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Belarus president hosts government conference to discuss national economy development
The head of state reminded that he had earlier decided in favor of hosting quarterly government conferences with the political, economic, and power-wielding blocs of the government. The government conference held on 22 August was scheduled to discuss economic affairs.

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Birth Rate in Belarus More than 100,000 babies have been born in Belarus every year since 2007.
Refinancing rate in Belarus Belarus' central bank reduced the refinancing from 13% to 12% per annum on 19 July.
Belarus' main social and economic indicators in H1 2017 H1 2017 as against H1 2016: GDP – 101%, industrial output* — 106.1%
Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk The International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Vitebsk was first held on 18 July 1992.

President

Lukashenko sees good prospects for raising flax growing efficiency in Belarus
This enterprise specializes in flax growing and seed harvesting. The best scientists are involved and the best technologies are used to grow flax at the enterprise. This is an example for other flax growing enterprises in the country.

Politics

Antonio Guterres Dapkiunas, Guterres discuss ways of enhancing UN efficiency
The secretary general and the head of the Belarusian mission in the United Nations agreed on the importance to improve the daily cooperation and contacts between the UN Secretariat and missions of the member states.
Martin Sajdik. An archive photo Contact group on Ukraine in Minsk agrees on ‘school armistice' as from 25 August
With assistance of representatives of several districts of Donetsk Oblast and Lugansk Oblast and bearing in mind the support of the Normandy Four leaders the trilateral contact group on Ukraine confirmed its complete adherence to a perpetual armistice as from 00:00 on 25 August due to the start of the academic year.
Lithuania's every question about Belarusian nuclear power plant answered
The nuclear power plant will make the Belarusian economy more competitive and will reduce the country's dependence on natural gas supplies, Deputy Energy Minister Mikhail Mikhadyuk said.

Economy

Belarusian nuclear power plant construction work in H1 2017 summarized
Work is in progress to install core technology equipment, thermal-mechanical equipment, and electric technology equipment at the first unit and a number of plantwide facilities. Work is in progress to build the internal protective shell in the reactor building of the second power-generating unit.

Society

Minsk to host Day of India 27 August
An Indian 8-member dance troupe led by Swati Wangnoo Tiwari was invited to Minsk to introduce the Belarusian public to Indian music and dances.
At the Serebryanye Klyuchi (Silver Springs) health resort About 10,000 foreign customers in health resorts of Gomel Oblast in H1 2017
Regional health resorts provided almost Br7.4 million worth of services to citizens of CIS and non-CIS states. Health resorts Pridneprovsky, Chenki, and Serebryanye Klyuchi (Silver Springs) were the major exporters of health services.
Photo courtesy of the Emergencies Ministry Belarus lends heavy helicopter to Georgian fire fighters
The helicopter was dispatched upon instructions of the head of state on 22 August. The forest fire in Georgia is close to several populated localities. Georgia has requested the assistance of several countries. Ten fire fighters are on board of the Belarusian helicopter.

Sport

Victoria Azarenka Azarenka pulls out of U.S. Open over custody dispute
The court has placed restrictions on the athlete to leave California with the eight-month-old child.