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Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk always has this unique atmosphere of international friendship, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at the opening ceremony of the 27th edition of the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk on 12 July, BelTA has learned.

“It always has the atmosphere of international friendship that goes beyond national borders, political and religious views and convictions. The festival in Vitebsk serves the noblest goals,” Alexander Lukashenko is convinced.

The head of state noted that every summer Slavianski Bazaar fills the streets of Vitebsk with music and turns the city into a huge art space where visitors can discover the world of ancient and modern traditions of folk art.

“The past and the present in the culture and destiny of people intertwine to give this event a feel of home for those who understand the nature of spiritual kinship, know their roots and value national heritage,” the president noted.

According to Alexander Lukashenko, it is for a reason that the history of the festival started in the period that marked the political end of the state that had been home to many nations for decades.

“Although politicians drew borders, people found a simplest, time-tested way to maintain good neighborly relations, which is through cultural ties. The land of Vitebsk was a birthplace of the tradition that consolidated the Slavonic world with a melody of popular songs, sounds of amazing voices, poetry and music of soul by well-known music writers and performers,” the Belarusian leader said.

The undestroyed unity, trust and mutual support between the nations became a true anchorage for fledgling sovereign states, the head of state noted. The international contest brought together kindred nations and caught the eye of talented artists from other corners of the world.

“Representatives of many countries and continents adorned this stage and gave meaning to this music forum. Through Art to Peace and Understanding - this affirmation shaped the concept of Slavianski Bazaar in the year of inception and it remains relevant today,” the president noted.

Minsk region's power engineers promptly restored power supply in 123 settlements of the region, BelTA learned from the Minskenergo.

The power failure occurred due to a wire break on the 110 kV overhead line, the reasons are being established. Work on the restoration of electricity began in 14.01. For troubleshooting, the work of five brigades and five units of equipment was organized.

As of 16.12, in all 123 settlements of the Dzerzhinsky and Stolbtsy districts, electricity supply has been restored.

Belarus is set to reconcile its positions with the IMF in key areas of focus, Chairman of the Council of the Republic Mikhail Myasnikovich said as he met with chief of the IMF mission in Belarus Jacques Miniane on 11 July, BelTA has learned.

The speaker underlined that Belarus will be glad to use the IMF's expertise and knowledge. “We are going to reconcile our positions across the issues where we do not quite have a common ground. We want to focus on the shared vision rather than emphasize disagreements,” he said.

Mikhail Myasnikovich noted that the strategic objective of the Belarusian government is to maintain economic growth, promote SMEs, reduce economic vulnerability, and improve social security instruments. To achieve these goals, a set of documents was endorsed by the president. “With this in mind we would like to expand our cooperation with the fund. The optimal format is a joint program,” he said.

Belarus has built good relations with international organizations, including the World Bank Group that has recently adopted a new country program for Belarus. In this regard, the IMF's evaluation of Belarus' macroeconomic policy will be of particular importance. Mikhail Myasnikovich expressed hope that the ongoing visit of the mission and its negotiations with the government and the National Bank will send a positive message to international financial organizations and private investors.

Mikhail Myasnikovich and Jacques Miniane discussed a broad spectrum of cooperation avenues between Belarus and the IMF. The speaker noted that the country is pursuing an economic policy that is in accord with a classic IMF program, however without its financial support. “Maybe, we are a little bit behind the schedule, however we stick to the basic principles of such programs. The absence of a program with the IMF does not imply the absence of reforms. We are carrying them out. The transformations have a positive feedback from the public,” he said. Mikhail Myasnikovich noted that a coordinated policy is pursued at all government levels.

The speaker noted that a whole set of fundamental documents liberalizing economic activity in the country was passed in late 2017. Among them is Decree No. 7 “On the promotion of entrepreneurship” as well as a package of legal acts to flesh this decree out. “It is a brand new approach, new terms of economic operation,” Mikhail Myasnikovich said.

Jacques Miniane pledged all possible assistance as chief of the IMF mission in Belarus. He explained that the IMF has adopted the so-called ‘wait-and-see' approach to Belarus. “We are no longer in talks over a program, however, we are following economic developments in Belarus and other countries,” he said. Jacques Miniane noted that in the past Belarus' efforts to optimize its monetary and fiscal policy bore fruit and had a positive impact on the macroeconomic situation. The parties are set to continue cooperative relations in the form of consultations scheduled for Q4 2018.

A mission of the International Monetary Fund led by Jacques Miniane will work in Belarus on 9-13 July. It is a scheduled mission. Its goal is to review the current economic situation in the country.

The contest "Uncle Beard-2018" will be held in Vileika on July 14, BelTA learned in the Vileika Palace of Culture.

The event of such a plan in Vileika is held for the first time, the idea belongs to the Palace of Culture. "Now among the guys it's fashionable to wear a beard, so we thought that the contest would be interesting and relevant for the residents of the Vileika region," the Palace of Culture explained.

Men with a beard older than 18 years old who live in the Vileika district are invited to participate. The goal of the competition is to support talented young people in realizing their creative potential, to identify and stimulate new trends in contemporary fashion and avant-garde creative directions.

The program of the performance will include the presentation of the contestant and the creative number (dance, vocal, instrumental). The participants will be judged according to the criteria of originality, entertainment, artistry, level of performance, artistic-shaped decision of stage costumes and props.

The jury will determine the winner of "Uncle Beard-2018" and mark the owners of a well-groomed, longest, natural, stylish and creative beard. As a reward, they will receive special diplomas and valuable prizes.

Applications for participation are accepted until July 12.

The contest will be held within the framework of the festival "Ukha-fest". The organizer is the Vileika Regional Executive Committee.

The ties between people of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine will always be above any political interests and ambitions, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he addressed the Kupala Night Festival (Alexandria Gathers Friends) on 7 July, BelTA has learned.

The head of state noted that the major theme of the festival is friendship between peoples. It was designed as an event that brings neighborly nations together. “Ancestors of these people also came together to have a beautiful celebration of the Kupala Night on the banks of the Dnieper River, a powerful river that links and nourishes the lands of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. The ties between our people based on many centuries of common history, customs and traditions will always be above any political interests and ambitions,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

In his words, these ties were shaped by difficult and glorious times, enriched by common cultural events and strengthened by family unions. “It made us strong in our spiritual unity,” the head of state said.

The president noted that Slavonic bonds were put to the test for centuries. “Whenever politicians and statesmen broke these bonds, people restored them and found a way to each other obeying the voice of their heart and blood,” the head of state noted.

“The people Alexandria welcomes today are not just representatives of the brotherly nations, they are our kindred. We are happy to celebrate this festive night together. I am convinced that the Kupala Night lights lit these days will become a symbol for veneration of national traditions, our unity, solidarity and continuity of generations. They will call Belarusians to their native land, remind of their family, warm up their hearts with pleasant memories,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

In the territorial centers of social services for the population of the Minsk region, it is planned to introduce a mutual assistance service "We need each other". BelTA learned from the head of the department of state social support and social services of the committee on labor, employment and social protection of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee Marina Gurchenko.

"This year the direction" We need each other "began to develop.If previously only employees of the territorial social service center helped orphans, now older people have joined, who come to the day care centers at the centers. experience can, for example, teach to spend money consciously or prepare simple meals.And young people will tell how to handle equipment and use an ATM.These generations need each other. territorial centers of Krupsky and Smolevichi districts, we plan to extend it across the region, "said Marina Gurchenko.

Among the already implemented directions, social tourism and Scandinavian walking are popular. According to the expert, these classes allow you to keep fit, make new acquaintances.

85 elderly citizens of the central region are provided with 85 clubs and over 110 interest groups, which are visited by almost 1,1 thousand and about 1,25 thousand people, respectively. The most popular areas are literary and poetic and green living rooms, chess clubs. In the future - the creation of self-help groups, social and legal assistance, the organization of events aimed at meeting spiritual and sociocultural needs.

In addition, Marina Gurchenko noted, over the last two years, the demand for day care for needy elderly people has increased, during which they can receive social, consulting, information, psychological, mediation, rehabilitation, pedagogical services. So, in 2016, 13 people received the service, in 2017 - 25. This year, only for January-May it was used by 25 citizens.

In total, there are 23 day care centers in the region with territorial social service centers. Their regular visitors are more than 1,260 people, 7% are single citizens. The majority of 60-70 years (58%). The smallest percentage of those whose age has passed for 80 years - 108 people, or 8.5%.

Support for lonely citizens, disabled people, WWII veterans and other people in need is provided by both territorial centers and volunteers. In particular, the speech is about the initiative group "You are not alone", created on the basis of the Zhodino branch of elderly people's stay in 2014. Today the organization has 16 volunteers, each of them has an average of three wards. During the period of the group's activity, over 4,000 home visits were organized for social and domestic assistance. Concert and creative programs, thematic actions, charitable departures and creative master classes also took place.

Belarus and Russia will update the roadmap on lifting mutual restrictions from dairy trade in 2018, the press service of the Belarusian Agriculture and Food Ministry told BelTA.

Belarusian Agriculture and Food Minister Leonid Zayats negotiated with Russian Agriculture Minister Dmitry Patrushev on 2 July. The sides discussed the lifting of restrictions from the export of milk and dairy products. The two officials discussed the fulfillment of the roadmap designed to guide the removal of mutual dairy trade restrictions this year. The sides agreed to update the roadmap soon.

The intended figures in Belarusian-Russian trade in meat, milk, and sugar were also discussed as well as the integration of the Belarusian agricultural products tracking system with the Russian information system Mercury. The sides put together and signed the action plan on exchanging digital veterinary accompanying documents between components of the Belarusian and Russian tracking systems.

BelTA reported earlier that the Russian food quality watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor has rescinded its ban on importing dairy products in containers of over 2.5 liters from the entire territory of Belarus and has compiled a list of authorized suppliers. Only those Belarusian companies can export their products to Russia. Those are the dairy plants in Baranovichi and Lyakhovichi, the Volkovysk-based dairy company Bellakt, KPUP Mozyr Dairy Products, OAO Turov Dairy Industrial Complex, and OAO Lida Milk Plant.

The fourth military-historical festival "The Vygonoschanska Forte", dedicated to the memory of the victims of the First World War, will be held July 14 in Ivatsevichi district, BelTA learned from the organizers.

The main emphasis during the military-historical reconstruction will be made on the events of a hundred years ago, which took place on the territory of the Oginsky Canal. The audience will see episodes of the battles of the summer of 1917: fragments of positional warfare, timid attempts of counterattacks by the Russian army, trench soldiers' life, the struggle of assault groups, chemical attacks. The scenes of the collapse of the Western Front, the departure of the Kaiser units from Belarus, the beginning of the civil war will be shown.

"We plan a long enough scenario, for an hour, and maybe more." We will not show large-scale offensives: mostly secrets, patrols, fraternisation, but in the current scenario there will be their chips. "Fortification of Brest" Andrei Vorobey.

One of the most acute moments of reconstruction should be the attack of a female shock battalion under the Cry. For the first time to recreate this dramatic episode of the First World Festival, a group of reenactors from St. Petersburg will come to the festival. As an honorary guest, the actress of the Brest Academic Drama Theater, Janina Malinchik, one of the leading roles in the film "Battalion", is invited to the event. According to the organizers, about 60 people applied for participation in the reconstruction. Basically, these are representatives of clubs and associations from various cities of Belarus in Minsk, Brest, Borisov, Gomel.

Reconstruction will take place in the natural scenery of a complex of fortification structures - pillboxes, blockhouses, dugouts. In the vicinities of the Vygonoshchi village, more than a hundred reinforced concrete and earthen buildings of the First World War survived. "It was the most fortified knot of German defense in the territory of the Brest region." It was not accidental that it was called "Vygonoshchansky bridgehead." There were preserved large fragments of the original structures-sapas, they were called "wormholes." They were drilled under enemy defenses, huge shells and exploded.Some of the saps were used as retractable units of firing points.There have been preserved geranium shelters, built in the conditions of military operations, "- said the deputy director of Polessky agrarian-ecologist Victor Demyanchik.

After the reconstruction of the audience expect interactive sites, an excursion around the defenses of the Oginsky Canal. The program also includes performances by people's groups, the work of visiting trade.

The organizers of the event are Ivatsevichi regional executive committee, Telekhansky village executive committee, public foundation "Fortification of Brest", Polessky agrarian and ecological institute of the National Academy of Sciences of Belarus.

At the heart of the Belarusian sovereignty are people who do their work conscientiously and honestly every day, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said as he presented state awards on 27 June, BelTA has learned.

“Presenting awards in the run-up to the main public holiday is particularly symbolic and remarkable. After all, when we talk about the country's independence, we imply people. Our sovereignty is about people who do their work every day, conscientiously and honestly: they maintain peace and order in their native land and serve as an example of courage and devotion to duty; they strengthen economic stability, work at enterprises, construction sites, scientific laboratories, farms and fields; they provide social support working in healthcare, education and public associations; they shape the country's image with their sports achievements and victories,” the Belarusian leader underlined.

According to Alexander Lukashenko, recognition finds those who work to the benefit of the Homeland, those for who the highest reward is the results of their work. “Such people, dedicated and passionate about their work, true professionals and real patriots, are here now. You are a tower of strength for our state. Being an example to others, you do much more than commendation lists can say. You are the best example of excellence and personal success for those who are next to you. It means, you make a difference,” the president said.

He thanked the attendees for their professionalism and active citizenship and wished them good health, happiness and well-being.

State awards, including orders, medals and honorary titles, were bestowed upon representatives of all walks of life in recognition of their many years of fruitful work, exceptional professionalism and dedication, courage and determination in crime prevention and combat, achievements in agriculture and construction industry, a considerable personal contribution to the development and upgrade of military and special-purpose machinery, development of the power engineering system, light industry, healthcare, trade, science, culture and sport.

Environmental projects are responding to the youth of the Minsk region. Olga Shibko, head of the youth policy section of the main department of ideological work, culture and youth affairs of the Minsk Oblast Executive Committee, told BelTA.

Programs and projects on environmental education of youth and its involvement in practical activities to improve the environment are being implemented in the central region, and they all find their audience, the expert said.

So, every year there is an ecology-patriotic youth forum of the Minsk region. "Why is an ecological and patriotic marathon? Because only a man-patriot who loves his homeland, his land, cares about the environment, about the ecological way of life," Olga Shibko is sure. Places of the festival in different years were Soligorsk, Nesvizh, Myadel.

There are many projects that are funded in the framework of both national programs and international technical assistance projects of UNDP. These are the drafts of the National Strategy for Sustainable Social and Economic Development of the Republic of Belarus for the period until 2020. Much attention is paid to educational projects. Environmental education should begin from childhood, with the family, so very often educational projects are conducted with families, with pre-school children, the expert added.

With the participation of the Minsk Regional Resource Center for Integrated Support for Education for Sustainable Development in Molodechno District, three pilot areas were established (Krasny village, Khozhovo, Polochany), where young people were able to promote sustainable ideas development in local communities, conducting master classes, actions, flash mobs.

In addition, projects are being implemented within the framework of the contest of youth initiatives. For example, the development of ecological routes, ecological paths. In this direction active cooperation with the bicycle community is conducted. In particular, the NGO "Minsk Cycling Society" in Volozhinsky District has explored and arranged two new excursion branches of the "Volozhinsky Gostiny" route.

Another interesting project is being implemented in the educational establishment of the Vileika College in the village of Komarovo. There organic production of organic fertilizer - biohumus is established, which is the technology of introduction of ecological agricultural production.

Agroecotourism is also actively developing in the Minsk region, there are many agro-fairs in the region, and rural tourism is developing. Speaking about the Pasternak eco-festival, which will be held June 30 to July 1 in the Minsk amusement park Dreamland, Olga Shibko noted that this initiative can get a broader registration in the future and become a regional event.

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