTA learned from the press service of the Belarusian leader.
In line with the decree, starting from 1 January 2021, if a woman gives birth to four kids, her maternity leave will be included in her employment history provided that the maternity leave does not exceed 12 years in total (9 years now). These women will be granted retirement pensions if their employment...
14 May 2020
The European Parliament has approved the agreements on visa facilitation and readmission with Belarus, BelTA reports.
At the European Parliament session that was broadcast online, the majority of EP members voted in favor of both documents.
The agreements will be forwarded to the Council of the European Union for signing. After that Belarus and the EU will be able to exchange the instruments of ratification and thus complete the ratification procedure. The agreements will come into...
6 May 2020
Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko talked to President of Russia Vladimir Putin over the phone on 5 May. The two heads of state discussed the entire range of the most topical matters of the bilateral relations, the press service of the Belarusian leader told BelTA.
Among other things the conversation touched upon preparations for celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory and interaction within the framework of integration bodies. In particular, certain matters concerning...
30 April 2020
As many as 36 aircraft and helicopters combined into nine groups will fly over Minsk on 9 May. The first rehearsal of the flyby took place above the water reservoir Minsk Sea on 29 April, BelTA has learned.
The Air Force units that will participate in the parade will include jet fighters Su-30SM and MiG-29, combat and training aircraft Yak-130, combat and training aircraft L-39, military transport aircraft IL-76 and An-26, and Mi-24 and Mi-8MTV5 helicopters.
21 April 2020
The number of coronavirus cases is expected to start falling in 3-4 weeks, Natalya Zhukova, Deputy Health Minister - Chief Public Health Inspector of Belarus, told the ONT TV channel, BelTA has learned.
“The situation will not be over in 2-3 weeks. However, I would like to note that the situation is manageable. There are reasons to believe that the number of cases will start falling in 3-4 weeks,” Natalya Zhukova said.
She explained that the Healthcare Ministry is closely...
14 April 2020
The Belarusian automobile engineering company MAZ intends to increase the output by 10.1% in 2020, BelTA learned from OAO MAZ, the managing company of the BelavtoMAZ holding company.
Plans are in place to boost the output to 110.1%, sales to 113.4%, revenues from sales of goods, products, works, and services to 106.7%, and export by 2.6% as against 2019. “This year we aim to operate on a break-even basis and maintain the profit margin in the industry at 3.2%,” the company...
7 April 2020
The economy and people’s lives are top priorities, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the government conference held on 7 April to discuss oil deliveries to Belarus, BelTA has learned.
“Having an open economy, Belarus largely depends on the processes which are going on in the world. Events sometimes unravel in an ambiguous way. Therefore, I have planned a number of events concerning pending issues requiring paramount attention and having the biggest impact on our...
31 March 2020
The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission would like governments of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) member states to arrange prompt consultations on the restrictions they intend to introduce due to the COVID-19 pandemic, BelTA learned from the commission’s website.
Governments of the EAEU member states are advised to promptly arrange preliminary consultations at the level of members of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission to discuss draft regulatory acts on...