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Sunday, 18 February 2018
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Early voting Early voting at the local elections in Belarus will take place on 13-17 February.
Maslenitsa Traditions Maslenitsa is an ancient Slavic feast which can be compared to a carnival. There is no specific date for it on the calendar. The holiday begins exactly eight weeks before Easter and lasts for a week.
International reserve assets of Belarus In January 2017 Belarus' gold and foreign exchange reserves went down by $837.9 million (11.5%) to the equivalent of $6,477.4 billion* as of 1 February 2018.
PyeongChang 2018. Competition schedule The 2018 Olympics will feature medal events in 15 sports. Belarus has fielded 32 athletes in PyeongChang.

President

Alexander Lukashenko Lukashenko explains decision to dismiss sports and forestry ministers
“I do not comment on my decisions, but I can explain them. You are my voters and it is my duty to explain my decisions to you. I think there is nothing new. From the very first presidential elections I have been committed to eliminate corruption in Belarus,” Alexander Lukashenko said.

Politics

Belarus CEC head: Number of young people standing in local elections in major cities is growing
Responsibility is cultivated from young age. Participation in elections is primarily an indicator of responsibility toward the society and the state and your own maturity, Lidia Yermoshina said.
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. An archive photo Speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly to visit Belarus 19-21 February
Sardar Ayaz Sadiq is expected to visit the Minsk Automobile Plant (MAZ), the department of Urdu language at Minsk State Linguistic University, the National Library, and the Belarusian Museum of the Great Patriotic War History.
During the meeting of the organizing committees Belarus-Russia regional forum to discuss approximation of laws
Approximation of legislation of Belarus and Russia will be discussed at the Fifth Forum of Regions of Belarus and Russia, Vice Speaker of the upper house of Belarusian Parliament Marianna Shchetkina told the media on 15 February.

Economy

An archive photo Belarus' power system ready for increased demand from cryptocurrency miners
We are ready to welcome any miners as this will benefit our country. We do not have power deficit. We are ready to satisfy any demand for electricity and thermal energy, Sergei Shebeko noted.

Society

Afghan war Belarusian soldiers commemorated in Minsk
The ceremony was held on 15 February, the day marking the 29th anniversary of the pullout of the Soviet troops from Afghanistan. It was attended by representatives of the government bodies, public and veterans' organizations, mothers and widows of the fallen soldiers.
Belarus develops roadmap to monitor progress in achieving SDGs
This is a strategic document with six major sections meant to work out cooperation mechanisms, prepare reports on achieving the SDGs, boost the potential, and distribute SDG-related statistics. The roadmap will soon become available on the Statistics Committee website.
An archive photo ODS consumption in Belarus down 20% in 2017
Last year, ODS consumption in Belarus went down by 20% versus 2016, Andrei Khudyk remarked.

Sport

Anna Guskova and Nikolai Kozeko Anna Guskova: I did really well today
“My performance was great. Nikolai Ivanovich [Kozeko] has promised me his bag for a medal. I do not know what he will have to give me for a gold medal now,” Anna Guskova said.